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2014/10/20 - Texas DSHS reports Texans Cleared from Ebola Monitoring
2014/10/19 - Sunday Night Update
2014/10/18 - Updated: Lewisville Loses Appeal on Sex Offender Ordinance
2014/10/18 - Early Voting Starts Monday for November 4th, 2014 Election
2014/10/17 - Updated: Lewisville Police Seek Help Finding Serial Attacker
2014/10/17 - Parents on Edge After Newspaper Misreports LISD Ebola Letter
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2014/10/15 - Crime Updates from Lewisville Police Department
2014/10/4 - Saturday Morning Update - Yom Kippur Edition
2014/9/30 - Ebola Case Confirmed in Texas Patient
2014/9/29 - Crime and Accident Updates from Lewisville and Flower Mound
2014/9/27 - Shooting Victim Dies from Injury
2014/9/26 - Lewisville Western Days 2014 - Music and Much More!
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2014/9/22 - Lewisville Steps Back from Enforcement on Fence-Staining Ordinance
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2014/9/20 - FBI Seeks Public Help Identifying Bank Robber
2014/9/15 - Monday Morning Update - September 15th
2014/9/12 - Symphony Opens Season with Russian Pianist
2014/9/10 - Chief's Weekly Update: Police Investigate on Bank Robbery
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Texas DSHS reports Texans Cleared from Ebola Monitoring

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/10/20 7:14:55 (95 reads)

Open in new windowThe Texas Department of State Health Services reports this morning that a group of 43 people who were in contact with Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan have now been cleared from monitoring:

A group of 43 people in Texas who had contact with the state's first Ebola patient have been cleared from twice-daily monitoring after reaching the 21-day mark, the longest incubation period for the disease.

They have no Ebola symptoms and are not at risk of developing Ebola. They are able to continue normal daily activities without being monitored for symptoms. The group is a mix of health care workers, household contacts and community members whose last possible contact with the state's first patent was Sept. 28.

State health officials have been working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the local health department in Dallas to closely monitor people who have had contact with the three Ebola patients. About 120 more people continue to be monitored for symptoms.

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Sunday Night Update

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/10/19 21:51:40 (165 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 windowSunday was a gorgeous day, and an even more beautiful morning. I was up on top of the Lewisville Dam, looking out over Lewisville Lake on the left, and LLELA on the right. By all accounts, the inaugural year of That Dam Half - a half-marathon (13.1 miles) was a great success. 1200 runners were registered for the run, most of whom were for the half-marathon on the dam, and some of whom ran the 5k. We’ve heard nothing but great things from those who attended. I was a volunteer at the water station at mile 8, but truthfully I would have done almost any job just to have the opportunity to legally be up there, since it’s normally strictly off-limits to the public. I got a lot of great shots that I will be posting here and on our Facebook photos page.

Speaking of the lake, the quick update is that recent rains added a couple of inches to the lake level, which has since gone back down to 515.16 feet. This is about 7 feet below conservation pool. The hope is that we can get a lot of rain over the winter, which is expected to be wetter than average, and maybe get it filled back up to the 522 mark.

Plano West beat the Lewisville Farmers Friday night 55-22.

Not applicable to Lewisville, but one candidate for Texas House in district 94 thinks the U.S. should invade Mexico.

Sarah Blaine explains why testing vendor Pearson’s wrong answer on her child’s homework worksheet matters in the high-stakes testing era.

Dallas Morning news has an article about Badgers BBQ - a barbecue restaurant that caters to public safety officers. (Civilians can eat there too.)

You may have heard that a federal judge recently ruled Texas’ voter ID law unconstitutional. Greg Abbott is appealing, and without overturning the ruling, the Supreme Court has allowed the law to remain in place for this election. The Lead Counsel for the plaintiffs in the case answers six questions about the voter ID suit. My opinion on voter ID laws has not changed.

