Out in The Colony, an Undercover Sting and a Sex-Trafficking Ring in an Unlikely Place

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Lake Lewisville in The Colony.
The Colony has steadily moved up in the prestigious ranks of best DFW suburbs, and it's been designated as a "Playful City USA," which means the Humana Foundation thinks there are lots of playgrounds here. But the suburb's idyllic veneer was cracked this week when 14 johns, seven escorts and two underage escorts were arrested on Thursday at a seedy hotel there. Three others were arrested on drug-related charges.

Denton County Sheriff William Travis told Unfair Park the remote location was ideal for a trafficking ring of this size, and helped evade detection. "It's not ever concentrated up here in Denton County," he said. "A lot of these operations are usually conducted in Dallas County."

Of the johns, eight had entered the country illegally. Denton County Sheriff William Travis said that being a client of prostitutes will likely not lead to deportation. Two to four more arrests of associated pimps are expected in the next few days.

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In One of Dallas' Roughest Neighborhoods, a Boy Shot Dead and No Explanation

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Sky Chadde
The strip mall where Christopher Gordon was shot.
Fidel Akagbusu, a Lake Highlands gas station clerk, was talking to a customer late Monday night when the pop-pop of gun fire pierced the quiet. His head snapped to his right, across six lanes to the strip mall on the corner of Audelia Road and Forest Lane. He saw a group of kids running toward the intersection, passing the mall's dollar store, salon and food mart. Then he ducked.

A few minutes later, a man came into the gas station and asked Akagbusu to use his phone. He wanted to call 911. In the far east part of the strip mall's parking lot, close to the dollar store, 15-year-old Christopher Gordon lay dying. He had been shot through the head.

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Dallas Service Workers Can't Wait for the Notoriously Bad Tippers of Mary Kay to Leave

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This is your waiter, not your eyeshadow guinea pig.
The Mary Kay convention has been gracing Dallas for the last 40 years, and by now the lipsticked ladies have become a staple of the Dallas summer, known for pumping millions into the local economy.

The money just doesn't spill into servers' wallets. Over the decades, the Mary Kay attendees have acquired a reputation for getting severe alligator arms when the tabs are settled at downtown restaurants and, less frequently, bars. Reports of abysmally low tips, no tips at all and cloying non-tip tips leave local servers frustrated and broker than usual.

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Dallas Cops' Crappy New Software Has Also Been Cutting Off the Public's Access to Crime Reports

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Major Scott Bratcher in a press conference last month, explaining the department's computer woes.
Many homeowners on Swiss Avenue have been victims of patio furniture theft this summer. Exactly how many items of furniture were stolen, who the criminals are and who complained about it remain a mystery. There are no reports. We just know there were patio furniture thefts because people are saying so.

The situation is "an epidemic," the president of the Swiss Avenue Historic told NBC.

Dallas Police Deputy Chief Gary Tittle added in comments to The Dallas Morning News that "it really jumped on our radar about a month ago."

But we here at Unfair Park will not report on the patio furniture thefts until we get the crime reports telling the full story. Where are the reports? Not with us. These, along with the reports for every crime that occurred this summer, are currently lost in the great Dallas Police Department Software Transition of 2014.

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Lazy Dallas Rich People Are Paying $10K to Propose to Their Girlfriends at the Arboretum

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Go here, give ring, ask nicely, send us check for $3,000.
The Dallas Morning News recently ran a story about local marriage proposal services available in Dallas. Here's how it works, according to the story:

The Yes Girls' full Dallas Marriage Proposal Package -- which includes the planning and execution of a proposal -- goes for just under $3,500. More elaborate productions, which can cost up to $10,000, have involved wine tastings, renting out restaurants and nightclubs, and staging the proposals at the Dallas Arboretum and the ballpark.

As someone who was proposed to in an apartment complex parking lot, I'm confused about what exactly one needs to pay for in order to take a knee.

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"Pill Mill" Pharmacist Sentenced, Doctor Who Wrote Fake Prescriptions for Homeless Is Next

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Richard Steih
A Dallas pill mill distributed pain meds on the street by way of homeless "patients."

Dr. Nicolas Padron was a Dallas physician with a moderately successful practice, Padron Wellness Clinic. Located near the edge of White Rock Lake, the clinic must have been an idyllic setting to operate a drug distribution ring, at least until the feds showed up.

Authorities say Padron was part of a large group of conspirators who recruited homeless people as fake patients. Padron would give them prescriptions, typically for 120 hydrocodone pills, that were filled by an insider pharmacist and then dealt on the streets.

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Rangers Catcher Geovany Soto Caught with Weed, Which Is Pretty Understandable, Really

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Shawn Collins
What else could go wrong for the Rangers this season?
After being swept at home by the Houston Astros (!), your Texas Rangers now own the worst record in baseball. Suffering through injuries and errors, they've been at a total loss, with no solutions, nothing to ease the pain, nowhere to turn. Until now.

Catcher Geovany Soto was arrested in Grapevine on Wednesday, when police found him holding the only viable antidote the Rangers have for making it until September: weed.

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Two Dallas Chinese Buffet Magnates Were Screwing Their Tipped Workers, and They're Not Alone

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Drunken Monkey
Yum. All this food makes me want to leave a bigger tip.
Ju Weng and Yu Con Weng are two brothers who have been living the dream life in Dallas, reaping the benefits of a very successful start-up business. The two have built a veritable Chinese buffet empire throughout the area: Together, they own and manage the Yes Buffet, Crown Buffet, Win Chinese Buffet, and Royal Buffet. If you've buffeted recently, chances are you've buffeted with a Weng Bro.

But the Weng brothers came under federal investigation this spring due to allegations that the predominantly tipped employees were being worked overtime for free. The investigation recently concluded, and it was discovered that the Wengs owed back wages to more than 60 employees.

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The Leader of the Aryan Brotherhood's DFW Branch Is Off to Prison, Where He'll Still Be a Gang Leader

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One of the leaders of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas is off the streets.
The prison-based Aryan Brotherhood of Texas is a hierarchical organization, with leaders exerting lots of power over their subordinates. The group breaks the state up into five regions, based on the prison system, and the generals of each region are the top-dog. They appoint two majors, one on the inside and one on the out.

James Lawrence Burns, aka "Chance," was the group's the "free world" major of the DFW area. But after pleading guilty to racketeering charges last week, he's going to need a new job description.

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Sex Offender Faces up to 40 Years after Being Nabbed in Online Child Porn Sting

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Authorities say Michael O'Connor had more than 950 pornographic images of children on his computer. (This is not his computer.)
Michael O'Connor used Motherless.com much like other people use Facebook. He set up a profile, messaged other users and uploaded pictures. The pictures, though, were not of him.

In May, O'Connor came across a profile he liked. It was of a 31-year-old woman who listed her interests as incest and molesting her own daughter. According to court documents, the 35-year-old Dallas resident sent the woman a message: "Do you want to be my dirty breeding cum bucket baby girl that daddy wants to make his incest family with?"

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