<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usWed, 26 Jul 2017 18:04:29 -0500Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:04:29 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Keller Police Captain Remembered After Cancer Battle]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:32:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Brenda+Slovak.jpg

Capt. Brenda Slovak, a female trailblazer for the Keller Police Department, lost her battle with cancer Tuesday night.

Colleagues say she was tough as nails, but built with compassion. Slovak was loved by many, and no matter the challenge she always persevered.

"Resilience. It didn't matter what the circumstance was, what the situation was, she just never wavered," said Keller Police Chief Michael Wilson.

February would have marked 30 years on the Keller police force for Slovak, who was just the third woman hired in the department. The veteran officer served for a total of 37 years in her law enforcement career.

Wilson was beside her for 17 years.

"What I think she taught all of us was the value of establishing strong relationships," he said.

After a three-year battle, cancer took her life shortly before midnight, but it never took her fighting spirit.

"The drive that we saw over the last three years was really no different than the drive that was seen over the last 30 years," the chief said.

Wilson said she was dedicated, serving every division in the department. Slovak oversaw patrol and traffic, was a hostage negotiator commander and even led the North Tarrant Regional SWAT unit.

She did it all up until just 10 weeks ago.

"You see such a strong person, such a determined person, that just wasn't going to give up," Wilson said.

Her fellow officers described her on Facebook as a warrior with quiet confidence, thick skin and limitless patience. Their hearts are now broken for their trailblazing friend.

"When people see her walk up, they're hopeful, so it's a tremendous loss," Wilson said.

Slovak's family is still making funeral arrangements.

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<![CDATA[North Texas Transgender Veteran Reacts to New Military Ban]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:35:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Nicole+Lynn+Perry.jpg

President Donald Trump announced a controversial change to military policy Wednesday morning on Twitter, writing that transgender Americans will no longer be allowed to serve "in any capacity" in the U.S. military.

"Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption," Trump added.

The decision has been met with mixed reaction and raises serious questions for thousands of transgender Americans currently serving.

Transgender people have been able to serve openly in the military since June 2016, when then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter ended a ban. Trump tweeted at the time, during the presidential campaign, that he would fight for the LGBT community.

His announcement on Wednesday did not say what would happen to transgender people currently serving in the military.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at an afternoon briefing that the White House and Department of Defense would "have to work together as implementation takes place and is done lawfully."

Nicole Lynn Perry, a transgender Marine veteran from North Texas, was angry and disheartened by the decision Wednesday.

"It was like, I served honorably, why are you preventing others like me who have gone before me, and who want to go after me, why are you preventing them from serving honorably?" Perry said.

Perry fulfilled a lifelong dream to join the military by becoming a Marine, serving from 2008 to 2013.

"To be able to say I served in the Marine Corps, it's a big deal," she said.

It was also challenging. She never told her unit she was transgender. After Perry left the military she began to transition, but she does believe there is a place for everyone in the military.

"Whenever you are in the foxhole, it's your buddy to your left and right. It's your brother, it's your sister. That's it. There is no, 'Oh, well, because they are trans I won't fight for them. Oh, because they are gay I won't fight for them.' No, that's your buddy. You don't care. You are there because you want them and you want yourself to get home alive to their families," Perry said.

The Pentagon has refused to release any data on the number of transgender troops. One study by RAND — a research company that provides analysis to the military — found that there are between 2,500 and 7,000 transgender service members in the active duty military, and another 1,500 to 4,000 in the reserves.

RAND estimated the cost of extending gender transition-related health care coverage for transgender personnel to increase by between $2.4 million and $8.4 million a year, representing a boost of between 0.04 percent to 0.13 percent.

Some conservative organizations and lawmakers hailed the decision.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins applauded Trump for "keeping his promise to return to military priorities — and not continue the social experimentation of the Obama era that has crippled our nation's military."

U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said Trump's supporters "will be happy to hear it. We don't need to be experimenting with the military. Plus there's no reason to take on that kind of financial burden."

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<![CDATA[Boy Reunited With Teddy Bear Lost at Love Field]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:20:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/208*120/boy+reunited+with+bear.jpg

A little boy has been reunited with his "best friend" — a teddy bear he lost at Dallas Love Field.

Luke Swofford lost the stuffed animal after flying into Love Field while visiting grandparents in Rockwall this week.

"This moment is what kindness and love can do. Thank you to everybody. It's a silly old bear, but it's amazing! Thank you very much," the boy's mother, Nikki Swofford said.

His family contacted the airport, police and Southwest Airlines, which then prompted calls to Facebook for help.

"I know overall in the grand scheme of life and struggles - this is a bit silly. But this mom is not willing to give up yet!" Swofford wrote on Facebook.

It didn't take long.

"Please let Luke know that we've found Teddy Bear!" Dallas Love Field tweeted. "He'll be @ Lost & Found office waiting 4 his best bud!"

The family picked up the bear Wednesday morning.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News
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<![CDATA[Traveling Family's RV Develops Leak, Mold Problem]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:02:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/5p+tz1-Moldy+RV_KXASE5HQ_2017-07-26-16-59-02.jpg

Your home is one of the biggest reflections of you and it's typically the most expensive purchase you'll ever make. Just months after making that purchase, one family found out their home was infested with mold. This problem was one you wouldn't find in inspections or disclosures because this family's home is on a set of wheels.

Right out of a 16th century story book, Bryan Beard is a master at full-combat jousting.

"I loved playing with swords," said Bryan Beard, who now travels the country performing in renaissance fairs. "We do jousting, fighting with swords and weapons, and it's a dramatic show."

But after the duel is done he’s hard at work with his wife, Brittany, and daughter, Belle, who travel cross-country with him in the family RV.

"Every year, we're in Texas for these two months performing at the festival," Bryan Beard said.

He comes home for Scarborough Fest. When they were here last year they bought a brand new RV for their traveling family.

"We left from here to go do a show in Colorado and then we went to Pennsylvania and that's when I noticed there was a slight leak," Bryan Beard said.

They called the RV’s manufacturer and reported water seeping from their walls and floor. The RV manufacturer couldn’t quickly schedule a service visit, so the Beards suggested a local RV Repair shop to stop the leak.

The Beards said the company rep approved that repair shop to do the work, but weeks later they noticed another problem.

"The floor was super, super soft," Bryan Beard said. "Keep in mind this is an $80,000 dollar RV that we just bought."

They drove back to Texas and brought the RV back to the dealership where they bought it new. When repairmen pulled back the flooring, they found a lot of black mold.

"They're like, 'Yeah, this is really bad,' Bryan Beard recalled.

The problems were just starting though. The Beards said the dealer wasn’t optimistic they could fix it quickly or cheaply and they needed their home fixed fast so they could get back on the road for work.

"We're not people that use it just for summer vacation. We're not extremely wealthy," Brittany Beard said. "We're middle class people who live in this for my husband's job."

The dealer and manufacturer were not able to promise a quick fix or pinpoint the cause definitively.

So Brittany called NBC 5 Responds. We reached out to the dealer, but they wouldn’t comment on our story. But Brittany sure did, posting this video to Facebook after they were back on the road.

“NBC took an interest in our case, and came out and interviewed Bryan and I and as soon as we told the dealership that they took care of us,” Brittany Beard said.

The dealership agreed to buy back the RV and give them a brand new one for just a small amount more than what they originally paid.

The Beards said they love their new RV and could not be happier.

This dispute — settled — with pen — rather than the sword. The Beards — back at work — reviving medieval times — even if they’re doing it in one of the nicest RV’s on the road.

When buying an RV it’s important to talk to the dealer about warranty, and insurance coverage for things like mold, roof issues, and wiring problems. There are insurance policies out there and to protect you – in case your dealer won’t.

If you have a consumer problem call NBC 5 Responds at 844-573-7763.

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<![CDATA[Lucky Whitehead Picked Up by New York Jets]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:44:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/uspresswire-cowboys-lucky-whitehead.jpg

Two days after being cut by the Dallas Cowboys and one day after being cleared in a petty larceny charge, Lucky Whitehead has found his new team, NBC Sports reports.

Whitehead was claimed on waivers by the Jets Wednesday.

"The move makes some sense, as Whitehead is both young and cheap, two qualities the Jets are looking for in this rebuilding season: The 25-year-old Whitehead is playing for the league-minimum salary on the contract he signed as an undrafted rookie in 2015," according to NBC Sports.

Whitehead was released Monday after police in Prince William County Virginia said he'd missed a court appearance for a petty theft charge. Whitehead maintained his innocence and his agent said it was a case of mistaken identity.

Still, the Cowboys cut him anyway with head coach Jason Garrett saying he hoped the decision to release Whitehead was "a little bit of a wakeup call to handle these situations the right way."

Come Tuesday, police in Virginia said there had been a mistake and that the person they detained in the theft case was not the NFL player. That man, they said, had no ID, but provided them with a name, birthday and Social Security number for Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr. Police even compared a DMV photo with the person they'd detained and cited. It wasn't until Tuesday that they said the person they detained provided them with false identification and that it wasn't the NFL player.

The Cowboys, meanwhile, stood pat on their decision to cut Whitehead and issued no apology. During an odd news conference Tuesday, when questioned about Whitehead, Garrett robotically repeated over and over that the organization made a decision in the best interest of the team and was standing by it.

"With the Jets, Whitehead will compete for a roster spot as both a receiver and a return man. He probably has a better chance of making the 53-man roster in New York than he did in Dallas, so getting waived at the start of camp — rather than at the end of the preseason — may turn out to be a lucky break for Whitehead," NBC Sports said.

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<![CDATA[Ax Thrown into Police Car Windshield, Man Arrested]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:45:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/1keene-police-ax-jeassy-bobby-cruz.jpg

Officers in Keene are a bit shaken after they say a local man used an ax to heavily damage their patrol cars overnight.

“It seems like a scene from a movie quite honestly to have an ax coming out of the front windshield of a police car is pretty unnerving,” Lt. Patrick Jones said.

Police arrested Jeassy Bobby Cruz, 31, and charged him with criminal mischief. Cruz is accused of causing approximately $7,000 worth of damage to two patrol vehicles. He is being held at the Johnson County Jail. 

“He broke out the windshield into patrol units and dented up to patrol units and knocked the light bars out and shattered some windows,” Jones said. “The officer actually drove up on him while he was in the process of the criminal mischief against the vehicles.”

The Keene Police Department only has five police cars.

"Having these two cars damaged leaves us with one spare car, so it is urgent we get them back in operation as soon as we can," Keene Interim Police Chief Don Beeson told the Cleburne Times Review. "We have two unmarked vehicles and can use them if necessary."

Jones said this is a reminder to officers to stay alert.

“We need to be vigilant as police officers and there are those in the world who don't like police officers, so we have to be very very careful,” Jones said.

This is the third time police have made contact with Cruz in the past 10 days, Beeson said. Police say they came in contact with Cruz when he threw a rock through someone's windshield and when he ordered food at a restaurant and left without paying. 

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<![CDATA[Police Locate Man Who Had Monkey at Buc-ee's]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:33:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bucees+monkey.jpg

Terrell police say they have located and been in contact with a man who had a monkey at Buc-ee's.

Police say the man was inside the Buc-ee's off Interstate 20 near Farm-to-Market Road 148 last Friday at about 3:45 p.m. with the monkey on his shoulder.

Police said the monkey bit a girl, and police wanted to be sure the monkey's shots are up to date.

Photo Credit: Terrell Police / NBC 5]]>
<![CDATA[DFW Marine Killed in Miss. Plane Crash Returns Home]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:40:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/joshua-snowden-procession-dfw-airport.jpg

Staff Sgt. Joshua Michael Snowden, a 31-year-old flight engineer killed July 10 in a military plane crash, has returned home to North Texas.

Snowden was among 16 crew members on a KC-130 that crashed while flying over a soybean field north of Jackson, Mississippi. The crash, which remains under investigation, killed everyone on board.

Snowden's body arrived at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

After his arrival, Snowden was driven to the Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral home while being escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders.  The riders will also accompany Snowden on his ride to the cemetery Friday and will stand in a flag line at his interment service.

Though he was born Abilene in 1985, Snowden's family eventually moved to Dallas where he attended Highland Park High School and played lacrosse.

After graduation he enlisted in the Marine Corps. He'd go on to to graduate from Texas State University in 2010, where he also played lacrosse. He returned to active duty in 2012.

"Snowden, or simply 'Snow' by all who knew him, was a man who loved God, his family and friends, and his country. He was an avid lover of Texas Country music, grilling steaks, and working on his truck all at the same time whenever possible," according to his obituary on Legacy.com.

Snowden's funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas. He will be buried at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery at 2:45 p.m. Friday.

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<![CDATA[Push for Park in Trinity River Basin Creeps Forward]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:07:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rudy-bush-072617.jpg

The Dallas Morning News' Rudy Bush talks about the push for a park in the Trinity River Basin.

<![CDATA[Fort Worth Task Force, Survivors Fight Trafficking]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:59:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trafficking2.jpg

Once a month, the second-floor room inside of a South Side Fort Worth Police Department substation is full to capacity.

Again this month, all 60 chairs are taken and there are others standing along the wall and at the back of the room.

The Fort Worth’s Human Trafficking Task Force meeting starts with introductions. Members are from every business sector, including healthcare, faith-based organizations, nonprofit, law enforcement, government, and transportation are in attendance along with parents and community leaders.

“We are really focused on Fort Worth and Texas,” said Felicia Grantham, the coordinator of the Fort Worth Police Department’s Human Trafficking Taskforce. “We organize events and let the community know that trafficking is not only international but its domestic and it’s happening right here in our community.”

Within the last year and a half, membership has doubled.

“We focus on five different aspects of combating trafficking: prevention, education, advocacy, and demand,” said Grantham.

Currently, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is working with the Fort Worth Human Trafficking Task Force toward pairing each survivor of trafficking with a long-term mentor, as well as a transitional case manager, to assist with aftercare.

“Those of us who have survived this, can step up and show others that there is hope,” said Julia Walsh.

Now in her twenties, Walsh remembers the four years she was trapped in sex trafficking.

“You go through depression, anxiety, shame ... all of those things. Because human trafficking isn’t just one crime; it's rape, it's abuse, it's domestic violence, it's manipulation. Each survivor has to navigate through a lot of trauma,” said Walsh.

She met her trafficker when she was a freshman in college.

“He was a boyfriend, and that relationship turned violent. There was a lot of domestic abuse, and then that led to trafficking. I was trafficked through 25 different cities in Texas and across the country in several states. A lot of the time I didn’t know where I was because he moved me around so much. Traffickers will not let the girls get familiar with any area. We can’t form friendships with people. It’s an isolation factor,” she said.

Walsh faced physical violence as well.

“Often times you are beaten if you try to leave and then come back. I ran away, but they found me and I was beaten because of it. Women try to leave, but the risk and threats to their families are so great,” she said.

After Walsh was rescued she spent months in a recovery center.

“I had to separate myself and re-learn me again. I had to get my identity back. Once you are out, you can’t just flip a light switch on and say, ‘I’m done with this.’ You have to retrain your mind. I had to learn how to trust people again and trust my judgment again. I know how hard it was for me to make it and overcome this nightmare, so I want to help other survivors any way I can. I want to let them know that they are not forgotten, and they are not alone,” said Walsh.

She is currently in school studying to become a social worker.

