<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:36:12 -0600 Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:36:12 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Parade of Lights Brightens Downtown Fort Worth]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:13:08 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/parade+of+lights.jpg The holidays have officially arrived in Cowtown as the XTO Energy Parade of Lights marched through downtown Fort Worth Friday night.

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<![CDATA[Black Friday Shoppers Fill NorthPark Center]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:30:47 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Generic+Shopping+Bags+Mall+Generic.JPG Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Stores and malls across North Texas are packed with people.

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<![CDATA[Frisco Bars Start Looking for Late Night Permits]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:47:23 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/181*120/tlmd_mitos_alcohol_fiesta_02.jpg

A new Frisco ordinance about late night alcohol sales goes into effect on Friday.

It extends the hours bars and restaurants can be open and serving – now until 2 a.m. Previously, the bars were open until midnight every night but Saturday, when they could sell until 1 a.m.

At Wild Pitch in Frisco, general manager Robert Verich says his restaurant already has a 2 a.m. permit from the TABC, which it obtained seven years ago, when Frisco allowed late night sales for a short time.

He said the TABC told him the permit would still apply when the city changed its policy.

"We have a permit that says we can stay open until 2 – I guess we’re going to find out," Verich said.

He added that while the restaurant likely won’t extend hours seven days a week, the new ordinance will give them wiggle room without breaking the law.

"If we plan on closing at 12, then we don’t have to hurry someone up and take their food and drink away from them,” he said, adding he would also like to see the city change its food to alcohol ratio, as he believes the later hours will tip sales more toward alcohol.

Other businesses tell NBC5 they are starting the application process as soon as possible.

At One 2 One Restaurant and Bar, owner Amy Cole says they hope to be up and running with their late night permit by New Year’s Eve.

According to a city website, the Frisco City Secretary’s office will begin accepting TABC Late Hours Permit Applications at the start of business on Monday, December 1st. 



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<![CDATA[Retailers: Black Friday Slower Than Usual]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:17:47 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/retailers.jpg

Black Friday is underway and many business owners say it is a bit slower than normal.

Some blame the new trend of stores opening on Thanksgiving.

"It's been pretty quiet," Nothing Bundt Cakes manager Kathy Tran said. "We may have a couple of peak times, but for the most part it will be slow for most of the day."

Tran — who manages a cake and gift store — said even though they expect the day before Thanksgiving to be their busiest, they have seen a trend of fewer shoppers coming on Black Friday.

Shoppers like Sam Davis said things have been calm so far on this Black Friday.

"We did stop by another store, which opened at six," Davis said. "The previous one opened up at five, and there were people outside waiting."

Even though the business owners we spoke with do not like a slow Black Friday, the shoppers that spoke to NBC 5 said they prefer a less chaotic event.



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<![CDATA[North Texas Wal-Mart Employees Join Protest]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:08:07 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wal-mart-protest.jpg

North Texas Wal-Mart employees joined thousands across the country protesting for higher wages and full-time positions Friday.

The protesters said the hope these "Black Friday Protests" initiate the conversation with management. They are asking for more hours, $15 per hour and respect.

"it is very important for me to live better," protest or Theresa Thomas said. "So I can pay my bills and everything."

Wal-Mart employee Deanne Few said there's a reason she's been with the company for 20 years.

"if I'm willing to move up in the company, they're willing to train me," she said. "All I have to do is ask and they give me the tools necessary to move up."



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<![CDATA[Woman's Body Found in Fort Worth Apartment Fire]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:16:58 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fort-worth-fire-truck-050514.jpg

Fort Worth Police are investigating after firefighters found a body inside an apartment at the King Ranch Apartments in Fort Worth.

Firefighters responded to a fire alarm at 4701 King Ranch Road at 8 a.m. Friday, according to Tim Hardeman with the Fort Worth Fire Department.

Firefighters reported light smoke showing from the building.

Crews found a small fire contained by a sprinkler system inside one of the units, but Hardeman says a body was also discovered.

