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Letters: Resident Concerned about HAARP Weapon

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/7/28 8:11:46 (24 reads)
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I wish to inquire about the subject of HAARP in Alaska. If one Googles about “HAARP in Alaska,” it states information about this being a conspiracy theory.

I watched a show on CBS Network television. It showed the man who invented this machine. This gentleman is not a conspiracy theory. This man was from Dallas, Texas. He thought this machine could be used for the good of humanity. He made the mistake of selling it to the Air Force.

The weather machine could cause rain where there was a drought. This machine is capable of shooting a lightning bolt into space to knock out a satellite.

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Lewisville Police Offer Exchange Zone

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/7/27 13:04:19 (1200 reads)

Open in new windowTwo marked parking spots have been designated in front of the Lewisville Police Department’s main door as an "Exchange Zone" for citizens wanting a safe location to exchange goods bought or sold, or to perform child custody exchanges. The area is under video surveillance. Lewisville Police Department encourages citizens to exercise good judgment and caution in their interaction with strangers, and bears no responsibility for the validity of the transactions conducted.

The Police Department is located at 1187 W. Main St on the West end of the Lewisville Municipal Annex.

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Coach Joe's Hat Tricks Presents: Rob Hunts 60th Birthday Guitar Jam

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Posted by Pmoulard87 on 2015/7/26 13:10:00 (137 reads)

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Sunday night at Coach Joe's Hat Tricks at 7:00PM, local Dallas area Blues legend Rob Hunt will take the stage to do what he does best. For 30 years Rob has been gracing the DFW metroplex with his signature warm and gritty take on traditional blues guitar, playing along side many local greats including Tommy Katona, Tallan Latz, and Christian Brooks. The show is absolutely free of charge and Rob has an unknown line-up of surprise guest musicians ready to join him for his birthday celebration. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to accommodate parking.

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Men's Volleyball Getting Started Within LISD

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/7/26 9:10:00 (244 reads)

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Flower Mound High School, through the help of numerous open gyms and the Texas Boys Varsity Volleyball League, has successfully created a men’s volleyball team. (Photo by Anthony Mazur)

By Anthony Mazur

Flower Mound High School is sporting a new men’s volleyball team after enough interest was shown to start with a club sport. The coaches of the school rushed at the possibility of giving the males an opportunity after the idea came up late last school year.

“It was thrown together quickly last minute,” Flower Mound Head Volleyball Coach Marci Laracuente said.

Coach Laracuente explained that it is not an official team, however, it is run as a club sport like the lacrosse and hockey teams, where they fund their own uniforms and equipment. There is a chance students from all over Lewisville ISD could play, but it all depends on the interest. The team has already played in tournaments against similar teams from other schools, such as Jesuit, Lovejoy, Aledo, Cantons, and Prosper.

“We’ve had a lot of interest,” Laracuente said. “We had a lot of older boys. There were 8 or 9 of them [playing in the tournament].”

Despite older Flower Mound boys playing, they were still the youngest competitors.

“Ours was the youngest, which is good,” Laracuente said. “They’ll get better and better each year.”

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I-35 Accident Kills One, Injures Two

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/7/26 8:30:00 (3399 reads)

Open in new windowThe Lewisville Police Department reports that Sunday morning at 4:36 a.m., officers were sent to the 2400 block of South Interstate Highway 35E Northbound on a major accident involving four vehicles. Details from witnesses indicate that this may have been two separate accidents, the first involving a single vehicle accident. Photos show an SUV struck a barrier and flipped over. The 2400 block is near the intersection of FM 3040.

Two vehicles then stopped to aid in the first accident and while they providing aid to the occupants of the first vehicle crash, a fourth vehicle struck a pedestrian and two vehicles at the scene.

One adult male from the first accident, has been transported to Plano Presbyterian Hospital with unknown injuries. The pedestrian, an adult male, was transported to Medical Center-Lewisville, where he later succumbed to his injuries. The lone occupant of the vehicle that struck the pedestrian and two vehicles was transported to Parkland Hospital with unknown injuries. Alcohol was a contributing factor in the initial accident. Fatality Investigators were on scene and traffic was being diverted onto the Northbound Frontage Rd.

The deceased was transported to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Update - 12 noon:
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office has released the name of the person killed in this morning's accident: 18 year old Luis Mario Aleman-Mendoza, of Little Elm.

