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2014/4/11 - Sheriff's Office Warns About Bogus Warrant Calls
2014/4/9 - Updated: FBI Announces Arrests in Child Sex Trafficking Cases
2014/4/7 - Lewisville Woman Wins Big on Price is Right 8,000th Episode
2014/4/7 - Lewisville Implements Year-Round Water Restrictions
2014/4/5 - Flower Mound to Use Social Media to Warn About Traffic Enforcement
2014/4/5 - Friends of the Library Host Book Sale Saturday and Sunday
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LTJ, Parents4LISD to Host Student Voter Forum April 15th

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/4/13 19:00:00 (1944 reads)

Open in new windowIn a large school district like Lewisville ISD, we have as many as several thousand high school students who are 18 years old, and eligible to vote. Since students are much closer to what goes on in our schools, we think they may have some relevant questions for the candidates who seek to serve on the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees.

The Lewisville Texan Journal, along with the parent group Parents4LISD will host a candidate forum on April 15th, 2014, featuring questions written by students who are eligible voters. The two-hour forum will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 907 W. Main St., in Lewisville. All of the candidates for Place 6 and Place 7 on the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees have been invited.

What: Lewisville ISD Board Candidate Forum, with questions provided by students in the district who are eligible to vote.
Where: First United Methodist Church, 907 W. Main St., Lewisville, TX [Map]
When: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 - 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Who: The public is invited. Parents and voting-age students are especially encouraged to attend.

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Sunday Morning Update - Almost Tax Day Edition

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/4/13 10:50:00 (345 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 windowIt's Sunday, April 13th, and we are two days away from the April 15th deadline to file federal income taxes. Although we've already filed our federal taxes, we've been procrastinating from doing our business property tax renditions, which are also due Tuesday. Honestly, I don't know why I procrastinate. It's not that hard, but maybe just a bit tedious. I guess I might just run up to the office later and work on that.

Once again, we've gone too long without an update, so a few of the links I had been saving to share ended up so stale that I removed them. Here's what we have for today:

Technology was an issue at one of the recent LISD candidate debates. We want to remind everyone that The Lewisville Texan Journal and Parents4LISD will be co-hosting a candidate forum for voting-age students on Tuesday of this week.

Teacher engagement was another issue. Gallup has some background information about teacher engagement, and how that compares to other professions. Not only does general K-12 engagement exceed most other professions, but at 45% engagement, LISD’s teachers far exceed the national K-12 engagement of 28-35% (based on experience levels), and LISD teacher engagement also far exceeds the national average of all occupations, which is 30%. Despite the narrative that somehow our teachers are not engaged, and that it somehow relates to strategic design or 1:X or something else that our district leadership is doing or not doing, the numbers plainly show that LISD is different. Now, any organization of any size is going to have some that are actively disengaged, and if you listen to any of them, these folks are going to paint a picture that “everybody” is just like them.

KERA had a radio story about a Lewisville student: “Class Of '17: Ricky Rijos Is On The Road To Getting His Learner's Permit”


The Texas Tribune is hosting a symposium on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education on May 5th. It’s free and open to the public.

You may have heard about the new study regarding gas drilling, that challenged the results and methodology of the Texas Department of State Health Services cancer cluster study in Flower Mound from a couple years ago. Here’s the full text of the new study. Yes, I’ve skimmed it, and plan to revisit it when I have some time. Flower Mound has responded, and so has the TDSHS, which intends to update their study based on new data, giving results with both 95% and 99% confidence.

I will tell you that my initial take on the state’s study was that it was weak. I can’t seem to find my initial analysis of the DSHS study, but if memory serves me, the level of confidence they chose - 99% meant that even though they found a given disease was twice as likely to occur in their study area, it would have had to be around 10 x more likely to occur before they could definitively say it was a cluster. I also thought the study area was too large. Of course, the existence of a cluster, if proven, doesn’t imply causality. For all we know, there could have been certain construction materials used in the homes in these neighborhoods that are off-gassing and causing problems. I just can’t say that this type of study is capable of proving or disproving much of anything with regards to causality. Back in 2010, I posted my thoughts on what may be causing health issues.

The Dallas Observer had a good article about Animation Celebration (nee BronyFest) that happened in Lewisville a couple weeks ago. We have a lot of good photos on this, and you can see them on our Facebook page. It's cool that Lewisville has an event like this.

The University of North Texas Dallas College of Law will enroll its inaugual class this fall. The school aims to train lawyers who want to be lawyers for the “right” reasons.

Lewisville resident Danielle Lane attended the Clinton Global Initiative University, and intends to be active in promoting marriage equality in Texas.

Neighbors Go has a summary of the 35 Express community meeting that we videotaped a couple weeks back.

