<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth News]]> Copyright 2015 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 Tue, 07 Jul 2015 08:20:19 -0500 Tue, 07 Jul 2015 08:20:19 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Man Surrenders After 2-Hour Standoff with Dallas Police]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 07:32:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/knoll-trail-barricade.jpg

Police took a man who barricaded himself in a Dallas apartment into custody following an argument with his girlfriend Tuesday morning.

About two dozen Dallas police officers responded to a call from the woman at the Kensington Apartments on Keller Springs in the 15800 block of Knoll Trail Drive just after 4 a.m.

The woman told officers she called because she was concerned the man was going to harm himself during the argument.

Police said the man surrendered without incident just before 5:30 a.m. As of 6 a.m., he has not been charged.

Police shut down Keller Springs Road at Knoll Trail Drive during the incident.

NBC 5's Jeff Smith contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[I-30 Reopens After Fatal Crash near I-35E]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 08:00:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/i30-fatal-ax1.jpg

Dallas police said a fatal collision involving two 18-wheelers and a motorcycle shut down Interstate 30 for several hours Tuesday morning.

Authorities confirmed they closed eastbound I-30 before Lamar Street following the wreck just before 4 a.m. The section of interstate reopened just before 8 a.m.

Dallas County Sheriff's Office spokesman Raul Reyna said one of the 18-wheelers ran over the motorcycle driver after the motorcyclist lost control and crashed. The body was found near the rear tires of one of the 18-wheelers.

Crews removed the vehicles involved in the wreck by 5:15 a.m. A hazmat team finished cleaning the road just after 7:45 a.m.

NBC 5's Josh Ault contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[City of Weatherford Insists Brown Water Safe to Drink]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 22:47:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/weatherford+brown+water.JPG

Residents of Weatherford say their water has been brown for weeks. While they say the city told them it can't be fixed, officials insist the water is safe to drink.

"I'm not drinking this water," said Weatherford resident Carole Vernon. "They assured us that it's OK to drink, but I'd like a third party to test it. I don't know if, I mean, that's not very appetizing."

The water flowing from Vernon's faucet looks clear, but a bathtub full of the water has a noticeable golden brown tint.

"When you get a concentrated [amount], like in a bathtub or a toilet, you can definitely see it," said Vernon.

The city said the problem started weeks ago, after heavy rains filled Lake Weatherford, which supplies the city's water.

"We are experiencing slight discoloration in a few areas of our distribution system," said Blake Rexroat, public relations manager for the city of Weatherford. "We attribute that to high levels of rainfall that we received in May and in June and so we are working to address that."

The city insists the water is safe to drink and use for other purposes.

"We exceed all federal and state regulations, so the water is completely, completely safe to drink," said Rexroat.

Others aren't so willing.

"We just don't drink water out of the faucet, and I cook with it somewhat, but it's really terrible to get in the bathtub," said Vernon.

The city warns residents the water may discolor laundry, but so far, there have not been any complaints.

Workers at the water treatment plant are trying to correct the problem, but the city said that could take a while longer.

The city of Weatherford sent the following messages to its residents about the water:

"The City of Weatherford Water Utilities Department is currently experiencing discoloration of water within the distribution system. The discoloration is a result of excessive run-off into Lake Weatherford from recent rainfalls. Please be advised the water is safe to use and consume and meets all federal and state standards for drinking water. Modifications have been made at the water treatment plant to reduce the discoloration and we will continue to monitor the issue over the next week. Thank you for your patience and understanding with this matter."

"Please be advised that there is a potential for slight discoloration of clothing when washing laundry, and which could also be made worse when using bleach or a bleach alternative. If you observe discoloration in your water, please use caution when washing laundry or delay washing laundry if possible until the discoloration improves."



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<![CDATA[Burleson Police Need Help in Improper Photography Cases]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 07:56:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/burleson-improper-photo.jpg

The Burleson Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a man they said has taken improper photographs of women while they shop.

Officers said the man approached a woman and intentionally took a picture under her dress or skirt twice in the past few months. In both incidents, police said the man approached the women in an open area of the store, not in a bathroom or changing room.

"This is, I hate to say it, such a heinous crime," Burleson Police Department spokesman James Berge said. "It's very disturbing this man is preying on innocent people."

The first incident occurred in March at the Burleson Wal-Mart at 951 SW Wilshire Blvd. The second occurred in June at a Sam's Club at 600 N. Burleson Blvd. Berge said one victim was 37 years old, while the other was just 17, which concerns Sandra Puga, a mother who shops at the Burleson Wal-Mart.

"I have girls, so that's even worse and they're teenagers," Puga said. "I mean that's just a pervert trying to go around and violate your privacy."

Berge said investigators think the man lives in the Burleson area and that there could be more unreported incidents.

"This is something that usually isn't done just one time. This is something that may have happened in other cities," he said. "There may be others that haven't reported it if they weren't sure what the situation was. We need to get a hold of this person."

According to police, the suspect is a man in his 20s or 30s, with a slender build.

