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.
PK Complex – 147,973 acres, 25 percent contained, 160 homes destroyed to date, Palo Pinto evacuation lifted at 3 p.m., air re-con was utilized on fire today. One Air Air Attack, four single-engine air takers and three helitankers were engaged on the fire today supporting ground resources. Air Attack reports fire activity has died down with the rise in relative humidity values and favorable wind conditions.30% chance of rain in the area tonight.
The Southern Area Incident Management Red Team is in place to assist with management of thePK complex of four fires in Stephens, Young, and Palo Pinto counties. For more information on these fires, contact Mary Bell Lunsford, Red Team Public Information Officer at 404-354-5027.
WEATHERFORD, TX (April 20, 2011) --- Weatherford Regional Medical Center is working collaboratively with the County of Palo Pinto and several emergency relief organizations to provide aid for residents who have lost their homes and firefighters who continue to battle the nearby wildfires. Weatherford Regional continues to donate various medical and emergency supplies to assist families who have lost their homes and service personnel who are still battling the flames. Additionally, Weatherford Regional is collecting items on the campus of the hospital and at two clinic locations to be distributed to those in need:
Weatherford Regional Medical Center
713 East Anderson Street, 817-341-2273
Accepting items: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday-Friday
PK COMPLEX, Stephens and Palo Pinto Counties. 147,065 acres total. PK West Fire is 89,715 acres, unknown containment. PK East Fire is 10,996 acres, 35 percent contained. Hohertz Fire is 40,575 acres, unknown containment. Jackson Ranch Fire is 6,687 acres, 50 percent contained. These fires are burning near Possum Kingdom Lake, Caddo, Strawn, and Bunger which all have had evacuations. 600-plus homes are threatened.
The Texas Forest Service has set up a page with current wildfire information including the following information. The Web address is: http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/main/article.aspx?id=12888
A Type I Incident Management Team (IMT) has been ordered for the PK West Fire and a Type II IMT has been ordered to support East Texas. A tanker base has been set up in Midland to support a DC-10 airtanker. Dyess Air Force Base has set up a tanker base to support the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) units on four U.S. Air Force C-130s.
MIDLAND, Texas –Texas Forest Service has ordered additional aerial resources to help battle the wildfires ravaging the Lone Star State.
The fires that continue to ravage Palo Pinto County have now consumed 148,000 acres, according to Mark Ingebretson, Editor of the Lake Country Sun.
Ingebretson said the fire line now covers 200 square miles.
There are an estimated 750 people fighting the fire from departments all over the country, including personnel from local fire departments.
Locally, collections to assist firefighters are being taken by the Aledo Church of Christ, Aledo United Methodist Church and the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce. Items requested include:
Lip balm (Carmex or Chapstick-style)
Anti-histamines or allergy medicines
Ibuprofin or Naproxin
Gatorade (powdered and bottled)
High-protein nutrition bars
Wildfires burning in neighboring Palo Pinto County have prompted County Judge Mark Riley to issue a Disaster Declaration for Parker County.
More than 55,000 acres have been burned and 30 structures have been destroyed in Palo Pinto County.
Riley said Parker County’s Commissioners are each sending equipment, including two water trucks, two track loaders and two graders to cut fire lines in hopes of stopping or slowing the fires.
Riley contacted Palo Pinto County Judge David Nicklas on Friday, April 15 offering equipment to assist with the fires should the need arise.
Parker County’s Mobile Command Vehicle has been on the scene providing assistance since Friday and the county is also assisting with manpower using the county’s Wildland Strike Team.
Parker County residents are invited to a groundbreaking and roadway naming to celebrate the beginning of construction of the Western Loop on Wednesday, April 20, 4 p.m.
The event will take place at the site where the Loop will intersect with FM 920 (north of Weatherford, west of FM 2421; look for the old Phillips 66 sign). The roadway is a project of the Parker County Transportation Bond Program. The brief ceremony and unveiling of the new name will be hosted by Parker County.
Courtesy of Weatherford Community Relations and Recreation Dept.
While riding his bike with friends, a drunk driver swerved to miss his friends, but the driver never saw Croix Sather and hit him head-on.
It has come to the attention of the Parker County Sheriff’s Office of an allegation of missing funds from the Sgt. Rusty Arnold Benefit Fund.
“A preliminary inquiry indicates there is substance to the allegations,” said Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler. “At this point, the Texas Rangers have been requested to conduct a full and thorough investigation concerning this matter. The Sheriff’s Office will have no further comments pending the outcome of that investigation.”