<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:20:17 -0600 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:20:17 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Rain Doesn't Deter Outdoor Thanksgiving Plans]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:16:47 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/grapevine+camping.jpg

The rainy forecast isn't stopping people with plans to give thanks in the great outdoors.

Record flooding shut down Grapevine's Vineyard Campground in May and the water didn't recede until mid-August.

On Tuesday, the gates were reopened.

"One way or the other, we're having our Thanksgiving here," said Steve Garrish.

The Garrishes are native Texans, but now live in Colorado.

"We call it our redneck Thanksgiving," said Steve Garrish.

Thanksgiving at the campsite almost didn't happen. Floodwaters closed the site for six months.

"It's been a long wait to get back here, but it looks great," said Marcos Espinoza.

The Espinozas live in Fort Worth and have better options if the weather becomes a problem. On Wednesday conditions were cloudy, windy and dry. The forecast calls for rain through Thanksgiving weekend.

"We're not as committed. A lot of people are from out of town," said Espinoza. "We're close. We live 20 minutes from here."

Vineyard Campground is booked through the holiday weekend.

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<![CDATA[Another Laser Strike Reported Near Love Field]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:06:28 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/green+laser+strike+11+11.JPG

For at least the 15th time this month, the Federal Aviation Administration reports a laser strike Wednesday on an aircraft above North Texas.

In the latest incident, a Southwest Airlines pilot saw a green laser coming from the ground about three miles northwest of Dallas Love Field at about 6:16 p.m., the FAA said.

There were no injuries.

On Sunday, the FAA reported eight other laser strikes, including seven on Southwest Airlines planes.

One of the pilots in those incidents reported an eye injury as a result of the laser strike.

Earlier this month, pilots flying into Love Field reported six strikes in two nights, three each on Nov. 11 and 12.

Police have been searching for the person or people responsible for the laser strikes. So far, no one has been arrested.

Targeting planes with a laser is a federal offense.

Earlier this year, two men were sentenced to prison for pointing lasers at Texas Department of Public Safety helicopters.

<![CDATA[Man Charged With Killing Married Couple in 2012]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:21:25 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/willie-guillory-scene.jpg

Arlington police said DNA evidence helped them make an arrest in connection with the deaths of a married couple in 2012.

On June 10, 2012, officers responded to a welfare check of two residents who lived at a home in the 3600 block of Waverly Drive and found then-72-year-old Long Nguyen and then-63-year-old Huong Ly dead. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner ruled the deaths as homicide.

During the crime scene processing, police said detectives recovered DNA evidence from what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette found at the scene. The sample was entered into the Combined DNA Index System.

More than three years later, police said they were notified of a possible DNA match in the case. The match — 20-year-old Willie Guillory — was located and arrested for a parole violation. Guillory was 16 years old at the time of the offense.

Police said they obtained a warrant for Guillory's saliva for comparison. Detectives were notified the sample was a match Nov. 2.

Guillory was charged with capital murder Tuesday, according to police. He remains in the Tarrant County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

"The meticulous crime scene processing that occurred highlights how important every little detail is in a significant crime scene and the role of DNA testing that has afforded us this opportunity to bring much needed closure to the victim's family," Arlington Police Department Chief Will Johnson said.

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<![CDATA[Thanksgiving Traditions Ready for Wet Weather]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:45:48 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sunshine+sunrays.jpg

The weather is on just about everybody's mind for the holiday weekend, especially those expecting to walk and run Thursday in Fort Worth.

The annual YMCA Turkey Trot will go on no matter what Mother Nature may bring.

Rain or shine, thousands will lace up their sneakers to run or walk on Thanksgiving morning.

"This is my first (Turkey Trot) and I have done minimal training for it," said Hannah Forst. "So really my goal tomorrow is just to finish."

Forst will be running the 10k and will be among the expected 13,000 taking part in that race, the 5k or the 1k. The races start at 8 a.m., a few hours before rain is expected to roll in and stick around for days. However, race organizers aren't concerned.

"Rain or shine, we're going to be there. It's going to be fine," said race director Christ Butler. "The course will be great, temps will be good."

Even then, most runners aren't deterred by the rain. In fact, it may even be a benefit.

"If people ask me why I ran so slow I'm going to say, 'Oh, it was because I didn't want to fall,' clearly," Forst said.

It's a silver-lining in the clouds on this holiday weekend.

While the race won't be spoiled, window shopping downtown might be dampened a bit.

"It's definitely a busy time for us," said Brooke Mitchell, owner of Coyote Urban Boutique in Sundance Square.

Holiday foot traffic is an important component of customers for downtown businesses. The threat of rain on Black Friday and then Shop Small Saturday isn't ideal.

"It's a really special weekend for us, so I'm a little bit nervous that it's supposed to rain all weekend," Mitchell said.

By late Wednesday morning, the outdoor clothes rack had to be brought in thanks to the first sprinkles of the rain event. The rack often lures customers into the store, but Mitchell suspects while some may shop, nevertheless others will stay home.

"It's definitely going to affect some traffic this weekend, unfortunately," she said.

But patrons can always shop her store online, Mitchell points out.

So while some events will go on as planned no matter the weather, others will see an impact.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Police, Community Leaders Meet in Oak Lawn]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:29:53 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas+police+camera.jpg

Dozens of Dallas police officers met Tuesday night with Oak Lawn bar and restaurant owners, landlords and business leaders to talk about safety and listen to feedback.

This holiday weekend is expected to be a busy one for Dallas' popular Oak Lawn neighborhood, where people are still on edge after a 12th reported violent attack in as many weeks. Police said they plan to be out in force this weekend.

Police said they're also still working with business leaders to improve public trust. Several assault victims in Oak Lawn over the last few months didn't report what happened to police until several days later; in fact, it appears some people who may have been victimized never ended up filing a police report.