TxDOT’s land purchases for the I-35E expansion are part of a federal grand jury investigation right now. While we can’t say whether or not there was any wrongdoing, we can tell you first hand that TxDOT has been less than transparent on the land deals, withholding public information about how it arrived at the values it paid, and has apparently vastly overpaid for the land it has acquired, allowing land speculators and one county official to cash in. TxDOT needs to be more realistic in its values, and not be afraid to take people to court if they need to. We all know that governments have the power of eminent domain, and we all want them to use it sparingly and fairly, but there comes a time when you just have to do what's right for the public - speculators be damned, because their profits are not our concern.

Greg Abbott has been in hiding after coming out against equal pay for women, and also for citing Charles Murray in his education plan. Murray has made a lot of controversial comments about the inferiority of women. SPLC lists Murray as a White Nationalist. Here's a quote from SPLC:

Charles Murray, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, has become one of the most influential social scientists in America, using racist pseudoscience and misleading statistics to argue that social inequality is caused by the genetic inferiority of the black and Latino communities, women and the poor. According to Murray, disadvantaged groups are disadvantaged because, on average, they cannot compete with white men, who are intellectually, psychologically and morally superior. Murray advocates the total elimination of the welfare state, affirmative action and the Department of Education, arguing that public policy cannot overcome the innate deficiencies that cause unequal social and educational outcomes.


Pooping on bluebonnets. Don’t do it! Speaking of wildflowers, volunteers will be pulling up the invasive “bastard cabbage” species on The Flower Mound on Saturday, April 19th from 8 - noon.

Lewisville Police have been testing security at local schools, sending undercover officers to try to get in, and seeing whether they can do it.

“Widespread ignorance bordering on idiocy is our new national goal.”

You have have heard of the accidental shooting of a Marine at Camp Lejeune. The Marine killed was Lance Cpl. Mark N. Boterf, of Crowley. Signs point to a negligent discharge from another Marine.

Fina Mart on Old Orchard was fined $12,856 by the TCEQ over violations of state rules governing underground storage tanks.

Lets be honest here. There is only one reason why election officials would restrict access to restrooms for voters. Republicans these days can only win elections when they can suppress the turnout. They do this by reducing polling places in poor and minority neighborhoods, and making it as damned inconvenient to vote as possible. If this is what you have to do to win elections, maybe that should be a clue that your ideas just suck, and you should go back to what conservatism used to be instead of making it a haven for anti-intellectual, anti-minority, anti-poor, anti-woman, and anti-progress cranks.

Girls Chase Boys - by the exceptionally talented and beautiful Ingrid Michaelson

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City-wide Spring Cleanup Set for Saturday, April 26th

Keep Lewisville Beautiful
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/4/11 23:10:00 (2151 reads)

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LHS JROTC Students dug up and pulled out a number of partially buried or submerged shopping carts in an area near Timber Creek at last year's Fall cleanup, the Trinity Trash Bash. (Photo by Marcelo Maristan)
Keep Lewisville Beautiful announced that it would hold its 28th annual Spring Cleanup event on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 from 8 a.m. to Noon.

Volunteers meet at the Lewisville Residential Convenience Center at 330 W. Jones Street and receive assignments for places within the city that need litter cleanup. Keep Lewisville Beautiful provides gloves, trash bags, litter grabbers, and safety vests, and the volunteers go out to clean up litter and bring it back to the on-site rollaway dumpsters.

After the cleanup, participants bring the trash back, and get a free lunch, T-shirt, and goody bag for participating.

Parents, this is a great event for kids, and there are tons of families who participate each year. It is a great way to teach kids the importance of not littering, and a great way to instill the values of community service and respect for the environment we all live in.

This is also a great event for team-building for your company or civic organization. We always have a friendly competition to see which group can pick up the most trash.

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Sheriff's Office Warns About Bogus Warrant Calls

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/4/11 7:00:51 (389 reads)

Open in new windowThe Denton County Sheriff's office wants to warn residents about a phone scam that they first heard about in February, and that is going on again.

On February 4, 2014, The Sheriff’s Office received two separate calls about a possible fraud being perpetrated on citizens. The male caller identifies himself as Lt. Martin, badge number 706, and tells the person targeted that there is a warrant for them or someone close to them. He gives an invalid case number, and instructs the victim to do a cash transfer to cover "warrant application fees", the cost of a "Failure to Appear" charge and the "court costs and administration fees".

The caller is NOT actually with the Denton County Sheriff’s Office. In different incidents, the caller has stated there was a warrant for the daughter of the person being called, and at one point, he stated the warrant was for the person he was calling.

Please do not transfer any money to someone claiming to be from the Sheriff’s Office, and please file a report if someone like this contacts you.