Fort Worth police were called to investigate; they will only say it was a female’s body that was found.

Patrol officers, sergeants and homicide detectives were on scene, according to Tamara Pena with the Fort Worth Police Department.

Police haven’t commented on the identity of the woman found dead, said whether she lived at the complex or elaborated on her death.

In addition, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner has not yet released her name or cause of death.

Still, there were tears and hugs as more people arrived in search of answers Friday. Dozens of friends who gathered across from the police tape believe it’s their friend who lives in the unit.

The police investigation continues.

NBC 5's Todd Davis contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Black Friday Campers Prepare to Shop]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:00:14 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/walmart-black-friday.jpg The National Retail Federation says 6 out of ten Americans will shop on Black Friday weekend, which they predict will be bigger than last year's event.

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<![CDATA[Turkey Crashes Into Man's Windshield on Thanksgiving]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:04:31 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wrecker-turkey.jpg

A Lubbock, Texas, man was on his way home to celebrate Thanksgiving when he said a turkey flew through his windshield Thursday morning.

Kameron Schrader said he was driving near Abilene, Texas, when the turkey crashed into the windshield of his wrecker.

"What are the odds of hitting a big old turkey on Thanksgiving?" he said.

Schrader was still able to make it home to Lubbock in time to celebrate Thanksgiving with his family. He said he still can't believe it actually happened.

"Everybody has asked if I was okay," he said. "And then after that, just that it was hysterical."

The turkey did not survive the crash and Schrader said he gave it to a family who stopped to help him.



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<![CDATA[Turkey Hits Man's Windshield on Thanksgiving]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 23:53:45 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/windshield+%282%29.jpg A Texas man had a Thanksgiving surprise when a wild turkey crashed through his windshield Thursday.

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<![CDATA[NBC 5 Thanksgiving Holiday Tradition: Airport Reunions]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 23:25:05 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/reunions.jpg A solider who almost didn’t make it home and a family separated for six years. NBC 5 heads to DFW Airport for our tradition to find the best airport reunions.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Highway Reopen After Deadly Crash]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:47:19 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas+crash.jpg

Police are investigating a deadly accident that shut down part of a Dallas highway Thursday night. 

Officers said an 18-wheeler cab was headed north on Interstate 45 at about 8:27 p.m. when it went through the guardrail and plunged to the ground below near Overton Road.

Dallas Fire-Rescue officials said they pronounced the driver dead at the scene. The victim's identity has not be released.

Police said only the far right lane on northbound I-45 at Overton Road was getting by, but NBC 5 confirmed all lanes have reopened. 

No other injuries were reported.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.




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<![CDATA[Police Warn NTX Shoppers About Holiday Thieves]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 23:30:29 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/175*120/shopping+bags+generic.jpg

Police are warning just as eager shoppers are out looking for deals, so are thieves, looking to steal wallet and purses.

In the last week, thefts have taken place at both NorthPark Center and Galleria Dallas. Both malls did not comment. Wallet thefts have taken place at Whole Foods in Dallas, as well.

Shelley Comer is constantly thinking about safety while shopping. She was a victim of a pickpocketer just last month at a popular department store. Her wallet was stolen from her purse, while it was on her shoulder.

“They reached in my purse, while it was on my shoulder, grabbed my wallet and took off...went to Target and spent $5,000,” said Comer. “When I got to the register to pay, I realized I had no wallet.”

Now she makes sure her purse isn’t an easy target.

“I'm aware of where everything is inside. I keep my wallet zipped up inside my purse, so that someone can't take my stuff. I also separate my cards out into different pouches,” she explained.

Security experts and police say make sure to not be distracted while shopping, and keep those valuables close and clutched to your side.

“I try to pay attention to what I'm doing and not get caught up in trying to get the latest, greatest for my kids,” said Comer.

She warns to always be on the lookout during the busiest shopping season of the year.

“If you feel like there's something going on that shouldn't be, there probably is, so you need to guard yourself and your belongings all the time,” she said.

