<![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 Sun, 01 Mar 2015 04:57:47 -0600 Sun, 01 Mar 2015 04:57:47 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Cowtown Half Marathon Set for Sunday]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:36:24 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cowtown+Marathon+022615.jpg

After hours of steady snowfall across North Texas, Cowtown Marathon officials canceled several race activities this weekend.

The Cowtown Marathon and the Ultra Marathon have been canceled for Sunday, March 1st.

The Half Marathon will run, beginning at 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning. All Sunday registered runners were invited to join the half marathon. No bib or registration changes are required.

"Participant safety is priority one and conditions don't appear favorable for today and Saturday morning," said Heidi Swartz, Cowtown Executive Director. "We've spoken with city officials and the National Weather Service (NOAA) and feel confident that Sunday's events can proceed."

Participants were told to use extreme caution in traveling to Will Rogers Memorial Center on Sunday. the Harley Street and Farrington Field parking lots are currently ice-covered, and may not be completely cleared by Sunday morning.

The full and ultra-marathon courses take in a considerable amount of secondary streets in shaded neighborhoods, including the Trinity Trail. Officials said these stretches of the course will not be passable for runners by Sunday race time.


Swartz said the race would be open Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. for runners to check-in for Sunday's delayed race and pick up packets. Runners can still register for Sunday's races on Saturday at the Expo.

"We encourage participants to carefully make their way to the expo on Saturday afternoon to shop and pick-up their packets," said Swartz. "Please come to the expo with your bib number and be patient as our volunteers assist you. Don't wait until Sunday morning, since we won't be able to accommodate everyone at packet pick-up just before start time." 

Thousands of runners, like Shawna Robinette spent Thursday and Friday watching the forecast.

"Snow I can handle, rain I can handle, wind I don't like it but I can deal with it," Robinette said. "Ice is a deal breaker."

Robinette is one of the 28,000 people who signed up for the 37th annual Cowtown Marathon. This year marks a new record for sign-ups.

In the 37-year history of the Cowtown they've certainly seen rain, but only dealt with ice once.

"The first year the Cowtown happened in 1979 there was an ice storm the night before the race and it took place," Swartz said. "There were only 600 runners that year. So, it was easier to take place with 600 runners versus 28,000 or 30,000."

Events originally scheduled for Saturday, including the 10K, 5K and Cook Children's 5K, will not be rescheduled.

"We are so grateful to the thousands of runners, volunteers, supporters and city employees who regularly participate in our event.  Their dedication, patience and flexibility in times like these are invaluable," said Swartz.

Cowtown organizers tweeted Friday night that runners would be able to complete Saturday's races virtually.

 

Here is the revised schedule:

Saturday, Feb. 28

  • Expo Open: 1:00PM-6:00PM (Packet pick-up for all races, shopping)

Sunday, March 1st

  • 5:30 a.m.: Expo Open for packet pick-up and shopping
  • 8:00 a.m.: Half Marathon Starts

 



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<![CDATA[Fire Breaks Out at Disneyland]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 02:19:22 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/150228-disneyland-fire.jpg

A fire broke out at Disneyland in Anaheim on Saturday night, but was quickly extinguished, a spokeswoman for the theme park said.

The flames were reported about 9:20 p.m. in a back stage area near the It’s a Small World attraction, said the spokeswoman, Suzi Brown. The fire was not inside the building.

The small blaze was possibly sparked by a fireworks show that usually takes place at 9:25 p.m., she said. The show may have started earlier due to the possibility of rain.

No one was hurt, Brown said.

Anaheim and Disneyland fire personnel responded to the fire.

Posts on social media, including Instagram and Twitter, showed flames near the attraction.

The theme parked hoped to reopen It's a Small World late Saturday night. Disneyland was scheduled to remain open until midnight.



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<![CDATA[Playing in the Snow - February 27, 2015]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:36:15 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/playing-thumb-10pm-022715.jpg Viewers share photos of their children playing in the snow on Friday, February 27, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Two Dead, One Survivor After Car Goes Into Creek]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:45:55 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/022815+Fort+Worth+Fire+Dept+dive+team.jpg

Two people died and one person was injured after their vehicle went into a creek in far west Tarrant County late Saturday night, according to the Fort Worth Fire Department.

