OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING – A 52-year old Decatur man is in critical condition at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth following an officer-involved shooting on County Road 1260 about 10 p.m. Wednesday. Sheriff David Walker identified the man as Christopher Harp. He said Deputy Steven Yancey was called to the house after receiving reports of “gun play.” He wasn’t sure he was at the right address and was using his spotlight to check the address when the man walked out from behind a tree with a gun. The deputy told him to drop it, and he kept walking toward the car and refused to drop the gun, pointing it at the officer. Yancey shot him with a .357 magnum. Harp’s weapon turned out to be a black BB gun. “It was dark, and the gun the man had looked exactly like a .22 rifle,” Walker said. He said that officers had been called to the same house about a month ago on what had been called in as a suicide attempt. “I’m not sure if it was Mr. Harp or not,” Walker said Thursday. The victim of that incident was treated for a cut on his arm at WRHS. Walker said the JPS security chief told him early this morning that Harp is trying to wake up. Texas Rangers have been called to investigate, and the deputy has been put on paid administrative leave. “(Yancey) responded exactly as he’s been trained,” Walker said.
SOUTH WISE WRECK – Texas 114 between Rhome and Boyd near the Paint Ball Palace was littered with debris from a two-vehicle head-on collision just before 6 a.m. Thursday. One person in the accident had to be extricated from a vehicle by Boyd and Rhome firefighters and was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital by Wise County EMS. A victim in another vehicle was taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. TxDOT crews were called to help remove debris from the roadway about 6:30 a.m. Fire and emergency units began to clear the scene about the same time. More information will be posted at WCMessenger.com as it is available.
DECATUR WRECK – A crash around 9 Wednesday morning near Decatur sent two people to hospitals. Department of Public Safety Trooper Bobby Marquez said a car driven by Patricia Woodrick, 56, of Aubrey was northbound on County Road 3051 just south of Preskitt Road when she topped a hill and struck a southbound vehicle driven by Justin Caldwell, 25, of Decatur. Woodrick suffered a head laceration and was transported by ground ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Caldwell was taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur after complaining of abdominal pain. Marquez said Woodrick failed to give half of the roadway.
RAIN TOTALS – Rainfall from yesterday included 0.79 of an inch in Rhome, 0.3 in Alvord and 0.29 in Decatur.
STOLEN TRANSPORT RECOVERED – An auto transport was reported stolen from the Love’s Truck Stop in Rhome yesterday and was later found in Fort Worth. It was carrying new Ford F-150 pickups according to Wise County Sheriff David Walker.
TRUCK TRAFFIC RESTRICTED – Wise County commissioners voted Monday to restrict truck traffic on three county roads. Through truck traffic will no longer be allowed on Old Reunion Road in Precinct 1, County Road 1480 in Precinct 2 and the north end of County Road 1550 in Precinct 2. A public hearing on the issue was held before the commissioners’ regular meeting, but no citizens attended.
DECATUR SWIRL – Decatur Swirl is 6-10 p.m. Saturday in historic downtown Decatur. There will be wine, food, music and shopping. Tickets are $30 and are available online at www.decaturswirl.com or at iCopy. All participants with check in at Decatur Visitor Center across from Wise County Messenger to receive their wine glass and tour map. Decatur Main Street will have a raffle there as well with contributions from community businesses.
HAUNTED HOUSE – Alvord Project Graduation 2014 will hold a haunted house at the old middle school, located behind Alvord Express 7-11 tonight.
COSTUME PARADE – Bridgeport Main Street’s Suit Up and Say Boo Halloween parade is 5-6 tonight. It will begin at the Bridgeport Stage and proceed down Halsell Street. For more information, call 940-683-3404.
FALL FESTIVAL – Governor’s Ridge in Decatur will host a fall festival 6-8 tonight. There will be free hot dogs and chips, bounce house, games, trick-or-treating, apple bobbing, face painting, cotton candy and prizes.
HALLOWEEN EVENT – The Rock Church in Runaway Bay will hold Trunk or Treat 6-8 tonight. The event will include free food, inflatables, candy and a hay ride. The church is located at 513 Port-O-Call. For more information call 940-575-9229.
OFFICE CLOSED – The offices at Chico City Hall will be closed to the public today as the office staff moves to a new utility billing program. All other city of Chico operations will continue as usual.
BLOOD DRIVE – Wal-Mart associates are sponsoring a blood drive 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday at Wal-Mart in Decatur.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for Esther Miller, 82, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at Crossroads Church in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Jennie Garrett Conditt, 53, formerly of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday at Skyvue Funeral Home in Mansfield. Memorial committal service is 1 p.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Herald D. Gillespie, 87, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery.
GRAVESIDE service for Mariann Elaine Weber, 46, of Newark is 1 p.m. Friday at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins.
GRAVESIDE service for Monica Cordova, 83, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at Cottondale Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements