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Woman Mugged at Gunpoint Sunday Night at Lewisville Grocery Store

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/11/18 0:30:00 (6802 reads)

Open in new windowLewisville Police reported that a woman was mugged Sunday night at gunpoint:

On November 16, 2014, at approximately 8:35 p.m., a 34 year-old female was robbed as she returned to her vehicle in the parking lot of a grocery store in the 1000 block of West Main Street. The victim stated a suspect approached her, displayed a gun and demanded all of her money. The victim stated the suspect then ran to a silver vehicle and fled the area. The victim immediately called 911 and call-takers relayed the suspect information to officers in the area.

Officers Jose Montoya and John Reid were in the area on another call. The officers saw a vehicle that matched the description of the one used in the robbery. The officers noticed the driver also matched the description provided by the victim. They stopped the vehicle in the 700 block of Old Orchard and contacted the occupants of the vehicle.

The victim was able to identify the person who robbed her in the parking lot. Officers arrested a 17 year-old for Aggravated Robbery. The 20 year-old driver of the car was also arrested for Aggravated Robbery and Driving While Intoxicated. Both defendants were transported to the Lewisville City Jail and booked for their offenses.


Open in new windowOpen in new windowThe suspects are Lai Ram Thang (17) - top right and Sui Lian Thang (20) - bottom right. Sui Lian's rap sheet shows at least 8 prior arrests in Denton County since 2012. He is currently held in Lewisville City Jail in lieu of $30,000 bond on charges of aggravated robbery and DWI with open container. Lai Ram had a bond amount of $10,000 as of Sunday night, and is no longer shown in custody with Lewisville or the Denton County Sheriff at this time.

Update 11/21/2014:
- Sui Lian Thang is still held in Denton County Jail, but his bond has been increased to $34,004. He is also being held on a charge related to striking an unattended vehicle in August.

In addition to the above, his prior arrests include three for public intoxication, one for trespassing, one for harassment of a public servant, three for evading arrest, and one for possession of marijuana.

Under the Texas Penal Code, his current charge of Aggravated Robbery is a first degree felony punishable by prison time of 5 years to life, and a $10,000 fine.

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Lewisville Prepares for Winter Weather with New Equipment

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/11/16 22:10:00 (731 reads)

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Edmonds Lane at Valley View during Icepocalypse 2013 - Several inches of ice built up on the roads during that several-days-long event. (Photo by Steve Southwell)
By Steve Southwell

New plows and sand spreaders enhance the city's ice removal capabilities, but the city stands by its position that state roads are TxDOT responsibility.

Last year, in Early December, North Texas suffered several days of ice and snow that we called “Icepocalypse 2013” that made roads treacherous and in some cases impassable. LISD dismissed classes, and the City of Lewisville cancelled its Old Town Holiday Stroll event. Over a period from Thursday, December 5th, 2013 - Monday, December 9th, 2013, Lewisville first responders dealt with 10 major vehicle crashes, 72 minor vehicle crashes, 131 disabled vehicles, and 138 traffic hazards.

Roads were covered with ice that was only sanded, and not plowed off, so slush formed and refroze each night. The City did have one snow plow attachment which it ran on one of its trucks, but that unfortunately could not get to each of the city’s thoroughfares.


Lewisville's Snow and Ice Removal Equipment
2013: (Icepocalypse)
1 snow plow
6 sand spreaders

2014: (Current)
3 snow plows
7 sand spreaders


2014: (Soon)
5 snow plows
7 sand spreaders
The economic impact of that event is hard to estimate, but many Lewisville residents stayed home from work due to the roads, and in order to deal with kids who could not go to school. The lost productivity from that event as well as the economic damages due to wrecks and injuries likely eclipse any savings from foregoing the purchase of snow removal equipment for the City.

Lewisville Public Works Manager David Stocks says that the city recently replaced three of the city’s old sand spreaders with new ones, and added one small spreader to make a total of 7 sand spreaders.

