<![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, 10 Oct 2015 05:49:42 -0500 Sat, 10 Oct 2015 05:49:42 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Manziel's Grandfather's House Burned Down]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 17:29:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/manziel+fire.jpg

An east Texas fire official says a blaze that destroyed a home belonging to the grandfather of Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel appears to be suspicious.

Fire crews received a call at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday to the fire at the house on Lake Tyler in Whitehouse, belonging to Paul Manziel, Johnny's grandfather.

When officials arrived, the house was engulfed in flames and had already begun to collapse.

Three vehicles were also destroyed.

Officials said no one was at the house at the time and no one had been there for the past two days.

Investigators said that they found evidence that indicates foul pay might have been involved.

A thorough investigation is under way to find the origin of the fire. The state fire marshal's office is bringing in an accelerant-sniffing dog to help.

According to the Smith County appraisal district, the property was valued at around $408,000.

There are no suspects at this time.

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<![CDATA[Texas Deputy Plays Drums With High School Band]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 15:21:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TX+DEPUTY.jpg

A Texas sheriff's deputy fell right in line with the drumline at a recent high school football game.

Turns out, Deputy A.J. Mendez is a quick draw with the drum sticks.

The Atascosa County deputy hit all the right notes with the Poteet High School band Saturday.

Watch the video above as Mendez never misses a beat.

Mendez is a 2005 graduate of the school who played in the band.

In fact, he co-wrote the cadence he's playing in the video.

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<![CDATA[Texas Border Cameras Show Decline Amid Manpower Surge]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 13:01:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/Border+Cameras.JPG

In Texas’ growing effort to secure its border with Mexico, state officials have said the gold standard of success would be to know exactly how many people are crossing into the U.S. illegally and to intercept all of them.

But data captured by the Department of Public Safety’s 1,200-plus border cameras — which DPS director Steve McCraw has touted as a way to “grade our homework” — suggests progress toward that goal has been hard to come by.

That’s despite the state’s decision last year to bolster the federal border presence by sending state troopers, the Texas National Guard and others to the Rio Grande Valley.

From 2012 to late June 2014, the cameras — all along the border — tallied that 48 percent of smuggling events detected by the technology resulted in an apprehension. But in the 14 months since the state’s border surge began, the interdiction rate has been around 40 percent.

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