It may have been that Johnny Charles Butler and James Robert Cleveland Butler hoped to etch their names in bank-robbing history by going out in a Bonnie and Clyde-style shower of bullets in August 2012. Perhaps the two brothers simply overestimated their chances against a professionally trained FBI ... More >>
The news hit the Arlington Police Department like a ton of bricks: On Tuesday afternoon, a three-year veteran named Danial Vo shot and killed himself in the woods near his home on Tuesday. Some time earlier a fellow officer, Thomas Kantzos, had been arrested by the FBI. Both were the target of a cri ... More >>
The media has had a hard time labeling Barrett Brown. "Anonymous spokesman" doesn't fit because Anonymous is too anarchic and loosely organized to have a spokesman. For the same reason, he's not the collective's "self-proclaimed" spokesman, though he did have more than his share of media appearances ... More >>
Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins started out with one question to answer. Now that he has defied a subpoena, he's got at least a couple more. Last week Watkins was ordered to appear in the court of state District Judge Lena Levario to answer an accusation that he brought criminal charg ... More >>
How John Wiley Price spun money he didn't have into real estate gold.
Phillip Ballard figured he was looking at at least 20 years. He'd already been in the federal lock-up in Fort Worth since July, and things weren't looking good in his criminal case, which centered on seven counts of tax fraud. For almost a decade he had, according to an indictment in the case, clai ... More >>
The FBI dropped a bombshell in federal court today with an affidavit by Special Agent Donald Sherman as to why, exactly, law enforcement felt the need to seize more than $400,000 in cash (thick stacks of $100 bills) and other assets from Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price last year. In br ... More >>
That photo you see at right comes from the F.B.I.'s Bandit Tracker website, which we've perused in the past. It was snapped June 14 of last year at a State Bank of Texas branch in Garland, off IH-30. The bandit in question: 19-year-old Anthony Blue of Garland. Which we now know thanks to Anthony' ... More >>
Way back in April 2009, you may recall, FBI agents raided Core IP Networks, an enormous Internet service provider HQ'd out of 2323 Bryan Street downtown. It made national news, in part because the feds' raid temporarily disabled some 50 clients' Web sites. At the time, the FBI would only say sear ... More >>
Organization's books weren't cooked -- they simply don't exist.
I think of everything the wrong way, from a skewed perspective. Who knows why? Maybe I got dropped on my head as a baby. But here's how I'm looking at this deal in which Dallas County Judge Craig Jenkins fired the security lady who wouldn't sweep for FBI bugs in the home of a county employee ... More >>
If you missed Brett Shipp's Willis Johnson story on WFAA-Channel 8 last night, you need to go give it a gander here. I also have a column in this week's paper version of Unfair Park talking about Johnson, a radio host who is a crucial but mysteriously low-profile figure in the affairs now be ... More >>
Looking to keep your holiday week festive?Then look no further than tomorrow night's wingding at the Kirkwood Temple CME Church -- to our knowledge, the first real "community" event in support of embattled Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, who, of course, is under FBI investigation for ... More >>
Mayor Mike Rawlings' chief campaign-runner, Mari Woodlief of Allyn Media, responded this afternoon to questions I had posed about the $270,000 paid by the Rawlings campaign to consultant Kathy Nealy, whose offices were searched by the FBI Monday as part of the federal investigation of County ... More >>
The U.S. Attorney's Office just sent word: This morning, FBI agents arrested John David McAllister, a sergeant with the Mesquite Police Department -- and the head of its four-man Narcotics Unit. Says the release, back in December the feds got a tip that McAllister was skimming off the top during ... More >>
We can look at CQ Press's just-released City Crime Rankings 2010-2011 two ways: from safest to most dangerous or vice-versa. But either way -- based upon the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports that include "the violent crimes of murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault and the property crimes of bu ... More >>
So now we know what the Dallas Police Department is charging Michael Laurence Browne with following yesterday's slow ride that landed on the Love Field runway: evading arrest in a vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, criminal mischief, aggravated robbery and an outstanding traffic ticket ... More >>
