<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth News]]>Copyright 2016http://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.comen-usFri, 29 Apr 2016 07:40:08 -0500Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:40:08 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Tell Me Something Good: DART Art]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:19:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tmsg_4-29-16_1200x675_676184131839.jpg Look for something new on the side of DART buses rolling around town today. It's an original piece of art drawn by a fourth-grader at Frank Gurick elementary school. Kasandra Castaneda was the "best of show" in DART'S 2016 student art contest, sponsored in part by NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[McKinney Family Escapes House Fire]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:39:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_fire_lights_generic.jpg

A McKinney family escaped a house fire likely caused by lightning Friday morning.

The fire started inside the home in the 1400 block of Silverlake Road as storms rolled through the area.

The family was home at the time of the fire and escaped unharmed.

The home was considered a total loss.

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<![CDATA[Water Line Break Makes Big Mess in Dallas]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:42:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FullSizeRender94.jpg

Two Dallas businesses were inundated with water and mud overnight after a water main break in the 3800 block of Cedar Springs Road.

A UPS Store and a Walgreens Community Pharmacy were flooded around 1:30 a.m. Friday.

A Dallas Water Utilities Crew began digging up the street in front of the stores around 4:30 Friday morning, after the water had been shut off.

A professional cleaning crew was busy for hours pushing several inches of muck out of the stores.

The UPS Store is closed until further notice, according to a representative on the scene.

There is no word on the amount of damage done to either business.



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<![CDATA[Pianist's Daughters Likely Died of Asphyxia]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:32:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TLMD-texas-dallas-benbrook-Sofya-Tsygankova-madre-acusada-matar-hijas-separada-de-esposo-pianista-Vadym+Kholodenko------------------------------JPG.jpg

A Texas medical examiner says the two young daughters of an internationally known pianist likely died of asphyxia.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Tarrant County medical examiner's office released the autopsy reports Thursday of 1-year-old Michela Kholodenko and 5-year-old Nika Kholodenko. Their mother, Sofya Tsygankova, has been charged in their deaths.

Vadym Kholodenko, a Ukrainian-born winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, discovered his daughters' bodies March 17 when he arrived at the Benbrook home the girls shared with their mother to take them to school. Arrest affidavits for Tsygankova, say the girls were found dead on beds.

The 31-year-old Tsygankova has pleaded not guilty to two counts of capital murder. She remains in the Tarrant County Jail with bail set at $2 million.



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<![CDATA[Big Rig Crash Closes I-20 in Grand Prairie]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:37:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/i20_crash_UGC_two.gif

A crash involving an 18-wheeler shut down westbound lanes of Interstate 20 in Grand Prairie Friday morning.

It happened just under the Lake Ridge Parkway overpass shortly before 3 a.m.

According to police, the truck was traveling west when it struck the center median and overturned. The crash sent food debris across both sides of the interstate.

The driver of the semi suffered a back injury, police said. No one else was hurt.

The closure was expected to last well into Friday morning.

Westbound I-20 traffic should exit north on Belt Line Road to Texas 303 west. From there, take southbound Texas 161 back to I-20.

NBC 5 has a crew on the scene. Please check back for the latest developments.



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<![CDATA[No Spare Tire in Rental Sidelines Tourist]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:31:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Avis_responds_panela.jpg

When you rent a car, do you check the trunk for a spare tire?

Perhaps you should.

NBC DFW spoke with one viewer who found herself stuck, stranded, and frustrated while traveling with her son in Scotland.

It was the trip of a lifetime. Her son had successfully completed his first two years of medical school and was celebrating his 25th birthday.

"We both enjoy hiking and national parks, and we both enjoy whiskey!" she said chuckling.

So for the close mother and son, Scotland with its rich landscapes and tours of commercial distilleries was the perfect vacation spot. They rented a car from Avis which had a rental facility at the Glasgow Airport.

On the second day, while riding through beautiful countryside, they got a flat tire.

"We opened up the trunk. There was no spare tire in there! I'm looking on the ground. I'm looking - where in the world can this spare tire be? No doughnut. No compressed gas. Nothing," she said.

They were on a lonely road without shoulders outside a tiny town more than two hours away from the airport. They rode the rim a mile to a safe place to pull off the street to make calls.

"It was round and round and round for almost the entire day. Nobody would take responsibility for the situation," said Cannell.

She and her son lost an entire day of sightseeing. They had to find a hotel in the tiny town because no one would provide roadside assistance.

Finally the next day, Avis sent a tow truck driver who towed the car back to the airport. They had to pick another vehicle, and this time, Cannell was sure to get one with a spare tire.

"In the end, they did offer us a 50 percent reduction on our bill," said Cannell.

Her bill was supposed to be $486.10 Since she says she was promised a 50 percent refund, she was expecting a bill for about $243.

Instead she says they charged her credit card more than the original contract - $623.94.

Now when she rents a car, one feature is more important to her than any other.

"One with a spare tire please! I don't care about the make or model. I want one with a spare tire," said Cannell.

Auto industry experts tell us in recent years, fewer automakers are offering a full-size spare tire in new cars in an effort to reduce weight and meet fuel economy standards.

Consumer Reports has taken a look at the issue and finds while some rental car companies routinely provide a spare tire, while others do not to avoid the liability of a consumer being hurt while changing the spare. They provide roadside assistance instead.

NBC 5 Responds reached out to Avis. A spokesman declined comment stating it was out of respect for Cannell's privacy, but also said the company was working directly with her to reach a resolution.



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<![CDATA[Draft's First Round Ends: Cowboys Select RB]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 23:10:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Zeke1.jpg

The 2016 NFL Draft continues Friday in Chicago and it could end up being a pivotal one for the Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboys used the fourth overall pick in the draft's first round on Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott. In a scouting profile, we reported that Elliott can step in immediately and be a three-down back in the mold of DeMarco Murray.

The team also needs to address the quarterback position as well as the defensive line and secondary.

Got a question about the draft? Using Facebook or Twitter, ask our team of sports experts your question using the hashtag below.

Rounds 2 and 3 of the draft begin at 6 p.m. Friday. Rounds 4 through 7 conclude the draft beginning at noon Saturday.

