City of Aledo
From the Parker County Sheriff's Dept
Three convenience stores were burglarized early Monday.
Parker County Sheriff’s deputies and crime scene investigators responded to the Aledo Bearcat Valero in the 40 block of FM 1187 around 1:20 a.m.
Sheriff’s deputies reported the suspect(s) entered the store by force using a blunt object to break the front windows of the store.
The store was left in disarray with merchandise strewn about the store.
The store owner reported two cash registers, an undetermined amount of currency and an undetermined amount of cigarettes were stolen. A glass door and window, valued at $500 were damaged in the burglary as well.
The Brock Junction convenience store, located in the 7400 block of West Interstate 20, was also burglarized. Sheriff’s investigators believe the suspects forcefully entered the store around 5:20 a.m., just hours after the Aledo store was reported.
Sheriff’s investigators believe the burglaries are related, saying there were similarities.
Deputies stated blunt objects were used to break the windows of the Brock Junction store and the Aledo Valero store.
Brock store personnel also reported cigarettes were also taken during the burglary.
Burglars shattered the side glass on side of the building to gain entry to the Brock store.
Also taken in the Brock store were cigarettes and an undetermined amount of currency.
Surveillance cameras caught the suspect vehicle on camera.
From the Parker County Sheriff's Office
Update: Melissa Hill has been found and returned to her family.
Melissa Sue Hill
Parker County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing Parker County pastor’s wife.
Melissa Sue Hill, 47, of Aledo, was last seen around 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, leaving Wal-Mart on Hulen Street in Fort Worth. The Hill’s pastor the Forgiven Church on West Creek Drive in Fort Worth.
Hill is described as 5-feet, 4-inches tall, weighing approximately 115 pounds, with brownish-green eyes, dark brown shoulder length hair.
Hill was last seen driving a white 1997 extended-cab Dodge pickup truck with license plate 68D-YV3, with an orange motorcycle logo bumper sticker on the back windshield bearing the letters “KTM,” located at the center bottom of the window.
She was last seen wearing a bright lime green, V-neck shirt and plaid shorts.
Melissa Hill is the mother of three children, 18, 23 and 25; and the grandmother of two young grandsons.
Hill’s husband, Tim Hill, stated it is highly unusual for Melissa to be gone this long and to leave without notifying her family.
“Nothing like this has happened in our 29 years of marriage,” Tim Hill said. “She has always been such an amazing and stable person. This is so out of left field for her to be missing. We are extremely worried and we’re praying for the safe return of our beautiful wife, mother and grandmother.”
Start date pushed back to mid-September or October
Local residents anticipating the start of construction on the project to widen FM 1187 will just have to wait.
Originally scheduled to begin in mid-to-late August, the start date has been delayed because AT&T has reportedly not completed moving utilities along the roadway.
Find more on this story in the Aug. 3 issue of The Community News.
Randy Keck/The Community News
Classic cars were in abundance at the first Classic Car Show in conjunction with First Friday in Aledo on July 6. In addition to the car show and numerous vendors, Southern Heritage Band was the featured musical entertainment.
Click on the picture above for a photo gallery from the event.
Frac Tech Services International on Nu Energy Road in Aledo has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for a permit that would allow for the release of "hazardous air pollutants" into the air.
Frac Tech performs hydraulic fracturing on gas wells.
TCEQ has deemed the application administratively complete and will conduct a technical review of the application.
Persons who may be affected by the permit may submit public comments, request a public meeting, or request a contested case hearing to the Office of the Chief Clerk.
Public comments and requests must be submitted either electronically at www.tceq.texas.gov/about/comments.html, or in writing to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Office of the Chief Clerk, MC-105, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas, 78711-3087.
If you communicate with the TCEQ electronically, please be aware that your email address, like your physical mailing address, will become part of the agency’s public record.
The TCEQ will consider all public comments in developing a final decision on the application. The deadline to submit public comments is 30 days from July 6, 2012.
For more on this story look for the July 13 issue of The Community News.
From the Parker County Sheriff's Dept.
Parker County Sheriff’s investigators are investigating an aggravated robbery which occurred at the Aledo Sonic Monday evening.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the incident was reported shortly after 11 p.m. in the 300 block of FM 1187.
A 20-year-old female told deputies a male was crouching behind another employee’s vehicle after hours. She initially thought the man was another employee, and said hello. The suspect turned around and quickly approached the victim, while pointing a handgun at her. The suspect demanded her money.
The victim complied and the suspect ran behind a fence, out of view, taking the victim’s tip money.
The suspect was described as 6’2”, wearing a tan ski mask, dark clothing and having a deep voice. His race was unknown by the victim.
Anyone with information about the suspect or his location is encouraged to call the Parker County Sheriff’s office at (817) 594-8845 or the Parker County Crime Stopper’s Hotline at (817) 599-5555. You may remain anonymous and receive up to a $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the suspect involved.
Traffic on FM 1187 through Aledo is blocked as of about 2:30 p.m. due to a breakage in a high=pressure gas line in the vicinity of Aledo Middle School. Residents are encouraged to avoid the area until the leak can be addressed.
Traffic is now flowing through the south end of FM 1187 as the Aledo Volunteer Fire Departemnt was able to cap a natural gas leak across 1187 from Vandagriff Elementary School.
According to Fire Chief Scott Mitchell, someone apparently backed over a gas meter, rupturing a high-pressure gas line at the location. The pipe was sheared off at the ground.
The Aledo VFD successfully capped the line until the gas company can make permanent repairs.
Representatives from Walsh Ranch, TxDOT and the City of Fort Worth were on hand to answer questions about construction set to begin next year on a $13.9 million road project at a Thursday night meeting in Aledo.
The project will open up the Walsh Ranch, where developers are already grading and preparing for infrastructure and bridges, with a new overpass and upgraded frontage road from I-30.
Construction on the overpass is expected to run from Spring 2013 to Spring 2014, at which point the first houses in the initial residential development of 124 lots will start to go up.
For more on this story, look for the May 25 issue of The Community News.
An artist rendering of The Parks of Aledo subdivision presented to the City Council on April 26.
The Aledo City Council held a public meeting tonight to discuss a development proposal for the 100 acres at Bailey Ranch Road and FM 1187.
The council voted unanimously to rezone the land for residential use and approved the conceptual design of the development, which will have 300 homes at buildout.
The developer expects to break ground on the subdivision in the next 12 months.
Look for a full report on the new development in the May 4 issue of The Community News.
After hours of debate at the December meeting of the Aledo City
Council, members voted on a plan that would partially offset rate
increases with up to $150,000 in excess reserve funds that were
generated by high water bills over the summer months.
The amount included in the base rate will drop from 3,000 to 2,000
gallons and those using less than 2,000 will see no increase.
Users of 2,000-3,000 gallons will have a $1 surcharge on water and
sewer, and slight volumetric rate increases will apply in tiers on
usage over 3,000 gallons.
To read the full story, look for the Dec. 23 issue of The Community News.