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Grand Prairie police warn of dangerous snake on the loose

The Grand Prairie Police Department is warning residents in a particular neighborhood to watch out for a dangerous snake on the loose.

Last night (Tuesday) at around 6:30pm, Grand Prairie Animal Services were contacted about a missing snake that had escaped an enclosure at a home in the 1800 block of Cherry Street.

Crews from animal services and professional snake apprehension specialists searched for the snake inside and outside the house throughout the night, but the snake was not located. They believe the snake may have slithered into the surrounding neighborhood.

The West African Banded Cobra snake is venomous and dangerous, police say. They are warning people not to approach or capture the snake.

The owner is permitted to have the snake, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

The Grand Prairie Police Department has partnered with the Grand Prairie Fire Department who has alerted area
hospitals of the missing snake and initiated a protocol with Parkland Hospital to treat this type of snake bite in
event of a human encounter. GPPD has also been in contact with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
related to policy and procedures on the permitting of venomous snakes in residential areas.

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Armed man subdued by police while attempting to enter Flower Mound fire station

The Flower Mound Police Department and Texas Rangers are investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred this morning at Flower Mound Fire Station #7.

It all began when 9-1-1 callers reported an armed man pointing a gun at people in the area of Post Oak Park. As officers arrived in the area, the armed man was attempting to enter Flower Mound Fire Station #7, located at 2777 Skillern Road.

When the officers encountered the man at the fire station, he pointed the gun at officers, causing them to fire multiple shots. The suspect was not hit, but officers were able to tase and subdue him before he could hurt anyone.

The suspect is facing multiple charges. His identity has not yet been released.

This incident is the second major incident involving Flower Mound first responders this week. On Wednesday night, three Flower Mound police officers were shot during an encounter with a suicidal subject. Luckily, all three officers are going to be OK.

NEW: Murder suspects lead police on chase that ends in shootout on I35W in Alvarado

A Hill County law enforcement officer and two suspects wanted in connection to a murder in Dallas are all recovering in the hospital tonight for injuries sustained in a lengthy pursuit and shootout.

It all started around 2:00pm this afternoon when the Dallas Police Department Fugitive Apprehension Unit was conducting an investigation involving two wanted felons. Both were suspects in a homicide investigation. The suspect’s vehicle, a red Dodge Neon, was spotted on Interstate 35E in Waxahachie. A marked Waxahachie police officer attempted to pull over the suspects, but they sped away.

A lengthy pursuit went through Ellis, Hill, and Johnson counties involving several agencies. During the pursuit, the suspects fired multiple gunshots at police, striking a Hill County Constable. He was taken to a Fort Worth hospital where his injuries and condition have not been disclosed. We have heard unofficially that he was hit in the shoulder and face. Burleson Police Department has identified him as Kevin Cordell, one of their former officers.

The suspects continued to fire at police throughout the pursuit, eventually exiting off Interstate 35W at County Road 604 in Alvarado. They u-turned on the service road to go back southbound on the highway when a DPS Trooper utilized his vehicle and rammed the suspects.

The suspect vehicle came to rest along a grassy median along the highway. A shootout then ensued between several police officers and the two suspects. Both suspects were injured and taken to local hospitals. We have heard at least one of the suspects sustained major injuries. No other officers were injured.

Lanes of Interstate 35W were closed for approximately 30 minutes while police apprehended both suspects. CareFlite sent two medical helicopters to the scene.

The Texas Rangers are leading the investigation at this time.

UPDATE: The two suspects involved in yesterday’s shooting have been identified as 19-year-old men from Dallas. One of the suspects was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The other remains hospitalized. Hill County Constable Kevin Cordell also remains hospitalized.

Thanks to Michael Beard Photography for the banner photo of the scene.

Lancaster police shoot, kill man who fired shots inside apartment

The Lancaster Police Department is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred early this morning at the Rosemont Apartments in the 1600 block of N. Houston School Road.

Officials say the man was originally involved in a disturbance with a female last night (Sunday). He was taken to Charlton hospital for evaluation for treatment of possible mental illness, but the hospital released him.

At around 5:42am this morning, Lancaster police were dispatched to a shooting at the Rosemont Apartments. The same man from last night had fired several shots inside an apartment. A woman and two juveniles were inside the apartment as well.

Officers made contact with the man, which resulted in the officers firing shots at the suspect. The suspect was hit and transported to Methodist Dallas hospital, but pronounced deceased.

Lancaster PD have not released any additional information regarding this incident.

UPDATE: Juvenile suspect charged with felony in beating death of Mesquite PD K-9 Officer

The Mesquite Police Department has released additional information regarding the death of K-9 Kozmo, the police dog killed in the line of duty earlier this week.

It was determined that K-9 Kozmo’s death was caused by an assault; therefore, police have charged one of the suspects, a 16-year-old male, with Interference with a Police Service Animal (causing injury or death), a 2nd degree felony.

Mesquite PD and other agencies had just ended a police chase in the overnight hours of Monday when K-9 Kozmo was sent into a wooded area to track down the suspects. The suspects were later found and arrested, but K-9 Kozmo did not return. His body would later be found in the woods.

A police escort brought K-9 Kozmo’s body back to the Mesquite PD earlier today. A memorial service is still being planned.

“The Mesquite Police Department has been overwhelmed by the support of not only our community but also our law enforcement partners in this time of grief. Thank you to everyone involved today, your support means everything to us.”

