<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Breaking News]]>Copyright 2016http://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-usWed, 27 Jul 2016 07:00:29 -0500Wed, 27 Jul 2016 07:00:29 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![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.

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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.

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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."

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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.



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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.



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<![CDATA[Arrests Made; Child, 4, Dies After Beating: Police]]> Fri, 01 Apr 2016 22:48:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/phifer-quezada.jpg

The grandmother of a 4-year old girl killed in Grand Prairie believes Child Protective Services could have prevented the death.

Leiliana Wright died March 13. Her mother and the woman's boyfriend have both been arrested, accused of felony injury to a child in connection with the death.

"I lost one of the most precious people that I've been so proud to have met," said Leiliana's paternal grandmother, Alisa Clakely.

In an arrest affidavit released Thursday, police allege the couple used heroin and repeatedly beat and restrained the girl before she stopped breathing, after which the child was transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead.

After the Tarrant County medical examiner ruled Leiliana died from homicidal violence, her mother, 30-year-old Jeri Quezada, was arrested March 25 on a charge of felony injury to a child. Quezada's boyfriend, identified by police as Charles Phifer, was arrested April 1 on the same charge.

"She was like my daughter," Clakely explained. "I feel probably the deepest sorrow you can imagine someone feeling."

For the first two years of Leiliana's life, Clakely said Quezada was in prison. Clakely's own son was not capable of caring for his daughter, so Clakely and her husband volunteered to help. But Quezada rejoined Leiliana's life about two years ago, according to Clakely, and that's when problems began for the family.

Clakely said she noticed her granddaughter had bruising when she would pick her up from Quezada's home. On several occasions, she said Quezada would skip scheduled  meetings Leiliana was supposed to have with her grandparents. Eventually, Clakely began calling Child Protective Services to report her concerns.

"I called CPS. I called the governor. I called whoever I could," she said. "I took pictures and sent them to CPS."

In response, Clakely said CPS case workers told her they would look into the issues. But then, nothing would happen.

"If we had done something sooner, I don't know," Clakely said. "I don't know."

According to CPS, Leiliana's case is being reviewed internally. A full report will be released in the next few weeks.

Quezada is being held on $500,000 bond while Phifer is being held on $1 million bond.

In the arrest affidavit, police said Quezada changed her story several times about what took place the day her daughter died before settling on a version that included she and her boyfriend shooting heroin in the morning and beating the child for drinking her sibling's juice.

She told police that she Phifer initially punished the child by hitting her with a belt and a bamboo stick. She said she later left the child alone with Phifer because she realized she couldn't take her out in public due to bruising on the girl's face.

"I started reading that affidavit, and I couldn't get through the third paragraph without setting it down," said Lyle Gensler, a spokesman for the Grand Prairie Police Department.

Quezada told police that later that afternoon, at about 5:30 p.m., she went home to have a nap and that Phifer called her to say Leiliana was making herself throw up, so he tied her up for about 10 minutes.

At about 9:30 p.m. Quezada arrived to pick up her daughter and learned she was tied up in the closet. Quezada then "allowed him [Phifer] to give her a shot of heroin since the child couldn't see her mother doing drugs," police said.

Quezada told police when the closet door was opened she saw that her daughter was tied up with her wrists behind her back -- and that she was restrained in such a way that prevented her from sitting down.

The child was eventually released from the closet, Quezada told police, and given half of a peanut butter sandwich. When Leiliana had trouble swallowing, Quezada began slapping her on the chest and smacking her in the head while ordering her to swallow the food.

"I've never seen such a crime of evil in my entire career," said Gensler. "The images were terrible, extremely explicit."

Quezada said Phifer then put on black gloves, forced the young girl's mouth open and forcefully poured Pedialyte into her mouth. Quezada said her daughter then stood next to her, looked down and said nothing before indicating she was going to throw up.

The girl ran for the bathroom, but threw up in the kitchen along the way. When she exited the bathroom, Quezada said Phifer grabbed her by the throat and lifted her off the ground with one hand. She said he then shoved her into a piece of drywall in the closet; police said this action left an indentation in the wall.

Quezada said Phifer cursed at the child and threw her into the closet before closing the door.

According to Quezada, her daughter was removed from the closet about 15 minutes later and was allowed to take a shower. She said she left the bathroom to get her daughter some pajamas and heard Phifer in the bathroom saying, "Get you some of this" before hearing her daughter fall in the shower.

