<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Breaking News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/breaking http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usMon, 23 Oct 2017 05:37:03 -0500Mon, 23 Oct 2017 05:37:03 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Woman Arriving Home Gunned Down in Yard; Reward Offered]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 22:36:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jocelyn-Sarabia-Marlon.jpg

Garland police are looking for sedan after a young woman was shot and killed in front of her parent's home as she arrived home from her job at a convenience store early Friday morning.


Homicide detectives with the Garland Police Department said 20-year-old Jocelyn Sarabia-Marlon arrived at her family's home in the 900 block of East Linda Drive at about 1:30 a.m. and was quickly approached by two men who fatally shot her.

Surveillance video released Friday night shows two men walking alongside a sedan with another person driving it. The edited video then shows the car backed into a driveway drive off. Another angle shows one of the man wearing a shirt with a reflective sleeve.

According to the victim's step-sister, Alexia Guerrero, their mother woke up and heard the victim saying, "Oh my God, oh my God," followed by gunfire.

The gunshots woke up the entire family, who went out front to find Jocelyn unresponsive and bleeding on the front lawn.

The family called police and first responders arrived moments later. Jocelyn was taken to Baylor Medical Center in Dallas where she was later pronounced dead.

"It just took one bullet for her to pass. It went straight to her heart and out the other way," Guerrero said. "In front of her yard, in front of her parents. It was hard for them ... your daughter gets killed in front of your house."

Guerrero said the family is struggling to understand what's happened and said her step-sister was not physically assaulted or robbed before being shot.

"They didn't rob her, they didn't take no belongings. They just came, did what they did and just left," Guerrero said.

A makeshift memorial is growing in the front yard of the home.

Police said the investigation is in the early stages and that and detectives are working to determine a motive.

They say they are unable to get a good description of the men in the video. Police say the sedan may be a Nissan Altima.

So far, no arrests have been made. 

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to contact the Garland Police Department at 972-485-4840. A reward of up to $5,000 has been offered by Garland Crimes Stoppers for information leading to an arrest or grand jury indictment.s

Tips may also be submitted anonymously to Garland Crime Stoppers at 972-272-8477 (TIPS), or garlandcrimestoppers.org.



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<![CDATA[American-Canadian Family Out of Captivity After 5 Years]]> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:35:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT+US+HOSTAGES+FREE+THUMB.jpg

American Caitlan Coleman, her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle and their three children have been released by a Taliban-linked group after being held captive for five years. The couple was captured while hiking near Kabul, Afghanistan in 2012 and held by the Haqqani network. Coleman was pregnant at the time and gave birth to three children while in captivity.

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<![CDATA[Video Captures Dramatic Moment During Mexico Quake]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:02:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT+MEXICO+EARTHQUAKE+SB.jpg

Ana Paula Hernandez captured the moment a deadly 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico as she attempted to hide under her office desk.

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<![CDATA[Deadly 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Mexico]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:26:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT_MEXICO_EARTHQUAKE_091917_1-150585103631000002.jpg

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico Tuesday in the state of Puebla, which is about 80 miles southeast of Mexico City. This latest quake comes less than two weeks after an 8.1 earthquake hit the country, killing nearly 100 people.

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<![CDATA[Japan Reacts to North Korean Missile Fired Over Country]]> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:26:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT+JAPAN+REAX+NK+MISSILE+THUMB.jpg

North Korea fired another missile over Japan Friday. The missile flew over the island of Hakkaido and landed in the Pacific Ocean. Experts estimate the ballistic missile flew over 2,300 miles, which would mean it is capable of reaching Guam.

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<![CDATA[Victims of Plano Mass Shooting Identified]]> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:50:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/plano-mass-shooting-eight-victims.jpg

Plano police have confirmed the name of the man they say killed his estranged wife and seven others during a Dallas Cowboys watch party as 32-year-old Spencer Hight.

Investigators said the gunman arrived at his former home Sunday at about 8 p.m., armed with multiple weapons. The man then went on a rampage, shooting nine people, seven fatally, inside the home and in the back yard, before being fatally shot by a Plano police officer.

One of the two people injured in the shooting later died at an area hospital. On Wednesday night, the family of the lone survivor released her name, Carly Shockey, and a statement about the shooting.

We would like to thank everyone for their concern and prayers for our loved one, Carly. Our hearts are heavy for the families affected by this senseless tragedy.

Carly is in stable, but serious condition. This is the beginning of a very long recovery journey for both Carly and our family. We ask that you please respect our privacy as we focus all of our family’s energy on helping Carly recover.

At this time, please join us in supporting all the families and friends who have been impacted, and honoring the memory of these young lives that were tragically taken away.

Investigators confirmed the identities of the eight victims as: 27-year-old Meredith Emily Hight, the estranged wife of the suspect; 33-year-old Anthony "Tony" Michael Cross; 24-year-old Olivia Nicole Deffner; 29-year-old James Richard Dunlop; 22-year-old Darryl William Hawkins; 31-year-old Rion Christopher Morgan; 28-year-old Myah Sade Bass and 25-year-old Caleb Seth Edwards.

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"It's kind of like losing a child," said Kenda Grand, who walked up to a growing memorial on Tuesday with flowers in honor of Tony Cross. "My son said, 'He was my first friend and still is my best friend. He was an awesome guy. He was a great kid, very articulate. Everywhere we went, we took Tony.'"

The family of Tony Cross released a statement to NBC 5:

"Times like this often serve as a reminder to live each day to its fullest and to always make time for the important people in your life, but that's just how Tony lived. He didn't need a reminder to pursue his passions or to spend time with the ones he loved. He lived and loved the way we all should."

Rion Morgan's aunt in the Houston area told NBC 5 that Morgan had been a groomsman in Hight's wedding.

"He was a kindhearted, good person," said Carol Greer. "He was very lovable to everybody. Everybody he met was his friend and stayed his friend."

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Greer said Morgan was a UT-Dallas graduate and worked on campus. He loved to travel and loved his nieces.

"I just wish that everybody would just step back and take a look at themselves and learn how to love each other, because this world is beginning to get very sick," she said.

Friends of the victims talked with NBC 5 outside of the home, not far from where the victims' cars remained parked outside.

Zully Romo lifted her hand in prayer for her friend and co-worker, Darryl Hawkins.

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She confirmed he was among the victims when she saw his BMW still parked by the house.

"Your hear it, but you don't believe it," Romo said. "And you still don't believe it, but you see his car there, and all you want to do is wrap yourself around it and see him walk up and say, 'Hey, let's go.'"

The parents of Meredith Hight told NBC 5 Monday that their daughter was getting a divorce and that she was hosting a football watch party at the couple's former home a day before what would have been their wedding anniversary.

