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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Ramps for handicapped
Encino Landscaping is doing a necessary job for the Texas Department of Transportation Tyler District. All four corners of the block upon which the Henderson County Courthouse rests are being converted to better serve handicapped pedestrians.
Appearance and operation of Splash Pad upgraded
The Splash Pad at Athens Kiwanis Park has been closed this week, as work is being done that will upgrade the appearance of the surroundings and operation of the facility.
The pad is now well into its first full summer of operation, and has proven to be a popular spot for youngsters in the city.
GBC official asked to resign
Gun Barrel City resident Carroll Strickland asked Councilman Marty Goss “to do the right thing and resign.”
Strickland spoke to the GBC council during the citizen's comment portion of the Tuesday evening’s council meeting. Strickland accused Goss of trying to take over the GBC Economic Development Corporation (EDC).
In a prepared statement, Strickland said, “Marty is doing harm to the city's reputation. I am asking the mayor and the city council to do something about the situation.”
Nutt says being part of task force has really paid off
Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt reports that being a part of the Drug Enforcement Task Force in Tyler has paid off in a big way with the arrest of two major drug distributors.
On May 13, following an investigation initiated in January by the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office investigators, Uleyses Roberts, 45, and Dijon Howard, 25, were arrested by a task force of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The men were charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Unemployment jumps up in HC
The Henderson County unemployment rate jumped up in July, according to figures from the Texas Workforce Commission.
The Henderson County unemployment rate of 5.7 percent was an increase of .4 percent over June. The county saw both an increase in the size of the workforce and the number without jobs.
Gift card to Chili’s
Ralph Fortner, Chairman of the Gun Barrel City Chapter of the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, presents Jamie Snuffer a gift card to Chili's Restaurant in Gun Barrel City. Fortner was thanking Snuffer for her volunteer efforts on behalf of the GBC Chamber Chapter during the recent July Fest held in GBC. Snuffer is the secretary for the CCLACC Ambassadors.
Coaches speak to Kiwanis Club
Trinity Valley Community College Volleyball Coach Tosha Spain and Softball Coach Ashley Johnston were guest speakers at the Athens Kiwanis Club on Tuesday. The volleyball season begins in August, and the softball team starts its 30-game fall schedule in September.
Emotional response given to Victoria's death
The tragic news of 4-year-old Victoria Wyatt’s violent death set off an emotional response on Monday, with words of consolation for the child’s family and anger at the girl’s mother who admitted to taking her life. But mostly sorrow at the loss of one so young.
AISD readies for annual backpack distribution
Athens Independent School District and the Help Center are teaming up once again to provide backpacks and supplies to students in need.
The annual Back-to-School Bash is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 9 at the Athens High School gym during the family fun day.
Open house at Grace House transition location
Grace House of Cedar Creek Lake, a faith-based transitional home for women, held an open house on Monday evening. The facility for women is 6,000 square feet on 13 acres in Tool.
Grace House includes a kitchen and a classroom equipped with computers for training and practice, as well as dorm-type rooms for the residents.
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