<![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 Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:51:01 -0500 Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:51:01 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Fan Who Fell From Stands In Critical Condition]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:47:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/091314+UT+Fallen+Fan.jpg

A man is in critical condition and remains in the intensive care unit Sunday at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth after falling 12-15 feet from the stands during the Texas Longhorns versus UCLA football game. The victim was in the 100 section at AT&T Stadium and fell to the floor level suites Saturday.

“A 12-15 foot fall landing on a hard concrete metal stadium seating surface can cause some serious injuries,” said Dr. Alex Eastman, Interim Director of the Trauma Center at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. 
An NBC DFW photojournalist's video captures first responders surrounding the man as they transported him via cart from the stadium.
The Arlington fire department turned over investigation of the incident to AT&T Stadium. They did not return emails to NBC DFW on Sunday evening.
“A fall from that height will certainly, if you strike your head, have the potential for severe traumatic brain injuries,” said Eastman. 
Arlington firefighters said the victim is a middle aged man who possibly received head trauma from the fall. He was conscious and talking to first responders when they arrived to help.
Most people at the game were unaware of the accident as the band continued playing during half time without delay. 
Medical experts consider 15 feet to be a low level fall, but say it can certainly cause a lot of injuries. 
“It’s not off the top off the garage, but if you’re the one falling 12 feet you'll think it’s pretty high,” said Eastman. 

Photo Credit: Jose Sanchez, NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[No EV D68 In Texas, But Parents Stay Alert]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:48:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/091414+EV+D68+Exam.jpg

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are no cases of the respiratory illness enterovirus, known as EV-D68, currently in Texas.
However, one doctor who practices in Waxahachie said she’s been seeing more patients with similar symptoms – like wheezing, coughing, and asthmatic symptoms.
Dr. Jean Strength, who is also affiliated with Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, said right now, she can only treat the symptoms, given that she doesn’t have the capability of testing her patients for the virus.
According to Dr. Strength, most patients only received testing after being admitted to the ICU, which does not happen in every case of the virus.
“I’m wondering how many children in ordinary life right now are going undiagnosed with enterovirus 68,” she said.  “Because it is a virus, it is very communicable. So you don’t know how many people are going to get it until some of those end up in the ICU.”
13-year-old Madelynn James of Waxahachie is one of Dr. Strength’s patients. Her mother Dana James told NBC DFW that Madelynn started coughing and wheezing late in the week and has been treated with an inhaler.
Madelynn has not been tested for enterovirus, but Dr. Strength said she is one of the patients in her practice exhibiting potential symptoms.
Her advice to parents is not to panic, but rather, to make sure to have children exhibiting flu-like symptoms examined by their family doctor.
“Even though we don’t know for sure that’s what it is, or if it wasn’t…I know she needs to stay down and rest so her lungs can heal,” said Mrs. James. 
The CDC maintains the virus is not causing an epidemic and that its monitoring systems have not picked up any national increase in respiratory disease.
No child has ever been reported to have died from the virus.
The CDC reports most children will exhibit flu-like symptoms and get better on their own.

Photo Credit: Ivory Taylor, NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Cowboys 26, Titans 10: Whitt Watch Top 10]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:54:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/10p_Dan_Bailey_1200x675_317065283614.jpg

10. Way premature to say the defense is “fixed” under new coordinator Rod Marinelli, but the Titans got only 13 first downs on 12 drives. Once upon a time (better known as Nov. 10, 2003) the Cowboys surrendered a NFL-record 40 first downs to the Saints.

9. Dan Bailey is more automatic than any kicker in Cowboys’ history. Today he nailed field goals from 48, 44, 51 and 48 yards. And they were all straight-down-the-middle swishes. Nothing but net. Bailey’s made 62 of his last 66 field goals. In other words, he’s more reliable than even Dirk Nowitzki at the free-throw line. Amazing. He’s made 26 straight, needing two more to break Chris Boniol’s franchise record.

8. With his second fumble in as many weeks, he started out as Duh-marco Murray. But wow did he run hard today, amassing 167 yards on a career-high 29 carries. Through two games that’s 51 carries and 285 yards. So yeah Jason Garrett, so far he is the “bell cow” you projected. Murray’s start – 285 yards – is the best after two games in Cowboys’ history. Yep, even better than any jump from the gate by Tony Dorsett or Emmitt Smith.

