<![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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:11:53 -0500 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:11:53 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Father Found Not Guilty After Improvised Security Drill]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:56:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ron+Miller+041614.jpg

The Celina father accused of threatening workers at his child's elementary school as part of an improvised test of school security has been found not guilty Wednesday.

Ron Miller, 44, was charged with making a terroristic threat against a public servant after he allegedly told employees at Celina Elementary School that he had a gun and was a shooter.

It took a Collin County jury just 45 minutes to acquit Miller, who had been on trial since Monday for the misdemeanor.

“It is closure,” Miller said, breathing a deep sigh of relief. “It was not my intent to cause any harm at all or to make anybody afraid. That was not my intent. I just wanted to make sure the kids were safe, more specifically, my child and everyone else’s child.”

Miller was accused of walking up to his son’s school on Jan. 9, 2013, and telling employees outside and in the school’s office that he was there to test their security.

Teachers and staff testified that Miller stated that he was a gunman and that his target was inside, questioning them, “What are you going to do?”

George Milner III, Miller’s defense attorney, questioned why those at the school didn't immediately call the police if they felt threatened, as the testified they had, and said that it was the prosecution’s job to prove that Miller intended to cause the level of fear the women said they felt under his questioning.

Milner told the jury what is at stake in this case is not whether or not his client made a good or bad decision in conducting his own drill, but rather if prosecutors had proved intent to cause harm.

The lead investigator in the case from the Celina PD testified that, in his opinion, Miller’s intent was clear, because his behavior "escalated" as he moved from the sidewalk into the school office.

Staff were offered counseling in the weeks following the incident, with some actually going through the therapy.

Milner told NBC 5 his client was dealing with deep grief, after losing his 16-year-old daughter to cancer not long before the incident at Celina Elementary.  Milner added the Miller family had dealt with security questions involving Celina Independent School District before, including, he said, that the Miller’s 7-year-old son was able to wander away from the school during the fall semester of 2012 — just months before Miller’s arrest.

Then, Milner said, the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut had his client thinking hard about school security in his hometown, adding the Millers couldn't bear to lose another child.

After his acquittal, Miller refused to discuss the details of what was going through his mind that day. He gave only an apology to the five women who testified of their fear.

He adds his goal is to get back to normal, including his hope to one day be allowed back on the campus of his son's elementary school.

“I hope that I get permission to go back up to the school and visit my son and have lunch with him once again,” Miller said. “I miss that very much. It’s been over a year."

The district did not immediately comment on if they plan on removing the ban on Miller’s presence.

"I understand a man wanting to be in his child's school life," said Celina ISD Superintendent Donny O'Dell. "We don't want to be vindictive."

O'Dell said the district will talk to law enforcement and make a decision at a later time.

"The courts have spoken. I'm not saying I agree or disagree with them," said O'Dell. "We're going to get on with finishing out the school year."

Had he been convicted, Miller could have faced up to a year in jail and a fine.

NBC 5's Josh Ault contributed to this story.



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<![CDATA[Sisters Found Safe After Overnight Search]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:55:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/missing-girls-dallas-041614.jpg

Two Dallas sisters were found safe Wednesday morning after an overnight search, police say.

Dallas police reported 11-year-old Ali Abrego and her sister, 9-year-old Adriana Castillo, were found safe shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday after disappearing the night before.

"I'm just glad they found them," said the girls' grandmother Antonia Castillo. "Those are my little babies, my little girls."

Before their disappearance, the girls were last seen near the Mariposa Villa Apartments in the 1500 block of Duncanville Road at about 4 p.m. Tuesday. 

Police said Adriana Castillo was upset and masterminded a plan to run away from home and got her older sister to join her.

Police said the girls were last seen by a large wooded area across the street from the complex.

"The girls spent the night in the woods they didn't get much sleep, they complained that the woodpeckers kept them up got maybe two hours of sleep but thankfully that's where we believe they stayed throughout the night," said Dallas police Lt. Max Geron.

According to NBC 5's Brian Scott, who was on the scene when the girls were found, both girls looked scared but uninjured when they were reunited with family members Wednesday morning.

The girls rode with family in police cars to Dallas Police Headquarters and did not require transportation by ambulance.

Sgt. Warren Mitchell, with the Dallas Police Department, said the girls came home after school Tuesday, packed some snacks and supplies and then took off.

Their mother called 911 at about 8 p.m. Tuesday when she arrived home and realized they were gone.

Police and family were concerned because neither girl was wearing a jacket or dressed for the elements when last seen.

Police say the pair took a cell phone with them which helped searchers locate them when they turned it on Wednesday morning.

Dallas police said Child Protective Services will work with the family to resolve any issues that led to the girls running away.

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<![CDATA[Bomb Threat Over at Highland Park HS]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:18:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hp-hs-aerial-02.jpg

Officials with the Highland Park Independent School District confirm a bomb threat was received at the high school Tuesday afternoon.

While police investigated the threat, students were held in classrooms while classes continued.

Investigators searched both inside and outside of the building before giving the all clear at around 2 p.m.

In 2013 University Park police arrested a teen in connection with a number of threats directed at the school.  A 16-year-old was eventually arrested and charged with 17 counts of terroristic threat. 

At this time, police have revealed no connection to the previous string of incidents.

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[Teen Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash With Stolen Van]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:32:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/M+Streets+Crash+041514.jpg

A teenager was killed and his mother was critically injured in a crash involving the driver of a stolen minivan fleeing the Highland Park police Tuesday morning, officials say.

Lt. Max Geron with the Dallas Police Department said the teen killed was a passenger in a car struck by the driver of a minivan fleeing a traffic stop near the M Streets.

"It's awful it's awful, nobody was expecting that this morning, they probably didn't even know what hit them," said eyewitness Brian Gray.

The teen was identified by the Dallas County medical examiner Tuesday afternoon as 13-year-old Ethan Vasquez. NBC 5 has learned the teen's father, Sgt. Victor Vasquez, works for the Cedar Hill Police Department and that the boy was in the 7th grade at the William B. Travis Academy.

"He was just full of life, a very smart intelligent little boy who just loved life, who was always on the computer playing games and stuff." said Ethan's uncle Ruben Vasquez. "A good little boy. Smart, smart kid."

His mother, Sandy Vasquez, is in critical condition at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. Police officers and other first responders spent the day in and out of the hospital supporting the Vasquez family.

"We are his second family. Fire and police officers alike as well as any emergency personnel, and we are just here in a show of support for him," said a Cedar Hill Firefighter.

During a news conference Tuesday morning, Highland Park Police Sgt. Lance Koppa said an officer witnessed a moving violation at about 8:15 a.m. and attempted to stop the driver of the minivan. The driver of the minivan refused to pull over and the officer pursued. 

Koppa said the chase was terminated and the pursuing officer slowed down and turned off his lights when the driver of the minivan sped into a residential area near the M Streets.  Koppa said even though the officer pulled back from the chase, the driver of the minivan continued to drive recklessly.

From a distance the officer then saw the driver of the minivan run a stop sign at Homer Street and Monticello Avenue and collide with a sedan crossing the intersection, police said. The sedan was then pushed into a third vehicle stopped at the intersection.

Koppa and Geron said the driver of the third vehicle got out to assist the victims in the sedan, and that's when police believe as many as two people ran from the stolen minivan. 

"The mother was nonresponsive at first but then they got her, she started to kind of at least she was breathing, and they were getting a little bit of movement out of her and then when we saw the boy I just you know I just feel so sorry cause I, he was just nonresponsive," said eyewitness Peter Ferris.

Geron said the minivan had been reported stolen about two weeks ago and that a description of the person(s) who fled the scene are not yet available. Police continue to search the area for those involved in the hit-and-run.

Oak Farms Dairy is offering a $15,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the driver of the vehicle that hit Ethan and Sandy Vasquez. Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Dallas police.

NBC 5's Julie Fine and Randy McIlwain contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Dutch Girl Arrested for American Airlines "Terror Tweet"]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:56:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/American_Airlines_generic.jpg

Police in Rotterdam, Netherlands, confirmed to NBC News that a 14-year-old girl has been arrested in the Netherlands for allegedly writing a message on Twitter that threatened American Airlines.

