DPD warns on ‘phishing’ scam using chief’s name

Chief David O. Brown

Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown

If you get an email from Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown asking for donations and wanting you to give out personal banking information, guess what: That email isn’t from Chief Brown and it isn’t a legitimate fundraising effort.

Dallas Police know these emails are going around, and they are warning the public against responding in any way. According to a post on the DPD Blog:

“The Dallas Police Department is aware that the public is receiving ‘spoofing’ or ‘phishing’ emails that have the appearance of being sent from Chief David O. Brown. These emails are fraudulent and should not be replied to.

“The Cybercrime Unit of the FBI is currently investigating this issue.

“The Dallas Police Department would never ask for personal banking information in an email. If you receive one of these fraudulent emails, please delete it.

If you are a victim of this crime, please contact the Dallas Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unite at 214-67-3517.”

—  Tammye Nash

Oak Lawn to get 10 new police cams


A police camera will be placed at Cedar Springs Road at Oak Lawn Avenue.

According to a memo issued by City Manager A. C. Gonzalez, the Dallas Police Department will add 90 new cameras around the city, including 10 in Oak Lawn. DPD already monitors 257 cameras around the city.

The memo notes that the locations for the new cams will be:

• Lemmon/Wycliff
• Lemmon/Douglas
• Lemmon/Oak Lawn
• Rawlins/Oak Lawn
• Oak Lawn/Cedar Springs
• Maple/Wycliff
• Maple/Kings
• Cedar Springs/Throckmorton
• Maple/Lucas
• Maple/Oak Lawn

Southern Oak Cliff will also get 10 cams in the Hampton/Kiest to Ledbetter neighborhoods.

—  David Taffet

Man found murdered in West Dallas

Tony Sanchez

Photos of Tony Sanchez, taken from his Facebook page

Dallas Police are investigating the murder of Tony Sanchez, a 51-year-old man found dead Saturday, July 11, in his apartment at the Budget Suites on North Walton Walker Freeway at Singleton Boulevard.

Roger Herrera, attorney and one-time Dallas mayoral candidate, said today (Monday, July 13) that Sanchez was a gay man who had been an AIDS activist and LGBT community activist.

According to information released by police, officers responded to the Budget Suites at about 2:13 p.m. Saturday after a friend of Sanchez’s, unable to reach him by phone, went to his apartment and found him dead. Homicide detectives responding to the scene determined that Sanchez “died as a result of homicidal violence.”

Police have no information on a potential suspect, according to reports, and the investigation is ongoing. Dallas Voice has requested more information and will update this post as information becomes available.

Herrera said Monday that he first met Sanchez in 1993 and that the two had become close friends over the years. “In fact, when I ran for mayor in 2007, he put all my campaign signs together for me,” Herrera said.

The attorney said Sanchez had “worked at Hunky’s for a while, way back when,” and that he had been involved with Oak Lawn Community Services, an AIDS services organization. He said Sanchez usually worked in customer service positions with call centers and “I believe that one of his temporary jobs had recently turned into a permanent position.”

Herrera said he hadn’t seen Sanchez “in a while,” and that he had sent his friend a text around noon on Saturday to “see about getting together for dinner or something. But he never responded.” The attorney said he got a call from a mutual friend about 2:30 p.m. telling him that Sanchez had been found dead in his apartment, “but I didn’t know that he had been murdered until I saw the news reports about it later on.”

—  Tammye Nash

Woman charged with assault after argument erupts in gunfire

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Katara Walker

A Dallas woman has been charged with aggravated assault and deadly conduct following an argument with her girlfriend early Sunday morning, June 28, that ended in gunfire.

According to the Dallas Police Department blog, at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Katara Walker, 30, and her 28-year-old girlfriend, Joy Johnson, got into an argument inside their apartment in the 9300 block of Skillman Avenue.

