<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Breaking News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/breaking 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, 29 Nov 2015 06:42:57 -0600 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 06:42:57 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Gas Leak Forces Evacuations in Addison]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:49:58 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/addison2.jpg

Evacuations are underway in Addison Monday afternoon due to a "pretty large" gas leak along Belt Line Road, fire officials confirm.

Addison Fire Chief John O'Neal told NBC 5 Belt Line Road between Marsh Lane and Commercial Drive is closed while Atmos Energy crews repair the breach.

Most of the evacuations have been to nearby restaurants and shopping destinations, though official caution more evacuations may be necessary.

No injuries were reported.

An NBC 5 viewer emailed to say the smell of natural gas was very strong and that there were several fire trucks blocking east and westbound traffic.

The cause of the break has not yet been confirmed.

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<![CDATA[Unattended Bag Brings Big Response at D/FW Airport]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 14:17:29 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/commandpost-bus.jpg

Passengers inside Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport's Terminal D were moved Friday after an unattended bag prompted a security response.

The unattended bag was reported to airport authorities after being found near Terminal D, Gate 22.

D/FW Airport Police arrived at the scene, established a Command Post outside the terminal and Grand Hyatt Hotel and investigated the luggage.

Passengers in the area, meanwhile, were relocated to Gate D18 during the investigation.

The bag was found to pose no threat and operations inside the terminal returned to normal.

Further details about the bag and it's owner were not given and airport officials would only confirm that they had a security issue, they checked it out and the situation is now over.

Officials with the airport said earlier this week they expect 1.89 million people to travel through the airport between Nov. 20 and Dec. 1, a 3 percent increase over last year. With recent world events, security at airports remains front of mind for many travelers.

On Thursday, NBC 5 Investigates published a report about heightened concerns at U.S. airports following the investigation into a Russian passenger plane believed to have been destroyed by terrorists.

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<![CDATA[Gov. Greg Abbott Orders Texas to Refuse Syrian Refugees]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 12:38:54 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/greg-abbott-syrian-refugees.jpg

In light of the deadly terror attacks in Paris Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said Monday the state will not accept any Syrian refugees fleeing war-torn regions in the Middle East and Africa, though an immigration official counters the governor lacks the legal authority to do so.

"Given the tragic attacks in Paris and the threats we have already seen, Texas cannot participate in any program that will result in Syrian refugees — any one of whom could be connected to terrorism — being resettled in Texas," Abbott said in a letter to President Barack Obama Monday.

Abbott's letter also urged the president to reconsider his plan to accept refugees into the United States entirely, citing a lack of background information on those looking for help.

"Neither you nor any federal official can guarantee that Syrian refugees will not be part of any terroristic activity," Abbott warned. "As such, opening our door to them irresponsibly exposes our fellow Americans to unacceptable peril."

While attending an unrelated press conference in McKinney, Abbott was questioned about his letter and said he made the decision in order to keep Texans safe.

"The first and foremost responsibility of the government is to keep its people safe. We saw the way in which people in Paris were endangered and harmed, in part, by a Syrian refugee. To the extent that any Syrian refugee is allowed into the country, we are playing the same game of risk that Europe played. As Governor of the State of Texas I will not roll the dice and take the risk of allowing a few refugees in, simply to expose Texans to that danger," Abbott said.

Abbott said Texas, as well as other states, participate in refugee relocation programs. In Texas, those programs are conducted through the Health and Human Services Commission.

"As of today, the Health and Human Services Commission will not be involved in any Syrian refugee relocation," Abbott said. "We will be working to ensure Syrians won’t be able to enter the state of Texas and be given refuge even through 501-c based organizations."

Abbott is among several governors choosing to close the door on an estimated 10,000 refugees seeking shelter.

According to NBC News, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) promised to "oppose any attempt to relocate Syrian refugees to Alabama" and tweeted "I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm's way. We refuse Syrian refugees."

Earlier Sunday, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) said his state was halting efforts to accept refugees from Syria. Snyder said Michigan is "proud of our rich history of immigration" but that the state's "priority is protecting the safety of our residents," NBC Chicago reported.

Lavinia Limon, head of the U.S Committee for Refugees and Immigration, pointed to the Refugee Act of 1980, saying the governors cannot legally block refugees.

Texas State Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX 12th District) said in a statement Sunday that after learning "at least one of the attackers may have entered Europe as a 'refugee' reinforces my concern about the Administration’s policy to increase Syrian refugees coming into the United States."

"We cannot allow Syrian refugees in the United States in the current dangerous environment. We have provided significant assistance to the refugees and nations in the region to address the crisis, and that should continue to be our response," Granger said.

Catholic Charities of Dallas issued a statement Monday that read, "We respect Governor Abbott's decision and will collaborate with the state agency involved until we have new information. We will not be accepting any Syrian refugees at this time, and wish this vulnerable population of newcomers to our community the best possible outcome when the time comes."

Texas officials estimate about 200 Syrian refugees have been resettled in Texas in the last fiscal year.

According to the group DFW International Community Alliance, some 91 Syrian refugees already call either Dallas, Fort Worth or Arlington home.

"The people who are coming here, they are families, families with kids," said Hala Halabi, of Richardson, who helps Syrian refugees and others resettle in North Texas, providing donated food, clothes and furniture.

Nabil Kalo arrived in North Texas from Syria in 2014 and is still waiting for his wife and four children to join him from Turkey.

"There are more families who need to live safe," said Kalo.

Gov. Abbott's Letter to President Obama

NBC 5's Jeff Smith and Kevin Cokely contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Woman Charged in Death of Her Newborn Daughter]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 11:00:47 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ashley-blades-inset.jpg

A North Texas woman is in jail, charged with capital murder in the death of her newborn daughter.

According to the Weatherford Police Department, a man called police at about 2:10 p.m. Tuesday requesting a welfare check at the home of his estranged, pregnant girlfriend. The man said the woman, identified by police as 22-year-old Ashley Nicole Blades, had contacted him via text to say she'd given birth and the baby had died.

When officers arrived at Blades' residence on the 400 block of Ball Street, she told police during an interview the child was in the trunk of her car.

The woman gave the police her car keys; inside the trunk, they found a deceased infant wrapped in a towel and placed in a plastic bag. In a probable cause affidavit, a paramedic reported the child was cold to the touch with visible bruising. Police believe the baby died by suffocation, according to the affidavit.

Blades was immediately handcuffed and detained, police said.

Police said Blades waived her right to remain silent and told detectives she had given birth to the child Monday morning at home. She admitted that, "at one point during the day she was trying to keep the crying baby quiet so she covered the infant's nose and mouth for a minute or two."

She said after she did that, "the baby never cried or seemed the same." Later that evening, Blades said she went to check on her child and found the baby dead.

Police said there was no indication Blades ever sought medical attention for the child at any time since the baby's birth.

Blades was arrested and booked into the Parker County Jail on charges of capital murder and abuse of a corpse. She is being held on $250,000 bond for the captial murder charge and $5,000 bond for the abuse of a corpse charge. In Texas, capital murder includes the murder of a person under the age of 10.

The infant, whose name has not been released, was transported to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. The results of that autopsy are not yet known.

It is not clear if Blades has obtained an attorney.

Ashley Blades Probable Cause Affidavit


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<![CDATA[Broken Line Dumps 1.8M Gallons of Sewage Into Creek]]> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 17:26:11 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mansfield-sewer-line-repair-01.jpg

A sewer line break that's dumped an estimated 1.8 million gallons of raw sewage into a North Texas creek is expected to close a stretch of rural road for up to two weeks while a repair is made, city officials say.[[340242672,R]]

A section of North Street, west of North Main Street and downtown Mansfield, will be closed while utility crews repair a ruptured 30-inch sewer line that has dumped an estimated 1.8 million gallons of sewage into Walnut Creek.

City officials said the leak has been contained and that a bypass will be installed Wednesday to serve as a temporary sewer line until a permanent fix is in place. The permanent fix could take several weeks to complete.

Officials added that the sewer line break has not impacted potable water and that the drinking water is perfectly safe to use.

The line ruptured after recent storms that resulted "in the banks of a drainage swell that feeds into Walnut Creek giving way," utility officials said in a statement Wednesday.

"Utility Division officials estimate the extended rains and soil saturation undermined the support of the sewer main causing the break. Crews located the break during a routine inspection of the sewer interceptor."

The utility department estimates 1.8 million gallons of sewage has spilled "some distance downstream of North Street," though the impacted area appears to be limited to the creek itself.

"Crews have damned the banks of the swell at the creek and have pumped the sewage back into the sewer system. Now the work is beginning on a permanent repair," officials said.

Residents are advised to avoid exposure to the creek until the issue is resolved. A creek cleanup event scheduled for this weekend has, understandably, been canceled.

Officials said the road could be closed for up to two weeks while the repair to the line is made.

NBC 5 's Tim Ciesco contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Authorities Locate Inmate Who Escaped From Hospital]]> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 10:32:03 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/anna-cardella-motel.jpg

Deputies with the Dallas County Sheriff's Department said they located an inmate Thursday morning who escaped custody while at Parkland Memorial Hospital.

Officials with the Sheriff's department said 47-year-old Anna Marie Cardella was remotely booked into the county jail Oct. 22 on charges of driving with a suspended license, possession of a controlled substance and having no driver's license. Surveillance video captured her walking out of the hospital in plain clothes at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

A witness told Sheriff's deputies that Cardella was at the Shady Oaks Motel in the 1500 block of Fort Worth Avenue. Authorities took her into custody without incident at 6:07 a.m. Thursday.

The sheriff's office is now trying to figure out how she escaped.

“It’s always a concern and we are definitely going to look into the matter and to make sure there wasn’t any violation of the policy or rules that was committed,” Dallas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Raul Reyna said. “We are thoroughly investing this to see who was at fault and if it was our officer, then appropriate action will be taken.”

Remote book-ins are done from the hospital. An officer assigned to guard Cardella was not in her hospital room due to the inmate being in airborne isolation.

Michael Malaise, senior vice president of communications and external relations for the hospital, said the entrance to an airborne isolation room can be monitored by a deputy from the hallway and that deputies are to maintain line-of-sight on the rooms containing their prisoners.

Malaise added that "airborne isolation rooms are used for patients with any number of conditions or simply for testing. We are not at liberty to discuss a patient’s medical condition."

NBC 5's Johnny Archer contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Slain Teen Stabbed, Found Outside of Van: Court Documents]]> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 16:42:07 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/zoe-hastings-inset-scene1.jpg

Zoe Hastings, the 18-year-old woman found dead of "homicidal violence" earlier this month, was stabbed to death and left near a Dallas creek, according to new information released in court documents Tuesday.

A search warrant affidavit released Tuesday afternoon contained several new pieces of information in the murder investigation, including a report from a witness who reported seeing a man and woman arguing before the man entered her vehicle and forced her into the passenger seat.

The affidavit also said the woman's body was found in a creek area near her crashed minivan, not inside the van as previously reported. Dallas police previously said the van crashed into a speed limit sign after leaving the Walgreens.

More notable in the affidavit was the disclosure that Hastings had been stabbed to death. Previously, police would only say that the victim suffered obvious signs of homicidal violence. No further detail was given.

A man acquitted of sexual assault earlier this year in Texarkana, 34-year-old Antonio Lamar Cochran, has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the case after his DNA turned out to be a match for DNA recovered at the crime scene, police said.

Police have not charged Cochran with any sex crime related to the Hastings investigation.

The search warrant directed officers to seize all knives and cutting instruments from an apartment on the 5300 block of Amesbury Drive, believing the weapon used to kill the teen may have been stored at the residence.

Cochran, according to the affidavit, had been living in the apartment on Amesbury Drive with a man and woman.

Officers were to also search for any instrument that could be used to incapacitate a person while also recovering blood, fingerprints, hair, DNA, tissue, fibers and electronic devices.

Cochran has a long rap sheet with arrests and convictions dating back 15 years for crimes that include assault, theft and burglary. As recently as February 2014, he was arrested in Bowie County, Texas after being accused of raping a teenage girl in a car. The District Clerk’s Office confirms that the case went all the way to a jury trial this January, where Cochran was acquitted.

Cochran, who is currently being held at the Dallas County Jail on a capital murder charge, has retained lawyer Paul Johnson as counsel. Being a capital murder charge, he could face the death penalty. His bail is set at $2.5 million.

Cochran declined to be interviewed by NBC 5 in Dallas-Forth Worth Monday.

Search Warrant Affidavit

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<![CDATA[Affidavit Reveals New Info in Zoe Hastings Murder Case]]> Mon, 26 Oct 2015 16:34:44 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Zoe_Hastings_Antonio_Lamar_Cochran.jpg

Investigators with the Dallas Police Department released new information Monday in the investigation into the murder of 18-year-old Zoe Hastings.

According to a probable cause affidavit released Monday, a witness told police Zoe Hastings did not willingly slide over to her passenger seat to give a man a ride, but rather was abducted by force and gave up the driver’s seat against her will.

Hastings' white minivan was found abandoned in a creek bed the next morning with her body inside. The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office determined the teen died of homicidal violence.

According to detectives, DNA evidence found at the crime scene was matched to a sample in a DNA database that belonged to 34-year-old Antonio Lamar Cochran.

Members of the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Apprehension Team located Cochran in northeast Dallas and placed him under arrest. Officials are not providing any details on how they located Cochran for fear of jeopardizing other investigations.

While further detail about the teen's death has not been disclosed and a motive for the slaying has not been confirmed, Dallas police characterized Cochran after his arrest as a dangerous "sexual predator."

Cochran has a long rap sheet with arrests and convictions dating back 15 years for crimes that include assault, theft and burglary. As recently as February 2014, he was arrested in Bowie County, Texas after being accused of raping a teenage girl in a car.

The District Clerk’s Office confirms that the case went all the way to a jury trial this January, where Cochran was ultimately acquitted. According to the Texarkana Gazette newspaper, during the trial the teenager testified Cochran threatened to kill her unless she had sex with him in the car. Cochran’s attorney argued the sex was consensual. NBC 5 has requested the court documents from that trial from Bowie County prosecutors.

Police have not charged Cochran with any sex crime related to the Hastings investigation.

Cochran, who is currently being held at the Dallas County Jail on a capital murder charge, has retained lawyer Paul Johnson as counsel. Cochran declined to be interviewed by NBC 5 Monday. His bail is set at $2.5 million.

Since Cochran's arrest on Saturday, Hastings' family has not issued a statement.

Probable Cause Affidavit: Antonio Lamar Cochran


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<![CDATA[Wife of Slain White Rock Runner Killed Self: Police]]> Mon, 26 Oct 2015 16:29:15 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/PattiandDavidStevens.JPG

The wife of a man who was killed at random while running around White Rock Lake two weeks ago took her own life Sunday, authorities said.

Patti Stevens, 54, a physical therapist, was found dead of suspected suicide at her home in the 200 block of Brazos Lane in Sunnyvale, said Raul Reyna, a spokesman for the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department.

Read more on this story from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[Uptown Dallas Parking Garage Partially Collapses]]> Sat, 24 Oct 2015 06:20:57 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/turtle-creek-1.jpg

The top floor of an Uptown Dallas residential parking garage partially collapsed Friday, sending debris and concrete down through seven levels of the garage and leaving behind a hole the size of several automobiles.

Nearly 100 emergency personnel surrounded the Renaissance on Turtle Creek, on the 3200 block of Turtle Creek Boulevard, as search dogs looked for any possible victims after section after section from seven floors collapsed on itself and came crashing to the ground.

Dallas Fire-Rescue's Jason Evans said five dogs trained to locate people in disaster zones checked the collapse area and none indicated any sign of trapped or injured people.

Garage cameras didn't show anyone inside the vehicles within the collapse zone, Evans said, but property management was still working to make sure all residents were accounted for.

