Stealing from the rich to ... oh, whatever. Funny is the message.
Stories linking Los Zetas -- a drug cartel consisting of, among others, former Mexican Army commandos -- with North Texas have been around for years. Take this story, from three years ago, connecting a Collin County deputy constable with a cousin said to be working for the cartel. In March, The N ... More >>
The family of a dead teenage girl might disagree, even if the justice system didn't.
Actually, it was just one Picasso -- along with "real estate, boats and other personal water craft, luxury vehicles, artwork, furniture, antiques, musical instruments, jade, expensive jewelry and wine." Still. That's not how Tony Rand and his boys Greg and Bill were supposed to be spending more t ... More >>
This just in, stemming from this, and this. From the Garland Police Department: Garland investigators have obtained warrants for Aqib Talib and Okolo Talib in connection with a disturbance police responded to on March 21 in the 900 block of Green Pond Drive. On Monday, March 21, just before 7:30 ... More >>
Okpa, Kunkle, Natinsky and Rawlings at North Texas Food Bank debate this morningThere was a rather interesting exchange between mayoral candidates Mike Rawlings and David Kunkle at this morning's mayoral debate at the North Texas Food Bank. And it began with a question posed to all four candidate ... More >>
A large-scale vandalization job at South Dallas's CorinthPark warehouse-workspace will be turned into an gallery exhibition in the Cedars tomorrow during the Cedars Open Studios Eighth Annual Studio Tour. Thousands of dollars worth of damage was done over a period of days last month by a "jealous ... More >>
Click to embiggen to see where some of the West Dallas Gator Boys' drug houses wereBack in August Sam told you all about Tyrone Weatherall, a leader of the West Side Gator Boys -- and an exotic animal collector -- who pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distrib ... More >>
Bandit TrackerUnrelated, but while we're on the subject, Austin PD's looking for a man who last week robbed a bank wearing a George Bush mask.Surely you recall the tale of Inequa Rushing and Waylon McDonald? No? Then a refresher: In late January, the twosome robbed a bank at East R.L. Thornton Fr ... More >>
Back in June 2009, then-Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle told then-Dallas Observer-er Kimberly Thorpe why he was (and, no doubt, remains) a big fan of the department's so-called No-Refusal DWI Initiative, which allows officers who pull over suspected drunk drivers to take and test two vials' wort ... More >>
No doubt you caught at least some of The Dallas Morning News's recently wrapped three-part series on Texas's trouble with properly punishing drunken drivers. Probation instead of prison; back behind the wheel instead of behind bars. Says Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins in a missive ... More >>
We're thinking the kiddos at Pinkston High School weren't having a tough time getting high last year. (The markers are streets where drug houses were located.)Tyrone Weatherall, the 35-year-old leader of the "West Side Gator Boys," pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiracy to possess wi ... More >>
This just in from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: The agency, along with the Office of Homeland Security Investigations National Gang Unit and an alphabet's soup worth of local law enforcement agencies, spent the last five days sweeping Dallas-Fort Worth for gang members and their a ... More >>
Kimberly ThorpeSome of the drugs and money seized by law-enforcement officials in the fall of 2009We were there in October of last year, when the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, the I.R.S., the U.S. Secret Service and Texas Air National Guard -- and every other law-enforcing acronym -- ... More >>
Perhaps you recall the recent tale of Inequa Rushing and Waylon McDonald, who, late last month, robbed a bank at East R.L. Thornton Freeway and Grand Avenue -- and left a baby in the backseat, not to mention ID in the parking lot. It merited a brief mention in the regional roundup, but the U.S. A ... More >>
New statistics collected by the FBI show fewer hate crimes being committed in Dallas in 2008 compared with 2007. According to 2008 Hate Crime Statistics, which was released today, Dallas reported 17 hate crimes, which include crimes motivated by race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity o ... More >>
Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle tells Unfair Park he expects to launch the so-called no-refusal program full-time in September after key legislation passed Sunday that makes obtaining a blood search warrant easier."That was the hold up," says Kunkle, who explains that the old law stipulated that on ... More >>
Kimberly ThorpeMADD director Mary Kardell and Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle at this morning's press conferenceA word of caution before you head out for the long Memorial Day weekend: It's also No-Refusal Weekend. Which means? Well, if Dallas police pull suspect you're drinking and driving, you'll ... More >>
It didn't have to happen.
