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.
Parker County’s Purchasing Department was recognized for the second year in a row in 2011 with the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement award.
The award recognizes organizational excellence in procurement, with Parker County’s Purchasing Department cited for innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity, transparency and leadership.
“Parker County is one of only 35 government agencies in Texas and 1 of only 41 counties in the United States to receive this award,” said Kathleen Bender with the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award Committee.
Parker County Judge Mark Riley said the independent nature of the department is one of the vital separations of power within county government.
“The importance of the role that our Purchasing Department plays in catching and eliminating wasteful spending practices that can plague governments can not be overstated,” Riley said. “I am proud of the work our Purchasing Agent and her staff has done to be recognized with this award.”
Parker County Purchasing Agent Deena Nichols praised her staff and said winning the award for a second year in a row affirms that the hard work put in by her office is effective.
Burglary of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church solved
Special to The Community News
Parker County Sheriff’s investigators are charging Billy Clay Wade, 47, of Weatherford, in connection with a church copper theft.
Holy Redeemer Church employees reported five of eight air conditioning units had been dismantled on the rooftop of the church in late May 2011. The suspect stole the copper wiring and components within the units causing nearly $60,000 in damages.
Clay was transferred to the Parker County Jail from Tarrant County Jail on Thursday, Oct. 20 and charged with three counts of burglary of a habitation, evading arrest detention with vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle from a previous Parker County theft case and including other charges out of Tarrant County dating August 2011.
Sheriff Larry Fowler said the additional Parker County charges are not related to the church theft case.
During an interview with sheriff’s investigators, Wade identified a bracelet left behind on the church roof as his, saying he dropped it at the time of the theft.
Sheriff’s investigators said they suspected Wade was involved in the theft for several months but had been unable to link him to the case until this week.
Wade’s total bond is $112,500, with a no-bond for a parole violation.
The East Parker County Chamber of Commerce held its second annual Business Expo at Willow Park Baptist Church on Thursday. Check the video for introductions to some of The Community News' advertisers who were at the expo. More information and photos will be in the Oct. 28 issue of The Community News
(PALO PINTO COUNTY, TX) — As a result of the latest fires, the Board of Directors of the Buckets and Boots Foundation has received inquiries into how the funds for the Palo Pinto County Fire Departments have been and will be distributed. The non-profit held a large fundraiser on July 9th at the Rocker B Ranch in Graford that netted approximately $450,000 specifically for the fire and sheriff departments of Palo Pinto County who have battled massive wildfires, which have devastated the county.
Scenes from the Careity Foundation's Branded event. Scenes include a segment with auctioneer Matt Blevins getting bids for a Chorkie puppy; scenes from the silent auction, and a short interview with Lyn Walsh and Bev Branch of the Careity Foundation.