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DECEMBER 4

THEFT OF PROPERTY AND EVASION OF ARREST 

At approximately 2:05 PM, an officer received a call from an employee at a store in the HPSV stating that two black males had just attempted to make purchases with fake credit cards. 

FAILURE TO LEAVE ID AT ACCIDENT 

An officer was dispatched to the 4200 block of Mockingbird Lane at approximately 2:00 PM to address a FLID. The victim stated that a silver Nissan struck the rear driver side bumper of his car, then left the scene without leaving behind the necessary information. 


DECEMBER 5

ACCIDENT INVOLVING INJURY 

At 6:36 PM in the 4200 block of Oak Lawn Avenue, a pedestrian was struck by a motor vehicle. The victim was sitting on a bench in pain when the police arrived. A witness was present and gave the police information on the vehicle that struck the victim. The witness stated that the driver of the vehicle appeared to be a white female and that the suspect vehicle left immediately after the incident. 


DECEMBER 7

BURGLARY OF A VEHICLE 

A victim stated that between 10:30 PM on December 6 and 8:40 AM the next morning, her vehicle was burglarized while it was parked in the driveway of her residence in the 4300 block of Arcady Avenue. Credit cards, a purse, sunglasses, and a driver's license were taken without permission. 

FAILURE TO LEAVE ID AT ACCIDENT 

At approximately 12:34 PM, an officer was dispatched to the 4100 block of Lomo Alto Drive to investigate a hit and run accident. The victim stated that between 12:24 PM and 12:34 PM, someone had struck her vehicle while it was legally parked. There was visible damage but no suspect. 

FOUND PROPERTY 

A resident brought two debit cards into the police station. She found them at the intersection of Princeton Avenue and Hillcrest Road. 


DECEMBER 8 

FAILURE TO LEAVE ID AT ACCIDENT 

At approximately 10:13 PM, an officer was dispatched to the 3900 block of Mockingbird Lane in regards to a minor accident. The victim was driving her car when it was swiped by another vehicle. The suspect vehicle then left without leaving any identifying information behind. 


DECEMBER 10 

FOUND PROPERTY 

An officer was dispatched to the 4400 block of Belclaire Avenue at approximately 4:55 PM. A resident had found the contents of a woman's purse strewn about the area and wanted to turn them into the police. 

All information provided by HPPD 

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DECEMBER 5

UNAUTHORIZED USE OF VEHICLE 

An officer responded to the 3800 block of McFarlin Boulevard at approximately 7:13 AM in regards to a possible Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. 

BURGLARY OF VEHICLE 

A witness observed a truck stopped in the 4000 block of Villanova Drive behind another vehicle. The witness stated that someone was at the back window taking the third-row seat out of the second vehicle and throwing them in the pickup bed. The truck then sped away, but the witness took a picture of the truck and its license plate. 


DECEMBER 6

EVADING ARREST DETENTION 

An officer encountered a vehicle in the 5900 block of Key Street that did not obey instructions given while directing traffic. The vehicle was advised that he was detained, but he left the area anyway. A valid license plate was obtained. 


DECEMBER 8

BURGLARY OF VEHICLE 

An unknown suspect removed all four tires from a victim's legally parked vehicle in the 3600 block of Purdue Street. The theft occurred between 7:00 PM the night before and 7:13 AM the next morning. 

BURGLARY OF VEHICLE 

A wire was taken from a work van parked in the 2700 block of Fondren Drive at approximately 4:04 AM. 

DUTY ON STRIKING UNATTENDED VEHICLE 

An unknown suspect struck a victim's legally parked vehicle in the 6900 block of Westchester Drive and did not attempt to contact the victim or leave any information behind. 


DECEMBER 10 

BURGLARY OF VEHICLE 

A victim stated that an unknown person had entered her vehicle without permission and stolen her purse while it was parked in the 8400 block of Hillcrest Avenue. The theft occurred between 8:00 and 9:00 AM. 

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 

A victim stated that an unknown person had damaged her Christmas decorations in the front yard of her residence in the 3900 block of Marquette Street between 1:00 AM and 9:00 AM. 

