<![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 Sun, 01 Feb 2015 07:22:43 -0600 Sun, 01 Feb 2015 07:22:43 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Dallas Building To Be Imploded Today at 8am]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:21:18 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Sams+Xerox+Carroll+Ave.jpg

It's another case of spring cleaning for the Dallas skyline Sunday morning.

The former Xerox/ACS building at 3988 North Central Expressway will be demolished Sunday Feb. 1 at 8:00 a.m.

Both directions of North Central Expressway will briefly close for the nearby demolition. Carroll Avenue from Central Expressway access road to Coles Manor Place will also be shut down.

Nearby residents were given information to prepare for the explosions that will bring the building down, and were told to close windows and outside vents.

The Trammell Crow company will carry out the implosion to make way for a new Sam's Club and retail center.

The development has been a source of controversy after the East Village Association was denied an injunction against the development project in 2014.

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<![CDATA[ATM Thieves Sought In Ellis County]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:49:01 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/013115+ATM+Theft+Ellis.jpg Surveillance video shows men using sledgehammers to break-in to a store. It took minutes for them to put a chain around the ATM and pull it out of the building.

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<![CDATA[Mayor Furious With Firm's FWPD Shooting Questions]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 19:16:33 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/013115+Price+Betty+FtWorth.jpg

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price is demanding answers from the city’s contracted insurance company,  the CorVel corporation, which handles Fort Worth’s workers compensation claims.

Last week, when Sgt. Shane Drake was shot and critically injured in the line of duty, a CorVel representative showed up at the hospital, upsetting many officers and family members with questions, city officials said Saturday.

“The representative showed up unexpectedly,” said Price. “And asked many questions that were very insensitive. We don’t want any officer – or any city employee for that matter – to be treated so insensitively in a time like that. This  was an officer who was fighting for his life.”

Price refused to comment on what specifically was asked of the officer’s family, but she has requested a sit down with the CorVel CEO. She said that will happen this Thursday.

Meanwhile, Price said Saturday Drake is in stable condition and continues to improve.

Price also told NBC 5 this is not the first time Fort Worth has received complaints about CorVel. She said over the past two months, several city employees  - including some police officers – have come forward with complaints on what they call inappropriate handling of their workers compensation claims.

Attempts by NBC 5 to reach CorVel for contact have gone unanswered..

Photo Credit: Lyle Davis, NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[NBC 5 Exclusive: Dez Bryant On Cowboys Future]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 06:57:37 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/10p_dez_bryant_doney_1200x675_391961667579.jpg NBC 5's Pat Doney talks with Dez Bryant exclusively about his future with the Cowboys right after a charity basketball game in Arizona.]]> <![CDATA[AAA Super Bowl Mocktails]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:50:06 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/aaa-mocktails.jpg Doug Shupe with AAA shares some non-alcoholic drinks drivers can enjoy on Super Bowl Sunday.

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<![CDATA[NWS Trains Certified Weather Spotters Saturday]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:40:37 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/xGYVOcFNcb_FgZdyJMJk-2-1245421785000.jpg Saturday in Fort Worth the National Weather Service is training people to become certified weather spotters.

Photo Credit: Brandon Price]]>
<![CDATA[Greater Tuna's Williams Taking on Capote]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 11:21:23 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jaston-williams.jpg Texas actor Jaston Williams is the latest to take on Truman Capote. He'll star in a one-man play called Tru.

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<![CDATA[Irving Police Release Raw Video of Gym Stabbing]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:42:34 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/24-hour-stabbing-video.jpg

Irving police released unedited surveillance video Friday that shows a woman being attacked as she worked out at a local gym.

In the video, the woman can be seen near the top right of the frame working out on a treadmill as a person approaches.

While the stabbing isn't clearly visible in the video, the person can be seen moving toward the woman on the treadmill and then people around her rush to her aid. She can then be seen being brought to the front desk where she is surrounded by people as they wait for an ambulance.