Eventually the police were called and officers and EMS responders arrived to find Quezada performing CPR on her unresponsive daughter. EMS personnel reported Leiliana had visible bruising on her face. After EMS workers took over CPR efforts, Quezada stated the girl had fallen in the shower.

Leiliana was examined by the Tarrant County medical examiner, who ruled her cause of death a homicide as a result of blunt force trauma to the abdomen and head. The medical examiner also noted extensive bruising from head to toe and whip marks on the girl's back. The ME noted severe bruising to her buttock and the back of her thighs.

Grand Prairie police said no other arrests are anticipated and that the investigation is ongoing. They have not said, however, if any other charges are expected to be filed in the case.

It is not yet known who will be defending Phifer and Quezada.

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<![CDATA[Amber Alert Teen Found Safe, Stepfather in Custody]]> Tue, 29 Mar 2016 18:14:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/amber-alert-alexis-berry-duane-jaso.jpg

A statewide Amber Alert issued for 15-year-old Alexis McKenzie Leigh Berry of Georgia is over after she was found safe, according to the Decatur County Sheriff's office.[[373908981,R]]

Her stepfather, Duane Dion Jason, who was wanted in connection to her abduction, is in custody.

Officials did not give details about where the pair was located.

Jaso was driving a gray 2007 Chevrolet K2500 dually pickup truck with Texas license plate GF6 3VF and was last seen near Leander, north of Austin.

The alert was issued by the Texas Division of Emergency Management at about 4:10 p.m. Tuesday.



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<![CDATA[Farmers Branch Officer Resigns After Murder Arrest]]> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 19:42:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/KEN-JOHNSON.jpg

A Farmers Branch police officer who was off-duty when he says he shot and killed a teenage burglary suspect and wounded another boy earlier this month has resigned from the department.

Farmers Branch Police Chief Sid Fuller has confirmed Thursday he received Ken Johnson's resignation, effective immediately.

Johnson faxed in his resignation to Chief of Police Sid Fuller Thursday saying:

"Please accept this as notice of my resignation from the Police Department for the City of Farmers Branch.

It has truly been a pleasure to work for such a fine department. The staff, officers, and administrators of the department are among the finest. I have taken great pleasure in working alongside these individuals.

Sincerely, Ken Johnson

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 the pair 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.

Johnson is currently free on $300,000 bond after being arrested and charged by the Addison Police Department with murder and aggravated assault in the shootings.

Meanwhile, Fuller said the department's Internal Affairs department continues to hold their own investigation.

“Notwithstanding Officer Johnson’s resignation we will continue our thorough review of the information collected and work to conclude the investigation; however, no official employment action will be taken in light of today’s resignation,” Fuller said in a statement Thursday.

The Addison Police Department's investigation into the shooting is separate from the Farmers Branch internal affairs investigation.



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<![CDATA[Grand Jury No-Bills Officer Who Fatally Shot UNT Student]]> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 20:22:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mcmillan-axe.jpg

A Denton County grand jury has no-billed a campus police officer who fatally shot a 21-year-old University of North Texas student holding a hatchet.

The shooting happened around 1:30 a.m. Dec. 13, 2015 when a UNT officer responded to a call of a man knocking out car windows in a parking garage near campus. The man, identified as sophomore student Ryan McMillan, was wielding a hatchet.

UNT Cpl. Stephen Bean, 27, responded to the call and could be seen on dashcam video telling McMillan multiple times to "back away" as McMillan repeatedly said, "shoot me."

Investigators said McMillan moved toward Bean, who then shot him multiple times.

In the dashcam video, the officer can be seen retreating as McMillan advances; three shots can then be heard in the recording.

The entire incident — from when the officer parks his car to the moment he fires — happened in about 15 seconds.

A grand jury no-bills a case when they determine there isn't enough evidence present to support an indictment.

The Tarrant County medical examiner will determine whether McMillan was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of his death. Results of toxicology tests can take up to 60 days to receive.



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<![CDATA[2-Month-Old Child's Death Was Flu Related: DCHHS]]> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 13:48:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/flu+generic+germs+generic.jpg

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) confirms Thursday the death of 2-month-old child was flu-related.

The child's death is the first pediatric death in Dallas County for the 2015-2016 flu season.

