City of Aledo
After hours of debate at the December meeting of the Aledo City
Council, members voted on a plan that would partially offset rate
increases with up to $150,000 in excess reserve funds that were
generated by high water bills over the summer months.
The amount included in the base rate will drop from 3,000 to 2,000
gallons and those using less than 2,000 will see no increase.
Users of 2,000-3,000 gallons will have a $1 surcharge on water and
sewer, and slight volumetric rate increases will apply in tiers on
usage over 3,000 gallons.
To read the full story, look for the Dec. 23 issue of The Community News.
The City of Aledo has announced that activities for Christmas Tyme in Aledo will be held from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. City staff members are working with local merchants to get as many events back on the agenda as possible.
The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3, but was canceled due to weather.
For more information, check this website or the Dec. 9 issue of The Community News.
Special to The Community News
Blake Kenneth Dietrich, 18, of Aledo, was arrested Thursday night, Nov. 10, after being caught attempting to enter Hall’s Aledo Medicine Store.
Parker County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a burglary in progress call about 11:30 p.m. Sheriff Larry Fowler said Dietrich was discovered by Sheriff’s deputies and Willow Park Police officers in the 600 block of North FM 1187, around 11:30 p.m., attempting to enter the pharmacy through a rear window.
Willow Park officers reported Dietrich was standing on the hood of his black Jeep Wrangler with his hands inside a broken window, attempting to enter the building.
Two cash registers and an automatic rifle were found in the passenger seat of Dietrich’s jeep.
Officers reported that Dietrich implicated himself in four additional burglaries committed that same evening in the same shopping strip and area.
Dietrich told officers he intended to steal opiate-type medications to sell when officers apprehended him.
Dietrich was arrested on five counts of burglary of a building and one count of fraudulent use/possession of identifying information. His total bond was set at $45,000. As of Monday afternoon, Dietrich remained incarcerated at the Parker County Jail.
One of the hottest, driest summers in history is beginning to take its toll on local water supplies.
All local communities have enacted some form of water restrictions. The latest to join is the City of Aledo, which enacted Stage I of its Drought Contingency Plan effective Friday, July 15.
Willow Park is under Stage IV of its Water Conservation Plan.
Hudson Oaks has been under Stage II of its plan.
Deer Creek is under Stage III.
Hudson Oaks Assistant City Administrator Patrick Lawler pointed out that the area’s rainfall is the lowest in 116 years.
“It’s going to be a true test of the capacity of these systems,” Lawler said. “I would encourage people to please try to conserve water.”
From the Parker County Sheriff's Office
Parker County Sheriff’s investigators are seeking the public’s help in identifying and locating a suspect in connection with a residential burglary.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said a victim called 9-1-1 after discovering a man inside her home in the 100 block of Meadow Park Drive in Aledo shortly after noon Monday, June 27, 2011.
When the victim discovered the stranger inside the residence, he told her he was searching for his dogs.
The suspect fled the scene on foot and a second victim followed the man in her vehicle. She caught up to the suspect, rolled her window down and he ran from her when she asked for his identification.
Construction crews began work of overlaying pavement on FM 1187 today between I-20 and Bailey Ranch Road. The work will reduce the two-lane roadway to one lane at various locations. A pilot car will lead motorists through the work zone.
An announcement of the work, received late Friday from TxDot, said "We appreciate motorist’s patience while crews complete this maintenance work. During construction, alternate routes are encouraged."
Three men arrested for local, area burglaries
Two local and several Parker County burglaries have been solved with the arrest of three Dallas men late yesterday (Tuesday, June 7).
Sean Allen Schwartz, 25; Nicholas Lopez, 22; and Luis Vallejo, 27, all of Dallas, were arrested in Somervell County after a traffic stop revealed the men in possession of items that law enforcement believe were used in the burglaries.
Randy Keck/The Community News: A Shale tank truck overturned on the S-curve in downtown Aledo this afternoon.
The driver of the truck sustained minor injuries and was transported to a Fort Worth hospital.
The truck was leaking salt water and diesel fuel. The leakage was contained by a makeshift dam constructed out of sand by Aledo Volunteer FIre Dept. personnel.
According to Aledo Fire Chief Scott Mitchell, this accident was the second Shale truck incident today. The first occurred earlier in the day on Interstate 20.
The Midway Shell station at the intersection of South Front Street and FM 1187 was robbed sometime during the night of March 30/31.
The Parker County Sheriff's Dept. received a call about 5:30 a.m. reporting that cigarettes were missing, the ATM had been cleaned out and some security equipment was missing.
The case is under investigation. Anyone who may have seen suspicious activity during the night is urged to call the Parker County Crime Stoppers Hotline at 817-599-5555. Callers may remain anonymous, and rewards of up to $1,000 are offered for tips.
Dominic Genetti/The Community News
A car lost control on FM-1187 around 2:30 p.m. Monday after the driver appeared to have lost control.
Cody Pope, 24, of Aledo, witnessed the accident and said the female driver of the vehicle (which also had a baby and another female passenger inside) began to swerve before she drove sideways into an open lot near the Edward Jones office, hit a wood sign and eventually flipped over.
While it was unclear at the accident scene which female occupant was driving, it is unclear about the extent of the injuries suffered. One of the women had cuts on the left cheek of her face and appeared to be bleeding from her left ear.