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Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler is asking the public for any information leading to the arrest of suspect(s) involved in the torture of Hope, a pug-mix breed, 3 to 4-year-old female dog, found with her mouth taped shut and tongue protruding.
A concerned citizen notified the Sheriff’s Office of Hope, wandering in circles, over-heated and bleeding from five severe, intentional cuts through her muscles.
Hope is currently improving under Sheriff Fowler’s direction and the veterinarian care of Dr. Kevin Buchanan, DVM and his staff at the Bowie Drive Animal Hospital.
Hope is receiving specialized care and treatment and has made a tremendous improvement. Staff members reported Hope is wagging her tail and eating well.
Vet Tech Rhonda Sears said, “She is truly inspirational and she amazes us each day.”
Hundreds of callers from all over the United States have contacted the Sheriff’s Office and animal hospital pledging donations.
Sheriff Fowler said Tuesday the deliberate acts against Hope were horrendous and malicious.
“This story has touched the lives and hearts of so many people across the globe,” Fowler said. “We encourage the public to call the Parker County Crime Stoppers Hotline with any information about Hope. No matter how minor or insignificant the information may seem – we are seeking her owners, the suspects or Hope’s background and history.”
The University Interscholastic League has released the final results of the past school year’s Lone Star Cup competition, in which Aledo High School placed eighth in the 4A division.
The Lone Star Cup is awarded based on a point system awarded according to a school’s accomplishments in State and Area Marching Band, Team Tennis, Cross Country, Volleyball, Football, Swimming and Diving, Wrestling, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Soccer, Golf, Track & Field, Academics, One Act Play, Softball and Baseball.
In the 4A standings Austin Lake Travis finished first with 112 points, followed by Dallas Highland Park (106), Friendswood (80), Montgomery (79), Waco Midway (78), Cedar Park (76), San Antonio Alamo Heights (74), Aledo (68), Northwest Nelson (64), and Canyon Randall (56) to complete the top ten.
From the Parker County Sheriff's Dept.
Parker County Sheriff’s investigators are seeking information about the suspect(s) responsible for torturing a dog.
A concerned citizen called the Sheriff’s Office Monday, July 9, 2012, around 8:30 a.m., to report an injured dog wandering in the 6900 block of Baker Road.
Sheriff’s Animal Control Officers arrived on scene to find a pug-mix breed female dog, about 3-4 years old, severely injured and frightened.
Sheriff’s ACO Supervisor Karen Kessler said the dog, now named Hope, had a severely swollen tongue after someone had used electrical tape to forcefully shut her mouth after pulling her tongue out.
The caller attempted to free Hope from the tape but the frightened animal ran from her.
Kessler said animal control officers, and about 10 concerned citizens searched for Hope on horseback, four-wheelers and on foot for several hours. Hope was found circling a stock tank, apparently seeking water but again ran from her rescuers. Hope was finally discovered around 5:30 p.m., near a creek bed where the call originated.
Hope was taken to Bowie Drive Animal Hospital, where Dr. Kevin Buchanan and staff immediately treated her.
Veterinarian staff said it took about 100 internal and external stitches to close five cuts which Hope suffered, which were one to five inches in length and through her muscle tissue.
Hope’s temperature was 105.7, more than the average 101-102 degrees for an adult female dog. She was overheated, bleeding from apparent intentional injuries, dehydrated and unable to eat, drink or pant.
Funeral services for former Parker County Deputy Sheriff Sammy Slatten will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11 at the First Baptist Church in Granbury, with burial following at Georges Creek Cemetery in Somervill County.
Slatten, who had recently left the Parker County Sheriff's Crimes Against Children division after 20 years on the force, died in a car wreck in Brock on Saturday, July 7.
For more on this story, look for the July 13 issue of The Community News.
A meeting of the Board of Trustees of Weatherford College will be held on Thursday, July 12, beginning at 2 p.m. in the Strain Room of the Doss Student Center, located at 225 College Park Drive, Weatherford, TX, to consider and act on the following agenda:
1. Call to Order and Invocation
2. Open Forum for Individuals Not on the Agenda
3. Construction Report
4. Consideration and Possible Action: Academic Building Change Order
5. President's Report:
6. Approval of Minutes from June 14, 2012
7. Consideration and Possible Action: #SB-02-13 Science Equipment and Supplies
8. Consideration and Possible Action: Board of Trustees Election Date Change
9. Consideration and Possible Action: Policy DEC (Local) Compensation and Benefits, Leaves and Absences
10. Consideration and Possible Action: TASB Policy Update 27
11. Consideration and Possible Action: Facility Management Contract Addition
12. Consideration and Possible Action: Authorization for the Establishment of Bank Clearing Account for New WCWC
a. Financial Reports Ending May 31, 2012
b. Quarterly Investment Report
c. Proposed 2012-2013 Budget Report
d. WCWC Update
14. Future Agenda Items or Meetings:
a. Proposal to Adopt the 2012 Ad Valorem Tax Rate
b. Proposed 2012-13 Budget
c. Policy DH (Exhibit)Update
d. Strategic Plan Update
e. Future Board Meeting Dates and Times
f. Enrollment Update- Fall and Summer II
16. Closed Session:
From the Parker County Sheriff's Department
Parker County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an underage drinking party occurring July 5, 2012, in the 1700 block of FM 1187.
