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Drunk Driving Rampage in Mobile Home Park Results in a Dozen Vehicles Damaged

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/12/29 19:43:37 (1744 reads)

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Carlos Martinez was visiting a friend at Village North when the rampage happened, and his car was hit. As of Monday night, he didn’t know whether his insurance would cover the damage. (Photo by Carlos Martinez.)

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The rampage took out at least one street sign. (Photo by Jayme Tacker)
By Steve Southwell

We are still awaiting further detail from Lewisville PD, but we have learned that police arrested 19-year-old Juan Jesus Salas Saucedo Sunday night on multiple charges after a drunk driving rampage that damaged a dozen vehicles. Salas Saucedo was charged with driving while intoxicated, open container, vehicle theft, and striking 11 different vehicles, including one that was occupied and 10 that were unoccupied. He is held in Lewisville Jail in lieu of $42,500 combined bond. Police responded to numerous calls around 6:44 p.m. Sunday night after callers reported a reckless or intoxicated driver inside the park at the 1200 block of North Cowan at the Village North Mobile Home Park.

Once police were able to get the driver stopped, other units then arrived at the scene to find numerous residents flagging them down to report that their vehicles had been struck. At least one of the vehicles caught fire, causing a fire engine to be dispatched. Police said Salas Saucedo told them he had recently stolen the vehicle.

Captain Dan Rochelle of the Lewisville Police Department said that the man was heavily intoxicated, and told the officers he was upset with a man over a girl, so he stole the man’s Dodge Caravan while the other man was watching TV. Theft of between $1,500 and $20,000 is a state jail felony punishable by 180 days to two years in jail.

You can listen to Lewisville police radio recordings of this incident here.

We will update this story when we receive more information. Were you a witness to this incident? Email us your story or photos to editor@lewisvilletexan.com

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Woman Reports Stolen Marijuana; Officer Helps Man with Hotel

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/12/29 16:59:49 (1804 reads)

The Lewisville Police Department released the Chief's Weekly Update:

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Resident Reports Burglary; Arrested for Possession
On December 27, 2014, at approximately 12:30 a.m., a resident who resides in the 800 block of Union Station Parkway called police to report a burglary at her apartment. Officer Tim Stebbins arrived to conduct an investigation and immediately noticed a strong odor of fresh marijuana inside the apartment. After being questioned by Officer Stebbins, the resident stated the burglars took approximately six ounces of marijuana from the apartment. The resident allowed officers to search her belongings, and they discovered approximately four grams of cocaine, a small amount of marijuana, and approximately $7500. The resident, a 25-year-old female, was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and transported to the Lewisville City Jail.

School Resource Officer Lends a Helping Hand
An out-of-state, displaced man who had been living in a hotel was recently unable to pay his hotel bill for the week. Upon hearing of the man’s problems, Officer Jay Alexander used his personal credit card to pay for the man’s room. This information was relayed to Chief Russ Kerbow in a letter that the man wrote to thank Alexander for, in his words, his “unbelievable act of kindness.” He further stated that Alexander was a huge asset to the community for helping him in his greatest moments of despair.


Related:
- Lewisville Police Blotter - arrests in the past week

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About: Corrections, Retractions, and Deletions

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/12/27 22:30:00 (700 reads)

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Here at The Lewisville Texan Journal, we endeavor to publish the truth, as nearly as we can get to it. We realize that often when there is breaking news, it can be hard to get to the truth, with multiple and sometimes conflicting or incomplete accounts of what happened. In general, when reporting news, we try to avoid speculation and judgments, but we do our best to always make sure it’s clear in our stories when we have information that is a matter of fact, versus speculation or estimation on ours or someone else’s part. In other cases, regrettably, some news-makers either withhold the truth, or may try to mislead us; we do our best to avoid that by vetting our sources.

