From the Parker County Sheriff's Office
An Azle man was taken to a local hospital after sustaining a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his leg, Tuesday.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the man, identified as Charles Edward Finch, 63, reported he had taken a Ruger .45 handgun to show his friends, and was attempting to “unload” the weapon when he was struck in the left thigh.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to the call around 5 p.m. in the 1900 block of Northwest Parkway.
A Sheriff’s report states Finch reported he did not know a round was in the chamber at the time of the incident.
Finch was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth for treatment. His condition is unknown at this time.
“This is another example of how unsafe handling of weapons is extremely dangerous,” said Sheriff Larry Fowler. “This is the third weapon incident within the last 30 days. We can not stress enough caution and proper training when handling and firing weapons.”
Parker County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested two men in connection with three recent burglaries.
Deputies responded to a burglary in progress call around 3:30 p.m., Wednesday in the 3300 block of East Bankhead Highway.
Deputies discovered two suspects inside the residence after a neighbor witnessed the pair breaking into the home.
When deputies arrived on scene, they observed a black Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck backed into the driveway, facing the roadway. Deputies reported the rear door of the home had been forcefully entered.
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Weatherford attorney Craig Towson outpolled Trey Loftin in the race for District Judge, 43rd Judicial District in Tuesday's Parker County Republican Primary. Loftin was appointed to the post by Gov. Rick Perry last year in the wake of the retirement of Judge Don Chrestman.
Towson received 6,027 votes to Loftin's 5,511. Because there is no Democratic candidate on the November ballot, Towson becomes the de facto winner of the race, and should take office in January, 2013.
In the bitter race for Parker County Tax Assessor-Collector, incumbent Marjorie King easily won over Larry Lippincott, 8,164 to 3,443.
Voters in Precinct 4 will return to the polls on July 31 for a runoff between Constable candidates Scott Jones and Mike Montgomery, who led a four-man race. Jones received 1,203 votes (35.86%) to Montgomery's 831 (24.77%). Other candidates in the race were Dallas Cochran (586 votes) and Kevin Lanham (735 votes).
Results of all county contested races are below (click "Read More.")
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said he wants to send a warning to adults who intend to purchase or furnish alcohol to minors.
A man and woman were booked into the Parker County jail Thursday morning in connection with furnishing alcohol to minors at a prom party April 29, 2012, in Millsap.
“There is no excuse for contributing alcohol to minors at this time of the year or any time,” Fowler said.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbance call prom night from a concerned citizen who reported the incident in the 3100 block of Bennett Road, in Millsap, around 1 a.m.
Upon arrival, deputies observed numerous underage individuals drinking and running toward a wooded area with more than 20 vehicles on the property. Deputies reported more than 100 individuals were in attendance at the party.
Deputies reported finding evidence of numerous underage drinkers, ages 16 to 18, to be participating in a drinking game of “beer pong.” Sheriff’s deputies also found numerous plastic cups on three folding tables with ping-pong balls inside the cups filled with suspected beer, numerous liquor bottles and beer containers on the front porch, in coolers and on the ground of the residence.
Below are sample ballot images for voters in Parker County Precinct 4 for the May 29 primary elections. Higher resolution versions are available for download at the links below.
Republican Page 1
Republican Page 2
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
100 SILVER CREEK METHODIST - 2200 CHURCH RD. OFF 730, AZLE
105 NEWSOM MOUND ROAD CHURCH OF CHRIST - 1460 NEWSOM MOUND RD., SPRINGTOWN
110 CROSSTIMBERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - 831 JACKSON TRAIL, AZLE
111 AZLE MASONIC LODGE - 257 W. MAIN, AZLE
115 RENO CITY HALL - 195 W. RENO RD., RENO
120 FIRST BAPTIST SPRINGTOWN - 500 N. MAIN, SPRINGTOWN
125 OUTREACH OF LOVE CHURCH - 3591 E HWY 199, SPRINGTOWN
130 PARKER COUNTY NE ANNEX - 1020 E. HWY.199, SPRINGTOWN
135 FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH - 801 FRIENDSHIP RD., WEATHERFORD
140 AGNES BAPTIST CHURCH - 350 AGNES NORTH, SPRINGTOWN
200 HARBERGER HILL COMMUNITY CTR RM B - 701 NARROW ST., WEATHERFORD
205 TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH - 1500 BALL ST., WEATHERFORD
210 POOLVILLE METHODIST CHURCH - - 230 WEST CHURCH, POOLVILLE
215 PEASTER FIRE DEPT. - 220 JUDD ST, PEASTER
220 WHITT FIRE DEPT. - 4312 N FM RD 52, WHITT
225 GARNER BAPTIST CHURCH - 2304 NORTH FM RD. 113, GARNER
230 CENTRAL VOL.FIRE DEPARTMENT #2 - 3461 N FM 51, WEATHERFORD
A tanker truck found to be smuggling over a ton of marijuana in steel tubes.Parker County Sheriff’s deputies seized in excess of one ton of marijuana Thursday, March 29, 2012, from a tractor trailer at a truck stop off Interstate 20.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said while at the truck stop, a sheriff’s deputy observed an incomplete weld from a load located on a truck in the parking lot.
