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   Duncaville Today (Newspaper) - April 20, 2000, Duncanville, Texas                                 rrr-  APRIL eo, eooo  VOL«. W lyPü fi^  '48'PAGESINFÛUfl' SECTIONS AND SUPPLEMENTS  Th» Only Ntmpaper In TI» World ñomMJLviMDuncmmi  OIGE  BBf gànrn sét ffàf rriday flight  DunéanvUleBBINight is Friday; 21 at the Duocan-ville vpr^ baseball game.  ■ AJlyoudi baseball playetii -weai^ ^ team jer^ will be admi^ to die game of chaige,. /  Fieéfàùor barbali posters also to each specta  tor. The poster includes Justin  Michael '«nìót  b^^äbasMriva^  a^'the Paiüfaers àre'in first i« District V-SA-with iia; Mansfield^ Atlington Lafiwr close beh^lThe DHS teatai IS 9^1 in disb^play.  Ti» PioftbdM hope youth players will (^ejet^ high school baj|eéidl#it6 st^ifxnting the DHStettn.  iNt^O 1250 is baòlc on air  After anexteiided absence béó^ of equipment failure and a'dioi^ of placement recorders, Duncanville Infi)rmation Radio, INFO 1250, is b^k on the air.  ^ INFO 1250 can be found on thé AM dial )Uid Duitcanville Cable Chamel 26.  The statiotn fèatures information oä iqK^oming ^rts^ events mclüding thè East^ hunt, spiiiig clean up  voting. ' . '■  iloliils^ to hold l^iiiiai ilail  tîiél^Éft^viÛe Police  Jail 'n' Bail Friday, April 21 from 9a.m.-2p.m.  the event will be held in Grand I^irie ^us yev at Bank United at C^^ Pai^ay and I-20. ijhirèeçiti^ a^^ with Duncanvilleiniciuding Cedaf Hill, DeSoto and Grand Prairie.  The Jail 'n' Bail allows residents to "lockup" à fiiendj family m^bér or co-woiker and th^ must pay to get out of "jail." Tie money raised benefits Special Olyn^ics.  Foundàtiòh goif tourney  set fflfelr April 24  The PuncanvilleJSD Education Foundation will host a golf tournament Moiiday, A}^.24.  Tlie event will be at Tangle Ridge Golf Course in Gijuid Prairie wiA a slra^jiun start at 8:30 a.m. A continental breakfbt and boxl#chi^bejE»rovidèd '  For more information call Margaret Moms at 972-708^2100.  ^hMiiiiioh  Tlie 1950 Class of W.H. Aidiei!^ High School will hold a ^■^uniOT Saturday» Oct 28 at the Harvey Hotel 114 and Esters  Road, in Irving. ,  Claœ.members should call Joy Fiazier at972-298-0667 or Betty Rumsey ,at 972-298-8185. :  INSIDE  Opinion, i ........ ..'.;;.4  Religion.'......................;.;....¡...6  Sports.....................,....;.,.;.12-14  SUPPLEMENTS' '  People Today (including SW Address), Market Plan^ Tnriay (including Autoworld)  tNis NEWSPAPER RECYCUBS  DHS TO HOST SHATTERED DRËAMS PROGRAM, SEEPAGi  Û"' i iiî  DHS history made, see page 14  in locai murder  Police link Grand Prairie man to arson blaze, resident's death on Misty Lane  Today photo by KIRK DICKEY  ■ • • ¡3  dresser outside the home of Shawanha Bell on Misty Lane. Bell's body was discovered when fireflghtere investigated an arson blaze April 13.  By KRISn CROOKS  Neiws Editor  A Grand Prairie man has been charged with capital murder in the death of a Duncanville resident.  Duncanville police arrested Lee Roy Browio, 31, April 14 at his job in PI wo in connection with a fatal fire April 13 at 1233 Misty Lane. Brdwn is being held on a $750,000 bond at Lew Sterrett Criminal Justice Center.  Firefighters responided to the arson blaze about 8:50 a.m. and had the fire extinguished by 9:12 a.m. When firefightera entered the home, they discovered the body of 29-year-old Shawanna Yvette Bell.  The fire was contained to a single bedroom ofthe duplex, where Bell's body was found.  The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office a^buted Bell's death to homicidal violence including neck compression.  The origin of the fire is being  Lee Roy Brown  investigated by Duncanville arson officers and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.  Community Relations Administrator Keith Bilbrey said police think the investigation is going well.  "The police department is extremely pleased with the ¡nogress of the investigation," he said. "We were able to have a suspect arrested  in less than 30 hours after the crime."  Police are still trying to determine a motive for the murder but believe Brown and Bell knew each other.  Duncanville investigators searched Brown's home and found evidence pertaining to the case.  "It was a successful search," Bilbrey said. "We found some evidence we feel would be beneficial to the case."  