1 injured in Decatur wreck


The driver of a small pickup was seriously injured in a wreck with an 18-wheeler just north of Decatur early Sunday morning.

The driver, a male whose name was not available, was transported by ground ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur and was later flown to a Metroplex hospital.

The extent of his injuries were not known, but authorities at the scene said he was “incoherent.”

The accident, which was reported just after 4 a.m., is under investigation, but it appears the pickup was southbound on U.S. 287, near Bono’s, when it lost control. Witnesses said the driver ran off the roadway into the right-side ditch, overcorrected and darted back onto the highway, where the 18-wheeler drove over the front end of the pickup.

The impact caused the pickup to flip. It came to a rest on the side of the road, near AGvantage.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured.

State troopers are investigating the accident. Decatur fire and police departments and Wise County medics responded.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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Decatur hires Fuller as AD, coach


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Mike Fuller is the new leader of the Eagles.
After leading the Colleyville Heritage to seven straight playoff appearances and compiling a record of 60-19, Fuller accepted the football coach and athletic director job at Decatur Thursday night.
Fuller said the small-town atmosphere and a chance to be an athletic director drew him to Decatur and away from his 5A job in Colleyville.
“I have heard nothing but fantastic things about this community,” Fuller said. “It’s an opportunity to be an athletic director and still coach football, which has been a goal of mine for a while. I love the one town, one community and one high school atmosphere.”
Fuller replaces Kyle Story, who left the district in February to become the first football coach at Frisco Independence, which will open in the fall.
The district had 144 applicants for the opening and interviewed eight candidates.
“The talent pool was extremely deep,” said Decatur ISD Superintendent Rod Townsend. “We had 144 applicants and there was probably 40 of those that you would have been satisfied with. As we narrowed it down to eight, it was tough. He continued to come to the top.”

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Chico gas leak forces evacuation


Residents near Chico Auto wrecking yard were evacuated about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday after a tanker trailer was discovered to have a small anhydrous ammonia leak.

Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said residents within a 500 perimeter of the trailer were evacuated to Chico High School. It included eight homes. Chico, Bridgeport and Sand Flat fire departments were on scene, as well as Wise County deputies who were assisting with the evacuation.

Beard said the tanker was involved in an accident yesterday in Jack County and was hauled to the Chico Auto yard on Weatherford Street. A Hazmat crew cleared the trailer and indicated it was safe. Beard said there was likely residual gas in the tanker that after heating up today began to leak.

More information will be posted as it’s available.

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Ross removed from office


Precinct 4 County Commissioner Terry Ross was removed from office Wednesday morning by District Judge Roger Towery.

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Towery granted County Attorney James Stainton’s request to issue a summary judgment in the civil suit regarding his removal. The order was filed in the clerk’s office of the 271st District Court at 9:46 a.m.

It says: “The court finds that (Ross) was convicted of a misdemeanor involving official misconduct during the time he held public office. Pursuant to Local Government Code 87.031, the court orders that Terry Ross is immediately removed from the office of Wise County commissioner, Precinct 4.”

“I believe it’s the right result,” Stainton said. “It fits the law. When you plead guilty to a criminal offense tied to your elected office, you shouldn’t expect to stay in office.”

Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

 

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Blaze devours Decatur home


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Firefighters from three departments are battling a house fire on Trinity Street in Decatur.

Decatur Fire Department was dispatched to 403 N. Trinity just before 2 p.m. Tuesday. Bridgeport and Alvord fire departments were also called to the scene. More information will be posted as it’s available.

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2 injured in 1-vehicle rollover


 

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Two men were injured Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle rollover in Rhome just as showers slid into Wise County.

Christopher Ford of Marshall was driving a pickup south on U.S. 81/287 between 1 and 1:15 p.m. He took the Texas 114 exit in Rhome, heading east and lost control of his vehicle, according to Rhome Police Sgt. Thomas Pennington. The pickup rolled  into the grass on the north side of the roadway and landed upright.

Ford and his passenger, Johnny Andrade of Lynwood, Calif., suffered minor injuries, said Rhome Fire Chief Robert Pratt, but the two were transported by Medic 3 to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Also responding to the scene were Rescue 1, a Wise County sheriff’s deputy and a state trooper.

Almost exactly an hour later, an 18-wheeler jackknifed in the northbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 in Decatur, near the U.S. 380 exit. No injuries were reported, but the northbound lanes were temporarily shut down. Traffic was diverted east onto Wichita Street where drivers could pick up Business 287 and continue north.

 

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Wreck in Grasslands injures one


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By Richard Greene
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One teen boy was injured and another arrested after a single-vehicle accident in the Grasslands Monday night.
Both boys are 17 and from North Richland Hills.
They were in a 2008 black Hyundai Tiburon on Forest Service Road 904 when the accident occurred shortly before 9:30 p.m.
“They were headed toward CR 2461 when the car went off the road and struck a tree,” said Department of Public Safety Trooper Aldolfo Patterson. “The driver said they were going to close to 80 MPH when they crashed.”
The passenger was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.
The driver was arrested for driving under the influence Patterson said. He was taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur for a blood draw.
Patterson said the driver admitted to using acid.
“He said he and the passenger did four hits of acid,” Patterson said. “They were camping out here. The passenger started having a seizure.”
Wise County medics were called to a medical emergency at the Grasslands for a male having a seizure shortly before the wreck.
Patterson said the driver got the passenger, who owned the Tiburon, loaded in the car and was headed to get help when the wreck occurred.

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Davila found in Claude


According to Bridgeport police, Bridgeport resident Benisio Davila, 83, has been found in Claude, Texas, which is near Amarillo. He has been taken to a local hospital to be checked out. A Silver Alert was issued for Davila after he went missing Friday, March 7, 2014 around 3:30 p.m.

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Structure fire in Decatur


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By Richard Greene
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A fire tore through an outbuilding behind a residence at 502 W. Brady St. in Decatur Saturday evening.
Decatur firefighters from three trucks and additional firefighters from Bridgeport limited the fire to just one of the two outbuildings behind the home and a vehicle parked inside it. Firefighters stopped the blaze before spreading to the other building or engulfing a large boat parked nearby. The boat suffered only minor damage.
At the scene, Decatur Fire Chief Mike Richardson said firefighters were still working to determine the cause of the blaze that destroyed the building.
“We know they do some upholstery work in the buildings but we just don’t know what caused it yet,” Richardson said. “We’ve got an area where we think it started.
“Right now, we’ve got everyone out of there. We have some electrical lines arcing.”
Firefighters were toned out for the structure fire at 5:35 p.m. The building was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.
Richardson said an original report said someone was inside the building but by the time the fire was extinguished everyone had been accounted for.
The outbuilding was made of metal and tin. Richardson said there was a upholstery supplies and other combustible materials inside.

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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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