<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 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 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:55:19 -0500 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:55:19 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Mother of 3 Dead as Driver Fleeing Wreck Crashes]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:30:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/starmart-zazueta-adams.jpg

One person was killed and seven others were injured Tuesday after a driver crashed a truck into a store in Fort Worth while fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run crash, police say.

Officials investigating the crash said the driver, identified as 19-year-old Isaac Adams, was first involved in a minor crash at Riverside Drive and U.S. Highway 287.

“Yeah, he did stop,” said Bobby Washington, the driver into whom Adams reportedly first crashed. “At the time it seemed like they were on something, you know? It seemed they wasn’t in their right mind.”

After informing Adams he intended to call police, Washington said Adams and his passenger ran back to their truck and sped away.

As Washington called 911 and followed in an attempt to track the man down, Adams raced away on Riverside Drive at speeds of up to 100 mph, officials said.

Adams then lost control of his truck and crashed into the Star Food Mart near the intersection of Riverside Drive and East Lancaster Avenue, trapping several people.

Fort Worth firefighters arrived and began working to free the trapped victims while also stabilizing the building. At one point, firefighters used a fire truck to pull the pickup from the building, freeing a woman who was trapped.

Employees at neighboring businesses rushed to the scene to help the victims and worked to remove some of the debris. Nearby construction workers were able to quickly shut off the electricity to the building since electrical wires were exposed.

One of the eight injured was 24-year-old Sylvia Zazueta, who was trapped by the truck and had to be extricated by firefighters. She was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth in critical condition, but did not survive her injuries.

Zazueta was married with three children.

Don Jones, a cook who was working in the back of the store preparing hot food, walked away with barely a scratch.

“Just a big boom and glass shattering,” Jones said. “Then all I saw was dust and a truck sitting in the store. I thought, ‘My God, what happened?’”

Seven other patients were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries; three were transported to Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth and four to JPS. One of the injured was a passenger in the truck, the other was the driver who was transported to JPS for treatment.

Fort Worth police confirmed to NBC 5 they believe Adams was under the influence of a narcotic. He now faces several charges, including intoxication manslaughter.

Family of Victim Pulls Together

The mother of Sylvia Zazueta said Tuesday she’s devastated by the loss and what it means to her grandchildren.

Laticia Galdiano said she was with her daughter and two of her grandchildren inside the family’s car at the Star Food Mart, while Zazueta went inside to buy a drink for her son and pay for gas.

Galdiano said her daughter stayed home with the children — ages 8, 4 and 8 months — while her husband worked two jobs. Zazueta’s 8-year-old daughter, Analisa, asked to speak to NBC 5 about her mother.

“She didn't leave us. Where ever she would go, she would take us,” said Analisa.

Zazueta’s grandfather, Elizardo Quinones, said she brought joy to the world. With time, he said he may forgive the driver responsible for the crash.

“We are all human beings. We make mistakes, and with time, I might forgive him," Quinones said. "But now, I can't.”

NBC 5's Holley Ford, Chris Van Horne, Jocelyn Lockwood, Ben Russell and Bianca Castro contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Authorities Investigate Fatal Shooting in Joshua]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 07:10:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/joshua-shooting.jpg

Authorities in Joshua said they are investigating the city's first homicide in more than a year after a fatal shooting overnight.

Two people were involved in a confrontation in Fort Worth, authorities said. The two then drove to Joshua and stopped near the intersection of Colorado and Texas Street.

Police said one of the people ran toward the other person's truck and was fatally shot.

The victim and the shooter knew each other, according to police.

Witnesses told NBC 5 that the victim was 21 years old and just had a baby.

Stay tuned to NBC 5 for the latest developments.



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<![CDATA[2 Arrested in Connection with ATM Theft: Dallas Police]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:37:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/green-spot-atm.jpg

Dallas police said they arrested two people and are looking for a third in connection with an ATM robbery at a convenience store overnight.

The group of robbers crashed a truck into the front of the Green Spot in the 700 block of North Buckner Boulevard, according to police. Then then grabbed the ATM and drove away.

Neighbors witnessed the theft and called 911. Police said they arrived within minutes and were able to find the truck about two miles from the store.

Police said they captured one of the people in the truck, but the rest were able to escape.

This incident marks the 32nd similar attempted ATM theft in Dallas in 2015.

Green Spot owner Anil — who declined to give his last name — said he was devastated by the robbery, but thankful for his alert neighbors and the quick police response.

"The neighbors responded and called immediately," he said. "I'm glad they caught them."

Anil said it's a scary time for business owners with the large number of similar ATM thefts in Dallas this year.

"It's frustrating," he said. "It's disappointing, but I think it's just part of the business."

The store will be closed Wednesday while employees clean the mess.

"We want to get back tomorrow if we can," Anil said.



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<![CDATA[Farmersville Police Find Missing Man, 78]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 06:51:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/farmersville033115.jpg

Update: Farmersville police said they discontinued a Silver Alert after finding 78-year-old Roy Horton early Wednesday morning.

Horton had last been seen in Farmersville about 3 p.m. Tuesday driving a maroon 1967 Ford Mustang convertible with a black top, chrome wheels and Texas license plate HSTF1.

Police said Horton's disappearance poses a credible threat to his own health and safety.

He is described as a white man, approximately 5-feet, 8-inches tall and 180 pounds, with balding gray hair, green eyes and eyeglasses.

Anyone with information on his location is urged to call police at 972-782-6141.



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<![CDATA[Oncor to Use Helicopters to Upgrade Grid]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 05:51:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/2015-helicopter-pic-oncor-2.jpg

Oncor officials said the company will use a helicopter to work on electrical lines in several areas in Dallas.

Company officials plan to upgrade the transmission electric grid through the end of the year in the following neighborhoods:

  • Centerville
  • Kirkland Park
  • Mt. Creek
  • West Levee
  • Cedar Crest
  • TI
  • Renner
  • Northaven

Officials said they will send a letter to people living in those areas.

"We regret any alarm this may cause and will complete the work as quickly and as safely as possible," company officials stated in a news release.

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<![CDATA[Parents Shocked Over Charge Against Day Care Teacher]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:39:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/alicia-carroll.jpg

Parents whose children attend a North Texas day care say they were shocked to learn a woman who works there is accused of leaving her daughter in a trash bin.

Alicia Carroll, 28, was arrested Sunday and charged with endangering her 7-year-old daughter after allegedly getting drunk and leaving the child "hiding" in a trash bin Saturday night.

Carroll works at Small Miracles Academy in Garland, where parent Tammara Goodson said Tuesday Carroll is her 4-year-old son's teacher.

Goodson said she went straight to the day care after finding out what happened.

"I showed the principal what I had seen, and she said, 'This is so unlike her behavior. We are not sure what is going on. We are not sure, but this is very unlike her,'" said Goodson.

NBC 5 checked with a representative of the Texas Child-Care Licensing Division, who said while they can’t comment on this specific case, with this type of arrest the child care business would be notified and the person would be allowed on the premises. Also, employees must go through background checks.

Carroll remains jailed on $25,000 bond.



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<![CDATA[Sneakers Lead Arlington Police to Burglary Suspect]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:14:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/alvin-cook.jpg

For the first time in a long time, Ben Scheuermann says he and his family can sleep more soundly at night.

“It feels like a win,” said Scheuermann, who lives on Killian Drive in Arlington. “A win for us, you know, for a change.”

For months, he and his neighbors have been dealing with thieves breaking into their vehicles overnight. Scheuremann’s truck was targeted two times in two nights earlier this month.

Last week, his neighbor, Bobbi Eeds, gave NBC 5 home surveillance video showing two men breaking into her SUV, hoping that someone would recognize them and notify police.

Now, Arlington police say they have a suspect in custody.

“In this case, it turned out good,” said Scheuermann.

“This is awesome news,” Eeds wrote in a text Tuesday to NBC 5.

Arlington police arrested 17-year-old Alvin Cook on Friday after he allegedly broke into a home not far from Killian Drive. Once they had him in handcuffs, officers noticed he was wearing orange sneakers and a gray hooded sweatshirt, which is the same thing the suspect in the surveillance video was wearing.

“Cook admitted to going into two of the vehicles that were burglarized after being shown the surveillance images, but denied burglarizing the home where the resident found him inside prompting his arrest,” Arlington Police said in a news release.

Cook has been charged with two counts of burglary of a vehicle and one count of burglary of a habitation. His bond is set at $20,000.

A second man seen in the surveillance video has not been arrested. Scheuermann and his neighbors say they won’t be letting their guard down.

“I think some of the other neighbors have mentioned wanting to get cameras also,” said Scheuermann.

Still, he says they’re pleased with the arrest – and hopes it sends a message to any would-be burglars that Killian Drive is not a street to mess with.



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<![CDATA[Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Arlington]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:44:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/arl-airport.jpg

Officials say a small plane made an emergency landing in Arlington Tuesday evening.

The plane landed safely at Arlington Municipal Airport just before 5:30 p.m.

The pilot told crews in a control tower that the plane lost an alternator.

Arlington police said there is limited access in and out of the airport at this time due to the incident.

The plane has been placed in a hangar at the airport.

NBC 5 will update this story with more information as soon as it's available.  As this story is developing, elements may change.



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<![CDATA[Back-In or Pay Up on Denton's East Hickory Street]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:05:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/BACK+IN+PARKING+SIGN.jpg

Drivers in Denton have only a matter of days to get used to back-in only parking before ignoring the rule will cost them.

The city of Denton officially put the new parking pattern into effect on East Hickory Street this week and Police Public Information Officer Ryan Grelle confirmed that the grace period for non-compliance to the rule will end next Monday morning, on April 6, 2015.

The back-in only zone stretches about three blocks from Denton Square to Oakland Street and features several new road signs, revealed this week, to warn drivers of the first-of-its-kind traffic pattern for Denton.

Drivers now have to turn on their turn signal, pull past their intended spot and then back in. Concrete stoppers have been placed near the curbs to help drivers know how far to back in.

The new rule is part of a major overhaul of the Hickory Streetscape intended to make the stretch a more pedestrian friendly one.

During the Tuesday lunch rush, compliance to the new rule was about 50-50. Many drivers backed into their spots, some having to take a few tries for their first shot at it, but many others were seen pulling completely across the opposing lane of traffic to pull head first into spots on the other side.

A parking enforcement officer for the police department walked the stretch, putting warnings on those cars, warnings that will be replaced by tickets starting next week.

City leaders chose the back-in parking pattern back in 2013, saying that it was supposed to increase sight lines for drivers pulling out of spots and make it safer for people loading and unloading their cars by doing so directly onto the sidewalks instead of into the street.

Drivers and walkers on Hickory were split on the new rule Tuesday, some saying it was different but doable, while others felt the rule would just create back-ups and cause more problems than good on the stretch.



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<![CDATA[Why Coffee is Good For You]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:48:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/COFFEE17.jpg

If you’re a coffee lover, you can perk up. Experts at Consumer Reports have reviewed the latest research and say drinking coffee has several health benefits.

In fact, it may even lengthen your life, because of the antioxidants in coffee that protect against disease.

Coffee, both caffeinated and decaf, is packed with these good-for-you compounds.

In fact, some research shows that for most coffee drinkers, java supplies more antioxidants than any other food.

In other studies, coffee has been linked to a lower risk of depression and a lower risk of suicide. Research also associates drinking caffeinated coffee with a decreased risk of type-2 diabetes. And it may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

But it’s not all good news.

Coffee is a top source of acrylamide, a chemical whose link to cancer continues to be investigated.

And there’s another concern.

There’s a compound in coffee grounds called cafestol that’s been found to increase levels of LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol. Brewing with a paper filter helps remove cafestol from the coffee.

It is important that you don’t drink too much coffee. More than four to five cups a day can cause insomnia, irritability and restlessness.

Experts at Consumer Reports also caution that caffeine can have negative effects on people who have an anxiety disorder, heart disease, or are pregnant. So, if that’s you, watch your consumption and talk to your doctor.

Complete Ratings and recommendations on all kinds of products, including appliances, cars & trucks, and electronic gear, are available on Consumer Reports’ website.
 



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<![CDATA[Customers Say Carpet Seller Took Cash and Dashed]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:46:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/carpet+generic+flooring.jpg

Some North Texans complain they paid a business named Empire for carpet, but got little more than excuses in return.

"We still are just waiting on new carpet," said Josey Dunagan pointing to the cement floor of her master bedroom. The carpet was the last step in her remodeling project.

She’d been pleased when she had previously ordered carpet from Empire Today, the famed flooring provider that advertises heavily in the Dallas-Fort Worth television market. So when they needed carpet a third time, her husband Googled Empire and found a company called Empire Carpet and Showers.

Josey spoke with a young saleswoman.

"I asked her, ‘The commercial that you have running right now, buy two rooms get everything else free -- what you’re quoting me is it better, right?’ And she said, ‘Oh no, no, no. What I can quote you is better than that commercial.’"

Dunagan paid the full amount of $1,450 with her debit card. And she says all the while, she believed she was doing business with Empire Today, a well-known company based in Northlake, Illinois. Instead, she’d unwittingly paid a company with a similar name, Empire Carpets and Showers, based in Arlington and owned by John Segovia.

When no one showed up to install the carpet, Segovia told her he was having trouble with his crew. He rescheduled, but failed to show up on the new day.

"So I Googled him and found horrible review after horrible review," said Dunagan. "I called my husband and said, ‘We just got taken.’"

Her story echoes that of Jimmie Durant, a grandmother in Cleburne.

"He was going to send ‘his very best carpet layers.’ That’s what he said,” Durant recounted.

But she said he didn't send his best layers. In fact, she said he sent no carpet layers at all and Durant had paid Segovia $1,400. Segovia refused to give her a refund and Durant had to buy carpet elsewhere.

"I’m still just devastated to think that he would do old people like that," she said.

Records show a long list of folks who want their money back. Segovia currently has nine liens, three bankruptcy filings and a felony theft conviction.

Now Empire Today, armed with cash, clout and the courts has waged war. In a lawsuit filed in July 2014, the company charged trademark infringement saying Segovia is cashing in on the company's good name.

A judge agreed, ordering Segovia to stop using Empire Today's "trade name," "business name" or anything "confusingly similar."

NBC 5 Investigates' Consumer Unit called 52-year old Segovia, who said he’s having health problems and has moved in with his mother in Waco. He claimed he'd stopped using the Empire name and, in an interview more than an hour long, he delivered a series of rambling, at times incoherent, expletive-laced rants. He blamed his employees saying, "My dumb (expletive) installers didn't show up."

When asked about refunds, he repeatedly pointed to his contract which says in the event of a cancellation there will be a 60 percent restocking fee. But customers argue they didn’t cancel the contract, instead his installers didn’t show up. Again Segovia pointed to the contract which says he's not responsible for conditions "beyond Empire's control."

When asked if he considered the failure to have installers a condition beyond his control, Segovia rattled off reasons. He'd been in the hospital. It was a busy remodeling season. He couldn't find installers.

"What am I going to do?” he asked. He defended his business pointing to his decades of experience as a carpet layer and installer.

But Dunagan said she just wishes he’d put all that experience to work and installed the carpet she paid for. She has a word of advice for other customers.

“I would just say if you need carpet or paint, you call yourself and make sure you’re actually calling the company that you want,” Dunagan said.

Dunagan eventually got her money back after her bank investigated and concluded she’d been the victim of fraud. Segovia refused to answer repeated questions about whether he intends to pay back Durant. In the meantime, Mesquite police have issued a warrant for Segovia’s arrest because a customer claims Segovia took payment without providing services.

Experts advise before hiring anyone, do your research. Ask for and check references. If contacted by a business, don’t trust a name or a number. Instead, look up the business’s number and call back. Finally, the Better Business Bureau advises don’t succumb to high pressure sales tactics.



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<![CDATA[Seasonal Allergies Spiking in North Texas Children]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:50:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/child+allergies+ear.jpg

Doctors at Children’s Health are seeing a seasonal spike in children who suffer from allergies.

“It’s hard. I definitely hate to see him feeling bad and down,” said Arielle Richmond of Cedar Hill, whose 16-month-old son, Cashton, suffers from severe allergies.

“Usually some coughing, sneezing, definitely a runny nose,” said Richmond. “A lot more visits to the doctor. A lot more taking off to care for him. It’s definitely hard."

Health experts said parents can often confuse allergies with the common cold.

“If it lasts every year, the same time of year, your kid is sick for several weeks or months, consider allergies,” said Dr. Drew Bird, allergy specialist at Children’s Health.

Although powerful nasal sprays are now available without a prescription, Bird cautions parents against using them in children.

“[I] want to caution against just using those in kids without talking to a doctor first,” said Bird. “If you are using antihistamine, we prefer to use the non-sedating antihistamines, but again talk to your doctor about the right dose and the right medicine to use for your child’s symptoms.”



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<![CDATA[Man Dies in Police Custody]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 06:10:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Phillip-White.jpg

Officials are investigating the death of a New Jersey man who died while in police custody Tuesday.

"As many of you have already heard, earlier today a tragedy occurred involving Officers and a citizen," said Vineland Police Chief Timothy Codispoti. "Sadly, this call for service resulted in an “in–custody, non-shooting death” which is being investigated by the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s office"

The man, identified as Phillip White, was arrested at a home on the 100 block of Grape Street in Vineland, New Jersey around 11 a.m. Tuesday. He died shortly after while in custody.

Witnesses told NBC10 officers were extremely physical with White after he was already restrained and unconscious on the street.

"They punched him, stomped him, kicked him and then they let the dog out of the car," said Ricardo Garcia. "The dog bit him on his face and around his body. There's no call for that. Once a man is handcuffed and unconscious, you should have stuck him in the patrol car and take him to the police station. Instead they decided to beat him right here." 

A dog is heard barking on a police dispatch recording of the incident.

"118 West Grape," the dispatcher says in the recording. "Subject...hyperventilating. Officers out."

An officer is also heard on the recording.

"Slow all units down," the officer says. "Subject under...tried disarming me." 

The Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office is currently investigating the incident. A spokesperson for the office told NBC10 White was being arrested but they haven't revealed why.

White's aunt, Valerie White, told NBC10 she is desperate for answers.

"Why, what he was doing, I don't know," she said. "I'm trying to get answers and closure now. He lived a street life but he was a human being. Bottom line." 

While police have not yet released information regarding what led to the arrest or how White died,  Chief Codispoti expressed his condolences for his family.

"Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased and with the Officers involved," he said. " I ask that everyone allow time for our justice system to now investigate this matter to its truthful conclusion. The Vineland Police Department is cooperating with the prosecutor’s office and I urge anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the prosecutor’s office with your information. At this time updates regarding the progress of this investigation are being released through the prosecutor’s office."

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<![CDATA[Couple Found With Chainsaw Wounds]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:52:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/178*120/Lower+Moreland+Home.JPG

A community is in mourning after a teen boy discovered his parents dead with wounds from a chainsaw inside a Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, home Tuesday.

"It strikes home," said Eric Shallcross, a family friend. "It's unbelievable."

The 14-year-old boy told police he found his parents unresponsive inside their home on the 1100 block of Country Lane in Lower Moreland around 12:50 p.m. Investigators said the victims, a 48-year-old man and his 43-year-old wife, had lacerations from a chainsaw that was found lying nearby. 

Prosecutors confirmed one of the deaths was a homicide while the other is under investigation. Officials also say they are not searching for any suspects in the case.

Police are not identifying the couple pending the notification of all family members.

Aside from their 14-year-old son, the couple had two other boys who were not in the home when they were found dead. Eric Carswell, the pastor of Bryn Athyn Church, was teaching religion class to one of the children when the school learned about the incident.

"This is not what we would wish for anybody," Carswell said. "I'm very grateful for a sense that the boys have an extended family that is really taking good care of them."

Friends of the victims gathered at Bryn Athyn Cathedral Tuesday night for a prayer vigil.

Friends also told NBC10 there were problems in the couple's marriage.

"I knew they had some complications with their marriage," Shallcross said. "But a lot of marriages do. Most marriages do, I'm sure."

An autopsy on the couple is scheduled for Wednesday, said prosecutors.

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<![CDATA[UTA Police Investigate Fondling, Indecent Exposure]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:51:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/UTA-Police-Car-091713.jpg

Police at the University of Texas at Arlington are investigating two cases of forcible fondling and indecent exposure Tuesday afternoon possibly initiated by the same man.

The first incident was reported at about 5 p.m. in the 1200 block of South Pecan Street, where police said a man on an elevator in the parking garage at the Heights on Pecan apartments slapped a victim's buttocks with his hand and ran away.

About seven minutes later, a woman was walking in the 1000 block of South Pecan Street when a man motioned for her to come closer to him. That's when the man exposed his genitals to the woman, police said.

The second victim then turned and jogged away, police said.

The perpetrator in both cases is described as a man with a dark complexion, approximately 5-feet, 6 inches tall with a medium build and a small to medium Afro-style haircut, wearing a white short-sleeve T-shirt, green camouflage shorts, knee-high black socks and tan loafers.

Anyone with information about either incident is asked to contact UTA Police at 817-272-3381.

UTA students were vigilant on campus Tuesday night.

“I never really walk around campus at night, but if I did I'd definitely keep my eyes open out for anything that’s going on,” said junior Jazmyn Satchell.

“I thought it was like a little bizarre when I got [the campus crime alert], and then I thought, 'You know maybe it could be possibly serious, could lead to something else,' so I’m glad they reported it,” said freshman Dominique Stansberry.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Reveals Mosquito Disease Fighting Plan]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:47:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/dallas-marsh.jpg

Dallas County Commissioners Tuesday heard the latest plans for fighting diseases carried by mosquitoes with bug season starting early in a wet, warm spring.

“Mosquito season has started,” Dr. Christopher Perkins said. “We need to take personal responsibility for ourselves and our loved ones.”

This year the Dallas County Health Department is watching for two mosquito carried viruses: West Nile and Chikungunya.

So far 11 reported cases of Chikungunya have all been people who contracted the disease elsewhere and brought it home but Perkins said it could also spread locally if an infected person is bitten by a local mosquito.

The illnesses are different but the same mosquito fighting strategy applies to both.

“So our messaging is now, when you go outside with your various activities, that you wear insect repellent, all day, every day,” Perkins said.

The number of traps to test for infected insects has tripled since the 2012 West Nile Virus outbreak that killed 21 people in Dallas County.

Dallas County Health Director Zach Thompson said response time is now much faster, too.

“The biggest thing we’ve been able to change is the mindset around the immediate spraying. If we have a confirmed mosquito trap in the morning, we’re able to start spraying in the afternoon,” Thompson said.

Officials urge residents to drain standing water near homes and to dress with long clothing, especially at dawn or dusk when mosquitoes are most active.



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<![CDATA[Pat Haden Refuses to Head to Indy]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:28:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/134210519.jpg

USC athletic director Pat Haden says he won’t be heading to Indianapolis this week for the College Football Playoff selection committee meeting in response to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s decision to sign the widely-protested “Religious Freedom” bill.

“I am the proud father of a gay son,” Haden wrote to his 17,000 followers on Twitter Tuesday. “In his honor, I will not be attending the CFP committee meeting in Indy this week. #EmbraceDiversity”

The law sparked outrage from many in Indiana's business community and others with ties -- established and planned -- to the Hoosier state.

The public-employee union known as AFSCME announced Monday it was canceling a planned women's conference in Indianapolis this year because of the law. The band Wilco said it was canceling a May performance.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe issued an open letter to Indiana corporations saying Virginia is a business-friendly state that does "not discriminate against our friends and neighbors," while Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sent letters to more than a dozen Indiana businesses, urging them to relocate to a "welcoming place to people of all races, faiths and countries of origin."

Pence, on the other hand, says the bill he signed into law week has been "grossly mischaracterized" and subjected to "shoddy reporting," but on Tuesday announced that he and legislators have been working around the clock to draft new legislation to clarify its intent.

"We've got a perception problem here ... and we intend to correct that," Pence told reporters.



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<![CDATA[Texans Celebrate Selena 20 Years After Her Death]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:40:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/selena033115.jpg

It has been 20 years since the music world lost Tejano superstar Selena, but devotion to the singer runs deep in Texas, especially on the anniversary of her death.

At KNON 89.3-FM in Dallas, the requests for Selena come in daily.

“If we don’t play it for a whole show, folks will call up and ask us to play some Selena,” said radio disc jockey Jesse Gonzales.

Gonzales was 13 years old when the “Queen of Tejano” was murdered inside a Corpus Christi hotel on March 31, 1995. He had just seen her perform in Oak Cliff months before.

“She always put on a show,” said Gonzales. “She never just sang to you. She made sure you were part of what she was doing.”

Selena's death at the hands of her fan club president, Yolanda Saldivar, sent shock waves through the Latino community. Cars with ribbons and messages of mourning could be seen driving across North Texas following her death in 1995.

Twenty years later, the sorrow has turned to celebration. Parties in Oak Cliff over the weekend honored her life, and the movie version of her life story played at the Texas Theatre. The celebrations were attended by fans of all ages – including many young people who were not alive at the time of Selena’s death.

Gonzales said that’s because her soulful sound remains relevant.

“She spoke to us, our culture, who we are,” said Gonzales. “Everything that is going on in her music back then is still going on in our communities today. Our people are still going through the same things that they’ve been going through for the last 20 years.”

Saldivar is serving a life sentence in the singer's death.



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<![CDATA[Cop's Degrading Tirade Against Uber Driver Probed]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:54:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/uber+rant.jpg

The NYPD says the Civilian Complaint Review Board has taken over the investigation into a video that appears to show a police officer verbally abusing an Uber driver in an at-times xenophobic roadside tirade in the West Village Monday.

Police confirmed late Tuesday afternoon that the plain-clothed man seen screaming in the now viral video is a member of the NYPD, but they did not identify him. A spokesman said the department is "aware of the incident and video and it is under review."

The NYPD later said that the CCRB, an independent city agency with subpoena power, has taken over the investigation. 

The video was posted to YouTube by Sanjay Seth, one of the passengers in the Uber car. According to Seth's YouTube post, his Uber driver honked his car horn at the officer later seen screaming in the video because the officer was trying to park on a Sixth Precinct street in the middle of the afternoon without using any blinkers or hazard lights, and the Uber driver's path to a green light was blocked.

The officer, seen wearing a green tie and blue shirt at points in the passenger video, got out of his unmarked car, which had flashing blue and red lights on the dashboard, and flagged down the Uber driver.

The three-minute video begins as the officer approaches the Uber driver's window and starts yelling at the driver, raising his voice over the Uber driver's muted apologies and efforts to interject.

"Stop it with your mouth, stop it with your, 'For what, sir,'" the officer is heard saying in the video as he curses. "Stop it with that ... and realize the three vehicle and traffic law violations you committed."

"You understand me? I don't know what [epithet] planet you think you're on right now," the officer yells, making fun of the Uber driver's accent.

The officer then slams the hood of the Uber car and walks away; the Uber driver tries to apologize to his passengers, who tell him it was not his fault and inform him a video of the exchange was recorded. One of the passengers said it appeared the officer was on a "power trip"; the other called the man's behavior "really inappropriate."

The officer returns to the Uber car about 90 seconds after slamming the hood and storming off, the video shows, and continues to curse at and belittle the driver. The driver keeps trying to defuse the situation with respectful apologies. Then the officer goes off on him. 

"I don't know where you're coming from or where you think you're appropriate in doing that," the man yells, apparently in reference to the car honk from earlier. "That's not the way it works. How long have you been in this country?"

"Almost how long? Two years?" the officer yells after the driver whispers a response. "I got news for you, and use this lesson: Don't ever do that again. The only reason you're not in handcuffs going to jail and getting summonses in the precinct is because I have things to do.

"That's the only reason that's not happening, because this isn't important enough to me, you're not important enough," he says.

The officer turns toward the passengers in the back seat, asks if they are fares and says something about the Uber driver wasting their days, too. The officer hands the driver some kind of piece of paper that looks like a ticket and leaves as the passenger cellphone video pans to the flashing lights on the dashboard of his vehicle, parked behind the Uber car. 

Seth posted video of the exchange on multiple social media accounts. On his Facebook page, he wrote, "Our Uber driver, Humayun, was abused by a police officer today in New York. The rage, door slamming, throwing items into the car, threatening arrest without cause was bad enough -- but the officer's remarks at the end really took it to another level."

Seth wrote on Facebook that he reported the exchange to the Civilian Complaint Review Board. According to his profile, Seth works at a nonprofit in the city and used to work for the parks department.

Asked about the exchange by NBC 4 New York, Seth wrote, "This very unfortunate incident is between the driver, Uber, the officer, and the relevant authorities."

Uber called the behavior in the video "wrong" and "unacceptable," and said it appreciated the NYPD investigating.

"We are in touch with our driver-partner who was subjected to this terrible experience and will continue to provide any support he needs," Matthew Wing, a spokesman for the ride share company, said. 

The CCRB handles complaints about four kinds of alleged police misconduct: force, abuse of authority, discourtesy and offensive language. 



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<![CDATA[Duck Builds Nest in Front of Plano Grocery Store]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:49:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/duck-plano-grocery.jpg

Animal experts are warning people in Plano about not bothering a nesting duck.

The female mallard is protecting 13 eggs in the parking lot of a Tom Thumb store, where she has attracted extra attention.

“We thought we better come see it before they hatched,” said shopper Mark Peterman of Plano. “We all want her to do well.”

Business owners in the shopping center said the mother duck appeared during the week of the ice storms, and they are concerned the ducklings will not survive the trek out of the parking lot once they hatch.

"She is going to take them with her to look for water and we're worried about her getting hit by a car," shopper Andrea Droning said.

The more immediate concern, however, is that excessive human interest in the duck may cause her to abandon her nest.

According to Plano Animal Services Director Jamey Cantrell, the best advice to humans is to leave the duck alone.

“They won’t survive at all on their own if they don’t have their mother there,” Cantrell said.

Because the nesting bird is federally protected, Plano Animal Services cannot remove or move the nest.

Cantrell said the city will only get involved if the mother duck starts leading the babies into traffic, but even that would a difficult situation.

There have been suggestions about putting up a fence.

However, NBC 5 has learned that would be up to the property owner.



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<![CDATA[More 11th, 12th Graders Taking AP Exams: Report ]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:29:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pencil-569703561.jpg

Already sharpening No. 2 pencils and flipping through those flashcards in anticipation of Advanced Placement exam season? You're not alone.

More than 1.4 million public school students took AP exams last year, a 3.8 percent increase from the previous year, according to figured released by the College Board. While the figures for public school population for 11th and 12th graders was not readily available, the College Board reports that roughly 3 million students graduated in 2013.

With the increase in participation came an uptick in students passing the exams, which cover subjects like physics, foreign languages and U.S. history. The success of the nation’s 11th and 12th grade public school students has doubled in the past decade, from 7.6 percent in 2004 to 13.2 percent in 2014, according to the College Board.

About 400,000 minority students took the exams last year, a 7 percent increase for a group that was historically underrepresented in the demographic breakdown of text-takers. Hispanic students are now participating in the AP program at almost the same rate as the nation overall — 19.1 percent of Hispanic students took an AP Exam in 2014, compared to a nationwide figure of 21.9 percent. 

In Texas, 23.4 percent of all 11th or 12th grade students took an AP test. However, only 11.9 percent of those students scored a passing grade of 3 or higher -- that's below the 13.2 national average and puts Texas students 20th in the nation.

Despite those gains, gaps are still evident for other minority groups. Only 12.9 percent of black and 12 percent of Native American 11th and 12th grade public high school students took an AP test in May 2014, according to the College Board.

College Board also reported a rise in participation among low-income students. About 350,000 low-income students took an AP exam last year, a 7.3 percent rise. The number of students that use fee reductions in order to take AP exams has climbed as well, doubling from 2004 from 11.8 to 24 percent.

For 2014, Washington D.C. topped the charts for participation with 38.6 percent of students who took the AP exam. North Dakota came in last with only 8.1 percent. However, when it came to actually passing the exam, Maryland was the winner with 22 percent of their students gaining the college credit, while Mississippi was at the bottom of the list with only 3.2 percent of students passing. Overall, 15 states exceeded the national average of 13.2 percent.

A lot rides on a passing grade on an AP exam. A student who receives a passing grade may not have to take the same class in college, which can save money as college tuitions continue to rise.

On average, a student who passes two AP exams saves $1,779 at a public college and more than $6,000 at a private school, according to the 2013 College Board report “Trends in College pricing.” In order to pass an AP exam, a student has to score at least a 3 out of 5.
 



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<![CDATA[Kids Allowed to Sip Alcohol More Likely to Drink Later: Report]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:57:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DRINKING2.jpg

A new study claims children who are allowed to sip alcohol may be more likely to start drinking by high school.

Researchers at Brown University followed nearly 600 kids through their middle school years.'

Those who had 'sipped' alcohol, usually with a parent's permission, by sixth grade Were five times more likely to have consumed a full drink by the beginning of high school.

They were four times more likely to have binged or been drunk.

Experts say while there are many factors that lead to underage drinking, little tastes of alcohol may send young kids a mixed message.



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<![CDATA[Man Carved Name on Girlfriend: DA]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:07:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/3-31-2015-Mendoza.jpg

A California man accused of using a razor blade to carve his name onto his girlfriend's chest was arraigned Monday on kidnapping and domestic battery charges, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

Sergio Joaquin Mendoza, 25, was arrested after allegedly abusing the woman on numerous occasions between March 17 and 20, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

The DA's office had first reported Mendoza was 39 years old but corrected his age to 25.

The Santa Ana man was charged with a felony count of kidnapping, a felony count of criminal threats, two felony counts of domestic battery with corporal injury, and a sentencing enhancement for personal use of a deadly weapon, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said.

Mendoza allegedly got into multiple verbal fights with the victim and punched her on several occasions, prosecutors said. He is also accused of making her sit in his car while he was at work under the threat of violence.

On March 22, he allegedly tried to stop her from leaving a relative's house where he was staying, only allowing it on the condition she let him carve his name on her body, the DA's office said. Mendoza then used a razor blade to cut his first name on onto her chest, according to prosecutors. 

That evening he allegedly forced her into his vehicle, then drove around Santa Ana while threatening to hurt her if she tried to leave, according to the district attorney's office. The next day, he allegedly punched her on the head, attempted to strangle her and head-butted her in the face, prosecutors claim.

Eventually, she managed to escape, with an employee calling police after she ran into a local business. Mendoza was arrested March 26, prosecutors said.

Mendoza is being held on $100,000 bail and is scheduled for a pretrial hearing on April 8. He faces a maximum sentence of 11 years and eight months in state prison if convicted.

It was not immediately clear whether he obtained an attorney.

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<![CDATA[FAA Fines Southwest $328,550 Over Two Safety Issues]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:45:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/southwest-airlines-avion.jpg

The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday proposed fining Southwest Airlines $328,550 for not properly inspecting a plane that lost cabin pressure and made an emergency landing and, in a second case, putting off repairs and not accurately logging them.

The airline said it did nothing wrong.

On May 13, 2013, a Southwest jet made an emergency landing in Baltimore after losing pressure during a flight from Boston to St. Louis.

But according to the FAA, mechanics never conducted a mandatory inspection to check for damage and to replace used oxygen bottles. The same plane went on 123 flights before the inspection was completed on June 3.

In a separate case, on March 18, 2013, an Air Tran Airways plane operated by Southwest experienced a problem with ice and water coming from its galley vent, the FAA said.

Over the next few weeks, crews deferred fixing making repairs by improperly claiming an exemption and did not follow FAA-approved maintenance procedures, which include detailing the issue in the plane’s logbook. The plane flew several times before the problem was fixed, the safety agency said.

In the first case, the government fined the airline $265,800. In the second incident, the fine was $62,750.

In a written statement, Southwest said it did not violate FAA rules.

“Upon discovery, each repair was appropriately addressed in accordance with applicable regulations,” the statement said. “These items were fully resolved some time ago.”

Asked if the airline would appeal the fine, Southwest spokesman Brian Parrish said, “Southwest has requested a meeting with the FAA to discuss each proposed penalty.”

Just last year, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Southwest over $12 million in penalties, which was the second-largest fine ever imposed by the FAA.

In that case, the airline was accused of flying 44 planes on more than 30,000 flights in violation of safety rules.

At the time, Southwest said it looked forward to defending its safety record in court.

The case, filed in federal court in Seattle, is still pending.



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<![CDATA[Motorist Drives Off From Tow Truck]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:50:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/223*120/Tow+Truck.jpg

Chicago resident Tony Marengo says he is used to seeing vehicles get towed out of the Walgreen’s parking lot across from his River North apartment at Clark and Ontario – but never with a driver still behind the wheel of the car.

Marengo said he was at home around 8:30 p.m. Sunday when he heard loud yelling from outside. When he went to the window, he saw a tow truck traveling with a white jeep on the back.

Seems normal, but soon he noticed the yelling was coming from inside of the car being towed – the driver was still inside.

