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2014/8/20 - Neighborhood Gets Help from LISD and Police on Litter, Crime Problem
2014/8/20 - Letters: Freed Should Be Considered Innocent
2014/8/17 - Sunday Evening Update - End of Summer Vacation Edition
2014/8/17 - Pictures of Local High Water
2014/8/17 - Lewisville to Spray for Mosquitoes Monday and Tuesday
2014/8/16 - Flower Mound Presbyterian Church Celebrates 160 Years with Homecoming
2014/8/8 - Former Fire Official Arrested in Fill-the-boot Theft
2014/8/6 - Lewisville Lake and Drought Update
2014/8/5 - Saturday, August 9th: Lewisville Police Day - PD Hosts Anniversar...
2014/8/5 - Kidnapping Suspects Arrested; Police Dog Finds Fugitive
2014/8/2 - Movie review: "Boyhood"
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2014/7/19 - Combating Post-Traumatic Stress Event in Denton Saturday
2014/7/14 - Lewisville City Council Adopts Vision 2025 Plan
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2014/6/30 - Movie Review: Transformers: Age of Extinction
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2014/6/25 - Updated: DCTA A-Train Tracks Damaged by Floods, Repaired Already
2014/6/24 - Police Arrest Serial Robber
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Neighborhood Gets Help from LISD and Police on Litter, Crime Problem

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/8/20 23:50:00 (387 reads)

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Resident Tom Boughton shows an area where hundreds of beer bottles and cans had collected on Lewisville ISD property since the summer began

By Steve Southwell

Littering and other crimes were getting on the nerves of some residents of the Hedrick Estates neighborhood just south of Hedrick Middle School. Frustrated with what they felt was an inability to get results after calling police, neighbors Tom Boughton and Cassie Kelly took to social media to report the problem and ask for help.

Boughton posted on the neighborhood social media website Nextdoor.com that every Saturday night, a wooded area behind his house on Marchant Place was getting littered with beer bottles, cans, and cases. Kelly posted on the City of Lewisville Facebook group, that she wanted to see if anyone would donate trash cans that she could place in the areas in the hopes that maybe if they couldn’t stop people drinking in the fields, they could at least maybe collect some of it in trash cans to make it easier to clean up.

The Lewisville Texan Journal contacted Kelly and Boughton, who graciously showed us the problem area and explained some of the issues they have had in the area.

Boughton, whose back yard backs up to the Hedrick property, showed us an area between some trees where litterers had left hundreds of beer bottles and cans, and their associated boxes. There was evidence of someone having set up a fire pit that still had some partially burned material in it. Cigarette boxes and cigar wrappers could also been seen. Boughton said that on Saturday nights around midnight, a group of Asian kids that he thought to be middle-school to high school aged, and maybe a couple years beyond that tend to show up at the site mostly on foot, but sometimes by car. Both neighbors said they suspected other unsavory activities going on, and other residents posted on Nextdoor that they had items stolen.

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Letters: Freed Should Be Considered Innocent

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/8/20 8:52:32 (357 reads)
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Most people know the power of words and yet still use them in devastating ways to destroy reputations, futures, and families. This has been done to Brian Freed by reports in this publication.

While this letter is not about me, I need to tell why I feel qualified to speak out. I have known Brian Freed since he was my student at Hedrick Middle School a number of years ago. I taught in the Lewisville Independent School District for over twenty years, spending time as department chairman at three middle schools and being recognized as Teacher of the Year for the district in 1991-92. I have been appointed to and served on four Denton County Grand Juries as well as serving on various civic boards and committees. I have taught adult Bible study on both Sundays and Tuesdays at First Baptist Church of Lewisville for many years also. I include this information only as evidence that most people consider me to be a reliable citizen.

I have recently been disturbed by words used as character assassination against my former student and friend, Brian Freed. I have known him from his years as a boy to those as a man to be a person of integrity. In his student years, he was admired by both students and teachers. On one occasion, the teachers were asked to choose a student to be a representative from Hedrick Middle School to an event for American Airlines; Brian was the unanimous choice.

I have continued to watch Brian Freed's growth as he has become a young man and now I am also acquainted with his wife and each of their three children. I have seen these parents involved in every aspect of their children's lives, seeking to rear them to also be kind, contributing young people.

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Sunday Evening Update - End of Summer Vacation Edition

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/8/17 19:00:00 (289 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowWell, here we are - nearly at the end of the summer. The kids are getting ready to go back to school, and we’re ready to have them out of the house. We just got back from our summer vacation trip last weekend. Our family drove to Colorado and enjoyed a couple weeks of relaxation in a place where every direction you turn is picture postcard beautiful. Coming back from Colorado and opening up the car doors in Texas was like stepping into an oven. But hey - the rain this morning was a nice break, wasn’t it? Well - as long as you didn’t get flooded.

