Century Link working on phone issues


About 2,900 Century Link customers in Decatur were dealing with phone problems Tuesday as a result of a “scrambled” data card in the local Century Link office. Spokesman Larry Adamson said the problem occurred about 8:39 Tuesday morning when a card in the Decatur office malfunctioned, scrambling data going into another card. He said the problem was being worked on.

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Breaking News: Two car accidents on North Trinity Street, F.M. 1810


Two car accidents occurred at roughly the same time in Wise County Monday night.

At 5:30 p.m., two cars collided at the corner of North Trinity and Bishop Street in Decatur. A white Chevy Silverado was headed north when the front left of the vehicle collided with the front left of a black SUV traveling south. Names of those involved and injuries sustained are unknown at this time. Updates to follow.

The second collision, which also happened around 5:30 p.m., involved a tractor trailer and another vehicle. A tractor trailer was headed west on F.M. 1810 about halfway in between Decatur and Chico. The tractor trailer driver, Juan Pablo Chavez of Decatur, was experiencing a diabetic episode while he was driving west and swerved left of the center line. This caused him to hit the other truck headed east, driven by Reed Alan Riewe of Comanche. Both vehicles lost their front left axles and tires, resulting in each vehicle swerving off onto opposite sides of the road. No injuries were reported. Chavez was arrested at the scene after it was discovered that he had a warrant out for his arrest.

Two cars collided at the intersection of Trinity and Bishop Street Monday night. Messenger photo by Jake Harris.

Two cars collided at the intersection of Trinity and Bishop Street Monday night. Messenger photo by Jake Harris.

 

A tractor trailer collided with another truck on F.M. 1810 Monday night. Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

A tractor trailer collided with another truck on F.M. 1810 Monday night. Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

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BREAKING NEWS: Five injured in U.S. 287 wreck


Five people were injured Sunday night after a two-car wreck on U.S. 287.

At around 6:15 p.m., two cars were traveling south on U.S. 287 near Kathy’s Shell gas station in Decatur when the driver of the car in the right lane tried to merge into the left lane, causing the other car to flip and roll over the median into the northbound lane.

Three children and two adults, one man and one woman, were injured. Names of those involved are not available at this time.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

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Seven injured in wreck by Fossil Pointe


Seven people were injured in a two-car wreck Saturday morning right outside of Fossil Pointe after a car hit a pickup towing a flatbed trailer.

Around 10 a.m., Chasity Fuhrmann, 32, of Azle  was driving her husband and three children north on F.M. 51. At the same time, Anthony Hull, 33, of Krum was traveling south on F.M. 51 in a pickup truck towing a flatbed trailer. Hull was turning left into Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds when Fuhrmann hit the truck he was driving, resulting in injuries for everyone involved.

Hull and his passenger, Jordan Everett, 28, of Denton, both suffered injuries. Hull was taken to a hospital in Denton, while Everett was taken to Wise Regional Health System.

Fuhrmann was also taken to Wise Regional, along with her 11-year-old son, McCaleb. Richard Fuhrmann, Chasity’s husband, was flown to John Peter Smith in Fort Worth by Air Evac. Their daughter Victoria, 13, was flown to Cook’s Childrens Hospital in Fort Worth, while the youngest child, 10-year-old Micah, was transported to a hospital in Denton.

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2 injured in head-on wreck


Two men were injured in a two-vehicle head-on collision near Decatur Wednesday.

Although the extent of their injuries was not known, Trooper Adolfo Patterson said both victims were conscious and alert at the scene.

One was transported by ground ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth and the other to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

Investigators believe Douglas Stutt, 47, of Paradise was southbound on Acorn Drive in a white pickup. Stutt attempted to move over when he saw a northbound SUV, driven by Brandon Gunnells, 44, of Springtown.

Stutt drove off the roadway, overcorrected and started to spin before striking the SUV head-on. Gunnells became trapped in his vehicle and had to be extricated.

Decatur Fire Department, Wise County medics and sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident, which was toned out around 11:30 a.m.

Acorn Drive is located in the Seven Wires addition west of Decatur.

