<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth News]]>Copyright 2016http://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-usSun, 28 Aug 2016 19:18:12 -0500Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:18:12 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[UNT Students Head To Class with Campus Carry]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:16:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/217*120/082816+UNT+campus+carry.jpg

The class of 2020 won’t be the only new addition to classes at the University of North Texas on Monday.

For the first time students at the Denton campus will return to class with the new state-wide campus carry law in effect.

The law officially went into effect August 1, but for most the fall semester marks the beginning of the new rule being a part of life at their school.

At UNT, leaders spent the last year setting up their own policy when it comes to carry guns on campus.

The school launched a website dedicated to the topic and placed signs on buildings this summer where guns will absolutely not be allowed.

UNT Police Chief Ed Reynolds told NBC 5 in July that the situation will be under control on their campuses.

"What hasn't changed is if you see someone with a gun on campus, you should call 911,” he said. “This is concealed carry, not open carry."

As students walked the campus Sunday morning, several reported hearing about the new policy during orientations or on the news, but love it or hate it, most said they hope it just remains a non-factor.

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<![CDATA[Murder Warrant Issued for Dallas Pawn Shop Employee]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:31:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-pd-headquarters-generic-02.jpg

A murder warrant has been issued Sunday for a pawn shop employee who they say fatally shot a man on the street last week.

Dallas police said they are looking for 32-year-old Gerardo Garduno, who is currently free on bond for an aggravated assault charge related to the shooting.

Garduno, police said, was standing in front of the P&J Pawn Shop with another employee when 37-year-old Grant Pavlis walked by. Both Garduno and the other employee followed Pavlis until he stopped in the street and turned around. The witness told police that's when Garduno raised a handgun and shot Pavlis one time.

Pavlis was hospitalized Wednesday at Baylor Medical Center Dallas, though police said Sunday morning Pavlis died from his injuries on Friday.

A motive for the shooting has not been revealed.

Police said Garduno was arrested on an aggravated assault charge for the shooting and was free after paying $25,000 bond. He's currently at large. When he's taken into custody, he'll face a $150,000 bond for the murder charge.

Anyone with information on Garduno's location is asked to call the Dallas Police Department at 214-670-6178.

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<![CDATA[Heat-Tolerant Plants That Require Little Water]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:06:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dottywoodson-johnnyarcher.jpg Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Program Specialist Dotty Woodson talks about plants to add to your landscape that will do well in Texas' summer heat and not require a lot of water.

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<![CDATA[Denton Mosquito Spraying Deadline Approaches]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:58:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-594886094-news.jpg Denton officials hope to begin spraying for mosquitoes Monday but must first get the sign off from affected residents.

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<![CDATA[Armed Man Hides in Smoothie King Ceiling, Fearing 'Cartel']]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:24:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/alliance_town_center.jpg

A man who holed himself up in the ceiling of a restaurant hiding from a cartel was taken into custody overnight Saturday.

The owner of the Smoothie King at Alliance Town Center in far North Fort Worth told NBC 5 the driver of a black pickup truck came barreling into the parking lot just before 9 p.m. and ran inside his store.

According to the owner, the man showed his employees a gun and yelled that the cartel was coming after him. He then ran to the back of the restaurant, grabbed a ladder and climbed onto a freezer and into the ceiling.

Fort Worth police dispatched their SWAT unit to deescalate the incident. When they entered the restaurant, the man fell through the ceiling and landed on the counter.

The owner told NBC 5 that police discussed sending the man for a mental evaluation.

Fort Worth police have not released the man's name or his condition.

<![CDATA[Mother, Frisco ISD Player Enjoy Opening of The Star]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:31:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/frisco_star_opens_10pm_8-27-16_1200x675_752885827831.jpg Seeing the opening of Frisco ISD's new facility at The Star had extra special meaning for a student athlete and his mother who battled hardships just months ago.]]> <![CDATA[Newy Scruggs and Pat Doney Discuss Tony Romo's Back Injury]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 20:08:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ap-cowboys-tony-romo.jpg NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs and Pat Doney discuss the back injury that will force Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo to miss part of the upcoming season.

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<![CDATA[Do the Cowboys Now Turn To Dak Prescott?]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 20:35:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-595693138.jpg NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs and Pat Doney discuss rookie quarterback Dak Prescott's importance now that Tony Romo will miss time due to a back injury.

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<![CDATA[New Dallas Co. GOP Chair to Raise Funds for Trump]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 15:50:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Phillip+Huffines1.jpg

The new Dallas County Republican Chairman, Phillip Huffines, came to NBC 5 this afternoon to discuss his new position.

He inherits a party with a diminished war chest, reportedly with $180 in its bank account when the former chairman resigned.

"I spent a lot of time on fundraising. You see, Julie, I am going to make certain the party is on sound financial foundation, sound footing and that we implement business principles. Because I am a businessman, and our organization is going to be restructured around business principles, mainly with strategic planning and recurring cash flow. That is super important," said Huffines.

Huffines, the twin brother of Texas State Sen. Don Huffines, said he has spoken with donors who are excited because they see the party coming together. He says he has met with almost all of the state representatives and candidates on the ballot. Earlier this week, he was in Fort Worth for the fundraiser for Donald Trump. We asked Huffines if Trump should tone down the rhetoric in the final months of the campaign.

"I can't answer that because I am not running for president. He is the one running for president, and we are going to do everything we can to make sure that every Republican gets elected," added Huffines.

