<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usThu, 19 Jan 2017 03:19:15 -0600Thu, 19 Jan 2017 03:19:15 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[North TX Woman Heading to Women's March in Washington]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:43:31 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/us+capitol+preps.jpg

A North Texas woman who says she's never marched for a cause before plans to be in Washington D.C. for the Women's March, one day after President-elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office.

Beth Christie is a soft-spoken wife and mother who lives in Fort Worth. This Saturday she hopes her voice will be heard, loud and clear, as she joins thousands of other women in the nation's capital.

"It was time to not just sit behind a computer and read articles and get upset," Christie said, explaining her decision to go. "It was time to show up and stand up."

An estimated 200,000 people are expected at the Women's March in D.C., to be held one day after the presidential inauguration.

"Women's rights are human rights," Christie said. "This is something big, and I want to be there. I want to be able to say I did this. I did this for my mother. I did this for my grandmother. And I did this for my daughter."

Christie says she did not vote for President-elect Donald Trump, but said if any other Republican had won the election she would not be marching.

"The way he spoke about women during the campaign, I found that very offensive," Christie explained.

Some of those comments were aimed at debate moderator Megyn Kelly, former Miss Universe Alica Machado and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The tipping point for Christie came when lewd comments Trump made over a hot mic during an 'Access Hollywood' taping before he was a candidate made headlines. Trump later called it "locker room talk."

"As a mother, I wouldn't allow my son to speak that way, and I don't want my daughter spoken about that way," Christie said.

If she could speak to Trump, Christie said she'd tell him, "Please do your best to listen, to learn, to take it all in, to be compassionate," Christie said softly.

"I don't want our president-elect to fail, because then we all fail," she said.

There are so-called "sister marches" planned across the country on Saturday, including marches in Dallas, Denton and Fort Worth.

"If we all stand up together," Christie said. "We can make our voices heard."

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<![CDATA[Community Packs Vigil for Fallen Little Elm PD Officer]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:27:57 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jerry+walker+vigil.jpg

More than 1,000 people turned out Wednesday night for a vigil in Little Elm Park to remember Detective Jerry Walker, an 18-year police veteran and father of four who was killed in the line of duty a day earlier.

"It's one of those events we never want to have," said Little Elm Mayor David Hillock. "There were a lot of folks in this community who were impacted by the life, the contribution, the dedication and sacrifice of Jerry Walker."

Hillock joked that he met Walker years ago when the officer pulled him over for speeding.

Police officers and citizens lit candles and hugged each other as emotions poured over.

Among those impacted by Walker was a generation of students at Little Elm High School, where he was formerly a school resource officer.

Josue Lopez graduated in 2009 before going into the U.S. Army and was visibly emotional.

"Most of the time when people see teenagers they think of them as troublemakers, but Officer Walker never saw that," Lopez said. "He always saw the best in us and that's why there's so many people. It's the impact he made."

At the vigil, people close to the fallen officer were comforted by those who had never even met him.

The event was organized not by police, but by several Little Elm women, who said they got help from the entire community.

"It's been beautiful to see that come out of such a tragedy," said organizer Staci Poss.

To honor the long-time public servant and friend to many, residents and police are contributing to a memorial fund for Walker’s wife and four kids set up by at Capital One Bank - Little Elm branch. You can mail donations to the bank, in the name of the "Jerry Walker Fund" to 2821 East Eldorado Parkway, Little Elm.

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<![CDATA[Former Church Volunteer Accused of Child Sex Abuse: Police]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:48:36 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Guevera.JPG

A former church volunteer in North Richland Hills is facing sexual abuse charges for allegedly engaging in inappropriate acts with children during his time as a volunteer several years ago, according to police.

Francisco Guevara, 65, is charged with two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child and one count of indecency with a child

North Richland Hills Police say they were first made aware of Guevara in July 2016 when one of his alleged victims came forward.

The victims told police the abuse happened seven years ago when they were between the ages of four and seven-years-old.

At that time, Guevara was volunteering in the nursery at St. John The Apostle Catholic Church.

NBC 5 reached out the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, which released the following statement:

"The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth has been informed that allegations of child abuse has resulted in the arrest and charges against a former volunteer at St. John the Apostle Church in North Richland Hills. The Diocese received the allegations last summer and immediately reported them to North Richland Hills police. In addition, the Diocese urged the victims' families to contact police, offered counseling to any victims and the families and twice made calls for victims at the St. John Parish. At the same time, the former volunteer was banned from any activities in the Diocese. The Diocese is committed to providing a safe environment for children. All clergy, employees and volunteers are required to take Safe Environment training as part of their employment agreement, followed by refresher training every three years. In addition, criminal background checks are conducted."

Police determined two of the alleged offenses occurred while Guevara was a volunteer and the third allegedly happened in Colleyville, where he is from.

Guevara's bond is set at $125,000.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Leaders Feud Over Proposed Oak Cliff Deck Park]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:56:44 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/oak+cliff+deck+park+possible+sketch.jpg

Angry words flew at Dallas City Hall Wednesday as Councilwoman Carolyn King Arnold accused other members of disrespecting her district by supporting a proposed Oak Cliff freeway deck park.

"For you to speak on behalf of my constituents is an insult," Arnold said. "It is the greatest form of disrespect that any council member can experience sitting behind the horseshoe."

Arnold opposed the deck park location over Interstate 35E/R.L. Thornton Freeway between Marsalis and Ewing avenues near the Dallas Zoo when other City Council members approved it last year. Again Wednesday, she said money for the park would be better used for street repairs and other needs in her district on the east side of the freeway.

"I have a community I'm going to speak for and I'm going to fight for," she said.

Now, the state wants an initial payment for at least the deck park support structure by July with a massive freeway reconstruction called the Southern Gateway about to begin.

The predicted cost for a park at the City Council's approved location is $135 million. The Regional Transportation Council has offered $40 million, so the remaining share required from city of Dallas sources could be $95 million.

