CHASE LEADS TO ARREST – A man was arrested by state troopers Thursday night after leading them in a high-speed pursuit and crashing on the west side of Runaway Bay. Around 5:30 p.m. a reckless driver on a black motorcycle was reported on U.S. 380 in Decatur. Department of Public Safety Trooper Philip Redmon said he got behind the motorcycle on 380 near the Wise County Sheriff’s Office and activated his lights and sirens in an attempt to pull him over. The motorcycle did not stop but instead continued west on 380 at a high rate of speed. Redmon couldn’t confirm the speed, but other officers said over the police scanner that the motorcycle was traveling more than 100 miles per hour. As the chase approached the Runaway Bay city limit, a Bay officer joined the pursuit. The motorcycle crashed on the west side of Runaway Bay, but the rider was not injured. He fled on foot and was quickly apprehended by the Bay officer. He was examined by Wise County medics. Redmon didn’t release the rider’s name at the scene but said he was arrested for evading an officer.
LOCAL CHARGED WITH HELPING FUGITIVE – A Boyd resident was arrested earlier this week for helping murder suspect Garland Allen elude police. Stephanie Taylor, 49, was arrested Monday for hinder apprehension or prosecution of a known felon. According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Taylor knew Allen was wanted for murder and was with him when she was contacted by police, but she dropped Allen off on Bobo’s Crossing near Boyd before returning home to speak with the officer. Allen was found a short time later and arrested for the murder of his ex-wife, Tracy Allen, in Oklahoma 12 years ago. Taylor posted $15,000 bond and was released. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands Saturday.
CHRISTMAS IN DECATUR – Several Christmas-themed events are happening in Decatur today. The annual Moonlight Madness event means participating stores will be offering discounts on items throughout the day, and many will be opened extended hours. Children can visit and have their photo taken with Santa Claus 4:30-6 p.m. at the Wise County Courthouse. The lighted parade is 6:30 p.m. through downtown Decatur. The JOY Fun Run is at 4:15 p.m. (registration is $20), and the 5K is at 4:30 p.m. (registration is $30). The evening will also feature carriage rides through downtown and holiday music by Ron Cole.
WATCH YOUR ACCOUNTS – A data breach at Target stores across the country has put nearly 40 million credit and debit card accounts at risk. The store said the breach happened between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. Local banks ask customers who may have shopped at a Target during this time period to watch their accounts closely for any unauthorized activity. The breach only affected transactions in Target stores, not online purchases.
COOL AND WET, BUT NOT FREEZING – The temperature is expected to drop throughout the day with a 40 percent chance of showers after noon. The chances increase to near 100 percent overnight with a low of 37. There is an 80 percent chance of more rain tomorrow, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.
BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Regional Health System in Decatur will host a blood drive 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, in front of the hospital. For more information, call Annette Raley at 940-626-0167.
TRASH SCHEDULE – Trash collection for the City of Boyd will be on Monday and Friday for the next two weeks beginning Monday, Dec. 23, due to the holidays.
SANTA AND FRIENDS – Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves will be available to greet children and hand out candy canes at 137 Nottingham Circle 6-9 p.m. today through Sunday.
FAREWELL RECEPTION – The Bridgeport Economic Development Corp. board of directors will hold a farewell reception for William Myers, outgoing executive director, 4-6 p.m. today at Sagebrush Cafe in Bridgeport.
FUNERALS – Graveside service for James Patrick Duffey, 76, of Austin is 11 a.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Janice Hamann, 62, of Chico is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
NO SERVICE is scheduled at this time for Edward T. Garcia, 73, of Bridgeport. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Bennie Turner Clark, 80, of Bedford is 2 p.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is noon-2 p.m. prior to the service.
SERVICE for Houston Martin, 80, of Azle is pending at Christian-Hawkins.
MEMORIAL service for Buddy O’Dell, 57, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday at Thomas Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Macil Brooks, 96, of Decatur is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.