MURDER SUSPECT FOUND HANGED – David W. Malone, 29, of Bowie was found hanging by a bed sheet in his cell at the Wise County Jail Wednesday night around 9. Sheriff David Walker said that jailers had Malone in an isolation cell and were checking on him every 30 minutes. “When the jailer last walked by Malone was talking on the telephone,” Walker said Thursday. Seventeen minutes later the jailer looked inside the cell and saw Malone hanging from the sheet. Wise County EMS and the Decatur Fire Department were called and gave Malone CPR at the scene and on the way to Wise Regional Health System. Justice of the Peace Mandy Hopkins Hayes pronounced Malone dead at the hospital. Walker said a Texas Ranger from Garland had been called to investigate the case. Malone earlier this week admitted to killing Samantha Jo McNorton, 29, and burying her body in a desolate field near Greenwood. He was being held on $2 million bond. Walker said his jailers had received no indication of suicidal tendencies from Malone.
MOTORCYCLE WRECK – A motorcycle operator was seriously injured in a pre-dawn wreck today. The accident happened at U.S. 380 and the on ramp to U.S. 81/287 North in Decatur around 5:40 when the motorcycle operator lost control and struck a guardrail. The patient was taken to Wise Regional Health System and then flown to a Fort Worth hospital.
GO ‘JACKETS – A community send-off for the Boyd High School football team is 2:45 p.m. today at the BHS field house. The Yellowjackets try to claim a victory in their Class 2A Division I Region II area round game 7:30 tonight against Winnsboro at Rockwall’s Wilkerson-Sanders Memorial Stadium. If you can’t make it to the game, keep up with the action on the Messenger’s Friday Night Football blog at WCMessenger.com/scores.
ANGELS AVAILABLE – Angels for the Decatur Spirit of Christmas are now available for adoption at each of the nine financial institutions in town. This year, the Decatur campaign adopted the voucher system Bridgeport implemented last year.
REQUIRED HOME SIZE REDUCED – The Runaway Bay City Council Tuesday approved an amendment to a building ordinance, allowing the construction of 1,300-square-foot homes (down from the 1,600 square-foot minimum) in designated areas. The change was recommended by the planning and zoning commission in order to generate more property taxes by allowing more affordable homes that were not any “less desirable than the types of homes currently in the city.”
SHOPPING FRENZY – Holiday Shopping Frenzy sponsored by the Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce is Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8. There will be two $500 cash and two $50 Brookshire’s gift card giveaways. Participants will be entered for visiting and for every $20 spent at any participating business – Communications/AT&T, Maria’s Gift and Flower Shoppe, Aaron’s Sales and Leasing, The Hope Chest, Terra Cotta Boutique, Bright Ideas Lighting and More, Ink ‘N’ Stitch, Valu-Rite Pharmacy, All Wise Garden Center and Landscaping, Skin and Body Works Spa, Sassy Frass, iCopy and Pronto’s Italian Restaurant. The drawing will be held 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Bridgeport Stage, 1009 Halsell Street. Participants do not have to be present to win.
YARD SALE FUNDRAISER – Wise Foundation will have a yard sale of used clothes, home decor and kitchen items beginning at 7 a.m. today and Saturday at 4170 S FM 51 in Decatur. Proceeds will fund transportation expenses and purchase toys and clothes to deliver to children in need near the U.S./Mexico border. The organization will also accept new toys and Spanish Bibles through Thursday, Dec. 20, to distribute. For more information, call Adrian at (940) 393-9684 or Jennifer at (940) 393-9761.
ANIMAL SHELTER CLOSED – The Wise County Animal Shelter will be closed today and tomorrow for Thanksgiving.
HOLIDAY CLOSINGS – Wise County offices and dumpsites are closed today for the Thanksgiving holiday.
FIRE DANGER – A cool front has blown through the area, bringing gusty north winds with it. With relative humidity levels expected to drop to 20-25 percent this afternoon, Wise County is included in a high fire danger area along with much of North Texas.
FUNERALS – Graveside service for Wanda Gayle Garrett, 71, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
SERVICE for James Wallace, 72, of Springtown is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.
MEMORIAL service for Samantha Jo McNorton, 28, of Sunset is 11:30 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Alvord. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Jim Onks, 52, of Rhome is pending at Coker-Hawkins.
FUNERAL for Jerry Beard, 78, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.