<![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 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:50:44 -0500 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:50:44 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[School Bus Involved in Fort Worth Crash]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:22:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/208*120/fwbus032615.JPG

Fort Worth emergency crews are at the scene of a collision involving a school bus full of children Thursday afternoon.

The crash was reported near U.S. Highway 287 and East Lancaster Avenue southeast of downtown.

Med Star ambulance officials said 24 children were on board the bus and none were injured.

We'll update this story with more information as soon as it's available.  As this story is developing, elements may change.



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<![CDATA[New Parkland Hospital Tour]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:21:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/parkland-hospital1.jpg

Dallas County is about to get a brand new, state-of-the-art public hospital this fall. The new Parkland Hospital opens its doors to patients on August 20.

While NBC 5 got a sneak peek in February, the rest of the Dallas-Fort Worth media was allowed to get a tour of the new hospital on Thursday.

The new Parkland Hospital is massive, about double the size of the old Parkland Hospital.

"The reason for that it's all private rooms, and we tried to have private space for our physicians and residents to discuss activities,” explained senior vice president of new Parkland construction Lou Saksen.

The new hospital has 96 neonatal intensive care rooms, 48 labor and delivery rooms and 862 private rooms.

"First of all they are 26 percent larger,” said Parkland nurse Sheila DePaola. “They are 320 square feet. They are beautiful in my opinion. You have a beautiful view. I think that's the first think you see when you walk in, just this gorgeous view of downtown."

Alll of the private rooms at the new Parkland Hospital have their own bathrooms. That was not the case at the old hospital.

The emergency services area is also much larger at the new hospital.

"We almost tripled in size,” said Parkland Chief of Emergency Services John Pease. “We go to about 120 private treatment rooms."

Everyone involved with the construction of this new hospital is excited by how it looks today.

"It's going to be a great opening,” said Pease. “This is something the community really needs, and we have really been looking forward to it as the medical staff."

"One of our goals back at the beginning, back in 2009, was to set the standard for public academic medical centers,” said Saksen. “I think the thing I am most proud of is that exactly what we have done."

The new Parkland Hospital cost nearly $900 million. It will create around 300 new jobs.



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<![CDATA[Deadly Bridge Collapse on I-35 in Central Texas]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:16:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/salado-7.jpg At least one person is dead after a semi collided with a Central Texas overpass, causing a beam to come crashing down onto vehicles on Interstate 35.

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<![CDATA[Wind Causes Semitrailer to Tip on I-30: Arlington PD]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:15:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tipped-semi.jpg

Arlington police confirmed that wind caused a semitrailer to tip onto its side on Interstate 30 Thursday morning.

The truck tipped on the eastbound ramp from I-30 to Six Flags Drive at about 9 a.m., police said. Authorities also shut down the exit ramp from westbound I-30 to Texas 360.

Crews used a crane to upright the trailer at about 12:20 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

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



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<![CDATA[Azle High School Student Suspended Over Threat]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:46:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Azle-HS-PD.jpg

An Azle High School junior has been suspended and police are investigating after a student made a potentially threatening comment Wednesday at school.

“Yesterday during lunch we had a student that made a comment that “wear red tomorrow if you don’t want to be shot”,” said Tanya Anderson, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Human Resources. “At the end of the school day, a student who heard the comment reported it to the high school principal. At that time, the high school principal was able to call the student in and notify the student’s parents.”

Anderson went on to say, “That parent’s response was 'we don’t have guns in the house' and so by our definition there was no cause for further alarm.”

A student later reported it to police, according to Azle Police. They are now investigating it at a potential terrorist threat.

Charges may be filed against the student once police can determine what he did or did not say.

“At no time were any Azle High School students ever at risk,” Anderson said.

After learning of the potential threat, some parents rushed to pick up their students.

“Everything that’s been going around with schools, I feel unsafe for him to be here,” said parent Rebecca Martinez.

“We have a situation where a young person made an irresponsible comment and in this day and age we take everything very, very seriously,” said Anderson.
 



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<![CDATA[Man Crashes Into FW Police Car, Injures Officer]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:22:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fwpd-crash.jpg

Fort Worth police said an officer was injured when a truck crashed into his police cruiser Thursday morning.