Police said it's a learning experience for them, and they're working hard to improve community relations.

"A lot of victims in this area are hesitant to reach out to police for one reason or another. We want these community leaders to go back and inform their members," said Maj. Jimmy Vaughan, with the Northwest Division of the Dallas Police Department.

Officers said it was the fourth such meeting since last month – the first, though, since the first of 10 police surveillance cameras in the community was installed a few days ago.

One thing that kept coming up at the meeting, police said, was better lighting.

Police told businesses that in the short-term, it's a good idea to keep lights on all night, if possible, and keep them bright.

Several people have reported noticing that the nearby Cedar Springs Kroger nearby had its parking lot lights on all night long. Kroger representatives attended the Tuesday night meeting.

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<![CDATA[Denton Nurse Helps Save HGTV Star's Life]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:59:48 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/200*120/nurse+read.jpg

Ryan Read is used to life as a nurse in day surgery, but this week she suddenly found herself in the national spotlight for an observation she made more than two years ago.

In 2013, the Denton Regional Medical Center registered nurse was enjoying her day off by watching a marathon of the show Flip or Flop on HGTV.

After several episodes though, she noticed a lump on host Tarek El Moussa's throat that just didn't look right.

"I wasn't looking and don't watch TV to assess people. It just kept catching my eye, and I felt it needed to be brought to his attention," said Read.

So she emailed the show's producers, and when El Moussa got checked out, he was eventually diagnosed with stage 2 thyroid cancer.

El Moussa, who hosts the show with his wife, has since been treated and is now in remission.

Back in 2013, Read was invited onto the show The Doctors where she got to meet the HGTV hosts personally and said she's even kept in touch with them since.

However it was a complete surprise when the topic came back up this week.

"Yesterday, I show up to work, no makeup, hair in a ponytail, and 30 minutes into my shift I'm hearing people want to do interviews," said Read.

Apparently spurred by a recent interview, El Moussa's battle with cancer has become a topic of viral discussion over the past several days, and national news organizations, including NBC's Nightly News with Lester Holt, began reaching out to Read to hear more about her story.

Caught off guard, Read said her fellow nurses came to her aide by scrapping together hair and makeup supplies to get her camera-ready fast.

She said Wednesday that she's quickly becoming recognized as "THE Ryan" by doctors and co-workers in the halls of the hospital.

Read said she has just tried to have some fun with the attention, though, and that the real important part of the whole story is that El Moussa is healthy today after getting the help he needed.

"I was just doing what nurses do," Read said.

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<![CDATA[Greenberg Smoked Turkey Endures as Holiday Staple]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:18:55 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/greenberg+smoked+turkey.jpg

It's crunch time at Greenberg Smoked Turkey in Tyler.

"This is our time of year," said Sam Greenberg, the company's owner. "This is turkey time."

The company will sell roughly 200,000 birds before the end of the year.

"We ship more inside of Texas than anywhere else, but outside of the five-state area, it's California, it's all over the country and it's all word of mouth," Greenberg said.

Word has been spreading about the smoked turkeys for nearly eight decades.

"Interestingly enough, it was a gentleman out of Dallas who tried my father's turkey 75 years ago and called him up and asked him to ship some on the train to him, and that's when my father got into the mail-order business," Greenberg said.

Most customers pre-order their turkeys, but walk-ins are also welcome.

As customer Linda Lucas said, "There's nobody who can cook 'em like that, nobody!"

But what's the big deal?

"Well, that's the secret," Greenberg said. "If it were easy, everybody would do it. I want our turkey to be on the table. I want it to be a tradition on your table."

And to make that happen, it takes a dedicated team.

"Everybody thinks that turkey is their own, and they want it to be good enough for their own table, " Greenberg said.

Prices range from $33 to $83 depending on the size.

If a trip to Tyler isn't an option, you can also find Greenberg Smoked Turkeys in Central Market stores.

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<![CDATA[AT&T Stadium Gets Ready for Thanksgiving]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 19:33:15 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/att+stadium+thanksgiving+dinner.jpg

When you regularly cook for 90,000-plus people, there's no such thing as too many cooks in the kitchen. That's especially the case the day before Thanksgiving at AT&T Stadium.

"The next 24 hours are going to be no sleep, a lot of coffee and a lot of hard work," said Tony Sinese, senior executive sous chef for Legends, which provides all food services at AT&T Stadium.

The kitchens at AT&T Stadium were alive all day Wednesday, as workers prepped salads, sliced green beans, mixed gravy and intricately decorated pies and cookies ahead of Thursday's Cowboys game.

"We plan months and months out from where we are right now," said Sinese.

Sinese has been part of the Thanksgiving Day madness for several years now and says the culinary team has it down to a science.

"We have multiple, multiple kitchens and some very highly talented chefs that will be able to make sure that everything goes out on time, just like we're preparing it for our families at home," said Sinese.

That kind of precision is the only way they can pull it off.

When all is said and done, they'll have served more than 20,000 pounds of food, including 9,200 pounds of turkey, 1,800 pounds of mashed potatoes and 420 gallons of gravy.

"You know, [the food] is just about as important as the game," said Sinese.

Thanksgiving Day food will be available in all areas of the stadium Thursday.

Arlington police are making game day preps of their own. At the request of the NFL, they're stepping up security around the stadium with additional officers, more cameras and extra bomb and vapor sniffing dogs.

Officials say no specific threats have been made against the stadium, but they want to ensure everyone stays safe during the holiday.

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<![CDATA[Plano Man Wins $1M on Scratch Off Ticket]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:37:49 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Holiday-game-book.jpg

A Plano man is $1 million richer after playing the Texas lottery.

Nathan Hamilton claimed a top prize worth $1 million in the scratch ticket game Holiday Game Book.

