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PC grand jury indicts 5 from area

April 12, 2017
PC grand jury indicts 5 from area

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Two Azle residents and three from Springtown were among the individuals indicted on criminal charges when a Parker County grand jury met April 6 in a Weatherford courtroom.
The grand jury considers evidence in criminal cases presented by the Parker County District Attorney’s office to decide if there is enough evidence to continue to trial.
Among those indicted are:
• Brian Marshall Hopwood, 24, of Azle, was indicted on a charge of sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony. Hopwood was also indicted on a separate second-degree felony: indecency with a child with sexual contact.
• Crystal Ann Vargas, 38, of Azle, 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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Cleaning Up Parker County

April 12, 2017
Cleaning Up Parker County

Commissioner George Conley said about 1,350 vehicles poured into the Parker County Pct. 1 barn during the April 1 clean up.                           Photos by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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Dumping ground

April 5, 2017
Dumping ground

In both Azle and Springtown – these boxes are in the 500 block of East Hwy. 199 – piles of “donations” sit out in all kinds of weather. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Some local donation boxes are far more than eyesores

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Are they donation boxes or dumping grounds?
Are the donated goods really used to help the needy, or are the boxes quick money-makers for unknown corporations?
As neighborhood donation boxes have increased in popularity over the last several years, so has the number of questions surrounding their maintenance and purpose.
Damaged furniture, stained mattresses, rain-soaked boxes, and other items most would call trash – and that can be legally defined as such – have some asking if area containers designed to recycle clothing and household items aren’t being used by some for a criminal purpose: illegal dumping.… Read the rest

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Veal Station Cemetery honored by state group

April 5, 2017
Veal Station Cemetery honored by state group

Veal Station Cemetery, final resting place of several prominent Parker County residents, has been named a Historic Texas Cemetery.

It’s now a registered Texas graveyard

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Veal’s Station Cemetery – known today as Veal Station Cemetery – has been named for a unique honor by the Texas Historical Commission.
The country graveyard is now legally recorded as a Historic Texas Cemetery.
Veal Station qualified by being at least 50 years old and being documented as “significant.”
The cemetery is the resting place of Parker County pioneers like William Woody and Civil War veterans Moses Tucker and Ezra Clark, noted Janice Smith, chair of the Parker County Historical Commission.… Read the rest

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Azle trio indicted in Tarrant Co.

April 5, 2017

Three men from Azle were indicted in Tarrant County – one for assault, two for possession of controlled substances.
When the grand jury convened in Fort Worth in late March, the trio was 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:
• Johnathon Dana Little, 28, of Azle, was indicted March 24 on a charge of assault of a public servant, a third-degree felony.
• Raymond Wayne Herfkens, 30, of Azle, was indicted March 28 on charges of possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, one to four grams, a third-degree felony and theft of property valued less than $2,500 with two or more previous convictions, a state jail felony.… Read the rest

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Local Arrests

April 5, 2017

The following individuals who list addresses in the Azle and/or Springtown areas were arrested by various law enforcement agencies for felony and driving while intoxicated charges and booked into the Tarrant and Parker County jails during March 27-April 3.

Tarrant County felonies
Ronnie Donnell Clark, Jr. 24, of Azle, was arrested March 28 by Fort Worth Police officers and charged with tampering or fabricating physical evidence, a third-degree felony and resisting arrest, search, or transport, a Class A misdemeanor. He was also the subject of three Alvarado Police Department warrants and two warrants from the Hurst Police Department. He remained in jail as of press time in lieu of $5,649 bond.… Read the rest

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Honored by their peers

March 29, 2017
Honored by their peers

Parker County ESD 1 Chief Stephen Watson addressed the crowd prior to the awards ceremony with several department officers in the background. Photo by Christina Derr

ESD 1 lauds its best firefighters at annual banquet

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The brave and the bold were recognized for their efforts.
Firefighters from around the county gathered Friday, March 24 to honor each other at the annual Parker County ESD 1 awards banquet.
The event was held at Weatherford’s Hollow Hill Event Center and featured dinner, live music, and multiple speakers in addition to the awards ceremony.
Parker County Judge Mark Riley spoke to the crowd and thanked the firefighters for their service to the citizens of Parker County.… Read the rest

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Mothra Attacks!

March 29, 2017
Mothra Attacks!

Well, okay, it wasn’t really Mothra, the famed Japanese movie monster from the 1960s. But it was a palm-sized polyphemus silk moth that dropped by the office. It’s a good thing this photo was taken; the next day, the insect had met its demise – not from Godzilla but from an act of nature, likely. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Eight from area indicted by Parker County grand jury

March 29, 2017
Eight from area indicted by  Parker County grand jury

6 from Springtown, 2 from Reno

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Six people from Springtown, along with two Reno residents, were among 37 indicted when a Parker County grand jury met to consider evidence in criminal cases March 23 in a Weatherford courtroom.
• Destiny Belen Rodriguez, 39, of Springtown, was indicted on a charge of possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.
• Tori Dawn Stewart, 26, of Springtown, was indicted 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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Local Arrests

March 29, 2017

The following individuals who list addresses in the Azle and/or Springtown areas were arrested for felony or driving while intoxicated charges by various law enforcement agencies and booked into the Tarrant, Parker, and Wise County jails during the week of March 20-26.

Tarrant County felonies
Wayne Allen Randell, 57, of Azle, was arrested March 21 by Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with assault causing bodily injury of a family member with a previous conviction, a third-degree felony. He remained in jail as of press time in lieu of $3,000 bond.
David Allen Grimes, 39, of Azle, was arrested March 22 by Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, a third-degree felony.… Read the rest

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