Police asked that anyone what can identify the man in the pictures call Detective D. Feucht at 817-426-9926 or 817-426-9903 or submit an anonymous tip through Johnson County Crime Stoppers at 800-794-8477, 817-469-8477, online or by texting JCCS and the tip to 274637.



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<![CDATA[Gay Couple Granted TX Marriage License After Lawsuit]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:53:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cato-stapleton-hood-co-01.jpg

A gay couple was granted a marriage license Monday shortly after filing a federal lawsuit against a county clerk in North Texas who cited religious opposition when denying them a license last week.

Jim Cato and Joe Stapleton filed the lawsuit Monday morning against Hood County Clerk Katie Lang. The men said they were repeatedly turned away when trying to obtain a license last week in Granbury, the county seat, following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage nationwide.

The men were quickly granted a license and "are delighted" that they can get married in their home county, according to their attorney, Jan Soifer.

"It's a shame that they needed to hire lawyers and file a lawsuit to make that happen," Soifer said in a statement.

But the couple hasn't withdrawn the lawsuit just yet. Soifer said they are seeking an agreement from Lang that her office will issue licenses to same-sex couples without delay and paying attorneys' fees. The lawsuit alleges that Lang violated their right to equal protection under the law, among other charges.

The marriage license for Cato and Stapleton was one of two issued by the Hood County Clerk’s office Monday.

Lisa Rozenberg told NBC 5 she and her partner were turned down last week, but had no problems obtaining one Monday afternoon.

“We went in there and no problems,” Rozenberg said, “they’re confused in there – they didn’t have us fill out the form, she did it on the computer.”

Lang posted a statement on the Hood County clerk's website saying others in her office would issue the licenses, but that "the religious doctrines to which I adhere compel me to personally refrain from issuing same-sex marriage licenses."

Lang referred questions Monday to the Texas-based Liberty Institute, which litigates cases nationwide relating to religious liberty. Institute attorney Jeremy Dys said that while the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in its 5-4 ruling last month, justices were unanimous in recognizing legal protections for public officials and others who invoke religious objections.

"The Supreme Court did not overrule the First Amendment on that day," Dys said.

In a statement released earlier Monday, Soifer criticized Lang for issuing the license to Cato and Stapleton days after saying her office could not provide it because state forms were not updated with same-sex references.

Dys said Lang was concerned that altering a license could result in an accusation of tampering with a government document. Lang received an opinion from the Hood County attorney over the weekend saying she could issue the license, Dys said.

"The bottom line is somebody can walk in and get a marriage license if they're entitled to a marriage license," he said. "There's no controversy here."

Hood County Attorney Lori Kaspar declined to provide details of her opinion to Lang, but noted that Lang took her advice and the license was issued.

Public officials take an oath to follow the law, and if they're unable to complete that oath "due to personal conviction, then you need to get someone else to do it or to step aside," Lang said. "I think as long as people get licenses then it doesn't particularly matter who issues them."

NBC 5's Jocelyn Lockwood contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA['Garden of Eden' Owner Sues City of Arlington]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 19:26:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/216*120/garden+of+eden+arlington.JPG

A so-called "hippie commune" in Arlington filed a lawsuit against the city on Monday over a police raid two years ago which found nothing illegal.

The Garden of Eden, where members live and grow their own food, was raided in August 2013 by a police SWAT team after a detective obtained a warrant to search for marijuana.

The property is located in the 7000 block of Mansfield Cardinal Road.

The lawsuit claims that police were heavy handed, never had probable cause to raid the facility and based the search largely on an anonymous tip and a flyover, which spotted what looked like marijuana plants.

The plants turned out to be tomatoes.

In a statement, assistant Arlington city attorney Melinda Barlow said the city is reviewing the lawsuit.

"It appears that the factual recitations are not wholly accurate and the city will be responding in the due course of the litigation," she said.

The case was filed in federal court in Fort Worth.



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<![CDATA[Flooding Damage Continues in Denton County]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:07:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/shady+shores+.jpg

The rain that caused flood problems in Denton County and elsewhere in North Texas are now a distant memory for many, but the mess it left behind remains a big issue.

Flood waters continue to wash over spots on Shady Shores Road and Old Alton Road south of Denton.

County Commissioner Andy Eads said the water on those roads is likely to linger until levels lower in Lewisville Lake. Eads said so far that's been a slow process as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has had to hold back releasing too much from there and Grapevine Lake in order to avoid flooding parts of Carrollton and Dallas County again.

That's also kept the county from learning exactly what damage the water may have done to those stretches, said Eads.

The county has already identified several spots on the roads that are now listed as "permanent closures" in need of repair due to flooding. One of the largest is a washout of Oliver Creek Road near Justin.

At this point there is no time line for Shady Shores or Old Alton, but neighbors fear it could be at least late August before the pavement in some places finally dries.



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<![CDATA[Child Struck By Vehicle, Injured in Fort Worth]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 06:22:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fw-fire-trucks.jpg

Paramedics say a 13-year-old boy is in serious condition after he was hit by a car Monday evening in Fort Worth.

