Silver Alert issued for Bridgeport resident


A silver alert has been issued for Bridgeport resident Benisio Davila, 83.
He went missing Friday, March 7, 2014 around 3:30 p.m. He was last seen in a white Toyota Matrix with Texas plate number CK5P811 and the 5-5, 157-pound man was wearing a ref Polo shirt with black and red stripes and blue jeans.
“From what we understand, he was en route to a local business and has not been seen since,” said Officer Nicolas Yates of the Bridgeport Police Department.
Davila lives in the 200 block of Owen Street in Bridgeport. Yates said this is not the first occurrence in which Davila went missing. According to the Silver Alert press release, Davila has been diagnosed with a cognitive impairment.
Yates said there is a fear that he “may not be able to adequately care for himself.”
Davila’s family, which lives in Bridgeport, reported him missing Friday. The Silver Alert was issued Saturday. As of 3:20 p.m., Yates said there were no leads to Davila’s whereabouts.
“We’ve exhausted our leads and there’s no way to track him,” Yates said. “There was no belief that he was leaving town. So no one is sure what direction he may have been headed.”
Anyone with information regarding the missing senior citizen should contact the Bridgeport Police Department at 940-683-3430 or a local law enforcement.

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Standoff ends peacefully


A Bridgeport man engaged law enforcement officials from Wise and neighboring counties in a standoff south of Boyd for more than two hours Friday. But negotiators from the Wise County Sheriff’s Office were able to talk to with the man on the telephone, and he surrendered shortly before 1 p.m.

Michael Harrison, 39, called 911 around 10:30 a.m. threatening to harm himself. Dispatchers were able to pin his phone and determine his location. Sheriff’s deputies located the man parked on the side of County Road 4757, also known as Pope Road, and began negotiating with him.

Officials said Harrison agreed to get out of his pickup, leave his weapon inside and meet with Sgt. Clint Caddell. Harrison was then transported to be evaluated by mental health services. No criminal charges have been filed.

“Our main goal is to get him some help,” said Wise County Sheriff David Walker.

Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Boyd Volunteer Fire Department, Wise County EMS, State Troopers, Parker County Sheriff’s Office and SWAT, as well as Texas Rangers from Hurst and Weatherford responded.

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1 arrested following Chico fire


No injuries were reported, but one arrest was made following a structure fire in the 100 block of County Road 1639, southwest of Chico, Thursday afternoon.

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The occupant of the single-wide mobile home, Jeremiah Martinez, 32, was arrested for public intoxication.

The Wise County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Wise County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, have been called to the scene to investigate.

When Chico firefighters checked on scene around 3 p.m., the mobile home was fully engulfed. Flames had spread to the neighbor’s fence and threatened nearby structures and a propane tank. But the fire was contained to the mobile home and a well house.

Units from Bridgeport, Lake Bridgeport and Sand Flat, as well as Wise County medics assisted.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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Closures and delays for Monday, March 3


A winter storm pelted Wise County  with sleet Sunday afternoon as temperatures hovered near 20 degrees. Road conditions quickly deteriorated making travel dangerous in some parts of the county and leading to various closures and delays for Monday, March 3. They are as follows: (Updated 8:30 p.m. 03/02/14)

Alvord ISD: Closed

Boyd ISD: Two-hour delay, Buses will also run two hours late.

Bridgeport ISD: Closed

Chico City Hall: Opening at noon

Chico ISD: No school, Professional development day cancelled

Decatur ISD: Closed

Meals on Wheels: No delivery

Paradise ISD: Closed

Slidell ISD: Closed

Victory Christian Academy: Closed

Weatherford College (all campuses): Opening at 11 a.m.

Wise County offices: Open at noon.

Wise County Youth Fair: Horse performance show has been rescheduled to Tuesday, following the horse speed show. Broiler show starts at 10 a.m. Monday. Breeding dairy doe and breeding Boer doe can be brought in Tuesday morning. The show will start at 7:30 a.m.

 

 

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Wrecks abound as sleet pebbles county


Icy precipitation has prompted a rash accidents on all major roadways in Wise County this afternoon. This pickup rolled off the highway near Poco Graphite in Decatur at 2:55 p.m.  The 43-year-old female driver was trapped in her vehicle until first responders freed her. She was fortunate to escape without any serious injuries.

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Couple lose home to fire


A New Fairview-area couple lost their home in a fire late Saturday afternoon. Joe and Patricia Applewhite had just returned home from the grocery store in Decatur around 4. Joe had backed up their truck to be close to the front door in order to unload the groceries when he noticed a fire under the truck. He managed to put the grass fire out with a garden hose, he said, but the pickup had started to catch fire. By the time he went to the back of the truck to help his wife who had fallen, the truck quickly went up in flames. Because the truck was so close to the house, the home quickly went up in flames as well. By the time fire departments from East Wise, Rhome and Decatur arrived on the scene, they had to battle a vehicle, house and grass fire as wind had swept the fire into a field behind the home. The home was a total loss. The Applewhites were not injured. Red Cross responded to help them with basic needs.

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2 bodies recovered from burned trailer


Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said the bodies of a male and a female have been recovered from the debris of a travel trailer that burned early Thursday morning north of Alvord.

Their remains have been sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiner for identification. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Departments from Alvord, Chico, Sunset and Decatur were dispatched to the 200 block of County Road 1695 at 12:49 a.m. The first units on scene reported a travel trailer fully engulfed and flames through the back part of a single-wide mobile home. Officials believe the fire started in the travel trailer and spread to the mobile home. The occupant of the mobile home, who is wheelchair-bound, was rescued by neighbors and suffered no serious injuries, according to Beard.

 

 

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1 killed in 2-structure fire


At least one person was killed in a two-structure fire north of Alvord early Thursday morning.

Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said the remains of one person were found, but another person believed to be in one of the structures was unaccounted for.

Fire departments from Alvord, Chico, Sunset and Decatur were dispatched to the fire in the 200 block of County Road around 12:49 a.m. Units arrived on scene and reported a travel trailer fully engulfed and flames through the back part of a single-wide mobile home.

Officials believe the fire started in the travel trailer and spread to the mobile home.

The occupant of the mobile home escaped without serious injury.

The names of the victims were not released at the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

More information will be published as it becomes available.

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Breaking News: Story heads to Frisco


Decatur football coach and athletic director Kyle Story is leaving after 15 seasons to become the first coach at Frisco Independence.
Frisco ISD trustees approved the contract for Story Monday.
Story compiled a record of 109-58 in 15 seasons. He led the Eagles to seven district titles.
His squad finished 9-4 this past year and reached the third round of the playoffs.
More details in the midweek edition of the Messenger.

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Icy roads cause accidents, prompt delays and closures


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Wise County road conditions deteriorated rapidly after 5 p.m. Monday. Roads wet from a mist and light rain that fell throughout the day began freezing after sunset, and accidents have been reported across the county, although none with serious injuries. Roads have been described on the police scanner as “a solid sheet of ice,” and the northbound lanes of U.S. 287 were shut down near Rhome after at least three 18-wheelers jackknifed. Weather conditions have prompted the following delays and closures for Tuesday, Feb. 11: (Updated: 8:04 a.m.  02/11/14)

Alvord ISD : Closed

Boyd ISD: Closed

Bridgeport ISD: Closed

Chico ISD: Closed

Decatur ISD: Closed

Northwest ISD: Closed

Paradise ISD: Closed

Slidell ISD: Closed

Victory Christian Academy: Closed

Weatherford College (all campuses): Closed

Wise County Appraisal District: Opening at 10 a.m.

Wise County offices: Opening at 10 a.m.