Results

1. Los Angeles Rams (from TEN): Jared Goff, QB, California
2. Philadelphia Eagles (from CLE): Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota St.
3. San Diego Chargers: Joey Bosa, EDGE, Ohio St.
4. Dallas Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio St.
5. Jaxonville Jaguars: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida St.
6. Baltimore Ravens: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
7. San Francisco 49ers: DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon
8. Tennessee Titans: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan St.
9. Chicago Bears: Leonard Floyd, EDGE, Georgia
10. New York Giants: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio St.
11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
12. New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Rankins, DL, Louisville
13. Miami Dolphins: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
14. Oakland Raiders: Karl Joseph, DB, West Virginia
15. Cleveland Browns: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
16. Detroit Lions: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio St.
17. Atlanta Falcons: Keanu Neal, S, Florida
18. Indianapolis Colts: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
19. Buffalo Bills: Shaq Lawson, EDGE, Clemson
20. New York Jets: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio St.
21. Houston Texans: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
22. Washington Redskins: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
23. Minnesota Vikings: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
24. Cincinnati Bengals: William Jackson III, CB, Houston
25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Artie Burns, CB, Miami
26. Denver Broncos: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
27. Green Bay Packers: Kenny Clark, DL, UCLA
28. San Francisco 49ers: Joshua Garnett, OL, Stanford
29. Arizona Cardinals: Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Ole Miss
30. Carolina Panthers: Vernon Butler, DL, Louisiana Tech
31. Seattle Seahawks: Germain Ifedi, OL, Texas A&M

Big Board

My 20 best remaining prospects remaining:

3. Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

Wondering about the medical report on Jack's knee.

9. Noah Spence, EDGE, Eastern Kentucky
10. Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
16. Su'a Cravens, LB, USC
20. Vernon Adams, QB, Oregon

Adams might go undrafted because of his height, but he has the traits of an NFL starter.

22. Jihad Ward, DL, Illinois
23. Kevin Dodd, EDGE, Clemson
24. Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
25. Jonathan Bullard, DL, Florida
26. Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
27. Sterling Shepherd, WR, Oklahoma
28. Maliek Collins, DL, Nebraska
29. Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio St.
31. Hassan Ridgeway, DL, Texas
32. Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio St.
33. A'Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama
35. Sean Davis, DB, Maryland
36. Emmanuel Ogbah, EDGE, Oklahoma St.
38. Vonn Bell, S, Ohio St.
39. Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama



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<![CDATA[Some Crossing Border Escape While Texas Guard Waits on Feds]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 22:58:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/border+patrol+texas1.jpg

An NBC 5 investigation uncovered documents that suggest some people illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border escaped capture because of a lack of coordination between the Texas National Guard and the United States Border Patrol.

The state of Texas has spent millions of taxpayer dollars to send the Texas National Guard to help secure the Texas/Mexico border.

In the summer of 2014, then-Gov. Rick Perry sent in the Texas National Guard saying if the feds couldn’t make the border secure then Texas soldiers would as part of Operation Strong Safety.

At Bastrop's Camp Swift in August 2014, Perry told National Guard members being deployed, “You are now the tip of the spear, protecting Americans from these cartels and gangs.”

Until now the state has released little information about what the guard’s mission has accomplished.

Through an open records request, NBC 5 Investigates obtained an incident log detailing what the guard has done.

The database shows that from August 2014 through the end of June 2015, the guard detected more than 10,000 people crossing illegally in the first 10 months of the mission.

But what’s not clear is exactly how many of those people were caught.

Records show about 1,700 people the guard spotted surrendered, and 600 turned back to Mexico after the guard spotted them, but what about the rest of the 10,000 people the guard detected?

Records show some of those 10,000 were captured. But the records also suggest more of those people might have been caught if the guard worked more closely with the U.S. Border Patrol.

The guard has no power to arrest anyone at the border, so when guard troops see people crossing illegally they often call the Border Patrol. But records show the Border Patrol doesn’t always respond quickly.

The records show one example where the National Guard reported nine undocumented people walking 200 meters from an observation post. The guard notified Border Patrol, who showed up an hour later and was unable to locate the people.

“By the time they respond -- many cases -- I'm sure these folks are going to be gone, said Ralph Basham, Former U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner.

Basham was in charge of the Border Patrol under President George W. Bush. He said the National Guard can be a great asset at the border, but because the guard cannot make arrests they are more effective when Border Patrol agents are positioned nearby in close coordination.

“It has to be coordinated. They have to train together. In my opinion, they have to be able to communicate. They need to be embedded so that coordination is effective,” said Basham.

But the incident reports often suggest poor coordination in South Texas.

Many times records show the Border Patrol did not respond when the guard called or they simply say “BP advised” or “BP notified.” There's no indication if Border Patrol responded or not.

"They detect it and there is no supporting entity to take action - what's the value of it?” questioned David Aguilar, Former CBP Commissioner.

David Aguilar was Chief of the Border Patrol under President George W. Bush and head of Customs and Border Protection under President Barack Obama.

He said when the guard spots people and the Border Patrol is not positioned to respond rapidly, more people crossing illegally will get away.

That knowledge may also embolden the drug cartels and human smugglers.

“That's a horrible message to be sent back into Mexico. Because all that will do is increase the criminal activity,” said Aguilar.

“In many cases where we called in observations the Border Patrol did respond,” said Texas National Guard Brig. Gen. Patrick Hamilton.

Hamilton, who commands the Texas National Guard mission, told NBC 5 Investigates his troops work well with the Border Patrol on the ground, but he admits coordinating with the feds is not his top priority.

“I mean the reason we went down there was not, well we weren't there to directly support the Border Patrol,” said Hamilton.

Hamilton said his job is to support the hundreds of Department of Public Safety state troopers sent to the border along with the guard.

“We work for DPS. We are state active duty, state mission, state funded in Operation Strong Safety,” said Hamilton.

A mission that started because the state thought the Border Patrol didn't have enough staff to do the job.

“That's why the governor put us down there,” said Hamilton.

The Border Patrol declined an on-camera interview.

In a statement, the agency said it, "…values our relationships with federal, state, local and tribal partners, including the National Guard and the Texas Department of Public Safety."

But in a letter to Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro last year, the head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection said his agency had "declined participation" in the state's border operation.

Today there is still no formal agreement between the Texas National Guard and the Border Patrol to work together.

Hamilton agreed it would make sense if more coordination was happening at the top levels, and said the state has tried to make that happen.

“I know that Gov. Perry tried to hand the president a plan on how to do that. I think you saw how that went,” said Hamilton.

Perry asked Obama to deploy troops under federal control but when the White House didn't do that the state chose to go it alone.

