<![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 Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:49:28 -0600 Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:49:28 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Despite Stadium Woes, Allen HS Hoping for 3-Peat]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:53:27 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/122014_allen_3_peat_1200x675_375556163832.jpg Despite a crumbling stadium that shut them out of home field advantage, the Allen HS Eagles hope to earn their third championship in three years on Saturday night.]]> <![CDATA[One Killed, One Injured in Benbrook Rollover Crash]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:47:33 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_generic_police_tape_police_lights_fishtown11.jpg

One person was killed and a second was injured in a single-vehicle rollover crash early Saturday morning, Benbrook police say.

The crash took place at about 12:15 a.m., police said, near the 7500 block of Southwest Loop 820 west of Bryant Irvin Road.

Arriving officers found a Chevrolet pickup truck crashed at the scene and two 20-year-old men that had been ejected from the truck.  

One of the men was pronounced dead at the scene while the second was hospitalized after suffering multiple injuries.

No other injuries were reported.

Police are investigating the crash and said the believe alcohol may have been a factor.


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<![CDATA[One Killed, One Injured in Strip Club Shooting]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:05:49 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/drive-by-shooting.jpg

One person was killed and another injured during a shooting at an East Fort Worth strip club early Saturday morning.

Fort Worth police say two patrons got into an argument inside Stiletto's Cabaret on state Highway 157 that continued into the parking lot.

At some point one or more people pulled out a gun and multiple shots were fired.

One person was killed at the scene and a second was hospitalized in an unknown condition.

Fort Worth police have made no arrests and the investigation into the fatal shooting is ongoing.



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<![CDATA[Cleburne Officer Cleared of Shooting, Killing Dog]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:32:26 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cleburne-cop-dog.jpg

A two-month long independent investigation found that a Cleburne Police officer was justified when he shot and killed a pit bull named Maximus earlier this year.

The incident sparked outrage after video from Officer Kevin Dupre’s body camera surfaced online showing him firing at the dog. Though the shooting occurred on August 10, it wasn’t until October that someone filed an open records request for the video and it was widely distributed.

After the video was released, Dupre was placed on paid administrative leave and leaders in Cleburne asked for an independent investigation into the matter. They hired Alan Patton, a retired police sergeant with no previous ties to Cleburne. On October 31, Cleburne Police turned over all reports, copies of video, and statements to him for review.

“We wanted to be extremely thorough to ensure the public had confidence in the results,” said Scott Cain, Mayor of the City of Cleburne.

Saturday, the city released Patton’s final report on the investigation, in which he states, “due to the actions of an aggressive animal, Officer Dupre reasonably believed he needed to use lethal, deadly force in defense of his own life.”

In his 28 page report, Patton details the encounter Dupre had with a group of dogs that were on the loose and explains how video evidence backs up claims that Maximus was showing signs of aggression. He consulted with experts from the Fort Worth Police Department and Los Angeles Police Department and reviewed articles written by animal behaviorists during his investigation.

“I know some people are not going to be satisfied with the investigation’s results,” said Cain. “We agreed to let the chips fall where they may and we gave up control of the investigation.  And the chips have now fallen.”

Maximus’ owners, Amanda Henderson and Quinton Tatum, said while they wish their dog was still alive, they accept the report’s findings.

“We lost a very precious fur baby of ours and all we wanted to know from the beginning is why,” said Henderson. “And they explained to us why and I respect that.”

The city also announced immediate changes to its canine encounter policies, which include new processes for reporting and investigating these kinds of incidents, as well as mandatory training for all police officers.

“For them to already be taking steps in the right direction to not let this happen again, it’s justice I believe,” said Tatum.

“I know a lot of people may not understand that,” said Henderson. “There are going to be people that are angry and that’s okay. But we also ask that no one does anything just because you’re angry. Please, let’s keep it at peace.”

During the height of the firestorm surrounding the case, Dupre received multiple death threats and the city’s website was hacked in possible retaliation. There were also several protests.

Dupre has now been fully reinstated to the Cleburne Police Department. 

Cain echoed Henderson’s and Tatum’s calls for peace.

“Let me make this extremely clear,” said Cain. “If you think you’re going to come into our community and threaten an officer who’s been exonerated or anyone else in our community, we will use the full extent of the law to prosecute you and we will not tolerate it. So we are going to make certain that he and his family are safe, just as we would any other person in our community.”

Cain said the city is also looking into increasing penalties for dog owners whose pets frequently get loose.



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<![CDATA[Time Running Out to See Faces of Impressionism]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:23:09 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/web_KIMBELL_MUSEUM_IMPRESSIONISTS_1200x675_375474755667.jpg You have only until January 25 to see the "Faces of Impressionism" at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. The portraits come from Paris.]]> <![CDATA[TX Football Team Overcomes Tragedy to Win State Title]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:47:24 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/HS+FOOTBALL1.jpg The best high school football teams in Texas are taking over AT&T Stadium this weekend for the UIL State Championships. While the players and fans have dreams of state titles, one team from East Texas was playing for something bigger Friday.

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<![CDATA[14th Earthquake Reported in Irving]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:30:08 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/irving-earthquake-generic1.jpg

Two earthquakes struck Irving on Friday.

The first quake struck three miles northeast of Irving and five miles south of Farmers Branch at 10:38 a.m. The epicenter was detected at a depth of 3 km. The magnitude registered 2.4.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the second tremblor was a magnitude 2.4 earthquake near state Highway 183 and Loop 12 at 11:08 p.m. The epicenter was 1.7 km.

These are the 13th and 14th quakes in less than two months to shake the city. 

The earthquake is the 14th registered in Irving and the 15th in North Texas since Oct. 28. A Google map showing the quake locations is embedded below.


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<![CDATA[Caramel Apples Linked to Texas Listeria Death]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:25:36 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/155224562.jpg Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states, including Texas.

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<![CDATA[Garth Brooks' Comeback]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:39:27 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/gb.JPG County Superstar Garth Brooks is making a comeback after announcing his retirement years ago. NBC 5's Deborah Ferguson talked to Brooks about what he's up to and how Dallas played a big part in his success.

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<![CDATA[Lewisville FD Rallies for Injured Firefighter]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:06:27 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lv-ff.jpg

Firefighting is in Andy Allison’s blood. His father retired a captain with the Lewisville Fire Department in 2007, and besides some time studying to be a pilot, he’s spent his career building his way up in his father’s footsteps.

He and his younger brother even competed for a job with the LFD a few years back; Andy getting the job and getting to live out that dream.

By 2012, the nearly 30 year-old was working his way up in the department, newly married to wife Amanda, and the couple was expecting their first child; life was moving in the right direction.

Then August 12 came and changed everything.

"We got the call, which was a structure fire call,” said Allison.

His team was the first to respond to a house fire in Lewisville. They got the fire put out with relatively few problems, but while going through the wreckage and putting out hotspots, something went wrong.

Andy went into a laundry room and turned on his hose to put out a hotspot and instantly felt hit by something he’d never felt before.

"As soon as I opened the nozzle, I felt a huge hit on my left shoulder,” he said. “[It] felt like a needle or I got hit.”

The truth was much scarier though. Andy’s hose had struck a live, 220v electrical service and as it hit him, he fell into the dryer seizing up as the electricity coursed through him.

"At that time I realized real quick what was happening: I'm getting electrocuted,” said Allison. "I'm basically paralyzed, I'm just stuck there."

Luckily, Andy fell to his knees, breaking contact and fellow firefighters were able to free him and get him to the hospital.

"I hated that phone call,” said Amanda who was working at a hospital at the time.

Andy took on major trauma, but survived the injury; something he said many of his doctors have called a miracle.

However, after going back to work, Andy quickly found he had lingering issues, and after going through several doctors, found a specialist to diagnose him.

The problems were much worse than they ever knew, including severe internal injuries and the worst news for the young firefighter, a broken back.

"It was devastating to me. I know what back injuries do to firemen,” he said.

It began an endless string of operations and procedures to take care of the injuries; doctors even having to re-break his back to begin fixing some of the problems.

Now, it’s left Andy in a back-brace, walking with a cane and dealing with issues most people don’t see until they’re well into retirement.

"My son weighs 25 pounds,” said Andy. “I can never pick him up again."

Amanda had to quit her job to support her husband and their son Skylar at home.

The family of three’s income has gone from healthy to barely there in a matter of years, and it’s about to get worse.

Andy’s injuries have now been confirmed as career ending and on December 31 he will retire from his dream job at age 31.

"I'm having a hard time with that,” he said.

The Allison family is quickly trying to figure out what they’ll do next, as Andy continues to battle his injuries, but it’s clear they won’t be fighting the battle alone.

Andy’s fellow firefighters in Lewisville have been helping him and his family since the beginning; moving them into a home closer to the hospital, helping them get around, and now starting a Go Fund Me page to raise money for their soon to be retired friend.

"Obviously this is a great way to raise funds to help Andy support his family as he decides what the next step in his life's going to be,” said Chief Tim Tittle.

So far more than $29,000 has been raised in just a few weeks with donations coming in from firefighters and everyday people around the world.

