Posted on August 10, 2015.
MAN ARRESTED AFTER FIRING SHOTS NEAR FOOTBALL FIELD – A 21-year-old man was arrested Saturday morning after firing shots near the Paradise High School football field while the football and cross country teams were practicing. Tanner Lee Andrews of Fort Worth, formerly of Paradise, was seen driving erratically on Stadium Drive at 7:16 a.m., and witnesses said he held a handgun out the window and fired. Wise County Sheriff David Walker said other witnesses saw the driver fire at least one additional shot farther down Stadium Drive in the direction of the football field. No one was injured in the incident, and Andrews was quickly located by state troopers on Texas 114 in Paradise. He was arrested and charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon in a weapon-free zone and deadly conduct discharging a firearm at or in the direction of a residence and/or persons. He remains in the Wise County Jail with a $15,000 bond for each charge. Walker said it appeared Andrews had been drinking. Wise County criminal investigators, crime scene investigators and Paradise ISD administration responded to the scene. Off-duty deputies remained at Paradise High School throughout the day Saturday as a precaution during ongoing practices and volleyball scrimmages. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.
1 KILLED, 2 INJURED IN 3-VEHICLE ACCIDENT – A Bridgeport man was killed in a three-vehicle accident east of Chico Friday night. Daniel Cordova-Acuna, 30, was driving a Mazda B series pickup and ran the stop sign at the intersection of Farm Road 1655 North and Farm Road 1810, according to Department of Public Safety Trooper Patrick Garcia. He was hit by an 18-wheeler traveling eastbound on FM 1810 driven by Jose Ramirez Garcia, 42, of Alto. The 18-wheeler pushed the pickup off the road before rolling over onto its side and sliding into the westbound lane, where it was struck by an oncoming military vehicle driven by Colton Petty, 21, of Chico. Cordova-Acuna was pronounced dead on scene, and Petty was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Garcia was transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. There were no passengers in any of the vehicles. Read more in the midweek Messenger.
2 INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH – A Springtown man and woman were seriously injured Sunday morning when they laid their motorcycle down to avoid hitting barricades on Farm Road 730 north of Decatur. Randall and Danni Carwile, both 31, were traveling south on FM 730 with two other motorcycles when they topped the hill at County Road 2175 about 10:30 a.m. “They topped the hill, encountered the barricades and laid the bike down,” Department of Public Safety Trooper William Wallace said. The Carwiles were the third motorcycle in a group of three. Randy Finch of Springtown was operating the first bike with his wife, Beth, a passenger. He said the detour signs were a surprise as they came over the hill. “They really need to move those to the other side of the hill,” Beth Finch said. “It’s behind the road where you turn.” The orange detour sign and barricades are immediately south of the detour route on CR 2175. Trooper Wallace said there is a white “road closed sign” just north of CR 2175, but the Finches said they did not see it. Randy Finch said he saw the detour sign and barricades as they came over the hill, but it was too late to turn. He veered to the right and was able to avoid hitting the barricades. Finch’s brother, Danny Finch, was driving the second motorcycle, and he, too, ran off the road to avoid a collision with the barricade. Danny Finch is also Danni Carwile’s father. No one on the first two bikes were injured. The Carwiles were flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Neither were wearing helmets. Trooper Wallace reported Sunday afternoon that Randall and Danni were in stable condition and expected to be released from the hospital later that day. Read more in the midweek Messenger.
ANOTHER DAY OF 100-PLUS TEMPERATURES – Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures reaching 102 degrees in Decatur. Today’s high is forecast to be even higher at 104. Wise County remains in a heat advisory until 7 tonight.
DIABETES CLASS – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Regional is now offering monthly diabetes education classes in Alvord on the second Monday of the month. This month’s class will be today. The classes are intended to help those with diabetes better understand and manage the disease. Beginner’s class at 3 p.m. and advanced class at 4 p.m. Both classes are free and will be held at the First Baptist Church, 205 Boling St, in Alvord. No RSVP required. Contact Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE at 940-626-1890.
SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wesley Center of First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Larry Martin will be guest speaker.
DECATUR CITY COUNCIL – The Decatur City Council meets today to discuss the upcoming year’s budget and tax rate. A budget workshop will be held at 4:30 p.m. During the regular meeting at 6 p.m., the council will propose a tax rate and schedule a public hearing on the tax rate and budget. The meeting is at City Hall, 201 E. Walnut.
BOYD TO CONSIDER TAX RATE – The Boyd City Council will discuss a tax rate for the 2015-16 fiscal year tonight at its 6:30 meeting at the Boyd Community Center. The council will also discuss the budget and possibly award the contract for the Knox Avenue construction project.
BOYD ISD HOLDS BUDGET TALK – The Boyd ISD School Board will hold a budget workshop at 6:30 tonight at the Boyd ISD Administration.
NORTHWEST ISD LOOKS TO ISSUE BONDS – Northwest ISD trustees will consider authorizing the sale of $75 million in bonds from the 2012 bond package at its meeting tonight at 7.
FUNERALS – Service for Margaret “Peggy” Wertz, 75, of Alvord is 11 a.m. today at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with burial at Jonestown Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Walter Wade Pannell, 90, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Thursday at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Brenda Fennell, 51, of Alvord is pending at Coker-Hawkins.
SERVICE for Daniel Cordova-Acuna, 31, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
SERVICE for Harold R. Griffin, 76, of Chico is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Chancellor-Jones Funeral Home in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
SERVICE for Louis (Shorty) Moody, 53, of Chico is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
NO SERVICE is planned for Randy Leake, 59, of Keller. A memorial service will be held at a later date. He was the son of Jack and Reba Leake of Decatur.
FUNERAL for Royce Hodges, 76, of Alvord is 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church Alvord with burial at Hopewell Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Coker-Hawkins.
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