Fatality on 377 shoulder

At approximately 2:20 p. m. August 23, Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers investigated a two vehicle fatality crash in the 19000 block of U.S. Highway 377.

A 2012 Toyota Tundra pickup was disabled on the shoulder of U. S. 377 due to running out of gas. A 2015 Chevrolet Equinox was traveling south on U. S. 377 and, for an as yet undetermined reason, drifted onto the shoulder of the road striking the drivers side of the Toyota. The Chevrolet then left the roadway, overturned, and came to rest in the barrow ditch.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Charlotte Fott, 75, of Granbury was pronounced deceased at the scene. A passenger, Norman Fott, 77, was flown by air ambulance to Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth with undisclosed injuries.

34-year-old Diana Godfrey of White Settlement was inside the Toyota when it was struck and sustained undisclosed injuries. Two other passengers, a 15-year-old male and one-year-old female, who were inside the Toyota were not injured. Julia Ledesma, 65, of White Settlement was outside and in front of the Toyota when it was struck by the Chevrolet. She sustained undisclosed injuries when the Toyota struck her after being hit and was transported along with Godfrey by ground ambulance to Harris Methodist Hospital.

A second pedestrian who was outside the Toyota was uninjured.

Mother arrested in accidental drowning death of infant

Parker County Sheriff’s investigators arrested a Reno woman Wednesday in connection with the death of her infant child earlier this month.

Six-month-old Zayla Hernandez drowned in the bathtub on June 13th in their home on Reno Road. A Sheriff’s Office investigation revealed that the mother, 21-year-old Cheyenne Summer Stuckey had been on Facebook messaging two individuals for at least 18 minutes while her daughter was unattended in the bathtub.

Emergency medical personnel arrived on scene and performed cardio pulmonary resuscitation, but were unsuccessful. The child was transported to an Azle hospital by ambulance, where she was pronounced deceased.

Since the incident, the remaining children in the home have been removed and were placed in foster care.

A Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s preliminary autopsy report revealed Zayla’s died from drowning.

Stuckey was booked in to the Parker County Jail and charged with injury to a child. Her bond has not been set.

Weatherford selects new police chief

Lance Arnold has been selected and appointed by city council as the next chief of police for the City of Weatherford. To ensure a smooth transition, Arnold will begin his role with the Weatherford Police Department in early July.

“Chief Arnold met and exceeded all requirements for the chief of police position,” said City Manager Sharon Hayes. “His previous service, education and knowledge of law enforcement are an excellent fit for the Weatherford Police Department and the City of Weatherford. I have strong confidence that he will distinguish himself early as a visionary and become an effective leader that our community needs.”

Chief Arnold has served more than 20 years with the Norman, Oklahoma, Police Department in a variety of assignments including: patrol, training, traffic enforcement, recruiting, Special Weapons and Tactics team, bicycle team, honor guard, personnel and animal welfare. He holds a Bachelor of Liberal Studies from the University of Oklahoma, Master of Arts in criminal justice from American Military University and more than 2800 hours of continuing law enforcement education.

“My family and I are incredibly humbled and blessed with this opportunity to be accepted into the Weatherford community,” said Chief Arnold. “Serving as the chief of police for such an outstanding community is an honor and a privilege that I will never take lightly. We look forward to settling in and beginning a new chapter in our life.”

Chief Arnold served as the assistant state coordinator for the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program and was appointed to the Curriculum Review Board for the Oklahoma Council for Law Enforcement Education and Training. During his service with the Norman, Oklahoma, Police Department he was awarded supervisor of the year, officer of the year, commendation with risk, lifesaving award, commendation, firearms award, fitness award and safe driving award. He has been married for 19 years and has two sons, ages 12 and 15.

The hiring of Chief Arnold comes after longstanding Police Chief Mike Manning announced his retirement in March 2017. The City of Weatherford immediately began an extensive search for a new chief of police with the search process targeting candidates through the Texas Municipal League (TML), National Association of Police Chiefs, Texas Police Chiefs Association, National Minority Update and the Weatherford Police Department. Applicants were asked to complete an online assessment and then were required to participate in numerous interviews. Final applicants were interviewed by panels consisting of city staff and Parker County law enforcement professionals.

Parker County final election results

Weatherford College Board Place 2:
Judy McAnally (I) 66%
Scott Butler 34%

Weatherford College Board Place 6:
Sue Coody 57%
Frank Martin (I) 43%

Weatherford College Board Place 7:
Lela Morris 56%
Richard Bowers 44%

Weatherford City Council Place 2:
Jeff Robinson 80%
Darwin Yeary 20%

Peaster ISD Bond:
Against 58%
For 42%

Willow Park Mayor:
Doyle Moss 54%
Gene Martin 46%