The original tweet has since been deleted, however various news organization have reported the exchange between the teen, who tweeted under a fake name, and the airline's customer service Twitter handle.

The message from @QueenDemetriax_ reportedly said "@AmericanAir hello my name's Ibrahim and I'm from Afghanistan. I'm part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I'm gonna do something really big bye"

The airline responded through their @AmericanAir account. "@queendemetriax_Sarah, we take these threats very seriously. Your IP address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI."

Rotterdam police said they first heard of the tweet when a member of the public notified authorities. According to police, they investigated the information on their own without a request from authorities in the U.S.

"It was a serious tweet, so we had to investigate," a spokesperson told NBC News.

Once police investigated and discovered the identity of the person behind the alleged tweet, that teen and her mother went to the police station to turn the teen over to authorities. Authorities are questioning the girl, but have not yet filed charges.

When asked for comment, American Airlines representatives said "At American, the safety of our passengers and crew is out top priority. We take security matters very seriously."

Meanwhile others, including the teen alleged to be behind the tweet, said the message sent to the airline was a "joke."



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<![CDATA[Army CID Provides Fort Hood Shooting Timeline]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 05:57:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/192*120/fth-scene-map.jpg

The soldier who opened fire at Fort Hood last Wednesday, killing three fellow soldiers and wounding another 16, had been involved in an argument about his request for leave just minutes before his deadly rampage, Army investigators said Monday.

Chris Grey, spokesman for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, also provided a timeline for the mass shooting that killed SFC Daniel Michael Ferguson, of Mulberry, Fla., SSG Carlos Alberto Lazaney Rodriguez, of Aquadilla, Puerto Rico, and Sgt. Timothy Owens, of Effingham, Ill.

During his shooting spree, Lopez drove from one area to another at the Army post, covering the equivalent of two city blocks and firing randomly at soldiers, Grey said.

Grey first confirmed that "alleged shooter, Spc. Ivan Lopez, was involved in a verbal altercation concerning his request for leave and the processing of that request at his unit's administrative office."

Grey went on to outline the sequence of shootings at a half-dozen locations that left three dead and 16 injured.

The shooting began after a verbal altercation took place at Building 39001, located at 72nd Street and Tank Destroyer Boulevard.

"Within minutes of the altercation, the subject brandished a .45-caliber, semi-automatic handgun and fired multiple rounds killing one soldier and wounding 10 additional soldiers," Grey said. "The deceased soldier and at least one of the wounded soldiers had been involved in the verbal altercation with the subject prior to the shooting."

Lopez then left Building 39001 by the south door and got into his car. According to witnesses, Lopez drove west through a parking lot to 73rd Street where he turned north and very slowly drove northbound in the southbound lane, witnesses said.

Along the way, he fired from his moving vehicle at two soldiers who were standing behind Building 40001, wounding one of them.

He then turned left onto Motor Pool Road and pulled into the parking lot at Building 40027.

CID said Lopez exited his vehicle and entered the building where he was assigned and worked, his unit's motor pool office and vehicle bay area. Once inside, investigators said he fatally shot a soldier working in a motor pool office before moving to the motor pool vehicle bay area where he would shoot and wound two others, Grey said.

Lopez then returned to his vehicle and drove east on Motor Pool Road toward 73rd Street. While driving east, he fired on a private vehicle occupied by two soldiers, injuring the passenger.

He then turned north and then east into the parking lot of a Medical Brigade Building 33026. CID said he fired on and wounded a soldier walking outside of the building before exiting his vehicle and entering the building. Once inside, he allegedly shot and killed an on-duty soldier at the entrance desk before wounding another.

Lopez then exited the medical brigade, got back into his vehicle and traveled south on 72nd Street.

"At this point, we do not know why he entered that building and we may never know why," Grey said.

From 72nd Street, Lopez and turned east into the parking lot for Building 39002, which is directly behind Building 39001 where the shooting began only minutes before.

CID said Lopez then exited his vehicle and walked east through a parking lot where he was confronted by a Fort Hood Military Police Officer. After a verbal exchange, the MP fired one round toward Lopez, but missed. Lopez then pulled out his weapon, put it to his head and committed suicide, officials said.

Grey said the duration of the shooting from the first 911 call to the notification that the shooter was down was about eight minutes in length.

CID officials said there have collected 235 pieces of evidence, including spent casings in Lopez's vehicle and at various buildings around the post.

Grey said the alleged shooter fired an estimated 35 rounds of .45-caliber ammunition during the rampage.

Officials stress that there is still no evidence of any connection to any terrorist or extremist group, though that has not definitively been ruled out. Additionally, officials have not revealed any definitive motive for the shooting.

Grey said an examination of Lopez's background reveals no criminal history or criminal activity.  Previously, Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, the commanding general at Fort Hood, said Lopez was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder, but had not yet been diagnosed with the PTSD.  Lopez's father, in a statement released from his native Puerto Rico on Friday, said of his son, "he must not have been in his right mind."

Fort Hood officials are planning a memorial service for the victims of the shooting at 2 p.m. Wednesday. President Barack Obama and other dignitaries are expected to attend.

As of Monday afternoon, all but three of the injured have been discharged from Temple-area hospitals. The three who remain hospitalized at Baylor Scott & White in Temple are in fair condition and expected to remain in the hospital for several more days.



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<![CDATA[1 Injured in Building Collapse]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:12:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Irving-Construction-accident.jpg

At least one person has been injured when part of a building under construction collapsed Wednesday.

The constructions site appears to be a large apartment building near Riverside Drive and E. Las Colinas Boulevard.

From Chopper 5 it appears that four floors on one side of the building collapsed.

The worker who was injured was seen moving and waving to co-workers as he was put into an ambulance.

Irving fire officials said only one person was injured and every other employee at the site has been accounted for.

At this time there are no other details.

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<![CDATA[DFW Firefighters Investigating American Eagle Flight]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 05:57:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dfw-ae-flight-firefighters-01.jpg

Firefighters with Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport were called to assist an inbound American Eagle flight Tuesday afternoon.

According to airline officials, an indicator light on Flight 2991 from Grand Junction, Colo., indicated a possible electrical fire.

The plane landed shortly before 3 p.m. and was met by airport emergency crews. Several fire trucks responded to the call and surrounded the aircraft on the taxiway and firefighters could be seen walking around the Embraer-145LR, near the engines.

After a short inspection, officials said no evidence of fire was found.  The plane was cleared and allowed to continue to Terminal B, escorted by six DFW emergency vehicles.

 



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<![CDATA[2 Suspected Burglars at-Large After Euless Crash]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 23:12:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ben-pic-az.jpg

Police are still searching for one person related to a crash during a police pursuit that happened Tuesday afternoon in Euless.

Officers were responding to a burglary call at 750 E. Mid Cities Blvd. when they noticed three men speeding away from the scene in a black SUV.

Dash cam video showed the patrol car chased the SUV and within minutes, the driver of the SUV lost control and crashed. The video also showed the crash and one of the suspects run from the wrecked SUV.

The SUV rolled over near the access road median of state Highway 360 southbound, one of the suspects was injured after he was ejected from the SUV. He required care flight to a local hospital. On Wednesday, police said that person has died.

Police set up a perimeter after the crash, but said the two other suspects evaded capture and ran through a nearby apartment complex and into a wooded area.

Police said on Wednesday that one person was arrested, while another is still on the run. 

Investigators believe the men had help and that they may have called someone to meet them and give them a ride.

Authorities hope to identify the remaining suspect from physical evidence collected from that SUV.

NBC 5's Bianca Castro contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Silver Alert Issued for Missing Hurst Woman]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:49:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/breaking-leilani-collett-hurst-missing-033114.jpg

Authorities in Hurst have issued a Silver Alert for a 76-year-old woman who has been missing since Sunday morning.

The Hurst Police Department is looking for Leilani Collett, who was last seen around 11 a.m. Sunday  while driving a 2004 Pontiac Vibe with Texas license plat 2CNJT.

Authorities said Collett has been diagnosed with a cognitive impairment and police said she poses "a credible threat to her own health and safety."