It comes at a time the city can least afford it.

A proposed May public improvement bond referendum that could have included the deck park has been delayed until at least November over multi-billion dollar city pension problems and other money concerns.

"This is a significant wobble from us. We're not being resolute in the things we have told the voters," Councilman Philip Kingston said. "I, 100 percent, want to see this park go forward as fast as humanly possible."

City Council members could have just suggested the deck park plan be dropped at the briefing Wednesday, but the majority of those speaking still backed the deck park.

"When we do things like delay the bond program, it makes for difficult decisions, but never the less, I remain supportive of this project," said Councilman Lee Kleinman. "I think it's an important pedestrian and community project for this part of Dallas."

Councilman Scott Griggs, who represents the west side of the freeway location, has been seeking private donations to help pay for the park.

"I've talked to people who live on both the east and the west sides and there is a tremendous amount of support for this project," said Griggs. "I'm in favor of moving forward. It's just about finding a way."

It could be possible to satisfy everyone, according to Michael Morris, director of the Regional Transportation Council.

Contractors competing for the freeway reconstruction work are due to present more detailed cost estimates and construction options in April that could reduce the price park price tag. Morris said there could also be other sources of money to comply with the state's request to the city for the park.

"They would like to see the city with some skin in the game. They've suggested $10 million. That may be all that's necessary, depending on which option is picked," Morris said. "We understand the direction we received and we stand ready to deliver by the May time frame."

Morris said he has also been talking with Arnold about other sources of money for improvements in her district.

She promised to remain vigilant.

"This fight is not over," Arnold said.

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<![CDATA[#JuJuOnThatChemo Star Dies]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:47:20 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/chemo-dance-101916.PNG

A Texas woman with cancer who lifted spirits across the world when she danced to "JuJu On That Beat" with a friend through her chemotherapy died Wednesday.

A close friend of Ana-Alecia Ayala described her as "one in a million" when confirming her death to NBC4 Southern California. She said the last couple of weeks were particularly tough.

But the Dallas resident didn't let her diagnosis with a rare form of uterine sarcoma in December 2015 get her down, gaining a following thanks to her cancer awareness video, hashtagged "#JuJuOnThatChemo." She endured the highs and lows of the disease, sharing updates of her journey with the world via social media.

"There is life after diagnosis. Making the most of the good days and taking this diagnosis and running with it is what I've tried to accomplish," she said in a November appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

Ayala leaves behind a husband and 3-year-old daughter.

Ayala’s Facebook page was flooded with condolences Wednesday, with many re-sharing her popular dance video. The video had over 9 million views on Facebook as of Wednesday afternoon.

Ayala’s internet fame exploded after the video was posted in October showing her and friend Danielle Andrus dancing to "JuJu on the Beat" with medical tubes attached to her body. Soon afterward, the pair were invited onto Ellen DeGeneres's show in Los Angeles to share her inspiring story. She even inspired her very own trending hashtag, #AnaStrong.

DeGeneres gave her a $20,000 donation from Shutterfly to help with medical expense.

"My faith in God and my trust in my doctors has gotten me this far," she said in a prior interview with NBC Dallas-Fort Worth.

Photo Credit: Ana-Alecia Ayala
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<![CDATA[North Texans Head to Inauguration]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:09:34 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_17013713721598-Trump-head.jpg North Texans are heading to Washington D.C. for President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.

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<![CDATA[FC Dallas Player Injured in Crash Motivated to Return]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:54:17 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ryan+Hollingshead.jpg

Nearly two weeks ago, FC Dallas midfielder Ryan Hollingshead thought his playing career was over.

"When I first had gotten hit and landed, I thought I was paralyzed," said Hollingshead.

On Jan. 6, Hollingshead was struck by a car while helping a stranded driver on the President George Bush Turnpike. The road was icy and the impact launched Hollingshead 30 feet into the air.

Hollingshead is now back home and is expected to fully heal in six to eight weeks. He has three broken vertebrae in his neck as a result of the crash.

"I was laying there on the ground for about 10 seconds without being able to move," said Hollingshead. "In that time, I thought that was it. I'm done playing soccer. Taylor (Hollinghead's wife) is going to have to take care of me for the rest of my life. I'm paralyzed."

Hollingshead said his five month old son, Henry, is extra motivation to heal quickly.

"Doctors won't let me hold him because I can't bear any weight. I can't bend over, so when he's down on the ground playing on the mat, I can't really look at him. I can't get into his face or try to make him laugh or smile. That kills me," said Hollingshead. "I have to be able to run. I have to be able to move. We are grateful my career will continue and that's a blessing."

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<![CDATA[Officer's Death Hits Home for Small Town of Little Elm]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:04:18 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/200*120/Walker+mourner.jpg

What was just a few bouquets of flowers laying outside the Little Elm Police Department Tuesday night quickly grew to dozens by Wednesday morning, and then easily hundreds by nightfall as the showings of respect poured in for their fallen officer.

The shooting death of Detective Jerry Walker was the first since Little Elm officially became a town in 1966. Many residents said it’s something they could never be prepared for.

"It just breaks my heart,” said Amber Wells who gathered thousands of candles Wednesday to hold a vigil for Walker Wednesday night.

She, like many who stopped by the department, never knew the officer, but felt she had to do something to help out his family and friends.

Many stopping by the makeshift memorial seemed to have some connection to Walker, understandable in a town of only about 35,000.

Walker had been an officer in the city for 18 years and spent part of his career as a school resource officer at the high school where former co-workers said he was dedicated to helping the kids find the best in themselves.

"He cared about kids and he cared about his community,” said school secretary Kathy Thompson who just talked to Walker over the holidays. "I can't even describe it. Unreal. Unreal."

To honor the long-time public servant and friend to many, residents and police are contributing to a memorial fund for Walker’s wife and four kids set up by at Capital One Bank - Little Elm branch. You can mail donations to the bank, in the name of the "Jerry Walker Fund" to 2821 East Eldorado Parkway, Little Elm.

