<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Sun, 21 Dec 2014 02:30:54 -0600 Sun, 21 Dec 2014 02:30:54 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[One Killed, One Injured in Benbrook Rollover Crash]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:47:33 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_generic_police_tape_police_lights_fishtown11.jpg

One person was killed and a second was injured in a single-vehicle rollover crash early Saturday morning, Benbrook police say.

The crash took place at about 12:15 a.m., police said, near the 7500 block of Southwest Loop 820 west of Bryant Irvin Road.

Arriving officers found a Chevrolet pickup truck crashed at the scene and two 20-year-old men that had been ejected from the truck.  

One of the men was pronounced dead at the scene while the second was hospitalized after suffering multiple injuries.

No other injuries were reported.

Police are investigating the crash and said the believe alcohol may have been a factor.

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<![CDATA[Allen Eagles Win With Thousands Watching]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:20:10 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/122114+Allen+HS+Eagles+Football.jpg The Allen Eagles win a state high school championship title for the third year in a row, beating Cypress Ranch 47 to 16. Thousands of supporters made the trip from Allen to Arlington to watch the win at AT&T stadium.

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<![CDATA[Christmas In The Square Celebrates Ten Years]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:47:07 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/10p_Frisco_Xmas_Square_1200x675_375583299659.jpg Frisco's Christmas In the Square marked its ten year anniversary on Saturday. NBC 5 is a proud sponsor.]]> <![CDATA[Torch Ignites Business Fire in Alvarado]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 22:22:14 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/122014+Johnson+County+OEM+fire+picture.jpg

Firefighters worked late into the night Saturday to extinguish a large business fire in Alvarado.

The fire broke out at the Sabre Tower in the 8600 block of East Highway 67.

The Johnson County Office of Emergency Management told NBC DFW that the building that's on fire was being retrofitted. The official also said a construction worker was using a cutting torch when flames landed on a storage tank sparking the larger fire.

There are no injuries reported.

50 firefighters from fire departments responded to the fire.

Photo Credit: Johnson County Office of Emergency Management]]>
<![CDATA[Dramatic Photos: 2 NYPD Officers Killed in Ambush]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 22:01:33 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP35231683965.jpg A gunman ambushed and fatally shot two NYPD officers in their squad car Saturday, an act that Police Commissioner Bill Bratton condemned as an "assassination."

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<![CDATA[4 Arrested in Mall Brawl]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:40:14 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/westfield+mall.jpg

Four people – three adults and one minor – are facing charges after police used pepper spray to break up a brawl at the Westfield Shopping Center in Meriden on Saturday.

According to Meriden police, two underage girls approached an officer working at the mall to help with holiday crowd control around 6:20 p.m. and told him they were afraid a mother and daughter were going to attack them.

While the officer was talking to them, the mother and daughter rushed over and started screaming and making a scene, police said. The officer held them back but the daughter was able to break away and began assaulting one of the other girls.

It spread from there, with more than half a dozen people joining in as a crowd of 100 shoppers gathered around the group. Police said the officer was alone and afraid for his own safety so he used his pepper spray to fend off the instigators.

The crowd then dispersed and other officers arrived to help. The fire department was also called in to help treat other people who were inadvertently sprayed, and brought in fans to disperse the fumes.

Police said no one was seriously hurt and "the disruption to holiday shoppers was minimal."

Three adults were arrested, along with the daughter who police say started the fight, but authorities have not released their names or any information on the charges they face.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Mayor's Son Robbed]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:10:59 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mayor%27s+son+robbed.jpg

Police are investigating the robbery of Mayor Rahm Emaneul's son, which occurred near the family's home in the Ravenswood neighborhood Friday night, according to a spokesperson for the mayor.

The incident happened in the 4200 block of North Hermitage at about 10:05 p.m. The mayor's son, 17-year-old Zach Emanuel, was walking in the block when he was approached by two unknown male offenders who grabbed him and went through his pockets. The offenders took his phone and then fled the scene, according to police news affairs.

Zach Emanuel sustained injuries that required medical treatment, according to Kelley Quinn, a spokesperson for the mayor.

The police cameras on the corner of the block were reportedly not working during the incident, according to a City of Chicago source.

Neighbors said they were surprised the incident occurred on their block because they say there is always security in front of the mayor's home and in the alley. Police sources are saying the security detail did not see the reported robbery.

Several police officers were seen on the mayor's front porch late Friday night and Saturday morning.

Area North detectives are investigating.

<![CDATA[Despite Stadium Woes, Allen HS Hoping for 3-Peat]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:53:27 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/122014_allen_3_peat_1200x675_375556163832.jpg Despite a crumbling stadium that shut them out of home field advantage, the Allen HS Eagles hope to earn their third championship in three years on Saturday night.]]> <![CDATA[Cleburne Officer Cleared of Shooting, Killing Dog]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:32:26 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cleburne-cop-dog.jpg

A two-month long independent investigation found that a Cleburne Police officer was justified when he shot and killed a pit bull named Maximus earlier this year.