He bought the winning ticket at QuikTrip in the 900 block of West Park Boulevard in Plano, which is now eligible for a $10,000 retailer bonus.

Lottery officials said Hamilton claimed the second of four top prizes worth $1 million available in the game.

Holiday Game Book offers more than $62.3 million in total prizes and comes with six different games inside.

Overall odds of winning any prize in Holiday Game Book are one in 3.31, including break-even prizes.

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<![CDATA[Qantas to Offer Daily Flights Between D/FW, Sydney]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:30:32 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/qantas-a380-at-dfw-02.jpg

Qantas Airways will be making the longest flight in the world seven days a week beginning in April 2016.

The Australia-based airline said Wednesday they will increase their service between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Sydney Airport to seven flights a week -- up one from the current six.

Qantas currently makes the longest scheduled passenger flight in the world, Dallas to Sydney, in about 16 hours, on their Airbus A380 aircraft. The airline began nonstop service to D/FW in 2011 using Boeing 747 aircraft, but began making the flights with the A380 last fall.

Qantas said with the additional flight they'll now be able to ferry more than 3,300 passengers weekly between Dallas-Fort Worth and Sydney.

"We are delighted that Qantas is adding a seventh weekly frequency to their popular DFW to Sydney service," said John Ackerman, Executive Vice President for Global Strategy and Development at D/FW Airport. "The Qantas A380 service going daily a testament to the strength of the DFW market, and it is vitally important to business and leisure customers because it offers them more choices and additional convenience."

Qantas is a key member of the oneworld® alliance in partnership with American Airlines and 13 other carriers. Additionally, Qantas and American Airlines are joint-venture partners on trans-Pacific routes to Australia and New Zealand.

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<![CDATA[Police Step Up Patrols as Families Leave for Holiday]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:36:01 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+police+patrol.jpg

With many families packing up the car and heading out of town for the long weekend, Dallas police are stepping up their patrols to make sure homeowners don't become victims.

Police in Northwest Dallas are seeing a lot of residents asking for extra patrols this holiday weekend.

"We're happy to do it," said Maj. Jimmy Vaughan. "I'd say about 10 residents have filled out extra patrol sheets so far asking for an officer to swing by their block since they'll be gone so long."

The neighborhoods near Oak Lawn and Cedar Springs are full of tony, two-bedroom houses and sprawling, brand-new apartment complexes and condo complexes.

There have been about 12 violent late-night attacks near the popular nightlife district since September, and residents are still on edge about crooks and thieves on the prowl for things to steal.

In addition to honoring the extra patrol sheet requests – residents must contact their local police sub-station to set one up – police supervisors are also re-focusing their patrols to accommodate holiday shopping traffic.

"We've been shooting out e-mail blasts to community crime watches: what to do, what not to do in regards to holiday tips," Vaughan said. "And we've beefed up patrols particularly around the neighborhoods near shopping centers."

Police this week made an arrest on Maple Springs Boulevard when a man was hiding in the bushes, looking for something to steal. Alert neighbors saw what was going on.

"[My neighbor] saw a prowler, a suspicious person, just lurking around," said homeowner Julie Shaddox. "The guy was snooping around the bushes in front of a house and my neighbor chased the guy and called police."

"He jumped a fence into another neighbor's backyard and that's where police found him," Shaddox continued. "They arrested him, and we're really grateful for the police response."

Shaddox said one of the arresting officers told the group a piece of advice she's remembering this holiday season.

"The officer spoke to us about how with prowlers active at night it's important to not leave packages outside," she said. "And I now definitely can see how it really sends a signal, that there are things worth stealing."

Police said make sure a friend or trusted neighbor knows to get your mail for you and your packages if you're going away – don't assume they know they're supposed to do it.

"We have alarms, and pets and good neighbors," said homeowner Lisa Laughlin, who lives off Cedar Springs near Love Field.

"The neighbors know each other and we make a habit to say hello. A lot of us socialize or sometimes go to church together," she said.

And, for those residents about to head out of town who are expecting a package but didn't take any other precaution, Vaughan offers up this advice.

"That last-second, valuable advice is you can leave special instructions for the deliveryman on the front door, a note to the effect of, 'Please leave it by the side-door,' or perhaps behind a gate, and ask the deliveryman to take the paper off with him so it’s gone that day," Vaughan said.

A lot of families pile into one car to head out-of-town and leave a second vehicle in the driveway or on the street. Police said don't leave valuables in the backseat covered up with a coat or a blanket.

"That just told the thief that whatever is underneath the jacket or blanket is something worth stealing. It's something valuable, or else you wouldn't try to hide it with a jacket," Vaughan said. "We see a lot of break-ins happen that way this time of year."

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<![CDATA[How to Cure Thanksgiving Cabin Fever]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:28:49 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Thanksgiving+dinner+NEW.jpg

Thanksgiving can be a time of high stress and anxiety for families.

That’s especially true when some efforts to get out of the house are hampered by the weather.

Sarah Blaskovich from The Dallas Morning News has some options on how to help your family avoid cabin fever.

Turkey Skate: Saturday in Allen, people can go to the Allen Community Ice Rink and bowl with frozen turkeys.

Willie Nelson concerts: at WinStar World Casino Friday night (sold out) and at Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth Saturday night (not sold out yet).

Free (and indoor) Thanksgiving dinners on Thursday: at Norma's Cafe in Oak Cliff and at Slow Bone in the Design District. 

Black Friday: Josey Records in Dallas is hosting a Black Friday party. Anyone into indie music can hang out as long as they want, thumbing through records and hearing free concerts all day. 