A friend of Spencer Hight, who asked to remain anonymous, said he saw Spencer at a nearby bar before the shooting and that he seemed upset. No further details were shared.

The Dallas Morning News reports that those killed on Sunday night in Plano included the man who had stood by 32-year-old Spencer Hight when he said "I do" to Meredith Hight. Spencer Hight's father, Chester Hight, told the newspaper that that the family is living a "nightmare."

A motive for the shooting has not been confirmed.

Brave Plano Officer Enters Home, Ends Massacre

Plano Police Officer David Tilley said during a news conference Monday that officers were called to a home on the 1700 block of West Spring Creek Parkway just after 8 p.m. after several people called 911 reporting active gunshots.

Plano Chief of Police Gregory Rushin said during a news conference Monday afternoon that the first officer arrived at the home within two minutes of being dispatched.

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Rushin said the officer approached the home from the rear and heard gunshots inside as well as several shooting victims "down" in the back yard. Rushin said the officer then made the brave decision to enter the home without waiting for backup.

"The first thing he heard was shots being fired. He saw people in the back yard, down, that were shot. So he instantly knew what was going on. He went into the house on his own, made that decision that he couldn't wait for a backup from another partner, as we were trained, and go in and to stop the shooter. And that's exactly what he did, he actually found the shooter inside and ended his shooting spree," Rushin said. "This officer went directly into fire, where fire was taking place, and stopped the shooter's ability to continue to kill people. I think the officer showed great bravery."

Inside the home, officers found two survivors, both critically injured with apparent gunshot wounds, and the bodies of seven adults. At a news conference Monday afternoon, police said one of the two survivors died at the hospital, while the condition of the other was not known.

The investigation into the deaths of the eight victims is being handled by the Plano Police Department. The officer who fatally shot the suspected gunman is on administrative leave with pay and the shooting is being investigated by the Texas Rangers, which is normal in officer-involved shootings.



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<![CDATA[Hurricane Irma’s Path of Destruction]]> Fri, 08 Sep 2017 14:53:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+Hurricane+Irma+THUMB2.jpg

Hurricane Irma has cut a huge path of destruction through several Caribbean islands on its path toward the United States. See what the aftermath looked like as some of those islands began to recover.

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<![CDATA[Ahead of Irma, Florida’s Key Largo Is a Ghost Town]]> Fri, 08 Sep 2017 15:25:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT+IRMA+KEY+LARGO+THUMB.jpg

A time-lapse video of the drive north on US-1 from Key Largo shows near-empty roads after Floridians evacuated ahead of Hurricane Irma. The storm is expected to slam into the area early Sunday morning as a Category 4 storm.

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<![CDATA[Cellphone Video of Hurricane Irma Over Turks And Caicos]]> Fri, 08 Sep 2017 09:33:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT+HURRICANE+IRMA+TURKS+CAICOS+THUMB.jpg

Dramatic cellphone video captures Hurricane Irma as it approached Turks and Caicos. The storm is responsible for at least 11 deaths and is expected to hit Miami early Sunday morning.

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<![CDATA[Photos: Deadly Terrorist Attacks in Barcelona, Cambrils]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:14:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-833993788.jpg At least 14 people were killed and many more injured in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, after a white van jumped a curb and slammed into people on a busy sidewalk, police said. The alleged driver fled the scene of the crash. South of Barcelona in Cambrils, police killed five suspects after authorities said they also drove a car into people, injuring six, in a linked attack. Those suspects wore fake bombs.

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<![CDATA[Country Music Artist Glen Campbell Dies at 81]]> Tue, 08 Aug 2017 16:49:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT+GLEN+CAMPBELL+DEATH+THUMB.jpg

Country music legend Glen Campbell died Tuesday following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The musician was 81. During his recording career, Campbell released more than 70 albums and sold more than 45 million records, including the popular hits “Gentle on My Mind” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.”

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<![CDATA[Explosion at Minneapolis School]]> Wed, 02 Aug 2017 17:15:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT_MINNEAPOLIS_SCHOOL_EXPLOSION_080217-150169756219600001.jpg

One person has been found dead and another is still unaccounted for after an explosion Wednesday morning caused the partial collapse of a Minneapolis college prep school. Authorities say it was a natural gas explosion.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Names U. Renee Hall as Next Chief of Police]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:29:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RH-DPD.jpg

The City of Dallas named U. Renee Hall the next chief of the Dallas Police Department Wednesday. Hall, the daughter of a murdered Detroit police officer, is the first woman to hold the position in the department's 136-year history.

"I am honored to be chosen to lead the Dallas Police Department at this critical time in its history,” Hall said in a prepared statement. "I look forward to building on the successes of the past, preserving community trust and ensuring the safety of our officers and the entire Dallas community."

Her appointment means women of color now hold the top three law enforcement positions in Dallas County. Hall joins Sheriff Lupe Valdez, the first openly gay Latina to be elected Dallas County sheriff, and District Attorney Faith Johnson, the first black woman appointed to the position.

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Before coming to Dallas, Hall spent more than two decades with the Detroit Police Department, most recently as deputy chief. Under Hall's leadership in Michigan, the city of Detroit experienced a 40-year low in homicides and double-digit reductions in violent crime for three consecutive years.

She is expected to begin work in Dallas on Sept. 5.

Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax said Wednesday Hall is a proven leader with a stellar background and a passion for public service.

"My belief is Renee Hall will be a dynamic chief and do great things in this community," Broadnax said. "She's going to have a great impact, not just on the police department, but the entire city."

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City officials said that while Hall was in Detroit she "developed and implemented comprehensive community policing and mentor programs, forged partnerships and established trust within minority communities while also building strong relationships between officers of all ranks and community stakeholders." 

In an exclusive interview with NBC 5 Investigative reporter Scott Friedman, Hall said she will work to implement these same types of programs in Dallas. Among her objectives, she said, is having officers more involved in the community, doing service projects, feeding the homeless and working with teens, because "officers can't police a community they don't understand."

"What I've learned from being in the city of Detroit, as you know the city of Detroit went through bankruptcy, we went through pension reform, pay cuts for the officers — they even had holidays taken away, and morale was very low. We did have mass exodus, much like Dallas had, but when we got down to talking to the officers, officers don't necessarily leave just about money. It's not always monetary. They just need to have an environment where they have unwavering support from their leaders, creating an environment of excitement," Hall said.

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings welcomed Hall to the city in a series of tweets where he said, "I knew we would get many great candidates, and we did because of the great opportunity. We needed an excellent leader and we got a proven one. I'm pleased with our choice."