Earlier this month, the so-called Billy Mays Bandit robbed a Wells Fargo on S. University in Fort Worth.This morning's New York Times heralds the debut of the F.B.I.'s Web site featuring the most-wanted bank robbers in New York and New Jersey. Of course, that's old news 'round these here parts: T ... More >>
Patrick MichelsIs Kunkle a numbers-fudger or simply exercising good judgment in dealing with confusing federal guidelines?Another front-page story last week in The Dallas Morning News criticizing the Dallas Police Department's crime-reporting methods had the paper in a self-congratulatory mo ... More >>
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice JohnsonLast year, The New York Times noted a sharp increase in violent crimes committed against the homeless -- up 65 percent from '05 to '07, according to statistics kept by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty. But at the moment, attacks on the homeles ... 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 >>
National Weather Service About an hour ago, city officials gave local media members a tour of the Dallas Convention Center, in which Dallas expects to hold folks fleeing Hurricane Gustav, which is close to reaching Category 5 status as it approaches the Louisiana coastline. Only, the city keeps in ... More >>
The "Argh".I.A.A. strikes again! This NBC 5 report says the yesterday's bust on a CD and DVD pirating operation not too far from TCU in Fort Worth is apparently "the largest such pirating operation ever taken down in the U.S." Which, turns out, is fairly surprising... mostly 'cause the FWPD went i ... More >>
Fakers find they can easily get license plates reserved for military heroes
Turns out former city council member James Fantroy's indictment is a spin-off from the City Hall corruption investigation -- kind of like Rhoda was to The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Alas, no perp walks or indictees vowing to fight the charges while holding back tears. Except for the allegations that for ... More >>
Former UTD electrical engineering student Syed Maaz Shah got more than six years in prison last week. On Friday, in a court ruling that went with little local notice, a federal judge sentenced a former student at the University of Texas at Dallas to six and a half years in prison for his involvement ... More >>
Low on dough, Don Hill's finally talking about that danged ol' FBI investigation. Yeah, right -- what FBI investigation? Well, he brought it up. This afternoon, at a mayoral forum hosted by the Stemmons Corridor Business Association, Don Hill mentioned that he has been the subject of an FBI investig ... More >>
Set Don Hill free
Billy Ray takes on another liar: FBI traitor Robert Hanssen
Read over the weekend that Sherry Jacobson, Metro columnist at The Dallas Morning News, had an explanation for why Dallas tops the FBI's list of crime-ridden cities: We're just too good at reporting our crimes. So, see, no reason to pay attention to the F.B.I.; no reason to even look at the Total Cr ... More >>
The Lone Star Emmy Award nominations came out this morning, and at least three of the local network affiliates did pretty well--especially WFAA-Channel 8, which got some 53 nods in pretty much every category (including two for a piece called "Inspirational Songs For the Entire Family To Sing," which ... More >>
Someone's lying in the latest DART cop beat-down. Can you tell us who?
As we explained earlier this year, the FBI investigation into bribery at City Hall and beyond had everything to do with how affordable housing developers needed to garner political support at all levels before they could receive millions of dollars in tax credits from the state. With elected officia ... More >>
Giving penny-ante politicians a say over lucrative affordable-housing developments seemed like a good idea--until the FBI came calling
A year-end banquet of my two-bit opinions
Buzz gets his jollies keeping tabs on 2005's naughty and nice guys. OK, mostly naughty.
Hanging with a bad crowd
Don't read over a fibbie's shoulder
Separate the "crap" from the "gold" at the Rock 'n' Roll RedemptionSale
Salma's shorts get top billing in an otherwise unwatchable caper
Polyphonic Spree member unwittingly sets off bomb scare at DFW Airport
DART removes ads for a charity accused of links to terrorists
Thirty-five years ago, Jesse Curry was Dallas' respected, popular police chief. Then Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald, and Curry became just one more victim of the Kennedy assassination.
Will he die in prison for the sins of the plantation?
Judge Solis orders controversial Peavy Tapes released to Justice Dept.