Man indicted for sexual assault found dead July 1

A 75-year-old man recently indicted for aggravated sexual assault of a child was found dead in his bed on the day he was supposed to turn himself over to authorities.

Martin E. Abendschein

Martin E. Abendschein was discovered about 9:15 a.m. on Monday, July 1, just days after a Wise County grand jury had indicted him on one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child and a count of indecency with a child, both second-degree felonies.

The incidents allegedly occurred in October 2002 in Wise County. The victim was an 8-year-old girl at the time.

After hiding the alleged assault for more than a decade, the victim revealed to a school counselor that the assault had taken place. Investigators with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office and the district attorney’s office got involved.

“He was very cooperative,” said Investigator Josh Reynolds with the Sheriff’s Office. “We interviewed him, and he was supposed to come in to take a polygraph test, but he had a massive heart attack.”

Abendschein was already a registered sex offender. He was convicted of indecency with a child by sexual contact in 1995 in Travis County. His victim was a 9-year-old girl. He was sentenced to six years in prison.

But when investigators were set to arrest Abendschein on this second round of allegations, his wife found him dead in bed at their home in the 100 block of Table Salt Court, located in southwest Wise County.

Investigators are still awaiting autopsy results to determine the cause of death, but an empty bottle of heart medication was discovered by his bed.

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Ziva Alexis Witalis

Kim Witalis and Darek Rumrill of Springtown announce the birth of a daughter, Ziva Alexis Witalis, on June 23, 2013, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces and was 18 1/2 inches long.

She has one sister: Cheyenne Rose Witalis, 22 months.

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Galttana recognized for perfect GPA

Celes Galttana of Springtown, granddaughter of Donna and Billy Galttana of Boyd, was named to the President’s List at the University of North Texas in Denton for earning a perfect, 4.0 grade-point average the spring 2013 semester.

Galttana is studying social work. She is the daughter of the late Blake Galttana and the late Pat Galttana.

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Danny Eugene Peebles

Danny Eugene Peebles

Danny Eugene Peebles

Danny Eugene Peebles, 69, of Springtown, died Sunday, May 26, 2013, in Fort Worth, surrounded by those who love him.

Graveside service was May 31 at Hog Branch Cemetery in Boyd. Burial followed under the direction of Alexander’s Midway Funeral Home.

Danny was born June 12, 1943, to Marvin and Bernice Brazeal Peebles. He was a loving father, brother and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his children, Ursula Riddle and husband, James, Bubba Peebles and wife, Amy, Andrea Loman and husband, David, and D.J. Peebles; siblings Jack, Jeanne and H.B.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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Franklin and Patricia Jackson

Franklin “Buddy” and Patricia “Pat” Jackson of Springtown will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary May 30, 2013.

Franklin and the former Patricia Croft were high school sweethearts in Crossett, Ark. They married in Warren, Ark.

Their children are Griff Jackson of Dallas, Denise Bland of Prosper, Mark Jackson of Rowlett, Chuck Jackson of Plano, Mary Denham of Frisco and Rebecca McNutt of Springtown. They have 12 grandchildren and four great-Grandchildren.

Buddy is a retired sales executive. Pat is a retired registered nurse.

 

Franklin and Patricia Jackson

Franklin and Patricia Jackson

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Jaxon Neill Adkins

Mickey and Brandi Adkins of Springtown announce the birth of a son, Jaxon Neill, on May 8, 2013, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. He weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and was 20 1/4 inches long.

He has a brother, Dayton Adkins, 22, and two sisters: Jaycilyn Adkins, 19, and Mickenna Adkins, 22 months.

Grandfather is George Cazee of Hobbs, N.M.

Great-grandparents are Edith and George Cazee Sr. of Hobbs.

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Annabelle Chapman

Mr. and Mrs. Danny Chapman of Springtown announce the birth of a daughter, Annabelle, on April 25, 2013, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. She weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.

She has two brothers: Timothy, 3; and Landon, 2.