The county remains under a freezing rain advisory until 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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Weather causes schedule changes


Icy conditions have prompted the following early releases, cancellations or closures for Monday, Feb. 10:

Alvord ISD – Closing at 1 p.m. Monday

Decatur 4-H – Tonight’s meeting has been canceled

Candidate Debate – The Wise County Republican Party has canceled tonight’s candidate debate. It has not yet been decided if it will be rescheduled.

Wise County offices – Closing at 4:30 p.m. Monday. Opening at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Wise County remains under a freezing rain advisory until 6 p.m. Tuesday. This page will be updated as other closures or delays are reported.

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Weather-related delays for Friday, Feb. 7


Snowfall across Wise County Thursday made road conditions slick and led to many school closures and delays. Those for Friday, Feb. 7, include the following (updated 9:09 a.m. 02/07/14):

Boyd ISD – Closed

Bridgeport ISD – Open at 10 a.m.

Chico ISD – Open at 10 a.m. Buses will begin running at 8 a.m.

Decatur ISD – Open at 10 a.m.

Paradise ISD – Closed

Weatherford College – Closed

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Remains found in fire tentatively identified


Investigators believe the remains found in a fire early this morning in Chico are Christopher Conn, an 8th grade student at Chico Middle School. Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard confirmed at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, that a body was recovered from the Chico home that burned earlier in the day. The fire started about 4 a.m. Beard said he presumed it’s the body of 14-year-old Conn, who was believed to be trapped inside when the fire consumed the home located in the 200 block of County Road 1637 near Lake Bridgeport’s Wise County Park, but he’s awaiting confirmation from the Dallas County Medical Examiner. The boy’s stepfather, Johnny Hothouse, was originally taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur but was later transported to Parkland Hospital in Dallas. He suffered second and third degree burns to his arms, neck and face and suffered from smoke inhalation as he tried to rescue Conn from the burning home. The boy’s mother, Kimberly Wrisner, and little brother, Diesel Hothouse, 2, were also transported from the scene to WRHS but were released before noon. Beard said the fire is still under investigation, but it appears to be accidental. They think the fire started in the victim’s room. Counselors were on hand at Chico Middle School this morning to talk to fellow students. It’s the second student in that class to die this school year. In November, 14-year-old Dennis Caraway died suddenly from a brain tumor. The Hothouse family lost everything in the fire and does not have insurance on the home. Red Cross was contacted to help the family.

Little remains of a home destroyed by a fire in the dark, freezing early morning hours of Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. Investigators believe they found the remains of 14-year-old Christopher Conn, inside. Photo by Joe Duty.

Little remains of a home destroyed by a fire in the dark, freezing early morning hours of Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. Investigators believe they found the remains of 14-year-old Christopher Conn, inside. Photo by Joe Duty.

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Body recovered from burned home


Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard confirmed at 11:30 a.m. Thursday that a body was recovered from the Chico home that burned earlier in the day.

Beard said he presumes it’s the body of the 14-year-old that was believed to be trapped inside, but he’s awaiting confirmation from the Dallas County Medical Examiner.

The boy’s stepfather, Johnny Hothouse, was originally taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur but will be transported to Parkland Hospital in Dallas. The boy’s mother, Kimberly Wrisner, and little brother, Diesel Hothouse, 2, were also transported from the scene to WRHS but were released before noon.

Beard said the fire is still under investigation, but it appears to be accidental.

 

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Breaking news: Game time bumped up


The start time District 9-3A tiebreaker between Decatur and Gainesville has been bumped up to 5 p.m. in Krum. The game was originally slated for 7. The winner between Decatur/Gainesville is slated play Krum at 8 p.m. Friday in Sanger.

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Weather forces cancellations, delays


Snow continues to fall in Wise County Thursday morning, making road conditions increasingly slick. Wise remains under a winter weather advisory for snow until 2 p.m. Here is the latest list of cancellations or delays for Thursday, Feb. 6:

Paradise ISD – Early release at 1:30 p.m. Start of classes Friday will likely be 10 a.m. District officials will re-evaluate the road conditions in the morning.

Boyd ISD – Early release at 1:30 p.m.

