<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:28:38 -0500 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:28:38 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Romo's Son Steals the Show at Cowboys Practice]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:53:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/romo7.JPG

In what is becoming an annual tradition, Tony Romo's family - his wife, Candice, and sons Hawkins and Rivers - made an appearance at the Cowboys training camp fields in Oxnard after an afternoon practice Thursday.

Romo's oldest son, Hawkins, was on the field with a mini football and did his own version of NFL practice drills, running through bags and blocking dummies while his parents watched and a throng of media members snapped photos.

The Cowboys are scheduled to have an off-day in Oxnard Friday.

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<![CDATA[Flower Mound Has High Breast Cancer Rates: Report]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:10:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Flower+Mound+image.jpg

The latest study by the Texas Department of State Health Services shows higher than normal breast cancer rates for the town of Flower Mound but normal rates for other types of cancer.

The study released Wednesday looked at cancer rates in the town from 2002 through 2011.

According to the report, researchers found rates of leukemia, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, brain/CNS and liver cancers to be at the expected level for the town.

The only outlier was breast cancer in females, which they stated was "higher than expected," and results were "statistically significant."

Flower Mound Mayor Tom Hayden said cases were about 22 percent higher than the average.

"That's very concerning for our community," he said.

The report states the higher-than-normal rate could come from any number of factors, from better access to screening and medical care to common lifestyle factors, environmental factors or even simply random chance.

Hayden said it's something they will continue to monitor as is the whole cancer issue in town.

"What we need to do is keep doing what we're doing," said Hayden, adding that the town has created one of the most progressive air quality monitoring systems in the state over the last four years.

Concern over Flower Mound cancer rates first arose in 2010 when concern sprouted about possible cancer clusters being linked to hydraulic fracture drilling, or fracking, in the area.

Since that time, three studies have now come from the state saying they haven't found cancer clusters in the town and all but dismissing the correlation.

The issue resurfaced last spring with a report from University of Texas researchers disputing the state findings and saying the possible links to carcinogens like benzene from fracking shouldn't be ruled out.

Several citizens tell NBC5 that they are still concerned about how fracking and the cancer rates in town correlate, and they hope the town and state continue to study the matter.

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<![CDATA[Arlington Breaks Ground on Abram Street Makeover]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:46:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Abram+image.jpg

The city of Arlington broke ground Thursday on a $20 million makeover for Abram Street following more than a decade of planning.

Abram Street has been the gateway into Arlington for as long as the city has been around – but drivers who use it say they literally feel it's past its prime.

"From Collins to 360, you need to hold on," said Sue Phillips, a longtime resident of East Arlington. "It gets pretty bumpy."

Phillips is the president of a community group called East Arlington Renewal. For years, she's pushed city leaders to make improvements to Abram.

"We need some redevelopment along this street," said Phillips. "Well, you can't do that until you get your shoes fixed."

That's why she had a big smile on her face Thursday morning, when she joined other city officials in moving the first dirt on a $20 million makeover for the road.

"I always say if you don't die and you don't give up, you'll see great things happen," said Phillips. "We're seeing great things happen."

The project will be completed in phases. Construction on the first phase, which stretches from Great Southwest Parkway to Stadium Drive, will begin in August.

That work will include paving, drainage, lighting and sidewalk improvements. New lanes are also being added to Abram east of 360.

"We just think this will be more than a facelift," said Arlington City Council Member Lana Wolff. "It will be a rebirth and a new energy to this East Arlington area."

City leaders say drivers can expect delays and some traffic headaches while construction is taking place, but Phillips says it's a small price to pay for the end result.

"It's gonna be worth it to everybody," said Phillips.

Work on phase one is expected to be complete by June 2016. The remaining phases will focus on the areas between Stadium Drive and Cooper Street.

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<![CDATA[Lightning Sparks Home Fires Across North Texas]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:39:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lightning+house+image.jpg

Strong storms moved through the metroplex around 2 a.m. Thursday, causing a fury of lightning activity.

NBC 5 has learned of at least seven instances of lightning striking homes overnight.

Three homes were struck by lightning in Plano, two of which suffered fire damage.

Two homes were struck and caught fire in Frisco, as well as one in Lewisville and at least one in Richardson.

