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Arrested Developments: Locking down the rumors

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, March 23, 2019
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“What’s going on in XXXX?”

The newsroom will often get asked those questions, either by phone calls or increasingly by social media. Often times those questions have to do with some emergency response in their area involving police, fire or medics.

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Sometimes the answer to those questions is a newsworthy item. Other times, not so much.

One of the ideas we had with this column was to share information related to some of these questions that might not otherwise make it into a news story.

So here’s some questions and answers for this week:

1. Was Decatur High School on lockdown Friday morning due to a threat?

No, the high school was never on lockdown. We checked with the Decatur Police Department about this after the school sent out a message about a threat being made at the campus.

Sgt. Delvon Campbell said the department did investigate, but he said they did not find evidence of any serious threat. It appears this was a rumor that caught fire on social media.

2. What happened earlier in the week at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Decatur?

Some folks might have noticed a police, fire and ambulance response to the hotel next to the Decatur Conference Center this week. The call was for an unresponsive woman who was staying there.

The 35-year-old woman died, according to officers, and her body was sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiners Office in Dallas for an autopsy, which was attended by members of the Decatur PD Tuesday morning. Campbell said it appears the death was from natural causes, and not from anything criminal.

3. What was going on in Alvord Monday evening?

A person involved in a traffic stop by the Texas Department of Public Safety ran, leading to a brief search around 5:30 p.m. The man, a local resident, apparently ran through the downtown area before being located and arrested without incident.

BRIDGEPORT PD TO OFFER SELF-DEFENSE CLASS

Bridgeport Police Department will offer women’s self-defense classes for Bridgeport High School college-bound seniors beginning next week.

The class is free and will be held 6:30-8:30 on Monday nights through April 29.

“It will give them the basic knowledge of how to protect themselves,” Bridgeport Police Chief Steve Stanford said. ” … If they are attacked, it will teach them things they can do to hold off aggressors.”

He said the class will not only teach them basic punches and kicks but also offer tips on escape techniques and how to recognize danger.

If interested, email mgregory@bridgeportisd.net.

Brian Knox is the Messenger special projects editor.

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