<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Breaking News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/breaking http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usSun, 30 Apr 2017 15:42:05 -0500Sun, 30 Apr 2017 15:42:05 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Man Who Caused Hulen Mall Lockdown Saturday Identified]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:19:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/216*120/Vernon-Hassell-Hulen-Mall2.jpg

An armed robber on the run was arrested at Hulen Mall, but not before forcing police to shut the mall down Saturday morning, according to Fort Worth Police.

Police say an armed man with a beard, glasses and a purple hoodie robbed a store along Camp Bowie Boulevard at about 10:30 a.m. The man then carjacked a 2017 pickup truck.

Thanks to a tracker on the pickup, police followed the truck to Hulen Mall where the alleged robber ran from officers and went into the mall.

The mall was then locked down and officers searched for the man. Some inside were told to shelter in place and others were evacuated.

At 11:30 a.m. Fort Worth police tweeted a warning to the public to stay away from the mall.

At 11:40 a.m. Fort Worth Police reported the suspect was in custody. Police later said he was found in the boiler room of the Macy's.

Fort Worth Police tweeted just before 12:15 p.m. that the mall was still closed as police searched for evidence only. No other suspects were being pursued.

Just before 12:45 p.m. Fort Worth police tweeted that the mall was once again open to the public.

Police said 40-year-old Vernon Hassell was charged with five counts of aggravated robbery. He's being held on $50,000 bond. No word on if Hassell has been appointed an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Fisherman Missing on Lake Ray Hubbard]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 08:47:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/boat-missing-fisherman.jpg

The search for a fisherman who's been missing since Wednesday on Lake Ray Hubbard resumed Friday morning.[[416354523,R]]

Officials have identified the man as Mark Jordan of Rockwall County.

Due to extremely windy conditions on Thursday, crews called off the search at sundown and were set to resume Friday morning.

Jordan's pickup and trailer were located at the boat ramp along Texas Highway 66; his capsized boat was found by the Dallas Police Department's helicopter Air 1 about a half mile south of the Highway 66 bridge.

DFR's Marine 1 investigated the boat and said it was empty.

Jason Evans, with Dallas Fire-Rescue, said they were told Jordan typically fished in a certain area and never stayed on the water too long.

The Texas Game Warden and other local agencies are assisting in the search.


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<![CDATA[Flower Mound Orders Controlled Burn of Namesake Flower Mound]]> Fri, 03 Mar 2017 05:51:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/flower-mound-controlled-burn.jpg

For the first time ever, the Flower Mound Fire Department conducted a prescribed burn of the town's namesake flower mound.

City officials said invasive plants have overtaken the flower mound, choking out native wildflowers and prairie grasses.

The overgrowth is also a wildfire hazard, officials said, which could threaten neighboring homes and businesses.


Mix the large supply of vegetation/wildfire fuel with Texas' current elevated risk of wildfires and it's a recipe for disaster.

To curtail the risk of wildfire and remove the invasive species, officials ordered a controlled burn of the area. On Thursday, approximately eight acres, or two-thirds of the mound, were burned.

The remaining four acres, which are surrounded by residential property, will be done sometime next year.


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<![CDATA[Silver Alert: Missing Senior May Pose a Threat to Himself]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:17:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/earl-dee-elliott-inset.jpg

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Earl Dee Elliot, an 87-year-old white man diagnosed with a cognitive impairment who police believe poses a threat to his own health and safety.

Elliott is 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs about 160 pounds and has blonde hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a green jack with a green or grey shirt and black shoes.

He was last seen at about 7 a.m. Tuesday near 5512 Burleson Oaks in Burleson driving a maroon 1996 Chevrolet 1500L pickup truck with Texas license plate BV1 9568.

Anyone with information about Elliot's location is asked to contact the Johnson County Sheriff's Office at 817-556-6060.

<![CDATA[Mesquite Firefighters Battle 2-Alarm Apartment Fire]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:01:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/churchill-crossing-fire-02.jpg

Mesquite firefighters knocked down a 2-alarm fire at the Churchill Crossing Apartments on the 3700 block of Gus Thomasson Road late Tuesday morning.[[413729123,R]]

Fire officials confirmed fire at about 11:30 a.m. smoke and fire were visible on the third floor.

By noon, firefighters apparently had the fire under control.

At this time no injuries have been reported and the cause of the fire is unknown.

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<![CDATA[3 in Custody After Burglary, Chase in Cedar Hill]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:20:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cedar-Hill-Police-Badge.jpg

Three people wanted in connection with a home burglary in Cedar Hill are in custody, police say.

Cedar Hill police said after a burglary was reported Wednesday afternoon officers made a traffic stop. During that stop, three people exited the vehicle and tried to run away.

One of the occupants was arrested, but two were able to escape after running toward a nearby apartment complex.

While officers searched the area, two nearby schools, Trinity Christian School and Besse Coleman Middle School, were placed on lock down.

Just after 3 p.m., police said the other two suspected burglars had been taken into custody and the lock downs were lifted.

No further information has been confirmed by police.

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<![CDATA[2 Window Washers Rescued after Dangling 15 Stories]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 05:00:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/giphy3.gif

Firefighters with Dallas Fire-Rescue pulled two stranded window washers off a high-rise building in North Dallas Wednesday afternoon.

The window washers were in distress and dangling from the Prosperity Bank building at 9330 LBJ Freeway near Abrams after their scaffolding apparently failed and fell to one side just before 2 p.m.

From NBC Dallas-Fort Worth Chopper 5, the scaffolding could be seen hanging vertically with only one set of support wires to the roof intact. It is not yet known what caused the scaffolding to fail.

After raising one of the workers to the roof, a member of the Dallas Fire-Rescue Urban Search and Rescue Team rappelled down the building and secured the second worker to another line before lowering him to the ground at about 2:50 p.m.

Attempts to raise the second man to the roof apparently failed.

Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans told NBC 5 it appears safety equipment worn by the men worked as it should and kept them safe after the scaffolding failed.

Neither of the men were believed to be seriously injured, though the second man rescued was transported to Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas for an evaluation.

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell estimated winds of 10-15 mph. Mitchell noted that the wind was not severe enough to move the stranded worker or disturb the scaffolding.

Fire departments in cities with taller buildings, such as Dallas and Fort Worth, train for what happened Wednesday afternoon. 

"We were lucky to have the window washer prop so we can practice the window washer rescue," said Fort Worth Fire Capt. Robert Webb. "Like today, they had one in Dallas today. So it happens."

The Fort Worth Fire Department showed NBC 5 how firefighters train for such situations. They dangled a dummy from a window washing platform on the fifth floor of their training facility. 

"If any of his equipment fails before we get to him, obviously that's the most dangerous part," said firefighter Chris Torrez, as he dangled outside a fifth floor window, making the practice rescue. "Just taking care of business, going down there and helping whoever we need to help."

