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


    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.


    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.

    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.


    Between 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 1 and 8 a.m. on Sept. 2, a thief stole a $350 Trek Onyx mountain bike from the front porch of a house in the 3500 block of Rankin Avenue.

    Between 9 p.m. on Sept. 1 and 5 p.m. on Sept. 2, a thief stole a $250 Schwinn S2508 bicycle from a garage in the 4500 block of University Boulevard.

    At 10:55 a.m., a resident of the 4200 block of San Carlos Drivereported the theft of $700 worth of Ryobi tools and two $100 compressors from an attached garage. Among those arrested on burglary charges were Amanda Kristen Maldonado, 26, of Mesquite; James Daniel Joyce, 26, of Mesquite; and Bobby Adam Collins, 22, of Rockwall.

    At 4:07 p.m., a resident of the 3500 block of Southwestern Boulevard reported the theft of four bicycles between Aug. 10 and Aug. 24. The bikes included a $3,000 Colnago Master Extra Light, a $2,500 Cannondale SuperSix EVO, a $1,000 Fuji boys bike, and a $500 Trek boys bike.

    At an unknown time, a burglar broke into a house in the 4500 block of Shenandoah Avenue and stole a safe from the master bedroom closet that contained a $20,000 Tiffany diamond ring, a $1,000 pearl necklace, a $500 underwater video camera, $200 worth of passports, and some family videos.

    At 2:35 p.m., Casey Thompson, 20, of Dallas was arrested in the3400 block of McFarlin Boulevard on an assault charge.

    Between Aug. 28 and Sept. 4, a thief stole a $400 Trek boys bicycle from a carport in the 7000 block of Airline Road.

    Between Aug. 31 and Sept. 4, a thief stole a $600 Trek girls bicycle that was locked to a post in an apartment complex in the 6500 block of Dickens Avenue.

    5 FRIDAY
    Between 11 a.m. on Sept. 4 and 1 a.m. on Sept. 5, a vandal tossed a rock through the bedroom window of an apartment in the 3100 block of Rosedale Avenue.

    At 3:37 a.m., Roger Joseph Levy, 44, of Dallas was arrested in the4300 block of University Boulevard on an assault charge.

    Between Sept. 1 and 6:28 p.m. on Sept. 5, a thief stole two bicycles with a combined value of $1,000 from a bike rack in the6900 block of Golf Drive.

    At 10:30 p.m., Hayden Patrick Cooper, 18, of Dallas was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated after a traffic accident involving a white 2002 Chevrolet Silverado in the 6000 block of Preston Road.

    7 SUNDAY
    At 11:15 p.m., a woman was attacked at knifepoint while jogging in the 6700 block of Willard Drive, and then sexually assaulted. The suspect is a black man in his early 20s, about 6 feet tall with close-cut black hair. At the time of the attack, he was wearing a white shirt, blue shorts, and white high-top shoes.


    Due to a records system change in the records at the Dallas Police Department, Dallas reports are unavailable this week. We are working with DPD to obtain relevant incident reports and hope to resume providing them soon.

    EDITOR’S NOTE:  Every Tuesday we send out a list of crimes committed in the previous week to subscribers of our Park Cities People Police Report newsletter. We’re going to start posting these crime reports a week later on our blog. If you don’t want to be behind, subscribe today.

    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

    September 15, 2014

  • UPPD Releases Sketch of Sexual Assault Suspect

    Sexual Assault 14-00937The University Park Police Department released a sketch today as it continues to look for a suspect in an aggravated sexual assault incident on Sept. 7 near the SMU campus.

    UPPD said the suspect is a black man in his early 20s with a “football player build,” with close-cropped hair and a tattoo on the left side of his neck. The tattoo featured a crown with script writing below it. (Strangely, however, it’s not included in the sketch.)

    The man is suspected of attacking a female jogger from behind at knifepoint in the 6700 block of Willard Drive at about 11:15 p.m. on Sept. 7. Anybody with information about the case should call UPPD at 214-363-3000 or Detective Marshall at 214-987-5359.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 15, 2014 | 1:55 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS

    September 12, 2014

  • Scots Blank Prosper to Remain Unbeaten

    Highland Park's Kevin Ken caught three first-half touchdown passes against Prosper. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Highland Park’s Kevin Ken caught three first-half touchdown passes against Prosper. Click on the photo to view a gallery of the game. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Poor field position didn’t faze the Highland Park offense on Friday night. Swirling winds and intermittent rain likewise didn’t rattle the Scots. And neither did the Prosper defense.

    In their final nondistrict test, HP crushed Prosper 54-0 at Highlander Stadium to start the season 3-0 for the first time since 2011. The Scots also easily extended their home winning streak to 81 games.

