Eustace City Council Fires Police Chief

HolderBy Michael V. Hannigan

Officials with the City of Eustace confirmed this morning that Police Chief Ken Holder was terminated Thursday night.

The action came during the City Council’s regular monthly meeting and following an executive session. The council voted to terminate Holder immediately.

Friday, Eustace Mayor Elicia Sanders said Holder was fired for “multiple violations of the employee handbook and the Eustace police code of conduct.”

Sanders said she could not elaborate because it is a personnel issue.

Holder declined to comment on the issue at this time.

In March, it was announced that Holder received the Child Advocacy Center Multi-disciplinary Team Member of the Year award for 2013.


UPDATED 5 p.m. – Added Ken Holder declining to comment.

Woman Arrested for Drugs in Gun Barrel city

Police BeatHenderson County Sheriff’s Office press release

On September 3 at approximately 6:22 p.m., Deputy Daniel Wright conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Oak Harbor Drive and Welch Lane in Gun Barrel City near the Cedar Creek Lake area of Henderson County. The vehicle matched the description of a vehicle reported to be driven away from the scene of a disturbance on Wedgewood Loop in the Oak Harbor subdivision. The driver was identified as Joyce Patricia Williams, 55 years old, from Dallas. Deputy Wright conducted a search of Williams’ vehicle and located a baggie containing Methamphetamines. Williams was taken into custody and booked into the Henderson County Jail for Possession of Controlled Substance Penal Group 1 less than 1 gram, a State Jail Felony.

An individual found guilty of a state jail felony shall be punished by confinement in a state jail for any term of not more than two years or less than 180 days. In addition to confinement, an individual found guilty of a state jail felony may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Marijuana, Paraphernalia Lead to Arrest

Police BeatHenderson County Sheriff’s Office press release

At approximately 8:56 PM on Friday, Henderson County Sheriff Office Sergeant Jeromey Rose was patrolling south bound on FM 315 South near Lake Palestine area of Henderson County. Sergeant Rose observed a vehicle that did not have a license plate light travelling North bound on FM 315 South Chandler. Sergeant Rose identified the driver as Jerry Bowman Jr. and the passenger to be Amber Mackey. Sergeant Rose contacted I-ICSO Communications and was informed that Bowman had an active arrest warrant for Motion to Adjudicate Guilt (Possession of Controlled Substance). Bowman was placed into custody at that time. While conducting the traffic stop Sergeant Rose searched the vehicle and located a silver metal marijuana grinder containing marijuana as well as a glass pipe used for smoking marijuana. Mackey was placed into custody and both Bowman and Mackey were later transported to the Henderson County Jail. Mackey was later booked in for Possession of Marijuana less than 2 ounces a Class B Misdemeanor and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia a Class C Misdemeanor. Bowman was also booked in for the active arrest warrant.

In the state of Texas, Possession of Marijuana if found guilty is punishable by a confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days and a fine not to exceed $2,000 or both a fine and confinement. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia if found guilty is punishable by a fine up to $500.

Heartbreaking Accident Leaves Baby Dead

Police BeatHenderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt confirmed that a 2-month-old baby was tragically killed in a truck accident in Cross Roads Wednesday night.

Details are limited at this time, but according to police reports the baby was either in a stroller or a car seat outside of the truck and the driver hit the baby while backing up to hook up a trailer.

The accident happened about 7 p.m. Wednesday night on CR 1120.

Out of respect for their grief, we ask that you not post any names if you know the family.

We ask for your prayers for this family as they try and cope with this tragedy.


ECCFWSDFROM East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District

The East Cedar Creek Fresh Wawter Supply District issued the following statement today:

We were notified at approximately 1 p.m. today (Wednesday) by one of our customers in the Gun Barrel City area that two men came to his door stating that they were meter readers for the water company and the office had detected a leak under his home and needed access into his home. The men advised him that they would charge him the price of the parts only. The men went under his home and into his home then told him the parts were $175. The customer asked for a written receipt and the men went to their truck and came back with the $175 receipt written on a plain paper with lines and when the customer asked for a receipt with the water company’s name on it the men got into their truck and left. The customer stated that the two men were driving a beat up white truck with no company name on the truck door and the men did not have on any uniforms.

All East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District trucks have the full name of our company on their truck doors and all employees wear uniforms/shirts with the District’s name on them. The water company will never go into a customer’s home nor will they take any money in the field. Always contact our office at (903) 887-7103 if you question any person who implies they are our employee.