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Investigative reporter for the @StarTelegram focusing on criminal justice. Dog mom. Olive enthusiast. Florida native. she/her. nmanna@star-telegram.com
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Aug 3, 2020 9 tweets 3 min read
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At least 12 police agencies in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have received mine-resistant, ambush protected vehicles from the federal government.

I wanted to see what they're used for, so I asked the departments for a list/narrative of every time the vehicle has been used Two departments haven't responded. All sent photos except Southlake and Allen, which both sent letters to the AG fighting the request.

Southlake said releasing photos would give people who encounter police at an advantage. Allen redacted the letter so idk why they're fighting.
May 27, 2020 16 tweets 7 min read
The Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office lost state certification last week. They didn’t notify the public. They haven’t responded to my questions.

star-telegram.com/news/local/for… The state would only say that the certification was revoked because the jail was not compliant with a rule to check on certain inmates every 30 minutes.

The investigation was sparked by an inmate death.
Apr 6, 2020 6 tweets 4 min read
. @TarrantCountyTX has updated their #coronavirus website to include availability of beds and ventilators.

- 53% of Tarrant County's beds are available
- In the past 24 hours 65 people suspected to have #COVID19 have been admitted to the hospital.
- 13 people in ICU The county has also put transmission type statistics back on the website.

- The majority are coming from community spread. Of those, 45% are from unknown sources.
- Most testing is being done in commercial or hospital labs.
- 40% of positive cases are people ages 45 to 64.
Oct 14, 2019 22 tweets 8 min read
Press conference thread about the shooting death of #AtatianaJefferson by a Fort Worth police office.

Mayor Betsy Price, interim chief Ed Kraus and City Manager David Cook will speak. Mayor Price: We are all heartbroken today. Atiatiana was an amazing, smart woman who was unjustly taken from her family ... I cannot imagine anything worse and I am so sorry ... there is nothing that can justify what happened #AtatianaJefferson
Feb 7, 2019 5 tweets 3 min read
#BREAKING: An arrest warrant return filed in federal court shows that Luis Octavio Frias was arrested at the DFW Airport today. He's wanted in the 2013 killing of his ex-wife Janett Reyna in Oklahoma: star-telegram.com/news/local/cri… I called the U.S. Marshals office for more information, a spokeswoman said they expect to release more information later today but declined to comment further. Story: star-telegram.com/news/local/cri…
Feb 6, 2019 6 tweets 2 min read
#BREAKING: Portions of downtown Fort Worth are closed off after a scaffolding collapsed during a construction project in the 200 block of Main St, according to reports. @mingoramirezjr is walking over there now to find out more. @mingoramirezjr Update: Two people are in critical condition and are trapped, according to authorities. Crews are working to get them out now.
Jan 30, 2019 4 tweets 2 min read
It appears this shooting happened in the street between a row of houses and a small play park. @startelegram A man here told me his wife witnessed the shooting. She said a man was walking down the street when someone approached from across the grass, shot him, then walked away.
Jan 29, 2019 6 tweets 2 min read
Houston police say 5 officers were shot this evening during an "encounter with a suspect" -- star-telegram.com/news/state/tex… One officer will be discharged from the hospital, to the others in the hospital "Pray for them, and pray for their families" Houston Mayor @SylvesterTurner says. Police chief confirms none of the 5 injured officers have died.
Jan 27, 2019 4 tweets 1 min read
Here are pictures from the plane crash provided by Medstar. (800 block of Beach) Fort Worth fire confirms 2 people — a man and woman in their 50s — were on board. The man, who piloted the plane, had minor injuries and was walking around when crews afraid. The woman had serious injuries. Unknown how crash happened. They were leaving Meacham.
Sep 9, 2018 22 tweets 14 min read
Lee Meritt says he had one demand: "We want to know why that person is not in handcuffs yet." DA couldn't answer that question, he said. #BothamJean #BothamShemJean Meritt says he brought new evidence to the DA. An interview was done that he thinks will lead to #AmberGuyger being charged. Merritt said for that reason, he's not going to release that information to the public right now. #BothamJean #BothamShemJean
Aug 29, 2018 20 tweets 9 min read
Today a jury will decide what #RoyOliver's punishment should be. He was found guilty yesterday of murdering #JordanEdwards. Jurors will hear from people in Oliver's life beginning around 8:30 a.m.

Background:

star-telegram.com/news/local/cri… Defense to jury: Today you'll hear about the "real" #RoyOliver "The family
man, the father, the husband, the dedicated soldier, the dedicated police officer, the dedicated human being."