<![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, 22 Aug 2014 06:50:13 -0500 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:50:13 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Charter Bus Catches Fire on U.S. 75]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:08:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/charter-bus-fire.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

Check back and refresh this page for the latest update.



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<![CDATA[Divers Find Body in Lake Lewisville]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:37:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lewisville-fd-lake-search.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

Further details have not yet been confirmed.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No injuries have been reported.

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Further details have not yet been released.
 



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

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

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

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

Custer Road remains closed in the area.

No injuries have been reported.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The crash remains under investigation.
 



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adams is being held on $150,000 bond.

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We will update this story with more information as soon as it's available.  As this story is developing, elements may change.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Many people in the neighborhood said they knew him.

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

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

NBC 5's Ellen Bryan contributed to this report.



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

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

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

The condition of the victim is not yet known.

Police officers are in the area searching for the gunman.

At this time, no further information has been confirmed.



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

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

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

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

The canceled Amber Alert notification contains no information about Castillo.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Neighbors said they were shocked by what happened.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NBC 5's Josh Ault contributed to this report.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

On Tuesday, hospital staff declared the boy dead. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NBC 5's Jeff Smith contributed to this report.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NBC 5's Ellen Bryan contributed to this report.



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

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

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

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

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

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

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



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

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

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

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

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

NBC's Holley Ford contributed to this report.


 
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NBC 5's Josh Ault contributed to this report.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The amount of cash was not disclosed.

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

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

NBC 5's Ellen Bryan contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Patriot Guard Riders Ride for Safety]]> Thu, 29 May 2014 17:12:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/motorcycle-awareness-ride.jpg

A procession of flag-carrying motorcycles ride from Fort Worth into Arlington today reminding drivers to share the road following a rise in fatal crashes.

The Texas Patriot Guard Riders are helping promote Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month by riding in formation while carrying flags emblazoned with appeals to "Look Twice for Motorcycles" and "Share the Road" Thursday.

In 2013, crashes killed 494 motorcyclists in Texas, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. That is up from 470 motorcycle-related deaths in 2012.

The ride departed Fort Worth at about 10:30 a.m. and headed to AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Fort Worth police escorted the procession, which was to head through Fort Worth to Interstate 30 before heading east into Arlington.

Riders tell NBC 5 it's more dangerous on the road than ever because of technology.

"People just take it for granted that they can text and drive at the same time, and you can pass somebody going down the highway and they're paying more attention to their handheld phone than they are what's actually going on beside them," said motorcyclist Cliff Wooley.

Police say the best advice they can give drivers is the simplest, check your blind spots twice.

"I think people are not really paying attention. They're not looking for motorcycles generally so they get distracted. And if they're not looking, they're not seeing." said Arlington Police Department motorcycle officer Cpl. Dick Hill.

The event Thursday coincided with Motorcycle Safety Awareness month.



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<![CDATA[Infant in Stroller Killed in Arlington Crash]]> Thu, 29 May 2014 17:32:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/arlington-crash-cooper-california-cu-child.jpg

Arlington police say a boy in a stroller was killed Thursday after he and his father were hit by a truck while standing at a crosswalk.

According to police, the collision took place when the driver of a truck southbound on Cooper Street was struck by a white sedan making a left turn from northbound Cooper Street onto California Lane.

The man and his infant son, identified by friends and family members as 7-month-old David Bingenheimer, were struck by one of the vehicles while waiting to cross the street, police said.

The boy was killed at the scene, his father and the drivers of both vehicles suffered non life-threatening injuries.

"It appears at this time that they were off the road and waiting for their light signal to change to cross through the crosswalk and the vehicle left the road and struck them," said Sgt. Jeffrey Houston, with the Arlington Police Department. "But we are still early in the investigation and we are still confirming a lot of that stuff and who had which light. That is still part of the investigation to come."

Crash investigators have not yet determined who had the right of way and where the father and his son were standing at the time of the crash.

Following the crash, Arlington police tweeted all southbound lanes and two northbound lanes of Cooper Street were closed during the investigation. Southbound traffic was diverted at Colorado Lane. The intersection was reopened around 1:30 p.m.