Bridgeport ISD – Early release at 1:30 p.m.

Decatur ISD – Early release. Buses running at 1:15 p.m. Parents wishing to pick up their child may do so at any time before then.

Chico ISD – Early release. Buses running at 1 p.m. Parents may pick up their children anytime before then 1 p.m. CISD officials expect to have a late start (10 a.m.) Friday, weather permitting.

Bridgeport Municipal Court – afternoon juvenile court appointments have been canceled. Appointments will be reset, and the court will send out notices. For information call 940-683-3420

Weatherford College Wise County – all campuses are canceling classes starting at 11 a.m. College offices will close at noon.

Alvord ISD – closed

Springtown ISD – closed

Wise Dance Center – closed Thursday evening

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Closings and delays for Feb. 6


Due to the inclement weather, a few school districts will be delayed Thursday, Feb. 6. (Updated 7:15 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6)

  • Alvord ISD Delayed Start 10am
  • Springtown ISD 2 Hour Delay
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Young teen possibly trapped in burning home


Tragedy struck a Chico home early this morning. Shortly after 4 a.m. a fire was reported at a home located in the 100 block of CR 1639 near Lake Bridgeport’s Wise County Park. A 14-year-old boy who lives at the home was believed to be trapped in a room inside. Firefighters arrived to find flames and smoke pouring from the roof. It’s deemed a total loss. The father of the boy was transported to the hospital for burns. The boy’s mother and a two-year-old sibling were also transported. As of 6:30 a.m. a body had not been found as firefighters from several departments continue to try and extinguish the fire. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Wise County Medics set up a rehab area for firefighters. The firefighters were working to put out the fire in 15 degree weather as snow started to build up on the frozen ground.

 

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UIL Realignment


The University Interscholastic League announced its biennial realignment Monday morning with the renaming of its six classifications from 6A to A. The realignment also included a division split for the first time in its third largest league – the new 4A

Here is a run down of the district’s for football:

  • Decatur landed in 4A Division I’s 4-4A with Burkburnett, Wichita Falls Hirschi, Graham, Mineral Wells and Gainesville.
  • Bridgeport will be in 4A Division II’s 3-4A with Aubrey, Celina, Krum, Anna and Bonham.
  • Northwest remains in the state’s largest classification – 6A – and will be teamed with Denton Guyer, Denton Ryan, Keller, Keller Central, Fossil Ridge, Timber Creek and Byron Nelson in 5-6A.
  • Boyd and Paradise are in 3A Division I’s 4-3A with Breckenridge, Bowie, Ponder and Brock.
  • Chico and Alvord are in Class 2A Division I’s 5-2A with Valley View, Bells, Blue Ridge and Trenton.

For basketball, most of the schools are shuffling to completely different districts.

  • Bridgeport and Decatur will be together in 8-4A with Castleberry, Lake Worth and Springtown.
  • Boyd and Paradise are teamed with Henrietta, Holliday, Jacksboro, Nocona and City View in 9-3A.
  • Alvord and Chico are with Collinsville, Era, Lindsay, Muenster, Poolville and Valley View in 11-2A.
  • Slidell is in 21-A with Bellevue, Gold-Burg, Forestburg, Midway, Prairie Valley, Saint Jo and Tioga.
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Closings and delays for Feb. 3


A winter storm swept across Wise County Sunday leaving some roadways covered in ice and snow. Due to the inclement weather, a few school districts and government offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 3. (Updated 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2)

Alvord ISD: Closed

Boyd: 2-hour delay

Bridgeport ISD: Closed

Bridgeport VA Clinic: Opening at 10 a.m.

Chico ISD: Closed

Chico City Hall: Opening at noon

Decatur ISD: Closed

Learning Ladder: Closed

Paradise: Opening at 10 a.m.

Pettit Private School: Closed

Victory Christian Academy: Closed

Weatherford College Wise County: Closed

Wise County government offices: Opening at 10 a.m.

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