Category Archives: GRAPEVINE POLICE DEPT

National Police Week 2019

In 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.

Mayor Tate has declared this week (May 12 – 18) as Police Week and May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day in Grapevine. Be sure to thank a police officer today!

Police Week Proclamation

Grapevine Police Dept Blotter 5/9/19

  • BURGLARY OF VEHICLE (BURGLARY OF AN UNLOCKED BMW X3): 900 S MAIN ST
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$2,500<$30K): 3000 GRAPEVINE MILLS PKWY
  • DECEASED PERSON: 1200 LAGUNA VISTA WAY
  • BURGLARY OF VEHICLE (SEATS TAKEN FROM VEHICLE): 3000 GRAPEVINE MILLS PKWY
  • POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (COCAINE; PG 1 <1G): 1100 WILLIAM D TATE AVE
  • DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED (DWI 2ND / POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE PG 2<1G): 2100 E SH 114
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$20K<$100K; STOLEN VEHICLE): 1900 LONGHORN TRL

Grapevine Police Detective earns award from US Attorney’s office

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Detective Joseph Moeller (L) and Chief of Police Mike Hamlin

One of Grapevine Police Department’s detective’s perseverance through his pursuit of justice has earned him high honors by the United States Attorney’s Office – Northern District of Texas.

On May 10 2019, U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox and Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicole Dana presented Detective Joseph Moeller with the U.S. Attorney’s Award of Excellence.

Detective Moeller and Special Agent T.J. Banks earned the award for their work in the case against Glenn Eugene Halfin, who ultimately pleaded guilty to Interference with Housing Rights, a hate crime statute created to protect people trying to live in peace from racial harassment.

Detective Moeller dedicated months to investigating harassment against a Grapevine family that included vandalism to their car and nooses around dolls, left for the family to find. Detective Moeller spent countless hours conducting surveillance and going through evidence to identify the suspect. Once Moeller had his case, he reached out to the U.S. Attorney’s office, believing the case could be federally prosecuted. He was right, and Halfin got the maximum penalty of 12 months.

Please join us in congratulating Detective Moeller on this prestigious award, as we thank him for his service, today and every day, in Grapevine.

Grapevine PD asks for public’s help finding missing woman

We are looking for a Grapevine woman missing since Friday and are now asking the public for help. Joyce Payne was last known to be driving a 2003 silver Chevy Trailblazer.  The 66-year-old has short, blonde hair and blue eyes.  Anyone who knows her whereabouts should call Grapevine PD on our non-emergency line at: 817.410.8127.

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Grapevine PD Blotter 4/29/19

  • ANIMAL BITE REPORT: 2400 TIMBERLINE DR
  • FRAUD USE/POSS IDENTIFYING INFO (# ITEMS < 5: CREDIT CARD INFORMATION USED WITHOUT CONSENT)
  • ASSAULT-PHYSICAL CONTACT (FEMALE EMPLOYEE HUGGED AND KISSED MALE CUSTOMER: 100 E SH 114
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$750<$2,500; THEFT OF GUCCI WATCH): 3000 GRAPEVINE MILLS PKWY 
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$750<$2,500; CAR STOLEN FROM CAR REPAIR LOT): 1200 WILLIAM D TATE AVE 
  • ACCIDENT INVOLVING DAMAGE TO VEHICLE (>=$200; HIT AND RUN): 100 W SH 114 
  • THEFT UNDER $100.00 (WALLET STOLEN): 2100 IRA E WOODS AVE
  • ACCIDENT INVOLVING DAMAGE TO VEHICLE (CLASS B; HIT AND RUN): 200 N DOOLEY ST 
  • AGGRAVATED ASSAULT W/DEADLY WEAPON (ASSAULT- FIGHTING BETWEEN TWO ROOMMATES): 1000 HUMMINGBIRD TRL
  • DUTY ON STRIKING UNATTENDED VEHICLE (TRAILER STRUCK ON GRAYSON DRIVE): 2100 GRAYSON DR
  • ASSAULT-PHYSICAL CONTACT (WIFE BIT HUSBAND): 3900 GRAPEVINE MILLS PKWY 
  • POSS OF MARIJUANA (<2OZ): 2000 DOVE RD
  • BURGLARY OF VEHICLE (OPEN WINDOW): 1800 SANDALWOOD LN
  • BURGLARY OF HABITATION: 1400 TERRACE DR
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$750<$2,500; STOLEN iPHONE): 900 W SH 114
  • DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED: 2000 S SH 121
  • DECEASED PERSON (DEATH INVESTIGATION): 2400 BASS PRO DR
  • DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED (BAC >= 0.15): 800 IRA E WOODS AVE
  • PUBLIC INTOXICATION-ALCOHOL: 1600 W SH 114
  • DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED ( DWI MOTORCYCLE CRASH): 1700 SAGEBRUSH TRL
  • DECEASED PERSON: 500 AUSTIN CREEK DR 

