Making Dallas Even Better
GRAND JURY CLEARS MCKINNEY OFFICER INVOLVED IN POOL PARTY INCIDENT, TEEN PLANS TO SUE. A Collin County grand jury on Thursday cleared McKinney police officer Cpl. Eric Casebolt of criminal charges relating to his involvement in breaking up a pool party last June, which garnered national attention. The interaction was captured in a seven-minute video that shows Casebolt slamming a teenage girl to the ground and drawing his gun on two other teens who tried to help her. There was not enough evidence to bring criminal charges against Casebolt, a 10-year veteran of the department. Given the verdict, the 16-year-old girl and her family plan to file civil rights and personal injury suits Monday.
SUPREME COURT IMMIGRATION DEADLOCK LEAVES DALLAS FAMILIES IN LIMBO. The Supreme Court’s 4-4 split leaves the families of Texas’ 1.5 million undocumented immigrants with uncertainty. The plan would have shielded millions from deportation. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton believes the ruling is a victory for those who believe in the separations of powers.
MAVS TAKE A.J. HAMMONS IN DRAFT. The Dallas Mavericks drafted Purdue’s A.J. Hammons on Thursday in the second round. The 7-foot center was the 46th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. The Mavs are hopeful for what Hammons, “a first-round talent,” could bring to the team.
7 MEN CHARGED WITH INDECENT EXPOSURE, PUBLIC LEWDNESS IN PUBLIC PARK. Between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday, Fort Worth police arrested seven men on charges of indecent exposure and public lewdness. The arrests were made in Gateway Park, and police haven’t clarified if the offenses are related. The men range in age from 22 to 66. Maybe it was the result of an Old School-inspired rush challenge. I don’t know how these things work. In the meantime, here’s a peek at their mugshots.
SOUTHBOUND I-35E LANES THROUGH DOWNTOWN ARE CLOSING FOR 12 HOURS. As part of the Dallas Horseshoe Project, all southbound lanes of I-35E that pass through Downtown Dallas will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday through 10 a.m. Saturday. The exit to eastbound I-30 is part of the shutdown; however, the westbound exit will stay open. Only time will tell if we, as a city, can survive this shutdown.Full Story
More Details Emerge on McKinney Double Murder. Kelley Eugene Bigham was charged with murder for the fatal shooting of his estranged wife, Karen Bigham, and her twin sister on Monday. The Bigham’s college-age daughter, Kylie, says in the affidavit that her mother told her father she was divorcing him last week and he threatened her with a gun. Karen asked Kylie to come over Monday while Kelley collected his belongings. Kylie was at the house and ran out with her young son as shots were fired. She told police that her father texted her “I’m sorry” after the murder.
Collin County Baby Dies in Hot Car. A father in Melissa was arrested and charged with manslaughter Tuesday in the death of his 6-month-old daughter. She was left in the family’s minivan for up to four hours until the police were called at 1:30 p.m. According a neighbor, the girl’s father, Michael Thedford, is a substitute teacher at Melissa High School and has two other young children.
Dirk Will Be a Free Agent Soon. After opting out of his contract Tuesday, Dirk Nowitzki will be a free agent as of July 1. In the DMN, point guard Devin Harris says there is even less than a “tiny shred of a chance” that Nowitzki is going anywhere. Still, the Golden State Warriors have made it clear that they’ve got eyes for the Big German.
Mark Cuban Has Some Choice Words for Trump. Tabloid show Extra aired an interview with the Mavs owner in which Cuban says of Trump, “It’s rare that you see someone get stupider before your eyes…” I know what you’re thinking. Is Donald Trump getting stupider or is Donald Trump getting more stupid? Because in elementary school, we’re all taught that Donald Trump is getting more stupid, right? But, according to every online dictionary out there, Cuban is completely in the right to say that Donald Trump is getting stupider. Grammatically speaking, of course.Full Story
Double Murder in McKinney. Police say 50-year-old Kelley Eugene Bigham shot his estranged wife, Karen Bigham, and her twin, Kathy Boobar. The Binghams’ college-age daughter saw the murders. Early this morning, Kelley got to wear the towel for his mugshot at the Collin County jail.
