Written by Staff
The Irving Retired School Personnel Association (IRSPA) recently awarded four $500 Future Teacher Scholarships for the 2013-2014 school year to four deserving 2013 Irving ISD seniors who plan to enter the field of education. The presentations were made by Woody Schober, President of IRSPA, and Karen Anderson, scholarship chairman.
The following students received scholarships:
Ashley Campbell (Nimitz) will study Elementary and Special Education at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.
Maddie Lane (Nimitz) will study Early Childhood Education at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX.
David Modesto Ruiz (MacArthur) will study Physical Education and Secondary History while playing soccer at Wylie College in Marshall, TX.
Amber Warren (Irving) will study Dance Education at Cisco Junior College in Cisco, TX.
Source: Irving Retired School Personnel Association
Last Updated on Friday, 12 July 2013 01:17
Written by Amanda Casanova
City Manager Tommy Gonzalez will be visiting Florida’s Pasco County this month to tour what could become home for his family, according to a commissioner for the Florida county. Gonzalez, whose stretch as the City Manager of the City of Irving is slated to end in October, had applied to be administrator for Pasco County.
Patricia Mulieri, a Pasco county commissioner, said Pasco County Commissioners are now working to negotiate a contract with Gonzalez, who was offered the position in late May after the Pasco County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to choose Gonzalez for the job.
But Susan Rose, communications director for the City, said Gonzalez hasn’t made a decision yet.
“He is considering all options, with his family playing a big role in deciding what is next for them,” Rose said.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 June 2013 14:28
Written by Nick Kammerer
One hundred guests gathered to partake in the 3rd annual Farm to Table Dinner in Coppell on Saturday (June 8.)
Hosted by the Coppell Farmers Market, the event raised funds for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for the market, also known as Lone Star Card program. The dinner also aimed to promote the farmers and food producers of the Coppell Farmers Market.
Guests began their exciting evening at the Coppell Community Garden where they enjoyed appetizers and a tour of the beautiful landscape.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 June 2013 14:23
Written by Staff
The Irving Police Department is currently investigating a human trafficking offense that has led to the arrest of 17-year-old Irving resident Travis Lekas. Irving police were made aware of the offense on May 3, when a 15-year-old female made an outcry about being the victim of a sexual assault.
Lekas brought the victim to his residence, where she remained under the influence of drugs and alcohol for three days. During that time, Lekas compelled the victim into becoming involved in prostitution.
Lekas and the victim attend the same school and know each other. Investigators have also learned that Lekas attempted to recruit other young girls into committing acts of prostitution. Police are in the process of identifying those girls and conducting interviews in order to determine if there are any other victims. An arrest warrant for human trafficking of a person younger than 18-years-old was issued for Lekas, and he was arrested without incident May 13.
Lekas is currently in custody at the Irving Jail on one count of human trafficking of a person younger than 18-years-old, one count of compelling prostitution and one count of sexual performance by a child. His bond has been set at $175,000.
Sexual Assault Investigation
The Irving Police Department is currently investigating a report of a sexual assault that occurred May 13 in the 1900 block of Muret.
At about 9 a.m., the victim was confronted by a male suspect as she walked out the front door of her home. The suspect forced her back into the residence and assaulted her. The victim was knocked unconscious during the attack and sexually assaulted. When the victim woke up the suspect was gone, so she immediately called the police.
The suspect was wearing all black clothing, including black gloves and a black mask. He is about 5’9”, weighs between 150 and 160 pounds, and has dark hair. The victim said he had a medium complexion and appeared to be either of Hispanic or Middle Eastern descent.
The Irving Police Department would like to remind everyone to be aware of their surroundings and to immediately call the police if they see someone or something suspicious. If anyone has information that could assist investigators in locating the suspect, they are asked to call the Irving Police at 972-273-1010.
On May 13, the Irving Police Department’s Special Investigations Section arrested four people for possession of marijuana under 2,000 pounds and seized 1,686 pounds of marijuana.
Investigators received an anonymous tip that a U-Haul truck containing a large amount of narcotics was parked inside the City of Irving. Investigators were able to locate the truck in the parking lot of a closed business on Irving Boulevard. While investigators were conducting surveillance on the truck, a vehicle dropped off a male who got into the truck and drove away. Officers were able to stop the U-Haul for a traffic violation. During the traffic stop, a narcotics detection K-9 alerted to the vehicle while walking around the outside of the truck.
Investigators searched the cargo area of the truck and found over one hundred cardboard boxes containing marijuana. The marijuana was wrapped in plastic and secreted inside the cardboard boxes, which also contained powder cement. The estimated street value of the narcotics is $1.6 million.
The arrested men have been identified as 44-year-old Laurencio Hernandez Jr., 25-year-old Jose Alberto Flores, 21-year-old Oscar Hernandez and 36-year-old Juan Luis Rangel. Each has been charged with possession of marijuana under 2,000 pounds.
Source: Irving Police Department.
Last Updated on Friday, 24 May 2013 17:05
Written by Sissy Courtney
A panel of local business leaders discussed the latest social media trends and their impact on businesses at the Irving Chamber of Commerce Women’s Alliance Luncheon at the La Cima Club in Las Colinas on April 17.
Tracey Southers, President of Word Play, a public relations and marketing company in Grapevine, moderated the panel.
“Social media continues to be a hot topic, and even though it is relatively new, it seems like you can’t escape it or avoid it, even if you want to. Between Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google Plus, Pinterest, Instagram…it’s everywhere, and it can be overwhelming,” Southers said. “If you’re like me, you’ve started paying attention to the little social media icons now: TV commercials, print advertisements, brochures, and websites. That makes the case for social media being a powerful business tool not only to market your products and services, but to communicate with your audiences and also for customer service.”
Last Updated on Friday, 24 May 2013 15:44