Man Found Dead

A Springtown restauranteur was found dead late last week, submerged in his pool.The Weatherford Democrat says the death of 58-year-old Billy Frantom, owner of Shinola’s Texas Cafe,was ruled an accidental drowning by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.

A man told deputies he left Frantom in the pool for a few minutes to take a call and returned to find him floating in the water.

Deputies responded to the residence in the 100 block of Plantation Oaks Court around 9 p.m. Thursday along with LifeCare and ESD No. 1 firefighters.

CPR was performed but Frantom was pronounced dead at an Azle hospital.

US Marshals And Local Law Enforcement Arrest

Local law enforcement and U.S. Marshals were called after a burglar alarm call led to a burglary and aggravated robbery.

The incident began at 7 a.m., Saturday when a neighbor checked on a residence burglar alarm in the 7000 block of Tucker Road in Azle.

The neighbor encountered a pair of suspects attempting to escape the property. The two suspects fled in stolen vehicles filled with stolen property from the residence and ran into the neighbor, identified as a 63-year-old male. The neighbor attempted to block the path of the suspects.

The neighbor reported the female suspect intentionally rammed the neighbor’s new 2013 GMC pickup truck with a stolen Expedition, causing several thousand dollars worth of damage. Deputies arrived to find the female suspect injured from the crash with the stolen Expedition resting in a ditch.
Paramedics were called to the scene and the female suspect was taken to an Azle Hospital for treatment, but was later released.

Sheriff’s investigators identified the suspects as of Sonya Ann Grams-Downs, 27, of Fort Worth, and Andrew Loyd Grams, 28, of Springtown. Both suspects were apprehended several hours later in Fort Worth.

Car Accident

Three people died in a horrific crash on Highway 199 in Azle Sunday afternoon. According to the Azle News, five people in what appeared to be a small SUV or crossover type vehicle were en route to a church function and were headed northeast on SH 199. Their vehicle collided with a van occupied by two people which was southbound on Hanger Cutoff. The crash ignited a fire in the first vehicle. The driver and front seat passenger, both women, were able to escape the burning vehicle with minimal injury, as were the driver of the van and his passenger. According to Criado, a 15-year-old male, a middle-aged female and an elderly male in the back seat of the first vehicle were not able to escape and were pronounced dead at the scene.

Dispute over horses, property ends in man stabbed

(As Reported By Weatherford Democrat)

AZLE – Parker County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division is investigating a disturbance call that ended with one man hospitalized.

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the incident was reported Wednesday in the 800 block of Nation Drive, in Azle shortly after 7 p.m.

A man reported to deputies that he was called by the property owner to come and remove his horses and belongings from the property.

The horse owner brought several witnesses with him to the scene and began removing his property when the property owner accused him of stealing her property.

One of the female witnesses told dispatchers the female property owner began assaulting her and the horse owner. She also reported the property owner’s son was on his way to the residence and may have a weapon.

According to witness accounts, when the property owner’s son arrive, he displayed a shotgun and pointed it at several people on scene. An argument between the property owner’s son and the horse owner led to a physical altercation between the men over the weapon. The weapon was removed from the property owner’s son but the physical altercation continued between the men. The property owner’s son was stabbed during the altercation.

The woman’s son was taken to a Fort Worth hospital by air ambulance, and was reported to have suffered multiple stab wounds.

The horse owner was detained for further questioning, but later released. No arrests have been made at this time, pending the investigation.

The stabbing victim was reported in critical condition as of this morning.

See more on this story in Friday’s Democrat.

Area School Districts Delay

(As Reported By Weatherford Democrat)

Weatherford, Azle, Aledo, Garner and Millsap schools will open two hours later than normal due to inclement weather.

There currently is no information from other area districts concerning classes today.

Trinity Christian Academy will wait till 10 a.m. to open.

City of Weatherford offices reportedly are also going to open two hours later.