Dallas Fort-Worth regional briefs



Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 16 at 11:17 AM

Ground broken on

town's first hospital

Flower Mound community leaders helped break ground for the town's first hospital on Wednesday.

Presbyterian Hospital of Flower Mound will be constructed in the 158-acre River Walk at Central Park, a large mixed-used development that is billed to become Flower Mound's downtown.

The hospital is the first building to begin construction in the Five Star Development Co. project that also will include shops, restaurants, offices, a hotel, townhomes, apartments and senior and assisted-living housing.

Texas Health Resources and TpHR will build the hospital on 12 acres in the northwest quadrant of River Walk, at FM1171 and FM2499. The 180,000-square-foot facility will have 100 beds and can be expanded to 250 beds, officials said.

Groundbreaking for other facilities in the development is expected next year, town officials said.

Marice Richter

Zoning change lets

rodent breeders stay

The Fort Worth City Council on Tuesday approved a zoning change that allows the Big Cheese Rodent Factory to stay in business.

Some residents and nearby companies complained that the strong odors from the company were a nuisance and a health hazard. The company, at Dickson and Waggoman streets, breeds more than a half-million rats and mice each year for local zoos and research facilities.

The company now has until Nov. 1 to install its odor mitigation plan, which includes an air treatment system and an enclosed trash bin for waste.

From staff and wire reports

Deliberations resume

today in murder trial

A Tarrant County jury will resume its deliberations this morning in the murder trial of Rodney Owens, the man accused of killing General Motors worker Glenda Furch.

The same panel deliberated more than two hours Wednesday before going home for the evening.

Ms. Furch, 51, disappeared more than a year ago and is presumed dead. Prosecutors said Mr. Owens, 41, killed her and then methodically cleaned up her east Fort Worth apartment, wiping it of fingerprints. They said Mr. Owens' fingerprints were found on items that belonged to Ms. Furch that authorities recovered from a trash bin near her apartment.

Defense attorney Mark Rosteet said prosecutors failed during the two-day trial to prove that Mr. Owens is responsible for Ms. Furch's death.

Debra Dennis

Man is arrested in

road rage beating

Police on Wednesday arrested a man believed to have been involved in an act of road rage in Fort Worth that left a woman beaten on the side of the road, authorities said.

Merric Demond Taylor was charged with robbery and was being held in the Tarrant County Jail, said Lt. Paul Henderson, a Fort Worth police spokesman.

According to police, Suzanne Sanjuan, 41, was driving on Interstate 820 near Mark IV Parkway on Tuesday night when she noticed a tailgater. She tapped on the brakes of her white Ford sport utility vehicle, police said, and the driver of a black 1995 Saturn behind her sped up and threw something at her.

Ms. Sanjuan stopped on the shoulder of the road to examine her vehicle, police said. The Saturn driver also stopped. A man and woman got out, began yelling obscenities, and kicked and punched her. She suffered bruises and minor cuts.

After the attack, she reported some personal belongings missing. She gave police a license plate number, which led to the arrest of Mr. Taylor.

Brenda Gonzalez

and Dan X. McGraw

City puts limits on

unsolicited materials

People or companies that distribute unsolicited materials such as advertising circulars and free newspapers in Garland must leave them within five feet of a home's front door, the City Council has decided.

The ordinance, which won unanimous approval this week, is intended to reduce litter. City officials said the change would also increase the likelihood that people delivering the materials would see any "No Solicitations" signs that residents might have posted.

City Council member Laura Perkins Cox said the ordinance sought to balance the free speech rights of advertisers and others with the rights of homeowners who don't want such materials left on their property.

Frank Trejo

Church too dangerous

for use, pastor says

The historic Evergreen Baptist Church in west Irving has become too dangerous for services.

Pastor Day Stephenson said he decided last week to move services for its nearly 100 members to another facility when he discovered separation in the sanctuary ceiling.

"We thought it would be in the best interest of our membership to move out before someone was injured," he said.

The church - one of the oldest black churches in Irving - is raising funds for a new structure, but the fundraising campaign is still in its early stages.

The city's code enforcement department had been working with the church on existing problems, such as foundation cracks and rotten wood. The church had earlier closed two Sunday schools rooms that were unsafe.

"We are not taking any code enforcement action since they have taken the initiative not to occupy the building," said Teresa Adrian, the city's code enforcement director.

For now, the church will hold its 10 a.m. Sunday service a few blocks away at 3901 Jackson St. in Irving.

Deborah Fleck

Reward offered in

shooting outside party

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information in the fatal shooting last month of a 49-year-old father attending a quinceaera party with his daughter near Love Field.

Pascual Montealvo was approached by two men and shot after he stepped out of the Crystal Ballroom in the 2800 block of West Northwest Highway to talk on his cellphone about 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 27. Investigators believe the men tried to rob Mr. Montealvo and shot him as he tried to get away.

Schepps Dairy is offering the reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the case. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 214-373-8477 or the Dallas police homicide unit at 214-671-3661 or e-mail homicide@dpd.dal lascityhall.com.

Scott Goldstein

Pet owners warned

after coyote sightings

Mesquite officials Wednesday urged residents to protect their pets in light of recent coyote sightings in lightly populated areas.

Residents who live near creeks or woods are especially urged to keep their pets inside fences or homes at night.

Anyone who sees a coyote attack a small animal is asked to call 972-216-6907.

Frank Trejo

Tips sought after man

found slain near park

Dallas police are seeking information in the shooting death of a Duncanville man found near Kiest Park in Dallas.

Kevin Woods, 30, was found shortly before 11 p.m. Monday in the 1500 block of West Pentagon Parkway.

The killer apparently took Mr. Woods' car, a tan 2008 Dodge Charger, which investigators found parked with its hazard lights blinking at a carwash in the 100 block of North Marsalis Avenue.

Anyone with information can call the Dallas police homicide unit at 214-671-3661 or e-mail homicide@dpd.dal lascityhall.com.

Scott Goldstein

Police fatally shoot

man in domestic case

A Plano police sergeant fatally shot a knife-wielding man who confronted officers responding to a domestic disturbance Wednesday morning, police said.

Police arrived at a home in the 2500 block of Millstream Drive about 7:45 a.m. after a woman inside called 911.

The man, who was not identified, was shot when he confronted officers in a threatening manner, police said. He was taken to Medical Center of Plano, where he died.

A woman inside the home was wounded before officers arrived. She was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Her condition was unknown.

The police sergeant, a 22-year veteran who was not identified, was placed on routine administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

Richard Abshire