FATAL ACCIDENT — A Boyd man has died as a result of injuries sustained in an early morning wreck Monday. Toby Baker, 39, was transported via ground ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur following an accident about 6:40 a.m. near the intersection of Texas 114 and County Road 3241, one mile west of Paradise. According to DPS Trooper Bridgeman, Baker was westbound on Texas 114 when his Hyundai Elantra collided with an International truck, described by the trooper as a “pump vac” truck that sprays water on construction zones. The truck was driven by John C. Harvey of Fort Worth, according to Trooper Lonny Haschel, and had just pulled onto Texas 114 from CR 3241 when Baker’s car struck its passenger side. Trooper Haschel said Baker died at WRHS at 8:40 a.m. The accident remains under investigation. Funeral for Baker is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
ROBBERY VICTIM DIES FROM INJURIES — Marvin Zimmerman, 81, has died from injuries sustained in a brutal home invasion robbery last June near Briar where he was bound and gagged and left alone in his home. Officers found the man lying on the floor of his home and believe he had been tied up for several days. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office has ruled the death a homicide and the cause of death as “complications of subdural hematoma, dehydration and renal failure due to being assaulted, bound and abandoned in residence.” Zimmerman died Sunday at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Bedford.
FUTURE OF HOSPITAL UNCERTAIN — In a Fort Worth courtroom, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Michael Lynn Monday afternoon ordered the sale of North Texas Community Hospital to Wise Regional Health System. Whether the Bridgeport hospital can remain open until the deal closes is still up in the air. “We are running out of cash,” attorney Stephen Roberts told the court. Roberts said the hospital’s business declined significantly in November, December and January after the bankruptcy filing was announced Nov. 8. Wise Regional made a bid of $20 million, including a $1 million loan and $19 million to purchase the hospital’s assets. Although 15 potential bidders contacted NTCH and asked for information, the bid deadline of Jan. 28 came and went and Wise Regional’s bid was the only one on the table. Last week NTCH made its first draw on the $1 million loan, getting $650,000 to keep the hospital operating. “We are prepared to turn over control,” NTCH Chief Executive Officer Max Ludeke said after the court hearing. “Our number-one priority is the interest of the community.” Wise Regional CEO Steve Summers said the two groups would begin talking and working together soon on a plan to make the Bridgeport hospital part of the Wise Regional Health System.
SECOND THEFT SUSPECT ARRESTED — The second suspect in Sunday’s trailer theft, which led to a manhunt near Chico, was arrested Sunday night in Tarrant County, according to Captain Kevin Benton with the Wise County Sheriff’s Department. David McMurry, 28, of Chico was found hiding in a motel room in Blue Mound, Benton said. He was booked into Wise County Jail and charged with theft of property $1,500-$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. Shannon Hood, 36, of Sunset was arrested Sunday. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on news stands Wednesday.
BRIDGEPORT COUNCIL MEETS — Bridgeport council members have plenty talk about at their regular meeting at 7 tonight at City Hall. During the workshop portion, council members will weigh in on repairs to the Law Enforcement Center, improvements to Lawdwin Ball Fields, the establishment of a recreation center as proposed by three high school students and the need for assistance with the city’s information technology program. Council members will also consider renewing routine contracts for services such as Ebooks at the library, ball field use and wrecker service. New contracts to be discussed are radio advertising to promote tourism in Bridgeport and records management with a different provider.
CHICO CITY COUNCIL — The Chico City Council meets at 7 tonight at Chico City Hall. Agenda items include consideration and action on a TCEQ enforcement order, annexation of land, discussion on renewal of TXU/Oncor franchise agreement, updates on the new purchasing procedures and utility billing software, appointment of Chico Community Volunteer Fire Department officers and reports from various city departments.
FUNERALS — Service for Katie Marie Calhoun Stevens, 58, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7:30 tonight at the church. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Paul Randle, 70, of Newark will be held at a later date. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Donald Eugene Silver, 88, of Bridgeport is 9:15 a.m. Thursday at DFW National Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
MEMORIAL service for Judith Forson, 69, of Poolville will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Anita Robinson, 68, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.
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.