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<![CDATA[Arrest Made in Plano Teen's Slaying]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:49:57 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jaylen-Radell-Johnson.jpg

Plano police say they've made an arrest in connection with a fatal shooting on Tree House Lane.[[352338561,R]]

Officials said Wednesday that 21-year-old Jaylen Radell Johnson, of Little Elm, is facing a murder charge in connection with the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Monterick Deyonta Payne.

Johnson, police said, was arrested Sunday and is currently being held in the Collin County Detention Center on $250,000 bond.

Payne was outside a home in the 1900 block of Tree House Lane when he was shot in the abdomen at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, police said. He ran to a nearby home for help after the shooting where a neighbor called 911. He was rushed to an area hospital where he died the next day.

On Tuesday, three others connected to the incident were arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated robbery, police said. Those are: 21-year-old Giovanni Christopher Rhodes, of Frisco; 17-year-old Daniel Chibuikem Ijioma, of Little Elm; and 17-year-old Katlyn Denise Straw, of Frisco.

Plano police did not say how the three charged with aggravated robbery are connected to the murder.

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<![CDATA[Long Lines to get Dessert at Emporium Pies in Dallas]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:29:29 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Thanksgiving+pie.jpg

Pies were flying off the shelves Wednesday at Emporium Pies in the Bishop Arts District in Dallas.

Pie lovers started lining up at Emporium two hours before the store opened.

Many people pre-ordered the pies for Thanksgiving, but those who didn’t, had to get up early and wait in line.

Emporium employees say they expect to sell about 3,000 pies for Thanksgiving.

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<![CDATA[Dallas ISD Students’ Artwork on Display Downtown]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:10:53 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rosemont+school+art.jpg

Some lucky Dallas ISD students have their artwork on display in downtown Dallas.

Artwork created by Rosemont Primary students is on display at Neiman Marcus.

The students were invited to be a part of the display by the Nasher Sculpture Center.

It includes more than 140 works of art. The theme of the display is giving.

Many students made paintings about helping the homeless and stray animals.

The artwork will be on display through the holidays.

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<![CDATA[Salvation Army Preparing Thanksgiving Dinner]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:03:38 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Salvation+Army+Thanksgiving+turkey.jpg

The Salvation Army is stepping up to feed more than 2,000 people for Thanksgiving.

The Salvation Army homeless shelter in Dallas is preparing a Thanksgiving feast where volunteers have been cooking for two weeks.

The grocery list includes 1,200 pounds of turkey, 600 pounds of mashed potatoes and 500 pounds of green beans.

Volunteers said they are happy to spend the holiday giving back.

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<![CDATA[Grapevine Kicks Off 'Christmas Capital of Texas']]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:49:03 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tree44.JPG

People in Grapevine are getting ready for Christmas in a big way.

On Wednesday, city officials kicked off their holiday campaign called the Christmas Capital of Texas.

It offers more 1,400 holiday related activities in 40 days, including the North Pole Express.

It's a train ride out to a winter wonderland and it includes a special visitor, as well.

"Mrs. Claus comes on board," said Leigh Lyons with the Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau. "They each get a "We Believe" silver Santa bell."

For the full Christmas calendar of events, tickets and more information call 800-457-6338 or CLICK HERE.

<![CDATA[Mavs Get Dose of Reality Against West's Best]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:28:46 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/494896912.jpg

Let’s not diminish the Mavs’ surprising 9-4 start. For a team I picked to finish around .500, it was down right shocking and impressive.

But, as the competition increases, it’s also becoming clear that it was a helping of Fool’s Gold.

The six-game winning streak against the likes of the Lakers, Sixers and Jazz is a distant memory, replaced by losses to the Kevin Durant-less Thunder and last night’s thumping at the hands of the Zach Randolph-less Grizzlies.

And it won’t get any easier tonight, when the Mavs will lose at San Antonio to punctuate an 0-3 road trip. If this was a measuring stick, the Mavs are – as expected – well below the West’s best.

“We’ve got to get better,” Dirk Nowitzki said in Tuesday night’s post-game locker room. “We knew that during the six-game win streak. We’ve got to keep working. We’ve got to get better defensively, work together, end the possession with rebounding and then we can get our flow game working. We gave up 117 in OKC and 110 to a slow-paced team in Memphis. It’s just not good enough.”

Before the season the Mavs would have gladly accepted being 9-6 after 15 games. But the more they play the best in the West, the more they begin looking like the .500 team we all anticipated.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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<![CDATA[Former Cowboys RB Randle Arrested After Casino Incident]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:56:29 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/randle-mugshot-inset-casino.jpg

Former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has once again found himself behind bars.

The Sumner County Sheriff's Office in Kansas confirmed to The Dallas Morning News that Randle was arrested following an altercation at the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane Tuesday night.

TMZ Sports first reported Randle's arrest, saying casino sources said Randle was intoxicated and asked to leave, "but on the way out, spit on the floor and assaulted a security officer."

The report adds that Randle initially left when asked, but returned and tried to fight an officer with the Kansas Gaming and Racing Commission.

Commission spokesman Fred Waller told The Dallas Morning News that it's not clear what got Randle slapped with the felony count, though "he likely said something to one of the agents" during the scuffle and that several agents had to restrain him.

He was booked on suspicion of criminal threat, assault of a law enforcement officer, battery, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and interference with a law enforcement officer.

No formal charges have been filed yet, said Stephanie McGinnis, legal secretary at the Sumner County attorney's office. His bail has been set at $25,000.

Randle was cut from the Cowboys Nov. 3 while dealing with an "unspecified personal issue" and, a week later, was suspended four games by the NFL under the league's personal conduct policy.

Previously the league investigated Randle's February 2015 arrest in his hometown of Wichita related to a domestic disturbance complaint that included allegations he pointed a gun at his girlfriend. Police eventually declined to pursue charges in the case.