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"We’ve done our homework on her. We were told that she was very strong in the community that even as a chief level officer in the city of Detroit she gets out and engages the community and actually gets involved in police incidents and maintains a presence in the community,” said Thomas Glover, president of the Black Police Association of Greater Dallas.

The city launched a nationwide search for a new police chief last fall after Chief David O. Brown abruptly announced his retirement. Brown, who grew up in Dallas and attended UT, had led the department for six years, but had spent decades on the force. His departure came only a few months after five law enforcement officers were ambushed and gunned down in downtown Dallas near the end of a peaceful protest.

Since Brown's departure on Oct. 22, the department has been led by interim Chief of Police David Pughes who said early on that he was not seeking to fill the position permanently.

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During an event earlier this month in Dallas, Hall joined seven other finalists at City Hall to meet with stakeholders and greet the public. She said then she recognized the city's need to heal after the ambush attack last summer and that she could help do that.

"This job is about skill. It's about the ability to lead, boost morale and fight crime," Hall said. "To bring a city that needs to heal together as a whole. I bring that."

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Hall, who was promoted to deputy chief in Detroit in May 2014, was one of two black women among the eight finalists for the job. She edged out five local finalists, four from within the Dallas Police Department, including Dallas Assistant Chief of Police Gary Tittle; Dallas Deputy Chief Malik Aziz; Dallas Deputy Chief Rick Watson and Grand Prairie Chief of Police Steve Dye.

Both Johnson and Valdez released statements of support following Wednesday's announcement.

“I want to welcome our new Chief of Police, Ulysha Renee Hall to Dallas ... it’s exciting that she will serve as the first female chief at the Dallas Police Department. I am proud that she is joining me and Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez on the growing list of females in top law enforcement positions in Dallas County," Johnson said. "There is much work to be done building bridges between law enforcement and our communities, and I am looking forward to all of us working together to ensure success."

"The Sheriff’s Department congratulates Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax on the selection of Dallas Police’s new chief.  It was a tough decision because any one of the seven candidates would have made an excellent chief. We welcome Chief U. Renee Hall and look forward to working with her. I am personally aware of the challenges that the first female chief will face. My staff and I stand ready to help in any way that we can," said Valdez.

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Hall has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Grambling State University and Master’s degrees in Security Administration and Intelligence Analysis from the University of Detroit Mercy. A graduate of the FBI National Academy, she also completed the Police Executive Leadership Institute and is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, Hall was 6 months old when her 27-year-old father was gunned down while working a prostitution and gambling case. After failing to report in for 12 hours, his body was discovered only after a man reported finding a person had been shot in the chest. To date, his murder remains unsolved.

"I know what it's like to grow up without a parent who died at the hands of a violent crime. And I know what the citizens feel when their loved one has been taken away from them," she told NBC 5. "So it's important for me to make sure that those individual are brought to justice so there's closure in their lives. Because I never received that closure," she said.

She told The Dallas Morning News that closure was important to her family and that she believed she was finishing what her father started.

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During a lighter moment with the media, Hall was asked Wednesday if she'd continue to support the Detroit Lions after moving to Dallas. She said though she was a lifelong Lions fan, she'd be wearing a Dallas Cowboys hat on Sundays -- except for when the Cowboys play the Lions. There will be no conflict this year unless the team's meet in the postseason -- the Cowboys and Lions are not scheduled to play in the 2017 season.

Hall is expected to begin work in Dallas on Sept. 5.

NBC 5's Ashleigh Barry, Ken Kalthoff, Scott Friedman and Eva Parks contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Bomb Hoax Prompts Evacuation at UT Dallas]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:06:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/utdallasthreat10.jpg

The University of Texas at Dallas ordered a campus-wide evacuation Tuesday afternoon after receiving a bomb threat that turned out to be a hoax.

The school ordered all students, faculty, visitors and employees to evacuate all buildings at about 2:40 p.m.

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The school followed up tweets calling for the evacuation with another saying they'd received a bomb threat and that they were working with the University of Texas at Dallas Police Department to make sure the campus is safe.

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The all clear was given at about 3:20 p.m. and students, teachers and others were seen headed back inside.

Officials did not say how the threat was received and no other information has been confirmed.



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<![CDATA[Daughter of Civic Leader Killed in Fort Worth Shooting]]> Mon, 12 Jun 2017 04:03:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fort-worth-shooting-metro.jpg

Two were killed and five others were hospitalized after a shooting in Fort Worth late Friday night.

A witness, Ethel Love, reported hearing dozens of shots from multiple guns on Davis Avenue, near New York Avenue in Fort Worth, close to I-35W.

Gunfire in this area is "a regular thing," said Love. "I've been staying on Davis street since 1972 and seven people have passed away and I'm just... really tired of it."

The deceased have since been identified as Ramsez Hall and Shemeka Rodriguez - the daughter of East Fort Worth Neighborhood Coalition President Melinda Hamilton.

Two of the injured were taken by ambulance, and the other three taken by private vehicles, to nearby hospitals early Saturday morning.

Fort Worth's gang units were on scene investigating, but the cause of the shooting is still unclear and the department is urging anyone with more information to contact them.

This story will be updated as more details are released.



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<![CDATA[May: UK Threat Level Raised to Critical]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 17:20:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TheresaMay-149557577419400001.jpg

Prime Minister Theresa May announced the United Kingdom's threat level has been raised from severe to critical, its highest level, on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, a day after a suicide bombing in Manchester left 22 dead and 59 wounded.

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<![CDATA[Trump Denies Asking Comey to Close Flynn Probe]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 16:53:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT+TRUMP+PRESSER+051817THUMB.jpg

President Donald Trump responded to questions about the Russia investigation at a news conference Thursday with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Trump denied the allegation that he urged former FBI Director James Comey to back off his investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

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<![CDATA[Man Who Caused Hulen Mall Lockdown Saturday Identified]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:19:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/216*120/Vernon-Hassell-Hulen-Mall2.jpg

An armed robber on the run was arrested at Hulen Mall, but not before forcing police to shut the mall down Saturday morning, according to Fort Worth Police.

Police say an armed man with a beard, glasses and a purple hoodie robbed a store along Camp Bowie Boulevard at about 10:30 a.m. The man then carjacked a 2017 pickup truck.

Thanks to a tracker on the pickup, police followed the truck to Hulen Mall where the alleged robber ran from officers and went into the mall.

The mall was then locked down and officers searched for the man. Some inside were told to shelter in place and others were evacuated.

At 11:30 a.m. Fort Worth police tweeted a warning to the public to stay away from the mall.

At 11:40 a.m. Fort Worth Police reported the suspect was in custody. Police later said he was found in the boiler room of the Macy's.

Fort Worth Police tweeted just before 12:15 p.m. that the mall was still closed as police searched for evidence only. No other suspects were being pursued.

Just before 12:45 p.m. Fort Worth police tweeted that the mall was once again open to the public.

Police said 40-year-old Vernon Hassell was charged with five counts of aggravated robbery. He's being held on $50,000 bond. No word on if Hassell has been appointed an attorney.



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<![CDATA[Fisherman Missing on Lake Ray Hubbard]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 08:47:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/boat-missing-fisherman.jpg

The search for a fisherman who's been missing since Wednesday on Lake Ray Hubbard resumed Friday morning.[[416354523,R]]

Officials have identified the man as Mark Jordan of Rockwall County.

Due to extremely windy conditions on Thursday, crews called off the search at sundown and were set to resume Friday morning.

Jordan's pickup and trailer were located at the boat ramp along Texas Highway 66; his capsized boat was found by the Dallas Police Department's helicopter Air 1 about a half mile south of the Highway 66 bridge.

DFR's Marine 1 investigated the boat and said it was empty.

Jason Evans, with Dallas Fire-Rescue, said they were told Jordan typically fished in a certain area and never stayed on the water too long.

The Texas Game Warden and other local agencies are assisting in the search.

 



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<![CDATA[Flower Mound Orders Controlled Burn of Namesake Flower Mound]]> Fri, 03 Mar 2017 05:51:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/flower-mound-controlled-burn.jpg

For the first time ever, the Flower Mound Fire Department conducted a prescribed burn of the town's namesake flower mound.

City officials said invasive plants have overtaken the flower mound, choking out native wildflowers and prairie grasses.

The overgrowth is also a wildfire hazard, officials said, which could threaten neighboring homes and businesses.

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Mix the large supply of vegetation/wildfire fuel with Texas' current elevated risk of wildfires and it's a recipe for disaster.

To curtail the risk of wildfire and remove the invasive species, officials ordered a controlled burn of the area. On Thursday, approximately eight acres, or two-thirds of the mound, were burned.

The remaining four acres, which are surrounded by residential property, will be done sometime next year.

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<![CDATA[Silver Alert: Missing Senior May Pose a Threat to Himself]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:17:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/earl-dee-elliott-inset.jpg

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Earl Dee Elliot, an 87-year-old white man diagnosed with a cognitive impairment who police believe poses a threat to his own health and safety.

Elliott is 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs about 160 pounds and has blonde hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a green jack with a green or grey shirt and black shoes.

He was last seen at about 7 a.m. Tuesday near 5512 Burleson Oaks in Burleson driving a maroon 1996 Chevrolet 1500L pickup truck with Texas license plate BV1 9568.

Anyone with information about Elliot's location is asked to contact the Johnson County Sheriff's Office at 817-556-6060.

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<![CDATA[Mesquite Firefighters Battle 2-Alarm Apartment Fire]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:01:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/churchill-crossing-fire-02.jpg

Mesquite firefighters knocked down a 2-alarm fire at the Churchill Crossing Apartments on the 3700 block of Gus Thomasson Road late Tuesday morning.[[413729123,R]]

Fire officials confirmed fire at about 11:30 a.m. smoke and fire were visible on the third floor.

By noon, firefighters apparently had the fire under control.

At this time no injuries have been reported and the cause of the fire is unknown.

Check back and refresh this page for the latest update. As this story is developing, elements may change.



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<![CDATA[3 in Custody After Burglary, Chase in Cedar Hill]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:20:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cedar-Hill-Police-Badge.jpg

Three people wanted in connection with a home burglary in Cedar Hill are in custody, police say.

Cedar Hill police said after a burglary was reported Wednesday afternoon officers made a traffic stop. During that stop, three people exited the vehicle and tried to run away.

One of the occupants was arrested, but two were able to escape after running toward a nearby apartment complex.

While officers searched the area, two nearby schools, Trinity Christian School and Besse Coleman Middle School, were placed on lock down.

Just after 3 p.m., police said the other two suspected burglars had been taken into custody and the lock downs were lifted.

No further information has been confirmed by police.



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<![CDATA[2 Window Washers Rescued after Dangling 15 Stories]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 05:00:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/giphy3.gif

Firefighters with Dallas Fire-Rescue pulled two stranded window washers off a high-rise building in North Dallas Wednesday afternoon.

The window washers were in distress and dangling from the Prosperity Bank building at 9330 LBJ Freeway near Abrams after their scaffolding apparently failed and fell to one side just before 2 p.m.

From NBC Dallas-Fort Worth Chopper 5, the scaffolding could be seen hanging vertically with only one set of support wires to the roof intact. It is not yet known what caused the scaffolding to fail.

After raising one of the workers to the roof, a member of the Dallas Fire-Rescue Urban Search and Rescue Team rappelled down the building and secured the second worker to another line before lowering him to the ground at about 2:50 p.m.

Attempts to raise the second man to the roof apparently failed.

Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans told NBC 5 it appears safety equipment worn by the men worked as it should and kept them safe after the scaffolding failed.

Neither of the men were believed to be seriously injured, though the second man rescued was transported to Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas for an evaluation.

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell estimated winds of 10-15 mph. Mitchell noted that the wind was not severe enough to move the stranded worker or disturb the scaffolding.

Fire departments in cities with taller buildings, such as Dallas and Fort Worth, train for what happened Wednesday afternoon. 

"We were lucky to have the window washer prop so we can practice the window washer rescue," said Fort Worth Fire Capt. Robert Webb. "Like today, they had one in Dallas today. So it happens."

The Fort Worth Fire Department showed NBC 5 how firefighters train for such situations. They dangled a dummy from a window washing platform on the fifth floor of their training facility. 

"If any of his equipment fails before we get to him, obviously that's the most dangerous part," said firefighter Chris Torrez, as he dangled outside a fifth floor window, making the practice rescue. "Just taking care of business, going down there and helping whoever we need to help."

Torrez said he hasn't had to rescue anyone off the side of a building in real life, but training for it makes him ready for anything.



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<![CDATA[Weatherford Cop Accidentally Shot by Backup During Struggle]]> Fri, 30 Dec 2016 19:56:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weatherford-Police-Hospital-Shooting-123016.jpg

A North Texas police officer is on administrative leave after shooting another officer and the man he was trying to arrest during a traffic stop Thursday night.

Weatherford police said Officer Chris Bumpas is in stable condition after undergoing surgery Thursday night. Bumpas has been on the police force for less than a year and was recently named the Weatherford Police Department's "Rookie of the Year."

