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Suspects arrested after chase


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A man and woman were arrested Wednesday afternoon after leading officers on a chase north of Chico.

At 2 p.m. a homeowner on County Road 1480 saw the couple taking tools from his shop. The homeowner called 911 and began following the suspects. He saw them throw tools from their vehicle. Wise County sheriff’s deputy Steven Yancey and Sgt. Cavin Riggs finally stopped the vehicle on Farm Road 2265. Inside they discovered items taken from the homeowner, as well as additional items that were likely stolen from other homes in the area.

A positive I.D. of the suspects is pending. The man told officers he’s from the Azle area, but the woman is not cooperating.

If you saw this vehicle in the area of FM 2265 today, call Sheriff’s Office Investigator Jim Rodgers at 940-627-5971. They also recommend that homeowners in the area check their homes, shops and barns for missing tools or household items.

Both suspects are in Wise County Jail.

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Three dogs rescued in Boyd house fire


Rescue workers arrived in time to quickly quell a house in fire and safely rescue three dogs trapped inside this morning in Boyd. An off-duty deputy passing by happened to notice heavy smoke billowing from the top of a brick home located in the 100 block of Smith Street. He called 911 and within moments Wise County Medics, Boyd PD and firefighters from Boyd, Newark, Cottondale and Rhome all responded.

Firefighters break into attic to ensure fire has stopped. Photo by Jimmy Alford.

Firefighters break into attic to ensure fire has stopped. Photo by Jimmy Alford.

Boyd ESD No. 1 Fire Chief Randy Ingram said the fire appeared to start in the attic over the garage. The cause is unknown at this time. Wise County Animal Control officer arrived to check on the dogs, which were all in good health. Homeowner Shelly Rodgers lives there with her son. Neither were home when the fire started. And it appears firefighters were able to save the structure.

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Boil water notice lifted


The City of Bridgeport’s boil water notice has been lifted.  The notice had been in effect since last Thursday’s major water leak, and another on Friday, left the city without water for parts of three days. The city is still asking residents to conserve water. “The towers are making progress daily thanks to your efforts,” said Community Relations Manager Amber Fogelman in an emailed statement Tuesday. “Please be conscious of your water usage as we continue to get them filled and avoid any activities that use large amounts of water. Also, please be aware of your usage during peak times of the day (before work/school, lunchtime and after work).”

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1 injured in Monday night wreck


A Decatur man was transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur then flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth for injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident Monday night.

The man, whose name was not available at the scene, was the driver of a silver pickup, the only vehicle involved in the wreck, which was reported just after 10 p.m.

Investigators believe he had taken the exit off of U.S. 287 near McDonald’s in Decatur and turned left onto Washburn Street. It appears he veered to the right, jumped the curb and slammed into the concrete wall underneath the 287 overpass.

The extent of his injuries were not known, but investigators believe a medical issue was a factor in the wreck.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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Grass fires force home evacuations


Multiple grass fires were reported on Farm Road 2264 between Farm Road 407 and Hilltop Trail, forcing evacuations and a road closure in New Fairview.

Units from East Wise, Rhome and Newark were dispatched to the blazes, which were toned out just after 2:30 Sunday afternoon.

In addition, sheriff’s deputies are responding for traffic control and to evacuate nearby homes.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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Water conservation request still in effect


Because of the severity of the water leak in the city of Bridgeport, city officials again stress the importance of conserving water over the next several days. This will enable the water plant and water towers to fill to capacity.

“Please understand the importance of limiting or avoiding activities that involve using large volumes of water such as running the dishwasher, doing multiple loads of laundry, watering or washing your vehicle,” Community Relations Amber Fogelman said.

Residents must continue to boil water for cooking, drinking (including in your coffee pot) and making ice until further notice.

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Water slow to reach residents


Although the leak in Bridgeport has been repaired, many citizens still find themselves without water as of Saturday morning.

According to Bridgeport Community Relations Manager Amber Fogelman, it will take time.

“The water takes time to get through the lines, and the difference between yesterday and today is that more people are home, and the water was turned on about four hours later so we are working on a later time frame,” she said.

