Rhome officer goes missing in Kentucky lake

Rescue squads from two counties and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources continue to search an area of Lake Cumberland, where a Rhome officer went missing Tuesday morning.
Sgt. Robin Adair, 61, went for a swim off a houseboat around 10 a.m. at the large lake near Jamestown, Ky. His wife told officials that she saw him go under but never resurface. Adair was not wearing a life preserver.
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources spokesman David Baker said there was a strong current in that area of the lake near the dam.
Search and rescue crews have made several attempts to locate Adair.
“They’ve located an area of interest. A diver spent 17 minutes down in that area 100 feet deep and was not able to locate him,” Baker said. “Officers are doing their best to find him knowing he’s a fellow police officer. There’s a lot of empathy.
“It’s a large lake in Southern Kentucky, at the dam it’s up to 200 feet deep, which makes the search difficult.”
Adair has been in law enforcement for 25 years, spending the past nine years at Rhome.
“He was one of the guys that never met a stranger,” said Rhome Police Chief Sam Love, who worked the past two years with Adair. “He liked everyone he met and was always upbeat and happy.
“It’ll leave a big gap in the community. It’ll be hard to find someone to fill his shoes.”
Adair lived in Millsap in Parker County. Love said Adair and his wife regularly visited Lake Cumberland.
“He always talked when he retired that’s where he wanted to move,” Love said.
Adair was also a pilot and frequent skydiver, with around 100 jumps.
“He loved airplanes. You could show him a picture of a plane and he’d tell you when it was made and everything about it,” Love said.
“He had many loves in life — his wife of more than 20 years and was also an animal lover.”
Love said it was tough telling local business owners, many who adored Adair.
“He was very easy-going and cared a lot about this community,” said Frances Sturges of Big Z Travel Center. “If he worked, he’d always be out there waiting for us when we closed up.”
Masoud “Mason” Farhadi of Giant Burger said he was shocked by the loss of a friend, who he just helped with city’s National Night Out event.
“He was an awesome man — very kind,” Farhadi said. “He was family man and was respected by everyone. He always had something to say and something funny to share with others. He was just a great guy. We are all going to miss him.”

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Wreck sends 3 to hospital

A rollover wreck on Texas 114 in Rhome sent three people to the hospital Tuesday afternoon.

Rhome police and fire rescue responded to a call around 2 p.m. that a Chevrolet pickup had overturned. Rhome officer Bryan Pickler said the truck hydroplaned and flipped after taking the on-ramp to 114 too fast.

The driver and two passengers were transported to Wise Health System with non-life threatening injuries.

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High-speed chase ends in Fort Worth

A chase involving two stolen vehicles ended in Fort Worth around 6:30 a.m. Monday morning, according to Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin.

The Wise County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 5:43 a.m. that a car had wrecked on U.S. 81/287 north of Alvord. Akin said that vehicle was stolen out of Bowie.

The driver fled the vehicle, stole an Atmos Energy truck and struck a tractor-trailer north of Farm Road 407. An officer with the Rhome Police Department began pursuing the truck as it crossed the Denton and Tarrant County lines.

The truck merged onto south Interstate 35 before finally wrecking out at Pharr Street in Fort Worth — over 60 miles from where the chase began. Akin said the driver appeared to be under the influence of drugs and was transported to a local hospital.

Officers from Rhome and Fort Worth, as well as Department of Public Safety troopers and Sheriff’s deputies responded to the chase.

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Chase ends in arrest

A police chase involving multiple local departments ended in the arrest of a Dallas man Saturday night.

Rhome Police Chief Sam Love said Officer Brody Brown tried to pull over Lawrence Boone, 51, for speeding on U.S. 287 near the Texas 114 crossover. Boone evaded Brown and continued on U.S. 287 northbound.

“He took off and started throwing dope out of the window,” Love said.

Rhome and Decatur police departments, Wise County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety joined in the pursuit. As Boone approached Decatur, DPS deployed spike strips near Farm Road 2264, taking out his vehicle’s right tires. The vehicle came to a stop near Karl Klement Ford. Boone took off on foot but was apprehended by officers.

Officers later located drug evidence at various locations along the side of the road.

Boone was taken to the Wise County Jail, and he was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance greater than 4 grams, tamper/fabricate physical evidence with intent to impair, evading arrest/detention, evading arrest/detention with vehicle and resist arrest, search or transport. He also violated a parole order from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Austin.

His bail was set at $80,000.

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