The vehicle somehow landed in Mary's Creek near the intersection of I-30 and Camp Bowie West Boulevard.

Dive teams spent at least an hour searching and retrieving the victims. At the time, the air temperature was just above freezing.

An investigation is under way to figure out how the vehicle ended up in the creek. The identities of the victims has not been made public.

Look for updates on this developing story on NBC 5 Today at 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. and on NBCDFW.com.



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<![CDATA[Candidate Withdraws as FWISD Superintendent]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:03:04 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fort-worth-superintendent-candidate-Boyd.jpg

Dr. Joel D. Boyd is withdrawing his bid to be the next Fort Worth ISD Superintendent.

School Board President Norman Robbins informed the Board of Boyd’s decision on Saturday evening, officials said in a statement.

Boyd’s decision came at the end of the 21-day formal vetting process mandated by Texas law.

"The Fort Worth ISD Board considers the hiring of a superintendent the most important duty we have and we are committed to working together to ensure we bring the best possible person to Fort Worth to lead us,” said President Robbins. “Our students, their families and our employees deserve no less.”

A board meeting scheduled for Monday evening has been canceled, Mr. Robbins said. 

Dr. Patricia Linares will continue to serve as interim superintendent, as she has since June 2014.

Boyd is currently the superintendent of Sante Fe Public Schools in Sante Fe, New Mexico.



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<![CDATA[Cowtown Runners Invited to Another Marathon]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:13:23 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rock+n+roll+marathon+round+2+2014+%2818%29.JPG

With the Cowtown marathon, ultra-marathon, 10K and 5K canceled due to severe weather conditions, registered runners may have a second chance.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series and Humana have made free entries available for displaced Cowtown entrants to run the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon the weekend of March 20-22.

"The cancellation of The Cowtown Marathon is devastating news for both runners and race organizers,” said Alan Culpepper, Vice President of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. “We know firsthand the level of training and planning that goes into an event for runners and race organizers."

Cowtown entrants in the cancelled events can email proof of registration with the subject line "Cowtown Transfer" to receive a complimentary entry. Officials said they will guarantee spots for the first 200 transfers. Additional entries will be made available subject to capaticty.

It is the 6th annual marathon and will begin at Lamar Street and Young Street, finishing at the American Airlines Center. Every mile of the course will have the music of live, local bands.

To register for the race, check the Run Rock 'n' Roll website for more information.

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<![CDATA[Winter Weather Advisory Ends for DFW]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:00:04 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/215*120/high+five.JPG

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for North Texas until 6 p.m. Saturday. The National Weather Service updated the advisory dropping a few southeastern counties in North Texas, but the advisory remains for the majority of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Expect drizzle through most of the day today.  Temperatures will climb above freezing by mid-afternoon and will stay above freezing through Tuesday.

NBC 5 Meteorologist Andy Wallace said Saturday ice and  snow will begin to melt, with road conditions improving dramatically for Sunday.  Clouds with areas of light rain and drizzle will be likely through Monday.

The winter storm dumped several inches of snow on North Texas Friday, closing busy roadways and forcing several school districts to dismiss classes early.

Low visibility and snow-covered roads are likely to blame for as many as 40 vehicles that are reported to have slid off the snow-covered highway Friday. The southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 75 were closed due to the dangerous conditions.

As of 8:47 p.m. Friday, the Dallas Police Department reported 269 minor accidents, 119 major accidents and 98 major freeway accidents since midnight.

The Fort Worth Police Department reported as of 7:30 p.m. officers had worked 160 minor accidents, 57 major accidents and took 25 hit and run reports since midnight.

The Arlington Police Department said between the hours of  midnight and 7:45 p.m. the city had seen 34 minor accidents, 33 major accidents and 115 calls for assistance.

Schools Close

Due to inclement weather, more than 150 school districts have reported early closings since the snowfall began at about 8 a.m. See the latest closings and delays here.

Other Closings

The Cowtown Marathon announced it canceled Saturday's races and delayed Sunday's races.

Six Flags Over Texas announced the amusement park will not open on Saturday due to the winter weather conditions.

The Texas Rangers announced that due to weather and road conditions, the Globe Life Park box office and call center would be closed Saturday.

Flight Cancellations

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was one of the most delayed airports in the country Friday morning.

Airport spokesman David Magaña says about 700 Saturday flights had been canceled. About 600 were cancelled Friday, forcing about 5,000 travelers to spend the night at the airport. The airport provided cots, blankets and toiletries to the passengers.

D/FW Airport advises all customers or anyone meeting flights to stay updated on the latest flight information.

Dallas Love Field reported that 12 flights had been canceled and 37 more were delayed.

Treating Roads

Meanwhile, the Texas Department of Transportation's trucks have barely had any rest after back-to-back events this week and the trucks are gearing up again to pre-treat roads.

Crews began pre-treating bridges and major highways Thursday, using the old salt-based de-icers and the newer solution known as "brine."

"Brine is just one more tool in our toolbox. We still use the salt, sand, salt-based de-icers. But yes, this is really the first season we've used it extensively," said TxDOT spokesman Val Lopez. "We're pleased with the results and we'll start incorporating it more."

Crews say there's no shortage of supplies.

"We still have enough stocks on hand for a multiday event," said Lopez. "And if it goes on more than a few days, we have the availability to order more or actually to get some from are neighboring districts that aren't hit quite as hard."

Winter weather has come late this year and many wonder if it'll end soon.

"In normal years, I'd say the last bad event of the season comes in February. But this has been such an odd year. You really can't tell," said Lopez.

The first day of spring is March 20.

The City of Dallas escalated from "scouting mode" to Ice Force 1 at 10 a.m. Friday. The city had 35 sanding trucks covering bridges, overpasses and other locations critical to public safety like hospitals and fire stations. Crews will work 12-hour shifts according to Dallas City spokeswoman Sana Syed.

Recreation centers will close at 4 p.m. Friday and open at 10 a.m. Saturday. Dallas County government offices and courts close at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

All garbage and recycling collection has been canceled Saturday. Dallas Animal Services opens at noon and some libraries have been closed.

North Texas Transportation

The Fort Worth Transportation Authority announced Saturday that due to inclement weather all bus routes, including Molly the Trolly, are suspended until 1 p.m. Updates will be posted on The T's website.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit said Friday that all passengers should expect delays due to weather conditions. DART is operating normal schedules and monitoring conditions. Buses are subject to local road conditions and updates will be posted on DART's website.



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<![CDATA[Trayvon Martin's Dad at University]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:27:19 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Trayvon-Martin-Father-at-Ar.jpg

The father of Trayvon Martin took the stage at a local university Saturday — just days after the three-year anniversary of his son's death.

Tracy Martin had a conversation with Philadelphia Daily News columnist Solomon Jones in front of an audience as part of an evening of events that began at 5 p.m. Saturday at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa.

“I think the next step for all of us is becoming more educated on how the law applies to us,” Martin said. “How the police work.”

Dubbed "Letters to Trayvon: A Celebration of Black Men and Boys," the night also featured the three winners of a citywide letter writing contest for high school students. The teens wrote letters "expressing how they felt when they heard about the death of Trayvon Martin," according to LettersToTrayvon.com. One letter was written by Michael DeShield, a student at Abington High School.

“We can make a difference, Trayvon,” DeShield wrote. “I thought I’d just let you know that your death was not in vain. Thank you.”

The unarmed 17-year-old Florida boy was shot to death Feb. 26, 2012 by a neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman. Zimmerman said the fatal shooting was in self-defense and he was acquitted by a jury in July 2013 on all state charges.

During the event, Tracy Martin emphasized the importance of family values and parenting.

“We’ve kind of lost the love and respect for other man,” he said. “If our young people don’t respect themselves, they’re not going to respect you. We have to get back to basic parenting 101.”

As the live interview began at 7:30 p.m., a 48-hour social media campaign came to an end. The online push was meant to "flood the internet with positive images of black men and boys, articles, quotes, poetry, and music that speaks to the challenges and triumphs of black men and boys," the website continued.

“We hope we can get other people to come on board and understand that this is about humanity,” said Dr. Doreen Loury of Arcadia University. “Not a black and white thing. This is about humanity.”

Using the hashtag #LTT2015, users began sharing images of Trayvon in a hoodie, as well as shots of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and other civil rights leaders Thursday at 7:30 p.m. — the time the Florida teen was pronounced dead three years ago that day.

“People need to get real about the fact a person’s race really impacts the way that they’re treated in America in every aspect of their life,” said Lawanda Horton, an organizer for the event.

A VIP reception, which cost $50 to attend, was hosted by The Black Male Development Symposium, Mission Inc. and Arcadia's Pan African Studies Program. Proceeds from the event benefit students attending the Black Male Development Symposium and the Trayvon Martin Foundation.
 

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<![CDATA[NJ Man Steals Jeep, Rams 3 Police Cars: Authorities]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:53:05 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Generic-Police.jpg

A New Jersey man faces a slate of charges accusing him of ramming three police squad cars with a stolen Jeep Wrangler after being confronted by officers in farmers market parking lot.

Middlesex Borough police apprehended Kristof McCoy, 19, of Millington, at the Route 28 Farmers Market after being alerted to the vicinity by a motorist who said McCoy had earlier sideswiped his vehicle. The motorist had followed McCoy, but lost him.

As officers approached the Jeep Wrangler, it sideswiped one squad car, rammed another head-on, then backed into a third patrol car. One officer, who had exited his car, had to leap aside to avoid being struck by McCoy, police said.

After striking the squad cars, Jeep Wrangler sideswiped a nearby car and crashed into a fence at the north end of the parking lot. McCoy then fled on foot but was caught by two officers.

Investigators determined that the Jeep Wrangler had been stolen from a residence in Long Hill Township.

McCoy was charged with four counts of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, possession of stolen property and criminal mischief. He was ordered held at the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center in lieu of $150,000 bail.

It was unclear whether he had obtained a lawyer. 

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<![CDATA[Sex Offender Arrested at Toll Booth]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:09:21 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/22815tunnel.jpg

A New York man, stopped for ignoring a "Do Not Enter" sign at the Lincoln Tunnel, was arrested Saturday when records revealed he was wanted in Florida for violating parole as a registered sex offender, Port Authority police said.

Ricardo Hernandez, 40, from Queens, New York, was charged as a fugitive from justice, driving while intoxicated and possessing a false driver's license, police said.

Police stopped Hernandez at about 2:30 a.m. after he allegedly ignored the traffic sign at a toll booth. Hernandez had alcohol on his breath and failed a sobriety test, police said. A bottle of whiskey was found behind the driver's seat of his car.

A records check showed that he was using a false license and that he was a registered sex offender accused of a parole violation by a Broward County warrant, investigators said. Details about the parole violation warrant were unavailable.

Hernandez was being held on $50,000 bail. It was unclear whether he had secured a lawyer. 

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<![CDATA[Van Crashes into Fort Worth Gas Station]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:39:06 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/valero_van_ice.jpg

Friday's snowstorm ended a week of treacherous driving conditions that led to hundreds of accidents across North Texas.

A Valero service station at West Freeway and Taxco was damaged after a van crashed into a support column. An employee told NBC 5 the van was exiting Interstate 30 when it lost control and slammed into the pillar at around 8:30 Friday night.

There were no reports of injuries, but the accident is believed to be just one in a long list of others caused by icy conditions.



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<![CDATA[Winter Weather Leads to Road Headaches]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:56:21 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SunFeb28_DallasAccidents_TCiesco_6pm_1200x675_405969475579.jpg Even as the roads started to thaw Saturday, drivers ran into traffic troubles as slick spots remained.]]> <![CDATA[Swedish Teenager With Asperger's Missing in NYC]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:36:47 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/022815teen.JPG

A Swedish teenager with Asperger's syndrome has gone missing while vacationing with his father in New York, police said Saturday.

Marcus Kerttu, 15, was scheduled to depart the city Saturday, but instead his family was waiting for word of his whereabouts.

He was last seen Friday evening shortly before 8 p.m. at a McDonald's on Canal Street, police said. He was described as 5 feet 8 inches tall and 120 pounds, wearing blue jeans, black sneakers, black coat and a black hat.



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<![CDATA[The Big Freeze: February 2015 by the Numbers]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:36:01 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP47401093417.jpg

February 2015 was brutal. The bone-numbing, punishing cold shattered records in the Northeast, making February the coldest month for some cities since reliable records were first kept.

Some places recorded the most days of zero or below temperatures. Adding to the misery were multiple winter storms that buried Boston under piles of snow.

While the first day of March will be blustery, with another snowstorm expected to hit Sunday evening, the end is surely near.

Weather Services International predicts that March, April and May should all be warmer than normal in the Northeast.

Take a look at the frigid February by the numbers:

6.2 degrees: The average temperature in Bangor, Maine, according to the National Weather Service. That's about 15 degrees below normal and easily beats the old record of 8.4 degrees, from January 1994.

9.2 degrees: The average temperature in Syracuse, New York, which shattered by 3 degrees the old record set in February 1934. That makes February 2015 the coldest month ever for Syracuse.

15.7 degrees: The average temperature in February in Hartford, Connecticut, according to First Alert Meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan. That's a degree below the current record of 16.5 degrees, which was set in February 1934. This month is also expected to break the 2004 record in Bridgeport, Connecticut, which stands at 21.9 degrees. The average temperature in the Bridgeport area in February was 19.7 degrees.

18.8 degrees: The average temperature in Boston, making February the second-coldest month on record. The city spent over 500 hours without breaking 32 degrees.

24.1 degrees: The average temperature in New York City. That’s some 11 degrees below the average of 35 for February, according the National Weather Service. Those numbers make the month the coldest recorded February in New York City since 1934, when the average temperature in Central Park was 19.9 degrees. February 2015 is tied with February of 1895 for the third-coldest observed in New York City.

102 inches: The amount of snow Boston received this winter, most of it in February. It’s just 5.6 inches shy of the snowiest winter on record, according to the National Weather Service. Another storm, however, is expected to hit Sunday, dumping 6 inches in some areas, according to the New England Cable News.

150: The number of structures in Massachusetts where roofs have collapsed because of the snow loads this winter, according to state officials, The Associated Press reported. On Sunday, a youth hockey team escaped without injury when part of a snow-weighted roof at a Canton, Massachusetts, skating rink collapsed.
 



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<![CDATA[Denton County Transportation Services Suspended for Weather]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:24:46 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dcta-a-train-cars-new.jpg

The Denton County Transportation Authority is suspending Denton service until further notice due to current weather and road conditions.

To get the latest information, Passengers are encouraged to sign up for DCTA rider alerts at ridedcta.net.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Arboretum to Host Largest Floral Festival in Southwest]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:16:47 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DallasBlooms030113.jpg

The Dallas Arboretum will be presenting the largest floral festival in the Southwest with Dallas Blooms: Deep in the Hearts of Texas from Feb. 28. through April 12.

The event will feature more than 500,000 flowers with life-size Texas themed topiaries, entertainment, food and special activities celebrating the state.

Dallas Blooms features tulips, daffodils, Dutch Iris and hyacinths, pansies, violas and thousands of other springtime annuals and perennials that bloom throughout the entire festival, so the garden changes all the time.  The finale of this celebration is the mass flowering of the garden's collection of 3,000 azaleas that bloom through the end of April.

For more information, visit the Dallas Arboretum website.
 



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<![CDATA[Baylor Nursing School to Host 4th Annual Going for the Gold Gala]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:52:45 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/baylor-generic-02.jpg

The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing is hosting its 4th annual Going for the Gold Gala Saturday Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.

The goal is to raise $1 million for scholarship funds for student nurses and surpass previous attendance records with more than 800 guests.

The event will feature keynote speaker Robert Griffin III and Mike Singletary, NFL coach and Pro Football Hall of Fame member. Baylor Graduate and Fox Sports Radio anchor Deb Carson will serve as emcee.

The evening will also include a silent auction with auctioneer Ken Stohner, a student testimony from Katherine Garcia, and a surprise announcement from Judge Ken Starr and Alice Starr,President and Chancellor and First Lady of Baylor University.

During the live auction, a special football signed by RG3 will be given to the highest bidder in the most appropriate way - catching a pass from RG3 himself.

The Hilton Anatole is located at 2201 North Stemmons Freeway in Dallas. Visit baylor.edu/nursing/ for additional information.



