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Family Protests Lack of Police Action in Assault of Teen Daughter

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/4/17 7:57:38 (686 reads)

Open in new windowBy Andrew Wyatt and Steve Southwell

Last Saturday, the family of a crime victim were picketing along Main Street in front of the Lewisville Police Department. Their motivation, a combination of both hope and rage, is a result of a brutal act of violence on their 19-year-old daughter. Their message was about justice. They say that despite her injuries and their identification of her attacker, police have yet to arrest him. For the purpose of this story, we won’t print the girls name, or that of her alleged attacker.

The family says that sometime between 9 and 10 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 5th, the girl was choked and thrown to the concrete by her 21-year-old boyfriend. A friend who was at the scene of the crime ultimately took the teen to her parents’ house where a 911 call brought a response by the police an ambulance.

The ambulance took her to Medical Center of Lewisville where a cat scan was performed. The family said that doctors examined her and prescribed a painkiller before sending her home without admitting her.

The family says they could tell that the girl’s condition was more serious than what the doctors there concluded, so they immediately took her to Parkland Hospital in Dallas, where doctors concluded that she had a concussion, PTSD, and short-term memory loss. The doctors gave the parents orders not to surround her with stimulation, such as bright lights because her brain needs to heal. She was admitted to Parkland, where the family says she stayed a couple of days before coming home. She has continued to have headaches, and had to go to the hospital in Fort Worth last week for additional treatment

The victim's grandmother told us she was also upset with what she viewed as a lack of proper treatment by Medical Center of Lewisville, which she says released the young woman in a state where she could not sit up or walk, and was not responding verbally.

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Friday Briefs

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/4/17 7:29:40 (236 reads)

Daytime outdoor watering restrictions resume May 1
Effective May 1, and lasting through the end of September, daytime outdoor watering in Lewisville will be prohibited as part of the Emergency Water Management Plan. Automated and manual sprinklers are not allowed between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. during the summer months. Hand-watering and use of soaker hoses are not affected.

The summertime restriction, which became mandatory in 2014 after being voluntary for many years, is intended to help conserve the city’s water supply by reducing water waste and evaporation that is common to daytime outdoor watering.

The watering schedule for residential customers is determined by street address. Those properties with an even-numbered address (ending in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8) or no street address are allowed to water on Tuesday and Saturday. Properties with an odd-numbered address (ending in 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) are allowed to water on Wednesday and Sunday. Commercial and multi-family customers are allowed to water on Monday and Thursday.

For more information, read our article from last year or visit the City of Lewisville website.

TxDOT begins concrete work on FM 407
The Texas Department of Transportation was scheduled to begin work this Wednesday on concrete panel replacement on FM 407 from one-quarter mile west of Briarhill Blvd. to I-35E. Work will commence from west to east on the eastbound lanes, one lane at a time, then westbound from east to west. The contract on the project runs through Oct. 1.

Open in new windowLakeCities Ballet’s “Music in Motion” at MCL Grand
LakeCities Ballet Theatre will present its spring 2015 performance, “Music in Motion,” on Friday, April 24, and Saturday, April 25, starting at 7:30 p.m. both nights, at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street.

Ticket prices are $17 and can be purchased at lakecitiesballet.org or ticketriver.com. A free pre-performance workshop will be held Saturday at 6 p.m., which will introduce children to dance. The workshop is free to children with a ticket to the performance, but reservations to guild@lakecitiesballet.org are highly recommended, as space is limited.

Geocaching Adventure available at LLELA Nature Preserve
Geocaching has come to Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area.

Geocaching is a worldwide game that feels a bit like a treasure hunt. Participants enter coordinates in a GPS receiver and use it to find a marked location, usually a point of geographical, historical or scenic interest. Upon arriving at the coordinates, the geocacher searches the area for a hidden object or container.

In the case of LLELA Nature Preserve Geocache Adventure, participants search for 12 hidden letter tags. Participants find the tags and record each tag’s letter in the appropriate spot in a puzzle sheet available at LLELA.org. The letters form a phrase. Successful geocachers can take the puzzle sheet with the completed phrase to the LLELA Nature Preserve gatehouse to receive a patch. It may take more than one visit to find all the letters, as they are spread out on four separate hiking trails.

Geocachers must enter LLELA Nature Preserve during regular public hours (Friday-Sunday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.). All visitors are required to enter through the gate at 201 E. Jones Street. There is a $5 per person daily entry fee, free for children 5 years and under.

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VAL’s graffiti and street art exhibit runs through May 30
Visual Art League of Lewisville is currently displaying a graffiti and street art exhibit at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street.

Admission to the exhibit is free and available Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or during public performances at MCL Grand. The exhibit closes on May 30. For more information, visit visualartleague.org.

