<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usMon, 30 May 2016 23:06:43 -0500Mon, 30 May 2016 23:06:43 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Community Vigil for Victim of Deadly Dog Mauling]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 22:57:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Brown15.jpg

As the sun set Memorial Day evening, a crowd gathered in memory of a woman who once served in the U.S. Army.

But 52-year old Antoinette Brown did not die in service to her country. She died after being mauled by a pack of loose dogs on the streets of South Dallas.

"I feel like Antoinette Brown could have been my neighbor," said vigil organizer Carla Atkins. "She could have been any one of us."

Brown was mauled in the early morning hours of May 2. She had at least 100 dog bites and spent a week in a coma at Baylor University Medical Center before she died.

"This never should have happened," said Atkins, who never met Brown before organizing Monday's candlelight remembrance.

"I just know that I have this very powerful thing in my heart that told me that I needed to do this," she explained. "I've never met anyone in her family, but I want them to know that she was an important woman. She should not have lost her life."

Brown's daughter, Matisha Ward, and her niece, Breanna Breedlove, came to the ceremony on the Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge.

"I would never have thought my aunt would have so many people show her love like this," Breedlove told the crowd through her tears. "We love you all."

City leaders have vowed to crack down on the problem of loose, stray and aggressive dogs, and Dallas Animal Services has had a more visible presence in problem neighborhoods in South Dallas since the deadly attack.

"I had no fear of dogs until I moved to Dallas," Atkins said.

She has three dogs of her own and said she has fostered at least one a month since moving to Dallas last December.

"What is it going to take for you to realize that the loose dog issues in Dallas are at crisis level and need immediate and desperate attention?" she said.

Dallas Police are still investigating the deadly mauling, but so far there have been no arrests.



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<![CDATA[Plano Man Arrested For Killing Girlfriend: Police]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 22:40:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Amyx-mug.jpg

A North Texas man has been arrested after authorities said he allegedly killed his girlfriend, then posted a photo of her body on Facebook.

On Sunday, Plano police officers were called to a disturbance at an apartment in the 2300 block of Kathryn Lane. When they arrived, they found 43-year-old Jennifer Spears stabbed to death.

Her boyfriend, Kenneth Alan Amyx, was also in the apartment with knife wounds, which police believe were self-inflicted.

Once Amyx, 45, was treated for his injuries at a hospital, police arrested him for murder.

Investigators said Amyx took a photo of himself and one of the victim and posted them on her Facebook page.

Amyx is also facing charges of indecency with a child in Dallas County and continuous sex abuse of a child under 14 in Rockwall County.

He is currently in the Collin County Jail with a bond set at $600,000.



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<![CDATA[Search Suspended for Boy Who Fell in Brazos River]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 20:35:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/052916+Brazos+River.jpg

The search for a 10-year-old boy who fell into the Brazos River in Parker County has been suspended Monday evening as the river continues to rise.

Parker County officials said the river was expected to crest overnight Monday into Tuesday morning at about three feet above flood stage. The search will be suspended until the river begins to recede, which may not happen for several days.

The boy, whose name is not being released at the request of his family, was fishing from the bank of the Brazos River Saturday afternoon when he lost his footing and fell in, according to Donald Schauer with Parker County Emergency Services.

"Approximately about 1:00 p.m., 1:15 p.m., we got an emergency call for a swift water rescue," Schauer said. "By the time we got on scene, we found out that there was three young children, all about the same age, about 10 years old, down there fishing. They said that the young boy lost his footing and fell, and they tried to get him and he ended up getting swept away by the water."

Schauer said the boy was spending time at friend's house when it happened, and added there was a 20 to 30 minute delay before someone could call 911.

"Young kids – they were chasing him, trying to get up to him, keep track of him – and they had to go find the adults, which weren't present at the time, to go make the call. They were kind of far away from the house," Schauer said.

Multiple agencies have been involved in the search for the child, including crews from Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Brazos River Authority, Granbury Fire Department and Parker County Emergency Services.

"We moved it to a search and recovery last night (Saturday night) when we realized that the victim was unable to swim and you had no flotation device on him and was actually witnessed going under the water," Schauer said.



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<![CDATA[Dallas City Manager A.C. Gonzalez to Retire in January]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 22:29:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ac+gonzalez.jpg

Dallas City Manager A.C. Gonzalez has announced plans to retire in January 2017.

Gonzalez informed Mayor Mike Rawlings and members of the City Council of his decision with a letter Monday.

Gonzalez was unanimously appointed as city manager in January 2014, after serving nearly a year as interim city manager following the retirement of longtime city manager Mary Suhm.

The full text of Gonzalez's letter is below:

"Honorable Mayor and Council:

"For almost two decades, I’ve worked as part of the leadership team of Dallas. While I have managed other cities, serving our residents as City Manager for the past few years has been the pinnacle of my career. Dallas is where my heart is and the place I call home. That is why my decision to make a career change in 2017 is not an easy one.

"I am announcing my retirement as City Manager, effective the end of January, 2017. This date is in consideration of the time needed for your selection process, and of the time needed by the incoming City Manager to get a grasp of all City operations and begin work on the 2017/18 City budget.

"As promised when I accepted the position of City Manager, I have given considerable focus to improving the culture, systems and people within our organization. I made critical changes in each of these areas, and the results are measurable. The recently released 2016 City of Dallas Community Survey by ETC Institute shows that overall citizen satisfaction with City services is at an all-time high. In fact, our citizen ratings are 17% higher than the national average for large cities. There is more work to be done, but surely this is an indication that we are heading in the right direction.