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<![CDATA[FWISD High School Bands Battle]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 20:24:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fwisd_battle_of_the_bands_6pm_8-27-16_1200x675_752824387708.jpg R.L Paschal HS's Panther Band battled the Arlington Heights HS Yellow Jackets in Fort Worth on Saturday.]]> <![CDATA[Rangers' Jeffress Still Out as MLB Looks at DWI Arrest]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 17:25:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jeffress-mug.jpg

Texas Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress was away from the team for a second day Saturday as Major League Baseball looked into the pitcher's arrest on a drunken driving charge.

Thad Levine, the team's assistant general manager, said the players' association was working closely with the commissioner's office, along with Jeffress and his agent, to "determine a best course of action moving forward." Levine said he didn't know the timeframe for a resolution.

The 28-year-old Jeffress was put on MLB's restricted list Friday. Online records for the Dallas County jail show he was booked around 5:15 a.m. Friday on a driving while intoxicated charge. He's free on a $500 bond.

Jeffress was twice suspended while in the minor leagues for violating drug rules, the last for 100 games in 2009.

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<![CDATA[Denton To Spray for Zika Carrying Mosquitoes]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 18:57:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/082716+Buena+Vista+Drive+Denton.jpg

City leaders are preparing to spray for mosquitoes in a southwest Denton neighborhood after someone living their tested positive for Zika virus after recently traveling abroad.

The Denton County Health Department alerted the city about the case late Friday.

City spokesperson Lindsey Baker said in a press release Saturday that the person recently who’s sick recently traveled to Puerto Rico and it’s believed they contracted the virus there.  

As a result, City Environmental Services Director Dr. Kenneth Banks has contacted a company to spray for mosquitoes in the area around the 1600 block of Buena Vista Drive.

Unlike West Nile virus spraying events which have trucks fogging the neighborhood from the streets, Zika virus spraying requires an up-close approach.

Banks said the particular mosquitoes that carry Zika breed close to homes and don’t fly far from that area. So in order to spray for the bugs, crews actually have to enter onto private property and spray using handheld systems.

So Saturday morning, firefighters from Denton Station 6 went door-to-door in the affected area and began asking permission from residents to do the spraying on their properties.

“We’ve met with about 60 percent,” said Banks. “So far we have not had a refusal.”

The firefighters left information sheets and notifications on the doors of the homes where there wasn’t an answer, and Banks said they would circle back with those folks to ask their permission.

If they are able to get all of the proper permissions and if the weather continues to cooperate, Banks hopes they will be able to conduct the spraying early next week, hopefully starting mid-morning on Monday. The mosquito that carries Zika is present during the daylight hours and requires the spraying during that time, said Banks.

City leaders do stress that the spraying is a precautionary move and that there has been no local transmission of the virus by mosquitoes; something they hope to avoid with this action.

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<![CDATA[Romo Has Broken Bone in Back, Could Miss Several Weeks]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 01:13:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ap-cowboys-tony-romo.jpg

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo's season is in jeopardy after a MRI revealed he has a broken bone in his back.

Jason Garrett said Saturday he is confident that Romo will return at some point this season. Reports suggest he could miss 6-10 weeks.

"If you guys remember, he has played with fractures in his back before," Garrett said, referring to Romo's quick return from a small fracture in his back in 2014. "So that, probably more than anything else, is what is not giving us a timetable. We've heard a wide range of possibilities in terms of when he would be able to play."

Romo took a vicious hit from behind in Thursday's preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks. He was visibly in pain and didn't return to the game as a result.

Romo tried to convince the coaching staff he was OK to go back in, saying he was fine. After the game, the quarterback said he would be ready for Week 1.

"You're naive if you don't think when you lose your starting quarterback that it's not a punch in the gut," said Cowboys VP Stephen Jones. "Tony is one of the great players in the league."

The 36-year-old underwent two surgeries on his back in the last 30 months in addition to two collarbone breaks. Romo's back held up in 2014 and 2015 due to extensive maintenance which included limited practice time.

Jones told reporters on Saturday that Romo isn't nearing the end of his career.

"I wouldn't dare go there. Tony is more driven than ever to get himself into shape," Jones said.  "He's going to be the first one to say this won't be his last year."

Jones added the Cowboys are searching for a backup quarterback.

"If we see a quarterback that can come in here, we'll look at that," Jones said.

The Cowboys went 4-12 last season after Romo missed 12 games due to injury. They were 1-11 without him on the field.

Rookie Dak Prescott is expected to start with Romo on the sidelines.

"Dak has done a nice job really at every turn starting back at training camp," Garrett said. "I thought he did a particularly good job in this game against Seattle because he certainly didn't anticipate going in on the fourth play of the game."

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<![CDATA[Are Valet Stands to Blame for Bishop Arts Parking Woes?]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:33:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Bishop+Arts+parking.jpg

On a busy Friday night in the Bishop Arts District, the hardest thing to find may not be a seat at a popular restaurant, but a premium parking spot near those restaurants.

Those who patiently drive around the area can find one if they're lucky.

Others walk or shell out some money to valet their car. The latter solution is irritating to some business owners and patrons in the area.

"They take public spots away from people that should, in our opinion, have the right to use those spots. Plus, it causes a traffic jam that makes people feel like they can't turn into our neighborhood," said Amy Cowan, owner of Oddfellows.

