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FEBRUARY 12

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF

An unknown person used a brick to damage a victim's house in the 3600 block of Milton Avenue via the window at approximately 9:35 PM. 


FEBRUARY 13


POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA

A traffic stop in the 8300 block of Pickwick Lane resulted in two arrests for the possession of marijuana. 

THEFT OF PROPERTY 

A suspect took a victim's unlocked bicycle without permission or consent from the 2500 block of Granada Avenue between 7:20 AM and 11:17 AM. 


FEBRUARY 14


ACCIDENT INVOLVING DAMAGE TO VEHICLE 

A victim stated that a suspect vehicle struck his vehicle in the 6200 block of North Central service road at approximately 10:00 PM. Both drivers pulled over, and the victim attempted to exchange information. The suspect driver then got back in his vehicle and drove away without leaving the necessary information with the victim. 


FEBRUARY 15


DANGEROUS DOG 

A dog attacked another dog and bit a man who tried to separate the two animals. The incident occurred in the 6200 block of Golf Drive at approximately 9:19 AM. 


FEBRUARY 16


FICTITIOUS LICENSE

A subject was contacted after reports of him dancing in the street on Preston Road. An investigation revealed that the subject is under 21 but had been drinking using a fake driver's license. 


FEBRUARY 17


THEFT OF PROPERTY 

A suspect removed property from a store in the 3000 block of Mockingbird Lane at approximately 12:51 AM without paying. 

PUBLIC INTOXICATION 

An officer responded to a possibly intoxicated person at a restaurant in the 3400 block of Asbury. Upon arrival, the officers found the subject and determined that he was intoxicated. The subject was arrested. 


FEBRUARY 18 


UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A FELON 

At approximately 9:32 PM, officers were dispatched to a suspicious persons call in the 3000 block of Daniel Avenue. Upon arrival, the officer was flagged down by an unknown person who pointed out the subject in question. The officers made contact with the subject, who was then placed under arrest for the unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. 

ROBBERY 

A subject entered a CVS in the 3000 block of Mockingbird Lane at approximately 9:33 PM. He was wearing a hoodie, and he approached the clerk at the register. He then threatened to shoot the clerk if they did not take money from the register and hand it over. The subject left the store with about $200, but he was then caught a short distance from the store by the Dallas PD. 

All information provided by UPPD 

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FEBRUARY 13

THEFT OF PROPERTY 

An officer was dispatched to the 4500 block of Bordeaux Avenue on a report of a theft of a rearview mirror. The victim stated that at some point during the night, an unknown person had removed the exterior driver's side rearview mirror from his vehicle without permission. The vehicle had been parked in his driveway. There are no suspects or witnesses at this time. 


FEBRUARY 14


THEFT OF PROPERTY 

At approximately 2:59 PM, an officer responded to the 4600 block of Edmondson to meet with a victim who claimed to have been scammed. The victim stated that he was shopping at a Home Depot when a Hispanic man came to him, saying he was a handyman looking for work. The victim stated that he needed some brickwork done and set up a meeting at his residence the next morning. The subject showed up to examine the damaged bricks, then asked the victim to go inside so he could write up a repair reposal. While he was writing out the proposal, he asked the victim to go back outside and count the exact number of bricks with damage. Once the subject left, the victim realized that nearly $300 had been taken from his wallet. He believes that the subject may have stolen the cash while he was outside. He turned the man's business card over to the police. 


FEBRUARY 18
 

BURGLARY OF A VEHICLE 

An officer was dispatched to the 4700 block of Bowser Avenue at approximately 3:00 PM for a reported BMV. The victim stated that between 11:00 PM the night before and 6:00 AM the next morning, an unknown person had pulled the locked back hatch window of her vehicle up and entered the car without permission. Her son's lacrosse equipment was taken from the back cargo area and the third-row seat's locking mechanism appeared to have been tampered with. The rainy weather made it impossible to obtain fingerprints. 


