<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - National & International News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Wed, 27 May 2015 21:31:38 -0500 Wed, 27 May 2015 21:31:38 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Idaho Man Survives Lightning Strike]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 20:46:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/72814+Lightning.jpg

An Idaho man escaped a brush with death this weekend when a lightning bolt arced through a stormy sky and struck him in the head.

Ryan Cross, 34, was camping near Idaho City on Sunday with two friends on ATVs when a thunderstorm swept through the area, his wife Heather told NBC affiliate KTVB. As hail started to fall, Ryan dismounted from his ATV and took cover under the only shelter around — a nearby pine tree.

"He was under the tree, looking at a map on his phone, and that's when it all happened," Heather said.

The lightning bolt hit Ryan in the head, coursed through his body and exited through his back, Heather said. The lightning left a scarlet scar down his chest and in a spot on his back.

One of Ryan's friends was briefly knocked unconscious by the lightning. When he regained consciousness, he ran to a nearby road, where he met up with people in a SUV and summoned help.

"That helped save his life," Heather said.

When he arrived at the Saint Alphonsus intensive care unit in nearby Boise, Ryan had bleeding in his brain. He is now alert, eating and starting to get back on his feet, his wife said.

The powerful bolt shredded Ryan's gear and left it hot to the touch.

Experts recommend moving to shelter immediately in the event of an electrical storm. If no shelter is available, people should stay low to the ground.

"Storms can develop so fast, and based on the ruggedness of the mountains, you can't see it coming," KTVB meteorologist Larry Gebert said. "The best thing to do in a storm when you have no protection is to be the smallest thing out there."

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<![CDATA[Police Make Arrest in LA Fire]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 20:49:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP298796397152.jpg

Police have made an arrest in the "devastating" downtown Los Angeles blaze that torched an under-construction apartment complex, officials confirmed on Wednesday.

The fire destroyed the seven-story Da Vinci Apartments complex at 900 West Temple Street in December 2014, covering some 180,000 square feet. Flames billowed into the air, making smoke visible for miles and radiating enough heat to shatter the windows of nearby office towers.

Dawud Abdulwali, 56, of Los Angeles was arrested without incident Tuesday morning on an unrelated traffic charge and was later booked on suspicion of aggravated arson and arson of a structure, according to a written statement from the Los Angeles Fire Department.

There were no additional suspects, said Special Agent Carlos Canino of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Abdulwali was exposed as a squatter by the NBC4 I-Team in 2010, when he was found to be living in a foreclosed mansion in Woodland Hills. At the time he identified himself as Dawud Walli on what appeared to be a falsified lease for the vacant three-story home.

Multiple law enforcement sources identified "Damud Walli" as the suspected arsonist Dawud Abdulwali to NBC4.

Law enforcement sources earlier told NBC4 Abdulwali was booked on charges of suspicion of malicious arson and reckless arson, but it was not clear what charges the district attorney would be filing.

Booking records show Abdulwali was being held on more than $1 million bail. If convicted, Abdulwali faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, according to the LAFD.

Officials offered no motive and released few details on how the investigation led them to Abdulwali.

"All the evidence that we have right now points to this person as a suspect," Canino said. "We have zero evidence at this time that this was a terrorism event."

Canino said there was no indication that Abdulwali had a connection to the Da Vinci complex.

The blaze damaged nearby high-rise structures, melted overhead signs on the Harbor (110) Freeway and melted computers of a neighboring office building on Figueroa Street.

Investigators said mid-December they found an accelerant pointing to arson.

Rewards totaling an unprecedented $170,000 were announced in January to help make an arrest. However, Mayor Eric Garcetti said public tips did not lead to the arrest.

Authorities also released surveillance images of two people spotted near the scene after the fire, but police said Abdulwali was not the person in either of those images.

Terrazas has called the "devastating" fire "one of the largest structure fires the LAFD has had in recent memory."

The blaze caused up to $30 million in damage to the under-construction Da Vinci Apartments.

The fire also caused between $50 and $60 million in damage to the adjacent city building, according to the fire department.

Phil Drechsler contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Chase Ends in Crash With FW SWAT]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 20:52:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/swat-fw-chase.jpg

A two hour police chase has ended in a crash with Fort Worth SWAT in Arlington, Texas.

The man, who police sources have identified as 42-year-old Joe Gonzales, was driving a white, four-door Nissan.

Gonzales led police on a chase between west Fort Worth and Arlington that lasted more than two hours.

The chase came to a crashing end at approximately 4 p.m. when a Fort Worth SWAT BearCat slammed into the side of the car, causing it to strike a center barrier wall on eastbound I-30 near Ballpark Way in Arlington.

Fort Worth police and SWAT members surrounded the vehicle with guns drawn. They pulled Gonzales out through a backseat window and handcuffed him.

Paramedics treated him on the scene for what appeared to be minor injuries before transporting him to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

A Fort Worth police source confirmed to NBC 5 that Gonzales had two-pounds of drugs on him when a narcotics officer attempted to pull him over Wednesday afternoon. The source could not confirm what type of drug it was.

The Chase

The pursuit started at approximately 2 p.m. on Belknap Street in Fort Worth, police said.

The chase then moved to I-30 westbound until Gonzales  exited at Ridglea Avenue, turned left on the overpass and got back on I-30, this time heading eastbound.

The chase slowed to a near-crawl at Oakland Boulevard, while Gonzales spoke to crisis negotiators on the phone for more than an hour.

During that time, police blocked off several exits onto eastbound I-30 in the area to keep vehicles off the interstate, which caused traffic delays.

Eventually, the individual sped up significantly before exiting onto North Collins Street in Arlington. After a brief chase on surface streets, the suspect drove back on eastbound I-30.

Earlier in the pursuit, police attempted to stop the vehicle with spike strips, but it didn't work.

Because the chase was moving so slowly for quite some time, people pulled over to take photos. Fort Worth police urged them not do this. 

NBC 5 will 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[Hostages Rescued at Gas Station]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 20:03:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ANTIOCH-HOSTAGE-CHOPPER-PART-2---02063110.jpg

SWAT teams officers handcuffed a suspected hostage taker outside a Bay Area gas station on Wednesday after he reportedly took two hostages.

