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2014/10/19 - Sunday Night Update
2014/10/18 - Updated: Lewisville Loses Appeal on Sex Offender Ordinance
2014/10/18 - Early Voting Starts Monday for November 4th, 2014 Election
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2014/10/17 - Parents on Edge After Newspaper Misreports LISD Ebola Letter
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2014/9/29 - Crime and Accident Updates from Lewisville and Flower Mound
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Denton County Celebrates Groundbreaking of Government Center

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/10/25 9:50:00 (72 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowFriday Afternoon, local dignitaries from Denton County, and the cities in and around County Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell's Precinct 3, gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new 40,700 square foot, two story, LEED Gold certified building. According to the Denton County Capital Improvements Program document for 2013, the Denton County Precinct 3 Government Center will cost $8.5 million, and will house Commissioner Mitchell's office, as well as Justice of the Peace Becky Kerbow's office and court, Constable Jerry Raburn's Office, the tax office, Department of Public Safety, adult probation, and a satellite office for the County Clerk.

The building will be located across Civic Circle from the old building, at the corner of Civic Circle and Valley Parkway, behind the current Child Protective Services building.

The LEED Certified two-story building will be very energy and water-efficient with state-of-the-art electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems, and is constructed with local brick and cast stone and a standing seam metal roof. Landscaping will utilize indigenous Texas plants.

County officials believe the new building will decrease operating costs and allow for more efficient operations and accomodation of the public. The existing Lee Walker Government Center that currently houses the County Commissioner's office, JP, and Constable offices, will be renovated in a later phase and used to house other departments currently in leased spaces.

Construction is expected to take about a year for the new Denton County Precinct 3 Government Center.

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Affidavit Sheds Light on Shooting Details, Shooter's Gang Affiliation

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/10/24 22:30:00 (1195 reads)

Open in new windowFriday Afternoon, The Lewisville Texan Journal obtained probable cause affidavits from the Lewisville Police Department that clarified the details of the shooting that happened Wednesday afternoon at The Madison apartment complex on Round Grove Road. The affidavits received were not only from the incident Wednesday, but from two prior incidents we learned about in one of the suspects’ criminal histories.

We reported previously that the shooting happened around 4:30 p.m., but the affidavit puts the time of the first 911 calls at 4:11 p.m. Police said that two witnesses who were on scene during the shooting were able to describe the incident.

The story that detectives were able to put together for the affidavit on Wednesday night to obtain an arrest warrant is as follows:

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Lewisville Police Arrest Gang Member in Wednesday's Shooting

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/10/23 20:30:00 (4928 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowLewisville Police have arrested 18 year old Tyrone Damon Ebron in a shooting that happened Wednesday around 4:30 p.m. in front of The Madison Apartments on FM 3040 at Oakbend. Ebron is held in Lewisville jail. Arrested at 6:25 p.m. Thursday, he is currently being held without bail on charges of deadly conduct - discharge of a firearm, and unlawful carrying of a firearm by a felon.

Police radio traffic recorded Wednesday indicated that Ebron was the one who was injured in the shootout and self-presented at Medical Center of Lewisville. LPD Captain Dan Rochelle said that Ebron had been transferred from Medical Center of Lewisville to Medical Center of Plano, which is where police arrested him tonight.

Denton County jail records show Ebron had prior charges of marijuana possession, unlawful carrying of a weapon, and evading arrest from November of last year, and trespassing, evading arrest, and possession of marijuana in March of 2014.

Police said yesterday that there were two groups of males there who "don't like each other very much." One member of a group pulled a gun and began shooting at the other group. A member of the other group pulled his own gun and returned fire. Rochelle said that police do know the groups had agreed to meet at The Madison, because a couple of the individuals live there.

Witnesses told police that a white or gray Honda Civic with several people in it drove up. Someone in the car shot at someone on foot, and the person on foot shot back. The people on foot ran down Oakbend where the fight continued. Ebron was the subject on foot.

There have not been any arrests yet for the other party in the shooting. Rochelle said LPD was not yet ready to release information on the other shooter.

