Posts by Andrew Plock

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    • Andrew Plock
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    • A Fort Worth native. A Dallas transplant. You can usually find him walking the crime beat in North Oak Cliff, Preston Hollow, and the Park Cities. In his spare time, he tries to play his guitar and read that book that's been sitting on his nightstand.
  • President Bush Auctions Truck For Charity

    Former President George W. Bush has greatdecent taste in trucks, in my opinion, and if you play your cards right, you might just be the future owner of the truck he tooled around in at his ranch in Crawford.

    The Preston Hollow resident is unloading his 2009 Ford F-150 King Ranch 4×4 SuperCrew at a Barrett-Jackson auction next year in an effort to raise funds for the Fisher House Foundation, a national program dedicated to assisting America’s military families.

    For all those that don’t believe this white stalion belonged to the former Head of State, W. himself signed the passenger-side airbag with a video of said signing included in the purchase, according to a press release from Barrett-Jackson.

    The only rub for local car collectors is that the auction is being held on Jan. 19 in Scottsdale, Arizona. A part of me can’t help but wonder if the pickup was tricked out like any other presidential vehicle — bulletproof glass, run-flat tires, some gadgety device, etc.

    There’s no word on what the running price could get up to, but other vehicles auctioned for Fisher House included a CNN Hummer sold for $1.25 million and Jay Leno’s New Holland Tractor — surprisingly also signed by Bush — for $535,000.

    Make the jump to read the full press release:

    Read More…

    By Andrew Plock Dec. 18, 2012 | 3:25 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Front Porch Pot Thieves Nabbed In Dallas

    Here is the spoils of a recent potted-plant bust in Dallas. Photo Credit: DPD's North Central Facebook

    It seems like weird commodities are always stolen from the Park Cities and Preston Hollow — third-row seats,GPS devices, and roofing materials were the norm for awhile. But with a recent bust, I think it’s safe to add potted plants to the list, too.

    Dallas police officers issued a search warrant on Tuesday netting 66 potted plants that had been stolen from front porches in North Dallas and the Park Cities. The variously-sized planters ranged in price from $200 to $5,000, and led to the arrest of four men being held responsible for the thefts.

    The bust began last Friday when an officer pulled over a ’90s white Chevrolet Tracker near Preston Road and Waggoner Drive. According to the DPD’s North Central Facebook page, the small vehicle managed to fit multiple suspects and several pots, urns and postal packages. That bust led to a police issuing a search warrant for a house(not specified where by DPD) in Dallas.

    For those who were victimized during this crime wave, take a moment to let the justice soak in.

    By Andrew Plock Dec. 13, 2012 | 12:08 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Burglars Swipe Eight Petland Puppies

    Petland, who had a rare parrot stolen from their store in Preston Forest Square in September, had eight puppies stolen during a burglary early this morning.

    According to the police report, at 3:11 a.m., burglars entered the front door of the store and took several different breeds of puppies; two Boston Terriers, a Yorkshire Terrier, two Shih Tzus,  a Mal Shi, a Teddy Bear,  and a Bichon.

    We all know puppies are awesome Christmas gifts, but be weary of buying one of these breeds from an independent dealer. Petland general manager Chris Brauer told the Dallas Morning News that the dogs are all microchipped and registered to his store. Be on the lookout!

    I’m still in shock that someone would actually steal puppies.

    By Andrew Plock Dec. 7, 2012 | 9:44 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Leland Burk Officially Running For District 13

    Leland Burk announced his run for the open District 13 City Council seat. Photo: Leland Burk

    Last week, we broke that real estate investor, Leland Burk was highly considering his run for the open District 13 council seat. As of last night, he has officially thrown his hat into the ring.

    In a press release, Burk announces his support from Councilwoman Ann Margolin and former Councilman Mitchell Rasansky. He also has named John Eagle as his campaign treasurer.

    Be sure to read this week’s Preston Hollow People for more on Burk and his upcoming campaign for District 13.

    By Andrew Plock Dec. 4, 2012 | 8:48 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Real Estate Investor Considering Run at District 13

    Leland Burk is highly considering his run for the open District 13 City Council seat. Photo: Leland Burk

    More than a week after Councilwoman Ann Margolin announced she would not be running in the 2013 City Council elections, a newcomer has emerged to vie for the future seat.