Torrez said he hasn't had to rescue anyone off the side of a building in real life, but training for it makes him ready for anything.

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<![CDATA[Weatherford Cop Accidentally Shot by Backup During Struggle]]> Fri, 30 Dec 2016 19:56:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weatherford-Police-Hospital-Shooting-123016.jpg

A North Texas police officer is on administrative leave after shooting another officer and the man he was trying to arrest during a traffic stop Thursday night.

Weatherford police said Officer Chris Bumpas is in stable condition after undergoing surgery Thursday night. Bumpas has been on the police force for less than a year and was recently named the Weatherford Police Department's "Rookie of the Year."

At about 9:15 p.m., Bumpas stopped a driver outside the Tequila Bar and Grill on the 2100 block of Tin Top Road. After learning one of the three occupants of the vehicle was wanted, he tried to place the man under arrest.

The man, whose name has not yet been released, became combative and hit Bumpas with a metal flashlight, police said. An officer called to backup Bumpas used a stun gun to try to disable the man, but it had no effect. The backup officer then fired his weapon multiple times, striking the man.

A preliminary investigation revealed the backup officer, whose name has also not been released, accidentally shot Bumpas in the stomach, police said.

"The officer that fired his weapon has been placed on routine administrative leave, per department policy," police spokesman Jason Hayes said.

Weatherford police said Bumpas was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth where he underwent surgery.

The wanted man was also hospitalized and was listed as "guarded," police said. Once he's recovered, he'll be taken to jail where he is expected to face a charge of aggravated assault on a police officer.

A man and woman riding in the wanted man's vehicle were not injured in the incident.

Detectives with the Weatherford Police Department and a member of the Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting. The Texas Rangers are expected to take the lead in the case, which police said is normal protocol for officer-involved shootings in Weatherford.

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<![CDATA[1 Dead, 1 Injured After Stabbing, Fire at NE Dallas Home]]> Wed, 14 Dec 2016 18:01:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fire-smoke-roadway.jpg

One person is dead and another is recovering after a stabbing and fire at a home in northeast Dallas Wednesday afternoon, police and fire officials say.[[406570415, R]]

Dallas police said officers were called to a stabbing at a home on the 9100 block of Gunnison Drive. When officers arrived, they found the victim inside but the attacker was nowhere to be found.

With smoke and fire coming from the garage area of the home, officers worked quickly to get the victim to safety outside while requesting fire assistance from the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department.

Firefighters later discovered the body of an adult male inside the home who was unable to get out after the fire started.  The man's identity and cause of death will be determined by the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office.

DFR said the stabbing was the result of a dispute between the occupants of the home and that at some point a fire started in the garage.

The fire was mostly isolated to the garage and attic, though smoke spread throughout the home.

The investigation by the Dallas police is ongoing.

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<![CDATA[Cold Case Arrest Made in 1987 Murder of Weatherford Teen]]> Wed, 14 Dec 2016 19:31:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ricky-lee-adkins-mugshot-inset.jpg

Police made an arrest Wednesday morning in the decades-old murder of a North Texas teenager whose body was found days after she disappeared while visiting an area lake.

Wendy Kae Robinson, 19, was sunbathing at "The Wall," a popular location at Lake Weatherford, when she was last seen alive on the afternoon of July 8, 1987.

Though her car was found near the lake the following day, her body was not discovered until four days later outside a gated Parker County ranch along the 500 block of Savage Lane -- about seven miles from where her car was located.

Police said Wednesday that since Robinson's body was discovered nearly three decades ago, her death has been investigated as a homicide and that detectives continued to follow-up on leads and tips over the last 29 years.[[406561915,R,200,220]]

On Wednesday, nearly 30 years after Robinson was killed, Weatherford police announced they had arrested 59-year-old Ricky Lee Adkins at about 10 a.m. at his residence in Ranger and that he was being held in the Parker County Jail on a capital murder charge.

Investigators have not revealed what evidence led them to Adkins and said the investigation is ongoing and that more arrests may be forthcoming.

What police did say however was that the cold case was reviewed again by detectives in January 2016 and that investigators from the Weatherford/Parker County Special Crimes Unit assisted in bringing forth new theories in the investigation.

"After developing a new strategy based off old leads, detectives sought the assistance of the Texas Rangers and the United States Secret Service," Weatherford police said Wednesday in a statement.

After months of renewed investigation, reviewing case reports, taking new statements and interviewing multiple individuals, police said the Parker County District Attorney’s office presented the case to the Parker County Grand Jury who handed down an indictment for Adkins in the teen's murder.

Adkins' arrest comes just one day after police said detectives were looking at new clues in the 29-year-old murder. NBC 5 has learned he is a registered sex offender with a long criminal record and that court records show Weatherford police arrested him in 1987 for forgery just a few weeks after Robinson’s murder. Adkins would have turned 30 years old just two days before Robinson disappeared.

Speaking with NBC 5 earlier this week, Robinson's father pleaded for anyone with information to come forward.

"It was a horrible experience," her father, Jim Robinson, said. "We didn't know what to think. And the more time that passed by, the worse we felt like the situation was."

Robinson's father said she was a student at Weatherford Junior College and planned to be a teacher.

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call the Weatherford Police Department at 817-598-4300. Individuals can also submit information through the Texas Rangers’ Cold Case website or by contacting the Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 1-800-346-3243. A $5,000 reward for information is being offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of anyone else responsible for Robinson's death.

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<![CDATA[27 Homes Evacuated After Gas Line Ruptured in Southlake]]> Tue, 13 Dec 2016 05:24:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/atmos-gas-repair-southlake-121216.jpg

Repairs continued late Monday on a broken gas line in Southlake that forced an evacuation order for more than two dozen homes.

According to city officials, a plumber hit a natural gas line Monday afternoon along the 2900 block of Sutton Place.

There have been no injuries reported and 27 residences were evacuated only as a precaution.

Southlake Department of Public Safety officials said at about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday that the breach had been stopped, but that crews were still working on repairs in the area. They said the road would likely be closed until about 6 a.m.

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<![CDATA[Iconic I-20 Texas Flag Installation Removed]]> Tue, 13 Dec 2016 16:01:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Flag+Removal++%282%29.jpg

Texas Department of Transportation crews finished removing the colorful state of Texas outline on the Interstate 20 median in far southwest Dallas on Tuesday.

TxDOT removed the installation over safety concerns where drivers were entering and exiting the freeway without a ramp. 

Over the years, the feature had become such a popular attraction for photos that drivers carved a dirt pathway into the grassy area between Mountain Creek Parkway and Spur 408, ignoring several "Keep Off Median" signs on the highway's shoulder.

Most challenging for visitors with the current arrangement is getting back on the interstate from the bumpy median shoulder without causing a crash or posing a hazard to drivers on the freeway.

The paneling around the emblem was removed Monday afternoon. The brightly-turf that makes up the flag will be taken away on Tuesday.

