<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:53:18 -0500 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:53:18 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Cats Wake Up Woman After House Catches Fire]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:30:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/haltom-city-minnie-street.jpg

A couple of cats in Haltom City are being credited with saving a woman from her burning home.

A fire started inside the woman's home on Minnie Street overnight Wednesday as she slept.

The woman had no working smoke detector in the house and was woken up by the cats, according to firefighters.

The woman was treated for smoke inhalation and is expected to be OK.

Some of the woman's cats did not survive the fire, others were given oxygen by firefighters and are expected to be OK.

The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen.



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<![CDATA[Toddler, Mom Injured in Apartment Fire]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:14:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rosedale-apt-fire-091814.jpg

A 2-year-old toddler and the 23-year-old mother are recovering from serious 2nd-degree burns after escaping an overnight apartment fire in Fort Worth.

The fire started at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at an apartment on the 5300 block of Rosedale Street.

Firefighters happened to already be at the complex on an unrelated medical call, so when residents ran up to the firefighters screaming about the fire they were ready to respond.

Several apartments suffered heavy smoke and water damage, but the fire itself was limited to one apartment.

The mom and her child were able to escape the fire but suffered serious burns on their arms and legs and were rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas for treatment.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. 

No other injuries were reported.



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<![CDATA[Woman's Body Found Wrapped in Comforter]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:52:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/melik-smith-inset.jpg

Dallas police are investigating a murder case in the Red Bird area.

Offices arrested and charged Melik Smith with murder after a woman's body was found inside an apartment on Cockrell Hill Road earlier in the day.

That morning, a woman called police asking officers to check on a woman who lived at the complex. after her roommate, Smith, refused to say where she was.

When officers arrived, they found a trail of blood leading from the living room to a bathroom.  The woman, Onkuli Morris, was found wrapped in a comforter on the bathroom floor, police said.

While searching for evidence, police said they found blooding clothing in Smith's bedroom and an object that may be a murder weapon.

Smith was found a short time later hiding under a pile of clothing in a closet.

He refused to speak with detectives and is currently being held in the Dallas County Jail with no bond.



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<![CDATA[Argument Leads to Fatal Shooting in Dallas: Police]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:43:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/woodmeadow-investigation.jpg

A Dallas apartment complex is on edge after a late-night shooting overnight Wednesday.

Officers found a man dead at the Gable Point Apartments on Woodmeadow Parkway, just east of the Dallas Athletic Club.

Police think an argument between two men led to the shooting where one shot the other and then ran away.

Detectives interviewed several witnesses but have not yet made any arrests.



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<![CDATA[6th Annual North Texas Giving Day]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:25:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd_cash_generic.jpg

For the sixth year, North Texans will come together Thursday to raise millions of dollars for local nonprofits.

The event is the North Texas Giving Day -- a day for charitable donors in North Texas to give to local nonprofit organizations they may not have been aware of before.

"In just five years, North Texas Giving Day has pumped more that $60 million into the North Texas community. In 2013, more than 75,000 gifts totaling $25.2 million, benefiting more than 1,350 nonprofits," according to the organization on their website.

This year, to commemorate the day of giving, Thanks-Giving Square in Dallas will hold events starting with an assortment of the city's top food trucks lined up in front of the Square for breakfast from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. They will reconvene for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will include a variety of food options for enjoyment in one of the oldest parks in downtown Dallas.

The K3 Sisters, a talented group of pre-teens, will provide entertainment from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. playing the fiddle and singing original compositions, as well as Texas favorites. In addition, the noon ringing of the bells will be extended as an expression of TGS’ gratitude for North Texas Giving Day.

Donors can take part in North Texas Giving Day between 6 a.m. and midnight Thursday, Sept. 18.

Any monetary gift is welcome, but any gift over $25 qualifies for bonus funds.  Get more information on how to donate here: https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/

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<![CDATA[Texas Lottery Denies Cheating Players]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:51:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Scratch+off+generic+DFW.jpg

The Texas Lottery Commission Wednesday denied claims it cheated players out of prize money with confusing instructions on a popular scratch-off ticket.

The “Fun 5’s” card promises $50 million in prize money with five games on each $5 ticket.

Some players thought they won big jackpots in game 5 by reading the last sentence of instructions which seems to stand alone.

It says, “Reveal a Money Bag symbol in the 5X BOX, win 5 times that PRIZE.”

Dawn Nettles studies Texas Lottery games for her Garland based website, LottoReport.com.

Nettles said more than 200 players have contacted her with tickets that appear to be winners, some for as much as $500,000.

“And these players, when they scratch that off and they see that, they get real excited,” Nettles said.

But players have found that Lottery machines record the tickets as losers.

In the small town of Italy, one couple thought they got the big prize.

“I scratched off the bottom part, and that’s where it said 5x and the prize amount of $100,000, and I could not believe my eyes,” Geraldine Steele said.

Steele read the directions on the bottom of the scratch off, as did her husband, James.

When both looked at their ticket, they thought they had won $500,000.

“You think about all the things you can do with $500,000,” said James Steele.

When the Steeles scanned their ticket, the machine told them it was a dud.

“We thought the machine was broke,” said James Steele.

The couple contacted Nettles for answers.

