September 17, 2014

  • Arrest Made in Sexual Assault Case

    rsz_harris_torey_jamalTorey Jamal Harris, 23, of Dallas was arrested on an alleged aggravated sexual assault by Navarro College Department of Public Safety in Corsicana on Sept. 15.

    After the University Park Police Department released a sketch of the suspect for the Sept. 7 assault at Rosedale Avenue and Willard Drive, Navarro College law enforcement noticed the appearance was similar to that of their own suspect.

    When UPPD detectives interviewed Harris, he confessed to the Sept. 7 assault in such a way that revealed his intimate knowledge of the crime. UPPD then issued arrest warrants.

    “We want to point out that we’re still very early in the investigation,” UP police chief Greg Spradlin said at a press conference on Wednesday.

    Harris is being held in the Navarro County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 17, 2014 | 9:29 pm | 3 Comments | Comments RSS
  • Celebrating 25 Years with 25 Hours of Yoga

    The Dallas Yoga Center, which is located on Lemmon Avenue in Uptown, is celebrating 25 years of service this month with 25 hours of yoga and wellness events.

    The event begins at 5 p.m. Friday and yogis can participate in henna painting, disco yoga, and dream space yoga all night long. Then greet the morning with sunrise yoga and meditation, concerts, and yoga in the park until an anniversary party complete with champagne, gluten-free cupcakes, and raffle prizes ending at 6 p.m. the following day.

    The company also will be accepting donations to benefit the Hanuman Fund, a scholarship program for aspiring yoga instructors to pursue their training.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Sep. 17, 2014 | 3:30 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Spaghetti Supper Sales Winners Announced

    Grace Sloan, Flora Kate Richards and Maddie Basso finished first, second and third in sales for the spaghetti supper.

    Grace Sloan, Flora Kate Richards, and Maddie Basso finished first, second, and third in sales for the spaghetti supper.

    The Highland Belles spaghetti supper fundraiser on Sept. 5 had another successful year. The spaghetti supper sales winners are Grace Sloane, Flora Kate Richards, and Maddie Basso.

    All 61 members of the award-winning drill team sold tickets, raffle tickets, and accepted donations, which will fund the team’s operations for the year. This year was bigger than ever with the addition of the live auction.

    The team partnered with Amore Italian Restaurant for the 19th year, bringing hungry football fans to the cafeteria before the HPHS football game against Pulaski Academy.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Sep. 17, 2014 | 12:24 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Boosterthon to Boost Funds for Bradfield

    Blaze the Bronco gets students pumped up about Boosterthon.

    Blaze the Bronco gets students pumped up about Boosterthon.

    Does calling it a fun run really make it fun? Well, if it’s anything like the pep rally to kick off Bradfield’s Boosterthon fundraiser, it may not be so bad.

    On Monday, students gathered in the gymnasium and cheered on Blaze the Bronco and Boosterthon representatives as they heard about the plans for the event. Each day of the fundraiser will provide a lesson that encourages kindness, leadership, fitness, and citizenship.

    The event will conclude with the Rock’n Town Live Fun Run, where students will recruit pledges for the number of laps they run. The money raised from Boosterthon will go to the school.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Sep. 17, 2014 | 10:46 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Hubbard Lobbies Congress For Cancer Funding

    Allison Hubbard

    Allison Hubbard

    Park Cities resident Allison Hubbard was in Washington, D.C., yesterday as part of a group of more than 600 cancer patients, survivors, and volunteers from all 50 states trying to raise awareness and spur legislative action regarding cancer research and funding — an event called American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Leadership Summit and Lobby Day.

    As part of her visit, Hubbard is meeting with Rep. Pete Sessions and U.S. senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, hoping to garner support for an increase in federal funding, as well as endorsement of legislation to help reduce costs and increase quality of life for cancer patients.

    “Congress has a critical role to play in the fight to defeat a disease that kills an estimated 500,000 people in America every year. Congress can demonstrate a commitment to the fight against cancer by increasing federal funding for cancer research and prevention, co-sponsoring patient quality of life legislation and eliminating surprise costs for seniors getting colorectal cancer screenings,” said Hubbard, a volunteer for ACS CAN. “Making these lifesaving policies a priority will help to eliminate death and suffering from cancer.”

