HOME INVASION SUSPECT SOUGHT – Decatur Police continue to search for a young man who allegedly broke into an apartment and grabbed a young woman Monday morning. The suspect entered the apartment at approximately 8 a.m. through an unlocked door. According to investigators he snuck up behind a female in the residence and grabbed her in a “bear hug.” But the female fought back and proceeded to force the man out of the second floor apartment. No items were taken, and no injuries were reported. The home invasion occurred at Crestview Place Apartments located in the 900 block of W. Thompson Avenue. The identity of the suspect is not known at this time, but is described as a white male with a thin build that looks to be anywhere from 18 to his late 20s. He has pale skin, dark wavy hair that covers his ears but doesn’t go down to his shoulders, dark eyes and is between 5’10” and 6′ tall. He was wearing a baseball hat with a flat brim, a long sleeve black shirt and dark pants. The victim worked with Ashleigh Portales with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office to produce a composite sketch of the suspect, which can be viewed at WCMessenger.com. After the home invasion occurred yesterday morning, McCarroll Middle School, located across the street from the apartments, went into a “soft lockdown” mode for most of the morning as a precautionary measure. Anyone with information on the suspect should call the Decatur Police Department at (940) 393-0310.
BOMB THREAT SUSPECT RELEASED – District Attorney Greg Lowery Monday confirmed that charges have been dropped on one of three Decatur High School students arrested Dec. 10 in connection with a bomb threat at the school. The three girls, who are not being identified because they are juveniles, were accused of writing a bomb threat on a note and bringing it to school officials that afternoon. Earlier in the day, the school had been evacuated when another bomb threat had been discovered in a boy’s bathroom, causing the evacuation of the school. And another bomb threat had been discovered less than a week prior. The one girl was released from a juvenile detention center to relatives yesterday, and Lowery said the other two girls will be released today, although he plans on moving ahead with prosecution of those two girls. They face a third degree felony charge of terroristic threat. The investigation into the three bomb threats continues.
RED CROSS MEETING – The Wise County Red Cross meets 7 p.m. Thursday at the EMS building at 1101 W. Rose Ave. in Decatur. Sandwiches will be served, and the group will celebrate the holidays and their first year of supporting Wise County. Those attending are invited to bring holiday treats. New volunteers are also welcome.
RUNAWAY BAY COUNCIL – The Runaway Bay City Council meets 7 tonight at City Hall, 101 Runaway Bay Drive. In addition to routine items, this agenda’s scarce agenda includes consider approving the city’s audited financial statements for the year ended Sept. 30.
BRIDGEPORT COUNCIL – The Bridgeport City Council meets 7 tonight at City Hall, 900 Thompson St. Bridgeport High School senior Edward Esparza will talk to the council about the need for teen entertainment centers in town. Other agenda items include a public hearing for both an exception to the masonry ordinance for Precinct 4 barn and amending the ordinance on on-site sewage facilities.
SKATE WITH SANTA – A Skate With Santa fundraiser is 5:30-7:30 tonight at Decatur Skate. Tickets are $7 at the door and $5 in advance by calling Wendy at (940) 210-4491 or Cindy at (281) 974-1727. Proceeds benefit Decatur Hockey Team.
REGISTRATION CONTINUES – Registration for spring 2013 classes at Weatherford College Wise County continues this week. The WCWC offices are open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon Friday. For more information, call (940) 627-2690 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society meets 6:30 tonight at the Wesley Center building of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. The club will have its annual Christmas dinner and gift exchange as well as an auction to raise money for the club. Members are asked to bring canned goods for Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM). For more information call Penny Nixon at (940) 627-2537.
CHAMBER MEETING – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce is meeting at noon Thursday at the Bridgeport Country Club. Board members should be present to make reports.
PTO RAFFLE — Paradise PTO is having a raffle for a set of Saladmaster titanium/stainless steel/lifetime guaranteed cookware. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10 and can be purchased at any campus office or from PTO members. All proceeds benefit Paradise schools, and the drawing is Dec. 21. For more information, call Bonnie Doty at (940) 389-2717 or email email@example.com.
FUNERALS – Service for Hal Glendell Buie, 80, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
FUNERAL for Deanna Brammer Green, 74, of Aurora is 2 p.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery.
FUNERAL for Jerry L. Jackson, 71, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Wilson Prairie Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
FUNERAL for Minnie M. Jennings, 69, of Chico is 2 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home with burial at Sunset Cemetery.
SERVICE for Donna Jean Fuller, 86, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.
FUNERAL for Wanda Williams of Cottondale is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home in Lewisville.