AFFIDAVIT: SON KILLED MOM AND BURIED HER UNDER TRASH – Kirk Alan Heithecker assaulted his 75-year-old mother, killing her, according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by a open records request from the Wise County Messenger. The affidavit states that the daughter of Nancy Heithecker went to her mother’s house for Mother’s Day and asked Kirk Heithecker where she was. Kirk, 49, responded that she was dead and “under the trash.” The daughter called the sheriff’s office and deputies were sent to the home at 710 County Road 4270. Kirk told deputies he “killed his mother with his heel” and was “sending her to hell,” according to the affidavit. Investigators found a large pile of trash in front of the home and found Nancy’s body underneath. When investigators asked Kirk what happened, he said his mother was sitting in the loveseat in the living room and he kicked her and hit her. He then took his mother’s body outside, “placed his black robe on her that was the process of going to hell” and then threw trash on her because he could still see her. The Southwest Institute of Forensic Science performed an autopsy Monday and determined that the cause of death is homicidal violence including blunt force trauma and strangulation. Heithecker has been charged with murder and remains in the Wise County Jail with bond set at $1 million.
NEW FIRE MARSHAL – Wise County commissioners welcomed new fire marshal, Chuck Beard, at their regular meeting Monday. “I’m real excited to be here,” he said. “I’ve been in fire service for 28 years and just retired from Weatherford last year. I’m not here to reinvent the wheel or anything. I’m just here to help out.” Beard and his wife, Melinda, live in Parker County but plan to move to Wise County.
GIVING BACK – Organizers of Bridgeport Gives Back are looking for volunteers to help with various community service projects Wednesday through Sunday. Projects include construction and home maintenance for neighbors in need, nursing facility outreach, supporting special needs baseball players, assisting the elderly with smoke alarm safety and recognizing local educators. To register, contact Charli Franks at (940) 683-4008, (940) 393-1494 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Shelley McComis at (940) 683-4738, (940) 399-8277 or email@example.com.
MASONS HONOR – Bridgeport Masonic Lodge No. 587 will recognize three teachers and six students from each Alvord, Bridgeport and Paradise schools at an awards presentation 6 tonight at the Masonic Lodge, 1012A Halsell St., in Bridgeport. Those being honored include: Melissa Nivens of Alvord Middle School; Kay Short of Bridgeport Middle; and Melanie Tittor of Paradise Elementary as Outstanding Teachers and Chase Walter and Ariel Rogers of Alvord; Cameron J. Crawford and Nikki Mowery of Bridgeport; and Dalton Meadows and Sara Kelly of Paradise as scholarship recipients.
SOFTBALL MEETING – The Wise County Adult Softball League coaches meeting is 7 p.m. Thursday at Renshaw Park. A team representative must be present. Men’s and coed league play begins in June. For information call Clifton North at (940) 393-2752.
FUNDRAISER LUNCHEON – The ladies of the Boonsville Community Center will hold their annual fundraiser luncheon noon Wednesday. Everyone in the area is invited.
3-ON-3 BASKETBALL – The Decatur Boys Basketball Program is hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at 5 p.m. May 24 at DHS. Divisions include men’s, women’s, co-ed, boys and girls. Cost is $140 per adult team and $100 per youth team. All entries must be received by May 23. Call Coach Coffman for more information at (806) 252-6660.
SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT – A coed softball tournament benefiting the fallen Bridgeport Police Sgt. Randy White Scholarship fund is June 1 at the Bridgeport Rec. fields. Cost is $175 per team. Deadline is this Friday. If interested call Misty Schwartz at (940) 389-0207.
SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet at 7 tonight at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. The program will be presented by Duane Durrett from the Weatherford College Wise County Campus.
ALUMNI FUNDRAISER – Decatur FFA Alumni is having its awards dinner and silent auction 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the DHS cafeteria. The public is invited. A barbecue meal, provided by Wise Electric Co-op, is free – but they hope to raise $5,000 through the auction and general donations. Proceeds benefit scholarships and help alleviate expenses for FFA members traveling to contests. The featured item in the auction is a spring turkey or hog hunt for four in LaSalle County.
ASK ONCOR – The Great Bay Alliance and Oncor will present a come-and-go open house 5 to 7 p.m. today at The Club at Runaway Bay, 400 Half Moon Way. Attendants will learn how to save energy and how to benefit from smart meters. There will be drawings for gift cards.
FUNERALS – Graveside service for Mary Jon (White) Fleming, 84, formerly of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Thomas Russell Whittington, 61, of Newark is 1 p.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
FUNERAL for Richard David Puckett, 56, of Alvarado, formerly of Bridgeport, is 2 p.m. Thursday in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Jim Ned Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.