"It has been my privilege to serve as City Manager, but there is no question that this is a very tough job with 24/7 demands. I’ve come to a point where I just want my life back. I look forward to spending time with my family and applying my experience to new exciting challenges.

"I wish you and the City of Dallas every success moving forward."



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<![CDATA[Thousands Gather for Memorial Day Ceremony]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 17:42:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/memorial-day-grieve.jpg

The Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery was open to the public for a Memorial Day ceremony Monday morning.

Ceremony highlights included keynote remarks from Colonel Bruce R. Cox, a Fort Worth native, music from the U.S. Army 1st Cavalry Division Band, the color guard, a rife salute and a wreath placement.

Before the ceremony started, many families traveled to the cemetery to remember their loved ones lost to war.

Regina Murguia was visiting her late husband, John, who died five years ago.

"It's hard to come out here," she said. "It's just so pretty out here and it's beautiful and you feel so peaceful when you're out here."

Army veterans Gary Christopher Jr. and his father also visited. They said they appreciate the appreciation for veterans.

"Those who have served in the military," Christopher Sr. said. "I'm sure they're glad to see this respect given to those who have fallen."

The cemetery spans 638 acres and is one of six national cemeteries in Texas.

Memorial Day was originally coined “Decoration Day,” which served as a time to remember those who died or were wounded in battle. National cemeteries around the country paid tribute and honor our veterans.

Many visitors said this was the most crowded they've seen the cemetery in many years.

"This is by far the most people I’ve seen out here in a long time," said Cheri Henrise. "Actually, I can't ever remember that it's been this crowded.

Henrise came to the cemetery to honor her high-school friend, Pfc. Eric Lincoln, and Iraq War combat veteran. He died in 2010.

"He should be celebrated, his life should be celebrated," Henrise said. "He should be remembered, like everyone here should be remembered."

Henrise said she visits his grave every year because it's important to her that his life be remembered.

"I just remember the good times that we had. I don’t really say much, there’s a bench right there, and I just sit and think."

The recent storms meant the grounds at the cemetery were very wet and the grass was soggy.

Because of that, it appears there was more limited parking inside the cemetery gates this Memorial Day than in years past, because of a risk of cars getting stuck.

Hundreds of families parked up and down nearby side streets and walked, some up to a mile in the heat and high humidity to pay their respects for lost loved ones, friends and strangers.

"It got hot here really fast," said Lonnie McCloud. "But it's worth the long walk. It's very much worth that walk."

JR Rodriguez brought his 8-month-old daughter Julia to see her grandfather for the first time.

Toby Soliz fought in Korea for the U.S. Army, and died many years ago.

"It makes me feel good, and I'm honored," Rodriguez said. "I'm honored to see a good veteran, a good man. Bringing her in his presence is a good thing."

Many carried flowers to the cemetery, others flags, some, just a prayer in their heart.

"For every teenager it should be important to know who has died for our freedom in past years, and to honor those people," said 16-year-old DJ Kurthenbach, who attended the ceremony and honor the sacrifices of the veterans.

Lonnie McCloud's brother is a U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq.

Jerrel Mitchell died last month after a sudden heart attack.

The funeral here at DFW National Cemetery last month was a quiet affair.

But now--just a few weeks later--Jerrel's family is joined by thousands of others, all united in their desire to pay their respects and celebrate the lives of these American heroes.

"I'm just happy to be here, to support everyone that's out here," McCloud said. "I feel at peace."

And on the long walk back to his car, McCloud said he was struck by a thought that will stay with him for many months to come.

"I’m looking at all these nationalities, everybody that’s American, and all these people that fought just to make sure we have the freedoms that we have," he said. "And that’s wonderful, that’s beautiful."

Online: Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery



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<![CDATA[Man Searches for Owner of Vietnam Veteran's Ring ]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 22:34:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vietnam+veteran+ring.jpg

A Dallas man is searching for the owner of a Vietnam veteran's ring found outside a Fort Worth grocery store.

Victor Barbosa tells NBC 5 his mother found the ring outside of the Fiesta Grocery store located on Northeast 28th Street in Fort Worth.

"I said, 'We have to give it back,'" said Barbosa.

He believes the ring belongs to a Vietnam veteran.

"The ring has the 'Vietnam Veteran' wording there," Barbosa said. "On the side, it's going to have the ribbon in the colors with the Republic of Vietnam Service, and on the other side it has the wall on the Washington Mall with the words 'You Were Not Forgotten.'"

Barbosa believes it has sentimental value to the owner, and he has made it his mission to return it.

"Whatever the ring is worth it's not worth the sentimental value that somebody who has served for us has for it," Barbosa said.

The initials "PMH" are inscribed inside the ring along with the dates 1954-1964.

Barbosa is hoping an owner comes forward and has asked they call him at 682-557-7465.

"It would be an honor to hand it back to him, shake his hand and say 'thank you,'" Barbosa said.



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<![CDATA[Addison Man's Heroic Act Saves Lives in Apartment Fire]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 19:31:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dave+priestman.jpg

An Addison man is credited with helping alert his neighbors after a lightning strike ignited an apartment fire early Monday.

Dave Priestman had a hard tough falling asleep Sunday night because of the storms. Earlier in the day, he heard about a lightning strike that ignited a house fire in Allen.

When he finally fell asleep, lightning struck an apartment building on the 4800 block of Westgrove Drive. Priestman lives a few doors down.

"3 a.m., I woke up to that loud bang," Priestman said. "I let those people know because I didn't see anybody moving around, so I called 91l, started hammering on doors and yelled 'Fire!'"

