<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Breaking News]]> Copyright 2014 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 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:46:57 -0500 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:46:57 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[I-35E Reopens in Lancaster After Fiery Crash]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:16:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/truck-fire-091614-01.jpg

All lanes of Interstate 35E near Belt Line Road have reopened in Lancaster after a tractor-trailer crash and fire earlier Tuesday.  

According to investigators, the truck jackknifed and then crashed into the center wall where it caught fire. 

The driver was able to escape the cab before it and the empty trailer were consumed by flames.

The tractor-trailer was the only vehicle involved in the crash.

In the first few minutes following the crash traffic was backed up an estimated four miles, according to Chopper 5 photojournalist Ames Meyer.

Across the access road, people at several businesses heard a loud boom when the crash happened.

They all ran outside and Ted Brooks called 911.

“Unlike something I have ever seen. Just how instantly it started on fire and how fast it was burning,” said Brooks.

Jonathan Haynes ran across the access road and was able to look across the retaining wall and see that the driver had gotten out.

“He was walking. Basically told him you need to move this thing is going to blow up,” said Haynes.

Police are investigating what caused the accident.

I-3E5 reopened just after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

NBC 5's Julie Fine contributed to this report.


<![CDATA[Erratic Driving, Obscene Gestures Lead to Chase, Arrest]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:31:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/garland-chase-kasi-jones.jpg

The female driver who led Garland police officers on a slow-speed chase Monday morning arrested and charged with evading arrest and assault on an officer.

According to police, 911 operators received reports of a woman driving erratically through the parking lot of a Bank of America in the 5600 block of Broadway Boulevard while cursing at customers and making obscene gestures at about 9 a.m.

While officers drove to that call, 911 operators began receiving reports of a woman doing the same thing at a nearby Citibank in the 3400 block of Broadway Boulevard.

Officers caught up with the woman, later identified as 30-year-old Kasi Jones, at Citibank and attempted to make a traffic stop, but Jones refused and drove away — all while making obscene gestures and cussing at the officers.

At 1st Street and Broadway, Garland police officers used stop sticks to deflate the Jones' tires. She continued for a short while on two rims and two good tires before eventually stopping at the Belmont at Duck Creek apartments in the 6200 block of Duck Creek Drive.

Police said the Jones parked her vehicle and exited the truck as officers surrounded her vehicle. When she refused to comply with demands to stop and surrender, Garland police said an officer used a stun gun to temporarily disable her.

Jones was then taken into custody, but police said she assaulted one of the officers while being put into the squad car.

Bond has not yet been set.

No injuries were reported in connection with the chase. 

Initial reports indicated the woman was suspected in a hit-and-run at one of the banks. Garland police said late Monday morning that a complainant has not yet come forward in the case.

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<![CDATA[Frisco PD Sheds New Light on Dhawan Deaths]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 19:11:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dhawan-Family-scene-090514.jpg

In a news conference Friday, the Frisco Police Department shed new light into the investigation into the deaths of Pallavi and Sumeet Dhawan.

The couple's bodies were found Wednesday after a family member requested a welfare check after being unable to reach both the husband and wife.

Officers arrived at the home and found 43-year-old Sumeet Dhawan in a downstairs bedroom, on the bed, with a blunt force trauma injury to his head, according to the medical examiner.  The body of 39-year-old Pallavi Dhawan, police said, was recovered from the family pool with no identifiable trauma to her body.

Frisco Assistant Chief Darren Stevens said a note was found at the home, but that the contents of that note would not yet be disclosed.  He added that the note was being assessed for information and authorship.

No guns were found in the home, but Stevens added that many items that are normal in a home could be used as a weapon.

Frisco police would reveal little else, saying it was early in the investigation and that they were trying to respect the privacy of the surviving Dhawan family. 

Stevens said it would be inappropriate to qualify the deaths as a murder-suicide and that they would reveal no further information without first disclosing that information to the family.

In a statement released Friday, the Dhawan family said:

"We are devastated by the continued tragic loss to our family. In this time of unimaginable sorrow, we would like to grieve with our family and friends, and request everyone to respect our privacy. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers."

Pallavi was charged in January with the murder of her 10-year-old son Arnav Dhawan, after police found his body in a bathtub in the home, surrounded by bags of melting ice. All along Pallavi has maintained her innocence and said she never hurt her son, who had special needs — a sentiment that was echoed in her sworn affidavit.

The Dhawans said the boy, who had several underlying medical conditions, had died of natural causes, and Pallavi was preserving her son's corpse until Sumeet returned home from a business trip in India. In their culture, the family said, the father must deliver a final blessing.

The medical examiner said the boy's cause of death was undetermined, with natural disease being the most likely factor.

A grand jury had just begun to hear her case, with Arnav's father Sumeet Dhawan providing testimony last week.

NBC 5's Ben Russell, Scott Gordon, Catherine Ross, Frank Heinz and Todd L. Davis contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Several Police Cars Damaged in Chase]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 17:30:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/chse-grand-prairie.jpg

As many as 11 cars were reportedly damaged Friday during a police chase with the driver of a stolen work truck, police say.

NBC 5 has learned the chase began after a Grand Prairie Independent School District maintenance truck, towing a flatbed trailer loaded with a commercial-grade lawn mower, was stolen from Dubiski Career High School.

Officers spotted the vehicle and attempted to stop the driver, but the driver refused.

Officers pursued as the driver of the truck struck as many as 11 vehicles, pushing some motorists into others as he tried to escape.  The collisions involved as many as seven police vehicles.

Stop sticks were eventually deployed to try to stop the driver, but he continued on riding on just the rims.

As the chase drew to a close, the driver made one last attempt to elude police by driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of West Pioneer Parkway near South Carrier Parkway

With four deflated tires mostly shredded and ripped away, the driver of the stolen truck crashed into an oncoming red pickup truck and was taken into custody a short time later.

Police have not confirmed the number of police cars damaged in the chase, but initial, unconfirmed reports put that number as high as seven.

NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff tweeted that an officer was injured the crash.

The officer's injuries were minor and not life-threatening.

NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Finley JH Evacuated Over Bomb Threat]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 16:59:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/waxahachie-finley-jh-threat.jpg

Students at Finley Junior High School in Waxahachie were evacuated to a nearby church following a bomb threat Thursday afternoon.

School officials said a written note was found about 2:40 p.m. in a campus restroom, so students were evacuated to the Church of Christ while police and fire responders searched the building.

