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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The free press is under attack

Published Saturday, June 30, 2018
By Brian Knox

This column was intended to focus on media literacy. The plan was to explain the importance of being able to identify certain aspects of media, including who created it, why it was created, what view points are being described and who is the intended audience?

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Coming home to a cemetery

Published Saturday, June 9, 2018
By Brian Knox

A question was asked in the newsroom recently about some items in Update. "What's a cemetery homecoming?"

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DNA provides glimpse into the past

Published Saturday, April 28, 2018
By Brian Knox

I received an email last week saying the results of my DNA sample that I had sent to a genealogy service were available. Perhaps fittingly, it arrived on my son's birthday.

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Spring blooms: Keep it Texas friendly, bluebonnet seekers

Published Wednesday, April 4, 2018
By Brian Knox

Driving along roads in rural areas during the past week, I've noticed the surest sign of spring in Texas: bluebonnets. The sight of the colorful flowers led one of my kids to ask a question many of us have asked over the years: "Is it illegal to pick them?"

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Of baseball and birthdays

Published Saturday, March 24, 2018
By Brian Knox

My wife recently bought a new seasonal decoration for our front door. It's a small, burlap wall hanging squared off on the top and sides, while the bottom is "V" shaped. Each day as I pass by it, the shape reminds me of something very familiar: the home plate of a baseball diamond.

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Voting – why bother?

Published Wednesday, February 28, 2018
By Brian Knox

Don't vote. Your voice doesn't need to be heard. You've got plenty of reasons: no time, bad weather, lack of knowledge about where the candidates stand on the issues, lack of qualified candidates, perhaps.

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Stop tolerating the intolerable

Published Saturday, February 10, 2018
By Brian Knox

As the court beat reporter for the Messenger, I've heard plenty of closing arguments from prosecutors over the years, and while no two are exactly the same, they almost always include a plea to the jury to "send a message."

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Headline prediction time, 2018 edition

Published Saturday, January 6, 2018
By Brian Knox

Now that we've said a fond farewell to 2017, we can turn our full attention forward to a new year. On occasion in the past, we've come up with headlines we'd like to see for the coming year.

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2017 in Review: When disaster hit, Wise responded

Published Wednesday, December 27, 2017
By Brian Knox

So often, the news we report is tragic in some way. And the damage brought to South Texas by Hurricane-turned-Tropical Storm Harvey in August was no exception.

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