In March, NBC 5 Investigates traveled to the Rio Grande Valley to see what many of the guard troops are doing.

Many sit sitting in Humvees watching the border with spotting scopes. If they see something they call a command center that dispatches State Troopers or the Border Patrol.

That often sends Border Patrol agents scrambling along the river or over tough terrain. Border Patrol officials say the rugged landscape and lack of roads can slow them down sometimes when the National Guard or other agencies call.

Today, Brig. Gen. Hamilton said his troops are working better with the Border Patrol, putting people in a joint command center and trying to solve issues like the fact that the two agencies still can't talk to each other directly on their radios.

“The desire to work together to solve a problem on the Texas border has improved tremendously - and continues to improve - I think the challenges are more at the inside the beltway national level - that's my observation,” said Hamilton.

Under Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas has extended the Guard's mission, now known as Operation Secure Texas, where over time they will be replaced with more State Troopers.

Still without better coordination some border security experts fear -- the state's mission may not help as much as it could.

“A lack of coordination will make everybody's job harder - not just the border patrol,” said Aguilar.

The Texas National Guard now says it made a mistake when it released incident logs to NBC 5 Investigates. The guard is now asking the Texas Attorney General to prevent NBC 5 from getting more recent reports requested earlier this year. A sample of that data can be seen below.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is also fighting to keep NBC 5 Investigates from seeing records detailing what state troopers have done at the border. The Attorney General ruled the records should be released, but DPS is now suing to prevent that release.

Sample Data Obtained by NBC 5 Investigates

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<![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Severe Storm Risk Today]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:38:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/enhanced-risk.jpg

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The next round of showers and thunderstorms is expected this afternoon.  They will be strong to severe with hail, strong winds, and a couple tornadoes possible in North Texas.

Whenever active weather moves into DFW, you can keep up with it by downloading the NBC DFW APP!

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7 DAY FORECAST

TODAY:  Mostly cloudy with a 80% chance for showers and thunderstorms, with some becoming severe.  High: 82.  Wind: S 15-20 mph.

SATURDAY:  Partly cloudy and warm, with decreasing humidity  30% chance of showers early and to the east of DFW.  Low: 65.  High: 84.  Wind: W 10 mph.

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny and mild.  Low: 59.  High: 77.  Wind: N 10-15 mph.

MONDAY:  Partly cloudy and cooler, with a 40% chance of thunderstorms, especially late in the day.  Low: 56.  High: 73.  Wind: NE 10-15 mph.

TUESDAY:  Mostly cloudy, with a 20% chance for showers until sunrise.  Then partly cloudy and cool.  Low: 55.  High: 72.  Wind: NE 10-15 mph.

WEDNESDAY:  Mostly sunny and a little warmer.  Low: 56.  High: 79.  Wind: E 5-10 mph.

THURSDAY:  Mostly sunny and warmer.  Low: 59.  High: 83.  Wind: SE 10 mph.


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<![CDATA[Mayfest Organizers Prepare for Friday Storms]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 23:02:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mayfest+banner.jpg

Mayfest organizers are closely watching Friday's forecast, with storms that could threaten the second day of the four-day festival.

"Generally the weather service will monitor the surrounding areas, and they let me know if there's a pattern within three to four hours out," said Mayfest Executive Director Elizabeth Basham.

"We do make a call within about an hour of any type of a system coming into the festival grounds, and we can absolutely evacuate the park within 30 minutes" Basham added.

That's what happened four years ago when a spring storm threatened.

It's been 21 years since a large hailstorm pummeled the event on a Friday evening in 1995, injuring more than 400 people, 60 of them seriously.

"I remember running – like not running, but panicked kind of quickly walking – back to the parking lot with my dad," said Michelle Schneider, of Fort Worth.

"It was just a big roaring sound," said Mayfest electrician Jeff Hicks. "And we were watching, looking in the river. The river down there looked like a big hot tub going, it was just, the water was churning so much from all the large hail hitting the water."

Volunteers from RACES – the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service – now help Mayfest organizers keep an eye on the forecast and the radar.

"What we would encourage people to do is to not only monitor the weather around their homes, but to actually look at what's happening at Trinity Park," said Basham.

Look for updates at www.mayfest.org



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<![CDATA[Cowboys Take Ohio St. RB Elliott With No. 4 Pick]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 23:10:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Zeke1.jpg

Ezekiel Elliott already has a lofty spot in Dallas Cowboys lore. Now the former Ohio State running back has to try to live up to it.

The Cowboys took Elliott with the No. 4 overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday night, the highest spot for a running back in the 26 years that Jerry Jones has been the team's owner and general manager.

The only other running back to go higher for Dallas was Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett at No. 2 in 1977. And all-time NFL rushing leader Emmitt Smith, another player in the Hall of Fame, went 17th in 1990, the second draft under Jones.

"I'm glad that my name's even up there with those guys," said Elliott, the No. 2 all-time rusher at Ohio State behind two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin. "I definitely don't consider it a burden. I think I'm at my best in hard situations, situations of pressure."

Elliott has something of a head start. He was the star when the Buckeyes won the national championship at the $1.2 billion home of the Cowboys during the 2014 season, rushing for an Ohio State bowl-record 246 yards with four touchdowns in a 42-20 victory over Oregon.

"It's crazy how things work," Elliott said. "I am very familiar with 'Jerry Land.' I'm pretty excited to get back to `Jerry Land' and put on a show."

Running back wasn't the biggest need going into the draft with Darren McFadden coming off a strong season and the Cowboys adding two-time Pro Bowler Alfred Morris from Washington in free agency. But the Cowboys will get to put the top-rated running back in the draft behind one of the NFL's best offensive lines. Dallas took blockers in the first round three times in a span of four seasons starting in 2011.

The Cowboys decided to spend their highest pick since 1991 at running back a year after electing not to re-sign 2014 NFL rushing champion DeMarco Murray in free agency. The Dallas running attack was inconsistent early last season without Murray, improving only after McFadden replaced lead back Joseph Randle six games into the season. The Cowboys eventually released Randle.

"I think that means that they have a lot of trust in me," Elliott said. "But there are a lot of battle-tested running backs in that room. They're not thinking coming in that I'm the starter and I know it. I'm going to have to earn it."

If Elliott can win the starting job over McFadden and Morris, he will get a chance to play with quarterback Tony Romo and 2014 All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant.

