Man jailed for life on ninth DWI

A Parker County man was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday following a guilty plea for DWI. George Michael Carter, 54, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated Monday and was sentenced to life, said Jeff Swain, assistant district attorney for Parker County. Carter has three prior misdemeanor DWIs and five prior felony DWIs in Tarrant County, and had his first DWI in the Parker County in 2009, Swain said. Swain said Carter had more than ample opportunity to change his behavior and the ch

Mom grieves for slain son

A investigation on a home invasion has been closed by the Parker County Sheriff’s Office. The burglary and shooting took place around 5:30 a.m. Nov. 24, on the 500 block of Spring Creek Parkway. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the suspect, who was killed during the burglary, as Kenneth Houck, age 20. A press release from the sheriff’s department stated the burglary victim was Houck’s stepfather, Gary Hawkins, of Weatherford. Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the

Infant fatality

The Parker County Sheriff’s Office charged a man Monday following the death of his 1-month-old child. John Paul Webb of Wood Hollow Drive, Weatherford, has been charged with capital murder in the death of Christian Webb. According to an affidavit from the sheriff’s office, Webb was charged for “intentionally or knowingly” causing the death of the infant by blunt force trauma. At 5:57 a.m. Monday, the child’s mother, Angelica Joyce Ahern-Webb, called 911 to report that her child was unrespons

Mother distraught over baby’s death; CPS removes sibling from home

Early Monday morning, banging could be heard all throughout the Webb household and into the bedroom where Angelica Ahern-Webb was awakened. “I heard slamming like he was breaking something,” Ahern-Webb said. The mother noticed Christian Ray Webb, her 1-month-old infant, lying next to her, which she thought was strange. Once Ahern-Webb placed her baby safely in the middle of the bed, she got up to stop the racket, she said. “He was banging on the ice machine and he told me ‘I need more ice,’”

Granger hosts town hall meeting

Congresswoman Kay Granger has an idea to fight unemployment: Texans should get up every day and think of solutions for it. “What I hear most often is “get people back at work” and “jobs, jobs, jobs,” the Republican representative for Texas’ 12th District said Saturday at an interactive town hall meeting for Parker County residents at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center. The meeting focused on job creation, federal government spending and reform with a host of ideas from the audience. Washingt

Willow Park mayor proposes uniting eastern cities

Mayor of Willow Park Ken Hawkins wrote a proposal to combine Aledo, Willow Park, Hudson Oaks, Annetta North, Annetta South and Annetta into one entity. Hawkins’proposal starts off, “During my journey as Mayor in this County I have sought hard to make peace on every level between our sister cities … I believe that it is our mutual interest as citizens of several small cities to take this unique opportunity and unite our cities under one municipal umbrella, a new ‘United City’ of East Parker Coun

Teacher orchestrates through educating

Rather than math or science, one Scott County High School teacher is pushing student’s abilities with keyboards, horns and strings. Brent Merritt, SCHS music teacher, wants parents to know that music can also be an instrument used to help their children learn. “It balances out the left-brain activity that goes on during the day,” said Merritt. “It’s just a completely different approach to learning.” “It stretches their minds and makes them able to step back afterward and say, ‘Yeah, we can do t

Scott County’s first H1N1 death

Scott County’s first H1N1 death was confirmed Tuesday morning, the county’s coroner John Goble said. The 39-year-old man, Matthew Finger of Georgetown, had no underlying health conditions and died at his sister’s home Oct. 3, making him the first to die in an “uncontrolled setting,” Goble said. He is the only male to die of the H1N1 virus out of the six Kentucky deaths and Goble said the man had not been under a doctor’s care. Finger’s sister, Beth Butrum, said she and her brother both experi

Woman airlifted to UK after wreck

The vehicle lost control near a curve and onto a shoulder then plunged into a tree, said Scott County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Don Whitlock. When emergency vehicles arrived, the conscious woman was trapped inside the vehicle and firefighters removed her using the jaws of life. “As far as we know the woman is OK,” Whitlock said. The woman was care-flighted to the University of Kentucky Hospital with complaints of lower body injuries. Whitlock said speed may have been a factor. More information

Kentucky’s first lady Jane Beshear gets Green seal of approval

Kentucky’s first lady Jane Beshear came to present an Energy Star to Southern Elementary, Eastern Elementary and Royal Spring Middle for their efforts in energy efficiency. Southern was the first school that welcomed Beshear with a roar of students in the gymnasium. The three Scott County schools have been designated by the federal government as Energy Star schools and have saved 30-40 percent in funds, Beshear said. The money saved from energy efficiency is put back into the schools for stud

Stepfather recalls night of home invasion, killing

Following a break-in that resulted in his step-son’s death, a Weatherford man has decided to share his story of the morning he killed the 20-year-old. The Democrat has received several e-mails searching for answers to the death of Kenneth Houck, 20, after a home invasion that took place in November. Gary Hawkins, the home owner and step-father who killed his step-son, believed his step-son was a trespasser. There is not a day that goes by that those events do not haunt Hawkins, he said.
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