All information provided by UPPD 

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So, you got assigned a name for your workplace's Secret Santa party, and you've put shopping off until the last minute. You don't want to resign yourself to another easy but boring gift like a Christmas mug or a gift card, but you're not sure what else to go for. No worries! Here are some great gift ideas that won't cost you much but that will bring a smile to anyone's face, regardless of how well you know them. 

Package of Unique Socks
. Who won't enjoy some Harry Potter or Christmas-themed socks, especially with all of the cold weather hitting Texas lately? 

Cheap Bluetooth Speaker. Ever noticed the $5 ones in the front section of Target? Friends of all ages will find a use for one, especially if they love jamming out to music at their desks or on the go. 

Table-Top Game: 
There's some sort of cheap game for everyone. Look into Prosecco Pong, a small pool table, or a miniature foosball table. 

Cute Little Plant:
Give your friend a chance to embrace their green thumb with a cactus or succulent. They can survive with fairly small amounts of water, so they'll stay alive for a long time, even if the giftee isn't great with plants. 

Mini-Waffle Maker:
Did you know you can score one of these cute little appliances for just $18? It's pretty much a no-brainer.

Cozy Blanket:
Right now plenty of stores are offering great deals on fuzzy blankets, and they're the perfect kind of gift for a cold December party.  

Calendar With a Fun Theme:
2018 is almost here, and you know what that means: time to open a brand new calendar! 

Quality Waterbottle:
This might sound boring, but anyone will appreciate an insulated bottle that keeps their drinks icy and refreshing all day. 

Lip Balm:
I'm not talking about some fruity Smuckers. I'm talking about high-end stuff that will keep both women and men's lips from cracking during this chilly weather. 

Leather Journal:
The written word isn't dead yet! Give your person a lovely place to jot down important thoughts and lists. 

Luggage Tag Set:
If you're shopping for an avid traveler, they can never have enough colorful luggage tags to use. Bonus points if you get it personalized for them! 

Pair of Bluetooth Headphones:
No more tangled cords in their bag, and you won't have to hear them play their tunes on their desktop speakers. 

Funny Flask:
Whether they enjoy the occasional alcoholic beverage or not, most people will get a kick out of a decorated flask with a witty statement on it. 

Set of Fashionable Coasters:
No one likes a coffee table with stains on it. 

Phone Mount for a Car:
With the new no texting while driving law in Texas, everyone should be using one of these so they keep their eyes on the road instead of on their phone in their lap. 


What other great Secret Santa ideas do you have? Let us know in the comments! 

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The holidays can take a real toll on your wallet, so sometimes it's nice to engage in a few festivities that don't cost much. Need a few ideas? Here's a list of holiday-themed activities that will hardly cost you anything but that will leave your family with plenty of heartwarming memories.

1. Take a drive around a beautifully lit neighborhood. No Christmas is complete without witnessing some twinkling holiday lights. Ask around and find out which nearby neighborhood has the most impressive displays to check out. Bring along some hot cocoa and Christmas tunes to really make the night special. 

2. Craft your own ornaments. Little kids love arts and crafts, especially when they get to see their finished masterpieces hanging from a gorgeous tree. Get out the glue, glitter, popsicle sticks, and any other materials you can find lying around the house. Encourage everybody to get creative! Not only will you spend a few hours having fun together, but you'll also build memories to treasure for years to come. 

3. Host a Christmas cookie decorating contest. A few tubs of frosting, some sprinkles, and candy will go a long way in this activity. Challenge all of the participants to create the best-looking cookies for Santa, then decide on a winner. Oh, and don't forget to gobble a few up once the contest ends. 

4. Write and decorate some letters to Santa. Although this concept seems like a timeless tradition to some, fewer and fewer families seem to actually carry it out. Get out some pretty stationary and stickers, then get to work creating the perfect note for the jolly old man. Remember, it's kind to say thank you as well as list your secret Christmas wishes! 

5. Go to the library and check out a stack of holiday books. Holiday bedtime stories are a great way to spend some quality time together, and luckily most libraries have more than a few holiday picture books available. Make an event out of going to pick some out, then snuggle up to enjoy them before going to sleep one night. 

6. Cut out paper snowflakes and hang them in your windows. It's such a simple task, but it's a great way to deck the halls and get a little creative. Plus, we don't get much snow here in Texas, so someone's got to sprinkle a few snowflakes around the place! 