Collett is described as a white female standing 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds. Collet has brown hair, hazel eyes and wears eyeglasses.

Authorities said Collett is believed to be accompanied by her husband, 77-year-old Fritz Collett.

If you have any information regarding the disappearance, contact the Hurst Police Department at 817-788-7180.

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<![CDATA[FW Teen Injured in SXSW Crash Dies]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 05:56:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SXSW2.jpg

DeAndre "Dre" Tatum, the last remaining person hospitalized following a deadly crash in Austin during the South by Southwest Music Festival, has died, Austin police say.

Tatum, 18, was placed in a medically-induced coma after he was run over by a suspected drunken driver who barreled through police barricades and drove down a crowded street in downtown Austin on March 13.

Rashad Owens, 21, of Killeen, was the driver implicated in the crash. Police said Owens was trying to avoid arrest when he crashed into a closed street packed with people. He was charged with capital murder two days after the crash; more charges are likely with Tatum's death. Owens is currently being held on $3 million bond.

Tatum is the fourth person to die following the crash. Also killed were Jamie Ranae West, 27, of Austin; Steven Gerardus Hendrikus Craenmehr, 35, of Amsterdam, Holland, were both killed at the scene; Sandy Le, of Pass Christian, Miss., died of her injuries March 17. Nearly two dozen others were injured.

Tatum and his 18-year-old girlfriend Tish Davis were enjoying spring break in Austin when they were both among the two dozen people run over while walking down the street. Both Davis and Tatum are from Fort Worth; she a current student at Trimble Tech High School and he a recent graduate.

Davis, who was injured in the crash as well, suffered a broken leg and injuries to her face and head before being allowed to return home to Fort Worth.

Students at the school learned of Tatum's death Thursday during classes. School officials said grief counselors will be made available to them. 

NBC 5 talked to Rev. Kyev Tatum, unrelated, the alumni president for the school who was also one of his mentors.

”He was a young man who loved life, and he had dreams to become successful in life.  You could not meet him and not love him, and this is really hard on all of us caused we loved him,” said Reverend Tatum.

Davis told NBC 5's Scott Gordon she doesn't remember the crash. Her first memory is waking up in the hospital holding her grandmother's hands.

"We was all walking next to each other and suddenly and all of the sudden we all got split up ... You know who I woke up to? I woke up next to my granny," said  Davis. " She was holding my hands. I was thinking, 'What happened to me? Why am I here?' I just can't believe they would hit me. And I've been through a lot of stuff."

"I ain't never seen Dre sad or down or nothing like that.  That's what I think people will miss most about him, his personality," friend Chasity Daviss said.

Funeral arrangements for Tatum have not yet been made public.

 NBC 5's Scott Gordon, Ben Russell and other NBC 5 staff contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Teen's Body Recovered From Dallas Creek]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 05:56:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/five-mile-creek.jpg

Dallas Fire-Rescue recovered the body of a teenager found in Five Mile Creek Tuesday afternoon.

DFR responded to the call that a body had been spotted in the creek shortly after 3 p.m. The location where the body was found is near E. Ledbetter Drive, west of Interstate 35E south of downtown, along Village Fair Place.

Just after 4 p.m., the child's body was recovered and placed into a van with a Southwestern Medical Center logo.

The victim has been identified as 14-year-old Javar Smith, according to the Dallas Police Department.

Smith and an unnamed friend skipped school Monday, Dallas police officer Monica Cordova told NBC 5.

According to the Dallas Independent School District, the children attended two different schools. The two were currently assigned to the Learning Alternative Center for Empowering Youth (LACEY), an alternative school for Dallas ISD students who'd had disciplinary or other problems at their regular school.

Smith's home school was Boude Storey Middle School, according to information obtained by The Dallas Morning News.

The incident happened on Monday between 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., according to Cordova.

The two kids skipped school and went down to the creek, Cordova said. One decided to go in the water, but the other couldn't swim, and when the boy began to drown,  the 13-year-old friend, ran to a nearby car wash looking for help, but couldn't find anyone.

When the friend returned to the water, Smith couldn't be seen.

The 13-year-old went to school and told an adult family member about the incident, but that person did not believe the teen, Cordova said. No one else was told until Tuesday at school and the fire department found a body that same day, Cordova said.

"He leaves the location, still sees that his friend is under, so he goes to the school where he had a family member who was actually there, tells the family member," Cordova said. "For whatever reason the family member did not believe the story."

The Dallas Morning News obtained an email from DISD spokesman Jon Dahlander that was sent to DISD administrators. In the email, Dahlander said a 14-year-old student skipped class with a friend Monday and decided to go swimming. When the student jumped in the water and began to drown, the other student, a 13-year-old, ran away without telling anyone what had happened.  When the teen's mother reported her child missing, the 13-year-old was questioned and eventually led authorities to the creek.

Multiple neighbors who live near Five Mile Creek told NBC 5 they have often seen students in the area of the creek during school hours.

"Sometimes in the daytime, when they're supposed to be in school, they sometimes come around this area of the creek, just to get away from school and stuff," said Oscar Celimundo.

"And you can see them walking down there," Atonya White said. "You know that's where you can't get caught at."

Dallas ISD will send grief counselors to the home schools of both children.

NBC 5's Ben Russell contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Gunfire Leads to Standoff, Lockdown in Victory Park]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 05:56:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/david-lamb-inset.jpg

Dallas police say a person is in custody after shots were fired inside an apartment high-rise Tuesday morning, triggering the closure of busy Downtown Dallas streets and the lockdown of nearby schools and businesses near Victory Park.

Police were called to The Vista Apartments on the 2300 block of Houston Street at about 10 a.m. Tuesday after gunshots were fired inside the building and windows were shot out of the building.  Initial reports from the scene indicated that the man began firing after receiving an eviction notice, but police later said that was not accurate.

“They got to the scene, realized there was an armed individual there who was shooting from an elevated position,” said Deputy Chief Scott Walton. 

Due to the danger, SWAT was called to secure the scene.  After doing so, they began trying to encourage the barricaded person to surrender.  

Police said a flash-bang device was used at 12:03 p.m. to attempt to "distract and disorient a suspect" in the apartment. At that time, DPD said the situation was "contained, but ongoing."

At 12:43, gas was deployed inside the barricaded person's apartment and was seen billowing from a window of the apartment. The man could be seen opening a door, trying to dissipate the gas deployed on the balcony.

“Ultimately we used tear gas, and the occupant came out the front door where we were able to take him into custody without incident,” added Walton.

The Dallas Police Department identified the man who held police at bay for several hours Tuesday as 38-year-old David Lamb. 

Lamb is currently on probation for a DWI conviction in 2012, according to court documents, which also state he was involved in a wreck with a taxi cab. He served 18 months of probation, but court documents reveal his probation was recently extended in February.

NBC 5 law enforcement expert Don Peritz said the courts could decide events that occurred during Tuesday’s stand off were a violation of his probation. He may also not face any charges pending the results of a medical evaluation, added Peritz.

So far, police have not filed any charges against the man and said that no weapon was found inside the apartment. Police have also not confirmed the man's identity.  They said Tuesday afternoon that the man involved in the standoff was distressed and that he has been taken for a mental health evaluation by medical personnel.  At this time, police do not believe the man is a threat to others.

The man's apartment building is next to the W Hotel and near the American Airlines Center and several other Victory Park attractions.

The Dallas World Aquarium, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Lunar Prep Academy and the W Hotel were on lockdown due to the situation. Booker T. Washington High School was under a "shelter in place" order by the school district. Streets around Victory Park were closed, including Olive Street, Museum Way, High Market Street and Victory Park Lane.

After the man was taken into custody, the lock downs were lifted.

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NBC 5's Ben Russell, Julie Fine, Bianca Castro and Frank Heinz contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[I-35 North of Denton Opens After Crash]]> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:07:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/traffic-generic.jpg

An overturned 18-wheeler backed up traffic on Interstate 35 north of US Highway 380 in Denton Tuesday.

The cause of the crash has not yet been revealed. The condition of the driver is also not yet known.

