Bowie Police investigate series of four vehicle burglaries
Bowie Police are investigating a series of four auto burglaries that occurred during the nighttime hours of March 27.
Sgt. Scott Parker said all of the burglaries were reported the morning of March 28 when the owners discovered the autos had been rummaged through or something was missing.
The incidents were reported by Michael and Melissa McMillian, 710 Lee Street, and Jacquelyn McLean, Natalie Walker and Mindy Gresham, all residents at The Grove at Brushy Creek at 1101 Eldorado and Patterson.
Parker said it appears all of the vehicles were unlocked and there was no damage to any of them. Items taken included a wallet, a small amount of cash, medication and some credit and debit cards.
“The common factor between them is the suspect used an online cash app to try and get money sent to him, which has helped us identify a 16-year-old male as a possible suspect,” explained Parker.
Residents are encouraged by police to keep their vehicles locked at their homes and businesses, as well as their homes when they are away from them.
Drivers also should not leave valuable items or documents in the vehicle. Parker said summertime is coming up and it is high season for vehicle burglaries, which should prompt additional vigilance by residents.
The police are still seeking the suspect as the investigation continues.
Citizens asking: What’s up with my homestead as appraisal notices arrive
By BARBARA GREEN
The staff of the Montague County Tax Appraisal District has fielded hundreds of phone calls since notices of appraised property value went out two weeks ago as owners question perceived possible losses in their homestead exemptions.
Chief Appraiser Kim Haralson said while the wording has been in place since 2019 when the Texas Legislature made sweeping changes in the way values are presented and documented, this has been the first year so many have questioned it or confused it with their homestead exemption.
That was the number one question to the staff: “Why has my homestead exemption gone down?” The chief appraiser said the confusion comes from the mandated wording calling what was previously called “capped value,” now called homestead savings, but does not apply to homestead exemptions at all.
Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.
Summertime arrives with a big splash
These youngsters dive into the Bowie City Pool after it opened on June 6. The Nocona community pool also has opened this week. Watch for more photos in your weekend Bowie News. (Photos by Barbara Green)
Motorcycle, truck-trailer crash kills one
A 60-year-old Bowie man was killed when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a trailer being towed by a pickup truck Tuesday afternoon southwest of Montague.
Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Marc Couch of media relations said the crash occurred at 1:55 p.m. on May 30 at the intersection of Lone Star Road and Hildreth Pool Road. 2.5 miles southwest of Montague.
The accident involved a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle driven by Raymond Melton Mills, Bowie, and a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 pickup towing a 2020 Easton Car & Construction utility semi-trailer.
According to the preliminary investigation, the DPS report the motorcycle was traveling north on Lone Star Road, while the pickup and trailer were going south on Lone Star Road at the intersection with Hildreth Pool. The truck was turning right onto Hildreth Pool when the motorcycle failed to yield half the roadway to the truck and trailer driven by Israel Lozano, 39, Decatur striking the towed trailer.
Mills was ejected from the motorcycle striking the trailer. He was transported by air ambulance to Medical City Denton for treatment of his injuries, but died under a doctor’s care due to the sustained injuries.
This accident was investigated by Trooper Bradly S. Slade, Nocona, who was assisted by several other troopers and county sheriff’s office deputies. The report states Melton was not wearing a helmet.
Correction- The print story stated the victim’s name was Raymond Melton, but it has been corrected to read Raymond Melton Mills. We apologize for this error.
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