Update for Thursday, August 9, 2018

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JURY DELIVERS 50-YEAR SENTENCE FOR EVADING – A Fort Worth man who sped through the parking lot of a retail center the week before Christmas last year in an attempt to flee from an officer trying to make a traffic stop was found guilty Wednesday of evading arrest with a vehicle and sentenced to 50 years in prison. David Ray Baker, 45, was arrested Dec. 18 after he sped away from a Wise County Sheriff’s deputy, driving through the four-way stop sign in the parking lot between Cici’s Pizza and Tractor Supply in Decatur. Jurors watched video from the pursuing officer, which showed Baker narrowly missing hitting at least two vehicles before driving through a fence behind Tractor Supply and crashing into a creek bed. Baker then attempted to run on foot before being caught by officers. Officers testified that they found a small plastic bag of what was later determined to be methamphetamine that had been discarded by Baker as he ran. During the punishment phase of the trial, Assistant District Attorney Patrick Berry presented evidence of four previous felony convictions Baker had received over a span of 13 years which resulted in a total of 62 years of prison time. Due to his previous convictions, once he was found guilty in the latest offense, Baker faced a punishment range of 25 years to life in prison. Because the jury found that Baker’s pickup could have caused serious bodily injury or death during the short pursuit, he must serve at least half his sentence – 25 years – before he would become eligible for parole.

1 FLOWN FROM MOTORCYCLE WRECK – A motorcyclist was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital Wednesday after a single-vehicle wreck on Farm Road 718 in Newark. Assistant Chief of the Newark Fire Department Ed Hawthorne said the motorcycle operator was flown by helicopter to the Fort Worth hospital due to the nature of the injuries sustained during the crash. The crash happened along FM 718 in Newark at around 4:15 p.m. The identity of the motorcyclist has not been made available.

WE GOT RAIN, WILL WE GET MORE? – Storms moved through Wise County overnight. Rainfall totals included 0.7 of an inch in Alvord, 0.63 in Decatur and 0.18 in Greenwood. The forecast for today and tomorrow includes a 40 percent chance of storms during the day with a 30 percent chance overnight. Rain chances increase again Saturday night into Sunday.

EIGHTER FROM DECATUR BIKE RALLY – The Eighter from Decatur bike rally is Saturday. The 7-, 25-, 53- and 106-mile routes start and end at Decatur Municipal Airport. Registration starts at 6 a.m., and the ride begins at 7. Early registration is $35 and $40 on race day with all proceeds going to Raquel’s Wings. All riders receive a T-shirt, meal and medal.

PRAYER WALK – The second Chico Prayer Walk is 7 p.m. Sunday at Chico Elementary School, 1120 Park Road. The walk will begin at the elementary and travel to Chico ISD’s other two campuses for prayer.

MEET THE TEACHER – Decatur elementary schools will hold Meet the Teacher Night 5:30-7 tonight.

FREE BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVENT – School-age kids can get free haircuts, backpacks, school supplies and shoes while they last at a special back-to-school event 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant View Baptist Church, 886 County Road 1326 in Bridgeport. Call 940-644-2367 for more information.

CLAY SHOOT – The Wise Health Foundation will hold its annual Clay Shoot Friday, Aug. 24, at the Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds. Check-in is at 8 a.m. with the shoot kicking-off at 9. To register or register your team, visit WiseHealthFoundation.com/events/clay-shoot. If you would like volunteer or make a donation of a raffle item, contact Linda Johnson at ljohnson2@wisehealthsystem.com or 940-626-1384. Raffle tickets can also be purchased online. Proceeds help support Wise Health System programs, services and the purchase of innovative equipment.

FUNERALS – Service for Tommy Earl Doty, 65, of Paradise is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Freddie Crawford Aucoin, 90, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Alvord Cemetery.

SERVICE for Jerry White, 75, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for D’nise Livengood, 63, of New York is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL for Ernest “Ernie” Parker, 54, of Rhome is 6:30 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Boyd. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Jack Jason Kennan, 41, of Newark is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Mary Darilek, 84, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Monday at St Johns Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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