By JUDY SHERIDAN
The Aledo ISD recently hired one new full-time police officer and added another to a list of reserve officers.
Both are master peace officers with more than 20 years of experience.
Officer Wes Cummins is now employed full time after serving as an Aledo ISD reserve officer for eight years. Cummins, who has 21 years’ experience, is a certified school resource officer. He has also completed active shooter training.
Officer Tom Kelly, with 27 years’ experience, will serve as one of 15 district reserve officers. Kelly is a former criminal investigator and patrol officer and once taught criminal justice in the Weatherford ISD. A Parker County resident, he has a bachelor’s in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University and a bachelor’s in education from Texas A & M Commerce.
Trustees voted to hire a fifth full-time officer in January, amending the budget to pay for the new position through the end of the school year.
At that time, Superintendent Dan Manning told the board that the district also wanted to expand the number of reserve officers who could help during the day and move toward a more campus-based police operation.
“In a traditional police force, officers respond to police needs based on an incident,” he explained. “If it’s campus-based they’re on campus to be part of the fabric of everyday life.”
“We are increasing our police presence and visibility on all our campuses, as well as their interaction with campus staff, students and the community.”
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Suspicious house fire under investigation
The Weatherford fire marshal says a fire that damaged a house and killed two puppies Wednesday night is being investigated as a suspicious fire and a suspect is in jail on unrelated charges.
Parker County Attorney John Forrest will ask county commissioners for additional funds as county budget discussions begin this year; he hopes to hire another attorney to help with an increase in Child Protective Services cases.
Firefighter arrested on child sex assault charges
A volunteer Hudson Oaks firefighter is in the Parker County Jail on charges he repeatedly sexually assaulted two young relatives over a several year period.
Richard Frederick Adams Sr., 62, arrested Monday, faces two charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, a first-degree felony.
Developer withdraws site plan
ANNETTA —A controversial 34-home subdivision proposed for a 41-acre tract on Duncan Road will not go forward as planned, according to action taken by both the proposed developer and the Annetta Town Council after a public hearing Thursday night.
Aledo City Council to meet July 24
The Aledo City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24, in the Aledo Community Center, 104 Robinson Court, Aledo.
Fires damage business, home
Two separate fires around 2 p.m. July 15 damaged a Willow Park business and destroyed the home of a Weatherford family.
Letter to the Editor
Thursday night, July 17, I was present for a surprisingly interesting experience when State Representative candidate Matthew Britt addressed a small group of supporters, followed by a question and answer session.
ESD 1, Annetta South close on fire station site
Parker County Emergency Services District No. 1 and Annetta South officials said Tuesday that the ESD is homing in on a site for a new fire station to serve residents in the Annettas and surrounding areas. Annetta South is expected to consider a zoning change to accommodate a new station next month.
Registration has begun for Aledo ISD
Aledo ISD enrollment for the 2014-15 school year began yesterday, July 21, and students new to the district need to register before school begins, Monday, Aug. 25.
County scrambling to fill elections post
Former Parker County Assistant Elections Administrator Laura Watkins, who sought, but was not appointed to the post of Parker County Elections Administrator after Robert Parten retired, last week began work as assistant elections administrator for Palo Pinto County, Palo Pinto County Elections Administrator Judith Evans has confirmed.
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