DUNCANVILLE POLICE AND LOCAL EMERGENCY SERVICES RESPOND QUICKLY TO POTENTIAL ACTIVE SHOOTER INCIDENT

Duncanville Police Department Patch 2021

Duncanville, Texas – On Monday, June 13, 2022, at approximately 8:43 AM, Duncanville Police Department began receiving calls concerning an armed individual and shots fired at the Fieldhouse, 1700 S. Main Street, Duncanville. Duncanville Police Officers were on the scene by 8:45 AM and immediately began a search of the building.

Officers quickly located and exchanged gunfire with a suspect armed with a handgun. The suspect was wounded during the exchange.

Officers immediately rendered first aid before being transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

The summer camp for 4 to 14-year-olds was beginning its second week with an average attendance of over 250 campers and staff. Camp and Fieldhouse staff followed lockdown procedures. Due to the clear-headed actions of staff and the quick response time of law enforcement, there were no additional injuries.

Duncanville ISD assisted by providing safe transportation for children, moving them by school bus from the Fieldhouse to the Duncanville Recreation Center, which was established as a reunification center. As of this release, all the children have been picked up by parents or guardians.

As is standard protocol with any officer-involved shooting, and in the interest of transparency, the Duncanville Police Department has asked that the Texas Department of Public Safety take over this investigation. The results of their findings will be released as soon as they have completed their work.

Duncanville Police officers followed their training, and the City commends them for their actions today.

DUNCANVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT RELEASES NAME OF PERSON INVOLVED IN FIELDHOUSE SHOOTING

Duncanville Police Department Patch 2021

JUNE 14, 2022

Duncanville, Texas – On Tuesday, June 14, 2022, the Duncanville Police Department confirmed the identity of the person involved in the shooting incident that took place at the Fieldhouse on Monday, June 13, 2022. The suspect has been identified as Brandon Keith Ned, born May 22, 1980, and a resident of Dallas, Texas.

Due to the ongoing investigation being conducted by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Duncanville Police Department will not be releasing any additional information about the suspect or the shooting incident at this time.

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The City of Duncanville Utility Billing Department and Municipal Court Make Changes to their Hours of Operation

Duncanville, TX (May 20, 2022) – The City of Duncanville today announced new operating hours for both the City’s Utility Billing Department and Municipal Court. Both departments will now operate Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, will close for a one-hour lunch break, and reopen from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Call Utility Billing Customer Service at (972) 780-5010 with questions or concerns.

Official Election Results and Swearing In Ceremony

Official May 7, 2022, General Election Results

TOTAL = Total votes | VOTE % = Percentage of Votes Cast | EV I-P = Early Voting In-Person | EVM = Early Vote by Mail | ED = Election Day | EV/ED Prov = Early Voting & Election Day Provisional

Mayor

TOTAL VOTE % EV I-P EVM ED EV/ED Prov
ERIKA BROWNING 707 24.41% 432 37 238 0
MARK D. COOKS
(run-off)
1,056 36.46% 645 93 312 6
LAVAUGHN WASHINGTON 79 2.73% 42 13 24 0
BARRY L. GORDON
(run-off)
1,054 36.40% 642 88 321 3
Total 2,896 100.00% 1,761 231 895 9

Councilmember District 2

TOTAL VOTE % EV I-P EVM ED EV/ED Prov
DON MCBURNETT (W) 288 50.70% 184 34 70 0
NANCY GUTIERREZ 280 49.30% 179 15 86 0
Total 568 100.00% 363 49 156 0

Councilmember District 4

TOTAL VOTE % EV I-P EVM ED EV/ED Prov
KAREN CHERRY
(W)
493 74.58% 316 38 135 4
BRENDA O’BRIEN 168 25.42% 93 17 58 0
Total 661 100.00% 409 55 193 4

City of Duncanville Swearing-in Ceremony

City Secretary Kristin Downs swore in Councilmember Don McBurnett, District 2, and Councilmember Karen Cherry, District 4 on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at the Regular City Council Meeting.

A Runoff Election for Mayor will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2022, for Mayor

Early Voting

Monday, June 6, 2022 – Friday, June 10, 2022 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday, June 11, 2022 | 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Sunday, June 12, 2022 | 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Monday, June 13, 2022 | 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 | 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Election Day

Saturday, June 18, 2022 | 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Questions concerning voter registration should be directed to the Dallas County Voter Registration Department at (469) 627-VOTE (8683). Additional information regarding the upcoming election may be obtained by contacting the City Secretary at (972) 780-5017.

Salary Increase Approved for All District Employees for 2022-2023 School Year

Based on a unanimous vote by the Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees, all district employee workgroups will receive a salary increase between 4% and 6.6% for the 2022-2023 school year.