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February is the month in which most people abandon their New Year's resolutions, regardless of how dedicated they felt back in January. If you feel yourself slipping on your goals for 2018, here are a few ways to reignite your motivation and adhere to your resolutions for a little while longer. 

Re-Evaluate Your Goals 

After thinking about and trying to stick to your goals for over a month, you probably have a new opinion about how realistic they are. If you've barely made it to the gym once a week and you promised yourself you'd go every day, it might be time to make your resolution a little more manageable. Additionally, if you've thought of new goals you'd like to implement in your life, it's not too late to alter your original resolutions. Taking the time to think about your goals will help you remember why you made them in the first place, and editing them will ensure that they fit your lifestyle and needs accurately. 

Find Someone to Hold You Accountable 

It's difficult for anyone to stay on top of their resolutions if they're handling everything on their own. Rope in a friend to keep you on track. Workout buddies are a great way to motivate yourself to stay fit, and friends who are on the same diet can encourage you to keep trying. Even just making your friends and family aware of your resolutions can make it more challenging for you to give them up in the coming months. 

Don't Beat Yourself Up For Slipping 


If you've already fallen off the "better me" bandwagon, don't fret: there's no shame in climbing back onboard. Everyone experiences failures when trying to make changes in their lives, especially if the changes are difficult. Remind yourself that it's not too late to pick up those resolutions you left laying on the ground like a dirty pile of laundry. 

Come Up With a Rewards System 

Although this may sound like a technique used by elementary school teachers, it works. Tell yourself that every week you stick to your resolutions, you get to treat yourself to something. If your goal is to eat healthier in 2018, indulge in your favorite unhealthy food on Saturdays if you've been good the other six days of the week. If you're trying to hit the gym more, allow yourself to watch an episode of your favorite show while you're on the treadmill. Motivation comes in a variety of forms, so adopt whatever method works best for you. 

How do you keep your New Year's resolutions, even as March quickly approaches? Let us know in the comments! 

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According to the federal government, February is officially American Heart Month! National organizations and medical personnel use this month as an opportunity to spread awareness about heart diseases, as well as to promote better understanding about prevention and treatment.

Cardiovascular diseases lead to 17.9 million deaths worldwide each year, and according to recent studies, that number is expected to rise to 23.6 million by 2030. In today's society, roughly one in every four deaths in the United States can be attributed to heart disease. Therefore, regardless of your age or gender, it's a smart idea to learn more about your own heart's health and what you can do to better it in 2018. 

Here are some of the best ways to care for your heart and lower your risk of dangerous diseases. 

Engage in Plenty of Physical Activity Every Week  

Staying active isn't just about maintaining a trim figure or building muscle; it's a fantastic way to protect your body from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and the risk of heart attacks and strokes. You don't have to be a marathon runner to reap the heart benefits of physical activity. According to the American Heart Association, getting at least 150 minutes per week of at least moderate exercise is enough. This year, make an effort to take the stairs more often and adopt a hobby that gets you moving. Swimming, biking, walking, running, and stretching are just a few types of aerobic exercise that will benefit your heart. Remind yourself that any level of physical activity is better than none at all. 

Get Plenty of Sleep Each Night

Countless studies have shown that Americans generally don't get the appropriate sleep, which is detrimental in a variety of ways. People who fail to sleep enough are typically at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease, regardless of how much they work out, eat right, or watch their weight. Even adolescents who are staying up too late and waking up too early can develop heart problems, despite their young age. According to the National Sleep Foundation, young adults and teens should be getting between eight and ten hours of sleep. Adults should be sleeping for a minimum of seven hours most nights, regardless of their overall health or busy schedules. 

Switch Out the Bad Fats for Good Ones

Not all fats are unhealthy, and sorting between the good and bad ones can seriously improve the condition of your heart. Your body needs monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats in order to function properly. To make sure you're consuming plenty of healthy fats, try to include foods like avocados, olive oil, salmon, nuts, and lean meat in your diet.