The California Highway Patrol was assisting Antioch police in the standoff.

One of the two hostages being held inside the ARCO gas station at 2610 Contra Loma Blvd. was released at about 2:50 p.m. (5:50 p.m. ET). The other hostage exited the gas station about half an hour later followed by the suspect.

He came out with his arms up, lay face down in the parking lot and was quickly handcuffed. No injuries were reported.

Antioch Police Chief Allan Cantando said the incident started with a reported traffic collision at West 10th Street and Auto Center Drive. A male suspect was seen running from the crash ran to a nearby business, where he stole a car while a man was in it, he said. According to Cantado, the suspect eventually resurfaced in Concord, where he had stolen another vehicle.

Cantando said officers pursued the suspect's vehicle to the shut-down L Street off-ramp of Highway 4, where he crashed. The suspect then attempted to steal another car from two women, but they said he was deterred by their pit bull.

A CHP officer did fire a single shot at the suspect after the suspect pointed a weapon, Cantando said. The suspect was able to run into the gas station in Antioch where he took a pair of hostages. It was not immediately clear whether the hostages worked at the gas station or if they were customers.

An employee of a nearby company said nearby businesses have been advised to stay indoors while police deal with a “possible abduction” next door. The employee declined to give her name.

The L Street off-ramp from Highway 4 was shut down due to the police activity, according to CHP.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Rick Santorum Announces 2nd White House Run]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 17:40:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rick-Santorum-27-May-2015.jpg

Conservative culture warrior Rick Santorum launched a 2016 White House bid on Wednesday, vowing to fight for working-class Americans in a new election season that will test his influence — and focus on social issues — in a changing Republican Party.

The former Pennsylvania senator may have exceeded his own expectations by scoring a second-place finish in the race for the Republican presidential nomination four years ago. Yet as he enters a more powerful and diverse 2016 field, he may struggle even to qualify for the debate stage in his second run.

"I am proud to stand here, among you and for you, the American workers who have sacrificed so much, to announce that I am running for president of the United States," the 57-year-old senator said, flanked by factory workers and six of his seven children in a cinderblock warehouse near his western Pennsylvania hometown.

"The last race, we changed the debate. This race, with your help and God's grace, we can change this nation."

Santorum opens this political season as a heavy underdog in a race expected to feature more than a dozen high-profile Republicans — most of them newcomers to presidential politics. He is among the nation's most prominent social conservatives, having dedicated much of his political career to opposing same-sex marriage and abortion rights, while advocating for conservative Christian family values.

He mentioned cultural issues only briefly on Wednesday, however, in remarks designed to broaden his appeal to working-class Americans. "As president, I will stand for the principle that every life matters — the poor, the disabled and the unborn," said Santorum, a Catholic.

He ultimately won 11 states in the GOP's 2012 primary election after an unexpected and narrow victory in the opening contest in Iowa, where he emerged as a conservative favorite after touring the state's 99 counties in a pickup truck.

His road to relevancy this time won't be easy.

"It's going to be much more competitive," said Foster Friess, a prominent donor who was standing near the podium during Wednesday's announcement.

Santorum has acknowledged his challenges in 2016, but says his experience could pay dividends the second time around. Most of the GOP's recent presidential nominees, Mitt Romney and President Ronald Reagan among them, needed more than one campaign to win the nomination.

He faces considerable competition for his party's social conservatives in particular. The list of Republicans already courting religious voters includes former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist pastor who won the Iowa caucuses in 2008, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. And like Santorum, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is a Catholic.

Polling suggests a shift in voter attitudes about the importance of social issues, particularly gay marriage, which has long been a defining issue for Santorum. Like others in his party, he has appealed to religious voters recently by criticizing what he calls President Barack Obama's "war on religious freedom," which includes the broader debate over whether private businesses can deny services to same-sex couples.

Santorum's longshot status may keep him out of presidential debates altogether.

Only those who place in the top 10 of national polls will be allowed to participate in the first Republican presidential debate in August, according to guidelines released by network host Fox News. Santorum is on the bubble.

While advisers suggest he will benefit from a donor network that has grown in recent years, questions remain about Santorum's ability to raise money as well.

Friess, who previously gave more than $2 million to a pro-Santorum super PAC in 2012, said he would continue to support Santorum's White House ambitions, although he plans to avoid donating large amounts directly to the campaign or a supportive super PAC, both of which would disclose their donors.

"Any giving I'm doing is going to be lower-profile and less noticed," Friess told The Associated Press.

Santorum immediately launches a rollout tour that begins in Iowa on Thursday and Friday and moves to South Carolina on Saturday and Sunday. He is not scheduled to appear in New Hampshire, where voters typically don't favor candidates who focus on social issues.

A crowd of hundreds watched Santorum's announcement at Penn United Technologies, an employee-owned manufacturing company based in the western Pennsylvania county where Santorum grew up.

Wallace Cypher, 54, who lives a half mile away, said he's backing Santorum because he wants a true conservative to win the GOP presidential nomination.

"I think he'd be a whole lot better than what we've got in there right now," Cypher said.

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<![CDATA[Photo of Cops, Black Man Sparks Ire]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 14:46:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cops+antler+photo+with+blur.jpg

A photo of two white Chicago police officers posing with rifles as they stand over a black man lying on his stomach with deer antlers on his head has sparked outrage.

The photo, showing Officers Timothy McDermott and Jerome Finnigan, was published Tuesday by the Chicago Sun-Times. It was released in March by a Cook County, Illinois, judge and is believed to have been taken in a West Side police station between 1999 and 2003, the Sun-Times reports.

The Polaroid image was given to the police department in January of 2013 and immediately prompted an investigation that led to McDermott being fired in 2014, police said Wednesday.

McDermott was stripped of his police powers and charges were filed with the Police Board, which terminated him in October of 2014.

“This picture is disgusting," Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said in a statement issued to NBC Chicago, "and the despicable actions of these two former officers have no place in our police department or in our society."

