Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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JURY FINDS ANDERSON GUILTY – After a quick, one-day trial, Daniel Ray Anderson, 32, was found guilty Tuesday afternoon of possession of a controlled substance in an amount less than one gram, and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Anderson will be sentenced by the same jury Wednesday morning. He was arrested July 31, 2012, at a mobile home on County Road 3341, near Paradise, where he rented a room, after Wise County Sheriff’s Dept. Investigator Chad Lanier went there with two other officers to talk to him about a stolen tractor. They found a .22 rifle, drug paraphernalia and a small amount of drugs in his bedroom. Anderson had a previous conviction for failure to register as a sex offender. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

HORSE RACING OPERATION BUSTED – Six people have been arrested for operating what investigators say was an unlicensed horse racing facility near Alvord. The arrests took place after the six people, including two Wise County residents, were indicted by a grand jury for racing without a license, a violation of the Texas Racing Act. The Texas Department of Public Safety conducted an undercover investigation and witnessed betting taking place on the outcome of races. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

DIVE-IN MOVIE – Bridgeport Box Office presents “Freebirds” as the dive-in movie Saturday at the city pool. The pool opens at 7 p.m., and admission is $1.

FAREWELL RECEPTION – A farewell reception for Amber Fogelman is 3-5 p.m. tomorrow at the Bridgeport Council Chambers. Fogelman, the outgoing community relations and Main Street manager, worked for the city of Bridgeport for five years.

BABYGARTEN – BabyGarten with Ms. Sandra at Chico Public Library runs 11 a.m.-noon today. There will be stories, music and a handprint craft. For more information, call Michelle at 940-644-2330.

PIZZA FUNDRAISER – Open Arms is having a fundraiser 5:30-7:30 tonight at the Bridgeport Pizza Hut. Come by the office at 1401 Cates St. Suite 101 in Bridgeport to pick up a flyer, or print one off of their Facebook page at facebook.com/openarmsofwisecounty. You must present a flyer for proceeds to go to Open Arms.

RAIN POSSIBLE – It’s possible Wise County will see rain overnight or tomorrow. The National Weather Service forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of rain overnight and tomorrow, decreasing to a 30 percent chance Thursday night.

FUNERALS – Services for Margaret Williamson, 89, and Jerry Utley, 72, both of Decatur are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Randall Brett Dickson, 57, of Sunset is 1 p.m. Thursday at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Montague County. Family visitation is 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins prior to the service.

MASS for Maria Ruiz-Quezada, 52, of Chico is 2 p.m. today at St. John the Baptizer Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Christian burial will be in Panteon Municipal De Las Bocas in Mexico. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Kenneth Barkley, 41, of Chico is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Freddie Shannon, 81, of Newark is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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