7. Gather up your gently used toys and clothes to donate to a nearby shelter. It's always nice to clear out some clutter as the new year comes around, and it's a special way to give back to those in need at this time of year. 

8. Host a holiday movie night, complete with candy canes and festive popcorn flavors. Vote on the best holiday movie available, then cozy up for a simple family movie night. Bonus points if everyone wears their most festive holiday pajamas. 

9. Road marshmallows over an open fire. Sticky, gooey hands are totally acceptable during this winter activity, and the addition of chocolate bars and graham crackers is definitely encouraged. 

10. Make gingerbread houses from scratch. Anyone can buy one of those expensive gingerbread kits from the store, but this year, try baking the gingerbread pieces at home then assembling a house that is uniquely your own. It might be messy and your homemade house might end up looking a little lopsided, but it's a more unique and engaging experience. 

11. Attend a local holiday parade. There are many throughout the area, so take to your local news sites and keep your eyes peeled. Parades are usually free to attend, and they're a great way to soak up some holiday cheer and spend an afternoon with the family. 

12. Send out holiday cards to friends and family. It might be expensive to get professional cards printed, but you can always make your own at home. No loved one is going to object to receiving a handmade card wishing them a happy holiday, especially if it's covered in fun drawings and festive colors. 

13. Volunteer your time at a local homeless shelter, soup kitchen, or hospital. After all, it is the season of giving, and what better way is there to spread the holiday spirit than by donating your time to a worthy cause? A simple Google search will let you know what organizations near you are searching for Christmas volunteers. 

14. Watch The Nutcracker on television. Tickets to see the famous ballet might come at a steep price, but anyone can view a lovely production from home. Do some research and figure out when a local production airs, then gather round and enjoy a Tchaikovsky Christmas tradition. 

15. Have everyone dress up for a special Christmas dinner. Even if you're just having a simple meal of spaghetti and meatballs, it's always fun to spice things up with a little luxury when the holidays roll around. Pick a meal with family and have every look their best. Don't forget to snap a few photos while everyone's in their fancy outfits!

How do you and your family celebrate the holidays without breaking your budget? Leave other ideas in the comments! 

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Spending your holidays in the Dallas/Fort Worth area? Then you're in luck because there's a host of amazing events taking place during December. From entertaining holiday musicals to some of the best Christmas light displays in the country, North Texas doesn't hold back when it comes to celebrating the best time of year. The only question is, how will you fit all of these festive activities in over the next few weeks? 

The Trains at NorthPark Center
 (Now - January 7)  

For the past 30 years, the NorthPark center has been home to an impressive display of 1600 feet of track and hundreds of miniature trains. More than 70,000 visitors stop by every year, and their tickets help benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. Over the past few decades, the trains have raised more than $13 million for families in need. Get your exhibit tickets now and enjoy a truly unique holiday experience in Dallas. 

Dr. Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical at the Winspear Opera House (Select Dates Through December 17) 

Watch as one of the most beloved holiday tales comes to life in a musical, magical production. Featuring all of the classic songs you know and love, the production is an engaging version of Dr. Suess' devious story that children and adults alike will enjoy. Take a trip to Whoville and learn the true meaning of Christmas sometime this month by purchasing tickets online

The Gift of Christmas at Prestwood Church (Select Dates Through December 17) 

On certain dates during the month of December, this Plano church will play host to an impressive display of Christmas songs, dances, and a live nativity. Witness a high-value production that will leave you in the Christmas spirit and impress viewers of all ages. Tickets are on sale now, but they might sell out soon, so act quickly if you want to enjoy this spectacular holiday celebration. 

Santa Claus: A New Musical in Fort Worth 
(Select Dates Through December 23)

The Casa Manana is putting on a show unlike any other, and it's sure to entertain audience members of all ages. Santa Claus has decided he's retiring, and it's time for him to select an heir. Full of catchy tunes and holiday cheer, Santa Claus: A New Musical is sure to win the hearts of your entire family. It might even become a yearly tradition! To browse showtimes or purchase tickets, visit www.casamanana.org

A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Dallas Children's Theatre (Select Dates Through December 23)  

See the timeless animated classic brought to life on stage this Christmas season. Children of all ages will get a kick out of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and his other friends as they rediscover the true meaning of the holiday. Full of music, heart, and talented performances, this show is one your family won't soon forget.  To browse showtimes or purchase tickets, visit this website

Santa Claus and His Village at the Galleria Dallas 
(Now - December 24) 

If your children are desperate to tell Santa what they want for Christmas, then you'll want to head over to the magical Village at the Galleria. Santa will be available daily for photos with the little ones, and he'll even listen to those gift requests you've been hearing for the past month. Visit www.galleriadallas.com to learn when the big guy will be available. 