The installation will be turned over to the city of Grand Prairie, though what will happen to it after that remains a mystery. City spokesperson Amy Sprinkles said the installation will be kept in a city storage facility until they find it a permanent home.

The display was built in 2010 as a Boy Scouts project, according to Ryan LaFontaine with the Texas Department of Transportation.

LaFontaine said activity has increased so much in the last several months that TxDot had no choice but to take action.

"We understand this emblem has been a source of pride for North Texans and all Texans for a long time now so we don’t want to take it away, we want to find a safe location so people can access this," LaFontaine said.

Fans of the installation suggested the state turn the area into a rest area with proper exits and entrances. LaFontaine said TxDOT does not build rest areas in medians with center lane access because of safety concerns.

The Dallas County Sheriff's Department is responsible for traffic enforcement on the interstate and Dallas police are responsible for law enforcement on the median. Information requests to both resulted in no records of significant accident history or ticket writing at the location.

Even so, LaFontaine said the area is just too dangerous for drivers.

On Monday, NBC 5 viewers were polled about the removal of the installation. In total, 24,036 people voted in the poll--18 percent wanted it moved somewhere else, 80 percent voted to keep it where it was and two percent wanted it removed all together. 

NBC 5's Frank Heinz and Ken Kalthoff contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[First Local Zika Virus Case Reported in Texas]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:22:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543392276-Mosquito.jpg

The first case of locally transmitted Zika virus in Texas has been reported in the Rio Grande Valley, the Texas Department of State Health Services reports.

“We knew it was only a matter of time before we saw a Zika case spread by a mosquito in Texas,” said Dr. John Hellerstedt, DSHS commissioner. 

The patient is a Cameron County resident who is not pregnant and who was confirmed last week by lab test to have been infected. She reported no recent travel to Mexico or anywhere else with ongoing Zika virus transmission and no other risk factors.

Laboratory testing found genetic material from the Zika virus in the patient’s urine, but a blood test was negative, indicating that the virus can no longer be spread from her by a mosquito.

Through last week, Texas has had 257 confirmed cases of Zika virus disease. Until now, all cases in the state had been associated with travel, including two infants born to women who had traveled during their pregnancy and two people who had sexual contact with infected travelers.

There are no other cases of suspected local transmission at this time, but health officials continue to conduct disease surveillance activities as part of the state's ongoing Zika response.

Cameron County, DSHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working together to investigate and respond to the case. Further investigation will be necessary to attempt to pinpoint how and where the infection occurred, and health officials are also responding in a number of other ways.

DSHS has activated the State Medical Operations Center to support the response and is providing expertise, personnel and equipment for activities from disease investigation to mosquito surveillance to public education.

Cameron County and the City of Brownsville, with help from DSHS, have conducted an environmental assessment at the patient’s home and have been trapping and testing mosquitoes to learn more about activity in the area.

The samples collected will be tested at the DSHS laboratory in Austin.

Brownsville has recently sprayed for mosquitoes in the area and will continue to take action to reduce the mosquito population.

Health workers from Cameron County and DSHS will be going door to door in the area around where the case lived beginning this evening to educate the public about Zika, help people reduce potential mosquito breeding habitat on their property, and collect voluntary urine samples to determine whether other infections are present.

Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito, though sexual transmission can occur.

The four most common symptoms are fever, itchy rash, joint pain and eye redness.

While symptoms are usually minor, Zika can also cause severe birth defects, including microcephaly, and other poor birth outcomes in some women infected during pregnancy.

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<![CDATA[Cessna Loses Power, Crashes, Two Injured: Officials]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:28:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bridgeport-plane-crash-tree.jpg

A single-engine Cessna 182 with two people on board crashed shortly after takeoff from Bridgeport Municipal Airport Wednesday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration confirms.

Lynn Lunsford, with the FAA, told NBC 5 that preliminary reports are that the pilot had engine trouble.

Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson Lonny Haschel said the plane lost power shortly after takeoff and crashed into a line of trees at about 11:15 a.m.

The treeline runs parallel to U.S. Highway 380/Texas 114 north of the airport.

Both occupants were seriously injured and were hospitalized; one occupant, a man, was taken by ground to Wise Regional Hospital, while a second occupant, a female, was airlifted to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Their current conditions are not known.

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<![CDATA[Critical Missing Alert Canceled for Veteran Who Left Dallas Hospital]]> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:30:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/edward-greer-found.jpg

A 45-year-old man who disappeared after leaving a Dallas VA medical center Thursday has been located safe.

Dallas police said Edward Greer was located safe at about 2:15 p.m. 

Greer was reported missing Thursday after being seen leaving the Dallas VA Medical Center on the 4500 block of South Lancaster Road at about 10 a.m.

Police said Greer may appear to be a danger to himself or others, but did not elaborate.

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<![CDATA[Missing 6-Year-Old Found Alive]]> Sun, 09 Oct 2016 17:27:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/100916+Moya+Alas.jpg

The Fort Worth Police Department confirmed a missing 6-year-old girl has been found alive in a park near her home.

Police arrested Edis Leonel Moya Alas. On Sunday morning, he was charged with aggravated kidnapping. On Sunday afternoon, police added the charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child. 

mmigration Customs Enforcement also determined Alas is in the United States illegally. 
Immigration Customs Enforcement also determined Alas is in the United States illegally. 

Editor's Note: It is NBCDFW's policy not to identify sexual assault victims. On Saturday evening, her father told several media outlets that she had not been sexually assaulted and allowed her to be photographed by several outlets. Once FWPD added the charge on Sunday, we edited our article and removed the girl's name and picture.

The victim had last been seen at about 10:00 p.m. Friday when her father said he locked and secured the house and went to bed.

Her father woke up at approximately 4:00 a.m. and discovered the front door open and the girl missing. The police were called soon after and immediately began a search.

Saturday afternoon police received a call from a resident who lives by Tidus Park near the child's home. The caller reported hearing screams from a thicketed area near the park.

"We owe a great debt to the citizen who acutally heard the screams and notified us to go into that field area," said Fort Worth Police Capt. Deven Pitt.

Fort Worth police completed a search and upon entering the wooded area saw a man with the missing child. He began to run and the child ran toward police.

"He hid from officers. There wasn't much of an area for him to run back there," Pitt said. "She was very scared. She was very nervous. She obviously didn't get to where she was by herself."

That man has been detained, but his identity has not been released. Police say he is not a suspect, but is a person of interest.

"Right now, he's just being interviewed to find out what kind of involvement he had in this," Pitt said. "All we know is that he was in the presence of a child that he had no business being around at this point."

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

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<![CDATA[Child, 3, Shot Self in Arm in Fort Worth: Report]]> Mon, 03 Oct 2016 14:10:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/child-shot-self-gun-fort-worth.jpg

Fort Worth police are investigating a shooting after a report of a child accidentally shooting himself in the arm.

