<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:36:33 -0500 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:36:33 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[DFW Liberian Community Reacts To Local Ebola Patient]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:16:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DFW+Liberian+Church.jpg

Word that a patient at a Dallas hospital is being treated for Ebola after arriving in North Texas from West Africa has alarmed the local Liberian community.

For weeks, NBC 5 has tracked the progress of a local group's efforts to raise money and supplies to help Ebola patients in their native Liberia.

On Tuesday, they learned the virus is now in Dallas.

"We have people going and coming every day, so like I said, this is shocking, because they take all the necessary precautions over there at the airport and even when they get here," said Carolyn Woahloe, head of the local Liberian Nurses Association.

According to the president of the Liberian Community Association of DFW, there are any where between 5,000 and 10,000 Liberians in North Texas.

Many of them travel back and forth from their home country often.

The president of the LCADFW told NBC 5 he does not personally know the Dallas Ebola patient, but the group is planning an informative meeting to let the public know of the need to seek medical help if anyone had contact with the patient.

"Whoever came in contact with this family of ours, they just don't need to be afraid. They just need to go to the hospital, [and] say, 'Hey, I was there. I greeted him.' Just go get checked out, the family and friends and everyone else who came in contact with him," said Woahloe.

Nine Liberian churches operate in Dallas and Fort Worth, according to LCADFW.



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Health Officials Address Dallas Ebola Case]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:37:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Health+Presbyterian+Hospital+daytime+wide.jpg

National and local health officials addressed reporters Tuesday after test results confirmed the first case of Ebola in the United States. A patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has been placed in strict isolation following the diagnosis.

Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, discusses the first Ebola case in Dallas, saying: "We will stop it here."

Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, talks about the patient who came to Texas to visit family and has been hospitalized and diagnosed with Ebola.

Dr. Edward Goodman, hospital epidemiologist at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, talks about the patient diagnosed with Ebola.

Zachary Thompson, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, details Dallas County's response to an Ebola patient in Dallas, saying: "Your public health is our No. 1 priority."

Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, covers the steps the state is taking to deal with the first case of Ebola diagnosed in Dallas.



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<![CDATA[Ebola Ambulance Crew Quarantined]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:28:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Fire-Rescue-Vehicle.jpg

The Dallas Fire-Rescue ambulance crew who transported the man infected with Ebola to the hospital has been quarantined, according to the City of Dallas.

The City of Dallas said Tuesday that the crew took all safety precautions and has been quarantined according to Centers for Disease Control and Dallas County Health guidelines.

Should the ambulance crew members develop symptoms, investigators will then determine with whom they came into contact and monitor those people for symptoms as well.

The ambulance used to transport the man has been pulled from service at Station 37 in 6700 block of Greenville Avenue.

Chopper 5 showed Dallas Fire-Rescue ambulance 37 parked away from all other vehicles at the training center in the 5000 block of Dolphin Road. The ambulance was wrapped in red caution tape and blocked in.

The number of people in the DFR crew being monitored is not known.

The City of Dallas said it has activated the city's Emergency Operations Center and is on Level 2: High Readiness after receiving confirmation that Dallas has the first diagnosed Ebola case in the nation. The person moved to Dallas from Liberia a week ago.



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<![CDATA[What to Know: How Ebola Is Spread]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:10:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/456202288.jpg

The first confirmed case of Ebola in the United States immediately sparked concerns about who may have been exposed, and helped shed light on how the potentially deadly virus is, and isn't, spread.

Ebola can only be spread by infected people who show symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. If an exposed person does not develop symptoms within 21 days of exposure, the person will not become sick with Ebola, according to the CDC.

"There is no risk to people who have been in contact with those who have been sick with Ebola and recovered, or people who have been exposed and have not yet shown symptoms," the CDC's director Dr. Thomas Frieden explained Tuesday, after confirming that a patient in Dallas had tested positive.

That patient recently flew to the United States from Liberia, one of the West African countries now grappling with a deadly Ebola outbreak. Because he showed no signs of sickness until four days after landing in the U.S., however, officials are not worried about travelers who were on the plane with him.

