MAN ARRESTED AFTER HIGH SPEED PURSUIT – A man who led officers on a high-speed chase that stretched across two counties Friday night was arrested on numerous charges, including felony drug charges. Chbira George Chavira, 29, of Dallas was charged with manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance 4-200 grams, evading arrest/detention with vehicle, tamper/fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, no driver’s license and failure to maintain financial responsibility. His total bond was set at $78,800, and he remains in the Wise County Jail. Sgt. Bryan Nodine with the Decatur Police Department said he was parked on the shoulder in the 1400 block of U.S. 81/287 in town when Chavira swerved and almost struck his vehicle around 9:20 p.m. The pursuit reached speeds of around 110 miles per hour as Chavira headed north on U.S. 81/287 to Alvord before he turned around and headed back south. During the chase, Nodine said he saw Chavira constantly throwing items from the vehicle. He ran several people off the road, Nodine said, and when he reached Rhome, he headed east toward Texas Motor Speedway in Denton County. Since this is a race weekend, traffic got much heavier as Chavira approached Interstate 35, and he ran over barricades and narrowly missed causing accidents. He finally wrecked near the intersection of I-35 and Texas 114, striking Nodine’s car in the process. Chavira tried to run on foot but got only about 20 yards before he was caught. Police recovered about 50 grams of methamphetamine in his vehicle but suspect much more was thrown out his window during the chase. No one was injured in the pursuit.
RHOME HOUSE FIRE – Four fire departments responded to a house fire in the 300 block of Private Road 4732 in the Diamond Ridge subdivision near Rhome early Saturday. The Rhome Volunteer Fire Department received the call around 12:15 a.m. When they arrived, they could see flames in a front room and heavy smoke coming from the front door of the double wide mobile home. East Wise, Newark and Justin fire departments assisted with the fire, which was extinguished shortly after 1 a.m. Deputy Fire Marshal J.C. Travis said the cause of the fire is undetermined, but it will most likely be an electrical malfunction, possibly from a space heater. Three adults and a couple of pets live in the home. No one was injured. Red Cross was called out to the location to help the three who were displaced by the fire.
2 INJURED IN ROLLOVER – Two Borger residents were taken to hospitals following a single vehicle rollover near Alvord late Sunday night. Department of Public Safety Trooper Tim Murphy said Michael Libardo Ybarra, 19, was northbound on U.S. 81/287 about 1 1/2 miles north of Alvord when he lost control of his vehicle in a curve, ran off the roadway and rolled into the ditch around 11:15. Ybarra suffered a laceration to his head and was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. A passenger, Alexandria Perez, 18, was taken by ground ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. Northbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 were shut down for about 30 minutes so the helicopter could land.
RAINFALL DEFICIT CONTINUES … – Wise County received 2.87 inches of rain in the month of October, well below the average of 4.52 inches for the month. That brings the 2013 total so far to 26.35 inches, which represents a 7.08-inch deficit compared to the average rainfall amount for the first 10 months of the year. Temperatures in the month ranged from a high of 94 on Oct. 12 to a low of 36 on Oct. 19.
…BUT THERE’S A CHANCE OF RAIN TODAY – The National Weather Service in Fort Worth is predicting a 50 percent chance of showers today, with chances increasing to 70 percent tonight. Tomorrow, there’s a 70 percent chance of storms. Today’s high is expected to reach 64.
THANKSGIVING DINNER – The First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport’s Thanksgiving dinner is 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets can be purchased at the church office. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 5 to 10, if purchased in advance. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children at the door. Kids age 4 and under are free.
OFFICE CLOSING – The Wise County Attorney’s Office will be closed Wednesday through Friday for training and Monday, Nov. 11, for Veteran’s Day.
BRIDGEPORT SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Bridgeport’s Spirit of Christmas applications are available beginning today at the Bridgeport Public Library, 2159 10th Street. The deadline to return applications to the library is noon Wednesday, Nov. 13. Applications returned after the deadline will not be accepted. A full story on Spirit of Christmas programs around the county was featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.
GRIEF SUPPORT – Wise County Christian Counseling will host Hope through the Holidays, an evening for those walking the journey of grief and those journeying beside them, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Fireplace Room at the Decatur Church of Christ.
COLLEGE/CAREER MEETING – Decatur High School will conduct a Senior Parent College/Career Informational Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Wise County Weatherford College Campus in Room 204. Immediately following at 6 (also in room 204), Weatherford College will hold a financial aid meeting. In addition, Weatherford College is hosting a College Night where several college representatives will be present to answer questions.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for Roy E. Tackle, 85, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Sunday at the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Esther Lee Miller, 82, of Boyd is 10 a.m. today at Crossroads Church in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Mildred Gray Anderson, 99, of Chico is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
SERVICE for Billie Bowers, 81, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.