Water main break damages UPS Store, Walgreens on Cedar Springs

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Inside the UPS Store

A water main running beneath the UPS Store and the Walgreen’s on Cedar Springs Road burst about 1 a.m. on Friday morning, flooding both stores.

Dallas Voice Distribution Manager Linda Depriter sent us photos of the damage inside the UPS Store and of clean-up and repair efforts on the street.

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—  Tammye Nash

Hit-and-run driver gunned it

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Car involved in hit-and-run

After hitting a pedestrian and her dog on Cedar Springs Road, a hit-and-run driver paused and then gunned his engine to avoid responsibility.

On Saturday, Jan. 30, a car turned from Cedar Springs Road onto Throckmorton Street and hit Holly Mosley and killed her dog. The accident happened about noon.

Mosley was crossing Cedar Springs Road in front of the new restaurant Zephyr. She had the walk signal and was in the crosswalk, so she had the right of way.

Mosley rushed her dog to CityVet on Oak Lawn Avenue where he died.

By the way, Dr. Ana Gessel at CityVet is a hero of this story. After trying to save the dog’s life, she didn’t charge Mosley for her services.

Before seeking treatment Mosley returned to Zephyr to wait for police. According to Heather Huynh, who was walking her dog with Mosley, Mosley has contusions on her foot and has shoulder pain. She’s getting medical care, but returned to work today.

Huynh described the accident.

“The car came barreling through,” Huynh said. “He didn’t slow down to make the turn. It looked like he was trying to beat us [through the intersection].”

She said after he hit Mosley and her dog, he paused before taking off.

“He gunned it,” she said.

Another car tried to chase him to get the license plate number, but the hit-and-run driver ran the stop sign two blocks down Throckmorton and disappeared in traffic on Maple Avenue.

 

—  David Taffet

Last day at Black-eyed Pea

The Black-eyed Pea closed on Saturday, Jan. 2. Property owner Gene Street, who created the restaurant in the 1970s and sold it about 10 years later, retained ownership of the property and is creating a new restaurant there.

Dallas Voice photographer Chuck Marcelo went to Black-eyed Pea on its last day of operation and took these photos. Included is a photo of the restaurant’s three longest serving employees: Jose and Frank, who worked at Black-eyed Pea for 25 years, and Arthur, with 30 years’ experience.

—  David Taffet

Two charged with misdemeanor despite damage and thousands stolen

Barton.RickOn July 31, Hunky’s owner Rick Barton’s car was broken into and $2,000 cash in a bank bag was stolen from under his seat as he made a quick stop at Kroger on Cedar Springs Road.

Within hours, two men were caught and most of the money was recovered.

Barton said damage to his car was $1,600 and none of the $2,000 has been returned. The two men caught after breaking into the car are being charged with a misdemeanor. They were released and returned to Houston, where they are from.

—  David Taffet

BREAKING: Owner of Hunky’s robbed in Kroger parking lot

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Hunky’s owner Rick Barton standing at his car after robbery (Joey Depriter/Dallas Voice)

Rick Barton, owner of Hunky’s went to the bank this morning (Friday, July 31), put the cash in a bank bag under the seat of his car and stopped at Kroger on Cedar Springs Road before returning to his restaurant.

When he returned to the car, his window was broken out and the money taken. At the time of the report, he was waiting for police to arrive to file a police report, according to Dallas Voice reporters Linda Depriter and Joey.

Barton said he must have been followed from his bank at Wycliff and Lemmon to Kroger.

UPDATE:

When police arrived they looked at parking lot surveillance video taken by Kroger to see if cameras caught who broke into the car.

UPDATE: 12:44 p.m.

Arrest

Two are arrested. Not clear whether this is connected to the earlier robbery in the Kroger parking lot across the street. (Stephen Mobley/Dallas Voice)

Dallas Voice reporter Stephen Mobley said two men are being detained by Dallas Police at the Valero gas station across the street from Kroger on Cedar Springs Road. He said seven police cars are at the station and two detectives are collecting evidence. He didn’t know whether the arrests are connected to Barton’s robbery earlier this morning.

—  David Taffet

Videos from the Round-Up’s past

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Alan Pierce, left, and Gary Miller, center, have owned the Round-Up Saloon since 1998

The Round-Up Saloon is celebrating its 35th anniversary on July 11. In an article about the bar, I mentioned the Willy Nelson video filmed at the Round-Up. Here it is:

I also mentioned Lady Gaga appearing at the bar. Here’s a video of her original 2008 appearance that she credits with helping propel her career:

—  David Taffet

Daily Juice closes while Quesa readies to open

quesaDaily Juice, which opened last summer on Cedar Springs Road in the old Buli space, closed this week. The owners are revamping the format rather than abandoning the space. Two doors down, Quesa is set to open.