The call came in shortly before noon to a home on the 1400 block of Meadow Lane Terrace.

Fort Worth police said the woman told them her child shot himself with a gun she uses for home protection.

The child was transported to an area hospital in good condition.

Police have not said whether the child's parent will face any charges.

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<![CDATA[Former Farmers Branch Officer Indicted in Fatal Shooting]]> Fri, 09 Sep 2016 22:56:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/KEN-JOHNSON.jpg

A former Farmers Branch police officer who was off-duty when he says he shot and killed a teenage burglary suspect and wounded another boy in March has been indicted by a Dallas County grand jury.

Ken Johnson resigned from the Farmers Branch Police Department after being arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by the Addison Police Department.

Johnson said he saw a vehicle in his apartment complex being burglarized March 13 and he intervened. He said he got into his personal vehicle and chased two men to the 14300 block of Marsh Lane where they crashed. An altercation followed and shots were fired.

Jose Raul Cruz, 16, was killed at the scene; the second person was transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital with injuries that were not life threatening. While police have not identified the second teen shot, his family has identified him as 16-year-old Edgar Rodriguez, a friend of Cruz.

The Dallas County District Attorney's Office said the grand jury found probable cause that "Johnson knowingly caused the death of Jose Cruz and attempted to cause the death of Edgar Rodriguez Arevalo" and that the "two cases will move forward in the criminal justice system and be prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Office."

A spokesman for Cruz's family spoke to NBC 5 about the indictment Wednesday.

"They're not celebrating, of course, because you can't celebrate the death of Jose Cruz. You can only celebrate the fact that Officer Johnson will be charged for the murder of Jose Cruz," Carlos Quintanilla said.

The family also realizes this is far from over, he said.

"There's still a chance that he can go to trial and jury can find him not guilty, so they have temporary justice but they don't have full justice until they actually see Officer Ken Johnson in prison with a number that says convicted," explained Quintanilla.

Several of Cruz's friends said the indictment gives them hope in their ongoing fight for justice.

"I actually thought they weren't going to do anything, just let him go. That's what they do. But I'm thankful that they did do something," said friend Jensy Archaga.

"He was my family, you know, he was my cousin so I'm never going to forget him," said cousin Oscar Salinas. "He's in a better place now but nothing is the same like it used to be."

In the six months since he was killed Cruz's friends have had many conversations with their families and each other about law enforcement. They're clear in their belief that a vast majority of police officers are there to protect them.

Despite that belief there is still a real sense of fear and apprehension that Cruz's death could happen to any of them.

"I've been talking to my brother. I be like, 'Don't be doing nothing bad, because you know what happened to Jose,'" said friend Fatima Fraire.

The lawyer for Edgar Rodriguez Arevalo told NBC 5 he is encouraged by Johnson's indictment and hopes justice will be served.

We also reached out to Johnson's attorney for comment, but have yet to hear back.

Johnson is currently free after posting $150,000 bond. A trial date has not been set.

NBC 5's Tyler Sieswerda and Cory Smith contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Amtrak Train Hits Truck Crossing Tracks in Dallas]]> Thu, 08 Sep 2016 22:34:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/amtrak-dallas-crash.jpg

An Amtrak train collided with a box truck northwest of Downtown Dallas Thursday afternoon.

Amtrak's Train 21 struck a truck on the tracks at the Market Center Boulevard crossing near the intersection with Harry Hines Boulevard at about 2:15 p.m.

The back end of the truck was destroyed, spilling cargo over the roadway. The train's engine suffered minor damage, but otherwise appeared OK.

The driver of the truck did not appear to be injured. Amtrak said 51 passengers were on board at the time and are being evaluated for injuries; no injuries were reported.

There do appear to have been signal arms at the crossing, though it's not clear if they were working at the time of the crash.

Train 21, the Texas Eagle, which travels between Chicago and Los Angeles via Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio, continued on its journey about 90 minutes after the crash.

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<![CDATA[Duncanville Police Searching for Missing Man, 84]]> Tue, 06 Sep 2016 11:25:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/missing-juan-perez-duncanville.jpg

Duncanville police are looking for an 84-year-old man with Alzheimer's disease reported missing Monday afternoon.

Juan Perez was last seen at about 11 a.m. on the 1200 block of Green Way Drive, possibly wearing a white shirt.

Perez is 6 feet tall with a slim build and a gray mustache. He has gray hair with balding on top.

Perez's family said he has lived in the Duncanville area for about eight months. Before that he lived in Carrollton.

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<![CDATA[Missing Man, 78, Located: Dallas Police]]> Mon, 05 Sep 2016 19:48:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/found-jack-williams-090516.jpg

The Dallas Police Department said Monday night officers located a missing 78-year-old man.

Jack Williams, Jr., was last seen on the 2100 block of Arden Row in Dallas at about 1 p.m. Friday.

In an update Monday evening, police said Williams had been located safe and returned home.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Police Chief Brown Announces Retirement]]> Fri, 02 Sep 2016 04:24:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/chief-david-brown.jpg

After more than three decades with the Dallas Police Department, Chief of Police David O. Brown announced his retirement Thursday, ending a six-year tenure leading the nation's seventh-largest municipal police force.

Brown, who focused on community policing and transparency while battling with police unions during his tumultuous tenure as chief, earned nationwide praise in July when he led the city's response to a deadly ambush where five officers were slain.

"After much prayer, I am announcing my retirement from the Dallas Police Department after 33 years as a Dallas police officer," Brown said in a statement on DPDBeat.com. "Serving the citizens of Dallas in this noble profession has been both a true honor and a humbling experience."

In the statement, Brown went on to thank his family as well as mayors, city managers and members of the city council, past and present, for allowing him to serve.

"This is a difficult decision. I pray for your understanding and well wishes," Brown said.

Brown, who did not give a reason for the abrupt retirement, said it will become effective Oct. 22. He said he'll be unavailable until Sept. 8, at which time he'll hold a press conference to discuss his retirement.

Dallas City Manager A.C. Gonzalez credited Brown Thursday for creating a diverse police force that brought some of the lowest crime rates to Dallas since the 1930s and for outfitting 1,000 officers with body cameras while reducing the use of deadly force by a record number.

"The world learned what a superstar David is in the aftermath of one of the most painful tragedies our city has ever experienced - but we’ve known about his strengths for some time," Gonzalez said. "David is a person of high integrity, character and an unrelenting resolve to serve the citizens of Dallas in the most professional manner possible. It’s been a pleasure to work with David. We will miss his leadership."

Brown said he joined the force in 1983 because of the crack cocaine epidemic's impact on his neighborhood in Oak Cliff.

"I wanted to be part of the solution. Since that time I have taken great pride in knowing that we have always been part of the solution and helped to make Dallas the world class city it is today," Brown said.

