Here's a daily list of recent activities drawing the attention of North Texas law enforcement. List compiled on July 20, 2009.
ASSISTED LIVING CENTER CATCHES FIRE
A three-story assisted living center in Fort Worth has caught fire. Witnesses reported seeing heavy smoke flowing from the second floor of the Park Meadows Apartments on the 2700-block of Yeager at about noon on Monday. Firefighters have called for a second alarm and are still battling the blaze.
ONE KILLED, ONE INJURED IN HEAD-ON COLLISION
One person was killed and two were injured in a head on collision at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Weatherford. A truck traveling westbound in the 500 block of West Foruth Street crossed over into oncoming traffic and struck head-on into a van that was traveling eastbound, Weatherford police say. The driver of the truck died at the scene. PHI Air Ambulance transported the driver of the van to Harris Hospital in Fort Worth while the passenger of the van was treated and released. A third vehicle was clipped by the truck after it struck the van, but the driver was not injured. The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.
DALLAS APARTMENT FIRE CONFIRMED AS ARSON
Dallas Fire Rescue officials have confirmed that Thursday's five-alarm apartment fire in the Millennium Pointe Apartments was set intentionally. Ebonia Collins, 22, was arrested Thursday and is now being held in connection with the arson, The Dallas Morning News reports. Collins suffers from mental illness and told investigators she had not taken her medication in a month.
WILD BOBCAT IN SOUTHLAKE CLAIMING PETS LIVES
The City of Southlake has confirmed that a bobcat is in the area and is feasting on the pets of residents. The bobcat is suspected to have claimed the lives of four or five cats, while many other smaller dogs and cats have gone missing from the area with no explanation of their disappearance, resident Jim Dawson said. The Home Owners Association of the neighborhood where most of the pets have gone missing has set out traps in an attempt to humanely capture the bobcat, but so far no luck.
ELDERLY WOMAN KILLED IN APARTMENT FIRE
An elderly Arlington woman was killed Sunday in a blaze that started in her bedroom and spread to two other apartments. The 60-year-old woman, whose identity has not yet been released, occasionally used a walker and/or a motorized scooter to get around, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Investigators are still trying to figure out what sparked the fire.
TRAIN DERAILS AT FORT WORTH TERMINAL
No one was injured when a train derailed in Fort Worth on Monday afternoon. The derailment happened at about 1 p.m. near Hulen Street and Vickery Boulevard at Union Pacific Railroad Terminal. Early reports indicate that one of the trains cars became unlatched while switching tracks.
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MAN ACCUSED IN THEFT RING TARGETING CONSTRUCTION SITES
Denton police said they arrested a man who is accused of organizing a theft ring that targeted construction sites. Investigators said Jose Coria, 64, organized crews to steal tens of thousands of dollars in roofing shingles. He then resold the materials through a legitimate company, police said. Guns and large amounts of cash were seized during the arrest.
MAN ACCUSED OF FONDLING GIRL AT RESORT GETS PROBATION
A Cleburne man who is accused of fondling a girl at Great Wolf Lodge received six years probation through deferred adjudication. Michael Shaw, 32, pled guilty to fondling indecency. An 8-year-old girl told her parents Shaw fondled her at the Grapevine waterpark resort in December.
MAN ACCUSED OF FLASHING PEOPLE OUTSIDE CHURCH
A Dallas man is accused of flashing people as they went to church. Police arrested Jose Rodriguez, 56, outside an Uptown Dallas church Sunday morning. Investigators said Rodriguez exposed himself to a crowd of people that included children.