Cowan commissioned a survey aimed at finding a solution to problem.

It asked the following:

"What is your support level of valet in the Bishop Arts District?

Of the nearly 700 people who responded, 55 percent said valet should be limited to private lots. 34 percent want the valet stand removed, while another eight percent said the valet should be relocated.

Paul Russel, operation manager for Advantage Valet, which operates the stand, agrees with the assessment.

"Where we are operating isn't the best and we've been working with the city to find a solution. Valet is a necessity in the area, but we are flexible and willing to do what we can to benefit the patrons in the district," Russell said.

Councilman Scott Griggs, who represents the area, commissioned a study to determine the best solution. The agreement calls for the valet stand to be moved and is in the final stages of preparation before it is presented to the city.

Griggs said the current situation is unacceptable. Cowan agrees and hopes the results of her survey and Advantage Valet's willingness to cooperate with allow the change to come sooner rather than later.

"I think we're looking for a similar solution and we're just befuddled why it takes so long to get that done," she said. "What is happening now is not working."

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<![CDATA[Doctors to Evaluate Head Injuries During Frisco ISD Games]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:49:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/helmet+safety.jpg

Helmet safety and concussions have been in the spotlight in recent years and now there's a new defensive strategy on the football fields in Frisco.

Saturday, all eight Frisco ISD football teams will play their first game in the Ford Center at The Star and on the sidelines will be a team of neuropsychologists.

They're part of Baylor Scott & White's Brain Injury Program, a concussion assessment and management program that will be available at The Star.

In a move no other North Texas district offers, a neuropsychologist will be on the field at every Frisco ISD football game at the district's three stadiums this season. They will work with athletic trainers to determine if a child who is hurt during the game should be taken out and if he should go to the hospital.

"If they're not going to be back in the game, we need to make sure, number one, that they're safe to not go to the hospital. That's where the neuropsychologist can assist, as well to look for those acute signs that would indicate a more significant injury that would warrant transport to the hospital," said Dr. Mark Burisa, Director of Neuropsychology at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation.

They'll also be there to guide parents through the next steps if their child does suffer a head injury.

The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment recommends the following tips for parents and coaches this football season.

Know Your Helmet

There are no concussion-proof helmets. Advertising or other media claims that a particular helmet is anti-concussion or concussion-proof are not supported by research and can be misleading and dangerous.

Proper fit is very important. Helmets should not be too tight or too loose. If there is considerable room for your child’s head to move, there is a greater risk of injury.

Look for the logo on the back of the helmet that reads, “Meets NOCSAE Standard.” NOCSAE standards are adopted by regulatory bodies for sports such as the NCAA, the National Federation of State High School Associations, the NFL, USA Football and Pop Warner.

A study found that there is no significant difference in the effectiveness or performance of helmets for concussion protection by make or model - as long as they have been certified as meeting the NOCSAE standard.

Do not alter, change or remove padding or other components of the helmet. Because the original components were tested as part of one helmet to meet NOCSAE standards, removing or altering these components may mean the helmet does not perform as designed, increasing the risk of injury.

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<![CDATA[Crews at The Star Prepare for Frisco's Quadruple Header]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:33:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/The+Star+in+Frisco.jpg

The first game to ever be played at The Star in Frisco will happen Saturday morning.

Doors at the Cowboys' new training facility will officially open at 8 a.m., thirty minutes before the start of the first game.

But it won't be the Cowboys taking the field.

It’ll be hundreds of Frisco high schoolers.

Members of the Centennial High School Marching Band rehearsed one final time Friday before they step onto the field at The Star.

“It’s very exciting because we are, we will be the first generation on that field,” said senior Deborah Bartruff.

The band will play from the stands and take the field for a brief half-time performance alongside Frisco High School’s Marching Band. Kickoff for their game is at 8:30 p.m.

“Once they go into the facility tomorrow, I think they'll really get an understanding how nice it is and how lucky they are,” said Band Director Andy Rein.

Crews at The Star could be seen Friday making last-minute preparations for Saturday’s games.

Eight high school football teams in Frisco will play in a quadruple header.

The unusual opportunity is made possible through a partnership between Frisco ISD and the Dallas Cowboys.

Moving forward, The Star is where Friday night football in Frisco will be played.

Frisco police say 41 officers have been assigned to Saturday’s games. Most will be directing traffic in and out of the stadium.

Parking lots open at 7:30 a.m.

Doors open at 8 a.m.

Kick-off for the first game -- Reedy vs. Independence -- is at 9 a.m.

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<![CDATA[FWPD Changes Fuel Reimbursement for Citizens on Patrol]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:04:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Citizens+on+Patrol+Folo.jpg

The Citizens on Patrol program puts hundreds more eyes and ears on the streets of Fort Worth, watching out for crime. But they're driving on their own dime. Now the city is changing how they're reimbursed and it has some volunteers upset.

For 25 years now, the volunteers have put patrol stickers on their own cars to drive around, burning their own fuel, while they look for anything suspicious in the neighborhood.

It used to be that drivers like Tony Perez were reimbursed for their fuel as they went along. But, as NBC 5 first told you earlier this summer, the city discovered there were tax problems with that old system.

They recently settled on offering gift cards instead, $50 for every 25 hours logged on patrol. That comes out to $2 an hour and Perez says he used to make closer to $6 an hour. Plus, the money comes on a delay, so you have to cover it yourself for about a month.