Police reports said when the argument escalated, Walker “produced a handgun” and fired several rounds at Johnson. Johnson was not struck by any of the shots, but several did go through the wall and into an adjacent apartment.

Johnson ran from the scene and called police. Responding officers established a perimeter around the apartment and called in SWAT. At about 4:45 a.m., a SWAT negotiator was able to make contact with Walker, convincing her to surrender without any further trouble.

According to the Dallas County website, Walker remains in custody, with her total bond set at $26,500 — $25,000 on the aggravated assault charge and $1,500 on the deadly conduct charge.

—  Tammye Nash

Police HQ attacker dead; Southside residents allowed back into building

southsideonlamarA man who attacked Dallas police headquarters overnight is dead. Several additional bombs around the building in the Cedars neighborhood were diffused. Residents of the massive Southside on Lamar were allowed back into their apartments about 8 a.m.

Dallas Morning News has complete coverage.

Quite a few people from the LGBT community live in Southside on Lamar across the street from police headquarters.

Carrie Noess is a resident. She said police evacuated residents whose apartments face the police headquarters to the side street and basement during the night. Noess lives in the back of the building. Evacuation from her side of the building was voluntary, but she decided it was better to leave in case additional bombs were found.

Noess said she didn’t hear the shooting, but once outside on the side street, they heard the bomb blasts.

Police allowed residents back into the building about 8 a.m. this morning (Saturday, June 13) but as of 2 p.m., residents still couldn’t get their cars out of the garage because Lamar Street remains closed.


DART stopped running from 8th nd Corinth Station to Union Station this morning. All stations on the red and blue lines are back up and running, but Cedars Station is inaccessible to residents of Southside on Lamar unless they walk several blocks south to Cadiz Street.

Although CNN is reporting no injuries, Noess said she heard police talking about one person inside police headquarters hit by flying glass.

—  David Taffet

It’s New Year’s Eve: Party on and party safely

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Are you still trying to decide where to go for New Year’s Eve? Here are a few options on where to go to bring 2015 in with a bang — and a couple of reminders to play it safe and keep the weather in mind and the drinking under control. This is a “no refusal” weekend for most area law enforcement agencies, and you don’t wanna start the year off with a trip to the pokey.

Wanna know where to go and what to do for New Year’s Eve? Here are just a few ideas:

The Round-Up Saloon’s New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball. Includes a catered buffet, breakfast after midnight, a cash balloon drop, a champagne toast and party favors. Tickets are $20 at the door. 3912 Cedar Springs Road.

Alexandre’s New Year’s Eve Party with Andrea Dawson and Band. Free champagne toast at midnight. No cover. Party hats and favors provided. 9 p.m–close. 4026 Cedar Springs Road.

Full Circle Tavern’s “Mad as Hatter” New Year’s Eve Party. Dress your head in its most interesting attire to ring in 2015. All-inclusive dinner, cocktails, live DJ, party favors and complementary champagne at midnight. RSVP at 214-208-3435. 1319 S. Lamar St.

The Grapevine’s New Year’s Eve Party. Features DJ Christopher J (of super ’80s band Berlin with Terri Nunn) spinning from 7 p.m. Cover is $1 at the door. 3902 Maple Ave.

Club Dallas New Years Eve Party. Event begins at 11p.m. with a champagne toast at midnight. 2616 Swiss Ave.

Considering the weather forecasts for tonight and tomorrow, you might want to make sure that you get somewhere fun and stay there! Here’s the forecast from Jeff Ray at CBS Channel 11:

It was already snowing in Jack and Denton counties — north and west of DFW — overnight Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. Today’s (Wednesday, Dec. 31′s) high is only going to get to about 37 degrees, and winter storm warnings have been issued, mostly for the western regions of the The Metroplex. Tarrant County is expected to get “a trace of wintry mix” and areas a bit further west may see up to half an inch of ice on the ground.

And yeah, the forecasts say everything will be west. But you don’t want to take a chance that some of that mess won’t make its way into Dallas and on east.