If you have used your credit card at the Dairy Queen in Lewisville, you may want to check your statement. The company was hit by a hacker, who gained access to customer names, credit card numbers, and expiration dates.

The Lewisville Leader has an article about T-Ronn Hicks, hosting “The World’s Largest Anti-Bullying Party” on October 25th at Lewisville High School Harmon Campus.

Campus ratings for the three LHS campuses:
- LHS Harmon Campus
- LHS Main Campus
- LHS Killough Campus

I was bummed to be out of town on business on the night of the Lewisville Homecoming Parade, but via Lewisville ISD, here are some pictures from the parade and the Community Pep Rally:

The Lewisville City Council did finally approve a new school zone in front of the LHS Ben Harmon campus on FM 3040. The zone will be a continuous 35 mph zone from 300 feet east of Old Orchard Lane to 300 feet west of Valley Parkway. The Lewisville Police Department has warned of increased enforcement against jaywalking in that area.

Lewisville-based med fusion is teaming up with another firm to optimize cancer treatment strategies.

Video of Kevin Fowler at Western Days

Some were outraged at Wendy Davis’s campaign commercial pointing out hypocrisy with Greg Abbott. I thought it was fair shot. She wasn’t attacking his disability, but the fact that he got quite a hefty settlement for his own injury, then spent a career trying to prevent others from obtaining their own justice.

Dawn Cobb has a nice story about four boys in Highland Village who were walking home from school one day and found a bicyclist who had fallen and had a head injury. The quick thinking of Joshua Smithwick, Elia Mata, John Wegendt and Aiden Cooper led to the man’s rescue.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NTCOG) has awarded funding of $28 million in its Transportation Alternatives Program, which funds pedestrian and bike trails, and non-driver access to public transportation projects. Lewisville is receiving $1.5 million for Approximately 4.2 miles of shared-use paths, sidewalk, and on-street bike lanes from the North Garden Ridge Boulevard interchange at IH 35E southward to North Valley Parkway and West Main Street.

Lewisville Morning Rotary will conduct a flag retirement ceremony at the MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 25th. Community members can bring their worn or torn flags to be destroyed appropriately.

First United Methodist Church of Lewisville postponed a mission trip due to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.

A Dallas man who works at NationStar mortgage in Lewisville is in isolation after spending time with nurse Amber Vinson, who contracted ebola at work. There is no indication that anyone is at risk.

Denton County Health Department - Ebola Information

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Updated: Lewisville Loses Appeal on Sex Offender Ordinance

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 Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/10/18 20:20:00 (1910 reads)

This story was originally posted 7/23/2014, and was updated 10/19/2014.

Open in new windowOpen in new windowIn a ruling released Tuesday, the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a district court ruling from last year that had dismissed a lawsuit against the City of Lewisville over the constitutionality of a city ordinance restricting where registered sex offenders can live.

Aurelio Duarte was convicted in 2006 for online solicitation of a minor. After serving his sentence in prison, he came back to Lewisville in 2010 to live with his family. Due to the city’s sex offender residency restrictions, Duarte and his family were unable to find a suitable residence within the city. Lewisville’s ordinance makes it unlawful for a sex offender to live within 1,500 feet of public parks, playgrounds, private and public schools, public and semi-public swimming pools, rec centers, day care centers, and video arcades. Violating the ordinance is a misdemeanor punishable by a $500 per day fine. After trying in vain to find a residence where he and his family could purchase a home in Lewisville, Duarte and his family sued the City of Lewisville in federal district court in 2012.

The trial court last year dismissed Duarte’s family from the lawsuit, under the rationale that since the ordinance only applied to the offender, the family didn’t have standing to sue. The City of Lewisville had argued, and the trial court had agreed that Duarte had no standing because he hadn’t actually violated the law, and thus had not suffered “actual injury” from it. The City also had argued that Duarte didn’t have enough money to buy a house, and thus didn’t have an actual injury. Lastly, the City of Lewisville argued that the case was moot, since in the intervening time, the family had moved out of their motel room, to a residence in a nearby city.

