2 arrested in cemetery vandalism case


The Wise County Sheriff’s Office charged two Chico men Friday with criminal mischief in connection with the April vandalism at Ball Knob Cemetery in Alvord. Jeffrey Kyle Young, 23, and Christopher “J.J” Johnson, 17,  were arrested and remained in the Wise County Jail Friday afternoon. The two are accused of knocking over nearly every tombstone in the historic cemetery. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

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Fire on Main Street


Decatur Fire Department quickly knocked down a fire inside a mobile home on East Main St.  Wednesday afternoon.

Dispatchers received a call from the homeowner around 5:15 p.m., and she told them smoke was filling her home.

Decatur Fire Chief Mike Richardson said that the majority of what burned was a mattress in an end bedroom, though most of the home sustained smoke damage.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department also responded.

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Lake, roads closed


The Tarrant Regional Water District announced this morning at 9 a.m. that Lake Bridgeport is closed due to rising lake levels. Several roads around Wise County are also closed due to water over the roadway, according to the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. They include the following:

Farm Road 3259 at the bridge

Brammer Road

CR 4421 at FM 2264

CR 3701

FM 1810 1 1/2 miles east of Chico

FM 730 north of Boyd

CR 3250

CR 3581 (bridge out)

CR 4668 (Bobo Crossing) (bridge out)

CR 4757 at the bridge

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Infant killed in morning wreck


An infant in a single-vehicle rollover north of Alvord died this morning after being transported to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth.

DPS Trooper Chesley Womack said four-month-old Marinia Dominguez sustained fatal injuries when the northbound Toyota pickup she was riding in flipped after colliding with a line of trees north of Alvord on U.S. Highway 81/287 around 9:30 Thursday morning.

Other occupants in the vehicle include parents Juan and Deanna Dominguez and children Nathaniel and Olivia Dominguez. Juan and Olivia Dominguez were transported to Wise Health System in Decatur and Deanna and Nathaniel Dominguez were transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Alvord and Decatur Fire Departments and Wise County EMS responded to the scene.

Another rollover wreck, several miles south, on southbound 287 near the Dollar General didn’t result in any injuries.

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5 injured in wreck


PICKING UP THE PIECES — Crews work to clear a wreck north of Alvord that sent five to the hospital Thursday morning.

PICKING UP THE PIECES — Crews work to clear a wreck north of Alvord that sent five to the hospital Thursday morning.

Five people were injured in a rollover wreck on U.S. Highway 81/287 north of Alvord Thursday morning.

DPS State Trooper Chesley Womack said a Toyota pickup towing a trailer was traveling northbound around 9:35 when the trailer began to skid, dragging the truck east off the roadway where it hit a line of trees and rolled several times. The truck came to rest upside down suspended by a tree and the trailer was thrown out of sight.

Womack said the five occupants were taken via Wise County EMS ground ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Their identities have not been released.

Traffic was slowed to a crawl while crews from Alvord and Decatur Fire Departments worked to clear the scene.

Another rollover, several miles south of the earlier wreck, occurred at 9:55 when Trooper Paul Zaragoza said a GMC SUV towing a trailer southbound lost control of the trailer and left the roadway, rolling into the median. No one was injured.

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

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1 killed in wrong-way wreck


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One person was killed Thursday night in a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 81/287 roughly one mile north of Farm Road 407.

DPS Trooper Robert Carson said a Honda Odyssey minivan and a GMC Sierra pickup collided at 10:20, with both sustaining heavy front-end damage after one crossed into oncoming traffic.

The driver of the minivan was declared dead at the scene by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Craig Johnson at 10:40. That driver’s name has not been released. Carson said the other vehicle was driven by Michael King, 23, of Paris.

Carson said the cause of the wreck is still under investigation, with witnesses giving conflicting accounts of the collision. Investigators at the scene have reached different conclusions as to which vehicle actually crossed the median, he said.

Carson said King was coherent at the scene and was transported via ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with several broken bones.

East Wise and Rhome fire departments and Wise County EMS responded to the scene.

More information will be posted as it’s available.

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Saturday, May 7 Election Results


