Law snares fugitive, charges him with murder

A man wanted in connection with an Oklahoma murder from 2001 was arrested in southern Wise County Monday evening.

Garland Paul Allen

Garland Paul Allen, 49, of Hillsboro was arrested around 8 p.m. Monday in a wooded area off County Road 4757 near Van Meter Crossing between Newark and Boyd. A second-degree murder warrant from Jackson County, Okla., had been issued for Allen last Tuesday, Nov. 26. He is accused of killing his ex-wife, Tracy Lynn Allen, sometime around May 1, 2001.

Wise County Sheriff David Walker said his office received information that Allen had been staying in his vehicle in the Keeter area. His investigators worked on the case and tracked him down in the wooded area.

“They actually found him in the woods near Van Meter,” Walker said. “He had food and a sleeping bag with him.”

Allen was taken into custody without incident and taken to the Wise County Jail.

Walker said that in addition to his criminal investigations division, patrol deputies and Rhome and Boyd police departments also assisted with the search and arrest.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Allen had not confessed to the murder, Walker said.

Allen’s car was later found at a Chevron gas station across from the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur. Walker said the investigation continues, and more arrests could take place if they find evidence someone locally was helping to hide Allen.

Altus, Okla., Police Chief Tim Murphy said Tracy Allen disappeared in 2001, and her ex-husband has always been a suspect.

“We believe he rolled up her body in carpet and disposed of her in an unknown location,” Murphy said. “We still haven’t located her body.”

Murphy said when questioned at the time of his ex-wife’s disappearance, Allen claimed she had run off with another man.

Over the years, three different investigators have looked at the case and tried to come up with the evidence for a murder charge.

“About five years ago, I assigned Bill Perkins to the case, and he came up with the idea to have someone give some fresh eyes to the case,” Murphy said. “We contacted the show ‘Cold Justice,’ and they came in. What they found, I don’t know. But it was enough for our district attorney to file the warrant for an arrest.”

Murphy said the Allens had two children, ages 3 and 5 at the time of Tracy Allen’s disappearance. He said Allen took his kids to his mother in Lone Wolf, Okla., in 2001 and she has raised his children since that time.

According to online records, Tracy filed for divorce on Sept. 1, 2000. Just a week earlier, she had filed a petition for a protective order for herself and her two children against Allen. That same week, records show Allen was arrested for domestic abuse-assault and battery in the presence of minor children, child stealing, first-degree burglary and robbery by force or fear. Records indicate Allen pleaded guilty to the domestic abuse charge while the state dropped the other three charges in exchange for a probated sentence on Jan. 16, 2001.

Allen is being held in the Wise County Jail without bond until he can be extradited back to Oklahoma. Altus is located 160 miles northwest of Decatur.

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Jase Jackson Fowler

John and Angela Fowler of Newark announce the birth of a son, Jase Jackson, on Nov. 15, 2013, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 18 1/4 inches long.

He has three sisters: Presley, 10, Reese, 9, and Tylar, 2.

Grandparents are Jack and Barbara Peterson.

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Support retirees: safeguard Social Security and Medicare

Everyone should urge Congress to safeguard Social Security and Medicare during the present negotiations on the 2014 federal budget, and Congress should pass the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2013.

The bills in the Senate (S.117) and in the House (H.R.1102) would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to negotiate with pharmaceutical manufacturers the prices that may be charged to Medicare Part D prescription drug plan sponsors and Medicare Advantage organizations for covered Part D drugs. Medicare would save up to $156 billion over 10 years while reducing health care costs of seniors.

Congress should also pass The Preserve Access to Affordable Generics Act (S.214), which would help put an end to the practice of brand-name drug manufacturers using pay-for-delay agreements to keep more affordable generic equivalents off the market and help make sure consumers have access to the cost-saving generic drugs they need.

Also, our elected representatives need to re-introduce and pass the Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act of 2011 or a similar bill that would allow U.S.-licensed pharmacies and drug wholesalers to import Federal Drug Administration-approved medications from countries with tough safety standards.