Yet, we love it here, and must get back to business. It has been a few weeks since the last update, so there are a lot of links to share, but more than a few that were already stale, so I removed them.

Governor Rick Perry has been indicted on charges of abuse of power and coercion. An indictment only means that the grand jury thinks the special prosecutor has enough evidence to bring a case to trial. The case centers around Perry’s threat to zero out funding for Travis County’s Public Integrity Unit - the office that handles investigations related to state government. The office had been investigating CPRIT - the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas, making improper grants to companies with close ties to Rick Perry, and grants that had been made without the proper vetting. Attorney General Greg Abbott, whose office was also tasked with overseeing CPRIT, failed to do so, and in the process, many of his donors raked in cash from the fund. The District Attorney in charge of the unit - an elected official - had been busted for DWI, and Perry saw an opportunity to appoint his own successor to the office if she could resign. So Perry threatened to zero out funding unless she resigned; and when she didn’t - he did.

Bob Weir has a nice interview with Lewisville Police Chief Russell Kerbow, on the occasion of LPD’s 75th anniversary.

Lewisville’s legendary coach and athletic director Max Goldsmith passed away. Obituary - Website

City of Lewisville’s Horizon Newsletter

What a student-designed school looks like.

The City of Lewisville has a resident survey they would like you to take.

A city got tired of being gouged on gasoline prices, so it opened a city-owned gas station to give residents a break. Cue the backlash from butthurt gougers upset with the competition.

Imagine being 44 years old and suddenly discovering after a hospital visit that you are not the gender you thought you were.


Year of the Donut. Before you get all excited about that new Dunkin Donuts coming soon to Lewisville, just keep in mind that it’s owned by the man who ruined the Dallas Cowboys.

Denton County has a new website.

Dave Barry explains 50 shades of grey for those of us who have zero interest in reading it.

Researchers are looking for help collecting deadly “kissing bugs”.

The fertilizer company whose improper storage of explosive ammonium nitrate caused an explosion that killed people and destroyed everyone’s property has now put the blame on the City of West.

Greenest Colleges: University of North Texas - not just green, but Mean Green.

Breast cancer rates higher in Flower Mound. Question is why?

New York Times calls for marijuana legalization.

Rep Michael Burgess introduced a bill in Congress to protect living organ donors.

Greg Abbott gets big campaign donations from a hospital chairman, then using taxpayer dollars, intervenes in a lawsuit against the hospital by patients who were maimed by a drug-addicted, incompetent doctor. We pay this guy’s salary to represent the people, but it’s pretty clear who he really represents.

Rep. Ron Simmons (R, Carrollton) has written some information about Texas Department of Public Safety’s recent changes in collecting fingerprints when issuing drivers’ licenses.

Judgemental map of Dallas. For what it’s worth, we do have a judgemental map of Lewisville; it’s just that you’d chase us down with pitchforks and torches if we ever shared it. But if someone else ever makes one that we can truthfully claim some distance from, we’ll be happy to share it.

Councilman TJ Gilmore posted his summertime City Council Update.

Over in Little Elm ISD, the Board of Trustees recently flipped due to some awful demagoguery, and the new board is struggling - stepping over the line, and breaking state open meetings laws.

Former Lewisville ISD Athletic Director Randy Mayes, who retired this last year from LISD, is now coaching for Liberty Christian.

Next generation of Lewisville’s trash and recycling plan. (Just kidding...)

Jay Marks reviewed Lewisville’s newest barbecue restaurant, Big Jack’s Barbecue.

“[United Way of Denton County] reports that in 2012, Denton County received the lowest funding per capita [for mental health] of all Texas Counties at $11.11, which is 31.6% below the state average. In addition, the State of Texas ranks 50th in the U.S. in spending on mental health (per capita).“ - And we wonder why we have problems with crime and homelessness...

“As free-standing ERs’ business grows, so does backlash” - You know - all the outrageous expense of an emergency room visit, without that contractual arrangement with your insurer, without the need to accept Medicare or Medicaid, or indigents, and without actual hospital beds in case you need one. I’ll pass.

A chain of prescription-mill testosterone clinics called Low-T Center wanted to be the “title sponsor” of the Marcus High School stadium, and put out a news release - apparently before LISD administration knew about it. LISD had posted an item denying the sponsorship, but then removed that. But the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports LISD and Low-T have agreed to call it off. Time Magazine had a great article about the explosion of interest in testosterone supplements for men, and how the science is just not at a consensus about the benefits versus the risks.