"I've been with Dallas Fire-Rescue for over 33 years," said Lt. Joel Lavender, a fire department spokesman. "[It's] just something I haven't seen before."

Jay Reddy lives at the Uptown condominium and took a picture of the pile of cars and concrete.
"I walked around the corner and saw a giant massive hole where there should be a parking structure," said Reddy.

Residents said dirt and debris from a condo pool renovation project had been placed in the exact location of the hole on the seventh floor of the garage.

"My only concern was we did have a major construction project going on," said Dedie Leahy, who is also a condo board member.

Investigators said it's too early to determine a cause, including whether heavy rainfall Friday was a factor.

"We do know that this area of the city of Dallas has been inundated with rain today and we don't know why or how it occurred at this particular building," said Lavender.

The search for possible victims was the main concern Friday, while Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas remained on standby for anyone who came through their doors.

"We are fully prepared for any victims," said Marshall Isaacs, medical director for Dallas Fire-Rescue. "Thankfully at this time there are none."

Building and structural engineers have determined the building is not safe for any personnel to make entry, Evans said, and an engineer will determine if it needs to be demolished entirely.

But before that can be done, rescue crews must make sure there's nobody trapped under the rubble.

"I hope and pray there's nobody in there," said Reddy. "Buildings and cars aren't people. They can be replaced, people can't."

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<![CDATA[Dry, Windy Conditions Lead to Grass Fires in North Texas]]> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 20:33:54 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/hunt+co.jpg

Dry grass, high winds and hot temperatures fueled several wildfires in North Texas Thursday.

Late in the morning, Carrollton firefighters battled a small grass fire near Parker Road and Plano Parkway. Using brush trucks, firefighters were able to quickly contain the fire before it spread.


In Navarro County, a large grass fire burned through approximately eight acres, according to the county's office of emergency management. At about 1:30 p.m., Navarro County's OEM said the fire is along SE County Road 1050 and spreading rapidly. People are urged to avoid the area.


In Argyle, in Denton County, 40-50 acres burned near the Robson Ranch community.

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Structures were originally threatened by the fire, but firefighters were able to reduce the risk and make headway into quenching the blaze. Some roads in the area were closed, but reopened at about 4:30 p.m.

And crews also fought a massive grass fire in Quinlan in Hunt County, where about 100 acres burned, destroying an agriculture shed.

Agencies from Fort Worth and Arlington assisted in extinguishing the flames, through the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System.

One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion.

NBC 5 meteorologists forecast a record high of 96 degrees Thursday. The heat, mixed with dry grass and winds in excess of 10 mph, make for ample fuel for grass fires.

In Central Texas, the Hidden Pines Fire in Bastrop County is blamed for burning 4,200 acres and destroying nearly three dozen homes.


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday issued a state of emergency due to the number of wildfires currently burning statewide.

NBC 5's Brian Scott contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Suspicious Device Reported at Arlington Jr. High]]> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 10:33:08 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Arlington-Fire-Department-0.jpg

Ousley Junior High School in southeast Arlington was placed on lock down due to a suspicious device Thursday morning, according to a tweet from the Arlington Independent School District.

The school, located at 950 Southeast Parkway, was searched by the Arlington Fire Department, but nothing threatening was found and the building was cleared.

The lock down was lifted shortly before 11:30 a.m. and the school was to resume a normal schedule.

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<![CDATA[UTSW Building Evacuated Due to Possible Gas Leak: DFR]]> Wed, 14 Oct 2015 16:44:50 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/utsw-dallas-sign722.jpg

A building on the The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center campus was evacuated Wednesday afternoon due to a possible gas leak.

Dallas Fire-Rescue confirmed to NBC 5 they arrived at the complex at about 4 p.m. and that there have been evacations.

Officials said at about 5:20 p.m. that no gas leak was found and that the evacuations of the Outpatient Building were done out of an abundance of caution.

The hospital has resumed normal operations.

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<![CDATA[Missing Teen's Body Pulled From Car Found in Creek]]> Mon, 12 Oct 2015 17:51:34 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/zoe-hastings-inset-scene.jpg

A young woman reported missing Sunday is now the subject of a homicide investigation after her body was recovered from a vehicle that crashed into a Dallas creek.[[332059392,R]]

Dallas police confirmed Monday afternoon the deceased young woman is 18-year-old Zoe Hastings and said her body showed signs of "obvious homicidal violence."

Investigators said there is a lot of physical evidence in the van that is yet to be processed and the investigation is ongoing.

Hastings' family said she left home at 4:45 p.m. Sunday and was headed to a class at church that started at 5 p.m. When she didn't show up as expected, the family called police and reported her missing.


The vehicle Hastings was driving, a 2007 Honda Odyssey minivan, was recovered in the creek Monday morning along the 11700 block of Dixfield Drive after someone called to report seeing the crashed vehicle.

"She's just a great young lady. Very involved in the arts, helpful in the school. Just a shame. A huge loss," said Joe Noriega.

Noriega said he was driving his daughter to school Monday morning when a man flagged him down near the intersection of Lippett Avenue and Easton Road. Noriega said the man told him there was an injured girl in a nearby creek. Noriega said he walked into the creek, found Hastings' body and called police.

Noriega said the man who waived him down disappeared.

"My suspicion is, why did this guy waive us down, and not stay? He just seemed out of place," Noriega said.

Dallas police say they are aware of Noriega's report but have not identified any suspects.


Dallas police said the investigation into Hastings' death is ongoing and have revealed no other information. Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the Dallas Police Homicide Unit at 214-671-3584 or the Crime Stoppers tip line at 214-373-TIPS.

Police would specifically like to know who she was with or if she was to meet anyone before the class at her church. Anyone who may have seen her vehicle is asked to contact the police.

About four miles away, Dallas police are investigating another homicide where a jogger was attacked and killed with a machete or large knife near White Rock Creek. Police said Monday afternoon the cases are not connected and that a man has confessed to that murder.


NBC 5's Eric King contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[1 Dead in Fiery Tractor-Trailer Crash in Waxahachie]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 22:04:52 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tractor-trailer-crash1.jpg

One person is dead after a SUV crashed into a tractor-trailer and caught fire in Waxahachie Wednesday afternoon, officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety say.

The shell of a jackknifed, burned-out tractor-trailer was all that remained after a fire consumed the vehicle and an SUV on the shoulder of Farm-to-Market Road 1466 about a mile west of Interstate 35E.

DPS officials said the driver of the SUV veered into the oncoming lane and crashed into the tractor-trailer.

The SUV driver was killed in the crash; the big-rig driver was not injured and was seen talking with investigators at the scene.

The SUV that crossed the center line hit the big rig directly in the gas tank mounted beneath the cab on the driver side, causing a large fireball that burned both vehicles and several acres of a nearby field.

The name of the person who was killed has not yet been released, according to investigators.

The flames from the fire burned the body beyond recognition, according to Trooper James Colunga, and the heat from the fire was so intense it melted the license plate and made the numbers on the plate illegible.

The Waxahachie Daily Light reports several small explosions were heard after the crash.

According to Ellis County Emergency Services, the trailer was carrying guar beans. Guar gum is a byproduct of the beans, and its primary use is in hydraulic fracturing.

Officials say the contents of the trailer did not contribute to the size of the fire. The truck's intended destination has not been confirmed.

A large grass fire, sparked by the crash, scorched 67 acres of Tobey Nealy's ranch on the south side of FM 1446.

From Chopper 5, Nealy and several family members could be seen fighting the fire with shovels, beating at the edge of the fire line to stamp out the fire, as firefighters in pump trucks sprayed water on the advancing flames.

"Let me tell you, it was getting hot with that shovel," Nealy said, his face still covered in soot from the smoke.

Even Nealy's 82-year-old father could be seen stomping on a hot spot to try to snuff out the smoke.
"You do what you can do, right?" Nealy said.

The cause of the SUV to swerve into the oncoming lane prior to the crash has not been determined.