Drivers were detoured onto the Frontage Road at 380, though some traffic was able to get by the crash on the shoulder, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

Traffic was backed up in the area about a mile, officials said.

All northbound lanes of I-35 at this location were closed while the overturned truck was righted.

The road, which was expected to be closed for several hours, reopened to traffic at about 1 p.m.  Traffic may be slow in the area for a short time while traffic increases to normal speeds.

 

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<![CDATA[Soto Joins Club, Out 10-12 Weeks]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:17:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/2014-rangers-geovany-soto.jpg

Yu Darvish is battling a stiff neck, Jurickson Profar is out for three months, our pets' heads ARE FALLING OFF, and now, starting catcher Geovany Soto is out 10-12 weeks with a torn up knee.

Soto left Sunday's Cactus League game after his leg locked up, went for an MRI and the results were not positive as it revealed he suffered torn meniscus in his right knee, will have surgery on Wednesday and will miss 10-12 weeks of action.

Soto was set to have his first season as a starter for the Rangers since coming over via trade in 2012. He was the NL Rookie of the Year in 2008 and had a nice run last season when he began seeing more at-bats late in the year and flashed some power and clutch hits. He's also become Rangers ace Yu Darvish's personal catcher.

Now, the Rangers must decide who they want their starting catcher to be, but it will most likely be Robinson Chirinos, who had quietly surpassed backup J.P. Arencibia with his good spring production. Arencibia hits for power, but nothing else, and Chirinos seems to be the guy the club trusts more.

 



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<![CDATA[TRE Train Hits Pickup in Fort Worth]]> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 05:56:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TRE+vs+Train+032014.jpg

The Trinity Railway Express train was delayed Thursday afternoon when the train hit a pickup truck in Fort Worth.

The westbound train hit a maroon GMC pickup where Haltom Road intersects the TRE tracks just south of State Highway 121.

The bed of the pickup was heavily damaged and passengers on the train told an NBC 5 producer riding the train that they felt a jolt and saw a cloud of dust on impact.

A worker told NBC 5's producer the driver of the pickup was trying to beat the train, which was only three cars long.

The driver of the truck was transported to the hospital as a precaution, MedStar reported the driver only had minor injuries.

The accident happened between Richland Hills and he Intermodel Transportation Center.

A TRE spokeswoman says inspectors cleared the track for trains to resume running.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this report stated the accident happened in Haltom City, it was actually in Fort Worth's city limits.



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<![CDATA[Child Safe After Shooting, Statewide Amber Alert]]> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 01:56:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/temple-amber-alert-ends-safely-dallas-031414-shadow.jpg

A statewide Amber Alert issued Friday morning in Temple ended safely in Dallas four hours after it started.

Through the Texas Amber Alert Network, the Temple Police Department issued a child abduction alert for Isiah Corson (left in the photo above), a 2-year-old black male, at about 11:15 a.m. Friday.

According to NBC affiliate KCEN-TV in Temple, law enforcement believed the child was in grave or immediate danger due to a shooting that took place at about 6:30 a.m. KCEN reported the child's father, Vincent Corson, Jr.,  was suspected of shooting his estranged wife and then disappearing with their child.

Police issued an Amber Alert and said they were searching for Corson, 30, believed to be driving a red- or maroon-colored 2007 Mazda 6 sedan with Texas license plate CCS-2279.

A vehicle matching that description and license plate was pulled over by Dallas police along Interstate 30 at Gus Thomasson Road after 1 p.m. Friday.

Witnesses say officers approached the car with guns drawn before taking Corson into custody.

The child was found safe and as of Friday afternoon was with the Dallas Child Advocacy Center.

According to KCEN-TV, the child's mother was transferred to Scott & White Hospital in Temple where she is recovering from two gunshot wounds.

Police say she had taken out a protective order against Corson before the shooting.

Corson has been booked into the Dallas County Jail, he's expected to be returned to Bell County sometime next week to face at least one charge of aggravated assault.

NBC 5's Kevin Cokely contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Driver, DART Train Collide in Downtown Dallas]]> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:47:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DART2.jpg

A woman driving a Toyota collided with a DART train Wednesday afternoon in Downtown Dallas.

According to officials with DART, the collision took place at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and Griffin Street. 

The driver, whom DART said was unfamiliar with the area, didn't realize a train was coming and pulled into the intersection.

DART officials said none of the passengers on the train, or in the car, were injured in the collision.

DART established a temporary bus bridge between Victory, Pearl/Arts District and Deep Ellum to connect people delayed by the crash. 

Just before 12:30 p.m., DART said the crash had been cleared and that all trains were resuming a normal schedule.

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<![CDATA[Nine People Displaced by Denton Apartment Fire]]> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:26:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/denton-apt-fire-02.jpg

Several Denton families had to find a place to stay after a fire gutted their apartment complex Wednesday morning.

"We don't know where we're going to go now," said fire victim Frank Ebosele. "We don't know what we're going to do."

Residents say neighbors spotted the flames early and knocked on doors to get everyone, including pets, out.

"I went around banging on doors," said Jose Zambrano. "We entered through the window and we were able to get a dog out but then it started to get too dangerous inside."

The fire destroyed one building that backs up to U.S. Highway 377 in a small community on Kilkenny Court.  The fire tore through the roof, exposing the second story.

"By the time our crews got on scene, the entire roof was on fire," said Denton Fire Department Battalion Chief Chuck Goodman.

Firefighters were seen pulling off the siding, presumably trying to get to flames within the walls while others soaked the remaining shell of the structure.

U.S. Highway 377/Fort Worth Drive was closed for about two hours south of Denton while firefighters battled the blaze.

At about 9:30 a.m. on Twitter, the Denton Police Department said due to the structure fire, Fort Worth Drive/U.S. Highway 377 had been closed. During that time, traffic along southbound 377 was diverted to Country Club Road and Hobson Lane.

Goodman said the road was blocked to get equipment in to attack the flame from above. The crane truck took care of the fire fairly fast and the wind worked in firefighters' favor.

"Luckily because of the position of the building, the wind didn't cause a factor," said Goodman.

Shortly before 11 a.m., firefighters said they had the blaze under control.  Around that time, Highway 377 was once again opened to traffic.

Firefighters said at least nine people lived in the 2-story apartment building. There were no reported injuries.

"Thank God that nobody got hurt," said Zambrano.

The cause of the fire is not yet known. Firefighters remained at the scene until 3:30 p.m. checking for hot spots and to make sure the fire was completely out.



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<![CDATA[Shoe Store Shooting Suspect Sold Truck: Police]]> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 23:13:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/everett-pacheco.jpg

Arlington police released extensive details Wednesday into the investigation and arrest of a man they say was behind the murder of a shoe store manager.

Sgt. Jeffrey Houston with the Arlington Police Department said officers arrested 21-year-old Jacob Galen Everett in connection with the fatal shooting of 23-year-old Red Wing Shoes store manager Randy Pacheco.

Pacheco was fatally shot on Feb. 25 within the Red Wing Shoes location during a robbery.

According to Sgt. Houston, Everett was arrested around 9 p.m. Tuesday night after he was questioned by police.

Police released surveillance video two days after the shooting that showed a person wearing a hooded sweatshirt, carrying a gun and pointing. The portion of the surveillance video that recorded Pacheco's murder was edited out by police before the video was released to the public.

Following the news coverage, the department received more than 60 tips about the fatal shooting.

From those tips, detectives received information that led them to a vehicle matching the description of one seen near the store at the time of the shooting. The owner of the vehicle was Everett, according to police.

After investigating further, police said they determined Everett traded-in the truck seen in the video one week after the shooting and had been driving another vehicle that he had purchased in Arlington that had temporary license plates.

According to a search warrant issued by police, investigators searched Everett's home for handguns, ammunition, Red Wing Shoes that were believed to have been taken from the store and other items of clothing that matched those seen on surveillance video.

Questions About Motive

"Why?" That's the question Genoveva Pacheco asks, why someone murdered her son.

Police haven't released a motive in the case.

"In my heart now, only pain," added Pacheco.

Neighbors believe Everett lived at a home on San Ramon Court in Arlington with his brother and brother's fiancé.