Back in January, we told you the sordid story of Dallas County Sheriff's Deputy Standric Choice, who, with two other men, was arrested for plotting to steal cocaine so they could deal cocaine -- how HBO. Two months and one confidential informant later, the 36-year-old former law enforcement officer ... More >>
A short while ago, Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle concluded a press conference, carried in its entirety on KDFW-Channel 4, concerning the death of Senior Corporal Norman Smith, pictured at right. Smith was an 18-year veteran of the department -- his anniversary would have been tomorrow -- who was ... More >>
First he leaves At the Movies; now, he's no longer the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. As of tomorrow, Richard Roper's back in the private sector, working for Thompson & Knight, after four years spent as U.S. Attorney. Course, this was inevitable: Barack Obama will pick a new p ... More >>
Laugh openly at Robert Hawkins
Only a few days ago, The Dallas Morning News ran a piece about Texas' Tango Blast gang, which was formed within the confines of the state's penitentiaries and "could change the Dallas landscape because it rejects old notions of prison gang exclusivity and lifelong commitments," wrote Tanya Eiserer. ... More >>
Yup, says so right here on CQ Press' 2008 City Crime Rate Rankings: The fine, fair city of Allen's a Top 10'er when it comes to safety among 385 cities in the country -- and not far below, why, you'll find the likes of Frisco (at No. 16) and Plano (No. 51) and McKinney (No. 60) and Carrollton (No. 7 ... More >>
Yesterday, during our weekly staff meeting, the question was raised concerning the FBI's Uniform Crime Report for 2007, a preliminary version of which was released last week. We wondered if perhaps we'd missed it in The News; all I can find concerning the report's release is this very general Associ ... More >>
Let's just say Bush gets charged with war crimes. Will Dallas be guilty by association with his library?
Say it ain't so, Joe Ezeokeke. Because, really, if you can't take more than three ounces of liquid onto an airplane, what in the world made you think you could bring four kilos of cocaine onto a flight? Alas, that's just what the Nigerian citizen did on December 22 of last year, when he smuggled cok ... More >>
Yesterday we linked to the Daily Campus story concerning the increase in sexual assaults on the SMU campus in 2006 -- and how school officials did nothing to notify students, parents and faculty members that 13 women had been raped on campus during the school year. Well, late yesterday we received t ... More >>
In May, Tuan "Andy" Nguyen was among 22 folks arrested and indicted on charges of staging car accidents with salvaged vehicles in order to collect the insurance money -- to the tune of some $1 million in fraudulent claims. Well, today Nguyen -- singled out by the U.S. Attorney's Office as the operat ... More >>
Back in February, Texas Syndicate member Ernesto Medrano and some 20 of his fellow gang members were in a Dallas federal courtroom receiving multi-year prison sentences for importing hundreds of kilos of cocaine into the U.S. -- using military transport flights from Columbia to Ft. Bliss, Texas. But ... More >>
Sanchez's family thought they'd left the lawlessness of Mexico behind. But somehow it caught up with them.
Brazil's kidnapping epidemic spawns its own supply-and-demand economy
Too liberal? Too soft? Craig Watkins would beg to differ. Late yesterday afternoon, I finally spoke with Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins about his comments in Thursday's New York Times concerning Los Angeles' -- and, by extension, Dallas' -- failure to reduce gang-related crimes. Seems ... More >>
In The New York Times today is a piece about how Los Angeles' attempt to crack down on gangs and gang-related crime just ain't working. Turns out, that city's myriad laws -- among them, ones that "prohibit public gatherings of two or more people suspected of being gang members; establish databases t ... More >>
This week, the so-called “Leprechaun Bandit,” 27-year-old Richard Earl Kemp of Fort Worth, pleaded guilty in federal court to two counts of bank robbery. He faces up to 40 years in prison, where he’s sure to get plenty of ridicule from bank robbers who thought ahead and ended up with cool nick ... More >>
Since we're all degenerate hippies -- well, most of us -- we're known to thumb the occasional copy of In These Times, where this week there appears a story headlined "The Counterproductive War on Gangs." Turns out, most of the info from the piece -- which insists increased law enforcement presence i ... More >>
The Warriors take on Dallas
Yeah, that's what is says in the press release we just got from Hill's campaign...pardon, from Hill's "Campaign of Courage." (Wait -- isn't that also Jennifer Gale's slogan? No? M'bad.) Anyway, here's Don Hill's crime-fighting plan. We'll let Dave Levinthal check the sources, but we have a feeling t ... More >>