3 hurt in chain reaction wreck


Three people, including a child, were taken to the hospital following a four-vehicle wreck around 4:30 Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Farm Road 51 and Preskitt Road. Decatur Police Officer Matthew Roberts said three cars were stopped waiting to turn from the northbound turn lane of FM 51 onto Preskitt when an SUV slammed into the back of the third car, causing it to hit the second car in the row, which hit the first car in the row. The driver of the vehicle that started the collision was taken to Wise Health System and flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. An adult passenger and child passenger in the second vehicle were also injured, with the adult transported to Wise Health System and the child taken to Cook Children’s in Fort Worth. No other injuries were reported in the last two cars.

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City has enough signatures for alcohol vote


The Wise County Elections Office on Friday verified that 439 valid signatures were collected on a petition calling for an election for the sale of all alcoholic beverages including mixed beverages in the Decatur city limits. That’s more than the 358 signatures that were required in order for the Decatur City Council to call an election for Nov. 8. The city must wait 30 days to call the election, meaning the election should be called at the Aug. 22 meeting.

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Boy struck by vehicle


 

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A Greenwood boy was seriously injured after being struck by a vehicle on Farm Road 1204 near Greenwood Baptist Church Wednesday evening.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Adolfo Patterson said the boy, 10, was riding bicycles with his sister just after 8 p.m. when he pulled out into the road directly in front of a southbound Jeep SUV driven by a 16-year-old girl.

The boy’s name has been withheld, pending further information on his condition. He was transported via ground ambulance to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth.

Greenwood-Slidell Volunteer Fire Department and Wise County EMS responded to the scene.

 

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Breaking News: 1 flown from fiery crash


By Richard Greene
rgreene@wcmessenger.com
A fiery crash on Farm Road 2264 Saturday evening sent a man to a Fort Worth hospital via medical helicopter.wreck-pic
Cruz Perez, 32, of Decatur, was flown by Air Evac Lifeteam 68 to John Peter Smith Hospital from the scene with unknown injuries.
Perez was traveling southbound on FM 2264 south of Decatur shortly after 7 p.m. when he lost control of his white Pontiac car just west of County Road 4421, according to Department of Public Safety Trooper Carson Bening.
“For an unknown reason he lost control, left the roadway and slid into the creek after hitting a tree,” Bening said. “It rolled after hitting the tree.”
The vehicle landed on its top in the creek bed and caught fire.
Bening said a water truck from an oil company stopped and bystanders used water from tanker to extinguish the fire.
“They probably saved the guy’s life,” Bening said.
The accident closed FM 2264 until a little after 8 p.m.

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4 departments battle early morning blaze


Four fire departments battled a 4 am house fire Tuesday in Chico.

Terry Anderson, who was remodeling the home at 107 S. Flower Lane, was asleep when the fire started. His dog, Bob, alerted him to the emergency.

“I was napping in the front bedroom, and his barking and the smoke woke me up,” Anderson said. “I looked down the hallway and saw the kitchen in flames.”

Anderson and Bob escaped without injury. The home is owned by Jerry Fitzgerald, and Anderson was remodeling it for him. Anderson lives in Flatwood but stays there occasionally when he’s working.

Fitzgerald said he has builder’s insurance on the structure.

Chico, Crafton, Bridgeport and Sand Flat fire departments were called to the scene. Wise County medics arrived to treat Anderson, who was starting to feel ill.

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3 injured in wreck


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Three people were injured in a two vehicle wreck on Farm Road 51 North at the U.S. 380 overpass just before noon Friday.

Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said an eastbound Toyota passenger car driven by Candice Becker, 17, exited the highway and ran the stop sign at 51 where it was struck broadside by a southbound Dodge pickup driven by Caroline Cowdrey.

Hoskins said Becker and two passengers, Penny Becker, 54, and Landon Murphy, 9, all of Azle, were seriously injured in the wreck. Candice and Penny Becker were flown by AirEvac Lifeteam 68 and CareFlite 6 helicopters to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Murphy was flown by PHI Medic 8 to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth. Cowdrey was uninjured.

The car rolled off the roadway, coming to rest against several trees on the southeast side of the intersection. Emergency crews worked to free the three occupants.

Decatur Fire Department, Decatur Police Department, Wise County EMS and the Texas Department of Public Safety responded to the scene.

 

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Fire destroys mobile home


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A large fire destroyed a mobile home on Quail Chase Lane Tuesday afternoon, scorching the grass around the structure and catching at least one other small structure and a car in the blaze.

Several neighbors at the scene each reported calling 911 several times between 2 and 2:15 p.m., placing the fire’s start some time before.

Home owner Tommy Garrett wasn’t on his property at the time of the fire, but witnesses said bystanders rescued a dog from the home and released horses fenced nearby.

