<![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 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:55:27 -0500 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:55:27 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[No Charges After Fetus Found in High School Bathroom]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:27:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Woodrow+Wilson+HS+Dallas.jpg

The investigation into a fetus found inside a girl's bathroom at a Dallas high school is over, police say.

In an email to NBC 5, Dallas police said they have spoken with all parties involved and determined that a female miscarried and that no criminal offense took place.  With that, no charges are being filed.

Dallas police said Friday that a staff member made the discovery at Woodrow Wilson High School and that responding medical authorities determined the remains to be a human fetus.

No information was revealed about the mother or her current condition.

Officials with the Dallas Independent School District made counselors available to students and faculty at the school through this week.

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<![CDATA[Court Papers Reveal State's Case Against Eric Williams]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:24:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/eric-williams-012414.jpg

Court papers obtained Tuesday reveal the case prosecutors are building against a former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace accused of slaying three people in Kaufman County last year.

Jury selection for Eric Williams' trial will begin Sept. 22 and the trial is expected to start Dec.1.

Kim and Eric Williams have both been indicted on capital murder charges for their alleged involvement in the shooting deaths of Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse and District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia McLelland.

Hasse was gunned down walking near the courthouse in January 2013; McLelland and his wife were killed inside their home about two months later.

On Tuesday, prosecutors filed papers on "extraneous offenses" they plan to bring up at trial. Court papers show that during the investigation the "common denominator between the two dead prosecutors" consisted of "only on defendant -- Eric Williams."

State prosecutors said, in court papers, that Eric Williams executed "a revenge plan to murder the two prosecutors who tried and convicted him" on a burglary case approximately nine months before the Hasse murder.

Prosecutors said they will present evidence that there was no attempted theft at the McLelland residence that would indicate theft as a motive, that there's no motive for murdering Cynthia McLelland other than she was married to Mike McLelland.

Proscecutors said LexisNexis records were searched for personal inforamtion on both Hasse and McLelland before Hasse's murder from an IP address that originated at Williams' residence.

Court papers show prosecutors plan to show evidence that Williams disposed of a phone, mask and two revolvers used in Hasse's murder in Lake Tawakoni. Prosecutors said one of the weapons recovered from the lake is linked to Williams because he listed it on his own inventory of weapons at the time of his previous conviction by Hasse and McLelland.

Prosecutors maintain that Williams got a storage unit about a month before Hasse's murder that was accessed shortly before and after both the Hasse and McLelland murders and that both of the getaway cars were connected to that storage unit. Court papers said the Hasse murder vehicle was towned from the storage unit and the McLelland vehicle was found inside it.

Prosecutors said they'll present computer records, title records and witnesses that prove Williams purchased a used getaway car shortly before each murder and that both of the cars were researched from an IP address in Williams' home and that emails about both car purchases were sent to Williams' computer.

Prosecutors said they have evidence that a message called in to Crime Stoppers claiming credit for both murders came from Williams' home and that the "confession" contains facts about the Hasse murder that only the murderer would know.

Court papers also said that DNA testing of a set of "shooters earplugs" recovered in the Hasse murder getaway car link those earplugs to Eric Williams and excluse any other person including co-defendent Kim Williams.

Eric Williams will be tried first in Rockwall for the murders of Hasse and the McLellands following a decision by a Kaufman County judge in an attempt to give him a more fair trial.

Williams’ wife, Kim, has also been charged with capital murder in all three incidents, but no trial date has been set for her.

<![CDATA[SB Central Closed at Knox Due to Crash]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:40:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pipes-tractor-trailer.jpg

Dallas police say two right lanes of Central Expressway are closed following a crash.

Police said the southbound lanes of U.S. 75 are closed at Knox-Henderson after an tractor-trailer lost its load.

When Chopper 5 arrived at the scene, the flatbed tractor-trailer was spotted on the roadside with most of its load of pipes intact. A number of pipes, which had fallen from the truck, had been removed from the roadway and placed in the service lane.

Traffic is open in all southbound lanes, but moving slowlyl past the site.

No injuries have been reported.

<![CDATA[Matt Lauer to Interview Dr. Kent Brantly]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:54:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lauer+Brantly+Interview+090214.jpg

In an NBC News exclusive, Matt Lauer will sit down with Dr. Kent Brantly, the American doctor who contracted the Ebola virus while working with relief organization Samaritan's Purse in Liberia.

Portions of Brantly's first-ever interview will air Tuesday night on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and Wednesday morning on Today.

The full report will air in an NBC News primetime special on Friday.

Lauer will sit down with the doctors who treated Brantly at Emory University Hospital, and he will talk to Brantly’s wife Amber, who also lived with her husband and children in Liberia.  NBC News cameras will have exclusive access to the isolation room where Brantly was treated.

Brantley was flown out of Liberia Aug. 2 after contracting Ebola the month before. He was isolated and spent three weeks being treated at Emory before he was declared cured and discharged on what he called "a miraculous day."

Aid worker Nancy Writebol, 59, was also flown to Emory Hospital for treatment in early August and was quietly released several days before Brantly, also cured of the deadly disease.

