Our next FREE Women’s Self-Defense Course will be held January 28 and January 30 from 6-9pm. The goal is to provide practical self-defense options to women, regardless of their skillset and level of conditioning. Students at all levels of ability, experience and strength will be empowered and equipped on the first day of class.
The course is open to women ages 13 and up. Classes will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 1002 N. Park Blvd. Space is limited, so sign up quickly using this link if interested: http://bit.ly/GPDSelfDefenseJan19
FWPD PRESS RELEASE
FORT WORTH, Texas – On January 15, 2019, the Fort Worth Police Department concluded its administrative investigation on the in-custody death that occurred on July 26, 2018. Anytime there is a loss of life during any police contact we ensure that a thorough and fair investigation is conducted. The sanctity of life is the most important principle to the Fort Worth Police Department at all times. The results of the administrative investigation are as follows:
On Thursday July 26, 2018 at 9:33 p.m. Fort Worth Police responded to a call in regards to a prowler located in the 3300 block of Griggs Ave. The caller reported that an unknown male armed with a gun was attempting to break in to the residence. This male was taken in to custody without incident.
After the male was placed in handcuffs, he began to complain of medical issues. He was then placed in the back of a patrol vehicle by the officers but no medical aid was summoned.
Upon completing their investigation, the officers found the male to be unresponsive in the back of the patrol vehicle and began to render medical aid. At this time an ambulance was called and the male was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
The Fort Worth Police Department Major Case Unit and Internal Affairs Unit began investigations in to this incident. Our investigation found that there were multiple violations of departmental policy, including failure to protect the rights of persons in police custody. A preliminary update was given to the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office.
The actions taken by the officers involved in this incident discovered during our investigation are not in accordance with the values of the Fort Worth Police Department or the standards that the citizens of Fort Worth have for their police department. We hope that the administrative conclusion of this case is an assurance to the residents of Fort Worth that we are able to identify and properly address any issues that may arise during police incidents.
On a daily basis, Fort Worth Police Officers devote themselves to the safety of the citizens of Fort Worth and those that are in custody. Those efforts do not go unnoticed by the Fort Worth Police supervision. In this rare instance when this did not occur we moved to address it properly.
Throughout this process, Chief Fitzgerald and other command staff members have been in regular contact with the family of the deceased. The family has continually requested privacy and we will continue to respect their wishes. Additionally, the actions of the involved officers are still pending a Grand Jury review and that prevents us from providing additional information at this time.
The following discipline was applied as a result of our administrative investigation:
- Officer T Stephens #4418 was indefinitely suspended (employment terminated).
- Officer D Pritzker #4383 was indefinitely suspended (employment terminated).
- Officer C Golden #4372 was indefinitely suspended (employment terminated).
- Officer H Fellhauer #4270 was indefinitely suspended (employment terminated).
- Officer M Miller #4520 was indefinitely suspended (employment terminated).
- Officer S Smith #3758 was suspended without pay for 90 days, in lieu of termination. He has forfeited his right to appeal.
- Officer A Scharf # 4415 was suspended for 5 days without pay.
Looks like the theme for this blotter is alcohol offenses! Please don’t drink and drive. Have a designated driver or call for a ride:
- Grapevine Taxi Cab: (817) 501-2675 or http://www.grapevinetaxicab.com/
- Uber/Lyft: https://uphail.com/us/tx/grapevine/
- THEFT UNDER $100.00 (WALLET): 3000 GRAPEVINE MILLS PKWY
- THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$2,500<$30K; STOLEN BAG FROM GREAT WOLF LODGE): 100 GREAT WOLF DR
- DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED, 2ND OFFENSE: 500 E SH 114
- THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$30K<$150K; THEFT OF VEHICLE): 2200 BASS PRO CT
- THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$100<$750; CELL PHONE / WALLET STOLEN): 1200 WILLIAM D TATE AVE
- DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED/OPEN ALCOHOL CONTAINER/UNLICENSED TO CARRY HANDGUN (MAJOR CRASH LEADS TO DWI AND UCW ARREST): 1800 S SH 121
- FRAUD USE/POSSESSION OF IDENTIFYING INFO (# ITEMS < 5; CREDIT CARD USED WITHOUT CONSENT): 1700 W SH 114
- BURGLARY OF RESIDENTIAL BUILDING: 1200 HURON DR
- DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED: 1500 N SH 121
- DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED: 1700 N SH 121
- DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED (TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO DWI): 500 S DOOLEY ST
- DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED, 2ND OFFENSE: 1900 S MAIN ST
- PUBLIC INTOXICATION-ALCOHOL: 3900 GRAPEVINE MILLS PKWY
- ASSAULT-PHYSICAL CONTACT: 1500 GAYLORD TRL
- THEFT OF PROPERTY ($1600 CASH): 1200 TEXAN TRL
- POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (PG 2 < 1G; MARIJUANA): 800 S DOOLEY ST
- THEFT UNDER $100.00 (THEFT OF LICENSE PLATE): 2400 BASS PRO DR
- PUBLIC INTOXICATION-ALCOHOL: 2200 E GRAPEVINE MILLS CIR
By Doug Delony
The app ReplyASAP makes text messages, “unmissable between people that matter, since important messages shouldn’t be missed,” says its creator, Nick Hebert.
The app can freeze your child’s phone and even sound an alarm in silent mode. It essentially forces teenagers to stop what they are doing and reply to their worried parents, reports PureWow.
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(CNN) – Two hundred more people on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas cruise ship have been sickened by a gastrointestinal illness, bringing the total to 475.
Royal Caribbean on Thursday Jan. 10 said 277 passengers and crew were ill, but the number jumped on Friday.
Because of the illness, the ship will return to Port Canaveral, Florida on Saturday, a day earlier than expected.
“All of the ship’s guests will receive full refunds of their cruise fare paid,” said Owen Torres, spokesperson for Royal Caribbean. “We think the right thing to do is to get everyone home early rather than have guests worry about their health.”
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Tender Smokehouse opened in Celina, just north of Frisco, less than two years ago. It’s now listed as No. 2 on the review website’s 2019 Best Places to Eat. The list is based on restaurant ratings on Yelp and the number of reviews.
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January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Texas has one of the most heavily traveled trafficking routes in the country, with I-45 and I-10 being the top two. What is human trafficking? Read below from UnBound, an organization formed to combat this awful practice,
And it’s worse today than at any point in history. Slave labor, child soldiers and commercial sexual exploitation are just a few forms of modern-day slavery. And the numbers are staggering.
There are nearly 30 million slaves worldwide.
And in the United States alone, as many as 300,00 children are at risk of being commercially exploited in sex slavery each year. Victims are usually deceived by traffickers who offer a better life or a better job. And once they have victims in their grasp, traffickers use false promises, manipulation, threats or debt bondage to keep their victims under control. To learn more about human trafficking in the United States, visit polarisproject.org or request an UnBound training.
Victims are trapped and hopeless.
In addition to little or no pay, slaves often suffer in torturous conditions where malnutrition, sleep deprivation and abuse are rampant. Victims of sex slavery suffer the contraction of preventable diseases, dehumanization and intense emotional and physical trauma. These victims often become prey to a physical and psychological evil they can never escape alone.
For more information or to find out how to help, visit https://unboundnow.org/.
Prior to the debut of TEXRail on Jan. 10, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a $908 million loan was awarded to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit System to connect the DART to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. This system would be built along the Cotton Belt line and would supply east-west rail connecting downtown Plano to DFW Airport. TEXRail connects DFW Airport to Grapevine and several other stations on its route to Fort Worth.
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