 

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Injuries reported in 2-vehicle wreck near county line


At least two people were seriously injured in a two-vehicle, head-on collision about a mile inside Denton County on Texas 114 east of Rhome around 9:30 Monday morning. One vehicle landed on its side, and rescuers had to cut the top off the vehicle to get to the patient. Wise County Medic 3 transported one patient to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, and Air Evac Lifeteam transported another patient to a Metroplex hospital. The wreck caused traffic to be rerouted around the accident scene, causing long delays. No other information was immediately available at the scene. Justin and Rhome volunteer fire departments responded along with the Texas Department of Public Safety, Denton County Sheriff’s Department and the Rhome Police Department. More information will be posted as it is available.

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Fire destroys Newark home


A vacant mobile home was destroyed by fire Tuesday morning near Newark. Fire was reported at the home in the 100 block of County Road 4845 shortly after 7:30 a.m. Newark, Rhome and Haslet fire departments responded and found the home engulfed in flames. No one was injured. A neighboring home sustained minor damage. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.

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Accident victims identified


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A Lake Bridgeport woman was killed Sunday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of U.S. 380 and Farm Road 1658 in Bridgeport.

Margaret Aden, 72, was pronounced dead at the scene, and her husband, James Aden, 78, was transported by PHI helicopter to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Bridgeport Police Sgt. Ricky Schwartz said according to hospital authorities, Mr. Aden is expected to survive.

Police Chief Randy Singleton said the accident occurred when a Toyota Tacoma pickup traveling westbound on U.S. 380 ran the red light at Farm Road 1658, also known as Lake Road. The pickup, driven by Zachary Sloan, 33, of Breckenridge, hit the Adens’ Chevrolet Tracker, which was traveling southbound on 1658 through the intersection.

Sgt. Schwartz said the impact was just in front of the driver’s side door on the Tracker. Sloan was arrested on suspicion of intoxicated manslaughter and intoxicated assault. Schwartz could not yet comment about the specifics that prompted the charges.

Sloan was not injured, and he had no passengers.

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2-vehicle accident kills 1


One person was killed in a two-vehicle accident about 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of U.S. 380 and Farm Road 1658 in Bridgeport.

Police Chief Randy Singleton said a pickup was traveling west on U.S. 380 and ran the red light at Farm Road 1658, hitting a vehicle traveling southbound on 1658 through the intersection.

Singleton said the driver of the pickup was arrested on suspicion of intoxicated manslaughter. He was not injured and had no passengers.

Two helicopter ambulances were called to the scene for the people in the other vehicle. A man, who was trapped, was flown by PHI to a Metroplex hospital. Life Team 68 landed at the scene and was preparing to transport a female patient, but she died in the back of the ground ambulance. Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Clay Poynor pronounced her dead. There were no other passengers in the car.

No names are being released until family members have been notified. More information will be posted as it’s available.

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Man’s death under investigation


The Bridgeport Police Department is investigating the death of a man found in his vehicle on Owens Street Friday night.

Cpl. Richard Taylor said just before midnight a 47-year-old man was found not breathing and locked in his car, which was parked in the 300 block of Owens Street in Bridgeport. He was discovered by family members who called 911. In the meantime, they also managed to pry the door open. The man was sitting in the driver’s seat.

Wise County medics and the Bridgeport Fire Department were dispatched to the scene, along with the PD, but upon arrival, medics immediately determined the man was deceased. He was pronounced dead by a Wise County justice of the peace.

Taylor said the cause of death is undetermined, and it remains under investigation. The man’s body was sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. More information will be reported as it’s available.

 

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Slidell man stabbed in Reunion fight


An argument over a beer cooler ended with a Slidell man being stabbed Friday night at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion in Decatur.

Police Chief Rex Hoskins said Chris Fletcher was stabbed in the hand and slashed across his stomach and back, but  was not seriously injured. Around midnight, Fletcher got into an argument with a man who was attempting to take beer from his cooler. Hoskins said the two got into a shoving match, and the other man pulled out a knife, stabbing Fletcher.

The suspect fled the scene and had not been arrested as of 10 a.m. Saturday. Hoskins said he didn’t want to release the suspect’s name until he was in custody, but they know who it is.

