BURLESONPolice urge holiday partiers to plan ahead, stay soberThe Burleson Police Department is encouraging holiday revelers to “plan ahead” and stay sober while out on the roads. The police, along with state law enforcement officials, are encouraging people to take part in a new program, PASS, short for “Person Appointed to Stay Sober.”Instead of letting the person who is the “least drunk” drive, someone in the group should agree to stay sober.“We will be stepping up enforcement efforts to keep intoxicated drivers off the road and keep the public safe,” Deputy Police Chief Chris Havens said. “We encourage the public to not drink and drive and to arrange to have a designated driver before going out. We also encourage the public to report an intoxicated person before that individual leaves the business or the party and gets behind the wheel.”Burleson police report that from Nov. 20 to Dec. 15, five people were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.And during a period from Dec. 1, 2012, to Jan. 1, the Police Department reported five crashes where alcohol was a factor. There were no fatalities or injuries. — Elizabeth CampbellFORT WORTHDiversity training at new level for Police DepartmentA new kind of multicultural training is underway for Fort Worth police recruits.Police had begun seeking volunteers from diverse communities in August 2012 to develop a curriculum aimed at better educating officers about on the multicultural groups they serve.Beginning this past week, members of the various committees that formed as a result of the initiative began helping to teach the new curriculum to police recruits.The African-American and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender committees gave presentations to the recruits Thursday at the Multicultural Western Heritage Museum.On Monday, members of the Muslim and Hispanic committees will give presentations.Police have said they eventually hope to expand the curriculum to current officers.The curriculum is intended to complement multicultural training already in place by allowing officers to learn from people, not just a textbook, police have said. — Deanna BoydFree child seat inspections offered by Fire Department The Fort Worth Fire Department is offering free car seat inspections and installations every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon at Fire Station 3, at 4700 Ramey St.More than 1,200 children under the age of 14 died from motor vehicle crashes in 2010, and 171,000 were injured, according to records from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.A CDC study showed that about 618,000 children 12 and younger rode in vehicles without child safety seats, even though those restraints reduce the risk of death by 71 percent for infants involved in crashes.The Fire Department is partnering with Safe Kids Tarrant County and the Fort Worth Fire Fighter Charities to provide the inspections, according to a city news release.Residents can schedule an appointment by calling 682-885-2634 or stop by on a first-come, first-seen basis. The child should be present for the inspection, unless the resident is an expectant mother. — Caty HirstEnergy firm offers $10 per bag of items for charityIn the spirit of the holiday season, Fort Worth-based oil and gas company Yohawk Energy is rewarding residents for their charity. Yohawk will give people $10 for every kitchen bag of clean used clothing, blankets, nonperishable food and clean toys that they drop off, up to $50.“We’ve been very fortunate as a company this year, and it’s incredibly important to me to give back to the community that supports us,” said Yohawk CEO JB Yowell. “We wanted to do what we could to give back as much as possible and thought this clothing drive would be a great way to serve.”Items will be accepted Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 100 E. 15th St., Suite 420 through Dec. 31. People should call 817-484-9642 before dropping off items.All items will be given to Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County. For more information, visit www.womenshelters.org/cit/tx-fort_worth. GRANBURY Officials warn of fake city utilities workerCity officials are warning that someone has been posing as a Granbury utility official and warning residents they would be disconnected if they did not wire money to that individual.Granbury officials say no city employee would ever ask a customer to wire money.Accepted forms of payment are by mail, online at Granbury.com, using drop boxes at City Hall or in person at City Hall. — Bill HannaMINERAL WELLS SCHOOLS American Legion, others are honoredThe Mineral Wells school district has recognized American Legion Post No. 75, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 75, Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion Riders for their involvement in the communitywide Veterans Day program.For 31 years, the American Legion has partnered with the school district to provide a Veterans Day remembrance program for the community. STEPHENVILLEDitch the fruitcake and go find something real For those looking for some post-Christmas shopping at somewhere other than the mall, the Chicken House Flea Market will open its doors Saturday and Dec. 29 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.The flea market is held in an old chicken house on the second and fourth weekends of every month. It is located at 8080 U.S. 377 South, between Stephenville and Dublin. — Bill HannaWEATHERFORDAnglers won’t have trouble catching troutOne of Weatherford’s most popular green spaces parks will remain so for local anglers, thanks to efforts to stock more than 1,000 rainbow trout in the pond of Holland Lake Park.City crews released 500 rainbows into the pond on Dec. 10, and additional releases of 300 each are scheduled for January and February.Anglers 17 and older must have a state fishing license and must abide by the catch limit of five trout per day. — Tim MadiganREGIONVietnamese raise funds for typhoon recoveryA fundraising effort by Saigon Radio and Saigon Broadcasting Television Network has raised over $100,000 to aid victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.Thousands of Vietnamese-Americans in Dallas-Fort Worth gave to the effort, said Tina Do, executive director of the 10-year-old Vietnamese-language radio station based in the Dallas suburb of Cockrell Hill.Do said the donation to the Red Cross is the community’s way of saying thanks to the people of the Philippines who aided hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese refugees after the Vietnam War. — Steve Campbell
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