<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usThu, 28 Jul 2016 12:06:10 -0500Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:06:10 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Hot Car Deaths Persist Despite Reports, Warnings]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:19:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Hot-Car-Statistics_sd.jpg

This week alone a 4 young children died in hot cars. Pennsylvania, Missouri, Florida and here in Texas.

This past Sunday a 2 year old boy in Dallas was left in a car while his parents were in church. By the time his family realized he was in the car, it was too late.

The incident Sunday marks the fifth time this year someone has died in a hot car in Texas, with 23 children across the country killed this year. It's a story we hear too often.

The temperature inside a vehicle can reach dangerous levels quickly. On average, it only takes 10 minutes for the temperature inside a car to climb 20 degrees.

In 20 minutes, the temperature climbs 30 degrees. And in an hour the temp inside a car can be 43 degrees higher than the temp outside.

The average high for Dallas-Fort Worth in late July is 97. After 20 minutes, the inside temperature of your car reaches approximately 127 degrees. After one hour it is 140 degrees.

Cracking your window or parking in the shade may slightly delay the temperature increase, but the temperature inside your car will still climb to dangerous levels.

Here are some ways to keep your kids safe.

1. Create routines. Every day, whether the baby is with you or not, open the back door and look in the back seat before locking the door and walking away.

2. Give yourself visual reminders. Place your bag, briefcase, or even your shoe in the backseat with your child -- anything that you must take with you before going to your next destination will remind you not to leave your child in the car.

3. Give yourself audible reminders. Sometimes it can be as simple as telling yourself out loud, “remember to get the kids,” or “don’t forget the kids.”

4. Don’t ever let your kids play in the car. Keep keys out of your child's reach, and make sure the doors and trunk are locked when it’s not being used.

5. If you see a child or animal left in a car, call the police immediately.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Police Warn of Man Suspected in Sexual Assaults]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:16:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-police-car-generic-08.jpg

Dallas police are looking for a man with tattoos on his face and arms who may have sexually assaulted two women in downtown this month.

Because the victims provided similar descriptions of their attacker, and because the incidents occurred close together, Dallas police said they're working to determine if the attacks were committed by the same man.

The incidents are detailed below.

July 3 on Houston Street Viaduct

A woman was sitting at a downtown bus stop drinking a beer at 2 p.m. July 3 when a man approached her. Police said the man told her she would be arrested if police saw her and suggested she walk with him.

Police said the man led the woman to a stairwell near the 600 block of Houston Street Viaduct where he suddenly grabbed and sexually assaulted her.

The man was described as black, about 35 years old, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 160 pounds with tattoos on his face and covering both arms, according to police. He was wearing a white T-shirt, green pants and green tennis shoes.

July 26 near DART West End Station

Police said another woman was on a Dallas Area Rapid Transit train when a man who called himself Rodney sat next to her. The woman had met the man a few days earlier at the DART West End Station.

As the woman exited the train, the man suggested they walk together to get something to eat. As they were walking in the 700 block of Ross Avenue, police said the man suddenly grabbed the woman and sexually assaulted her.

Like the July 3 attacker, the man was described as black, about 35 years old and 160 pounds with tattoos on his face and covering both arms. The second victim said her attacker was about 5 feet 5 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, dark jeans and light blue athletic shoes.

Police asked anyone with any information about these incidents to contact Detective Alan Holmes at 214-671-3637.

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<![CDATA[Boy, 5, Launches Canned Food Drive]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:25:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/Meals-for-Miles.jpg

A five-year-old boy in Fort Worth launched a summer project to feed the hungry. And one can at a time, he's reaching his goal.

Miles Umscheid calls the project Meals for Miles.

"Miles came to me and decided he wanted to do something to help others." said his mom, Matty Umscheid.

"People who don't have food, then I can give it them," said Miles.

The boy got the idea after listening to a guest speaker in  his primary class at Montessori School of Fort Worth. His mom encouraged Miles to write a letter asking classmates, family, friends and neighbors to help.

Here's what he wrote: "Hi, my name is Miles. This summer I'm collecting cans of food for people that do not have any food. I want to collect 1,000 cans of food this summer. Can you please help me? Love, Miles."

The cans of food came— but not 1,000.

"1,000 and about 400," said Miles. "I'm still trying for more. I'm going for 2,000."

"The response has been overwhelming," said his mom. "We've had cans dropped off on our porch. We've had family and friends out of town send money. And I've taken him to various grocery stores to choose different items."

"Yeah, they could give me cans. They can drop off cans. We can go get 'em, and they can give us money," agreed Miles.

Miles takes the money and buys foods based on a list provided by the Tarrant Area Food Bank. He described what happened when another customer in the grocery store saw his cart.

"We had like 100 cans, and they were asking me why we had that many. And, they gave us money to buy more," said Miles.

Donors will slip in an extra bill so Miles can spend on himself, but his mom says Miles puts it right back into the canned food fund.

"It was a proud moment for sure" beams Matty. "I'm just glad he realizes one person can make a change. He has the power to make change, even just one small person at the age of five. And, he understands it's helping others."

Montessori School of Fort Worth wants to help Miles do more. The school at 3420 Clayton Road East set boxes on the front porch for people who want to drop off donations.

The Tarrant Area Food Bank suggests canned meats, canned fruits, canned vegetables, canned soups, peanut butter, dried beans, boxed pastas, cereal, rice and boxed of canned juices.

Miles and his mom expect to deliver the thousands of cans to the food bank in the next couple of weeks.

<![CDATA[Arlington Embracing 'Pokémon Go,' Launches 'Parkémon' Site]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:02:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/arlington-parkemon.jpg

Arlington is embracing the "Pokémon Go" craze in a way few other North Texas cities are.

The city's parks and recreation department recently launched a "Parkémon" website, which maps out where every Pokéstop and Pokémon Gym are located at five of their largest parks.

Parks and recreation assistant director Gary Packan said they began noticing large groups of people coming into the parks to play the game and viewed it as an opportunity to showcase Arlington's parks.

"We have 92 parks in Arlington and a lot of people don't know where half of them are," he said. "So we try to educate our residents and visitors to our community as much as possible. Whether it's Pokémon Go or geo-caching, it's a great way to do that."

Department staff members spent hours walking several miles of trail in each of the parks to make sure they found all of the locations.

"We're trying to make it easy," said Packan. "We want to encourage people to get out and active in our park system. Get out on our trails, get out in our parks, explore our parks."


