Press Release

Wrong-Way Crash 820/Holiday Ln – PR 19-21

Wrong-way driver strikes three vehicles leaving one driver in critical condition. 

A wrong-way driver left three vehicles damaged and closed 820 eastbound for several hours. The crash occurred about 5:15 am Thursday, November 28, 2019, at eastbound 820 near Holiday Ln. A black Chevy Tahoe drove into oncoming eastbound 820 traffic, striking two dark-colored SUV’s and a light-colored sedan. (updated 2046-CK)

The driver of the Chevy Tahoe was transported to the hospital in stable condition. The driver of the light-colored sedan was transported to the hospital in critical condition, and a dog that was in the vehicle died as a result of the crash. A third driver was also transported in stable condition, and the fourth involved vehicle did not receive any major injuries.

Accident Investigators, Crime Scene, and the Drone responded to assist with investigation of the crash scene. (updated 2046-CK) North Tarrant Express and Haltom City helped with the freeway closure, which began at Denton Hwy.

UPDATE 8:46pm 11/28/19 –

Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect driver did not enter at Boulevard 26, as initially reported. It is unclear at this time where the suspect driver entered the freeway going the wrong direction.

The suspect, 29 year old Noemi Martinez, is currently in the North Richland Hills jail with charges and bond pending.
The victim, a 17 year old male, is currently still in critical condition at an area hospital. His name will not be released at this time.

UPDATE 7:50 pm 11/29/19 –

Noemi Martinez has been charged with Intoxication Manslaughter (second degree felony), however a bond has not been set at this time.
Please see the booking photos below.

The victim, 17 year old Benjamin Castaneda, has passed away.

Carissa Katekaru ||  Media Relations Coordinator  ||  pio@nrhtx.com  ||  817-542-1166

 

NRH Motor Officer involved in crash

North Richland Hills motorcycle officer involved in crash – received minor injuries – driver that hit officer cited.

North Richland Hills motorcycle Officer R. McCrory, a 25 year veteran with nearly 20 years as a motor officer, is recovering after being struck in the 7700 block of Mary Dr. Just shortly after noon on November 19th, 2019, Officer McCrory was turning in to the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 7700 block of Mary Dr. when he was struck in the left rear side of his motorcycle by a four-door sedan. The sedan driver was cited for failing to yield right of way – leaving private drive. At this time, the sedan driver is not expected to face any additional charges. 

Officer McCrory was released from the hospital with minor injuries. He is expected to make a full recovery.

This particular incident is a good reminder to be alert and cautious when driving and to watch for motorcycles, as well as bicycles.

 

Carissa Katekaru ||  Media Relations Coordinator || pio@nrhtx.com  ||  817-542-1166

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Wrong-Way Driver – Major Crash – Davis/Harwood PR19-21

North Richland Hills Police and Fire responded to a head-on, rollover collision just shortly after 9pm on Davis Blvd. near Harwood Rd.

A white minivan was traveling north on Davis at Harwood when a black sedan traveling southbound veered into the northbound lanes for an unknown reason. The impact caused the minivan to rollover. Two people were extricated from the minivan and transported to the hospital with non-critical injuries. The driver of the sedan was also extricated and transported to the hospital in critical condition by ground ambulance.

The roadway was closed for approximately two hours for cleanup and accident investigation. The investigation is ongoing and it is unknown whether charges will be filed at this time.

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Carissa Katekaru || Media Relations Coordinator || pio@nrhtx.com || 817-542-1166

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Burglaries – Five Star Ford – PR 19-19

NRH Police investigating several vehicle burglaries at Five Star Ford North Richland Hills – sixteen known victims at this time.
North Richland Hills Police are investigating multiple vehicle burglaries that took place on Sunday, November 10, 2019, between the hours of 10:00 pm-midnight at Five Star Ford – 6618 NE Loop 820, North Richland Hills, 76180. The burglaries were reported to dispatch on Tuesday, November 12 by Five Star Ford.
Five Star Ford provided victim information to detectives, who began contacting each victim and working to confirm what items may be missing from their vehicles. The suspect is described as a white male, slender build, dressed in dark clothing and carrying a black backpack. The suspect vehicle is described as a black Cadillac Escalade.
If you have any details regarding this incident or recognize the suspect, contact Detective Mayfield – kmayfield@nrhtx.com or 817-427-7227.

 

PIO Award – PR 19-18

Public Safety Media Relations Coordinator, Carissa Katekaru, is recognized for Leadership in Public Information Management by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

The Public Safety Media Relations Coordinator, Carissa Katekaru, was recently awarded the IACP Leadership in Public Information Management Award. This award recognizes an individual public information officer (PIO) and his or her ability to effectively disseminate information to the public.

Carissa was selected as the PIO in early 2017 and has since addressed the agency’s communication challenges. Through formulating a new and innovative approach to communication, she blended both traditional and social media strategies to share the department’s story. Carissa took several strategic steps to build important traditional and social media networks, building one from the ground up – the social media footprint of both police and fire. Fundamental to this change was presenting information quickly, accurately and in an unbiased and transparent way.

Carissa works to not only keep the community members and media partners informed of active incidents, and public interest stories, but she also strives to show the human side of policing through humor and showcasing officers as real people, doing great things in the community they serve.

