<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Breaking News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/breaking http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Tue, 06 Oct 2015 23:24:33 -0500 Tue, 06 Oct 2015 23:24:33 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[1 Dead in Fiery Tractor-Trailer Crash in Waxahachie]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 23:04:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tractor-trailer-crash1.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NBC 5's Ben Russell contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[MacArthur HS Evacuated Over Bomb Threat]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 12:02:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/students-outside-macarthur-hs.jpg

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

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


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

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

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

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


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<![CDATA[Gas Leak Shuts Down Plano Road]]> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 18:16:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Plano+Road+Gas+Leak.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Crime Spree Chase Ends With Violent Crash]]> Sat, 26 Sep 2015 13:58:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dylan+perry+crash.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[2.4 Magnitude Earthquake Reported in Dallas: USGS]]> Wed, 23 Sep 2015 18:40:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/irving-earthquake-generic.jpg

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

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

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

No damage reports have been received.

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Petition Calls for Apology, Suspension Reversal for Irving Boy]]> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 18:44:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_605084226335.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

Irving ISD Communication Director Lesley Weaver offered no apologies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[FM 407 Back Open After Fiery Crash in Justin]]> Mon, 14 Sep 2015 17:16:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/truck-crash-fire.jpg

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

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

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

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

Their current conditions are not known.

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

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<![CDATA[Arrest Made After Plano School Bomb Scare]]> Mon, 14 Sep 2015 07:58:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/clark+hs.jpg

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The juvenile's identity has not yet been released.

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[One Injured by Shrapnel at Frisco Gun Club]]> Wed, 09 Sep 2015 18:38:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Frisco+gun+club+shooting.jpg

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

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


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

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

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


The investigation into Wednesday's incident is ongoing.

NBC 5's Meredith Yeomans contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Ebby Halliday Dies at 104]]> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 16:47:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/210*120/Ebby+Halliday+1911-2015.JPG

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

Halliday was 104-years-old.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Missing Man's Body Found in Lewisville Creek Bed]]> Tue, 08 Sep 2015 13:54:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lonny-lee-found-lewisville.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

No further information has been released.

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<![CDATA['Person of Interest' in Arlington Hit-and-Run Cleared]]> Mon, 07 Sep 2015 19:54:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Arlington_Person_of_Interest_Hit-and-run.jpg

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

Police made the announcement on Twitter Monday afternoon.


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

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


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

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


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

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<![CDATA[Woman Arrested in Fatal Uptown Shooting: DPD]]> Sat, 05 Sep 2015 19:58:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/crystal-cortez-gable17.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dallas police said the investigation is ongoing.

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

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<![CDATA[Water Main Break Causes Concern in E. Arlington]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 16:57:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/arlington-main-break.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Toxicology Confirms Teen Killed by Arlington PD Was on Drugs]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:20:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Christian_Taylor_Arlington.jpg

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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<![CDATA[Rubella Case Confirmed in Tarrant County]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:47:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/GettyImages-481681423.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


NBC 5's Kevin Cokely contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Lake Dallas Coach Arrested on Improper Relationship Charge]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:20:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dugan-walker-lake-dallas-hs.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NBC 5's Ben Russell contributed to this report.


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<![CDATA[Man Arrested, Charged With Two Separate Dallas Murders]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:08:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Juan-Andrade.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Warrant of Arrest & Detention, Chacon Murder


Warrant of Arrest & Detention, Aguilar-Hernandez Murder


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<![CDATA[Stained Dress Proof of Judge's Sexual Harassment: Lawsuit]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 18:52:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/russ-casey-tarrant-co.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

His comments did not name the staff member.