The deputy utilized a Sheriff’s K-9 drug detection dog, to inspect the load. The dog gave the deputy a positive alert for drugs.
Weatherford firefighters assisted in cutting open metal tubing with welding torches.Weatherford-Parker County Special Crimes Unit investigators and Weatherford firefighters were called to the scene to assist in cutting the metal containers located on the truck as part of rock rakes manufactured in Mexico, used for highway construction. Sheriff’s investigators found nearly one and one-half tons of marijuana stored in the tubes.
The Parker County Sheriff’s Office is part of the High Intensity Drug-Trafficking Area-Domestic Highway Enforcement (HIDTA-DHE), used in similar situations, investigations and seizures.
An investigation revealed the driver of an independent trucking company picked up the load in El Paso after it had passed through customs. Investigators believe the driver was unaware of the marijuana hidden in the containers, and was headed for the east coast.
Through a modest increase in daily activity, most Americans can improve their health. Walk Across Texas is a program that persuades and motivates people of all ages to get started. Participants need a team of eight people, with one person being designated as the “team captain.” The team who walks farthest “across Texas” will win, but everyone who participates will take home a healthy habit - walking for fitness.
Team members report their daily mileage to the team captain, and the team captain reports the individual and team total miles on the walkacrosstexas.tamu.edu website or to the Extension office at the end of each week by telephone (817-598-6168), fax (817-598-6168) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teams are not required to walk or ride together, although they may if they desire. Teams simply pool their mileage each week to work toward “walking across Texas.” Members may walk, jog, ride a bike, skateboard, dance, roller blade, treadmill, swim, spin and/or run. A large Texas map showing the progress of teams will be in Texas AgriLife Extension, Parker County office, and at other various locations.
The eight-week journey begins April 2 and continues through May 28.
Walk Across Texas is sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension, which is looking for volunteers to serve as team captains.
To sign up as a team captain, go by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Parker County office at 604 North Main St., Suite 200 in Weatherford or call 817-598-6168.
Randy Keck/The Community News: Firefighters from Aledo and several surrounding departments battled a house fire Thursday morning off of FM 5.Full details of the fire will be published in the Feb. 24 issue of The Community News.
Video from the Aledo Volunteer Fire Dept:
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will hold an open house public come-and-go meeting from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the McCall Elementary School Cafeteria to offer an opportunity to view and make comments on the proposed relocation of the exit ramps from westbound IH 20 to Ranch House Road (Exit 418) and westbound IH 20 to FM 5 (Exit 415).
Maps, drawings, and other information about the ramp relocations will be on display. Project personnel will be on hand to assist with orientation and interpretation of the displays and discuss the project.
All interested citizens are invited to attend this public meeting. A tape recorder will be available to document statements of those persons requesting to make oral comments. Written comments can be submitted at the meeting or mailed to the Texas Department of Transportation, Parker County Area Office at 1427 W. Bankhead, Weatherford, Texas 76086 on or before Feb. 3, 2012.
Shown are excerpts from Parker County MLK Day activities. Speakers are Dr. Roberto Cardarelli, Jennifer Stimpson and Natalie Roetzel of the Innocence Project of Texas.
Read more about the MLK Day program in the Jan. 20 issue of The Community News.