We asked Rochelle directly about the possibility of gang involvement for Ebron, based on radio traffic we heard yesterday. Rochelle said that he could not comment on whether or not Ebron was involved in a gang.

Update #1 - 9:04 p.m.:
We have now confirmed that Ebron is known to Lewisville Police as a member of the Bloods criminal gang. Rochelle said that like every city, Lewisville does have some gang members. "We're not L.A.," said Rochelle. "We don't have hundreds of gang members taking over every street corner."

DPS crime records show mug shots for Ebron dating back to 2009, when he would have been 13. Ebron recently served a 180 sentence in Denton County Jail for his second offense of evading arrest, which is a state jail felony. He was released on September 8th after serving that sentence.

The Lewisville Texan Journal has located a twitter account which appears to belong to Ebron, and that references "thuggin'" and what appear to be references to smoking marijuana.

We also learned that Ebron's gunshot wound was to his gluteal area (his derriere).

Open in new windowUpdate #2 - 9:55 p.m.:
An alert reader told us that Tyrone Ebron was the one arrested last November after officers investigated a shooting in the 300 block of Teakwood Lane. Here's what Lewisville PD reported to the media on that incident:

On Tuesday, November 5th, at approximately 11:45 p.m., officers responded to a report of gunshots in the 300 block of Teakwood Lane. Residents reported hearing 10 gunshots in the area. Officer Slavens discovered that two different houses had been struck by gunfire. This is the second report of deadly conduct in this immediate area. Both cases are being investigated by Detective Shawn Dority.

On Thursday, November 8th, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Officer Ricky Jones observed two people walking in the 300 block of Teakwood Lane. The two subjects entered the alley directly behind the two residences that had previously been struck by gunfire. Officer Joseph Fernandez was called to the area to assist Officer Jones. Officer Fernandez made contact with the subjects that Officer Jones had described. During the contact, one of the subjects, a 17 year-old male, fled from Officer Fernandez. Officers David Nicaud and Fernandez pursued the subject to the 200 block of Heritage Hill where he was taken into custody. The subject was arrested for evading detention. During a search incident to arrest, he was found to be in possession of a handgun and marijuana. Officers also charged him with unlawful carrying weapons and possession of marijuana. The other person that had been detained was not charged with any crime. The investigation is continuing to determine what, if any, role these subjects may have in the deadly conduct investigations.


Although Ebron was not mentioned by name in that release, LTJ confirms that he was arrested by LPD on that date, and for those charges. The mugshot on that arrest is above right. Ebron pleaded no contest to the class A misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to 45 days in jail.

Update: Affidavit sheds light on shooting, shooter's gang affiliation...

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Updated: Lewisville Police Respond to Shooting at Round Grove and Oakbend

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/10/22 17:00:00 (24529 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowLewisville Police are investigating a shooting that happened near the intersection of Round Grove Road and Oakbend.

The Lewisville Texan Journal is working to obtain more details on the incident. Early indications via radio traffic are that at least one victim was taken to the hospital, and that some of those involved may possibly have gang ties. Police have found numerous 9mm shell casings, and have some people detained for questioning.

Update #1 - 5:20 p.m.:
Captain Dan Rochelle said the incident occurred around 4:30 p.m. and that several males were shooting at each other. He said the investigation is under way right now and that details are very preliminary. We should have more to share later.

Update #2 - 6:15 p.m.:
We are told that there was one victim, who presented himself at the hospital with non-life-threatening wounds.

The scene of the shooting appears to be The Madison apartment complex, in the parking lot by the front office, and northward on Oakbend. Officers have both ends of Oakbend closed from Forestbrook to FM 3040/Round Grove Road.

Update #3 - 6:22 p.m.:
Captain Rochelle said that what police know right now is that there were two groups of males there who "don't like each other very much." One member of a group pulled a gun and began shooting at the other group. A member of the other group pulled his own gun and returned fire. Although earlier radio traffic seemed to indicate police had one in custody, Rochelle says that police do have some of the group members detained (but not arrested) at the moment for questioning. "We know who all the players are," said Rochelle.