Initial responders arrived to a fully involved structure and grass fire extending to the property’s fence line along the road. The fire also destroyed one storage shed and appeared the threaten another. At least three vehicles on the property were caught in the blaze and firefighters worked from the back of a brush truck to douse a burning car.

Greenwood-Slidell and Decatur Fire Departments and Wise County EMS was on scene with several tankers. Krum Fire Department responded in mutual aid. An investigator from the Wise County Fire Marshall’s office was called.

 

 

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Fire levels mobile home


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A fire destroyed a single wide mobile home in the 1200 block of County Road 2750 Saturday night.

Alvord Fire Chief Sam Hahn said initial responders reported the structure as fully involved upon arrival just after 10 p.m..

Hahn said the home was occupied by one man. No one was injured in the blaze.

Alvord, Decatur, Greenwood-Slidell and Wise County EMS had crews on scene.

More information will be posted as it’s made available.

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Decatur wreck sends 1 to hospital


The driver of an SUV was seriously injured in a two vehicle accident Tuesday night shortly after 10. Although few details are available, the wreck happened at the intersection of South Trenchard Street and U.S. 81/287 in front of Allsups in Decatur. The wreck appeared to be between the SUV and a semi truck. The SUV driver was taken by ground ambulance to Wise Health System and flown to a Metroplex hospital. Northbound traffic on U.S. 81/287 was briefly diverted on Trenchard Street until one northbound lane was opened while the wreck scene was cleared.

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1 hurt in Paradise wreck


A motorcycle operator was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash around 4:30 Tuesday afternoon. Department of Public Safety Trooper Fred Thornton said the motorcycle operator, who was not identified, was northbound on County Road 3253 in Paradise when he went around a corner without yielding half the roadway and struck a southbound pickup truck head-on. The motorcycle operator was flown from the scene to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. The pickup driver was not injured.

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Mobile home in Cottondale burns


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A fire in a mobile home just off School House Road north of County Road 3480 near Cottondale produced a tall column of white smoke visible from Decatur Monday afternoon.

Cottondale Fire Chief Jason Walker said crews arrived around 6 p.m. to find the structure fully involved, with flames visible through the roof and smoke streaming out of windows.

Wise County EMS was on scene and treated and released at least one firefighter for heat-related exhaustion. Walker said no property owners were on scene.

Boyd and Paradise also responded to the scene. More information will be posted as it’s made available.

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2 arrested in cemetery vandalism case


The Wise County Sheriff’s Office charged two Chico men Friday with criminal mischief in connection with the April vandalism at Ball Knob Cemetery in Alvord. Jeffrey Kyle Young, 23, and Christopher “J.J” Johnson, 17,  were arrested and remained in the Wise County Jail Friday afternoon. The two are accused of knocking over nearly every tombstone in the historic cemetery. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

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Fire on Main Street


Decatur Fire Department quickly knocked down a fire inside a mobile home on East Main St.  Wednesday afternoon.

Dispatchers received a call from the homeowner around 5:15 p.m., and she told them smoke was filling her home.

Decatur Fire Chief Mike Richardson said that the majority of what burned was a mattress in an end bedroom, though most of the home sustained smoke damage.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department also responded.

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Lake, roads closed


The Tarrant Regional Water District announced this morning at 9 a.m. that Lake Bridgeport is closed due to rising lake levels. Several roads around Wise County are also closed due to water over the roadway, according to the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. They include the following:

Farm Road 3259 at the bridge

Brammer Road

CR 4421 at FM 2264

CR 3701

FM 1810 1 1/2 miles east of Chico

FM 730 north of Boyd

CR 3250

CR 3581 (bridge out)

CR 4668 (Bobo Crossing) (bridge out)

CR 4757 at the bridge

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Infant killed in morning wreck


An infant in a single-vehicle rollover north of Alvord died this morning after being transported to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth.

DPS Trooper Chesley Womack said four-month-old Marinia Dominguez sustained fatal injuries when the northbound Toyota pickup she was riding in flipped after colliding with a line of trees north of Alvord on U.S. Highway 81/287 around 9:30 Thursday morning.

Other occupants in the vehicle include parents Juan and Deanna Dominguez and children Nathaniel and Olivia Dominguez. Juan and Olivia Dominguez were transported to Wise Health System in Decatur and Deanna and Nathaniel Dominguez were transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Alvord and Decatur Fire Departments and Wise County EMS responded to the scene.

Another rollover wreck, several miles south, on southbound 287 near the Dollar General didn’t result in any injuries.

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5 injured in wreck


PICKING UP THE PIECES — Crews work to clear a wreck north of Alvord that sent five to the hospital Thursday morning.

PICKING UP THE PIECES — Crews work to clear a wreck north of Alvord that sent five to the hospital Thursday morning.