“About 2:15am there was a big ol’ lightning bolt and it made a bomb noise and a few minutes later there was another one,” said Renee Griffith. “So, we were sleeping and my mom says 'I smell smoke,' and we’re next-door-neighbors so respectfully we get up and we go out to check on it, and my brother first and then me I followed to look, and he went over to ding the door bell and we found out they got out. We were praying for the family.”

Several of the fires damaged the homes so badly the families who live there are forced to find somewhere else to stay.

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<![CDATA[Romo Easing Into Camp After Back Surgery]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:06:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/romo-whitten-jj-wilcox.jpg

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is continuing his limited work in Oxnard, Calif., while recovering from a second back surgery in the last two years.

The 34-year old QB has been given three practices "off" in the team's first week of training camp.

"I think the process has gone kind of how we thought," Romo said to reporters Wednesday evening. "It's a little unknown, so you'd rather play it safe than be silly and go out and do everything over and over again, and then, all of a sudden have to sit out for a week."

Early in Cowboys training camp, Romo told the media he was getting up to four hours a day in rehabilitation work to make sure he's ready to go for Dallas' Sept. 7 opener against the San Francisco 49ers in Arlington's AT&T Stadium.

Romo also feels he's making strides in the time he's been in Oxnard.

"I don't think there's anything I'm limited by," said Romo. "I can do everything. The difference is just how many times or how long. For me, that's one thing you have to get to know. It's like if someone comes off an ACL or something. They have a progression that takes shape. They push it and work real hard in the morning, and then it's like, 'Can you do some in the afternoon?' And you feel like you can, so you try, and then you're like, 'Ah, I'm not quite there with that part of it yet.' And you have to continue to develop until that strengthens and gets to that point. There's consistent progress and then you just have to adjust to what your body tells you."

Romo was on the practice field Thursday evening, and the Cowboys have Friday off from practice.

"I think more than anything, we're playing the long game, and I think that's smart," Romo said.

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<![CDATA[Second Wylie Teen to be Tried as an Adult]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:40:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ivan+Mejia.jpg

A second Wylie teen accused of killing a schoolmate will be tried as an adult, state District Judge Cynthia Wheless ruled today.

The decision comes after a three-day hearing this week to determine if Adam Staup, 16, would remain in the juvenile justice system or be certified as an adult.

CLICK HERE to read more on this story from our partners at The Dallas Morning News. 


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<![CDATA[Trinity River Vision Bridge Work Set to Intensify]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:00:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TRVA+image.jpg

Traffic around downtown Fort Worth is about to get interesting.

Work on the three Trinity River Vision bridges, which are pivotal pieces of the Panther Island development, is about to pick up.

By mid-September, closures and detours will be fully in place and in use along North Main Street, Henderson Street and White Settlement Road.

"We're just really happy to see it finally get off the ground," said Mark Rauscher, the City of Fort Worth TRV director.

As the project gets off the ground, that means traffic along Henderson will be diverted to a newly created detour road just to the east. North Main Street traffic will be reduced to one lane in each way and use North Commerce Street to bypass the construction. And on White Settlement Road, you'll have to use side streets to get to University or Henderson to get around.

Work will also be focused on a new traffic circle at Henderson and White Settlement.

"That's the reason why we're putting in the parallel or bypass detour routes, in order to minimize any impacts to the traveling public along Henderson and North Main Street in particular," Rauscher said.

Rauscher says the detour plan has been in the works for months. Work to connect the detour roads to the main lanes will begin in mid-August, with traffic taking over the lanes in September.

"We're really excited to get it all implemented in the next month or so," Rauscher said.

But not everyone is excited. Many businesses along Henderson Street near the detour are concerned.

The manager of the Henderson Street Bazaar told NBC 5 he fears the three-decade-old business could be seriously impacted. Down the street at the Little Germany Restaurant, they're worried, too.

"I wouldn't want this for anybody, no," said Julie Martin, a restaurant employee.

Traffic will no longer drive right by the restaurant, but Martin says they'll do what they have to in order to survive.

"On both sides we'll put a sign letting them know we're here still," Martin said.

The project will cost about $65 million and take around three years for the bridges to be finished.

"With the bridges coming up out of the ground here soon that's really going to be the first sign this project is really happening," Rauscher said.

Rauscher says that TXDOT will work closely with area businesses and property owners to stay informed as the project progresses and address any issues.