The incident sparked outrage after video from Officer Kevin Dupre’s body camera surfaced online showing him firing at the dog. Though the shooting occurred on August 10, it wasn’t until October that someone filed an open records request for the video and it was widely distributed.

After the video was released, Dupre was placed on paid administrative leave and leaders in Cleburne asked for an independent investigation into the matter. They hired Alan Patton, a retired police sergeant with no previous ties to Cleburne. On October 31, Cleburne Police turned over all reports, copies of video, and statements to him for review.

“We wanted to be extremely thorough to ensure the public had confidence in the results,” said Scott Cain, Mayor of the City of Cleburne.

Saturday, the city released Patton’s final report on the investigation, in which he states, “due to the actions of an aggressive animal, Officer Dupre reasonably believed he needed to use lethal, deadly force in defense of his own life.”

In his 28 page report, Patton details the encounter Dupre had with a group of dogs that were on the loose and explains how video evidence backs up claims that Maximus was showing signs of aggression. He consulted with experts from the Fort Worth Police Department and Los Angeles Police Department and reviewed articles written by animal behaviorists during his investigation.

“I know some people are not going to be satisfied with the investigation’s results,” said Cain. “We agreed to let the chips fall where they may and we gave up control of the investigation.  And the chips have now fallen.”

Maximus’ owners, Amanda Henderson and Quinton Tatum, said while they wish their dog was still alive, they accept the report’s findings.

“We lost a very precious fur baby of ours and all we wanted to know from the beginning is why,” said Henderson. “And they explained to us why and I respect that.”

The city also announced immediate changes to its canine encounter policies, which include new processes for reporting and investigating these kinds of incidents, as well as mandatory training for all police officers.

“For them to already be taking steps in the right direction to not let this happen again, it’s justice I believe,” said Tatum.

“I know a lot of people may not understand that,” said Henderson. “There are going to be people that are angry and that’s okay. But we also ask that no one does anything just because you’re angry. Please, let’s keep it at peace.”

During the height of the firestorm surrounding the case, Dupre received multiple death threats and the city’s website was hacked in possible retaliation. There were also several protests.

Dupre has now been fully reinstated to the Cleburne Police Department. 

Cain echoed Henderson’s and Tatum’s calls for peace.

“Let me make this extremely clear,” said Cain. “If you think you’re going to come into our community and threaten an officer who’s been exonerated or anyone else in our community, we will use the full extent of the law to prosecute you and we will not tolerate it. So we are going to make certain that he and his family are safe, just as we would any other person in our community.”

Cain said the city is also looking into increasing penalties for dog owners whose pets frequently get loose.

Photo Credit: Cleburne Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[One Killed, One Injured in Strip Club Shooting]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:05:49 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/drive-by-shooting.jpg

One person was killed and another injured during a shooting at an East Fort Worth strip club early Saturday morning.

Fort Worth police say two patrons got into an argument inside Stiletto's Cabaret on state Highway 157 that continued into the parking lot.

At some point one or more people pulled out a gun and multiple shots were fired.

One person was killed at the scene and a second was hospitalized in an unknown condition.

Fort Worth police have made no arrests and the investigation into the fatal shooting is ongoing.

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<![CDATA[Woman Caught on Camera Stealing Packages in Jail]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:40:26 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Priscilla+Castaneda.jpg

The woman who was spotted at least twice on surveillance video snatching gifts in North Dallas around Midway and Walnut Hill has been caught.

Dallas Police said they received numerous tips after the video was released.

According to police, two of their detectives visited a pawn shop after discovering a recent transaction by Priscilla Castaneda of an un-related item.

Those detectives showed the store clerk a photo of Castaneda from the surveillance video, and according to police, she was identified as the women on the video. She had visited the store on December 17.

The clerk also told police she was accompanied by a man and wearing the same shirt she wore in the video when she visited the pawn shop.

Police said Castaneda was attempting to pawn a brand new smoker, which was still in the box. The pawn shop did not accept the item because it was unopened.

Castaneda was taken into custody for outstanding warrants and police said while being questioned, she admitted to being the person in the surveillance video.

A second suspect in the case, Jessie Dominguez, was arrested after being stopped on a traffic violation. Dallas Police say they found some of the stolen property in that vehicle.  

<![CDATA[Calif. Mayor's Autopsy Released]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:55:41 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/file-bell-gardens-mayor-daniel-crespo.jpg

The wife of then-Bell Gardens, California, Mayor Daniel Crespo fatally shot him three times in the chest while the two fought more than two months ago, according to the autopsy report released Friday.