Nothing suspicious was found in the search, so the all-clear was given about 3:30 p.m., and students were dismissed from the church.

All after-school and evening activities were canceled at Finley Junior High.

In a statement released Thursday afternoon, the WISD superintendent thanked the Waxahachie police and fire departments for their assistance.

Classes will resume as scheduled on Friday morning.

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<![CDATA[Teen Pleads Guilty in Alanna Gallagher Murder]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 22:41:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lodatto-gallagher-holder-new.jpg

Tyler Lane Holder, the Saginaw teen accused of sexually assaulting and suffocating 6-year-old Alanna Gallagher, is headed to prison after striking a plea deal with prosecutors Thursday.

Holder reached pleaded guilty Thursday to three separate charges, including the little girl's murder, arson and attempted capital murder. Prosecutors said Holder must serve at least 50 years before he can be considered for parole.

Gallagher's body was found by children on a residential street July 1, 2013, covered with a tarp. Her head was covered with plastic grocery sacks, and her wrists and ankles were bound with duct tape.

A few weeks later, on July 19, 2013, the family's home and car were set on fire. The investigation into both crimes led police to Holder, who lived not far from the Gallagher family. Holder initially told police he had no contact with the child, but DNA later linked him to the crime.

On July 23, investigators arrived at Holder's home with arrest and search warrants. When investigators told Holder he was being arrested, police say he pulled a gun from behind his back and opened fire, striking Arlington Detective Charles Lodatto, part of a special task force investigating the girl's slaying.

Lodatto was hit in the femoral artery, but survived the shooting and has returned to work, prosecutors said.

“Today a dangerous killer was brought to justice,” said Deputy Chief District Attorney Bob Gill. “This heinous and unusual crime was solved through the extensive joint efforts and expertise of the Saginaw Police Department, the FBI and the Tarrant County DA’s Office-initiated Major Case Investigative Team. Because of their diligence, Tyler Holder will never pose a danger to another child. The family of Alanna Gallagher and Officer Charles Lodatto are very satisfied with this resolution of the cases.”

Holder must serve at least 50 years in prison under his plea deal, prosecutors said Thursday.

That is because he is sentenced to life for the murder charge, 20 years for the arson charge and 40 years for the attempted capital murder charge. The murder and arson charge are being served concurrently, but the attempted capital murder charge will be served consecutively, or after the first two charges are satisfied.

"This means that Holder will have to finish serving his time or be granted parole on the murder and arson charge before he begins serving his time on the attempted capital murder charge," prosecutors said.

Holder was originally charged with capital murder in connection with the girl's death. That charge was reduced to murder, prosecutors said, to expedite the trial and avoid a legal loophole.

"In Texas, defendants who are age 18 and over and convicted of capital murder, receive an automatic life sentence with no possibility for parole. In late 2012, however, the United States Supreme Court declared mandatory life sentences unconstitutional for defendants under age 18," prosecutors explained. "Because Holder was 17 when he committed the offense of capital murder, prosecutors were left without a sentencing option for a capital murder conviction."

Holder's trial was originally scheduled to start in October.

NBC 5's Chris Van Horne and Scott Gordon contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Crash Slows SB Central at Knox-Henderson]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:22:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pipes-tractor-trailer.jpg

Two southbound lanes of Central Expressway were closed Tuesday afternoon following a crash, Dallas police said.

Police said the right two lanes of U.S. 75 were closed at Knox-Henderson after a tractor-trailer lost its load.

When Chopper 5 arrived at the scene, the flatbed tractor-trailer was spotted on the roadside with most of its load of pipes intact. A number of pipes, which had fallen from the truck, had been removed from the roadway and placed in the service lane.

Traffic was moving slowly past the site.

No injuries have been reported.

<![CDATA[Dallas Officers Tackled, Bitten During Traffic Stop]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:31:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd_dfw_generic_dallas_police_2.jpg

Two Dallas police officers were injured Tuesday after being tackled and bitten following a traffic stop, police say.

According to police, an officer pulled over a driver and was then tackled. The person who tackled the officer then ran into a nearby apartment complex.

Several other Dallas officers arrived to search for the person.

The driver was eventually found but put up a struggle as officers attempted to take him into custody. Police confirm that one officer was bitten on the arm when the man was subdued.

The officer who was bitten was transported to an area hospital for treatment.  The officer who was tackled was also injured.  Her condition is not  yet known. 

Check back and refresh this page for the latest update.

<![CDATA[Hospitals Treat 16 After Bus Crash]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:48:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wax-bus-ax.jpg

All but one of the 12 children hospitalized Tuesday morning after a school bus tipped onto its side in Waxahachie have been sent home.

Waxahachie Independent School District officials said 20 children — all thought to be 10 and 11 years old — were on the bus that crashed at about 6:50 a.m. near Farm-to-Market Road 879 and Ike Road on the way to Clift Elementary School.

Officials said something in the back of the bus distracted the driver, causing him to look away from the road. While making a turn, the rear wheel of the bus left the road, the driver swerved into the opposite lane, overcorrected and the bus tipped as it came to rest in a ditch.

Damien Beck, 11, was in the back of the bus. He said he said the bus started swerving a little, then went faster before it flipped over.  Without seat belts on the bus, the students were thrown from their seats.

“Everybody flew to the top," said Beck, who held onto his seat and forced the exit door open. “The exit door, I couldn’t open it. So had to like, push it, kick it, it still wouldn’t open and then I kept on trying and I opened. And everybody escaped from the bus."

“This is my first time hearing that and I’m proud of him. I’m proud of him for doing that," said Monica Shope, Beck's aunt.

The bus was the only vehicle involved, police said.

Fernando Rocha, 10, suffered two broken ribs and will spend the night at Children's Medical Center in Dallas.  He is the last student to remain hospitalized following the crash.

“Fernando has two broken ribs. He has a bruise on one kidney and they believe there might be a bruise on the liver also,” said Carmen Castillo, the fifth grader’s aunt.

His 8-year-old brother, a third grader, was also on the bus and was sent home after getting stiches.

“He’s got a lot off glass and debris still in there and they’re hoping that there’s not any more damage to his muscle of ligaments or anything like that,” said Castillo. “But the main worry, of course, is about the children getting better and how they’re going to feel about getting on a bus to go back to school when they do return.”