Saturated and trans fats, on the other hand, are firmly on the "evil" side of the fat chart. These bad fats can raise your cholesterol levels and increase your chances of developing heart disease, diabetes, and strokes. Unfortunately, bad fats are found in many of our favorite foods, like desserts, frozen pizzas, margarine, fatty beef, pork, butter, cheese, and dairy products. You probably won't avoid these foods all of the time, but make a conscious effort to eat more good fats than bad if you want to live a long, healthy life. 

Monitor Your Cholesterol Levels 

As was just stated, bad fats can increase your cholesterol levels and put you at risk of serious heart problems. You might also experience problems with your cholesterol levels if you are overweight, have diabetes, are pregnant, or are dealing with other health concerns. To make sure you're not putting your heart in jeopardy, pay attention to your cholesterol levels and work to keep them in a healthy range. Eating foods like oats, nuts, beans, whole grains, fatty fish, and fruits can help lower your levels if they get too high. Try not to indulge in red meat or baked goods too often as they are known to increase your levels significantly. 

Watch Your Sugar Intake 

No matter how old you are, eating too much sugar on a regular basis is a bad idea. Even if you work out and maintain a healthy weight, a sugar-laden diet can seriously increase your risk of heart disease, according to studies conducted at Harvard. Unfortunately, Americans ingest plenty of sugar in their favorite drinks, yogurts, cereals, and desserts. Although indulging in the occasional sweet treat isn't a bad idea, try to ensure that your diet consists of more heart-healthy foods than it does sugary, empty-calorie meals. 

Quit Smoking (For Good This Time) 

You've probably been told time and time again that smoking increases your risk of lung and throat cancer, but did you know that it can also up your chances of developing cardiovascular diseases? The chemicals in cigarette smoke line your blood vessels, which then become swollen and inflamed. This can lead to strokes, coronary heart diseases aneurysms, peripheral arterial disease, and other extremely serious health concerns.

The good news? Even if you've been smoking for years, quitting now can improve your health drastically. The key is to stop smoking completely. Even the occasional cigarette can leave bad side effects, so kick the habit for good. 


To learn more about American Heart Month and what you can do for your health, visit this page by the American Heart Association

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With so many great concert venues in the DFW area, it's no wonder that plenty of talented artists make a stop to perform for North Texas. There are dozens of popular musicians heading our way over the next few months, and now is the time to grab your tickets.

Here are some of the top upcoming concerts you won't want to miss. 

OneRepublic - March 16

If you're a fan of this pop-rock band that's cranked out an impressive number of popular tunes, then head over to Winstar World Casino. Yes, the casino is technically across the border in Oklahoma, but it's only an hour and a half drive from most areas of North Texas. Take a mini road trip to see classics like "Apologize" played live. 

Phillip Phillips - The Magnetic Tour - March 28

This American Idol winner has won plenty of hearts with songs like "Home" and "Fly." This year, he's making a pit stop in Dallas to perform at the House of Blues. Don't miss the chance to get up close and personal with Phillips as he plays in this relatively small but beloved venue. 

Thomas Rhett: Life Changes Tour - April 6

With several big hits like "Die a Happy Man" and "Make Me Wanna" under his belt, Rhett has definitely paved a path for himself in the world of country music. Break out your cowboy boots and head over to the AT&T Stadium in Arlington to see him perform live. 

Braid Paisley Weekend Warrior World Tour - April 13 

Come on, it's Texas, so we all knew there'd be a handful of country artists on this list. We'd certainly be slacking if we didn't mention superstar Brad Paisley's upcoming show at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving. Buy your tickets for this award-winning singer's show before they sell out. 

Jack Johnson - April 27 

This guy has made a name for himself in several fields, including filmmaking and professional surfing, but most of us know him for his soft rock tunes and soothing lyrics. Revisit old favorites like "Upside Down" and "Banana Pancakes" as he strums his guitar on The Pavilion's stage at Toyota Music Factory. 

Foreigner - April 28 

If you're willing to make another hop across a state border, Foreigner is playing at the Choctaw Grand Theater in Durant soon. Witness a live performance from one of the world's best-selling bands of all time, then check out the many amenities Choctaw has to offer. If you're not willing to visit Oklahoma, you can wait until Foreigner drops by Irving to play at the Toyota Music Factory in July. 