Priestman, a deacon at his church and a fulltime Uber driver, knocked on the first level units first and made his way up to the second floor.

"I'd do it again. I hope somebody would knock on my door one day," Priestman said.

Two second-floor units are a total loss. Surrounding units have smoke and water damage. Families returned on Monday afternoon to pickup household items.

Nobody was injured, authorities said.

Authorities said lightning was the likely cause of at least five fires in North Texas from Sunday night to Monday morning.



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<![CDATA[TCU to Host NCAA Baseball Regional]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 21:43:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/Luken+Baker1.jpg

Once again, postseason college baseball returns to Fort Worth this weekend.

TCU will host a regional at Lupton Stadium, the sixth regional in program history. The Frogs will face Oral Roberts on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Gonzaga plays Arizona State in the afternoon game at 2 p.m.

TCU goes into the regionals with a little momentum, having just won the Big 12 Tournament. The Frogs now have 16 conference championships (eight regular season titles, eight tournament titles) under head coach Jim Schlossnagle.

“I know everybody around here gets excited about hosting and national seeds and all that kind of stuff, but for me, I just wanted to be in,” said Schlossnagle. “We just want to be in the thing and anything on top of that is great. We’re excited about playing at home.”

Coming off a trip to the College World Series last year, the Frogs faced uncertainty this time around with a roster full of youth and inexperience.  However, you wouldn’t have really noticed it because it looked like they didn’t skip a beat this season. TCU goes into Friday’s game with a 42-15 record.

“Coach Schloss just said our best baseball is ahead of us,” said freshman first baseman/pitcher Luken Baker. “We started playing better baseball ever since he started saying that.”

Baker helped drive TCU to the Big 12 tourney title, being named the tournament MVP. He had the game-winning solo home run in the 11-10 win over West Virginia for the Frogs' second title in three years. Baker had four home runs in the tournament.

“It’s been awesome, it’s been more than I could possibly image,” said Baker, when asked about choosing TCU over turning pro. “I love my decision and I’m really happy I decided to come to college.”

The winner of the Fort Worth Regional will play the winner of the College Station (Texas A&M) Regional in the Super Regionals. The four teams in that regional include the Aggies, Minnesota, Wake Forest and Binghamton.

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<![CDATA[Fan Hit By Golf Ball at FW Tournament Still Smiling at Story]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 19:03:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/golf+fan+hit.jpg

There were some serious highs and lows for one fan at the Dean & Deluca Invitational golf tournament this weekend in Fort Worth. She went from spectator, to hospital patient, to world's biggest fan.

Elisa Buster found herself on the painful end of the longest drive in golf right now. But it's how the pro made it up to her that has his new biggest fan smiling.

"I heard something smack off of something, I turned around and I saw a ball sailing away from Elisa's head," said her fiancé, Beau Coleman.

Butler's head became the unfortunate landing point for one of golfer Tony Finau's notoriously long drives.

"The next thing I knew, I'm just kind of bleeding everywhere so they got me to the ground after that," said Buster.

Buster looked up to see Finau, himself, standing over her with apologies and a signed glove.

"I said I'm so sorry for getting in the way of your ball and then someone goes actually you helped him and it's back in the fairway," said Buster.

She got checked out at the hospital and did not have a concussion. All she needed was a few stitches, and she figured that would be the end of it. But then came a knock on the door.

"Tony (Finau) is at the door," said Buster. "He had flowers and a bag full of chocolates and a get well soon card."

It wasn't quite a romantic gesture.

"No, but I am engaged," said Buster.

Coleman added, "He didn't get off on the greatest foot hitting her in the head with a golf ball so I didn't have to have too much defense there."

It turns out the pro had taken a golf ball to the head himself a few years earlier.

"He goes, 'I still feel those migraine headaches so I just had to check on you.' It was really sweet," said Buster.

But Finau didn't have Buster's secret weapon.

"Definitely Texas hair, there's a poof," said Buster, pointing to the teased crown of her hair.

The higher the hair, the closer to a heavenly-good tale.

"It's worth the story. I have a cool story," said Buster. "He's just genuinely such a great guy."

A cool story and a new friend to follow, from a safe distance.

"I might wear a helmet now when I go," Buster said with a laugh.

Buster said she'll still be careful to make sure no signs of a concussion do show up over the next few days.

A little online searching shows these things do happen, but some estimates put your odds of getting hit by a golf ball as low as .01 percent.



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<![CDATA[Vacant Dallas ISD School May Have Been Set On Fire]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 01:03:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/052916+Hunter+ES+fire.jpg

Sunday's fire inside a vacant Dallas ISD school may be a case of arson.

A passerby noticed flames rising from the second floor of H.S. Thompson Elementary School at 5700 Bexar Street in South Dallas.

Dallas Fire Rescue responded at 5:35 p.m. and found the fire inside of classroom on the second floor.

Investigators tell NBC DFW it appears the fire was deliberately set. The culprit is not known.

No one was injured.

Thompson Elementary School was closed in 2012 as part of a cost saving measure.



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<![CDATA[Thousands Honor Veterans at DFW National Cemetery]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 16:37:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DFWnatlcemeteryMemDay.jpg

At the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, anyone can walk up and down the rows of gravestones to honor those who served and sacrificed.

But on Monday, a special opportunity was available to remember and honor those who died serving our country.

The cemetery held its annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday. Thousands of people attended, filling the cemetery roads up with cars, golf carts, and walkers.