To learn more about the importance of protecting Social Security and Medicare and reducing the cost of prescription drugs, read the National Retiree Legislative Network’s whitepapers at www.nrln.org/_pvtflyin.html or contact the NRLN at contact@nrln.org or toll free at 866-360-7197.

Sincerely,

Carole Alvey
Newark

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Mariann Elaine Weber

Mariann Elaine Weber

Mariann Elaine Weber, 46, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Newark.

Graveside service is 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at Boyd Cemetery with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home.

Mariann was born Sept. 22, 1967, to Leon and Opal (Brown) Weber in Marquette, Mich. She was a very special person.

She is survived by her mother, Opal Weber of Newark; sisters Jacqueline Moon of Proctorville, Ohio, Stacey Summers and husband, Jeff, of Decatur and Catherine Hammonds of Fort Worth; uncle Robert Brown of Stockton, Calif.; aunt and uncle Alice and Jesse Bobo of Newark; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

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Jamie Marie Warner and Kevin Martin Buster

Jamie Marie Warner, daughter of John and Denise Warner of Denton, will marry Kevin Martin Buster, son of David and Becky Buster of Newark, Oct. 26, 2013, at the Big Orange Pumpkin Farm in Celina.

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Jamie Marie Warner and Kevin Martin Buster

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Finn James Wolfe

Allissa and Ethan Wolfe of Newark announce the birth of a son, Finn James, on Sept. 25, 2013, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.

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New mayor, councilman appointed

Newark City Council found someone from outside the council to serve as mayor until the May election.

Former Mayor Matt Newby officially resigned from the position in late September, leaving the position open until last Thursday’s council meeting, when the council unanimously appointed Gary Van Wagner.

Van Wagner chose to wait until Oct. 1 to be sworn into the position. He’s never served in an elected position with the city, but he does regularly deliver an invocation before the start of each meeting.

The council also appointed a new council member. Taylor Burton was unanimously appointed to Place 4 until the May election. The council now has five members.

In other business, the council appointed William Allen as the public works director.

“He has a lot of experience,” said City Administrator Diane Rasor.

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Council approves slight tax increase

Homeowners in Newark can expect a modest increase in their property taxes this year.

Newark city council gave their final approval to the budget and tax rate for fiscal 2014 at their Thursday night meeting.

The tax rate increased a little more than 1 cent, from $0.5617 per $100 valuation to $0.5735 per $100 valuation. Under that rate, the average homeowner will pay an additional $7.31 in annual property tax.

The council also approved a budget that looks to have more than $92,000 in surplus, with general fund revenue projected at $385,965 and expenses projected at $293,965. However, 98 percent of that surplus goes to make up for deficit spending in the water and sewer fund, leaving a total surplus of just $1,871.

Once again, zero percent of the budget is earmarked for parks and recreation.

The council also increased the minimum monthly water rate on users from $24 to $29.

The $19,000 in extra revenue that is projected generate will go toward annual payments on a $500,000 certificate of obligation. Funds from the loan will go toward water and sewer projects and street repairs next year.

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Cause of house fire unknown

The cause of a house fire in Newark that displaced seven people Friday is unknown, according to Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard.

The two-story structure in the 200 block of County Road 4847 caught fire just after noon Friday and is a total loss. Jack and Sue Kennan lived in the home with their five grandchildren, ages 9, 7, 5, 4 and 3.

Firefighters from five departments – Newark, Rhome, Boyd, Haslet and Eagle Mountain – battled the blaze. Beard said after the fire appeared to be under control, some crews were pulled out to take a break. One crew was left inside, and then the fire flared on the second floor.

“With the heat and the condition of the structure, the circumstances deteriorated,” said Beard. “The guys did a good job, but they had to pull everyone out at that point. It wasn’t safe to have anyone inside.”

No firefighters were seriously injured, but Beard said a few were treated by Wise County medics for heat exhaustion.

The American Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the family.’

