On Monday, November 26, 2012 Anthony Shane Morgan, an 18 year old formerly of Mabank, was sentenced to six years in prison. Morgan was remanded into custody of law enforcement after a sentencing hearing in the 173rd Judicial District Court with Judge Dan Moore presiding.
Assistant District Attorneys Nancy Rumar and Justin Weiner prosecuted the case on behalf of Scott McKee’s District Attorney’s Office.
During the hearing the court heard testimony from a victim detailing every homeowner’s worst nightmare. Nearly $50,000 in damage was done to his family’s home. Vandalism included squirting various liquids and powders throughout the house, shattering glasses, breaking windows, ripping wiring out of the wall, and what appeared to be an attempt to start a fire inside the house. Morgan admitted to stealing alcohol from the home so that he could throw a party. The homeowner testified that the there was vomit and urine throughout the house and that one of his toilets had been clogged after someone defecated in it. So much damage was done that all of the carpet in the home had to be replaced. Multiple items were stolen from the home including a stereo.
The homeowner also testified that entry had been made into his boathouse where it appeared that several people had been “living hard”. Alcohol and cigarettes were found along with make-shift beds made of pool floats.
The most disturbing act cited by the homeowner was that his family’s clothing had been worn and that it was obvious that someone had gone through their personal belongings. Even his wife’s slippers appeared to have been worn around the home which heightened the family’s sense of violation. Finally, an irreplaceable family heirloom was also ruined during the burglary.
During an interview by Investigator Monte Mansfield of the Gun Barrel City Police Department, Morgan admitted to entering the home on four different occasions.
“Anyone who has been a victim of a home burglary understands the violation of privacy one feels when someone unlawfully enters their home.” Said District Attorney Scott McKee. “I am very proud of the work the Gun Barrel City Police Department did in solving this case for the victim and citizens of our county.”
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Pinnacle Church serves the Chapman House
The Pinnacle Church has taken The Chapman House under its wing by providing the necessary support for the organization to help its residents recover from their addictions.
Eustace Christmas on the Square set for Dec. 14
Mayor Elicia Sanders invites everyone in Eustace and the surrounding area to attend the 17th annual Christmas On the Square celebration Dec. 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
All aboard the Polar Express!
Get ready for an unforgettable experience as two Athens-area organizations are preparing for showings of the hit movie, “The Polar Express.”
The first showing of the movie will be this weekend at the Henderson County Clint W. Murchison Memorial Library.
A royal event
Miss Texas 2013, Ivana Hall, will join a royal celebration at the Cain Center in Athens on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The event is hosted by the Cain Center, along with the Henderson County Historical Museum. The reining Miss Texas will honor the 50th Anniversary of Miss Texas 1964 Sharon McCauley from Athens.
Nativity goes up
The Nativity Scene on the Henderson County Courthouse lawn is shown during it’s construction midday Wednesday. Keep Athens Beautiful Executive Director Carol Morton, coordinator for the project, was present at the scene, as were employees of Dillon Manufacturing in Athens. They were Isidrio Catano, Edgar Rodriguez, Francisco Carranzo and Curtis Vaughn. The scene was finished Wednesday and will be well-lit through the Christmas holidays.
Athens readies for holiday events
It is going to feel a lot more like December this weekend, as temperatures are predicted to drop into the 30s just in time for several area community Christmas events.
The City of Athens is preparing for the cooler weather, and encourages citizens to come out and enjoy a bevy of events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.
5-percent matching fund OKed
During a special-called council meeting Wednesday, the Athens City Council voted unanimously to authorize a 5-percent matching fund for an Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) sponsored by Homeland Security. City Manager Pam Burton, said the 5-percent matching would amount to about $4,800 the city would provide.
Chandler holiday event moved
The city of Chandler's Holiday in the Park scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7 has been moved from Winchester Park to First Assembly of God church.
Organizer Shelia Haskins said the possibility of inclement weather forced the change as the city wanted to keep its citizens safe.
Breakfast with Santa coming to Seven Points
Best Friends of The Library at Cedar Creek Lake will host the 13th annual Breakfast With Santa, Saturday, Dec. 14, at the library, 410 E. Cedar Creek Parkway in Seven Points.
Christmas in GBC this weekend
Christmas will be coming to Gun Barrel City this weekend.
The City's Annual Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7. The theme this year is “Remember Me.”
Gun Barrel City Street Superintendent Mike Horton said, “The ‘Remember Me’ theme is because the date is the anniversary of Pearl Harbor.”
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