NBC 5's Josh Ault contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[No Arrests Made After Waxahachie School Threats]]> Thu, 29 May 2014 09:53:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/waxahachie-hs-lockdown.jpg

Waxahachie police are investigating two separate threats made against two schools Wednesday, but no arrests have been made.

Lt. Todd Woodruff with the Waxahachie Police Department confirmed that at least two students received texts from the same unknown phone number where the sender threatened to "shoot up" Waxahachie High School.

The high school and nearby Ninth Grade Academy were both locked down and students were sheltered in place while police investigated.

NBC 5 learned Wednesday night that four Red Oak Independent School District students have been questioned in connection with the threatening text messages received at Waxahachie High School.

No charges have been filed yet, and it's unclear if any charges will be filed.

While the incident was investigated the district published a series of tweets advising that the campuses were in a shelter in place mode and that the doors were locked with students taking cover inside classrooms. The district also tweeted that the students were safe, lights were on in the classrooms and that classes were continuing normally.

At least one juvenile was reportedly taken into custody earlier in the day, according to police.

Police said just before noon, a teenager at Red Oak High School had been taken into custody and a phone believed to have been used to send the texts was confiscated. Shortly before 12:30 p.m., officials with the district tweeted "suspects have been apprehended by WPD" and that the "suspects were not WISD students nor were they Waxahachie community members."

Officials have not identified the "suspects" or clarified how many people may have been involved.

A parent whose daughter attends Waxahachie High School told NBC 5 that her child, and others, received a text saying they had about 10 minutes to get out of the school. The parent said she also received a recorded phone call from the school saying an unidentified person had entered the building at about 9:45 a.m. School officials have not confirmed whether any unauthorized person entered the building.

The husband of a school employee told NBC 5 that during the lock down classes were not resuming as normal and that no one had checked his wife's room, despite the message tweeted by officials.

After the Red Oak student was taken into custody, the campuses were cleared and allowed to resume a normal schedule.

At noon, as the incident at the high school and Ninth Grade Academy were drawing to a close, officials learned of a written bomb threat at Waxahachie's Finley Jr. High School.

The school was locked down and searched by police and bomb-sniffing dogs at about 1 p.m. Two hours later, the school was cleared when nothing was found.

Kim Roberts has children at both schools. Her son texted her from Waxahachie High School moments afterlearning what was going on.

“’Someone threatened to shoot up the school, but it’s all good,’ and I said, 'OK babe, let me know if anything else happens. Love you,'” Roberts said, reading the text message exchange.

“In my mind I was thinking, ‘He thinks everything is OK, but is it really?’” Roberts said.

At this time, police have not revealed a motive for either threat or disclosed the name(s) of those responsible. Police do not believe the bomb threat is directly related to the threats received via text message. A full investigation is underway for each incident.

On Dec. 10, 2010, the high school was evacuated due to a bomb threat. After an exhaustive search of the campus, nothing was found and no injuries were reported.

NBC 5's Ray Villeda contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Truck Carrying Modular Home Hits Bridge]]> Wed, 21 May 2014 14:01:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/truck-home-820-02.jpg

At least one person was hurt Wednesday after a string of collisions in East Fort Worth in which a truck hauling a modular home slammed into an overpass, shearing off part of the home's roof.

Officials have not yet revealed the cause of the crash, but from Chopper 5 it's evident the home suffered significant damage to the roof after it apparently collided with a bridge. Part of the home's roof has been sheared off, exposing the framework, insulation and other building materials.

The driver of the truck came to a stop along the southbound Frontage Road to East Loop 820 in front of the Lancaster Avenue Bridge.

The second vehicle believed to be involved in the crash came to a stop in the southbound lanes of Loop 820. After being removed from the sedan by firefighters, medical personnel transported the driver to an area hospital.

The conditions of those involved in the crash are not yet known.

Traffic in the southbound lanes of East Loop 820 was reduced from two lanes to one while the scene was cleared. The roadway has since been reopened.



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<![CDATA[Body Found at White Rock Lake; ID Confirmed]]> Wed, 21 May 2014 22:24:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/White-Rock-Lake-Search-0521.jpg

NBC 5 has learned the Dallas Police Department recovered the body of a swimmer from White Rock Lake Wednesday.

The body was identified as 24-year-old Jeremy Daugherty.