McDermott has reportedly appealed to a dismissal court, but attorneys for the police department and McDermott asked that the photo be sealed earlier this year. The judge refused that request in March and the photo was recently obtained by the Sun-Times.

The other officer in the photo, Finnigan, is also the face of a scandal involving the Special Operations Section of the police department and is currently serving a 12-year sentence in a federal prison in Florida. He pleaded guilty to charges in a murder-for-hire scheme and income tax evasion, relating to money he stole as a police officer.

"As the Superintendent of this department, and as a resident of our city," McCarthy said, "I will not tolerate this kind of behavior, and that is why neither of these officers works for CPD today. I fired one of the officers, and would have fired the other if he hadn't already been fired by the time I found out about the picture, which is why I fired the officer involved as soon as I learned about photo. Our residents deserve better than this, as do the thousands of good men and women in this department.”

The man in the photo has not been identified.

Photo Credit: Chicago Sun-Times]]>
<![CDATA[Engineering Students Help Three-Legged Pooch Get New Limb]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 15:53:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bionic-dog-nc-pic.jpg

Jimmy, a three-legged Cockapoo and puppy mill survivor is now walking with a bionic limb, thanks to some enterprising engineering students from Ohio State University.

The new prosthetic is the first of its kind, according to OSU student Hiromi Tsuda who worked on the new leg.

"They didn't have one for dogs that were amputated at the shoulder joint. So I thought this is going to be a big challenge, groundbreaking. Nobody has really done it before," she told NBC affiliate WCMH.

Asked why she helped work on this project, Tsuda told WCMH, "You can improve the life of a dog using technology. It will be great if I can help dogs because I love dogs. I've loved dogs all my life."

<![CDATA[Airline Calls in the Pizza Guy]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 15:31:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Delta+Plane+Pizza+Philly+Knoxville+Atlanta+Pizza+Delta.jpg

Call in the pizza guy!

That’s what the crew of a Delta flight from Philadelphia did after the Atlanta-bound aircraft landed in Knoxville, Tennessee instead Tuesday afternoon.

Bad weather in Atlanta caused the crew of Delta Flight 561, which took off from Philly just after 2 p.m., to land more than 200 miles from their destination.

The diverted flight landed in Knoxville around 3:50 p.m. As dinner time began to approach, the pilot announced to the passengers that they ordered pizza. A short time later dozens of pizza pies arrived.

“It’s part of a standing procedure at Delta to get food and beverages to delayed customers – whether it be a severe weather event that drove the diversion last night or a delay in airport due to an aircraft mechanical issue,” said Delta Air Lines spokesman Morgan Durrant.

The pizzas came from Marco's Pizza in Maryville, Tennessee. The pizza chain, which also has locations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, delivered about 65 pizzas to the airport Tuesday.

The Philly flight, originally scheduled to last about two hours, finally took off from Knoxville around 6:15 p.m. and passengers, with bellies full of pizza, arrived in Atlanta just after 7 p.m.

The Philly flight wasn’t the only Atlanta-bound Delta plane forced to land in Knoxville that got pizza delivered Tuesday.

Wittenmyer was on an Atlanta-bound plane from California.

Vazquez, who was on a diverted flight from Denver, told NBC10 that the delivery “made everyone so much happier. When they announced they ordered pizza the plane erupted in cheer and applause.”

Delivering pizzas to diverted planes was a “team effort with the flight crew and our airport representatives,” said Durrant.

Delta even delivered pizza to passengers on an Atlanta-bound flight that wound up diverted to Columbia, South Carolina.

And, in case you were wondering, passengers had their choice between plain, pepperoni or supreme, according to passengers.

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<![CDATA[Author of "To Die For" Appeals for Pamela Smart's Release]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 14:56:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SmartAndCamerasCropped.jpg

The author of “To Die For,” a novel inspired by Pamela Smart and the murder of her husband by her teenage lover, is asking the governor of New Hampshire to consider parole for the former school media coordinator.

Joyce Maynard, whose book was later turned into a movie starring Nicole Kidman, sent a letter to Gov. Maggie Hassan saying that she did not intend her work of fiction to shape the public perception of Smart.

Smart, portrayed during her trial as a 22-year-old femme fatale, was convicted in 1991 of conspiring in her husband’s killing and sentenced to life in prison without a chance of parole.


If the film adaption of the book contributed to a public perception of Smart as a ruthlessly ambitious killer, that was not her intent, Maynard wrote.

“To whatever extent the existence of that film affected attitudes towards Pamela Smart over the years, I can only reiterate: Nicole Kidman did not play Pamela Smart in ‘To Die For,’” Maynard wrote. “That character was a creation of my imagination.”

Smart admitted to having an affair to then-15-year-old Billy Flynn when she was director of media services at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, New Hampshire. But she continues to deny that she lured him into a plot to kill her husband.

She is imprisoned at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in New York.

A recent HBO documentary, "Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart," raised doubts about whether her trial, the first to be televised from start to finish, was fair.

Hassan's spokesman, William Hinkle, said in a statement that there was no outstanding petition for a pardon or commutation of sentence for Pamela Smart.

“Governor Hassan does not believe jury verdicts should be overturned without clear evidence of a miscarriage of justice, and at this time, the governor has not been presented any new information that would warrant consideration of a pardon even if such a petition existed,” he said.

Four men admitted to participating in the plot to kill Gregg Smart.

Flynn pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and testified that he shot Smart after Pamela Smart threatened to break up with him if he did not.

Flynn and Patrick Randall, who held a knife to Gregg Smart’s throat, were paroled this year. Two other men were released after serving sentences.

Maynard, whose March letter to Hassan was just released to the media, noted that Smart had earned two advanced degrees while in prison and had helped other inmates. She appealed to Hassan to be compassionate.

“And to whatever extent Pamela Smart’s chances for a fair parole hearing may have been affected by my novel, I trust you will do what you can to rectify that situation by giving her the same second chance granted the others involved in that case,” she wrote.