Firefighters responding to a nearby fire at a towing company witnessed the vehicle strike the teen in the 2500 block of South Riverside Drive.

The firefighters ran to help and called Medstar to transport the teen to Cook Children's Medical Center for surgery.

The driver of the vehicle stayed at the scene and Fort Worth police said they do not expect to file charges.



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<![CDATA[Former DISD Athlete Implicated in Fatal Beating Gets Probation]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:29:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/turner-causey.jpg

A former Dallas-area high school basketball player has been given 7 years of deferred adjudication, or probation, after a player from a rival school was beaten to death during a fight over a video game.

Former Madison High School basketball player Johnathan Tramaine Turner, now 20, was accused of beating Wilmer-Hutchins High School junior Troy Causey to death March 23, 2014.

Causey — who was set to sign a full basketball scholarship to Seminole State Collage in Oklahoma — died the following day.

Turner was originally charged with murder, but the district attorney reduced the charge to manslaughter. Turner took the plea deal Monday and will be on probation for the next seven years. If he gets into any more trouble, prosecutors said they will look to put him behind bars.

After the sentence was announced, Turner spoke to Causey's family and apologized for what took place. Causey's family said, essentially, that it was too little, too late.

Causey's mother, Tammy Simpson, was present at Monday's hearing and said she was unhappy with the reduction of charges and that Monday's action doesn't close the books on her son's case. Simpson said she plans to file a civil lawsuit where much more information will be shared about her son, Turner and the alleged recruiting scandal involving the Dallas Independent School District.

Despite attending different high schools, Turner and Causey lived together in Oak Cliff as part of the aforementioned scandal.

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NBC 5's Josh Ault contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[TCU, UNTHSC Plan New Medical School in Fort Worth]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:58:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/UNT+TCU+FW+Med+School+070615.jpg

There are just two medical schools in the D/FW area, but that will soon change thanks to a collaboration between two Fort Worth institutions.

Texas Christian University and UNT Health Science Center officially announced plans on Monday to develop a new medical school which will offer MD degrees.

It's something both schools have looked at and sought since 2008 to 2009. Mayor Betsy Price says she's been working on the medical school for the last two years, but that six to eight months ago is finally when the two universities started talking about working together.

"I think it's a wonderful addition for the city, but moreover, it's a wonderful addition to the academic program of both universities," said Victor Boschini, TCU Chancellor.

TCU has it's nursing school and UNTHSC has several schools, including the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. TCOM awards graduates DO degrees, a doctorate of osteopathic medicine, and is presently forbidden by state law to issue MD degrees.

"We wouldn't have our name on the diploma, we're not, until state law allows us to," said Michael Williams, UNTHSC president

Williams indicated that the medical school will wait until the legislature acts. Mayor Price said the city would support that move, if such support was needed.

On Monday, officials from both schools officially signed a memorandum of understanding, which lead to the next step in the collaboration process. A steering committee will be appointed with representatives from both schools to develop the plans of the new medical program.

Eventually, a medical school management committee will be assembled to help manage the school. The school will have courses on both universities' campuses and use faculty from both as well.

"We're going to look for the best ways to officially use assets between the two of us, to grow and enhance our current assets," Williams said.

The universities already collaborate on coursework and program with existing programs, so it was a natural growth of that cooperation Williams and Boschini said. Starting a medical school from scratch would have been extremely costly, with Williams putting the number near $1 billion.

Instead, start-up costs will come from a private endowment of $75 million. No building costs are necessary, as existing facilities will be used.

There have been some concerns expressed on social media about the new MD school negatively impacting the existing DO medical school. But Williams says the only impacts will be positive.

"We would have only done this if we thought this was going to enhance the DO program, as well as all of our programs," he said.

Officials say the program won't just benefit the schools, but the students and the entire state.

In a UNT System Board of Regents meeting on Monday morning, Williams said there will be a doctor shortage of 6,500 by 2030.

"Texas has a huge shortage of physicians and Fort Worth needs an MD school," Mayor Price said. "We have a fabulous DO school and they'll just compliment each other."

Doctors are also known to stick around the area where they went to school, also benefiting the community.

The school will be called the TCU-UNT Health Science Center College of Medicine. The only other medical school that issues MD degrees in the metroplex is UT Southwestern Medical School.

Students can apply for enrollment starting in fall 2017 and the first 60 doctors will be on the two campuses by fall 2018. Fort Worth is the largest city in Texas currently without an MD medical school.



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<![CDATA[North Texas Veterinarians See Spike in Parvo Cases]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 19:23:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/puppy20.JPG

North Texas veterinarians are seeing a spike in the highly contagious parvovirus among dogs.

"It seems like every spring and summer we see an uptick in parvo infections," said Dr. Dickson Bain with Hillside Vet Clinic in Dallas.

Parvovirus can spread quickly from dog to dog and can be deadly.

According to veterinarians, it is resistant to Texas heat and humidity, can survive in grass, on sidewalks or shoes and clothes for long periods of times. Parvo can cause a dog to be lethargic, lose their appetite and cause fever, vomiting and diarrhea.

