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[UPDATED] Search for missing 7-year-old shifts to investigation in Wise County


Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin has provided an update regarding the search and investigation into the disappearance of 7-year-old Athena Strand.

On Wednesday afternoon at approximately 4:15pm, Athena got off her school bus at County Road 3573 just north of Farm to Market Road 2123 in Wise County. At around 6:40pm, her step-mother called 9-1-1 to report Athena was missing.

Wise County Sheriff’s Office deputies, paramedics with Wise County EMS, and volunteer firefighters responded and immediately commenced a search of her family home and areas surrounding the property. They were assisted by DPS Troopers and DPS-101 helicopter. A search continued into the early morning hours of Thursday before it was called off around 4:30am.

The search reconvened on Thursday morning with the help of several agencies and hundreds of citizen volunteers. Infrared drones and thermal-imaging cameras on helicopters were utilized, but she was not located. Two different K-9 teams picked up a scent near her immediate home, but neither team were able to locate anything.

As of Friday afternoon, Sheriff Akin says the situation has shifted from an active search to an investigation. Spot searches continue in the immediate area; however, Wise County Sheriff’s Office and other state and federal law enforcement agencies have started a thorough investigation into her disappearance.

Sheriff Akin is asking all residents in the region of her residence (FM 2123 and CR 3573) to walk their property and check outbuildings for any information related to Athena’s disappearance.

If you know something, call the Wise County Sheriff’s Office immediately.

UPDATE – According to Sheriff Lane Akin, Athena’s body was located approximately 6 miles east of Cottondale.

Earlier today, a tip was received regarding a FedEx truck and her disappearance. Law enforcement believe the driver abducted Athena. He is a 31-year-old man from the Lake Worth area, charged with Capital Murder and Kidnapping. The man is in Wise County jail.

Sheriff Akin says the man has confessed to the incident. He was delivering a package to the home at the time of Athena’s disappearance. Officials say the suspect did not know the family.

Man arrested for causing Carrollton crash that killed mother, injured five kids

The Carrollton Police Department has announced an arrest from the October crash that killed a mother and injured several of her children.

The crash occurred back on October 24th at the intersection of Marsh Lane and Dove Creek in Carrollton. Emergency responders were called to the scene of the crash and located two vehicles with significant damage.

Officials determined a driver was traveling at high speeds on Marsh Lane when they struck an SUV occupied by multiple people. A 43-year-old woman in the SUV was pronounced deceased at the scene. Five of her eight children inside the vehicle were also injured.

The driver at fault ran away on foot immediately after the crash. The Carrollton Police Department worked with the U.S. Marshal’s Service Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force and determined the suspect was hiding in an apartment in Lewisville. Detectives took him into custody Monday at the Lewisville apartment complex after a short foot chase.

The suspect, identified as 19-year-old Brayan De La Rosa, has been charged with a total of 12 felonies: Manslaughter (1), Accident Involving Death (1), Accident Involving Serious Bodily Injury (1), Accident Involving Injury (4), Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon (5). He has been transferred to the Dallas County Jail.

Police kill armed man at Fort Worth QT

At 12:39am this morning, Fort Worth police responded to the QuikTrip at 2501 NE 28th Street regarding an armed man inside the store.

When officers arrived at the QT, the man walked out the front of the store with a handgun and immediately started firing the gun towards officers. Officers returned fire, striking the suspect.

They performed first aid at the scene until paramedics transported him to a local hospital. He was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

This is an active investigation.

UPDATE: Firefighters rescue two workers trapped under Fort Worth school

At approximately 5:40pm this evening, members of the Fort Worth Fire Department, Northeast Fire Department Association (Tarrant County), and other specialized rescue teams were called to the Treetops School International for a rescue situation.

Fire officials say two people were working on a slab leak at the school when the mud collapsed in on their hole. They were approximately 15′ up under the building, officials say.

Multiple rescue crews worked for just over an hour to free the two trapped individuals. The pair was safely rescued around 7:15pm.

The workers did not appear to be injured, but they were transported to the hospital as a precaution.

Numerous fire departments responded to the scene. Pipeline Road was shut down just east of Industrial Blvd while crews worked the incident.

UPDATES: Two planes collide in mid-air at Dallas air show

At around 1:20pm this afternoon, a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a Bell P-63 Kingcobra collided and crashed at the Wings Over Dallas Airshow at Dallas Executive Airport.

Dallas Fire Rescue and Dallas Police Department were first to arrive on the scene. One of the planes erupted in flames after crashing into the ground. An ARFF truck from the airport suppressed the flames.

The NTSB and FAA are working to determine how many people were on board each aircraft. No spectators were injured.

According to their website, the Wings Over Dallas Airshow is the largest WWII airshow in North Texas. Both aircraft were out of Houston, according to the Commemorative Air Force.

All lanes of Highway 67 have been closed due to this incident. The debris field includes the highway, Airport grounds, and a nearby strip mall, according to Dallas Fire Rescue.

