Thunderstorms bringing powerful winds moved through Dallas-Fort Worth early Wednesday, downing power lines, closing schools and snarling morning commutes.  Two children were electrocuted in an incident involving downed power lines Wednesday night at the Oakland Lake Park in Fort Worth, fire officials said. The lines were believed to have been downed as a result of strong winds. A Rockwall resident was hospitalized with injuries that weren't considered life-threatening.  view article arw

 Police are needing your help to identify three suspects who vandalized an elementary school Monday. According to Fort Worth police, at about 2 a.m., three suspects went inside Freedom Elementary School at 5401 Wall Price Keller Rd.  The trio broke multiple windows using a hammer and stole medication from the nurse's office. Police said they also stole approximately $60 from the library cash register.  Police said they believe the suspects are between middle school and high school age. view article arw

Two minors involved in a wreck on Highway 154 remain in the hospital on Monday. Around 6:49 p.m. on Saturday, DPS responded to a 2-vehicle wreck at the intersection of Highway 154 and Redbird Road. According to DPS, the driver of a White Dodge Ram, Henry Dells, 16, of Diana, and passenger Luis Dells, 17, of Diana, failed to yield to on coming traffic and turned left at the intersection.   A driver of a 2-ton pickup truck, traveling west on the on Hwy 154 was unable to stop in time to avoid crashing into the Dodge Ram. view article arw

With severe weather blowing through North Texas overnight, several schools across the North Texas area were left without power Wednesday morning.  Due to the power loss at several schools, Mansfield ISD has cancelled classes at all schools for Wednesday.  A statement from the school district said, “The safety and security of our students is our primary focus, and all schools will be cancelled today, Wednesday, March 29, 2017.” view article arw

The Thrall Independent School District will be on a two-hour delay on Wednesday morning while crews work to repair a power outage after early morning storms.  Thrall ISD says classes will not begin until 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Thrall ISD  The district said in a statement that buses will arrive to pick students two hours later than their usual time, and classes won’t begin until 10 a.m.  The district said bus routes to Taylor, which are for college and special education students, won’t be delayed. view article arw

School buses in Little Elm are running on a delay Monday morning after a hail storm on Sunday night left more than half of the fleet out of commission. Dozens of vehicles were damaged by large hail, and Little Elm Independent School District officials are rushing to fix the situation. The district regularly has 48 school buses for its students. All but 13 of them were damaged by hail and now out of service. view article arw

Hail damaged 30 of the Little Elm Independent School District's 48 school buses Sunday night, putting most of the buses out of commission and causing a two-and-a-half hour delay in pick-up on all routes Monday morning. School will start on time, said Little Elm ISD spokeswoman Pat Robbins, but those who usually take the bus are encouraged to find other ways to get to school. view article arw


March 2208:26 AM

Unless a source has been named in these newsletters, information contained is based on my personal opinion and observations. “Heard on the Street” comments are only mentioned when they are identified as such and have been provided by two or more sources. TAPS & Trident T.A.P.S. Confusion view article arw

A man was taken into custody this morning after a stand-off in Normangee, an incident that - prior to being resolved - prompted officials to shut down school for the day. Texas Rangers and Leon County Sheriff's Department deputies, as well as Normangee officers, were at the scene, which apparently unfolded not far from classes, according to a law enforcement official who asked that his name not be given because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the situation. view article arw

March 16--Early on March 17 a year ago, the first wave of hail hit Aledo about 4 a.m. and moved quickly through Benbrook and west Fort Worth.  A second round of storms a few hours later pummeled parts of Arlington with more hail.  The hail varied from egg-size in Benbrook to tennis ball-size in south Arlington. Thousands of windshields were busted and roofs damaged, and a handful of exotic birds were killed at the Fort Worth Zoo.  $600 million Insured losses from the March 17 hailstorm that struck Fort Worth and Arlington.  Insured losses from the storm in Tarrant County climbed above $600 million, the start of what would become the costliest year for storm damage in Texas.  Six days later, a March 23 hailstorm would inflict $700 million in insured losses in Plano, followed by a $300 million hailstorm that struck Wylie on April 11. view article arw

DALLAS (AP) — Officials say two of the three fires that have burned the Texas Panhandle this week now are fully contained and firefighters continue to tamp down the largest of the three. The Texas A&M Forest Service says a fire in the northeast corner of the Panhandle near the Oklahoma border has burned nearly 500 square miles and was 75 percent contained Thursday.  A separate fire just to the south was fully contained after burning about 210 square miles. Another, smaller fire to the west, near Amarillo, was fully contained by firefighters Tuesday.  Four people have died in the Texas fires while a fifth person was killed in Oklahoma and another person died in Kansas. view article arw

State Sen. Don Huffines of Dallas said he has apologized in writing to Richardson ISD students after he snapped at them during a talk about school choice last week in Austin. The Republican senator, who supports diverting funds from public schools so students can go to private ones, attracted criticism because of the aggressive tone he used with students and parents during a discussion at Texas PTA Rally Day. Some of the exchange was recorded on a video that was widely seen and shared on Facebook. "I have apologized to everyone in the room," Huffines told KXAS-TV (NBC 5)'s Julie Fine and The Dallas Morning News' Gromer Jeffers during Lone Star Politics on Sunday. "I've apologized to everyone for my bad behavior, for my tone, my demeanor. And I've done it in writing, and I will continue to do so." view article arw

The Tyler Independent School District has issued a statement after employees fell victim to an email attack that seeks W-2 information. The district reportedly sent a letter to employees this week notifying them about W-2s that were sent outside the district. view article arw

The students believed to be responsible for rumors of threats made against Kilgore High School have been identified and are being disciplined on Friday, according to Kilgore ISD superintendent Kara Cooke. Cooke says reports circulated back to school officials on Thursday of some student telling others they “shouldn’t attend school tomorrow because something might happen.” The rumors then were spread through Snapchat between students. view article arw

Denton Police say the bus was traveling west on the neighborhood street when it struck a parked car that was forced into a parked SUV. Viewer pictures from the scene show the SUV tipped onto its side by the crash. view article arw

Angelina County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a 17-year-old man after responding to a burglary in progress at the Central ISD gym early Tuesday morning. Sherif Paul Guinn, of Lufkin, is charged with burglary and possession of weapon in a prohibited place, according to county records. His bond had not been set for the charges as of Tuesday morning. view article arw

Instead of having a case of the Mondays, students at Plano West Senior High School were left wondering who done it. “Yeah there was some inappropriate things,” said senior Jamaine Wiley. A host of foul gold graffiti was sprayed across the school’s gym doors and walls was first discovered just before 7 a.m. Monday when a parent was dropping off a student.   view article arw

 Alamo Heights ISD has canceled classes at Woodridge Elementary, Dr. Kevin Brown, Superintendent of Schools announced Tuesday. Woodridge Elementary remains without electricity following Monday's storms, Dr. Brown said. CPS Energy had hoped to restore electricity by 5 a.m. but was unable to do so.  view article arw

RUSK COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The steady rainfall East Texas has been experiencing started pretty intensely during early morning hours on Monday. It caused power outages leaving thousands without electricity.  It even caused the closing of one East Texas School, Leverett’s Chapel, about five miles southwest of Kilgore on State Highway 135 in Rusk County. Leverett’s Chapel schools were closed because of one large tree.  Roy O’Veal said he was staying at his dad’s place FM 2012 when the storm blew through.  “It was just a lot of thunder before that, but I don’t think it was part of that, it was a lot of wind,” O’Veal said. view article arw

One of the four vicious tornados that hit near the north side of San Antonio Sunday night slammed Linda Drive, then managed to hop over Highway 281 right into another dense neighborhood on Lorenz Street. The path went clear through a church, several large apartment complexes, and it even nicked two schools. view article arw

San Antonio firefighters were called to a warehouse fire on the city's Southwest Side late Thursday night. The fire was reported around 10 p.m. in the 400 block of Fenfield Avenue, not far from Somerset Road and New Laredo Highway. view article arw

North American Solutions, a leading provider of insurance and risk management services for public entities, is excited to announce that Richard Bass has joined the team as Insurance and Risk Management Advisor. Richard brings more than 21 years of experience serving the insurance and risk management needs of public entities. view article arw

FFA students in News Deal ISD are in shock after 11 show pigs were killed by wild dogs on Monday. view article arw

Late Wednesday Feb. 1, the Corsicana ISD Superintendent Dr. Diane Frost was alerted to an email that was sent from her school email account to another school district employee requesting personal information for employees in the district. The email response included 2016 employee names, social security numbers and earnings. Corsicana ISD quickly learned it was the latest victim of a data seeking scam. view article arw

A Pflugerville High School student who police say set an “object” on fire in the school’s bathroom Tuesday morning is charged with first-degree arson. view article arw

Montgomery County deputies are looking for a man who wore a skull mask when he allegedly vandalized a school in Magnolia. Investigators say the man caused thousands of dollars worth of damage at Magnolia West High School. view article arw

Employees of a Central Texas school district were fooled by an email scam into releasing personal information for approximately 1,700 current and former district workers. view article arw

Nearly 1,700 former and current Belton ISD employees' personal information was compromised Friday. District officials said a targeted “spear phishing” email message had been sent to a Business Office employee requesting information. The email was sent in Belton ISD’s Superintendent Susan Kincannon’s name and the message requested copies of W-2’s, which includes all employees’ personal information. Information for current and former employees for the 2016 calendar year who had opted to receive printed W-2’s was attached and sent in a reply by the employee. view article arw

Did a Mercedes ISD employee fall victim to one of those fake online IRS scams? It appears that way after the personal information of about 950 school district employees was wrongly released. view article arw

The accidental release of sensitive personnel data of nearly a thousand employees who work for the Mercedes Independent School District is a security breach that school administrators should not take lightly. How the W-2 forms for 950 workers were compromised is baffling, and inexcusable. Mercedes ISD Superintendent Dr. Daniel Treviño Jr. blamed the security lapse on an oversight and told the Mid-Valley Town Crier’s editor, Michael Rodriguez, that sensitive information within the documents — such as Social Security numbers and dates of birth — should now be considered compromised. view article arw

A former president of the Westview Middle School parent-teacher organization allegedly spent thousands of dollars from the organization’s bank account last year and is currently paying the money back, an Austin police spokesperson said Monday. view article arw

Local and federal authorities are investigating a breach of some 950 Mercedes school district employees’ personal information, Superintendent Dr. Daniel Treviño Jr. said Friday morning. Treviño blamed an oversight for the sharing of what’s believed to be every Mercedes ISD employee’s W2 forms with an “unknown email address” on Thursday. According to the superintendent, the sensitive information within the government documents — such as Social Security numbers and dates of birth — should now be considered comprised. view article arw

Hundreds of employees in the Argyle ISD are at risk of having their identities stolen. This, after a scammer sent an email posing as the schools' superintendent and asking for personal information. view article arw

At first, it was just a few Northside ISD staff members who went to the district's IT department, concerned about some random emails from strangers with attachments they were afraid to open. Back in August, school district officials thought maybe just a few NISD email accounts had been compromised but brought in a computer forensics team just to be sure, says district spokesman Barry Perez. As the team investigated, the problem kept ballooning. By last month, Perez says, the district had learned that personal information of some 23,000 current and former students and staff — like addresses and social security numbers — had been exposed during the security breach. view article arw

Sixty-five 4th and 5th grade students were taken to Cleveland Emergency Hospital after the school bus they were riding on ran into a ditch, and rolled onto its right side. The accident happened at about 4p.m. Wednesday on FM 1010 near County Road 325, according to Cleveland ISD police Chief Rex Evans. view article arw