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Police: Freeway accidents down 13 percent this year in Dallas


Dallas police said an officer was partially to blame for a mess on LBJ Freeway and Skillman Avenue on May 18, 2014 (Ashley Lowell Doussard/NBCDFW)

Freeway accidents in Dallas are down 13 percent this year in Dallas, according to police statistics.

Last year to date, police recorded 2,962 wrecks on Dallas freeways. This year, that number dropped to 2,578 crashes.

In all of 2014, there were 4,419 freeway crashes. The end of the year also saw icier road conditions than usual.

Deputy Chief Scott Walton said social media alerts have helped the department clear accident scenes this year because they notify people to avoid the area.

The department has also applied for a grant from the North Central Texas Council of Governments to get two message boards, traffic cones and barrels and a forensic mapping station.

Council member Sandy Greyson asked Chief David Brown why the department didn’t ask for more. He said he didn’t want to be greedy at the detriment of other North Texas cities.

Greyson disagreed and wanted the chief to ask for more.

“That’s nice of you, chief, to not want to be greedy,” she said. “But let’s be greedy.”


Milk Price-Fixing Class Action Certified by Judge

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Murders, burglaries and other crimes remain down in Dallas, but aggravated assaults are up


Dallas Police Department Chief David Brown addresses City Council members during a Public Safety Committee meeting Monday, March 24, 2014 at City Hall in Dallas. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News)

Crime hasn’t disappeared in Dallas after all. But it is still down for the most part, police officials say.

After Dallas crime statistics disappeared during the summer because of glitches with a new records management system, Dallas Police Chief David Brown presented on Monday the department’s numbers through Aug. 26 to the City Council’s Public Safety Committee. Some council members questioned the statistics, but agreed that crime is down.

The numbers show murders and burglaries were each down by around 25 percent versus the same time last year. On Aug. 26 last year, the department recorded 74 murders.

“We’re on pace to have the lowest murder rate in Dallas’s history,” Brown said.

Robbery was down about 14 percent. Auto theft, which was up earlier this year, had edged down about 2 percent.

However, there is an uptick in one key violent crime category: aggravated assaults. The violent attacks were reported up more than 4 percent. Family violence aggravated assaults are actually down, but people not in families are still injuring each other with weapons to the tune of a 9 percent uptick.

Sexual assaults are also up, but that is because of a broader definition of the crime.

Council member Scott Griggs questioned Brown on whether the crime drop was real after Brown said the number of reports has gone up, but the number of crimes reported are down.

Griggs said he didn’t understand why there wasn’t a correlation between the two numbers. Brown said the police reports reflect more people reporting crime.

“There is a real crime decrease happening in the city,” Brown said.

It’s unclear why the numbers were only given through Aug. 26. Maj. Max Geron said the numbers are current through the Sept. 12 council report. Here was the explanation from Maj. Max Geron on Twitter:

@TristanHallman materials have to be submitted before the committee meeting. Most recent numbers were from Friday and not available for this

— Maj. Max Geron (@MaxDPD) September 22, 2014

Brown said the department is still working with the records management vendor to fix problems, including with online public police reports. He said user error is a big problem, putting the blame mostly on older cops who have problems writing their own reports.

“We’re making progress, but we’re not where want to be,” he said of the records system. “But we hope to be there soon.”

Here are the complete statistics:

Council Committee Stats 8.26


Pesticide Label Challenge Thrown Out of Court

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – Federal regulators that strung along environmentalists for eights years about plans to label inert pesticides ingredients cannot be sued, a federal judge ruled.     At issue here is an EPA requirement for pesticide manufacturers to list active, but not inert, ingredients, on their labels.     In 2006, the Center for Environmental Health and Californians for Pesticide Reform petitioned the EPA to require the labeling of 374 inert chemicals on pesticide bottles that “have been determined to be hazardous under other environmental laws and regulated as such by the EPA.”     Though the group lost its court battle, a spokesperson with the EPA said relief may still be at hand because the agency “is considering reviewing the inert ingredients in the petition currently listed for use in pesticides to determine which ones are still used in pesticides.”     It is possible that such analysis could prompt revisions to “the list of inert ingredients approved for use in pesticide products,” the spokesperson added.     Once the EPA has criteria for prioritization, it can then select “top-candidate inert ingredients for further analysis and potential action to address those risks.”     Carolyn Cox with the Center for Environmental Health voiced disappointment with the outcome.     “The agency had really been looking at good changes for progress on the issue and has now just backed off,” she said in a telephone interview.     Center for Environmental Health had brought its lawsuit in 2009, after waiting three years for a response to its petition.     That action prompted the EPA to issue an advance notice of proposed rulemaking on the issue of disclosing inert ingredients, including nonhazardous chemicals. The EPA emphasized, however, that it was “not committing, and indeed legally cannot commit, to any particular outcome for rulemaking.”     Though the group withdrew its complaint because of this development in 2010, it filed another suit this year because the EPA took no further action on the matter after four years.     The EPA had told the court that it was exploring different approaches to the issue and would not pursue making a rule that mandates disclosure of inert.     Though the environmental challengers noted that the EPA had taken eight years to fully respond to and deny their petition, U.S. District Judge William Orrick dismissed the case last week.     The EPA committed to nothing beyond issuing the advanced notice of proposed rulemaking, effectively concluding all action on the plaintiffs’ petitions, the 6-page ruling states. [p. 5 lines 6-13]     “That the EPA has indicated that it is considering (but not committing to) action which arguably parallels part of what the plaintiffs requested in their original petition does not mean that the EPA has retroactively granted the portion of the plaintiffs’ petition that the EPA denied in 2009,” Orrick wrote (parentheses in original). “Plaintiffs are understandably frustrated that they may be no closer to fulfilling their goal eight years after petitioning the EPA to require that pesticide product labels list hazardous inert ingredients. But the EPA has unambiguously ‘concluded’ the ‘matters’ presented to it in plaintiffs’ petitions, as required under the Administrative Procedures act, 5 U.S.C. §553(e), and I can offer the plaintiffs no relief. This matter is moot, a deficiency which cannot be cured by amendment.”     Cox said the groups “have not had time to strategize about the next best approach,” but said they “definitely have some next steps,” including filing another petition.     “Because pesticides are something we are all exposed to every day, there are a lot of compelling reasons to know the ingredients,” she said.     One such reason is giving doctors the information necessary to treat any patient who might be poisoned by a particular pesticide.     “This has been an important, controversial issue for decades, and we will keep working with [the EPA] until we can make some progress on it,” Cox said. “We are definitely not going away.”

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