NBC 5's Ben Russell contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[MacArthur HS Evacuated Over Bomb Threat]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 11:02:08 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/students-outside-macarthur-hs.jpg

Irving MacArthur High School was evacuated Wednesday due to a bomb threat, NBC 5 has learned.

Irving police confirmed to NBC 5 Wednesday morning they were working an investigation at the high school after someone made a "concerning" phone call at about 9:45 a.m.


NBC 5 has learned the caller threatened the school would blow up in 30 minutes and that police recommended the building be evacuated while they conducted a search of the campus.

Officers found nothing during their search and allowed students to return to the building at about 10:45 a.m.

Irving police are investigating the incident and are working to determine who made the threatening phone call.

The high school is the same one once attended by Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old student who was suspended earlier this month after he brought a homemade clock to school that was confused for a hoax bomb. Mohamed never returned to the school and said he planned to continue his high school education outside of the Irving Independent School District.


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<![CDATA[Gas Leak Shuts Down Plano Road]]> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 17:16:33 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Plano+Road+Gas+Leak.jpg

Plano Road in Dallas is closed Friday due to a gas leak.

The ruptured gas line was reported near the intersection of Plano and Miller roads.

The likely cause of the gas leak was that the line was hit during construction.

Atmos is at the scene to repair the broken gas line.

No time frame has been given for when the road will reopen.

Check back and refresh this page for the latest update.

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<![CDATA[Crime Spree Chase Ends With Violent Crash]]> Sat, 26 Sep 2015 12:58:17 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dylan+perry+crash.jpg

An armed man went on a violent crime spree Friday morning before opening fire on Arlington police several times during a chase that ended with a violent crash that seriously injured three people, police say.

The chase began at about 11 a.m. in Arlington, nearly two hours after police said the man's crime spree began in Mansfield.

At about 9:20 a.m., an armed man robbed a Valero Gas Station on the 1200 block of Farm-to-Market Road 1187 in Mansfield and left in the clerk's dark blue Chevrolet Suburban, police said. About 40 minutes later, at about 10 a.m., a person matching that description robbed a Mansfield Wells Fargo Bank, still driving the Suburban, police said.

Not long after Mansfield police notified Arlington police of the robberies, an armed man in a blue Suburban was reported to have robbed a Bank of America on E. Pioneer Parkway in Arlington at about 10:20 a.m.

At 11 a.m., a BMW sedan was stolen at gunpoint from Moritz BMW in North Arlington by a person matching the description of the armed robber.

Arlington police said officers spotted the stolen vehicle near Cooper and Sanford streets and tried to conduct a traffic stop. The driver, police said, opened the door and began firing at officers.

Arlington police said officers returned fire and gave chase as the man drove away south on Cooper Street.

Arlington police followed the man west onto Division Street and past the main police station. Headed west, the driver turned his vehicle around and began again firing at officers, police said. He then headed deeper into West Arlington before making another U-turn along the 2900 block of Division Street. An officer at this location fired at the driver, possibly hitting him, police said.

“This is a huge crime scene because we have so many areas where crimes occurred,” said Lt. Christopher Cook with Arlington Police.

The owner of Cycle Boss Motorsports told NBC 5's Tim Ciesco that he saw an Arlington police officer shooting at the driver from in front of his business on West Division, across the street from the Arlington Baptist College.

Police said the driver then drove the stolen BMW east on Division in the westbound lanes where he crashed into a 1999 Dodge Ram pickup truck with three people inside. The truck rolled over and came to rest near a utility pole, trapping the occupants.

"As he went by, that Dodge pickup pulled out and he just nailed it,” said witness Mike Rogers.

Arlington firefighters worked for more than a half-hour to remove those trapped inside the truck. Once freed, two of the three occupants were transported to an area hospital in serious condition.

The driver, identified by police as 38-year-old Dylan Perry, was taken into custody at the scene before being hospitalized in serious condition, police said.

“It was amazing that no officers or innocent citizens were killed during this gunman’s violent crime spree involving two bank robberies and two carjacking offenses. I am extremely proud of the heroic actions and response by our team of officers,” said Police Chief Will Johnson in a statement. “He presented a clear danger to our community and I am thankful that our officers stopped him.”

Johnson also tweeted a photo of an Arlington police car and the stolen BMW with visible bullet holes.

Perry remains under arrest at a hospital and is expected to face several charges, police said. He is said to be in "grave" shape. Perry sustained a gunshot wound, but officers are unsure if it came from them or himself.

Division Street remained closed from about 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday while investigators cleared and processed the scene. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Arlington Police Department with the investigation into the bank robberies.

NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff, Tim Ciesco and Johnny Archer contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[2.4 Magnitude Earthquake Reported in Dallas: USGS]]> Wed, 23 Sep 2015 17:40:00 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/irving-earthquake-generic.jpg

The United States Geological Survey says a 2.4 magnitude earthquake shook part of northwest Dallas Wednesday afternoon.

The quake was recorded at 3:18 p.m.with the epicenter located east of Interstate 35E at Merrell Road, about three miles north of the old Texas Stadium site in Irving.

The tremblor is the latest in a string of unusual cluster of quakes to strike that general area since Oct. 28, 2014. 

No damage reports have been received.

Seismologists with Dallas' Southern Methodist University have been investigating the earthquake cluster, which lies along the Quachita Tectonic Front, to see if they are being induced or if they are naturally occurring. As of this writing, a determination has not been made.

Most of the quakes in the cluster have ranged between a 1.8 and 2.5 magnitude, some tremors, however, have been stronger. The largest tremblors recorded in the cluster were 3.5 and 3.6 magnitude quakes in January 2015. The intensity of both of those quakes rated an MMI V, indicating they had the strength to be felt by everyone, including those sleeping, and that windows and dishes may have been broken.

No injuries or serious damage have been reported in connection with any of the earthquakes in the Irving cluster.

Experts advise those who feel a strong earthquake find a safe spot in the room under a sturdy table or against an inside wall. People are advised to get on their hands and knees and cover their head and neck with their arms and only move if they need to get away from falling objects.

In an earthquake, it’s important to remember these DOs and DO NOTs:

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<![CDATA[Petition Calls for Apology, Suspension Reversal for Irving Boy]]> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 17:44:18 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_605084226335.jpg

Petitions delivered at Irving Independent School District headquarters in Texas on Friday seek an apology and suspension reversal for MacArthur High School freshman Ahmed Mohamed.

The 14-year-old student was handcuffed Monday for bringing a homemade clock to school that was initially suspected to be a hoax bomb.

“We understand that school safety is very important and we understand that was already taken care of once this interrogation started. Everybody knew this was not a bomb,” said petition supporter Shayan Elahi.

Petition supporters said they gathered 13,000 signatures, 9,000 from Texas and 400 from Irving.

“We send our children to school to be educated, not to be humiliated,” petition supporter Terry Meza said.

Irving ISD Communication Director Lesley Weaver offered no apologies.

“We stand behind our teacher. We believe she followed the correct process when she heard the homemade device beeping in her classroom,” Weaver said.

A group of more than a dozen Mohamed student supporters demonstrated Friday afternoon outside MacArthur High, where the freshman would have been free to return Friday after completing a three-day suspension.

“They’re saying that what they did was right and they didn’t do anything wrong and I think that is ridiculous,” said Muram Ibrahim, a student at Irving ISD’s Singley Science Academy.

A man who declined to give his name interrupted the student protest with comments being voiced in social media on another side of the issue.

“You bring something looks like a bomb, you get what you deserve,” the man said. “This whole thing is stupid. It’s outrageous. It’s stupid.”

Mohamed’s family has been overwhelmed the past few days with mostly social media support and national media attention. He accepted an invitation to visit the White House. He refused to return to MacArthur High School.

His father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, spent another day on the phone Friday receiving media requests and considering school options.

“We cannot sleep, rest, relax, go to work, our job, because of the media. People are so eager to know what is going on and what’s happening. I don’t blame them. All this is caused by this incident,” he said.