“Julia is such a valuable asset to the task force. Her perspective is needed in every way,” said Grantham.

University of Texas released a 2017 study unveiling the impact of human trafficking in Texas. Main findings are below:

  • There are an estimated 313,000 victims of human trafficking in Texas.
  • Approximately 79,000 minors and youths are victims of sex trafficking in Texas.
  • Approximately 234,000 workers in Texas are victims of labor trafficking.

If you would like to know more on the Fort Worth Human Trafficking Task Force, visit their website here.

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<![CDATA[DFW Tech Visionary Anousheh Ansari's Next Big Move]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:22:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ANSARI+PROFILE+FINAL-07-24-2017-17.42.23_2017-07-26-10-02-46.jpg

North Texas technology visionary, Anousheh Ansari, is making headlines again. Her company, Richardson-based Prodea Systems, announced Wednesday that it is acquiring Silicon Valley-based Arrayent Inc., creating the world's first IoT (Internet of Things) services platform.

Both companies specialize in connecting people and their devices to the Internet with the goal of improving quality of life. Prodea estimates the worldwide market for its products and services could be as much as $5 trillion by the year 2021.

The deal is just the latest bold move for Ansari. In 2006, she became the first female private space explorer when she financed her own trip to the International Space Station.

“It makes you feel small,” Ansari said in a recent interview with NBC 5. “At the same time, when you look at Earth, because everything shrunk, the problems also shrunk with it. So you feel empowered. You feel like all these problems we think are impossible, they’re not impossible.”

As CEO of Prodea, Ansari has tackled daunting challenges in some of the world’s poorest places. In remote parts of India, Prodea developed technology that turns conventional TVs into smart screens that can deliver everything from educational to banking and health care services.

“This is huge. They’ve never had access to so much data and information before,” Ansari said.

The acquisition of Arrayent will allow Prodea to further develop and expand similar capabilities to people around the world.

Ansari has also played a key role in jump-starting America’s booming private space industry. She and her family sponsored the $10 million ‘Ansari X-Prize’ for the first private team to fly into space twice within two weeks.

The success of Burt Rutan and ‘Spaceship One’ marked the beginning a new era now led by companies such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. Ansari calls it the best investment she’s ever made.

“We put a few million for a prize and a $100 billion industry was created.”

More recently, Ansari found herself in the debate surrounding President Donald Trump’s travel ban. At this year’s Academy Awards ceremony she accepted an Oscar on behalf of film director Asghar Farhadi, who is from her native Iran.

“I was standing there as a person, as a human being, as someone who had a story to tell about emigrating to the U.S. and living a productive life here, and how the policies that were being discussed at the time could actually put an end to stories like mine,” Ansari told NBC 5.

With Prodea’s acquisition of Arrayent, the story is far from over. Ansari has even expressed an interest in making a return trip to space.

“I’m still trying to keep in shape, and when the opportunity comes, I’ll be ready," Ansari said.

In the meantime, Ansari is focused squarely on improving life on Earth.

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<![CDATA[D/FW Maintenance Crews Picket AA Wednesday]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:49:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DFW_Protest.jpg

Unionized ground workers upset over contract negotiations with American Airlines formed a picket line Wednesday at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

The Transport Workers Union said members representing aircraft maintenance, fleet service, facilities and ground support employees were to protest at Terminal D to "shed light on American Airlines' latest plan to outsource many more U.S.-based jobs."

The union told the Dallas Business Journal workers feared that U.S. jobs would be relocated to a new, $100 million maintenance facility in Brazil.

The Fort Worth-based airline issued the following statement to NBC DFW:

"American is incredibly thankful for our skilled and well-trained maintenance and fleet service team. We have a shared goal with the TWU-IAM Association to make sure our team members are well-compensated and work for a company that values them immensely. That was the motivation for last summer's unprecedented pay raises outside of negotiations, which gave our teams the highest wages in the industry. A lot of progress has been made in negotiations recently. We're back at the bargaining table with the Association this week with dates scheduled through August, and we look forward to reaching an agreement as soon as possible."

"TWU members at American Airlines have made countless sacrifices while the company continues to make record profits. We’ve been through bankruptcy, a merger, and stagnating wages," the union's website stated.

The protest was not expected to affect air traffic.

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<![CDATA[D/FW Ground Crews Train for Winter Weather]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:11:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/dfw-snowplows.jpg

People traveling through Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport were treated to a peculiar sight Wednesday morning.

Ground crews broke out their snowplows to begin training for winter weather — two seasons ahead of time.

It's not just a matter of de-icing. Training teams learned how to drive snowplows in side-by-side formations on runways and taxiways.

Crews were out training during the morning hours and were scheduled to finish before noon, officials said.

Wednesday's high temperature was forecast to reach 99 with a heat index between 105 and 109, according to NBC 5 Meteorologist Grant Johnston.

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<![CDATA[Weatherford Family Adopts Abandoned Fawn]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:44:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tell_Me_Something_Good.jpg

Tim Lewelling, in Weatherford, shared photos of his grandson's new pet -- a fawn who wandered onto Tim's land with no mother in sight.

<![CDATA[Prosecutors Help Clean Up Dallas Neighborhoods]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:40:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/200*120/COMMUNITY+PROSECUTORS.jpg

A little-known city program in Dallas is helping residents take back their neighborhoods by tackling blight, crime, and anything else that threatens their quality of life.

The Community Prosecution program has been around for more than a decade, yet Community Prosecutor Kristen Kramer says she runs into people every day who have never heard of her position or have no clue what it is she does.

"We'll take a look at a problem and if it's something the team can really sink its teeth into and work on, we will," said Kramer, who works in the northeast part of the city.

Community Prosecutors are city employees who work in the City Attorney's office. They're each assigned to a specific neighborhood in Dallas, where they try to identify problem properties and work with the property owners to find fixes for them.

Kramer says their effectiveness relies heavily on community members letting them know where the problem spots are.

"I attend a number of HOA meetings, neighborhood association meetings, apartment manager meetings so that the community members know that if there's an issue they feel is above what general code can handle or something that just keeps going on no matter how many times they call 911, they have another resource," said Kramer.

This week, Kramer and a team she assembled — which included members of Dallas Police, Fire, and Code Enforcement — visited a strip mall she'd received several complaints about.

Residents in the area complained the shopping center was littered with trash and that the parking lot had become a hot spot for crime.

The team documented those problems and spoke with the property owners, explaining to them how and why they should clean up the shopping center. If that doesn't work, Kramer has the ability to take legal action against the property owners and compel them to make changes.

She says she and other Community Prosecutors provide "extra teeth" for residents who want their communities to be better.

"They have pride in where they live and pride in their community and they want it to be better," said Kramer. "They want to make sure that where they're living is a good place for their children and they want to have that sense of community — absolutely, I've seen that."

And together, they're getting results. Kramer says there was another shopping center near Forest and Audelia that residents had complained about for a long time. After she and her team got involved, the property owner took steps to improve things. Now, crime has drastically been reduced there.

"I do believe that it's worthwhile," said Kramer."

For more information about the Community Prosecution Program, you can call the Dallas City Attorney's Office or reach out to your local code enforcement office.

<![CDATA[Union Plans Protest of Drug Giant in Irving]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:05:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/155132832.jpg

The front lines in the new war on drugs – the growing opioid epidemic – will be drawn in North Texas on Wednesday as the International Brotherhood of Teamsters will stage a protest outside of the annual shareholders meeting of McKesson Corporation, the nation’s largest pharmaceutical distributor.

McKesson, which ranks 5th on the most recent version of the Fortune 500 list, has offices in Irving and last year announced a planned expansion which would add approximately 1,000 additional local jobs.

The Teamsters are targeting McKesson, in part, because the union claims the company has failed to take proper ownership of an industry practice that has claimed an ever-increasing number of lives.

