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Monday, July 28, 2014

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2-VEHICLE ACCIDENT KILLS LOCAL WOMAN – A Lake Bridgeport woman was killed Sunday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of U.S. 380 and Farm Road 1658 in Bridgeport. Margaret Aden, 72, and her husband, James Aden, 78, were southbound in a Chevrolet Tracker on FM 1658, also known as Lake Road, about 12:30 p.m. As they traveled through the intersection with U.S. 380, they were hit by a Toyota Tacoma pickup driven by Zachary Sloan, 33, of Breckenridge. Bridgeport Police Chief Randy Singleton said Sloan was traveling westbound and ran the red light. The impact was just in front of the driver’s side door on the Tracker. Mrs. Aden was pronounced dead at the scene, and Mr. Aden, who was driving, was transported by PHI helicopter to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Sgt. Ricky Schwartz said late Sunday that according to hospital authorities, Mr. Aden is expected to survive. Sloan, who was not injured, was arrested on suspicion of intoxicated manslaughter with a vehicle and intoxicated assault with a vehicle. He was in Wise County Jail Monday morning, but his bond had not yet been set. Schwartz could not comment about the specifics that prompted the charges. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

TEENS HIT AT REUNION ENTRANCE – One teenager was released and another remains hospitalized with a broken pelvis after being hit by a pickup Friday night near the entrance to the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion in Decatur. Just before 9 p.m., a group of seven young people parked at the gas station on the corner of John Street and Farm Road 51 South and were attempting to cross the highway to go to the Reunion. Barbara Crawford, 19, Cassi York, 15, and Tamara Sparkman, 16, linked arms and crossed the southbound lanes of 51. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said traffic was backed up in the center turn lane, and the girls walked between cars and then stepped in front of a northbound Chevy S-10 pickup. The pickup struck Crawford and York, who remains hospitalized with a broken pelvis. She was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth by Air Evac Lifeteam 68, and Crawford was transported to JPS via a Wise County EMS ambulance. She was released Saturday. Sparkman was knocked to the ground and had a scraped arm and knee but was not transported. The police chief said the pickup was driven by William Boaz, 55, of Decatur. He was not injured and is not facing any charges related to the accident.

MAN STABBED AT REUNION – An argument over a beer cooler ended with a Slidell man being stabbed Friday night at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion in Decatur. Police Chief Rex Hoskins said Chris Fletcher was stabbed in the hand and slashed across his stomach and back, but was not seriously injured. Around midnight, Fletcher tried to stop a man from taking beer from his cooler. Hoskins said the two got into a shoving match, and the other man pulled out a knife, stabbing Fletcher. The suspect fled the scene and had not been arrested as of Sunday night. Hoskins said he didn’t want to release the suspect’s name until he was in custody, but they know who it is. Wise County Medic 1 was called to the scene, but Hoskins said treatment was not required. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

DEATH INVESTIGATION – The Bridgeport Police Department is investigating the death of a man found in his vehicle on Owens Street Friday night. Cpl. Richard Taylor said just before midnight a 47-year-old man was found not breathing and locked in his car, which was parked in the 300 block of Owens Street in Bridgeport. He was discovered by family members, who called 911. In the meantime, they also managed to pry the door open. The man was sitting in the driver’s seat. Wise County medics and the Bridgeport Fire Department were dispatched to the scene, along with the PD, but upon arrival, medics immediately determined the man was deceased. He was pronounced dead by a Wise County justice of the peace. Taylor said the cause of death is undetermined, and it remains under investigation. The man’s body was sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

BLOOD DRIVE – James Wood Motors in Decatur will host the Carter BloodCare bus 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday. Call ahead to Brenda at 940-627-2177 to make an appointment, or come out anytime.

DEMOCRATIC MEETING – The Wise County Democratic Party will meet at 6:15 tonight in the courtroom of the Wise County Law Enforcement Center, 200 Rook Ramsey Dr. in Decatur.

GOSPEL SINGING – The monthly Gospel Opry sing-along is 7 tonight in the G.C. Rann Auditorium located in the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Admission if free, and an offering will be accepted toward expenses of the museum.

FUNERALS – Service for Linda Kay Lawson, 68, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Edna McPhail Baker, 95, of Chico is 11 a.m. today at Westview Cemetery in Atlanta. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Wayne Tate, 78, of Alvord is 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Herbert Wright, 78, and Jonnie Bishop, 95, both of Decatur are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for James Wayne King, 47, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Wallace Shackleford, 46, of Paradise is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.