The victim, whose name has not been released, sustained three puncture wounds to her back and shoulder, and was rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas for treatment. She is expected to survive.

The man identified by police as the woman's attacker, 32-year-old Phillip Roberts, told NBC 5 in a jailhouse interview that he didn't know the victim and didn't remember attacking her. He said he remembered people pulling him off the woman, but not what led to the attack.

"My thought pattern is, I really, I can't remember on the first part of it. I remember when I came conscious of a certain thing. I'm conscious of the end, when they're pulling me off and different things of that nature. I'm conscious of that," Roberts told NBC 5.

Roberts was taken to the Dallas County Jail Tuesday evening and was to be charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

NBC 5's Jocelyn Lockwood contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Suspect Arrested in Alleged Child Predator Case]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 23:11:22 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Declois+Beacham.jpg

Fort Worth police arrested a suspected child predator Friday and charged him in connection to offering $100 to at least four boys for sexual favors.

Declois Beacham, 33, surrendered to officers who charged him with two counts of compelling prostitution – child under 18 years.

“We verified his identity with the victims that we knew at the time. They positively did ID him as the same individual who tried to lure them, and actually lured one into his vehicle,” said Detective Chris Daniels at a news conference Friday.

In three separate incidents – from December to mid-January – four boys, ranging in age from 10 to 17, told detectives that a light-skinned black man in his 30s and driving a four-door BMW approached them and offered $100. In two of the incidents, the victims told police the man specifically asked for sexual favors in exchange for the money.

In the most recent incident, on Jan. 12, at an apartment complex along East Rosedale near Loop 820, the suspect reportedly drove up to two boys and offered them each money, according to police.

One boy agreed and got in the man’s car, who then drove off, police said.

The 11-year-old boy initially told police the man had paid him $100 to perform a sex act on him, according to the arrest warrant. That boy later changed his account, saying that he hit the man, took the money and ran away, police said.

Beacham is also known as Tre Garrett, and he serves as the artistic director of Fort Worth’s Jubilee Theatre under that name.

The theater’s board of directors released a statement to NBC 5 on Friday.

“We know only what we’ve seen and heard in the news, and cannot make any comment on the allegations against Tre Garrett,” the board said.

“We have known Tre for three years, and have not seen any indication he would participate in the kind of behavior he is accused of,” the board added.

The criminal investigation continues, but the lead detective handling the case told NBC 5 Beacham’s criminal activities have no connection to the theater.

“There has been no indication at this time that he victimized any child within the scope of his employment,” Detective Daniels said.

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<![CDATA[Frisco 5th Grader on Big Screen Nationwide]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 23:02:41 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jillian+Estell.jpg

At just 10 years old Jillian Estell may soon become a household name.

The Frisco fifth grader snagged one of the lead roles in the movie “Black or White,” starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer, which opened in theaters Friday.

Friday night, Jillian gathered with her family, cheerleading friends, church members and former teachers for the premiere at Cinemark Frisco Square.

“It’s fun and exciting and awesome because all my friends are here. It's so fun,” said Jillian.

The home-schooled student auditioned for the role and spent two months filming in New Orleans a year and a half ago.

She’s acted in commercials and got a small role in a Christian film, but nothing as big as her current role.

“It’s emotional. She's worked very hard and we just see it as it all in God's plans, because it's being in the right place, at the right time, with the right people,” said Jillian’s mom Kristin Estell.

The family are members of Elevate Life Church in Frisco and Kristin Estell told our NBC 5 crews that she worked to make sure Jillian remained humbled through the filming.

“They spoiled her rotten every single day. If Jillian wanted something they ran and got it. Every night, I always say, I bring her back to reality, reel her back in,” said Kristin Estell.

“I think God has brought me and blessed me and taught me and fought with me,” says Jillian.

The family has no plans to move to Hollywood, though they’ll spend the next couple months there for auditions.

