<![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-usFri, 09 Dec 2016 06:00:48 -0600Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:00:48 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[First Local Zika Virus Case Reported in Texas]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:22:57 -0600 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 16:28:03 -0600 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 14:30:19 -0600 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 16:27:16 -0600 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 13:10:37 -0600 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 21:56:42 -0600 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 21:34:03 -0600 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 10:25:40 -0600 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 18:48:43 -0600 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 03:24:39 -0600 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 07:56:01 -0600 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 03:20:24 -0600 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 22:18:53 -0600 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 17:36:00 -0600 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.

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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.

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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 15:35:13 -0600 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 15:46:10 -0600 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 05:15:00 -0600 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 16:18:02 -0600 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 16:33:03 -0600 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 13:30:59 -0600 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 22:08:52 -0600 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 12:29:37 -0600 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 15:34:36 -0600 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 10:04:36 -0600 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 15:32:23 -0600 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 16:12:45 -0600 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 11:14:20 -0600 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 10:02:00 -0600 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 20:54:00 -0600 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 22:38:08 -0600 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 10:35:17 -0600 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 21:48:31 -0600 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 17:14:52 -0600 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 18:42:06 -0600 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 19:22:07 -0600 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 12:48:08 -0600 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 13:40:48 -0600 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).

Sofya Tsygankova's Arrest Warrant

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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 15:01:27 -0600 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 14:11:47 -0600 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 16:41:37 -0600 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.

Check back and refresh this page for the latest update. As this story is developing, elements may change.



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<![CDATA[Lock Down Lifted, Person Detained at NAS JRB]]> Thu, 25 Feb 2016 16:25:06 -0600 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 15:24:08 -0600 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 12:01:45 -0600 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 16:55:08 -0600 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 22:47:01 -0600 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 10:38:07 -0600 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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