Dallas County Sheriff's Department

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    September 22, 2014

    Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez Signs Letter Supporting Same-Sex Marriage. So We Pop the Obvious Question.

    Last week, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals received a letter signed by more than 50 Texas law enforcement officials who support same-sex marriage, according to the Texas Tribune. Among them was Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, the county's first Hispanic, first female and first lesbian sheri ... More >>

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    May 21, 2014

    Dallas County Sheriff Valdez Says Recruits May Have Flunked Certification Exams on Purpose

    Something weird and unsettling happened last year at the Dallas County Sheriff's Training Academy. Of 27 recruits that enrolled, a mere seven -- barely 25 percent -- passed on their first try. Weird because the wave of failures was unprecedented. The previous year, all 16 would-be deputies passed. U ... More >>

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    June 28, 2013

    Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez Is the Unlikely Star of a Pretty Cool HBO Documentary

    The new HBO documentary The Out List was supposed to be a response to California's Proposition 8. But it turned into something bigger, director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders told Vanity Fair, where he's a contributing photographer. What it became is a series of interviews with 16 openly gay, lesbian, b ... More >>

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    February 1, 2013

    Carrollton Man Gets 36 Months in Federal Prison for Selling Crappy Counterfeit Cellphone Accessories

    The iPhone cases with crooked "Chanel" logos you see over at your local cellphone accessory store or mall kiosk could be evidence of an international criminal conspiracy, according to the feds. A Carrollton resident, Shiraz Sherali Odhwani, 54, has been sentenced to 36 months in federal prison and o ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    Here's a Tip: If You Need to Outrun Johnny Law Along the Trinity Levees, Use a Dirt Bike

    Came across this video posted to YouTube yesterday by the friend of the show who maintains the essential Dallas Trinity Trails blog. I'll let Ben describe what he captured:Dallas County Sheriff Deputy cornering and chasing dirt bike motorcycle on the Trinity River levees near Industrial Blvd and Cor ... More >>

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    December 28, 2011

    No Pony for Christmas? Then How 'Bout a Fort Worth Cattle-Drivin' Quarter Horse?

    ​Saw a story in The Wall Street Journal this morning concerning something we've written about a couple of times in recent months -- how the drought's causing donkey owners 'round these parts to cut 'em loose, creating what Dallas County Sheriff's Department Senior Sergeant Patrick Bonner refers to ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    British "Factual Programme" Makers Want to Shoot 3D Documentary in Dallas County Jail

    ​Electric Sky's filmography is extremely large and extraordinarily varied, its titles ranging from Hookers for Jesus (about a born-again Vegas prostitute) to The Ronnie Wood Show (a talk show starring, of course, the Rolling Stone) to A 3D Guide to Belly Dancing (a 3D guide to belly dancing). To ... More >>

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    October 21, 2011

    Dublin Donkey Rescue Facility to Take in Dallas County's Strays, Now "A Serious Problem"

    ​From time to time, as we noted in August, Dallas County takes to the Internet to auction off stray animals -- donkeys and mules, mostly, and the occasional horse -- found wandering roadways, usually after their owners have cut 'em loose. Dallas County Sheriff's Department Deputy Paul Stroud expla ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011

    Dallas PD Catches (Alleged) NW Dallas Burglar

    Dallas County Sheriff​Twice in recent weeks the Dallas Police Department has dispatched surveillance footage of a bald, back-packing man creeping around homes near Midway and Walnut Hill in Northwest Dallas -- the man initially ID'd only as the Lively Lane Prowler. He now has a name, according to ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    Dallas PD Nabs Watauga Man Suspected of Taking Part in Dozens of Mammoth Jewel Heists

    Dallas County Sheriff's DepartmentKelvin O'Brien​Moments ago, Dallas Police spokesman Senior Corporal Kevin Janse sent out a handful of over-the-weekend updates. Among them was this brief concerning an arrest made early Sunday morning:On 9/25/2011 at 1:45 a.m., Dallas Police Officers received info ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    Dallas County Constable Ben Adamcik Is Soliciting For Whistleblowers' Legal Defense