Further information about the patient is being withheld, as per usual, for privacy reasons.

With only rare exception, the flu vaccine is only recommended for people over 6 months of age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The flu vaccine DCHHS provides is an all-in-one shot that protects against multiple flu strains including the H1N1 virus.

The adult vaccine is given in the adult immunization clinic on the first floor at the DCHHS building located at 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway in Dallas. The children’s vaccine is available at all DCHHS immunization clinics.

Clinic hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Appointments aren’t necessary. For more information call 214-819-2162.
 

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<![CDATA[Pianist's Wife Charged With Murder in Children's Deaths]]> Tue, 22 Mar 2016 14:40:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kholodenko-family.jpg

The wife of an internationally known pianist has been charged with two counts of capital murder in North Texas in the deaths of the couple's children.

Benbrook Police Cmdr. David Babcock made the announcement Monday afternoon and said Sofya Tsygankova will be held on two $1 million bonds for capital murder of a person under the age of 10, a first-degree felony.

Vadym Kholodenko, a Ukrainian-born musician who played with the Fort Worth Symphony and is a Cliburn competition winner, found his estranged wife, Tsygankova, stabbed at her home Thursday and their children dead in their beds.

The girls, identified by the Tarrant County medical examiner as 5-year-old Nika Kholodenko and 1-year-old Michela Kholodenko, showed no signs of visible trauma. An initial autopsy came back as "inconclusive," according to Babcock. Additional testing to determine their causes of death could take up to several weeks to complete.

Tysgankova was expected to undergo a mental health evaluation after her release from the hospital but will now be turned over to the Tarrant County Sheriff's Department.

"We have probable cause, reason to believe, that she committed the homicides," Babcock said Monday afternoon, citing unspecified physical evidence recovered at the woman's home.

An arrest warrant and a search warrant in the case were released Tuesday afternoon.

Babcock said Tsygankova has spoken with detectives, but he refused to elaborate on what was said. An attorney for Tsygankova did not immediately return phone and email messages for comment from The Associated Press Monday.

The cases are in the process of being filed with the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office.

Kholodenko released the following statement Friday afternoon:

"Being in a great grief I would like to address this message to everyone who thinks about my family. The loss of my children will be with me forever. But I would like to say that I feel the support of the Fort Worth community and all people who are sending me messages all over the world. My special gratefulness is for the Castro family who supported my family and who gave special care to my daughters. I would like to ask everyone who is going to the concerts this weekend at Bass Hall to think of the music. Wherever I go after this tragedy my heart will stay with the people here of Fort Worth and my daughters will rest in this soil."

A private family service for the children scheduled for Tuesday was originally going to be a private event, but now welcomes the public. The public memorial will be held at 7 p.m. at Arlington Heights United Methodist Church at 4200 Camp Bowie Boulevard.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks those wishing to contribute to a fund to consider making a gift to the Nika and Michaela Kholodenko Young Artist Fund, being administered by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (330 East 4th Street, Suite 200, Fort Worth, Texas 76102 -- please be sure to note the Kholodenko Fund).

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NBC 5's Amanda Guerra contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[I-35W Reopens After Tour Bus Crash]]> Sat, 19 Mar 2016 16:01:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/197*120/image53.jpeg

The southbound lanes of Interstate 35W north of Downtown Fort Worth were closed Saturday after a crash involving two tour buses carrying military personnel and a car.

The crash took place late Saturday morning near the intersection of North Freeway and Meacham Boulevard.

Approximately 110 people were on board the buses -- but only minor injuries have been reported.

MedStar said the buses were transporting active duty personnel from Fort Sill, Oklahoma to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio  

Ten of the passengers, eight from the buses and two from the car, required hospitalization. All were in good condition, according to MedStar EMS.

Officials have not said what caused the crash.

The southbound lanes of I-35W reopened to traffic Saturday afternoon.



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<![CDATA[Arlington Elementary Locked Down Lifted]]> Fri, 11 Mar 2016 15:11:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Arlington_Police_Generic.jpg

An Arlington elementary school is no longer on lock down due to police activity in the area.

The Arlington Independent School District said the lockdown was lifted at Fitzgerald Elementary School.

The perimeter lockdown was a precaution as Arlington police searched the area for a robbery suspect who may have been armed and that there was no immediate threat to the school.