Nevertheless, we know that from time to time, we can just get the information wrong - whether a source gave it to us wrong, or we heard wrong, or even if everyone involved may have thought something was one way, only to find out later that it was not what it appeared to be. It also happens from time to time that the words chosen to describe a story may lack clarity or carry implications beyond the supporting information. This is the nature of news, and the nature of imperfect human beings retelling stories of what happened.

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City Answers Questions on Ferguson Plaza

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/12/27 12:53:55 (1037 reads)

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Top: Workers move a tree in place for planting along Church Street. Bottom: The future boardwalk area still has masonry work going on to get the wall capped. Boards have yet to be laid. According to the updated schedule that J.C. Commercial provided in response to the city's default letter, the Boardwalk was supposed to be finished December 12th. (LTJ Photos)
A couple of weeks ago, we posted an article about the city's contractor J.C. Commercial being declared in default over not being completed with the Ferguson Plaza project in Old Town Lewisville. That project was originally scheduled to be completed April 30th of this year, but approved delays put the scheduled completion date at the end of July. The City declared the contractor to be in default in November, and put them on notice to get the project done. This has resulted in a flurry of activity on the site, including work on Saturdays and even on Christmas Eve - when we took the photos at right.

At the time of our original article, we asked J.C. Commercial for comment, but we have still yet to hear back from them. We did send some followup questions to the City of Lewisville, and we received these responses earlier this week from James Kunke, the city's Community Relations and Tourism Director:

Lewisville Texan Journal: Realistically, does the city have a prediction or preference for the completion date?

City of Lewisville: The City prefers the earliest possible completion date.

LTJ: Did the schedule that JC Commercial sent seem realistic to the city? We noted in the article that critical path items seemed to be placed consecutive when they should be concurrent.

COL: JC Commercial’s schedule is an improvement, but it still needs work before the City can properly evaluate it.

LTJ: I was unable to find anything about this project in this year's budget. But I'm sort of wondering if it would be easy to get a summary of the original budget, total spend so far (I used the check register, but that's probably not all-inclusive), and anticipated final spend. It's not clear to me what all the change orders are costing.

COL: The total Capital Improvements Project is $9,785,530 (including design, previous land acquisitions and construction). Total spent as of November 17, 2014, is $8,349,948. We anticipate that all CIP funds for the Park Plaza will be expended. Change Order cost as of November 17, 2014, is $306,471.85.

LTJ: What is Design Workshop's current role in all of this?

COL: [Design Workshop] is the architect of record and provides construction services to assure aspects of design are followed and ultimate outcome of project meets the design parameters approved by City Council.

LTJ: Does the city have any response to JCC's assertion that you owe them for the mistake on the runnel forms and pour?

COL: The City disagrees with JC Commercial’s assertion.

LTJ: Did the city really drag its feet in response to RFIs and Submittals, or did Design Workshop?

COL: No.

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DSHS Urges Hantavirus Precautions Following Golden Crescent Case

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/12/22 20:44:20 (868 reads)

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The Texas Department of State Health Services is reminding people to protect themselves from hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, a rare but sometimes fatal illness, after a resident of the Golden Crescent region along the central Texas coast was diagnosed with HPS.

Hantavirus is carried by certain species of rats and mice that shed the virus in their urine, droppings and saliva. The virus can be transmitted to people by stirring up nesting materials or contaminated dust, allowing the virus to be breathed in by humans. Cases have been linked to cleaning out buildings where rodents live and working in dusty environments like ranches and oilfields.

DSHS recommends the following precautions:

- Seal openings that may allow rats and mice to enter homes and workplaces.
- Remove brush, woodpiles, trash and other items that may attract rats and mice.
- Tightly close garbage cans, pet food containers and other food sources.
- Wear protective gloves when handling dead mice and rats or cleaning up nesting areas, urine or droppings.
- Before cleaning up nests or droppings indoors, open windows and doors to ventilate the area for at least 30 minutes.
- Do not stir up nests by sweeping or vacuuming. Dampen areas with dead rodents, nests, urine and droppings before cleanup with a 1:10 bleach solution or other disinfectant.
- If dust will be stirred up, DSHS recommends using goggles and a HEPA or N-95 mask.

