‘Would you come in and sign in please?’

Bud Knight

In this week’s paper we reported the death of Bud Knight. He was active in many organizations in the LGBT community. I got to know him working as a volunteer at the front desk of the Gay and Lesbian Community Center.

In 1959, he appeared on the TV game show What’s My Line. Bud was a maternity clothes buyer for Neiman’s at the time. For 1950s TV, the questions got a little racy but Bud handles it well.

The clip is a hoot so I asked his partner, Chet Flake, and he agreed Bud would get a kick out of sharing it with friends.

—  David Taffet

Proposal revived to prohibit Cedar Springs club-goers from parking on Hall Street

A little over a year ago we wrote about a proposal to establish a “resident-parking only” zone on the 3900 block of Hall Street, just off the Cedar Springs strip.

The RPO zone would prohibit non-residents from parking on the block during certain hours on weekend nights.

Some residents say the RPO is needed because they have no place to park due to spaces being taken by patrons of the gay entertainment district.

But opponents say those residents knew it was an entertainment district when they moved there, and they fear another RPO zone would make a bad parking situation worse in Oak Lawn.

There are dozens of RPO zones in Dallas — mostly in the Lower Greenville area. There currently is only one RPO near the gay entertainment district — in the 3200 block of Throckmorton Street.

According to Jim Musick, a resident of the 3900 block of Hall Street who opposes the RPO, the proposal appears to have been revived after more than a year.

“I find this totally inappropriate and offensive.” Musick wrote to Instant Tea.

Musick forwarded a note from the property manager for his complex seeking volunteers to circulate a petition in support of the RPO. As the note dated Oct. 12 states, the petition would need the signatures of two-thirds of homeowners on the block for the proposal to proceed. Here’s what the note said:

Hi All:

It had been mentioned to me at the Board meeting held last month that there is an interest in homeowners and guests being able to park in the street and spaces being available.

I met with a neighboring property on your street that I also manage and they have visited the city to see what needs to be done to apply for permits for homeowners on Hall Street . I have a form that each homeowner would have to sign and provide your license plate number. A total of 2/3 of the homeowners have to sign this document to be submitted to the city.

I need a volunteer that can visit each homeowner within your community to get it signed. Would someone like to help me with this project as I need original signatures?

Please let me know and I can drop by and give you the form.

Thanks
Ed

Ed Colvin, CMCA, AMS
Association Manager
Principal Management Group, AAMC, AMO

—  John Wright

Man shot with Taser during aggravated robbery early Thursday on Rawlins Street in Oak Lawn

A man was shot with a Taser during an aggravated robbery at an apartment complex on Rawlins Street in Oak Lawn early Thursday.

According to Dallas police reports, the victim and several friends were standing in the parking lot of an apartment complex at 3913 Rawlins St. at about 1:15 a.m. The suspect, wearing a black-and-white ski mask and dark baggy clothing, approached yelling “empty your pockets” and “give me your money.” When the victim and his friends refused and yelled “no,” the suspect shot the victim in the upper body with a Taser, bringing him to his knees. The suspect then fled northbound in the alley between North Hall and Rawlins streets.

The victim refused medical attention and pulled out the Taser probes himself, according to police reports. The suspect didn’t take any property.

We’re awaiting a response from Dallas police as to whether they believe this case may be related to an incident last weekend in which a man posing as a U.S. marshal threatened a traffic patrol volunteer with a gun.

UPDATE: It’s not the same guy, according to DPD Sr. Cpl. Kevin Janse, who described the suspect in the most recent case as a black male, 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 120 pounds. “The U.S. marshal guy was white,” Janse said.

—  John Wright

WATCH: Dash-cam video of the fake U.S. marshal who terrorized Oak Lawn last weekend

Above is a report from Fox 4 that includes dash-cam video of the suspect who claimed to be a U.S. marshal and threatened a traffic control volunteer with a laser-sighted semi-automatic weapon early Sunday in Oak Lawn.

The dash-cam video was recorded by the 66-year-old volunteer, Douglas Ervin, who followed the fake marshal after witnessing him make a bogus traffic strop near Wycliff and Lemmon avenues. According to the police reports, the suspect got out of his vehicle near Rawlins Street and Oak Lawn Avenue, approached Ervin and said, “Who the fuck are you?” Ervin responded by saying “Who are you?” before the suspect pushed Ervin’s face in, knocking out his dentures, and aimed the weapon at his head. When Ervin told the suspect he was being recorded, he got back in his vehicle — which had rolled backward down the street because he hadn’t put it in park — and took off. As Deputy Chief Craig Miller explains to Fox 4, it’s not exactly the type of behavior you’d expect from a real cop.

The Dallas Observer has posted an enhanced photo of the suspect, and The Morning News reports that police are looking for other potential victims because they believe the same man may have been arrested in the past for pretending to be a cop.

Anyone with information can call 214-671-3616 or better yet, if this guy’s anywhere near you, 911.

—  John Wright

More info on Saturday’s Prop 8 protest in Dallas

If you’re interested in helping out with Saturday’s Prop 8 protest in Dallas but couldn’t make last night’s organizational meeting, there’s plenty of contact info and volunteer opportunities after the jump.

—  John Wright