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

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

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

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

Martha Kibler v. Tarrant County, Honorable Russ Casey


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


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<![CDATA[Wanted Sex Offender Found Dead After Escaping Halfway House]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 23:04:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/brent-jozefkowicz2.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Train, Car Collide in Far Northwest Tarrant County]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 14:18:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/train-car-nwftw.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Suspicious Package Found Near SMU Not a Threat]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:48:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/smu-generic-722.jpg

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Double Murder in Dallas, Gunman Sought]]> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 12:07:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/brandon-mill-apt-shooting.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NBC 5's Ellen Bryan contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Deadly Collision Between Train and Truck in Denton County]]> Fri, 07 Aug 2015 16:51:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/a-train-car-together.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Spilled Non-Dairy Creamer Prompts 'White Powder' Response]]> Wed, 05 Aug 2015 14:21:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hazmat-generic-dfr.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

<![CDATA[WB Lanes of I-30 Back Open After Crash in Dallas]]> Tue, 04 Aug 2015 17:33:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/215*120/I-30+crash+at+Dolphin.JPG

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Human Case of West Nile Reported in Tarrant County]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 22:37:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-Cropped.jpg

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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<![CDATA[NB I-35W Connector to WB 820 Closed for Hours]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:18:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/beam-crash-fortworth.jpg

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

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

No injuries were reported.

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

Alternate Routes:

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

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<![CDATA[Suspected Serial Killer Was in North Texas This Month]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:15:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/neal-falls-mugshot-inset.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Dead Animals Found in Bags at Rescuer's Home]]> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 06:48:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dogs-in-cages-puddin-hill-maximum-k-9.jpg

A dog trainer and animal rescuer in Waxahachie is facing a charge of animal cruelty after more than a dozen animals were found dead in bags on her property, the Ellis County Sheriff's Department says.

Officials with the sheriff's department were asked to perform a welfare check at the home of 69-year-old Gayle Justice, the owner and training director at the home-based Maximum K-9 Dog Training and boarding facility on the 200 block of Panorama Loop.

Deputies visiting her property Wednesday reported a foul-smelling odor, but said Justice refused to let them inside. The deputies left only to return Thursday with a warrant -- soon after they began seizing dozens of animals.

At the home deputies reported finding as many as 20 dead animals being kept in bags while dozens of others, including 69 dogs, three cats and one macaw, were living on the property.

Lt. James Saulter with the Ellis County Sheriff's Office said Justice said she didn't think she did anything wrong by boarding the animals and didn't see any problem in housing some in cages while allowing others to run loose.

She said some of the animals were hers and others were animals she'd rescued. Though her business offers boarding and pet sitting, it's not yet clear if any of the animals seized had owners.

The school's website, maximumk-9.com, said Justice and her husband Walter live with five English bulldogs, seven German shepherds, four cats, two Moluccan cockatoos, two blue and gold macaws, three African greys, one Quaker parrot, two sun conures and one Sulphur-crested cockatoo.

Saulter said that Justice has been charged with one count of animal cruelty so far, but may face more charges as the investigation continues.

"I know they're [deputies] misrepresenting me," said Justice.

Justice said she's done nothing wrong, but couldn't answer why dead animals were found on her property.

"Like I said, my brain is just overloaded right now," said Justice. "I'm just totally exhausted."

The animals that survived were brought to the SPCA in Dallas for medical treatment.

"Several animals were covered in fleas, some had incredibly long toenails and there were several that were thin all the way up to emaciated, to the point where it just worries me to look at them," said Maura Davies, with the SPCA.

People who live in Justice's neighborhood said they knew something was wrong at her property.

"I said something has got to be done because that dog has got to be rescued or something," said Frank O'Toole. "But I didn't know the magnitude of how bad."

Waxahachie Now magazine published a story on the couple and their animal shelter/rescue program in a May 2008 feature.

NBC 5's Johnny Archer contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Witnesses Join Police, Fire to Lift Car, Free Trapped Woman]]> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 07:12:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DPD+Car+Lift+072315.JPG

The Dallas Police Department released dashcam video Thursday showing the remarkable rescue of a trapped motorcyclist by police, firefighters and citizens.

At about 9:45 p.m. July 9, Dallas police and fire were called to the scene of a major crash near Greenville Avenue and Bryan Parkway, where a female motorcycle rider was trapped under a car.