Several local businesses are also donating supplies and planning for events in Walker’s honor, including Little Elm’s Wal-Mart. Employees from the store brought boxes of blue light bulbs to the police station for residents to install on their front porches in Walker’s honor.

By Wednesday afternoon, people who live near the home where Walker was killed were allowed back into the neighborhood.

Most of them had to be evacuated while police were in a standoff with the suspect, now identified by sources as Rudy Garcia.

Neighbors say Garcia developed a reputation as a trouble-maker.

Antonio Sutton said Garcia started screaming at him one day while he was walking his dog past Garcia's house.

"Knowing situation now I'm glad that I did walk away, otherwise I could've instigated him into using that rifle towards this house or something," said Sutton.

While neighbors are relieved to be back home, after something this tragic, they question whether things can ever truly return to normal.

As of Wednesday evening, only Garcia's home remained blocked off by investigators in the neighborhood.

Police said they will return to the scene on Thursday.

Photo Credit: Brian Scott, NBC 5]]>
<![CDATA[Cowtown Kids See Their Very First Cow Up Close at Stock Show]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:57:18 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stock+show+cow+milking.jpg

The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo brings Texas' agricultural roots back to the forefront. Many kids in Cowtown these days have never even seen a cow, but that changed Wednesday for a group of students on a field trip.

You can see herds of sheep, cattle and any farm animal you can think of at the Stock Show and Rodeo, but the most entertaining may be the herds of children who come from schools all over Fort Worth for their first taste of life on the farm.

NBC 5 sat in on one lesson about where their glass of milk comes from.

"That's where our milk comes from, what's left over after we feed the baby. On the farm who eats first? The babies. Then who eats? The big cows. Then who comes? Us. The animals always come first," said Todd Griffin, an instructor for the Mobile Dairy Classroom, in front of a room full of second graders from Bill J. Elliott Elementary School.

Growing up in East Fort Worth, the kids know the city, but farm life is a whole different world. For many, this was their first time seeing a cow up close.

They watched how it produces milk, and they gained a whole new appreciation for what they eat and drink every day.

"I learned that cows are very important to our lives and they help us survive," said second grader Kayla Petty.

Classmate Terrance Williams added, "They give us vitamin D and vitamin C, and I love cows a lot."

"It's really exciting because you haven't really seen that thing before, and it's really cool to see it up close," said another classmate, Julyssa Arias.

"It helps you to see where you come from and how sometimes you're more fortunate than others, or vice versa," said teacher Cyerra Robles. "Everyone lives a different lifestyle, one no better than the other, and it just helps to open up and see, 'Oh, this is how they live,' and it's very different, but it's kind of unique. It's cool, you know?"

The kids also got a tour from student leaders from local Future Farmers of America chapters, including the livestock shows and the petting zoo.

About 1,000 school children from Tarrant and surrounding counties come through the Stock Show and Rodeo every day.

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<![CDATA[Lasik Fixes Lenses]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:38:23 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lasik+surgery.jpg

Forty-one million Americans wear contact lenses and a third of them report at least one visit to the doctor because of red or painful eyes.

Often, the culprit is poor hygiene or misuse of the lenses. Sometimes it gets so bad that it requires surgery.

As an aircraft mechanic, 26-year-old Rebekah Fraser depends on her eyes.

Yet, for years she slept in her contact lenses, developing ulcers on her eyes.

“I had the kind of contacts that you were supposed to take out every night and clean them and let them sit in the morning, and I never did that. I just slept with them in,” said Fraser.

“There’s a much higher rate of infection and corneal ulcers with this that can have a permanent impact in your vision if they are not treated," Jeffrey Whitman, M.D., an ophthalmologist at Key Whitman Eye Centers in Dallas, explained. "Becka was legally blind without wearing some type of prescription eye wear.”

Whitman performed Lasik surgery, traditionally done to correct near-sightedness, but in Becka’s case, it also reshaped her cornea and saved her vision.

“She saw 20/20 the next day and she could already tell as soon as she got up from the procedure table that she could see better already,” detailed Whitman.

“It’s made a huge impact on my life,"Fraser said." It’s helped with work. It’s helped with play and it’s helped with driving. It’s helped with everything. It still surprises me, like there will be days where I am like, 'yeah, I can still see, there’s no problems with it, I can still see.'”

To prevent eye infections and more serious vision problems, doctors remind patients not to sleep in contact lenses.

Also, don’t top off old solution with new solution, and replace contact lenses when recommended.  

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<![CDATA[Son of Popular Radio Host Killed in Crash]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:02:53 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Josh+Harbuck.jpg

The son of popular radio host Hal Jay died Tuesday evening in a one-vehicle crash on a wet roadway in Erath County.

Dub Gillum, a senior public information officer with the Texas Department of Public Safety told the news site "The Flash Today" that Joshua Harbuck, 36, “was killed when he lost control on the wet road and skidded ed off the east side, rolling and coming to rest on the vehicle’s top.”

The article also said Dean Papaliodis, a passenger, was not injured, and that both wore seat belts as they traveled home from Austin where they’d been on business.

Josh Harbuck was the oldest son of WBAP 820 News Talk morning show host Hal Jay.

Word of Jay’s loss stunned his colleagues, but they quickly realized they needed to break the tragic news to Jay’s family of loyal listeners.

The station announced Harbuck’s death during the broadcast on Tuesday morning.

Co-host Brian Estridge shared a tribute to Harbuck with listeners.

Jay joined WBAP 820 in 1981.

Stories about his wife, Ann, and their sons, Josh and Carter, quickly became part of the broadcast.

Listeners chuckled and wept as Jay shared his journeys of fatherhood and watching his boys go from toddlers to teenagers to married men.

Listeners shared their memories on NBC 5 Deborah Ferguson’s Facebook page.

