Thursday morning, Lewisville police received a call at about 7:51 a.m. that a 17-year-old female student was approached by a man in a car who ordered her to "get in the car".
The incident happened at 256 East Corporate at the Somerset Apartment complex. Captain Dan Rochelle said that girl was a Lewisville High School student who was waiting on her bus to take her to school. The girl told police that a dark-skinned black man driving a gray or silver 4-door Cadillac drove up and told her to get in his car.
Rochelle said the girl ran off to another bus stop and was able to catch a bus to school. "She did the right thing," said Rochelle. In this incident, the suspect did not physically try to get the victim into his car. Although the man's actions are not necessarily illegal, Rochelle said Lewisville Police are concerned about the man's intent, and would like to find him and talk to him.
Anyone with information that would benefit either investigation is encouraged to call the Lewisville Police Department at (972) 219-3620 or the TIPS line at (972) 219-TIPS (8477). Anyone with a cell phone may also send an anonymous tip by texting “TipLPD” and their message to 847411.
Update 1/30/2015 - 10:15 a.m.: Lewisville Police, in cooperation with the Denton County Sheriff's Department have released a sketch of the suspect, which is shown at right. (Click to enlarge)
The victim said the suspect dragged his right foot, and had very chapped lips. His hair was groomed to a point in the back. She described the car's interior as light gray, and said that something (possibly dogtags) was hanging from the rear-view mirror.
Police do not believe this case is related to another active case in Plano.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at approximately 4:00 p.m., a female Durham Middle School student was contacted by a stranger in the 500 block of West Corporate, who offered her a ride. The suspect exited his vehicle and attempted to grab her after she refused. She was able to escape and run home, and was not harmed.
The victim describes him as a Hispanic male, with a mustache, thin build, in his thirties. He was wearing blue jeans and a white T-shirt. She further described his boots as being black with the words "Heavy Duty" on the sides of the boots, low by the inside arch. He was driving a dark colored four door car.
Anyone who witnessed this offense or has information that would benefit the investigation is encouraged to call the Lewisville Police Department at (972) 219-3620 or the TIPS line at (972) 219-TIPS (8477). Anyone with a cell phone may also send an anonymous tip by texting “TipLPD” and their message to 847411.
Wednesday, January 28th, filing begins in city council and school board elections for Lewisville and Lewisville ISD. The elections will be held on May 9th. For the city election, any runoff would be held on June 20th. School board elections do not have runoffs. Candidates in both city and school district races will have until 5 p.m. on February 27th to file for election or re-election.
City of Lewisville In the City of Lewisville, the offices of Mayor and Place 2 are up for election. Those seats are currently held by Mayor Dean Ueckert, and Deputy Mayor Pro Tem R. Neil Ferguson.
Ueckert served on the Lewisville City Council from 1998 to 2009, when he was first elected Mayor. He has served two three-year terms. As of last Tuesday, Ueckert said that his plan was to run for re-election.
Councilman Rudy Durham has filed to run for Mayor. Durham has served in Place 5 since 1994.
Ferguson was elected to Place 2 in 2011 to fill the remaining term of David Thornhill, who died unexpectedly with a year remaining in his term. Ferguson was re-elected for a full three-year term in 2012, and has filed for re-election.
Mayoral election years can sometimes result in additional vacancies on the City Council. If a sitting councilman chooses to run for Mayor, then that councilman's seat is added to the May election as well. Durham's filing means that his place 5 seat will be open. City Secretary Julie Heinze says that the City Council will have to call that election at their next meeting, and the filing period for that would run from February 6th - March 9th.
Legally, a candidate must be a qualified voter who has resided in the city for at least one year. In reality, a good bit more is necessary in order to have a chance of getting elected, and to do a good job in office.
Members of the City Council are paid $50 for each meeting attended, typically twice per month, plus an annual retreat and an annual budget workshop, and special meetings. Lewisville City Council seats are all at-large, meaning that all council members represent the entire city, and all voters vote on each place. A candidate must receive a majority of votes for the position to win the race. If no candidate receives a majority of votes, then the top two candidates in a given place will go to a runoff election, and voters will choose the winner.
Lewisville ISD For Lewisville ISD's Board of Trustees, places 1 and 2 will be on the ballot.