7. So this week it's Titans fans turn to complain about too many visiting fans in the stands, huh? "Let's go Cowboys!" rang loud and clear.

6. In related good news, Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III dislocated his ankle and the Giants fell to 0-2 after committing four turnovers, allowing a punt return for a touchdown and losing to the Cardinals’ backup quarterback. At home. Ouch.

5. Blue jerseys? No worries. Including last year’s Thanksgiving victory over Raiders, Cowboys now have a two-game winning streak in their traditional blues.

4. Tony Romo authored a win and threw no interceptions, but clearly he’s struggling in 2014. With his mobility. With his zip. With his accuracy. With his everything. And he’s lost a step, or two. Looks more like Tony Slomo. But, hey, be happy. You could be rooting for Jake Locker. Right?

3. Dez Bryant had 10 catches, but even with his athleticism and propensity for highlight grabs it’s going to be difficult to top linebacker Rolando McClain’s bobbling, juggling, falling, grabbing, re-grabbing interception in the fourth quarter. Sure it should’ve been a touchdown. But it was the Cowboys’ catch of the year. So far. After a tip at the line by Henry Melton, McClain basically caught an end-over-end kickoff – one-handed and after caroms off his chest, arm and helmet.

2. Last week the Titans looked great and the Cowboys pathetic. Today the script was totally flipped. Welcome to the NFL, where last week has little or no impact on this week. It’s why football is so frustrating. So entertaining. And so must-watch.

1. Murray was great and Bailey was automatic and the secondary was decent, but the game’s biggest moment was a defensive play by … Jason Witten. With their lead down to 16-10, the Cowboys faced a 2nd-and-4 at the Titans’ 33. For some reason the play call was a screen to the relatively immobile tight end. Romo’s pass was high, glancing off Witten’s hand and into the arms of Titans’ safety Bernard Pollard. But just as Pollard began to tuck the ball away in stride en route to a 62-yard touchdown that would’ve given Tennessee the lead and all the momentum, Witten stretched out and poked the ball free with his right arm for an incompletion. Eight plays later Romo hit Bryant with a touchdown for a 23-10 lead. Ball game.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

<![CDATA[New Era for Broadway Baptist Church]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:35:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/church+photo+3.jpg An inside look at Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth after a $2 million renovation.

Photo Credit: Kevin Stewart, NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Historic Fort Worth Church Reopens After Renovation]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:00:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/091414+Broadway+baptist+Church+Kevin+Stewart.jpg

An historic Fort Worth church is reopening its sanctuary doors after a $2 million renovation. Broadway Baptist Church, located at 305 W. Broadway Avenue, spent the summer fixing up the interior of its aging building.

On Sunday, the church celebrated its rebirth with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price was among the esteemed guests.

“The commitment that they made to stay in the near Southside and downtown after more than 100 years,” she said. “This is a great neighbor, they served people from the time that Fort Worth was a part of Hell’s Half Acre, the old hole in the wall gang. Broadway was serving people then and they continue to do it and so we’re delighted to have those good neighbors with us.”

Congregation members like Corlis Davis were in awe when they saw the new sanctuary for the first time.

“It’s like I’m in heaven. It’s like I’m walking into God’s Eden. God’s heaven,” she said.

Senior Pastor Brent Beasley said the restoration efforts worked around the unique features of the church, which includes 33 stained glass windows and one of the largest pipe organs in the world.

“To give it kind of a new light and freshen it up is just very meaningful to everyone I think,” he said. “It’s a symbol of course of kind of a rebirth of the congregation and this area, and so it’s very exciting for everyone.”

Renowned pianist Van Cliburn attended this church until his death in 2013. The pipe organ is named after his mother, who was also a member.

Davis said the face lift does renew her energy for serving others around her. She said she began attending the church in 2006 and was a recipient of the help the organization has regularly given to its community members for 130+ years.

“They came and visited me when I was in the hospital, and this church helped me a lot with the food the clothing,” she said. “When you come into this church you’ve got a church family for life. And when you go home, you still got that church family for life.”

Beasley hoped the new pews, flooring, and seating among other upgrades will help welcome a new generation of the faith community that will upkeep the tradition of putting its neighbors first.

“It’s a real investment here in this part of town, between the thriving downtown Fort Worth and the up and coming near Southside. And we’re in a great place right here. So we’re excited about the future,” he said.