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Pictures of Local High Water

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/8/17 11:40:00 (279 reads)

Parts of Lewisville experienced flash flooding Sunday morning after a storm parked over the city and dumped 3 - 4 inches of rain in some places.


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Lewisville to Spray for Mosquitoes Monday and Tuesday

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/8/17 9:10:00 (358 reads)

Open in new windowTexas Department of State Health Services this week confirmed the city's first positive West Nile Virus mosquito trap for 2014. The positive sample came from a trap collected Aug. 5 near Rachel's Court, behind the Renaissance Village Retirement Community on Edmonds Lane.

Open in new windowDue to the history of positive tests in the area, plus the high-risk senior population adjacent to the testing site, ground spraying will be conducted in a half-mile radius (See map) of the testing location. Spraying is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 18, and Tuesday, Aug. 19, starting at 10 p.m. each night. Spraying will be conducted by trucks from public streets. The insecticide being used is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency and poses minimal risk to humans and the environment.

City crews are regularly walking through and visually inspecting creeks and drainage channels to look for potential mosquito breeding sites. The city has nearly a dozen workers in the Parks and Animal Services divisions who are state-certified to apply anti-larval dunks or localized pesticide to curb the mosquito population. Residents also are encouraged to report standing water on city-maintained property by calling Lewisville Animal Control at 972.219.3478.

The Texas Department of Health operates a toll-free WNV information line in both English and Spanish at 888.883.9997, and has expanded information posted on its Web site at tdh.state.tx.us. Denton County Health Department also has information about West Nile virus online or at 940.349.2907.

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Flower Mound Presbyterian Church Celebrates 160 Years with Homecoming

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/8/16 22:37:04 (280 reads)

Open in new windowCelebrate Homecoming at Flower Mound Presbyterian Church

On August 24, historic Flower Mound Presbyterian Church, Denton County’s oldest Presbyterian Church, is celebrating 160 years along with the 100th birthday of our oldest member, Miss Oleta Simmons Greer. Ms. Greer’s family were some of the earliest residents of Flower Mound. Simmons Road is named for her family. A special Homecoming Worship Service begins at 10:30 AM, that will include a “Blessing of the Backpacks” for all school children. This will be followed by a potluck at 11:30. The entree will be provided and all are welcome!

Homecoming celebrates the history of the church and Flower Mound and recognizes those who attended the original Donald School. The church was founded in 1854 by Reverend Matthew B. Donald. The school was founded in 1877 and named for the Donald family who were among the first families to settle in the Flower Mound area and helped to develop the community. The church is located at 1501 Flower Mound Road in Flower Mound, TX. Sunday School starts at 9:30, followed by Worship Service at 10:30. Church members and former attendees of the Donald School are invited to share their memories and stories during the service. All children are invited to participate in the blessing to start their school year off on a good note. See www.fmpcweb.org or call 972-539-7184 for more information.

Flower Mound Presbyterian Facebook Page

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Former Fire Official Arrested in Fill-the-boot Theft

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/8/8 11:40:00 (2575 reads)

Open in new windowFormer Lewisville Assistant Fire Chief Brian Freed, 42, was arrested Wednesday in Lewisville on a felony charge of theft of at least $6,210 from the Fill-the-Boot fundraiser that the department conducted on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association from April 28th to May 3rd of this year.

According to the probable cause affidavit, obtained by The Lewisville Texan Journal, Freed aroused the suspicion of Division Chief Mark Richards after texting him late at night on May 4th of this year stating that he had moved six five-gallon buckets containing bags of money from where they were being kept at Station 7 to Richards’ office at Central Station. At the time the money was moved, Freed had been placed on paid leave just two days earlier for what he told police was an addiction to hydrocodone and Ambien that he had bought over the internet.

Community Relations Director James Kunke explained that all public safety employees are subject to quarterly random drug testing, as well as testing upon hire, promotion, or reasonable suspicion. Employees who test positive for drugs may be terminated immediately, but employees who self-admit* a drug problem are referred to the city’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for treatment. Employees referred to EAP can retain their employment if they successfully complete treatment and comply with more frequent drug testing, but can be terminated immediately if they have another positive test.

On May 6th, Detective Bryan Gibbins with Lewisville Police Department investigated the situation and determined that two of the six bags of cash that had been collected were missing. Bags containing $4,284 from B shift, and $3,427 from A shift were found to be missing from the buckets.

