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Flower Mound Police Investigate Shooting

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/28 9:56:45 (222 reads)

Open in new windowA Flower Mound woman is hospitalized after being shot Friday night by her husband, who then took his own life.

Flower Mound Police say that approximately 7:25 p.m. Friday, they received a call about a domestic disturbance where someone had a gun. Upon arrival, the officers located a woman outside the home who had been shot. She was taken to Denton Regional Hospital and appeared to be stable at the time of transport.

Officers obtained a search warrant for the couple's residence and found the suspect deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Flower Mound Police say the investigation is ongoing.

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The Last First

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/28 0:20:00 (131 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowBy Jackie Pock Gibbons

As a singer/songwriter/blogger I spend my days looking for creativity under every nook and cranny. I find that with any dramatic experience, comes the possibility for more material. So when life throws me a curve ball, I welcome it with the hopes that I can at least get a solid song or blog out of it.

However, the challenge then becomes finding good material when life is easy breezy! What’s a girl to write about when there’s no drama to inspire her?

I recently met my good friend Kyle for lunch to help him brainstorm some lavish ideas for his girlfriend’s fast approaching birthday. While he was naming off various idea’s like skydiving or a trip to Vegas, the only opinion he got from me was a big ol’, “Hell No! Don’t ever get ME a gift like that. I’m not adventurous and I don’t care!”. He then asked one of the most profound questions I have heard in a very long time; “Jackie, when was the last time you did something for the first time?”

Boy did that stop me in my tracks. I quickly tried to rack my brain for something interesting…I mean, I’ve done cool stuff in my life, haven’t I? Sure, I’m deathly afraid of heights so that puts the kibosh on a lot, but beyond that there’s got to be something…

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Updated: Missing Child - Highland Village - Found in Carrollton

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/25 21:00:00 (637 reads)

Update - 2/26 - 9:50 a.m.:
Highland Village Police say the child has been located in Carrollton.

Original:
Via Highland Village Police Department:
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Missing Runaway - 16 Year Old

Highland Village Police are looking for a 16 year old runaway teen who was last seen at the Lewisville Wal-Mart on Main Street on the afternoon of Tuesday, 2/24/15 at about 3:00pm. The runaway, William Durham, got into an argument with his parents and fled, on foot, without shoes.

Runaway:
William Vincent Durham
W/M, 16 years of age
Brown Hair, Brown Eyes
Olive skin tone, Height 5'0" Weight 95

Last Seen Wearing:
Black hoodie with "Las Vegas" in neon lettering on the front, sleeves and hood.
Black sweat pants and white socks (no shoes, only socks)

- Attends Marcus High School
- Looks younger than his real age
- Due to lack of footwear and weather conditions there is a welfare concern.

Contact:
If found please call 911, if you have any information please contact Highland Village Police at 972-317-6551.

For updates on this story, follow @HVPolice on Twitter or Highland Village Police on Facebook.

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Updated: Drought and Lake Update - February 2015

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/24 21:00:00 (336 reads)

Open in new windowWe had a few folks ask about how the lake level is doing with all this recent precipitation, and it's been awhile since we posted an update about drought. Lewisville residents are interested in lake levels especially because it is a huge recreation draw, and most of our municipal drinking water comes through the lake. Lewisville's water treatment plant processes water directly from the lake, and Lewisville purchases treated water from Dallas Water Utilities, the majority of which comes down the Elm Fork from Lewisville Dam.

Lake Level
First, the lake level: Lewisville Lake currently sits at 515.29 feet, or 6.71 feet below conservation pool, which is at 522 feet above sea level. At this elevation, the lake is considered to be 71% full. We haven't been over conservation pool since early 2012.

Conservation pool is the measure of water that is stored in a lake intentionally for water supply and recreational purposes. Lewisville Lake's flood pool is at 532 feet. This flood pool is used to catch runoff for the purpose of preventing floods. Water caught in the lake between conservation pool and flood pool is released in a controlled manner through the outlet works by the Corps of Engineers to prevent flooding along the Trinity River. Above 532 feet, water flows uncontrolled over the top of Lewisville Dam's floodway.

Ideally, our lake would be much closer to conservation pool at this time of year, so that summer water usage and evaporation do not take us down to critical levels.