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<![CDATA[Off-Duty Officer Involved in Shooting: Fort Worth Police]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:32:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fwpd-officer-involved.jpg

Police said an off-duty Fort Worth police officer was involved in the shooting of a man possibly suspected in a robbery early Thursday morning.

Fort Worth police said they received a call about a robbery at a gas station at about midnight. The caller described the robber to police and said he was armed with a silver handgun.

The off-duty Fort Worth police officer and an off-duty Tarrant County Sherrif's deputy saw a man in the area matching the description of the suspected robber and followed him to the 8700 block of North Normandale Street.

Police said the officers saw the man pull something silver out of his pocket and fired at him.

The man was transported to a hospital where he remains in critical condition, as of 10:30 a.m.

Police said they don't yet know if the wounded man is the man suspected in the robbery. They said the silver object the man reached for was a box cutter.

Fort Worth Police Department spokesman Jimmy Pollozani said the officer's dash cam and axon camera were on, but video will not be released until the end of the investigation.

Check back and refresh this page for the latest update. As this story is developing, elements may change.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Police Locate Critical Missing Man, 24]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:48:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jhovanny-perez.jpg

Police said they safely located a 24-year-old man who went missing in Dallas late Tuesday night. [[388515202,C]]

Dallas police said Methodist Charlton Medical Center police found Jhovanny Renteria Perez safe at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

Perez had last been seen on the 4800 block of Nuevo Laredo Court at about 11:45 p.m.

Further details have not been released.

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<![CDATA[AA Flight Lands Safely After Flames Visible from Engine: FAA]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:36:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AA_Emergency_landing.jpg

An American Airlines flight landed safely back at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport late Wednesday after sparks were seen shooting from one of its engines.

American Airlines Flight 438 had taken off for Seattle at about 11 p.m. Wednesday when it experienced a mechanical issue with an engine compressor, according to an AA spokesperson.

Cellphone video from one of the 139 passengers on board the flight shows heavy sparks coming from what appears to the wing on the left side of the Airbus 321.

“The engine was not on fire,” an AA spokesperson emphasized in a statement to NBC DFW.

However, Lynn Lunsford, of the Federal Aviation Administration, appeared to indicate otherwise in a separate statement.

“The pilot reported an engine problem that was causing compressor stalls, which would shoot flames out the back of the engine and definitely be visible,” Lunsford said.

Matty Hops was a passenger on Flight 438, who tweeted multiple times during and after the ordeal.

“Flight to Seattle just had catastrophic engine failure…. So, love you guys,” Hops tweeted.

“It’s just a big concerning when there is an explosion on takeoff and then you see the one of the plane engines on fire. Not the best look,” Hops tweeted minutes later, once on the ground.

A statement from American Airlines, and subsequent tweets from the airline’s official account, indicated that the airline was rebooking passengers on other flights.

“We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience, and we are working to get them to Seattle as soon as possible,” the statement noted.

<![CDATA[Cybersecurity Expert Says Reason to be Concerned About Hack]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:32:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/computer+typing.jpg

As investigators look into a hack of Democratic National Committee emails, and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump seemed to issue a challenge to the hackers Wednesday, a North Texas cybersecurity expert said there is reason for concern on both fronts.

"This is very worrying," said Bhavani Thuraisingham, a cybersecurity expert at the University of Texas at Dallas. "It looks like we are living in this fantasy world, but no, it's very real."

Thuraisingham said when Donald Trump asked on Wednesday, "Russia, are you listening?" and suggested if the country had hacked DNC emails, maybe it had Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's missing emails, he was inviting other potential attacks.

"Because they will be emboldened," Thuraisingham explained. "And it's not just the Russians who will be emboldened. They will get some of these hackers who think, 'OK, I can do it also.'"

Thuraisingham said the DNC could likely have prevented the hack with better security measures.

"I don't want to be political," Thuraisingham said. "The DNC should have been more cautious."

Thuraisingham pointed out some terrorist groups use more caution in their email communications. "They are sending encrypted emails that law enforcement – FBI and the CIA – can't read," she said. "And yet the DNC is sending some ridiculous emails that the whole world can read."

She said anyone can use encrypted email, and should if they want to keep a private email, private.

"It's not that difficult," Thuraisingham assured.

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<![CDATA[Country Stars Throw Fundraiser for Dallas Police Foundation]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 23:27:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/oak+ridge+boys.jpg

More than 4,000 people packed Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth on Wednesday to hear some of the biggest names in country music as they raised more than $145,000 for a Dallas police charity.

The artists included stars like Tanya Tucker, The Oak Ridge Boys, Kelly Lang and T.G. Sheppard.

Sheppard hosted the event, which was called "Stars Behind the Stars."

"I can only tell you that all the artists on the show tonight came without any questions asked," Sheppard told NBC 5. "They're dear friends and I'm honored to share the stage with all of them."

All the money raised will go to a Dallas Police Association foundation called "Assist the Officer."

"You know we're living in very turbulent times," Sheppard said. "It's very sad. It hurts me in my heart. I think it affects every one of us in this country because we are a loving nation and we all just have to stick together in times like this."

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<![CDATA[Unsuspecting Drivers Shot at on North Texas Highway]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:17:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/window+shot+anna.jpg

At least four people have reported being shot at while driving on a North Texas highway, according to police in Anna.

Investigators believe the shooter is using a high-powered pellet gun, but they are not ruling out the possibility a low-caliber rifle was used.

The shootings occurred along Texas Highway 5 between Anna and Melissa.

The first report came in Monday morning, and three more victims have since come forward, Anna police said.

None of the victims were injured.

"Someone is playing with people's lives," Anna Police Lt. Jeff Caponera said. "I've seen pellets kill people, so it's not beyond the realm of possibility it could've done some serious damage. We're not ruling out that it could've been a small-caliber .22."

Doug Page was driving to lunch on Monday when his SUV was shot.

"It sounded like somebody hit it with a hammer," Page said. "Any number of things could've happened. It could've been way worse than a ding on the side of the vehicle."

Although the shootings occurred in a rural area, police don't believe the shootings were accidental.

"This isn't shooting at birds and accidentally hitting a car. This was four vehicles and they were hit intentionally," Caponera said.

Anna is about an hour's drive northeast of Dallas.

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<![CDATA[16-Year-Old Accidentally Shot at Fort Worth Home]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:33:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/216*120/hulen+park+circle.JPG

Fort Worth police say a 16-year-old boy was rushed to a hospital in fair condition Wednesday after an accidental shooting.

