Dallas County Judge Roberto Cañas has a grim job: He presides over a county criminal court that specifically sees domestic violence cases. While Cañas does not hear felony cases, he sees plenty people come through his court whom he worries would be more than capable of more violent acts. This fear ... More >>
Alif Laam Meem -- or, for those who prefer fraternities to go by a Greek acronym, Alpha Lambda Mu -- first blipped across the national radar this past spring when they attended Mayor Mike Rawlings' anti-domestic-violence rally outside City Hall. A photo the group posted to Facebook showing members h ... More >>
In this week's Dallas Observer we profile 30 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Stanton Stephens. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here . There's something different about state Representative Jason Villalba, something that ... More >>
Every day, Dallas police respond to a disheartening number of domestic violence calls, too many to note. In 2011, there were 13,000 instances of family violence, most of them assaults. Last year, 26 women were murdered by their partners. Yesterday's alleged thuggery took police to Great Trinity For ... More >>
Every single day in Dallas brings a dismaying number of reports of men beating their wives and girlfriends, which is what's fueling Mayor Mike Rawlings' crusade against domestic violence. But the message he delivered at his recent City Hall rally apparently hasn't yet sunk in for everybody. In the ... More >>
The couple started arguing on Saturday, around 3 in the morning, in a house near Fair Park. The man told the woman he hadn't forgotten their past arguments, all the times she had "disrespected" him. He shoved his palm hard against her face and forced her down against a desk. She fought him, pushing ... More >>
Mayor Mike Rawlings' recently launched crusade against domestic violence has been earning praise from local media since it was announced it a couple of months ago. Now, after traveling to the Big Apple to speak on the issue alongside Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Michael Bolton, he's gathering attenti ... More >>
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings is pushing a personal and public agenda against domestic violence, which used to be called wife-beating. Of course the TV news had to do a story about husband-beating to keep everything correct, and I'm against that, too, along with journalist-beating, French-people-beatin ... More >>
The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly yesterday to renew the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). It now heads to the House for what will likely be an ugly battle over its renewal; President Obama used part of his State of the Union address last night to urge the House representatives to pass it. Th ... More >>
This morning at the Dallas Museum of Art, Mayor Mike Rawlings, along with about 1,000 other men in suits sharing the stage, announced a new campaign dubbed "Men Against Abuse." The next stop on this tour of well-meaning gestures will be a celebrity-packed rally on March 23, which the mayor wants 10, ... More >>
Domestic violence killings were on the rise in Dallas last year, which might be one reason why Mayor Mike Rawlings called a presser Monday afternoon. Another could be the fact that exactly a month has passed since a deeply troubled young man slaughtered 26 people in Newtown, Connecticut, most of the ... More >>
The death of Deanna Cook, who police believe was murdered by her ex-husband as 911 operators listened, was a rare public reminder that instances of domestic violence can turn fatal, with alarming frequency. So far this year, 19 PEOPLE have been murdered in acts of domestic violence, few of which rec ... More >>
[Update, 10:30 a.m. follows] On Aug. 19, worried family members arrived at Deanna Cook's home. It was a Sunday, and she hadn't showed up for church, which wasn't like her. When they arrived, they found Cook's two dogs running loose, barking frantically, and noticed water leaking form the garage. The ... More >>
On Sunday morning, with their knocks and phone calls unanswered and water pouring from beneath locked doors, family members broke into Deanna Cook's home. They found the 32-year-old dead in her bath tub. Two days before, police had been called to a domestic disturbance at the home. Dallas police kn ... More >>
Just before 2 p.m. today, the conference room in state senator Royce West's law office looked like a game of journalist Tetris, as some two dozen reporters and ten news cameras crammed around a long table to hear what Dez Bryant had to say about his recent arrest for allegedly attacking his mother, ... More >>
Dallas police just announced that they've arrested one of the two men suspected in the May 28 robbery of a Metro PCS store. That man is George Tucker, and he can be seen in the video above waving a gun at the store employees, a male customer, and, at one point around 3:07 or so, dangerously near the ... More >>
On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate began debating the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, which is largely backed by Senate Democrats, and discussing its Republican alternative, authored by Chuck Grassley of Iowa and our own Kay Bailey Hutchison. In preparation for that debate, Hutchison took to t ... More >>
Before this morning, we had never heard of Reynolds Protection, a Dallas purveyor of bodyguards, or its owner, Chad Reynolds, who judging from his bio photo is roughly the size of a refrigerator. A very bald, imposing refrigerator. But this morning Reynolds Protection sent around a press release ann ... More >>
Stormy Magiera, no longer a Dallas officerIn the end, the posting to the Dallas Police Department's Facebook page, made moments ago, probably comes as no surprise. But as of today, Stormy Magiera is no longer a Dallas Police officer. The announcement comes days after the officer, decorated by Chi ... More >>
Last week we reported that Deep Ellum's It's A Grind Coffee House would close immediately. A few Twitter users reacted, half disappointed and half not surprised. I called several times to talk to the owners but manager Carlos Guerrero said an official communication would be released in a few ... More >>
One week ago today the Dallas Police Department sent word that it had fired three officers -- one of whom, Lavar Horne, was also arrested last week for having kept a handgun and tossed some weed seized during a traffic stop. Well, the DPD just sent word that it's arrested yet another officer: Vic ... 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 >>
GlennSacks.com When The Dallas Morning News ran its story last Thursday about The Family Place's "provocative new campaign" on Dallas Area Rapid Transit buses, the agency, which assists victims of domestic abuse, said it had received few complaints. The ads, depicted above, began running on Octob ... More >>
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