Category Archives: Grapevine

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.

What’s going on with the water towers?

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Photo: Stacey Doud

Citizens of Grapevine May have noticed that something is going on with the local water towers. The one located on Shady Brook Drive (next to the Public Works building) has been tented on and off for the past few weeks.

According to a spokesperson at Public Works, the activity is for resurfacing and repainting the towers.

“The weather has been bad, so they haven’t been able to get things done as quickly as we hoped,” she said.

She assures citizens that the work being done will have no effect on water quality or availability.

Soon, we will have newly painted water towers that will freshly represent the great City of Grapevine.

For more information, call Public Works at 817.410.3330 or visit them at 501 Shady Brook Dr.

Texas Artist Partners with Mother Nature, displays at Main Street Festival

PRESS RELEASE

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Does Texas possess the most beautiful rocks in the world? State recognized artist Bob Wolf thinks so. Armed with a saw, grinder, and his imagination, he cuts, grinds, and polishes semi-precious rock and sets each one into a custom jewelry setting. He, along with one hundred other artists, will be showing their art at this year’s 35th Annual Main Street Fest in Downtown Grapevine.     

“While painters use flat canvas, I use three-dimensional rock to produce pieces of art more beautiful than what I could make myself. Mother Nature is fun to work with,” says Wolf, whom the Texas Commission on the Arts has recognized twice as a State of Texas Artist finalist.

To bring out a stone’s best colors and patterns, slabs of rock are cut and then decisions are made on how to cut and shape the stone to best showcase what Mother Nature placed in the rock. Then a setting is custom made using silver and gold-filled wire. 

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Photo: Bob Wolf

Besides describing how he produces his work, visitors to Mr. Wolf’s booth can hold and see what Australian opal, Southwest raw turquoise, West Texas plume agate, and East Texas petrified palm wood look like before they are made into jewelry.

“For children, I have dinosaur bones and dinosaur coprolite to inspect with a magnifier.  When children learn what dinosaur coprolite is, they quickly return the specimens to the table,” says Mr. Wolf mischievously. [It’s fossilized dinosaur poop]

“This is our second appearance at Main Street Fest. Lots of good music, beverages, and food. We are looking forward to participating once again.”

This year’s 35th Annual Main Street Fest will be held in downtown Grapevine from Friday, May 17 from 10 am to 11:30 pm; Saturday May 18th from 10 am to 11:30 pm; and Sunday, May 19th from 11 am to 6 pm. Mr. Wolf’s art booth can be found under a banner reading “State of Texas Artist Finalist.”

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Bob Wolf at Work (Photo courtesy of Bob Wolf)

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 Water Report

Our Drinking Water Meets or Exceeds All Federal (EPA) Drinking Water Requirements

Goal_3Providing safe and reliable drinking water is our highest priority. We are proud to produce and deliver water that meets or exceeds state and federal standards. This report is a summary of the quality of the water we provide our customers. The analysis was made by using data from the most recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) required tests and is presented in the following pages. We hope this information helps you become more knowledgeable about what is in your drinking water.

Special Notice for the Elderly, Infants, Cancer Patients, People with HIV/AIDS or Other Immune Problems:

You may be more vulnerable than the general population to certain microbial contaminants, such as Cryptosporidium, in drinking water. Infants, some elderly, or immunocompromised persons such as those undergoing chemotherapy for cancer; those who have undergone organ transplants; those who are undergoing treatment with steroids; and people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders can be particularly at risk from infections. You should seek advice about drinking water from your physician or health care provider. Additional guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800.426.4791 or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/

All Drinking Water May Contain Contaminants

Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of these contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. When drinking water meets federal standards, there may not be any health based benefits to purchasing bottled water or point of use devices. More information about contaminants and potential health effects may be obtained by calling EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800.426.4791 or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/

Awards

The City of Grapevine received the EPA Award for Excellence in 1992, 1995, and 1998 for the best maintained and operated water system for Region VI for water systems of similar size. Region VI consists of Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. In 1991, 1998, 2001 and 2004, the City of Grapevine’s water was awarded the best tasting water award in North Central Texas, by the North Texas Laboratory Association. The City of Grapevine was awarded the best tasting water in Texas in March 2002. In 1994 and 2013, the Trinity River Authority water was awarded the best tasting water in North Central Texas by the North Texas Laboratory Association. The Trinity River Authority was awarded the best tasting water in Texas in March 2014.