"The fella that was arrested seemed to be a nice guy, he would wave and smile and talk across the yard with us," said neighbor Jim Wasden.

On Wednesday night, no one answered the door to the home. The new car that police believe Everett purchased after trading in the suspect vehicle, sat in the driveway with temporary tags.

"This is a huge surprise that something like this would have happened and been this close to us," added Wasden.

Arraignment to Be Held Wednesday

Everett will be arraigned Wednesday morning and Houston said he would be charged with capital murder because Pachecho was killed during the commission of robbery, another felony. Bail has not yet been set.

Police said the tipster that gave investigators information about the vehicle's location will likely be eligible for the $10,000 offered by Red Wing Shoes as a reward for the arrest and indictment of a suspect.

NBC 5's Ray Villeda and Christina Miralla contributed to an earlier version of this story.

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<![CDATA[Grass Fire Threatens Trophy Club Neighborhood]]> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:22:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/grassfire-trophy-club-02.jpg

Firefighters in Trophy Club are battling a stubborn brush fire that has already consumed 300 acres of Army Corps property between highway 377 and Lake Grapevine Tuesday night.

The fast moving, growing grass fire is north of Chatswood Drive and King Lane. The fire, with flames as high as 30 feet, is in a green space adjacent to a heavily residential area east of Byron Nelson High School.  Most of the flames, however, reached only a few feet in height.

“Challenges we’re facing right now is the accessibility to the fire itself, also the wind and the dry nature of the woods and everything back in there”, said Commander Lee Delk with the Trophy Club Fire Department.

More than 50 firefighters from at least 10 different departments are fighting the blaze, which started at about 3:30 p.m. 

At times, the line of fire came within a few hundred yards of a new neighborhood of homes in Trophy Club’s Highlands development.

“We’ve been watching the smoke grow and it’s just been really scary” said Candace Angelo, who moved into a new home with her family just three days ago.

No evacuations have been necessary, but fire trucks were sent to watch over an older home closer to the flames, along with a gas well within sight of the rising smoke.

Firefighters raced to knock down the flames before the wind picked up in the evening, and brought in a bulldozer to help contain the fire.

“It's going to get worse as the temperature drops and the wind changes direction," said Delk. “So it’s going to get a lot worse, so we’re trying to get it out as quick as we can."

At this time, there have been no reports of injuries or damage to any property.

As of 10 p.m., the fire has been 80 percent contained.



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<![CDATA[Shotgun Blast Kills Boy, 3, in Navarro County]]> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:44:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/elmer-tanner-scene.jpg

A 3-year-old boy in Eureka has died after being shot by his 8-year-old cousin Monday, the Navarro County Sheriff's Department confirms.

According to Sheriff Elmer Tanner, the child was accidentally shot and killed while inside a shed or portable building adjacent to the family home.

Somehow, the victim's 8-year-old cousin gained access to a 20-gauge shotgun and shot the boy once in the head, Tanner said.

Tanner said two adults were home at the time, though neither were directly watching the children at the time of the shooting.   Tanner added that the adults belived the gun had been secured in a location that was inaccessible to children.

The town of Eureka is located along U.S. Highway 287 between Corsicana and the Richland Chambers Reservoir.

Tanner said the investigation into the shooting is ongoing and that officials have not determined if any charges will be filed.

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



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<![CDATA[Missing Wylie Student Found Alive, Safe]]> Sun, 09 Mar 2014 00:15:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stephen-Kenneth-Colbert.jpg

Stephen Colbert, the 15-year-old Wylie student reported missing in Indianapolis Friday, has been found alive, the district says.

"We are extremely happy that Stephen is back with his family, There are still questions, but the most important thing is he is safe. I know the entire Wylie community, and many others, were praying for him and his family and this is an answered prayer," said Dr. David Vinson, Wylie Independent School District superintendent. "On behalf of the Wylie ISD, thank you to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the Butler University Police Department and all the law enforcement agencies for their efforts and cooperation in helping bring Stephen home."

At this time, further information about the boy's disappearance and his return have not been released.

Teen Reported Missing at Band Competition; Backpack Found

Colbert was reported missing Friday morning after last being seen at about 7 p.m. Thursday at Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University.

The Wylie Independent School District said Colbert never checked after a band concert and a welcome event Thursday night. The students were in town for a band competition and were scheduled to come back to Wylie on Sunday, said the Wylie ISD.

Wylie ISD  notified Colbert's parents who asked the public to pray for their son's safe return.

Friday night, Erick Colbert was told his son’s backpack, medication and wallet were found at his hotel.

“It's hard, as more and more time goes by, to maintain, but, but I am … the kids we told them, ‘Hey we're gonna’ find him,” said Colbert, father of three.

Stephen is the oldest, and has food allergies. That’s one concern the father is coping with, while wondering if that played a role in his disappearance.

“Was there some accidental ingestion of a food he can't eat where he got nauseous and headed into a room so he could have some privacy and maybe he collapsed or something?” Colbert said.

Administrators and Colbert’s mother are in Indianapolis, Erick will join them on Saturday. On Friday night, his high school community had a prayer service behind the high school.

The event sponsor and the Butler University police along with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said they were working hard to make sure Colbert makes it home safe. The Wylie Police Department is also working with Indianapolis police who is handling the investigation.

 NBC 5's Ray Villeda contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Grand Prairie Police Search Neighborhood for Armed Man]]> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 23:42:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Grand-Prairie-Police-Patch.jpg

Grand Prairie police requested aid from the Arlington Police Department after receiving a report of a man walking around with a long gun, or rifle.

Shortly before 8 p.m., several children reported a man wearing only shorts or underwear walked up to them while holding a long gun, police told NBC 5. The man pointed the gun at the children, who ran home and told their parents what happened.  The parents then called police.

When police arrived, they reported hearing gunshots coming from the woods. Heavily-armed officers searched both the wooded area and nearby homes for the man, but did not locate the source of the gunshots.

Shortly before 10 p.m., the search was called off.

The neighborhood is near Crouch Elementary School, where Holiday Drive turns into Prairie Hill Lane along the Arlington-Grand Prairie border.  The neighborhood is on the west side of Grand Prairie, east of state Highway 360 between Park Row Drive and Abram Street.

No other information can be confirmed at this time.

NBC 5's Scott Gordon contributed to this report. 



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<![CDATA[Lake Highlands Rapist Sentenced; Victims Speak]]> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 23:41:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Benitez-in-Court-030714.jpg

Cesar Benitez, the man who pleaded guilty to raping three women in Lake Highlands last year, has been sentenced to 85 years behind bars.

Benitez pleaded guilty to three charges on Feb. 12, including one count of aggravated sexual assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of burglary of a habitation and sexual assault.  While issuing the sentence Friday, Judge Ernest White said Benitez saw himself as a victim of steroids and said he had terrified and substantially altered the lives of his three victims.

During the hearing Friday, Benitez issued a statement, read by a translator, where he tried to explain his actions while asking to be returned to his home country. 

In the letter, Benitez said he was sorry for causing damage, had a hard time waking up to reality and knew he couldn't justify what he'd done, but that there are "moments where evil seizes one."

He added that he had been taking steroids between 2008 and 2013 and that it got to the point where he was injecting himself every day. He said his body was "toxicated" [sic]. 

He said, "at the end of the day, I don't know if God will give me a lot of lifetime (because of what I did)," and asked that he be allowed to return to his home country.

Earlier in the day, Benitez's victims bravely recalled the attacks and the effect it has had on their lives — all while Benitez sat in the courtroom, showing no emotion, as others fought back tears, NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff tweeted.

At one point, while a frantic 911 call made after an assault was played in the courtroom, Benitez still sat silently as the recording was played.

Benitez could have received up to life in prison for the charges.

NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff, Amanda Guerra, Greg Janda and Frank Heinz contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Fatal Crash Closes 820 Flyover in NRH]]> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:22:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fatal-dump-truck-crash-030714.jpg

A fatal crash involving a dump truck tied up traffic for hours along northeast Loop 820 Friday afternoon.

