Category Archives: crimes

New Rockwall District court judge to be named soon

A new Rockwall area District court has already been approved to open Nov. 1 and its judge will be named very soon, according to re-elected Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Rockwall County Court-at-Law Judge David Rakow, who has primarily handled misdemeanor offenses since being appointed to his present position, is expected to be named the judge of the new 439th District Court, which was approved earlier this year by Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Congrats to Rockwall DA’s Office for convicting child sex abuser

Congratulations to Kenda Culpepper, her Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney’s Office staff, plus the Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office for last week putting a sick child abuser from Royse City into prison for the rest of his life where he belongs!

Read the whole story today in TheRockwallNews.com about how a Rockwall Co. jury took less than 30 minutes to sentence Tommy Lynn Stewart to three life terms without possibility of parole. Then 382nd District Court Judge Brett Hall did his part and stacked them together.

The sex offenders wife, Shirley Imhoff, is also in jail right now awaiting trial on two charges of child endangerment.

He had continuously abused three little girls from their neighborhood that he and his wife had been babysitting for nearly a year. Fortunately one little girl told her aunt, who believed her and called the Sheriff’s Office – thank goodness!

Former Fate City secretary convicted of theft

Add another Rockwall County public servant to the list of those convicted of theft of public property.

Sandra Lobban, who retired in June, 2008, from her job after many years as the secretary and sole bookkeeper for Fate, was sentenced last month by Rockwall District Court Judge Brett Hall to five years probation and ordered to pay the City back for $7,586.29.

She had made the purchases at Walmart using a credit card for such items as food, cigarettes, toys, drink mixes and more.

Be watching for the whole story soon at TheRockwallNews.com.

The above sum is just the amount that they could tabulate. New Fate City Manager Vicki Mikel said the records in some cases were such a mess that they couldn’t make sense of it and had to finally settle on a number so they could move on.

She said Fate records weren’t computerized until about 2005, so all the financial records before that were compiled with pencil and paper.

Have to wonder how much more Lobban stole which couldn’t be uncovered? Rumors from several Fate residents say even more money is missing.

We’re trying to find out more about this story!

Fate City Council member assaulted by citizen

Just heard yesterday that City of Fate Council member Steve Skipworth was assaulted by a Fate citizen during the past few days.

A local government source said the assault may be related to the suicide committed April 28 by Fate resident Rick Tolbert, whom his son said was depressed after receiving citations for code violations from the City.

Steve told me by phone that he is okay.

He said he can’t talk about it, though, because he has hired a civil attorney to handle it.

Fate City Manager Vicki Mikel has not returned our calls since last week about the alleged code violations. Guess we’ll try to reach Mayor Bill Broderick.

More details are needed and a story will be forthcoming soon at TheRockwallNews.com.

Timothy Salahi released from state jail

After noticing over 100 search requests on WordPress blogs for “Salahi” earlier this week, I learned yesterday from Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney Kenda Culpepper that Timothy Salahi was released from a state jail Sept. 4, 2009.

Salahi, 20, had been sentenced May 13 ,2009, to six months in a state jail after he pleaded guilty to a negligent homicide charge for giving cheese heroin to 16-year-old high school student Paige Elliott.

He was released in September, Culpepper said, because he was given credit for time served in jail before being sentenced.   

After Salahi gave her the drugs, Elliott died at Salahi’s home in September, 2007, from an overdose of what authorities said was a mixture of the cheese, “ecstasy,” Xanax, cocaine and marijuana.

Salahi could still face more jail time. He was arrested by Rockwall police March 11, 2009, after being accused of slapping his sister in the face. The charge was increased to third-degree felony family violence assault because he had a prior misdemeanor family violence arrest. He could receive up to 10 years in prison. 

Culpepper said that the case is still pending.

We’re trying to contact Salahi or Paige’s mother Dawn Elliott for additional comments about his release. If anyone can help us to reach them, we’d appreciate your help. 

The original reason for the blog search for “Salahi,” incidentally, was because that is the last name of the couple who allegedly crashed a White House party earlier this week.

The late John Fitzwater honored by Rockwall Police, City Council

The Rockwall City Council honored the late Rockwall Police volunteer John Fitzwater and his wife at their meeting last Monday night when they unanimously agreed to rename the Police Community Service office located in the Brookshire’s shopping center in his honor. 

He passed away Sept. 19, 2009. The Rockwall Police Officer’s Association requested the change.

According to police, Fitzwater donated 724 documented service hours – plus many more undocumented – patrolling neighborhoods and businesses, performing children’s puppet shows and training volunteers how to operate the Sky Watch crime prevention unit, which he often transported.

He began his service in 1998, when he attended the Citizen Police Academy. He then joined the Citizens on Patrol organization and was president of the Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association from January, 2008, until his death.

Rockwall needs more unsung heroes like Mr. Fitzwater.

Former Rockwall High cheerleader found dead in Dallas in suspected drug-related death

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We’re terribly sad to announce that a popular former Rockwall High School cheerleader and 2008 graduate was found dead in her Dallas apartment Saturday night.

The rumor being texted between former and current Rockwall High School students is that her death was drug-related.

Alexis Rae Lancaster, 19, is survived by her mother, Leah Pearl Gentzler, and husband, Stan, of Rockwall, plus her father, Stephen Scott Lancaster, and wife Kristi, of Caddo Mills.

Her sisters are Lindsey Mills of Caddo Mills and Samatha Gentzler of Rowlett. Her brother, Chris Gentzler, and family live in Kemp TX. 

Dallas Police this afternoon could only confirm her death, but said no cause of death will be determined for a few days.

Click here for more funeral details at TheRockwallNews.com.

Possible child abduction attempt reported in Rowlett last week

A child abduction attempt may have been made in Rowlett last week.

Rowlett Police are warning families to be on the alert and reminding parents that young children should never walk alone.

Rowlett police Detective Pam Mauri of the Rowlett Police Department said a Hispanic male drove up to a 10-year-old girl in the 9500 block of Waterview Parkway about 8:17 a.m lat Thursday and repeatedly told the girl to get into the car before finally giving up and heading southbound on Liberty Grove Road.

The suspect was driving a red, older model two-door truck, possibly a Toyota a dent in the right rear passenger side and chrome or silver rails on the bottom of the truck.

He is described as 30-40 years old with a mustache and/or small beard.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Rowlett police at 972-412-6220.

Heath Mayor, attorney Ratcliffe quoted by media about Dallas City Hall bribery convictions

 John Ratclilffe

City of Heath Mayor and private attorney, John Ratcliffe, the former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, was involved and quoted by news media early this week at the Dallas City Hall bribery case, where former Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill, his wife Sheila Farrington Hill were among five people found guilty of a wide range of crimes, including bribery.

Click here to read Ratcliffe’s statements in TheRockwallNews.com.

Heath Mayor, attorney Ratcliffe involved at hearing of suspected Dallas terrorist bomber Samadi

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City of Heath Mayor and private attorney John Ratcliffe, the former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, was involved in Monday’s hearing of suspected terrorist Hosam Maher Husein Smadi before US Magistrate Irma Ramirez in Dallas.

Samadi has been accused by the FBI of attempting to blow up the 60-story Fountain Place building with a bomb detonated with a cell phone in Dallas recently.

Click here to read Mayor Ratcliffe’s comments and see him being interviewed in this Dallas Morning News story and video.