If you have any information about this crime, please contact Sgt. Larry Kish at 940-349-1665, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-388-TIPS.

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Updated: FBI Announces Arrests in Child Sex Trafficking Cases

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/4/9 6:20:00 (2417 reads)

Open in new windowFive juveniles between the ages of 16 and 17 have been recovered, and 25 others have been arrested on charges related to sex trafficking throughout the Metroplex. The joint operation between the FBI and 18 other law enforcement agencies included the Denton County Sheriff's Office and the Lewisville Police Department.

Lewisville Police Captain Jay Powell said that on Thursday and Friday of last week, there were some operations in Lewisville. Powell said it was his understanding that there were 11 arrests in Lewisville on Thursday, and about 4 on Friday, also in Lewisville. However, the Lewisville Police Department served in a supporting role in the operation, with Denton County Sheriff's Office taking the lead on the arrests, and taking all of the suspects to the Denton County Jail. "It is always nice to see multiple agencies working together toward some goal," added Powell.

"During this operation, Sheriff’s deputies arrested 9 people for Attempted Prostitution, 6 for Attempted Solicitation of Prostitution, and 3 others for misdemeanor and Felony Drug charges," stated a press release from the Denton County Sheriff's office. The release said that one of the arrested was a registered sex offender.

Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer Sandi Brackeen said that none of those arrested were juveniles, and that she was not aware of any federal charges being filed yet.

FBI Public Affairs Specialist Katherine Chaumont confirmed that all arrests were conducted by local agencies, but that the task force was a collaboration between the FBI and the other agencies, all sharing investigations. Chaumont said that the arrests began on Thursday and went through Monday morning. Although some media outlets reported this as a prostitution ring, Chaumont clarified that there was no indication that the cases were related to each other in that way.

Although the operation came about as the NCAA Final Four was under way, Chaumont said that this is an ongoing operation, and that there was no indication that any of the johns arrested were here in town for the NCAA events.

None of the agencies we contacted would share much information on the arrests or the crimes, but Chaumont did add a few pieces of information:

- All of the juveniles recovered in the cases were female, between the ages of 16 and 17. All of them were offered services such as food, clothing, shelter, or social services.
- Some of the cases involved internet solicitation, and some were in-person.
- None of the arrests were federal arrests.
- The "preferential" offenders knowingly solicited specifically for children to have sex with.

According to Brackeen, none of the 5 children were found in Denton County. Four were in Dallas and one was in Fort Worth.

Below is the full FBI press release:

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Lewisville Woman Wins Big on Price is Right 8,000th Episode

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/4/7 23:28:28 (2136 reads)

Open in new windowFor two long months, Lewisville resident Jami Lasky has had to keep her silence about appearing on long-running gameshow The Price is Right. All she could do was tell friends and family to watch the show when it aired today.

What a secret she was keeping: Lasky won prizes totalling $41,614. First, she won a trip on-stage with host Drew Carey by coming the closest to guessing the price of a television (within $5), then she correctly guessed the two out of six grocery items were the same price, winning a $10,848 outdoor kitchen. At the end of the game's first half, Lasky spun the big wheel with another contestant already standing on $0.95. (The object of this one is to spin closest to $1 in two spins without going over.) Incredibly, Lasky spun $1.00 on the first spin, winning a $1000 prize.

At the end of the show, in the Showcase Showdown, Lasky came closest to guessing the value of her showcase: $3,500 cash, a trip to Maui, Hawaii for 6 nights, and a Brand New Car: a Kia Rio LS. The total value of that showcase was $28,936.

If you recognize the last name, it could be because Lasky is married to Chief Rick Lasky, former Lewisville Fire Chief. The Laskys' daughter Emily was on the state championship-winning 2013 Lewisville High School Softball Team.

Congratulations to the Lasky's on the big win.

You can watch the episode online here.

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Lewisville Implements Year-Round Water Restrictions

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/4/7 20:00:00 (955 reads)

Open in new windowBy Steve Southwell

The Lewisville City Council unanimously approved a new water conservation plan Monday night, bringing the city’s water conservation stages more into line with other local municipalities served by Dallas Water Utilities. The city is required under state law to submit a new plan every five years, and the last plan was submitted in 2009. Effective May 1st, the major difference for most water users will be that conservation measures become mandatory in Stage 1, which is year-round. Until July and August of 2013, Lewisville residents had never had mandatory restrictions before.

Public Works Director Carole Bassinger said in a presentation to Council that she believed the mandatory restrictions in 2013 resulted in a 10% reduction in usage over 2012 for that period. City staff believe that even though demand reduction is not needed as much in winter months, that by setting the restrictions mandatory year-round, it would help change long-term behavior, and get people used to watering yards only twice a week. Bassinger says this restriction is in line with other cities in the region.