“[We are] very lucky no one was going in the opposite direction, because you did notice he did cross into that opposite lane there," said Sr. Trooper James Colunga, with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Randy Sachs, media relations for Children's Medical Center of Dallas, said the hospital treated eight children for head and neck pain and abdominal problems. He said they would remain in the hospital for X-rays and evaluation during the next few hours.

Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie officials said they treated the driver and seven children brought by ambulance. Three of those children were brought to the hospital for evaluation by their parents.

"I want to applaud the emergency crews for their quick action to help our students and families," Waxahachie ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn said in a news release. "The safety and security of our students will always be our No. 1 priority."

The driver was not identified by police.

Waxahachie is located about 25 miles south of Dallas.

Stay tuned to NBC 5 for the latest updates. NBC 5's Kevin Cokely, Jeff Smith, Josh Ault contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Garland Apartment Fire Displaces 19]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:30:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/garland-fire-090214.jpg

Garland Fire Department officials said a fire at an apartment complex displaced 19 residents Tuesday morning.

Garland Capt. Merrill Balanciere said they're still investigating what caused the fire that damaged 16 residences at The Broadway Apartments at 5106 Broadway Blvd. at about 4:10 a.m.

The Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents, officials said.

No one was injured in the fire, Balanciere said.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Police Investigate Murder of 5-Year-Old Girl]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:51:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sontera-apts-scene-083114.jpg

Dallas police are investigating the murder of a 5-year-old girl whose body was found in a vacant apartment Sunday afternoon at the Sontera Palms Apartments at 9505 Royal Lane in northeast Dallas. 

Dallas police said Kathrine Alejandra Gonzalez turned 5 Aug. 24.  

Police discovered her body inside an empty, ground-floor apartment at 2:30 p.m. Sunday – several hours after the girl was reported missing.

Many neighbors said they worked to help find the little girl even before police were called at about 11:30 a.m.

When police arrived, maintenance workers informed them there were a large number of vacant apartments at Sontera Palms. After obtaining a key, officers began what they described as a systematic search of all vacant units – eventually discovering the girl’s body inside a unit at the back of the complex.

Witnesses said the girl’s relatives were visibly distraught after learning of the girl’s death.

Police said they took several people to Dallas Police Headquarters for questioning, but have not reported any arrests in the case. 

The Dallas Police Department asked the public for anyone with information on this offense to contact Detectives at 214-275-1300.

NBC 5's Frank Heinz contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Big-Rig Carrying Wine Catches Fire on I-35W]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:41:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wine-truck-fire.jpg

A big-rig carrying 41,000 pounds of wine caught fire on Interstate 35W in Fort Worth Thursday morning, closing the highway for more than three hours.

Fort Worth Fire Department Public Information Officer Richard Harrison said the truck, carrying 1,200 cases of wine, was in the northbound lanes when it caught fire along the 7400 block of North Freeway at about 5:30 a.m.

For more than three hours, the highway remained closed to traffic while the fire was put out and the debris removed. At 8:50 a.m., the Fort Worth Police Department tweeted that I-35W was once again open to traffic.

The driver sustained minor injuries, but was not taken to the hospital. No other vehicles were involved in the incident.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Earlier in the morning, some drivers trying to get out of the traffic jam were reportedly turning around and heading south in the northbound lanes, causing more backups in the area.

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<![CDATA[Students Returning to School After Gas Leak]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:39:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dowell-ms-evac-buses.jpg

Students and faculty were evacuated from Dowell Middle School in McKinney due to a gas leak Wednesday morning.

According to the district, more than 1,000 students and faculty were taken to nearby Boyd High School as a precaution.

In a statement released to the media Wednesday, the district said "the gas leak was not a result of the construction currently taking place at the school, and district officials are currently addressing the issue."

At about 10 a.m. officials with the school tweeted that the gas leak was addressed and that it was safe for students to return to class.

The district said they hope to have all students back on the Dowell campus by noon and that sack lunches will be provided.

District officials initially said parents could pick up students at Boyd High School, but later said it was not necessary.

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<![CDATA[NB, SB I-35E in Corinth Back Open After Power Line Repairs]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:40:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/209*120/35e-CORINTH.jpg

The northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 35E near Corinth Parkway have reopened after crews made repairs to power lines.

Officials confirmed to NBC 5 crews had to shut down the interstate in both directions because some Denton County residents are unable to contact 911.

Earlier Tuesday afternoon, a single power line was dragged to the ground, across all lanes of traffic, after somehow being snagged by a passing rock hauler.

Witnesses at a nearby business said it appeared the truck was trying to dump its load along the roadside and just accidentally hit the line, pulling it down.

Lt. Jim Gregg with the Corinth Police Department said the truck was working with the 35Express project and it appears the driver was not injured. He also said no other injuries were reported from the incident but it did lead to some other small crashes on side-roads throughout town.

The lanes were closed as drivers were diverted from the highway onto the frontage roads. Northbound drivers were allowed to pass the scene while drivers on the southbound side were being detoured onto side roads for about an hour and a half.

Kimberly Sims, Public Information Officer with the 35Express project, said they are gathering the details of what happened but they were pleased crews were able to remove the line from the road quickly and get traffic moving again.

The roadway closed for a second time just after 5 p.m. while crews, working on foot and in cherry pickers, fixed the line to restore 911 services in the area.

The road was back up and slowly moving to full speed within about 10 minutes of that work starting.

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

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<![CDATA[Mesquite PD Chase Ends on Hwy 80]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:06:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cha-se-Ends-082514.jpg

Mesquite police say they were involved in a chase with an armed man that came to an end on U.S. Highway 80 in Sunnyvale Monday afternoon.

Mesquite Police Sgt. Brian Parrish said police were investigating James Ledenham for vehicle burglary and got a tip that he was at a Wells Fargo Bank in Mesquite.

Police say when officers arrived at the bank, Ledenham put a gun to his head and fled the area in his pickup.

Chopper 5 showed the white pickup trying to elude stop sticks placed in the highway at least twice.

The two driver's side tires were flattened, slowing the chase down along the shoulder, Ledenham slowly took the next exit and came to a stop near State Highway 352 in Sunnyvale.

Mesquite police officers communicated with Ledenham by phone.

Eastbound and westbound lanes of U.S. Highway 80 were shut down as Mesquite SWAT arrived on the scene to assist.

Ledenham surrendered to police and was taken into custody without incident. No word on what charges Ledenham might face. At 4 p.m. Monday, police said Ledenham was in Mesquite police custody and being "evaluated."

