Man arrested following incident at festival

The Wills Point community came out in droves April 25, crowding the downtown streets for the 22nd annual Bluebird Festival.

Even with the heavier traffic flow and bustle of activity surrounding the event, the Wills Point Police Department reported this week that only one incident requiring any type of assistance was reported throughout the day.

According to the WPPD, officers were contacted at approximately 4:45 p.m. after a suspect, later identified as 60-year old Billy Earl Wood of Terrell, drove around barricades erected on N. Fourth Street to park at his business.

Wood allegedly entered his business in the 200 block, gathered some items and returned to his 1999 Chevrolet Suburban with the intent of pulling out and leaving the festival area.

The police narrative of the incident notes that one of the Bluebird Festival volunteers working the grounds that day “went and stood in front of his [Wood’s] truck for the reason of keeping the people walking within that area safe from moving vehicles.”

Wood argued with the volunteer, stating, “You can’t do this. You can’t keep me here.” and the volunteer countered, “Yes I can because this is a closed street right now.”

The volunteer also informed Wood that the festival would be wrapping up shortly (the festival was scheduled to run until 5 p.m., with the carnival primarily located on Fifth Street scheduled to run into the night).

The narrative goes on to explain that Wood proceeded to pull forward, pushing the volunteer back before stopping.


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