Bus service will change for WSISD

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A State Senator plans to introduce legislation this week that would do away with Dallas County Schools (DCS) and their bus service. Currently, 12 school districts use DCS for bus transportation including White Settlement ISD. Continue reading “Bus service will change for WSISD”

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Man shot in robbery of store on Cherry Lane

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A man was transported to the hospital after being shot during a robbery at this Quik Sak on Cherry Lane near Brewer Middle School this past Friday night. Police are looking for two black males, one being 5’4”-6” and the other 5’8”-10” tall, thin build.

Police are looking for two men who held up the Quik Sak convenience store located at 898 S. Cherry Lane in White Settlement. The store is located across the street from Brewer Middle School. The call came in at 8:21 p.m. on Friday night. Continue reading “Man shot in robbery of store on Cherry Lane”

New members sworn in with Oath of Office

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Newly elected city council member Evelyn Spurlock is sworn in by City Secretary Amy Arnold.

Oaths of office were administered Tuesday night at the White Settlement City Council meeting to newly elected council members Evelyn Spurlock and Danny Anderson. City Secretary Amy Arnold  governed the ceremony and became somewhat emotional during the reading of the oath due to the fact that her father-in-law, who recently passed, served in a council position. Council members unanimously voted newly elected member Danny Anderson as Mayor Pro Tem. Continue reading “New members sworn in with Oath of Office”

Fifteen graduate from citizen academy

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A group of local citizens spent three hours every Thursday night for over two-months learning about police department procedures that included searching vehicles, officer approaches on traffic stops and shot training simunitions. On Sept. 6, this group graduated from the Citizen Police Academy. Included in the photo are: back row from left to right: Cpl J. Carter, Faron Young, Fredrick Brewer, Frank Childress, Brent Snelling, Ralph Davison, James Johnson, George Tucker, Chief J.P. Bevering; Middle Row left to right: Lilliane Davison, Susan McNutt, Laura Carter, Sabrina Tucker; Bottom Row left to right: Dolores Vazquez, Veronica Herrera, Angela Arnold, Oakley Bowman.

Drug arrest made at local motel

Perfecto Grimaldo (Left) and Melinda Delangel were arrested by WSPD.
Perfecto Grimaldo (Left) and Melinda Delangel were arrested by WSPD.

Last week the White Settlement Police Department announced a drug bust that was made at the Scottish Inn off Western Hills Boulevard.  On June 4, WSPD Officer Banner noticed suspicious activity at the Scottish Inn.  Upon further investigation by Officer Banner, arrests were eventually made and drugs were seized in the motel room.  260 grams of methamphetamine and over 200 grams of GHB, along with paraphernalia associated with the sale of illegal narcotics were all found in the motel room. Continue reading “Drug arrest made at local motel”

Honor fallen officers on May 4

The Police and Firefighters Memorial features bronze sculptures of a firefighter, police officer and riderless horse. Adjacent to the sculptures are two walls of names that list all police officers, firefighters and marshals who have died in the line of duty.
The Police and Firefighters Memorial features bronze sculptures of a firefighter, police officer and riderless horse. Adjacent to the sculptures are two walls of names that list all police officers, firefighters and marshals who have died in the line of duty.

The Fort Worth Police Department and the Fort Worth Police Officers Association invite residents to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice at the annual Peace Officers Memorial Service.

The service will be at 11 a.m. May 4 at the Police and Firefighters Memorial, 2201 W. Seventh St.

Police officers search home near Fine Arts Academy

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Late Monday afternoon the White Settlement SWAT team executed a search warrant on a home on Downe Drive near Lake View Ridge Drive in White Settlement. Multiple calls came into The Grizzly Detail Newspaper office as well as the school district regarding the large police presence and the yellow crime tape that was strung around the home.

“Our crime scene investigator along with the assistance from the Tarrant County Sherriff’s Department have been searching for and collecting evidence,” said White Settlement Police Chief J.P. Bevering in an email response late Tuesday afternoon. “We do not have anyone formally charged with any offense at this point.”

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It is still unclear at this time why the home was searched or what police were looking for. More details will follow in The Grizzly Detail Newspaper as they are released.

White Settlement School District spokesperson Desiree Coyle said they had received some calls from concerned parents but the police activity did not impact the school day operations.

Police confiscate large amounts of narcotics during search

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The White Settlement Police Department S.W.A.T. team stormed a house in the 7900 block of Downe Drive this past week after a search and arrest warrant were issued for the sale of illegal narcotics from a known drug house. The warrant was obtained by the White Settlement Street Crimes Unit (SCU). Continue reading “Police confiscate large amounts of narcotics during search”

Texas neighborhoods to celebrate National Night Out Oct. 6

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Traditionally held the first Tuesday in October, National Night Out gives residents the chance to enjoy an evening of activities and the opportunity to get to know their neighbors. The White Settlement Police Department will be hosting a community event in its parking lot that will include a dunk booth, bounce houses and lots of other fun activities for citizens. The event starts at 6 p.m. Continue reading “Texas neighborhoods to celebrate National Night Out Oct. 6”