NBC 5 will 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[DPD Chase Ends With Crash, Officer-Involved Shooting]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:50:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/169*120/douglas5.jpg

A police chase along U.S. Highway 175 ended with a crash and a Dallas police officer fatally shooting a man in Pleasant Grove Monday morning, Dallas police say.

The car chase started with a family disturbance call and ended when the man crashed the green pickup he was driving into a minivan at Lake June Road and North Prairie Creek Road, police said. A woman and child in the minivan were not seriously injured.

Dallas police said Steven Douglas, 29, then got out of his pickup and started walking toward an auto repair shop nearby.

Dallas police Maj. Jeff Cotner said employees of a garage near the crash scene also told police the man was armed and was coming toward them. 

Douglas stumbled as he reached the repair bays, and as he was falling, Cotner said he pointed his gun at Dallas Police Officer Rogelio Moreno.

Moreno fired his weapon at Douglas. According to Dallas police, Moreno was not injured, but Douglas was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cotner said a pistol was recovered at the scene.

While witnesses had said Douglas was shot in the back, Cotner said when officers interviewed them, they told detectives they did not witness the shooting.

Mothers Speak Out After Crash, Shooting

Two North Texas mothers are feeling the complete opposite emotions following Monday's chase and shooting.

One mother, Rene Douglas, is in mourning. Her son, 29-year old Steven Douglas, is dead after police shot and killed him. Police said he took his two kids at gunpoint, hit a car during a police chase and pointed a gun at officers as they closed in on him.

"Now he's gone. Now I got to bury him. It's not supposed to be where a mother buries their child," she said.

She said she'll remember the father of two as a good father and loving son.

Meanwhile, the Umanzor family is feeling relieved.

Their relatives were watching the news and saw Juda Umanzor's white minivan in the wreck.

Umanzor said she was driving home after picking up groceries with her 2-year-old son. She was going through a green light when she was T-boned by the truck Steven Douglas was driving.

Umanzor said she was very scared, and her first instinct was to grab her son and get out of the car.

She soon heard gunfire, and she called her husband.

"I was worried about the little one," said Oscar Umanzor.

The two were safe and not hurt.

"We're happy because, you know, the guy ran away the other side. He didn't go back after them. He could have taken them," said Oscar Umanzor.

Meanwhile, the officer involved in the shooting, Rogelio Moreno, was placed on routine paid administrative leave as this shooting is investigated.

<![CDATA[Charter Bus Catches Fire on U.S. 75]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:08:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/charter-bus-fire.jpg

Dallas Fire-Rescue responded to a bus fire along U.S. Highway 75 south of Royal Lane Tuesday morning.

Evidence of a fire and fire suppression chemicals are evident at the scene.

The bus, with the markings of charter company Regiomontanos, is in the southbound service lane; three lanes of U.S. 75 are passing on the left.

Dozens of passengers are standing in the service lane, flanked by police cars to protect them from passing motorists.

No injuries have been reported and no further details have been confirmed.

Check back and refresh this page for the latest update.

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<![CDATA[Divers Find Body in Lake Lewisville]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:06:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lewisville-fd-lake-search.jpg

The body of a missing fisherman was recovered from Lake Lewisville Monday morning.

A game warden with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department confirmed a search was taking place near a fishing pier at Willow Grove Park.

The man's body was found at about 11:15 a.m.

While officials have also not confirmed the man's identity, Capt. Cliff Swafford with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said the man was wading or fishing in shallow water along the shoreline when he apparently went over a drop off and drowned.

The investigation into the man's death is being conducted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Further details have not yet been confirmed.

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<![CDATA[DFR Snuffs 3-Alarm Fire Inside Comerica Tower Restaurant]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:15:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/comerica-bank-buildin-fire.jpg

Dallas Fire-Rescue battled a 3-alarm fire inside the Comerica Bank Tower building in downtown Dallas Tuesday afternoon.

Shortly after 2:30 p.m., smoke could be seen billowing up several stories from the first floor of the 60-story building at 1717 Main Street in downtown. 

Initial reports are that the fire started at the Dallas Chop House, on the building's first floor, in the restaurant's vent hood. 

By 3 p.m., much of the visible smoke had ceased, though plenty of firefighters remained at the scene and positioned on ladder trucks above the restaurant. 

At about 3:30 p.m., fire officials reported the fire had been contained.

"The fire did not affect the main building, however the alarm system was tied into the restaurant. So the only thing that did happen was the alarm system went off, causing some of the occupants to evacuate," said Jason Evans, spokesman for Dallas Fire-Rescue.

The fire department also evacuated some of the lower floors, though the fire was contained to the restaurant's kitchen. Most of those who were evacuated have returned to the building as firefighters continue to vent smoke from the building.

No injuries have been reported.

Officials closed the intersection of Main and St. Paul streets while firefighters battle the fire.

At 787 feet, Comerica Bank Tower is the third-tallest building in the city.

In a statement released Tuesday evening, Nafees Alam, vice president of DRG Concepts, the parent company of Dallas Chop House said:

Everyone is safe and sound. We are grateful to the Dallas Fire Department for their service. The damage from the kitchen fire is concentrated in the kitchen and, of course, will be repaired immediately. Our goal is to have Dallas Chop House open to serve guests by September 1, if not sooner. We are grateful to everyone for their interest and for their good wishes as we make these repairs and get all of our employees back to serving guests.

NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff and Amanda Guerra contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Lumber Truck Fire Closes Highway]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 11:37:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lumber-truck-fire-2.jpg

A flatbed truck is hanging partially off a bridge along U.S. Highway 175 near Seagoville after crashing and catching fire Friday morning.

Sgt. Lonny Haschel, with the Texas Department of Public Safety, said the truck blew a tire as it crossed a bridge on U.S. Highway 175 southeast of Farm-to-Market Road 1389. The blowout caused the driver to lose control, Haschel told NBC 5, and the truck's trailer went through the guardrail and onto the bridge wall where it came to rest hanging over the edge.

The driver, who was not seriously injured in the crash, was able to escape before fire consumed the cab. The driver was transported to Baylor Medical Center in Dallas for treatment.

No other vehicles were involved and no other injuries were reported.

Evidence of the intensity of the fire can be seen on the charred roadway and in the remains of the burned out cab. Part of the truck's load of lumber spilled into the creek below, where burned grass and smoldering wood were doused by firefighters.

