Child injured in Newark house fire


One person was injured in a house fire in Newark Monday afternoon. Multiple fire departments including Newark, Rhome, Boyd and Haslet responded to a fire in a mobile home in the 400 block of Country Living Drive in Newark just before 4 p.m. Newark Fire Chief Jerry Taylor said the initial call indicated multiple patients were trapped inside. Fire crews arrived to find heavy fire and all occupants out of the house. One child was transported to Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth for injuries sustained in the fire, Taylor said, and a Rhome firefighter was also taken to Wise Health System after becoming overheated while battling the blaze. The fire heavily damaged the structure. Red Cross was called to assist the family.

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Parents of kids locked in a dog kennel arraigned


Two people arrested yesterday in a child neglect investigation that involves two children being locked in a dog kennel were arraigned Wednesday morning and have had bond set. Paige Isabow Harkings and Andrew Jospeh Fabila, both 24, of Newark each face four counts of criminal negligence of a child. Bond has been set at $15,000 for each count — for a total of $60,000 — for those charges on both parents. Harkings has also been charged with aggravated assault causes serious bodily injury due to a family violence incident involving Fabila that left him with multiple cuts on his face. An additional $15,000 bond had been set for that charge. Both remained in the Wise County Jail around midday Wednesday. The two were arrested Tuesday after a deputy responding to a family violence call discovered two children — ages 5 and 4 — locked in a dog kennel and two other children — ages 3 and 1 — covered in urine and feces, apparently malnourished. The children were taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth and are in the custody of Child Protective Services.

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Parents of kids locked in kennel jailed


Two adults whose children were found in deplorable conditions near Rhome, including two locked in a dog kennel, have been arrested and charged with felonies. Paige Isabow Harkings and Andrew Joseph Fabila, both 24, have been

Andrew Fabila

Paige Harkings

charged with four counts of abandon/endanger child criminal negligence. Harkings has also been charged with aggravated assault causes serious bodily injury related to a domestic violence situation that left Fabila with multiple cuts to his face.

The four children found in the home on County Road 4930 between Newark and Rhome were taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth and are in the custody of Child Protective Services. The oldest two children, ages 5 and 4, were found locked in an approximately 3-foot by 3-foot dog kennel inside the home, Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said. Two other children, ages 3 and 1, were also found covered in their own urine and feces and appeared malnourished, the sheriff said.

A deputy and Department of Public Safety Trooper provided food and water for the children.

Akin said Harkings is the biological mother of all four children, and Fabila is the biological father of one child.

The two were staying in what Akin described as a barn-like structure with no running water or toilet facilities on property owned by Fabila’s father.

Deputies responded to the home around 7:20 Tuesday morning due to a family disturbance call when the children were discovered.

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Children found locked in a dog kennel near Rhome


The Wise County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a possible child abuse case near Rhome after a family disturbance call resulted in the discovery of two young children locked in a dog kennel. Sheriff Lane Akin said officers were called to a home on County Road 4930 between Newark and Rhome around 7:20 Tuesday morning and found a 24-year-old man and woman. The man had cuts to his face. While speaking to the two about the possible family violence situation, the deputy heard children inside. Once inside the home, the deputy located children ages 5, 4, 3 and 1. The two oldest children were locked in a dog kennel. “The others appeared malnourished, covered in urine and feces,” Akin said. “There was food in the house, but it was locked up where the kids couldn’t get it.” The children were transported by Wise County EMS to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth for evaluation. The man was also taken to the hospital for his wounds on his face. The woman was taken into custody on a family violence charge. Akin said both the man and woman have each been charged with four counts of endangering a child. More information will be posted as it is available.

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Alvord woman dies in Parker County wreck


An Alvord woman was killed Saturday night in a one-vehicle accident on Farm Road 51 south of Springtown in Parker County.
Haley Brumley, 22, died at the scene.
Brumley was traveling northbound on FM 51 in a 2005 Dodge Ram truck shortly after 10 p.m. Near Veal Station, she lost control of the vehicle and entered a side skid. The truck overturned multiple times. Brumley was partially ejected.
Department of Public Safety spokesman Ricky Hunter said a wet roadway and speed were contributing factors to the accident.