Betty Hickson wrote, “I have awakened to WBAP for 30 years. I felt like I knew Josh from all of Hal’s stories. He is so proud of his boys. My heart breaks for the family and I pray they find some comfort in all the love surrounding them, Godspeed, Josh.”

And Sheila Griggs Shallcross wrote, “Even though I have never met Josh, I have always felt like I knew him and loved him due to the wonderful stories I’ve heard about him and the family through Hal. I want to send prayers and comfort to the family for the devastating loss of their much-loved son.”

Harbuck stood 6’6” and had a personality as big as his frame.

He shared his father’s quick wit and his mother soft brown eyes.

He graduated from Arlington Heights High School in the Fort Worth ISD, then played football for and graduated from Texas Christian University in 2002.

Two years later, Harbuck married his wife Emery. His son, Hudson, soon came along, later followed by daughter, Harper.

Harbuck told photographer David S. Irvin in 2012 that his “favorite thing in life is when he comes home from work and hears, ‘Hi, Honey, and two little voices scream ‘Daddy.'"

Photo Credit: Josh Harbuck via Facebook
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<![CDATA[Dallas Actor Has Vested Interest in Police Pension Crisis]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:59:03 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Sgt.+Ed+Spila.jpg

The Dallas Police and Fire pension crisis is worsening. Members have withdrawn more than $500 million from the ailing system since August. Now, the fund could be insolvent in just five years.

Just last week, that projection was at 10 years.

On Wednesday, the Dallas City Council will again take up the weighty issue. And one local actor has a vested interest in the debate over retirement funds.

"Some of the episodes of Walker Texas Ranger here, I did a number of those," said Ed Spila, a successful actor and producer.

He's worked with Chuck Norris and many other acclaimed actors.

His roles span a number of characters.

"I was on NBC, 'Saving Jessica Lynch.' I played the Ranger medic for that," he said.

Now he's on the big screen.

"My latest film, 'Daylight's End,' stars Johnny Strong, Lance Henriksen, my friend William Kaufman," said Spila.

Not only did he act in the Vertical Entertainment production, he also co-produced it.

Eighty-percent of Daylight's End was filmed right in downtown Dallas – in an ironic twist, right outside the old Dallas Police Headquarters, where Spila started his career.

That's because in this picture, he's not acting.

Sgt. Ed Spila is a 31-year veteran with the Dallas Police Department. Spila took on acting to supplement his income. He was hoping to retire from the force this month, but he says unforeseen changes have him rethinking his future.

"We'll make do. If it means I have to work for a few years, then that's where it's at. It's unfortunate, but that may be where its at," he said.

The single father says as it stands, his retirement money is locked down because of the Dallas Police and Fire pension battle, so right now he's in limbo.

"All I wanted to do was supplement my monthly income and get it down the road, that's it," he said.

It would be a path that would give him more time to spend with his son and pursue his passion of acting. But for now, the longtime officer will continue serving the citizens of Dallas and revel in what he's accomplished so far.

"That's me, by the way, right there," Spila said, as he pointed to the poster of 'Daylight's End.'

"I did make the poster. I was very excited about that," he said.

'Daylight's End' is now playing on Starz and available on DVD. Spila, meantime, has certainly paid his dues. He was shot twice in the line of duty. Spila was also named Dallas Police "Sergeant of The Year" in 2015.

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<![CDATA[TX Reps in Congress Talk About Incoming Administration]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:29:56 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pete+sessions+dallas.jpg

Once President-elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office Friday, Republicans will control the U.S. House, U.S. Senate and the White House.

Texas representatives in Congress spoke Wednesday about what they expect to happen now.

"My advice to Donald Trump would be as you do things, do things one on at a time. Tell the American people what you are going to do, show them why you are going to do it," said U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas.

Sessions knows this is a rare opportunity to have the House, Senate and presidency.

"We are going to own whatever we touch," he said.

Similarly, U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Denton, also sees this as an opportunity. But he said he is mindful of 2006, when the Democrats took control of both the Senate and the House.

"Things do need to have input from both sides of the political spectrum. When I look at the problems of the Affordable Care Act, the fact that was huge enormous public policy with only one party participating, that is why it had the trouble that it has," Burgess said. "No one on the Republican side feels any ownership in trying to rescue when things go bad. I hope the day is now upon us where we can find common ground, work on those things where we can find that common ground, and in a strange way I think Donald Trump is just the person to make that happen."

U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, for one, is ready to open that line of communication with the president-elect.

"We may not agree on everything, but if he gives me a chance, we are gonna agree on some of it," Johnson said. "And I really feel I am on sound ground in many of the things I believe in, and I am going to do my very best to convince him of the same. I believe if we back off and let him go willy nilly, we will go backwards a long, long way. I don't intend to do that. I intend to do my best to build some kind of line of communication to see if we can't reason with him."

U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, has experience looking for common ground.

"I have had the unfortunate circumstances of never serving in the majority," said Veasey.

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<![CDATA[Neighbors Remember Detective Jerry Walker as True Patriot]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:35:49 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jerry-walker-inset-lepdcar.jpg

The Little Elm neighborhood where a detective was shot and killed Tuesday is still reeling from the tragedy as crime scene tape and barricades continue blocking many streets.

Residents were allowed back into their homes, though streets along Lewis Drive, Lake Haven Drive and Judy Lane, were only opened Wednesday afternoon.

Detective Jerry Walker was shot and killed just around the corner from where his family lives.

For more than a decade, Walker lived with his family one street away from the gunman’s home near the intersection of Waterview and Turtle Cove drives.

His long-time neighbor Greg said Little Elm lost one of its finest.

“He was a patriot. That’s how I would describe Jerry. He was a patriot,” Greg said, adding that Walker was one of the first to volunteer to serve in Iraq.

Walker was also an Army veteran, a school resource officer, a narcotics detective and the father of four children.

“Many families, especially youth in this area, they have been blessed by knowing him. He was truly one of the great officers in this area,” Greg said.

Eric Matthews also lives in the neighborhood, and remembers Walker speaking to him about never using drugs when he was in high school.

“He was a neighborhood guy,” Matthews said.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley, who grew up in Little Elm, also tweeted about the detective's death saying, "This is crazy. We lost a good one today. He looked out for me in high school. Rest In Peace."

A vigil will be held Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Little Elm Park. A memorial fund has been set up for the Walker family -- anyone who wishes to contribute can make a donation at Capital One Bank and reference the Jerry Walker fund.

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<![CDATA[Baby Girl Born at 22 Weeks Finally Leaves Hospital]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:30:32 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/baby+camila.jpg

A baby girl who was born at just 22 weeks is finally home from a Fort Worth hospital, where she has spent the first seven months of her life.

"In the first days and weeks of her life, and in the first months, it was very much touch-and-go. Survival is not a given for these babies who are born in the most fragile state of prematurity," said Dr. Jonathan Nedrelow, a neonatalogist and the medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Cook Children's Medical Center.

In his 14 years there, Nedrelow has seen thousands of the tiniest babies. He remembers the day Camila Delarosa arrived at the hospital.

"Camila was an extremely premature baby. She was born very, very small," he said. "This baby had a very, very long course where we had to use all the different tools to help babies survive from a breathing standpoint. She had a need for many types of ventilators."

Camila was born June 9, 2016. Her numbers at birth put her very life in doubt: born at 22 weeks, weighing 17 ounces and her organs underdeveloped.

"I didn't want her to be born at 22 weeks. I was scared," said her mother, Eliana Delarosa. "It's not what you picture. You picture a newborn baby. I didn't know what an NICU was. I didn't know what they looked like. I didn't know how small she was going to be. She wasn't ready, and I wasn't ready."

Delarosa took pictures and video almost from her daughter's birth to document what would turn out to be an incredible will to live.

"They tell you from the beginning, 'Are you willing to go through it? She only has 10-percent chance of surviving," she recalled. "I did. And, she's here."

In the delivery room, though, Delarosa didn't know her baby girl was even present. Her daughter was so tiny, she couldn't see her in the incubator.

"I turned but couldn't find her," she said. "I didn't see anything, because she was this little."

And she was still so small when Eliana held her for the first time at 24 weeks.

"She fit in my shirt. It was like her little head was here," Delarosa demonstrated. "They like kangaroo care. It's good for them. So, I always put her in my shirt and she stayed there."

And, Delarosa stayed by her daughter's bedside. She rarely left the NICU for fear something would happen.

"You're so anxious all the time," she said. "Every call you get, you think, 'Oh, my gosh, something happened.'"

Yet through the weeks and months, Camila not only survived but thrived.

Dr. Nedrelow remembers seeing her personality change as she continued to develop.

"Very feisty, very interactive, with the staff and her mother," he said. "And it's neat to see that emergence of a personality over time. (As if saying) 'I want to interact with everyone. I complain. I cry. I'm happy.' All those things she was not able to do when she was first born."

"Every day she lived was a milestone for me," said Delarosa.

Camila "graduated" from the NICU after six months and has been in a transition unit since December. She leaves Cook Children's with a breathing tube that will stay in place until her lungs grow and she no longer needs the support.

"It's a wonderful thing to witness this transformation for these babies," said Nedrelow. "She faces some challenges still regarding her development. The good news is that she has the chance to face those challenges."

The baby born at 10 inches, 17 ounces is now 21 inches long and weighs 11 pounds.

"I feel blessed, and I'm happy. I'm very happy," said Delarosa, 23. "I just wish her dad was here."

Delarosa's husband is a Mexican national, a man Eliana met on family trips from Texas to Mexico. She fell in love with him and moved to Mexico to marry him. They wanted a family, but Delarosa suffered several miscarriages. Fertility treatment helped her become pregnant with Camila.

The pregnancy was difficult, and Delarosa was put on bed rest almost from the start. She was visiting family in Fort Worth last spring when she went into labor. She knew the early delivery would threaten her baby's life.

"The first month of her life was day by day," she said.

"Her story plays out here often, and we really celebrate and rejoice when any of the kids who are born extremely small can survive and thrive, because it's not a foregone conclusion. Many of these kids don't," said Nedrelow. "She's a wonderful example of a child who was so near death for so long but managed to survive, but many of these kids don't, unfortunately."

"It's just been really hard. You can't explain something like this to anyone," said Delarosa. "It just hits you and you have to live with it and you have to fight for your kid."

"Why some kids survive and others don't is beyond the explanation of medical science," said Nedrelow. "For all these babies born early, there's this intense raw will to live."

"As her mom, I'm very proud of her and very blessed with her," said Delarosa.

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<![CDATA[Former 'Entertainment Tonight' Anchor Surprises NBC 5 Crew]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:22:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mary+Hart+and+Kris+Gutierrez.jpg While NBC 5's Kris Gutierrez is in Washington D.C. covering the inauguration, former 'Entertainment Tonight' anchor Mary Hart walked into the store they were in

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<![CDATA[Lake Highlands Woman to Represent Texas at Inaugural Ball]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:56:09 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/missy-shorey.jpg

Almost 900,000 people are expected to attend Friday's inauguration.

Missy Shorey, of Lake Highlands, is packing up and getting ready for the big event.

"This is my second inauguration," she said. "I'm really excited to see the peaceful transition of power and, of course, the balls."

There are 26 balls. Shorey and her husband will attend the coveted "Texas State Black Tie and Boots Ball" Thursday night.

"I have two floor length red gowns that are being altered," she said. "And red boots."

President Barack Obama set a record for attendance during his first inauguration, with 1.8 million people. The first live broadcast of the over the Internet was during President Bill Clinton's first inauguration.

