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Special to The Dallas Examiner | 7/3/2017, 12:50 p.m. | Updated on 7/18/2017, 5:49 p.m.
A Texas police officer charged with murder in May in the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards may be facing ...

Special to The Dallas Examiner


(AP) – A Texas police officer charged with murder in May in the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards may be facing two aggravated assault charges in an unrelated incident.

Court records appeared in the Dallas County online court system last week listing charges of aggravated assault by a public servant against former Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver, but it was unclear from those records whether a grand jury has considered them.

A spokeswoman for the Dallas County district attorney said the office is not allowed to discuss ongoing investigations.

Oliver was off duty when he drew his gun and pointed it at the ground after his car was struck in April. Dallas police did not file charges.

In the fatal shooting of Edwards, a Black teenager who was leaving a party, Oliver was fired and charged with murder.


The 23rd annual Water-Wise Landscape Tour will be held on Oct. 14 and is open to all landscapes of Dallas Water Utilities customers. The tour will feature front yard landscapes. Back yard landscapes may be included at the discretion of the homeowner.

All entrants must agree that their landscapes may be photographed for publicity and educational purposes. All winners must agree to be present to answer visitor questions from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on tour day.

A Dallas County Master Gardener volunteer will assist on tour day. Demonstration gardens and commercial landscapes will not be eligible for prizes or volunteers on tour day.

Judging will be based on design, water conservation and maintenance.

• Design: aesthetic appeal; composition and use of color and plant variety.

• Water conservation: efficient irrigation/water use; use of non-vegetative materials such as fences, walls, walks, etc.; use of native or adapted plants; reduced turf area and use of mulches.

• Appropriate maintenance: landscape tidy, meaning healthy, disease and pest free plants; have no weeds and plants are pruned appropriately.

The tour is co-sponsored by City of Dallas Water Utilities and the Dallas County Master Gardener Association Inc.

The deadline to enter is Aug.18. Entries will be judged in late August.

To enter, visit https://savedallaswater.com, complete the online Call for Entry form, upload a minimum of three current photographs of your landscape, including at least one overall view, or download a the form from http://www.savedallaswater.com/pdf/2017wwlt_cfe.pdf, complete the form and mail with the minimum of three current photographs, including at least one overall view of your landscape, to:

City of Dallas Water-Wise Landscape Tour

1500 Marilla Street, Room 2AN

Dallas, TX 75201

Or fax to 214-670-5244

For more information, call 214-670-3155 or e-mail tour@savedallaswater.com.


The city of Dallas will hold a series of public meetings in July to inform residents about the Assessment of Fair Housing and provide an opportunity for all to participate in the AFH planning process.

AFH is an analysis of fair housing data, an assessment of housing issues and contributing factors and identification of fair housing priorities and goals specific to Dallas.

Examples of fair housing issues include regional demographics, segregation, racially and ethnically concentrated areas of poverty, access to opportunity, disproportionate housing need, publicly supported housing, access to persons with disabilities and fair housing enforcement and outreach capacity.