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Good Samaritan finds toddler alone on side of highway, works with police

NEWS RELEASE

GRAPEVINE, TX-Grapevine Police are working with Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) after finding a toddler alone on the side of a highway.  

At approximately 4:30 a.m. a Grapevine Officer was dispatched to the 2500 block of South SH-121 near Hall-Johnson Road. A driver noticed a child, approximately two years old, walking along the shoulder. He stopped to help and called 911. 

Officers made sure the child was not hurt, but the child was not able to give a name or address. Police checked the surrounding neighborhood and found no signs of the child’s parents. No child was reported missing at the time, so the child was taken into custody by CPS.  

Approximately three hours later, Grapevine Police were able to locate the child’s parents. The family is now working with CPS to determine the next steps. Grapevine Police remain in contact with CPS, and the case is still under investigation.

Grapevine Police applaud the good Samaritan who saw the toddler along the highway and stayed with the child until officers arrived.

Tarrant County COVID Testing Information

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If you are interested in scheduling a COVID-19 (Coronavirus) test in your area, please provide your zip code to ensure you’re in the serviced area then click “Get Started” to begin the screening process. This screening tool is intended for persons 18 years of age or older. For questions about getting your child tested, please contact their medical provider.

Please visit CovidTesting.TarrantCounty.com for additional information

Editor’s Corner -Dallas riots: How does violence bring about peace?

Closed copyI went to downtown Dallas yesterday to take pics of the carnage after the non-peaceful protests the weekend before.

For those of you who are not aware, an unarmed black man, George Floyd, died when FOUR police officers held him down while he was handcuffed in Minneapolis, MN. One of the officers put his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck, which may have led to his demise. All four officers have been fired (even the three that were non-white) and a Grand Jury will determine their fate. I know they’ll never work in law enforcement again, at the very least.

When I first saw the video, I thought that (ex-) Officer Chauvin, the cop with the knee on the neck (the practice of which has been obliterated from most police agencies across the country, but sadly and obviously, is still used at times), was an obvious murderer. Mr. Floyd can be heard saying, “I can’t breathe!” Yet Chauvin did not get up, nor did his fellow officers try to stop him.

Bland copyFloyd was under arrest for trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill. He did resist getting into the police vehicle, falling down on purpose. But as far as I know, there was no prior resistance to the arrest except for Floyd quoting the NWA song, “F*** the Police.” I don’t know why it took four officers to subdue a mostly peaceful criminal. But then again, I could only see a few minutes of this event that unfolded in much more than 10 minutes.

Two autopsies were done, and both found that the manner of death was homicide. But the two reports were a bit different. The autopsy report from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner claimed that Floyd died from a heart attack, noting that Floyd had arteriosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease, was high on the drug fentanyl and had recently used methamphetamine.

The Floyd family had their own independent autopsy done which concluded that Floyd had died of “mechanical asphyxia,” which is basically the restriction of blood and oxygen to the brain, and is consistent with the knee on neck position.

Crowdus copySo why was I sent to downtown Dallas? This happened in Minnesota.

It is my belief that people were already on edge due to COVID, and when this happened, the anger broke loose all over the country. What I do not understand is why people think that violence is the proper response to violence. Dallas is thousands of miles away from Minneapolis. I do understand that colored people are sick and tired of police brutality directed at their race. As a white person, I can only understand on the fringe, though being a volunteer with the NAACP has taught me a lot. And it’s not like ONLY black people were protesting.

It was sad to walk down Main Street in Dallas and see the needless destruction. Very few pedestrians were walking about, but vehicular traffic seemed to be normal. So many businesses were boarded up and closed. It is my understanding that, despite the 7pm curfew, that downtown was preparing for more riots. A few protests were held just outside of the curfew zone in Dallas last night, but the biggest news was a protest in Arlington.

What is this world we live in? When will the Coronavirus cease to be a threat? When will people stop being on edge? When will violence about something that happened thousands of miles away stop?

I wish I could tell you. But in the meantime, stay safe and please express your opinions peacefully. Even George Floyd’s brother asked for peace. If he can rise above what happened, then we all can.

Self-Screening for COVID-19

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This screening tool is intended for persons 18 years of age or older. For questions about getting your child tested, please contact your medical provider.

CLICK HERE TO PROCEED –> https://covidtesting.tarrantcounty.com/

You will receive an eligibility determination and instructions for testing based on your responses, testing availability and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. We know that this can be an uncertain time for you and your loved ones and appreciate you taking the time to take care of your health.

Because COVID-19 is new, we are learning new things every day. You should stay informed by visiting cdc.gov or coronavirus.tarrantcounty.com. Remember, not all the information you may hear from other people or on the internet is true and you should call your physician or the Tarrant county hotline at 817-248-6299 with any questions.

You will not be charged for this test. Please have your insurance card ready. In order to provide testing to as many people as possible, the lab company will try to bill your insurance to help offset the cost of the test. 