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The driver of the vehicle involved in the first crash has been identified as Tristan Dane Harris, 32 years of age, from Lewisville, Texas. Harris was arrested for Intoxication Assault with Serious Bodily Injury and is currently being housed in the City of Lewisville Jail, and is awaiting arraignment. A passenger in his vehicle was seriously injured and transported to Plano Presbyterian Hospital.

Lt. Scott Haynes of Lewisville Police Department said that the second driver, whose car killed pedestrian Aleman-Mendoza was cooperating in the investigation, and had freely provided a blood sample. Haynes said that the man was on his way to work, and that police believe that it was just an accident that he did not see the pedestrian. Police do not suspect alcohol to be a factor in the second crash at this point, pending results from the blood test, which could take weeks.

Haynes praised Aleman-Mendoza for stopping to help the victim of the first crash.

The accident continues to be investigated. There are no other charges filed at this time.

Update - 7/27 - 8:30 a.m.:
Harris' bond has been set at $100,000. He is currently being held in Denton County Jail. He has three prior arrests in Denton County from 2004, 2006, and 2012 for failure to appear, theft, driving while license inactive, possession of marijuana, and possession of a controlled substance.

This story contains material from a submitted report. Photo by Bryan - kd5yov.

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Upcoming Events Around Lewisville and the Surrounding Area

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Posted by Pmoulard87 on 2015/7/24 11:51:22 (332 reads)

Open in new windowAs per usual, here are many arts, leisure events, and educational opportunities coming up in Lewisville and the surrounding cities. Listed below are selected events.


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Friday, July 24 - Frank Myers and Jimmy Nichols at Coach Joe's Hat Tricks
Friday July 24th at Coach Joe's Hat Tricks located at 101 E Corporate Dr #300, Lewisville, TX 75067 presents Frank Myers and Jimmy Nichols. Frank Myers is a Grammy winner and 3 time nominee known for penning country classics as "I' Already There", "Front Porch Looking In" and "I Swear". Jimmy Nichols is a well know Nashville, Tennesse session keyboardist who has played with Faith Hill, Reba McEntire, and LeAnn Womack. Show starts at 9:00PM, cover charge is $10.00.


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Friday, July 24 - Alzheimer's Association Denton Caregiver Conference
From 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., The Alzheimer's Association of Denton will hold a caregiver conference at First Baptist Church of Lewisville. Conference topics focus on Alzheimer's medication as well as behavior challenges. The event is free to the public,respite and Social work CEU's are available at no charge also. To register, you may call toll-free at 1-800-272-3900 or visit www.alz.org/greaterdallas

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Friday, July 24 - Courtney Patton, Live atSquare One Cafe
Come out to Square One cafe located at 136 W Main St, Lewisville, TX 75057 to experience the soothing yet sultry perfomance of up and coming Texas Country artist, Courtney Patton. The show starts at 7:00PM and is free of charge.

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Sunday, July 26 - Fourth Annual Toll Tag Triathlon
Playtri.com presents the Fourth Annual Toll Tag Triathlon. This completely free timed sprint-style event will include a 500-meter open swim, 11-mile bike segment, and 5k run. The swim and run portions will be held at Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park, and the bike ride will start and end at the park. Participants can enter as individuals, or as part of a relay team dividing the three race segments. Would-be participants can register in advance at playtri.com/tolltag.


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Tuesday, July 28 at the MCL Grand - Sounds of Lewisville Presents: 121 North.
The Sounds of Lewisville Concert series comes to an end this Tuesday with 121 North. 121 North provides its audiences with a fresh take on modern Texas Country. The event begins at 7:00PM and as usual, atendee's are encouraged to bring chairs.


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Thursday, Jul 30 - Poetry Open Mic Night
J. Paul Holcomb presents and evening of local poetry reading at the MCL Grand Theater. Bring your original work or listen to the work of many members of the local poetry community.Readings start are from 7:00PM - 9:00PM, admission is free, and refreshments will be provided.


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Thursday, August 4 - Keeping Lewisville Beautiful Vegetable Gardening for Fall Class
This free class provides willing participants to learn valuable fall gardening tips, will be taught by the Texas AgriLife Extension Office. RSVP required. Lewisville residency is not required. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 972.538.5949 or email info@keeplewisvillebeautiful.org.


