Lewisville, Texas â€“ The connector road between the southbound I-35E frontage road and eastbound Corporate Drive has been closed temporarily for repairs. Southbound traffic wishing to access eastbound Corporate Drive will continue to FM 3040/Round Grove Road, cross over the bridge and return up to the northbound frontage road to Corporate Drive. This closure is expected to last until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
For more information about the 35Express project or to sign up for traffic alerts, please visit www.35Express.org.
Via 35Express Updated 4:24 p.m. to note that closure will last until 8 p.m.
Update: 9:20 a.m.: The National Weather Service has upgraded the flood advisory to a warning for Denton County. Avoid low-lying areas.
Original Post: FLOOD ADVISORY FOR DENTON COUNTY - The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for Denton County. As of 8:32 a.m. doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to thunderstorms, with one to two inches of rainfall expected over the next few hours. NWS thinks this could cause minor flooding in the advisory area, especially on roadways and in poor-drainage areas. Please use caution, and remember: Turn around, don't drown! Don't drive through moving water across roadways, as it only takes a small depth to sweep a car away.
Over the Easter weekend, Lewisville resident Whitney Smith complained on Facebook about the overflowing garbage dumpster/compactor at her apartment complex (pictured at right). The conversation there indicated that others had similar issues with their apartment complexes allowing dumpsters to overfill, causing residents to set garbage outside them, creating an unsightly and unsanitary condition that brought animals.
We asked and heard from several people that at certain apartment complexes in Lewisville, this kind of thing is a frequent problem, in that the complexes either do not have enough dumpsters for all of their residents, or do not have them emptied frequently enough.
Compounding the problem, apartment complexes often have people moving in and out at the beginning and end of each month, generating more garbage than normal. Complexes are also sometimes the target for illegal dumpers, who bring in garbage from outside, to put in their dumpsters. Another issue commonly faced is that of scavengers going through dumpsters looking for recyclable items, and sometimes cutting open bags, or removing trash out of the dumpster and leaving it outside the container.
"A lot of complexes have problems with illegal dumping as residents don't know all the other residents, so people can easily act like they live there," said Mike Newhouse, President of Empire Valet Trash. Newhouse's company works with apartment complexes to collect trash at each resident's doorstep, so that complexes don't have to deal with the problem as much. "One complex we serve has a HUGE problem with illegal dumping," said Newhouse. "So much so that they've set up game cams to catch people!"
In the case of the photo at the top right, the resident was urged to report the condition to the City of Lewisville, and Councilman Neil Ferguson also stepped in and contacted city staff to try to get a resolution.
We contacted Lewisville Code Enforcement and the Fire Marshal, hoping to learn more about how the city handles these situations, and we learned that in Lewisville, the Fire Marshal's office handles most issues related to apartments. That office currently conducts yearly inspections of all multi-family housing, actually entering a unit from each building, and checking it top-to-bottom for compliance with all codes.
A group calling itself the â€śDenton County Conservative Coalitionâ€ť sent out an email Friday detailing instructions for local candidates to fill out a questionnaire filled with partisan national issues, The Lewisville Texan Journal has confirmed. The survey asks candidates about a wide range of issues, including their stance on the American Civil Liberties Union and Sharia Law.
The Denton County Conservative Coalition, or "D3C", labels itself in an email sent to candidates as a â€śnewly formed grassroots organization dedicated to keeping Denton County the exceptional place to live and work that we all know and love.â€ť
Questions from the survey (which is included at the bottom of this article as a PDF document) include: Quote:
10) Do you believe the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is an organization for good in America? Y N [...] 12) Yes or No: I believe that the US military should be strong, well-funded and in a perpetual state of world-class readiness. [...] 14) Do you believe that life begins at conception and should be protected? Y N Are there any exceptions? [...] 16) Do you believe Sharia Law should be recognized in U.S. Courts? Y N
Not included in the survey are questions directly related to municipal governance, or addressing Lewisville issues specifically.