Officers were called just after 3 p.m. to a residence in the 3600 block of Hulen Park Circle.

Police said the 16-year-old and his 17-year-old friend claimed to have found a gun in a creek earlier in the morning, and they were in a garage handling the weapon when it fired, striking the 16-year-old in the chest.

The bullet went through, exited and lodged into a wall, police said.

The teen was alert and talking when he was transported by MedStar to John Peter Smith Hospital.

Police said the investigation at this point indicates the shooting was accidental.

Additional information has not yet been released.

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<![CDATA[Run for the Blue 5K/1K Benefits Dallas Officers, Families]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:09:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/run+for+the+blue.jpg

A 5K and 1K run/walk Thursday supports the officers and officers' families who were killed or injured in the July 7 ambush shooting in downtown Dallas.

The Run for the Blue is set for 6 to 9 p.m. at the Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge, formerly the Continental Avenue Bridge, and race entry is free.

The Dallas Chapter of the National Latino Law Enforcement Organization is organizing the event. It will collect donations, and 100 percent of the money will be distributed through the group's Signal 15 fund.

Registration begins at 5 p.m. at 3011 Gulden Lane, on the Trinity Groves side of the bridge.

For more information on the Dallas Chapter of NLLEO visit the organization's website.

<![CDATA[Some Call for Faster Roll-Out of DPD Body Cams]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:34:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Police+Body+Cams.jpg

In light of recent violence and growing tensions at protests around the country, some Dallas community activists are calling for changes to the city's year-old police body camera contract.

Dallas has a five-year contract with Taser that will ultimately provide 1,000 body cameras to officers, plus Cloud-based video storage. The contract costs taxpayers close to $4 million.

Every summer for five years, the Dallas Police Department gets 200 more cameras. Taser delivered a new batch of cameras just a few weeks ago.

But now, some watchdogs like Collette Flanagan say the roll-out needs to happen faster.

A Dallas police officer shot and killed Collette Flanagan's son, Clinton, in March 2013. Clinton was unarmed, but authorities said he had drugs in his system and was attacking police. No DPD officers at that time wore body cameras.

"We had big plans for him and his life. He wasn't perfect, but he was turning corners," Flanagan said. "He was getting ready to go to college, he was going to be a fifth generation rancher."

"We were very proud of him. And we miss him every day. And he should be here. There's no reason for him not to be alive and with us today," she added.

Two years later after Clinton's death, the first Dallas patrol officer attached a body-camera to his official uniform.

Now, about 200 officers around the city wear them on their shifts.

"This needs to be something that is front and center, and needs to be dealt with now. Every officer should have cameras," Flanagan said.

But even the limited roll-out over the last six months hasn't been perfect.

Records obtained by NBC 5 from December 2015 through February 2016 show more than 14 cameras or cases had to be replaced because they were broken or defective.

Common problems include things like bad audio, battery problems, issues with starting up or powering down the device, and problems with uploading video to the Cloud storage system.

Some cameras were dropped and the cases cracked. At least one camera had to be replaced because the officer wearing the device was involved in a water rescue, and the device was listed as "drowned."

That's part of the reason for the years-long roll-out plan: to test the equipment, and in particular the online storage system that maintains videos for at least 90 days.

Flanagan says in light of ongoing tensions, the contract needs to be re-worked.

"It's clear that last year, when they signed the contract and announced officers would begin wearing body cameras, the whole thing was kind of on the back-burner, something [the city] kind of wanted to ease into," she said. "Well the ease-into moment has passed."

After her son's death, Flanagan started the police watchdog group Mothers Against Police Brutality.

"We thought 200 [cameras] every summer was going to suffice, now we know that it's not. So maybe we need 750 every summer," she said. "Or maybe, we need 1,000 right now."

She's not the only one who thinks more cameras are a good idea.

In the days after the deadly downtown ambush, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins spoke out about getting more police technology to improve trust and communication with minority communities.

"We need more body cameras. And we need Tasers for every officer. And we need more funding for de-escalation training," Jenkins said.

Police groups want to make sure uploading video after every shift is a painless process.

"Officers have embraced the cameras, from the very beginning. It's been a positive tool for us," said Dallas Police Association President Ron Pinkston. "It has been a tool to help officers on the street. To prove what happened in an incident, and back them up."

Pinkston noted though that the cameras haven't "made officers' lives easier" with regards to reducing paperwork. Officers at the end of each shift have to upload their videos, and it's a process that doesn't always work easily. Officers new to the body camera program go through training and watch demonstrations to make sure they're uploading correctly.

At this point there's no plan to amend the year-old contract with Taser. Flanagan feels getting more cameras on the streets, could be a matter of life and death – both for officers, and for community members they encounter.

So far, the data that the city provided NBC 5 shows about two cameras go bad a month and need to be replaced. Each camera costs about $850.

<![CDATA[Topping-Off Ceremony Held at The Star in Frisco]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:30:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Omni+in+Frisco.jpg

The Star continues to take shape in Frisco.

Wednesday, cameras were allowed inside the new $1.5 billion home of the Dallas Cowboys.

Team staff moved into their completed headquarters last week, and the Omni Hotel will open in summer 2017.

Crews "topped off" the 16-story hotel Wednesday by hoisting a Leyland Spruce tree to the top floor. The tree is supposed to symbolize good fortune.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and sons Jerry Jones Jr. and Stephen Jones were on hand for the ceremony.

"Standing here, as I look out here to the great project that's evolving around Totoya, I look to the north and I see all the promise we've got up there and I realize what a tremendous asset we could have in this new Omni facility," Jerry Jones said.

"Frisco is recognized as a sports mecca. It just is," Mayor Maher Maso said.

The Cowboys players will move into their new home when they return from summer camp in Oxnard, California, next month.

Eight high school football teams will use the field at the Ford Center at The Star for the first time on Aug. 27.

Tickets to the day-long event are sold out.

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<![CDATA[El Centro College Reflects, Renews After Shooting]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:59:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/el+centro+ceremony.jpg

A "Reflect and Renew" ceremony at El Centro College Wednesday demonstrates efforts to heal and unify the city after the fatal ambush that killed five police officers at the college, participants said.

The July 7 attack came after a nearby demonstration against police brutality. The shooter entered the college and continued shooting at police from a second floor window before he was killed.

"We are not that far removed from July 7th," said Assistant Dallas Police Chief David Pughes. "The emotions are still very strong and very raw."