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Woman jumps from pickup

Woman jumps from pickup

A Newark woman was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Forth Worth with a serious head injury and road rash Thursday evening after she jumped from a moving vehicle on Farm Road 730 south of Boyd.

Ready to Fly

READY TO FLY – Paramedics wheel Tammy Garcia to an Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter Thursday evening after she leapt from a pickup that was going about 50 mph. The incident occurred on Farm Road 730 just north of Briar. Messenger photo by Bob Buckel

Tammy Garcia, 42, was riding in a white, Dodge pickup with her husband, Jose Garcia, 71. Witnesses said the pickup was traveling about 50 miles per hour northbound on FM 730 near W.N. Woody Road when the woman jumped out.

Sheriff David Walker said Friday that the couple is reportedly going through a divorce, and they may have been arguing when the incident occurred. It is under investigation, but there have been no arrests.

Traffic on FM 730 was shut down in both directions for more than 30 minutes while the helicopter ambulance landed in a nearby pasture.

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Fire destroys home

Fire destroys home

A Newark couple lost their two-story home to a fire just after noon Friday. Five departments responded to the blaze in the 200 block of County Road 4847.

Fighting Fire

FIGHTING FIRE – Firefighters knocked the flames back on a two-story home in the 200 block of County Road 4847 in Newark Friday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said the home was occupied by Jack and Sue Kennan and their five grandchildren. The cause of the fire was still under investigation at press time Friday.

The American Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the family.

Fire departments that responded included Newark, Rhome, Boyd, Haslet and Eagle Mountain. Wise County medics were also called to the scene.

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Rocio Martinez and Samuel Rios

Rocio Martinez, daughter of Ramiro and Amalia Martinez, all of Decatur, will marry Samuel Rios of Newark, son of Valentin and Josefina Rios of Mexico, Sept. 21, 2013, in Decatur.

The bride-elect is a Decatur High School graduate.

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Rocio Martinez and Samuel Rios

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‘Backyard Tennis Club’ backhanded by city

A unique feature rises in the backyard of a home on Oak Hills Drive in Newark.

Five years ago, Roger Williams made an investment to the community when he built a first class tennis court in his backyard. Hidden from the street, he calls it the “Backyard Tennis Club.”

Backyard Tennis Brawl

BACKYARD TENNIS BRAWL – For several years Roger Williams has provided affordable tennis lessons to the community at “Backyard Tennis Club” behind his home in Newark. However, his club is under fire as the city has found it to be in violation of several ordinances. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The property is landscaped like a botanical garden. It looks like a high-price country club. Climbing rose bushes grace one entire side of the fence surrounding the court. Blossoms in a variety of colors spill over the top. He spends several hours almost every day providing lessons to children and adults in the community.

“It’s taken me years to get to this,” Williams said. “And I had the blessing of the city when I opened it. It’s been my dream to bring tennis to this area, and it’s always been my passion.

“It’s helped give kids more confidence in themselves and more self-discipline.”

He’s taught or continued to teach a bulk of the players on the boys and girls varsity teams at Northwest High School.

“When we moved to our current home, which is right next door to the Williams’, over two years ago, our children were immediately invited to join Backyard Tennis Club and within weeks had new friends and had learned a new sport,” said Robert Thornell, a neighbor and former principal at Chisholm Trail Middle School. “Many students have enjoyed the benefits of exercise and learning a lifetime activity from Coach Roger.”

But a single complaint from one neighbor might cause the “Backyard Tennis Club” to come to a sudden halt.

On July 26, Williams received a cease and desist letter from the city attorney ordering him to shut down his Backyard Tennis Club.

“The tennis enterprise being operated at your residence violates the Customary Home Occupation Ordinance,” read the letter.

It states Williams is in violation of several ordinances, and if he does not shut down he will be open to prosecution.

“I was blown away,” Williams said. “I’ve been operating for five years, and then all of a sudden they say I’m not following city ordinance.”