“I don't want to move. All my friends are here, all my family is here, all my school members are just here, so I don’t want to move,” said Jillian.

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<![CDATA[Flower Mound PD Warns of "Red Light Cam" Scheme]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:36:11 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/red+light+traffic+signal1.jpg

The Flower Mound Police Department reports at least 13 residents have received calls from a scammer claiming to be with their department.

The caller reportedly tells the victim that they owe the city money for unpaid red light camera violations and demands it be paid via a Reloadit prepaid card.

However, Flower Mound doesn’t have any red light cameras, and even if they did officers say they’d never go about collecting unpaid fines in that way.

"No government agency is ever going to solicit money over the phone in that fashion and especially not in a threatening manner like this is apparently happening,” said Capt. Wess Griffin.

At least one victim actually sent the caller money.

Griffin said these schemes are becoming increasingly more convincing as callers utilize Internet relay technology to appear as though the call is coming from a police number, even looking up actual officers' names online to use and convince the victim they’re with the department.

Even if the victim doesn’t fall for it, making the call is considered impersonating an officer and carries a third-degree felony charge. However, Griffin said the calls are often very difficult to track and come from other countries.

Police recommend you report any calls like this to them right away. They say the dead giveaway will be the request to wire the money, use a prepaid car like Green Dot or Reloadit or send the money in another untraceable fashion.

Officers also recommend residents sign up for the National Do Not Call Registry. They say it won’t keep schemers from calling, but will keep most legitimate sales people from calling and make it easier for you to spot schemers.

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<![CDATA[Skyline Standout Set to Play in His 2nd Super Bowl]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:37:30 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mike+morgan+seahawks+skyline+dallas.jpg

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Mike Morgan, a former high school football standout at Skyline in Dallas, is set to appear in his second Super Bowl.

His brother, Steven Morgan, leaves Saturday for Arizona to watch his brother play in the big game.

"I am super excited to be going,” said Steven Morgan.

Steven Morgan said his brother is excited, loose and ready for Sunday's game.

It is a special relationship between brothers. Mike Morgan was a star athlete at Skyline High School and graduated in 2006. Steven had already finished his college playing career by then and was back teaching in the Dallas Independent School District.

As an added bonus, Steven Morgan was also a defensive line coach for his younger brother.

“Michael in high school was such a humble kid. It was a blessing for me just to be there and watch him,” said Steven Morgan.

Mike Morgan went on to play at the University of Southern California, before becoming a Seattle Seahawk. This year, he had a memorable game against the Dallas Cowboys when he returned a blocked punt for a touchdown.

Steven Morgan has been with DISD now for more than 10 years, and is a popular, smiling fifth grade teacher at Gill Elementary School.

After the Seahawks won the Super Bowl last year, Mike Morgan stopped by his brother's school and visited with the students.

“He gave them awesome words of wisdom about continuing their education and never giving up on their dreams,” said Steven Morgan.

Several family members are attending the Super Bowl, including the brothers' parents and grandmother.

“Our parents have just been so inspirational to us,” said Steven Morgan.

He said there is one way to best describe his brother.

“The most important thing to him, I would have to say, is faith and then family and then football,” said Steven Morgan.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Police Looking for Link to Plano Burglaries]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:49:56 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/burglary+window.jpg

Plano and Dallas police are working together to figure out if they are dealing with the same so-called “evening burglar.”

His style appears to be getting in through a window, or kicking in a door, and going straight for the jewelry.

Seven homes have been hit in the last couple of weeks in the Midway Meadows/Villas of Midway area of Far North Dallas.

It happened to the Gurley family last Friday.

“It looked like they knew exactly when and where, either they were watching us or they knew us,” said homeowner Bart Gurley.

They left their home for about 90 minutes, and when they returned all their rings and jewelry was gone, including their wedding rings.

“We've been married going 13 years. There's definitely an emotional part of that, something so valuable,” said Gurley.