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<![CDATA[Idaho Man Survives Lightning Strike]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 17:09:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_struckbylightning0527001_1500x845.jpg The odds of getting struck by a bolt of lightning in the U.S. are about one in 700,000 people a year, based on deaths and injuries. This Memorial Day weekend, it happened to one Nampa, Idaho man and he survived.]]> <![CDATA[Lucky Day! $2,000 Tip on $93 Bill]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 12:12:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/20150526+Big+Tip.jpg

The staff at one D.C. restaurant received a big surprise this weekend -- a $2,000 tip on a $93 bill.

A customer at Blue 44 in Chevy Chase visited the restaurant on Monday to pick up a few quarts of gumbo, the staff said. When bartender Laura Dally told the regular his order would be free, he not only paid his bill, he left an extra $2,000.

The customer -- who asked not to be named -- scrawled out on the bill that he wanted the chef to have $1,000, Dally to get $500 and owner Chris Nardelli to get the remaining $500.

"We gave them a couple quarts of gumbo on the house after their meal, but never expected anything like this," Nardelli said in a statement.

Blue 44, at 5507 Connecticut Ave. NW, opened in April 2011.

<![CDATA[Merriam-Webster Adds 1,700 Words, Including "Jeggings," "NSFW"]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 13:52:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/27167011.jpg

The Merriam-Webster unabridged dictionary has included new words that will have some people saying “WTF.”

The company announced Tuesday it has added 1,700 new terms, many of which are influenced by the internet and social media.

Such entries include meme, NSFW, emoji, clickbait, and photobomb.

Others refer to popular culture, such as jeggings, photobomb, twerk and vocal fry.

For a word to be included, it has to be “used in a substantial number of citations that come from a wide range of publications over a considerable period of time,” according to Merriam-Webster. “Specifically, the word must have enough citations to allow accurate judgments about its establishment, currency, and meaning.”

Here are some other new entries:

Net Neutrality (Noun)

Definition: the idea, principle or requirement that Internet service providers should or must treat all Internet data as the same regardless of its kind, source or destination.

Clickbait (Noun)

Definition: something (such as a headline) designed to make readers want to click on a hyperlink, especially when the link leads to content of dubious value or interest.

Sriracha (Noun)

Definition: a pungent sauce that is made from hot peppers pureed with usually garlic, sugar, salt, and vinegar and that is typically used as a condiment.

Slendro (Noun)

Definition: a pentatonic tuning employed for Javanese gamelans that divides the octave into five roughly similar internals.

Dark Money (Noun)

Definition: money contributed to nonprofit organizations that is used to fund political campaigns without disclosure of the donors' identities.

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<![CDATA[Police Kill Man Holding Son Hostage]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 20:27:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Middletown-Hostages-New.jpg

A SWAT team member shot and killed a 39-year-old man allegedly holding his 13-month-old son hostage at a home in central New Jersey overnight, authorities say.

Scott McAllister was fatally shot after a five-hour standoff at his home on Bayside Avenue in the East Keansburg section of Middletown, the New Jersey Attorney General's Office said. 

McAllister was killed hours after were called to the home after getting a 911 call about a domestic dispute inside the home, the attorney general's office said. 

The mother of McAllister's son was outside the home when officers arrived, and told them that the man was drunk and had beaten her. She added that the man, who was still inside the home, had a knife and was threatening to hurt the boy. 

A SWAT team and a hostage negotiator responded to the home and tried to get McAllister to surrender peacefully and turn over the child. 

When the negotiations failed, the SWAT team forced their way into the house. That's when authorities say one of the officers shot McAllister.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The infant, who was near his father, was not hurt in the standoff.

Nearby residents were evacuated from their homes during the standoff. One neighbor told NBC 4 New York the suspect worked on a fishing boat.

<![CDATA[Rescuers Remove Blade From Wounded Sea Lion]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 13:42:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/5-26-15+Injured+Sea+Lion.JPG

Volunteers and a professional rescue team from SeaWorld came to the aid of a sea lion that appeared Saturday on a dock in Channel Islands Harbor with the handle of a bladed weapon protruding from his body.

"This animal would have died because of this impalement," said Keith Yip, curator of mammals at SeaWorld San Diego and leader of its rescue team.

The male sea lion, estimated to weigh 600 pounds or more, had been overnighting on an empty dock, then disappearing during the day. Concerned boaters and live-aboards in the harbor dubbed him Bubba and worried that he might not survive until rescuers could get him help.

Rescuers arrived early Tuesday morning, shortly after Bubba had disappeared again into the water, and they awaited his return. One search boat, the Captain Jax, patrolled the harbor the entire day without a sighting until just before 5:30 p.m., when Heidi Dinkler checked back at the spot near the end of dock B where the sea lion had been overnighting and found him swimming nearby. Dinkler, a retired Kern County Fire Battalion Chief, radioed the second rescue boat.

"He's back!" Dinkler said in lowered voice as not to startle the animal. Within minutes the sea lion perched itself atop the end of the dock.

NBC4 was riding with Dinkler at the time of the sighting, and remained in the Captain Jax for the duration of the mission, affording an up-close view of the rescue.

On the dock, the sea lion was darted twice with a tranquilizer, then dove into the water and resisted the efforts of rescuers to capture him for nearly two frustrating hours. With the effect of the tranquilizer starting to wear off, a third dart was fired and stuck, but still the sea lion was able to back out of a net every time it was placed over his head.

Team members were beginning to worry that they would have to postpone the effort on account of darkness when he was finally netted using an extra-long net provided by the Coast Guard. Harbor Patrol also assisted in spotting and herding the sea lion.

After Bubba was brought to shore, Yip and veterinarian Sam Dover, DVM, discovered the blade was so deeply embedded it had to be cut out with a scalpel.

"It angers me," said Yip as he held up the weapon. "You know, it's not right. There's no animal that deserves this kind of treatment."

"Clearly it was done intentionally," said Dover, founder of the Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute (CIMWI), which organized the rescue effort.

The blade was taken as evidence for follow up investigation. Harming a sea lion is a federal offense under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, enforced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

NOAA's office of investigation will attempt to determine how the sea lion was wounded, Martina Sagapolu, deputy special agent in charge, said.

Who stabbed the sea lion remains unknown. NOAA is encouraging anyone with information to call its hotline number, 800-853-1964.

Boaters were stunned and angry over the wound that was inflicted.

