<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Fri, 22 May 2015 16:08:50 -0500 Fri, 22 May 2015 16:08:50 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Plano Restaurant Evacuated Due to Fire]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 15:28:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/firetruck-generic-01.jpg

A fire at a Plano restaurant led to an evacuation Friday.

The Plano Fire Department arrived at the Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant on the 3400 block of Central Expressway after a fire was reported.

The restaurant was evacuated and there were no reports of any injuries.

There is no word on what caused the fire or how much damage was done, but officials did say the arrival of the firefighters was a standard response.

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<![CDATA[Weather Expected to Affect Memorial Day Outdoor Plans]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 12:31:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Grapevine-Lake-Boat-Docks--.jpg

More rain in the forecast means a soggy Memorial Day weekend that could lead to flash flooding again in North Texas. The National Weather Service has issues a Flash Flood Watch in effect from Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening.

NBC 5 Meteorologists say as much as 6 inches of rain is possible and rain continues to be in the forecast for part of North Texas for the next week, too.

Weather service forecaster Matt Stalley in Fort Worth, Texas, said people camping or on the waterways should take extra care.

"There's quite a bit of danger now with the current situation. There's a lot of river and lake closures because of all the debris that's in the water that gets picked up by these floodwaters. There's additional threats for flash flooding for people that are out camping," Stalley said.

Stalley said the area west of the Interstate 35 corridor is expected to receive the heaviest rainfall amounts.

"We're looking at storms that will produce heavy rain starting to increase in coverage on Saturday afternoon and evening. And that'll last through a good portion of Sunday as well," Stalley said.

Echoing NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell's advice, Stalley encouraged anyone with plans to be outdoors during the weekend to have a way to get weather information, such as a weather radio.

"A lot of people overlook flooding as a weather threat, and it's actually the number-one leader in weather-related fatalities. So, it certainly can't be taken lightly."

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<![CDATA[Mercedes Bus Crash Slows I-30 Traffic in Fort Worth]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 12:09:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ftw-30-crash-1.jpg A crash involving a Mercedes bus and a crossover SUV has slowed traffic East of Fort Worth on eastbound Interstate 30 near Forest Park Boulevard.

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<![CDATA[Lake-Area Business Owners Concerned About Floods]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 11:46:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/flood-sign.jpg

Memorial Day weekend is very important to many businesses near lakes and some business owners are worried about the recent storms' effect on profits.

After near daily storms during the past few weeks, many lakes are over their banks. As a result, boat ramps and parks are closed to the public.

"We have had a 75 percent drop since the lake came up," said Lake Dallas Tobacco and Gifts manager Mary Trammell. "[In] about a week and a half."

Trammell said the recent flooding is the worst she's seen in the seven years she's owned her store. She said business usually doubles on Memorial Day weekend.

"It has been up for a few days and recedes and people could go to the parks, but they haven't been able to go to the park for two weeks," said Trammell.

Not every business near Lake Lewisville is hurting, though. Brittney Burton, who works at Tredway's Texas Barbeque, said business has been good. at their restaurant, which is only a few feet from Lake Lewisville.

"We have a customer base already," she said. "So people already know we are down here."

Burton did agree that the parks being open would have better for business. And the people at both businesses NBC 5 visited hope the rains stops soon.

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<![CDATA[Goose Attacks NBC 5 Photographer]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 11:45:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/goose-attack.jpg

An NBC 5 photographer was just taking a gander at rising lake levels, but it was enough to ruffle the feathers of one Fort Worth goose.

Kerry Smith began unpacking his camera equipment and setting up for a live shot of Lake Worth for the morning broadcast when the goose spotted him.

"It started squawking at me as soon as I arrived," he said.

The goose circled Smith and voiced its displeasure for several minutes before losing its patience and asserting its dominance.

"I thought we had come to an understanding, but clearly the goose wasn't happy with the terms," Smith said. "I apparently wasn't getting the message that this was his territory."

After the attack, the goose — now sporting an inflated ego — refused to let Smith pack up and leave for a while. Smith said he was just ready for the incident to end.

"I am just a little embarrassed that I turned into Shirley Temple," he said. "Samantha [Davies] had just said when we were live that the goose looked harmless."

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<![CDATA[Security Guard Prevents ATM Theft: Dallas Police]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 09:16:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dal-atm-theft-grant.jpg

Police a security guard stopped two men from stealing an ATM from the Grant Hotel in Dallas overnight.

The two men carried the ATM out the front doors of the hotel near Interstate 635 and Coit Road before a hotel security guard stopped them.

One man was arrested, but the other escaped. Police have not yet released a description of the second man.

Police said the ATM did not appear to be bolted to the ground.

NBC 5's Josh Ault contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Off-Duty Officer Breaking up Fight Shoots at Man]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 11:50:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dal-constable-shooting.jpg

Authorities said they are investigating after an off-duty Dallas County deputy constable tried to break up a fight and shot at a man early Friday morning.

Dallas Police Department Deputy Chief Gil Garza said manager at the Draft House in the 3900 block of Rosemeade Parkway forced several people to leave because of a disturbance at about 2 a.m. The manager then notified the deputy constable — who was in uniform working security for the area.