The initial spread of the Ebola virus to humans is unknown, although researchers believe that "patient zero" in the recent West Africa outbreak became infected through contact with an infected animal, possibly a bat, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Once a person is infected, the CDC said there are several ways Ebola can spread to other people via direct contact with:

  • Blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola, including but not limited to urine, saliva, feces, vomit and semen
  • Objects contaminated with the virus, like syringes or other medical equipment
  • Infected animals, by contact with blood or fluids or infected meat

Direct contact through broken skin or mucus membranes is key, as the CDC said Ebola cannot be spread through the air or by water or food. However, that may not have been the case in some cases in Africa, where Ebola may have been spread through the handling of wild animals hunted for food and contact with infected bats, according to the CDC.

The following symptoms can appear from two to 21 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Unexplained bleeding or bruising
  • Muscle pain

Generally, after 21 days, if an exposed person has not developed symptoms, he or she will not become sick, the CDC said.

However, the Ebola virus has been found in semen for up to three months after exposure, so those who have recovered from the virus are advised not to have sex, or else only to have sex using condoms, during that time, according to the CDC.



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<![CDATA[Keller "Black Widow" Sentenced to 60 Years in Prison]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:35:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/michele-williams-court.jpg

A Tarrant County jury has sentenced a Keller woman to 60 years in prison for the October 2011 death of her husband.

Monday evening, the jury found Michele Williams guilty of both murder and tampering with a firearm.

Prosecutors said she shot her husband, Greg Williams, in the bedroom of their home and then lied about it to investigators and family members.

The jury sentenced Michele Williams to 60 years on the murder charge and to 10 years on the tampering charge. She will serve the sentences concurrently.

Jurors were in deliberation for about two hours Tuesday to decide Williams’s fate, a day after she was found guilty of the charges.

Williams' defense attorneys said she panicked after her husband committed suicide because she was trying to protect the couple's 4-year-old daughter.

The jury received the case around 10:50 a.m. Monday and requested several pieces of evidence to review several hours into their deliberations.

During closing arguments early Monday, the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office said the evidence, while circumstantial, points in just one direction. That direction is Michele Williams, they said.

"None of this makes sense if you are to believe her suicide story," Sheila Wynn, an assistant district attorney, said to the jury.

Wynn and Assistant District Attorney Jack Strickland said the actions of Williams in the aftermath of her husband's shooting death shows that she was guilty.

They said the physical and scientific evidence also prove that the only person who could have pulled the trigger was Williams.

"She walked into that room and took dead aim at the right side of his head and fired once and killed him," Wynn said. "And that’s the end of the story."

Wynn highlighted how Williams' story kept changing as the investigation and time went on. She first told police an intruder did it, but evidence soon showed there was no forced entry into the home.

"What happened? A green Martian came down and did it?" Wynn said.

Three hours into an interview with police, she said her husband killed himself and she tried to cover it up.

But Strickland, demonstrating to the jury with the murder weapon and a ruler, said that would be impossible for her husband to do.

"How do you do that? How do you get your hand to do that?" Strickland said.

A state witness testified that the muzzle of the gun was six to 24 inches away from Greg Williams' head when he was shot.

The defense countered in its arguments that it was possible and that the state's premise of Michele Williams getting on the bed and shooting her husband was implausible.

The attorneys were critical of the physical evidence and the handling of the investigation.

Cody Cofer also said there was no money-related motive for murder, as the prosecution had suggested.

"She's not a career criminal, ladies and gentlemen," said Clay Graham. "This is not something she had time to think about. She panicked."

In the end, the defense attorneys argued for a not-guilty verdict on the murder charge, nearly conceding that she had indeed tampered with evidence.

"The worst thing our system can do is convict an innocent person," Cofer said. "That’s a decision you’ll have to live with for the rest of your lives."

But the district attorney's office said it was clear if they made the decision, they would be in the right.

"The blunt truth here folks is that this woman is a coldblooded killer," Strickland said.

The prosecution presented evidence Tuesday that Williams removed her ankle monitor while she was free on bond and went on a vacation. There was also evidence that she lied to the court about being pregnant with twins, which investigators found out was false.

The defense asked for mercy from the jurors Tuesday. But the prosecution argued she didn't deserve it for not only killing her husband, but also for having a reputation for deceiving the court and the people who trusted her.

Williams will have to serve 30 years before she is eligible for parole.

Her attorneys say they plan to file an appeal.



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<![CDATA[Ebola Case Confirmed in Dallas; DFR Crew Isolated]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:24:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Screen+shot+2014-09-30+at+6.01.14+PM.jpg

A person who moved from Liberia to Dallas a week ago has tested positive for Ebola, becoming the first person diagnosed in the U.S. with the potentially deadly virus, the City of Dallas confirmed Tuesday.