At about 9:15 p.m., Bumpas stopped a driver outside the Tequila Bar and Grill on the 2100 block of Tin Top Road. After learning one of the three occupants of the vehicle was wanted, he tried to place the man under arrest.

The man, whose name has not yet been released, became combative and hit Bumpas with a metal flashlight, police said. An officer called to backup Bumpas used a stun gun to try to disable the man, but it had no effect. The backup officer then fired his weapon multiple times, striking the man.

A preliminary investigation revealed the backup officer, whose name has also not been released, accidentally shot Bumpas in the stomach, police said.

"The officer that fired his weapon has been placed on routine administrative leave, per department policy," police spokesman Jason Hayes said.

Weatherford police said Bumpas was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth where he underwent surgery.

The wanted man was also hospitalized and was listed as "guarded," police said. Once he's recovered, he'll be taken to jail where he is expected to face a charge of aggravated assault on a police officer.

A man and woman riding in the wanted man's vehicle were not injured in the incident.

Detectives with the Weatherford Police Department and a member of the Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting. The Texas Rangers are expected to take the lead in the case, which police said is normal protocol for officer-involved shootings in Weatherford.



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<![CDATA[1 Dead, 1 Injured After Stabbing, Fire at NE Dallas Home]]> Wed, 14 Dec 2016 18:01:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fire-smoke-roadway.jpg

One person is dead and another is recovering after a stabbing and fire at a home in northeast Dallas Wednesday afternoon, police and fire officials say.[[406570415, R]]

Dallas police said officers were called to a stabbing at a home on the 9100 block of Gunnison Drive. When officers arrived, they found the victim inside but the attacker was nowhere to be found.

With smoke and fire coming from the garage area of the home, officers worked quickly to get the victim to safety outside while requesting fire assistance from the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department.

Firefighters later discovered the body of an adult male inside the home who was unable to get out after the fire started.  The man's identity and cause of death will be determined by the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office.

DFR said the stabbing was the result of a dispute between the occupants of the home and that at some point a fire started in the garage.

The fire was mostly isolated to the garage and attic, though smoke spread throughout the home.

The investigation by the Dallas police is ongoing.


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<![CDATA[Cold Case Arrest Made in 1987 Murder of Weatherford Teen]]> Wed, 14 Dec 2016 19:31:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ricky-lee-adkins-mugshot-inset.jpg

Police made an arrest Wednesday morning in the decades-old murder of a North Texas teenager whose body was found days after she disappeared while visiting an area lake.

Wendy Kae Robinson, 19, was sunbathing at "The Wall," a popular location at Lake Weatherford, when she was last seen alive on the afternoon of July 8, 1987.

Though her car was found near the lake the following day, her body was not discovered until four days later outside a gated Parker County ranch along the 500 block of Savage Lane -- about seven miles from where her car was located.

Police said Wednesday that since Robinson's body was discovered nearly three decades ago, her death has been investigated as a homicide and that detectives continued to follow-up on leads and tips over the last 29 years.[[406561915,R,200,220]]

On Wednesday, nearly 30 years after Robinson was killed, Weatherford police announced they had arrested 59-year-old Ricky Lee Adkins at about 10 a.m. at his residence in Ranger and that he was being held in the Parker County Jail on a capital murder charge.

Investigators have not revealed what evidence led them to Adkins and said the investigation is ongoing and that more arrests may be forthcoming.

What police did say however was that the cold case was reviewed again by detectives in January 2016 and that investigators from the Weatherford/Parker County Special Crimes Unit assisted in bringing forth new theories in the investigation.

"After developing a new strategy based off old leads, detectives sought the assistance of the Texas Rangers and the United States Secret Service," Weatherford police said Wednesday in a statement.

After months of renewed investigation, reviewing case reports, taking new statements and interviewing multiple individuals, police said the Parker County District Attorney’s office presented the case to the Parker County Grand Jury who handed down an indictment for Adkins in the teen's murder.

Adkins' arrest comes just one day after police said detectives were looking at new clues in the 29-year-old murder. NBC 5 has learned he is a registered sex offender with a long criminal record and that court records show Weatherford police arrested him in 1987 for forgery just a few weeks after Robinson’s murder. Adkins would have turned 30 years old just two days before Robinson disappeared.

Speaking with NBC 5 earlier this week, Robinson's father pleaded for anyone with information to come forward.

"It was a horrible experience," her father, Jim Robinson, said. "We didn't know what to think. And the more time that passed by, the worse we felt like the situation was."

Robinson's father said she was a student at Weatherford Junior College and planned to be a teacher.

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call the Weatherford Police Department at 817-598-4300. Individuals can also submit information through the Texas Rangers’ Cold Case website or by contacting the Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 1-800-346-3243. A $5,000 reward for information is being offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of anyone else responsible for Robinson's death.



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<![CDATA[27 Homes Evacuated After Gas Line Ruptured in Southlake]]> Tue, 13 Dec 2016 05:24:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/atmos-gas-repair-southlake-121216.jpg

Repairs continued late Monday on a broken gas line in Southlake that forced an evacuation order for more than two dozen homes.

According to city officials, a plumber hit a natural gas line Monday afternoon along the 2900 block of Sutton Place.

There have been no injuries reported and 27 residences were evacuated only as a precaution.

Southlake Department of Public Safety officials said at about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday that the breach had been stopped, but that crews were still working on repairs in the area. They said the road would likely be closed until about 6 a.m.



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<![CDATA[Iconic I-20 Texas Flag Installation Removed]]> Tue, 13 Dec 2016 16:01:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Flag+Removal++%282%29.jpg

Texas Department of Transportation crews finished removing the colorful state of Texas outline on the Interstate 20 median in far southwest Dallas on Tuesday.

TxDOT removed the installation over safety concerns where drivers were entering and exiting the freeway without a ramp. 

Over the years, the feature had become such a popular attraction for photos that drivers carved a dirt pathway into the grassy area between Mountain Creek Parkway and Spur 408, ignoring several "Keep Off Median" signs on the highway's shoulder.

Most challenging for visitors with the current arrangement is getting back on the interstate from the bumpy median shoulder without causing a crash or posing a hazard to drivers on the freeway.

The paneling around the emblem was removed Monday afternoon. The brightly-turf that makes up the flag will be taken away on Tuesday.

The installation will be turned over to the city of Grand Prairie, though what will happen to it after that remains a mystery. City spokesperson Amy Sprinkles said the installation will be kept in a city storage facility until they find it a permanent home.

The display was built in 2010 as a Boy Scouts project, according to Ryan LaFontaine with the Texas Department of Transportation.

LaFontaine said activity has increased so much in the last several months that TxDot had no choice but to take action.

"We understand this emblem has been a source of pride for North Texans and all Texans for a long time now so we don’t want to take it away, we want to find a safe location so people can access this," LaFontaine said.