Update #4 - 10/23/2014 - 9 p.m.:
Police have arrested one suspect, and we have learned that he is a known gang member. Read more...




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KLB to Host Trinity Trash Bash Waterway Cleanup and Recycling Event November 15th - LTJ Forming Team

Keep Lewisville Beautiful
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/10/21 19:50:00 (152 reads)

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LHS JROTC Students dug up and pulled out a number of partially buried or submerged shopping carts in an area near Timber Creek during 2013's Trinity Trash Bash. (Photo by Marcelo Maristan)
Hoping to raise awareness and appreciation of the Trinity River, Lewisville Lake, and their respective shorelines, Keep Lewisville Beautiful (KLB), the City of Lewisville, LLELA, and Kayak Power are teaming up to host KLB’s 23rd annual Trinity Trash Bash (TTB) waterway clean up. As part of a regional effort, KLB’s TTB will be held on Saturday, November 15th from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the Lake Park catfish picnic area. Multiple volunteer opportunities are available, including shoreline clean ups, creek clean ups, and a guided kayak cleanup of the Trinity River. A FREE electronics recycling collection event, educational expo, and Texas Arbor Day celebration will also be held onsite. For a list of items being accepted for our recycling drive, please visit the Trinity Trash Bash web page. KLB is currently looking for both volunteers and sponsors for this event. All individuals and groups are welcome to join in the effort to help make a difference in our community.

All ages are welcome. Groups will be assigned locations and supplies to clean on the day of the event. All tools will be provided by KLB. Shirts, door prizes, and goodie bags will be given away to volunteers after the cleanup on a first come first serve basis. Trophy prizes for groups who collect the most trash, and find weirdest item. Please wear long sleeves, pants, and sturdy tennis or hiking shoes.

As part of the recycling collection event, the following items will be accepted: plastic grocery bags, ink cartridges, cell phones, gently worn shoes, gently worn clothing items, and the following electronics: Computers - CPU - PC - Laptops, Computer Accessories, Computer Monitors, Televisions, Printers, DVD/CD Players, Copiers/Fax Machines, Typewriters, Telephones, Cell Phones & Chargers, GPS Units, Pagers, PDA's, Tablets, Answering Machines, MP3 Players, Scanners, External Hard Drives, Radios & Boombox, Video and Camera Equipment, Communications Equipment, Video Game Systems, Cable Boxes/DVR, Circuit Boards, Cables, Wires, Power Cords, Power Strips, and Microwaves.

Electronics NOT ACCEPTED: Yard Equipment, Gas Powered Equipment, Water Coolers, Paper Shredders, Propane Tanks, Space Heaters, Household Appliances, Smoke Detectors, No CRT tubes without cases, No light bulbs-CFL or Fluorescent tubes, Freon-(Refrigerators & Air Conditioners), Loose Batteries, Wooden Speakers, Ceramic & Glass Lamps, Christmas Tree & Lights, Crock Pots, Electronic Blankets, Exercise Equipment, Garbage Disposals.

Additional educational booth spaces are available; please contact Amy Wells at 972-538-5949 for more information about how your organization or business can get involved. Current event sponsors and donors include: The City of Lewisville, Waste Management, Bahama Buck’s, Texas New Mexico Power Company, Dale Downing CPA, The Trinity River Environmental Education Society, Bass Pro Show and Kayak Power, with more being added every day! Educational vendors include: City of Lewisville, Upper Trinity Regional Water District, Army Corp of Engineers, LLELA, Waste Management, Lions Club, Salvation Army, LISDOLA, and ECS refining.

In 2013, over 350 KLB volunteers showed outstanding community spirit by removing 4 TONS of trash out of Lewisville creeks, streams, shoreline, canals, and Lewisville Lake.

To register individually for this event or with your own team, please contact the KLB office at 972-538-5949 or send us an email at info@keeplewisvillebeautiful.org. Participants can also register online here. To join The Lewisville Texan Journal's Trinity Trash Bash team, read on below. All ages are welcome; cleanup sites are determined by group size and ages to ensure a fun and safe event!