According to the City of North Richland Hills, the driver of the dump truck was a city employee who was hauling a load to the dump at the time of the crash.  The city released the following statement Friday evening.

"With heavy hearts, the City of North Richland Hills confirms the death of a city employee in a traffic accident on Loop 820 in Hurst this afternoon. The employee was driving a dump truck to the landfill when the vehicle rolled over. The employee's name has not been released pending notification of family members. The cause of the accident is under investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the employee's family and coworkers."

According to Assistant Chief of Police Rich Winstanley, the exit from eastbound North Loop 820 to the southbound lanes of East Loop 820 was expected to be closed until at least 6 p.m. after a fatal, rollover crash. The roadway was eventually reopened at about 8 p.m.

Police have released few details other than that it appears to be a single-vehicle, fatal crash that took place shortly after 2 p.m.

Check back and refresh this page for the latest information.

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<![CDATA[Am. Eagle Flight Declares Emergency, Diverted to Greenville]]> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 08:01:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tliou-twitter-image.jpg

An American Eagle flight out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport was diverted to Greenville Wednesday night after declaring an emergency shortly after takeoff.

American Eagle Flight 3400 was headed to Quad City International Airport in Moline, Ill., when the pilots reported smoke in the cockpit.

The plane was diverted to nearby Majors Field in Greenville where pilots were able to land the plane without incident.

The airline said the landing was done out of an abundance of caution and that there were no reports of injuries to any of the 45 passengers or crew of three.

One passenger, a reporter named Tiffany Liou, took to Twitter after landing and tweeted heaps of praise on the crew for keeping everyone calm during the landing and evacuation.

In an on-air phone interview with NBC 5, Liou said the flight attendant, David, turned on all the lights and told the passengers they were going to make an emergency landing.  She said the landing and evacuation were calm, in no small part to the assertiveness of the flight attendant.

Liou said that after they were on the ground and evacuated she saw firefighters extinguishing something.

According to Liou, the passengers were taken to a recreation center and will be bused back to DFW Airport Wednesday night.

Flight 3400 between DFW and Moline typically departs around 8:10 p.m. and arrives in Moline about two hours later.  At this time, there is no word from the airline on when the passengers will reach Illinois.

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[Rollover Crash Closes I-20 in Arlington]]> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:06:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/arlington-crash-09.jpg

A major rollover crash in Arlington closed the westbound lanes of Interstate 20 near state Highway 360 and the westbound entrance ramp from southbound 360 for more than an hour Wednesday afternoon.

The entire roof of the sport utility vehicle had been cut away to allow rescuers to remove the trapped person.  That person, whose condition is not  yet known, was flown by air ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

The crash took place just past the mixmaster at I-20 and SH360.

At this time, no other injuries have been reported.  The cause of the rollover crash remains under investigation, but it appears to involve only one vehicle.

At about 4:45 p.m., two westbound lanes of traffic are being allowed to pass the crash in the service lane.  At about 5:30 p.m., the westbound ramp from 360 to I-20 was reopened to traffic, though traffic is moving slowly.

At this time it is not known when the remaining lanes of I-20 will open to traffic. 

Traffic along westbound I-20 is backed up well into Grand Prairie. Drivers are urged to avoid the area if possible. Onlooker delays are slowing traffic in the eastbound lanes of the highway as well.



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<![CDATA[Bicyclist Killed Crossing I-20]]> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 18:36:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/i-20-fatal-cyclist-truck.jpg

Several lanes of westbound Interstate 20 in West Arlington are closed Monday after a person on a bicycle was struck and killed while crossing the highway.

The collision took place at about 3 p.m. along I-20 near Bowman Springs Road, east of the Loop 820/state Highway 287 split.

From Chopper 5, the bicycle could be seen pinned underneath the front bumper of a pickup truck that stopped in the far left lane.  Arlington firefighters, however, were blocking off a scene more than 100 yards to the east in the far right lane; indicating the driver was not able to immediately stop after the impact.

Police said the bicyclist, an adult male, died at the scene. His name is being withheld pending notification of family members and will later be released by the Tarrant County medical examiner.

Two lanes of traffic are being allowed to weave through the two scenes. Police have not said how long the lanes will be closed and that intermittent lane closures are to be expected through rush hour.

Police said the driver of the truck stopped and is cooperating in the investigation.



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<![CDATA[Sonoma Grande Apartments in The Colony Catch Fire]]> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:57:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/the-colony-fire-06.jpg

Firefighters in The Colony were called to a fire at the Sonoma Grande at the Legends apartment complex Friday afternoon.

The complex is on the 5600 block of S. Colony Boulevard, near the intersection of Paige Road and state Highway 121.

From Chopper 5, firefighters standing on scaffolding could be seen punching holes in the three-story building's exterior on the second and third floors to gain access to the interior wall.

No smoke or flames were visible and, by 5 p.m. the fire was believed to have been extinguished.

Officials said two people requiring assitance were removed from the building and that no injuries were reported.

The building is apparently under renovation, due to the scaffolding erected outside.  At this time it is not known what caused the fire or how much damage was done.

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<![CDATA[Mobile Home in Justin Destroyed by Fire]]> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:59:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/justin-mobile-fire-05.jpg

Firefighters in Denton County put out a fire that destroyed a mobile home in Justin Wednesday morning.

The fire was reported at about 9:30 a.m. on the 17000 block of Gaffield Road.

Neighbors in the mobile home park told NBC 5 that they heard a loud boom and that by the the time they could look outside the mobile home was already gone. 

They initially expressed concern that the man who lived in the home may not have made it out alive, but he was later located in town and was uninjured.

Fire officials said there was a dog found among the home's debris.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

NBC 5's Brian Scott contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Attorney of Judge's Ex-Girlfriend Releases Recorded Conversations]]> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 18:30:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/steinke-strother.jpg

The lawyer representing Maggie Strother, the woman who accused Dallas Judge Carlos Cortez of family violence, held a news conference Friday where he said he planned to address comments made by Cortez and his attorneys after the judge was no-billed by the grand jury Thursday.  Instead, the attorney released recordings of threatening and profane conversations he said are between the judge and woman.

From his office in Dallas, attorney Ted Steinke said he would not address the grand jury no-billing Cortez, saying that the DA said the case was closed. Steinke also didn't directly address any comments supposedly made by the judge and his attorneys and instead said he wanted to play a series of recordings that allegedly took place between the judge and Strother.

"If Judge Cortez and his attorneys had accepted the no-bill, told the public they were grateful for the outcome and left well-enough alone we wouldn't be here. But instead, they did press interviews yesterday and trashed Maggie Strother for doing what the police and the DA begs abuse victims to do: Report it and stop taking the abuse," Steinke said Friday. "After I saw and read those comments, I could not stay silent."

Steinke went on to claim his client endured months of physical and verbal abuse during her 13-month relationship with Cortez and, though she kept going back to him, made recordings of phone conversations between the two.

He then played segments of obscenity-laced and threatening conversations that he said were between the judge and Strother. 

Steinke said there are hours and hours of recordings, all of which were turned over to the Dallas County District Attorney's Office at the beginning of the investigation.

"They are embarrassing to Maggie, but she wants the public to hear them," Steinke said.

As the news conference came to a close, Steinke said that in one of the recordings the man admits to abusing the woman.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Cortez's lawyer, Pete Schulte, was at Friday's news conference and said Steinke's statments were "nothing new."   

"Every relationship has arguments and that is what is going on here," Schulte said of the recording to the Dallas Morning News.  He added that Cortez never abused Strother and that it was time for everyone to move on.

Strother did not make any statements during Friday's news conference.

Dallas Police Release Statement After Judge No-Billed on Violence Charge

Earlier in the afternoon Friday, the Dallas Police Department said there was ample evidence of probable cause for the case to be presented to the grand jury and that "evidence of the victim's injuries as well as witness statements supported her allegation that she had been assaulted by Judge Cortez."

The department said detectives from the Domestic Violence Unit contacted and interviewed the woman after Cortez's arrest.  The department said Cortez was contacted by detectives, but refused to cooperate with the investigation.