At the ceremony, Pughes read a letter written after the Dallas attack by Baton Rouge Police Officer Montrell Jackson, an African-American man, who was killed later in another attack on police in the Louisiana city.

"I swear to God, I love this city, but I wonder if this city loves me. In uniform I get nasty hateful looks. Out of uniform, some consider me a threat," the letter said.

El Centro College President Dr. Jose Adames said the Dallas attack will never be forgotten, but also will not be allowed to define the city or the college. He said El Centro is a diverse college that reflects the Dallas population.

"We are a very good example of what could be, of what the way forward is – for the city and for others as well – as far as dealing with diversity," Adames said.

Many Dallas efforts were already underway to address complaints demonstrators raised at the July 7 protest, according to city leaders.

City Council Member Erik Wilson spoke at the El Centro ceremony. He represents a Southern Dallas district targeted for many of the programs for jobs and affordable housing.

He said police have also worked to reduce the use of force and improve community relations.

"Those programs will continue, they will continue forward as we as a city move forward, as we have those hard and often difficult decisions about what separates us," Wilson said. "In the end, we want the same things. We want to have safe communities."

Another protest against police brutality is scheduled in Dallas Friday evening. This one is planned on the other side of downtown at Main Street Garden Park, but Adames said it could still wander toward the college.

"We're aware of it and we're watching it," Adames said. "We are very accustomed to seeing demonstrations occur, and we fully expect and hope that it is only a demonstration."

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<![CDATA[Medical Grants For Texas Children Available]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:51:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/medical+grants.jpg

Since 2007, the UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation, UHCCF, has awarded more than 10,000 grants valued at more than $29 million to children and their families across the United States.

The grants help bridge the gap for families who have private insurance but may not be able to afford the out-of-pocket medical expenses, such as deductibles or co-payments for the medical needs of children with chronic illnesses or who face major surgeries.

The foundation is encouraging more families to apply, saying few families from Texas applied last year.

"We've helped more than 700 families and provided more than $2.1 million in grants to these families. However, we have many more families that we can help. We are trying to spread the awareness that these grants are available for these families and we want more families to apply," said Joanne Shuey, UHCCF spokesperson.

The money helps pay for treatments, medical services and equipment such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids.

Rhonda Brown Crowder, of Grand Prairie, applied for grant money to help with applied behavioral analysis therapy for her autistic son, Caleb, after learning, even with health insurance coverage, therapy would cost her thousands of dollars.

"It was very disheartening and frustrating to know that there was something could help him, but we, as parents, were unable to provide it for him," Brown Crowder said.

The grants she received now pays for Caleb's therapy.

"I feel like now my son has a fair chance in life," she said.

UHCCF is launching an awareness campaign to inform people about the foundation and encourage families to apply for grants here.

Eligible families must already carry commercial/private insurance.

Families on medicaid or medicare are ineligible.

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<![CDATA[Dez Bryant Goes Mainstream]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:54:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/174*120/458698880.jpg

Dez Bryant has been a top-flight receiver in the NFL since he entered the league. Now he's getting recognition as a top-flight player.

While you can already watch Bryant any given Thursday, Sunday or Monday; now you can catch Bryant every Sunday night regardless of when the Cowboys play. Dez will be one of 12 players featured in NBC's Sunday Night Football show, along with former Texas Longhorn Earl Thomas and other NFC East stars Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr., in the open "Oh, Sunday Night" sung by Carrie Underwood. 

This means more than just a validation of Dez' talents being recognized. Sunday Night Football is the biggest primetime program for the past half-decade. This is the NFL stating that Dez is a star they are proud and expect a lot of. Dez Bryant has reached the point where he is not just a DFW-star, he's a national icon and NBC and the NFL agree. 

With all this spotlight, it is more of a reminder how much should be expected from Dez and Tony Romo to get this team back on track. Dez has never been one to shy away from a challenge, so this probably is little more than a reminder for the 27 year old that he is one of the top receivers in the league and needs to perform like it. Should be no big deal for 88.

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<![CDATA[Darvish Slowly Increasing Workload]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 21:20:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Yu_Darvish.jpg

They are baby steps, but at least they are headed in the right direction.

Wednesday evening against the Athletics in Arlington, Yu Darvish made his sixth appearance of 2016, his third since returning from his latest stint on the disabled list.  And for a second straight game, Darvish went six innings, this time throwing 93 pitches, giving up two earned runs while striking out six and allowing no walks.

If the Rangers are to slow their recent slide, they’ll need more of this from Darvish.  Texas’s starting rotation has been decimated by injuries with both Colby Lewis and Derek Holland placed on the 60-day disabled list.  Normally, a rotation that includes Darvish and Cole Hamels could withstand some adversity.  But Darvish, at 29-years old, has thrown just 38 innings this season.  He also missed all of 2015 after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Despite all of those obstacles, the Rangers still entered their game with Oakland Wednesday tied for the most wins in the American League (58) with the Baltimore Orioles.  If they’d like to continue to maintain that level of success with just 67 days remaining in the regular season, they’ll need Darvish to perform as he did Wednesday night consistently.

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<![CDATA[All the Best of Clear The Shelters 2016]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:15:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CTS2016_Web_highlights_1200x675_733534787795.jpg Brian Curtis and Kristin Dickerson highlight all the best of a wonderful 2016 Clear the Shelters campaign that helped thousands of pets find forever homes.]]> <![CDATA[Child Fighting Cancer Has Day Fit for Superhero in FW]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 23:34:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sailor+reitz.jpg

A Fort Worth police officer with a superhero-sized heart says the children he strives to inspire are the true heroes.

"I love your superhero outfit. That is awesome!" Fort Worth Police Officer Damon Cole said to four-year-old Sailor Reitz outside the public safety complex Wednesday afternoon.

Sailor was dressed as The Flash, Officer Cole as Captain America. When you're meeting a superhero, you want to look the part and Cole came ready.

"I always tell them you're my hero and I want you to keep fighting for me," said Cole.

At the age of four, Sailor is already fighting the biggest battle anyone can face, in his own body.

"One evening I noticed a lump under his rib cage on the left side," said Sailor's mother, Tiffany Reitz.

It was a tumor in his liver. Sailor has now had surgery and four rounds of chemo, with two more coming in the next month.

"It's awful seeing your baby like that," said Reitz. "You would never think that they would have to go through that."

But Sailor has a serious ally on his side.

