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Friday, January 25, 2013

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CHARGES FILED AFTER STANDOFF – James Warden, 43, was charged Wednesday with aggravated assault against a public servant, a third degree felony, and terroristic threat, a class B misdemeanor, by the Bridgeport Police Department. He was booked into Wise County Jail with a $50,000 bond for the assault charge and a $2,500 bond for terroristic threat. Tuesday morning Warden barricaded himself in a home in Airport Estates in Bridgeport after issuing threats on social media against his wife, an employee at Carson Elementary, and their son, who is a student at Decatur High School. Both schools were locked down until mid-morning when Warden finally gave himself up after a standoff with officers at the home where he had been staying. Warden remains in jail. If found guilty, he could receive two to 10 years for the assault charge, and up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine for the terroristic threat.

DRUG BUST – Wise County sheriff’s deputies raided a house in the Newark area Thursday afternoon and arrested three persons. Sheriff David Walker said the department’s SWAT team confiscated 6 ounces of meth valued at between $17,000 and $20,000 and $7,000 in cash. Two of the three were later released, but Jackie Glen Minshew, 60, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, penalty group 1, greater than 4 and less than 200 grams with intent to deliver, a second degree felony. Walker said the investigation is ongoing, and more arrests are possible. He also plans to file civil seizure on the house.

Kassandra Davila

Kassandra Davila

ARSON CHARGE – A Bridgeport woman has been charged with arson of a habitation, a second degree felony, in connection with a fire that scorched an abandoned “but habitable” home Jan. 13. Kassandra Davila, 27, admitted to pouring gasoline around the single-story, wood-frame home, owned by her grandmother, in the 700 block of Second Street in Bridgeport. Davila told investigators that she was “angry with her grandmother for kicking her out.” Investigators with the Bridgeport Police Department filed the arson charges Thursday, but Davila had been in Wise County Jail since the day of the fire on unrelated charges. She was charged with theft of property $50 or more but less than $500 after walking out of CashSaver Cost Plus with a cartful of groceries, shortly after Bridgeport and Lake Bridgeport firefighters were dispatched to the blaze around 3:30 p.m. Bridgeport police officers located Davila less than a mile from the store, in the shoulder of the southbound lanes of Chico Highway. Her description fit that of a suspect eyewitnesses said walked up to the house with a jug in her hand just before smoke began billowing out the windows, said Bridgeport Police Sgt. Todd Low.

RED MINIVAN INVESTIGATED – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office received notification yesterday that a text warning of a suspicious person was being sent to Paradise parents. It said, ” there is a man in a red minivan driving around in the Paradise area that the police are looking for, this man is a danger to children, it has been advised not to let your children play outside. ” According to a Sheriff’s Office press release sent late yesterday, Deputy Justin Hunter was able to identify the vehicle/suspect, and the person in question is a private investigator. The release said, “If you receive this text, please be advised this situation has been investigated, and there is no reason for alarm.”

BASEBALL SIGN-UPS – The Decatur Baseball League is holding spring sign-ups 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at Harmon Park in Decatur. Bring a birth certificate. You can also register online at www.decaturbaseballleague.com. Deadline is Saturday, Feb. 2.

DANCE CLINIC – The Northwest High School Sidekicks drill team will host a dance clinic for anyone age 3 three and older 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the school, 2301 Texan Dr., in Justin. Participants will perform during halftime at the NHS boys’ varsity basketball game Friday, Feb. 1, around 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.nisdtx.org//Domain/228.

BYA BOARD MEETING – The Bridgeport Youth Association will meet 4 p.m. Sunday at Bridgeport Community Center to discuss upcoming spring sports (including fees) and open positions on the board. For more information, visit www.bridgeportyouthassoc.com or email emccomis@yahoo.com.

NEED A DONKEY? – Wise County Animal Shelter is having an auction for a donkey noon Saturday at the shelter.

LOCAL CONCERT – Country singer Leona Williams and special guests Ron Williams and The Brazos Valley Boys Band will perform 7 p.m. Saturday at the Community Center, 413 Pelham St., in Bowie. General admission is $18. For more information, call 940-872-3785 or email bcc@cityofbowietx.com.

RETIRED TEACHERS – Wise County Retired School Personnel meet 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Decatur Civic Center. All retired, and active, school employees are welcome to attend. Call 940-575-2341 to register.

FUNERALS – Service for Pat Bramlet, 76, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Boyd. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL SERVICE for Wanda Banister, 77, of Wise County is 6 p.m. today at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Decatur.

MEMORIAL SERVICE for William Bernard “Bernie” Lopez, 56, of Cottondale is 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Greenwood Funeral Home, 3100 White Settlement Rd., in Fort Worth.

FUNERAL for Khristi E. Hardee, 40, of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Monday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.