Photo Credit: Kevin Stewart, NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: September 14, 2014]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:52:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On this week’s Lone Star Politics, Gromer Jeffers and Wayne Slater from The Dallas Morning News discuss the impact of Senator Ted Cruz getting booed off stage for pro-Israel comments may have on his presidential ambitions. Plus, the Democrat running for Attorney General, Sam Houston, challenges his Republican opponent, Ken Paxton, to a face to face debate. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[Cowboys Avoid 0-2 Start, Beat Titans 26-10]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:31:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/455442096.jpg

DeMarco Murray ran for 167 yards and a touchdown, Dan Bailey kicked four field goals, and the Dallas Cowboys routed the Tennessee Titans 26-10 Sunday.

The loss spoiled Tennessee first-year coach Ken Whisenhunt's home debut.

Dallas scored the first 16 points of the game in the first half.

Even the beleaguered Dallas defense got into the act, coming up with two sacks and two interceptions.

Tony Romo easily shook off his three interceptions in the season-opening loss to San Francisco. With Murray running so well, Romo was 19 of 29 for 176 yards and a TD.

The Titans (1-1) struggled in all areas after winning their opener at Kansas City and missed on their first 2-0 start since 2008.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Run Over Titans, 26-10]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:24:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys2titans9.14.14.jpg

Propelled by a dominant run game, the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Titans in Nashville on Sunday, 26-10.

DeMarco Murray led the way for the Cowboys, bouncing back from an early fumble to go for 167 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries. Murray’s second quarter touchdown was set up by Barry Church’s interception of Jake Locker and, after a first quarter Dan Bailey field goal, gave Dallas an early 10-0 lead.  

Bailey added field goals of 44 and 51 yards late in the second quarter to extend the Cowboys lead to 16-0 going into the half.

The Titans showed some life after intermission, getting on the board with a 47-yard Ryan Succop field goal on their first drive. On their next possession, Locker hit tight end Delanie Walker on a 61-yard touchdown pass to close the gap to 16-10. Walker finished with 142 yards and the touchdown on 10 catches, a career day for the former 49er.

The Cowboys answered after the Walker touchdown--and effectively snuffed out the comeback attempt--with a 12-play, 80-yard drive, capped by a three-yard touchdown from Tony Romo to Dez Bryant. Bryant led Dallas in receiving with 103 yards and the touchdown on 10 receptions.

Bailey hit a 48-yarder in the fourth quarter to go 4-4 on the day and extend the Cowboys lead to 26-10, which would stand as the final.

After a somewhat shaky first half, Romo finished strong, going 19-29 passing for 176 yards and a touchdown. He was sacked four times, three in the first half, but bounced back nicely each time.  

At 1-1, the Cowboys will face the Rams in St. Louis next week.

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<![CDATA[Fan Falls Out of Stands During UT Game at AT&T Stadium]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 09:24:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/091314+UT+Fallen+Fan.jpg

A man was hurt after falling 12-15 feet out of the stands at AT&T stadium on Saturday night.

It happened during the game between UT-Longhorns and UCLA-Bruins.

An Arlington fire department spokesman confirmed to NBC 5 that a man fell over a railing 12-15 feet from the 100 section to the field level seats.

The man was conscious and talking when transported.

Emergency crews did transport him off the field.

Police are investigating to see how this happened.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Hundreds Receive Free Health Care In Irving]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 19:14:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/10pm_BAPS_health_fair_1200x675_328947779955.jpg More than 100 physicians and health care providers gave free health care to hundreds of people with little or no health insurance in Irving. South Asians in particular are in need of the help. B.A.P.S. and NBC 5 were the proud sponsors.]]> <![CDATA[Arlington ISD Welcomes Back Drop-Outs]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 19:14:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/091314+Arlington+ISD+Drop+In+Operation+Education.jpg Educators went door to door, encouraging children who left school to come back to class.

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<![CDATA[Colleyville Church Makes 500K Meals For Haiti]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:59:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/091314+500K+Meals+for+Haiti.jpg Hundreds of volunteers from Compass Christian Church will spend the weekend making and sending a half-million meals to Haiti.

Photo Credit: Lyle Davis, NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Man’s Body Pulled From Dallas Wetland Area]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 06:57:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/091314+Jerry+Sanchez.jpg

Dallas Police recovered the body of a missing man Saturday afternoon.

Police say 42-year-old Jerry Sanchez was reported missing early Friday morning.  