Early symptoms of hantavirus infection include fatigue, fever and muscle aches that may be accompanied by headaches, dizziness, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Later symptoms include coughing and shortness of breath. If hantavirus is suspected, people should contact their health care provider immediately and mention any potential exposure to rodents, their nests or their waste.

There have been five HPS cases reported in Texas in 2014. A total of 43 HPS cases have been confirmed in Texas since 1993, the first year the disease was detected. Of those, 14 were fatal.

Readers can learn more about hantavirus at the Centers for Disease Control website.

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Updated: Teacher's Aide Arrested in Lewisville for Sex with 16-year-old

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/12/22 17:40:00 (5197 reads)

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Just in from the Lewisville Police Department:

On December 16, 2014 the Lewisville Police Department was contacted by administrators of the Lewisville Independent School district and advised that there was information that a district employee may have had inappropriate contact with a student.

On the same day, A Crimes Against Children Detective interviewed the suspect, Krista Young a 35 year-old Little Elm resident. Ms. Young was a paraprofessional at the Purnell Center in Lewisville. Young admitted to the Detective that she had engaged in sexual intercourse with a 16 year-old male student on several occasions in the last couple of months.

Detectives prepared a warrant and Ms. Young turned herself in to the Lewisville Jail on December 19th. Young was arraigned and transferred to the Denton County Sheriff’s Jail on the 21st. Her bond was set at $10,000.

The child’s parents have been in contact with Detectives and the School District.

Karen Permetti, PIO for Lewisville ISD has informed us that Young was terminated from the district on December 16th. Additionally, all parents who have students served at Purnell were contacted on the same day.

Improper Relationship with Educator/Student is a Felony in the 2nd degree punishable by two to twenty years and a $10,000 fine.


Permetti explained that The Purnell Center is the LISD Special Education headquarters, and the campus provides services for special education students. Some of the students attend that campus all day, and some attend the campus just for specific services. Permetti said that an assistant principal at the school notified the district administration that he suspected something inappropriate was going on.

The district investigated and determined that there was a reason to be concerned that criminal activity was occurring. At that point, LPD Captain Dan Rochelle says LISD contacted police on the morning of December 16th, and LPD immediately sent a detective to talk with them.

Rochelle said that he believes it came to the district's attention as being related to text messages between Young and the student. Permetti did confirm that text messages were involved, and explained that a teacher at the school had concerns about what they thought was a log of text messages between them. That teacher went to the assistant principal at the campus, who took the issue up the chain to the administration.

After conversations with the student and the parent, the administration realized the messages implied criminal behavior between Young and the student. Permetti said they contacted police and terminated Young immediately, escorting her from the campus.

Permetti said that all parents of students attending that campus or having contact with Young had been notified on the 16th.

Young had worked for LISD for a year and a half, according to Permetti. Prior to that, she says Young was a long-term substitute in Little Elm ISD, and prior to that had worked in Palestine ISD.

Update 12/22/2014 - 6:30 p.m.
The Lewisville Texan Journal has obtained the affidavit that led to Young’s arrest, and we have learned more about this story.

According to the affidavit, It wasn’t just one teacher who had concerns about Young and the 16 year old victim. Three teachers shared their concerns in writing with Principal Corey Bell. The concerns shared with Bell on the morning of December 15th were that Young may have had inappropriate contact with the student. Bell questioned Young about the texts that morning, and she at first denied it, but then told a story about texting him to help him find his lost phone. The principal met with the student and asked him about the texts, at which point the student became visibly distraught and showed signs of hurting himself.

Bell called the student’s father to explain the incident and share concerns with the father, as well as to insure that the father would be home when the student got home. The father told Bell that he had looked through his son’s phone just the night before, and noticed a month’s worth of text messages from Young, some of which were sexual in nature. The father at this point had not known who Young was, and the son told his father that Young was his girlfriend.

