Saturday , 19 August 2017

Ben Lane

As beat reporter, Ben Lane covers the McKinney city government, the police and fire departments, the McKinney courts and the McKinney schools. Ben has spent his entire life in Texas. He was born and raised in Dallas and is new to McKinney. He spent several years in sales and marketing before he decided that he wanted his life to take a different path. He always had an interest in writing, going back to his days on the high school newspaper in Richardson. In 2009, Ben decided to return to school and pursue a degree in journalism. He graduated from the University of North Texas in 2012. Ben is a sports fanatic (supporting all the Dallas teams through good times and bad), a music lover, a decent cook, an avid reader, a married guy, and the father to two sons (one human and one canine). He may also be addicted to Twitter. Ben is tremendously excited to join TownSquareBuzz.com and the McKinney community as well. He plans to serve the people of McKinney with integrity and honor.

McKinney Man Arrested for Unlawful Restraint in Dallas

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Christopher Green, a 23-year old male, was arrested for Assault Family Violence and Unlawful Restraint stemming from an incident that began in Dallas. Green, who lives in McKinney, became involved in an argument with a female acquaintance at the 7-11 store, located at 9501 Forest Ln in Dallas, on March 7. According to the Dallas Police Department, the victim was upset ...

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Suspect in Cool Vapes Burglary Apprehended by McKinney Police Department Canine Unit

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Elmarquis McGinnis, 49, was apprehended by a McKinney Police canine after short chase on Sunday morning. At 5:16 a.m. on Sunday, McKinney police officers responded to a call for service regarding a possible burglary at Cool Vapes, located at 1502 W University Dr. “Once on they were on the scene, officers observed a male fleeing from the business,” said Sabrina Boston, ...

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Former City Manager Gray to Receive 12 Months Salary as Severance

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The end of Jason Gray’s tenure as city manager of McKinney may have been contentious, but he’s not leaving McKinney empty-handed. Gray is getting a hefty payday on his way out of town. According to Gray’s separation agreement signed by both Gray and Mayor Brian Loughmiller and obtained by TownSquareBuzz.com, Gray received a full year’s salary and benefits as part ...

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Truett St. Tragedy, Then and Now: The Investigation and Fight for Justice

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For the McKinney police officers that were there on that fateful night, the events of March 12, 2004 didn’t happen 10 years ago. They happened last night. They are each able to recall details with perfect clarity. The scene at 105 Truett St. is etched into their memories forever. The investigation would last years. It would take many twists and ...

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City Council Grants City Manager Authority to Madrigal During Transition

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The process of moving on from former City Manager Jason Gray continued when the McKinney City Council met to discuss the city’s next steps after reaching “a joint decision” to accept Gray’s resignation last Monday, Feb. 24. During a closed, executive session meeting Friday, the council members passed a resolution granting Deputy City Manager Jose Madrigal “the ability to act ...

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Jason Gray’s Resignation: How Did We Get Here?

When McKinney City Manager Jason Gray resigned Monday night, it brought his nearly three-year tenure to an abrupt but ultimately expected close. Controversial personnel and city business decisions marked Gray’s time in McKinney. Gray’s demeanor and the way he handled city affairs ruffled feathers throughout the city and city hall. Gray’s job performance was questioned by his bosses, the McKinney ...

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McKinney City Manager Jason Gray Resigns

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After months of turmoil and years of questionable decisions, Jason Gray’s time as McKinney’s city manager is over. On Monday evening, Gray met with the members of the McKinney City Council and “came to a joint decision to accept (Gray’s) resignation upon execution of a mutually agreed upon separation agreement,” according to a release from the City of McKinney. Gray’s resignation ...

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Pair Sues Franconia Brewery, Claiming Injuries Due to Explosion in 2012

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Editor’s Warning: The video above shows the aftermath of the explosion at Franconia Brewery in 2012 and features inappropriate language.  McKinney’s Franconia Brewery, its owner Dennis Wehrmann, and its head brewer Richard Camden Horn are the named defendants in a lawsuit filed recently by two people who claim they were injured during an explosion at Franconia during a 2012 brewery ...

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City Council Notebook: Architect Approved for Aquatic Center, City Charter Election Date Set

The McKinney City Council packed a lot of business into a brief one-hour meeting on Tuesday night. During the meeting, the council approved several items that will affect many McKinney citizens in the distend and not-too-distant future. The Aquatic Center Has an Architect: Council approved Brinkley Sargent Architects to provide architectural and engineering services for the aquatic and fitness facility ...

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City Manager Discusses Gateway Project in New Video

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In a video posted Wednesday by the City of McKinney, City Manager Jason Gray discusses the Gateway project, located at the northeast intersection of U.S. 75 and Sam Rayburn Tollway. In the short video, he says that the Sheraton McKinney Hotel and Conference Center, commonly referred to as the Gateway Hotel, is “back under way, back under construction.” He also ...

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