<![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 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 03:39:05 -0500 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 03:39:05 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[North Texas Father Disappears Following Wreck]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:27:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/208*120/Missing+After+Crash+TX.jpg

A Dallas family is asking for help after they say a father disappeared more than a month ago after he was involved in a car wreck.

The family of 32-year-old Alejandro Arzola said he was on his way home from a friend's house on June 20 at about 3 p.m. when his truck hit a guardrail on Loop 12 near Interstate 35E and flipped over.

Arzola's sister, Yadria Arzola, said her younger brother called his girlfriend to tell her what happened, but by the time police arrived, Arzola's car was abandoned and he was missing.

"When police got there, he wasn't there. When the ambulance got there, he wasn't there," said Yadria Arzola.

Not only that, but she said items were missing from her brother's truck.

"All his belongings, the speaker, a car seat," she said. "I've checked everywhere, everywhere, and I can't find him. I've looked in jails, hospitals, the morgue. I haven't been able to find him."

Yadria Arzola said she's worried her brother could've been hurt and wandered off, or that someone picked him up.

She said her brother has never gone missing before and would never leave his young children.

"I think by now he would've contacted his mother at least, because he knows she's always worried about him. Somebody," she said through tears.

Yadria Arzola said her family is working with police but is receiving very little information, and her brother's case has been transferred several times.

She's hoping someone saw something the day of her brother's accident and can give the family a clue as to his whereabouts.

"Right now the only hope we have is praying that he'll be OK and that we can find him," she said. "We're just waiting patiently, patiently for something."

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<![CDATA[Man Posed as Massage Therapist in Sex Assaults: Police]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:44:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/richard+perez-boria.jpg

Dallas police are searching for a man who they say told women he was a massage therapist and then sexually assaulted them.

Richard Boria Perez, 31, is suspected in multiple sexual assault offenses, police said Monday.

Perez claimed to provide free massage services as a ruse, investigators said, in the alleged offenses that occurred in the 5700 block of Preston Oaks Road.

One victim told police she met him at the Salon Boutique Academy in Dallas where they were both students.

According to court documents obtained by our media partners at The Dallas Morning News, the woman said Perez asked if she would be willing to allow him to practice his massage techniques on her for an upcoming exam.

She told police that students often help each other, so she agreed and followed him to his apartment, which he claimed was a studio.

She claims the massage turned into a sexual assault and she reported to authorities.

Another victim told NBC 5 she had met Perez at the apartment complex where they both lived and he often offered her free massages.

She says in early July, he followed her into her apartment, locked the door behind him and forcibly undressed her. She says he then stopped when her phone rang and she threatened that help would arrive any minute.

Anyone with information on the alleged crimes or Perez's current whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 214-373-8477.

Information that leads to an arrest and indictment could earn a reward up to $5,000.

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<![CDATA[Feces, Toilet Paper Found in Mexican Cilantro Field]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:29:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd_cyclospora_cilantro.jpg

Human feces and toilet paper found in cilantro growing fields in Puebla, Mexico are likely to blame for hundreds of cases of cyclosporiasis, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says Monday, leading the government to detain Mexican cilantro at the border from April to August and forbid products from Puebla from entering the U.S. without inspections and certification.

Cilantro from Mexico was identified as the cause of an outbreak of cyclosporiasis in Texas in both 2014 and 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FDA.

On Monday, the Texas Department of State Health Services said there were 205 cases reported statewide, including 17 in Dallas County, eight in Denton County, nine in Collin County and nine in Tarrant County. Single cases have been reported in Johnson, Kaufman, Parker and Rockwall counties. Travis County reported the most -- 77 cases so far.

This most recent outbreak, the CDC said, is also likely tied to cilantro from Puebla.

In an FDA statement the CDC is quoted, "there is currently (in July 2015) another ongoing outbreak of cyclosporiasis in the United States in which both the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection have identified cilantro from the Mexican state of Puebla as a suspect vehicle with respect to separate illness clusters."

Last year, Texas had 200 cases, some of which were associated with cilantro from the Puebla region.

At this time a recall has not been issued. Concerned shoppers are cautioned to ask their grocer about the origin of the cilantro sold in stores and to thoroughly wash all fresh produce.

H-E-B stores said they source products from all over and take great care in vetting supplies while conducting their own testing to ensure quality. At this time, they said they have not been impacted by the most recent findings.

DSHS warns washing produce may not entirely eliminate the risk because cyclospora can be difficult to wash off. Cooking will kill the parasite.

