WCMessenger.com http://www.wcmessenger.com Wise County Messenger Online Edition Mon, 27 Apr 2015 03:44:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Man arrested after short standoff with police http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/man-arrested-after-short-standoff-with-police/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/man-arrested-after-short-standoff-with-police/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 03:44:03 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90284 A 34-year-old man was arrested Sunday night after a short standoff on West Mill Street with Decatur Police.
Sgt. Gerald Wright said Decatur PD was first called to 417 W. Mill St. at 6:53 p.m. when a woman driving by called 911 saying there were two men about to fight in the front yard. Wright said when officers arrived, there was a crowd of people in front of the home. Officers attempted to speak to Luis Romo, who was inside the fenced yard, but he refused to come to the fence and answer questions. Wright said Romo spoke “fairly good English and knew what was going on.”
After a few minutes, officers entered the yard to talk to Romo, but he took off, running inside the house. Wright said after Romo shut the door, officers noticed a rifle propped against a nearby trailer.
They approached the house with caution, still unsure exactly what was going on or if Romo had more weapons inside. An officer was able to sit at a window and talk to Romo, who refused to come back outside.
In the meantime, Decatur Fire Department and Wise County Medic 1 was called to the scene to treat an injured child. Romo allegedly slapped his 12-year-old daughter for getting into an argument with another youth. She was transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.
Wright said as officers talked to Romo, he began fidgeting with something behind his back and at one point ran to the back of the house, again leaving officers uncertain of his intentions.
Detective Daniel Sandate, who speaks Spanish, was called to the scene to help. Wright said Romo knew Sandate and opened the door for the detective and another officer to enter. Within just a few minutes, Romo was arrested peacefully and walked out with Sandate. He was charged with Class A assault family violence and evading arrest.
The 12-year-old’s mother, Maria Colorado, 47, was also arrested. She was charged with interference with a public servant because she grabbed an officer’s arm as he ran after Romo in the yard.
Wright said hostage negotiators from the Wise County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene, and the SWAT team was on standby. Texas Ranger Ron Pettigrew also assisted, as well as sheriff’s deputies, state troopers and a game warden.
Wright said all agencies operated with extreme professionalism.

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Decatur wins UIL region journalism title http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/decatur-wins-uil-region-journalism-title/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/decatur-wins-uil-region-journalism-title/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:47:08 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90277 IMG_0685Decatur High School’s  journalism team is the region’s best.
The school captured its first region title in journalism Saturday at the Class 4A Region I University Interscholastic League academics contest at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
Two journalists, Mickey Drewry and Rachael Ussery will advance to the state academic meet May 26 in Austin.
Ussery won the news writing contest. Drewry took second in headline and third in feature writing.
Results for Decatur at regionals:
Ready Writing: 5. Kendall Hubbard
Headline Writing: 2. Mickey Drewry; 4. Rachael Ussery
Feature Writing: 3. Mickey Drewry; 4. Rachael Ussery
News Writing: 1. Rachael Ussery; 4. Mickey Drewry

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Calculating the cost of the school bond http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/calculating-the-cost-of-the-school-bond/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/calculating-the-cost-of-the-school-bond/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:10:11 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90262 Whether you are considering buying a pair of running shoes or a new truck – or voting for bond items such as a resurfaced track or new buses – it usually boils down to one question.

How much is this going to cost me?

For the Decatur school district, the projects contained in both propositions of the bond package will cost around $13.5 million. In order to pay for the bond package, the district projects a maximum tax rate increase of 4.2 cents per $100 valuation on the debt service portion of the tax rate. Unlike the maintenance and operations part of the tax rate that is used to pay for items such as teacher salaries, textbooks and the electricity bill and is subject to recapture by the state, all taxes collected for debt service remain under local control.

“If we raised 4 cents on the M&O side, 44 percent of every additional dollar would be sent to the state,” Superintendent Rod Townsend said.

The district already sends an average of about $3.5 million per year in locally-raised taxes to the state as part of the “Robin Hood” recapture funding formula.

The exact cost of the bond package to a Decatur taxpayer depends on the value of your property.

The average value of a home in the Decatur school district is $117,000. An owner of such a home would pay $49.14 more in taxes due to the 4.2-cent tax rate increase. If your home value is less, the amount of tax increase would be less, and if your home value is more, you would see a larger tax rate increase. For instance, the owner of a $200,000 home would see an annual increase of $84.

If you are a citizen age 65 or older who has successfully applied for a homestead exemption, the amount of taxes you pay on your primary residence would not increase due to the bond package.

Districts pay back the money they owe over a period of time, depending on the length of the bond. For the current bond under consideration, transportation and technology items totaling $6.5 million would use a 5-10 year note. Security and facility items totaling $7 million would use a 20-year note.

In the past few years, DISD has been able to pay off some debt early through refinancing some of its bond debt. In February of 2013, the district paid off a portion of its debt six years early and was able to save $987,860 over the life of the bonds. That worked out to an annual savings of nearly $160,000 over the next six-year period.

Since 1999, Decatur voters have approved three of five bond packages put before them. It has led to the construction of two elementary schools – Carson and Young – a multipurpose facility at the middle school, a high school, a transportation facility, technology including student laptops, and renovations of various campuses.

As of Monday, the beginning of early voting, Decatur residents will have a chance to vote on items related to transportation, security, technology, facility upgrades and a multipurpose indoor practice facility.

Those items were explored more in depth in previous stories related to the bond issue.

Go to wcmess.com/bond to read all of the stories in the series as well as letters we’ve received on the bond issue. You’ll also find links to more information that could help you decide how to vote.


  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27, April 29 to May 4 and May 4 at Decatur City Hall
  • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 28 and May 5 at Decatur City Hall
  • 6 to 8 p.m. April 27 and May 4 at Decatur High School

Election day voting May 9:

  • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Decatur City Hall
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