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Texas DSHS reports Texans Cleared from Ebola Monitoring

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/10/20 7:14:55 (187 reads)

Open in new windowThe Texas Department of State Health Services reports this morning that a group of 43 people who were in contact with Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan have now been cleared from monitoring:

A group of 43 people in Texas who had contact with the state's first Ebola patient have been cleared from twice-daily monitoring after reaching the 21-day mark, the longest incubation period for the disease.

They have no Ebola symptoms and are not at risk of developing Ebola. They are able to continue normal daily activities without being monitored for symptoms. The group is a mix of health care workers, household contacts and community members whose last possible contact with the state's first patent was Sept. 28.

State health officials have been working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the local health department in Dallas to closely monitor people who have had contact with the three Ebola patients. About 120 more people continue to be monitored for symptoms.

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Sunday Night Update

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/10/19 21:51:40 (249 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowSunday was a gorgeous day, and an even more beautiful morning. I was up on top of the Lewisville Dam, looking out over Lewisville Lake on the left, and LLELA on the right. By all accounts, the inaugural year of That Dam Half - a half-marathon (13.1 miles) was a great success. 1200 runners were registered for the run, most of whom were for the half-marathon on the dam, and some of whom ran the 5k. We’ve heard nothing but great things from those who attended. I was a volunteer at the water station at mile 8, but truthfully I would have done almost any job just to have the opportunity to legally be up there, since it’s normally strictly off-limits to the public. I got a lot of great shots that I will be posting here and on our Facebook photos page.

Speaking of the lake, the quick update is that recent rains added a couple of inches to the lake level, which has since gone back down to 515.16 feet. This is about 7 feet below conservation pool. The hope is that we can get a lot of rain over the winter, which is expected to be wetter than average, and maybe get it filled back up to the 522 mark.

Plano West beat the Lewisville Farmers Friday night 55-22.

Not applicable to Lewisville, but one candidate for Texas House in district 94 thinks the U.S. should invade Mexico.

Sarah Blaine explains why testing vendor Pearson’s wrong answer on her child’s homework worksheet matters in the high-stakes testing era.

Dallas Morning news has an article about Badgers BBQ - a barbecue restaurant that caters to public safety officers. (Civilians can eat there too.)

You may have heard that a federal judge recently ruled Texas’ voter ID law unconstitutional. Greg Abbott is appealing, and without overturning the ruling, the Supreme Court has allowed the law to remain in place for this election. The Lead Counsel for the plaintiffs in the case answers six questions about the voter ID suit. My opinion on voter ID laws has not changed.

If you have used your credit card at the Dairy Queen in Lewisville, you may want to check your statement. The company was hit by a hacker, who gained access to customer names, credit card numbers, and expiration dates.

The Lewisville Leader has an article about T-Ronn Hicks, hosting “The World’s Largest Anti-Bullying Party” on October 25th at Lewisville High School Harmon Campus.

Campus ratings for the three LHS campuses:
- LHS Harmon Campus
- LHS Main Campus
- LHS Killough Campus

I was bummed to be out of town on business on the night of the Lewisville Homecoming Parade, but via Lewisville ISD, here are some pictures from the parade and the Community Pep Rally:

The Lewisville City Council did finally approve a new school zone in front of the LHS Ben Harmon campus on FM 3040. The zone will be a continuous 35 mph zone from 300 feet east of Old Orchard Lane to 300 feet west of Valley Parkway. The Lewisville Police Department has warned of increased enforcement against jaywalking in that area.

Lewisville-based med fusion is teaming up with another firm to optimize cancer treatment strategies.

Video of Kevin Fowler at Western Days

Some were outraged at Wendy Davis’s campaign commercial pointing out hypocrisy with Greg Abbott. I thought it was fair shot. She wasn’t attacking his disability, but the fact that he got quite a hefty settlement for his own injury, then spent a career trying to prevent others from obtaining their own justice.