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Friday August 7 - Lewisville Senior Activity Center’s First Friday Dance
Lewisville Senior Activity Center’s First Friday Dance will be held August 7, 7:00PM-9:30PM., at the center, 1950 S. Valley Parkway. Free dance lessons start at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door. Refreshments are provided. Music guest for May will be award winning percussionist Doc Gibbs.


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Saturday, August 15 - 'Clear The Shelters' Adoption Event
All Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Animal Shelters have been asked to participate in the “Clear the Shelters” adoption event scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 15, in an effort to save the lives of many animals due to overcrowding in shelters.
On the day of the event, from 10:00AM to 5:00PM, Lewisville Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will waive all pets adoption fees. Adoption includes sterilization, microchip, viral vaccines, Rabies vaccine, Heartworm testing (if applicable), city registration (if Lewisville resident) and 30 days of free pet insurance.
The center is located at 995 E. Valley Ridge Blvd., across from Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park. For more information, visit cleartheshelters.org.


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Thursday, August 20- 'Maintaining Your Property' Meeting
A meeting on "Maintaining Your Property - Code Enforcement Division and Building Inspection Division," will be presented by the city’s Neighborhood Services Department on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 6:30 p.m., at the Frederick P. Herring Recreation Center, 191 Civic Circle Drive.
This goal of this meeting is to educate residents about the top five code violations and the importance of building inspections. Speakers will include Jackie Davis, Code Enforcement; and Jimmy Estep, Building Inspections.
Refreshments will be served. RSVP by Aug. 18 by visiting cityoflewisville.com.

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Lewisville Police Investigate Homicide; One Dead

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/7/23 13:10:00 (3862 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowLewisville Police are investigating a homicide that occurred around noon today on Oakbend Drive near the 100 block of Forestbrook Drive in Lewisville.

LPD Captain Kevin Deaver said that the call came in as shots heard around 12:04 p.m. Officers found a deceased black male sitting in a green 2004 Nissan Altima in the street. Witnesses reported two suspects fleeing the scene; both were black, and one was male, the other unknown.

As of about 2:15 p.m. when we left, the victim's body was still on-scene in the car. His identification is pending notification of next-of-kin.

Police K9 units were searching the area for the suspects, who police say may have run off into the wooded area surrounding the scene. The shooting happened just north of the intersection of Oakbend and Forestbrook. That area is full of apartment complexes, and is not far from where a shooting happened last year at The Madison.

Police had a perimeter set up around the area, and a Texas DPS helicopter was circling overhead looking for suspects. Police now believe that the suspects were able to escape the wooded area before the perimeter was established.

This is the second homicide reported in Lewisville for 2015. The first one was on April 7th at the Hampton Bay Apartments.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to contact the Lewisville Police Department crime tip line at 972-219-8477 (TIPS). Tipsters can also text anonymously by using the keyword TIPLPD, with the information to 847411.

We'll provide more info when we can get it.

Updates:
At around 2:30, a medical examiner showed up on scene.
At about 2:40, LPD command released the perimeter. We have not heard any radio traffic regarding any suspects captured. DPS helicopter is departing.
3:48 p.m: LPD provided updates which have been noted in the story above. Vehicle was a 2004 green Nissan Altima.

7/24/2015 - 5:20 p.m.:
The Lewisville Police Department has identified the victim: "The victim, in this case, has been identified as 19-year-old, Jarrod Dewayne Black from Lewisville. Lewisville Police detectives continue to investigate this case and pursue leads. Detectives do not have a suspect at this time. The motive also is still unclear. "

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Water Rates to Rise

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/7/21 8:04:18 (622 reads)

Open in new windowBy Steve Southwell

Despite an abundance of rain, and full lakes this summer, water rates will likely have a 4 - 6% increase this year for Lewisville residents, and the residents of other cities whose water is supplied by Dallas Water Utilities (DWU). Lewisville purchases all of its municipal water supply from DWU, including raw water from Lewisville Lake and treated water from several of DWU’s pump stations.

Monday night in workshop session, the Lewisville City Council learned that DWU is raising the price of the untreated water that Lewisville draws from Lewisville Lake by 48.5%. The cost of treated water that the city also purchases from DWU will rise by 17%. It is expected that the impact of the rate increase from DWU will result in about $735,000 that will have to be recovered in a rate increase to Lewisville water customers. That rate hike is based on increased costs to DWU from the the Sabine River Authority (SRA), and DWU's participation the Integrated Pipeline project.