The Target in Irving hasn’t had any instances of the crime, but has hired extra security ahead of the big Thanksgiving weekend sales.
 



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<![CDATA[Amputee Finishes Fort Worth Turkey Trot]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:04:32 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bilateral+amputee.jpg Thousands of people were up early for a Thanksgiving Day run. Runners came from 41 states to the Fort Worth YMCA 33rd Annual Turkey Trot. NBC 5's Ellen Bryan talked to a runner whose journey has taken him from a wheelchair to the finish line.

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<![CDATA[Medstar Brings People Home for the Holidays]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:22:17 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Medstar2.jpg Sometimes circumstances make it difficult for families to get together for the holidays. But Medstar has a special program that brings families together. It's called "home for the holidays." And on Thanksgiving day, EMTs helped patients from skilled nursing facilities safely visit their relatives.

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<![CDATA[Holiday Shoppers Snag Deals on Thanksgiving]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:11:10 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/167*120/gmm.JPG Lines formed ahead of Grapevine Mills stores opening at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. It's the earliest Grapevine Mills has opened on Thanksgiving; last year it opened at 8 p.m. Most bargain hunters there told NBC 5 they were looking for good deals on clothes. Grapevine Mills is open until 1 a.m. Friday and again from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. ]]> <![CDATA[Thousands in Arlington Deliver Thanksgiving Meals ]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:52:41 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/meals2.jpg The crowd outside Mission Arlington Thursday morning looked like something out of Black Friday. But the 6,000 volunteers that showed up weren’t there to shop. They were there serve.]]> <![CDATA[Fire Damages Apartments on Thanksgiving Day]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:37:34 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/172*120/Dallas-fire1.jpg

Some people in Dallas are forced to find somewhere else to stay after a fire damaged their apartments on Thanksgiving day.

Dallas Fire-Rescue crews battled the blaze at an apartment complex in the 5300 block of Peterson Lane, not far from the Galleria Thursday afternoon.

Officials said the fire started in a laundry room and spread to four apartment units.

The electricity was turned off to eight other units until the fire was contained.

No one was injured.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Parking Lots Full at Dallas Love Field]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:26:27 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/love+field+parking.jpg

The parking lots at Dallas Love Field filled up early Thanksgiving morning, leaving very few options for people to park.

"It was horrible," said Mayra Morales. "There’s no parking."

"By the time we got here there were two spots left," said Ben Abramowitz.

Many drivers had to improvise. "The attendant told us we could park in one of the striped area where you’re normally prohibited from parking," said Abramowitz.

For some, finding parking was easier than others. But there was certainly a little luck involved.

"I went up to the second [floor] and parked right at a turn," said Peggy Cox, who parked in a no parking zone.

Nearly all 7,000 spots were taken, valet was full and even the additional private lots near the airport were bumper to bumper.

Both remote lots were full at DFW International Airport, forcing travelers to park in the more expensive lots.

Thousands of travelers, friends and family who needed parking also needed a little patience.

"We circled around [the garage] once because they had blocked off the parking garage," said Jeff Cunningham. "And then the second time we came around they were opening up the gates so we were able to find a spot on the second floor."

Terminal 1 at Love Field is in the process of being demolished to make room for additional parking.  



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<![CDATA[One-On-One With Lt. Gov.-Elect Dan Patrick]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 23:28:11 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/patrick+land.jpg

"Who am I? Is that kind of the question,?" Lt. Governor-Elect Dan Patrick says.

"I'm the luckiest person you know, I am the most blessed person you know. I am very fortunate in life. I have three grandchildren, I've been married 39 years. I came to faith late in my life, in my 40s. Christ is my guiding light everyday," he continues. "My wife only lets me have one antique car at a time. I have a '68 Cadillac convertible right now."

NBC 5's Meredith Land asked Patrick, "What are your top three priorities getting started?" Patrick said, "Number one, secure the border."

Land then asked, "So what is your plan, will we see more National Guard troops? A longer fence, a bigger fence?"

"Go to the experts and find out what they recommend. I am not an expert. Tell me what you need to secure the border and protect Texans, and I'm going to fund it for you in a way that's never been funded before," Patrick said.

"Would you say you're extreme in some of your views, or not at all?" Land asked.

"Okay, let's go back over this," Patrick said. "I want to secure the border, lower prop taxes, help find a way to fund our roads and water without raising taxes. I want to put priority on giving school choice to kids who are in the inner city in failing schools and I'm pro-life and I'm pro-family. So what's extreme?

Land asked, "So you feel, you're not extreme at all?"

"Marriage. I understand that people have different lifestlyes and it's not in my purview to tell people how to live. But that doesn't mean I can't stand up for marriage between a man and a woman. So actually I don't think I have any extreme views. You see, Meredith, those who say I am extreme, or Greg Abbott or anyone else, maybe they're the ones who are extreme because at the end of the day, they lost big," Patrick said.

"Is your family breathing a sigh of relief now that the campaign is over?" Land asked.

"My wife can watch television again without seeing attack ads all over the place," said Patrick.

Land asked, "Did that hurt?"

"I think the wives would tell you that it's pretty tough to see their husband and their family get beat up."

"Are you eager to show people who the real Dan Patrick is?" Land asked.

"I am just me. I know who I am. I love the Lord. I love my family. I love Texas. So, I'm really comfortable with who I am, don't have to prove anything to anyone," Patrick said.
 



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<![CDATA[Frisco Family Restaurant Hosts Free Thanksgiving]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:46:31 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Frico+Cafe.jpg

The owners of Frisco’s 5th Street Patio Café started a new tradition this Thanksgiving.

“Instead of just sitting around on Thanksgiving and stuffing our faces and eating till we’re in a food coma, we thought we’re going to do something good!” said Kristy McDonald.

“We know there are people in need, so we decided this year we’re going to try and reach them.”

McDonald, her husband and business partner decided to open for a few hours on Thursday to serve a free holiday meal to whomever came through their doors.

Instead of asking their employees to work, they made it a family affair – staffed by volunteers, their children, in-laws and friends. “We have our whole family,” McDonald said. “I have my 86 year old father, my teenagers, my 20 year old son.”

Dozens of people showed up for the food and fellowship, more than the McDonalds expected, given that it was their first year. Leftovers were donated to area first responders.

The café’s owners plan on making the event a tradition, adding that next year, they may offer people in need transportation to reach them in Frisco.

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<![CDATA[Hundreds of Volunteers Help Serve Up Thanksgiving ]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:36:26 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Wright+Foundation+Thanksgiving.jpg

The Thanksgiving spirit was in full force in South Dallas this morning as thousands of people needing a Thanksgiving meal were served.

The S.M. Wright Foundation has been providing Thanksgiving meals for 16 years.

Hundreds of volunteers gathered at the People’s Baptist Church on Pine Street to serve the Thanksgiving meal.

“This is a wonderful day to continue to give hope and charity to so many families who are in need,” said S.M. Wright Foundation president Rev. S.M. Wright, II.

When the foundation first started providing Thanksgiving meals they only had 100 people come. This year they served more than 3,000.

The families in need are not only getting a Thanksgiving meal.

“The families this day will get bus passes,” explained Rev. Wright. “They will receive groceries through the Thanksgiving holiday. They will receive a traditional Thanksgiving meal, and clothing.”

Those who received the Thanksgiving meal were very grateful.

“It’s just a blessing,” said Dewain Freeman of Dallas, “A lot of people are going through things right now, and it’s just hard to do things for their own families, and for somebody to take the time out of their day to make sure our family is being taken care of . . . it’s just blessings.”

“Just thank you,” said Dallas resident Ashley Ross. “You didn’t have to take time out of your day to think about us, but it’s good to know there’s people out there thinking about the people in need.”

Rev. Wright says he hopes to continue this tradition for many more years to come.

“It’s wonderful,” he said. “It’s a blessing to be able to continue to assist the families and to see the joys in their lives, and to see the happiness in their eyes.”

To find out more about the S.M. Wright Foundation you can call 214-741-4990. 

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<![CDATA[13,000 Participate in 33rd Annual Turkey Trot]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:43:59 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/turkey-trot.jpg More than 13,000 runners will fill the streets of Fort Worth for the 33rd annual YMCA Turkey Trot Thursday morning.

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<![CDATA[18-Wheeler Wreck Shuts Down I-20]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:34:01 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/18wheeler-chicken.jpg

Interstate 20 was shut down in both directions in Benbrook for several hours after an 18-wheeler overturned Thursday morning.

Police said they are investigating what caused the 18-wheeler to fall on its side on westbound I-20 near U.S. 377 just before 4 a.m.

At about 6 a.m., Hazmat crews finished cleaning nearly 100 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled onto the freeway in the wreck, according to police.

Officials said they had to offload 40,000 pounds of chicken the truck was carrying to California, which delayed cleaning of the road.

As of 8 a.m., the truck had not been cleared from the road, but police reopened the freeway.

No injuries were reported.

Stay tuned to NBC 5 for the latest information.



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<![CDATA[Two Flee After Truck Nearly Crashes Into Home]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:37:11 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/truck-v-fence.jpg

Several homes lost power after police said a vehicle nearly struck a house in Oak Cliff early Thursday morning.

Dallas Police Department officials said a truck crashed into a utility pole and a fence at a home in the 900 block of West Clarendon Drive just after 3 a.m.

The residents of the home told police that two people in the truck appeared to be intoxicated and called someone to pick them up, who arrived about five minutes later.

No injuries have been reported.

Oncor officials said 21 customers were without power as of 5:15 a.m. They hope to restore power by 6 a.m.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Police: 3 Injured in Head-On Wreck]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:39:07 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/great-trinity-forest-ax.jpg

Police said three people are in critical condition after a head-on collision in Dallas late Wednesday night.

One person was driving east in the westbound lanes in the 5600 block of Great Trinity Forest Way at a high rate of speed when they crashed into another vehicle carrying a man and a woman just before midnight, authorities said.

Police said the force of the wreck sent one of the cars rolling down an embankment.

Three people were taken to nearby hospitals where they remain in very critical condition, according to police. Their identities have not yet been released.

Police said one of the drivers had been drinking.



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<![CDATA[Pool Time: Dallas Man Grateful He Took Plunge]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:33:41 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/IMG_5307.JPG

Temperatures were below freezing Thanksgiving Day last year, but they were soon to be above average for Danny Doyle.

He was home in Dallas, in bed and watching the news on NBC 5.

"You guys made an announcement about a turkey swim at SMU," recalled 46-year-old Doyle. "I made a decision, right then, to stop feeling sorry for myself, get out of bed and go down there."

Danny was 298 pounds, taking medicine for high blood pressure and cholesterol and looking to make a change.

"I was overweight. I was out of shape. I was depressed, and I was in a rut," he said. "And I did not know how to get out of it."

Doyle swam competitively as a child and knew he could swim again. So that morning, he got out of bed, drove to the outdoor pool at Southern Methodist University and joined Dallas Aquatics Masters for its Turkey Day Swim 2013.

"Once I got through that first practice, I knew I could do this. I never missed a practice after that," he said. "The people I swim with are the nicest and coolest people I ever met."

He credits the professional coaches and other swimmers for keeping him motivated and committed during the past 12 months.

"When you show up to a group environment to exercise, it's much easier," he said.

These days, Doyle is in the pool four days per week — spring, summer, fall and winter. Thankfully, the outdoor pool is heated to a swimmable 83 degrees.

A year after that first plunge and 51 pounds lighter, Doyle is a new man.

"People are used to seeing me at 300 pounds. They're not used to seeing me this thin," he smiled. "I feel great. The main thing is I'm off of my prescription medication for high blood pressure, high cholesterol."

His next goal? "Now, I want to get down to 225."

Swimming got Doyle out of his rut and he hopes his story encourages others to make a change, too, preferably in a pool.

"I just feel fantastic, wake up with a smile on my face every day," he said.

Anyone can join Dallas Aquatics Masters. Sign up for a FREE trial week at damswim.com.
They have six pool locations with various swim practices scheduled mornings through evenings and weekends.



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<![CDATA[Protesters Gather for Third Day in Downtown Dallas]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:16:47 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ferguson+protest+Dallas.jpg

For a third day in a row protesters were in front of Dallas police headquarters on Wednesday.

They were holding signs and chanting massages in disapproval of Ferguson, Mo, police officer Darren Wilson not getting indicted in the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown.

About 30 people gathered at the protest Wednesday and marched about mile on sidewalks. It was unlike the night before when hundreds of people marched through the streets of Dallas and dozens stopped traffic along Interstate I-35E.

On Wednesday the demonstrators were joined by three members of "Come and Take It Texas," armed with assault rifles. The group, which advocates for Second Amendment rights, said they were there to protect businesses from looters.

It was a peaceful protest Wednesday where demonstrators say the size of the protest doesn't make a difference.

“Anybody that’s coming out, whether it’s five, 10, 15 or whatever may be, we are going to still keep on going,” said Dominique Alexander, who protested Wednesday. “We’re not stopping because there are about five people that showed up.”

There were no arrests or injuries related to the protest Wednesday in Dallas.



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<![CDATA[Suspect Seeks $10 Million Over Dallas Police Shooting]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:03:46 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wilburn-shooting-scene-inset.jpg

As protests rage around the nation and in Dallas over police shootings, the lawyer for one wounded suspect says Dallas police did the right thing after a December 2013 shooting.

Officer Amy Wilburn was fired and charged with aggravated assault for the shooting of suspect Kelvion Walker.

Wednesday, Walker’s lawyer Geoff Henley announced he is now seeking $10 million in a lawsuit against Wilburn after months of depositions in the case.

“It was her repeated breaches of these policies designed to protect officers and the general public from harm,” Henley said.

Walker was a passenger in a car that had been stolen an hour before the shooting.

Police had followed the car and watched the driver get out and run away, leaving the vehicle rolling in an apartment complex.

Police dash cam video recorded Wilburn running up to the car and firing her weapon through the open driver side window.

Walker was never charged with any crime in the case, but Wilburn’s lawyer Tom Brandt said there was evidence that Walker was involved in the carjacking that happened that day.

But Brandt said Wilburn had good reason to believe the car was empty as she approached it and that she was trying to protect neighbors from the rolling vehicle.

Brandt said Wilburn was surprised to find Walker in the car.

“In his deposition, Chief (David) Brown praised Amy Wilburn for her courageous actions that day,” Brandt said.

Wilburn’s lawyer said she had many commendations in her 13 years with the Dallas Police Department and should not have been fired or charged with a crime.

Wilburn is fighting both actions.

Walker’s lawyer said Chief Brown criticized Wilburn’s actions in his deposition.

“She threw out her training,” Henley said.

Juries may decide the civil and criminal cases pending against Wilburn.
 

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<![CDATA[Holiday Shopping Secrets Could Save Time & Money]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:50:23 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dfw-generic-money-cash-05.jpg

There are 27 shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas day. And while there are great bargains Black Friday weekend, other deals may be worth the wait. The NBC 5 Investigates Consumer Team combed through Thanksgiving and Black Friday ads, and we talked to experts to come up with shopping secrets to save you time and money.

The key, according to Dwight Hill, retail expert and partner with McMillan Doolittle LLP, is to know what to buy and when.

Shopping Secret #1: On Black Friday weekend, go for electronics.

"If I were buying the TV I would go for the Black Friday weekend, Cyber Monday period. I think that's usually the best time for people to find those deals," said Hill.

Shopping Secret #2: Best deals on clothing may come later in the shopping season, according to Hill.

“It’s the apparel that starts getting pushed as you get further on into the holiday season,” Hill said.

