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


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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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County hit hard by flash flooding


Strong storms brought several inches of rain to Wise County Monday night, leading to flash flooding. The flooding seemed especially bad in the Paradise and Bridgeport areas where numerous water rescues were reported where cars became flooded in high water, and the drivers often had to wait for rescue on the roof. Homes in the 600 block of Halsell Street in Bridgeport were evacuated due to flooding, according to Police Chief Steve Stanford, along with a portion of P&W Trailer Park. Several city streets in Bridgeport and county roads in the western part of Wise County were shut down due to high water, and water even covered the roadway across portions of major roads such as U.S. 380 west of Bridgeport and U.S. 81/287 and Farm Road 51 near Decatur. A few accidents were also reported with cars hydroplaning off the road. No major injuries were reported. High winds also caused structural damage to a home on County Road 2622 near Slidell.

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1 injured in wreck, vehicle fire


 

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A single-vehicle wreck on County Road 3388 severely injured a Paradise man at 10:35 Thursday night.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Beau Bridgeman said Dylan Moore, 21, was “traveling at an unsafe rate of speed” when he lost control of his 2007 Dodge Ram pickup, leaving the road and colliding with several trees on the opposite side of a guardrail.

The vehicle caught fire. Motorists dragged Moore to safety and met an ambulance nearby at the intersection of Texas Highway 114 and Farm Road 51 North. Bridgeman said Moore was transported via ground ambulance to Wise Health System in Decatur where he was flown to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

Paradise Fire Department was on scene to put out the vehicle fire, which was fully involved when they arrived.

 

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Tuesday, March 1, Primary Election Results


Lane Akin was elected sheriff with 83 percent of the vote over Brandon Davis in the Republican primary election Tuesday. Also on the Republican ballot, Danny White beat Zane Lasater 56 percent to 44 percent in the Precinct 1 commissioner race; Harry Lamance defeated Randy Jernigan 55 percent to 45 percent for Precinct 3 commissioner, and Larry Short has apparently avoided a runoff with 55 percent of the vote in the Precinct 2 constable race. Troy Gregg received 24 percent and Mike Andrews 21 percent. On the Democratic ballot, Janet Akers-Amos ended the night with an 8-vote lead for county precinct chair over Tracy Smith, although 12 provisional ballots still remain. For full results, see the chart below. All results are unofficial until canvassed.

CANDIDATE EARLY REGULAR FINAL
PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE EARLY REGULAR FINAL
Hillary Clinton (Dem) 333 417 750
Bernie Sanders (Dem) 208 349 557
Ben Carson (Rep) 175 318 493
Ted Cruz (Rep) 1,838 3,675 5,513
John R. Kasich (Rep) 79 113 192
Marco Rubio (Rep) 513 633 1,146
Donald J. Trump (Rep) 1,287 2,199 3,486
SHERIFF EARLY REGULAR FINAL
Lane Akin (Rep) 3,192 4,972 8,164
Brandon Shawn Davis (Rep) 519 1,142 1,661
COUNTY COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT 1 EARLY REGULAR FINAL
Zane Lasater (Rep) 473 671 1,144
Danny White (Rep) 668 805 1,473
COUNTY COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT 3 EARLY REGULAR FINAL
Randy Jernigan (Rep) 296 677 973
Harray Lamance (Rep) 380 805 1,185
CONSTABLE, PRECINCT 2 EARLY REGULAR FINAL
Mike Andrews (Rep) 179 340 519
Troy Gregg (Rep) 201 376 577
Larry Short (Rep) 603 744 1,347
COUNTY PARTY CHAIR EARLY REGULAR FINAL
Janet P. Akers-Amos (Dem) 236 326 562
Tracy A. Smith (Dem) 250 304 554

 

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Fire destroys Bridgeport home


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An attic fire destroyed  an east Bridgeport home just before noon Tuesday.

The home, located at the corner of Cuba Road and Country Road 3214, immediately west of Bridgeport High School, suffered extensive damage as flames and smoke billowed out of the roof.

