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Double Oak Police Beat – March 2015

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On February 2, 2015, former Mayor William “Bill” Wilkinson passed away.  I had the privilege of knowing Mayor Wilkinson for the past six years and can’t state strongly enough that “Bill” was a gentle, caring man who took the role of public servant seriously and selflessly.

He served many years as a Double Oak councilmember and eventually Mayor between the years 1999 and 2003.  “Bill” attended council meetings and budget workshops as frequently as active council members and his positive outlook, sense of fiscal responsibility and friendly demeanor will be missed.  Also missed will be his extreme attention to detail regarding governmental operations and always, always keeping in mind what was good for the community.

I never heard a cross word, or criticism of another person, issue from “Bill.”  In the world of municipal government and politics, getting things accomplished without attacking or demeaning others is an admirable and increasingly rare trait.  Mayor Wilkinson guided and developed the Town of Double Oak and helped create the unique community that exists today.

Mayor Wilkinson was a wonderful husband to Mrs. Laura Wilkinson, his wife of 51 years, and an amazing father.  Evidence of his good works are readily apparent in his children – Michael Ray Wilkinson and Vicki Ann Hall – who are both college graduates, loving parents and employed in the fields of engineering and forensic science.

Mayor Wilkinson we’re going to miss you.

Sergeant Tony Simmons of the Trophy Club Police Department contacted our agency with the opportunity for local teenagers to participate in their Police Explorers program.  If you have a young family member considering a career in law enforcement the Explorer program is a good introduction into life as a police officer.  Cadets participate in weekly law enforcement training, having the opportunity to compete at the local and state level on duties such as traffic stops, building searches, witness interviews and other related subjects.  Cadets, with parental permission, are also allowed to go on patrol ride-a-longs.  Trophy Club was recognized in 2006 as the model post for modern police exploring.  Please contact Sgt. Tony Simmons at 682-831-4657 or tsimmons@trophyclub.org if you are interested.

We have experienced complaints about an overly aggressive door-to-door vendor in the Town of Double Oak.  All door-to-door vendors in Double Oak are required to obtain a permit through Town Hall.  The permit is laminated to an oversize card with the vendor’s name, company and authorization by the Town.  Please contact the police department if you have a vendor without a permit visiting your home.  In our agency’s experience, vendors without permits overwhelmingly have serious criminal histories.  Providing checks and credit card information to people you don’t know, and who aren’t registered through the Town for magazines, cleaning supplies or future services (driveway paving, roofing, tree trimming etc.) can and often does result in future offense reports being filed with the police department.

We have also received three reports about fraudulent income tax returns being filed with the Internal Revenue Service by an unknown person.  In short, the suspect is obtaining basic home, family and social security information and then filing a fraudulent return requesting a refund.  These offenses aren’t being discovered until our citizen attempts to pay their taxes and are told that a return has already been filed.  In each of these cases they were asked by the IRS to file a report with their local law enforcement agency.  While it is true that the odds of your local police department determining who filed the return are quite low (anyone with Internet access is a possible suspect), we can at least confirm with the local IRS investigator that you are a real person, a resident and obtain a written statement documenting the occurrence for possible future prosecution of the offender(s).

Thank you Mayor Sue Tejml and Town of Copper Canyon staff for organizing the recent Mayor’s Crime Conference.  Your annual conference does an amazing job of pulling together county, municipal and school district leadership and providing timely and relevant information.   We learned a lot about homeless school children and the efforts being made by local school districts and not-for-profits to provide a steady and caring educational environment for children in need.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve.

Recent Police Calls

Suspicious Person – 200 blk. Kings Rd., Double Oak – Unknown teenage male attempted to flag down a passing adult female motorist in the vicinity of Kings Rd. and Lusk Ln.  Officer was unable to locate the subject.

Suspicious Vehicle – 100 blk. Chinn Chapel Rd., Double Oak – Patrol Officer located an unknown vehicle behind a business.  No sign of criminal activity detected.

Alarm – 300 blk. Kings Rd., Double Oak – Officer dispatched to alarm located an unlocked door. Homeowner was contacted and no criminal activity detected.

Road Blockage – 8100 blk. Justin Rd., Double Oak – Report of debris in the roadway.