Both lanes of eastbound U.S. 175 are open to traffic. Drivers in the westbound lanes are being allowed exit the highway onto the grass; the backup stretches nearly a mile.

The westbound lanes of the highway are expected to be closed for several hours. Officials with the Texas Department of Transportation are en route to assess the roadway and bridge for damage.

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<![CDATA[Missing 82-Year-Old Dallas Man Found]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 07:46:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/critical-missing-john-gough.jpg

Dallas police say a missing 82-year-old has been found.

Police said John Gough left his home on Parkshire Avenue in North Dallas at about 8 p.m. Thursday and had not been seen overnight.

Officials said at about 7:45 a.m. that Gough had been found.

Further details have not yet been released.

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<![CDATA[Driver Rescued After Power Pole Crashes Onto Car]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:21:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/plano-downed-line.jpg

A driver had to be rescued from a car after a power pole and live electrical wires crashed down onto the vehicle Thursday morning in Plano.

According to Plano spokesman Steve Stoler, a power line was hit by a contractor that led to four power poles falling down and hitting two cars on Custer Road between Plano Parkway and 15th Street.

Live power lines trapped the driver inside one of the vehicles, but rescuers were able to quickly secure the live wires and free the motorist.

Custer Road remains closed in the area.

No injuries have been reported.

Officials have not released any greater detail about what led to the incident.

Check back and refresh this page for the latest information on this breaking story.

<![CDATA[Man Intentionally Slams Car Into Home, Pins Wife: Police]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:00:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/scottey-davis-inset.jpg

A Cedar Hill man was arrested early Tuesday morning after police say he became angry after an argument and intentionally slammed his car into his home, trapping his wife in the rubble.

Police said they were called to a home on the 100 block of Bristol Drive at about 4 a.m. after the man, later identified by police as 48-year-old Scottey Davis, drove his sedan through a wall and into a bathroom, trapping his wife in the debris.

"All this debris was on her, and she's screaming," said neighbor Diane Knott. "Blood curdling scream."

Firefighters freed the man's wife from the debris and she was transported by CareFlite to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. She underwent surgery on her leg Tuesday, though her current condition is not known.

Cedar Hill city spokesman Corky Brown said the couple had been arguing and the dispute escalated. Neighbors said arguing was nothing new, but it never got this bad.

"I thought I was dreaming at first," said neighbor Ciara Hamilton. "But when I woke up I realized I wasn't."

"We just stood there and waited for help to come. That's about all we could do," said Knott.

The crash caused a section of the brick wall to collapse, part of it crashing down on the man's windshield and hood of the car. The collision left behind a huge hole in the front of the couple's home while bricks and other debris littered the front yard.

Police said there were several children inside the home when the incident happened, but none of them were injured.

Davis was arrested and later charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, police said. He is currently being held in the DeSoto Regional Jail. A bond amount has not been revealed.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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<![CDATA[Firefighter Falls, Injures Back Fighting Church Fire]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:59:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/st-paul-church-fire.jpg

A Sachse firefighter suffered minor injuries Tuesday morning while battling a 2-alarm fire at a church in the Collin County town of St. Paul.

Wylie Fire Chief Brent Parker said a person who lived near the church was walking his dog along the 1700 block of Parker Road when he spotted flames coming through the roof of the building and called 911.

Firefighters arrived and reported a large column of flames behind the steeple, shooting through the roof. Firefighters began attacking the fire on both sides of the building as the fire was spreading through the T-shaped building's attic, Parker said.

Parker said one of the firefighters from Sachse suffered minor injuries to his back when he fell off a ladder as a rafter collapsed beneath him.  He was transported to Medical Center Plano to be evaluated. The firefighter, Parker said, was trying to spray water into the attic to help stop the spread of the fire.

The fire was eventually put out, but investigators have not yet determined how or where the fire started.

Parker said firefighters conducted a search and found no one inside. No injuries, other than to the firefighter, have been reported.

NBC 5 has learned the church houses two different congregations, one English-speaking and one Spanish-speaking.

A senior pastor with Iglesia Cristo es Rey, or Christ is King Church, tells NBC5 his congregation has about 40 to 45 members. He says no church members were in the building when the fire started. He is not sure where the congregation will gather for upcoming services.

The English-speaking congregation makes up Amazing Grace Fellowship and runs a food pantry on site. Cynthia Rumore, pantry director, says smoke from the fire ruined some of the produce and food inside their building. Some of the food will have to be thrown away. However, she said they serve 400-500 clients a month and do not want to turn away someone in need because of the setback.

“My God is bigger than all of this - and I know he has a plan," she said.

Officials with the church told NBC 5 they do have insurance.

Firefighters from Wylie, Murphy, Sachse, Lucas and Plano assisted in putting out the fire.

NBC 5's Josh Ault and Catherine Ross contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Woman Killed in Crash Along State Highway 78 in Wylie]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:01:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wylie-fatal-crash-072314.jpg

The driver of a tractor trailer is facing a charge of intoxication manslaughter after a fatal crash in Wylie Wednesday morning.

Shortly before 11 a.m., a major crash was reported on the 400 block of state Highway 78 and West Kirby Street.

"The first thing I heard was all the screeching of the tires as the driver tried to stop and the Diesel and then all the sudden everything just rattled and you heard a really loud boom," said Gary Peters who witnessed the accident.

Police said the driver of a sedan pulled in front of a fully-loaded dump truck and was struck on it's side. 

Peters said he rushed to help. "I had to call my wife because I started crying and stuff because I've never been sitting there holding somebody or seen somebody die," Peters said.

The doors to the four-door Nissan sedan were locked, and Peters grabbed a sledge hammer and shattered the window to get to the couple inside.

The passenger in the sedan, 83-year-old Jonel Brown McGehee, was killed. The male driver of the car, 77-year-old Dannie Jackson, was injured and transported to Medical Center Plano in an unknown condition.

While investigating the crash officers reported finding what appeared to be a small bottle of vodka on the driver, 67-year-old Alton Batts. 

Batts was placed under arrest and charged with intoxication manslaughter, a second-degree felony, police said.

The crash remains under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Firefighter Arrested, Accused of Molesting Family]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:22:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Richard-Frederick-Adams-Sr.jpg

A firefighter is behind bars in Parker County after being accused of sexually abusing two family members, aged 8 and 11, police say.