Bell's two elementary-age children were not home at the time of the fire and are now staying with family members.  A grand jury trial has not been set for the murder charges, but Brown is scheduled for trial May 1 on two counts of aggravated robbery from a 1999 arrest in Grand Prauie. Brown was on active bond for the robbery at the time of his arrest  The Misty Lane murder is the first in Dun^canville this year. The city has had five murders since 1992, the last being in 1998.  By GIGI MCQUEEN  Today Staff  Getting paid to attend school. That .is i6ne of the incentives the Duncanville School Board approved to bolster student attendance at DuQcanville Higj^ School, for the remainder of the school  ."It's unfortunate you have to offçr îif^éiitivés for kids to 4o something that thé law requires tijiena to do," DHS Brincipâl Mike Çtàietzberg said. "However, if tbai's what it takes to imptove student attendance then it's worth the effort."  The attendance incentives are being incorporated to inatch the school's recent preliminary exit results of the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) that all students took in February.  The preliminary results of the TAAS showed cumirfative scores of 94 percent passing in reading, 90 percent in math and 96 percent in reading.  ' "these scores are' phenomenal," Superintendent Dr. Jerry Cook said.  All three preliminary scores show an increase in student  See ATTENDANCE, Pi^e 10  r DAVID QOODSPEED  A patch of False Foxglove pO^ for a nature photographer April 15 at the Dallas Nature Center. Naturalist Jim Varnum le^a wlldflower walk at the DNC, Identifying native and non-native plants growing on the grounds. For more photos see page 2._  Police no closer to identifying baby  By KRISTI CROOKS  Nam Editor  Duncanville police still have no leads on the identity of a baby abandoned n^ a local church April 9.  The baby giri, who is white or Hispanic and was less tlm 24 hours old, was found in a cttlvert near Fairmeadows Baptist Church on  Canf Lane about 7:30 p.m.  Poliöö* are urging anyone with information about the baby to call the department at 972-780-5020, but so far no one has called.  "We have only had calls of people wanting to adopt the baby," Community Relations Administrator Keith Bilbrey said.  The baby was in good condition  when church members found her but suffered some intestinal problems from exposure to the surround-ings.  She is now in the custody of Child Protective Services.  "If we do not receive any calls then the child will remain in the custody of CPS and enter the adoption process," Bilbrey said.  Mà  By OK» MCQUEEN  TodayStaff  . Dunc^ville has a few celebrities in its midst Duncanville High School's Student Council and Duncanville resident Kristin M^%ere recentiy honored b^' tiie Volunteer Center of Dallas County.  The otgan^tipn hosted its 20tii annual Outstmiding Volunteer of the Year Awards cele^t^<m April 11 at tiie Hyatt Regency in D^  •Iwasi  i," DHS senior  (Atlffl)OHSI irtSifibMrs Stsrilhg White «nd Oàwn Wédt sctiept V^ Youth Voluntser ^ the Year (Abòy») Resident fCrls-iâfn Mills was ni^ Indh^l VÄluiitlsrdfthf  Stefimie Crabtreei^:%was realty a big honor."  The DHS Student Council was ^lectisd as Outstanditig Vdumeer of the Year in tiie youfii gRWi>:categ(Ky.  "It was exciting. I knew tii^ had work^ really hai^ doing tiiese pre jects «od it was nice to see tiiem get tiw leoognitioa Tliey'ie not doing itto  be recognized but it's nice that they are," DHS Student Council Sponsor David Womack said.  Students got a chance to tty exotic foods like "orange mango soup" and mingle witii some of Duncanville's and Dallas's noted community members. Special guestS; included Duncanville Mayor Glenn Re{^, Duncanville ISD Siqxrintendent Jetiy Cook, Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk, KXAS Chat^l S andior Ramona Logan and otiiers.  "TTi^ made us so pioiÀ Tb^'ve displayed the ^irit of Duncanville and why we're called the City of ChiapMis," R^ said "Thqr're not flie (M^ ones. Tbae àie plenty of oÉ-ers in Duncanville that show why ' we're called die City of Champiims."  DHS Student Council meinbers  See VOtUNTEBIIS, Page 3  <1.1 iKi î ypl r \ÌK)I \ll I 1 IIS  Mñ mm  H  'f/fA   

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