During the regular school board meeting on Monday, May 16, the board approved a new compensation plan for the 2022-2023 school year. The highlights of the compensation plan include:

  • $57,000 Beginning Teacher Salary
  • 6.6% Salary Increase of the Midpoint for All Teachers (Minimum $4000)
  • 4% Salary Increase of the Midpoint for All Other Staff
  • $2,000 Loyalty Stipend for 15+ years in Duncanville ISD
  • Additional Stipends and Signing Bonuses for Hard-to-Fill Positions (up to $12,000)
  • Market Adjustments for All Positions as Applicable
  • Decrease in Health Insurance Premiums

The district’s new compensation plan addresses teachers who are new to the profession, returning teachers, and veteran teachers, as well as all auxiliary, professional, and paraprofessional staff.

Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith addressed the topic of teacher pay and retaining teachers in the most recent edition of his podcast – Super Intentional. Dr. Smith hosted a discussion with two principals about the importance of “taking care of the people” and recognizing the importance of relating to the needs and priorities of students and staff.  Learn more at https://www.duncanvilleisd.org/superintentional.

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DUNCANVILLE NARCOTICS INVESTIGATION LEADS TO SEIZURE OF APPROXIMATELY $10 MILLION IN ILLEGAL NARCOTICS

Duncanville Police Department Patch 2021

JUNE 3, 2022

Duncanville, TX – On Thursday, June 2, 2022, at approximately 11:20 a.m., the Duncanville Police Department’s Narcotics and SWAT units, with the assistance of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, executed a narcotics evidentiary search warrant at 5512 S. Cockrell Hill Road, in the City of Dallas, Texas.

Over the last couple of months, the Duncanville Police Department’s Narcotics unit has been conducting a thorough investigation of the location after receiving a tip of illegal narcotics activity.

During the initial execution of the search warrant, four adults and one juvenile were detained without further incident.  Two detainees will face Federal level narcotics charges while the other subjects were determined to be uninvolved with the investigated activity.

During the search, investigators located several black plastic pallets commonly used to conceal methamphetamine, as well as quantities of powder and drums of liquid methamphetamine that were being processed for crystallization.  Investigators confirmed the small plastic voids within the body of the plastic pallets contained quantities of methamphetamine, covered with black epoxy to conceal the contents.

In total, the investigators seized approximately 250 kilograms of methamphetamine (both powdered and liquid), 30 pounds of marijuana, 3 firearms, and one stolen vehicle. The estimated street value of all the seized illegal narcotics is approximately $10 million.

Members of the DEA Dallas Field Division’s Clandestine Lab Team and other personnel from the DEA Dallas Field Division were notified and assisted in processing the scene.

A Proclamation on Remembering the 1,000,000 Americans Lost to COVID-⁠19

White House

MAY 12, 2022 • PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS

Today, we mark a tragic milestone: one million American lives lost to COVID-19. One million empty chairs around the dinner table. Each an irreplaceable loss. Each leaving behind a family, a community, and a Nation forever changed because of this pandemic. Jill and I pray for each of them.

As a Nation, we must not grow numb to such sorrow. To heal, we must remember. We must remain vigilant against this pandemic and do everything we can to save as many lives as possible. In remembrance, let us draw strength from each other as fellow Americans. For while we have been humbled, we never give up. We can and will do this together as the United States of America.

In memory of the one million American lives lost to COVID-19 and their loved ones left behind, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and on all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset May 16, 2022. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twelfth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-sixth.

JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.

Duncanville Shooting

May 12, 2022

Duncanville, TX – On Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at approximately 11:17 p.m., Duncanville Police Officers responded to a call for service regarding a shooting with injuries at the 1300 block of West Camp Wisdom Road, in the City of Duncanville, Texas. The initial 911 caller advised someone had been shot and the victim was inside a vehicle on the roadway. Within minutes, officers arrived and discovered a single wrecked vehicle. Outside the vehicle were two adult males, each suffering from single apparent gunshot wounds. Officers directed medical assistance to the males. Both males were transported by a Duncanville Fire Department ambulance to Methodist Dallas Medical Center in stable condition.

The shooting victims advised they were shot by two males in a separate vehicle. A description of that vehicle or the suspects is unknown at this time. There were no other witnesses on the scene.

The Duncanville Police Department does not believe there is an ongoing risk to the public. This incident appears to have stemmed from a disturbance between the involved parties.

This investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information pertaining to this case is asked to contact Duncanville Police Department at 972-223-6111 extension 4.

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Hotel Occupancy Tax Grants

Bring Your Overnight Event to Duncanville & Apply for a Grant

The City of Duncanville is now accepting Hotel Occupancy Tax Grant requests until July 15, 2022, at 5:00 PM.