On Tuesday, NBC News reported another American missionary doctor has tested positive for Ebola, the aid group SIM USA said. The doctor was treating obstetric patients at ELWA hospital in Monrovia, Liberia though not in the hospital’s isolation unit, NBC News reported. The new case comes after two other American doctors who contracted the virus in Liberia were cured after treatment in an Atlanta hospital.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Dallas Officers Tackled, Bitten During Traffic Stop]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:31:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd_dfw_generic_dallas_police_2.jpg

Two Dallas police officers were injured Tuesday after being tackled and bitten following a traffic stop, police say.

According to police, an officer pulled over a driver and was then tackled. The person who tackled the officer then ran into a nearby apartment complex.

Several other Dallas officers arrived to search for the person.

The driver was eventually found but put up a struggle as officers attempted to take him into custody. Police confirm that one officer was bitten on the arm when the man was subdued.

The officer who was bitten was transported to an area hospital for treatment.  The officer who was tackled was also injured.  Her condition is not  yet known. 

Check back and refresh this page for the latest update.

<![CDATA[1 Dead, 4 Injured in Head-On Collision]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:36:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ambulance-generic-ambulance-stock.jpg

The Tarrant County Sheriff’s office said one person died and four were injured after a head-on collision in far West Tarrant County Monday night.

Officials said deputies responded to an emergency call at 8:03 p.m. and found multiple people that had sustained serious injuries in the 12000 block of White Settlement Road.

Investigators said 38-year-old Shane Knapp, of Fort Worth, was driving east in a 1967 Ford Mustang with his 16-year-old daughter Shana and 17-year-old Bailey Goss. Karla Gabriela Blanco, 40, was driving west in a 2014 Toyota van with 41-year-old passenger passenger Oscar A. Blanco-Marquez, investigators said.

The cause of the crash has not yet been released.

Officials said Shane Knapp was taken by helicopter to John Peter Smith hospital and Shana was taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Examiners pronounced Goss dead at the scene. Blanco and Blanco-Marquez were taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth for non-life threatening injuries.

Investigators said evidence of alcohol was reported during the treatment of Shane Knapp, so they obtained a warrant for a blood sample.

Sheriff's officials said they would release the results of the investigation when completed.

<![CDATA[Arrest Warrant Reveals Grisly Details of 5-Year-Old's Death]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:40:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Angel-Lizandro-Sanches-Zenteno.jpg

A warrant of arrest and detention affidavit obtained Tuesday by The Dallas Morning News reveals grisly details about the murder of a young girl.

According to the document, Dallas police officers found the body of 5-year-old Kathrine Alejandra Gonzalez inside a vacant apartment, hanging in a closet by a shirt around her neck.

More than one witness told police that they saw Gonzalez with her cousin, 17-year-old Angel Lizandro Sanches-Zenteno, in the moments before she disappeared Sunday.  The teen was eventually arrested and charged with capital murder of a child younger than 6.

One of those witnesses told police he stopped and talked to Sanches-Zenteno and Gonzalez about a dog they were walking before he saw them enter an apartment other than the one in which the girl was eventually found.

Two children, both age 3, told police they saw the girl with "Sandro" and "Litano," both aliases, police said, for Sanches-Zenteno. In talking with police, one of the girls said Gonzalez was dead.

After his arrest, Sanches-Zenteno initially denied having any involvement with the girl and said he had been taken at gunpoint by a man named Carlos into the apartment where the girl was eventually found.  Sanches-Zenteno told police the girl followed them into the residence and that he was then forced into a closet where he remained for about 35 minutes.

Sanches-Zenteno told police that while he was in the closet he heard the girl begin to cry and then heard a knocking sound and kicking.

Police said the teen then uttered in Spanish, "I did not rape her."

The teen went on to say that after he heard the door close he left the apartment and noticed people searching for his cousin. Sanches-Zenteno said he is an "accomplice," but did not see the girl in the apartment when he left.

Sanches-Zenteno consented to having his fingernails and saliva tested for DNA analysis.

The teen remains in the custody of the Dallas Police Department at Lew Sterrett Justice Center on $1 million bond, The Dallas Morning News reports.

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<![CDATA[Wreck Spills Beer on Houston Highway]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:26:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tanker-Truck-generic.jpg

A collision between a beer-hauling truck and a car in Houston left both drivers slightly hurt and scattered dozens of cases of brew along a highway.

Houston police are trying to determine what caused the accident early Tuesday that closed part of the Katy Freeway for several hours during cleanup.

Authorities said the 18-wheeler ended up on its side and lost its load of beer in a leaky mess.

Police said both drivers were transported to hospitals for treatment of injuries not believed to be serious.

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<![CDATA[Granbury Family Welcomes 3 Foster Children]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:16:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/granbury-adoption-redmons.jpg

It’s home, sweet, home today for a North Texas couple and their three children, who are now officially a family of five.

Joshua and Jeralee Redmon have been foster parents with Buckner International in Dallas since 2011.

"The couple originally became interested in fostering when they were unable to conceive,” says Lauri Ann Hanson, senior media relations coordinator at Buckner. “However, the more they were educated on the foster children in need of homes the more they made the personal realization that fostering was less about growing their family and more about providing a supportive environment for children."