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Map showing 1,500 foot exclusion zones (red) around various parks, pools, schools, daycares, and other places where children congregate. The ordinance has effectively taken the whole City of Lewisville as off-limits. (Via City of Lewisville Map Service)
The appeals court reversed the trial court, and reinstated Duarte and his family as plaintiffs, remanding the case back to district court without judgement on the actual constitutionality of the ordinance. The appeals court ruled that the case is not moot, because Duarte is seeking both compensatory and nominal damages, and those still stand, even if injunctive relief would be moot at this point.

The ruling means that Duarte and his family can proceed with the lawsuit, and the trial court would consider the plaintiff’s assertion that the ordinance violates the US Constitution. The plaintiffs specifically claim that the ordinance violates the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the 14th Amendment, as well as the Double Jeopardy clause of the 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and it constitutes an ex post facto law in violation of Article I, section 10 of the Constitution.

Plaintiff's attorney Richard Gladden said that the ruling marked the first time nationally that an appeals court has ruled that family members can sue in these cases. "That's a first nationally, although it doesn't seem to have ever been considered by another State or Federal Court," said Gladden.

Read the Appeals Court Decision...

Lewisville City Councilman TJ Gilmore said that the Council had been made aware of the decision by email today, and that City Attorney Liz Plaster would be consulting with the City’s outside counsel to discuss next steps. Gilmore said that any further discussion on the matter would take place in future closed sessions, but would not offer any further comment on the pending litigation.

Update - 10/19/2014:
The City of Lewisville petitioned the 5th Circuit Court for a rehearing en-banc, meaning that instead of a three-judge panel hearing the case, the entire 15-member court would hear it. That request was denied on October 9th, and the order noted that not a single judge requested that a vote be taken.

Plaintiff's attorney Richard Gladden told us about the future of the case:
"As a result of this order, which I just received by email, Lewisville now has 90 days to seek review in the U.S. Supreme Court. There is absolutely no chance of the Supreme Court reviewing the decision made by the Fifth Circuit at this point, and no ethical lawyer would waste his client's money attempting that. However, as you know, our opposing counsel is a snake and it is evident to me, at least, that his sole motive is to leech as much money out of Lewisville as he possibly can. So, I suppose, Lewisville may seek further review there.

If there is no request for further review in the U.S. Supreme Court, the case will soon be back on the District Court's docket in Sherman. Eventually, I expect another motion for summary judgment to be filed by Lewisville, but this time it will be confined to the constitutional issues, I believe. That isn't likely to happen for several weeks, if not months."

Originally posted 7/23/2014.

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Early Voting Starts Monday for November 4th, 2014 Election

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/10/18 8:32:49 (254 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowEarly voting for the November 4th General Election begins Monday, October 20th, and goes through Friday October 31st. Voters will select candidates in various federal, state, and county races, and decide on a constitutional amendment.

About Early Voting
In the State of Texas, any voter can vote early, and is encouraged to do so. Early voting offers a variety of days and hours that almost anyone can fit in, regardless of work schedule or travel. Most locations for early voting have virtually no lines, and you can walk right up, check in, grab your ballot or booth code, vote, and be out of there in 5 minutes or less. The Lewisville Texan Journal highly recommends early voting if you can for several reasons:

  • If you discover there are any problems with your registration, you have time to get it fixed with the county voter registrar.
  • Just in case something happens to you like an illness or unplanned work or travel, or even a bad storm or disaster on election day, you will have already cast your vote.
  • Political campaigns usually try to purge their contact lists of people who early voted already, so by voting, you can sometimes reduce the number of calls and amount of campaign mail that you get.
  • Unlike some election-day polling locations, most early voting locations are well-known, easy to find, and have plenty of parking. If you wait until election day, you must vote in your assigned precinct - which could be some tiny hard-to-find church, or a crowded elementary school on a school day with a full parking lot.