Five people were injured in a rollover wreck on U.S. Highway 81/287 north of Alvord Thursday morning.

DPS State Trooper Chesley Womack said a Toyota pickup towing a trailer was traveling northbound around 9:35 when the trailer began to skid, dragging the truck east off the roadway where it hit a line of trees and rolled several times. The truck came to rest upside down suspended by a tree and the trailer was thrown out of sight.

Womack said the five occupants were taken via Wise County EMS ground ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Their identities have not been released.

Traffic was slowed to a crawl while crews from Alvord and Decatur Fire Departments worked to clear the scene.

Another rollover, several miles south of the earlier wreck, occurred at 9:55 when Trooper Paul Zaragoza said a GMC SUV towing a trailer southbound lost control of the trailer and left the roadway, rolling into the median. No one was injured.

Alvord Fire Department and Wise County EMS responded to the scene.

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1 killed in wrong-way wreck


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One person was killed Thursday night in a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 81/287 roughly one mile north of Farm Road 407.

DPS Trooper Robert Carson said a Honda Odyssey minivan and a GMC Sierra pickup collided at 10:20, with both sustaining heavy front-end damage after one crossed into oncoming traffic.

The driver of the minivan was declared dead at the scene by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Craig Johnson at 10:40. That driver’s name has not been released. Carson said the other vehicle was driven by Michael King, 23, of Paris.

Carson said the cause of the wreck is still under investigation, with witnesses giving conflicting accounts of the collision. Investigators at the scene have reached different conclusions as to which vehicle actually crossed the median, he said.

Carson said King was coherent at the scene and was transported via ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with several broken bones.

East Wise and Rhome fire departments and Wise County EMS responded to the scene.

More information will be posted as it’s available.

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Saturday, May 7 Election Results


ALVORD CITY COUNCIL
Place 3 Kirk Gibson 43
Place 3 Royce Gastineau III 27
Place 4 Debra McKelvain 39
Place 4 Cody Swinford 32
Place 5 Jim Enochs 52
ALVORD SCHOOL BOARD
Place 3 Candace Raines Mercer 156
Place 4 Larry Nivens 61
Place 4 Daniel Ruddick 167
Place 5 Mark Gose 179
BRIDGEPORT CITY COUNCIL
Mayor Randy Singleton 320
Place 1 David Correll 298
Place 2 Calvin Coursey 144
Place 2 Kevin Lopez 187
BRIDGEPORT SCHOOL BOARD
Place 4 Jim Bost 361
Place 4 Jared Keith McComis 347
Place 5 Robert Marlett 314
Place 5 Duane Sutherland 391
Place 7 Veronica Torres Cervantes 312
Place 7 Marci McKinzie Craddock 402
CHICO CITY COUNCIL
At-Large Greta McDaniel 74
At-Large Roger Mead 7
At-Large Maryalin Bridges 64
At-Large Joe Evans 42
At-Large Jimmy B. Counts 55
CHICO SCHOOL BOARD
Place 3 Steven Cox 256
Place 4 Lori Clark 181
Place 4 Bradley North 141
Place 5 Bill Hand 187
Place 5 Mike Maddux 135
NEWARK CITY COUNCIL
Place 1 Hans Wilson 29
Place 2 Jerry Lyn Palmer 13
Place 2 Jenny Wilson 31
Place 3 Chris Raines 32
Place 5 Eric Fleischer
RHOME CITY COUNCIL
Mayor Michelle Pittman 163
Mayor Chip Kowalski 81
Mayor David Wilson 27
At-Large Jeff BeCraft 73
At-Large Sam Eason 192
At-Large David Gilbert 73
At-Large Leanne Mackowski 157
At-Large Patricia Mitchell 24
RUNAWAY BAY CITY COUNCIL
Mayor Robert Ryan 102
Mayor John W. Boyd 140
At-Large Roland Ray 163
At-Large Janice Sivley 184
BRIDGEPORT HOME RULE
For 193
Against 136

 

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RV fire in Rhome


Rhome, Newark and Boyd fire departments responded to an RV fire south of Rhome around 7 a.m.

The travel trailer was fully involved when the departments arrived. It was unoccupied.

Rhome Assistant Fire Chief Michelle Pittman said the vehicle’s fuel load burned, causing a column of black smoke to rise.

“If it’s heavy black smoke we know we’ve got a pretty good fire,” Pittman said. “That’s why we called Boyd out.”

The surrounding structures were not burned.

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Power outage hits Runaway Bay


More than 1,000 Oncor customers are without power on the west side of Wise County.

Oncor Area Manager Sabrina Easley said the outage stretches from the water plant on Farm Road 920 in Bridgeport to U.S. 380 and west through Runaway Bay.

As of 7:25 p.m. Saturday, the cause was unknown, but service personnel were on their way. Easley said 1,350 customers were without electricity.

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