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UPDATE: Carrollton Police arrest teenager who claimed to be spreading Coronavirus

The Carrollton Police Department has arrested 18-year-old Lorraine Maradiaga, who was wanted for posting a series of Snapchat videos purportedly infesting shoppers at a local Walmart.

On Sunday, Carrollton PD said they were attempting to locate her after the discovery of the Snapchat videos. The series included references to receiving a positive COVID-19 test, and later showed her at a Walmart store claiming that she was “infesting every [expletive] here.”

She has been charged with a Terrorist Threat. This is a 3rd-degree felony.

Contrary to her Snapchat videos, “Maradiaga has stated that she is COVID-19 negative,” say police. “We currently have no proof that Maradiaga has tested positive.”

Her bond has been set at $20,000. She has been ordered to quarantine for 21 days upon date of release from custody as a precaution.

Police respond to person in distress call at 121 / DNT interchange in Plano

The Plano Police Department responded to a person in distress call at the Highway 121 / Sam Rayburn Tollway and Dallas North Tollway.

According to reports, an individual was standing on the ledge of one of the interchange ramps, threatening to jump.

Police closed most of the highway down for around 30 minutes while they negotiated with the individual. The person safely got down from the ledge.

All traffic has been reopened in the area.

Officials urging people to stay at home after 5 more COVID-19 deaths reported in Tarrant County

The Tarrant County Public Health Department is urging residents to follow the “stay at home” orders after five (5) deaths related to the Coronavirus have been reported today.

Two of the five residents lived in Fort Worth. The others lived in River Oaks, Haltom City, and Grand Prairie. Their ages ranged from 47 to 88, all of whom were hospitalized locally. Two of the patients had underlying health conditions.

These new deaths bring the total death count in Tarrant County to 18.

Officials remind residents that the Stay at Home orders are still in effect. All activities conducted outside of your residence should be for essential purposes only. If you go to the grocery store, maintain social distancing and wear a mask or shield that blocks your mouth and nose.

“Based on all the reports we are seeing, we could very well be about to see a spike in COVID-19 activity in our county,” said Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja.

“We can get through this, but only if everyone does their part and follows the guidelines without exception.”

Driver killed in single-vehicle crash in Grand Prairie

The Grand Prairie Police Department is investigating a major accident involving a fatality that occurred last night (Saturday) in the 2400 block of W. Main Street.

According to officials, a commercial vehicle was traveling west on Main Street at around 11:30PM when the driver lost control of the vehicle and it overturned. The driver (sole occupant) died.

There were no other vehicles involved, nor were any other people hurt or killed.

Lanes of the roadway were closed while Grand Prairie police investigated the scene.

The victim’s identity has not yet been publicly released.

SWAT incident successfully resolved in Euless

The Euless Police Department responded to a possible domestic disturbance situation at a home in the 1500 block of Aransas Drive around dinnertime this evening.

It was reported that a barricaded person was inside the residence along with a woman. Unofficial reports indicate the woman was a possible hostage in the event.

Euless PD requested the assistance of the regional SWAT team to assist with the apprehension of the suspect.

At 7:19PM, Euless PD posted on their Facebook page for residents in the area to stay inside their homes. “You may hear a loud speaker in use.”

The incident was resolved around 9PM after the male suspect was taken into custody without incident. The woman was also safely removed from the house. No one was injured.

Euless PD is still investigating the incident. There is no further information at this time.

Please note: DFW Scanner does not publish information regarding or related to ongoing police incidents, such as barricaded persons, SWAT incidents, or other sensitive events, until the incident has been resolved. We do this for officer safety reasons.

Thank you Michael Beard Photography for the banner scene photo.

Man armed with shotgun shot and killed by Irving PD after shooting into 7-11 store

The Irving Police Department responded to a shooting call at the 7-11, 510 N. Nursey Road, at 1:15AM this morning.

An employee of the convenience store called police to report a man was shooting his way into the store. Police say the store was closed at the time. The employee was hiding in the bathroom of the business.

When Irving police officers arrived on the scene, the suspect, armed with a shotgun, was exiting the business. Officers gave verbal commands to drop the weapon, but he did not comply. An Irving PD officer discharged his weapon, striking and killing the suspect.

The suspect has been identified as a 69-year-old man.

No officers, nor the store employee, were injured in the incident.

The investigation is ongoing at this time. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Irving Police Department at 972-273-1010 (24-hours).

“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.

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