The patrol officer was responding to an abandoned vehicle call on eastbound Interstate 30 near Alta Mere Drive at about 7:15 a.m. As the officer turned on his emergency lights and began to slow down, a man driving a pickup truck collided with the police car, police said.

Police said the officer, a 27-year veteran, was transported to a hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.

The driver has not been cited, but police said they are still investigating the wreck.



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<![CDATA[Josh Ault Looks for Storm Damage]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:46:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/josh-drives1.jpg Josh Ault drives around Tarrant County in Fast Five Live looking for damage and power outages after overnight thunderstorms.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Police Officer Injured in Wreck]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:48:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dpd-officer-crash.jpg

Dallas police said one of their officers is recovering after being involved in a wreck early Thursday morning.

The officer was stopped at a red light in the 9700 block of East Northwest when another driver crashed a Chevrolet Suburban into his squad car at about 12:40 a.m., Dallas Police Department spokesman Colton Johnson said.

Johnson said the officer was taken to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.

Police said the driver, 28-year-old Jose Rey Chavez-Nino, was arrested for driving while intoxicated.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Police Investigate Attempted ATM Theft]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:56:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dal-atm-theft.jpg

Dallas police said someone tried to steal an ATM from a gas station early Thursday morning, marking the 31st attempted ATM theft in less than three months.

Investigators said someone backed a pickup truck into the Raceway gas station in the 8600 block of South Hampton Road at about 3:50 a.m.

Detectives reviewed surveillance video and determined that four masked people used a gold stepside pickup truck to crash into the store. Two people then jumped out of the truck and unsuccessfully tried to take the ATM.

The gas station was closed at the time, so no injuries were reported.

Officials with a task force created to investigate a rash of ATM thefts in Dallas said Thursday's theft might be the work of a group of seven people trying to steal ATMs in Texas and several surrounding states.



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<![CDATA[Woman Accused in Illegal Butt Injections in Custody: DPD]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:46:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Denise-Ross-3-13-72.jpg

Dallas police said one of the two women accused of practicing medicine without a license has turned herself in to police.

Police said 43-year-old Denise Rochelle Ross — who goes by Wee Wee — turned herself in Wednesday afternoon.

Police have been searching for Ross and 31-year-old Alicia Clarke after a woman reported she paid $520 for buttocks injections at a salon in the 3800 block of East Side Avenue.

The woman told police that Ross and Clarke sanitized her buttocks and began injecting syringes that Ross said contained a water-based saline. The woman said she was told to be quiet when she started screaming in pain.

Before the woman left, "the injection holes were closed with Super Glue and cotton balls," according to court documents, and she was given two tubes of Super Glue to take home in case liquid leaked out of the injection sites.

According to the affidavit, the woman said she is suffering psychological side effects and soreness in her body.

Police are also trying to determine if a woman's death is connected to two women accused of providing illegal butt injections to clients at a Dallas salon.

On Feb. 19, Wykesha Reid was found dead in the same facility on East Side Avenue where Ross and Clarke are accused of practicing medicine without a license.

Police said it is an ongoing death investigation and a cause of death has not been determined. Neither Ross nor Clarke have been charged in connection with Reid's death.

The medical examiner's office told The Dallas Morning News it won’t rule on the cause of death until it receives toxicology results, which could take two months.

CLICK HERE to read more from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.
 



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<![CDATA[Spring Allergies Have Many in North Texas Seeing Red]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:40:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/allergies+pollen.jpg

Spring allergies are leaving a lot of North Texans miserable, and that means long waits at some doctors' offices.

“Eyes itchy, itchiness, dry eyes,” said Mike Ebbesen, of Dallas. “Runny nose, that goes with it. Just like the whole head sinuses and such are acting up.”

Tree pollen really started to fill the air in the last week, after all that rain and cold weather.

“Now everything is popping. The wind is blowing and everybody’s allergies are just going crazy,” said Dr. William Lumry, with Allergy & Asthma Specialists of Dallas.

Now that trees are blooming, so is business at medical offices that specialize in helping allergy sufferers.

“There’s also been a lot of mold in the air because of the rains that we’ve had,” said Lumry.

This year, many doctors recommend two over-the-counter nasal sprays previously available only by prescription, Flonase and Nasacort.

“The key to those sprays is you’ve got to use them regularly for them to be effective,” Lumry said. “They’re not just a quick fix to fix your allergies right now.”