Early voting is not the same as absentee voting, which is limited to certain individuals and situations. For more information on absentee voting by mail, or to obtain a ballot by mail, visit Denton County Elections’ Voting by Mail page.

Days, Times, and Locations
Monday, October 20th - Friday, October 24th: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, October 25th: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 26th: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

A full list of early voting locations is available on the Denton County Elections website, but we will list some of the ones here that might be most convenient for Lewisville residents:

Lewisville Municipal Annex
1197 W. Main Street, Lewisville

Flower Mound Police and Municipal Court Building
4150 Kirkpatrick, Flower Mound

Highland Village Municipal Complex
1000 Highland Village Rd., Highland Village

Carrollton Public Library
4220 N. Josey, Carrollton

The Colony Government Center
6301 Main St., The Colony

Lake Dallas City Hall
212 Main Street, Lake Dallas

Registration and Identification Required
In order to vote in an election in Texas, you must have pre-registered and be listed on the voter rolls for your precinct. If you have recently moved within the county, but have not yet changed your address, then you may vote in your old precinct.

Denton County Residents: Click to check your registration and view a sample ballot.
If you are not registered: Request a voter registration application here.

For now, until final review in the appellate courts, you will need to show an acceptable form of identification if you vote in person. The following are considered acceptable by the State of Texas, and must be no more than 60 days expired:
- Texas Driver’s License (issued by DPS)
- Texas ID Card (issued by DPS)
- Texas Election ID Certificate (issued by DPS)
- Texas Concealed Hangun License (issued by DPS)
- US Military ID Card
- US Citizenship Certificate (no expiration date)
- US Passport

Your voter registration card may be helpful in informing you that you are registered, and tell you what precinct and districts you belong to, but it is NOT considered acceptable identification for voting purposes.

What is on the Ballot?
Stay tuned for another article detailing the races that Lewisville residents will be voting on. Or you can view your sample ballot here.

Election Day Voting
Election day is November 4th, 2014. Polls are open in all locations from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. If there is a line at 7 p.m., polls will remain open to serve anyone who was already in line at 7 p.m. On election day, you may only vote in your assigned precinct location. Your precinct voting location may not be the location closest to your home, and it may change from year to year. The Lewisville Texan Journal will post a list of local precincts and locations as we get closer to election day, but we strongly encourage all voters to try to vote early.

Disclaimer: The Lewisville Texan Journal endeavors to provide accurate information about elections, compiling information from various sources including government websites. Information is provided for informational purposes only, and is subject to change by the election authorities and courts. If you notice an error, please contact us immediately at 469-322-4265 or email If you need more information or have questions about your voter registration or election procedures, please call Denton County Elections Administration at 940-349-3200 or email

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Updated: Lewisville Police Seek Help Finding Serial Attacker

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/10/17 16:30:00 (11633 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowLewisville Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a man who has violently assaulted several women near the Timber Creek bridge over SH 121 Business. At least two victims have been assaulted in the area, including a Lewisville High School student.

On Wednesday, October 8th at about 8:45 p.m., according to a message delivered from Lewisville ISD, a female Lewisville High School Harmon Campus student was walking home near The Oaks of Lewisville Apartments. Oak Knoll Circle in that same area, and was attacked and beaten.

On Thursday, October 9th, at approximately 9:50 p.m., an adult female victim was walking to her residence in the vicinity of South SH 121 Business and Valley View Lane. While crossing the Timber Creek Bridge near the Quik Trip located at 1701 S SH 121 Business, the female victim was attacked by a Hispanic male and was dragged underneath the bridge. The female victim struggled with the Hispanic male as the female victim was dragged further away. The female victim yelled for assistance and when the Hispanic male overheard voices of a witness who was crossing the bridge, the Hispanic male fled the scene on foot. The witness had heard the female victim yelling for assistance and was able to flag down a passerby who assisted by dialing 911. The female victim was treated at the scene for minor injuries and was released. The only descriptors available are that the suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 20‐30 years of age, with a muscular build.

