Ice leads to fatal accident on FM 2264


2264 wreck 2Residual ice from Monday’s snow storm sent a truck off of Farm Road 2264 and on top of a SUV submerged in a creek in New Fairview Tuesday morning.
A deceased man was pulled from the submerged vehicle by firefighters.
Jeffery Hoyt, 32, of Rhome was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Judge Jan Morrow.
A Dodge Ram pickup driven by Curtis Mahaffey, 62, of Decatur was headed southbound on FM 2264 when it hit the ice, left the road on the westbound side and landed on top of the submerged vehicle.
Mahaffey was uninjured.
His accident was reported at 5:30 a.m.
Department of Public Safety spokesman Lonny Haschel said Hoyt had left his residence around 4:15 a.m. and the accident likely happened shortly after. Hoyt’s SUV was also headed southbound.
There were no guardrails at the creek on FM 2264 just more than a mile north of FM 407.
Rhome and East Wise Firefighters responded to the wrecks along with Wise County medics.

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Body found near Boyd


The body of a female was discovered buried in a rural area off County Road 4680 west of Boyd Saturday evening. Wise County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Kevin Benton said the body was exhumed on Sunday and sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiners Office for positive identification. He said it does appear to be a homicide, and the sheriff’s office is working with Texas Rangers and the Fort Worth Police Department on the investigation. A “person of interest,” identified as Jake Charles Abel, 28, of Fort Worth was arrested Sunday for parole violation and is being held without bond at the Wise County Jail. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger.

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J.W. Johnson appointed interim sheriff


Wise County commissioners appointed J.W. Johnson of Decatur interim sheriff at a special meeting Thursday afternoon.

Johnson was appointed to serve the unexpired term of Sheriff David Walker, who is retiring Dec. 31. Johnson will take over the post Jan. 1.

Walker recommended Johnson for the post at the time he notified the county of his retirement in October, but commissioners decided to wait until after the candidate filing period ended to make their decision to avoid appointing someone who might run for the office.

Johnson, who moved to Wise County in 1996, retired from the Dallas Police Department after 22 years before working another 21 years in Denton County at the district attorney’s office and the sheriff’s office. Johnson is the father of Wise County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Craig Johnson.

“I’ve just been around all these guys, and I know they’re doing a good job and I’d like to help when I can,” J.W. Johnson said. “I’m not looking for a full-time police job anymore, but I feel that I could be a help to keep everything running smooth until one of the two running in the primary takes charge.”

There are only two candidates running for sheriff — Lane Akin and Brandon Davis. Both are on the Republican ticket, so the election will be decided in the March 1 primary. Commissioners informally agreed Thursday that Johnson will serve at least until March 1, at which time they will likely appoint the primary winner to fill the remainder of the term.

Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

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Man air lifted from wreck near Alvord


A man was air lifted from a wreck this morning after rolling his eighteen-wheeler near Alvord.

The Department of Public Safety, Wise County Sheriff’s Office and Wise County Emergency Medical Services responded to the wreck on Farm Road 1655 south of Alvord around 10:30 a.m.

State Trooper Ed Atkins said the driver of the eighteen-wheeler was traveling northbound when his trailer went off the roadway. The driver tried to correct by turning to the left, then overcorrected to the right. The eighteen-wheeler rolled onto its side and slid, coming to rest across the roadway with the cab in the tree line on the side of the road.

The driver was trapped in the cab and had to be extracted by Wise County EMS. He was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth by Air Evac Lifeteam 68. Atkins said his condition is unknown, but the man was conscious and talked to the troopers when they arrived on scene. A passenger in the cab was uninjured.

No names have been released at this time.

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Lake Bridgeport closed to boats


The Tarrant Regional Water District has closed Lake Bridgeport due to high water levels. Due to several days of rain, the lake has risen to 837.88 feet as of noon Monday. That’s nearly 2 feet above conservation level of 836 feet. Water is being discharged from the lake at nearly 4,100 cubic feet per second.