The deputy constable found two of the men originally in the draft house still fighting outside, Garza said. The constable tried to stop a man from beating on a car with another man inside.

While stop the man from hitting the car, Garza said the deputy constable heard a gunshot and took cover.

"The suspect was armed and the deputy constable was giving verbal commands to drop the weapon," Garza said. "As a result of that, he was forced to discharge his weapon."

Tareq Statieh, co-owner of nearby Zio Al's Pizza & Pasta, said he heard two men shouting outside. He said a third man yelled to "drop the gun" just before he heard a gunshot and saw a bullet crash through his front window.

"I saw a police officer right next to one of the cars and he was telling the guy to drop the gun," he said. "But I didn't see the officer shoot."

It is not yet known if the man inside the car was shot, but he was transported to a nearby hospital with injuries that Garza said were not life threatening.

Police said the other man involved in the altercation fled the scene.

The deputy constable was not injured.

NBC 5's Jeff Smith contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Police Reopen U.S. 380 in Denton Co. After Wreck]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 10:13:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/380-wreck-gravel.jpg

Authorities said an 18-wheeler was involved in a multivehicle wreck that shut down U.S. 380 in Denton County for several hours early Friday morning.

Both directions of U.S. 380 were closed near North Potter Shop Road in Crossroads after the 18-wheeler with another vehicle and spilled 28 tons of gravel onto the road, according to authorities with the Denton County Sheriff's Office.

One eastbound lane was opened at about 7 a.m. Police reopened all lanes at about 7:45 a.m.

No injuries were reported.

Viewers reported to NBC 5 that one alternate route, Fishtrap Road, was blocked because of flooding.

Stay tuned to NBC 5 for the latest updates.

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<![CDATA[Potholes Swallowing Tires on I-35W in Fort Worth]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 04:16:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/fw+pothole+tire.JPG

Dozens of drivers were dealt a bad blow Thursday in Fort Worth as flat or otherwise damaged tires turned up along Interstate 35W.

"They need to do something. I mean that's dangerous," said Diana Roth, of Fort Worth, about the sizable pothole that was the cause of her concern and the bent rim on her front, driver's side tire.

The particular pothole was situated in the center lane of the northbound side of I-35W, approaching the Northside Drive/Yucca Avenue Exit, until it was patched around sunset Thursday.

The North Tarrant Express Project oversees the ongoing road construction through that corridor – rated as the most congested stretch of highway in all of Texas.

"Our first priority is safety on our roadway," said Tommy Williamson, a spokesman for North Tarrant Express. "We have gone to great lengths to keep aging infrastructure drivable as we rebuild the new roadway. Unfortunately with all of the rain it has made our re-repairs very difficult."

Alex Duncan, of Denton County, was along the side of the interstate Thursday afternoon changing his right front tire after the pothole popped it.

"[You] can't even pull over. There's no shoulder here or anything," Duncan said about his effort to quickly get back onto the highway.

A Shell gas station was busy all afternoon Thursday, with more than 20 drivers dealing with different levels of damage to their tires.

Nikita Carter, of Fort Worth, blew out the front, right tire of her boyfriend's Chevrolet.

"It catches you off guard. You don't see it until it gets there," Carter said of her inability to avoid the pothole. "Someone could have been hurt. Someone can still get hurt because it's still out there."

The fact that the pothole was repaired late Thursday is only a temporary solution, according to Williamson.

"The process for temporarily repairing potholes during construction is called a 'cold-patch,'" Williamson said. "However, continuous traffic and severe weather can sometimes weaken the patch."

There is no known number for how many people have sustained damage to their vehicles due to potholes along the I-35W within the area the North Tarrant Express Project is focusing its construction on. And the agency will not release either the number of people who have filed claims to be reimbursed for their damage, or how many people have actually had their claims approved by the agency.

To file a claim, you can contact North Tarrant Express through its website, according to Williamson.

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<![CDATA[Risky Crude Oil Rides the Rails in North Texas]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 23:04:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/dfw+railroad+lines.JPG

NBC 5 Investigates has obtained state records showing trains carrying at least a million gallons of Bakken crude oil sometimes travel through the four most heavily populated counties in North Texas.

That oil is coming from the Bakken region in the Dakotas and is shipped across the country. It’s a lighter oil that tends to be more flammable and has already been involved in fiery train derailments that caused evacuations and, in a derailment in Canada, deaths.

About two dozen firefighters from across North Texas recently spent a week at a training center at Tarrant County College learning what to do if hazardous materials train derailments occur, including those involving Bakken crude.

“It’s extremely volatile and burns very rapidly, very hot,” said Robert Lipscomb, Chief of the Lynchburg, Virginia Fire Department.

Last year, Lipscomb and his department came face-to-face with a massive fire when 15 cars on a CSX Transportation oil train derailed April 30, 2014. Three of the cars caught fire, but no injuries were reported.

“I would say the flames were, at any time, probably 100 to 150 feet in the air,” said Lipscomb.

It wasn’t the first fire involving a train carrying that product.

In 2013 a train carrying Bakken crude in 72 tank cars on the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway was parked overnight on a descending grade in Nantes, Quebec, Canada. At some point the brakes gave way on the unattended train and it began rolling downhill toward the town of Lac-Mégantic. As it entered the town at approximately 65 mph, the train derailed and 63 of the tank were damaged, starting a massive fire that killed 47 people, according to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.