Show to feature two White Settlement unsolved murders

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by A.C. Hall

The purpose of the mysterious film crew that was filming at White Settlement City Hall in recent months has finally been revealed.  White Settlement will be featured in Friday night’s episode of the reality crime show Cold Justice.  This show follows a former prosecutor and a former crime scene investigator as they dig into real life cold cases around the United States.  The duo work with local law enforcement to reopen old cases and over the life of the show their investigations have led to 21 arrests.   Continue reading “Show to feature two White Settlement unsolved murders”

Police, community work together to bring down suspected thieves

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by A.C. Hall

A string of home and vehicle burglaries struck the 500 – 700 blocks of Hallvale Street last week.  The White Settlement Police Department said reports were coming in for about two weeks related to thefts in the area.  One person who lives on that block says the thief struck seven times in one night last week.  Detective Brandon Tibbit of the White Settlement Police Department explained how the thieves were scouting out their targets. Continue reading “Police, community work together to bring down suspected thieves”

City of White Settlement names new police chief

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by A.C. Hall

The search for a new Chief of Police for the White Settlement Police Department has come to a close.  After conducting an internal search and interviewing all members of the WSPD command staff, current WSPD officer J.P. Bevering has been selected as the new Chief of Police.  Bevering has been an officer with WSPD for 23 years and is currently serving as Interim Police Chief.  A promotion ceremony will be held on May 11 where Bevering will be elevated to the Chief of Police level and will take his oath of office.

WS Council meets with Chief of Police in work session

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by A.C. Hall

Members of the White Settlement City Council met with City Manager Linda Ryan and Police Chief Jack Ely on Monday in an attempt to address some concerns and questions council members had about the police department.  Ely opened the meeting  by saying  the WSPD was completely transparent, and he was happy to answer any questions they had.   Continue reading “WS Council meets with Chief of Police in work session”

Budget talks continue as City waits on property tax numbers

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By A.C. Hall

White Settlement City Council budget workshops continue to take place at City Hall several times a week as the council looks to lock down the fiscal year 2014-2015 budget.  The proposed budget contains $9.5 million in total expenditures, with an estimated $8.9 million in total revenues.  That leaves a $600,000 deficit.   Continue reading “Budget talks continue as City waits on property tax numbers”

Budget workshops begin by discussing gas revenues

Chesapeake Energy has wells on this site near Las Vegas Trail in White Settlement.
Chesapeake Energy has completed drilling on this site near Las Vegas Trail in White Settlement. File Photo Grizzly Detail Newspaper.

By A.C. Hall

On Tuesday, the City Council and city staff started the long process toward setting up next year’s budget with the first of several budget workshops.  Things are still being worked on and gone over, but there were some items highlighted on Tuesday as council engaged with the staff about the proposed budget.

Council member Danny Anderson questioned gas royalties, asking how much gas was being pumped out of the city.   Continue reading “Budget workshops begin by discussing gas revenues”

Budget talks underway with local crime board

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By A.C. Hall

The White Settlement Crime Board met last week to discuss their upcoming fiscal year 2013-2014 budget.  This budget funds a portion of the White Settlement Police Department, with the general fund taking on the larger part.  The budget is projecting $1.12 million in expenditures and $1.2 million in revenues with an ending balance of $432,819.   Continue reading “Budget talks underway with local crime board”

Special Crimes unit hitting the streets

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By A.C. Hall

Citizens are used to seeing White Settlement Police Officers keeping the streets safe, but the sight of officers in green uniforms is something that has only been happening over the past few months.  The officers in green are members of the Street Crimes Unit, a small group of officers who don’t answer calls and instead focus on taking a more targeted approach at fighting crime.   Continue reading “Special Crimes unit hitting the streets”

Possible missing person call ends up as hoax

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Police and Fire personnel search area creeks.

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Emergency workers responding to a missing person call this past Friday ended up learning the incident was a false alarm. At around 3:15 p.m. on June 21 a call came in stating that a deaf teenager was injured and lost in a creek in the White Settlement area. Continue reading “Possible missing person call ends up as hoax”

Seizure nets nearly 100 pounds of pot

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Members of the White Settlement Police Department Street Crimes Unit help seize about 100 pounds of marijuana earlier this month resulting in several arrests throughout the area. The sting was part of a multi-jurisdictional operation. More are planned in the future.

Pictured are Cpl. J. Dacus, K-9 Cora and Cpl. J. Carter.  Not Pictured is Sgt. S. Denham.

Police serve warrant on suspected narcotics, identity theft ring

White Settlement Police Officers discuss the situation after securing the home on Las Vegas Trail.
White Settlement Police Officers discuss the situation after securing the home on Las Vegas Trail.

White Settlement Police along with the Tarrant County Narcotics Unit, Fort Worth Police, and the United States Postal Service served a search warrant at a residence in the 400 block of S. Las Vegas Trail this past week. Officers discovered illegal narcotics and identity theft items in the home. A total of four arrests were made with numerous charges pending.

ATF, police, fire respond to local bomb threat

Employees of Co-Operative Industries Aerospace and Defense were evacuated this past Thursday after a call came in to the White Settlement Police Department (WSPD) regarding a bomb threat. According to sources, the threat was received by a phone call to the business at approximately 9:30 that morning. An employee of Co-Operative Industries then called the WSPD.

