Special to The Community News: United Way Board President Dennis Clayton, center, congratulates 2010 campaign chair, Charlie Martinez, left, as Executive Director Susan Sodek looks on. Under the direction of Martinez and community volunteers, the United Way exceeded its campaign goal by almost 20 percent. More than 22 agencies and their clients in Parker County will benefit from the campaign.
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Cheers and applause erupted during the January board meeting of the United Way of Parker County as Charlie Martinez, 2010 campaign chair, announced that campaign pledges had exceeded the $200,000 goal by 20 percent.
Sgt. Rusty Arnold
Aledo woman also injured in traffic mishap
The Parker County Sheriff’s Office and county offices are praying for Patrol Sgt. Rusty Arnold and his family.
Arnold was involved in an off-duty accident on Highway 199 in Springtown, Monday morning, Dec. 13, where he suffered severe head trauma. He was flown by air ambulance to a Fort Worth hospital where he is in intensive care listed in critical but stable condition.
According to a Texas Department of Public Safety initial investigation, Sgt. Arnold was the second vehicle stopped at a red light when he was hit from behind by a third vehicle.
AC units, copper wiring targeted
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Parker County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division is investigating multiple theft reports occurring over the last month.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said 24 incidents were reported involving thefts of air conditioning units and copper wire in the last 30 days.
“Copper prices have increased, therefore, increasing copper theft reports,” Fowler said.
Property owners and real estate agents reported the thefts have occurred mostly in abandoned or vacant residences, construction sites and rental/sale properties scattered throughout Parker County. Sheriff’s investigators said more than 20 cases of AC units and copper wiring thefts have been reported on the last several weeks.
The American Red Cross of Parker County is holding a Blood Drive on December 27, 2010 from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the Weatherford Library Auditorium. For an appointment or more information sign up online at www.RedCrossBlood.org; sponsor code: parkercountyarc or contact Dale Fleeger at 817-598-4269
The following offenses were observed or reported to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010.
• 129 Hogle Street, the complainant reported a known suspect had been placing harassing text messages and offensive comments on a social network Website.
• 129 Hogle Street, the complainant reported a known suspect had been placing harassing messages and calls to her cell phone.
Burglary of a vehicle
• 100 block of Alta Mesa Drive, the complainant reported unknown suspect(s) entered the vehicle and stole an undisclosed amount of cash and a prescription bottle. The complainant reported unknown suspect(s) also entered a storage shed near the residence, although no items were reported missing.
Theft of livestock
Dominic Genetti/The Community News The Parker County Precinct 4 barn has caught fire and is, according to firefighters on the scene, a total loss.
There is no word how the fire got started. Parker County Fire Marshal representatives are on the scene.
Willow Park's engine 35 was the first on scene and they were quickly joined by departments from Aledo, Hudson Oaks, and the surrounding area. There is also no official word from Parker County officials on the situation.
In a ruling handed down last week, an appeals court rejected an appeal by an Oklahoma man convicted by a Parker County jury in November, 2009 for kidnapping a bank teller and her husband and holding them overnight as a part of a plan to rob a Springtown bank.
After being convicted of two aggravated kidnapping charges and one conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery charge in connection with the January, 2007 plan to use the teller to get into and rob the Wells Fargo bank in Springtown, Gary Nolen Huddleston, 59, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, was sentenced to two life sentences and one 99 year sentence.
Agency orders Range Natural Gas Company to stop the contamination of Methane and Other Contaminants into drinking water near multiple residences
The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered a natural gas company to take immediate action to protect homeowners in southern Parker County. The full text of the EPA's release is reproduced below:
Parker County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division is investigating a burglary of habitation call occurring Friday, Dec. 3, 2010.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the incident was reported during daylight hours in the 300 block of Brown Creek Road in Weatherford.
The occupant of the residence on Mineral Wells Highway arrived home and told deputies the suspect(s) “ransacked” the home and stole numerous personal items including two televisions, a Wii, an XBOX, a Play Station, three laptop computers, a desktop computer, a wedding band set, a college ring, miscellaneous jewelry and jewelry boxes, a digital camera along with women’s clothing and shoes.
The occupant also reported the suspect(s) burglarized her storage building, taking bills and receipts.
The following offenses were observed or reported to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office Friday, Dec. 3, through Sunday, Dec. 52010.
Burglary of a habitation
200 block of Atwood Road, the complainant reported unknown suspect(s) entered the residence and stole a TV and left the home in disarray.
1100 block of New Highland Road, the complainant reported unknown suspect(s) entered the residence and stole copper wiring and damaged sheetrock and an electrical box.
1400 block of Finney Drive, the complainant reported unknown suspect(s) entered the residence and stole a refrigerator.
Burglary of a building
1800 block of Reese Lane, the complainant reported unknown suspect(s) entered the building and stole a TV and damaged a padlock.
Burglary of a vehicle