Monthly Archives: March 2020

Law enforcement searching for man who robbed, shot and killed store clerk in Rendon

The Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office responded to a robbery and shooting this morning around 7:00AM at the Super Big Country Mart, located at FM 1187 and Stephenson Levy Road.

Police say a man entered the store with intent to commit a robbery around 6:18AM. The suspect displayed a handgun and robbed the clerk who opened the store a short time earlier.

At some point during the incident, the suspect shot the store clerk, who was found deceased at the location around 7:12AM from an apparent gunshot wound.

The suspect fled with cash and the victim’s dark gray Toyota Sienna minivan, Texas license plate GPB0449, southbound on Stevenson Levy Road toward Burleson.

The suspect has medium brown skin and a stocky build. His race is not known at this time. He was wearing a surgical type mask across his face, a ball cap, a blue zip up hoodie, gray pants, black shoes and one glove. The ball cap is white with a red bill.

A male wearing a plaid shirt and white ball cap entered the store just prior to the Robbery. He was driving a white 4-door passenger car. At this time, this individual is only a person of interest and Investigators would like to speak with him. His photo and a photo of his vehicle is attached.

Shooting suspect.
Person of interest.
Person of interest’s vehicle.

Anyone with information contact Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office at 817-884-1213. The suspect is considered to be armed and dangerous. Citizens are advised not to approach the subject and contact 911 if found.

Pedestrian struck and killed while crossing Crowley roadway

The Crowley Police Department is investigating a fatality accident involving a vehicle and a pedestrian that occurred on Tuesday evening in the 200 block of South Crowley Road.

Crowley PD and Fire/EMS all responded to the scene at 8:50PM. Police said the man was attempted to cross the roadway near the Little Caesar’s pizza shop. A vehicle struck him as he crossed the road.

EMS pronounced the pedestrian deceased on the scene. He has been identified as a 30-year-old man from Crowley who lived about a mile from the crash scene.

The driver of the vehicle stopped at the scene and is cooperating with police.

“Stay at Home” mandate issued for residents in Denton County

Officials in Denton County have now ordered all individuals to stay a home beginning tomorrow (Wednesday), March 25th at 11:59PM. The mandate lasts until March 31.

“All individuals currently living within Denton County are ordered to STAY AT HOME or their current place of residence,” reads the order.

“All businesses operating within Denton County are required to cease all activities at facilities located within Denton County. Businesses may continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities at their residences.”

Denton County has 36 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus, as of Tuesday March 24th. Dallas and Tarrant counties have also ordered similar declarations for their residents.

Click here to read the full order.

Stay At Home ordered for individuals in Tarrant County

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley has signed a declaration ordering individuals within Tarrant County to stay at home and limit errands to those that are essential, such as groceries and medications.

The order begins at 11:59PM tonight through April 7th.

“All persons currently residing within the incorporated and unincorporated territory of Tarrant County shall stay at their place of residence, except as allowed by this Order. All persons may leave their residences only for Essential Travel, to work in Essential Businesses, Government Service, or Essential Critical Infrastructure, or to perform Minimum Basic Operations.”

All businesses in Tarrant County will be closed to the public, unless they are deemed to be essential.

All public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside the home are also prohibited.

“We’re not out here trying to find people to fine,” said Judge Whitley when asked how law enforcement will enforce the measures. He did say that as police patrol neighborhoods, if they see congregated activity at local parks and other public areas, officers will advise them to disperse. The order reads: “Any person who violates this Executive Order may be subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000 or confinement for a period not exceeding 180 days.”

“Any business who can work virtually should,” said Mayor Betsy Price of Fort Worth. “Everyone else: when you are home, stay home.”

Read the full Executive Order, including definitions and other guidelines, here.

“Shelter in place” order issued for residents in Dallas County starts at midnight on Monday

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has ordered all residents in Dallas County to “shelter in place” under a new declaration announced on Sunday afternoon.

“Because of the risk of the rapid spread of the virus, and the need to protect the most vulnerable members of the community, this Order requires all individuals anywhere in Dallas County to shelter in place – that is, stay at home – except for certain essential activities and work to provide essential business and government services or perform essential public infrastructure construction, including housing.”

The Order begins at midnight tomorrow, March 23rd, and will last until April 3rd.

There were 14 cases of the Coronavirus in Dallas County last Sunday; however, latest numbers indicate at least 131 known cases, including two deaths.

Officials are still recommending people to avoid gatherings of over 10+ people.

