Ongoing: robbery and officer involved shooting at 4807 Maple

Screen shot 2014-10-02 at 2.19.34 PMA robbery at 4807 Maple yesterday lead to a struggle between two officers and an armed suspect who was ultimately taken into custody, according to the Dallas Police Department’s DPD Beat blog.

The suspect was discovered in a wooded area near the property. After the suspect refused orders to surrender, the officers went deeper onto the property in an attempt to make an arrest. One of the officers fired at the suspect but did not hit him after the suspect appeared to reach for a weapon.

Officers were able to subdue the man and take him into custody by using a taser and physical contact. No officers were injured. A handgun has been recovered.

—  James Russell

Cedar Springs area drops out of top 10 crime hot spots, won’t be among 1st to get police cameras

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The Wycliff-Lemmon hot spot that encompasses Dallas’ gay entertainment district will get more surveillance cameras, bait cars and license plate readers, but not as soon as originally expected.

The Wycliff-Lemmon Target Area Action Grid, previously called the Cedar Springs-Wycliff TAAG and the Maple-Wycliff TAAG, ranks No. 11 for overall crime, according to numbers obtained by Instant Tea from Dallas police.  Therefore it will not have the new technology added by early summer, when the top 10 spots will be equipped.

The TAAG stretches from Maple Avenue to Lemmon Avenue and from Oak Lawn Avenue to Kings Road.

The technology is part of a new police initiative sought to fund additional cameras and bait cars for the city’s 27 hot spots.

Although the Wycliff-Lemmon hot spot ranked No. 7 for overall crime in 2012 in mid-April, the rankings combined last year’s totals with this year’s crimes through April, leading to it missing the No. 10 spot by 34 offenses.

Police want to increase the number of cameras by 300 in the hot spots, as well as add 28 bait cars and 28 license plate readers by the end of the year. So, while Wycliff-Lemmon won’t have added policing devices by the summer, it will be next in line when work on the other hot spots begins.

Below is a list of the top 10 hot spots that will receive the technology first.

1. Five Points
2. Ross-Bennett
3.WebbChapel-Timberline
4.SpringValley-Preston
5. Forest-Audelia
6. StAugustine-Bruton
7. CampWisdom-Chaucer
8. Greenville-LBJ
9. JohnWest-Buckner
10. LakeJune-Buckner

 

 

—  Anna Waugh

Man arrested for alleged sexual assault, stabbing of 17-year-old was a regular at gay bar Garlow’s

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GUN BARREL CITY — Tommy Robinson, 59, who is jailed in Dallas on a $1.5 million bond for the alleged stabbing and sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl in Oak Lawn was a familiar face in the Cedar Creek Lake gay bar Garlow’s.

Robinson, who went by the nickname “Hollywood,” frequented the bar as early as a year ago, but he told other customers he wasn’t gay. He also told others he suffered from a mental illness, and that was why he could not drink alcohol.

Robinson wore black attire and sported a pair of silver-framed sunglasses even at night. Other customers recognized that Robinson was eccentric, but he was generally viewed as harmless.

Robinson obviously was comfortable in a gay bar setting and freely mixed with other gay patrons.

A Dallas police detective in charge of investigating the crime confirmed he was aware Robinson had lived in the Cedar Creek Lake area prior to his arrest in Dallas. At the time of his arrest, he was homeless and was captured while bathing in a stream in Oak Lawn, according to multiple Dallas media reports.

—  admin

Illusions is now closed, and owner Eddie Bonner is still blaming the city of Dallas’ smoking ban

Patrons inside Illusions before the city’s new smoking ban took effect in 2009. (Dallas Voice)

Illusions on Maple Avenue closed Thursday, July 15 after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission suspended the bar’s liquor license for failure to pay taxes on mixed-beverage receipts.

Illusions owner Eddie Bonner told me Tuesday afternoon he’s in the process of selling the six-year-old bar. But he said the buyer has been delayed in obtaining a liquor license from TABC.

Bonner said he wanted to keep the bar open until the new owner could take over but wasn’t able to do so. He said he planned to use proceeds from the sale of equipment to pay off his taxes.

Bonner has made news over the last few years for his strong opposition to Dallas’ new smoking ordinance, which he claimed had reduced his business by about 40 percent.

“I’m not going to sit here and say that’s the only factor, but it was probably the biggest contributing factor,” Bonner said, adding that he also has a full-time job and is working on his doctorate. “We’ve raised probably over $150,000 for charities, and I’ve made a lot of good friends, but the business side of it, with everything else I have going on in my personal life, it’s too much responsibility.”

Illusions is the second gay or lesbian bar to close in the last month on Maple Avenue.

DV staffer Rich Lopez reports that Sisters, which replaced Buddies II last year, closed its doors about two weeks ago. Rumor has it that Sisters was shut down due to “flooding issues,” but phone calls to owner Kevin Barnett haven’t been returned.

—  John Wright