Category Archives: Community Losses

Pearland’s longest-serving Chief of Police dead after almost 40 years of service

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FUNERAL UPDATE BELOW

Pearland, Texas’s longest-serving Chief of Police, J.C. Doyle, unexpectedly passed away yesterday, April 3, 2019. He had recently retired in 2018.

Doyle served with the Pearland Police Department since 1979.

In his time with the department, he served as a patrol and motorcycle office, detective, patrol sergeant, lieutenant and later as the commander for a multi-agency Special Weapons and Tactics team.

From 1994-1999, Doyle served as Assistant Chief of Police under the direction of P.M. Hogg. Doyle succeeded Hogg as Chief.

He served as Chief from 1999 until his retirement in 2018, making him the longest-serving chief in the department’s 50-year history.

Chief Doyle was instrumental in acquiring and implementing the state of the art radio system and laptop system currently being used by the department.

He will be greatly missed. 

[Fact source: The Reporter News]

[Editor’s Note: We at The Grapevine Source, especially because our beginning was in Pearland, wishes all involved peace and healing. You will all be in our prayers.]

UPDATE: 

  • Visitation: Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Niday Funeral Home, 12440 Beamer Road, Houston, TX 77089
  • Funeral Service: Monday, April 8, 2019 at Sagemont Church, 11300 S. Sam Houston Parkway East (Beltway 8), Houston, TX 77089

**No procession after the service**

Ralph Hall, Texan who was oldest congressman in U.S. House history, dies at 95

By Emily Langer

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Mr. Hall smiles during a tour of his home in Rockwall, Texas, in 2014. (LM Otero/AP)

Ralph M. Hall, a Texas Democrat-turned-Republican who was elected 17 times to Congress, where he became dean of his state’s delegation, one of the last veterans of World War II on Capitol Hill and the oldest person in history to serve in the House, died March 7 at his home in Rockwall, Texas. He was 95.

His longtime political strategist, Ed Valentine, confirmed the death and said he did not know the cause.

A former Navy pilot and Texas state senator, Mr. Hall was elected to the House in 1980 as a Democrat and for the next 34 years — the final decade as a Republican — represented a swath of the Red River Valley in eastern Texas. He announced that his 2014 campaign would be his last and was defeated in the Republican primary by John Ratcliffe, a former U.S. attorney who pledged to serve no more than eight years.

Read more from the Washington Post…

Grapevine City Officials Announce the Passing of Ted R. Ware

IMG_6091Former Mayor Pro Tem Ted R. Ware passed away yesterday at the age of 86. Mayor Pro Tem Ware served the City for 40 years. Mr. Ware served the City as Chairman of the Planning & Zoning Commission beginning in 1968 for 10+ years before his appointment to a vacancy on the City Council in 1979. The next year he was elected by the citizens of Grapevine to continue serving on the City Council. He was then appointed by his peers to serve as Mayor Pro Tem that same year. Mr. Ware retired from his service in 2008.

He will be remembered as an icon in Grapevine and was honored with the first plaque placed on the City’s Walk of Fame on Main Street in October 2008. Ted R. Ware Plaza, which is the focal point of the Settlement to City Museum Complex located at Church and Hudgins Streets, was also named after Mr. Ware in 2013 for his many years of dedicated service to the City. City flags will be flown at half-staff through Sunday, March 3 in memoriam of Mr. Ware.

Family and friends will be received at his visitation today, Friday, March 1 from 5 – 7 pm at the Convention & Visitors Bureau Grand Hall, 636 South Main Street. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 2 at 2 pm at Church at the Cross, 3000 William D. Tate Avenue, Grapevine.

Fire Department: Blaze That Destroyed Grapevine Restaurant Not Suspicious

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Photo: CBSDFW

GRAPEVINE (CBSDFW.COM) – A large fire destroyed a Grapevine barbecue restaurant early Monday morning.

It was around 3 a.m. when fire crews arrived to find flames and smoke shooting from the roof of the Baker’s Ribs barbecue restaurant along Grapevine Highway, near Bass Pro Drive.