Rangers! The lead to the Baltimore Sun’s story about last night’s game here at Globe Life: “The Orioles’ 4-3 loss to the Texas Rangers on Monday night seemed to sting a little more than most defeats …”
James Ragland Says Susan Hawk Should Step Down. It pained him. He didn’t want to do it. The DMN columnist is much more comfortable operating in a wishy-washy world where there’s always something on one hand and another on the other. But even Ragland came out and said that the DA should resign.
Kroger Reveals ClickList Stores. You order online. You pick up your groceries curbside. And now you know which stores will offer the service. My assessment of the locations: Kroger likes the northern burbs.Full Story
Tomorrow’s North Texas Trump Rally Has Yet to Find Venue. Grand Prairie turned down Donald Trump due to concerns that the Verizon Theatre couldn’t contain the crowds the Republican candidate draws. Then yesterday, the Irving spokesperson said 48 hours simply wasn’t enough time to organize the police necessary for such a high-profile event. Mark Cuban is happy to host Trump, and Hillary for that matter, but the AAC had not received any calls from the candidate’s camp. It’s unclear whether the last-minute nature of tomorrow’s rally is an attempt to throw off protestors or if the campaign organizers just aren’t that organized. I’d definitely stick to the former story if I worked for Trump.
North Texas Journalist Dies in Apparent Homicide. Jacinto Torres Hernandez, who used the byline Jay Torres as a freelance writer, was found in the backyard of a Garland house on Tuesday with a fatal gunshot wound to the chest. He contributed to the Star-Telegram‘s Spanish-language newspaper, La Estrella, and won an award for features from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors in 2011. More details are expected today.
Dallas Zoo Gets a New Wallaby. Elephants and giraffes are usually the newsworthy additions to the Dallas Zoo. The reason this wallaby has been getting attention: Someone in Far North Dallas thought it was ok to leave the marsupial on his apartment balcony during the day. Not surprisingly, it isn’t. Dallas Animal Services has been caring for the year-old wallaby since the owner surrendered it last week. The zoo is happy to keep the animal for the long-term, though the DMN reports the owner is “working with the city on his options.”
Temperature to Reach the Triple Digits. North Texas meteorologists have issued a heat advisory for today. Though thermometers will most likely remain in the 90s, the humidity is expected to take the heat index up to 105 degrees. As the National Weather Service suggests, I will be drinking lots of water and staying inside this afternoon to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke. There is not, however, anything I can do about my hair.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Condemned For Gospel Verse Tweet: Dan Patrick’s campaign claims the Sunday morning quotation he shared on Twitter from Galatians 6:7 – “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”– had been scheduled for several days, and was not a reaction to the horrible attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning. That’s either extraordinarily bad timing or a complete lie. The tweet was deleted, though some are now calling for Patrick’s resignation. There will be a vigil held in Dallas for the Orlando victims.
Report on Dog Attack Details Just How Inept Dallas’ City Services Are: A report released Friday reveals the grisly details of the death of Antoinette Brown, who was attacked and killed by a pack of wild dogs in South Dallas on May 2. The details of the attack are difficult to read, even in summary. That it happened on a street in a major American city is just dumbfounding. As horrifying is the ineptitude demonstrated by police and city hall. Neighbors repeatedly reported the pack of dogs that killed Brown roaming the neighborhood for days after the attack and received no response.
Dallas, Meet Your Newest Political Football: As we mentioned Friday, TxDOT released its much-anticipated study of various reworkings of Dallas’ downtown highway system, an issue we here at D Magazine have been writing about for some time. Perhaps the best thing I’ve read about the report so far is Brandon Formby’s piece over the weekend about how the report will fit within Dallas’ political landscape, essentially becoming another Trinity, Fair Park-style splitter, breaking right down the middle of the plate:
But the report lands at City Hall at a time when the council struggles to keep up with subpar city streets and grapples a $19 million budget shortfall. At the same time, council members must replace their outgoing city manager and decide the fate of how Fair Park is managed.
