<![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 Sun, 19 Apr 2015 08:08:51 -0500 Sun, 19 Apr 2015 08:08:51 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Man Charged in Attempted Child Abduction: Watauga PD]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:49:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/James-Earl-Williams-Sr.jpg

Watauga police say James Earl Williams, Sr. was officially charged in a child abduction attempt that occurred last week.

Williams faces charges of Attempted Aggravated Kidnapping, a $750,000 bond, and Injury to a Child with Intent/Bodily Injury, a $500,000 bond.

The case began when 11-year-old Amber Hewitt said she was walking in the 6100 block of Nelson Terrace and a man tried to physically force her into his car on Monday.

The girl fought back, escaped and ran home.

Williams was identified as a person of interest and was taken into custody on Thursday. A vehicle was also impounded.

"He hooked me with his arm and said, 'Get in the car,'" victim Amber Hewitt, 11, told NBC 5.

The attacker hit the girl's face on the car door as he forced her in, breaking a top, front tooth and cutting the inside of her lip.

Williams is currently being held at the North Richland Hills Joint Detention Center.

Both the vehicle and the description match that given to police in March about a man suspected of a similar incident approximately one mile from Monday’s abduction attempt, according to Sgt. Jason Babcock of the Watauga Police Department.

In that incident, the man did not exit the vehicle; instead he instructed a girl to get in.

“It was also another 11-year-old female,” Babcock said. “Anyone who has children, that’s the most horrific thing you can think of.”

Police ask for anyone with information on the incidents to call 817-514-4268.



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<![CDATA[Bob Welch on JFK Assasination]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 22:50:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap2011091613h37m33s61_722x406_2132255958.jpg

Former reporter and cameraman for NBC affiliate WBAP-TV Bob Welch captured the only known sound recording of the official announcement of President John F. Kennedy's death.

Bob Welch grew up in North Dallas. After serving in the Marines, he became a reporter and cameraman for Channel 5 in Fort Worth, covering the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963.

Welch was a combat cameraman/reporter in Vietnam, covered Martin Luther King's assassination in 1968 and has won a White House Press Photographer's Award.

Tickets are $10 for the program only, or $5 with Museum admission. Advance tickets are recommended and may be purchased online at jfk.org

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<![CDATA[3 Face Child Prostitution & Human Trafficking Charges]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:21:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DPD-Child-Prostitution-Arrests.jpg

A drug operation led to the arrest of three adults who forced a runaway girl from Houston into prostitution, police say.

Dallas police were in the middle of a narcotics operation when Robert Allen Winston, 24, Carvin Mariweather, 23, and Rhonda Winston, 20, were noticed by police at the Motel 6 at 13185 North Central Expressway.

A young girl, 14, was seen inside the car with Rhonda Winston and Mariweather, police said. Robert Winston was seen standing outside of the car, according to police.

Investigators with the Child Exploitation Unit believe the 14-year-old girl was a runaway from Houston and had been forced into a prostitution operation in the motel since early April.

The victim has since been placed with Child Protective Services. There is no word yet as to her condition.

All three adults have been charged with Compelling Prostitution of a Child and Trafficking in Persons/Child -- both being felony charges.

Mariweather and Rhonda Winston are held on $50,000 bonds, while Robert Winston is held on a $100,000 bond.



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<![CDATA[TV Broadcasters of Tomorrow Visit NBC 5]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 23:57:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/KXAS_Mentorship_Day_6pm_1200x675_430293059763.jpg The TV broadcasters of tomorrow visited NBC 5 Saturday.]]> <![CDATA[Korean War Vet Inducted into UNT Frat]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 00:09:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/UNT_Kappa_Sigma_Korean.jpg

It only took 63 years, but life-long North Texan Jack Marr officially became a brother in the Kappa Sigma fraternity at the University of North Texas Saturday morning.

Now in his mid-80's, Marr entered the fraternity in 1950 when it did not yet have a national affiliation and was simply called the Falcon Fraternity. It was his senior year of 1952 when the group was accepted into Kappa Sigma.

At that point Marr's class of brothers began initiating into the newly formed chapter, but he was answering another call.