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<![CDATA[The T Halts Bus Service for Weather]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:25:38 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/tbus.gif

The T is suspending all bus routes, including the trolley, until 1 p.m. because of the inclement weather.

Trinity Railway Express service will continue in snow and icing conditions.

The T advises customers to plan extra time for their travels Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Pets in the Snow - Gallery 2 ]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:21:20 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pets-in-snow-022815.jpg NBC 5 Viewers shared photos of their pets in the snow on Friday, February 27, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Latino Cultural Center Looking for Art for Hecho en Dallas Art Exhibit]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:36:07 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Generic-Dallas-Skyline-dayt.jpg

The Latino Cultural Center is looking for entries for its annual Hecho en Dallas visual art exhibition.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. The exhibit will run from April 10 to June 20.

Hecho en Dallas is an annual exhibition designed to showcase the recent work of professional artists in the Dallas area. The Latino Cultural Center created the exhibition to recognize artistic talent in DFW.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Artists must reside in the City of Dallas or within the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex
  • Art must have been created within the last three years to be eligible
  • Any medium will be considered; however, artists who exhibit artwork that requires the use of special equipment (computers, projectors, multimedia devices, etc.) will be responsible for providing such equipment for the duration of the exhibition
  • Size limit for 3D artwork will not exceed 15 feet (length + width + depth), with the longest side of the piece not exceeding 7 feet
  • For 2D artwork, the longest side cannot exceed 7 feet
  • There is no entry fee for this juried exhibition

How to submit entries:
 

  • Max of three images of artwork to be considered; files should be named using the last name of the artist, first initial of first name, and sequential numbers for every digital photograph submitted. Example: GonzalezC1.jpg
  • Artist statement of 50 words or less
  • Artist may submit up to three different artworks to be considered following the parameters defined above.
  • Completed Artist Entry Form
  • Entries may be submitted by email at hechoendallas@gmail.com or by mail or in person at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St. Dallas, TX 75204
  • Uncompleted submissions will not be considered

Artists will be notified of selection Saturday, March 14.

For more information, visit the Latino Cultural Center Website.



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<![CDATA[Your Snow Photos - Gallery 3 - February 27, 2015]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:10:11 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/snowflake-022815.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared photos of snow from Friday, February, 27, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Winter Weather Causes Several Road Accidents]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:41:24 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/elmhurst-blizzard1.jpg

The winter weather has lead to several accidents in Dallas on Saturday.

Dallas Police said they responded to 56 major accidents, and 109 minor accidents. Dallas freeways saw 55 major accidents on Saturday.



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<![CDATA[City of Dallas Plans for Winter Weather]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:37:17 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/generic-dallas-skyline.jpg

The City of Dallas is continuing to monitor the weather conditions. Here is the latest from city officials:

ROADS

Streets services are operating at Ice Force Level 1 with sanding crews operating continuously since midnight. Street conditions have improved due to the sanding response. However, icy patches remain and unnecessary travel is discouraged until conditions improve further.

Street conditions are expected to improve this afternoon, as temperatures rise above freezing. Street Services will monitor conditions and remain in Ice Force 1 until the event is over.

SANITATION

Sanitation Services has canceled all garbage, recycling and bulk/brush collections for Saturday. City transfer stations and the McCommas Bluff Landfill are open. Garbage and recycling collections for 4th week bulk and brush collections not completed Friday will be collected Monday

Friday's garbage and recycling collections or fourth week bulk and brush collections not completed will be collected on Monday, March 2 (depending on weather and available resources).

ANIMAL SERVICES

Dallas Animal Services is now open.

LIBRARIES

The following libraries are closed due to the inclement weather: Arcadia Park, Highland Hills and Mountain Creek. More closings and delays may be announced. Call your neighborhood branch before you go. 

LOVE FIELD

Love Field runways and taxiways are open for incoming and outgoing flights. Nine cancellations and about 22 flights were delayed due to de-icing of aircraft on Saturday. Travelers should contact their airline for flight status, but the airport is open for incoming and outgoing flights.

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<![CDATA[Winter Weather Impacts Flights at DFW]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 09:48:19 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/120713+dfw+airport+icy+runways.jpg

Runways at DFW Airport remain operational Saturday despite over two inches of snow and an icy glaze. However, the wintry mix of precipitation will have an impact on flight schedules today due to de-icing requirements for departures.