There is a public informational meeting Monday, Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Fort Worth Police and Fire Training Academy.

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<![CDATA[Grand Prairie Police Need Help Catching Thieves]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:55:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Purse+theft.jpg

Grand Prairie police officers need the public's help catching a couple of criminals who they say distracted a grocery shopper and ran away with her wallet.

Maria Mitchell said she was in a hurry last Wednesday when she went shopping. Little did she know that she would become a target by having her purse open in her cart.

She said a woman approached her and wouldn't stop talking.

"She asked me did I like almond milk. And she kept starting a conversation with me. And could she help me get the milk and that kind of thing," she said.

Later, Mitchell said surveillance footage showed another suspect coming right next to her without her noticing.

"He got his cart lined up beside mine, then she really talked to me and engaged in conversation about the milk. And he slipped in and got my wallet and he was gone," said Mitchell.

Police said the thieves used the stolen credit cards within minutes. Mitchell said they filled up their vehicle at a 7-Eleven down the street and attempted to make a purchase at a CVS Pharmacy half a mile away. This week, she said Home Depot called, informing her about a $636 purchase she did not make.

Although the thieves acted quickly, police said they didn't pick the best spots to stay out of sight.

"All the places that they decided to go actually had great surveillance systems," said Det. Lyle Gensler.

Shoppers were surprised when told about the recent theft.

"It's just real shocking that you can't just go into a grocery store and feel safe anymore," said Brenda Hatley.

They said they've learned a valuable lesson to be extra vigilant.

"My purse will be zipped from now on, and I will hug it tight to me," said Pat Wade.

As for Mitchell, she hoped the criminals will learn their lesson soon.

"You're gonna be caught. Eventually you're gonna be caught. And use all that cleverness to do something worthwhile in this world, because these guys were professionals," she said.

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<![CDATA[2-Alarm Fire at Dallas Apartment Complex]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:05:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/209*120/london-sq.jpg

Firefighters battled a two-alarm fire at an apartment complex in North Dallas Thursday afternoon.

The fire broke out around 2:30 p.m. in the 4000 block Valley View Lane off Interstate 635 at the London Square apartments.

There is significant damage to at least two units on the second floor.

There are no reports of any injuries.

NBC 5 has confirmed that 15 adults and six children were displaced due to the fire and will be assisted by the Red Cross.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Carrollton, Addison and Farmers Branch fire departments assisted in containing the flames.

NBC 5 will update this story with more information as soon as it's available.  As this story is developing, elements may change.

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<![CDATA[Southwest and SeaWorld to End Partnership]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:50:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SWA-Penguin-Plane.jpg

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld Entertainment are ending their 25-year-old marketing partnership, officials with both companies said Thursday, as the airline has been urged by animal rights activists to terminate the relationship.

The partnership won't be renewed at the end of the year when the current contract expires. As part of the partnership, three Southwest airplanes had various SeaWorld animals painted on their bodies. Those planes will be painted over to Southwest's traditional look. SeaWorld also had Southwest signs in its parks, and Southwest offered vacation packages to SeaWorld, as it does to other tourist destinations. The vacation packages will continue.

SeaWorld officials said the decision was mutual.

SeaWorld wants to concentrate on growing markets in Latin America and Asia, the marine park company said in a statement.

"Southwest and SeaWorld have enjoyed their long relationship, and wish each other continued success," the statement said.

SeaWorld has parks in Orlando, Florida; San Antonio and San Diego.

Southwest spokeswoman Marilee McInnis said it was a business decision as the airline intends to focus on international service.

Earlier this year, animal rights activist held a rally and dropped off a petition at Southwest, urging the airline to end the relationship. The activists cited the documentary "Blackfish," which explores what may have caused the killer whale Tilikum to kill SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010.

The documentary argues that killer whales, when in captivity, become more aggressive to humans and each other. Since the documentary, several entertainers have pulled out of planned performances at SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. parks.

Regarding the pressure from the activists, McInnis said Southwest has been in "listening and education mode."

"We ... have engaged and heard from conservationists, SeaWorld supporters, and others on all sides of this issue," McInnis said.

The president of the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said in a statement that workers in her office were delighted to hear the partnership was ending.

"Champagne corks were popping at PETA today when we heard that Southwest will no longer support SeaWorld and will repaint its planes," said Ingrid Newkirk. "The second I heard the good news, I knew that I'd be booking my next trip on Southwest."

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<![CDATA[Unusual Allergy Reactions Due to Summer Rain]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:50:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/f00b3ac812b9487ca7a82f4a221b61ef.jpg

If your allergies seem out of control, you're not alone.

Tree pollen is the biggest problem right now in the Metroplex, and that has a lot of North Texans sneezing and sniffling.

But, there's another culprit we normally don't have to deal with in the summer -- rain.

"Mold is always a problem when there's a lot of rain, both indoor and outdoor mold. When the humidity goes up both the home and the outdoor environment increases in humidity and that's a great way for mold spores to pollinate and move out," said Dr. Mudita Shah, with Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital.

Things are expected to get a bit worse before improving when Ragweed starts cranking up in just a few weeks.

<![CDATA[Watermelon, Beer, Festivals and Sarah McLachlan]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:05:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Beer-Tap-Generic.jpg Sarah Blaskovich with the Dallas Morning news gives her picks for the weekend. ]]> <![CDATA[Driver Rescued After Power Pole Crashes Onto Car]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:21:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/plano-downed-line.jpg

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

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

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

Custer Road remains closed in the area.

No injuries have been reported.

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

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


<![CDATA[DFW Ranks 3rd in U.S. Tourism Destinations]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:20:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Generic-Dallas-Skyline-dayt.jpg

Believe it or not Dallas-Fort Worth is now considered a Top 5 destination in the United States according to a tourism marketing consultant group.

The group's annual Resonance Report ranked DFW third overall for business and leisure, behind only Los Angeles and New York City.  To achieve that ranking, the group compared the number of airports, crime rankings, professional sports teams, etc., with the number of restaurants, hotels, museums and shopping.

When all the tabulating was done, Dallas-Fort Worth was near the top of the list in many categories.  

"In 2008, the city [Dallas] set a multi-channel vision for development and growth to be attained by 2015. The recession notwithstanding, many of its hospitality goals have been attained. The Arts District has been expanded and numerous new attractions have been completed in the past few years, including the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University, and Klyde Warren Park, a $100 million, 5.4-acre urban park that extends above the freeway to connect three districts. The city got a slew of free publicity this year when Conan O’Brien came to town and taped a week of shows during the NCAA Final Four," the report said.

For eating and drinking, DFW surprisingly performed poorly and didn't make the report's Top 10, though Houston came sixth and Austin ninth. DFW did however come in second for shopping where the state capital came in eighth.

For places to stay, North Texas ranked third with Houston ranked seventh.  For culture and performing arts, Dallas again ranked third. No other Texas city was included on that list, though Houston easily could have been.

"We have worked very hard over the past decade to position Dallas as a top destination for visitors as well as a city of optimism and opportunity for everyone. Dallas has invested billions of dollars in new developments including hotels, restaurants, cultural venues and tourist infrastructure," said Phillip J. Jones, president/CEO of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau in a statement. "This ranking reaffirms our efforts and our strategic planning and proves that Dallas is full of surprises."

DFW is the only Texas city/area to make the report's Top 10; the list is below.

1. Los Angeles
2. New York City
3. Dallas-Fort Worth
4. Chicago
5. San Francisco
6. Las Vegas
7. San Diego
8. Denver
9. Philadelphia
10. Miami
12. Houston
21. San Antonio
23. Austin

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<![CDATA[Toddler Tumbles Over AAC Railing During Circus]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:28:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AAC+2.jpg

A toddler is in the hospital after tumbling over a railing at the American Airlines Center in Dallas Wednesday night during a performance by the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus.

Officials at the arena said the 2-year-old girl fell from the 200 level as the family got up from their seats during intermission.

Paramedics with Dallas Fire-Rescue were at the arena and were able to provide immediate emergency treatment to the child before she was transported to Children's Medical Center. Her injuries have not been released to the public, but she remains in critical condition.

The child's family released a statement Thursday afternoon through Children's Medical Center:

"We want everyone to know our child is doing well and on the mend, although still being cared for in the ICU. We appreciate the actions of the first responders, both good Samaritans and professionals, who came to our family's aide. We also thank all those who are concerned and have reached out by thought and prayer. We request that everyone please have respect for our privacy at this time."

