INTRUDER SUSPECT ARRESTED – A man was arrested Tuesday afternoon for Monday’s home invasion at Crestview Place Apartments in Decatur. Eric Thomas Brake, 21, turned himself in to the Decatur Police Department about 3:30 p.m., according to Police Chief Rex Hoskins. Hoskins said Brake called and left a voice mail at the department indicating he was the perpetrator. An officer returned Brake’s call, and they arranged for him to turn himself in. “He described the incident to the tee of what the victim said,” Hoskins explained. “He said after he saw the composite drawing, he knew we had him. I think that’s a very big credit toward (Ashleigh Portales, who produced the sketch). This case couldn’t have been broke without her.” Brake is from Kansas but was living with relatives at the apartment complex. Hoskins said he will be charged with burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit a sexual offense, a first degree felony. He was booked into Wise County Jail late Tuesday afternoon. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on news stands today.
RED FLAG WARNING – The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for Wise County and areas to the west from 1-7 p.m. today. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and dry vegetation will create “explosive fire growth potential,” according to the NWS. That means that the county’s burn ban will be in effect this afternoon and early evening. All outside burning and welding is prohibited. A wind advisory will also be in effect this evening from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. tomorrow as northwest winds behind a cold front are expected to be between 25 and 30 miles per hour with gusts of up to 40 miles per hour. The high today is expected to top out around 78, and the overnight low is expected to be 32.
POLLUTION PETITIONS DENIED – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday sent out a response to cities, school districts, the county and other organizations throughout Wise County explaining why it is denying their petitions to exclude the county from the EPA’s “nonattainment” area for air pollution standards. “After carefully considering 29 petitions asking for reconsideration of final area designations for the 2008 ozone standards, EPA continues to believe that the technical information supporting our final designations provides a sound basis for our decisions,” said the EPA’s Dallas office in a statement issued yesterday. The agency also denied four requests that they “stay” the designation for a specific area. Read more in today’s Messenger.
HORSES SEIZED – The Wise County Sheriff’s Department seized two horses Tuesday evening after executing a search warrant in the 100 block of Private Road 1605 in Alvord. Sheriff David Walker said a neighbor notified them that the horses were malnourished and that one horse was dead in the pasture. Investigators called in veterinarian Margaret Sterle to examine the live horses and perform a necropsy on the dead horse. She said it was 20 to 25 years old and “in the advanced stages of life.” Walker said she noted that there was “good quality coastal hay available” to the animals. No charges had been filed on the livestock owner as of Tuesday night, but Walker said the case would be reviewed Wednesday morning.
SHUTTLE SURVEY – TAPS Public Transit is asking Wise County residents for input on the need for an airport shuttle service. TAPS already provides public transportation within the county, but this would be an additional service, providing transportation to and from DFW and Love Field. County residents can take a survey about the proposed service at www.TAPSbus.com/survey. Deadline is Monday, Dec. 31.
WATCH FOR SANTA – The Decatur Fire Department’s “Santa on the Streets” tour continues 5-9 tonight in neighborhoods West of North Trinity Street, north of West Walnut Street and east of U.S. 81/287. A complete map was featured in the weekend Messenger.
DECATUR TRASH PICK-UP – Trash pick-up in the city of Decatur will assume its normal schedule Monday, Dec. 24, but, starting Christmas Day, will shift over a day – Tuesday’s collection will be on Wednesday, Wednesday’s on Thursday, Thursday’s on Friday, Friday’s on Saturday. Recycling collection won’t be affected and will remain on Wednesday.
CHICO TRASH PICK-UP – Chico trash pick-up the week of Christmas and New Year’s will be on Thursday, instead of Wednesday. City Hall will be closed on Christmas Eve, and it will close at noon on New Year’s Eve.
CHAMBER MEETING – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce is meeting at noon tomorrow at the Bridgeport Country Club. Board members should be present to make reports.
GET CHECKED OUT – RGA HomeCare in Bridgeport will offer free blood pressure, blood sugar and oxygen level checks 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday. Visitors can also enjoy refreshments and meet the staff. For more information call (940) 683-6370.
FUNERALS – Service for Hal Glendell Buie, 80, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
SERVICES for Pedro Trevino, 82, of Decatur and Donna Talley, 47, of Alvord are pending at Coker-Hawkins.
GRAVESIDE service for Samuel A. Hines, 81, formerly of Aurora is 2 p.m. Friday at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday before the service at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
FUNERAL for Jerry L. Jackson, 71, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Wilson Prairie Cemetery.
FUNERAL for Bobby Ray, 64, of Chico is 2 p.m. Thursday at Jones Family Funeral Home with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
FUNERAL for Lee Hamby, 82, of Cottondale is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.