Police arrived within 30 seconds and first attempted to use a jack to raise the vehicle and free the woman, but the attempt failed.

As the woman gasped for air beneath the crushing weight of the vehicle, police officers, firefighters and citizens joined together to use "unified physical human strength" to lift the car enough to allow the woman to be pulled to safety.

The officers who saved her life spoke at Dallas Police Headquarters Thursday. They say when they arrived,  they saw her trapped and knew they had to do something very quickly.

"Once I saw all the people I realized there are definitely enough people to lift up a four-door sedan. I told the firefighters, 'There are enough of us here. Let’s just lift it up.' So he kind of, 'Oh OK.' and everybody just rushed up," said Officer Laura Beddow.

Dashcam video recorded the Herculean team effort as the vehicle was lifted and the woman was freed.

The motorcycle rider was rushed to a nearby hospital and sustained no major injuries from the crash.

Tim Bates, the attorney for the rescued woman, released the following statement on her behalf Thursday evening, saying his client is "grateful and thankful for the excellent service provided by the Dallas Police Officers and Firefighters that saved her life," as well as the bystanders involved. 

"In over 25 years of handling thousands of violent collision cases, this was the finest Police and Fireman work I have ever seen. Dallas should be proud of these great Police Officers and Firemen."

He said his client is not providing interviews currently, as her injuries are "serious and exhausting." 

NBC 5's Julie Fine contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Officials Detail Sandra Bland Autopsy Findings]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:36:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sandra-bland-arrest-video-still.jpg

The autopsy of a woman who was found dead in a Texas jail revealed no injuries that would suggest she died in a violent homicide, authorities said Thursday.

Waller County prosecutor Warren Diepraam discussed details of the autopsy of 28-year-old Sandra Bland, who authorities say was found hanging in her jail cell on July 13.

The autopsy showed that Bland had no defensive injuries on her hands that would typically indicate a struggle, the prosecutor said. Some lacerations or abrasions were found on her wrists. Those injuries were consistent with a struggle while being handcuffed.

The marks around Bland's neck were consistent with a suicide, he said.
Diepraam also addressed questions surrounding inconsistencies in jail documents in the case, saying the documents all reflect Bland's own answers, and any discrepancies "were as a result of her."

The documents, filled out for Bland when she was booked into jail, contained discrepancies on questions ranging from whether she previously attempted suicide or was taking epilepsy medication.

Bland was arrested three days before she was found dead. Her family and friends dispute the official finding. Texas Rangers and the FBI are investigating.

Bland's death comes after nearly a year of heightened national scrutiny of police and their dealings with black suspects, especially those who have been killed by officers or die in police custody. It has resonated on social media, with posts questioning the official account and featuring the hashtags #JusticeForSandy and #WhatHappenedToSandyBland.

The sheriff said Wednesday that no one gained access to the cell and contributed to Bland's death.

Bland's family has said she was not despondent and was looking forward to starting a new job at her alma mater, Prairie View A&M University.

However, Bland posted a video to her Facebook page in March, saying she was suffering from "a little bit of depression as well as PTSD," or post-traumatic stress disorder. At least one friend has said she was just venting after a bad day.

A video of her arrest taken from the officer's dashcam shows state trooper Brian Encinia drawing a stun gun and threatening Bland when she refuses to follow his orders.

The roadside encounter swiftly escalated into a shouting confrontation, with the officer holding the weapon and warning Bland, "I will light you up," for not getting out of her vehicle.

The video shows the trooper stopping Bland for failing to signal a lane change. The conversation turns hostile when the officer asks Bland to put out her cigarette and she asks why she can't smoke in her own car. The trooper then orders Bland to get out of the vehicle. She refuses, and he tells her she is under arrest.

Further refusals to get out led the trooper to threaten to drag her out. He then pulls out a stun gun and makes the threat about lighting Bland up.

When she finally steps out of the vehicle, the trooper orders her to the side of the road. There, the confrontation continues off-camera, but it is still audible.

