Two injured in Bridgeport plane crash


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Two people were injured in a single-engine plane crash just north of Bridgeport Municipal Airport Wednesday.

A man and woman in a Cessna 182 were taking off from the airport when their engine appeared to fail, witnesses said. The plane crashed about 300 yards north of the runway around 11:15 a.m.

“She declared ‘mayday’ three times,” said Stetson Oates, a local pilot who was at the airport at the time of the crash. “I heard the engine quit.”

Oates said that the pilot aimed for the field just north of the airport, but when they landed she could not stop the plane before it hit a tree.

“They tried to do their best, but there wasn’t a whole lot they could do,” Oates said.

DPS Sgt.  Lloyd McKinney said that the woman was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth via helicopter, and the man was taken to Wise Health System by ambulance.

McKinney could not release further information on the pilot and passenger because the Federal Aviation Administration will be taking over the investigation.

Oates, who helped pull the injured man and woman out of the plane, said they were both alert and talking while he was there. Several pilots from the airport and a helicopter flying overhead all stopped to respond to the mayday call before troopers and medics arrived.

“It was just something you don’t ever want to see again in your lifetime,” Oates said.

Bridgeport police and fire, Texas Department of Public Safety and Air Evac Lifeteam 68 responded to the scene.

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Driver in Monday’s fatal wreck identified


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Troopers have identified the woman killed in a wrong-way wreck Monday night as Jo Anne Bruce, 55, of Bowie.

State trooper Ed Atkins said Bruce was reported driving her GMC Envoy north in the southbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 south of Alvord, just north of County Road 1280. She dodged one vehicle before striking the battery bolts and then the axle of a tractor-trailer driven by Dhia Sabie Khamis, 61, at around 7:15 p.m.

Her vehicle came to rest in the median, while Khamis’ tractor-trailer came to rest off the right side of the road about a quarter mile down the highway, with the axle separated from the tractor-trailer. Khamis was uninjured.

Bruce was dead upon the arrival of troopers and medics.

Atkins said investigators aren’t sure at this time what caused the deceased to drive on the wrong side of the highway. They received conflicting reports from witnesses as to whether her headlights were on or off at the time of the wreck.

Texas Department of Public Safety, Alvord Volunteer Fire Department and Wise County Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene.

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Fatal wreck on U.S. 81/287


A woman was killed in a wrong-way wreck on U.S. 81/287 south of Alvord Monday.

State trooper Ed Atkins said a woman in an SUV was reported driving north in the southbound lanes of the highway, just north of County Road 1280. She dodged one vehicle before striking the battery bolts and then the axle of a tractor-trailer driven by Dhia Sabie Khamis, 61, at around 7:15 p.m.

Her vehicle came to rest in the median, while Khamis’ tractor-trailer came to rest off the right side of the road about a quarter mile down the highway. Khamis was uninjured.

The woman was dead upon the arrival of troopers and medics. Her name has not been released pending notification of family.

Atkins said investigators aren’t sure at this time what caused the deceased to drive on the wrong side of the highway. They received conflicting reports from witnesses as to whether her headlights were on or off at the time of the wreck.

Texas Department of Public Safety, Alvord Volunteer Fire Department and Wise County Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene.

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Teens hurt in wreck


Three teenagers were injured in a single-vehicle wreck south of Decatur Sunday evening. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Ralph Wallace said an SUV was westbound on County Road 4228 nearly a mile off U.S. 81/287 when it came over a hill and the right front tire left the roadway. The driver overcorrected and went off the road on the south side of the roadway, crashing through a pipe fence. Two passengers in the vehicle were flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth while the driver was taken by a private vehicle to Wise Health System in Decatur. No names were released, but Wallace said at least one was a local resident. The accident happened around 6:45 p.m.

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Cottondale home damaged by fire


A house near Cottondale was heavily damaged by fire Saturday morning. The fire in the 300 block of County Road 3573 was reported by a neighbor who saw smoke coming out of the single-wide mobile home around 8:30 a.m. Fire departments from Cottondale, Boyd, Salt Creek and Paradise responded along with Wise County EMS. No one was home at the time of the fire. Fire Investigator Jeff Dougherty said fire gutted one end of the home while the rest of the house sustained heavy smoke and water damage.