As was reported yesterday on FrontBurner, the FBI is searching Turtle Creek for Tom Davis’ phone. More details have emerged that I can now share with you. Davis, the former chairman of Dean Foods, a Fortune 500 company, had been in Aspen, where he enjoyed some down time at his second home and ate a wonderful meal at Matsuhisa Aspen (toro tartar with caviar). Upon his return to Dallas, he and a friend went to the Highland Park Village Starbucks, where he ordered a venti drip. Despite specifically requesting room for cream, Davis was not given room for cream. Then, in the parking lot, a group of women from Tyler, in town for a shopping trip, made it difficult for him to negotiate the sidewalk. Davis was so outraged over the whole experience that hurled his phone into Turtle Creek. Several weeks later, Davis rejected what he called his “serf name” and changed it to Mohammed al-Ghazali al-Saqqa.Full Story
An alert FrontBurnervian tells us that, for the past two days, an FBI evidence response unit, with divers, has been searching the waters of Turtle Creek in front of Troy Aikman’s under-construction house, in Highland Park. A nearby resident confirms that, at this hour, police tape remains, though the divers have left for the day. I am bringing you this vague item because it involves a) an FBI evidence response unit and b) Troy Aikman. But I want to make it clear that Troy Aikman did not kill five hookers while at UCLA, and then did not store those bodies in a freezer, a la Bernie Tiede, only just now choosing to dump the dead hookers in the creek that runs along St. Johns Drive, in front of his house. Further updates as events warrant.
Update (6:38) I love our audience. Another alert FrontBurnervian writes to say that the reason the FBI is searching the creek is because Dean Foods’ former chairman Tom Davis, busted for insider trading, told authorities that he threw his phone into the creek in an attempt to cover up his illegal stock-trading plot. No word, still, on the five hookers.Full Story
Denver Broncos’ Aqib Talib Among Three Shot at Strip Club. The Broncos cornerback and Richardson native was shot in the leg at the V Live club on Empire Central early Sunday morning. He was treated at Medical City, after being driven there in his Rolls, and is OK, apparently.
Bad Idea Put Into Action. The Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, which will be partially demolished if/when a big, dumb road is put between the levees of the Trinity River, was officially renamed on Saturday for former Mayor Ron Kirk, who supports building the big, dumb road and so also, in effect, supports demolishing part of the bridge that now carries his name. This reporter will still be calling it the Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge.
Hackers Hit Another Construction Sign. After last week’s Trump business, this one, in Uptown, was changed to read “Gorilla Deserved It,” a reference to Harambe, the gorilla shot and killed after a kid got into his enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. Weak. In related news, the Dallas Zoo is considering adding new safety barriers to prevent a similar incident here. I mean, I hope they put in enough safety barriers after Jabari hopped the fence.
Chewbacca, Chewbacca Mom Meet. Candace Payne, the Grand Prairie lady with the Chewbacca mask and the laugh, met Peter Mayhew, the famous Wookie who lives in North Texas, at the Fan Expo Dallas shindig. Good times.
Rangers Finish Off Sweep of Mariners. A clever bit of baserunning by Elvis Andrus was the difference in the team’s fourth three-game series sweep.
No More Rain. Finally.Full Story
The Rains Keep Coming. Thursday brought inches more of precipitation to an already wet week. Areas to the west of Fort Worth, along the Brazos River, saw some of the worst flooding, prompting the need for evacuations in Granbury and flooded roads that some drivers unwisely attempted to cross. Five soldiers at Fort Hood died and four others (and their truck) were missing after the vehicle was swept away by fast-moving water. A highway in Eastland County (out towards Abilene) was washed out. In Dallas itself, rescue workers looked for someone reportedly swept away into Bachman Creek, but the search was called off after several hours when nothing was found. Rain is expected to continue to fall in North Texas on Friday and into Saturday, but come Sunday the forecast looks to be sunny throughout the week to come.
