<![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, 21 Feb 2017 13:50:47 -0600Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:50:47 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[John Wiley Price Bribery Trial Begins]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:36:35 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jwp-courthouse.gif

The trial of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price began Tuesday morning after numerous delays spanning more than a year.

Price is accused of receiving nearly $1 million in bribes in exchange for his influence in Dallas County business over a period of many years.

He has pleaded not guilty to bribery and tax fraud charges.

Court records show the prosecution has 150 witnesses and 2,000 pieces of evidence. Defense lawyers for Price list 40 witnesses and 629 exhibits.

In 2011, the FBI raided Price's home and offices, and then in 2014, Price was indicted.

The indictment alleges a scheme between Price and Kathy Nealy, a political consultant and lobbyist, claiming Price gave Nealy's clients a strategic advantage in landing contracts.

In exchange for Price's vote, the indictment said, "Nealy provided a stream of financial benefits to price in the form of money, cars, and land, totaling approximately $950,000."

Price, a controversial figure in Dallas County politics, continues to have some voter support.

After the indictment, Price was reelected to the Dallas County Commissioners Court in 2016.



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<![CDATA[US to Expand Pool of People Targeted for Deportation]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:23:28 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Department+of+Homeland+Security+Headquarters+GettyImages-95655181.jpg

The Trump administration is greatly expanding the number of people living in the U.S. illegally who are considered a priority for deportation, including people arrested for traffic violations, according to agency documents released Tuesday.

The documents represent a sweeping rewrite of the nation's immigration enforcement priorities.

The Homeland Security Department memos, signed by Secretary John Kelly, lay out that any immigrant living in the United States illegally who has been charged or convicted of any crime — and even those suspected of a crime — will now be an enforcement priority. That could include people arrested for shop lifting or minor traffic offenses.The memos eliminate far more narrow guidance issued under the Obama administration that resources strictly on immigrants who had been convicted of serious crimes, threats to national security and recent border crossers.

Kelly's memo also describes plans to enforce a long-standing but obscure provision of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act that allows the government to send some people caught illegally crossing the Mexican border back to Mexico, regardless of where they are from. One of the memos says that foreigners sent back to Mexico would wait for their U.S. deportation proceedings to be complete. This would be used for people who aren't considered a threat to cross the border illegally again, the memo said.

These moves are separate from Trump's ban on travel from seven majority-Muslim countries, which is has been blocked by federal courts and could result in a newly written executive order this week, NBC News reported.

It's unclear whether the United States has the authority to force Mexico to accept foreigners. That provision is almost certain to face opposition from civil libertarians and officials in Mexico.

Historically, the government has been able to quickly repatriate Mexican nationals caught at the border but would detain and try to formally deport immigrants from other countries, routinely flying them to their home countries. In some cases, those deportations can take years as immigrants ask for asylum or otherwise fight their deportation in court.

“These memos confirm that the Trump administration is willing to trample on due process, human decency, the well-being of our communities, and even protections for vulnerable children, in pursuit of a hyper-aggressive mass deportation policy," said Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. "However, President Trump does not have the last word here — the courts and the public will not allow this un-American dream to become reality.”

The memos do not change U.S. immigration laws, but take a far harder line toward enforcement.

The pair of directives do not have any impact on President Barack Obama's program that has protected more than 750,000 young immigrants from deportation. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals remains in place though immigrants in the program will be still be eligible for deportation if they commit a crime or otherwise are deemed to be a threat to public safety or national security, according to the department. 



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<![CDATA[Milo Yiannopoulos Resigns From Breitbart News]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:50:25 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/540444660-milo-yiannopoulos.jpg

Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, Senior Editor at Breitbart News, announced his resignation from the conservative blog amid backlash over controversial comments he made about Jews, sexual consent, statutory rape, child abuse and homosexuality.

“Breitbart News has stood by me when others caved. They have allowed me to carry conservative and libertarian ideas to communities that would otherwise never have heard them. They have been a significant factor in my success. I’m grateful for that freedom and for the friendships I forged there," Yiannopoulos said in a statement Tuesday.

 

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.



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<![CDATA[Stolen Tom Brady Jersey Valued at $500,000: Report]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:16:30 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-634604296.jpg

Houston police have released an official report for the theft of the jersey New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wore during Super Bowl LI.

The jersey — valued at $500,000, according to the report — was reportedly stolen after the Patriots' 34-28 comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons in overtime on Feb. 5.

Brady, who was named the game's MVP, noticed his No. 12 jersey was missing from his bag in the team’s designated locker room inside NRG Stadium after the game. He told a team equipment manager he remembered putting it in his locker and that "someone stole it."

After searching, Brady told the team's owner Robert Kraft that the jersey had been stolen. Kraft replied, "You'd better look online."

While Brady walked to the team bus, a reporter asked the quarterback if he had recovered the jersey. Brady later joked with a reporter that it would "be on eBay at some point."

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick asked the Texas Rangers to help the Houston Police Department locate the jersey.

"Tom Brady's jersey has great historical value," Patrick said in a statement. "It will likely go into the Hall of Fame one day. It is important that history does not record that it was stolen in Texas."



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<![CDATA[Suspected Drunk Driver Does Cartwheels During Sobriety Test]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:36:08 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dui-suspect1.jpg

A woman has been arrested after she did cartwheels during her field sobriety test, police say.

Bryelle Marshall, 23, was arrested and charged with battery, aggravated DWI and for an expired license plate after her vehicle was reported seen driving recklessly.

Officers say they found Marshall asleep behind the wheel of her parked car over the weekend in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

They woke Marshall up and asked her to step out of the vehicle. Police say appeared to be extremely intoxicated and was having a hard time listening to the officers' commands.

The incident was recorded by one of the officer's body cameras.

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A DWI officer was giving Marshall instructions on how to complete the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) to which she responded by laughing and doing cartwheels in front of the officers.

The officer then attempted to demonstrate the tests to Marshall when she completed another cartwheel and struck the officer in the back.

At that point, Marshall's opportunities to complete the tests were over and she was arrested.



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<![CDATA[Video Captures Dramatic Central Park Ice Plunge]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:19:38 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/central+park+ice+rescue+watermark.jpg

Dramatic video captured by a woman and her daughter shows the moments before and after a group of seven young people plunged through the ice on a pond in Central Park Monday. 

Lourdes Cuevas and her daughter Maia Ramirez, tourists from Paraguay, were taking a selfie as the group of kids, ranging in age from about 10 into the teens, climbed onto the ice-covered water on an unseasonably warm February holiday. Their photo shows the kids huddled on the ice behind them. 

Suddenly, the group was in the water. Footage exclusively obtained by NBC 4 New York shows them floundering about, some struggling madly to grip the crumbling edges of ice, others screaming, as they tried desperately to escape. 

Cuevas said one of the kids completely disappeared under water. 

Two skateboarders who happened to be nearby raced to their rescue, and by the time firefighters arrived at the park by 59th Street and Central Park South, the kids had been pulled out of the water, witnesses and officials said. Some of the children and teens were recovering from hypothermia-related injuries at Bellevue and two other area hospitals on Tuesday morning, officials said. 

The good Samaritans, Bennett Jonas and Ethan Turmbull, told reporters they saw the kids dancing on top of the ice, then suddenly plunging into the water. 

"I look over, I saw six heads just trying to get to the shore," said Jonas. "The back one was probably a good 20 yards from dry land." 

Jonas dived in as Turmbull stood by to grab them. 

"The last two at the end, the kid at the end was unconscious," said Turmbull. "[Jonas] got him out, he was kind of out of breath, and [Jonas] threw him to me. I just kind of minded him until he came to." 

Jonas, of San Clemente, California, who now lives in midtown, and Turmbull, of Sydney, Australia, say they happened to be in the right place at the right time. 

"I was in the park for a reason tonight," he said. "I could have been anywhere right now, but I was 100 yards away, from kids who were drowning." 



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<![CDATA[Traffic Stop Leads to Marijuana Bust Near Amarillo]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:22:06 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/marijuana-bust-dps-022117.jpg

A woman was arrested and more than 145 pounds of marijuana seized after a recent traffic stop near Amarillo, authorities say.

A trooper made the discovery after stopping a Pontiac G6 heading east on Interstate 40 in Carson County for a traffic violation, according to a post on the Texas Department of Public Safety's official Facebook.

Tape-wrapped bundles of marijuana, worth about $880,000, were in the trunk, officials said.

Stephanie Barron, 23, of El Paso, was arrested and charged with felony possession of marijuana. She was booked into the Carson County jail, according to the post.

Troopers believed the drugs were being taken from El Paso to Oklahoma City.



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<![CDATA[UN Human Rights Office Ready to Take on Trump: Report]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 06:26:46 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/United-Nations-Human-Rights-AP.jpg

U.N. human rights officials, whose boss famously likened U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to ISIS, are reported to be gearing up for a four- or even eight-year battle with the new administration over Trump's "ghastly campaign pledges," NBC News reported.

With Trump now elected president, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, has spread the word to the U.N. human rights office that it will have to lead international opposition to the United States, U.N. officials told the respected journal Foreign Policy.

"We are going to speak up," Foreign Policy quoted one of the officials as saying in an article published Tuesday. "It'll be rough, but if [Trump] puts any of those ghastly campaign pledges into action, we will condemn."

This is not the first time Ra'ad al-Hussein spoke out against Trump. "If Donald Trump is elected, on the basis of what he has said already, and unless that changes, I think it's without any doubt that he would be dangerous from an international point of view," he said in October.



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<![CDATA[Something Good: Plano Fire Rescue Honors Its Best ]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:40:00 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tmsg-firefighter.jpg

Plano Fire Rescue honored its best at an awards banquet Saturday night.

The highest honor, Firefighter of the Year, went to Don Becker.

In the nomination form a colleague wrote, "Don clearly loves the fire service and will spend hours talking strategy and tactics with anyone who will listen."

Becker has been a firefighter for more than three decades. As he stepped up to receive reward, colleagues called out "Goon! Goon!", a nickname given to him 34 years ago because of his size.

Fire Chief Sam Greif, Assistant. Chiefs Chris Biggerstaff and Danny Burks handed out awards to about a dozen other members of PFR.

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<![CDATA[Out-of-Service Commuter Trains Collide Outside Philadelphia]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:19:18 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/236*120/Upper+Darby+69th+Street+SEPTA+Crash+MFL+4.JPG

An out-of-service SEPTA Market Frankford Line subway train crashed into two other trains at the 69th Street Terminal just outside Philadelphia Tuesday morning, injuring four people and knocking seven cars off the track during the busy rush-hour commute. 

The collision left the operator of the No. 57 train critically injured, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority said. Another operator and two passengers were also injured in the crash but the injuries did not appear life-threatening.

It was not clear why the passengers were on the train since it wasn't in service, said SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch. Busch didn't have details on their injuries but said they have been described as non-life threatening. The second train operator was treated and released, he said.

Upper Darby police asked commuters in a tweet to avoid the busy terminal after the three-train wreck on looping turnaround tracks, where trains turn around at the end of the line.

Investigators said the No. 57 train slammed into the back of the No. 67 train -- both trains were waiting to make the return trip to Philadelphia -- and the wreck then sideswiped the No. 51 train traveling in the opposite direction on another track. The trains were out of service at the time of the crash, SEPTA said. 

SEPTA said seven cars were derailed. SkyForce10 footage showed one car tipped over at a 45-degree angle -- its wheels dislodged from the body of the train -- and six other cars partially off the track as crews responded.

A man who lives near the scene told NBC10 Philadelphia's Pamela Osborne he heard a loud noise followed by the sound of fire engine sirens. 

"I heard a big bang...I knew something big happened but I didn't know what until I got here and saw this mess," William Stamm said.

The wreck left the 69th Street stop out of service for hours as state officials and National Transportation Safety Board investigators investigate the crash, SEPTA said.

SEPTA used shuttle buses to get passengers from 69th Street to 63rd Street. Passengers could be seen boarding the buses around 9 a.m. The agency said delays of up to 10 minutes are expected on the line that runs from Upper Darby to the Frankford section of Northeast Philadelphia.

The crash impacted West Chester Pike, Market Street and Victory Avenue at one point, police said.

SEPTA got trains moving again early Tuesday afternoon. The trains would operate out and back into the terminal as the loop remained closed so investigators could sort through the scene. SEPTA warned riders to expect delays and crowded conditions during the evening rush.

The Market-Frankford Line is equipped with advanced signaling technology called Automatic Train Control, or ATC, which should prevent two moving trains from the same section of tracks, former SEPTA spokesman, and current NBC10 employee, Manny Smith said. A SEPTA headquarters dispatcher would also be controlling the line and giving permission to engineers to move into and out of the loop.

The systems in place ensure optimal turnaround times at the terminal since trains at peak hours arrive at least every four minutes, Smith said.

The max speed on the curve is 10 mph, SEPTA said.

The MFL Line has been operating with limited cars due to under-body crack concerns.

This crash comes nearly two years after a deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia's Frankford neighborhood.



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<![CDATA[New Hotel on Line for Fort Worth Museum District]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:29:20 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fort-worth-hotel.jpg

Fort Worth City Council members will vote Tuesday on whether to approve a new hotel in the city’s museum district.

Hotel Renovo will be a 12-story, 200-room hotel at 3300 Camp Bowie Boulevard.

Hotel owner Heart of America Group, based in Illinois, will invest $47 million on the land and on construction of the new hotel. In exchange, the city will rebate 100 percent of the 7 percent hotel occupancy tax for 16 years. The incentive would be capped at $7.2 million.

A council document shows the projects consist of the following minimums:

• Minimum 200 hotel rooms.
• 9,000 square foot combined meeting space (which may include ballroom, conference room, or boardroom space as well as rooftop banquet space);
• 2,500 square foot retail space within or connected to the hotel, with street frontage and direct street access.
• Must operate and market itself at all times as a full service Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Hotel.
• All portions of the project that are intended to be occupied, including the hotel and the ancillary retail space, must have a temporary or final Certificate of Occupancy by Aug. 31, 2019.

Heart of America owns 32 restaurants and hotels in 10 metropolitan areas in 32 states. Hotel Renovo would be its first property in Texas.

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<![CDATA[Car Catches Fire in Crash Involving 18-Wheeler on Texas 121]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:41:59 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/121-crash-022117.jpg

Authorities said a car caught fire after a multi-vehicle crash involving an 18-wheeler in Lewisville Tuesday morning.

Lewisville police said the 18-wheeler struck the car near the exit ramp from Texas 121 to Farm-to-Market Road 544.

No serious injures were reported.

As of 6:45 a.m., FM 544 was blocked off due to the crash, according to police.



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<![CDATA[Bodies of 74 Migrants Wash Ashore in Libya]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:52:35 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/migrants-wash-ashore-libya.jpg

Dozens of migrants have died in the Mediterranean Sea, the latest victims of the perilous route, NBC News reported.

Seventy-four bodies washed ashore in Libya, seen in photographs posted to Twitter by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Tuesday.

Migrants generally attempt crossing from Libya to Italy in flimsy inflatable boats loaded with small amounts of fuel, intended to get within reach of European rescue vessels in international waters. Last year, a record 181,000 migrants made the crossing.

Libyan coast guard spokesman Ayoub Gassim said more than 500 migrants were rescued at sea on Friday and Saturday. He said smugglers are starting to use larger rubber boats to pack in more migrants.

"This is going to be even more disastrous to the migrants," Gassim added.



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<![CDATA[Tarrant County Prepares For Possible 'Text To 911' Calls]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:15:11 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/911-text-message-071813.jpg

Tarrant County 911 District is preparing for the possibility of accepting emergency text messages.

The district handled more than 2.15 million calls in 2016 with nearly 83 percent of those calls coming from cellphones. A consultant is now in place to give insight into a possible future of fielding emergencies via text messages.

“We hope that this consultant that we hired would be able to give us some direction,” Executive Director Greg Petrey said. “Is it best to have everybody answer the calls or is it better to have one entity answer the calls and transfer the legitimate calls? Is it best to have a text-only location?”

This comes as the 911 district works to upgrade.

“We are in the process of replacing all the 911 equipment. That’s about a $20 million investment,” Petrey said. “We have made a determination that we want to use that equipment to answer text calls when the time is correct.”

Petrey said there are still some concerns surrounding handling “text to 911” calls.

“There are so many unknown issues,” he said. “First off is funding. There is no special mechanism for 'text to 911.'”

Petey said there are also worries about the length of time it takes for a text message to reach dispatch and how quickly help can be sent.

“Texting is not real time,” Petrey said. “I personally have had texts delayed two or three days because of cell tower congestion. If you send a text, there is no guarantee it makes it through.”

“There is a European model that says it will take 11 minutes to process a 'text to 911' call,” he added. “Most of our public safety answer points have a one minute deadline…to get that call out and to get police or fire en route.”

Petrey added that operators would have to be well-versed in texting language and abbreviations.

“You and I can spend two or three minutes to figure out what they mean [in a text], but a call-taker has three or four seconds to figure out what the caller wants,” he said.

The Tarrant County 911 District is working with other districts that have already implemented the system to learn from what they are experiencing.

“We have too many high-volume locations that don’t need to experiment,” Petrey said. “We are letting other people experiment and we are going to build our system based on their recommendations or their knowledge.”

The best case scenario: A “text to 911” system would not be available for full deployment until 2020 at the earliest, but a system would be in place for a smaller scale deployment by 2018.



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<![CDATA[NTX Women Open Repair Shop]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:02:09 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lewisville-repair-shop.jpg

NBC 5 hears from a lot of consumers who say they were ripped off at a local auto shops in North Texas, and it seems women may be getting the worst of it.

According to a new study by RepairPal, one in four shops in Dallas could be overcharging women for repairs. Now, two North Texas gals are hopping in the driver’s seat to give women what they deserve.

Robin Mainer and Kimera Shepler were fed up by the way they were being treated at local auto shops. They allowed their frustration to be the driving force behind a new business that treats everyone fairly.

Feisty and fearless, these ladies are rolling up their sleeves, ready to give women exactly what they’ve been asking for.

“We can't find people to respect us, to treat us honestly and explain what they're doing to our car, then it's time to change,” Mainer said.

Mainer and Shepler have visited their fair share of shops in the DFW area, and some of their experiences have been anything but pleasant.

“He goes, sign here, go sit down,” said Mainer. “And the man literally said to my face, I don't want to have to explain all this to you.”

They say it all boils down to respect, or the lack thereof.

Women are overcharged by an average of eight percent compared to men nationwide, according to the RepairPal study. Women are often denied over-the-phone estimates, quoted higher rates on luxury cars and stereotyped, the study said.

After several unsatisfied trips to the auto shop, the ladies decided to put their insurance backgrounds to the side to start their own repair business. With the help of family and friends they opened Honest-1 Auto Care North Texas.

They say they’ve hired the best in the business to make their customers feel at ease.

