Around the State

3/31/2013, 4:31 p.m.


A $10,000 reward is being offered by Oak Farms Dairy in connection with the fatal shooting of 74-year-old Duncanville resident Barbara Vincent Strain. Additionally, North Texas Crime Stoppers has also announced that they will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for this felony offense.

Duncanville Police are describing a possible suspect as a White or Hispanic male measuring 5'5" in height, average build, last seen running south from the scene wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

On March 6, at approximately 7:25 a.m., Duncanville Police Officers were dispatched to a shooting in the 1300 block of Highland Drive. Upon arrival, officers found Strain shot at the front door of the residence. She was transported to Methodist Hospital by the Duncanville Fire Department MICU where she was pronounced deceased.

Duncanville Police Detectives continue with the investigation and ask anyone with information about this incident to contact Det. Moon at 972-780-5037 ext. 14 or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-373-8477.


The Parkland Health and Hospital System Board of Managers has directed its executive search firm, Korn/Ferry International, to expand the pool of candidates for the position of permanent chief executive officer.

"Every member of the board of managers recognizes the importance of this decision," Board Chair Debbie Branson said. "We will take whatever time is necessary to conduct an exhaustive and successful search."

After considering a slate of candidates developed by Korn/Ferry, the board had focused on a handful of accomplished individuals. Branson said that they were certainly impressive, but there was a concern that they would need an individual who was more fully prepared to address the complex challenges of an urban health care system. She also stated that the person should be one who could take the facility to the next level.

The board will continue its search and assess a broader array of profiles from across the country.

Branson noted that Parkland interim CEO Robert Smith and the members of his senior management team are providing stellar leadership of the institution. Smith has declined to be considered as a candidate for the permanent position.

"Bob and his team have not only stabilized Parkland's operations, they have improved them dramatically. We are very pleased with their leadership at this critical juncture in Parkland's history."

Branson highlighted the restoration of trust with Parkland's internal and external stakeholders, including government leaders and regulators. She also emphasized the progress Parkland is making toward fulfilling the requirements of its Corrective Action Plan.

"We're grateful to have the experience and expertise of the current senior management team as we continue our search for the permanent CEO," Branson said.


Rep. Yvonne Davis, vice chair of the House Committee on Redistricting took a stand last week to say, "No more Texas Hold'em on Redistricting." It's time for the legislature to do its job.

Davis represents District 111 in the Texas House of Representatives. District 111 covers portions of Southwest Dallas County including Oak Cliff, the City of Duncanville and portions of the City of Desoto and the City of Grand Prairie.