Police issue trespassing warning to lesbian after she reports possible hate crime in Terrell

The victim said she suffered a sprained wrist, shown days later, when the neighbor charged her and pushed her to the ground after yelling, "We don't want your kind here."

A Kaufman County lesbian couple is concerned about their safety after a neighbor assaulted one of the women in a possible anti-gay hate crime during an argument over fireworks on the Fourth of July.

The couple also said they are outraged that police issued one of them a trespassing warning and listed the neighbor who committed the assault as a victim in the report, even though he had no injuries. The woman who was assaulted suffered a sprained wrist.

The couple, who asked that their names be withheld for safety reasons, said they were sitting on the patio in front of their home in Terrell on July 4 when fireworks being set off at the neighbor’s house across the street began landing in their yard.

One of the women went to the neighbor’s home around 9 p.m. to inform him that the fireworks were landing in their yard and asked him to be more careful. She said he became upset and yelled at her to leave his property.

After another firework landed in the couple’s yard a short time later, the woman took it to the neighbor’s house and showed it to him.

That’s when he yelled at her to leave his property and said she could not prove it was one of his fireworks. The woman told Instant Tea she “pushed the firework toward his stomach and threw it on the ground.”

The neighbor then yelled at her, “We don’t want your kind here” and “You’re not wanted here” and told her they should move to where their “kind” was welcome. After she started backing up, the man “charged her” and pushed her backward, knocking her to the ground, she said.

She went back home and her partner called the police. She went to the doctor the next morning and learned she had a sprained wrist and would have to have it bandaged for several days before returning to the doctor.

—  Anna Waugh

Vigil to mark 6 months since Lisa Stone vanished

The first vigil, outside Stone’s home in July.

Last week we reported that Dallas police say they have “nothing to go on” in the disappearance of 52-year-old Lisa Stone, a lesbian from Dallas who’s believed to have met with foul play.

Over the weekend one of Stone’s longtime friends, Tina Wiley, sent along word that a vigil will be held this coming Friday, Dec. 10 to mark six months since Stone vanished.

“The first vigil was held in the heat of summer on July 4,” Wiley said. “With heavy hearts over our missing friend and the long wait for justice, we are now holding a Christmas prayer vigil for Lisa. Please join us in a show of support for our fellow classmate and beloved friend.”

The vigil will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday outside the home Stone shared with her partner, in the 3300 Block of Truxillo Drive in Dallas.

For more info, visit the Facebook page.

—  John Wright

Sometimes-Dallas-resident and gay pop megastar George Michael sentenced to 8 weeks in jail

Who could ever think that George Michael and Lindsay Lohan would be kindred spirits? In court today, District Judge John Perkins sentenced Michael to eight weeks in jail. He was booked in London on July 4 for driving his car through a storefront while under the influence, and for marijuana possession. He pleaded guilty to the charges. The Associated Press reported that “Michael sighed as sentence was passed. His long-term partner Kenny Goss buried his head in his hands.” They also reported:

“It does not appear that you took proper steps to deal with what is clearly an addiction to cannabis,” the judge said. “That’s a mistake which puts you and, on this occasion, the public at risk.” Perkins sentenced Michael to the prison time and a 1,250 pound ($1,930) fine during a hearing at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court.

Musically, Michael had just released the remastered special edition of his landmark album “Faith,” which is available for pre-order, and relaunched his website. Career-wise, perhaps he was streamlining the rough areas. Fans on his site showered the singer with messages of support going into court, and criticisms against the court for the sentencing.


—  Rich Lopez

Joan Jett and Black Tie Dynasty at Que Fest Saturday night

After a dismal drive in the rain to Rowlett, the storm somehow paused for the evening’s show at Que Fest. The night was at times both cool and sticky at Robertson Park. Attendance didn’t look too high when local band Black Tie Dynasty took the stage, but increased as darkness came and Joan Jett would soon appear. More pics and notes from the show after the jump.

Black Tie Dynasty

—  Rich Lopez