“My heart sank,” cousin Jessica Pintor said, “I knew something had happened, something wrong, because he’s not the person to up and leave and not say anything.”

Friday night investigators began searching around the Pavaho Wetlands Development Project in the 1400 block of Canada Drive just west of downtown Dallas near the Trinity River.

Police called off the search Friday night and resumed early Saturday morning.  At 4:00 p.m. Saturday family members watched as divers pulled Sanchez’s body from the water.  

“It’s heartbreaking because you want to know what happened,” Pintor said, “you want answers just for closure; even if something bad happened, we always want to know.” 

Pintor said Sanchez previously served in the Navy and was currently working selling fire trucks internationally.

“He was a great guy,” she said, “always competitive, always out and about, outgoing, very good guy.”

Sanchez, who was from Dallas, has family that lives near where his body was discovered, but Pintor says he did not live nearby, and she doesn’t know why he was in that area late Thursday night and early Friday morning. 

“It just seems like a movie, it seems like a nightmare or something you would see on 48 Hours, but it’s actually your life, you’re actually living it and going through it,” Pintor said. 

Dallas police are investigating it as an unclassified death until the Dallas County Medical Examiner can determine a cause of death. 

“He pushed us and made us who we are today,” Pintor said, “We’re strong people, we do like he told us to – be tough and not cry all the time.”

“He will be missed,” Pintor added. 

Photo Credit: Sanchez Family]]>
<![CDATA[Thousands Walk For Heart Health in Dallas]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:34:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/091314+Heart+Walk+Dallas.jpg Thousands got up early and in chilly weather to walk or run and raise money for the Dallas based American Heart Association.

Photo Credit: Lyle Davis, NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[NFL/SMU Hall of Famer Talks Health in Dallas]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 19:01:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/091314+Eric+Dickerson.jpg NFL and SMU hall of fame football player Eric Dickerson talked with NBC 5's Chris Van Horne about his Dallas stop to talk about fitness and staying faithful. He also talked about the resignation of Coach June Jones.]]> <![CDATA[Gershwin Inspired Musical Tours DFW]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 19:00:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/091314+Wygant+Nice+Work+If+You+Can+Get+It.jpg NBC 5 Entertainment Reporter Bobbie Wygant goes behind the scenes of "Nice Work if You Can Get It."

Photo Credit: Dallas Summer Musicals]]>
<![CDATA[Cowboys Lead Titans at Half, 16-0]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:23:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys-titans9.14.14.jpg

After a half of football in Nashville, the Dallas Cowboys lead the Tennessee Titans 16-0.

Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray, coming off an 118-yard performance against the 49ers in the opener, has absolutely had his way with the Titans’ defense, going for 115 yards and the game’s only touchdown on 17 carries. The only blemish on Murray’s first half performance was a fumble lost by Dallas, Murray’s second fumble of the year.

Murray’s second quarter touchdown was set up by Barry Church’s interception of Jake Locker.

Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey has field goals of 48, 44 and 51 yards.

Neither quarterback has had a great first half. Tony Romo is 10-16 for 94 yards, and has missed some good looks. He has also been sacked three times. Locker’s day, on the other hand, has made Romo’s look great.

Locker finished the half 4-12 for 26 yards and the interception.

Tennessee will receiver the kickoff in the second half.

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<![CDATA[Missing 12-Year-Old Girl Found in Dallas County]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:00:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/215*120/091314+Mariah+Allen.jpg

Seagoville police have located a 12-year-old girl who had been reported missing, and she is safe.

Officers said Mariah Allen did not board the school bus on Friday morning, and she was later seen in surveillance video at a convenience store.

Police found Mariah early Sunday morning in unincorporated Dallas County in the company of a former boyfriend, who is also a juvenile.

A woman who saw Mariah's picture on a television newscast contacted the family to inform them she saw the girl and a boy in a southwest Dallas business.

They then contacted police, who found the girl unharmed.

Police said an investigation continues into the circumstances behind Mariah leaving home and Child Protective Services has been contacted.

<![CDATA[2.5 Magnitude Quake Reported in Arlington Friday]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 09:08:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/earthquake+seismograph+%5Bgenericsla%5D.jpg

A 2.5 magnitude earthquake was reported Friday afternoon in Arlington according to the United States Geological Survey.

The USGS says the quake was reported at 6:03 p.m. and its epicenter was just off Pecan Street near South Center Street. The quake was 3 miles deep.