The father said his son has received offers from many schools, but will request a week of leave from Irving ISD to rest and consider which school to attend.

The family also had not picked up the homemade clock from Irving police. The President said he wants to see it when the teen visits.

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<![CDATA[FM 407 Back Open After Fiery Crash in Justin]]> Mon, 14 Sep 2015 16:16:18 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/truck-crash-fire.jpg

Farm-to-Market Road 407 at Dove Hill Road in Justin is back open following a major crash involving two tractor-trailers Monday.

According to Lonny Haschel with the Texas Department of Public Safety, the driver of a tractor-trailer veered off the road and overcorrected when trying to get back on the roadway. When he overcorrected, the driver ended up in the other lane and collided with another tractor-trailer head-on.

One of the tractors jackknifed and struck a tree, the other remained in the roadway, caught fire and was consumed by flames. The fire spread to the grass and damaged the second tractor before being put out by local firefighters.

Both drivers suffered serious injuries, Haschel said. The driver who was hit was transported to Denton Regional Medical Center while the driver who lost control of his truck was flown by CareFlite to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Their current conditions are not known.

The road was back open by about 4:30 p.m. after crews worked to clean up the crash site, including fuel spilled by the trucks.

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<![CDATA[Arrest Made After Plano School Bomb Scare]]> Mon, 14 Sep 2015 06:58:16 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/clark+hs.jpg

An arrest has been made after faculty, students and parents were scared Friday by a bomb scare at Clark High School in Plano.[[326730831,R]]

Police said a 911 call came from the school on Spring Creek Parkway at about 11:30 a.m. 

“It came from a cellphone at this location, indicting there was someone inside the school with a weapon and possibly a bomb,” said Plano Officer David Tilley.


The school was placed on lockdown. Frantic parents arrived at the front door after receiving social media alerts from the school and messages from students.

“I dropped everything I was doing," parent Terri Anderson said. I think I was probably one of the first parents here."

Anderson's son, 10th grader Blaizhaan Anderson, said his mom was crying when he spoke to her on the phone.

“She called my dad. My dad was telling me stay strong, pray to God, hopefully everything will turn out ok,” he said.

Carol Benoit said her daughter, 10th grader Megan, texted as the lockdown began.

“’If anything happens to me, I want you to know, I love you.’ I mean, it's a text. So, I'm just glad that it was a hoax,” she said.

Police brought in bomb-sniffing dogs and searched the building twice, but found no weapons or bombs and the lockdown ended at about 1:30 p.m.

Tilley said the phone used to make the call was reported stolen earlier in the week.

On Sunday morning, Plano police detectives identified and arrested a juvenile in connection to the threat. Police said the person was charged with "False Alarm/Report Emergency Involving Public School."

The juvenile's identity has not yet been released.

“These kinds of things are never funny,” Tilley said. “They create a lot of panic in the community.”

Even after the threat was resolved, some parents took students home as soon as the lockdown was lifted.

“She’ll be at school on Monday, but for today I want her home with me,” Benoit said.

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<![CDATA[One Injured by Shrapnel at Frisco Gun Club]]> Wed, 09 Sep 2015 17:38:15 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Frisco+gun+club+shooting.jpg

One person has been hospitalized after being wounded by shrapnel at a Frisco firing range.

According to the Frisco Police Department, an emergency call was received from the Frisco Gun Club on Eldorado Parkway at about 2:15 p.m. after a customer was injured while reloading.


Officials said the bullet exploded after it was inadvertently dropped to the ground while being loaded into a magazine.

The exploding round sent shrapnel flying into the customer's side, causing a minor injury. The customer was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment with injuries that are not life threatening.

On Tuesday, an Irving SWAT officer with more than 20 years on the force was injured at a gun range when fragments from a discharged round ricocheted and hit the officer in the hand. The officer was hospitalized and expected to be released Tuesday evening.


The investigation into Wednesday's incident is ongoing.

NBC 5's Meredith Yeomans contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Ebby Halliday Dies at 104]]> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 15:47:48 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/210*120/Ebby+Halliday+1911-2015.JPG

Ebby Halliday Acers, Dallas’ Queen Mum of residential real estate, died peacefully in her sleep Tuesday evening, surrounded by friends and family, The Dallas Morning News reports.

Halliday was 104-years-old.

In 2009, just before she turned 98, Ebby Halliday shared her life story with NBC 5's Brian Curtis.

Halliday was born in Arkansas on March 9, 1911 as Vera Lucille Koch, but as a young woman a department store supervisor suggested she make a change.

"She said, 'You will never progress in this world with that name,'" Halliday recalled. "And she said, 'I have a new name for you.'"

She soon the smiling salesgirl with a knack for selling hats became known as Ebby Halliday. The Dallas Morning News reports she was then transferred to Dallas in 1938 where she was the hat department manager at the W.A. Green Store.

She would eventually open her own boutique, where legendary Dallas businessman Clint Murchison would soon spot Ebby's special talent and sent a message to her through his wife.

"The message was that if I could sell her those crazy hats, maybe I could sell his crazy houses," said Halliday.

Could she ever. Ebby became a realtor and went from hats to houses. As her success and profile grew, she met a dashing agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"I saw that man walk across the lobby of that old hotel and I thought, 'Uhhhh, I want to meet that man," Halliday said.

In 1965 Halliday married Maurice Acers, who was by her side as her business boomed.

"We grew as the city grew," said Halliday.

Along the way, she empowered countless women, whom she said were natural sales agents for homes, while becoming a celebrity of sorts -- an icon of American entrepreneurial spirit and one who always shared her good fortune.

"I feel that, have always felt that you have to give back in order to receive," Halliday said.

Halliday lost her beloved husband Maurice in 1993, but her other love endured -- work. In the twilight of her remarkable life, she still went to the office every day.

"Oh, work isn't work unless there's something you'd rather do!" Halliday said.

Since 1945, Hallliday's 70-year-old real estate company has grown to employ 1,700 people. In 2014, the firm participated in 19,200 transactions worth an estimated $6.64 billion, The Dallas Morning News reported.

The paper said in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Ebby’s Place at the YW, The Ebby House at Juliette Fowler Communities, Happy Hill Farm and Academy or the charity of your choice.

"Ebby Halliday was an incredible woman who's legacy will be remembered long after her passing. She served as quite the example for women in starting a real estate business and then turning it into a household name. But more than that, she continued to be an smart, driven advocate, continually engaged in her community throughout her life. Her loss will be remembered," said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Ebby Halliday Acers will be held on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 3 p.m. at Park Cities Baptist Church, 3933 Northwest Parkway, Dallas.

Read more from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[Missing Man's Body Found in Lewisville Creek Bed]]> Tue, 08 Sep 2015 12:54:38 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lonny-lee-found-lewisville.jpg

The body of man found in a dry Lewisville creek Tuesday morning has been identified as missing man Lonny Lee.

Lee, 58, was reported missing Monday after his roommate said he walked to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription and never returned. Lee's car was found with his cane and a box of medication inside.

A man walking through a small park near the 900 block of Grandys Lane and Interstate 35E Tuesday morning spotted Lee's body in a dry creek bed at about 8:45 a.m., according to Capt. Dan Rochelle with the Lewisville Police Department.

Rochelle said there were no obvious signs of trauma or foul play and that police believe Lee's death was accidental.

The Tarrant County medical examiner will confirm Lee's exact cause of death.

No further information has been released.

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<![CDATA['Person of Interest' in Arlington Hit-and-Run Cleared]]> Mon, 07 Sep 2015 18:54:54 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Arlington_Person_of_Interest_Hit-and-run.jpg

Arlington police say a person of interest in a fatal hit-and-run that killed two people early Saturday morning had nothing to do with the crash.

Police made the announcement on Twitter Monday afternoon.


Tammy McLain, 40, was struck and killed at about 2:12 a.m. when she and a man, whose identity has not yet been confirmed, tried to cross Division Street near Bowen Road in West Arlington.