Romo missed 12 games last season with a twice-broke left collarbone, a big reason the Cowboys had such a high pick following a first-to-worst slide to 4-12 and the bottom of the NFC East.  Bryant was out five games after breaking his right foot in the opener. He also missed the final two games as the injury continued to bother him all season.

"I think we can be a three-headed monster," Elliott said.

The 6-foot, 225-pound Elliott finished with 3,961 yards at Ohio State, declaring for the draft after his junior season. He holds the school record for rushing yards in consecutive seasons with 3,699 in 2014-15.

In the inaugural College Football Playoff to wrap up the 2014 season, Elliott rushed for 476 yards in two games, starting with 230 in a victory over Alabama.

Dallas' biggest need going into the draft was defensive end, but top target Joey Bosa, a teammate of Elliott at Ohio State, went to San Diego with the third pick.  The Cowboys were also strongly considering Florida State's Jalen Ramsey at defensive back after finishing last in the NFL in takeaways in 2015. Ramsey went fifth to Jacksonville.



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<![CDATA[Grand Prairie Woman Fatally Shot in Car]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 05:58:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/grand+prairie+police+car.jpg

Police in Grand Prairie said a woman was shot to death inside a car late Wednesday night.[[377397941,R]]

Officers were called to a shooting in the 1300 block of Daja Lane at about 11:50 p.m.

Police discovered a woman, who was not immediately identified, shot to death inside the car outside town homes.

A possible gunman was in police custody Thursday morning, said Lyle Gensler, Grand Prairie police spokesperson.

Investigators believed the shooter and victim knew each other.

The investigation remains ongoing.



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<![CDATA[Football Star A'Shawn Robinson Inspires North TX Alma Mater]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 23:07:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ashawn+robinson.jpg A'Shawn Robinson is the pride of Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth. The former Alabama star is expected to be selected in the NFL Draft, inspiring younger players and his former teachers.

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<![CDATA[Bus Driver on Leave After Dallas Student Left on Bus]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:30:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kipp+academy.jpg

A Dallas school bus driver was placed on administrative leave after a 7-year-old was left on the bus Thursday morning.

The second grader at KIPP Destiny Elementary School had fallen asleep in her seat, according to her mother, and the driver did not notice her onboard.

"Why was there not a head count from the school bus company and from the school? Can you explain that to me?" asked her mother, Trina White.

White received a call from the school at about 8 a.m. explaining her daughter, Keymani, had accidentally been taken to the bus company's offices in Lancaster, approximately 15 minutes away. It wasn't until Keymani woke up in her seat that someone at the location noticed she was still onboard, at which point they notified the school.

"There's no excuse for this," White said. "My baby has health issues. She's a sick child. Are you serious?"

According to her mother, Keymani suffers from juvenile diabetes and asthma. Upon arrival to school in the mornings, her blood sugar is checked. The driver who found Keymani drove her directly back to school, according to White, without first checking on her condition.

"I really, really wish that when they found her at that bus barn that they would have dialed 911," said White. "Let's get her checked out first."

NBC 5 reached out to the school and bus company, Durham School Services. Both declined an interview.

But this is not the first problem the school has had with the company. Following an incident in September, during which a driver dropped students off hours late to school, KIPP vowed to provide monitors on its buses. However, there was no monitor present on Keymani's bus.

In a letter sent out to parents, the school's executive director, Michael Horne, said they only provide monitors for buses carrying solely elementary school students.

According to Durham, there are seven monitors and 13 bus routes for the company.

"Count your students to make sure all of these babies are on this bus because you don't know if you have left a child like this on a bus with serious health issues," said White. "It could have escalated to something else: death."

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<![CDATA[Mom Battling Cancer Prepares For 'Wish' to be Answered]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:47:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tanya+Norris.jpg

Tanya Norris is in the battle of her life. The 44-year-old mother is fighting glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer.

"I'm just hoping that something will work, something will buy me a little time," Norris said. "So every day is a gift no matter what."

And a gift is what a Flower Mound-based foundation is hoping to give Norris and her family. 

Ally's Wish, an organization founded by four friends, aims to help young mothers facing terminal illnesses by granting them a wish. The goal is to help make a memory that will last a lifetime.

"We are all moms ourselves so we just want to help them create those memories with the kiddos, because for us that's what we decided we would want if we were put in this position as mom," said Missy Phipps, founder of Ally's Wish.

Norris hopes to take her daughter, Paige, to visit Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry.

"I just I know how much Paige loves music and I just thought that was at the top of my list," Norris said.

Ally's Wish is working on her plan now and hopes to have it finalized for a trip in June. 

"I'm excited about it, I think she'll really love it," Norris said. 

In two years, Ally's Wish has granted 16 wishes, and currently has requests for 9 others excluding Norris'. 

Ally's Wish funds 'wishes' through charitable donations, and is holding a gala to raise funds Saturday at Gilley's starting at 7 p.m.

More information, along with tickets, can be found on the Ally's Wish website.



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<![CDATA[Activists, Politicians in Dallas for Peace Conference]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:30:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/eddie-bernice-johnson-01.jpg

Hundreds of international peace activists, politicians and curious citizens are expected to join U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-TX, for the 16th "A World of Women for World Peace" conference on April 30 in Dallas.

The event works to raise awareness about women who are promoting non-violent conflict resolution within their communities.

Johnson started the annual dialogue after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. This year's theme is "Women, World Peace and Security."

In an editorial for the North Dallas Gazette, the congresswoman wrote, "I know that when women are at the tables of power and influence, they can directly influence a peaceful resolution to many of the world's conflicts."

This year's keynote speaker is Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, who was named among Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2014. Other guests include a teenaged survivor of conflict in Myanmar and an immigration attorney for Refugee Services of Texas.

The event happens Saturday, April 30, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.

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<![CDATA[Govt. Wants to Make It Easier to Pay Off Student Loans]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:31:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP176754098048.jpg

More than 40 million people have student loan debt, and about 20 percent of them have defaulted on their loans. So the government wants to make it easier for people to pay off their debt.

More than a year ago, President Barack Obama signed a Student Aid Bill of Rights which lets people pay less when they don't earn a lot, and more when they start making more money. But the General Accounting Office found most students in default don't even know about the program.

"Your servicer should be enrolling you into a plan that you can pay a small percentage of your income," said Rohit Chopra with the Center for American Progress.  "This will help you avoid ruining your credit and prevent a default. This is absolutely critical if you want to stay on top of paying your student loans."

