News briefs for 6/25/2016


These short news briefs are from submitted reports:

West Nile Virus found in Lewisville

Earlier this week, the City of Lewisville announced a second mosquito trap tested positive for West Nile Virus. The positive sample came from a trap collected June 16 near Rachels Court, west of I-35E and just south of Bellaire Boulevard. Crews from Vector Disease Control International conducted ground spraying in a half-mile radius of the testing location on Wednesday and Thursday.

West Nile Virus is a potentially serious virus transmitted by mosquitoes that, when contracted by humans, affects the central nervous system. While the large majority of people exposed to West Nile Virus never contract the disease, those who do can suffer very serious symptoms that in extreme cases can result in hospitalization or even death. The elderly, the very young, and persons with underlying health conditions affecting their immune system can be more susceptible. WNV is a blood-borne disease and is not spread through casual contact. For more information, visit the West Nile Virus page on

Students tour the police department

Last week, officers from the Neighborhood Resource Officer Unit (NRO) and the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) provided local students a tour of the police department. The tour included a visit to the communications center, and students were shown all of the police vehicles used by the department: patrol vehicles and the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Bearcat, an armored vehicle used for high risk warrant services.

The students were informed of the process in becoming a police officer as well as the physical requirements needed with the police academy and on the streets. The officers stressed the importance of staying in school, making good grades and teamwork in school events to help prepare them for the opportunity of serving the public as a police officer or fireman.

The students had fun debating which department they would like to work for when they grow up. Participating in the tour were: Captain Casey Carter, Sergeant Gordon Blair, Detective Ryan Maly and Detective Jason Ragsdale.

City to offer financial assistance for some residential repairs

The City of Lewisville is offering financial assistance to qualified homeowners who need to make essential repairs but lack sufficient resources. Through the new Property Enhancement Program, a qualified homeowner can receive a financial grant to assist with exterior repairs, giving priority to those properties identified through Neighborhood Services.

“I am very excited about the Property Enhancement Program,” said Drew Christ, the Lewisville Housing Rehabilitation Specialist heading up the program. “This rebate will give our homeowners the resources they need to keep their homes safe and in quality condition.”

Eligible applicants and projects can be approved for a 50 percent matching grant once in a 12-month time period. Specific rules, qualifying guidelines, and eligible projects can be found on the Property Enhancement Program page of For more information call Drew Christ at 972–219–5099, or email him at

Police winning hearts and minds in the community

Last week, Officer Joel Baker and Officer Greg Hopper participated in the Children’s Courtyard – Stranger Danger event. There were approximately 50 children present at the event. Officers Baker and Hopper spoke with the preschoolers and care givers about the dangers involved with individuals they do not know or individuals who attempt to speak to children when there is not a parent or adult around. The Children’s Courtyard staff were appreciative of the officers visit and helpful information.

Githa Sivaswamy was recently commended by Chief Russ Kerbow for her role in hosting an intern during the spring semester. The intern, a University of North Texas Criminal Justice student, completed a three-month internship working in excess of 100 hours with Sivaswamy. Sivaswamy, who works directly for Chief Kerbow and handles all financial matters for the department, was praised for her generosity and knowledge in law enforcement. The intern was especially appreciative for the time spent in counsel and for the career advice that was shared. Great job, Githa!

City of Lewisville to co-host hi-tech hiring event

The City of Lewisville is joining with the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce and other area partners to present a hi-tech hiring event on Thursday, June 30, 3-7 p.m., at Lewisville Convention Center, 785 State Highway 121.
The purpose of this event is to connect hi-tech employers with qualified, educated employees. Michael Howard, senior principal cybersecurity architect for Microsoft, will provide a 45-minute presentation as part of this event. This is a free event, and parking is available on the west side of the hotel at the convention center entrance. Job seekers must register to take part in this event. Call Cristina Rodriguez at the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce, 972-436-9571 to reserve a spot.

Neighbors Leading Neighbors to hold Public Education Session

The City of Lewisville’s Neighbors Leading Neighbors program will hold a public education session, “Property Maintenance Tips & Incentives,” at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 30, at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street. Attendees will learn how to register for, and participate in, the city’s Property Enhancement Program. They also will receive information about maintaining exteriors of homes in accordance with state code. All residents are welcome to attend this informational event. Attendees are asked to RSVP at the Neighbors Leading Neighbors page on

‘Raptors of Texas’ Program Soars into FM Public Library

The Flower Mound Public Library will host the “Raptors of Texas” program presented by The Blackland Prairie Raptor Center on Wednesday, July 27 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. This family-friendly program will showcase hawks, owls, and falcons that call Flower Mound home. Join us for a close-up view of these magnificent animals! Tickets are free but required for admission, and will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 9 a.m. on show day, July 27. For more information, please call the Library at 972-874-6165.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hosts Community Baby Shower, June 25

Are you or someone you know expecting a child? Then you won’t want to miss the community baby shower on Saturday, June 25 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, 4400 Long Prairie Road. Stop by and tour the facility voted “Best Place to Have a Baby” three years in a row by North Texas Child magazine, from 9 to 11 a.m. This free event also includes physician speakers, a Q&A panel of experts, and various vendor booths which will provide valuable information about the parenting journey ahead. Attendees will also have a chance to win prizes while enjoying a free breakfast.

TCEQ accepting applications for 2017 Texas Environmental Excellence Awards

Share environmental success stories by applying for, or nominating a project in one of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s nine award categories:

  • Agriculture
  • Civic/Community
  • Education
  • Individual
  • Innovative Operations/Management
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Technical/Technology
  • Water Conservation
  • Youth

To view these categories and apply online, visit The deadline to submit is Sept. 30, 2016.