P!Nk: Beautiful Trauma World Tour - May 1 

When you go to a P!nk concert, you're in for more than just good music. The singer-songwriter is known for her impressive performances and dancing, and with hits like "Get the Party Started" and "So What," you'll definitely be jamming out in no time. Purchase tickets for the American Airlines Center event today. 

Kenny Chesney: Trip Around the Sun Tour - May 16

Ah, another country classic. Chesney has produced more than forty top ten singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and he'll be playing many of them at the AT&T stadium once May rolls around. Can you think of a better way to welcome 2018's summer than with classic country songs and a stellar performer? 

Top Dawg Entertainment: The Championship Tour - May 17 

This event will play host to several different music artists. Kendrick Lamar, SZA, and ScHoolboy will lead amongst other guests like Q, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, SiR, and Lance Skiiwalker. Make your way to the Starplex Pavilion to see this group of all-stars perform. 

The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore - June 20 

With these two enormously popular artists scheduled to perform, there's no way the Starplex will be empty on June 20. Sing along to massive hits like Kesha's "Praying" and Macklemore's catchy "Downtown." Hurry and grab your tickets soon because they're sure to sell out. 

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Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few months, you're probably aware of this year's intense flu outbreak and its serious effects. As of February 13, the rate of flu-related hospitalizations was the highest the CDC has ever recorded in U.S. history, and Texas isn't immune to the illness. More than 100 North Texan lives have been claimed, and experts fear the worst of the influenza outbreak may still be on its way. Many DFW schools, offices, and other organizations have temporarily closed their doors as a result of the flu. 

To combat the spread of the influenza in your community, here are a few things you can start doing today: 

- Get vaccinated. Even though it's late in the flu season, it's not too late to get immunized against the illness, according to the CDC and other experts. This will help protect your immune system, as well as those of small children and the elderly that you come in contact with. Even if you do contract the flu after getting the vaccine, the illness will most likely be less severe and quicker to leave the body. 

- Limit the amount of in-person meetings and events you attend. Obviously, you'll need to socialize and go out in public on certain days, but the more you can minimize your contact with potentially contagious people, the better. 

- Wash your hands like you mean it. Sure, you run some hot water on your hands with a splash of soap a few times each day, but are you really desanitizing properly? Make sure it takes at least fifteen seconds to scrub your hands, and try to clean every spot thoroughly, even under your fingernails. 

- Get moving every single day. Research has indicated that moderate exercise can boost the immune system and encourage it to send more white blood cells out to attack invading illness. 

- Disinfect surfaces and objects you touch frequently. Your phone, desk, keyboard, kitchen, and doorknobs can all harbor germs, so keep a can of Lysol and some anti-bacterial wipes handy. 

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. This is the easiest way for germs to invade your body, especially if you're not great about washing your hands frequently. 

- Get enough sleep every night. One of the best ways to prevent illnesses from taking root in your body is to boost your immune system with plenty of rest. Adults should be getting at least seven hours of sleep each night and children should be getting at least nine or ten. 

If you do start to feel sick, immediately leave work or school to decrease your chances of spreading the flu. Head to a doctor for a flu test and antiviral drugs, then stay home until your fever has receded naturally for at least 24 hours straight. Do everything you can to minimize your exposure to others while you're infected and encourage your friends and family to be on high-alert for their own symptoms. 

To learn more about the flu and what you can do to prevent it, check out the CDC's official guides and news. Stay safe and healthy, everyone! 


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FEBRUARY 5

THEFT OF PROPERTY 

A landscaper reported that a lawnmower was stolen while he was working on a yard in the 6300 block of Douglas Avenue between 3:30 PM and 4:00 PM. 


FEBRUARY 8 


BURGLARY OF HABITATION 

At approximately 8:20 PM, officers were dispatched to a burglary of a habitation in the 6900 block of Vassar Drive. The victim advised police that between February 3 and February 8, an unknown person had made an unlawful entry into his residence and taken property without consent. 

DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED 

Officers were dispatched to the 3200 block of Stanford in regards to a possible crash. 

CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD ABUSE 

At approximately 4:43 PM, an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 4400 block of Southwestern Boulevard in regards to a report of debit card abuse. The victim stated that her card was used at a business without her consent. 


FEBRUARY 10
 

POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA 

A driver was arrested for possession of marijuana after being stopped for a traffic violation in the 7000 block of Athens Street at approximately 8:37 PM. 

ROBBERY 

A victim was sprayed by pepper spray while working at the register of a restaurant in the 6400 block of Hillcrest Avenue. It was unclear if cash was taken at the time of the incident. 

UNAUTHORIZED USE OF VEHICLE 

A victim reported that his vehicle was stolen after the use of the vehicle had been revoked from the known suspect. 


FEBRUARY 11


THEFT OF PROPERTY 

A subject entered a drug store in the 3000 block of Mockingbird and hid an undetermined amount of cosmetics inside his jacket. When store employees asked him to open his jacket, the suspect argued, then fled through the emergency exit in the back of the store. The suspect had an outstanding warrant and was soon taken into custody and transported to the UP jail.  


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FEBRUARY 6

BURGLARY OF HABITATION 

At approximately 6:00 PM, police responded to a burglary in process in the 5400 block of Oxford Avenue. The initial reports state that a victim saw a back door ajar with broken glass nearby and heard the sound of unknown voices upstairs. Police were positioned on the perimeter and the owners of the house were escorted to safety. By the time police searched the house, the suspects were gone. The victims were then escorted back inside. No items appeared to be missing, but it seems that the suspects had intended to commit a felony when police were called. 

FEBRUARY 7 

THEFT OF PROPERTY 

An officer was dispatched to the 4400 block of Highland Drive at approximately 12:49 PM. The victim, a homebuilder, stated that between 4:30 PM on February 5 and 7:30 AM on February 6, some unknown person had removed sump pumps from his construction site without permission. It is an open construction site, and there is no video surveillance at the location. 


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As of today, the 2018 Winter Olympics are officially in session! Time to watch talented athletes strut their stuff in the freezing cold of PyeongChang, South Korea. With more than fifteen different sports taking place over the next few weeks, viewers of all preferences will enjoy this international display of competition and hard work. 

To celebrate the beginning of this year's games, here are eight interesting facts about the Winter Olympics that you might not have heard before. 

1. Those Olympic stadiums aren't cheap. In fact, this year's stadium in PyeongChang set the city back by a staggering $109 million. The craziest part? The entire structure will be torn down after the Olympics are over. That means the multi-million dollar stadium will only be used officially four times before it's demolished, which is making many people question the economic worth of such extravagance in the name of the Olympics. More often than not, Olympic stadiums are abandoned and purposeless after the games conclude, such as in the case of Olympic venue in Greece

2. Four new events have been introduced in the 2018 games. This is the first time in Olympic history that big air snowboarding, mixed doubles, mass start speed skating, and freestyle skiing will be included in the competitions. That brings the number of Winter Olympic events to 102 this year, so if you plan to watch most of them on TV, you'll need to clear your schedule. 

3. Figure skating and ice hockey weren't always a part of the winter games. Surprisingly, up until 1924, both were included in the Summer Olympics. Now, the two sports are considered to be some of the most popular with viewers. However, this year the NHL will not be releasing players to compete in the Olympics, which will change up the ice hockey competition a bit. 

4. The most expensive Winter Olympics ever held were the 2014 Sochi Games. As pricey as PyeongChang's stadium and budget might seem, the games in Sochi blew through their estimated costs and ended up spending $50 billion on infrastructural projects, the games themselves, and the stadium. 

5. Norway is the country to beat when it comes to winter sports. The country has taken home more medals than any other in the Winter Games over the course of history, beating out the USA by a total 47 medals. The athlete with the most Winter medals (thirteen), Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, also belongs to Norway. The most decorated U.S. winter athlete, Apolo Anton Ohno, has won eight Olympic medals. 

