Parker County Sheriff's Department: Mark Gregory Owens, 44, of Aledo received a life sentence for child molestation following a jury trial in Weatherford on Feb. 16.
A 44-year-old Aledo man with a prior conviction for indecency with a child was sentenced to life in prison for molesting a 2-year-old girl in a trial that ended Tuesday morning, Feb. 16, in Weatherford.
A Parker County jury found Mark Gregory Owens guilty of the Halloween 2008 aggravated sexual assault of a child and possession of child pornography.
Jurors assessed the maximum punishment of 20 years in prison for the pornography case and confirmed that Owens was previously convicted of a sex offense, which resulted in Visiting Judge David Cleveland assessing the life sentence mandated by law.
Playing without leading scorer Logan Mittie but playing with all the heart, hustle and character a coach could ask from any team, the Aledo Ladycats' last second rally fell short as The Colony escaped with a 62-60 win in a Class 4A girls bi-district playoff game Tuesday night at Byron Nelson High School.
The Ladycats trailed by two points at the half and by a point as the game entered the fourth quarter.
Playing with a short bench, the Ladycats appeared to have run out of gas in the fourth quarter as The Colony took a nine-point lead, 56-47, with just more than four minutes left in the contest.
But a put back by sophomore wing Caileen Tallant and a pair of free throws from freshman guard Mallory Powell - who led the team with 19 points - cut the Lady Cougars' lead to 58-56 with 48 seconds remaining in the game.
The Colony's Ashlee Ferguson hit a pair of free throw nine seconds later to increase her team's lead to four points.
But a critical three-point bucket from the right perimeter by senior guard Melissa Howell cut The Colony's lead to 60-59 with 30 seconds remaining.
Following a 40-minute debate on whether to disband the City of Willow Park’s seven-member Planning and Zoning Commission or take other action to address the “insubordinate attitudes” that have reportedly been coming from the commission, P&Z Chairman Marvin Glasgow verbally stated his resignation to the Willow Park City Council during last night’s city council meeting.
While the meeting’s agenda posted discussion and action on the matter early in the meeting, Willow Park Mayor Ken Hawkins moved the item to the meeting’s end. The matter was not discussed until after 11 p.m.
Opening the discussion on the matter, Hawkins said he had lost confidence in the commission’s leadership. He cited several comments and addresses to the council in recent months that were inflammatory, derogatory, and inaccurate.
Councilman Hale Alderman added, “This is a very difficult situation for us to be in. I respect the authority of our mayor and the authority of this council. It grieves me to hear from a committee, appointed by this council, to be as critical, regardless if founded or not.”
James Albritton/The Community News: Aledo sophomore guard Caileen Tallant and the Ladycats will face The Colony in a girls Class 4A bi-district playoff basketball game at 6 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 16) at Byron Nelson High School.
The Aledo Ladycats basketball team will face state-ranked No. 15 The Colony at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in a Class 4A girls’ bi-district playoff game at Trophy Club Byron Nelson High School.
The Colony (23-9) is the second-place team from District 5-4A. The Colony is led by senior guards Darrein Williams and Tabbatha Thurmond, both averaging 12 points per game.
Junior guard Ashlee Ferguson – The Colony’s top three-point shooter - and senior post Angelina Curttie each average 10 points per contest.
“We want to build on our effort against Springtown,” Ladycats head coach Rusty Johnson said. “We need to take care of the ball, and we need to attack the boards on both ends.”
The public is invited to a Candidate Forum for Parker County offices at the monthly luncheon meeting of the Parker County Republican Women. This forum had been planned for Feb. 11 but was postponed due to bad weather.
This rescheduled forum will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at the Doss Heritage Center in Weatherford.
Forum will have candidates featured in the contested local races. This will include County Judge, Precinct 2 Commissioner, Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4 Commissioner, and Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace. Each candidate will be given two minutes to discuss his or her qualifications and platform.
For reservations call Nancy Klein at 817-683-1551 or email to ParkerCoRepublicanWomenRSVP@gmai.com.
Tony Eierdam/The Community News: The Aledo Swimcats girls 400 Freestyle relay team took first place on Sunday at the regional swim meet to qualify for the state meet. Shown are Kira Schlosberg, Amelia Rosenberger, Anna Flinchbaugh and Caitlin Eikenbary.
