Category Archives: Tarrant County

Police Officer Arrested in Tarrant County

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On June 2, 2022, the Fort Worth Police Department (FWPD) was contacted by the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office regarding the arrest of FWPD Officer Victor Rucker for a charge involving a domestic violence incident that occurred while he was off-duty.

Upon learning of his arrest, the Fort Worth Police Department immediately began an administrative investigation. Officer Rucker has been placed on restricted duty and stripped of all police powers during the course of the ongoing criminal and administrative investigations.

The Fort Worth Police Department holds its officers to a high standard both on and off-duty, and does not tolerate criminal misconduct or unethical behavior; therefore, a thorough investigation to collect and review the facts and the circumstances of these allegations will be conducted.

Officer Rucker has been with the department for seven years and was assigned to West Division Patrol at the time of his arrest.

Source: The Texas Police News

Historical Society celebrates 45 years of safekeeping and uplifting Black history in Tarrant County this March

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Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society’s 45th Annual Gala Will Spotlight Remarkable Black Women and Their Contributions to North Texas History Tarrant County, TX

The Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society proudly announced today the official details of The Future is Now – Keeping History Relevant a Gala celebrating the organization’s 45th Anniversary and its mission to preserve and share Black history with the Tarrant County community. The special one-night event will take place on March 26, 2022, from 7 pm to 10 pm at the Kimpton Harper Hotel.

Read more from North Dallas Gazette…

List Of Sites In Tarrant County To Register For COVID-19 Vaccine

With the State of Texas now mandating that COVID-19 vaccines be open to all adults, Tarrant County is hosting events to help register residents. 

Anyone can also register online here. 

Here’s a list of registration events: 

  • March 25: Tarrant County College South Campus: 5301 Campus Dr., Fort Worth, Tx. 76119 (3-7 p.m.) 
  • March 31: Tarrant County Charles F. Griffin Subcourthouse: 3500 Miller Ave., Fort Worth, Tx. 76119 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) 
  • April 10: Texas Wesleyan University: 1201 Wesleyan St., Fort Worth, Tx. 76105 (11 a.m.- 2 p.m.) 
  • April 12: Samaria Baptist Church: 4000 E. Berry St., Fort Worth, Tx. 76105 (3 -7 p.m.) 
  • April 15, 17: Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus East: 245 E. Belknap St., Fort Worth, Tx. 76102 (3-7 p.m. April 15 and 11 a.m.-3 pm. on April 17.) 
  • April 19: Como First Missionary Baptist Church: 5228 Goodman Ave., Fort Worth, Tx. 76107 (3-7 p.m.) 
  • April 24: Los Pastores Panaderia: 3812 E. Rosedale St., Fort Worth, Tx. 76105 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) 
  • April 26: Great Commission Baptist Church: 7700 McCart Ave., Fort Worth, Tx., 76133 (3-7 p.m.) 
  • May 3: Baker Chapel AME: 1050 E. Humbolt St., Fort Worth, Tx. 76104 (3-7 p.m.) 
  • May 8: Fiesta Supermarket: 4245 E. Berry St., Fort Worth, Tx. 76105 (time pending) 
  • May 10: First St. John Cathedral: 2401 E. Berry St., Fort Worth, Tx. 76105 (3-7 p.m.) 
  • May 15: El Rancho Supermercado: 4812 South Freeway, Fort Worth, Tx. 76115 (time pending)

Source: CBSDFW via News Break

Tarrant County will continue to require masks on county property

On Tuesday March 9, the Tarrant County commissioners agreed to continue to require face coverings in county buildings.

This order applies to the county’s administration buildings, courts, jails and offices. County employees and visitors will be required to wear a face covering, despite Governor Abbott’s lifting of the state’s mask mandate, which is effective today, March 10.

For the commissioners, keeping masks mandatory is a way to continue to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Before Abbott lifted the statewide mandate, the court gave County Judge Glen Whitley the power to extend the county’s order until at least May 25, as it believed the threat of COVID-19 was active and mask wearing was the best way to control it. 

County administrator G.K. Maenius said that while the county can’t fine or jail people for not wearing a mask, if a large number of people enter county buildings without masks, commissioners would look at how they can better enforce mask-wearing.

Read more from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Tarrant County Updates COVID Vaccine Website Functionality

Tarrant County Public Health has released some new features on their COVID-19 vaccination sign up site.

People who have signed up can now get more information about their status using the Registration ID number that was included in the email/text/phone call that was received during sign-up.

Status checks can be accessed by clicking on the information request button on the registration page for Tarrant County.

An example of the following information that can be obtained from that request is provided below:

  • Date Registered
  • First Clinic Appointment (if assigned, otherwise it will be blank)
  • The phone number we will contact you at for your appointment
  • Eligibility Status

Only persons over age 18 are being considered at this time. The current interval between registration and appointment may be 3 to 4 weeks, unless citizens fall into a priority group. The site will also allow you to cancel your registration if you have already found another vaccine provider.