Hotel Occupancy Tax Grants are awarded to events that significantly increase overnight tourism in Duncanville, Texas.

The multi-day events must take place in Duncanville, Texas, and grant requests must meet all State of Texas requirements, which can be found in the linked application, in order to be considered for funding.

All applications can be submitted by email to eco@duncanville.com or by hand-delivery to the attention of:

Duncanville Economic Development Department
203 E Wheatland Rd., Duncanville, TX 75116.

For more information please call Brandy Gaither, Executive Assistant of Development Services, at 972-780-5003 or by email at brandy.gaither@duncanville.com.

MULTI-CITY PROJECT IN SOUTH METROPLEX RENEWS INFRASTRUCTURE TO ACCOMMODATE SAFETY NEEDS & RAPID REGIONAL GROWTH

Wintergreen Road Partnership

Wintergreen Road Project Reflects Successful Regional Partnerships

The Wintergreen Road Project, the product of a partnership between Dallas County, the Cities of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Dallas Water Utilities, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), has produced major infrastructure upgrades that will improve road safety and transportation efficiency, satisfy flood plain control safety requirements, and deliver major water service improvements that are projected to accommodate the demands of a fast-growing portion of South Dallas County for up to 50 years.

On Wednesday, April 27th, leaders from Cedar Hill, DeSoto, and Duncanville joined Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and other Dallas County officials, and key representatives from Dallas Water Utilities and NCTCOG for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1500 N. Duncanville Road to mark the completion of this $10 million + multi-city infrastructure project.

“The Wintergreen Road Project’s successful completion is further evidence of how collaboration between the Best Southwest Partnership, of which the City of Duncanville is a proud member, and Dallas County can positively impact the lives of citizens. Beyond the upgraded driving surface and other needed improvements, our city’s residents can now enjoy wider sidewalks and bike lanes along this road,” said Duncanville’s Mayor Barry L. Gordon.

Specifically, this project improved Wintergreen Road at its intersections with Duncanville Road and with Main Street by constructing four new traffic lanes, building a new bridge over Stewart Branch Creek, and improving box culverts on Duncanville Road to allow for required storm drainage and FEMA and local flood plain compliance. A new traffic signal has been installed at the Main Street intersection to promote motorist and pedestrian safety. And more than 1300 linear feet of 96-inch Water Main pipes were installed by Dallas Water Utilities to meet the projected water needs of South Dallas County for the next 50 years.

Wintergreen Road and Duncanville Road are critical parts of the Master Thoroughfare Plans from the Cities of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, and Duncanville and these improvements will enhance mobility within all three cities. The project also widened sidewalks, added bike lanes in both directions along Duncanville Road, constructed a trail along the west side of Duncanville Road, and made parking improvements for the Windmill Hill Preserve.

Wintergreen Road Project limits are from Main Street and Wintergreen Road intersection to 1300 feet east and from the intersection to 900 feet south on Duncanville Road.

“The Wintergreen Road project is just one example of the great things the Best Southwest cities accomplish as we work closely together with our partners,” said Cedar Hill Mayor Stephen Mason. “This project is a huge investment in safe and efficient traffic flow at the intersection of three different cities. We appreciate Dallas County’s support for this and other important infrastructure improvements in the region.”

The involvement of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price reinforced this strong regional partnership and Commissioner Price made sure to acknowledge the key role that the contractor played in this massive infrastructure project. Said Commissioner Price, “Texas Standard Construction, LTD has been a trusted partner for collaborating and producing the project.”

The Wintergreen Road Project was engineered by Dal-Tech and contractor Texas Standard Construction began construction in August 2019. It was initially projected to be completed by the summer of 2021, however, multiple factors including manpower and supply shortages tied to the Coronavirus Pandemic resulted in a revised construction schedule. But all of the entities involved persevered to ensure that this vital project was completed.

“The Cities of DeSoto, Cedar Hill, and Duncanville routinely partner with each other because we understand the importance of working together and leveraging our combined resources so that we can accomplish more in our cities and our region,” stated DeSoto Mayor Rachel L. Proctor in a statement delivered on her behalf by DeSoto City Councilmember Crystal Chism. Proctor’s statement added, “The Wintergreen Road project could not have succeeded had it not been for the incredibly high level of cooperation and communication that took place from the planning phase through our ribbon cutting between our partner cities, Dallas County, City of Dallas Water Utilities, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments. DeSoto is proud of what we accomplished and to be a part of this great team!”

For a summary of the main elements of the Wintergreen Road Project view the project fact sheet at https://bit.ly/3EGwGra

Wintergreen Road Fact Sheet

Contacts:

Matt Smith, DeSoto Coms Manager, MSmith@desototexas.gov

Ted Andargie, Dallas County Project Manager, Tewodros.Andargie@dallascounty.org