<![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 Sat, 01 Aug 2015 19:24:43 -0500 Sat, 01 Aug 2015 19:24:43 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![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.

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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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<![CDATA[Two Killed in Fiery East Texas Plane Crash]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:52:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/plane-crash-quinlan-02.jpg

Two people were killed Wednesday when a plane crashed and burst into flames shortly after takeoff from an East Texas airstrip, sources tell NBC 5.

First responders were seen placing two tarps over what remained of the burned out aircraft, indicating there were two victims in the crash.

The airstrip's owner, Walter Meziere of Quinlan, was the pilot of the aircraft. Trooper Kyle Bradford of the Texas Department of Public Safety says Meziere, who was 54, and his 49-year-old passenger, Joe Livingston of McKinney, were both killed in the crash.

According to Lynn Lunsford with the Federal Aviation Administration, the single-engine Piper PA-24, which can seat four occupants, had departed the private Rockin' M Airport northeast of Quinlan early Wednesday afternoon.

Only a few moments later, the plane crashed into a field about 1,000 feet east of the north-south grass runway. The plane came to rest a few yards from a residence in rural Hunt County.

At this time, the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Body Found in Fort Worth Fork of Trinity River]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:10:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trinity-river1.jpg

A body was spotted in Fort Worth's West Fork of the Trinity River Tuesday, fire department officials say.

Officials were called to the 4900 block of East 1st Street, near Gateway Park between Interstate 30 and Texas Highway 121.

The identity of the person has not been confirmed, but Kyle Falkner with the Fort Worth Fire Department said they have reasonable confidence that the person is not missing kayaker Edgar Castro.

Castro was last seen kayaking on the Trinity River Saturday with a friend when the pair ran into trouble. Castro's friend was able to swim back to shore, but Castro hadn't been seen since.

Officials searched for the missing man throughout the weekend and transitioned the rescue operation to a recovery operation on Monday.

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<![CDATA[White Powder at Dallas Federal Building Was Chalk]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:17:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cabell-hazmat-scene.jpg

Dallas Fire-Rescue says a white powder found inside an envelope at the Earle Cabell Federal Building Tuesday was harmless chalk.

DFR's hazmat team was called to the 14th floor of the building at 1100 Commerce Street just before 9:30 a.m. after the powder was reported.

Jason Evans, with DFR, said two people were isolated after coming into contact with the envelope and were evaluated by EMTs. They were OK and were released at the scene.

The rest of the building remained open and was not evacuated.

By 11 a.m. all DFR units had been cleared from the scene.

The Earle Cabell Federal Building houses district courts, bankruptcy courts, passport offices, the United States Attorney's office and Homeland Security, among other federal offices.

NBC 5's Jeff Smith contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Small Plane Crash Lands South of Mesquite]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:56:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/plane-down3.jpg

A small plane made an emergency crash landing in a field not far from Interstate 20 on E. Malloy Bridge Road, NBC 5 has learned.

The pilot contacted Metro Mesquite Airport at about 11:30 a.m. and requested emergency clearance due to unspecified trouble with the aircraft.

The pilot didn't make it to the airport and came down in a field roughly 3.6 miles south of the airfield.

The plane, a single-engine Zodiac 601XL that seats two, was spotted by Chopper 5 nose down in a field a little more than a mile south of I-20.

The pilot was the only person on board and he was not injured.

The specific nature of the emergency has not been confirmed.

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[Power Restored After Being Knocked Out to 2,000 in The Colony]]> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 16:13:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/powerLines-Spanginator-Flickr.jpg

Utility crews have restored power to thousands of customers in The Colony after an equipment failure caused an outage Friday.

Power was knocked out to fewer than 2,000 customers Friday morning due a feeder failure, Oncor reports.

Oncor's website initially reported the outage affected more than 10,000 customers, but Oncor reports that number is incorrect.

Oncor said shortly before 4 p.m. that service has been restored.

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<![CDATA[Officer's Resignation Shouldn't End Investigation: Teen's Lawyer]]> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 22:26:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mckinney-video-casebolt.jpg

The McKinney police officer who resigned after being captured on video manhandling a bikini-clad teen girl and drawing a gun on others apologizes to all he offended Wednesday, through his attorney, as civil rights groups call for criminal charges against him. Meanwhile, lawyer representing the teen says the officer's actions were excessive and that a resignation shouldn't end the investigation into what occurred.

Officer's Lawyer Offers Apology on His Behalf

Jane Bishkin, the attorney representing Cpl. Eric Casebolt, said the police officer responded to two suicide calls, one fatal and one involving a teenage girl who was hospitalized, before the incident at the pool and that the nature of those calls took an emotional toll on him.

"With all that happened that day, he allowed his emotions to get the better of him. Eric regrets that his conduct portrayed him and his department in a negative light. He never intended to mistreat anyone, but was only reacting to a situation and the challenges it presented. He apologies to all he offended," Bishkin said.

