<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Texas News]]> Copyright 2016 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 Sun, 01 May 2016 07:23:06 -0500 Sun, 01 May 2016 07:23:06 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Tx. Cop Helps NYPD Arrest Suspect]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:28:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/polic+chief+sean+ford+texas.jpg

A Texas police chief vacationing in New York City intervened in a fight between an alleged thief and a store security officer on the street, and helped arrest the suspect, the NYPD said. 

Sean Ford, chief of the Sunset Valley Police Department in the Austin area of Texas, says he was strolling along Fifth Avenue and headed to Central Park when he encountered a scuffle near 58th Street, in front of the Plaza Hotel. 

Police said a store employee followed the suspect out of the Abercrombie & Fitch store after he allegedly swiped a fragrance bottle and chased him down Fifth Avenue. 

The suspect was swinging at the employee and no one appeared to be helping, even as the struggle became more violent, Ford said.

"Everybody was standing around taking pictures," he said. 

Ford's instincts kicked in and he helped break up the fight, holding down the suspect until police arrived, he said. 

"I got the guy, told him I was a police officer and took him to the wall, held him there until NYPD could get there," Ford said. 

"The officers that responded were amazing, as usual. Just what we would expect and what the rest of the nation looks up to." 

The NYPD tweeted a message of thanks to Ford, who now says he feels a little bit more like a New Yorker.

"I probably would not have wanted to do it this way," Ford said, laughing. "But I'm glad I was there and then I got to meet some of the great guys from New York." 

The alleged 26-year-old shoplifter was taken to the Midtown North precinct stationhouse on a larceny charge. He's expected to be arraigned overnight or on Saturday morning. 

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<![CDATA[Video of Boy's Slip in Roller Coaster Seat Goes Viral]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 04:16:56 -0500 Google Street View from January 2008.]]> Google Street View from January 2008.]]> http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wonderland-amarillo-google-street-view.jpg

A roller coaster ride in the Texas Panhandle took a scary turn for a father and son last week when the boy's seat belt broke, according to the father.

The incident took place Friday at the Amarillo amusement park Wonderland, according to the video Delbert Latham posted to Facebook that Sunday. It shows him and his son, Kaysen, who slips down the frame and out of view once the roller coaster takes its first drop.

"I got you," Latham tells his son in the video. "Hey, you're fine, I promise."

The video cuts off, but Latham writes that the seat belt had broken. He says he held on to his son for the rest of the ride.

"What makes it worse is when I told the guy at the end of the ride he stated that he knew that had happened sometimes!!" he wrote. The video has been viewed over 200,000 times.

NBC affiliate KAMR reports that Latham isn't seeking a lawsuit or financial returns, only for Wonderland to beef up safety measures.

The amusement park said in a statement that the ride was originally built without seat belts, which were added later as an extra security measure.

"We appreciate his diligence in quickly bringing this to our attention," the statement reads. "Wonderland immediately reached back out to Mr. Latham the evening it happened and promptly removed the back cart from the ride and ensured all other seat belts were in proper working order."

Four people were bruised or left sore by an incident on the Mousetrap on May 9, 2014, according to state amusement ride injury reports.

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<![CDATA[It's Snake Season in the Rio Grande Valley]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:01:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/KVEO+Snake+Season+042516.jpg

Some say that our warm weather means that snake season in the Rio Grande Valley.

The truth is that South Texas weather makes it so that it is snake season all year long. It turns out that warmer seasons bring more people outdoors and thus snake encounters increase. We spoke to a snake expert to describe what you should do if you happen to spot more in the outdoors.

"It's great subtropical climate for them, and that is what they like. But the good news is that only three of those are venomous. The chances of encountering a venomous snake are pretty rare," said snake expert Clint Guadina.

With over 34 species of snakes, how does the average person distinguish between a dangerous one?

"My recommendation is if you encounter a colorful snake that looks like this leave it be, let it go on it’s way and don't try to harass it," said Guadina.

Like most animals snakes are afraid of humans. But not all snakes are dangerous. Some are said to be valuable to our region. Such as the Texas Bull Snake, they look like rattlesnakes, but they’re non venomous. They are also good to have around because they eat rodents and other snakes.

"Snakes are a valuable asset to the ecosystem. They’re becoming rarer and rarer cause people like to kill them and run them over. And just enjoy them," said Guadina.

Enjoy them, but from a distance. If you are ever bit by a venomous snake seek medical help immediately. Do not run as it could increase the spread of venom in the body. Do not drive yourself to a hospital because you may enter a state of paralysis while driving.

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<![CDATA[Texas Tech Vet School Aiming for 2019 Opening]]> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 17:44:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Tech+Vet+School.jpg

Last year, Texas Tech announced plans for a veterinary school to be housed at the TTUHSC campus in Amarillo. Despite doubts from the Texas A&M System which is home to the only veterinary school currently operating in Texas, the Texas Tech System is continuing their efforts to make this school a reality. One faculty member involved with the planning told EverythingLubbock.com that the goal is for the first group of students to begin taking classes in 2019 at the Texas Tech veterinary school.

Guy Loneragan, Professor of Food Safety and Public Health as well as Interim Vice President for Research at Texas Tech, said that he is one of many people on the team crafting TTU's veterinary school plans. Loneragan adds expertise to the team because he is also a veterinarian, and many of his students in Animal Sciences say they wish they'd had the chance to attend Texas Tech for veterinary school as well.

"We hear that from students today and we hear that from former students," Loneragan said. "In fact we were in a meeting with some veterinarians just last month, and we heard from a student who came to Texas Tech in 1967 because he heard there was going to be a vet school. He since became a veterinarian through Texas A&M and he is thrilled that Texas Tech will finally be moving forward."

Loneragan explained that Texas Tech has continued with their goal of building a veterinary school to train rural veterinarians who could provide assistance to the less populated and more agriculturally-based communities in Texas.

"We need to produce veterinarians who are willing to serve rural America, that's really where the shortage is," he said.

Loneragan said for the university that means selecting students with the desire to work in rural America and then providing them the training they will need to practice veterinary medicine in rural communities.

Tech is now looking for guidance from consultants and other universities.

"We've been working with the University of Calgary where they have a new model where they've graduated students and they've been able to produce students way above the North American average that go and work in rural America," Loneragan explained."So we want to take the strengths of what they're doing and implement them in West Texas."

Part of that goal involves partnering with local veterinarians to create mutually beneficial relationships which provide mentoring for students and energized young talent to local veterinary clinics.

Loneragan added that they hope to have approximately 6 students in each year, for a total of around 240 students. He said that TTU is hoping to make their veterinary school endeavor not prohibitively expensive for the students or the university.

"So veterinary education at the moment is one of those programs where there's large debt per student for graduates on average, so that's what we've been tasked to do is re-think the education model so that the graduates that we see have a much lower debt than the average," Loneragan said. "And we can do it [through] taking the best that we've learned from other schools on how to collaborate for a local communities."

Instead of having a large veterinary hospital on campus as many vet schools do, Texas Tech's main focus will be in pairing their 4th year students with rural private practices where they will gain hands-on experience.

"[These private practices] get the benefit of having a competent student contribute to their practice, and the student gets the benefit of having a really engaged mentor in the program," Loneragan explained. "It's been far more effective than we even hoped for, we've had vet practices that have volunteered to sign up already and we're still many years away from the program."

Loneragan explained that the next step for Texas Tech is to present their plans before the State Legislature and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating board for approval, a process he hopes will begin this summer.