Their home wasn’t ransacked. In fact, they didn’t notice a burglar was ever there until they noticed the rings were missing. They were usually placed by the bathroom sink.

“It starts to sink in slowly that somebody was here. I immediately started checking under the beds make sure we didn’t walk in on somebody, checking all the closets,” Gurley said.

The thieves may have broken in through a side window. There were holes cut out of the window screen, and the garage light bulbs were unscrewed.

“We're afraid to go to dinner tonight, actually, just making sure we set the alarm,” Gurley said.

Plano police confirm they are working with Dallas detectives to see if this is all the work of the same burglar. They note the style of the break-ins in the Far North Dallas section is very similar to the recent Collin County heists.

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<![CDATA[Puppy Recovering After Found With Ears Cut Off]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 01:12:49 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Shadow+Garland+animal+shelter.jpg

Employees at the Garland Animal Shelter say it’s one of the most difficult cases they’ve seen.

Earlier this week a Garland resident spotted a 4-month-old Labrador-mix abandoned on the street missing its ears.

“It’s obvious someone had butchered this dog’s ears. That’s what I call it, and that’s the first thing that came to mind,” said Garland veterinarian Dr. Robert Osborne. “It was horrifying.”

Osborne said he believes whoever owned the puppy was attempting to clip the dog’s ears and possibly turn it into a fight dog.

“Whoever did it didn’t leave any ear. They cut it off flush with the head. It’s just awful,” he said.

Now, the puppy since named Shadow, is recovering remarkably well.

After arriving at the shelter, he’s received medicine, care and has the playful stamina of any regular puppy.

“Our number one priority is to make sure he’s healthy, well-taken care of and that we find a permanent home for him. And as you can see, he loves to play,” said Garland Animal Shelter spokesperson Uriel Villalpando.

A rescue group, Cody’s Friends Rescue, will foster Shadow until he’s fully healed, neutered and has received all of his vaccinations.

After that, the dog will be available for adoption.

Workers at Garland Animal Services said they have no idea as to the person who hurt Shadow, however they are hoping someone comes forward with information.

Those interested in adopting Shadow can visit: codysfriendsrescue.com.

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<![CDATA[Memorial Planned for K-9 Deputy Killed on Duty]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:17:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/K9-Pepper-Memorial.jpg

A memorial service with full honors is planned next week for a Wise County Sheriff’s Department K-9 killed on duty.

Deputy Pepper, a Dutch Shepherd, was shot by a suspect Wednesday after the dog found the man hiding under a pile of leaves, Wise County Sheriff David Walker said.

Police in Bowie first tried to stop suspect Alan Alverson, 49, and officers from several agencies followed him south to Wise County on Highway 287.

Sheriff Walker said Alverson bailed out of his vehicle, ran into a wooded area and Pepper led officers into the woods to find the suspect.

Walker said officers returned fire, killing Alverson after the suspect shot the dog.

Records show Alverson had a long criminal history. He was wanted for additional charges in Wise and Tarrant counties at the time of the shooting.

Pepper had only been on the street in regular duty for several weeks after completing months of training.

“We really give Pepper the credit of saving five law enforcement officers lives,” Walker said. “Unfortunately, it cost Pepper his life.”

Tarrant County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Tindel is the K-9 handler of a 6-year-old Belgian Melinois named Duke.

Tindel said he understands the loss Wise County deputies are feeling.

“He’s like a kid to me,” Tindel said about his partner, Duke. “I don’t have kids but I consider him just like one.”

Tindel spends more time with his K-9 partner than he would with a human partner because Tindel and Duke go home together.

“We go to work together and then we go home together and it’s like a big kid. I’m responsible for everything that he gets into and making sure that’s he’s fed and watered,” Tindel said.

They face danger together, too.

“On traffic stops, we’re not sure what we’re dealing with,” said Tindel. “A lot of times the people may have weapons.”

Outside the Wise County Sheriff’s Office in Decatur, flowers now cover the hood of Deputy Pepper’s handler’s vehicle as people grieve over the loss of the canine public servant.

