7 - SATURDAY COBRA BREWING TOURS — noon to 5 p.m. at Cobra Brewing Co., 146 Whatley Ave. in Lewisville. Cobra Brewing is pet friendly. The brewery also has corn hole, ladder golf, cards, darts, ping-pong, pool, arcade games and life-size Jenga. For more info, visit cobrabrewingco.com.
WITHERSPOON DISTILLERY TOURS — 11 a.m. and 1, 3 and 5 p.m. at Witherspoon Distillery, 225 S. Charles St. in Lewisville. Public tours of the distillery are held Fridays at 4 p.m. and on Saturdays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5.p.m. (excluding major holidays). Make reservations by calling 214-814-0545 or at witherspoondistillery.com.
GATEWAY GHOST TOURS — 6:45 p.m. starting at Tierney's Café, 208 E. Main St. in Lewisville. Tickets are $20 for adults when purchased in advance or $25 at the door, and $10 for children 12-6 years of age. Purchase tickets by visiting gatewayghosttours.com or calling 972-922-4675.
MOON OVER BUFFALO — 3 p.m. at Lakeside Community Theater, 6303 Main Street in The Colony. In the comedy tradition of Lend Me a Tenor, the play centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s who are playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in Buffalo, New York. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. For more information, visit lctthecolony.com.
THE BOOK CLUB PLAY — 8 p.m. at the Greater Lewisville Community Theatre, 160 W. Main Street in Lewisville. These six men and women struggle hilariously through new challenges to the group dynamic. Rated PG-13. The production will run Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. through May 15. Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for seniors and minors. Call 972-221-7469 for reservations. For more information, visit glct.org. WINE TASTINGS — 4 to 9 p.m. at LaRue Vineyard, 1491 N. Kealy Ave., No. 55, in Lewisville. The family owned business holds free wine tastings Friday Nights from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 4 to 9 p.m. Free. LaRue is closed Sundays. The vineyard also offers a painting class on Saturdays at 6 p.m. $30. For more info, visit laruevineyards.com or call 214-215-7758.
CHILI COOK-OFF — 9 a.m. at the VFW Post 9168, 997 E. HWY 121 Business in Lewisville. Come out to the Red Hilliard 11th Annual Memoriam benefitting Veterans Relief Fund. Competition entry fees: Chili - $18, Jackpot Beans - $5, Junior Chili - Free. All items must be cooked on-site. There will be auctions, raffle, and door prizes. The public is invited to attend. For information contact VFW Post 9168 at 972-436-5256.
Update - May 9: Durham Principal Brian McCoo sent a letter to Parents on Monday following up on the threat, and noting that police had not found any valid threat. Still, the letter said that the students involved would not be back on campus for the remainder of the school year. He thanked Lewisville police for being on campus Monday.
Original Story Rumors circulated at Durham Middle School Friday about the possibility of a student or group of students planning to shoot up the school. While police do not currently think there is a credible threat, they and school district officials take it seriously and are following up.
Durham Principal Brain McCoo sent a brief letter to parents late Friday afternoon regarding the situation there, but did not include any details.
"Please know we have and are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your children’s safety. We know the parties involved and the Lewisville Police Department is investigating this matter," McCoo wrote in the letter.
LISD spokesman Greg Weghorst would not provide further detail, other than to say that police were aware of rumors that students had reported to a trusted adult, and that the district takes any threat seriously. "We'll have LPD on and around campus next week just as a precautionary measure," he said.
Captain Dan Rochelle of the Lewisville Police Department gave a brief explanation of the situation: "A kid comes home from school and tells his mother that he heard a rumor that some guys are bringing some guns to school Monday, and they're going to shoot up the school."
Polls are open Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the May 7 Lewisville school board and Lewisville city special districts elections.
Voters in the Lewisville Independent School District will be choosing between two candidates for Place 4 and three candidates for Place 5.
Voters in the city of Lewisville will be deciding whether to continue for the next 20 years the City of Lewisville Fire Control, Prevention and Emergency Medical District and/or the City of Lewisville Crime Control and Prevention District.
On Election Day, voters must vote at the location assigned to the precinct in which they are registered to vote.
For Lewisville voters, here are the locations: - Denton County precincts 2017: Castle Hills Community Center, 2501 Queen Margaret Dr. (LISD election only) - Denton County precincts 3006-3022, and 3032: Lewisville Municipal Annex, 1197 W. Main St. - Dallas County precincts 2910, 2911: Coppell Town Center, 255 Parkway Blvd Coppell, Tex. (Lewisville election only)
LISD Place 4 candidates are Fairooz Adams and Katherine Sells and Place 5 candidates are Will Ferson, Allison Lassahn and Jenny Proznik. Angie Cox, in Place 3, is running unopposed.
Lewisville school board members are elected to serve for overlapping terms of three years each.
There is no Lewisville City Council election this year because there are no contested races. Brandon Jones of Place 4 and Brent Daniels of Place 5 will be sworn in at a council meeting on May 16.
However, Lewisville registered voters are being encouraged to go to the polls on May 7, to decide issues important to the Lewisville Police Department and the Lewisville Fire Department.
Lewisville voters, in voting on the propositions, will decide whether to continue the present sales tax rate at 8.25 cents on the dollar by continuing to support both control districts, whether to have the sales tax rate reduced to 8 cents on the dollar by voting to discontinue both control districts, or have the present sales tax reduced to 8.125 cents on the dollar by voting to keep one and not keep the other.
His accomplice got life in prison without parole on a capital murder rap, but the man who actually pulled the trigger was found guilty of a lesser charge of murder, and sentenced to 75 years.
By STEVE SOUTHWELL
Monday, a Denton County jury sentenced Demico Stanley, 23, to 75 years in prison, after finding him guilty of murdering Richard Myles last year in Lewisville.
In November, Stanley’s accomplice Adrian Quigley, 23 of The Colony, was found guilty of capital murder in the same crime, receiving an automatic life sentence.
Both men had been charged with capital murder.
Denton County Assistant District Attorney Michael Graves told The Lewisville Texan Journal that the capital murder charge was due to the murder being combined with a robbery.
“We had additional witnesses on Quigley that were able to better prove the robbery part,” said Graves. “The murder part was never in question.”
“In Adrian Quigley’s trial, we had a person he had called the day before, and he was asking that person to go rob Richard [Myles], but that person said ‘no,’ and so that lent a lot more credence that this was a plan all along to rob [Myles].”
“Demico [Stanley] was just kind of along for the ride, and he was the gunman,” Graves explained. “We thought all along that it was just a robbery gone bad.”
Graves said that they were just unable to prove to this jury that there was a robbery as well.
“We respect the jury’s verdict. We realized we had an uphill battle with his case on the additional burden of proving robbery. We’re very glad they gave him 75 years; he’s a very violent man.”
Stanley did not testify in his own defense. He had given a statement to Lewisville Police that he had shot Myles in self-defense, but the jury didn’t buy that.