The Airport remains under a Winter Weather Warning until 2 p.m. Saturday, when temperatures are expected to rise above freezing.

DFW Airport advises all customers with flights or anyone meeting flights to stay updated with the latest flight information. As of 9:30 a.m., airlines serving DFW have cancelled over 350 Saturday flights, representing approximately 35 percent of the day's full schedule of flights.

DFW Airport crews continue to treat runways and monitor the airfield for problem areas, and the airport has deployed its fleet of pavement treatment trucks and snow plows to keep the airfield operational.

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<![CDATA[North Texas Tollway Is Icy, Drivers Encouraged to Use Caution]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 09:24:21 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/188*120/NTTA+logo.GIF

These are the current conditions of the North Texas Tollway Authority regarding the inclement weather.

The NTTA roadways are open and passable, but drivers must be aware of the driving conditions with the winter weather. Freezing drizzle may result in icy patches that are difficult for drivers to detect.

NTTA asks drivers to keep a good distance from sand/de-icing trucks and plows to ensure the safety of both operators and motorists using NTTA roadways.

Full NTTA crews are monitoring the roads. They are using snowplows to remove snow and slush. Friday night, crews applied MD-20 (magnesium chloride) to help with ice.

NTTA has 104 people per shift either in trucks or operating equipment such as front-end loaders or skid steers for loading trucks with material. There are 95 plow or sanding trucks monitoring, treating and clearing roadways. 

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<![CDATA[Dallas Festival of Ideas Rescheduled Due to Inclement Weather]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 09:27:48 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/dallas-performing-arts1.jpg

The Dallas Festival of Ideas will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday Feb. 28 after a cancellation due to inclement weather.

The festival headquarters in the lobby of the Winspear Opera House will have registration, free interactive stations and lunch concessions.

The festival will consist of free family fun throughout the day with performers on the IDEAS Stage, artists, interactive booths and action stations.

There were also be several panels taking place in the Dallas City Performance Hall, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Winspear Opera House, Dallas Museum of Art and Booker T. Washington High School.

The festival will begin with opening remarks by Mayor Mike Rawlings.

VIP Lunch will be from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Winspear Opera House.

At 12 p.m. the doors will open for Signature Event: "The Future Starts Here" at the Dallas City Performance Hall. The event will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, visit thedallasfestival.com/



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<![CDATA[Roof of Ice Rink Collapses]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:08:30 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/179*120/canton+fire+pic+2.jpg

Coaches and parents are credited with saving the lives of two dozen students after the roof of an ice skating rink collapsed in Canton, Massachusetts.

It came crashing down with little notice - part of the roof over the Metropolis Rink is now gone.

"We were like, 'Why are we alive?'" said Norwood Youth Hockey Coach Mike Fanizzi. "We just looked at each other."

At 7 a.m., the team had just started practicing inside when the coaches heard loud, unusual noises coming from above.

"Heard a second snap and started screaming - we knew something was so wrong," said Coach Chris Sharkey

"I immediately started screaming to get off the ice," said Fanizzi. "I just knew that wasn't a natural sound."

That split-second decision saved lives.

"There were seven kids that we were staring at that were right underneath where it collapsed, and luckily, Mike's voice just was so loud that it forced them to move," said Sharkey.

Fifteen seconds later, the roof gave way.

"Right as we get to probably where the penalty box is, one of the other coaches and a mother went past us, and the roof collapsed right in front of us," said Fanizzi.

Even though the collapse happened at the other end of the rink, the force of it blew out a wall, creating even more damage.

Firefighters say heavy snow on the roof brought it down.

"Every single coach out there did a great job today," said Sharkey.

Remarkably, no one was injured.

The coaches say they were just doing what anyone else would.

"I didn't even think twice," said Fanizzi. "I know none of the other coaches did, either."



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<![CDATA[15 Tons of Pot Worth $19M Seized]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 06:44:47 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/otay+mesa+record+breaking+seizure+%282%29.jpg

More than 15 tons of marijuana hidden in a mattress shipment was seized at the Otay Mesa cargo port of entry — the largest narcotics bust in the history of that border crossing and the second largest seizure at any crossing nationwide.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers made the find as they inspected a truck claiming to carry mattresses and cushions on Thursday evening.