That's tough for many of the volunteers who are retired and on a fixed income.

"We don't just drive into some place and spend several hours there, there are volunteer programs all over the city. In this one, we're specifically in vehicles burning our own fuel,” said Perez. “So it's very important to make that financial contribution because we are certainly providing a very important service, at a fraction, at a mere fraction, of what it costs to have a patrol officer drive around."

Fort Worth police tell NBC 5 they do value this program highly. It's been shown to help reduce crime. But their hands were tied because of those tax problems.

They say they fought to find a way to keep reimbursing their volunteers, even if it's not as much as before and say so far, they haven't heard of volunteers dropping out.

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<![CDATA[New App Lets Patrons Report Problems at Bars, Restaurants ]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:33:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TABC+Mobile+app.jpg

This weekend is the first live test of a new mobile app from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

It's called TABC Mobile.

It allows users to report suspected problems at bars and restaurants, like underage drinking, over serving and even suspected human trafficking. 

"It's a large state," explained TABC Major Victor Kuykendoll. "So it gives us additional eyes and ears to help gather intelligence and information about locations that are having problems."

There are just 260 TABC agents for 254 counties and about 50,000 liquor licenses statewide. It, in essence, allows patrons to wear the hat of a TABC agent.

"I think that would really help the bars keep them on their toes and start following the rules," said Riley Hewston, a patron at the White Elephant.

"You know, anything that benefits the community, we're all for," said Jason Tighe, C.O.O of Love Style, which owns the White Elephant in the Fort Worth Stockyards. "I want to look into this app and see what it's all about. Maybe we will start using it a little more."

The app allows business owners to make reports to the TABC, as well. The TABC has to investigate each claim made through the app.

"The hope is that this does help us vet out some of these problematic locations," explained Kuykendoll. "Hopefully it's a win win for everyone." 

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<![CDATA[Child, 2, Beats Cancer, Outlives Trisomy 18 Prognosis]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 01:34:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Hope+Harrison.jpg

Hope Harrison, 2, is the epitome of her first name. Since she is usually smiling and giggling, it’s hard to believe that she was never expected to be born alive.

“She makes people feel good,” said her mom, Rachel Medoff Harrison.

Rachel and her husband Bobby learned their fourth child had a chromosomal disorder called Edwards syndrome, or Trisomy 18, a condition that causes severe developmental delays due to an extra chromosome 18. There is no treatment and it is usually fatal before birth or within the first year of life.

“We found out at 20 weeks,” said Rachel.

Doctors offered early induction, which basically means terminating the pregnancy.

“Just by the grace of God, just in the nick of time, before we had decided that we were going to do early induction, I felt her,” said Rachel. “And I was like, ‘Nope. You know what, I can feel her. I know she’s really there.' And I did have a Doppler that I listened to her heartbeat.”

Her family agreed to let nature take its course.

On her due date, Hope came on her own but Rachel didn’t know how long her baby girl would be alive after her birth.

“Bobby was holding me crying, and I was holding her crying,” said Rachel. “It was just crying for her to just please, please, please, breathe. Breathe. And she did. She took that breath.”

Hope survived birth, but her parents said the challenges kept coming: Hope survived liver cancer, pneumonia twice, a hernia, three holes in her heart, a club foot, feeding difficulties, breathing difficulties, sight issues and hearing loss.

“She has it all. We catch it all, we nip it in the bud and she powers through,” said Rachel.

After outlasting her life expectancy, Bobby and Rachel are focused on giving Hope a full life as long as they have her. She goes to the lake, takes scooter rides with her dad and her family can’t count how many baseball games she’s attended.

“We always joke that it’s baseball dirt that keeps her alive,” said Rachel.

Hope is the so-called “angel in the outfield” for her three older brothers’ baseball teams. But Hope, at 2-years-old, still struggled with low muscle tone and wasn’t making strong movements until her parents downloaded a $4.99 app.

“He texted me. He’s like, ‘Oh my gosh, you’ve got to see this. She is on fire,” said Rachel.

Rachel said the app OptoDrum somehow helped one side of Hope’s brain finally communicate with the other side. In an effort to keep finding new ways to help Hope, their family drove 10 hours from their home in Las Cruces, New Mexico to Irving’s Cerebrum Health Centers.

The Harrisons also started a foundation to help raise money for Trisomy 18 research, hope-full.org, while offering this advice to parents facing a Trisomy 18 diagnosis.

“There are no wrong answers. It’s all gonna be personal,” said Bobby. “I mean, if early-induction is your choice that’s not a wrong answer. If you let nature play its course, it’s not a wrong answer.”

Meanwhile, the family is continuing to celebrate the life of their little girl who’s bringing joy to the lives of most who cross her path -- simply by being Hope.

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<![CDATA[Happy National Dog Day]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:58:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*131/dfa06dd619a848668378906015582a91.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared photos of their furry friends on #NationalDogDay.

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<![CDATA[New Report Details Dallas' Loose Dog Problem]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:39:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/loose+dogs.jpg

A new report on the Dallas stray dog problem says 8,700 canines wander the city's streets, 85 percent of them not spayed or neutered.

The report by the Boston Consulting Group was prepared since the fatal May 2 attack on 52-year-old Antoinette Brown.