Fans of the installation suggested the state turn the area into a rest area with proper exits and entrances. LaFontaine said TxDOT does not build rest areas in medians with center lane access because of safety concerns.

The Dallas County Sheriff's Department is responsible for traffic enforcement on the interstate and Dallas police are responsible for law enforcement on the median. Information requests to both resulted in no records of significant accident history or ticket writing at the location.

Even so, LaFontaine said the area is just too dangerous for drivers.

On Monday, NBC 5 viewers were polled about the removal of the installation. In total, 24,036 people voted in the poll--18 percent wanted it moved somewhere else, 80 percent voted to keep it where it was and two percent wanted it removed all together. 

NBC 5's Frank Heinz and Ken Kalthoff contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[First Local Zika Virus Case Reported in Texas]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:22:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543392276-Mosquito.jpg

The first case of locally transmitted Zika virus in Texas has been reported in the Rio Grande Valley, the Texas Department of State Health Services reports.

“We knew it was only a matter of time before we saw a Zika case spread by a mosquito in Texas,” said Dr. John Hellerstedt, DSHS commissioner. 

The patient is a Cameron County resident who is not pregnant and who was confirmed last week by lab test to have been infected. She reported no recent travel to Mexico or anywhere else with ongoing Zika virus transmission and no other risk factors.

Laboratory testing found genetic material from the Zika virus in the patient’s urine, but a blood test was negative, indicating that the virus can no longer be spread from her by a mosquito.

Through last week, Texas has had 257 confirmed cases of Zika virus disease. Until now, all cases in the state had been associated with travel, including two infants born to women who had traveled during their pregnancy and two people who had sexual contact with infected travelers.

There are no other cases of suspected local transmission at this time, but health officials continue to conduct disease surveillance activities as part of the state's ongoing Zika response.

Cameron County, DSHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working together to investigate and respond to the case. Further investigation will be necessary to attempt to pinpoint how and where the infection occurred, and health officials are also responding in a number of other ways.

DSHS has activated the State Medical Operations Center to support the response and is providing expertise, personnel and equipment for activities from disease investigation to mosquito surveillance to public education.

Cameron County and the City of Brownsville, with help from DSHS, have conducted an environmental assessment at the patient’s home and have been trapping and testing mosquitoes to learn more about activity in the area.

The samples collected will be tested at the DSHS laboratory in Austin.

Brownsville has recently sprayed for mosquitoes in the area and will continue to take action to reduce the mosquito population.

Health workers from Cameron County and DSHS will be going door to door in the area around where the case lived beginning this evening to educate the public about Zika, help people reduce potential mosquito breeding habitat on their property, and collect voluntary urine samples to determine whether other infections are present.

Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito, though sexual transmission can occur.

The four most common symptoms are fever, itchy rash, joint pain and eye redness.

While symptoms are usually minor, Zika can also cause severe birth defects, including microcephaly, and other poor birth outcomes in some women infected during pregnancy.



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<![CDATA[Cessna Loses Power, Crashes, Two Injured: Officials]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:28:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bridgeport-plane-crash-tree.jpg

A single-engine Cessna 182 with two people on board crashed shortly after takeoff from Bridgeport Municipal Airport Wednesday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration confirms.

Lynn Lunsford, with the FAA, told NBC 5 that preliminary reports are that the pilot had engine trouble.

Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson Lonny Haschel said the plane lost power shortly after takeoff and crashed into a line of trees at about 11:15 a.m.

The treeline runs parallel to U.S. Highway 380/Texas 114 north of the airport.

Both occupants were seriously injured and were hospitalized; one occupant, a man, was taken by ground to Wise Regional Hospital, while a second occupant, a female, was airlifted to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Their current conditions are not known.

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<![CDATA[Critical Missing Alert Canceled for Veteran Who Left Dallas Hospital]]> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:30:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/edward-greer-found.jpg

A 45-year-old man who disappeared after leaving a Dallas VA medical center Thursday has been located safe.

Dallas police said Edward Greer was located safe at about 2:15 p.m. 

Greer was reported missing Thursday after being seen leaving the Dallas VA Medical Center on the 4500 block of South Lancaster Road at about 10 a.m.

Police said Greer may appear to be a danger to himself or others, but did not elaborate.



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<![CDATA[Missing 6-Year-Old Found Alive]]> Sun, 09 Oct 2016 17:27:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/100916+Moya+Alas.jpg

The Fort Worth Police Department confirmed a missing 6-year-old girl has been found alive in a park near her home.

Police arrested Edis Leonel Moya Alas. On Sunday morning, he was charged with aggravated kidnapping. On Sunday afternoon, police added the charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child. 

mmigration Customs Enforcement also determined Alas is in the United States illegally. 
Immigration Customs Enforcement also determined Alas is in the United States illegally. 

Editor's Note: It is NBCDFW's policy not to identify sexual assault victims. On Saturday evening, her father told several media outlets that she had not been sexually assaulted and allowed her to be photographed by several outlets. Once FWPD added the charge on Sunday, we edited our article and removed the girl's name and picture.

The victim had last been seen at about 10:00 p.m. Friday when her father said he locked and secured the house and went to bed.

Her father woke up at approximately 4:00 a.m. and discovered the front door open and the girl missing. The police were called soon after and immediately began a search.

Saturday afternoon police received a call from a resident who lives by Tidus Park near the child's home. The caller reported hearing screams from a thicketed area near the park.

"We owe a great debt to the citizen who acutally heard the screams and notified us to go into that field area," said Fort Worth Police Capt. Deven Pitt.

Fort Worth police completed a search and upon entering the wooded area saw a man with the missing child. He began to run and the child ran toward police.

"He hid from officers. There wasn't much of an area for him to run back there," Pitt said. "She was very scared. She was very nervous. She obviously didn't get to where she was by herself."

That man has been detained, but his identity has not been released. Police say he is not a suspect, but is a person of interest.

"Right now, he's just being interviewed to find out what kind of involvement he had in this," Pitt said. "All we know is that he was in the presence of a child that he had no business being around at this point."

Police say the investigation is ongoing.



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<![CDATA[Child, 3, Shot Self in Arm in Fort Worth: Report]]> Mon, 03 Oct 2016 14:10:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/child-shot-self-gun-fort-worth.jpg

Fort Worth police are investigating a shooting after a report of a child accidentally shooting himself in the arm.

The call came in shortly before noon to a home on the 1400 block of Meadow Lane Terrace.

Fort Worth police said the woman told them her child shot himself with a gun she uses for home protection.

The child was transported to an area hospital in good condition.