"OK, I'm gonna tell you my secret, I'm also Superman, but don't tell anybody," Cole told Sailor in a whisper, before sweeping him off on a day of adventures.

It started with a Fort Worth firefighter badge and hat.

"I'm gonna make you an honorary firefighter so you can go fight fire and save the citizens of Fort Worth," said Fort Worth Fire Chief Rudy Jackson.

After a quick change, Sailor hitched a ride in a fire engine, to help put out a raging blaze on the fire department training grounds.

"All you gotta do is point," Cole said, while helping him hold the fire hose.

Then, with his first fire under his belt, Sailor headed off to switch sides.

"It says Fort Worth Police Junior Officer, real hero and that's you, because you're a real hero," Cole said, holding up a miniature replica police badge.

This time, Assistant Police Chief Ed Kraus swore him in as a new officer.

"You have to promise to be a good boy," Kraus said. "You have to promise to do what your mom says and you have to promise to always uphold the laws of the state of Texas, OK?"

Then it was off to a ride in a squad car, a SWAT car, and his own car in a training simulator – each experience boosting Sailor a little higher.

"He's having to deal with adult problems already and it's unfortunate, but kids like that don't get to be kids," Cole said. "And if I can make that child forget about having to go through chemo, or how it makes them sick, or whatever the case may be, that's what it's all about and that's why I do it."

Sailor ended the day giving back, handing Cole a T-shirt with the phrase “#CancerSucks.”

"It's so true," Cole said

But more than the gift, Sailor summoned power and strength beyond his years to share the lessons of true courage.

"He's an awesome little hero," Col said. "He's my hero."

For more information on Officer Cole, visit his website.

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<![CDATA[Water Main Break Causes Outage in North Richland Hills]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 05:43:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/water-main-break-generic-dfw.jpg

The water supply was cut off for several hours for some residents in North Richland Hills after a water main broke Wednesday.

The break impacted the water in the area north of Loop 820 and west of Iron Horse Boulevard, according to city spokesperson Mary Peters.

The water supply was estimated to be cut off for 12 hours or more, Peters told NBC DFW. The issue has since been fixed.

The cause of the break has not been released.

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<![CDATA[Burleson Woman Claims $1 Million Powerball Win]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:45:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/POWERBALL_AP_16125444929602.jpg

A Burleson woman has claimed a Powerball prize worth $1 million.

Brandi L. Grisham won the second-tier prize on the June 11 drawing after buying her ticket at the Albertson's grocery store on 833 N.E. Alsbury Boulevard.

Grisham's ticket matched all five white ball numbers (20-27-36-41-58) but not the Powerball (7).

Grisham requested minimal publicity following her win.

The multi-state Powerball jackpots start at $40 million and roll until a jackpot is one. Drawings are held each Wednesday and Saturday.

The estimated jackpot for the next drawing is $422 million -- or $291.8 million.

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<![CDATA[State Fair of Texas Job Openings]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:49:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/state+fair+of+texas+midway.JPG

Big Tex's crew is looking to hire new employees to work at this year's State Fair of Texas in Dallas.

The State Fair provides more than 6,000 seasonal job opportunities every year, with approximately 1,500 to 1,600 people employed directly by the State Fair of Texas.

At the annual event is a collection of small businesses, the remaining seasonal positions report to independent contractors including concessionaires, ride operators and vendors.

Applications for seasonal positions can now be found online, with opportunities available in the following departments: coupon sales, creative arts, special events, exhibits, food service, gates, livestock operations, maintenance, midway games, security, ticket office and tram operations.

Interested applicants who do not have access to a computer can go to one of the following locations to complete the online application process.

Eastfield College, Pleasant Grove Campus

802 S. Buckner Blvd., Room 222

Dallas, TX 75217

Contact: Myra Collins

214.821.6380 x 214

Friday, July 29, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Friday, August 5, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Friday, August 26, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

TR Hoover Community Center

5106 Bexar St.

Dallas, TX 75215


Monday, August 8, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 9, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 10, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Cornerstone Baptist Church

1819 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Dallas, TX 75215


Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Tuesday & Thursday, open until 6 p.m.)

The 2016 Fair runs from Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 23

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<![CDATA[The Rangers Should Do Nothing Before the Trade Deadline]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:17:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/519143460.jpg

The Texas Rangers have been struggling, to say the least. After going 26-7 from late May to late July, the team lost Colby Lewis, Derek Holland and Yu Darvish to stints on the DL (Yu Darvish has since returned and is pitching tonight). That's when things started going down hill. 

Nomar Mazara's batting average has dropped 17 points, the team 7-16 in their last 23 despite winning three of their last four, and Prince Fielder -- who had been mostly a disappointment in 2016 -- decided to have season-ending surgery. When you put it that way it sounds like the Rangers peaked on June, 28 and should be expecting an early end to their season.

That is not true either. The Rangers are still leading the AL West by 3.5 games and even if Houston or Seattle does catch them, they are in a fine position to catch a Wild Card spot.

This begs the question should the Rangers be more aggressive at the trade deadline? They have a playoff caliber roster, they are in the hunt, and the right addition might just make it their year. That is not enough to convince me it is time to "break the bank" for a marquee veteran, though. 

The club has a combination everyone in baseball envies: youth and talent. Roughly half of their notable starters are on the better side of 30. Other than the brutal contracts of Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo, the Rangers are where they want to be. Colby Lewis, Ian Desmond and Mitch Moreland are the only unrestricted free agents this Winter and the only one that will command a huge pay-day is Desmond. The Rangers are in a position to bring back basically all the contributors to this season next year, why shake that up?

If it is, in fact, be the Rangers "year" with the correct additions then nothing is probably the best thing to do. Those key additions could just be Holland and Lewis returning from the Disabled-List in August. No big name options, other than possibly Andrew Miller of the New York Yankees, are really available this season. Chris Sale would be an unbelievable acquisition, but it might cost an entire triple-A team for the White Sox to let him go. Not really worth gutting your entire future for someone who can, at-most, play 40-something games, even if he is spectacular.

The Rangers have two high-end starters and solid middle of the rotation. If any addition to the pitching staff needs to be made, it should be to the back end of the pen. The Royals have shown the past two seasons that a strong bullpen and lineup full of tough-outs -- the latter the Rangers already have -- can win a world series over a vaunted starting rotation

The Rangers should also consider that with Adrian Beltre, Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo are aging players with varying degree of injury troubles. Their career clock is ticking and likely reaching it's end. Joey Gallo, Jurickson Profar and Nomar Mazara could very well be more than adequate replacements. The long-term solutions to the Rangers' future might already be on the team, do you know any player the Rangers can realistically add that is worth losing any combination of a decade's worth of those 3? Probably not and if you do let John Daniels know right now. 