Cyclosporiasis is an intestinal illness caused by consuming food or water contaminated with the cyclospora parasite. The major symptom is watery diarrhea lasting a few days to a few months. Additional symptoms may include loss of appetite, fatigue, weight loss, abdominal cramps, bloating, increased gas, nausea, vomiting and a low fever. People who think they may have a cyclospora infection should contact their health care provider.

<![CDATA[Vigil Planned for Plano Teen Killed in Weekend Crash]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:43:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ben-Baker-III-Scene.jpg

A teen was killed and another saved from a burning vehicle that crashed in Plano early Sunday.

The driver of a 2002 Chevy Tahoe was traveling northbound on Preston Road in the right lane when Plano police said he lost control and struck a traffic signal pole and caught fire at Tennyson Parkway.

Onlookers stopped to help and pull people from the SUV, but the vehicle was engulfed in flames before the driver could be pulled out, Plano police spokesman David Tilley told NBC 5.

The driver of the Tahoe was identified as 18-year-old Alger Ben Baker III. The passenger, Daniel Payton Muschock, 18, was taken to a hospital with a severe leg injury.

Muschock is expected to fully recover.

Baker's father, Ben Baker Jr., said his son excelled in the classroom, maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average, along with playing basketball and running track. And he was heading to Baylor University in the fall.

"He was excited. We were excited for him. That's what I want folks to know. My wife and I, we both graduated from Baylor. We were proud that my son was headed there,"

The teen's father said he would not have been surprised if he ended up working for his son one day.

"He was just destined for great things. He was going to major in international business with probably a double-major in Spanish, possible minor in real estate like his father," said Ben Baker Jr. "I was proud he was about to embark on an amazing journey."

The Plano West High School graduate worked at Bahama Bucks, where his coworkers and friends say they called him the "King of Bahama Bucks," because he worked there since it opened and perfected the perfect Snow Cone.

"He always made you feel like you were the most important person, no matter what you were talking about. He was always interested and there for you," said friend Kelcye Blankenship-Lackland.

The store is closing early Monday, so everyone who works there can attend a vigil for Baker. And on Tuesday, all proceeds collected at Bahama Bucks will go to the teen's family.

"Ben wasn't happy unless his friends were happy, and that's what he tried to do every day. Make everyone happy," said friend Alex Bailey.

The cause of the deadly crash remains under investigation.

NBC 5's Brian Roth contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Experts Urge Parents to Check Hot Cars for Kids]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:37:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Heat_Keeps_Some_From_Greater_Hartford_Jazz_Festival_1200x675_487292483824.jpg

With more triple-digit temperatures in the forecast, injury prevention specialists at Children's Health in Dallas are warning parents to be careful and not leave children inside hot cars.

"The sun really isn't a factor in it being so hot in a car," said Jamie Pelletier, injury prevention specialist at Children's Health. "It's definitely going to contribute to making it more hot, but even at nighttime the car can still be dangerously hot."

With the outside temperature at 100 degrees, a thermometer placed inside a car hit 117 degrees in just 10 minutes Monday.

"Children can't regulate their body temperature the same way an adult does," said Pelletier. "So even minutes in a car can be deadly for a child."

She recommends that parents leave something in the back seat to remind them a child is in the car.

"What I always like to tell parents is that you need to leave something in the vehicle that is absolutely necessary for you to have when you exit the vehicle," said Pelletier. "Just something that you cannot leave the car without so that you have to check in the backseat for that item."

A new car seat by Evenflo, sold at Walmart, sounds an alarm if a child is left inside a car after it has been turned off.

On Monday, a North Texas father was charged with abandoning a child in imminent danger after his 2-year-old daughter died earlier this month after being trapped in a hot car.

Hamuda Raufu, 40, told police he and his family returned home on July 17 and took a nap after a long day at Fair Park, believing all of the children had exited the vehicle. Raufu said after he woke up, he went outside to work on his car when he noticed his daughter, Sekinat Nariyah Raufu, still strapped into her car seat.

She was pronounced deceased a short time later at the hospital.

<![CDATA[Denton Looks to Fill in Fiber Optic Internet Gaps]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:51:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Denton+Square+072715.jpg

Leaders in Denton are considering the option of laying city-owned fiber optic lines to provide better high-speed internet access to citizens.

City Councilman Greg Johnson said he was meeting with staff Monday afternoon on the topic as they looked at their legal options in the matter.

He said as a city utility they could potentially provide internet service to citizens, much like they do trash and electricity, or look into providing the infrastructure at least so companies could get the service to residents and businesses in town.

