ROBBERY SUSPECTS PLEAD GUILTY — Two of the suspects in a brutal home invasion that occurred last summer in Briar pleaded guilty this week. Last June, officers found Marvin Zimmerman, 81, bound and gagged, lying on the floor of his home in the 1400 block of New Hope Road. Investigators said Zimmerman had been tied up for several days before he was discovered. Jimmy Ray Murrell, 50, of Fort Worth, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery Tuesday in Decatur’s 271st District Court. He received a 50-year prison sentence. Roger Lee Hammons, 49, of Fort Worth, pleaded guilty Monday to the same crime and received 40 years in prison. Two more suspects, Sheri Lynn White, 48, and Michael Anthony Cordova, 33, both of Fort Worth, pleaded guilty last week and are expected to receive 10-year sentences. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on news stands today.
3 ARRESTED IN POT OPERATION — Wise County sheriff’s office investigators arrested three men Monday who were apparently selling high-quality marijuana from California out of a home in Chico. The marijuana was being sent through the U.S. mail and transported in private vehicles to Chico where it was repackaged and distributed. Zachary Palmer, 24, of Trophy Club, Collin Jackson, 23, of Corpus Christi, and Robert Durham, 20, of Southlake, were taken into custody and charged with engaging in organized criminal activity. Approximately 8 1/2 pounds of marijuana was seized at the residence with a street value of approximately $47,500. Read more in the midweek Messenger.
WRECK INJURES 1, TRAPS DOG — Lisbeth Fischer, 20, of Rhome, was northbound on U.S. 81/287, near the Tarrant County line, yesterday around 1 p.m. when she crossed over the median, over the southbound lanes, across another median and over the access road before crashing her Jeep into a tangle of trees. She suffered serious injuries and was flown to a Fort Worth hospital. Her dog was pinned between the seat and the passenger side door, and firefighters used the Jaws of Life to free it from the wreckage. The dog was apparently uninjured. Read more in the midweek Messenger.
TAKING A STANCE — By approving a resolution Tuesday, the City of Bridgeport joined other members of the Oncor Cities Steering Committee against statutory changes being considered by the current legislature. Those changes would limit or eliminate the cities’ original jurisdiction in the utility rate-making process. Currently, a retail electric provider, such as Oncor, that desires to amend its rates must file a rate case with the Texas Public Utilities Commission (PUC). However, municipalities in Texas retain original jurisdiction in ratemaking cases and have the opportunity to review the rate amendment case and recommend action.
RED CROSS MEETING — Red Cross of Wise County meets 7 p.m. Thursday at 110 W. Rose Ave. in Decatur. News and updates will be given. New volunteers are welcome.
DECATUR SCHOOL BOARD — The Decatur School Board meets tonight for the annual evaluation of the superintendent. The special meeting, at 6 p.m. at the district’s administration building, will include a closed session for the evaluation followed by an open session. The board will also meet for their regular monthly meeting Thursday beginning with a closed session at 6 followed by the open meeting. Agenda items include a presentation given by Billie McConnell with Connected Consulting, the company providing professional development to the district; a donation of motors, transmissions and distributors valued at $7,000 from Joe Chambers to the DHS Auto Tech Skills class; and a discussion of the central office transition plan.
NO PARADISE COUNCIL MEETING — The regular Paradise City Council meeting scheduled for Thursday has been canceled due to the expected lack of quorum. Two council members are not able to attend, and one place is currently vacant due to the recent resignation of Michael Robertson.
FUNERALS — Memorial for Rossilyn Cecile Phillips, 73, of Bowie is 2 p.m. Saturday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness Church in Bowie. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Willy Vincent, 82, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church of Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
FUNERAL for Ernest Lee Lingle, 91, of Azle is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Poolville Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
FUNERAL for Raymond Steward Sr., 51, of Boyd is 2 p.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery.