<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:21:02 -0600 Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:21:02 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[TxDOT Talks Dallas Roads]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:48:22 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rayn_Dallas_Roads_TxDot_1200x675_408630851860.jpg Ryan LaFontaine talks the winter weather road conditions in Dallas.]]> <![CDATA[Your Snow Photos: March 5]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:04:54 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/55f7c1ca-3364-425c-85f9-fdb1cc6f2f73.JPG Your snow photos for March 5, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[North Texas Airport Weather Conditions]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:49:05 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DFW_Airport_Conditions_1200x675_408618051908.jpg David Magaña with Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport talks weather conditions and airport delays.]]> <![CDATA[Fort Worth Fire Department Talks Road Conditions]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:49:29 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FW_Fire_phoner_1200x675_408620099747.jpg Kyle Falkner with the Fort Worth Fire Department discusses the road conditions. ]]> <![CDATA[Fort Worth Road Conditions]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:49:50 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/val_lopez_txdot_1200x675_408616515933.jpg Val Lopez with TxDOT discusses the road conditions in Fort Worth. ]]> <![CDATA[Fatal Denton Co. Crash Weather-Related: Police]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:59:27 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/01generic-police-lights11.jpg

Authorities are investigating a deadly crash Wednesday night following a multi-vehicle pileup in Denton County.

The original crash involved at least six vehicles along U.S. Highway 380 near Providence Village at about 7:30 p.m.

Immediately after that six-car pileup, a seventh vehicle careened into the other six cars already wrecked, and one person was killed, officials said.

The cause of the original crash is unknown, but Little Elm police say the fatality crash is believed to be weather-related.

Further details, including the identity of the deceased, have not yet been released.


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<![CDATA[School Closings and Delays]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 04:25:19 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/School-Closings-Look-I-v2.jpg

Due to ongoing inclement weather, many schools and businesses have announced closings and delays for Thursday.

Several North Texas schools have canceled classes for Thursday.

To see the latest school closings and delays, CLICK HERE. Continue to refresh the list as it will update throughout Wednesday night and into Thursday morning.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has delayed the opening of Dallas County Government Offices and Courts on Thursday until noon.

The Dallas Zoo announced it would delay opening on Thursday until noon.

FC Dallas decided to postpone its annual Cocktails and Cleats fundraiser Thursday evening. The event at Fashion Institute Gallery in Dallas will be rescheduled but a date hasn't been determined.


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<![CDATA[Busy Auto Body Shops Brace for More Winter Weather]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:19:17 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/body+shop+image.jpg

Winter weather often means big business for local auto body shops. But some, still so slammed from last week’s storms, are asking drivers to slow down and be careful as more snow and ice move into the area.

Brothers Eric and Scott Clark are always happy to have business at their Arlington auto body shop, Clark Bros Paint & Body, but even they admit this past week has been a bit crazy.

“With all the wreckers hauling cars in and dropping them off when they’re unscheduled, it’s been pretty, pretty busy,” said Eric Clark.

Take a walk around their parking lot and you’ll see he’s not kidding. It’s completely full of damaged cars and trucks, including some that had appointments scheduled weeks ago and others that were towed there during last week’s storms.

It got so bad some days they had to ask drivers and wreckers to take their vehicles to other nearby auto body shops.

“We’re working extra hours,” said Scott Clark. “We’ve put on a couple of extra guys.”

They’re finally catching up, but as more winter weather moves into the area this week the brothers are asking drivers to be smart and minimize chances for crashes.

“Well, I hope everybody stays home,” said Scott Clark. “I hope they don’t drive in it. Nobody wants to have a wreck, but it just happens. So the best thing to do is stay off the roads if you can.”

They know inevitably there will be more wrecks, which is why they’re preparing for another long week at the office.



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<![CDATA[School Canceled Again After More CO Detected]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:42:20 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lakewood+elem.jpg

For the second straight day, there was no school for Lakewood Elementary School Students.

On Tuesday, the school tested positive for elevated levels of carbon monoxide, and contractors found a dead owl in the ventilation system.

Fifty students complained they didn’t feel well.

But later in the day, DISD spokesperson Andre Riley said the air quality was good, and school would be in session Wednesday.

That was what parents said they heard Tuesday night, and early Wednesday morning.

“We have been getting emails and phone calls since last night, until literally walking up the street saying school was open,” said parent Michelle Davit.

When parents arrived, they were told school was closed.

Riley said they had a new problem. While all of the classrooms were fine, carbon monoxide was detected in the boiler room.

“In that particular room where the boiler is located those carbon monoxide levels are rising when the boiler is active,” said Riley.