Homeowner Lance Larson said he wasn’t home when the fire started. He rushed home after a neighbor called.

“I saw the smoke from a ways out,” he said. “You just never think it’s going to be you.”

Bridgeport and Paradise Fire Departments were on scene.

More information will be posted as it’s available.

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Residence destroyed in fire


paradise fire cr33401937 Bridgeport and Paradise fire departments and Wise County Emergency Medical Services responded to a house fire on County Road 3340 between Paradise and Bridgeport around 9:30 p.m. Monday.

The resident of the home, Regina Arthur, first noticed fire coming from the ceiling. Bridgeport Chief Terry Long said the fire was in the home’s attic, and the departments were able to make an interior attack to fight it.

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Everyone inside got out safely. Arthur said some of her cats and dogs are missing.

Arthur said she doesn’t know what started the fire.

Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard was called to investigate.

The fire reignited early Tuesday morning, fully engulfing the remains of the home. Bridgeport, Paradise, Cottondale and Decatur fire departments responded to put it out.

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Jones announces retirement


Chico ISD trustees voted Friday to accept the terms of Superintendent Mike Jones’ retirement agreement, effective August 31, 2016.

Jones presented the agreement at a special session, just five days after the board’s regular meeting.

Trustees G.A. Buckner, Brian Hand, Lori Clark, Bill Hand and Doug Bowyer voted in favor of the agreement, with Paul Cantrell and Mark Tate opposed.

Jones’ contract was set to expire in 2019. The board had tabled contract discussions at its previous two meetings.

Jones said he plans to continue to live in Chico, but isn’t sure what his next step will be.

“I’m going to do something, whether I’m a superintendent or I do decide to retire,” he said. “I don’t know what I’ll do exactly, but we [Jones’ family] have every intention of remaining Chico Dragons.”

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Fire destroys trailer in East Wise


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A fast-moving grass fire destroyed a mobile home on Private Road 4442 between New Fairview and Decatur Saturday afternoon in the East Wise Fire District.
The trailer at 140 PR 4442 was unoccupied, according to Wise County Assistant Fire Marshal Joe Washburn.
Firefighters from East Wise, Rhome, Decatur, Boyd and Newark fought the blaze near Coyote Trail and County Road 4421 that was reported shortly before 3 p.m. At 4:45 p.m., firefighters reported the blaze was under control.
The fire started behind the residence at 136 PR 4442, according to Washburn.
“A man was barbecuing and he said he went in to get some food and the fire was going,” Washburn said.
Washburn said the fire was accidental. No one was injured.
A steady southeast breeze at 13 mph carried flames across the dry vegetation. Firefighters stopped the grass fire around the trailer.
Washburn said humidity being at 42 percent helped firefighters get control of the fire.

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Decatur home burns


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Decatur, Bridgeport and Paradise Fire Departments battled a blaze at a home in the 1800 block of College Avenue 5:30 Friday evening.

Decatur Fire Chief Mike Richardson said firefighters found a large fire when they arrived.

“It had a head start on us,” Richardson said. “When the guys got here they had a lot of fire out back. It was in the attic. That’s always slow to put out.”

The southbound lane of College Avenue was closed from Thompson to Decatur High School as firefighters worked at the scene.

Firefighters doused the fire for more than an hour before it was extinguished, knocking in windows and spraying the home from several angles.

No one was injured. The house contained personal belongings, but was unoccupied.

Richardson said a burglary was reported at the home earlier in the day.

The fire and burglary are under investigation.

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2 hurt in motorcycle crash


Two motorcycle operators were injured in a wreck around 12:15 Saturday afternoon. The wreck happened on Farm Road 51 at the intersection with County Road 4698 near Boyd. Department of Public Safety Trooper Paul Zaragoza said a pickup had stopped to turn left onto the county road. A vehicle and four motorcycles were following him southbound on FM 51 when the last motorcycle in the line, operated by James Drayton Darby Jr., 61, of Dish failed to slow down in time. Zaragoza said Darby’s motorcycle clipped the back tire of the motorcycle in front of him, operated by Gail Elaine Clarke, 63, of Krum. Darby was thrown from his bike and rolled several times, sustaining a head injury. He was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Clarke sustained a leg injury and was taken by Wise County EMS to Wise Health System in Decatur.