Texas Built Case Against Donald Trump. When Gov. Greg Abbott was still attorney general, the state’s consumer protection division, which he oversaw, in 2010 gathered evidence for a possible lawsuit against the New York billionaire who’s now the presumptive Republican Party presidential nominee. The claim would have been filed on behalf of $2.6 million allegedly bilked from Texas taxpayers by Trump’s Trump University programs. The former deputy director of the consumer protection division tells the Morning News that the decision not to move forward with the lawsuit was politically motivated and came from the top level of the AG’s office. A spokesman for Abbott contends that reading of what happened is “absurd” and that the legal action was no longer necessary after Trump University agreed to cease operations in Texas. State investigators had determined that hundreds of Texans had paid millions of dollars to Trump University for useless information, some of which didn’t even apply in Texas.
Gay Detention Officer Claims Discrimination. Derek Boyd is seeking money and a court order to stop further discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people by employees of the Collin County sheriff’s office. He’s also asking to be reassigned to a new position within the department, “deputy LGBT liaison.” Boyd, who started working for the sheriff in January, claims he has been harassed and intimidated because of his sexual orientation.
Fiancé Paid Men to Kill Rowlett Woman. A Dallas County grand jury indicted Ioannis “John” Makris on Thursday, along with one of the men he allegedly hired to kill Laura Grillo last November, just a week before she was scheduled to marry Makris.Full Story
Ken Paxton’s Court Maneuver Fails. A Dallas appeals court yesterday upheld the attorney general’s three felony indictments. Paxton and his lawyers had offered four reasons why they should be tossed, but Chief Justice Carolyn Wright wrote: “Having concluded that appellant’s first, second, and third issues are not cognizable on pretrial habeas and that appellant’s fourth issue lacks merit, we affirm the trial court’s orders denying the relief sought by appellant.” If you missed it, that was Judge Wright dunking on Paxton, then hanging on the rim.
More Rain Today. Looks like it’ll hit sometime after lunch. If you don’t yet have a cool blue tarp on your roof like I do, now’s the time to get one. (Bonus: beautiful drone video of a storm moving over Dallas a few days ago.)
ExxonMobil Goes After Oak Cliff Comic Book Store. The Irving-based oil giant says that the logo used by tiny Red Pegasus Games and Comics looks too much like its own. I feel for the comic book store, but I work for a company that regularly has to defend a distinctive red logo. But here’s a little trivia I learned from this story: “Exxon and the city of Dallas have forged an agreement in which the company allows the city to display the familiar logo atop the Magnolia Hotel building, formerly the corporate headquarters of the Magnolia Petroleum Company, and in front of the Omni Dallas Hotel.” I had no idea.
Property Tax Relief? Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins is calling on local governments to lower their tax rates so that the recent jump in appraisals doesn’t hammer us too hard. To help make this happen, you can sign a petition right here.Full Story
City manager A.C. gonzalez to resign. 64-year-old Gonzalez plans to leave in January, following three years as Dallas’ city manager. He informed City Council of his plan yesterday. Council members Philip Kingston and Scott Griggs would prefer Gonzalez to leave sooner, but they did not have enough support from other members to accomplish that. Gonzalez has been one of the highest-paid city managers in the country, and now intends to make the switch to the private sector.
Rangers beat indians on memorial day. The Rangers celebrated Memorial Day right with a decisive 9-2 win yesterday over Cleveland, during which rookie Nomar Mazara hit a three-run homer. The Rangers are leading the AL West.
Man arrested in stabbing death of girlfriend. 45-year-old Kenneth Alan Amyx was arrested yesterday after his girlfriend, Jennifer Streit-Spears, was found stabbed to death at her apartment in Plano. After police received a disturbance call, they found Streit-Spears to be dead, as well as Amyx with knife wounds. A nearby hospital determined his wounds to be possibly self-inflicted, and Amyx is now being held in the Collin County jail after being charged with murder.Full Story
Susan Hawk in Houston indefinitely. The Dallas County District Attorney, who returned to the Menninger Clinic in Houston due to severe depression, doesn’t have a return date set yet. She was treated there last year before resuming her work in Dallas. Messina Madson, Hawk’s top prosecutor, will deal with daily office goings-on in the meantime.
Loose dogs captured in Oak Cliff. The loose dog problem continued when two dogs allegedly bit a man in east Oak Cliff yesterday morning. Police and animal control officers ended up capturing the dogs after fending the dogs off themselves.