Many were simply there to say "thank you" to our veterans, but some were just after some time with loved ones buried at the cemetery.

"This is the most peaceful place I think I've ever been," said Regina Murguia.

Hours before the crowds, a few dedicated souls came to remember loved ones lost to war and those who served and survived, forever carrying wounds and memories with them as well as their family members.

"Oh yes, you don't ever get over it," Murguia said. "I was married for 37 years."

For Murguia, Memorial Day morning was a chance to spend an emotional few minutes at her late husband John's grave.

"It's just hard, its hard to come out here," she said. "It's just so pretty out here and it's beautiful and you feel so peaceful when you're out here."

Murguia's husband passed away nearly five years ago. He was shot in both legs while serving in the Army in the Vietnam War.

"(His death) was due to Vietnam, even though it was 40 years later," she said.

And while she visits often it was important to be here on this day, not just for her husband but all who are buried at the national cemetery.

"They've all sacrificed," Murguia said.

It's just as important to the Christopher family to be at the cemetery on Memorial Day. It's a chance to spend some time at their mother's grave and salute their fellow veterans, as well.

"Those who have served in the military probably have a similar view as me," said Gary Christopher Sr., "I'm sure they're glad to see this respect given to those who have fallen."

Whether as a family or in a solemn silent moment, it's a chance for thousands to simply say thank you and remember the sacrifices of others.

"They were all in the service, they didn't have to go," Murguia said.

Every grave stone featured an American flag placed by it, a tradition at DFW National Cemetery.

In one section, local third graders left hand written notes thanking service members for their sacrifices.



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<![CDATA[Study: Colon Cancer On Rise Among Younger People]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 17:54:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/colon+cancer+exam.jpg

A new study shows over the last decade, the number of colon cancer cases in people under age 50 rose by more than 11 percent.

The findings were presented last week at Digestive Disease Week, the largest international gathering of medical experts in digestive health.

It shows the rate of colorectal cancer continues to increase in individuals under 50 years old, however the overall rate of the disease has been declining in recent years.

Researchers examined more than one million colorectal cancer patient records over 10 years and suggest health-care providers be more vigilant about detecting symptoms in younger patients.

Another study recently linked the western lifestyle to an increase in colon cancer rates.

Possible reasons could be the obesity epidemic, a lack in physical activity and high-fat diets.

Kim Duncan, a high school principal, was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2011, shortly after her 50th birthday.

The diagnosis prompted a lifestyle change which included a holistic approach to wellness.

"I really changed everything. I changed how I ate. I did the research. I ate foods that were high in antioxidants, and those were foods like sweet potatoes, blackberries, black beans and kale," said Duncan.

Surgery and chemotherapy help her beat the cancer.

She also used acupuncture and credits her faith for her recovery.

"I'm a Christian and I would read scripture. To me, it's positive and scripture for me was healing," said Duncan.



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<![CDATA[Fort Worth Police Investigate Memorial Day Shooting]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 09:22:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fort-worth-police-generic-tape.jpg

Homicide detectives in Fort Worth are working to piece together a deadly shooting early Monday morning.

Officers responded to the shooting at an apartment in the 2200 block of Evans Avenue after 4:30 a.m., said K.D. Rowell, Fort Worth police lieutenant.

A tenant found the victim on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound, Rowell said.

The man, aged 50 to 70-years-old, was pronounced deceased when paramedics arrived at a local hospital.

No further information was released.



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<![CDATA[Pushups for Soldiers]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 08:23:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Pushups_boots_for_charity.jpg Retired Sergeant Kelsey Smith talks about the non-profit Pushups for Charity on Memorial Day.]]> <![CDATA[Your Memorial Day Photos 2016]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 11:02:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Memorial-Day-0530161.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared their photos of how they're commemorating and celebrating Memorial Day. You can send your photos to isee@nbcdfw.com!]]> <![CDATA[Lightning Likely Cause of Five North Texas Fires]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 12:05:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fire205.jpg

Authorities said lightning was the likely cause of at least five fires in North Texas from Sunday night to Monday morning.

Addison

Firefighters said they think lightning caused a fire at an apartment complex in the 4800 block of West Grove Drive at about 3 a.m.

The building was evacuated and eight units were affected, but no injuries have been reported.

The American Red Cross responded to help those displaced by the fire.

Jacksboro

Firefighters said units responded to a call at a tan farm at Silver Creek Resources in the 1500 block of Farm-to-Market Road 1156 at 12:43 a.m.

Jack County and East Jack County firefighters had to wait until heavy lightning stopped before attacking the fire, according to authorities.

Firefighters said the fire damaged four 300-gallon fiberglass tanks, causing about $100,000 in damage.

No injuries were reported.

Allen

A family was able to escape a fire at their home in the 900 block of Rachels Court at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

The home was for sale, but is now a total loss.

The family said the fire was the second caused by lightning in the neighborhood within about a year.

Plano

Plano Fire Department officials said lightning struck a home on Lewis Street Sunday night. A fire resulted, but it was confined to the attic and no one was injured.

Lightning also struck the East Side Village Apartments in downtown Plano. No injuries were reported, as the resulting fire only damaged the outside of the building.



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<![CDATA[3 East Texas College Students Killed in Crash]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 15:55:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/215*120/NACOGDOCHES-VICTIMS.jpg

Three college students were killed in an early morning fiery crash in Nacogdoches Monday, officers say.[[381314781,C]]

According to police, the crash happened in the 2400 block of East Starr Avenue near the intersection of Glen Hollow Street at about 1:30 a.m.

