Update for Tuesday, January 8, 2019

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STABBING DEATH – A woman died Monday evening after being stabbed by an estranged boyfriend at a tanning salon in the 1000 block of Business U.S. 380 in Decatur. The murder suspect fled the scene in the victim’s car and led a pursuit from Decatur to north of Alvord. He crashed out around 8 p.m., hitting a tree in the median just north of County Road 2798 near Brushy Creek. He was flown by Air Evac Lifeteam 68 to Medical City Denton with multiple self-inflicted stab wounds and a head injury. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said the man, identified as Ronnie Brezina, 63, of Decatur confronted the woman, later identified as Brandy Wallen, 45, of Decatur, at Toast Your Bunz tanning salon. The two individuals had an altercation in the parking lot. “Apparently he chased her inside Toast Your Bunz and catches her in a room,” Hoskins said. “During the fight, he stabbed her multiple times.” Wallen was transported by ambulance to Wise Health System where she died an hour later. Brezina was in serious but stable condition Tuesday morning, Hoskins said. He said murder charges will be filed on Brezina. Officers from the Wise County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Public Safety assisted Decatur with the pursuit. U.S. 81/287 was shut down for several minutes as the medical helicopter landed on the highway. Alvord firefighters assisted with the scene. The road was reopened around 9 p.m. Hoskins said the two had been in a relationship but had broken up around Thanksgiving.

BASKETBALL SCHEDULE – Tonight’s local high school basketball action includes (boys) Bridgeport vs. Henrietta, Boyd at Tolar, Paradise at Breckenridge, Alvord at Valley View, Chico at Lindsay, Slidell vs. Forestburg, (girls) Decatur at Krum, Bridgeport at Springtown, Boyd at Tolar, Paradise at Breckenridge, Alvord at Callisburg, Chico at Poolville and Slidell vs. Forestburg.

BREAK’S OVER – Students return to class after winter break today. Be sure to pay attention to school zones and buses loading and unloading.

PARADISE HISTORICAL SOCIETY – Paradise Historical Society meets at 7 tonight at the First United Methodist Church in Paradise, 304 S. Oak St. Dr. Robert Little, associate professor, Tarrant County College, will bring a historical presentation “J. Frank Norris: Minister, Murderer, and Anti-Modernist” followed by the regular bi-monthly business meeting. Call President Donna Weeden at 940-859-3691.

DINNER AND AUCTION – Bridgeport FFA’s Second Annual Beans and Cornbread Dinner and Silent Auction is 6 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport High School cafeteria.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Public Library. Patti Gillespie will present “Military Pension: Vital Records in Disguise.” The public is invited.

DEMOCRATIC MEETING – The Wise County Democratic Party is moving to the Decatur Conference Center for their monthly meeting at 6:30 tonight. The party will begin organizing for local elections. Call Chairwoman Janet Akers-Amos, 940-399-7352, or visit www.wisedemocrats.com.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet 7 tonight at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur.

FUNERALS – Services for Stacey Oates, 60, and Guadalupe Galindo, 72, both of Decatur are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Arnie Deaton, 86, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Henri “Rick” Fernandez, 73, of Rhome is 10:30 a.m. today at Chisholm Trail Baptist Church in Rhome. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Sandra Renshaw Little, 77, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Carl Alan Young, 59, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Decatur with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Peggy McCormick, 77, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Decatur.

GRAVESIDE for Sandra Jo Bramlett-Greer, 64, of Santo is 2 p.m. Monday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Paul Fincher, 63, of Fort Worth is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Glenn Harrell, 87, of Burleson is 1 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Springtown with burial at Garvin Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour before.

SERVICE for James E. Curtis, 80, of Newark is 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Newark with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Owens and Brumley Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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