Daniel Crespo, 45, was shot by his wife, Lyvette, Sept. 30 in their home, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies said Crespo and his wife were arguing, and their 19-year-old son intervened, leading to a struggle between the mayor and his son that ended when Lyvette Crespo opened fire.

She admitted she shot her husband but that it was in self-defense during a fight in which he punched their 19-year-old son in the face, deputies said.

Lyvette Crespo was questioned by deputies, but released after claiming self-defense.

Her attorney, who declined to comment Friday, has contended that she was a longtime victim of domestic violence and shot Daniel Crespo in defense of herself and her son.

Daniel Crespo's daughter told investigators that he was verbally and physically abusive to her mother for over 20 years, according to the autopsy by the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office.

The abuse had become more physical in the last two years.

Crespo and his wife were not sleeping in the same bedroom and he "was known to drag her by the hair to force her to do so," the autopsy report said.

The injuries were not enough to require medical attention and the incidents were not reported, the autopsy said.

He had threatened to kill her and the children if she tried to report the abuse, according to the daughter.

Crespo's mistress had been reportedly making annoying phone calls to the wife at home and her parents had been arguing over his infidelity.

The report also said that Crespo owned handguns and had kept them locked in the home until recent years, when he began leaving them unlocked, his daughter told detectives.

A 9 mm handgun and three expended cartridges were recovered at the shooting scene.

At a news conference, Crespo's brother, William, denied the abuse claim, calling the killing a murder. He has filed a $50 million wrongful death lawsuit against Lyvette Crespo.

"I just want to curl up in a ball every morning," William Crespo said at a news conference Friday. "I just think I'm going to wake up and my brother is going to be here."

He said the autopsy report does not support the notion that Crespo's wife shot him in self-defense.

He also said he was disappointed that Lyvette Crespo has not been arrested or charged.

"It's sad," he said. "It's wrong because it is just showing that you know you can get away with murder. Killing your husband is wrong. There was a lot of other ways, she could have called 911."

William Crespo has said that Lyvette was trained with firearms.

His attorney, James Devitt, said he received a copy of the autopsy report about a week ago, and he claims it does not support Lyvette's claim of self-defense.

He said he is hopeful that District Attorney Jackie Lacey, whose office is reviewing the case, will charge Lyvette Crespo.

Lacey has "assigned a very tough prosecutor to this case and I have a feeling we're going to have an indictment or an arrest by Christmas, is my hope," Devitt said.

Asher Klein and City News Service contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Run Raises Funds for Shane Search]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:25:12 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/237*120/Shane+Montgomery+Missing+College+Student.JPG

Dozens of runners participated in a 5K run in Philadelphia's Manayunk neighborhood Saturday morning to help return attention to Shane Montgomery, who went missing early Thanksgiving morning after a night out with friends.

The event kicked off at 9 a.m. outside the Goals Fit location at 4450 Main St. in Philly's Manayunk neighborhood.

Donations were accepted for the Help Find Shane Montgomery fund and participants were  encouraged to wear green in honor of the missing 21-year-old West Chester University student.

The Roxborough native was last seen leaving Kildare's Irish Pub --  only a short walk from the race start -- more than three weeks ago.

Each day without Shane has been wearing on his family, who are working to hire the Garden State Underwater Recovery Unit, a volunteer diving recovery team, to aid with the underwater search, said Kevin Verbrugghe, Shane's uncle.

"We’re not holding up well," Verbrugghe said.

Ongoing search efforts, including the use of sonar and underwriter cameras in a search of the Schuylkill River, have brought about few clues for Shane, who was last seen walking toward the Manayunk Canal.

"The prevailing theory is that he went into the river and where is he now? Tides change and there’s all kinds of debris under there," FBI Supervisory Special agent J.J. Klaver said Thursday.

Debris could have trapped the missing college student's body underwater, he explained.

A reward for information that leads investigators and the family to Montgomery still stands at $65,000. Friends and family continue to support the search efforts on their own as well.

Anyone with information is asked to call Philadelphia police at 215.686.TIPS.

Photo Credit: Family Photo
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<![CDATA[Time Running Out to See Faces of Impressionism]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:31:14 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/web_KIMBELL_MUSEUM_IMPRESSIONISTS_1200x675_375474755667.jpg You have only until January 25 to see the "Faces of Impressionism" at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. The portraits come from Paris.]]> <![CDATA[Morris Left Garage in Friend's Trunk: Police]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:31:00 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TLMD-desaparece-joven.jpg

An arrest warrant released by the Plano Police Department said DNA evidence indicates a missing 23-year-old Plano woman last seen entering a parking garage at The Shops at Legacy left the garage in the trunk of a friend's car.

