Police Reports: Oct. 17-23


Skulduggery of the Week: Clean Getaway

At 11:05 p.m. Oct. 23, a shoplifter stole $11.99 in Gain flings pods, $11.99 in Tide liquid pods, and $29.49 in Similac powder from CVS in the 3000 block of Mockingbird Lane.


At 4:18 p.m., a victim reported that her ex-husband stole a Samsung Galaxy Express 3 and a black iPhone 4, as well as $125 cash, from her daughters at a house in the 3500 block of Armstrong Avenue between 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 and 8 a.m. Oct. 5.

At 8 p.m., a thief stole a seven-foot section of copper pipe from a house in the 3700 block of Princeton Avenue.

Katy Trail Expansion Hits Mockingbird

Renderings courtesy of Dallas Public Works Dept. 0
Renderings courtesy of Dallas Public Works Dept.

Mockingbird Lane drivers can expect periodic delays over the next few months as crews begin construction on a new cantilever cable pedestrian bridge that will connect the Katy Trail to Mockingbird Station, and eventually, points beyond as part of the Dallas Trail Network Plan.

The bridge required a unique design because it will run directly over the DART train tunnel that connects Mockingbird Station and Cityplace. The new span will consist of three towers: one on each side of the road and a third inside the station parking lot.

A second smaller bridge will be built over the rail line near Twin Sixties Drive.

Shelton Kicks Off Stampede Auction

Lea Fisher and JD Miller at the kick off event for the Stampede auction. (Photo: James Edward) 0
Lea Fisher and JD Miller at the kick off event for the Stampede auction. (Photo: James Edward)

Shelton School Parents’ Association hosted a kick-off party at Samuel Lynne Galleries Oct. 13 to announce plans for the school’s annual Stampede benefit auction, which will take place April 8 at the Bomb Factory.

Stampede co-chairs and Shelton parents Stephanie Hardeman and Leti Lackey revealed the 2017 theme as “Epic Journeys Begin at Shelton”. They also announced that the event will feature the music of Journey in a concert performance by Voyage, the world’s number one Journey tribute band.

Proceeds from the benefit auction will support various Shelton enrichment programs. Founded in 1976, Shelton is the largest independent school worldwide for intelligent students with learning differences.

Scots Surge Past Forney, Clinch Playoff Spot

Cade Saustad scored Highland Park's first touchdown during a 44-7 victory over Forney on Friday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Cade Saustad scored Highland Park’s first touchdown during a 44-7 victory over Forney on Friday. The Scots have won six straight. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

FORNEY — By the end of Friday’s game against Forney, it was easy to forget that Highland Park actually trailed at the end of the first quarter.

HP shook off some early lethargy with 44 unanswered points, including four straight touchdown drives in the second quarter, while cruising to a 44-7 victory at City Bank Stadium.

The winning streak stands at six games for the Scots (7-1, 5-0), who remain in sole possession of the District 15-5A lead heading into their home finale against last-place Royse City next week. And they clinched a playoff spot in the process.

The Reality of Perception


It’s often said that perception is reality. Albert Einstein was once quoted as saying, “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a persistent one.” Everything is open to interpretation, at least on some level.

This month’s cover story focuses on crime at SMU. When reviewing its recently released 2015 crime statistics, we were surprised to discover a sharp increase in the number of reported aggravated assaults. Naturally this provoked the question, “Is SMU safe?” Well, that depends on how you look at it.

It is true that SMU’s main campus had more aggravated assaults than any of the other Dallas-area universities. It is also true that only two of the reported assaults at SMU occurred on its main campus. The other six were reported near the east campus building across Central Expressway. So is the campus safe? That’s for someone else to decide.

St. Jude Awards Evening Under the Stars Founding Family


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s signature fundraiser, the annual Evening Under the Stars party and golf tournament, will take place this weekend. Earlier this month, the three children of the founder of the party and golf tournament were presented with the inaugural Terre Thomas Award in Memphis, TN, in recognition of their family’s legacy of help.

Lydia Novakov, Joe Haggar III, and Marian Bryan attribute their award to the work of their parents and grandparents. Their father Joe Haggar Jr. was a founding ALSAC board member (St. Jude’s fundraising organization) and fundraised locally in Dallas for St. Jude since the hospital’s inception. 

Billiards for Boys & Girls


The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas’ will host its annual Billiard Ball on Nov. 12 at the Hilton Anatole. Beginning at 6 pm, the evening will feature a cocktail reception, live music and dancing, a plated dinner, live auction, and plenty of billiards. Since its inception, the Billiard Ball has raised more than $2.5 million and has become BGCD’s premiere fundraising event. Benefits enable BGCD to provide programming to more than 7,500 club members at 31 sites throughout the metroplex.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas plays a vital role in the community by providing a safe place to learn, developing relationships with caring adult professionals, life-enhancing programs, and character development experiences.

For more information, contact Ashle Green at 214-821-2950, ext. 732.



Scots in Familiar Spot Heading to Forney

The Highland Park offense looks to keep rolling on Friday at Forney. The Scots are in first place in Districg 15-5A. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

J.T. Dooley and the Highland Park offense look to keep rolling on Friday at Forney. The Scots are in first place in District 15-5A. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park has been in this situation before, so they know the potential pitfalls.

The Scots have emerged from the toughest stretch of their schedule with sole possession of first place in District 15-5A. Now they face a couple of games against opponents near the bottom of the standings with the playoffs looming in the near future.

In other words, since such a position is familiar, don’t expect a letdown from HP when they travel to Forney on Friday night.

SMU Annual Report Shows Sharp Increase in Assaults

Crime statistics released in
accordance with the Clery Act and Title
IX show that there were eight aggravated
assaults at SMU last year. (Photo by Imani Lytle) 0
Crime statistics released in accordance with the Clery Act and Title IX show that there were eight aggravated assaults at SMU last year. (Photo by Imani Lytle)

SMU reported more aggravated assaults in 2015 than TCU, UT-Arlington, and the University of North Texas combined, according to statistics released Oct. 1. Campus police reported two on-campus incidents last year, while Dallas police reported six others near campus, bringing the total number to eight.

SMU only reported three aggravated assaults in both 2014 and 2013.

The six assaults reported by Dallas police occurred between 5200 and 5600 block of SMU Boulevard near SMU’s east campus, which is across Central Expressway from the main campus. None of the assaults involved students.

“The increase from no cases in that area to six cases is statistically significant, but overall numbers remain low,” SMU Police Chief Richard Shafer said. “We know that the number of incidents reported in different crime categories varies from year to year on campus and in other police jurisdictions, but we typically don’t have evidence that tells us why.”