The topic comes up as concerns have over the current fiber optic offerings in town.

Right now, Verizon offers their FiOS internet service to many locations in Denton, but not all.

Johnson, who also runs Verus Real Estate in the city, said he's come across several properties that show up on Verizon's website as FiOS ready, but when they call the company they find the location is not on the grid.

Desiree Ferguson, who is currently looking for a new building for her small business in town, said it has caused frustration as her current building has FiOS but every bigger space she looks at, some only blocks away, do not.

"Looked at several buildings and really, really like them, and every single one of them, it's not available," said Ferguson.

Verizon spokesman Bob Elek said Monday that the company is currently focusing its funding on projects across the country, but in many of their older fiber optic areas they have no plans to expand their lines. That includes Denton.

The company can offer speeds comparable to FiOS by supplying businesses with multiple T1 lines or other options, but Elek said unfortunately that can often be a bit more expensive.

However, he said plans are being finalized to sell the fiber optic infrastructure in the area to Frontier Communications early next year, and once they take over that company would have the option to expand if they chose. But Elek said that sale has nothing to do with the lack of expansion currently in Denton and several other markets across the United States.

Johnson, displeased with the lack of expansion, brought up the issues last week to the rest of the city council where they decided to start exploring other options to complete Denton's fiber optic network.

"We've got to do something," said Johnson, "The president even said in an article two weeks ago high-speed fiber is no longer a luxury, it's a basic utility."

Several companies in Denton offer other internet options, but Johnson and other business owners in town said fiber optic speeds tend to be much faster and are quickly becoming a "must have" in the business marketplace.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Recall Righty Klein, Send Bass to Minors]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:24:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/474146840.jpg

The Texas Rangers have recalled right-hander Phil Klein from Triple-A Round Rock.

Texas brought back Klein before its series opener Monday against the AL East-leading New York Yankees. In two previous stints with the Rangers, Klein had an 8.25 ERA in eight games.

Right-hander Anthony Bass, whose 51 2/3 relief innings were third-most in the majors, was sent to Round Rock after back-to-back appearances Saturday and Sunday.

Right-hander Ross Ohlendorf was designated for assignment after 10 relief appearances during an injury rehab assignment at Round Rock.

He was 1-0 with a save and a 3.52 ERA in eight games for Texas before going on the disabled list June 7 with a right groin strain.

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<![CDATA[Arrest Made After Child Dies in Hot Car]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:31:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Hamuda-Raufa.jpg

A North Texas father is facing criminal charges after his 2-year-old daughter died earlier this month after being trapped in a hot car.

Hamuda Raufu, 40, told police he and his family returned home on July 17 and took a nap after a long day at Fair Park, believing all of the children had exited the vehicle. Raufu said after he woke up, he went outside to work on his car when he noticed his daughter, Sekinat Nariyah Raufu, still strapped into her car seat.

Raufu said he took the toddler inside and his wife performed CPR for 30 minutes before they drove to Children's Medical City Hospital in Dallas. They arrived shortly before 7 p.m. and the child was declared dead about 30 minutes later. Child Protective Services was then notified.

In a news release on July 27, Dallas police said during their investigation into the child's death, "additional information was developed regarding the circumstances of the child’s death, the actions of both parents, and other child witnesses." From that, a warrant was issued for Raufu's arrest and he was taken into custody Monday by officers with the U.S. Marshals Office.

Raufu has been charged with abandoning a child in imminent danger and his bond is set at $5,000.

No other charges have been made at this time.

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<![CDATA[AA Passengers Evacuated on Landing Due to Hazy Cabin]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:35:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/aa-md-802.jpg

Passengers on board American Airlines Flight 1387 from Kansas City, Missouri to Dallas were evacuated after landing at D/FW International Airport Monday morning.

The pilot of the American Airlines MD-80 landed safely at 7:53 a.m., the airline said, but a mechanical issue left a haze in the cabin.

Emergency crews met the plane after touchdown and evacuated the passengers.

A woman who said she was on board the aircraft told KSNT-TV the haze had an irritating chemical smell.

No injuries have been reported and the airline has not said what caused the haze to fill the cabin.

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<![CDATA[AG Lynch: Easing Police Distrust a Top Goal]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:39:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Loretta-Lynch-29-April-2015.jpg

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says one of her top priorities remains alleviating an "epidemic of distrust" between communities and law enforcement.

Lynch discussed tensions between minority communities and police agencies during a speech Monday in Houston at the national convention of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the country's largest African-American women's organization.

