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Local Grinch sought

December 18, 2012 by Randy Keck

The Parker County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a person or persons stealing Christmas decorations in the Aledo area. Reports have been received from 300 block of West Gate; 200 block and 300 block of Howard Way; 200 block of Mocking Bird Ln; 100 block of Deer Creek Dr. Surveillance cameras caught at least one perpetrator in action. Any person who recognizes the suspect should contact Crime Stoppers (817-599-5555) or the Parker County Sheriff’s Office at 817-594-3213 or 800-233-3732.

Weatherford-based escapee apprehended

November 16, 2012 by Randy Keck

From the Parker County Sheriff's Office

Parker County Fugitive Unit members and U.S. Marshals enlisted the assistance of the Tarrant County Auto Theft Task Force in apprehending and arresting a Weatherford man who escaped from Wichita Falls in September.

Billy Clay Wade, 48, of Weatherford, was sent to North Texas State Hospital in Wichita Falls earlier this year, under orders from District Judge Trey Loftin, after a trial was held, naming Wade as a suspect in several Parker County felony cases.

Wade was sentenced to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for a 30-year sentence stemming from numerous offenses, and was released on parole in 2011.

Wade made his way to Parker County after his parole, where Parker County Sheriff’s investigators connected him to several residential burglary investigations, and other offenses, including a parole violation. Those offenses landed Wade to appear before Judge Loftin.

Officials reported Wade used a fire extinguisher to break a window at the hospital in order to escape Sept. 10, 2012.

FAST members and U.S. Marshals immediately initiated an investigation, leading them to Wade’s location in Fort Worth, where he assumed the name of a former class mate. Wade was found in possession of a Dodge truck, reported stolen out of Wichita County and a travel trailer reported stolen out of Callahan County.

Investigators said about $60,000 worth of stolen property was located inside the trailer, including a 60” TV, tools and electronics.

Gun incident lands man in jail

November 5, 2012 by Randy Keck

From the Parker County Sheriff's Dept

A Weatherford man is in custody following a weekend disturbance which stemmed into a person with a weapon call.

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said deputies responded to the call in the 2100 block of Annetta Center Point Road just before 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012.

A male victim reported the suspect, later identified as Ricky Lee Newton, 53, ran his 21-year-old son off the road during a vehicle incident.

The father of the victim stated he went down the street to speak with the suspect about the incident and an argument ensued.

The father further reported Newton then pulled a handgun from his waistband and directed it toward him threatening to “kill” him, additionally pointing the weapon at his wife and son. The wife dialed 9-1-1.

The victims reported Newton additionally threatened to kill the wife and son if they did not “call off the police.”

The victims were able to flee the scene in their vehicle.

Newton was later arrested by deputies at his residence and booked into the jail at 8:35 p.m. Sunday.

Newton was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. As of Monday morning, he remained incarcerated. His bond has not been set.

Sheriff’s office investigates double murder

October 4, 2012 by Randy Keck

From the Parker County Sheriff's Dept
A 17-year-old man, identified as Jake Evans, is in custody after a double murder. 
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said a 9-1-1 call came into dispatch at 12:34 a.m.

The caller stated he had just shot and killed his mother, Jamie Evans, 48, and his 15-year-old sister.

The homicide scene took place in the family residence located in the 100 block of River Creek Lane, in Annetta South, in Parker County.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene and took Jake Evans into custody without further incident.

Evans stated he used a .22 revolver in the shootings. The exact cause and manners of death is pending autopsies from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Parker County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division and the Texas Rangers are investigating the case.

Sheriff Fowler stated investigators believe Evans acted alone in the murders. At this time, there is no evidence implicating additional suspects.

Investigators also believe the father and husband of the deceased was out-of-town on business when the murders took place.

Jake Evans is being interviewed by investigators today. Sheriff’s CID Investigators anticipate booking Evans in jail and charging him with capital murder.

Several Aledo-area burglaries reported

October 1, 2012 by Randy Keck

From the Parker County Sheriff's Dept.

Several recent Aledo area residential burglaries have been reported to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office.

Within the past 60 days, the Sheriff’s Office has received five reports of residential burglaries in the Aledo region.

Most recently, an off-duty Fort Worth Police officer witnessed a suspicious person running from a residence in the 100 block of Solano Circle, in Annetta on Thursday, Sept. 27.

The officer observed the suspect with valuables in his possession; enter an older model red/purple Ford Mustang with the rear window blacked out with possible plastic. The officer turned his vehicle around to follow the suspect who fled north on FM 5. The officer notified Sheriff’s deputies, who searched the area for the suspect but could not locate him. The homeowners were also notified, and reported the suspect stole a rifle, three shotguns, a Kindle Fire Notebook and a video camera with a total value of $2,450.

The front window of the residence had been shattered causing $1,000 in damages.

The suspect is described as a white male in his late 20s, wearing a red shirt.

Other incidents in the Aledo and surrounding areas include the 100 block of Timberland Lane in Aledo on Aug. 8. The homebuilder reported unknown suspect(s) entered a home under construction and stole two air conditioning units, a dishwasher and cook top. The reported loss equaled nearly $6,000.

Deputies responded to a burglary Aug 9, in the 100 block of Turnberry Court in Annetta.