Hanson said the Redmons have welcomed 11 children -- from newborn to age 7 -- into their home over the years. While fostering the children, the Redmons continued to be open to provide a permanent home to a child should the need arise.

That need happened in the span of just two weeks, but it was three children not just one available for adoption. All three had had high health risks and were hospitalized after they were placed in the Redmons’ home.

“Ayden was diagnosed with epilepsy, Cheyenne underwent cranial surgery and Abby Mae was deemed ‘failure to thrive’ due to severe influx that inhibited her from growing,” Hanson told NBCDFW in an email.

The Redmons nursed the children back to health, then learned all three were available for adoption.

The couple immediately said yes, and now their home is the forever home for Ayden, 3, Cheyenne, 2 , and Abby Mae, 6 months.

Hood County Judge Ralph Walton, Jr., made it official on Friday as he presided over three adoptions.

Thank you to the Redmons and Lauri Ann Hanson at Buckner for the pictures.

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<![CDATA[Stun Gun Used to Disable Man After Police Chase]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:11:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/477948479.jpg

A man is in custody after leading Pantego police on a chase into Fort Worth Tuesday morning.

According to police, the chase started after a traffic stop in Pantego. While the officer was running a background check on the driver, who had at least one active warrant, the driver sped away.

The driver, whose name has not yet been released, eventually bailed out of his car near Deer Trail and Sun Meadow Lane in Fort Worth and tried to elude police on foot not far from where he lived.

Pantego officers closed in on the man and used a stun gun to disable him and take him into custody.

No injuries were reported in connection with the chase.

Police have not yet said what the man was wanted for and what additional charges he may face.

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<![CDATA[FIBA Gives Sneak Peek at Possible Future Maverick]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:42:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/108792564.jpg

With Chandler Parsons cut from the U.S. team, there are no current Mavs playing in the FIBA World Cup in Spain.

But there might be a future one.

I watched the United States' 59-point slaughter of Finland on Saturday night and remembered that Dallas has dibs on the Fins’ best player, point guard Petteri Koponen. At 6 foot 5 inches and with solid ball-handling, shooting and creative penetrations, the 26-year-old Koponen looks to me to be NBA-ready right now.

But, at the earliest, looks like the Mavs will have to wait until the 2016 season.

Dallas acquired Koponen in the 2011 draft in a trade with Portland, but no longer has an immediate need for a point guard after summer moves that left them with Devin Harris, Gal Mekel, Jameer Nelson and Raymond Felton.

Koponen will likely play out his current contract with BC Khimki in Russia and re-visit his Mavs’ future a year from now.

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.

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<![CDATA[Hospitals Treat 16 After Bus Crash]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:55:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wax-bus-ax.jpg

Twelve children were transported to North Texas hospitals Tuesday morning after a school bus tipped onto its side in Waxahachie, Ellis County officials said.

Waxahachie Independent School District officials said 20 children — all thought to be 10 and 11 years old — were on the bus that crashed at about 6:50 a.m. near Farm-to-Market Road 879 and Ike Road on the way to Clift Elementary School.

Officials said something in the back of the bus distracted the driver, causing him to look away from the road. While making a turn, the rear wheel of the bus left the road, the driver swerved into the opposite lane, overcorrected and the bus tipped as it came to rest in a ditch.

Damien Beck, 11, was in the back of the bus. He said he said the bus started swerving a little, then went faster before it flipped over.  Without seat belts on the bus, the students were thrown from their seats.

“Everybody flew to the top," said Beck, who held onto his seat and forced the exit door open. “The exit door, I couldn’t open it. So had to like, push it, kick it, it still wouldn’t open and then I kept on trying and I opened. And everybody escaped from the bus."

“This is my first time hearing that and I’m proud of him. I’m proud of him for doing that," said Monica Shope, Beck's aunt.

The bus was the only vehicle involved, police said.

“[We are] very lucky no one was going in the opposite direction, because you did notice he did cross into that opposite lane there," said Sr. Trooper James Colunga, with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Randy Sachs, media relations for Children's Medical Center of Dallas, said the hospital treated eight children for head and neck pain and abdominal problems. He said they would remain in the hospital for X-rays and evaluation during the next few hours.

Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie officials said they treated the driver and seven children brought by ambulance. Three of those children were brought to the hospital for evaluation by their parents.

"I want to applaud the emergency crews for their quick action to help our students and families," Waxahachie ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn said in a news release. "The safety and security of our students will always be our No. 1 priority."

DPS officials originally said two ambulances took 12 children to nearby hospitals. Officials said none of the injuries are life-threatening and that the most severe includes a broken arm. Most of the hospitalizations are precautionary.

The driver was not identified by police.

Waxahachie is located about 25 miles south of Dallas.

Stay tuned to NBC 5 for the latest updates. NBC 5's Kevin Cokely, Jeff Smith, Josh Ault contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Police: Man Changing Tire Hit by Car]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:24:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-ped-ax.jpg

Dallas Fire-Rescue Department officials said a man was trying to change a tire when he was struck by a vehicle near U.S. Highway 175 and Silverado Drive Tuesday morning.

