Three suspects remained in jail Thursday following a Henderson County Sheriff’s Office investigation into a March 13 burglary on Farm-to-Market 2709 near Eustace.
Harley Ray Stephens, 21, of Gun Barrel City was booked into the Henderson County Jail Tuesday for burglary of a habitation and theft of property. Bond on Stephens was set at $30,000.
Stephen Joe Clowdus, 31, of Mabank was arrested Tuesday for burglary with bond set at $15,000.
Amber Suzanne Schlicht, 28, of Forney was arrested March 14 for theft of property and two warrants for motion to revoke community supervision on previous theft charges. Total bond on Schlicht was $5,750.
The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office reports that Sheriff Ray Nutt saw a car on March 13 parked off FM 2709. Nutt made contact with the driver of the suspicious vehicle and saw several items of property in the back of the car. The occupants identified themselves as Stephens and Clowdus.
According to reports, two hours after Nutt’s contact with the suspects, sheriff’s office Sgt. Mitch Baker was dispatched to a burglary of a habitation call from a residence on FM 2709. The complainant described the stolen property as matching the items Nutt had seen earlier.
Investigator Billy Jack Valentine was assigned the case and obtained warrants on Stephens and Clowdus for burglary of a habitation. The following day Valentine and HCSO investigators saw the suspect’s vehicle occupied with two women. One of the women, Schlicht, was found to have existing theft-related warrants and was arrested at the scene.
On Tuesday, according to reports, investigators learned the whereabouts of Stephens and went to the Tamarack subdivision in Gun Barrel City to locate him. Investigators arrested Stephens at the residence and also discovered a Triumph motorcycle that had been reported missing by the Garland Police Department.
Tuesday night, investigators located Clowdus in Kaufman County at a residence on County Road 4008 near Mabank. Officers from the HCSO, Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office, Kaufman County Constable Precinct 4 and Mabank Police Depart-ment arrested the suspect.
They also discovered a second motorcycle that had been reported stolen in Garland, as well a small amount of methamphetamine.
Three arrested as two motorcycles recovered
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Volunteers now needed for Athens Soup Kitchen
Athens resident Terry Mayhall walked through the doors of the Athens Soup Kitchen asking if he could just volunteer. Mayhall now spends his Thursdays cooking soup for people who are hungry.
Athens Soup Kitchen, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The mission is to feed those who are hungry. The facility that feeds 30 to 63 people weekly, opened its door in March 2014.
Coston named chamber president
After a diligent search, the Athens Chamber of Commerce Board has named Mike Coston president.
“The chamber board selected a search committee, which consisted of Chamber members, community leaders and business owners,” Ashley Adams McKee, Chairman of the Athens Chamber of Commerce Board, said. “Our committee knew that we wanted to take our time to find the most qualified person to serve as our new president. We had more than 10 applicants and in our first round of interviews we were all equally impressed and excited about Mike's experience and passion for chamber business.”
Update on restaurant projects given
City of Athens officials gave an update on some ongoing projects and financial information at a meeting on Wednesday.
Director of Planning and Development Gary Crecilius said progress on the Cotton Patch Cafe has slowed considerably with the discovery of a possible environmental hazard. The restaurant is being constructed east of the Walmart store on East Tyler Street.
HCPAC announces ‘Mattress’ sales
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The 26th Annual Youth Summer Musical stars 24 very talented area students, ages 10 through college, and tells the “fractured fairy tale” version of the “Princess and the Pea.”
Gearing up for Celebrity Waiter event
The Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake is gearing up for its annual Celebrity Waiter event. The Celebrity Waiter committee met on Thursday to discuss last minute items. The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 9 at Athens Country Club. This will be the 18th year the CCL Rotary Club has hosted the fundraiser. For ticket information call Erin Osborn at 903-887-7486.
Paul Harris recognition
Rotary of Cedar Creek Lake President Erin Osborn presents Rotarian Bill Burnett with his second Paul Harris recognition. Rotarians are given a Paul Harris recognition when a Rotarian donates $1,000 or more to the fund outright. Benefactors receive a certificate and insignia to wear with a Rotary or Paul Harris Fellow pin.
Sanders suspended indefinitely
Two University of Texas football players were arrested and charged Thursday with felony sexual assault after a female student said she was raped in a campus dorm room last month.
Wide receivers Kendall Sanders, of Athens, and Montrel Meander were arrested and later released on personal recognizance bonds. According to an arrest affidavit, Sanders and Meander texted each other during earlier interviews with police to "get their story straight" and Sanders also faces a charge of improper photography tied to the alleged assault on June 21.
Thunderstorms take their toll on counties
A line of thunderstorms rolled through Henderson County on Wednesday, snapping tree branches and power lines along the way.
The winds that accompanied the storm resulted in thousands of people in North Texas without electricity and roads broken by falling trees or debris.
Council considering Burton's severance package
The Athens City Council, by a 3-to-2 vote, tabled a budget adjustment on Wednesday to fund a severance package for City Administrator Pam Burton who’s stepping down at the end of the year.
Eustace ISD approves tax rates
The Eustace Independent School District Board of Trustees held its regular monthly meeting Tuesday in the Eustace High School Library.
Several reports and agenda items were considered by the board, and all were passed or approved. Board Secretary Ashley McKee was absent.
The board was presented with the superintendent's reports on revenue, expenditures, payroll and taxes.
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