Officials said the pair were not in a crosswalk when they were struck.


On Sunday afternoon, police released several photos of a man they said visited at a nearby gas station at about the time the pair were hit.

Police identified the man and spoke with him Monday afternoon. After the interview, police said the man was not connected to the deaths.


Police said the investigation into the deaths is ongoing and released no further information.

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<![CDATA[Woman Arrested in Fatal Uptown Shooting: DPD]]> Sat, 05 Sep 2015 18:58:13 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/crystal-cortez-gable17.jpg

A young woman is facing capital murder charges after being arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of 35-year-old Kendra Hatcher, according to Dallas police.

Hatcher, described by family and friends as a well-respected pediatric dentist who was good with kids and spoke Spanish, was planning a move to San Francisco. She was gunned down in the parking garage of her residence, the Gables Park 17 apartments, on the 1700 block of Cedar Springs Road, shortly after arriving home Wednesday evening.

Dallas police said 23-year-old Crystal Cortes admitted her involvement in the murder and has given detectives information that others may have been involved.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Cortes told detectives she was behind the wheel of a Jeep Cherokee spotted by a witness on the the night Hatcher was shot and killed.

Cortes told detectives she was paid $500 to drive a man to that parking garage for a robbery. She also said that man she drove is the shooter, according to the affidavit.

Police have not released the man's name or said whether he is in custody. As of this writing, it is not clear if Cortes, who is being held on $250,000 bond, has a lawyer.

Police said the parking garage surveillance photo released to the media led them to Cortes. Someone saw the photo on the news and realized it was their Jeep that they had loaned out and alerted detectives.

Dallas police said the investigation is ongoing.

Editor's note: Police originally stated that Crystal Cortes was 22. They have since corrected her age to 23. Police also corrected her last name from "Cortez", to "Cortes."

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<![CDATA[Water Main Break Causes Concern in E. Arlington]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:57:20 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/arlington-main-break.jpg

A road in East Arlington is visibly starting to buckle after an apparent water main break.[[324477861,R]]

A caller to 911 said there was concern water bubbling up from below may lead to the road to buckle and open a sinkhole.

From Chopper 5, muddy water could be seen running from beneath the sunken stretch of Sherry Street not far from Kimberly Drive.

City officials said the police and water departments are headed to the scene to evaluate the condition of the road and see what repairs need to be made.

At this time there is no confirmation of what is taking place from city officials.

Check back and refresh this page for the latest update.

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<![CDATA[Toxicology Confirms Teen Killed by Arlington PD Was on Drugs]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:20:27 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Christian_Taylor_Arlington.jpg

An unarmed teenager was under the influence marijuana and a psychedelic drug when he was shot and killed by an Arlington, Texas, police officer Aug. 7, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office says.

A report released Wednesday by the medical examiner said 19-year-old Christian Taylor was under the influence of hallucinogenic and psychedelic drugs when he was shot and killed by 49-year-old rookie police officer Brad Miller during a confrontation at a South Arlington car dealership.

Police officers were responding to a burglary call at Classic Buick GMC when they discovered someone had driven an SUV through the showroom glass.

Surveillance video would later show Taylor outside the dealership before police arrive acting erratically, standing on top of and jumping on cars before driving through a gate and through the showroom glass.


Instead of helping to set up a perimeter around the showroom, Miller confronted a person inside the showroom, later identified as Taylor, and ordered him to get down on the ground, said Arlington Chief of Police Will Johnson last month.

Taylor did not comply and, instead, began "actively advancing toward Officer Miller," Johnson said.

Miller's field training officer, who had followed Miller into the showroom, drew his own Taser. The training officer heard a single pop of what he thought was Miller's Taser, but Miller actually had drawn his service weapon and fired it at Taylor, who is believed to have been 7 to 10 feet away from the officer, Johnson said. After Taylor continued to approach, Miller fired his gun three more times.

The officer's Taser had been deployed, according to the medical examiner, but only one of the prongs entered Taylor's body rendering the device ineffective.

A toxicology report from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office confirms Taylor was shot four times, in his chest, throat, abdomen and forearm, and that the presence of drugs were present in both his blood and urine -- specifically THC, 25h-NBOMe and 25i-NBOMe.

THC is the chemical responsible for most of the psychological effects found in marijuana while 25i-NBOMe and 25h-NBOMe are a psychedelic and hallucinogen, respectively.

Following the shooting Johnson fired Miller, saying he breached protocol and that his actions led to the deadly confrontation. Johnson, who has lobbied the Arlington City Council for funding to outfit his officers with body cameras, reiterated his support for the body camera program following the shooting.


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<![CDATA[Rubella Case Confirmed in Tarrant County]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:47:55 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/GettyImages-481681423.jpg

Officials with the Tarrant County Public Health Department confirmed Thursday a student at Texas Christian University has a case of Rubella.

Health officials said the student, whose name is not being released, recently traveled through a region with known Rubella cases and imported the disease.

The infected student, who lives off campus, has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home in isolation through Saturday.

Tarrant County health officials are working with the school to find those the student may have had contact with, assess their immunity status and offer immunization for those who have not yet received their required Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccinations.

“Rubella is a disease that can spread amongst a crowd of non-immunized people. The good news is we have a very safe and effective MMR vaccine to prevent it,” said Tarrant County Health Director Vinny Taneja. “We are supporting TCU by working with all known contacts of this student and the university. We want to assure the TCU student body and our community that they are safe.”

Rubella, sometimes referred to as German or three-day measles, is an infection typically marked by a mild infection with a low fever and rash that starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Symptoms of Rubella typically last up to three days, though about half of the people who are infected with the virus have no symptoms. The virus is spread from an infected person through coughing and sneezing.

"Older children and adults may also have swollen glands and symptoms like a cold before the rash appears. Aching joints occur in many cases, especially among young women," the CDC reports.

"For pregnant women, in particular in their first trimester, if they're infected, it can cause congenital defects and possible baby loss," said Russell Jones, chief epidemiologist at Tarrant County Public Health.

Those birth defects if acquired by a pregnant woman include deafness, cataracts, heart defects, mental retardation, and liver and spleen damage, the CDC reports.

Rubella is a vaccine-preventable disease. For more information on who should be immunized and when, visit the CDC here.

Many universities, including TCU, require students to have the vaccine.

"I'm kind of scared, but I think that TCU has a lot of good health insurance and I'm probably thinking that a lot of students already get a shot for it," said TCU student Minh Nguyen.


NBC 5's Kevin Cokely contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Lake Dallas Coach Arrested on Improper Relationship Charge]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 10:20:06 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dugan-walker-lake-dallas-hs.jpg

A former teacher and softball coach at Lake Dallas High School is the latest educator to be arrested and accused of having an improper relationship with a student.

Corinth police said Monday afternoon they arrested 59-year-old Dugan Walker and charged him with improper relationship between an educator and a student.

"The arrest stemmed from allegations made by a student at the Lake Dallas High School where Walker previously worked as a teacher and softball coach," the Corinth police said in a statement published to Facebook Monday.

Corinth police arrested Walker at the Lake Dallas ISD administration building Monday, according to Lt. J. Gregg of the Corinth Police Department. Walker was not aware that his arrest was imminent when he came to the building, Gregg said.

An image of the former coach in handcuffs is not one that matches the description given Monday by a woman who called the man her daughter's "mentor."

"We're crazy about him. He was a great coach," said Chelsea Christian, the mother of a Lake Dallas High School sophomore softball player. "We were shocked. My daughter is shocked. All the kids are shocked."

Monday's arrest is the latest in a string of accusations against educators in North Texas. Last week, four employees of area school districts were arrested and now face similar charges.

Anyone with information about the incident in Lake Dallas is asked to contact Investigator M. Merendon at 940-279-1505 or Lt. J. Gregg at 940-279-1510.

In a statement released Monday, Lake Dallas ISD Superintendent Gayle Stinson said:

"Protecting the welfare of all students and providing a safe, secure learning environment is the first and foremost priority of Lake Dallas ISD.