“This is as clear-cut a case as I have ever seen of putting pure profit ahead of the well-being of American citizens,” said Ken Hall, General Secretary Treasurer of the Teamsters union. “I’m not talking about making somebody sick. We’re talking about killing people.”

Drug overdose deaths have skyrocketed in recent years, many of which come from misuse of prescription opioid pain medication.

Upwards of 59,000 people died of drug overdoses in 2016, according to an analysis of data by the New York Times, which would be the largest annual jump ever recorded in the United States.

By comparison, 40,200 people were killed in car crashes in 2016, according to the National Safety Council.

According to statistics released by the FBI, 15,696 people were the victims of homicide in 2015, the most recent year for which there is data available.

In January of this year, McKesson agreed to pay a record $150 million penalty for alleged violations of the Controlled Substances Act, according to the United States Department of Justice.

Federal investigators alleged that McKesson failed to report suspicious orders of pharmaceutical drugs. For example, of 1.6 million orders for controlled substances in Colorado, McKesson flagged 16 as suspcious - all connected to one instance related to a recently terminated customer.

“McKesson supplied various U.S. pharmacies an increasing amount of oxycodone and hydrocodone pills, frequently misused products that are part of the current opioid epidemic,” the DOJ noted in a news release about the settlement.

The investigation that resulted in the record settlement came on the heels of a 2008 settlement in which McKesson agreed to pay a $13.25 million penalty for similar violations.

“In the [more recent] case, the government alleged again that McKesson failed to design and implement an effective system to detect and report ‘suspicious orders’ for controlled substances,” the DOJ wrote.

In a statement posted on the McKesson corporate website, Chairman and CEO John Hammergren emphasized his company’s role in the current concern regarding the distribution of prescription pain medicine.

“Pharmaceutical distributors play an important role in identifying and combating prescription drug diversion and abuse,” Hammergren wrote. “McKesson, as one of the nation's largest distributors, takes our role seriously."

In the corporate statement, a McKesson spokesperson wrote the following:

"McKesson is committed to working with the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) on an ongoing basis to identify new ways to prevent misuse of controlled substances. As part of the settlement agreement reached, McKesson and the DEA plan to meet regularly over the next five years to ensure ongoing alignment."

In a statement provided to NBC DFW on Wednesday, a McKesson spokesperson emphasized its commitment to increased oversight.

 “We take our responsibility to help manage the safety and integrity of the pharmaceutical supply chain extremely seriously and are committed to maintaining -- and continuously improving -- strong programs designed to detect and prevent opioid diversion," Kristin Hunter Chasen wrote. “While we don’t manufacture, prescribe or dispense opioids to patients, we are doing everything we can to help address this crisis in close partnership with doctors, pharmacists, government and other organizations across the supply chain.”

McKesson’s shareholders will gather in Irving on Wednesday as part of an annual meeting in an effort to encourage investors to join the union in pushing the company to implement reform.

“It would not take a lot of oversight to figure out, for a company like McKesson, that there is a problem and that those drugs are being abused,” said Ken Hall of the Teamsters.

In addition, the Teamsters will urge shareholders to “vote against the latest compensation package for CEO John Hammergren, which has not only made him the country's third highest paid CEO but has insulated him from the legal, political and reputational risks surrounding the company's role in the opioid crisis,” a Teamsters press release noted.

On Wednesday, a McKesson spokesperson noted that although the Teamsters do have a finanncial stake as shareholders in the company, the labor union has another reason to protest, as well. 

“The recent efforts by the Teamsters labor union do little to address the root causes of the opioid epidemic. Nor can these attack efforts be disentangled from the labor contract dispute the Teamsters have been engaged in at one of our company’s facilities," the spokesperson wrote.

In March 2016, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that McKesson “will consolidate and expand its operations in the Dallas metro area and open a new regional office in Irving,” according to a news release.

McKesson’s expansion is projected to create at least 975 new jobs and $157 million in capital investment in the State of Texas.

“This expansion is yet another testament to the power of Texas’ low-tax, low-regulation economic climate that continues to attract industry leaders, innovators, and job creators from around the globe,” Governor Abbott said.

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<![CDATA[NTX Community Helps Family Unable to Bury Grandmother]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:42:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/weatherford-cemetery.jpg

A community in Weatherford banded together Tuesday night to fulfill a grandmother's last wish.

On Tuesday, relatives held a funeral for Georgia Faye Rhodes, who wished to be buried next to her husband of 53 years at Tin Top Cemetery.

However, the funeral home told the family there was an issue with digging through rocks at the proper grave site. Soon after, they took the task into their own hands by digging the grave themselves.

Alerted to the sound of jack hammering, people in the vicinity of the cemetery joined in to help by taking shifts breaking through the rocky top soil, said Shelby Bartels, who shared the story with NBC DFW.

"The ladies made sandwiches, cold drinks and watermelon," wrote Bartels. "It has to be four hours and they are still digging by hand and jack hammer Ms. Georgia's grave!!!"

Relatives said everyone worked for more than six hours into the early hours of Wednesday morning to fulfill Rhodes' wish.

"I don't think we'll have another ceremony, but I think that this is a testament to a dying breed of people who really care about their own culture, their family ... something that is not prevalent in our society. And I'm proud," one relative told NBC DFW.

Photo Credit: Metro]]>
<![CDATA[Crash Closes LBJ Freeway in Dallas Wednesday Morning]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:26:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/txdot-greenville.jpg

A portion of Interstate 635 was closed in Dallas after a crash Wednesday morning.

Westbound lanes of I-635 were closed between Greenville Avenue and T.I. Boulevard shortly before 5 a.m.

Traffic was being diverted onto the frontage road at the Forest Lane exit.

Emergency crews worked to clear several vehicles involved in the wreck. After about two hours, the scene was cleared and all lanes reopened.

No further information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Iraq War Veteran Triple Amputee Defies Odds With Jiu-Jitsu]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:52:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Joey+Bozik.jpg

Iraq War veteran Joey Bozik defies the odds and hopes his story inspires others to keep fighting no matter what challenges they may have.

Bozik, injured in 2004 in a blast from an improvised explosive device, is a triple amputee who now has a blue belt in Jiu-Jitsu.

Last weekend at the Austin Open, he won his first ever fight.

"They didn't know what to do," Bozik said, about checking in for the match. "They're like, 'Should we even let him on the mat? What if he gets hurt? He's a liability. Look at him. He's already messed up!'"

It was a milestone on the long road since his injury.

"The explosion went into the floor of my vehicle, and that was that," Bozik said frankly. "I woke up as a triple amputee. My biggest concern was what the future was going to hold for me."

He had no idea it would lead to the Tier 1 Training Facility in McKinney. Bozik first went there so his daughter could take Jiu-Jitsu. The instructor suggested he give it a try, too.

"Jiu-Jitsu has helped me reorient myself and my goals, my passion, my desire," Bozik said. "The things that made me who I was before I got injured had gone away after my injury, and I needed a way to find them again. I needed a way to redefine myself."

Taking classes led to helping teach children's classes at the gym.

"Part of it is them understanding anything is possible," Bozik said. "If I can do Jiu-Jitsu, they can do Jiu-Jitsu."

Bozik is sharing his love for Jiu-Jitsu. He and his mentor at Tier 1 Training started the We Defy Foundation, which gives year-long scholarships to wounded veterans to start Jiu-Jitsu training.

"If people are inspired by what I do, then that's something good that's come out of the tragedy that has happened to me," Bozik said. "But I do it because I do it for me."

MORE: Find out more about the We Defy Foundation

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<![CDATA[Surveillance Video Released in Deadly Car-Jacking]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:09:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/car+dragging+image.jpg

Dallas police need help finding the man they say car-jacked a man and dragged him to his death.