According to the affidavit, Enrique Gutierrez Arochi has claimed ever since her disappearance Aug. 30 that Christina Morris was never in his vehicle. In an arrest warrant Plano police said that is a lie and that DNA evidence found on Arochi's trunk and forensic evidence recovered from cellular data proves she was in his vehicle.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Plano police believe "Arochi left the Shops at Legacy area and returned to his residence ... with Christina Morris in the trunk of his 2010 Chevrolet Camaro contrary to his statements that Morris was never in his vehicle" and that "he intentionally or knowingly abducted another person, Christina Marie Morris, with the intent to inflict bodily injury on her or violate or abuse her sexually."

During a news conference Friday afternoon, Morris' mother, Jonni McElroy, said she was disgusted by what she read in the report and that she remained as committed as ever to finding her daughter.

"You know what's sad?  We knew all along that Enrique Arochi is responsible for our daughter missing. But when you read that your daughter was in the trunk of his car, it's unspeakable," McElroy said. "I am so torn up right now. I want answers and I think that he needs to give us those answers, that he's put us through enough. Enough is enough and we can only take so much."

Plano police said a swab from a Dr Pepper can found in Morris' car, along with DNA samples from her parents, were used to create a DNA profile for comparison against other samples.

Surveillance video from a Kroger gas station recorded Sept. 24, 2014 showed Arochi exit his 2010 Chevy Camaro, walk around the backside and inspect the trunk area before filling the vehicle with gas. He then, according to the document, inspected the passenger side door and wiped it down with an unknown material. Arochi then used the gas station's window scrubber to scrub the backside of the vehicle.

A search warrant executed on Sept. 26 and Arochi's car was swabbed in the trunk and interior of the car. On Dec. 9, investigators received a case report outlining the results of those swabs which indicated DNA found on the trunk opening was a perfect match for Morris' sample. The report went on to say the volume of DNA found in the sample indicated it was not likely left behind by a simple touch, but more likely left behind by a bodily fluid such as blood or saliva.

Investigators said cellular network data indicated both Arochi's and Morris' mobile phones pinged cellular towers near Arochi's Allen home at the same time and location on the tower, indicating the devices were in proximity to each other after Arochi said he left the parking garage alone.

On two occasions, police also said they pulled the trash from Arochi's home and found rags, towels and a large number of empty cleaning supply containers that appeared to have been purchased recently.

Police said in the affidavit that investigators noted several instances where Arochi "made numerous false statements and omitted pertinent information" during the investigation that was later refuted by forensic evidence.

Authorities arrested Arochi Saturday morning at his Allen home. He remains in the Collin County Jail on $1 million bond.

"I will not believe that she is not alive until I prove it otherwise," McElroy said.

Morris' whereabouts are unknown.

NBC 5's Todd L. Davis, Catherine Ross and Ben Russell contributed to this report.

<![CDATA[2 Burleson Officers Injured in Shootout]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:32:20 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/burleson-scene-burl-star.jpg

Two Burleson police officers are recovering Friday after being shot while pursuing a bank robbery suspect.

The officers were both transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Det. David Feucht, a 23 year veteran of the Burleson Police Department, was shot multiple times.

He is in stable condition after surgery, and is expected to be ok.

Det. Nick Grace, a 19 year veteran of BPD, was shot in the leg, and has been released from the hospital.

According to Burleson police, an employee at Wells Fargo Bank on the 400 block of East Renfro Street, called police, saying there was a person acting suspiciously. When they arrived, they were told the bank had been robbed.

At that moment, the suspected robber exited the bank and ran off towards a nearby 7-Eleven. The officer chased the man and there was a short exchange of gunfire where two of the officers were hit.

The suspected bank robber was not hit in the exchange and was taken into custody inside a 7-Eleven at Burleson Boulevard and East Renfro Street.

NBC 5's Chris Van Horne and Julie Fine contributed to this report. Photo Credit: Burleson Star.

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<![CDATA[Teen Who Attended Elem. Fondled 3rd Grader: Police]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:52:18 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LUGO-Ricardo.JPG

Officials with the Hurst Police Department have charged a teen who posed as a sixth grader and attended an elementary school with indecency with a child.

Police said Friday that 17-year-old Ricardo Javid Lugo, who used counterfeit documents to enroll at Hurst Hills Elementary School, sexually fondled a third-grade student at the school in October.

"We had one victim we were aware of," Hurst Police Department Asst. Chief Richard Winstanley said. "Hopefully this is it."

Hurst Independent School District officials said they notified parents of the incident at about 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Authorities arrested Lugo and 28-year-old Randy Ray Wesson Nov. 21 and charged them with possession of child pornography. Further investigation revealed that Wesson posed as Lugo's father to enroll Lugo at Hurst Hill Elementary School as 12-year-old Matthew Drew Wesson using a counterfeit birth certificate.