According to a sign in the Daily Juice window, the shop will reopen in early February as Winslow’s, “a new restaurant featuring wine, craft cocktails and eats.”

No word on how the space will get its liquor license so quickly. That process takes months or longer.

Quesa, a new Mexican restaurant on the corner of Reagan Street and Cedar Springs Road, is readying to open. That space, empty since Nuvo moved to Oak Lawn Avenue, has had zoning and parking problems to overcome before receiving its building permits.

Restaurants must provide twice as many parking spaces as retail stores and the space was zoned for offices rather than restaurant and retail. When Nuvo opened in the early 1980s, no one in the city cared what the zoning was on Cedar Springs Road, so stores were allowed to open despite the zoning.

—  David Taffet

Police still looking for leads in September murder of gay man on Cedar Springs

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Joseph Chase

Dallas Police are still looking for information regarding the murder of a gay man beaten to death early in the morning of Sept. 25 at the corner of Cedar Springs Road and Throckmorton Street.

According to the DPD Blog, officers were flagged down at about 2:30 a.m. regarding a man, later identified as 54-year-old Joseph Chase who was lying unconscious on the sidewalk near the intersection, suffering from possible head trauma.

Dallas Fire Rescue took Chase to Parkland Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Officials with the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office told police that Chase had suffered blunt force injuries to his neck area and ruled his death a homicide.

Investigators later found video footage of the attack on Chase taken by nearby surveillance cameras — you can see the video below. The footage was captured on a camera across the street from where the attack occurred. It is dark and the incident with Chase is seen from a distance and is partially obscured by a tree on the sidewalk. The footage, however, appears to show two unknown suspects involved in an altercation with Chase, and one of the suspects hitting Chase and knocking him to the ground.

Passersby who saw Chase on the ground flagged down police.

“At this time, no eyewitnesses to the assault/homicide have come forward,” according to the DPD Blog. “This offense is documented on Incident Report #230525-2014.”

Homicide Det. Derick Chaney is lead investigator on the case, and he asked for Dallas Voice’s help earlier this month in trying to find witnesses or anyone with information regarding the attack on Joseph Chase. We ran this post, which was viewed more than 700 times, at that time, but Chaney said this week that he has received no information at all on the case.

Chaney asks again that anyone with any information regarding the attack on Joseph Chase call him at 214-671-3650.

—  Tammye Nash

Flower Reign by Shane Walker opens

Shane Walker and Bill Fulmer opened Flower Reign by Shane Walker, their new flower and gift shop on Cedar Springs Road that was more than a year in the making.

The store is much more than flowers. Hats, jewelry, sunglasses, cards, candles and books are among the other gift items available in the store.

“Anyone can come here and find something — gift, accessories,” Walker said.

The couple plans plenty of parties and other events. As they explained, the cashier counter turns into a fabulous bar.

One wall is filled with art and every two months they plan to bring in a new artist and host a reception.

They hoped to open by Valentine’s Day, but zoning, asbestos, plumbing and electrical problems delayed construction. The corner space had never been zoned retail. No one at the city cared decades ago when Nuvo opened on what was still thought of as a derelict street. Seems the city cares now. Problems with the building resulted in all new electrical, plumbing, walls ceiling and fixtures.

There’s plenty to see. Walker loves hats and has a number of interesting one displayed, including one signed by Michael Jackson.

The result is a fabulously photogenic new addition to the Strip.

—  David Taffet

Open carry group will be on Cedar Springs looking for allies

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LGBT liaison police Laura Martin

LGBT police liaison Laura Martin called to give the community a heads up about a group planning to be out on Cedar Springs Road on Sunday afternoon looking for allies.

The folks supporting the right to carry guns in public openly plan to gather at Walgreens at about 2 p.m. and walk the streets in the neighborhood for an hour or two. Martin assures they will be there only to hand out literature, talk to people and educate.

She said 15 to 30 people usually participate in these events, but there may be fewer because they have several planned rallies this weekend. Many carry long guns openly, which is already legal.

She also wanted everyone to understand the group is there to enlist support for their cause. They are looking for allies in the community and assured us there’s nothing hostile intended. Two plain clothes officers will be with them.

They’ve been doing this in other areas of the city including Downtown and Bishop Arts.

—  David Taffet