Four wheeler accident on U.S. 380


A woman was injured in a four wheeler crash on U.S. 380 east of Decatur Tuesday evening. A man who stopped to check on her was transported to Wise Regional after possibly suffering a heart attack on scene, unrelated to the accident.

Donna Gotcher, 40, will be transported to Wise Regional after crashing a four wheeler into a fence off the highway this evening. Department of Public Safety Trooper William Wallace said a witness reported that Gotcher was driving on U.S. 380 westbound before taking the turnaround and swerving erratically, driving across the eastbound lane and then off the road.

Medics preformed CPR on the man who stopped to check on Gotcher at the scene. His name and condition have not been released at this time.

Wallace said Gotcher admitted to drinking before the crash, and the DPS will conduct a DWI investigation.

Decatur and Krum fire departments, EMS and DPS responded to the accident.

 

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1 found dead in wreck on U.S. 81/287


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Officers responding to a wreck on U.S. 81/287 underneath Pioneer Bridge around 6:15 a.m. this morning found a deceased elderly female passenger in the vehicle.

Officer Bryan Pickler of Rhome Police Department said Monday morning that it’s likely the woman died in her sleep and not as a result of the accident. First responders preformed CPR on the woman in an attempt to revive her.

The male driver and another female passenger in the Chevy station wagon were uninjured. Pickler said the driver, traveling southbound on U.S. 81/287 and hauling a U-Haul trailer, reported being tapped from behind and pushed off the highway. Pickler said there were no tire marks to indicate this, and it was possible the driver fell asleep and drifted off the roadway. The U-Haul overturned in the wreck.

Rhome police and fire departments and the Department of Public Safety responded to the accident.

No names have been released at this time.

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Mobile home fire in Paradise


Paradise, Bridgeport and Boyd fire departments responded to a mobile home fire on Maple Street in Paradise at 10 p.m. Sunday.

Paradise VFD Chief John Neal said that when the units arrived on scene they found a quarter of the single-wide mobile home in flames. Neal said they were able to quickly knock down the fire. The building was vacant with no electricity turned on.

“Because there was no electricity or obvious sign of cause, I’ll be calling the Fire Marshal to investigate the source,” Neal said Sunday night.

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1 killed, 3 injured in overnight wreck


The person killed in a two-vehicle wreck late Wednesday night in Bridgeport has been identified as Leslie Beebe, 69, of Runaway Bay. Bridgeport Assistant Chief Steve Stanford said his department received a call about a reckless driver on U.S. 380 west of the city at 11:30 p.m., and 13 seconds later, they got a report of a wreck on the road between Farm Road 1658 and the river bridge. Stanford said the reckless driver, identified as Jered Hodgkins, 28, of Boyd, was eastbound on U.S. 380 in a pickup when he crossed over into the westbound lane and struck Beebe’s SUV. Beebe was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, and Stanford said they were notified of his death just before 3 a.m. Hodgkins was flown to Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth where he is listed in serious condition. Two passengers in Beebe’s vehicle were also injured. Brenda Henderson, 55, of Florida was taken by ground ambulance to Wise Regional Health System with non-life-threatening injuries, and Sherry Davis, 77, was flown to JPS where she is in serious condition. Stanford said the investigation continues, but it appears alcohol was a contributing factor in the wreck.

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Teen struck by vehicle


A middle school student at Decatur was injured when she was struck by a moving vehicle Tuesday afternoon on Thompson Street near the Decatur Public Library. Police Chief Rex Hoskins said Kaylee Luna, 13, was crossing Thompson Street from the library side. Eastbound traffic was stopped, so she went between two vehicles and stepped out in front of a westbound pickup truck. Hoskins said the pickup truck driver never saw her before the collision. Luna was knocked down but not run over, Hoskins said. She was taken to Wise Regional Health System with non-life-threatening injuries, and he expected her to be treated and released. The accident happened not long after school had released for the day, around 3:45 p.m.

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Trailer fire in Runaway Bay


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Runaway Bay Volunteer Fire Department, Bridgeport Fire Department and the Wise County Fire Marshal responded to a trailer fire on Shady Oaks Drive in Runaway Bay Monday afternoon around 1:30 p.m.

An RV trailer and storage building caught fire. Marshal Chuck Beard said both structures were a total loss.