High-speed internet coming to southern dallas. AT&T is aiming to bring high-speed internet to southern Dallas neighborhoods, which will help residents and businesses become more connected. Executives from AT&T are announcing the plan at a press conference this morning at Dallas City Hall. Mayor Rawlings says this shows that major companies are now concentrating on southern Dallas.
Dallas bachelorette JoJo Fletcher begins her journey to find love. The 25-year-old’s season premiered last night. It entailed a man riding in on a horse dressed as a unicorn, a guy wearing a kilt, another guy dressed as Santa Claus, and, obviously, alcohol-fueled antics. Good luck, JoJo.Full Story
When we had the Texas Law Hawk on the podcast back in March, he told us about his next planned YouTube commercial. He said he was going to jump a Jet Ski into a wall of televisions, which didn’t sound safe to me. He wound up not using the televisions, but the stunt he pulled off still doesn’t look safe. I’ve only watched this video 14 times, so I’m still trying to decide if the baseball scene makes any sense at all and should have been cut from the video. I’m leaning toward: doesn’t make any sense at all and definitely should have been cut. Anyway, have a look for yourself:Full Story
Valley view center will officially be torn down. Dallas City Council members voted yesterday to tear down the 43-year-old Valley View Center at LBJ and Preston around the end of the year. Only the Sears store will survive. The Dallas Midtown development will be built in place of the mall, which has been struggling to survive for quite some time. Dallas Midtown will include features like a new-and-improved AMC mulitplex, a park, office buildings, a 250-room hotel, and a grocery store.
there might be a deck park above I-35E by the dallas zoo. The City Council approved a resolution that would endorse a Klyde Warren-esque deck park near the zoo as part of the Southern Gateway project. Some council members liked the idea. Carolyn King Arnold called it “lipstick on a pig.”
North texas areas to be sprayed for west nile. Mosquito traps in Cedar Hill, Duncanville, Richardson, and Lancaster tested positive for the virus. Crews plan to spray overnight Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday in Lancaster; overnight Thursday, Friday, and Sunday in Cedar Hill and Duncanville; and overnight Thursday and Friday in Richardson. Use that insect repellent, people.
Thanksgiving tower bomb threat determined to be hoax. Yesterday around 6 p.m. police and fire crews responded to a bomb threat at Thanksgiving Tower downtown. A disgruntled client on the phone with someone who worked in the building threatened to set off a bomb. The entire building was evacuated. The threat was determined to be a bluff, but it’s still being investigated.
Southbound I-35E to close Friday night. From 10 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday, the southbound lanes of the highway by downtown will all be closed for construction. Heavy traffic will also affect Woodall Rodgers and I-30, but drivers on I-35E will still be able to get on westbound I-30. So if you’re planning to drive through this area during that time, you’ve been warned.Full Story
Woman Killed After Second Hit-and-Run Accident. Eunise Chavez was a passenger in a car that was struck on northbound Central early Sunday by a driver that left the scene. Chavez and the driver were standing on the median to call 911 when Chavez was hit and killed by a maroon Audi driven by Michelle Davis, who didn’t stop and later abandoned the vehicle 4 miles away. Davis was booked into Dallas County jail and charged with intoxication manslaughter and accident involving serious bodily injury. Chavez was only 21. Please put Uber on your phone and use it.
Cathedral of Hope Evacuated After Bomb Scare. Two carry-on bags and a suitcase were found Sunday morning at the LGBT church, causing an evacuation around 8. Services were held outside, but everything was cleared — they found a cellphone making noise because of a low battery — in time for 11 a.m. mass. It was one week after the Orlando massacre, so understandably no one was taking any chances. Speaking of Orlando …
Fort Worth Pastor Praises Orlando Deaths. Pastor Donnie Romero of Steadfast Baptist Church posted a video to YouTube in which he said that “the earth is a little bit better place now” and, regarding the injured still in the hospital, “I will pray that God will finish the job that that man started.” It was way worse than that, actually, but I’m not going to repeat that garbage. Romero has a history of preaching this kind of hateful nonsense.
