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Four men indicted in Tarrant County

May 17, 2017

When the Tarrant County grand jury convened in Fort Worth May 10 and 11, three men – one each from Azle, Springtown, and Lakeside — were indicted on various felony charges.
• Donald Loyd Golliday, 40, of Azle, was indicted May 10 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, one to four grams, a third-degree felony.
• Cody Alan Fithian, 29, of Springtown, was indicted May 11 on a charge of driving while intoxicated, felony repetition, a third-degree felony.
• Jacob Andrew Lazo, 26, of Lakeside, was indicted May 11 on a charge of fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, 5-10 items, a third-degree felony.… Read the rest

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PC property values leap double digits

May 10, 2017
PC property values leap double digits

Certainly Parker County is lovely, but it will cost you more in property taxes to enjoy bucolic vistas like this. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Upset property owners crash website in effort to protest latest appraisals

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Some Parker County residents found themselves in a state of sticker shock after receiving their latest property appraisals from the Parker County Appraisal District (PCAD).
Residents around the county were recently mailed the district’s annual valuation of property, which is used to calculate the amount of ad valorem taxes each property owner will pay various taxing entities such as city and county governments, school districts, and special purpose districts.… Read the rest

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Four indicted in Parker County

May 10, 2017
Four indicted in Parker County

William Gene Baker, Jr.

Jeffrey Michael Casey

Eric Brant Grupe

Joel Elliott Scheumack

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
An Azle man, a Reno man, and two Springtown men were listed among 50 indictments handed down by a Parker County grand jury May 4.
The grand jury heard evidence in criminal cases presented by the Parker County District Attorney’s Office.
• Jeffrey Michael Casey, 48, of Azle, was indicted on a charge of theft of property $2,500-$30,000, a state jail felony.
• William Gene Baker, Jr., 24, of Reno, was indicted on a charge of fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, less than five items, a state jail felony.… Read the rest

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Tarrant indicts 6

May 10, 2017

When the Tarrant County grand jury convened in Fort Worth during the first week of May, four Azle and two Springtown men 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 charge these defendants formally:
• Trae Buchanan, 24, of Springtown, was indicted May 2 on a charge of possession of controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, one to four grams, a third-degree felony.
• Eric Gerald Steele, 57, of Azle, was indicted May 2 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.… Read the rest

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Outlaw from Azle sought

May 10, 2017
Outlaw from Azle sought

Danny Lawrence Outlaw, Jr.

Parker County Crimestoppers has released their most recent Most Wanted List, and it includes an Azle man.
Danny Lawrence Outlaw, Jr., 47, is sought by authorities on a charge of criminal mischief.
He is described as having brown hair and eyes, being 5-foot 8-inches tall, and weighing approximately 200 pounds.
The list of eight also includes three individuals who were last known to be residing in the Weatherford area. The entire list can be viewed at http://www.pccs.tips/.
Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 cash reward for tips – which can remain anonymous – that lead to the arrest of Outlaw or any of the other seven wanted individuals.… Read the rest

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Local Arrests

May 10, 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, Parker, and Wise County jails on felony and DWI charges during the week of May 1-7.

Tarrant County
Basil McCury, 24, of Azle, was arrested May 2 by Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony, and possession of dangerous drug, a Class A misdemeanor. She remained in jail as of press time in lieu of $5,000 bond.
Deana Michelle Shetter, 43, of Azle, was arrested May 2 by Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.… Read the rest

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The 411 on ESD 1

May 3, 2017
The 411 on ESD 1

 

The Emergency Services District 1 was created in 1999 as a taxing entity to fund the Springtown Volunteer Fire Department. On May 6, the district is seeking a tax increase to better serve the substantial area it covers. Photo by Christina Derr

Everything you wanted to know about fire districts

BY CHRISTINA DERR
In the event of a fire or medical emergency, when people call 911 the last thing on their mind is which fire department is going to respond – only that someone responds, and that someone responds quickly.
In larger cities, fire service is overseen and funded by the city itself.… Read the rest

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GOP majority pushes ‘sanctuary city’ bill to passage in Texas House

May 3, 2017

by Ed Sterling
AUSTIN – During his “State of the State” address on Jan. 31, Governor Greg Abbott declared legislation banning so-called “sanctuary cities” to be one of his top priorities and an emergency item, saying: “Elected officials don’t get to pick and choose which laws they obey.”
In 2011, when Rick Perry was governor, he made the original call for such a ban. Last week, after more than a dozen hours of spirited floor debate and parliamentary maneuvers, the Texas House approved legislation banning so-called sanctuary cities.
Senate Bill 4 passed the House on a party-line vote, with Republican members casting 93 votes in favor and Democratic members casting 54 votes in opposition.… Read the rest

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Local Arrests

May 3, 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 on felony and DWI charges during the week of April 24-30.

Tarrant County
Kyle Daniel Scott, 30, of Springtown, was arrested April 25 by Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with tampering with or fabricating evidence with the intent to impair, a third-degree felony and failure to identify by giving false or fictitious information, a Class A misdemeanor. He remained in jail as of press time in lieu of $2,750 bond.
Nayib Mejia, 20, of Azle, was arrested April 28 by Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 2, less than one gram, a state jail felony.… Read the rest

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Tarrant indicts 6 from area

May 3, 2017

Five from Azle, one from Springtown

When the Tarrant County grand jury convened in Fort Worth earlier in April four men and one woman from Azle and a Springtown 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 charge these defendants formally:
• David D. Middleton, 55, of Springtown, was indicted April 19 on a charge of theft of service valued $2,500-$30,000, a state jail felony
• Christopher Daniel Cabell, 39, of Azle, was indicted April 20 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, one to four grams, a third-degree felony.… Read the rest

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