The school is located at 5201 Creek Valley Drive, near New York Avenue and Southeast Green Oaks Boulevard. Parents were asked NOT to come to the school to pick up children due to the ongoing police activity.

No further information was released.



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<![CDATA[Person Electrocuted Atop North Dallas Building: DFR]]> Fri, 26 Feb 2016 17:41:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dfr-building-01.jpg

One person was electrocuted Friday while working atop an 8-story building in North Dallas, Dallas Fire-Rescue says.

Officials with the department said they responded to a report of a fire on the roof of the Park Central building on the 7600 block of LBJ Freeway at about 2:25 p.m.

When firefighters arrived at the roof, they found a deceased person on top of an electrical transformer.

It is unknown why the worker was on the roof, or how the worker ended up on the transformer.

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<![CDATA[Lock Down Lifted, Person Detained at NAS JRB]]> Thu, 25 Feb 2016 17:25:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/nasjrb-main-gate.jpg

Officials at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth have detained one person and lifted a lock down after a suspicious package was found near the base's main entrance Thursday morning.

Installation officials have revealed no information about the person detained, but did say that person has been questioned by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and transferred off the installation.

The base resumed normal operations to regularly scheduled gate traffic shortly before 4 p.m. Meanwhile, the investigation into the package is ongoing.

According to Karin Krause, NAS JRB Fort Worth public affairs officer, the threat was first reported at about 9:30 a.m. Base officials later released a statement saying a Naval Security Force member was told about the package at the base's main gate.

The Naval Security Forces 301st Fighter Wing Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team and the Fort Worth Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team were called to investigate the package and the installation was locked down.

"Out an abundance of caution, the installation is locked down until further notice. This precaution is for the safety of installation personnel and the surrounding local community," officials said Thursday morning.

Shortly before 1 p.m., the east exit was opened to allow outbound traffic only. After 2 p.m., the lock down was lifted and inbound traffic was allowed onto the installation at the east gate. Shortly before 4 p.m., the base resumed normal operations.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Police Search for Critically Missing Teen]]> Mon, 22 Feb 2016 16:24:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Abigail-Leann-Abby-Rodriguez.jpg

Dallas police are searching for a teenage girl, missing since Friday.

In a statement released Monday, the department said they are looking for 16-year-old Abigail "Abby" Leann Rodriguez.

She was last seen on the 8700 block of La Prada Drive at about 8 p.m. Friday.

Rodriguez, who police said may be a danger to herself or others, is 5 feet 3 inches tall, weights about 125 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black shirt and camouflage pants.

If anyone locates the teen or knows of her whereabouts, please call 911 or contact the Dallas Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit at 214-671-4268.



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<![CDATA[Driver in 'Mamabear' Crash Guilty of Evading Arrest]]> Fri, 19 Feb 2016 13:01:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/chase-021115-%2821%29.jpg

The driver confronted and subdued by the North Texas mother he crashed into during a police chase has been sentenced to five years behind bars for evading arrest.

Artrai Alexander, 40, was charged with aggravated robbery and evading arrest after being accused of stealing a Dodge Challenger from a driver at a Dallas convenience store and touching off a wild chase across the city that ended in a crash in February 2015.

A jury found Alexander not guilty of the aggravated robbery charge but found him guilty of the evading arrest charge Thursday afternoon.

Alexander led police on a chase down residential streets, through parking lots and on Interstate 635 until the he tried unsuccessfully to squeeze between two vehicles stopped for a stoplight at a busy intersection.

Chopper 5 was overhead following the chase when police said Alexander slammed into the back of a minivan and an SUV at the intersection of Walnut Hill Lane and Abrams Road.

The driver of one of the vehicles, Jessica Liesmann, was recorded jumping out of her minivan and rushing over to the driver. She immediately slammed the car door into the driver's body and then grabbed him by the shirt before wrestling him to the ground. Moments later, police can be seen entering the frame and placing the driver, identified later as Alexander, into custody.

Alexander's trial began earlier this week. Liesmann took the stand Thursday, recalling when her van was hit and what took place afterward. She said she didn't know Alexander was involved in a police chase, but that she thought he was going to run and that he needed to be detained to be held accountable for the crash.

Video of the confrontation between the driver and the "mamabear" soon went viral after being shared on social media.

"I was just angry. I just lost my 4-year-old child on the second day of school, and to think of something else happening to one of my kids," said Liesmann, after the crash. "I just can't imagine. I'm just grateful, first of all, that he's OK, and second of all, that that guy is in jail."