During his career with the department, Brown lived through the murders of his former police partner, Walter Williams, and his younger brother who was shot and killed by drug dealers.

Months after being sworn in as chief, Brown's son was shot and killed in a shootout with Lancaster police after he killed a 23-year old man and a police officer.

In his six years, Brown has been a fierce supporter of his officers while facing backlash from unions over the city's low pay. While supporting the rank-and-file, he's fought tirelessly to reduce officer-involved shootings and reports of police brutality.

Following the ambush in July that killed five police officers, four from Dallas and one from DART, Brown defended the plan to kill the gunman using an explosive device on a robot, saying it was the only way to protect officers from further harm since the gunman, claimed to have planted bombs around the area and threatened to hurt more people. Brown said that he would make the same decision again.

Brown has historically been quick to credit his officers for 11 straight years of a declining crime rate. When the trend in violent crime was reversed earlier this year, friction developed between Brown and officers on how to staff and combat the issue. Meanwhile, violent crime remains up 10.4 percent year to date, despite an eight-week partnership with state and county officers earlier in 2016 to help round-up suspects. Homicide is up 24.7 percent so far in 2016. Overall crime is up 2.5 percent.

Another recent report shows the Dallas police force is shrinking. The Dallas police authorized force of 3,520 was just 3,375 as of Aug. 9. Officers leaving the force outpaced hiring by 116 so far this year. The number of police civilian employees has also declined, leaving more work for sworn officers.

The tragedy in July resulted in big support for the department and a huge increase in applications to join the force — especially after Brown's call to the community to support the police, join the department and be a force for change. The department hoped to hire 549 officers in 2017 making up for those who leave while also increasing current strength by 200; that plan may now be spread out over three years.

Union leaders were quick to say meeting those hiring numbers would be difficult with the low pay offered by the department.

As chief, Brown commanded a department of more than 4,000 employees with an annual budget of $426 million.

There are 25 deputy chiefs or assistant chiefs in the Dallas Police Department who could be likely candidates to replace Brown. The city will undoubtedly also look outside of the department for his replacement. Meantime, Gonzalez has named Assistant Chief David Pughes as interim Police Chief upon Brown's retirement.

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<![CDATA[Worker Dies After Falling into D/FW Airport Elevator Shaft]]> Thu, 01 Sep 2016 08:56:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dfw-airport-police-vehicle-generic.jpg

A construction worker has died after falling down an elevator shaft at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Wednesday.

According to airport spokesman David Magana, the incident occurred at Terminal A near Gate A39 sometime after 1 p.m.

The area where the worker — later identified as 55-year-old Craig Rowell — fell is currently walled off for construction. It is not clear how far he fell or what led to the fall.

Rowell was flown by medical helicopter to John Peter Smith Hospital where he was pronounced deceased just after midnight Thursday.

No other details have been released.

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<![CDATA[Ruptured Gas Line Closes Marsh at Belt Line]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 04:20:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/gas-break-addison.jpg

A broken gas line shut down the intersection of Belt Line Road and Marsh Lane Tuesday for about three hours Tuesday.

The intersection is on the border of Addison and Farmers Branch, though the actual leak is in Addison, adjacent to a Wells Fargo bank.

According to Tom Bryson, Farmers Branch public information officer, a construction crew working in the area cut into a 6-inch gas line.

Crews with Atmos Energy worked to repair the breach. It took about three hours to fix the line and reopen the intersection.

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<![CDATA[Aledo Boy, 15, Dies After Being Rushed from School Monday]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 23:18:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Trenton-Dardent-AHS.jpg

Students at Aledo High School are mourning a 15-year-old sophomore who died less than 24 hours after collapsing inside the school.

The teen, identified by the district as 15-year-old sophomore Trenten Darton, was taken from Aledo High School to Cook Children's Medical Center Monday morning.

His cause of death is not yet known. District Superintendent Dr. Derek Citty is only saying that he had a medical issue.

Trenten played on the school basketball team and he collapsed around 9:00 AM Monday, during an athletic period the different teams share before their first class. Dr. Citty said he wasn't playing basketball at the time.

A school nurse and athletic trainer immediately started trying to resuscitate him and emergency responders arrived quickly.

But, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office, Trenten died at the hospital at 2:50 a.m. Tuesday.

There are counselors on hand at Aledo High School helping students and staff cope.

But the superintendent says their top priority is to support Trenten's family.

"Our heart goes out to them at such a tragic time," said Dr. Citty. "It kind of speaks to how your life can change overnight. Our community is known for rallying around folks in need and I suspect our community will do that. Not only in the school district, but the community will rally around this family and lift them up in the coming weeks and months and years."

There will be a vigil for Trenten at 7:00 Tuesday night at the Church of the Crossing in Aledo.

This is not the first tragedy Trenten's classmates have had to deal with. Last November, another student in their grade, Zeb Montgomery, died of cancer.

Before that, in June 2015, former Aledo ISD Superintendent Don Daniel and his grandson, 14-year-old Hunter Corzine, were killed in a car accident.

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<![CDATA[Armed Man Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:36:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/officer-involved-shooting-082416.jpg

An armed man was shot and killed by Dallas police Wednesday morning after pointing a weapon at an officer following a traffic stop, police say.[[391172591,R]]

Dallas police said an officer pulled over a driver at about 9:43 a.m. on the 3600 block of West Davis Street and that when the car stopped, someone exited the vehicle with a gun and began running.

Lt. Latoya Porter, with the Dallas Police Department's Homicide and Special Investigations Unit, said Wednesday afternoon the officer chased the man, giving loud, verbal commands.

With the weapon still in his hand, the man turned toward the officer, police said, and was shot at least once.


The man, whose identity has not been confirmed, was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Porter said the traffic stop took place because the paper license plate on the car, a gray Nissan Sentra, didn't match the vehicle. Porter added there were other people in the car at the time of the traffic stop.


According to the department, the officer was not injured in the incident.

Neighbor Mariana Delgado said she saw the officer and man running down a side street near the traffic stop.

“I told the boy, 'stop, stop. He’s going to shoot you if you not stop.' And I look at the officer, and I say 'don’t shoot him, don’t shoot him.'”

Delgado said she watched the mant climb over a fence into a backyard and then saw the officer shoot the man through a gap in the fence.

“I just hear [sic] gunshot. And I just turn around because I don’t want to see it. And I start to pray for him,” said Delgado.

Delgado said she never saw the gun police say the man had.

Dallas police said the investigation into the shooting is ongoing and no further details have been confirmed.

Investigators ask anyone with information about the shooting, or the other people in the car at the time of the traffic stop, to please call 214-671-3661 or Crime Stoppers.

NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Police Hope Skull Composite Will Help Identify Murder Victim]]> Tue, 02 Aug 2016 16:35:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/missing-woman-clay-composite.jpg

Investigators working to identify skeletal remains found in Mansfield last summer hope a clay composite made using the victim's skull will help identify the unknown woman.