Richard Frederick Adams Sr., 62, was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14, according to the Parker County Sheriff's Office.

The children were abused multiple times in 2014, according to investigators. All of the alleged offenses took place in Parker County.

The children reported the assault shortly after it occurred. That fact helped authorities move forward with the case quickly, said Lt. Mark Arnett with the sheriff's department.

Adams, who lives in Weatherford, is currently listed on the Hudson Oaks Volunteer Fire Department website as a member of their staff.

Adams has been suspended from their department pending the outcome of the investigation, the department said Wednesday morning, adding that they had no other information.

Adams previously worked for the Fort Worth Fire Department from 1977 to 2009, when he retired with the rank of firefighter.

Adams is being held on $150,000 bond.

NBC 5's Ellen Bryan and Elvira Sakmari contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[One Dead After Shooting at Fort Worth Convenience Store]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 23:10:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/shooting-fw.jpg

Fort Worth police are looking for a man who shot and killed another man outside a Fort Worth convenience store Tuesday afternoon.

Fort Worth police say the victim got into a verbal altercation with another man in the drive through of the Que Paso food store on NW 28th Street

Police say the gunman pulled onto the 2700 block of McKinley Avenue, got out of his vehicle and shot the victim numerous times. Police say he got back into his car, pulled back into the parking lot and ran over the victim with his car, then drove away eastbound on NW 28th Street.

The victim was transported to Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth in critical condition, where he later died, police said.

Editor's Note: Reports by the Fort Worth police that indicated the victim had been stabbed multiple times and hit with a vehicle were later retracted by the department.

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<![CDATA[Fire Breaks Out at Dallas' Former Statler Hilton]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:12:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/statler-fire-062714.jpg

Dallas firefighters quickly put out a fire in the basement of the former Statler Hilton Hotel Friday morning.

Dozens of firefighters could be seen in front of the hotel on Commerce Street, along with 14 construction workers who were evacuated from the building. No smoke or flames were visible from Chopper 5.

Initial reports indicated smoke was visible coming from the 4th floor, but fire officials said smoke had traveled through the duct work and that the fire was contained to the basement.

The 19-story hotel has been under an extensive $175 million renovation.  The hotel sat abandoned for a decade before being targeted for new development.

Traffic along Commerce Street in front of the hotel is being diverted through downtown.

No injuries have been reported and the cause of the fire is not yet known. At this time there is no further confirmed information.

We will 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[Armed Man Gunned Down by Dallas Police]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:27:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hodge-inset-scene.jpg

Dallas police shot and killed a man late Thursday night who had randomly fired a gun while walking through a neighborhood and threatening people, police say.

Officers received several reports of an armed man shooting a gun near Great Trinity Forest Way and Wadsworth Drive at about 10:19 p.m.

Officers arrived and confronted the man, later identifed as 33-year-old Rodney Hodge, and ordered him to drop his weapon, police said at a news conference Friday morning.

Police said they tried to talk to Hodge and assured him that they didn't want to hurt him as he paced back and forth along a fence line adjacent to Great Trinity Forest Way. 

Officials said there was no indication Hodge engaged in conversation with them and that he wouold periodically move away from the fence to sit or lay down in the roadway.

After a short time, Hodge began walking westbound on Ledbetter while officers pursued from a short distance while taking cover behind patrol vehicles and ballistic shields, police said.

Hodge continued his walk, turning onto Greencrest Drive where he pointed his gun at a group of people on their front porch, police said.  He continued on foot toward Lantana Drive, where he began walking toward a house before he stopped, turned around and walked directly toward the officers with his gun in his hand.

Officers again ordered Hodge to drop his weapon and, as he approached two pedestrians who sought cover between two parked cars, three officers fired their weapons.

The officers were identified as Sgt. Edward Tena, Sr. Cpl. Joseph Bowling and Dameon Samson.

Tena is a 10 year veteran of the department, Bowling a 12 year veteran and Samson a four year veteran. All three officers involved in the shooting are on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation, as is normal in all officer-related shootings. 

No officers were injured in the incident, and no other injuries have been reported with regard to the random gunfire.  Police have also not said how many shots Hodge is believed to have fired.

Shantae Johnson, who identified herself as a member of Hodge's family, told NBC 5 that Hodge had received a phone call earlier in the evening that had changed his mood.

"When he changed, he was just walking up and down the loop. I mean, he said his goodbyes and dropped down to his knees," Johnson said.

Johnson said she doesn't know where he got the gun or why he would do what police say he did.

"He ain't never harmed nobody, flipped out on nobody. He was just a good person, an outgoing person. So this really didn't even have to happen," Johnson said.

Many people in the neighborhood said they knew him.

“He’s been around here forever,” said a friend who didn’t want to be identified. “At the end of the day we lost a good person. But like I say, God don’t make no mistakes, so. He’s going to watch over us.”

Dallas police officers have been involved in 21 fatal shootings in the last two years, five of which have taken place this year.

NBC 5's Ellen Bryan contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[1 Shot in SW Dallas Apartment]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:10:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-shooting-mv-062014-01.jpg

Dallas police are investigating a shooting on the 5800 block of Mountain Valley Lane, near Keeneland Parkway and Loop 12, at the Mountain Valley Apartments.

According to Maj. Max Geron with the Dallas Police Department, one person has been shot.

The condition of the victim is not yet known.

Police officers are in the area searching for the gunman.

At this time, no further information has been confirmed.

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<![CDATA[Statewide Amber Alert for Missing Teen Discontinued]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:17:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/amber-alert-eric-castillo-phoebe.jpg

Officials in DeWitt County have discontinued a state-wide Amber Alert for an abducted 13-year-old girl, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Phoebe Nichole Hughes was found safe.

Officials did not reveal any circumstances surrounding her disappearance, but at the time of the Amber Alert they said they believed she was in immediate danger.

At the time of the Amber Alert, police were also looking for 34-year-old Eric Castillo, whose last known location was Cuero. Cuero is located northwest of Victoria, between San Antonio and Houston.

The canceled Amber Alert notification contains no information about Castillo.

<![CDATA[Mom Accused of Driving With Kids on Car Out of Jail]]> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 05:57:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kisha-young-mughsot.jpg

Four children were hospitalized Tuesday evening after they were thrown from a moving car being driven by an intoxicated parent, Crowley police say.

Kisha Young, 39, let six children ride on the hood and trunk of her Chevrolet Malibu because their clothes were wet; the group, including another adult, had been swimming at the Creekside Community Pool, according to police.