So school is closed while the boiler is repaired. But some parents are extremely frustrated.

“Our children’s safety is of the utmost importance, and children are a gift, and it's a shame that our kids could be in a potentially unsafe environment,” said parent Jeremy Harman.

Some fathers got together and paid for carbon monoxide detectors because they want one in every single classroom. They are not required by law.

“Whether they let me install them inside the school, or put them around my kids neck, one way or another there are CO detectors going inside the school before my kids go back,” said parent Russell McMillan.

NBC 5 asked the district about this, and they replied with a statement, explaining their plan to put a carbon monoxide detector in the boiler room.

The following is a statement from the Dallas Independent School District regarding Lakewood Elementary School.

“We share the desire with parents at Lakewood Elementary for a healthy and safe school environment. Dallas ISD will be adding, as quickly as possible, a carbon monoxide monitor in the boiler room. This professional-grade monitor will be tied into the school’s alarm system, providing a direct notification if carbon monoxide levels rise to an unsafe level.

The district is also strongly considering adding similar monitors at all other Dallas ISD schools and tying them into the respective schools’ alarm system. This effort is in the preliminary stages and has not been finalized.

We sincerely appreciate the willingness of parents to assist with the donation of carbon monoxide monitors at Lakewood.”
 



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<![CDATA[NFL Commissioner Testifies at Super Bowl Seats Trial]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:42:10 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/super+bowl+xlv+temp+seats.jpg

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell testified in a video deposition played Wednesday at the North Texas Super Bowl seats trial in Dallas federal court.

Goodell said he relied on people under him who provided assurances that temporary seats were being installed as planned for Super Bowl XLV in Arlington.

"Everyone was fully aware of the consequences and the need to address the issue," Goodell said in the August 2013 recording.

Goodell said he did not mention seating concerns for fans at a Feb. 4, 2011, press conference, two days before the game, because he was still under the impression the seats would be ready.

"My comments were very brief and I was there to answer the questions from the media," he said.

By game time about 1,200 sets were still not approved by city inspectors. Approximately 400 fans who never got seats that day were taken to a club below the seating area where they watched the game on TV. They were allowed on the field after the game.

One of those fans is plaintiff David Wanta, a Wausau, Wis., school teacher. Wanta testified Wednesday that he took out a $5,000 loan at his credit union and used savings that upset his wife, to see his beloved Green Bay Packers in the 2011 Super Bowl.

He and plaintiff Ken Laffin paid $800 for each of their tickets. They flew from Madison, Wis., to Denver and then to Oklahoma City, where they rented a car because icy weather that year made the rest of the trip impossible by plane.

At the game they were blocked from entry and corralled in a fenced area with other angry fans whose seats were not ready.

Wanta testified he never would have made the trip if he'd known he would end up watching the game on television.

But an attorney for the NFL questioned Wanta on the $7,245 in total expenses he claimed for the trip. It included $320 in taxi cab fares, $565 in food, $800 of incidentals and $1,000 for events other than the Super Bowl.

Wanta said he purchased Packers clothing and wanted to make the most of the disappointing experience since they made the long trip.

The NFL has already settled with hundreds of other fans, offering refunds and trips to subsequent Super Bowls. In opening statements an NFL attorney said these plaintiffs made excessive demands.

The Dallas Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones were responsible for temporary seat construction at the stadium for the 2011 Super Bowl. Jones and the team are not defendants in the lawsuit, but Jones is expected to be a witness in the trial.

NFL officials have said icy weather before the game was a big factor in failing to have all the seats ready but that the league accepts responsibility for what went wrong. Goodell repeated that in the deposition heard Wednesday.

"Ultimately it's our responsibility," Goodell said. "It is our responsibility to put the event on and make sure fans have a positive experience."

The trial could last two weeks. The threat of freezing weather ended Wednesday's session at 1:30 p.m.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn told jurors to return at 1 p.m. Thursday after the threat of icy roads has passed. Goodell's video deposition will continue Thursday.



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<![CDATA[AT&T Stadium Hosts 2015 American Cup]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:22:28 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/146009947.jpg

AT&T Stadium in Arlington hosts the American Cup in 2015 on March 7.

USA Gymnastics and AT&T Stadium officials said it will the first time the international invitational gymnastics competition will be held in a football stadium.

"AT&T Stadium will be a truly unique stage to showcase gymnastics as the Road to Rio heats up in 2015," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics in a news release.

