Here's a daily list of recent activities drawing the attention of North Texas law enforcement. List compiled on Jan. 28, 2010.
$10,000 REWARD OFFERED IN MURDER CASE
Schepps Dairy is offering a $10,000 reward for information in the murder of Gerardo Castanon-Banuelos. The 31-year-old shooting victim was last seen alive at a 24-Hour Fitness Friday, Jan. 22 near state Highway 183 and Story Road. His body was found early Saturday, Jan. 23 by passers-by at the opening of McCall's Park in the 1400 block of South Carrier Parkway. Anyone with information is asked to call the Grand Prairie police Major Crimes Unit at 972-237-8877.
REPORTER, PHOTOGRAPHER WITNESS DRIVE-BY SHOOTING
At about 4:50 a.m. Wednesday, NBCDFW reporter Lindsay Wilcox was preparing her report for air while photojournalist Kevin Williams was setting up the lighting. The pair's morning routine was then suddenly upset by a massive eruption of gunfire. Someone had opened fire along southbound Interstate 35E near Continental, spraying an estimated two-dozen rounds over the area. More: NBCDFW.com
ARLINGTON FAMILY DOLLAR ROBBED
Arlington police released surveillance video photos in hopes of catching the man who robbed the Family Dollar in the 300 block of S. Bowen Road on Thursday. Police said the man walked into the store at around 9 p.m. wearing what looked like a security guard uniform jacket over a navy and white striped hooded shirt. Police said once in the store he held a red bandanna over his face and robbed the store with a gun. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS (8477). All tipsters remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward up to $1,000.
FORT WORTH HOME INVASION ROBBERY
Fort Worth police released Wal-Mart store video of men wanted in connection with a home invasion robbery in the 6400 block of Locke Avenue. The 53-year-old victim told police she was asleep when she heard a noise and saw a man standing in the doorway of her bedroom. She told police the man pointed a gun at her and ordered her to give him her purse. She said she saw a second man near her backdoor as she gave the man her purse. The suspect took off with the woman's credit cards, as well as some cash and jewelry. Fort Worth police said the victim's stolen credit cards were used by the suspects captured in the Wal-Mart video. One suspect is wearing a hooded red jacket and the other wearing a hooded beige jacket. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime stoppers at 817-469-TIPS and a reward may be offered.
TWO ROBBERS TARGETING MALL PARKING LOTS
Dallas police say a pair of robbers is targeting shopping center parking lots. Dallas detectives are also comparing notes with law enforcement agencies in Richardson, Plano, Garland and Mesquite regarding robberies in those cities. More: NBCDFW.com
DRIVER KILLED IN ROLLOVER CRASH OVERNIGHT
The driver ejected from a sport utility vehicle that crashed in the 2800 block of North Freeway overnight died according to Fort Worth police. Witnesses told police the driver of the SUV was going at a high rate of speed before he swerved off the road, crashed through a sign, nosed into the ditch where the SUV rolled several times, and ejected the driver before it came to rest upside-down. Fort Worth police said the driver was dead at the scene. Officers said they found evidence leading them to believe alcohol may have been involved.
OVERNIGHT FIRE AT LEWISVILLE RESTAURANT
Lewisville Fire Department said a fire in a trash bin spread to Abuelo's Mexican Food Embassy in the 2500 block of Stemmons Freeway overnight. Firefighters were called for the fire at around 2:15 a.m. and found heavy smoke coming from the building. Still no word on the cause of the fire.
WEATHERFORD CITY PARK VANDALIZED
Weatherford police officers were called to the Love Street Park at around 11 a.m. Wednesday on a report of vandalism. Officers found damage to barrier posts, parking lot signs, flower beds, public restrooms. The city estimated the cost of repairs is approximately $750. Anyone with information is asked to call Parker County Crime Stoppers 817-599-5555. Meanwhile officers said they arrested one adult and three juveniles on criminal mischief charges in connection with more than 20 complaints resulting in more than $20,000 in damages.