In the month of June, Dr. Bain treated 30 dogs with parvo. Eight of those dogs died, but the virus is preventable.

"The main thing is to get them vaccinated for parvo," said Dr. Bain. "The vaccine is probably 95% effective. We almost never see parvo in a vaccinated dog. If a young dog is vaccinated gets parvo it's usually a very mild case and has a much higher percentage of surviving."

Puppies under four months and unvaccinated dogs are the most at risk, according to veterinarians.

Until a puppy receives its first series of vaccinations, they should not be taken to the dog park or store – or places where they could easily come in contact with the virus, said Dr. Bain.

"Vaccines cost a few dollars to give and save you thousands of dollars and even the life of your pet," said Dr. Bain.

For new dog owner Collen Sanders, the health and happiness of her puppy is a priority.

"She's like my child, you know," said Collen, trying to corral her dog. "She's pretty much my first child."

Her dog is now free to frolic the dog park after being vaccinated for parvo.



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<![CDATA[Semi Erupts in Flames, Starts Grass Fire on I-20]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:37:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/210*120/i20-semicrash070615.jpg

A truck driver is unhurt after the tractor-trailer he was driving erupted in flames Monday along Interstate 20 near the Tarrant-Parker county line.

Fort Worth fire officials said the fire began in the cab, then soon spread to the grass along the eastbound lanes of the interstate near Markum Ranch Road.

The driver, whose identity was not released, escaped without injuries.

Nearly a dozen Fort Worth Fire Department units responded to extinguish the truck and grass fires.

No other vehicles were involved.



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<![CDATA[Massive Fire at Texas Playground]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:25:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/KATY+PLAYGROUND+FIRE.jpg

Officials are investigating a massive fire at a Texas playground.

The playground equipment caught fire at Falcon Landing Boulevard and Falcon Drive in Katy Sunday, according to NBC affiliate KPRC.

The cause the of the fire has not been determined, but fireworks have been ruled out.

Fire officials told KPRC that no one was at the playground at the time of the fire.

There were no injuries.



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<![CDATA[Water-Saving Appliances]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:58:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SHOWER+HEAD1.jpg

This summer brings with it lots of hot weather, and in many parts of the country continued drought.

Forty states now expect water shortages over the next decade.

The average family of four runs through about 400 gallons of water per day. Almost half of that water goes down the bathroom drain. The biggest culprit? Toilets. New efficiency standards went into effect in 1995, and if your toilets are older than that, Consumer Reports says they really should be replaced. They’re using about six gallons of water per flush.

Consumer Reports tests found many low-water toilets that perform very well, for example, the $350 St. Thomas Creations Richmond Eco 6123.218, 6125.028. It needs just 1.28 gallons of water per flush.

If you have an old showerhead, replace that, too. Many newer ones use half a gallon less per minute. Look for the Water Sense label.

Your washing machine is responsible for about 20 percent of the water usage in your home. The worst machines that Consumer Reports has tested need more than 25 gallons to do just one load. But there are some that use less than half that and do a terrific job cleaning. Two good choices are the Maytag MHW5100DW for 950 dollars and the Samsung A48H7400AP for 900 dollars. Both get top marks for efficiency and wash performance.

Consumer Reports also tests dishwashers for water efficiency. The appliances have improved so much that they use less water than washing your dishes by hand. Consider the Bosch 500 Series SHP65T55UC for 900 dollars. It uses just five gallons per load and the Kenmore 13473 for $530 from Sears that uses just four. Many of today’s dishwashers are so good at cleaning, Consumer Reports says don’t waste water rinsing your dishes before you load them.

Consumer Reports says you are probably wasting a lot of water and don’t even realize it.

Ten percent of the water that leaves the average home is from leaks — 10,000 gallons per year. Consumer Reports recommends monitoring your water meter for 2 hours while everything is turned off. If the meter is moving, you’ve probably got leaks that are worth fixing. If you do find leaks, here are your next steps.

Complete Ratings and recommendations on all kinds of products, including appliances, cars and trucks, and electronic gear, are available on Consumer Reports’ website.
 



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<![CDATA[Signings Give Mavs Relevancy, Hope]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:56:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/196*120/Screen+Shot+2015-07-03+at+9.12.56+PM.png

I said last week it was DeAndre or Debacle.

Whew.

If the Mavs would’ve whiffed on free-agent target DeAndre Jordan, Mavs owner Mark Cuban admitted during a radio interview on KTCK The Ticket that his team would have taken “a step back.” In other words, they would have tanked the 2016 season. There’s your debacle.

Instead, Jordan signed, brought along sharp-shooting wingman Wesley Matthews and – just like that – the Mavs are happy and relevant and contenders again in the Western Conference.

And for the second summer in-a-row, Cuban has successful landed a big free agent. Last year it was Chandler Parsons and Monta Ellis. Now Jordan and Matthews. The DVD players in the lockers. The fluffy robes. The celebrity allure. And, yes the lack of a state income tax, all are finally working to make Dallas an NBA destination.

