Though severe weather can occur during any time of the year, spring is traditionally when most severe weather happens. The Lewisville Office of Emergency Management reminds residents, businesses, and visitors to be weather aware and encourages taking steps now to prepare for risks associated with severe weather.
Being “weather aware” can be a huge factor in one’s safety. Receiving timely information during dangerous weather is essential to taking potentially life-saving action.
“Simply checking the weather forecast every morning,” says Josh Roberts, the City’s Emergency Manager, “is an easy step and good habit that ensures you are ready for the day’s weather.” Roberts adds that there are many tools available to warn everyone of any impending danger.
Emergency Warning Tools · The city maintains and operates an Outdoor Warning System that consists of 13 sirens strategically placed throughout the city. The Outdoor Warning System is primarily intended to warn those who are outdoors of severe weather. Two new sirens will be installed soon, to service the area near Lewisville High School and the area near north of the I-35E and Sam Rayburn Tollway intersection.
· The city also maintains and operates the Lewisville Citizen Alert emergency notification system that allows emergency officials to deliver notifications and important messages via phone call, text message or email. This system integrates mapping technology with available phone and email databases. Citizens must “opt-in” to receive these notifications on your mobile phone.
· For indoor emergency notifications, one can purchase an All-Hazards Weather Radio. These devices broadcast weather information directly from the National Weather Service. If placed in or near a bedroom, they will wake occupants up at night. Many retail outlets such as major department stores, electronics stores or sporting goods store sell these weather radios. They can also be purchased online, and rangein price from $20 to $50, depending on the model. Most offer a primary AND back-up power source in the event of electric utility outage.
· The federal Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system is a national public safety warning system that allows customers who own certain wireless phones and other enabled mobile devices to receive geographically-targeted, text-like messages alerting them of imminent threats to safety in their area. Many newer mobile phones are capable of receiving these WEAs. In our area AMBER alerts, tornado and flash flood warnings are delivered using this system.
· Many phone apps offer push notification services during severe weather, and are downloadable to smartphones as a tool for weather warnings and information. Many are free. A search for this type of app in the Google Play store or Apple App Store will return many options. Be sure to enable the push notification, and set it to an audible tone that would wake you up at night.
· The best way to stay apprised of changing conditions during severe weather is local TV. Depending on the situation, broadcast meteorologists can cut in to programming, and provide excellent real-time reporting and coverage of dangerous weather.
· Monitoring official, trusted sources, is another way to receive emergency weather information. Follow @NWSFortWorth and @LewisvilleOEM on Twitter, and on Facebook like the National Weather Service Fort Worth and Lewisville Office of Emergency Management pages. You can connect with your favorite TV station broadcast meteorologists through social media as well.
Although the City of Lewisville, the National Weather Service and others utilize multiple tools to provide warnings, there is no single tool that will provide enough warning to every person in every situation. It is good to have multiple ways of receiving emergency weather information and important that one or more of those ways will wake you up at night. Do not let dangerous weather sneak up on you, and remember to always be weather aware!
Recently, Steve Southwell and I dashed around town taking pictures for Saturday’s edition. We broke our journey for lunch at Old Town’s landmark Easy Street Family Café, 190 W. Main St.—caddy corner to the MCL Grand. I had never been before, despite living in North Texas for 21 years of my life.
The French Dip(Photo by Adam Schrader)
I started off unimpressed at the simple presentation of the atmosphere and food but left satisfied and surprised by the restaurant’s complexity.
After some debate, I settled for the French Dip. While I’m not a connoisseur of the sandwich, I’ve been known to order them at La Madeleine. I also ordered French fries and a Coke, which arrived as a glass of ice and a can. The meal and drink cost $10.23 after taxes and before tip.
Late Sunday night, close to midnight, a man jumped off the Lewisville Lake bridge after a hit-and-run accident.
He was described as a Hispanic man wearing a T-shirt and shorts. He jumped from the southbound side of the bridge, on the northern end.