Bland can be heard protesting her arrest, repeatedly using expletives and insulting the officer. She screams that he's about to break her wrists and complains that he knocked her head into the ground.

Houston television station KTRK-TV released a voicemail that Bland left a friend, LaVaughn Mosley, while in jail in which she expressed disbelief at her circumstances.

In the message, Bland calmly said she's "still just at a loss for words honestly at this whole process." She wondered, "How did switching lanes with no signal turn into all of this?"

The Department of Public Safety trooper, who has been on the force for just over a year, has been placed on administrative leave for violating unspecified police procedures and the department's courtesy policy.

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<![CDATA[Denton PD Reveal Video After Stun Gun Used in Disturbance]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:33:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bodycam-denton-stun-gun.jpg

Denton police attempted to set the record straight Thursday by releasing their viewpoint of an incident this week that ended in an officer using a Taser on a man.

Denton police said they were called to the Motel 6 on the 700 block of Fort Worth Drive Wednesday at about 2 p.m. after a caller said there was a naked woman carrying a baby around the motel.

When police arrived, they found the woman on the second floor balcony wrapped in a blanket and the baby in the arms of a man.

Officers determined that the woman was in an altered mental state and needed to be medically evaluated. While trying to place her in handcuffs, the woman resisted, police said.

The man that was holding the baby then handed the child to someone else and tried to interfere with the officers restraining the woman, police said. The man, identified as 26-year-old Marcus Coleman, was told to get back but tried to push through the officers. One of the officers then used a stun gun to disable the man.

As the woman was being loaded into an ambulance, a 3-year-old boy came out of their motel room naked and wet, police said. Officers went into the room and found the shower water was scalding hot. Both the baby and young boy were evaluated by medical personnel and found to be uninjured.

On Wednesday night a cell phone video of the takedown began going viral online.

Jeremy Jones, of Dallas, shot the video and told NBC 5 Thursday that, from his viewpoint, it looked like excessive force on the part of the responding officers.

The video, which panned away slightly before the stun gun was deployed, drew dozens of comments from people online questioning if Coleman did enough to warrant the Taser shot.

So Thursday, police released the video from the body cameras worn by all three officers at the scene to show their point-of-view on the call.

The video showed the woman talking about hearing voices and staring off over the second floor balcony, concerning the officers who said they were worried she may hurt herself.

When she screamed and resisted being handcuffed, the video showed Coleman in a standoff with one of the officers, who drew his stun gun and told Coleman to back off at least 30 times.

Finally, Coleman can be seen trying to push past the officer before the stun gun was fired.

"We aren't just tasing people to tase people. He wasn't following commands," said Officer Ryan Grelle, who spoke about the video Thursday afternoon.

Willie Hudspeth, Denton County President of the NAACP, said he'd reviewed the video as well after being in contact with Coleman's mother and determined that police acted correctly.

He said it appears Coleman didn't know the woman and was trying to help her, but just went too far.

"He was trying to do the right thing, but he kind of went over the line when he started coming toward the officer," said Hudspeth.

Coleman was arrested for interfering with public duties, police said, and the unidentified woman was taken to the hospital for help.

No charges have been brought against the woman at this time, and police said her children who were taken from the scene are in the care of Child Protective Services.

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<![CDATA[Police Chase in Wise County Ends]]> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:28:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Wise-co-chase.jpg

Several law enforcement agencies were involved in a chase in Wise County Wednesday afternoon.

Officials said the pursuit was headed south on U.S. Highway 287 near Decatur when it came to an end.

There is no word on why the chase started. 

Witnesses said approximately 14 police cars were involved. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle with spike strips, but it didn't work, according to witnesses.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Bomb Squad Responds After Deadly Shooting]]> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 17:46:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/swat13.jpg

The bomb squad was called to the scene of a fatal Dallas shooting that left one person dead and another in police custody Wednesday morning, police said.

According to the Dallas Police Department, officers were called after gunfire was heard and a person was spotted on the ground in the 9800 block of Brockbank Drive.