The federal government hopes to sign up two million more people with student debt into the pay-as-you-earn program by this time next year.

To get help, check out this website.



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<![CDATA[Treating Liver Cancer with Tiny Beads]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:37:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Liver+cancer+treatment.jpg

Treating cancer that either began in the liver or has spread to the liver often involves months of chemotherapy and painful radiation treatments.

Now, a new procedure, one using tiny beads that carry a high dose of radiation directly to the cancer cells, may put an end to older, more painful treatment methods.

When Richard Dowling was diagnosed with liver cancer at 76, he figured doctors would focus more on his comfort than a cure.

“You don’t have much of a choice. Either you accept it or you don’t,” said Dowling.

Instead, his doctors recommended a new form of treatment that uses tiny beads, called microspheres, to deliver a powerful punch of radiation known as Y-90.

Dr. Charles Gilliland, director of interventional radiology at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital said, "It allows us to have a vehicle to deliver high dose radiation to a cancer inside the liver, without having the radiation go elsewhere in your body."

Gilliland said a catheter is inserted through a tiny incision in the groin and threaded through the arteries to a blood vessel in the liver.

"The more blood flow the tumor gets, the more beads with radioactive particles get deposited into the tumor," explained.

Dowling’s wife, Adrienne, said, "It gave him an extension on life and that’s really important and it’s critical."

It’s a one day, non-surgical procedure. In Dowling’s case the microspheres killed his liver cancer completely, but that’s actually not typical.

“Most of the time the tumor still wins. Most of the time it’s not a curative treatment, it’s an opportunity to give patients additional time,” Gilliland detailed.

Right after the procedure patients are told to stay three feet away from people and pets for three days as a precaution for the radiation in their body.

The only side effect is fatigue and a mild burning that goes away after a week.

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<![CDATA[Arlington Wal-Mart Evacuated Over 'Suspicious Activity']]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:48:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Arlington_package_investigation.jpg

Nothing hazardous was found Thursday morning after police investigated reports of suspicious activity near several trash cans outside a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Southwest Arlington.

The Wal-Mart at 4800 U.S. 287 was evacuated "out of an abundance of caution" at about 10 a.m. after police received a call about a suspicious looking person who possibly put something in several trash cans near the store's front entrances.

A bomb squad robot sifted through the garbage cans, but didn't find anything suspicious, according to Lt. David Tyler, with the Arlington Fire Department.

The store reopened at about 1 p.m. after being shut down for more than three hours.

No injuries were reported.


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<![CDATA[North Texas Players Attend NFL Draft]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 22:11:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/local-players2.jpg

Three football players with North Texas ties were invited to attend the 2016 NFL Draft in Chicago.

TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson, Richardson J.J. Pearce High School alum Corey Coleman and Fort Worth Arlington Heights High School alum A'Shawn Robinson arrived in Chicago ahead of the first round of the draft Thursday night.

Coleman was one of the most productive wide receivers in college football last season, winning the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver. He was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 15th overall pick.

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After playing a season at Wyoming, Doctson transferred to TCU for family reasons. The Mansfield Legacy High School graduate then worked his way into first-round consideration before the Washington Redskins selected him 22nd overall.

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Robinson was a highly-regarded defensive line recruit who originally committed to Texas before flipping to Alabama, where he helped the Crimson Tide win a national championship after the 2015 season.



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<![CDATA[Arlington Teen Starring in NBC's Game of Silence]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:12:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/katie-kelly-arlington-actress.jpg NBC 5's Johnny Archer talks with 16-year-old Arlington actress Katie Kelly on her role in the new NBC drama Game of Silence.

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<![CDATA[Boehner Calls Cruz 'Lucifer in the Flesh']]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:32:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/boehner-vs-cruz.jpg

Former House Speaker John Boehner did not hold back when asked how he feels about presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Wednesday.

"Lucifer in the flesh," Boehner told an audience at Stanford University, according to the Stanford Daily. "I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life."

Boehner said he'd vote for his "texting buddy" Donald Trump, with whom Boehner has played golf with for "years," in a general election if he becomes the nominee. He would not vote for Cruz, he said. 

He described John Kasich, as a "friend" too, although he suggested the relationship takes "more effort" than others.

Cruz said Thursday he's "never worked with" Boehner and met him only two or three times. He said he reached out to Boehner during the government shutdown over Obamacare but that Boeher was not interested in speaking with him. 



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<![CDATA[Teen's Kidnapping A Hoax: Police]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:59:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/keidra-kirby.jpg

A Glenn Heights teen faces charges for allegedly faking her own kidnapping, police say.

Reports of the kidnapping led officers to issue an Amber Alert for 17-year-old Keidra Kirby Saturday night.

Investigators said Kirby had been walking home with two friends at about 7 p.m. in the 400 block of Star Gazer Drive. Witnesses reportedly told police two masked men jumped out of a white van, pulled Kirby inside the van and sped away.

The resulting Amber Alert garnered national attention before Kirby made contact with her parents Sunday morning.

Four days later, investigators announced the kidnapping was a hoax.

"Kirby, when confronted with conflicting information that had been obtained by investigators, admitted that she was not kidnapped and had left willingly with known persons," said Phillip Prasifka, Glenn Heights police spokesman.

"The investigation revealed there was never a white van or masked suspects involved in this incident," Prasifka said.

Officers arrested Kirby at her home shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday on suspicion of issuing a false report.

The misdemeanor charge may result in a $2,000 fine, or less than 180 days in jail.

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<![CDATA[College Football Reporter Talks Up Florida State DB]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:55:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-496171772.jpg

I talk college football with Michael Felder each Thursday on my NBC Sports Radio show, so I asked him for his opinion on a potential Cowboys draft pick.

I asked Felder, a college football reporter for Bleacher Report and former defensive back for North Carolina, for his take on Florida State's Jalen Ramsey. Felder watches a ton of video and I asked him what the Seminoles All-America defensive back does well, because many people in the draft analyst world have knocked him for only having one interception and others wonder what his true position is: safety or cornerback?