“We also added snow plow attachments to 4 truck orders that were scheduled for replacement,” said Stocks, noting that two of the attachments were for dump trucks and two were for smaller service trucks. “Two of those trucks have arrived and are in service, and the remaining two are expected within a few weeks,” Stocks added.

Both the snow plow attachments and sand spreaders are able to be installed on vehicles that are used throughout the year for other public works usage. Stocks said that once an ice storm or snow is forecast, the plows are attached and the spreaders are loaded into the trucks. Public Services Director Carole Bassinger says that the City of Lewisville stockpiles sand at all times.

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Lewisville to Host Pro Watercross Tour at Lake Park in Summer 2015

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/11/14 0:36:09 (466 reads)

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Recreational personal watercraft riders on Lewisville Lake this summer. On most summer weekends, you can see dozens of Jet Skis and Sea-Doos jumping the waves around Lake Park. (Photo by LTJ)
Pro Watercross Tour will make its first visit to North Texas when the popular personal watercraft racing circuit comes to Lewisville Lake in 2015 under an agreement with Lewisville Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

The event, being called “The Liberty Cup,” will be held July 17-19 at Lewisville Lake Park with an opening-day Corporate Challenge followed by two days of professional racing. Competitors will contend for cash and other prizes and earn points toward the overall tour championship.

“Lewisville Lake is a tremendous tourism asset and we’re always looking for ways to bring more visitors and activity to the lake,” said Lewisville CVB Director James Kunke. “The Pro Watercross Tour is a great opportunity for us and we’re excited to bring such a high-profile event to the area.”

The annual Pro Watercross Tour visits lakes and beaches across the country each summer. It is the featured national tour for personal watercraft racing, combining the finest professional and amateur athletes in the United States and internationally for extreme racing on challenging closed courses. Tour events draw hundreds of spectators on site, plus thousands more for national television and online video broadcasts.

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Car Crashes into Lewisville Home

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/11/12 16:50:00 (740 reads)

Open in new windowAround 2:04 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, Lewisville Police and Fire responded to a call that a car had crashed into a home in the 900 block of Acorn Drive in southern Lewisville.

Police say there are no injuries, and there was no sign of intoxication involved.

The car was a black sedan. The Lewisville Texan Journal wasn't able to get a photo before it was towed off, but here is a photo posted to Twitter by NBC5DFW:




Boarded up house photo by Nick Weaver

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Holiday Stroll Planned in Old Town Lewisville on December 6th

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/11/12 8:00:00 (612 reads)

Open in new windowThe annual Old Town Holiday Stroll will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, in Old Town Lewisville, featuring a wide range of free family events from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The event is being jointly presented by City of Lewisville/Lewisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Main & Mill/Old Town Business Association, Huffines Auto Dealerships Lewisville and Resource One Credit Union.

Highlights will include Huffines Auto Dealerships Lewisville Christmas Parade at 2 p.m., followed by Holiday Stroll activities from 3:30 to 8 p.m. including community performances, photos with Santa, Santa Paws Village and “Lewisville Lights!” Old Town Christmas Tree Lighting.

Although not part of the Holiday Stroll, the annual Motorcycle Toy Run will be held the same day starting at 8 a.m. at Maverick Harley-Davidson in Carrollton, ending with lunch and a live band in Old Town Lewisville. As many as 1,000 bikes are expected to participate and to collect more than 1,000 toys for local children’s charities.

Lewisville Morning Rotary Club will hold the popular Pancakes and Photos with Santa event from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street. Santa Paws Village opens at 10:30 a.m. at Main and Charles streets, providing opportunities to adopt a new pet for the holidays. Donations of toys or cash for Lewisville Animal Services also will be accepted. There will be an Angel Tree to collect supplies for the animals, as well as a raffle benefiting the shelter.

The parade will follow the same route as in past years, starting at Cowan Street and travelling east on Main Street, then south on Mill Street to Purnell. Prime viewing areas will be set up along Main Street in the downtown corridor.