Jordan has his flaws as a limited offensive option, Matthews is coming off Achilles surgery and the Mavs still need a starting point guard. But their defense and rebounding just received a huge jolt. They’re suddenly a better-shooting team from 3-point land. Jordan is better and younger than Tyson Chandler. Matthews, when he gets healthy, is a better defender and perimeter shooter than Ellis.

These two signings don’t make the Mavs a title contender. The Warriors aren’t suddenly shaking in their championship shoes. But the Mavs are relevant. And the critics who howl that Dallas never signs free agents, well, they’re pretty quiet today.

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 lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.



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<![CDATA[FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Centers Around DFW]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 04:19:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd_fema_logo_pr_470_265.jpg

After weeks of severe flooding in North Texas, The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be opening visiting centers across the state to help provide relief and answer any questions of those impacted by the floods.

Information about disaster assistance programs will be provided at the centers by representatives from FEMA and the Small Business Administration. Those who have already applied for federal disaster recovery assistance will also be able to check the status of their application.

The deadline to apply for FEMA assistance is July 28.

FEMA will be providing assistance at the following centers this week:

Cooke County:

  • Cooke County Courthouse Annex
    112 S. Dixon Street, Gainesville
    10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and July 13-18

Dallas County:

  • Lake Highlands North Recreational Center
    9940 White Rock Trail, Dallas
    10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Walnut Hill Recreation Center
    10011 Midway Road, Dallas
    2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday
  • Coppell Fire Station No. 3 Fire Training Center
    133 Parkway Boulevard, Coppell
    10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday

Denton County:

  • Carrollton City Hall
    1945 E. Jackson Road, Carrollton
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Krum City Hall Council Chambers
    146 W. McCart Street, Krum
    9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Grayson County:

  • Grayson County Courthouse
    100 W. Houston Street, Suite A-3-2, Sherman
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday

If you're unable to visit one of these centers, you can register for FEMA assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-3362.

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<![CDATA[Texas-Shaped Pool Seeks Texas-Sized Honor]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:19:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*134/PlanoTexasPool.jpg

Kathleen Whitfield moved with her husband and five children from west Los Angeles to the quiet suburbs of Plano three years ago.

In the midst of the “pretty dramatic” move for her family, Whitfield saw a picture of one active community pool that happened to be shaped like her new home state.

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<![CDATA[Former Church Catches Fire in Dallas]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:29:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dal-former-church-fire.jpg

An abandoned church now home to squatters caught fire in Dallas Monday morning, fire officials say.

Firefighters said they were called to the abandoned building near the intersection of South Denley and Kingsley drives just before 6 a.m.

Authorities said there was evidence that squatters were in the building.

No injuries were reported.

Neighbors told NBC 5 the building was a church about three years ago. They said they couldn't remember the name because it changed frequently.

NBC 5's Josh Ault contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Police Find Woman's Body Near Creek]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:45:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/police-lights-shutterstock_182553881.jpg

A homeless woman is believed to have drowned after she passed out and rolled into a Dallas creek, police say.[[311728411,C]]

Dallas police said they found the woman's body in White Rock Creek along the 7800 block of East Grand Avenue.

Officers told NBC 5 the woman, who they believe was homeless, passed out in her camping spot, rolled into the water and drowned.

Investigators found prescription pills at the scene that may have contributed to the woman's death and said her body showed no signs of foul play or other trauma.

Police said they are waiting for the results of an autopsy to confirm their theory and classifying the woman's death as unexplained until then.



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<![CDATA[Disaster Assistance Expands to Dallas]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 20:59:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/grapevine-flooding2.JPG

Homeowners, renters and business owners in Dallas who were affected by May and June flooding may be eligible for federal assistance.

The assistance is only available for people affected by flooding beginning on May 5 through June 19, 2015.

Disaster assistance for qualified applicants may include grants for rental assistance, temporary housing, and home repairs not covered by insurance. Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) were also offered.

Dallas residents will need to bring contact information, including a Social Security number, insurance information, damage information and proof of gross income.

There are three ways to register for federal assistance:

  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov
  • Via smartphone or web-enabled device by using the FEMA app
  • Calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or 800-462-7585

Once registered, a FEMA inspector will contact you to set up an appointment. The inspector will review documentation needed for proof of residency before arranging an on-site inspection.

City of Dallas officials warned to be aware of financial scams exploiting disaster victims. FEMA and U.S. Small Business Administration staff never charge applicants for disaster assistance, inspection or help filling out applications.

FEMA inspectors verify damages but will not recommend or hire a specific contractor for repairs.

Registration is available in-person at the following locations:

Lake Highlands North Recreation Center at 9940 White Rock Trail

  • July 7, 10 a.m. through 7 p.m.
  • July 8, 10 a.m. through 7 p.m.

Walnut Hill Recreation Center at 10011 Midway Road

  • July 9, 10 a.m. through 7 p.m.
  • July 10, 2 p.m. through 7 p.m.

