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Two incumbents ousted by voters

May 10, 2017
Two incumbents ousted by voters

Eric Hunter
… elected mayor in Reno

Stokes out as Reno mayor; Kelleher no longer on TRWD board

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Voters went to the polls Saturday, May 6, to elect leaders in the town of Lakeside, the Azle Independent School District (AISD), Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD), and in the city of Reno.
Lakeside voters also decided whether to re-authorize a quarter-cent sales tax for maintenance and repair of municipal streets.
In Parker County, Emergency Services District No. 1 voters considered a sales and use tax to provide additional funding for the district.
All results are unofficial until the various entities canvass votes.… Read the rest

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Adios!

May 10, 2017
Adios!


Former and current Azle police officers were among many who came to wish Sgt. Richard Martinez farewell upon his retirement May 5. Pictured above are: (l-r) former Azle officer Jason DeBord, former longtime APD sergeant, lieutenant, and interim chief Lee Blaisdell, Martinez, APD Sgt. Steve Stutsman, and longtime APD officer, lieutenant, and interim chief, now Boyd City Manager Greg Arrington. The photo represents more than 130 years of law enforcement experience. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Longtime Azle officer Martinez retires

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
With 28 years as a police officer under his belt – 26 and a half of those in Azle – Sgt.… Read the rest

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Memorial service May 15

May 10, 2017

Abilene PD officer with Azle ties to be honored

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
In observance of National Police Week, May 14-20, and Peace Officer Memorial Day, May 15, the Azle Police Department will lead a memorial service at 10 a.m. Monday, May 15, at Central Park amphitheater located at 333 W. Main St. in Azle.
The event is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.… Read the rest

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Azle ISD’s Annual Top Ten Banquet

May 10, 2017
Azle ISD’s Annual Top Ten Banquet

Top performing students got to thank their No. 1 mentors publicly at the annual Azle Top Ten dinner at the Petroleum Club in Fort Worth May 8. Heartfelt thanks and stories brought tears and laughter from many in attendance. Photo by Christina Derr

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Keen eye nets stolen goods

May 3, 2017
Keen eye nets stolen goods

Azle Police detective Richard Lukowski removes stolen items recovered from a home in the 600 block of Lake Crest Parkway following the execution of a search warrant. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

APD recovers stolen property while executing search warrant

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The keen eyes of an Azle police officer led to the execution of a search warrant at an Azle home that yielded property stolen during several residential burglaries.
According to detective Sgt. Kevin Rogers, Azle police had a description of a vehicle seen in the area of a recent residential burglary, and Officer Kirsten Smith spotted the vehicle parked at a residence in the 600 block of Lake Crest Parkway Thursday, April 27.… Read the rest

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Time to vote!

May 3, 2017

Polls open Sat. May 6

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Early voting in several local elections ended Tuesday, May 2 in advance of the general elections Saturday, May 6.
The polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday.
Although the cities of Azle, Pelican Bay, and Sanctuary canceled their elections because they had no contested races, the Azle Independent School District, the town of Lakeside, and the city of Reno will elect representatives to various seats.
In the Azle ISD, incumbent in Place 1 Erik Loeffelholz is running unopposed.
Clay Doyle, the incumbent in Place 2, was challenged by Robert Seals, who withdrew from the race after the deadline.… Read the rest

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Racing Wipeout in Azle?

May 3, 2017
Racing Wipeout in Azle?

No one was injured April 27 about 12:25 p.m. two vehicles collided in eastbound lanes of the 200 block of Hwy. 199. According to the accident report filed by Azle police, a 1963 Ford driven by Lonnie Lee Davis, 54, of Azle, was eastbound on the highway when slid across the left lane, striking the guardrail before hitting a gray 2000 Nissan Maxima driven by Becky Sue Bishop, 52, also of Azle. The impact caused Bishop’s vehicle to spin and launched it up the embankment near the service road. Witnesses told police the Ford appeared to be racing a third vehicle which was not involved in the accident.

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Man turns self in

May 3, 2017
Man turns self in

Herbert Gerald Peterson

For child indecency

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
An Azle man was arrested after calling the Azle police to report a child sex crime.
Herbert Gerald Peterson, 37, called the Azle Police Department on April 23 in reference to indecency with a child, telling a dispatcher he would wait at the curb in the 200 block of Stewart Bend Court until police arrived, according to detective Sgt. Kevin Rogers.
When Cpl. Billy Thomson arrived, Peterson explained he had been drinking the night before, and that he touched a juvenile female who was at the residence “under her shirt,” Rogers said.… Read the rest

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Juvenile arrested for graffiti damage

May 3, 2017
Juvenile arrested for graffiti damage

Graffiti appeared on Comet Cleaners and on East Main St.   Photos by Carla Noah Stustman

Library hit by youth

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A juvenile male suspected of painting graffiti around Azle was taken into custody over the weekend.
The graffiti was reported at several businesses around Azle, including Rural Gas Supply, the Azle Memorial Library, Comet Cleaners, and a vacant building in the 100 block of East Main Street where Cash America Pawn was formerly located.
The young man was taken to the Tarrant County Juvenile facility on Kimbo Road in Fort Worth and charged with the class B misdemeanor charge of graffiti; additional graffiti charges may be filed against the youth, as well.… Read the rest

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Suspicious device puts Azle JH on ‘soft lockdown’

April 26, 2017

Aside from AFD and APD, FW bomb squad, ATF called in

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A small but suspicious device located in a restroom at Azle Junior High School caused the school to be placed on “soft lockdown” shortly before noon Friday, April 21.
Azle Police and Fire Departments responded to the school after Azle ISD officials called 911.
According to a press release issued by Azle Police Chief Rick Pippins, the device contained small amounts of gunpowder and fusing.
Because of the nature of the device, Azle emergency services requested the assistance of Fort Worth Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) as well as agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).… Read the rest

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