The children, ranging in age from 8 to 14, slipped off the car and were flung into the road after Young took a corner too fast along the 400 block of Angler Drive, witnesses said. Young initially didn't realize the kids were injured until she got to the end of the block. She turned around and drove back to help, appearing panicked, witnesses said.

Demi Garcia was in the front yard of her home with her father when they both witnessed the kids fall off the car.

“Then the mom started backing up after my dad ran over there to the kids. Cause they were trying to lift up the little girl,” she said.

Four of the children riding on the trunk were seriously injured and transported to Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth.

"Well of course we don't know what they were thinking," said Crowley police officer C.C. Meadows. "However, they weren't thinking safety."

All of the injured children have been treated and released except for a 12-year-old girl who was taken by CareFlite to an area hospital due to a severe head injury.

"But from what I saw I never saw her move. They had to do everything to get her on the stretcher and everything like that so it was really, really scary," said Holly Powell who stepped outside her home and saw the 12-year-old girl lying unconscious in the street.

Neighbors said they were shocked by what happened.

“Anybody, they can’t be in their right mind to do that with their own kids!” said Geneva Carpenter, who lives on the street where the incident happened.

“Who in their right mind think[s] a little kid can hang on to a hood? You can’t hang onto a hood,” Carpenter said.

Police said Young was arrested and charged with intoxication assault, a third degree felony. She posted $110,000 bond and was released from jail on June 20.

Officials have not revealed the second adult's name and are still investigating the incident. Police said additional charges are pending on both adults.

Child Protective Services has been contacted and is expected to investigate.

NBC 5's Amanda Guerra and Ben Russell contributed to this report.

<![CDATA[Mom Also Charged After Toddler Son's Death]]> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 05:56:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/claudia-johnson-clezel-mughni.jpg

The mother of a 14-month-old boy who died Tuesday after regularly being punched in the stomach is now facing charges alongside her boyfriend, records show.

Dallas County jail records show Claudia L. Johnson was being held Friday on a charge of injury to a child by omission.

Police on Wednesday arrested Clezel Montague Mughni on a charge of injury to a child in the boy's death.

Johnson's 2-year-old daughter underwent emergency surgery Tuesday afternoon after police said she too had been punched in the stomach by her mother's boyfriend. Authorities on Thursday charged Johnson plus added another injury to a child charge against Mughni, who remains jailed, for the girl's alleged beating.

Johnson originally told police her son had been ill, but later changed her story to say she had witnessed Mughni, a large man who stands 6 feet 1 inches tall and weighs about 325 pounds, strike her son with a closed fist at least 30 times over a two-month period when he thought the boy was misbehaving. The woman said her boyfriend always struck her son in his stomach or his side.

In an interview with police, Mughni said the boy had been punched in the stomach and spanked a few times for whining.

The Dallas County medical examiner discovered the boy suffered numerous injuries including a skull fracture, multiple rib fractures, both old and new, liver damage, split intestines, two black eyes and multiple injuries to the legs, buttocks and arms.  The medical examiner said Johnson's injuries are the result of blunt force trauma and were consistent with the reports from Mughni and the witnesses.

No attorney was listed for Johnson, whose bond was set at $25,000 related to the death of her son, Marquis Johnson. An attorney for Mughni didn't immediately return a message Friday.

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<![CDATA[I-30 Reopens After Fatal Crash]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 10:12:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/i-30-fatal-crash.jpg

Several lanes of westbound Interstate 30 east of Downtown Dallas were closed Thursday morning due to a fatal crash.

Police said a disabled driver with a flat tire was struck by a passing motorist. That driver, a Hispanic male, ran from the crash on foot and is being sought by police. 

The female driver of another car swerved to avoid the crash and was killed when she drove into the path of an 18-wheeler. 

Other than the fatality, the conditions of the other drivers involved in the crashes are not yet known but one motorist was seen being loaded onto an ambulance.

The crashes closed the westbound lanes of I-30 between North Jim Miller Road and Ferguson Road for several hours Thursday morning, forcing commuters off the heavily-traveled road at S. Buckner Boulevard.

Officials said shortly before 6 a.m. that they do not expect all lanes to reopen for several hours. By 8:30 a.m., two lanes of westbound I-30 had reopened to traffic.

NBC 5's Josh Ault contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Passenger Killed in Roadway Shooting in Dallas]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:39:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/warriorshooting.jpg

Dallas police are investigating a shooting that left one person dead Wednesday afternoon.

Officers were called to the 1100 block of Warrior Drive at about 4 p.m. where a man who had been shot while riding in a car required treatment.

Police said the man, identified as 33-year-old William Tate, was riding in a vehicle when a person in another vehicle tried to flag them down as they drove along the U.S. 175 service road near Buckner Boulevard. That person then opened fire on Tate, hitting him several times.

The driver of the vehicle Tate was riding in drove to Warrior Drive where he stopped and called for help.

An ambulance drove Tate to Baylor Medical Center in Dallas where he was pronounced dead.

Homicide detectives with the Dallas Police Department are investigating the shooting.  So far,  a motive has not been established.

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<![CDATA[Toddler Dies After Being Regularly Punched in the Stomach]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 05:56:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/clezel-montague-mughni.jpg

A Dallas man has been arrested after police say he regularly punched his girlfriend's children in the stomach, leading to the death of one child and the emergency hospitalization of another.

Police said Wednesday that 27-year-old Clezel Montague Mughni lived in an apartment with 25-year-old Claudia Johnson and her three children, one of whom was identified as 14-month-old Marquis Johnson.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, the boy was taken to Medical City Hospital on Monday by Dallas Fire-Rescue after he became unresponsive. The boy's mother told doctors he hadn't eaten and had recently been vomiting and suffering from diarrhea due to an illness.  

On Tuesday, hospital staff declared the boy dead. 

That same day, as the investigation into the boy's injuries was beginning, Johnson's 2-year-old daughter underwent emergency surgery after police said she too had been punched in the stomach by Mughni.  The girl remains hospitalized and recovering Wednesday.

At some point while talking with police, Johnson's mother changed her story and said she had witnessed her boyfriend, a large man who stands 6 feet 1 inches tall and weighs about 325 pounds, strike her son with a closed fist at least 30 times over a two-month period when he thought the boy was misbehaving. The woman said her boyfriend always struck her son in his stomach or his side.