Documents: Memo to the Mayor Loose Dogs: Initiative Detail Loose Dogs: Whitepaper

"We finally have data that shows that we are heading in the wrong direction," Rawlings said. "This is a public safety issue as well as an animal welfare issue."

The figures show the number of dog bites has increased 15 percent a year since 2011.
"Yes I'm frustrated," Rawlings said. "For the last two years I've said let's fix this."

Boston Consulting Group Senior Partner Dylan Bolden said interviews were conducted with many people across the city.

"We did a significant amount of primary research to do a dog census," Bolden said. "We studied best practices from across the country to understand what other cities have done to attack this problem."

Recommendations from the consultants include city management changes, expanded capture and intake of strays at the city shelter and greatly expanded spay and neuter programs.

"It can't be one thing," said Boston Consulting Group Managing Director Keith Melker. "It can't be a silver bullet. If you just pick up the dogs, then all the intact owned dogs out there will just make more dogs. And if you just spay and neuter the existing dogs, there will still be dogs in the street."

The consultants’ research confirmed that intact male dogs are more aggressive and more likely to roam.

"Nationwide about 70 percent of bites are attributable to male intact dogs," said consultant Stephen Edison.

The consultants recommend 46,000 free or low cost spay and neuter surgeries be provided in Southern Dallas each of the next three years to control the loose dog problem.

Mayor Rawlings said current management structure lacks accountability.

"They report to somebody who reports to somebody who reports to somebody, it's pretty far down the chain," he said. "We have dog bite cards that are filled out manually, sitting in boxes."

Rawlings said more money will be needed from the city and from private donations along with more volunteers.  Before seeking charity, Rawlings said he wants new management structure in place to provide assurances the money will be used wisely.

"It's not just a put a put a 'finger in the dike issue.' It's really rebuilding our system," Rawlings said.

Loose Dogs in Dallas: Strategic Recommendations to Improve Public Safety and Animal Welfare in Dallas: Whitepaper

Loose Dogs in Dallas: Strategic Recommendations to Improve Public Safety and Animal Welfare in Dallas: Initiative Detail

Memo to the Mayor

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<![CDATA[Newy Visits Pot Store Visited by Ezekiel Elliott]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:47:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/herban-legends-interview-visit-ns_1200x675_751972931857.jpg NBC 5's Newy Scruggs, in Seattle to cover the Cowboys game against the Seahawks, visits the Herban Legends pot store visited the day before by running back Ezekiel Elliott.]]> <![CDATA[8 TWU Athletes Hospitalized for Exercise-Induced Injury]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:45:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/twu-statement-rhabdo_1200x675_752051267761.jpg

Following an annual fitness test, eight volleyball players from Texas Woman's University were hospitalized last weekend for a rare, but serious, exercise-induced medical condition.

In statements released earlier in the week, TWU said six of the eight athletes have been treated and released from the hospital and that the remaining two are continuing to show improvement and should be released soon.

The athletes, all women, were sent to the hospital last weekend after showing symptoms of exertional rhabdomyolysis, or exercise-induced rhabdo, for short.

School officials said the team was undergoing annual fitness tests Aug. 16-18 and that the first student was hospitalized on Saturday, Aug. 20.

The fitness test involved exercises familiar to the team, but this year's structure was different, school officials said. In the past, the team was requried to perform as many reps of an exercise as possible within a given time period. This year, the team was required to do a certain number of reps within a given time period.

In the days after the annual assessment, the team had a light scrimmage and two-a-days workouts that consisted of fitness coaching, condition, weight sessions and full stretching.

The first student noted delayed pain associated with the condition on Saturday and was evaluated by team trainers who recommended further examination.  The student-athlete was hospitalized that day; seven others followed on Sunday.

Briley Cole, a junior at TWU and member of the volleyball team recovering from rhabdo, said they were sore after the workout but that delayed soreness was the tip that something was different.

After being hospitalized, the diagnosis of exertional rhabdomyolysis, or rhabdo, was confirmed.

According to the US National Library of Medicine at the National Institute of Health, rhabdo is caused by a skeletal muscle injury that results in the release of broken-down, dead muscle tissue into the circulatory system. It is a relatively uncommon condition but can have very serious consequences, including renal failure and death, if not recognized and managed appropriately.

The Denton County Health Department said the cases were localized to the team and that the symptoms and risk factors were consistent among the patients.

Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), the university is not releasing any personal information about the athletes.

Dr. Michael Auvenshine, the team's doctor and a doctor of family and sports medicine with USMD Hospital, said none of the students suffered any longterm effects or kidney damage from rhabdo and that all will be back on the court, though the timetable will vary based on recovery time.

As a result of the diagnosis, TWU "is undergoing a 360-degree investigation involving internal and external experts who are exploring all possibilities, including athletics practice, physical conditioning, nutrition and hydration. The university is committed to being as transparent as federal privacy and medical privacy laws allow, while respecting the privacy and wishes of students."

Cole said that while being hospitalized wasn't how she planned to spend the week before class begins, some positive bonding time with teammates did come from spending so many hours together recovering.

School officials said the team plans to start their season on-time, Sept. 2.

<![CDATA[Fort Worth Unveils Gateway Park Improvements Saturday]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:51:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dfw-generic-tre-train-01.jpg

The City of Fort Worth will unveil changes made at the east side's Gateway Park on Saturday.

The city said the latest improvements to the park include scenic overlooks, updated park trails, a new trailhead and pedestrian bridges.