Official update from I35W wreck: 135 vehicles, six fatalities, 65 hurt

Officials from the Fort Worth Fire Department, Fort Worth Police Department, and MedStar EMS have released additional details regarding the multi-vehicle accident today on Interstate 35W.

As originally reported, multiple 9-1-1 calls came into dispatch around 6:00am regarding a significant crash on the southbound side of I35W express near Northside Drive.

When emergency responders arrived, the crash was still occurring.

All in all, 135 vehicles were involved in the crash, according to Fort Worth PD. Six people have been found deceased in the wreckage, including a 45-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman, both from the area.

MedStar EMS ambulances and the agency’s AMBUS (Ambulance Bus Unit) transported a total of 36 people to local hospitals. 29 people sought medical care after the crash, bringing the total to 65 people injured.

As of 9:30pm, crews remain on the scene clearing up debris and wreckage.

More winter weather is expected to impact North Texas in the coming week. Please, if you must travel, use extreme caution, especially on elevated roadways and overpasses where ice can form.

DFW airspace temporarily closed for second time in a week for COVID cleaning at FAA site

The Federal Aviation Administration has reopened airspace over the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex following a second round of comprehensive cleaning at their Fort Worth, Texas air traffic control center. The temporary closure, which lasted around 30 minutes this evening, stopped all flights to and from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field.

This is the second closure at the FAA Air Traffic Control Center in a week. Last Wednesday, December 30th, the administration announced they were issuing a ground stop of all air traffic in and out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field while personnel cleaned the facility. During the ground stop last Wednesday, which took place for an hour and twenty minutes, all FAA employees left the building to allow for the cleaning. The FAA issued a statement indicating the cleaning was required due to an employee testing positive for the Coronavirus days before.

According to FAA records, another employee at their facility test positive for the Coronavirus on Saturday, January 2nd. The temporary closure this evening, which lasted around 30 minutes, was to allow for another round of cleaning at their site.

The FAA Air Traffic Control Center handles high-level air traffic in several states. They employee 380 employees at their site located along FAA Blvd just SH-360. They control the airspace around the DFW Metroplex.

Both the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field took to social media to advise travelers that it was the FAA, not the individual airports, that closed the airspace.

Temporary closures may be needed in the future if additional FAA employees test positive for the Coronavirus. Stay tuned for any future closures.

Young girl not injured after random bullet hits window at her Arlington home

The Arlington Police Department is investigating a random gunfire incident that occurred overnight in a quiet north Arlington neighborhood.

Joyce Atayde was at her home in the area of Interstate 30 and NW Green Oaks Blvd around 1:00am when her young daughter reported hearing a loud boom in her bedroom. Joyce and her husband originally thought it was a tree branch falling on the roof, but when they went into their daughter’s bedroom, they found a bullet had impacted the window and lodged itself into the carpet.

Thankfully, their daughter was in bed at the time. The bullet landed where Joyce’s daughter sits and reads her books.

The Ataydes called 9-1-1 and reported the incident to Arlington police, but their officers were busy working several shooting calls, including two that were fatal. An officer came out earlier this morning to take evidence and write a report on the incident.

“My daughter doesn’t want to sleep in her bedroom anymore,” said Joyce. The incident has traumatized the family.

Arlington police told her the chances of catching the person responsible are slim to none.

Celebratory and random gunfire is a Class A Misdemeanor in the State of Texas. It is punishable by a fine of up to $4,000 and up to a year in jail. If caught, a charge of Deadly Conduct could cost you $10,000 and jail time. Remember: what does up must come down. Do not celebrate New Year’s Eve, July 4th, or any holiday with celebratory gunfire. It could cost the life of an innocent person.

Mother and two kids killed in Parker County crash

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating a fatality accident that occurred this afternoon along Highway 199 just west of Springtown in Parker County.

At 12:35pm, Parker County Emergency Services District #1, Lifecare EMS, and multiple law enforcement agencies responded to Highway 199 at Park View Court in regards to a major accident.

DPS Troopers believe an SUV was driving east on Highway 199 behind a pickup truck when the pickup truck slowed to turn left onto Park View Court. The driver of the SUV failed to slow and veered to the left in an attempt to avoid hitting the pickup truck. The SUV clipped the back of pickup truck, causing the SUV to slide into oncoming traffic. An oncoming vehicle broadsided the SUV.

The driver of the SUV, identified as a 25-year-old woman, and two children, identified as a 7-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl, were all pronounced deceased at the scene. Another driver was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Lanes of Highway 199 were closed while DPS Troopers investigated the scene.

Intoxicated driver causes crash that kills pedestrian in Lewisville

The Lewisville Police Department is investigating a fatality accident that occurred on Friday night in the 400 block of Highland Drive near Club Ridge Drive. The crash happened around 8:00pm.

According to police, a vehicle traveling east on Highland Drive veered into oncoming traffic, hit a vehicle head-on, and then crashed off the roadway, striking two pedestrians who were walking along the sidewalk.

One of the pedestrians, identified as an 18-year-old male from Houston, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The second, a juvenile, was critically injured and transported by Lewisville EMS to Children’s Dallas hospital. The juvenile was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. The two were brothers.

The driver of the vehicle, a 31-year-old woman, was arrested and transported to jail on suspicion of intoxicated driving. She has been charged with Intoxication Assault and Intoxication Manslaughter.

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