Legendary gymnastic coach Bela Karolyi and some star gymnasts were on hand for the announcement at AT&T Stadium on Wednesday, including Olympic gold medalists Nastia Liukin, Carly Patterson, Kurt Thomas and bronze medalist Kim Zmeskal-Burdette — all winners of the American Cup in the past.

The event is part of the World Cup with the International Gymnastic Federation and challenges gymnasts to a one-day all-around competition.

In addition to the American Cup, the stadium will hold The Nastia Liukin Cup, featuring top Junior Olympic female gymnasts, on March 6, 2015. The cup, obviously, is named for five-time Olympic and nine-time World medal winner Nastia Liukin.

Liukin and Patterson both, of course, are from North Texas.

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<![CDATA[New QuikTrip Kitchens Menu Rolling Out]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:11:58 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/qt-kitchen.jpg

Those looking for a place to eat might not immediately think of a gas station.

The folks at QuikTrip hope to change that mindset and entice more people to try their fresh, ready-to-order food.

"We do pizza," QuikTrip corporate chef Nick Powell said. "We got flatbreads. We have kolaches."

Powell is the one who created everything on the new QuikTrip Kitchen menu. He said they are trying to change people’s mind when it comes to getting food at their locations.

"People have conceptions about what they consider gas station food and we want to change that perception," said Powell. “We have put a lot of work into using the best quality ingredients possible and putting out the best quality food possible, so we can overcome that hurdle."

QuikTrip debuted their first QuikTrip Kitchen a year ago, and are now in 115 stores in DFW. They will be in all of the QuikTrips in DFW by April.

“The beauty of this it is fresh, made-to-order food,” said QuikTrip division manager Bob Climeson. “It’s a new evolving offer for us.”

The newest item on the menu is the breakfast pizza. It contains eggs, sausage, cheese, and gravy.

Powell says he has a favorite on the menu.

“I am really partial to the cinnamon sugar pretzel icing, but we sell a lot of pizza,” said Powell. “Pizza is really good."

QuikTrip will begin the process of adding QuikTrip Kitchens in most of their 700 plus stores in the United States very soon.



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<![CDATA[Hunt Co. Fireman Arrested After Facebook Post of Dead Dogs]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:52:56 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Conatser-with-FB.jpg

A volunteer fireman in North Texas was arrested Wednesday on two felony counts of animal cruelty after he posted a picture on Facebook of two dead dogs with a message to neighbors saying he had warned them to keep them away from his property, police said.

Tim Conatser, 20, of Royse City, turned himself in and remained in the Hunt County jail Wednesday morning, said Constable Terry Jones.

A jail supervisor said his bond is $5,000.

The Hunt County District Attorney wasn't available Wednesday morning to discuss the charges.

The photo on Conatser's Facebook account showed two dogs, apparently shot to death, with the message, "Somebody didn't put any truth my warning. Keep your damn dogs on your property."

Conatser was suspended from the Union Valley Volunteer Fire Department amid an online uproar over the post.

The Union Valley Fire Department's Facebook page says Conatser has been removed from the volunteer fire department's roster.

Information on an attorney for Conatser wasn't immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Desperate Mavs Now Considering JaVale McGee]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 09:20:49 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/brendan-wright-121613.jpg

With primary options Jermaine O’Neal deciding to not play this year and Larry Sanders checking into rehab, the Mavs’ search for an interior upgrade continues.

To the unlikeliest of places.

As in, they have signed Bernard James for the rest of the season. And they’re pondering a contract with knucklehead JaVale McGee.

James was signed as a 10-day stop-gap while Tyson Chandler recovered from injury and the team pursued other options. But other than Amar’e Stoudemire, the pickings are slim. James hasn’t exactly dominated, but he’s done enough – 4 points and 4 rebounds in 17 minutes per game – to be considered an asset down the stretch.

McGee, who should become available this afternoon after being released by the Sixers, is a talented 7-footer also prompting some tire-kicking by the Heat and Warriors. He’s athletic, can jump out of the gym and runs the floor like a deer. But his lack of worth ethic and attention to detail has led to him being dumped twice in the last three months by Lottery-bound losers Denver and Philadelphia.

The fact that Dallas is interested in him shows how barren the cupboard of big men is as NBA teams attempt to bolster rosters for the playoffs next month.

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



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<![CDATA[Car Strikes Greenville 7th Grader Entering School Bus]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:59:39 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/school-bus-stop-sign1.jpg

A Greenville Middle School student was struck by a vehicle while trying to enter a school bus Wednesday morning, district officials said.

Greenville Independent School District spokeswoman Sydney Phillips said a car passed the bus and struck the seventh grader near the Garden Park Apartments on U.S. 69 at about 6:35 a.m.