It happened at 8:45 p.m. Monday in the 10400 block of Wildwood Drive in northeast Dallas.

Dallas police say the suspect tried to steal a red 1992 Pontiac.

They say the owner of the vehicle tried to stop the suspect and jumped on top of his car.

He was dragged and later died at Parkland Hospital because of his injuries.

Police say the suspect crashed the vehicle and ran off.

Surveillance video released Tuesday shows the suspect at the University of Dallas Dart Rail Station. The video shows a black male wearing all black sprinting down the platform with a bag in his hand.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call Detective C. Walton at 214-671-3632 or email at Christopher.walton@dpd.ci.dallas.tx.us

The victim has not been identified.

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<![CDATA[New Study Links Football Careers to Brain Disease]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:08:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-0000150.jpg

Researchers studied the brains of 111 deceased football players who showed concussion symptoms before they died. All but one were diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or degenerative brain disease.

This new concussion research is being released as football players of all ages get ready to hit the field for the upcoming season.

As the Arlington Knights hit the practice field on Tuesday evening, Calvin Bills had an eye on his grandson Jeremy.

“This is his first year and he looks like a beginner,” said Bills with a laugh. “But he’s having a good time I can tell you that.”

Bills has read about an updated study published by the American Medical Association that is looking into a potential link between a brain disease and former football players, some who only played in high school.

“I think that’s important,” said Bills. “The studies that they’re doing. They should continue to have these studies and get as much information so they can deal with the issue.”

For head football coach Lamar Stone, it’s about teaching safety at a young age.

“You don’t have to be too physical to where you’re risking your body on the field,” he said. “When you’re coming in for a tackle, come shoulder length. You can’t come in with your head. I teach them the safe way.”

Bills will continue to pay close attention to further studies to see if it’s worth his grandson playing beyond the semi-select youth football team.

“It’s not for everybody,” he said.

The Arlington Knights Sports Association also involves parents in their football safety conversations.

You can read the full study from the American Medical Association here.

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<![CDATA[Fort Worth Music Scene Attracts Attention, Tourism Dollars]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:46:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Wayne+Floyd.jpg

Austin calls itself the "live music capital of the world," but now Fort Worth is making its mark with a growing music scene that's bringing new attention and more tourism dollars to Cowtown.

It's always been there: an undercurrent of sound and soul pulsing through Fort Worth.

"It's always been part of the character of Fort Worth," said musician Wayne Floyd. "It's just a matter of people outside of Fort Worth knowing that."

Now the undercurrent is rising.

"It's grown, for one. There's been more places that have opened that cater to music, and musicians and live music," Floyd said.

Floyd strummed out a tune at the popular venue Shipping and Receiving Tuesday evening, along with Rodney Parker and Sam Dobbin. They're part group of young musicians helping to chart a new era in the city's rich history, from Billy Bob's in the Stock Yards to Elvis playing downtown.

Now the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau (FWCVB) wants to help.

"Tourism in Fort Worth is a $2 billion industry, supports more than 22,000 jobs," said Mitch Whitten, vice president of marketing for the FWCVB. "We think music is an important part of that and will continue to help us grow the tourism business."

They helped start the initiative "Hear Fort Worth" to promote the local music scene around the world, and are now partnering with the Texas Music Office.

"No city has been designated officially music-friendly by the state. We want to be the first city," said Tom Martens, creative director for the FWCVB and a "Hear Fort Worth" board member.

So they're surveying musicians and venues, asking how to make the city an even bigger music magnet.

Bonnie Bishop is one singer-songwriter who just moved to Fort Worth from Nashville.

"For people that are looking for a real home base, where it's also, there's a strong music community, I think it's a great place," Bishop said.

She says that sense of community sets Cowtown apart from more cutthroat music towns.

It's truly about the music, the people playing, and the ones here to listen.

"Pay the cover fee, buy the album, buy the T-shirt, tell your friends," Floyd said.

The Fort Worth sound is getting louder.

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<![CDATA[Whataburger Kicks Off Contest For Custom High Tops]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:01:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/whataburger-shoes.jpg

Whataburger just launched a new contest on it's website where you can win one of three custom made pairs of Whataburger tennis shoes.

The shoes will be designed by San Antonio Artist Jake Danklef.

Here's a look at the first place prize, which is a custom high top with the fast food chains recognizable orange and white stripes.

Here's a look at the second place prize, which is a classic black sneaker but it plays off Whataburger's Spicy Ketchup.

Here's a look at the third place prize, which is a classic white Adidas low top covered in Whataburger's customized stickers.

Here's what you have to do to win. Snap a photo of your favorite customized meal at Whataburger. Then share it on social media using the #WhataThoseContest.

You can also upload your photo directly to the Whataburger website.

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<![CDATA[Driver in Truck Trafficking Case Had Suspended License]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 04:07:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/san-antonio-trafficking-truck.jpg

The state of Florida said Tuesday that it had suspended commercial driving privileges for a truck driver three months before he was arrested for driving a tractor-trailer so hot and so crammed with immigrants that 10 people died.

James Matthew Bradley Jr. failed to provide the state with a current medical card, which federal law requires commercial drivers to supply to show they are physically fit for the road. Alexis Bakofsky, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, confirmed that Bradley's commercial driving privileges were disqualified on April 12 and said that it would have been illegal for him to have held a second license from another state.

Authorities say Bradley's truck was discovered Sunday morning in a Walmart parking lot with 10 people inside dead. Many more had to be taken to the hospital and treated for dehydration and heat stroke.

Bradley, 60, now faces charges of illegally transporting immigrants for financial gain resulting in death, possibly punishable by life in prison or the death penalty.

Florida state records show that his medical card on file expired on March 15 and he was notified to update it. He never did.

Bradley's fiancée told The Associated Press that he is from Florida originally but had been spending most of his time in Louisville as his health worsened. Bradley had diabetes that he hadn't properly treated, she said, and had to have a series of amputations, most recently the removal of his leg this spring.

It is not clear if those medical conditions were related to the disqualification of his commercial driver's license.

"The medical card certification is extremely serious business. Drivers watch it like hawks because you can't drive a truck without it," said Kenneth S. Armstrong, the president of the Florida Trucking Association who reviewed Bradley's driving record for the Associated Press. "When you're moving a 50, 60, 70, 80,000-pound vehicle along the road, we hold those people to a higher health standard than a typical passenger car driver."

The law requires commercial drivers to be screened by a doctor for serious medical conditions that might impair their ability to safely operate their vehicles.

Bradley, a lifelong truck driver, had worked for Pyle Transportation, a trucking company in Iowa, for several years, and was preparing to strike out on his own once he got a prosthetic leg this month.

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<![CDATA[Bishop Arts District Celebrates Christmas in July]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 04:07:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/christmas+in+july.jpg

It may be hot outside, but it was snowing in one part of Dallas.

From an ice skating rink, to snowfall and delicious Christmas treats, the Bishop Arts District is kicking off its annual Christmas in July celebration Tuesday. It's a fun way for the whole family to cool down this summer.

Kids can enjoy Christmas stories with Mrs. Claus and sip on an icy hot chocolate while adults can shop the sales and take advantage of restaurant specials.

"It gets people out in the District when they normally aren't out on a Tuesday night, but it's Christmas, and who doesn't like Christmas? So you come out, you get to go skating, you get to see some snow falling," said Keith Manoy, co-owner of Indigo 1745 boutique.

This event was expected to bring in hundreds of people and is certainly a shopping boost for the small business owners in this neighborhood. But more importantly, it's all about spreading the Bishop Arts charm.

"We love to have people down here. I think hospitality is what Oak Cliff does best. We love to have people down. I think all of our businesses are an extension of our homes and our livelihood, and we love to have people come and experience that community with us and invite them in," said Megan Wilkes, co-owner of Emporium Pies.