The officer inspecting it referred it to an x-ray exam, where an anomaly was detected.

As the truck was docked for a more intense examination, a CBP officer raised the trailer's door and found plastic-wrapped packages, stacked floor to ceiling and front to back, filling nearly the entire truck. Just a few mattresses were stacked along the wall at the other end.

Officers tallied the find, which came to 1,296 packages containing about 31,598 pounds of marijuana. That load has an estimated street value of about $18.96 million.

The driver, a 46-year-old Mexican citizen with a valid border crossing card, was turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations. The tractor-trailer, cargo shipment and drugs were all seized by CBP officers.

The Otay Mesa cargo port of entry saw its last record-breaking bust in 2003 when 19,999 pounds of marijuana was discovered. The largest seizure ever recorded by CBP officers was 35,265 pounds of marijuana at the Calexico East port of entry in 2013.



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<![CDATA[Police Chief Booked on Solicitation]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:57:10 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/022715+stephen+johnson+mug.jpg

Miami Gardens Police Chief Stephen Johnson was arrested for soliciting a prostitute in Dania Beach Friday, officials said.

Mayor Oliver Gilbert confirmed the arrest and said Johnson was fired immediately.

Jail records showed Johnson, 53, was being held on $300 bond. It was unknown if he has an attorney.

According to a Broward Sheriff's Office arrest report, deputies were conducting an undercover operation targeting solicitation of prostitution at a Dania Beach hotel when Johnson was arrested.

Authorities had placed an escort ad on backpage.com and two detectives were posing as prostitutes at the hotel, the affidavit said.

Johnson had called the number on the ad and arranged to pay $100 for 30 minutes with two prostitutes, the report said.

When Johnson arrived at the hotel room, he was let in and handed over the $100, the report said. He had two condoms in his pocket when he was arrested, the report said.

A news release from the department said Assistant Chief Antonio Brooklen will serve as interim chief.

"We remain committed to excellence and integrity on every level," the department said in the release. "We will not allow Mr. Johnson's bad judgment to reflect negatively on the hardworking officers of the City of Miami Gardens and the residents they serve on a daily basis."

The department came under fire earlier this month following the officer-involved shooting of 25-year-old Lavall Hall.

Johnson said Hall attacked two officers with a broom handle and was shot twice with a Taser before he was fatally shot by an officer.

Hall's family has been critical of police in the wake of the shooting, holding a vigil and protest and demanding more answers in the shooting.

Johnson was named Miami Gardens' Police chief in May 2014 after a long career with the North Miami Police Department. He also served as North Miami's city manager from 2011 to 2014.



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<![CDATA[Wesleyan Student Will Survive OD "Against All Odds": Family]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:17:29 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/WESLEYAN02232015.jpg

A Wesleyan University student who remains hospitalized nearly a week after overdosing on MDMA, or "Molly," is slowly recovering, according to a statement from family members.

"It is difficult to put into words how deeply grateful we are for the generous outpouring of love and support that we have received over the last few days," the student's family said in a statement Friday. "We are profoundly grateful to the teams at Hartford Hospital that went above and beyond to save our child's life. Thankfully, against all odds, our child will survive this terrible ordeal."

The student, who has not been publicly identified, was critically injured after overdosing last weekend and remains at Hartford Hospital.

"We would also like to express our deepest gratitude to the Wesleyan community — the administrators, faculty, and students — for their concern and support. And we are thankful as well for the expert work of the Middletown Police Department," the family added.

Ten of the student's peers also received medical treatment. After being rushed to Middlesex Hospital on Sunday, two were airlifted to Hartford Hospital and two more were transferred by ambulance, officials said.

Only one student is still in the hospital.

Four of their peers were arrested on drug charges earlier this week, accused of selling the MDMA that sickened them.

Eric Lonergan, 21; Andrew Olson, 20; Zachary Kramer, 21; and Rama Agha Al Nakib, 20, were immediately suspended from the school.

Olson is the founder and co-president of Students for Sensible Drug Policy at Wesleyan. According to the warrants for their arrest, Kramer, Lonergan and Nabik are known as drug dealers among their peers.



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