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Commissioners authorize Collin County staff to evoke eminent domain for Outer Loop

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(Source: Collin County/Community Impact Newspaper)

Collin County Commissioners on Monday authorized county staff to begin condemnation proceedings, otherwise known as using eminent domain, to acquire the right-of-way needed for a portion of the Collin County Outer Loop between the Dallas North Tollway and Preston Road.

The property owners have declined the county’s offer for compensation, which was equal to or greater than the fair market value of the property as appraised, according to county documents.

The Collin County Outer Loop would extend east from the Denton County and Collin County line south to Rockwall County.

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Dallas added more people in 2016-17 than all but two U.S. cities, according to Census population estimates

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The city of Dallas added 18,935 people last year, according to 2016-17 U.S. Census estimates released this week, resulting in the third-largest overall population increase in the country. Only San Antonio and Phoenix grew faster during the same time frame, adding more than 24,000 residents each.

Dallas ranks ninth nationally in total population with an estimated 1.34 million people as of July 2017.

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Grapevine PD Blotter 5/18 – 5/20/18

  • CRIMINAL MISCHIEF (>=$100<$750; BACKYARD WINDOW DAMAGED AND SHOT AT): 2800 BLOCK OF CREEKWOOD DR N
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT; >=$2,500<$30K): 3100 BLOCK OF BASS PRO DR
  • BURGLARY OF BUILDING (COPPER WIRING AND EQUIPMENT STOLEN): 2600 BLOCK OF E GRAPEVINE MILLS CIR
  • THEFT PROP (>=$2,500<$30K; SPEAKERS STOLEN FROM MAIN BALLROOM): 1500 BLOCK OF GAYLORD TRL
  • FRAUD USE/POSSESSION OF IDENTIFYING INFO # (ITEMS < 5; CREDIT CARD NUMBER USED WO CONSENT AT OLD NAVY): 3000 BLOCK OF GRAPEVINE MILLS PKWY
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$100<$750; FEDEX PACKAGE TAKEN FROM RESIDENCE): 3100 BLOCK OF FOX RUN DR
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (CELL PHONE; >=$750<$2,500): 200 BLOCKM OF S MAIN ST E
  • PUBLIC INTOXICATION-ALCOHOL: 3100 BLOCK OF W GRAPEVINE MILLS CIR
  • DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED (BAC >= 0.15): 2000 BLOCK OF N SH 26
  • CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL BY MINOR: 2800 BLOCK OF HIGHCREST DR
  • DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED: 1800 BLOCK OF S SH 121
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY ( >=$100<$750; TRAILER HITCH STOLEN): 600 BLOCK OF W DALLAS RD
  • BURGLARY OF VEHICLE (TRUCK ENTERED AND CASH TAKEN): 2800 BLOCK OF N ODELL CT
  • LOST PROPERTY (JEWELRY): 100 BLOCK OF GREAT WOLF DR
  • TERRORISTIC THREAT CAUSE FEAR OF IMMINENT SERIOUS BODILY INJURY (SBI): 1700 BLOCK OF DOVE LOOP RD
  • THEFT UNDER $100.00 (LICENSE PLATES): 3000 BLOCK OF GRAPEVINE MILLS PKWY
  • PUBLIC INTOXICATION: 900 BLOCK OF S MAIN ST
  • DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED (BAC >= 0.15): 100 BLOCK OF E SH 114
  • ASSAULT-PHYSICAL CONTACT (ALTERCATION BETWEEN FATHER AND SON): 2200 BL,OCK OF THISTLEWOOD CT
  • POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA-TO INJECT, INHALE OR INJEST: 2900 BLOCK OF TIMBERLINE DR
  • FRAUD USE/POSS IDENTIFYING INFO # (ITEMS < 5; DEBIT CARD ABUSE): 3000 BLOCK OF GRAPEVINE MILLS PKWY
  • DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED (2ND OFFENSE): 3900 BLOCK OF N SH 121
  • PUBLIC INTOXICATION-ALCOHOL AND THEFT ($100<$750): 2000 BLOCK OF W GLADE RD

Dallas-Fort Worth cities hit new population milestones, census figures show

By John Egan

Screen Shot 2018-05-24 at 12.47.58 PMNew figures from the U.S. Census Bureau underscore just how much bigger the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area is getting.

Dallas alone added the third greatest number of residents among large U.S. cities from 2016 to 2017. From July 1, 2016, to July 1, 2017, Dallas’ population swelled by 18,935 residents, landing at a population of 1,341,075, according to Census Bureau data released May 24.

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Grapevine Chamber hosts Casino Night August 24

Save the Date!

Don’t miss the biggest party of the year! The Grapevine Chamber’s 5th Annual Grapevine Casino Night, presented by the Past Chairman’s Advisory Council, will be Friday, August 24 at Austin Ranch at Hilton DFW Lakes!

Event Includes:
Poker | Roulette | Three Card Poker
Blackjack | Craps | Bingo

Food and Cash Bar

Attire: CASUAL

When: Friday, August 24 at 7 PM – 11 PM

Where: Austin Ranch at Hilton DFW Lakes, 2009 Anderson Gibson Rd, Grapevine, Texas 76051

Tickets: Click HERE

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Grapevine Citizens Police Academy Class #36 graduates

Last night (May 23), the first Grapevine Citizens Police Academy (CPA) Class held in the new Public Safety Building graduated at The REC. Class 36 was made up of 30+ members of the community. Over 14 weeks, the class covered topics such as SWAT, Criminal Investigations (CID), K-9 Division and Community Services.

The event began with some words from Sgt. Jason Keller, who oversees the CPA. After some fun with door prizes, Lt. Larry Hallmark gave the benediction, and students, spouses and Officers enjoyed a BBQ dinner by A.J.’s on Main. Volunteers from the Alumni Association and Volunteers in Police Service (ViPS) served the food, along with a few of the Officers, who honored the “Serve” portion of “Protect and Serve.”

The keynote speaker was new Chief Michael Hamlin, who emphasized that the key to a safe community is the relationships between the public and the police. When citizens see something and say something, it defends our beautiful community against the other side of the thin blue line.

Graduates received a certificate of completion, and some special “silly” awards were given out as well. Graduates are now eligible to join the volunteer organizations: Grapevine Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (GCPAAA) and Volunteers in Police Service (ViPS) if they so choose.

The CPA is held twice a year in the spring and fall. For more information, visit https://www.grapevinetexas.gov/487/Citizens-Police-Academy or contact Sgt. Jason Keller at 817-410-3206.

For more photos taken by Media Manager Amanda McNew, click HERE.

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Dallas officer wounded in shooting gets police escort after hospital release

By PoliceOne Staff

DALLAS — A Dallas officer who was critically wounded in a shooting that killed her colleague has been released from the hospital.

The Dallas Morning News reported that Officer Crystal Almeida was released from a rehab facility at a Dallas hospital Saturday, three weeks after the shooting. To Almeida’s surprise, about 50 Dallas officers lined up outside the hospital as she was released to go home.

Officer Crystal Almeida, 26, was critically wounded in the April 24 shooting while attempting to arrest a suspect at a Home Depot. (Photo/Dallas PD)

Officer Crystal Almeida, 26, was critically wounded in the April 24 shooting while attempting to arrest a suspect at a Home Depot. (Photo/Dallas PD)