Daily Police Blotter

Here's a daily list of recent activities drawing the attention of North Texas law enforcement. List compiled on June 2, 2009.

2 Killed When Wrong-Way Car Slams Into Another 
Police are investigating the cause of a fatal head-on collision between a car and a sport-utility vehicle on the Dallas North Tollway. Investigators said Jenny Hall, 28, of Dallas was driving the SUV north in the tollway's southbound lanes for four miles before it slammed into the car at about 11 p.m. Monday near the Walnut Hill Lane exit. Both vehicles burst into flames. Hall and the driver of the car, Carl Thomas Lotspeich, of Addison, were both killed.

Brother, Sister Killed in Grand Prairie Collision
Speed may have been a factor in the cause of a wreck that killed a 17-year-old boy and his 15-year-old sister in Grand Prairie Sunday, police said.   Tavaris Davis-Pitts and his sister, Ashley Davis-Pitts died Sunday when their pickup truck collided with a car. The driver of the car suffered minor injuries. Mourners gathered at the crash site Monday on westbound Pioneer Parkway. Tavaris attended Trinity High School in Euless and his sister was a student at South Grand Prairie High School.

Truck Driver Injured in Fiery Collision
The driver of an 18-wheeler suffered a head injury and burns after rear-ending a road construction truck just after 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, along Interstate 35W and Alliance Gateway in Fort Worth.  Both vehicles were burning when firefighters arrived. The driver of the road construction truck was shaken but uninjured. He was driving one of those large trucks with the crash barrier and flashing arrows. Officers were forced to close all southbound lanes on I-35W for about three hours as crews cleaned up the mess.

Lower Greenville Activist Ticketed After Scuffle
Neighborhood activist Avi Adelman was ticketed early Sunday after a "shoving match" with a woman outside a Lower Greenville Avenue bar, the Dallas Morning News reported.  The two got into a scuffle as Adelman attempted to videotape a man lying unconscious outside a bar.  After flagging officers, the woman apparently blocked Adelman as she tried to get closer to the man on the ground. The woman and Adelman were both ticketed for Class C misdemeanor assault, an offense punishable by a fine of up to $500. Adelman has advocated for the city to get tough on negligent drinkers and bar owners.

Defrocked Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse Dies
A defrocked Greek Orthodox priest suspended over allegations of sexual abuse has died. An e-mail to parishoners of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in North Dallas announced Nicholas Katinas died Monday. Katinas faced a lawsuit in Texas involving five alleged victims of sexual abuse and was accused of sexually abusing a boy in Illinois. Read this story on NBCDFW.com.

Execution Set Tuesday for Texas Man Who Killed 5
A self-described "non-caring monster" who took responsibility for killing five relatives was executed Tuesday evening for the slayings of his two stepchildren. Eleven minutes after the lethal drugs began to flow, Terry Lee Hankins was pronounced dead at 6:19 p.m. Hankins, 34, surrendered at his girlfriend's Arlington apartment in 2001 after a five-hour standoff with police who wanted him for gunning down his estranged wife, Tammy, 34, and her children, Devin Galley, 12, and Ashley Mason, 11. Hankins then told officers he'd also killed his father and half-sister almost a year earlier. Read this story on NBCDFW.com.

Man Robbed at Gunpoint at Duncanville ATM
Duncanville police are looking for a robber who struck at drive-through ATM. Surveillance video from the Bank of America on South Cedar Ridge Drive shows a man wearing a red hoodie rob Ruk Puih at about 11 p.m. on May 10. The victim said he was so nervous he couldn't enter his pin number in correctly, and the ATM swallowed his card. The robber then forced Puih out of his car and demanded his wallet. Duncanville police are asking for the public's help identifying the man in the video. Read this story on NBCDFW.com and see images of the robber.

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