2 KILLED IN HEAD-ON WRECK – Two people were killed early Sunday morning in a head-on wreck on Farm Road 51 a few miles south of Decatur. According to Department of Public Safety trooper William Wallace, a southbound pickup driven by Shawn Brown, 18, of Springtown crossed into the northbound lane and struck a northbound vehicle driven by Justin Buchanan, 32, of Decatur. Buchanan’s vehicle burst into flames. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene, and autopsies have been ordered. The accident happened around 2 a.m. The road remained shut down for several hours while the crash scene was investigated.
DEPUTY INJURED IN PURSUIT – A Wise County Sheriff’s Deputy was taken to Wise Health System in Decatur with a head injury following a pursuit of a suspected vehicle thief Saturday evening. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said a deputy and a sergeant were following a man in a stolen pickup when the man attempted to evade the officers. The chase, which started on Farm Road 2123, went through rural areas of the county near Boonsville. Akin said at one point, the driver, identified as Brandon Long, 28, of Bridgeport, backed into the deputy’s patrol car a couple of times. The deputy fired his weapon at the pickup, but no one was hit. Long eventually left the roadway and drove through a pasture and then nose dived into a ravine. He and a passenger, Lana Kristine O’Connell, 27, fled on foot, but officers pursued them and arrested both of them. The deputy sustained a laceration to the back of his head, which required a few stitches, the sheriff said. Long was also taken to the hospital complaining of shoulder pain. Because an officer fired a weapon, Akin said a Texas Ranger was called to investigate the incident. Both Long and O’Connell remained in jail Monday morning on charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle, evading arrest and aggravated assault against a public servant.
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.
REUNION TIME – The Wise County Old Settlers Reunion begins today at the Reunion Grounds at Joe Wheeler Park off Farm Road 51 South in Decatur. Tonight’s entertainment is the first Wise County Reunion Idol Contest at 7 p.m. at the pavilion. Carnival ride bracelets today and tomorrow are $15, with the price increasing to $20 Wednesday through Saturday. Parking is $5.
ALCOHOL PETITION SUCCESSFUL – 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.
CHANCE OF RAIN – Rain chances return to the forecast today. The National Weather Service forecast includes a 30 percent chance of rain today and 20 percent chance tonight and tomorrow. Today’s high is expected to reach 95 degrees.
GOSPEL OPRY – The monthly Gospel Opry Sing-Along program is 6:30 tonight in the G.C. Rann Auditorium located on the second floor of the Wise County Heritage Museum at 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Admission is free. An offering will be received toward the expenses of the museum.
COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – Wise County commissioners will consider changes to the county’s travel policy and will discuss insurance for fiscal year 2017 at their meeting today. It starts at 9 a.m. in the third floor conference room in the courthouse in Decatur. It’s open to the public.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for Shauna Birdsall Kozak, 44, of Chico is 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at Global Spheres Center in Corinth. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
SERVICES for Justin Ray Buchanan, 31; Barbara Ann Potts, 67; Kwei Se Ting, 75; and Sharron Hodgkiss, 75, all of Decatur are pending at Coker-Hawkins.
FUNERAL for Carolyn Perkins, 67, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.
FUNERAL for Danny Damron, 56, of Jacksboro is 11 a.m. today at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksboro.Print This Page