A witness told NBC 5 that he stopped to help an elderly couple fix the flat tire. He said he was placing a jack under the vehicle when it was struck. The vehicle also crashed into the witness's car before stopping.

The witness said the couple was knocked down and that he was hit slightly, sustaining a minor injury to his arm. The elderly man and the driver of the vehicle that crashed were taken to a hospital with unknown injuries.

Police said the wreck also caused nearly 25 gallons of fuel to spill onto the road. Hazardous materials crews cleaned the spill.

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<![CDATA[Police: Woman Left Grandchild in Car to Shop]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:57:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/deborah-reece.jpg

Crowley police said they arrested Deborah Reece, 50, and charged her with felony child endangerment after she left her 2-year-old grandchild in her vehicle while she shopped.

Police said two women approached an officer carrying the child in the Walmart parking lot at 1221 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1187 at about 5:40 p.m.

They told police that they heard screaming when they parked and saw the child in the next vehicle belted into a safety seat with the windows up and the car not running.

The women told the officer that they waited by the vehicle for a few minutes and then opened the door and removed the child, police said.

Police said they identified Reece as the driver of the vehicle when she returned to the vehicle with several bags of groceries. Using the store surveillance video, they determined that the child was in the vehicle for nearly an hour.

Police said emergency responders treated the child for prolonged heat exposure and took her to Cooks Children's Hospital for further evaluation.

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<![CDATA[Driver Injured in Arlington Semi Wreck]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:41:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/arlington-semi-wreck.jpg

Arlington police said a truck driver was taken to the hospital after his semitrailer rolled Tuesday morning.

The driver tried to turn onto 111th Street from Avenue E just south of Interstate 30 at about midnight when the truck's load shifted and tipped the vehicle, police said.

Police said the driver sustained minor injuries.

Police shut down the intersection while recovery operators cleaned the wreckage, but the roads have since reopened.

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<![CDATA[Garland Apartment Fire Displaces 19]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:30:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/garland-fire-090214.jpg

Garland Fire Department officials said a fire at an apartment complex displaced 19 residents Tuesday morning.

Garland Capt. Merrill Balanciere said they're still investigating what caused the fire that damaged 16 residences at The Broadway Apartments at 5106 Broadway Blvd. at about 4:10 a.m.

The Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents, officials said.

No one was injured in the fire, Balanciere said.

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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Fatal Wreck on US 175]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:45:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jim-miller-wreck1.jpg

The Dallas County Sheriff Department said one person is dead after a wreck on US 175 near North Jim Miller Road Tuesday morning.

Police said one car was involved in the wreck on the exit ramp from westbound US 175 to the service road at about 3:30 a.m. Investigators said the driver lost control and rolled several times.

The female driver died at the scene, police said. The male passenger was ejected from the vehicle and taken to a nearby hospital.

The Jim Miller road exit and service road are closed while crews clear the wreck.

Stay tuned to NBC 5 for the latest information.

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<![CDATA[Jones: Cowboys Looking at 'Uphill Battle']]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:12:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jerry-jones-camp-2014-day0-03.jpg

Jerry Jones opened training camp with stories about how young his Dallas Cowboys were. He told a few thousand fans at the kickoff luncheon that many of those players faced an "uphill battle."

Not exactly Super Bowl talk from an eternally optimistic owner who has made such preseason predictions a few times.

The Cowboys have 34-year-old quarterback Tony Romo coming off back surgery, and Rolando McClain possibly starting at middle linebacker just a few months after deciding to retire. Not to mention a defensive line lacking star -- and possibly pass-rushing -- power heading into Sunday's opener against San Francisco.

"I think there is a difference being optimistic and assessing the odds," Jones said after the Cowboys finished a winless preseason with a 27-3 loss to last week. "You've got guys out there, no-name guys. You've got guys out there who retired. You've got guys who are coming back from injury. Man, this is a `to prove' group."

Jones still includes coach Jason Garrett in that group. Even though a youthful roster is loaded with questions about a defense that gave up the most yards in the league last year, Jones isn't ready to commit to Garrett beyond this season.

"If I said that, I'd be giving him a contract and that's not how we're operating here," Jones said. "I in no way have shut that door. But I have already decided that we were going to operate this year with his contract status the way it is."

Garrett was at the center of reshaping a roster that has gone from one of the oldest in the league to one of the youngest in just a few seasons. Meanwhile, the Cowboys have finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs in all three of Garrett's full seasons.

Those three years ended with losses to NFC East rivals with playoff berths on the line. If Dallas misses the playoffs again this season, it will match the franchise record of five straight years without a postseason trip.

"We started with a plan to make the team younger, to build the team the right way, to bring the cornerstone pieces in, and we feel like we've done that," Garrett said. "Now is that job complete? It's not even close to complete. We understand that."

The Cowboys have avoided flashy first-round draft picks that Jones likes -- he can't stop talking about how tempted he was to take Johnny Manziel this year. Instead, they've picked an offensive lineman first in three of the past four years.

But Garrett might not be around to finish the rebuilding of a defensive line trying to replace DeMarcus Ware after the franchise's career sacks leader was released this offseason in a salary cap move.