In October 2014, Randle was arrested after police said he left Dillard's at Stonebriar Centre Mall without paying for a 2-pack of underwear and a tester bottle of Gucci Guilty Black cologne that had been stuffed into his shopping bag. Randle later said he didn't have time to stop and pay for the items, valued at $123, and that if he'd known he was going to be arrested he would never have stopped for the store's loss prevention team.

After pleading guilty to misdemeanor theft, a judge in McKinney sentenced Randle to 180 days of deferred adjudication probation. He also paid $706 in court-related costs. Last week, Frisco police released surveillance video showing Randle apparently shoplifting at the store.

In 2015, Randle had racked up 315 yards on 76 attempts in six games. Through his three year NFL career, Randle has totaled only 822 yards on 181 carries in 35 games. Randle, a product of Oklahoma State University, was drafted 18th in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. Since being cut by the Cowboys, Randle has cleared waivers but has not been picked up by any NFL team.

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<![CDATA[Person Trapped After Crash Involving Garbage Truck]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 09:59:00 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/skillman-crash.jpg

A person was trapped in a vehicle after a crash involving a garbage truck in Dallas Wednesday morning, authorities say.

Dallas police said the garbage truck and several other vehicles were involved in a crash near the intersection of East Northwest Highway and Skillman Street just before 7 a.m.

Crews worked to remove at least one person from one of the vehicles involved.

All westbound lanes of Northwest Highway were closed while the scene was cleared, but the roadway has since been reopened.

No further details have been released.

Stay tuned to NBC 5 for the latest.

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<![CDATA[Experts Offer Drone Usage Classes in North Texas]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:56:08 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/drone.gif

“If it’s a question, don’t do it.”

That's the message Tony White wants to spread to the masses who are expected to head to stores in coming weeks and purchase drones — the remote-controlled copters that can be so much fun and cause so much trouble.

“You can buy a high-level drone, not know how to fly it, and, if you’ve never flown before, that’s where we get trouble,” he said.

A study by Fort Worth-based Aero Kinetics indicates that toy drones pose a more costly and dangerous risk to airplanes than bird strikes do.

"The impact of a toy drone, made of plastic, metal and engineered materials, with a manned aircraft in a collision would be even more catastrophic [than a bird strike]," the study stated.

White — an experienced unmanned aerial vehicle pilot and instructor — has partnered with Hobby Town USA in Hurst to teach what may be a first of its kind course in North Texas: "Drone Basics 101." The classes are offered on the second and fourth Sunday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m.

White told NBC 5 there is a lack of information regarding drones, adding that he believes most stores will sell a customer a drone and offer little to no support for how to safely operate it.

At his “Drone Basics 101” course, White told NBC 5 he wants to supply customers with knowledge regarding airspace regulations, which can be the source of many drone pilots’ mistakes.

"You've got to know what you want to do with it prior to just flying around, because now you’re in the national airspace," he emphasized. "You’re not flying in a guarded community anymore, or the middle of nowhere. You’re flying amongst all the other air traffic."

The FAA revealed its preliminary plan Monday to register drones sold in America. A panel of aviation experts wants to know who is using unmanned aircraft to make sure they know drone flight rules. The FAA hopes to have the rules in place before Christmas.

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<![CDATA[Man Falls Asleep During Standoff With Dallas Police]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:57:21 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Edward-Foy.jpg

After an overnight standoff, police said they arrested a 53-year-old man accused of threatening a man with a bow and arrow.

Several units responded to an emergency disturbance call in the 10400 block of High Hollows Drive at about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to Dallas police. When officers arrived, the victim told them Edward Foy threatened to harm him with a bow and arrow.

Foy returned to his home where he barricaded himself, according to police. Officers tried to contact him, but were unsuccessful.

SWAT officers arrived and were able to make contact with Foy's mother, who told them Foy was asleep inside.

Police said they obtained an arrest warrant for Foy, went into his unlocked apartment and took him into custody without incident at about 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Foy was booked into the Dallas County Jail on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

No injuries were reported.

Officers blocked off Meadow Road from U.S. 75 to Regal Oaks Drive during the standoff.

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<![CDATA[Driver Crashes Into Fort Worth Home, Flees]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:35:19 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/truck-v-home2.jpg

Police said a driver crashed a pickup truck into a Fort Worth home and fled the scene early Wednesday morning. [[353547921,C]]

Fort Worth police said someone driving a black 1970s truck at a high rate of speed lost control and crashed into a home in the 300 block of Suttonwood Drive at 1:14 a.m.

The truck went into the home's bedroom, which police said was unoccupied at the time. No injuries were reported.

Police said the driver was not at the scene when officers arrived, but the truck is registered to nearby house.

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<![CDATA[Wylie Student Injured, Community Rallies to Help]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 19:47:31 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Wylie+boy+injured.jpg

Jeremiah Hart was walking with mom and sister Saturday at Firewheel Town Center in Garland when police say a driver, who was trying to park, hit the gas instead of the break. The vehicle jumped the curb, hit Jeremiah and pinned him up against a wall.

“I was screaming and asking for help and she backed the car away and he was still stuck to the wall,” said Bridgett Heart, Jeremiah’s mother. “So, I ran over and pulled him off the wall and laid him down, I got down beside him and he wanted to pray and so we immediately started praying to Jesus.”

Jeremiah was rushed to Children Health Dallas where he underwent an eight-hour surgery and remains in the trauma care unit. He has severe damage to his left leg, a fractured knee cap on his right leg and damage to multiple organs, according to Hart.

“In the morning time before we left the house, Jeremiah was praying, and I told him it was time to go and he came out and said, 'Mama, I just read Psalms 91,' and that psalm is the psalm of protection,” Hart said. “I truly believed that is what saved his life, that he prayed that over himself and read that - he’s a prayer warrior and he’s going to pull through.”

