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Public safety issues in and around Lower Greenville

Et tu, Dallas Ignis liberandum? Quid secretum?(You too, Dallas Fire Rescue? What's the secret?)

Update Friday afternoon - The DMN has more information about this issue - link

Update Friday morning - After the DFR changed its website to mask incident information, it also shut down (or broke the links to) its two Twitter feeds - Accidents and Incidents. The last posts on both feeds are more than 20 hours old.

Like a church hiding the nasty stuff, Dallas City Hall has a bad reputation for access to public records. If they are not stalling you on open record requests, they are trying to get the Attorney General to help them hide the stuff, or at least delay its release long enough so you forget what the heck you were looking for. Just recently, the Dallas Morning News asked the AG to intervene in order to force the Dallas Police Department to cease and desist the deletion of internal emails. That includes emails sent to the DMN telling them emails about the emails were deleted.

And let's not forget the cover-up of records regarding a little marital spat at Dwaine Caraway's house a few years ago. That ended up in court, embarrassing everyone involved with too much information.

Usually the Dallas Fire / Rescue folks are above this kind of behavior. You want a list of fire inspection records on bars? Got it! Want to take photos at a fire in the neighborhood? Hey not a problem (and can we have copies for our personal albums??) Just stay away from the cops, they don't want anyone getting those photos, no matter your credentials or relationship with DFR.

But now, DFR is revising its website, citing privacy issues that simply don't exist. Specifically, they are using HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) privacy requirements to close up what had been a public list of emergency responses by ambulances. Is this part of a city-wide trend to restrict access to information that truly belongs in the public domain???

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Legal issues
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Overheated transformer starts fire in garage apartment on Goliad Avenue

An overheated power transformer is the apparent cause of a fire which destroyed a garage apartment structure and property fencing behind the 5700 block of Goliad Avenue on Tuesday afternoon.

The wires heated up, catching the pole on fire. The fire ignited the pole and jumped to the fence and garage structure. No injuries were reported. This was the second fire of its type in the area today. Another fire similar in nature took place on the 6100 block of Richmond Avenue last week.

Click here for a complete set of photos.


By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Lower Greenville
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Armed robbery off Greenville Avenue nets $300

Update @ 6pm - WFAA reports on similar robberies in / around Lowest Greenville






Two Lower Greenville patrons were robbed at gunpoint just after midnight Tuesday while walking to a parking lot on Bell Avenue.

According to the DPD reports, the couple was walking down the street when two suspects came up behind them, put a gun to the victim's head and demanded his wallet, then pushed him to the ground. The girl gave up her car keys, but the robbers fled on foot. Total take was less than $300 in cash and valuables.

There's no description of the perps, just a note regarding turquoise blue Ford vehicle (no model given) used as the getaway vehicle. Here are the police report summaries and links to the original report.

0170414-Z (click here to see report)

7/11/2012 00:20

5600 Bell Ave

Aggravated Robbery

Susp/s robbed complainant at gun point on listed date at approx listed time

Complainant and witness were returning from bars on Greenville Avenue to their vehicle at listed location when they were approached from behind by suspects. Suspect 1 put a gun to complainant's head and demanded his wallet and pushed him to the ground. Suspect 2 took witness' purse (see 170431z) and car keys to her vehicle. (again, see 17031z).

0170431-Z (click here to see report)

7/11/2012 00:20

5600 Bell Ave

Aggravated Robbery

Suspects took complainant's property after presenting gun on listed date at approx listed time

Complainant and witness were returning from bars on Greenville Avenue nearby to their vehicle at listed location when suspects approached from behind them. Suspect 1 put a gun in witness' face (see 170414z) and pushed him to the ground. At the same time Suspect 2 demanded and received complainant's purse. The presence of the firearm caused complainant to fear for her life. Both suspects then fled eastbound on Bell.


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By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Lower Greenville
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Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez not acknowledging deputy acted unlawfully in seizing helmet camera

Carlos Miller / Photography Is Not A Crime blog

The Dallas County Sheriff's Office said they have launched an internal investigation on a deputy who pulled a motorcyclist over just to confiscate his helmet camera.

That usually means they will they do nothing about the incident in the hopes the media will eventually forget about it.

The department has already been attempting to manipulate the media by releasing a dash cam video that was completely unrelated to the incident, showing another motorcyclist cutting in front of another deputy.

BD Note - If Valdez can't figure out a way to punish the DSO for seizing the camera illegally, then we need to vote her out of office come November

Click here for the complete story

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Legal issues
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Things you don't want to hear during an armed robbery: He's not playing, and Is that it?

The Dallas Police Department is reporting another armed robbery in the Lowest Greenville area on Friday evening. It happened about 1130pm on the 1800 block of MacMillan @ Madera, not from from Henderson Avenue.


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And if the victim's statements in the report are correct, the two perps are very serious about their work. Like, no sense of humor whatsoever.

The corner was dark and the complainant stated two unknown black male suspects approached him from Madera Street.

Suspect #1 pointed what looked like a handgun at the complainant and stated "Give me your money!" The complainant replied "Are you serious?", suspect #2 who complainant could not see, stated "He's not playing".

The complainant reached in his left front pocket and handed suspect #1 $23.00 dollars. Susp#1 then asked "Is that it?"

As the suspects were fleeing west bound on Madera, complainant called 911 and waited for reporting officers.

Complainant stated that he thought suspect #1 was wearing a red shirt and possibly a dark colored hat. complainant was not able to see suspect #2's clothing, just that he was tall. The complainant was not injured.

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Lower Greenville
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