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Special to The Dallas Examiner | 3/28/2016, 10:06 a.m.
The Dallas County Tax Office announced earlier this month that the Downtown Motor Vehicle branch has moved to its new ...

Special to The Dallas Examiner


The Dallas County Tax Office announced earlier this month that the Downtown Motor Vehicle branch has moved to its new location in the George Allen Courthouse, located at 600 Commerce St. in downtown Dallas. The previous DMV branch was located in the Records Building. It closed on March 18 and will reopen at its new location on Monday.

This new Branch office will accept motor vehicle transactions and property tax payments.

The Dallas County Tax Office’s Customer Care Center is available to assist taxpayers with questions regarding locations, property taxes, motor vehicle registrations and title concerns at 214-653-7811 on weekdays during business hours.

The DMV branch was the first department to vacate the Records Building due to remodeling of the historic building, which will begin this summer.


(AP) – A judge ordered the FBI on March 17 to allow Sandra Bland’s family to review a report of the Texas Rangers’ investigation into the woman’s death while in custody.

Bland was a Black woman who died last summer in the Waller County jail three days after being arrested. Authorities ruled her death a suicide. Her arrest captured on a police dashcam video provoked national outrage and the attention of the Black Lives Matter movement.

U.S. District Judge David Hittner’s order is part of a wrongful death lawsuit filed in Houston by Bland’s family against Brian Encinia, the ex-Texas trooper who arrested her during a traffic stop, and others involved in her detention.

The FBI had initially declined to turn over the report, contending it was protected under law enforcement privilege.

Encinia was charged with perjury after dashcam video appeared to show him yelling at Bland and escalating their confrontation.

He is now facing arraignment on the misdemeanor perjury charge.

A Waller County grand jury indicted Encinia in January on the perjury charge for saying in an affidavit that he removed a combative Bland from her car after stopping her near Houston for a minor traffic violation so he could further conduct a safer traffic investigation.

Encinia’s lawyer has said the court appearance set for Tuesday afternoon likely would be brief.


(AP) – A police chief in Texas says he’s firing an officer who fatally shot an unarmed, naked African American teen last month.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo announced the move Monday against Geoffrey Freeman. He said Freeman, an African American police officer, violated department policy in the shooting of 17-year-old David Joseph on Feb. 8.

Freeman’s lawyers with the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas say they will appeal.

Acevedo said he has “indefinitely suspended” Freeman, which he says is the department’s term for firing. If Freeman appeals, the firing isn’t final until an arbitrator upholds it.

Travis County prosecutors also are investigating and plan to present the case to a grand jury for possible criminal charges.


(AP) – Grammy-nominated gospel singer James Fortune has begun serving five days in a Texas jail for assaulting his wife during a 2014 argument.