Three days after the accident, Hart says Jeremiah wiggled the toes on his left leg on command for the first time. It’s something that gives her hope.

“My hope for him is that all of his organs work property, and that whether they have to amputate or not, it’s not going to slow him down, and that he will be back on that soccer field playing no matter what,” Hart said.

Jeremiah goes to school at Smith Elementary in Wylie. He works as a leader at his church greeting new members. He loves to camp and shoot his BB gun, but most of all he loves to play soccer.

His team, the Hulks 06’, has rallied to help. Coach Jonathan Tran started a GoFundMe account to raise money to help pay for Jeremiah’s treatment and recovery.

“He’s the greatest boy you could ever have,” Tran said. “He’s got a huge heart and he just tries so hard.”

The Wylie Soccer Association, rival teams, the Wylie Independent School District and others have stepped up to help, according to Tran.

“Especially with the holiday season, it’s good to see just how gracious everyone is at this time,” Tran said. “You have other teams in the league we play against, they’re our rivals, but they’re donating as well to support him and get back on the field to play.”

“I hope that he stands up one day and gives his testimony and he feels proud of how he has come along and recovered, and all of the peoples’ lives he has already touched at this age of nine,” Hart said.

CLICK HERE to donate to Jeremiah's fundraising account.

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<![CDATA[2 People Hurt, Dogs Rescued in Irving House Fire]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:35:24 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fire-dog-rescue1.jpg

A family is without a home just days before Thanksgiving after a fire gutted their Irving house Tuesday.

Firefighters said flames broke out just before 7 p.m. on the 2200 block of Woodoak Drive.

Firefighters rescued one person from the back of the home, according to Irving Assistant Fire Chief Russell Wilson.

Two people were transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.

Officials said there were more than 20 animals reported to be in the home, mostly dogs.

Several animals did not survive the fire. A majority of the animals were rescued, and paramedics treated several of the dogs with oxygen at the scene.

A family member who lives in the home tells NBC 5 the family members are animal lovers and they take in stray dogs and later try to find them good homes. It’s why she said there were so many animals inside the house. The family never wanted to give the dogs to a shelter where they would risk being put down. The family says the animals are well cared for and are taken to a veterinarian to make sure they are healthy.

The city of Irving confirmed Wednesday officials were aware the home had more than four animals inside.

On September 24, Irving Animal Services responded to a call about a foul odor at the house, they did not go inside, but gave the family until October 9 to clean it up.

When they returned in October, the smell was gone, but animal services could tell there were multiple animals inside the home.

The city gave the family two months to get into compliance, which means they could have no more than four animals allowed under city ordinance in the home.

Now, the family is working with animal services and rescue organizations to help find the dogs good homes. Only eight or nine dogs remained Wednesday evening, according to the family. They are being kept at a family member’s house.

Firefighters say the cause of the fire is undetermined, but they do say it was an accident, there was no malice involved.

NBC 5's Jocelyn Lockwood contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Vandals Smash Car Windows in Carrollton]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:28:41 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/arlington-bbgun-vandal.jpg

Carrollton police spent much of Tuesday afternoon going door-to-door to look for clues following a weekend crime spree.

Vandals damaged more than 40 cars late Friday and early Saturday, according to police. The cars' windows were shot with a BB/pellet gun, or smashed with a blunt object, like a baseball bat, police said.

They hit several neighborhoods throughout the city.

"These bad guys covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time," said Carrollton Police spokeswoman Jolene Devito. "It took a long time just to get all of the reports."

Devito believes the vandals struck between 11 p.m. Friday and 2 a.m. Saturday.

"There's a little bit of a pattern to it," said Devito. "Our detectives spent the day going door-to-door, going to homes and businesses in the area affected."

Devito said detectives obtained surveillance video from nearby homes and businesses. Police plan on releasing the video on Wednesday in hopes of obtaining more leads.

The vehicles were struck on 16 different streets:

  • Miramar
  • Medina
  • Panorama
  • Peninsula Way
  • Birch
  • San Francisco
  • Cemetery Hill
  • Regency
  • Furneaux
  • Peters Colony
  • Woodside
  • Earlshire
  • Luallen
  • Magnolia
  • Terrace Trail
  • Elder

Investigators ask anyone with information or those who can offer surveillance video to call police at 972-466-3333.

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<![CDATA[Latest Beauty Trend Boasts Younger-Looking Eyes]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:45:28 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/colored+contacts.jpg

Contact lenses can change your eye color – even transform your appearance – and now, a new lens is promising to make you look younger.

Contact lens brand Acuvue's new "Define" beauty lens aims to "hide" the aging process that affects the dark circle around the iris of the eye.

The dark ring is called the limbal ring and as we get older, it fades and becomes less defined.

"It's part of the natural aging process. It's kind of like getting grey hair," said Dr. Sylvia Hargrave, chief of ophthalmology at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.

A 2011 study out of the University of California at Irvine found the bigger and blacker the limbal ring, the more attractive the eyes.

Psychologists say people unconsciously judge how young someone is based on the size and shade of their limbal rings.

The "Define" lens line gives the wearer bigger, more defined, vibrant eyes by covering up the aging limbal ring, but doctors warn consumers should weigh the risks before wearing contacts lenses for cosmetic purposes.

Risks include infections that could lead to permanent damage to the cornea, if lenses aren't used properly.

Wearers should also purchase lenses from reputable retailers.

"There are many sites out there that won't require a prescription, and those sites you have to be very skeptical about because the contact lenses may not be FDA-approved," said Hargrave. "I've seen some patients that have purchased Halloween contacts online without a prescription. They ended up with a severe fungal infection and almost lost the eye."

To obtain the beauty lenses the proper way, you must see an eye professional for an exam and a prescription, even if you don't need contact lenses with vision correctness, called plano (non-prescription).