“I would just recommend folks plan for the worst, and if you see that particular product come through say, ‘OK, we are going to plan for the worst case scenario,’” said Lipscomb.

Records obtained in February from The Texas Department of Public Safety show BNSF Railway notified the DPS that Tarrant County could see from zero to as many as four large Bakken crude shipments per week.

The same notification went to Denton County.

According to the documents, Dallas and Collin counties could see between zero and two shipments per week.  But a map BNSF provided the state is not detailed enough to show which cities are affected.

NBC 5 Investigates asked BNSF for clarification on the map, but they would not reveal specific routes citing security concerns. In fact, the railroad asked the state to keep those shipment notifications confidential; the Texas attorney general, however, decided they should be released to news organizations requesting them.

NBC 5 Investigates found the city of Fort Worth is among the cities that have been warned Bakken crude will travel through town.

The Fort Worth Fire Department’s Lt. Kyle Falkner confirmed to NBC 5 that his department has received notifications from the state. The department said its hazmat team is ready if anything were to happen.

“We feel like the Fort Worth Fire Department is very prepared particularly in our hazmat capability,” said Falkner.

Justin Fire Department Admin Chief Ken Cloud told NBC 5 Investigates he wasn’t aware trains carrying one million gallons of Bakken crude would be rolling through his town.

Denton County Emergency Management said it sent a notification to the attention of a different assistant chief in the Justin Fire Department. However, the department said notification would not make a big difference because in a large derailment they would call in Denton’s hazmat team for help.

“We're going to stop short to begin with. We're not going to go in until we can identify what's there,” said Cloud.

“It’s going to vary by city and state. Some are better prepared than others,” said Brigham McCown, who used to be the administrator of the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration which regulates hazardous materials shipments.

He said its essential communities have detailed information.

“When there’s an accident, that’s not the time to figure out who next door might be able to help you out,” said McCown.

BNSF insists everyone who needs the information, already knows.

“Certainly the city manager would know, the police, the first responders would know what’s coming through,” said Faust.

The railroad said accidents are rare and that they are doing everything possible to prevent derailments, including focusing on track maintenance.

Also, trains carrying Bakken crude now travel at reduced speeds in cities with more than 100,000 people to give people extra confidence.

“I think they should be concerned but they should feel secure in the fact that there are measures in place, there are practices in place and there are people trained in the event of something to protect them,” said Faust.

BNSF is helping train thousands of firefighters across the country. Recently they sponsored that the local training for many North Texas fire departments, including firefighters from Justin.

The railroads point out they don’t have a choice about carrying Bakken crude. Because they are considered “common carriers” under federal law they are required to move it.

Some states like Oregon have started posting Bakken crude shipment information online so the public can access it more easily. Right now, the Texas DPS said it has no plans to do that but said anyone can file a records request for the same notification information received by NBC 5.

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<![CDATA[Dallas School Recalls Yearbooks Over Mean Quotes]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 14:15:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/yearbook-split-screen.jpg

Dallas' W.T. White High School is recalling hundreds of yearbooks after someone removed the personal quotes beneath the photos of some seniors and replaced them with insulting remarks.

Senior Juanita Cedillo, the school's prom queen, has cerebral palsy. She uses a wheelchair to get around school because the neurological disorder has affected her muscle coordination and makes using her legs difficult.

Under her senior picture is an insult where a personal quote should be.

"'Want to hear the most annoying noise in the world?'" Cedillo said, reading the quote. "I questioned myself. I was like, 'What could be that annoying noise? Was it my voice?'"

Below other students' pictures are sexual innuendos. Under one picture is written, "The only negativity around here should be a pregnancy test."

"I went in there Monday, thinking, 'Yay, it's here. The thing that I've been waiting for us here,'" explained Cedillo. "For them to taint it, it's not OK. It really isn't. Don't taint something that's important."

Parent Monty Walker, who attended White High School and whose son will soon graduate from there, talked with the principal.

"You know, somebody had to proof it, and proof it again, proof it 10 times. You don't make this mistake," said Walker. "I'm a graduate of W.T. White, and it tarnished the reputation of my high school and alma mater."

The principal is listed in the yearbook as its adviser. The staff even thanks her for proofreading the book and for stepping in to help after the they lost their original adviser halfway through the school year.

The Dallas Independent School District has recovered about 90 percent of the yearbooks and said they are working to determine who made the changes to the book and how it happened.

In a statement, the district said: The district is in the process of reviewing the complete contents of the yearbook, as well as determining the individuals responsible for the unfortunate quotations. Distribution of the yearbook has been ceased until corrections can be made and new yearbooks are printed. Individuals who were responsible will be held accountable. This will be an unfortunate but valuable lesson for all involved."

An email was sent to parents late Thursday, and we are told a note will go home with students as well.

Cedillo said when the book is reprinted she wishes she could have a different quote under her name.

"Be the change you wish the see in the world," Cedillo said.