    Leland Burk, a real estate investor and long-time resident of the district, is strongly considering his run for the District 13 council seat in May.

    Burk said former Councilman Mitchell Rasansky and Margolin both factored into his future in Dallas politics as the two phoned him with the prospect of running. He said their leadership of District 13 has been outstanding, and, if he runs, he’s going to be a strong advocate for the neighborhoods as well.

    Margolin asked Rasansky to think of good candidates for the future seat when she broke the news of her decision; he said he thought of Burk immediately.

    Rasansky said he’s known Burk for nearly 20 years. He highlighted his skills as a businessman who has the city of Dallas at heart, but as one who “knows that he would have to protect the good neighborhoods that we have in District 13.”

    The last District 13 recommendation from Rasansky was Margolin who won the seat in 2009. He said he wouldn’t ask somebody to consider running if he didn’t think they would do an excellent job in the horseshoe.

    Look for more about Burk and his plans for District 13 in the Dec. 7 edition of Preston Hollow People.

    By Andrew Plock Nov. 30, 2012 | 6:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • $1 Million Powerball Ticket Sold at Inwood 7-Eleven

    While Texas missed out on an ungodly amount of money in last night’s Powerball drawing, someone in Dallas wound up with a $1 million ticket.

    The 7-Eleven at the corner of Lovers and Inwood sold a ticket that matched every number except the elusive red Powerball. The Dallas ticketholder was one of four in Texas who managed that feat. Nobody knows who the Dallas winner is yet.

    With the big cash payout of $384.7 million, the winners from Missouri and Arizona no doubt have new friends across the nation.

    Here’s the winning numbers if you want to check your tickets: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 — 6 for the Powerball.

    (h/t: DMN)

    By Andrew Plock Nov. 29, 2012 | 9:45 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Still No Challengers For Margolin’s Seat

    I have been on the hunt for candidates looking to run for Councilwoman Ann Margolin’s open council seat in the 2013 elections. So far no challenger has materialized.

    Margolin’s 2009 opponent Brint Ryan said he’s not considering a run. Park and Recreation Board member Lawerence Jones nor City Plan and Zoning Commission member Michael Schwartz, both appointed by Margolin, have even considered running.

    The only hope has been former District 13 councilman Mitchell Rasansky. The day Margolin announced her decision to not run in the next election, he said he was on the phone with people he believe should run for the seat.

    Any thoughts on who would make a great candidate for District 13?

    By Andrew Plock Nov. 27, 2012 | 9:19 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Margolin Will Not Seek Third Term in 2013

    After representing the greater Preston Hollow area since 2009, Councilwoman Ann Margolin has decided to not run for a third term on the Dallas City Council in 2013.

    Margolin told the Dallas Morning News she was declining to run for District 13 “due to increasingly time consuming personal obligations.”

    From what I’m gaining from reports, Margolin would have been a shoo-in for reelection as no real opponent materialized against her. I just know the interesting part will be finding out who comes out of the woodworks to run for the district.

    By Andrew Plock Nov. 19, 2012 | 9:21 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Shingles Stealers Caught in North Dallas

    Two shingle stealers caught in the act could be connected with the spree of roofing materials and shingles stolen from homes near Walnut Hill Lane and North Central Expressway.

    Officers apprehended the men loading up a truck with roofing supplies at an apartment in the 7800 block of Walnut Hill. Police believe these arrests could provide more information the investigations surrounding the recent thefts in the area.

    By Andrew Plock Nov. 15, 2012 | 10:19 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Approved Bond Program Aids Streets, Alleys

    Thanks to the $642 million bond voters approved this election, infrastructure throughout Dallas will get a little TLC.

    Street reconstruction and resurfacing, alley reconstruction, erosion control, and a new extension of the Northaven Trail are a part of the projects the bond will fund in Preston Hollow.

    Councilwoman Ann Margolin said the improvements are only a drop in the bucket for what’s needed in her district but it’s a start to keep up with has to be done.

    Pick up this week’s Preston Hollow People for more.

    By Andrew Plock Nov. 13, 2012 | 9:50 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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