Chace Scruggs and three passengers were traveling east in a 2007 Dodge Charger on Starr Avenue when his vehicle left the road and struck several trees, police said. The vehicle then caught fire and burned. People in another vehicle saw the crash and called 911.

Scruggs, along with Geena Zarick and Rajeen "Ray" Williams were pronounced dead at the scene. A fourth person, Trent Haynes, was transported to a local hospital in serious condition. All of the victims were enrolled at Stephen F. Austin University.

Police are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash.



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<![CDATA[Online Tutors Helping Dallas ISD Students Learn]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 06:34:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/052916+Dallas+ISD+Tutormate.jpg

The constant chatter of excited first graders is something reading tutor Jim Buffington is not used to. His tutoring sessions usually occur over the phone, while he's in his office at Intuit.

Thanks to a program called TutorMate, tutors like Buffington are having a major impact in Dallas ISD classrooms, without stepping foot in them.

"For busy professionals who don't always have time to get out of their office, TutorMate is a great partnership with Dallas ISD. You can make a difference in the life of students and still be right there in your office," he said.

The tutoring sessions start with a phone call. Buffington rings a computer inside Megan Grivois' first grade classroom at Celestino Mauricio Soto Jr. Elementary School. One of her student ambassadors answers and connects Buffington with the pupil he's tutoring, which is Anthony Vargas this year.

Over the course of 30 minutes the pair talk on the phone while interacting through the TutorMate program.

"We see the same computer screen so I turn the pages on our book and he reads," Buffington said.

For the past year Jim has been helping Anthony strengthen his reading skills. 

"I used to read little words, but now he helps me read big words," said Anthony.

Students at several Dallas ISD elementary schools are using TutorMate. Their tutors include volunteers who work for large firms like Bank of America.

Anthony's teacher said the sessions are paying huge dividends in the classroom.

"Anthony came in at a very basic reading level which is pretty common," said Megan Grivois. "He's on target with where he should be at the end of the school year, so starting from below level and growing to on level is really a great accomplishment."

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<![CDATA[Texas Shaped Pool Celebrates 55 Years]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 09:04:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tx-pool.jpg

The Texas Pool has been a North Texas attraction for decades.

On Memorial Day, the Plano landmark will celebrate its 55th season.

For weeks, volunteers have made repairs to the aging facility. The base of the pool was resurfaced and the bathrooms were renovated, but the majority of the work was a temporary fix.

"The Texas Pool is just a really special place. Everyone who comes in, falls in love with the pool and they want to be able to help the pool," said lifeguard Hannah Moos. "We're bringing life back to the Texas Pool."

Dallas' Hunt family helped found the pool, which was built in Plano to draw more residents, Texas Pool board members said.

The Texas Pool is operated by volunteers. The non-profit group relies on membership dues and donations to operate and repair the 168,000 gallon salt water pool.

The Texas Pool is open on Memorial Day from noon until 6:00 p.m. It's free and open to the public.

After the celebration, membership dues are $200 per family.



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<![CDATA[School Visit To DFW Cemetery Touches Veteran's Heart]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 00:04:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/052916+DFW+cemetery+Memorial+Day.jpg Monday is Memorial Day. A Korean War veteran and his wife were at DFW cemetery when a school bus full of students from Duncanville ISD pulled up.

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<![CDATA[Rangers' Matt Bush Rises From Rock Bottom]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 22:37:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/052916+Matt+Bush+Rangers.jpg Rangers' relief pitcher Matt Bush was the top pick in the MLB Draft before losing everything. NBC 5's Pat Doney explains his comeback after going to prison.]]> <![CDATA[Lightning Destroys Home in Allen]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 22:55:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/052916+Allen+House+Fire.jpg

Lightning destroyed a home in Allen on Sunday night, one of three houses hit by lightning in Collin county as severe storms moved through.

Firefighters responded to a home in the 900 block of Rachels Court around 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Witnesses told NBC DFW that house went on the market last month. It is a total loss.  No one was injured.

During the same time, lightning hit a home on Lewis street in the central part of Plano. A Fire Dept. spokesperson said it was confined to the attic and no one was injured.

Lightning also hit the East Side Village Apartments in downtown Plano. A Fire Dept. spokesperson said all of the damage was external. No one was injured there.



Photo Credit: John Thompson, NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Spieth Wins Dean & DeLuca Invitational]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 22:38:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/170*120/Jordan+Spieth+Colonial.jpg

The drought is no more. Jordan Spieth has finally won a PGA tournament in his home state of Texas.

After a rough final round last week at the AT&T Byron Nelson, Spieth left no doubt this time at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational in Fort Worth. And he did it in style.

Spieth had amazing birdies on the 16th, 17th and 18th to seal the deal and get his eight PGA tournament win.

The back nine proved to be every bit of dramatic. Spieth had Ryan Palmer and Harris English to contend with for the top spot on the leaderboard, and things were getting interesting until Spieth hit just an absurd chip shot from 20-feet out on No. 16 that found the bottom of the cup. After that you could sense this was his for the taking.

However, it was a rollercoaster of emotions on No. 17 when Spieth’s tee shot put him in the rough and caused his approach to go over the green, ending with a back-hole location. He then made another amazing chip shot afterwards to basically wrap it up before ever teeing off on 18. He birdied the final hole from 34-feet to win by three shots, finishing at 17-under 65.

The Sunday struggles were over. The back nine blues, the Masters meltdown, all history.

Spieth now sits in third place behind Jason Day and Adam Scott in the Fedex Cup standings.