The patient was hospitalized at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday after falling ill four days earlier, on Sept. 24.

The Dallas Fire-Rescue ambulance crew who transported the infected man to the hospital is being quarantined and monitored for Ebola symptoms, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings told NBC 5, and the ambulance used to transport the man has been pulled from service.

The number of people in the DFR crew being monitored is not known.

After receiving the Ebola diagnosis, the city activated its Emergency Operations Center and is on Level 2: High Readiness.

The patient showed no symptoms of the virus when he left Liberia on Sept. 19 and arrived in the U.S. a day later, according to CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden.

There was no risk to any fellow airline passengers because the man had no symptoms when he was traveling, Frieden said.

The patient didn't begin developing symptoms of the virus until Sept. 24 and sought care on Friday. He was hospitalized the following Sunday and placed in isolation.

According to the City of Dallas, the patient had moved to Dallas a week ago.

Earlier, officials said the patient came to Dallas to visit family. It is unclear what the unidentified man's nationality is.

At this time, state and federal health officials said there are no other confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola virus in the state.

The CDC is working to identify and monitor all the people who may have come into contact with the patient while he was infectious. Those people, like the DFR fire crew, will be monitored for 21 days for Ebola symptoms.

Should symptoms develop, those patients too will be isolated, and investigators will then determine who they came into contact with and monitor those people for symptoms.

"I have no doubt that we will control this importation or this case of the Ebola so that it does not spread widely in this country. It is certainly possible that someone who had contact with this individual, a family member, or other individual, could develop Ebola in the coming weeks, but there is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here," said Frieden.

The Ebola diagnosis was confirmed Tuesday after specimens were sent from Presbyterian Hospital to the Texas public health laboratory in Austin, the Texas Department of State Health Services said Tuesday.

The Austin lab, which was certified last month to test for Ebola, confirmed the result and sent the sample to the CDC in Atlanta, which confirmed it.

President Barack Obama was briefed about the diagnosis in a call from Frieden, the White House said.

Word of the infection alarmed the local Liberian community.

"People have been calling, trying to find out if anybody knows the family," said Stanley Gaye, president of the Liberian Community Association of Dallas-Fort Worth. "We've been telling people to try to stay away from social gatherings."

Dallas Patient the Fifth Ebola Patient Treated in U.S. This Year

The patient is the fifth person treated for Ebola in the country this year after missionaries Dr. Kent Brantly, Nancy Writebol and Dr. Rick Sacra all contracted the virus while working in West Africa.

The Dallas patient will continue to be treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, according to Dr. Edward Goodman, hospital epidemiologist at Presbyterian.

Both Brantly and Writebol have fully recovered, after they were given experimental drugs and were treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta in August.  

Sacra was treated at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and was released Sept. 25. He had been working in Liberia on behalf of SIM.

The identity and condition of the fourth patient has not been released. It is believed that they are still being treated at Emory Hospital.

Writebol issued a statement Tuesday after learning of the new diagnosis in Dallas on Tuesday.

"We are sad for the family of the patient and pray for recovery to good health. It is a mercy that the best medical care is available. We also pray for the safety of the medical staff attending to the patient," she said.

How is Ebola Spread?

Ebola is a severe, often fatal disease spread through close, direct contact with blood or other bodily fluids of a living or dead person who had contracted Ebola. The virus is only contagious when symptoms are present, and it is not spread through the air, through food or water.

Symptoms for Ebola virus involve a fever, severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and unexplained hemorrhage. Symptoms appear anywhere from two to 21 days after exposure but the average is eight to 10 days.

If someone exposed to Ebola has not shown symptoms for 21 days they are not expected to develop Ebola.

According to the CDC, recovery from Ebola depends on the patient's immune response. People who recover from Ebola infection develop antibodies that last for about 10 years.

The CDC said the United States is well-equipped to manage and treat Ebola and that the chances of an outbreak like the one in West Africa is extremely low.

NBC 5's Ben Russell and Scott Gordon contributed to this report.


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<![CDATA[Hispanic Heritage Month: Engineering Mentors]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:42:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mentors.jpg

NBC 5 is proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month by sharing important and courageous profiles of Latinos living in North Texas.

Martha Gonzales is a proud mother of three women who all grew up to be successful engineers, fulfilling a dream she herself could never realize.

Gonzales left Mexico as a young women, leaving behind her family to immigrate to America and fight for a better life, even though she didn't speak English.