To celebrate the upgrades, the Trinity River Vision Authority will host a 5K Fun Run following a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday morning.

The ribbon cutting starts at 8 a.m. and the run at 8:15 a.m.

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<![CDATA[Coalition Pushes for Smoke-Free Fort Worth]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:23:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-556640005.jpg

Smoke-Free Fort Worth begins push for cleaner air in Cowtown.

While smoking was banned in most public places in Fort Worth on Jan. 1, 2008, including restaurants, restaurant bars, bowling alleys, businesses and within 20 feet of an entrance, it was allowed to continue in other places.

City ordinances still allow smoking to continue in bars (where at least 70 percent of sales are alcohol), bingo parlors, hotel rooms, outdoor dining areas, private clubs, private meeting rooms, private residences (except when used for child care, adult care or as a health care facility), private or semi-private rooms in nursing homes, retail tobacco stores and in stage productions where it's part of the production.

Now, Smoke-Free Fort Worth, a coalition of local organizations in partnership with the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society, are beginning the push to ensure everyone in Fort Worth can breath smoke-free air while at work.

On their website, SFFW said "Fort Worth is the only major city in Texas that does not have a ordinance protecting citizens from the exposure to secondhand smoke in all workplaces. A smoke-free ordinance will protect the health of every resident in Fort Worth by eliminating the exposure of secondhand smoke in bars and bingo parlors. Everyone will breathe easier, and this will create safer, healthier environments for everyone who lives, works, and visits our city."

The group marked their official launch Wednesday night at Billy Bob's Texas where they released a poll stating, "91 percent of Fort Worth residents agree everyone deserves the right to breathe smoke-free air."

"As a leader of one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the country, along with being a proud Fort Worth resident, it is imperative for our city to be one of the healthiest places to live and work," said Barclay Berdan, chief executive officer of Texas Health Resources. "I am humbled to be a member of the Smoke-Free Fort Worth coalition, but it's an honor not taken lightly. I hope other North Texans realize the magnitude of this initiative, for the health of our co-workers, friends, family and generations to come."

The poll, conducted by national research organization Baselice and Associates, Inc., also revealed:

  • 84 percent of Fort Worth residents agree bars would be healthier for customers and employees if they were smoke-free.
  • 80 percent of Fort Worth residents agree it would be nice to go out and enjoy bars without breathing secondhand smoke and without smelling like smoke at the end of the night.

"As a physician I have seen the damage tobacco and secondhand smoke does to the human body," said Mark Koch, M.D., family medicine physician at JPS Health Network and co-chair of SFFW. "I am honored to be involved with Smoke-Free Fort Worth and the effort to protect the right of everyone to breathe smoke-free air. Clearly, the majority of Fort Worth residents agree."

To report a smoking violation, call the Smoking Ordinance Hotline at 817-392-7255. All complaints are typically investigated within 48 hours. For additional information on Smoke-Free Fort Worth, visit smokefreefw.org.

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<![CDATA[Trinity Christian Football Faces New Challenges]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:01:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Trinity-Christian-Academy.jpg

“Friday Night Lights” has a new meaning for students at Trinity Christian Academy. The football team has moved from 6-man to 11-man, opening them up to a brand new division.

“We know that there will be some technical differences,” said head coach Joe Hamstra. “Some of the players will be in different positions, the plays will be different, and the entire game will be a little more aggressive but we are ready,” said Hamstra.”

Some of the students have been attending TCA since they were in pre-k. The student body has grown in size, and when their academic department expanded, athletics followed.

“I’ve been waiting for a long time, and this is exciting,” said Audrey Wortham, a junior at TCA and member of the cheerleading squad. “Our school can hang with the big dogs. Even though we’re a private school, we can still play competitive sports like the rest of the state,” she said.

Even though football is king in Texas, and the students love the game, their inspiration and drive comes from a different place.

“The Lord has given us gifts and talents, and I think its cool to show people that the Lord has given us the strength and energy to raise to those expectations,” said Wortham.

Nathan Chesney, who is a senior and a safety on the field, agrees.

“I’ve been waiting four years for this,” he said. “We set the scoring record last year of 115 points with 6-man, and with 11-man we’re going to have the same determination. In fact, being a Christian gives us that reason to go out there and do our best. We’re not out there for ourselves, we’re out there for each other and God’s glory,” said Chesney.

Kick off for the TCA Eagles is Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. against Irving Highlands.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Pitcher on Restricted List Following DWI Arrest]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:34:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jeffress-mug.jpg

Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels placed Jeremy Jeffress on the restricted list Friday, saying the pitcher was unable to perform after spending the night in jail after being arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.

The 28-year-old was booked into the jail at 5:13 a.m. His bond was set at $500.

The Rangers released a statement earlier in the day saying they are "aware of the situation involving Jeremy Jeffress that took place early this morning" and are "in the process of the gathering information."

Friday afternoon, Daniels sat before the media and discussed what he knew about the incident, but admitted there was still much to get their hands around.

Daniels said Jeffress' being put on the restrictive list was because he didn't sleep and would physically be unable to perform Friday night. He added that it was not a suspension related to an allegation of drug use or the arrest, and said that Jeffress would likely be back on the active roster Saturday.

Jeffress was suspended for 50 games in 2007 after testing positive for drugs — reportedly for marijuana — after being given a warning for his first offense. He was suspended for 100 games in 2009 for a third failed test.