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<![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Stormy Memorial Day]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 18:17:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DallasNews_com_May_29_2016_PM_Forecast_1200x675_695217731594.jpg Another round of showers and storms is expected early Monday morning. There may be a couple more isolated storms Monday afternoon too. Any Memorial Day plans in the morning may be soggy, but the afternoon will generally be drier. Tuesday and Wednesday look pretty stormy as well with heavy rainfall being the primary concern. ]]> <![CDATA[Plano Church Helps Ukrainian Teen Fight Rare Disorder]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 19:03:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Karina21.jpg

Members will tell you their services are always a party at Life Central Church in Plano, but this Sunday’s party was extra special as they welcomed a rare guest who’s like a family member to many there.

14 year-old Karina Bondarchuk is from Ukraine, and has grown up with a rare mouth disorder called congenital lymphangioma; a disorder that causes her tongue to swell up and that can threaten her life is conditions cause it to get out of control.

She has gotten treatment throughout her life in her home country, but doctors there told her family that they couldn’t do anything else for her.

Church members in Plano were first introduced to her by Pastor Paul Cook after he learned of her situation and decided to take on the task of trying to help.

"It was kind of overwhelming,” said Cook.

They flew her into DFW last September and brought her to see local specialists like Dr. Jeffrey Fearon who said that they could help the teen here.

Church members and volunteers started raising funds and local medical support to make Karina’s surgery possible.

"Just this phase would have been 80-some thousand dollars and it's probably costing us about 18-thousand dollars,” said Cook.

Finally, after months, Karina walked back into the church during service on Sunday; members surprising her with confetti and cheers.

She will be in America throughout June and July as she does some sight-seeing and begins treatment to fix the disorder. Karina will then return in about a year to finish the process.

She said that she was excited to get the surgery finally, and thanked her “North Texas family” for helping to make it happen.

Though she speaks little English and has to rely on a translator, Karina was able to smile to the congregation and confidently say “thank you!” as the room erupted in cheers.

NBC 5 will continue to cover Karina’s progress and transformation as it takes place over the coming year.

For more about Karina, click to the Life Central Church website.



Photo Credit: Brian Scott, NBC 5]]>
<![CDATA[Rockwall Police Investigate Fatal Traffic Accident]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 13:55:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/police+lights+%282%294.jpg

The Rockwall Police Department is investigating the the fatal vehicle accident that took place on Thursday off of Interstate Highway 30.

Rockwall police said they were called to the 800 block of Westbound I-30 at 2:03 p.m. on May 26 after receiving a report about a major accident involving a motorcycle.

When they arrived on the scene, officers said they discovered the driver of the motorcycle in critical condition. He was transported to Presbyterian Hospital of Rockwall where he was later pronounced dead. The name of the victim has not been released.

According to police, the motorcyclist struck a mattress that was on the road, which caused him to veer off the roadway and strike a light pole.

Police said there are witness reports of the mattress coming out of the bed of a dark-colored Ford F-150 traveling in the center lane.

The Rockwall Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in determining the identity of the truck and its driver. If you have any information to provide, please contact the Rockwall Police Department's Traffic Unit at 972-772-6703.

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<![CDATA[One Dead After Overnight Stabbing: Police]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 11:25:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mckinney-092315.jpg

One person is dead Sunday morning after an overnight stabbing in McKinney, according to McKinney police.

The McKinney Police Department and McKinney Fire Department both responded to a stabbing in the parking lot of the Lakes of Eldorado on the 1400 block of Eldorado Parkway at 2:03 a.m. on May 29.

When officials arrived, they said the victim was dead on the scene.The victim's identity has not been released.

A suspect, who is being treated for his injuries at a nearby hospital, has been identified but his name has not been made public, according to police.

The cause of the stabbing is currently under investigation.



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<![CDATA[DPD Asking For Help In Murder Investigation]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 10:04:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/scaife-and-car.jpg

The Dallas Police Department needs your help investigating a capital murder case.

At 9:05 p.m. on May 28, Dallas police were called to the 12100 block of Coit Road to respond to a shooting call at the Extended Stay Hotel.

The victim, 27-year-old Paris Marquell, was shot at the hotel and transported to a nearby hospital where he died from his gunshot wounds.

Police believe the man pictured above, 24-year-old Demonte Laderrick Scaife, may have been with Marquell at the time of the shooting and are requesting to speak with him.

According to police, Marquell's car, a 2007 4-door Burgundy Chrysler 300, was taken after the shooting.

The cause of the shooting is currently unknown.

Dallas Police urge anyone with information about this incident to call the Homicide Unit at (214) 671-3661. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at (214) 373-TIPS (8477).



Photo Credit: The Dallas Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Deadly Floods Overwhelm Southeast Texas]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 02:19:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Flooding+2.jpg In Texas, at least four people were killed and two others missing after downpours, with the state expecting more rain through Memorial Day.

Photo Credit: Mark Preidger]]>
<![CDATA["Ragtime" Comes To Dallas With Ft Worth Actor in Key Role]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 01:17:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/6pm_wygant_ragtime_1200x675_694969411610.jpg "Ragtime" the musical comes to Dallas Summer Musicals. One of the key roles is sang/played by a Fort Worth native.]]> <![CDATA[Young Orator Graduates from Dallas' Obama Academy]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 02:27:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/052816+Dalton+young+graduate.jpg

It's graduation day for many seniors across north Texas.

One young man’s story continues to inspire.

Dalton Sherman delivered a passionate, keynote speech in the 4th grade at a Dallas ISD event. The speech, “Do You Believe in Me?” has been viewed online millions of times.