Spring allergy season is expected to last at least another six weeks, through April.



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<![CDATA[State Investigating Preschool Allergic Reaction]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:57:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Woodbridge+Montessori+Academy+Sachse.jpg A state licensing division is investigating after a little girl had an allergic reaction at her preschool in Sachse.

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<![CDATA[UTA Student Shines in "Play Like a Girl" Ad]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:21:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/UTA+wheelchair+basketball.jpg

What does it mean to play like a girl? That’s the question a new television spot airing in Texas explores. One of its stars, a UT-Arlington student, says playing like a girl helped make her dreams come true.

For Josie Aslakson, basketball is more than just a game. It’s a life changer.

“I never thought I’d be playing a college sport,” said Aslakson, who is a freshman at UT-Arlington. “If you’d asked me 10 years ago, I’d be like, what?”

A car crash left Aslakson paralyzed from the waist down when she was 5 years old. She thought any chance of her living a normal, active life was gone.

"I told myself, 'I'm in a wheelchair. I can’t play sports,'" said Aslakson.

But then she found wheelchair basketball, and now she’s on scholarship playing for the Lady Movin Mavs wheelchair basketball team at UTA.

“I’ve gained so much confidence through basketball,” said Aslakson. “When I started out, I was shy. I was just very not confident. But now I feel like I can do anything.”

Now, she’s sharing that message in a brand new campaign by “Play Like a Girl,” an organization that works to empower girls through sports. She and other athletes, including two Olympians, are featured in a TV spot that’s now airing throughout North Texas.

Play Like a Girl says it was important for the campaign to highlight female athletes of all shapes, sizes, and abilities, which is why they approached Aslakson about joining them.

“I was a little nervous because I had never done anything like that before,” Aslakson. “But it worked out. It was a cool thing to be part of that process.”

In the ad, Aslakson encourages girls to “go fast” because that’s what they’re meant to do.

“There’s a lot of things that can get your self-confidence down, especially as a girl, because you’re already insecure,” said Aslakson. “But you just can’t let anything like that stop you from doing what you want to do.”

She hasn’t, and she hopes the ad will help other girls see they don’t have to either.

View the full ad below:



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<![CDATA[DISD Students Claim Sub Touched Them Inappropriately]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:59:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/George+Peabody+Elementary+School+Dallas.jpg

The Dallas Independent School District is looking into allegations that a substitute gym teacher inappropriately touched several fifth grade students.

Dee Anne Egan, principal at George Peabody Elementary School, wrote in a letter sent home to parents that students reported the alleged touching and the teacher was immediately asked to leave the campus.

School officials say they are now gathering facts.

Meanwhile, several parents and family members who were picking up their kids at the school Wednesday said they were very upset about this.

"They are coming to school so they are safe, not be in the streets, but yet it’s going on in school," said Nancy Tenorio, whose younger sister is a student at Peabody Elementary.

"They are innocent children that have nothing to do with anything. I’m speechless when it comes to stuff like this," said Ann Marie Casarez, whose niece attends Peabody.

The Dallas Police Department is also investigating, and detectives were at the school Wednesday.

DISD Superintendent Mike Miles said officials also continue to investigate a situation in which a teacher at J. L. Long Middle School somehow accidentally showed a nude image of herself to an entire classroom of students.

"I can tell you those are being investigated right now and they are being resolved appropriately, or handled appropriately," Miles said.

Read the Peabody Elementary School principal's letter to parents below.



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<![CDATA[Your Photos: When Good Dogs Go Bad ]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:33:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Good+Dogs+Go+Bad.png Your viewer photos of dogs doing things they should not do like tearing up newspapers or tearing the stuffing out of pillows. Inspired by Wheeler, a pup rescued by our very own Brian Curtis. ]]> <![CDATA[Plano Woman Interrupts Burglary ]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:51:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/PLANO++BURG.jpg

Police say a Plano woman came home to a burglary in progress last week.

It happened in the 8100 block of Sutherland Lane, near Russell Creek Park.

According to police, it happened at about 11:30 a.m. The woman was confronted by the burglar, a possibly Hispanic or Middle Eastern man wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, and was forced to hand over jewelry and cash.

The man then forced her into a closet until he left.

