SON DETAINED IN MOM’S DEATH – The Wise County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a Decatur woman, and her son is being detained for questioning in the case. Captain Kevin Benton with the Wise County Sheriff’s Department said a member of the woman’s family had called the sheriff’s office asking officers to check on the woman’s welfare late Sunday afternoon. Officers arrived and found the body of an unidentified elderly white female outside a home at 710 County Road 4270 a few miles south of Decatur. The woman’s son was detained at the scene based on his statements to officers, Benton said, and later taken to the Wise County Jail for questioning. Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Terri Johnson pronounced the woman dead at the scene. Her body was sent to the Dallas medical examiner’s office for an autopsy. Benton said the autopsy should be performed today, and they should know more on the cause of death at that point. More information will be posted in this developing story at WCMessenger.com as it is available.
MAN ARRESTED FOR KIDNAPPING, DEADLY CONDUCT – A Newark man was arrested early Sunday morning on multiple charges involving a shooting in his neighborhood. Officers responded to the 400 block of Country Living Drive in Newark just before midnight late Saturday night in response to a complaint about a man with a gun. When officers arrived, they reported hearing gunfire. Details of the incident have not been released, but the suspect, Kenneth Carl Carlton Jr., 38, was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated kidnapping, burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit another felony and deadly conduct according to the jail’s website. After Carlton was detained, medics were called to check him out due to the fact he was “tazed multiple times,” according to police radio. An officer at the scene said no one was injured in the shooting. More information will be posted at WCMessenger.com as it is available.
ELECTION RESULTS – Voters have made their choices in local city and school elections. In Decatur, Wade Watson won Place 1 with 330 votes over Tony Mooney, who received 240. In the Decatur City Council race, Randy Bowker retained his Place 6 seat by a 163-42 vote over Peter Rivera. In the Chico School Board race, Paul Cantrell was the only incumbent to retain his seat. He received 140 votes in Place 3 while challengers Greta McDaniel received 126 and Victor Gonzales 67. Donald Clark defeated Noel Ruddick 170-161 for Place 4. Bill Hand won Place 5 by a 178-154 vote over Craig Moss. Three at-large seats in Rhome were won by Louis Godfrey (89 votes), Charles Pennington (75 votes) and Ronnie Moore (74 votes). Also receiving votes were Cole Blanche (54), Chris Graves (50) and Pattie Mitchell (19). Anne Davis-Simpson was elected to Place 3 on the Northwest School Board with 937 votes. Kyle Morris received 470 votes and Edward R. Mergenthal Jr. 95.
STATE TRACK RESULTS – At the state track meet Saturday, Northwest’s Desiree Freier won her second straight state championship in the pole vault, setting a new state record with a vault of 13-9. Other Northwest results included Zach Kirkland, 7th in the 800 meter with a time of 1:55; Kiarra Simpson, 7th in the discus with a throw of 133-9; and Kellee McCann, 4th in the 3200 meter with a time of 10:50. Decatur’s results included Nicole Neighbors, 4th in the 300 hurdles with a time of 45.23 and 8th in the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.77; Haley Dennard, 7th in the 800 meter with a time of 2:22; Brandon Rivera, 4th in the 800 meter with a time of 2:00; and Taylor Clayton, 5th in the 3200 meter with a time of 9:38 and 6th in the 1600 meter with a time of 4:30. Alvord’s Savannah Williams won 2nd place in the 800 meter with a time of 2:21.
TEEN INJURED IN WRECK – A Decatur teenager was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth early Saturday morning following a wreck in the Decatur Acres neighborhood south of Decatur. Department of Public Safety Trooper Gary Reid said Elizabeth Susan Roberts, 18, of Decatur was operating an all terrain vehicle, going eastbound on River Road when she didn’t make the curve at the intersection with Mockingbird Lane, left the roadway and crashed head on into a tree. Neighbors found Roberts passed out and called 911. A helicopter ambulance was dispatched and landed on Mockingbird Lane in the residential neighborhood. Reid said Roberts was flown mainly for precautionary reasons, and he did not believe the injuries were life-threatening. The accident was reported shortly after 2 a.m.
MOTORCYCLIST FLOWN FROM WRECK – Richard Gene Mesler, 59, of Paradise was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth after he crashed his motorcycle on County Road 3673 in south Wise County Sunday afternoon. Department of Public Safety Trooper Beau Bridgeman said Mesler was westbound on the county road when he apparently when off the side of the road, lost control of the bike and crashed into a ditch. Bridgeman said it appears Mesler was traveling at an unsafe speed. He said Mesler sustained injuries to his head, but the injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. The accident happened around 5:30 p.m.
CAPTAINS MEETING – Relay For Life of Wise County team captains meet 7:30 tonight at Candlewood Suites in Decatur. At this final gathering before the event on Friday, May 17, team captains will pick up T-shirts, turn in baskets for the silent auction and last-minute money and sign up for campsites and trash pick-up. For more information, call Stephanie at 940-393-3165.
VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION – Northwest ISD Partners in Education (PIE) will host an orientation for new volunteers 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Wilson Middle School (14250 Sendera Ranch Blvd., in Haslet). PIE will share ways to become involved and partner in Northwest ISD. RSVP to Phil Beckman at 817-215-0175.
SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wesley Center of the First Methodist Church in Decatur. The program will be presented by Duane Durrett from the Weatherford College Wise County Campus.
PARADISE HISTORICAL SOCIETY – Rosalie Gregg, executive director of Wise County Heritage Museum, will be the guest speaker at the Paradise Historical Society meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church, 301 S. Oak Street, in Paradise. Gregg will present “Mann Family History-From Tennessee to Texas.” Admission is free and the public is invited. Refreshments and business meeting will follow the presentation. For more information, call (940) 859-3691.
RETIRED EDUCATOR MEETING – The Wise County Retired School Personnel’s last meeting until September is 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Decatur Civic Center. An End of Year Celebration will be held. All active and retired school personnel are invited. Register by calling (940) 575-2341.
REPUBLICAN MEETING – Wise County Republicans meet at 6:30 tonight in the training room of the Wise County Sheriff’s Office Complex. Wise County Commissioner and Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District representative Kevin Burns will talk about water issues.
NORTHWEST SCHOOL BOARD – At its board meeting, Northwest ISD officials will discuss donating temporary use of portable buildings, furniture and fixtures to West ISD. NISD trustees will also open the process to rename NISD Agricultural Sciences Learning Center to honor a staff or community member who had a passion and advocated strongly for the district’s ag program. Trustees will hear an update and finalize an employee compensation plan during a budget workshop at 5:30 p.m. before the 7 p.m. meeting. The plan, which includes a 2 percent increase at each pay grade, will be voted on during the regular meeting. Both the workshop and the meeting will be held at the NISD Administration Building, 2001 Texan Drive.
FUNERALS – Graveside service for Ambrose B. Plucker, 91, of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Wednesday at Oakhill Cemetery in Neenah, Wis. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Westgor Funeral Home in Neenah. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL for Mary Martha Turnipseed, 62, of Chico is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel.
SERVICE for Thomas Russell Whittington, 60, of Newark is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.