Officials have provided no further additional information on how or how far the child fell.

David Brown, general manager of the American Airlines Center, released the following statement after the fall:

"Our thoughts and prayers are with a two year old child who was injured in a fall during a performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at American Airlines Center Wednesday evening.  The child's family was leaving their seats on the front row of the 200 level just before intermission when the child fell to the Plaza Level below. Dallas Fire Rescue officers who work at the facility rushed to the child and provided immediate emergency care.  She was transported by ambulance to nearby Children's Medical Center."

Officials with American Airlines Center told NBC 5 Thursday morning that something like this has never happened in the arena and that they do not plan to make any safety changes in response to the accident.

Thursday afternoon, they released a revised statement to include the following few sentences:

"Right now our focus is on the injured child and her family.  Our thoughts and prayers are with them, and we are doing what we can to help to the family.  We are also reviewing the circumstances of the accident to determine what additional measures may be necessary to insure the safety of our guests."

The circus resumed their performance after intermission Wednesday night.  Other performances scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursday will go on as planned.

Falls from stands have resulted in serious injuries and even deaths in recent years.  In 2010, firefighter Tyler Morris was hospitalized after falling 30 feet while trying to catch a foul ball during a Texas Rangers game.  Morris suffered a head injury and a sprained ankle in the fall, but luckily no internal injuries.

In 2011, Brownwood firefighter Lt. Shannon Stone died after a 20-foot fall while reaching for a ball tossed into the stands by Josh Hamilton.

NBC 5's Johnny Archer contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Two Americans Isolated Over Ebola Fears]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:44:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/6PW_VO_EBOLA_MEETING_KNSD4HOQ_1200x675_313738307967.jpg The US State Department says two Americans who are volunteers with the Peace Corps are not symptomatic but are being kept in isolation after coming into contact with someone who died of Ebola.]]> <![CDATA[Lightning Suspected in Early-Morning House Fire]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:41:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/richardson-house-fire-073114.jpg

Lightning is being blamed for an early-morning fire that destroyed a home in Richardson.

Three adults that live in the home reported hearing a loud noise and then their home losing power. A short time later, their home started filling with smoke.

"I was laying there asleep and I heard the lightning strike in the bathroom next to my bedroom," said homeowner Loren Hansen. "The lights all went out and I figured it just hit a transformer or something. About a minute later smoke just started filling the house."

Hansen, his sister and brother-in-law tried to exit the home through the front door, but said the smoke was so think that it was impossible.  They turned around and managed to escape through the garage with the family dog, a 10-year-old Sheltie.

"Praise the Lord we all got out safe," Hansen said.

When firefighters arrived at about 2:30 a.m. the fire was so intense they took a defensive approach and battled the fire from above as heavy rain poured down.

One of the residents was treated at the scene for minor smoke inhalation and is expected to be OK.

This home isn't the only one possibly struck by lightning overnight Wednesday as a strong line of storms pushed through North Texas. Elsewhere in the Metroplex, Plano has reported three house fires and one was reported in Lewisville and another in Frisco.

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<![CDATA[Prayer Service for North Texas Doctor Fighting Ebola]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:33:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/176*120/Kent+Brantly+Devotional-5.jpg Several people attended a prayer service July 30, 2014, at Southside Church of Christ, the Fort Worth church formerly attended by Dr. Kent Brantly, the American doctor infected with Ebola in West Africa.

<![CDATA[Homeowner’s Foundation to be Repaired After Years of Denials]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:42:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Foundation+repair+image.jpg

Despite seeing signs of possible foundation issues for several years, first-time Anna homeowners Matt and Denise Nix were told repeatedly by some experts there were no problems. But when NBC 5 Investigates Consumer Unit started looking into the issue, we learned otherwise.

“Finally they’re admitting there’s an issue,” said Matt Nix.

The Nix’s said they started noticing cracks on one wall in their home in 2011, a few years after buying it from the previous owners in 2008.

The home, which sits on a downward slope, was originally built in 2004 by D.R. Horton, America’s largest homebuilder, and was still under its original 10-year warranty.

So when the Nix’s saw the cracks, they called D.R. Horton.  The builder contracted Advanced Foundation Repair to inspect the foundation.