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Thanks to Veterans

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/11/11 0:10:59 (319 reads)

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LISD Superintendent Dr. Waddell Announces January Retirement

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 Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/11/10 21:30:00 (765 reads)

Open in new windowLewisville ISD Superintendent Dr. Stephen Waddell announced today that he is retiring effective January 31st, 2015.

"It is with a sad heart that I announce my retirement effective January 31, 2015.

I have had a great career beginning in 1980. I have loved every minute of it. I want to thank the administrators and boards that have given me the chance to serve their children: Splendora, Lancaster, Sunray, Tuloso-Midway, Birdville and Lewisville. It has been an honor to serve all of those districts."
Read the entire letter...

Waddell was selected by the Board of Trustees in January of 2011 when the former Superintendent Dr. Jerry Roy retired.

In addition to being known for implementing a Bring-Your-Own-Technology (BYOT) policy. Waddell has been a driving force behind Lewisville ISD's Strategic Design, and helped the district become part of the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium, which had a legislative mandate to transform education. Despite legislative action to reduce standardized testing in the last session, the state largely rejected the consortium's request to waive standards and try alternate methods of accountability.

Waddell's decision comes on the heels of a general election where Republicans swept all of the offices again. Newly-elected Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick is widely viewed as hostile to public education, pushing a charter schools agenda instead. While Waddell's announcement does not mention the election, we can't question his timing on what will be some difficult years to come for public schools.

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Happy Birthday, Marines!

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/11/9 17:36:45 (419 reads)



Here is this year's message from the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Joseph f. Dunford, Jr.:


For those who may not understand the United States Marine Corps, and how it differs from the other armed services, we would suggest watching this series of very short and very engaging videos: First to Fight, which follows a Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) that can launch an action anywhere a naval ship can reach within 6 hours. These guys are the tip of the spear, and are ready to go on any day.

Happy 239th birthday, Marines!

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Lewisville PD Launches Mobile App and Texting to Receive Tips

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/11/8 12:40:00 (503 reads)

Open in new windowThe Lewisville Police Department has launched a new service called TipLPD that will allow residents to submit anonymous information via text message or mobile app, and have the police communicate back to them without having to provide a phone number. A third party service anonymizes the conversation to prevent LPD from finding out the person’s name or phone number unless the tipster chooses to provide it.

Robin Brizendine, a crime data technician at LPD, monitors the incoming tips and can dispatch the messages to the appropriate officers. Brizendine says the data is searchable and classifiable so that police can go back through tips submitted and find what they need.

The service is only meant to provide information on crimes for investigative reasons, and is not meant for emergency messages. In an emergency, such as a crime currently in progress, citizens should still call 911. The TipLPD service is only monitored during business hours Monday - Friday. This service is not the same as the proposed Text-to-911 service, which may or may not eventually come to Lewisville. For that service, the concern is about “swatting” - or abuse of the service to provoke unwarranted police response.

The TipLPD application is available free for Android and Apple iPhones, and can be found in Google Play and the Apple App Store.

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FBI Seeks Public Help Finding "L.A. Bandit" Serial Bank Robber

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/11/8 10:59:19 (795 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowFrom the Dallas Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigations:

“L.A. BANDIT” SUSPECTED OF AT LEAST FOUR BANK ROBBERIES IN DFW AREA

The man dubbed by law enforcement as the “L.A. Bandit” is suspected of robbing the Bank of America at 5610 Broadway Boulevard, Garland, Texas on November 4, 2014.

The suspect entered the bank and verbally demanded cash from the bank teller. The subject’s actions were aggressive, but no one was physically injured. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, he fled the location on foot.

The suspect is described as a black male with a goatee, believed to be in his 30s, approximately 6’1” tall, with a large build. He wore a dark hooded sweatshirt, jeans, and a dark baseball cap with buttons or rivets on the sides.

The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is urged to call the Dallas office of the FBI at 972-559-5000 or your local police department.

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