Here’s Felder’s breakdown:

"What doesn’t he do is my question? No interceptions? That’s not a thing that fazes me Newy. He makes pass breakups, he denies the ball exceptionally well which means they are not throwing the ball over to where he’s at.  I think that says a lot about why he is not getting some of those interceptions.  Watch Florida State play from his freshman year where he played a safety to his sophomore year at the star position to his junior year where he played the cornerback spot, he’s a guy who is active behind the line of scrimmage — that’s not something you say a lot about people who are sometime projected to play at the cornerback spot at the next level."

Felder kept on with his praise emphatically telling me, “He can be behind the line of scrimmage as a blitzer. He’s willing to come up and make hits in the run. This is a guy that was playing the safety and playing the star position in the ACC championship game in 2014 and they had an injury and he kicked out and played corner but was also a guy that was forced to play some cover two and was a force against the option of Georgia Tech so my answer is what can’t he do because I think he is exceptional at every single part of the job of playing defensive back. Whether it’s corner, whether it’s slot corner or it’s the safety spot."

I asked Felder if Ramsey was the best defensive player in the draft and he went further, saying, "He’s the number one player in the draft. I've thought the last couple of years he was the number one player in college football. I think Jalen Ramsey is the number one player in the draft."

If the Cowboys have a chance to draft Ramsey fourth overall, the junior defensive back may be too good to pass up.

I asked Chris Landry of LandryFootball.com on my NBC Sport Radio show who Ramsey reminded him of. The former NFL scout told me Charles Woodson in his prime years in Green Bay. That is high praise, because Woodson is going to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The recently-retired defensive back made nine Pro Bowl teams and was named All Pro three times, starting off as a corner before becoming a safety.



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<![CDATA[Man Falsely Accused of Terrorism Wants Accusers Charged]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:17:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/GettyImages-141810855.jpg

A Sikh man who said he was racially profiled wants law enforcement agencies to file criminal charges against the people who allegedly falsely accused him of a terrorist bomb threat, NBC News reported.

Daljeet Singh, who wears a turban and beard as articles of his faith, was traveling on a Greyhound bus through Amarillo, Texas, on Feb. 21, 2016, according to The Sikh Coalition, which is representing him. He was speaking to another man in Punjabi, when a woman on the bus reported to police that the two men were “acting weird,” speaking Arabic and discussing a bomb. 

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Two other passengers detained the two men in their seats until police came and arrested them at gunpoint. Police removed Singh’s turban and detained him for more than 30 hours. He was interviewed by the FBI through an interpreter. Both men were cleared of any wrongdoing. 

"Whether it's a Sikh man on a Greyhound bus, or an Arabic speaker on a Southwest airplane, the xenophobic fear and bigotry in our country is out of control," Gurjot Kaur, senior staff attorney at The Sikh Coalition, told NBC News.



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<![CDATA[2 Men Shot in West Dallas]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:39:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Crime-Scene-Tape-Police-041516.jpg

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Before 7 a.m., two men entered the apartment in the 5200 Block of Preakness Lane and opened fire, police said.

Officers arrived to find two men suffering from gunshot wounds. Both were taken to nearby hospitals.

The gunmen ran away before officers arrived.

The shooting remains under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Safer Dallas Pushes for Less Lethal Guns]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:00:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Safer_Dallas_preser.jpg

Dallas police officers may soon have new, less lethal weapons at their disposal.

The nonprofit group Safer Dallas, Better Dallas is looking to raise $250,000 to purchase 100 40mm single launchers that shoot less-than-lethal sponge rounds.

The rounds are designed to incapacitate a person without killing them and have the impact of a 95 mph fastball.

The group hopes to be able to purchase the launchers by the summer.

At a SDBD Steering Committee Meeting on Thursday, Dallas Police Deputy Chief Jeff Cotner said there will be less-lethal teams on patrol, who will carry the launchers to assist other officers dealing with people who may not be cooperative.

Cotner said the launchers will provide officers with better cover, time and distance to limit the use of force and end an incident.

The launchers can be used from six feet to 164 feet away. Tasers are currently deployed in situations where officers are less than 21 feet away from a suspect, Cotner said.

The DPD launchers will have a yellow firing tube and strap to denote the less than lethal option.

Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk also spoke to the SDBD group. Police Chief David Brown adressed the group as well, but did not discuss the city's recent violent crime numbers.

Safer Dallas chairman Charles Terrell did address the situation, saying he blames the city council for not funding enough officers and keeping their pay competitive.

Since 2006, SDBD has raised more than $19 million to aid the Dallas Police Department with additional training and equipment.



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<![CDATA[Electronic Road Signs Sit Dark During Severe Weather]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:58:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/overhead+electronic+sign.jpg

Drivers who are on the highways and interstates in North Texas pay close attention to overhead electronic message signs warning them of weather danger and upcoming traffic accidents.

But some signs are sitting dark.

The Texas Department of Transportation has many electronic signs on freeways and interstates that post lots of messages, especially when there's a risk of severe weather.

The city of Dallas owns at least four "electronic dynamic message signs." They were expensive to install and they haven't posted any messages in years.

"Huge bags of money going to waste. I mean that's taxpayer dollars," said Pleasant Grove homeowner Nicole Tate. "They work! Why are we not using them?"

Tate drives by three of the four unused signs every day. She's frustrated and she says she's tried getting answers from the city about why their signs don't work.

"There are so many things they can be used for. Amber Alerts, Silver Alerts, weather alerts, accidents, traffic issues," she said.

There are four Dallas-owned electronic signs along Loop 12 in Pleasant Grove.

Tate says they went up about seven years ago, and they've been used only twice: for initial testing and once to warn of a crash.

"They're as big as the TxDOT signs and they're sitting there wasted," she said. "We need signs that work here. Just because it's the Grove doesn't mean there aren't intelligent people here who could use those signs. They put them up for a reason."

After reaching out to two Dallas City Council members who forwarded on her complaints, Tate last week got a response from a city engineer via e-mail. She shared the response with NBC 5.

"Since the analog technology used in the cameras and signs is now obsolete and not compatible with the new digital equipment being used by TxDOT, making a direct feed of TxDOT messages to the city's signs is not possible," wrote Auro Majumdar, the city's Assistant Director of Transportation Operations. "We do not have enough staff to monitor TxDOT feeds of their messages…as a result, the city's signs are used only in emergencies."

"I question that explanation. I think it's a bureaucratic, 'Tell them this thing, then they'll go away and leave it alone,' kind of thinking," Tate said.

The city said the sign posts were expensive to install and future technological updates may mean the signs can be used more frequently.



