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Local resident warns about tire vandals

Pay attention to your vehicle before driving for the first time each day!

From NextDoor:

DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Brings in Nearly 745,000 Pounds of Unneeded Medications, Continues Fight Against Opioid Epidemic

DALLAS – The Drug Enforcement Administration, along with its law enforcement partners, has removed close to 745,000 pounds of unneeded prescriptions from medicine cabinets across the country as part of DEA’s ongoing commitment to turn the tide against the U.S. opioid epidemic. Following last month’s 21st National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, the program has removed more than 15.2 million pounds of medication from circulation since its inception.

On October 23, with close to 5,000 collection sites nationwide, DEA and its more than 4,200 state and local law enforcement partners came together to help the public rid their homes of unneeded medications—those that are old, unwanted, or no longer needed—that too often become a gateway to addiction. These efforts align directly with DEA’s priority to combat the rise of overdoses plaguing the United States.

On October 23, the Dallas Field Division collected close to 32,000 pounds of unwanted, unused, or expired prescription medications in North Texas and Oklahoma. The DEA Dallas Field Division had over 170 sites with more than 140 local law enforcement partners.

According to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a majority of people who misused a prescription medication obtained the medicine from a family member or friend. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that last year, more than 93,000 people died of drug overdoses in the United States, marking the largest number of drug-related deaths ever recorded in a year. Opioid-related deaths accounted for 75 percent of all overdose deaths in 2020.

“On DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, communities across America came together to rid medicine cabinets of unneeded medications, helping to prevent prescription drug misuse,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram. “Take Back Day is a critical effort to curb the historic surge in U.S. overdoses. We know prevention starts at home. The simple step of clearing out medications that are no longer needed makes our homes safer, prevents prescription drug misuse, and, ultimately, can help save lives.”

“The DEA is so pleased with this great turnout and partnership from North Texas and Oklahoma law enforcement and its residence,” said Eduardo A. Chavez, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Dallas Field Division. “Especially during this pandemic, it is so important to dispose of unneeded prescription drugs. This event helps ensure those drugs don’t fall into the wrong hands.”

DEA’s Take Back Day program is more important than ever before. Last month, DEA issued a Public Safety Alert and launched the “One Pill Can Kill” public awareness campaign to warn Americans of a surge in deadly, fake prescription pills driven by drug traffickers seeking to exploit the U.S. opioid epidemic and prescription pill misuse. Criminal drug networks are shipping chemicals from China to Mexico where they are converted to dangerous substances like fentanyl and methamphetamine and then pressed into pills. The end result—deadly, fake prescription pills—is what these criminal drug networks make and market to prey on Americans for profit. These fake, deadly pills are widely available and deadlier than ever. Fake pills are designed to appear nearly identical to legitimate prescriptions such as Oxycontin®, Percocet®, Vicodin®, Adderall®, Xanax®, and other medicines. Criminal drug
networks are selling these pills through social media, e-commerce, the dark web, and existing distribution networks.

Along with the alert came a warning that the only safe medications are ones prescribed by a trusted medical professional and dispensed by a licensed pharmacist. Any pills that do not meet this standard are unsafe and potentially deadly.

Complete results from DEA’s 21st National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day are available at www.DEATakeBack.com.

For those who missed DEA’s Take Back Day, there are opportunities to regularly and safely dispose of unneeded medications at more than 13,000 pharmacies, hospitals, police departments, and businesses working to help clean out medicine cabinets throughout the year

Super Bowl Watch Party Guidelines Issued by the CDC for Safety During Pandemic

Super Bowl LV is going to air this Sunday, Feb. 7 in a showdown between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Many families and groups of friends have traditions to watch the big game together; however, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said this may not be the safest choice for watching this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, they have published some guidelines to keep folks as safe as possible if they do plan on going ahead with their “usual” plans:

