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AROUND THE AREA


AROUND THE AREA
1 ... PLANO


Police investigate confrontation at traffic stop

As he sped to the hospital, 26-year-old NFL running back Ryan Moats ran a red light. A Dallas police officer pulled them over outside the emergency room.

Moats and his wife explained that her mother was dying inside the hospital.

"You really want to go through this right now?" Moats pleaded. "My mother-in-law is dying. Right now!"

The officer, 25-year-old Robert Powell, was unmoved. He insisted on detaining Moats while he wrote a ticket, and went on to threaten him with arrest.

"I can screw you over," the officer told Moats. "I'd rather not do that."

The scene last week, captured by a dashboard video camera, prompted apologies and the promise of an investigation from Dallas police officials Wednesday.

Moats' mother-in-law, Jonetta Collinsworth, was struggling at 45 with breast cancer that had spread throughout her body.

The night of their confrontation with Powell, the Moatses were at their Frisco home when they were told to hurry back to the hospital if they wanted to see her before she died.

The Moatses, Collinsworth's father, and an aunt jumped into an SUV and rushed back toward Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano.

Ryan Moats turned the SUV's hazard lights on. He stopped at a red light, where the only other nearby motorist signaled for him to go ahead. He sped on through.

Powell flipped on his lights and sirens and followed the SUV as it found a parking spot outside the emergency room.

Moats' wife, 27-year-old Tamishia, was the first out. Powell yelled at her to get back in.

"Get in there!" he yelled. "Let me see your hands!"

"My mom is dying," she explained.

Tamishia Moats and her great aunt ignored the officer and headed into the hospital. Ryan Moats stayed behind with his wife's grandfather.

"I waited until no traffic was coming," Ryan Moats said, explaining his passage through the red light. "I got seconds before she's gone, man."

Powell demanded his license and proof of insurance. Moats produced his license, but said he didn't know where the insurance was.

"Just give me a ticket or whatever," he said.

"Shut your mouth," Powell told him. "You can cooperate and settle down, or I can just take you to jail for running a red light."

There was more back and forth until Powell finished writing up the ticket.

It had been about 13 minutes since the episode began. Moats and the grandfather went into the hospital, where they found Collinsworth was dead.

DMN

ON DALLASNEWS.COM: Watch the traffic stop at dallasnews.com/video.

2 ... NORTHWEST DALLAS Police find stolen vehicle, still seek abducted wife

Dallas police have found a vehicle at Northhaven and Dennis roads that was stolen Tuesday after its owner was run over in an apparent kidnapping.

The suspect, Bobby Shayne Scott, 26, fled in the green 2008 Kia Sportage and is still at large, and police fear that his wife, Misty Rose Scott, is in danger.

Police found Tracy Araujo, 38, pinned under the suspect's minivan early Tuesday along North Central Expressway. She underwent brain surgery and remained in critical condition Wednesday at a local hospital, police said.

Anyone with information can call 214-671-3661. DMN

3 ... LEWISVILLE Woman accused of using a child to steal purses

An Oklahoma woman is accused of using a child to help her steal purses at Wal-Mart and Target stores in Lewisville, police said Wednesday.

Bonnie Markhem, 29, is accused of distracting shoppers while the boy stole their purses. There have been five such thefts in Lewisville since January.

Lewisville police issued an arrest warrant last week for Markhem, who was already in custody in Oklahoma on an unrelated charge.

It's unclear whether she is related to the boy, whose whereabouts are unknown. He is thought to be 9 or 10 years old.

Markhem is accused of four counts of misdemeanor theft, one count of felony theft and four counts of credit card abuse, police said.

She may also be responsible for similar thefts in Denton and Hickory Creek, Lewisville police said. DMN

4 ... ROWLETT Sweeps keep town looking tidy

Rowlett's Proactive Code Enforcement Program proved so successful in its first year that it's making a return visit in 2009.

"It showed us that citizens are very interested in their neighborhoods, and if there is a problem, they are willing to correct it," said Keri Samford, Rowlett's director of development services. "And as far as voluntary compliance, citizens are very good once they receive a notice of any violation."

In fact, the city reported 90 percent compliance during the program's first year.