“This lady went through a very terrifying experience, but she did the right thing,” said Plano Police Spokesman Officer David Tilley, who says a person’s first instinct should be to flee the situation, but, if that is impossible, comply with the burglar’s demands.

However, while the crime fits a similar profile to other incidents Tilley says have been reported in other cities like Richardson and Southlake, all with Asian victims, he says it is early to determine if these crimes show the reemergence of an organized ring of criminals, known to target Indian, Chinese and Middle Eastern households.

“We haven’t had any of those reported lately, so one of our biggest concerns is, is this possibly going to be related to that?” Tilley added.

Plano neighbor and realtor Jamuna Thill says one crime is enough to stir up worry in the community.

“I’m not surprised when I hear people’s homes are being broken into. Lives are at risk again,” she said, adding that she warns all of her clients as how not to make themselves easy targets to thieves.

“They’re looking for a certain type of thing that identifies a certain demographic. We’re just making it easy for them to find us.”

The suspect in the Plano burglary is described as five-feet, six-inches to five-feet, eight-inches tall, weighing approximately 150 to 180 pounds with a medium build.

The homeowner was not hurt in the burglary and subsequent robbery.
 



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<![CDATA[How Much Should You Pay Your Babysitter?]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:58:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TLMD-babysitter-ninera-shutterstock_255895576.jpg

Not sure what to pay your babysitter?

A new survey from care.com revealed the results of its first-ever babysitter survey and some people may be surprised by what they found.

After surveying approximately 1,000 parents, Care.com found the national average pay rate for a babysitter in 2014 was $13.44 per hour.

That is for a full-time caregiver, an after-school sitter or date-night babysitter.

And for some parents, $13.44 an hour is just a base rate.

The survey found that 26-percent of moms and dads also tip their babysitter. And 87-percent of parents give an annual raise to their sitters.

One in ten parents pay an extra $5 per hour if they book a babysitter at the last minute.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Auto Show Opens Wed., Tacoma Makes TX Debut]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:05:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tacoma1.JPG

The Dallas Auto show opens to the public on Wednesday. It is being held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

One of the most talked about vehicles on display at the show is the brand new 2016 Toyota Tacoma. Toyota officials gave the media a sneak peek at what the vehicle looked like before the doors opened.

Only two prototypes have been made so far. They plan to start selling them in the fall.

This is the first time the new Tacoma has been seen in Texas. It made its first debut in Detroit.

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma will have a lot of new features that have never been offered before.

“Such as leather seats,” said Toyota product specialist Vicki O’Brien. “Giving you a moon roof. We have never done that before. Consumers have been asking because you could get it in the Tundra. Smart key, and push button start, you can't even get on the Tundra."

The new Tacoma also has a Texas connection. All of them will be assembled in the Toyota plant in San Antonio.

The Dallas Auto Show opens at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
 



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<![CDATA[Dallas County Prepares for Disasters]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:15:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+OEC.jpg

A new Dallas County Emergency Operations Center was put through the motions Wednesday in a severe storm drill.

The scenario was a Force Five tornado causing mass casualties at a downtown Dallas building but also touching down in several other Dallas County cities.

“It’s going to be something we’ve got to be aware of,” said Mark Fox with the National Weather Service. “Today is really kind of the start of the severe storm season. We are in a risk area.”

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins is also the county’s top homeland security official.

He said drills are always a worse than likely scenario.

“We want to stretch our resources as much as we can so that we have our decision-makers go beyond just what their department playbook says,” said Jenkins.

The drill Wednesday included representatives from all the cities in Dallas County along with utility companies.

“Failing to plan is planning to fail and we constantly drill on these so we have the best chance of providing citizens with the best outcome,” Jenkins said.

The modern, new EOC on high ground in a West Dallas building replaces the cramped, old one that was housed in a third-floor corner of the Records Building downtown.

The new location also houses facilities for the Dallas County Clerk and a court defendant public service program.

The building was purchased and outfitted with an investment of around $7.5 million, County Clerk John Warren said.



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<![CDATA[Beekeeper Removes Bees From Tree in Wylie]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:40:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Bees-thumb-032515.jpg

A swarm of bees got a little too close to comfort in one Wylie neighborhood.

Paul Brooks says his wife spotted a swarm of bees in their tree. Brooks says the original hive formed in the eaves of their house last year and the colony split and a new hive formed in the tree.