The bus was stopped, its stop sign was fully extended and all its lights were flashing at the time, Phillips said.

An ambulance transported the child to a nearby hospital with serious injuries that officials said were not life threatening.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the child and family during this difficult time," Phillips stated in an email.

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<![CDATA[Man Shot Multiple Times at Arlington Home: Police]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 09:50:02 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rosewood-shooting.jpg

Police said they are investigating after a person was found shot at an Arlington home Wednesday morning.

Officers responded to a shooting call at the home in the 1100 block of Rosewood Lane at about 2 a.m. and found a man with multiple gunshot wounds, according to Arlington Police Department Sgt. Jeffrey Houston.

Police blocked the street with crime scene tape while they investigated and have not released any further information about the shooting.

A neighbor told NBC 5 that he heard eight or nine gunshots.

The man was transported to a nearby hospital with undisclosed injuries, according to police dispatch.



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<![CDATA[Elementary School Closed Again, Carbon Monoxide Detected]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:10:07 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lakewood-middle-school-dallas.jpg

Dangerous levels of carbon monoxide closed a Dallas elementary school for a second straight day.

After initially opening Lakewood Elementary School Wednesday morning, officials detected more of the poison gas and immediately closed the school again.

"In that particular room where the boiler is located, those carbon monoxide levels are rising when the boiler is active," Dallas Independent School District spokesman André Riley said.

Students and faculty were evacuated from the school Tuesday after elevated levels of carbon monoxide were detected by a contractor. The leak is being lamed for making several students and teachers sick on Monday, several of whom were hospitalized.

Riley said the school was open at 6:30 a.m. after officials tested the school's classrooms and found no carbon monoxide. About an hour later, though, officials detected carbon monoxide near the boiler and closed the school again.

"We determined that the cause of the carbon monoxide elevated levels was a dead owl that was trapped in the ventilation system of the school," Riley said.

Officials said the boiler defect might have been a separate problem from the owl found in the furnace.

Lakewood, nor any other Dallas ISD school, is equipped with carbon monoxide detectors. District officials said they are not required.



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<![CDATA[Thousands of Bassinets, Cradles Recalled]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:46:13 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bassinet-recall.jpg

Fall and suffocation hazards prompted the recall of thousands of two-in-one bassinets.

Dream on Me recalled nearly 13,000 two-in-one bassinet to cradle products after learning that the wire supports on the sides can disconnect and cause the fabric sides to lower, leaving infants susceptible to falling out or suffocation.

The company issued the recalled after receiving a report of one such incident. No injuries were reported.

The bassinet to cradle was sold nationwide from May 2012 to October 2014 at Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Wayfair.com, ToysRUs.com and Kohls.com.

Consumers should stop using the product and contact Dream on Me for a free repair.

For More Information:

www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Dream-on-Me-Recalls-2-in-1-Bassinet-to-Cradle/



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<![CDATA[Winter Storm Warning Remains in Effect]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:13:51 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/snow.gif

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Just when you thought the winter weather was over, it's back. Another winter storm dropped up to 7 inches of sleet and snow overnight, making for a treacherous morning commute Thursday.

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for all of North Texas until noon Thursday, leading to the cancellation of hundreds of flights and dozens of school closures.

The freezing line began passing through Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport at about 5 p.m. Wednesday. Snow moved into the Metroplex by 11 p.m., and conditions on roads and bridges became hazardous as the night progressed.

Most areas experienced 3 to 4 inches of accumulation, but some areas saw as much as 7 inches.

Overnight precipitation made roads slick and hazardous early Thursday morning. Although it will still be cold by the afternoon, clouds will give way to sunshine and temperatures rise above freezing.

Delays, Closings Planned

Due to ongoing inclement weather, many North Texas schools and businesses have announced closings and delays for Thursday.

Click here for the latest school closings and delays.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins is delaying the opening of Dallas County Government Offices and Courts on Thursday until noon.

The Dallas Zoo announced it would delay opening on Thursday until noon.

FC Dallas decided to postpone its annual Cocktails and Cleats fundraiser Thursday evening. The event at Fashion Institute Gallery in Dallas will be rescheduled but a date hasn't been determined.

Denton County Wreck

A deadly crash Wednesday night in Denton County was likely weather-related, police said.

A six-car pileup was reported along U.S. Highway 380 near Providence Village at about 7:30 p.m.

Immediately after that six-car pileup, a seventh vehicle careened into the other six cars already wrecked, and one person was killed, officials said.