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Water begins to recede, roads re-open


As of noon Sunday, several roads in Wise County had been re-opened. Those with sections remaining closed included:

Precinct 1: U.S. 81/287 at Allsup’s; County Road 4010

Precinct 2: Wildwood Road; Texas 101 at County Road 3264

Precinct 3: Bennett Drive at Airfield; Farm Road 730 north of Boyd; County Road 4460; County Road 4668 (Bobo Crossing); County Road 4757 (Van Meter)

Precinct 4: County Road 3250 at County Road 3241; Farm Road 3259; Pecan Street has water but is passable

 

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Sections of local roads remain underwater


Sections of the following Wise County roads remain closed due to high water as of 9:45 a.m. Sunday:

Precinct 1: U.S. 81/287 northbound at Allsup’s; Chisholm Hills Drive at Farm Road 2264; County Road 4010
Precinct 2: Wildwood Road; Farm Road 1655 at Sandy Creek; Farm Road 1810 at Sandy Creek; Farm Road 1655 south of Farm Road 2265; Texas 101 at County Road 3264
Precinct 3: Bennett Drive at Airfield; Farm Road 730 north of Boyd; County Road 4460; County Road 4668 at Bobo Crossing; County Road 4757 at Van Meter Crossing
Precinct 4: County Road 3250 at County Road 3241; Honeysuckle at Pecan; County Road 3470 at School House Road; County Road 3451 at Sunflower; County Road 3381 at Garret Creek; Farm Road 2210 at Farm Road 920; bridge on Farm Road 3259; County Road 3381 at County Road 3386

Wise County remains in a flood warning through noon Monday. Drivers are urged to use caution on local roads and avoid high water.

 

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High water leads to multiple road closures


After raining for two days, water is on the rise, and multiple roads in Wise County are closed. Drivers are urged to use caution on local roadways and avoid high water.

Sections of the following roads, listed by county precinct, are reported to be in high water: (as of 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28)

Precinct 1: U.S. 81/287 northbound at Allsup’s; Chisholm Hills Drive at Farm Road 2264; County Road 4010

Precinct 2: Wildwood Road; Farm Road 1655 at Sandy Creek; Farm Road 1810 at Sandy Creek; Farm Road 1655 south of Farm Road 2265; Texas 101 at County Road 3264

Precinct 3: County Road 4227 at Deep Creek; Old Base Road north of Oates Creek Road; Oates Creek Road; Bennett Drive at Airfield; Farm Road 730 north of Boyd; County Road 4460; County Road 4668 at Bobo Crossing; County Road 4757 at Van Meter Crossing

Precinct 4: County Road 3250 at County Road 3241; Farm Road 2123 at County Road 3451; Farm Road 2123 at County Road 3655; Farm Road 2123 at County Road 3552; Farm Road 2128 at County Road 3350; Farm Road 920 at Texas 199; Honeysuckle at Pecan; County Road 3470 at School House Road; County Road 3451 at Sunflower; County Road 3381 at Garret Creek; Farm Road 2210 at Farm Road 920; bridge on Farm Road 3259; County Road 3381 at County Road 3386

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Walton sentenced to 40 years for robbery


Donald Gene Walton, one of three people arrested in a home invasion and robbery of an elderly man in south Wise County two years ago, was sentenced to 40 years in prison Tuesday morning in 271st District Court in Decatur. Walton, 50, pleaded guilty in July to aggravated robbery and burglary of a habitation. A sentencing hearing was held today. In addition to the 40 years on the robbery charge, Walton was given a 20-year sentence on the burglary charge. That sentence will run concurrent. Walton, who also lives in south Wise County, faced a wide range of punishments from probation up to 99 years or life in prison. The victim in the case, Jerry Thetford, 75, testified that Walton lured him outside his home claiming he had vehicle trouble. Thetford said he was then struck on the head and held to the ground by Walton while other people robbed his home of money and guns. Thetford’s hands were also tied up, and he was left tied up outside after the robbers left. Walton must serve at least half his sentence – 20 years – before he becomes eligible for parole.