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    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 17, 2014 | 5:49 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • September 16, 2014

  • Torre to Appear at Family Place Luncheon

    Joe Torre

    Joe Torre

    Joe Torre has traded in his baseball uniform for a business suit these days, but the Hall of Fame catcher and manager will share plenty of stories from his career on the diamond during a conversation at the Texas Trailblazer Awards luncheon on Wednesday at the Hilton Anatole.

    The sold-out luncheon will benefit The Family Place, which is a cause close to Torre’s heart. He and his wife founded the Safe at Home Foundation, which operates several domestic violence resource centers around New York City.

    The luncheon festivities included a letter-signing ceremony this spring at the Highland Park home of Margaret Hancock. Luncheon chairs are Travis and Stephanie Hollman, Carol Seay, and Stephanie Seay.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 16, 2014 | 7:17 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Civic Group Thanks Firefighters on 9/11

    The Tiguas and firefighters at the station after honoring their service.

    The Tiguas and firefighters at the station after honoring their service.

    A small group took the time to recognize University Park firefighters on Sept. 11. They thanked them for their continued service and dedication to the community in remembrance of the day.

    The group is called The Tigua Princess Tribe of the Park Cities, and is a father-daughter civic group that started when the girls were in kindergarten. They are now in their junior year of high school and continue their involvement in civic projects.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Sep. 16, 2014 | 2:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Police Report: September 2 to September 7


    SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: Go Speed Racer

    At 11:49 p.m., an officer spotted a silver 2012 Toyota Camry stopped with its high-beams on in the 4500 block of Abbott Avenue. The car began moving slowly, then ran a stop sign at the intersection of Abbott and Knox Street, prompting the officer to turn on his strobe lights and siren. The car stopped at the intersection of Knox and North Central Expressway, but didn’t pull over. It then headed northbound on Central, reaching speeds close to 100 mph while weaving erratically through traffic. The Toyota exited at Caruth Haven and drove eastbound, at which time the HPDPS officer lost sight of it and ended the pursuit. The same night, police reports show five car burglaries in the vicinity where the Toyota was stopped.


    HIGHLAND PARK

    5 FRIDAY
    Between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m., a vandal broke a window on a blue 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe in the 4400 block of Fairfax Avenue, causing $500 in damage. Nothing was reported stolen.

    6 SATURDAY
    At 10:24 p.m., Peter George Sanderson, 23, of Garland was arrested in the 4700 block of Abbott Avenue on a public intoxication charge.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 16, 2014 | 12:47 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Kindness Club Starts Chain Reaction at Hyer

    A group of 4th grade boys share the challenge with Ms. Carbajal's class.

    A group of fourth-grade boys shares the challenge with Ms. Carbajal’s class.

    After hearing about Rachel’s Challenge, a group of students from Hyer Elementary School set out to share the message.

    They created the KC Club, which stands for kindness and compassion, and are striving to create a chain reaction of kindness through out the school. They went room to room last week, presenting the challenge to students.

    At Hyer, the students wrote notes of compassionate deeds and formed a paper chain, symbolizing the chain reaction of kindness they hope to see.

    The challenge promotes acceptance and discourages bullying. It teaches young students that kindness is not just something they do, but who they are.

    Rachel Scott was the first victim in the Columbine shooting. Her father and other supporters started the program to promote kindness and compassion.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Sep. 16, 2014 | 11:57 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Kathy Reichs Visits ‘Authors Live’

    rsz_bones_never_lie_coverDr. Kathy Reichs will speak about her book, “Bones Never Lie,” on Tuesday, Sept. 30. Her visit is part of the HPUMC “Authors Live” series.

    “Bones Never Die” is Reichs’ 17th book, which follows forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan and her run-in with a serial killer.

    Reichs is a producer on the TV show “Bones,” which is based on her books. She’s the chief medical examiner in North Carolina and a professor at UNC.

    As always, the event takes place at the church at 7 p.m., but you are welcome to reserve a space at the 6 p.m. reception for $30 (including a copy of the book). Register here.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 16, 2014 | 8:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS