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Dallas Still Working on Domestic Violence Response

On April 30, 2022, Spectrum News reported that 25-year-old Zarea Dixon called police to the Spring Ridge II Apartments in Oak Cliff on February 24 after her ex-boyfriend, Tahj Pinson, broke into her home. The man allegedly killed her after that phone call was placed, but it took police over 75 minutes to respond.   […]
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Understanding Double Jeopardy

The Double Jeopardy Clause is found in the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. It prohibits a person from being prosecuted twice for the same criminal offense and states, “nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb.” The United States Supreme Court […]
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Understanding Violent Crime in Dallas

The Dallas Morning News reported on February 13, 2022, that violent crime was finally decreasing in the city. Dallas was bucking state and national trends.  While homicides went down by 13 percent in Dallas in 2021 compared with 2020, they rose in Austin by 86 percent, in San Antonio by 23 percent, and in Houston […]
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drug crime blog

Drugs Still Big Business in Dallas

On January 26, 2022, KDFW-TV reported that the Dallas Police Department along with local and federal partners announced a successful violent crime bust that targeted a Dallas gang. There were nearly two dozen arrests, and police seized cash, drugs, and weapons. Hamilton Park off Central Expressway and Forest Lane have a troubled history with crime. […]
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Texas Gets Two Dozen New Laws in 2022

Texas Gets Two Dozen New Laws in 2022

The new year in Texas means scores of new laws and bills taking effect. Read about all 24 of the new laws/bills that the Texas Legislature enacted. House Bill 115 (HB 115) HB 115 amended the Tax Code to revise the eligibility requirements for the property tax exemption for certain property that is owned by […]
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Dallas Police Officer Arrested for DWI

Dallas Police Officer Arrested for DWI

A Dallas police officer was relieved of his badge after being arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated (DWI) on December 14. Officer Brandon Innes was arrested in Grand Prairie after somebody called 911 about a suspected drunken driver on Lake Ridge Parkway near Joe Pool Lake. Responding officers stopped Innes and took him into […]
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DPD Steps Up Enforcement of DWI Amid Holiday Celebrations

DPD Steps Up Enforcement of DWI Amid Holiday Celebrations

Dallas Police step up enforcement of DWI amid holiday celebrations, but as the “Home for the Holidays” program took hold the city was trying to reverse a much longer-term trend of dangerous driving on Dallas roadways. According to DPD, 228 died on city roads in 2020. So far in 2021, that figure sat at 155 […]
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New Texas Law Makes Buying Sex a Felony

Texas became the first state to make buying sex a felony, a move signaling a crucial change in how the justice system has long approached prostitution. The state unanimously passed House Bill 1540 (HB1540), which was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott in June, to crack down on so-called “johns” who pay for sex, […]
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Sex Crimes Still Being Charged in Dallas

The Dallas Morning News reported that a Tarrant County man used his job running a church’s sound system to try to solicit a sex act from a girl, authorities allege. Kenneth Tyler Hostin, 33, of Haslet was arrested Thursday on a felony count of criminal solicitation of a minor and was released from the Tarrant […]
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