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Fire damages Bridgeport mobile home


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Bridgeport and Paradise fire departments responded to a mobile home fire off Chico Highway in Bridgeport at 9:45 this morning.

Bridgeport Assistant Chief Kenny Hudson said the fire started in a bathroom, then spread to a bedroom. Firefighters contained the fire in those two rooms, but the rest of the home sustained smoke damage. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The residents of the home made it out safely.

This is the second mobile home fire in Wise County in two days. Paradise responded to both fires.

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Mobile home burns in Boyd


Boyd, Paradise and Cottondale fire departments and Wise County EMS responded to a mobile home fire on County Road 4594 in Boyd this afternoon.

Jeremy Joiner of Boyd FD took command on scene around 2:35 p.m. Joiner said the fire had spread throughout the entire mobile home by the time the fire departments arrived.

The building was a total loss.

No one was home when the fire started. Robert Robinson is the homeowner.

“I’ve lived here 18 years,” Robinson said. “Everything I owned was in that house.”

The cause of the fire will be investigated by the Wise County Fire Marshal.

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Blaze damages Bridgeport home


Fire tore through a home in the 400 block of Grace Street in Bridgeport Monday night.
Bridgeport, Decatur and Paradise firefighters battled the blaze that began shortly before 9:30 p.m._JDS0631
“It was fully involved and rolling when we got here,” said Bridgeport Fire Chief Terry Long. “I don’t know [if it a total loss]. There is substantial damage.”
Edward Martinez lives in the home with his twin daughters and wife.
“We were fixing to go to bed and I went to get something out the laundry,” Martinez said. “I heard something pop. I felt the door and the laundry room was already on fire.”
Martinez got everyone and the family pets out of the home safely.
He said the family had lived in the three-bedroom home for 10 years.
At the scene, Long said they did not know the cause of the fire.
“It possibly started in the laundry room and went through the attic,” Long said.

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Man struck and killed on FM 2048


A man was struck by a pickup and killed while standing in roadway on Farm Road 2048 Monday night._JDS0605
Sean Wolfe, 25, of Boyd died on the scene.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Robert Carson said Wolfe was in the roadway with his back turned to eastbound traffic.
“He told his wife he was stepping out to have a smoke,” Carson said. “The pickup was going east and came over the hill and the guy standing in the middle of the road.”
The accident occurred shortly after 9 p.m. in front of Wolfe’s residence on FM 2048 approximately one mile west of FM 730.
The driver of the pickup was uninjured. Carson said he was on his way to work when the accident occurred.

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1 killed in 3-vehicle accident


A woman was killed Sunday night in a three-vehicle accident on U.S. 81/287 north of Alvord between County Road 1596 and The Hot Skillet.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Beau Bridgeman said the woman, who was driving a pickup pulling a livestock trailer, stopped just before 7:30 p.m. in the southbound lanes for an unknown reason. Her pickup and trailer were stretched across the roadway.
A southbound 18-wheeler came up on the pickup. Bridgeman said as the 18-wheeler swerved, its trailer caught the livestock trailer and swung around and hit the pickup.
The impact pushed the pickup to the west side of the road, and the livestock trailer landed on its side several yards south of the pickup on the west side of the road.
The cab of the 18-wheeler separated from the trailer and came to rest on its side in the median between the southbound and northbound lanes of the highway. The trailer, its contents scattered along the roadside, landed on its side on the east side of the road, between the cab and southbound 287.
A third 18-wheeler was also involved. It came to rest upright on the east side of the road, but facing north. It had minor damage.
Neither truck driver was injured.
As of 9 p.m., the accident remained under investigation as Bridgeman tried to iron out the details. The trooper has not yet released the names of anyone involved.
While first responders worked this accident, a one-vehicle rollover occurred in the traffic backup. At least one person was transported to the hospital by Wise County medics. As of 9:30 p.m. no other information was available about this wreck.

