SHOOTING INVESTIGATION CONTINUES – Investigators in both Texas and Colorado will continue their work this week to determine if Evan S. Ebel, who was shot and killed Thursday by local law enforcement officers in Decatur following a high-speed chase in which Ebel shot Montague County Deputy James Boyd and fired at several Wise County law enforcement officers, is tied to the killing of Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements and pizza delivery driver Nathan Leon. On Saturday, for the first time, Colorado investigators identified Ebel as a suspect in the Clements murder case. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado this weekend released a statement saying that shell casings collected in Texas will be analyzed by the Colorado Springs Metro Crime Lab to prove or disprove whether or not the same weapon was used in Texas and in the Clements murder. Via their Twitter page Sunday, the El Paso S.O. said they hope to have ballistics results back “early in the week.” Ebel’s father, Jack, released a statement this weekend saying, in part, “I am profoundly saddened by the recent events involving my son, Evan Ebel, and offer my most sincere condolences to all those individuals and families who have suffered from his actions.” The Bowie News reported this weekend that Boyd continues to recover at Harris Methodist Hospital. “Several local officers have visited and said he looks great,” the News reported Sunday on its website. Comprehensive coverage of last Thursday’s chase and shooting is featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger on news stands now. Check back at WCMessenger.com for the latest in this continuing story.
COUPLE LOSES PETS, BELONGINGS IN FIRE – A couple in Boonsville lost their belongings, including their dog Blue and rabbit Roger, in a fire that scorched their single-wide mobile home Friday night. Reka Diaz and Tony Lane were in Decatur buying garden seeds and supplies for home improvement projects when they received a call around 7:30 from their landlord notifying them that their home on Private Road 3508, southwest of Bridgeport, was on fire. The Boonsville-Balsora Volunteer Fire Department, which was assisted by Bridgeport, Lake Bridgeport and Runaway Bay agencies, responded within minutes. But when the first units arrived, the home was engulfed in flames. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Red Cross was dispatched to assist the couple, who lost everything. To assist them, call (817) 312-2704.
YOUTH FAIR WRAP-UP – The Wise County Youth Fair ended Saturday afternoon with the sale of champions. The Grand Champion Steer, shown by Ray Edwards of Paradise Jr. FFA, was sold for $11,000 to the Youth Fair Champions and Blue Ribbon Club.
FIRE CHIEF HONOR – Newark Fire Chief James Edgemon was honored at a surprise celebration Saturday night at the Decatur Civic Center for his 50 years service to the department. County Judge BIll McElhaney, Sheriff David Walker and others made special presentations to Edgemon, including a letter citing Edgemon’s service to his community from former President George W. Bush. Firefighters from throughout Wise County were on hand for the dinner.
RAINFALL – Parts of Wise County received measurable rainfall this weekend. Totals included 0.32 of an inch in Rhome and 0.2 in Greenwood and Decatur. Wise County remains under a freeze warning through 9 a.m. today, and another freeze warning will go into effect at midnight as temperatures are expected to bottom out in the middle 20s overnight.
GOSPEL SINGING – The monthly Gospel Opry is at 7 tonight in the G. C. Rann Little Theater on the second floor of the Wise County Heritage Museum on South Trinity Street in Decatur. Admission is free, but an offering will be accepted toward the expenses of the Museum.
FIND YOUR FIT – Northwest ISD’s James M. Steele Accelerated High School (606. N. Walnut St., in Roanoke) will host an open house for 2013-2014 high school students and their parents 6 to 7 tonight. Applications are due Friday and can be found at www.nisdtx.org/sahs.
CANCER SURVIVORS – Today is the last day for local cancer survivors and caregivers to register with Relay For Life of Wise County. Those registered will be invited to a dinner Thursday, April 18, and will be honored during opening ceremonies of the all-night walking event Friday, May 17. Register online at www.relayforlife.org/wisecotx (then hit the orange “Sign up” button). Forms may also be obtained by calling Brenda at (940) 627-7661, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or from Brenda at James Wood Motors in Decatur or Erika at the Wise County Messenger in Decatur.
DECATUR CITY COUNCIL – The Decatur City Council tonight will hear reports on the airport, Civic Center and library as well as updates on the city’s finances and the Main Street program prior to its 6 p.m. meeting at City Hall. The staff reports begin at 5:30. During the meeting, the council will consider taking action on the proposed zoning change on the Sheriff’s Posse Grounds along Farm Road 51 South, from single-family to thoroughfare business. They will also hear and discuss a presentation by Decatur Police Sgt. Delvon Campbell regarding Texas Citizens on Patrol.
FUNERALS – Service for Bobby Deaton, 66, of Paradise is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
FUNERAL for Jimmy Kyle Rhine, 67, of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Family Funeral Home with burial at Bethel Cemetery. Family visitation is 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
SERVICES for Carmen Alejandre, 78, of Saginaw and Patty North, 75, of Decatur are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
FUNERAL for Marcia Roberts Devoll, 50, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
SERVICES for Betty Manning, 78, of Boyd and Mary Lord, 46, of Rhome are pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.