The woman's remains were found dry and partially unearthed in August 2015 by a Mansfield resident walking his property with his family along Mitchell Road.

Investigators were able to recover most of the remains. Over the next year forensic investigators would then determine the remains were of a black woman between the ages of 35 and 55 years old and that she stood between 5 feet 2 inches tall and 5 feet 10 inches tall.

Based upon the skeletal decay and the age of a willow tree root found growing in the woman's cranium, officials said the woman could have gone missing between 1998 and 2011.[[388993602,R,400,225]]

To try to determine what the woman looked like at the time of her death, investigators used an artist to reconstruct the woman's face by wrapping her skull with clay.

The technique shows the proportions in the face, the eye sockets and cheekbones, and is designed to represent what she may have looked like. For unknown features, such as the color of her eyes or length and style of her hair, generic features were used.

"We know that someone is probably missing her and so we're hoping they would be able to watch this and look at the reconstruction. It represents what she may look like, it's not designed to be a portrait," said Dr. Dana Austin, Senior Forensic Anthropologist, with the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office.

Investigators said the color of the clay used to make the composite is not intended to be indicative of the woman's skin color.

During a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Capt. David Griffin added the woman's death is being investigated as a homicide. Other than to say they believe she was left at the location, Griffin refused to reveal any details about what led to her death due to the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information about the identity of the woman is asked to call the Mansfield Police Department at 817-276-4700.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Motorcycle Cop Injured in Crash Along PGBT]]> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:46:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dpd-motorcycle-cop-crash.jpg

The northbound lanes of the President George Bush Turnpike were closed Wednesday morning after a Dallas police officer had to lay down his motorcycle to avoid a crash, police say.

The officer, whose name has not yet been released, suffered minor injuries and was transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas for treatment.

The officer was working to slow traffic along the highway to allow the procession for slain Dallas police Sr. Cpl. Lorne Ahrens to access the roadway without mingling with traffic.

A driver ahead of the motorcycle slowed for the procession and the officer laid down his bike to avoid a collision.

Just before 11 a.m., the motorcycle was put on a tow truck and all lanes of the PGBT were reopened to traffic.

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<![CDATA[Three Hospitalized After T Bus, Car Collide: MedStar]]> Mon, 04 Jul 2016 06:15:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Chopper-enroute-061615.jpg

Three people were injured Friday morning when a car collided with a city bus in Fort Worth, officials say.

MedStar EMS first tweeted about the crash near Bishop and Rosedale streets at about 10:45 a.m. saying one person was trapped in a car after crashing into a T bus.

Fort Worth police confirmed to NBC 5 the driver of a black sedan was unable to stop at a red light and crashed into a city bus carrying one person.

Two people were in the car and both were transported to area hospitals after the passenger was extricated. Both suffered injuries that are not considered life threatening.

MedStar said three patients were hospitalized, two at John Peter Smith Hospital and a third at Harris Methodist Hospital.

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<![CDATA[Small Fire Reported at Children's Medical Center Dallas]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:18:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cmc-dallas-fire-062316.jpg

A small fire Thursday at Children's Medical Center of Dallas began during welding work on an air handling unit, Dallas Fire-Rescue officials confirm.

DFR said the fire was contained to the fourth floor of the hospital, located along the 1900 block of Medical District Drive, though a large amount of smoke spread down to the third floor.

Some patients were evacuated from the area for their safety, a hospital spokesman said, and no injuries were reported.

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<![CDATA[Garland House Fire Contained, Woman Taken to Hospital]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 17:33:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/another+garland+fire.jpg

Firefighters in Garland have contained a one-alarm fire on the 1200 block of Merrimac Trail.

When firefighters arrived, they reported heavy smoke coming from the one-story brick home.

As they approached the inside of the home to fight the blaze, they said they encountered a woman who told them to leave.

The firefighters retreated and called police.

Soon after, police say the woman came out and was taken to a hospital to be checked out.

She made statements leading officers to believe someone else was still inside the house.

Police later entered the home, but no one else was found.

It is unclear if any charges will be filed.

The fire department is investigating the cause of the fire.

NBC 5's Jocelyn Lockwood, Frank Heinz and Holley Ford contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Rock Hauler Overturns, Slows Traffic in NW Fort Worth]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:30:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rock-hauler-crash-02.jpg

The driver of a rock hauler is in serious condition after the rig overturned and partially fell from a highway bridge along Loop 820 Monday afternoon.

The crash took place along the westbound lanes of northwest Loop 820 between Old Decatur Road and Business 287 in North Fort Worth.

The rock hauler overturned, sending the cab and part of the open trailer over the retaining wall at the end of a bridge over railroad tracks.

The cab, still attached to the trailer, came to rest on the ground below while the trailer dangled over the edge.

The driver of the rock hauler was seriously injured in the crash but is expected to survive, according to MedStar Ambulance.

It is not clear if any other vehicles were involved in the crash.

The cause of the crash is unknown.

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<![CDATA[Grand Jury No Bills Arlington Officer in Teen's Death]]> Wed, 08 Jun 2016 23:08:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/apd-christiantaylor.jpg

A Tarrant County grand jury has declined to indict former Arlington police officer Brad Miller in the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Christian Taylor.

Called to the scene of a suspected burglary during the early-morning hours of Aug. 7, 2015, Miller pursued Taylor through the broken glass doors of the Classic Buick GMC showroom without telling his supervising officer, according to Arlington Chief of Police Will Johnson.

Instead of helping to set up a perimeter around the showroom, Miller confronted Taylor and ordered him to get down on the ground, Johnson said. Taylor, who was not armed, did not comply. Instead, he began "actively advancing toward Officer Miller," Johnson said.

Miller's field training officer, who had followed Miller into the showroom, drew his own stun gun. The training officer heard a single pop of what he thought was Miller's stun gun, 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.

“Today, the Tarrant County Grand Jury voted to take no action against former Arlington police officer Brad Miller arising from the August 2015 incident which resulted in the death of Christian Taylor. We respect the grand jurors’ decision and appreciate the time they have committed to serve the citizens of our county," said Criminal District Attorney Sharen Wilson.

There is no video of the shooting itself, though security camera footage from the dealership parking lot shows Taylor walking around and damaging some vehicles.


Taylor, who drove a car through the glass front doors of the dealership, also allegedly held up a set of car keys and told another officer that he intended to steal a car, Johnson said.

Miller was later fired by the department after Johnson said he violated department policy.


A report later released by the Tarrant County medical examiner said Taylor was under the influence of marijuana and a synthetic psychedelic drug at the time.

Taylor was a graduate of an Arlington high school and a football player at Angelo State University in West Texas.


