Lewisville police have one man in custody this afternoon after a standoff in Castle Hills.
Captain Dan Rochelle said the call came in about 10:19 a.m. that a man had fired several shots inside his apartment. The individual was suicidal, so police negotiated for hours to try to get him out. Eventually, shortly after 3 p.m., the SWAT team put some type of tear gas into the apartment, and the man exited shortly thereafter.
Officers were able to take him into custody without any injuries to themselves or the suspect. He is being held in protective custody for mental health issues, but could be charged with deadly conduct if the investigation determines that any bullets exited the apartment. Detectives have obtained a search warrant for the apartment.
A sophomore honors student at Flower Mound High School who posted online some of the photos he took as part of his yearbook class, has been forced by school administrators to take down the photos. Anthony Mazur, 16, is on his school’s yearbook staff, and over the past year has been learning about photography- focusing mostly on sports photography. Mazur posted his best photos on Flickr, and had even been successful at selling a few of them to the parents of his subjects, until school administrators threatened him with in-school suspension or loss of privileges unless he removed them all.
Mazur said he and his yearbook class had gone to a journalism convention in San Antonio back in October, and at that convention, one of the speakers was a teacher from Argyle High School, who told them of a student who was selling their work. Inspired by the possibility, Mazur asked the speaker about the copyright issues, and the teacher explained to him that as the photographer, he owned the pictures he took, and was entitled to the rights. Lewisville ISD’s own policy (CY Local) states explicitly that “A student shall retain all rights to work created as part of instruction or using District technology resources.”
So, Mazur went about his business, taking photos at various district events, all of which were open to the general public. He took many impressive photos using his school-issued school-issued digital camera, and began posting them on his Flickr account. Mazur says the students on the teams he photographed were enthusiastic about his work, and shared the link to his site with one another.
Back in March, Mazur says he was called into FMHS Assistant Principal Jeffrey Brown’s office, where he saw that Brown had his website pulled up on a computer there. He said that Brown was angry at him, and told him that posting the pictures online was illegal, and violated copyright. According to Mazur, Brown also worked the angle (contrary to the policy listed above) that the camera belonged to the district. When Mazur argued that the copyright belonged to him, he says that Brown changed his tune and said that it violated student privacy. Brown allegedly told Mazur at the time that a parent had complained.
Mazur alleged that Brown told him in a coercive tone “I’m just asking you to take the website down, I’m not asking you to return any money.” Mazur said he assumed Brown meant the school, with regards to returning money. Mazur said Brown told him that he “wouldn’t report [Mazur] to the IRS” over the money he earned from selling the photos. Brown told Mazur that he was issuing an “administrative directive” to take the photos down. At this point, Mazur said he requested that his parent be brought into the discussion.
Mazur’s parents, Len and Mary Jo Mazur went to the school the next day, and met with FMHS Principal Sonya Lail, who they said told them that it was a student who complained about the photos, and that they supposedly violated the federal privacy rights of the students, as outlined in FERPA, the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act. That law restricts the information that schools and school employees can disclose, but is not targeted at students.
After the meeting, the Mazurs said they received a written administrative directive ordering him to take the pictures down. Len Mazur said the reasoning listed on the directive was not related to privacy concerns, but “because he posted with the intention to profit”. The Mazur’s would not say how much money, even in general terms, that Anthony had earned from selling his photos. But Anthony said that his customers were all parents of the students in the photos, buying the digital photo for their own use. “It doesn’t matter whether he sold one or a million pictures,” said Len Mazur, who insisted that it was the principle of applying the law correctly that was important.
Lewisville Lake could overflow its spillway soon, if rains continue. As of this morning, the water level stood at 530.39 feet, a little over a foot and a half shy of hitting the 532 foot height of the lip of the spillway. The US Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the lake and Lake Ray Roberts upstream is currently letting out about 6,400 cubic feet per second (CFS) from the dam’s flood gate. Aside from a couple of brief periods when downstream flooding was a concern, they’ve had the gates open for most of the past three weeks, trying to release water as quickly as they can in a controlled manner.
That release has attracted both onlookers and fishermen to the outlet, which is located deep within the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA). But LLELA, which is normally open each Friday through Sunday, will be closed to the general public this weekend due to concerns of public safety. LLELA Education Coordinator Lisa Cole said that last weekend people were climbing way down the rocks that line the river channel near the outlet, and that some people had allowed their kids to swim in the floodwaters. As you can see from the video below, getting too close to the turbulent output is a dangerous proposition. Not all of the LLELA activities are cancelled; some will still be allowed with LLELA staff supervision.
