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Posts published in “Day: April 17, 2014

DEAD – Murder suspect kills himself

HARRIS COUNTY – Accused and self-confessed murderer Ethen Drake, 23, has killed himself by suicide, according to authorities and the victim’s family.

Drake was in Harris County Jail on suicide watch, but apparently he managed to hang himself last Friday, April 4, and was taken to the hospital where he died on Monday, April 7.

Drake was the accused killer of Caroline Sue Stagner, 72, who allegedly entered her house on Clear Lake Road early in the morning on Dec. 13, 2013, with the intent of robbing her.

However, what started as a robbery became a murder by stabbing, perhaps after she awakened and discovered Drake in the house. He then set a fire to conceal the murder, which quickly engulfed most of the house. Stagner’s body was discovered by Highlands firemen as they fought the blaze.

Stagner’s family was informed of the suicide hanging, and also that Drake had confessed to the murder, according to a family spokesperson who spoke to the Star-Courier. Family members stated that they felt the Sheriff’s department had been diligent in their investigation, and conveyed information regularly to the family.

Drake had been arrested in January for the murder, after some of Stagner’s possesions and medicine bottles were found by deputies in a burn pile behind Drake’s parent’s home. In addition, Drake was arrested in Gladewater in January for a similar theft and housefire. It was also learned that as recently as this week, Stagner’s purse was found by children in a drainage ditch on Clear Lake at 7th Street, not far from Stagner’s house and in the vicinity where Drake lived. The children took it to their school, where Stagner’s ID and other papers were discovered.

The Stagner family has mixed feelings about the suicide, it was learned, because the case will never come to trial and some details may never be known. However, in the overall picture, they are relieved at the closure, and also have been reassured by Sheriff’s investigators that Drake acted alone. This is important because the neighborhood has been concerned that others might have been involved, and still would be a threat to residents living nearby. Now the authorities have clearly stated this is not the case, and they can feel safe again.

As a result of this murder, another one nearby on 6th Street, and three others in Highlands during 2013, the community has organized crime watch meetings, and small citizens’ crime watch groups in neighborhoods to help with the patrol and safety of their areas.

Crosby students take three Grand Champions at HLSR

HOUSTON– Three Crosby students were Grand Champions at this year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Teague Schexnayder, Andrew Horacefield for Grand Champion Turkey and Austin Eilers (in the second grade) for grand Champion Rabbits were great representation at the worlds’ largest livestock show for Crosby along with Tyler Thomas who was fourth in Container Horticulture.

Teaque Schexnayder had the first catch in the calf scramble.

Teaque ended up winning the Tom Glazier First Catch Award and received a belt buckle and $1500 dollars to buy a calf for the 2014 HLSR. He was required to have 2 essays, a backdrop, monthly reports, and a scrapbook. In the Calf scramble Teaque received several awards such as: -Tom Glazier First Catch Award with a belt buckle and $1500 -Good herdsman first place ribbon and $100-Scrapbook honorable mention $50 -Stall display honorable mention $50 -Breed essay 4th place $125 -First in Class $250 -overall supreme scrambler 2nd place with a belt buckle -Division Champion with a belt buckle, banner, and $300-Grand Champion calf scramble steer with a belt buckle, $750, and banner.

After winning Grand Champion calf scramble steer Teaque went on to the market steer show. Teaque places 9th in class and went on to the auction to make $7900.

Other winners are Tyler Thomas won 4th place Container Plant Horticulture project HLSR out of 75 entries. He also placed 3rd Rabbits place out of 153 pens. Tyler Thomas 5th Jr. FFA

Andrew Horacefield wins Grand Champion Turkey with a bid of $115,000.