The SRA unilaterally raised prices for water from Lake Fork, which as of this year supplies 13% of the water for DWU. The City of Dallas paid for 100% of the construction of Lake Fork, and pays 74% of the cost of operating it in exchange for 74% of the reliable water source. The agreement, struck in 1981, expired in November, 2014, but provided for an additional 40 year extension with a mutually agreed rate based on prevailing rates for similar water sales. The rate set by SRA’s board was 56 cents per thousand gallons, which they claimed was fair because that was the rate Dallas was charging other cities for the water. But Dallas’s price to other cities accounted for the capital and operating costs it was paying.

Dallas tried for several years to negotiate an acceptable rate with SRA prior to the expiration date. Dallas has filed a lawsuit, challenging the SRA board’s authority to set that rate, but so far the Public Utility Commission declined to intervene, leaving the parties to wait on the result of what could be a lengthy lawsuit.

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Food Reviews: Old House BBQ

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Posted by Pmoulard87 on 2015/7/19 18:50:00 (1181 reads)

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Old House BBQ
380 Lake Park Rd, Lewisville, TX 75057

Texas barbecue is a culinary delicacy that is well-known throughout the rest of the country. Though Tennessee is nationally recognized as the premier state for smoked meat, Texas has always sat comfortably as number two. With a heavy influence from our Central American neighbors from the south, Texas barbecue is referred to by many as some of the most unique and flavorful in the United States. Though each region of our beloved Lone Star State brings their own unique traits to table, the one shared factor between them are wood smoking and rubbed spices. Small wooden barbecue shacks are the temples of this culinary religion. Despite the popularity of the food and the many corporate chains that have since formed, small wooden barbecue shacks are the temples of the trade.

Driving down Lake Park Road - now separated from FM 407 by the I-35 construction - the sight of Old House Barbecue demands your attention. The combination of the aged wooden building and the wood fired grill will convince even the most stubborn of passers-by to stop and investigate. I walked through the front door and was immediately greeted with an all too familiar Texan theme. Dark wooden floors and fixtures danced with the longhorns and stars spread throughout dining area in front of me. To my left was a very familiar cafeteria line set up one would typically find in a chain establishment such as Dickey’s. On the wall adjacent to the food line, a large full color-photo menu was painted upon its surface.

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Citizen Takes Action on Unwanted Newspaper Litter

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/7/19 13:42:26 (441 reads)

By Steve Southwell

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Sunday morning, a one-block stretch of Downey Drive in Lewisville had three Lewisville Leader newspapers in the street. Around the neighborhood, others were thrown between houses, and some homes had soggy newspapers in the yard, or on the sidewalk.
To many people, a freshly-folded newspaper on the front sidewalk is a welcome amenity to enjoy with morning coffee. For others, it is considered unwelcome and unsightly litter that must be picked up and disposed of. Lewisville resident Colonel Mason says that despite not paying for a subscription, and asking the publishers numerous times to stop leaving newspapers in his lawn, he continues to receive them. Mason, who walks with the assistance of a cane, has difficulty getting out to them and bending over to pick them up.

It’s not just the inconvenience of having to dispose of the papers that bothers Mason. He believes they are an environmental problem because they can wash into the storm drains, or they will end up in the landfill. The papers can also collect in a resident’s yard, leading a would-be burglar to believe that the resident was away, and that the home would be an easy target.

The Dallas Morning News, Al Dia, and The Lewisville Leader are all newspapers that Mason says end up in his yard. The Morning News and The Leader are both typically paid subscription newspapers, and Al Dia is a free Spanish language publication of The Dallas Morning News. Many residents also receive Briefing, a free publication from The Dallas Morning News that is delivered Wednesday through Saturday.

Even though The Leader’s papers are paid circulation at $65 per year, it is common for them to throw to non-subscribers. We contacted Melissa Rougeot, the circulation manager for Star Local Media, the company that publishes The Leader, to ask about the practice. Rougeot offered no comment, other than that residents can call and have the delivery stopped.

Mason believes the newspapers he receives are litter, so he and his friend Jack Bishop started a non-profit organization to attack the problem. C.L.E.A.N. (Committee of Lewisville’s Environmental Action Neighbors) has a website which advocates residents taking action against the newspapers and their advertisers. C.L.E.A.N. calls for a boycott of the newspapers and their advertisers, which the group has listed on their website. The group is also asking residents to use social media to post on the papers’ Facebook accounts, and express their displeasure with the unwanted papers.

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