"It’s huge sacrifice being here by yourself, starting all over," she said. "Not having the language is a huge roadblock."

She took community college classes and learned the language, and eventually became an executive assistant at Texas Instruments, a position she's held for nearly 20 years.

Gonzales asked engineers within her company to help mentor her three young daughters and encourage them to pursue careers in math and science. The three sisters also attended math summer camps as kids, with financial support from TI.

Martha Gonzales' commitment to her children’s' education paid off.

Kristine Gonzales attended Northeastern University on a full scholarship, graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in mechanical engineering, and is working towards her Master's Degree. She lives in Boston and works for a prominent engineering and technology firm, BAE Systems.

Kimberly Gonzales attended MIT as an undergraduate and earned her Master's at UT-Austin. She now works at TI, in an office a few feet away from her mother's desk.

Martha's youngest daughter, Karen, is currently in the electrical engineering program at The University of Texas-Austin, and said she'd love to one day work with her sister and mother at Texas Instruments as an engineer.

"It’s a dream come true. They have achieved all my dreams," said Martha, fighting tears.

All three women say they are proud to be so successful in careers usually dominated by men.

"The three of us are very, very close and always have been," said Kristine. "And we've always pushed each other to succeed."

She said her mom always expected them to succeed in school and not take their education for granted.

"When we were younger, we had some friends who’d actually get paid if they got A's on their report card. We thought that was a great idea! So we’d come back and ask mom for $5 for an A, and she said no, that’s expected. She said 'Are you crazy?'"

The women understand it’s a male-dominated industry. As a close-knit Hispanic family, they’ve decided to mentor other young women who dream of careers in math or science.

Last weekend, the family volunteered at the "Latinas in STEM 101" conference at Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas. They spoke with middle and high school students and encouraged them to pursue STEM fields in college.

"It’s important for us to keep it going. To know that engineers can look like us, too," said Kimberly Gonzales. "We need to keep meeting with girls in high school, and talk to them about engineering, know that they can do it, too."
 



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<![CDATA[Accused White House Intruder From Texas Indicted]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:37:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP183397360031.jpg

The man accused of scaling a security fence and getting into the White House with a knife was indicted on federal and local charges Tuesday, according to federal prosecutors.

Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, of Copperas Cove, Texas, is set to appear in federal court Wednesday in Washington.

He was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury after they say he scaled the White House's north perimeter fence, ran across the lawn and entered the presidential mansion on Sept. 19 before agents stopped him.

A District of Columbia grand jury also returned a three-count indictment against Gonzalez Tuesday for unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon, as well as violating two District of Columbia laws: carrying a dangerous weapon outside a home or place of business and unlawful possession of ammunition.

After Gonzalez was arrested incident the White House, the U.S. Attorney's Office says he gave consent to search his vehicle, which contained hundreds of rounds of ammunition, two hatchets and a machete.

The federal charge carries a statutory maximum of 10 years in prison. The D.C. charge of carrying a dangerous weapon carries a maximum of five years, and the charge of unlawful possession of ammunition carries up to one year.

President Barack Obama and his family were away at the time of the incident on Sept. 19.

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<![CDATA[Crash Closes NB U.S. 75 in Melissa]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:12:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/melissa-ax.jpg

Northbound U.S. Highway 75 in Melissa was closed Tuesday afternoon due to a major crash.

Melissa police said as many as eight vehicles are involved in a crash south of Melissa Road and that the road will be closed for an unspecified amount of time.

While the condition of the drivers involved are not known, police said there are no fatalities.

NBC 5 has crews on the way and we'll update this story with more information as soon as it's available.  As this story is developing, elements may change.



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<![CDATA[The DMN's Dr. Seema Yasmin on Ebola]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:30:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dr-seema-yasmin.jpg The Dallas Morning News' public health expert Dr. Seema Yasmin discusses what a positive Ebola virus test would mean for North Texas.

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<![CDATA[Nowitzki Bubbles With Optimism for Upcoming Season]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:22:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk-media-day-interview.jpg

As the Mavericks open training camp, even the normally modest Dirk Nowitzki can’t contain his excitement.

“We got all the talent in the world,” Nowitzki told the media on the dawn of training camp at American Airlines Center. “We just got to make it work. The chemistry has got to be there.”

Having swung and missed at big-fish free agents like Deron Williams and Dwight Howard in the past couple of summers, Nowitzki entered camp with low expectations. But after the acquisitions of Tyson Chandler and Chandler Parsons, it’s obvious the giant German thinks his team in the back in the mix atop the NBA.