Stage 1 - Water Watch
Residential water customers will be restricted to watering yards only twice per week in Stage 1, but the days will not be tied to garbage days as they were during last summer’s mandatory restrictions, or under the current stage 1 voluntary restrictions. Users with odd-numbered street addresses (ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, or 9) will be able to water on Wednesday and Sunday, while users with even-numbered street addresses will be able to water only on Tuesday and Saturday. Commercial water customers will water only on Monday and Thursday.

Under Stage 1, the watering days are effective year-round, and are mandatory. From May 1st - September 30th each year, watering hours will run from 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. Hand watering, or watering with soaker hoses or drip irrigation will be allowed on any day, but only between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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Flower Mound to Use Social Media to Warn About Traffic Enforcement

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/4/5 8:40:00 (900 reads)

Open in new windowEarlier this week, there was a lengthy and heated discussion on Facebook that had Flower Mound residents debating whether their police department should conduct traffic enforcement openly, or whether hiding behind a tree with a radar gun is an acceptable tactic. On Friday afternoon, apparently in response to the conversation, Flower Mound Police Chief Andy Kancel announced that his department would begin using social media to announce the locations of traffic enforcement operations.

Here is the full text of Flower Mound Police Department's press release:

FLOWER MOUND, TX – To promote safe driving in the community, the Flower Mound Police Department will begin posting where members of the Traffic Unit plan to work directed traffic enforcement locations starting April 7 on the Department’s social media pages.

“Our goal, like other agencies that are participating in this program, is to encourage safe driving by communicating with the public,” said Chief of Police Andy Kancel. “The Flower Mound Police Department is committed to exploring new opportunities to share information with the public. Social Media has been a great avenue for us to share information with residents and we want further enhance that engagement.”

The Police Department will post the directed traffic enforcement locations on the FMPD Facebook page and Twitter account at approximately 7 a.m. each morning. By revealing the locations, motorists have the opportunity to be informed, slow down, and practice safe driving in Flower Mound.

“Our desire is to encourage all motorists to abide by traffic laws and reduce the number of both injury and non-injury crashes,” said Assistant Chief Wendell Mitchell, Operations Bureau. “Although unpopular at times, it is the Police Department’s responsibility to promote public safety on all Town roadways.”

Last year, Flower Mound Police responded to 594 motor vehicle crashes, including one fatality accident and 154 injury accidents. Although these posted traffic enforcement locations will be the specific areas worked by FMPD Traffic Unit officers, patrol officers will continue to enforce traffic laws in their assigned beats as a component of their normally assigned duties.

Residents who utilize social media are encouraged to follow the Flower Mound Police Department on Facebook and on Twitter. Program Disclaimer: Abiding by traffic laws in publicized enforcement areas does not mean they are exempt from being stopped for a traffic violation committed outside the posted locations.

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Friends of the Library Host Book Sale Saturday and Sunday

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/4/5 8:26:05 (740 reads)

Open in new windowSaturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Lewisville Friends of the Library will be hosting a used book sale at the library.

Thousands of donated books for children and adults in all categories will be available at very low prices:

Adult Hardback books $2.00
Adult paperbacks (large) $1.00
Adult paperbacks (small) $0.50
Children's Hardbacks $1.00
Children's paperbacks $0.50
Audio books $2.00
Music CDs $2.00
DVDs $2.00
VHS & Cassettes $0.20
Magazines $0.10

For more information about the library, including location, hours, and activities, visit the library website.

If you are thinking about building your own Little Free Library, this would be a great opportunity to stock it.

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Lewisville Buys Land Previously Proposed as Gas Drilling Site

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/4/1 19:20:00 (1437 reads)

Open in new windowBy Steve Southwell

A purchase finally went through on Monday for two parcels of land totalling 18.88 acres, directly across the street from Memorial Park in Southern Lewisville. The Lewisville City Council had approved the purchase after a closed session on March 3rd, authorizing the City Manager to spend up to $1,725,000 to acquire the properties.

The tracts had previously been proposed as a gas drilling site for Titan Operating, who owned one of the parcels, and had a surface lease for the other, owned by Loretta Cotter. Titan had applied for a city drilling permit on the site, but later withdrew its request as it looked like it would not pass the City Council due to its proximity to the two city parks on either side, as well as the homes on the other side of Corporate Drive, and along Briarcliff.

Both of the deeds from Cotter and Titan reserve their mineral rights, meaning that the City of Lewisville does not acquire them. However, both sellers have waived the right to surface access with respect to those minerals, effectively foreclosing any future drilling on the site.

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