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Lewisville Police Shooting Team Takes Top Honors at Tactical Competition

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/10/29 21:10:00 (443 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowTwo members of the Lewisville Police Department Shooting Team recently returned from a trip to the East Coast where they enjoyed great success competing in an NRA Tactical Police Competition. Hosted at the Sig Sauer Training Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, this event attracted Police, Military & Private Security competitors from all over the country to test their skills with the three primary weapons they use to defend themselves and the citizens they serve.

Six different stages were created, challenging officers to find the quickest and most accurate means to defeat a particular threat. Each of these scenarios would call for the use of a handgun, shotgun or patrol rifle. Often, the task would require the deployment of a combination of these weapons.

A total of 89 competitors and 20 teams participated; dividing themselves into two separate divisions based upon their equipment. Patrol division is limited to iron sighted rifles and pump shotguns while Tactical division allows for the more advanced rifle optics and semi-automatic shotguns.

Once the “smoke had cleared” it was Lewisville PD that took home the top honors. Individually, Sergeant Kenneth Naffziger placed First in the Tactical Division while Lieutenant Mike Lane secured Second place. These top finishing scores guaranteed they would also be bringing home the First Place Team honors as well.

Lane explained that scores are based on the time in seconds to clear each course by hitting a each target. (The lower the score, the better) Hits outside the bullseye add time penalties to the scores. Lane had a combined time of 449.29 seconds and Naffziger beat that with 404.87. Their team score was 854.16 - the sum of those times.

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DCTA, NCTCOG Funding Lewisville Hike-Bike Trails

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 Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/10/28 20:40:00 (424 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowLewisville will soon have 12.3 miles more trails for walking and biking, connected to rail stations thanks to a project from the Denton County Transit Authority (DCTA) and a grant from the North Central Texas Council of Governments. (NCTCOG) with City of Lewisville matching funds.

DCTA is building its Lewisville Bike Trail mostly along its right of way. The trail will run from the Highland Village / Lewisville Lake Station on the North, down the rail right-of-way to the KCS railroad crossing on Mill street, then via the Valley Ridge Boulevard extension to College Street, east of the Old Town Station, then across the eastern side of Railroad Park, and across to the DCTA right-of-way, and southward down to Hebron Station. The northern end will connect to the trails leading to Denton, and the southern end will connect to Carrollton. From the northern station to the southern station, the trail is about 8.1 miles, and will consist of 12 foot wide concrete. DCTA will spend a total of $3.5 million on the project, the majority of which is budgeted in its 2014/15 Capital Improvement Plan. The DCTA trail is part of the regional Veloweb trail system. We have reached out to DCTA for details on construction status and timing.

- See DCTA's Lewisville Bike Trail Map

In May, the City of Lewisville applied for a grant from NCTCOG to build the 4.2 mile Garden Ridge Trail, and that grant was recently approved. The $2 million project is paid for with about $1.5 million in NCTCOG funds originating with the State of Texas’ Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), and a half-million dollar match from the City of Lewisville. The trail begins at the DCTA Highland Village / Lewisville Lake Station, crossing the new bridge over I-35E, then going down Garden Ridge, and connecting via a greenbelt to Highland Village, and continuing down Garden Ridge to Valley Parkway. From Valley Parkway, the trail splits off at Civic Circle, and both sections end at Main Street.

1.25 miles of the trail will be 12 foot wide concrete through the Garden Ridge median with the remainder at 6-8 feet enhanced sidewalks. The City of Lewisville will contract for the construction of this trail, will include 4.2 miles of shared-use paths, sidewalk, ADA ramps and shared pavement markings for bicycles in the driving lanes.
- See Garden Ridge Trail schematic Attachment
- See City of Lewisville Trails Master Plan

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Lewisville Police Offer Free Medication Disposal Year-Round

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/10/28 18:40:00 (183 reads)

Open in new windowIn an effort to help people safely get rid of unused medicine, Lewisville Police Department has installed a collection box in the jail lobby, located at 1187 W. Main Street. The lobby is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Residents 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 it in the red metal box located in the lobby.

Accepted:
- Prescriptions (including liquids, pills, capsules, patches, ointments, and others)
- Over-the-counter medications
- Vitamins
- Samples
- Pet Medications

Not Accepted:
- Syringes / Needles / Sharps
- Inhalers
- Thermometers
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Liquids, lotions, or ointments (that are not prescriptions)
- Illicit Schedule 1 drugs like marijuana, heroin, MDMA (ecstasy), LSD, GHB, psilocybin, methaqualone, khat, bath salts.
- Medications collected by businesses or clinics. (They pay for their own disposal. This service is for individuals.)

The primary purposes of the drug disposal program are to keep the drugs from going down the drain and entering the water supply or damaging the environment, as well as reducing the chance that the drugs could be abused.

For drugs that cannot be disposed of in the collection box, it is recommended to seal them in a bag and place them in the trash to go to the landfill. If it is an illicit substance that can be abused, and for whatever reason you prefer not to involve the police, Police Chief Russ Kerbow says that you can mix it with coffee grounds or kitty litter to reduce any chances of having it fished out.