“It’s in violation of nine or 10 city ordinances,” said city councilman Bob Wells, who also happens to be Mr. Williams’ neighbor.

He said the lights on the court violate lighting ordinances, the noise from lessons violate noise ordinances and several more from having a home occupation operating outside in a residential area.

“You can’t have an outside business in a residential area,” Wells said. “I don’t know what kind of compromise you can have on that.

“I don’t have a problem with him giving lessons in the community, but he should have set it up in a commercial area.”

It’s all come in the wake of Williams fighting a battle with prostate cancer.

“Throughout all the treatments making we weaker, I’ve still kept coaching the kids,” Williams said. “And now I’ve had to deal with this, too.”

Williams has asked if the city would grandfather him in.

Wells said the city can’t since those ordinances were in place years before the court was built.

The city can charge up to a maximum of $2,000 per day for each ordinance violation.

The city became involved after Well’s wife, Mary Ann Wells, informed the city secretary that Williams was in violation of several ordinances.

Williams said he thinks it’s an abuse of power for the Wells’ to use city resources to shut down his tennis club. Mr. Wells contends it’s not personal, but he’s only following city law.

“It’s not personal to me because I’m not the one that made the complaint,” Mr. Wells said. “I don’t have any dog in this fight other than it’s a nuisance.”

Wells recused himself from the vote when the council recently voted 3-0 to enforce any city ordinances regarding the Backyard Tennis Club. But several residents and other neighbors have risen their voices in support of the club.

“Prohibiting the Backyard Tennis Club would be a terrible blow to our community,” Thornell said. “It offers an affordable, fun activity to many.”

Williams stressed that he’s supported youth in the community in other ways as well. Last year he had a fundraiser at his tennis court for Newark’s Heart for Park program. The event raised $2,500, that went toward replacing dilapidated playground equipment that had been removed from Delora Doughty Royal Park.

The Backyard Tennis Club has also provided affordable lessons as well as free rackets and shoes to local children from low-income families that want to take lessons.

“There’s no other venue like this in the area that is offered to kids or adults,” Williams said.

And if a compromise can’t be made, there soon won’t be one at all.

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Church at center of measles outbreak

Church at center of measles outbreak

Eagle Mountain International Church, located just south of Newark in Tarrant County, is the focus of a measles outbreak reported by the Tarrant County Health Department last week.

Public health officials said a church member had recently traveled to a country where measles is common. One person contracted measles after returning from that trip, and a child relative of that person also became infected.

Don t Mess with Measles

DON’T MESS WITH MEASLES – One-year-old Brystol Berend, the daughter of Quentin and Rebecca Berend of Alvord, gets her MMR – measles, mumps, rubella – vaccination from Michelle Johns, RN at Wise Pediatrics, Dr. Leslie Hollis’ office in Decatur. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Officials announced a new case on Monday afternoon, bringing the total to 10 – all of them apparently connected to each other and to the 1,500-member church in far northwest Tarrant County. They said nearly all of those – the youngest is a 1-year-old and the oldest is 44 – who have contracted measles were not immunized.

The church is connected with Kenneth Copeland Ministries, which has its headquarters nearby at an old airfield on the northeast end of the lake.

Nancy Alto of the ministry’s staff released a statement Tuesday stating the exposure came through a visitor who attended services after going overseas.

“The congregation, staff at Kenneth Copeland Ministries, and the daycare center on property were exposed through that contact,” she said.

She went on to say KCM was “in close contact” with the Tarrant County Health Department and following their instructions on how to deal with the outbreak.

Although Copeland, in his television ministry, once condemned vaccinations, linking them to childhood autism, that is not the church’s position.

“The ministry has held free immunization clinics for employees and church members to assist them in obtaining the best medical care for their families,” Alto said. “We continue to follow up on pending and confirmed cases to help in any way we can to keep the outbreak contained.”

Russell Jones, chief epidemiologist for the Health Department, told Channel 4 news that the church’s leadership had been “very helpful” in dealing with the outbreak.