Officials recommend these important safety measures:

Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Avoid touching your face
Stay home when sick
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Follow CDC recommendations for using a facemask
Wash your hands often using soap for at least 20 seconds
Consult with CDC’s travel website for any travel advisories

Driver dies in crash at I-20 / SH-360 interchange in Arlington

The Arlington Police Department, Fire Department, and EMS all responded to a major accident at 11:22AM this morning along I-20 at the SH-360 interchange.

Police say a vehicle was traveling along westbound I-20 to go northbound on SH-360 when the driver lost control of the car and it crashed off the highway. The vehicle then struck a concrete barrier.

The driver, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced deceased on the scene. The identity has not yet been publicly released.

Officials say the roadway was wet at the time of the crash, which may be a contributing factor in the accident. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

20 new cases of Coronavirus reported in Dallas County, including DPD officer; one death also confirmed

The Dallas County Health and Human Services confirms a total of 20 new cases of the Coronavirus in Dallas County, bringing the total number of resident cases to 55.

Dallas PD also stated one of their officers was exposed to the virus while on the job. “An officer working out of the Northeast Patrol tested positive for the virus on Thursday. The individual has been isolated and is doing well.” Some coworkers have been quarantined due to their close contact with the officer. Dallas PD says they have issued 3,200 bottles of alcohol-based hand sanitizer as well as 6,000 boxes of gloves.

County officials have also confirmed the first death related to the virus. The only information reported is that the victim is a Dallas County resident.

“Residents are asked to help prevent spread of the virus by practicing non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) such as social distancing (avoiding close contact with other people, especially those who are sick), covering coughs and sneezes, and hand hygiene. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. If you are sick, stay home.”

Storm damage reported in Alvord (Wise County)

Multiple emergency responders are on scene in the Alvord area assessing the tornado and storm damage.

There has been confirmed damage located at Business 287 / Highway 81 and Highway 287 in the south Alvord area. According to scanner traffic, multiple sheds and other debris are in the roadway.

The damage has been located near the A+ RV Park.

The storm that moved through the area produced a large tornado near Chico before impacting Alvord.

Stay tuned to DFW Scanner on Facebook and Twitter for severe weather alerts.

60+ positive cases of Coronavirus reported across North Texas; community spread a likely factor [Updated]

For our continual updates on the Coronavirus situation in the region, we will be monitoring cases from the following counties: Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, Collin, Johnson, Ellis, Rockwall, Parker, and Kaufman. Here is a quick breakdown based on information gathered at 12PM noon on Wednesday:

Updates posted after this story was published will be italicized.

Dallas County – 39 cases (four of those are out-of county); 11 new cases were confirmed today, five of whom have no recent travel history; at least one person is in critical condition.

Tarrant County – 8 cases; two new cases reported today; one related death in Arlington.

Denton County – Five cases; a man in his 30’s who lives outside of the county and a woman in her 50’s from Prosper. UPDATE – Three additional cases confirmed (reflected in total number).

Collin County – 9 cases; one case confirmed today, a woman in her 30’s from Plano; one death confirmed from Collin County judge.

Johnson County – One case; man in his 40’s from northeast portion of the county; unknown travel history. Disaster Declaration forthcoming.

Ellis County – One case; woman in her 70’s from Maypearl with pre-existing medical condition. Disaster Declaration issued.

Parker County – Zero cases.

Rockwall County – Zero cases.

Kaufman County – Zero cases. Disaster Declaration signed.

Regardless of where you live in North Texas, every official is highly recommending residents to avoid gatherings. As reported earlier this week, the CDC has requested gatherings of 50+ to be canceled or postponed for the next eight (8) weeks. Bars, gyms, and other leisure or business venues have been closed to prevent the community spread of the virus.

Officials recommend these important safety measures:

Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Avoid touching your face
Stay home when sick
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Follow CDC recommendations for using a facemask
Wash your hands often using soap for at least 20 seconds
Consult with CDC’s travel website for any travel advisories

We will be publishing updated numbers as released by officials in the coming days and weeks. Stay healthy!

Strong storms, heavy rain likely overnight in DFW

After a soaking rain two nights ago, we now have a good chance for strong, potentially severe, thunderstorms and heavy rain in the DFW Metroplex overnight tonight.

A line of strong and severe weather has been moving our direction from west Texas throughout the day. Latest projections indicate the storms will arrive between the hours of midnight and 6AM.

Severe weather is a possibility, but chances are not high. A tornado can also not totally be ruled out, as one of the storms was tornado-warned earlier this evening north of Abilene.

A Flash Flood WATCH has been issued for this round of heavy rain. There is also a chance of heavy rain tomorrow (Wednesday) night as well.

So don’t be alarmed if you are awoken by heavy rainfall and lightning. Please have a way to receive severe weather alerts to your cell phone in the event of a serious weather situation. You never know when it will happen, and you’ll want to be ready when it does.

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