TRAIN STRIKES, KILLS WOMAN – A woman was struck and killed by a train at the crossing at County Road 2898 two miles north of Alvord early Sunday morning. The unidentified female was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 Clay Poynor at 4:10 a.m. The body was sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiner for identification, and law enforcement officials have tentatively identified the white female as a juvenile from the Alvord area. Investigators are expected to meet with the medical examiner’s office today to positively identify the victim. Wise County Sheriff Department Captain Kevin Benton said personnel on the train saw the woman on the track around 2:30 a.m. before she was struck. Benton said the accident is under investigation. It is the third person to be struck and killed by a train in the Alvord area in the past year.
MAN KILLED IN WRECK – A man was killed Sunday night when his sport utility vehicle was struck by an 18-wheel tank truck at the intersection of Farm Road 51 South and Texas 114. Eddie Durrett, 57, of Midland was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4 Clay Poynor at 11:31 p.m. The accident happened shortly after 10:30 p.m. Durrett was traveling north on FM 51 in his black Chevy Tahoe. Department of Public Safety Trooper Mark Adams said he failed to yield the right of way and the SUV was struck in the driver’s side by a Bridgeport Tank Truck driven by David Talley, 50, of Alvord. Talley was transported by ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. Adams did not know the extent of Talley’s injuries. The accident occurred at an intersection that is currently under construction.
FIRE DESTROYS CHICO AUTO PARTS – Fire destroyed Chico Auto Parts Saturday morning. The shop in the 200 block of Weatherford Street has been in the Hand family since 1982. “It’ll be 30 years in September,” Terry Hand said. Nearly 40 firefighters from seven departments battled the blaze for more than five hours. The last fire units didn’t leave until midafternoon. Pam Hartley, who has worked at the shop for the past 10 years, discovered the fire shortly after 6 a.m. on her way to the shop. Officials were unsure what ignited the fire, but suggested it started in the shop. Hand said it may have been an electrical fire with one of the four vehicles in the bay. Firefighters from Chico, Alvord, Bridgeport, Crafton, Paradise, Sunset and Sand Flat worked on the blaze. Assistance with getting water to the scene was provided by a pair of Chico businesses – Got To Go Solutions and Coffman Tanks Trucks. Hand said between the loss of the building, inventory, equipment and the four vehicles of customers that damages will total near $2 million.
FIRE DESTROYS FISHING BUSINESS – A fire Sunday afternoon destroyed the fishing supply business that Leon Goodell ran out of a shop at his residence on Private Road 4611 south of Boyd. Goodell’s Jandell Corporation supplied Bass Pro Shops and distributors in Florida with fish oil, chum and other fishing accessories. The shop, a truck, fork lift, trailer and all his supplies were lost in the fire that included several explosions as propane tanks ignited. Firefighters from Boyd, Paradise, Newark, Rhome, Cottondale and Springtown battled the blaze that was reported at 5:46 p.m. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from burning less than an acre of grass around the metal building. Firefighters spent three hours and 33 minutes on the fire. That was after many of them were at another structure fire in Newark earlier in the day.
NEWARK HOUSE FIRE – Newark, Rhome, Boyd and Haslet firefighters battled the heat and extinguished a fire in a mobile home on County Road 4845 in Newark Sunday afternoon. The fire started in the bathroom. Jerry Taylor of the Newark Fire Department said there was heavy smoke and flames on the east end of the home when the first personnel made the scene. “We made a quick attack and knocked it down, but it started to run the floor on us like they tend to do in these mobile homes,” Taylor said. The fire started just before 3:30 p.m. Firefighters had it contained by 4.
VACANT HOME BURNS – Fire razed a vacant home on Arthur Street in Decatur early Saturday morning. John Dyer owned the home. He said no one was living in the house that built in the early 1900s. “It was unoccupied,” he said. “My daughter had some furniture stored in the two rooms on the left side.” Dyer said he had recently put in work on the floors in the home.
DECATUR WRECK – As Update was going to press, medics and the fire department had just arrived on the scene of an accident about a mile north of Decatur on Farm Road 51. Early reports indicated major damage to a vehicle, and a helicopter had been dispatched to the location. More information will be posted as it is available at WCMessenger.com.
COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – County commissioners will decide this morning if a half-mile portion of County Road 3214 in Precinct 4 will remain closed or be re-opened. Commissioner Terry Ross began work on the section of road to re-open it in June, but neighboring landowners filed a petition asking that it remain closed. A second group of people filed a petition asking that the original petition be denied. Commissioners will also discuss ordering a special election to allow voters to decide whether or not to abolish the position of county surveyor. The meeting is at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the Wise County Courthouse in Decatur.
NEWARK TO ADDRESS LIBRARY POSITIONS — The City of Newark will hold a special called council meeting tonight to discuss the “employment, duties, discipline or dismissal” of the library director and library assistant after they both voiced concerns over a bomb threat at the library last Tuesday night. The meeting starts at 7 at City Hall, 209 Hudson St.
FUNERALS – Service for Guynell Overton, 78, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Paradise Cemetery.
FUNERAL for Robert O. Isham, 73, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Decatur Church of Christ with a private burial. Family visitation is 6-7 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.
FUNERAL for Jesus De Luna, 62, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at St. John’s Catholic Church. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Harley T. Holt, 88, of Bridgeport, is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins -Bridgeport.