One of the church’s senior pastors warned members about exposure to the virus last week.

In a note to the congregation posted Thursday, pastor Terri Pearsons said the church was informed late Wednesday that one case of measles had been confirmed, with others pending.

According to KCM risk manager Robert Hayes, after a staff meeting at about 4 p.m., the church’s child-care facility and youth rooms were cleaned. Vaccinations were offered on Thursday morning through the health department, and the church’s sanctuary and other facilities were cleaned again. Another free vaccination clinic was held Sunday.

Pearsons explained her position on the web site.

“Some people think I am against immunizations, but that is not true,” she wrote. “Vaccinations help cut the mortality rate enormously. I believe it is wrong to be against vaccinations.”

Pearsons affirmed what several health care professionals also asserted – that the link between autism and vaccinations has been thoroughly refuted.

“Measles is a dangerous and highly contagious infectious disease with various, sometimes serious, complications,” she wrote. “Measles can be prevented by simply being immunized with the MMR vaccine – which covers measles, mumps and rubella.

“The risks associated during an outbreak really outweigh the risks of the vaccination. I strongly feel that our children and even adults of all ages need to be immunized now to stop the spread of measles and prevent those potential complications.”

WISE COUNTY SPARED, SO FAR

There have been no reported cases of the measles in Wise County.

LeaAnne Gilley, FNP, a Family Nurse Practitioner with Clinical Care Associates in Boyd, said she has several patients who attend the church.

“We haven’t seen any cases of measles,” she said Tuesday. She cautioned against overreacting to the outbreak in Tarrant County.

“Growing up, we all got the measles,” she said. “It’s a common childhood disease – not something to go running from the stands screaming, ‘Oh my God, the measles!'”

She said the effort to vaccinate against measles began as a means of protecting against birth defects, which can be caused by rubella if it’s contracted by a woman during pregnancy.

“The measles did have a lot more serious effects in other parts of the world where there were much worse conditions – sanitation, nutrition and health care,” she said. “But here, it was something most kids got, and then they had a stronger immunity than those who get the vaccine.”

She said the virus starts out like a cold, followed by a reddish rash that spreads.

Ashley Carter, RN, director of health services for Decatur ISD, said as long as children are vaccinated, there’s nothing to worry about.

“The vaccination requirements do include measles,” she said. “We don’t let anyone in unless they’re up-to-date on their vaccinations. Our only concern would be kids who have an affidavit, a reason of conscience, which is a state form that gets filled out and notarized.”

She said she’s aware of eight students at the high school whose families have gone through the extensive process to get a state affadavit stating they are refusing vaccines on religious grounds or reasons of conscience.

“Those numbers are low at every campus,” she said. “And some have that just for certain vaccines, so they get some but not others.

“The affidavit is a big process, but if they do that, we have to let them in school.”

Sally Stokes, RN, director of infection control at Wise Regional Health System, said there is “probably no cause for worry” about the measles outbreak.

“If someone’s been vaccinated, even if they should get the measles, it would be a very mild case,” she said. “The autism side effect has proven to not be true.”

Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, said the autism argument “has been laid to rest scientifically,” although some parents still believe it and don’t vaccinate their children.

Complications from measles, on the other hand, may include pneumonia and encephalitis. Hundreds of children used to die from it every year before MMR vaccines were required in 1957, he said. As a result, he said it’s a problem when people don’t get vaccinated for it.

Measles was largely wiped out after a vaccine became widespread in the 1950s, making cases rare in the United States. Most people born in 1957 or after should have documentation of at least one dose of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine or other evidence of immunity to measles.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends two doses of the vaccine – the first at 12 months and the second between ages 4 and 6.

FACTS ON MEASLES

Information provided by the Tarrant County Public Health Department

WHAT IS MEASLES?

  • Measles is a highly contagious infectious viral disease that resides in the mucus in the nose and throat of infected people.
  • The virus may stay suspended in the air or on a surface for up to two hours after an infectious person has been present.
  • Symptoms generally begin about 7 to 18 days after a person is infected.