“It definitely has a somber mood around the office,” Walker said. “Pepper is a part of our department and we will do a memorial service for him in full honor as if it was one of us.”

The service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Grace Fellowship Church located at 2964 HWY 114 in Paradise, Texas.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News/Wise County Sheriff Dept.]]>
<![CDATA[AAA Encourages Alternative Drinks to Avoid Drunk Driving]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 10:02:59 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dwi1.jpg

AAA Texas is warning North Texans to avoid drinking and driving on Super Bowl weekend.

The organization cited statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation, saying eight people died in alcohol-related crashes on Super Bowl Sunday in 2014. There were 128 DUI alcohol-related traffic crashes throughout Texas that day.

The agency encouraged people to have a sober driver if they plan to drink at a Super Bowl party.

They encouraged hosts to serve the following alcohol free cocktails:

Seattle Spirit

From Nancy the Coupon Clipping Cook at SheKnows.com, this colorful blue and green mocktail is bursting with team spirit for those rooting for Seattle!

Yield: Five servings

• 8 cups crushed ice (amount may vary depending on the size of serving glasses)
• Hawaiian Punch Green Berry Rush (6-pack of 10 fluid ounce bottles or similar quantity in a large bottle)
• Air Heads Fruit Squeezers Blue Raspberry drink (1 6-pack of 6.75 ounce bottles or less depending on the size of serving glasses)

Add the crushed ice in the serving glasses all the way to the top. Put straws in the glasses and pack the ice in tight, adding more crushed ice if needed. Pour Hawaiian Punch over the ice until the glass is half full. Let it sit for a moment so all the green color settles on the bottom. Slowly add the Air Heads Fruit Squeezers to fill the glass to the top. Serve immediately.

New England Non-Alcoholic Sgroppino

Adapted from Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse in Boston, MA, this tasty drink is something for younger and older New England fans to cheer about. Party hosts may experiment with ingredient amounts for their preferred taste.

Yield: One serving

• 6 oz. Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider
• 2 oz. Apple sorbet
• Mint leaf to garnish

Pour into a single 8-oz. serving glass.

Hail Mary Mocktail

Yield: One serving

• 1/2 cup tomato juice
• Dash lemon juice
• Dash Worcestershire sauce
• 2 drops Tabasco sauce
• Salt to taste
• Celery stick for garnish
• Pickle (optional) for garnish

Mix all ingredients thoroughly in highball glass with stirrer and add garnish.


Iced Ginger Coffee Mocktail
Recipe, photo from Food52.com blogger Panfusine.

Yield: Two servings

• 2 shots freshly brewed espresso coffee
• 3-4 tablespoons ginger syrup (see notes)
• 2-3 teaspoons fresh ginger extract (see notes)
• ½ cup whole milk plus extra for frothing
• Brown sugar for rimming the glass
• Chocolate shavings and/or pieces for garnish

Combine espresso, extract and syrup in mixing cup, mix well and add milk to taste. Chill until
very cold. When mix has cooled, heat 1/2 cup milk for 30 seconds in microwave, then use handheld battery milk frother to whip well. Decant espresso mixture into mini martini glasses lined with brown sugar, top drink with milk froth, and garnish with chocolate.

Ginger-infused syrup
• 1 cup freshly grated ginger
• 1 cup sugar
• 1 cup water

Combine sugar and water over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Add grated ginger and cook until the mixture reduces and is syrupy in consistency. Strain the ginger. (Extra syrup can be stored in a mason jar and refrigerated for up to one week for use in drinks or over sorbet.)

Fresh ginger extract
Finely grate a 2-3 inch piece of ginger and squeeze out juice into cup. Let sit for 5 minutes before use. Discard white residue at bottom.

<![CDATA[Liquor Stores on the Way in Denton]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:41:44 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/liquor+bottles+store.jpg

Denton’s first liquor stores could start opening in the next few months.