"The guys that are available to us, we're going to give them a chance to show what they can do," Garrett said. "Hopefully they've grown with that experience, and we'll get some of the veteran players back who haven't been with us, practicing and playing as much as we would have liked. But that's just the reality of it."

And those defenders are aware of the reality.

"There's very low expectations for this defense," said defensive tackle Henry Melton, the team's biggest free agent signing getting ready for his first game since tearing a knee ligament in Week 3 last year with Chicago. "They're going to see Sunday that it's going to be a different squad."

Jones is counting on that "to prove" mentality.

NOTES: The Cowboys signed S C.J. Spillman, a special teams ace who will face his old club Sunday. He spent three-plus seasons with the 49ers, who cut him last week. ... Dallas also added LB Korey Toomer and FB Nikita Whitlock, who is on the practice squad. ... S Ahmad Dixon and DB Jemea Thomas were waived. Dixon was a seventh-round pick, and Thomas was claimed on waivers from New England last week.

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<![CDATA[Texas Gubernatorial Race Two Months from Vote]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:04:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TX+Gov+race+poll+090114.jpg

With about two months until Election Day, the race to become the next governor of Texas is heating up.

On Monday, State Sen. Wendy Davis was in Dallas for the Democratic Labor Day Picnic, where she spoke to the crowd, shook hands and posed for pictures.

"They are looking for someone who will fight for them. Fight for their children's educations," Davis said.

Davis and Attorney General Greg Abbott are running to replace Gov. Rick Perry, who may be eyeing another White House campaign.

Abbott has led Davis in the polls since the campaign began, and the latest Rasmussen poll shows Davis behind by eight points.

NBC 5 asked her about that Monday.

"When Ann Richards was at this point in 1990, she was 20 points down, and she won. The reason she won was that people came out in a grassroots effort to elect her to be their voice in the capitol. That is what I have been seeing in this state for months," Davis said.

Abbott spent Labor Day dove hunting. He plans to be in North Texas on Tuesday, talking about his education plan.

Election Day is Nov. 4.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Mourners Attend Vigil for Oak Cliff Crash Victims]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:02:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Oak+Cliff+car+crash+memorial.jpg

Friends and family gathered to remember six young people killed in a Dallas car crash. The wreck happened Sunday night along Bonnie View Road in Oak Cliff.

On Tuesday, officials identified four of the six people killed in the crash as 21-year-old Quatia Erving, 15-year-old Trey Woodberry, 23-year-old Kennisha Bradford and 19-year-old Jonathan Lang.

Investigators have not released the names of the other two people killed in the crash, but the Dallas Independent School District released a statement Monday saying three of those who died were students Kimball High School.

"Somebody called me real late [and told me] that my son was dead," said Emmanuel Davis, recalling the news that his 15-year-old son was killed.

On Monday, more than a 100 people gathered for a vigil on Bonnie View Road where the six lost their lives.

Police presence was needed at the vigil to control traffic on the street, as many people stood around the makeshift memorial placed at the accident scene to remember the victims.

"It's just over whelming," said Davis. "It's too much."

"Everybody kept telling me they were dead at the time and I didn't believe it," said Gaylandra Bradford, the cousin of another victim. "But [with] my eyes, I'm looking at it."

Police said high speed was a factor when the driver hit a curb, lost control and slammed into a tree. All six people inside the car died. Police released the ages of five victims ranging from 15 to 23.

"What else to can I say?" said Bradford. "I can't bring them back. I can't do nothing about it."

Family members of the person believed to be driving said it's unusual for them to be driving fast, which leads some of the family to believe the six were being chased by somebody. But, police have made no indication that anybody else is involved this crash.

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<![CDATA[Hackers Target McKinney Blogger]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:45:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/McKinney+email+scam.jpg

A McKinney mom and blogger had a busy Labor Day changing passwords and warding off fraud after hackers appeared to target her email account.

"It's been ridiculous," said Janette Johanson, author of 'The Johanson Journey,' a blog focused on her family and their lives.

Beginning Monday morning, an untold number of emails purportedly from Johanson's Gmail account were sent out to not only every person in her contact list but also, seemingly, to every account to which she had ever sent an email.

The text of the email reads as follows:

Am so sorry to bother you, am in a terrible situation right now and will need your urgent help. I am in Istanbul, Turkey at the moment and I just misplaced my bag containing my passport, phone and money.

 I've contacted my bank, the best they can do is to send me a new card which will take 3-4 working days. I am trying to sort things out with the necessary authorities, I need you to lend me some money to sort my self out of this predicament,i will pay back once i make it out of Turkey.

Western union is the fastest option to wire funds to me. Let me know if you need my details(full names on ID/location) to effect a transfer.


Johanson said she learned of what was happening after several friends began to contact her via text and Facebook while she was out shopping.

"Then finally a friend of mine called and was like, 'Hey, are you doing OK?' And I said, 'Yeah I'm doing fine.' And they said, 'We just got an email from you. I think your email's been hacked.'" Johanson said.

Adding to Johanson's confusion is that her parents are currently vacationing in Turkey.

"Very, very strange coincidence," Johanson said.