Casebolt is drawing national scrutiny after being recorded on video grabbing 15-year-old Dajerria Becton and slamming her head and face into the ground before pinning her with his knee. Casebolt was also recorded using profanity directed at several teens and pointing his gun at others.

Bishkin added that Casebolt was reluctant to initially respond to the incident at the pool until it was escalated to include a possible violent assault. At that point, Bishkin said, Casebolt felt it was his duty to respond.

Casebolt's lawyer said he attempted to investigate the report of violent assault by interviewing as many people as he could to determine who was involved and that he believed those who ran could have been possible suspects.

Bishkin said Casebolt was not targeting minorities and that he had also detained a white girl not seen in the video.

She added that his attempt to gather information was "hampered by some teenagers who are instructing others to defy police instructions."

Bishkin said Casebolt, who has received a number of death threats since the incident was first reported, plans to address the media at a later date.

Teen's Attorney Gathering Information, Says Officer's Actions Were Excessive

Dajerria Becton's attorney, Hannah Stroud, gave a news conference Wednesday afternoon saying that the officer's resignation should not mean the end of the investigation into what she said was an excessive use of force.

Stroud mentioned previous news conferences by both McKinney Chief of Police Gary Conley on Tuesday and Casebolt's lawyer, Jane Bishkin, on Wednesday, asserting that neither of them indicated her client had done anything wrong before being subdued by the officer.

"Miss Becton attended a pool party to which she had been invited. She was not trespassing in any shape or form. She left the scene when she was asked to by the police officer. When she asked for her bag so that she could call for her aunt, who is her legal guardian, she was pushed to the ground, grabbed by her head and her face was shoved into the ground. She was then handcuffed, she was never arrested and she's not been charged with any wrongdoing or with any offense," Stroud said.

The attorney quoted Conley from his news conference the day before, agreeing that Casebolt's actions were indefensible, but took it further to say that she believed his actions were excessive.

"That's really why we're here. Because ultimately the manner in which Miss Becton was treated was inappropriate, excessive and without cause. I would not expect to be treated, and have never been treated, by any police department or any police officer, the way that Miss Becton was. And I would doubt that any parent or reasonable person would expect their child to be treated in the same way," Stroud said.

Becton's lawyer said that while the information provided by Casebolt's attorney on the calls he answered before the disturbance at the pool give an insight into his mental state, it is not a defense for what occurred.

Meanwhile, Stroud called for both calm and an end to the threats of violence directed toward the former officer.

"With regard to the threats being made against him and his family, and potentially also the local police department, in no way do we condone those things. In the same way we wouldn't condone assault against a 15-year-old, we would not condone assault or aggression against a police officer or his family," Stroud said.

Stroud said she is still gathering information and discussing with her client how to go forward, including when or if they'll file a complaint against Casebolt. She said it would take some time and discussion with the city to determine how they'll go forward, meanwhile she's requested privacy for her client so that she can enjoy her summer break.

"It is our hope that the City of McKinney will do the right thing here, and we believe that they will. We are also ready to pursue the necessary courses or avenues if we have to. There are several and at this time we're still fact-finding so we don't know which avenues we will choose to go down," Stroud said.

Civil Rights Groups Call For Criminal Charges Against Former Officer

Earlier in the afternoon, Next Generation Action Network president Minister Dominique Alexander demanded Casebolt be charged with assault and not be simply allowed to resign from the department on Wednesday, in a news conference outside the McKinney Police Department.

Alexander said he met with McKinney Chief of Police Gary Conley on Monday and asked for him to terminate Casebolt, but that the chief allowed him to resign and keep his benefits and dignity.

Next said they will not give up and will continue to push for the district attorney to charge Casebolt in the case. Additionally, they are asking that the woman seen in the video assaulting a child also be charged.

Following Next's statement, speakers with the Dallas Chapter of the NAACP, the Nation of Islam and Black Lawyers for Justice all called for more action to be taken against the former police officer.

Pamela Means, with the National Bar Association, the nation's oldest and largest national association of predominantly black lawyers, judges, educators and law students, spoke last and questioned the department's training and why Casebolt, who they said was a training officer, reacted the way he did.

Means is pushing for legislation making it a felony for police officers to not restrain other officers using excessive force.

She suggested the officer's behavior was symptomatic of other incidents in the United States between white police officers and blacks.

Means said she isn't leading the charge against America's police officers, but is seeking to remove bad police officers from their positions in law enforcement.

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<![CDATA[Officer Resigns Amid Pool Party Investigation]]> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 09:19:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mckinney-video-casebolt.jpg

Cpl. Eric Casebolt, the McKinney police officer placed on paid administrative leave after being recorded on video using profanity and  throwing a teen to the ground during a disruption at a community pool, has resigned, police officials say Tuesday.