Corps Lake Manager Rob Jordan said he had been very busy dealing with the situation. The Corps coordinated with LLELA on the shutdown. “It attracts a lot of people, and we just want to make sure we’re providing safe opportunities,” said Jordan. The LLELA closure is just the latest in a string of closures of all the most popular points to access the lake. Lake Park in Lewisville is closed due to flood waters, as are Westlake and Oakland parks. “The lake itself is not closed,” said Jordan. “People can still access it in spots; people with boats on the marina can access it, and people can still walk in and fish,” he said. “It attracts a lot of people, and we just want to make sure we’re providing safe opportunities.”
Memorial Day is a time to remember the fallen heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our Republic. It should be more meaningful than just a time for mattress sales and barbecuing.
For years, we have held an informal observance at the Veterans Memorial in front of Lewisville City Hall. Again this year, we would like to invite anyone who is interested to join us at 8:30 a.m. Monday morning, May 25th.
There's no agenda, and nothing formal about it. We'll just gather around for some silent prayer and reflection, and if anyone would like to say a quick prayer or few words in gratitude to the fallen, or offer any thoughts, they're welcome to do so. You can recite a poem if you'd like, or tell a story of someone in your family, or someone you served with. If you prefer to just listen and soak it in, that's fine too; nobody will put you on the spot.
But this is not about speeches, and there is nothing political about it. It's just fellow Americans taking some time to stand together in unity and take time to honor those who have given their lives for us.
Where: In front of Lewisville City Hall, 151 West Church Street by the Veterans Memorial When: Monday, May 25th, 8:30 a.m. (Stay as long as you want; I'll probably leave by 9:00) Who: Anyone is invited. What: Informal remembrance of our fighting men and women who have died in service of our country.
In years past, we have ended up having a group go eat breakfast together afterwards. If you would like to make time with that, we'd love to have you join us for that too.
The Lewisville Civic Chorale cordially invites you to their next concert: "Bach's Lunch: Music Scattered around Anna and Johann's Kitchen Table". Artistic Director Lewis Worthington and the Chorale will perform music by JS Bach, Hildegard, Josquin, Binchois, Hassler, Palestrina, Victoria, Gesualdo, Monteverdi, Purcell, Handel, and some surprises along the way.
The concert is Sunday, May 31, 2015, 3:00 p.m. at The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 602 N. Old Orchard Ln., Lewisville, TX 75077 (corner of Old Orchard Ln. and College). Ticket prices are: Adults $15, Family $30, Senior Citizen $10, Student $5. Tickets may be purchased online at www.lewisvillecivicchorale.com, or at the door.
Fast-casual dining is a quickly growing fad in the food industry. In the past eight years, there have been a number of southern-based, fast-casual cafes that have rapidly grown and expanded all throughout the southern United States. Any type of food you can think of from Mexican to Italian has been given the fast-casual treatment; but none have been executed as well as Zoës Kitchen. By providing healthy and freshly southern-tinged Mediterranean dishes, Zoës Kitchen has taken the food industry by storm. Lewisville can now proudly say we host one of these fine establishments.
The level of excitement that I experienced when told I was reviewing the new Zoës was unmeasurable. Throughout my eight-year residence in the Dallas area, I have eaten my way through a host of regional and local chains; but of all of the places I’ve had the pleasure of dining at, none have satisfied me in the way Zoës has. Claiming to be “freshly made” is a common ploy in food marketing, however, Zoës takes pride in preparing each dish from scratch. You could visit five different Zoës Kitchen locations, order the same dish and each plate would have elements that unique to that location. It is this care to the culinary arts that has made them a force to be reckoned with.
Walking into Zoës Castle Hills, I was greeted by the inviting colors of red and yellow. The elegant post-modern decor gives Zoës a visual trait very unique to fast-casual chains. As I approached the counter, my eyes were enticed by the containers of ready-made slaw and salads. Above my head, hung an extensive menu of many Mediterranean inspired dishes ranging from kebabs to Greek salads. I made my selection of Mediterranean chicken, took my order number flag and sat down at a small window-side table, looking out to a cozy outdoor patio. Twelve minutes danced by as I sat at my little table, finishing a small tech-based conversation with a fellow patron-in-waiting. Before we could finish our goodbyes, my food had arrived.
