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January 2, 2014

2013 in Review

A look back at 2013 through the year’s top stories as compiled by the WD staff

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All of the proposed capital improvements were included under one proposition, as a pass-all or fail-all issue. Both supporters and protesters of the bond expressed their opinions through letters to the editor, various meetings around the city and even creating and joining groups, such as the Citizens Against WISD Bond. Demonstrators on both sides lined Santa Fe Drive outside the Parker County Courthouse Annex building the day of the election.

Ultimately, voters said no to the bond, voting 3,873-1,745 against it.

In August, Weatherford ISD superintendent Jeffrey Hanks wrote that plans to address crowding issues were being temporarily fixed by adding portable classrooms and buildings to various campuses.

NUMBER SEVEN – Alleged drug, theft rings broken

Following execution of search warrants at four locations in Parker County in April, a dozen suspects were charged with organized crime regarding allegations suspects engaged with each other in organized crime by stealing more than $100,000 in property or delivering methamphetamine in Parker County.

Those arrested were believed responsible for crimes that include attempting to steal an ATM from a bank in Cool using a stolen truck, burglaries and thefts at Azle-area restaurants, and burglaries at Morrison Supply Company in Weatherford and numerous vehicle, trailer and equipment thefts in Parker County and surrounding areas.

About 2.5 ounces of methamphetamine was located during a traffic stop of 43-year-old James Carroll Mathews during the investigation, as well as a smaller amount of cocaine, investigators allege.

A Weatherford-Parker County Special Crimes Unit investigator said they believe Mathews was one of the primary leaders in the groups and most of the property and methamphetamine funneled through him.

Mathews directed many of the suspects involved in the property crimes and provided the suspects methamphetamine, according to the investigator..

More than $125,000 in stolen property was recovered during the investigation, according to an investigator.

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    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

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    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

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    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0729 one purple heart group.jpg 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. 

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • WISD to propose tax rate decrease

    Weatherford ISD, which is projected to see a rise in property values, is proposing a one-cent tax rate decrease, which would slightly increase taxes for the average homeowner. 

    July 28, 2014

  • Israel Andrade Illegal indicted for burglary, child indecency

    A Parker County grand jury has indicted a man accused of breaking into a Springtown-area home earlier this month and molesting a sleeping 9-year-old girl.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_9754.jpg Home destroyed by fire

    WEATHERFORD – A fire that broke out Monday on the 700 block of Cimmaron Trail in Horseshoe Bend ended in the complete loss of a family’s home.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

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    July 26, 2014 2 Photos

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