Year in Review: Strange but True Crime Reports of 2015

Published Saturday, January 2, 2016
By Messenger Staff

It would be a crime if we didn't take one last look at some of the crime reports that we printed over the past 12 months.

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Year in Review: By the Numbers

Published Saturday, January 2, 2016
By Messenger Staff

Year in Review: By the Numbers

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Wise County’s ‘Nana’; Babysitter plans to retire after 32 years of watching local children

Wise County’s ‘Nana’; Babysitter plans to retire after 32 years of watching local children

Published Saturday, January 2, 2016
By Mickey Drewery

It all started with her neighbor Dena Silvers. Silvers' babysitter quit suddenly, and she called Anna Amador to see if she would keep her 8-month-old daughter Lauren, just until she found someone else.

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Snow ends weekend of wild weather

Snow ends weekend of wild weather

Published Wednesday, December 30, 2015
By Richard Greene

The holiday weekend that started with people wearing shorts and grilling out ended with residents in winter coats shuffling through the snow.

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Pot bust lands 2 in jail for Christmas

Published Wednesday, December 30, 2015
By Brian Knox

Santa Claus apparently wasn't the only one making deliveries on Christmas Eve.

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New open carry law takes effect Jan. 1

Published Wednesday, December 30, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

The state's open carry law takes effect in two days. As of Jan. 1, it's legal to openly carry a holstered handgun with a proper license from the Department of Public Safety.

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Area gun sales increase in December

Published Wednesday, December 30, 2015
By David Talley

Handgun and holster sales are up in Wise County, though it's not clear if the increase is due to personal security concerns, piqued interest in soon-to-be effective open carry legislation, or Christmas Shopping.

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County Attorney suggests proper holster

Published Wednesday, December 30, 2015
By Messenger Staff

County attorney James Stainton said people who plan to open carry need to consider the type of holster they plan to use.

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You better watch out… New crime lab, mobile unit help investigators ID suspects

You better watch out… New crime lab, mobile unit help investigators ID suspects

Published Wednesday, December 23, 2015
By Brian Knox

Tim Lamkin might not be Santa Claus, and his new crime lab might not be a North Pole workshop, but it can definitely help him determine who's been naughty or nice.

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TAPS offers reduced services

Published Wednesday, December 23, 2015
By Brian Knox

TAPS Public Transit is returning to its roots, primarily because it doesn't have a choice.

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Interim sheriff appointed

Published Saturday, December 19, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

Wise County commissioners appointed J.W. Johnson of Decatur interim sheriff at a special meeting Thursday afternoon.

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Spreading Christmas Cheer; Widow finds joy in inspiring children

Spreading Christmas Cheer; Widow finds joy in inspiring children

Published Saturday, December 19, 2015
By Racey Burden

Mrs. Claus came to visit Bowie Elementary on a Friday.

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County pays $70K in lawsuit settlement

Published Saturday, December 19, 2015
By Brian Knox

The county has settled two lawsuits related to a former Wise County Sheriff's Department employee accused of taking naked photos of sex offenders.

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New rescue truck hits the streets

Published Saturday, December 19, 2015
By David Talley

Wise County Emergency Medical Services has a new tool for major accidents and technical rescues.

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Green runs for DA

Published Wednesday, December 16, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

After dropping hints for weeks on his blog - Liberally Lean in the Land of Dairy Queen - local attorney Barry Green filed Friday with the Republican Party of Texas to run for 271st district attorney.

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Burdett sentenced in theft case

Published Wednesday, December 16, 2015
By Brian Knox

A Bridgeport woman who admitted to stealing more than $20,000 from her former employer was sentenced to 10 years probation Monday.

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Democratic candidate announces run for tax collector

Published Wednesday, December 16, 2015
By Racey Burden

Don Drain announced Monday he will run for Wise County tax assessor-collector on the Democratic ticket.

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19 candidates file to run for local office

Published Wednesday, December 16, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

Wise County voters in the Republican primary will have four contested races on the March 1 primary ballot.

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DA Lowery seeks re-election

Published Saturday, December 12, 2015
By Brian Knox

Greg Lowery has filed for a third term as district attorney for Wise and Jack counties.

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Third candidate enters Precinct 2 race

Published Saturday, December 12, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

Sheriff's Office Sgt. Troy Gregg of Alvord announced Thursday he will run for Precinct 2 constable.

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