"Uncle Sam knocked on the door real quick," said Marr with a laugh.

The new graduate was called into the Army and sent to the Korean War for about 14 months.
When he got back from duty, Marr said life quickly began with his wife, career, and an expanding family.

"Different things come up during life you know," he said, "you're raising a family and then you have grand kids, now great grand kids."

So Marr's initiation day just never came, until the current class of Kappa Sigma at UNT got a call about the veteran last week and immediately sought out permission to induct him from the national fraternity.

"It really speaks volumes to what brotherhood is; it's not for a college term, it's not for a year, this is a lifelong brotherhood," said UNT Kappa Sigma President Miguel Pulido.

So Saturday morning as the fraternity inducted its new members, Marr was among the group to undergo the secret initiation rituals.

"It's just been in my heart forever and I finally achieved it today. It's a thrill, it's a genuine thrill," said Marr.



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<![CDATA[Bull Rider Injured at Wild West Festival]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 13:59:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/bullrider.jpg

A bull rider was injured at the Wild West Fest in Haslet, Texas around 1 p.m.

A bull stepped on the bull rider's chest, and he was taken to Harris Hospital by careflight in critical condition.

The bull rider is in his twenties. No other information has been released.



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<![CDATA[Fight or Flight Recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:25:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/135500989.jpg

West 7th is recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month with its Flight or Fight event Saturday April 18.

Citizens can come to West 7th to launch hundreds of paper airplanes to choose flight with Fort Worth community leaders and children.

Tarrant county had some of the highest rates of child abuse and neglect in Texas with 6,097 confirmed victims in 2014.

Registration will begin at 2 p.m. and the launch itself will happen at 4:30.
 



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<![CDATA[J. Erik Jonsson Central Library to Host Dallas Book Festival]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 13:08:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/library+generic2.jpg

J. Erik Jonsson Central Library is hosting the Dallas Book Festival Saturday April 18 from noon to 5 p.m.

The event will feature more than 30 local authors and vendors as well as free, family fun activities.

The festival will include lectures, panel discussions, a publishing workshop, Spanish creative writing, poetry awards presented by the Texas Poetry Society, a performance by the Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas, arts & crafts presented by the Dallas Museum of Art, storytelling, a children's movie, folkloric dance performances and more than 30 local author booths.

J. Erik Jonsson Central Library is located at 1515 Young Street.

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<![CDATA[City of Denton Enters Risk Level 2 for Mosquito Surveillance]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:31:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd_mosquito6.JPG

The City of Denton entered Risk Level 2-Enhanced Response of the Mosquito Surveillance and Response Plan. Risk Level 2 is triggered before the mosquito season is underway and centers on activities citizens can do to help the City control the mosquito population.

The probability of a West Nile breakout is very low. Risk Level 2 emphasizes protecting human health and minimizing mosquito population.

The City's Mosquito Surveillance and Response Plan is a comprehensive plan aimed at reducing the risk of illness due to West Nile virus. City personnel have made reducing mosquito breeding grounds a priority and are working to eliminate standing water in public drainage ditches. Water that cannot be eliminated is treated with a biological mosquito larvicide.

The City of Denton and the University of North Texas are also conducting routine surveys of adult mosquitoes. The collected mosquitoes will be identified and screened for the presence of viruses.

The City of Denton says citizens can help by eliminating standing areas in their area.



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<![CDATA[1 Shot, 1 Arrested: Dallas Police]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 13:08:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/police-lights-shutterstock_222952348.jpg

A person was shot around 3 a.m. Saturday April 18 in the 9400 block of Larga Drive, Dallas police say.

The gunman was arrested at the scene and the person shot did not have any life-threatening injuries, police say.

Police are currently investigating.



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<![CDATA[YTAC Race Against Cancer to Raise Funds for Camp iHope]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:40:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Camp+iHope+Pic+3.jpg

The 2015 Young Texans Race Against Cancer 5k, 10k and Family Fun Walk / Run is happening Saturday April 25 in Trinity Groves and will be raising funds for Camp iHope.

Camp iHope is a specialized summer camp developed by Medical City Children's Hospital that aims to help kids between the ages of seven and 16 diagnosed with cancer. The camp gives kids an opportunity to just be kids and have fun.

People can register at ytrac.org and donate to Team YTAC or become an official race sponsor to help YTAC reach its fund raising goal.

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<![CDATA[1 Dead in Fiery Crash After Stealing Bait Car Part]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 13:06:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_generic_police_tape_police_lights_fishtown1.jpg

Dallas police say one person died and four people were arrested in two separate bait car incidents early Saturday morning.

Police say just before 5 a.m. they received a bait car activation in the 7500 block of Stemmons Freeway where someone removed the compressor from the bait car and drove away.

The property was tracked southbound on Interstate 35 where the man threw the compressor from the vehicle at Mockingbird Lane and continued driving on I-30 where he crashed his vehicle.

The Dallas County Sheriff's Office says the man was partially ejected and the vehicle caught fire, the man died in the fire.

In another incident, police say just after midnight a bait care in the 7200 block of Nandina Drive was activated. Dallas police say four suspects were taken into custody.

Editor's Note: The original version of this report contained incorrect location information provided by the Dallas Police Department. The police department sent out a correction, which is reflected in the article above.

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<![CDATA[Ram Truck Round-Up to Celebrate ACM Awards]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:55:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ATT+Stadium+ACM+awards.jpg

As many as 500 trucks will be participating in the Ram Truck Round-Up Saturday morning for the 50th anniversary of the ACM Awards.

The parade is attempting to win the Guinness World Record title for the largest parade of pickup trucks. The parade will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will run between AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Ballpark.

The parade will feature country music artists Kix Boots, Thomas Rhett and Easton Corbin. Vehicles will be staged in Lot 4 of AT&T Stadium along with several other activities and prizes. There will also be a car crushing demonstration by the Raminator monster truck and celebrity driver Mark Hall.

For more information, visit acmcountry.com



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<![CDATA[ACM Charity Motorcycle Ride and Concert in DFW]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:49:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/470155408.jpg

The ACM Charity Motorcycle Ride and Concert Saturday will be happening in the DFW area Saturday April 18 at 8:30 a.m.

The event, hosted by Dierks Bentley, will begin at the Longhorn Harley-Davidson in Grand Prairie with Joey Hyde and at Rick Fairless Strokers Dallas with Will Hoge. Both rides will end in Carrollton at Maverick Harley-Davidson where Bentley will perform along with Montgomery Gentry, Thompson Square, James Otto and Dee Jay Silver, and more. Former Dallas Stars player Craig Ludwig will emcee the event.

Proceeds from the event will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, local child abuse advocacy groups and military philanthropies.

For more information, visit the ACM Charity Motorcycle Ride and Concert website.

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<![CDATA[Heavy Rain Delays ACM Concert at Globe Life Park]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 00:08:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Globe+Life+ACM+Party+rain.jpg

Heavy rain, thunder and lightning forced thousands of eager country music fans under cover Friday at the 3rd Annual ACM Party For a Cause Festival at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

“Bummed out, yes,” said concert goer Luciano Silva.

Festival organizers delayed the concert for about two hours, as some of the biggest names in country music, like Reba McEntire, Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan, had to wait out the storm.

One couple drove from Boston, Mass., for almost 23 hours to get to North Texas for the country music weekend.

“It’s crazy,” said Casey Dinicola. “We haven't seen rain from where we are in a while.”

Many people were armed with ponchos and umbrellas as the slow moving storm made its way through Arlington, but the mood at Globe Life Park stayed festive even with the concert delay and rain shower.

“Oh, it’s perfect,” said Caitlin Halfman. “It could not be any better. I love rain.”

The two-day outdoor music event continues Saturday with multiple stages for live country music, interactive experiences, a country marketplace with vendors from across the country and more.

The festival will begin at noon on the North Lawn of Globe Life Park with performances on the outdoor stage. Then, events will move inside the ballpark to celebrate the Academy's 50 years of history.

Scheduled performers include Dierks Bentley, Clint Black, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Patty Loveless, Ronnie Milsap, Darius Rucker, Dwight Yoakam, Alabama, Eli Young Band and Florida Georgia Line.