After the crash Liesmann was given a new van by the Kidd Kraddick Show and Southwest Kia since hers was damaged and she had no way to get her kids to school.

In a jailhouse interview, Alexander apologized to Liesmann and her family after the crash.

“I apologize to them for this whole incident. I apologize and hope JT (referring to Leismann’s 13-year-old son, TJ) be OK and the other people that were injured as well,” said Alexander, from the Dallas County Jail in February 2015.

NBC 5's Kevin Young and Amanda Guerra contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Wind Gusts Made House Fire Fight Difficult in Plano]]> Thu, 18 Feb 2016 17:55:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Plano+house+fire.jpg

Whipping winds made it difficult to fight a large house fire in Plano Thursday afternoon.[[369320701,C]]

The fire started just before 2 p.m. at a home on the 1700 block of Montana Trail.

Plano firefighters are still trying to extinguish the flames, but wind gusts are making it hard to contain the blaze.

A woman, presumed to be a neighbor, could be seen using a garden hose to soak her wooden fence to prevent it from catching fire.

A Plano Fire Rescue spokesperson said the fire started in the back of the home and wind caused blew flames into other parts of the house.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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No injuries have been reported. The spokesperson said no one was home at the time.

Students at nearby Thomas Elementary School couldn't be released out the front of the school because of heavy smoke.

Plano police re-routed parents and students during dismissal.

North Texas is under a wind advisory until 6 p.m. Thursday.  The National Weather Service has said the entire region should be aware of elevated fire conditions; an area under critical fire danger exists along the Bowie/Mineral Wells line west of DFW



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<![CDATA[Deadly Officer-Involved Shooting in Fort Worth]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 23:47:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fw-shooting-again.jpg

Fort Worth police and the Texas Rangers are investigating a deadly shooting Friday involving the North Texas Fugitive Task Force.[[368679471,C]]

The incident took place at approximately 4:20 p.m. in front of the Landmark Lodge Motel in the 7500 block of Camp Bowie Boulevard West, where members of the task force attempted to serve a robbery warrant.

As officers approached, police said the suspect pulled out a firearm, so the officers fatally shot the man.

The Hood County County Sheriff's Office said the shooting involved 53-year-old David Glen Watson, who was suspected of aggravated robbery last Sunday in Cresson.

Hood County investigators, along with the Texas Rangers, had collected enough evidence to charge Watson with the robbery and were searching for him on Friday when they located him at the motel.

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No other injuries were reported in the shooting.

Two of the involved officers are from the Fort Worth Police Department, one is a U.S. Deputy Marshal and one is from the Weatherford Police Department, according to Fort Worth police.



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<![CDATA[Third Zika Case Confirmed in Dallas County]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 11:38:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/zika+virus2.jpg

Officials with the Dallas County Health and Human Services confirmed Wednesday a third positive test result for Zika virus.

DCHHS performed the preliminary test and will refer the specimen for additional testing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The counties two previous confirmed cases of Zika virus involved a person who contracted the virus after having intercourse with another person who recently traveled to Venezuela. Neither of the patients were pregnant and both people have fully recovered.

The county's third patient, a 45-year-old person who is not pregnant, is a resident of Dallas who recently traveled to Honduras.

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"Upon returning to Dallas County, the patient was diagnosed with possible compatible symptoms that have resolved. For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, DCHHS does not provide additional identifying information," county health officials said.

While sexual transmission of Zika virus is possible, it is primarily transmitted to people by Aedes species mosquitoes.

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The most common symptoms of Zika virus are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting several days to a week.

The virus can have far more harmful effects on women who are infected while pregnant. Zika has led to reports of microcephaly in infants ad other "poor pregnancy outcomes," according to the CDC.

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DCHHS advises individuals with symptoms to see a healthcare provider if they visited an area where Zika virus is present or had sexual contact with a person who traveled to an area where Zika virus is present.

There is no specific medication available to treat Zika virus and there is not a vaccine. The best way to avoid Zika virus is to avoid mosquito bites and sexual contact with a person who has Zika virus.

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<![CDATA[Resident Shoots, Kills Suspected Burglar: Police]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:51:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/dallas-freeport-shooting.JPG

A man armed with a shotgun was shot and killed Friday morning trying to burglarize an East Dallas home, police say.[[367823201,R]]

Dallas police officers were dispatched to the 8900 block of Freeport Drive at about 10:15 a.m. after a shooting was reported.

