3 injured in wreck


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Three people were injured in a two vehicle wreck on Farm Road 51 North at the U.S. 380 overpass just before noon Friday.

Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said an eastbound Toyota passenger car driven by Candice Becker, 17, exited the highway and ran the stop sign at 51 where it was struck broadside by a southbound Dodge pickup driven by Caroline Cowdrey.

Hoskins said Becker and two passengers, Penny Becker, 54, and Landon Murphy, 9, all of Azle, were seriously injured in the wreck. Candice and Penny Becker were flown by AirEvac Lifeteam 68 and CareFlite 6 helicopters to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Murphy was flown by PHI Medic 8 to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth. Cowdrey was uninjured.

The car rolled off the roadway, coming to rest against several trees on the southeast side of the intersection. Emergency crews worked to free the three occupants.

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

 

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Fire destroys mobile home


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A large fire destroyed a mobile home on Quail Chase Lane Tuesday afternoon, scorching the grass around the structure and catching at least one other small structure and a car in the blaze.

Several neighbors at the scene each reported calling 911 several times between 2 and 2:15 p.m., placing the fire’s start some time before.

Home owner Tommy Garrett wasn’t on his property at the time of the fire, but witnesses said bystanders rescued a dog from the home and released horses fenced nearby.

Initial responders arrived to a fully involved structure and grass fire extending to the property’s fence line along the road. The fire also destroyed one storage shed and appeared the threaten another. At least three vehicles on the property were caught in the blaze and firefighters worked from the back of a brush truck to douse a burning car.

Greenwood-Slidell and Decatur Fire Departments and Wise County EMS was on scene with several tankers. Krum Fire Department responded in mutual aid. An investigator from the Wise County Fire Marshall’s office was called.

 

 

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Fire levels mobile home


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A fire destroyed a single wide mobile home in the 1200 block of County Road 2750 Saturday night.

Alvord Fire Chief Sam Hahn said initial responders reported the structure as fully involved upon arrival just after 10 p.m..

Hahn said the home was occupied by one man. No one was injured in the blaze.

Alvord, Decatur, Greenwood-Slidell and Wise County EMS had crews on scene.

More information will be posted as it’s made available.

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Decatur wreck sends 1 to hospital


The driver of an SUV was seriously injured in a two vehicle accident Tuesday night shortly after 10. Although few details are available, the wreck happened at the intersection of South Trenchard Street and U.S. 81/287 in front of Allsups in Decatur. The wreck appeared to be between the SUV and a semi truck. The SUV driver was taken by ground ambulance to Wise Health System and flown to a Metroplex hospital. Northbound traffic on U.S. 81/287 was briefly diverted on Trenchard Street until one northbound lane was opened while the wreck scene was cleared.

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1 hurt in Paradise wreck


A motorcycle operator was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash around 4:30 Tuesday afternoon. Department of Public Safety Trooper Fred Thornton said the motorcycle operator, who was not identified, was northbound on County Road 3253 in Paradise when he went around a corner without yielding half the roadway and struck a southbound pickup truck head-on. The motorcycle operator was flown from the scene to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. The pickup driver was not injured.

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Mobile home in Cottondale burns


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A fire in a mobile home just off School House Road north of County Road 3480 near Cottondale produced a tall column of white smoke visible from Decatur Monday afternoon.

Cottondale Fire Chief Jason Walker said crews arrived around 6 p.m. to find the structure fully involved, with flames visible through the roof and smoke streaming out of windows.

Wise County EMS was on scene and treated and released at least one firefighter for heat-related exhaustion. Walker said no property owners were on scene.

Boyd and Paradise also responded to the scene. More information will be posted as it’s made available.

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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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