Lynch did not mention any specific incidents related to this tension, including the in-custody death in nearby Waller County, Texas, of Sandra Bland, a black woman who authorities say hanged herself earlier this month in her cell after a traffic-stop confrontation with a white officer.

Lynch says she's determined to take on the tension between minorities and law enforcement as well as other issues "not only to build a stronger nation, but to empower its people."

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<![CDATA[Omni Dallas Hotel Adds Rooftop Beehives]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:29:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Omni+Hotel+Bees+Dallas.JPG

Some North Texas bees are getting a second chance, and fans of honey could be the real winners here.

The bees were collected from homes and businesses who saw them as a nuisance. But instead of destroying the bees, the Austin-based nonprofit American Honey Bee Protection Agency, took them to the rooftop of the Omni Hotel in Dallas Monday.

"Bees like to keep their hives between 95-105 degrees anyway, and the roof is about 105 degrees all the time, so kind of a perfect match for the bees," said Walter Schumacher, CEO and 'bee-czar' of the American Honey Bee Protection Agency. "And what we're going to do here is we're going to put hundreds of potted plants and basically do a rooftop garden that will both help sourcing the food in the restaurants below but also the bees. So we'll be making food for people and food for bees."

The bees will continue to make honey up there, and that honey will then be used by chefs inside the Omni Dallas restaurant.

"It's a great partnership with Walter and his company to bring fresh honey to our restaurant that we can utilize in different variations of dressings, marinades, cocktails and just, overall, we can utilize it in our whole hotel - not just in our restaurant but also maybe in the gift shop," said executive chef Donald Chalko.

Schumacher said an added benefit to the hundreds of new honeybees in the neighborhood is that people who have gardens within a couple miles of the hotel will notice their plants' pollination will improve.

The American Honey Bee Protection Agency also recently moved bees to the roof of the Central Market grocery on Lovers Lane in Dallas, and there are already bee populations on the roofs at Omni properties in Austin and San Antonio.

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<![CDATA[Whataburger Named Best Burger by Fast Company]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:09:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/whataburger-cheeseburger-fries-drink.jpg

Fast Company confirms what many Texans already believe — Whataburger is the best fast-food hamburger restaurant in these United States.

The super-official bracket was quartered into East Coast, West Coast, South (Gulf Coast?) and Mid-West divisions — with Texas chains Whataburger, Burger Street and Fuddruckers seeded in the South.

Each day beginning July 20 readers could log on and vote for their favorite in each round with the champion being decided on July 24.

Object though you may, Tennessee's tiny Krystal dispatched Burger Street's Deluxe in the first round before being avenged by Houston-based Fuddruckers in the second round.

Whataburger won their first round matchup, beating something called The Varsity, before sending Checkers and their Big Buford back to Tampa, Florida in the second round.

The third round winner between Whataburger and Fuddruckers would head to the quarterfinals — and only one Texas chain could advance.

Fuddruckers fell and Whataburger advanced.

In the quarterfinal round Whataburger faced a tough new opponent fresh on the DFW landscape — In-N-Out burger. Voters would ultimately decide In-N-Out's fresh and friendly offerings were no match for Whataburger orange — and the Whataburger was bound for the final.

Culver's ButterBurgers won the Mid-West and faced-off against the East Coast's Five Guys, which is also popular in DFW. Ultimately, ButterBurgers lost and Culver's was sent back to Wisconsin.

In the final round, for the title of The Best Burger in America, Virginia's Five Guys and their fresh-made fries lined up against Texas' classic Whataburger. While the battle, I'd imagine, was a greasy epic, the Whataburger came out on top as America's favorite.

No surprise here ... or to Karl and Carol Hoepfner, a Texas couple who, in 2011, began a quest to visit all 722 Whataburger locations.

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<![CDATA[Kroger Recalls 4 Spices Over Salmonella Fears]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:06:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd_krogerapjpg_bim.jpg

Kroger is recalling four spices over concerns about salmonella.

The spices being recalled are:

  • Kroger Bac'n Buds: 12 oz containers UPC: 1111070025
  • Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper: 17.1 oz containers UPC: 1111070041
  • Kroger Ground Cinnamon: 18.3 oz containers UPC: 1111070034
  • Kroger Garlic Powder: 24.7 oz containers UPC: 1111070039

Salmonella, accordign to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sickens 1 million every year in the United States. Of those 1 million, 19,000 require hospitalization and 380 are killed.