The owner of the trailer and building is Carolyn Zapata, and the occupant was Markesha Harrison. No one was injured.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Name released in Saturday fatality


saturdaywreckA teenager was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Greenwood Road north of Decatur Saturday evening.
A southbound Honda Accord left the roadway on Greenwood Road near Private Road 2452 around 6 p.m., striking a tree on the east side of the road.
The vehicle was sheared in half after striking the tree.
The passenger in the car, Lindy Meier, 18, of Alvord died at the scene. The driver suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken by ground ambulance to the hospital. The juvenile driver’s name is not being released at this time.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Bradley Vick said speed was likely a factor in the crash that remains under investigation.
Slidell/Greenwood firefighters and Wise County EMS also responded to the accident in a rural area several miles north of Decatur.

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One dies in wreck on Greenwood Road


One person was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Greenwood Road north of Decatur Saturday evening.
A southbound passenger car left the roadway on Greenwood Road near Private Road 2452 around 6 p.m., striking a tree on the east side of the road.
The vehicle was sheared in half after striking the tree.
The passenger in the car died at the scene. The driver suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken by ground ambulance to the hospital.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Bradley Vick said speed was likely a factor in the crash that remains under investigation.
Names are being withheld for the driver and passenger pending notification of the next of kin.
Slidell/Greenwood firefighters and Wise County EMS also responded to the accident in a rural area several miles north of Decatur.

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Identity released in fatal crash


A Gainesville woman was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Farm Road 51 Tuesday evening near the Wise and Denton County line.
Leslie Skinner, 46, died at the scene.
The accident occurred shortly after 6 p.m. Skinner was driving a 2001 Chevrolet S-10 pickup south on FM 51 when it left the roadway.
“For an undetermined reason it left the roadway, veered off the westside shoulder and crashed into a tree,” said Department of Public Safety Sergeant Lonny Haschel.
The crash remains under investigation.

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Driver killed in wreck on FM 51


A driver was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Farm Road 51 Tuesday evening near the Wise-Denton county line.
The accident occurred shortly after 6 p.m.  A 2001 Chevrolet S-10 pickup was heading south on FM 51 when it left the roadway.
“For an undetermined reason it left the roadway, veered off the westside shoulder and crashed into a tree,” said Department of Public Safety Sergeant Lonny Haschel. “The driver died at the scene.”
The driver’s name is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.
The crash remains under investigation.

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IDs released in Sunday morning fatality


Jasmine Lucero, 20, of Boyd and her unborn child were killed just before 7:30 Sunday morning in a one-vehicle rollover on Farm Road 730 between Boyd and Decatur.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Adam Lawson released her name just before noon Sunday.
Lucero and Marco Antonio Martinez-Rangel, 20, were traveling northbound in a four-door sedan on FM 730 when it appears the tread came off the right back tire, according to Lawson. As the tread came off, the car ran into the ditch and rolled several times, going through two sections of fence before landing upright in the driveway of a home at 5705 FM 730.
Lucero was pronounced dead at the scene. Martinez-Rangel was injured and transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.
In addition to DPS, Boyd Police Department, Boyd Fire Department, Wise County medics and Wise County sheriff’s deputies were also called to the scene, which was about two miles north of Boyd.

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Woman killed in 1-vehicle rollover


A woman was killed in a one-vehicle rollover on Farm Road 730 about two miles north of Boyd Sunday morning.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Adam Lawson was still investigating the accident, but he said it appeared the car rolled several times before landing upright in the driveway of a home in the 5700 block of FM 730. A trail of debris led from the roadway to the car.
The accident occurred just before 7:30 a.m. A man who was in the vehicle was injured and transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.
In addition to DPS, Boyd Police Department, Boyd Fire Department, Wise County medics and Wise County sheriff’s deputies were also called to the scene.

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Suspect arrested following chase


A Bridgeport man was arrested Thursday afternoon after running from officers attempting to stop him. Bridgeport Assistant Chief Steve Stanford said when an officer tried to stop Daniel Barboza, 26, in the area of Greathouse and Third Street around 2:30 p.m., Barboza drove off, turning down First Street and then driving down the railroad tracks until wrecking his vehicle on the tracks. Barboza then got out and ran northwest into a wooded area. Officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Wise County Sheriff’s Office responded to help search for the suspect, and the sheriff’s office K-9 unit was called to track and apprehend Barboza. Stanford said the K-9 officer did locate Barboza curled up in a fetal position in the wooded area, and he gave up without further resistance. Barboza was arrested for driving while intoxicated and evading arrest. The Bridgeport Fire Department and Wise County EMS also responded. No one was injured during the pursuit or search.

