The Month in Review: September 2018

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, October 6, 2018

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Burn ban ends

After a summer of severe drought, the skies opened up in September. Longtime Decatur weather watcher Doyle Green measured 10.15 inches of rain – the third highest total for the month since 1974.

On Sept. 22, 5.25 inches of rain fell during a storm that prompted the county to stage high-water rescue personnel.

The rainy September followed the welcomed 4 inches of precipitation in August and prompted Wise County Judge J.D. Clark to scale back the burn ban Sept. 4 to prohibiting burning on high fire danger days as determined by the National Weather Service.

Woman charged with murder

Marie Kendale Kimani, 35, of Rhome was arrested at her home in the 12600 block of Forest Lawn Road in the Shale Creek Neighborhood east of Rhome late Sept. 19 after investigators with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the house.

According to the search warrant affidavit on file, Wise County dispatch received an emergency call about a possible suicide at Kimani’s home at 7:16 p.m. Sept. 14. Officers arrived to find a man – identified as 40-year-old Jonathan Tumbo – dead with a single gunshot wound to the chest. Tumbo was found inside the master bedroom closet.

Deputy charged with assault

Wise County Sheriff’s deputy Taylor Alan Whittle of Decatur was arrested Sept. 22 and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony; and assault family violence impeding breathing or circulation, a third degree felony.

The charges stemmed from a domestic violence incident Sept. 17.

Flood damages Decatur High School

Decatur High School was closed Sept. 24 until Oct. 1 after torrential rains Sept. 22 flooded portions of the building.

One of the drains on top of the school collapsed during the storm, sending water cascading into the building and flooding an area from the main entrance to near the gym.

To make up for the week of school missed, the school added 15 minutes to the school day for the remainder of the year.


10.15 inches of rain fell in Decatur in September – the third most for the month since 1974.

5 percent pay increase for all Wise County Sheriff’s Office licensed peace officers approved in the 2019 fiscal year budget.

2,275 minutes of instruction time missed at Decatur High School with the campus closing for five days due to flooding.

1 ranking of the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets volleyball team in the Texas Girls Coaches Association 3A poll.

$45,750 in donations received by Wise County charities on North Texas Giving Day.


“I saw him, and he was way, way in the back. I was just thinking, ‘no man left behind.'” –
Department of Public Safety Trooper Lee Carson on jumping into an Alvord cross country race in full uniform to help runner Clint Wright to the finish line.

“It’s just a small group of us, but we’re going to fight. That’s what we intend to do. So damn the torpedoes ahead, and we’re going to keep fighting.” –
Rhome resident Gail Rother in her protest of the Morris Street Townhomes Addition at a city council meeting.

“Law enforcement really takes care of their own. You don’t really experience it fully until something tragic happens. For them to do everything they’ve done for us, it’s just been amazing.” –
Jenifer Hale on the support of Office of the Inspector General and the law enforcement community, after accepting the Star of Texas Award on behalf of her late husband, Richard, from Gov. Greg Abbott.

“There’s not any bigger supporter of Boyd ISD than Ernest Partin. He loved the school district and community. This is a loss that is going to be felt for a long time. He had a larger than life personality and was a larger than life figure in the community. His fingerprints are on this district everywhere you look.” –
Boyd ISD Superintendent Ted West on former school board president Ernest Partin, who died in September after battling cancer.

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