The affidavit goes on to state that the next day (December 16th), Bell met with Young again, and brought in Special Education Director Dr. Paula Walker, and Jeff Crownover, an HR administrator. They confronted Young together, and she admitted to them that she had sexual intercourse with the student at his home. LISD Executive Director of HR Brenda West contacted police at this point.

Lewisville police Detective Rick Crociata responded to the LISD HR department conference room at 9:45 a.m. where these administrators were still talking to Young.

Crociata said in his statement that he interviewed Young after telling her that the conversation was voluntary, and that she could stop. After crying for a bit, he says that Young began to tell him the details of their relationship.

Young’s statement to police was that she knew the relationship was illegal, and that he was too young. She allegedly told police that the two liked to play video games online together, and that the student initially propositioned her during one of the sessions. The two allegedly used an online anonymous video chat service called Omegle to have conversations of a sexual nature. Crociata said that Young told him there was nudity during these calls.

Young allegedly told police that she first had sex with the student at his house on November 13th after school, and that the two began meeting every day at his house, having sex more than 10 times. She allegedly told the detective that she had specifically looked up the law about the age of consent, and had told the child they needed to be careful. The affidavit says Young also admitted to having a relationship with another student from Palestine High School after he graduated. Police say she voluntarily handed over her cell phone and iPod, and was then escorted out of the building by LISD staff.

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I'll be home: Memories of World War II exhibit at MCL Grand

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/12/21 12:20:00 (580 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowThe "I'll be home: Memories of World War II" exhibit is on display at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater Art Gallery through Saturday, December 27. The gallery is open from 1 - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Assembled from private collections in our region, “I’ll Be Home…” is an exhibition of photographs, documents and artifacts commemorating the service of the “Greatest Generation” during World War II. We owe our lives and our liberty to what they accomplished. As it is now more than 70 years since the end of the war, time is running short to offer thanks to those who served. This exhibit includes newspaper and magazine pages from the war years, personal and published photographs, military uniforms and insignia, some military equipment and manuals, books and documents from the war years.

Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, located at 100 N. Charles Street, is the premier public arts facility in Southern Denton County. The 40,000-square-foot facility features a 296-seat proscenium theater, black box theater, dance recital hall, art gallery, five art classrooms and a large courtyard. Medical Center of Lewisville has a multi-year agreement with the city for naming rights at the center.

To reach MCL Grand from Interstate 35E, take exit 452 and proceed east on Main Street to Charles Street. MCL Grand will be on the left. Free public parking is available along Main and Church streets, or at Lewisville City Hall across Church Street from the center.

For details about upcoming events, or rental information for the facility, please visit MCLGrand.com or call 972.219.8446.

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Upcoming Events Around Lewisville and the Surrounding Area

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/12/21 12:10:00 (639 reads)

Open in new windowAs always, there are a ton of events coming up in Lewisville and the surrounding cities. Here are some selected events that you may find interesting.

Christmas Closings:
City of Lewisville: offices will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 24, and Thursday, Dec. 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday. All essential services will continue to operate. Residential garbage scheduled for collection on Christmas Day will instead be picked up the following day (Friday).
Lewisville ISD is closed until January 5th.
DCTA has regular service on Christmas Eve, No Service on Christmas Day, and modified service on the day after Christmas.

Art Exhibit: VAL’s “Toyland” runs through Dec. 27
Members of the Visual Art League of Lewisville will display their works during their “Toyland” exhibit, running through Dec. 27 at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street. Admission is free. The exhibit, available for viewing Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. and during public performance at MCL Grand, will donate pieces to the Ronald McDonald House at the end of the run.