"How do you ever thank anybody like that?” said Andy. “I don't know, we're speechless."

The couple said they’ve also received thousands of messages and “Likes” of support on Facebook.

The Allison’s say they will press on, and Andy said when he’s able he’ll find his next career path; although leaving firefighting will be difficult still, he said.

"It's definitely reshaped our marriage and made us feel like an old couple,” joked Amanda who is also working towards returning to the job market as her husband gets better.

Andy said it’s his family that’s kept him going through the recovery and that drives him to get back on his feet; both his wife and child, and their fire family.

"What else do you have? You've got to turn towards your family and you've got to fight for them,” he said. "They always have my back."

And firefighters in Lewisville say retired or not, Andy and family will always have a home with them.

If you’d like to donate and help the family you can check out their Go Fund Me page.
 



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<![CDATA[Trains at NorthPark: A Must-See]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:07:04 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/northpark+trains.jpg The holiday trains at NorthPark Center are better than ever this Christmas season.

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<![CDATA[Woman Caught on Camera Stealing Packages in Jail]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:40:26 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Priscilla+Castaneda.jpg

The woman who was spotted at least twice on surveillance video snatching gifts in North Dallas around Midway and Walnut Hill has been caught.

Dallas Police said they received numerous tips after the video was released.

According to police, two of their detectives visited a pawn shop after discovering a recent transaction by Priscilla Castaneda of an un-related item.

Those detectives showed the store clerk a photo of Castaneda from the surveillance video, and according to police, she was identified as the women on the video. She had visited the store on December 17.

The clerk also told police she was accompanied by a man and wearing the same shirt she wore in the video when she visited the pawn shop.

Police said Castaneda was attempting to pawn a brand new smoker, which was still in the box. The pawn shop did not accept the item because it was unopened.

Castaneda was taken into custody for outstanding warrants and police said while being questioned, she admitted to being the person in the surveillance video.

A second suspect in the case, Jessie Dominguez, was arrested after being stopped on a traffic violation. Dallas Police say they found some of the stolen property in that vehicle.  

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<![CDATA[Gilmer Tops West Orange-Stark for 4A D-II Title]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:43:23 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Generic+Footballs+on+Grass.jpg

Blake Lynch scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns and Gilmer overcame an 18-point deficit to beat West Orange-Stark 35-25 for the Class 4A Division II state championship Friday.

Gilmer (16-0) won its third state title, all in the last 11 years. West Orange-Stark is now 2-3 in state championship games after opening the postseason with a 64-0 victory against Houston Scarborough, believed to be the first 0-10 team to make the Texas playoffs.

West Orange-Stark (13-3) had three turnovers in the second half. The first two led to touchdowns that started Gilmer's 28-point second-half surge.

Lynch, who has committed to play at Baylor, ran 4 yards to give Gilmer its first lead with 10:53 to play. He scored from 7 yards out with 4:59 remaining. Lynch finished with 21 rushing yards on five carries, and caught two passes for 96 yards.



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<![CDATA[2 Burleson Officers Injured in Shootout]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:32:20 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/burleson-scene-burl-star.jpg

Two Burleson police officers are recovering Friday after being shot while pursuing a bank robbery suspect.

The officers were both transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Det. David Feucht, a 23 year veteran of the Burleson Police Department, was shot multiple times.

He is in stable condition after surgery, and is expected to be ok.

Det. Nick Grace, a 19 year veteran of BPD, was shot in the leg, and has been released from the hospital.

According to Burleson police, an employee at Wells Fargo Bank on the 400 block of East Renfro Street, called police, saying there was a person acting suspiciously. When they arrived, they were told the bank had been robbed.

At that moment, the suspected robber exited the bank and ran off towards a nearby 7-Eleven. The officer chased the man and there was a short exchange of gunfire where two of the officers were hit.

The suspected bank robber was not hit in the exchange and was taken into custody inside a 7-Eleven at Burleson Boulevard and East Renfro Street.

NBC 5's Chris Van Horne and Julie Fine contributed to this report. Photo Credit: Burleson Star.



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<![CDATA[Caramel Apples Linked to Texas Listeria Death ]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:26:39 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/155224562.jpg

Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states, including Texas.

Caramel apples are most popular around Halloween, and the outbreak started just before then, in mid-October. But the commercially produced variety can have a shelf life of a month or more, and some may still be on store shelves.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it knows of 28 cases in which people were sickened with the same strains of the bacterial illness listeria, and at least 26 were hospitalized. Of those, five died. Listeriosis contributed to four of the deaths; a fifth person who died had a strain of listeria linked to the caramel apples, but health officials do not think listeriosis caused that person's death.

