Bridgeport PD investigates car wash theft


Bridgeport Police Department is seeking information about a theft at a car wash in the 700 block of U.S. 380.
Lt. Todd Low said security cameras show a man breaking into the payment machine at 2 a.m. Friday.

BPD is requesting your assistance identifying the male subject in this video. He is believed to be a suspect in a recent Burglary of a coin machine at one of our car washes. Please contact Lieutenant Todd Low @ 940-683-3430 or tlow@cityofbridgeport.net with any information.

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“We have several leads we’re working on,” he said Sunday. “At this time we’re not sure how much money was stolen.”
Low said the vehicle in the video appears to be a four-wheel-drive, four-door white Dodge pickup from the mid-2000s. The bottom panel of the pickup is either beige or gray.
He said it’s difficult to estimate the man’s height or weight from the video.
Investigators took some evidence from the scene, but they’re seeking the help of citizens. If you have information related to the individual or theft, call Low at 940-683-3430 or email tlow@cityofbridgeport.net. You may remain anonymous.

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Teenagers injured in wreck


Three teenagers were injured in a wreck on Farm Road 2264 Thursday afternoon, and one was airlifted to Cook Children’s Hospital.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Jose Gomez said the teenagers were traveling northbound on FM 2264 in a truck when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The truck rolled several times before coming to rest off the roadway, hitting a fence and trees.

One of the teenagers was flown by PHI Air Medical to Cook, and the other two were taken by ground ambulance to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. Names have not been released at this time.

 

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Chase ends in arrest


An Arlington man who led officers on a high speed chase through the county Wednesday morning was arrested after he ran out of gas.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Chesley Womack said he attempted to stop a motorcycle operator who he clocked at 113 miles per hour on northbound U.S. 81/287 near the Navigator Truck Stop south of Alvord.

The operator failed to stop, speeding north toward the Wise/Montague County line. He exited at the Texas 101 exit, crossed over and then came back south of U.S. 81/287 back into Wise County where he continued to speed through Alvord, Decatur and Rhome.

“He continued southbound at speeds of 130 miles per hour until he ran out of gas at Ramhorn Hill Road” south of Rhome, Womack said.

A few times, it appeared the motorcycle operator, identified as Bryce Hamilton, 20, of Arlington, was coming to a stop before continuing to evade officers.

“He would turn around and wave at troopers and then speed off again,” Womack said.

When asked why Hamilton tried to run from officers, Womack said the man replied that he “was scared.”

Hamilton was arrested on a felony charge of evading arrest or detention with a vehicle as well as the traffic violations, which included speeding and no license plates.

The chase began just before 10:30 and ended about 20 minutes later.

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Man injured in shooting


One man was hurt when he was shot at a home in the Cottondale area early Saturday morning.

Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said a group of people in their 20s and 30s had gathered at a home on County Road 3791 and were drinking when an argument broke out.

“One of the partiers started randomly firing with a hand gun,” Akin said. “Another guy was struck twice by the gunfire.”

The shooting happened around 1:30 a.m.

According to initial reports provided to medics who were responding to the scene, the 28-year-old victim was shot in the left side of the back and the lower left buttock.

He was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth by ground ambulance where he was treated and released, Akin said.

The shooter left the scene but was identified. No arrests have been made.

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Man seriously injured in wreck


A man was transported to Medical City Denton with life-threatening injuries following a wreck on Texas 101 this morning.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Patrick Garcia said the man, who was driving an 18-wheeler, was headed northbound on Texas 101 just north of Bridgeport around 6 a.m. when he crossed the median into the southbound lanes for unknown reasons. He hit another 18-wheeler traveling southbound, then his vehicle came to rest off the road after hitting a fence.

The driver of the southbound 18-wheeler was uninjured.

Names have not been released at this time.

In addition to DPS, Bridgeport fire and police, Wise County Emergency Medical Services and Wise County Sheriff’s Office also responded.

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1 injured in motorcycle wreck


A man was flown to the hospital after he wrecked his motorcycle on Farm 2264 Sunday afternoon.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Ralph Wallace said the driver, Timothy Gogniat, 25, of Decatur, was driving eastbound on FM 2264 around 5:30 p.m. when he lost control in a turn. Gogniat wrecked into a fence.

Lifeteam 68 flew Gogniat from the scene to Medical City Denton.

DPS, Lifeteam 68, Wise County Emergency Medical Services, Rescue 1 and East Wise Fire Rescue responded.

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Vehicle chase yields 1 arrest, 1 suspect still at large


A Chico man has been taken into custody and another man remains at large after a vehicle chase through two counties Thursday afternoon.

Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said a deputy attempted to stop a vehicle on U.S. 81/287 south of Alvord around noon, but the driver fled. As the northbound pursuit reached the city limits of Alvord, the driver slowed and his passenger jumped from the vehicle in the area of Speer Lane and South Hubbard Street. Akin said the driver sped off.

“Our (pursuing officer) told the passenger, ‘you stay right there,'” Akin said. Besides that unit, there were no others on scene at the time.

