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Drowning in Rockledge Park on Grapevine Lake

Grapevine, Texas (May 26, 2019) – The Grapevine Fire Department responded to a reported drowning on Grapevine Lake in Rockledge Park.

IMG_5711On May 26, 2019 at approximately 5:22 pm, the Grapevine Fire Department responded to a reported drowning on Grapevine Lake in Rockledge Park. Upon arrival of GFD members worked with by-standers to learn the last seen point of a Hispanic male who was reported missing. Marine 1 also responded and began running sonar in the area. As soon as possible, members of the Grapevine Fire Department Dive Team began searching the area. Unfortunately, the patient was not located within the first hour and the dive operation became a recovery situation.

The Flower Mound Fire Department (FMFD) along with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Wardens (TPWD) arrived to assist with the search in any way they could. GFD and TPWD continued running their sonars over the area while FMFD patrolled the area to keep other boaters clear of the area. GFD Divers continued to check areas and were successful locating the victim. TPWD along with the Grapevine Police Department worked with by-standers and family that were on scene.

It only takes seconds for someone to disappear below the water, please wear a life jacket, learn to swim, have a swim buddy, and learn CPR, this will help you enjoy our local reservoirs, specifically Grapevine Lake.

Happy Memorial Day…and Thank You!

Let’s never forget what Memorial Day is REALLY about!

THANK YOU all military, whether active, retired or deceased (I believe there are letters in Heaven) for your sacrifice for OUR freedom.

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The Winning Sand Sculpture of the 2019 Texas Sand Sculpture Festival

liberty-crumbling-by-damon-langlois-1Damon Langlois has been awarded 1st Place for his incredible sand sculpture, “Liberty Crumbling”, at the 2019 Texas SandFest. The 23rd annual Texas SandFest drew 35,000 people to Port Aransas, Texas and is recognized as the largest native-sand sculpture competition in the United States.

Texas SandFest’s mission is to give back to the community by raising funds for local charities and scholarships for high school students. This year they raised $355,000 and have raised $1,261,750 for charities in the last 8 years.

To see all of the winners from this year’s competition click here.

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Texas House passes bill to prohibit telemarketers from falsifying caller ID

BY ALEX SAMUELS

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Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

The Texas House gave an initial stamp of approval Wednesday to a bill that aims to prohibit telemarketers or businesses from falsifying their phone numbers.

The measure, House Bill 1992, would prohibit caller ID spoofing — when callers tamper with information transmitted to people’s caller IDs to disguise their identities.

Under the proposal by Republican state Rep. Ben Leman of Anderson, telemarketers using a third-party source to make calls to the public must ensure the number that appears on people’s caller ID matches the number of the third party, or the number of the entity that has contracted with the third party.

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‘We’re damn proud of it’: Fort Worth police chief praises community for finding Salem Sabatka

By Jake Harris

Updated at 8:35 p.m. Monday, May 20 with new information on Michael Webb’s bond amount.

Editor’s note: Due to the horrifying nature of this crime and the fact that the victim is a minor, WFAA will no longer show Salem Sabatka’s picture.

Less than 24 hours after she was kidnapped from her mother while taking a walk in their Fort Worth neighborhood, 8-year-old Salem Sabatka is back with her family and her suspected kidnapper is behind bars.

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Police have not yet released a motive for the kidnapping, carried out by 51-year-old Michael Webb of Tyler, who has a criminal record with a history of terroristic threats, sex assault and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, among others, according to records.

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Grapevine Police asks for help from public, warns women to keep purses close

Earlier this month, a woman was dining at a local restaurant when her wallet was stolen from her purse. The purse was hanging on the back of her chair, and by the time she realized the wallet was gone, thieves had purchased several gift cards from a grocery store in Southlake.

These surveillance photos show the suspects. Suspect #2 was seen sitting by the woman’s purse, while the other two were also seen in the restaurant walking around. All three were in the grocery store together. Please call Grapevine PD if you recognize the suspects at 817.410.8127.

We also remind women to please secure purses. Thieves only need a few seconds to grab a wallet or other items of value.

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CITY OF GRAPEVINE CLOSES ALL LAKE PARKS & BOAT RAMPS DUE TO HIGH LAKE LEVELS & FLOODING

With the amount of rainfall the area has received in recent months, Grapevine Lake levels currently sit over 16 feet above normal pool and are projected to rise, depending on weather.

As of today, Wednesday, May 22, all Grapevine Lake Parks and boat ramps are officially closed until further notice. There is no boat launch or pedestrian access to Grapevine Lake from the Grapevine side; patrons found inside the parks will be considered trespassing.

Due to the elevated lake levels, flooded areas and danger of submerged structures and debris, we urge all patrons to not access or attempt entry to Grapevine Lake parks. Boaters should stay near the center of the lake, at least a 0.25 mile from the shoreline. 

For a more detailed map, click HERE.

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DFW Airport, American Airlines Announce Plans for Sixth Terminal at DFW Airport

Screen Shot 2019-05-20 at 7.01.16 PMDallas-Fort Worth International Airport and American Airlines revealed plans Monday to develop a sixth terminal at the airport, Terminal F.

Initial plans call for DFW Airport, which is jointly co-owned by the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, to invest up to $3.5 billion in terminal improvements, including the construction of Terminal F and enhancements to Terminal C.

“We get more complaints about C than anything, so this is a real win for the traveling public, to renovate C and have a beautiful new terminal, too,” said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.

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Grapevine Police Locate SUV of Missing Woman

PRESS RELEASE

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Joyce Payne

Investigators have located the SUV belonging to a woman reported missing in Grapevine two weeks ago. After multiple searches throughout the city and lake area, a team using sonar equipment at Grapevine Lake identified a vehicle submerged nearly 400 feet from the shoreline. 

Dive teams confirmed that the make, model, and license plate number match the vehicle owned by 66-year-old Joyce Payne. Due to the depth of the SUV and murkiness of the water, police have not yet been able to confirm if Payne is inside the vehicle.  

Police and fire personnel will remain on scene until the SUV can be removed from the water.  Grapevine detectives are in contact with Payne’s family, and have made them aware of the vehicle’s discovery. The Payne family is asking for privacy at this time as they await more information.

Grapevine Police thank the public for helping search for Mrs. Payne.  Any updates on the case will be made after the vehicle is recovered.

Lockheed Martin Makes Students’ Designs to Life

POSTED BY: DFWNEWSFLASH

Fort Worth — Fort Worth ISD’s Western Hills High School’s STEM class received a surprise on Thursday, April 25, courtesy of Lockheed Martin.

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Photo: Stacey Doud

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) class has been designing 2-D models of innovative aircraft that may help solve practical problems which hamper hurricane and earthquake relief efforts.

Their classroom was secretly “renovated” for the day by Lockheed Martin, which provided equipment the students used to turn their 2-D designs into 3-D realities.

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