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<![CDATA[Early Voting Underway for Fort Worth Charter Election]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:09:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FW_Charter_IMG.jpg

The city’s Charter Election is officially Saturday May 7, but early voting started on Monday.

There are no names on the ballot, but that doesn’t mean the election isn’t important. A city charter review task force met last year and passed along recommendations to the city council in December.

Those recommendations are presented to voters in the form of 11 different propositions. The first three propositions have the most noticeable impact to voters and taxpayers.

Proposition 1, if approved, would increase the length of city council member terms by a year. Currently council member and the mayor’s seat are up for election every two years. The task force recommended elections be held every three years.

Proposition 2, if approved, would increase the number of city council district from the current eight to a total of 10. With the mayor that would make 11 members on the city council. If approved the increase would not happen until after the 2020 census.

The task force said the growing nature of the city, particularly in the northern part of the city, means citizens need better representation. If approved a new redistricting map would be put into place.

The third noticeable proposition is proposition 3, as it would increase mayor and council member salaries. The mayor currently makes $29,000 a year, but the task force felt given the time and effort put in by the mayor the salary should be doubled to $60,000. Council members currently make $25,000. The proposition calls for an increase to $45,000 a year.

The other eight propositions deal with cleaning up charter language and more technical aspects of city government.

For more information click here.

The city is holding two informational meetings for the public to better understand the charter election:

  • Thursday night at 6 p.m. at Christ Centered Missionary Baptist Church, at 5205 Carol Ave.
  • Saturday May 7 at 10 a.m. at University Christian Church, on 2618 S. University Drive.



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<![CDATA[2 Hurt After Van Crashes Into Fort Worth Restaurant]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:24:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fort_worth_van_restaurant_042816.jpg

Two people were seriously hurt after a passenger van crashed into a Fort Worth restaurant Thursday morning, according to MedStar.

The manager of the Los Zarapes restaurant on 25th Street said the restaurant was open at the time of the crash, though no customers were hurt.

It's not clear what caused the crash.

Please check back for the latest updates. As developments unfold, elements of the story may change.


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<![CDATA[White Settlement to Reopen Water Park]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:14:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Hawaiian_falls_whtie_settlement.jpg

The news that the Hawaiian Falls waterpark in White Settlement was closing came as a shock to the 150 employees who signed up to work there this summer, and to people who already bought a season pass.

But even though the park may end up opening this summer, it doesn't mean everything's fixed.

The city said it ended its operations agreement with Hawaiian Falls because the park was late with the rent.

City manager Jim Ryan told us, "They were supposed to pay us $600,000 last October and another $300,000 this April."

Hawaiian Falls has been operating the park since its opening in 2013. However, the park is built on city land.

Hawaiian Falls told us they planned to pay the rent that's owed, but the company wanted to defer payments.

The company had already hired 150 employees for this season. Workers like 16-year-old Hunter Breton, who wanted to be a lifeguard.

Breton said she paid $265 for training and a uniform.

"I am pretty disappointed and I was looking forward to it," said Breton. "That's a lot of money for my parents to spend."

Breton can apply for work at other Hawaiian Falls parks, but the closet one is about 40 miles away. If she doesn't, Hawaiian Falls says it will work to refund her money.

Season pass holders can't get a refund but they can use their passes at the other parks, the nearest ones being Roanoke or Mansfield.

The city of White Settlement says its water park won't stay closed forever. The city is working to reopen the park sometime this summer with the city now operating it.

"We will open. We have to open up legally and safely. We have to get all of these rides inspected," Ryan told us. "We will catch up but we have to have the backing of our citizens and understanding that we did this to preserve city funds city money taxpayer dollars."

We talked with Hawaiian falls which told us:

"Hawaiian falls is deeply disappointed that the city of White Settlement rejected our good faith proposal to operate the city's municipal water park system for the coming season.  We have been in discussions with the city of White Settlement regarding its lease and operating agreement since December."

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<![CDATA[Bloody Shirt to Be Tested for DNA in Bevers Case: Warrant]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:53:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Missy-Bevers2.jpg

The father-in-law of slain North Texas fitness instructor Missy Bevers dropped off an apparently blood-stained shirt at a dry-cleaning business four days after the killing, according to a search warrant filed Wednesday.

Bevers, 45, died April 18 after she was attacked inside the Creekside Church of Christ in Midlothian. The mother of three had arrived at the church around 4 a.m. to prepare for her early-morning Camp Gladiator fitness class.

On April 22, Randy Bevers, 64, brought a white XXL women's long-sleeved shirt to the Dry Clean Super Center of Midlothian, according to the search warrant.

He allegedly told an employee the clothing had animal blood on it. Missy Bevers' sister-in-law later told NBC 5 the blood was from a dog fight that broke out in her kitchen.

The employee contacted police to report the encounter and told them it looked as though someone had tried to clean the shirt before dropping it off, the search warrant says.

According to the warrant, the shirt may contain DNA evidence that could help with the investigation into Missy Bevers' death.

"We promised early on to follow every lead in this case, and this recent action reflects just that," Midlothian police said late Wednesday in response to the warrant affidavit. "If we feel we have information that is important for the public to know, we will release it as promptly as possible."

Sister-in-Law Says Blood Was From Dog Fight

Kristi Stout, Missy Bevers' sister-in-law, told NBC 5 that her father, Randy Bevers, had to separate dogs that began fighting in her kitchen last week.

Stout said one of the dogs — a 13-year-old Chihuahua that belonged to her step-mother, Vikki Bevers — died in the fight.

"Carrying the dog from the house to the veterinarian clinic, it was bloody. So, therefore, blood on the shirt," said Randy Bevers.

His son, Brandon Bevers, joined him at the Midlothian Police Department to speak with investigators about the shirt, which the two called a "non-issue."

"I wanted to make sure that we get over here and put this fire out pretty quick, Brandon Bevers said. "This is such a non-issue that we wanted to address is fast."

Investigation Into Missy Bevers Killing

Several video clips released by Midlothian police show a person of interest — dressed in tactical gear — walking through different parts of the church just before Missy Bevers was killed.

Police believe Missy Bevers had only just entered the church when she ran into the person, whose identity remains unknown.

Midlothian police said they're investigating new leads with the help of the Arlington Police Department, ATF, FBI and the Texas Rangers.

Kristi Stout said Friday a fund had been established for Missy Bevers' daughters. Donations to the Bevers Children Fund can be made at any Citizens National Bank of Texas location.