Deputies from Denton County Sheriff's office and officers from the Lewisville Police Department searched for the man, but were unable to locate him. The Lewisville Fire Department used a boat to try to find him.
The search was called off around 2:10 a.m. Monday morning.
The Lewisville Texan Journal will post more information as we receive it.
Fernando Irigoyen is held in Lewisville Jail on several charges.(LPD mugshot)
By STEVE SOUTHWELL
Lewisville police arrested Fernando “Nando” Irigoyen, 17, for a double-shooting that happened around 4 p.m. Saturday in the alley behind the 800 block of Mockingbird Circle, adjacent to Lewisville Learning Center.
Irigoyen, a Lewisville native, is being held in Denton County Jail in lieu of $57,500 bond on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest and failing to identify.
LPD Captain Dan Rochelle said that the two victims, Deshaun Johnson and Monty Burrise, were in the front seat of a car. Irigoyen was in the back. Rochelle said police learned the men were there to make an illegal drug deal over prescription Xanax pills.
Police believe Irigoyen shot one victim twice and the other five times.
“At least one of the victims we talked to said he does not understand why he shot them,” Rochelle said. “Speaking with the suspect, he tells us that he thought they were fixing to rob him.”
Lt. Carter was managing the scene from Lewisville Learning Center Saturday afternoon while police searched in a field just to the south of the location.(Photo by Steve Southwell)
After the shooting, the three men scattered. Rochelle said he believes one victim then drove home and the other ran home.
Dan Carter, who lives across the alley from the location of the shooting, heard the commotion and said he thought it sounded like firecrackers. He looked down the alley where it dead-ends onto the New Beginnings Church property, and saw a gray Mercedes car backed in.
He said the two driver’s side doors were open, and a red jacket or hoodie was lying on the ground to the side.
He couldn’t tell whether anyone was in the car, but he thought it was odd, and at first he thought that kids might be back there having sex— something that has happened in the alley before.
Carter said that a short time later, he heard two more shots, but didn’t have eyes on the car at that time. He saw the Mercedes take off quickly down the alley to the east, towards Timberbrook. He went back to the alley to see what happened. He said he saw two hispanic males in their late teens or early twenties come out from behind a large wax myrtle tree that blocks the view from Edmonds Lane.
He said he called out to them to ask what happened, and that they told him yelled back at him “he started shooting at us.”
Neither of those young men appeared to be wounded, he said, and they ran south down the alley towards Mulberry Street. Carter said that one of the males looked like the mugshot posted with an earlier version of the story.
Here are some assorted news items of interest to Lewisville residents:
LEWISVILLE Texas Tunes 2016 welcomes Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Colin Gilmore Jimmie Dale Gilmore and his son, Colin, will perform Saturday, March 12, at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater. This father/son duo is the third act in the 2016 Texas Tunes series.
Jimmie Dale and Colin will perform the progressive, alternative country music Jimmie Dale and fellow Flatlanders band members introduced in 1973. As a solo artist, Jimmie Dale’s music has been described as a blend of esoteric philosophy, literature, psychology, spirituality mixed with elements of country, folk, pop, blues and rock.
The show starts at 8 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the MCL Grand, 100 N. Charles Street. Individual show tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors age 60 and older, and $10 for children age 12 and younger, and can be purchased at MCLGrand.tix.com. The Texas Tunes series features performers from music halls and festivals throughout the state who present great music in a variety of genres, but all with that unique Texas flair that has made the state a hotbed for fans of live music.
Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater is located at 100 N. Charles Street. Visit MCLGrand.com.
Workshop to focus on coyotes and bobcats Texas Master Naturalist Bonnie Bradshaw will hold an informational seminar on Wednesday, March 16, to educate residents on interactions with bobcats and coyotes. This free event begins at 7 p.m. at the Lewisville Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, 995. E. Valley Ridge Boulevard.
Bradshaw will discuss basic bobcat and coyote ecology and behavior, explain why these wild animals are becoming a more common sight in local neighborhoods, provide tips for protecting pets, and show residents ways to keep bobcats and coyotes out of their yards.