Brooks says they will continue to host the original hive, for now, but they had a beekeeper come out to take care of the new hive.

A local beekeeper relocated the bees and gave Brooks a jar of honey.

If you see bees swarming, take a picture and send it to isee@nbcdfw.com



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<![CDATA[Dallas Police Arrest 1 After Chase]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:56:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/police-lights-shutterstock_1318124126.jpg

Dallas police said they arrested a person who led them on a brief chase Wednesday morning.

Police have not yet said what started the chase started near Camp Wisdom Road and Interstate 35E.

The chase ended at about 10:05 a.m. in the 3300 block of Alabama Street. Witnesses told NBC 5 they saw police arrest a person driving a brown car.

The name of the driver taken into custody has not yet been released.

Stay tuned to NBC 5 for the latest developments.



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<![CDATA[Breathe A Sigh Of Relief, Mavs Are Still Really Good When They Want To Be]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:20:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/monta-elllis-2014.jpg

See, that’s the frustrating thing about these Mavericks in general. And Monta Ellis in particular.

They are wildly talented, and potentially one of the best offenses in the NBA. But, sometimes, it takes a Rick Carlisle kick in the pants to get them to pay attention.

After another slow start Tuesday night, the Mavs awakened and played one of their best quarters of the season in a crucial victory over the Spurs. Ellis snapped out of his sulking slump for 38 points and the Mavs came out of the locker room with purpose and passion, turning a three-point deficit into a 10-point lead.

“Too much Monta tonight, don’t you think?” joked Carlisle, ribbing reporters who a couple nights earlier had questioned Ellis’ elongated slump.

Tuesday night was reassurance that – when motivated and desperate – the Mavs can be one of the best teams in the NBA.

The challenge now is to keep them in that zone for 10 more regular-season games and into the playoffs.
 

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



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<![CDATA[Reward Offered for Most Wanted Sex Offender]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:10:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/floyd-montrel-moore.jpg

Texas Department of Public Safety officials said they are offering a reward for the capture of a violent sex offender.

DPS officials said they will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the capture of 29-year-old Floyd Montrel Moore, who is wanted for aggravated assault and sex offender registration violation. Moore was recently added to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list.

Moore has ties to Fort Worth, Arlington and Denton, authorities said.

Authorities described Moore as 5 feet 11 inches tall and about 185 pounds with tattoos on his arms, legs, hands and chest. He also has the words "Lord Knows I Tried" on his neck and a skin discoloration on the left side of his face.

To submit an anonymous tip:

  • Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-252-TIPS (8477).
  • Text "DPS" and your tip to CRIMES (274637).
  • Enter your tip at the DPS website.
  • Enter your tip using the DPS Mobile App for iPhone or Android.

For More Information

Texas DPS 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders: Floyd Montrel Moore



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<![CDATA[Company Recalls Frozen Spinach Over Listeria Concerns]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:32:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/simply-balanced-spinach.jpg

A California company recalled more than 8,000 cases of spinach Tuesday that might be tainted with Listeria.

Superior Foods, Inc., officials recalled 10-ounce bags of Simply Balanced frozen organic chopped spinach that are sold exclusively at Target stores when they were informed they might have received spinach with the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

The company recalled bags of spinach with the following best-by dates:

  • June 26, 2016
  • July 26, 2016
  • Aug. 20, 2016

Listeria can cause serious infections, especially in young children, elderly people and those with weakened immune systems. Healthier individuals might only suffer short-term symptoms like fever, headache, nausea and diarrhea.

Company officials said they are not aware of any illness complaints related to this event.

Consumers who have any of the product identified should dispose of it or return it to the store where it was purchased. For questions, contact Superior Foods at 866-672-0811.



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<![CDATA[Child Injured in Wreck on I-35W in Fort Worth]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:21:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/I35w-ax.jpg

Authorities reopened northbound Interstate 35W Fort Worth after a wreck forced them to shut it down for nearly an hour Wednesday morning.

Authorities said an SUV collided with a vehicle and then spun out of control on I-35W near Basswood Boulevard at about 5:40 a.m. Police said a pickup truck then crashed into the SUV.