Road Closures

Westbound Loop 820 is closed between Mark IV Parkway and Interstate 35W is closed due to weather.

Fort Worth firefighters said westbound Interstate 30 is closed at Camp Bowie Boulevard.

Flights Canceled, Airlines Allowing Customers to Change Reservations

As of 6 a.m., Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport reported 320 cancelled departures and 315 cancelled arrivals Thursday morning. Twelve other flights were delayed.

Dallas Love Field officials reported 25 canceled departures and 18 canceled arrivals. Officials also reported 11 delays.

American Airlines or US Airways customers can reschedule flights by calling the reservations department at 800-433-7300. Southwest Airlines customers can reschedule at southwest.com or by calling 800-435-9792.

Crews Prepare Roads, Again

Road crews began treating bridges and overpasses ahead of the sleet and snow.

The Texas Department of Transportation and the North Texas Tollway Authority used brine solution again to lower the freeze point on elevated surfaces, and crews were working 12-hour shifts Wednesday.


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<![CDATA[Tax Preparer Pays for Huge Return Mistake]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 22:49:46 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/IRS+tax+assistance.jpg

A Garland resident’s nightmare after her tax preparer made a huge mistake on her return serves as a stark reminder that if the Internal Revenue Service finds a problem with a return, ultimately the taxpayer is the only one responsible.

Retired teacher Lee Ann Abbott learned that lesson the hard way. She always had her taxes prepared professionally, and 2013 was no different.

“I’ve always had a preparer to do it for me. I’ve never done it by myself because I want to make sure I’m doing it the right way,” Abbott said.

For 2013, she went to a local Jackson Hewitt office in Garland. But several months later, she got a letter that would strike fear in the heart of any taxpayer.

“I received a letter from the IRS saying there was a mistake. They had found it, and I was going to owe a lot of money,” said Abbott.

The IRS outlined the problems in the letter. It said Abbott’s retirement income was nearly $39,000.

Her preparer typed in just $39. And the preparer completely forgot to list her social security as income. The IRS letter said she owed $8,923, which shocked her.

“I was standing right here going, ‘Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh.’”

Abbott said she repeatedly questioned the preparer because she got a $5,000 refund and typically owes money, but the preparer assured Abbott the return was correct.

“I said, ‘Are you sure?’ And she said, ‘Yes ma’am, because you’ve had a lot of medical,’ which I have had the last two years,” said Abbott.

So Abbott used her refund money to remodel her kitchen and didn’t think about it until months later when she got that frightful letter. That’s when she returned to the Jackson Hewitt office in Garland.

“I walked in and I said, ‘We have a big problem here.’”

Within minutes she said the person she spoke with spotted the mistakes.

“They said, ‘We made these mistakes here.’ I said then, ‘Why aren’t you taking care of this? Your sign right behind you says guaranteed 100 percent,’” said Abbott.

Jackson Hewitt promises 100-percent accuracy. But the small print said, “If we make an error preparing your return, we will cover penalties and interest.”

In an email to Abbott, Jackson Hewitt promised to pay $1,661 to cover that, but Abbott would be left to pay about $7,000 in back taxes. The IRS would continue to charge penalties and interest until Abbott paid off the debt.

“It’s going to take me a couple of years, probably, to pay this off,” Abbott said.

So Abbott called the NBC 5 Investigates Consumer Unit and we contacted Jackson Hewitt.

In an email to NBC 5, Mark Steber, Jackson Hewitt’s chief tax officer, wrote: “Jackson regrets the mistake in Ms. Abbott’s 2013 tax return and apologizes for the inconvenience it has caused her.”

Steber went on to write, “The tax professional who prepared Ms. Abbott’s tax return for the 2013 tax season made an error in data entry. She entered the wrong income amount and this error was not corrected before submitting the tax return to the IRS. This is an extremely rare mistake and due to human error.”

He also said each preparer who works for Jackson Hewitt receives mandatory training and testing.

In the end, Jackson Hewitt offered to pay Abbott’s penalties and interest as well as pay back that erroneous $5,000 refund. All she had to pay was the amount she would have owed if her taxes had been done correctly.

Steber also said the preparer who did Abbott’s return will not be back this tax season.

“Ultimately, under the law, the taxpayer is responsible for their tax return,” said Clay Sanford, a spokesman with the IRS.

So if there’s a mistake, the taxpayer bears the burden to pay for it. In fact, on the return, taxpayers sign a statement confirming that all the information is true and correct.

Sanford stressed most tax preparers do good, honest work, but you need to take care choosing one.

“I would just encourage people to check for the experience. Check for references before you choose a preparer,” Sanford said.