The agency said that 83 percent of the ill people who were interviewed reported eating commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples before getting sick.

The CDC said the investigation into the deaths and illnesses is "rapidly evolving." Christopher Braden, an epidemiologist at the CDC, said the agency is still trying to determine which brands are involved and how caramel apples may have become infected. He said there is no reason at this point to stop eating plain apples or other caramel products.

Two of the deaths were in Minnesota, and health officials in that state said those who fell ill there purchased the caramel apples from the stores Cub Foods, Kwik Trip, and Mike's Discount Foods. Those stores carried Carnival brand and Kitchen Cravings brand caramel apples, none of which are still available for purchase, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. They said other brands and store locations may be impacted as the investigation continues.

The CDC said the other two deaths were in Texas and California. The agency said illnesses also occurred in Arizona, California, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin. Missouri and New Mexico had the most illnesses, with five each.

It was unclear if listeriosis was the primary cause of the Texan's death, said Christine Mann, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of State Health Services.

A Tarrant County adult with underlying health issues is one of the Texans who got sick from eating a prepackaged caramel apple.

“At this point it’s all under investigation, so there’s not a clear national link”, said Tarrant County Health Director Vinny Taneja. “There’s no brand names that we know of, there’s no particular distributor that we know of.”

“Fever and malaise are typical symptoms. The people who are at risk are pregnant women, children, older adults and anyone with underlying health conditions,” Taneja said.

The Tarrant County Health Department is joining the CDC in recommending that people avoid commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples.

Listeria is a foodborne illness that is especially dangerous to pregnant women, newborn babies, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. It rarely causes serious illness in healthy people and can be treated with antibiotics. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea.

Because it can be so serious for some people, outbreaks of listeria generally cause more deaths than other pathogens such as salmonella or E. coli. An outbreak of listeria linked to Colorado cantaloupe in 2011 caused 33 deaths.

The CDC said that the outbreak linked to the caramel apples began Oct. 17 and the last known illnesses started Nov. 27. The agency said illnesses that have occurred since early December may not have been reported yet. Those sickened have included infants and older children and others as old as 92.

Nine of the illnesses involved either a pregnant woman or an infant, the CDC said. Listeria is dangerous for pregnant women because the illness can be passed to an unborn baby even if the mother is not showing signs of illness. It can sicken a newborn or lead to miscarriage, preterm delivery or stillbirth. The CDC said no miscarriages or fetal losses were reported in this outbreak.

Unusually, three cases of meningitis linked to the listeria were reported in older children, the agency said. Those three children were not among the deaths, Braden said, but the CDC is "very concerned" that those cases occurred in otherwise healthy children. While listeria can infect newborns, "usually we would not see this kind of infection in healthy older children," Braden said.

Braden said there may have been more illnesses in children because kids are more likely to eat caramel apples, or possibly because the apples were heavily contaminated.

He said anyone with commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples at home should throw them away, taking care to wrap them up well so animals or people going through trash don't eat them.

“If you really want one, get some caramel candy and fresh apples at home and make your own,” said Taneja.

NBC 5's Kevin Cokely contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Morris Left Garage in Friend's Trunk: Police]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:31:00 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TLMD-desaparece-joven.jpg

An arrest warrant released by the Plano Police Department said DNA evidence indicates a missing 23-year-old Plano woman last seen entering a parking garage at The Shops at Legacy left the garage in the trunk of a friend's car.

According to the affidavit, Enrique Gutierrez Arochi has claimed ever since her disappearance Aug. 30 that Christina Morris was never in his vehicle. In an arrest warrant Plano police said that is a lie and that DNA evidence found on Arochi's trunk and forensic evidence recovered from cellular data proves she was in his vehicle.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Plano police believe "Arochi left the Shops at Legacy area and returned to his residence ... with Christina Morris in the trunk of his 2010 Chevrolet Camaro contrary to his statements that Morris was never in his vehicle" and that "he intentionally or knowingly abducted another person, Christina Marie Morris, with the intent to inflict bodily injury on her or violate or abuse her sexually."

During a news conference Friday afternoon, Morris' mother, Jonni McElroy, said she was disgusted by what she read in the report and that she remained as committed as ever to finding her daughter.

"You know what's sad?  We knew all along that Enrique Arochi is responsible for our daughter missing. But when you read that your daughter was in the trunk of his car, it's unspeakable," McElroy said. "I am so torn up right now. I want answers and I think that he needs to give us those answers, that he's put us through enough. Enough is enough and we can only take so much."