Walking, Friends, and Fun group looking for members to enjoy nature hikes
If you enjoy walking, going on nature hikes and the company and friendship of nice people, WALKING, FRIENDS & FUN - Denton, Lewisville, Flower Mound may be the group for you:

"Our members are from all over the North Texas area including Denton, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Corinth, Lake Dallas and more. Our members are singles, couples, seniors, Boomers, GenXers,Millennials, families, dog lovers, fit, not so fit.

We are not about extreme exercise but we do enjoy getting out and being active. Everyone is welcome! WALKING, FRIENDS & FUN - Denton, Lewisville, Flower Mound started out as Denton Walking & Friends, a walking group, but it has expanded to include other activities such as movies, dining out, music festivals, art shows, community festivals, sporting events, and many more fun local events. Participation in our walks, hikes and social events is a great way to meet people and develop friendships in the community.

Our regularly scheduled one-hour walks take place in various parks in Denton County including areas in Denton, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Highland Village and Corinth. We also regularly schedule 2-hour hikes in the Greenbelt Corridor Park East of Denton. We also enjoy bicycle riding at the Greenbelt. Additionally, we try to schedule a "something different" hike or event every now and then that may be outside of the Denton County area. When we travel out of the area we arrange carpooling.

WALKING, FRIENDS & FUN - Denton, Lewisville, Flower Mound is an all-inclusive and supportive group and our goal is to encourage each other to be active. All fitness levels are welcome. Everyone is encouraged to walk at their own pace. Many of our walks are dog and/or stroller friendly and we try to indicate that whenever we know for sure. Also, we encourage full participation here at WALKING, FRIENDS & FUN - Denton, Lewisville, Flower Mound. We love to hear new ideas for walks, hikes or fun."

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Open in new windowDCTA seeks input through survey starting Monday
Denton County Transportation Authority is running a survey to gather input on its current performance and identify ways to better serve passengers. The brief survey focuses on DCTA services and the agency’s passenger tools “Where’s My Ride” and “GORequest.”

Passengers who fill out the required survey questions will be entered into a prize drawing. All completed surveys must be received no later than Saturday, April 18, to be entered into the drawing.

Passengers can return completed surveys to a DCTA representative, bus or rail operator, the ticket counter at the Downtown Denton Transit Center, or complete the online version at RideDCTA.net. Survey results will be presented to DCTA’s Board of Directors in May.

From submitted reports

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Document Sheds Light on April 7th Murder

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/4/16 23:00:00 (2241 reads)

Open in new windowNow that both suspects in the April 7th murder of Richard Lee Myles (a.k.a. Richard Lee Martin*) are in custody, the affidavit for the arrest of Demico Stanley sheds light on what police learned from witnesses, and what one of the two suspects told them - including that Stanley was the trigger man, and that the other suspect, Adrian Quigley was allegedly shot by Stanley during the crime.

On the evening of Tuesday, April 7th, Martin was shot and killed in his apartment at the Hampton Bay complex on Southwest Parkway. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner lists his cause of death as gunshot wounds of the chest and abdomen.

A friend of Martin’s told police that he and Martin had been changing out a starter on the friend’s car in the parking lot when someone he knew as “Bam”, later identified as Adrian Omar Quigley, of The Colony, approached them. Martin told the friend that he and “Bam” (Quigley) had to go take care of some business in Martin’s apartment.

After a time, this friend heard gunshots from the direction of Martin’s apartment. When he looked to see what was going on, he saw Quigley, and another suspect that he believed to be Quigley’s cousin. Martin’s friend said that Quigley was carrying Martin’s backpack.

Other witnesses told police that they heard gunshots and saw two black men run off from Martin’s second-floor apartment, carrying what looked like electronics. A resident of another building heard the commotion, and saw the two suspects running. She noticed that one was injured and bleeding on his left side. She said the two got in a parked car, with the injured one in the passenger seat, and the other one driving. This witness had the presence of mind to write down the license plate number of the vehicle as it left.

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Temporary Closure of Connector Road Between Southbound I-35E Frontage Road at Corporate Drive

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/4/15 13:20:00 (184 reads)

Lewisville, Texas – The connector road between the southbound I-35E frontage road and eastbound Corporate Drive has been closed temporarily for repairs. Southbound traffic wishing to access eastbound Corporate Drive will continue to FM 3040/Round Grove Road, cross over the bridge and return up to the northbound frontage road to Corporate Drive. This closure is expected to last until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

For more information about the 35Express project or to sign up for traffic alerts, please visit www.35Express.org.

Via 35Express
Updated 4:24 p.m. to note that closure will last until 8 p.m.