Johanson later discovered that someone had attempted to change the password to her Paypal account, and that all of her email from her Gmail account was being automatically forwarded to a similarly named Yahoo email account.

"In the moment you don't even know what else was being effected," Johanson said. "It's disturbing."

According to Google, when someone is sending email from your address, you may be the victim of a so-called "spoofing" attack. Spoofing means faking the return address on outgoing mail to hide the true origin of the message.

To the best of Johanson's knowledge, no one has fallen for the scheme.

"[But] I think all it takes is just one person to say, 'Oh, you need money? OK, well, where do I send it?'" Johanson said.

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<![CDATA[AA Flight to DFW Lands With Cracked Windshield]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:25:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/AA2488+cracked+windshield.jpg

An American Airlines flight headed for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Monday immediately returned to Los Angeles International Airport after the cockpit windshield cracked.

Flight 2448 landed at LAX without incident and passengers boarded another plane for the trip to DFW.

The flight landed about 9:15 p.m., several hours later than originally planned.

"We were flying for about 20 minutes, and we just heard an announcement that the windshield cracked. The captain said in all his years of flying, he had never seen anything like it and that the safest thing to do was to turn around and go back to L.A.," said passenger Mark Denesuk.

A photo from passenger Glenn Kagan showed a series of cracks that covered the entire left side of the windshield in the cockpit of the Boeing 757.

"The captain and the crew were incredible. They were absolutely calm at all times. Never raised their voice. Never put fear in anybody. And the old adage is true, calm is contagious," said passenger Arthur Underman.

American Airlines spokesman Paul Flanagan said there were no injuries and the cause of the damage wasn't immediately known.

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<![CDATA[North Texas Doctors Look Ahead to Flu Season]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:35:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Nasal+flu+spray.jpg

At the unofficial end to the summer many North Texas doctors are looking ahead to flu season, which is expected to start in early October.

Dr. Cedric Spak works in the emergency department at Baylor University Medical Center and remembers last year's flu season.

"It came earlier, and it came during the holiday season. We really weren't expecting it then," Spak said. "The one thing about the flu is that it always surprises us. Like, it's always there but we never know what kind of flu is going to show up."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its new recommendations for the flu season, and among them, it suggests children between the age of 2 and 8 get the nasal spray.

"We acquire influenza through our mucosa, or through the lining of our nose and mouth. If you give the vaccine to the children, the thought is that's more protective for the child, and so the immune response will be right there in the face," Spak said.

The CDC and Spak both agree it is important to get the flu shot.

"Soon as possible, soon as possible. Soon as it's available," Spak said.

Typically, the shot becomes widely available in early October. While no flu season is the same, doctors say they typically see cases spike in January or February.

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<![CDATA[Arlington Police, UTA Team Up for Drone Study]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:52:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Arlington+TX+police+drone.jpg Can unmanned aircraft save time, resources and lives? Arlington police and UT Arlington are teaming to find out.

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<![CDATA[Dove Season Opens Labor Day]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:50:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/frisco_dove_hunting_season.jpg

The following is an unedited news release from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Tweets from @TexasGameWarden's tweetalong on opening day have been added to the post.  

Most folks don't usually look forward to Mondays, but Texas dove hunters will be making an exception this year. The traditional September 1 dove season opening day in the North and Central Zones falls on Labor Day Monday.

Dove hunting this season should be good, according to wildlife biologists with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, as both mourning and white-winged dove populations are seeing an increase over last year.

In any given year, Texans shoot between 4-5 million mourning doves and Shaun Oldenburger, TPWD Dove Program Leader, doesn't expect that to change during the 2014-15 season.

"Based on rural and urban dove surveys by TPWD, the 2014 estimated breeding mourning dove population is about 26.55 million birds, which is a 5 percent increase over 2013 and nearly 8 percent above the long-term average (2004-2014)," said Oldenburger. "More than 90 percent of all mourning doves occupy rural habitats."

The 2014 combined white-winged dove breeding population is estimated at 6.61 million birds, which is also a 5 percent increase over 2013 and more than 12 percent above the long-term average (2008 - 2014). However, 80 percent of white-winged doves live in urban areas.

Texas harvests more mourning and white-winged doves than any other state in the country. From 2003 - 2013, Texas hunters bagged 1 out of every 4 mourning doves taken nationwide and more than 80 percent of all white-winged doves. With that level of activity, Texas dove hunting also carries a hefty contribution to the state's economy, with an economic output of roughly $316 million.

Texas dove season is divided into three hunting zones to take advantage of migration trends across the state, and the season is split over two segments to maximize hunting opportunity. The first segment closes statewide this year on Monday, Oct. 20. The season will reopen Friday, Dec. 19 and run through Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 in the North and Central Zones.

The South Zone opens Friday, Sept. 19 and runs through Monday, Oct. 20. The second segment will run Friday, Dec. 19 through Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015.

The Special White-winged Dove Area is restricted to afternoon only (noon to sunset) hunting the first two weekends of September. Hunting in this area will reopen concurrent with the South Zone on Friday, Sept. 19 and continue through Monday, Oct. 20, and then reopen Friday, Dec. 19 through Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. During the early two weekends, the daily bag limit is 15 birds, to include not more than two mourning doves and two white-tipped doves. Once the general season opens, the aggregate bag limit will be 15 with no more than two white-tipped doves.