Regardless, if your insurance doesn’t pay or you don’t have insurance you will not be charged. Having insurance is not used in determining eligibility for testing. If you are having problems with the self-screening tool, please call our hotline number at 817-248-6299 and someone will assist you in filling in the form.

Grapevine PD update on fight at park

96539563_3284796338198503_5428718441714417664_nThe Grapevine Police Department wants to update everyone about a fight that occurred last week at one of our lake parks.

Several videos surfaced after the incident, showing one of the participants on the ground during the melee. Rumors about his injuries began to spread on social media, and we wanted to check on his welfare.

We have identified the 22-year-old man seen in the video, and have confirmed that he is okay. We appreciate everyone who came forward with videos and tips, and are grateful to have such an involved community that cares about the people we serve.

Our detectives worked incessantly to identify the 22-year-old man. On more than one occasion, witnesses and known involved parties refused to identify him so we could check his welfare. It shows the high level of dedication and professionalism that detectives continued their efforts until they knew for certain the man was fine.

88% of Americans now using face masks, 29% Say They May Never be Comfortable Shopping in Stores Again

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My-Post-156A new nationwide survey from Fast shows that the vast majority of Americans – 88% – are now using face masks, but 19% want to personally receive a COVID-19 vaccine before they feel safe shopping in stores again, while another 29% say they may never be comfortable buying in person again.

Even as additional businesses are starting to reopen around the country, Fast’s survey found that 22% of Americans are shopping more online specifically to avoid wearing face masks in stores. Additional mask usage habits include:

  • 58% wear masks in stores
  • 51% wear them in crowds where they can’t maintain 6-foot social distancing
  • 41% wear masks when required by a business or government
  • 35% wear them every time they go outside
  • 24% wear masks at work
  • 10% never wear a mask

Read more from Texas News Today…

Happy National Police Week!

national-police-week-2020In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The Memorial Service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events which attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our Nation’s Capital each year.

The National Peace Officers Memorial Service, which is sponsored by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, is one in a series of events which includes the Candlelight Vigil, which is sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and seminars sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)

National Police Week draws in between 25,000 to 40,000 attendees. The attendees come from departments throughout the United States as well as from agencies throughout the world. This provides a unique opportunity to meet others who work in law enforcement. In that spirit, the Fraternal Order of Police DC Lodge #1 sponsors receptions each afternoon and evening during Police Week. These events are open to all law enforcement personnel and are an experience unlike any other.

Jerry Stiller, comedian and ‘Seinfeld’ actor, dies at 92

Another Loss…

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Screen Shot 2020-05-11 at 8.04.41 AMComedy veteran Jerry Stiller, who launched his career opposite wife Anne Meara in the 1950s and reemerged four decades later as the hysterically high-strung Frank Costanza on the smash television show “Seinfeld,” died at 92, his son Ben Stiller announced Monday.

He died of natural causes, his son — a comedy star himself — said in a tweet.

Jerry Stiller was a multi-talented performer who appeared in an assortment of movies, playing Walter Matthau’s police sidekick in the thriller “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” and Divine’s husband Wilbur Turnblad in John Waters’ twisted comedy “Hairspray.”

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Little Richard, Founding Father of Rock Who Broke Musical Barriers, Dead at 87

 

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Little Richard, a founding father of rock and roll whose fervent shrieks, flamboyant garb, and joyful, gender-bending persona embodied the spirit and sound of that new art form, died Saturday. He was 87. The musician’s son, Danny Jones Penniman, confirmed the pioneer’s death to Rolling Stone, but said the cause of death was unknown. 

Starting with “Tutti Frutti” in 1956, Little Richard cut a series of unstoppable hits – “Long Tall Sally” and “Rip It Up” that same year, “Lucille” in 1957, and “Good Golly Miss Molly” in 1958 – driven by his simple, pumping piano, gospel-influenced vocal exclamations and sexually charged (often gibberish) lyrics.

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Navy’s Blue Angels will fly over North Texas Wednesday in salute to COVID-19 responders

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A formation of jets from the Navy’s Blue Angels, left, and the Air Force’s Thunderbirds fly over Atlanta, to show support for medical workers fighting the coronavirus outbreak, Saturday, May 2, 2020. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The U.S. military’s elite squadrons of trick flyers will buzz across North Texas skies Wednesday as part of a nationwide salute to doctors, nurses, first responders and other essential workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels will fly over the Dallas and Fort Worth areas Wednesday morning, according to the demonstration squadron’s Twitter channel. The demonstrations are part of the “America Strong” tour that flew over Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Atlanta on Saturday.

On Wednesday, the Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are set for demonstrations over Houston and New Orleans as well. There are plans to fly over other major cities in the U.S. in the coming weeks, but dates have not been announced.

Read more from The Dallas Morning News…