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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Water park burglar sought
Hudson Oaks police are requesting the public’s assistance in catching a burglar who broke into Splash Kingdom Water Park in Hudson Oaks earlier this month.
Commissioner at odds with school district's demand for land
Aledo ISD superintendent Derek Citty is moving forward with plans backed by the school board in May — plans to secure two school sites in the Morningstar subdivision, slated for the corner of Old Weatherford Road and FM Road 3225 in the City of Fort Worth’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.
An unforgettable state championship
Corey Kiser and Riley Sartain, members of Aledo High School’s state champion softball team, honored by trustees last week, are to blame for the 10-3 tattoo on the finger of their coach, Jeff Lemons.
Firefighter arrested for child sexual assault
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 July 21, faces two charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, a first-degree felony.
Fire protection improving in Aledo
Stephen Watson, interim chief of Emergency Services District No. 1, briefed the Aledo City Council on improvements to the city’s fire protection — including the purchase of a site for a new fire station — in Thursday night’s Aledo City Council session.
Aledo ISD trustees affirm hiring policy
The Aledo ISD School Board affirmed a policy delegating the hiring of most school personnel to the administration by a 4-1 margin last week, with trustees Jay Stringer, David Tillman, Hoyt Harris and Steve Bartley voting in favor and trustee Bobby Rigues arguing that the board should retain the responsibility.
Aledo coffee shop helps support the troops
HUDSON OAKS — Wild West Splash Kingdom was the host of military members and military supporters the night of Saturday, July 19, during ‘Salute the Troops,’ sponsored by Holy Grounds Coffee and Gifts in Aledo and Ducerus College Planning.
Calendar of events
Holy Grounds Coffee & Gifts, at 108 Jearl Street, is hosting a series of outdoor movies in their parking lot at 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays through Aug. 23.
Admission is free and feature drinks are half price during the films. “The Amazing Spiderman” is Aug. 2, followed by “Tangled” on Aug. 9, “The Lego Movie” on Aug. 16 and “The Avengers” on Aug. 23.
For more information, call 817-440-7770.
A Purple Heart County
County Judge Mark Riley and Parker County commissioners proclaimed Parker County to be a “Purple Heart County” Monday, honoring local veterans and their families in a special ceremony held in the second floor courtroom of the historic courthouse.
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.
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