She was recently recognized at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Awards Banquet in Chicago and was accompanied by Chief Perdue, Assistant Chief Scott, and Lieutenant Palmer.

 

PR 19-17 TEXRail Property Damage

On Tuesday, October 29 at approximately 1030 am, an incident occurred between locations 6420 Smithfield Road and 6430 Davis Boulevard of property damage involving several vehicles with windshield and back window damage and several of the glass window platform shelters shattered. After the initial incident, it was later reported that two additional vehicles had reports of damage at the 6351 Iron Horse TEXRail Station.

With cooperation with TEXRail security, a description of the suspect was communicated throughout the TEXRail system notifying each station of the suspect and the incidents that occurred. Later in the afternoon, an off duty Fort Worth Officer was able to identify the individual suspected in the incidents earlier reported at the Smithfield and Iron Horse Stations. Fort Worth Police Department was able to take the individual into custody, and after further investigation, the suspect was transported to the North Richland Hills Joint Detention Facility. The individual is currently in custody and is being held for criminal mischief charges and possible additional charges.

At this time, there is no further threat to property or public safety at the TEXRail train stations. If you saw anything, or have additional information regarding these incidents, you can PM us or call Criminal Investigations 817.427.7030

 

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Early morning shooting on Maplewood Avenue leaves one hospitalized

Early morning shooting currently being investigated in the 7900 block of Maplewood Ave – one person hospitalized.

Around 12:45 am on August 10, 2019 North Richland Hills Police received a 9-1-1 call from a subject looking to find the closest Emergency Room for a shooting victim. The caller then took the victim to a stand-alone ER on Airport Freeway at Hurst Town Center Dr where they left the shooting victim for treatment. The vehicle that transported the victim was then located at Pipeline and Loop 820 E where it had crashed, with the initial reporting party at the scene of the crash.

Further investigation revealed that the shooting allegedly took place in the 7900 block of Maplewood Avenue in North Richland Hills, but the exact circumstances surrounding the shooting are unclear at this time. The victim is a 32 year old black male who was transported to a downtown (Fort Worth) hospital. While the victim’s current condition is not known, at last report his injuries were not believed to be life threatening.

We are currently still investigating and there is no danger to the public.

Carissa Katekaru || Media Relations Coordinator || pio@nrhtx.com || 682-325-1832

Assist with Deputy – OIS – PR 19-09

Assist with Tarrant County Precinct 3 Deputy leads to arrest in Hurst.

At about 3:30 pm on April 24, 2019, a Tarrant County Precinct 3 deputy attempted to stop a vehicle for traffic related offenses and a short chase ensued. During the pursuit the suspect vehicle attempted to ram the deputy twice.

North Richland Hills officers observed the suspect vehicle fleeing and then crash in to the AT&T store, 464 Grapevine Hwy, Hurst, where they stopped to assist. The suspect vehicle appeared to be disabled and officers attempted to apprehend the suspect. During the attempt to apprehend the suspect, a North Richland Hills officer fired their service weapon. The suspect then fled the area again.

The white female suspect and blue Hyundai sedan were located at Wells Fargo, 6300 Precinct Line Rd, Hurst, where she appeared to be skimming credit card information off the drive up ATM.

The female suspect was taken in to custody without incident and transported to the Hurst jail. There were no reported injuries to the suspect, officers or patrons.

Hurst Police Department is investigating the incident under case number 2019001895.

Carissa Katekaru – Media Relations Coordinator/PIO || 682-325-1832 || pio@nrhtx.com

 

Homicide Investigation – PR 19-07

North Richland Hills Police investigating homicide of 40 year old female – arrest made.

The North Richland Hills Police Department was called to a home in the 7700 Amy Ln. just before 1:00 am on Monday March 11, 2019 regarding an undetermined death. During the investigation, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner relayed findings that indicated this was not a natural death.

Victor L. Baxter was arrested on Monday 3/11/19 on unrelated charges, but after further investigation, he was charged with murder. He is currently in custody at the Tarrant County Jail with a $350,000 bond set.

The investigation is still ongoing at this time, therefore no other details are available. The case will be filed with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office in the next week.

 

Carissa Katekaru- Media Relations Coordinator/PIO ||  pio @nrhtx.com ||  682-325-1832

Koba returns to duty – PR 19-06

North Richland Hills Police K-9, Koba, returns to full duty.

After being shot while attempting to apprehend an armed suspect, K-9 Koba recently returned to full duty. Koba enthusiastically warmed up before hitting the streets on his first day back. His handler relayed that “He did very well and picked up just where he left off.”

Even after facing multiple surgeries, Koba dealt with his recovery and rehab with resilience. The only hurdle in recovery was his excitability. Koba is a very work focused K-9 and was eager to play and get back to work. His handler stayed by his side through the entire process, highlighting the bond between K-9 and handler.

We are thankful for the constant stream of support, calls, cards and well wishes while Koba recovered. Each one was hand delivered to the K-9 team, and brought joy and comfort to them during the difficult days.

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Carissa Katekaru – Media Relations Coordinator/PIO  ||  pio@nrhtx.com  ||  682-325-1832

Initial Press Release: https://nrhpdmedia.com/2019/01/15/officer-involved-shooting/