UPDATE: Grapevine woman’s refusal to confront burglar may have saved her life

A woman’s decision to call police instead of confront a car burglar may have helped save her life.

On the morning of April 24, a woman at Aura Four44 apartments walked into the parking garage and saw a man breaking into her car. She ran back into her apartment and called 911.

Grapevine Police arrived within minutes, and after noting several cars with broken windows, spotted two men matching the descriptions given by the victim. The men were crouched down between a car and wall. An officer yelled for them to stop, but both men started running. The officer chased them over a parking garage ledge onto the ground below. At that point, another officer flashed his emergency lights, and the two suspects split up.

One officer followed a suspect through shrubs and into a nearby creek. The officer pulled him out of the water, but the two struggled before he was in custody. At one point the suspect started reaching into his waistband, but the officer was able to pull his arm behind his back. Once the man was in handcuffs and searched, officers found a stolen pistol, loaded and ready to be fired, in his waistband. The other suspect was chased to a nearby street and also taken into custody.

As more officers arrived at the apartment complex, they observed nearly a dozen vehicles with windows smashed. They also found stolen property in a car that had also been reported stolen. Although these cars were in a locked parking garage, the owners had left bags behind the seat where thieves could see them.

Grapevine Police want to remind everyone to go beyond locking their cars, and to remove anything that could tempt a burglar. Even a bag with nothing of value could attract thieves. Police also praise the victim who called 911 and kept herself safe from what turned out to be armed suspects. The first suspect was in custody six minutes after the 911 call was made, thanks to the quick action of the officers involved.

Charges include burglary, evading, resisting arrest, theft of firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, criminal mischief, and an outstanding warrant.

Devieja Mitchell and Zavion Nunley (pictured below) were the two arrested.

[Source: https://www.facebook.com/GrapevinePolice/]

Grapevine Dispatcher honored as Tarrant County’s Telecommunicator of the Year

header_npstw2019Every year during the second week of April, the telecommunications personnel in the public safety community are honored during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. This event is a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving their communities. [Source: NPSTW.org]

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Elizabeth Wheeler (Photo: Grapevine PD)

This year (as well as last year), a Grapevine Police Department employee has been chosen as the Tarrant County Telecommunicator of the Year by the Tarrant County 9-1-1 District. This year’s honor goes to Elizabeth Wheeler!

The following is a description of the incident that Wheeler was most recognized for, though she takes pride in providing excellent public service for all calls during all of her shifts, including recently keeping a calm demeanor during a high-speed chase:

On January 6 2019, Wheeler received a 9-1-1 call from a young man on Grapevine Lake whose kayak had tipped over and blown away. Elizabeth worked quickly to input a call for service and ascertain his location to send first responders.  

When the man stated that his legs were becoming numb, Elizabeth encouraged him to continue moving, and assured him that help was on the way. Wind gusts were up to 25 mph, and Elizabeth continuously monitored the caller’s latitude and longitude for any location updates. Once the fireboat spotted him and pulled him into the boat, the man was in a hypothermic state from the cold – his body temperature had dropped to 80 degrees. 