A child in the SUV was transported to a nearby hospital with injuries that were not considered life threatening, according to Fort Worth Police Department spokeswoman Natosha Tucker. Four other were treated at the scene and released

As of 7 a.m., traffic was forced to exit I-35W at Western Center Boulevard. The exit to Basswood Boulevard remained closed.

The wreck also caused onlooker delays on southbound I-35W and North Loop 820.

Stay tuned to NBC 5 for the latest developments.



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<![CDATA[2.6-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Venus]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 06:45:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/215*120/0331-earthquake_generic.jpg

Another earthquake has struck North Texas, this time in Johnson County Tuesday night.

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 2.6-magnitude earthquake on County Road 506 in Venus — near Midlothian High School — just before midnight.

No damage has yet been reported.

Stay tuned to NBC 5 for the latest updates.



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<![CDATA[Program Ranks Texas Counties in Overall Health]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 06:15:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doctor-health-generic-1200-02.jpg

A new national study ranked Texas counties in overall health.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute collaborated on the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program.

The study combines factors ranging from tobacco use to commute length. Each number represents the county's rank out of Texas' 237 counties.

County Length of Life Quality of Life Health Behaviors Clinical Care Social/Economic Factors Physical Environment
Collin 2 8  1  1  1  163
Dallas 68 77  57  37  191  217
Denton 6 4  3  12  15  174
Ellis 31 20  13  31  46  160
Johnson 93 135  111  78  66  190
Kaufman 99 131  196  73  58  209
Parker 71 14  100  40  21  194
Rockwall 12 26  12  6  3  226
Tarrant 53 31  24  32  104  204
Wise 103 7  18  93  33  201

The Health Outcomes portion of the study includes the length and quality of life, which factors in premature deaths and the population's reported physical health.

Health behaviors include the number of reported smokers, excessive drinkers and more. Clinical care represents the availability of health care options per capita.

Social and economic factors include the population's education and income levels. Physical environment takes into account pollution, water quality and more.



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<![CDATA[Teacher Showed Class Nude Photo of Herself: DISD]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 22:56:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/J.+L.+Long+Middle+School+Dallas.jpg

A Dallas teacher could be disciplined after somehow showing a nude image of herself to an entire classroom of students.

A letter went home to parents Tuesday, stating it happened Monday at J. L. Long Middle School.

The Dallas Independent School District said the incident was an accident and would be handled by administrators.

"They were subjected to pornography in a public school classroom," said concerned parent Christine Carey. "Why is that happening at all? Is that appropriate at all?"

The district wouldn't say what class it was or how many students were exposed.

"I think we should be given more information than the 'let's not talk about it anymore' letter that was sent out," Carey said. "Get rid of her. She should not be around children."

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<![CDATA[Woman Arrested After High-Speed Chase in Stolen Ambulance]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:38:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jennifer-luke-arrest.jpg

Kaufman County sheriff's deputies said they arrested a woman who stole an ambulance and led them on a high-speed chase Tuesday.

Investigators said the woman, later identified as 34-year-old Jennifer Lee Luke, was a patient in the emergency room of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman Tuesday afternoon. Kaufman police said she went outside of the ER, saw the CareFlite ambulance running, jumped in it and sped away.

A witness told NBC 5 she thought it was paramedics heading to an emergency, because the ambulance was going so fast.

“She was driving, speeding. She was like almost on two wheels going around the corner,” said the witness, who asked not to be identified.

According to officials, Luke had already struck two vehicles with the ambulance before nearby police arrived and began following her through the city of Kaufman. She also ran a stop sign, drove the wrong way on a one-way street and nearly struck several pedestrians.

Deputies put spike strips on the road, causing the ambulance's tires to blow, which eventually brought the 25-minute pursuit to an end between the towns of Lively and Kemp on Farm-to-Market Road 148.

Police took Luke into custody at the scene. She faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, evading arrest, theft and striking an unattended vehicle.

There were no reports of any injuries.

"Luck has a little bit to do with it," Kaufman Police Chief Dana Whitaker said. "It is a situation where you never know what will happen in a police chase."

NBC 5 contacted a CareFlite representative, who explained it is standard operating procedure for the ambulance to be running outside of an emergency room to get patients in and out as quickly as possible.

NBC 5's Julie Fine and Todd L. Davis contributed to this report.



Photo Credit: NBC 5 News
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