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Friends Celebrate Birthday of Longtime Denton Musician Missing Since 2016



    Mystery Surrounds Missing Denton Drummer

    Denton drummer Joe Cripps hasn't been seen since late 2016, many of the town's musicians are celebrating his life while questions surround his disappearance. (Published Friday, Jan. 5, 2018)

    Friends of Joe Cripps describe the longtime Denton man as the type of person who lights up a room. Speaking of rooms, in Denton, the drummer has played just about all of them.

    Cripps' friends gathered at Dan's Silver Leaf in Denton Friday to celebrate his 53rd birthday. Only Cripps wasn't there. He has been missing since 2016.

    "Yeah, actually met Joe about 10 years ago, and it was right here in this establishment," said Tex Bosley, a fellow percussionist and an organizer of the party.

    Bosley says the two had one thing in common right from the start. Both had been on the University of North Texas drum line.

    Domino's Pizza Launches Outdoor Delivery

    [DFW] Domino's Pizza Launches Outdoor Delivery

    Domino's Pizza is tweaking its home delivery service for those times you're not at home.
    After years of delivery right to your doorstep, Domino's drivers will now deliver to outdoor locations.
    That includes beaches, parks, landmarks, and other outdoor locations across the country.
    Domino's says its drivers will deliver to 150-thousand locations from the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, to the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign.
    The locations are now active and show up in the company's app or website as "Domino's Hotspots."
    Customers pre-pay for their orders, select a location, and your pizza is on the way.
    Previously, Domino's delivered to offbeat locations, but, the new service sets up designated drop off points.
    The service was tested last fall in Miami before being rolled out nationwide.

    (Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

    "We were off to the races after that," Bosley said. "Fast friends and lots of stories to tell."

    Cripps was a longtime member of the Grammy Award-winning Denton-based group Brave Combo. He left the band in the late 1990s but continued to be active in Denton's music scene.

    "Joe, you couldn't keep him off the stage," remembered Bosley, who played with Cripps in a Herb Alpert cover band. "If there was a bill, and he was on it, he was playing with everybody."

    Cripps was last seen in October 2016. He had moved back to his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas, and left a gig never to be scene or heard from again. Little Rock police investigated, but the case remains unsolved.

    So friends gathered Friday, not as a memorial to Cripps, but a celebration in his absence. Donations will go to two causes dear to Cripps' heart: the Denton Humane Society and Denton Music and Arts Collaborative, which assists musicians and artists in finding affordable health care and insurance.

    "This event is about celebrating Joe's birthday, and bringing all of the people who loved him so well together," Bosley said. "We'll be dancing until tomorrow."

    Canada Lawmakers Hold Moment of Silence

    [DFW] Canada Lawmakers Hold Moment of Silence

    Canadian lawmakers wore hockey jerseys on Monday to honor the victims and their families of that tragic bus crash in Canada that killed 16 people.
    The bus was carrying the junior league Humboldt hockey team to a game when a tractor-trailer slammed into the bus.
    Sixteen were killed and thirteen people were injured in the crash.
    Today's remembrance was one of a number of events that honored the team and their families.
    Earlier the lawmakers honored Rusty Staub, a major leaguer who played for the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets.

    (Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

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