Ron Menguita, an administrator in Denton’s Planning and Development Department, said the city has already received applications from Shax’s in Lake Dallas, Liquor Outpost and Imperial Ale to open stores in the city limits.

Those applications need to be approved by the Texas Alcoholic Beverages Commission before the city can issue permits, and Menguita said the stores could open fairly soon thereafter.

Denton residents voted overwhelmingly in November to allow liquor sales in town including at bars.

 Until now, bars have had to operate as private clubs and stores have only been allowed to sell beer and wine.

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<![CDATA[Armed Suspect Linked to At Least 5 Area Robberies]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:48:58 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/carrollton+robbery+suspect.jpg

Police in three North Texas cities are on the lookout for a man connected to at least five recent robberies.

Investigators have released surveillance video of the man accused of walking into a Garland convenience store off Saturn Road and demanding money from the clerk at gunpoint. The suspect even continues to point the gun at the clerk as other customers walk into the store.

Now, Carrollton police said the same suspect was caught on camera doing the same thing at a convenience store off Trinity Mills Road in addition to two other robberies in Garland and one in Dallas.

Plus, the he’s also a suspect in an armed robbery of two people in a Carrollton parking lot.

Police said the various offenses date back as far as October 2014.

Officers said the man always wears a distinctive red Dodge Ram hooded sweatshirt when committing the crimes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 972-466-3333.

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<![CDATA[Baby Gets Glasses, Sees Mother For First Time]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:18:33 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_babyglasses0130001_1500x845.jpg

The bond between a mother and her daughter can be pretty special. Such is the case with Megan McMorris and her baby girl, Louise.

Louise was born with a rare medical condition called albinism. The disease affects 1 in 17,000 people. It reduces the pigmentation in a person's hair, skin and eyes.

At 8-months-old, Louise can barely see a thing. She's considered legally blind.

"It's hard for me as a mom. She never makes eye contact with me," McMorris said.

Louise has the rarest form of the condition known as OCA-1. There is no cure for albinism.

Fortunately, McMorris was introduced to a specialist who is known around the world. She's based out of Minneapolis and has done a ton of research into the disease.

The specialist prescribed Louise a special pair of glasses, which allowed her to see her mother somewhat clearly for the first time in her life.

"It was the best moment. I will remember that forever. Absolutely," McMorris said.

<![CDATA[Nine-Foot Tall Dinosaur Statue Stolen, Later Found Headless]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:53:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dinosaur-statue_1200x675_391495235529.jpg A nine-foot tall dinosaur statue stolen from an Oklahoma pet store has been found, without its head. Jamil Donith reports.]]> <![CDATA[Frisco "Bury the Lines" Fight Continues]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:39:44 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Powerlines+013015.jpg

The fight against a proposed power line project continues for Frisco neighbors.

This month, Brazos Electric Power Cooperative filed plans with the state to build a substation and transmission lines. The proposed routes for the lines are either down Frisco's Main Street or Stonebrook Parkway.

West Frisco neighbors have been rallying with the catchphrase "Bury the Lines" since 2013.

"We're all on the same page – the lines have to be buried," said homeowner and realtor Meredith Held, adding the lines are "definitely more than just an eyesore."

The main concern, she says, is property values.

The city of Frisco has also filed a motion to intervene on behalf of its citizens because of its own concerns as well.

"We believe [burying the lines] is the only rational way to go because of our plans to widen Main Street," said Ben Brezina, Frisco's assistant to the city manager.

Brezina says Brazos' plan to place overhead lines on Main Street, the shorter of the two options, would interfere with city plans to increase capacity on the already strained thoroughfare.

Brazos would use the median of the street, forcing the city to acquire extra land, which Held says would come too close to her property line.

However, if Brazos chose to bury the lines on Main Street, the city would be able to widen the road at the same time.

The proposal submitted by Brazos to the public utilities commission includes cost estimates for both buried and above ground lines.