She added that the towers will likely not fill up until tonight when people are sleeping and not using water.

Residents are asked to conserve water. It is OK to shower and bathe, but residents are asked to refrain from doing laundry, running the dishwasher or any other activity that uses larges volumes of water until tomorrow.

A boil water notice is in effect. The city released a statement saying, “To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.”

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Crews repair leak


As of 5 a.m. Saturday, the water leak that left the city of Bridgeport without water for a second consecutive day, has been fixed and water is “heading back to town.”

According to Community Relations Manager Amber Fogelman, it will take several hours to fill the water lines and water towers.

Residents are asked to conserve water. It is OK to shower and bathe, but residents are asked to refrain from doing laundry, running the dishwasher or any other activity that uses larges volumes of water until water gets through the lines and begins filling the tower.

A boil water notice is in effect. The city released a statement saying, “To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.”

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DHS showers available to Bridgeport residents


Decatur ISD has opened the showers at the high school for Bridgeport residents in need. They will be open from 10 p.m. to midnight tonight and 8 a.m. to noon tomorrow. Residents must bring their own towel and toiletries.

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Water line ruptures, again


A water line that ruptured and was repaired Thursday in the city of Bridgeport blew again Friday afternoon, leaving citizens without water.

Community Relations Manager Amber Fogelman said the leak was reported around 4:30 p.m. and was expected to take “several hours” to fix.

Bottled water is available at the police department.

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Water repairs ongoing, boil water notice in effect


As of 5:40 p.m. Thursday, repairs on a water line break in Bridgeport that has left the entire city without water since around 8:30 Thursday morning continued, with the expected completion around 10 p.m. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the city to notify customers of the need to boil water prior to consumption. The city has released a statement saying, “To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use.  The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes.  In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.” If you need more information, you can contact Bridgeport City Hall at 940-683-3400.

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Bridgeport ISD announces early release


Bridgeport ISD will release students at 12:30 p.m. Thursday due to a lack of water.

A major leak was reported at the water plant about 8:30 a.m., and since then the plant has been shut down for repairs. Bridgeport Community Relations Manager Amber Fogelman said residents will likely be without water until at least 10 p.m.

 

 

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City of Bridgeport without water


A major leak at the Bridgeport water plant Thursday morning has left the city without water. Community Relations Manager Amber Fogelman said the leak was reported about 8:30 a.m., and as of 11:15 a.m., the water towers could not be filled. The plant has been shut down for repairs, and Fogelman said the city will likely be without water until at least 10 tonight.

Superintendent Eddie Bland said the school district will likely release students early today, but a final decision has not been made.

Check wcmessenger.com throughout the day for updated information.

 

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Wreck causes road closure


A two-vehicle wreck just after 4 p.m. Wednesday near downtown Decatur resulted in no major injuries but did close a major road. Decatur Police Chief Rex  Hoskins said Precinct 2 Constable Larry Short was northbound on South Cowan Street when he ran a stop sign at the intersection with West Main Street. Short’s county pickup struck the front passenger side corner of a westbound passenger car driven by Tristyn  Hand, 23, of Chico. The impact sent Short’s vehicle into an electrical pole, which was pushed several feet at the base, and Hand’s vehicle ended up in a nearby vacant lot on the north side of West Main. Short’s truck also took out a stop sign on the north end of the intersection. The fire department remained on the scene as of 4:55 p.m. awaiting the arrival of the electric company to tend to the damaged pole.

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Quick response salvages home


A quick response by Newark and Rhome firefighters salvaged a home Saturday morning.

The two departments were dispatched to reports of smoke and flames coming though the roof of a home in the 100 block of County Road 4857 around 8 a.m.

Units that checked on scene within four minutes reported light smoke coming through the eaves and ridge row on the roof.

The fire, which started in the back wall of a room added to the mobile home, was contained to the wall and attic. Newark Fire Chief James Edgemon said he didn’t believe there was any fire or smoke damage to items in the room. There may have been a little bit of water damage, and structural damage was minimal.