McKinney officers were dispatched to the Craig Ranch North Community Pool early Friday night after a fight and general disturbance were reported. The disturbance included several teens who did not have permission to be at the pool and who refused to leave, officials said.

Smartphone video of the police response shows Casebolt throwing a black 15-year-old girl, identified as Dajerria Becton, face down onto the ground and pinning her with his knees as she cried out for her mother.

Casebolt also cursed at the crowd of teens and pointed his gun at two others.

"As the chief of police, I want to say to our community that the actions of Casebolt, as seen on the video, of the disturbance at the community pool, are indefensible," said Chief Greg Conley, during a news conference Tuesday afternoon. "Our policies, our training, our practice, do not support these actions. He came into the call out of control, and as the video shows, was out of control during the incident."

As Casebolt and two officers first responded to the scene, teens were said to be running from the area as officers tried to gain control of the situation.

"Our citizens called us to a fight in progress and a general disturbance at the community pool. We responded. I do not condone the actions of those individuals who violated the rules of the community, showed disrespect to the security person on scene and to the officers who responded," Conley said. "However, we as a department are held to a high standard ... as we do our jobs. I support the fine men and women of the McKinney Police Department, who day in and day out, do an outstanding job on behalf of all of our citizens."

Nine additional officers were called to the scene and Conley said the disruption was eventually brought under control.

"I have 12 officers on the scene and 11 of them performed according to their training. They did an excellent job," Conley said.

Video showing the incident sparked national scrutiny of Casebolt's actions; meanwhile, the officer was placed on administrative leave while the police department investigated. 

Casebolt resigned Tuesday, without issuing a statement or apology, Conley said.  His resignation effectively ends the investigation by the McKinney Police Department's Internal Affairs Division.

Officer "Out of Control" as He Arrived at the Pool

"I was wondering what was going through his head. Why would he even come to the scene and act in the manner in which he acted?" said Dana Bakari, whose daughter, Jahda, was at the party on Friday night.

The family lives in the Craig Ranch North neighborhood.

"We may never know, but at the same time, too, I am relieved that he's no longer at the police force here in McKinney," Bakari said.

On Monday night, the Craig Ranch North Homeowners' Association sent an email to its members, saying, in part, "This is a peaceful, increasingly-diverse neighborhood that is growing and thriving because of our difference in background, race, reasons for moving here, and in many other ways."

"I just hope it doesn't shed a negative light here," Bakari said.

Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO of the NAACP, released a statement Tuesday following Casebolt's resignation.

"To protect any community, law enforcement officials must respect that community. The resignation of Cpl. Eric Casebolt is a good first step, but hardly the last," Brooks said.

Brooks went on to say the NAACP, "will continue working with community members and law enforcement to ensure that no one, especially the young people of McKinney, are ever again the victims of excessive force, racial profiling and police brutality."

One person, 18-year-old Adrian Martin, was arrested for evading arrest/detention and interference with public duties. Police said Tuesday that those charges were dropped. Martin, on Tuesday, said he wasn't planning on suing following the incident.

The teen in the bikini taken to the ground by Casebolt was eventually released without being cited.

McKinney police said they have reached out to the teens involved and asked if they wanted to press charges. So far only one person has responded.

NBC 5's Amanda Guerra, Ray Villeda, Don Peritz, Kevin Young and Brian Roth contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Reward Issued for Garland Murder Suspect]]> Thu, 28 May 2015 14:40:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/billy-dupree-owens-composite.jpg

Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward after learning a man found dead in a crashed car was murdered.

Garland police said Thursday afternoon officers were called to a major crash early May 21 where a Saturn sedan left the road and crashed into a tree.

Inside the car officers found 21-year-old Amrit Tejan deceased. Upon further inspection, however, officers learned Tejan had been shot and died from his gunshot wound, not the crash.

An investigation led homicide detectives to name 22-year-old Billy Dupree Owens as a suspect in connection with Tejan's slaying.

Police consider Owens to be armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his location is asked to contact Garland Crime Stoppers at 972-272-8477 (TIPS) or online at garlandcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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<![CDATA[Electrical Failure Delays Flights at Love Field]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 16:26:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Love+Field1.jpg

Dallas Love Field says an electrical failure in the terminal created delays in the ticketing wing and baggage processing Wednesday.

The airport is asking travelers to arrive at the airport earlier than normal to allow them adequate time to get processed and to their flight.

Airport officials said they are experiencing long lines due to the outage.

Meanwhile, Oncor is working with airport maintenance staff to resolve the problem.

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<![CDATA[Teen Screams, Fights Off Attacker in Dallas]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 17:40:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dpd-surveillance-video-salvation-army.jpg

Dallas police are looking for the man who grabbed and tried to abduct a 17-year-old girl as she walked to school Tuesday morning.

The student was walking along the 900 block of Hutchins Road, headed to Roosevelt High School, when a man came up behind her and put her into a bear hug, police said.