The Dallas Jingle Bell Run (December 21) 

For more than twenty years, families have turned out for a nighttime 5k race, one-mile fun run, and festive party hosted by the Generaltional Group. The proceeds from the event go to the Trinity Strand Trail and the Mavs Foundation, and there's more to do than just run. Carolers, music, free jingle bells, glow sticks, holiday attire, and so many other additions make this event one you won't want to miss. Learn more at www.dallasjinglebellrun.com

Dallas Theater Center's A Christmas Carol (Select Dates Through December 28) 

The Wyly Theater is proud to present Dickens' timeless tale as it's brought to life on their big stage. Bring the kids along and enjoy a festive production full of special effects, talented actors, fun songs, and more. You might know the age-old story, but you've probably never seen it presented like this. Even the biggest Scrooge in your family will get a kick out of the stellar performance. To learn more about showtimes and how to purchase tickets, visit http://www.dallastheatercenter.org.

Enchant: The World's Largest Christmas Light Maze and Market (Now - December 31) 

Millions of dazzling lights will twinkle as you make your way through an ornate Christmas maze. Afterward, ice-skate on a frozen pond, browse goods at the Christmas marketplace, or sip on a steaming cup of hot cocoa. Hosted at the Globe Life Park in Arlington, this is one holiday event you'll simply never forget. Tickets are on sale now, so scoop some up while they're still available! 

Praire Lights (Now Until December 31) 

At this premier holiday light park in Grand Prairie, you can witness more than 4 million beautiful lights without even leaving the warm comfort of your car. Drive through the beautiful tunnels or get out and walk through a magical forest and fun holiday village. There are concession stands, photo opportunities, and gift shops to peruse in the village. The whole family can come, but tickets are going quickly, so visit priairelights.org to snag some now. 

ICE! Featuring 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (Now - January 1) 

This walk-through attraction features more than two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures, five ice slides, and freezing cold temperatures. Bundle up and spend an afternoon wandering through this winter wonderland, then explore the Gaylord's many (warmer) holiday attractions when you're finished. This year's theme is 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, and it's sure to be a hit with visitors of all ages. Buy your tickets online today. 

The 12 Days of Christmas at the Dallas Arboretum (Now - January 2) 

Now is the perfect time to meander through the beautiful gardens located in Dallas. There are a dozen decorated gazebos full of mesmerizing scenes from the timeless Christmas carol, as well as yummy drinks and a display of 800 gorgeous nutcrackers. You can check the exhibit out during the day or wait until nighttime when the gardens are illuminated by thousands of sparkling lights. Check out ticket availability here

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Texas (Now - January 7) 

Six Flags is always a fun place for a family outing, but it's never more enjoyable than during the holidays. The theme park transforms into a breathtaking wonderland and introduces several holiday-themed activities that you can only participate in at this time of year. Ride a few roller coasters, visit Santa, chow down on some s'mores, and browse the Merry Marketplace with friends and family. There's even an artificial hill of snow you can sled down! Purchase your tickets in advance so you won't miss out on any of the best shows and activities. 

Holidays at the George W. Bush Presidential Center (Now - January 7)

Did you know the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas celebrates the holidays, too? The center features an exhibit called "All Things Bright and Beautiful" that emphasizes the beauty of nature during the winter months. Browse gorgeous flower arrangements, photos from the presidency, colorful murals, and more. You might even feel like you popped over to the real White House during the Christmas season of 2005 after wandering through the festive showcase. 

Holiday Wonder at Fair Park (Now - January 7) 

New this year, the Holiday Wonder event in Dallas' Fair Park is an outdoor walk-through wonderland composed of eye-catching Chinese lanterns. More than two million lights illuminate figures of Santa Claus, floating swans, and other holiday favorites. There are also shows, music, dancing, a snowflake corridor, hot chocolate, and a huge slide. Tickets for this exciting light festival are available online, so grab yours now. 


