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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 (2080 reads)

Open in new windowOpen 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.

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.

We will update this story when we learn more.

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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 (22945 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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Texas DSHS reports Texans Cleared from Ebola Monitoring

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/10/20 7:14:55 (175 reads)

Open in new windowThe Texas Department of State Health Services reports this morning that a group of 43 people who were in contact with Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan have now been cleared from monitoring:

A group of 43 people in Texas who had contact with the state's first Ebola patient have been cleared from twice-daily monitoring after reaching the 21-day mark, the longest incubation period for the disease.

They have no Ebola symptoms and are not at risk of developing Ebola. They are able to continue normal daily activities without being monitored for symptoms. The group is a mix of health care workers, household contacts and community members whose last possible contact with the state's first patent was Sept. 28.

State health officials have been working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the local health department in Dallas to closely monitor people who have had contact with the three Ebola patients. About 120 more people continue to be monitored for symptoms.

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Updated: Lewisville Loses Appeal on Sex Offender Ordinance

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 Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/10/18 20:20:00 (2043 reads)

This story was originally posted 7/23/2014, and was updated 10/19/2014.

Open in new windowOpen in new windowIn a ruling released Tuesday, the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a district court ruling from last year that had dismissed a lawsuit against the City of Lewisville over the constitutionality of a city ordinance restricting where registered sex offenders can live.

Aurelio Duarte was convicted in 2006 for online solicitation of a minor. After serving his sentence in prison, he came back to Lewisville in 2010 to live with his family. Due to the city’s sex offender residency restrictions, Duarte and his family were unable to find a suitable residence within the city. Lewisville’s ordinance makes it unlawful for a sex offender to live within 1,500 feet of public parks, playgrounds, private and public schools, public and semi-public swimming pools, rec centers, day care centers, and video arcades. Violating the ordinance is a misdemeanor punishable by a $500 per day fine. After trying in vain to find a residence where he and his family could purchase a home in Lewisville, Duarte and his family sued the City of Lewisville in federal district court in 2012.

The trial court last year dismissed Duarte’s family from the lawsuit, under the rationale that since the ordinance only applied to the offender, the family didn’t have standing to sue. The City of Lewisville had argued, and the trial court had agreed that Duarte had no standing because he hadn’t actually violated the law, and thus had not suffered “actual injury” from it. The City also had argued that Duarte didn’t have enough money to buy a house, and thus didn’t have an actual injury. Lastly, the City of Lewisville argued that the case was moot, since in the intervening time, the family had moved out of their motel room, to a residence in a nearby city.

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Map showing 1,500 foot exclusion zones (red) around various parks, pools, schools, daycares, and other places where children congregate. The ordinance has effectively taken the whole City of Lewisville as off-limits. (Via City of Lewisville Map Service)
The appeals court reversed the trial court, and reinstated Duarte and his family as plaintiffs, remanding the case back to district court without judgement on the actual constitutionality of the ordinance. The appeals court ruled that the case is not moot, because Duarte is seeking both compensatory and nominal damages, and those still stand, even if injunctive relief would be moot at this point.

The ruling means that Duarte and his family can proceed with the lawsuit, and the trial court would consider the plaintiff’s assertion that the ordinance violates the US Constitution. The plaintiffs specifically claim that the ordinance violates the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the 14th Amendment, as well as the Double Jeopardy clause of the 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and it constitutes an ex post facto law in violation of Article I, section 10 of the Constitution.

Plaintiff's attorney Richard Gladden said that the ruling marked the first time nationally that an appeals court has ruled that family members can sue in these cases. "That's a first nationally, although it doesn't seem to have ever been considered by another State or Federal Court," said Gladden.

Read the Appeals Court Decision...

Lewisville City Councilman TJ Gilmore said that the Council had been made aware of the decision by email today, and that City Attorney Liz Plaster would be consulting with the City’s outside counsel to discuss next steps. Gilmore said that any further discussion on the matter would take place in future closed sessions, but would not offer any further comment on the pending litigation.

Update - 10/19/2014:
The City of Lewisville petitioned the 5th Circuit Court for a rehearing en-banc, meaning that instead of a three-judge panel hearing the case, the entire 15-member court would hear it. That request was denied on October 9th, and the order noted that not a single judge requested that a vote be taken.

Plaintiff's attorney Richard Gladden told us about the future of the case:
"As a result of this order, which I just received by email, Lewisville now has 90 days to seek review in the U.S. Supreme Court. There is absolutely no chance of the Supreme Court reviewing the decision made by the Fifth Circuit at this point, and no ethical lawyer would waste his client's money attempting that. However, as you know, our opposing counsel is a snake and it is evident to me, at least, that his sole motive is to leech as much money out of Lewisville as he possibly can. So, I suppose, Lewisville may seek further review there.

If there is no request for further review in the U.S. Supreme Court, the case will soon be back on the District Court's docket in Sherman. Eventually, I expect another motion for summary judgment to be filed by Lewisville, but this time it will be confined to the constitutional issues, I believe. That isn't likely to happen for several weeks, if not months."



Originally posted 7/23/2014.

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Early Voting Starts Monday for November 4th, 2014 Election

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/10/18 8:32:49 (348 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowEarly voting for the November 4th General Election begins Monday, October 20th, and goes through Friday October 31st. Voters will select candidates in various federal, state, and county races, and decide on a constitutional amendment.

About Early Voting
In the State of Texas, any voter can vote early, and is encouraged to do so. Early voting offers a variety of days and hours that almost anyone can fit in, regardless of work schedule or travel. Most locations for early voting have virtually no lines, and you can walk right up, check in, grab your ballot or booth code, vote, and be out of there in 5 minutes or less. The Lewisville Texan Journal highly recommends early voting if you can for several reasons:

  • If you discover there are any problems with your registration, you have time to get it fixed with the county voter registrar.
  • Just in case something happens to you like an illness or unplanned work or travel, or even a bad storm or disaster on election day, you will have already cast your vote.
  • Political campaigns usually try to purge their contact lists of people who early voted already, so by voting, you can sometimes reduce the number of calls and amount of campaign mail that you get.
  • Unlike some election-day polling locations, most early voting locations are well-known, easy to find, and have plenty of parking. If you wait until election day, you must vote in your assigned precinct - which could be some tiny hard-to-find church, or a crowded elementary school on a school day with a full parking lot.


Early voting is not the same as absentee voting, which is limited to certain individuals and situations. For more information on absentee voting by mail, or to obtain a ballot by mail, visit Denton County Elections’ Voting by Mail page.

Days, Times, and Locations
Monday, October 20th - Friday, October 24th: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, October 25th: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 26th: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

A full list of early voting locations is available on the Denton County Elections website, but we will list some of the ones here that might be most convenient for Lewisville residents:

Lewisville Municipal Annex
1197 W. Main Street, Lewisville

Flower Mound Police and Municipal Court Building
4150 Kirkpatrick, Flower Mound

Highland Village Municipal Complex
1000 Highland Village Rd., Highland Village

Carrollton Public Library
4220 N. Josey, Carrollton

The Colony Government Center
6301 Main St., The Colony

Lake Dallas City Hall
212 Main Street, Lake Dallas

Registration and Identification Required
In order to vote in an election in Texas, you must have pre-registered and be listed on the voter rolls for your precinct. If you have recently moved within the county, but have not yet changed your address, then you may vote in your old precinct.

Denton County Residents: Click to check your registration and view a sample ballot.
If you are not registered: Request a voter registration application here.

For now, until final review in the appellate courts, you will need to show an acceptable form of identification if you vote in person. The following are considered acceptable by the State of Texas, and must be no more than 60 days expired:
- Texas Driver’s License (issued by DPS)
- Texas ID Card (issued by DPS)
- Texas Election ID Certificate (issued by DPS)
- Texas Concealed Hangun License (issued by DPS)
- US Military ID Card
- US Citizenship Certificate (no expiration date)
- US Passport

Your voter registration card may be helpful in informing you that you are registered, and tell you what precinct and districts you belong to, but it is NOT considered acceptable identification for voting purposes.