Oak Farms Dairy has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and grand jury indictment of the person or people responsible.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the department's tip line at 972-775-7624. Tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward and can also remain anonymous by contacting Ellis County Crime Stoppers at 972-937-PAYS (7292).



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<![CDATA[Van Zandt County Jail Escapee Captured]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:32:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/McEvers_Mom.jpg

Authorities say they've found a man who used the help of his mother to escape an East Texas jail Wednesday night.

At 8 p.m., inmate Jay Scott McEvers, 47, escaped from the Van Zandt County Detention Center. [[377393561,R]]

The sheriff's office hasn't released details of the escape. McEvers had been held in the jail on drug and firearm charges.

The manhunt led authorities to arrest McEvers's mother, Carolyn McEvers, "for facilitating escape", the statement said.

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Jay McEvers's girlfriend, Cynthia Heese, was also under investigation for assisting in the escape, according to the statement.

The jail is located in Canton, which is about 60 miles east of Dallas.



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<![CDATA[UPS Investigates Mix-Up Over Gun Delivery]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:38:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/gun-mixup.jpg

UPS is investigating after a semi-automatic rifle was delivered to the wrong address in North Texas — and discovered by a 14-year-old boy.

Luke Tanner, an eighth grader, said he noticed something unusual as he arrived home in Coppell on Tuesday.

"Well, I walked home and there's this package at the front door," he said. "So I brought it in."

His father was already inside but didn't know about the delivery.

"He asked me if he could open it," Michael Tanner recalled. "I said, 'Go ahead.'"

Luke said he was surprised by what he found.

"I opened it up, and I pulled it out and I'm like, 'This is a gun here!'" he said. "I was astonished. I was, like, really confused. I didn't know what to think."

It was a semi-automatic rifle, with a 17-inch barrel, shipped from someone in Louisiana and delivered by UPS to the wrong address.

"I do get deliveries from time to time because of some similar addresses," Michael Tanner said. "There's about three similar addresses to us."

In a statement to NBC 5, UPS said it "takes this very seriously and is investigating the incident."

The company said it would contact the shipper to find out how the mix-up happened and also make sure the gun is delivered to the intended recipient.

UPS routinely ships firearms, which is legal.

But the Tanners said they still have concerns about such a delivery.

"There's people in this neighborhood — there's toddlers," Luke said. "They could do just as well what I did and end up with a gun."



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<![CDATA[McKinney Chief: Fire Stations Aren't Public Shelters]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 23:01:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mckinney+fire+station.jpg

Many people head to storm shelters for safety during severe weather.

But lately, McKinney's Fire Station 6 has become the go-to spot for some, and it could be putting lives in danger.

Tuesday night, firefighters say as many as 10 people showed up at the station to wait out the storm.

"That kind of throws us a curveball because we're probably on our way out the door," McKinney Fire Training Chief Don McKinney said.

Instead of responding to what could be a life-threatening call, a firefighter is forced to stay behind.

"We cannot leave a civilian in our fire station without a firefighter being there," McKinney said.

The fire training chief isn't sure why people are seeking shelter at the fire station.

But it could have something to do with the "Safe Baby Site" posted by the front door.

"I believe people are confused when they see the yellow and the 'safe,' but this is actually due to the Baby Moses Law," McKinney said.

Besides, he said, a fire station isn't a safe place to be during a storm.

"The construction methods for a fire station are basically the same as a house," he said.

If you made it to the fire station, the foyer – dangerously surrounded by glass – is likely where you be forced to ride out the storm.



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<![CDATA[Video of Boy's Slip in Roller Coaster Seat Goes Viral]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 04:16:56 -0500 Google Street View from January 2008.]]> Google Street View from January 2008.]]> http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wonderland-amarillo-google-street-view.jpg

A roller coaster ride in the Texas Panhandle took a scary turn for a father and son last week when the boy's seat belt broke, according to the father.

The incident took place Friday at the Amarillo amusement park Wonderland, according to the video Delbert Latham posted to Facebook that Sunday. It shows him and his son, Kaysen, who slips down the frame and out of view once the roller coaster takes its first drop.

"I got you," Latham tells his son in the video. "Hey, you're fine, I promise."

The video cuts off, but Latham writes that the seat belt had broken. He says he held on to his son for the rest of the ride.

"What makes it worse is when I told the guy at the end of the ride he stated that he knew that had happened sometimes!!" he wrote. The video has been viewed over 200,000 times.

NBC affiliate KAMR reports that Latham isn't seeking a lawsuit or financial returns, only for Wonderland to beef up safety measures.

The amusement park said in a statement that the ride was originally built without seat belts, which were added later as an extra security measure.

"We appreciate his diligence in quickly bringing this to our attention," the statement reads. "Wonderland immediately reached back out to Mr. Latham the evening it happened and promptly removed the back cart from the ride and ensured all other seat belts were in proper working order."

Four people were bruised or left sore by an incident on the Mousetrap on May 9, 2014, according to state amusement ride injury reports.



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<![CDATA[Lightning Sparks House Fires Across North Texas]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:58:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/house+fire+by+lightning.jpg

Lightning sparked at least six fires across North Texas Tuesday night.

Several homeowners reported that their properties had been hit at about 11:00 p.m., just as severe thunderstorms made their way across the region.

“It was busy,” said Captain Kevin Haines of the Frisco Fire Department.

A home on Nottingham Lane in Frisco was hit first, according to Haines. Then, seven minutes later, a second home was struck on the other side of the city.

“We had resources dedicated over here and we had to pull some of those even to go to the other fire because there was so much going on in the city,” explained Haines. “It was unusual.”

Because of the hour the lightning hit, many were home at the time the fires sparked. On Nottingham, the family heard a loud sound and then noticed their TV stopped working. Initially, they thought they had lost power, but then realized smoke was starting to leak from their attic.

“Within 10 minutes, the house was filled with smoke,” explained Lelah Hardwood, who lives in the house with her son and parents. “We watched for an hour and a half. Within minutes, there were flames 20, 30 feet high it looked like.”

Between the two Frisco properties, Haines estimates the damage will total more than $3 million.

Fires were also reported in Waxahachie, Irving, Plano and Forney. A total cost of the damage has not been estimated for those properties yet.

“Whether it was the Forney fire or Irving or us, Plano, Prosper, we all had structure fires going,” said Haines. "It was a lot."

No injuries were reported.



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