President Elect Donald Trump's inaugural ceremonies will be broadcast on television and streamed live over the internet and social media beginning at 11 a.m.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Police Shoot Suspected Burglar, Accomplice Cut by Glass]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:12:29 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dpd-officer-involved1.jpg

Two people were wounded in an officer-involved shooting outside a Dallas home Wednesday morning, police said.

Officers responding to a suspicious person call in the 4700 block of Eastside Avenue found two people burglarizing a house just after 5 a.m., police said.

A short time later, the officers requested ambulances at the scene.

One of the suspected burglars was escorted by police to Baylor University Medical Center with a gunshot wound. The other was injured by broken glass, according to police.

No officers were injured in the shooting and police have not said what led the officer(s) to open fire.

Police have closed the street in front of the home while they investigate.

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<![CDATA[1 Wounded in Shooting Outside Fort Worth Home]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:57:51 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fw-kodiak-shooting.jpg

Police said a person was wounded in a shooting outside a Fort Worth home early Wednesday morning.

Fort Worth police said they responded to a call about an armed person at the house in the 3600 block of Kodiak Court at 12:15 a.m.

An an ambulance responded to a call about a gunshot victim shortly after.

Police said the victim was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in serious condition.

The shooter fled the scene, according to police.

The residents of the home were not involved in the shooting and don't know anyone involved, police said.

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<![CDATA[Woman Arrested After Chase in Dallas County]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:44:25 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-co-chase-011817.jpg

Authorities said they arrested a woman who led officers on a chase in Dallas County early Wednesday morning.

Grand Prairie police said officers tried to stop the woman driving a pickup truck in the Irving area at about 2 a.m.

Officers followed until she finally decided to stop on Interstate 45 in Dallas at about 2:20 a.m. Police said they then took her into custody.

Dallas County Sheriff's deputies assisted in the pursuit.

No further details have been released.

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<![CDATA[F-35 Program Trainees in Fort Worth]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:06:26 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/F-35+Fighter+Jet+Costs.jpg

Texas Senator John Cornyn is fighting for the F-35 program.

Cornyn tweeted Tuesday about his meeting with Ret. Gen. James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Defense Secretary. Cornyn says they talked budget, cyber security and his support for the F-35.

The fighter jets are manufactured by Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth.

Last week, NBC 5 reported that the company's president was planning to lower prices after a meeting with Mr. Trump, who has said the cost of the F-35 is "out of control."

Thousands of workers are caught in the middle of this. Lockheed Martin is a huge economic anchor and losing the F-35 would be a major blow to the region.

To avoid that, the company's president says she's close to a deal to cut costs and bring 1,800 new jobs to Fort Worth.

As the back-and-forth continues, a smaller company right across the street is quietly working to get skilled workers ready for the career that's almost within reach.

The sounds of industry are in the air at the Community Learning Center (CLC). But every move is preparation for the real work the men and women training there are striving for.

"Oh right across the street, Lockheed Martin. I'd love to get in," said CLC trainee Kinsey Williams.

The engine driving Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth is the F-35 fighter jet program that employs nearly 39,000 Texans.

"It's big and everybody wants to work there," said another CLC trainee Samantha Geter.

But when Trump tweeted he wanted Boeing to price out a comparable jet to cut costs, many of the Lockheed jobs the trainees are hoping for looked to be at risk.

However, Williams is still optimistic.

"The demand for the product is great demand, so I see it going even further," Williams said.

But he says people's jobs are not political football.

"Kind of put yourself in our shoes,” said Williams. “See what it feels like when you're first trying to get out there and get your first career started."

Jump-starting careers is just what the Community Learning Center is there for.

"Since 2000, we've trained and placed over 10,000 folks," said CLC President Pat Lane.

Their job placements are largely in aerospace and defense, but they've expanded to more than 100 different companies preparing in-demand skilled workers for the kinds of jobs politicians talk about.

“These are the kinds of jobs that we train for, that a person can raise a family, have good benefits and make a decent living," said Lane.

Jobs a community can thrive on.

The Community Learning Center gets federal, state and local funding to provide free job training for veterans and the unemployed or under-employed. You can also pay for a course if you don't qualify for free.

To learn more, click here.

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<![CDATA[McKinney Votes on Fed., State Funding for Public Transit]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:18:44 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/McKinney+Sign.jpg

McKinney City Council members voted Tuesday evening to move forward with state and federal funding to get public transportation back to the city.

Council members approved a request for federal grant funds to help pay for potential service, as well as a grant agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation to receive state funding.

Chandler Merritt, McKinney’s director of strategic services, said the funding requests now go back in the hands of the state and federal government to decide what the next steps.

If approved, the city will then create a board that will begin the planning process.

Residents have been without buses after a transit system named TAPS (Texoma Area Paratransit System) failed and folded in November 2015.

For people like Ashley Bridgewater, mother of a newborn baby named Liam, it is a daily struggle.

Bridgewater has been staying at the Samaritan Inn for the last several weeks as she searches for a job.

She used to work as a night auditor at a hotel before baby Liam was born, but getting to job interviews and doctor’s appointments is tough without a car.

“It’s hard to rely on other people to get rides, so it’s pretty hard. It’s almost impossible,” Bridgewater said. “Without transportation, we’re just stuck.”

Bridgewater is far from alone. The lack of public transit is also a struggle for the elderly, the disabled and anyone trying to make ends meet.

Merritt said he understands people’s frustrations, fielding at least one or two calls a week from concerned citizens on the status.

Merritt said Tuesday evening’s vote is not the first step, but it is definitely the initial steps toward a public transit system.

DART estimates approximately 250,000 people use public transportation – bus and train – every day in North Texas. DART does not currently serve McKinney, but has been invited to discuss future plans, Merritt said.

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<![CDATA[Josh Hamilton Signs Minor League Deal with Texas]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:07:03 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-492307716.jpg

Slugger Josh Hamilton is getting another shot with the Texas Rangers.

The Rangers said Tuesday they have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training for the oft-injured 2010 AL MVP.

