Daniel Glen Beaty, 51(Lewisville PD booking photo)
By Steve Southwell
An affidavit released by Lewisville PD this week revealed more details about the road rage shooting that occurred in a residential neighborhood of Lewisville this September. Police allege that Daniel Glen Beaty of Lewisville shot through the rear passenger-side window of a Mercury Grand Marquis, striking it’s driver Kenneth Foster in the chest and knee. At the time, police did not make an arrest or release much information about what transpired. On October 7, Municipal Judge Brian Holman determined probable cause and issued an arrest warrant for Beaty, who turned himself in a week later on October 14 on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
According to the document, Beaty was angered by the other driver, who was travelling the opposite direction in the 1300 block of Saddleback Lane. Beaty was driving down the street on the way to his home on another street in the neighborhood. Beaty told police that the other driver, Kenneth Foster, was taking up too much of the road, leaving only inches between the two vehicles as they passed. Beaty allegedly told police that he became angry and honked at Foster “in an obnoxious way”, but then saw the car make a U-turn in the street after they passed.
Foster told police that he had just left his home on Saddleback, headed out to go play racquetball. He pulled out of the alley, and into the street, headed west. He said he didn’t recall being off-center in the lane, but that after he had passed the white truck driven by Beaty, he remembered that he had forgotten something at home, so he made a U-turn in the street, headed back towards his house. He would tell police he never heard the honking.
The victim's car, a black Grand Marquis sat in the 1300 block of Saddleback Drive while police investigated September 16(LTJ Photo)
Beaty told police that when he saw Foster’s car U-turn, he believed the driver was coming after him. Not wanting to get into a chase near his home, Beaty pulled over to the right side of the road and stopped. Photos taken at the scene by LTJ indicate his stop would have been at the entrance to the alleyway. At this point, Beaty says that Foster’s car came up towards his car “a little too fast.” The affidavit says that Beaty, who has a concealed-carry license, pulled a .45 caliber Kimber Ultra-Carry semi-automatic pistol from the console of his truck, and racked the slide to load a round into the chamber. Rolling down his driver-side window to avoid damaging it with a shot, he pointed it out his window with both hands toward Foster’s car, which had pulled up beside him.
Foster drove up the street and came up to the truck where Beaty sat with his gun. He would tell police that as he slowed down, and looked over, he heard a ‘BOOM’ like an explosion. “...my chest was burning,” he told them. The bullet grazed the right side of his upper chest, and entered his left knee. Foster told detectives that he didn’t feel the knee wound at first, but looked down and saw the blood, realizing “holy shit, I have been shot.” Foster said that he put the car in park and got out, taking cover behind the driver’s side rear wheel. He told police he didn’t see the other driver, but that after he had gotten out of the car, the man was yelling at him “What do you want?” Foster said he yelled back “I don’t want nothing, man!”
Join KLB and Dallas County Master Gardener Eric Larner for a free and informative class on “The Care and Maintenance of Trees” on Thursday November 12th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Lewisville Annex Community Room (1197 W Main Street, Lewisville, Texas 75067).
Participants will learn all about the care and maintenance of trees; which trees grow well in North Texas, where and when to plant them, tree benefits, as well as common tree issues in our area. RSVP to 972-538-5949, or email email@example.com.
Bring your family, friends, and neighbors for this informative Garden Secrets class. Each class will include a question and answer session. Classes are open to all participants (Lewisville residency not required). For more information, contact Keep Lewisville Beautiful at 972-538-5949 or firstname.lastname@example.org. KLB looks forward to seeing you there!
Keep Lewisville Beautiful is partnering with the City of Lewisville to bring you a variety of classes in 2016. For a full list of upcoming scheduled classes, please visit the KLB website www.keeplewisvillebeautiful.org. Please note that class times and locations may vary from class to class.
Meteorologists are expecting a much-needed heavy rain event for North Texas to roll in Thursday and last through the weekend. The National Weather service issued a flash flood watch effective from 1 a.m. Friday morning until 1 a.m. Sunday morning for 38 counties in North Texas, including Denton, Dallas, Tarrant, Cooke, Wise, and Collin counties. Forecasters expect most of North Texas will get three to six inches of rain, with some locally heavy downpours of as much as 10 inches.
For Thursday, the forecast calls for possible showers and thunderstorms this morning, which chances increasing in the afternoon to 70%. As of 6:30 a.m., radar showed the storms west of our area along a line from Childress to Big Spring, which should allow for a dry morning commute. Skies will be mostly cloudy today, and highs will be in the upper 70s with winds from the southeast at 15-20 mph. There is an 80% chance of rain tonight, with possible heavy rainfall. Lows tonight will be in the upper 60s. Southeast winds will be at 15-20 mph dropping to 10-15 mph after midnight. Friday, rain chances increase to 90%. Saturday, the rain chance is 80%.
As of last Thursday, Denton County was in severe drought. An exceptionally dry summer followed a very wet May that brought flooding and a new record level for Lewisville Lake. About 47% of the State of Texas is currently in drought stages 1-4. Since January 1, the DFW area has received 39.1 inches of rain- nearly 10 inches above normal for the year, but the last several months have been dry. Lewisville Lake sits at 521.15 feet, or about 10 inches below full conservation pool.
National Weather Service update from Thursday morning:
Here is the latest information on the heavy rainfall expected to move into North Texas starting later today. It appears that we will have at least two rounds of heavy rainfall...one tonight...and another late Friday night into Saturday. At this time it appears that most of North Texas will pick up 3 to 6 inches of rain. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect for most of the area. Keep in mind that there are likely to be small bands or pockets of very heavy rainfall...as much as 10 inches of rain in some areas. These will be very localized and extremely difficult to pin down an exact location. Stay tuned for the latest forecast information throughout the day.
By Philip Moulard Legendary country-western songwriter, Dean Dillon, graced the stage of Coach Joe’s Hat Tricks this past Tuesday. A decent-sized crowd was topped by a blanket of cowboy hats and bouffant hair, which formed a makeshift runway to the stage. Upon the dimly-lit stage sat an aging cowboy sporting a handlebar mustache and goatee combo. His salt-and-pepper mane hung down to his chest over his flannel shirt. He sat down, picked up an old tattered guitar that easily has seen as many miles as himself, popped open a bottled Coca-Cola and gave a nod of approval. He slowly looked up at the crowd from behind his aviator shades. Everyone sat in silent awe until a gravelly “How you folks doing tonight?” broke the silence and the audience erupted with unmatched enthusiasm.
The 66 year-old Tennessee native started his career as a down-on-his-luck singer songwriter. Hitting the local Nashville bars and playing for change, Dillon slowly made a name for himself through the 70’s Nashville country music scene. After years struggling to make ends meet, he eventually met the right people and broke into the Nashville songwriting industry alongside industry legends like Gary Stewart, Hank Cochran, and Willie Nelson.
Today, the 35Express project released a 12 minute animation showing how the project will change I-35E as we know it. 35Express has previously released various renderings and right-of-way maps and schematics, but this video shows in a flyover fashion what it will look like, and how it will work at the various intersections that are being redone.