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    NEWSLETTERS

    TK
    Siede Preis

    Here's a daily list of recent activities drawing the attention of North Texas law enforcement. List compiled on Sept. 4, 2009.

    14-YEAR-OLD DROWNS AT PILOT POINT LAKE
    A 14-year-old drowned Friday at Isle Dubois Park in Pilot Point. Rescue crews were called to the scene around 1:30 p.m. The child had been underwater for about an hour and paramedics performed CPR but we unable to save him.

    WOMAN DEAD AFTER ACCIDENT ON I-35E
    A woman died in a fatal accident on South I-35E just after midnight. Lewisville police say a Chevrolet Avalanche was traveling northbound on I-35E when it rear-ended an Isuzu SUV. The impact forced the SUV to travel off the highway, across a service road and up the embankment of the Fox Ave. overpass where it hit the underside of the bridge. Ana-Marie Landa, 53, of Lewisville died in the crash. The driver of the pickup, Larence Daven Carter, 31, of Lake Dallas is charged with intoxication manslaughter. He only suffered minor injuries.

    WEATHERFORD POLICE SEARCH FOR BANK ROBBER
    Weatherford police are searching for a man who robbed the Omni American Bank on South Main St. on Thursday. A man approached a teller and presented a note demanding money and threatening that he had a gun. The suspect fled with the entire contents of the teller's drawer, which was an undetermined amount of cash.

    MEMORIAL HELD TODAY FOR COPPELL WOMAN MISSING SINCE APRIL
    Friends and family gathered at St. Ann Catholic Church in Coppell today for a memorial service for Kathleen Garza. Garza, a former Coppell Middle School teacher was last seen with Leroy Frank Tellgren at the Market Street Shopping Center on North Denton Tap Rd. on April 16. Although Garza's body has never been found, Tellgren has been charged with her murder and is set to go to trial Nov. 2. Read more on NBCDFW.com and in the Dallas Morning News.

    LIGHTNING TAKES OUT RADIO STATION
    A lightning strike Thursday night started a fire that took Southwest Adventist University's radio station, KJCR 88.3, off the air. The university, located in Keene, reports Randy Yates was working late in his office when he felt a pop under his feet as lightning struck, then his computer and the lights went out. When Yates checked the breaker box he smelled a wood smoke smell, and when he checked the attic he saw flames. Yates called 911 and left the building. Firefighters from four cities helped put out the fire. Most of the damage was to the two on-air booths and an office. The radio station is currently off the air.

    LIGHTNING BLAMED FOR PLANO HOUSE FIRE
    Firefighters say lightning is to blame for a house fire on Pensacola Dr. in Plano. The man living in the house was home at the time of the fire and when he went upstairs he could feel the intense heat from the attic. His wife was at the movies and tog the call that the house was on fire. The home has a lot of damage, but the residents were able to save their American flag and their father's military medals.

    CHILDREN FOUND STARVING IN DALLAS HOTEL BATHROOM MAY BE GIVEN TO GRANDMOTHER
    Court officials agreed that the maternal grandmother of the children found starving inside a hotel bathroom in Dallas is the best person to take custody. At a hearing Friday in juvenile district court, Judge Cheryl Lee Shannon ordered Child Protective Services to conduct a home study on Ruth Leon, the children's grandmother. Leon, who lives in Tampa, Fla., declined comment after the hearing. The four children, three of whom were found filthy and emaciated in July, remain together in foster care. The fourth child was found healthy in a crib. A court-appointed attorney for the children said they have started school, gained weight and are receiving counseling. Their mother and her boyfriend face felony abuse charges and remain in the Dallas County Jail.