TEEN SHOT IN SOUTH WISE – Although the shooting of a 14-year-old boy in Briar Tuesday afternoon remains under investigation, it appears to have been accidental. Investigators said four kids were playing in the front yard of a home in the 100 block of County Road 4764 in Briar when they saw a snake. A 12-year-old and a 14-year-old ran inside the home to retrieve a gun to shoot the reptile. “In the process of rushing outside, the 12-year-old bumped the wall with the rifle – a .22 Long Rifle – setting it off,” Wise County Sheriff David Walker said. The 14-year-old boy sustained a “through-in-through” wound in the lower abdomen. Walker said an adult at the home loaded the boy in the car to drive him to the hospital. “But they called the mother of the victim, who advised them to pull over and call 911,” he said. The driver pulled into the parking lot of Azco Short Stop on Farm Road 730, just inside the Tarrant County line, to call in the emergency about 1:30 p.m. A helicopter was dispatched to the scene to fly the victim to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth. His condition was unknown as of late Tuesday. Authorities are withholding the names of those involved because they’re minors.
FORMER JP INDICTED FOR SEX ASSAULT – Former Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace C.D. Archer was indicted last week on 16 counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count of indecency with a child by sexual contact. He was arrested and posted $125,000 bond Monday. According to the indictments, the aggravated sexual assaults took place numerous times from 1994 to 2002. The indecency charge, which named a different victim, happened in 2001. Both victims were under 17 years of age. Read more in midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.
FIREWORKS OVER DECATUR – Victory Family Church’s 5th annual Fireworks over Decatur event starts at 7 tonight with bounce houses, water slides and food and snow cones for purchase. The fireworks show will be at dark.
VEHICLE BURGLARS STRIKE NURSING HOMES – Burglars struck vehicles at two different Decatur nursing homes earlier this week. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said the windows of three vehicles were broken at Senior Care Health and Rehabilitation at 701 Bennett Rd. during the overnight hours, Sunday into Monday. Two purses and a wallet were stolen. During the same time frame, two vehicles at The Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation at 201 East Thompson St. were also broken into and similar items were taken. Anyone with information should call the Decatur Police Department at 940-393-0300.
CHANCE OF STORMS – The National Weather Service predicts a 40 percent chance of storms today with a high of 91.
BRIDGEPORT HOLIDAY CLOSINGS – City of Bridgeport offices and the Municipal Court will be closed Friday in observance of Independence Day. The Library will be closed Friday and Saturday. The City pool will be open from noon-3 p.m. on Friday. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, July 7. If you need immediate non-emergency assistance, call 940-683-3430.
WISE COUNTY HOLIDAY CLOSINGS – Several Wise County Administration offices will close early Thursday. Citizens should call the office they need before going. All Wise County administration offices will be closed Friday in observance of Independence Day. The Wise County Animal Shelter will be closed Friday and Saturday and will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 8.
SPRAYING FOR MOSQUITOES – The City of Boyd will spray for mosquitoes at 8 tonight.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for Roy Lynn Sweatman, 66, of Boonsville is 5 p.m. Monday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
GRAVESIDE service for Charles Bryan Cobb Jr., 60, of Paradise is 10 a.m. Thursday at Sweetwater Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
MEMORIAL service for Gurtha Louise (Craft) Wilson, 87, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at Coker-Hawkins.
SERVICE for Doris Cullpepper, 83, of Denton is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
FUNERAL for Landry Grace Godwin, the infant daughter of Brandon and Jessica Godwin of Bridgeport, is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins-Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.
FUNERAL for Cora Lou St. John, 78, of Chico is 10 a.m. Thursday at Living Water Church in Chico with burial at Cumby Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.
SERVICE for Martha Keath, 103, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.