Click HERE to access registration site for TARRANT COUNTY or call 817-248-6299. Residents of other counties can get more information by visiting their county website.

More than 500,000 ballots cast during early voting through Oct. 27 in Tarrant County

Week three of early voting in Texas is underway, and voters in Tarrant County continue to show up to the polls in high numbers.

As of Oct. 27, more than 42% of all registered voters in Tarrant County have cast a ballot. A total of 512,434 ballots have been cast out of the total of nearly 1.2 million registered voters in the county. So far, the highest number of ballots were cast Oct. 16 with 49,835.

Tarrant County Early Voting for Weeks 1 and 2

Tarrant County is seeing a high turnout at the polls but has yet to surpass 2016 early voting numbers:

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Tarrant County extends COVID-19 mask mandate, disaster declaration until Nov. 30

By Ian Pribanic 

CoronavirusBall_red_CDChighrezTarrant County Commissioners Court voted unanimously Aug. 25 to extend the county’s disaster declaration and face mask mandate related to the COVID-19 pandemic until Nov. 30.

The county has seen a 10% decrease in hospitalizations related to COVID-19 since July, according to Vinny Taneja, director of Tarrant County Public Health. The downward trend indicates that the face mask mandate is working, Taneja said.

“We want people wearing masks,” Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley said. “This is an inconvenience that can help us get past this.”

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A Message from Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate

Dear Friends,

108950414_10164233766805268_8008274536047627185_nThese times are trying the souls of all humankind. We are dealing with an unknown enemy that is threatening our health, our economy, and our way of life. Our knowledge of ways to defeat this virus is limited. Short of a cure or a vaccine, which now is beyond our reach, we must come together. Many projections have been incorrect and the data has been inconsistent. People are not sure what to do and do not know what to believe. However, it is clear that we are all in this together and we need every citizen to join our army to defeat it. The medical community nor public officials cannot defeat it alone. You are the best weapon that we now have.

Efforts across Texas must be unified, so we depend on County and State orders to ensure all Texans are working together in combatting this disease. We have been ordered by the Governor and the Tarrant County Judge to practice social distancing, to wear a mask when out in public, to use good hygiene, and stay at home as much as possible. I realize people are tired of staying home and many do not want to wear a mask, especially in this Texas summer heat.

I have heard the arguments made by those against wearing a mask and I believe they all pale compared to the devastating consequences we will all suffer if we do not comply. Additionally, I have seen much of the scientific evidence, which has convinced me that masks do effectively reduce the community spread of COVID-19. The requirement to wear a mask is only temporary, so to comply does not give up any civil rights in my opinion.

It remains unknown which of us will get the disease and which of us will die from it. Therefore, we need to protect ourselves and those we love. If you feel invincible to the virus and feel you do not need to wear a mask, then I ask you to do so for the following reasons:

  • Do it for the elderly and those who have underlying health conditions whose lives are most at risk.
  • Do it for the medical personnel that have treated the sick until they are exhausted.
  • Do it for the teachers who soon will be at risk and have to work twice as hard to teach in the classroom and online.
  • Do it for the schoolchildren so they will have a chance to get back in the classroom this fall.
  • Do it for those who have lost their jobs and are unemployed, to give them a chance to get back to work and support their families.
  • Do it for the millions of Americans in danger of their homes being foreclosed on in the next few months.
  • Do it so you can look back when this period is behind us and feel proud that you did your part in defeating COVID-19.
  • Do it to set a good example.

If for no other reason, do it because it is the polite thing to do.

Not wearing a face-covering could result in civil penalties. However, even more harmful would be for our economy to be shut down again. We cannot afford this alternative, so I ask that everyone voluntarily comply.

I appreciate the majority of our citizens who have already joined the fight and are doing everything they can to conquer this virus. Please encourage others to do the same.

Be blessed and stay encouraged, Grapevine.

Mayor William D. Tate

Face Masks To Be Required in Tarrant County Businesses Beginning Friday

61M4dTyfhHL._AC_SX425_Face coverings will be required in all Tarrant County businesses, the county judge announced Thursday, mirroring measures taken across the state amid a “massive” spike in COVID-19 infections.

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley said the countywide executive order will go into effect at 6 p.m. Friday. The order will be in effect through 6 a.m. Aug. 3 and also applies to outdoor gatherings of 100 people or more.

Read the Executive Order in its entirety HERE.

Read more and see videos at NBCDFW…

[Editor’s Note: Yes, it’s basically a law for all citizens and store owners in Tarrant County to wear masks in public. Businesses have been encouraged to refuse service to patrons who are not wearing face protection.]

Tarrant County COVID Testing Information

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If you are interested in scheduling a COVID-19 (Coronavirus) test in your area, please provide your zip code to ensure you’re in the serviced area then click “Get Started” to begin the screening process. This screening tool is intended for persons 18 years of age or older. For questions about getting your child tested, please contact their medical provider.

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