    Ben Adamcik​Maybe you read the piece in the paper over the weekend about how all those Dallas County deputy constables who blew all those whistles on Dallas County Precinct 1 Constable Derick Evans and former Precinct 5 Constable Jaime Cortes are scared of losing their jobs. They have good reason: ... More >>

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    August 10, 2011

    Last Night, a First Step Toward Solving, Or Not, the Problem With ICE's Secure Communities

    ​Tuesday night, the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council's Task Force on Secure Communities (hold on, gotta catch my breath after that pithy title) held a pilot meeting at the Dallas County Community College's Bill J. Priest Campus to discuss ICE's controversial fingerprint screeni ... More >>

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    August 3, 2011

    As Weather Worsens, Dallas County Finds Itself With Stray Horses, Mules in Need of Homes

    Two malnourished horses the county took in after they were abandoned.​I know we had some fun earlier in the week with Dallas County's stash of for-sale gas masks, which has climbed to $50 since last we checked. But I see the county's also auctioning off quite a few donkeys, mules and horses -- all ... More >>

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    June 22, 2011

    Dallas PD Says It's Made Another Arrest in Memorial Day Shutdown of Central Expressway

    Dallas County Sheriff's Department​Moments ago, the Dallas Police Department sent a note telling media types to head to its Facebook page for a very special announcement. OK. Let's see ... Ah. "Dallas Police Make Second Arrest in Biker Incident." And by "biker incident," of course, the DPD's refer ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    After a Mavs Title, a Parade to Plan and Arrests to Report. And, Man, How That 'Bout Traffic?

    Photo by Alex Scott​Only took an hour to get from Oak Cliff to Northwest Dallas tonight. Never shoulda taken Commerce, which, when it reached downtown, was blocked off by Dallas Police, causing an endless stream of brake lights between Commerce and Continental. No matter: The traffic turned into a ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011

    Dallas PD Says It's Made First, But Not Last, Arrest in Memorial Day Shutdown of Central

    Dallas County Sheriff's Department​The man seen at right is Thomas Michael Roberts, a 35-year-old Dallas Police say was among the parade of motorcyclists responsible for shutting down and spray-painting Central Expressway on Memorial Day. No doubt you've seen the video, which went from YouTube to ... More >>

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    April 1, 2011

    If You Want to See What It's Like to Be Thrown in Dallas County Jail Without Getting Arrested

    The Dallas County Sheriff's Department rarely posts videos to the YouTube, and when it does it's usually something unusual -- like, say, this eerie dash-cam smash-em-up. And then there's this morning's find, initially posted a few weeks ago: a mini-doc in which you follow along as a man (actor Ferna ... More >>

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    February 2, 2011

    From the Bud Light Hotel, A Reminder to Drink Responsibly and Take A Yellow Cab Home

    Photos by Patrick MichelsDallas County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Gary Lindsey called drunk driving "the largest problem law enforcement faces."Speaking of drinking ...Across an icy stretch of Young Street from City Hall this morning, an intimate media bunch huddled up at the Bud Light Hotel to hear abo ... More >>

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    November 24, 2010

    Apparently, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez Needs to Remind Some of You: Don't Be a Jerk

    Photos by Andrea GrimesT.J. Griffin, of Lift-Aids demonstrates the extra room many disabled parkers need to get in and out of their vehicles.​Nothing like the holiday season to bring out the best in all of us, right? Notsomuch, says the Dallas County Sheriff's Department, which held a press confer ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    Dallas PD, Sheriff Roll Out Holiday Initiatives

    ​Local law enforcement agencies have scheduled two press conferences this week -- one at the Jack Evans this morning, another at the Kroger on Mockingbird at Greenville Wednesday. Long story short: DPD wants to get the word out two programs coming down your chimney at this, the most wonderful time ... More >>

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    May 26, 2010

    A Very Creepy Video Made From Dallas County Sheriff's Department Squad Car Dashcams

