Athens Review, Athens, Texas

Breaking News

Local News

March 2, 2009

8-liner raid nets arrests

Sheriff says drugs, thousands in cash confiscated over weekend

The new sheriff in town has declared war against illegal gambling.

At approximately 5:15 p.m. last Saturday, Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt and his deputies converged on seven different game room locations around the county with arrest warrants.

At least 11 people were arrested in the raids and other charges are likely to follow, Nutt said.

Since the new Henderson County sheriff took over in January, drug dealers and gambling establishments have paid a heavy price. Just in February alone, the department served over 165 arrest warrants.

Those arrested in Saturday’s raids were charged with the following crimes:

• Organized crime activity;

• Money laundering;

• Keeping a gambling place;

• Gambling promotion; and

• Possession of gambling paraphernalia.

Lawmen found more than just gamblers in Saturday’s raids, too: Officers seized 330 computer elements out of the eight-liner machines, $37,600 in U.S. currency and 11 grams of methamphetamine.

“We’re seeing a lot more narcotic dealers and users occupying these game room establishments,” Nutt said.

Those arrested in Saturday’s raids include:

• Valerlia Massengal, 41, of Bradenton, Fla. She is charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and money laundering.

She was released Sunday after posting a $21,000 bond.

• Brandie Henderson, 20, of Kemp. She is charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and was released Sunday on $10,500 in bonds;

• Paul Alexander, 45, of Ben Wheeler was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and was released the following day after posting bonds totaling $10,500;

• Lisa Alexander, 46, of Ben Wheeler was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and was released the following day after posting bonds of $10,500.

• Mendy Moore, 29, of Chandler was charged with gambling promotion, keeping a gambling place, possession of a gambling device and possession of gambling paraphernalia.

She was released the following day after posting bonds totaling $22,500;

• Elizabeth Dykes, 57, of Chandler was charged with gambling promotion, keeping a gambling place, possession of a gambling device and possession of gambling paraphernalia and engaging in organized criminal activity.

Text Only
Local News
  • ADR logo.tif City, AMWA differ on future management of water supply

    The 57-year relationship between the Athens Municipal Water Authority and the City of Athens grew stormy in 2013 because of a disagreement over who should pay certain bills.
    The difference-of-opinion led to the Authority filing suit against the city last December, and the city responding by setting the wheels in motion that slated a May 10 election to decide whether to abolish AMWA.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-18 Easter.jpg Excited and ready

    Lexie and Isabella Hawkins are excited and ready for the Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at 9 a.m. in Kiwanis Park.  Bicycles, rabbits and lots of Easter Eggs will be waiting for you. Everyone is welcome, and of course the Easter Bunny will be there.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Those running for Athens City Council, AMWA board set to speak April 24

    City of Athens registered voters are encouraged to attend a candidate's forum on Thursday, April 24 at the Cain Center.
    Candidates for the Athens City Council and Athens Municipal Water Authority will each answer three-to-four questions from Athens Daily Review Editor Chad Wilson, who will serve as the event's moderator.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-18 Lloyd Mahaffey.JPG Eustace announces new basketball coach

    Changes are coming to the Eustace Independent School District athletic department.
    They approved the hiring of a new head girls basketball coach on Tuesday during their regularly-scheduled board meeting in former Tyler Robert E. Lee head coach Lloyd Mahaffey.
    Head girls basketball coach Doug Holloway will be leaving at the end of the semester after one year at the helm.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-18 TVCC Show.jpg Annual Spring Art Show, auction set for April 24

    Trinity Valley Community College is preparing for its annual Spring Art Show, and this year’s event will include a call to the community to participate in a special cause.
    The Spring Art Show will be held Thursday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the first floor of the Administration Building on the Athens campus, 100 Cardinal Dr. 

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Special 5k walk, silent auction and bake sale scheduled for May 17

    Two fund-raisers have been scheduled to assist Trinity Valley Community College student Sasha Madsen, who was recently diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia.
    Madsen, 27, is currently without insurance and getting treatment at MD Anderson in Houston. All proceeds from the fund-raisers will go toward medical, travel and lodging expenses for the Madsen family.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-17 tvcc2.jpg Special 5k walk, silent auction and bake sale scheduled for May 17

    Two fund-raisers have been scheduled to assist Trinity Valley Community College student Sasha Madsen, who was recently diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia.
    Madsen, 27, is currently without insurance and getting treatment at MD Anderson in Houston. All proceeds from the fund-raisers will go toward medical, travel and lodging expenses for the Madsen family.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Possible drowning

    The Henderson County Sheriff’s Department and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department were searching for a man on Wednesday afternoon who may have drowned in Cedar Creek Lake. 
    Sheriff Ray Nutt said his department responded to a call for assistance from the Seven Points Police Department concerning two men who were boating on the lake, and ran into trouble between Seven Points and Gun Barrel City.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Water authority is born

    It would be hard for anyone under the age of 50 to imagine East Texas without the abundance of lakes in the region, providing water and sources of recreation.
    Many of the reservoirs in East Texas today, were created in the years immediately following the dusty, dry, decade of the 50s, when drought conditions left Texas parched for water. The rainfall all but stopped at the beginning of the decade and by 1957, 244 of the state’s 254 counties, including Henderson County, had been declared Federal Disaster Areas for lack of rainfall.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_0577.JPG Time with the Easter Bunny

    Six-year-old Mayven Ingalls is shown enjoying the company of the Easter Bunny  at the annual Kiwanis Club Easter Egg Hunt for Special Needs kids at Kiwanis Park in Athens on Wednesday. A coordinator said the event was for students from Athens Independent School District. Tootsie the Clown also helped in the effort to bring enjoyment to the children.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo