<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usTue, 30 May 2017 00:43:43 -0500Tue, 30 May 2017 00:43:43 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[DPD Officer Injured After Crash Into Oak Cliff Creek]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 22:30:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dpd+car+crash+052917.jpg

A Dallas police officer was hospitalized Monday after a collision that sent the officer's patrol car airborne, landing about 30 feet below in an Oak Cliff creek.

Police said the officer, responding to a burglary call, was driving southbound on the 3100 block of South Westmoreland Drive near West Keist Boulevard at about 2:15 p.m. when a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck failed to yield and T-boned the squad car, sending the officer's car into Fivemile Creek.


Dallas Police Sgt. Warren Mitchell, a department spokesman, said officers continue to search for the driver of the truck, who ran from the scene after the crash. He also said there may have been more than one person in the truck at the time.


DPD said the officer, whose name has not been released, was transported to Methodist Dallas Medical Center with critical injuries. His condition is stable, police said. 

Several fellow officers were seen entering the hospital Monday evening.

"All of a sudden we heard this loud crash," said witness Lenora Jefferson. "The officer was minding his own business, and then all of sudden we just saw those two collide, and the officer's car became airborne and went into the creek, the ravine."

"I immediately got on the phone to call 911 and told them they needed to get some officers here because one of their comrades had been involved in a crash, and he's in that creek there – and I think it's awful – and they needed to get here as soon as they can, quickly. And they were here quickly," Jefferson said.

Police don't yet know whether the driver intentionally struck the officer's vehicle, and the investigation is ongoing.

A bystander recorded video of at least a dozen people who ran into the creek to try and push the patrol car back onto its tires and help rescue the officer.

Benji Rogers works nearby and was one of the good Samaritans who rushed down to help. He used to work in law enforcement, he said, and his instincts immediately kicked in.

"I knew nobody. Nobody knew me. And everybody was on the same page," Rogers said. "Even in today's society with everything that is going wrong, that's the right thing to do, absolutely. And I wouldn't have thought twice. Everybody just helped out like they're supposed to."

In response to an NBC 5 tweet showing the bystanders' video, Dallas police said Monday evening: "Thank you to these brave and caring citizens who ran to the aid of one of our officers today. The love from our community is truly inspiring."



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<![CDATA[Dallas Cowboys Cornerback Nolan Carroll Arrested for DWI]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 22:16:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/new-nolan-carroll.jpg

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Nolan Carroll was arrested Monday morning on suspicion of DWI, the Dallas Police Department confirms.

The arrest happened in the 2100 block of North Harwood Street in Dallas. That's right between Downtown and Uptown Dallas, not far from Klyde Warren Park.

Officers confirm that Carroll was not involved in a crash but would not release any further details.

Carroll was arrested and taken to the Dallas County Jail where he posted bond Monday afternoon.

Carroll signed with the Cowboys earlier this year during free agency to a three-year, $10 million deal. He previously played for the Philadelphia Eagles.

So far no comment from Carroll or the Dallas Cowboys.



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<![CDATA[Germany’s Merkel Signals Deepening Rift With US Under Trump]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 14:48:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trump-and-merkel.jpg

Angela Merkel's said Europe could no longer "fully count on others" in a speech over the weekend, a sign of the widening cracks in Germany-U.S. relationship, NBC News reported.

"All I can say is that we Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands," the German leader said at a campaign event in Bavaria. "The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days."

Although Merkel didn't mention President Donald Trump by name, her blunt remarks followed a bruising series of meetings with Trump at the NATO summit in Belgium and then at the G-7 gathering in Italy.

On Thursday, Trump did not explicitly promise to protect America's NATO allies if they came under attack, instead alleging 23 out of the 28-member nations owed "massive amounts of money" to U.S. taxpayers.



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<![CDATA[Hunt County 911 Dispatcher Reacts to Dramatic RV Chase]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 22:44:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-05-29-22h09m42s251.jpg

The dispatcher who was on the other end of a 911 text for help from a woman who survived being shot in last week's four-county police chase says her shift started like any other day.

Paige Sandlin, a Hunt County 911 dispatcher, would then receive the most dramatic 911 text or call she's had in her nearly six-year career as a dispatcher early Thursday morning.

"There was so much going on. It was a possible kidnapping, she was saying she had been shot, and then we ended up getting into a pursuit," Sandlin said.

Sandlin is being hailed as an unsung hero. She says she just was in the right place at the right time, but for Candie Price – who investigators say was being held against her will inside a moving RV – it was bigger than that.

"It was definitely hectic at times. You definitely had some moments were you were like, 'OK, what's going to happen now?'" Sandlin said.

She received the 911 text for help and quickly pressed further.

"What's going on?" she asked Price in her text response.

Price responded, "Shot three time," and followed up by, "Kidnap us."

Sandlin says began multitasking – dispatching deputies, working with cell phone carriers to find a location – and within minutes the RV was spotted.

"She had told me his name, and when they found an RV and we ran the license plate, and at first I didn't think it was going to be the right one, but then his name showed up on part of the return, and that was kind of like when it hit me," Sandlin said. "It was like, 'OK so this is actually could get real here in a second.'"

Because of Sandlin's patience and persistence, deputies were in hot pursuit and shortly after, police say Price jumped out of the RV and was rescued. Her two children were later rescued before the RV went up in flames in Arlington.

The RV's driver, Tony Kelly Sr., fatally shot himself after leading officers on the pursuit, investigators said.

It was just another day on the job for Sandlin, but it's one she'll never forget.

"Right before I went to bed I was like, 'You did a good job, everybody's safe, we got everybody we needed to the help, it ended in an outcome that we wanted,'" she said.

Sandlin remained humble throughout the entire interview and told NBC 5 that she's hopeful to meet Price someday. At last report, Price was listed in critical condition at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Symphony Orchestra Kicks Off Parks Concert Series]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 21:29:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/DALLAS+SYMPHONY+ORCHESTRA.jpeg

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra kicked off its annual "Parks Concert Series" on Memorial Day with a free concert and fireworks show.

The Memorial Day show was at Flag Pole Hill, just north of White Rock Lake.

The "Parks Concert Series" has four dates planned, each at a different park in the city of Dallas.

The concerts are free and open to the public.

The schedule is as follows..

  • May 29, 2017 at Flag Pole Hill
  • June 13, 2017 at Timberglen Park
  • June 14, 2017 at Kidd Springs Park
  • June 15, 2017 at Paul Quinn College

All concerts are set to start at 8:15 p.m.



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<![CDATA[No Injuries in Fire at Burleson Hospital Offices: FWFD]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 19:20:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_fire_lights_generic.jpg

There are no injuries reported in a fire Monday evening at Texas Health Huguley Hospital in Burleson, fire officials say.

The Fort Worth Fire Department tweeted before 7 p.m. that the fire at the hospital complex located at 11801 South Freeway was under control.

It was located in medical offices in Building 3 and did not affect the main hospital, officials said.

Fire crews were working to clear smoke from the office building and shut down the sprinkler system.

There was no word on the cause of the fire or extent of the damage.

The fire was originally dispatched as two alarms, but the second alarm was quickly canceled.


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<![CDATA[Free Life Vests Station Helps Honor Grapevine Firefighter]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 17:29:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/grapevine+life+jackets.jpg

Families are swimming more safely at Lake Grapevine thanks to a pair of "Loan a Life Jacket" stations, which each offer 26 life vests for them to borrow and then return.

“It’s better to be safe than sorry," said Cecilia Martinez, who made sure to borrow enough for everyone in her family who wanted to go in the water.

“I think it’s better because sometimes you could turn your back around and in a quick second they could drown, so I feel safe for them to use it,” said Martinez.

The city put up the stations to honor the memory of James McKenzie, a Grapevine firefighter and rescue diver who drowned at Lake Grapevine last summer while off duty.

“James made a poor decision that day in that he didn’t wear a life vest," said Grapevine Fire Chief Darrell Brown. “He had anchored his boat, going to swim into shore a family activity just like you see families out here this weekend, and unfortunately he drowned he didn’t make it”.

Karen Norvell from North Richland Hills borrowed two for her young children, and made sure to return them before they left.

“We picked them up first thing and they had them on the whole time”, said Norvell. “My husband and I were able to sit back and relax a little bit and just kind of enjoy the morning and not be too worried or concerned."

“James I think would be very proud to know that he is continuing to make a difference,” said Chief Brown. “You know, save a life, even though he’s not with us any longer."

The two "Loan a Life Jacket" stations are located at Lakeview Park and Oak Grove Park, and the city plans to add another four at other parks soon.



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<![CDATA[This Summer May Be a Gold Mine for Buying Pre-Owned Cars]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 17:41:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/AUGUST+NEW+CAR+SALES.JPG

You don't even have to be in the market for a new car to check out the latest news from car makers.

If you're OK with a car that's a couple years old, this may be the year to buy. Dealers are bracing for an influx of three- to four-year-old cars.

Car sales were down from 2012-2014 as the country fought back from the recession. Many people couldn't get auto loans, so car makers offered low-priced leases to sell cars.

But now the deals are coming back around for pre-owned cars.

Infiniti, for example, offered super low deals on 75 percent of every Q50 sedan that was made in 2014.

Those leases are up and all these cars will be coming back to the dealership for several automakers.

About 3.5 million cars will come off lease this year. The large number means you can expect more deep discounts to help the car lots get rid of them.

So if a sedan is in your future, you may want to look on the used car lot in coming weeks.

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<![CDATA[The Impact of a Border Wall in Big Bend National Park]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 17:35:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/borderland+big+bend.jpg

NBC 5, Telemundo 39 & The Dallas Morning News are teaming up to bring you stories from the borderland. In this report, Telemundo 39's Norma Garcia takes a look at how a wall along the border would impact the natural habitat of Big Bend National Park.



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<![CDATA[North Texans Honor the Fallen on Memorial Day]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 19:50:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DFW+National+Cemetery2.jpg

North Texans are paying their respects to the nation's fallen men and women in uniform this Memorial Day.

Thousands of people visited the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery – the final resting place for countless heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country safe.

A bugler performed "Taps," and names of those buried at the cemetery were read aloud at a memorial service that also featured cannon blasts.

There was also a large turnout at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Fort Worth for a solemn ceremony Monday morning that began with a horse-drawn carriage carrying a flag-draped coffin followed by a riderless horse.

Organizers say their message every Memorial Day is the men and women who died serving our country are the real superheroes.



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<![CDATA[Van Zandt Co. Tornado Recovery Continues One Month Later]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 18:31:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/canton+tx+cleanup.jpg

It's been exactly one month since seven tornadoes ripped through several communities in East Texas. Six tornadoes whipped through Van Zandt County alone.

Four people were killed, and dozens of other people were injured. County officials said approximately 49 structures received severe damage.

For many residents, the road to recovery is a long one.

"The house was right here where there's dirt now," said Jeannett McCary, staring at a plot of dirt-covered land.

A pile of debris behind her once held all of her hopes.

"It was a fresh start. I had just lost my husband six months prior," she said.

April 29 was supposed to be moving day.

She had loaded up the last of her belongings in her old home in Canton and was driving toward County Road 2318 when she was caught between twisters sweeping by.

"Look up and there's another tornado," she said.

The tornado hit her mobile home, tossing everything in it hundreds of yards. Her late husband's ashes were missing for a short time.

"My son found him over there on that concrete slab under a wall," she said.

McCary found her propane tank and a few small items.

However, her Siamese cat is still missing.

"It hurts me to even see this, you know. I've lost everything," she said.

She had not signed up for insurance, so recovery is nowhere in sight.

"People are rebuilding," she said. "I don't have nowhere to rebuild."

One sign that the community is getting closer to their normal activities is that the well-known Monday Trade Days will open on Thursday for the first time since the storms hit.



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<![CDATA[Man Killed in Crash, Woman Fatally Struck on I-20]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 19:55:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/arl-fatal-crash-052917.jpg

Police said a man was killed in a crash and a woman was fatally struck in a subsequent hit-and-run on Interstate 20 in Arlington early Monday morning.

Arlington police spokeswoman Vanessa Harrison said a vehicle was travelling east on I-20 when it hit a guardrail, lost control and rolled multiple times near the Kelly Elliott bridge at about 2 a.m.

The man driving — later identified as 18-year-old Paul Acosta — was ejected from the vehicle, according to police.

Witnesses told police the female passenger - later identified by family members as Destiny Crispin - ran toward Acosta and was struck by another vehicle.


Police said Acosta and Crispin were pronounced deceased on the scene.

The vehicle that struck Crispin fled the scene, according to police. However, the driver of that vehicle has since contacted police and is cooperating with investigators, APD says.

Investigators said they closed all but the right shoulder of eastbound I-20 for several hours. All lanes have since reopened.



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<![CDATA[Boy Thrown From Water Slide at New Calif. Water Park]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 12:21:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/5-27-17_The_Wave_Slide.jpg

A highly anticipated water park opening in Dublin, California, took a frightening turn Saturday when a boy was flung from the bottom of a three-story slide before skidding across the concrete.

The 10-year-old boy managed to walk away with only some scratches after being ejected from the Emerald Plunge ride at The Wave, which is the East Bay's newest water park

"We got him into first aid and they checked him out," said John Rodems, Dublin Director of Parks and Community Services. "He was in good spirits. He was smiling. I think he was a little stunned coming out of the transition area a little bit."

The boy's parents then took him to the hospital to be further examined, and he was later released, said Dublin Assistant City Manager Linda Smith. Officials originally said the boy wasn't taken to a hospital.

The slide involved in the incident was shut down immediately, and park officials also closed the slide next to the one out of which the boy fell. State inspectors on site Sunday investigated both. A third slide was also closed, although park officials said it was not related to the incident. 

On Monday, a team of state safety inspectors, city workers and representatives from the slide manufacturer are set to meet about what will be done to mitigate danger on the slide before it is approved to reopen.

"Hopefully by tomorrow – if not the next several days – we’ll understand what occurred, and we will work to make sure it doesn’t happen again," Smith said.

Video captured by the Bay Area News Group shows the boy accelerating down the open slide. As he reaches the flat section at the bottom of the slide, his body glides across the slide's side wall before skimming across the concrete surface below.

"I thought he was dead at first," witness Omarea Grigsby said. "He hit the ground pretty hard. You hear like a (pop)."

The slide in question could remain closed for a few days while officials investigate how the boy slipped out of it and formulate a plan to prevent such an incident from happening again.

"You know, it's safety first, everything that we do," Rodems said. "We've been testing that slide for a matter of a couple of weeks. Those slides were certified yesterday by the state of California."

Despite the accident and slide closures, the park remained busy Saturday, with more than 1,000 tickets sold, Smith said. Sunday's tallies were not yet available.

The 31,000-square-foot, $43 million facility features multiple pools, a 48-foot tall water slide tower with a total of six water slides, a splash area for youngsters and more accommodations for guests wishing to relax outside of the water.

Construction of the facility began in March 2015 at a time when California was suffering through a historic drought. Despite some grumblings about water use, park officials assured residents that the city was being "extremely water conscious" with the project.



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<![CDATA[The Blame Game Is Upping Health Insurance Costs: Analysis]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 12:01:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/20170519+Capitol1.jpg

While the Senate inches toward agreeing on a health care bill, insurers are growing increasingly rattled by congressional inaction and threats of sabotage from the White House, and customers could soon be paying the price, NBC News reported.

Insurance companies are reaching deadlines to submit the cost of their health care coverage, and some will decide whether to sell policies at all. But the uncertainty on how the government will approach health care is driving premiums higher and insurer participation lower.

Insurers are putting in their initial bids for premiums and will finalize their plans in September, but the time may have already passed for Congress to rescue the 2018 market, and the the political fight in Washington could shift to which party is to blame.

"We needed to have the answers three months ago," said Bob Laszewski, president of consulting firm Health Policy and Strategy Associates, to NBC News.



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<![CDATA[Memorial Day Ceremony Held in Fort Worth]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 11:42:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/memorial-day-052917.jpg

A horse-drawn carriage pulling a flag-draped coffin and a riderless horse kickoff a Memorial Day ceremony at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Fort Worth Monday morning.



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<![CDATA[Sexual Assault Investigation Underway at Coppell High School]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 00:25:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/coppell+student+robbed.jpg

The Coppell ISD confirms they are working with the Coppell Police Department to investigate an alleged sexual assault on campus.

This after a post on social media started spreading this weekend.

The post claims that a student with special needs at Coppell High School was sexually assaulted on Friday in the school bathroom. The post also claims that as many as three other Coppell High School students were involved.

Coppell ISD released a statement on its Facebook page saying...


"Coppell ISD has been made aware of a social media post circulating the district about an alleged incident on the Coppell High School campus. We would like to take this opportunity to assure our community that any and all allegations of sexual abuse/ assault are taken seriously and investigations by Coppell ISD and the Coppell Police Department are being conducted in accordance to Board policy and the Student Code of Conduct. Our number one priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all Coppell ISD students."


We have reached out to the student's family, but they declined to talk about the incident on camera.



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<![CDATA[The DMN's Dave Lieber: Property Tax Protest Deadline]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 11:44:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/anderson-lieber.jpg

The Dallas Morning News Watchdog Dave Lieber joins NBC 5 to discuss property tax appraisal protests two days ahead of the deadline to protest.



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<![CDATA[TX Lawmakers Request Harsher Punishments for Corpse Abusers]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 11:00:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Aundrea+Jones.jpg

Texas Legislators approved a bill that will enact harsher penalties for those who abuse a corpse.

The crime is currently only a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by as much as a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

Senate Bill 524 will change penalties for those convicted of “abuse of a corpse,” elevating punishment from a misdemeanor to a state jail felony. All that’s left now for the bill is the governor’s signature.

The families whose loved ones were left decomposing inside the Johnson Family Mortuary in Fort Worth were among those calling for harsher penalties. The remains of Felicia Braxton's mother, Aundrea Jones, were left inside the mortuary back in 2014 — more than a month after the funeral.

"We have to do something different,” she told NBC 5 in 2015 during an emotional interview. “We have to stand together and make these changes." 

A jury found Dondre Johnson, owner of the Johnson Family Mortuary, guilty of felony theft after prosecutors charged he took money for cremation services and did not deliver the remains as promised.

Bodies were found decomposing inside caskets.

Search for Mother's Ashes

Johnson told Braxton and her family they would get their mother's ashes days after the funeral. Instead, they received the ashes of another person.

After years of searching and not knowing where the remains of their mother was, Braxton received a message on Facebook — on Mother’s Day.

“I’m trying to locate Felicia Braxton, the daughter of Aundrea Jones," the message read. "She was trying to locate her mother’s remains. My family has them.”

A family in California had the ashes since 2014. They believed they were those of their own loved one.

“When she sent them back, it was the most glorious feeling that my sisters and I could ever experience," said Braxton. "It was the feeling when our mother had passed, because that was our mother and our best friend. But to have her back, in our possession, it was awesome. It was an awesome feeling."

It was a sense of closure for Braxton and her family after years of waiting.

“I'm feeling on top of the world. I feel so light, I can smile. I'm ready to get back to my normal type of life,” said Braxton.

Braxton said there are some amendments they’d like to add to the legislation at some point. They include putting a restriction on the time it takes for a family to receive remains.

Just the thought of having her mother by her side again has brought closure to an emotional three years, Braxton said.

"I'm not in a dark place, I'm a good place in life, and I'm ready to fight for other people now," said Braxton. “We want to make sure that this struggle is not in vain. This is closure for us, and at the same time it gives us more fighting power to continue to help with those families that may be struggling.”



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<![CDATA[Dallas Police Seek Help Identifying Armed Robber]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 09:25:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dpd-armed-robbery-052917.jpg

Police said they need help identifying a man who robbed a Dallas convenience store at gunpoint Tuesday.

Dallas police said the man walked into the Smart Mart in the 2300 block of Oates Drive, pointed a handgun at the cashier and demanded money.

The cashier was unharmed during the offense.

Police described the man as Latin, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 and weighing 160 to 175 pounds. He was wearing a dark sweatshirt, khaki pants, brown work boots, sunglasses and white rag on his head.

Dallas police asked anyone who recognizes the man or has information regarding this offense to contact Det. M. Berry at 214-671-3995.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to an indictment. To submit a tip, call 214-373-8477 (TIPS).



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<![CDATA[Memorial Day Begins Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 06:57:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/teen+driving+.jpg

Memorial Day marks the start of what is commonly known as the "100 deadliest days for teens on the road," according to the National Safety Council.

Statistics show auto crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in America, and the danger is greatest during summer months.

In a recent study by Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD, 27 percent of teens admit to texting while driving and two thirds of them said they use apps while driving.

About one third of teens drive while drowsy, and one out of 10 have completely fallen asleep at the wheel while driving.

Rodney Crawford, owner of Drive Smart driving school in Carrollton, teaches about 800 teenagers a year. His advice for his students who get tired while on the road: pull over and rest or call a friend or family member to come pick you up.

"With drowsy driving, that can be as bad as drunk driving," he said.

Crawford also teaches his students to put their phones away while driving.

"The problem with the phone is you say, 'I'm not going to touch it,' but then it rings and what's that message?" he said. "The best advice is to put it in the back seat or in the glove box, somewhere you can't get to it easily."

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<![CDATA[Dallas Carter HS Graduate Killed in Irving Drive-By Shooting]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 23:12:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/irving-surveillance-car-thumb.jpg

An 18-year-old man was killed and two others were wounded during a shooting that followed an argument outside an Irving convenience store early Sunday morning, officials say.

Police said two groups of people were arguing in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven near the intersection of Belt Line Road and Walnut Hill Lane at 1:41 a.m.

Investigators said one of the groups drove away and the other group followed. Officers said the second driver then opened fire on the first car, hitting three people inside.

Police said Ledajrick Rajae Cox, of DeSoto, was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he later died from his injuries. He graduated Saturday from David W. Carter High School, where he ran track and was a wide-receiver on the football team. 

"He could catch that football," said Brian Williams, Cox's football coach.

"He was a joy to be around," said Patrick Williams Sr., another football coach. "You could tell he enjoyed life.

Hundreds gathered at Carter High School Monday evening for a candlelight vigil. 

"I feel real bad," Cox's father, Reginald Henry, told the crowd gathered around him. "But I know today, for a short time, I feel real good having y'all out here." 

The crowd said a prayer and let go of balloons in the teen's memory.

"Parents, if you're out there, get in your kids' business," Reginald Henry warned. "If I could do it all again I would do it differen,t because I didn't know I only had 18 years with mine."

The two other victims of the shootoing survived. One was transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital and is expected to recover, according to authorities. The third was treated and released.

Two other people in the vehicle were not injured, accoding to authorities.

Police said they're trying to identify the three adult males who were inside the second car. Detectives said they were driving a newer model white Kia Optima.

Irving police asked anyone with information regarding the shooting to email them at ipdcrimetips@cityofirving.org or call them at 972-273-1010.



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<![CDATA[Kushner Lying Low After Russia-Related Reports: Source]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 08:37:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_17023542554197.jpg

Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner is being told to "lay low" in the aftermath of the reports that he sought to set up a secret back-channel with Russia, a White House official told NBC News.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity and said some staffers were speechless when they learned about reports of a purported Russia backchannel.

NBC News reported Thursday that Kushner had come under FBI scrutiny in the Russia investigation, with multiple officials telling NBC News that investigators believe Kushner has significant information relevant to the probe.

The Washington Post reported Friday that Kushner discussed the secure communication channel with the Kremlin and the Trump transition, while Reuters reported Kushner had undisclosed contact with Russian diplomats. Kushner's attorney has issued a statement saying he's volunteered to tell investigators everything he knows about meetings with diplomats.




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<![CDATA[Great White Australian Scare: 'There's a Shark in Me Boat!']]> Mon, 29 May 2017 06:34:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/great-white-shark-boat-australia.jpg

The water Terry Selwood was fishing Saturday was calm, until a great white shark jumped straight into his boat — leaving him stunned and bloodied, but otherwise okay, NBC News reported.

The 73-year-old Australian saw a blur out of the corner of his eye as the 9-foot-long, 440-pound predator leaped into his boat, badly scraping his arm, off the New South Wales north coast, he told Australia Broadcasting Corporation.

Selwood scrambled to safety as the shark was "thrashing around madly," then looked down and said to himself, "There's a shark in me boat!"

Bill Bates, a skipper with the Evans Head Marine Rescue operation, told NBC News that, "We do get a lot of sharks in the area but we don't get sharks that have jumped onto boats."



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<![CDATA[Boy Thrown From Water Slide at New Calif. Water Park]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 09:36:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/5-27-17_The_Wave_Slide.jpg

A highly anticipated water park opening in Dublin, California, took a frightening turn Saturday when a boy was flung from the bottom of a three-story slide before skidding across the concrete.

The 10-year-old boy managed to walk away with only some scratches after being ejected from the Emerald Plunge ride at The Wave, which is the East Bay's newest water park

"We got him into first aid and they checked him out," said John Rodems, Dublin Director of Parks and Community Services. "He was in good spirits. He was smiling. I think he was a little stunned coming out of the transition area a little bit."

The boy's parents then took him to the hospital to be further examined, and he was later released, said Dublin Assistant City Manager Linda Smith. Officials originally said the boy wasn't taken to a hospital.

The slide involved in the incident was shut down immediately, and park officials also closed the slide next to the one out of which the boy fell. State inspectors on site Sunday investigated both. A third slide was also closed, although park officials said it was not related to the incident. 

On Monday, a team of state safety inspectors, city workers and representatives from the slide manufacturer are set to meet about what will be done to mitigate danger on the slide before it is approved to reopen.

"Hopefully by tomorrow – if not the next several days – we’ll understand what occurred, and we will work to make sure it doesn’t happen again," Smith said.

Video captured by the Bay Area News Group shows the boy accelerating down the open slide. As he reaches the flat section at the bottom of the slide, his body glides across the slide's side wall before skimming across the concrete surface below.

"I thought he was dead at first," witness Omarea Grigsby said. "He hit the ground pretty hard. You hear like a (pop)."

The slide in question could remain closed for a few days while officials investigate how the boy slipped out of it and formulate a plan to prevent such an incident from happening again.

"You know, it's safety first, everything that we do," Rodems said. "We've been testing that slide for a matter of a couple of weeks. Those slides were certified yesterday by the state of California."

Despite the accident and slide closures, the park remained busy Saturday, with more than 1,000 tickets sold, Smith said. Sunday's tallies were not yet available.

The 31,000-square-foot, $43 million facility features multiple pools, a 48-foot tall water slide tower with a total of six water slides, a splash area for youngsters and more accommodations for guests wishing to relax outside of the water.

Construction of the facility began in March 2015 at a time when California was suffering through a historic drought. Despite some grumblings about water use, park officials assured residents that the city was being "extremely water conscious" with the project.



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<![CDATA[Thousands 'Carry the Load' in Dallas to Honor Fallen Heroes]]> Sun, 28 May 2017 23:17:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/carry+the+load1.jpg

Thousands gathered at Reverchon Park in Dallas Sunday for the annual “Carry the Load” Memorial March, honoring military veterans, first responders, firefighters and police officers lost in the line of duty.

Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, family and friends strapped on backpacks emblazoned with photographs of loved ones and walked the Katy Trail.

For 31 days leading up to Memorial Day, thousands of people participate around the country. The march culminates in Dallas.

For 9-year-old David and 7-year-old Josh Lee, the walk is a way to remember their dad, Sgt. Dick Lee. He was killed by an IED serving in Afghanistan in 2012.

“He was always there whenever I needed him the most,” said David. Both boys wore shirts that read, “I love Daddy,” and had backpacks strapped on.

One of his fellow veterans walks with Sgt. Lee’s sons and wife carrying a 28-pound log engraved with his name.

A group of nearly 200 people represented 22kill, a group working to raise awareness about what they are calling a suicide epidemic among veterans.

Sgt. Ben Adams of Addison committed suicide on May 3, making this walk mean even more for Michael Brauner.

“We’re walking today in his memory, pushing through to the other side, using him for fuel to go forward,” Brauner said. “We lose 22 veterans a day to suicide.”

Carry the Load is a non-profit. They raised more than $1.7 million in support of programs for veterans and first responders this year.

Below is the schedule for Sunday and Monday:

Sunday, May 28

o   12:00 p.m.: Gates open, activities begin (Kid's Zone, Food Trucks, VIP Village)

o   1:30 p.m.: Music performance by Blaq Label

o   3:30 p.m.: Opening ceremony

§  Optimal time for coverage is prior to opening ceremony when relay team walks into the park.

o   4:30 p.m.: Memorial March begins

§  Optimal time for b-roll of large group of people walking

o   6:00 p.m.: Vietnam Veterans Pinning Ceremony

o   7:30 p.m.: Boy Scouts Ceremony

o   8:00 p.m.: Connection movie, featuring Glen Dare

Monday, May 29

o   Early a.m.: Interviews available on-site.

o   10:00 a.m.: National Moment of Remembrance video

o   1:30 p.m.: Closing procession, performance by Deryl Dodd

§  Optimal time for coverage prior to closing ceremony, as all walkers will gather and journey in together.

o   3:00 p.m.: Celebrations conclude with a National Moment of Remembrance and flyover. 



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<![CDATA[Concert Held for Those Affected by Tornadoes in East Texas]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 03:51:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tornado+fundraiser.jpg

Monday marks one month since tornadoes devastated Van Zandt County.

The powerful storms killed four people and wiped out the homes and businesses of dozens more.

The cleanup is far from over, but help is on the way.

A fundraising concert was held all day on Sunday, as the community comes together to support those affected.

“This is a small community and we had a lot of devastation,” said Wesley Pruitt, one of the event’s organizers. “We are coming together today to raise a lot of funds for everybody in Van Zandt County.”

Six tornadoes ripped through the county on April 29th.

“I’m not real mobile right now, but I’m alive,” said Stacey Buck.

Buck attended the fundraiser in Ben Wheeler.

The day of the tornadoes, Buck and her daughter ran from their mobile home, along Farm Road 2301 southwest of Canton, to her parents’ house next door.

She captured the wind and rain picking up and the clouds above the two-story house, but she didn’t know the twister was heading straight for them.

“It just started raining debris, and when it opened up, stuff just started flying down the hall,” she said. “I felt myself flip I would feel things continually beating and hitting on me.”

The winds separated her from her daughter and her parents.

The next thing she remembers is waking up, not knowing where she was standing.

Both homes were destroyed in the powerful tornado.

Buck’s family survived but she received injuries to her legs and feet. She was released from the hospital last week after nearly losing several toes.

“The big problem that I’m having is there’s a hole about this big on the bottom of my foot, where it was ripped open,” she said.

In the weeks since the tornado, her family has pulled together to try and recover belongings that were strewn all over their property and beyond.

FEMA, Buck says, has not provided the family with any financial assistance.

If you would like to help Stacey Buck's family recover from the storm, click here.

She also worries about other families in her community who are not as fortunate as she is to have a roof over her head at the moment.

Through it all, Buck says her faith has comforted her. And she’s quick to call out people who don’t see the miracle in this tragedy.

“If they can’t see where God works in these kinds of things then they need to sign up for the next F-4. And my daughter says yeah, and they need to bring their house with them,” she said.

The money raised on Sunday will go toward the Van Zandt County Tornado Relief Fund. Organizers estimate they will have raised about $50,000, money that will go to residents who applied for monetary assistance.

Another sign the community is getting closer to their normal activities is that the well-known First Monday Trade Days will open for the first time since the storms on Thursday.



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<![CDATA[Two Dead in Ellis Co. Crash on Interstate 35]]> Sun, 28 May 2017 17:47:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fatal-crash-ellis-county-interstate-35.jpg

Interstate 35 has been reopened following a late night crash on Saturday that shut down the freeway for several hours.

The crash happened at about 11 p.m. Saturday in the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 near Forreston Road, south of Waxahachie.

Two people reportedly died in the crash that involved two big rig trucks, a pickup and a car.

The two fatalities happened inside the truck. No identities have been released on those killed.




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<![CDATA[Navy Parachutist Dies in Fleet Week Crash: Officials]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 08:17:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/balderdashnyc-parachute-1-c.jpg

UPDATE: Parachute Fail That Killed Navy Seal During Fleet Week Demonstration Still Under Investigation

A Navy parachutist in Jersey City's Fleet Week crashed into the water and died on Sunday, officials said. 

The member of the Navy Leap Frogs suffered a malfunction with his parachute and it failed to open properly, Cmdr. Jack Scorby said.

He landed in the water near Liberty State Park in Jersey City and was immediately retrieved by the Coast Guard, according to officials. He was taken to Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, Scorby said. 

Witnesses saw the person falling in the sky with a parachute on. The person was spiraling and did not appear to be in control of his descent, witnesses said. 

A parachute floated down into a parking lot. 

"Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, and I ask for all of your prayers for the Navy SEAL community who lost a true patriot today," Scorby said.

The victim's name wasn't released, pending notification of his family. The investigation into the cause of the malfunction is ongoing.



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<![CDATA[Words That Can Help Sell Your Home]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 07:09:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/homeforsale_generic_1200x675.jpg

"Luxurious," "captivating" and "subway tiles."

Add those words to your listing and you can increase your home's value.

New analysis from Zillow Digs shows certain words in a listing can mean the difference between your home sitting on the market or selling quickly.

The team at Zillow Digs determined barn doors up your home's value by 13 percent, helping it sell 57 days faster.

Listings touting shaker cabinets sell 9 percent above expected and 45 days faster.

Add pendant lights, and they can raise the price of your home by 5 percent, helping it sell 48 days faster.

Another big draw for home-buyers: heated floors.

This amenity will increase the value of your home by 4 percent and help it sell 28 days faster.

To optimize your home's selling features, you should also think about using flattering adjectives in the listing.

Longer descriptions help a home sell for more money.

We all know location and curb appeal matter in real estate, and so do words. That's something to consider if you're having a hard time selling your home.

So what if your home doesn't have any of the features mentioned?

Real estate experts don't recommend you renovate right away, because that money can be saved for the purchase of your new home.



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<![CDATA[Southwest Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Branson]]> Sun, 28 May 2017 00:38:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/southwest-emergency-landing-082214-8.jpg

A Southwest Airlines flight from Baltimore to Oklahoma City was forced to make an emergency landing in Branson Saturday night.

A spokesperson for Southwest says flight 2303 was diverted because of a pressurization issue.

The flight landed safely and everyone on board is now inside the Branson Airport.

Southwest Airlines says they have given all the passengers and crew members food and drinks while they wait for another flight to arrive. However because of storms in the area, the flight is not scheduled to arrive in Oklahoma City until 11:15 p.m. Saturday night.

No one was hurt.



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<![CDATA[Spieth's Caddie Unable to Finish Round Due to Heat]]> Sun, 28 May 2017 02:10:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Spieth+Greller+Colonial.jpg

The Texas heat can be brutal on the golf course this time of year. Just ask Jordan Spieth’s caddie, Michael Greller.

Greller was forced to leave due to heat exhaustion during the third round of the Dean & DeLuca Invitational in Fort Worth. Damon Goddard, Spieth’s physical trainer, took over as caddie. Goddard caddied for Spieth in the past during the first round of the 2014 Shell Houston Open when Greller was sick.

Spieth said Greller had told Goddard that he might not be able to caddie the entire round with the heat index soaring to 108 degrees.

“He [caddie Michael Greller] didn't tell me at all until we were walking down the 11th and he said, ‘Hey, this is my last hole.’ I was kind of surprised,” Spieth told the Golf Channel after the round.

Greller was treated by medical personnel at Colonial and Spieth said he expects him to be healthy enough to caddie on Sunday.

Spieth finished Saturday at 4-under; five shots back of the lead. Webb Simpson is the clubhouse leader at 9-under going into the final round.



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<![CDATA[Longhorn Steakhouse Offers Grilling Help]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 03:51:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/BBQ+Grill1.jpg

Longhorn Steakhouse is offering grilling help during the Memorial Day weekend.

Certified grill masters will be offering advice from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Sunday, May 28, 2017.

All you have to do is call the "Grill Us Hotline" at 1-855-544-7455 or text GRILL to 55702 or visit ExpertGriller.com for tips and recipes. 



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