Crave DFW Founder Steven Doyle Is in Jail on Drug Charges

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Crave DFW, the popular restaurant-news site, has been unusually quiet this week, and now we know why: Steven Doyle, the site's founder, was arrested this week in Farmers Branch on outstanding warrants and drug charges. He's currently being held on multiple bonds.

According to the arrest report, Doyle was pulled over on Damascus Way at 2:26 a.m. Monday when officer Robert Young observed a beige Toyota traveling with a bum right headlight. Doyle didn't produce a license, but he did give his name, and that was enough to determine that he had outstanding arrest warrants both here in Dallas and Kansas.

Things got worse when the officer noticed Doyle making "furtive movements" with his right hand as he sat in the car. After Doyle was taken into custody, Young discovered a clear baggie with a "white powdery substance" in the car's center console. Doyle was charged with possession of a controlled substance and taken to Farmers Branch Jail. The powder tested positive for cocaine -- only 0.2 grams worth.

Doyle got his start in the media world as Dallas Dude, a substantive commenter on a popular message board called Chowhound that draws food savvy users. He went on to start a freelance career for a number of local publications, including the Eats Blog at The Dallas Morning News and the Observer. Both of those gigs were relatively short-lived, and Doyle eventually broke out on his own, starting Crave, an independent website devoted to quick-hitting and behind-the-scenes restaurant news and gossip.

If wasn't already obvious that monetizing web content is difficult, Doyle listed his monthly income and assets both at zero in court records, and elected to use a court-appointed attorney to defend him against this week's charges. And he's still got those DWI warrants to deal with.

Attempts to reach someone at Crave for comment were unsuccessful, and court records don't yet list an attorney for Doyle.

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simplyamazing.me0491
simplyamazing.me0491

I am Steven Doyle's daughter. He and my mom are divorced and they both have contradicted each other on who my dad really is and my dad REFUSES to tell me whats going on. He owes my mom a lot of money (or so she says.) I dont know the truth and i deserve the truth! I decided to take things into my own hands because NO ONE IS GIVING ME THE ANSWERS AND HE REFUSES TO TAKE A LIE DETECTOR TEST. SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHATS GOING ON!!! Is he on drugs or not?? Was it a lie? Or not??!! My email is madison.doyle0491@gmail.com if ANYONE wants to give me answers.

jsitton
jsitton

Lots of rocks being hurled up on this glass house. Don't know the guy but have enjoyed his site

LeroyJenkem
LeroyJenkem

Wow: a Dallas entertainment or dining critic with a coke problem? Knock me over with a feather.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

I read this story, and curled up in a fetal position.........then I realized IT WAS ALL DALLAS bullsh+t!   Who cares?  Great the guy made a decent living, but who reads 'that" crap? That's like that damn "BBQ Slob" and "Fooddick"; I sir's, do not live by false prophets, and charlatans.  I'm not some dim witted, shallow, bored house frau denizen of the Park Cities; I'm real, I experience my own frugal destiny......a realty that doesn't include bullshit.  #liveyourownreality 

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

gee, if anyone asks for a definition of the phrase "shoot the messenger" I'll direct them to this article and ask they read the comments by JohnJay24, lisa111, mmarrero2000 and Ricky_Hollywood, as they provide a clear example.

Oxtail
Oxtail

I wish the Observer would post some interviews with some of its "Top Commenters" so I could post my anonymous comments below them.

JohnJay24
JohnJay24

Geez Scott Merkin has a lot of spare time. Steven Doyle is a great guy who cares about Dallas and the food served here. He has done a good job on a limited or almost no budget to create a cool site, that people find useful. 

I hope he is able to get himself out of this as easily and painlessly as possible. 

He has lost no respect from me. 


This article doesn't mention children or child support. I know nothing about it, and some random person slandering the guy without anything to back it up is just sad. 






ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

He listed his assets and income as 0 because if he had any income, the state of Kansas would be collecting from him.  If he owns Crave and the state filed an Income Withholding Order and he ignored that, he could be in big trouble

laurengal
laurengal

Good for the industry - how commendable.  Can you say "Dead Beat Dad".

lisa1113
lisa1113

For those of us who actually know Steve, he does what he does because he loves people and is passionate about food. He has helped many business owners with publicity free of charge and he is respectful enough not to write any bad content and keep his writing positive. He only tries to better the industry here in Dallas and does not thrive on petty gossip about others.

mmarrero2000
mmarrero2000

The only people to benefit from this "news" would be his competition online, seem's pretty obvious to those in the know why The Observer would write this up about their former employee.  Why don't you stick to writing about annoying hipster bands, some new restaurant I've already heard about, or post news about stuff like Chappelle's pop up appearance in 2012 after many of us knew the night before.  