There have been similar offenses in the area over the past 60 days. Lewisville Police Detectives believe that the Hispanic male suspect in this offense could possibly be linked to the previous offenses.

The female victim cooperated with detectives and assisted in completing a composite sketch (above, right) of the Hispanic male suspect.
The Lewisville Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the Hispanic male in the composite sketch. If you have any information, please contact the Lewisville Police Department Tip line at 972‐219‐8477 (TIPS).

Update - 10/17/2014 - 4:45 p.m.:
Based on information from Lewisville Police, we updated the date of the assault on the Lewisville High School student to October 8th. LISD's message had said October 10th, but that was incorrect.

We are aware of another female victim from about a month and a half ago. In that case, the suspect tried to pull the 50 year old victim under the bridge. A relative of the victim tells us that he attempted to rape her with a sharp object. We are also told that this victim saw the sketch and is saying it is the same suspect. The relative relays this account: "He was only able to raise up her shirt and then that is when she grabbed his arm and said, 'you do not want to do that' because he had the sharp object in his hands. Then she started praying to God and that is when he got up and fled."

Lewisville Police Lieutenant Scott Haynes would only say that there have been "several" assaults in the area, and that police were not releasing the exact number. Haynes hesitated to call the attacks attempted sexual assault, since the motive of the attacks was unclear, but that fondling was involved in one case, and at least one victim had some electronics stolen from her. "We are very concerned about this because they are surprise violent attacks," said Haynes.

Haynes said that Lewisville police had spent time investigating the area around the bridge, and that there were increased patrols in the vicinity. Haynes said that anyone male or female walking in that area after dark should be aware of their surroundings, and try to have a partner with them.

We will update this story if we receive further information.

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Parents on Edge After Newspaper Misreports LISD Ebola Letter

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 Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/10/17 7:40:00 (535 reads)

Open in new windowParents took to Facebook Thursday afternoon expressing emotions ranging from concern to panic after Lewisville ISD sent an ambiguously-worded letter to parents with an update about Ebola.

The letter from Lewisville ISD stated that "LISD was notified that two community members related to three students and a staff member traveled on this flight with the healthcare worker".

Depending on how one parses the above sentence, it could be interpreted that the community members were only related to the students, but the misinterpretations we saw had totally skipped the part about it being community members who had traveled.

LISD said that Denton County Health Department Director Dr. Matt Richardson had stated in a letter that there was no reason to quarantine anyone or close a school.

Health officials say that the disease is only contagious when symptoms are present, and that individuals are at risk only if they have been in direct contact with an individual displaying symptoms.

Open in new windowStar Local Media, the company that publishes The Lewisville Leader briefly had reported that the students and staff member were the ones on the same flight as the healthcare worker. The article there has since been corrected without any comment about the original headline.

In a Facebook post on the City of Lewisville group Thursday evening - since deleted - a woman echoed the same error, and some parents stated they would keep their kids out of school until they knew more.

Open in new windowAnother Facebook post on the Flower Mound Cares group was from a mother who stated she would keep her kids home from school until the district provided school names.

An LISD employee who wished to remain anonymous explained that The Leader had published the incorrect version for about 15 minutes, but that one of the LISD Communications department staffers had called them to get the story corrected.

LISD put out a followup post Thursday evening, clarifying that no students or staff member were on the Frontier flight in question, and that LISD would not be identifying them or their schools for privacy reasons.

Lewisville ISD says it remains in continuous contact with the Denton County Health Department as well as emergency providers from the cities it serves.

Richardson told LISD Superintendent Dr. Steve Waddell that the health department would communicate with LISD immediately if it identified anyone ill or exposed to Ebola, or that needed quarantine or isolation.