In their statement Friday, the Dallas Police Department said the following:

"The completed case was reviewed by attorneys from the Dallas County District Attorney's office and was presented to the grand jury without the investigating detective being present at the hearing.

The Department was not made aware of the existence of any cellphone video taken by Judge Cortez of the victim on November 11, 2013 until the media reported its existence after the grand jury had met on February 20, 2014."

On Thursday, the Dallas County District Attorney's office said a Dallas County grand jury said the evidence presented did not support the charge and declined to indict the judge.

In a motion filed Dec. 30, 2013, Cortez said his girlfriend was trying to kill herself and he tried to pull her away from the balcony and asked a judge to throw out an emergency protective order granted against him on Dec. 29.

Should the grand jury have chosen to indict Cortez on the charge, he would have faced up to 10 years in prison for the third-degree felony if convicted.

Cortez has presided over the 44th State Civil District Court in Dallas County since 2006.  Earlier this year, Cortez, a Democrat, filed for re-election in the 2014 race, according to the TCJL PAC.

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<![CDATA[Two Arrested in Connection With Driveway Robberies]]> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 00:53:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/charles-hunt-santana-andrews-022114.jpg

Dallas police say two people arrested in connection with a driveway robbery Thursday night could be connected to more than 24 cases reported in the area.

Maj. Jeff Cotner, with the Dallas Police Department, spoke during a news conference on Friday morning where he said 51-year-old Charles Hunt and 27-year-old Santana Andrews were arrested at 7:44 p.m. Thursday following the report of a driveway robbery earlier that evening on N. Montclair Avenue.

The pair were seen by police patrol officers in the area while in a silver sport utility vehicle with Louisiana license plates. Hunt, no stranger to law enforcement, is currently on parole for robbery, police said.

Police said Andrews was seen throwing a wallet from the passenger side window before the arrest. Investigators found the wallet, determined it was stolen and that it was connected to the robbery that took place earlier in the evening.

Following the arrests, Hunt and Andrews were charged with aggravated robbery for the offense that occurred on Thursday. However, police found additional evidence in the vehicle that may be connected to other robberies in the area.

Cotner mentioned that a ski mask was found in the vehicle, which matches victim's statements about the robbers wearing a mask. In other cases victims reported the robber was wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt and was armed with either a gun or a knife. Victims have also reported the robber as white, black and Latino male; in some cases the robber was said to be female.

"I feel much better, because now they got them, I feel much more secure," said robbery victim Santiago Gomez. Gomez and his wife were robbed last Sunday. They believe at the hands of two people who are now behind bars.

NBC 5 sources said the duo have each confessed to multiple robberies. According to police sources, Andrews has confessed to three robberies and Hunt has admitted to five robberies, along with one in Irving.

"They try not to come home so late, or leave so early, and that affects their life, because sometimes you have to, they're scared; uneasy," said their daughter Lany Gomez.

On Wednesday, Cotner said police were working with three vehicle descriptions, with a silver Saturn VUE being the most reliable. They have also received reports of a white or cream-colored Chrysler 200, a white Honda and a dark-colored sedan.

Court records show Hunt is a parolee and registered sex offender with convictions for theft, burglary, aggravated robbery and aggravated assault.

Police said all but three of the victims have been female and they range in age from 18- to 78-years-old.

Dallas police are warning residents to always be alert and aware of your surroundings and that people should call 911 if they see anything suspicious in their neighborhood. Additionally, rewards of $5,000 each are being offered by Crime Stoppers and Oak Farms Dairy for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the cases. Tipsters can call 214-373-TIPS or 214-671-3584 with information.

NBC 5's Randy McIlwain, Ray Villeda and Ken Kalthoff contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Grass Fire Put Out Near UNT Discovery Park Campus]]> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:52:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/denton-grassfire-02.jpg

The Denton Fire Department contained and put out a grass fire near the University of North Texas' Discovery Park campus Thursday afternoon.

In a tweet at about 3:30 p.m., the Denton Police Department asked everyone to stay clear of the campus to allow the fire department enough room to fight the fire.

The police department closed down northbound Elm Street at Nicosia while the fight was underway.  At about 3:40 p.m., NBC 5 learned the fire has been contained and by 4 p.m. Elm had been reopened to traffic as firefighters put out the last of a few hotspots.

The Discovery Park campus is north of the main UNT campus, near the intersection of U.S. Highway 77 and state Highway 288.  Officials said there was no damage at the campus and that all campus activities will resume a normal schedule after 5 p.m.

A Red Flag Warning, which means extreme fire weather conditions are active, is in place for all of North Texas until 6 p.m. Thursday.



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<![CDATA[Irving Building Evacuated Due to Bomb Threat]]> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 11:40:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/irving-building-evac-01.jpg

An Irving building was evacuated Thursday morning due to a bomb threat.

According to the Irving Police Department, a receptionist inside a 10-story building on the 5600 block of High Point Drive received a phone call where the caller said a bomb had been placed in the building and that they had one hour to evacuate.

The Irving Fire Department arrived and made the decision to evacuate the building as a precaution, police said.

Shortly after 10:30 a.m., employees who had been evacuated to the parking lot were allowed to return to the building.

At this time, police have not revealed any further information.

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<![CDATA[Manhunt Underway After Body Possibly Dumped]]> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 18:47:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dpd-search-021814.jpg

A manhunt is underway as Dallas police look for a man who may have pushed a body out of a vehicle on Coit Road.

Police could only describe the subject of the manhunt as a Latin male wearing a bandana who fled on foot north on Coit Road toward Interstate 635 following a hit-and-run crash at about 7:20 a.m. Tuesday.

Sherri Jeffrey with the Dallas Police Department said they received several 911 calls reporting the incident where callers said a man was either pushed or fell out of a white Chevrolet sport utility vehicle.

That man was transported to Medical City Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival. The victim's name has not yet been released.

After the man left the vehicle, the SUV traveled south on Coit Road where, according to the Dallas police report, the driver ran a red light, crashed into another car before hitting a sign and coming to a stop.

Following the crash, the driver ran from the scene.

"We are currently looking for the occupant of that vehicle.  He's a Latin male, wearing a bandana and dark-colored clothing.  He was last seen running northbound on Coit Road," said Monica Cordova, with the Dallas Police Department.

Police said the driver of the SUV is the subject of the manhunt and that the vehicle had not been reported stolen before the incident.

Dallas police said they are treating the incident as a homicide investigation. Crime scene technicians have been at the scene where the SUV came to a stop to dust for fingerprints and perform other forensic examinations.

NBC 5's Catherine Ross contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Double Fatal Crash Closes SB I-635]]> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 18:16:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/crossover-crash-fatal.jpg

Emergency responders are working to clear a crash that killed two people along the southbound lanes of Interstate 635 in Balch Springs Friday.

According to Jonathan Haber, Deputy Chief of the Balch Springs Police Department, one vehicle crossed over the center median between Elam Road and Quail Road before colliding with another vehicle in the southbound lanes at about 12:15 p.m.

The dump truck came to rest on its side on the grass and caught fire, sparking a grass fire that spread toward Elam Road.

Both the driver of the pickup truck and the driver of the dump truck were killed in the crash.

It is not yet clear which vehicle crossed over the center median into oncoming traffic.  A witness told NBC 5 that they saw the driver of the dump truck cross over the median and enter the southbound lanes where it collided with the pickup truck.

The southbound lanes of I-635 were closed for more than two hours Friday afternoon with drivers being diverted at Lake June Road. At about 2:30 p.m., two southbound lanes had reopened, though the Elam Road exit remained closed. By 4:30 p.m., all lanes of southbound LBJ had reopened to traffic.

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[Dallas Standoff Ends; Residence Empty]]> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:33:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Standoff+021414.jpg

A standoff between Dallas SWAT and what were believed to be several people ended Friday after officers learned no one was home.

Dallas police said a woman reported an assault at about 9:45 a.m. Friday and said the people who assaulted her were still inside an apartment on the 300 block of Ewing Avenue in Oak Cliff and that they may be armed.

Police arrived at the scene and requested support from SWAT officers.  Dallas police said they have set up a perimeter and have attempted to call out the group believed to be inside the apartment but that they have weren't cooperating.