"Most persons infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection.The illness usually lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment. However, in some, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized," the CDC reports.

The recall affects the following Kroger stores, as well as those in Texas.

Affects: Kroger Stores located in Georgia; South Carolina; Auburn, Alabama; Central and Northwest Ohio; Northwestern Virginia panhandle; Michigan; Indiana (except SE Indiana, -Evansville-); Illinois; Eastern Missouri; Greater Memphis area, Tennessee; Arkansas; Mississippi; Western Kentucky; Hopkinsville and Bowling Green, Kentucky; Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee; Huntsville, Alabama; North Carolina; Virginia; Eastern West Virginia; Eastern Kentucky; Southeastern Ohio; Texas and Louisiana; Jay C, Dillons, King Soopers, Fry's, Fred Meyer, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, Smiths

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<![CDATA[Shooter At-Large After Dallas Drive-By]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:32:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/206*120/Generic+Police+Generic+Lights+Generic+Police+Lights.JPG

The Dallas Police Department is searching for the gunman in an early Monday morning drive-by shooting.

Dallas police were called to the 2500 block of Britton Avenue at about 4:40 a.m. after a shooting was reported.

Upon arrival, police discovered a man was shot in the leg after witnesses said someone drove up in a dark-colored vehicle and fired several shots.

The gunman then drove away, headed eastbound on Elmore Avenue.

Police said the victim was transported to Methodist Hospital where he is being treated for a gunshot wound. His identity and condition have not been released.

A description of the gunman and his vehicle have not yet been made available.

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<![CDATA[Mavs Plug Middle With Re-Tread Dalembert]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:09:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Samuel-Dalembert.jpg

To raise a child, it takes a village. To replace DeAndre Jordan, it takes a gaggle.  Of centers.

Zaza Pachulia and now familiar face Samuel Dalembert, come on down! And in the on-deck circle, perhaps Summer League star Maurice NDour, Tunisian big man Salah Mejri and maybe even talented flake JeVale McGee. Oh, and the Mavs also drafted Satnam Singh.

In other words, the scramble to pick up the pieces shattered by Jordan’s rude, free-agent about-face is an on-going process.

In their latest attempt to be successful on a budget, the Mavs are bringing back Dalembert. Last time we saw him – in 2014 – he was alternating double-doubles with indifferent performances accented by oversleeping and missing practices. Now 34, he’s a big-bodied veteran who will keep the Mavs from getting embarrassed in the paint.

Nothing more. Nothing less.

Dalembert, traded by the Mavs last summer to the Knicks in the Tyson Chandler deal, was waived by New York in January and was out of the league the last half of the season. His return to the Mavs means he’ll play with seven different teams in seven consecutive seasons.

When the Mavs finally return to being a playoff team and a legit contender, Dalembert will not be on their roster.

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[AA Flight to DFW Returns to Beijing, Jet Damaged by Hail]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:58:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/aa-787-dreamliner.jpg

An American Airlines flight headed to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport had to return to Beijing, China after the plane was damaged in a storm Monday morning.

Shortly after takeoff, flight AA88 encountered a hailstorm that damaged the nose of the Dreamliner, according to airline officials.

The pilots were able to return the plane to Beijing safely.

Officials said they are inspecting the plane and making arrangements for passengers.

American Airlines began using the Boeing 787 Dreamliner for direct flights between D/FW and Beijing June 2.

Stay tuned to NBC 5 for the latest developments.

<![CDATA[2 Pedestrians Struck by Commuter in Euless: Police]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:35:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/police-lights-shutterstock_182553881.jpg

A man and a woman were struck by a driver heading to work in Euless Monday morning, according to police.

The two pedestrians were hit in the 3600 block of Tarrant Main Street at about 5:30 a.m., Fort Worth Police Department spokesman Daniel Segura said.

The man was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital by medical helicopter. The woman was transported to a hospital by ambulance. Their conditions are not known.

Police said the driver remained at the scene.

Stay tuned to NBC 5 for the latest updates.

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<![CDATA[Car Crashes into Cow on U.S. Highway 75 in Melissa]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:44:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/car-v-cow.jpg

At least one person was involved in a crash involving a car and a cow on U.S. Highway 75 in Melissa early Monday morning. [[318615311 ,C]]

Tony Pallagonia said it was too late to stop by the time he saw the cow lying on U.S. 75 near Exit 46 at 4:28 a.m.

Pallagonia said his air bags went off when he crashed into the cow, but he was not injured.

NBC 5 has not yet confirmed reports of a second vehicle being involved in the crash.