Police confirmed one person was dead, later identified as Nathan Michael Tonolin. 

"It broke my heart when I saw him laying down there. I cried. What a good man, really good man. He doesn't deserve that," said neighbor Jay Abbas.

Police said during the investigation, they were directed to the home of Thomas Wilson, who also lives in the apartment complex. They took him into custody without incident.

Police got a search warrant to go through his apartment, where officers said they found guns, ammunition and a suspicious device. Police evacuated the neighbors and the bomb squad came and detonated it.

"It is a very serious situation. Once you find a device suspicious in nature, you gotta take safety precautions, you got to get people evacuated," said Lt. Thomas Castro, with the Dallas Police Department.

The device was deemed safe.

Police did not give a motive for the shooting.

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<![CDATA[2.4M Earthquake Rattles Irving Monday Morning: USGS]]> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 08:48:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/irving-earthquake-generic.jpg

The United States Geological Survey says a 2.4 magnitude earthquake rattled Irving early Monday morning.

The quake was recorded at 6:03 a.m. with the epicenter just east of North O'Connor Boulevard and Texas 183 not far from the former site of Texas Stadium.

The tremblor is the latest in a string of unusual quakes to strike the area since Oct. 28, 2014.  Monday's quake was rated an MMI III on the Modified Mercalli Intensity scale, indicating weak shaking and no damage reports.

Before Monday, the most recent recorded quake over 2.0 to be recorded in the area was about two weeks ago on June 28 near Rochelle Road between Esters Road and Belt Line Road north of Airport Freeway. The day before, on June 27, a 2.3 magnitude earthquake was recorded near Northwest Highway and Loop 12.

Coincidentally, The Dallas Morning News reports seismologists with the USGS are scheduled to be at Dallas City Hall Monday to meet with the state's earthquake task force regarding the state's recent earthquake activity. The media, the Morning News reports, is not invited to attend -- but a briefing is expected in the coming weeks.

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<![CDATA[Hardy Suspension Reduced on Appeal From 10 Games to Four]]> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 15:59:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/180322854.jpg

Six weeks after Greg Hardy’s appeal was heard over seven and a half hours in Washington DC, we finally have a ruling.

NFL PR man and spokesperson Greg Aiello tweeted Friday afternoon that the arbitrator in the case, Harold Henderson, has upheld Hardy’s suspension but reduced it from 10 to four games.

After the announcement, owner Jerry Jones issued the following statement: “We are looking forward to the start of the season and having Greg be a part of the team.”

The reduced suspension means he will be eligible to return in Week 5 against the Patriots, the same game that middle linebacker Rolando McClain--who has been suspended four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy--will make his season debut.

Obviously, this is great news for the Cowboys’ new-look defense.

Here’s where it could get interesting. Earlier this week, it was reported that Hardy would fight any ruling longer than two games. So while a reduction from 10 games to four games seems like a pretty big victory, there’s a chance we haven’t heard the end of this story just yet.

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<![CDATA[AA Flight From ATL to LAX Makes Emergency Landing at DFW]]> Wed, 08 Jul 2015 08:56:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AA-Flight-at-DFW-070715.jpg

An American Airlines flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles made an emergency landing at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Tuesday.

Flight 2437, an Airbus A319, departed Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport at about 12:30 p.m. ET Tuesday and landed at DFW after declaring an emergency at about 1:40 p.m. due to a possible issue with the plane's hydraulics.

The pilot landed the plane safely and the aircraft was towed to Gate A19.

Officials with the airline said crews are working to determine the extent of the problem (or lack of a problem) with the A319 aircraft. At this time, no further information has been confirmed by the airline regarding the emergency landing.

All 127 passengers were deplaned and are being put on another flight to LAX Tuesday afternoon.

No injuries were reported.

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<![CDATA[Alleged Gunman ID'd in Shooting of Coppell HS Standout]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:28:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Montay-Video-West.jpg

Coppell police are releasing the name the person they say shot a recent high school graduate as he played basketball with friends.