Throughout the afternoon, police said they were working toward a peaceful resolution.

At about 4 p.m., police said the apartment turned out to be empty.

At this time, police have revealed no further information about the woman's condition, the assault or the whereabouts of those who may be involved.

Nearby schools, James Bowie Elementary School and Hector Garcia Middle School, were both sheltering in place as a precaution during the standoff.  The Dallas Independent School District said sheltering in place is different from a lockdown in that during a lockdown all classroom doors are locked and there is no movement allowed in between classrooms.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Fire-Rescue Battles 4-Alarm Apartment Fire]]> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:48:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/skillman6.jpg

**This story has been updated.  To read the most recent version, click here.**

Dallas firefighters have contained a 4-alarm fire at an apartment complex that started Thursday afternoon.

Firefighters were initially called to the Stone Ranch Apartments on the 9300 block of Skillman Street late Thursday afternoon. The fire was at 3-alarms at the time, but was upgraded to a 4-alarm soon after.

About 75 to 80 firefighters were on the scene.

At first, flames were not yet visible through the roof and only heavy smoke could be seen coming from the building. 

Just before 6 p.m., the fire grew much stronger and exploded out of windows on the second and third floors. Firefighters on the roof quickly retreated to a ladder and climbed down to the ground.

The fire then spread throughout the building, devouring the roof and collapsing chimney stacks. 

The blaze was under control at about 7:45 p.m., according to Jason Evans with Dallas Fire-Rescue.

Evans said the fire started in a third-floor apartment, spread to the wall and into the attic.

"I was running down the stairs," said 22-year-old Dmydc Williams, who lives next door to the apartment where the fire started. "I was scared. Main thing I was thinking, get my little baby brother. I got an 8-year-old brother. I said get his stuff and go."

Chopper 5 caught video of a large flash of flames that could be seen coming from the building.

Evans said he is not sure how the flash relates to the alarms called, but it might have appeared after a window was opened.

"That may be what a lot of people are thinking was an explosion," Evans said. "It sure did create that effect and thankfully our firefighters weren't close enough to that window that it caused them any injury."

A firefighter, who was pulling at the ceiling, has been treated for a minor injury after debris fell on him.

The American Red Cross said 90 people have been displaced and as many as 48 apartments have been destroyed or are without essential services after the fire. The Red Cross is helping displaced families.

The cause of the fire has not yet been revealed.

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<![CDATA[Crash Closes Lanes of I-35E in Dallas]]> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 17:07:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/chopper-crash-truck-i35.jpg

Two of the southbound lanes of Interstate 35E at Woodall Rodgers Freeway in Dallas were closed for a short time Thursday due to a crash.

The driver of a rock hauler apparently struck the dividing wall underneath the Woodall Rodgers overpass sometime after 3 p.m. The vehicle was cleared from the scene shortly before 4 p.m., but crews remained to clean debris off the highway.

While the crash was investigated, traffic backed up to state Highway 183. Just after 4 p.m., one of the lanes reopened to traffic leaving only one closed under the overpass.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.  At this time no injuries have been reported.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Officer Crashes Responding to 911 Call]]> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:39:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dpd-crash.jpg

A Dallas police officer was involved in a crash Thursday while responding to a 911 call where a woman said someone was in her home threatening to kill her, police said.

NBC 5 has learned the officer was responding to the call with lights and sirens activated when she collided with a pickup truck at the intersection of Camp Wisdom Road and Hampton Road.

At this time, no further information is known about the 911 call.

The front end of the officer's patrol car, which came to rest in the center of the intersection, was significantly damaged and the air bag had been deployed.  The pickup truck the officer collided with went through the intersection and stopped off the roadway.

Details about the injuries to the officer and the driver of the truck are not yet known; both were transported to area hospitals with non life-threatening injuries.

The southbound lanes of Hampton Road remain closed. Traffic in other directions is moving slow through the intersection, but drivers should expect delays as the crash is investigated and cleared.

Check back and refresh this page for the latest update.

NBC 5's Randy McIlwain contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[DeSoto Elementary Evacuated Due to Threat of Device]]> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:27:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cockrell-hill-elementary-desotoISD.jpg

Cockrell Hill Elementary School in DeSoto was evacuated Wednesday afternoon due to the threat of a dangerous device being left on campus.

The DeSoto Police Department told NBC 5 the school was evacuated at about noon after someone at the school received a call where the caller said a bomb would go off inside the school at 12:30 p.m.

Officials with the DeSoto Independent School District decided to evacuate the students to a nearby church, the United Methodist Church of the Disciple on Cockrell Hill, while police searched the campus.

After the search was concluded, police did not report finding anything unusual.  The entire building will be searched again with the a bomb-sniffing dog.

Shortly before 4 p.m., the district posted a message on their Facebook page that school would resume Thursday on a normal schedule.

 



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<![CDATA[Snow Flurries Across North Texas Friday Afternoon]]> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 23:25:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Snow-in-Noth-Texas-020614-02.jpg

Another round of snow is on the way into the Metroplex Friday afternoon. 

NBC 5 meteorologist Lindsay Riley said there is a 60 percent chance for precipitation at about 4 p.m., with the highest totals of snow accumulating in the northern counties of the Metroplex.

Flurries are expected in the Metroplex in time for the evening commute, with less than a half an inch expected in most of DFW; over an inch is possible in the northern parts of Denton and Collin counties north toward the Red River.

Southeast of the Metroplex, near Mexia and Palestine, freezing drizzle is possible in the afternoon.

By 8 p.m. Friday the precipitation is expected to have ended. Overnight Friday, temperatures are forecast to remain below freezing with partly cloudy skies. With highs in the low 50s on Saturday and Sunday, any snow accumulation is expected to melt quickly.

See the latest forecast from NBC 5's team of meteorologists here

Travel Delays at North Texas Airports

On Thursday, more than 700 flights in and out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport were delayed and another 400 were canceled due to weather. At Dallas' Love Field Airport, carriers reported a little more than 100 inbound and outbound delays and fewer than 10 cancellations. 

As of 1:30 p.m. Friday, FlightAware.com was reporting the following cancellations and delays for DFW Airport. (No delays or cancellations have been reported at Dallas Love Field)

DFW Outbound Cancellations: 23
DFW Outbound Delays: 126
DFW Inbound Cancellations: 36
DFW Inbound Delays: 141

Schools Delay, Close Campuses Due to Weather

Icy side roads in North Texas led school administrators and other officials to delay or close more than 170 schools and other organizations Friday.

Azle, Garland, Greenville, Jacksboro, Richardson, Rockwall, Springtown, and other districts are closed Friday. Find full closures and delay listings by clicking here.

Far more districts are taking a wait-and-see approach with the roadways, delaying start times by two hours or starting at 10 a.m. Friday. Birdville, Carroll, Grapevine-Colleyville, Greenville, H-E-B, Northwest, Weatherford and other districts are delaying the start of school on Friday to see if conditions will improve.

Other districts soundly declared they were open on their official Twitter accounts or Web pages. Arlington, Coppell, Dallas, Lewisville and others are remaining open at their regular schedules. If a school district or business does not appear on the following list, they are operating at their regular schedule. Find full closures and delay listings by clicking here.



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<![CDATA[Fire Destroys Mobile Home in Johnson County]]> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 17:42:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mobile-home-fire2.jpg

Firefighters in Johnson County battled a fire at two mobile homes Tuesday afternoon.

The rural homes were set off the 1700 block of County Road 706 on what appeared to be ungraded pasture.

Departments from both Burleson and Johnson County were called to the scene to assist the Joshua Fire Department, where firefighters had to join several hundred yards of hose to reach the nearest hydrant.

The fire appears to have destroyed at least once home and damaged another. Several other homes and vehicles parked in the community were threatened before firefighters got the blaze under control.

After the fire was extinguished, officials learned the fire started when a man who was intentionally starting an outdoor fire used gasoline as an accelerant.  The fire then grew out of hand.

At this time, no injuries have been reported.

Officials with the Joshua Fire Department said the sheriff's office was called out to the same location earlier in the day. Officials later said that call was unrelated to the fire.

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