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<![CDATA[Waco Biker Freed After Paying $1M Bond]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 18:42:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jeff-battey-inset.jpg

One of the 177 bikers arrested following a deadly shooting outside of a Waco, Texas, restaurant is free after paying a $1 million bond.

Nine people were killed and another 18 were injured after an altercation led to a shootout outside of the Twin Peaks restaurant on Waco's south side Sunday afternoon.

Afterward, the 177 bikers not killed or injured in the melee were arrested. Hundreds of weapons, motorcycles and other vehicles were seized by police and either impounded or taken into evidence.

Bond for each of the bikers was set at $1 million by McLennan County Justice of the Peace W.H. Peterson, who said the bond amount was appropriate given the level of violence that occurred at the restaurant.

Jeff Battey was among those arrested and charged with engaging in organized crime with relation to a capital murder. He is the first to have paid his $1 million bond and was released from the McLennan County Jail.

Three others, originally charged under a different case number, had been released earlier in the week on bond amounts between $20,000 and $50,000. Their charges were later matched to the Waco incident and new bond amounts were reissued and two of the three men had been re-arrested, police said.

The third man, police said, would be returned to police custody and held on $1 million bond. At this time, it is not known if he is currently in police custody.

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<![CDATA[NTX Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 22:30:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/llegada-de-mosquitos-a-Arizona.jpg

The Texas Department of State Health Services confirms Thursday the first case of West Nile virus has been recorded in the state for the 2015 season.

And batches of mosquitoes on Thursday tested positive for West Nile virus in Mesquite, Frisco and Dallas County.

The West Nile virus patient, who is in Harris County, has contracted the more serious neuroinvasive form of the disease.

As per usual, health officials are not releasing personal information about the patient due to confidentiality laws.

While the patient is not in North Texas, the diagnosis serves as a reminder for everyone to take precautions to minimize the risk of exposure to the mosquito-borne virus.

"We do know that Harris County has their first human case, and so that tells us Dallas County residents and the state of Texas need to be aware that it is mosquito season and to be prepared," said Zach Thompson, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services.

Cases of West Nile neuroinvasive disease typically occur in the late summer or early fall, and Texas is seeing its first human case more than a month earlier compared to 2014.

"Seeing the first human case is not a surprise," said Thompson. "But what it tells us is we need to prepare and use preventive measures."

In 2013, there were 183 human cases in Texas. In 2014, there were 379. But Thompson said there's no way to predict if this year will have a higher number of cases than last.

"The number of mosquitoes that we are going to see in terms of possible positive mosquitoes, who knows?" said Thompson. "In terms of possible human cases, it fluctuates."

With Texas' variety of climates, West Nile can be transmitted year round, outside of traditional peak seasons. Experts advise people take protective measures by utilizing the "4Ds" to reduce the risk of West Nile virus:

  • DEET: All Day, Every Day: Whenever you’re outside, use insect repellents that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
  • DRESS: Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing outside.
  • DRAIN: Remove all areas of standing water in and around your home.
  • DUSK & DAWN: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn hours when mosquitoes are most active.

Several cities and towns in North Texas have already begun spraying adulticide to kill mosquitoes.

The city of Frisco says crews will spray for mosquitoes Friday from 6-9 p.m. in a section of the Frisco Lakes golf course and a nearby wooded area that leads to Lake Lewisville.

Due to the incredibly wet spring in North Texas, some city leaders believe that will lead to an increase in mosquitoes. An increase in mosquitoes doesn't necessarily mean an increase in cases of West Nile virus however.

"Up to 80 percent of people who contract the virus don't get symptoms and won't even know they have it," said Dr. Tom Sidwa, state public health veterinarian and manager of DSHS's zoonosis control branch in a news release Thursday. "But those who do get sick can experience very serious effects ranging from fever to substantial neurological symptoms and even death."

Symptoms, if they appear, are fever, headache, nausea, body aches, swollen lymph nodes and skin rashes. Fewer than 1 percent of those infected with West Nile virus experience the more serious neuroinvasive form of the illness.

State health officials are also monitoring cases of another mosquito-borne virus, chikungunya, after seven Texas residents have been diagnosed with the disease this year after traveling to Central or South America.

<![CDATA[Oasis Closed Because of Flooded Parking Lot]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 17:53:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/joe+pool+lake+flooding.jpg

Memorial Day weekend is one of the biggest weekends of the year at the Oasis restaurant at Joe Pool Lake. But this weekend, they are closed. The parking lot is completely flooded.

"Nothing I can do about it. I have to roll with it," said owner Larry Walker.

He and his staff will take a big hit. No tips for servers and the bands won't be playing.

"This is a $100,000 plus weekend," he added.

There are boats docked at the marina, so crews spent the day building a temporary walkway. It runs the length from the marina, to where the water ends. The boaters will be able to use that to get to their boats

"We bought the boat in October, put it out here. We had it out twice in May and you can't even get to it," said boat owner Steve Kuykendall.

Today, some boaters used a small boat in the parking lot to check on their boats.

"Boats are safe. The water will go down at some point. They are getting the bridge for us so hopefully some people will be able to salvage the weekend," said Stephen Lindsey of Mansfield.

Meanwhile, Walker is hoping to get his restaurant reopened soon. There is no date yet, he has to wait for the water in the lot to recede.

