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Lewisville Police Arrest Gang Member in Wednesday's Shooting

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/10/23 20:30:00 (6208 reads)

Open in new windowLewisville Police have arrested 18 year old Tyrone Damon Ebron in a shooting that happened Wednesday around 4:30 p.m. in front of The Madison Apartments on FM 3040 at Oakbend. Ebron is held in Lewisville jail. Arrested at 6:25 p.m. Thursday, he is currently being held without bail on charges of deadly conduct - discharge of a firearm, and unlawful carrying of a firearm by a felon.

Police radio traffic recorded Wednesday indicated that Ebron was the one who was injured in the shootout and self-presented at Medical Center of Lewisville. LPD Captain Dan Rochelle said that Ebron had been transferred from Medical Center of Lewisville to Medical Center of Plano, which is where police arrested him tonight.

Denton County jail records show Ebron had prior charges of marijuana possession, unlawful carrying of a weapon, and evading arrest from November of last year, and trespassing, evading arrest, and possession of marijuana in March of 2014.

Police said yesterday that there were two groups of males there who "don't like each other very much." One member of a group pulled a gun and began shooting at the other group. A member of the other group pulled his own gun and returned fire. Rochelle said that police do know the groups had agreed to meet at The Madison, because a couple of the individuals live there.

Witnesses told police that a white or gray Honda Civic with several people in it drove up. Someone in the car shot at someone on foot, and the person on foot shot back. The people on foot ran down Oakbend where the fight continued. Ebron was the subject on foot.

There have not been any arrests yet for the other party in the shooting. Rochelle said LPD was not yet ready to release information on the other shooter.

We asked Rochelle directly about the possibility of gang involvement for Ebron, based on radio traffic we heard yesterday. Rochelle said that he could not comment on whether or not Ebron was involved in a gang.

Update #1 - 9:04 p.m.:
We have now confirmed that Ebron is known to Lewisville Police as a member of the Bloods criminal gang. Rochelle said that like every city, Lewisville does have some gang members. "We're not L.A.," said Rochelle. "We don't have hundreds of gang members taking over every street corner."

DPS crime records show mug shots for Ebron dating back to 2009, when he would have been 13. Ebron recently served a 180 sentence in Denton County Jail for his second offense of evading arrest, which is a state jail felony. He was released on September 8th after serving that sentence.

The Lewisville Texan Journal has located a twitter account which appears to belong to Ebron, and that references "thuggin'" and what appear to be references to smoking marijuana.

We also learned that Ebron's gunshot wound was to his gluteal area (his derriere).

Open in new windowUpdate #2 - 9:55 p.m.:
An alert reader told us that Tyrone Ebron was the one arrested last November after officers investigated a shooting in the 300 block of Teakwood Lane. Here's what Lewisville PD reported to the media on that incident:

On Tuesday, November 5th, at approximately 11:45 p.m., officers responded to a report of gunshots in the 300 block of Teakwood Lane. Residents reported hearing 10 gunshots in the area. Officer Slavens discovered that two different houses had been struck by gunfire. This is the second report of deadly conduct in this immediate area. Both cases are being investigated by Detective Shawn Dority.

On Thursday, November 8th, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Officer Ricky Jones observed two people walking in the 300 block of Teakwood Lane. The two subjects entered the alley directly behind the two residences that had previously been struck by gunfire. Officer Joseph Fernandez was called to the area to assist Officer Jones. Officer Fernandez made contact with the subjects that Officer Jones had described. During the contact, one of the subjects, a 17 year-old male, fled from Officer Fernandez. Officers David Nicaud and Fernandez pursued the subject to the 200 block of Heritage Hill where he was taken into custody. The subject was arrested for evading detention. During a search incident to arrest, he was found to be in possession of a handgun and marijuana. Officers also charged him with unlawful carrying weapons and possession of marijuana. The other person that had been detained was not charged with any crime. The investigation is continuing to determine what, if any, role these subjects may have in the deadly conduct investigations.

Although Ebron was not mentioned by name in that release, LTJ confirms that he was arrested by LPD on that date, and for those charges. The mugshot on that arrest is above right. Ebron pleaded no contest to the class A misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to 45 days in jail.

Update: Affidavit sheds light on shooting, shooter's gang affiliation...

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Updated: Lewisville Police Respond to Shooting at Round Grove and Oakbend

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/10/22 17:00:00 (25704 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowLewisville Police are investigating a shooting that happened near the intersection of Round Grove Road and Oakbend.

The Lewisville Texan Journal is working to obtain more details on the incident. Early indications via radio traffic are that at least one victim was taken to the hospital, and that some of those involved may possibly have gang ties. Police have found numerous 9mm shell casings, and have some people detained for questioning.

Update #1 - 5:20 p.m.:
Captain Dan Rochelle said the incident occurred around 4:30 p.m. and that several males were shooting at each other. He said the investigation is under way right now and that details are very preliminary. We should have more to share later.