Dawn Cobb has a nice story about four boys in Highland Village who were walking home from school one day and found a bicyclist who had fallen and had a head injury. The quick thinking of Joshua Smithwick, Elia Mata, John Wegendt and Aiden Cooper led to the man’s rescue.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NTCOG) has awarded funding of $28 million in its Transportation Alternatives Program, which funds pedestrian and bike trails, and non-driver access to public transportation projects. Lewisville is receiving $1.5 million for Approximately 4.2 miles of shared-use paths, sidewalk, and on-street bike lanes from the North Garden Ridge Boulevard interchange at IH 35E southward to North Valley Parkway and West Main Street.

Lewisville Morning Rotary will conduct a flag retirement ceremony at the MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 25th. Community members can bring their worn or torn flags to be destroyed appropriately.

First United Methodist Church of Lewisville postponed a mission trip due to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.

A Dallas man who works at NationStar mortgage in Lewisville is in isolation after spending time with nurse Amber Vinson, who contracted ebola at work. There is no indication that anyone is at risk.

Denton County Health Department - Ebola Information

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Updated: Lewisville Loses Appeal on Sex Offender Ordinance

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 Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/10/18 20:20:00 (2084 reads)

This story was originally posted 7/23/2014, and was updated 10/19/2014.

Open in new windowOpen in new windowIn a ruling released Tuesday, the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a district court ruling from last year that had dismissed a lawsuit against the City of Lewisville over the constitutionality of a city ordinance restricting where registered sex offenders can live.

Aurelio Duarte was convicted in 2006 for online solicitation of a minor. After serving his sentence in prison, he came back to Lewisville in 2010 to live with his family. Due to the city’s sex offender residency restrictions, Duarte and his family were unable to find a suitable residence within the city. Lewisville’s ordinance makes it unlawful for a sex offender to live within 1,500 feet of public parks, playgrounds, private and public schools, public and semi-public swimming pools, rec centers, day care centers, and video arcades. Violating the ordinance is a misdemeanor punishable by a $500 per day fine. After trying in vain to find a residence where he and his family could purchase a home in Lewisville, Duarte and his family sued the City of Lewisville in federal district court in 2012.

The trial court last year dismissed Duarte’s family from the lawsuit, under the rationale that since the ordinance only applied to the offender, the family didn’t have standing to sue. The City of Lewisville had argued, and the trial court had agreed that Duarte had no standing because he hadn’t actually violated the law, and thus had not suffered “actual injury” from it. The City also had argued that Duarte didn’t have enough money to buy a house, and thus didn’t have an actual injury. Lastly, the City of Lewisville argued that the case was moot, since in the intervening time, the family had moved out of their motel room, to a residence in a nearby city.

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Map showing 1,500 foot exclusion zones (red) around various parks, pools, schools, daycares, and other places where children congregate. The ordinance has effectively taken the whole City of Lewisville as off-limits. (Via City of Lewisville Map Service)
The appeals court reversed the trial court, and reinstated Duarte and his family as plaintiffs, remanding the case back to district court without judgement on the actual constitutionality of the ordinance. The appeals court ruled that the case is not moot, because Duarte is seeking both compensatory and nominal damages, and those still stand, even if injunctive relief would be moot at this point.

The ruling means that Duarte and his family can proceed with the lawsuit, and the trial court would consider the plaintiff’s assertion that the ordinance violates the US Constitution. The plaintiffs specifically claim that the ordinance violates the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the 14th Amendment, as well as the Double Jeopardy clause of the 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and it constitutes an ex post facto law in violation of Article I, section 10 of the Constitution.

Plaintiff's attorney Richard Gladden said that the ruling marked the first time nationally that an appeals court has ruled that family members can sue in these cases. "That's a first nationally, although it doesn't seem to have ever been considered by another State or Federal Court," said Gladden.

Read the Appeals Court Decision...

Lewisville City Councilman TJ Gilmore said that the Council had been made aware of the decision by email today, and that City Attorney Liz Plaster would be consulting with the City’s outside counsel to discuss next steps. Gilmore said that any further discussion on the matter would take place in future closed sessions, but would not offer any further comment on the pending litigation.