The daily bag limit for doves statewide is 15 and the possession limit is 45.

All hunters are reminded that licenses expire each year on Aug. 31, so a new license for 2014-15 is needed prior to going dove hunting. Licenses may be purchased at most local sporting goods retailers, TPWD Law Enforcement offices, online through the TPWD website at www.tpwd.state.tx.us/buy or by phone at 1-800-895-4248. Call center hours are Monday through Friday, 8 p.m. to 5 p.m. and there is a required $5 convenience fee for each phone or online transaction. The online transaction system is available 24/7. For online and phone orders, a physical license will be mailed within three business days. During that time period, a transaction receipt will be provided via email that will be sufficient proof of hunting license that can be used for dove hunting, though it will not be allowed for the take of fish or wildlife that require a tag.

Hunting and fishing regulations for the new season can be found in the 2014-2015 Outdoor Annual, available at license retailers and online at www.txoutdoorannual.com. A new app now available enables hunters to carry the Outdoor Annual with them on their mobile devices. To download the free app, visit http://www.txoutdoorannual.com/app or search the iTunes App Store, Amazon AppStore or Google Play for Outdoor Annual - Texas Hunting and Fishing Regulations. The new app was developed by Texas Monthly Custom Publishing in partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and is compatible with iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones and tablets.

Texas Game Wardens will be conducting their third virtual patrol ride-along via Twitter on opening day of dove season, Monday, Sept. 1. The wardens will give the public a first-hand look at what it's like to be a warden on one of the busiest days of the year. Throughout that day, the agency's technology warden, also a commissioned Texas Game Warden will join wardens in Central Texas and tweet continuously what happens.  The public is invited to follow along at twitter.com/TexasGameWarden or @TexasGameWarden.

Photo Credit: Catherine Ross, NBC 5 Collin County Reporter]]>
<![CDATA[Big 12 Teams Play Top Foes Unexpectedly Close]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:44:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/454405966.jpg

There were the expected season-opening blowout victories for Big 12 teams.

Then there were those games against the nation's top two teams -- and most recent national champions -- that weren't as lopsided as predicted.

"I don't think anyone really that's involved in the Big 12 finds that as a big surprise," said Kansas coach Charlie Weis, who got to watch a lot of games since his was the only Big 12 team that didn't play. "Maybe people in others parts of the country think it's a big surprise, but we all know that this is a loaded league."

West Virginia, picked by Big 12 coaches to finish eighth in the league, was a four-touchdown underdog against No. 2 Alabama. But the Mountaineers had chances into the fourth quarter before losing 33-23 to the Crimson Tide, which won three of four national championships before Florida State's title last season.

The Seminoles opened their title defense as 19-point favorites over Oklahoma State and jumped out to a 17-0 lead. But Jameis Winston and Co. had to hold on for a 37-31 victory against a Cowboys offense desperately short on experienced players.

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said Monday on the weekly Big 12 coaches teleconference that his players "should be able to establish a certain level of confidence from the way they played."

Meanwhile, the league's Top 25 teams -- No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 10 Baylor and No. 20 Kansas State -- won their openers by an average margin of 39 points.

In the new College Football Playoff, games against other power-five conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC) could have a big impact on the perception of the Big 12 and whether the league gets one of those four playoff spots.

Oklahoma is at Tulsa next week before hosting SEC team Tennessee. Kansas State has its Big 12 opener Saturday at Iowa State before a home game against defending SEC champion Auburn.

The loss to Florida State was Oklahoma State's only game against a team from another power-five league. West Virginia has its home opener against Towson before going to Big Ten newcomer Maryland.

"It was a good learning experience for us," West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said of the Alabama game. "I was proud of our effort, and I was proud of our mentality."

Following the game "we didn't have a bunch of guys that were hanging their heads, didn't have a bunch of guys that were looking to be patted on the back," he said.

Big 12 champion Baylor opened with a 45-0 win over former Southwest Conference rival SMU on Sunday night. The Bears, whose remaining non-conference games are against Northwestern State and Buffalo, debuted their new riverfront campus stadium with a smothering defense -- eight sacks while holding the Mustangs to only 67 total yards on 64 plays.

For the Big 12, it was another 6-3 start, though better overall than last year when there were two losses to Missouri Valley Conference teams.

Defending FCS champion North Dakota State beat a Big 12 team on the opening weekend for the second year in a row -- first Kansas State and now Iowa State. But the other two losses this time were the hard-fought games against national championship teams.

"We were disappointed that we weren't able to pull the game out," Holgorsen said of his team's loss to Alabama.

"As far as the state of the Big 12," added the former Texas Tech assistant, "that hasn't changed my opinion on it one way or another. I've been part of this conference for about 15 years, and see the health of the conference as good as it has ever been."

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<![CDATA[Man Critically Injured in Fort Worth Shooting]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:03:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/medstar-ambulances.jpg

A 20-year-old man has been hospitalized following a shooting in Fort Worth, EMS officials say.

According to MedStar Ambulance, they transported a critically injured patient to Harris Methodist Hospital who had been shot in the torso.