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<![CDATA[Woman Injured Carrying Daughter from Burning Apartment]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:40:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/st-augustine-fire.jpg

At least six people are homeless after six residences at a Dallas apartment complex caught fire early Monday morning.[[318613601,C]]

Dallas Fire-Rescue officials said they responded to the fire at the Spruce Square Apartments in the 400 block of South St. Augustine Drive at 1:14 a.m.

Residents told NBC 5 that maintenance workers and other residents woke them up to escape the fire that destroyed one upstairs unit. At least three other residences sustained water damage.

Resident Gekeira Cleveland cut her hand as she carried her 3-year-old daughter, Layla, out of a broken window. She said it was a terrifying ordeal for she and her daughter to wake up to the fire.

“I was scared for her,” she said. “I didn’t know what we were going to see on the other side of the window."

No other injuries were reported.

The fire was caused by "careless smoking" by someone in a second-story unit, according to Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason L. Evans.

The American Red Cross went to the apartments to help those left homeless. Some residents were given empty apartments in the complex, but said they were still in need of blankets and other items.

NBC 5's Chris Van Horne contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Texas Offender Re-Entry Program Celebrates 10 Years]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:35:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Convict_Grads_Texas1.jpg

One by one, dressed in caps and gowns, Sunday was an extra special day for a group of 135 graduates.

But those walking across the stage Sunday were not your typical graduates -- they are graduates of Bishop T.D. Jakes' Texas Offender ReEntry Initiative (TORI).

"TORI is an intensive 12-month case management program that offers six core services: employment, housing, education, family reunification, health care and spiritual guidance. The program helps former inmates transition to life outside the penal system, dramatically increasing chances for success and reducing the likelihood of recidivism," said The Potter's House, Jakes' Dallas church, in a statement. "TORI has served more than 10,000 formerly incarcerated individuals returning to Texas. The U.S. recidivism rate is 67 percent of former prisoners re-arrested and 52 percent re-incarcerated within three years of release. The T.O.R.I. program's recidivism rate is at a low nine percent."

Ladaryl Fisher is one of those former offenders, now a graduate of Jakes' program.

"Within a year and a half, I've got this job that I'm working. I'm in the process of starting by own business. I've gotten engaged and soon to be married," Fisher said.

During the commencement, Jakes addressed the most recent graduates as well as the 10,000 former offenders who have taken part in the program over the last decade.

"God can pull you out and pull you through things you thought you couldn't get through," Jakes said.

"The program was very inspirational to me; very motivating for me. They motivated me to reach my full potential," said alum Shanita Mayberry, who graduated from the program in 2010.

<![CDATA[Police Locate Missing 74-Year-Old Man]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:19:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Sammie_James_Dixon.jpg

Update: Police said they located a 74-year-old man who went missing Sunday afternoon.

Sammie James Dixon walked out of his home between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. He is believed to have attempted to travel to the area of 7000 Troyglen Drive in Dallas.

He had last been seen wearing white tennis shoes, Levi bluejeans and a brown plaid shirt. He is 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 102 pounds. He has gray hair and brown eyes.

Glenn Heights police said Dixon suffers from several medical conditions, including an altered mental status.

Anyone with information is asked to call Glenn Heights police at 972-223-3478.

<![CDATA[Man Leaves Car Curbside, Boards Flight Without Ticket]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:54:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dfw-board-no-ticket.jpg

The Transportation Security Administration is investigating how a man slipped past security and boarded a passenger plane without a ticket at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Sunday night.

Officials with the D/FW Airport Department of Public Safety said a 26-year-old man parked his car curbside at Terminal D and somehow slipped past security and into the terminal.

The man, who has not been identified, then boarded a flight, but was soon removed from the plane, arrested and charged with criminal trespassing after a gate agent called airport security.

How the man slipped past federal employees has not yet been disclosed by officials, however they did release the following statement Monday afternoon.

"TSA is reviewing the incident and is working closely with the airport, local law enforcement and stakeholders to ensure that all of our checkpoints at DFW reflect optimal security configurations. Immediately following this incident, TSA made adjustments to the DFW screening area and has added more barriers, and is working to identify other long-term solutions that may require physical adjustments to the area. As always, TSA continually evaluates checkpoint configurations and passenger flows at all our airports to ensure physical security."

When the man entered the terminal, investigators said he left his vehicle parked curbside at the terminal — sparking a security response.

While officials poured over the vehicle, airport visitors were redirected to Terminal D entrances at D16 and D40. The man's vehicle was later found to pose no threat and the the all-clear was given at about 9:30 p.m.