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<![CDATA[State Agency Helps Texans Resolve Medical Bill Problems]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:46:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doctor+medical+generic.jpg

Medical bills are often confusing. There are so many companies, plans and procedures, and costs can vary. But if you get a surprise bill, the Texas Department of Insurance may be able to help.

When Camille Eckersley had a pain in her belly that wouldn't go away, doctors in the emergency room quickly told her why.

"He said, 'Do you realize you have a golf-ball size mass on your pancreas?'" Eckersley recalled.

She didn't know, nor did she expect a diagnosis of advanced cancer.

The news was grim at best, but Eckersley wanted to fight. Her doctor scheduled surgery to remove the mass, and the treatment went well.

But she was surprised to see a medical bill from one of the doctors in the operating room.

"It was the physician's assistant, and I had no clue there was one in the operating room. It was $15,600," Eckersley said.

She had more than a half-million dollars of medical bills, but $15,000 for one doctor who was out of network was where she drew the line.

Something at the bottom of the bill caught her eye.

"It had a sticker on there that said if you disagree with this bill you could call Texas Department of Insurance," she said.

She did and filled out a form giving the state agency her insurance information and her bill.

They reached out to her insurance company to discuss how much money the insurance company paid on Eckersley's behalf and to set up a meeting to discuss the amount of money the insurance company paid.

But Eckersley says no meeting was needed.

"The insurance company said no mediation, we'll pay the doctor and Camille will owe nothing," she recalled.

The Texas Department of Insurance is the state agency that regulates insurance companies that do business in Texas.

The state agency helped more than 1,200 Texans hold health insurance companies accountable for balance billing in the past few months, and they're 94-percent successful in getting the insurance companies to pay more.

The TDI wants more people to know it is able to help. The agency created a video telling Eckersley's story and encouraging others to call if they have medical billing issues similar to hers.

MORE: Click for more information on the Texas Department of Insurance

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<![CDATA[New Law Will Allow Churches to Have Armed Security ]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:25:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/181*120/shutterstock_70377664.jpg

Security at Texas churches is about to get a big boost. In September, churches will be able to arm members of their own congregation, rather than hire private security firms under SB 2065.

Security at churches has been top of mind after horrific scenes like the 1999 tragedy at Wedgewood Baptist in Fort Worth and more recently in Charleston, South Carolina.

"You can't just tell everybody bring your guns to church and here we go, it needs to be people who are legally allowed to carry," said retired Hurst Police Officer and church security expert of Sheepdog Seminars, Jimmy Meeks. He believes the new law will soon give churches more choices for security.

Under current legislation, in order for churches to have armed security they must hire a private licensed company or officer. The new bill will allow congregations to make up their own security teams with members who are legally allowed to carry a gun on a volunteer basis only, but that person cannot wear a uniform or badge portraying themselves as "security."

It's a bill that has been the subject an ongoing discussion in Austin.

"The waters are no longer muddy as of September 1st. They're more clear now and you just realize.. hey we can protect our own flock without employing an outside service," said Meeks.

State Representative Matt Rinaldi released a statement to NBC 5 that read in part: "The passage of SB 2065 ensures that churches are empowered to make their own decisions about how they want to implement their security policies without jumping through unnecessary training and licensure hoops."

There will be a church security seminar at North Pointe Baptist Church at 147 E. Hurst Boulevard in Hurst on Saturday, July 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information on the seminar visit www.sheepdogseminars.com.

SB 2065 goes into effect on Sept. 1.

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<![CDATA[Trinity Park Management Plan Draws Opposition]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:31:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Trinity+Pawkway+Dallas.jpg

The plan to create a local government corporation to raise money and run the proposed Dallas Trinity River Park is drawing opposition from critics who complain there has been too little public input.

A Dallas City Council briefing on an LGC, local government corporation, is scheduled for Aug. 2, and a council vote is set for Aug. 9, Mayor Mike Rawlings confirmed Tuesday.

"We've got to make sure that we have an LGC, a local government corporation that gets the politics out of building a park," Rawlings said.

A $50 million gift to help build the park from the Harrold Simmons family last year came with strings attached about park management.

Rawlings said the LGC would satisfy those concerns.

"It's win for everybody, and everybody wants to get this park done," Rawlings said. "I believe that the LGC is the quickest way to do that, and I think we'll come together as a council and say let's make it happen."

Angela Hunt, a former Dallas City Council member, is a strong critic of plans to build a road along the river and said the LGC plan is moving too fast.

"I think there's going to be tremendous skepticism about the purpose and motivation of a local government corporation unless the public has a chance to weigh in," Hunt said. "I'm shocked that the city would consider presenting this to the public on August 2nd and voting on it a week later. Have we learned nothing from Fair Park?"

A public/private partnership plan supported by Rawlings to manage Dallas Fair Park has been delayed after critics successfully fought for competitive bids.

Rawlings said the LGC suggested for a Trinity Park would be an entirely public entity, with members appointed by the City Council.

"It's a very different government structure that's used in Houston and Austin, and my lawyers have said we should have done this years ago," Rawlings said.

Hunt, who is also an attorney, said the details need to be thoroughly reviewed.

"It may be the perfect way to move forward on the Trinity or it may be a disaster. Let's have that conversation," Hunt said.

Hunt is pleased with plans for another vote on Aug. 9 that could kill the proposed Trinity roadway.

Five current Dallas City Council members signed a letter forcing a new vote on the road.

"I'm very excited that the city can hopefully move forward now, united behind a plan to finally develop our Trinity Park," Hunt said.

The latest version of the roadway approved by the Dallas City Council is for a meandering parkway that would provide access to the proposed park. Earlier plans that received initial approval from the Federal Highway Administration called for a high speed toll road with flood prevention walls.

Dallas voters first approved both a park and a roadway in a 1998 referendum, and the road was approved again by voters in 2007. Sufficient money to build a road has never been available.

Rawlings said he still believes a Trinity Parkway could help reduce downtown Dallas traffic congestion, but his support for the road has weakened.

"I'm tired of us fighting about it, frankly," Rawlings said. "I want to get on to the most important issue which is the park, because everybody agrees to the park."

Since the first referendum in 1998, Dallas leaders have argued that a park between the Trinity River levees would attract tremendous redevelopment of the areas alongside the river.

"It's fabulous to think about what it can mean to Dallas in the 21st Century," Rawlings said.

The park could cost $250 million, five-times more than the $50 million gift pledged so far. Rawlings said the LGC could help raise more private money to build the park.

The suggested 285 acre section of Trinity River floodway to be developed for the downtown park would be subject to inundation in high water events.

Below: Documents recently sent to members of the Dallas City Council from city staff detail the proposed local government corporation (LGC) plan to run the proposed Trinity Park.

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<![CDATA[Ovarian Cancer Screenings May Lead to False Positives]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:35:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Health_Ovarian_Cancer_4p_72517.jpg

Until an effective screening method for ovarian cancer exists, doctors continue to recommend against screening.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says there's not enough evidence to suggest most healthy women should be screened.

The group of independent experts says the potential harms of false positives outweigh any benefits.

Dr. Andrea Arguello, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Medical City Las Colinas, agrees.

"Many women who do not actually have cancer would have abnormal testing and would potentially get unnecessary treatments and surgeries that could cause more harm than good," Arguello said.

The recommendation does not apply to women who have symptoms of cancer or those known to have BRCA mutations.

Women are advised to continue to look for symptoms, although they are often detected once the disease has progressed into late stages.

"The challenge with ovarian cancer is that women don't have any symptoms of the disease early on," Arguello said.

<![CDATA[Fort Worth Zoo Helps Horned Lizard Population]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:53:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/horned+lizard+fort+worth+zoo.jpg

Behind the scenes at the Fort Worth Zoo, and inside the Texas Native Reptile Center, they are focused on horned lizards.