What is on the Ballot?
Stay tuned for another article detailing the races that Lewisville residents will be voting on. Or you can view your sample ballot here.

Election Day Voting
Election day is November 4th, 2014. Polls are open in all locations from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. If there is a line at 7 p.m., polls will remain open to serve anyone who was already in line at 7 p.m. On election day, you may only vote in your assigned precinct location. Your precinct voting location may not be the location closest to your home, and it may change from year to year. The Lewisville Texan Journal will post a list of local precincts and locations as we get closer to election day, but we strongly encourage all voters to try to vote early.


Disclaimer: The Lewisville Texan Journal endeavors to provide accurate information about elections, compiling information from various sources including government websites. Information is provided for informational purposes only, and is subject to change by the election authorities and courts. If you notice an error, please contact us immediately at 469-322-4265 or email editor@lewisvilletexan.com. If you need more information or have questions about your voter registration or election procedures, please call Denton County Elections Administration at 940-349-3200 or email elections@dentoncounty.com.

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Updated: Lewisville Police Seek Help Finding Serial Attacker

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/10/17 16:30:00 (12481 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowLewisville Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a man who has violently assaulted several women near the Timber Creek bridge over SH 121 Business. At least two victims have been assaulted in the area, including a Lewisville High School student.

On Wednesday, October 8th at about 8:45 p.m., according to a message delivered from Lewisville ISD, a female Lewisville High School Harmon Campus student was walking home near The Oaks of Lewisville Apartments. Oak Knoll Circle in that same area, and was attacked and beaten.

On Thursday, October 9th, at approximately 9:50 p.m., an adult female victim was walking to her residence in the vicinity of South SH 121 Business and Valley View Lane. While crossing the Timber Creek Bridge near the Quik Trip located at 1701 S SH 121 Business, the female victim was attacked by a Hispanic male and was dragged underneath the bridge. The female victim struggled with the Hispanic male as the female victim was dragged further away. The female victim yelled for assistance and when the Hispanic male overheard voices of a witness who was crossing the bridge, the Hispanic male fled the scene on foot. The witness had heard the female victim yelling for assistance and was able to flag down a passerby who assisted by dialing 911. The female victim was treated at the scene for minor injuries and was released. The only descriptors available are that the suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 20‐30 years of age, with a muscular build.

There have been similar offenses in the area over the past 60 days. Lewisville Police Detectives believe that the Hispanic male suspect in this offense could possibly be linked to the previous offenses.

The female victim cooperated with detectives and assisted in completing a composite sketch (above, right) of the Hispanic male suspect.
The Lewisville Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the Hispanic male in the composite sketch. If you have any information, please contact the Lewisville Police Department Tip line at 972‐219‐8477 (TIPS).



Update - 10/17/2014 - 4:45 p.m.:
Based on information from Lewisville Police, we updated the date of the assault on the Lewisville High School student to October 8th. LISD's message had said October 10th, but that was incorrect.

We are aware of another female victim from about a month and a half ago. In that case, the suspect tried to pull the 50 year old victim under the bridge. A relative of the victim tells us that he attempted to rape her with a sharp object. We are also told that this victim saw the sketch and is saying it is the same suspect. The relative relays this account: "He was only able to raise up her shirt and then that is when she grabbed his arm and said, 'you do not want to do that' because he had the sharp object in his hands. Then she started praying to God and that is when he got up and fled."

Lewisville Police Lieutenant Scott Haynes would only say that there have been "several" assaults in the area, and that police were not releasing the exact number. Haynes hesitated to call the attacks attempted sexual assault, since the motive of the attacks was unclear, but that fondling was involved in one case, and at least one victim had some electronics stolen from her. "We are very concerned about this because they are surprise violent attacks," said Haynes.