Major Accident – 2200 blk. Justin Rd., Bartonville – Multiple vehicle accident.  DOPD assisted with traffic control.

Suspicious Circumstances – 700 blk. Simmons, Double Oak – Officer observed a pickup truck backed up against a house and an open door.  Upon investigation it was determined to be a workman who was authorized to be at the location.

Major Accident – 3400 blk. Waketon Rd., Flower Mound – Officer waved down by a passing motorist and told about a head-on collision in the vicinity of Double Oak.  DOPD remained on scene for traffic control.

Street Blockage – Justin Rd., Bartonville – A motorist slid off the road in rainy weather and flattened all four tires.  DOPD assisted with investigation.

Assist Agency (Traffic Stop) – 600 blk. S. Hwy 377, Argyle – DOPD was cover unit for traffic investigation and issuance of citation for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Animal Bite – 200 blk. Simmons Rd., Double Oak – A resident suffered a bite from his dog and was transported to the hospital.  Animal control was notified.

Animal Bite – 200 blk. Whispering Oaks Dr., Double Oak – A visiting child was bit by a family dog and transported to the hospital.  Animal control was notified.

Lost Dog – 6000 blk. Kings Rd., Double Oak – Patrol Officer observed a resident carrying a flashlight and searching for his Yorkie dog.  Officer located the dog in the backyard of a residence in the 100blk. of N. Woodland Trl.

Medical Call – 100 blk. Cedarcrest Ln., Double Oak – Assisted a resident who was later transported to the hospital.

Found Dog – 400 blk. Simmons Rd., Double Oak – Officer found a known dog at large and returned it to a backyard.

Road Blockage – McMakin Rd., Bartonville – A passing motorist reported a truck stopped in the roadway with no lights on and no one around. Upon arrival Officer found a stranded motorist who needed fuel and jumper cables. Officer assisted the motorist in getting his vehicle started and down the road without incident.

Assist Officer (Bartonville) – 800 blk. Porter Rd., Bartonville – Double Oak provided a cover officer during the conduct of a traffic stop in Bartonville.

Medical Call – 200 blk. Timberleaf, Double Oak – Assisted the FD at location on a subject requiring medical treatment and transport to the hospital.

Animal Complaint – 100 blk. Chapel Hill Dr. – Officer made numerous attempts to contact the complainant without success.

Open Door – 7100 blk. Mitchell Ct., Lantana – Sheriff’s Deputy located an unsecure house.  DOPD assisted with securing the perimeter while deputies searched the model home for criminal activity.

Assist Agency (Bartonville) – 500 blk. Porter Rd., Bartonville – Double Oak Officer assisted Bartonville with a traffic stop investigation that resulted in the arrest of an adult female for multiple agency warrants, recovery of suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, empty syringes, one loaded syringe and marijuana.  Subject was transported to Denton County Jail.

Disturbance – 300 Brown Cliff Ct., Double Oak – Minor disturbance that was verbal in nature regarding civil court issues. No offense committed.

Fraud – 100 blk. Trailing Oaks Dr., Double Oak – Unknown person fraudulently identified themselves as an employee of Flower Mound attempting to collect warrant money for the police department. Resident contacted Flower Mound Police Department and discovered that the caller was engaged in a scam.

Found Property – 300 blk. Waketon Rd., Double Oak – A witness found a cellphone and turned it over to the on-duty officer.  Officer located the owner and returned the cellphone.

Road Blockage – 100 blk. Simmons Rd., Double Oak – A bucket of paint was found in the roadway near Simmons and FM407.  Item was removed by the officer.

Found Dog – 400 blk. Simmons Rd., Double Oak – Officer found a dog with an apparent broken lead / leash.  Animal control was notified and the officer did locate and notify the owner.

Accident – Chinn Chapel Rd. at FM 407 – Officer drove up on a minor accident scene involving two vehicles.

Alarm – 100 blk. Twin Lakes Dr., Double Oak – Accidental activation by a resident.

Disturbance – 100 blk. Twin Lakes Dr., Double Oak – Report of fighting between two juvenile males.  Neither involved party wished to prosecute and parents were aware and handling the outcome.

Motorist Assist – Waketon Rd., Chinn Chapel Rd., Double Oak – Officer provided traffic control for a motorist who had run out of fuel.

