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Big Fire, Big Loss

April 22, 2015
Big Fire, Big Loss

Multiple 911 calls directed firefighters from across the area to this residential structure fire in the 7400 block of Elman Lane Wednesday, April 15. The first units on scene found the attic of the home very heavily involved, Tarrant County Deputy Fire Marshal Keith Ebel said. No one was in the home at the time, and Ebel said the damage was so severe there is no way to determine where or how the fire started. He does not suspect foul play, but did say he expects the home to be declared a total loss. Firefighters from Azle, Briar-Reno, LaJunta, Parker County ESD 1, Boyd, Lake Worth, Silver Creek, and Eagle Mountain battled the blaze with help from the River Oaks VFD, which brought its air truck.

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Lightning cause of minor AHS fire

April 22, 2015
Lightning cause of minor AHS fire

Azle Fire Marshal Kenny Wilson provided this photo of a perforated flexible gas line he believes was damaged by a lightning strike and later caused a small fire on the roof of Azle High School’s Annex Building.

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A small flash fire on the roof of the Annex building necessitated the evacuation of Azle High School for about 45 minutes Monday morning, April 20.… Read the rest

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Just looking out for each other, and customers

April 15, 2015
Just looking out for each other, and customers

Brookshire’s employees keep cool during armed robbery

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Mark Laudenheimer was asleep when the phone rang.
The store manager of Brookshire’s Food & Pharmacy located at 511 N. Stewart St. in Azle says he could barely wrap his head around what he was told.
“It’s after 10 at night, you’re asleep and you find out your store has just been robbed,” Laudenheimer said. “So many things go through your head – and it’s not about the money, it’s not about the things in the store – I was just worried about human life. Was everybody okay?”… Read the rest

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AHS drumline 16th at World competition

April 15, 2015

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
“They knew they’d just turned in the performance of a lifetime.”
That’s the reason one mother of a member of the Azle High School Indoor Drumline gave for emotional tears that flowed freely Friday morning, April 10, from the group in Ohio outside the University of Dayton arena where they had just competed.
They were hours away from finding out their score, or where they would place in the World Championship competition they’d worked so hard to reach.… Read the rest

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Early voting is April 27-May 5

April 15, 2015

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Early voting for the General Election to be conducted May 9 runs from April 27 through May 5.
Locally, the cities of Azle, Reno and Pelican Bay are holding elections,
The town of Lakeside, the city of Sanctuary, and the Azle Independent School District have each canceled elections this year since no candidates in those races are opposed.
A full list of both Parker and Tarrant County polling sites for purposes of early voting can be found at http://www.cityofazle.org/index.aspx?nid=371.… Read the rest

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Outdoor Oz!

April 15, 2015
Outdoor Oz!

Members of the Azle High School cast of The Wizard of Oz were on hand Saturday, April 11, for the second Movie in the Park – the 1939 classic film of the same name. Dorothy, Scare Crow, Tin Man, Lion, Glinda, and the Wicked Witch of the West delighted kids of all ages, who enjoyed a beautiful evening for an outdoor movie along with free popcorn and water. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Insta-Oops!

April 8, 2015
Insta-Oops!

This graffiti on a local business and seen on social media is helping Azle police find theives – and a possible connection to a Fort Worth gang. See Page 3A for the warrant execution. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Burglars ID’d via social media

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Azle police executed a search warrant at a home in the 500 block of Dunaway Lane Thursday, April 2 as a result of information posted on social media.… Read the rest

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Convictions of man who shot at APD reversed

April 8, 2015
Convictions of man who shot at APD reversed

John Berry Isbell

Jamie Rena Haney

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A man serving time in the Texas penitentiary after being convicted of assaulting a public servant with a vehicle, assaulting a public servant with a shotgun, evading arrest with a vehicle, and deadly conduct will get a new trial.
John Berry Isbell, now 55, of Haltom City, was sentenced to 20 years for the evading charge; 20 years for the deadly conduct charge; and 45 years for each of the assault charges on March 26, 2014.… Read the rest

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Banks Runneth Over

April 8, 2015
Banks Runneth Over

Mother Nature wasn’t fooling when furious storms rolled through the area April 1, dropping as much as three inches of rain and hail right into the Eagle Mountain Lake watershed. Area creeks swelled and flash-flooding occurred in several spots around town. This creek near the intersection of FM 730 North and Sandy Beach Road rushed water toward the lake later the same day.
Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Moped Vs. Truck

April 1, 2015
Moped Vs. Truck

Reba Michelle Weigart, 24, of Azle, was critically injured about 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26 while riding a Moped-type scooter in the 11600 block of FM 730 North. According to the accident report filed by Azle police, Weigart was northbound when a southbound 2004 Fort F250 pickup driven by Brandon Dale Crosby, 24, of Azle, turned in front of her. Weigart’s scooter struck the pickup and she was ejected, landing on the roadway behind the pickup. AirEvac Life Team 68 transported Weigart to John Peter Smith Hospital. The roadway was closed in both directions for several hours as Azle police conducted an advanced investigation into the accident.

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