The 35-year-old Hamilton had his best years in Texas as a five-time All-Star, including trips to the World Series in 2010-11.

Hamilton was released in August, closing the books on a $125 million, five-year deal signed with the Los Angeles Angels in free agency after the 2012 season.

The Angels traded Hamilton back to Texas after two injury-plagued years. The outfielder played just 50 games in two more seasons with the Rangers, missing all of last year with a left knee injury that required surgery.

The Rangers also signed right-hander Dillon Gee to a minor league deal. He pitched for Kansas City last season and had thoracic outlet surgery in October

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<![CDATA[Police Search for Woman Who Stole Dead Woman's Credit Card]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:03:10 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Credit-Card-Stolen-11717.jpg

Carrollton police are searching for a woman who allegedly stole a credit card from a woman who died in her car at a DART station.

A 70-year-old woman was traveling to visit her terminally-ill husband at the Dallas VA Medical Center on New Year's Eve when she died of natural causes at 1717 West Frankford Road, according to a Carrollton police Facebook post.

The thief then broke into the woman's car and stole the credit card out of her purse.

Surveillance video captured the woman using the stolen credit card at a Dallas dollar store located at 8417 Lake June Road.

If anyone has information about the theft, police ask them to call (972) 466-3333.

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<![CDATA[Where to Rent vs. Buy Homes in Dallas-Fort Worth]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:45:23 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/for-sale-sign.jpg

There are parts of the Metroplex where you can buy a house now and it's value will have increased in just six months. Other areas are just the opposite.

Julie Bologna is a real estate agent with Keller Williams and says in Dallas-Fort Worth, competition is huge for homes in the lower price range.

"You're competing with all the investors out there who are dying for investment properties. They're willing to pay cash, and that knocks the home buyer out who has a loan, because with cash you don't have to worry about an appraisal and you close quicker," Bologna said.

Real estate website Trulia says starter home inventory is down a 40 to 45 percent nationwide in the past few years. Here in DFW, prices are generally rising, which means bigger down payments – not to mention rent is rising, too.

"Our rental prices have gone up 7 percent just last year. It's getting harder for someone who rents," Bologna said.

That's why buying could still work out. In East Fort Worth, the price of homes jumped 33 percent last month. People buying there are instantly making money. In East Dallas, it's flat – no change. You have to look at the neighborhood and how long you'll stay.

"If you can stay put for seven years, buying is a better deal than renting," Bologna said.

Make sure you're factoring in everything from down payments and taxes, to remodeling and maintenance. For some, it's a clear answer whether renting or buying is the way to go.

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      <![CDATA[Mother Attacked Outside Ridgmar Mall]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:39:43 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mall+attack+victim.jpg

      A North Texas mother is warning shoppers after she was violently robbed outside of Fort Worth's Ridgmar Mall.

      Fort Worth police confirm Wanda House left the mall last Thursday and was  robbed in the parking lot near Dillard's Department Store.

      "I never saw him coming. I never saw him going and that's the scariest part," House said.

      House, who's now at home recovering, sustained multiple injuries in the attack.

      She said the man tackled her from behind and ran off with her purse.

      "I almost broke my collarbone. He threw me to the ground. Knocked my pelvis out of alignment and knocked a rib out of place," said House. "I just want women to know, don't carry your purse. You can never be too careful. Your purse is a target. There are predators who are watching us."

      House said she parked her car underneath a light near the building. Police said the robbery took place at 6 p.m. Thursday.

      House said she did not get a visual of her attacker, who remains at-large.

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      <![CDATA[Rangers' Diekman to Miss Half of 2017 Due to Ulcerative Colitis]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:13:51 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/519447474.jpg

      Texas Rangers reliever Jake Diekman is expected to miss at least half the season after upcoming surgery to treat colitis, a digestive condition.

      Diekman, the top left-hander in the Texas bullpen, has battled the condition throughout his career.

      Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday the team was aware of the possible surgery and absence before agreeing with Diekman last week on a $2.55 million, one-year contract to avoid salary arbitration.

      The surgery is planned for Jan. 25. Diekman had a flare-up with his condition, which affects the intestines and colon, during the holidays.

      The 29-year-old Diekman was 4-2 with a 3.40 ERA and four saves last season for the AL West champions. He came to Texas along with ace Cole Hamels in a deal with Philadelphia at the trading deadline in 2015.

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      <![CDATA[Church Members Honor MLK With Fort Worth Day of Service]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:52:18 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/day+of+service3.jpg People from nearly 50 Fort Worth churches chose to honor MLK Day through a day of service. More than 400 volunteers fanned out to help the community.

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      <![CDATA[Two Men in Royse City Found Dead Following Shooting Report]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:23:50 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Police-GettyImages-187062332.jpg

      Two men were found dead early Tuesday morning after police responded to a shooting call at a Royse City home.

      Police were called to a home in the 1400 block of Laurel Lane at 5:25 a.m., according to Royse City Police Chief Jeff Stapleton. When officers arrived, two men were found dead in the home.

      Stapleton said the two men lived at the home with a woman and a child, neither of whom were injured.

      Police said further details surrounding the deaths were not immediately available. 

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      <![CDATA[Spurs' Duncan Gets Slam Duncan O's Breakfast Cereal]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:53:21 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tim-Duncan-H-E-B-Os-16x9.jpg

      Spurs superstar Tim Duncan has his own breakfast cereal.

      For a limited time H-E-B grocery stores is selling Slam Duncan O's, a honey nut oat cereal where the Os are the hoops and the chocolaty puffs are the basketballs.

      "We wanted to commemorate his legacy as one of the most beloved Spurs’ players of all time," H-E-B said on their webpage. "we’ve made it so that everyone can make a slam dunk, just like Tim."

      To ensure all customers are able to spend a morning with the power forward, purchases are limited to six boxes per customer.

      Each 11 ounce box retails for $2.98 and are available online for shipping within Texas.