"I've seen him about three days ago, it was the first time it was here," said Kenny Knoll, who lives aboard a boat near the dock where Bubba appeared.

"But this was vicious, this was," Tony Raimondo said. "I think someone must have gashed the thing because when you look at that gash, it was continuous -- it didn't happen by accident."

Sometimes loud and aggressive -- even known to steal fish from a catch -- sea lions are not always popular in harbors.

Just last month, sport fisherman Dan Carlin was holding a fish for a photo while motoring back to dock in San Diego's Mission Bay when a sea lion leapt to snatch it from his grasp.

The sea lion bit Carlin's hand and pulled him down some 20 feet underwater before he broke free and escaped, he told interviewers.

In Channel Islands Harbor on New Year's Day, a fisherman who had been cutting bait on a dock was bitten in the leg by a sea lion and sent into the water. The same sea lion continued to loiter near the dock for another month and at one point he struck it with a pole to ward it off, the fisherman said. The fisherman identified himself as Jerry and his account of the January incident was corroborated by others in the harbor.

That sea lion had different coloration from the wounded one that was rescued Tuesday, Jerry said, and he expressed doubt they are the same animal.

From his dinghy, Knoll was able to follow the rescue until its conclusion. After Bubba was placed in a safety cage for transport to San Diego, Knoll was able to get a close look.

"Amazing!" he exclaimed, visibly relieved that the days of suspense were over.

Dover and Yip expressed confidence that after treatment, the sea lion will be able to return to the ocean.

Yip returned to SeaWorld with Bubba. Dover said planned to return to Santa Barbara to resume working with mammals oiled by last week's spill. Its draw on resources was a factor that kept volunteers from getting to the sea lion sooner, he said.

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<![CDATA[Prophet Muhammad Ad on D.C. Metro?]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 10:38:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Generic+Metro+722+x+406.jpg

The group behind a provocative contest for cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad that led to a deadly shooting in Texas earlier this month has submitted the winning image to run as an advertisement on Washington, D.C., public transportation.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), a conservative group behind some controversial ad campaigns, wants to plaster the image of the Prophet Muhammad on the side of Metrobuses and in train stations.

Pamela Geller, founder of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, submitted the the winning cartoon from the “Draw Muhammad” event to the Washington, D.C., Transit Authority.

"There is nothing about this cartoon that incites violence. It is within the established American tradition of satire. If America surrenders on this point, the freedom of speech is a relic of history,” Geller said.

Metro riders News4 spoke with had mixed opinions about the idea.

"I know it is a First Amendment issue, but I also know pictures of the Prophet Muhammad are considered disrespectful to Muslims,” one rider said.

"The First Amendment is absolute,” another said.

"We are aware that an ad has been submitted,” Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said in a statement. “It is going through a review process and has not yet been approved for our system."

The American Freedom Defense Initiative has run controversial ads on subways and buses in other cities across the country as well — among them Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco. In 2012, they were able to get another poster deemed offensive to Muslims on D.C.’s Metro.

Geller and the group were in the news recently, when the nation's largest mass transit system voted to ban all political ads on New York City subways and buses, following the group's legal battle to display "Hamas Killing Jews" ads on buses.

The AFDI is listed as an anti-Muslim hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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<![CDATA[Seismologist Tweets "San Andreas" Film Premiere]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 11:36:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lucy+Jones.jpg

The disaster film "San Andreas" received a real-time fact check from one of Southern California's foremost seismologists during its premiere Tuesday night in Hollywood.

U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones provided candid reaction and separated fact and fiction with a stream of tweets during the film's screening at the Chinese Theatre, where she also was part of the red-carpet event alongside the likes of star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Jones has served as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's seismic safety adviser on the mayor's quake preparedness plan.

In the film, a previously unknown fault near the Hoover Dam in Nevada ruptures and shakes the San Andreas fault, capable of producing significant earthquakes. Southern California is rocked by a powerful magnitude-9.1 quake followed by an even stronger magnitude-9.6 in Northern California.

Jones had praise for some of the film's depictions of emergency response and at least one portrayal of "drop, cover and hold on" -- a safety practice designed to protect individuals from falling or flying objects. Actor Paul Giamatti, who plays a seismologist in the film, urges people to "drop, cover and hold on" when the ground begins shaking.

"Yes! Drop, cover& hold on. The right thing to do in an earthquake," she tweeted.

But she also noted that much of the movie stretched into "fantasy territory."

The San Andreas fault is known for producing significant quakes, but a magnitude-9 or larger is highly unlikely. Computer models have shown the lengthy fault -- considered a strike-slip because opposing segments of rock slide past each other horizontally -- is capable of a magnitude-8.3 quake.

The film also suggests earthquakes can be predicted when a fictional seismologist at a real Southern California university, Caltech, notices spikes in "magnetic pulses" that light up California, suggesting a mega-quake. Scientists cannot predict earthquakes, but early warning systems can give residents and businesses a few seconds heads up after a quake hits, but before strong shaking is felt. Japan has the most advanced seismic alert system in the world while the U.S. is currently testing a prototype.

In summary, Jones tweeted: "Bottom line: don't learn seismology from #SanAndreas but maybe it will inspire people to take Community Emergency Response Training."

More reaction from Jones can be found below: 

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<![CDATA[Man in Fla. Reels in 552-Pound Fish]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 11:56:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/052715+massive+grouper+chew+on+this+tv.jpg

A video showing a southwest Florida man reeling in a massive Goliath Grouper from a small Kayak is making headlines nationwide.

As reported by NBC affiliate WBBH, Jon Black of the Crazy Lure Tackle shop in Cape Coral says he's reeled in "the largest bottom fish ever from a Kayak" off Sanibel Island, which is just under a 20 mile drive from Fort Myers.

In the video, the cameraman is heard screaming "that's a big boy!" as Black reels in the huge fish.

Since it was published on Tuesday, the video has been viewed more than 66,000 times.

According to the video's description, the fish measured at 83 inches long and over 73 inches in girth, putting it at an estimated weight of 552 pounds.