Dustin Marshall Wins Runoff Election and Seat on DISD Board. The businessman defeated Mita Havlick by just 42 votes.
Rangers Come Back to Beat Cardinals. That finishes off a sweep, an 8-2 road trip, and continues the best start in franchise history.Full Story
two orlando shooting victims had ties to texas. At least two of the people who lost their lives in the horrific shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando Sunday were connected to Texas. Luis Vielma lived in Sanford, Florida, but one of his siblings lived in North Texas, and his godmother—with whom he shared a love of the Dallas Cowboys—was born in Dallas. Frank Hernandez, who went by Frank Escalante, was a Rio Grande Valley native.
Man shot at love field is now in jail. 29-year-old Shawn Diamond, who was shot by a police officer last week outside of Love Field, has now moved from the hospital to jail. Diamond had traveled from Maryland to his ex-girlfriend’s Dallas home. She told police he had gotten upset on the way to Love Field, and when they got out of the car, he smashed the car’s rear windshield with a traffic cone and threw rocks at its windows. An officer tried to get him to stop, but Diamond ran toward him, and the officer fired shots. Diamond is being held at the Dallas County Jail on charges of aggravated assault against a public servant and assault—family violence.
Celebrations mark Dart’s 20th anniversary. Starting today, celebrations will take place to mark the 20th anniversary of DART’s first 11 miles of light rail. In 1996, when it first launched, the expectation was that light rail would reach 53 miles. But now, it’s expanded to 90 miles, the longest system of its kind in the U.S. Celebrations will include customer appreciation events, music, and giveaways.Full Story
Man Kidnapped by Carjackers, Murdered. Investigators say the 42-year-old victim was likely targeted, followed to a gas station at DFW Airport on Thursday afternoon, where he went inside while thieves tried to make off with his rental car. When the victim saw the theft in progress, he rushed out to stop it, jumping into the vehicle’s driver’s side passenger door. He was later found dead at an apartment complex a few miles away.
Muslim Says He Was Nearly Run Off Road Driving. A white pickup truck aggressively followed Omair Siddiqi after he stopped to put gas in his car on Wednesday afternoon. Siddiqi was listening to a recording of the Quran when the white, middle-aged driver of the truck pulled alongside, rolled down his window and started screaming at him, “Take your rag ass back to your country. I’m gonna [expletive] kill you.” The truck then allegedly tried to run Siddiqi’s vehicle off the road. Police traced the license plate number that Siddiqi provided to an address in Garland. Siddiqi works as an outreach coordinator for the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Dallas Fort-Worth chapter
DISD Looks to Reduce Suspensions of Youngest Students. There’s disagreement among trustees about whether an all-out ban of imposing out-of-school suspensions on children in pre-kindergarten through second grade is the right move, but they want to do something at least to reduce the practice, which disproportionately affects black boys and can put them at a disadvantage for attaining future academic success. The board asked for more input in discussing alternatives.
Judge Forbids Slumlord From Evicting Tenants. The order is in place until the city’s lawsuit against Dennis Topletz is heard. Topletz is accused of renting 190 properties that violate many city codes to low-income residents. Topletz had sent a letter to his tenants threatening to evict them or raise their rent if they cooperate with the city’s action.
1 in 10 Dallas County Jail Inmates There Solely Because of Mental Illness. So says research of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, which presented a plan Thursday aiming to keep the mentally ill who aren’t dangerous out of the jail. It would involve embedding social workers with police units responding to mental crises and be funded by $7 million in private grants.
Rangers Draft Pitcher. With their first pick of this year’s MLB first-year player draft, Texas took Cole Ragans, a high-school leftie from Tallahassee, Florida. Remember that in baseball the draft is pretty much a crap shoot, so even though he was the 30th overall player taken, who knows if he’ll ever make it to the Show.Full Story
DISD big pimping, Spending Cheese. Yes, I realize it’s “Gs,” not “cheese.” I was having issues with all-caps text. Doesn’t matter. It all leads to this: WFAA-TV aired an investigation on the DISD’s marketing department last October questioning a payment made to a consultant before the consulting was ever done. DISD fought back. Some may have lied. The school district’s internal audit proved the news team right yesterday and found that it wasn’t an isolated incident. Some DISD officials resigned, some remain.