It's the second earthquake in a week for Arlington and not far from last Sunday's quake.

A 2.4 magnitude quake hit where Main Street and South Pecan Street meet just before 4 a.m.Sunday.

No damage was reported in either quake.

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<![CDATA[Man Critical After Falling From AT&T Stadium Stands]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:42:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stadium_fall_1200x675_329162307824.jpg A man is in critical condition and remains in the intensive care unit Sunday at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth after falling 12-15 feet from the stands during the Texas Longhorns versus UCLA football game.]]> <![CDATA[North Texas Parents Worry About Enterovirus]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:40:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-0000117.jpg Parents are swarming North Texas hospitals, worried about their kids and an uncommon virus. The CDC said Enterovirus D-68 is not present in Texas, but local doctors say it could be a matter of time.

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<![CDATA[Eric Dickerson to Speak at Fitness Expo at SMU]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 23:00:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ericdickerson.jpg

The Fit and Faithful Living Expo returns Saturday for the third year at Southern Methodist University with the goal of empowering the community to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Pro Football Hall of Famer and former SMU running back Eric Dickerson is among the guest speakers at the event, set to run from 4-8 p.m. at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center/Theater.

Dickerson said he was inspired to stay healthy after the end of his Hall of Fame career thanks to advice from his father.

"All that you do, do with your might. Things done by halves are never done right," Dickerson said in a press release. "My father said this to me on a daily basis."

Other guest speakers at the expo will share stories of losing weight and conquering health problems by getting into better physical shape.

For more information on the event, including a complete schedule and how to register, visit: http://www.fitandfaithfulliving.org.

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<![CDATA[Oak Cliff Native Fighting For Students]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 19:46:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/091214+Adan+Gonzalez+Georgetown.jpg

What does former President Bill Clinton, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, journalist Maria Shriver and actor Bradley Cooper have in common? All are graduates of Georgetown University. Soon an Oak Cliff native will join those ranks.

Adan Gonzalez, a graduate of Dallas' Adamson High School, is a fighter.

"[Boxing] relieves my stress, my frustration and beyond anything I feel at home when I put the gloves on," said Gonzalez as he strapped on gloves for a sparring match.

Gonzalez is the top collegiate boxer in the country. But that's not the only reason why he stands out at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

"I am very proud to say I am from South Oak Cliff in Dallas, Texas," said Gonzalez. "I'm the son of immigrants. My Dad is a janitor. My mom's a mail house clerk which I'm very proud of."

During the summer of 2014, Gonzalez interned at The White House in the office of public engagement. He said working alongside President Barack Obama was definitely the highlight of his internship.

"And you're waiting for Secret Service to tell you to back up or don't get too close, but no you're allowed to be there and I think that's pretty cool," said Gonzalez of his internship.

After graduation in spring, Gonzalez plans to attend law school at Harvard. His ultimate goal: become an immigration lawyer.

"I think the importance of having my family having a voice and in essence, having my community --  being able to protect our rights is something that's very important and dear to my heart," said Gonzalez.

While at Georgetown, he is still reaching back to Dallas. He founded the Si Se Puede Network which helps poor high school students realize they can attend college as well.

"How can we be the best if we don't even know how it looks like?," said Gonzalez. "Si Se Puede Network is important because it provides exposure and high expectations for students to really have the opportunity to reach their dreams."

During his breaks, Gonzalez has spoken to hundreds of Dallas ISD students about higher education and scholarships.  He also held a luggage drive to provide luggage for students going to college who couldn't afford it otherwise.

"As a young educated Latino. I am here," Gonzalez said. "We are here and were ready to continue to make an impact."

<![CDATA[Fall 'Football' Weather Dominates Friday Night]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:40:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-000038.jpg

Friday night football fans braced for temperatures nearly 30 degrees colder Friday evening than last week's games in North Texas.

A cold front that arrived Friday brought brisk temperatures, whipping winds and light drizzle that didn’t let up.

Fans, like mother and daughter Rhonda and Marisa Hunter, of Plano, came prepared by dressing in scarves, long sleeves, hoodies and blankets.

"When I was little and coming to these games, it seemed to not be hot as late in the year as it is nowadays. This is more football weather to me,” said Rhonda Hunter.

They said at last week's game, they were dressed in capri pants and t-shirts.

