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Public safety issues in and around Lower Greenville

When Vegans Collide: Gunfire at Whole Foods Lakewood (updated)

Gunfire erupted in the Whole Foods late Saturday evening after two vehicles bumped in the parking lot. At least two shots were fired by a (not-yet-identified) person who immediately surrendered. The victim was taken to a local hospital, but as of this writing his condition is not known.

Update, 1015 am, Sunday morning

The DPD offense report is now online - click here to read it. The charge is listed as Aggravated Assault. The shooting victim has been identified as Francisco Alcarez of Dallas. DPD's Public Information Office reports Mr. Alcarez survived the shooting.


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Purse-snatching at Walmart leads to assault on neighbor

It's no secret the Lowest Greenville WalMart is a blight upon the neighborhood (thanks a bunch, LGNA!). But now it's getting downright dangerous for the locals to shop here.

According to Dallas Police reports 0144385 and 0144369, local couple Chelsea Bridges and Joe Thornton were shopping inside WallyWorld when an unknown person lifted her wallet from the shopping cart. Joe then took off after the perp, ending up behind the 7-Eleven across the street.

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Uncle Julio's (closed) restaurant burns in 3-alarm fire

The spirit of a gazillion margarita swirls filled the air as the (long-closed) Uncle Julio's Mexican Restaurant on Way Upper Greenville Avenue @ Meadow burned in a three-alarm fire early Monday morning.

 
Click here to see BD's library of photos from the fire

Per Dallas Fire/Rescue...

At 23:50 Dallas Fire-Rescue responded to a 911 call for a structure fire at the 7500 block of Greenville Avenue, near the Meadow Road intersection.

When first responding companies arrived, they reported out with a large boarded up facility with lots of fire coming from it. While initial attempts were made to breach an entry point, the fire grew far too intense and was fought defensively from the onset.

Though the fire has officially been tapped out, fire crews are still at the scene conducting overhaul procedures. Damage to the building was so severe that its condition was deemed unsafe for entry and, as a result, will have to be demolished.

There have been no reported injuries to any firefighters or civilians as a result of the fire, and the cause is under investigation.

and this morning...

I’ve received emails from multiple agencies asking if we had found a body at the scene of the Greenville 3-alarm fire.

Other than to tell you that I saw it on NBC, I can’t confirm it. However, considering that it is most likely the case, I am headed to the scene to gather the details.

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Safe streets
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Suspect steals shoes, slithers silently south

Ever so slowly, crime is creeping up on Lowest Greenville. A busted out car window here, a purse snatching there, or in this case, a good old-fashioned smack and grab.

Kinda makes you nostalgic for the old days, eh?

According to DPD report #93684-A, filed Thursday morning about 2am, a person unknown robbed someone (apparently a bar patron) in the parking lot behind the 2100 block of Greenville. He was pulled out of his vehicle, roughed up, then robbed of his iPhone and case, a stereo plate and a pair of shoes.

Shoes? Go figure.



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By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Lower Greenville
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The Kingston 9-1-1 Carjacking Call

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On February 26, Melissa Kingston, a Dallas attorney and wife of a Dallas City Council candidate, claimed she'd been the victim of a near-carjacking in the parking lot of Spec's Liquor Store at Walnut Hill and Central.

Dallas.Org has obtained a copy of the 9-1-1 call placed by Dallas City Council candidate Phillip Kingston reporting the crime.

According to the police report made by Melissa Kingston later that evening, she had stopped by the liquor store on the way home from work.

Kingston reported that she was sitting in her car, a black 2009 Porsche 911 with the convertible top down, at night in the parking lot of the liquor store when the attack happened. According to the National Weather Service, the temperature at the time was a chilly 48 degrees.

Kingston claimed to police that she ended up knocking the armed attacker to the ground "kicking the suspect repeatedly in the face and stomach."

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By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Lower Greenville
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