In an interview with police, Mughni said the boy had been punched in the stomach and spanked a few times for whining.

The Dallas County medical examiner discovered the boy suffered numerous injuries including a skull fracture, multiple rib fractures, both old and new, liver damage, split intestines, two black eyes and multiple injuries to the legs, buttocks and arms.  The medical examiner said Johnson's injuries are the result of blunt force trauma and were consistent with the reports from Mughni and the witnesses.

Mughni was arrested without incident on a charge of felony injury to a child causing serious bodily injury, though officials said they will talk with Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins about upgrading the charge. Meanwhile, Mughni is being held on $500,000 bond.  It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Mughni has previous arrests for burglary and a probation violation, but no violent offenses and no history with Child Protective Services, police said.

The investigation into the injuries to the 2-year-old girl is ongoing. Officials have not said if Mughni is suspected of abusing Johnson's third child, a 4-year-old girl.

Police said adults who witnessed the abuse and did not intervene may also face charges.

NBC 5's Jeff Smith contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Arrest Made in Fort Worth Triple Homicide]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 05:56:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cedric-mcginnis-mug.jpg

Fort Worth police have made an arrest in connection with the slayings of a mother and her two daughters.

Police said Wednesday that 23-year-old Cedric McGinnis admitted to his involvement in the murders of three women, one of whom was his ex-girlfriend, whose bodies were found inside a home on the 500 block of W. Felix Street on Tuesday.

Officers were dispatched to a cutting call at the home at about 8 a.m.  When they arrived, they found the bodies of two women in the living room, one on the couch and one on the floor, both dead from apparent gunshot wounds to the head. Officers found a third victim in the master bedroom with stab wounds to her upper torso.

Rosa Guerrero told NBC 5 Tuesday that her aunt and two cousins were the three women killed inside the home.

The victims are 48-year-old Cynthia Serrano, her 21-year-old daughter April Serrano, and her 35-year-old sister Cathy de Leon.

McGinnis, police said, is the ex-boyfriend of the woman who was found on the living room floor.

Police said McGinnis had been identified as a person of interest in the case and that he voluntarily came in to speak with detectives. After returning to the police station a second time, McGinnis not only admitted to being involved in the murders but that he also provided police with information on where they could find evidence of the crime.

McGinnis was arrested without incident on a charge of capital murder.  He is currently being held at the Tarrant County Jail on $1.25 million bond.

Police said they do not believe the slayings on Felix Street are connected to a triple-murder that took place the day before on Sunset Lane.

NBC 5's Ellen Bryan contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Man Shot Twice Fighting Off Dallas Carjackers]]> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 07:33:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/carjack-s-vernon.jpg

A man was shot in the face and leg while trying to fight off two carjackers in Dallas early Wednesday morning.

According to a tweet, officers were called to the 3200 block of South Vernon Avenue where a man had been shot during the armed robbery.

The victim was shot twice during a struggle for his wallet, once in the jaw and once in the leg. He was transported to an area hospital where he is undergoing surgery.

Police are looking for the man's vehicle, described only as a gray sport utility vehicle.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

Check back and refresh this page for the latest update. NBC 5's Jeff Smith contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Missing Greenville Man Found]]> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:42:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/james-coe-missing.jpg

Police in Greenville have found a 94-year-old man missing since about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

James Thomas Coe was last seen leaving his residence in Greenville in his tan-colored 2009 Chevrolet Impala.  He was headed to an appointment at the Hunt Regional Medical Center at Greenville, but he never arrived.

Officers said Coe was located in Greenville Wednesday and is currently being treated at a hospital.

“We would like to thank the news media for their attention to this situation and for helping spread the word about Mr. Coe,” said Assistant Police Chief Scott Smith. “We are pleased to have a positive resolution in this case and grateful for the public input we received.”

NBC's Holley Ford contributed to this report.


<![CDATA[Loop 820 Reopens After Fatal, Wrong-Way Crash]]> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 07:30:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/crash-trooper-820.jpg

The westbound lanes of North Loop 820 were closed for more than four hours Wednesday morning after a fatal crash involving a wrong-way driver in Fort Worth.

NBC 5 has learned the driver of an Isuzu Trooper was driving east in the westbound lanes of the highway when he crashed into a DK Haney roofing van west of Marine Creek Parkway at about 3 a.m.

Police said the wrong-way driver entered the highway at White Settlement Road and traveled nearly eight miles in the wrong direction, at a high speed, before colliding with the roofing van.

The roofing van flipped in the crash, pinning the critically injured driver.  Rescuers from the Fort Worth Fire Department were able to free the man, who was then flown by air ambulance to Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. The driver of the mid-size sport utility vehicle, whose name has not yet been released, was killed at the scene. 

Two women were hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries after they crashed their Kia sedan into the wreckage from the first collision.

Westbound Loop 820 was closed near Marine Creek Parkway for more than four hours Wednesday morning as the crash was investigated and the scene cleared.

The roadway reopened to traffic at about 7:30 a.m.

The Fort Worth Police Department is continuing to investigate the crash. Officials have not yet determined if the driver was intoxicated.

NBC 5's Josh Ault contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Bomb Threat Received at Dallas' Fairmont Hotel]]> Fri, 30 May 2014 10:47:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fairmont-scene.jpg

Several blocks of Downtown Dallas were blocked off Friday morning following a report of a bomb at Dallas' Fairmont Hotel.

According to Maj. Max Geron with the Dallas Police Department, the hotel called the police at about 3:40 a.m. after a guest began acting strange.

When officers arrived, Geron said the man reported someone snuck into his room and left a box that contained a bomb due to a secret that he has.

The man told police the box had been carried the hotel's garage by hotel personnel and placed into his car, which is where police found it.

Hazmat crews with Dallas Fire-Rescue were called to the scene and cordoned off two blocks around the hotel while the box was investigated.

The bomb squad and hazmat crews both examined the box and determined it contained no explosive and posed no threat.

The man who made the report was taken into custody and transported to Green Oaks Hospital for evaluation.

Police said the man had a large amount of cash on him, which was part of a larger story he told police about his greater purpose and something he was supposed to do.  Police said they do not know where the cash came from.

The amount of cash was not disclosed.

The 475 guests of the hotel were not evacuated, both hotel officials and DFR told NBC 5.

The roads around the hotel, which had been closed for much of the morning, have been reopened to traffic.

NBC 5's Ellen Bryan contributed to this report.

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