“I feel like we got better again,” said the 36-year-old Nowitzki, embarking on his 17th NBA season. “I think every summer, that should be the franchise’s goal. You never want to stay the same or take a step back, especially in my situation as you get older. You want to get better and want to compete like we did in 2011. I feel like we got better and took a great step forward, but we all know how tough the West is. It’s going to be tough to break into the top four. The teams up there are loaded and stacked. But we’re going to go in with a fresh mindset in training camp, work hard for four weeks and then enjoy, hopefully.”
 

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



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<![CDATA[Police: Woman Says Brother Claimed He Exhumed Father]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:15:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/empty+casket.jpg

Authorities said they're investigating after a woman called police and said her brother exhumed their father early Tuesday morning.

Officers responded to a call that someone was breaking into a hearse at the Hughes Crown Hill Funeral Home at 9700 Webb Chapel Road, police said. The suspect had already left when officers arrived at 12:58 a.m.

Police said officers then responded to another call from a woman who said her brother dug their father out of his grave and took his body to a home in the 2000 block of Browder Street. When officers arrived at 1:28 a.m., the woman said her brother had played a prank on her and that their father remained in his grave.

While responding to the second call, police said they noticed the woman's brother matched the description of the suspect in the first call about the funeral home burglary. Officers said they arrested him for public intoxication.

Police said they contacted the funeral home that owned the casket and are investigating the incident.

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<![CDATA[Boy Losing His Vision Travels to See Northern Lights]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:45:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Northern+Lights+09302014.jpg

A boy from Texas who is slowly losing his vision from a rare disorder that he was born with traveled to Alaska to see the Northern Lights.

The Pierce family took a special vacation recently so their son Ben could see the spectacle before his vision is gone.

According to his mother Heidi's blog, Ben was born at just 23 weeks and was in the NICU for 109 days. But today Ben's eyesight and various scars are the only indication that he was born early.

His parents were encouraged to show Ben a variety of sights before he loses his vision, so they had him create a wish list of places to go and things to do. One of those things on that list was to see the Northern Lights.

Next, the Pierce family will head to Turner Falls to see Native American dancing and a waterfall.



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<![CDATA[Delta Set to Leave Dallas Love Field Airport]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:25:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/452532224.jpg

Starting next month, Delta Airlines will no longer be flying in and out of Dallas Love Field Airport.

The city of Dallas told Delta that effective Oct. 13 they would no longer be able to offer service at the airport because the airport has run out of room.

The Wright Amendment governing traffic at the airport expires that day canceling the restrictions left intact from 2006. This will allow Dallas Love Field to have a greater number destinations with nonstop flights.

Virgin America is set to take over the two available gates at the airport.

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<![CDATA[Security Guard Gunned Down in Robbery Attempt: Police]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:30:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Security+Gaurd+09302014.jpg

Dallas police are searching for as many as four men after a security guard was gunned down and killed during a robbery attempt early Tuesday morning.

Officials said the men were attempting to rob the Bruton Food Deli on the 2000 block of North Masters Drive in Pleasant Grove when they rushed Rodney Rone, 46, and shot him several times.

Alisa Pennington and her family live near the deli and said they took cover after hearing five or six gunshots.

"I peeked out the window and I saw three guys, but they were totally covered head to toe in black. I saw a gun pointing, but I didn't see anybody else because there is an ice box thing in the way. I don't know, I freaked out. Everyone in my house was yelling and screaming," said Pennington.

After the shooting, witnesses said the men left the deli in two vehicles, a maroon SUV and a gray sedan. A better description of the shooter(s) and vehicles are not yet available.

Pennington said she and her family rushed to help Rone, who, according to witnesses, had been shot in the chest and leg.

"He was lying right over there on the ground near the ice box, real short breaths, he wasn't doing too well," Pennington said.

Paramedics rushed Rone to Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas where he later died. 

Pennington added that she only knew the guard by his first name, but said she was devastated to learn of his death. Her family said they planned to put flowers in front of the store in his memory.

"He was very courteous, He didn't try to make problems or confrontations unless need be. He just tried to do his job," Pennington said.

Two female clerks who were inside the deli when the shooting occurred were not injured and it is not yet known what, if anything, the men took from the deli.

Dallas police said the investigation into the shooting is ongoing. The business has security cameras and investigators are reviewing the security footage to see if the men can be identified.