"All of the other lakes, they have gone down super low. We have never had a water issue here so water in the parking lot, we are going to have to live with it," he said.

<![CDATA[Red Cross Arlington Warehouse Making a Difference]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 18:45:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/arl+red+cross.jpg

Between the tornadoes, severe storms and flooding, the American Red Cross has been busy this spring providing relief across Texas. Fortunately, officials say, a new warehouse in Arlington is helping make a difference.

Thursday morning marked the first time in days that the Red Cross' new Arlington warehouse was quiet. But manager Claire Tryon said the way this spring has gone, new requests for disaster relief supplies could come in at any moment.

"This has been a crazy season for us," said Tryon.

In the past week, her team has loaded and seven semis full of cleanup kits, cots, blankets, water, food and other items to send to multiple locations in Texas. Many of those supplies were distributed to storm victims in Van, Bridgeport and Runaway Bay.

"We can have it pulled and out of here within that 24-hour turnaround period," said Tryon. "Normally, sooner than that."

Because the warehouse is so big, 174,000 square feet to be exact, Red Cross volunteers can pre-pack supplies and have them ready to go when the trucks arrive.

Since relocating the warehouse from Mississippi to Arlington last August, they say those supplies are reaching disaster zones sooner.

"It's worked out fantastic with the warehouse here being so centrally located," said Dan Halyburton, a Red Cross volunteer.

Halyburton spent time on the ground this week in Runaway Bay, which was hit by a tornado. He said one could see how appreciative the people there were, getting those critical supplies so quickly.

"I saw yesterday a lot of people in areas where we would stop, working cleanup without gloves," said Halyburton. "Then we were very welcomed when the Red Cross showed up and handed out something as simple as working gloves."

The Arlington warehouse is the Red Cross' largest facility in the United States.

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<![CDATA[Denton Police Rescue Baby Deer Along I-35E]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 19:14:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/203*120/denton+deer.jpg

Denton police officers helped make a heartwarming rescue Thursday along a busy stretch of Interstate 35E.

Officers were called out to save a juvenile deer stranded on the grassy shoulder near the Lindsey Street intersection in southwest Denton.

Police said the deer, now nicknamed "Highway," will be taken to a wildlife rehab facility.

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<![CDATA[Deanna Cook Murder Trial Nears Closing]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 18:46:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Delvecchio+Patrick.jpg

Jurors heard an alleged confession Thursday in Delvecchio Patrick's murder trial for the 2012 death of ex-wife Deanna Cook, the woman whose unanswered 911 call brought community outrage.

As a state rebuttal witness Thursday, former Dallas County Jail nurse Jamie Hardiway said she overheard Patrick bragging about the murder with another inmate

"He said every time he'd been in jail before he worried about what she was doing and he said he no longer needed to worry about that," Hardiway said.

Patrick's defense spent most of the day casting blame on Cook. Witnesses described her history of drug abuse and mental health issues.

Forensic Psychologist Kristi Compton completed what she called a 'psychological autopsy' on the victim. It showed Cook had been treated for bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, mood disorder and drug abuse which at times caused hallucination and delusions.

"There's a range of conditions that Ms. Cook exhibited, and that led to a host of behaviors and lifestyle choices and sometimes erratic behaviors that were self-destructive," Compton said.

Forensic toxicologist Gary Wimbish said medical examiner records suggest Cook was likely under the influence of PCP at the time of her death.

"It's a high probability that it's affecting her," Wimbish said.

Cedar Hill Police Officer Andrew Rhoden showed pictures of a tire repair tool that he said Cook used to inflict injuries on Patrick in a prior dispute.

"There was no signs of injuries that she was complaining of on that day, and it appeared on that day that she had been the aggressor," Rhoden said.

Patrick's stepfather Allen Hall described the couple's volatile relationship. He said Cook once called him on the phone insisting that Hall keep Patrick away from her, or else.

"At the end of our conversation, there were three shots fired. Pow, pow, pow," Hall said.

But Hall said Cook would drive by to pick Patrick up after her demands that he stay away.

Cook's frantic 911 call for help on August 17, 2012 was played earlier in the trail for jurors. Her family found her dead two days later. The case brought promises of Dallas emergency response reform and helped spark a Dallas crusade against domestic violence, led by Mayor Mike Rawlings.

Prosecutors say Patrick was Cook's biggest problem and they want a life prison sentence for his behavior.

Closing arguments and jury deliberation are expected Friday.

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<![CDATA[No School Friday Due to Fire at Bransford Elementary]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 18:55:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/school+evac.jpg

The Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School district has determined that classes will be canceled at a Colleyville school Friday after a small fire.

District officials tell NBC 5 the fire was contained to a classroom in the second grade wing of Bransford Elementary School in the 600 Block of Glade Road in Colleyville.

The school will be closed Friday so crews can continue to clean and assess the damage.

The sprinkler system prevented the fire from spreading and extinguished it, according to Heather Willden with the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District.

The school was immediately evacuated, and students were put on school buses and taken to nearby Colleyville Middle School where parents were notified to pick them up early.

“My heart was racing, I was like 'My kids,'” said parent Naomi Stokes. “I’ve got two of them there and I had to calm myself by knowing that they’re prepared for this and they know how to keep our kids safe.”