Wise County Medic 1 was called to the scene, but treatment was not required. They were released upon arrival by Decatur PD.

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2 teens hit at Reunion entrance


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Two teenage girls were seriously injured Friday night after being hit by a pickup near the entrance to the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion in Decatur.

A group of seven young people parked at the gas station on the corner of John Street and Farm Road 51 South and were attempting to cross the highway to go to the Reunion just before 9 p.m.

Barbarann Crawford, 19, Cassi York, 15, and Tamara Sparkman, 16, linked arms and crossed the southbound lanes of 51.

Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said traffic was backed up in the center turn lane and the girls walked between cars and then stepped in front of a northbound Chevy S-10 pickup.

The pickup struck Crawford and York, who was more seriously injured.

“She flew about 30 feet,” Hoskins said.

York was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth by Lifeteam 68, and Crawford was transported to JPS via a Wise County EMS ambulance.  Hoskins did not yet know the extent of their injuries.

Sparkman was knocked to the ground and had a scraped arm and knee but was not transported.

The police chief said the pickup was driven by William Boaz, 55, of Decatur. He was not injured and is not facing any charges related to the accident.

Nathen Dawson, 21, is engaged to Crawford, and he said he tried to tell the girls to stop.

“We were right there on the white line [in the center of the southbound lanes], and I told them to hurry up and get to the middle,” he said. “I yelled for them to stop, but they didn’t hear.”

 

 

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BREAKING NEWS: 1 injured in crash


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A Chico man was injured in a two-vehicle accident at Texas 114 and Farm Road 51 shortly before 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
Jimmy Shelton, 54, suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.
“He was complaining of neck pain and had an extended period of unconsciousness,” said Department of Public Safety Trooper Zeb Siebeneck. “He became conscious and alert on the scene.”
According to Siebeneck, Shelton turned left from southbound FM 51 onto 114 in a 2000 Jeep Cherokee in front of a Direct TV Ford van driven by Kristopher Earley, 27, of Springtown. The van, which was westbound on 114, struck the SUV on near the front wheel well on the left side.
Earley was uninjured in the wreck.
Siebeneck said a witness behind Earley said he was driving under the posted speed limit of 65 mph.
The trooper added that Shelton would be cited for failing to yield the right of way.
The crash shut down 114 in both directions for nearly an hour.

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Two injured in wreck on FM 2264


Two people were inured in a car wreck on FM 2264 today when the driver lost control of the car and flipped the vehicle into a ditch on the side of the road.

Timothy Paul Dennis, 19, and Justice Marie Sampson, 18, were traveling east on FM 2264 when Dennis, the driver, swerved the car to the right to avoid a rock in the road. He then overcorrected and pulled the car to the left, causing it to flip and roll of the side of the road into a ditch around 1:30 p.m.

Dennis suffered neck injuries and Sampson suffered back and spinal injuries. Both were on their way to Wise Regional Health System at 1:50 p.m.

State trooper Patrick Alonzo said that speed may have been a factor, but that the overcorrection was the main cause of the wreck.

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Wreck causes ramp closure


The onramp to U.S. 81/287 North from U.S. 380 in Decatur is closed while crews clean the contents spilled from an overturned 18-wheeler hauling hot asphalt. The road is expected to remain closed through the afternoon Tuesday.

Fortunately, there were no serious injuries in the wreck that was toned out just after 12:30 p.m.

According to investigators, Frank Taylor of Benbrook was westbound on 380 when he attempted to exit onto northbound U.S. 81/287. He lost control of the 18-wheeler, and it overturned. Hot asphalt, oil and diesel spilled onto the roadway and into the surrounding grass.

Decatur firefighters shoveled piles of dirt onto the roadway to prevent the contents from spreading.

Texas Department of Transportation and a haz mat crew were called to the scene to aid in clean-up efforts.

Speed is believed to be a factor in the wreck.