Investigators with the Coppell Police Department said Tuesday that 18-year-old Montay Kentrall Howard shot 18-year-old Charles West in a dispute over money.

West, who recently graduated from Coppell High School and had committed to play football at Brigham Young University in the fall, told police he was playing basketball with friends at Coppell Middle School East when someone spotted Howard holding a gun and walking their way.

West said he began to run moments before Howard began firing multiple shots.

One of the shots hit West in the left bicep, police said. He was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas where he was treated Sunday and released Monday.

During an interview with police, West said he and Howard, who also attended Coppell High School, had an argument earlier in the day over money.

Howard was taken into custody without incident and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a 2nd-degree felony. He is currently being held in the Carrollton Police Jail without bond.

Police said video recorded on a smartphone showed the shooting as it occurred, but the person who shot the video is unknown at this time.

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<![CDATA[Wanted Sex Offender Killed in Police Shooting]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 22:02:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/POLICE-INVOLVED-SHOOTING10.jpg

A wanted sex offender was shot and killed by Dallas police Tuesday afternoon after he pulled out a gun and pointed it at officers, police say.

Dallas police confirmed the shooting Tuesday afternoon and said officers with the Sex Offender Apprehension Program and METRO units were in the area following up on Crime Stoppers tip about the man, identified as 59-year-old Joe Cody, wanted for a parole violation on a sex-related crime.

Blankenbaker said several officers, both in uniform and others in plain clothes, were following up on the Crime Stoppers tip about the Cody's location.

Police said Cody was spotted just before 1:30 p.m. and uniformed officers moved in to contact him as he walked along the 1200 block of North Bishop Avenue.

Officers approached Cody as he neared the intersection of Wickford Street and Bishop Avenue, Blankenbaker said, and he quickly pulled out a weapon and pointed it at police.

The officers ordered Cody to drop the weapon, Blankenbaker said, but he did not comply. Witnesses told NBC 5 that Cody then began shooting before the officers returned fire.

Blankenbaker said four officers, three with the SOAP unit and another with the METRO unit, are believed to have fired on Cody, killing him. None of the officers were injured.

At the same intersection, a red Volkswagen sedan was seen stopped at the stop sign with both the driver's-side front door and back passenger-side door ajar. Blankenbaker said that vehicle was used by the department's plain-clothes officers who were investigating the Crime Stoppers tip.

The car appears to have several bullet holes in it, but Blankenbaker could not say if those shots came from Cody or from police officers.

Blankenbaker could also not confirm if Cody fired any shots before the police fired upon him.

Police said witnesses to the shooting supported the story provided by officers at the scene.

Dallas police cordoned off a large area of Bishop Avenue with crime scene tape and closed the roadway between Colorado Boulevard and Neches Street immediately south of Methodist Dallas Medical Center while the shooting was investigated by the department's Special Investigations Unit.

NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff and Holley Ford contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Body Found in Garland's Duck Creek: Police]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:35:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/duck-creek-01.jpg

A body has been found in Duck Creek underneath the Walnut Street Bridge in Garland, police say.

The location is near the intersection of Garland Avenue and Walnut Street, not far from Baylor Medical Center at Garland.

Downstream Duck Creek merges with Keen Creek before joining the East Fork of the Trinity River south of Lake Ray Hubbard.

At this time, an identification of the person found has not been confirmed.

NBC 5 has crews on the way and we'll update this story with more information as soon as it's available. As this story is developing, elements may change.

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<![CDATA[Child Drowns in Fort Worth Community Pool: ME]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:33:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FW+Pool+070115.jpg

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office confirms a child pulled from a community swimming pool Wednesday afternoon has died.

After treatment outside the pool on the 6000 block of Grand Champion Boulevard, the child was taken by ambulance to Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth in critical condition.

Micah Wheeler, 6, died Wednesday afternoon; the ME's website shows the boy did not live in the community.

The circumstances that led to the call are not yet known.

NBC 5's Jocelyn Lockwood and Chris Van Horne contributed to this report.

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