From the Parker County District Attorney’s Office
A Parker County jury sentenced a 19-year-old Weatherford man to 50 years in prison for robbing a Weatherford smoke shop at gunpoint in a trial that concluded in district court in Weatherford Tuesday evening.
Jaggar Lee Bayliff pled guilty to aggravated robbery on Monday and elected to have a jury determine his punishment.
Jurors watched the July 1, 2012 robbery occur in real time on the store’s surveillance camera and had the chance to hear the victim’s emotional call to 911 following the robbery during the presentation of evidence on Tuesday.
“The victim testified that, during the robbery, all she could think about was that she had to get home to her daughter,” said Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain, who prosecuted the case with Assistant District Attorney Kathleen Catania. “She said that she became even more fearful when she saw the gun shaking in Bayliff’s hand because she knew that he was nervous and thought he might shoot her even if he didn’t intend to.”
In the video, Bayliff was seen entering the store wearing a bandana covering his nose down to his neck. The victim still could identify Bayliff, though, because of a large tattoo he had which ran down the entire left side of his face, she said. She had also seen him outside the store minutes before the robbery and recalled seeing him there several times before, though she did not know his name.
From the Parker County Judge's Office
Those employed in emergency response know the job does not come with normal business hours; in fact night calls are just a regular part of the business.
Yet for Parker County Assistant Fire Marshal Frank Watson, the night of Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 ended up as anything but regular.
He and his wife had put their son to bed and were getting ready for bed themselves when Watson said his phone started ringing.
It was ESD 6, Station 44 Battalion Chief Doug Walters, telling Watson that they had a fire near his home and asking him if he was familiar with the homeowner.
“I received the call from Chief Walters at 10:29 p.m.,” Watson said. “I was told that the fire department had just been toned out and the caller reporting the fire said she was trapped in her bedroom.”
Watson said he had met the woman, Terri Wood, and knew her to be visually impaired.
“Knowing I lived very close I just grabbed my keys and ran to my truck,” he said. “I was able to get there at 10:31.”
He said upon arrival the first thing he noticed was heavy smoke escaping from the home and a woman sticking her head out the window yelling for help. He called in his arrival to dispatch.
“It was a manufactured house so it was a distance of at least six feet from the bottom of the window to the ground,” Watson said. “I could see that there were no flames in her bedroom, just very heavy smoke. I ran to the front door of the house and checked the door for heat. I made the determination that there was not fire at the door.”
From the Parker County Judge’s Office
Parker County residents will soon have access from FM 51, north of Weatherford, to US 180 west of Weatherford, on the Ric Williamson Memorial Highway (RWMH), a project of the Parker County Transportation Bond Program.
A ribbon cutting at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. on the RWMH just north of the US 180 intersection, will celebrate the opening of Phase 2 of the project, which is from FM 920 to US 180 and the Texas Department of Transportation’s completion of the US 180 intersection. Phase 1 from FM 51 to FM 920 opened in January of 2012.
“It will be a tremendous achievement and something we can all be proud of,” Parker County Judge Mark Riley said. “Through partnerships we have been able to achieve our goals and we continue to complete the projects of our bond program in a timely manner and under budget.”
TxDOT Fort Worth District Engineer Maribel Chavez also highlighted the strength of partnerships in getting the project completed.
“Cooperation between Parker County and TxDOT led to the development and completion of this project that will improve mobility and safety in an area that will see continued and sustained growth,” Chavez said.
Riley said his greatest thanks go to the residents of Parker County who supported the 2008 Transportation Bond Program by passing it with approximately 60 percent of the vote in the November 2008 general election.
State Rep. Phil King reports "Great Breaking News! I don't have all the details, but I understand the state district court in Austin overturned the order granting the permit for the waste transfer station in Willow Park. This is a big win for our local community. More details to come."
The Parker County Republican Women are offering a $1,000 educational scholarship to a university, college, or technical school for the 2013-14 school year. The scholarship is named for its longtime and founding member, Anne Bergman. Funds from the scholarship will be paid directly to the institution.
The scholarship requires that the student be a resident of Parker County and a graduating senior in 2013. Applicants must submit a scholarship packet containing grades, letters of recommendation and a short essay, "What Freedom Means To Me."