For more information on the event, visit acmcountry.com/pfac-welcome.



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<![CDATA[Highway Wall Needs Repair After SH 183 Crash]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:40:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/police-lights-shutterstock_328107378.jpg

Officials say part of the highway wall will need repairs after a crash Friday evening along westbound State Highway 183 near North East Mall.

The single-vehicle crash was reported about 4:39 p.m. and severely damaged the concrete barricade.

The crash occurred just before a period of heavy rain and strong wind in the area, so crews were not able to make the necessary repairs. Once they begin repairs, westbound SH 183 is expected to remain closed for at least seven hours, according to the city of Bedford.



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<![CDATA[Months Later, Scooter Doing Better Than Expected]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:46:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/011115+Blue+Scooter.jpg

Four months after he was left on the side of the road to die, a Chihuahua-Terrier mix fondly named “Scooter” is doing better than anyone could’ve imagined.

Last winter a driver hit the small dog, who was just a few months old, in the Bishop Arts District of Dallas.

Residents found the dog malnourished, extremely dirty and his back legs unable to move.

NBC 5 ran several stories hoping to find Scooter a home.

“We saw it the first time and thought for sure someone was going to adopt him, so we didn’t do anything!” said Frisco resident Jennifer Garrison. “And then we saw your newscast again and I just looked at my husband and he just shook his head and said, call.”

Scooter landed with the Garrison’s in Frisco. In less than two months, has begun to thrive.

His back legs, once believed to be paralyzed, are now beginning to work.

"You can see him intermittently kind of walking on those back legs. He gets tired. So he scoots and then walks and he scoots and he walks! So it’s really exciting to see the progress!” said Jennifer.

“One Saturday I see him and our other dogs playing and then a day later he’s doing his happy dance like I’m home! This is my new home,” said her husband, Michael Garrison.

The couple was so moved by their experience, they teamed up with the people who found Scooter and joined the rescue group, Dallas Dogrrr, putting in their own time and money to help.

“Animals don’t really have a choice. When they get dumped, they don’t have an option,” said Jennifer Garrison.

The Garrisons along with Dallas Dogrrr will host their first adoption event at Woody’s Sports Restaurant at 307 W. Main Street in Frisco on May 3 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Families who attend will have the chance to meet Scooter, enter raffles and get the opportunity to meet and adopt other rescue dogs.

Michael Garrison said two months ago he would’ve never guessed this is where his life would take him or his wife.

But he said they’ve found a new purpose -- and all because of a small dog.

“When we focus on the good side it’s helping the Scooters, it’s connecting other people with foster animals. It’s a really big healing process and you know- he’s like my bud now! So that’s what I’ve got to say. He’s my bud.”

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<![CDATA[Lightning May Have Sparked House Fire]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:12:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FortWorth-Fire-Ben-Russell.jpg Lightning is the suspected cause of a house fire near the Fort Worth-Burleson line.

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<![CDATA[Man Steals Truck, Tries to Run Over Deputy: Police]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:10:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kyle-Green.jpg

Police across North Texas are searching for a man who almost ran over a sheriff's deputy with a stolen truck, police say.

Kyle Wayne Green, 39, was suspected of stealing a truck in Gregg County in East Texas on Thursday.

Police later found the stolen truck on Highway 64 near Tyler, Texas using the vehicle's GPS. When a sheriff's deputy arrived at the scene, Green jumped into the truck and drove straight at the deputy, according to police. The deputy jumped out of the way as Green drove off.

Green is believed to have abandoned the first truck, stole another, and abandoned the second vehicle in Kaufman County.

Police are still searching for Green, and there is no word where he may be heading.

A warrant was issued for Aggravate Assault on a Public Servant and anyone with information on Green is asked to call the Rusk County Crime Stoppers at 903-655-TIPP (8477).



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<![CDATA[Murder Suspect in Custody after Standoff]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:05:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Policelightsgeneric.jpg

A suspected murderer barricaded himself inside a home, leading to a standoff with a SWAT team, police say.

