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Texas chain saw massacre avoided when Azle-area attacker arrested

March 23, 2016
Texas chain saw massacre avoided when Azle-area attacker arrested

Phillip Ashley Redwine II

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
An Azle-area man remains in the Parker County jail in lieu of $20,000 bond after he allegedly assaulted a woman with a chainsaw.
According to the arrest report, Parker County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a domestic disturbance at a residence in the 100 block of Cedar Creek Drive in the Shangri La Addition, south of Azle.
There, a 40-year-old woman said her husband, Phillip Ashley Redwine II, 32, was intoxicated and tried to leave the residence in a vehicle, which caused an argument between the two.
The woman told deputies Redwine choked her with his forearm while she was inside her vehicle, but she was able to free herself, and Redwine went into the home they share.… Read the rest

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City icon dies at 98

March 23, 2016
City icon dies at 98

Vancil Trammell left his mark on Azle

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Much like the mortar and stone he so lovingly worked with, Vancil Trammell was a part of the very foundation of Azle.
“Tram” died March 19, at the age of 98, but his dedication to the community of Azle left fingerprints that can never be erased.
With his wife Audrey, Tram arrived in Azle about 1939.
The couple met while Tram was driving a Fort Worth Transit bus, and for their dates, he’d pick Audrey up at a bus stop near her home. She’d ride the route with him, and he’d drop her back off at her stop so she could walk back home.… Read the rest

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More discord at Reno meeting

March 23, 2016

Mayor Pro Tem to councilman: ‘Bite me!’

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
For the first time in months, the agenda for the Reno city council meeting for March 21 listed no opportunity to discuss or take action against council member John Basham.
But Reno officials found a way – once again – to show little regard for the Texas Open Meetings Act.
Mayor Lynda Stokes pulled a police department report as well as an administration report from the consent agenda to allow Public Safety Director/City Administrator Joe Polino and City Attorney Walt Leonard to address a litany of issues regarding Basham in front of those gathered for the meeting.… Read the rest

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Two Injured in Wreck

March 23, 2016
Two Injured in Wreck

Megan Willis, of Colleyville, gets her first look at the damage to her Kia after a two-vehicle accident in the eastbound lane of Hwy. 199 at Jay Bird Lane March 21 at about 9:45 a.m. According to a DPS report, Willis collided with the rear of a Kia Sorento driven by Betty Jones of Springtown. Willis failed to control her speed and rear-ended Jones who had come to a stop at the traffic signal. Both Willis and her passenger, Renaldo Garza, were transported to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Azle ISD sets attendance times for next school year

March 23, 2016
Azle ISD sets attendance times for next school year

Azle school board member Shannon Hart learns how an eighth grader figured out how to charge an iPad without electricity at the March 21 AISD meeting. Several students devised ways to recharge using batteries. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

All elementary schools will report earlier in 2016-17

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
When a school board meeting is jam-packed, that’s not always a good thing.
But it was March 21 when all seats were taken and plenty more folks stood.
That’s because an array of successful students were paraded and honored before the trustees for a variety of accomplishments.
The major school-related news concerned officially deciding on attendance times for the next school year, 2016-17.… Read the rest

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Taser Aftermath

March 16, 2016
Taser Aftermath

Two Azle police officers who attempted to serve an arrest warrant for resisting arrest in the 100 block of Porter Drive March 14 received minor injuries when the subject of that warrant – Justin T. Scott, 24, of Azle – again resisted arrest. Scott complied with officers until they handcuffed one of his hands; then he began to struggle in an attempt to break free, assaulting both officers. Officer Billy Thomson and Sgt. Richard Martinez employed OC spray, which had little to no effect on Scott. Then they deployed a Taser which had the desired result of subduing Scott; he was taken into custody without further incident.

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The future of Azle

March 16, 2016
The future of Azle

New city manager Tom Muir talked to the Azle Rotary Club about a variety of topics. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

New city manager Muir talks Main Street, Cross Timbers GC

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Tom Muir wasn’t looking for a job.
He was leaving as the city manager for Haltom City when the Azle position came open.
“I came out on a lark,” he told the Azle Rotary Club. “And I really enjoyed it.”
The city council apparently liked him, too; he was hired as Azle’s city manager in December and started in early January.
Muir came to a smaller town – for now.… Read the rest

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The Azle-Dickson line: Bring business to town

March 16, 2016
The Azle-Dickson line: Bring business to town

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The city of Azle’s newest employee says she’s ready to roll her sleeves up, work hard… and have fun.
Karen Dickson believes Azle is a virtual land of opportunity, and she’s excited to lead the charge for proactive development here.
The city’s newly-hired Economic Development Director, Dickson brings vast experience in the field of economic development. Her demeanor – calm, knowledgeable yet affable, confident – leaves no doubt she’s ready for the job.
She began her career in Clear Lake, adjacent to NASA’s Johnson Space Center, where Dickson says she conversed with many an aerospace engineer.
From there, she became manager of Pearland’s business retention and expansion program, where she assisted local businesses with issues such as workforce training, networking, and understanding city processes.… Read the rest

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Spring Break Artists

March 16, 2016
Spring Break Artists

Scores of kids on Spring Break flooded into the Azle Memorial Library for week-long activities, including an art class on March 15. Retired art teacher Steve Novy discusses options with Thomas Coughlin about his plaster sculpture of a soccer player while Kyle Milligan works on his piece and Peyton Milligan looks on. Allison Kimball and Makynna Hinkle work on their plaster sculptures at the Azle Memorial Library’s Art Camp. Photos by Natalie Gentry

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Armed man shot, killed by Azle police officer

March 9, 2016
Armed man shot, killed by Azle police officer

Mark Minnick

Texas Rangers investigate incident in conjunction with APD

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Texas Rangers from Company B are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Azle that left one man dead.
Mark Minnick, 51, of Azle, was pronounced dead at 9:38 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.
According to Police Chief Rick Pippins, Azle officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Alameda Road in Castle Hills about 8:21 p.m.
When Officer Angel Perez arrived, he found Minnick, who was armed with a handgun. Perez order Minnick to drop the weapon, but Minnick advanced toward Perez, pointing the weapon at him.… Read the rest

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