Lewisville ISD says the district will follow the precautions recommended by the Denton County Health Department as well as the Department of State Health Services and the US Centers for Disease Control.

LISD will provide updates if there are further developments. The Lewisville Texan Journal is also monitoring the situation, and will immediately share any information that requires action, or constitutes any true risk to our community.

Update - 10/17/2014 - 8:25 a.m.:
Fox 4 News also misreported the situation: "Campuses in Grapevine Colleyville, Hurst, Euless, Bedford, and Lewisville school districts all had students or faculty members on Vinson's Monday flight from Cleveland to Dallas."

Related Links:
- Denton County Health Department - Ebola Information
- Texas Department of State Health Services - Ebola information
- Centers for Disease Control - Ebola information

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So much news, so little time...

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/10/16 0:15:06 (247 reads)
The Editor's Column

As I write this, I'm sitting in a hotel room in Louisiana, exhausted from an all-day meeting, and still stuffed from a fabulous business dinner with my clients and colleagues from my day job. It's the second week in a row that I've been out on travel, and it follows a week that saw my employer get bought out by another company, causing me endless paperwork and disruption.

Regular readers know this, but maybe some people don't realize that The Lewisville Texan Journal is an all-volunteer effort run on a shoestring. About 10 years ago I started this site as a blog, serving as an outlet for my curiosity that was part soapbox and part therapy. Over time, it morphed to a point where the content was less opinion and observation, and more facts, information, and news. In late 2011, we changed the name of the site to better reflect our coverage.

I've never been entirely comfortable with what to call this thing that we do here. In some ways - especially lately - it's more of a blog. But many times we do journalism. Whatever you want to call it, the point has been to try to improve the overall coverage of what goes on in Lewisville in several ways:

- Filling in the gaps in coverage where we can, when other outlets miss something.
- Going deeper on some topics.
- Investigative reporting - which is sorely lacking
- Being first to cover something when we can
- Having better sources when we can
- Getting information out on social media more nimbly than others
- Setting the record straight where other sources have got it wrong
- Encouraging Lewisville and its residents to get involved and make this community a better place.

Since most of the time, it's just me writing, and I work a full-time job with business travel involved, and I have kids, and I have volunteer work to do, I have to be pretty selective about what I spend time to try to cover. Even then, what happens far too often is that I'm able to shoot photos or video, or maybe talk to someone and begin to gather information... then promptly get extremely busy at work or with some situation at home, and whatever it was is either no longer newsworthy, or it becomes a part of the ever-increasing backlog.

You may have noticed the past few weeks, we really haven't posted much. It's not because there is a lack of material. We still get a ton of press releases and story tips. We still know of things going on that need to be shared and explained. Nobody is more disappointed than I am, that this is not happening on the schedule I would like it to. If it just weren't for that pesky problem of having to earn a living, I would be able to do this full time, and I might get close to covering a third of what is newsworthy here. Personally, I'm just pinning my hopes on winning the Powerball (which, I once again didn't have any matching numbers tonight). A multi-million dollar jackpot would fund a heck of a staff. Or perhaps a wealthy donor would step up with a start-up grant... Or monkeys might fly out of my butt.

Anyhow, I just thought I'd put this note out here tonight to let the readers know that the plan is for LTJ to keep doing what we do. It's just that I don't have a lot of time to give here lately, and to be totally honest, I'm feeling a little overwhelmed. I need more volunteers, but that means I need to not only keep things going, but I need to recruit and train people. And the software that runs this site is not the easiest and most intuitive thing in the world to learn.

I hope none of this scares anyone off. I hope you'll keep sending me story tips, and keep sending me your press releases, links, and information. I hope you'll keep visiting and keep reading, even if there are times like now where I don't have much original content to share. I also hope that if you have a talent for writing, and can share any time with us, that you'll contact me. There is so much going on here in Lewisville that deserves more attention. I hope that together we can make it happen.

Check in with LTJ on Saturday, because I have a ton of links to share with you all.