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<![CDATA[Kitten Escapes Hawk Attack]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 15:12:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/5-26-15-Kitten+Hawk+Rescue.jpg

A little white kitten narrowly missed having to dig into her nine lives on Tuesday after escaping the mouth of a hawk in a Southern California neighborhood.

The kitten's ordeal was already underway in Jurupa Valley when Lindsey Gage saw a large hawk perched on top of a neighbor's basketball hoop on Mountain Shadow Drive, Riverside County Animal Services spokesman John Welsh said.

Gage was in her car with her 6-year-old daughter about to leave for the grocery store when she noticed something inside the hawk's mouth: a white kitten.

"I couldn't believe what I was seeing," Gage said. "At first I thought it was a rare occurrence just to see a hawk that close, let alone a baby kitten in its mouth."

The hawk took off and flew down the street, but it lost its grasp on the 5-week-old female kitten and dropped the feline from the sky, Welsh said.

A man watching nearby saw where the kitten landed and pointed Gage in its direction, where she scooped up the baby animal and took her to the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley.

The kitten has a wound on its chest, but it doesn't appear to be life-threatening, Welsh said.

Shelter officials said there is no timetable on when the kitten could be put up for adoption, because she is very young and possibly must be bottle-fed. The kitten will likely go through rehabilitation before the shelter makes any final decisions, officials said.

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<![CDATA[Amber Alert: Girl Safe, Uncle Killed]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 10:37:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/caitlyn-uncle.jpg

A missing 9-year-old Benbrook, Texas, girl abducted by her uncle is safe in Bossier City, Louisiana, Benbrook police say, after her uncle was killed in a struggle with an FBI Task Force officer Tuesday afternoon.

An Amber Alert for Caitlyn Elizabeth Williams was issued early Tuesday morning after officials said she was believed to have been taken by her uncle, 24-year-old Jessie Nicholas Williams, of Arlington, last Friday. Family members reached out to the man but said he had been unresponsive, which they said was unusual.

Benbrook Police Officer Sandy Eubanks said a tip led law enforcement to a motel room where the girl's uncle was killed during a struggle with law enforcement.

"The Amber Alert that was issued resulted in numerous tips that led officers to a motel room in Bossier City, Louisiana," Eubanks said. "Just a little bit earlier, the FBI attempted to take the suspect into custody. An FBI Task Force officer was shot and wounded and the suspect was killed. The child was safely recovered."

The wounded officer, whose name has not been released, was shot in the leg and is expected to recover. Police were not able to comment on the condition of the girl, but they said she is expected to be reunited with her parents in North Texas soon.

"Since they said she's safely recovered, I presume she's uninjured," Eubanks said.

Police have not released any motive or further details about the girl's abduction.

Caitlyn Reported Missing; Uncle Believed to be Involved

Police told NBC 5 they believe Jessie took Caitlyn Friday. She was believed to be headed to a friend's house for the weekend, but, police said she never showed up.

Caitlyn and Jessie were spotted twice over the weekend, once at a hotel on Alta Mesa Boulevard at Interstate 35W and later at a hair salon on Bryant Irvin Road. After being spotted at the hair salon, police said Caitlyn's appearance could have been altered.

"She was described as having long wavy brown hair, we have reason to believe that her hair may have been cut short to alter her appearance," said Benbrook Police Officer Sandy Eubanks.

Police began looking into the girl's disappearance after her parents called and reported her missing Monday. According to police, the girl's parents expected her to return home from her friend's house on Sunday. When she hadn't returned Monday, they called police.

"She was supposed to return Sunday, and when she didn't, they decided to wait, because the weather was bad," said Eubanks.

Investigators learned Caitlyn never arrived at the friend's home and that she had been spotted with her uncle at two locations. Attempts by family members to reach Jessie Williams have been unsuccessful.

"Because the other family members can't contact him, obviously that elevates the level of concern we have for the child," said Eubanks.

Police originally said an Amber Alert had not been issued because there was not a specific suspect or vehicle that could be described, but armed with new information Tuesday morning the Amber Alert was issued for Caitlyn and her uncle.

A rental car believed to have been used by the uncle was recovered, police said.

Family Urges Uncle to Return With Missing Girl

Caitlyn's great grandmother, Linda Bullard, spoke to NBC 5's Jeff Smith and made a plea for Caitlyn's safe return.

"Jessie, please, you know Caitlyn needs to be at home, she needs to be in school, she needs to be with her friends and her mom and her dad and me. Please bring her home," Bullard said.

Police said they spoke to Caitlyn's parents, her neighbors, friends and relatives in an effort to find her. Neighbors told NBC 5's Jeff Smith that FBI agents canvassed the neighborhood along Wade Hampton Street Monday night. They said the two agents knocked on doors and asked to come inside and look around.

Neighbors said the agents asked a lot of questions about Caitlyn, her great grandmother and how often she rode her bike alone in the neighborhood. They also asked if neighbors recognized her uncle.

"The family has only been in this area for a short period of time. And we haven't had any prior calls; there's no call history with regard to the address that they live. So the information’s very limited," said Eubanks.

NBC 5's Ray Villeda, Ellen Bryan, Amanda Guerra, Jeff Smith and Frank Heinz contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Startled Cyclist Discovers Unearthed Casket After Massive Texas Floods]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 13:18:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/casket-unearthed-in-floods-nc-pic.jpg A bicyclist made a bizarre discovery Tuesday morning when he found a casket on a Houston, Texas sidewalk. Police believe stormwaters lifted the casket out of the ground from nearby Riceville Cemetery, then carried it about 100 yards.]]> <![CDATA[Victim Knocked Out, Robbed of $1]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 15:05:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Southeast+DC+Stron-Arm+Robbery+051725.jpg

D.C. police are looking for a man who knocked a 63-year-old man out with one punch in an apparent robbery May 17 in Southeast.

About 5:45 p.m. that Sunday, a man in a red shirt exchanged words with the victim in the 2900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE.

WARNING: Some may find the surveillance video below disturbing.

Surveillance video from nearby Petey Greene Community Center shows the man in a red shirt punch the 63-year-old victim, dropping him to the ground. He stepped away from the motionless victim before returning, bending over him, and apparently going through his pockets and taking a dollar.