"It's better to be cold, cause then you can huddle up and share team spirit," said Marisa Hunter.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Chirinos Helps Rangers Past Braves 2-1]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:34:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/455338334.jpg

Robinson Chirinos hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning, sending the Texas Rangers to a 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.

Adrian Beltre and Ryan Rua had two hits apiece as Texas won for only the second time in 13 games.

The Rangers improved to 2-5 under interim manager Tim Bogar.

The Braves have lost four of five to drop three games behind Pittsburgh for the National League's second wild card.

Texas' winning rally started with two out in the eighth. Beltre and Rua hit consecutive singles against David Carpenter (6-4) before Chirinos lined a single to center to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead.

Chirinos was playing for the first time after missing 10 games because of a stiff neck.

Rookie Phil Klein (1-2) recorded two outs for his first major league win and Neftali Feliz pitched a perfect ninth inning for his ninth save in 10 opportunities.

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<![CDATA[Denton Co. Reports West Nile, Chikungunya Cases]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:45:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-0000211.jpg

The Denton County Health Department reported its first two human cases of the West Nile virus in 2014 on Friday, in addition to its first case of Chikungunya.

"It's just a strange coincidence," said Dr. Juan Rodriguez, Denton County chief epidemiologist, about the three diagnoses coming so close together.

The West Nile-positive results come after 39 positive mosquito pools have been trapped throughout Denton County this year, according to statistics provided by the health department.

One of the West Nile infections was the more serious neuroinvasive form of the virus, while the other was the more-common West Nile Fever, according to Rodriguez.

The two infected Denton County residents live in Denton's 76205 zip code and Argyle's 76226 zip code, Rodriguez said, but the county would not release any other information about the patients.

"West Nile season can be in the summer, when it's a bad season like 2012. But often it happens in the late summer or early fall. So, right now is still time for West Nile and mosquitoes," Rodriguez said.

The Chikungunya case is a Lewisville resident who appears to have contracted the virus while traveling abroad in a region where the mosquito-borne disease is prevalent, according to Rodriguez.

Residents should take the proper precautions to reduce their risk of getting the mosquito-borne West Nile virus by remembering the four D’s: drain, dress, DEET and dusk/dawn.

Remember to:

  • Drain standing water around their homes to reduce mosquito breeding grounds.
  • Dress in pants and long sleeves when outside, but avoid becoming too hot.
  • Apply an insect repellent that contains DEET to exposed skin and to clothing when outdoors.
  • Stay indoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.

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<![CDATA[Man Sentenced for Kidnapping North Texas Girl]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:39:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/gavel12111.jpg

A 27-year-old Ohio man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for kidnapping a 14-year-old girl from North Texas.

The Tarrant County District Attorney's office says Stephan Cox was also sentenced to 25 years in prison on two counts of sexual assault of a child and was fined $10,000. He will serve the sentences concurrently.

The girl testified this week that she met Cox through social media. The two took a Greyhound bus to El Paso and later walked across the border to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. She said Cox forced her to have sex, withheld food and threatened to harm her family.

Prosecutors say Mexican authorities located the girl 10 days after she went missing, sent her home and arrested Cox.

Cox's defense attorney Scott Brown could not be immediately reached.

<![CDATA[Discussion Surrounds Dallas Police Shootings]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:13:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Police+Tape+Dallas.jpg

Recent town hall meetings to discuss changes being implemented by the Dallas Police Department, the Dallas County district attorney and the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office are drawing criticism from families of those killed by Dallas police.

During Thursday night’s town hall, Dallas Police Chief David Brown discussed his plan for better training and oversight as well as his request to purchase 200 additional body cameras and 2,000 Tasers for his officers. He also laid out a plan to make information surrounding police-involved shootings available online in November 2014.

In a statement Chief Brown said, "the Dallas Police Department is committed to transparency, honesty and the fundamentals of due process."

In addition, the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office touted the creation of a civil rights unit, which will independently investigate any time an officer discharges a weapon.

Collette Flanagan, founder of Mother’s Against Police Brutality, said some of the proposed changes are a step in the right direction, but she claims others won’t do anything to improve transparency.

“The new unit for police shootings that D.A. Craig Watkins is implementing is an admission that the past investigations were flawed,” Flanagan said.

“This unit is going to be the exact carbon copy of what he has if there is not an outside agency brought in to investigate alongside with the DA’s office,” Flanagan said.

Flanagan, whose son was killed by Dallas Police in 2013, says a third party investigator needs to be included for investigations to be successful.