It was so moving, talk show hosts Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey invited him to appear on their shows.

He even had the chance to meet President Barack Obama.

Fast forward nine years, Sherman is now graduating valedictorian from the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy.

“I'm very proud of who I’ve become, who I’ve grown into, a young man who's god-fearing, a young man who knows his gift now. I think that's something that i didn't know when i was younger,” Dalton said.

Dalton will head out west for college.

He's earned a full scholarship to Pomona College in California.

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<![CDATA[DFW's Spieth, Palmer Set for Sunday Colonial Duel]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 22:53:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jordan+spieth+byron+nelson.jpg

Jordan Spieth plays almost every Tuesday practice round on the PGA Tour with Ryan Palmer. 

The DFW residents have a game on those Tuesdays in which they involve their caddies.  The pros will play each hole until they're putting for par.  That's when the caddies take over.  They'll represent the pro they loop for and try to make par.

The two joked after their third round that on Sunday the caddies won't get to putt.  That's because Spieth (-12) and Palmer (-11) are paired together in the final group on Sunday at the Dean and DeLuca Colonial Invitational.

Palmer walked off the 18th hole scheduled to play in the 2nd to last group, but a bogey from Webb Simpson bumped the Texan back 10 minutes to play with Spieth.

“That was what I wanted,” Palmer said. “I wanted to be with him in the final group on my home course in front of my family and friends and in front of the members of Colonial. That’s what I wanted, and it worked out, so I’m very excited.”

There's a few side-bar stories that will make the Colonial's final pairing more interesting.  Spieth went to the University of Texas.  Palmer went to Texas A&M.  Spieth represents Dallas.  Palmer represents Colleyville and Fort Worth and he's a member at Colonial.  Spieth laughed off the idea about the side-bar story lines.  He's focused on beating the course, Palmer and everyone else in the field.

“I’ll be disappointed if I don’t win tomorrow.  Being in this position two weeks in a row, last Sunday was a tough day for me given the importance of the Byron Nelson to me personally," said Spieth.



Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Darvish Solid in Return To Rangers]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 22:47:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453047890.jpg

In front of a packed Globe Life Park crowd Saturday evening, Rangers ace Yu Darvish pitched in a Major League Baseball game for the first time in 627 days.  Things could not have gone much better.

Darvish threw 81 pitches against the Pirates, 51 of them for strikes.  He struck out seven batters in five innings of work, and allowed only one run against a Pittsburgh team that ranks fourth in MLB in runs scored this season.

Before the game, Rangers manager Jeff Banister had noted the team’s plan was for Darvish to throw about 85 pitches in his return to Major League Baseball.

Darvish is the three-time MLB All-Star for the Rangers and led all of baseball in strikeouts in 2013.  He sat out the final two months of the 2014 season with elbow inflammation, and underwent Tommy John surgery in March of 2015, causing him to miss the entire 2015 season.



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<![CDATA[Spieth Leads After Third Round At Colonial]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 23:10:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/Spieth+Colonial.jpg

Jordan Spieth has his first professional win in the state of Texas in his sights.

After an impressive third round at the Dean and DeLuca Invitational Saturday, Spieth is 12-under par and has a one-shot lead going into Sunday’s final round.  The Dallas-native tallied six birdies on the day, including a chip-in birdie on the 11th hole.

“I was in a lot of tough situations today, but I feel like I’m striking the ball well,” Spieth said to the Golf Channel after his third round.  “I’m just trying to stay consistent.”

The former University of Texas and Dallas Jesuit High School star has won seven PGA Tour victories in his career, the last coming in January at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.  Spieth will play with another Texas-native in the final round Sunday, Ryan Palmer.

“It’ll be a lot of fun,” Spieth said.  “If I played ten practice rounds, I played seven of them with Ryan Palmer.  We talk a lot of smack when we play together, and I don’t think (Sunday) will be any different.”



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Pelicans Guard Shot Dead After Breaking Into Apartment: DPD]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 04:41:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/052816+Bryce+Dejean+Jones.jpg

Bryce Dejean-Jones, a guard for the New Orleans Pelicans, was fatally shot after he kicked down the door of a Dallas apartment early Saturday morning, police said.

According to police, officers were called to the Camden Belmont apartment complex on the 2500 block of Bennett Avenue at 3:20 a.m. regarding a shooting.

The resident of the apartment, whose identity was not released, was sleeping when he heard a man, identified as 23-year-old Bryce Dejean-Jones, breaking down the front door, police said.

The resident, armed with a handgun, called out and heard no response. As Dejean-Jones kicked open the bedroom door, the resident fired his gun, police said.

Dejean-Jones left the apartment and collapsed. He was later brought to a hospital and pronounced dead from a gunshot wound, according to the police statement.

Agent Scott W. Nichols said Dejean-Jones was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"Bryce was visiting his girlfriend in Dallas for his daughter’s 1st birthday. This was the first time Bryce visited her new apartment," Nichols said in a statement. "Later that night, Bryce came back to the apartment. Incidentally he went to the wrong apartment on the third floor just below his girlfriends fourth-floor apartment. He was attempting to enter the apartment which led to him ultimately being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Bryce was then shot and killed."

The New Orleans Pelicans, in a press release, said the team is "devastated" over the loss of Dejean-Jones.

“It is with deep sadness that the Pelicans organization acknowledges the sudden passing of Bryce Dejean-Jones. We are devastated at the loss of this young man’s life who had such a promising future ahead of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bryce’s family during this difficult time.”

