3 hurt in Rhome wreck


A two-vehicle collision in Rhome sent three people to the hospital Saturday afternoon. Rhome Police officer Bryan Pickler said a pickup was southbound on U.S. 81/287  between the two Texas 114 exits when the driver lost control, overcorrected and crossed the median into the northbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 where it struck a northbound passenger car. The driver of the car had to be extricated from the vehicle. He and a female passenger who was pregnant were taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. The driver of the pickup was taken to Wise Health System in Decatur. The names of those involved were not available at the scene. The wreck, which happened just before 2 p.m., shut down the northbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 for about an hour while the wreck was cleared. It was foggy and raining at the time of the wreck.

 

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Fire destroys family’s home


Fire destroyed the home of a family of five Friday night between Boyd and Decatur.1
The fast-moving blazed tore through the four-bedroom trailer home at 442 County Road 4374 shortly before 11 p.m.
Boyd firefighters arrived first on the scene and immediately called for assistance from neighboring departments. Decatur, Rhome and Paradise firefighters assisted.

“We got the report of a fire on the front porch. By the time we got here it was fully involved,” said Boyd Assistant Fire Chief Jason Adams.
Along with battling the structure fire, firefighters had to extinguish small grass fires moving through the dry vegetation.

“There were a few little grass fires. It tried to cross the street but we got it out,” Adams said.
Firefighters had to truck in water to the location. Adams said trucks had to make multiple into Decatur or Boyd to get enough water to fight the blaze.
Homeowner Clint Bitner said he was asleep when his wife, Jamie, alerted him to the fire.
“She heard a crackling,” he said. “It was fully involved. It was already too late.”
Bitner said his wife and three children — ages 12, 10 and 9 — were able to get out of house safely, but were unable to get anything out.

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Windy day results in dangerous grass fire


chico-krafton-grassfiore4055A large, fast-moving grass fire destroyed more than one hundred of acres of land and threatened homes and barns in northwest Wise County Thursday afternoon.
Lake Bridgeport firefighter Glen Canova said the fire started north of Farm Road 2265 near County Road 1787 and moved south, propelled by fierce winds. Canova said firefighters tried in vain to stop the fire from jumping the road.
“We did everything we could to stop it from coming across that road,” he said. “It was moving fast.”
Police scanner reports indicate the fire threatened multiple homes along County Road 1770, damaging at least one one structure on 2265. Wise County Sheriff’s Deputies visited multiple residences in the area to check on homeowners and forced entry into a barn to release cattle inside.
Deputy Steven Yancey said crews had to double back on the fire several times due to changing wind directions. Firefighters spread out in an attempt to head off flames around the fire’s perimeter but were forced to deal with heavy brush and multiple fences.chico-krafton-grassfiore4018
Multiple fire departments responded to the fire, including Sunset, Sand Flat, Chico, Alvord, Bridgeport, Lake Bridgeport, Decatur, Crafton, Jack County and the U.S. Forest Service. Texas Department of Safety State Troopers, Sheriff’s Deputies, Wise County EMS and several Wise County Fire Marshals also assisted. Several tank trucks were also on scene to refill water supplies in brush trucks.

Firefighters were still on scene as of 4:45 p.m.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. More information will be posted as it’s made available.

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Crash victim identified


Blake Sims, 39, of Forestburg was killed Thursday afternoon when his S-10 Chevrolet pickup was struck by a Kenworth Airgas truck on Farm Road 455 on the Wise/Cooke County line.

Sgt. Mark Tackett with the Department of Public Safety said Sims was traveling south on 455 at noon when he was hit by a Kenworth truck turning left onto County Road 2845 from the northbound lane.

Sims was pronounced dead by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Craig Johnson.

The driver of the truck was Preston Ferguson, 37, of Alvord. He was uninjured.

“The Kenworth turned in front of the pickup,” Tackett said. “As he was making the turn, he couldn’t see the other guy.”

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Man killed in 2-vehicle accident


A man was killed Thursday afternoon when his S-10 Chevrolet pickup was struck by an Airgas truck on Farm Road 455 at the Wise/Cooke County line.

A Department of Public Safety trooper said the pickup was traveling southbound on 455 about 12:15 p.m. when it was struck by the Airgas truck turning left onto County Road 2845 from the northbound lane.

The driver of the pickup was killed instantly. The driver of the Airgas truck was uninjured.

More information will be posted as it’s available.

