Man Linked to Recent Murders in Fort Worth, Plano

PLANO, Texas –

Plano police believe there may be more victims of a capital murder suspect who is charged with two rapes and murders in two different cities.

Police believe the same man who killed a woman near the Texas Christian University campus in April also killed the woman who disappeared from the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano.

The arrest affidavit describes 23-year-old Reginald Kimbro as a violent sex predator who committed two horrific crimes in the span of four days. He’s been charged with capital murder for 36-year-old Megan Getrum’s death. Continue reading “Man Linked to Recent Murders in Fort Worth, Plano”

Plano Tomorrow Receives National Planning Award from Apa

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The city of Plano received the American Planning Association’s 2017 Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan for its Plano Tomorrow plan, Texas’ first web-based plan of its kind. Plano Tomorrow establishes a vision for the next phase of the city’s evolution, guiding future growth, priorities, services, development and redevelopment, while providing the community better access in a more user-friendly format.

The Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan is given for a group achievement by a planning agency, planning team or firm, community group or local authority that advances the science and art of planning. The award is named for Daniel Burnham whose professional contributions to the planning profession helped create greater awareness of the benefits of good planning. Continue reading “Plano Tomorrow Receives National Planning Award from Apa”

Plano Police Begin Search For Missing Woman

Megan Leigh Getrum (Image via Plano Police Dept.)

PLANO (1080 KRLD) – Police in Plano are asking for public assistance in locating a woman who was reported missing on Tuesday.

According to police, 36-year-old Megan Leigh Getrum was reported missing after a friend said she had not been heard from since the weekend.

Police searched the immediate area of West Parker Road, but did not find her. Officials say that, “no signs of foul play were discovered.”

Getrum is described as a white female, (5′ 7″ 155 lbs) with light brown hair, green eyes and wears glasses.

If you have information as to the whereabouts of Ms. Getrum, officials ask that you call the Plano Police Department at 972-424-5678.

Police: Son Sought in Plano Man’s Murder

PLANO — Police are searching for a man accused of murdering his father.

According to police, 50-year-old Kenneth Alleman Midgley was found dead inside his home in the 4700 block of Nocona Drive. Officers were called to the home Saturday at about 2:30 p.m. for a welfare check.

An initial investigation identified his son, 28-year-old Kenneth Alleman Midgley II, as a suspect. Detectives obtained a warrant on a murder charge.

Officer David Tilley with Plano PD says there is video evidence that Midgley crossed the border to Mexico last week while driving a four-door, charcoal-colored, 2009 GMC Sierra 2500HD pickup truck with a Texas license plate BVL5331.

The U.S. Border Patrol has been notified, and there are no known family members in Mexico.

Police are urging the public to call 911 if anyone has seen the suspect or the vehicle matching the description.

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Birthing Center or Hospital? More Choices for North Texas Moms

PLANO – Jeannine Watson Tate says she has the best job around. She gets to help moms bring their babies into the world.

“I think I cried the first 10 times,” she said.

The certified nurse-midwife spent years working in the maternity wards, but she recently left the hospital world to deliver babies the way she wants.

“I’m opening the Plano Birthplace, my birth center in Plano, Texas,” Tate said.

Birth centers are a growing medical trend and practice across the country, including North Texas. There are centers in Allen, Richardson and Dallas, but Tate’s will be the first in Plano when it opens in May.

“It feels amazing to realize my dream,” she said.

Birthing centers are state licensed in Texas. The idea is to offer a more natural form of birth. There are no epidurals and the setting is designed to feel more like a spa and less like a medical facility.

“We’re going to hang pictures and decorations; everything has a thought,” Tate said.

The walls at The Plano Birthplace are painted in a calming grey tone. Instead of a hospital bed there’s a four-poster bed where expecting moms can give birth. There are also deep bathtubs where moms can give birth or relax during labor pains.

Claire Dodge is expecting her fourth child any day. She says the birthing center approach makes her feel or at home. Midwifes like Tate work with families from conception to well after birth.

“You create a relationship and you have an autonomy that you may not have other ways,” Dodge said.

Birthing Center advocates say insurance providers covering these services more and more in recent years, something Tate says was unheard of a decade before.

“In the last five years we’ve really seen a big change,” Tate said.

Expert estimate in hospital births can cost between $10,000 and $15,000 while Tate says birthing centers charge between $4,000 and $7,000 for their services. The out-of-pocket cost will vary depending on individual plans.

“We don’t use a lot of the drugs and that always adds that extra cost and in many cases they aren’t needed,” Tate said.

One of the biggest questions moms who choose this route get is “What about the epidural?” Tate says most women don’t need it and their bodies create endorphins to combat the pain and help with the delivery.

“For so many women it’s the fear of the pain that’s worse than the pain itself,” Tate said.

Tate says there’s no right answer when it comes to birth. She just wants women to realize that they have a choice and the power to create life.

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Plano Man Dies in Single-Car Crash After Flipping, Landing in Creek Embankment | Plano | Dallas News

Police were called to the scene in the 4100 block of K Avenue, between East Parker Road and East Spring Creek Parkway, around 1:25 a.m. A 2010 Chevrolet Camaro was upside-down in a creek embankment, and its driver — 25-year-old Mason Todd Geis of Plano — was dead.

Geis was wearing his seat belt, police said. No one else was in the car.

Investigators determined, with the help of witness statements, that the Camaro had been speeding north on K Avenue when it hit a curb, flipped and landed in the embankment.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.