Units from the WSPD, the White Settlement Volunteer Fire Department, Lockheed Martin Fire Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) responded to the scene where employees were already standing in the parking lot.

No explosive device was found and employees returned to the building just after 11 a.m.

The incident is still under investigation.

Community remembers 10th anniversary of fallen officer

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Ten years ago this week, White Settlement Police Captain George “Scott” Monier, along with several other officers, responded to a domestic disturbance call involving a woman held at gunpoint at a home in White Settlement. Monier had just returned from taking his secretaries to lunch in honor of Administrative Assistants Day when the call came in just before 1 p.m.  During the standoff, Monier saw an opportunity to enter the house from the back and exchanged gunfire with the suspect. Monier, 37, died from gunshot wounds at a local hospital and the suspect, James T. Southall, 67, was found dead as a result of Captain Monier’s gunfire after a five-hour standoff.

“On this day the department and the community lost a great officer, a good friend, devoted husband and a loving father of two wonderful girls,” a press release statement said from the White Settlement Police Department. “Scott is greatly missed by all who knew him and will forever be in our hearts.”

A memorial was set up in the White Settlement Police Station lobby this past week.

Captain Monier had been with the department for 11 years and was the first White Settlement police officer to die in the line of duty. A public memorial was set in the lobby of the police department in honor of the Fallen Hero.

Portions of this story from texnews.com archive and the WSPD


Explosive device set off by teens

An explosive device set off by teens prompted a response from the White Settlement Police and Fire departments around 7:45 p.m. this past Sunday in the 600 block of S. Las Vegas Trail. Sources stated that the two teenagers got instructions on the Internet on how to construct the explosive device and bought the products at a nearby store. They then built the explosive device and set it off in the street.

A hazardous material company was called to the scene to extract the substance from the roadway. There was no damage to the street or property and the road was opened to traffic after a 1 1/2 hour closure

No arrests were made in the case.

Police investigation into city gatherings finds no wrongdoing

On Sept. 8, 2011 a joint gathering was held between the White Settlement City Council and the White Settlement Economic Development Corporation at the new Arroyo’s restaurant on Cherry Lane.  A grant check from the EDC was presented to Arroyo’s and members of the council, EDC, and some of their spouses’ meals were paid for by the EDC.

In November, White Settlement citizens Ron White and Gunnar Rasmussen met with Police Chief Jack Ely to discuss their complaints about this Arroyo’s gathering.  They felt as if the gathering was a violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act, and that it represented a misappropriation of public funds.  Rasmussen is a former White Settlement city council member, and both he and White were members of the EDC board from 2010 to mid 2011.

The four complaints that the White Settlement Police Department looked into were if a joint meeting had taken place, had notice of the meeting been properly posted, the payment and means of payment of the meal, and an open records violation regarding providing information to White about the Arroyo’s gathering.

As for the first complaint, the WSPD found that according to official definitions, the Arroyo’s gathering did not constitute a meeting.  The gathering was found to have fallen under the “ceremonial event, press conference” definition and since no formal action was taken there was no violation.

On the second complaint, WSPD determined that notice of the gathering was properly posted by City Secretary Amy Arnold.  While it was posted only 48 hours before the event, an informal gathering wasn’t held to the same 72 hour prior posting regulations that apply to official meetings.

On the payment of the meals, the WSPD report states that it is “common practice within city government that spouse’s dinners are paid for during ceremonial or team building events.”  The meal cost $144.46 and was charged by Mayor Jerry Burns on a city credit card.  The budget item it falls under is “marketing and promotional.”

When looking into the fourth and final complaint, the WSPD found that Arnold complied with all information requests from White within the allotted amount of time, therefore there was no wrongdoing.

This investigation is now closed, with the WSPD finding no wrongdoing in this matter.  City Manager Linda Ryan expressed to the Grizzly Detail that she had no comment on this matter, and after indicating he had received our questions last week, EDC Director Jim Ryan did not contact us with answers.  White and Rasmussen were contacted, but neither provided any information or comment on this matter before our deadline.

Police called to bank robbery in White Settlement

A man wearing a black and white Dickies logo hat along with a dark colored T-shirt with a red Dickies logo walked into a Wells Fargo location at the corner of White Settlement Rd. and S. Jim Wright Freeway and robbed the bank earlier this month. The incident took place on Jan. 5 around 1 p.m. in the afternoon. White Settlement Police were dispatched to the scene where the suspect fled in an unknown make or model 4-door passenger car.

In surveillance photos, it appears that the robber handed the teller a note demanding cash and then fled the scene with money in hand.

The suspect is described as a white male, 20-30 years of age, short, light color hair and clean-shaven. No visible scars, marks or tattoos were noticed.

The robber is also a suspect in several other bank holdups including the cities of Colleyville, Bedford and North Richland Hills.

No one has been injured and the amounts of money taken have not been reported.

Anyone with information is asked to call the local police department at 817-246-7070 or Tarrant County Crime Stoppers, 817-469-8477.