When officers arrived, the found the suspected burglar dead at the scene.

Police later tweeted the man was attempting to burglarize the residence with a shotgun when he was shot and killed by someone who lived at the home.

No other injuries have been reported.

Officials have not said if the resident is expected to face any charges.

An investigation into the shooting is ongoing.



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<![CDATA[Plano Remains ID'd as Christopher Tennyson: Police]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 15:33:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Plano_Missing_man.jpg

Human remains found along a Plano creek Tuesday have been identified as 47-year-old Christopher David Tennyson, Plano police say.

The department said Wednesday they notified the families of both 23-year-old Christina Morris and Tennyson as a courtesy after a skull and several bones were found Tuesday afternoon near a creek in Jack Carter Park, behind Carlisle Elementary School.

On Wednesday, investigators found additional bones and sent them to the Collin County Medical Examiner's Office who, using dental records, identified the remains as Tennyson.

The Morris and Tennyson cases, which are not connected, were the only active missing persons cases being investigated by the department. Morris disappeared in August 2014, last seen in a recording entering the Shops at Legacy parking garage with suspect Enrique Arochi.

Tennyson's wife, Faith, told NBC 5 soon after her husband's disappearance on April 4, 2015, that he had health problems, including a seizure disorder that could leave him dazed and confused and unsure of who or where he was.

Investigators said there are no signs of foul play but that the investigation into Tennyson's death is ongoing.



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<![CDATA[Officers Kill Armed Robber Holding Hostage: Police]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 23:55:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cash-store-irving-shooting.jpg

Police shot and killed a suspected armed robber as he left an Irving cash advance store with a hostage Friday afternoon, authorities said.

Police said they were called to the Cash Store on Esters Boulevard and State Highway 183 at about 1:15 p.m.

When officers arrived, they said a man exited the store with a female employee he was holding hostage.

Two officers opened fire on the man, killing him. The woman was not injured, police said.

"We obviously couldn't permit the suspect to leave with her. Her life was in grave danger. In fact she expressed that toward us, that she felt her life was in danger," said Officer James McLellan, with the Irving Police Department. "She was grateful we were able to intervene. So that's a good ending as far as that goes. There's no harm to her. Our officers did actually an excellent job in preventing any more loss of life."

Christopher Daniels was a customer in the store with his wife at the time of the alleged robbery.

"I did hear him very clearly say, 'Do you think I'm playing?' You know, 'Make another move and I'll kill her,' and things like that," Daniels said.

Daniels said he thought police did what they had to do.

"Exactly what they needed to do. As far as I'm concerned, they saved all of our lives," he said.

Yousef Hajj owns Comfy Furniture near the cash advance business and recorded video of the officers fatally shooting the suspected robber.

"I just immediately pulled out my phone. I started videotaping. All I see is a man, he's holding a lady hostage, he's pulling her out, he's bringing her outside," Hajj said. "There was two cops over here. They're telling him, you know, 'Please drop down the gun. Put it down. Leave her alone. Don't do nothing stupid,' pretty much."

Hajj said the man appeared to be dangerous, and the woman was scared for her life.

"She was pretty terrified. I mean, she was looking death in the face. The man looked over to his left, and the next thing, he was down. He got shot right there and then," Hajj said. "It was so quick. Things happened so fast. This whole place was stormed with police."

Further details have not yet been released and the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

NBC 5's Scott Gordon contributed to this report.

Editor's note: Initial reports from the Irving Fire Department indicated there were two people involved in the robbery, including an accomplice outside. Police now say there was only one person involved in the incident.



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<![CDATA[Survey Crew Finds Skeletal Remains in Frisco]]> Wed, 20 Jan 2016 13:19:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/frisco-police-dfw-generic-0.jpg

Skeletal remains found Tuesday by a survey crew working in a heavily wooded area of Frisco have been sent to the Collin County Medical Examiner's Office for examination.

Frisco police said the survey crew called the police at about 1:40 p.m. and reported finding the remains along the 7600 block of Peaceful Lane.

Detectives with Frisco's Criminal Investigations Division and the Collin County Medical Examiner's office are investigating and, according to a statement by the police department, working to determine if the remains are linked to a 2015 missing person case involving 61-year-old Sidney Sorenson, Jr.