Open in new windowI'll be home: Memories of World War II exhibit at MCL Grand - Through December 27th
The "I'll be home: Memories of World War II" exhibit is on display at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater Art Gallery through Saturday, December 27. The gallery is open from 1 - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Assembled from private collections in our region, “I’ll Be Home…” is an exhibition of photographs, documents and artifacts commemorating the service of the “Greatest Generation” during World War II.

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Weekends through Dec. 23 - Holiday Activities at The Shops of Highland Village
The Living Christmas Card Quartet - Complete with custom-tailored Victorian costumes, The Living Christmas Card quartet offers a selection of classic and jazz-flavored custom holiday arrangements for your listening pleasure. They will perform Fridays 5 to 8 p.m., Saturdays 3 to 7 p.m. and on Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m. The Quartet will also perform on Dec. 22 and 23 from 3 to 7 p.m.

Strolling Holiday Entertainment - Jingles, toy soldiers, Jack Frost, Santa and Mrs. Claus are just a few of the interactive characters strolling the festive streets of The Shops at Highland Village. They will be on site Fridays 5 to 8 p.m., Saturdays 2 to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m. Before they head back to the North Pole, their final appearance is December 22 – 23 from 2 to 8 p.m.

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides - Grab your favorite hot beverage from Nestle Toll House Café and then sit back and enjoy a free Horse Drawn Carriage ride through the festive streets of The Shops at Highland Village. Carriage rides are complimentary and available first come, first served; Carriage will not run during inclement weather. Fridays and Saturdays 5 to 8 p.m. and Sundays 3 to 6 p.m. Carriage rides will also be available Dec. 22 and 23 from 5 to 8 p.m.

All events are located at 1701 Shoal Creek on the corner of FM 2499 and FM 407 in Highland Village, Texas.

December 16th - 24th: Hanukkah
Happy Hanukkah to our Jewish readers. Blessings and peace to you and your families.

December 15th - January 17th: Free Christmas Tree Recycling
Bring your Christmas trees to Lake Park at N. Mill Street and Lake Park Road, following the signs to the drop off area. It's that easy!. This reduces landfill waste, and the trees are mulched to provide compost. Between December 30th and January 17th, residents can bring a bag and shovel and get free mulch. Sponsored by Keep Lewisville Beautiful, and the City of Lewisville.

Thursday, December 25th: Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas to our Christian readers from The Lewisville Texan Journal. We hope you have a great day, and a meaningful holiday with your family.

Friday, December 26th - Christmas Bird Count for Kids at LLELA
Kids bring binoculars and dress warmly. The Christmas Bird Count is the longest running citizen science survey in the world, occurring for over 100 years. The CBC provides critical data on population trens for North American bird species. The kids' version gives them a taste of the real thing. $7 per person, including the LLELA gate fee. RSVP required to 972-219-3930 or email lisa.cole@unt.edu.

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LISD Board Names Dr. Kevin Rogers as Interim Superintendent

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/12/18 7:21:20 (884 reads)
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Open in new windowLEWISVILLE - At its Dec. 16 Special Board Meeting, the Lewisville Independent School District (LISD) Board of Trustees unanimously named Dr. Kevin Rogers as Interim Superintendent as the Board searches for its new Superintendent of Schools. Rogers has served as the district’s Chief Operations Officer (COO) for the past four years.

Rogers thanked the Board and stated it will be an honor to serve as Interim Superintendent while the Board continues its search. As COO, he is responsible for supporting the daily functions of LISD’s 69 campuses and student activities including working with the Central, East and West Zone leaders. Additionally, he oversees the following departments: Athletics, Campus Support Services, Career and Technology, Fine Arts, Guidance and Counseling, Health Services, Safety and Security and Student Services.

Rogers joined LISD in 1986 as a middle school science teacher and moved through the ranks as Assistant Principal and Principal prior to serving the district in a Central Office position. Rogers was an Assistant Principal at Marcus High School and then Principal at Arbor Creek Middle School prior to becoming the Marcus High School Principal, where he served for 15 years.

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