Contact the City of Dallas Office of Emergency Management at 214-670-4275 or email OEM@dallascityhall.com.

For more information on Texas disaster recovery, you can visit their page at www.txdps.state.tx.us



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<![CDATA[Crash Cuts Phone, Internet Service to 800 in Seagoville]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 11:25:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Generic+911+smart+phone.jpg

Nearly 800 Seagoville residents are without phone or Internet access after a crash damaged an AT&T terminal box, according to Seagoville police.

The crash occurred on July 5 at about 6:30 a.m. on the 700 block of the westbound U.S. Highway 175 service road.

This phone outage has also affected city offices such as the Seagoville City Hall, Police Department and Library.

The City of Seagoville said their 911 lines were immediately transferred and all 911 lines are being answered. The police administrative lines are being transferred to an alternate line as well.  

AT&T is working on restoring services as quickly as possible to the area, however it could take between two and four days before services is restored.  

The cause of the crash is currently unknown.



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<![CDATA[Fort Worth's Fourth Draws Thousands]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 23:25:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ftw+fireworks+finale.jpg

Crowds came out to enjoy watching nearly two tons of fireworks at Fort Worth's Fourth.

Organizers expected nearly 70,000 people to show up for food, games, and live music on the banks of the Trinity River Saturday.

"For our pigmentation, fairly important, we are fans of shade and sunscreen," said Fort Worth resident Will Herbert.

"The rafting is neat, the zip line, the music and mainly the food I think; we've been on some summer diets, so this is a good time to splurge and celebrate the Fourth."

A long day of swimming and grilling ended with a spectacular fireworks show lasting a total of 27 minutes – by far the longest show in the Metroplex on the night of the Fourth of July. 

NBC 5 was a proud sponsor of the event for the second year in a row. NBC 5 Today anchors Marc Fein and Deborah Ferguson emceed the event.

NBC 5's Chris Van Horne contributed to this story.



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<![CDATA[Police Make Arrest in Shooting of Coppell Teen Committed to BYU]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 22:58:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/coppell-ms-charles-west.jpg

The Coppell Police department announced an arrest in the weekend shooting of a recent high school graduate committed to play football for Brigham Young University.

Charles West, 18, was shot in the arm Sunday evening while playing basketball with friends at a North Texas middle school.

Coppell police officers were called to a shooting at the school on the 400 block of Mockingbird Lane at 6:11 p.m. Officers arrived and found the victim, later identified as West, nearby in the 800 block of Redcedar Way Drive.

"We don’t have any idea what led up to this shooting," Coppell Police Department Sgt. Sammy Lujan said. "They were there playing basketball and, at this point, we don’t know what the motive was."

West, who recently graduated Coppell High School and is expected to attend BYU in the fall, was treated at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas for a gunshot wound to the left upper arm. Officials said he was released from the hospital Monday morning.

Through interviews with both witnesses and West, police said they had a suspect in the shooting.

“We have a person of interest, the suspect, we think we’ve got him identified. We’re just trying to wrap up some more witness IDs," Lujan said. "We don’t want to put the name out there yet because we want to give the witnesses an opportunity to look at the lineup and have a fair assessment of the lineup."

A male suspect, who has not yet been identified, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon Monday afternoon. Police said they needed to interview more witnesses before releasing his name and mug shot.

Coppell police said there is a video that shows the shooting and asked that anyone else with information, or video, to call them at 972-304-3600.

"The existence of the video helps us because we are able to visually see what happened. That’s rare, you often don’t get to see the actual shooting. So we’re able to see, we can identify witnesses," said Lujan.

NBC 5's Jeff Smith contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Firefighters Attacked With Fireworks]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 00:16:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dumpster_Fire_Dallas_070515.jpg

More than half a dozen Dallas firefighters escaped injury when they responded to a dumpster fire started by illegal fireworks at the Creekside Villas, located at 340 N. Jim Miller Road.

"They got out of control last night," said resident Kenneth Mitchell. "I saw flames and smoke and stuff like that."

The fire broke out shortly after midnight Sunday morning when residents said a large group of people in the parking lot shooting off fireworks started taking aim at the dumpster.

"Trash can? That’s unnecessary," said Mitchell.

When eight Dallas firefighters arrived in two units to put out the flames, people started shooting fireworks at them.

"Artillery shells flying through the trash can, shooting at the firefighters," said resident Larkres Jones. "Firefighters trying to get water to put it out."

The group ran off before police arrived.

None of the firefighters were hurt and their two units were only slightly damaged.

It is illegal to set off fireworks in Dallas. Throughout the city police and fire inspectors overnight confiscated 1,077 pounds of them in just over 12 hours.

There were 20 dumpster fires, 21 grass fires, and four structure fires in total over the holiday weekend.

Firefighters believe many of them were caused by illegal fireworks.



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<![CDATA[Boy, 12, Shot in Leg Near Downtown Dallas]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 18:28:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Munger_Avenue_Child_Shot.jpg

A 12-year-old boy was taken to the hospital Sunday afternoon after being caught in the crossfire of a gunfight, police said.