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The chart above (click to enlarge) shows a plot of lake levels since January 1st, 2015. As you can see, the lake is now at its highest level this year. Just before the recent ice and snow, the level had gone down to about 514.89. So, the recent precipitation has raised the level by 0.4 feet, or about 4.8 inches. We would need close to 17 more precipitation events* like we just had in order to catch up.

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Adoptable Pets of the Week

Fur Kids Forever
Posted by Dog_Lover on 2015/2/24 12:00:00 (145 reads)

Open in new windowBy Melinda

Local animal shelters and rescues are full of cats and dogs that need loving forever homes. From time to time, we'll be posting information about animals in the Lewisville area that need to be adopted.


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This is Momma. She is 2 years old. Her owner had some bad luck and could not keep her. When she came her she was pregnant, she had a few beautiful puppies. Now that they are on their own, Momma is ready for a great new start in life. She is very sweet and has been since arriving. She likes everyone! Momma is vaccinated, heartworm negative and will be microchipped with adoption. Momma will need to be spayed to complete the adoption.

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Meet Coco, she is 8 months old. Her owner was not able to keep her. She is really sweet and likes to be with people. Coco needs a great new home. She is vaccinated and will be microchipped with adoption. Coco will need to be spayed to complete the adoption.

To meet these great pets looking for their forever home visit Lewisville Shelter and Adoption Center, 995 E. Valley Ridge in Lewisville.

www.cityoflewisville.com
Phone: 972.219.3478

When adopting a pet, the adopter will sign an adoption agreement. The agreement states they are at least 18 years of age; that the animal is to be spayed/neutered within 30 days or at 6 months of age; also that the animal be vaccinated against rabies as required by State and City code. The total cost to adopt ranges from $20.00 - $50.00 depending on residency.

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Lewisville ISD Closed Monday and Tuesday Due to Hazardous Driving Conditions

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/22 19:40:00 (574 reads)

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Lewisville ISD is closed Monday, February 23rd, and Tuesday, February 24th due to hazardous conditions on roadways within the district. All LISD athletic events and practices scheduled for Monday have been cancelled.

Non-playoff games have been canceled for Tuesday.

LISD worked in conjunction with area superintendents and the National Weather Service to make this decision.

Other major closures:
- The University of North Texas

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Lewisville Morning Rotary taking Flag Subscriptions

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/22 12:34:46 (109 reads)

Open in new windowLewisville Morning Rotary is now accepting flag program subscriptions for the 2015 year. Flags will be placed in your front yard (or location of your choice) on six holidays:

- Memorial Day
- Flag Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Patriots Day
- Veterans Day

The subscription fee is $42 for the year. If you are a new subscriber they will drill a hole in your yard and insert a sleeve to make it easy for the volunteers to place the flag in the ground the evening before or morning of the holiday. The same volunteers will then pick the flag up after the holiday.

Your subscription fee helps support Lewisville Morning Rotary Club, whose volunteers place the flags, in addition to the local and international charities that the club supports.

For more information visit the club website.

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Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 1-7

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/22 12:08:29 (188 reads)

Open in new windowWith Severe Weather Awareness Week on March 1-7, the City of Lewisville, the Texas Division of Emergency Management, the National Weather Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have joined together to urge all citizens to prepare for severe weather events and to educate themselves on safety strategies.

Each year brings the potential for violent weather to Texas, and large portions of the state can be devastated by flooding, tornadoes, hail storms, straight line winds and other severe emergencies. North Texans know how serious and threatening severe weather can be. The good news is that most weather can be predicted, but the bad news is that many weather-related injuries still occur each year despite advance warning. The first step to being prepared is realizing that severe weather can happen at any time.

Here are some helpful steps in being informed and prepared for the upcoming severe weather season:

THINK – All Lewisville citizens are encouraged to learn more about severe weather.

PREPAREGet ready with plans and kits for any severe weather that may impact the area.

ACTTake action to be safe in case of severe weather and maybe help neighbors and the community, too.

WATCH vs. WARNINGKnow the difference and what action to take during severe weather season.

EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONSign up to be alerted for severe weather affecting Lewisville.

PREPARED KIDSHelp kids learn more about emergency preparedness with these cool activities.