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Blake Lee Conlee

Chad and Trisha Conlee of Springtown announce the birth of a son, Blake Lee, on April 19, 2013, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. He weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 19 inches long.

He has two brothers: Skyler, 12, and Tyler, 2.

Grandparents are Don and Lori Conlee of Springtown and Adrian and Katherine Cockerell of Portal, Ariz.

Great-grandparents are Woody and Dana Stovall of Weatherford and Ted Anderson of Colorado City.

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Loren Hodges and Bradley Bryant

Loren Hodges of Dublin, daughter of Randy and Lora Hodges of Austin, will marry Bradley Bryant of Springtown, son of Doug and Kristi Bryant of Paradise, June 15, 2013, at the home of the bride’s grandparents in Mullin.

Paul Kirby will officiate.

The bride-elect graduated from Paradise High School in 2006 and went on to Baylor University, where she ran track. She graduated in 2010 and will be attending nursing school at the University of Texas at Arlington in the fall. She is a teacher and coach at Dublin High School.

The prospective groom graduated from Paradise in 2007 and attended Abilene Christian University, where he was a student coach for the football team. He is a teacher and coach at Springtown High School.

Loren Hodges and Bradley Bryant

Loren Hodges and Bradley Bryant

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Henzley Marie Lewis

Selena Perez and Blake Lewis of Springtown announce the birth of a daughter, Henzley Marie Lewis, on April 1, 2013, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. She weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 19 inches long.

Grandparents are Sandra and Bradley Holland of Springtown and Yvette and Bruce Lewis of Paradise.

Great-grandparents are Jane and Ronnie Holland of Desdemona and Joan and Gary Reeves of Boyd.

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Zoey Zofia Carmela Tarango

Ivan Tarango and Jennifer Grantham of Springtown announce the birth of a daughter, Zoey Zofia Carmela Tarango, on March 3, 2013, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. She weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces and was 17 1/2 inches long.

Grandparents are Eduardo and Norma Tarango of Springtown.

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Colt Jaxon Lingle

Nichole Pinneke and Darrell Lingle of Springtown announce the birth of a son, Colton Jaxon, on Jan. 30, 2013, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. He weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 inches long.

Grandparents are Jodie Ashcraft, Michael Wayne Ashcraft, Darrell and Parla Lingle of Springtown, and Jeane and Mike Weatherly of Weatherford.

Great-grandparents are Ruth Lingle of Springtown and Jerry Stegall of Boyd.

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Melody Delyn Moody-Rasco

Melody Delyn Moody-Rasco

Services for Melody Delyn Moody-Rasco, 44, of Springtown were held Jan. 14 at the First Baptist Church of Cottondale.

Melody was born Nov. 13, 1968 to Ray Gene “Buddy” Moody, Sr., and Lois (Permenter) in Irving. She died Jan. 10, 2013 in Decatur.

She graduated from Haltom Senior High School and obtained two associate degrees from Weatherford College. While attending classes, she co-founded a club that raised money to help the disabled. During this time she also had one of her many poems published and was listed in “Who’s Who.”

She was a member of, and enjoyed fellowship with, the First Baptist Church of Cottondale. She spent her life dedicated to God. She loved arts and crafts, including wood crafts, and collecting porcelain dolls.

Pastors Charles Pugh of First Baptist Church of Cottondale, and Terry Terry of Friendship Baptist Church in Boyd officiated the service. Burial was at Cottondale Cemetery. Pallbearers were Gary Forsythe, Daniel Meeks, Sr., Chad Blair, Anthony Hicks, Bruce Rasco, and Billy Thompson.

Melody is survived by her husband, Mark Rasco of Springtown; parents Buddy and Lois Moody of Decatur; sister Annette Forsythe and husband Gary of Dickinson, and sister Terri Meeks and husband Dan of Paradise; brother Ray “Corky” Moody and wife Lisa of Paradise; mother-in-law Alice Rasco of Springtown; and many loving aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and in-laws.

She was preceded in death by grandparents Bill and Maudie Moody, and Lesley and Emma Permenter; and many beloved aunts, uncles and cousins.

