The following updates were provided by Lewisville Police Department:
Assault Investigation On October 9, 2014, at approximately 9:50 p.m., a 43 year-old female reported being assaulted as she walked to her residence from a convenience store. The victim said she was walking over the bridge in the 1700 block of South State Highway 121 Business when an unknown male walking up the embankment from under the bridge approached her. The victim said the male forced her down the embankment into a wooded area. The victim said the suspect tried to kiss her and reach under her clothing. The victim said she kicked and scratched the suspect. The victim was eventually able to escape the attack after yelling for help when she heard pedestrians walking across the bridge. The suspect fled the location into the wooded area. Officers searched the area with the assistance of a canine but were unable to locate the suspect. The victim described the suspect as being 20-30 years of age, with a muscular build.
Vehicle Theft Suspect Identified, Arrested On September 10, 2014, a truck was stolen from the 700 block of Red Wing Dr. An alert Farmers Branch Police Officer located the vehicle and identified two suspects involved in this offense. The case was assigned to Detective Jeff Darlington for follow-up investigation. Detective Darlington arrested the adult suspect for the theft of this vehicle. A second juvenile suspect was involved and contact has been made with his parents. The vehicle has been returned to the owner.
Lewisville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association Activity Members of the LCPAAA volunteer their time at the Police Department in a variety of ways. As examples of their volunteer service, they perform duties at the P.D’s front desk, they watch for criminal activity from the Department’s SkyWatch tower, and they provide extra manpower at special events (and often make child identification cards at those events).
The Department tracks these volunteer hours as they are very important in helping us complete our mission. In September, LCPAAA members volunteered for 211 hours. This brings the total number of volunteer hours for 2014 up to 1,647 hours.
Our thanks go out to the alumni for their assistance to the Police Department and for their service to the community!
Medication Disposal Event On Saturday, September 27, the City of Lewisville teamed up with LISD and the DEA to hold another medication disposal event. The goal of this operation was two-fold, to reduce the risk of prescription drug abuse and increased awareness of this critical public health issue.
The DEA has released the official results of the event. The Lewisville location reportedly took in 13 boxes of medication, totaling 251 pounds.
This is the last year that the DEA plans to have this event. There will be a new system coming out within the next year that will allow people to mail off their unused prescriptions to a destruction facility.
As an alternative means of disposal, the Lewisville Police Department has installed a disposal box in the jail lobby located at 1187 West Main Street. This lobby is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and you will no longer have to store these medications until an annual event to dispose of them properly. Simply leave the medication in its original container and deposit them in the red metal box located in the lobby. Please do not put syringes or inhalers in this box.
Citizen Appreciation A citizen recently wrote Chief Russ Kerbow an email expressing her appreciation for Officer Greg Hopper. Officer Hopper had gone to her house to talk to her teenage daughter who had begun using drugs. She said Hopper pulled up a chair and talked to her daughter on a level she could understand and didn’t sugar coat anything. She wanted us to know that Hopper did an amazing job and she believes this is partially why her daughter is in recovery now.
Criminal Alien Program The Criminal Alien Program (CAP) focuses on identifying criminal aliens who are incarcerated within federal, state, and local facilities thereby ensuring that they are not released into the community by securing a final order of removal prior to the termination of their sentence. The identification and processing of incarcerated criminal aliens prior to release reduces the overall cost and burden to the federal government as the number of aliens detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), upon expiration of sentence will be minimized.
During October of 2014, the Lewisville Police Department referred 56 inmates to federal officials, who issued seven detainers.
Sex Offender Registration Once each month in the Chief’s Weekly Update, we note the number of sex offenders residing in the City. As of October 6, 2014, the City of Lewisville has 43 registered sex offenders in residence. That number is up three from last month.
Today is the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, or day of atonement.
Thursday's rain was great, wasn't it? The sky was so dark, and the wind was ferocious. It was brief, but it came down hard. Our readers reported receiving from .25 to 1.25 inches, but NWS rainfall totals showed around .5 inch average for our area. Lewisville Lake rose a little over an inch, putting us at 515.3 feet, which is almost 7 feet below conservation pool. We desperately need to catch up on rain over the Fall and Winter months.