WHO IS MOST AT-RISK FOR MEASLES?

  • Anyone born in or after 1957 who has not had measles is at risk.
  • Anyone who has not been vaccinated is at risk.

HOW IS MEASLES SPREAD?

  • You catch it when an infected person near you sneezes or coughs, and you breathe in the droplets or pick them up from an infected surface.
  • If one person has it, 90 percent of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.
  • Infected people are contagious from about four days before their rash starts to four days afterward.
  • Measles is a human disease. It is not spread by any animals.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF MEASLES?

  • A typical case of measles begins with mild to moderate fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and sore throat.
  • 2-3 days after symptoms begin, tiny white spots may appear inside the mouth.
  • 35 days after symptoms start, a red or reddish brown rash appears.
  • The rash usually begins on a person’s face at the hairline and spreads downward and outward to the hands and feet. When the rash appears, a person’s fever may spike to more than 104 degrees Fahrenheit. After a few days, the fever subsides and the rash fades.

HOW DO I KEEP FROM GETTING MEASLES?

  • Besides avoiding people with measles, the Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) or the Measles/Mumps/Rubella/Varicella (MMRV) vaccines are the best protection against measles.
  • These vaccines are strongly endorsed by medical and public health experts as safe and effective and are recommended for children before entering school.
  • Anyone born during or after 1957 who has not had measles or been vaccinated is at risk and should get at least one dose of MMR vaccine.
  • Two doses are recommended, especially for adults who are at higher risk, such as college students, international travelers and healthcare personnel.

HOW SERIOUS IS THE DISEASE?

  • Measles can infect anyone who is not protected and at risk.
  • It is unpleasant and the complications are dangerous.
  • Six to 20 percent of the people who get the disease will get an ear infection, diarrhea or even pneumonia.
  • One out of 1,000 with measles develop inflammation of the brain, and about one out of 1,000 will die.
  • Widespread use of the measles vaccine has led a greater than 99% reduction in measles. In the decade before the measles vaccination program began, an estimated 3 4 million people in the United States were infected each year, 400-500 died, 48,000 were hospitalized and another 1,000 developed chronic disability from measles encephalitis.
  • However, measles is still very common – even epidemic – in other parts of the world.
  • Visitors to our country and unvaccinated U.S. travelers returning from other countries can unknowingly bring measles into the United States.
  • Since the virus is highly contagious, imported cases can quickly spread, causing outbreaks or epidemics among unvaccinated people and under-vaccinated communities.
  • To protect your children, yourself and your community, it is important to be vaccinated against measles.

Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

For more information, call 817-321-4700 or visit the web site health.tarrantcounty.com

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Flash fire burns 3 children; 1 remains hospitalized

A 12-year-old boy remains in good condition at Parkland Hospital in Dallas despite serious burns sustained in a flash fire early Wednesday morning.

The boy, Damen, of Newark, received third-degree burns to his arms and second-degree burns to his face and legs. He and his friends, Richard and Lela, were playing with an aerosol can and cigarette lighter at a home in the 100 block of County Road 4858 in Newark when the can ruptured, causing a flash fire.

Officials on scene said the boy may have also been flown as a precaution due to smoke and fumes he may have inhaled.

A family friend said Damen will have to have a skin graft on his arm and will undergo three weeks of rehab.

The other two victims, both 12 years old and residents of Newark, were transported to area hospitals where they were treated and released.

Richard was treated for second-degree burns to his legs and toes at Parkland. He was released around 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Lela was taken by ground ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur and treated for first-degree burns to her right arm and face.

“They’re all going to be OK,” said Cindy Radford, Richard’s mother. “I thank the Lord he let us all keep our kids. Everything is on the up now.”

Initially, Newark Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a medical call around 1:45 a.m. Dispatchers later deemed the call a confirmed structure fire after a corner of the bed caught fire. But when units arrived on the scene minutes later, the fire had been extinguished by an adult male in the home.