On Monday, August 24, Corinth Police Department notified Lake Dallas ISD that former Lake Dallas High School coach, Dugan Walker, was arrested for improper relationship between an educator and a student.

Concerns were brought to the attention of Lake Dallas ISD administrators on August 6, regarding potentially inappropriate communications and/or conduct between the teacher and a student of Lake Dallas High School. Consistent with district policies and procedures, the district immediately notified the Corinth Police Department and placed the employee on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Coach Walker has since resigned his position with the district.

Lake Dallas ISD takes all reports of alleged misconduct seriously and is cooperating fully with the Corinth Police Department as they continue to investigate this matter. As this is an ongoing investigation that involves confidential student and personnel matters, LDISD cannot provide further information."

NBC 5's Ben Russell contributed to this report.


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<![CDATA[Man Arrested, Charged With Two Separate Dallas Murders]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 15:08:32 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Juan-Andrade.jpg

Dallas police say a man confessed to killing two people in the last week and says he's also been involved in other felony crimes in Texas and other states.

Juan Miguel Andrade, 31, was arrested Wednesday by Dallas police and is currently being held in the Dallas County Jail on more than $2 million bond.

Andrade, police said, admitted to shooting a man outside a Motel 6 after a dispute. In an interview with police he told investigators they could find the murder weapon not far from the motel.

Officers later recovered a .45-caliber handgun, police said.

Investigators also said Andrade was a person of interest in the murder of 48-year-old Javier Chacon and that he later admitted his involvement.

Police said .45-caliber casings were found at the Chacon murder scene and that he and the victim were somehow related.

Dallas police said Thursday that Andrade told them he's been involved in other felony crimes in the area, as well as out of state. Police said they were working to identify any other cases Andrade may have been involved with and that more charges may be forthcoming.

Andrade is now being held on two murder warrants, each with $1 million bond. He is also being held on a charge of bond forfeiture - robbery, with a $14,000 bond.

Warrant of Arrest & Detention, Chacon Murder


Warrant of Arrest & Detention, Aguilar-Hernandez Murder


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<![CDATA[Stained Dress Proof of Judge's Sexual Harassment: Lawsuit]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 17:52:45 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/russ-casey-tarrant-co.jpg

A longtime Tarrant County court clerk claims in a federal lawsuit that she was sexually harassed and assaulted by a judge and that after she attempted to end the abuse, he accused her of stealing and tried to fire her.

The clerk, Martha Kibler, claims Justice of the Peace Russ Casey pressured her to perform sexual acts in the Southlake sub courthouse where the two worked and that she gave county officials a semen-stained dress as proof. (See the lawsuit below)

NBC 5 does not generally identify alleged victims of sexual assault but Kibler’s name is listed in the public court filing and her attorney, Andrea Loveless, said Kibler does not object to her name being used.

Casey did not immediately respond to a request for comment and Tarrant County spokesman Marc Flake said the county had no comment on the case.

Kibler, a county employee for 22 years, started working as Casey’s court coordinator in January 2007, the lawsuit said.

The sexual abuse started about three years later when Kibler walked into Casey’s office to repay a “small, personal loan,” according to the claim.

“Judge Casey leaned back in his chair, unzipped his pants in front of Kibler, and exposed his penis” and demanded she perform a sexual act, the lawsuit alleges. “After Kibler said, ‘No’ and that she could not do that, Casey responded that he was good to her, had loaned her money and kept her employed and thus she had better return the favor. Kibler complied…”

The lawsuit claims a “pattern of sexual harassment and physical abuse” lasted five years and some of the sexual acts occurred “while he was wearing his judicial robe.”

Kibler said she complained twice to the Tarrant County Human Resources department but an investigation was never launched. In one case, Kibler said a human resources executive told her the judge was an elected official, so nothing could be done.

In December 2013, after Kibler’s only son died, she told the judge she wanted to stop performing sexual acts with him because “she felt like her son was watching from heaven,” according to the lawsuit.

“Judge Casey refused to take no for an answer,” the lawsuit said.

Kibler said Casey fired her, but county officials placed her on paid leave instead.

“Judge Casey himself then initiated a meritless investigation into Kibler’s employment with Tarrant County in an attempt to complete Kibler’s termination quickly,”

Kibler said she told county officials about the sexual abuse in August 2014.

“As proof, Kibler also provided Tarrant County with a dress and blouse she owned which possessed Judge Casey’s dried semen,” the lawsuit said.

Kibler still works for Tarrant County but has been assigned to a new job.

An audit of Casey’s office issued in November 2014 found that cash or checks were not always deposited into the judge’s account on a timely basis and that some information was not properly recorded in a computer program and did not always agree with information shown on canceled checks.

In responding to the audit, Casey wrote he asked for a “full financial audit” of his office after “uncovering a mismanagement of county deposits on the part of a staff member.”

His comments did not name the staff member.

“It appears that the employee was making a series of personal loans from the cash deposits by failing to actually deposit the money daily,” he said.

Casey added he was “determined to make sure that this cannot ever happen again.”

Loveless, the clerk’s attorney, questioned the timing of the audit and denied any suggestions that Kibler mishandled money.

“It was never brought up before she was terminated, only after she brought up the sexual harassment,” Loveless said.

Martha Kibler v. Tarrant County, Honorable Russ Casey


Auditor's Report: Financial Review of Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3


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<![CDATA[Wanted Sex Offender Found Dead After Escaping Halfway House]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 22:04:26 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/brent-jozefkowicz2.jpg

A 48-year-old registered sex offender that slipped out of a Fort Worth halfway house Aug. 4 has been found dead in South Carolina and four people have been arrested in connection with assisting in his escape, the Texas Department of Public Safety says.

The DPS said the Myrtle Beach Police Department informed them that Brent Allen Jozefkowicz was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot on Saturday morning. Positive identification was made late Monday by authorities in South Carolina.

Jozefkowicz, the DPS said, removed his ankle monitor on Aug. 4, left the Fort Worth halfway house and hadn't been seen since. The DPS said at the time that Jozefkowicz was "considered at high risk to re-offend."

The DPS also said four people were arrested Tuesday morning for assisting Jozefkowicz in his escape and charged with hindering apprehension, a third-degree felony. Those arrested were 45-year-old Jon Ryan Evans, 51-year-old Teresa Kaye Shook, 54-year-old Russell Wayne Shook and 45-year-old Paula Pedigo.

The search and arrest warrants were issued by Tarrant County 396th District Court Judge George Gallagher and were executed by the DPS Criminal Investigations Division (CID), Texas Highway Patrol, Texas Attorney General's Office, U.S. Marshals Service, Hood County Sheriff's Department, Fort Worth Police Department and Granbury Police Department.

Those arrested face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.

NBC 5's Todd L. Davis and Ellen Bryan contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Train, Car Collide in Far Northwest Tarrant County]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 13:18:02 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/train-car-nwftw.jpg

One person is hospitalized after a car collided with a Union Pacific train in unincorporated Tarrant County, Monday afternoon.

The car and a train reportedly collided at the railroad crossing at Hicks Avondale School Road Monday afternoon, not far from the intersection of that road with Business Texas 287/N. Saginaw Boulevard in far northwest Fort Worth.

A woman in the car was critically injured and was flown by air ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.  It is not known if anyone else was in the car.

The train appears largely undamaged and did not come off the tracks in the collision.

Further details, including what led to the collision, are not yet known.

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<![CDATA[Suspicious Package Found Near SMU Not a Threat]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:48:50 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/smu-generic-722.jpg

A suspicious package found near SMU's Fondren Library late Monday morning was determined to not pose a threat, school officials say.

Students, faculty and visitors to the Southern Methodist University campus were asked to stay away from the library after a package described as a plastic bowl wrapped in black plastic was spotted under a shrub on the library's west side..

SMU tweeted an alert at 11:51 a.m. asking people to stay away while the device was investigated. About an hour later, at 12:43 p.m., school officials tweeted the package was not a threat to public safety and issued an all clear.