The shooting was reported to have taken place at a home on the 600 block of Sandy Trail, not far from Interstate 30 and East Loop 820.

The man's injury was considered life-threatening; his current condition and what led to the shooting is not known.

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<![CDATA[Distracted Drivers Threaten School Zones]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:17:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/school+zone+speed+cameras.jpg Schools, police and traffic officials across the country are nervous about the new school year due to the high number of distracted drivers.]]> <![CDATA[Cousin Arrested, Charged in 5-Year-Old's Death]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:46:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Angel-Lizandro-Sanches-Zenteno.jpg

Dallas police have arrested and charged a family member with capital murder in the killing of a young girl found dead inside a vacant apartment Sunday afternoon.

The body of 5-year-old Kathrine Alejandra Gonzalez was discovered inside an empty, ground-floor apartment at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Sontera Palms Apartments in northeast Dallas, police said.

On Monday, police said Gonzalez's cousin, 17-year-old Angel Lizandro Sanches-Zenteno, has been arrested and charged with capital murder in connection with the girl's death.

Gonzalez had been playing outside of her aunt and uncles apartment with her sisters when she disappeared. She, along with her brothers and sisters, were being watched by their aunt and uncle while her parents were at work.

Police said as soon as neighbors in the community realized the girl was missing, many of them were quick to assist in the search for the missing girl — even before police were called at about 11:30 a.m.  After officers arrived, many of the residents allowed officers to search their homes and cars for the missing child.

When police arrived, maintenance workers informed them there were a large number of vacant apartments at Sontera Palms. After obtaining a key, officers began what they described as a systematic search of all vacant units.  Officers eventually discovered the girl’s body inside a unit at the back of the complex, next door to Sanches-Zenteno's apartment.

Police said Monday that the Dallas County medical examiner said preliminary results of the autopsy indicate the girl's cause of death was strangulation.

A witness told police that he saw the girl walking with a person at about noon and that he had seen them together before the girl disappeared. That person in question, along with a number of other people, were taken to Dallas Police Headquarters for questioning.

The investigation into the girl's death is ongoing. The Dallas Police Department asked for anyone with information on this offense to contact detectives at 214-275-1300.

Sanches-Zenteno is being held in the Dallas jail with no bond. Jail records did not list an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Jason Terry Lands With Houston Rockets]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:28:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/nets+heat.jpg

As if it needed any extra subplots, the Mavs-Rockets’ rivalry just got even a little more interesting.

Jason Terry, Houston Rocket.


The Mavericks, of course, stole Chandler Parsons away from the Rockets early in free agency. That move ravaged Houston’s summer plans to acquire Chris Bosh and become an elite contender. Left reeling and badly in need of backcourt depth, they are now counting on the former Maverick after acquiring him in a trade with the Sacramento Kings.

Terry is all but done at age 36. Last year in Brooklyn he played in only 35 games and averaged just 4.5 points on 36-percent shooting. The jet isn’t on the runway, but instead slowly veering off toward the hangar.

Terry wanted to finish his career in Dallas. But will likely now do so in Houston, as a role player for the Mavs’ newest, biggest rival.

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.

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<![CDATA[Trial Scheduled for Man Accused of Drowning Dog]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:26:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Robert-Prichard-093013.jpg

The trial of a Mesquite man charged with felony animal cruelty for beating and drowning his dog is scheduled to begin Wednesday in Dallas.

Robert M. Prichard, 60, has been behind bars since June for violating the terms of his bond. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Police said Prichard hit his pit bull in the head with a shovel and then drowned her in a pool with a net. Prichard told police that he was mad at the dog for chewing on his lawn furniture.

At Prichard's bond hearing, a snippet of his home security video was played allegedly showing him drowning the dog with a pool net.

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<![CDATA[Police: UT Student Flew Drone Over Stadium]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:16:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ut-student-drone.jpg

Police said they arrested a University of Texas student after he flew a drone over Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium during the Longhorns game Saturday night.

Police said they began investigating after they noticed the drone during the second half of the game against the University of North Texas.

Officials found the student and arrested him shortly after.

UTPD spokeswoman Cindy Posey released the following statement to KXAN in Austin on Sunday:

“UTPD observed an unauthorized drone in and around the Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium and watched as it maneuvered and landed on San Jacinto. Officers located the operator, a UT student, who was detained and transported to the police station. The drone was seized, the student identified, questioned and released pending further investigation.

Our top priority is the safety our students, employees, fans and visitors. UTPD Chief David Carter stresses that we are concerned about the use of drones and are investigating the incident thoroughly. The university continually works with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to maintain the highest levels of safety on our campus.”

The student was released, according to police, but he could face fines of up to $1,000 per image taken.

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<![CDATA[2 Teens Injured in Carnival Ride Fall]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:53:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/elpas-ride-michaela-roman.jpg

Two teens were sent to a hospital after falling off a carnival ride at a church festival in El Paso Sunday night.

The two teens fell more than 12 feet from the ride at the Bazaar at Saint Anthony's Seminary after it became stuck, officials said.

Responders had to rescue another person from the ride.

Check back here for updates.

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