Deadline to apply is April 15.
Packets can be obtained from Rena Peden at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 817-448-9969. Packets with a 2012 date will also be accepted and can be downloaded from the Parker County Republican Women's website. Requests can also be made by mail at: Rena Peden, 204 Covered Bridge Dr., Fort Worth, TX, 76108.
Parker County Pct. 4 Commissioner Dusty Renfro has announced that the bridge on Crown Road will be closed for repairs and widening. Work is scheduled to begin Jan. 21 and is expected to be completed and reopened to the public by Feb. 15. This bridge is located on Crown Road, about one mile east of Mikus Road. Alternative routes will be Mikus Rd, East Lake and Ranch House Road.
From the Parker County Judge's Office
With Parker County and much of the State of Texas again experiencing drought conditions, the Parker County Commissioners Court voted to put the burn ban back in place, as the threat of wildfire continues to grow.
The burn ban is set to expire on Jan. 14, 2013 at midnight, unless it is renewed by commissioners court or withdrawn.
Violation of the burn ban is a Class C Misdemeanor and could result in a fine of up to $500 plus court costs. Violations include the use of combustible materials, including outdoor welding, however where welding must be performed in the field, the following mitigating efforts will be in force until the burn ban has expired:
All areas where welding, cutting or grinding operations are being performed will be free of vegetation for at least twenty five feet in all directions;
Surface around welding area will be wetted down;
Wind speeds must be no more than 20 miles per hour while performing welding, cutting or grinding operations outside of barriers or enclosures;
A dedicated fire watch person will attend each welder, cutter, grinder and any activity that causes a spark;
A minimum of one (1) water pressure fire extinguisher per fire watch person is required;
Each site will have cellular telephone communications for emergency response;
Parker County Emergency Management, under the direction of Parker County Judge Mark Riley, is seeking volunteers interested in training to assist in times of disaster or emergency.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class will be held beginning Sept. 29 at the Parker County Emergency Operations Center, located at 215 Trinity Ave. in Weatherford. The full schedule is as follows:
Saturday September 29 from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Monday October 1 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Monday October 15 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Monday October 29 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday November 3 from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Kit Marshall, Parker County Community Liaison for Emergency Preparedness, said that CERT is an all-hazard training designed to help residents help themselves, family, friends and neighbors in an emergency situation.
“CERT volunteers are trained in basic disaster skills to respond effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in danger,” Marshall said. “The level of training equips CERT members to assist during a disaster until professional fire, police and EMS arrive on scene which could be anywhere from a couple of minutes to hours, depending on the situation.”
For more information, email email@example.com or call 817-598-0969.
From the Office of Parker County Judge Mark Riley
"DRIVE-THRU FLU CLINICS AVAILABLE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
The Parker County Hospital District and Parker County Emergency Management are teaming up in an effort to offer low cost flu vaccinations simultaneously at three separate drive-thru locations in Parker County on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 8 a.m. to noon.
Flu vaccinations will cost only $10 for adults and will be free for children from ages 9 to 18, according to Kathleen Durham, Marketing Director for the Hospital District. Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield users will need to bring their insurance cards so that they can be billed. Medicare patients will pay nothing out of pocket if they have their Medicare card. Seniors age 65 and over can choose to receive a “high dose” vaccine, as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Parker County residents will be able to find the clinics at the following locations: 400 Eagle Spirit Lane off of FM 1189 in Brock, the Springtown ISD Transportation Barn at 501 Pojo Drive and the Aledo ISD Maintenance Barn at 1000 Bailey Ranch Road, just east of the football stadium.
According to the CDC, this vaccination will protect against the three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during this season. This includes an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus and an influenza B virus.
Special Crimes investigators in Parker County have rearrested the owner of a Weatherford smoke shop after discovering a warehouse full of cash and synthetic marijuana.
Francisco Don Uduwarage, 40, of Weatherford, was arrested last week at his shop and charged, along with a cashier in the store and a customer, while officers seized around $27,000 worth of K-2.
Upon further investigation officers discovered a warehouse and seized an additional $134,940 in K-2 along with $118,340 in cash.
Uduwarage is currently being held in the Parker County Jail, bond has not yet been set.
For more on this story look for the Sept. 7 issue of The Community News.