However, the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office says their investigator and attorney will act independently. The Civil Rights Unit will not collect evidence, but investigators will document it and will conduct follow up interviews with witnesses after the Dallas Police Department Special Investigations Unit concludes their interviews.

Russell Wilson, special fields bureau chief for the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, says the civil rights unit is another tool for prosecutors who are already working to ensure investigations are transparent.

“It’s no secret in the last year we’ve indicted three police officers all we had two in April and we had another one that was last November,” Wilson said.

The Dallas Police Association has proposed the civil rights unit be embedded with the police Special Investigations Unit as part of a proposal to reduce police-involved shootings and make the entire process more transparent.

“And, one of them was to take the DA’s plan, where he was going to start his own Civil Rights Unit and embed them into the Special Investigations Unit,” said Ron Pinkston, president of the Dallas Police Association. “They’re experts on police shootings and you bring them over and then you’ve got a better unit – more people there to do the work, and the investigations can get done quicker and be more transparent for the public.”

Pinkston welcomes additional investigators saying it will only show the officers are doing the right thing. But, Pinkston says where the department has failed is in educating the public about police shootings before they happen.

“When we get in a shooting, instead of talking about after a shooting what happens – let’s talk about before what happens in a police shooting,” Pinkston said. "We don’t shoot the gun out of somebody’s hand we aim for center mass and we shoot until the threat is stopped; that’s what the public needs to be told before a police shooting.”

Pinkston says the Dallas Police Association is making an effort to take that message to the public.

“The Dallas Police Association has already started to reach out to leaders in the City of Dallas in the southern community to talk about what we do in use of force,” Pinkston said. “That’s where we’re dropping the ball.”

Both Pinkston and Flanagan welcome more body cameras and Tasers, but Flanagan wants to ensure the training on how to use them properly is available as well.

“I think the cameras are wonderful. I don’t understand why Dallas is only rolling out 50 and then 200,” Flanagan said. “Our organization, Mothers Against Police Brutality, has been traveling around the country and looking at best practices of other police forces and they’re rolling out 500 at a time.”
"When you have a big force, to say, 'I have 50 cameras,' that nothing. It’s not enough, already. It’s not enough,” Flanagan said.

Flanagan says police must use the video obtained by the cameras responsibly, and if not release it to the public – at least allow family members to watch it.

She also calls for the district attorney’s office to sit down with the families of police-involved shooting victims in an effort to improve transparency surrounding prior and future investigations.

“This is huge in our community our children being targeted by certain police officers and being murdered,” Flanagan said.

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<![CDATA[Teacher Accused of Sexual Assault Has HIV: Court Records]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 19:06:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kessler-Mug.jpg

A North Texas music teacher has been arrested for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy he says he met on the gay dating app Grindr, police say. 

Roger Kessler, 43, who has taught music at RISD Academy in Richardson for 14 years, was arrested Thursday by McKinney police responding to a report of a suspected burglary in progress at the teen's home. When police arrived, they found the teen's mother holding Kessler.

Kessler told police that he and the boy met four times, had oral and anal sex and used protection every time except once. He said he has HIV but did not tell the boy, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by The Dallas Morning News.

Kessler said he knew the boy was 15 years old but didn't know his name, police said.

According to court documents, during a forensic interview the boy denied there was sexual contact.

Police notified the Richardson Independent School District of the arrest. Kessler has been placed on administrative leave.

"Kessler has been a music teacher in RISD for 14 years, all at RISD Academy, with no history of complaints of this nature," the district said in a statement. "RISD Academy parents were informed through a letter home Thursday."

Kessler was booked at the Collin County jail. His bail was set at $250,000.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Suspect Accused in Alleged Denton Assault Spree]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:21:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-0000116.jpg

Denton police say a man assaulted a young girl, sexually assaulted a woman and then broke into a third person's house all in the span of about three hours early Friday.

Derek Goalen, 26, was arrested after he was spotted two blocks from the third alleged attack.

The first call to police came from a home on the 300 block of North Crawford Street just after 4 a.m., where the caller said a man assaulted a 9-year-old girl and then left the scene.

Then, at about 5:45 a.m., police got a call about an alleged sexual assault on the 200 block of North Joshua Street. The second caller gave the same description as the first caller, investigators said.

And at 6:10 a.m., a third call came to police, this time from the 2400 block of East McKinney, where a woman said she woke up to a man in her bedroom.