The couple said it was told by Advanced Foundation Repair that the cracks were “cosmetic.”

Advanced Foundation Repair “advised that the home was within acceptable tolerances for new construction and did not recommend foundation repair,” D.R. Horton told NBC 5 Investigates Consumer Unit in a statement.

But the Nix’s said they believed problems continued to worsen so they called three other foundation companies.  All three wrote estimates recommending repairs costing thousands.  So again, earlier this year, Matt Nix called Advanced Foundation Repair.  And again, Advanced wrote “we recommend that no foundation repairs be made.”

That’s when Matt Nix called NBC 5 Investigates Consumer Unit.

D.R. Horton told NBC 5: “These “cosmetic” cracks do not support a claim of structural failure in the foundation, and therefore, are not covered under the 10-year Structural Warranty of this nine-and-a-half-year old home.”

NBC 5 showed video of the house and the foundation repair estimates to civil engineer Sahadat Hossain.  Unlike any of the companies that have a financial stake in this home, he has none.  Instead he teaches a class on foundations at the University of Texas at Arlington.

“Everything suggests they have a problem.”  Hossain said. “It’s not cosmetic.”
After NBC 5’s calls and questions, Residential Warranty Company, the warranty company for the Nix’s home, sent an engineer to inspect the home.  A D.R. Horton representative was present during the inspection as well.

This time, the engineer wrote a 14-page fact-finding inspection report which Residential Warranty Company gave to the homeowners.

The engineer found there was some settlement of the foundation, especially in the rear left section of the home.

“This movement is primarily due to the steep slopes of the soil that exist in this part of the lot,” he wrote.

He also found, “the foundation has failed to resist excessive movement.” 

Residential Warranty Company told the Nix’s in a letter that “the necessary actions will be taken” to fix the problem.  

And the warranty company will pay for the repairs.

“Y’all got more done in two weeks than I did in three years.  So, yeah, I really appreciate it,” said Matt Nix.
D.R. Horton told NBC 5 it retains Residential Warranty Company "to review, investigate, and make objective decisions on structural defect claims by homeowners during years three through 10 of warranty coverage."

Nix said he hopes his story is a lesson to others.

“If you’re not getting the answers that you want keep fighting for them, because it’s your house, it’s your investment,” he said.

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<![CDATA[TxDOT Warns Drivers of 35W Weekend Closure]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:42:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/35+shutdown+image.jpg

Drivers can expect big delays this weekend on Interstate 35W in North Fort Worth.

The Texas Department of Transportation plans to shut down the main lanes of the highway all weekend, from Friday night until as late as early Monday morning. The closure is needed to tear down the old 35W northbound connector to state Highway 287 bridge. Once the bridge is removed, expanding the width of the interstate can continue.

TxDOT said it has warning signs posted from Denton County to as far south as Waco about the closure to encourage those driving through to take Interstate 35E.

Interstate 35W is one of the busiest corridors in the country. The current project will nearly double its capacity between Loop 820 and 287, but some growing pains will take place first. Drivers in the area know all about the construction headaches already.

"Pretty rough. I mean, trying to get to and from downtown from around here, especially trying to go north, especially around rush hour," said driver Daniel Zagozda.

"From day to day, you're never sure what lanes are open and what's not," said driver Cindy Worrell. "And when there's a wreck or any kind of fender bender, that just delays everything. So, it is frustrating."

Those frustrations will grow even more this weekend as crews jackhammer away the old bridge deck. It's a closure not everyone knows about.

"Wow, I didn't know that, but I'll be sure to avoid the area for sure," Worrell said.

And that's exactly what TxDOT is asking drivers to do: avoid the area if they can.

"It's not safe to allow traffic on the main lanes as this bridge is being demolished, so traffic will be detoured around the closure," said TxDOT spokesman Michael Peters.

Northbound drivers will be moved to the frontage road at Basswood Boulevard. Southbound traffic will take Harmon Road to 287 southbound.

"Hopefully the back roads will be available," Zagozda.

As for when the new main lanes of this stretch from Loop 820 to 287 will be all available and the work complete, TxDOT said it's on schedule for 2016, as 40 percent of the work is now complete.

"That's a relief, but at the same time, it seems like it's been going on for a long time," Worrell said. "I'm ready for it to be done."

