In a shocking twist, the wife of Azle High School graduate Eric Lyle Williams, Kim, has joined him in being charged with three counts of capital murder in Kaufman County.
Both are in the Kaufman County jail with bond set at $10 million each.
Kim Williams confessed to authorities her role in the murders of Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse Jan. 31 outside the Kaufman County courthouse, as well as the March 30 murders of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia in their home.
In her confession, she implicated her husband as the shooter in all three murders.… Read the rest
A man under investigation for three high-profile murders in Kaufman County has ties to Azle, Lakeside, and Springtown.
Eric Lyle Williams, 46, is in a Kaufman County jail with bond set at $3 million. He is charged with making a terroristic threat, and has not yet been charged with the murders.
A former Kaufman County justice of the peace, Williams was a member of the Azle High School Class of 1985.
He went on to graduate from Texas Christian University in 1989, where he obtained a degree in criminal justice.
He also graduated from Texas Wesleyan Law School in 1999.
According to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education, Williams has worked as a police officer in the cities of Lakeside, White Settlement, Springtown and Roanoke, as well as for the Hood County Sheriff’s Department, and the Tarrant County Hospital District.… Read the rest
Hazardous materials may be to blame
Two Pelican Bay firefighters fell ill shortly after fighting a fire on Shadow Lane west of Azle Tuesday, April 16.
According to Pelican Bay firefighter Marshal Daniel, he and two other ‘Bay firefighters responded to a report of a brush fire in the 100 block of Shadow Lane off Highway 199 near Sanctuary.
The location is in Reno Volunteer Fire Department’s jurisdiction, and the Pelican Bay department was called in to assist.
However, Daniel says they were not notified that the fire contained hazardous materials, including metals and tanks filled with various chemicals.
“The homeowner at that location was not only dumping waste and hazardous materials into the creek bed where it could get into the water supply, he was illegally burning the material,” Daniel said.… Read the rest
Although he endured what his daughter calls “untold horrors” as a Marine serving in the Pacific theater during World War II, Marshall F. Holmes was best known for founding The Azle Opry at his Azle Coin-O-Mat in 1963.
The local civic leader and fifth generation Azleite died Monday, April 1, in Fort Worth at the age of 86. … Read the rest
An Azle High School graduate was arrested at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport attempting to flee the country April 2.
Kyle Austin Ware, 30, was detained at DFW then arrested and charged with three counts of continuous sexual assault of a child younger than 14.
U.S. Custom agents found Ware’s name on a passenger manifest for a plane bound for Paris, France. … Read the rest
Kathy Scrivner has been licensed by the State of Texas’ Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to provide care for up to 12 children in her home in Azlewood since 2009.
But recently when she handed out flyers advertising her child-care services, she was contacted by the code enforcement officer at the City of Azle.
Scrivner says she was surprised when she was told her business was operating in violation of a zoning ordinance that specifically disallows such an operation within a single family zoning district. … Read the rest
The Economic Development Council (EDC) of the Azle Area Chamber of Commerce is encouraging Azle voters to vote “YES” on a proposed Municipal Development District (MDD) in the portion of Azle that lies within Tarrant County.
According to a document prepared by the EDC, the one half of one percent (.005 percent) sales and use tax that would be imposed with the creation of such a district would generate an estimated $285,000 annually that could be used to prepare infrastructure to attract commercial businesses to the Tarrant County area of Azle and to finance development projects beneficial to the district. … Read the rest
“The Best Little Hospital in Texas.”
That’s how Bob Ellzey, president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Azle (THAZ) referred to the facility he oversees when he spoke to the Azle Rotary Club March 28.
THAZ being named one of the top 100 hospitals in Texas is a big deal, Ellzey said.
“The perception is that things are better in the ‘big city’ – cars, food, hospitals,” he said. “And that’s not the case.” … Read the rest