 

 

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Driver of 18-wheeler flown from wreck


A wreck involving two 18-wheelers on U.S. 81/287 just south of Alvord Wednesday morning sent one driver to the hospital with serious injuries. DPS Trooper Chesley Womack said an 18-wheeler driven by Alexis Portillo Acevedo, 41, of Miami, Fla., pulled out of the Navigator Truck Stop and into the crossover to turn north onto U.S. 81/287 around 9:15 a.m. Because of traffic, he had to wait, and his trailer remained in part of the southbound lanes. A southbound 18-wheeler struck the back of the trailer, sending Acevedo’s truck into the median and the other truck off on the west side of the roadway. Rescuers had to cut the driver of the southbound truck out of his cab before he was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. His name was not available. Acevedo and a passenger in his truck were not injured.

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November 8, 2016 Election Results


Final election results as of 9:38 p.m./All boxes reporting

PRESIDENT/VICE PRESIDENT EARLY FINAL
DONALD J. TRUMP/MIKE PENCE (R)  14,749 20,655
Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine (D)  2,403 3,412
Gary Johnson/William Weld (L)  290 503
Jill Stein/Ajuma Baraka (G) 42 91
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 12 EARLY FINAL
KAY GRANGER (R) 5,549  7,675
Bill Bradshaw (D) 895  1,286
Ed Colliver (L) 198  305
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 13 EARLY FINAL
MAC THORNBERRY (R)  9,267 13,095
Calvin DeWeese (L)  495  764
H.F. “Rusty” Tomlinson (G)  311  476
RAILROAD COMMISSIONER EARLY FINAL
WAYNE CHRISTIAN (R)  14,278 19,920
Grady Yarbrough (D) 2,283 3,246
Mark Miller (L)  552  927
Martina Salinas (G) 208  363
COUNTY TAX ASSESSOR/COLLECTOR EARLY FINAL
MONTE S. SHAW (R)  15,013 21,102
Don Drain (D)  2,257 3,311
COUNTY COMMISSIONER PRECINCT 1 EARLY FINAL
DANNY WHITE (R)  3,872 5,307
Ray F. Morris, II (D) 707 961
CITY OF BOYD SPECIAL ELECTION EARLY FINAL
FOR Sale of Beer and Wine  204 272
Against Sale of Beer and Wise  77 96
CITY OF DECATUR SPECIAL ELECTION EARLY FINAL
FOR Sale of Alcoholic Beverages  987 1,212
Against Sale of Alcoholic Beverages  423  506
PARADISE CITY COUNCIL, PLACE 3 EARLY FINAL
BRAD LARGENT 57 108
Write-In (Lana Hamblin)  6 7
PARADISE CITY COUNCIL, PLACE 4 EARLY FINAL
CHRIS HARRIS
40  75
Amanda Black 29  52
PARADISE ISD SCHOOL TRUSTEE, PL. 4 EARLY FINAL
JODY YATES 665  1,000
Write-In (Susie Burt) 222 374
W.C. WATER CONTROL & IMP. DIST. # 1 EARLY FINAL
FOR Annexation 5,764 8,448
Against Annexation 5,527 7,895
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Breaking news: Fire damages home in Decatur


Robert Rodden and his wife were woke up early Saturday morning by their daughter telling them there was a fire in her bedroom.img_7409

“She ran downstairs and told us there was a fire,” Rodden said.

The family safely scrambled out of the two-story home in the 1500 block of South Hatcher.

Decatur firefighters responded to the blaze shortly after 4 a.m. With assistance from Bridgeport and Paradise firefighters, the fire was quickly contained, according to Decatur Fire Marshal Deroy Bennett.

“It was all contained to the upstairs closet. There’s a lot of smoke and water damage,” Bennett said. “The firemen did a good find and stop.”

Bennett said he was able trace the fire back to an upstairs outlet.

Rodden said the fire must have sparked around 4 a.m.

“We were up at 3 letting the dog out and everything was fine. It was about an hour later,” he said.

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Fire destroys Harbor Inn


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Two of the three buildings that made up the Harbor Inn motel and restaurant in Runaway Bay were destroyed by a large fire around 4 Tuesday afternoon.

The complex is located on the north side of U.S. 380 immediately west of the Lake Bridgeport bridge.

According to the Runaway Bay Police Department, no one lives in the complex or was injured in the blaze. Wise County EMS stationed at the scene to provide heat rehab to emergency crews as needed.

Runaway Bay police officers on scene advised residents at The Lodge condominiums next door to pack their belongings in case an evacuation was necessary.

