Arrested Developments: Waiting for the “write” time to report

Published Saturday, May 25, 2019
By Brian Knox

One of the hardest things to do as a crime reporter is waiting for the "write" moment, or the "right moment to write" a story.

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Arrested Developments: Remembering officers killed in line of duty

Published Saturday, May 18, 2019
By Brian Knox

You may have noticed flags flying at half-mast this past week, particularly on Wednesday, and wondered why that was.

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Arrested Developments: Suspect tosses puppy during pursuit

Published Saturday, May 11, 2019
By Brian Knox

After two weeks in a row of talking about K9 officers, I had intended to write about something non-dog-related in this week's column.

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Arrested Developments: Officer receives potential lifesaving donation

Published Saturday, May 4, 2019
By Brian Knox

Last week in this space, I recognized the recent fine work of some of the local law enforcement K9 officers.

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Arrested Developments: Successful week for K9 sleuthing

Published Saturday, April 27, 2019
By Brian Knox

Most of the time when police dogs make the news, it's for sniffing out drugs, which often leads to an arrest for a sizable amount of illegal substances.

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Arrested Developments: Dispatchers always answer the call

Published Saturday, April 20, 2019
By Brian Knox

This past week has been National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week - a time set aside the second full week each April to honor those men and women who are the first to answer the call for help.

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Arrested Developments: Decatur PD to hold active shooter training

Published Saturday, April 13, 2019
By Brian Knox

The Decatur Police Department wants local churches to be prepared in case of an active shooter situation.

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Arrested Developments: Capital murder cases in Wise

Published Saturday, March 30, 2019
By Brian Knox

A rare indictment, at least for this area, was returned earlier this week.

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Arrested Developments: Locking down the rumors

Published Saturday, March 23, 2019
By Brian Knox

"What's going on in XXXX?" The newsroom will often get asked those questions, either by phone calls or increasingly by social media. Often times those questions have to do with some emergency response in their area involving police, fire or medics.

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Arrested Developments: Meth seizures up 200 percent from last year

Published Saturday, March 16, 2019
By Brian Knox

Last week, Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin shared some eye-opening numbers related to methamphetamine use in the county.

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Arrested Developments: Keeping us safe through technology

Published Saturday, March 2, 2019
By Brian Knox

The parents of the four children found in conditions described as "just horrendous" by our sheriff a couple of weeks ago were in court Wednesday at a hearing to decide where their children should be placed, but that court appearance might not have happened if not for the use of a technology tool that helped officers locate the children on Feb. 12.

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Arrested Developments: Remembering a fire marshal’s service

Published Saturday, February 23, 2019
By Brian Knox

We were wrapping up the Saturday edition of the Messenger last Friday when I saw an email with the updated funeral listings from a local funeral home. I saw a name I recognized: Mike Bement.

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Arrested Developments: Serial killer’s drawings released by FBI

Published Saturday, February 16, 2019
By Brian Knox

The story of the two Newark parents arrested for keeping two of their children in a dog kennel made national news this week, but you might have missed new developments in a recent national news story about a serial killer that also has ties to Wise County.

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Arrested Developments: At least the phone was smart

Published Saturday, February 9, 2019
By Brian Knox

Technology may have helped solve the case of a couple of stolen vehicles out of Bridgeport recently.

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Arrested Developments: Decatur’s overall crime numbers down, with one exception

Published Saturday, February 2, 2019
By Brian Knox

Welcome to the first Arrested Developments column, where I'll share some news and views related to law enforcement and criminal justice from a Wise County perspective.

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Trial painted a tragic picture

Published Saturday, December 29, 2018
By Brian Knox

I think I spent more time in the Wise County courthouse this year covering trials than ever before. But the one trial that will remain in my memory long after the details of the other trials have faded away is the murder trial of Jake Abel.

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Christmas unwrapped: Paper gets frosty reception from Mrs. Claus

Published Saturday, December 15, 2018
By Brian Knox

Mid-December means one thing around the Messenger newsroom: it's third grade Christmas essay time. We had a lot of great essays submitted this year answering a variety of Christmas-related questions. Many of the kids chose to write about Mrs. Claus, who can often go overlooked by her world-famous husband.

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Punctuation, celebrate responsibly

Published Saturday, September 8, 2018
By Brian Knox

My son and I were watching "Avengers: Infinity War" recently when he made an observation about the fate of one of the characters. I'll try not to spoil it, but somebody dies.

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Into new movie rating territory

Published Saturday, August 11, 2018
By Brian Knox

I love going to the movies, but when you have younger children, those trips to the theater often result in watching something in the animated category.

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Fire season is here, unfortunately

Published Saturday, July 28, 2018
By Brian Knox

Few people have worked harder over the past couple of weeks than area firefighters. Soaring temperatures, lack of rainfall and low humidity levels have created near perfect fire conditions.

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