Parents praised the district’s response.

“They practice fire drills, they really got to put those skills to the test today,” Willden said. “They were efficient, they were quick and calm.”

Colleyville spokeswoman Mona Gandy said firefighters received the call at 11:49 a.m. and it was declared a one-alarm fire at 11:56 a.m.

Firefighters from Colleyville, Hurst, Euless, Watauga, Keller, Southlake, North Richland Hills and Bedford responded. It’s the common response for a fire of this type in an occupied commercial building, according to Gandy.

The Colleyville Fire Marshal is investigating the cause.

District officials say they will notify parents via phone and social media that school has been canceled on Friday.

NBC 5's Holley Ford contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Consumer Reports: Fantastic Freezers]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 17:11:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/cr+freezer.JPG

How crammed is the freezer in your refrigerator? A separate freezer lets you take advantage of big sales on meat and frozen vegetables. Consumer Reports just tested dozens of chest freezers and uprights.

Chest freezers are generally cheaper. But they take up more floor space and they need to be defrosted manually to melt off the ice buildup. Many uprights are self-defrosting, but they tend to be less energy efficient.

Consumer Reports tests both types by filling them with frozen spinach and checking for temperature consistency throughout the compartment. Testers also measure energy usage and the ability to stay cold after a power outage.

The Sears Kenmore 12702 earned low scores. The temperature performance is only fair, it’s noisy, and it did poorly in our power-outage test.

The top chest freezer is the $370 GE model GE FCM11PHWW. It maintains a steady temperature and is the quietest freezer tested. Consumer Reports also named a bargain chest-style freezer a Best Buy. It’s the Idylis ICM-070-LC. It’s noisier and doesn’t have an interior light or stay quite as cold in a power outage. But it’s just $190.

For uprights, Consumer Reports named the Sears Kenmore model 22442 a Best Buy. It costs $450.

Complete Ratings and recommendations on all kinds of products, including appliances, cars and trucks, and electronic gear, are available on Consumer Reports’ website.

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<![CDATA[Your Red Nose Photos]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 15:16:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Red-Nose-Thumb.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared their Red Nose Day photos with isee@nbcdfw.com.]]> <![CDATA[Boy Scouts Say Gay Ban Not Sustainable]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 16:26:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Boy-Scouts-America-Kerchief.jpg

The president of the Boy Scouts of America, Robert Gates, said Thursday that the organization's longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable and called for change in order to prevent "the end of us as a national movement."

In a speech in Atlanta to the Scouts' national annual meeting, Gates referred to recent moves by Scout councils in New York City and elsewhere to defy the ban.

"The status quo in our movement's membership standards cannot be sustained," he said.

Gates said no change in the policy would be made at the national meeting. But he raised the possibility of revising the policy at some point soon so that local Scout organizations could decide on their own whether to allow gays as adult volunteers and paid staff.

In 2013, after bitter internal debate, the BSA decided to allow openly gay youth as scouts, but not gay adults as leaders. The change took effect in January 2014.

Gates, who became the BSA's president in May 2014, said at the time that he personally would have favored ending the ban on gay adults, but he opposed any further debate after the Scouts' policymaking body upheld the ban.

On Thursday, however, he said recent events "have confronted us with urgent challenges I did not foresee and which we cannot ignore."

He cited the recent defiant announcement by the BSA's New York City chapter in early April that it had hired the nation's first openly gay Eagle Scout as a summer camp leader. He also cited broader developments related to gay rights.

"I remind you of the recent debates we have seen in places like Indiana and Arkansas over discrimination based on sexual orientation, not to mention the impending U.S. Supreme Court decision this summer on gay marriage," he said. "We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be."

Gates said the BSA technically had the power to revoke the charters of councils that defied the ban on gay adults, but said this would be harmful to boys in those regions

He also noted that many states have passed laws prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, raising the possibility of extensive legal battles.

"Thus, between internal challenges and potential legal conflicts, the BSA finds itself in an unsustainable position, a position that makes us vulnerable to the possibility the courts simply will order us at some point to change our membership policy," Gates said.

He expressed concern that an eventual court order might also strike down the BSA's policy of banning atheists.

"Waiting for the courts is a gamble with huge stakes," he said. "Alternatively, we can move at some future date -- but sooner rather than later -- to seize control of our own future, set our own course and change our policy in order to allow charter partners -- unit sponsoring organizations -- to determine the standards for their Scout leaders."

Such an approach, he said, would allow churches, which sponsor about 70 percent of Scout units, to establish leadership standards consistent with their faith.

"I truly fear that any other alternative will be the end of us as a national movement," he said.

But some churches may be alienated nonetheless. Some Southern Baptist churches stopped sponsoring troops after gay scouts were allowed, and letting in gay adults will likely prompt even more departures, said Southern Evangelical Seminary President Richard Land, who formerly led the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

To him, Scouts shouldn't have leaders who are sexually attracted to their gender, whether a heterosexual man leading Girl Scouts or a gay man supervising boys, no matter objections that leaders of any sexuality shouldn't be assumed to be potential pedophiles.

"This seems to me to be sound judgment 101," he said, calling Gates' message a display of "political correctness."