  • Host a Super Bowl virtual watch party. You can wear the team colors and jerseys. Just set up a Zoom or other online conference call to watch live with your family and friends. You can also text each other during the game.
  • Have an outdoor viewing party. Just stay six feet apart from each other and show the game on a projector screen.
  • In the case of a large party, call the party location to make sure they are taking steps to prevent the spread of the virus and abide by the rules set by the venue.
  • Arrive early to avoid crowding and congestion.
  • Don’t use the restrooms during high-traffic times like halftime.
  • Try not to cheer and chant. Stomp, clap and use hand-held noisemakers instead.
  • Limiting alcohol consumption and use touchless payment methods when available.
  • It doesn’t matter which venue, or whether it is inside or outside, the CDC reminds everyone to wear masks over the nose and mouth when in a group of people with whom you don’t live.
  • Avoid any direct contact. That means no handshakes, hugs, or even high-fives with people outside of the household.
  • Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, masks or mouth.

For more recommendations, click HERE.

Enjoy the game and may YOUR team win!

Happy Halloween! Be safe tonight!

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We want you to have a safe and fun Halloween! Here are some tips provided by SafeKids.org:

Walk Safely:

  1. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  2. Put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  3. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  4. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  5. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
  6. Join kids under age 12 for trick-or-treating. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, tell them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Costumes for a Safe Halloween:

  1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  2. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  3. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. 
  4. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. 

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween:

  1. Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  2. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  3. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  4. Get rid of any distractions – like your phone – in your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  5. Turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  6. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Be especially alert for kids during those hours.

It’s that time again: School’s in session

Many local ISDs are going back to school today, so please mind your speed and driving behaviors in and around school zones. Keep an eye out for students walking or riding bikes. 

Also, be aware of the rules in and around school buses, and if a bus stops in front of you…STOP!

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Courtesy of the Grapevine Police Dept.

WITH SERIAL GROPER STILL ON THE RUN IN GRAPEVINE, MORE WOMEN LEARNING SELF-DEFENSE

Author: Bradley Blackburn

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Police rendering of suspect (Courtesy Grapevine PD)

GRAPEVINE, Texas — A suspected serial groper remains on the run in Grapevine, and more women are trying to protect themselves through self defense. 

At least five attacks have occurred since April at a Grapevine apartment complex, most of them clustered along Mustang Avenue. The encounters have included physical assault, indecent exposure and one instance when a woman was left with a broken collar bone after she tried to fight her attacker off.

Read more from WFAA…

Editor’s Corner: So, I witnessed a robbery…

By Stacey Doud

XchangeI was driving to the store this afternoon and passed two cars parked next to a curb, one behind the other. I thought nothing of it until the front car sped off, tires screeching, passing me up illegally in my lane. I looked in my rearview mirror and saw the driver of the other car, who was obviously agitated, hitting the car hood with his fist. The driver looked to be no more than 16 or 17 years old.

Concerned, I backed up until I was close to the young man’s vehicle. He started flagging me down, so I rolled down my window.”Did you see that?” he asked me.”Yeah…what the heck?” I said.”I was buying a Playstation 4 from this chick and she just totally ripped me off! I gave her the money and she drove off!” he said. “I feel like an idiot!”I found out his name was Zane.* He asked if he should call 9-1-1, which I encouraged him to do, and then tried to talk him down out of his anxiety. It turns out the girl got away with $180. “I feel so stupid!” Zane kept saying. “My dad is going to kill me!”

Pretty soon, three Grapevine Police Department units showed up, and one stayed to take Zane’s statement. Amazingly, Zane remembered the license plate number of the thief’s car. And unsurprisingly, this thief already had an established police record. This was definitely not her first time to rob someone.The officer and I ended up telling Zane basically the same things: the chances of getting his money back was slim, though if the girl was caught, she’d end up serving some time in jail; he’d done everything right as far as getting the license plate number and calling the police; and the next time he meets someone to exchange money for items, he needs to insist on meeting in a “Safe Exchange Zone.”

