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Crime and Accident Updates from Lewisville and Flower Mound

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/9/29 21:00:17 (808 reads)

Open in new windowThe following updates are from the Lewisville and Flower Mound Police Departments, with additional information in some cases:

Lewisville Shooting Victim dies from injury
Verland Scott Johansen died from his wounds Friday, after being shot Tuesday night in what can only be described as a random encounter with a mad man.

Charlene Collins, LPD's crime victim liaison investigator, is working closely with the Johansen family to help them through this difficult time.

The alleged assailant, Stephen Bielicke, remains in Denton County Jail in lieu of $510,000 total bond, facing charges of murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and unlawful carrying of a weapon.

At this point, donors have raised over $10,000 for the family of the victim.

Open in new windowFlower Mound Woman Murdered, Estranged Husband Charged
The Flower Mound Police Department has arrested and charged Daniel Fink 41, with the murder of his estranged wife Aide Fink, 50, of Flower Mound. Ms. Fink was found at her residence Thursday in the 3300 block of Heather Glen Drive with multiple gunshot wounds. Ms. Fink was treated at the scene and transported to a Medical Center of Lewisville where she passed away.

The three children, age 7 to 16. who were at the residence at the time of the incident, are now in the custody of Child Protective Services.

The Flower Mound Police Department has confirmed that Daniel Fink is currently employed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection section of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The Flower Mound Police Department has also confirmed prior calls at the address concerning the Finks. However, no charges or criminal offenses were determined to have occurred regarding these calls.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner has ruled Fink's death a homicide.

Fatal Crash in Lewisville Pond
On September 24, 2014, at approximately 11:45 p.m., a citizen reported hearing a crash and seeing a car in a pond alongside 1800 Waters Ridge Drive. Officers and fire department personnel responded to the scene and located a Ford Focus in the pond. The driver, Bradimer Dejesus, 36, was found deceased in the vehicle. Officer Jeffrey Persinger’s investigation revealed the vehicle was travelling southbound on Waters Ridge and failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway, drove over a rock embankment and into the pond. The body of the deceased was transported to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy.

The Medical Examiner has ruled that the death was caused by drowning due to entrapment in the submerged car, and that the manner of death was an accident.


Open in new windowMan Convicted in 2012 Lewisville Murder
On November 18, 2012, Jacob Gutierrez, 26, was shot multiple times, and found lying in the front yard of his residence in the 1200 block of North Cowan Avenue. The suspect, fifty-eight year old Humberto Martinez-Benitez, was arrested in Carrollton a short time later. Detective Scott Kelly was the lead investigator for this case.

This case went to trial last week and Martinez-Benitez plead guilty before trial but opted to have a jury decide his punishment. The Denton County Jury sentenced him to 90 years in prison.


Flower Mound Streaker
On Friday, the Flower Mound Police Department received a report of a naked person walking in the 1900 block of Timber Creek Road, near Timber Creek Elementary School. The police immediately responded and made contact with the subject, who was immediately taken into custody without incident.

The subject, an 18-year-old white male Flower Mound resident, was arrested the previous day, September 25, for his involvement in a similar incident on the Marcus High School campus and bonded out of jail the same day. The subject has been transferred to a mental health facility for evaluation following today’s incident.

Bicyclist Injured in Crash - Fox Avenue
On Friday, September 26, 2014, at approximately 8:30 p.m., officers responded to the 700 block of Fox Avenue for a crash between a vehicle and a bicyclist. A 32 year-old male on a bicycle attempted to cross Fox Avenue southbound. A Ford F-250 was eastbound in the right lane and struck the bicyclist. The bicyclist was transported to Parkland Hospital by Lewisville paramedics. Officer Jeffrey Persinger reported the bicyclist failed to yield the right of way at an open intersection.

Auto/Pedestrian Crash - S.H. 121 Business
On Sunday, September 28, 2014, at approximately 7:30 p.m., a Ford Explorer struck a 48 year-old male after he walked into the road. The Ford Explorer was travelling northbound in the 1600 block of South State Highway 121 (Business) when the pedestrian attempted to cross the roadway westbound. The pedestrian was crossing the roadway in mid-block and not in a designated crosswalk. The driver of the Explorer immediately stopped, and emergency personnel were contacted. Lewisville Fire Department paramedics transported the pedestrian to Parkland Hospital. Officer Chang Chi reported the pedestrian failed to yield the right of way to the vehicle.