The Rangers are not in position many thought they would be a month ago, but it's not time to get desperate and morgage the future. If Choo, Holland and Lewis do not return to full health this season, the Rangers are not likely to win a championship anyways.

No need risk the future for a shakey present. The Rangers are plenty capable of getting to the postseason regardless and from there they have just as good a shot as any. It's unlikely there will be an AL team in this postseason with fewer questions than the Rangers. The Rangers should stand pat. Even after a rough month they are leading the division. Things are just fine.

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<![CDATA[Marital Trouble Posited in Kennedale Murder-Suicide: Police]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:04:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kennedale-police-generic.jpg

Marital trouble may have led a Kennedale man to kill his wife before turning the gun on himself, police say.

Late Wednesday morning Kennedale police said the bodies of 46-year-old James Short and his wife, 47-year-old Amy Short, were found inside their home on the 1000 block of Belmont Drive at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Officers arrived at the home moments before, responding to a call about a shooting. When the arrived they were met by a resident who said they, too, had been called about a shooting at the home.

Using the resident's key, officers entered the residence and found the bodies of the couple inside. Police said a gun was found near the bodies and that there was no sign of forced entry at the home.

"A note referring to a marital issue was found at the scene and appeared to be written by the husband," police said in a statement.

Based on evidence, police said investigators believe the husband shot and killed his wife before fatally shooting himself.

The identifications were preliminarily made by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office; positive identification is expected to be released later Wednesday.

Kennedale police said the investigation into the deaths is ongoing.

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<![CDATA[Kids Learn Gun Safety at Fort Worth Camp]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:57:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/gun-safety-camp.jpg

Once per week, 8- to 15-year-old kids file into the Shoot Smart gun range and training center in Fort Worth to learn about gun safety.

The grade-schoolers are part of the Summer Youth League gun camp, part of a growing trend across the country. The children meet the Fort Worth and Grand Prairie locations for six weeks.

“All of our classes are full at both locations,” Shoot Smart’s customer and programs manager Cassie Shockey said. “They all go through the new shooter class the first day of the league and then they get to go down to the range and shoot. We pair them up, so it gives the kids a chance to try the fire arm out in a fun and non-threatening way.”

The students work with a .22-caliber handgun. Instructors teach them how the firearm functions, the fundamentals of shooting, and gun safety. Students are drilled on the rules throughout the class.

“The rules are always point your gun in a safe direction, don’t point your gun at a person, always have your earmuffs on, and always treat the gun like its loaded,” 8-year-old Hayden said.

Hayden's grandfather Ricky Collins said Hayden has been shooting since he was 5 years old.

“I was raised around firearms, his dad was raised around firearms and, of course, around us we like to shoot a lot,” Collins said.

1 out of 3 homes in America, with children, have guns. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are more than 30,000 gun-related deaths every year in the United States. Some of those deaths were accidental, and stemmed from children who picked up a loaded gun and pulled the trigger.

Part of the classroom training within the Summer Youth League helps students gain a new respect for firearms and for people round them.

“We’ve had a few parents come in who have limited knowledge of firearms, but want their children to learn about the firearm safety because there are guns in the house or a family member may have a gun," Shockey said. "Firearms are also a big part of the culture in the United States. We try to dispel a lot of the myths or misconceptions that kids and parents have.”

Parents like Michel Cleveland, who is a mother of four daughters. Three of her daughters attend the Youth Summer League. “My 16-year-old, 15-year-old, and 9-year-old are here,” she said. “Up until 4 or 5 years ago, I was one of those mom. I was nervous about guns. I didn’t let my kids have the little water guns. I was afraid of them, but it wasn’t until I learned how to safely handle a weapon and learn that the weapon is not going to go off on its own. Someone has to pull the trigger. So I just want my kids to be safe, and we don’t live in a safe world anymore,” she said.

Classes for the Summer Youth League end in August.

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<![CDATA[Graffiti Found at Plano Church, Park, Apartments]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:48:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/plano+graffiti.jpg

Police are investigating disturbing graffiti found at a church, a park and an apartment complex in Plano Wednesday morning.

Plano police said an officer was flagged down by a person reporting vandalism at the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church just after 6 a.m.

Upon arrival, Officer David Tilley said images like pentagrams, what appeared to be the numbers 666, and words like "Obey" and "Scum" were found spray-painted on the church.

"i was not angry. I was not upset. I was just very disappointed that someone would choose the lord's house to do such a thing," said Senior Pastor Isiah Joshua.

Tilley said similar graffiti was later found in nearby Haggard Park, the East Side Village apartments, and in several spots near Plano Marine.

"It appears to be anti-religion," said Tilley.

Some of the graffiti also seemed to contain anti-American and political statements; most referencing "Trump."

Pastor Joshua said he's already forgiven the people responsible, but he hopes they're brought to justice.

"I cannot lead this congregation and hold hate and malice on the inside because if i do then the membership will," he said.

The pastor is confident that the church's extensive video surveillance system can yield some strong leads for police.

"This is not exactly the church that you want to vandalize because there are cameras at every buidling inside and outside," he said.

Several volunteers came to the church to help clean the vandalism up and paint over it, and – along with the help of the afternoon rain – it was almost completely gone by 4 p.m.

City crews also worked quickly to remove the damage from the park and a crew was spotted washing the paint off of the apartment complex as well.

All of the vandalism happened within just a few blocks of the Plano Police Department and the church is located just across the street.

Officials said new surveillance video cameras were recently added to the church. Tilley said they will investigate the video and others in the area as soon as possible.

"It's tough times right now across our nation and it's something that probably rises to a little bit higher level of concern during these times," he said.

Tilley said the graffiti doesn't appear to be a hate crime, but investigators are considering the possibility.

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<![CDATA[I-35E Reopened in Carrollton After Lumber Cleared from Road]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 06:32:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/i35e-shut-down2.jpg

Police said a lumber hauler lost its load, shutting down Interstate 35E in Carrollton Wednesday morning.

Carrollton police said the truck hit a bump and lost 15 to 20 pieces of lumber on northbound I-35E near Crosby Road at about 5 a.m.

The interstate was closed until just after 5:30 a.m. when authorities opened the right lane.