“If you want to be respected and have your car worked on, come on down,” Mainer said. “We’re more about education. Your car might need an air filter.  Here's why.”

In a field dominated by men, they say a woman’s touch might just be what North Texas drivers need.

“It's kind of like Cheers you know, where everyone knows your name, that's what we want to be with Auto Repair,” said Mainer.

Honest-1 Auto Care North Texas is located at 4740 Windhaven Parkway in Lewisville.

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<![CDATA[Deadly Home Invasion in Dallas' Lake Highlands Area]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:47:23 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lake-highlands-home-invasion.jpg

Dallas police are investigating a deadly shooting Monday afternoon in the Lake Highlands area.

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There, they found a woman in the parking lot with a gunshot wound to her leg who directed the officers to an apartment, where a man had been fatally shot.

The victim was identified Monday evening as 39-year-old Jason Ali Edwards.

The woman was transported to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas in good condition.

"I just saw her bleeding with [a] gunshot, you know, so somebody was screaming, somebody got shot, something like that," said neighbor Fields Obas. "So I called [the] police."

Police say witnesses told them a silver four-door vehicle left the apartment complex soon after the shooting.

Anyone with information that could help police is asked to call detectives.

NBC 5's Kevin Cokely contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Neurosurgeon Sentenced for Intentionally Maiming Patients]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:02:11 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/duntsch.jpg

On Monday, a North Texas doctor convicted of botching surgeries on purpose has been sentenced to life in prison.

A jury deliberated for just over an hour to reach their verdict for Christopher Duntsch.

He was found guilty last week in Dallas.

Duntsch practiced at hospitals in Dallas and Collin counties.

He was found guilty of intentionally injuring Mary Efurd, 74, in a spinal surgery in 2012 that nearly killed her. Efurd now uses a wheelchair and says she has never been the same after that surgery.

Duntsch is also accused of maiming and killing patients during other botched spinal surgeries. His medical license was revoked in 2013 and in 2015 he was arrested.

Jurors in the case heard several patients testify about their physical limitations post Duntsch's surgical procedures.

Duntsch did not testify in his own defense in the trial, which lasted more than two weeks. Efurd described the emotions she felt immediately before the verdict was read.

"I was tense, very tense," she said. "We were hoping for a quick verdict, and actually I think this was a quick verdict. And I was thinking all those things going through my mind and everything happening to me and all the others."

The penalty phase will resume first thing Wednesday morning and testimony is expected through Friday. Duntsch could face life in prison.



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<![CDATA[5 Things to Know Heading Into Rangers Spring Training]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:31:37 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/5-to-know-022017-doney-ciesco_1200x675_881472067699.jpg

Five things to know as the Texas Rangers begin 2017 Spring Training include pitcher Yu Darvish in a contract year, the return of some familiar names and more.

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<![CDATA[Armed Man Arrested After Chase Through Dallas County]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:40:54 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DSO-chase-022117.jpg

Authorities said they arrested a man after a chase through Dallas County Monday night.

Wilmer police began pursuing the man driving a tan pickup truck after trying to stop him for speeding, officials said.

Dallas County Sheriff's deputies and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers joined the pursuit on westbound Interstate 635.

Authorities said the chase ended near the intersection of Webb Chapel Road and Medical Parkway in Dallas at about 10:25 p.m. after deputies spiked the truck's tires.

The man surrendered and was taken into custody. Officials said they found weapons in the truck of the man who also had a felony warrant.



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<![CDATA[4 Americans Killed as Plane Crashes Into Australian Mall]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:12:13 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_17052006872002.jpg

Four Americans were among five people killed when a light plane crashed into the roof of a shopping mall in Melbourne, Australia, the U.S. State Department has confirmed. 

NBC News reported that the twin-turboprop Beechcraft King Air plane suffered engine failure and crashed into the mall near the end of the runway at Essendon Airport around 5 p.m. ET Monday (9 a.m. Tuesday local time). 

The assistant police commissioner for Victoria state said there were no fatalities other than those five people on board the aircraft. NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reports that two of the victims were from Texas.

"We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of all those who died in today's tragic crash," a State Department official told NBC News. "The U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Melbourne are working closely with local authorities. We stand ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance to the families of the victims," the official added, without identifying the victims.



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<![CDATA[Young Boy's Bone Marrow Journey Leads to Texas Donor]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:43:55 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trevor+and+danny.jpg

At first a young mother thought her son just had a stomach bug. But he was soon diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, and a nearly one-in-a-million shot at saving his life led them to a Texas man.

DeDe Harris shared that journey with NBC 5's Wayne Carter from her home in Georgia.

Her 8-year-old son, Trevor, was diagnosed with an extremely rare genetic condition, Fanconi anemia, which affects a person's bone marrow.

"I asked, 'Can he live a long, normal life?' And she (the doctor) hesitated, and that's when the fear, the gut punch happened," DeDe Harris said.

Trevor would need a bone marrow transplant, so his doctors in Cincinnati turned to the National Marrow Donor Program's registry.

"You're putting the life of your child is someone else's hands. You don't know where they are, who they are," DeDe Harris said.

Out of the millions on the registry, only three people had the potential to save Trevor, and a Texas man was the best match.

Danny Work entered the registry years ago trying to save his aunt.

"So what did I have to do exactly?" he wondered when he got the call about a little boy needing his marrow donation.

The registry is anonymous, so the families couldn't know any details about one another.

The next 12 months were filled with wonder and worry – not to mention tests, blood draws, and injections that can be so painful doctors compare them to a heart attack.

"I always had a fear of needles and doctors," Work said.

Still, he went forward only knowing there was a little boy somewhere who needed him.

"You have to make that pledge to follow through, because if you don't, the patient will likely die," he said.

Work's marrow cells were sent to a hospital in Cincinnati where doctors would give Trevor the biggest gift he'll likely receive, but would they work?

Waiting was the hardest part for both sides.

Finally they got word the transplant was a success, but the story doesn't end there.

Danny Work and Trevor Harris wanted to meet. They spoke for hours on the phone that day, and the calls haven't stopped.

They soon learned Trevor's mom and Work's aunt have the same name, and the similarities continued. The donor and recipient both listen to National Public Radio, love British comedies and find humor in all they have been through.

Trevor's cousin even wrote a song about the pair who themselves "blood brothers."

"Danny's bone marrow gave me back the other half of my life," said Trevor Harris.

"He's like an old man in a little boy's body," Work said.

That's true in more ways than one.

If you're interested in learning more about their story and the comic book character Trevor created, Marrow Man, to raise awareness about the need for bone marrow donors click here.

If you are willing to sign up for the registry, to potentially help someone like Trevor, click here.



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<![CDATA[Tree Trimming in Lakewood Leaves Homeowners Upset]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:37:25 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/oncor+tree+trimming.jpg

Some homeowners in the Lakewood neighborhood of Dallas are upset after watching Oncor crews cut back trees limbs to protect power lines.

"They seem to be taking an awful lot out of these trees," said Bond Carter, who has lived in the Lakewood neighborhood for three years.

"They seem to be coming out pretty far and cutting out things below the power lines," Carter said. "If the power lines are at the top, a lot of the stuff that they're cutting out doesn't seem to be a threat to the power line."

The tree work is part of Oncor's year-round maintenance across North Texas to insure electricity continues flowing to homes and businesses.

"We know that customers love their trees, and so do we," said Oncor spokesman Kris Spears. "But trees and power lines do not mix, especially during storms, and we're right on the cusp of storm season."

Oncor crews say that, in most cases, the tree limbs must be kept 10 feet from the power lines.

"We want the limbs a safe distance from the electrical wires," said homeowner Fran Charbeneau. "But we feel 10 feet in this older neighborhood is really detrimental to the health of the trees and the beauty of the city."

"These are our trees. This is why people pay top-dollar to live in Lakewood, is for the trees," said neighbor Kim Sinnott. "I think that us homeowners have to be out there and really pay attention to where they're cutting."

Oncor says it reached out to homeowners to let them know the crews were coming.

"I guess when the leaves come back in we'll see what they look like and maybe I'll just cut them down," said Carter, who watched crews cut back three trees in his backyard.



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<![CDATA[McKinney Homeowners Ready to Fight Against 380 Bypass]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:35:36 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mckinney+texas+sign.jpg

Homeowners in McKinney are beginning their battle against the proposed U.S. Highway 380 bypass.

The city recently presented residents with three route options, each one north of the current Highway 380, but city officials said all routes are currently on the table.

Michael Quint, McKinney's director of development services, said 50,000 cars travel along Highway 380 every day – a number that is projected to double in the next 20 years.

"The time is now to get this road on the map and look to the future. The time is absolutely now," said Quint.

But the city knows there will be growing pains.

"At the end of the day, this road, this bypass will impact someone negatively," Quint said. "What we're trying to do is look at all the options and minimize the impact to property owners as much as we can."

Quint said there is no estimated number of homes that will be impacted because the route options will eventually need to be studied by the Texas Department of Transportation to determine feasibility and further planning.

But any of the three options will likely impact Janet and Tim Anders, whose home sits in a quiet neighborhood near the northeast corner of North Custer Road and Highway 380.

The couple bought the home in 2005, which would turn out to be one of their most difficult years.

Janet Anders was battling breast cancer.

"This [home] was my solace. Walking these roads with the trees," she said. "If you drive the neighborhood, I can't imagine why anybody would want to take this away and turn it into a highway."

The home is just minutes away from the explosive growth in McKinney, but with 30 pecan trees on the property and two horses – named Angel and Lady – it feels hours away.

"We're going to fight and fight hard and hope the city realizes their slogan of 'unique by nature' is exactly what this is," Janet Anders added.

The Anderses are not alone.

A petition opposed to the proposed Highway 380 plans and pushing for an alternative route has garnered more than 450 signatures.

Residents plan to wear red and speak out at Tuesday evening's council meeting.

The city of McKinney hopes to choose a route by May 2017, following public hearings and residents' input. The plan will then be sent to the state for another analysis, which will likely wrap up by 2019.

McKinney's current population is about 170,000. City officials estimate the population will increase to 284,000 by the year 2040.



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<![CDATA[13 Dogs Killed in Grand Prairie House Fire: Officials]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:03:29 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/gp+fire+022017.jpg

Investigators are trying to determine what caused a deadly fire in Grand Prairie Monday night.

The fire started at about 7 p.m. at a home in the 500 block of Northeast 4th Street.

Firefighters arrived and saw a large amount of smoke and flames coming from the windows, according to Grand Prairie fire officials.

A husband and wife were home at the time with several pets inside.

When firefighters got there, the woman was inside the house trying to rescue the animals, while the husband was outside.

The woman made it out of the house on her own, but was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation and minor burns, said authorities.

She is expected to be OK.

Six dogs were rescued safely, but unfortunately, 13 dogs were found dead inside the house, along with several birds.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Grand Prairie Fire Department.



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<![CDATA[Fort Worth Police Arrest Person Who Fired at Officer]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:03:42 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fort-Worth-police-generic-car.jpg

Police said they arrested a person who they say shot at a Fort Worth police officer Monday morning.

Fort Worth police spokeswoman Tamara Valle confirmed units were dispatched to search for an armed suspicious person near the intersection of Keller-Haslet Road and Vista Greens Drive.

Police said a person shot at the officer and ran. The officer was not struck.

Several units responded to the location and searched for person, according to police. They tweeted that they took ther person into custody shortly afterward.

No further details have been released.



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<![CDATA[Petition Underway to Make Tacos State Dish of Texas]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:01:51 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/taco.jpg

A new change.org petition wants Texans to embrace a new official state symbol: the taco.

Launched by taco author and journalist Mando Rayo, the petition suggests the taco as an alternative to chili con carne, the state dish of Texas since 1977.

"People here eat tacos five days a week. Tacos were here before Texas was Texas," Rayo told the Texas Standard.

Click here to read more about this report from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Police and Fire Pension Board OKs Fund Plan Fix]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:04:06 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-police-fire-vehicles.jpg

An agreement has been reached on the pension plan for thousands of retired Dallas police officers and firefighters. The plan was chosen over the city's proposed plan and came during a special President's Day meeting to find a solution to the troubled fund.

The agreement means retirees could receive an equal amount of money each year based on the average life expectancy of 78 years old, and the city would funnel an extra $22 million each year to fund the payouts. At Monday morning's special meeting, the room was filled to capacity.

There was a whirlwind of emotions at the meeting, from clapping, to tears and obvious tension, both from board members and from those whose futures hang in the balance.

"I think we're being treated like animals to a certain degree, and I was hesitant to even come down here today," said Frank Varner, a retired Dallas firefighter.

Varner's story mirrors that of countless others.

For months, the retirees have been waiting for a resolution to the Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund crisis that has crippled retirement accounts.

"How do you fix broken promises? These people deserve better. The firefighters and officers working today deserve better," said Mike Mata, a Dallas police officer and president of the Dallas Police Association.

For weeks, city leaders and pension board members have been haggling over a long-term solution to the financially strained fund, and frustration reached a fever pitch Monday morning.

"Do not follow (Mayor) Mike Rawlings. He's not a leader. He's embarrassed this city. It's poor leadership," said retired Dallas police officer Dale Erves.

The pension board weighed two options: a city proposal in which retirees would lose more than $3.5 billion in benefit cuts, or no cuts but other concessions including life expectancy payouts under a plan from State Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton. The pension board voted unanimously for Flynn's plan.

The decision appeared to instantly provide some relief.

"It's a better option, but the city should step up and give us what was promised to us. There shouldn't have to be a choice between plans," said retired Dallas police officer Herman Sawyer.

Pension board members say there's still much work to be done, and they plan to ask for modifications to Flynn's proposal which would take between 40 and 53 years to fully pay back the pension fund.

Any solution must be approved by state lawmakers before the legislative session ends in late May.



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<![CDATA[Police Locate Missing 82-Year-Old Man]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:48:57 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/francisco-rodriguez2.jpg

Dallas police canceled a Silver Alert after finding an 82-year-old man that was reported missing Sunday afternoon.

Police said Francisco Rodriguez, missing since Sunday, was found Monday morning.

Rodriguez had last been seen in Dallas driving a green, 2000 Pontiac Sun-fire with Texas License Plate CP5G840.