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(L-R): Captain Mark Bills; Dispatcher Elizabeth Wheeler; Rotarian Brad Schnautz, Deputy Superintendent for GCISD; and Fire Chief Darrell Brown

Elizabeth stayed on the line with the victim for 25 minutes until his rescue, providing the utmost care, concern and empathy. Her handling of this call and the calm nature that she provided is the perfect example of the positive impact Dispatchers can make.

Elizabeth was honored with a Vocational Service Award and monetary gift from Grapevine Rotary for her actions in this case. [Source: GrapevineTX.gov]

Elizabeth has worked as a Telecommunicator for 13 years, and has been at Grapevine Police Department for a year-and-a-half. She says that she often gets asked if she feels numb after taking so many calls. “I am a point of hope for the people who call me,” she said. “Even if something doesn’t seem like an emergency to me, I have to remember that the caller considers the issue as one. So, I never get ‘numb.’  I have to be present with the caller. I do this because I have a passion to help people.”

Elizabeth has had some humorous calls in her lengthy career. “Parents need to educate their kids about 9-1-1 being only for when someone is hurt or if there’s a fire – things like that. I’ve had kids call me and say they needed help with their homework. That was an emergency to them!

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Saving the Pig

“My weirdest call was in reference to someone’s pet pig getting out. We thought it was a micro or mini pig. Nope! It was a huge pot belly! Her owner was on vacation and it was the first time that the pig was without her ‘person.’ So we had officers respond and save the pig!” Elizabeth added.

As Tarrant County’s Telecommunicator of the Year, Wheeler had the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at the very first Telecommunicator Appreciation Night, at the Rangers vs. the Oakland A’s game at Globe Life Park on April 13! Unfortunately, the game was rained out, but she’ll have another opportunity on June 8, when the Rangers make up the game with the A’s in a double header.

Fortunately, Elizabeth and her family were able to enjoy the evening, despite the weather. 

CONGRATULATIONS ELIZABETH!

 

 

[Editor’s Note: If you’d like to thank your community dispatchers, please DO NOT call 9-1-1 to do so. Call the non-emergency number for your police department or stop by the Public Safety Building to express your thanks.]

Grapevine PD Blotter 4/8 – 4/11/19

APRIL 8, 2019:

  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$100<$750; UNLOCKED* STOLEN BICYCLE): 900 TURNER RD
  • DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED: 3800 SHADY MEADOW DR
  • POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (PG 1 >=1G<4G): 1500 WILLIAM D TATE AVE
  • FRAUD USE/POSSESSION OF IDENTIFYING INFO (# ITEMS < 5; FRAUDULENTLY OBTAINED CREDIT CARD USED AT DEALERSHIP): 1400 W SH 114
  • FRAUD USE/POSSESSION OF IDENTIFYING INFO (# ITEMS < 5; DEBIT CARD INFORMATION USED WITHOUT CONSENT): 1500 W SH 114
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$100<$750; THEFT OF JEWELRY): 1600 W SH 114
  • AGGRAVATED ASSAULT W/DEADLY WEAPON: 2900 MUSTANG DR
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$2,500<$30K; UNLOCKED* VEHICLE ENTERED AND ITEMS STOLEN): 2400 BASS PRO DR
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$100<$750): 1600 W SH 114 
  • DISORDERLY CONDUCT – LANGUAGE (ARRESTEE CAUSED A DISTURBANCE WHILE USING PROFANE LANGUAGE): 1300 WILLIAM D TATE AVE
  • AGGRAVATED ASSAULT W/DEADLY WEAPON (PERSON WITH A GUN): 3500 N GRAPEVINE MILLS BLVD
  • DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED: 300 LUCAS DR
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$100<$750; THEFT OF CIGARETTES): 3100 IRA E WOODS AVE
  • ASSAULT OF A PUBLIC SERVANT: 2900 CANYON DR
  • INTERFERENCE W/PUBLIC DUTIES: 2900 CANYON DR
  • FALSE ALARM OR REPORT: 1300 WILLIAM D TATE AVE
  • DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED: 3500 S SH 121
  • IMMIGRATION HOLD (CRASH LEADS TO DWI ARREST): 3500 S SH 121
  • FRAUD/DESTRUCTION/REMOVAL/CONCEALMENT WRITING (DESTROY/ REMOVAL OF SECURITY SENSOR): 3000 GRAPEVINE MILLS PKWY
  • DEADLY CONDUCT: 1200 WILLIAM D TATE AVE
  • LOST PROPERTY: 2700 E GRAPEVINE MILLS CIR 
  • INDECENT EXPOSURE: 3000 MUSTANG DR 
  • POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA – TO INJECT, INHALE OR INJEST: 1700 KATIES WOODS DR

