<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Texas News]]> Copyright 2014 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 Aug 2014 08:45:25 -0500 Sat, 23 Aug 2014 08:45:25 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Lawyer: Sgt. Bergdahl Wants to Attend College]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:26:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP558299051787.jpg

An Army sergeant held as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five years wants to attend college once the investigation into how he was captured by the Taliban is finished, his attorney said Wednesday.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is in "a holding pattern" doing administrative duties at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, according to attorney Eugene Fidell, a military justice expert who is also a visiting lecturer at Yale Law School.

But any discussion of where Bergdahl, 28, wants to attend school or what he wants to study is "way ahead of the target," Fidell said.

Bergdahl was freed May 31 in exchange for five detainees at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center. The move generated criticism amid allegations Bergdahl was a deserter.

The Army initially said it would put out a report on the probe of Bergdahl's disappearance on Friday, 60 days after the investigator, Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl, was assigned the case. But the Army has extended the time for completion of the report.

"It is possible that he will have to follow up on issues that may require additional witness interviews," the Army said in a statement Tuesday. "Army senior leaders have been advised of the status of the investigation, and Maj. Gen. Dahl expects to submit his report for review in September."

Fidell said he has no problem with the Army being thorough.

"As they usual do, these dates more or less are arbitrarily selected," he said. "Turns out they need more time, so they're helping themselves to more time ... The more thoughtfully this is looked at, the better."

Fidell said Bergdahl had been "integrated" at the Army post but declined to elaborate on his client's health, saying only that the soldier was "doing OK."

"I'm not going to go into that for privacy," he said. "I'm probably erring on the side of caution, but if it was my medical file or yours, we wouldn't want it discussed."



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<![CDATA[Trucks Targeted Most by Thieves in Texas]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:33:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dfw-generic-ford-f150-01.jpg

Trucks rule in Texas, not just on the roadways but with thieves as well.

This week the National Insurance Crime Bureau released its annual "Hot Wheels" report of the most stolen vehicles in the United States in 2013.

In Texas, the Ford pickup tops the list followed by Chevrolet and Dodge pickups.

Most Stolen Vehicles in Texas in 2013:
1. 2006 Ford Pickup (Full Size)
2. 2006 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
3. 2005 Dodge Pickup (Full Size)
4. 1997 Honda Accord
5. 2000 Honda Civic
6. 2005 GMC Pickup (Full Size)
7. 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe
8. 2012 Toyota Camry
9. 2005 Chevrolet Impala
10. 2002 Ford Explorer

Meanwhile across the nation the Honda Accord and Honda Civic are tops with thieves.

Most Stolen Vehicles in the U.S. in 2013:
1. Honda Accord
2. Honda Civic
3. Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
4. Ford Pickup (Full Size)
5. Toyota Camry (14,420)
6. Dodge Pickup (Full Size
7. Dodge Caravan
8. Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee
9. Toyota Corolla
10. Nissan Altima

More: National Insurance Crime Bureau - Hot Wheels Report



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<![CDATA[Anna Nicole Smith Final Estate Case Bid Rejected]]> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 10:27:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/53338100.jpg

The estate of Anna Nicole Smith has failed in its final bid to obtain her late husband's money, seven years after the death of the Playboy model and reality TV star.

A federal judge in Orange County on Monday rejected the effort to obtain about $44 million from the estate of Texas billionaire J. Howard Marshall, whom Smith married in 1994 when he was 89 and she was 26. The oil tycoon died the next year. His will left his $1.6 billion estate to his son and nothing to Smith.

Smith, under her real name of Vickie Lynn Marshall, challenged the will, claiming that her husband promised to leave her more than $300 million above the cash and gifts showered on her during their 14-month marriage. A Houston jury said Marshall was mentally fit and under no undue pressure when he wrote the will.

Over the course of nearly 20 years, the Texas bankruptcy court and local and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, all rejected Smith's various attempts to overturn Marshall's will and trust and to obtain money from his estate.

The efforts continued even after Smith died of an accidental drug overdose in February 2007.

On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter denied a request from Smith's estate to sanction the estate of Marshall's son, E. Pierce Marshall.

"Time spent litigating the relationship between Vickie Lynn and J. Howard has extended for nearly five times the length of their relationship and nearly twenty times the length of their marriage. It is neither reasonable nor practical to go forward," the judge said in his ruling. He noted that it was the last surviving piece of decades of litigation.

"The American taxpayer has supported the burden of this litigation for many years, and it is time for this suit to no longer `drag its weary length before the Court,"' Carter concluded, quoting a Supreme Court decision in the case that itself quoted Charles Dickens' "Bleak House."

An email message for Howard K. Stern, the executor of Smith's estate, was not immediately returned Tuesday.

G. Eric Brunstad Jr., attorney for the Marshall family, said in a statement that the family agreed with the judge that it was time to stop the litigation.



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<![CDATA[Rockwall Man With ALS Takes Ice Bucket Challenge]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:15:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/David+McClain+Edited.jpg

A Rockwall native who suffers from ALS who just took the Ice Bucket Challenge has called on all his Facebook friends to complete the challenge and donate, whether or not they choose to dump ice water over their heads.

David McClain's challenge is unique amid countless Ice Bucket Challenge videos nationwide — not just because he's passing it on to every Facebook friend, or because he used Texas-shaped ice cubes.

For McClain, who has been living with ALS for 12 years, the cause is personal.

"I am paralyzed from my shoulders down. I cannot speak, nor can I eat or drink. I am fed through a feeding tube. I cannot breath without assistance of a ventilator. But as bad as that sounds, I am able to keep a positive attitude with the help of my family, my friends and the good Lord today," he said with the help of an eye-scan machine on his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video.

"I want to nominate all of my friends who I have on Facebook. Here is my challenge to each of you. Not only do I challenge you to take the ice bucket plunge, I also challenge you to make a donation of whatever you can to the ALS Association. With your help, we can find a cure for this horrible disease. There is always hope," he said.

McClain is paralyzed from the shoulders down and requires 24-hour care. Family members said he has defied the odds.

"The average life span when you're diagnosed is three to five years, and he's going on his 12th year of living with it," said McClain's wife, Donna.

After his diagnosis, no one expected him to walk his daughter down the aisle, but he gave her away and stole the show.

His daughter-in-law, Ashley, said that despite his struggles and deteriorating condition, her father-in-law never complains.

"He is the most positive individual I have ever met. Although he might have limitations, David will never once ask for pity from anyone he meets," Ashley McClain wrote in an email to NBC Connecticut. "He just wants to share his inspirational words."

She said that David McClain participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness and to encourage the public to show support by donating to the cause.

"Obviously, we didn't choose ALS for my dad. We didn't want that," she explained. "But you can choose your attitude, and his attitude toward it has blessed so many people."

More information on ALS and the Ice Bucket Challenge is available on the ALS Association Web site.



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ashley McClain]]>
<![CDATA[1 Killed, 1 Hurt in Texas House Collapse]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:50:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Generic-Police-Lights-08211.jpg

A house being demolished in South Texas collapsed on its wrecking crew, killing one worker and sending another to the hospital.

The collapse happened about 3 p.m. Thursday in Gregory, about 12 miles northeast of Corpus Christi.
Police Sgt. David G. Martinez told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times that three men were trapped in the wreckage.

He said one of the men was taken to Christus Spohn Hospital Memorial in critical condition but was stabilized after arrival. The owner of the house, who was helping with the demolition, initially refused treatment but was later taken to a hospital.

Police withheld the identities of the three.

Fire Chief Juan Jimenez says the men removed most of the walls of the dilapidated wooden house when it toppled on them.



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