Like many cities, Rowlett's code enforcement previously relied on random patrols and residents' complaints to identify problems. The proactive program, which began in January 2008, took a more systematic approach, Samford said.

It divided residential neighborhoods into areas and then had code enforcement staff conduct sweeps looking for violations. The program also relied on volunteers and homeowners associations to help monitor neighborhoods for violations.

The main goal was to identify what the city calls tier one violations, such as overgrown grass and weeds, trash on property or outdoor storage items.

By the end of 2008, all of Rowlett's neighborhoods had been "swept," and more than 8,000 courtesy notices issued. DMN

5 ... DALLAS Latest ruling would let officer?s conviction stand

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday reversed a decision that had overturned the convictions of a former Dallas police officer at the center of the city's fake-drug scandal.

The 5th District Court of Appeals in Dallas ruled in December 2007 that evidence Mark Delapaz lied in other investigations should not have been introduced at his trial.

The Court of Criminal Appeals disagreed. In its ruling, the court said the value of the testimony of other wrongdoing outweighed the negative light it cast on the former officer.

Delapaz is already serving a five-year sentence. He lied to a judge to obtain a search warrant in connection with the scandal where more than two dozen people were falsely arrested when paid Dallas police informants planted fake drugs on them.

But this week's ruling does not end the Delapaz case. The Court of Criminal Appeals ordered the lower court, whose decision it just overturned, to examine the other issues Delapaz has appealed.

If the convictions ultimately stand, Delapaz would begin serving another five years when he is either paroled or serves the time for the first five-year sentence.

DMN

6 ... GRAND PRAIRIE Celebrities to help kick off yearlong birthday party

A few celebrities will headline activities this week as part of a yearlong celebration of Grand Prairie's centennial.

Actress Janine Turner visits the library tonight to help debut a new film collection. Then American Idol finalist and Grand Prairie native Jason Yeager will perform Saturday at the Celebrating a Century Festival that also features rock 'n' roll legend Chubby Checker.

The city turned 100 on March 20.

"That's the magic day," City Council member Ruthe Jackson said, noting that the vote in 1909 that turned her city from a farming community into a town was a close one.

Jackson and a host of community volunteers have planned at least 100 activities to mark the city's birthday.

DMN

Centennial events

Tonight - The Grand Prairie Library unveils its new Lois Weber Film Collection with actress Janine Turner at 7.

Saturday - The Celebrating a Century Festival will be from 4 to 10 p.m. at QuikTrip Park.

April 24 - State of Texas Arbor Day celebration of the city's 25th year as a Tree City USA will be at 11 a.m. at City Hall.

April 25 - Destination GP 5K Run/Walk and 1K Fun Run celebrating a century of excellence will be at 8 a.m. at Lone Star Trinity Trail.

Nov. 26 to Dec. 31 - Prairie Lights will feature a new centennial display.

For more events, visit www.gptx.org.

7 ... IRVING Council votes today on demolishing Texas Stadium

Texas Stadium could move one step closer to extinction today.

The Irving City Council will vote on whether to pay Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. more than $710,000 to plan the landmark's demolition.

The Dallas Cowboys are slated to be moved out of the iconic structure by Monday as they set up home in the new $1.1 billion stadium in Arlington.

City officials have long said they want to clear the site to make way for redevelopment centered on a planned Dallas Area Rapid Transit light rail station. But officials have yet to decide whether it's better to blow up the building or dismantle it. At a council work session Wednesday, city officials said they are also exploring the possibility of selling the rights to film the stadium's potential explosion. DMN

8 ... DOWNTOWN DALLAS Council approves plan to use hotel for housing

The proposed conversion of a vacant downtown hotel to affordable rental housing secured a crucial endorsement Wednesday from the Dallas City Council.

Hamilton Properties Corp. has applied to the state for low-income housing tax credits to help finance renovation of the former Plaza Hotel. The council approved the request Wednesday after neighborhood opposition to the project had faded.

The vote was the first hurdle for Hamilton Properties, owner of the 12-story property at 1011 S. Akard St. near Interstate 30. The tax credits, to be awarded in July, would be sold to investors. Other funding would come from private loans and donations.

The company's application calls for providing 140 apartments to tenants at $349 to $898 a month. Annual income limits for renters would range from about $14,000 to $28,000. DMN



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