"You know, when it's hot like this, they kind of hunker down in the shade," said Diane Barber, while looking at some adult horned lizards in an outdoor living area.

Barber is the curator of ectotherms at the Fort Worth Zoo.

While the adult horned lizards were embraced the heat, more babies are waiting to hatch.

"This one just hatched out yesterday," Barber said, holding a tiny lizard that barely covered the end of her finger.

Barber is working on the horned lizard breeding and re-introduction program at the zoo. They are partnered with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and it's the only program like it for horned lizards in the country.

"They've [horned lizards] declined throughout most of the range through the northern part of the state, probably from a variety of different factors," Barber said.

Some of those factors include habitat alteration and a decline in food, including, "harvester ants, it's their primary diet," Barber said.

But harvester ants are killed by pesticides and insecticides. So the Fort Worth Zoo is doing what it can to improve the horned lizard population in Texas by breeding and re-introducing them.

Barber also helped us solve the "lizard versus frog" debate.

"These are lizards. A lot of people call them horny toads here in Texas. But they are indeed a lizard," Barber said.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Extend La'el Collins Through 2019]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:31:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-496341894.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys signed La'el Collins to an extension that will run through 2019, paying the offensive lineman an additional $15.4 million.

The two-year extension will make the Cowboys's expected starter the third highest-paid right tackle in the NFL, according to NBC Sports.

Collins was a fortunate signing for the Cowboys: the expected first round pick had questions coming out of college; but after being cleared of involvement, he signed a three-year deal with the Cowboys in 2015.

La'el Collins, the former LSU star, is one of the key cogs in the Cowboys young-but-talented offensive line.

NBC 5's Noah Bullard went fishing with Collins just last week.

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<![CDATA[Arlington PD Introduces Volunteer Surveillance Program]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:24:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/home+security+camera.jpg

The Arlington Police Department is introducing a voluntary surveillance program called "Neighborhood Eyes," so the once imaginary idea of 'Big Brother' watching may now actually include your older brother's security camera.

Neighborhood Eyes allows private residences and businesses to register their private security cameras for community surveillance.

With security cameras now affordable and more commonplace, Neighborhood Eyes will allow the local law enforcement officers to access volunteered-citizen security cameras, if it may hold evidence of a crime.

The program is strictly voluntary and does not provide Arlington PD with any access to privately-owned security systems.

Similar programs are in place in other cities, such as New Providence, NJ. 

Police hope Neighborhood Eyes will speed up the labor- and time-intensive process of door-to-door requests of surrounding areas when crimes occur, by automatically accessing registered cameras while still doing those individual requests.

To register for the program, Arlington residents and businesses can sign up here.

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<![CDATA[A Look at the New DPD Chief]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:58:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TDMN_New_Chief.jpg

The new Dallas police chief is gearing up to start her work in September. Renee Hall is wrapping up her time with her hometown Detroit Police Department - and said she's excited for the challenge in Dallas. Joining us now for more on Chief Hall is The Dallas Morning News City Hall reporter Tristan Hallman, who went to Detroit last week.

<![CDATA[Lucky Whitehead Speaks After Being Cut From Cowboys]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:34:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doney_lucky_whitehead_dog_interview_1200x675_1001958467868.jpg

A day after he was cut from the Dallas Cowboys, police in Virginia say Lucky Whitehead is not the man cited for petit larceny and failure to appear in court.

Whitehead, 25, was cut by the team Monday afternoon, hours after the Prince William County Police Department in Virginia told multiple media outlets there was a warrant issued for his arrest for failure to appear in court after being allegedly cited for trying to steal $40 in groceries from a convenience store.

David Rich, Whitehead's agent, said Monday that Whitehead did not commit the crime and wasn't even in Virginia when the theft happened. Rich said the charges were due to an identity mix-up.

On Tuesday, the Prince William County Police confirmed Rich's assertion and said the man charged June 22 was not in possession of an ID and told officers he was Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr., and provided a date of birth and Social Security number. 

Virginia police said Tuesday the officers verified the data provided to them through the DMV and compared a DMV photo of Whitehead with the person in custody.

"Officers acted in good faith that, at the time, the man in custody was the same man matching the information provided," the department said Tuesday in a prepared statement. "At this point, the police department is also confident in confirming that Mr. Whitehead’s identify was falsely provided to police during the investigation."

The confirmation came a day too late. When asked about Whitehead's departure Monday afternoon, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said they made a decision to release him after talking with him about the incident that morning.

In a phone call with NBC 5 Tuesday, Whitehead said he repeatedly told the team he didn't commit the crime, wasn't arrested and that the incident didn't happen.

"To accuse me of shoptlifting, and I'm trying to give you my word ... I'm telling you, I'm giving you facts that I was not even in the state," Whitehead said. "I was put on an island by myself. It hurts. I'm human. I read stuff. I don't think I got the support that I needed from the person I needed it from when this was going down."

Garrett said Monday that cutting Whitehead was good for the team and "hopefully good for him going forward." He added that he hoped the decision to release Whitehead was "a little bit of a wakeup call to handle these situations the right way."

"I dont know if it was a lesson, because I didn't do nothing," Whitehead told NBC 5 Tuesday. "A lot of people turned their back on me. I'm just glad the truth came out."

The Dallas Cowboys have not issued a formal statement, but during Tuesday's news conference at Training Camp Garrett said the team is standing by their decision.

Virginia police said they are currently looking for the person who impersonated Whitehead and have cleared him in the case.

"Since the identifying information provided by the arrestee during the investigation was apparently false, the police department is working with the Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office to clear Mr. Whitehead from this investigation," the department said. "The police department regrets the impact these events had on Mr. Whitehead and his family."

Whitehead was in the news last week when he said he returned to his Dallas home to find out his dog was being held for ransom. The situation was resolved after Whitehead told NBC 5 the dog was returned to him, without payment.

NBC 5's Vanessa Brown contributed to this report.

<![CDATA[New Dallas Clinic Opens to Help Combat Opioid Crisis]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:23:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/200*120/CLEANSLATE+CLINIC.jpg

As the opioid epidemic continues to grow across Texas and the nation, a new clinic is opening in Dallas to help addicts.

CleanSlate opened its third North Texas location Tuesday inside a medical park at 12606 Greenville Avenue — its first in Dallas County.

The company says its decision to expand was based on the local need.

"The opioid crisis in Dallas is very similar to what it is on the East Coast and the West Coast," said Michael Petersen, National Expansion Manager for CleanSlate. "No matter what area of the country we're in, we find a need."

They say the number of opioid-related deaths in Texas has surged 80 percent since 1999 and health care costs associated with opioid abuse topped $1.9 billion across the state in 2015.

Their clinics are designed to help addicts address the underlying factors fueling their habit, whether they're physical, mental, familial, or due to a lack of resources.

The company has already opened 29 clinics across eight states this year, with plans to open dozens more next year.

<![CDATA[Man Tries to Grab 2 Women at North Dallas Apartments: Police]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:54:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ladera-apartments-assault.jpg

Dallas police are warning people to be on alert after a man tried to grab two women at a North Dallas apartment complex Friday night, officers say.

A woman told police she was walking her dog at the Landera Apartments in the 3900 block of Accent Drive at about 8:45 p.m. when a man attempted to grab her.

About 15 minutes later, the same man followed another woman to her apartment and knocked on her front door. When the woman opened the door, the man pushed his way into the apartment and grabbed her, police said. A man inside the apartment heard what was going on and pushed the attacker out of the door, according to police.

The man, aged between 25 and 35 years old, got away before police arrived.

He was described as a black man, approximately 5'9" tall and weighing 200 to 250 pounds. He was last seen wearing a light blue collared shirt with short sleeves similar to a mechanic uniform. He was also wearing a skullcap, or "do rag" with possibly a camouflage design, police said.