The Utah-based Mormon church is the nation's largest sponsor of Boy Scout units, and in the past has supported the ban on participation by openly gay adults.

In a brief statement Thursday, the church said it would examine any policy changes "very carefully to assess how they might impact our own century-long association with the BSA."

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest U.S. gay-rights group, called Gates' speech "a step in the right direction."

"But, as we have said many times previously, half measures are unacceptable, especially at one of America's most storied institutions," said the campaign's president, Chad Griffin. "It's time for BSA leaders to show true leadership and embrace a full national policy of inclusion."

Until Thursday, there had been no indication how the BSA would respond to the New York Councils, which on April 2 announced the hiring of Pascal Tessier, an 18-year-old Eagle Scout. Tessier, currently finishing his freshman year of college, has been a vocal advocate of opening the 105-year-old organization to gay scouts and leaders.

Tessier had been getting legal advice from prominent lawyer David Boies, whose recent causes include arguing for recognition of same-sex marriage. Boies said it was possible that Tessier's hiring could lead to litigation between the New York chapter and the BSA's national headquarters, but he expressed hope this could be avoided.

After Tessier's hire, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office opened an inquiry into the BSA's membership policies and influence over local councils' hiring decisions. The office, which cited state laws against hiring discrimination based on sexual orientation, was reviewing Gates' remarks Thursday.

One of Tessier's lawyers, Josh Schiller, expressed hope that the BSA's ban would be lifted.

"People will join the Boy Scouts and look at them as an organization that has the principles of equality," he said.

Debate over the BSA policy has coincided with a steady drop in the organization's youth membership, which fell 7.4 percent last year to about 2.4 million.

After the 2013 decision to admit gay youth, some conservatives split from the BSA to form a new group, Trail Life USA, which has created its own ranks, badges and uniforms. The group claims a membership of 23,000 youths and adults.

Trail Life's chairman, John Stemberger, said his organization was "saddened" by Gates' speech.

"It is tragic that the BSA is willing to risk the safety and security of its boys because of peer pressure from activists groups," he said. "Trail Life USA remains committed to timeless Christian values."

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<![CDATA[Deanna Cook Trial Verdict Could Come Thursday]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 11:59:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Deanna-Cook-090512.jpg A jury could return a verdict Thursday in the trial of Delvecchio Patrick, who is accused of choking and drowning Deanna Cook in August 2012.]]> <![CDATA[D/FW Airport Wants Summer Travel to Be Enjoyable]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 11:49:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/investigative_dfw_airport1.jpg

As summer approaches, more and more people will be flying.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport officials said they expect 18 million passengers through Labor Day. They want everyone to enjoy their travels, so they implemented a few ideas to help.

The main piece of advice officials give travelers is to allow plenty of time to get to the airport. The lines might be longer during the summer, so coming earlier is key.

The airport will also have discounted parking. If you park in either the North or South Express parking lots for seven days you will get a $55 — less than $8 a day.

Passengers can now use social media to interact while at the airport. The program is called Sunny Service Days and lets customers use the hashtag #DFWsummer to share their pictures and experiences.

"If they have an issue. If they have a compliment. If they are here in the airport, and they want to have a little fun, that hashtag will allow them to share their fun with other travelers here at the airport," airport spokesman David Magana said.

Magana said this will be the busiest summer for the airport. They are anticipating a one percent increase from last year. He credits all the new international flights at the airport, including those to the Middle East, Australia and China.

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<![CDATA[Swift Water Pushes Bus Off Road, Damages Store]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 12:13:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/northwest-bus-stuck.jpg

Heavy rain and high water pushed a Northwest Independent School District bus off the road, where it became stuck Thursday morning, according to authorities.

The bus was stopped at a red light on Texas 114 near Farm-to-Market Road 156 when swift water in a heavy rainstorm overtook the road and pushed the bus onto the shoulder, according to Emily Conklin, the district's communications director.

Though it was near Northwest High School, Conklin said no students were on the bus at the time and the driver was not injured.

The bus remained stuck on the shoulder until after 10 a.m., after the water receded and it could be pulled back onto the roadway.

High water also left the Dan-D Mart under nearly 3 feet of water Thursday morning, near where the bus was pushed from the roadway. The water receded by late morning, but left significant damage.

"I hate seeing it like this," store owner Farida Karim said. "I have only my store. My business, everything is gone."

Karim said he was thankful no one was hurt.

NBC 5's Jeff Smith and Frank Heinz contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Thunderstorms Move Through North Texas]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 07:51:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/roanoke-lightning.gif

Most of North Texas is under a Flood Warning or Flood Advisory as more thunderstorms roll through the area Thursday morning.

NBC 5 Meteorologist Grant Johnston said rain is falling at a rate of nearly 2 inches per hour in the storms that began pushing through Dallas-Fort Worth just after 5 a.m., but there doesn't appear to be a threat of high wind or hail.

Wise County authorities reported several flooded streets including Farm-to-Market roads 730 and 1655. They also reported more than 150 power outages.

Allen firefighters said a lightning strike was the cause of a fire at a home in the 2000 block of Boxwood Drive.