Rescuers with the police and fire department searched the lake for Daugherty, who went swimming with a friend Tuesday afternoon.

On Tuesday afternoon, DFR's swift water rescue team was called out the lake after witnesses said Daugherty and another man jumped into the water from a pedestrian bridge and swam toward shore.

When Daugherty began to struggle, his friend tried to help, but was overcome with fatigue, officials said. 

Daugherty then slipped under the water and never resurfaced.

Firefighters and divers arrived at the north side of the lake, near the White Rock Lake Trail foot bridge, and began searching for the man using sonar and grappling devices. After several hours, near dusk, the search was suspended until Wednesday morning.

Officials said that while the area had been dredged a couple of years ago, mud, tree stumps and debris made the search difficult, even though the water is only estimated to be about 8 feet deep.

Search crews returned to the area at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, and divers entered the water at 8:30 a.m. Shortly after noon, a Daugherty's body was recovered.

NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff, Bianca Castro, Ellen Bryan & Holley Ford contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[1 Killed in Collision Behind Wal-Mart Market]]> Tue, 20 May 2014 11:10:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-police-walmart-frito-lay.jpg

A man is dead after being hit by a Frito Lay truck behind a Wal-Mart Market Monday afternoon.

Few details about the incident have been released, though the victim's identity was confirmed Tuesday morning as 50-year-old Alfonso Samano.

The collision occurred at the Wal-Mart Market at 2827 S. Buckner Boulevard; Dallas police are investigating and no further information has been released.

(Originally we reported that the collision took place behind the Wal-Mart south of Interstate 30 between St. Francis Avenue and S. Buckner Boulevard. We regret the error.)



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<![CDATA[I-35W Reopens in Fort Worth After Cattle Crash]]> Tue, 20 May 2014 05:56:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cow-i-35-western-center.jpg

There's no cattle crossing on the Fort Worth freeway -- but that didn't stop a bewildered cow from trotting down the middle of Interstate 35W on Monday, after it got loose amid a truck crash.

A crash involving a cattle truck, a tanker and a sand hauler shut down the northbound lanes of I-35W at Western Center Boulevard in Fort Worth, police said.

Just before noon, an NBC 5 viewer submitted a video to iSee@NBCDFW.com that showed one cow running down the freeway, trailed by braking drivers.

Any loose cattle had been corralled and loaded into trailers by 1 p.m., NBC 5 confirmed.

After rounding up the loose cattle, crews could then begin the work of towing away the three damaged vehicles.

The crash affected all lanes, including both shoulders. Traffic was diverted off of the freeway until the lanes reopened at about 3:30 p.m.

No injuries were reported.



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<![CDATA[Fire Destroys Apartments in Valley Ranch]]> Fri, 16 May 2014 18:08:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/irving-apt-fire.jpg

Irving firefighters battled a 2-alarm fire at The Resort at Valley Ranch apartments on the 10000 block of North MacArthur Boulevard Friday afternoon.

Firefighters arriving at the scene shortly after 2 p.m. and reported fire shooting through the roof of the three-story building.

From Chopper 5, extensive damage to second and third floors of the building could be seen; one building, equaling 20 apartments, have been destroyed by fire.

The fire did not spread to any other buildings as firefighters were able to quickly get the fire under control.

Sharon Love. who lives at the complex, was home when the fire started.

"I walked back to the apartment to see and flames coming out the building, so, I could see the third floor collapsing. I stay on the second floor, so I could see it hitting my door," said Love.

No injuries were reported.

Officials with the apartment complex said it will help relocate victims to new apartments, either within the complex, or at nearby properties.

The Red Cross is also assisting the victims.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

NBC 5's Randy McIlwain and Holley Ford contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Teen Fatally Struck by Train]]> Fri, 16 May 2014 05:56:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fatal-train-hit-051514.jpg

A teen boy was struck and killed by a train Thursday morning, railroad investigators said.

The teen was hit near the 2100 block of York Drive in south Fort Worth.

Investigators said the teen was a Hispanic male, but did not detail information on the victim's identity, saying his parents have not yet been notified.

According to Joe Faust, the director of public affairs for Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad, the incident occurred as the teen walked westbound on the railroad tracks while wearing a backpack and headphones.