Traffic Complaint – 800 blk. Cross Timbers Dr., Double Oak – Unlicensed, underage driver stopped for operating a go-kart on a public roadway.  Parents were notified.

Suspicious Circumstances – 100 blk. Meadowknoll, Double Oak – A caller reported a vehicle in the roadway, on Meadowknoll, with several people entering and exiting the car.  Caller thought their behavior was suspicious due to the time of day and that they weren’t approaching any houses as if they were visiting.  Officer checked the area and found the vehicle but not the people.

Drug Paraphernalia – 500 blk. Kings Rd., Double Oak – While conducting a traffic stop officer smelled marijuana emanating from the violator’s vehicle.  A search was conducted, evidence found and the person was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Suspicious Vehicle – 8100 blk. FM 407, Double Oak – While on patrol officer observed an unknown vehicle parked behind a church.  Further investigation determined that is was occupied by teenagers.  No offense was committed.

Alarm – 100 blk. Meadowknoll Dr., Double Oak – Officer responded to an alarm call and found the front door unsecure.  Flower Mound Police helped Double Oak conduct a building search.  Officers did not find any other signs of possible criminal activity.

Assist Agency (Argyle) – 800 blk. N. Hwy. 377, Argyle – Argyle officer, who had made a traffic stop, asked for assistance with a person who was wanted out of multiple agencies.

Road Blockage – 2600 blk. FM 407, Bartonville – Officer removed a large catering tray and equipment that had fallen onto the roadway.

Suspicious Vehicle – 100 blk. Double Oaks Dr., Double Oak – A resident reported an unknown, old, rusty, blue or grey minivan driving through their neighborhood.  Officers did not locate the vehicle.

Animal at Large – 400 blk. Simmons Rd., Double Oak – An officer on patrol observed a vehicle coming to a stop in the middle of the road to avoid hitting a resident’s dog.  Officer made contact with the dog owner and issued a citation as this was not the first time the dog had left the property and previous warnings had not worked.

Missing Juvenile – 300 blk. Waketon Rd., Double Oak – A resident reported that their 17-year-old child had left home without permission.

Suspicious Circumstances – 100 blk. Meadowknoll, Double Oak – An adult male asked workers at a residence if the dogs in a back yard were for sale.  The dogs were not visible from the public roadway and are mixed breed.  Subject was gone before officer arrival.

Welfare Check – 300 blk. Wooded Ct., Argyle – Argyle and DOPD officers responded to a call regarding a distraught individual and a disturbance.  Subject involved was transported to the hospital.

Disturbance – 1100 blk. Brasher Dr., Bartonville – Double Oak assisted with an assault investigation.

Alarm – 100 blk. Thornhill Circle, Double Oak – Officer contacted the homeowner and determined that the alarm was false.

Motorist Assist – 7700 blk. FM 407, Double Oak – Officers helped a motorist remove their stalled vehicle from the roadway.

Loose Horses – 300 blk. E. Carruth, Double Oak – Double Oak officer, with the assistance of a Flower Mound officer, herded two loose horses away from traffic on FM 407.  With the help of a equine knowledgeable resident, the horses were corralled and their owners located.

Suspicious Circumstances – 200 blk. S. Carruth Ln., Double Oak – Unknown person rang caller’s door bell and left.  Officer was unable to locate the subject.

Juvenile Complaint – 1600 blk. South Gibbons Rd., Bartonville – Double Oak Officer assisted Bartonville with investigation into underage drinking.  A citation was issued and parents were called to the scene for six juveniles.

Traffic Complaint – 400 blk. Cross Timbers Dr., Double Oak – A witness reported observing an ATV being operated by a juvenile driving circles on the icy roadway.  Officer was unable to locate the subject.

Fraud – 100 blk. Meadowknoll, Double Oak – A resident reported that their personally identifiable information had been used to report a fraudulent tax return to obtain a refund.  Investigation is ongoing.

Burglary In Progress – 700 blk. Knob Hill Ct., Argyle – A resident reported that their house had been broken into and that they had barricaded themselves in a closet.  Responding officers searched the home and met with the resident. Further investigation revealed that high winds and pet dogs were probably the source of the noise.

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