CHASE LEADS TO MANHUNT, ARREST – One suspect is in jail and another still on the loose following a police pursuit that ended with a crash, vehicle fire and left an officer with burn injuries Sunday. Shannon Hood, 36, of Sunset and another suspect stole a trailer and welder Sunday morning from an oil lease on Farm Road 1655. A pursuit began around 9:45 a.m. when they refused to stop for officers. Sgt. Clint Caddell and Sgt. Mike Neagle with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office were close behind as the chase sped down County Road 1560, northeast of Chico, when the pickup plowed through a fence in the 2000 block. The pickup and trailer sped across a pasture where it crashed into a culvert and caught fire. Hood and another suspect fled on foot, and Caddell and Neagle abandoned their vehicles to pursue the suspects. In the meantime, the grass caught fire, and it spread quickly, burning the patrol vehicles. When Caddell and Neagle realized their vehicles were about to catch fire, they attempted to return to them but were unable to move them in time. Caddell suffered second-degree burns to his arms and hands and first-degree burns on his face and head. He was treated at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur and released late Sunday afternoon. Chico, Alvord, Crafton and Decatur firefighters extinguished the fire while a manhunt ensued. The search involved multiple agencies, including a helicopter and search dogs, and about two hours after the crash, Hood was found by the dogs hiding in the brush about a mile southeast of the crash site. Hood was charged with theft of property greater than or equal to $1,500 but less than $20,000, criminal mischief less than $1,500 for tearing down a fence where animals are kept, and evading arrest with a vehicle, all of which are felonies. He was also charged with evading arrest, a misdemeanor.
MOTORCYCLE CRASH – Daniel Masten, 65, of Alvord was seriously injured when he crashed his motorcycle on the U.S. 81/287 service road in front of Decatur Arby’s about 5:45 p.m. Saturday. Officer Keith Hilton with the Decatur Police Department said there were no witnesses to the accident, but it appeared that the man hit the curb and fell over. When emergency responders arrived on scene, the motorcycle was in the service road, laying against the curb, and the rider was laying in the grass. He was not wearing a helmet. The rider was transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur and then flown to a Metroplex hospital. His condition was not available Sunday afternoon.
BOYD HOUSE FIRE – Two men are homeless after their house northeast of Boyd burned early Sunday morning. Residents Ricky King and Jesse Roberts were able to escape the blaze with their dogs, Buddy, Conan and Bear, but their belongings were lost. Boyd, Rhome, Decatur and Paradise fire departments fought the fire on County Road 4358, but the home could not be saved. Boyd firefighter Jonas McEntire said the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Gail King has owned the home since 2006, and her son, Ricky, has lived there three or four years, she said. The American Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the two men.
JAIL EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT – An inmate supervisor with Wise County Sheriff’s Office was arrested Friday and charged with multiple counts of sexual assault of a child. The sheriff’s office received a complaint on Tuesday, Jan. 29, that Jeff Shurbet, an inmate work crew supervisor, allegedly assaulted a child multiple times. Sheriff David Walker immediately suspended Shurbet without pay and removed him from county property pending the investigation. Texas Ranger Jim Holland conducted numerous interviews and gathered physical evidence. Holland then interviewed Shurbet who confessed to the allegations and was subsequently charged with eight felony sexual offenses. Shurbet was arrested and booked into the Wise County Jail for seven counts of sexual assault of a child, each second degree felonies, and one charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first degree felony. Justice of the Peace Terri Johnson set bond at $75,000 for each second degree felony and $120,000 on the first degree felony charge. The case is still under investigation. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on news stands now.
WRECK ON TEXAS 114 – Texas 114 was shut down this morning due to a one-vehicle accident at County Road 3341, about a mile west of Paradise, shortly before 7 a.m. A helicopter was called to the scene to transport a patient, but the patient ended up being transported by ground ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. No other information was available as Update was going to press. Emergency responders were still on the scene as of 7:45 a.m.
DRUG ARREST IN NEWARK – Danny W. Worley, 47, of Newark was arrested Thursday for possession of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams. A week earlier, on Jan. 24, officers raided the home of Jackie G. Minshew, 60, in the 200 block of County Road 4874 where they discovered 6 ounces of methamphetamine and $7,000 in cash. Evidence collected in that case led Wise County Sheriff’s Office investigators to Worley’s residence, located in the 100 block of Farm Road 718 in Newark. Using a search warrant, they gained access to the home and seized 4.25 ounces of meth and a large amount of packaging paraphernalia commonly used to distribute narcotics. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on news stands now.
SUPPORT GROUP – The Grief Support Group meets 6 tonight at the Wise Regional Health System West Campus (old hospital). Enter at the far left hand side of the building. The group meets the first Monday of every month. For more information call Laura Tanner at (940) 626-2973.
FUNERALS – Service for Katie M. Stevens, 58, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
SERVICE for Paul Randle, 70, of Newark is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
SERVICE for Donald Silver, 88, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
FUNERAL for Bert “Bo” Edwin King, 80, of Newark is 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Mount Olivet Chapel in Fort Worth. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.