Plano police said a swab from a Dr Pepper can found in Morris' car, along with DNA samples from her parents, were used to create a DNA profile for comparison against other samples.

Surveillance video from a Kroger gas station recorded Sept. 24, 2014 showed Arochi exit his 2010 Chevy Camaro, walk around the backside and inspect the trunk area before filling the vehicle with gas. He then, according to the document, inspected the passenger side door and wiped it down with an unknown material. Arochi then used the gas station's window scrubber to scrub the backside of the vehicle.

A search warrant executed on Sept. 26 and Arochi's car was swabbed in the trunk and interior of the car. On Dec. 9, investigators received a case report outlining the results of those swabs which indicated DNA found on the trunk opening was a perfect match for Morris' sample. The report went on to say the volume of DNA found in the sample indicated it was not likely left behind by a simple touch, but more likely left behind by a bodily fluid such as blood or saliva.

Investigators said cellular network data indicated both Arochi's and Morris' mobile phones pinged cellular towers near Arochi's Allen home at the same time and location on the tower, indicating the devices were in proximity to each other after Arochi said he left the parking garage alone.

On two occasions, police also said they pulled the trash from Arochi's home and found rags, towels and a large number of empty cleaning supply containers that appeared to have been purchased recently.

Police said in the affidavit that investigators noted several instances where Arochi "made numerous false statements and omitted pertinent information" during the investigation that was later refuted by forensic evidence.

Authorities arrested Arochi Saturday morning at his Allen home. He remains in the Collin County Jail on $1 million bond.

"I will not believe that she is not alive until I prove it otherwise," McElroy said.

Morris' whereabouts are unknown.

NBC 5's Todd L. Davis, Catherine Ross and Ben Russell contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Police: 3 Arrested in Killing of Dallas Mother]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:38:10 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/irma-martinez.jpg

Authorities said they arrested three people connected to the Monday fatal shooting of a Dallas mother.

Dallas Police Department spokeswoman Melinda Gutierrez said officers arrested 26-year-old Antwan Tovar, 19-year-old John Paul Manuel and 18-year-old Terrance Brown Friday morning.

Irma Martinez was shot in an apparent robbery Monday night while she waited for her son in her car in the 1700 block of Greendale Drive, authorities said.

Oak Farms Dairy offered a $10,000 reward to help find those responsible for shooting Martinez. There is no word yet whether a tip led to the arrests.



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<![CDATA[Suspected Killer Captured by Fort Worth Police]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:52:34 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/madewell-crash.jpg

A suspected murder suspect is in-custody after a week long search, a concentrated manhunt and ultimately a car crash with police.

Fort Worth Police say Kristun Madewell was apprehended shortly after 9:30 a.m. Friday in Crowley along FM 1187 and Horn Street.

Police spokeswoman Cpl. Tracey Knight says fugitive officers were tipped off to a possible location where Madewell was staying near East Main Street and 1187 in Crowley. As officers waited for Crowley Police to assist them, Madewell, a male driver and female passenger got into a truck and headed south on 1187.

“The suspects in the vehicle obviously found out that our officers were following and that’s when they rammed our officer in an attempt to get away,” Cpl. Knight said.

After ramming the undercover vehicle, the truck the three suspects were in crashed into a brick wall fence at the back of a neighborhood. The three suffered minor injuries, as did the officer in the undercover vehicle.

“They were tenacious, they never gave up and even when the suspect was violently trying to get away and ram our officers,” Cpl. Knight said. “They stayed with them, put their own lives in danger and were able to take a murder suspect into custody.”

Madewell’s location was not far from where Fort Worth Police, Crowley Police, Burleson Police and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office conducted a massive manhunt on Wednesday night.

“Two days later, I’m surprised he was still here,” said Friday Futuna, who lives in the neighborhood near the crash and who saw the police officers following Madewell.

Police believed by Thursday morning he was already out of that area. The sheriff’s office said search dogs tracked Madewell near Huguley Hospital in south Fort Worth. The hospital is near Interstate 35-W and FM 1187.

“As you know we had over 100 officers searching, we cordoned off the entire area for most of the night and we’ve continued the search this entire time as well as Crowley police department,” Cpl. Knight said. “Honestly we don’t know if he has there the whole time or if he was picked up and brought to this location (where officers were watching Madewell).”

Madewell is suspected in the shooting death of Christopher Ortega, 29, in a south Fort Worth home on Dec. 12 in the early morning hours. Details on a motive for the shooting have not been released. Four other people were in the home at the time of the shooting, including two children.

A Fort Worth Police report on Friday indicated that another person has also been arrested for the homicide. Milisha Moore, 31, of Joshua was arrested Wednesday afternoon and has been charged with murder and evading arrest. She is currently in the Mansfield Jail being held on $100,750 bond.