The girl screamed and dropped to the ground. The man then tried to drag her back toward her car, but was scared off when another student saw the attack and started yelling.

The victim told police she did not know the man and that he said nothing before attacking her.

Surveillance video of the parking lot of the nearby Salvation Army recorded the man driving into the area, turning around and exiting his car, police said. The man can then be seen walking behind a fence and behind the girl.

After he is scared off, the man can be seen driving away.

Dallas police have not confirmed the type of car the man was driving, but believe it may be a dark blue or black Honda Civic. Accounts from both the witness and the victim describe the man as black, with a beard and in his 30s. He was wearing a dark-colored hoodie and bluejeans. The witness said the man was between 6 foot 1 and 6 foot 2 inches tall.

"I mean, that's a bold move that somebody is making to do something like that," said Lieutenant Cavon Phillips, with the Salvation Army.

The assault happened in front of the Salvation Army Community Center property where Phillips works in Oak Cliff. Phillips said it's the same center where the victim's brother comes on a regular basis.

"He's holding up pretty good," said Phillips. "He's just glad his sister is OK. That's the main thing."

Police said they do not know the man's intent, but that they credit the witness for helping to scare off the woman's attacker.

Anyone with information on the man or the car is asked to call the Dallas Police Department's Child Exploitation Unit at 214-671-4211.

NBC 5's Johnny Archer contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Missing Boy Found: Dallas Police]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 09:08:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jesus-landeros1.JPG

The Dallas Police Department say a 9-year-old boy reported missing Tuesday afternoon has been found.

Jesus Landeros was reported missing after last being seen at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday near 1600 West Saner Avenue.

The critical missing alert was issued shortly before 1 p.m.  About a half hour later, the boy was found, police said.

Police said Landeros was a runaway who didn't want to go to school.

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<![CDATA[Denton Police Investigate Murder-Suicide]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 17:36:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/denton-murder-suicide-investigation.jpg

Denton police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide at the Oaks of Denton Apartments in the 400 block of Bernard Street.

Officers arrived at the apartments Tuesday morning to find a female victim shot inside one of the units there.

Officer Ryan Grelle said she was transported to Denton Regional Medical Center where she died.

A man's body was found outside of the building in the parking lot.

Investigators also recovered a gun that they believe was used in the incident.

The names and relationship of the two people involved have not yet been confirmed, but Grelle said they are confident the incident was isolated between the two and that the general public is not in danger.

Residents at the apartment said it’s a generally quiet complex that many selected because it’s right across the street from the University of North Texas and generally safe.

NBC 5's Frank Heinz contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[DeSoto Teen, Dog, Found Dead in Storm Drain]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 23:12:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/police-line-generic722.jpg

A DeSoto boy who went missing Sunday afternoon has been found deceased in a storm drain.

Damien Blade, 14, was last seen at about 4 p.m. with his two dogs. When one of his dogs returned home wet and extremely muddy, his family called police.

Officers searched throughout the night, but were unable to find the teenager.

Blade was known to like to explore area culverts and storm drains. On Monday morning, with the assistance of a rescue team and a K-9 unit, the boy and his dog were found deceased inside a strom drain near the 800 block of Terrace Drive.

Police said it is believed that Blade drowned, but his official cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner.

The investigation into his death is ongoing.

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<![CDATA[Frisco Police Clear Dr Pepper Arena After Lockdown]]> Fri, 15 May 2015 17:32:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/frisco-pd-garage-dr-pepper.jpg

Frisco police have given the all clear at the Dr Pepper Arena Friday afternoon after a daylong search for three people believed to be involved in the robbery of a nearby family-owned jewelry store.

Police said just before noon that three armed men entered Markham Fine Jewelers at 8355 Gaylord Parkway at about 10 a.m. and held the employees at gunpoint as they robbed the store.

After the robbery, the men escaped in a car that was soon spotted by a Frisco police officer. The officer followed the car to one of the two 1000-space parking garages at the nearby Dr Pepper Arena.

A perimeter was set up by Frisco police and SWAT and the facility was locked down.

From Chopper 5, several officers armed with long guns were seen positioned outside of the arena and on nearby rooftops. A short time later, an armored SWAT vehicle arrived and several heavily armed officers wearing body armor were seen entering the building.

Officers, including SWAT and K-9 officers, began searching the arena and parking garage for the three people

During a news conference at about 4:15 p.m., Frisco police said an exhaustive search of the arena and parking structures were conducted, but the three men were not found. Police said how the men escaped is under investigation and that they hope camera footage will provide some clues.

The getaway car, which police said they located in the parking garage, turned out to be stolen.

The arena contains the executive offices for the NHL's Dallas Stars, which was part of the evacuation after it was initially locked down. The Dallas Morning News' Stars blogger Mike Heika tweeted players Jamie Benn, Jason Demers and Ales Hemsky were in the building during the lock down but were eventually allowed to leave with the rest of the staff.