Several other people seen in the video did nothing to intervene or assist the victim.

Anyone with information about the case should call police at 202-727-9099 or by texting the tip to 50411.

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<![CDATA[Jewelry Store Owner Fights Robbers]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 22:40:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/smash+and+grab1.jpg

A jewelry store owner in Lauderhill, Florida, fought back against a group of smash-and-grab robbers and it was all caught on camera.

In the video, a man is seen calmly walking into the Immanuel Jewelry Store on State Road 7 around 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. He then pulled out a hammer and started smashing a display case.

Several other people, wearing masks and gloves, stormed in behind him and started grabbing whatever they could get their hands on.

But the thieves probably didn't bet on store owner Sue Shimochi and the other female clerks fighting back.

The women said they weren't thinking of their own safety, they just reacted and wanted to protect their business.

"I had a metal stick on the floor, I grabbed it and started hitting them but there were so many of them I didn't know what to do. I hit them all over here and there," Shimochi said.

The men ducked her swings and even tried to hit her with the plastic buckets they brought with them. Within 20 seconds she says they made off with more than $200,000 worth of pure gold chains.

Shimochi is convinced they would have gotten away with more if she didn't go on the defense.

"At the time I didn't know what I was thinking, I was just trying to hurt them. Hurt them, yeah," she said.

Another employee grabbed a mirror and was ready to swat the robbers away. Their moves may have worked, but police said they need leads to track the criminals down.

"They're all masked up and wearing gloves so we're asking anyone with information who might recognize the clothing they are wearing or their stature to call us," said Major Rick Rocco of the Lauderhill Police Department.

Shimochi said she's never been victimized like this in the 16 years she's been in business. With her display cases now empty, she is eager for arrests to be made.

"I want them to get caught so the other jewelry shop doesn't get robbed like me again."

Police do not encourage people to fight back in these circumstances. Major Rocco said if one of the suspects had pulled out a weapon the situation could have escalated and become much more violent.

If you know anything about this robbery, call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Drugs Found at Calif. Crash Site]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 05:56:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/carly+ramirez.jpg

Bottles of methadone were found in the car that crashed into a power pole last month, killing a 3-year-old girl, a San Diego County Medical Examiner’s report reveals.

The toddler, Carlee Ramirez, was not buckled in properly before the deadly crash on April 4 in El Cajon, a city in east San Diego County, the ME said. Her mother Brandy Teague was behind the wheel and now faces a number of felony charges in the girl’s death.

Carlee was sitting in a booster seat in the left rear passenger side of the Hyundai Elantra when Teague veered off Broadway and into the pole. While Carlee’s lap belt was secure, the shoulder belt was behind the back of the seat, according to the report.

Although emergency crews performed CPR on Carlee and took her to Rady Children’s Hospital, she died soon after. Her cause of death was blunt force injuries to her head and a neck fracture, the ME said, and her manner of death is an accident.

When ME investigators examined the scene of the crash, they found a bottle of methadone behind the driver’s seat and another on the ground beside the car, placed there by officers.

Teague’s sons, 1 and 10 years old, both survived the crash with minor to moderate injuries. El Cajon police believe Teague fell asleep at the wheel before she crashed.

She is now in jail, charged with gross vehicular manslaughter, DUI causing injury, driving on a suspended license and other felonies. She has pleaded not guilty to all charges, and her next court appearance is scheduled for June 16.

Carlee’s father, Carlos Ramirez, spoke with NBC 7 not long after he lost his daughter. He said he did not want Carlee to go with Teague because he suspected she was under the influence of drugs, but he did not have full custody of her. According to the ME’s report, Carlee’s maternal grandmother was her legal guardian.

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<![CDATA[Poodle, Stranded 12 Hours in Houston Floods, Reunited with Joyful Owner]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 12:50:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/flooding-dog-nc-pic.jpg A Houston grandmother was overjoyed Tuesday after she was reunited with her poodle, who was stranded in a flooded house for more than 12 hours. Lena Givens, 84, was at the Rockets game when the storm started. She had to stay in the hotel of the lobby for three to four hours before she was finally able to get an Uber driver. By then she said the road to her neighborhood was impassable and she was worried about her poodle, Tinkerbell, who was in a kennel inside her home.]]> <![CDATA[Ex-LAPD Cop Arrested in Killing]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 01:37:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/150526-ex-lapd-officer-fugitive-henry-solis-arrest.jpg

A former Los Angeles Police Department officer charged in the shooting death of a man in California was arrested by authorities in northern Mexico, the FBI confirmed Tuesday night.

Henry Solis, 27, was wanted in connection with the March 13 shooting death of 23-year-old Salome Rodriguez Jr., in Pomona. Solis' father, Victor, was arrested in late March for allegedly lying to the FBI after helping his son flee to Mexico.

Solis was deported to the U.S. on Tuesday night and will be held in El Paso, the FBI said in a statement.

Solis is also charged in a federal criminal complaint with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, the FBI said.

Additional details were expected Wednesday.

Rodriguez's mother, Lidia Rodriguez, said she heard of the arrest from news reports.

"I felt blessed, like God is hearing us," Rodriguez said. "The only thing we kept on doing is praying and asking people on Facebook, friends and family, to keep on praying."

"I want him (Solis) to see who we are, who junior's family is," she added.

Rodriguez's family and friends gathered in solidarity Tuesday night outside the night club where he was gunned down.

Details were sketchy and sources said that law enforcement was continuing to investigate in the Juarez area where Solis was arrested. Others were being looked at in connection with helping Solis avoid the law.

Solis was off-duty at the time of the shooting. A vehicle wanted in connection with the crime was found in a Pomona alley, several blocks from where Rodriguez Jr. was gunned down after what authorities described as a fistfight.

Solis’ father was arrested in Lancaster, California, and charged with making a false statement to law enforcement. The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Solis was fired from the LAPD after he was initially charged with murder.

Tena Ezzeddine contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Woman Bitten by Black Widow Spider]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 10:51:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/black+widow.jpg

A Vermont woman was hospitalized after she was bitten by a black widow spider when she reached into a bag of grapes she bought from a local Shaw's supermarket.