On Thursday the Joshua ISD placed all of its schools in a “soft” lockdown as Madewell had connections to several schools.

Officers attempted to arrest Madewell on Wednesday in Johnson County, but he was able to evade arrest. He then stole a truck, which led police to the Bicentennial Park area in Crowley.

Madewell will likely face additional charges for Friday morning’s incident. The still unidentified driver will face assault on a police officer charges. The female passenger may also face charges. If the individuals were harboring Madewell and knew he was wanted by police, additional charges could be filed.



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<![CDATA[Teen Who Attended Elem. Fondled 3rd Grader: Police]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:52:18 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LUGO-Ricardo.JPG

Officials with the Hurst Police Department have charged a teen who posed as a sixth grader and attended an elementary school with indecency with a child.

Police said Friday that 17-year-old Ricardo Javid Lugo, who used counterfeit documents to enroll at Hurst Hills Elementary School, sexually fondled a third-grade student at the school in October.

"We had one victim we were aware of," Hurst Police Department Asst. Chief Richard Winstanley said. "Hopefully this is it."

Hurst Independent School District officials said they notified parents of the incident at about 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Authorities arrested Lugo and 28-year-old Randy Ray Wesson Nov. 21 and charged them with possession of child pornography. Further investigation revealed that Wesson posed as Lugo's father to enroll Lugo at Hurst Hill Elementary School as 12-year-old Matthew Drew Wesson using a counterfeit birth certificate.

Police said an arrest affidavit indicated that Lugo was enrolled at the school to "recruit potential victims."

NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Irving Police Charge Woman, 55, in Fatal Stabbing]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:49:05 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/eileen-frances-north.jpg

Police said they arrested a woman Thursday responsible for killing a woman in Irving Dec. 3.

Irving Police Department officials said they arrested 55-year-old Eileen Frances North in connection with the fatal stabbing of 60-year-old Rosemary Milazzo.

Officers went to Milazzo's home in the 2400 block of West 11th Street to perform a welfare check and found Milazzo dead from multiple stab wounds, authorities said.

Police said the investigation led them to North, who they arrested and charged with murder. North is being held in the Irving jail and her bond has been set at $1 million.

Milazzo's friends and family told NBC 5 that she was a loving mother and had no enemies.



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<![CDATA[American Airlines Flight Diverted to Lubbock]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:48:43 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/american-airlines-plane_448x336.jpg

An American Airlines plane en route to DFW Airport was diverted to Lubbock Thursday night.

An AA spokesperson told NBC 5 flight 1527 left Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Thursday for DFW, but made an unscheduled landing in Lubbock.

The plane eventually landed at DFW.

The reason behind the diverted flight is unknown at this time.

NBC 5 will 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[Gas Prices Lowest in Five Years]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:38:24 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/gas18.JPG

North Texas is seeing some of the lowest gas prices in five years. The Quik Trip and Exxon on Main Street in Keller were both at $1.69 per gallon for regular gasoline Thursday night.

“It’s incredible,” said Ron Freer. “I just love it. I haven't seen it [the low gas prices] in many years. It’s great.”

The statewide average price of regular gas in Texas is $2.26 per gallon. That is 78 cents less than a year ago, according to AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch.

“Normally with gas, the way it was it took about $95 to fill it up,” said Lanita Bibbs, who drives a Ford Expedition. “Now it’s about $50. So it’s good.”

Doug Shupe with AAA Texas/New Mexico says the low demand and high supply of oil is causing prices to drop. And experts predict the prices will continue to go down.

“We are going to travel more, we are going to do more things,” said Carlos Rodriguez. “And if the prices keep going down, we can go to a lot of places, too.”
 



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<![CDATA[Boy Who Beat Cancer Donates Toys to Hospital]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:56:15 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/westyn-bates.jpg

It was a phone call that changed their lives.

“Those are words you never want to hear. 'Your child has cancer,'” said Mark Bates

Mark and Patrice Bates were told last year that their 5-year-old son Westyn had cancer.

Westyn had two surgeries and 16 rounds of Chemotherapy at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. He was in the hospital for almost nine months. Through it all, there was one way to make him smile: Taking him to see the trains at the hospital.

“It is a great distraction for children, to get their mind off what they are going through,” said Mark Bates.

There are some toys around the tracks, but Westyn felt something was missing, Ninja Turtles, which he loves.

“He said he wanted to get his Ninja Turtles and bring them down here and donate them to the train set for other kids to see while they were staying in the hospital,” Patrice said.