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Chico schools to close due to illness


Due to a high number of students and staff absent from school due to flu-like illnesses, Chico ISD will be closed Thursday and Friday. Chico ISD Superintendent Don Elsom said the absence rate has grown to around 15 percent district-wide. “We’ve seen more flu-like symptoms — coughing, headaches, stomach aches — and it started to spread to different campuses,” Elsom said. All district buildings will be disinfected Thursday and Friday by custodial staff. Extracurricular activities will also be canceled, with the exception of the varsity boys basketball game at 6 p.m. Friday, which is also senior night. Elsom said Little Dribblers will also use a district gym Saturday, but the gym will be disinfected again after the games before the district reopens on Monday at normal time. Because the district has built in extra “minutes” for the school year, Elsom said they should not have to make up the days missed.

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Cattle hauler overturns on U.S. 81/287

Cattle hauler overturns on U.S. 81/287


A cattle hauler carrying roughly 90 head of cattle overturned Monday night on U.S. 81/287 at County Road 2798 north of Alvord.

Messenger photo by Reece Waddell.

Department of Public Safety Troopers and the Alvord Fire Department responded to the crash just after 9 p.m. Alvord Fire Chief Sam Hahn said witnesses saw a pickup truck veer into the cattle hauler’s lane and sideswipe it.

The cattle hauler went into the shoulder to avoid the pickup and overturned. Both drivers were unharmed.

Hahn said other haulers and trailers were coming to pick up the 90 head of cattle. It was unclear if any of the cattle were harmed.

One northbound lane of U.S. 81/287 was closed as crews worked to clear the wreckage and move the cattle. Hahn said he was not sure how long it would take.

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1 killed in rollover on 287


A woman was partially ejected from her Nissan sedan and killed Sunday night when she flipped her vehicle into the median on U.S. 81/287 just south of Decatur, according to Department of Public Safety Cpl. Lantz Elliot.

DPS and Decatur Police responded to the crash around 9 p.m. Elliot said the woman and her 15-year-old son were traveling north on 287 when she became drowsy and fell asleep at the wheel.

The woman veered into the shoulder on the east side of the highway, overcorrected and crashed into the median. Her vehicle rolled several times, according to Elliot.

Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Jan Morrow pronounced the woman dead at the scene. Elliot said the woman was not wearing her seat belt.

The 15-year-old boy was transported to Wise Health System with minor injuries and abrasions. Names are being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.

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No firearm found at Bridgeport HS after rumor


A rumor that a student brought a firearm to Bridgeport High School was quickly dispelled Friday afternoon, according to a press release by Bridgeport ISD Superintendent Brandon Peavey.

Peavey said the school district received an unconfirmed report that an unknown student heard another student say they had a gun. The Bridgeport Campus Police Officers, Campus Administrators and other District Administrators investigated the situation at the time of the report.

Bridgeport ISD interviewed students and reviewed security cameras during the investigation and no firearm was found on campus.

Bridgeport Police Chief Steve Stanford said the department increased the number of officers at the high school and also brought in a dog used to detect firearms and gunpowder. Stanford added no firearm was discovered.

Bridgeport campus police will remain on campus through dismissal Friday.

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1 flown from Runaway Bay wreck


Multiple people were injured in a two-vehicle wreck in Runaway Bay Sunday afternoon. According to preliminary information, the wreck happened around 3:15 p.m. on U.S. 380 in front of the entrance to the Runaway Bay Golf Club and Resort. Two ground ambulances and a helicopter ambulance responded to the scene, which shut down U.S. 380 in both directions. Multiple patients were transported by ground ambulance to Wise Health System in Decatur and one was flown from the scene to an out-of-county hospital. Both passenger vehicles sustained major front end damage, and one patient had to be extricated by firefighters. More information will be posted as it is available.

 

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FM 1810 remains closed


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Three commercial vehicles collided around 2:40 a.m. Thursday morning on Farm Road 1810 at County Road 1490 near Chico.

Preliminary investigation indicates a 2007 Kenworth tractor-trailer driven by Donald Langston, 52, of Whitesboro, was traveling west on FM 1810 and was slowing to make a right turn on CR 1490, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Ricky Hunter. A 2014 Mack tractor-trailer, driven by Earl Moore, 59, of Crowley, was behind Langston and attempted to pass in a no passing zone.