BNSF said the train engineer was aware that the locomotive hit the teen and that the train is equipped with a camera that should have video of the incident.

Fort Worth Independent School District spokesman Clint Bond said the district believes the victim may have been a student at an area high school.

BNSF originally gave the victim's age as 14-years-old, however Fort Worth police described him as an 15 or 16-year-old. Other sources continued the variations on the victim's age, but all ages fit between the range students traditionally attend high school.

NBC 5 has crews on the way to the scene to gather more information.

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<![CDATA[Fire Extinguished at Ellis County Chemical Plant]]> Thu, 15 May 2014 08:59:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pencco-fire-ennis2.jpg

A fire broke out inside a storage tank at a chemical plant in the Ellis County town of Bardwell Wednesday.

Brian Wodetzki, spokesman for Pencco, a national distributor of inorganic coagulants that treat drinking water and wastewater, said the fire started at about noon inside a vessel containing ferrous sulfate.

Wodetzki said there were no evacuations at their Bardwell facility, located at 6555 West Highway 34, and that all employees were accounted for with no injuries reported.

From Chopper 5, fire was visible at the top of an interior storage tank.  For about three hours, firefighters could be seen dousing the vessel with fire retardant and what appeared to be water.

The flames would fall and the fire would appear to go out, only to reignite a short time later.  Just after 3 p.m., NBC 5 learned the fire had been tapped out for good.

According to the company's Material Safety Data Sheet on ferrous sulfate, the solution does not burn but may decompose upon heating to produce corrosive and/or toxic fumes.

Wodetzki said an investigation into what started the fire is underway.

Pencco History

According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, they cited Pencco for two violations on July 17, 2012 and fined them $1,575. Pencco resolved the violations and paid an administrative penalty.

The TCEQ lists four complaints lodged against the Pencco Bardwell site over air quality and spilled liquids between 2009 and 2012. All of the complaints were closed.

The company has three active permits for the site, all of which are in good standing.

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<![CDATA[DFR Called to Swift Water Rescue]]> Tue, 13 May 2014 13:05:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DFR-water-rescue-103013.jpg

Dallas Fire-Rescue's swift water team has been called to assist a person in danger Tuesday afternoon.

The call came in at about noon and may be related to the missing persons report filed for Dallas Assistant Police Chief Gregory Holliday, who was last seen at about 2 p.m. Monday.

DFR emergency responders were called to a wooded area near White Rock Creek, not far from the 4900 block of Haverwood Lane.  The location is south of the President George Bush Turnpike and east of the Dallas North Tollway.

Dallas Police Department's Mounted Patrol is assisting in the search.

Just before 1 p.m., the mounted patrol tweeted the following:

No other information has been made available.

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[Haltom City Standoff Ends; No One Home]]> Mon, 19 May 2014 13:48:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/haltom-city-police-robot.jpg

Haltom City police and SWAT surrounded a home on the 4100 block of Field Street Tuesday afternoon, after police were alerted to reports of gunfire.

Several police and SWAT vehicles have blocked access to the street while officers in SWAT gear surrounded the home.

NBC 5 crews at the scene witnessed someone exiting the house at about 12:50 p.m, though who that person was remains unclear. That person was taken into custody and the house was still surrounded by police.

At 1:25 p.m., the bomb squad arrived at the home. About an hour later, police dispatched a robot to go into the home to see if anyone else was inside and to search for explosives.

At 4 p.m., NBC 5 reported nearby homes were evacuated, as a precaution, while the home was searched.

NBC 5 reported no one was found inside the home at about 6 p.m.  At that time, investigators cleared the scene and neighbors returned to their homes.

NBC 5's Randy McIlwain and Holley Ford contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[DFR Called to Fire at Retirement Community]]> Tue, 13 May 2014 11:53:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fire-presby-village-north-01.jpg

Dallas Fire-Rescue squelched a 2-alarm fire at a retirement home on the 8600 block of Skyline Drive Tuesday morning.

Officials with DFR said they were called after a transformer caught fire about 8-10 feet from a three-story residential building at the Presbyterian Village North retirement community.

When firefighters arrived, they reported seeing thick smoke coming from the transformer.  Once the power was cut, firefighters were able to extinguish the flames.

DFR said there was little threat to the residential building, but that about 20 people were evacuated after a little smoke got inside the building.