The project will start Friday at 9 p.m., weather permitting. While the weekend is looking good with the weather, the issue is the new 287 connector ramp. TxDOT is optimistic it will open by Thursday for the work to get done this weekend.

<![CDATA[Dallas Animal Services Extremely Overcrowded]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:45:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dal+animal+service.jpg

Dallas Animal Services is asking anyone who’s been thinking about adopting a pet to do so now.

The shelter is dealing with such overcrowding issues, it’s being forced to euthanize animals.

Jody Jones, a spokeswoman with DAS, said normally every day the shelter will receive around 70 animals.

But right now, they're getting more than double that number, about 150 per day.

“And sadly, yes, we do have to euthanize animals to make space for the animals needing to come in,” Jones said.

Jones said the shelter does everything in its power to avoid that situation, including foster homes and sending the pets to other shelters.

“You can see it right away when you get them, too. You feel like you saved a life,” said Dallas resident Alan Krutulis, who is looking to adopt.

During the month of August, it is offering several deals for potential pet owners.

Including just a $30 fee on Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. And if a dog has been at the shelter for longer than two weeks, they're free.

Every animal adopted out will be spayed or neutered and have a microchip.

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<![CDATA[Video Shows Improper Take-Down by Fired Jailer]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:44:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/denton-jailer-image.jpg

The Denton Police Department released the jail surveillance video publicly on Wednesday of the July 19 event that left 38-year-old Jason Bishop injured and one of the department’s jailers fired for excessive force.

In the nearly 20 minute long video, Bishop is seen being brought into the city jail and booked for public intoxication charges after being arrested in the Fry Street area near the University of North Texas.

About five minutes into the video, police spokesman Ryan Grelle said Bishop was not following directions asked of him by jailers and, as is protocol, they lifted him off a bench and took him to a holding cell.

When Bishop was lifted from the bench, he appears to hit his head on the jail counter, but Grelle said contact was never apparently made and no injuries resulted.

What happened next, though, lead to quite a stir on social media and the eventual investigation by police.

As jailer Darius Porter brought Bishop into the holding cell, he applied a leg sweep that resulted in Bishop falling face-first into the concrete floor.

After lying face down on the jail floor for nearly two minutes, Bishop rolled over to reveal a pool of blood where he landed.

A second jailer left the room, Grelle said, to call for medics.

Porter stayed with Bishop and appeared to assist him with the injures using a white cloth until paramedics arrived and bandaged him up.

Eventually, at the end of the video, Bishop was escorted to an ambulance where he was transported to Denton Regional Medical Center.

Our partners at the Denton Record Chronicle report he was treated for a facial contusion, broken nose, lip abrasion and wrist injury with 19 stitches.

Police said Bishop signed a ticket for public intoxication and was released. They said he did come back to the station Wednesday morning and met with internal affairs.

As a result of the investigation, police determined Porter did not properly apply the leg sweep in line with department policy.

Grelle and another officer demonstrated that the move is supposed to be done with two officers, one holding each arm, and taking the person to the ground slowly in a controlled manner.

Porter was fired from the department last Friday.

Grelle said from the department’s standpoint, the case is closed and was simply an unfortunate incident.

“We are absolutely sorry that it happened to him,” said Grelle. “That is not a normal takedown that we usually do.”

Grelle said it would be up to Bishop if he chooses to pursue any charges against Porter.

Police said they have had upward of 20 dealings with Bishop in the past and that he indicated to them in interviews that he had been arrested in other cities as well.

Grelle said they wanted to show the entire 20 minute video and release it publicly to clear up what happened that day; especially after outcry on social media against the department.

"There's a lot of rumors going around that he was beaten in the jail, he was handcuffed in the jail, that it wasn't a leg sweep that took him down and caused the facial injuries. We wanted to be transparent and let people see that this is what happened,” he said.

He added that upon entering the jail, Bishop was not reporting any other injuries.

We did reach out to Bishop for comment, but he did not return our calls.

The faces of the other jailers and medics in the video were blurred due to Texas Local Government Code Article 143.090; a procedure Grelle said they had to follow before it was released to not reveal the other officers’ identities without their permission.

<![CDATA["Spiritual Healer" Arrested, Charged with Sexual Assault]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:47:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/healer.jpg

A "curandero," or healer, has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a client of his Haltom City business, according to police.

