Weatherford College students are being warned of a potential scam targeting their financial information.
A female WC student called the Weatherford campus Thursday morning concerned about a phone call she had received. The unidentified caller informed the student they were being awarded a WC scholarship and they needed her credit card information to confirm her identity. Caller ID showed a Houston area phone number.
The student, who is not a scholarship recipient, declined to provide her personal information, and following the conversation she called the WC Financial Aid Department directly.
College administration has researched this call and has determined it to be a scam.
“A scam targeting students like this has not happened before, to our knowledge,” said Kathy Bassham, Executive Dean of Student Services. “Weatherford College will never ask for this type of information, especially in an unsolicited call. Please, don’t give out your personal information over the phone.”
Students with questions may call 817-598-6284.
The Parker County Republican Party reported Thursday evening that Ben Akers, the judge for Parker County Court-At-Law No. 2, has died after a long illness. He had served as judge the past nine years, according to the county website.
Gregory J. Long, wanted by the Parker County Sheriff’s Office for the charge theft of property $1,500 but less than $20,000, was taken into custody in Ottawa County, Okla. at the direction of the Parker County Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team, in conjunction with the United States Marshal’s Service.
The charges on Long arose from Long “scamming” an elderly person in Parker County. When the investigation began, investigators discovered Long was wanted for questioning or had active warrants for his arrest in four other jurisdictions in Texas for similar offenses. Long also had warrants in Iowa and Kansas for similar offenses.
The FAST unit working with US Marshal’s Intelligent Services launched a nationwide publicity campaign to inform other agencies and financial institutions of Long’s activities. This was done in an attempt to locate Long, prevent future offenses and identify other victims of Long’s scam
Thursday morning FAST investigators received an anonymous tip of a possible location for Long. Investigators contacted the security staff of a casino in Ottawa County, Okla. and confirmed Long was present in the casino. Quapaw tribal marshals arrived and took Long into custody. Two of Long’s previously unidentified associates were also arrested.
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Aledo senior-to-be Cheyenne Knight, shown at left with AHS coach Greg Nelson after winning the Class 4A girls' state golf tournament, has been named to the USA Today 2014 American Family Insurance All-USA Girls Golf Team. The team was selected by Chris Langrill, golf correspondent for USA Today High School Sports, with help from national golf associations, state associations and media throughout the country.
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Former Aledo Bearcats All-America running back Johnathan Gray, who led Aledo to three Class 4A state championships, heads the list of five members of the Texas Longhorns football team who landed spots on national award watch lists.
Malcom Brown, Quandre Diggs and Cedric Reed were placed on the watch list for the 2014 Chuck Bednarik Award, which honors the top defensive player in the nation, while Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray secured spots on the watch list for the Maxwell Award, awarded to the top player in the country.
Last season, despite missing four games with an Achilles injury, Gray, a junior, rushed for 780 yards. Gray ranks 28th on the school’s all-time rushing list with 1,481 yards despite playing less than two full seasons.
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USA bobsledder Johnny Quinn, a former UNT wide receiver who is best known for breaking out of a locked bathroom door at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, was a speaker today at the Graham Harrell Passing School, which runs through Tuesday at Bearcat Stadium.
From the Parker County Sheriff's Dept.
Parker County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating suspects in connection to the burglary of the Aledo Bearcat Valero Convenience Store.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the incident was reported just before 1 a.m. Wednesday morning in the 400 block of North FM 1187.
Investigators said security footage shows a male suspect with curly hair, wearing tan shorts, a T-shirt with a hoodie and a female suspect wearing a T-shirt, black short, tennis shoes with her hair in a bun. Both suspects were shown wearing masks/head coverings and were wearing gloves.
The pair was seen on the recording forcefully breaking into the convenience store through a rear entrance, filling two large bags with merchandise, then exiting a short time later with about 30 cartons of cigarettes, retailed at about $1,500. The couple fled the premises in a small SUV.
Anyone with information on the identity and/or location of the suspects involved is urged to contact the Parker County Sheriff’s Office at (817) 594-8845, or Parker County Crime Stoppers at (817) 599-5555. You may remain anonymous when calling Crime Stoppers.
Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of the suspects involved in this case.
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Former Aledo High School and Weatherford College standout Ryan Talley signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to a minor league contract.
Talley, who threw a no-hitter against Alvarado and was a two-time all-district selection while playing at Aledo, is the son of Martin and Lynn Talley.
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State-championship winning pitcher Lauren Craine (above) was named Class 4A's Pitcher of the Year and her coach, Jeff Lemons, was voted as Coach of the Year as the pair joined seven other state-champion Ladycats on the annual Texas Sports Writer's Association all-state softball team.
In addition to Craine on the first team, other first-team, all-state Ladycats include first baseman Chickie Cook, second baseman Rhylie Makawe and outfielder Haylee Bowden.
Ladycats on the TSWA all-state second team include catcher Alli Ramsey, shortstop Allie Arneson and utility player Megan Mason.
Ladycats third baseman Riley Sartain earned a spot on the TSWA all-state third team.
The Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, North Texas GCD, Northern Trinity GCD, Prairielands GCD, and the INTERA, Inc. Team have released the Draft Northern Trinity/Woodbine Groundwater Availability Model Report for public comment. This release starts a formal 45-day comment period for all Groundwater Management Area 8 GCDs, regional water planning groups, and the general public. The Upper Trinity GCD will be holding a public hearing June 26 in order to review the Draft Report and to hear public comment. The comment period will conclude July 21.