The Keeping Tradition Alive Pipes and Drums Concert, is an annual event that has over time become a large part of Lewisville’s unique cultural landscape. Every year during spring, hundreds of firefighters from across the country gather in Old Town, to provide a Celtic concerto of drums and bagpipes. KTA’s turnout has met expectations every single year, and despite an unfortunate weather forecast, this year was no different.
Without tradition, we would all be exact copies of tissue and water. The traditions passed down from each region of our ancestry, define us as individuals. That importance is one that remains today, on a larger scale which is largely thanks to events such as KTA. By providing the community with an annual cultural event that is free to the public, KTA has lived up to their name.
This year's KTA was held Friday, May 8th. Prior to the event, many were worried about the then approaching storm. LFD had announced earlier that day, processions would still continue as scheduled despite high chance of rainfall, however had moved back the time of the event from 7:00PM to 6:30PM. This year, 100 of honor guard attendees, drummers, and pipers representing 1 of 65 different agencies from around the country gathered to participate in the event, two of which traveled from Washington state and New Hampshire.
An estimated 700 citizens gathered in front of City Hall to witness the concert, despite overcast clouds looming above. Spirits were high as droves of attendees stood in line to partake in the concessions provided by Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse, whose line was only rivaled by the beer counter they also provided. Also on site were Fletcher’s, providing their widely loved state fair corn dogs and funnel cakes.
Ceremonies kicked off with a 45 minute performance by Dallas area natives The Kildares, providing a fitting blend of Celtic Folk and Rock that set an energetic mood for the evening. Following the dance filled opening, was the main event. The crowd was silent as all 65 present agencies played solemn and regal celtic folk arrangements with impressive skill. The crowd stood still with pleased awe stricken faces as each agency showcased their years of dedication and study of their craft.
Despite a lower estimated attendance than last year due to the weather, KTA 2015 was considered a success. Food and beer sales were brisk, according to event organizers, and overall reception of the event was high. In the end, the event was a perfect last hurrah before a week filled with natural disasters and flooding scares.
Bagpipes and drum corps on the steps of Lewisville City Hall creates goosebumps and giddy smiles for us at LTJ. We love this event, and are proud it happens here in Lewisville. Thank you for this Lewisville Fire Department Pipes and Drums and Lewisville Staff for this incredible experience.The Keeping Tradition Alive jam session is ALWAYS a winning bet for an evening of great family fun and fantastic entertainment. Hope to see you next year!
Texas Senator and retired Army Officer, Brian Birdwell introduced, and passed through the senate, SB 1735 which is scheduled to reform the Texas Veterans Hazlewood Act (Legacy provision) which allows veterans to pass on up to 120 credit hours to a dependent.
“The Hazlewood program is quickly becoming unviable, and soon, its benefits will be too costly to provide even to the veteran—not just his or her dependent,” said Birdwell. “I can think of few things that would be as tragically shortsighted as ignoring the simple facts that foretell the long-term unsustainability of this program, and that’s why the Legislature had to act.”
If it passes, a veteran would be required to have served in the military six years before being allowed to pass on the tuition benefit to a dependent. Currently, the requirement is to serve on active duty for 180 days.
Six years is simply way too long for a combat or disabled veteran with service connected injuries. These particular veterans are normally the “boots on the ground” who are enlisted men and women just trying to survive and provide for their families. It’s not like they are retired Army officers with a nice retirement check plus a VA pension like Senator Birdwell!
That was a heck of a storm last night, wasn't it? I think our house shook for 10 seconds on one of those loud thunderclaps.
This morning, the Corps of Engineers turned the spigot way down on releases from the lake, due to heavy rainfall downstream, and waterways already at or over floodstage. As you can see on the radar-based rain map from last night, most of southeastern Denton County got at least an inch of rain.
But Dallas county (downstream) got much more. The flood gauge of concern closest to us is the Elm Fork Trinity near Carrollton. Flood stage there is 8 feet, and this morning it shot up from right at that level to its current 8.98 feet.
The Elm Fork Trinity near SH 121 was flowing near 6,000 CFS last night, and has dropped down near 4,500 CFS so far, losing over 3 feet.
Meanwhile, as you would expect with all this rain, the lake has gone on the rise again, picking up another 2.4 inches since midnight. Ray Roberts Lake has also cut back its releases to 983 CFS.
The forecast today calls for a 40% chance of rain today, and 60% chance tonight. The forecast for the entire week includes rain chances at 30% or better.