    The Dallas County Sheriff's Department only recently, and very quietly, began posting videos to the YouTube -- like this promo video we mentioned a few weeks back, and Sheriff Lupe Valdez's very brief inaugural Webcast (in which, right off the bat, she says "this was done with little to no expense t ... More >>

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    January 15, 2010

    The Daily Show Sends Jason Jones to Get to the Bottom of Dallas Gay Divorce Case

    Peter Schulte and the petitioner still known as J.B. on The Daily Show last night ... but what is it about that vase ...?​No doubt you recall the October ruling from Judge Tena Callahan of Dallas County's 302nd Family District Court, who said there was no good reason for the courts not to consider ... More >>

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    January 13, 2010

    Dallas County Now in Jewelry Business

    Today's time kill: pages' worth of items being auctioned off by the sheriff's department, including this ancient pocket watch​My favorite auction site is at it again, this time disposing of watches, rings, necklaces and other assorted gold-plated goodies on behalf of the Dallas County Sheriff's De ... More >>

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    January 2, 2010

    A Parade of New Year's Parade Photos

    All photos by Harry Wilonsky"Who's Ron Jackson?" asks the boy. "That's Jason Castro," I tell him. "Who?" "Exactly."​It's no longer the Cotton Bowl Parade that snakes through downtown Dallas on New Year's Day. Wouldn't make sense -- the Cotton Bowl's now in Arlington, in case you missed that break ... More >>

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    October 5, 2009

    "This is Not About Gay and Lesbian Marriage."

    ​As you're no doubt aware, on Thursday, Judge Tena Callahan of Dallas County's 302nd Family District Court ruled that two men married in Massachusetts in 2006 could indeed get divorced in Dallas. To which Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott responded, Whoawhoawhoa: "The laws and constitution of the ... More >>

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    March 20, 2009

    Dallas County Sheriff's Deputy to Plead Guilty to Stealing Coke So He Could Deal Coke

    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 >>

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    February 9, 2009

    Yet One More Reason Not to Get Into an Accident: It'll Cost More For a Tow

    In 2005, the City of Dallas assembled a list of hot spots (14 major highways, expressways and freeways) to which emergency wreckers were to provide "rapid response" in case of an accident (Page 41, if you must). And since at least 2007, Dallas Police and the Dallas County Sheriff's Department have b ... More >>

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    November 4, 2008

    Dallas County's Early Birds See Blue

    Brandon Thibodeaux Lowell Cannaday and Lupe Valdez during one of their debates The troops are scattered hither and yon: with the Dems at Bishop Arts, with the Republicans at the Raddison, and we've even pulled Pulle back into the fold for a night to hang with Alan Vaught at the Lakewood Tavern, hot ... More >>

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    November 4, 2008

    How Lowell Can You Go?

    With 200 of Dallas County's 708 precincts reporting, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez maintains her lead over challenger Lowell Cannaday: 313,083 (or 56.24 percent of the vote) to 243,632 (43.76 percent). Sam's with the Republicans and will have more comments and photos from the GOP un-shindig shor ... More >>

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    September 11, 2008

    Fire Alarm Clears Out Crowley

    A Friend of Unfair Park just texted with the message that the Frank Crowley Courts Building is being evacuated -- "don't know why." Turns out, a fire alarm has gone off in the building -- a regular occurrence, says an Officer Williams in the Dallas County Sheriff's Department who really wanted to ge ... More >>

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    September 4, 2008

    Matt Pulle's Still Writing About Lupe Valdez. Just Not for Unfair Park.