Parolee Impersonates a Police Officer
On Wednesday, September 24, a resident in the 600 block of Milton Street reported one of her neighbors had trespassed into her backyard and was messing with a window. The case was assigned to Detective Gibbins for follow-up investigation. During this same time frame, this same suspect was wearing a police jacket with a badge and telling his neighbors he was a Police Officer. His neighbors became concerned because they knew this subject was on parole and couldn’t be a police officer. A report was filed and assigned to Detective Fisher for follow-up investigation. Both Fisher and Gibbins were able to obtain the necessary probable cause to obtain warrants for both offenses. The warrants were obtained and the suspect has been arrested on both warrants.

Open in new windowPolice Identify Theft Suspect
On September 6th, a suspect stole approximately $15,000 to $20,000 worth of tools from a work trailer parked in a hotel parking lot in the 800 block of South I-35E.Hotel management provided a video of the offense and police identified a room the suspect had visited. The case was assigned to Detective Bryan Gibbins for follow-up investigation. During his investigation, Gibbins positively identified the suspect as Dustin Wayne Myers, 24, and obtained a warrant for his arrest.

On September 15, this same suspect stole a vehicle from the parking lot of a gas station in the 100 block of East Round Grove Road. This report was taken by Officer Steve Newkirk, who recognized the description of this suspect and believed it to be the same suspect. This case was assigned to Detective Ryan Maly for follow-up investigation. During his investigation, Maly positively identified the suspect as the same one involved in the offense investigated by Gibbins.

This suspect has been arrested for both offenses.

Ed. Note: We wonder what it was about the description that made Myers so recognizable...

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Shooting Victim Dies from Injury

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/9/27 0:38:59 (761 reads)

Open in new windowThe Lewisville Police Department has shared that the victim in Tuesday's shooting in Lewisville - 65 year-old Verland Scott Johansen of Flower Mound (right), has passed away from his injuries Friday.

Police said that his assailant, Stephen Bielicke is now being held in Denton County Jail on a charge of murder. Bond is set at $500,000.

Donors have raised $5,600 so far to help Johansen's family.

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Updated: Man Shot on I-35 in Lewisville Tuesday Night; Police Catch Shooter

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 Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/9/24 6:50:00 (7508 reads)

This story has been updated several times. Please scroll down for the latest updates.

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Details are scarce at this point, but we have learned that a man was shot Tuesday night around 10:30 p.m.

According to Lewisville Police Captain Dan Rochelle, police and fire rescue responded to what they first thought was a vehicle crash on northbound I-35, just south of the Main Street bridge.

The victim was being chased on the service road by the assailant, who was shooting at him. The victim lost control of the vehicle, entered the highway, and hit a center guardrail.

When first reached by paramedics, the victim was alert and talking. He was taken by ambulance to Medical Center of Lewisville, then airlifted to another hospital for treatment.

The suspect vehicle is described right now only as a small-looking SUV.

Police briefly shut down I-35 for their investigation. Rochelle said that police did find shell casings.

Rochelle did not have an update on the victim's condition, and was not providing information on the man's name, age, or city of residence at this point.

An online account of the incident by Facebook users who were listening to the police scanner said that the incident resulted from an altercation that occurred at S.H. 121 Business and Main Street, at the QT gas station, but LTJ has not confirmed that. Unfortunately, LTJ's scanner recording system malfunctioned, and did not record last night.

Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to contact the Department’s crime tip line at 972-219-TIPS (8477).

Update #1 - 11:15 a.m.:
NBC 5 has a story with a photo from the scene, but with the same information we have.

Open in new windowUpdate #2: 3:30 p.m.: Lewisville Police Department says they have a suspect in custody after last night's shooting. The suspect, identified as Stephen Bielicke, 53 of Lewisville, (mugshot at right) was arrested a short time after the shooting Tuesday night.

In a statement distributed at a press conference held Wednesday afternoon, Captain Dan Rochelle said that the victim, identified as Verland Scott Johansen, 65, of Flower Mound was on his way to work Tuesday night when he encountered Bilicke at a convenience store in the 800 block of East SH 121 Business. Witnesses said that Bielicke had been driving around to several convenience stores using store phones and payphones to call his ex-wife in McKinney and threaten her. Bielicke allegedly threatened to kill his ex-wife and other members of her family.

While at these stores, Bielicke allegedly was trying to create confrontations with strangers. Bielicke was witnessed screaming at Johansen, but police say they do not believe the two knew each other, or that Johansen did anything to gain Bielicke's attention.

About 45 minutes after the shooting, officers responded to a convenience store in the 100 block of east Corporate Dr., on a report of a man displaying a gun and threatening people. As the suspect left, a clerk obtained his license plate number and relayed the information to police.