Update #2 - 6:15 p.m.:
We are told that there was one victim, who presented himself at the hospital with non-life-threatening wounds.

The scene of the shooting appears to be The Madison apartment complex, in the parking lot by the front office, and northward on Oakbend. Officers have both ends of Oakbend closed from Forestbrook to FM 3040/Round Grove Road.

Update #3 - 6:22 p.m.:
Captain Rochelle said that what police know right now is that there were two groups of males there who "don't like each other very much." One member of a group pulled a gun and began shooting at the other group. A member of the other group pulled his own gun and returned fire. Although earlier radio traffic seemed to indicate police had one in custody, Rochelle says that police do have some of the group members detained (but not arrested) at the moment for questioning. "We know who all the players are," said Rochelle.

Update #4 - 10/23/2014 - 9 p.m.:
Police have arrested one suspect, and we have learned that he is a known gang member. Read more...

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KLB to Host Trinity Trash Bash Waterway Cleanup and Recycling Event November 15th - LTJ Forming Team

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/10/21 19:50:00 (322 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 during 2013's Trinity Trash Bash. (Photo by Marcelo Maristan)
Hoping to raise awareness and appreciation of the Trinity River, Lewisville Lake, and their respective shorelines, Keep Lewisville Beautiful (KLB), the City of Lewisville, LLELA, and Kayak Power are teaming up to host KLB’s 23rd annual Trinity Trash Bash (TTB) waterway clean up. As part of a regional effort, KLB’s TTB will be held on Saturday, November 15th from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the Lake Park catfish picnic area. Multiple volunteer opportunities are available, including shoreline clean ups, creek clean ups, and a guided kayak cleanup of the Trinity River. A FREE electronics recycling collection event, educational expo, and Texas Arbor Day celebration will also be held onsite. For a list of items being accepted for our recycling drive, please visit the Trinity Trash Bash web page. KLB is currently looking for both volunteers and sponsors for this event. All individuals and groups are welcome to join in the effort to help make a difference in our community.

All ages are welcome. Groups will be assigned locations and supplies to clean on the day of the event. All tools will be provided by KLB. Shirts, door prizes, and goodie bags will be given away to volunteers after the cleanup on a first come first serve basis. Trophy prizes for groups who collect the most trash, and find weirdest item. Please wear long sleeves, pants, and sturdy tennis or hiking shoes.

As part of the recycling collection event, the following items will be accepted: plastic grocery bags, ink cartridges, cell phones, gently worn shoes, gently worn clothing items, and the following electronics: Computers - CPU - PC - Laptops, Computer Accessories, Computer Monitors, Televisions, Printers, DVD/CD Players, Copiers/Fax Machines, Typewriters, Telephones, Cell Phones & Chargers, GPS Units, Pagers, PDA's, Tablets, Answering Machines, MP3 Players, Scanners, External Hard Drives, Radios & Boombox, Video and Camera Equipment, Communications Equipment, Video Game Systems, Cable Boxes/DVR, Circuit Boards, Cables, Wires, Power Cords, Power Strips, and Microwaves.

Electronics NOT ACCEPTED: Yard Equipment, Gas Powered Equipment, Water Coolers, Paper Shredders, Propane Tanks, Space Heaters, Household Appliances, Smoke Detectors, No CRT tubes without cases, No light bulbs-CFL or Fluorescent tubes, Freon-(Refrigerators & Air Conditioners), Loose Batteries, Wooden Speakers, Ceramic & Glass Lamps, Christmas Tree & Lights, Crock Pots, Electronic Blankets, Exercise Equipment, Garbage Disposals.

Additional educational booth spaces are available; please contact Amy Wells at 972-538-5949 for more information about how your organization or business can get involved. Current event sponsors and donors include: The City of Lewisville, Waste Management, Bahama Buck’s, Texas New Mexico Power Company, Dale Downing CPA, The Trinity River Environmental Education Society, Bass Pro Show and Kayak Power, with more being added every day! Educational vendors include: City of Lewisville, Upper Trinity Regional Water District, Army Corp of Engineers, LLELA, Waste Management, Lions Club, Salvation Army, LISDOLA, and ECS refining.

In 2013, over 350 KLB volunteers showed outstanding community spirit by removing 4 TONS of trash out of Lewisville creeks, streams, shoreline, canals, and Lewisville Lake.

To register individually for this event or with your own team, please contact the KLB office at 972-538-5949 or send us an email at Participants can also register online here. To join The Lewisville Texan Journal's Trinity Trash Bash team, read on below. All ages are welcome; cleanup sites are determined by group size and ages to ensure a fun and safe event!

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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 (322 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 (386 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 (2246 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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Updated: Lewisville Police Seek Help Finding Serial Attacker

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/10/17 16:30:00 (13200 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 (802 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:
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So much news, so little time...

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/10/16 0:15:06 (401 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

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/10/15 7:30:00 (724 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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