Police have not said whether the child's parent will face any charges.

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<![CDATA[Former Farmers Branch Officer Indicted in Fatal Shooting]]> Fri, 09 Sep 2016 22:56:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/KEN-JOHNSON.jpg

A former Farmers Branch police officer who was off-duty when he says he shot and killed a teenage burglary suspect and wounded another boy in March has been indicted by a Dallas County grand jury.

Ken Johnson resigned from the Farmers Branch Police Department after being arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by the Addison Police Department.

Johnson said he saw a vehicle in his apartment complex being burglarized March 13 and he intervened. He said he got into his personal vehicle and chased two men to the 14300 block of Marsh Lane where they crashed. An altercation followed and shots were fired.

Jose Raul Cruz, 16, was killed at the scene; the second person was transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital with injuries that were not life threatening. While police have not identified the second teen shot, his family has identified him as 16-year-old Edgar Rodriguez, a friend of Cruz.

The Dallas County District Attorney's Office said the grand jury found probable cause that "Johnson knowingly caused the death of Jose Cruz and attempted to cause the death of Edgar Rodriguez Arevalo" and that the "two cases will move forward in the criminal justice system and be prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Office."

A spokesman for Cruz's family spoke to NBC 5 about the indictment Wednesday.

"They're not celebrating, of course, because you can't celebrate the death of Jose Cruz. You can only celebrate the fact that Officer Johnson will be charged for the murder of Jose Cruz," Carlos Quintanilla said.

The family also realizes this is far from over, he said.

"There's still a chance that he can go to trial and jury can find him not guilty, so they have temporary justice but they don't have full justice until they actually see Officer Ken Johnson in prison with a number that says convicted," explained Quintanilla.

Several of Cruz's friends said the indictment gives them hope in their ongoing fight for justice.

"I actually thought they weren't going to do anything, just let him go. That's what they do. But I'm thankful that they did do something," said friend Jensy Archaga.

"He was my family, you know, he was my cousin so I'm never going to forget him," said cousin Oscar Salinas. "He's in a better place now but nothing is the same like it used to be."

In the six months since he was killed Cruz's friends have had many conversations with their families and each other about law enforcement. They're clear in their belief that a vast majority of police officers are there to protect them.

Despite that belief there is still a real sense of fear and apprehension that Cruz's death could happen to any of them.

"I've been talking to my brother. I be like, 'Don't be doing nothing bad, because you know what happened to Jose,'" said friend Fatima Fraire.

The lawyer for Edgar Rodriguez Arevalo told NBC 5 he is encouraged by Johnson's indictment and hopes justice will be served.

We also reached out to Johnson's attorney for comment, but have yet to hear back.

Johnson is currently free after posting $150,000 bond. A trial date has not been set.

NBC 5's Tyler Sieswerda and Cory Smith contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Amtrak Train Hits Truck Crossing Tracks in Dallas]]> Thu, 08 Sep 2016 22:34:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/amtrak-dallas-crash.jpg

An Amtrak train collided with a box truck northwest of Downtown Dallas Thursday afternoon.

Amtrak's Train 21 struck a truck on the tracks at the Market Center Boulevard crossing near the intersection with Harry Hines Boulevard at about 2:15 p.m.

The back end of the truck was destroyed, spilling cargo over the roadway. The train's engine suffered minor damage, but otherwise appeared OK.

The driver of the truck did not appear to be injured. Amtrak said 51 passengers were on board at the time and are being evaluated for injuries; no injuries were reported.

There do appear to have been signal arms at the crossing, though it's not clear if they were working at the time of the crash.

Train 21, the Texas Eagle, which travels between Chicago and Los Angeles via Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio, continued on its journey about 90 minutes after the crash.



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<![CDATA[Duncanville Police Searching for Missing Man, 84]]> Tue, 06 Sep 2016 11:25:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/missing-juan-perez-duncanville.jpg

Duncanville police are looking for an 84-year-old man with Alzheimer's disease reported missing Monday afternoon.

Juan Perez was last seen at about 11 a.m. on the 1200 block of Green Way Drive, possibly wearing a white shirt.

Perez is 6 feet tall with a slim build and a gray mustache. He has gray hair with balding on top.

Perez's family said he has lived in the Duncanville area for about eight months. Before that he lived in Carrollton.



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<![CDATA[Missing Man, 78, Located: Dallas Police]]> Mon, 05 Sep 2016 19:48:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/found-jack-williams-090516.jpg

The Dallas Police Department said Monday night officers located a missing 78-year-old man.

Jack Williams, Jr., was last seen on the 2100 block of Arden Row in Dallas at about 1 p.m. Friday.

In an update Monday evening, police said Williams had been located safe and returned home.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Police Chief Brown Announces Retirement]]> Fri, 02 Sep 2016 04:24:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/chief-david-brown.jpg

After more than three decades with the Dallas Police Department, Chief of Police David O. Brown announced his retirement Thursday, ending a six-year tenure leading the nation's seventh-largest municipal police force.

Brown, who focused on community policing and transparency while battling with police unions during his tumultuous tenure as chief, earned nationwide praise in July when he led the city's response to a deadly ambush where five officers were slain.

"After much prayer, I am announcing my retirement from the Dallas Police Department after 33 years as a Dallas police officer," Brown said in a statement on DPDBeat.com. "Serving the citizens of Dallas in this noble profession has been both a true honor and a humbling experience."

In the statement, Brown went on to thank his family as well as mayors, city managers and members of the city council, past and present, for allowing him to serve.

"This is a difficult decision. I pray for your understanding and well wishes," Brown said.

Brown, who did not give a reason for the abrupt retirement, said it will become effective Oct. 22. He said he'll be unavailable until Sept. 8, at which time he'll hold a press conference to discuss his retirement.

Dallas City Manager A.C. Gonzalez credited Brown Thursday for creating a diverse police force that brought some of the lowest crime rates to Dallas since the 1930s and for outfitting 1,000 officers with body cameras while reducing the use of deadly force by a record number.

"The world learned what a superstar David is in the aftermath of one of the most painful tragedies our city has ever experienced - but we’ve known about his strengths for some time," Gonzalez said. "David is a person of high integrity, character and an unrelenting resolve to serve the citizens of Dallas in the most professional manner possible. It’s been a pleasure to work with David. We will miss his leadership."

Brown said he joined the force in 1983 because of the crack cocaine epidemic's impact on his neighborhood in Oak Cliff.

"I wanted to be part of the solution. Since that time I have taken great pride in knowing that we have always been part of the solution and helped to make Dallas the world class city it is today," Brown said.

During his career with the department, Brown lived through the murders of his former police partner, Walter Williams, and his younger brother who was shot and killed by drug dealers.