“We had to go in and pull the sheetrock and ceiling where the fire started,” Edgemon said. “But nothing burned in the room. We know where it started, but we’re not sure what started it.”

Red Cross was dispatched to assist the home’s occupants, which included a middle-aged couple and a younger couple and their baby.

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Man arrested after high-speed pursuit


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A man was arrested by state troopers Thursday night after leading them in a high-speed pursuit and crashing on the west side of Runaway Bay.

Around 5:30 p.m. a reckless driver on a black motorcycle was reported on U.S. 380 in Decatur. Department of Public Safety Trooper Philip Redmon said he got behind the motorcycle on 380 near the Wise County Sheriff’s Office and activated his lights and sirens in an attempt to pull him over. The motorcycle did not stop but instead continued west on 380 at a high rate of speed.

Redmon couldn’t confirm the speed, but other officers said over the police scanner that the motorcycle was traveling more than 100 miles per hour. As the chase approached the Runaway Bay city limit, a Bay officer joined the pursuit.

The motorcycle crashed on the west side of Runaway Bay, but the rider was not injured. He fled on foot and was quickly apprehended by the Bay officer. He was examined by Wise County medics.

Redmon didn’t release the rider’s name at the scene but said he was arrested for evading an officer.

 

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Mother and children injured in 2-vehicle accident


 

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Four people were injured in a two-vehicle accident Wednesday night in front of Brookshire’s on U.S. 380 in Bridgeport.

A black Chevrolet pickup, driven by Madison Hancock, 19, of Bridgeport, left the grocery store parking lot about 7:20 p.m. and crossed the westbound lanes of 380. Hancock attempted to cross the eastbound lanes to Lawdwin Avenue but failed to yield to oncoming traffic, according to Corporal Lee Snodgrass with the Bridgeport Police Department.

Hancock’s vehicle was struck by an Oldsmobile Bravada, driven by Yesenia Aguilar, 32, of Bridgeport. Snodgrass said the front ends of the vehicles hit.

Two Wise County ambulances were dispatched to the scene, along with Rescue One. Yesenia and her 9-year-old son were transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. Two of her daughters, ages 12 and 13, were transported to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth for precautionary measures, said Snodgrass. He said their injuries were probably not serious, but the 12-year-old had lacerations to her face.

Other passengers in the Bravada were taken to WRHS in Decatur by private vehicle to be checked out. They included Yesenia’s husband, Rafael Aguilar, 39, their 3-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son. Hancock was also taken to WRHS by private vehicle as a precaution.

 

 

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School schedules for Thursday, Dec. 12


Many school districts in Wise County are returning to classes tomorrow, but due to lingering ice, some buses may not run. See the list below for information on your district.

Alvord ISD: Closed

Boyd ISD: Open at regular time

Bridgeport ISD: Starts at 10 a.m. with limited bus routes. Routes 4, 5, 6 and 9 won’t run at all. Travel on routes 2, 3 and 11 will be limited.

Chico ISD: Open at regular time. Buses will not run.

Decatur ISD: Starts at 10 a.m. All buses will run, but if a road is unsafe, it will not travel that road.

Northwest ISD: Open at regular time

Paradise ISD: Open at regular time

Slidell ISD: Open one hour late, and buses will run one hour late.

 

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Cancellations and delays for Wednesday, Dec. 11


Ice continues to linger on many county roads leading several school districts to cancel classes Wednesday. We’ll add to this list as we hear from other districts and other organizations that may be canceling or postponing activities. (Updated 7:40 a.m. 12/11/13)

Alvord ISD: Closed

Boyd ISD: Closed

Bridgeport ISD: Closed

Chico ISD: Opening at 10 a.m., buses will not run in the morning

Decatur ISD: Closed

Paradise ISD: Closed

Slidell ISD: Closed

Weatherford College (all campuses): Closed

 

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Sanders elected to school board


Ben Sanders won Place 6 on the Paradise School Board Tuesday by a vote of 120-34 over Bill Mundy. The race had ended in a tie in the Nov. 5 election, making a second election necessary.

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