APRIL 9, 2019:

  • EVADING ARREST/DETENTION (THEFT FROM GAP): 3000 GRAPEVINE MILLS PKWY
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (<$2,500 2/MORE PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS; THEFT FROM GAP):  3000 GRAPEVINE MILLS PKWY
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (<$100 W/PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS; THEFT FROM VICTORIA’S SECRET): 3000 GRAPEVINE MILLS PKWY
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$100<$750; THEFT OF TWO BLUE ATLAS CEDAR TREES): 400 BALL ST
  • ASSAULT/BODILY INJURY BY A FAMILY/HOUSE MEMBER (2+ W/IN 12 MONTHS; BOYFRIEND HIT AND DRAGGED GIRLFRIEND): 3000 MUSTANG DR
  • CRIMINAL TRESPASS OF A HABITATION/SHELTER (CRIMINAL TRESPASS OF APARTMENT): 3100 MUSTANG DR
  • CRIMINAL MISCHIEF (>=$100<$750; WATER POURED IN VEHICLE GAS TANK/ ENGINE DAMAGE): 1600 W NORTHWEST HWY
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$750<$2,500; THEFT OF CELLPHONE): 1600 W SH 114
  • DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED (BAC >= 0.15): 100 S MAIN ST
  • UNLICENSED CARRYING OF WEAPON (DWI/UCW): 100 S MAIN ST

APRIL 11, 2019:

  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$750<$2,500; THEFT OF CELL PHONE): 2300 POOL RD
  • BURGLARY OF VEHICLE: 2500 MS PARK-8 RD
  • POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES (PG 1 <1G): 5300 WILLIAM D TATE AVE
  • POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES (PG 2 >= 1G<4G): 5300 WILLIAM D TATE AVE
  • POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES (PG 3 < 28G): 5300 WILLIAM D TATE AVE
  • THEFT UNDER $100.00 (THEFT OF BATTERY): 800 WILDWOOD LN

[*EDITOR’S NOTE: PLEASE ALWAYS LOCK YOUR VEHICLE/LOCK UP YOUR BICYCLES. DON’T MAKE IT EASY FOR THIEVES TO MAKE YOU A VICTIM]

Grapevine PD Backs the BLUEbonnets

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We don’t just lay down the law, we strive to help people in our community. And when we are done with our shift — sometimes we nap. North Richland Hills PD and Corinth Police Department, you are both challenged. #BackTheBLUEbonnets

Grapevine PD Blotter 3/29/19

  • BURGLARY OF BUILDING (BURGLARY OF CHILL BAR AND GRILL): 800 S MAIN ST
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$30K<$150K; ATTEMPTED AUTO THEFT): 100 GREAT WOLF DR
  • ASSAULT CAUSES BODILY INJURY (FEMALE ASSAULTED BY BOYFRIEND’S WIFE): 1400 PARK BLVD
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$100<$750; SUBJECTS TOOK A CART FULL OF BABY FORMULA FROM STORE): 300 S PARK BLVD
  • DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED: 600 BALL ST