Daniel Olsen, 24, is suspected of shooting Ryan Paul Wurster, 30, after an argument turned violent on Tuesday. The shooting happened around 9 p.m. in the 200 block of West Millett Drive in Dallas.

A witness to the shooting was also shot, but is expected to recover. The witness was able to identify Olsen as the shooter, police said.

At 12:45 Friday afternoon, police found Olsen in the 300 block of Patton Street in North Oak Cliff. A two-hour standoff with SWAT ended with Olsen surrendering peacefully at 3:00 p.m.

Olsen is being held on a $500,000 bond.



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<![CDATA[Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival This Weekend]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:39:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/North-Trail--April-8-2015.jpg

Can't get enough of the state flower? Then it's worth the drive 30 miles south of Dallas on Interstate 45 to Ellis County.

Ennis the "Official Bluebonnet City" of Texas is home to some of the best and most abundant bluebonnets in the state, and this year is no different.

"Our Ennis Bluebonnets are looking beautiful, just in time for our festival," said Gina Rokas of the Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Bluebonnets in the Ennis area are expected to peak April 18-25.

There are 40-miles of driving trails and Highway 85 and FM 1181. Ennis reports the North Trail is  beautiful and the South Trail is showing nice blooms.

If you're no sure where to set up your totally Texas family portrait, Ennis' Convention and Visitors Bureau is more than happy to help with a map pointing to the most picturesque spots.

We've linked it here, but you can also pick one up at the Ennis CVB.

The 64th Annual Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival sponsored by the Ennis Garden Club is April 18-19. On those days you can pick up a map at the Ennis Garden Club information booth, that's the big white tent in Pierce Park on NW Main Street downtown.

This weekend there will be more to see than just beautiful bluebonnets. Downtown Ennis will have arts and crafts, a kids' fun area, bluebonnet souvenirs for sale, food and live entertainment.

Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival
Saturday, April 18 - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 19 - 9a.m. - 5 p.m.
VisitEnnis.org or call 972-878-4748



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<![CDATA[Woman Found Dead in Hurst; Suspect Arrested]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 12:44:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mugshot11.jpg

Police in Haltom City have arrested Randy Allen Cummings, 42, in a homicide investigation after his wife's body was found Friday morning in Hurst.

Hurst police said they found Laura Cummings, 43, dead inside an apartment in the 700 block of East Pecan Street after they were dispatched to perform a welfare check about 10:30 a.m.

“She had an appointment scheduled for today, and when she didn’t make an appointment that group asked us to call and check on her,” said Hurst Assistant Police Chief Richard Winstanley.

When officers arrived they said they found the sliding glass door to the Laura Cummings' apartment shattered.

Winstanley said that Randy Allen Cummings and Laura Cummings were husband and wife.

Now, investigators are trying to figure out what led to the murder. Winstanley said that the homicide was most likely an incident of domestic violence.

“We’re still working on a time line. Trying to backtrack, making contacts, discussing issues with neighbors to see if they saw or heard anything,” Winstanley said.

Neighbors said they are stunned.

“I’ve never seen this. Since I’ve been down here I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Julie Santiago, who's lived at the complex for 15 years.

“I didn’t hear nothing last night. I got up in the morning a 8 o’clock. I walked the dog at 12 o'clock. I didn’t hear nothing. It’s a tragedy to hear something like that,” Santiago said.

Officers said Randy Allen Cummings was later arrested at a home on Clarence Street in Haltom City.

The home is near Natha Howell Elementary School, so the school had a controlled release at the end of Friday's school day to ensure the students' safety.

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<![CDATA[Gov. Abbott Releases Tax Return]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:11:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/greg-abbott-tx-gov-AP574643806708.jpg

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has released his 2014 tax returns, revealing that he made about $135,000 as attorney general and paid about 40 percent of his income in federal, state and local taxes.

Abbott was attorney general for 12 years, becoming governor in January. He released his 2011-2013 tax returns while campaigning and made his 2014 filings public Friday. He gave nearly $5,000 to charity and paid about $52,000 in property taxes.

First lady Cecilia Abbott is listed as "homemaker." Previous returns listed her annual income from Harden Healthcare at $50,000.

