Former NBA Player Slams Dallas Police Response to Toilet Theft - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Former NBA Player Slams Dallas Police Response to Toilet Theft

Union leader says slow Dallas police response is common



    DPD Response Times Questioned by Mavs Player

    Dallas Mavericks player Charlie Villanueva's tweet about the Dallas Police Department's slow response time to a burglary is drawing attention to how the police prioritize calls. (Published Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017)

    A former NBA player's tweet about slow Dallas police response highlights delays that are common, according to a police union leader.

    Charlie Villanueva played with the Dallas Mavericks last year after stops in Detroit, Milwaukee and Toronto.

    Tuesday night, he tweeted a photo showing the place where he said a toilet had been stolen from his home, along with other items.

    He complained that Dallas police had not responded to his call for more than two hours.

    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)

    Efforts to reach Villanueva Wednesday were unsuccessful, and a Dallas police spokesman said officials were still working to verify if the tweet was connected to an actual Dallas police case. Records show an address for Villanueva in a Dallas suburb.

    But Dallas Police Association President Mike Mata said long delays are common to lower priority calls for service. He said officers meet many unhappy citizens.

    "And that citizen has every right to be upset. They pay taxes, and they expect a quality product for the money that they spend. And it's not the officers' fault," Mata said. "What's happening in the city of Dallas is we have way too few officers answering way too many calls for service."

    A burglary call Wednesday morning demonstrates the problem.

    Employees at the Industrial Ladder Company in the 10500 block of Newkirk Street in northwest Dallas noticed damage to the front door as they arrived for work. Inside, they found that an employee's car, a company truck and office equipment were missing.

    Manager Tom Breving said he called Dallas police at 6:52 a.m. Police records show an officer was dispatched at 11:28 a.m. The officer told employees he was working overtime, on his 13th hour when he was dispatched to the call.

    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)

    Breving said the long response delayed his effort to get business back to normal and reduced the chance that police might solve the crime.

    Dallas has at least 400 fewer officers than two years ago. Mata said low pay and benefits make it hard to hire and keep officers. The smaller staff has resulted in reduced response time, especially for lower priority property crimes.

    Mata said the staff of detectives to solve crimes is also reduced because of the manpower shortage.

    "These citizens deserve a quick response. These citizens deserve a detective to call them in a reasonable amount of time," Mata said.

    A briefing for the Dallas City Council this month shows top priority police emergency calls are being answered on average in 8.47 minutes through November 2017, compared to 7.75 minutes in the same period in 2016.

    Priority 3 call response has slowed to 64.47 minutes from 49.47 last year, and Priority 4 response is down to 83.51 minutes from 64.31.

    Roof Blown off Apartment in Pennsylvania

    [DFW] Roof Blown off Apartment in Pennsylvania

    Storms in Pennsylvania caused heavy damage to a large apartment building, leaving dozens without a place to live.
    Residents of Luther Wood Apartments in Scranton have been evacuated after wind ripped the roof off the building. 
    It happened just before 6 a.m. Monday.
    As of 11 a.m., Scranton fire officials say 90-people have been evacuated from the building, and another 35 may be forced to leave.
    A shelter is being set up to help the residents of the senior apartment complex.
    No word on any injuries.

    (Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

    Police Chief Renee Hall told city leaders at the briefing that she is working on plans to boost hiring.

    But Mata said changes in employee benefits and a new pension plan are expected to increase police and fire department retirements next month.

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