Man arrested on weapon, drug charges

Jesse Mack Bennett, Jr.

Press release

Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse Tuesday said a man was arrested on West Main Street in Gun Barrel City Monday afternoon with suspected methamphetamine and a loaded handgun.

Jesse Mack Bennett, Jr., 19, of Seven Points was initially stopped for a traffic violation by Captain Damon Boswell and Investigator Meagan Hogan.

Methamphetamines were found concealed in his wallet.

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Game room raid leads to seven arrests

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Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse and his Deputies last night raided a game room, charged four people with engaging in organized crime, arrested three others, and, in a new twist, discovered evidence of a recently-active methamphetamine lab.

“It has been more than a decade since we have seen any hint of a laboratory cooking meth,” Hillhouse said. “This is just the kind of activity these illegal gambling establishments bring to our community, and I am determined to shut them down.”

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Fire which claimed woman’s life was accident

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On April 22, around 9:04 p.m., the Payne Springs Volunteer Fire Department received a call about a structure fire located at 2114 Hickory Street in Payne Springs. The Eustace, Enchanted Oaks and Gun Barrel Volunteer Fire Departments were called to assist with the fire.

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Two arrested on arson charges

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Around 11:16 a.m. Friday, March 30, two structure fires were reported on CR 2502 in the Payne Springs VFD coverage area. Six fire departments responded to find both structures fully involved. The Henderson County Fire Marshal’s Office was called to the scene due to the suspicious nature of the fires.

Henderson County Fire Marshal Shane Renberg and Assistant Fire Marshal Sherry Powers investigated both mobile home fires and determined the fires to be arson. On April 11, one of the arson suspects was identified and a warrant was issued for her arrest. On that same day Fire Marshal Renberg arrested Brenda Sue Ivey at a residence in the Indian Harbor Subdivision for Arson of a Habitation (1st degree felony).

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Juvenile arrested on arson charge

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A juvenile has been arrested on arson charges, according to the Henderson County Fire Marshal’s Office.

Henderson County Fire Marshal Shane Renberg, along with the Westside Volunteer Fire Department, responded to a structure fire located in the Wildwood Subdivision Wednesday, April 4. After an investigation, the cause of the fire was determined to be arson.

Monday, April 9, a juvenile believed to be responsible for the fire was arrested for the crime and transported to a juvenile facility. The name of the suspect cannot be released.

The charge of Arson of a habitation ( 2nd degree felony) will be filed with the Henderson County Attorney’s Office, which handles all juvenile cases.