US 67 and Service Road Closure – 12/8/2017

UPDATE: TxDOT is in the process of opening US 67; however, the right southbound lane from Cockrell Hill to Danieldale will remain closed. Updates will be made when that lane re-opens.

Texas Department of Transportation is closing US 67 northbound from Danieldale and southbound from Cockrell Hill. The closure will begin at 9 am and last approximately until noon. As soon as the City receives updates from TxDOT, they will be posted.

Prescribed Burn Planned for Cedar Hill State Park 11/28/2017-11/29/2017

A prescribed burn is planned for Cedar Hill State Park for Tuesday, November 28 and Wednesday, November 29.

Prescribed burns are used as a management tool in state parks to improve habitat for wildlife by restoring forest and prairie habitats on the park that were historically maintained by natural fires. They also are conducted to reduce the amount of available fuels, such as leaf litter, fallen branches, understory growth and dead trees that accumulate naturally and from storm events.  By reducing the amount of available fuels, prescribed burns reduce the chance for a potentially destructive wildfire to occur.

Prescribed burns on state parks are conducted by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department personnel who have undergone training and met national wildland firefighting certification standards.  The park’s prescribed fire plan defines the conditions under which a prescribed burn may be conducted, taking into account wind speeds and direction, air temperature, relative humidity, and fuel moisture levels.  The plan also guides the fire crew members in managing burns to prevent them from escaping into adjacent properties and to minimize the effect of smoke in nearby residential areas.

Because specific weather conditions are required to conduct an effective and safe prescribed burn, TPWD staff cannot provide a specific date for the burn at this time. However, local emergency management officials will be notified before the prescribed fire is implemented.  Choate stated that during the burn, some areas of the park would be closed to the public.  During the burn there may be smoke that reduces visibility on neighboring roads and Choate cautions travelers to reduce their speed and use their headlights when smoke is present.  Automated signs will be present, as well as Park Rangers, to caution travelers in these areas.

For more information regarding the planned burn, please contact the park at 972-291-6505 or by e-mail joshua.choate@tpwd.texas.gov.

Frequently Asked Questions About Prescribed Burns

Duncanville Police Department Looking for Suspect in Armed Robbery

Duncanville, November 16, 2017 – In the early morning hours of approximately 2 a.m. on November 16, the 7-Eleven located at 447 East Highway 67 was robbed. The male suspect entered the store with a gun and ordered the clerk to give him money from the cash register.

After robbing the clerk and store, the suspect fled through the rear door in a gold Honda. Duncanville officers arrived as the vehicle was leaving and attempted to stop the car. After a short pursuit, the suspect wrecked his car into a residence near Camp Wisdom and Hamilton Road and fled on foot and was not located.

Suspect description:

  • Black male
  • Approximately early 40’s, 5’9” and 180 pounds
  • Wearing a black ski mask and black jacket

At this time, video surveillance and 911 audio are not available.

If you have any information about the incident, contact Duncanville’s Detective Pollock at 972.780.3831.

Duncanville Fieldhouse Partners with RISE Clothing

The City of Duncanville is proud to announce a partnership between the Duncanville Fieldhouse and RISE Clothing. RISE Clothing is expanding its athleisure wear brand with a storefront location in the Fieldhouse, as well as the ability to order online through the Fieldhouse’s website.

Through this partnership, the Fieldhouse has designated an area in the General Store as a RISE Merchandise Store area. RISE is responsible for the cost of stocking merchandise, displays and equipment. In addition, RISE is paying the Fieldhouse a sponsorship, a monthly rental fee and a percentage of all sales net tax.

Fieldhouse General Manager Craig Brasfield said partnering with RISE Clothing is a great opportunity for the City and the Fieldhouse.

“We have had the vision of incorporating a merchandise store at the Fieldhouse for quite some time,” Brasfield said. “We are excited to have RISE as a partner and for the future opportunities of evolving with RISE.”

Identical twin brothers, Terrence and Tim Maiden, acquired RISE Clothing in 2015 with the heartbeat of RISE being driven by a passion to deliver a fashionable product that is well-crafted, comfortable and inspires others to ‘RISE higher’. The Maiden brothers are native of southern Dallas and attended Carter High School and TCU.