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Lewisville Fire Marshal Ready to Help Apartment Residents with Trash Problems

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/4/13 7:30:00 (1040 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowBy Steve Southwell

Over the Easter weekend, Lewisville resident Whitney Smith complained on Facebook about the overflowing garbage dumpster/compactor at her apartment complex (pictured at right). The conversation there indicated that others had similar issues with their apartment complexes allowing dumpsters to overfill, causing residents to set garbage outside them, creating an unsightly and unsanitary condition that brought animals.

We asked and heard from several people that at certain apartment complexes in Lewisville, this kind of thing is a frequent problem, in that the complexes either do not have enough dumpsters for all of their residents, or do not have them emptied frequently enough.

Compounding the problem, apartment complexes often have people moving in and out at the beginning and end of each month, generating more garbage than normal. Complexes are also sometimes the target for illegal dumpers, who bring in garbage from outside, to put in their dumpsters. Another issue commonly faced is that of scavengers going through dumpsters looking for recyclable items, and sometimes cutting open bags, or removing trash out of the dumpster and leaving it outside the container.

"A lot of complexes have problems with illegal dumping as residents don't know all the other residents, so people can easily act like they live there," said Mike Newhouse, President of Empire Valet Trash. Newhouse's company works with apartment complexes to collect trash at each resident's doorstep, so that complexes don't have to deal with the problem as much. "One complex we serve has a HUGE problem with illegal dumping," said Newhouse. "So much so that they've set up game cams to catch people!"

In the case of the photo at the top right, the resident was urged to report the condition to the City of Lewisville, and Councilman Neil Ferguson also stepped in and contacted city staff to try to get a resolution.

We contacted Lewisville Code Enforcement and the Fire Marshal, hoping to learn more about how the city handles these situations, and we learned that in Lewisville, the Fire Marshal's office handles most issues related to apartments. That office currently conducts yearly inspections of all multi-family housing, actually entering a unit from each building, and checking it top-to-bottom for compliance with all codes.

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Group Distributes Partisan Questionnaire to Local Candidates

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 Posted by Runfellow on 2015/4/11 18:00:00 (577 reads)

Open in new windowA group calling itself the “Denton County Conservative Coalition” sent out an email Friday detailing instructions for local candidates to fill out a questionnaire filled with partisan national issues, The Lewisville Texan Journal has confirmed. The survey asks candidates about a wide range of issues, including their stance on the American Civil Liberties Union and Sharia Law.

The Denton County Conservative Coalition, or "D3C", labels itself in an email sent to candidates as a “newly formed grassroots organization dedicated to keeping Denton County the exceptional place to live and work that we all know and love.”

Questions from the survey (which is included at the bottom of this article as a PDF document) include:
Quote:

10) Do you believe the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is an organization for good in America? Y N
[...]
12) Yes or No: I believe that the US military should be strong, well-funded and in a perpetual
state of world-class readiness.
[...]
14) Do you believe that life begins at conception and should be protected? Y N
Are there any exceptions?
[...]
16) Do you believe Sharia Law should be recognized in U.S. Courts? Y N

Not included in the survey are questions directly related to municipal governance, or addressing Lewisville issues specifically.

In recent years, a few local candidates in races for Lewisville City Council have attempted to use national partisan issues to gain votes, with very limited success. Current candidate for Mayor John Gorena, who won support in 2009 by advocating that Lewisville should emulate Farmers Branch and its costly immigration policies, found himself supporting losing candidates in each local election between 2011 and 2013. Each of the campaigns he supported in that time – including his own – lost out to candidates who focused on local issues.

Finally, in what could only be considered a unique requirement, the organization is requiring that all candidates have the completed document notarized before returning via email in the span of a week.

Those who are interested in reading the entire questionnaire can see a complete version here (PDF document).

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TNMP Offering $5,000 grants to non-profits, free training on grant writing

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/4/10 21:05:09 (361 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowGrants of up to $5,000 each will be available this spring to qualifying non-profit organizations that are served by Texas-New Mexico Power.

TNMP Power Grants can be used to fund a broad variety of projects, including (but not limited to):

- Community safety
- Economic development
- Education
- Environment

Grants are available from the TNMP Fund, which is seeking innovative and creative proposals to help build vibrant communities.

Based in Lewisville, TNMP is a lines-and-poles company, serving 236,000 homes and business in Texas with power. It has about 375 employees in more than 20 communities in Texas.

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Updated: Second suspect in murder captured in New Orleans

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/4/10 10:50:00 (1632 reads)

Update: 4/13/2015 - 10:30 a.m.:
Over the weekend, Detectives received information that Stanley had fled to Louisiana. LPD contacted the New Orleans Police Department who located Stanley and arrested him without incident. Stanley is currently awaiting extradition in the Orleans Parish County Jail.

The other suspect, Adrian Quigley is being held in Denton County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond on a capital murder charge, and $7,000 in bonds relating to marijuana charges.