911 Calls for Dog-Mauling Victim Released. Neighbors weren’t able to save Antoinette Brown from the pack of loose dogs that bit her more than 100 times, but a couple of them called 911. Recordings were released yesterday. The timeline of the calls show that the city may have fudged its story on officers’ response time.
Animals in Peril. Oh, gosh. So many more horrible animal-related stories in the news. Where do I begin? There’s the story out of Farmers Branch about the boyfriend beating his girlfriend’s Terrier mix to the point that it had to be euthanized. Speaking of euthanization, a woman went to pick up her dog from Mesquite’s animal shelter too late. That’s awful. Also, a cat was stabbed and burned in Fort Worth. Good news is that it’s on the mend and people care. Another silver-lining story: A dog missing after surviving the car crash that killed its owner in Collin County has now been found.
Bedford Mom Makes A Very Mom Mistake. A 16-year-old Bedford girl has gone viral after tweeting a text exchange with her mother. In the texts, Lisa Banks gets furious with the teenager for having, what she assumes, a baggie of illegal drugs in her nightstand. Turns out the narcotics were actually capsules that expand into dinosaur sponges when placed in water. I can’t honestly say I will never do this.Full Story
Christopher Colbert, accused of killing ronald shumway, is back in Dallas. Remember The Mystery of the Oak Cliff Corpse? Christopher Colbert, who was accused of killing DART driver Ronald Shumway and pretending to be him in order to sell his Winnetka Avenue house, is back in town after spending months in Los Angeles in jail. Colbert was in L.A. while prosecutors in Dallas worked to secure charges of murder, money laundering, and forgery. He was booked into the county jail over the weekend.
Lab tests returned in Midlothian murder. Midlothian fitness instructor Missy Bevers was found dead on April 18. Her father-in-law had dropped off a bloodied women’s long-sleeved shirt at Dry Clean Super Center four days after that. Yesterday, test results from the UNT Health Science Center Laboratory showed that it wasn’t human blood. The family had said it was animal blood from breaking up a fight with their dogs. There is still a reward out for information leading to an arrest of the person responsible for her death.
Tesla coming to Plano’s Legacy West. The luxury car manufacturer plans to set up a showroom at Legacy West Urban Village on Windrose Avenue.
Rangers win with a walkoff double. Rougned Odor took the Rangers to a 6-5 win over the Astros last night to make it their seventh straight win over Houston. Here’s a video of Odor celebrating the hit with lots of Gatorade and a busted lip.Full Story
You might remember Michael J. Mooney’s 2014 piece for D Magazine, “How Not to Get Away With Murder.” The story is about how Frank Howard embezzled millions of dollars from his employer and used the money to carry on an affair with a California woman and hire men to kill his wife of 25 years, Nancy.
The couple were active members of First Baptist Church of Carrollton, and it’s that devotion that’s resulted in the church getting sued last week by the company from which Frank Howard stole:
Raley Holdings Llc. said that Howard, a former chief financial officer, also used part of the cash he stole from the company to live a lavish lifestyle, support a mistress in California as well as make donations to the church over 2 1/2 years.
“It was blood money and it was not Howard’s to give,” the lawsuit states, saying the money all came from the same source.
The church had no comment on the pending litigation.Full Story
The truth is out there — displayed on a few street signs along Interstate 30 in West Dallas that were hacked sometime over the weekend, two of them with political messages.Full Story
Family Sues City for $5M Over Dog Mauling. An attorney for the family of Antoinette Brown, the woman mauled by a pack of loose dogs in southern Dallas, sent a letter to the Office of Risk Management earlier this week asking the city for a $5 million settlement due to Animal Control’s “negligent administration and policies.” The letter was made public a day after the city announced plans to hire Boston Consulting Group to study Dallas’ dog problem.
