Thursday, October 11, 2012

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ATTEMPTED CAPITAL MURDER CONVICTION – After a lengthy deliberation yesterday, a Wise County jury found Timothy Herring, 22, of Azle, guilty of attempted capital murder of an officer. The charge stems from an incident last summer where Herring used a stolen tractor to try and plow over a state trooper attempting to stop him during a lengthy police chase that ended in southwest Wise County. Herring goes before Judge John Fostel for sentencing, which will run between five and 99 years for the first-degree felony conviction. The same jury also found Herring not guilty for a second charge in the trial, which was attempted aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a property owner who tried to stop him. Herring already pled guilty to unlawful use of a motor vehicle for stealing the tractor used in the crime. Herring’s defense attorney tried to convince the jury that the tractor was incapable of being considered a deadly weapon, and that anyone could easily get out of the way of an oncoming tractor. The jury appeared to only halfway believe the argument.

DRIVER MAY HAVE SUFFERED MEDICAL CONDITION – Investigators believe a “head bleed” or “aneurysm” caused a truck driver to careen off of U.S. 81/287 and barrel through the Panda Express parking lot in Decatur Tuesday afternoon. The driver, John Baxter, 48, of Oklahoma remains in serious condition at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. The results of “different tests run at the hospital” suggest there has been bleeding on the brain for “a couple of days.” Witnesses say the truck ran off of the highway, down the steep embankment, across the service road and split two trees before jackknifing and hitting a yellow Chevrolet Cobalt parked on the south side of the restaurant, causing a domino effect. An occupant of the Cobalt, Dawn Caddell, 52, of Krum, was transported to Wise Regional Health System for a possible broken hip. The other cars were not occupied. The restaurant closed at around 8:30 Tuesday evening due to the smell of diesel spilled from the grain truck but resumed business as normal yesterday.

ABWN MONTHLY LUNCHEON – The Area Business Women Network meets today. Guest speaker Matt Joiner, associate dean of Weatherford College Wise County, will talk on available business-related classes. Luncheon starts at 11:45, and the cost is $10. For more information visit www.abwn.org.

50TH CLASS REUNION – Bridgeport High School Class of 1962 is planning to hold its 50th Reunion 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Bridgeport Recreation Center. Lunch will be provided. For more information call Gary Potts at (940) 389-8756.

DEMOCRATIC MEETING – Wise County Democrats will have an open meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, in the second floor courtroom of the Wise County Courthouse. A lively discussion is planned, and campaign signs can be picked up.

RINGERS NEEDED – Local volunteers are needed to ring the Salvation Army bell in front of Wal-Mart in Decatur between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Two-hour slots are available from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. All money collected stays in Wise County. To sign up your group, call Tana Fedric at (940) 627-5859. If you have already signed up, call Fedric to confirm your time.

PHONES OUT – The phones have not been working at the county annex building in Bridgeport since yesterday. This includes those for Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace, Auto Registration and County Court-at-Law No. 2. Yesterday a Precinct 4 employee said “a part has been shipped, and hopefully the phones will be working in a day or two.” You can contact those offices via email.

DECATUR HOMECOMING – Tomorrow is the deadline to enter the Decatur Homecoming parade. Community members and organizations are invited to participate, and entry forms can be found on the Decatur High School website. The parade is at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, through the downtown area, and it will end with a pep rally at 3 p.m. at Eagle Stadium. For more information, call the high school at (940) 393-7200.

DEADLINE NEAR FOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – Deadline to nominate someone for Decatur Citizen of the Year is 5 p.m. tomorrow. The Decatur Chamber of Commerce will give the award to a citizen in recognition of his or her outstanding contributions directly to the city of Decatur during the past year. Nominations may be emailed to misty.hudson@netcommander.com or faxed to (940) 627-3771.

ENTRIES DUE TOMORROW – Entries in the Decatur Public Library’s Manga Art Contest are due tomorrow. A grand prize winner will be announced at the monthly Otaku Club meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. Call the library at (940) 393-0290 for more information.

CLASS REUNION – The Decatur High School Class of 1977 is meeting for dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday at Los Vaqueros restaurant across from the old stockyards at 2629 N. Main St. in Fort Worth. For more information or to RSVP, email DHS_77@yahoo.com or visit DHS77 Facebook page.

MELODRAMA PERFORMANCES – The Wise County Historical Society presents its rendition of the melodrama “The Shagwood Secret” or “Double Deal at the Dirty Dog Saloon” by Teddy Keller 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Wise County Heritage Museum in Decatur. For more information, call (940) 627-5586.

FUNERAL – Service for Eddie Ray “Bo” Morman, 56, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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