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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DISD proposes same tax rate


Following a budget workshop Monday, the Decatur School Board officially proposed keeping the 2017-2018 tax rate the same as the current rate.

The proposed rate is $1.34 per $100 of taxable value, which includes $1.04 for maintenance and operations and $0.30 for debt service. That would require the use of $16,000 in fund balance.

The proposed budget includes a 2 percent pay raise for teachers and sets first year teacher pay at $45,000, a $1,000 increase from last year.

A public hearing on the proposed budget and tax rate will be held at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at the DISD Board Room. The board will also adopt the budget and tax rate following that hearing.

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WCSO investigates overnight shooting in Alvord


The Wise County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting of two people in Alvord early Monday morning.

Sheriff Lane Akin said deputies responded to a call about a shooting in the 300 block of North Wickham Street around midnight and found two men with gunshot wounds to the arms and legs. Akin said one of the men had one gunshot wound while the other had multiple gunshot wounds.

Both victims — identified as Rhett Barclay, 17, and Brent Dixon, 41 — were transported by Wise County EMS to Denton Regional Hospital where they remained late Monday morning. Akin said the injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

Crime scene investigators were continuing to collect evidence and interview witnesses late Monday morning to try to find out why the shooting took place and who is responsible.

“At the outset, it looks like a night time burglary, but we’ll keep all options on the table,” Akin said.

Officers did arrest one other person at the house — Jessica Greer, 18 — for possession of methamphetamine as well as warrants out of Denton County.

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Blaze rips through mobile home


Firefighters were called to 313 County Road 4869 near Briar just before midnight Saturday as a blaze devoured a mobile home.

Boyd Firefighter Mason Del Castillo, who is also a shift supervisor, said the house was fully involved when the first crew arrived.

Initial reports on the police scanner indicated there might have been a small explosion, but Del Castillo said that wasn’t true.

“There was some popping when we got here … it could have been leftover fireworks or maybe ammunition,” he said. “But there was no actual explosion.”

Jeff Doughty with the Wise County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.  In addition to Boyd, several other departments were also on scene, as well as Wise County EMS and a sheriff’s deputy.

The homeowner was not at the property when the fire started. More information will be posted as it’s available.

 

 

 

 

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Chico home destroyed in fire


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By Kristen Tribe

A house just outside Chico was destroyed by fire Saturday night, despite the best efforts of five local volunteer fire departments.

The fire was first reported at 8:40 p.m. Chico Assistant Fire Chief Josh Richey said when his crews arrived only the back room of the house was on fire, but it spread quickly through the structure, which is on County Road 1550 near County Road 1557.

The fire spread from the house to a neighboring pasture, burning about 5 acres.

In addition to Chico, Alvord, Bridgeport, Crafton and Sand Flat fire departments were also called to the scene, as well as Wise County’s Rescue 1, a sheriff’s deputy and a Department of Public Safety trooper.

One woman lived in the home, but her name was not released at the scene. The Wise County Fire Marshal’s Office was called to investigate. More information will be posted as it’s available.

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