What other festivities this month do you know of in the DFW area? Leave other recommendations for locals in the comments below, and have a wonderful December! 

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National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) takes place December 3rd – 9th this year, and Denton County Public Health (DCPH) wants to remind you that it is not too late to get your flu vaccine. It takes about two weeks for the flu shot to be fully effective, so plan ahead and get your flu shot today.

“This is the time of year when we talk about influenza and how dangerous it can be,” says Dr. Matt Richardson, DCPH Director. “Because flu is ‘seasonal’ and we discuss it every year, it’s easy to forget the impact. Flu, along with pneumonia diagnosis, is the eighth leading cause of death in the US, and we have a vaccine to prevent it.” Vaccination prior to your family’s holiday gatherings can help protect you and your loved ones from the flu.

DCPH recommends a three-pronged approach to fighting the flu:

1. Get vaccinated. The best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu is to get an annual flu shot, and the flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older.
2. Remember that antiviral medications are a second-line defense against the flu. If you are experiencing fever, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, muscle aches and headaches, visit your doctor immediately, and take antivirals if prescribed. These remedies can help you recover quicker, and can potentially prevent you from being hospitalized with flu complications.
3. Take everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs. Cover your cough and sneeze, avoid people experiencing flu symptoms, stay home when you feel sick and wash your hands often. These steps will help prevent respiratory viruses, including influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and rhinovirus.

DCPH reminds residents that getting vaccinated is a community effort that not only protects yourself but also family, friends and those around you. Vaccinating also helps safeguard those who are at highest risk of complications or death from the flu, including these groups:

  • Pregnant women and women up to two weeks postpartum
  • Children younger than five
  • Adults 65 years of age and older
  • People living in long-term care facilities
  • American Indians and Alaskan Natives
  • People with chronic health conditions such as asthma, neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions, chronic lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, weakened immune system due to disease or medication, kidney and liver disorders, and people with extreme obesity

Search vaccinefinder.org to find the vaccine in your neighborhood. DCPH clinics offer low-cost flu vaccines to those who qualify (details listed below). Visit www.texasflu.org for the latest information on flu in Texas, and www.cdc.gov/flu for details about symptoms, treatment, and prevention.


All information provided by Denton County Public Health 

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Whether you're in search of brilliant holiday lights or a huge Christmas tree to use in a photo shoot, the Dallas Arboretum is the place to be at this time of year. The garden center is hosting a large selection of festive activities over the course of the next month, and you won't want to miss out on their gorgeous celebrations of the holidays. Here are just a few of the things the Arboretum and Botanical Garden is currently offering: 

The 12 Days of Christmas (Day or Night) 

From November until the beginning of January, the Arboretum hosts a festive stroll through breathtaking exhibits in their Christmas-themed gazebos. Witness the magical scenes behind glass and be dazzled by hidden creatures and dancing figures. Although the tour is fun during the daytime, the festivities get kicked up a notch once the sun goes down. More than 500,000 twinkling lights adorn the garden, and beautiful holiday music will play as visitors sip on hot beverages and gaze at the wonders. Make sure to buy your tickets in advance because this program is extremely popular with DFW residents. 

The Nutcracker Suite in the DeGolyer House

Nothing says Christmas more than 800 festive nutcrackers on display in lavishly decorated rooms. Stumble right into the famous ballet as you explore the two private nutcracker collections, provided by Rosemary Thornton Brinegar and the Himert Family. The rooms in the DeGolyer House are open to visitors from 10 AM - 4 PM most days and 6 PM - 9 PM on special dates. Check online to see when you can visit this memorable attraction. 

Visits With Santa, Letter-Writing to the North Pole, and Fun Scavenger Hunts

Even your little kids can have a blast at the Arboretum this holiday season. Santa will be there on the weekends to hear what the children want for Christmas and take a photo with them. They can also pen letters straight to Santa's home, complete with special stickers, paper, and pens that will definitely catch the big guy's attention. Kids can also explore the Children's Adventure Garden and look for Santa's little animal helpers. Take pictures with the various critters, then bring the photos to the Exploration Center to receive a prize when the hunt is finished! 