Call Dallas Police at 214-671-4668 if you know anything about Rodriguez's whereabouts.



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<![CDATA[Video Shows Man Strike Child With Belt 62 Times]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:19:03 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Childs_Brutal_Beating_Caught_on_Camera_1200x675_881229891597.jpg

A Texas man has been charged with child abuse after investigators said he hit a 7-year-old boy 62 times within five minutes.

The incident was witnessed by a bystander who called police, and was captured by a surveillance camera near the man's Houston apartment.

The incident was witnessed by a bystander who called police, and was captured by a surveillance camera near the man's Houston apartment, NBC affiliate KPRC reported

"He saw a vehicle pull up at one of our illegal dumping sites and saw a man get out of a car and take a young child out of the car and proceed to just beat him senselessly," said Harris County Constable Alan Rosen.

Investigators said Kordarell Williams, 27, used his hands and a belt to hit his girlfriend's 7-year-old son all over his body.

"He struck this child 62 times, put him in a headlock and knocked him over on numerous occasions with the blows," said Rosen.

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<![CDATA[New Art Exhibit Captures the Moment in Quickly Changing FW]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:03:04 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Fort+Works+Art.jpg

The city of Fort Worth is growing and changing so quickly, it can be hard to keep up. But this week, a Fort Worth art gallery unveils a new exhibit that's all about capturing the moment.

The main gallery is devoted to work from an established local artist but Fort Works Art also devotes a section of every show to a new artist. Both snap photos of everyday life on the streets, and their combined visions show the changing face of Fort Worth.

To Dontrius Williams, it's really pretty simple.

"Photos, I take photos," he said.

He captures small moments on the streets of Fort Worth.

"For me, it's telling the story of where you live," Williams said.

This is his first solo show, along side a more experienced hand.

"I have been an artist since I was 14 years old," said Cordelia Bailey, now 68.

Bailey has been searching longer for the same goal.

"It's capturing people," Bailey said, and she's had decades to watch that change in North Texas.

"Fort Worth didn't have this dynamism even a decade ago, or maybe even five years ago," said Bailey.

The Fort Works Art gallery itself shows progress. It's a new venue offering space for emerging artists who aren't quite ready for the Kimbell Art Museum but who have a voice today.

"That's why I take photos, because I really appreciate what's happening right now," said Williams. "So with the protests and the new presidency going on, just everything that's happening. This is what we need to capture."

The changing face of Fort Worth, and the everyday people working through what's changed.

"I see that there is a lot of friction between peoples," said Bailey. "It's not just racial, but it's across the board. It's immigrant versus non-immigrant, male versus female, transgender – there are a lot of biases – but the fact that we're talking about it shows that we are working toward answers."

Those answers could always be one frame away.

The exhibit opens on Tuesday and runs four weeks. It's free of charge and so is an opening party set for this Saturday night at the gallery.

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<![CDATA[Heart Attack: Slashing Door-to-Balloon Times]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:05:19 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/121416+emergency+room+outside+door.jpg

Each year, approximately 250,000 Americans suffer from the most severe type of heart attack.

Getting them treatment quickly is the key to a better outcome.

Now, there’s a novel way to cut the time it takes to get heart attack patients life-saving care.

When a heart attack happens, each passing minute could mean the difference between life and death.

The goal is to get patients treatment and fast. It’s what hospitals call "door-to-balloon time."

“Door-to-balloon time basically takes the time you hit the front door of the hospital to the time the device in the heart is actually opening up the blood flow,” Travis Gullett, M.D., an emergency physician at Cleveland Clinic explained.

“By removing that clot as soon as possible, then the heart can come back," said Umesh N. Khot, M.D., a cardiologist also at the Cleveland Clinic.

National guidelines suggest door-to-balloon times should be 90 minutes or less for the most severe type of heart attack, known as a STEMI.

Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic have been able to cut those times dramatically.

“Now, our current median time is 49 minutes,” detailed Gullett

The Cleveland Clinic’s protocol standardizes criteria for the entire treatment team, including nurses, doctors, paramedics and pharmacists.

There’s a detailed checklist for everyone involved with the patient’s care and door-to-balloon times are posted daily.

“That really gives us a marker for how well we’re doing as a system,” said Gullett.

In the first year, 100 percent of the heart attack patients were treated within the recommended 90 minutes. Thirty-five percent of patients had door-to-balloon times of 45 minutes or less. Many were treated in as little as 21 minutes.

“I think it’s really changed the natural history of these types of heart attacks,” Knot said.

It’s a system that’s saving hearts, and saving lives.

Cleveland Clinic doctors hope to publish results of how their protocol is specifically impacting death rates soon.

Their new door-to-balloon goal is now 45 minutes.

Hospitals from around the world have contacted these doctors, asking them how they can implement similar systems.

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