JohnJay24
JohnJay24

@mavdog If the messenger seems like a ravenous zealot just waiting to pounce on anyone who dares have a kind word to say about a friend. Then maybe they deserve it. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Why, because I posted some facts?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Well I read multiple news outlets, go read frontburners story, they out his support issue

laurengal
laurengal

@JohnJay24 Check the Dallas County Records and Kansas State Records.  The information is out there.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@JohnJay24

apparently you didn't get my point..

you wrote "some random person slandering the guy without anything to back it up" clearly in reference to Scott Reitz, the writer of the article. yet as there are facts (that is truth ya know) about the situation it is not slander.  and yes, Scott did "back it up" with information on why Doyle remains in jail.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Pounce? Facts sir, I presented them. You posted a narrative to make him out as a good guy, maybe he is in some aspects, but a man who wont pay his support to the point he has a warrant is a deadbeat

Oxtail
Oxtail

No. Because I'd like to know more facts about their vices so I can put I'm my 2 cents.

JohnJay24
JohnJay24

@mavdog it wasn't in regards to Scott Reitz nothing in Scott Reitz article mentioned child support. Which is why I was surprised that all the comments in the thread were in regard to something not in the article. 

simplyamazing.me0491
simplyamazing.me0491

I am Steven Doyle's daughter. And unlike his fans and everyone else on this post, i probably know him the least. Sad isnt it? I havent seen him in five years and ever sincr i was little him and my mom have contradicted each other and fed me stories so id turn against each other. Isnt that a form of mental and emotional abuse? I mean how am i suppose to know the real him if i have heard nothing but horrible things about him, which btw i dont even know if they are true. I asked him to take a lie detector test for all the accusations. Theres more accusations than any of you are even aware of. He refused to take one. So what do i have to go by? The media? My parents' contradicting word? No. I need proof. Actual and living proof of who my father is. I have heard he hasnt ever paid child support. And for that my sister and i have suffered. I grew up in a mobile home, we constantly worried if we had enough money to make it the rest of the month. And idk if my mom was just stingy, lied about him not paying child support and just spent it on herself or if he never paid it. Idk anything. Idk if these drug charges are true or not. Someone needs to give me answers. I havent seen him in five years and he keeps promising me hes gonna send me a plane ticket and then when it comes down to it he has some excuse. Who is my father, Steven Doyle? Can any of you tell me? Cause i sure as hell dont know. I do know this though. He obviously didnt care about his children enough to make efforts to see us. He says his lawyer didnt reccommend it but i sure as hell know if i was in that situation, i wouldnt give a damn what my lawyer said. I would still see my kids. If ANYONE can give me ANY answers on ANY charges, including child support please contact me. My email is madison.doyle0401@gmail.com my parents may hate me for this but i dont care. I deserve the truth and im gonna get it.

simplyamazing.me0491
simplyamazing.me0491

I am Steven Doyle's daughter so you all may not know whats going on but i do and i deserve answers!! They are divorced and they both contradict each other so one of them is lying to me! They have both been feeding me stories since i was a little kid on who my dad truly is. There's unbelievable stories that i have heard about him from my mother and theres unbelievable stories i have heard from him about my mother and i need answers. He refuses to take a lie detector test. If someone will please tell me if these accusations are true and if theres anything else i should know, thatd be great. My mother said he never paid child support and for that, while growing up me and my sister has suffered. I love him with all my heart but i havent seen him in five years and he keeps saying hes gonna send me a plane ticket to see him and he hasnt. He keeps making excuses. I need the truth. Please if theres someone out there. I deserve it. My parents may hate me for doing this but i dont care. I need to take matters in my own hands finally. My email is madison.doyle0491@gmail.com if anyone can tell me the truth about everything hes been doing, including about the child support charges. Thanks

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Oxtail ha! layoff?  This isnt about what he writes about.  My comments are based on what his so called friends (who didnt know about the child support) were writing about him. His buddies were the ones coming in here talking about how great he was

Oxtail
Oxtail

@ScottsMerkin  I looked at CraveDFW and the guy writes about food, not morality. Lay off.  

