STANDOFF ENDS PEACEFULLY – What started off as a school lockdown in Decatur ended in an armed standoff west of Bridgeport yesterday morning. With a half-dozen heavily-armed and armored SWAT team officers standing by, James Warden, 43, walked out of a house in Airport Estates unarmed and was taken into custody by Bridgeport Police officers at 10:16 a.m. Warden had barricaded himself in the house after making a threat on a social networking website against a Decatur woman, an employee at Carson Elementary School, and their son, who is a student at Decatur High School. Both were moved to a safe location by Decatur Police, but both the Carson and DHS campuses were locked down with high security until news of an arrest was released around mid-morning. Bridgeport Assistant Police Chief Steve Stanford said Warden is expected to be charged with aggravated assault and terroristic threat. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands today.
COUPLE ARRESTED FOR ABANDONMENT – Two people were arrested Sunday after Wise County Sheriff’s deputies rescued an 18-month-old left alone at a trailer home Saturday. The child was locked in a room with an electric space heater running, for approximately eight hours. Tiffany E. Barnes, 34, and Thomas W. Harris, 29, were arrested, and both were charged with abandoning a child and leaving in imminent danger to bodily injury, a second-degree felony. The parents told investigators they left the toddler at home because “he was sleeping, and we did not want to wake him.” They also told investigators they’d taken their 5-year-old with them to a doctor’s appointment. Both children were placed into the care of Child Protective Services. Barnes and Harris both posted their $10,000 bail by Monday and were released. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands today.
RODEO TICKETS – Noon today is the deadline to purchase tickets from the Decatur Chamber of Commerce for the Saturday, Feb. 9, performance of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Ages 2 and older must have a ticket to attend. Cost is $25 each (cash or check only), and they can be purchased at the Chamber office, 308 W. Main.
HEALTH FORUM – The Wise County HealthForum meets 9 a.m. tomorrow at the Decatur City Hall Community Room.
STORY TIME – Story time at the Bridgeport Public Library is 10:30 a.m. today and next Wednesday for children ages 3 to 5; and 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 29 and Feb. 5, for toddlers ages 18 months to 2 years.
SENIOR CITIZENS LUNCH – Seniors 55 and older are invited to enjoy lunch, fellowship and games noon tomorrow at the Decatur Senior Center located at 1200 N. Miller St. For more information, call the center at 940-627-2926.
FUNERALS – Funeral for Ollie Iona Wilkins, 82, of Chico is 10 a.m. today at The Shepherd House in Chico with burial at Vashti Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling the service.
FUNERAL for Marylee Thompson, 54, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery. Memorials may be made to an account at First State Bank in Bridgeport.
VISITATION for Janet Elaine Nathey, 56, of Rhome is 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at Coker-Hawkins.
GRAVESIDE service for Paula Sue “Susie” Thornal, 54, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Thursday at Poolville Cemetery in Poolville.
MEMORIAL SERVICE for William Bernard “Bernie” Lopez, 56, of Cottondale is 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Greenwood Funeral Home, 3100 White Settlement Rd., in Fort Worth.
SERVICE for Pat Bramlet, 76, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Boyd. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for J.B. Barnes, 79, of Alvord is 2 p.m. Thursday at Sunset Assembly of God Church with burial in Alvord Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.