Ask for a preparer’s qualifications, including his preparer identification number. Verify the preparer has completed at least the minimum IRS-mandated hours of training. The IRS provides a directory of preparers of varying skill levels as well as information about the type of preparers.

You can also report a bad preparer to the IRS.

And before any returned is signed and sent to the IRS, Sanford said it’s imperative that a taxpayer review it.

Abbott said she’s relieved in the outcome of her situation, but she’ll now approach tax time differently. And she hopes others will, too.

“Please, be careful,” Abbott said. “Ask questions.”



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<![CDATA[1 Killed in Truck Crash in Arlington]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 23:10:01 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/01generic-police-lights11.jpg

One person has died after a single-vehicle crash Tuesday night in Arlington.

Police said the preliminary investigation indicates a truck was traveling northbound along North Watson Road, the service road for state Highway 360, when it struck a bridge pillar just south of East Randol Mill Road at about 8:30 p.m.

The lone occupant of the truck was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The driver's identity will be released by the Tarrant County medical examiner, and the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Frisco Denies Support For Affordable Housing Complex]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 22:40:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Road+block+sign.jpg

Frisco city council members sided with opponents of a proposed affordable housing complex Tuesday night.

Terri Anderson, president of Coppell-based Anderson Development & Construction LLC, requested a letter of support from Frisco as part of an application for $1.5 million under the state’s Housing Tax Credit program, which awards federal tax incentives to developments that offer rents at below-market rates.

The proposed project, called Westridge Villas, would be built on about five acres of land near the intersection of Westridge Boulevard and Custer Road.

However, dozens of residents oppose the project because of its proximity to other homes and businesses and its location on a two-lane road.

“It’s a two-lane road there, and that's how a majority of parents take their kids to school. Even those residents, if they have children living in the multi-family housing, they're going to have to be going down that road with the traffic to the elementary school and it's just not safe,” said Deidrea Laux, one of several residents who spoke to the city council.

Late Tuesday, the council voted not to give a letter of support to the developer. While the decision doesn’t stop the project, it could make it more difficult for the developer to receive federal tax incentives through the state’s Housing Tax Credit program.



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<![CDATA[Fort Worth Officer Suspected of DWI: Police]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:57:43 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FWPDWincovitch.jpg

A Fort Worth police officer is on restricted duty after he was arrested early Tuesday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Police said Evan Geraghty Wincovitch had been driving a vehicle that was involved in a minor crash at about 2:35 a.m. along the 8300 block of Randol Mill Road.

Officers who responded to the single-vehicle crash arrested Wincovitch, and his gun and badge were confiscated, police said, pending the outcome of an investigation.

Wincovitch has been a Fort Worth police officer since February 2008 and was assigned to the East patrol division.



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<![CDATA[Super Bowl Planner Says 2011 Game Was "Debacle"]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:21:54 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/2011-super-bowl-seats-722.jpg

The NFL’s former chief Super Bowl planner called the 2011 situation a debacle just before kick off in an e-mail to other league staffers.

The message came as hundreds of paying ticket holders found their seats were not ready.

Testifying Tuesday in a Dallas federal court lawsuit against the NFL by some of those fans, Frank Supovitz said he stands by the 'debacle' remark.

But Supovitz also said the league did all it normally does beforehand to insure a positive experience for fans.

“It was a bad situation. We take responsibility for that. But the actions we took were the right actions,” Supovitz said.

The North Texas plan called for more than 12,000 temporary seats to boost attendance at the game.

Supovitz said it was more than the other eight Super Bowls he planned, and he said pressure from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to set an attendance record was a factor.

Supovitz said he devised on option that was rejected for potential total attendance of more than 106,000.

Jones and the Dallas Cowboys were expected to build the temporary seats and Supovitz said he voiced concerns with Jones about remaining work the days before the game.

But up until that day, Supovitz said he was still confident the job would be finished.

In the end, February 6, 2011 attendance fell just sort of the record 103,985. More than 800 fans were given seats other than the tickets they paid for and around 450 ticketholders never saw the game at all. Those 450 were taken to a club under the seating areas to watch the game on TV, then given the chance to go out on the field afterward.

“Ultimately the contractor did not finish the job,” Supovitz told the jury. “If you are asking who is responsible, I was responsible. The NFL was responsible.”

Supovitz did not blame Jones and the Cowboys. They are not defendants in the trials, but Jones is a possible witness later.

Supovitz was on the witness stand for nearly all of Tuesday’s session in U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn’s court. He is due to return Wednesday morning.