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      <![CDATA[Texans Try Washington D.C. Treats During Inauguration Week]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:22:00 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/georgetown+cupcakes1.jpg

      Close to 900,000 people are expected to be in Washington, D.C. for the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump on Friday.

      That’s more people than the population of Fort Worth.

      NBC 5's Kris Gutierrez caught up with some Texans in line at a shop of D.C. delicacies.

      Derek Wilson of Carrollton stood in a line wrapped around the block to get a taste of Georgetown Cupcakes.

      “It’s my first time. I’m excited,” said Wilson. “We’ve been to Georgetown once before, but the line was a little too daunting, so we never got to try it out."

      But Monday, he and his fiance decided to tough it out.

      “If there’s a line, it’s gotta mean something, so I’m banking on that,” said Wilson.

      He says cupcakes are his thing.

      “We love Sprinkles. We’ve had Sprinkles in Dallas and now we really need to try this and we have the time today and we’re going to go for it.”

      Wilson was not alone.

      We asked him when was the last time he stood in line for something like this back home in North Texas.

      “Pecan Lodge BBQ. That’s probably the one that would come to mind," Wilson said. "I think in Texas, though, there’s just so many places to eat. We don’t have a lot of the whole line thing. It’s kind of a little bit of rarity, so.”

      “I think we’re making pretty good pace, so I’m assuming about 30 to 45 more minutes and we’ll have a cupcake,” said Wilson.

      In the end, he said he was worth it.

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      <![CDATA[$5,000 Reward Offered in Target Beating, Photos Released]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:09:17 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/target-assault.jpg

      Dallas police hope surveillance photos released Tuesday will help them identify and locate two people wanted in connection with an assault outside a Target store that left a man hospitalized.

      Derek Whitener, 33, was beaten with a wooden rod by two men just before 11 p.m. Saturday while walking to his car outside the Target store on the 2400 block of North Haskell Avenue, Dallas police say. He was transported to Baylor Medical Center Dallas where he continues to recover after undergoing surgery for a fractured skull.

      While police have not confirmed the motive in the beating, they said Tuesday that Whitener was initially confronted by two men as he walked toward the store but that the men walked away when he went to the entrance.

      Once inside the store, police said Whitener reported the men as "suspicious" to Target personnel.

      As a Target security guard and an off-duty Dallas police officer approached the two men, one of them walked away. The second man, shown in surveillance video holding a wooden rod, had a brief discussion with the off-duty police officer and was asked to leave the property.

      Whitener wrapped up his shopping and left the store at about 11:05 p.m. As he walked toward his vehicle, police said he was again approached by the two men. This time they made a threatening statement and began beating him with the stick before running from the parking lot.

      A customer in the parking lot reported the incident to the off-duty officer who then called for medical help.

      After reviewing the surveillance video from the store, police are looking for two people who match the following descriptions:

      • Unknown person number 1: A black man between the ages of 18 and 20, standing about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray jacket, black pants, black backpack, black gloves, a gorilla mask and was armed with a 3-foot wooden dowel rod.
      • Unknown person number 2: A black man between the ages of 18 and 20, standing about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie with white lettering, red/blue jeans, white Nike shoes, black backpack, and a gorilla mask.

      Police said Tuesday there is no indication this is a hate crime, but they did not disclose what the men said before beating Whitener.

      Anyone with information about the assault is encouraged to contact Detective Hubner in the Assaults Unit at 214-671-3639 or Crime Stoppers at 214-373-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

      Friends and family of the victim have created a GoFundMe account to help him with his medical bills and loss of income.

      Whitener, a well-known actor in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, was attacked following a performance at The Firehouse Theatre in Farmers Branch.

      "Heartbroken, devastated, shocked," said David Moore, executive business director at The Firehouse Theatre. "All of those words describe how we're feeling."

      "I think there's a lot of anger that it happened and for the people that have not yet been found that did it to him," Moore said.

      This weekend, The Firehouse Theatre along with others where Whitener also performed, will donate a portion of their ticket sales to his recovery.

      "It's nice to be able to a practical, tangible opportunity to give back to somebody in need, to unite a community through action, not just words," said Jason Leyval, The Firehouse Theatre's technical director.

      NBC 5's Kevin Cokely contributed to this report.

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      <![CDATA[Facebook's Zuckerberg Attends VR Copyright Trial in Dallas]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:22:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/zuckerberg-trial-dallas.jpg

      Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent much of Tuesday on a Dallas federal court witness stand defending his firm against claims it stole intellectual property for the Oculus virtual reality headset.

      Zuckerberg said Facebook invested around $3 billion to buy Oculus as a way of moving rapidly into virtual reality technology, a figure higher than what was reported at the time of the 2014 deal.

      He said he was so anxious to see Facebook move into VR that he pushed completion of the deal in just a matter of days over a weekend. But he denied any technology was stolen.

      "The idea that Oculus technology is based on someone else's work is just wrong," Zuckerberg said.

      ZeniMax Media, which owns id Software, based in Richardson, Texas, filed the lawsuit claiming former employee John Carmack took secrets with him when he joined Oculus. 

      A lawyer for ZeniMax confronted Zuckerberg with emails and documents suggesting there were concerns about Oculus technology before the deal, but Zuckerberg said the accusations surfaced later, were not credible and were not pursued by Facebook.

      ZeniMax is seeking $2 billion in damages.The trial began Jan. 10 and could last two more weeks.

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      <![CDATA[AA Jet Makes Emergency Landing at D/FW Airpport]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:23:00 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/aa-jet-landing722.jpg

      An American Airlines jet made an emergency landing at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Tuesday morning.

      After departing from D/FW Airport, the American Airlines 737 jet returned due to a possible mechanical issue in flight, according to authorities.

      Flight 2336 was scheduled to depart D/FW Airport at 6:25 a.m. and land in Miami at 10:07 a.m.

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