A Mistletoe Kissing Booth 

The Arboretum has set up a kissing booth at the Cafe on the Green until January, so grab that special someone and give them a big smooch under the mistletoe and grab an adorable picture. After all, what Christmas is complete without a little mistletoe? 

Marching Toy Soldiers in the Garden 

On Wednesday evenings and some weekend afternoons, larger-than-life toy soldiers on stilts will march through the garden. This is a new addition to the Arboretum's holiday festivities, and it's a photo opportunity you simply won't want to pass up. Check online to see exactly when you can spot these giant soldiers during December. 

Holiday Tea Time at the Restaraunt DeGolyer 

This month, the Restaurant DeGolyer is hosting their annual tradition of luxurious holiday tea. Get a group of friends and family together and enjoy a lavish time at the Arboretum's fancy restaurant. Click here to make reservations online. 

A Holiday-Themed Hula Hoop Performance 

Although you might not think of hula hooping as a particularly festive activity, you won't want to miss the ChulaHoop USA group showcase their skills in a lighted performance. Just purchase your tickets to the 12 Days at Night Christmas Festival and you can witness these internationally renowned hula hoopers impress visitors on December 9 or 16. 


These are just a handful of the fun activities taking place at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens this month. To learn more about their special events or purchase tickets, visit their website at www.dallasarboretum.org

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NOVEMBER 26

INTERFERENCE WITH CHILD CUSTODY 

A parent in the 3400 block of Stanford Avenue refused to release their children to the ex-spouse as the divorce decree stated. The police were called to interfere at approximately 6:15 PM. 


NOVEMBER 27

BURGLARY OF A VEHICLE 

An officer responded to the 4400 block of McFarlin Boulevard at approximately 12:35 PM in regards to a possible BMV. According to the victim, an unknown suspect entered her vehicle without consent and took property between 4:30 AM on November 22 and 12:00 PM on November 25. 

THEFT OF PROPERTY 

An unknown suspect left two stolen bikes in the 4000 block of Bryn Mawr Drive and took two other bicycles without permission. 

BURGLARY OF A VEHICLE 

A suspect removed one section of the third-row seat in a victim's car while it was parked in the 8300 block of Preston Center Plaza. 

BURGLARY OF A VEHICLE 

An unknown person entered a victim's vehicle and stole her iPhone 7 from the console. The incident occurred between midnight and 11:00 AM while the vehicle was parked in the 2800 block of Rosedale Avenue. 


NOVEMBER 28 

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 

A victim stated that an unknown person entered her front yard in the 4500 block of Emerson Avenue and stole her Christmas decorations at some point during the night. 

THEFT OF PROPERTY 

An officer responded to the 3600 block of Hanover Street at approximately 12:15 PM in regards to a possible theft of a package. 

DUTY ON STRIKING UNATTENDED VEHICLE 

A victim parked his vehicle in front of his residence in the 2800 block of Amherst Street for approximately four days. On the fourth day, he observed damage to his driver side door. No one left any kind of note or information after the incident. 


NOVEMBER 29

EVADING ARREST DETENTION 

An officer responded to a report of solicitors in the 3000 block of Mockingbird Lane at approximately 3:59 PM. Upon arrival, two subjects ran from the officer. Both were arrested for evading detention. 


NOVEMBER 30

THEFT OF PROPERTY 

An unknown suspect stole the victim's Christmas decorations from her front porch in the 6500 block of Westchester Drive at some point during the night. 


DECEMBER 3

THEFT OF PROPERTY 

A victim stated that an unknown suspect stole his son's bike from their residence in the 3700 block of Binkley Avenue. The incident occurred between 11:00 PM the night before and 6:00 AM the next morning. 

All information provided by UPPD 

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NOVEMBER 27

IDENTITY THEFT 

A victim living in the 45000 block of Bordeaux Avenue stated that she had received an invoice from a debt collection company in August. The notice stated that she had an outstanding balance of more than $3,000 but she had never opened an account. It appears that an unknown suspect has been using the victim's name and social security number to conduct transactions without permission. 

FOUND PROPERTY 

At approximately 10:10 AM, an officer observed a golf bag full of golf clubs sitting at the southwest corner of Abbott Avenue and Drexel Drive. The resident nearby stated that he did not own the clubs or know who they belonged to. The golf clubs were taken into custody for safekeeping. 