The trial could last two weeks. The NFL lawyers say the seven plaintiffs in this case are seeking unreasonable damages. The NFL has already settled with hundreds of other fans.
 



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<![CDATA[Murder-Suicide at Garland Nursing Home: Police]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:36:47 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/071914+Garland+Police+car.jpg

Police are investigating a reported murder-suicide at a Garland nursing home.

Officers responded to Winters Park Assisted Living and Memory Care in the 3400 block of Wagon Wheel Road Tuesday morning on a report of someone bleeding.

When they arrived, they found the bodies of Arthur Smith, 85, and his wife, Charlene, 81, in Charlene's room.

Based on a preliminary investigation and evidence on the scene, detectives believe Arthur shot and killed Charlene, then turned the gun on himself.

Police are waiting on a cause of death from the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office before making an official ruling.


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<![CDATA[Plans Revealed to Rebuild Denton's Eureka Playground]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:10:59 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/arsenic+park.jpg

The plans are in and Denton’s Eureka Playground 2 could be a reality by the end of the year.

On Tuesday, leaders with the Denton Parks Foundation and the Eureka 2 planning committee revealed the first full-color design schematics for the park to NBC 5.

The designs, provided by Play by Design, show the playground will be split into two spaces to accommodate different age groups. They will feature all the expected items like swings, slides and plenty of climbing space as well as some special add-ons like tunnels, a fake monster truck and a zip-line.

Play by Design met with elementary school students in the Denton Independent School District last month to get their ideas for the new space and create the design based on that.

Overhead concepts were released at a community meeting, but this is the first time the drawings have been finalized into what volunteers would like to be the actual final design for the playground.

The current Eureka Playground at South Lakes Park was built about 20 years ago and is now hitting its expected shelf-life, but safety at the park became a serious concern in the past few years when it was discovered that a pesticide used to treat the wood structure originally contains arsenic, which could cause harm.

The city immediately took steps to prevent problems by sealing the wood regularly, but warning signs are still posted around the structure telling parents to wash their children’s hands for safety after being on the equipment.

Chrissy Mallouf, who serves as volunteer chairperson to rebuild the park, said it is simply time to move forward with a new playground that Denton can grow with for the foreseeable future.

Eureka was originally built and funded by the community, and that’s a tradition Mallouf and her team plan to continue this time around. They have already begun searching for corporate and private donations to rebuild and say, when the time comes, the park will be physically built by community volunteers as well.

At this point they are still figuring out the final cost, but it’s estimated at about $500,000.

The committee plans to meet again with the public Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at the Denton Civic Center to continue gathering volunteers and to update the public.

Mallouf said they hope to tear down the current structure and do a marathon building of the new one over about a week’s time in November if all goes to plan.


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<![CDATA[Arlington School to Remain Closed Wednesday]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 05:47:46 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/moore+es.jpg

Families of students at Moore Elementary in Arlington had to make a few changes to their morning routine Tuesday.

“[My kids] were a little nervous this morning,” said Erica Clopton, whose kids go to Moore Elementary. “But we told them they’d see all the same faces. It’s just a different school.”

Rather than dropping their kids off at the school, which was closed for the second straight day Tuesday, parents were asked to bring them around the corner to Boles Junior High, where they met their teachers and caught a bus to nearby Corey Elementary.

“They’ve missed enough school,” said Clopton. “I was glad [the district] came up with something.”

“We want to keep things as normal as possible for our students,” said Leslie Johnston, spokesperson for Arlington ISD.

While the students were away learning, crews worked to replace a transformer at the school which had blown over the weekend and get power restored to the building.

“There was some smoke inside the building, but we were able to get that cleared,” said Johnston. “And there was no damage to the inside of the building.”

Johnston says once the repairs are complete, district staff will have to test various systems in the school before it can reopen.

“We need to make sure the heating system, the electrical system and everything is back up and running as it should be,” said Johnston.

Students and parents will have to wait at least one more day before they can get back into the normal swing of things. The district has decided to keep Moore Elementary closed on Wednesday to make sure everything is working properly.

They say parents should once again drop off their kids at Boles Junior High between 7:40 a.m. and 8:20 a.m Wednesday. They’ll then be bussed to Corey Elementary.



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<![CDATA[FW Fire Shuffling Staff to Maintain Response Times]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:04:59 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fwfd.jpg

As north Fort Worth continues to grow and construction snarls traffic, the city's emergency responders are trying to find better ways to get to fires and medical calls. 