NBC 5's Frank Heinz contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Football Player Loses Father to Domestic Violence]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:54:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Domestic+Violence+Vow+091714.jpg

Domestic violence hit very close to home for a member of the Adamson High School football team who, along with his teammates, recently took a pledge to stand up to violence at home.

Head coach Josh Ragsdale had to pull a player aside during a game Thursday and tell him that his father shot his ex-girlfriend multiple times before shooting and killing himself.

"I hate that domestic violence has hit us in the mouth, but our kids are responding," said Ragsdale.

The team has supported the player after the incident and is encouraged to work even harder to stop domestic violence.

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<![CDATA[North Texas Keeps Close Watch on Enterovirus]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:06:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd_enterovirus_d68.jpg

At least a few extra families started off their week with a trip to the Denton County Health Department Monday, getting their kids checked out "just in case" now that enterovirus-D68 has showed up in the county.

On Friday, the county health department announced one child hospitalized for the illness that has affected at least 11 children in North Texas and about 443 people in 40 states across the country as of Monday.

Denton County Health Director Dr. Matt Richardson said the good news is that the child in the Denton County case has been treated and released from the hospital, and so far no other cases or possible cases have been brought to his attention.

However, we may only be seeing the start of the virus in the area, he said.

"It really feels like the cases, as more doctors, more physicians are testing for the virus, we're going to see more positives, I think, in the next few weeks," said Richardson.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, EV-D68 can range from a mild to severe respiratory illness that mainly affects children, infants and children.

Health experts said it can be a tricky bug because it usually comes on looking like a normal common cold and then grows worse, developing into symptoms like a fever, wheezing and even trouble breathing.

Richardson said the other challenge is that it's also an illness we're still learning about.

In Colorado, most recently, doctors and the CDC began looking into about 10 cases of children coming down with a neurological illness causing weakness and even paralysis in the limbs. At this point they're still trying to determine how the enterovirus may have playing into that, if at all.

"It's a 'time will tell' sort of thing. It's a very long road," said Dr. Joyce Oleszek, with Children's Hospital of Colorado. "It is still too early to know what the recovery will be for these children."

Doctors at Children's Health in Dallas are trying to determine how the virus is affecting children in North Texas.

"In all likelihood, what we are seeing now, given the large spread of the virus, it's probably through a respiratory route," explained Dr. Jeff Kahn, who leads the infectious disease department at Children's Health.

Kahn said the amount of children displaying symptoms of paralysis is small and appears to be rare.

"In all likelihood, this virus has infected a very large percentage of children, and children who have neurological symptoms are really just the tip of the iceberg," he said.

Health experts recommend folks follow the same prevention tips they do for the flu to avoid this virus. That includes hand washing, disinfecting surfaces, avoiding touching hands to your mouth or eyes and coughing into your arm.



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<![CDATA[Poor Fire Suppression Installations Put DFW Businesses at Risk]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:42:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-000039.jpg

You’ve probably never thought about whether your favorite restaurant is equipped with the proper fire extinguishing system, but it’s an ever-present worry for local fire marshals across the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

All fire safety systems have to be installed and inspected by licensed professionals, but local fire marshals across North Texas said one man is working without a license that could pose a serious safety risk.

Fire investigators from Wylie, Denton and DeSoto met NBC 5 Investigates Consumer Team at Marilyn’s Fine Foods in DeSoto to show our team a fire suppression system they say is poorly installed.

“You come into a business like this. You see one issue; then you start seeing more,” said Brian Gilmore, a fire inspector in Denton.

In Texas, a business installing fire suppression systems has to be registered with the state and have proper insurance. The employee doing the work also needs to be licensed with each company for whom he works. To get that license, he needs to pass a test showing he knows both the state rules and national installation standards.

The system at Marilyn’s Fine Foods was installed by Michael Domino in the spring of 2011. In January of that year, the state had revoked his business registration. State fire leaders said that means Domino installed the system illegally.

Fire inspectors pointed out so many installation problems at Marilyn’s they said they have no assurances the system will work if and when it’s needed. Restaurant owner, Marilyn Terrel, is worried.

“My husband and I have been here 27 years on this corner.  If something happened and it doesn’t work properly, we’ve lost everything. So that’s scary,” said Terrel.

She paid Domino $1,750 for the installed equipment, only to learn she’d have to spend $1,300 more to have it fixed.

“She’s a victim. She’s a complete victim,” said Brian Parker, a fire marshal in DeSoto.