Sorenson was reported missing March 6, 2015 after he was last seen the day before walking toward the Warren Sports Complex from his residence. The sports complex is located across Eldorado Parkway from where the remains were found.

The search for Sorenson lasted five days and involved a number of local and state agencies and volunteers.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact the Frisco Police Department at 972-292-6010.



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<![CDATA[1 Killed After Amtrak Train Collides With 18-Wheeler]]> Fri, 15 Jan 2016 13:49:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/train-truck.jpg

Officials are investigating after an Amtrak train collided with an 18-wheeler in east Dallas County, killing one person.[[365347131,C]]

The crash happened at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the 4600 block of East Scyene Road in Sunnyvale, very close to the Mesquite city line.

After the rock hauler was struck, it burst into flames. Dallas County Sheriff's officials said the driver of the truck was killed. The Medical Examiner's office has identified the driver as 50-year-old Shannon Thomas of Plano. The truck was headed to APAC Texas, a paving contractor, that sits right next to the railroad tracks.

Deputies confirmed there were 44 passengers and about six employees on board the train. No one was injured. The train originated in San Antonio and was en route to its eventual destination of Chicago. The passengers remained on board after the collision.

Amtrak engineers were called to inspect the train, known as Amtrak #22, The Texas Eagle, before it could continue to Chicago. The train began moving again just before 7 p.m. but stopped shortly after for more mechanical inspections.

The railroad tracks belong to Union Pacific. An engineer was expected to inspect the tracks for damage.



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<![CDATA[Standoff Ends in Dallas With No Arrests, No Suspect]]> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 17:34:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-swat-standoff.jpg

After more than eight hours, a standoff outside a far North Dallas business is over.[[363933691,R]]

Dallas police said an employee told officers that when she arrived to open the Ace Cash Express store at 181110 Midway Road Thursday morning she found a masked person with a gun waiting inside.

The woman escaped without injury at about 8:20 a.m., as police officers responding to the businesses alarm arrived at the scene.

With the armed robber still believed to be inside the business, SWAT officers took over the scene and locked down the shopping center.

About eight hours later, Dallas police said the man was not found inside the business, or adjacent businesses, and the scene was cleared.

Police said there is no detailed description of the man available.



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<![CDATA[Suspicious Person Carrying Camera, Not Weapon: UTA Police]]> Wed, 16 Dec 2015 19:41:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/uta-arlington-fatigues-man-01.jpg

UT-Arlington is back to normal after a scare Wednesday morning put the entire campus on high alert.

At about 10:00 a.m., UTA Police received multiple reports that a man wearing army fatigues was seen carrying a gun inside the university’s Architecture building.

The west side of campus was briefly put on shelter-in-place while UTA and Arlington police officers surrounded the building. An alert was also sent to all students and faculty members.

“We were scared and also confused,” said J.C. Puebla, a UTA freshman who lives in a dorm across the street from the Architecture building. “We didn’t know why a man would have a gun or what was going on.”

Officers quickly located the man and detained him. They said he had no weapons – just a camera and a tripod that he was using to film some kind of video project.

Within the hour they determined there was no threat and gave the all clear.

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“Our campus community did exactly what we asked them to do,” said UTA Police Chief Kim Lemaux. “And that’s if you see something, say something. They called us. They reached out. As I said, we couldn’t be more proud.”

UTA police have not released the man’s name, but told NBC 5 he is not a student at the university.

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They also said he cooperated with investigators and was released Wednesday afternoon.

Because there is no evidence that any illegal activity took place, the man likely won’t face any charges.

NBC 5's Frank Heinz contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Irving Nimitz High School Evacuated Due to Electrical Fire]]> Wed, 02 Dec 2015 13:09:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Nimitz-120215.jpg

Students at Irving's Nimitz High School were evacuated Wednesday due to an electrical fire near the cafeteria.

The Irving Independent School District confirms the campus was evacuated and that the fire department was called to the school.

Students were evacuated to the athletic fields and were allowed back into the building at about noon.

A damage report has not yet been provided and officials have not said what led to the fire.

No injuries have been reported.



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<![CDATA[Gas Leak Forces Evacuations in Addison]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:49:58 -0500 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 15:17:29 -0500 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 13:38:54 -0500 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 12:00:47 -0500 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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