Update - 10/19/2014:
The City of Lewisville petitioned the 5th Circuit Court for a rehearing en-banc, meaning that instead of a three-judge panel hearing the case, the entire 15-member court would hear it. That request was denied on October 9th, and the order noted that not a single judge requested that a vote be taken.

Plaintiff's attorney Richard Gladden told us about the future of the case:
"As a result of this order, which I just received by email, Lewisville now has 90 days to seek review in the U.S. Supreme Court. There is absolutely no chance of the Supreme Court reviewing the decision made by the Fifth Circuit at this point, and no ethical lawyer would waste his client's money attempting that. However, as you know, our opposing counsel is a snake and it is evident to me, at least, that his sole motive is to leech as much money out of Lewisville as he possibly can. So, I suppose, Lewisville may seek further review there.

If there is no request for further review in the U.S. Supreme Court, the case will soon be back on the District Court's docket in Sherman. Eventually, I expect another motion for summary judgment to be filed by Lewisville, but this time it will be confined to the constitutional issues, I believe. That isn't likely to happen for several weeks, if not months."



Originally posted 7/23/2014.

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Early Voting Starts Monday for November 4th, 2014 Election

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/10/18 8:32:49 (393 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowEarly voting for the November 4th General Election begins Monday, October 20th, and goes through Friday October 31st. Voters will select candidates in various federal, state, and county races, and decide on a constitutional amendment.

About Early Voting
In the State of Texas, any voter can vote early, and is encouraged to do so. Early voting offers a variety of days and hours that almost anyone can fit in, regardless of work schedule or travel. Most locations for early voting have virtually no lines, and you can walk right up, check in, grab your ballot or booth code, vote, and be out of there in 5 minutes or less. The Lewisville Texan Journal highly recommends early voting if you can for several reasons:

  • If you discover there are any problems with your registration, you have time to get it fixed with the county voter registrar.
  • Just in case something happens to you like an illness or unplanned work or travel, or even a bad storm or disaster on election day, you will have already cast your vote.
  • Political campaigns usually try to purge their contact lists of people who early voted already, so by voting, you can sometimes reduce the number of calls and amount of campaign mail that you get.
  • Unlike some election-day polling locations, most early voting locations are well-known, easy to find, and have plenty of parking. If you wait until election day, you must vote in your assigned precinct - which could be some tiny hard-to-find church, or a crowded elementary school on a school day with a full parking lot.


Early voting is not the same as absentee voting, which is limited to certain individuals and situations. For more information on absentee voting by mail, or to obtain a ballot by mail, visit Denton County Elections’ Voting by Mail page.

Days, Times, and Locations
Monday, October 20th - Friday, October 24th: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, October 25th: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 26th: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

A full list of early voting locations is available on the Denton County Elections website, but we will list some of the ones here that might be most convenient for Lewisville residents:

Lewisville Municipal Annex
1197 W. Main Street, Lewisville

Flower Mound Police and Municipal Court Building
4150 Kirkpatrick, Flower Mound

Highland Village Municipal Complex
1000 Highland Village Rd., Highland Village

Carrollton Public Library
4220 N. Josey, Carrollton

The Colony Government Center
6301 Main St., The Colony

Lake Dallas City Hall
212 Main Street, Lake Dallas

Registration and Identification Required
In order to vote in an election in Texas, you must have pre-registered and be listed on the voter rolls for your precinct. If you have recently moved within the county, but have not yet changed your address, then you may vote in your old precinct.

Denton County Residents: Click to check your registration and view a sample ballot.
If you are not registered: Request a voter registration application here.

For now, until final review in the appellate courts, you will need to show an acceptable form of identification if you vote in person. The following are considered acceptable by the State of Texas, and must be no more than 60 days expired:
- Texas Driver’s License (issued by DPS)
- Texas ID Card (issued by DPS)
- Texas Election ID Certificate (issued by DPS)
- Texas Concealed Hangun License (issued by DPS)
- US Military ID Card
- US Citizenship Certificate (no expiration date)
- US Passport

Your voter registration card may be helpful in informing you that you are registered, and tell you what precinct and districts you belong to, but it is NOT considered acceptable identification for voting purposes.