Fire marshals said Terrel is not the only victim. Records from the Texas State Fire Marshal document Domino’s faulty installations at restaurants and other businesses across the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

“We’ve had cases over the last five, six years, at least, involving Michael Domino,” said Mark Lockerman, director of licensing for the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Cases include one in Richardson where fire marshals found he was still servicing equipment long after his business registration had been revoked.

Marshals found that a Domino-installed system in Fort Worth “was inoperative,” and in Rowlett investigators concluded a system he’d been paid to maintain was “unsafe.” 

So in 2012 when Domino tried to renew his fire extinguisher license, he was denied. But fire investigators say that didn’t stop him. Fire investigators said he continued installing and servicing systems illegally.

Wylie fire investigator, Walter Clifton, caught him in the act and arrested him.

“Right place at the right time,” said Clifton. “It was nothing but a mere coincidence for me to walk in and see what happened.”

Domino was ultimately charged with a felony for hanging a state-mandated tag certifying the system is operational. But only someone with a fire extinguisher license can maintain the system and tag the system, and Domino was not licensed.

“Mr. Domino pleaded guilty to the charges and received three years probation as well as 80 hours community service and a $500 fine from Collin County,” said Gilmore.

But as recently as this August, the Fire Prevention Association of North Texas sent an email to its members warning “to keep an eye open” for Domino because he was trying to install a system in Richardson.

By law, without a license, Domino can neither install fire extinguishing systems nor maintain them. But he can legally sell them.

NBC 5 Investigates Consumer Unit called Domino to ask him about his work, and left a number of voice mails.  He didn’t return calls. During a visit to his home, he shut the door when asked about allegations made by local fire investigators.

His lawyer declined an interview as well, writing, “I apologize but I cannot comment on these matters.”

“He’s making a mockery of the system designed to keep us all safe,” said Parker.
Fire investigators pointed out a poorly-installed system could have serious consequences.

“When this system doesn’t operate, there’s more risk than just money.” said Gilmore.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office advises any business owners who need an extinguishing system to check with the state to make sure the company and the employee who will be doing the work have a valid license.

More: Texas Department of Insurance: Fire Industry Licensing and Licensing Investigations



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<![CDATA[Spooked Steer Escapes State Fair Cattle Barn]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:56:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-0000120.jpg

A steer weighing approximately 1,000 pounds escaped its handlers at the State Fair of Texas on Monday and ran about a quarter-mile before it was corralled in the Midway area.

"He got spooked, and he got scared. And then he was in an environment that he'd never been in before, and so he got out in the open and made his way over, kind of out of his element for a little while," said Daryl Real, vice president of agriculture and livestock for the State Fair of Texas.

The steer, which belongs to a Central Texas teenager, is at the fair to be shown in a 4H/FFA livestock competition this week, Real said.

The animal was being bathed in the cattle barn area of the fairgrounds when a loud noise scared it, causing it to run toward the Midway.

Several Dallas police officers and animal handlers chased after the steer, shouting to fair goers to stay out of its way as it approached the busy Midway, an eyewitness said.

The steer made contact with at least five people during its run, Real said.

One person, a fair employee, went to a first aid station for treatment after the ordeal, according to Real.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Police Pursue Stolen Ambulance]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:22:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ambulance-chase.jpg

Police officers from multiple agencies pursued a stolen CareFlite ambulance through the Mid-Cities Monday evening.

The ambulance was reported stolen from Methodist Charlton Medical Center in the 3500 block of West Wheatland Drive in Dallas.

The stolen ambulance passed through Bedford and Hurst along westbound Texas 183 before police managed to bring it to a stop with spike strips near Interstate 30 and Eastchase Parkway in Fort Worth.

Nobody was hurt in the incident, and the person taken into custody will be transported back to Dallas County for booking, officials said.



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<![CDATA[American Airlines Plane Makes Emergency Landing at DFW ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:16:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/199*120/aa-el.jpg

After circling over North Texas for nearly two hours, an American Airlines plane made an emergency landing at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Monday evening.

AA Flight 1654 departed DFW at 5 p.m. headed for Baltimore/Washington International Airport.

Shortly after takeoff, the pilot declared an emergency due to a landing gear issue, according to a statement from an Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson.

The MD-82 made a low-approach flyby of the airport so officials in the air traffic control tower could perform a visual check of the landing gear. They advised the gear appeared normal, the FAA said.