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<![CDATA[AG Paxton to Address ExxonMobil, Virgin Islands Lawsuit]]> Mon, 16 May 2016 13:29:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ken+Paxton.jpg

Attorney General Ken Paxton will hold a press conference Monday to discuss the state's request to put an end to an investigation launched against ExxonMobil by the Attorney General of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In a statement released by Paxton's office Monday, he is joining the state of Alabama in "asking a state judge to end a ridiculous investigation launched against ExxonMobil by Claude Earl Walker, Attorney General for the Virgin Islands."

According to the AG's office, Walker alleges ExxonMobil engaged in racketeering due to its stated position on climate change.

Walker and a Washington, D.C.-based law firm issued a subpoena for more than four decades' worth of Exxon records, Paxton said.

"This case is about abusing the power of the subpoena to force Exxon to turn over many decades' worth of records, so an attorney general with an agenda can pore over them in hopes of finding something incriminating," said Paxton. "It's a fishing expedition of the worst kind, and represents an effort to punish Exxon for daring to hold an opinion on climate change that differs from that of radical environmentalists."

Paxton said he's concerned the action taken by the Virgin Islands could challenge the first amendment and set a precedent that anyone an be criminally investigated because of their opinions.

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<![CDATA[Two Guilty in Southlake Drug Cartel Murder]]> Fri, 13 May 2016 16:34:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ledezma-cepeda.jpg

A federal jury in Fort Worth on Friday found two men guilty in the 2013 murder of a drug cartel lawyer in Southlake.

After deliberating over two days, the jury found Jesus Gerardo Ledezma Cepeda, 59, and his cousin Jose Luis Cepeda Cortes, 60, of stalking and conspiring to murder Juan Jesus Guerrero Chapa on the Southlake town square in May 2013.

Prosecutors said the two stalked Guerrero for months using high-tech surveillance tools including remote cameras and GPS tracking devices on his car.

The actual gunmen and the cartel leader who ordered the hit have never been arrested.

They all worked for the Beltran-Leyva carte, prosecutors said.

Defense attorneys claimed Guerrero became the “de facto” head of Mexico’s violent Gulf Cartel after its former leader Osiel Cardenas was arrested.

Ledezma Cepeda’s attorneys had argued he was ordered to track down Guerrero and if he had not, the cartel would have killed him or his family.

Cepeda Cortes’s attorneys argued he never knew Guerrero would be killed and thought he was helping his cousin, a private detective, hunt down Guerrero because he had not repaid a loan.

Ledezma Cepeda’s son, who also was charged in the case, pleaded guilty and testified against the other two family members.

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<![CDATA[Large Forklift Overturns, Killing Driver]]> Wed, 11 May 2016 11:04:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/forklift-overturned.jpg

The driver of a large forklift was killed Wednesday when the apparatus overturned, pinning him underneath, Rowlett police say.

The forklift operator was unloading a tractor-trailer at a construction site near Scenic Drive and Cabott Cove when the accident occurred at about 8:15 a.m., police said.

The identity of the forklift operator has not been confirmed, but police did say he was a 36-year-old man.

A sign at the construction site indicated the project was a number of apartment buildings to be called Terra Lago.  The construction site was on the west bank of Lake Ray Hubbard near the intersection of Texas 66 and Scenic Drive.

The accident is under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Driver Swerves to Avoid Pallet, Killed in Crash: Police]]> Mon, 09 May 2016 16:32:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/arlington-fatal-crash-01.jpg

A driver in South Arlington died Monday after crashing into a tractor-trailer while trying to avoid debris in the roadway, police say.

Arlington police said the driver of a Hyundai sedan swerved to avoid a pallet in the road, lost control and drove across all lanes of traffic before colliding with a tractor-trailer shortly before 11 a.m.

The sedan then struck a pickup truck on the inside lane, forcing it into a concrete median.

The driver of the sedan, who was the only occupant in the vehicle and whose identity has not yet been released, was killed at the scene. The driver of the pickup was treated at the scene and released. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.

While the crash was investigated, Arlington police diverted all westbound traffic off I-20 at the Cooper Street exit. Drivers were routed back onto I-20 at the Cooper Street entrance.

Westbound traffic was backed up beyond Matlock Road for most of the afternoon as police investigated the crash. At about 4 p.m., the roadway was reopened to traffic.

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<![CDATA[Cartel Boss Who Ordered Southlake Murder Had High-Level Protection: Witness]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:12:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jesus-Gerardo-Ledezma-Campano.jpg

The drug cartel boss who ordered the murder of an attorney in Southlake three years ago once bragged that he was protected by the Mexican president, the U.S. government’s star witness testified in a federal trial in Fort Worth on Friday.

The witness also said that soon after his arrest in 2014, he offered to give information about people that would be of interest to the CIA and the Mexican government.

Jesus Gerardo Ledezma Campano testified that a leader for the Beltran Leyva cartel known as “El Gato” ordered a hit squad to kill Juan Guerrero Chapa, who was once the personal attorney for the leader of the Gulf Cartel, Osiel Cardenas.

Guerrero, 43, was gunned down on the Southlake Town Square in May 2013.

Campano pleaded guilty in a deal with federal prosecutors, admitting he and two other family members stalked Guerrero for months using remote cameras and GPS trackers. In exchange, prosecutors dropped a charge of conspiracy to commit murder for hire.

The gunmen and “El Gato,” whose name is Rodolfo Villareal Hernandez, have never been arrested. Villareal is purported to be the Beltran-Leyva boss in San Pedro Garza, a wealthy suburb of Monterrey.

Ledezma Campano, 32, testified against his father, Jesus Gerardo Ledezma Cepeda and his father’s uncle, Jose Luis Cepeda.

He appeared in an orange jail outfit and spoke in almost perfect English.

Cepeda’s attorney, Robert Rogers of Dallas, asked Ledezma Campano whether “El Gato” had the protection of the president of Mexico.

“At some point he said that,” Ledezma Campano answered.

“Did you believe him?” the lawyer asked.

“I can tell, sir,” the witness answered.

The defendant did not say if he was referring to President Enrique Pena Nieto, whose term began in 2012, or a previous president.

Ledezma Campano also said he was cooperating in ongoing investigations but did not elaborate after federal prosecutors objected.

Ledezma Campano, a former police officer in San Pedro Garza, faces 25 years to life but his sentence could be reduced if he gives “substantial cooperation” in other cases.

He said he was concerned about the safety of his family in Mexico and that they are in hiding.

“They came here to the U.S. but they have to keep changing the places they live,” he said, wiping tears from his eyes. “They are constantly running.”

Prosecutors have implicated Ledezma Campano and his father in 12 other murders in the Monterrey area.

Defense attorneys have said Guerrero, who was shot once in the chest and nine times in the back, was the "de facto" leader of the Gulf Cartel after Cardenas' arrest.

Guerrero also was a U.S. government informant.

Cardenas is on the defense witness list but it is not clear if he will testify in the trial, which is expected to last about three weeks.

Ledezma Campano testified that El Gato and Guerrero had had a rivalry since they were children.

