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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Girls from LaRue shave their heads to make a difference
The statistics are alarming. More children are lost to cancer in the United States than any other disease. Before they turn 20, about one in 285 children in the U.S. will have cancer. Worldwide, a child is diagnosed every three seconds.
Four girls from LaRue have taken a stand against these numbers, and have shaved for the brave.
Bailey Ficco, Mary Ficco, Elizabeth Coats and Emma Shepherd headed to Boston on Saturday, July 27 for an event to help raise money for cancer research.
Tracks lead to alleged thieves of TVEC property
According to Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt, it was at 12:12 a.m., July 30, that the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an alarm at the newly-constructed Trinity Valley Electric Substation located off Farm-to-Market 2329 near Eustace.
Alzheimer’s forum to teach about disease
The fact is over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. The Alzheimer's Association says “every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's. The disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.”
Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly, and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.
Give-and-take session to discuss problem of underage drinking
The East Texas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse’s Henderson County Coalition Partnership invites local citizens to take part, Monday, in a give-and-take session on the problem of underage drinking.
The meeting will be held at the Cain Center in the Cain Room, begins at 5:30 p.m. and is expected to last about an hour. Local officials have been scheduled to take part in discussing the problems regarding alcohol. It’s a concern that affects all parts of the county.
July proves cooler in 2014
July is gone, and the weather is leaving a much more favorable impression than its usual swelter.
The National Weather Service reports the cool front that came through the area on the last day of July, brought more showers to the area, and held the highs in the low 80s. The weekend forecast calls for temperatures to remain several degrees below normal through Sunday.
AMWA to meet Wednesday
An Athens Municipal Water Authority project that was moved off the front burner when its dispute with the City of Athens heated up is scheduled for discussion when AMWA meets Wednesday.
The AMWA board of directors is scheduled to meet at 8 a.m. in the Athens City Council chambers, located in the City Hall Annex on Pinkerton Street. On the agenda is to discuss and act upon proceeding with long-range plans to create AMWA offices and meeting facilities.
A look at the practicalities of AISD’s 2015 campus realignment
Athens ISD board members’ approval of the proposed campus realignment comes one full year in advance of the decision’s effective date. The timing gives the public as well as district staff and administration opportunity to adjust and prepare for the change.
Hirsch speaks at Athens Rotary Thursday
Henderson County Extension Agent Rick Hirsch spoke at the Athens Rotary Club weekly meeting on Thursday. Hirsch said unlike 2013, this year is a great year to grow anything. He also commented it was a good year to be in the cow business. Welcoming Hirsch to the Rotary Club are Rotary President Kelly Driskell and Rotarian John Trent.
Hydrating first responders
First responders were invited Wednesday to the Athens Brookshire’s grocery to celebrate a promotion formulated by the store. When customers purchase five 32-ounce bottles of Gatorade, they will receive 200 points. Customers are encouraged to donate the Gatorade to first responders. The promotion will last one month. Shown, from left, are Brookshire’s Store Manager Charles Beasley, Athens Police Department Patrolman Wesley Hoover, APD Cpl. Billy Westover, APD Assistant Chief Rodney Williams, APD Lt. Jeremy Hugghins, APD Patrolman Taylor Chancellor, APD Sgt. Eddie Smith, APD Chief Buddy Hill, Athens Fire Department Firefighter Brian Davis, AFD Firefighter Aaron Munn and AFD Firefighter Payton Lambe.
HC fine-tuning application to get CETZ funds
It’s been three months since Henderson County got word that money has been allocated from the Texas Department of Transportation in the form of a County Energy Transportation Zone grant, but Commissioners Court is still fine-tuning its application to get the funds.
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