"It's very, very important to make sure you get a prescription and make sure whoever you're buying it from requires a prescription," said Hargrave.

A 30-day supply costs around $40 at most major retailers.

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<![CDATA[Texas DPS Prepares for Busy Travel Weekend]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:26:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DUI+DWI+drunk+driving+generic+keys+drink+alcohol.jpg

AAA Texas predicts 3.4 million Texans will travel by car for Thanksgiving, many of them leaving Wednesday and returning Sunday after the holiday.

"Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the busiest holiday of the year," said Trooper Lonny Haschel with the Texas Department of Public Safety. "Everybody's trying to get to their loved ones, to grandma's house for Thanksgiving."

It's a busy time for police, too, who will be looking for drunk drivers.

"Lot of counties are doing what they call 'no-refusal weekends,' where you don't have a choice," said Haschel. "You're going to go before a judge, they're going to determine whether the officer has probable cause and then they're going to get a court order to get your blood."

Twenty people were killed by drunk drivers during the Thanksgiving weekend in 2014.

"We encourage people to have a great time, enjoy the family, enjoy those moments that you have, but if you're going to have anything to drink at all, give the keys to somebody else," said Haschel.

The night before Thanksgiving is now said to be the biggest night of drinking all year, dubbed "Blackout Wednesday" or "Drinksgiving."

"Family is together, and we're easier to just tolerate around each other when we're drinking," joked Hannah Crichton, of Kyle.

Liquor stores have been stocking up for the days just before Thanksgiving, often their busiest of the year.

"As a business owner for the liquor store, Black Friday is for today and tomorrow (Tuesday and Wednesday)," said Muna Bhattarai, who owns Reggis Liquor Store in Fort Worth. "Today and tomorrow before Thanksgiving."

<![CDATA[Family Gathers Donations for Wreaths at Veterans' Graves]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 20:11:44 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wreaths.jpg

The holidays will never be the same for families who've lost a loved one fighting for our country.

Chris and Mary Bush lost their son, Cpl. Peter Courcy, in Afghanistan in 2009.

Now, the Frisco couple is on a mission to honor all veterans during the holidays at Dallas–Fort Worth National Cemetery.

They're spearheading a local effort through the Wreaths Across America program.

For a $15 donation, wreaths are placed at gravesites for veterans.

The Bushes began gathering donations after Courcy was killed in action. After his funeral, they say they were surprised to learn D-FW National Cemetery had less than 50 wreaths donated the year before.

"At the time there were 19,000 gravesites, and I just immediately said this is something we've got to change," Chris Bush said.

There are now more than 44,000 gravesites at the cemetery.

Last year, about 10,000 wreaths were placed by headstones, and the Bushes hope to exceed that number this year.

Tuesday is the deadline to donate. For every two wreaths donated, D-FW National Cemetery will receive three.

They will be placed throughout the cemetery during a ceremony Dec. 12th that begins at 10:50 a.m.

To donate, follow this link to the Bushes' page on Wreaths Across America.

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<![CDATA[FW Food Banks Assist with Thanksgiving Meals]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:03:15 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Thanksgiving+groceries.jpg

The Thanksgiving holiday is a time of giving, and hundreds took advantage of the generosity of area food banks in Fort Worth on Tuesday.

It's a service supplied all year long and, this year, in greater numbers.

At the Hope Center in Fort Worth volunteers help give out food to those in need every Tuesday. But at Thanksgiving time the number in needs expands significantly.

"We just double-up the food," said Leonard Gaut, the warehouse manager for the center.

Last Friday, the center gave out more than 500 turkey dinners to families in need of help. Then on Tuesday, the line of cars waiting for their turn never seemed to end.

"They're saying over 1,000 cars," said the Rev. Jason McKay, pastor of Light Church.

McKay and several people from his congregation were among the volunteers loading up cars full of fresh food for the holiday. Turkey after turkey headed home with families that might otherwise not have such an extravagant holiday meal.

"It really helps us out a whole lot, when you don't have as much and been struggling," said Eric Brewer, a center client. "We're really thankful, thank God."

"This helps a lot," said Clamencia Fabela, a Community Food Bank client.

Fabela was the last customer of the day at the food bank on Tuesday. She was one of 4,000 who registered for the holiday meals. Hundreds more though have showed up also in need, which prompted a request for more turkeys and has resulted in more donations.

"Thank you to the people who help them, help us," Fabela said.

The reason for the last-minute donations is because demand is clearly up significantly, not just on Thanksgiving but year round.

"A year ago we were probably doing 350 families a day, but we're probably doing 450 (now)," said Regena Taylor, executive director of the Community Food Bank.

"This year we'll go over probably 350,000 families that we will give food to," said Robert Balance, chairman of the Hope Center.

Balance said the economy is still struggling for the many people the center serves, even though unemployment numbers may be down many people still need a helping hand up.

"I wasn't expecting this many people," Brewer said.

Brewer waited nearly 90 minutes in line to get his Thanksgiving meal – something he and so many others were grateful to receive.

"It means a lot," he said.

The center will continue to help on the holidays, along with each Tuesday and Friday every week of the year.

"We feed every family that comes," Gaut said.

For the first time in its history, the Hope Center expected to run out of Thanksgiving meals on its big giveaway day.

Meanwhile, Community Food Bank is still hoping for some more turkey donations. It will give out more Thanksgiving meals on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for those who didn't have vouchers but are still looking for a meal. It's unclear how many meals they'll have, but they plan to help everyone they can.

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<![CDATA[Activists Demand Pastor Apologize After Islam Comments]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:42:26 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/First+Baptist+Church+in+Dallas.jpg

Activists are demanding that Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Dallas, apologize for comments he made during a church service days after the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Jeffress said that Islam was "inspired by Satan himself."

