Archive for the ‘Sheriff’ Category

The Accident

January 30, 2009

I was less than a mile behind this accident today on I-35 north, just south of Illinois in Oak Cliff. It happened around 2 PM. I drove by the scene, and couldn’t believe what I saw.

The rear right wheels of the rock hauler were laying on the car’s windshield (which was caved in) and part of the hood. The entire cabin was crushed. The EMTs and Dallas Fire-Rescue were trying to extract the driver. The truck was also hanging over the HOV barrier.

I assumed everyone inside the car was dead. Be glad you didn’t see it up close. Notice that the truck trailer wasn’t covered, which is required.

I bet you the truck was speeding. Reports say the truck just switched lanes and dragged the car for about 50 feet. That makes perfect sense.

On I-35 and US-67 (Marvin D Love), you are risking your life every time you drive. These rock haulers and concrete trucks are always speeding to get to and from the concrete companies in Ellis County. They usually switch lanes and slide the trailer in front of you. If you don’t get crushed like these poor teenagers today you better be ready to duck the debris that comes off the back of these uncovered trucks.

If the Sheriffs and Constables want to do something significant on the highways, they should go after these trucks. There should be a crackdown squad just like in Houston, where the laws against trucks are actually enforced. What disgusted me as much as the accident were the people running out of there houses to look at it. What do you want to see, someone dead? I have; you’re not missing anything.

It can all be taken away from you in an instant.

Last Day to Register to Vote

October 6, 2008

Today is the last day to register to vote in next month’s election.

Here’s all the info you need to vote in Dallas:

*You can always find a ballot at the library or the Post Office.

*Check on your registration – You can view your ballot ahead of time (link)

* General Election Info (link)

*When and where to early vote (link)

*Demonstration of Touch Screen Voting Machine (Flash player required) (link)

*Services Available to Voters with Special Needs in Texas (link)

*League of Women Voters’ Online Voters Guide – available October 10th (link)

Dallas City Council Makes a Major Move

October 16, 2007

Rudy Bush of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Dallas City Council Public Safety Committee voted unanimously to let the Dallas County Sheriff’s handle accidents on I-30 and freeways in southern Dallas.

As Assistant Chief David Brown mentioned at yesterday’s meetings, this is a significant move that puts 18 experienced DPD officers back on the streets. Combined with this month’s opening of the South Central Division and Police Station, this will give southern Dallas a major boost with respect to safety.

The County will require wreckers to respond to accidents within 15 minutes. In addition to the safety benefits, this will reduce pollution since accident-related traffic jams tie up our freeways for hours.

The entire council must approve the measure on November 12th, which is certain.

Sheriff Candidate needs a Mapsco

September 26, 2007

Charlie Richmond, a candidate for Dallas County Sheriff, is having his first fund raiser. Except it’s not in Dallas County. It’s here, in Plano.

Richmond has enlisted Tim O’Hare from Farmers Branch to run this shindig. See for yourself. Is that the way you want to run a campaign?

I didn’t know that “family values” was a campaign strategy for a county sheriff’s race, but Richmond thinks so. Time will tell if he ends up being the Dan Wyde of this election, and we all know how that turned out.

July 24, 2007

What’s Up with the Sheriff and County Judge?

From time to time I like to bring you a quick recap of recent happenings. But unfortunately most of them involve our Dallas County Sheriff and County Judge.

Most of the recent articles I’ve read on our Sheriff and County Judge Jim Foster have come from the Dallas Morning News.

Sometimes, I like to look at these types of issues two ways. The reason for that is more often than not, the Dallas Morning News (our only daily) writes stories about elected officials with a political agenda. Just like the hack on the DMN Editorial Board that openly complained about Dwaine Caraway handily winning his District Four Council Race, they sometimes ignore all of the facts and instead question the wisdom of the public.

That being said…

In the last several weeks, several troubling items have come out of the Sheriff’s and County Judge’s Offices.

  • The Sheriff hired a grant writer that submitted one, maybe two grant proposals in a year. One of them was turned in late to the funding agency. According to the DMN, Sheriff Valdez was the driving force for the grant writer. Therefore, you have to make sure the grant writer does a good job or else you have a situation like this.
  • The Dallas Police Department is being hamstrung by an intake process which ties them up at the jail for hours in some cases. Austin and Travis County have the same setup without the backups. Part of the problem is jail funding. County Judge Jim Foster promised a meeting with Sheriff Valdez and Chief David Kunkle to address this issue. Did the meeting happen? And what were the results?
  • The County Judge called in sick instead of voting against his buddy, the now-disgraced former constable Mike Dupree. However, he did find the time to have someone take down an exhibit in the Old Red Courthouse that displayed his predecessor.

We need proactive leadership, instead of one that changes policies after the newspapers write about an issue. And we need County Commissioners that provide the necessary funding for all of the processes to work.

To the Sheriff’s credit, jailers are being added at a fast rate. But to truly improve we need the aspects of the entire jail process to be assessed and addressed so that the system works for the entire county, not just to comply with Federal standards.

Most of this could be resolved by either having regular press conferences or by having the Sheriff and County Judge be more accessible to the public and the media. The public deserves to know what’s going on.

July 16, 2007

The Race For Dallas County Sheriff

Fresh off of the Dallas Mayoral and Council elections, it appears that the race for Dallas County Sheriff is already on. Democratic Incumbent Lupe Valdez has her site up and running, as does Republican challenger Lowell Cannaday. Cannaday’s camp sent an e-mail today announcing their fundraising successes. I don’t think fundraising will be a problem on either side.

If you hear of any other people that are considering a run at this office (or any others in 2008), please let me know.

UPDATE: Just that fast, sources tell me that there are two others throwing themselves in the fray on the Republican side.

Charlie Richmond, a lieutenant with the Mesquite Police Department, and Catherine Smit, the chief of police in Cockrell Hill are both running. My source says that “neither one has the experience or fundraising machine of Cannaday, but they could prove to be annoyance until March.” But remember, money doesn’t always dictate elections.