Athens Review, Athens, Texas

Local News

August 21, 2013

HCSO getting faster

Average response time improves

Athens — Citizens calling the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office to report an offense or suspicious activity are seeing the arrival of a deputy sooner than in past years.

Sheriff Ray Nutt said the average response time is now 19 minutes, significantly lower than when he took office.

“It was about 30 minutes when we came in,” Nutt said. “Last year, it was 20 or 21, but it’s gone down.”

Nutt said the decrease in average response time doesn’t mean on occasion someone might have to wait quite a bit longer before a patrol deputy comes.

“It depends on what else is going on,” Nutt said. “We also instructed those in communications to call back and let someone know when we are tied up.”

Nutt said one way HCSO has lowered response time is by having a deputy or other officer respond, even if that person is busy with paperwork at the Sheriff’s Office.

“If something happens around Athens and we have someone here working on reports and someone on patrol in Chandler, we’ll send the closest one,” Nutt said.

HCSO reports for the first half of 2013 show 10,534 calls answered by deputies. Investigators cleared 158 cases resulting in 895 arrests. Investigations resulted in recovered stolen property with an estimated value of $270,767.

The HCSO continued to concentrate on removing drugs and drug manufacturers from the county. The amount of methamphetamine seized  was 45.25 grams and cocaine seizures totaled 2,034.25 grams. The HCSO also seized 9.75 ounces of marijuana and 17 marijuana plants. The total value of narcotics seized was $85,640.

The jail population has been closer to capacity in 2013, with an average daily inmate population of 364. The detention division has housed a total of 446 out-of-county inmates at various times during the year, as well as 172 inmates from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

One year ago, the jail population for August, 2012 averaged just 298 and there were no out-of-county inmates in the Henderson County Jail.

The communications division answered 18,224 calls through June 30, while 2,664 warrants were served or recalled.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • DSC_0077.JPG Taste of Home Cooking School

    The Taste of Home Cooking School was held Thursday at the Cain Center. Hundreds attended the events that was sponsored by Cole A/C and the Athens Daily Review.
     

    April 19, 2014 6 Photos

  • 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