FRAUDULENT POSSESSION OF IDENTIFYING INFORMATION 

At approximately 2:12 PM, an officer was dispatched to the 4400 block of Lakeside Drive in response to a report of fraud. The victim stated that she received a phone call from her credit card company alerting her to possible fraudulent charges. The victim then realized that her credit cards and driver's license were missing from her purse. 

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 

A victim stated that his son's vehicle was parked legally in front of their residence in the 4400 block of Lorraine Avenue when an unknown suspect broke into it overnight. The back window of the vehicle was forced open but nothing was taken. 


NOVEMBER 29

DAMAGE TO PRIVATE PROPERTY (NON-CRIMINAL) 

A police officer was dispatched to the 4600 block of Southern Avenue in response to a report of damage to private property. The victim stated that an unknown white male used his driveway to perform a three-point turn. In doing so, the suspect drove over a sprinkler head and damaged it. 


NOVEMBER 30 

THEFT OF PROPERTY 

At approximately 7:15 AM, an officer was dispatched to the 4600 block of Belclaire Avenue in regards to a report of stolen Christmas decorations. The victim stated that between 5:55 AM and 6:41 AM, an unknown subject had taken the decorations from her front yard without consent. 


DECEMBER 1

FAILURE TO LEAVE ID AT ACCIDENT 

A police officer responded to a call at approximately 10:35 AM in regards to an accident. The victim explained that she had parked in the fifteen-minute parking space outside of a UPS store, and when she started to back out, another vehicle struck her vehicle and left without leaving any information behind. 

FAILURE TO LEAVE ID AT ACCIDENT 

A victim walked into the Highland Park lobby at approximately 3:34 PM to report a FLID that occurred the previous day. He stated that he had been traveling east in the 4600 block of Mockingbird Lane when a vehicle attempted to merge into his lane. The other vehicle struck the front passenger side of his car. The other driver did not stop to leave the necessary information with the victim. 


DECEMBER 2

THEFT OF FIREARM 

At approximately 3:55 PM, an officer responded to the 4600 block of N Versailles Avenue in response to a reported BMV. The complainant stated that an unknown person had entered his unlocked vehicle and taken a firearm without permission while it was parked outside of his residence.

FOUND PROPERTY 

An officer was dispatched to the 3600 block of Potomac Avenue at approximately 7:05 PM. The reporting person stated that he had found a set of keys on the sidewalk while walking in front of his home. No one in the nearby area claimed the keys. 


DECEMBER 3

BURGLARY OF HABITATION 

At approximately 12:11 AM, an officer met with a victim who reported suspicious activity at his residence in the 3900 block of Euclid Avenue. The victim stated that he had just recently purchased the residence and had left two Uhaul pods in the driveway. He recently observed that the locks on the two pods had been cuts and items had been removed from the pods and placed on the driveway. It was not clear if any items had been taken. 

BURGLARY OF A VEHICLE 

At approximately 1:26 PM, an officer was dispatched to a burglary of a motor vehicle in the 3800 block of Normandy Avenue. The victim stated that the third-row seat of his vehicle had been removed overnight while it was parked outside of his residence. 


All information provided by HPPD 

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With hundreds of books hitting the shelves every month, it can be difficult to sift through new releases for the best finds. There are only so many hours in a day, and you want to spend your evenings curled up with a book that's worth your time. That’s why we’ve done the heavy lifting for you! Here are ten of the most popular novels that were published in November. 

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

Young Nahri doesn't believe in magic, but she is a master of tricks. Her skills as a performer earn her a living on the streets of eighteenth-century Cairo, but she knows her power comes only from herself. When she accidentally summons a sly djinn warrior, she's forced accept a magical world she never knew existed. Full of deadly political intrigue, dangerous wishes, and tempting magic, The City of Brass is a wild fantasy from start to finish.

“It’s hard to describe just how gorgeous and intricate this fantasy novel is.” - SYFY Wire 

Renegades by Marissa Meyer 

Bestselling YA author Marissa Meyer returns to the world of literature with this action-packed novel. Renegades, humans with unbelievable abilities, overthrew the villains that ruled their world, and now the losing side wants vengeance. Nova hates the Renegades for what they did, but her new friend Adrian believes in justice. Will she side with the villains she knows or adopt Adrian's love for the Renegades? 