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Man arrested after chase


A man was arrested at the Wells Fargo in Rhome Saturday night after leading officers on a chase down U.S. 287/81 from Decatur.
Devon Elam, 18, of Lufkin was taken into custody for felony evading arrest.
The chase started after the van was spotted with no tags in the 1600 block of South U.S. 287/81 in Decatur, according to Decatur Police Sergeant Brian Nodine.
Nodine said the driver left the highway and went into Decatur down Farm Road 730, West Thompson and then Farm Road 51 before getting back on southbound U.S. 287/81.
Department of Public Safety Troopers spiked the vehicle twice, including the second time at Pioneer Road and U.S. 287/81 near Rhome.
With multiple tires low, the driver took the exit at Texas 114 and FM 3433 and pulled over at the Wells Fargo.
During the chase, speeds reached 95 to 105 mph.

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ID released in Friday’s fatal accident


A Bridgeport woman was killed Friday night when she was struck by a vehicle on U.S. 380 in Bridgeport. Police Chief Steve Stanford released her name Saturday morning.

Tracy Leann Roberts, 37, was attempting to walk across the westbound lanes of 380 near 10th Street between Brookshire’s and Family Dollar about 8:30 p.m. when she was hit by a Chevrolet Suburban.

“We had a family returning from grocery shopping in Decatur, and they said they didn’t see her until the last second,” Stanford said.

There was alcohol on the scene but not in the car, according to the police chief. He said evidence suggests Roberts may have been drinking. The results of a toxicology test are pending.

The stretch of roadway where the accident occurred was shut down for more than an hour. In addition to police, Bridgeport firefighters and Wise County medics were called to the scene.

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Pedestrian killed on U.S. 380


A pedestrian was killed just before 8:30 p.m. Friday when she was hit by a  Chevrolet Suburban on U.S. 380 between Brookshire’s and Family Dollar.
Bridgeport Police Chief Steve Stanford said a woman was attempting to cross the westbound lanes of 380 near 10th Street when she was hit.
“We had a family returning from grocery shopping in Decatur, and they said they didn’t see her until the last second,” he said.
Stanford said there was alcohol on scene but not in the car. He said evidence suggested the pedestrian may have been drinking.
The stretch of roadway where the accident occurred was shut down for more than an hour.
The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of her family

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Abandoned home burns in Park Springs


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An abandoned house at the corner of Texas 101 and County Road 1797 in Park Springs burned Saturday night.
The fire was reported at 6:45 p.m., and Alvord, Chico, Bridgeport and Sunset fire departments were called to the scene.
Alvord VFD Captain Jeremy Meador said the single-story, wood frame home was fully engulfed when his crew arrived. According to neighbors, the house had been abandoned for 15 years.
As of 8:30 p.m., Meador said it was unknown if the house was connected to utilities.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015 Election Results


CITY OF BRIDGEPORT YES NO
Proposition 1 245 124
Proposition 2 232 130
PARADISE ISD SCHOOL TRUSTEE, PLACE 2 TOTAL
Kathleen Lowry 148
Mike Christensen 126
Shannon Caddell (Write In) 196

*Note: Both City of Bridgeport propositions must pass in order to establish home rule.

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2 air lifted from U.S. 81/287 wreck


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Two patients were transported by Air Evac and two by ground ambulance from a wreck on U.S. 81/287 near the Highway 114 exit in Rhome around 1:30 p.m. this afternoon.

A Chevy Avalanche lost control on the 114 northbound exit ramp, hit the guardrail and then traveled down the hill into the northbound lane of U.S. 81/287. The Chevy was t-boned by an 18-wheeler traveling north, coming to rest on its side in the road.

All four people in the Chevy were injured and transported from the scene. Rhome Officer Bryan Pickler said at least one of the patients flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth was in serious condition. The driver of the 18-wheeler was uninjured.

Rhome police and fire departments, Newark Volunteer Fire Department, Wise County EMS and the Department of Public Safety responded to the accident.

No names have been released at this time.

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