Students are expected to begin moving into the campus on Wednesday for the fall semester.

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<![CDATA[Double Murder in Dallas, Gunman Sought]]> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 11:07:56 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/brandon-mill-apt-shooting.jpg

The search is underway for the gunman who shot and killed two men at an apartment complex Wednesday morning, Dallas police say.

Police said officers were first called to the Brandon Mill Apartments along the 8000 block of U.S. Highway 67/Marvin D. Love Freeway Service Road at about 4 a.m. after a resident reported hearing gunfire, but officers were directed to the wrong apartment by the caller.

Officers tried to call the caller back, but she had fallen asleep. A subsequent call led them to a different apartment in the same building where the bodies of two men in their 20s were found at about 7 a.m.

Dallas police said drug paraphernalia was found inside the residence and that the shooting appears to be an isolated incident.

"There’s drug paraphernalia found inside the apartment which may indicate that maybe something was going on in there. Remember, we’re very early on in this investigation," said Deputy Chief Rob Sherwin with the Dallas Police Department. "We want to make sure that the public knows that right now it appears that this is an incident that is isolated to this event right now. If we develop any information we will let you guys know."

Investigators said Wednesday morning that the investigation is in the very early stages and police do not yet have any suspects in the slayings.

Dallas police expected to be able to reveal more information in the investigation later in the day.

Earlier Wednesday, a shooting was reported at the Surrey Row Apartments which are about a mile away. Dallas police said the shootings are not believed to be connected.

NBC 5's Ellen Bryan contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Deadly Collision Between Train and Truck in Denton County]]> Fri, 07 Aug 2015 15:51:13 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/a-train-car-together.jpg

The driver of a pickup truck that collided with the Denton A-Train Thursday morning has died.[[320903981,C]]

Just before 9 a.m. the Denton County Transportation Authority A-Train collided with a pickup truck at the W. Hundley Drive and S. Denton Drive crossing in Lake Dallas, between the Highland Village/Lewisville Lake and MedPark stations, and was knocked off the tracks.

According to Chad Thiessen with the Lake Cities Fire Department, the driver of the truck struck by the train was transported to an area hospital, but died later that day. The identity of the driver has not yet been released.

About 32 passengers were on the northbound train at the time of the collision and told NBC 5 they felt the train shake before coming to a stop. They then had to wait on board for about an hour before being escorted off the train and onto buses and driven to the next stop, MedPark Station.

Part of the train was knocked off the tracks and part of the crossing arm was damaged in the crash, knocking out commuter train service until about 2:30 p.m. and blocking traffic from crossing the intersection until about 1 p.m.[[320909251,L,400,225]]

After service resumed Thursday, the A-Train began crossing the intersection at much slower speeds with its horn blaring, as is policy after an incident according to DCTA communications.

Leaders with the transit authority said a rail operations investigation determined the truck drove through the west side crossing gate while it was in the down position, causing the collision. They said all crossing notifications were operable and in full effect, including crossing gates, flashing-signal lights, audible warnings and crossbucks to indicate the railway crossing.

Vice President of Communication Nicole Recker said they continue to urge everyone to observe safety signs and measures around the tracks and to pay attention to their surroundings.

The DCTA website contains an entire section on rail safety that includes several warnings about the danger of getting in the train’s path.

NBC 5's Brian Scott, Frank Heinz and Holley Ford contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Spilled Non-Dairy Creamer Prompts 'White Powder' Response]]> Wed, 05 Aug 2015 13:21:51 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hazmat-generic-dfr.jpg

Dallas Fire-Rescue says white powder found on an elevator at a federal building Wednesday afternoon was non-dairy creamer.

FDR was called to the Social Security Adminsitration Building at 1301 Young Street in downtown after someone called 911 reporting a white powder on an elevator.

A hazmat team responded and determined the substance was not a threat.

At 2 p.m., the all-clear was given at the building and operations returned to normal.

Letters containing powder invoke fear after five people were killed and more than a dozen were injured when letters laced with anthrax spores were mailed to offices in the days and weeks after Sept. 11, 2001.

Since then, hundreds of hoax letters have been received nationwide at schools, banks, hospitals and other businesses. Though the vast majority of white powder letters have been harmless, anyone receiving a white powder letter is advised to evacuate the area and call 911.

<![CDATA[WB Lanes of I-30 Back Open After Crash in Dallas]]> Tue, 04 Aug 2015 16:33:45 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/215*120/I-30+crash+at+Dolphin.JPG

All lanes of westbound Interstate 30 are back open in Dallas after a previous crash near Dolphin Road.

Initial reports from the Dallas County Sheriff's Office said three vehicles collided and were blocking the westbound side of I-30.

One of the vehicles was facing the wrong way, officials said.

The conditions of those involved and the cause of the crash has not yet been revealed.

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<![CDATA[Human Case of West Nile Reported in Tarrant County]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:37:24 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-Cropped.jpg

Tarrant County health officials have confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus for 2015.

The patient, who has contracted the neuroinvasive, or more severe, form of the disease, lives in an unincorporated Southwest Tarrant County near Benbrook.


No further details about the patient have been released, as per usual.

In 2014 TCPH reported it's first human case on Aug. 4 and would eventually report 15 more before the end of the season. Nine of those cases were neuroinvasive and six were West Nile fever. None of those infected in 2014 died from the disease.

Symptoms of West Nile neuroinvasive disease include neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis. The neuroinvasive form of the disease can be deadly.


The only other human case of West Nile virus to be reported this year in North Texas was in Kaufman County on July 1.

The city of Fort Worth announced they'd spray for mosquitoes beginning Friday after a fourth mosquito tested positive for the virus. The spraying will be the first time the city has sprayed for the insects in three years.[[309639121,C]]

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<![CDATA[NB I-35W Connector to WB 820 Closed for Hours]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:18:05 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/beam-crash-fortworth.jpg

A truck carrying a concrete beam lost its load on a direct connector from northbound Interstate 35W to westbound Loop 820 in North Fort Worth Thursday, closing the roadway.

The beam apparently slid from the trailer and onto a retaining wall before coming into contact with a concrete column for a bridge currently under construction, causing visual damage to both.

No injuries were reported.

The connector remained closed late Thursday night, officials said, and motorists are advised to expect significant delays and seek alternate routes.

Alternate Routes:

  • From northbound I-35W, take direct connector to eastbound I-820
  • Exit Denton Highway 377
  • Take U-Turn
  • Enter on-ramp to westbound I-820

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<![CDATA[Suspected Serial Killer Was in North Texas This Month]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:15:54 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/neal-falls-mugshot-inset.jpg

A man killed 11 days ago by a West Virginia sex worker and suspected in as many as 10 murders got a speeding ticket in Benbrook two weeks earlier, authorities say.

Neal Falls, 45, was killed in Charleston, West Virginia on July 18 at the home of a prostitute he had met online, police said.

Police said Falls confronted a prostitute in Charleston with a gun. The woman grabbed a rake and hit him with it, and according to news reports, he dropped his gun and she shot and killed him.

Officers later found a "kill kit" in his car, including handcuffs, axes, bleach and a shovel.

Falls could be linked to the disappearances or murders of four prostitutes in Las Vegas and six others in Ohio, police said.

Benbrook police officer Sandy Eubanks said Falls received a speeding ticket on Benbrook

Boulevard at about 8 a.m. on July 7. He was cited for driving 64 mph in a 45 mph zone.

"That was the only contact that we have on record with Mr. Falls," Officer Michael Mullinax told NBCDFW. "We believe he was just passing through."

Benbrook police reached out to other law enforcement agencies to ask about any crimes Falls may have committed in North Texas, but so far investigators have found nothing to link him to any missing women.

The Texas Rangers are investigating as well, the agency confirmed Tuesday.

Given the information police now know, Benbrook police said they are grateful their officer was not harmed during the "routine" traffic stop.

"Definitely. We never know at any given time who we're walking up on," Mullinax said. "And in this particular case it is very unnerving."

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