The flight the man wanted to take was delayed, but all other flights operated on a normal schedule, airport officials said.

NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff, Frank Heinz, Todd L. Davis and Brian Roth contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Children Injured After Branch Falls on Bounce House]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 20:14:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bounce+house_generic.jpg

Two children were taken to a hospital and several others injured when a tree branch fell on an inflatable bounce house at a party in Garland.

Paramedics were called just after 10 p.m. Saturday to a home in the 500 block of Alto Drive where several kids were attending a birthday party, Garland fire spokeswoman Merill Balanciere said in a statement.

The children were in, or near, a bounce house when a tree branch fell on the inflatable house. Several kids were treated at the scene and two taken to Baylor Garland Hospital.

All injuries were minor, Balanciere said.

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<![CDATA[1 Dead When Fort Worth-Bound Plane Crash in Okla.]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:20:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ok-plane-crash.jpg

A single-engine plane traveling to Fort Worth Spinks Airport from Springfield, Missouri crashed in Oklahoma Sunday afternoon, killing a man, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said.

The Beechcraft Bonanza was carrying a husband and wife when it went down five miles southeast of Colbert, Oklahoma at about 3 p.m., according to Lynn Lunsford, FAA spokesman.

"I talked to one neighbor who said he saw the plane go over, and he said the motor cut out and died," Colbert resident Gaylon Montgomery said. "He said it was quiet as it was cutting through the air, kind of like a glider."

Authorities with the Oklahoma Highway patrol confirm with NBC 5 that one man on board the plane was killed. He was later identified as 64-year-old Charles S Fehr, of Fort Worth.

Fehr's wife, 64-year-old Vicki Fehr, was taken to Medical Center of Plano. At last check Monday morning, she was listed in critical condition.

FAA investigators were called to the crash site, and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified and will take the lead in the investigation, Lunsford said.

NBC 5's Katy Blakey contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Football, Fundraising Join Alzheimer's Fight]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 18:20:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Football_Alzheimers.jpg

Football season is already underway for 200 women competing in the annual Blondes vs Brunettes Dallas, a annual flag football game that raises money for Alzheimer's research.

The annual game pits blondes against brunettes. Both teams spend the summer fundraising for Alzheimer's research and practicing their plays in the Texas heat.

Erin Finegold brought the fundraiser to Dallas after watching her grandmother die from the Alzheimer's.

"It's so hard to watch," said Erin, who watched her grandmother and loved ones cope with the disease for several years.

That personal connection to Alzheimer's and its devastating consequences motivate players and coaches year after year.

"So many people are afflicted by it some way, shape or form," said Troy Miller, who returned to BvB Dallas to coach Team Blonde for the fifth time.

Each participant must raise $1,000 to play on game day. This year, the organization set a new goal of raising $600,000. Every dollar will stay in North Texas and benefit the Baylor AT&T Memory Center and The Center for Vital Longevity at The University of Texas Dallas.

"They want to go out and raise the money," said Finegold. "They are passionate about the cause."

Ten weeks of fundraising and football has fostered life-long friendships.

"If feels like a giant family," said player Lauren Kluempers. "Everyone that's involved is really, really close."

"It's hard to describe," said rookie Lauren Harris. "It's been amazing."

"Being able to come back out every single year and being able to raise money for the research so that they try to find a cure as soon as possible for our generation -- that's huge," said Miller.

A donation of $25 will get you a ticket to the Aug. 8 game at the Cotton Bowl and admission into the after-party.

For more on tickets and donating, visit: bvbdallas.org

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<![CDATA[Good Samaritan Killed in Lewisville Crash]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 22:25:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lewisville_Crash.jpg

A teenage man who stopped to help the victims of an early-morning crash was killed when another car crashed into the them early Sunday morning, according to police.

Lewisville police responded to a call Sunday morning at 4:36 a.m. regarding a four vehicle crash near the 2400 block of Interstate 35E northbound.

A witness told police two vehicles stopped on the highway to help people inside an SUV that rolled over. A fourth car struck both vehicles and a pedestrian who was out of a vehicle trying to help.

The pedestrian struck was later identified as 18-year-old Luis Mario Aleman-Mendoza by the Tarrant County medical examiner.

His cousin in Little Elm said Aleman was visiting for the summer from Juarez, Mexico. He recently graduated from high school and wanted to attend college, according to his cousin Maria Mojica. She describes him as always willing to help others.

