Here's a daily list of recent activities drawing the attention of North Texas law enforcement. List compiled on Dec. 29, 2009.
SMU BUILDING EVACUATED AFTER ACID LEAK
More than a dozen people were evacuated from the Southern Methodist University engineering building after a student noticed a package of hydrochloric acid that appeared to be leaking. Authorities evacuated the building Tuesday morning as a safety precaution and said there was no immediate threat to the campus. Hazardous materials experts were called in to assist public safety officers who responded to the call. It was not immediately clear who delivered the package, but SMU spokesman Kent Best said the compound would not be uncommon in an engineering laboratory.
CAR SLAMS INTO FARMERS BRANCH HOME
For the third time in eight years, a car slammed into a home in the 3600 block of Pebble Beach in Farmers Branch. Homeowner Barbara Tatum said a driver clipped the house across the street, jumped the curb and crashed into the workroom of her home Sunday night. No one was hurt. Read this story on NBCDFW.com.
24-INCH WATER MAIN BROKE IN DALLAS OVERNIGHT
Gallons of water rushed into the street after a 24-inch pipeline broke in the 9600 block of Denton Drive near Webb Chapel Extension. A RaceTrac was the only business affected by the water outage, and Dallas Water Utilities crews restored water service to the gas station. The city of Dallas said the failure occurred at a Dallas Area Rapid Transit construction site and the DART contractor will have to repair the line.
ATTORNEY SAYS PETA WORKER NEGLECTED JOB
Attorneys for an exotic animal dealer accused an employee of intentionally neglecting animals to further his work as an undercover investigator for an animal rights group. Read this story on NBCDFW.com.
$6M IN JEWELRY, COINS STOLEN FROM LEWISVILLE STORE
Authorities are searching for two men who made off with $6 million worth of jewelry in a Lewisville store robbery Monday morning. Lewisville Police Capt. Jay Powell said Harold's Jewelers was just about to open when a man came to the door indicating he needed a battery for his watch. When a store employee opened the door, the man brandished a weapon and, accompanied by another man, forced the employee to empty the contents of the safe into two black duffel bags, Powell said. The store employee was not injured. The employee said the men took the store's video recorder.