The pastor addressed his comments during an interview with NBC 5 Tuesday.

"I do believe that Islam and all false religions are inspired by Satan to lead them away from the one true God," Jeffress said.

The activists said everyone in Dallas should outraged by the pastor's comments.

"Stop using the Bible as a blunt instrument of hate," said Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood. "His congregation should also reject this hate."

More than 12,000 people attend First Baptist Church in Dallas.

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<![CDATA[Parents Concerned When School Wasn't Evacuated for Gas Leak]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:35:11 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/South+Oak+Cliff+High+School1.jpg

Dallas Fire and Rescue crews responded to a gas leak at South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas on Tuesday morning, but the way school officials handled it has parents upset.

Firefighters say the gas leak was reported in the boiler room. Despite the leak, classes remained in session.

"That is hazardous to their health and I'm very frustrated," said Kema McDonald, a parent picking up her child from school. "My daughter didn't know because she didn't call me. They didn't inform the kids because when something happens, my daughter would call me."

Representatives from the NAACP and the Next Generation Action Network also raised their concerns at a press conference outside the school.

"Your first decision and your first obligation as an educator is to make sure the safety and the health of these children are always your main priority," said Next Generation Action Network President Dominique Alexander.

In a response, Dallas ISD officials released a statement that read: 

"Today, out of an abundance of caution, Dallas Fire & Rescue and Dallas ISD maintenance staff were called to South Oak Cliff High School to investigate a potential gas leak on the campus. Gas service was shut off while a thorough review was conducted. During the review, the school was advised by Dallas Fire & Rescue that an evacuation was not necessary. The class schedule was adjusted to ensure that all students received lunch. Lunches were delivered to the campus and the remainder of the students were served. Following the lunch period the campus resumed normal operations." 

A letter was sent home with students and a copy of the letter will be placed on the school’s website.

No one at the school needed medical attention.

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<![CDATA[Skunk Found in Bedford Tests Positive for Rabies]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:31:41 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/skunk3.jpg

Bedford Animal Control says a skunk found deceased Monday has tested positive for rabies.

The skunk was tested at the Texas Department of State Health Services laboratory in Austin.

It may have had contact with a resident's dog in the area of Cedar Grove Lane, officials said.

Bedford officials urge pet owners to make sure their dogs and cats are up to date with their shots, especially if they spend time outdoors. They say this is the first line of defense to human infection.

Symptoms of rabies include, but are not limited to: lethargy, fever, vomiting, full or partial paralysis, seizures, excessive salivation, aggression, difficulty breathing or swallowing, and any other abnormal behavior.

Anyone who believes they observed or came in contact with an animal that may be rabid should call Bedford p at 817-952-2127 or the Texas Department of State Health Services Zoonosis Control Program at 512-776-7255.

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<![CDATA[1 Person Shot Near Fort Worth Apartments: Police]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:42:39 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/209*120/fwshooting-112415.JPG

Police are investigating a shooting in west Fort Worth Tuesday afternoon.

Emergency crews were called at about 3:40 p.m. to the 3200 block of Las Vegas Trail, at the Sierra Hermosa Apartments, north of Camp Bowie West Boulevard.

Investigators said there was an ongoing disagreement involving three men that preceded the shooting.

At least one person had a gunshot wound at the scene and is in serious condition, according to police.

Nobody is in custody, and additional details have not yet been released.

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<![CDATA[Grapevine Campground Full for Holidays After Flooding Shut Down ]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:02:25 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Grapevine+park.jpg

Mother Nature couldn’t keep campers from finally posting up at Lake Grapevine this year.

On Tuesday, the Vineyard campground in Grapevine reopened their gates after record flooding shut the park down in May.

At its highest point, the water in the park rose to the top of the gatehouse at the front of the park and swallowed trees throughout.

The water didn’t completely recede until mid-August and left crews at the campground with a major mess.

Grapevine Parks and Recreation Manager Kevin Mitchell said they lost one building entirely and suffered infrastructure and amenity damage throughout.

Camp store manager Junior Hall recalled returning to find five inches of water in his store, and forcing them to repair sheet rock and flooring.

As of Tuesday, crews were still working on some parts of the campground, but Mitchell said they’d been working non-stop since August and were able to replace utilities, remove structures too damaged to fix, and even begin upgrades to the park like city Wi-Fi and cable television hookups throughout.

“All the sites are open, everything’s operation, and it’s going to be a good weekend,” said Mitchell, “good Thanksgiving in Grapevine.”

Campers were lined up at the gate to get in when the afternoon arrived, some saying the first recreational vehicle arrived at 6:30 a.m.

Many like John Crawford planned to come out earlier in the year, but had to reschedule when the floods hit.

“We got a call three days before we were supposed to be here in May,” said Crawford, a five-year regular at the park. “Of course they called us up and canceled the booking because they were flooded.”

Mitchell said campers are so eager to get back in that the park is at capacity through the end of the year.

Those still wishing to book a spot can keep checking the city’s website to see if openings come up, Mitchell said.

As for the possibility of rain and freezing temperatures during their stay, Crawford and others said they weren’t too concerned. They’re just glad to be back.

“It’s our favorite,” he said.

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<![CDATA[Mary Kay to Build $100M Facility in Lewisville]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:10:22 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/new-mary-kay-logo.jpg

North Texas-based cosmetics giant Mary Kay plans to build a new $100 million facility in Lewisville.

The company announced Tuesday the new building would contain its global manufacturing and research and development operations.

"Our analysis identified the site in Lewisville as the optimal location for our new facility that will enable us to continue to provide the highest quality skin care and color cosmetics for our more than 3.5 million independent sales force members worldwide," David Holl, president and CEO for Mary Kay Inc., said in a statement released Tuesday.

The project will break ground in July 2016, and it's scheduled to be finished in 2018.

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