<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Texas News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcdfw.com/feature/texas-news http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usSun, 28 Aug 2016 14:28:07 -0500Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:28:07 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Heat-Tolerant Plants That Require Little Water]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:06:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dottywoodson-johnnyarcher.jpg Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Program Specialist Dotty Woodson talks about plants to add to your landscape that will do well in Texas' summer heat and not require a lot of water.

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<![CDATA[Amarillo Officers Escort Fallen Officer's Kids to School]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:41:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/0E8A0898.JPG

Four-year-old Jackson Scherlen didn't have his father at his side on the first day of pre-K in Texas this week. But he did have about 20 of his father's brothers and sisters from the Amarillo Police Department to give him a hug and wish him the best.

Officer Justin Scherlen never missed the first day of school for his four children, according to the Amarillo Independent School District, but he died recently from complications of an on-duty vehicle crash that took place last year.

He left behind his children and wife, Jessica, and to help fill the void as the kids when back to school, nearly two dozen of his fellow officers escorted them to school on their first day, the school district said.

Jackson hugged and high fived every one of the officers before going to class at at Coronado Elementary School.

"You have fun, OK? Be good," says one officer, as seen in video of the goodbye.

"See you, bud. Have a good day at school," says another.

The group posed for photos outside the school as well, preserving a bittersweet memory for the Scherlen family and their larger family at Amarillo PD.

"As a police department we feel like we're a family. We're around each other so much that we get to know each other, we get to know each other’s families that we feel that close,” Officer Jeb Hilton told NBC affiliate KAMR in Amarillo. 

The station reports that two of Scherlen's other children, a fourth and a second grader, were also escorted to school Monday, before the officers returned to take Jackson to his pre-Kindergarten class.

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<![CDATA[New Texas Plates Boost Music Education]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:28:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas-Music-Plates.jpg A new license plate for Texas drivers will benefit the Texas Music Office, which will send $22, per plate, to a grant program for music lessons and instruments for students.]]> <![CDATA[Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Biles Welcomed Home to Texas]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:44:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Simone-Biles-082416.jpg

Fans waved American flags and cheered as Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles arrived home in Texas following the games in Rio de Janeiro.

The 19-year-old gymnast from Spring thanked the crowd Wednesday as part of the celebration at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.

Mayor Sylvester Turner was among the dignitaries on hand and proclaimed Wednesday as "Simone Biles Day" in Houston. Turner presented Biles with a copy of the official proclamation, amid a backdrop of red, white and blue balloons arranged like a U.S. flag.

Biles -- who won four gold medals in Rio -- thanked the well-wishers and said she was "thrilled" at the reception.

A parade for Biles was planned later Wednesday in Spring, where her family operates a gymnastics center.

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<![CDATA[Frisco Texas A&M Student Dies at Frat Party, 4 Arrested]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 06:03:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/anton-gridnev-tamu.jpg

Four people have been arrested on drug charges after a Texas A&M student from Frisco was found dead Saturday morning during a party at the Sigma Nu fraternity house, according to College Station police.

The student — identified Monday as 19-year-old Anton Gridnev by College Station police — was reportedly found unresponsive and not breathing during an all-night party at the fraternity house.

After someone noticed Gridnev's condition, police were called. Officers arrived at about 4:40 a.m. and noted the party was ongoing. CPR was performed and Gridnev was transported to College Station Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

After finding illegal narcotics at the home, College Station police obtained a search warrant and arrested four people for possession of illegal drugs and cited three others for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Those arrested were:

  • Michael Frymire, 20, of Dallas, charged with possession of a controlled substance (THC). If found guilty, Frymire faces 180 days to two years in jail and a $10,000 fine.
  • Samuel Patterson, 21,of Nacogdoches, charged with two counts of possession of controlled substance (LSD and Ecstasy). If found guilty, Patterson faces 180 days to two years in jail and a $10,000 fine for each charge.
  • Ty Robertson, 21, of Granbury, charged with possession of Marijuana. If found guilty, Robertson faces up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.
  • Christian Sandford, 18, of Houston, charged with possession of Marijuana. If found guilty, Sandford faces up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.