Roads around the facility that were closed to traffic during the lock down have been reopened. Additionally, all events at nearby facilities and affected business have resumed normal operations, police said.

Police said they do not have a description of the people being sought in connection with the robbery.

The Dr Pepper Arena is a multipurpose sports and entertainment facility that, in addition to housing the offices for the Stars, is also the team's home practice facility. It is also the home of the Texas Legends Basketball Team -- the Dallas Mavericks D-League team. The 6,000-seat arena hosts concerts, shows and many other events as well as hockey and basketball.

NBC 5's Catherine Ross and Katy Blakey contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[3 Killed in Oak Cliff SUV, House Crash]]> Thu, 14 May 2015 13:07:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/car-house-young-01.jpg

Three people in an SUV were killed Wednesday when the speeding vehicle crashed into a parked car, sending both vehicles careening into the entry way of a multifamily Oak Cliff home.

Dallas police confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the driver of a blue SUV was speeding northbound on S. Waverly Drive when they struck a car parked in front of a home on the 1800 block of W. 10th Street.

The force from the collision carried both vehicles across the front yard and into the home. The SUV came to rest upright on the porch, with part of the vehicle having crashed into the second floor.

Dallas police said there were three adult occupants of the SUV and that there were no survivors. 

On Thursday, they were identified as 56-year-old Lucinda Rosas De Esparza, the driver, 66-year-old Evelina Maltos and 93-year-old Paul Maltos, a married couple.

Driver's Family Struggles to Understand Crash

Ernesto Esparza, who lives just two blocks from the crash scene, told NBC 5 the SUV belonged to his mother Lucinda.

"It's like a dream," Esparza said, about dealing with his mother's death. "My mom told me she loved me before I left to work in the morning, so I can be at peace with that. But I know tonight, and the next couple days is gonna be the hardest thing ever."

Esparza said he recognized his mother's vehicle from television news coverage of the crash and that he soon learned his mother was not home.

Esparza went to the scene of the crash, but said he received no solid information from Dallas police officers on scene.

Soon after, however, Esparza said he returned to the family home and two police detectives showed up asking him to confirm his mother's identity.

Esparza said he does not yet know who was driving his mother's SUV or what could have caused the crash.

"My mom does not drive fast, so it had to be a heart attack. It had to be she blacked out or something [if she was at the wheel]," Esparza said. "But it's just speculation because we don't know."

According to Esparza, he did not recognize the names of the other two people in his mother's vehicle. But he suspects that they are church friends of hers, because she was planning to attend a CPR class at her church on Wednesday.

Home Inspected Following Deadly Crash

Dallas Fire-Rescue said removing the SUV from the home, and ensuring the home was stable, was an extremely difficult process and required a larger contingent of firefighters. Two of the three deceased people were able to be removed from the vehicle while it was upright, but the third could only be removed after the SUV was freed from the home and back on the ground.

A resident of the multifamily residence home at the time of the crash escaped injury, but has since been evacuated due to fuel spilled from the crash seeping into the basement. Additionally, Dallas Code Enforcement is inspecting the home to be sure it isn't in danger of collapsing.

The owner of the building, Michaella Ramler, told NBC 5 she and her husband are eager to get to work and fix the damage.

"We're taking care of our tenants first. We have a place to stay, we have family close. But a lot of our tenants, one of our tenants has a baby. Just making sure they are taken care of, that's the next step," Ramler said.

A GoFundMe account has been established to help one of the tenants in particular – the one who owns the parked car that the SUV crashed into, who also lives in the apartment into which both vehicles crashed.

Witnesses Describe Seeing, Hearing Fatal Crash

Steve Horton, who witnessed the crash from his front porch on Waverly Drive, told NBC 5 that he saw the blue SUV speed up his street and crash into the parked car.

"We saw a blue SUV at a high rate of speed coming down our street Waverly — and just flew through the intersection, hit the white car that was parked there, flew up into the air, pushed the white car into the building. A tremendous explosion. I'm still shook up," Horton said.

Horton ran to the home to try to assist the driver, but he said the driver was killed in the crash. Horton added that the person who lived in the home was uninjured, but very shaken up afterward.

Another nearby resident reported hearing what he described as an explosion when the crash occurred.

"I live down the street on Brighton, and I was laying down — my wife had just left and I was laying down and I heard it. It ricocheted the whole house. I mean it was like an explosion. And I came outside and I had a couple of neighbors who were out looking too, and he didn't know what happened. I called my wife and she was just coming around the corner, she said, 'Oh my God I seen two cars just crash,' and I was like, 'Wow,' so I came over here and I saw this," said Carlos Leja.

NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff, Ben Russell, Holley Ford and Kevin Young contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[2 Multi-Vortex Tornadoes Touched Down Thursday: NWS]]> Fri, 08 May 2015 16:16:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wise-co-damage.jpg

The National Weather Service has confirmed two tornadoes touched down in North Texas Thursday night, both EF-1 with winds up to 110 mph.