Rabid deer found in county

August 8, 2012 by Randy Keck

From the Parker County Sheriff's Dept.

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler has issued a public awareness statement involving a rabid deer.

Sheriff Fowler said the deer was found in the county Aug. 7, 2012.

Sheriff's Animal Control Officers were notified by the Texas State Health Department that the sick deer, discovered at Sugar Tree Golf Course on Aug. 2, 2012, has tested positive for rabies.

The young deer was found by a citizen on the golf course and displayed clinical symptoms of rabies. The male buck was humanely euthanized and tested by a state laboratory.

Tuesday, officials verified the positive test results.

The deer was described as a spike deer with damage to his right antler.

The deer was "friendly" and would allow residents and guests of the golf course to pet and hand feed him.

Anyone having possible contact with the deer near Sugar Tree Golf Course and housing subdivision from July 14 through Aug. 2, 2012 is urged to contact Nick Ferguson with the Abilene Department of Health at 325-795-5857, or Parker County Sheriff's Animal Control Supervisor Karen Kessler at 817-594-8845.

Update: Missing Woman Found

August 4, 2012 by Randy Keck

From the Parker County Sheriff's Office

Update: Melissa Hill has been found and returned to her family.

Melissa Sue HillMelissa Sue Hill
Parker County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing Parker County pastor’s wife.

Melissa Sue Hill, 47, of Aledo, was last seen around 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, leaving Wal-Mart on Hulen Street in Fort Worth. The Hill’s pastor the Forgiven Church on West Creek Drive in Fort Worth.

Hill is described as 5-feet, 4-inches tall, weighing approximately 115 pounds, with brownish-green eyes, dark brown shoulder length hair.

Hill was last seen driving a white 1997 extended-cab Dodge pickup truck with license plate 68D-YV3, with an orange motorcycle logo bumper sticker on the back windshield bearing the letters “KTM,” located at the center bottom of the window.
She was last seen wearing a bright lime green, V-neck shirt and plaid shorts.

Melissa Hill is the mother of three children, 18, 23 and 25; and the grandmother of two young grandsons.
Hill’s husband, Tim Hill, stated it is highly unusual for Melissa to be gone this long and to leave without notifying her family.

“Nothing like this has happened in our 29 years of marriage,” Tim Hill said. “She has always been such an amazing and stable person. This is so out of left field for her to be missing. We are extremely worried and we’re praying for the safe return of our beautiful wife, mother and grandmother.”

Reward offered for arrest of person(s) who tortured dog

July 10, 2012 by Randy Keck

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 planned for former-Deputy

July 10, 2012 by Katie Martinez

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.

Trespasser arrested in McDavid Springs

June 26, 2012 by Randy Keck

John Michael DavidsonJohn Michael DavidsonThe Parker County Sheriff’s Dept. arrested John Michael Davidson, 32, of Hawley, Texas Sunday afternoon in the McDavid Springs addition of FM 5.

Residents of the area reportedly saw Davidson in the area and called out to him, at which time he took off on foot. He was arrested for Criminal Trespass by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies, at which time it was discovered that there was a warrant for his arrest in Taylor County on the same charge. Davidson is also listed on the Texas Department of Public Safety Registered Sex Offender database.

A spokesperson for the Parker County Sheriff’s Dept. said Davidson has been transferred to Taylor County.

Sports Calendar

Tuesday, September 16

  • AHS Varsity Girls Orange at Mansfield Varsity Invitational, Glen Gardens, 8:00 a.m.

  • AHS Varsity vs. Crowley at Aledo, 3:30 p.m.

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Mineral Wells JH at Aledo MS;
    8C, 5:00;
    8B, 6:00;
    8A, 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are tentative and subject to change. Then length of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • Aledo Middle School at Mineral Wells JH, MWHS Ram Stadium;
    7C, 5:00;
    7B, 6:00;
    7A, 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are tentative and subject to change. Then length of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • AHS at Everman;
    Varsity, 6:30 p.m.;
    JV, 5:30 p.m.;
    9th A, 5:30 p.m.;
    9th B, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 17

  • Aledo Middle School JHG, JHB at Lipan Meet, 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, September 18

  • AHS JV at Crowley, 4:00 p.m.

  • Aledo Middle School at Weatherford Hall, Weatherford 9th grade center

  • Aledo Middle School at Granbury Acton MS;
    7,8 C - 5:00;
    7,8 B - 6:00;
    7,8 A - 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are subject to change. The lengths of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • Trinity Christian Academy JH at Harvest Christian Academy, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, September 19

  • AHS Varsity Boys Black at Bart Granger Memorial, Pecan Valley GC through Sept. 20

  • AHS at Cleburne;
    Varsity, 5:30 p.m.;
    JV, 6:30 p.m.;
    9th A, 6:30 p.m.;
    9th B, 5:30 p.m.

  • Trinity Christian Academy JV vs. CHANT - Christian Homeschool Athletes of North Texas at Aledo Middle School, 5:30 p.m.

  • Trinity Christian Academy Varsity vs. Harvest Christian Academy at Aledo Middle School, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 20

  • Aledo Middle School, A Team Tournament at Weatherford Hall, times TBD

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