Place 1 is currently held by Kathy Duke. Duke served two three-year terms from 2004-2010, and then was elected to a third non-consecutive term in 2012. She currently serves as the board's vice president. Duke lives in Highland Village. We have not yet heard whether Duke intends to run for re-election. Kronda Thimesch has filed for the seat.
School board members are not paid for their service, and typically put in a good bit of extra time each year in training and conferences.
LISD Board seats are at-large, meaning that all of the qualified voters of the city are eligible to vote on each seat up for election each year. Elections are won by plurality, meaning the candidate receiving the most votes wins the seat, without the need for runoff elections.
FLOWER MOUND - The Flower Mound Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a male suspect responsible for a string of vehicle burglaries in and around Flower Mound. The suspect has been targeting vehicles parked around fitness centers. Law enforcement officials believe the suspect watches for female customers to park their car and if they enter the gym with no purse, their vehicle then becomes a target. The individual will break a car window looking for a purse or other valuable goods. If he obtains credit cards, he uses them immediately after the burglaries before the credit card accounts can be closed.
Since September 2014, this individual is believed to have committed burglaries at fitness centers in Flower Mound, Highland Village, Southlake, and Colleyville.
The attached photograph was taken from security video at a retail outlet immediately after one of the burglaries. If anyone recognizes this individual please call the Flower Mound Police Department’s Tip Line at 972.874.3307. Callers may remain anonymous.
Rubbish fire in Coppell, as seen from SH 121 (Photo by Stephanie Acosta)
Saturday at around 5:27 p.m., Lewisville Fire Department responded to a fire that was initially reported to be the Creekside Mobile Home Park, but turned out to be a nearby open dump in the City of Coppell. It was reported that an abandoned shed and various rubbish, including tires was burning in the area just south of Denton Creek, on the west side of SH 121.
Engines and brush trucks from Lewisville, as well as apparatus from Coppell and Flower Mound responded. They were able to get several streams of water on the fire under control by 6:08 p.m. The immediate area around the fire didn't have fire hydrants, so apparatus had to bring their own water, and switch out as each vehicle ran out. Flower Mound sent a tender truck (water tank) to assist.
Firefighters stuck around until at least 7:30 p.m - long after the fire was knocked down, hitting hot spots around the debris. There were no reported injuries.
Lewisville Police report that at 12:26 a.m. Saturday morning, they were notified of a body on the side of the road in the 800 block of southbound I-35E in Lewisville, at the Fox Avenue bridge. Captain Dan Rochelle of the Lewisville Police Department said that the body was found on the right side of the main lanes on the Southbound side, just before the bridge.
The deceased victim was male, and believed to be in his forties. His body has been taken to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office for autopsy. Although police have not yet publicly identified the victim, The Lewisville Texan Journal has learned from his close friends that his family had been notified. The victim is Kevin Charles Coon, 40, of Lewisville.
I-35E southbound was closed for about two hours Saturday morning while police investigated.
Police currently have no known witnesses or suspect information, but they do have part of a headlight lens that was collected at the scene, and believe the suspect vehicle would have front-end damage, including that broken headlight.
Rochelle said police did not believe he came from the bridge, and that they had not found any abandoned vehicle. It is unknown why anyone would be attempting to cross the roadway there, since the Fox Avenue bridge specifically has a safe pedestrian crossing.
Coon's friend Dean Akins told us, that Coon had been released from Medical Center of Lewisville where had been hospitalized, and was probably trying to walk home. Akins said Coon lived near Fox and Valley Parkway.
"We just want to find who did this to him," said Akins. "He was loved very much," she added. "There were 30 people here who gathered as soon as we heard. It's just so horrid. His birthday is in February and we planned a party for him." In addition to having his own health issues, Coon was watching over his ill mother, who is elderly.
The following items are from the Lewisville Police Chief's weekly update:
Attempted Restaurant Robbery On Saturday January 10, two male subjects entered the Wing Stop at 2305 S SH 121 Business and attempted to rob the restaurant. One of the suspects produced a pistol at the counter and began giving orders to the kitchen crew. The manager of the restaurant walked out of the restaurant and the suspects followed firing a shot at the manager. The manager, who has a concealed handgun permit, produced his own pistol and fired several rounds back at the suspects. Both suspects fled on foot without any money. Nobody was hurt in the exchange of gunfire. Patrol Officers arrived quickly but were unable to locate the suspects. Detectives were called to the scene and are investigating.
