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Funeral services for former Parker County Deputy Sheriff Sammy Slatten will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11 at the First Baptist Church in Granbury, with burial following at Georges Creek Cemetery in Somervill County.
Slatten, who had recently left the Parker County Sheriff's Crimes Against Children division after 20 years on the force, died in a car wreck in Brock on Saturday, July 7.
For more on this story, look for the July 13 issue of The Community News.
John Michael DavidsonThe Parker County Sheriff’s Dept. arrested John Michael Davidson, 32, of Hawley, Texas Sunday afternoon in the McDavid Springs addition of FM 5.
Residents of the area reportedly saw Davidson in the area and called out to him, at which time he took off on foot. He was arrested for Criminal Trespass by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies, at which time it was discovered that there was a warrant for his arrest in Taylor County on the same charge. Davidson is also listed on the Texas Department of Public Safety Registered Sex Offender database.
A spokesperson for the Parker County Sheriff’s Dept. said Davidson has been transferred to Taylor County.
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.
From the Parker County Sheriff's Office
Parker County Sheriff’s Investigators are investigating a weekend shooting incident.
A 25-year-old female reported her vehicle’s windshield was struck twice while traveling in the 600 block of Lake Country Drive, Sunday around 2:30 p.m.
The woman reported she heard several gunshots and two objects hit her windshield, breaking it.
Deputies responded to the call, discovering several adult males in the 100 block of Atwood, a near-by street, had been “target” shooting in the back yard of a residence during a Father’s Day party.
One of the subjects stated he and three other men had set up “a safe shooting environment,” with the targets facing away from the roadway and a wooded area located behind the targets.
The subject told deputies he was not trying to be irresponsible or malicious and thought the area chosen for the target practice was “OK.”
A deadly conduct case was filed and is currently under investigation.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the report marks the second shooting incident to occur in the last several weeks.
“Once again, we have an incident where someone was extremely lucky in that no one was injured in the mishandling of a firearm,” Fowler said. “We can not stress enough the vital importance of proper weapons training and handling.”
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said he wants to send a warning to adults who intend to purchase or furnish alcohol to minors.
A man and woman were booked into the Parker County jail Thursday morning in connection with furnishing alcohol to minors at a prom party April 29, 2012, in Millsap.
“There is no excuse for contributing alcohol to minors at this time of the year or any time,” Fowler said.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbance call prom night from a concerned citizen who reported the incident in the 3100 block of Bennett Road, in Millsap, around 1 a.m.
Upon arrival, deputies observed numerous underage individuals drinking and running toward a wooded area with more than 20 vehicles on the property. Deputies reported more than 100 individuals were in attendance at the party.
Deputies reported finding evidence of numerous underage drinkers, ages 16 to 18, to be participating in a drinking game of “beer pong.” Sheriff’s deputies also found numerous plastic cups on three folding tables with ping-pong balls inside the cups filled with suspected beer, numerous liquor bottles and beer containers on the front porch, in coolers and on the ground of the residence.
From the Parker County Sheriff's Department
Parker County Sheriff’s Office has been notified that an inmate escapee shot and killed himself Tuesday morning around 10 a.m.
North Carolina Haywood County Sheriff Bobby Suttles confirmed that Haywood County deputies were in pursuit of a stolen vehicle confirmed stolen out of Jack County.
The driver of the stolen truck was identified Donald McFaden Orange, 29.
Orange had traveled over stop sticks (road spikes) during the pursuit and when deputies approached the truck, Orange shot himself in the head with a shotgun.
This is the only confirmed information to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office.
Orange escaped from Parker County last week.
Special to The Community News
Blake Kenneth Dietrich, 18, of Aledo, was arrested Thursday night, Nov. 10, after being caught attempting to enter Hall’s Aledo Medicine Store.
Parker County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a burglary in progress call about 11:30 p.m. Sheriff Larry Fowler said Dietrich was discovered by Sheriff’s deputies and Willow Park Police officers in the 600 block of North FM 1187, around 11:30 p.m., attempting to enter the pharmacy through a rear window.
Willow Park officers reported Dietrich was standing on the hood of his black Jeep Wrangler with his hands inside a broken window, attempting to enter the building.
Two cash registers and an automatic rifle were found in the passenger seat of Dietrich’s jeep.
Officers reported that Dietrich implicated himself in four additional burglaries committed that same evening in the same shopping strip and area.
Dietrich told officers he intended to steal opiate-type medications to sell when officers apprehended him.
Dietrich was arrested on five counts of burglary of a building and one count of fraudulent use/possession of identifying information. His total bond was set at $45,000. As of Monday afternoon, Dietrich remained incarcerated at the Parker County Jail.
Burglary of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church solved
Special to The Community News
Parker County Sheriff’s investigators are charging Billy Clay Wade, 47, of Weatherford, in connection with a church copper theft.
Holy Redeemer Church employees reported five of eight air conditioning units had been dismantled on the rooftop of the church in late May 2011. The suspect stole the copper wiring and components within the units causing nearly $60,000 in damages.
Clay was transferred to the Parker County Jail from Tarrant County Jail on Thursday, Oct. 20 and charged with three counts of burglary of a habitation, evading arrest detention with vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle from a previous Parker County theft case and including other charges out of Tarrant County dating August 2011.
Sheriff Larry Fowler said the additional Parker County charges are not related to the church theft case.
During an interview with sheriff’s investigators, Wade identified a bracelet left behind on the church roof as his, saying he dropped it at the time of the theft.
Sheriff’s investigators said they suspected Wade was involved in the theft for several months but had been unable to link him to the case until this week.
Wade’s total bond is $112,500, with a no-bond for a parole violation.
AUGUST 30, 2011
Parker County Sheriff’s deputies responded to several calls over the weekend, resulting in numerous arrests.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said three suspects were arrested after an accident occurred in the 1300 block of Reese Lane, in Azle around 3:30 a.m. Monday, August 29, 2011.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident scene and discovered the vehicle was used in the commission of several mail boxes being damaged earlier that same morning.
A male suspect, identified as Samuel Leigh Latham, 17, of Azle, was arrested and charged with criminal mischief. Fraser Kennean Dodson, 21, also of Azle, was arrested for public intoxication.
Recovered Property: Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler, CID Lt. Mark Arnett and Property Custodian Dedra Vick catalog recovered property from an investigation which led to the arrest of a Mineral Wells man and solved several cases.
Parker County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division investigators recovered a large amount of stolen property stemming from a Weatherford-Parker County Special Crimes Unit case.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the SCU under cover operation was to purchase stolen weapons from a suspect, identified as Michael Shawn Higgins, 43, of Mineral Wells.