millennium title southlake

More developments in the strange case of Millennium Title, a Southlake-based title company with offices in Plano, Frisco, Addison, and Dallas.

Scott Gordon over at KXAS has been all over this story. In fact, he has even heard from the title company owner, Nancy Jackson Carroll.

Last week the company was taken over by the Texas Department of Insurance, which heavily regulates title companies in Texas, after they were told the owner had disappeared. Title companies hold deposits in escrow for real estate consumers — earnest money, down payments, proceeds from property sales.

On Tuesday, a judge temporarily froze all the firm’s bank accounts linked to Carroll, the former owner who has reportedly disappeared. Carroll has not appeared at the Southlake office since Jan. 12, and has not answered emails or phone calls since Jan. 19, according to reports.

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Major cities, including Dallas, have a problem: murder rates are up in more than 35 major cities, when compared to a year ago.  After years of declines — as I recall, the murder rate was horrendously high in the late ’80s and early ’90s, the years of crack-cocaine, pinnacling in 1993 when more than 2,200 murders were counted in New York City  — it’s creeping up again. And it’s not just murder rates that’s up, it’s violence: (more…)