Westyn really wanted to help the other kids at the hospital, so he decided to donate knight figurines he received, too. He became very interested in knights after knights from Medieval Times visited him.

“They said, 'Fight hard,'” said Westyn.

Westyn has now been free of cancer for three months, but he still comes to see the trains when he goes to Children’s Medical Center for checkups. His parents say that Westyn has a big heart, and a lot of love to give.

“Even when he was in the hospital, he asked, 'Why is that little boy crying? What is going on over there?'" Patrice said. "He was always concerned about the other kids in the hospital.”

Westyn, one of 12 children, was in the hospital during Christmas last year. This year, he will be home.

“It is a happy ending to a very difficult story,” Mark Bates said.

Children’s Medical Center does not usually accept toy donations because everything must be sterilized. In this case, they made an exception.



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<![CDATA[Pilot Killed in Seagoville Plane Crash ]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:11:04 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/plane+crash10.jpg

The pilot of a small plane was killed Thursday night when his single-engine aircraft crashed in Seagoville while descending to land at Mesquite Metro Airport.

The plane went down just after 6 p.m. Thursday in the 1600 block of Bent Tree Road near West Malloy Bridge Road, officials said.

The pilot, who was the only person aboard the plane, has not been identified. There are no other known injuries.

The plane, a 1967 Beechcraft Bonanza, was trying to land in Mesquite when air traffic control operators lost contact with its pilot, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said.

"It's broken to pieces. There's a lot of debris around," Capt. Ray Calverley, of the Seagoville Police Department, said Thursday night.

Despite initial reports that the plane had hit at least one house before it hit the ground, investigators on the scene have not been able to confirm that, Calverley told NBC DFW. Officers went door to door asking neighbors if their homes were damaged in the crash, and no one has reported that they did, Calverley said.

"We heard a real loud engine," neighborhood resident Fred Baugh said. "It wasn't like a normal approach, it was just all of a sudden a real loud engine."

The FAA confirms the plane departed from South Arkansas Regional Airport Wednesday at 3:35 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Independent Investigation Expected in Thanksgiving Tower Fire]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:46:10 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/thanksgiving+tower+victims.jpg

Families of two of the three men killed in a fire underground at Thanksgiving Tower in downtown Dallas have turned to Dallas Attorney Domingo Garcia for help. They want answers about a deadly fire that killed three men working on a thermal storage tank used as part of the building’s heating and air condition system.

"We just want to make sure there is justice, figure out what happened," said Efrain Carrillo, the son of one of the men.

Garcia says the men were inside the tank using torches to cut away corroded components. He accuses the companies who contracted the men for not providing enough safety equipment.

“They did not have the proper equipment, there was no oxygen, no proper safety procedure in place,” Garcia said. “The only exit was through a lift and there was no proper ventilation.” Garcia says the men were trapped.

But, at the heart of questions over safety are three grieving families. Thirty-six-year-old Oscar Esparza-Romo, 43-year-old Luis Carrillo and his uncle 60-year-old Nicacio Carrillo were killed.

Esparza was a husband and father to four young children.

“The kids they’re in shock still,” said Jose Velasquez, a spokesman for the Esparza family, “They won’t understand what happened and why it happened.”

Nicacio Carrillo’s son says his father did everything to provide for his four children.

“My dad used to be a happy person, he was a friend of everybody,” Efrain Carrillo said.

Efrain Carrillo said his father didn’t have adequate training. He starting working just three months before and spent the previous five years in the food service industry as a waiter.

“My kids they loved him, they’re still shocked, they still want him to come back,” Carrillo said.

Carrillo’s nephew, 43-year-old Luis Carrillo, also died in the fire.

“It’s heartbreaking to lose not only one but two,” Carrillo said.

The Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration is investigating the circumstances around the fire. They could not comment on what type of equipment the men had with them in the tank.

NBC 5 reached out to Best Mechanical, the company who subcontracted the men, and Lincoln Property Co., the company that manages the building for comment but did not hear back. A representative for Best Mechanical previously told NBC 5 there were both safety equipment and procedures in place.
 

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<![CDATA[Woman Caught on Camera Stealing Packages ]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:04:37 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-000047.jpg

The woman has been spotted at least twice on surveillance video snatching gifts in North Dallas around Midway and Walnut Hill.

Missy Clinchy said she came home expecting to find three packages, instead her porch was empty.

She checked her home surveillance video to find the woman scooping up and running off with her delivery.

"I just started freaking out! Oh my gosh, they stole our packages!" said Missy Clinchy.

"I think we were shocked at how casual she was walking up to the door,” said her husband, Ken Clinchy.