The filings do not include tax-exempt settlement payments stemming from a 1984 accident that left Abbott paralyzed from the waist down.

As part of that, Abbott receives monthly deposits of about $14,400 and six-figure, lump-sum payments every three years.

Below is Governor Abbott's 2014 tax return in full:



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<![CDATA[Most Wanted Sex Offender Arrested at WinStar]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:33:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Sprague-Captured.jpg

A 'violent sexual predator' on Texas' 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender List was arrested Friday morning at the WinStar Casino and Hotel in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

Sgt. Lonny Haschel with The Texas Department of Public Safety said 44-year-old Charles Sprague, who removed an electronic tracking device and left a Fort Worth halfway house Wednesday morning, was apprehended at about 9:45 a.m.

According to the U.S. Marshals Service, Sprague was taken into custody without incident as he exited his hotel room at the casino. Law enforcement searching for Sprague got a tip earlier in the morning that he'd checked into the hotel.

Those assisting in the arrest were Texas DPS CID Agents, US Marshals, the Lighthorse Police Department and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Sprague is currently in the Love County Jail and extradition paperwork is being prepared to bring him back to Tarrant County.  He is expected to be arraigned on Monday.

Sheriff Joe Russell said Sprague was very cooperative when he was brought in.

Sprague left a Fort Worth halfway house in the 600 block of North Henderson Street about 5 a.m. Wednesday and cut off the 24-hour electronic tracking device he is required by law to wear at all times, according to the DPS.

Before his arrest Friday, the last confirmed sighting of the wanted man was at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Austin Street Shelter near Fair Park in Dallas. Sprague was seen driving an early 2000 model white Honda Accord with a black rear bumper.

Sprague has an extensive criminal history, including convictions for aggravated sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping causing bodily injury/sexual abuse, police said.

NBC 5's Scott Gordon and NBC 5 staff contributed to this report.


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<![CDATA[Woman, at Gunpoint, Fights off Robber]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:20:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/denton-pd.jpg

Denton police say a man closely resembling that of Charles Sprague tried to rob a woman at gunpoint, only to be fought off with pepper spray.

Police responded to an attempted robbery call in the 500 block of Fulton Drive in Denton on Thursday. The woman told police she was out walking when a man got out of an SUV and tried to rob her at gunpoint.

The woman said he grabbed her and tried to force her into his car. She was able to fight the man off after spraying pepper spray into his face.

Police said the description given by the woman closely resembles that of Charles Sprague, a 'violent sexual predator' on Texas' 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender List.

Sprague escaped from a halfway house in Fort Worth Wednesday but was eventually arrested Friday morning at the WinStar Casino and Hotel in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

He has an extensive criminal history, including convictions for aggravated sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping causing bodily injury/sexual abuse, police said.

Sprague is currently in custody in Love County, Oklahoma. Detectives are working with agencies from both states in the investigation, Denton city official Ryan Grelle said in a statement.



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<![CDATA[Masked Crew of Thieves Caught on Camera in Rowlett]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:49:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lawn+Equipment+041715.jpg

A Rowlett family business is putting up a cash reward to catch a group of smash and grab thieves.

Kevin Kerbel, owner of Lakeview Power Equipment, says this week, his surveillance system caught a team of masked men grabbing $20,000 in generators and chain saws.

It’s the first break-in for the business in its 15 years.

“I’m giving 5,000 reasons to turn someone in - that’s $5,000,” Kerbel said.

Cameras show the thieves were on his property for less than three minutes. It only took them 56 seconds to grab some of the most high end items in the store.

Kerbel’s top-of-the-line security system also captured the sounds of the men yelling at each other. It appears they are speaking Spanish.

The thieves escape in a black conversion van.

Police have connected a similar vehicle to about a dozen business break-ins all over the Metroplex, from Weatherford to Allen.

In every incident, a group of masked men entered the business after hours, spending less than five minutes grabbing expensive equipment and stashing it in the vehicle.

Police have been tracking their movements since at least the fall of 2014.

Different law enforcement agencies are still trying to connect all the crimes.

Kerbel says his $5,000 reward will go to any tipster who gives information to Rowlett police leading to an arrest.



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