Police said an arrest affidavit indicated that Lugo was enrolled at the school to "recruit potential victims."

NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Caramel Apples Linked to Texas Listeria Death ]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:26:39 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/155224562.jpg

Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states, including Texas.

Caramel apples are most popular around Halloween, and the outbreak started just before then, in mid-October. But the commercially produced variety can have a shelf life of a month or more, and some may still be on store shelves.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it knows of 28 cases in which people were sickened with the same strains of the bacterial illness listeria, and at least 26 were hospitalized. Of those, five died. Listeriosis contributed to four of the deaths; a fifth person who died had a strain of listeria linked to the caramel apples, but health officials do not think listeriosis caused that person's death.

The agency said that 83 percent of the ill people who were interviewed reported eating commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples before getting sick.

The CDC said the investigation into the deaths and illnesses is "rapidly evolving." Christopher Braden, an epidemiologist at the CDC, said the agency is still trying to determine which brands are involved and how caramel apples may have become infected. He said there is no reason at this point to stop eating plain apples or other caramel products.

Two of the deaths were in Minnesota, and health officials in that state said those who fell ill there purchased the caramel apples from the stores Cub Foods, Kwik Trip, and Mike's Discount Foods. Those stores carried Carnival brand and Kitchen Cravings brand caramel apples, none of which are still available for purchase, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. They said other brands and store locations may be impacted as the investigation continues.

The CDC said the other two deaths were in Texas and California. The agency said illnesses also occurred in Arizona, California, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin. Missouri and New Mexico had the most illnesses, with five each.

It was unclear if listeriosis was the primary cause of the Texan's death, said Christine Mann, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of State Health Services.

A Tarrant County adult with underlying health issues is one of the Texans who got sick from eating a prepackaged caramel apple.

“At this point it’s all under investigation, so there’s not a clear national link”, said Tarrant County Health Director Vinny Taneja. “There’s no brand names that we know of, there’s no particular distributor that we know of.”

“Fever and malaise are typical symptoms. The people who are at risk are pregnant women, children, older adults and anyone with underlying health conditions,” Taneja said.

The Tarrant County Health Department is joining the CDC in recommending that people avoid commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples.

Listeria is a foodborne illness that is especially dangerous to pregnant women, newborn babies, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. It rarely causes serious illness in healthy people and can be treated with antibiotics. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea.

Because it can be so serious for some people, outbreaks of listeria generally cause more deaths than other pathogens such as salmonella or E. coli. An outbreak of listeria linked to Colorado cantaloupe in 2011 caused 33 deaths.

The CDC said that the outbreak linked to the caramel apples began Oct. 17 and the last known illnesses started Nov. 27. The agency said illnesses that have occurred since early December may not have been reported yet. Those sickened have included infants and older children and others as old as 92.

Nine of the illnesses involved either a pregnant woman or an infant, the CDC said. Listeria is dangerous for pregnant women because the illness can be passed to an unborn baby even if the mother is not showing signs of illness. It can sicken a newborn or lead to miscarriage, preterm delivery or stillbirth. The CDC said no miscarriages or fetal losses were reported in this outbreak.

Unusually, three cases of meningitis linked to the listeria were reported in older children, the agency said. Those three children were not among the deaths, Braden said, but the CDC is "very concerned" that those cases occurred in otherwise healthy children. While listeria can infect newborns, "usually we would not see this kind of infection in healthy older children," Braden said.

Braden said there may have been more illnesses in children because kids are more likely to eat caramel apples, or possibly because the apples were heavily contaminated.

He said anyone with commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples at home should throw them away, taking care to wrap them up well so animals or people going through trash don't eat them.

“If you really want one, get some caramel candy and fresh apples at home and make your own,” said Taneja.

NBC 5's Kevin Cokely contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Lewisville FD Rallies for Injured Firefighter]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:06:27 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lv-ff.jpg

Firefighting is in Andy Allison’s blood. His father retired a captain with the Lewisville Fire Department in 2007, and besides some time studying to be a pilot, he’s spent his career building his way up in his father’s footsteps.

He and his younger brother even competed for a job with the LFD a few years back; Andy getting the job and getting to live out that dream.

By 2012, the nearly 30 year-old was working his way up in the department, newly married to wife Amanda, and the couple was expecting their first child; life was moving in the right direction.

Then August 12 came and changed everything.

"We got the call, which was a structure fire call,” said Allison.

His team was the first to respond to a house fire in Lewisville. They got the fire put out with relatively few problems, but while going through the wreckage and putting out hotspots, something went wrong.

Andy went into a laundry room and turned on his hose to put out a hotspot and instantly felt hit by something he’d never felt before.

"As soon as I opened the nozzle, I felt a huge hit on my left shoulder,” he said. “[It] felt like a needle or I got hit.”

The truth was much scarier though. Andy’s hose had struck a live, 220v electrical service and as it hit him, he fell into the dryer seizing up as the electricity coursed through him.

"At that time I realized real quick what was happening: I'm getting electrocuted,” said Allison. "I'm basically paralyzed, I'm just stuck there."

Luckily, Andy fell to his knees, breaking contact and fellow firefighters were able to free him and get him to the hospital.

"I hated that phone call,” said Amanda who was working at a hospital at the time.

Andy took on major trauma, but survived the injury; something he said many of his doctors have called a miracle.

However, after going back to work, Andy quickly found he had lingering issues, and after going through several doctors, found a specialist to diagnose him.

The problems were much worse than they ever knew, including severe internal injuries and the worst news for the young firefighter, a broken back.

"It was devastating to me. I know what back injuries do to firemen,” he said.

It began an endless string of operations and procedures to take care of the injuries; doctors even having to re-break his back to begin fixing some of the problems.

Now, it’s left Andy in a back-brace, walking with a cane and dealing with issues most people don’t see until they’re well into retirement.

"My son weighs 25 pounds,” said Andy. “I can never pick him up again."

Amanda had to quit her job to support her husband and their son Skylar at home.

The family of three’s income has gone from healthy to barely there in a matter of years, and it’s about to get worse.

Andy’s injuries have now been confirmed as career ending and on December 31 he will retire from his dream job at age 31.

"I'm having a hard time with that,” he said.

The Allison family is quickly trying to figure out what they’ll do next, as Andy continues to battle his injuries, but it’s clear they won’t be fighting the battle alone.

Andy’s fellow firefighters in Lewisville have been helping him and his family since the beginning; moving them into a home closer to the hospital, helping them get around, and now starting a Go Fund Me page to raise money for their soon to be retired friend.

"Obviously this is a great way to raise funds to help Andy support his family as he decides what the next step in his life's going to be,” said Chief Tim Tittle.

So far more than $29,000 has been raised in just a few weeks with donations coming in from firefighters and everyday people around the world.

"How do you ever thank anybody like that?” said Andy. “I don't know, we're speechless."

The couple said they’ve also received thousands of messages and “Likes” of support on Facebook.

The Allison’s say they will press on, and Andy said when he’s able he’ll find his next career path; although leaving firefighting will be difficult still, he said.

"It's definitely reshaped our marriage and made us feel like an old couple,” joked Amanda who is also working towards returning to the job market as her husband gets better.

Andy said it’s his family that’s kept him going through the recovery and that drives him to get back on his feet; both his wife and child, and their fire family.

"What else do you have? You've got to turn towards your family and you've got to fight for them,” he said. "They always have my back."

And firefighters in Lewisville say retired or not, Andy and family will always have a home with them.

If you’d like to donate and help the family you can check out their Go Fund Me page.

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<![CDATA["I Can't Breathe" Trademarked?]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:20:21 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/460014244.jpg

A Waukegan woman has filed an application to trademark Eric Garner’s dying words, “I can’t breathe.”

Catherine Crump, 57, submitted her request to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Dec. 13 in hopes of registering the phrase for use on apparel such as “hoodies and t-shirts for men, women, boys, girls, and infants.”

In the application acquired by the Smoking Gun, Crump claims to have been using the term for merchandising since “at least” Aug. 18, one month after Garner’s fatal arrest.

The July video of a NYPD officer placing a chokehold on unarmed Garner for selling loose cigarettes went viral after the father of six was seen shoved to the ground pleading, “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe” in his final moments of life.

When a grand jury decided not to indict the officer who killed him protesters erupted nationwide using, “I can’t breathe,” as their battle cry against police brutality.

Crump told the Smoking Gun she has “nothing to do with the Garner family,” and did not speak with them regarding her intentions to trademark the term.

<![CDATA[Obama Only Picks Female Reporters]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:46:59 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP536550772061.jpg

There was a lot said at President Barack Obama’s annual year-end press conference, but it was who he spoke to during the conference that had people talking.

The President took questions from reporters at the end of his speech, but he only called on female reporters, a move that set the Twittersphere ablaze.

Eight women posed questions during the conference, asking Obama about the Sony hacks, Cuba, race relations, the economy and more.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed after the event that the move was in fact intentional.

"The fact is, there are many women from a variety of news organizations who day-in and day-out do the hard work of covering the President of the United States. As the questioner list started to come together, we realized that we had a unique opportunity to highlight that fact at the President’s closely watched, end of the year news conference," Earnest said, according to Politico.

While seemingly subtle, the move didn’t go unnoticed by viewers.

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<![CDATA[5 Key Points From Obama's Year-End Presser]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:49:45 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP684603546762.jpg

President Obama said Sony Pictures Entertainment had made a mistake pulling the movie “The Interview," and defended normalizing relations with Cuba in his last press conference of the year before heading to Hawaii for vacation.

“We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States,” he said of the cyber attack during which embarrassing emails were made public.

Here are the main topics that he addressed during the exchange with the press, during which he only called on female reporters.

North Korea

On the day that the FBI identified North Korea as the source of the cyber-attacks on Sony, Obama refused to reveal what the U.S. response would be other than to say it would be proportional and in a place and time of U.S. choosing.

He said that although he sympathized with Sony, he wished its executives had talked to him before making the decision on “The Interview.”

“We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States,” he said.

If Sony could be intimidated over the release of a satirical movie, imagine what might happen if the issue were a documentary or a news report, he said. Even worse, imagine if producers and other start engaging in self-censorship, he said.

"That's not what America's about," he said.


Obama said he shared worries that Cuba would fail to address human right or move toward democracy.

“This is still a regime that oppresses its people,” he said.

But he said he believed normalizing relations, announced this week by his administration, would give the United States more leverage over Cuba. Visiting Americans and better access to telecommunications and the Internet will chip away at what he called a hermetically sealed society and offer the best prospect for self determination, he said.

“Change is going to come to Cuba,” he said. “It has to.”

The country’s economy does not work and it can no longer rely on subsidies from allies such as Venezuela.

He recounted that in his conversation with Cuba President Raul Castro, after Obama had apologized for his 15-minute opening, Castro told him that he was a young man and still had time to break Fidel Castro’s record for speaking for seven hours straight.

State of Race Relations

Black Americans like the rest of Americans are better off than when he took office, Obama said, though the income and wealth gap between black and white America remained.

He said that educational changes his administration has initiated have meant higher high school graduation rates and record numbers of people attending college.

Race relations are now "colored" by police shootings in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City, and the perception that law enforcement was not fair, he said.

He said a task force he created would return with practical changes that could be implemented.

“People are basically good and have good intentions,” he said.

Systems and institutions don’t always work as well as they should and can be fixed, he said.

Dealing With Congress

Obama said he would continue to take unilateral actions on issues important to the American people if Congress failed to act.

Immigration was the classic example, he said. He acted only after the House failed to move on a comprehensive bill passed by the Senate.

If Republicans were angered by his executive actions, he said, “There is a very simple solution: Pass bills.”

He urged Republicans to work with him because both sides would have to compromise.

Obama again said that the Keystone XL pipeline would not have much effect on gas prices in the United States, but instead would benefit the Canadian oil industry. The pipeline would bring oil from the tar sands of Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico, where it would enter the world oil market.

He said he hoped to work with Republicans on fairness in the tax system, particularly involving corporations. Some are paying taxes at a rate of 35 percent, others of which are paying nothing.


Obama touted America's economic gains and said the country could enter the new year confident that the United States was making strides.

This year was the strongest for job growth since the 1990s; over a 57-month period, businesses had created nearly 11 million new jobs, he said. About 10 million Americans have gained health insurance in the past year. Deficits has been cut by about two-thirds since he took office.

"America's resurgence is real," he said.

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<![CDATA[Anti-Cop Graffiti Hits Philly]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:16:13 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cop+Lives+Dont+Matter+Graffiti.jpg

In the wake of more protests against police nationwide as well as the shooting deaths of two NYPD officers, local police continue to search for the person or people responsible for anti-police graffiti spotted along a busy avenue in West Philadelphia.

Three messages were scribbled in spray paint on a fence, bar and abandoned church on Baltimore Avenue between 48th and 50th streets.

They read "PPD Killed Brandon Tate Brown," "F--- the Cops" and "Cop Lives Don't Matter."

Brandon Tate Brown is the man shot in the head and killed by a Philadelphia Police officer on Monday following an altercation during a traffic stop. The last message is a play on the chant "Black Lives Matter" that demonstrators have been using recently while protesting against police treatment of African-Americans.

The protests in Philadelphia and other cities around the nation began after grand juries declined to indict white officers in two high profile cases surrounding the deaths of unarmed black teen Michael Brown and the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

It's not clear when the structures were tagged.

"Back in the day you could really run to a cop and trust the cop, but now people are scared to go to cops," nearby resident Sharon Weaver said after seeing the message on the fence.

Kale Good, another resident, said he doesn't agree with defacing a person's property, but that he understands how a person might feel it's the only way to have their voice heard.

"I think what the person is trying to express is that they feel police in general are disregarding their lives or aren't valuing their lives, and so they probably feel an amount of frustration and this is how they expressed it," he said.

A painter was removing the "Cop Lives Don't Matter" message from the fence around noon Friday.

"It’s a shame that someone defaced someone else’s property. We’re going to handle it as a vandalism case, just like we would any other,” Philadelphia Police spokeswoman Tanya Little said.

Little said it is one person's point of view and that the department has and continues to have positive interactions with the community.

"Regardless what the message said, even if it said ‘I love the police,’ this was really a crime against someone else, the property owner," she said.

There were no leads or an estimate on the vandalism's cost, police said.

The city would handle removing the other messages, Mayor Michael Nutter's spokesman, Mark McDonald, said. He didn't immediately have further comment on the graffiti.

NBC10 also reached out to the police union, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, for reaction.

The physical anti-police commentary comes a day after city leaders condemned online commentary by a Philadelphia Fire Department paramedic.

The medic, who works in Southwest Philadelphia, posted a photo to his personal Instagram account of two black men pointing guns at the head of a white police officer. The accompanying message said: "Our real enemy ... Need 2 stop pointing guns at each other and at the ones that's legally killing us and innocents."

The post has since been deleted, an apology made and investigation launched.

On Saturday, a gunman shot and killed two NYPD officers sitting in their squad car in Brooklyn before running to a nearby subway station and turning the gun on himself, officials said. A Philadelphia Police Department spokesperson called the execution-style slayings a "horrible act of terror." 

"Intentionally murdering a police officer is not the way to solve anything," the spokesperson said in a statement to NBC10. "In fact it destroyed the lives of two families (those of these officers) that had absolutely nothing to do with the events taking place across this country. Our thoughts and prayers are with New York Police Department and the families of these officers. All of us in this country must really take a look at ourselves and our actions and get this right, because the loss of human lives surely isn't the answer."

A rally in support of the Philadelphia's men and women in blue was held on Friday night in the Mayfair section of the city.

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<![CDATA[3 Die in Crash En Route to Funeral]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:58:47 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/i-15+crash+1219+2.JPG

An SUV full of people on their way to a funeral rolled over on Interstate 15 in Bonsall, California, Friday, leaving three dead and another three, including a 2-year-old girl, hospitalized.

A 2001 Ford Expedition was headed south on I-15 when it flipped into the northbound lanes near Gopher Canyon Road, blocking the left lanes on both sides of the freeway and killing three people inside. CHP suspects tire tread is to blame.

Suitcases were seen strewn about among the debris. A survivor of the crash told CHP the group was traveling to Mexico to board a plane for a funeral.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner has identified the victims as a married couple, 25-year-old Jerson Ariel Duron Valeriano and 22-year-old Edith Duron of South El Monte, and 21-year-old Ivette Garcia of Los Angeles.

CHP said it does not appear either woman was wearing a seat belt. The 25-year-old man, who was driving, had his seat belt on but was also killed.

A 2-year-old girl restrained in a car seat survived without injuries, but was taken to Children's Hospital for "precautionary reasons." Two adults, the girl's uncle and 43-year-old grandmother, also survived and were transported to Palomar Hospital for non-life threatening injuries, according to CHP.

The child lost both parents in the crash.

Heading to her father's funeral, the grandmother saw her 22-year-old daughter die.

"I am a human being, and my heart goes out to that family, especially during the holiday season," said CHP Officer Jim Bettencourt. "That is tough."

Deputies happened to be driving behind the vehicle when they said the tread on the left rear tire appeared to separate, causing the driver to lose control. CHP said the tread on all four tires looked different.

Authorities will conduct a full mechanical inspection of the SUV, paying close attention to the tires.

Bettencourt said it's important to check the safety of your vehicle often, especially before a long trip.

"Number one: have a plan. Be prepared when you go out there," Bettencourt said. "Make sure that you take a look at your vehicle, you inspect it, you check your wipers, you check the tire pressure, you make sure your vehicle's in good working order before you travel on that long trip."

Editor's note: A previous version of this story said the ages of the deceased women were 11 and 12 years old. We regret the error.

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<![CDATA[Gilmer Tops West Orange-Stark for 4A D-II Title]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:43:23 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Generic+Footballs+on+Grass.jpg

Blake Lynch scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns and Gilmer overcame an 18-point deficit to beat West Orange-Stark 35-25 for the Class 4A Division II state championship Friday.

Gilmer (16-0) won its third state title, all in the last 11 years. West Orange-Stark is now 2-3 in state championship games after opening the postseason with a 64-0 victory against Houston Scarborough, believed to be the first 0-10 team to make the Texas playoffs.

West Orange-Stark (13-3) had three turnovers in the second half. The first two led to touchdowns that started Gilmer's 28-point second-half surge.

Lynch, who has committed to play at Baylor, ran 4 yards to give Gilmer its first lead with 10:53 to play. He scored from 7 yards out with 4:59 remaining. Lynch finished with 21 rushing yards on five carries, and caught two passes for 96 yards.

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