<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Texas News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcdfw.com/feature/texas-news http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Sat, 23 May 2015 22:40:37 -0500 Sat, 23 May 2015 22:40:37 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Waco Biker Freed After Paying $1M Bond]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 18:42:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jeff-battey-inset.jpg

One of the 177 bikers arrested following a deadly shooting outside of a Waco, Texas, restaurant is free after paying a $1 million bond.

Nine people were killed and another 18 were injured after an altercation led to a shootout outside of the Twin Peaks restaurant on Waco's south side Sunday afternoon.

Afterward, the 177 bikers not killed or injured in the melee were arrested. Hundreds of weapons, motorcycles and other vehicles were seized by police and either impounded or taken into evidence.

Bond for each of the bikers was set at $1 million by McLennan County Justice of the Peace W.H. Peterson, who said the bond amount was appropriate given the level of violence that occurred at the restaurant.

Jeff Battey was among those arrested and charged with engaging in organized crime with relation to a capital murder. He is the first to have paid his $1 million bond and was released from the McLennan County Jail.

Three others, originally charged under a different case number, had been released earlier in the week on bond amounts between $20,000 and $50,000. Their charges were later matched to the Waco incident and new bond amounts were reissued and two of the three men had been re-arrested, police said.

The third man, police said, would be returned to police custody and held on $1 million bond. At this time, it is not known if he is currently in police custody.

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<![CDATA[NTX Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 22:30:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/llegada-de-mosquitos-a-Arizona.jpg

The Texas Department of State Health Services confirms Thursday the first case of West Nile virus has been recorded in the state for the 2015 season.

And batches of mosquitoes on Thursday tested positive for West Nile virus in Mesquite, Frisco and Dallas County.

The West Nile virus patient, who is in Harris County, has contracted the more serious neuroinvasive form of the disease.

As per usual, health officials are not releasing personal information about the patient due to confidentiality laws.

While the patient is not in North Texas, the diagnosis serves as a reminder for everyone to take precautions to minimize the risk of exposure to the mosquito-borne virus.

"We do know that Harris County has their first human case, and so that tells us Dallas County residents and the state of Texas need to be aware that it is mosquito season and to be prepared," said Zach Thompson, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services.

Cases of West Nile neuroinvasive disease typically occur in the late summer or early fall, and Texas is seeing its first human case more than a month earlier compared to 2014.

"Seeing the first human case is not a surprise," said Thompson. "But what it tells us is we need to prepare and use preventive measures."

In 2013, there were 183 human cases in Texas. In 2014, there were 379. But Thompson said there's no way to predict if this year will have a higher number of cases than last.

"The number of mosquitoes that we are going to see in terms of possible positive mosquitoes, who knows?" said Thompson. "In terms of possible human cases, it fluctuates."

With Texas' variety of climates, West Nile can be transmitted year round, outside of traditional peak seasons. Experts advise people take protective measures by utilizing the "4Ds" to reduce the risk of West Nile virus:

  • DEET: All Day, Every Day: Whenever you’re outside, use insect repellents that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
  • DRESS: Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing outside.
  • DRAIN: Remove all areas of standing water in and around your home.
  • DUSK & DAWN: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn hours when mosquitoes are most active.

Several cities and towns in North Texas have already begun spraying adulticide to kill mosquitoes.

The city of Frisco says crews will spray for mosquitoes Friday from 6-9 p.m. in a section of the Frisco Lakes golf course and a nearby wooded area that leads to Lake Lewisville.

Due to the incredibly wet spring in North Texas, some city leaders believe that will lead to an increase in mosquitoes. An increase in mosquitoes doesn't necessarily mean an increase in cases of West Nile virus however.

"Up to 80 percent of people who contract the virus don't get symptoms and won't even know they have it," said Dr. Tom Sidwa, state public health veterinarian and manager of DSHS's zoonosis control branch in a news release Thursday. "But those who do get sick can experience very serious effects ranging from fever to substantial neurological symptoms and even death."

Symptoms, if they appear, are fever, headache, nausea, body aches, swollen lymph nodes and skin rashes. Fewer than 1 percent of those infected with West Nile virus experience the more serious neuroinvasive form of the illness.

State health officials are also monitoring cases of another mosquito-borne virus, chikungunya, after seven Texas residents have been diagnosed with the disease this year after traveling to Central or South America.

<![CDATA[Some Waco Biker Brawl Suspects From NTX]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 17:45:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/waco-AP289036923518-%281%29.jpg Some of the 170 people arrested in connection with the Waco biker shootout are from North Texas.

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<![CDATA[Texas Man Wins Big With Losing Lotto Ticket]]> Fri, 15 May 2015 17:04:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas_Lotto_Winner.jpg

Have you ever wondered what to do with a losing scratch-off ticket? 

Thousands submitted losing Dream Home Lottery tickets to a second-chance drawing for a new home.

Four finalists were each given keys, but only one worked to unlock a door at an event in McKinney. In the end, Carlos Zavala of Tyler came out with the grand prize.

Zavala was given a $500,000 to build a D.R. Horton Dream Home in any D.R. Horton community in Texas, Lottery officials said.

Scratch-off tickets for the drawing generated $35.2 million in sales and an estimated $7 million in revenue for public education.

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