Officer Duk Lee went to the address where the vehicle registration returned to in the 2300 block of San Jacinto Drive. Once there, Officer Lee observed a subject matching the store’s suspect description and contacted him. Bielicke was in his garage near his small SUV type vehicle. Bielicke admitted that he had a gun in the car but refused to allow officers to retrieve it.

Detective Brad Kenney was called in and after interviewing witnesses at the store obtained an arrest warrant for Bielicke as well as a search warrant. Officers did locate a semi-automatic firearm in the vehicle as well as ammunition that matched the shell casings found at the highway shooting.

Bielicke was initially arrested for Unlawful Carrying of Weapon on Alcohol Premises, but Detective Scott Kelly obtained a warrant for Bielicke for Aggravated Assault.

Bielecke is being held in Lewisville Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond. Rochelle said Bielicke is not speaking with detectives.

The victim, Verland Scott Johansen, was flown to Baylor Hospital in Dallas, where he is in critical condition. Police say he was shot once in the head.

Update #3 - 4:42 p.m.:
Lewisville PD had previously released a transposed name for the victim, which we have corrected to read Verland Scott Johansen.

Update #4 - 5:45 p.m.:
The Lewisville Texan Journal has obtained the search warrant and probable cause affidavits in this case, and we have learned the following:

- Bielicke called his wife earlier in the night from the 7-11 store on the corner of Corporate and S.H. 121 Business. A man at the home said that Bielicke threatened to kill the man, Bielicke's wife, and their children. The man, who lives in McKinney, called police there who were also investigating.

- Immediately after leaving the 7-11 for the first time, Bielicke went to the QuikTrip at 801 E S.H. 121 Business - at the intersection of Main Street and S.H. 121 Business. At this location, Bielicke confronted Johansen, screaming at him: "You want to fu** with me, motherfu**er!" over and over.

- When Johansen left the location in his car, Bielicke followed him. First down Main Street, then after Johansen U-turned, and went West on SH 121 Business, Bielicke continued to follow.

- After Johansen turned North on I-35E service road, when the two passed Fox Avenue, Bielicke fired about 6 shots at Johansen's car.

- Johansen was struck once in the right side of his head, near his ear. The bullet fragmented and fractured his right temporal lobe.

- Police recovered 4 fresh Winchester .40 caliber S&W shell casings from the I-35 Service road.

- Police searched Bielicke's home and vehicle this morning at around 5:45 a.m.

- The weapon recovered from Bielicke's silver Hyundai was a black Glock model 27 (baby Glock) .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun. Police also recovered one empty 9-round capacity magazine, and two live (unfired) .40 caliber hollowpoint rounds matching the shell casings found at the scene. The shell-casings found at the scene also had primer strike marks matching those from the Glock 27. Police also seized an iPhone from Bielicke.

Original version has been updated to reflect the QuikTrip address, which had previously been stated as 1700 block.

Update 9/27/2014 - 12:30 a.m.:
Johansen has died from his injuries, and Bielicke is now charged with murder.

We will update this story with any additional information we receive.

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Lewisville Steps Back from Enforcement on Fence-Staining Ordinance

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/9/22 20:28:55 (1153 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowLewisville residents have recently been receiving letters from the City of Lewisville, warning them that their unstained, unpainted wooden fences are in violation of a city ordinance. The letters say that if the residents do not paint or stain their fence, they can be receive a citation each day, and the city could hire someone to fix the problem, then bill the resident for the cost, plus an additional $250 administrative fee. Failure to pay, they said, would result in a lien being placed against the property. (Click the image on the right to enlarge)

No, the Lewisville didn’t suddenly become a homeowners association. Rather, in May of 2013, the Lewisville City Council adopted the International Property Maintenance Code - one of a series of I-codes the city had already adopted to address building standards. The IPMC is intended to standardize local codes regarding the maintenance of existing properties. Section 304.2 of the code requires that all exterior surfaces be painted or stained, except in limited conditions:

304.2 Protective treatment. All exterior surfaces, including but not limited to, doors, door and window frames, cornices, porches, trim, balconies, decks and fences, shall be maintained in good condition. Exterior wood surfaces, other than decay-resistant woods, shall be protected from the elements and decay by painting or other protective covering or treatment. Peeling, flaking and chipped paint shall be eliminated and surfaces repainted. ...


After some back-and-forth today, the city has said it has not issued any citations over fence-staining, and will not do so in the immediate future.

The purpose of adoption of the IPMC, which had been recommended by the Neighborhood Preservation Committee, was to raise the standards of how Lewisville’s neighborhoods look. Residents often complain the neighborhoods look run down, or that the city doesn’t do enough to make people maintain their properties.

