Written by Staff
The Irving Police Explorers competed in the annual State Explorer competition July 18-21. Over 75 Explorer teams from several municipal, state and federal law enforcement agencies throughout the state of Texas attended the four-day competition.
Two teams from Irving competed in the event, testing their knowledge of state law and police procedures. Julia Durham, Edgar Pena, Shayna Richardson and Baylen Clegg -Second Place, Domestic Crisis -Second Place, Officer Down -Second Place, Burglary in Progress -Third Place, Arrest and Search Scenarios Ricky Morado, Francisco Sifuentes, Jacky Orellana and Nick Kammerer -First Place, Intoxicated Driver -First Place, Robbery in Progress -Third Place, Domestic Crisis -Third Place, Misdemeanor Traffic Stops
Two teams from Irving competed in the event, testing their knowledge of state law and police procedures.
Julia Durham, Edgar Pena, Shayna Richardson and Baylen Clegg
-Second Place, Domestic Crisis
-Second Place, Officer Down
-Second Place, Burglary in Progress
-Third Place, Arrest and Search Scenarios
Ricky Morado, Francisco Sifuentes, Jacky Orellana and Nick Kammerer
-First Place, Intoxicated Driver
-First Place, Robbery in Progress
-Third Place, Domestic Crisis
-Third Place, Misdemeanor Traffic Stops
Last Updated on Monday, 29 July 2013 22:06
Written by Amanda Casanova
Voters will have a chance to decide in November whether a half-cent tax (CRDC tax) that generates funding for parks and recreation developments will be reauthorized and broadened for use with other city projects.
The Coppell City Council unanimously voted on July 23 to call the special election for Nov. 5.
Already the tax, which was first voted on and established in 1996, has paid for an aquatic center, Wagon Wheel park improvements, a tennis center and improvements to the city’s hike and bike trail system.
If the tax is reauthorized, the committee has suggested a number of new projects for the revenue, including Andrew Brown park redevelopment, Cozby library expansion, greenspace additions, a fire safety education building and park and sport amenity developments. All of the projects would have to first be approved by the City Council.
If the tax is not reauthorized, a sunset clause will end it in 2018.
Last Updated on Monday, 29 July 2013 22:03
Written by Phil Cerroni
What do companies that spent the last decade building war materials do when there is no war?
Specializing in armored glass, Addison based Consolidated Armor Products (CAP) made their bread and butter outfitting tactical vehicles for the military. Now they are changing their entire marketing strategy to focus on bringing high quality, custom glass creations to the civilian consumer through a line of products ranging from the utilitarian to the artistic.
Perhaps the most accessible product CAP offers is a close relative of their ballistic armor, called vehicle security glass, or VSG. Designed to protect against smash and grabs, an eight inch sheet of polycarbonate is laminated to the inside of the existing window, keeping it from breaking even under the force of a 10 pound sledgehammer.
If the $5,000 price tag seems too steep for this James Bond-style accessory, it is worth noting that at North Park Mall alone there are on average five to seven smash and grabs every week involving cars like Mercedes and BMWs. Insurance companies are usually happy to replace damaged VSG windows, said Paul Sivertson CAP’s CEO, because the price is much lower than replacing a stolen vehicle and its contents.
Last Updated on Monday, 29 July 2013 22:02
Written by Jess Paniszczyn
Standing along the baseline or passing balls to the pros, everyone knows the ball boys or ball persons are the unsung heroes of any tennis tournament, without whom chaos would reign.
For Texas’ only professional tennis team, the Texas Wild, nothing but the best of the best could be considered. A survey of the local youngsters revealed a wealth of untapped ball person talent right in our own back yard. Future tennis pros and teachers studying the game at Hackberry Creek Country Club and Slam Jammers from the USTA’s own development program volunteered for the vital positions.
“Being a ball person means the world to these kids,” said Ruth Lopez, a volunteer from Hackberry Creek watching over the youngsters. “It means being on the court with idols. They are all eager to get on the court. They are all like, ‘Am I next? Am I next?’ These kids all play tournaments, and they are all champs or super champs. So they are all big tennis geeks.
“On the court, the kids are responsible for keeping the balls ready for the players, and they hand the players the towels. That is it, but it is no small matter.
“We chose the kids from Hackberry, because we know they are responsible kids.”
Elated to be selected as a ball person, Iman Ghalibaf (11) hopes to one day be a pro herself.
Last Updated on Monday, 29 July 2013 22:00
Written by Phil Cerroni
Plumes of smoke and towering flames confronted first responders at Eagle Crest Apartments on July 20. As the roof and upper floors were consumed like fresh kindling, firefighters’ fears were realized when they discovered the fire had already spread to the attic.
“Once it’s [a fire] gotten into the structure, our big concern is to keep it out of the attic, because if it goes up into the attic now you’ve got a wide open space for the fire to travel from one end to the other [of the building], so that’s what we attempt to prevent,” said, Rusty Wilson, the Assistant Fire Chief for Irving FD.
As IFD personnel scrambled to set up a defensive perimeter from which to fight the flames, other firefighters rushed inside the furnace in a battle to keep the searing conflagration at bay with hand hoses just long enough to search for survivors in the 24 units engulfed in flames.
The intense heat gained ground as one responder, despite his protective equipment, received minor burns and had to be evacuated to Parkland Hospital.
Retreating firefighters sustained another casualty when a responder fell as the structure began crumbling beneath him. He was also taken to Parkland.
Last Updated on Monday, 29 July 2013 21:58