Wise County Messenger

Update for Tuesday, March 14, 2023

2 IN CUSTODY AFTER PURSUIT — Two are in custody and two others are on the run after a police chase through Decatur Monday night. Following the reported theft of around $950 in merchandise from Walmart, Decatur Police Chief Delvon Campbell said officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop near the Starbucks parking lot, but the vehicle failed to stop. The suspect vehicle, a 2002 Honda van, was pursued from Farm Road 51 to U.S. 81/287, before the van crossed the median and drove towards oncoming traffic, Campbell said. The vehicle then turned into Hometown Restaurant’s parking lot and came to a stop and four occupants fled on foot through multiple hotel parking lots. Decatur officers, with the assistance of the Wise County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Department of Public Safety, located and arrested the driver of the vehicle, Bradford Ryan Bohrer, and a passenger, John Lorenzo Schumacher. Bohrer and Schumacher were booked into Wise County Jail for charges of theft ($750-$2,500), evading arrest and engaging in organized criminal activity. Campbell said the two other passengers have been identified and expects warrants to be issued.

FORMER ADMINISTRATOR TO BE SENTENCED — Former Boyd High School assistant principal Kevin Scott Evans is scheduled to be sentenced in April after pleading guilty to one charge stemming from a 2020 hit-and-run wreck in Parker County. Evans, a Springtown resident, pleaded guilty to one count of intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle, a second-degree felony, in the 415th District Court Jan. 12. Evans was arrested for intoxication manslaughter in the early morning hours of Jan. 9, 2020, following a hit-and-run accident earlier that evening involving a pickup and a pedestrian in the 4200 block of Texas 199 that killed Ernest Doniver Medley, 51, of Springtown. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 3. Read more at wcmessenger.com

RODEO FOR GABRIEL — Some of the top bull riders in the world will rally around Decatur’s Gabriel de Oliveira at a benefit rodeo tonight at Wall Street Ranch in Springtown. Oliveira was injured in a serious bull riding accident in January. Gate opens at 5 p.m. and the rodeo is expected to begin at 6:30.

DON’T GET SCAMMED — The Decatur Public Library will host a class on how to avoid scams and phishing 2 p.m. Thursday in the library’s meeting room. No registration is required. Call the library at 940-393-0290.

THEMED ESCAPE ROOM AT LIBRARY — The Decatur Public Library will host a Stranger Things Escape Room 3-6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Teens and adults are invited to test their puzzle and problem-solving skills. Registration is required. Visit decaturpubliclibrary.com to register.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY ON HALSELL — The City of Bridgeport will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a family-friendly walking parade down Halsell Street at 6 p.m. Friday.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY TO MEET The Paradise Historical Society’s bi-monthly meeting is 7 tonight at the First United Methodist Church fellowship hall in Paradise. Guest speaker will be Robert Little, a history professor at Tarrant County College.

BASEBALL — A ground ball single by Ephram Dunavant scored Craig Anderson, allowing Bridgeport (10-6) to earn a 3-2 walk-off win against Mineral Wells Monday. Paradise (4-8-1) dropped its District 10-3A opener to Valley View, 8-2. Chico (1-7-1, 0-2) fell to 10-2A rival Muenster, 12-2. Boyd (11-4) will host its District 10-3A opener against Ponder at 7:30 tonight. Paradise travels for the rubber match of its league series against Valley View at 1 p.m. Alvord (8-4, 1-0) will complete its 10-2A series against Saint Jo at home at 7 p.m.

SOFTBALL — Boyd (15-6) fell to 2-1 in District 10-3A with a 10-0 loss to Whitesboro Monday. Paradise (16-4, 1-2) was routed by Pilot Point, 14-2. Chico (3-2) is 1-1 in 9-2A after defeating Olney, 14-4. Bridgeport (10-8) will travel to Holliday today at noon. Boyd will host a District 10-3A battle against Pilot Point at 1 p.m. Paradise is at Whitesboro at 1 p.m.

SPRING BREAK MOVIE TIME — Bridgeport Parks and Recreation will show two free movies during spring break at the Arcadia Theater at 1009 Halsell Street: “Lyle, Lyle Crocodile” today and “DC League of Superpets” on Thursday. There will be three show times for each movie, 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes prior to movie, and concessions will be available for purchase. 

FUNERALS — Graveside services for Hazel Turner, 86, of Paradise, Texas, will be 10:30 a.m. today at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth. Hudson & Torres Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

VISITATION for Francisco Javier Garcia Delgado, 29, of Bridgeport will be 1-8 p.m. Thursday at Hudson & Torres Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Jerry Wayne Newton, 55, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Thursday at Aurora Baptist Church, with burial at noon Friday at Buffalo Gap Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Lorene Yvonne Gentry, 89, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Cottondale, with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Sharon Lin Blake, 56, of Runaway Bay is 1 p.m. Saturday at First Methodist Church in Bridgeport, with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

NO SERVICE at this time for Henry “Rick” Plummer, 63, of Decatur.

SERVICE for Jimmy “Jim” Woodman, 87, of North Richland Hills is pending. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.


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