Haynes said that Lewisville police had spent time investigating the area around the bridge, and that there were increased patrols in the vicinity. Haynes said that anyone male or female walking in that area after dark should be aware of their surroundings, and try to have a partner with them.

We will update this story if we receive further information.

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Parents on Edge After Newspaper Misreports LISD Ebola Letter

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 Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/10/17 7:40:00 (617 reads)

Open in new windowParents took to Facebook Thursday afternoon expressing emotions ranging from concern to panic after Lewisville ISD sent an ambiguously-worded letter to parents with an update about Ebola.

The letter from Lewisville ISD stated that "LISD was notified that two community members related to three students and a staff member traveled on this flight with the healthcare worker".

Depending on how one parses the above sentence, it could be interpreted that the community members were only related to the students, but the misinterpretations we saw had totally skipped the part about it being community members who had traveled.

LISD said that Denton County Health Department Director Dr. Matt Richardson had stated in a letter that there was no reason to quarantine anyone or close a school.

Health officials say that the disease is only contagious when symptoms are present, and that individuals are at risk only if they have been in direct contact with an individual displaying symptoms.

Open in new windowStar Local Media, the company that publishes The Lewisville Leader briefly had reported that the students and staff member were the ones on the same flight as the healthcare worker. The article there has since been corrected without any comment about the original headline.

In a Facebook post on the City of Lewisville group Thursday evening - since deleted - a woman echoed the same error, and some parents stated they would keep their kids out of school until they knew more.

Open in new windowAnother Facebook post on the Flower Mound Cares group was from a mother who stated she would keep her kids home from school until the district provided school names.

An LISD employee who wished to remain anonymous explained that The Leader had published the incorrect version for about 15 minutes, but that one of the LISD Communications department staffers had called them to get the story corrected.

LISD put out a followup post Thursday evening, clarifying that no students or staff member were on the Frontier flight in question, and that LISD would not be identifying them or their schools for privacy reasons.

Lewisville ISD says it remains in continuous contact with the Denton County Health Department as well as emergency providers from the cities it serves.

Richardson told LISD Superintendent Dr. Steve Waddell that the health department would communicate with LISD immediately if it identified anyone ill or exposed to Ebola, or that needed quarantine or isolation.

Lewisville ISD says the district will follow the precautions recommended by the Denton County Health Department as well as the Department of State Health Services and the US Centers for Disease Control.

LISD will provide updates if there are further developments. The Lewisville Texan Journal is also monitoring the situation, and will immediately share any information that requires action, or constitutes any true risk to our community.

Update - 10/17/2014 - 8:25 a.m.:
Fox 4 News also misreported the situation: "Campuses in Grapevine Colleyville, Hurst, Euless, Bedford, and Lewisville school districts all had students or faculty members on Vinson's Monday flight from Cleveland to Dallas."

Related Links:
- Denton County Health Department - Ebola Information
- Texas Department of State Health Services - Ebola information
- Centers for Disease Control - Ebola information

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Crime Updates from Lewisville Police Department

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/10/15 7:30:00 (570 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowThe following updates were provided by Lewisville Police Department:

Assault Investigation
On October 9, 2014, at approximately 9:50 p.m., a 43 year-old female reported being assaulted as she walked to her residence from a convenience store. The victim said she was walking over the bridge in the 1700 block of South State Highway 121 Business when an unknown male walking up the embankment from under the bridge approached her. The victim said the male forced her down the embankment into a wooded area. The victim said the suspect tried to kiss her and reach under her clothing. The victim said she kicked and scratched the suspect. The victim was eventually able to escape the attack after yelling for help when she heard pedestrians walking across the bridge. The suspect fled the location into the wooded area. Officers searched the area with the assistance of a canine but were unable to locate the suspect. The victim described the suspect as being 20-30 years of age, with a muscular build.

Vehicle Theft Suspect Identified, Arrested
On September 10, 2014, a truck was stolen from the 700 block of Red Wing Dr. An alert Farmers Branch Police Officer located the vehicle and identified two suspects involved in this offense. The case was assigned to Detective Jeff Darlington for follow-up investigation. Detective Darlington arrested the adult suspect for the theft of this vehicle. A second juvenile suspect was involved and contact has been made with his parents. The vehicle has been returned to the owner.