"A fully realized new world with compelling characters and just enough edge-of-your-seat action to rival the biggest on-screen adaptation." - Bustle

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson 

Many readers have anxiously awaited this sequel from Sanderson, and the bestselling fantasy author brings his A-game. This third book has it all: a monumental evil force, impending war, ancient kingdoms, and knights who hope to save their crumbling world. If you haven't checked this series out, do so now because it just got better. 

"It's rare for a fiction writer to have much understanding of how leadership works and how love really takes root in the human heart. Sanderson is astonishingly wise." - Orson Scott Card

A Tangled Mercy by Joy Jordan-Lake 

When Kate Drayton's mother suddenly dies, she abandons her life as a Harvard graduate student and flees in search of answers to her many questions. She returns to South Carolina, where her parents met many years ago, in hopes of understanding her dysfunctional family. While there, she becomes intrigued by her mother's unfinished research on a failed slave result that occurred in 1822. Told in two separate tales separated by hundreds of years, A Tangle Mercy addresses what makes humans forgive and hope. 

“A novel of secrets, racial tensions, family, and a love that withstands the passage of time, A Tangled Mercy is truly enthralling.” - Historical Novel Society (Editor’s Choice)

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang 

Raised by wolves, the orphan Weylyn Grey always knew he was strange, but when he discovers that he has hidden powers, his life is turned completely upside down. He struggles to control his newfound abilities, and the story introduces the many people in Weylyn's life who love him despite his strange story, and his character quickly blooms. Original and full of heart, this book will make you believe in the magic of everyday life. 

"This enchanting title mixes magical realism with romance, humor, and adventure, delighting readers who enjoy strong fantasy populated with quirky characters and events." - Library Journal

Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell 

Known for her quirky tales of self-discovery and lovable characters, Rowell introduces two short stories that are perfect for a wintery evening. Accompanied by gorgeous illustrations, the stories will earn your heart and leave you believing in the magic of New Year's Eve. 

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada 

In the future, humans can change their bodies at the touch of a button. Genetic advancements have made it possible to cure diseases and alter anyone's DNA. When one of the renown geneticists is kidnapped by an organization called Cartaxxus, his daughter is left to fend for herself in a world becoming overrun by a dangerous disease. However, things start to change when she receives a message that contains information on a life-saving vaccine. Can she trust her father's kidnappers in order to save thousands of lives? 

"This Mortal Coil redefines 'unputdownable.' A thrilling, exhilarating read that's crackling with intelligence. Compelling characters and incredible twists come together perfectly—I loved this book. This is brilliant science fiction." - Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author of Illuminae 

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

After his wife died, Arthur's days all began to look the same: he'd tend his rose garden, care for his cat, and visit his wife's grave. When he meets an 18-year-old girl in the cemetery, a surprising friendship begins to blossom. Together, they begin to work through their heartbreaks and start new lives. Beautifully written and full of deep themes, The Story of Arthur Truluv will move you. 

"Redemptive without being maudlin, this story of two misfits lucky to have found one another will tug at readers’ heartstrings.” -Booklist

Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi 

Young Laylee spends her days cleaning dead bodies and preparing the souls for the afterlife. Her work is lonely, and it takes a toll on her body and social life. When a pair of familiar strangers appear, Laylee's world becomes a little brighter as she embraces magic and a powerful friendship. Bestselling YA author Tahereh Mafi is known for her gorgeous writing style, and she doesn't disappoint in her newest novel. 

“Brimming with color and magic… [Mafi’s] prose is as fresh and fragrant as the flowers her characters eat, the descriptions so vibrant that at times one can practically smell the words on the page." - New York Times Book Review

Insurrection by Sherrilyn Kenyon 

In Kenyon's dangerous world, the air has become diseased and killed most of Earth's population. Almost everyone is gone, except those under the age of twenty. The young people are still alive, but their bodies are changing. They have abilities that are dangerous, and they're ready to fight for the planet that was invaded by an unseen foe. 

"Kenyon boldly goes where no author has gone before and claims yet another genre as her own. With her League series, she has created a new, addictive universe and proven herself the undisputed master of the cross-genre novel." - Publishers Weekly