Wylie authorities said utility lines were down in the 800 block of Texas 78. They also said high water blocked Farm-to-Market Road 544 just south of Stone.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground stop for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, causing several cancellations and delays. The stop was lifted at about 6:45 a.m.

Storm chances will continue, but they will be much less numerous through Friday, Johnston said. Storms will increase again over the Memorial Day weekend, with an increased risk of renewed flash flooding.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Neighborhood Without Power After Crash, Shooting]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 07:47:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rugged-shooting.jpg

An Oak Cliff neighborhood is without power after a double shooting and a wreck overnight, according to authorities.

Dallas police said a pickup truck crashed into an electric pole in the 1600 block of Hansboro Avenue near Rugged Drive.

Police said two people were shot, at least one of whom was in the truck when it crashed into the pole.

Authorities removed a woman from a nearby home and transported her to a hospital. Her condition and the cause of her injuries are not yet known.

Dallas police said they are looking for a suspect in the shootings who fled the scene in a yellow SUV after the crash.

Crews cut off power to the neighborhood while they worked on the pole. As of 4:45 a.m., they were still working on the power lines.

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<![CDATA[Hundreds More Airport Badges Missing]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 04:05:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/215*120/airport+id+badge+security+tsa.JPG

New information to an ongoing NBC 5 investigation found hundreds of airport security badges, known as Secure Identification Display Area (SIDA) badges, are unaccounted for across the country.

Working in partnership with the NBC station in San Diego, NBC 5 Investigates found more than 270 SIDA badges missing at the San Diego International Airport in the last two years.

In some cases those badges were not reported missing for weeks or even months, so missing badges were not deactivated. Employees are supposed to notify airport authorities within 24 hours of losing a badge.

Earlier this year, NBC 5 Investigates revealed more than 1,400 badges were lost or stolen at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport over approximately two years.

Before NBC 5 Investigates could get information from other large airports, like Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and others, The Transportation Security Administration declined to provide numbers from other airports across the country saying the information is presents a security concern.

It is unclear if San Diego airport officials consulted the TSA before releasing the records. An airport spokesperson did not immediately respond to a question about that issue. At Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport officials have declined to release such information because TSA considers it "security sensitive."

Some Senators who oversee the TSA say it’s now time for the agency to report how many ID badges are missing nationwide and what they’re doing about the issue.

“Clearly there are an awful lot of things falling through the cracks and there’s just no room for error when it comes to this issue. We need answers. They’re not providing them,” said Sen. John Thune, who chairs the senate’s transportation committee.

Thune and two other Senators on the Transportation Committee sent a letter to the TSA last week demanding more information. They also plan to question President Barack Obama's new nominee to lead the TSA, Coast Guard Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger, in a hearing Thursday.

In an email, TSA said it will reply to the Senators' letter directly. TSA said many airports like D/FW have extra layers of security, so workers need a code or handprint to get in, not just an ID badge.

Additionally, the TSA says it is already working to step up background checks and random searches of workers who have ID badges nationwide.

In San Diego, the airport authority issued a statement saying it would do more to ensure that badge holders comply with the rules about reporting IDs missing.

"The Airport Authority requires tenants and contractors to provide accurate data regarding the current status of their employees and will work with the information provided to further minimize potential security risks," the statement read.

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<![CDATA[10 Tornadoes Touched Down in NTX on Tuesday]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 23:07:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/runawaybay-damage-05.jpg

The National Weather Service confirmed Wednesday that a total of 10 tornadoes touched down Tuesday across North Texas, including three EF-1 tornadoes and seven EF-0 tornadoes.

NWS survey teams said one tornado touched down in each Mineral Wells and Runaway Bay, both rated EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita scale.

Tornadoes rated an EF-1 can have wind speeds up to 110 mph and cause moderate damage.

Four tornadoes occurred in Wise County, including an EF-1 near Balsora and another EF-1 east of Decatur.

Elsewhere, one tornado was reported in Waxahachie in Ellis County and another tornado occurred in Jack County, according to the National Weather Service.

Considerable damage appears to have been caused by the tornadoes with roofs ripped off, cars destroyed and homes moved from foundations and flattened.

Mineral Wells police reported Tuesday an abandoned bank building collapsed and the police headquarters was damaged after a tornado touched down there.

"It was huge, and it was just funneling down. And it went up two or three times and came down. But every time it came down, it seemed like it was just getting bigger," said Mineral Wells resident Tammie Matson, who witnessed the reported tornado.

Damage in Mineral Wells was so widespread the Texas Department of Public Safety advised people to avoid the downtown area due to downed power lines and other scattered debris.

Wise County volunteer firefighters reported damaged homes, debris and downed trees along Farm-to-Market Road 920 in Bridgeport -- where NWS crews confirmed the tornado touched down southeast of Runaway Bay.

A community of about 15 mobile homes was flattened and a number of cars were damaged beyond repair. One woman suffered a minor injury to her wrist while trying to escape her mobile home.

The American Red Cross opened a shelter at the First Baptist Church, 513 Port O Call Drive in nearby Runaway Bay, according to spokeswoman Anita Foster. The Red Cross is currently working on a disaster assessment plan.

NBC 5's Jeff Smith and Todd L. Davis contributed to this report. Check back and refresh this page for the latest update.

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