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BREAKING NEWS — Targa Gas Plant fire


Fire departments across the county were called to a fire at the Targa Gas Plant in Chico shortly after 2 a.m. this morning. Alvord, Chico, Crafton, Decatur and Sand Flats fire units were dispatched to the plant. Wise County Fire Marshall Chuck Beard said that the fire was still burning as of 5:30 a.m., and the plan is to let it burn itself out.

Ten to fifteen homes in the area have been evacuated. No one has been injured.

“Right now, it’s kind of just a waiting game,” Beard said.

Bus routes for Chico ISD running along County Road 1745 will be affected by the fire. Farm Road 1810, closed off  after first responders arrived on scene, is now open.

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Accident on Farm Road 51


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An accident on the Farm Road 51 overpass crossing U.S. 380 slowed traffic on the bridge Friday evening.

A Chevy Equinox struck a Nissan Acura on the overpass. Wise County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Wes Hughes said the passenger of the Equinox reported the driver in the vehicle was experiencing medical issues prior to the wreck. The driver of the Equinox was unconscious when officers arrived and will be transported to Wise Regional Health System.

Hughes said the driver of the Acura was conscious and may have suffered a minor head injury.

No names have been released at this time.

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Breaking News: Fire destroys Newark home


At around 2:15 a.m. Friday a fire destroyed a double-wide Newark home located at 164 County Road 4875.

The home was occupied by five people — two adults and three children.

All five escaped the fire, but one child was flown to Parkland Hospital with 35 percent burns on his body.

“The adults pulled the 11 year-old out of the window,” Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said. “The grandfather received injuries, cuts and minor burns, but he was not transported.”

The names of the victims have not been released yet and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Electrical issues force office closing


Due to electrical issues with an underground transformer, the Wise County Clerk’s office is closed for the rest of the day. Oncor Area Manager Sabrina Easley said the issue only affects the one office, and repairs are expected to take several hours.

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Rollover at highway intersection


Lonnie Phipps, of Rhome, rolled over the 18-wheeler he was driving at the intersection of U.S. 287 and U.S. 380 in Decatur at approximately 6:45 p.m.

Phipps, driving for Nabors, exited off of U.S. 380 where he rolled the tractor-trailer on the loop that transitions to U.S. 287.

According to Decatur Police officer Victor Monjaraz­ – who worked the accident ­– Phipps seemed in good health.

“He was doing ok when I got on scene,” Monjaraz said. “He was standing up with a couple of lacerations on his face. He had already contacted his supervisor and wife on the phone when I arrived.”

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Fire destroys home in Boyd


imageFire destroyed a double-wide trailer at 311 North Ewing in Boyd Saturday morning, displacing a family.
Boyd, Newark and Rhome firefighters fought the blaze in the near 90-degree heat with medics on scene providing fluids and cool rags for relief. Medics also checked the vitals of firefighters battling the blaze.
Dane O’Neil, who lived in the trailer with his daughter, mother and brother, said he was at a residence up the road when the blaze started.
“I was about to go out to do a mowing job when a little girl come down the road and said there was a fire,” O’Neil said.
“It was way bad when we got here. Anything and everything we had in there is gone.”
He said the family had lived in the trailer for two months but had spent several months making repairs at the property.
The front of the structure was fully involved and was working to the back when Boyd Assistant Fire Chief Jason Adams arrived.
Boyd Police Officer Aaron Soultaire added that the front porch was engulfed in flames when he arrived at 10:50 a.m.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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Bridgeport man killed in Friday’s accident


The Department of Public Safety Sunday night released the names of those involved in Friday night’s fatal accident on Farm Road 1810 at the intersection with Farm Road 1655 North.
DPS Sgt. Lonny Haschel said Daniel Cordova-Acuna, 30, of Bridgeport died in the accident. He was driving the Mazda B series pickup that ran the stop sign at FM 1655 and FM 1810 and into the path of an eastbound 18-wheeler.
The 18-wheeler was driven by Jose Ramirez Garcia, 42, of Alto. He was transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. After hitting the Ford Ranger, Garcia’s 18-wheeler rolled onto its side and slid into oncoming traffic.
It was hit by a military vehicle driven by Colton Petty, 21, of Chico. Petty was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.
There were no passengers in any of the vehicles.
Read the full story in the midweek Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

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