The description she gave matched the other two, police said.

Nearby resident Joe Patterson said when her husband left for work Friday morning, he saw all of the police cars in the neighborhood and called her, warning her to be careful.

They both thought, based on the number of officers in the area, there might be a suspect on the run.

"I opened up the gun case and made sure I had a loaded gun," said Patterson.

At about 8:20 a.m., police saw Goalen nearby on East McKinney in the parking lot of a law firm and took him into custody.

For now, he faces charges of sexual assault, and police said there will likely be more charges to follow.

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<![CDATA[Van Zandt Co. Teenager Accused of Shooting Mother]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:14:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dyer-mug.jpg

Van Zandt County Sheriff's deputies said a teenager has been arrested for shooting his mother.

Officials said a woman called 911 Friday afternoon stating her son shot her at a house on U.S. Highway 80, then fled into the woods behind the residence.

The Canton Police Department K-9 unit, along several other agencies, searched the area and quickly located Michael Henry Dyar.

The 17-year-old is being held at the Van Zandt County Justice Center, where he is charged with attempted murder.

The investigation is still ongoing at this time.

There is no word on the condition of Dyar's mother, whose name has not been released.

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<![CDATA[Fake Utility Workers Targeting Grand Prairie Residents]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:37:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/No+Parking+Sign.jpg

The city of Grand Prairie is warning its residents to be aware of a possible scheme involving fake utility workers.

Police received complaints, mostly in northeast Grand Prairie by I-30 and MacArthur Boulevard, in regards to a man who is posing as an employee for an electric provider.

Door-to-door knocking and strangers passing haven’t been unusual in that part of the town.

“Like last week, two times a week,” said Grand Prairie resident Jacob Mozo. “I’ve seen utility workers come around, asking for the information, but I don’t really expose it to them. I don’t say nothing to them about it.”

But such solicitors should be cause for concern.

Grand Prairie Councilman Tony Shotwell said a man pretending to work for Oncor approached him outside of his home.

He asked for his personal information as well as access onto his property.

Police said those are two red flags to watch out for.

“Once somebody goes inside your house, or you invite somebody into your house and that door closes, it opens the door for all sorts of different crimes, robbery being one of them,” said Det. Lyle Gensler with the Grand Prairie Police Department.

Oncor spokesman Justin Ozuna said employees on the field never ask for personal information, never ask to enter a home and will always be fully identifiable.

“We’ll always be in uniform with a logo on it. We’ll always have a vehicle with a logo on it, and all of our employees carry photo identifications with them,” said Ozuna. “Oncor employees will never ask for or receive payment whether that’s on the phone or in person. That’s the sole responsibility of their electric provider.”

The scheme has residents living along Shotwell’s quiet street on high alert.

“It’s kind of scary, you know, not knowing what could happen, especially my parents being older folks, they can be fall liable into something like that,” said Alfredo Medellin. “We’ll keep our eyes out for that now. We’ll be watching around.”

Oncor employees wrote a story about such schemers on their website.

Gensler said police officers are always available if residents need their service.

“Scam artists are bold, but we hope that our citizens are bolder and call us so we can come out and confront these guys,” he said.

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<![CDATA[Ten Hurt When DART Buses Collide]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:18:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/091414+DART+bus+accident.jpg Ten people were taken to the hospital after a DART bus rear ended another DART bus in Dallas.

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<![CDATA[Fort Worth Church Reopens After Renovation]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:57:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/091414+Broadway+baptist+Church+Kevin+Stewart.jpg An historic Fort Worth church reopens its sanctuary doors after a $2 million renovation. Broadway Baptist Church, located at 305 W. Broadway Avenue, spent the summer fixing up the interior of its aging building.]]> <![CDATA[North Texans Enjoying Cooler Weather]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:38:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ducks+Fort+Worth.jpg It's finally feeling a bit like Fall and many North Texas are happy about it.

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<![CDATA[Texas, UCLA Fans Pumped for Matchup at Jerry World]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:25:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+UCLA+shirt.jpg It’s another big college football weekend here in North Texas. The Longhorns and the #12 UCLA Bruins will square off Saturday night at AT&T Stadium – and their fans are already invading Arlington.

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<![CDATA[Cool Down Hits North Texas]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:39:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rainy+basketball+DFW.jpg From triple-digit heat to temperatures in the 60s, this is the cool change many in North Texas have been wanting.

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