If Jeffress fails another drug test, he faces a lifetime ban. Daniels said Friday afternoon he wasn't sure if alcohol was on the list of drugs considered by Major League Baseball.

Jeffress and catcher Jonathan Lucroy were traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Rangers before the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline. He last pitched for the Rangers on Tuesday where he gave up one hit and one run in one inning of work in a 3-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys RB Elliott Visits Marijuana Shop in Seattle: TMZ]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:03:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/zeke-elliott-herban-legends.jpg

While in Seattle for a preseason game against the Seahawks, Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott stopped into a recreational marijuana shop, according to TMZ.

TMZ reported that Elliott did not buy anything in the store near downtown Seattle Thursday.

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After Thursday's game, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told The Dallas Morning News that he was aware of Elliott's visit.

"It's just not good. That's a part of just really getting the big picture here," he said. "In general, while it may not be wrong, it's just not good."

Even though marijuana is legal in Seattle, its use is still illegal in the NFL. Players who test positive for the drug face fines and suspensions.

The Cowboys have dealt with their share of drug-related suspensions already this year, losing defensive end Demarcus Lawrence for four games, linebacker Rolando McClain for 10 games and defensive end Randy Gregory for at least 10 games.

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<![CDATA[Work Begins on TEX Rail Project]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:32:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dfw-generic-tre-train-01.jpg

The TEX Rail commuter rail line will connect downtown Fort Worth to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport's Terminal B with stops in North Richland Hills and Grapevine.

Planners expect it will take 55 minutes to ride the full line from the existing T&P Station in Downtown Fort Worth to Terminal B at DFW Airport at a speed of 59 miles per hour.

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The tracks for the TEX Rail will run along the existing Cotton Belt rail line and parallel the route of the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, which makes periodic sightseeing and tourist trips between Grapevine and Fort Worth.

Drew Stahlhut recently relocated his family from the Texas panhandle to North Richland Hills.

Stahlhut read about the TEX Rail plans prior to his move, and purposefully bought a house within earshot of the tracks and the proposed location of a TEX Rail depot.

“I’ve seen the plans – you can find it online – and they look good,” Stahlhut said, while watching his twin toddler daughters play at Dick Faram Park. “If they do what they say they’re going to do, it could be really nice.”

The line is expected to begin service in 2018.

The project is expected to move more than 8,000 riders at the start of service, and using nine rail stations, ridership is expected to grow to 13,000 daily by 2035.

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<![CDATA[North Texas City Named Best for Families]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:11:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/190*120/b0acf4e731c14c7693731fd6ebf13485.jpg Website NerdWallet has named the city of Wylie as the best small city in America for families.]]> <![CDATA[Woman Killed After Rollover Crash in Dallas Neighborhood]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:52:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SUV_Crash_Ciesco.jpg

Police said a woman was killed after her vehicle crashed and flipped in a Dallas neighborhood Friday morning.[[391386441,R]]

Police were called to the intersection of Shiloh Road and Rio Verde Way before 5 a.m.

Officers at the scene said the woman struck several vehicles along the residential street before flipping her vehicle. The woman, who was not wearing a seat belt, died at the scene, police said.

The identity of the deceased was not released.

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<![CDATA[Frisco ISD Football Tickets Resold Online for a Premium]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:20:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ford+center+at+the+star1.jpg

All eight Frisco ISD football teams will play in a quadruple header at The Star on Saturday. While tickets to the games at the Dallas Cowboys new practice facility are sold out, they are still available online, for a price.

In some cases tickets are being resold for more than 10-times the $12 face value.

"Seven tickets for $143.62," laughed Traycie Schwalbe, as she scanned StubHub for tickets Thursday. "I'm thinking, 'Are we going to a Taylor Swift concert?' That's crazy!"

Schwalbe said she wanted to go to Saturday's Wakeland High School game to support her two oldest children's alma mater.

"I want to see as many families go as possible," Schwalbe said. "There are lots of friendships that are made through these games."

The Dallas Cowboys said Frisco students and staff were offered advanced sale tickets at the end of May, before sales opened to the public. Frisco ISD spokesman Chris Moore told NBC 5 the district knew the games would sell out and warned students, but said "it's unfortunate" so many tickets were being sold well above face value.

"Everyone should be able to enjoy it without paying an extra premium," Schwalbe said. "Wow! These are people taking seats from other parents and students that really want to go and see it, selling them just to make a profit."

Frisco ISD said it will likely evaluate the ticket selling process for future games. The district has 18 other football games at The Star this football season.

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<![CDATA[South Oak Cliff Students, Parents Push for New School]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 04:19:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/south+oak+cliff+high+school2.jpg

Parents and students at South Oak Cliff High School were back in front of Dallas ISD trustees Thursday, demanding that a new South Oak Cliff High School be built.

"Our building is telling you we can't take no more. South Oak Cliff cannot take anymore," said the Rev. Horace Bradshaw.

On Tuesday a suspected gas leak forced students to evacuate the building. Dallas Fire-Rescue investigated but found no evidence of a leak. Later that night, Atmos Energy reported a drop in pressure and shut the system off. On Wednesday, students were evacuated for a second time due to another issue with the system.

Two of the school's three gas lines were back in service Thursday, and the third will be inspected this weekend.