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Lewisville Lake and Drought Update

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/8/6 11:00:03 (404 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowThanks to recent rainfall and cooler weather, Lewisville Lake now sits at 516.96 feet, which is a little over 5 feet low, or about 77% full. Overall, Dallas water reservoirs are 26.61% depleted. As of last Thursday, the Southern half of Denton County is still in extreme drought, while the Northern half has been moved down to severe drought.

The DFW area has received 1.08 inches of rainfall so far this month, compared to a normal value of .26 inches for the first 5 days in August. However, we are still quite a bit behind on rainfall. So far this calendar year, we have received 12.65 inches of rainfall, compared to the normal value of 22.46 inches, or a 9.81 inch deficit. Even with the drought last year, we had 17.35 inches by this point.

Given that we are almost in Mid-August, we think that chances are really good that we can make it through the rest of the year without further water restrictions in Lewisville, but conservation is still important. Lewisville is still in Stage 1 of its Emergency Water Management Plan, which means mandatory restrictions on outdoor watering.


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Yes, there have been alligators sighted in Lewisville Lake - not for the first time. This has prompted the Game Warden to issue a warning. Please do not under any circumstances feed any of the alligators. We don’t need them associating humans with food. And you cannot shoot them either.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers got some flood training recently at the lake.

One man was stabbed, another drowned.

A story in the Houston Chronicle (locked by paywall) listed Lewisville Lake as tied in second place with Lake Travis for the highest number of boating-related fatalities in Texas since 2000. Lakes Lewisville and Travis each had 17 boating-related fatalities in that time period. with Lake Conroe being the highest with 22 fatalities.

LTJ would like to point out that there is nothing particularly dangerous about Lewisville Lake, compared to the others. Any ranking of lake safety ought to be normalized based on the lake's size and number of visitors/boaters. The number one factor in lake safety is whether visitors will take responsibility for their own safety by wearing life jackets and avoiding boating under the influence of alcohol.

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Saturday, August 9th: Lewisville Police Day - PD Hosts Anniversary Celebration and Open House

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/8/5 22:25:46 (345 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowThe Lewisville Police Department is celebrating 75 years of dedicated service to the community. At Monday night's Lewisville City Council meeting, Mayor Dean Ueckert recognized the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Lewisville Police Department on August 9th, 1939, proclaiming August 9th, 2014 as "Lewisville Police Day".

LPD invites residents to join them for an Open House this Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lewisville Police Department. Hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be provided. In addition to building tours, there will be a variety of displays in the south Police Department parking lot off of Main Street.

Lewisville Police Department is located at 1187 W. Main St. The best parking for the event would be behind the Library, accessible from Civic Circle.

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Kidnapping Suspects Arrested; Police Dog Finds Fugitive

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/8/5 21:35:02 (956 reads)

Open in new windowThe Lewisville Police Department shared the following information on recent crimes:

Open in new windowAggravated Kidnapping Suspects Arrested
On August 2, at approximately 8:30 p.m., a local police agency sent a message out to area agencies to be on the lookout for a stolen vehicle that had been stolen during an aggravated kidnapping. Officer Joe Fernandez thought he may have seen the vehicle at an apartment complex in the 200 block of East Southwest Parkway earlier in the shift. He relayed that information to other officers, who began checking that area for the vehicle. Officer Kevin Tice observed the vehicle travelling eastbound on Southwest Parkway and then turn into an apartment complex. Officers converged on the vehicle and detained three suspects.

Officers learned that the victim of the aggravated kidnapping had been lured to Lewisville via social media. He was met by three males who threatened him with a handgun and forced him into the backseat of his own car. The victim said that the suspects demanded money from him and assaulted him repeatedly. Eventually, the suspects took the victim to another city to try to get money from a relative of the victim. One suspect was detained in that city after robbing the victim’s relative. The other suspects fled the city until they were eventually located back in Lewisville. Lewisville officers arrested two suspects for aggravated kidnapping.

Editor's Note: LTJ's Arrest Blotter shows that the two suspects arrested are Perry Paul Gonzales, 19, and Ismair Santiago Tenorio, 20. Gonzales is held in lieu of $140,000 bond on charges of aggravated kidnapping with a deadly weapon, theft, and engaging in organized criminal activity. Tenorio is held in lieu of $115,000 bond on the same charges, and is also held on an ICE detainer. Later in the day on August 3rd, police arrested Yadira Tenorio-Santiago, 17 on the same charges. She is held in Lewisville jail in lieu of $75,000 bond on the same charges.

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