The Lewisville Police Department is currently conducting an investigation with other law enforcement agencies involving McGoys Marine, 1696 Business 121 in Lewisville, regarding theft.
Because of the high number of victims or potential victims, LPD has announced that it will hold a town hall meeting Saturday, May 14 to better communicate with and assist victims. The meeting is at City Hall, 151 W. Church St., at 10 a.m.
LPD's property crimes team is working with officials from Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the District Attorney's office to conduct a question and answer session with all parties involved in any transactions at McGoy's - whether the person is a buyer or a seller.
The owner of McGoy's, Jesse Ray Keene, has been booked into Denton County Jail nine times on unrelated charges. He was last booked in the Denton County Jail on drunk driving charges on March 24. He remains in jail without bond.
Police said Keene was legally selling boats consigned to him but not compensating the sellers.
“Let’s say I went up there to consign the boat to Jesse. The boat for sale catches your eye and you go in. Jesse says, ‘Fantastic, Adam. Hey, I’m glad you’re here. Let me sell you the boat.’ You pay him $5,000 and Jesse gives you the proper documentation and the boat and the bill of sale. You’re off and running thinking you did everything by the book,” LPD Captain Michael Moore said. “By law, you’ve not done anything illegal. We’re not looking to press charges against you because you acted in good faith.”
Police don’t think anyone who consigned or bought a boat didn’t do so in good faith, Moore said. But, consigners were not told what happened to their boats, or if they had been sold or stolen.
“Jesse hasn’t been taking that $5,000 to the consigner and saying ‘Congratulations, we’ve sold the boat and here’s your money and I’ll take my consignment fee.’” Moore said. “One day, several months later, I decide to go check on my boat and it’s gone.”
There are other players than just the consignor, the buyer and Keene, Moore said.
Despite three days of early voting already having been crossed off the calendar, all five of the Lewisville ISD board candidates showed up Wednesday night for a candidate forum hosted at LISD’s Bolin Center in Lewisville. The forum, a little over an hour long, was co-hosted by The Lewisville Texan Journal, and the Cross Timbers Gazette.
Bob Weir and Patrick Kelly served as moderators for the Gazette and the Journal respectively. Lewisville ISD graciously allowed for the use of the room and provided audio and video assistance. Trustee Tracy Scott Miller served as timekeeper.
Between 50 and 75 people attended live, and the forum was video-recorded.
Candidates were each given two minutes to introduce themselves; then the moderators took turns asking questions. Each candidate had a minute to answer each question. At the end, each candidate had two minutes for a closing statement.
Candidates for Place 4 are Fairooz Adams and Katherine Sells. Candidates for Place 5 are Will Ferson, Jenny Proznik, and Allison Lassahn.
The Lewisville Texan Journal thanks all of the candidates, Lewisville ISD, the Cross Timbers Gazette, Patrick Kelly, Bob Weir, and Tracy Scott Miller for their assistance.
FLOWER MOUND— Avanti Senior Living is hosting two chic welcome events for the public to get a sneak peek and learn more about Flower Mound’s newest senior living community, Avanti Senior Living at Flower Mound. Avanti team members are excited to reveal plans, answer questions and gather insight from the public on what they would like to see from the community. At these special introductory events, attendees will be able to learn more about Avanti’s vision and what the senior living community will do for area seniors and their families. Attendees will also get a preview of interior design selections, and will have the opportunity to join Avanti’s A List. The events are free and open to the public, and will be held on April 27 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and April 28 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Twelve Stones – The Pines of Flower Mound (1221 Flower Mound Road). To RSVP and reserve a spot, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 469-294-1080. Light bites and wine will be served.
“Avanti Senior Living at Flower Mound will open this fall, and we cannot wait to begin welcoming new residents,” said Lori Alford, COO of Avanti Senior Living. “We have elevated industry standards by focusing on personalization and choice, as opposed to making residents conform to a one-size-fits-all model. We continuously seek to empower residents so they can live the life they want to live in a community that is evocative of a posh, resort-style hotel. We’ll have pictures to help showcase the community’s layout, and we will also provide visitors with a distinct impression of the community’s overall feel and design.”
The community will provide 50 assisted living and 40 memory care suites, a state-of-the-art wellness center with ballet barre and fitness equipment, a theatre area and a full-service salon and spa offering relaxation therapy, aromatherapy, hair styling, manicures and pedicures. The 77,000-square-foot community will also offer a fully-functional art studio with an abundance of natural light and a stone wall on which the residents can display their artwork. The community and resident suites will boast plush carpets, wood flooring, plentiful windows, walk-in closets, oversized showers, stone countertops, upgraded finishes, expansive countertops and storage space as well as other signature features.