    You remember Matt Pulle, right? Sure you do. Used to work here. Used to write plenty of pieces about Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez -- like, oh, how she didn't pass her law-enforcement exam, for starters, and wasn't very good at sending e-mails. Then he left for Nashville for a couple of years, o ... More >>

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    April 8, 2008

    Getting Your Goat on Greenville

    Um, seems a goat was wandering Lower Greenville Avenue this morning, around 2 in the a.m., near the Whole Foods. WFAA-Channel 8 has the video, along with the note that "after a low-speed chase, Dallas police and Dallas County Sheriff's Department deputies caught up with the little guy and took him i ... More >>

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    March 14, 2008

    The Crash That Took Me

    Maybe you read a little something about a Dallas County sheriff's deputy's patrol car getting a love tap Tuesday night from a drunk driver. Happened around 8 p.m. on State Highway 310, just north of Interstate 20. Thankfully, the Associated Press is distributing, courtesy the Dallas County Sheriff's ... More >>

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    March 4, 2008

    Oh, Yeah. Sheriff. Right. Got It.

    See, if Pulle were still around, we'd be full of local results too -- like, ya know, that little race for Dallas County Sheriff. Looks like it'll be Lupe Valdez for the Dems -- by a landslide. She's got 56,112 votes so far -- or damned near half of the 112,451 counted thus far, with only 91 of 695 p ... More >>

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    February 14, 2008

    Well, We Were Getting Tired of Lynn Flint Shaw's Old Mugshot

    For those who might have missed the news, former Dallas Area Rapid Transit board chair Lynn Flint Shaw -- you know who she is, right? -- turned herself in to authorities this morning. Shaw's being investigated for allegedly forging Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins' signature and letterh ... More >>

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    January 2, 2008

    So, You Running for Office or Not?

    If you're looking to get on the primary election ballot, keep in mind today's your last day to file, so you'd better hop to. And if you're only curious about who's already filed, well, the Dallas County Democratic Party has its list available on the left side of the page, while the Dallas County Rep ... More >>

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    September 12, 2007

    Don't Shoot! It's Rosh Hashanah!

    This is why I don't go to High Holy Days services: Shit is dangerous. About an hour ago I talked to an old friend, whose mother had gone to Temple Emanu-El on Hillcrest Road and Northwest Highway for Rosh Hashanah services tonight. And my friend told me one hell of a story that I have since confirm ... More >>

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    June 16, 2007
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    May 12, 2007

    The Battle of the Century: Leppert vs. Oakley!!!

    Our Man Downtown's about to become Our Man at Gilley's, as Matt Pulle's on his way to Tom Leppert Party-Down HQ to wrangle a few quotes from the top vote-getter (thus far, but who's kidding whom?) in today's mayoral election. So, it's damned near a done deal: Tom Leppert and Ed Oakley will square of ... More >>

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    November 30, 2006

    Someone Needs to Teach Sheriff Lupe How to Use E-mail.

    Sheriff Lupe Valdez exposes a rather small-minded philosophy about the press in an e-mail she accidentally sent me this afternoon. Earlier, I sent a public information request to her legal advisor, Leslie Sweet, for copies of internal affairs complaints of four Dallas County Sheriff's Department em ... More >>

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    August 3, 2006
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    July 7, 2006
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    June 13, 2006

    Valdez Can Take the Test. But Can She Pass It?

    Well, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez has belatedly qualified to take the mandatory licensing test she flunked in April. The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards tells us the sheriff has at last provided the proper documentation she needs to take the test, corroborating that she w ... More >>

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    May 25, 2006

    Such a Nice Boy

    Dallas County Sheriff's Department Eighteen-year-olds Joseph Robert Tellini, at left, and Ian McConnell Walker were popped for those infamous pot muffins. Neighbors in Casa Linda Estates say that 18-year-old Joseph Tellini, the Lake Highlands senior charged with felony assault by marijuana muffin, ... More >>

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    May 25, 2006
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    April 21, 2005

    Fatal Phone Tree

    Just try calling the Dallas County jail for info

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    November 25, 2004

    Say What?

    Our new sheriff is a lesbian? Really?

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    March 6, 2003

    Faked Out

    Looking for counterfeit goods, sheriff's deputies go bargain hunting

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    February 22, 2001

    More, Please

    Quick, someone buy the county's juvenile authorities a copy of Oliver Twist

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    October 8, 1998
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