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On the hunt

August 3, 2016
On the hunt

With a Pikachu peeking over his shoulder at Central Park, Austin Tong has reached level 17 in Pokemon Go. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

APD hosts Pokemon Go safety event in park

by Mark K. Campbell
Kids and adults are out there at all hours in all sorts of places in and around town.
So, the Azle Police Department decided to go pro-active and help citizens “catch ‘em all” while being safe.
Saturday, July 30, APD hosted a Pokemon Go safety event at the Azle Memorial Library and Central Park.
Officer Loren Hearn said the paperwork passed out to participants was well received.… Read the rest

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Team Takedown: Fort Worth SWAT and Azle PD Snare Vehicle Theives

August 3, 2016
Team Takedown: Fort Worth SWAT and Azle PD Snare Vehicle Theives

Azle Police received information July 27 of a possible stolen vehicle at a home in the 100 block of Avondale Avenue in Azle. After officers located a car matching the description of the vehicle, officers attempted to make contact with the residents. However, there was no response. A search and seizure warrant was granted and Azle officers, in conjunction with Fort Worth SWAT, executed the warrant at the address. Two arrests were made in conjunction with the warrant, and the stolen vehicle was recovered at the location.
Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Dogs attack, kill calves

August 3, 2016
Dogs attack, kill calves

Several calves were injured and one killed by dogs July 27 between Azle and Springtown. Some dogs from the pack remain at large. Photo courtesy Parker County Sheriff’s Office

BY NATALIE GENTRY
A “pack” of dogs killed a calf and injured two others Sunday, July 27 around 6:30 p.m. in the 100 block of North Longhorn Drive between Azle and Springtown.
Parker County Sheriff’s Animal Control Officers responded to the call when the homeowners reported one of the calves died following the mauling in an enclosed round pen where the calves were kept.
Dogs are known to run loose in the area in a pack of two to six, but it isn’t known where they live or if they are strays.… Read the rest

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Youth Football Camp

August 3, 2016
Youth Football Camp

Young athletes kicked off their football season with the annual Hornet camp. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Use it or lose it so they used it

August 3, 2016

How AISD spent its one-time drilling tax bonus

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Last school year, Azle ISD had $2.5 million extra to spend.
And the district poured that money into its employees and upgrading schools.
Finance Director Monica Miller addressed trustees July 25 to speak on the proposed 2016-17 budget.
Before that, however, she listed some of the ways that the Trinidad Drilling “one-time lag” tax revenue of $2.5 million helped the AISD.
Every employee received a three percent raise.
Four new school buses were purchased for $353,082.
Also bought was a new Special Education bus for $93,000 and a “mini-bus” for Cross Timbers Elementary for $49,975.… Read the rest

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On the hunt

August 3, 2016
On the hunt

With a Pikachu peeking over his shoulder at Central Park, Austin Tong has reached level 17 in Pokemon Go. Photo by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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Runaway Bay man dies in motorcycle crash

July 27, 2016
Runaway Bay man dies in motorcycle crash

A Runaway Bay man died about 24 hours after his motorcycle slammed into a pickup that turned in front of him in the 11500 block of FM 730 North Sunday afternoon, July 24. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Man transported via helicopter Sunday but dies Monday

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A Runaway Bay man died Monday from injuries he suffered in an accident in the 11500 block of FM 730 North Sunday afternoon, July 24.
Samuel Smith, 31, died at 3:11 p.m. Monday at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, where he was being treated for his injuries, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.… Read the rest

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Rio-bound ‘Throw Princess’ Visits Fans

July 27, 2016
Rio-bound ‘Throw Princess’ Visits Fans

Shelbi Vaughan, 2016 Summer Olympian who will compete in Rio in the discus, ties her signature pink bows onto the pigtails of a young fan during a Meet and Greet event at Azle High School Wednesday, July 20. In a final tune-up before the Olympics, Vaughan won the NANAC Under 23 competiton in El Salvador July 16 with a throw of 187 feet, 8 inches. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Over and out

July 27, 2016

Parker County commissioners sever dispatch services with Reno

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
In a unanimous vote, the Parker County Commissioners Court Monday, July 25, terminated the agreement for dispatch services between Parker County and the city of Reno.
The termination becomes effective Sept. 30.
Addressing the situation, County Judge Mark Riley explained that the county has three contracts with municipalities in the county; one is with Aledo for law enforcement services, and a second, for dispatch services, is with Hudson Oaks.
“Aledo pays for the cost of two deputies; Hudson Oaks is for dispatch services, and both of those are working fine,” Riley told the court.… Read the rest

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Area man given 25 years in prison

July 27, 2016
Area man given 25 years in prison

Nicky Lane Kelton

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Nicky Lane Kelton, 46, of the Springtown and Azle areas, pleaded guilty Thursday, July 21 to possessing 120 grams of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, evading arrest with a vehicle, and two bail jumping cases.
Kelton was sentenced to 25 years in prison by 415th District Judge Graham Quisenberry.
According to Assistant District Attorney Abby Placke, who prosecuted the case for the state, the sentence stems from an incident on July 4, 2015, when a Parker County Sheriff’s Deputy saw Kelton run a red light on Highway 199 between Springtown and Azle.
After fleeing from the deputy and crashing into a tree, Kelton got out of the vehicle and attempted to throw away a large plastic bag full of methamphetamine, which was later recovered.… Read the rest

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