Get caught with a joint in Dallas this afternoon and you'll find yourself being chauffeured to Lew Sterrett in the back of a squad car. Get caught with a joint in Dallas this January and you may well escape with a ticket and a stern admonition to show up in court. The Dallas Morning News reported o ... More >>
Two weeks ago, County Judge Clay Jenkins led a successful effort to change a contract that would have ended in-person visits with jail inmates while the county collected a share of the money a private company made from charging for the video visitation that was to replace it. See also: Dallas Count ... More >>
Stop me if I told you this already. Oh, hah-hah, it's print, isn't it? You can't stop me. Well then just bear with me. In American schools, kids learn to read from kindergarten through the third grade. From fourth grade on, they read to learn. Kids who can't read by fourth grade never really know ... More >>
Local officials talk a good game about killing mosquitoes this West Nile season, but are they doing enough to warn us before they unleash mosquito-killing insecticides in our neighborhoods? These are insecticides that, as we've covered, might not be so good for people to breathe in. City Hall's own ... More >>
Every year, something like 6,000 Dallas County residents are diagnosed with HIV, giving us the dubious honor of having the highest infection rate in the state. The statistics are particularly grim for gay black men, who contract the disease at an alarming rate. Dallas County Health Director Zachary ... More >>
A man walking his dog at Brookhaven College last night discovered a human skull in a wooded area on the western edge of campus. Police searched the area today and discovered the rest of the skeleton. The Dallas County Medical Examiner has collected the remains to determine how old they are and who ... More >>
Back in November the Dallas County Commissioners signed off on part2 Productions' pitch to shoot a season's worth of Hard Time in the Dallas County Jail on behalf of the National Geographic Channel, which would have taken some 120 days and netted the county upward of $120,000. Alas, we find out v ... More >>
Metro Dallas Homeless AllianceA look at Dallas County's homeless population from the "2011 Annual 'Point-In-Time' Homeless Count and Census"Leslie's at Dallas City Hall at this very moment, where Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance is announcing the formation of the Greater Dallas Homeless Policy Alli ... More >>
Marine Staff Sergeant Thinh Tran is unavailable to speak at the moment; he's training in the California desert in advance of a deployment to Afghanistan. He is, by all accounts, out of the country often: In October 2009, for instance, he received orders he was to ship out for a two-year stint in ... More >>
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 >>
The Dallas County Judicial Treatment Center in WimerCornell Companies, the private operator of correctional facilities 'cross the country, has a motto: "People Changing People." A lawsuit filed this week in Dallas County District Court proposes an alteration: "People Filming People." At least, so ... More >>
Barbara Jean Altemeier says she was arrested in Dallas in 2006. She says the basis for her arrest was a "falsely made up complaint" out of Fruitport, Michigan -- an embezzlement charge she says was eventually dismissed. She says she was kept in Dallas County lock-up for 78 days, and that the Dall ... More >>
Judge Mike SnipesA Vietnam veteran accused of forcing a 6-year-old girl into his car to ride on his lap became the first to sign on for Dallas County's new veterans court program on Tuesday, with a chance to avoid having a conviction on his record if he completes a six-month treatment program. Ch ... More >>
[Update at 11:49.: I just spoke again with Darryl Martin, who says that Warrior Dash organizers have requested a meeting with Dallas County officials, which will take place at 1 p.m. "I'll call you before we file anything," he says. Martin wanted to hear from Red Frog reps and attorney Michael Cr ... More >>
Back in December, Business Resources Corp. filed suit against Dallas County claiming officials hired Virginia-based GTSI to preserve county docs (birth records, death certificates, etc.) at a cost of $17.5 million over seven years -- even though the county didn't take bids on the contract and GTS ... More >>
Brian HarkinDallas County District Attorney Craig WatkinsIt's always a good idea 'round this time of the year to make a list of accomplishments, if only to figure out what you need to get done in the coming year. So happens, of course, that Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins needs to g ... More >>
Stephen Colbert's people don't like to talk about why they ask guests to appear on The Colbert Report. Trust me. We asked earlier today, when word came down that Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins has been booked for Wednesday's show (which puts him between Tuesday night's guests, auth ... More >>
Sorry, Kurt Watkins, but your invite to tonight's Dallas County Young Democrats shindig at Mayor Tom Leppert's favorite Lower Greenville hot spot got spammed out -- don't take it personally, same thing happened to my mom earlier today. That half-hearted apology out of the way, the DCYD's communicati ... More >>
While Obama has events going on throughout the city, Clinton is nowhere to be found
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 >>
Back in May we mentioned that five women who were treated at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas for anorexia and bulimia were suing the hospital and doctors who treated them. The women, who had participated in Presby's Eating Disorder Program, claimed "the hospital and doctors there took part in a frau ... More >>
A Trinity River vote, the return of the Citizens Council, a corruption case at City Hall. Buzz is confused. Was this 2007 or 1997?
Sit a spell with a book at the Majestic
Wait...we voted for who?
With Dems likes these, who needs the GOP?
Either some dude in Dallas County's jail was inspired by the Fox show Prison Break, filming around town, or just decided he'd better go elsewhere for medical treatment. Perhaps inspired by the Fox-TV show Prison Break, which is filming around town for the next few months, an inmate at the Dallas Cou ... More >>
With an ongoing federal investigation into the health care practices at the Dallas County Jail, numerous litigious inmates are, it seems, jumping on the bandwagon, alleging to be the victims of medical neglect. These are largely pro se federal lawsuits, with their scribbled allegations calling to mi ... More >>
Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez was a revolutionary candidate--as a leader, not so much
Dallas County commissioners are irritated with Sheriff Lupe Valdez after she submitted her recent overtime expenses for the first five and a half months of the 2006 fiscal year. Nearly 35 jailors, whose salaries are typically less than $40,000 a year, made more than $15,000 in overtime pay from Octo ... More >>
The bill for the county's bad software gets bigger
In a rare piece of good news for the Dallas County Jail, InfoIntegration, the infamously incompetent computer firm that lost track of inmates like they were old pairs of tube socks, will not renew its contract when it expires in July. Tonya Brenneman, the founder of the firm, got the lucrative contr ... More >>
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The U.S Department of Justice has concluded the first part of its investigation of the Dallas County jail system, which for years has been a veritable house of horrors for inmates with chronic medical conditions. Even after Dallas County commissioners voted to fund a more expensive budget for the sh ... More >>
What color will the district attorney be, and who gives a rat's rear end?
Being sick in Dallas County's troubled jail can be a death sentence
Man. Now everybody's calling everybody a racist.
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Judge Sally Montgomery
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Down but not out, local Democrats
show feeble signs of life
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Dallas County commissioners increase the pay for independent court interpreters
Wildcatter Sanford Dvorin thinks he's hit the jackpot in quaint Coppell. But skeptics say no one's ever made money drilling for natural gas in Dallas County, and no one ever will.