What is on the Ballot?
Stay tuned for another article detailing the races that Lewisville residents will be voting on. Or you can view your sample ballot here.

Election Day Voting
Election day is November 4th, 2014. Polls are open in all locations from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. If there is a line at 7 p.m., polls will remain open to serve anyone who was already in line at 7 p.m. On election day, you may only vote in your assigned precinct location. Your precinct voting location may not be the location closest to your home, and it may change from year to year. The Lewisville Texan Journal will post a list of local precincts and locations as we get closer to election day, but we strongly encourage all voters to try to vote early.


Disclaimer: The Lewisville Texan Journal endeavors to provide accurate information about elections, compiling information from various sources including government websites. Information is provided for informational purposes only, and is subject to change by the election authorities and courts. If you notice an error, please contact us immediately at 469-322-4265 or email editor@lewisvilletexan.com. If you need more information or have questions about your voter registration or election procedures, please call Denton County Elections Administration at 940-349-3200 or email elections@dentoncounty.com.

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Updated: Lewisville Police Seek Help Finding Serial Attacker

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/10/17 16:30:00 (12616 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowLewisville Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a man who has violently assaulted several women near the Timber Creek bridge over SH 121 Business. At least two victims have been assaulted in the area, including a Lewisville High School student.

On Wednesday, October 8th at about 8:45 p.m., according to a message delivered from Lewisville ISD, a female Lewisville High School Harmon Campus student was walking home near The Oaks of Lewisville Apartments. Oak Knoll Circle in that same area, and was attacked and beaten.

On Thursday, October 9th, at approximately 9:50 p.m., an adult female victim was walking to her residence in the vicinity of South SH 121 Business and Valley View Lane. While crossing the Timber Creek Bridge near the Quik Trip located at 1701 S SH 121 Business, the female victim was attacked by a Hispanic male and was dragged underneath the bridge. The female victim struggled with the Hispanic male as the female victim was dragged further away. The female victim yelled for assistance and when the Hispanic male overheard voices of a witness who was crossing the bridge, the Hispanic male fled the scene on foot. The witness had heard the female victim yelling for assistance and was able to flag down a passerby who assisted by dialing 911. The female victim was treated at the scene for minor injuries and was released. The only descriptors available are that the suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 20‐30 years of age, with a muscular build.

There have been similar offenses in the area over the past 60 days. Lewisville Police Detectives believe that the Hispanic male suspect in this offense could possibly be linked to the previous offenses.

The female victim cooperated with detectives and assisted in completing a composite sketch (above, right) of the Hispanic male suspect.
The Lewisville Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the Hispanic male in the composite sketch. If you have any information, please contact the Lewisville Police Department Tip line at 972‐219‐8477 (TIPS).



Update - 10/17/2014 - 4:45 p.m.:
Based on information from Lewisville Police, we updated the date of the assault on the Lewisville High School student to October 8th. LISD's message had said October 10th, but that was incorrect.

We are aware of another female victim from about a month and a half ago. In that case, the suspect tried to pull the 50 year old victim under the bridge. A relative of the victim tells us that he attempted to rape her with a sharp object. We are also told that this victim saw the sketch and is saying it is the same suspect. The relative relays this account: "He was only able to raise up her shirt and then that is when she grabbed his arm and said, 'you do not want to do that' because he had the sharp object in his hands. Then she started praying to God and that is when he got up and fled."

Lewisville Police Lieutenant Scott Haynes would only say that there have been "several" assaults in the area, and that police were not releasing the exact number. Haynes hesitated to call the attacks attempted sexual assault, since the motive of the attacks was unclear, but that fondling was involved in one case, and at least one victim had some electronics stolen from her. "We are very concerned about this because they are surprise violent attacks," said Haynes.

Haynes said that Lewisville police had spent time investigating the area around the bridge, and that there were increased patrols in the vicinity. Haynes said that anyone male or female walking in that area after dark should be aware of their surroundings, and try to have a partner with them.

We will update this story if we receive further information.

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