Missing: Police ask for help in locating Nino Jackson

Nino Jackson

Nino Jackson

Rowlett Police have asked for the community’s help in locating Nino Jackson, 26, who has been missing since Jan. 19.

According to police, Jackson was last seen the morning of Friday, Jan. 19, in the area of 911 W. Wheatland Road, in the southwest part of Dallas. His vehicle, a cream-colored Pontiac Firebird, was found by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper about 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20, abandoned on the southbound side of the President George Bush Turnpike — aka Hwy. 190/George Bush Tollway — at the westbound I-30 ramp over Lake Ray Hubbard.

Jackson is about 5-feet, 8-inches tall and weighs about 198 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue button-down shirt and khaki pants.

Anyone with information regarding Jackson or his whereabouts is asked to call 9-11 or to call the Rowlett Police Department at 972-412-6200.

Oliver Blumer, a friend of Jackson’s, said that people from the LGBT community and from the North Texas River Rafters organization have stepped forward to help in searching the area where Jackson’s vehicle was found. He said the Rowlett PD is small with limited resources, so volunteer searchers are appreciated.

—  Tammye Nash

2011 Readers Voice Awards: Pets


Call Me! Pet Sitter


If Call Me! Pet Sitter were to win another award, it would most likely be “Best Business To Get A Blondie Song Stuck In Your Head.” (See, you’re quietly singing Debbie Harry lyrics to yourself right now.) Owner Dana Ball left the dog-eat-dog business world behind two years ago to start this dog-sniff-dog company. Failing to spay or neuter her business model, it’s been growing ever since catering primarily to areas like Rockwall, Rowlett, Garland, Richardson, Sachse and Wylie. Her services range from daily walks and poop pick-up to watering houseplants and even nightly status e-mails for those who are canine co-dependent. As an added bonus, she’ll even play locksmith with her spare key should you lock yourself out. It’s a small extra fee, but better than sleeping in the doghouse.

— Jef Tingley

City Vet

2727 Oak Lawn Ave.
3101 McKinney Ave.

A trip to the doctor can be traumatic for any child, especially our furry ones. They can’t tell you where it hurts, or when they started feeling bad, or even finish the hidden picture game inside Highlights for Children from the stack of magazines in the lobby. That’s why it takes an experienced team of professional veterinarians to figure out exactly why your pooch is dog-tired or your kitty has a case of cat-scratch fever. Whether you’re taking your pets in for routine exams and care or have a life-threatening emergency, City Vet, with multiple convenient Uptown and Oak Lawn offices that makes it especially popular in the gay community where pets are especially prized as household members, is head and paws above the rest. They’ve got more than just your pet’s medical needs at heart. Grooming, boarding, daycare and food supplies are all offered, too. That’s enough to make even a human’s tail wag.

— Steven Lindsey

Water Gardens Galore

2530 Butler St.

They say the world is divided into dog people and cat people, but that’s as narrow minded as saying marriage should only be between a man and a woman. Maybe there are fish people, too! If you are one, there’s no need to be koi about it. Let your fish flag fly free. Water Gardens Galore is the place for getting started on soothing ponds or water features that transform any space into a private oasis. They provide plants, fish, filters, know-how and everything else you need to get your Zen on. Projects can be DIY or Water Gardens Galore will even install your own loon-worthy custom Golden Pond. (Warbly Katharine Hepburn impression sold separately.)

— Jef Tingley

Patrick Phelan

Pet Home Pal
Services available daily, 7 a.m.—­7 p.m.


Bark Busters Home Dog Training

3109 Knox St.
Call for appointment



408 S. Harwood St.
Open Monday­–Saturday


SPCA of Texas

362 Riverfront Blvd.
Open daily



408 S. Harwood St.
Open Monday­–Saturday


This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 18, 2011.

—  John Wright

Joan Jett at QueFest July 3 in Rowlett

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Concert notice: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts to play Rowlett in July with a reunited BTD

Thanks to the guys and gals of Idol Records for inadvertently letting me know about this show. The Rowlett Exchange Club will be hosting Que Fest in early July. With a tagline, “It’s all about the kids,” the club celebrates 15 years of service with a three-day festival and concert. For their second day, they bring in Joan Jett and the Blackhearts on July 3.

One of our favorite butch woman rockers, Jett is having not too bad a year. The film “The Runaways” came out earlier this year depicting the story of her first band. To coincide with the film, she released a substantial greatest hits chronicling her time with The Runaways (albeit remade versions) up to her 2006 release, “Sinner.” And of course, it includes “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

—  Rich Lopez