The chase continued north on 287 into Montague County, at times driving across the median into oncoming traffic, before turning west onto Bryan Road near Sunset. Akin said there the driver wrecked his vehicle and fled on foot. After a search by deputies and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, Akin said officers apprehended Shawn Payne, 29.

In the meantime, Akin said law enforcement officers  converged in Alvord near the area on Speer Lane where the passenger jumped out of the car. Deputies hadn’t caught the suspect and were still on scene as of 3 p.m.

The sheriff said deputies didn’t see weapons on the subject but would consider him dangerous until they knew otherwise. A description of the man wasn’t available, he said.

Alvord ISD Superintendent Dr. Randy Brown said the district dismissed normally Thursday afternoon but had requested a law enforcement presence at its home games that evening.

 

 

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Decatur teen killed in wreck


A Decatur High School student was killed in a two-vehicle wreck on Farm Road 730 near County Road north of Boyd Monday afternoon.

Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper David Marcoux said Payten Tynsky, 16, was killed in the wreck. Tynsky’s Chevrolet Silverado was northbound on the road at about 1:45 p.m. when she lost control of the vehicle and overcorrected, causing her vehicle to enter a side skid and cross into the path of a southbound Dodge pickup, Marcoux said. The Dodge’s driver swerved into the southbound shoulder to avoid the collision, but struck the Chevrolet as both entered the shoulder. Both pickups came to rest against a fence in the shoulder.

Tynsky was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Jan Morrow. The occupants of the Dodge pickup were taken to Wise Health System via ground ambulance.

Boyd Fire Department, Wise County EMS and the Texas Department of Public Safety responded to the scene.

 

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Pilot uninjured in rough landing


A Colleyville man was uninjured after his plane slid down the runway during a landing exercise at the Decatur Municipal Airport Monday morning.

Pilot Bret Stewart, a 16-year aviator, was practicing “touch-and-go” maneuvers, in which pilots land and take off on a runway without coming to a full stop, when the accident occurred.

Stewart blamed the wreck on operator error. His Mooney M20E came to rest at an angle with its landing gear retracted. He was the only occupant.

Captain Nate Mara with the Decatur Fire Department said the airport was briefly closed to non-essential traffic while the plane was on the runway. Firefighters remained on scene as a precaution while the plane was moved.

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5-vehicle crash shuts down highway


A five-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon shut down the northbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 at Texas 114 in Rhome.

About 4:45 p.m. a man in a Dodge dually attempted to take the exit from northbound U.S. 81/287 to Texas 114 West.  Rhome Police Officer Brody Brown said other vehicles waiting to turn onto 114 were backed up on the exit ramp and 287.

Brown said the dually driver did not realize those cars were in line to exit. When he realized traffic was stopped, he swerved left but still clipped a passenger car near the back of the line. He hit three more vehicles in the line before bouncing off the last one and rolling the dually twice.

Brown said no one was injured. The driver’s name was not available on scene.

 

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2 teens arrested in Alvord shooting case


Two Decatur teenagers were arrested late Wednesday night in connection with a shooting in Alvord in the early morning hours of Aug. 7.

Christopher Lee Bryan, 18, and David Jackson Huggins, 17, have both been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and engaging in organized criminal activity.

Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said the shooting took place at a home in the 300 block of North Wickham Street on Aug. 7. Rhett Barclay, 17, was shot once while Brent Dixon, 41, was shot multiple times. Both survived their injuries.

Akin said the shooting involved a burglary tied with drug activity and drug trafficking.

He said his office is also pursuing charges against a 16-year-old as well.

The investigation is ongoing.

Christopher Lee Bryan

David Jackson Huggins

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Situation leads to home evacuations


Bridgeport Police Chief Steve Stanford confirmed at 9 p.m. Monday that his officers are working a law enforcement detail on Wooten Street near the First Presbyterian Church.

At least five homes have been evacuated, but the area is secure. The initial call involved a person threatening self-harm. Stanford said citizens are not in danger.

Other agencies on scene are the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Public Safety, Wise County Fire Marshal’s Office and a Texas Ranger.

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Victim identified in fatal wreck


Texas Department of Public Safety investigators Sunday released the name of the man killed in a two- vehicle wreck on Texas 114 west of Boyd Saturday morning.
DPS Spokesperson Lt. Lonny Haschel said Gary Santoro, 45, of Keller died in the wreck.

DPS investigator Jeff Johnson said Santoro’s Ford Fiesta was in the eastbound shoulder of 114 near County Road 4593 when it attempted to make a U-turn directly into the path of an oncoming Ford F-250 driven by Jessie Horton, 32, of Decatur. The pickup struck the car at its driver door, and the force of the collision sent both vehicles across the road and onto the westbound shoulder.

Boyd Volunteer Fire Department, Boyd Police Department, Wise County EMS and the Wise County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.

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1 killed in wreck


One man was killed Saturday morning in a two-vehicle wreck on Texas 114 west of Boyd near County Road 4593.

Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jeff Johnson said a silver Ford passenger car was on the eastbound shoulder of the road when it attempted a U-turn directly into the path of an eastbound Ford pickup. The pickup struck the car at its driver door, killing the car’s driver in the impact. The force of the collision sent both vehicles across the road and onto the westbound shoulder.

The car’s driver has not been identified, pending notification of next of kin. The driver of the pickup was uninjured.

Boyd Volunteer Fire Department, Boyd Police Department, Wise County EMS and the Wise County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.

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Teen remains at large following shooting


A 15-year-old boy who fled the home where a man was shot and killed Friday just north of Rhome remains at large.
The Wise Sheriff’s Office has obtained a warrant for the teen, who left the home on Private Road 4732 on a black Suzuki motorcycle soon after the shooting.
“We’re still in the process of trying to get the young man found,” said Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin. “We do have concerns that he may be armed and would ask to exercise caution. But we’d like for the young to come in so we can this case resolved.”
David Oakes, 49, was pronounced dead on scene after being shot multiple times around 10 p.m. His body has been taken to the Dallas County Medical Examiner for an autopsy.
Akin said a 911 call was received from the residence.
“It was obvious there was an argument going on in the house prior to the shooting,” he said.
Other family members were present at the home.

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Man shot, killed near Rhome


A man was shot and killed in his home near Rhome Friday evening.
David Oakes, 49, was pronounced dead on scene, after being shot around 10 p.m.
According to Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin, a male juvenile fled the scene on a motorcycle. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of obtaining a warrant for the juvenile.
More details will be posted when available.

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Decatur Council aims to keep tax rate the same


The Decatur City Council Monday proposed a tax rate of 70.5 cents per $100 valuation, a fraction of a cent higher than the current rate of 70.3 cents. The city is expected to keep the same tax rate, since Decatur historically proposes a tax rate slightly higher than the one that is eventually adopted in order to provide budgetary wiggle room in case of something unexpected late in the budget process.

The proposed budget includes 2 percent salary increase for employees and a number of capital expenditures.

The council called for public hearings on the tax rate for 6 p.m. Aug. 28 and Sept. 5 and on the budget for Sept. 5. The tax rate and budget will be approved at the Sept. 11 meeting.

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1 injured in wreck


One man was injured when his pickup rolled multiple times during a wreck on Farm Road 920 south of T.X. 199 Friday afternoon.
Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Robert Carson said Roddy Pippen, 33, of Byers, told him he passed out while driving and lost control of the vehicle.
Pippen’s pickup rolled and came to rest upright off the east side of the road. Medics had initially called for a helicopter ambulance, but Carson said Pippen’s injuries were later discovered to be non-incapacitating and he was transported by ground ambulance to an area hospital.
Boonesville/Balsora and Salt Creek Fire Departments and Wise County EMS responded to the scene.

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Hay barn catches fire


Several local fire departments responded to a hay barn fire in Decatur Thursday afternoon.

A metal outbuilding filled with hay on Business U.S. 81 caught fire around 4 p.m. Decatur Fire Chief Mike Richardson said a driver passing by noticed heavy smoke and called 911.

“When we got here there was a lot of fire and a lot of hay,” Richardson said.

Alvord, Bridgeport and Paradise fire departments were also called to combat the blaze, and Wise County Emergency Medical Services waited on standby.

The owner of the property was not at home at the time the fire started, and Richardson said the cause is yet to be determined. As of 5 p.m. Thursday fire fighters were still pulling burning hay out of the barn.

“It’s a long, drawn-out thing,” Richardson said. “We’ve got to get all the hay out and pull it all apart.”

 

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Parr pleads no contest, resigns


By Kristen Tribe

Wise County Precinct 3 Constable Doug Parr Wednesday afternoon pleaded no contest to theft of property greater than $2,500 but less than $30,000 in the 271st District Court.
It was one of nine felony charges he faced in a criminal case set to go to trial Sept. 19.
The other charges — abuse of official capacity and seven counts of tampering with government record defraud/harm, all state jail felonies — were dropped as part of the plea deal offered by District Attorney Greg Lowery.
“I personally did not have an objection to him pleading no contest [as opposed to pleading guilty] if it helped move the case in that I knew what the final result would be anyway,” Lowery said.
Conditions of the deal include Parr paying $7,500 restitution, paying a $1,000 fine, serving four years probation, and serving 40 consecutive days in the Wise County Jail sometime in the next 12 months.
He also had to resign as Wise County constable, effective immediately and within 14 days must turn over his license with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). He won’t be able to get another TCOLE license for 30 years.
Lowery said the conditions of the plea are more severe than what he would normally offer a citizen who is a first-time offender charged with the same crime because as an elected official, Parr is held to a higher standard.
“The plea offer was more harsh than what we would offer a citizen because he’s a public servant,” Lowery said. “When he took office, he told the people he would look after their best interest, and he didn’t.”
All of the charges relate to Parr’s use of a county gas card and county vehicle between April 17, 2013, and June 28, 2016.
Judge Roger Towery presided over Wednesday’s hearing.
Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

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