Zane, like many people, wasn’t aware of “Safe Exchange Zones.” These designated areas were first implemented in Texas in 2016 for the purpose of providing a safer alternative for the exchange of goods purchased over the internet. In Grapevine, there are zones at the QuikTrip gas station, located at 801 Ira E. Woods, and the Public Safety Building, located at 1027 Ira E. Woods.The Grapevine Police Department suggests the following for anyone conducting these kinds of transactions (Craigslist, eBay, etc.): 

  • Be very suspicious of a buyer or seller who changes the agreed upon location;
  • Always meet the buyer or seller in a public place and with plenty of people around;
  • Avoid meeting on side streets or places that are not well lit;
  • Always take someone with you and inform the buyer / seller that you will not be alone;
  • Strongly consider conducting transactions in E-Commerce Exchange Zones;
  • Trust your instincts – if it sounds like a scam it probably is; and
  • Complete the transaction during daylight hours.

Zane finished giving the Officer his report and got a business card with his case number written on the back. I doubt that Zane will see his money again (I hope I’m wrong), but he did learn a valuable lesson, and I hope he passes it on to his young friends. I gave him a much-needed hug, assured him that he wasn’t an idiot and told him that he wasn’t the first person for this to happen to and he won’t be the last. I left knowing that he learned something, even though he lost a good bit of money. The bottom line is to be safe and smart out there!

To learn more about E-Commerce Exchange Zones, click HERE.

*Zane is not the young man’s real name.

Officials: Beware Sierra Leone ‘one ring’ robocallers

By FOX4News.com Staff

 – If you are one of the many people who has gotten a late-night call from Sierra Leone, don’t be tempted to call the number back.

The Federal Communications Commission is warning people about a reported wave of the so-called “one ring” or “Wangiri” scam.

Robocallers allegedly target specific area codes in bursts and often call multiple times in the middle of the night. They hang up after one or two rings.

Read more from FOX 4…

Grapevine PD Blotter 1/14/19

Looks like the theme for this blotter is alcohol offenses! Please don’t drink and drive. Have a designated driver or call for a ride:

  1. Grapevine Taxi Cab: (817) 501-2675 or http://www.grapevinetaxicab.com/
  2. Uber/Lyft: https://uphail.com/us/tx/grapevine/

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  • THEFT UNDER $100.00 (WALLET): 3000 GRAPEVINE MILLS PKWY
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$2,500<$30K; STOLEN BAG FROM GREAT WOLF LODGE): 100 GREAT WOLF DR
  • DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED, 2ND OFFENSE: 500 E SH 114
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$30K<$150K; THEFT OF VEHICLE): 2200 BASS PRO CT
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$100<$750; CELL PHONE / WALLET STOLEN): 1200 WILLIAM D TATE AVE
  • DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED/OPEN ALCOHOL CONTAINER/UNLICENSED TO CARRY HANDGUN (MAJOR CRASH LEADS TO DWI AND UCW ARREST): 1800 S SH 121
  • FRAUD USE/POSSESSION OF IDENTIFYING INFO (# ITEMS < 5; CREDIT CARD USED WITHOUT CONSENT): 1700 W SH 114
  • BURGLARY OF RESIDENTIAL BUILDING: 1200 HURON DR
  • DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED: 1500 N SH 121
  • DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED: 1700 N SH 121
  • DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED (TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO DWI): 500 S DOOLEY ST
  • DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED, 2ND OFFENSE: 1900 S MAIN ST
  • PUBLIC INTOXICATION-ALCOHOL: 3900 GRAPEVINE MILLS PKWY
  • ASSAULT-PHYSICAL CONTACT: 1500 GAYLORD TRL
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY ($1600 CASH): 1200 TEXAN TRL
  • POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (PG 2 < 1G; MARIJUANA): 800 S DOOLEY ST
  • THEFT UNDER $100.00 (THEFT OF LICENSE PLATE): 2400 BASS PRO DR
  • PUBLIC INTOXICATION-ALCOHOL: 2200 E GRAPEVINE MILLS CIR

Dad makes app that locks your teen’s phone until they answer your text messages

By Doug Delony

screen shot 2019-01-15 at 12.01.42 pmThe app ReplyASAP makes text messages, “unmissable between people that matter, since important messages shouldn’t be missed,” says its creator, Nick Hebert.

The app can freeze your child’s phone and even sound an alarm in silent mode. It essentially forces teenagers to stop what they are doing and reply to their worried parents, reports PureWow.

Read more from KHOU11…

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