Crime Report

Two Federal Home Loan Bank Execs Plead Guilty During Trial

By Bethany Erickson / July 24, 2019 / 0 Comments

On what would have been the sixth day of their trial on federal charges for conspiring to lie to the government-sponsored financial institution, two former Federal Home Loan Bank-Dallas executives reversed course and pleaded guilty to the charges. Terence Carlyle Smith, former FHLB – Dallas President, and Nancy B. Parker, former Chief Information Officer, both […]

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Home Buyers (and Realtors) Beware: Fraud Can Come To Your Inbox

By Bethany Erickson / September 9, 2018 / 1 Comment

When my husband and I closed on our newest home in December, I remember vividly the flurry of emails between the lender, the title company, our Realtor, and more. It seemed like daily — and especially as the closing date drew nearer, hourly — there was some new form that would need to be signed, […]

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Porch Pirate To Be Charged With Theft, DA Says

By Bethany Erickson / January 24, 2018 / 0 Comments

Your boxes of dog poop are a little safer today — the Dallas County District Attorney’s office said the alleged Lakewood (and parts surrounding Lakewood) Porch Pirate has turned herself in to authorities and will be charged with theft. A statement released by the DA today said that Kelli Renee Russell, 33, will be charged with […]

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Lakewood Porch Pirate Caught — Who Is She?

By Bethany Erickson / January 12, 2018 / 32 Comments

Details are still coming in, but it appears our blond porch bandit that has been hitting Lakewood, M Streets, the Park Cities, and Midway Hollow has indeed been arrested (Note: This post has been updated to reflect requests by detectives working the case).

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Suspect For A Day: One Woman Says She’s Not the Lakewood Porch Pirate

By Bethany Erickson / January 10, 2018 / 0 Comments

Social media can be a great tool for fact-finding. I mean, I use it every single day in some way to do my job, as do many reporters. But sometimes, it’s a real butt burn. And it seems that this might be the case regarding the tapping of a potential suspect of several package thefts […]

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Lakewood Package Thief Gets The Straight Poop

By Bethany Erickson / January 9, 2018 / 19 Comments

Despite the fact that nearly everyone has at least one camera pointed at their porch nowadays thanks to security systems and products like Ring, it seems like one Lakewood package thief has become the talk of the neighborhood for her chutzpah. In the neighborhood’s Facebook group, which is curated by Realtor Kimberly Sinnott and her […]

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