As a result, Moore struck a struck a 1998 Peterbilt that was traveling eastbound head-on. The Peterbilt was driven by Michael Hartley, 64, of Chico.

The Mack and Peterbilt both caught fire. The trailer being towed by the Peterbilt struck the trailer being towed by the Kenworth, causing minor damage.

Moore was transported to Parkland Hospital in Dallas by ground ambulance. Multiple medical helicopters were requested but all were unable to fly due to weather. Langston and Hartley were not injured.

DPS troopers shut down FM 1810 in both directions as crews worked to clean up the wreckage. Traffic was diverted onto CR 1490.

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Sunset resident killed in Park Springs wreck


The driver killed in Wednesday morning’s fatal wreck near Park Springs has been identified as 23-year-old

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Sunset resident Joshua C. Woods, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Woods was killed in a single-vehicle wreck on Texas 101 in the Park Springs area Wednesday morning around 8:30 a.m. when his 2001 Dodge flatbed pickup headed south on Texas 101 ran off the road into a culvert on the west side of the roadway just north of County Road 1590. There was an approximate 20-foot drop into the culvert. Woods was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Officers searching for stabbing suspect


Officers from the Wise County Sheriff’s Office are looking for a suspect involved in a stabbing Monday morning near Springtown.

Members of the Wise County Sheriff’s Office conduct a search for a stabbing suspect in far south Wise County Monday. The suspect fled on foot. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

WCSO Chief Deputy Craig Johnson said few details are known at this time, but medics responded to a location in the area of Texas 199 and Clover Drive in far south Wise County for a male patient with multiple stab wounds.

Salt Creek Fire Capt. Robert Allen said the patient was transported to Wise Health System in Decatur with non-life threatening injuries.

The victim was treated and released Monday afternoon, Johnson said.

Officers are searching for a suspect described as a white male in a gray sweatshirt and jeans in his mid- to late-30s who left the scene on foot.

The incident happened shortly after 10:30 a.m. As of 4:19 p.m., the suspect is still at large.

A DPS helicopter was dispatched to aid officers from multiple agencies in the search for the suspect.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the incident should call the WCSO at 940-627-5971.

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1 critically injured in crash


The driver of an 18-wheeler was critically injured after running a stop sign and colliding with another 18-wheeler on Farm Road 51 near Cottondale shortly before 6 a.m. Monday morning, according to Department of Public Safety Cpl. Lantz Elliot.

Elliot said the driver of the first 18-wheeler, 53-year-old Oscar Ruiz, of Springtown, was traveling east on Farm Road 2123. The driver of the other 18-wheeler, 31-year-old Zachary Suppe, of Endicott, Washington, was going south on FM 51. Suppe was not injured.

Ruiz was extricated from the cab and taken by ground ambulance to John Peter Smith hospital in Fort Worth. A medical helicopter was requested but was unable to fly due to the weather

Elliot said it took nearly 30 minutes to free Ruiz from the cab. The collision knocked the axel off the trailer of one of the 18-wheelers. Traffic was shut down northbound and southbound on FM 51 as crews worked to clear the wreckage.

Firefighters from Paradise, Cottondale and Springtown responded to the accident, as well as DPS troopers and the Wise County Sheriff’s Office.

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Fire destroys Boyd restaurant


Fire tore through Freedom Fried Hamburgers in Boyd Monday morning, destroying the inside of the business.

Boyd, Decatur, Rhome. Newark and Paradise fire departments responded to the call shortly after 4 a.m., according to Wise County Fire Marshal Jeff Doughty. Boyd Fire Chief Chris Caster said by the time his crew arrived, fire and smoke were pouring out of the back of the building.

“We’re trying to contain exposure to other businesses,” Caster said. “The inside of [Freedom Fried Hamburgers] is probably a total loss.”

Caster said the neighboring business, The Pecan House, likely sustained smoke damage.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Boyd Police Department provided to mutual aid.

Rock Island Ave. was shut down in both direction for more than two hours as traffic was diverted around the scene.