Original Story:
Open in new windowAn additional arrest warrant has been issued for the second suspect involved in Tuesday night's murder.

Lewisville Police Detectives with assistance from the Texas Rangers have learned that 22 year-old Demico Stanley was involved in this murder. Detectives have obtained a Capital Murder warrant for Stanley’s arrest and are actively looking for him. Stanley should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone seeing Stanley should call 911 and stay clear of him.

LPD Detectives and Texas Rangers recovered the car that suspects fled the murder scene in, Thursday night in Teague, Texas. Evidence was recovered from the processing of this car. Stanley may be in this area or back in the DFW area.

Denton County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for the arrest of Stanley. You may submit a tip to Crime stoppers on-line or by calling 1-800-388-TIPS (8477). Callers can remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward if the information given leads to an arrest or grand jury indictment of an offender.

You may also 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. There are several other ways to contact Lewisville police.

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Suspect in Custody: Lewisville Police Investigating Shooting Death

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/4/7 21:00:00 (11471 reads)

Open in new windowLewisville Police detectives are investigating a murder that happened Tuesday night at the Hampton Bay Apartments at 248 E. Southwest Parkway.

Captain Dan Rochelle said that police received a call at 7:21 p.m. that a person had been shot at the location. Police arrived to find a man deceased. The initial investigation shows that there had been an exchange of gunfire in the location. Rochelle said the suspects fled the scene prior to the officers' arrival. The victim is Richard L Myles (a.k.a. Richard L Martin)*, 27.

The City of Lewisville sent a text message alert to some citizens tonight:

"Shooting Suspects - The Lewisville Police Department is looking for two shooting suspects in the area of south 121 Business and Corporate Dr. Suspects are two black males in their middle twenties. One suspect is wearing pink camouflage and the second suspect is wearing a grey tank top. One suspect possibly has a gun shot wound and they are armed with a handgun. If located contact Lewisville PD at 972-219-3640. To confirm: reply with YES and send."


Rochelle said that the two-year-old son of the victim was found at the scene unharmed and that Child Protective Services was called.

Rochelle said Wednesday morning that police have a capital murder warrant for one suspect: known Crips gang member Adrian Quigley. They believe he was attempting to rob the victim of narcotics, and that he was shot in the process. Witnesses told police that they saw him bleeding from the torso, and police did find blood near where his car was parked. Rochelle said that so far, the suspect has not presented to a hospital for treatment for his wounds.

Quigley is a black male, 5'9" in height, 200 lbs. The suspect vehicle is said to be a Chevy Cruze, license plate FHB-8115, which is a rental car. Quigley turned himself in Wednesday morning.

If you have information about this or any other crime, contact Lewisville police.

Update 11:36 a.m.:
SUSPECT IN CUSTODY: Captain Rochelle said that Quigley turned himself in shortly after 11 a.m. He has a bullet wound to his shoulder area, and has been taken to the hospital for treatment. We should have more soon. Rochelle also noted that Quigley is no longer a Bloods gang member as originally believed, but that he is in the Crips. We have updated the story.

Update 4/16/2015:
Based on information received from the Lewisville Police Department, we have updated the victim's name to Richard L. Martin. The original release from LPD had the name as Richard L Myles, which we also published here.

Update 4/17/2015:
Please see further clarification of this story, and the victim's name in our followup story.

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Traffic Pattern Changes in the Lake Cities Area Scheduled, Ramp Will Temporarily Close as Work is Being Performed

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/4/7 20:30:00 (510 reads)

Open in new windowHICKORY CREEK – As work begins on the mainlane and frontage road bridges that will eventually travel over Turbeville/Hundley Road, the southbound I-35E entrance ramp at Lake Hill Drive will be continuously closed beginning at 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 and is expected to open as a temporary exit ramp by 6 a.m., Saturday, April 18. Law enforcement will be onsite to assist with traffic control.

While this work is being performed, southbound traffic wishing to access I-35E will continue south on the frontage road and enter I-35E near the South Denton/Lake Dallas Drive bridge. This ramp configuration is expected to last approximately six months.

This work is the first in a series of ramp conversions and closures needed for the extension of Turbeville Road/Hundley Road in the cities of Lake Dallas and Hickory Creek. As part of the 35Express project, the North Denton/Lake Dallas Drive bridge will be demolished in late 2015 and the Turbeville/Hundley Road extension will serve as the new east-west connection. The reconfigured, at-grade roadway will travel underneath the interstate and frontage roads.

All closures are subject to weather conditions and may be postponed, if necessary. For more information on the 35Express project and to sign up to receive text alerts, please visit www.35Express.org or call 214-483-7777.

Keywords:
- 35Express

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