Dejean-Jones signed a three-year contract with the Pelicans in February after joining the team in January on consecutive 10-day contracts.

In Dejean-Jones' only NBA season, which ended in February because of a broken right wrist, the 6-foot-6 guard started 11 of 14 games and averaged 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds.

Nichols said Dejean-Jones had nearly completed his rehab and was set to begin shooting with his right hand again next week.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called it a "tragic loss."

"Bryce inspired countless people with his hard work and perseverance on his journey to the NBA, and he had a bright future in our league," Silver said in a statement issued Saturday.

National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts, who had posted a link to the story of Dejean-Jones' death on Twitter and wrote that it was "The news I pray every day I never have to hear," said "Bryce's dedication and hard work on his journey to the NBA will forever serve as an inspiration to us all."

Dejean-Jones was a part of the 2014-15 Iowa State team that went 25-9, captured a Big 12 title and made a fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. He was fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 10.5 points in 33 games. He shot a career-best 47.6 percent in his lone season as a Cyclone.

"This is a very, very sad and tragic day for everyone that's a part of the Cyclone basketball family," Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said.

Former Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg, now the coach of the NBA's Chicago Bulls, added in a statement that Dejean-Jones was a "passionate and talented player that lived out his dream of playing in the NBA through hard work and perseverance."

He also played college ball at the University of Southern California and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Dejean-Jones was suspended late in the 2013-14 season from UNLV for conduct detrimental to the team, and announced that he was leaving USC midway through the 2010-11 season.

Several NBA players reacted to news of Dejean-Jones' death on Twitter Saturday.

"Crazy how life is man," wrote Brooklyn Nets guard Shane Larkin. "Prayers out to Bryce Dejean Jones and his family."

Quincy Pondexter, one of Dejean-Jones' teammates with the Pelicans, said "This Can't be real life... Rest easy lil bro."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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<![CDATA[Lake Businesses Brace for Uncertain Season]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 22:09:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lewisville+Lake+Outlook.jpg

Workers at North Texas lakes are hoping for the best, but bracing for the worst as the 2016 season kicks off.

Some worry that forecasts of another rainy summer could leave their businesses in a third year of tough times.

Many watercraft renters, marinas, and others on Lewisville Lake struggled last summer as record flood waters shut down many parks and boat ramps; forcing people to spend their summer fun money elsewhere.

"It was bad,” said Carl Burmeister of Aloha Hydro Sports. “Every weekend we hoped it would let up but it, the rain and the water just kept coming and coming and coming.”

Burmeister barely launched one of his watercrafts until about August when Lewisville’s City Park reopened and that was after a slow 2014 summer when the area was dealing with a massive drought and business was also slow.

On Saturday morning, things were looking promising.

Workers with Phil Dill Boat Rentals reported sold out reservations throughout the Memorial Day weekend, and sunny skies by the late morning had big crowds starting to show up at the lake.

Most of Lewisville Lake’s parks are finally reopened including Westlake Park which was closed until earlier this month and the Hickory Creek Park Campground which is sold out for the weekend as well.

However, some of the parks still show signs of the floods; some areas in Westlake were still covered by water Saturday.

Lake Manager Rob Jordan said his team with the Army Corps of Engineers, which owns and operates the lake, are keeping a close eye on lake levels; also uncertain with the forecasts ahead.

"Currently with the lakes being above conservation pool, the table's kind of set there for additional flood waters if we were to get several rounds of thunder storms,” said Jordan.

As of Saturday, Lewisville Lake was about 1.3 feet above flood levels, up again due to Friday’s rain, and the Army Corps was releasing water.

Burmeister said he just plans to take the season week by week and push business as hard as he can while the weather’s cooperating.

"God willing we'll get back on the right track again,” said Burmeister.



Photo Credit: Brian Scott, NBC 5]]>
<![CDATA[Arlington Police Find Missing Woman Saturday]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 02:09:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ozella.jpg

Arlington officers have found a woman who went missing Saturday morning.

Police said 75-year-old Ozella Gillbert was reported missing after 6 a.m. Saturday after she was last seen at a hotel located at 2200 Brookhollow Plaza.

According to police, Ozella was last seen this morning wearing a pink shirt and black jogging pants with a pink stripe.



Photo Credit: Arlington Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Fire Destroys Historic Downtown Farmersville Buildings]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 02:21:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/052816+Cano+Farmersville.jpg

The Farmersville Fire Department searched for the cause of a fire that destroyed historic parts of the small town's historic downtown Saturday.

The Farmersville Fire Department responded to a group of buildings on fire on the corner of McKinney Street and Main Street at 11:28 a.m. It took crews four hours to bring it under control. 

No one was injured.

"I think everybody should reach out and pray for Farmersville," said business owner Tina Cisneros. "We really need prayer."

At least six other departments are there as well to provide aid.

"The older buildings, there's a lot of gaps in between them, so its easy for heat and smoke to travel onto the next one, just becomes like a domino effect," said Farmersville Fire Chief Kim Morris.

Fire crews said one of destroyed businesses was a Gazebo Manufacturing Facility.

Despite the fire, A Taste of Farmersville, an event scheduled to take place on Main Street continued.

"We take a lot of pride in our downtown area so it does hurt when something like this happens," said Morris.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown.



Photo Credit: Cynthia Cano, Telemundo 39 News]]>
<![CDATA[Allen K9 Retires After 7 Years of Service]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 10:20:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/K9-Barnz-Retirment_1200x675_694786115974.jpg K9 Barnz retired from the Allen Police Department after 7 years of service.]]>