The shooting happened at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Roseland Townhomes in the 3500 block of Munger Avenue near Downtown Dallas.

"It's very heartbreaking," said neighbor Chemisha Hunter. "Just to be outside playing and then to be shot."

Neighbors told NBC 5 that a fight between several men led to shots being fired. The boy was playing nearby and was shot in the leg, police said.

Hunter said she saw the gunman enter a house before returning outside to fire his gun in the fight.

"Accidents happen but the guy, to me, should've stayed in the house to leave [the fight] alone. but he came outside and retaliated."

The boy was taken to Children's Medical Center with injuries that were not life threatening. Police said they were questioning five people, with one of them believed to be the gunman.



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<![CDATA[Child, 1, Nearly Drowns in Fort Worth ]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 17:48:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Medstar_Generic.jpg

A child was awake and breathing after a near-drowning in Fort Worth, according to MedStar. [[311685271,L]]

Authorities with MedStar said they were called to a home in the 7100 block of Wagonwheel Road in Fort Worth on Sunday afternoon after a report of a 1-year-old's drowning.

MedStar said in a tweet that the girl was awake and breathing while being taken to Cook Children's Medical Center.

No further information was immediately released.

An 18-year-old woman died of her injuries after being pulled from the Brazos River in Hood County Saturday. Also in the holiday weekend, a 3-year-old girl nearly drowned in the 7700 block of Summerbrook Circle in Fort Worth.

Sunday's incident would be the 41 drowning case in Texas.

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<![CDATA[North Texans Rally in Support of Confederate Flag]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 00:14:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Confederate_Flag_Irving_Daytona.jpg

Several groups gathered across North Texas Sunday to rally around the Confederate battle flag. According to a Facebook page, titled Stand by the Flag Rally, groups planned to meet in Denton, Arlington and Irving.

"People have been saying it’s racist to fly," Christopher Williams said. "It ain’t racist, it’s Southern heritage. People don’t know the true history behind the flag."

Williams was one of the first to gather outside a Walmart in Irving Sunday afternoon.

"It’s funny how everybody thinks that the flag is racist. It’s not – it’s just Southern pride," Williams said. "Proud to be where you’re from."

Nearby shoppers stopped to look or snap photographs of the rally, and those who did said the group had the right to assemble but not everyone agreed with their view of the flag represents.

"I have a problem with the flag itself, being African-American," Karesha Evans said, "I don’t know any African-American that doesn’t have a problem with the flag."

Lola Green, who is black, stopped by Walmart and told NBC 5 she grew up in the South and is from Charleston, South Carolina. She said she has no problem with people flying the Confederate flag.

"Their flag is representative of Southern pride, a representative of rebellion," Green said. "It’s not against any current government; it’s of the past, it’s a historic artifact and they’re showing their pride and their right to fly that flag."

Green went on to say, “I’m OK with that, and I am a black American and I’m from the South and I understand the complexity of what they’re doing and what they’re saying. They are as proud of the American flag, of the traditional American flag, as they are the rebel flag."

Kimberlee Gould, brought her family to the rally in Irving and later joined the convoy of vehicles to Texas Motor Speedway for a larger gathering.

"I think this whole thing is absolutely ridiculous," Gould said. "This is a battle flag, it’s not like it was ever flown as a national flag for the Confederate states. It was a battle flag only and wanting to erase history is sad. It’s part of our heritage, it’s part of the South, and they have no business trying to erase history."

Gould said, in her view, the flag is not about race but history.

"I am big in the history of it," Gould said. "People say the civil was fought over slavery, it was not fought over slavery – the South was screaming secession 40 years before they seceded from the Union, it was fought over state’s rights and it was fought over money, plain and simple."



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<![CDATA[Half-Ton of Fireworks Confiscated in Dallas]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 11:52:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas_Fireworks_2015.jpg

It appears illegal fireworks made for a busy Fourth of July weekend for Dallas Fire-Rescue.

Firefighters in Dallas responded to 45 fire calls in a 12-hour period over the holiday weekend, according to department spokesman Jason Evans.

Evans said firefighters responded to 21 grass fires, 20 trash and dumpster fires, and four structure fires between 8 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

The blazes were not confirmed to be caused by fireworks, but Evans said it is highly probable the incidents stemmed from celebration mishaps due to the massive call volume within the time period.

In addition to responding to dozens of fires around the city, fire inspectors and police officers confiscated approximately 1,077 pounds of assorted fireworks and issued two citations, Evans said.

According to our media partners at The Dallas Morning News, firefighters reported fireworks being shot at them and their fire truck as they battled a blaze at a Dallas apartment Sunday morning.

Firefighters responded to reports of a dumpster fire and people shooting fireworks at people around 12:40 a.m. to the Creekside Villas at 340 N. Jim Miller Road.

While firefighters battled the fire, some reported fireworks being shot at them and at their fire trucks. “Thankfully, no one was injured,” Evans told The Dallas Morning News.