Overhead transmission lines along Main Street would cost nearly $6 million.

Burying the lines along the same route would increase the cost to more than $34 million.

The project’s final fate must be decided within the next year.

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<![CDATA[Man Killed in Police Shooting Arrested in 2013 Hit-and-Run]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:39:12 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Wendell-King.jpg

The Fort Worth man who police say shot an officer Thursday before he was shot and killed himself was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Benbrook in 2013 but never prosecuted in that case.

Grady Wendell King, 40, was arrested by Benbrook police after a hit-and-run crash on the 7000 block of Lakeside Drive in May 2013, police said.

According to a police report, three witnesses reported a man in a GMC pickup fired a pistol at their vehicle and described a man generally matching King’s description. The witnesses gave officers the truck’s license plate number and it was registered to King, police said.

But the witnesses were unable to identify him in a photo lineup and the case was never prosecuted, according to a police statement.

Fort Worth police were called to King’s home by his mother Thursday evening. The mother called 911 to say King was had closed himself in his bedroom and she was concerned for his safety.

King, who owned a small lawn mowing business, shot Sgt. Shane Drake in the stomach after he responded to the mother’s call for help. King was then shot and killed, police said.

Drake is recovering at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.

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<![CDATA[College Students Will Have a Harder Time Cutting Class ]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:04:25 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_attendanceapp0129001_1500x845__677564.jpg College students will have a much harder time trying to skip class now that parents and professors can track if they're in class or not. ]]> <![CDATA[Fatal Crash in Mesquite at I-635]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:07:51 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/01generic-police-lights12.jpg

One person was killed Friday in an early-morning crash along Interstate 635 south of Oates in Mesquite.

Mesquite police said a driver crashed into the back of an 18-wheeler and was pronounced dead after being transported to an area hospital.

The person's identity or what led to the crash has not yet been released.

No other injuries were reported.

<![CDATA[Firefighters Work to Extinguish Fire at Dallas Home]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:49:34 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-house-fire.jpg

Firefighters are working to extinguish a one-alarm fire at a Dallas home Friday afternoon.

Dallas Fire-Rescue responded to a fire in the 4400 block of Windhaven Lane just after noon. Grass surrounding the house is also on fire, but officials said they weren't sure which fire started first.

Firefighters attacked the fire from above to try to prevent it from spreading.

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[Mayor Furious With Company's Questions After PD Shooting]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 19:14:30 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/6pm_fw_officer_corvel_denny_1_31_15_1200x675_391898691883.jpg Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price is demanding answers from the city’s contracted insurance company, the CorVel corporation, which handles Fort Worth’s workers compensation claims.]]> <![CDATA[Super Bowl: Who's Got Tickets?]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:26:51 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sbxliv-tickets.jpg

As anticipation builds for Sunday's Super Bowl, so does anxiety for fans trying to get their hands on tickets.   

Unlike last year's game in New Jersey, this year's contest in Phoenix has demand outstripping supply. 

"This is the most expensive event we've ever tracked," says TiqIQ's Jesse Lawrence.

Lawrence says says Super Bowl tickets are averaging $8,000 each, more than three times higher than last year.

The NFL family, its corporate sponsors and media members use up most Super Bowl tickets in any given year, but for the ones left this time around, ticket brokers
underestimated how the location and match-up would fuel demand.

"The inventory levels are at historic lows, there's less than a thousand tickets available right now, compared to normally at this point at the Super Bowl, we'd see $3,000-4,000," Lawrence says.

Most years, prices tend to drop for Super Bowl tickets the day before the game, but experts are not expecting a huge fall off this year. 

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<![CDATA[Dallas Building To Be Imploded Today at 8am]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:13:03 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/10pm_dallas_implosion_c.ross_1-31_15_1200x675_391941187909.jpg The old Xerox ACS building along US 75 is scheduled to be imploded at 8:00 a.m. Sunday, February 1. Central Expressway will be closed briefly.]]>