Body Found Near Farmersville Identified As Missing Richardson Woman. The Collin County medical examiner confirmed the body found last week near Lavon Lake is that of Jessie Bardwell, the 27-year-old Richardson woman missing for several weeks. Bardwell’s boyfriend, Jason Lowe, has already been charged with her murder. A year ago May, Lowe was charged with aggravated assault for beating his then-girlfriend unconscious.
Someone Made a Fake Facebook Page for Murdered Midlothian Woman. And then they sent friend requests to her friends and family. The story of Missy Bevers’ death only gets weirder while police are still searching for her killer.
Coppell Eighth-Grader Takes Fifth Place in National Spelling Bee. Thirteen-year-old Smrithi Upadhyayula correctly spelled the words epistaxis (nosebleed), chalazion (an eyelid cyst), and levirate (a type of marriage 13-year-old American girls don’t need to worry about), but floundered on theriaca (a poison antidote made of drugs and honey). She’s returning to North Texas $5,000 richer and hopes to work on her second novel about lost alien princesses.
Woman Stabbed Before Dallas Lutheran School Graduation. A 17-year-old man stabbed a 19-year-old woman before the graduation ceremony in Lake Highlands in what’s being called an “unprovoked attack.” The man then went outside and sat on the steps of the gym until officers arrived and took him into custody. The woman is OK and the ceremony eventually continued, and nothing ever makes sense anymore.
Dallas Wings Win Home Opener. Pro basketball returned to Dallas (ish) and Skylar Diggins returned to the court (more or less) for the first time in 11 months as the Wings beat the San Antonio Stars. Diggins played 12 minutes and scored a point. The team was led by Irving’s Odyssey Sims with 23 and they’re now 3-1.
Yu Darvish Looks Good in Final Rehab Start. He threw six scoreless innings in Frisco and looks ready for a turn in the Rangers’ rotation for the first time since 2014. The Rangers finished a sweep of the Astros yesterday.
LGBT Center Opens Near Love Field. At the ribbon cutting of the new 20,000-square-foot Resource Center, CEO Cece Cox invited Lt. Governor Dan Patrick to come by, saying, “And if Mr. Patrick and his boss, Greg Abbott, want to come by here and use our restroom, have a chat, have a cup of coffee, we welcome that. They might even learn something.”
Mark Cuban Says He Would Be Either Clinton or Trump’s Running Mate, Maybe Would Run For President in 2020. Sure, OK, fine. You know, maybe we should just stop asking people questions.
FC Dallas Hand New England First Home Loss. After a wild first half that saw both sides net two goals, FCD took control in the second with Fabian Castillo scoring for the first time in a while and Tesho Akindele getting his second of the match. The win briefly gave the squad the lead in the Western Conference and the Supporters’ Shield standings, but they’re now just one point back in both. #DTIDFull Story
Arlington to Build New Rangers Stadium. At 22 years old, Globe Life Park is already the 11th-oldest stadium in Major League Baseball, and it appears it may not survive to celebrate its 30th birthday. The city of Arlington and the Texas Rangers have reportedly agreed to go halfsies on a new $900 million ballyard with a retractable roof. The deal is expected to be officially announced at a press conference this afternoon. The new digs could open even before the team’s current lease expires in 2023. Arlington taxpayers would have to approve dedicating tax funds to the project, a possibility that only exists because the city anticipates paying off its debt the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium early, as soon as 2021. Guess downtown Dallas missed its chance to lure Major League Baseball east.
Missing Woman’s Body May Have Been Found. Richardson Police have confirmed that they’ve discovered a body in a field off State Highway 78 near Farmersville while investigating the disappearance and alleged murder of 27-year-old Jessie Bardwell. Bardwell’s boyfriend, Jason Lowe, has already been arrested and charged with her murder. The county medical examiner is working to identify the remains.
People Who Bought Homes Near a Landfill Surprised to Smell Garbage. One resident of the River Glen neighborhood of Carrollton describes the odor wafting into her home from nearby DFW Landfill as “rotten eggs mixed with stale milk.” Residents have asked the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to investigate. A spokesman for the city of Lewisville, where the dump is located, said recent rains have stirred up the scents. “We noticed it in the past only if we stepped outside,” said one resident whose real estate investment choices I find confounding.Full Story