Update 1/15/2015: Lewisville police released still shots from surveillance video from the restaurant. Police would like the public's help identifying the suspects. If you have information that could help police locate them, please call Lewisville Police Department at 972-219-3600, or use any of the other methods here.
Theft of Trailer and Roofing Materials On December 20, 2014, Patrol Officer Paul Bennett responded to the 900 block of N. Mill St and took a report for the theft of a trailer loaded with several thousand dollars in roofing materials and supplies. The total value of the trailer and materials is approximately $21,000. A review of the video revealed a U-Haul truck was involved and the code used to enter the gate belonged to a recently approved tenant. Patrol Officer Richard Anders also provided information about a similar offense that occurred in Carrollton recently. The case was assigned to Detective Jeff Darlington for follow-up investigation. Darlington made contact with Carrollton PD, who had conducted a covert sting operation via Craigslist with the suspect who was selling some of the stolen items. Darlington responded to Carrollton PD and interviewed the suspect. Darlington was able to develop a rapport with the suspect, who confessed to committing this offense in Lewisville. The stolen roofing materials were recovered at the scene when Carrollton PD made contact with the suspect. Darlington learned the trailer had already been sold to another individual via Craigslist. Darlington has already made contact with this buyer, and arrangements have been made to recover the trailer. This is a great example of teamwork by all parties involved.
Olympic Medalist, Jordan Malone will speak at the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, January 27th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lewisville. Malone will share his story of overcoming obstacles to achieve his Olympic dreams. The Chamber will also celebrate and recognize its members’ accomplishments in the community and in business by presenting awards for Ambassador, Volunteer, Rookie, Citizen and Business of the Year.
Jordan, a native of Denton, Texas, won an Olympic Bronze Medal in the men’s 5000m relay in speed skating at the 2010 Vancouver Games. He also won the Olympic Silver Medal at the 2014 Sochi Games in the men’s 5000m relay. Jordan tours the country speaking to students from Elementary to College, about the importance of math, science and technology.
Registration for this event is available now. To register, call the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce at (972) 436-9571 or visit lewisvillechamber.org.
The City of Lewisville Neighborhood Services office is actively involved in fostering partnerships with homeowners associations and neighborhood liaisons to help build and preserve a high quality of life for all Lewisville residents.
In order for the office to more effectively communicate with neighborhood groups, the city needs updated information from groups.
A product of the Lewisville 2025 vision plan adopted last summer, a position was created for Neighborhood Services Coordinator in order to assist local communities through neighborhood engagement and resource sharing by encouraging preservation, conservation and rehabilitation.
Yolanda Wilson recently was hired for the new position and will be coordinating goals and objectives along with the Neighborhood Enhancement Strategic Team, which will create and monitor strategic planning to address issues listed during the Lewisville 2025 public input process.
Wilson is identifying local neighborhood representatives along with other civic associations who will play a significant role in the overall mission. The planning phase of the process is underway, and active resident participation is necessary. For information about being part of the “Neighbors Leading Neighbors,” please contact Wilson at 972.219.3736 or email@example.com.
The City of Lewisville operates a household hazardous waste collection center that provides residents with a convenient, safe and environmentally sound way to get rid of waste materials that should not be put into the landfill.
The Residential Convenience Center, 330 W. Jones Street, is open the second Saturday of each month, from 9 a.m. until noon, to accept materials from Lewisville residents, who must provide a driver’s license for proof of residency.
Residents are provided 12 opportunities a year to properly dispose of household chemicals and electronics they no longer need. No hazardous household products or electronics waste can be dropped off outside of the manned collection days and times.
Ammunition, explosives, drugs, tires, gas cylinders and certain other items cannot be accepted. Full list of items that can and cannot be accepted is here. Drug disposal is offered year round, 24/7/365 in the lobby of the Lewisville jail.
2015 Collection Days:
January 10th February 14th March 14th April 11th May 9th June 13th
July 11th August 8th September 12th October 10th November 14th December 12th
Volunteers from Lewisville Morning Rotary staff the event, unloading materials from cars, and sorting materials into proper disposal containers.