 

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Officers injured in pursuit


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Two Wise County Sheriff’s Office investigators were injured Thursday morning in a vehicle pursuit that started in northern Wise County and ended in a foot chase on U.S. Business 81/287 south of Eagle Stadium .
Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said investigators James Mayo and Mike Neagle attempted to serve a parole violation warrant on David Nickolas Armstrong, 30, of Bridgeport, when Armstrong fled in a green Kia car. The two pursued him southbound on U.S. 81/287 to a point just south of Thompson Street in Decatur but were forced to dodge a spike strip laid out by officers ahead of the chase. The investigators drove into the median and collided with a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper driving an unmarked sedan across the median to join the pursuit.
The pickup flipped and landed on its side, trapping Mayo and Neagle. They were extricated and taken to Wise Health System in Decatur. Neagle was later flown via air ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Mayo was released after being checked out.
imageThe suspect continued south before turning north onto U.S. Business 81/287. He stopped just south of Eagle Stadium and fled on foot. After a short chase he was caught and arrested and charged with evading arrest or detention causing serious bodily injury, evading arrest or detention and possession of methamphetamine 4-200 grams. There was a  female passenger in the car.

Last updated at 3:40 p.m.

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Breaking News: Woman identified in fatal rollover


imageA Dallas woman died in a one-vehicle rollover on U.S. 287/81 just north of County Road 4421 Wednesday morning.

Heather Burditt, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2 Craig Johnson.

A passenger, Merissa Montalvo, 26, of Abilene was transported by ambulance to Wise Health System in Decatur with non-life-threatening injuries. Burditt’s 4-year-old daughter, Aurora Raines, was taken to Wise Health System and then flown to Cook Children’s in Fort Worth for medical tests.

The wreck occurred around 5:32 a.m. Burditt’s Kia Forte Koup was headed northbound on U.S. 287 when it left the roadway 0.2 miles north of CR 4421.

“The vehicle drove off into the center median,” said Department of Public Safety Trooper Adolfo Patterson. “It went off before the crossover, hit the grade and went airborne and rolled several times.”

Patterson estimated that the vehicle came to rest 150 yards north of the crossover.

“It’s believed the driver was under the influence of alcohol,” Patterson said. “The driver had a strong odor of alcohol.”

He said Judge Johnson would order a toxicology report from the medical examiner’s.

One lane of northbound traffic on U.S. 287 was shut down while emergency personnel worked the scene.

It was the second fatality accident in the county this week. A Decatur man, John Joesph Callan, 43, died Monday evening when his truck flipped on Business U.S. 380 and came to rest on a baseball field at Harmon Park in Decatur.

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Breaking News: One killed in one-vehicle rollover on 287


A woman died in a one-vehicle rollover on U.S. 287/81 just north of County Road 4421 Wednesday morning.

Two passengers, a woman and a child, were transported by ambulance to Wise Health System in Decatur.

No names were released at the scene as investigators were still gathering information.

The wreck occurred around 5:30 a.m. The vehicle was headed northbound on U.S. 287 when it left the roadway.

“It ran off the road and hit a grade at the crossover and flipped several times before it came to rest [in the median],” said Department of Public Safety Trooper Adolfo Patterson.

One lane of northbound traffic on U.S. 287 was shut down while emergency personnel worked the scene.

It was the second fatality accident in the county this week. A Decatur man, John Joesph Callan, 43, died Monday evening when his truck flipped on Business U.S. 380 and came to rest on a baseball field at Harmon Park in Decatur.

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Breaking News: Man killed in wreck at Harmon Park


A Decatur man died Monday evening in a crash after his truck flipped multiple times and came to rest in the infield of a baseball field at Harmon Park in Decatur.img_2569

John Joseph Callan, 43, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1 Jan Morrow.

Callan was heading westbound on Business 380 when he failed to make the curve at the park shortly before 9 p.m.

Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said Callan’s truck went over the curb and hit a tree before going airborne. The vehicle then hit the street before going airborne a second time and hitting the batting cages and then going through fence of the baseball field.

“It flipped three times,” Hoskins said.

The driver was ejected from the vehicle.

“There was evidence of a high rate of speed,” Hoskins said.

Callan was the father Johnny Callan, the Jacksboro student killed in an accident in Palo Pinto County last month.

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Home destroyed in fire


A two-story home in the 700 block of West State Street in Alvord was destroyed by a fire just after 3 Monday afternoon.

Wise County Sheriff’s Deputy Taylor Whittle said he responded after noticing smoke coming from the home, which is located about two blocks southwest of Alvord Elementary School. No occupants were home at the time of the blaze. Alvord, Chico, and Decatur fire departments and Wise County EMS responded to the scene.

The home has been owned by Chad and Tiffany Davis since 2006. The family has has three children, all under the age of 12. Bystanders pulled the family’s two dogs to safety.

The home is insured and Red Cross is assisting the family.

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1 injured in wreck


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One man was seriously injured in a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 81/287 north of Alvord Monday afternoon.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Robert Carson said a white Toyota pickup was southbound on U.S. 81/287 just before 2:45 p.m. when a box truck driven by Geraldo Palacios, 26, of Irving crossed in front of it at the County Road 1591 intersection. The pickup struck the truck broadside at its rear wheels, suffering major damage and leaving the driver trapped.

The driver’s name hasn’t been released. He was taken via ground ambulance an area hospital.

Wise County EMS, Alvord Fire Department and DPS Troopers responded to the scene.

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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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