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New Fort Worth code enforcement head arrested

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The man the city of Fort Worth had hoped would reorganize and lead its troubled code enforcement department was arrested recently for shoplifting.

In July, FOX 4 was first to report the news about Fort Worth's bulldozers knocking down the wrong house on Watercress Drive.

Then weeks later the city admitted a mistake on Lagonda Street. Although the main house there was approved for demolition, a small structure was supposed to stay.

In the fallout, all demolitions were put on hold and veteran code enforcement supervisor Ron Reed was fired, according to his attorney.

At FOX 4's request, the city released a flow chart revealing department reorganization. It indicated demolitions would be headed up by Keane Menefee, a former city animal control supervisor. But city officials did not respond to recent requests to interview him.

That could be because he was arrested for shoplifting $1,200 worth of items on Sept. 25.

Police said Menefee loaded a shopping cart at the Target store on Overton Ridge with personal items including clothes, underwear and electronics. He allegedly paid for a transaction at the pharmacy, but then walked out of the store with the shopping cart without paying for any of the items inside it.

Menefee's charges and the code enforcement challenges are independent of what homeowner David Underwood is dealing with. He still has not reached an agreement on a settlement with the city because they knocked down his grandmother's house.

"I couldn't tell you where we are exactly because I still haven't officially heard from the city a number or anything other than we're working on it," he said.

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