The Marine Corps Birthday Ball is an annual tradition to celebrate the birthday of the USMC on 10 November, 1775. This year in Denton County, the LCpl Jacob R. Lugo detachment of the Marine Corps League will hold its ball on November 15th at the Gateway Center at UNT. I wish I could go this year, but I'll be at my brother's wedding.
Apparently there is a tradition at Lewisville High School that has been in place for a number of years, where marching band students sing the Lord’s Prayer before the football games. A parent reported on Facebook (since deleted) that her child was told the students can no longer do that. Queue the huge argument where Christians pretend they are persecuted when all of society and its institutions are not allowed to institute religious acts, and where people blame society’s problems on a lack of prayer in the schools. You can also queue those on the other side whose opinions range from nasty attacks to “I’m a Christian too, but this isn’t appropriate for school.” Texas House District 63 candidate for State Representative Daniel Moran, who is an atheist weighed in with this column.
I reached out to LISD to get the story, and this is what they had to say:
“About a month ago, two parents emailed through the Let’s Talk section on the district¹s website and shared concerns about students reciting the Lord¹s Prayer prior to the LHS band¹s performance.
The district looked into these concerns and learned that reciting the Lord¹s Prayer has been a long-standing tradition that started prior to the current band director joining LHS. The district shared that reciting the Lord’s Prayer must be student-driven. If students would like to gather and pray or recite the Lord’s Prayer before their band performance, they may do so. Reciting the Lord’s Prayer can’t be mandatory.
I have no problems with this. The requirement that it be student-led is in conformance with prior court decisions. That ensures that there is no pressure from our taxpayer-funded teachers for students to join in if they are uncomfortable. And lest you think that only atheists and others worthy of contempt would object, you might want to read Matthew 6, where Jesus warns against public prayer as a show of false righteousness, and says that people should go off in private to pray. It’s the same place where Jesus gives the Lord’s Prayer as an example of how one might pray. Yet, as Christians, we effectively ignored the jist of what he was trying to say, and took to reciting it by rote as a public display.
Yes, it took a couple days for me to get the answer about the situation directly from the district, since this happened on Friday, and it took until Monday to get the answer. But these days, it’s no fun for people to wait. Instead, get on Facebook and start throwing bombs. Ruin someone’s reputation by accusing them of violating someone’s civil rights. Sadly, this has been too common lately on the City of Lewisville Facebook group, with people publicly complaining about situations they should first try to take care of directly. At other times, it's public shaming - even going so far as to post photos of drivers they feel have transgressed.
I’m just going to say it: We live in a very wussified society. Case #1: “How letting my kid play along outside led to a CPS investigation”. Case #2: Man stops his truck to talk to his kids, and a woman with a very active imagination reports “stranger danger” to the school and on social media, resulting in a police investigation and a news release by the school district. I have no problem with someone contacting the authorities when they have a suspicion of abuse or neglect. It’s required. Let them do their job. What is not required, and what shouldn’t happen is plastering these suspicions all over social media in a way that can cause hysteria and witch hunts. But some folks' attention-seeking is easily justified as long as it's about making the children's safety their "upmost" [sic] priority.
Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History is a course designed by the College Board for high school students that mirrors curriculum commonly taught in college. At the end of the course, students are able to take the AP exam, and if they pass, they get college credit. In our last update, we mentioned some controversy because conservatives think the AP curriculum leaves things out. Here is the College Board’s curriculum framework for AP U.S. History. Here’s a paragraph I wanted to share:
The curriculum framework that follows is just that — a framework for conveying the content and skills typically required for college credit and placement. In order for teachers to have flexibility in how they help students develop these skills and understandings, the framework is not a curriculum and thus does not consist of a list of the historical content (names, events, dates, etc.) that teachers will choose for classroom focus. Instead, the framework consists of four components, each described below. The result is a course that prepares students for college credit and placement while relieving the pressure on AP teachers to cover all possible details of U.S. history at a superficial level.