Firefighters immediately determined it was too dangerous to go inside the building, so crews poured water on the fire from above, and made sure it did not spread to a nearby gas station.

Read more from CBSDFW…

[Editor’s Note: Baker’s was one of our favorite places to eat in Grapevine. We are thankful that no one was hurt and pray for everyone involved with the business.]

Former Astros players killed in a car crash

BY LEISHA S. D’ANGELO

Former Major League Baseball players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car accident on Thursday night after playing in a winter league game in Venezuela.

Valbuena was 33 and Castillo was 37.

Valbuena played 11 seasons in the majors, including his final two with Los Angeles Angels. He also played with the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, and Houston Astros.

Castillo played in the majors from 2004 to 2008, with the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, and Astros.

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Valbuena (L) and Castillo

[Source: https://mypearlandnews.com/2018/12/07/former-astros-players-killed-in-a-car-crash/]

Fort Worth Police Officer Garrett Hull Dies After Being Shot By Robbery Suspect

HullFORT WORTH, TX (CBSDFW.COM) — Undercover Fort Worth Police Officer Garrett Hull who was shot just after midnight Friday outside the Los Vaqueros bar in the 400 block of Biddison Street has died.

Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald along with Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and several members of the Fort Worth Police Department announced the news just after midnight Saturday morning — just about 24 hours after Hull was shot during a confrontation with a group of armed robbery suspects.

Read more from CBSDWF…

Video of Dallas PD 7/7 Memorial

7/7 MEMORIAL: The Dallas Police Department honors the lives of the five officers who were killed on July 7, 2016.

Ferris Wheelers restaurant hosts night of food and music for Dallas Five

By CultureMap Staff

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Courtesy of Dallas Police Department

July 7, 2016, was a tragic day in Dallas history, when five police officers were killed in the line of duty during an ambush in downtown Dallas.

Two years later, on July 7, Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ, the Design District-adjacent restaurant with a functional Ferris wheel, is partnering with a group called Brotherhood for the Fallen (BFTF), to host a fundraising event to honor the memory of the fallen officers.Brotherhood for the Fallen was started by a group of Chicago police officers in 2010. 

Read more from CultureMap Dallas…

DAY 3 FINAL UPDATE MISSING BOATER ON GRAPEVINE LAKE

Grapevine, Texas (July 5, 2018) – Grapevine Marine units, along with Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens, the Flower Mound Fire Department , and a Grand Prairie Fire Department Marine unit continued to search Grapevine Lake for a missing sail boater. Around 1:00 pm this afternoon, Game Wardens identified on sonar what they believed to be an image of the missing boater in the area where we believe the incident occurred. The Grand Prairie Fire Department Marine unit confirmed the image with their sonar and the Grapevine Fire Department Dive team was called in to make the recovery.

Shortly after 3:00 pm, the victim was recovered. This is believed to be the victim that went missing at 9:30pm on Tuesday, July 3 on Grapevine Lake when he fell overboard without a life jacket. The victim was turned over to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner for positive identification. Texas Game Wardens will handle the notification of family.

We cannot stress the importance of wearing a lifejacket anytime you are enjoying Lake Grapevine.

Pearland Mourns Loss of K-9 Nancy

MortonThe Pearland Police Department is mourning the loss of retired Detection K9, Nancy.  The 12-year-old Belgian Malinois was the loyal partner and companion of Detective Eric Morton and served the Pearland community from November 2005 until her retirement in early 2014. Nancy was certified for narcotics detection, human tracking and article searches.

“Nancy was loved by everyone around her and she will be sorely missed by the Pearland Police Department, Detective Eric Morton and his family,” said Pearland Chief of Police, J.C. Doyle.

Nancy and Officer Morton are credited with the seizure of more than $1.3 million dollars of illegal narcotics, property and currency. Together, the two were recognized as the 2007 Pearland Police Officer of the Year. She and Officer Morton also assisted with training and investigations for other local law enforcement agencies, including Brazoria and Harris County, Texas Department of Public Safety and the Friendswood Police Department.

In addition to fighting crime, Nancy was a community favorite appearing at countless schools, daycares and community events. The City of Pearland sends condolences to Detective Morton and his family.