Shopping Secret #3: But don’t wait too long. Hill said retailers’ inventories are tighter this year than last year. So if you see the perfect sweater, in the perfect size. Buy it, but save the receipt.

”If indeed it goes down further in another few days then work with that retailer on their adjustment policy. Talk to them about that,” Hill said.

Shopping Secret #4: You may not need to leave home on Thanksgiving to get the best deals. According to Adobe’s 2014 Digital Index Online Forecast, online prices will hit rock bottom on Thanksgiving Day, with an average discount of 24 percent. It says online prices are expected to increase the Tuesday after Cyber Monday.

Shopping Secret #5: Use Black Friday and budgeting apps to help you save time and money. That’s important so you don’t spend all year digging out from holiday debt.

“You need to have a plan of not carrying a balance that’s going to go beyond three months,” said Todd Mark, Vice President of Education of Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Dallas. “If somebody has not paid off their holiday debt by the end of March following the holidays, it’s going to be with them through the holidays of the next year.”

And remember, when budgeting include not only the gifts you intend to buy, but also, food, travel, decorations, wrapping and shipping. It all adds up and you don’t want over spend.

“Use good strategies when it comes to shopping,” Mark said.



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<![CDATA[Texas Congressman Frustrated by WTU Complaints]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:48:51 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rep+Burgess+112514.jpg

An NBC 5 Investigation found hundreds of injured soldiers have complained of mistreatment, harassment and verbal abuse inside the Army's Warrior Transition Units (WTUs) that were designed to help active duty soldiers heal.

Republican Congressman Michael Burgess says he's frustrated to see the hundreds of active soldiers complain of harassment and abuse at the Army's WTU.

NBC 5 Investigates partnered with The Dallas Morning News for a six month investigation to uncover stunning allegations described by soldiers recovering in Texas from the wounds of war.

At the Army's WTU, physically and mentally injured soldiers describe commanders who act more like drill sergeants.

Spc. Michael Howard said WTU leaders treated him like "a dirt bag."

Injured soldiers complained of leaders who try to motivate them by belittling them, cursing at them or threatening discipline.

"You know it was just demeaning for no reason," said Sgt. Zack Filip.

During a taping of NBC 5's political show, Lone Star Politics, Burgess said he's frustrated with the amount of complaints after seeing NBC 5's report.

“I think the frustrating thing from my perspective is that it’s taken so long to get it right,” said Burgess.

Burgess, a doctor himself, believes a doctor should be in charge of a soldier’s care instead of the current system where doctor’s partner with non-medical commanders as part of a team that supervises the injured.

“In some ways it may have been too many people in charge of a given situation. There does need to be a single point of contact, a single person who actually is the person who’s responsible for the treatment of these individuals,” said Burgess.

Army leaders insist mistreatment of injured soldiers is not widespread and they say they immediately deal with any complaints.

“Historically, we have learned over time these do occur we know it. And we have some procedures in place to address these situations when they occur,” said head of the Army’s Warrior Transition Command, Col. Chris Toner.

Commanders say care is improving. Burgess believes it should have been better from the start.

“But the big question is why it is even necessary to make progress? This thing should have been done right from the get go,” said Burgess.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Man Convicted for Child Porn, Fake Badge, Steroids]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:02:11 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Freed-Post-Office.jpg

Officials said a Dallas man pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography, mailing steroids and impersonating a police officer in federal court Tuesday.

Authorities said they arrested 40-year-old Nicholas Todd Freed at a Dallas post office Jan. 28 after tracking packages containing anabolic steroids, according to U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña. When an officer with Homeland Security Investigations arrested Freed, officials said he found a counterfeit U.S. Marshals Service credential and badge.

Later that day, law enforcement officials said they seized computers and other equipment used to make false government identification. Further investigation revealed images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Freed pleaded guilty counts of attempted possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, possession of a document-making implement with intent that it be used in the production of false documents and possession of obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children.

Freed faces several decades in federal prison at his sentencing set for April 20, 2015.



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