“The Fieldhouse has been a great alignment for us,” Terrance said. “This is an opportunity to engage the youth who live in the southern Dallas region. The City has been very gracious with us, and we are excited to see what the future holds.”

RISE is currently working on Fieldhouse branded apparel for staff and employees and is looking to co-brand apparel specific to the Fieldhouse, stated Tim.

For more information about RISE Clothing, visit www.riseclothing.com.

To order online, visit www.duncanvillefieldhouse.com, or visit the storefront during seasonal published hours, which can be found online.

Mosquito Spraying Scheduled For October 12 and 13

The City of Duncanville, at the recommendation and in cooperation with the Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS), will be conducting ground spraying against mosquitos on Thursday, October 12, and Friday, October 13, between the hours of 9 pm and 5 am, weather permitting. If the weather prohibits spraying on Thursday night, spraying will be done on Friday and Saturday nights. Spraying will be performed in the Highgate area.

Residents living near this area are encouraged to remain indoors and bring their pets inside during spraying.

City Staff will continue to monitor areas where mosquito breeding is most likely to occur. To prevent the spread of mosquitoes, residents should remove all areas of standing water report all pools that are not well maintained and abandoned homes where mosquitoes are likely to breed to the Health and Code Enforcement Department. Everyone should continue to protect themselves against the West Nile Virus by using insect repellent containing DEET. Citizens are also encouraged to remain indoors during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

For more information on the scheduled ground mosquito spraying in Duncanville, contact Health Inspector Mike Plemons at 972-740-1163.

To view the map of the area to be treated, click here.

Road Closure on Main Street

Due to a gas leak, the fire department is clearing everyone out along Main Street between Azalea and Jewel.

ATMOS is on site and excavating down to their gas line to make repairs.  Repair completion time is 5+ hours. In the meantime, gas service is shut off to residents in the vicinity of Main Street between Danieldale and Cedar.

Duncanville Fire Department Receives Donation from Duncanville American Legion Post 81

American Legion Post 81 Commander Don Bartlett presented the Duncanville Fire Department with $2,150 on Tuesday, August 29. Fire Inspector Pam McAllister, Assistant Fire Chief Greg Chase, and members from the department were in attendance to receive the check. The donation will send four children to Parkland Burn Camp, I-Thonka-Chi, and the rest of the donation will help offset costs of printing the Duncanville Fire Safety Calendar.

The camp enhances and brightens the lives of children who have been affected by the aftermath of fire and allows children hospitalized with burn injuries an opportunity to share time with others who face similar life-altering challenges. Camp I-Thonka-Chi was started in 1992 with an attendance of nine campers.

The Duncanville Fire Safety Tip Calendar Contest is in its third year and offers an opportunity for Duncanville elementary students in grades third through fourth to learn, share and showcase their art skills all while being educated about fire safety. Local businesses and organizations help with calendar costs through sponsorships. All proceeds from calendar sales are donated through the Duncanville Firefighters Association, and on June 6, 2017, the Duncanville Fire Department presented a check for $1,496 to Camp I-Thonka-Chi.

McAllister said she is excited about the program and appreciates the participation from the Duncanville Independent School District.

“Our Fire Prevention office began this program three years ago, and we are very excited to see the growth and interest it has created,” McAllister said. The Legion has played a very big role in supporting this program both financially, as well as physically, and we would not be where we are today without them. Seeing the smiles and excitement on the kid’s faces who create the artwork for the calendar, as well as seeing how it benefits such a wonderful camp for children who have been affected by fire, makes all the hard work of putting this program together worth every bit of it.”

For more information about Camp I-Thonka-Chi, visit www.parklandburncamp.org. For more information about the calendar contest, contact Fire Inspector Pam McAllister at 972-780-5047 or pmcallister@duncanville.com. For more information about Duncanville’s Fire Department, visit www.duncanville.com.

Suspect in Custody

UPDATE: Suspect is in custody.

If you have any information about the suspect in the pictures or video from the robbery at the Chevron located at 103 South Cedar Ridge Drive that happened on 8/13/17, please contact Detective Pollock at 972-707-3831 or contact Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward, and they will pay up to $5000 for the arrest and indictment on any felony. Contact Crime Stoppers at 877-373-8477 (TIPS) or www.ntcc.crimestoppersweb.com. Anyone can call and be anonymous.

To view the video, click here.