ALVORD CITY COUNCIL
Place 3 Kirk Gibson 43
Place 3 Royce Gastineau III 27
Place 4 Debra McKelvain 39
Place 4 Cody Swinford 32
Place 5 Jim Enochs 52
ALVORD SCHOOL BOARD
Place 3 Candace Raines Mercer 156
Place 4 Larry Nivens 61
Place 4 Daniel Ruddick 167
Place 5 Mark Gose 179
BRIDGEPORT CITY COUNCIL
Mayor Randy Singleton 320
Place 1 David Correll 298
Place 2 Calvin Coursey 144
Place 2 Kevin Lopez 187
BRIDGEPORT SCHOOL BOARD
Place 4 Jim Bost 361
Place 4 Jared Keith McComis 347
Place 5 Robert Marlett 314
Place 5 Duane Sutherland 391
Place 7 Veronica Torres Cervantes 312
Place 7 Marci McKinzie Craddock 402
CHICO CITY COUNCIL
At-Large Greta McDaniel 74
At-Large Roger Mead 7
At-Large Maryalin Bridges 64
At-Large Joe Evans 42
At-Large Jimmy B. Counts 55
CHICO SCHOOL BOARD
Place 3 Steven Cox 256
Place 4 Lori Clark 181
Place 4 Bradley North 141
Place 5 Bill Hand 187
Place 5 Mike Maddux 135
NEWARK CITY COUNCIL
Place 1 Hans Wilson 29
Place 2 Jerry Lyn Palmer 13
Place 2 Jenny Wilson 31
Place 3 Chris Raines 32
Place 5 Eric Fleischer
RHOME CITY COUNCIL
Mayor Michelle Pittman 163
Mayor Chip Kowalski 81
Mayor David Wilson 27
At-Large Jeff BeCraft 73
At-Large Sam Eason 192
At-Large David Gilbert 73
At-Large Leanne Mackowski 157
At-Large Patricia Mitchell 24
RUNAWAY BAY CITY COUNCIL
Mayor Robert Ryan 102
Mayor John W. Boyd 140
At-Large Roland Ray 163
At-Large Janice Sivley 184
BRIDGEPORT HOME RULE
For 193
Against 136

 

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RV fire in Rhome


Rhome, Newark and Boyd fire departments responded to an RV fire south of Rhome around 7 a.m.

The travel trailer was fully involved when the departments arrived. It was unoccupied.

Rhome Assistant Fire Chief Michelle Pittman said the vehicle’s fuel load burned, causing a column of black smoke to rise.

“If it’s heavy black smoke we know we’ve got a pretty good fire,” Pittman said. “That’s why we called Boyd out.”

The surrounding structures were not burned.

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Power outage hits Runaway Bay


More than 1,000 Oncor customers are without power on the west side of Wise County.

Oncor Area Manager Sabrina Easley said the outage stretches from the water plant on Farm Road 920 in Bridgeport to U.S. 380 and west through Runaway Bay.

As of 7:25 p.m. Saturday, the cause was unknown, but service personnel were on their way. Easley said 1,350 customers were without electricity.

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Names of crash victims released


Five Alvord teenagers were injured Friday night when the vehicle in which they were riding hit a tree on County Road 1590.
The Department of Public Safety released their names Saturday evening. Sgt. Lonny Haschel said passengers Lexie Mattix, 15, and Jared Swiney, 17, were taken to Wise Health System in Decatur with non-life threatening injuries.
Passengers Andrew Dumke, 16, and Mackenzie Aymes, 13, were flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with serious injuries.
Haschel did not release the name of the 16-year-old driver because the teen will be issued a ticket for backing without safety.
According to investigators, the teenagers were traveling west in a Nissan X-Terra on CR 1590, just west of County Road 1593, around 8:30 p.m. and encountered high water. The driver backed away from the water and crashed into a tree alongside the roadway.

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5 injured in 1-vehicle accident


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Five people were taken to the hospital following a one-vehicle accident near Alvord Friday night.
A Nissan Xterra hit a tree on County Road 1590, just south of County Road 1593 about 8:30 p.m. Little information was available immediately following the accident because all patients were quickly transported from the scene. But Department of Public Safety Trooper Fred Thornton Jr. said he was told the driver saw water over the road, put the vehicle in reverse and backed into a tree.
The driver was flown to a Metroplex hospital, and four passengers were taken to Wise Health System in Decatur.
In addition to DPS, Alvord Fire Department and Wise County medics were called to the scene. More information will be posted as it’s available.

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Runaway Bay bridge closing due to flooding


Overnight storms left many roadways around Wise County flooded. As of 10:30 a.m., the Texas Department of Transportation reported that U.S. 380 at the Lake Bridgeport bridge in Runaway Bay was shutting down due to water over the roadway. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office reported the following roads closed:

Chico/Precinct 2
CR 3250
CR 1590 at CR 1593

(TxDOT is also reporting Texas 101 at the Montague/Wise County line is closed.)

Boyd/Precinct 3
FM 730 N of Boyd
CR 4668 (Bobo Crossing)
CR 4757 (Vanmeter Crossing)

Bridgeport/Paradise/Runaway Bay/Precinct 4
Bridgeport
FM 2123 at Country Club Rd.
FM 920 at CR 3424
Cates St. at Harwood Park
Paradise
FM 3259
CR 3225
CR 3250
CR 3390
CR 3451 south of Sunflower Rd.
Runaway Bay
CR 1700
Meadow Pond Ct.

