MURDER CASE UPDATE – The body of a Sunset woman found buried in a shallow grave in a wooded area south of Greenwood appears to be that of Samantha McNorton, 28. Although investigators are still waiting on confirmation from the medical examiner’s office, other evidence, such as tattoos on the victim that match those as described by family members, indicate it is McNorton. David W. Malone, 29, of Bowie has been charged with the murder and is being held under a $2 million bond. The death occurred on or about Nov. 5, and investigators believe it occurred at a separate, still undisclosed, location in Wise County. Sheriff David Walker said they are still waiting on autopsy results before releasing how she was murdered, but he did say it was a “violent murder.”
VACANT HOME DAMAGED BY BLAZE – Fire heavily damaged a vacant home at 1202 Stevens Street in Bridgeport Monday night. No utilities were connected to the single-story, wood frame home, and Bridgeport Fire Chief Terry Long said the cause is suspicious and under investigation. He said the fire apparently started in the living room area. The home is owned by Bob Carpenter, and he did not have insurance on the home, Long said. Bridgeport, Lake Bridgeport, Paradise and Decatur fire departments responded to extinguish the blaze along with Wise County EMS and Bridgeport police. The fire was reported around 7:15 p.m. The Bridgeport Fire Department was dispatched back to the location just before 1 this morning when the fire rekindled.
BENEFIT ACCOUNT – A benefit account in the name of Samantha McNorton has been opened at Wells Fargo to help with funeral expenses. Donations may be made at any Wells Fargo location. Memorial service for McNorton is 11:30 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Alvord.
FOSSIL, ROCK, MINERAL THANKSGIVING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society gathers for its monthly meeting and annual Thanksgiving dinner 6:30 tonight at the Wesley Center, 200 E. Main St., in Decatur. For more information, call Jim Archer at (940) 627-2329.
HOLIDAY CLOSINGS – Wise County offices and dumpsites will close Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.
BOOT CAMP BENEFIT – JRobs Thanksgiving Boot Camp is 10 a.m. Thursday at the McCarroll Middle School track in Decatur. Cost is a minimum $15 donation, and all proceeds will benefit the Red Cross/Hurricane Sandy victims.
SOCKS FOR SENIORS – Superior Auto Repair in Decatur is collecting Socks for Seniors. Donate new, adult socks, and they will be distributed to residents of area nursing homes. For more information, visit www.socksforseniors.com.
TRASH PICKUP SCHEDULE - Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, trash pickup for the city of Decatur has changed this week. Normal Thursday trash pickup will be Friday, and normal Friday trash pickup will be Saturday.
MOONLIGHT MADNESS PARADE – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce Moonlight Madness Parade is Saturday, Dec. 1. For more information or to enter, call the chamber office at (940) 627-3107.
AUXILIARY DRAWING – The Wise Regional Hospital Auxiliary will have a drawing for a $500 bag of money Dec. 3. Raffle tickets are on sale for $1 each or six for $5 and can be purchased in the hospital lobby or gift shop or from a volunteer.
BRIDGEPORT COUNCIL – The Bridgeport City Council meets 7 tonight at City Hall. Council members will consider an amended ordinance on brush and tree limb collection and dispersing hotel occupancy tax dollars to the high school boys and girls basketball booster clubs. They will also hear reports on the city’s investment portfolio and a budget variance for October.
RUNAWAY BAY COUNCIL – The Runaway Bay City Council meets 7 tonight at City Hall. After a public hearing on allowing residences with 1,300 minimum square foot home living areas in designated areas, the council will vote on the matter and a proposal for repairing the council chamber floor.
FUNERALS – Service for Peggy Green, 75, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
SERVICE for Jerry Foster, 92, formerly of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
MEMORIAL service for Samantha Jo McNorton, 28, of Sunset is 11:30 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Alvord. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Jack Brent Utley Jr. of Newark is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
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 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.