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Wreck claims Slidell teen


A recent Slidell graduate was killed Friday morning in an accident on Farm Road 455 West in Denton County.
Bobby Colton Perkins, 17, of Decatur died at 5:15 a.m. in the 7900 block of FM 455 West between Bolivar and Sanger according to the release from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner.
Perkins was traveling eastbound on FM 455 when he lost control of his Chevrolet pickup just east of FM 2450.
“For some reason he went off onto the shoulder and over-corrected trying to get back on the roadway,” said Department of Public Safety Trooper Kyle Bradford. “The truck went into a skid and slid into a tree. He was ejected.”
Perkins was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bradford said the roadway was wet. He added that investigators were looking into whether speed was a factor.

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Decatur PD seeks help to ID suspect


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The Decatur Police Department is investigating copper thefts at Wise Electric Co-op that occurred July 11 and July 14. Sgt. Gerald Wright said suspects cut the Co-op yard’s fence sometime between the hours of midnight and 3 a.m. on those dates. He also believes there were at least two people involved — the white male pictured above and a person driving the black car in the second photo. Wright said the vehicle appears to be a recent model (’10 to ’13) Camaro. The maroon car pictured belongs to a Co-op employee. If you recognize the suspect pictured above or have information related to this incident, call the Decatur Police Department at 940-627-1500 or call Wright at 940-393-0310.

 

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2 homes charred in separate fires


Fire ravished two mobile homes in separate incidents early Friday morning. The blazes were reported within 30 minutes of the other.

Firefighters from Boyd, Newark, Cottondale and Briar responded to reports of a “fully engulfed double wide” in the 300 block of Brighton Oaks Drive south of Boyd. The incident was reported just after 12:30.

The homeowner, Erik Harshman, and his dog escaped without injury. Harshman said he was asleep in his recliner when he awoke to a room filled with smoke.

“I felt like I was choking,” he said. “So I cupped my hands around my mouth and went to the floor to get enough fresh air. And I crawled out.”

Although the incident is under investigation, Wise County Deputy Fire Marshal J.C. Travis believes the fire started on the front porch.

Damage to the home was extensive, and Harshman lost most of his belongings, Travis said.

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Just before 1 a.m., firefighters from East Wise were dispatched to reports of a grass fire at the intersection of Coyote Trail and Ridge Trail in New Fairview. However, the flames spread quickly and clipped a mobile home.

Rhome, Decatur and Paradise fire departments were called in to assist.

It is unknown if the home was occupied. The extent of the damage was also not available. The cause of the fire is under investigation. More information will be posted when it becomes available.

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1 found dead in truck that drove off bridge


The driver of a pickup found in a gully near the Lake Bridgeport spillway has been identified.

Stephen Doyle Ince, 22, of Bridgeport was pronounced dead at the scene Friday afternoon.

It is unknown how long the truck was in the gully, which is several hundred yards below the bridge on  Farm Road 1658.

Trooper Patrick Alonzo said the family reported Ince missing on Wednesday night. Family members set out to look for him Friday morning.

“They were driving along the road and noticed the fence was down (on the south side of the spillway),” Alonzo said. “They looked over the bridge and saw the truck then called 911.”

Although the wreck is still under investigation, it is believed Ince was eastbound on FM 1658, when he rounded a curve, drove off the roadway, down the embankment and several hundred yards into the bottom of the spillway.

Alonzo said that the trail of debris indicates the truck landed in the gully on its top then flipped upright.

Units from Lake Bridgeport and Bridgeport fire departments as well as Wise County medics and deputies and state troopers worked for more than two hours to hoist the truck back up to the roadway.

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Decatur Bank merging with Gainesville Bank Group


North Texas Bank in Decatur has signed an agreement to merge with the First State Bank in Gainesville.  The merger is through the two bank’s holding companies.

North Texas Bank was formed in 2004 and has assets of $150 million The Decatur bank has a branch in Roanoke. First State Bank of Gainesville is the oldest state bank in Texas and has 12 locations, including several branches in Denton.

“The merger of North Texas Bank into First State Bank in Gainesville is an exciting opportunity for our customers, employees and communities, said J. Andrew Rottner, president of North Texas Bank.  The merger is subject to regulatory approval.

First State Bank of Gainesville is not part of the First State Bank in Wise County that has branches in Chico, Bridgeport, Runaway Bay and Paradise.

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