Memorial set for man found in Turtle Creek

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Robert Letbetter

An obituary was posted and memorial service planned for the man found dead in Turtle Creek on Nov. 3.

While cause of death was not listed for Robert Letbetter, the obituary notes, “Although his struggles were long and difficult, his death came unexpectedly.” Dallas police only said they were waiting for toxicology test results before listing cause of death.

More than 50 pictures are posted along with the obituary.

The memorial service will be held on Nov. 14 in Conroe, where he was born.

 

—  David Taffet

Body found near Cedar Springs Road

CrimeTapeSmallA body was found near Cedar Springs Road and Turtle Creek Boulevard at about 10 a.m. today, Nov. 3. There’s no report yet if the death is being investigated as a homicide. As of 3 p.m., police were describing the death as “unexplained.”

Dallas Voice will update this post as more information becomes available.

Police report:

On Monday, November 3, 2014 at about 10:07 a.m. officers received a call from Dallas Fire and Rescue regarding a person deceased and in the creek located at 2800 Turtle Creek Boulevard. The body of an unidentified white male has been recovered. The investigation is ongoing and there is no further information at this time.

—  David Taffet

With Halloween just a week away ….

(And the Cedar Springs Halloween Block Party happening tomorrow night — Saturday, Oct. 25), I thought it was appropriate to share this video here on Instant Tea. Thanks, Hardy Haberman, for sharing it with me.

—  Tammye Nash

No more Drama, just a Zoo

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Dallas Voice Associate Advertising  Director Chad Mantooth brought this news into the office today: The space on Cedar Springs formerly occupied by The Drama Room has been taken over by a new enterprise.

Liquid Zoo, now at 3851 Cedar Springs Road, will feature a stage with drag shows and live music, and is set to open in mid-November. Renovations are underway now.

Stay tuned to DallasVoice.com for more.

—  Tammye Nash

DPD homicide detectives ask for help in murder investigation

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Joseph Chase

Dallas Police Department Homicide Det. Derick Chaney is asking for the public’s help as he investigates the death of of a 54-year-old gay man assaulted early Saturday morning, Sept. 25.

Chaney said that Joseph Chase was beaten up by two men about 2:30 a.m. at the intersection of Cedar Springs Road and Throckmorton Street. Chaney said Chase was found unconscious on the sidewalk outside JR.’s Bar and Grill. He was taken by ambulance to a Dallas hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Chaney said detectives have video footage from nearby surveillance cameras that show Chase being assaulted by two unidentified men. He said the video also shows that several other people passed by during the assault and shortly afterward, and he hopes that one or more of those individuals will come forward with information that could help identify the assailants.

“The people passing by probably just thought they were seeing a fight. They probably had no idea this man was being assaulted and that he died as a result of this,” Chaney said. “We want to reach out to these people and hopefully get some information that will help us solve this homicide.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Chaney at 214-671-3650.

—  Tammye Nash

PHOTOS FROM PRIDE: Scenes from the 31st annual Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade

Photos from the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade on Sunday by Kat Haygood, Arnold Wayne Jones, Chad Mantooth and Stephen Mobley.

—  Tammye Nash

Xamach is open at the ilume

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Chile relleno

It’s been about a week, but the soft opening of Xamach (“huh-mosh”) — a Mexican bistro and bar in the ilume — is fully underway. Named for a Mayan term, Xamach is the newest edition to the Cedar Springs dining scene (which we wrote about here), and serves mostly Central Mexican- and Yucatan-style cuisine, such as chile rellenos, pictured, and cochinita pibil. It’s open for lunch and dinner.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Scenes from Razzle Dazzle Dallas 2014

 

 

 

—  C Marcelo

Dallas celebrates Harvey Milk Day on Cedar Springs

About 150 people joined a Harvey Milk Day celebration that began with speakers and performers at the Legacy of Love monument on Oak Lawn and was followed by a march down Cedar Springs Road and a reception at Sue Ellen’s. The event was organized by Hope 4 Peace & Justice.

—  David Taffet

SMU vote inspires Harvey Milk Day celebration on Cedar Springs

Harvey Milk DayDallas Mayor Mike Rawlings issued a proclamation to Hope 4 Peace and Justice, naming Thursday, May 22, 2014, as Harvey Milk Day.

Harvey Milk Day Dallas organizer Todd Whitley said H4PJ was inspired to create a celebration by LGBT students at Southern Methodist University who were recently denied representation in the Student Senate.

“We’re still having this fight today? Seriously?” Whitley said. “Harvey’s message is needed now more than ever.”

He said organizers thought of the SMU students and elderly LGBT folks who have fought homophobia their entire lives.

Sammi Partida was one of the SMU students who campaigned for LGBT representation in the Student Senate. He said Harvey Milk is a voice for those who have been suppressed.

“His approach was comprehensive,” he said, covering issues from child care to affordable housing to senior citizen.

He said Milk had a passion that’s hard to match.

“When coming in as city supervisor, he knew he was putting down his life for countless people,” Partida said. “He’s so inspiring.”

Whitley said coming out saved his life.

“I was dying, unable to be the authentic me,” he said, “and doing so completely changed my life.”

Whitley agreed and said Milk’s legacy spoke to him personally.

“Gone far too soon, Harvey Milk inspired a generation to ‘bust down those closet doors’ and ‘come out,’ a vital, life-saving action it would take me 38 years to finally do myself. … That’s what his legacy is to me,” Whitley said.

Milk’s call to come out is as relevant today as it was when he was killed in 1978.

Whitley challenged straight people to honor Harvey Milk Day by coming out for equality as well.

“If you’re straight — particularly a straight Christian — and believe that LGBTQ folks are equal to you, come out so people know where you stand and can use your example to eliminate their own bigotry,” he said.

Milk has a special connection to Dallas. In 1957, he briefly lived in Dallas, according to the San Francisco library, before returning to New York. He was transferred here in 1969 by Bache & Co. where he was a securities analyst and lived at 2525 Turtle Creek Blvd. before moving to San Francisco.

In honor of Milk, the U.S. Postal Service will issue a Harvey Milk stamp Thursday.

A community celebration of Harvey Milk Day takes place at the Legacy of Love Monument on Cedar Springs Road at Oak Lawn Avenue on May 22 at 8 p.m. The celebration features speakers which include SMU student Sammi Partida and Cathedral of Hope Interim Pastor Jim Mitulski, a musical performance by Chris Chism, an excerpt of the H4PJ production Dear Harvey and a spoken word performance by local activist Meg Hargis followed by a candlelight march down Cedar Springs Road and cake and ice cream at Sue Ellen’s.

—  David Taffet