According to WPTZ, the 21-year-old Colchester resident was hospitalized overnight and will be monitored for months following the bite from the poisonous spider. The spider reportedly crawled up her arm and bit her after she reached into a bag of grapes, her family said. 

Representatives from the Shaw's in Colchester, where the grapes were purchased, said employees are inspecting all of the produce and contacting suppliers.

"The healty and safety of products we sell, and our customers, is our first concern," the company said. "We have been closely monitoring the situation and have been in close contact with the family."

According to National Geographic, black widow spiders are considered the most venomous spider in North America. Their venom is reported to be 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake's.

In humans, bites produce muscle aches, nausea, and a paralysis of the diaphragm that can make breathing difficult. But most people who are bitten suffer no serious damage - let alone death. Bites can be fatal to small children, the elderly or the infirm, however.

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<![CDATA[Off-Duty Cop Charged in Shooting]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 20:17:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MCDONALDS+SHOOTING+SUSPECTS+CONWAY.jpg

An off-duty police officer and his mother have been charged with murder in connection with a deadly double shooting in the parking lot of a McDonald's in Waldorf, Maryland, that authorities say stemmed from a custody dispute involving the officer's children. The victims were the children's mother and her new husband.

Richard Conway, 26, a Prince George's County police officer, was arrested at his mother's home Monday night. He has been charged with murder of 25-year-old Robert Michael Mange and the shooting of Mange's 24-year-old wife, Prince George's County Police Chief Mark Magaw said in a statement Tuesday.

Conway is the second person charged in the case. Last week, authorities charged his mother, 51-year-old Caroline Conway, with the murder of Mange, and the attempted murder of Mange's wife. The wife had a prior relationship with Richard Conway.

The Charles County Sheriff's Office says that although it was Caroline Conway who fired the weapon, her son participated in the crime before and after the shootings. Investigators say the motive appears to be an ongoing child custody dispute between Richard Conway and the female victim. 

On the evening of May 20, the victims drove from Virginia to the McDonald's in the 11000 block of Mall Circle to pick up the wife's two young children. The children had been staying with Caroline Conway, who is the grandmother of one of the children.

Caroline Conway allegedly got into the couple's car and shot Mange, according to the Charles County Sheriff's Office. Her son took her there but stayed in the car with his children, News4's Chris Gordon reported.

"Miss Conway produced a handgun and shot the male victim, Mr. Mange," Charles County Sheriff's Office Capt. Stephen Slavas said. "The female victim tried to flee the vehicle. As a result, Miss Conway, the shooter, shot the female victim in the back."

Both victims were taken to an area hospital, where Mange died. The woman is expected to survive, authorities said.

After the shooting, investigators found ammunition consistent with a .40 caliber handgun, the same weapon issued to Prince George's County Police officers.

The gun used in the shooting has not been recovered. Detectives are looking into the possibility that Conway's service weapon was used in the crime.

The charging document against Officer Conway says his mother told a witness she shot the mother of Conway's children with his service weapon and that he sent text messages to Mange's wife as if nothing had happened though he knew she was shot.

Richard Conway has been with the Prince George's County Police Department for three years. He has been suspended without pay, Magaw said.

<![CDATA[Girl Hurt in Bounce House Incident]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 22:45:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/052615+bounce+house+survivor.jpg

A young girl who was injured after the bounce house she was in was sent flying by a waterspout at Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida, was released from the hospital Tuesday.

"I thought I was gonna die," Shamoya Ferguson said.

Ferguson spent the night at Broward Health Medical Center under observation after the Memorial Day incident that left the 6-year-old and two other children injured.

"I'm stressed, I'm really stressed, I never expected something like this, I was so shocked," mother Tameka Liscombe said at the hospital Tuesday. "When I went home last night I can't sleep, all night, I wake up with nightmares."

The frightening incident, which was caught on video, showed the bounce house spinning as it lifted off the ground and dropped the children onto the sand below.

"I was in the bounce house, then I fell," Ferguson said, adding it felt like she was in "a tornado.'

Shadaja Bryant, 5, was left with a broken arm after the violent ride. Shamoya's 11-year-old step-brother, AJ, was also injured.

Fort Lauderdale City Manager Lee Feldman issued a statement Tuesday calling the incident a "freak act of nature" that was unpredictable.

"The change in weather was sudden and severe. An intense water spout came ashore rapidly and without warning bringing forceful winds that meteorologists have estimated were between 65 and 85 miles per hour," Feldman said. "Its powerful unpredictable path knocked down street lights and destroyed a cement basketball support structure."

Feldman said the city has put the bounce house vendor, All Star Events, on notice of their responsibility as they investigate the incident.

"It's just an accident, things happen, the greatest thing is that she's here," father Omar Ferguson said.

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<![CDATA[Houston Man Charged With Planning to Join ISIS]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 12:40:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ISIS-stock-breaking-AP44739478800.jpg

A Houston-area man has been charged with planning to travel to Syria to wage jihad on behalf of ISIS, NBC News' Pete Williams has learned.

Asher Abid Khan, 20, of Spring, was arrested Tuesday morning, Williams reported.

Prosecutors said and a friend devised a plan to travel to Turkey and then on into Syria. Court documents said he asked a "foreign terrorist fighter facilitator" in Turkey, "I wana join ISIS can you help?" and told someone else, "I wana die as a Shaheed [martyr]."

Prosecutors said his friend did make it from Texas to Syria with the help of Khan and the facilitator in Turkey.

Court documents said Khan, who was living in Australia, got as far as Turkey. But his family told him, falsely, that his mother's health was deteriorating, deceiving him into returning to Texas.

The FBI got onto the two after seeing Facebook postings by the friend, referred to in court documents only as SRG.

Earlier this month, a U.S. Magistrate ordered a Mesquite man who is accused of lying to the FBI about his allegiance to a terrorist group held without bond until his trial.

The judge decided Bilal Abood, 37, was a flight risk after an FBI agent testified that Abood was effectively a recruiter for the Islamic State because he sent graphic videos of beheadings and other atrocities to potential sympathizers.

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