For more information about disposing of drugs, read the DEA drug disposal fact sheet.

Flower Mound also has a collection box at their police department at 4150 Kirkpatrick Lane.

*Notes: For privacy reasons, DEA encourages persons not to place prescription bottles in collection receptacles. While LTJ certainly does not provide legal advice, our recommendation would be to remove just the portion of the label containing your name and prescription number, but leaving the name of the drug so that authorities can dispose of it properly. Chief Kerbow said "I don't think we can control whether it is in an original container or not. They are free to remove their name, no question."

Contains material from a submitted report. Photo by Lewisville Texan Journal

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Bogard Lane Closed at I-35 For the Rest of the Year

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/10/26 21:40:00 (96 reads)

As construction continues on Interstate 35E near FM 407, Bogard Lane will be closed between McGee Lane and the southbound I-35E frontage road beginning Monday, Oct. 27 through Saturday, Dec. 27.

Detours are as follows:

Motorists needing to access Bogard Lane from the southbound I-35E frontage road will be routed to FM 407 then north onto McGee Lane and back to Bogard Lane.

Motorists needing to access the southbound I-35E frontage road from Bogard Lane will travel south on McGee Lane and then east on FM 407.

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Community Meeting Scheduled for I-35 Project Status Update

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/10/26 21:40:00 (132 reads)

Open in new windowThe 35Express team will hold a series of community meetings in October to provide updates on the $1.4 billion highway project. The meetings, held twice a year, are an opportunity for the public to get up-to-speed on the work that has been completed on the project and learn about upcoming construction. Each meeting will highlight a different segment of the 30-mile corridor.

The meeting for the middle segment of the project in Lewisville, Highland Village, Lake Dallas and Hickory Creek will be held Thursday, Oct. 30, at 6:30 p.m., at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street.

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Teen Driver Accidentally Kills 12 Year Old

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/10/26 0:05:33 (1078 reads)

From Lewisville Police Department:

On Friday, October 24th at 6:37 p.m. the Lewisville Fire and Police Departments were dispatched to a major accident at a mobile home park located at 1708 Bunker Hill Lane.

The preliminary investigation has revealed that a sixteen year-old Lewisville resident was told by her father that she could start the car in preparation for leaving their house. Her father was teaching her some basics of car operations and she placed the 4-door Nissan Sentra in reverse, accelerating rapidly out of the driveway. She crossed the road and struck Eric Lozano, a 12 year-old Lewisville resident pinning him against a home. A 10 year old was also struck but not seriously injured.

Lewisville Paramedics transported Lozano to the Medical Center of Lewisville where he was pronounced deceased.

The juvenile driver did not have a drivers license.

Fatality Investigator Persinger is currently investigating this case.

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Denton County Celebrates Groundbreaking of Government Center

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/10/25 9:50:00 (192 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowFriday Afternoon, local dignitaries from Denton County, and the cities in and around County Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell's Precinct 3, gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new 40,700 square foot, two story, LEED Gold certified building. According to the Denton County Capital Improvements Program document for 2013, the Denton County Precinct 3 Government Center will cost $8.5 million, and will house Commissioner Mitchell's office, as well as Justice of the Peace Becky Kerbow's office and court, Constable Jerry Raburn's Office, the tax office, Department of Public Safety, adult probation, and a satellite office for the County Clerk.

The building will be located across Civic Circle from the old building, at the corner of Civic Circle and Valley Parkway, behind the current Child Protective Services building.

The LEED Certified two-story building will be very energy and water-efficient with state-of-the-art electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems, and is constructed with local brick and cast stone and a standing seam metal roof. Landscaping will utilize indigenous Texas plants.

County officials believe the new building will decrease operating costs and allow for more efficient operations and accomodation of the public. The existing Lee Walker Government Center that currently houses the County Commissioner's office, JP, and Constable offices, will be renovated in a later phase and used to house other departments currently in leased spaces.

Construction is expected to take about a year for the new Denton County Precinct 3 Government Center.

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Affidavit Sheds Light on Shooting Details, Shooter's Gang Affiliation

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/10/24 22:30:00 (1900 reads)

Open in new windowFriday Afternoon, The Lewisville Texan Journal obtained probable cause affidavits from the Lewisville Police Department that clarified the details of the shooting that happened Wednesday afternoon at The Madison apartment complex on Round Grove Road. The affidavits received were not only from the incident Wednesday, but from two prior incidents we learned about in one of the suspects’ criminal histories.

We reported previously that the shooting happened around 4:30 p.m., but the affidavit puts the time of the first 911 calls at 4:11 p.m. Police said that two witnesses who were on scene during the shooting were able to describe the incident.

The story that detectives were able to put together for the affidavit on Wednesday night to obtain an arrest warrant is as follows:

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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 (5723 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...

Read the original story...

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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 (25232 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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