Runaway Bay, Lake Bridgeport, Bridgeport, Chico, Paradise, Boonesville and Salt Creek Fire Departments responded to the scene.

 

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Home damaged in fire


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A fire damaged a mobile home on County Road 4374 south of Decatur Monday afternoon.
Firefighters from Decatur, Boyd and Paradise battled the blaze, which sent smoke out through windows and from slats underneath the home.
Several neighbors at the scene said homeowners Ed and Dean Dial weren’t home at the time of the fire.
More information will be posted as it’s available.

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Missing women found in Grasslands


Two women who got lost Saturday night in the Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands were located just before 9 Sunday morning.

Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said Deborah Maxon and Kathy Erickson rode horses from Maxon’s home nearby to the equestrian trails in the Grasslands around 6 p.m. Saturday. Akin said family members notified authorities around 10:30 Saturday night when the two did not return home.

“They’d gotten turned around in there after dark,” Akin said.

Emergency crews, including Alvord Fire Department, Wise County Sheriff’s Deputies and a Texas Game Warden, searched the area until storms moved in around 2 a.m.  Firefighters stationed overnight at the TADRA Point trailhead southwest of Cottonwood Lake and resumed searching at first light.

Akin said Erickson was able to ride out and meet members of the search party on a trail about one mile south of the trailhead Sunday morning. Medics were called to their location and transported Maxon to Wise Health System in Decatur for symptoms of dehydration.

The LBJ National Grasslands consists of more than 20,250 acres of land and includes nearly 75 miles of multi-use trails.

 

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Man killed in one-vehicle crash near Alvord


One man was killed and another injured in an one-vehicle crash on County Road 2690 northeast of Alvord Thursday evening.

The driver of the Chevrolet truck, whose name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, died at the scene. The passenger, Joshua Nechtman, 30, of Alvord, was flown by Air Evac to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

The truck was traveling westbound on CR 2690 around 6 p.m. when it veered off the left side of the road, striking a tree head on just a few hundred yards west of County Road 2685.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Lantz Elliott said there were no skid marks on the road to indicate braking. He also found no signs of mechanical failure.

Wise County medics and Alvord firefighters assisted at the scene.

The accident was the second fatality accident in Wise County Thursday. A man was also killed in a single-vehicle wreck in the 300 block of County Road 4793 southwest of Boyd.

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Man killed in wreck


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One man was killed in a single-vehicle wreck in the 300 block of County Road 4793  around 2 p.m. Thursday.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Jeremy Pope said a 2008 Chevrolet Suburban was southbound on County Road 4793 when it drifted off the east side of the roadway into the ditch for unknown reasons. The SUV continued traveling for roughly 50 yards before striking a tree in a low area and rolling on to its right side.

A neighbor reported hearing a vehicle’s suspension bottom out around the time of the wreck and a visible trail of debris followed its path.

Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Mandy Hays pronounced the driver dead at the scene. There were no passengers.

Boyd Fire Department responded to the scene.

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Car runs into wall at Bridgeport Library


A two-vehicle accident sent a car careening into a wall outside the Bridgeport Public Library Wednesday morning._jd60607

An older model Cadillac driven by Crystal Rose Brewer, 32, of Bridgeport smashed into the wall that previously screened a trash container at the library, narrowly missing the building and several trees.

Brewer and two children, a 5-month-old and 3-year-old, escaped injury.

Brewer was traveling eastbound on U.S. 380 when a flatbed truck driven by Alfred Williamson, 70, of Runaway Bay pulled out in front of her at the 9th Street intersection.

“He said he saw an 18-wheeler and zipped across. Because the car was next to the 18-wheeler he never saw it,” said Bridgeport officer Lee Snodgrass. “As he shot across, the Cadillac hit him broadside. The truck went 100 feet into the median. The impact sent the car at a 45-degree angle through the stop sign and into the wall.”

Snodgrass said Williamson, who was also uninjured, was at fault.

Bridgeport firefighters and Wise County medics responded to the accident that occurred shortly before 9 a.m.

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Rollover seriously injures man


A Paradise man was flown from the scene of a single-vehicle accident Monday afternoon near Lake Bridgeport. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Jeff Johnson said Douglas Freeman, 61, was northbound on Farm Road 2952 about a mile north of Farm Road 1658 just before 4 when he drove off the edge of the roadway, overcorrected, went into a skid across the southbound lane of FM 2952 and rolled twice. A helicopter flew Freeman from the scene to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Johnson said it appears Freeman was traveling at an unsafe speed, and the crash remains under investigation to see if alcohol was a factor.