In an effort to maintain the goal of a five minute response, Fort Worth Fire is adding a fire attack truck into the mix.
"Especially in heavy traffic with all of the construction in north Fort Worth, it gives us a little bit more mobility and the ability to get to calls quicker," said Deputy Chief Homer Robertson.
The city isn't adding new staff though, but rather re-assigning staff. A four-person crew at Station 44 at Meacham Airport will be reduced to a two-crew station.
The other two firefighters will be rolled into covering the two-person attack truck. It will require six promotions to staff, but it helps keep the city near its goal of response times while not adding to the fire budget in a major way.
"We're all working under tight budgets and trying to be good steward of the tax dollar," deputy chief Robertson said.
The vehicle and two-person crew will be based at Station 31, which is just off North Beach Street. They will primarily respond to non-fire emergencies in what is a very high call volume area.
"They're doing approximately 3,600 calls a year," Robertson said.
That's about 10 calls a day, but the fire attack truck will help reduce that load.
"The majority of the calls are going to be EMS calls, auto accidents and other calls for service," he said.
It has wildland fire capabilities and could even be used as part of a winter weather strike team, like those formed last week to remove vehicles broken down on city highways.
In addition to improving response times, the smaller more mobile vehicle will yield operational savings.
"A little over a million dollars a year in cost savings," Deputy Chief Robertson said.
That new truck should be in service by the start of next month.
The two-person crew at Meacham Airport does meet FAA and airport standards.



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<![CDATA[Cowtown Runners Can Complete 'Virtual' Race]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:36:25 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/030115-Cowtown-Start-%283%29.jpg

Mother Nature didn't cooperate with this year's Cowtown races, but runners who didn't get to compete in their event can still qualify for a medal.

Organizers are letting anyone who was registered for the The Cowtown Adult 5k, Cook Children’s 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon or Ultra Marathon no later than Feb. 28 to run on his or her own in a "virtual race."

All you need to do is complete your distance, fill out the form found at the bottom of this article and email the completed form to info@cowtownmarathon.org.

The form must be completed and returned to The Cowtown by Monday, March 30.



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<![CDATA[1 Hurt in Fort Worth Crane Collapse: Officials]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 23:04:22 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_fire_lights_generic.jpg

One person was hurt after a crane reportedly collapsed Tuesday afternoon at a construction site in Fort Worth.

Emergency crews were called just after 4 p.m. to the area near southbound U.S. Highway 287 and Harmon Road, just west of Interstate 35W.

A spokesperson for the Fort Worth Fire Department said one person was transported from the scene, although the severity of the injuries were not known.

MedStar reported that the injured man was not trapped by the crane and was conscious and alert when transported to the hospital.

The crane collapsed within the construction zone, so no roads are affected.

Further information has not yet been released.

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<![CDATA[Crews Prepare Roads for Possible Winter Weather Again]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 22:52:47 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/North_Texas_Ice_truck_Brine.jpg

Here we go again.

Road crews are out pretreating bridges and overpasses before the next winter storm expected on Wednesday night.

“It’s a little tricky today because rain is falling in some of our sections, so we’re having to do it in spots,” said Ryan LaFontaine with TxDot in Dallas. “But we will be able to pretreat all of our major bridges and overpasses throughout the night.”

Both TxDot and the NTTA are using brine solution again to lower the freeze point on elevated surfaces, and crews will begin working 12-hour shifts Wednesday to keep the roads clear.

“We’re all stocked up and our guys, they’re ready to go to work,” said Lafontaine.

Some crews are out repairing potholes that have opened up in the winter weather, including one three-feet wide that opened up right through the surface of a bridge along Interstate 20, just eastbound of Bonnie View Road.

“This time of year, particularly with these winter weather storms, we do see an uptick in those sorts of potholes,” said LaFontaine. “What happens is if there’s a crack in the road surface, any kind of open space that water can get into, it fills up and then freezes and then expands and causes, it speeds up the pothole process.”
 



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<![CDATA[Eddie Ray Routh's Attorneys File Motion for New Trial]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:27:13 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Eddie-Ray-Routh.jpg

Attorneys for Eddie Ray Routh filed a motion, on Tuesday, for a new trial after Routh was found guilty in the murders of "American Sniper" author and former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield.

Routh's attorney Wendy St. John also filed an appeal to overturn his conviction on Feb. 24.

No date has been set to hear either motion filed Tuesday.

Because the state did not seek the death penalty, Routh, 27, received an automatic life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Routh’s defense claimed he was insane at the time of the crime and unable to tell right from wrong. Experts testifying for the state said former US Marine Routh did not have post-traumatic stress as he claimed in the past because they never saw combat and did not have suffer serious trauma.


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