In recent years, a few local candidates in races for Lewisville City Council have attempted to use national partisan issues to gain votes, with very limited success. Current candidate for Mayor John Gorena, who won support in 2009 by advocating that Lewisville should emulate Farmers Branch and its costly immigration policies, found himself supporting losing candidates in each local election between 2011 and 2013. Each of the campaigns he supported in that time â€“ including his own â€“ lost out to candidates who focused on local issues.
Finally, in what could only be considered a unique requirement, the organization is requiring that all candidates have the completed document notarized before returning via email in the span of a week.
Update: 4/13/2015 - 10:30 a.m.: Over the weekend, Detectives received information that Stanley had fled to Louisiana. LPD contacted the New Orleans Police Department who located Stanley and arrested him without incident. Stanley is currently awaiting extradition in the Orleans Parish County Jail.
The other suspect, Adrian Quigley is being held in Denton County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond on a capital murder charge, and $7,000 in bonds relating to marijuana charges.
Original Story: An additional arrest warrant has been issued for the second suspect involved in Tuesday night's murder.
Lewisville Police Detectives with assistance from the Texas Rangers have learned that 22 year-old Demico Stanley was involved in this murder. Detectives have obtained a Capital Murder warrant for Stanleyâ€™s arrest and are actively looking for him. Stanley should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone seeing Stanley should call 911 and stay clear of him.
LPD Detectives and Texas Rangers recovered the car that suspects fled the murder scene in, Thursday night in Teague, Texas. Evidence was recovered from the processing of this car. Stanley may be in this area or back in the DFW area.
Denton County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for the arrest of Stanley. You may submit a tip to Crime stoppers on-line or by calling 1-800-388-TIPS (8477). Callers can remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward if the information given leads to an arrest or grand jury indictment of an offender.
You may also call the Lewisville Police Department at (972) 219-3620 or the TIPS line at (972) 219-TIPS (8477). Anyone with a cell phone may also send an anonymous tip by texting â€śTipLPDâ€ť and their message to 847411. There are several other ways to contact Lewisville police.
We got the following email from Community Pet Outreach of Lewisville, advertising an unbelievable deal on neutering male kitties: This Sunday, April 12th only, get your little guy neutered for just five cents. Read on:
Nickel Male Kitty Neuter Special
One Day Only - Sunday, April 12th, 2015
Lewisville Location 1150 W. Main St. Lewisville, Texas 75067 972-353-9672
Drop off between 9:00am and 1:00pm. Pick up by 5:00pm
First Come - First Served - No Appt Necessary - Feral Cats OK
* Male Cats Only.
* All cats must be in a carrier. ONE cat per carrier. Please put a towel in the carrier with your cat.
* Bring CURRENT Rabies certificate (no tag will be accepted as proof of vaccination) and FVRCP record for each pet.
* Remember to put ALL food up and out of your pet's reach by Midnight on Saturday, April 11th. Do not take up your pet's water.
Additional fees will apply for cats that have:
* Not been vaccinated. Vaccinations will be given under anesthesia - Rabies $17, FVRCP $19
* Cryptorchidism (one or both testicles are in the abdomen) - additional $25 fee applies
* Any cat over 8 years of age requires pre-surgical bloodwork - additional $45 fee applies
No pet over the age of 10 years may be included in these programs. Thursday, May 7th will be Beat the Heat day! -- We will offer female kitty spays for $45. More info to come!
HAPPENS ONLY ONCE A YEAR!
Getting your pets spayed or neutered is strongly encouraged, and helps control the pet population. We recommend that anyone wanting to take advantage of this deal call ahead to confirm - 972-353-9672.
And even though your kitty might prefer to be in a paper sack, they'll need to be in a cat carrier to take advantage of this.
As always, there are many arts and leisure events and educational opportunities coming up in Lewisville and the surrounding cities. Here are some selected events that you may find interesting.