All lanes of the interstate were reopened by 5:50 a.m.

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<![CDATA[1 Dead, 1 Wounded in Shooting in Mansfield: Police]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:53:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mansfield-shooting.jpg

Police said one man was killed and another wounded in a shooting in Mansfield Thursday night.

Mansfield Police Department spokeswoman Sonia Brannen said the two men were shot in the 1500 block of Aspen Court at about 10:30 p.m.

The victims were transported to John Peter Smith Hospital where one of them, a 21-year-old identified by police as Ethan Matthew Walker, was pronounced dead.

The other shooting victim, whose name has not yet been released, was treated and released.

The circumstances that led to the shooting are not known and the investigation is ongoing.

Mansfield police detectives are asking for anyone with information to contact police dispatch at 817-473-0211, the Mansfield police TIP line at 817-276-4750 or Tarrant County Crime Stoppers at 817-469-8477. Callers can remain anonymous.

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<![CDATA[DUI Crash Victim May Lose Settlement to County]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 23:27:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tarco+law+hit.jpg

A Tarrant County Sheriff's Department employee will go before the County Commissioners Court next week to ask them not to follow the letter of the law, but the spirit of a newer law.

Michelle Charles, who works at the Tarrant County Jail, was on her way to work Feb. 14, 2012, when she was hit by a drunken driver.

"When the fire department showed up," Charles explained through tears, "they thought it was a rollover because the vehicle was so bad."

Charles' car was crashed and her back was injured. She paid about $20,000 out of pocket for a newer used car and to cover her insurance deductibles. The county paid about $83,000 of her medical bills. Charles got a $100,000 settlement from the DUI driver's insurance company, but may never see any of that money.

"It's not fair," lamented Charles. "I love my job and I love the county I work for, but I feel like I did everything I'm supposed to do, and for nothing."

Legally, an insurance settlement entitles Tarrant County to 100 percent reimbursement for the medical bills it paid. That's what the law said when the crash, and most of Charles' medical expenses, were incurred. State legislators realized there was an issue when they passed a new law that took effect in January 2014 that allows just 30 percent reimbursement.

Charles' attorney, Tim Brandenburg, is hoping the spirit of the newer law will help his client.

"It's unusual for me, as an attorney," explained Brandenburg. "I'm actually going to ask them to do the fair thing."

Brandenburg is bringing his case before the Tarrant County Commissioners Court on Aug. 2. Commissioners have the discretion to change the amount of reimbursement.

"If we don't win an appeal to the commissioners, I think it's very likely that Michelle is not going to make any recovery at all," Brandenburg said.

He is suggesting 30 percent reimbursement.

"I'm the one that was the victim," Charles said. "It seems now I'm the victim again."

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<![CDATA[Concerns Over Protest Planned in Downtown Dallas]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:33:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/main+street++garden+dallas.jpg

People who live in downtown Dallas are preparing for another protest this Friday.

It is being planned by the Next Generation Action Network, the same organization behind the July 7 rally, after which five police officers were shot and killed.

Blue ribbons and a pro-police banner are still hanging at Main Street Garden, where the protest is being planned.

Organizers say it will begin with a set of speeches at the park followed by a silent march down Dallas streets.

"I'll try to stay indoors and keep track of social media and the news and try to make sure everything's okay," said Adriana Trevino, who lives near the park.

At a community meeting at Friendship West Baptist Church in Oak Cliff on Tuesday, organizer David Villalobos said the protest will be peaceful.

"Unity and peace," he said. "That's exactly what you can expect this Friday."

Villalobos said the march will be silent out of respect for the fallen officers.

He says the organization has been working with Dallas police, making sure safety measures are in place so that history won't repeat itself.

"We must continue our mission. We have to stand strong for justice here not only in Dallas but in America," Villalobos said.

In an email, a spokesperson for the Dallas Police Department said it is fully aware of the rally adding it is "preparing to have the necessary resources in place to provide the safest environment possible for our officers and the demonstrators."

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<![CDATA[Hoping Randy Gregory Gets the Help He Needs]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:42:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/081715+Vic+Cowboys+19.JPG

It was a preseason game that had just been played between the Cowboys and Chargers, but the parking lot outside Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego felt NFL regular season-esque.  Even almost two hours after the game had concluded traffic was still ridiculous.

As NBC 5 sports photographer Noah Bullard and I (more him than me, but who’s keeping score?) carried and rolled our television equipment away from the stadium and toward our rented SUV, we almost ran over two men wearing navy blue jackets leaning against a fence.  One of them, the larger of the two, was holding a pizza and flashed a big smile.

It was Cowboys rookie defensive end Randy Gregory.

The night had been an exciting one for Randy – his first-ever NFL game, in which he recorded what everyone believed to be the first of many sacks in his professional football career. He was a combination of excited and exhausted, and I asked why he was just hanging around in the parking lot on such a big night. He and his friend were waiting for their ride to arrive, he told me. But the awful traffic had delayed everything.

After a few more minutes of conversation, I pointed out that we could cram the two of them in the backseat of our SUV, as long as they didn’t mind TV gear sticking out in every direction.  They looked at each other and shrugged, and decided to take us up on the offer.

As we drove our way to their stop for the next twenty minutes, I found myself extremely impressed with Randy. I knew the stories of drugs and suspensions during his playing days at Nebraska. But the way he seamlessly transitioned the conversation from his excitement about playing in his first game, to making fun of Noah’s driving, back to telling hilarious stories about Cowboys rookies, had me convinced his life had to be on the right track. The guy was just really fun to hang around.

Unfortunately, like many who struggle with substance abuse, Randy evidently possesses the skill of making everything seem like life is just fine when it’s anything but ok. News broke Tuesday that Gregory has checked himself into a rehabilitation center and is now likely to face a ten-game suspension from the NFL after a fifth-failed drug test. One person who used to be close to him stressed to me that Randy desperately needs prayer.

There are those who will use this story to take their latest swing at Jerry Jones and the Cowboys’ personnel decisions. And that criticism, to an extent, is justified. But I’m choosing to focus my attention on hoping an individual who made an impression on me gets the help he desperately needs.

It’s not too late for Randy Gregory.  He isn’t a bad guy, but clearly has a problem. I’m still hopeful the bright personality he showed as we shared a car ride a year ago can shine through the darkness of these struggles, and he can turn his life around.