We contacted Lewisville Director of Neighborhood Services Cleve Joiner today to ask about the city’s new enforcement over fences, and he had this to say:

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FBI Seeks Public Help Identifying Bank Robber

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/9/20 10:46:29 (754 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowDALLAS— The Dallas FBI Violent Crimes Task Force and the Dallas Police Department are requesting the public’s assistance to identify the suspect responsible for robbing the Wells Fargo Bank at 17088 Preston Road in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, August 30, 2014.

The suspect entered the bank and demanded money; she received an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the location on foot. Although the robber displayed a handgun, no one was physically injured.

The suspect is described as a black female with shoulder-length black hair, wearing a white shirt, blue athletic pants and a two-tone blue cap with the “Mavs” logo. She appears to be in her 30s - 40s, approximately 6’0” tall, and approximately 240 pounds.

The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is urged to call the Dallas FBI office at 972-559-5000 or the North Texas Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-877-373-TIPS (8477).

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Chief's Weekly Update: Police Investigate on Bank Robbery

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/9/10 7:07:22 (824 reads)

Open in new windowHere is the Lewisville Police Chief's weekly update for the week of September 1 - 7, 2014

Open in new windowPolice Investigate Bank Robbery
On Saturday, September 6, at approximately 12:00 p.m., officers were dispatched to a bank robbery in the 400 block of East Round Grove Road. Witnesses stated that the male suspect entered the bank and presented a demand note to the teller. The suspect, pictured at right, stands between 5’06”and 5’11” tall and has an average build. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a long-sleeved green shirt with blue stripes, a dark cap with an emblem on the front, and glasses. The suspect fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of money. Anyone with information on this robbery is asked to contact the Department’s crime tip line at 972-219-TIPS (8477) or Denton County Crime Stoppers at 800-388-TIPS (8477).

Open in new windowMedication Disposal Event
The City of Lewisville is teaming up with LISD and the DEA to hold another medication disposal event. The goal of this operation is really two-fold, to reduce the risk of prescription drug abuse and increased awareness of this critical public health issue.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. As with past events, the Lewisville disposal location will be the parking lot of Lewisville High School at 1098 West Main Street. Many other cities are participating in this event, so other locations are also available; however, this is the only Lewisville location.

This is a great opportunity for those who have missed previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

Detectives Investigate Residential Burglary and Subsequent Vehicle Theft
On August 25, Officer Robert Feagins was dispatched to the 2000 block of Lakepointe Drive regarding a burglary of a habitation. Stolen during the burglary were the keys to the victim’s vehicle. The following day, the victim’s vehicle was stolen. The victim was able to recover her own vehicle by utilizing its onboard navigation system. She found it at her adult son's place of work, making him the primary suspect in the burglary. On September 4, the victim called the P.D. to inform us of the vehicle recovery. The victim had apparently tried to get her son to return the remainder of her stolen items, but was unsuccessful. The case was assigned to Detective Mitch Colbath for follow-up investigation. On September 5, Detectives Colbath and Darlington drove to Denton and made contact with the victim’s son. The Detectives recovered the victim’s keys and her debit card. The investigation into the matter continues.

CPR Saves Lives
On the afternoon of Friday, September 5, Dispatcher Scott Yowell received a phone call regarding an 18 year-old female who was suffering from an overdose. Scott provided the caller with CPR instructions, counting compressions with them until paramedics arrived. Great Job, Scott!

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Lewisville To Spray Again for Mosquitoes Monday and Tuesday Nights

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/9/8 8:06:51 (829 reads)

Open in new windowTexas Department of State Health Services this week confirmed the city's eighth positive West Nile Virus mosquito trap for 2014. Two positive samples came from a trap collected in the 800 block of College Street. One sample was confirmed in the area of the 1600 block of Purgatory Pass.

Open in new windowOpen in new windowGround spraying will be conducted next week within a quarter-mile radius of both two locations. Spraying will take place in the College Street area the nights of Sept. 8-9, and in the Purgatory Pass area the nights of Sept. 10-11. This is the second time for ground spraying in the College Street location. A larger map of the spraying areas is available on the city website, cityoflewisville.com.

City crews are regularly walking through and visually inspecting creeks and drainage channels to look for potential mosquito breeding sites. The city has nearly a dozen workers in the Parks and Animal Services divisions who are state-certified to apply anti-larval dunks or localized pesticide to curb the mosquito population. Residents also are encouraged to report standing water on city-maintained property by calling Lewisville Animal Control at 972.219.3478.