As part of the event, DFR resources were already in attendance in case of (such) an emergency. In fact, just last week the department participated in a joint disaster exercise at Dallas Love Field Airport that mirrored some of the circumstances present at today’s event. In response to today’s crash, firefighters were able to quickly arrive at the crash site, at the South end of the airport, and extinguish the flames where most of the debris came to rest. Though debris stretched from the airport, across Highway 67 to a strip mall on the opposite side, there were no spectators, or anyone else on the ground, impacted by the crash.

Updates will be provided here once released by officials.

UPDATE – According to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, the Dallas County Medical Examiner reports a total of 6 fatalities from the crash. Authorities are working to identify the victims.

UPDATE – In preparation for today’s planned airshow, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) had placed supplies for a pyrotechnics show in the ground at Executive Airport. After yesterday’s incident and the subsequent cancellation of today’s event, the pyrotechnic supplies must be disposed of safely. The only manner in which to do that once they are placed is to detonate them.

CAF will be conducting the detonation under the supervision of the Fire Marshal and the Explosive Ordinance Division (EOD). The detonation will be controlled and of a much reduced capacity compared to the planned show; there will be no pyrotechnic shells involved. Only the grain set cord will be detonated in a “one-shot” event rather than a series of detonations.

DFR fire suppression units will be on stand-by for the controlled detonation.

UPDATE: Kidnapping suspect arrested, victim safe after long pursuit

Earlier this morning, the Arlington Police Department issued a CLEAR Alert through the Texas Department of Public Safety regarding the imminent danger of a 20-year-old woman taken against her will. The CLEAR Alert bulletin is posted below. This bulletin was sent to departments across the state of Texas.

At around 1:30pm, a Fort Worth police officer spotted the suspect vehicle. Additional officers attempted to stop the suspect, but he took off and led them on a pursuit.

The pursuit went down East Loop 820 to I20, I20 into Grand Prairie, 360 into Mansfield, northbound on 287 to I20, westbound I20 to southbound I35W, and ended at southbound I35W near Hidden Creek Parkway in the Burleson area.

The suspect drove erratically during the pursuit, topping 100MPH at times. We posted a play-by-play on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

A Fort Worth officer successfully deployed spikes along southbound I35W which helped to slow down and render the suspect’s vehicle inoperable. It was at this time that officers were able to arrest the suspect.

The kidnapping victim is safe in police custody. She was assessed by paramedics as a precaution.

This story will be updated with any new information.

NEW: One person shot in road rage incident on I30

The Fort Worth Police Department is investigating a road rage incident that escalated to a shooting this morning on Interstate 30 in east Fort Worth.

At 8:36am, Fort Worth police responded to the eastbound lanes of I30 near Cooks Lane for a person shot. Eyewitnesses reported a road rage incident where one vehicle was shooting at another. The victim pulled over and jumped the concrete barrier onto the opposing side of the highway.

Several drivers stopped to assist the victim who was laying on the highway.

MedStar EMS transported the victim to a local hospital with serious injuries.

All lanes of eastbound I30 were closed while Fort Worth police investigated the scene.

Many residents in the area received a Public Safety Alert on their phone regarding the closure.

UPDATE: Sansom Park officer critically hurt during active shooter training at Forest Hill school

A Sansom Park police officer has been critically injured after sustaining a gunshot wound injury at a Forest Hill active shooter training exercise.

Sansom Park PD and several other agencies were training this afternoon at David K. Sellars Elementary School, 4200 Dorsey Street, when an accidental shooting took place just after 2:00pm. One officer was shot.

CareFlite was called to airlift the injured officer, but MedStar EMS transported by ground ambulance to a local trauma center. She is currently in critical condition at JPS.

Everman PD Chief Spencer says no live rounds were planned to be used during the exercise, but the officer was struck with one. The investigation will determine what type of bullet was involved.

The Texas Rangers is investigating the incident.

More details will be released when available.

Motorcyclist dies after being shot at Cedar Hill intersection

The Cedar Hill Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred this evening.

At 5:23pm this evening, Cedar Hill police responded to a shooting at the intersection of Bear Creek Road and Duncanville Road. Emergency responders arrived to find a motorcyclist with a gunshot wound. Paramedics transported him to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Authorities say the suspected shooter pulled up to the intersection near the motorcyclist, exited the vehicle, and fired at least one shot, hitting the man. The suspect then fled the area in an unknown vehicle.

“We are asking anyone with security cameras along Bear Creek between Joe Wilson and Duncanville Rd to contact us so we may review the video footage. Anyone with information is urged to call the Cedar Hill Police Department at 972-291-5181,” says the Cedar Hill PD.

The incident remains under investigation.

Armed felon killed by police in Parker County

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Texas Rangers are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred yesterday afternoon in rural Parker County.

At approximately 4:30pm, members of the Fort Worth Police Department’s Fugitive Unit along with the United States Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force were searching for a man with an active felony warrant related to a domestic assault.

Officers tracked down the 30-year-old man to a rural portion of Parker County. As they attempted to apprehend him, he sped off and rammed a law enforcement vehicle. The suspect’s vehicle became disabled in the area of Michele Court north of Weatherford. It was at this time that DPS troopers say the suspect raised a weapon in a threatening manner. A pursuing Fort Worth PD officer fired his duty weapon striking the suspect. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The suspect was wanted for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

Additional details are limited at this time due to the active investigation.

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