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Crime Updates from Lewisville Police Department

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/10/15 7:30:00 (463 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowThe 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.

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Saturday Morning Update - Yom Kippur Edition

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/10/4 9:23:36 (818 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 windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowToday 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 Lewisville High School Homecoming is next week. The Parade in Old Town Lewisville is set for Wednesday, October. 8th, and the football game is Friday, October 10th

Winston Edmondson writes about Facebook’s plans to launch a fleet of drones that will provide internet access.

Lewisville Fire Department open house is on October 11th.

Don’t forget about the Spirit of Old Town photo contest, which is on display until October 25th at Tierney’s.

The film "Race to Nowhere" identifies and challenges a ‘one-size-fits-all’ achievement culture in American schools and documents its impact on students.
Here is the trailer.

A very poor decision by a teacher’s aide to use a special-needs girl as rape bait unsurprisingly results in rape.

A pedestrian was struck by a van at Corporate and SH 121 Business.

Did you hear about the People’s Climate March? Probably not.

Calvin Tillman says Texas should reform eminent domain laws.

The southern states are now the epicenter of HIV/AIDS.

A report says that between 40 - 60% of US K-12 schools could actually profit from installing solar panels. I think a district like LISD could do well with them. An upfront investment with dirt-cheap money from the non-Robin-Hoodable bond funds could result in a big savings from the very limited maintenance and operations fund.

Fitch assigned LISD’s 2014A series bonds a ‘AAA’ rating.

Former Flower Mound Mayor Melissa Northern was fined $100 over campaign finance violations from 2012 and 2013.

You may have seen this article about the U.S. Forest Service implementing a policy requiring a permit for taking pictures. When I first read it, I have to admit that my blood pressure was elevated. But here are 7 things you should know about the policy, and here is an article that explains why it won’t apply to you. Here is the news release from the Forest Service explaining the policy and promising that they are going to uphold the first amendment.

An independent audit was performed on Governor Perry’s Texas Enterprise Fund. Dallas Morning News notes that almost a quarter of a billion dollars of taxpayer money were given out with incomplete, missing, or informal applications. Attorney General Greg Abbott, who should have been providing oversight, was not only absent, but worked actively to cover up the grants by directing that the records be withheld from the public.

Speaking of audits, a state audit is bad news for the University of North Texas, which had been improperly using state funds for employee benefits and salaries since the 1970s. The University may be on the hook for repaying almost $76 million.

Kindness - pass it on!

Cross Timbers Gazette has an article about changes in STAAR testing for 3rd - 8th grade students.

Lewisville-based incentives company Parago Inc, is being acquired for $290 million by Blackhawk Networks.

Lewisville’s football team recently beat Hebron for the first time.

Medical Center of Lewisville is building a new emergency room.

Awhile back we wrote about a neighborhood dealing with problems with crime and litter. Tom Boughton, the man we featured in the article, was nominated and a finalist for Nextdoor’s good neighbor award. The neighborhood does continue to deal with problems. One day when I went out to take some followup pictures, I found a bag of marijuana on the sidewalk, and ample evidence of its use within the playground area at Hedrick Estates park.

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 fund has been set up to help Aide Fink’s family. She was shot and killed by her husband in Flower Mound last week.

Why yoga pants are incredibly dangerous to today’s youth

I-35 Traffic Near FM 407 to shift

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.

Governor Perry’s lawyers say his indictment should be dismissed because they do not think the special prosecutor's swear-in paperwork was completed. The prosecutor says he was sworn in, and his form is signed by the judge who appointed him. What does this say about Perry’s defense on the merits?

From Western Days - The Ghost Horse Dancers:

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Ebola Case Confirmed in Texas Patient

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/9/30 17:11:47 (1900 reads)

Open in new windowVia 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.

Related Links:
- US Centers for Disease Control - Ebola Information Page
- WFAA: Ebola Confirmed in Dallas Patient

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