Girls 400 Freestyle Relay team; Adam Grillo qualify for state meet
Paced by a first-place finish by the Aledo girls' 400 Freestyle Relay team of Amelia Rosenberger, Caitlin Eikenbary, Anna Flinchbaugh and Kira Schlosberg, and a first-place finish by Schlosberg in the 100 Breaststroke, the Aledo Swimcats won the girls Region II swimming and diving championship Sunday afternoon at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center in Fort Worth.
The girls 400 Freestyle Relay team posted a winning time of 3:55.93, while Schlosberg placed first in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:08.79.
The Swimcats boys placed fourth overall, led by a gold-medal performance by Grillo, who posted a winning time of 54.55 in the boys' 100 Backstroke.
All first-place finishers in each event qualify for the state swimming and diving meet.
The Aledo Ladycats basketball team learned tonight they will face The Colony in Class 4A bi-district playoff action on Tuesday, Feb. 16.
The Colony fell to Denton Ryan on Saturday afternoon in a District 5-4A first-place tiebreaker game as The Colony will assume 5-4A's second seed and face the third-seeded Ladycats from District 6-4A.
Tip off on Tuesday will be at 6 p.m. at Trophy Club Byron Nelson High School. The winner will advance to the area championship round.
Mineral Wells guard Kenyon Calcote hit a running jumper from the lane with three seconds remaining in the game to lift the Rams to a 57-56 win over the Aledo Bearcats Saturday afternoon in a District 6-4A contest at Mineral Wells.
The loss drops the Bearcats to 2-11 in district play. Aledo will conclude its season at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, at home against Birdville.
Aledo junior guard Danny Glass hit consecutive free throws with 13 seconds left to play to give AHS a 56-55 lead. The Bearcats had come back from being down by 11 points in the third quarter.
Mineral Wells' Calcote scored with three seconds left, and Aledo junior guard Blake Reynolds' attempt from behind the halfcourt line at the buzzer sailed just wide of the basket as Mineral Wells hung on for the win.
Aledo senior guard Shane Smith led AHS with 20 points, with Glass adding 12. Also scoring for the Bearcats were junior guard Matt Barron with seven points, senior guard Dillon Hawkins and junior guard Dillon Huerta, each with six, junior guard Robbie Spreier with three and sophomore post Mike Wilson with two.
Every Aledo Swimcats regional qualifier advanced to Sunday's final after preliminary races this afternoon in Fort Worth.
Finals, in the regional meet delayed one day due to icy road conditions, will begin at 1:45 p.m. tomorrow (Sunday, Feb. 14) at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.
The winners in each event will qualify for the Class 4A state meet. Second, third and fourth place finishers will also have a chance to qualify for state meet if their respective times from all eight regions finish in the top eight.
Here are the Aledo preliminary results:
Girls 200 Medley Relay, Seeded 1st with an unofficial time of 2:00.67 "NEW SCHOOL RECORD"
Boys 200 Medley Relay, Seeded 3rd with an unofficial time of 1:49.43
Girls 200 Freestyle:
Caitlin Eikenbary seeded 3rd with an unofficial time of 2:12.05
Stephanie Bush seeded 11th with an unofficial time of 2:28.69 Personal Best
Erin Flinchbaugh seeded 14th with an unofficial time of 2:29.85
Boys 200 Freestyle:
Blake Babcock seeded 14th with an unofficial time of 2:07.36
Girls 200 Individual Medley:
Kira Schlosberg seeded 2nd with an unofficial time of 2:22.18 Personal Best
The Pinewood Derby planned for Saturday, Feb. 13, at Jerry’s Chevrolet in Hudson Oaks has been postponed due to the weather.
The event, hosted by Cub Scout Pack 1099 of Aledo, was to include a food drive. The public may contact Cub Scout leader Rene Chavez, 817-538-7515, with non-perishable food donations that are still being collected by the cub scouts. The food items will be donated to The Center of Hope, Aledo.
The time and date of the re-scheduled Pinewood Derby will be announced when it becomes available.