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Farrah Ann Elise Harper

Jeff and Tasha Harper of Newark announce the birth of a daughter, Farrah Ann Elise, on Aug. 11, 2013, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and was 19 1/4 inches long.

She has one brother: Antonio Jaramillo, 6; and two sisters: Raelea Jaramillo, 7, and Parker Rose, 4.

Grandparents are Jerry and Liz Harper of Rhome, Corky Miller of Newark, Bobby Michel of Waurika, Okla., and Anthony and Bonnie Jaramillo of Newark.

Great-grandparents are Francis Michel of Waurika, Virginia Harper of Rhome and Neldean Brown of Euless.

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Appreciates WCSO’s work in Newark

We would like to congratulate Sheriff David Walker and all of his deputies for the great job they are doing in the Newark area. Keep up the good work.

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Forrest ‘Frosty’ Glen Stoll

Forrest “Frosty” Glen Stoll

Forrest “Frosty” Glen Stoll, 55, of Newark, died July 18, 2013 in Dallas.

A memorial service will be held at Grace Church, 4740 Western Center Blvd. in Haltom City, on Saturday, July 27, at 2 p.m.

Frosty was born June 6, 1958 in Seattle, Wash. to Raymond and Pauline (Buckalew) Stoll. He was a beloved husband, devoted father and loving friend. He was a dedicated employee of American Airlines for 21 years and a member of DFW Freedom Riders.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Rhonda Stoll; daughter and son-in-law, Larisa and Andrew Hohman; son Joseph Stoll; parents Raymond and Pauline Stoll; sisters Crystal Brammer, and Twyla DelPozzi and husband David. He also leaves behind numerous loving friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to A Fern Norville Children’s Emergency Shelter, 4090 S. Houston St., Kaufman, TX 75147, att: Loretta.

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Parents leave child in car

As temperatures bubbled near the 100-degree mark late Tuesday, investigators with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office discovered an infant accidentally left outside in a car in Newark.

Investigators were patrolling Newark on an unrelated case when they noticed the car in the 500 block of Central Street.

“They noticed an open door on a car,” said Sheriff David Walker. “They looked a little closer, and there was a little kid in there.”

They found an 11-month-old boy inside, strapped in a car seat. They contacted the parents who were inside the house who said it was an accident. The child had been in the car for about an hour before officers found him.

“The parents had picked up the kid from daycare,” Walker said. “They went to get snow cones and pick up some groceries. When they got home and unloaded the groceries, they forgot to bring the child inside.”

Temperatures reached 99 degrees Fahrenheit that day and were still in the high 90s when investigators discovered the child about 7:30 p.m. Wise County medics were called to the scene. They found the baby uninjured. Child Protective Services was notified.

“Thank goodness the door on the car was open and the baby wasn’t out there any longer,” Walker said. “It could have resulted in a terrible tragedy.”

The case is under investigation, and Walker said child neglect charges could be filed.

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Flo Murphy

Flo Murphy

Flo Murphy, 90, a retired nurse’s aide, died Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Newark.

Graveside service is 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 15, at Boyd Cemetery with the Rev. Jerri Lynn officiating. Visitation is 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

Pallbearers are John Jackson, Duane Bailey, Jerry Hall and Ryan Harrison.

Flo was born Aug. 12, 1922, in Centerville, Penn., to Earnest and Rosa (Bellhoulse) Price.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her grandson, Bobby Dale Phillips and her stepdaughter, Kathy Castleman.

Survivors include her daughter, Bonnie Bailey and husband, Duane, of Fort Worth; sons Andy Krebs and Raymund Robert, both vof New York; stepsons Alvie Phillips of Rowlett and Tommy Phillips of Houston; stepdaughters Nancy Cone of Georgia and Edna Van Vleet of East Texas; granddaughter Kelly Jackson and husband, John; grandson David Lummus; great-grandchildren Ashley and Jeremy; special friend Geno Chadwick; other family members and a host of friends.

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