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Speed racer

February 22, 2017
Speed racer

Azle High School freshman Lawson Nagle gets some “seat time” in an F4 car.

Azle youth to compete in F4 U.S. Championship

An Azle teen who’s been racing karts since he was 8 years old is graduating to race cars.
Lawson Nagel, a 15-year-old freshman at Azle High School, has signed with Miller Vinatieri Leguizamón Motorsports (MVL Motorsports) to do a full season of the F4 United States Championship Powered by Honda.
The series, designed just for drivers like Nagel who are coming up from karting or quarter midgets, is sanctioned by Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Pro Racing and certified by the International Automobile Federation, which organizes the Formula 1 World Championship.… Read the rest

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Local Arrests

February 22, 2017

The following individuals who list addresses in the Azle and/or Springtown areas were arrested by various law enforcement agencies and booked into the Tarrant and Parker County jails during the week of Feb. 13.-Feb. 19.

Tarrant County felonies
Crystal Ann Hall, 36, of Azle, was arrested Feb. 19 by Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, a third-degree felony and illegal dumping, a Class B misdemeanor. She remained in jail as of press time in lieu of $2,500 bond.
Jeremiah Gregory Langen, 27, of Azle was arrested Feb. 19 by Haltom City Police officers and charged with assault causing bodily injury of a family member, second or more within 12 months, a third-degree felony; assault causing bodily injury of a family member, a Class A misdemeanor; resisting arrest, search, or transport, a Class A misdemeanor; and criminal mischief valued $100-$750.… Read the rest

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Reading all about it – 70 years ago

February 15, 2017
Reading all about it – 70 years ago

The cover of the first edition of Try Azle First which would eventually evolve into The Community Standard. Photo courtesy Azle Historical Museum

Begun as an business directory in 1947, Try Azle First expanded into a newspaper

by Mark K. Campbell
Breaking news: Newspapers are different than they used to be.
A few copies of a locally produced publication – Try Azle First – are chock-full of journalistic nostalgia.
Parts of the first edition about the size and width of a paperback book but with far fewer pages are dated November 1947. It’s “a directory of Azle” and “published as a public service for the community of Azle.”

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Six from area indicted in Tarrant Co.

February 15, 2017
Six from area indicted in Tarrant Co.

When the Tarrant County grand jury convened in Fort Worth earlier this month, three men from Azle, two men from Springtown, and one Pelican Bay man were indicted on various felony charges.
After considering evidence presented by the Tarrant County District Attorney, the grand jury found in the following criminal cases that there was enough evidence to formally charge these defendants:
• Adrian Rodriguez, 32, of Azle, was indicted Feb. 3 on a charge of theft of a firearm, a state jail felony.
• Aaron Christopher Thomas, 40, of Azle, was indicted Feb. 3 on a charge of theft of property valued less than $2,500, with two or more previous convictions, a third-degree felony.… Read the rest

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Local Arrests

February 15, 2017

The following individuals who list addresses in the Azle and/or Springtown areas were arrested by various law enforcement agencies and booked into the Tarrant and Parker County jails during Feb. 2.-Feb. 12.

Parker County felonies
Troy Allen Cooksey, Jr., 19, of Springtown, was arrested Feb. 7 and charged with burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony. He remained in jail as of press time in lieu of $20,000 bond.
John Phillip Hughes, 38, of Azle, was arrested Feb. 8 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with burglary of a building, a state jail felony. He was also the subject of a Texas Department of Criminal Justice detainer.… Read the rest

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Wintertime Sunset

February 8, 2017
Wintertime Sunset

This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Jan. Parker Co. arrests show drugs No. 1 crime

February 8, 2017

BY CHRISTINA DERR
A total of 394 people were booked into the Parker County jail during the first month of 2017.
They were taken into custody for a variety of reasons and by several area agencies.

By agency
Of the 394 individuals taken into custody, the vast majority were arrested by deputies with the Parker County Sheriff’s office (PCSO).
The PCSO Special Crimes Unit made two arrests, and other Parker County deputies added 224 more.
Weatherford Police officers were the next most common agency booking alleged criminals into the jail at 89 arrests.
Springtown Police officers and Texas Department of Public Safety tied for the third most arrests at two dozen each.… Read the rest

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Area residents indicted by Parker Co. grand jury

February 8, 2017
Area residents indicted by Parker Co. grand jury

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A Parker County grand jury handed down 22 indictments when it met Dec. 30, another 20 on Jan. 12, and a single indictment on Jan. 19.
The grand jury considered evidence related to criminal cases presented by the Parker County District Attorney’s Office.
Among the 20 indicted on Dec. 30 were a Reno woman, three men from Springtown and two from Azle.
Two more Springtown men were later indicted – one on Jan. 12 and the other Jan. 19.
• Misty Dawn Lindley, 34, of Reno, was indicted Dec. 30 on a charge of injury to a child, elderly or disabled person, a third-degree felony.… Read the rest

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Local Arrests

February 8, 2017

The following individuals who list addresses in the Azle and/or Springtown areas were arrested by various law enforcement agencies and booked into the Tarrant and Parker County jails during the week of Jan. 30.-Feb. 5.

Tarrant County felonies
Mason Rene Turner, 22, of Azle, was arrested Feb. 2 by Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with possession of a controlled substance, penalty group 1, less than one gram in a drug-free zone, a third-degree felony. He remained in jail as of press time with no bond set.
Michael Leo Moore, 45, of Azle, was arrested Feb. 4 by Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with theft of a firearm, a state jail felony.… Read the rest

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Here’s what DPS says to watch out for right now

February 1, 2017
Here’s what DPS says to watch out for right now

The Department of Public Safety raised concerns about a number of areas including Texas’ penchant for having a wide array of potentially deadly weather incidents like floods and storms annually. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Department assesses Texans’ risk for terrorism, disease, natural disasters, and other threats

BY CHRISTINA DERR
A recently released report by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) shows that Texans are at risk of being victimized by a number of natural and man-made disasters.
The report, the 2017 Texas Public Safety Threat Overview, was released to the public by DPS in early January.
Compiled using data from 2015 and the perspectives of multiple state and federal law enforcement agencies, the report said the threat level of terrorism in Texas is elevated.… Read the rest

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