Friday, March 2, 2018

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SUSPECT TO BE CHARGED WITH MURDER – After 24 hours on the run, Johnny Ray Armstrong of Bridgeport was captured by law enforcement Thursday night in Alvord. Bridgeport Police Chief Steve Stanford said Armstrong will be charged with murder after shooting victim Ruben Dunlap, 20, died at Medical City Denton around 5:15 Thursday evening. Stanford said the Wise County Sheriff’s Office and a helicopter from the Dallas Police Department assisted with the capture of Armstrong, who was located at the Alvord Truck Stop just before 10 p.m. Thursday. Armstrong initially refused to obey officers’ commands, Stanford said, so he was Tazed and taken into custody. Dunlap was found shot in the head Wednesday night in Armstrong’s home in the 1500 block of Brush Street in Bridgeport. Armstrong had fled the scene, and his vehicle was found abandoned Wednesday night off Farm Road 1810 east of Chico. Schools in Chico and Bridgeport both went into soft lockdown Thursday as a precaution. Stanford said Armstrong was not armed when he was caught.

YOUTH FAIR WRAPS UP THIS WEEKEND – Friday’s schedule at the Wise County Youth Fair includes the prospect steer show at 8 a.m. followed by the market steer show, the breeding beef heifer show at 1 p.m. and the Heart of a Champion Show at 5 p.m. Saturday’s events include the judging contest from 9-11 a.m., the pet show at 10 a.m., the barbecue meal 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. followed by the awards at 12:30 and the auction at 1 p.m.

LAST DAY TO VOTE EARLY – Today is the last day to vote early in the March 6 primary. Yesterday, 427 votes were cast. Early voting is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at four voting locations in Wise County: the Wise County Elections Office, 200 S. Trinity St., in Decatur; Alvord City Hall, 215 W. Elm St.; Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave.; and Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 1000 Thompson St.

BATTLE OF BIG SANDY SOCCER – The Bridgeport and Decatur soccer teams will square off tonight at Eagle Stadium in pivotal 3-4A games. The girls teams play at 5:30 with the boys to follow.

NORTHWEST HEADS TO REGIONALS – The Northwest Texans will take on Canyon Randall at 6 p.m. today in the 5A Region I basketball semifinal at The Coliseum in Snyder. The winner will play in the region final at 2 p.m. Saturday.

NORTHWEST ISD BOUNDARY MEETING – Northwest ISD officials will hold a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Chisholm Trail Middle School in Rhome to discuss the pending attendance boundary changes. NISD trustees earlier this week recorded a split 3-3 vote on the recommended attendance boundaries, which included placing the dividing line between Chisholm Trail and Adams middle schools at the Wise-Tarrant county line. The proposed change would drop the projected enrollment at Chisholm Trail to under 500 students for the campus.

CANDIDATE FORUM – Wise Citizens for Property Rights will hold a candidate forum 6 p.m. Monday at the Bridgeport Lions Hall. There will be a short business meeting before the forum at 5:30.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT – The Parkinson’s Support Group meets 6 p.m. Tuesday at the old Fit-N-Wise building, 609 Medical Center Dr. in Decatur.

FOOD PANTRY OPEN SATURDAY – The Decatur Cares mobile food pantry will be in the parking lot of the Decatur ISD Administration Building, 309 S. Cates St., 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday. It’s open to anyone in the community who needs help with groceries. The 18-wheeler full of food comes to Decatur the first Saturday of every month throughout the year.

DR. SEUSS STORYTIME – Dr. Seuss Storytime at the Decatur Public Library is 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The teens in the Decatur Area Reading Council (D.A.R.C.) are hosting a special Dr. Seuss Storytime for children of all ages. For more information, contact the library at 940-393-0290.

FUNERALS – Service for Paula Duty Phipps, 56, of Rhome is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

MASS of Christian burial for Gloria Garcia Lopez, 70, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. today with rosary at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL for James Ross, 80, of Boyd is 6 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

VISITATION for Jonathan DelaRosa, 20, of Bridgeport is 5-7 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Gloria Eller, 60, of Runaway Bay will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Jody Daniels, 70, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

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