The plane then circled the sky to burn fuel before safely landing at DFW Airport just before 7 p.m.

After landing, the passengers got off the plane via the rear staircase and were taken by bus to the terminal at gate C4.

One passenger told NBC 5's Bianca Castro they will be put on another aircraft later Monday to continue on to BMI Airport.

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<![CDATA[Second Texas Gubernatorial Debate Set for Tuesday]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:55:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/davis-abbott.jpg Attorney General Greg Abbott and State Senator Wendy Davis will meet in Dallas for the second and final gubernatorial debate. KERA, NBC 5, The Dallas Morning News and Telemundo 39 are sponsoring the debate.]]> <![CDATA[Qantas Airbus A380 at DFW Airport]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:54:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/qantas-a380-dfw-10.jpg The world's largest passenger jet, Airbus A380, landed for the first time Monday afternoon at DFW International Airport.

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<![CDATA[Group Performs Ode to Texas State Fair]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:05:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/state+fair+romp.jpg An ode to the State Fair of Texas is already making a big splash at Fair Park. An editorial writer for The Dallas Morning News wrote the lyrics, and now you can hear it performed on stage.]]> <![CDATA[Dallas County Reports 3rd Case of Chikungunya]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:54:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd_mosquito793617fx.jpg

The Dallas County Health and Human Services Department confirms a third case of Chikungunya in Dallas County this year.

The infected person contracted the virus during a recent trip to a foreign county, health officials said Monday.

Further details on this case were not released due to medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons.

Chikungunya is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes, and it can cause sudden fever and joint pain, as well as rashes.

While most people infected with Chikungunya recover, there is no vaccine, and it can become disabling.

Numerous cities in North Texas are continuing to spray for mosquitoes, and health officials urge the public to take protective measures by utilizing the "4Ds" to reduce the risk of being bitten by a mosquito infected with Chikungunya:

• DEET All Day, Every Day: Whenever you’re outside, use insect repellents that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

• DRESS: Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing outside.

• DRAIN: Remove all areas of standing water in and around your home.

• DUSK & DAWN: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn hours when mosquitoes are most active.



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<![CDATA[Missing Child Found Safe: Fort Worth Police]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:11:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fwmissing.jpg

Fort Worth police have say a 10-year-old child previously reported missing has been found and is safe.

Octavious Tucker has a history of running away from home and was not believed to be in immediate danger.

Further details have not been released.



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<![CDATA[Cuban Admits to Chandler Mistake, Sorta]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:30:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/156030702.jpg

Mark Cuban is finally admitting what a lot of us screamed three summers ago:

Not re-signing Tyson Chandler and not giving the Mavs a chance to defend their title was a mistake.

“Obviously it would have been better if we could have kept him, right?” the Mavs owner told fans at last week’s Select-A-Seat event at American Airlines Center. “But our hand was dealt with all the changes. All’s well that ends well. I think it turned out just the way we wanted, just the way I planned.”

Okay, he’s only sorta admitting it.

“Let’s just say I learn from my mistakes,” he continued.

Cuban’s obviously a ton of great decisions in his life. He’s got a fortune, an NBA championship and a wonderful family. But he goofed in letting Steve Nash walk into free agency in 2004 and he goofed in letting Tyson go in 2011. Nash won two MVPs in Phoenix and the Mavs cratered without their defensive hub. 

In his mind, his reasoning was sound. The new collective bargaining agreement, he theorized, would put such a premium on financial flexibility that re-signing aging centers to multi-year contracts didn’t make sense. The Mavs would use their pile of money to land a big fish free agent like Deron Williams or Dwight Howard or …

Cuban was right in that championship-team core players like Jason Terry and J.J. Barea and Caron Butler and DeShawn Stevenson failed to improve their games after the title season. But it’s difficult to see his plan of breaking up the team working, because since then the Mavs haven’t won a single playoff series.

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



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<![CDATA[Highway Sign Falls Onto Loop 820]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:38:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sign-truck.jpg

Police are investigating after a giant green highway sign collapsed early Monday afternoon, landing onto the cab of a pickup truck.

It happened on North Loop 820 in North Fort Worth, just west of Mark IV Parkway and Interstate 35W.

According to a witness, the sign crushed part of the pickup.

There were three people inside the truck. Two of them were treated at the scene. One was transported to a hospital for minor injuries.

According to Val Lopez with the Texas Department of Transportation, an over-sized vehicle struck the sign, causing it to fall

Crews have since reinstalled the sign.




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