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Why Dallas City Hall, a developer and the feds are so interested in a ‘crime-infested blight on a hillside’ in Oak Cliff

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Somehow we — by which I mean City Hall, the media, the poor — always land back here, on 16 acres of federally subsidized housing next to Dallas National Golf Club, where former President Barack Obama shoots a round whenever he comes to town.

The 250-unit Ridgecrest Terrace complex is, again, Dallas City Hall’s latest obsession. Politicians and attorneys are fighting over it. A Colorado company wants to buy the property from its New Jersey owner and needs the city’s help but might not get it. Then there are the feds, demanding answers.

And caught in the middle are the people who live at what this newspaper in 2011 called a “crime-infested blight on a hillside,” because they cannot afford to live anywhere else. Don’t forget them. Not again. Not this time.

If the dust-up over this wedge of poverty planted a tree line away from so much wealth isn’t The Story of Dallas, it’s close. Maybe a chip shot away.

Ridgecrest Terrace is infamous in part for the people who died here. The 19-year-old shot to death in 1995. Todd Krodle, the Dallas firefighter who fell through an improperly repaired roof in 2011. The mother who was stabbed to death in front of her two young children in 2014.


And for the second time in a decade, city attorneys allege in a lawsuit that the complex built in 1969 is a dangerous and “unsanitary” place where people “habitually go to commit crimes of disorderly conduct, aggravated assault, arson, criminal mischief, sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated robbery.”

The city filed its suit Aug. 28. Housing and Urban Development officials said Thursday that they found out about it one month later. HUD funds the vouchers tied to Ridgecrest, but they’re administered by Austin-based Southwest Housing Compliance Corp.

Workers were dropping off fire extinguishers at units Wednesday. Until this week, there was just one extinguisher per building.(Robert Wilonsky/Staff)

Workers were dropping off fire extinguishers at units Wednesday. Until this week, there was just one extinguisher per building.  (Robert Wilonsky/Staff)

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Transgender Woman Muhlaysia Booker Found Dead In East Dallas

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Transgender woman Muhlaysia Booker, who was at the center of a viral video where she was beaten near an apartment complex, was found fatally shot in east Dallas early Saturday morning, police confirmed.

Police responded to the shooting call in the 7200 block of Valley Glen Drive at around 6:40 a.m near the Tenison Park Golf Course. She was found dead from a gunshot wound.

In a press conference on Sunday, police identified the woman as Booker. Police do not have any suspects at this time.

Booker was at the center of a video last month where she was seen being brutally attacked outside the Royal Crest Apartments on Wilhurt Avenue in south Dallas.

Police made one arrest in the assault case. Edward Thomas was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.


Police do not know of any connections between Booker’s death and the assault.

During Sunday’s press conference, Dallas police talked about the violent month the city appears to be experiencing. They said there have been 23 homicides in May and have solved 18 of them.

“It is the DPD policy that we actively pursue murder suspects. We as a department hold human life dearly and precious as should everybody but we recognize not everybody does. So speaking directly to them – I want you to know that the DPD has never tolerated murder and we never will so understand that we will actively, aggressively pursue you. We need the help of the community and that will be our directive,” Assistant Chief Avery Moore said.

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Police Searching For Man Suspected Of Fatal Shooting 28-Year-Old In South Dallas

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Police are searching for a man who they believe shot and killed a 28-year-old at a south Dallas apartment complex Wednesday afternoon.

Police say they responded to the shooting at the Highland Park Apartments on Highland Hills Drive at around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. When they arrived, they found Raymond Dupree in his vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds.

He was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Through the investigation, police believe that 37-year-old Malcolm Bussey is responsible for Dupree’s death. Police say Bussey fled the scene of the shooting in a light-colored Grand Marquis.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 214.671.3684 or Crime Stoppers at 214.373.8477.


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Community Activist Dominique Alexander Arrested on Alleged Domestic Violence

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Update:  According to CBSDFW Dallas civil rights activist Dominique Alexander has been arrested as police investigate two allegations of domestic violence against him.

Police say a person who has not been identified reported the two allegations of family violence on Wednesday that involved the activist. He was arrested late Thursday afternoon and booked into the Dallas County Jail.

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The Dallas Police Department Family Violence Unit is investigating a complaint made against community activist Dominique Alexander, DPD confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

Alexander’s girl friend called Dallas activist and pastor Jeff Hood after the alleged assault. The pair then went to the hospital before filing a report at the Northwest Dallas Police substation.


“When I got to (the victim) last night, she was experiencing back pain — upper disk pain — she had bruising on her forehead. She had scrapes and bruising on her arm, her finger was swollen and one of her toes was broken,” Hood said.

Alexander, admitted that he’d been in a domestic argument but denied punching anyone during the incident.

“I did not in no way, form or fashion ball my fist or kick or hit her in any kind of way.” — Dominique Alexander

“I did not in no way, form or fashion ball my fist or kick or hit her in any kind of way,” Alexander told the Observer on Wednesday. “I believe that, if that was the case and there was truth and evidence that I would be in jail right now.”

Alexander say’s Hood is taking advantage of what he called a private matter.

“As a fellow activist, I find it very alarming that Jeff Hood decided to exploit my private life in a way without even communicating with me regarding it,” Alexander said. “I find it very deceiving and very misleading. I feel like this is a private matter that has two sides of every story.”

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