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Northwest’s Rue announces retirement


After leading the Northwest ISD during a time of unprecedented, Karen Rue announced Thursday night that she will retire at the end of the year.
The Northwest ISD Superintendent announced her intention to leave her post July 31 at the district’s school board meeting.
“It has truly been an honor to be part of Northwest ISD,” Rue said in a press release. “I’m looking forward to the adventures and opportunities retirement will bring and am excited about the possibility of exploring other avenues I might want to pursue. It has been a joy to be part of the Northwest ISD family, and Northwest will continue to be my home.”
Rue joined Northwest ISD in 2005 from Tuloso-Midway ISD, where she was superintendent.
During her 11 years at Northwest, the district has grown from 8,700 to 21,000 students. The district opened two new high schools — Byron Nelson in 2009 and Eaton in 2015.
“Dr. Rue has been an inspirational leader, and we will be forever grateful for her leadership and vision,” said Josh Wright, Northwest School Board President. “We were saddened to learn of her retirement plans. She has led our future-ready vision and initiated a transformational shift in education. Understanding the importance of preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s future, she implemented initiatives to help strengthen student engagement, deepen student learning and open doors for innovation, creativity and experiential learning.”
The district will start its search for a new superintendent in February.
“As much as we hate to say goodbye, though, we know that our district’s future-ready vision will continue. The Northwest ISD Board of Trustees is committed to doing what is best for our students, parents, staff and community members. As we begin the search for a new superintendent, we are dedicated to finding the right person to continue our path of transformation and future-ready excellence,” said Wright. “We wish Dr. Rue and her family all the best.”
Rue began her 37-year career in education as a sixth-grade teacher and has since served as an elementary school teacher, assistant principal, principal and executive director.
She was recently named a finalist by the School Administrators Association for the 2016 Women in School Leadership Award.
She was named the Region XI Superintendent of the Year and is currently serving as President of the Texas Association of School Administrators.

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Fire damages Aurora home


A fire in a home on Old Base Road in Aurora produced a tall cloud of white smoke visible for more than 10 miles about 5:30 Tuesday afternoon.

Early responders drove a vehicle through a closed gate to reach the home, After the fire was knocked down, firefighters swept the house and attic to ensure it was completely out.

Wise County Fire Marshall Chuck Beard said Rhome, Newark and Boyd Fire Departments and Wise County EMS responded to the fire.

No one was injured.

More information will be posted as it is available.


 

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Man air lifted from Chico wreck


A man was air lifted from a wreck in Chico around 1:30 p.m. today.

State Trooper Paul Zaragoza said the man, driving a white passenger car, was traveling northbound on Texas 101 when he veered left from his lane for unknown reasons. An 18-wheeler was turning right from Farm Road 1810 onto southbound Texas 101, and the car ran underneath it. The car came to rest when it hit a tree off the left side of the road.

The man in the passenger car was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by paramedics. He was flown by AirEvac Lifeteam 68 to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. His condition is unknown at this time.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was uninjured.

Wise County Emergency Medical Services, Wise County Rescue 1, Wise County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Public Safety and Chico fire department responded.

No names have been released at this time.

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Fire damages Alvord home


A fire severely damaged a home on Greenwood Street in Alvord late Tuesday night.

The fire, first reported around 11:30 p.m., started in a shed behind the house.

“We have been told that there was a heat lamp back there for a dog,” Alvord Fire Chief Sam Hahn said. “By all indications we have right now, that’s probably where it started.”

The fire then moved to the attic of the home.

The occupants were able to get out safely and the Red Cross has been alerted.

Alvord, Chico and Decatur fire departments and Wise County Emergency Medical Services responded.

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