Mario Alexander Gil, 42, of Grand Prairie, has been charged with sexual assault in the alleged incident, which was reported to have taken place inside his business, Centro Profesional, on the 4200 block of Northeast 28th Street in Haltom City, police said.

The victim suffered from migraine headaches, according to police, and had been referred to Gil, a "spiritual healer," for help, according to a news release.

Gil requested the victim call him "master," police said, and charged the woman $500 per session.
On her fourth session with Gil, he sexually assaulted the woman, police said.

"Our concern is that there may be more victims," said Cpl. Joe Hackfeld, of the Haltom City Police Department. "We've had the one report, but we don't know if there's more people out there, especially [who] may be juvenile victims."

After the alleged incident, Gil threatened the woman and said he would report her to immigration services and have her deported if she told the police, and that he would put a "hex" on her, Hackfeld said.

A victim's immigration status is a common concern, according to many who work with the Hispanic community.

"I worked at Safe Haven for a while, and we did have women who came in who were threatened all the time with, 'Hey, if you go and you seek help I will call immigration on you,'" said Stephanie Davenport, president of the executive board of directors for Proyecto Inmigrante: Immigration Counseling Services in North Texas.

"Report this man immediately. Report what he's done so other victims, hopefully, they will come forth and report what has been done. And who knows what else will surface from that," Davenport said.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Get Rare Series Win, 3-2 Over Yankees]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:11:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/rangers073014.jpg

Colby Lewis retired the last 13 batters he faced in seven strong innings and the Texas Rangers clinched their first series victory in a month, beating the New York Yankees 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Brett Gardner led off the game with a homer for the second straight night, after homering twice in the series-opening loss for New York.

The Rangers had lost seven consecutive series since taking two of three against Minnesota from June 27-29.

Texas went ahead to stay with three runs in the first off Hiroki Kuroda (7-7). Elvis Andrus had an RBI double and scored the tiebreaking run on a single by Adrian Beltre, who came home on Leonys Martin's single.

Lewis (7-8) allowed four hits, including solo homers to Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury. The right-hander struck out four and walked two, and New York didn't have another runner after Carlos Beltran's two-out single in the third.

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<![CDATA[More Drones Appearing in North Texas Skies]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:52:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Drone+North+Texas.jpg

There are more and more unmanned aircraft in the skies over North Texas, as evidenced by the amount of videos popping up on YouTube of videos taken by drones.

Now, the Federal Aviation Administration is giving a clearer set of rules about the usage of the devices.

"It just seems like a really cool piece of technology," said hobbyist Michael Torres. "I typically try to fly when there's not people around or, you know, I'm always nervous whenever I send it up regardless how many times I've done it!"

A quick search of "Dallas drones" shows dozens of videos taken by drones.

Already in North Texas, there are companies selling drone video. Some are using it to market properties in DFW.

The FAA said companies have to be given permission in order to use the unmanned aircraft for commercial use. Only two companies have been allowed to do so thus far, and they are allowed to fly them in the Arctic and Alaska.

There are also rules about where drones are allowed to fly. They're not allowed to use controlled airspace, ruling out all of Downtown Dallas because of Love Field and DFW airports. They are also not allowed to fly higher than 400 feet, roughly as tall as the Magnolia Hotel.

The FAA is looking into updating its guidelines. It's also investigating several high-profile cases, including one last month, when a man got his drone stuck above AT&T Stadium.

The agency said it prefers education over punishment, which could come in the form of fines.

"I think most people try to be safe and try to not, you know, push the limits on these things," said Torres.

A draft of new rules is expected by the end of this year and will be open for comment, with the rules going into effect in 2015.

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<![CDATA[NBC 5 Sports at Cowboys Camp - July 30]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:15:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NS-BSBWebcast-073014_1200x675_313759299563.jpg NBC 5 Sports' Newy Scruggs breaks down the latest Dallas Cowboys news at training camp in Oxnard, California.]]> <![CDATA[Pat Doney, Jon Machota Discuss Cowboys News]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:12:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/PD-BSBWebcast-073014_1200x675_313755715923.jpg NBC 5 Sports' Pat Doney and Jon Machota, of The Dallas Morning News, discuss the latest news from Dallas Cowboys training camp.]]>