A single-wide mobile home on Forest Hill Lane in Canyon Creek sustained minor fire damage late Tuesday morning, Fire Marshal Ray Wilson said. The fire began at the rear of the home, inside the walls, but was quickly extinguished by firefighters, Wilson noted. An adult female was home but got out without injury, Wilson said. It is not yet known how the fire began, and it remains under investigation.
Ronald Jason Crouch, 29, was arrested Friday night at his home in the 800 block of Woodhaven Court in the Heritage Heights subdivision, accused of taking a vehicle from a local car lot without permission, Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Johnny Rose said. A man described as having a Mohawk haircut reportedly grabbed the keys to a 2006 Impala and took off. Crouch was also found to be in possession of under a gram of methamphetamine, so he is facing two felony charges.
The case of convicted murderer Norman Duane Watson is under review by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, which could chose to set him free. He’s serving a 99-year-sentence. Watson was convicted in July 1991 in the shooting death of Fort Worth resident Troy Burns. Burns went missing on Aug. 9, 1989, after traveling to his farm in southeast Hood County. The public is free to write letters expressing thoughts on his possible release. Letters should refer to the case of Norman Watson, TDC ID 01547382. Mail letters to: Angela McCown, Victim Services Director, Victim Services Division, 8712 Shoal Creek Blvd, Suite 265, Austin, Texas, 78757-6899.
The county judge and commissioners met behind closed doors Tuesday (July 28) with attorney Steven J. Reid to discuss his efforts to negotiate a lower figure to settle the federal lawsuit against County Clerk Katie Lang. She was sued for initially refusing to grant two men a same-sex marriage license. The men’s Austin attorneys said that the suit will not be dropped until the legal bill – which is more than $70,000 – is paid. If the case is settled out of court, the money will be paid by Hood County taxpayers. Since negotiations are still underway, Reid declined to comment.
–A man serving a 99-year prison sentence for murder is up for parole. Norman Watson was found guilty 24 years ago of shooting to death his former employer Troy Burns.
–Hood County’s sales tax rebate is up a whopping 31 percent.
–Two candidates filed on opening day for Laurel Pirkle’s seat on the Granbury City Council. John A. Grace and Tony Mobly are seeking the Place 5 seat. Pirkle is stepping down.
–Some say TxDot would be going down the wrong road by building a bridge over downtown Cresson to alleviate traffic congestion.
–A man described as having a Mohawk was arrested for car theft after driving off a dealership lot.
The Daughters of the American Revolution were 3,500 strong at the annual Continental Congress, June 24-28, in Washington , D.C. Three members attending from the local Elizabeth Crockett Chapter include Marcy Carter-Lovick, of Granbury, Texas State Organizing Secretary; Kathy Hanlon, of Granbury, National Chair, National Defense Committee; and Delores Goodall, a member of the Granbury chapter.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will hold a public, come-and-go meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (July 28) to get citizen input on two options to bypass the railroad crossing at US Highway 377 and State Highway 171. Cresson Mayor Bob Cornett fears that Option 2 – a through-town bridge that would go over downtown businesses – would virtually destroy the Cresson economy, and force property taxes to make up for lost sales tax revenues. Plus, it is much more costly than Option 1 (a northern loop that would swing west) and would take much longer to construct. The meeting will be at Bear Creek Community Church, located at 18600 Highway 377 S. in Cresson. Citizens will be able to view displays of the two options and submit their views in writing.
Angel Isaiah Hernandez, 23, of Oak Trail Shores, a victim of a stabbing last Thursday night, has returned home after being released from John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, according to a hospital spokesperson. Hernandez was flown by air ambulance from Thorp Spring to the Fort Worth hospital. Luis Enrique Jaramillo, also 23, was arrested in connection with the stabbing and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Johnny Rose. Jaramillo remains in jail on $30,000 bond.