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Woman dies from stab wounds; suspect leads pursuit


A woman died Monday evening after being stabbed by an estranged boyfriend in the parking lot of a tanning salon in the 1000 block of Business U.S. 380 in Decatur.
The murder suspect fled the scene 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 John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with multiple self-inflicted stab wounds and a head injury.
Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said the man confronted the woman at Toast Your Bunz tanning salon. The two individuals had an altercation in the parking lot.
“He stabbed the woman and she got away. She went into the business and they locked it down and called the police,” Hoskins said. “He was still in the parking lot when officers arrived and took off. Officers chased him until where he wrecked out. He stabbed himself in the chase.”
The woman was transported by ambulance to Wise Health System where she died an hour later.
Names have not been released, pending notification of the next of kin.
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.

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Three injured in two-vehicle wreck on FM 51


Three people were transported to area hospitals from a two-vehicle accident at the intersection Farm Roads 51 and 2123 Saturday.
Daniel Remley, 39, of Haslet, who was the driver of a blue Honda Accord, was flown by Air Evac Lifeteam 68 to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with serious injuries. He remained in critical condition Sunday morning. His passenger, Shannon Ruffin, 41, of Newport, Ark., was taken by ambulance to Wise Health System.
The driver of a Chevrolet Cavalier, Robert Molina, 69, of Abilene was taken by ambulance to John Peter Smith.
The Honda Accord was headed east on FM 2123. It ran the stop sign at FM 51 and collided with Molina’s Cavalier, according to Department of Public Safety Trooper Carson Benning. The impact caused the Accord to roll, before coming to rest on its top on the east side of FM 51.
The accident occurred shortly before noon and shut down FM 51 for several minutes while the medical helicopter landed on the roadway. Traffic was limited to one lane until 1 p.m.
Cottondale and Boyd firefighters along with multiple Wise County EMS ambulances responded to the crash.

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WCSO releases wreck victim’s name


The pedestrian who was killed on U.S. 380 in front of Imperial Fabrication earlier today has been identified by investigators. Jeffrey Scheller, 27, of Decatur was killed when he apparently walked in front of an eastbound 18-wheeler at the entrance of the facility around 8:45 Thursday morning. Scheller was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Jan Morrow. “At this point, it appears intentional,” Wise County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Craig Johnson said. “We’re conducting a joint investigation with the Department of Public Safety due to the unattended death and accident.” Johnson said from the information they’ve gathered, Scheller was an employee at Imperial and had been working just prior to the incident. Scheller’s body was sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiner for an autopsy. The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured. Wise County EMS, Decatur Fire Department, DPS and the sheriff’s office responded to the scene. Funeral for Scheller is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

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4 hurt after wreck in Decatur


A two vehicle wreck off U.S. 380 in Decatur left four with non life-threatening injuries Thursday.

A two vehicle wreck off U.S. 380 in Decatur left four injured Thursday. Photo by Joe Duty

The driver of a Chevy Avalanche truck was turning on Business 380 just east of the Shell Gas Station in Decatur and failed to give right away to a Toyota Sienna van which struck the truck, Decatur Police Sgt. Keith Hilton said.

There were nine people inside the two vehicles. Four from the van, driven by 32-year-old Wichita Falls resident Henry Luu were transported to receive medical attention. The driver of the truck, 64-year-old Paradise resident Koung Kim refused medical transport.

Hilton, who was at the Shell gas station at the time of the wreck, said road conditions did not play a factor in the accident.

Decatur Police, Decatur Fire, and Wise County EMS responded to the scene.

Braxton Carroll was driving on U.S. 380 at the time and helped assist before first responders arrived.

“I slowed down and I looked up and I saw the two vehicle’s spreading out and noticed they were messed up pretty good,” Carroll said. “I just stopped and helped. Helped get everybody out.”

 

 

 

 

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Pedestrian struck, killed on U.S. 380


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Updated at 11:30 a.m.

A man was struck and killed on U.S. 380 in front of Imperial Fabrication east of Decatur Thursday. The wreck happened around 8:45 a.m. Wise County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Craig Johnson said a male in his late 20s apparently walked out in front of an 18 wheeler and was struck near the entrance of the facility. The man, who has not been identified pending notification of next of kin, was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Jan Morrow. “At this point, it appears intentional,” Johnson said. “We’re conducting a joint investigation with the Department of Public Safety due to the unattended death and accident.” The victim was sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiner for an autopsy. Wise County EMS, Decatur Fire Department, DPS and the sheriff’s office responded to the scene. More information will be posted as it is available at WCMessenger.com

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