Shortly after midnight, an anonymous call was made to dispatchers, reporting underage drinkers attending a large party.
When Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene, they observed a large group of young adults holding beer cans and plastic cups. Numerous teens and the adult male occupant of the residence saw the deputies and fled on foot through the house, out the front door and over a fence.
Deputies detained 26 underage individuals who had been consuming alcohol and issued each one a minor in consumption of alcohol citation. Deputies then contacted each of their parents to take custody of them.
The property owner was contacted, who advised the unidentified renter was in violation of the rental agreement when he fled the scene and abandoned the residence. The case had been turned over to the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division and is ongoing.
According to the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce, an estimated 6,500 people flooded to Gene Voyles Park in Hudson Oaks on July 4 to enjoy the first ever "Boomin' Fourth" celebration.
Music was provided by River Trip Band, the Katy Keenie Band and the Chris Osborne Band before fireworks began at dark.
For more information, see the July 13 issue of The Community News.
Frac Tech Services International on Nu Energy Road in Aledo has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for a permit that would allow for the release of "hazardous air pollutants" into the air.
Frac Tech performs hydraulic fracturing on gas wells.
TCEQ has deemed the application administratively complete and will conduct a technical review of the application.
Persons who may be affected by the permit may submit public comments, request a public meeting, or request a contested case hearing to the Office of the Chief Clerk.
Public comments and requests must be submitted either electronically at www.tceq.texas.gov/about/comments.html, or in writing to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Office of the Chief Clerk, MC-105, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas, 78711-3087.
If you communicate with the TCEQ electronically, please be aware that your email address, like your physical mailing address, will become part of the agency’s public record.
The TCEQ will consider all public comments in developing a final decision on the application. The deadline to submit public comments is 30 days from July 6, 2012.
For more on this story look for the July 13 issue of The Community News.
From the Parker County Judge's Office
Kit Marshall, Community Liaison for Emergency Preparedness, recently spent time in Austin, after she was selected to team-teach the State CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Master Instructor class.
“It is an honor for Kit and something we are all very proud of,” County Judge Mark Riley, Director of Emergency Management said. “It speaks well for our Emergency Preparedness staff when one of our employees is to the level where she is teaching not just the community but emergency preparedness personnel across the state.”
Marshall said she was pleased with the opportunity to educate others on CERT.
“CERT training is something I believe is invaluable for every family, neighborhood or community,” she said. “It is basic life safety training that gives one the ability to know what to do and perhaps even save the life of another before a first responder arrives. There is nothing more valuable than a human life.”
After the State CERT Master Instructor class, Marshall traveled to San Antonio to co-lead two educational sessions at the 3rd Annual Texas Unites Conference in San Antonio Put on by Texas Citizens Corp and the Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster; it is one of the largest annual professional, volunteer and emergency management training summits in Texas.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will increase DWI patrols for a nine-day period that includes July 4th. From June 30 – July 8, DPS troopers will focus DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.
“Plan ahead. If you are drinking, make sure you have a designated driver or some other form of transportation,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Otherwise, you could be making a very expensive or even fatal mistake.”
The enhanced patrols that target impaired driving are funded through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). DPS troopers made 1,406 DWI arrests during the July 4th enforcement effort last year, and 575 of those arrests were a direct result of the increased patrols. Last year, during this time period, DPS enforcement also resulted in nearly 18,000 speeding citations, 3,390 seat belt/child safety seat citations, 920 fugitive arrests, and 656 felony arrests.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the July 4th holiday ranks No. 1 nationally for alcohol-related fatal crashes. According to TxDOT, more than 1,000 Texans are killed each year as a result of impaired drivers, and Texas is frequently ranked as the nation’s deadliest for impaired driving deaths.
“The goal of our enforcement effort is to save lives and make travelling in Texas safer for residents and visitors during the July 4th holiday,” said McCraw.