No injuries were reported.

NBC 5's Jeff Smith also contributed to this story.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Awards Love Gates to Virgin America]]> Tue, 13 May 2014 12:16:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/215*120/AP120404127819.jpg

Virgin America Airlines has been granted the use of two gates at Dallas Love Field, city officials say Monday.

Virgin, along with Delta and Dallas-based Southwest Airlines, had all been vying for the gates being divested by American Airlines as part of their merger with US Airways.  

Last month, Virgin announced they had received approval from the Justice Department to take over the gates and that they would move their operation from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to Love. Afterward, they immediately began selling nonstop tickets to DAL.

Even with Virgin's support from the federal government, Southwest kept lobbying for the gates at the city-owned airport.  Meanwhile, Virgin waged a PR campaign for the gates and their love of Love Field and the City of Dallas.

Even with the government's approval, Dallas refused to confirm who would receive the gates until Monday via Twitter.

A short time later, the city said the following:

"While initially, the city was told to expect a collaborative process, the Justice Department eventually required American Airlines to sublease the Love Field gates to a chosen airline. The city was presented with the sublease. Rather than simply signing the sublease presented to us, we took some additional time to make sure our actions would be responsible and capture the vision of the Justice Department’s selected carrier," said City Manager A.C. Gonzalesz Monday in a prepared statement. "This was accomplished by incorporating Virgin’s publicly stated intentions into a compliance agreement."

Part of the compliance agreement with the City of Dallas insures that Virgin adheres to the city's noise abatement program, that they clarify how unused gate space may be accessible to other airlines and to indemnify the city.

Virgin issued their own statement, complete with a tweet showing minority owner Sir Richard Branson covered in kisses and "feeling the love."

The airline also issued a more formal, prepared statement from CEO David Cush.

“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to bring new competition to Love Field, an important airport for travelers because of its proximity to the city’s central business district. We appreciate the support of Dallas travelers and all of the Virgin America fliers and look forward to bringing a new choice to the patrons of Love Field," said Cush in a prepared statement.

Southwest Airlines, understandably, had hoped for a different outcome.

“We’re very disappointed. We are proud of the offer we made the City of Dallas to expand service with our request for two additional gates at Love Field. Regardless of the decision, we are excited to share more details later this month about the new service and low fares we will offer our Customers as Wright Amendment restrictions expire this October.”  said Gary Kelly, president and CEO of Southwest Airlines.

Despite their disappointment, in a tweet Southwest welcomed their competition to Love.

“I applaud Mr. Gonzalez for his thorough approach to making this important decision. I support his approval of the sublease between American Airlines and Virgin America because it is best for the citizens of Dallas," said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. "I look forward to welcoming Virgin America to Love Field Airport with open arms.”

With the gates, Virgin plans to offer nonstop service between Love Field (DAL) and San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), New York LaGuardia (LGA), and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). The company said SFO, LAX and DCA to DAL flight service starts on Oct. 13, 2014, and LGA to DAL flight service starts on Oct. 28, 2014.



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<![CDATA[Warehouse Catches Fire in Irving]]> Mon, 12 May 2014 11:22:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/irving-fire-warehouse-051214-002.jpg

Nearly two dozen people were evacuated as Irving firefighers battled a 2-alarm fire at an industrial building Monday morning.

Firefighters were first called to the warehouse on the 6600 block of North Belt Line Road at about 10:15 a.m.

The fire was contained to an empty space under construction inside a large warehouse. Adjacent businesses were evacuated as firefighters battled the fire.

A black, burned section of the roof was visible from Chopper 5.

The cause of the fire has not been confirmed, but firefighters said the fire was likely caused by welders working on a construction project.

No injuries have been reported.

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[Cement Mixer Overturns, Closes I-45]]> Sat, 10 May 2014 09:39:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cement-truck-overturn-01.jpg

A cement mixer overturned in the southbound lanes of Interstate 45, near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and the U.S. Highway 175 split Friday afternoon.

Fuel was spilled when the truck overturned, closing the southbound lanes. Traffic was able to pass on the shoulder, though all main lanes of the highway were closed while the crash was cleared and fuel spill removed.

The conditions of those involved in the crash are not yet known.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.



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