“We could hear the guy in the driver’s seat of the car yelling out of the window,” Marengo said.

“He was like, ‘Hey! Hey! Hey, buddy!’” he said of the frantic driver trying to get the tow truck operator’s attention.

Marengo says it was then that the tow truck finally pulled over to the side of the road. And once he did, he was the one in for the surprise – as the man behind the Jeep put his car in drive and sped off.

“It was crazy,” said Marengo, who is CEO and President of Chicago-based Company The MacTutor, Inc. “Then he was just sitting there, I imagine calling a supervisor or something.”

Marengo captured the whole ordeal on his phone and uploaded the video to his YouTube account. It has garnered nearly 10,000 views in less than 24 hours.


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<![CDATA[AP Exam Participation on the Rise for U.S. Public School Students: Report ]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:38:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pencil-569703561.jpg

Already sharpening No. 2 pencils and flipping through those flashcards in anticipation of Advanced Placement exam season? You're not alone.

More than 1.4 million public school students took AP exams last year, a 3.8 percent increase from the previous year, according to figured released by the College Board. While the figures for public school population for 11th and 12th graders was not readily available, the College Board reports that roughly 3 million students graduated in 2013.

With the increase in participation came an uptick in students passing the exams, which cover subjects like physics, foreign languages and U.S. history. The success of the nation’s 11th and 12th grade public school students has doubled in the past decade, from 7.6 percent in 2004 to 13.2 percent in 2014, according to the College Board.

About 400,000 minority students took the exams last year, a 7 percent increase for a group that was historically underrepresented in the demographic breakdown of text-takers. Hispanic students are now participating in the AP program at almost the same rate as the nation overall — 19.1 percent of Hispanic students took an AP Exam in 2014, compared to a nationwide figure of 21.9 percent. 

Despite those gains, gaps are still evident for other minority groups. Only 12.9 percent of African American and 12 percent of Native American 11th and 12th grade public high school students took an AP test in May 2014, according to the College Board.

College Board also reported a rise in participation among low-income students. About 350,000 low-income students took an AP exam last year, a 7.3 percent rise. The number of students that use fee reductions in order to take AP exams has climbed as well, doubling from 2004 from 11.8 to 24 percent.

For 2014, Washington D.C. topped the charts for participation with 38.6 percent of students who took the AP exam. North Dakota came in last with only 8.1 percent. However, when it came to actually passing the exam, Maryland was the winner with 22 percent of their students gaining the college credit, while Mississippi was at the bottom of the list with only 3.2 percent of students passing. Overall, 15 states exceeded the national average of 13.2 percent.

A lot rides on a passing grade on an AP exam. A student who receives a passing grade may not have to take the same class in college, which can save money as college tuitions continue to rise.

On average, a student who passes two AP exams saves $1,779 at a public college and more than $6,000 at a private school, according to the 2013 College Board report “Trends in College pricing.” In order to pass an AP exam, a student has to score at least a 3 out of 5.
 



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<![CDATA["Stop Pooping" Along Trail]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 06:31:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ss3-31-15-1.jpg

To whoever has been pooping on the public bike path in Hampton, Illinois – please stop, officials have asked.

“Stop pooping on bike path,” read two new signs along the trail. And no, it’s not a message directed towards pets.

Apparently joggers who poop along the path have been an increasing problem for Hampton over the past two years, the city’s Public Works supervisor Scott McKay told NBC station KWQC.

"When the individual does it, it does it right in the lane. It’s not on the center line. It’s not off on the grass," he said. 

McKay said there's certainty the act is done by a human and not an animal because the culprit adorns it with toilet paper and leaves the same footprints.

So now he's taken matters into his own hands. In case the runners were under the guise that it was okay to use Mother Nature’s open roadways as their personal toilet, they now have a friendly reminder educating them otherwise.

McKay said he hopes the signs solve the problem.



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<![CDATA[Despite Similarities These Mavs Are Not the 2011 Mavs]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:22:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavsparade.A.jpg

In 2011 the Mavericks were coming off a disappointing first-round playoff loss to the Spurs.
In 2015 the Mavericks are coming off a disappointing first-round playoff loss to the Spurs. 

In 2011 they were led by Mark Cuban and Rick Carlisle off the court, and by Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler and J.J. Barea on it.
In 2015 they are led by Mark Cuban and Rick Carlisle off the court, and by Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler and J.J. Barea on it.

In 2011 the Mavs were banking on a go-for-broke trade for veteran point guard Jason Kidd to lead them to a championship.
In 2015 the Mavs are banking on a go-for-broke trade for veteran point guard Rajon Rondo to lead them to a championship.

In 2011 they made a late-season acquisition to bolster their playoff run, signing veteran Peja Stojakovic.
In 2015 they made a late-season acquisition to bolster their playoff run, signing veteran Amar’e Stoudemire.

In 2011 a 32-year-old Nowitzki averaged 23 points per game driving to the basket and was on his way to an NBA Finals MVP.
In 2015 a 36-year-old Nowitzki averages 17 points per game as jump-shooting, second-option Robin to Monta Ellis’ Batman.

Sorry, the similarities in seasons won’t run all the way to a parade in June.

Though these Mavs – like those Mavs – will enter next month’s playoffs as severe underdogs to win two series, much less win the title, there are too many major differences for fans to get giddy about potential blueprint summer surprise.

Four springs ago the Mavs had a fresher Dirk, a player in Jason Terry who could create his own shot at the end of shot-clocks, and two defensive demons in Shawn Marion and DeShawn Stevenson. That team went on a torrid 17-1 stretch early in the season to jump out a 24-5 record, and produced winning streaks of 12, 10 and 8 games en route to a 57-25 record.

This year the Mavs started 19-8, but in December made a drastic, urgent, win-now trade for Rondo. Though Chandler is just as nasty in the middle as he was in 2011, this team doesn’t have a defensive stopper and Rondo still hasn’t messed with free-flowing offensive weapons Ellis and Chandler Parsons. Since the trade the Mavs are only 26-21 and their longest winning streak is six.

In 2011 the Mavs, though seeded third, were the unanimous pick to be upset in the first round by the Blazers. After surviving that series in six games, they shocked the league by sweeping the Lakers without home-court advantage and then rolling past the Thunder and Heat.

In 2015 the Mavs will likely begin the playoffs as the 7th seed. At this point, just seems it’s too much to ask for a team with too many flaws to win three series on the road just to get out of the tough Western Conference.

A run to the title this year would be more shocking than the one out of the blue in 2011. But it’s fun to dream, isn’t it?

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



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<![CDATA[Bridge Struck, TRE Back to Normal]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:05:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bridge-again.jpg

Commuters who ride the Trinity Railway Express trains were delayed Tuesday.

DART spokesperson Morgan Lyons confirms to NBC 5 that an 18-wheeler struck a column on a bridge on Interstate 35 near Commonwealth in Dallas.

The trains cross over the bridge, but the bridge was closed for a short time so TxDOT crews could inspect it to make sure it was safe.

The bridge has since reopened and TRE trains are moving through the area again.



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<![CDATA[Play Pac-Man on Google Maps]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:41:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pacman5.JPG

If you're at work Tuesday, some of your co-workers may be a bit distracted thanks to Google.

You can play the old-school video game, Pac-Mac, on a map of your actual city on Google maps. Or any city, for that matter.

Just plug in your location and set your sights on Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde, devouring them before they gobble you.

Use the arrow keys on your computer keyboard to navigate your Pac-Man through the streets.

But be careful. Don't let your boss catch you.

CLICK HERE to play.
 



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<![CDATA[Westbound I-30 Back Open in Grand Prairie ]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:23:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/227*120/Grand+Prairie+Accident.JPG

A major crash involving a tractor-trailer and a rock hauler shut down the westbound lanes of Interstate 30 in Grand Prairie on Tuesday.

According to Grand Prairie police, the accident was at I-30 and Belt Line Road, and all traffic was diverted off the highway.

One of the trucks was transporting a prefabricated home. According to Detective Lyle Gensler with Grand Prairie Police Department, the rock hauler was stranded on the side of the highway when it was stuck by the tractor-trailer.

Gensler said the collision scattered debris from the prefab home, including sheet metal, over the freeway.



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<![CDATA[Woman Charged with Abandoning Child Works at Day Care]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:50:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/alicia-carroll.jpg

A woman who police said left her 7-year-old daughter "hiding" in a dumpster for more than 10 hours during the weekend works at a Garland day care center.

After learning that the North Garland Small Miracles Academy employed 28-year-old Alicia Carroll, many parents who leave their children at the day care told NBC 5 that they're concerned.

"It’s a little bit concerning," Brittany Jones said. "But she’s not here, so I know my kids are safe."

Some parents even decided to take their children home.

Tammera Goodson said Carroll has been her 4-year-old son's teacher for the last several months and she hasn't had any issues. Goodson said she was shocked to learn of the accusations against Carroll.

“She was very happy. She was a very sweet lady," she said. "You would never know that any of this was going on.”

The owner of the Small Miracles Academy told NBC 5 that he and other officials were still discussing the state of Carroll's employment. He declined to comment further.

Carroll remained in jail Tuesday morning on $25,000 bond.



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<![CDATA[New Development Center to Help Thousands of Kids]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:02:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rees-Jones+Child+Development+Center+.jpg

Children who experience violence in the home have a new place to feel safe now.

The dedication of the new Rees-Jones Child Development Center at One Safe Place at 1100 Hemphill Street in Fort Worth took place Tuesday. The new center will help thousands of children in Tarrant County.

The mission of One Safe Place is to help victims of domestic violence, but children who witness that violence also need help as well.

"If we don't intervene with those children then they will experience all kinds of health implications today," Safe City Commission executive director Ken Shetter said. "They will experience behavioral issues. They are more likely to have problems academically."

The Rees-Jones Development Center is a full-service child care facility that can serve more than 70 children at a time. The center began accepting children in January and, by this summer, they think it will be at full capacity.

The Rees-Jones Foundation works to defend the welfare of children suffering from abuse or neglect. The center provides children opportunities for enrichment and character development.

For More Information

One Safe Place



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<![CDATA[Teenager Struck in Arlington Hit-and-Run: Police]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:23:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/omar-velazquez.jpg

Arlington police said they arrested a driver who struck a 15-year-old with his car and drove away Monday afternoon.

Officers were called at about 4:50 p.m. to the 1900 block of Park Row, where they said the teenager was skateboarding when struck by a vehicle that left the scene.

Arlington Police Department spokeswoman Tiara Richard said 25-year-old Omar Velazquez returned to the crash scene with a relative a short time later.

Velazquez faces a charge of accident involving serious bodily injury. Bail was set at $5,000.

The teen was transported to John Peter Smith hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.



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<![CDATA[Explosion Causes Semitrailer Collision on I-35E]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:28:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lancaster-semi-ax.jpg

Police said they shut down Interstate 35E in Lancaster following a wreck involving two semitrailers Tuesday morning.

The driver of a semitrailer transporting tires north on I-35E told police something exploded in his trailer at about 2:30 a.m. Police said he then hit the median, drove across three lanes of traffic and collided with another semitrailer near Parkerville Road.

The semi with the explosion caught fire. It was carrying tires.

The driver of the first semi suffered minor injures. No other injuries were reported.

As of 5 a.m., police said they expect the freeway to be shut down for two to three more hours. The service road was reopened just before 5:30 a.m.



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<![CDATA[Two Children Dead After Auto-Pedestrian Incidents]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:23:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/policetape-road.jpg

Dallas police say two children have died after separate auto-pedestrian collisions minutes apart Monday night.

Fair Oaks Avenue in Lakewood

At about 8 p.m. a woman and her 7-year-old daughter, Ning Et, were walking in the crosswalk at Pineland Drive and Fair Oaks Avenue when a Ford Expedition turning onto Fair Oaks struck them both, police said.

The child was pronounced deceased, and her mother was transported to the hospital. The mother's condition is not yet known, but she is stable.

Investigators said the driver of the Expedition remained at the scene, and alcohol does not appear to have been a factor.

It is unknown whether the driver will face any charges.

Dawes Drive in Oak Cliff

And at about 8:15 p.m. a driver backing up a minivan in the driveway of a home in the 3600 block of Dawes Drive struck a 2-year-old girl, police said.

The child, later identified as Monica Becerra-Navarro, was rushed to Methodist Central Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased.

Police said the driver and Becerra-Navarro live in the same house but are not related.

No charges are pending against the minivan driver, and police said alcohol was not a factor.


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