NOTE: This post will continue to be updated throughout the night as more information is received.
At the invitation of Lewisville Emergency Manager Josh Roberts, Steve Southwell has joined the city’s emergency management team, to report tonight's storms.
Prit Patel, Economic Development Coordinator, normally works in the city’s economic development department, but tonight, she’s augmenting the EMC team. She has a background in emergency management, and sometimes gets called on to help out.
Right to left: Josh Roberts, Prit Patel, Eric Hutmacher (Photo by Steve Southwell)
Patel is concerned that latest reports put the storm hitting North Texas around 10:30 p.m. This slow progression of the storm worries her, because the longer it takes to pass over an area, the more it could dump.
Roberts has Tweetdeck up, and is watching weather-related tweets. He and Patel are working on tonight's social media strategy. Patel will watch for significant reports and log them.
"A lot of times NWS info is generalized. We try to keep our stuff really specific to Lewisville," Roberts said. "We can sound the sirens from the encoder here. Dispatch can do it from there as well."
Roberts explains siren criteria. Lewisville will raise the alarms at hail of 1.25” or greater, for tornado warnings, or for wind of 70 mph or greater as a "tool to warn people outdoors to go indoors and find out why." But, the gGuidelines are not hard and fast trigger points, he said, "it will always be and should always be a human decision."
There are multiple ways to receive warning, including: NOAA radio, social media and Everbridge sign-up.
The Lewisville team is also using a new tool in beta testing, the CASA Radar, which stands for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere. CASA, a federal pilot, provides radar returns on information closer to the ground. Right now. D/FW area is only location in the U.S. using it.
(Screenshot of NWS radar)
8:08 p.m. The gang gets a call. It’s sprinkling outside and they need to move their cars out from under the covered area so city vehicles can get under it.
8:35 p.m. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center reduced our outlook from moderate to enhanced within the past hour or so. Now it’s just 50 mph gusts.
8:40 p.m. Hutmacher was watching Pete Delkus on Facebook Live, and brought it to Roberts. Delkus says he “guarantees the storm sirens in your community will go off tonight.” Roberts thinks that’s irresponsible.
8:51 - Denton County Skywarn just activated. These are volunteer Ham radio operators trained to spot severe weather. They will soon receive reporting criteria and proceed to the western parts of the county to stand as lookouts, spotting weather situations and reporting back over the radio. The National Weather Service monitors the channel, as well as various EOCs here in Denton County.
9:19 - A severe thunderstorm warning was just issued for Denton County until 10:15 p.m.
9:28 - The gust front ahead of the storm has 45 mph winds.
9:34 - Storm is just getting into Denton County now. Gust front just crossed the county line on the west side. A spotter is reporting a possible lowering near Coral City, north of Texas Motor Speedway. Big thunder can be heard now in the EOC. Roberts explains the well-defined gust front in front of the storm (which can be seen on radar) means it’s less likely to have circulation in the main storm. Also, there’s not a discrete cell out in front of it, he said.
9:36 - 54 mph wind reported at Denton Airport, according to an NWS employee on NWS chat. Spotters reporting winds in excess of 50 mph in Krum.
9:38 p.m.- The line of storms is approximately along I-35W right now.
9:47 p.m. - Gust greater than 30 mph logged at Central Fire Station. The wind is howling and the sky looks mean.
9:57 p.m. - Pea- to dime-size hail has been spotted at the intersection of U.S. 377 and 380. Power outage has also been reported near Texas Motor Speedway. To see power outages near you, visit http://www.tnmp.com/customers/outages/map.htm. The team is now scanning Twitter for reports of flooding in Lewisville.
10:04 p.m. - Fox 4 reports of roof and wind damage in the town of Whitesboro in far western Grayson County. This would have been part of the Cooke County storm rotation as it crossed over county lines. Officials are still watching this rotation. Power flashes have been reported at Interstate 75 along Highway 82 in Sherman and south to Howe. The weather station says it appears to be rain-wrapped.
10:06 p.m. Spotters have reported pea-sized hail at FM 407 and FM 2499.
10:07 p.m. - Skywarn has reported pea-sized hail south of Lewisville. "It's a lot of nothing," Roberts said. “We’ll still get some rain, but honestly, I think that’s all it’s going to be. Thunder and lightning.”
10:12 p.m. - The hail at FM 2499 and FM 407 has stopped. When that report had come in, Roberts had looked at radar and NWS chat, and didn’t think much of it.
10:17 p.m. - Thunderstorm warning is expired for Denton County. Skywarn net control is talking about securing spotters for the night.
10:18 p.m. The net is secured. Officials believe the worst of the storm has passed.