“That was his nature, he was such a good person,” Mojica said, “He was such a good guy.”

Mojica was with Aleman when the accident happened. She tells NBC 5 they were returning home from celebrating a family member’s birthday at their aunt’s house in Dallas.

"He died helping somebody, regardless if the person was drunk or anything regardless," Mojica said. "He got out, he help, without even thinking of anything. He's our hero."

Aleman-Mendoza was taken to Medical Center-Lewisville where he later died from his injuries. The driver who hit him was taken to Parkland Hospital in Dallas with unknown injuries. Police said he is cooperating with the investigation and does not currently face charges.

The driver from the original car crash, 32-year-old Tristan Harris of Lewisville, is charged with intoxication assault with serious bodily injury. A passenger inside his vehicle was transported to Plano Presbyterian Hospital with unknown injuries.

Police said alcohol may have been a contributing factor in both collisions. Harris was held in the Lewisville jail before arraignment.

NBC 5's Brian Roth contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Argument Leads to Gunshots, 1 Dead]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 16:37:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fort_Worth_Shooting_7_26.jpg

Police say an argument between two men led to a deadly shooting in Fort Worth Saturday evening.

Fort Worth police were called to a home in the 3200 block of Northwest 29th Street at 9:32 p.m. Saturday, according to a statement released by Daniel Segura, Fort Worth police spokesman.

A preliminary investigation revealed an argument took place between an adult male resident at the location and an another man who had been visiting. The visitor left after he was asked to leave, but later forced his way back into the home, Segura said.

The visitor, later identified as 38-year-old Julian Torrez, was shot by the resident, Segura said. Torrez was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said no arrests were made, but the case remained an active homicide investigation.

<![CDATA[Fire Destroys McKinney Home, No Injuries Despite Heat]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 22:29:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mckinney_Fire_7_26.jpg

Triple-digit temperatures caused McKinney firefighters to call in extra help Sunday afternoon after a fire broke out at a home on the 500 block of North Pearson Avenue.

Firefighters said one person was home at the time of the fire, which started in the attached garage at 2:40 p.m., officials said. Nearly two-dozen firefighters responded to the fire and took turns fighting the blaze while others tried to stay cool in the shade.

“The heat is always a big concern, in weather on days like this” said fire department spokeswoman Stacy Durham said. "They go to a rehab center where they re-hydrate, they have cold water, they have Gatorade, they have appropriate snacks and they have towels that are dipped into ice water that they can cool down."

No firefighters were hurt battling the blaze or the heat of the sun.

Firefighters deemed the home to be a total loss and crews took defensive action to keep the flames from spreading.

“My sister-in-law called me and told me that the house was on fire, so by the time we got here it was almost over” says Ilse Molina, who lived in the house with her in-laws

“I hope I can get my stuff out, and I hope I find another house quick”, said Molina.

The fire started in the garage, and a propane tank stored inside it exploded after the fire started.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

NBC 5's Kevin Cokely contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Elderly Mother Dead in Dallas House Fire]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 16:11:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Gatewood_Fire.jpg

A fire at a Northeast Dallas home left an elderly mother dead and her son homeless early Sunday.

First responders arrived to find the home in the 11300 block of Gatewood Place completely engulfed in flames just after 4 a.m.

Firefighters said two people, an adult man and his elderly mother, were in the house when the fire began. The son was able to make it out safely, but neighbors told first responders a woman was still inside the house.

Due to the intensity and advanced stage of the fire, firefighters made the judgment to not enter the house, due to safety concerns, a fire spokesman said in a statement.

A team of cadaver dogs was called in to help in the search for the woman's body. Her body was found near the rear of the home, in what investigators determined to be the kitchen area.

A family dog was also lost in the fire.

The names of the victims was not released, and the investigation continues pending final medical examiner's results.

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<![CDATA[Man Faces Murder Charge in Mesquite Death]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 15:49:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Patrick_Gilstrap_51_Mesquite.jpg

Dallas police say a man is in custody for the murder of a man who was found dead at the Spanish Meadow Apartments late Saturday afternoon.

Police were called to the apartments at 2500 East Meadows Drive just before 5 p.m. Officers found the body of a man on arrival, according to Derek Rohde, Mesquite police chief.

Police arrested 51-year-old Patrick Gilstrap in connection to the murder.

Investigators did not release information on what may have caused the man's death or his identity.

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<![CDATA[Texas Thunder Truck Tracks #DFWFlooding]]> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 10:59:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+THunder+Truck+New+Image+Storms.jpg

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