News of a general nature not tied to a particular locality.
After a Parker County jury convicted a 36-year-old Arlington man of stealing artwork from an East Parker County woman Tuesday afternoon, District Judge Craig Towson sentenced him to the maximum punishment of ten years in prison.
Royce Hooper was charged with theft with two prior theft convictions for the 2014-2015 theft of a Salvador Dali lithograph from the victim’s home off of White Settlement Road. Hooper, who was trying to start a music business with the victim’s son in which he called himself “The Truth," had access to her home and had lived there off and on, according to Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain, who tried the case with Assistant District Attorney Kathleen Catania.
Deputy Danie Huffman with the Parker County Sheriff’s Department is collecting shoeboxes full of supplies - and treats - from home to send to soldiers overseas.
A Parker County sheriff’s deputy’s son, Spencer Bilbay, is currently stationed in Afghanistan. There are just over 100 soldiers in his immediate company and Huffman is hoping to collect enough boxes to have every soldier in the troop get a box.
“Many of these soldiers do not have family,” said Huffman in the flyer she created to promote the drive. “Please consider donating a single item or a complete box, empty shoe boxes, postage or whatever may be in your budget.”
Parker County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man following a burglary investigation, a car chase and a three-vehicle crash.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the incident began Monday, Jan. 28, 2016, when a construction crew reported unknown suspect(s) had stolen nearly $2,000 worth of construction tools and materials from a construction site in the 400 block of Sagebrush, in Aledo.
Thursday afternoon, shortly before 2 p.m., one of the construction workers recognized a silver truck driving in the area, to be the same truck as the one driven by the suspect caught on video surveillance footage the night of the construction burglary.
The witness began to pursue the vehicle and reported the incident to Parker County Communication Dispatch Center.
Five Aledo High School members of the school's Future Business Leaders of American chapter attended the Area Conference at Central High School in Keller last week, and all came home with medals. Erin Weiss was elected Area 7 president for next year. She and her partner Gracie Pulliam placed first in the Public Service Announcement competition. Rebecca Tague placed second in Public Speaking, and the Dobransky brothers (Austin and Brandon) brought home a first-place medal in Sports and Entertainment Management. Sixteen other high schools in the area attended the competition. Shown are (from left) Brandon Dobransky, Austin Dobransky, Erin Weiss, Rebecca Tague and Gracie Pulliam.
Azle Police Department has recently received several reports of an unknown female, claiming to be an employee of TRI COUNTY COOP, calling local businesses and requesting payment for electric bills or their electric service will be disconnected if payment is not made. It has been reported this unknown person is asking for payment in amounts up to $4,000.
TRI COUNTY COOP does not request payment for electric bills over the phone and any calls of this nature should be considered fraudulent. If you do receive any calls of this nature, please contact the Azle Police Department at 817-444-3221.
Tips for identity safety:
1. Do not give out personal information over the phone.
2. Do not give personal information to an unknown person.
Aledo resident Anna Laura Golden made a trip to areas affected by the weekend’s tornados and is gathering donations for a return visit. Below, you can find information about how you can help.
Donations may be dropped off at The Coffee House on Bankhead in Aledo any time they are open, or at the Walmart in Hudson Oaks on Dec. 31 at 3 p.m.
As the shelters in the area are overflowing with clothing donations, Golden recommends giving those items to a charity closer to home.
The things that are still needed by tornado victims and the relief efforts:
*Plastic totes for storage - various sizes. Many families will be desperately trying to salvage anything they can from their life and will need a place to put it.
Eldon Ray, a longtime member of the Aledo community, passed away Sunday, December 20.
Graveside services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 28, 2015 at Aledo Brown Cemetery.
The Memorial Service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 28, 2015 at the Parker County Cowboy Church, 5050 S FM 5 in Aledo.
Several area restaurants, including Willow Park’s Fish Creek, are joining together this week to raise money to benefit the family of Rodney and Onis Dalton. The Daltons passed away last week after a car accident outside of Willow Park.
Vintage Grill and Wild Mushroom will kick things off tonight (Dec. 21) between 5 p.m. to close and will donate 20 percent of their sales. Tuesday, Dec. 22, Shep’s Place will contribute 20 percent of its sales between 5 p.m.-close. Wednesday Dec. 23, Fish Creek will contribute 20 percent from 5 p.m.-close and Rio Mambo will be donating Thursday Dec. 24 from 5 p.m.-close.
More than 1,300 people registered for today's Thanksgiving Trot in Aledo. At the end of the race, a check for $61,500 was presented to this year's recipient, Lauren Barnhart reed.
For more on the Thanksgiving Trot, see the Dec. 4 issue of The Community News.
Photo by Jay King
From the National Weather Service
A WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR NORTH AND CENTRAL TEXAS TONIGHT
WIND SPEEDS WILL BE ON THE INCREASE TONIGHT AS A STRONG STORM SYSTEM APPROACHES FROM THE WEST. SOUTHERLY WINDS AROUND 25 MPH WILL OCCASIONALLY GUST TO BETWEEN 30 AND 40 MPH. WINDS WILL TAPER OFF TUESDAY AS A FRONT MOVES THROUGH THE AREA.
THE WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST TUESDAY.
* IMPACTS...WEAK TREES MAY BE BLOWN OVER AND SOME MINOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE IS ALSO POSSIBLE. RESIDENTS SHOULD TAKE ACTION TO ENSURE ALL LIGHTWEIGHT OUTDOOR OBJECTS ARE SECURED.