Months after being sworn in as chief, Brown's son was shot and killed in a shootout with Lancaster police after he killed a 23-year old man and a police officer.

In his six years, Brown has been a fierce supporter of his officers while facing backlash from unions over the city's low pay. While supporting the rank-and-file, he's fought tirelessly to reduce officer-involved shootings and reports of police brutality.

Following the ambush in July that killed five police officers, four from Dallas and one from DART, Brown defended the plan to kill the gunman using an explosive device on a robot, saying it was the only way to protect officers from further harm since the gunman, claimed to have planted bombs around the area and threatened to hurt more people. Brown said that he would make the same decision again.

Brown has historically been quick to credit his officers for 11 straight years of a declining crime rate. When the trend in violent crime was reversed earlier this year, friction developed between Brown and officers on how to staff and combat the issue. Meanwhile, violent crime remains up 10.4 percent year to date, despite an eight-week partnership with state and county officers earlier in 2016 to help round-up suspects. Homicide is up 24.7 percent so far in 2016. Overall crime is up 2.5 percent.

Another recent report shows the Dallas police force is shrinking. The Dallas police authorized force of 3,520 was just 3,375 as of Aug. 9. Officers leaving the force outpaced hiring by 116 so far this year. The number of police civilian employees has also declined, leaving more work for sworn officers.

The tragedy in July resulted in big support for the department and a huge increase in applications to join the force — especially after Brown's call to the community to support the police, join the department and be a force for change. The department hoped to hire 549 officers in 2017 making up for those who leave while also increasing current strength by 200; that plan may now be spread out over three years.

Union leaders were quick to say meeting those hiring numbers would be difficult with the low pay offered by the department.

As chief, Brown commanded a department of more than 4,000 employees with an annual budget of $426 million.

There are 25 deputy chiefs or assistant chiefs in the Dallas Police Department who could be likely candidates to replace Brown. The city will undoubtedly also look outside of the department for his replacement. Meantime, Gonzalez has named Assistant Chief David Pughes as interim Police Chief upon Brown's retirement.

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<![CDATA[Worker Dies After Falling into D/FW Airport Elevator Shaft]]> Thu, 01 Sep 2016 08:56:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dfw-airport-police-vehicle-generic.jpg

A construction worker has died after falling down an elevator shaft at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Wednesday.

According to airport spokesman David Magana, the incident occurred at Terminal A near Gate A39 sometime after 1 p.m.

The area where the worker — later identified as 55-year-old Craig Rowell — fell is currently walled off for construction. It is not clear how far he fell or what led to the fall.

Rowell was flown by medical helicopter to John Peter Smith Hospital where he was pronounced deceased just after midnight Thursday.

No other details have been released.



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<![CDATA[Ruptured Gas Line Closes Marsh at Belt Line]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 04:20:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/gas-break-addison.jpg

A broken gas line shut down the intersection of Belt Line Road and Marsh Lane Tuesday for about three hours Tuesday.

The intersection is on the border of Addison and Farmers Branch, though the actual leak is in Addison, adjacent to a Wells Fargo bank.

According to Tom Bryson, Farmers Branch public information officer, a construction crew working in the area cut into a 6-inch gas line.

Crews with Atmos Energy worked to repair the breach. It took about three hours to fix the line and reopen the intersection.



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<![CDATA[Aledo Boy, 15, Dies After Being Rushed from School Monday]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 23:18:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Trenton-Dardent-AHS.jpg

Students at Aledo High School are mourning a 15-year-old sophomore who died less than 24 hours after collapsing inside the school.

The teen, identified by the district as 15-year-old sophomore Trenten Darton, was taken from Aledo High School to Cook Children's Medical Center Monday morning.

His cause of death is not yet known. District Superintendent Dr. Derek Citty is only saying that he had a medical issue.

Trenten played on the school basketball team and he collapsed around 9:00 AM Monday, during an athletic period the different teams share before their first class. Dr. Citty said he wasn't playing basketball at the time.

A school nurse and athletic trainer immediately started trying to resuscitate him and emergency responders arrived quickly.

But, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office, Trenten died at the hospital at 2:50 a.m. Tuesday.

There are counselors on hand at Aledo High School helping students and staff cope.

But the superintendent says their top priority is to support Trenten's family.

"Our heart goes out to them at such a tragic time," said Dr. Citty. "It kind of speaks to how your life can change overnight. Our community is known for rallying around folks in need and I suspect our community will do that. Not only in the school district, but the community will rally around this family and lift them up in the coming weeks and months and years."

There will be a vigil for Trenten at 7:00 Tuesday night at the Church of the Crossing in Aledo.

This is not the first tragedy Trenten's classmates have had to deal with. Last November, another student in their grade, Zeb Montgomery, died of cancer.

Before that, in June 2015, former Aledo ISD Superintendent Don Daniel and his grandson, 14-year-old Hunter Corzine, were killed in a car accident.



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<![CDATA[Armed Man Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:36:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/officer-involved-shooting-082416.jpg

An armed man was shot and killed by Dallas police Wednesday morning after pointing a weapon at an officer following a traffic stop, police say.[[391172591,R]]

Dallas police said an officer pulled over a driver at about 9:43 a.m. on the 3600 block of West Davis Street and that when the car stopped, someone exited the vehicle with a gun and began running.

Lt. Latoya Porter, with the Dallas Police Department's Homicide and Special Investigations Unit, said Wednesday afternoon the officer chased the man, giving loud, verbal commands.

With the weapon still in his hand, the man turned toward the officer, police said, and was shot at least once.

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The man, whose identity has not been confirmed, was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Porter said the traffic stop took place because the paper license plate on the car, a gray Nissan Sentra, didn't match the vehicle. Porter added there were other people in the car at the time of the traffic stop.

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According to the department, the officer was not injured in the incident.

Neighbor Mariana Delgado said she saw the officer and man running down a side street near the traffic stop.

“I told the boy, 'stop, stop. He’s going to shoot you if you not stop.' And I look at the officer, and I say 'don’t shoot him, don’t shoot him.'”

Delgado said she watched the mant climb over a fence into a backyard and then saw the officer shoot the man through a gap in the fence.

“I just hear [sic] gunshot. And I just turn around because I don’t want to see it. And I start to pray for him,” said Delgado.

Delgado said she never saw the gun police say the man had.

Dallas police said the investigation into the shooting is ongoing and no further details have been confirmed.

Investigators ask anyone with information about the shooting, or the other people in the car at the time of the traffic stop, to please call 214-671-3661 or Crime Stoppers.

NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff contributed to this report.



Photo Credit: Ken Kalthoff, NBC 5 News
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