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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Fighting for life
Family and friends have rallied around 20-year old Aaron Jenkins.
Three weeks ago Jenkins, a Mabank resident and former Trinity Valley Community College student, was diagnosed with liver cancer.
Aaron's Aunt Sheila Guill said, “He's pretty sick, but Aaron has a high pain tolerance and doesn't complain.”
Lake Palestine, Athens above levels, CCL close
Lakes Athens and Palestine are above their normal levels, while Cedar Creek Lake to the west still needs a good downpour to close the gap.
On Monday, when the average Texas lake stood at just 64.3 percent of full. Lake Athens had a reading of 440.06 feet, just above its average.
Three arrested for drugs
Drug offenses led to three Athens Police Department arrests over the weekend according to reports.
The first incident on Friday night resulted in the arrest of Joshua Paul Rogers, 25, for evading arrest and possession of a controlled substance. Rogers remained in custody on Monday, with bond set at $9,000 on the two charges.
County unemployment edges upward
Henderson County unemployment edged upward in January, falling between the state and national rates.
The January Texas Workforce Commission Report, issued on Friday, gave Henderson County a 6.1 percent reading, after a 6.0 percent rate in December. The national unemployment figure was 7.1 percent, while Texas enjoyed its lowest mark since 2008, 5.7 percent.
O’KEEFFE coming to Malakoff, April 12
Carolyn Wickwire will star in the one-woman play O’Keeffe! by Lucinda McDermott, presented by the Greater Malakoff Area Garden Club and the Malakoff Historical Society in partnership with Flower and Bone Productions, directed by Ouida White.
Color run coming to Athens
Have you been seeing those pictures on the internet of people in wild costumes, running through clouds of neon pink, blue, purple, and green and coming out looking like a rainbow?
If you have, you’ve been looking at the hottest thing to hit the walking and running world – the color run. And it’s coming to Athens on March 22 to benefit Hope Springs Water and celebrate International World Water Day.
AISD students honored for reading challenge
To get kids excited about reading and encourage more adults to spend time reading with their children, the National Education Association launched the first NEA's Read Across America day in 1998.
On March 3, NEA's Read Across America marked 17 years of celebrating reading and the birthday of Dr. Seuss.
Athens Independent School District participated in the event, but added a twist to encourage students to read more often.
The minimum standard for living
The average minimum wage worker renting a living space in Henderson County will spend more than 30 percent of their monthly income on their home.
The National Low-Income Housing Coalition reports Henderson County renters would have to work 85 hours at minimum wage for a two bedroom apartment. Of the six counties in the 5th Congressional District, Henderson ranks second, behind Dallas, for the most hours required.
Chandler, BMC to settle contract
Since the beginning of the year, Chandler city officials and leaders of the Brownsboro-Murchison-Chandler Youth Foundation have worked to finalize an agreement on use of the facilities at Winchester Park.
County preparing to address roads
With hundreds of miles of pavement to deal with, three Henderson County Road and Bridge Precincts may soon be getting a tool to help them keep track of the tasks involved.
The Henderson County Information Technology Committee discussed on Wednesday whether to acquire Precinct Tracker software and will present its findings to Commissioners Court.
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