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I-35E Project - Community Meeting and Updates on Closures

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/22 11:05:05 (138 reads)

Open in new windowThe 35Express team will hold a general construction update meeting and a question-and-answer session to provide updates on the $1.4 billion highway project. The meeting is an opportunity for the public to get up-to-speed on the work that has been completed on the project and learn about upcoming construction.

The meeting for the middle segment of the project in Lewisville, Highland Village, Lake Dallas and Hickory Creek will be held Thursday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m., at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street.

As the 35Express Project construction continues, motorists should be aware of the following traffic changes in the upcoming weeks:

- As work begins to partially demolish the I-35E bridge over State Highway 121 Business, east- and westbound SH 121 Business between the I-35E frontage roads will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. now through Friday, March 6.

Detours for this project will take eastbound SH 121 Business traffic south on the access road to Corporate Drive and back, and will take westbound SH 121 Business traffic north on the access road to Fox Avenue.

- Various lanes of the southbound I-35E frontage road between Fox Avenue in Lewisville and Frankford Road in Carrollton will be closed daily from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. through Saturday, Feb. 28. At least one lane of traffic will remain open.

- Various lanes of north- and southbound I-35E near FM 3040/Round Grove Road, will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. through Saturday, Feb. 28. At least one lane of traffic each direction will remain open.

- The pedestrian walkway on the Fox Avenue overpass at I-35E will be demolished in early March. A new pedestrian walkway being will be separated from traffic by a barrier instead of the current cage enclosure. Scheduled detour of the I-35E main lanes is overnight Friday, March 6, and overnight Saturday, March 7.

- Demolition of the FM 407 bridge across I-35E, and all related detours, is not scheduled until early April. Public notices will begin about 30 days in advance of the work.

- There will be a nightly lane closure on I-35E southbound - left lane, just before SH 121 business until February 27th.

The 35Express project extends approximately 30 miles, through eight cities and two counties, from US 380 in Denton County to I-635 in Dallas County. The Design-Build project is expected to relieve traffic congestion in one of the most heavily traveled corridors in the North Texas region. For more information about the 35Express project or to sign up for automated notifications, visit 35Express.org, or call 214.483.7777.


Keywords:
- 35Express

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Be Prepared for a Winter Storm

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/22 9:50:00 (323 reads)

Open in new windowThe Lewisville Texan Journal wants our readers to be prepared in the event of weather-related emergencies. Here are a few tips:

Prepare for Power Outages
The power grid in Lewisville seems to be susceptible to outages in just about any weather, but freezing precipitation can be damaging to power lines. Lewisville residents should make preparations in case of prolonged power outages:

- Have firewood handy if you have a wood-burning fireplace. Make sure the flue is clean and serviceable.

- Have flashlights and batteries available. It is not safe to use candles for emergency lighting.

- Have a battery or crank-powered weather radio.

- Do not use heat-producing appliances like barbecue grills for indoor heat. These can start fires or expose you to carbon monoxide and kill you.

- Add the electric outage reporting number to your cell phone right now:
  Texas New Mexico Power (TNMP): 888-866-7456.
  CoServ: 800-274-4014

These are the outage reporting numbers where you can report an outage or get status on restoration.

Be Prepared in Your Car
- Have a full tank of gas in the car
- Carry sand or cat litter with you in the car in case you get stuck and need traction.
- Carry emergency supplies in your vehicle, if you must travel: blankets, water, jumper cables, tow rope, flashlight, etc.
- Get your scraper and snow brush out of the trunk, and have it handy.
- Have a pair of gloves

Other preparations:
- Keep your cell phone charged
- Ensure before the event that you have plenty of any prescription medicines you might need.
- When temperatures are freezing, let your inside faucets drip to keep the pipes from freezing. Wrap outside faucets with insulation and plastic. Crumpled newspaper, trash bags, and duct tape will work in a pinch.
- Make sure your pets have adequate shelter and warmth.
- Pre-treat sidewalks and driveways with rock salt, brine, or even nitrogen fertilizer (urea) to reduce or prevent ice from forming or sticking.
- Stay tuned to local news outlets for weather updates and timely information about road conditions.

Do you like to make other preparations for winter weather emergencies? If so, and we missed it, leave a comment below.

Related Links:
- Lewisville Prepares for Winter Weather with New Equipment

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