El Gato wanted Guerrero dead for killing his father years earlier, Ledezma Campano said.

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<![CDATA[Overturned Truck Closes EB I-635 at Forest Lane]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:14:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/635-closed-pallets.jpg

Two lanes of eastbound Interstate 635 west of Forest Lane remain closed to traffic Wednesday after a truck overturned and spilled a load of pallets or crates onto the roadway.

Dallas police said they were called to the scene at about 10:40 a.m.

By noon, crews were still working to clear the scene and right the trailer.

Eastbound traffic has been allowed to pass in the HOV lane and in an outside lane.

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<![CDATA[New Surveillance Video Released in Bevers Investigation]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:02:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/surveillance-video-missy-bevers.jpg

Midlothian police released surveillance video Friday afternoon showing a person of interest in the Missy Bevers case walking through a church on Monday morning, shortly before the married mother of three was killed.

Terri "Missy" Leann Bevers, 45, was attacked inside the Creekside Church of Christ after arriving at about 4 a.m. to teach an early-morning Camp Gladiator workout class, police said.

Police released a few frames of the video Monday, noting the person's distinctive gait and mannerisms, hoping it would help identify the unknown person.

"We are just hoping that somebody will see something that piques their interest and spurs their memory, so that they may make a connection to somebody they know and provide us that tip," said Midlothian's Assistant Police Chief Kevin Johnson.

Friday afternoon, they released a longer clip showing the person walking through different parts of the church and swinging what appears to be a large hammer. Police would not say if it was the weapon used to kill Bevers, however, they indicated it was found near her body along with other tools from the church.

"Detectives would like the public to focus in on the mannerisms and distinguishing walk of the suspect," Johnson said, "Investigators believe that someone still has information or may recognize the suspect in this case."

Police said the indoor surveillance system at the church is motion-activated and that results in different time sequences. If there was no movement captured by the camera system, the video would stop recording. Video surveillance times are approximate, police said.

Investigators first said the person in the video, who is wearing black clothing and dressed similarly to a police tactical officer, is a man. On Tuesday they backed away from that assertion and said they weren't sure of the person's gender. When asked about potential suspects, Johnson said they were considering a long list of people.

"At this point, everything is on the table. We simply don't know," he explained. "All we know is that we want to find the killer responsible, whether it was one person or two persons, three persons – male or female."

Bevers is believed to have been in the church only moments before she ran into the person in black. Her students later found her unresponsive inside the church — she was later declared dead by a Justice of the Peace. Police said in a search warrant released Thursday that Bevers had a head wound, but further details about her death have been kept secret due to the investigation.

"This case is weighing heavy on the community and our investigative team. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the Bevers family and our entire Midlothian community. We will vigorously pursue the person or persons responsible and bring them to justice," said Midlothian Police Chief Carl D. Smith.

The Midlothian Police Department continues to investigate new leads and is being assisted in the investigation by the Arlington Police Department, ATF, FBI and the Texas Rangers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the department's tip line at 972-775-7624. Tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward and can also remain anonymous by contacting Ellis County Crime Stoppers at 972-937-PAYS (7297).

Oak Farms Dairy has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and grand jury indictment of the person or persons responsible.

On Friday afternoon, Kristi Stout, the victim's sister-in-law, said a fund had been established for Bevers' daughters. Anyone wishing to contribute can do so by making a donation to the Bevers Children Fund at any Citizens National Bank of Texas location.

NBC 5's Caroline Connolly contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Fire Rescue Battles 2-Alarm Apartment Fire]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 21:54:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ivanhoe-apartments.jpg

A two-alarm apartment fire Thursday afternoon in northeast Dallas started when rice was accidentally left unattended, fire investigators say.[[376626371,R]]

Dallas Fire Rescue was called shortly before 3 p.m. to a fire at the Ivanhoe Apartments on the 8800 block of Park Lane, west of the intersection with Abrams Road.

By then, the fire had spread to several residences on the second floor, fire officials say.

Officials said a resident left rice cooking on the stove when he received an urgent phone call and left home, forgetting about the food.

No injuries were reported in the fire.

About 38 people were displaced due to the smoke and water damage, as well as the need for electricity to the building to be shut off. The American Red Cross has been notified to assist those people.

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<![CDATA[Head Wound Killed Fitness Instructor, Truck Seized: Warrant]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 23:38:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/surveillance-video-missy-bevers.jpg

A search warrant released by the Midlothian Police Department Thursday says fitness instructor Missy Bevers died of a head wound. Meanwhile, investigators in the North Texas city have seized her pickup truck in hopes of finding a clue that leads to her killer.

Terri "Missy" Bevers, 45, arrived at the Creekside Christian Church at about 4 a.m. Monday to prepare for her early-morning Camp Gladiator fitness class. When her students arrived at 5 a.m., they found her unresponsive. Officials later declared her dead — after finding signs of a struggle and evidence of forced entry, police began investigating her death as a homicide.

A review of surveillance video recorded inside the church revealed the presence of another person inside an hour before Bevers' arrival. The person was described as wearing black, police-like clothing. Police originally thought the person was a man, but backed away from that assertion Tuesday afternoon.

In the search warrant dated April 18, police said Bevers was "deceased from a head wound" and that the person in the video "used an unknown instrument to cause the death of Terri Bevers at this location."


The Dallas County medical examiner completed an autopsy on Bevers Tuesday, but police are not releasing her specific cause of death citing the ongoing investigation. By withholding that information, police said they retain a strategic advantage in the investigation.

The warrant instructed police to take custody of Bevers' 2012 Ford F-150 pickup truck. Inside the vehicle, police said they could see Bevers' purse, an iPad and other personal effects. Police said they hope to find clues inside the truck that lead them to the woman's killer.

On Wednesday, Midlothian police said their investigation was being assissted by the Texas Rangers, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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NBC 5's Jocelyn Lockwood contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Midlothian police / Family photo
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<![CDATA[Gear Collapses When Plane Lands at Addison Airport]]> Fri, 01 Apr 2016 11:35:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/addison-crash-040116.jpg

A pilot escaped injury after his experimental aircraft collapsed upon landing at Addison Airport Friday morning.

According to Lynn Lunsford with the Federal Aviation Administration, the landing gear of the single-engine aircraft collapsed when the plane touched down.

After landing, the plane appears to have skidded off Runway 33 and onto a grassy area between the runway and taxiway, where it came to rest after spinning back toward the runway.

Lunsford said one person was on board the aircraft and that no injuries have been reported.

The FAA registry identified the aircraft as an experimental Lancair IV-P Prop Jet. Extensive damage was visible to the aircraft's prop and wing structure.

The landing was the second attempt for the pilot who abandoned the first attempt due to strong crosswinds, Lunsford said.

Officials did not say where the flight was coming from, but the plane is registered to an owner in Georgetown.

The airport is closed to arriving traffic until the aircraft can be removed.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>