Sheriff, businesses deliver gifts to area seniors

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Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse partnered with generous local businesses this year to deliver comfort gifts of blankets, gloves, caps, socks and more to those in nursing home facilities on Monday, Dec. 18.

The Sheriff’s Office went to two places in Athens – South Place Nursing Center and Green Oaks Rehab and Nursing – Monday morning.

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Man charged with murder after Cherokee Shores stabbing

Doyle Deason

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Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said Monday a man was arrested and charged with murder Sunday after an altercation in the Payne Springs area of Henderson County.

Doyle Wayne Deason, 65, was arrested Sunday morning after he confessed to stabbing Bryan Rodgers, 43, in the early hours of the morning. Rodgers died at the East Texas Medical Center in Gun Barrel City early Sunday as the result of a single stab wound.

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Hillhouse: Mother planned murder of children weeks in advance

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The investigation into the murder of two girls by their mother Thursday show the crime was planned weeks in advance, Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said Friday.

Sarah Nicole Henderson, 29, of Mabank, was arraigned this morning before Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Precinct Randy Daniel, who set bail at $2 million on one count of capital murder.

Hillhouse said another capital murder charge is pending, and after the hearing, she remains in jail under suicide watch.

During an interview with Investigators, Sarah Henderson confessed to shooting her children.

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Woman arrested for murder in shooting death of her two daughters

Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said a 29-year-old mother was arrested and charged with capital murder in the shooting deaths of two of her children early Thursday morning.

Sarah Nicole Henderson of Mabank is being held in the Henderson County Jail and has confessed to the crime, according to Sheriff’s Office officials.

The victims were Henderson’s daughters, age 7 and 5. The children were shot in their sleep, Hillhouse said.

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Sheriff releases sketch of suspect in deputy assault

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Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse today released an artist’s sketch of a suspect wanted in the assault of one of his Deputies last week.

“If you see this man, call us,” Hillhouse said. “He is dangerous. Assume he is armed with the handgun he had when he assaulted the Deputy. Do not approach him. Call us.”

A Crime Stoppers reward of $5,000 has also been offered to anyone assisting in the identification and arrest of the suspect.

Thursday night last week, a Deputy approached the man, who was acting suspiciously, as he walked along a road south of Leagueville.

During questioning, the white male brandished a pistol, struck the Deputy in the face and fled the scene.

The Deputy was treated at the East Texas Medical Center in Athens and released.

The wanted man is of average height, weighing between 140 and 160 pounds, and has a tattoo on his upper right arm, above the elbow.

“We will find him and bring him to justice,” the Sheriff said. “So far, people have been very helpful, providing us with scores of tips and leads. I am hopeful this sketch will help us finally identify this wanted man.”