KLB hosts 30th annual Spring Clean Up Keep Lewisville Beautiful and the City of Lewisville will host the 30th annual city-wide cleanup from 8 a.m. to noon on April 2. An environmental expo will also be held onsite. Volunteers of all ages are needed for clean-up teams and on-site help. Supplies, free lunch, t-shirts and door prizes will be provided.
Last year, 605 volunteers removed 6.25 tons of litter from Lewisville streets, creeks and parks.
Register at keeplewisvillebeautiful.org and include the number of people anticipated in your group. Sign in begins at 8 a.m. at the Lewisville High School Harmon, 1250 W. Round Grove Road.
UTRWD announces “Fix a Leak Week” and free workshops North Texas cities and regional water providers, including the Upper Trinity Regional Water District, announced “Fix a Leak Week”, a new program that runs from March 14-20.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sponsors Fix a Leak Week as part of its WaterSense program to stop water waste.
“Studies show that 10 percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons of water or more per day,” Thomas E. Taylor, Executive Director of Upper Trinity, said in a press release.
Residents are encouraged to check for and fix leaks in outdoor and indoor faucets, showerheads, toilets and landscape irrigation systems.
Toilet leaks can be checked by adding a few drops of food coloring into the tank, waiting about 10 minutes, and seeing if color appears in the bowl before you flush.
If necessary, replace the fixture with WaterSense-labeled products. These are independently certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well as, or better, than standard models.
Home Depot stores in Denton, Flower Mound, Lewisville and Roanoke will provide free workshops on Saturday, March 19 to teach residents how to fix a leak and replace water fixtures.
Learn how to repair and replace leaking faucets from 10 to 10:40 a.m. Workshops on repairing or replacing problem toilets are from 10:40 to 11:20 a.m. Learn how to repair or replace faulty sprinkler heads from 11:20 a.m. to noon.
For more information, visit utrwd.com or call 972-219-1228. Adam Schrader
LISD High School Art 1 Show scheduled for MCL Grand Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater will display the annual Lewisville ISD High School Art 1 Show on March 4-13 in the Gallery.
Admission is free. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, and during public performances at MCL Grand. This show will features hundreds of works of art, representing all five LISD high schools.
Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, located at 100 N. Charles Street, is the premier public arts facility in Southern Denton County. The 40,000-square-foot facility features a 296-seat proscenium theater, black box theater, dance recital hall, art gallery, five art classrooms and a large courtyard. Medical Center of Lewisville has a multi-year agreement with the city for naming rights at the center.
To reach MCL Grand from Interstate 35E, take exit 452 and proceed east on Main Street to Charles Street. MCL Grand will be on the left. Free public parking is available along Main and Church streets, or at Lewisville City Hall across Church Street from the center.
For details about upcoming events, or rental information for the facility, please visit mclgrand.com.
Elite synchronized swimming competition at Westside Aquatic Center The 2016 South Zone Championships for synchronized swimming is set for March 11-13 at the LISD Westside Aquatic Center, 1750 Duncan Lane.
Pirouettes of Texas Synchronized Swimming Club is the local host for the event, which features more than 200 competitors from Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia in the 13-15, junior (ages 15-18) and senior (ages 15 and older) divisions. PTX is looking to defending its 2015 South Zone Junior title, the group’s 10th such championship, and qualify for U.S. Nationals in Mesa, Arizona, this April.
Competitors in this event are participating in National Team trials and will be hopefuls for the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games. The top placing solos, duets, and team routines in each division also will move on to U.S. Nationals.
The oldest and most recognized team in North Texas, PTX welcomes swimmers from all across the DFW Metroplex and boasts a coaching staff that includes a 1988 Korean Olympian and a former member of the Mexican National Team. During the past 30 years, the team has produced finalists at every major U.S. competition, with seven PTX swimmers moving on to compete on the U.S. National Team, three at the Olympics. Submitted Report