Plano: Two charged in murder of 67-year-old man; bank robbed

On May 26, 2011 at approximately 8:00 a.m., Plano Police Officers responded to a Welfare Concern call in the 7400 block of Alma Drive.

Police found a deceased white male was located with apparent head injuries and transported to the Collin County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The deceased has now been identified as Paul W. Halperin, a 67-year-old white male from Plano.

On May 26, 2011, Plano Police Officers arrested Lakeisha Jean McWay (pictured on right), a 19-year-old black female from Dallas, and Shaniqua Shuntay Shelton (pictured at left), an 18-year-old black female from Dallas’ Pleasant Grove in connection with the homicide of Paul Halperin.

Both suspects have been charged with Murder and are being held on $500,000 bond amounts in the Plano City Jail.

This investigation, by the Plano Police CAPERS Unit, is on-going.

Bank robbery

In another crime on May 24, 2011 at approximately 6 p.m., Plano Police Officers responded to a Bank Robbery at the Chase Bank in the 5900 block of West Parker Road.

Upon Officers’ arrival, it was determined that the suspect entered the bank and passed a note to the teller demanding money.

The teller complied with the suspect’s demands and the suspect fled the location with an unknown amount of currency.

The suspect is described as a black female, approximately 5-9, in her mid-30s, thin build, and was last seen wearing a purple jacket, white shirt, and a black hat.

If you have any information regarding this offense or the location of the suspect, please call the Plano Police Department Tip Line at 972-941-2148 or the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 877-373-8477.

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Kidd’s Memorial Day blog

By KIDD KRADDICK

If you were new to America and you went by what you see and hear on TV and radio, you might be convinced that Memorial Day is the one weekend a year to save big money on cars and electronics. You almost never hear the words Memorial Day anymore unless they’re followed by the word “sale.” People always complain that we’ve lost the true meaning of Christmas or Easter.

I think the attention we give Memorial Day is the holiday we should be most embarrassed about. Unlike Christmas or Easter, remembering our fallen soldiers doesn’t require that you be Christian or Jew or Muslim. Just American. Republican, Democrat, liberal, conservative, pro-war, anti-war. We should all come together on this day…not the whole weekend. … just Monday, and remember what the holiday means and how we’re supposed to observe it.

When America was trying to recover from the Civil War, nearly every family in this country felt the direct loss. Imagine a country one fourth the size it is now and then imagine nearly 700 THOUSAND casualties. On those first few Memorial days, I’m pretty sure they didn’t celebrate with hot dogs and three day weekends and a sale on video games.

In the last seven years, Memorial Day has meant something for the first time to hundreds of families. Families who’ve been through the scope of emotions that started with pride of service, fear of loss, and finally numbing grief that the person they love is gone forever. Ask the families and they usually won’t use the word hero. Instead they’ll use words like “friend”, “brother”, “son”, “confidant”, “full-of-life”, “passionate”, and sincere.

Just my opinion, but Monday is not the day to debate the war in Iraq. It’s offensive. It’s offensive to say our soldiers died in a meaningless war. It’s equally offensive to defend the cause. On this day it is. We’ve got 364 other days for that.

Memorial Day to me isn’t about war or all the feelings that go along with it. It’s about individuals who chose to serve in the United States Military, they chose to follow orders and they made the ultimate sacrifice.Chances are there is a veterans’ cemetery within a few miles of you. You’ll find many soldiers buried there who returned from the war and lived full, productive lives. But you’ll no doubt find a bunch of headstones that tell the story of an abbreviated life. Each of those markers represents the crushed dream of a wife, a parent, a brother.

And I hope we will remember that on Monday, in between hanging out with family and firing up the grill and hanging out with friends. …I truly hope that Monday, if even for a fleeting moment, you will hit the pause button and realize that this is not just a day off from work or school. Our fallen heroes chose to put their lives on the line for many reasons, but I’m pretty certain that giving us a day-off is not one of them.

I sometimes regret that I did not have the privilege to serve my country. As much as I whine and complain about how imperfect America is (an inalienable right to do so in America, by the way), I wish that I had given a couple years of my life to demonstrate to others and myself that what we have here is more than worth defending. And for those who did–and paid the price–they will forever have my unwavering respect and admiration.
-Kidd

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