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<![CDATA[Nurse, Friend Recovering After Kidney Transplant]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 23:48:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/graham+kidney.jpg

Born with a rare disease and just days away from kidney failure, Fort Worth nurse Danny Kolzow is getting a lifeline from a longtime friend. 

Graham McMillan is donating one of his kidneys to Kolzow. 

The operation took place Wednesday at Baylor All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth – the same hospital where Kolzow works.

Wednesday afternoon, Mary Kolzow, mother of Danny Kolzow, and Claire McMillan, wife of Graham McMillan, shared a joint statement: Danny and Graham are recovering, doing well and praising Jesus. We have felt loved, encouraged and cared for by the hospital staff. Praise God for his faithfulness through this process. Thank you for the many prayers that have been answered."

McMillan said he wanted to break the news to Kolzow in a special way, so he made arrangements with other nurses to give him the news at work. The moment, posted on Vimeo, has now been viewed more than 800,000 times. 

He showed up with a sign that read, "Heard urine need of a kidney. Want mine?" 

"Pretty funny, right?" McMillan said. "Let's do this." 

He walked down a hallway and delivered the news to his shocked friend. 

The two hugged as other nurses wept. 

"My kidney's going inside that body right there," McMillan said as the two embraced. 

The two met while they were students at Texas Christian University and kept in touch. 

McMillan, a youth pastor, agreed to get tested to see if one of his kidneys would be compatible. 

It was a match. 

"Just to get the news, something I've been waiting for for so long," Kolzow said. "And it's incredible news, that I get to not have to worry, I am going to get this lifesaving organ that I need. It's incredible." 

The two men credit their faith with making it happen. 

"I'm getting a transplant literally the week before I would have to start dialysis," Kolzow said. "It's just perfect timing."

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<![CDATA[North TX Family Reunited with Pet After Nearly Seven Years]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 23:09:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/montez+family+corky.jpg

A North Texas family has a reunion story that is a testament to the power of microchips.

In mid-2009 the Montez family's dog, Corky, left home and never came back.

They searched for Corky for six months but then had to move from the Decatur area to Fort Worth, thinking they would never see Corky again.

But on Saturday, they got a call from the Humane Society of North Texas, where they originally adopted Corky. A good Samaritan found three dogs on a major highway and although one had been tragically injured and did not survive, the other two did, and one of the survivors was Corky, the same terrier the Montez family had adopted from the same shelter nearly seven years earlier.

The family was soon reunited.

"We looked for Corky for about six months before we moved, and we knew he was microchipped and he had a collar, so we were just waiting for one day he would come home. So we were very excited," Kimberly Montez said.

The family decided to also adopt the surviving dog found with Corky, named Captain. They now join two other dogs, along with a total of four children – two more than the Montezes when Corky disappeared.

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<![CDATA[Push Underway for DPD Pay Increase]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:51:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas+police+car.jpg

A growing push for improved police pay and manpower is under way after the July 7 ambush that killed five police officers in Dallas.

"I think there's renewed commitment to making that happen," said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.

The push could be helped by the 10 percent increase in certified Dallas city and county tax values released Tuesday.

The increases put many taxpayers in line for higher tax bills depending on the rates local government leaders set in the next two months.

"I think it's great news that this city is growing," said Rawlings. "It says that we're doing something right. Now we have to keep doing those things right in the future."

Some elected leaders are pushing for rate cuts to offset rising values for taxpayers while other leaders want the extra tax money used to improve services.

"We've seen very clearly what police do for us, and it is definitely time to figure out what we do for police," said Dallas Councilman Phil Kingston. "I think that that translates politically into increasing rookie and young officer pay."

Last week eight of the nine Fort Worth officers to graduate from a transferring officer class were former Dallas police officers.

"We do need more officers. We also have a lot of baby boomers who are retiring, so it's kind of a perfect storm," Councilman Erik Wilson said.

Police must compete with other Dallas citizen service demands including neglected streets, the No. 1 resident complaint, according to Dallas leaders.

"We've fallen behind on our street maintenance and unfortunately we have to pay the price for that," Wilson said.

The Dallas city manager is working on a budget plan to present for City Council debate next month. Several members have said they want tax rate reduction included.

"I think we're going to try to be as responsible as we can with the money that comes in," Kingston said.

Taxpayers and local government leaders across North Texas are facing the same debate over property value increases.

The overall certified tax value increase posted Tuesday for Collin County was 12.34 percent. Tarrant County reported a preliminary value increase of 19 percent earlier this year before appraisal protests were completed.

<![CDATA[Pantego Police Trying to Prevent Child Hot Car Deaths]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:26:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pantego+hot+car+sign.jpg

It's a story we have to tell you about all too often, children dying after they're left in a hot car.

Across the country there have been four more deaths in just the last few days, including one in Dallas.

That's raised the total to 23 deaths this year and that matches the number from all of last year.

The news is especially tough here in Texas because we lead the country in the number of these heat-related deaths.

Now, one local police department is doing what it can proactively to prevent another tragedy.

Walk into just about any business in the town of Pantego right now, and you'll see a sign asking "Where's baby? Look before you lock."

Public Safety Chief Tom Griffith recently had to break a window himself to save a child and he hopes the message will catch on before the next case turns deadly.

It happens every summer, sure as the Texas sun, children left in a hot car.

It's easy to ask, ‘How could that happen?’

"We're hearing about this more often and it's surprising to me," said Pantego mother Kimberly See.

Instead, Chief Griffith asked, ‘What can I do?’

"I got to thinking, you know, you really don't see a lot of proactive steps to stop this," said Griffith.

So Pantego police started their own steps. With a logo borrowed from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a few pieces of tape, the message is spreading, posted on more than 100 local businesses.

"Put it right in front of their face, so that when they come and go right to the door, there's that poster," said Griffith.

It's a simple idea, in a small department.

"To raise awareness and pretty much bring attention to the fact that people leave their children in the car," said one Pantego officer as she hung one of the signs from a business.

"You have to start somewhere," added Griffith and he hopes others will follow.

"If we can be the first to try to get a ball rolling and have others follow suit with this same campaign, we can have everybody involved," said Griffith.

Because he knows the stakes are high.

"Who knows what that child could have been and you're devastating a family," said Griffith.

Pantego's looking ahead, by asking people for one more look back.

"Maybe what we just need to do is train people into a new way of thinking and form a new habit," said Griffith.

Griffith said even in a town that small, they respond to a couple of these calls every month in the summer. Fortunately they've never had a death and Griffith hopes the campaign will keep it that way.

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