Naomi Martin of The Dallas Morning News contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Motorcyclist Dies in Crash on I-45 in Dallas]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 15:20:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-police-car-generic-04.jpg

A motorcyclist died Sunday morning after going over a bridge on Interstate 45 east of downtown Dallas, authorities told The Dallas Morning News.

Speed may have contributed to the victim going over the bridge shortly before 8:40 a.m. on northbound I-45 near Interstate 30, said Raul Reyna, spokesman for the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department.

The victim landed on the street below, near Hickory Street, Reyna said.



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<![CDATA[North Texas Firefighter Hospitalized]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 15:30:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/House_Fire_firefighter_injured.jpg

A North Texas firefighter is hospitalized after fireworks potentially set a house ablaze on July 4.

The firefighter, whose name has not yet been released, responded to a call late Saturday regarding a house fire in Azle.

The house fire on 1600 Coral Road was possibly started by fireworks, said the Pelican Bay Fire Department.

The firefighter was treated on the scene then sent to a local hopsital for possible heat exhaustion and shock according to the Pelican Bay fire officials, but his current condition is unknown.

Police are currently investigating the cause of the fire that errupted just after midnight.

NBC 5 will update this story as soon as we learn more.



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<![CDATA[Rangers, Rodriguez Lose At Home Again, 13-0 to Angels]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 07:13:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/angels-at-rangers.jpg

Another tough night at home for Wandy Rodriguez and the Texas Rangers.

Rodriguez remained winless in his six home starts after a 13-0 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night, the Rangers' fifth straight loss overall in their ballpark and their most lopsided shutout loss anywhere in 12 years.

"We haven't swung the bats the way we liked too. ... We didn't score runs. We pitched poorly," frustrated manager Jeff Banister said. "We've got to be better."

C.J. Cron had three hits with a career-high six RBIs and the Angels had a season-high 17 hits while Hector Santiago threw seven innings in another superb outing at Texas.

"We created a lot of good situations, and when guys got on into scoring position, we were hitting the ball hard," manager Mike Scioscia said. "It all added up to an incredible offensive night. It's good to see."

Santiago (5-4) scattered three hits and struck out three with one walk, improving to 5-0 with a 1.64 ERA in eight career games (six starts) on the road against the Rangers.

Even with his 2.40 ERA this season, the left-hander hadn't won since May 29. He left after 104 pitches with a 13-0 lead -- matching the number of runs the Angels scored combined while he was still on the mound his previous seven starts.

The loss to start the second half of the 162-game schedule for the Rangers dropped them to 41-41 overall. They are 15-21 at home and 26-20 on the road.

Texas' last eight games before the All-Star break are at home, including these first two games against the Angels.

"They're one ballgame. Each one of them. They don't feel good," Banister said. "No we haven't played the way we want to play the first two games, not at all, but to say that's the determining factor of how we go forward, absolutely not."

Rodriguez, who gave up five runs in five innings, is 0-4 with a 7.42 ERA at home for Texas. Like the Rangers, the 36-year-old lefty is better on the road -- he's 5-0 with a 2.23 ERA in eight starts away from their ballpark.

"I'm always winning on the road. I want to win over here, too, so I try every time to do the best I can. I don't know," Rodriguez said. "I need to try something better. I think it's the mound when I'm landing I don't feel comfortable. That's the only thing. I feel good. I feel great. My arm's strong."

ANGELS GOOD IN TEXAS

Los Angeles has won 13 of its last 15 games in Texas since the start of the 2014 season.

AT LEAST TROUT WAS HITLESS

While Mike Trout was the only Los Angeles starter without a hit, Erick Aybar went 3 for 4 a night after his first career five-hit game. Nine Angels had hits, including Efren Navarro in his only at-bat after taking over at first base for Albert Pujols, who had a two-run double. Kole Calhoun had a solo homer and a sac fly to get multiple RBIs for the second straight night; he had four RBIs in the series opener.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: RHP Jered Weaver (left hip inflammation) threw more than 50 pitches in a bullpen session without any issues.

Rangers: LF Josh Hamilton was out of the lineup as planned after consecutive games. Banister said Hamilton, who this week came off the DL after a month because of a strained left hamstring, had general lower body soreness. ... OF Delino DeShields (left hamstring strain) said he feels "pretty normal" and has had no issues during his rehab assignment. He worked out with the Rangers before the game.

UP NEXT

Angels LHP C.J. Wilson (6-6) vs. Texas RHP Colby Lewis (8-3) in a matchup of starters who were both in the Rangers rotation for their 2010 and 2011 World Series appearances. Wilson is 1-2 with a 6.59 ERA in 10 career starts against Texas since going to Los Angeles as a free agent after the 2011 season.
 



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<![CDATA[Texas Thunder Truck Tracks #DFWFlooding]]> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 10:59:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+THunder+Truck+New+Image+Storms.jpg

Watch video from NBC 5's Texas Thunder Truck, in the player above.

If you do not see video in the player above, the truck is not currently streaming live video.

Follow @TXThunderTruck on Twitter for the latest on location.



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