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

So a guy who runs a very popular website in dallas gets popped for 2 dwi warrants, a child support warrant and cocaine and that's not news? Ok. Plus this is an alt weekly not yhe fucking DMN, this story is right up this blogs alley

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

John, the state mandates are in the 30% range if they asked for 70% he was in arrears and it wouldnt have been his first time. They wanted a catch up bc he actually had income they could get to and it probably took them a year to find him

laurengal
laurengal

@JohnJay24 Let me know when you have known the guy for 30+ years.  All is Not as it seems.

JohnJay24
JohnJay24

@ScottsMerkin I had an employee work for me for 1 year, the state of Texas got a hold of me and told me I needed to take child support out of the guys check. 
I know what the guy makes obviously, all I can say was I could not see a way this guy could survive and have that much taken out of his check. 
He worked 40 hours a week, and over 70% his check was going to child support.

He quit. No idea what happened to the guy.

The guy wasn't qualified to do anything but work for $10-12 an hour, I don't know how he would ever be able to live in anything but a dumpster paying that much in child support. 

What's the solution? No idea. 

@laurengal

I have known Steven only infrequently over the last 2 years. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

John, you sound like a really good friend to him, those are hard to come by so I commend you for defending a friend. Im not condemning his whole life, but when someone says he was a great guy yet he has that gremlin in the closet you obviously didnt know about, and not supporting your kids is a big deal, well you are not truly that great of a person. Child support warrants dont just pop up, they take many many months of non payment if not years of non cooperation to get to that point

JohnJay24
JohnJay24

@ScottsMerkin I don't know anything about that part of his life. I have two daughters, I certainly think that he should pay his child support if it's possible. However I don't think that makes or breaks the guy. 
Maybe he is trying everything he does in the effort to get to the point where he can. 
I am certain he is not going to pay his child support in jail. 

If I see him in the future I will ask "Hey Steven, what's up with the child support?" 

In the meantime I am not going to condemn the guys life work on that. 
Maybe he knows something about the ex we don't or the situation, maybe the support is excessive, maybe he is just broke. 

Looking at it from my angle there are a couple of people here a little over anxious to throw a genuinely nice guy under the bus. I do not wear his shoes and I have no idea the circumstances of his personal life.

I am going to assume you don't either, or you would have more "facts" to post. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Oxtail @ScottsMerkin comment more and you too will become a top commenter.  It certainly isnt content that gets it, look at half the shit the top commenters here post, me included.  Also how did I make this about my self.  you took this particular thread of comments in the direction it is now going

Oxtail
Oxtail

@ScottsMerkin @Oxtail Ahhh... I see how this works. This started out as a (poorly researched) post about Mr. Doyle and @ScottsMerkin makes it about himself in the comments. ...That's how one becomes a "top commenter." Congrats! Does the DO send you a bundt cake or something when you're bestowed that prestigious title?


Hint: I'm probably just jealous. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Oxtail ok, so you call out top commenter, I not only reply but give you what you want and that somehow makes me insecure?  If I was insecure i wouldnt have given you that much.

Daniel
Daniel

@ScottsMerkin Oxtail, I've done more than 400 hits of LSD. Do you think you could make me famous?

Oxtail
Oxtail

@ScottsMerkin I guess why you're so insecure that you felt the need to reply to my initial post. Or is being the top "top commentator" that important to you? You're doing a great job by the way. Keep it up!

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Dear mr oxtail,

Didnt know not paying child support was a vice. But here you go

I drink beer and shots of jameson, gave up smoking cigs 53 days ago, may smoke weed once a year but haven't in 18 months, never done any other drugs, love to play golden tee 3 times a week, 5 games a night when I do, yet somehow I pull that off after going home after work, cooking or bringing dinner home, playing with my son and dogs, putting my kid to bed and then either spending the rest of my night with the wife or my buddies depending on whats going on. So there what eles do u want to know mr oxtail

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@monstruss @ScottsMerkin @lisa1113 yours too, thanks, and when they get cropped it ruins what was a good photo!  TIme for a new one, maybe ill put a fucking cat back in there

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