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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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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