The couple posted the video on social media in hopes of someone recognizing the woman.

That’s when they found more surveillance video from another home- the exact same woman stealing packages from another home.

“I was shocked! At first you think maybe they’ve done this just one, but obviously they do this all the time,” said Ken Clinchy.

In the video it appears the woman is working with someone else because she gets out of the passenger side door of a vehicle.

Ken Clinchy said he thinks the woman is waiting until mid-afternoon after companies deliver packages, but before homeowners get home from work.

“I think it’s really disgusting that people want to steal stuff from people who work hard to get these things,” he said.

“Our stuff can be replaced and it wasn’t anything of super importance that we had to have. I don’t want her to do that to someone where it’s something that can’t be replaced or something that’s super important to someone,” said Missy Clinchy.

Dallas police said if you recognize the woman, to call Dallas Police Crime Stoppers.  

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<![CDATA[Gas in DFW Falls Below $2 For First Time in Years]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:49:42 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Gas+Prices+dip+below+2+dollars.jpg It’s a sight that many of us thought we’d never see again. Gas stations across the Metroplex are now selling regular unleaded for less than $2 a gallon.]]> <![CDATA[Dallas Funeral Home Owes Back Taxes, Received Taxpayer Grants]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:27:54 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/funeral+home.jpg

An Oak Cliff funeral home that received $115,000 in taxpayer grants two years ago is in trouble for not paying its taxes.

The Thrash Memorial Funeral Home, 4830 South Lancaster Road, is named in a lawsuit by Dallas County that claims the business has not paid $21,166 in taxes since 2012, about the same time the business received the grants.

The owners of the funeral home declined to comment.

Dallas City Councilman Dwaine Caraway, who supported the 2012 grants, said he stands by his decision and that at the time the funeral home was one of the few nice buildings in a neighborhood that had been overrun with crime.

"My vision has been to clean up the Lancaster corridor, get rid of the drug houses, the drug havens,” Caraway said.

The grants were for $50,000 and another for $65,000 to move into a new building and buy a parking lot.

Caraway said he was not aware of the funeral home’s tax issues.

"The building looks good," he said. "What’s happening on the inside, I don’t know." 



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<![CDATA[Police Give Gift Cards for Safe Prosper Drivers]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:23:58 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/prosper2.jpg

Prosper police are handing out holiday cheer instead of tickets this week. That is, if officers catch a person in the act of safe driving.

“It’s a feel good program for us all,” said Assistant Chief Gary McHone.

“Any opportunity we get to have a positive interaction with the community, we want to take it,” McHone said.

The program, in its third year, arms officers with $10 gift cards and tasks them with rewarding people wearing their seat belt, showing current registration or just being cautious.

This year, they’re handing out 39 cards. The money comes from a private collection fund, not general tax dollars.

“It makes me feel good to give back to the community I serve,” said Officer Kevin McGee.

Drivers stopped show a range of emotions. For John Williams, he said he was “surprised” when McGee approached him in the CVS parking lot.

“I could not feel more proud to have them representing us,” Williams said.

“It’s not the gift, it’s the thought that comes behind it,” added Frank Slaughter, who was also stopped by McGee.

McHone emphasizes that his officers are not pulling any driver over with flashing lights for this program. Instead, they’re approaching willing people at areas like parking lots and schools.



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<![CDATA[Holiday Travel at DFW Airport Smooth, Despite Construction]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:54:55 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DFW+Airport+112614.jpg

It will be the busiest holiday travel season Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport has ever had, with 3.2 million passengers expected between now and January 4.

People traveling through can expect to see new gates and new concessions, even comfier check points at several terminals. Construction is underway at terminals A, B and E right now. That work is expected to be done at the end of next year/early 2016.

Among the new concessions, an NBC 5 store!

DFW Airport is hoping to make it a smooth experience for travelers, for folks like Robin Inch who flew in to DFW for the first time. It’s there where she met her first grandson.

“I came from Seattle today, just to meet him for the first time and he's beautiful,” she said.

Donna Green is also a first time passenger. She flew in a week early to spend time with her sister.

“We're gonna’ have a big party, I can't wait, haven't seen her in years!” said Green.

She’s on dialysis and was wearing a facemask on the plane.

“My immune system is really low, and didn't want to get on that plane exposed,” said Green.

To make the travel experience easier, DFW Airport spokesperson David Magana is advising folks to get here with extra time to spare.

Parking information is included on the DFW app.

“If you want to park, inside the app we'll give you real time information as to how full the parking garages are,” explained Magana.

Magana also advises folks traveling with gifts, not to wrap them. If they need to be further inspected, they will have to be unwrapped.
 



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