"We haven't been able to detect a leak. Again, as we put the [pressure] gauges on, there was some drop that would indicate there is some leakage somewhere," said Willie Burroughs, the school district's executive director of maintenance and facilities services.

The district maintains that the building is safe, but parents argue that the ongoing issues and repair work being done during the school day are hindering their students' ability to learn.

"The building is distracting them from learning in school. Again today, the noise from the drilling and working on the building while the kids are there, working on the gas line while the kids are there, it's not safe," said Pastor Maxie Johnson.

Johnson's son, David, led a student walkout last year before graduating. Johnson also has a daughter in the 11th grade.

"The experiences that she has been talking about are sad," he said. "She's saying she doesn't understand why the trustees or the district will not give the kids what they're asking for."

The district plans to spend million of dollars in bond funding to make major renovations at the school, but those long-term fixes will have to wait until June.

Johnson said there is only one solution.

"Two words: new school," he said.

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<![CDATA[Tiny Fort Worth Football Team Ready for 5A Debut]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:15:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/young+mens+leadership+academy+football.jpg

Although they will be playing in Division 5A, only 27 players will take the field Friday night when the Wildcats from Fort Worth's Young Men's Leadership Academy play the team's first varsity football game.

"We're going to try our best to do the best that we can," said 16-year-old junior Jason Cheeves, who will play both defensive end and wide receiver for the Wildcats.ma

The Wildcats will take on Chisholm Trail, which will have 55 players on the field Friday night.

"We're not going to have as many kids as a lot of other people have, but you can only have 11 on the field at once so we have 11," said Wildcats head coach Joseph Heath. "We'll go up there and we'll give it our best shot, and we'll play hard and let the chips fall where they may."

The Young Men's Leadership Academy — a Fort Worth Independent School District school of choice — doesn't yet have a senior class, and only about 120 boys are enrolled in grades 9 through 11.

But because the school is part of the Fort Worth ISD, the University Interscholastic League rules have the Wildcats playing in Division 5A, where many teams can field twice as many players.

"The UIL has a stipulation that if you do not have an attendance zone, which we do not, then you go into the classification of the largest school in your school district. And in Fort Worth, that's Paschal," explained Heath. "So, we were originally placed in 6A even though we have the numbers of a small 3A school. We got opted into the Fort Worth district in 5A which helps some."

Many of the Wildcats will play both offense and defense.

"We try our best to make every tackle, force fumbles, turnovers so we can shock the rest of the big schools and say why are we in the league, it's no joke," Cheeves said. "We really want to be out here for Fort Worth football."

Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Chisholm Trail in the Eagle Mountain–Saginaw Independent School District.

"I know it's gonna be challenging. I accept that challenge and do the best I can," starting quarterback Bryan Cottingim said.

One of the challenges for the Wildcats is the conditions in which they practice.

"It's the micro and macro," explained Heath. "We don't have a big weight room. Our locker room is under construction."

The list of issues  also includes mismatched practice uniforms and an uneven practice field.

"There are some parts that are a little wavy, but we have lines on it," Heath said. "And if we ever play anywhere that has a dip in it, it will be to our advantage."

All of that, Heath says, is the micro.

"Those are the small things," he said. "When it comes to it, those things don't make a difference on Friday night.”

What does make a difference is much bigger. It's the heart in his players; their belief that they are already winners.

"We are together as a team. We're brothers," said Cottingim."We have the type of chemistry that I believe we can be one of the top schools,  not just in the district, but in the nation."

"They made a commitment when they came here to better themselves in education. And when they play sports, they made a dedication to the football field or the basketball court, and I'm proud of them for that," said Heath. "One of the main focuses of the leadership academy is competition and these kids are focused, laser focused all the time on their studies, their test scores. They'll be ready to play."

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<![CDATA[Oswald Mural in Bishop Arts District Draws Opinions]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:46:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lee+harvey+oswald+mural.jpg

The Bishop Arts District is known for its murals and bright colors, but a new black-and-white mural of Lee Harvey Oswald is now getting attention.

The mural is located on the side of Members Only barbershop at West 7th Street and North Madison Avenue, and at least one Oak Cliff couple is very upset about it.

"He [Oswald] is not a positive aspect of Oak Cliff. Maybe he lived in Oak Cliff, but it is not a positive thing, and I think that with all of the effort that we are making for Bishop Arts District to be a big thing – and it's coming along really well – that it has no place," said neighbor Jeanie DeLeon.

Jeanie and A.C. DeLeon think the depiction is fine, as is the artwork. It is the placement they are having trouble with.

"This is just a downer," said A.C. DeLeon.

NBC 5 spoke to the owner of Members Only barbershop, who says he has not gotten any negative response.

"Oswald is part of Oak Cliff history. That is the only reason we did it. We didn't do it to offend anyone or anything like that," said owner Christian Avanti.

He said the intention is just to have art in the arts district, and putting up a piece of history. The mural is not finished, and it will include a quote from President John F. Kennedy.

"It is kind of our way of saying we are not paying homage to Oswald," Avanti added.

The artist, Theo Ponchaveli, also did a series of Kennedy artwork to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his assassination in 2013.

"I knew it was going to be controversial. But the same time it is art, so it is interpreted by the viewer," said Ponchaveli.

Cody Ellison, president of the Bishop Arts District Merchants Association, said the murals are up to the property owner.

"Art is art, and this is the arts district," Ellison said.

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