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1 killed in wreck


One person was killed around 8:30 p.m. Sunday in a two-vehicle collision south of Rhome. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Lantz Elliott said a silver passenger car was westbound on County Road 4840 when the driver stopped at the stop sign at the intersection with U.S. 81/287. The driver then pulled out across the northbound lanes of the highway and was struck by a northbound 18-wheeler. The driver of the car died at the scene while the driver and passenger in the truck were not injured.

UPDATE: DPS has identified the person killed in the wreck as Jeffrey G. Wood, 35, of Arlington. An autopsy and toxicology have been ordered, according to Elliott. The driver of the 18-wheeler was Cecil Pryor of Temple and the passenger was Paul Luman.

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1 injured in 18-wheeler crash


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One man was seriously injured just before 2 a.m. Thursday when his 18-wheeler hit another truck on Farm Road 1810 between Decatur and Chico.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Jeremy Pope had not released the names of the drivers involved as of 3:30 a.m., but he said the injured driver was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. The second driver was not injured.

According to Pope, a truck hauling salt water was traveling west on FM 1810 just west of the Big Sandy bridge when the driver “straightened out the curve,” veering into the eastbound lane. An oncoming rock truck took evasive action. Despite the driver’s effort to avoid impact, the two trucks hit, and the rock truck went into a side spin, jackknifed and overturned its trailer, spilling gravel into the roadway. The rock truck driver was not injured. The driver of the water hauler was flown to JPS.

The road remained shut down at 3:30 a.m. More information will be posted as it’s available.

 

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Double fatality in accident on U.S. 81/287


Two died in a two-vehicle accident just north of Rhome on U.S. 81/287 around 5 a.m.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Carson Bening said the wreck was caused by a wrong-way driver. A white female driving a white sedan southbound in the northbound lanes hit a red sedan traveling northbound with two Hispanic males inside.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was flown via helicopter to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. No identities have been released at this time.

Bening said alcohol may have been a factor in the accident.

Rhome police and fire departments, Decatur Fire Department, Wise County Emergency Medical Services, Wise County Sheriffs Office and DPS responded.

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2 injured in rear-end wreck


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A driver and passenger were injured in a rear-end wreck on U.S. 380 east of Decatur around 9 a.m. Friday.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Lantz Elliott said a westbound Ford F-150 pickup driven by Arony R. Flores Archaga, 26, of Honduras, ran into the back end of an 18-wheeler driven by Juan Jose Barrios, 32, of Decatur. Elliott said Barrios told him he saw the pickup approaching quickly from behind before the impact. The pickup became stuck under the 18-wheeler’s trailer and was dragged about 100 yards.

Elliott said Archaga jumped from the truck while it was being dragged. His passenger, who was not identified, remained in the vehicle until it came to rest in the shoulder.

Elliott said both Archaga and his passenger were taken via Wise County EMS ambulances to area hospitals. Barrios was uninjured in the wreck.

Wise County EMS and Decatur Fire Department responded to the scene. Westbound traffic was briefly shut down as crews worked to clear the scene.

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Breaking news: Multiple injuries from Decatur wreck


IMG_6708A woman who had just arrived from Pakistan and her son were flown to Fort Worth hospitals after a two-vehicle crash on Business U.S. 380 at Deer Park in Decatur Monday evening.
Nasreen Usmani, 50, was flown from Wise Health System to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth in critical condition. Her son, Muhammad Usmani, 25, of Lubbock, was flown by CareFlite from the Wise Health System helipad to Texas Health Harris Methodist in Fort Worth. He was also in critical condition.
The Usmanis were passengers in Dodge Caravan being driven by Neha Sawant, 31, of Lubbock.
Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said the minivan was headed north on Deer Park and ran the stop sign at Business U.S. 380 and was struck in the passenger side by a Ford Excursion being driven by Sean Hollis, 30, of Jacksboro. Both vehicles came to rest off the roadway.
Hollis’ vehicle had three passengers — Elizabeth, 27; Riley, 6; and Kenzie, 2. All were taken to Wise Health System by private transportation.
Sawant was transported to Wise Health System by ambulance.
The accident occurred shortly before 6 p.m.

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