Blaze devours Rhome home


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East Wise, Rhome, Newark and Justin fire departments responded to a two-story structure fire in Rhome this morning around 7:30 a.m.

East Wise Assistant Chief Jim Blackney said when the units first arrived on scene the home was fully involved. Initial reports said the fire began in the home’s garage.

A family of four lived in the home and all made it out safely.

The home was located on CR 4717, just south of Farm Road 407 and north of Rhome.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Weather pushes up games


With heavy rains and possible storms expected later tonight, some area football games have moved up kickoffs. Decatur will start its game at Wichita Falls Hirschi at 6 p.m. Aubrey and Bridgeport will start at 6:30 p.m. Boyd and Paradise moved its start to 6:30 p.m.

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Power restored in Paradise


Nearly 250 Oncor customers in the Paradise area were without power after a pair of utility poles broke Thursday afternoon for several hours.
The two poles are near the Union Pacific railroad tracks.
Oncor spokeswoman Sabrina Easley said the power was restored shortly after 8:30 p.m. As of 10 p.m., Easely reported no outages in Wise County.

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Fire destroys home on lake


IMG_1221Fire destroyed a two-story home on Lake Bridgeport near Runaway Bay Thursday morning.
Runaway Bay, Bridgeport and Lake Bridgeport firefighters battled the blaze that was reported shortly after 6 a.m. at 129 Meadow Pond Court north of Runaway Bay.
The fire displaced a family of nine that included seven children ranging from 3 to 13 in age.
Homeowner Mark Friddle said he was already at work when he was called about the fire.
“I walked around [the house] and the whole inside is gone,” Friddle said.
His wife Chanda and the children got out of the house and were safe according to Friddle.
“She sent all of them to school but the oldest and the youngest is not in school,” Friddle said.
The Red Cross had been contacted to assist the family.
Friddle said two of the family’s three dogs were out of the house. He said his oldest dog was missing along with six snakes, a cat, bird and some baby chicks.
Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said the cause of the fire is under investigation.
The house was fully involved when firefighters made the scene according to Runaway Bay Fire Chief Brian Bernardo. He said the way the house was constructed forced firefighters to attack the blaze from the outside.
“The original part was built on stilts and with the add-ons, it was almost like three levels,” Bernardo said. “It was a challenge with all the add-ons. We couldn’t let anyone in.”

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Fire devours Lake Bridgeport home


A Lake Bridgeport home was destroyed by fire Wednesday evening.
About 6 p.m. four fire departments — Lake Bridgeport, Bridgeport, Chico and Runaway Bay — were called to 418 N. Shoreline Circle.
When firefighters arrived, the front of the house was engulfed in flames. Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said a family of three — Bryan Fain, Amber Haid and their 9-month-old baby — lived in the home. They, along with their two dogs, escaped without injury. The Red Cross was called to assist them.
Firefighters battled the blaze for more than an hour. Medic 2 was also called to the scene. Beard said the fire is under investigation, but it appears accidental.

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One killed in glider crash


A Metroplex man was killed Sunday in a glider crash just outside Decatur.

First responders were called to the scene just north of Decatur Municipal Airport about 8:30 p.m. shortly after the aircraft was discovered.

Decatur Police Officer Royce Gastineau said the man is a member of a glider club that regularly flies in Wise County. Earlier in the evening a member of the club called the Wise County Sheriff’s Office and said one of their members was missing. The caller was wondering if a downed aircraft had been reported.

The missing man was last seen flying east of Decatur. His car was found parked at the Decatur airport, according to Gastineau. He said they “pinged” the man’s cell phone, which led them to the crash scene in a field between Jones Park and the end of an airport runway.

Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Craig Johnson pronounced the man dead at the scene. The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of his family.

 

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Fire destroys Greenwood home


 

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Greenwood-Slidell, Alvord and Decatur fire departments responded to a house fire on Farm Road 1204 in Greenwood late Tuesday night, arriving on scene around 11 p.m.

Lt. Eric Fletcher of Greenwood-Slidell VFD said no one was home when the house caught fire. The building, a single-story home, collapsed in the center shortly after the emergency units arrived. Fletcher said flames could be seen from three sides of the home.

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The home was destroyed, and a grass fire started around the remains of the structure.

“We’re just thankful no one was around,” Fletcher said.

Witnesses on scene said the home belonged to Megan Green, and that they saw flames on the front porch before first responders arrived.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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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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