Water is over U.S. 380 in Runaway Bay, but the road remained open as of 9 a.m. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Water is over U.S. 380 in Runaway Bay.
Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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1 injured in wreck


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A single-vehicle rollover wreck seriously injured one man and left a path of destruction alongside Farm Road 730 roughly seven miles north of Decatur around 11:45 Thursday night.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Chesley Womack said the driver was traveling northbound on Farm Road 730 in a Jeep Wrangler before drifting east off the roadway. The vehicle broke through three fences and spread debris across two properties, traveling roughly 200 yards before colliding with a tree and rolling over. It came to rest upside down at the bottom of an embankment.

Womack said he found a partially-consumed bottle of vodka in the vehicle and alcohol was likely a factor in the wreck.

The man’s name has not been released pending an update on his condition. There were no passengers.

Womack said the driver was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth via Air Evac Lifeteam 68.

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18-wheeler rolls over on exit


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The U.S. Highway 81/287 exit to U.S. Highway 380 is temporarily closed after an 18-wheeler rolled over in the curve just after noon Sunday.

Decatur Police Officer Victor Montjaraz said Ricardo Castaneda, 45, of Las Vegas, Nevada, entered the exit from the north and came around the turn too quickly. The vehicle left the roadway and came to rest on its side in the grass on the outside of the curve.

No one was injured.

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Man injured in early morning wreck


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One man was seriously injured when he drove down and then up the other side of an embankment south of Alvord early Sunday morning.

DPS Trooper Zeb Siebeneck said Eric Hossner, 53, of Rockwall, fell asleep while driving southbound on U.S. Highway 81/287 around 2:30 a.m.. Siebeneck said Hossner drifted from the roadway just south of the Franklin Street exit and coasted for roughly 300 yards through the median before driving down the north side of the embankment for Franklin Street/Business 81/287  and up the other side.

Hossner’s Mini Cooper came to rest facing north. Ziebeneck said Hossner was pinned in the car and likely suffered several broken bones but was alert and talking to first responders.

He was transported by ground ambulance to Alvord High School and then flown to an area hospital via helicopter.

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Fatal wreck on Salt Creek Road


A man was killed in a one-vehicle accident on Salt Creek Road south of Boonsville around 8 p.m. Saturday.

Texas State Trooper Beau Bridgeman said Joaquin Rodriguez, 48, was driving south on Salt Creek Road at an unsafe speed when he lost control of his vehicle. His pickup rolled off the roadway and into the Phillips 66 Pipeline — Boonsville Station.

Bridgeman said it is possible alcohol contributed to the wreck.

Wise County Emergency Medical Services, Salt Creek Volunteer Fire Department and the Department of Public Safety responded to the accident.

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Pedestrian hit by train


A woman was struck by a train near the intersection of Farm Road 718 and Old Base Road in Aurora around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The woman, whose identity has not been released at this time, sustained severe head injuries and was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth by Air Evac Lifeteam 68.

Texas State Trooper Beau Bridgeman said the train was traveling south when the conductor noticed the woman about to cross the tracks on a private road. She hesitated like she was going to stop, but then crossed directly in front of the train.

Wise County Emergency Medical Services, Rhome and Boyd police departments, the Department of Public Safety and the Wise County Sheriff’s Office responded.

Since the accident occurred on private property, Union Pacific will take over the investigation.

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One killed in south Wise fire


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One man was killed around 7:30 Wednesday in a home fire just off Highway 114 between Boyd and Aurora.

Wise County Fire Marshall Chuck Beard said initial responders found a fully involved fire upon arriving at the home, located on Private Road 4246, and discovered the man’s body after making entry. Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Jan Morrow pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Beard said the cause of the fire is under investigation and the man’s body has been sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiner for identification.

Units from Newark, Rhome, Boyd and Wise County EMS were on scene.

More information will be posted as it’s available.

 

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1 hurt in Boyd wreck


One person was seriously hurt in a three-vehicle accident near Boyd Wednesday afternoon. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Ray Wallace said the driver of a blue passenger car apparently ran a stop sign at the intersection of County Road 4851 at Texas 114 west of Boyd around 4:30 p.m. The passenger car struck two vehicles that were eastbound on Texas 114. Two vehicles ended up in the ditch on the north side of the road and the other ended up in the ditch on the south side of the roadway. The driver of the passenger car, who was not identified, was flown from the scene to a Fort Worth hospital. The other two drivers were not injured, the trooper said.

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Explosion destroys home


Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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A brick guest home at 111 Private Road 1519 north of Bridgeport was destroyed Friday morning in an apparent gas explosion. No injuries were reported.

A neighbor drove up to the house about 10:30 a.m. and noticed the debris in the yard and could smell gas. Upon entering their own home, they noticed pictures were askew, leading them to believe there had been an explosion.

Another neighbor that lives about a quarter mile away heard a loud “boom” about 8 a.m. but thought it came from one of the nearby aggregate plants.

The Bridgeport and Lake Bridgeport fire departments were called to the scene, along with the Wise County fire marshal.

Wise County Assistant Fire Marshal Joe Washburn said it could take days to determine the cause of the blast, but it does appear to be a gas explosion.

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