Police asked residents to be on alert for someone matching the man's description.

Anyone with information about the incident should call Dallas police at 911 or 214-671-3693. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment. Tips can be made to 214-373-8477.

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<![CDATA[Duncanville Grandmother Goes Months Without Oven ]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:56:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/maytag-oven-responds.jpg

Suzanne Pierot doesn't mess around in the kitchen.

“I’m a Southern girl and I love the Southern cooking,” she said.

There are few things in this world she loves more than whipping up a meal for her grandson, Matthew.

“I often tell people there are two people in my life: Jesus Christ and Matthew,” said Pierot. “This is a picture of my daughter Brittany. She was killed in a tragic accident in the year of 2015 and I’m now raising her son."

She'd do anything for him

“I like to cook him anything that he wants. Meatloaf, you name it. Baked chicken, roasted chicken, whatever he wants is what I will fix for him,” Pierot said.

But those meals suddenly stopped. Her Maytag oven wasn't working.

“The digital clock worked. The light on the inside of the oven worked, but it just would not heat at all,” she explained.

She set up a number of appointments with Sears to have technicians take a look at the appliance. She said they all told her the same thing.

“The oven is too old for any of the parts to be found, so more than likely, you will get a new oven because you have the master protection plan. So I said, 'great.'”

But Pierot wanted to confirm that information with a customer service representative.

“They all said the same thing. Let us check. We'll see if the parts are available,” she said.

But five months later, no word about that part for the oven

“Promises and promises and promises were all broken,” said Pierot. “I know that sounds silly but try going without an oven going on six months with a teenage boy in the house. It's very, very inconvenient,”

She got NBC 5 Responds’ Samantha Chatman on the case.

According to Sears, the malfunctioning part was no longer available.

The company said, "At Sears, our top priority is the satisfaction of our members. Our member services team reviewed and resolved Ms. Perot's situation to her satisfaction, providing her with a new Kenmore oven valued at $1,999. As a goodwill gesture, we also waived fees for removing the old oven and installing the new one and provided a complimentary one-year extension on all five appliances covered by her protection agreement."

It's a sight some might take for granted, an appliance this grandmother just can't live without.

“I felt like I had died and gone to heaven,” she said.

If you're struggling with one of your appliances at home, here are Samantha Chatman’s Solutions:

Always leave it to the professionals. Do not try to repair the appliance on your own. We want you to be safe. It also might void the warranty if you have one.

Take pictures and videos of the product.

When the technician arrives, take notes. If he or she spots a problem, write it down.

Check your warranty. Make sure you know what is and isn't covered.

Always ask to speak with a supervisor the moment you feel that you aren't getting results.

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<![CDATA[Bridgeport Cop Nearly Hit by Wrong-Way Driver]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:28:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-07-25-17h02m18s227.jpg

On July 7th, a Bridgeport police officer stopped a vehicle for a minor traffic violation. During the stop, the officer noticed a second vehicle approaching him in the wrong direction. The officer was able to get out of the way before the car narrowly misses the pulled over car. The officer was able to catch up with the wrong-way driver and arrested him.

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<![CDATA[LEOs, Sex Assault Experts Lobby Against 'Bathroom Bill']]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:00:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/222*120/Capture243.JPG

Law enforcement officers, sexual assault experts and other officials from around the state of Texas spent Tuesday morning speaking out against the 'Bathroom Bill' currently up for debate in the Texas legislature's Special Session.

Dozens of experts convened on the south steps of the Texas Capitol building to fight a bill that Austin Mayor Steve Adler called, "discriminatory, plain and simple."

The legislation being considered, which would mandate individuals use the restroom of the gender designated on their birth certificate, has been a hot topic for legislators, activists and economists from around the state.

North Carolina passed a similar bill in 2016 and lost the 2017 NBA All-Star game, NCAA tournament games and other business opportunities as a result. The state subsequently repealed their bill - a chain of events many feel would take place in Texas, if a similar bill is passed.

Some have speculated that NFL won't consider the state for future drafts and Super Bowls while companies like IBM, which is currently waging an ad-campaign against the bill, will avoid expansion - strangling job growth in the state.

Among the law enforcement officers to speak out were police chiefs, deputies and majors from Austin, Chorpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Houston and San Antonio. All agreed the bill would have harmful effect on departments already spread too thin - calling it an added burden on law enforcement and legislative theater that's creating a problem out of a non issue.

The law enforcement officers all said they have never responded to an issue of people using a bathroom of another gender, under the pretense of being transgender, in a predatory fashion.

The Executive Director of the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, Annette Burrhus-Clay, said legislators should consider bills "based on evidence, not on rhetoric," if they truly hope to reduce sexual assault and gender violence in the state.

Lavinia Master, a sexual assault survivor and activist from Lewisville, said the focus should be put on testing rape kits that have sat untested, not on restricting bathroom access for transgender individuals.

Representative Joe Moody, the Chairman of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee and former prosecutor, said the bill would only increase the harassment and sexual assault transgender students already face at a disproportionate rate.  

"A solution in search of a problem," said San Antonio's Northside ISD Superintendent Brian Woods, who said the legislative focus should be on school funding, not bathroom choice. 

Along with the bathroom bill, several of the officials also spoke out against what they believe to be other discriminatory legislative efforts - House Bill 46, House Bill 50, Senate Bill 3 and Senate Bill 91 were mentioned by name.

<![CDATA['Hotbed of Disease': New Tent City Cleared Tuesday]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:14:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-tent-city1.jpg

The city of Dallas began work Tuesday to clear out the latest version of "Tent City" that developed near downtown.

A large homeless encampment had grown beneath Interstate 30 between 2nd and 3rd avenues, below the eastbound I-30 exit for Fair Park.

More than 70 people were removed as hazardous materials crews cleared away months of debris from the area. Of those relocated, fewer than 10 people decided to move to a shelter, rehab or a mental health care facility.

“It is a hotbed of disease in there,” said Dave Hogan, manager of the Dallas Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Unit, about the living conditions in the encampment, which he said includes the infestation of vermin, including rodents and fleas.

The more serious safety concern, according to Hogan, however is the fire danger.

Dallas Fire-Rescue is called to the encampment several times a week, on average, according to Hogan.

In addition to setting fires for heat, someone in the camp has taken to setting fire to debris and, occasionally, purposefully setting fire to tents with occupants in them.

Beyond the danger to people is the danger those fires can pose to the structural integrity of the concrete support pillars for the Interstate, Hogan said.

“One of the big problems about that is when you structurally weaken the bridge, just like it happened in Atlanta a few months ago, the whole roadway can come down,” Hogan said. “Now we don't think that would happen here but we're gonna make sure it doesn't."

The number of homeless people has grown in the past three years, and an estimated 10,000 people now experience homelessness in the city.

NBC 5's Larry Collins contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Fire Destroys McKinney Home Early Tuesday Morning]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:35:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/metro-mckinney-fire.jpg

Firefighters are investigating what sparked a fire inside a home in McKinney early Tuesday morning.[[436468043,R]]

Crews responded to reports of a fire inside a 1-story home in the 6300 block of Valley View Drive shortly after 3 a.m.

Firefighters arrived to find flames shooting through the roof of the home. McKinney firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, but the house was considered a total loss.

No injuries have been reported.

No further information was immediately available.

Photo Credit: Metro
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<![CDATA[Critical Missing 23-Year-Old Woman Located]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:26:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Untitled-1262.jpg

Dallas police say a woman reported missing Monday night has been found and is safe.

According to police, Armani King was reported missing after being seen walking away from the 2700 block of East Illinois Street in Dallas at about 10:40 p.m. Monday night.

At about 8 a.m. Tuesday, police said King has been located and is safe.

No further information was released.

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