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Avery Helen Bourgeois

Mandy and Daniel Bourgeois of Springtown announce the birth of a daughter, Avery Helen, on Dec. 12, 2012, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. She weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.

She has a brother, Caleb, 3.

Grandparents are Tommy and Linda Wilson of Hutto, and Lyn and Betty Bourgeois of Vidor.

Great-grandparents are Helen Wilson of Taylor, Fay Huestis of Denver City, Nina Bourgeois of Vidor, and Alice and Robert Rothrock of Orange.

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Kayleigh Nicole Ward

Steven and Ashleigh Ward of Springtown announce the birth of a daughter, Kayleigh Nicole, on Dec. 5, 2012, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. She weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.

Grandparents are Orville and Patsy Ward of Springtown and John and Theresa Pitzer of North Port, Fla.

Great-grandparents are Jim and Connie Pitzer of Bradenton, Fla., and Betty Hammond of Springtown.

Great-great-grandmother is Clara Neighbors of Springtown.

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Noah Mitchell

Candace Cherryhomes and Charles Mitchell of Springtown announce the birth of a son, Noah Mitchell, on Dec. 7, 2012, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. He weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and was 17 1/2 inches long.

He has one sister, Chloe Mitchell, 4.

Grandparents are Carla and Brian Cherryhomes and Rocka and Ginger Mitchell.

Great-grandparents are Linda and Ricky Pack, Johanna Roudebush and Pat and Wayne Harris.

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James Edward Wallace Sr.

James Edward Wallace Sr.

James Edward Wallace Sr., 73, a retired auto mechanic, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, in Springtown.

The funeral was Nov. 26 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Bro. John Miller officiating. Pallbearers were Louie Winters, Jamie Wallace, Shad Wallace, Carl Tackett Jr., Glenn Davis Jr. and Frank Ferrira.

James was born Feb. 2, 1939, to Andrew and Bessie (Huckabee) Wallace. He married Maudie Agnus Kirby Dec. 24, 1956, in Weatherford. James served his country in the United States Army.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, James Edward Wallace Jr.; and brother Carol Wallace.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Maudie Wallace of Springtown; son Andrew Daniel Wallace and wife, Trina, of Mansfield; daughter Pamela Sue Davis and husband, Glenn, of Springtown; grandchildren Shannell, Louie, Carl, Andrew Jr., Shad, Janie, Glenn Jr., Amanda, Tanner, Lauren, Fayte and Jessie James; 19 great-grandchildren; brother John Hennery Wallace of Fort Worth; sisters Rosie Pollard and Betty Morrow, both of Chico; other family members and a host of friends.

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Zeth Zion Sullivan Taylor

Marshall and Diane Taylor of Springtown announce the birth of a son, Zeth Zion Sullivan, on Nov. 11, 2012, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. He weighed 10 pounds, 11 ounces and was 20 inches long.

Grandparents are Tommy and Pam Taylor of Springtown.

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Landrie Erin McNorton

Stephani Davis and Randy McNorton Jr. of Springtown announce the birth of a daughter, Landrie Erin McNorton, on Oct. 8, 2012, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. She weighed 3 pounds, 11 ounces and was 15 inches long.

She has two sisters: Aslyn, 7, and Payton, 4.

Grandparents are Laurie Davis of Alvord and Jodi and Randy McNorton Sr. of Sunset.

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Mikael-Anne Dial and Vincent Ryan Nieves

Mikael-Anne Dial and Vincent Ryan Nieves

Mikael-Anne Danae Dial, daughter of Byron and Stacy Dial of Springtown, will marry Vincent Ryan Nieves, son of Tony and Jeana Nieves of Haslet, Dec. 29, 2012, in Springtown.

The bride-elect is pursuing a nursing degree at Lubbock Christian University. She is the granddaughter of Lee and Letitia Dial of Hanford, Calif., and Gene and Oleta Parker of Springtown.

The prospective groom is studying children’s ministry at Lubbock Christian. He is the grandson of Floyd and Joann Muncy of Haltom City.

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