And now, here’s a word of warning from the Dallas Police Department on drinking and driving:

“The Dallas Police Department will conduct a No-Refusal DWI Initiative during the New Year’s Day Weekend. This initiative will begin at 6:00 P.M., Wednesday, December 31, 2014 and will end at 6:00 A.M., Monday, January 5, 2015.

“During this initiative, officers will secure a search warrant for a blood sample from all persons arrested for DWI who refuse to voluntarily give a breath and/or blood sample.

“The Dallas Police Department would like to remind everyone to not drink and drive.”

—  Tammye Nash

Dallas Police ask for help in identifying suspect in Oak Lawn burglary

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Suspect in Oak Lawn-area burglary


Dallas Police have asked for the public’s help in identifying a suspect that may have been involved in a Nov. 1 burglary in the 4000 block of Bowser Ave., in Oak Lawn.

The suspect is a black male, about 20 years old, 5-11, 180 pounds. Police said he was seen at the location of the residential burglary on Bowser and was then seen fleeing the scene in a green, 1997-99 Buick LeSabre with damage to the front end and driver’s side. Within 45 minutes of the burglary, the suspect used a credit card stolen in the Oak Lawn-area burglary at a store in the 9700 block of Webb Chapel.

The video below shows the suspect using the stolen credit card.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Philip Strodtman at 214-670-6047.

—  Tammye Nash

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


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

DPD’s ‘no refusal initiative’ this weekend

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“The Dallas Police Department will conduct a No-Refusal DWI Initiative for the Labor Day weekend holiday, beginning 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, and will conclude at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2.

“During this initiative officers will secure a search warrant for a blood sample from all persons arrested for DWI who refuse to voluntarily give a breath and/or blood sample.”

So remember that as you are out and about over the long weekend. Celebrate all you want, but celebrate responsibly. If you drink, don’t drive. Designate a driver, call a friend, call a cab — something. Just don’t get behind the wheel if you are even just the teensiest bit tipsy. It’s not worth your life or someone else’s.

And oh yeah, don’t think you can escape just by not driving in Dallas. I am pretty sure all the other law enforcement agencies in the area will have their own “no-refusal initiatives” in force this weekend.

—  Tammye Nash

SPCA offering reward in animal cruelty case

Here at Dallas Voice, we are getting ready this week to publish our Pet Issue, which will hit newsstands on Friday. Since we are preparing for that special issue, I thought it would be appropriate to pass along this bit of information:photo774

The SPCA of Texas, through funding by the Murrell Foundation, is offering a $5,000 reward tO anyone who provides information leading to the indictment of the suspect or suspects responsible for impaling two house cats by their hind legs on a fence outside an apartment complex in the 2900 block of Redmond Drive in Dallas.

The complex is located near the intersection of I-30 and Westmoreland Road. The incident happened shortly before 3 a.m. on June 27.

Anyone with information on the crime should contact Dallas Police Detective Ira Carter at 214-671-0633.

SPCA of Texas President James Bias noted that there is “a well-documented link” between cruelty to animals and violence against humans. Cruelty toward animals, he said, is “often an early warning sign of violent tendencies” toward humans, and “Child cruelty to animals has been linked to later anti-social and aggressive behavior.”

The SPCA statement announcing the reward also said: “The SPCA of Texas is committed to stopping this cycle [of abuse] through maintaining an active Rescue and Investigations team that responds to reports of abuse and neglect in eight North Texas counties, through lobbying the Texas Legislature to strengthen animal cruelty laws, by encouraging the community to get involved in their local and state government to advocate for animals and by encouraging individuals to report suspected animal cruelty to their local law enforcement agency and the SPCA of Texas. To report suspected animal cruelty or abuse to the SPCA of Texas, call 214-742-SPCA (7722) or visit www.spca.org/abuse.

—  Tammye Nash