A glance at noteworthy happenings around Lake Highlands:
Napoleon Valle Casamalhuapa, 62, was arrested for driving while intoxicated on Tuesday after he crashed into a light pole at 11:30 p.m. in the 9500 block of Abrams. Casamalhuapa was arrested for his first drunk driving charge on New Years Eve 2009 in Dallas, according to an arrest warrant. Dallas Morning News reports that Casamalhuapa, “crashed after swerving to avoid another car,” but later told officers “that he could not remember what type of road he was driving on before the crash.”
The 2012 story of two restaurant owners gunned down in cold blood shocked the neighborhood. The victims’ families, however, were determined that the story would not end there. Rather, it would be a tale of strength and redemption. That’s the essence of this week’s Dallas Morning News story about the Destas who owned an Ethiopian restaurant in Lake Highlands. Kudos to the News for the follow up. Too often, we forget about victims once the initial shock wears off.
We wrote earlier in the week about the ridiculous celebratory gunfire problems in the neighborhood. Morning News blogger Robert Wilonsky reports that the Dallas Police received approximately 518 New Year’s Eve calls regarding gunfire and/or fireworks this year.
The Dallas Morning News posted last week about former councilwoman Angela Hunt’s new gig. Guess who she’s writing for? The Advocate. Yep. She will be writing the back page column for our Lakewood/East Dallas Advocate and might occasionally appear here in the Lake Highlands Advocate. Here is her first column.
Dallas Business Journal reported on Thursday that Webb Chapel under Interstate 635 will close Jan. 13 and isn’t expected to re-open until at least fall. The traffic lights at the intersection will be removed and replaced with stop signs to allow traffic to utilize the service roads as LBJ Express construction workers dig trenches for new toll lanes. The TEXpress lanes on the western portion of the project, which includes Webb Chapel, will be below ground and will take much longer to build, prompting the long closure. “Drivers will be directed to detours on the I-635 service road to get back to Webb Chapel Road,” Dallas Business Journal reports.
Lake Highlands resident Tami Cannizzaro and former account director at SPM Communications in Dallas just released her second book, “Adventures in the Discomfort Zone: Tales from One Woman’s Career Relaunch Experience.” The book is the third bestselling book on Amazon Kindle’s business/careers/job hunting category and the fifth bestselling book in the business/management and leadership/motivational category.