Where do we get our drinking water?

Sources of drinking water (both tap and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material. It can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.

Contaminants that may be present in source water include:

  • Microbial contaminants – such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations and wildlife.
  • Inorganic contaminants – such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from urban storm water runoff.
  • Industrial or domestic wastewater discharges- oil and gas production, mining, or farming.
  • Pesticides and herbicides – which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban storm water runoff, and residential uses.
  • Organic chemical contaminants – including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from stations, urban storm water runoff, and residential uses.
  • Radioactive contaminants – which can be naturally-occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.

Grapevine uses surface water from Lake Grapevine and purchased water from the Trinity River Authority (TRA). TRA raw water is pumped from Cedar Creek Reservoir and Richland-Chambers Reservoir into Lake Arlington.

A Source Water Susceptibility Assessment for your drinking water source(s) is currently being updated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. This information describes the susceptibility and types of constituents that may come into contact with your drinking water source based on human activities and natural conditions. The information contained in the assessment allows us to focus source water protection strategies.

TCEQ classified the risks to our source water as “High” for most contaminants. “High” susceptibility means events or activities near sources of the City of Grapevine drinking water make it very likely that chemical constituents may come into contact with our source water. It does not mean there are any health risks present.

For more information on source water assessments and protection efforts of our system, call 817.410.3330.

For more information about your sources of water, please refer to the Source Water Assessment Viewer available at the following URL: http://www.tceq.texas.gov/gis/swaview

Further details about sources and source-water assessments are available in Drinking Water Watch at the following URL: http://dww2.tceq.texas.gov/DWW/

Lake Water Treatment

At the Grapevine and TRA water treatment plants, the lake water goes through several treatment processes where chemicals such as chlorine, ozone, alum, fluoride, caustic soda, ammonia, potassium permanganate and polymer are added to purify the water. After the water is purified, it is pumped into your homes through more than 299 miles of distribution pipelines.

Water Main Closure Thursday April 4

Our Utility Field Operations team will be preforming needed repairs to part of our water distribution system on Thursday, April 4 from 8am to 4pm. These repairs will require closing the water main that serves the west side of the 1200 & 1300 blocks of South Main Street. Please view the aerial image depicting the traffic control plan and the location where crews will be working at bit.ly/2FWWin6.

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Outdoor Warning Sirens Will Sound TODAY – ONLY A TEST –

The Outdoor Warning Siren test will be conducted today. On the first Wednesday of each month, we conduct our regularly scheduled outdoor warning siren test at 1pm. The test will last approximately two minutes.

We conduct these tests to ensure that the siren system is working properly. These tests are conducted on the first Wednesday of each month at 1pm across the entire North Texas region, provided that the weather is not overcast.

Grapevine Earth Day April 20

56281600_10156844195561368_8833216713764896768_oLet’s join the global effort that teaches and inspires people to live more responsibly locally. Grapevine’s annual outdoor Earth Day Celebration will help celebrate Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary! Held at the Town Square Gazebo (325 S. Main St.) in downtown Grapevine, this fun family event features educational presentations and vendors that will help us learn to live more environmentally friendly.

Presentations include:

  • Pollinators and Beekeeping
  • iNaturalist Explorers Program
  • Couch Potatoes Composting

Hosted in partnership with Keep Grapevine Beautiful and Grapevine’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

  • Date: Saturday, April 20
  • Time: 9:00 AM – Noon
  • Location: Town Square Gazebo (325 S. Main St.)
  • Tickets: Click HERE

Road closure this weekend: Bass Pro Drive over SH 121

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Crews are closing Bass Pro Drive over SH 121 this weekend from 8pm tonight (Friday, 3/8) until 6am Monday (3/11). Click HERE for detour information and upcoming road work.

Grapevine Outdoor Warning Sirens Will Sound TODAY – ONLY A TEST –

49897636_10161579643460268_7831878580857470976_nThe Outdoor Warning Siren test will be conducted today. On the first Wednesday of each month, we conduct our regularly scheduled outdoor warning siren test at 1pm. The test will last approximately two minutes.

We conduct these tests to ensure that the siren system is working properly. These tests are conducted on the first Wednesday of each month at 1pm across the entire North Texas region, provided that the weather is not overcast.