Friday, April 10th: Twilight Kayaking Tour on McWhorter Creek 8-10 p.m. at LLELA. Prior kayaking experience required, ages 16 years and up. Paddlers receive only a brief introduction to kayaking on dry land before pushing off into the water. All equipment is provided. Donâ€™t delay in registering; this trip will fill up quickly. Cost is $25/paddler. Registration is required at 972.219.3930 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, April 11th: Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event The City of Lewisville operates a household hazardous waste collection center that provides residents with a convenient, safe and environmentally sound way to get rid of waste materials that should not be put into the landfill.
The Residential Convenience Center, 330 W. Jones Street, will be open Saturday, April 11th, from 9 a.m. until noon, to accept materials from Lewisville residents, who must provide a driverâ€™s license for proof of residency. More information...
Saturday, April 11th: 7:30 a.m. - 12 noon: North Texas Service Academies Forum Students interested in attending one of the US military service academies should attend this free forum at Lewisville High School to learn more about requirements for admission, and the selection process. More info...
Saturday, April 11th: Night Hike at LLELA 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. LLELA - Join trail guides as they lead a moonlit stroll through the woods and across the prairie. Howling coyotes, hooting owls, and other nocturnal sounds will provide an out-of-the-ordinary hiking experience. Registration is required at 972.219.3930 or email@example.com. There is a $5 program fee for the night hike, in addition to the regular gate fee of $5/person.
Friday, April 17th: Lewisville Lake Symphony Performance Pavel Gintov, winner of the 1st Takamatsu International Piano Competition, will perform with the Lewisville Lake Symphony on Friday, April 17, at 7:30 pm, in the final concert of the 2014-15 Symphony Series. He will play Shostakovichâ€™s Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet, and Strings, a performance that also features Bert Truax on trumpet.
Keep Lewisville Beautiful (KLB) and the City of Lewisville will host free educational seminars monthly, through November.
Join KLB and Denton County Master Gardener Janie Farler for a free and informative class on â€śSmartscape Plant Selectionâ€ť on Thursday, May 7th from 6:00-7:30pm at the Kealy Operations Center (1100 N Kealy Ave, Suite D Lewisville, Texas 75057). Participants will learn which â€śTexas Toughâ€ť plants will survive and thrive in our North Texas harsh summers with little to no maintenance. RSVP to 972-538-5949, or email firstname.lastname@example.org; RSVP appreciated, but walk-ups welcome.
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 email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you there!
Keep Lewisville Beautiful is partnering with the City of Lewisville to bring you a variety of classes in 2015. 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.
With apologies for the late notice, we'd like to pass along this invitation that Congressman Michael Burgess sent to Lewisville High School Principal Jeffrey Kajs:
Dear Principal Kajs:
I wanted to extend an invitation to your students and their parents to attend the 2015 North Texas U.S. Service Academies Forum which will be held on Saturday, April 11th at Lewisville High School! This informational forum provides interested middle and high school students an excellent opportunity to learn more about our nation's service academies, requirements for admission and the selection process. School principals, counselors, coaches and teachers are welcome to attend, too. Please share this event invitation with your students as widely as possible via announcements, posting, emails, social media, etc.
North Texas U.S. Service Academies Forum Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015 Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon; Registration opens at 7:30 AM Note: This is a "come & stay" event! Place: Lewisville High School 1098 W. Main Street Lewisville, Texas 75067
Representatives from congressional offices and all five academies (U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy), and ROTC as well as current academy cadets and midshipmen will be on hand. They will be available to talk with North Texas students, parents and educators on a one-to-one basis about the possibilities associated with attending these premier educational institutions and the challenging careers they generate.
This free event will begin at 8:00 AM; registration opens at 7:30 AM. It is not a come and go event but "come and stay!" The Forum will be conducted at Lewisville High School.
In addition, this event is of primary importance to current juniors who may NOW begin the application process to receive a congressional nomination to one of the service academies. My nomination application will be available for pickup by those students interested in entering the academies in summer 2016.