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Auto-Pedestrian Accident

November 9, 2016
Auto-Pedestrian Accident

A 43-year-old area man was struck by a passing vehicle as he attempted to cross five lanes of traffic on Boyd Road on foot Tuesday, Nov. 1. Geoffrey Dunn was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital by CareFlite air ambulance with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The accident report says Rhonda Cantrell Daniel, 49, of Azle, at the wheel of a northbound 2000 Dodge Caravan, applied her brakes and swerved to keep from hitting Dunn but was unsuccessful. No charges were filed, but the reports notes that Daniel failed to control her speed, while Dunn, a pedestrian, failed to yield the right-of-way to vehicles.

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‘Bay’s robbery suspect arrested

November 9, 2016

In N. Richland Hills

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A man wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Pelican Bay has been arrested, according to PBPD Chief Robert Porter.
Caleb Anthony Rothlis, 23, was suspected in an aggravated robbery that occurred about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 in the 1800 block of Pelican Drive North.
Porter asked for help from the public to locate Rothlis, who had not been found at any of the addresses associated with him.
Ironically, a simple traffic stop led to Rothlis’ arrest by North Richland Hills police Friday, Nov. 4 for the PBPD warrant. He was transported to the Blue Mound jail, where he was booked in per procedure.… Read the rest

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Melee at the polls

November 2, 2016

Misinformation about Texas Voter ID law leads to fracas

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
An incident at a local early voting location left some a little shaken, but it also provides an opportunity for potential voters to educate themselves on current Texas’s photo ID laws.
According to Azle Chief of Police Rick Pippins, officers were called to the Azle Masonic Lodge #601, located at 257 West Main Street, shortly before noon on Saturday, Oct. 29 in reference to a disturbance.
The Azle Masonic Lodge is an early voting location for Parker County residents.
Pippins said a man appeared there to vote early, but a verbal altercation between the man and election officials ensued over whether or not the man was required to present a photo ID in order to cast a ballot.… Read the rest

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Andrews murder trial slated for Nov. 7

November 2, 2016

Husband accused of beating wife to death with hammer

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Mark Phelps Andrews, 45, – accused of beating his wife in the head with a hammer as she slept in the couple’s rented home in the 600 block of Dunaway Lane Jan. 8 – is set to stand trial for murder in a Tarrant County courtroom Nov. 7.
Andrews called 911 at 4:37 a.m. that day to report he had returned home from a planned trip to WinStar Casino in Oklahoma to find his wife, 42-year-old Doris Jean Andrews, dead in bed, bludgeoned as she slept.
The couple’s recently-adopted 9-year-old daughter was asleep in another bedroom in the house, as were a live-in nanny and her husband.… Read the rest

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Azle man charged with sexual assault of Springtown girl

November 2, 2016
Azle man charged with sexual assault of Springtown girl

Brian Marshall Hopwood

Crime is a second-degree felony

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
An Azle man is in the Parker County jail charged with sexual assault of a child.
Brian Marshall Hopwood, 23, is held in lieu of $50,000 bond for the charge. He is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old Springtown girl.
According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by the Azle News, the Springtown Police Department contacted Parker County Sheriff’s deputies Oct. 3 to advise of a possible sexual assault that occurred at a residence near Springtown.
Parker County Sheriff’s investigators later spoke with a witness who told them he saw Hopwood and the girl “kissing and cuddling” on a couch in the living room of the residence.… Read the rest

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Dramatic Deed

November 2, 2016
Dramatic Deed

The Azle High School Thespian Troupe 607 collected 5,607 pounds of canned and dry goods for Azle’s Community Caring Community. The actors were participating in the International Thespian Society’s “Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat” program. Photo courtesy Azle High School

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Freeway ahead!

October 26, 2016
Freeway ahead!

Dignitaries move the first dirt on the long-delayed Hwy. 199 project. Wielding shovels are: (l-r) TxDOT Executive Director James M. Bass,
District Director for Congresswoman Kay Granger Kristin Vandergriff, Lakeside Mayor Pat Jacob, Azle Mayor Alan Brundrett, State
Representative Charlie Geren, TxDOT Commissioner J. Bruce Bugg, Tarrant County Commissioner Pct. 4 J.D. Johnson, Tarrant County
Judge Glen Whitley, Azle Mayor Pro Tem Bill Jones, and TxDOT District Engineer Brian Barth. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

TxDOT breaks ground on Hwy. 199 project for Jan. start and 2019 completion

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The completion of Hwy. 199 between Azle and Lake Worth – a project that includes three bridges/overpasses and which will take traffic off the service roads and back on to main lanes – is in sight.… Read the rest

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Azle man shot dead, suspect at large

October 26, 2016
Azle man shot dead, suspect at large

Tony Vincent Novello
…wanted for murder

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A 22-year-old Azle man died early Tuesday morning after he was shot in the 7800 block of Jacksboro Highway near Lakeside.
The suspected murderer remained at large at press time Tuesday.
Alec Puente was pronounced deceased at 2:50 a.m. at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Azle, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Police are looking for 24-year-old Tony Vincent Novello in connection with the homicide.
Terry Grisham, spokesperson for the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, said a 911 call came in at 2:12 a.m. Tuesday.
The caller told dispatchers Puente had suffered a gunshot and was en route to the Azle hospital in a personal vehicle.… Read the rest

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AHS Royalty

October 26, 2016
AHS Royalty

Azle High School seniors Seth Bell (left) and Lauren Coker were crowned 2016 Homecoming King and Queen respectively during halftime at Friday night’s football game against Northwest Eaton. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Gunfire in the streets of Azle

October 26, 2016
Gunfire in the streets of Azle

Trey Aaron Cheatham

Domestic disturbance leads to shooting in Azlewood Addition

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
One man is in a Fort Worth hospital and another was arrested after shots rang out in a typically-quiet Azle neighborhood around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening, Oct. 19.
Azle police believe the shooting is the result of a domestic disturbance.
The Azle Police and Fire Departments responded quickly to the call, shutting down the 700 block of Timberoaks Drive and tending to the wounded male victim, who lay in the street.
Detective Sgt. Kevin Rogers said the two men – Aaron Dwayne Rogers, 19, the victim, and Trey Aaron Cheatham, 21, the shooter, both of Dallas – had been staying in a Weatherford motel with two women and a 2-year-old child in recent days as they prepared to move into a house in Pelican Bay.… Read the rest

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