Lewisville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association Activity
Members of the LCPAAA volunteer their time at the Police Department in a variety of ways. As examples of their volunteer service, they perform duties at the P.D’s front desk, they watch for criminal activity from the Department’s SkyWatch tower, and they provide extra manpower at special events (and often make child identification cards at those events).

The Department tracks these volunteer hours as they are very important in helping us complete our mission. In September, LCPAAA members volunteered for 211 hours. This brings the total number of volunteer hours for 2014 up to 1,647 hours.

Our thanks go out to the alumni for their assistance to the Police Department and for their service to the community!

Medication Disposal Event
On Saturday, September 27, the City of Lewisville teamed up with LISD and the DEA to hold another medication disposal event. The goal of this operation was two-fold, to reduce the risk of prescription drug abuse and increased awareness of this critical public health issue.

The DEA has released the official results of the event. The Lewisville location reportedly took in 13 boxes of medication, totaling 251 pounds.

This is the last year that the DEA plans to have this event. There will be a new system coming out within the next year that will allow people to mail off their unused prescriptions to a destruction facility.

As an alternative means of disposal, the Lewisville Police Department has installed a disposal box in the jail lobby located at 1187 West Main Street. This lobby is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and you 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 them in the red metal box located in the lobby. Please do not put syringes or inhalers in this box.

Citizen Appreciation
A citizen recently wrote Chief Russ Kerbow an email expressing her appreciation for Officer Greg Hopper. Officer Hopper had gone to her house to talk to her teenage daughter who had begun using drugs. She said Hopper pulled up a chair and talked to her daughter on a level she could understand and didn’t sugar coat anything. She wanted us to know that Hopper did an amazing job and she believes this is partially why her daughter is in recovery now.

Criminal Alien Program
The Criminal Alien Program (CAP) focuses on identifying criminal aliens who are incarcerated within federal, state, and local facilities thereby ensuring that they are not released into the community by securing a final order of removal prior to the termination of their sentence. The identification and processing of incarcerated criminal aliens prior to release reduces the overall cost and burden to the federal government as the number of aliens detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), upon expiration of sentence will be minimized.

During October of 2014, the Lewisville Police Department referred 56 inmates to federal officials, who issued seven detainers.

Sex Offender Registration
Once each month in the Chief’s Weekly Update, we note the number of sex offenders residing in the City. As of October 6, 2014, the City of Lewisville has 43 registered sex offenders in residence. That number is up three from last month.

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Ebola Case Confirmed in Texas Patient

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/9/30 17:11:47 (1925 reads)

Open in new windowVia the Texas Department of State Health Services:

A Texas hospital patient has tested positive for Ebola, making the patient the first case diagnosed in the United States. The test was conducted at the state public health laboratory in Austin. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the positive result.

The patient is an adult with a recent history of travel to West Africa. The patient developed symptoms days after returning to Texas from West Africa and was admitted into isolation on Sunday at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

The Texas Department of State Health Services is working with the CDC, the local health department and the hospital to investigate the case and work to prevent transmission of the disease. The hospital has implemented infection control measures to help ensure the safety of patients and staff.

Ebola is a severe, often fatal disease. Early symptoms of Ebola include sudden fever, fatigue and headache. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure.

Ebola is spread through direct contact with blood, secretions or other bodily fluids or exposure to contaminated objects, such as needles. Ebola is not contagious until symptoms appear.

The CDC recommends that individuals protect themselves by avoiding contact with the blood and body fluids of people who are ill with Ebola. DSHS also encourages health care providers to ask patients about recent travel and consider Ebola in patients with fever and a history of travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, and some parts of Nigeria within 21 days of the onset of symptoms.
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Related Links:
- US Centers for Disease Control - Ebola Information Page
- WFAA: Ebola Confirmed in Dallas Patient

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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 (2977 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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