The State of Texas Crisis Intervention Team Association (Texas CIT) named Grapevine Police Detective Christina O’Rear the 2022 Mental Health Peace Officer of the Year. The award was announced during the association’s annual convention in South Padre Island on Friday, April 29, 2022.
Detective Christina O’Rear is the primary liaison between the Grapevine Police Department and MHMR resources and hospitals in north Texas. In recent years, she recognized a need to stay in contact with individuals and families dealing with mental crises after police cases were done, and initiated audits of her department’s police reports to ensure any MHMR-related calls were coded with MHMR. Detective O’Rear then confirmed follow-ups were made on each case.
Detective O’Rear was personally selected by Congresswoman Beth Van Duyne to serve on the Law Enforcement Advisory Board, which consists of various police chiefs and four officers statewide. O’Rear serves on the Steering Committee for the Law Enforcement Mental Health Alliance of North Texas, where she helps get resources and training to first responders. She is also a member of the Tarrant County Law Enforcement Mental Health Stakeholder Committee, where she works to improve mental health services for citizens and officers.
May is nationally recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month, which aims to bring awareness to the issue and also remind people in crisis that there are agencies and experts ready and willing to help them. The Grapevine Police Department is extremely proud of the continued work done by Detective Christina O’Rear to help individuals and families and appreciates the recognition by Texas CIT.
Grapevine Animal Services held an Open House on April 23 to celebrate their first year of business in their new digs, located at 500 Shady Brook Lane. This building is about three times the size of the original, which did not have the space and modern services that are required more often in this day and age.
The Open House featured shelter tours, a coloring contest, crafts for animals (paw prints), giveaways, adoption specials, face painting, a microchip clinic, raffles, Wise Guys Pizza, the Grapevine Mobile Library, music, police and fire vehicles, and popsicles for humans and dogs.
The Games consist of traditional Celtic feats-of-strength competitions such as Braemar Stone, Hammer Toss, and Caber [log] Toss. Altogether, there were 14 athlete classes, each competing in 9 different events.
Susan and Doug Berry founded Highland Arts and Athletics in 2021 as a non-profit organization to keep this Celtic tradition going in the DFW area and to contribute philanthropically to the Grapevine community. Doug serves as the CEO and Athletic Director, and Susan does just about everything else!
Do you have prescription bottles with meds that are either outdated or that you no longer use? Did you know that throwing them away not only gives potential thieves your personal information, but may also contribute to the stock of street drugs? Did you know that flushing them down the toilet can contribute to city water contamination?
No matter your answers, keep in mind that the next National Drug Take-Back Day, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), will be on Saturday, April 30 from 10am to 2pm in the front parking lot of the Grapevine Public Safety Building, located at 1007 Ira E. Woods Avenue.
You can bring your unused or expired medications (no liquids, aerosols, or sharps, please) to be safely disposed of, as well as any papers with your personal information on them to be shredded (provided by Data Shredding Services).
At approximately 10:45 p.m. on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, a man was driving near westbound SH-114 and Texan Trail when he spotted a motorcycle on the grass. He stopped to check on the rider and called 9-1-1.
The rider was unresponsive and medics pronounced the man dead at 10:58 p.m.
Officers noted skid marks on the road leading to the curb where the motorcycle crashed, along with a downed highway sign.
Investigators believe speed was a factor. The victim is a 23-year-old man from Grapevine. The medical examiner will release his name after notifying next of kin.
Grapevine Police are investigating a single-vehicle traffic accident that claimed the life of a 59-year-old Grapevine man.
Shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 15, 2022, Grapevine dispatchers received a call from a motorist who discovered the aftermath of a crash in the 2700 block of Dove Road.
The driver of the SUV was lying in the road, while the SUV was stopped nearby with front-end damage. Grapevine Fire personnel immediately began treating the victim and rushed him to the hospital for treatment.
Several hours later, officers were notified by hospital personnel that the driver died from his injuries. He has been identified by the medical examiner as 59-year-old Stevie Mowery of Grapevine.
It is not believed any other vehicles were involved. Tire marks show where the SUV left the road, went over a curb, and hit a tree. Investigators are still looking into why the car left the roadway.
Grapevine Police are investigating a fatality accident involving a pedestrian on SH-121.
Just before 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, Grapevine dispatchers received multiple calls about a person walking in a lane of traffic near the 500 block of North SH-121 northbound. A few minutes later, another motorist called 9-1-1 saying he hit someone in the roadway.
Officers responded within five minutes of the first 9-1-1 call and discovered a female already deceased.
Investigators spoke to two drivers who stopped in connection to the accident, as well as several passengers. All drivers and witnesses were fully cooperative. Nobody is facing charges for the female’s death.
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner will release her name pending notification to the next of kin.
Officers shut down SH-121 as they investigated the crash, and received assistance from Grapevine Fire and DFW Fire to help block the roadway. At approximately 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, a motorist crashed into a Grapevine Firetruck. Nobody was hurt. The driver was arrested for DWI.
Grapevine Police want to thank everyone who called 9-1-1 to report the person walking in traffic, as well as all of the fire personnel who helped ensure our first responders were safe as they investigated the accident. While the secondary crash was a result of intoxication, it is a great reminder to always slow down and move over when you see crews at work.
Grapevine Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a robbery suspect.
On Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at approximately 11:30 pm, a man walked into a convenience store in the 2600 block of William D. Tate Avenue and pointed a gun at the store clerk. He then demanded the clerk open the cash register. The robber grabbed the cash, still pointing his gun at the clerk, then walked out of the store.
The robber is described as a short, Black man with a thin build, between approximately 5’5” in height. He was carrying a silver handgun with a black grip. He ran away from the store heading west.
Grapevine Police is asking the public to look closely at surveillance video and photos. Anyone who recognizes the robber, or has information about him, is urged to call investigators immediately. Tips can be called in anonymously to the non-emergency dispatch line at 817.410.8127 or emailed to detectives at: email@example.com.