Aledo church is latest victim
Seven area churches have had air conditioning units stolen or destroyed in recent months according to a release from Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler.
The latest incident was at Faith Presbyterian Church in Aledo. Pastor Jim Witherow reported to deputies on Wednesday, July 6 that unknown suspects entered the property, stole the air conditioning unit from the side of the building and damaged a gated enclosure which was meant to house the unit. Church members also reported the system was working during church services Sunday, July 3, but were missing days after the service. Damages totaled more than $10,000.
County Judge declares local disaster
From the Parker County Judge’s Office
Continuing drought conditions and threat of wildfires has prompted County Judge Mark Riley to issue a disaster declaration banning use of all fireworks in the county until July 5.
The Texas Disaster Act allows County Judges to ban the use of fireworks during a disaster for up to 60 hours unless the governor extends the ban.
Texas Governor Rick Perry has extended the ban on the use of fireworks in Parker County through July 5, 2011. 120 other Texas counties have also banned the use of fireworks, according to Perry’s office.
“The Texas Division of Emergency Management has reviewed the request for an extension and recommends that it be granted,” Perry said.
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."
Parker County Commissioners voted 4-1 Monday, June 13 to institute a burn ban for Parker County for the next 30 days.
“As we all know, we are currently experiencing extremely dry conditions,” Parker County Judge Mark Riley said. “When conditions are this dry, wildfires can happen very easily and then spread quickly. We want to do everything we can to avoid any situations similar to what happened at Possum Kingdom Lake back in April or the Peaster Wildfires from the 90s.”
Precinct 3 Commissioner John Roth voted against the measure.
“I am absolutely, 100 percent for safety, but I’m also not for penalizing law-abiding citizens who take the proper precautions,” Roth said. “There are good days and bad days to burn, burn ban or not. What’s your threshold of government?”
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.
Parker County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying and locating suspect(s) involved in a theft case of a local church.
Sheriff Larry Fowler said for the second time in less than a week, suspects stole air conditioning units from a church.
During the first incident, suspects stole five of eight air conditioning units from Holy Redeemer Church on Old Weatherford Road, May 26.
In an incident reported Wednesday, June 1, a church employee of Real Family Fellowship Church, located in the 200 block of Pearson Lane in Springtown, reported the suspects dismantled and stole four, five-ton air conditioning units, leaving the church with a loss of $10,000.
From the Parker County Sheriff's Dept.
Parker County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a theft of property call Thursday in the 16200 block of Old Weatherford Road north of Aledo.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said an employee of the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church reported unknown suspects entered the property and dismantled five of eight commercial air conditioning units on the roof top of the church.
Sheriff’s investigators conducted a crime scene investigation, where it was discovered the suspects used a ladder to climb the building and left a unique bracelet behind on the roof top.
Sheriff’s investigators believe the suspects destroyed the air conditioning units to obtain the copper components within the units and sell them for scrap metal.
Screenshot: The Daily Show Web SiteAledo's David Barton, founder of Wallbuilders, was recently featured in the New York Times in an article entitled "Using History to Mold Ideas on the Right."
Willow Park voters spoke in a big way Saturday night when they overwhelmingly elected Marvin Glasgow over incumbent mayor Kenneth Hawkins. Glasgow won the election with 88.66 percent of the vote.
In the race for Place 1 on the Willow Park City Council, Richard Neverdousky likewise received the lion's share of votes over Tim Koirtyohann to replace the exiting Barry Tatum. Neverdousky received 489 votes (86.24%) to Koirtyohann's 78 (13.76%).
Gene Martin ran unopposed for Place 2, receiving 418 votes.
Annetta Mayor Bruce Pinckard survived a concerted attempt to unseat him, winning over challenger Bruce Moore with 93 votes to Moore's 84.
From the Parker County District Attorney's Office
Yesterday a Parker County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging former Parker County Sheriff’s Deputy Seth Miller with Felony Theft of $1500 or more, but less than $20,000.00.
The indictment contains allegations that Miller engaged in a series of thefts between January and March of this year from a benefit fund established for the wife and child of Rusty Arnold, a Parker County Sheriff’s Deputy who passed away following a traffic accident in December of 2010.
According to District Attorney Don Schnebly, the case will be assigned to one of the two district courts in Parker County, Texas, where court proceedings should commence by early next month.