The curriculum framework does not focus on providing particular names, dates, or events, but does in some cases provide examples - only where teachers reviewing the framework thought that it might be helpful. This has apparently cause a lot of confusion at best, and purposeful demagoguery at worst. The framework document itself explains why Black Panthers are specifically listed as an example, and Martin Luther King, Jr. is not:
3. Gray boxes containing possible examples were inserted in the framework only where teachers reported uncertainty regarding what content they might choose to teach for a particular concept. These boxes indicate content that is relevant for a particular concept, but this content is illustrative — not mandatory.
When the new framework was first reviewed by AP U.S. History teachers, they indicated that it would be useful to provide examples for teaching some of the concepts. For most concepts, AP U.S. History teachers know exactly what figures, events, and sources they will focus on, but for others, they asked that the framework provide suggestions. Gray boxes were inserted only for concepts for which teachers indicated a need for ideas. For example, AP teachers reviewing the concept outline clearly identified which concepts called for inclusion of Civil Rights leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks, but they were uncertain what examples might be effective for the teaching of Concept 8.2.III.C (attacks on postwar liberalism). Therefore, the Committee inserted a gray box for that concept, suggesting the examples of Students for a Democratic Society and the Black Panthers. In no way does this signal that it is more important to teach the Black Panthers than Martin Luther King, Jr. Rather, this gray box signals that AP teachers were already confident in their inclusion of King and Parks elsewhere in the outline, but uncertain where they might choose to include the Students for a Democratic Society.
A former United Methodist minister reveals some things about scripture that most pastors would not teach. I share this not so much to convince you of anything, but because I think it’s a good read, and that when one reads things that challenge beliefs, it can be helpful in refining those beliefs. For me, although I count myself as a believer, I no longer believe that scripture is the infallible, literal truth, because you just can’t explain away these types of conflicts without violating occam’s razor.
Via the Texas Department of State Health Services:
A Texas hospital patient has tested positive for Ebola, making the patient the first case diagnosed in the United States. The test was conducted at the state public health laboratory in Austin. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the positive result.
The patient is an adult with a recent history of travel to West Africa. The patient developed symptoms days after returning to Texas from West Africa and was admitted into isolation on Sunday at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
The Texas Department of State Health Services is working with the CDC, the local health department and the hospital to investigate the case and work to prevent transmission of the disease. The hospital has implemented infection control measures to help ensure the safety of patients and staff.
Ebola is a severe, often fatal disease. Early symptoms of Ebola include sudden fever, fatigue and headache. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure.
Ebola is spread through direct contact with blood, secretions or other bodily fluids or exposure to contaminated objects, such as needles. Ebola is not contagious until symptoms appear.
The CDC recommends that individuals protect themselves by avoiding contact with the blood and body fluids of people who are ill with Ebola. DSHS also encourages health care providers to ask patients about recent travel and consider Ebola in patients with fever and a history of travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, and some parts of Nigeria within 21 days of the onset of symptoms. --
Charlene Collins, LPD's crime victim liaison investigator, is working closely with the Johansen family to help them through this difficult time.
The alleged assailant, Stephen Bielicke, remains in Denton County Jail in lieu of $510,000 total bond, facing charges of murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and unlawful carrying of a weapon.
Flower Mound Woman Murdered, Estranged Husband Charged The Flower Mound Police Department has arrested and charged Daniel Fink 41, with the murder of his estranged wife Aide Fink, 50, of Flower Mound. Ms. Fink was found at her residence Thursday in the 3300 block of Heather Glen Drive with multiple gunshot wounds. Ms. Fink was treated at the scene and transported to a Medical Center of Lewisville where she passed away.
The three children, age 7 to 16. who were at the residence at the time of the incident, are now in the custody of Child Protective Services.
The Flower Mound Police Department has confirmed that Daniel Fink is currently employed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection section of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The Flower Mound Police Department has also confirmed prior calls at the address concerning the Finks. However, no charges or criminal offenses were determined to have occurred regarding these calls.
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner has ruled Fink's death a homicide.
Fatal Crash in Lewisville Pond On September 24, 2014, at approximately 11:45 p.m., a citizen reported hearing a crash and seeing a car in a pond alongside 1800 Waters Ridge Drive. Officers and fire department personnel responded to the scene and located a Ford Focus in the pond. The driver, Bradimer Dejesus, 36, was found deceased in the vehicle. Officer Jeffrey Persinger’s investigation revealed the vehicle was travelling southbound on Waters Ridge and failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway, drove over a rock embankment and into the pond. The body of the deceased was transported to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy.