Three others, Maxwell Gollop, of Bellaire; John Cain, of Houston; and Zachary Farmer, of Denton, were cited for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

"The investigation into this incident is active, with College Station Police Detectives’ primary focus being on the death Anton Gridnev. The narcotics seized during the search warrant and who was is possession of them is secondary," said College Station police in a statement Monday. "Detectives are working closely with the Brazos County District Attorney’s Office regarding potential additional charges."

While drugs were found at the party, police have not said what may have led to Gridnev's death. An autopsy has been ordered to determine what killed the student.

Gridnev graduated with honors from Heritage High School, said Frisco Independent School District administrators. He was a commended National Merit Scholar and competed on the academic decathalon team.

"What I remember of Anton is that he was an amazing musician," said Frisco neighbor Susan Baker. "He's a year older than my son. They were at the same middle school and, for a time, at the same high school."

"As a mother, I cried. Not only did he lose his life, but the four kids who were arrested and the other kids in that house are impacted foever. One decision changed their lives," Baker added. 

In a statement to NBC 5, Heritage High School Principal Mark Mimms said, "Anton Gridnev was a 2015 honor graduate of Heritage High School.  He was a valued member of our Academic Decathlon team and was an integral member of that team's success.  Anton had a lasting impact on the teachers who worked with him and he had a bright future ahead of him. Our faculty and staff feels the loss of one of our Coyote family."

Police said the incident remains under investigation and anyone with additional information should contact the College Station Police Criminal Investigation Division at 979-764-3600.

<![CDATA[Tensions Rise at 'White Lives Matter' Protest]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:56:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/White_Lives_Matter_Houston.jpg Dozens of protesters gathered outside a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People headquarters in Houston Sunday for a "White Lives Matter" rally. An increasing crowd prompted Houston police officers to respond on horseback, NBC affiliate KPRC reported.]]> <![CDATA[Baylor Player Faces Discipline Over Dog Abuse Video]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:58:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/498967772.jpg

A Baylor football player will be disciplined by the team after a shocking video published on Snapchat shows the student-athlete beating and kicking a dog, KXXV-TV in Waco reports.

The television report identified the player as Ishmael Zamora, a wide receiver for the Baylor Bears, and said the video was shared on another player's Snapchat account.

A former Baylor student saw the video and reported the abuse to the Baylor Police Department and Animal Control.

Interim Baylor head coach Jim Grobe told the Waco Tribune they weren't going to tolerate the behavior and that Zamora is going to be disciplined "by a bunch of people," including the athletic department.

"The city is going to get a piece of him, and the university doesn’t take it lightly. There will be some sanctions from the university. From an athletic department standpoint we’ll do some things. Hopefully, it’s a teaching moment and a learning experience for him," Grobe told the paper.

In a statement released to KXXV, Zamora said he lost his temper and that he's since gone through dog training to learn new ways to potty train the dog.

Police documents cited by KXXV indicate the dog is no longer living with Zamora and is in the care of his family.

KXXV said an investigation into the abuse resulted in a Class C misdemeanor and a fine that could total $500.

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<![CDATA[Bats to Battle Zika in Texas]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:27:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_bathouses0819_1920x1080.jpg As public concern about Zika continues, people are taking unusual precautions to prevent the disease. Many use bug spray and empty standing water, but now some people are keeping bat houses in their backyards, hoping that the bats will eat nearby mosquitoes. Reggie Regan of Texas makes bat houses, which are essentially small wooden boxes, and these days he is barely able to keep up with demand. "There is some hysteria. People are buying bat houses because of it," Regan said.

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<![CDATA[Texas Grandpa, 86, Survives Dog Mauling]]> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 14:00:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_dogattack0817_1920x1080.jpg An 86-year-old Texas grandfather is fighting for his life after being bitten by a dog earlier this month.

Photo Credit: KPRC]]>