6. According to recent data, Americans' favorite Winter Olympics sport to watch is hockey. However, it is not the worldwide favorite sport to tune into. Curling is more popular in many parts of Africa, and speedskating is beloved by many in China and Mongolia. 

7. Since their birth, the Winter Olympics have been hosted by eleven different countries across three continents. The United States hosted them four of those times. The last U.S. Winter Games were held in Salt Lake City during 2002. 

8. Only one athlete has ever won a gold medal during both the summer and winter games. American Eddie Eagan won in boxing during the 1920 Summer Olympics and won in bobsledding in the 1932 Winter Olympics. 

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Fat Tuesday is just around the corner, and you know what that means: it's time to eat yummy food and celebrate with Louisiana flair. Although you can always bring home a store-bought King's Cake to mark the occasion, why not get a little more creative this year? Here are ten festive recipes to try next week. 

King Cake Monkey Bread

Trisha from MomDot found the best way to make a King Cake: with cinnamon rolls! Pack a couple of ready-to-bake cinnamon roll packs into a bundt cake pan, pop it in the oven, and drizzle plenty of cream cheese frosting over the creation. The results are Instagram-worthy and downright delicious. 

Easy Skillet Jambalaya Dip 

In just fifteen minutes, you can whip up this Louisana Creole Dish in a skillet. Marion from Our Life Tastes Good concocted a simple recipe that's bursting with veggies, shrimp, sausage, cheese, and spicy flavor. All you have to do is plop the ingredients in the skillet, then adjust the temperature as needed. 

Mardis Gras Cookies 

If you're looking to keep things simple, these cookies are the perfect holiday baking project for you. You'll just need some ready-to-bake sugar cookies from the store, frosting, and Mardi Gras-colored sprinkles. Rope your kids into helping decorate the sweet snacks, then serve them with a little Louisiana style. 

Bananas Foster Upside Down Cupcakes 


These mini desserts by Flavor Mosaic are bursting with banana and caramel. Although they might seem complicated to make, the steps are actually pretty simple, and the results will impress the whole family. Plus, you won't even have to feel guilty about indulging in such sweet cupcakes; it's Fat Tuesday, after all! 

King Cake Dip 


You may like King Cake, but you've never tasted it quite like this. Chrisy at Homemade Hooplah decided to kick things up a notch with a decadent dessert dip topped with caramel and pecans. She suggests dipping sprinkle-covered pretzels into this cake batter dip for a treat that's absolutely perfect for the indulgent occasion. 

Mardis Gras Beignets


You'll feel like you stepped right into Cafe du Monde with these homemade beignets. Wonderfully crunchy on the outside but soft on the inside, the treats are one of the best parts of this New Orleans-inspired holiday. Remember to cover your creations with plenty of powdered sugar! 

Easy Hurricane Cocktail


If you were to meander through a Mardis Gras celebration in New Orleans, someone would probably thrust a Hurricane into your hands at some point. It's one of the cities' most famous drinks, and it's easy to see why. Partiers love the mixed fruit juice and rum, so give it a try by following the recipe from Grits and Pinecones

New Orleans Gumbo 


What Cajun celebration is complete without a batch of spicy gumbo? Marzia from Little Spice Jar can show you how to make a roux from scratch and bring out every ounce of flavor. Serve with rice for a meal that's both festive and scrumptious. 

Carnival Queen Cocktail 

In the mood for something sweet and fizzy? This adult beverage is a showy blend of lemon, dark berry liquor, sparkling wine, and Crown Royal Regal Apple. Check out Style on Main to see how the creator, Greta, suggests serving it to guests. 

VooDoo Punch (Non-Alcoholic) 

Kids will certainly get a kick out of this colorful, tasty punch. Wheel'N Deal Mama mixed ginger ale, Lime Kool-Aid, raspberry syrup, and Sprite together to make a family-friendly drink that's as yummy as it is creepy-looking.