    HP started fast and didn’t slow down until the game was well out of reach. Brooks Burgin completed 19 of 29 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns, all without playing a snap in the second half. His favorite target was Kevin Ken, who tallied 10 receptions for 159 yards and three scores — again, all before halftime.

    In all, the Scots rolled up 487 yards in their most prolific offensive performance so far this season. And perhaps more importantly, they established momentum heading into their bye week, which will be followed by the District 10-6A opener on Sept. 26 at North Mesquite.

    “I thought we took a step backward last week, but this week we took a step forward,” said HP head coach Randy Allen. “We’re where we need to be right now. We’ve still got a long way to go.”

    Meanwhile, the aggressive HP defense earned its second shutout of the season. The Scots had four interceptions, including two apiece for Hayden Schnieders and Carter McDade. Schnieders returned one 34 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.

    “I’m very proud of our defense. We did a good job not giving up big plays,” Allen said. “We played with confidence.”

    HP’s first two drives were quick and efficient, and both ended with a short touchdown pass from Burgin to Ken. The first drive went for 81 yards, and the second covered 97 yards — aided by a 35-yard strike from Burgin to Sam Welfelt.

    “We got off to a quick start, which was what we wanted to do,” Allen said.

    Prosper’s ensuing possession stalled on downs at the HP 25-yard line. The Scots marched down the field again, with a 15-yard catch by Welfelt on fourth down setting up a 31-yard Grayson Borrego field goal early in the second quarter.

    The Scots (3-0) made their only major mistake of the first half on their next drive, which ended with an interception by Prosper’s Kody Kupke on a tipped pass inside the Prosper 10-yard line.

    But the Eagles (1-2) couldn’t capitalize, as Schnieders picked off a pass inside Prosper territory a few plays later. On the next snap, Burgin hit a wide-open Ken over the middle for a 36-yard scoring pass.

    HP added nine more points in the closing minutes of the first half to lead 33-0 at the break. Prosper gave up a safety on a bad punt snap, and the Scots took advantage of the favorable field position on the free kick that followed. Burgin’s fourth touchdown pass of the half went to Andrew Frost with 22 seconds remaining before halftime.

    Stephen Dieb and Will Jackson added short rushing touchdowns in the third quarter to pad the margin.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 12, 2014 | 11:31 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS

  • CPPC to Unveil Expanded Facility on Sunday

    Connecting Point of Park Cities will celebrate the grand opening of its new facility with an event at 3-5 p.m. on Sunday at Central Christian Church.

    CPPC is an all-inclusive day program for adults with disabilities that has the endorsement of Clayton and Ellen Kershaw, who spoke at and donated items for a fundraising luncheon for the center earlier this year.

    The event is open to the public, and will allow visitors to meet CPPC staff members, tour the expanded facility, and learn about various programs. There will be refreshments and a raffle, as well. To RSVP, email

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 12, 2014 | 5:17 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS

  • Scots Hope to Keep Rolling Against Prosper

    The Highland Park defense will try to slow down Prosper tonight at Highlander Stadium. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    The Highland Park defense will try to slow down Prosper tonight at Highlander Stadium. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    While the offense has been as advertised, the Highland Park defense might be the primary reason why the Scots are on the verge of a 3-0 start for the first time since 2011.

    HP began the season with a shutout of Frisco Centennial — a perennial playoff team, by the way — then held off Pulaski Academy from Little Rock, Ark., last week in a 48-42 thriller.

    Now the Scots (2-0) turn their attention to Prosper for their final nondistrict test at 7:30 p.m. today at Highlander Stadium.

    While the numbers might not be pretty — 42 points and 467 yards allowed — the defense played a key role in the win over the Bruins, an opponent known for its fast-paced offense that doesn’t punt. That type of system naturally lends itself to extra plays, extra possessions and extra yardage.

    Yet in spite of that, HP held Pulaski off the scoreboard for more than two full quarters during a 35-0 spurt that put the Scots ahead for good. The Scots forced two turnovers during that span, including a momentum-changing interception by Mitchell Kaufman that was returned for a touchdown in the closing minutes of the first half.

    That’s an impressive effort for a defensive unit that generally lacked varsity experience entering this season, especially on the line and in the secondary.

    Now HP will prepare to battle the Eagles (1-1), who opened the season with a 41-20 victory over Birdville before stumbling against Justin Northwest in a 42-19 loss last week.

    Prosper is led by quarterback Colton Hepp, a Plano West transfer who has thrown four touchdown passes this season, including three to Zack English. Robert Mahone leads the rushing game with an average of more than 11 yards per carry.

    For the Scots, Brooks Burgin has thrown for 517 yards through two games, including four touchdown passes to Campbell Brooks. He also has rushed for four scores. Stephen Dieb added three rushing touchdowns against Pulaski.

    After the Prosper game, HP will have a bye week before starting its inaugural District 10-6A campaign on Sept. 26 at North Mesquite.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 12, 2014 | 11:05 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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