The tornadoes, the NWS said, were both multiple vortex tornadoes which produced non-continuous damage for several Miles across portions of Wise and Denton counties.

Tornado Number 1

Rating: EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind: 100-105 MPH
Path Length /Statute/: 3.4 Miles
Path Width /Maximum/: 200 Yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: N/A
Start Date: MAY 7 2015
Start Time: 6:45 PM CDT
Start Location: 7N Rhome / Wise County / TX
Start LAT/LON: 33.148 / -97.468|
End Date: MAY 7 2015
End Time: 6:51 PM CDT
End Location: 10N Rhome / Wise County / TX
END_LAT/LON: 33.190 / -97.445

Tornado Number 2

Rating:  EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind: 105-110 MPH
Path Length /Statute/: 13.1 Miles
Path Width /Maximum/: 500 Yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0
Start Date: MAY 07 2015
Start Time: 7:45 PM CDT
Start Location: 9W Krum / Denton County / TX
Start LAT/LON: 33.255 / -97.388
End Date: MAY 07 2015
End Time: 7:57 PM CDT
End Location: 6NW Sanger / Denton County / TX
End LAT/LON: 33.408 / -97.265

EF Scale: THe Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies torndadoes into the following categories.

EF0...Weak......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...Weak......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...Strong....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...Strong....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...Violent...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...Violent...>200 MPH

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<![CDATA[Teen's Great Uncle Gets Life for Her Murder]]> Fri, 08 May 2015 16:40:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/aliciamooremichaelmooremugshotuncle002050713.jpg

The great-uncle of a Greenville teen found dead in a trunk several days after she disappeared in 2012 has been found guilty and sentenced to life without parole.

Michael Vincent Moore was indicted on capital murder charges in the 16-year-old's death in July 2013.

A jury found Moore guilty on Friday. Since prosecutors were not pursuing the death penalty in the case, Moore was automatically sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Alicia Moore was last seen getting off her school bus near her home on Nov. 2. Her body was found four days later in a tool trunk along a highway in rural Van Zandt County.

Police said DNA found on the girls' body matched her uncle's, leading to his arrest.

Members of the Moore family were shocked to learn of his arrest and said he was with the family who went to view the teen's body before the memorial.

"It's not like he's been a distant uncle, never been there for her," said Jessica Byrd, the girl's aunt, in 2013. "He's been there since she was little."

Byrd said in 2013 she was still not convinced her uncle killed her niece. But she said that if he did, he is still a part of the family.

"I love him, and I'm not the one to judge him," she said. "He'll have to deal with the man upstairs for that."

<![CDATA[George W. Bush Library Evacuated]]> Fri, 08 May 2015 13:25:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP378843275839.jpg

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum was evacuated Friday afternoon.

Officials with the Southern Methodist University communications office confirmed the library was evactuated for about an hour and that everyone was allowed back in at about 12:30 p.m.

According to a library spokesperson, a staff member found a bomb threat written on the wall of a bathroom.  The building was evacuated and SMU and University Park police were notified.

The building was searched and given the all clear.

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<![CDATA[FBI Was Aware Shooter Was Interested in Garland Event]]> Thu, 07 May 2015 20:48:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/193*120/ataque-garland.jpg

The FBI sent a bulletin to the Garland Police Department about suspected shooter Elton Simpson three hours before the start of Sunday's Draw Muhammad art contest at the Curtis Culwell Center, NBC News' Pete Williams has learned.

The FBI, according to NBC News, said Simpson was "interested in the event" but that FBI Director James Comey said they had no reason to believe he intended to attack the event and didn't know he was on his way to Garland.

Comey also said he did not believe the officer who shot Simpson and Soofi Nadir, originally known and published as Nadir Soofi, was aware of the FBI bulletin.

Comey said the FBI investigation into Simpson and Nadir is ongoing.

According to Comey, the Texas plot is a dramatic example of the changing nature of terror threats and the FBI now has hundreds of investigations of potential home grown extremists under way, with cases open in every state.

"I know there are other Elton Simpsons out there," Comey said. "Only a few years ago ... if someone wanted jihadist propaganda, they would have to go find it on the Internet. So we focused on the places they'd go."

Messages from terrorist groups such as ISIS are now pushed into the pockets of people who are interested in it through social media.

"Its recruiting and tasking at the same time. The old distinction between inspiration and direction is no longer relevant," Comey said, adding that hundreds of people in the US - maybe thousands - "are consuming this poison."

While Comey said investigators can follow messages that are posted on public twitter accounts, ISIS recruiters are steering people off Twitter into encrypted forums, which the government cannot see.

Comey said finding other Elton Simpsons in the US is a "very hard task."

"We have hundreds working on it around the clock. But in almost every case of violence," he said, "Someone saw something. A friend, a family member. Its more important than ever for people to speak up."

<![CDATA[SB I-35 Reopened After Fatal Crash]]> Thu, 07 May 2015 13:28:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/denton+ax.jpg

A fatal crash has closed part of southbound Interstate 35 north of Denton Thursday.

According to police, the driver of a red Hummer H2 lost control of his vehicle near Ganzer Road and crashed into a concrete barrier between the highway and Frontage Road.

The male driver was taken to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton; a female passenger in the vehicle died at the scene.

Officials in Denton are investigating the crash.

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<![CDATA[Silver Alert Discontinued for Missing Man, 74]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 14:16:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/silver-alert-wilbert-bennett.jpg

The Fannin County Sheriff’s Office has discontinued a Silver Alert for a missing 74-year-old man with cognitive impairment.

Wilbert Bennett was reported missing after last being seen at about 4 a.m in Hunt County driving a silver 2007 Toyota Camry with Texas license plate DVR-3036. 

Law enforcement officials believed Bennett's disappearance poses a credible threat to his own health and safety. A Silver Alert was issued in North Texas, Houston, Galveston, Shreveport, Louisiana and Norman, Oklahoma as authorities searched for the man.

At about 2 p.m., NBC 5 learned that alert had been discontinued.

Further details were not immediately released.

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<![CDATA[Stuck Window Washer Rescued in Fort Worth]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 17:45:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/window+washer+rescued.jpg

Fort Worth firefighters had to rescue a man after he became stuck on the side of a building washing window.

Hanging from outside the fourth floor of a Fort Worth building, one window washer was left wondering if he would make it down safely.

“The young man was hanging about 40 minutes before somebody noticed and a phone call was made,” said Battalion Chief Roger Woodard with the Fort Worth Fire Department.

The washer was cleaning outside the American Airlines Credit Union when his equipment became stuck. The man left dangling about 50 feet in the air. His harness being the only line of defense from him plunging to the ground.

“It kept him from falling,” said Woodard. “But he was not able to climb up or lower himself.”

A harness was lowered to the stranded window washer. Then three fire fighters pulled him 10 feet up to the roof.

“It's a lot of weight to pull in that angle, especially when you don't have a lift system,” said Woodard.

The man finally was brought to solid ground, but exhausted after an unusual workday.

“If you were hanging there by a harness for 30-40 minutes, you might be a little exhausted too,” said Woodard.

MedStar checked out the window washer on the scene and he is said to be doing OK.

But it's still not clear why his equipment became stuck.

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<![CDATA[Pilot Makes Emergency Landing in Muddy Field]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 13:06:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/plane-in-mud-2-043015.jpg

The pilot of small, single-engine Cessna 152 made an emergency landing in a muddy field near Pilot Point late Thursday morning.

Initial reports indicated an aircraft near Pilot Point was experiencing engine trouble and made an emergency landing.

The pilot brought the plane down in a muddy field near the 11000 block of Strittmatter Road.  The plane came to rest with it's nose stuck in the mud and it's tail up in the air.

The plane is registered to a Denton flight school and is believed to have been flown by a pilot and student.

There were no injuries reported, according to Lynn Lunsford with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Lunsford said the FAA is investigating the incident.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Officers Cleared in Screwdriver Shooting]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:20:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/harrison-surv-video.jpg

A Dallas County grand jury has declined to indict two Dallas police officers who fatally shot 39-year-old Jason Harrison, a mentally ill man holding a screwdriver.

The grand jury no billed the officers during a hearing Thursday.

"We appreciate the grand jury's consideration of all the evidence in the matter. The City is currently defending the civil lawsuit. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those struggling with mental illness," said Chris Livingston, an attorney for both officers.

Harrison's family is disappointed and frustrated. Harrison's brother says the family hopes this case will initiate change in the way deadly officer-involved shootings are handled.

"We're not headed in the right direction for change – to try to taper off the activities these guys are doing and getting away with," said Sean Harrison. "This is not the way to correct it."

In March the attorney for Harrison's family released video of the June 2014 shooting to the media and said it raised questions about the use of force by Dallas police officers John Rodgers and Andrew Hutchins.

The video shows an officer knocking on the front door of a home in the 200 block of Glencairn Drive. Harrison's mother opens the door and calmly walks outside, inaudibly telling officers something then saying her son was schizophrenic and bipolar.

When Harrison appears in the doorway holding a screwdriver in his hand, Rodgers and Hutchins instruct him to drop the screwdriver. According to the officers, Harrison then made an aggressive or threatening move, reportedly lunging toward an officer, before they opened fire.

Harrison's mother Shirley spoke exclusively to NBC 5 and said she called 911 that day after her son stopped taking his medication and made violent threats.

“We maintain the footage shows him not stabbing, not thrusting, not lunging in a way that would jeopardize the lives of these officer,” said the family's attorney, Geoff Henley. “He never leaves the front porch and he’s gunned down.”

Attorney Chris Livingston, who represents the officers involved, said once the video is slowed it shows Jason Harrison move toward officers and his arm rotate down into a stabbing motion as the first shots are fired.

The family says a federal civil rights lawsuit filed in October will go forward.

"This is not the end, this is the beginning," Harrison said, "And, we will fight to get people in place in office that we need – we need people to address these issues and make the accountability be there so we can have a great city."

After the Dallas Police Department completed their investigation, the officers were placed back on duty as the case was handed over to the Dallas County district attorney for referral to the grand jury.

NBC 5's Jocelyn Lockwood, Johnny Archer and Frank Heinz contributed to this report.

<![CDATA[Gas Leak Prompts Charter School Evacuation]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:37:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/police-lights-shutterstock_1318124124.jpg

Teachers and students were evacuated from a Cockrell Hill charter school due to a nearby gas leak Thursday, fire officials say.

The Cockrell Hill Fire Department confirmed to NBC 5 that the Golden Rule charter school was evacuated at about 11 a.m. after gas was detected coming from a nearby manhole.

The school is located on the 600 block of Sunnyside Avenue in Dallas. According to their website, the Cockrell Hill campus has six teachers and 145 students grades Pre-K to 2nd.

Atmos Energy dispatched crews to the scene to address the gas leak.

At 12:30 p.m., Cockrell Hill officials said the scene was cleared and school was back in session.

No injuries were reported.

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<![CDATA[Mesquite Officers Pull Man From Burning Car]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:04:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mesquite-Rescue-Fire-Car-One.jpg

Two Mesquite, Texas, police officers are being credited with saving the life of an unconscious driver trapped in a burning car Sunday morning.

Officers Ryan Nielson and Autumn Soto responded to a single-vehicle crash near Interstate 30 and Edgebrook Drive at about 4 a.m. where they found the driver of the burning SUV unconscious with his clothes on fire, police said.

“It was pretty intense. I’m just so thankful for him that we were that close, because he had seconds — seconds — left,” Officer Soto told NBC 5.

The officers worked together to pull the driver, 25-year-old Hector Valles, from the burning vehicle and carry him to safety.

“We just relied on our training at that point. We jumped out of the cars, we took off and did what needed to be done to try and save a life,” Soto said.

In a video recording of the rescue the officers can be heard telling the man to "stay with us" as they dragged him to safety. After he regained consciousness, the driver can be heard saying he was the only person in the car.

“Anybody at this police department would do the same exact thing,” Officer Nielson said about his and Soto’s actions. “Officers all across the country do this every single day. It’s not on video. It doesn’t get recognition. But they still go home with that satisfaction that they saved a life.”

Valles was transported by the Mesquite Fire Department to Baylor Medical Center of Dallas with burns and internal injuries. Valles is currently in critical condition.

Valles’ mother, Olivia, released a statement via Baylor Hospital Dallas:

"We would like to thank the Mesquite police officers and witnesses whose heroic efforts saved our son. Hector is strong. He is a fighter. We are thankful to the Lord that he is here, he is recovering and is in good hands."

Investigators determined the driver was headed east on I-30 when he left the roadway and hit a steel pillar that supported a highway sign.

NBC 5's Jocelyn Lockwood and Ben Russell contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Most Wanted Sex Offender Arrested at WinStar]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:33:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Sprague-Captured.jpg

A 'violent sexual predator' on Texas' 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender List was arrested Friday morning at the WinStar Casino and Hotel in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

Sgt. Lonny Haschel with The Texas Department of Public Safety said 44-year-old Charles Sprague, who removed an electronic tracking device and left a Fort Worth halfway house Wednesday morning, was apprehended at about 9:45 a.m.

According to the U.S. Marshals Service, Sprague was taken into custody without incident as he exited his hotel room at the casino. Law enforcement searching for Sprague got a tip earlier in the morning that he'd checked into the hotel.

Those assisting in the arrest were Texas DPS CID Agents, US Marshals, the Lighthorse Police Department and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Sprague is currently in the Love County Jail and extradition paperwork is being prepared to bring him back to Tarrant County.  He is expected to be arraigned on Monday.

Sheriff Joe Russell said Sprague was very cooperative when he was brought in.

Sprague left a Fort Worth halfway house in the 600 block of North Henderson Street about 5 a.m. Wednesday and cut off the 24-hour electronic tracking device he is required by law to wear at all times, according to the DPS.

Before his arrest Friday, the last confirmed sighting of the wanted man was at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Austin Street Shelter near Fair Park in Dallas. Sprague was seen driving an early 2000 model white Honda Accord with a black rear bumper.

Sprague has an extensive criminal history, including convictions for aggravated sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping causing bodily injury/sexual abuse, police said.

NBC 5's Scott Gordon and NBC 5 staff contributed to this report.

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