The Texas Department of Health operates a toll-free WNV information line in both English and Spanish at 888.883.9997, and has expanded information posted on its Web site at tdh.state.tx.us. Denton County Health Department also has information about West Nile virus at 940.349.2907, or on the Web.

From a submitted report

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Home Invasion Robbery in Castle Hills

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/9/8 7:09:14 (1412 reads)

Open in new windowSaturday night, August 23rd, at about 11:20 p.m., residents of a home in the exclusive gated “Enchanted Hills” section of multi-million dollar homes in Castle Hills were robbed at gunpoint by six men in a home invasion. A relative who had visited the family was leaving when four of the men came up to his car and pointed their guns at his head, according to a witness statement on social media. With the relative at gunpoint, the men gained access to the home, and rounded up three adults and four young girls.

The witness says the men had handguns, long guns that she believed to be rifles, and tazers, which they used on the adult men, who were not fighting the robbers. The robbers were looking for cash, jewelry, and “anything quick they could get their hands on”.

Lewisville Assistant Police Chief Jay Powell confirmed that the department was investigating the robbery and following a few leads, but said that the police department would not be releasing any details at this point in order not to jeopardize the investigation.

The victim said she thought the robbers had jumped over a golf course fence to get into the neighborhood.

“I thank God every minute that we are alive and here today,” said the witness. “For those 14 minutes they were in the house I didn’t think I’d ever see any of my kids again. “

The victim used social media to implore that her neighbors get alarms and cameras, and to be aware.
“We have an alarm system and camera system, but ¡t still happened to us,” she said. Powell agreed with her tips.

We were unable to contact the victim for any further details as of the time we posted this. We will update the story if we hear of any arrests, or if police provide additional information.

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Sheriff's Deputy Godi Receives Star of Texas Award

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/9/6 10:00:49 (761 reads)

Open in new windowDenton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Josh Godi received the Star of Texas Award on September 3, 2014 in the House of Representatives Room in the Capitol Building in Austin. Governor Rick Perry presented the award which honors all Texas peace officers and federal law enforcement officers or special agents acting in assistance to state or local law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency medical first responders who were seriously injured or killed in the line of duty on or after September 1, 2003. Deputy Godi had previously been awarded the Purple Heart by Sheriff Will Travis.

Sheriff Travis, along with Deputy Godi’s family attended the ceremony. Sheriff Travis said, “I was extremely proud to be present while the Governor honored one of our own!”

In July of 2012, Deputy Godi had finished a call in the Providence area, and parked to write up his notes. He was talking to another Deputy who was briefing him on the person with whom they were dealing. Deputy Godi saw a car approaching from behind, and saw the car go off the road. The last thing he remembers was the crunch. For the next 3 months, he couldn’t remember anything.

After the accident, he handled the scene, called paramedics, called his sergeant, and secured the scene until back up arrived. He made sure the driver of the other car and his own passenger were seen by medics before they took care of him. He doesn't remember any of that.

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Youth Orchestra to Make Its Home at MCL Grand in Lewisville

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/9/6 9:40:00 (258 reads)

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North Texas Youth Orchestra practices (Photo by Joan Wozny)
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North Texas Youth Orchestra Musical Director Julianne Booth
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Youth Orchestra Selects Theater to Attract Regional Talent and Provide Top Quality Venue for Performances; Auditions Currently Underway

The North Texas Youth Orchestra (NTYO), a non-profit fine art organization dedicated to providing an outstanding musical experience for the area’s most talented young musicians, announced it has selected the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater as its new home. This venue, which features a 296-seat acoustically designed theater, will host the NTYO’s 2014-2015 Concert Series. The NTYO will also conduct its regular rehearsals at the theater.

According to the North Texas Youth Orchestra, location and theater quality were factors in their selection. “Thanks to the outstanding UIL band programs in area middle schools and high schools, north Texas is rich with outstanding talent,” said Julianne Booth, artistic director and conductor for the North Texas Youth Orchestra. “The Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater is ideally located to draw talent from all over the region. Additionally, the acoustics of the MCL Grand are remarkable, and will add to the true ‘theater experience’ for our young performers while enhancing the quality of the performance for the audience.”

Booth said the NTYO draws a broad mix of talented musicians who share in their desire to excel musically. “As a symphony orchestra, our musicians are comprised of strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion,” said Booth. “Ours is a unique opportunity for young musicians to perform with a full symphony orchestra, something not common in most school band and orchestra programs. Additionally, our concerts feature selections that really push our performers technically, but also provide an eclectic and compelling mix of musical styles, ranging from classical to big band to movie scores.”

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