The Medical Examiner has ruled that the death was caused by drowning due to entrapment in the submerged car, and that the manner of death was an accident.
Man Convicted in 2012 Lewisville Murder On November 18, 2012, Jacob Gutierrez, 26, was shot multiple times, and found lying in the front yard of his residence in the 1200 block of North Cowan Avenue. The suspect, fifty-eight year old Humberto Martinez-Benitez, was arrested in Carrollton a short time later. Detective Scott Kelly was the lead investigator for this case.
This case went to trial last week and Martinez-Benitez plead guilty before trial but opted to have a jury decide his punishment. The Denton County Jury sentenced him to 90 years in prison.
Flower Mound Streaker On Friday, the Flower Mound Police Department received a report of a naked person walking in the 1900 block of Timber Creek Road, near Timber Creek Elementary School. The police immediately responded and made contact with the subject, who was immediately taken into custody without incident.
The subject, an 18-year-old white male Flower Mound resident, was arrested the previous day, September 25, for his involvement in a similar incident on the Marcus High School campus and bonded out of jail the same day. The subject has been transferred to a mental health facility for evaluation following today’s incident.
Bicyclist Injured in Crash - Fox Avenue On Friday, September 26, 2014, at approximately 8:30 p.m., officers responded to the 700 block of Fox Avenue for a crash between a vehicle and a bicyclist. A 32 year-old male on a bicycle attempted to cross Fox Avenue southbound. A Ford F-250 was eastbound in the right lane and struck the bicyclist. The bicyclist was transported to Parkland Hospital by Lewisville paramedics. Officer Jeffrey Persinger reported the bicyclist failed to yield the right of way at an open intersection.
Auto/Pedestrian Crash - S.H. 121 Business On Sunday, September 28, 2014, at approximately 7:30 p.m., a Ford Explorer struck a 48 year-old male after he walked into the road. The Ford Explorer was travelling northbound in the 1600 block of South State Highway 121 (Business) when the pedestrian attempted to cross the roadway westbound. The pedestrian was crossing the roadway in mid-block and not in a designated crosswalk. The driver of the Explorer immediately stopped, and emergency personnel were contacted. Lewisville Fire Department paramedics transported the pedestrian to Parkland Hospital. Officer Chang Chi reported the pedestrian failed to yield the right of way to the vehicle.
Parolee Impersonates a Police Officer On Wednesday, September 24, a resident in the 600 block of Milton Street reported one of her neighbors had trespassed into her backyard and was messing with a window. The case was assigned to Detective Gibbins for follow-up investigation. During this same time frame, this same suspect was wearing a police jacket with a badge and telling his neighbors he was a Police Officer. His neighbors became concerned because they knew this subject was on parole and couldn’t be a police officer. A report was filed and assigned to Detective Fisher for follow-up investigation. Both Fisher and Gibbins were able to obtain the necessary probable cause to obtain warrants for both offenses. The warrants were obtained and the suspect has been arrested on both warrants.
Police Identify Theft Suspect On September 6th, a suspect stole approximately $15,000 to $20,000 worth of tools from a work trailer parked in a hotel parking lot in the 800 block of South I-35E.Hotel management provided a video of the offense and police identified a room the suspect had visited. The case was assigned to Detective Bryan Gibbins for follow-up investigation. During his investigation, Gibbins positively identified the suspect as Dustin Wayne Myers, 24, and obtained a warrant for his arrest.
On September 15, this same suspect stole a vehicle from the parking lot of a gas station in the 100 block of East Round Grove Road. This report was taken by Officer Steve Newkirk, who recognized the description of this suspect and believed it to be the same suspect. This case was assigned to Detective Ryan Maly for follow-up investigation. During his investigation, Maly positively identified the suspect as the same one involved in the offense investigated by Gibbins.
This suspect has been arrested for both offenses.
Ed. Note: We wonder what it was about the description that made Myers so recognizable...