EBEL’S GUN TIED TO CLEMENTS’ MURDER – The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado announced yesterday that the gun used by Evan Ebel to shoot Montague County Deputy James Boyd and also used in a shootout with Wise County officers last Thursday is the same gun used to kill Tom Clements, the chief director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, last Tuesday. The findings were confirmed following an analysis of the shell casings by the Colorado Springs Metro Crime Lab. “The confirmation goes well beyond acknowledging the same caliber and brand of ammunition being used, but rather is based on unique, and often microscopic markings left on the casings at both scenes,” Lt. Jeff Kramer wrote in a statement released by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. Ebel was killed following a shootout with officers at the end of a high-speed chase that ended at the intersection of U.S. 380 and Business 380 in Decatur Thursday morning. A search warrant obtained by the Wise County Messenger from the Wise County District Clerk’s Office revealed a laundry list of items found in the 1991 black Cadillac driven by Ebel. He used a 9mm Smith and Wesson handgun during his firefight with Wise County sheriff’s deputies and Decatur police officers. In addition to the handgun, investigators found more weapons and ammunition in the vehicle along with narcotics, cell phones, computers, thumb drives, memory cards and several forms of correspondence with an unknown or unidentified suspect who might be involved in the case. The most damning items found include a Domino’s Pizza carrier bag and a Domino’s Pizza jacket. This possibly connects Ebel with the murder of Nathan Leon, 27, a part-time delivery driver for Domino’s Pizza in Denver. Leon was found murdered on Sunday, March 17.
VOTE FOR LOCAL COOK’S RECIPE – Helen Fields of Paradise and her Honey and Bacon Brussels Sprouts Pizza recipe are one of 60 semifinalists in category 1 of the Pillsbury Bake-Off. The 33 entries who garner the most online votes from now until Thursday will join the finalists from two other categories in the national Bake-Off competition Nov. 10-12 in Las Vegas. Vote for Helen’s Honey and Bacon Brussels Sprouts Pizza recipe at www.pillsbury.com/bakeoff.
OFFICE MOVE – The Decatur WIC Clinic-Outreach Health Services office has moved to 2014 Ben Merritt Drive, Suite C (in front of the hospital). WIC is a USDA supplemental nutrition program for pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants and children under the age of 5. Call (940) 627-5796.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Historical Society meets noon Thursday for lunch at the Wise County Heritage Museum in Decatur. Retired University of North Texas professor Ron Marcello will speak. He collected lost battalion survivors’ oral history. Visitors are welcome.
EASTER AT THE LIBRARY – The Decatur Public Library will host children’s Easter Egg hunts at 11 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Sign up is required, and spaces are limited. Call (940) 393-0290 to reserve your spot.
STAY SHARP – Governor’s Ridge and Angels Care Home Health will host the first in a series of community education sessions 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday at Governor’s Ridge, 300 E. Devereaux St. in Decatur. The topic is “keep your senses sharp.” RSVP for a complimentary lunch at (940) 627-1104 or RSVP@governorsridge.com.
SHERIFF’S OFFICE HUNT – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office annual Easter egg hunt is 11 a.m. today at the Decatur Civic Center. Food and drinks will be provided. Bring a basket for hunting and a camera for photos with the Easter bunny.
PRE-K PRE-QUALIFICATIONS – Prekindergarten pre-qualification packets are available at all NISD elementary schools and can be picked up through today. For more information, visit www.nisdtx.org/prek or call (817) 215-0198.
HEALTH FAIR – A few spots are still available for those wanting to participate in the Wise County Health Fair 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Decatur Civic Center. The fair is sponsored by Wise County United Way. Entry forms for booth space are available on the United Way website at www.wisecountyunitedway.org/healthforum.html. For more information, call Dena Silvers at (940) 627-5080.
QUARTER AUCTION – Proceeds from tonight’s Bridgeport Quarter Auction will go the Area Business Women’s Networking Scholarship Fund to benefit local high school and college students. Entry fee is $2 for a bidding paddle and entry for several door prizes. Raffle tickets will be available for $1 each or seven for $5. Half of the money goes to the winner, the other half to charity. Cash will be paid for your unwanted gold, silver and platinum, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund. The event, for ages 18 and older, is 6-8 p.m. at the Bridgeport Lions Club, 1107 8th St.
FUNERALS – Service for Jimmy Kyle Rhine, 67, of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Bethel Cemetery. Family visitation is 7-9 tonight at the funeral home.
FUNERAL for Bobby Deaton, 66, of Paradise is 10 a.m. Friday at the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home with burial at Willow Point Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
SERVICE for Carmen Alejandre, 78, of Saginaw is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
GRAVESIDE service for Pat North, 76, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.
NO SERVICE is scheduled at this time for Mary Meadows Lord, 46, of Rhome. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Betty Manning, 78, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Friday at Christian-Hawkins.