Lottery Commission spokesperson Kelly Cripe said by e-mail that a sentence of instructions before the final one on the card includes other requirements which must also be fulfilled in order to win the multiplier promised in the last sentence.

The email said multiple steps for large jackpots are common in Texas lottery games.

“We often have various multiplier features and prize amounts on the face of a ticket, not only to add variety to the game, but also as a security measure.

This is done so that no one can determine whether or not a ticket is a winner without scratching the entire ticket.

We want to ensure that all players have a fun and enjoyable experience when participating in lottery games.

We encourage players with questions regarding our games to contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-375-6886 or email us at customer.service@lottery.state.tx.us for assistance with their questions.”

The Steele family isn’t giving up that easily. They’ve enlisted the help of an attorney, and they plan to send a certified letter to the commission. They want the directions rewritten and their ticket honored.

Dawn Nettles said other scratch-off games include clear language if multiple sentences of instructions are required for a prize, and the Fun 5’s card does not.

“I suggested that they needed to pull these tickets. They needed pay the people, honor the prizes and move on, lump their losses and move on. Now that it’s gone this long, I want my legislator to tell me why he’s allowing the Texas Lottery to do this,” Nettles said.

She claims there are other problems with the Fun 5’s game, too.

Nettles posted on her website a complaint letter she sent to the Travis County District Attorney accusing the Austin-based Lottery Commission of deceptive trade practices.

She urged other lottery players to do the same.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Man Meets River Oaks Officers Who Saved Him]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:02:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/River-Oaks-091714.jpg

Things could be much worse for a disabled man trapped inside his burning home in River Oaks Wednesday if it wasn't for three quick thinking River Oaks police officers.

"They're heroes," John Sauer said through tears during a hospital interview. "I thank them, the fire was right at my feet. I could feel it when they got to me."

Sauer said he's "OK" but "scared as hell."

On Wednesday afternoon, Sauer got to meet Officers Nathan Wilson, Timothy Whitely and Sergeant Steven Nance who were first on scene and without hesitation pulled him to safety.

"Thank you, I love you," Sauer said as he shook hands with the officers. "I appreciate y'all dragging me out of there. I got scrapes and cuts on me, but that ain't nothing compared to what I could've had."

Sauer's daughter made the frantic call to 911 as she watched her house burn and her disabled father unable to get outside on his own.

"Oh my God," Jessica Sauer says to a 911 operator. "My house is on fire and my dad is in a wheel chair and he’s in bed.”

A River Oaks police car dash cam video shows the intensity of the fire. The flames were shooting well above the roof from the home on Churchill Road around 1:00a.m.

"The smoke, its burns your eyes, it burns your lungs," Officer Nathan Wilson said. "You can't do anything in it."

The three officers pulled Jessica's dad, John, through the bedroom window to safety.

"At that point so much adrenaline is going," said Whitley. "You don't think, you just react. It's just a natural instinct. You got to help this person as best as you can."

Jessica Sauer, her eight-month-old baby and brother all made it out safe. She says she's thankful for the officer quick response that saved her dad's life.

"It was very scary," said Jessica. "You never think it's going to happen to you."



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<![CDATA[Calif. Wildfire Threatens Homes]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 03:11:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/nws-king-fire.jpg

The King Fire was still raging out of control in Pollock Pines, 60 miles east of Sacramento, on Wednesday evening, as more than 2,500 firefighters battled the blaze, which grew by thousands of acres overnight and has burned through nearly 29 square miles.

The wildfire was threatening 500 homes, with some under mandatory evacuation orders, and was just 5 percent contained.

“It's burning in steep, dense terrain with heavy timber that's posing quite a challenge,'' said Alyssa Smith, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Homeowners are just waiting, hoping to get word that their house is in the clear. Mark Catrambone, along with his wife and dog, were evacuated from their home in Swansboro. They said they’re thankful they had enough time to pack their valuables and get out safely.

“We’re safe and that’s the most important thing,” Catrambone said. “Would hate to lose it all. It’s just property, but still, it’s your life and home.”

Twenty-one families have been evacuated. Fire officials said keeping those houses safe is a top priority, but fire crews are struggling with dangerous conditions.

“It’s risky out there. It’s a fire, moving quickly, and it’s very steep and rugged terrain,” Capt. Michelle Eidam said, adding the low humidity and the wind is making their job tough.

“Our fuels are very dry,” Eidam said. “That’s playing a huge role in helping this fire grow quickly, burn hot and spread fast.”

The King Fire is one of a number of wildfires burning across California. Dozens of homes, churches and buildings were wiped out after a fire roared through the small logging town of Weed, California.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Doctor Infected With Ebola Expected to Make Full Recovery]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:01:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Sacra+1.jpg

A Massachusetts aid worker who contracted Ebola in West Africa is now expected to make a full recovery, according to the doctors treating him at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

Wednesday night, NECN interviewed Dr. Rick Sacra's brother, Doug Sacra of Wayland. Doug says his brother's appetite is starting to come back, he's mentally sharper and more talkative.

"Oh it's great, we are very pleased," said a smiling Doug Sacra.

Dr. Sacra's wife, Debbie, has been briefing the family from Nebraska, where he's been in isolation since returning from Liberia.

Wednesday, Doug said he spoke with his brother over the phone for a half hour.

"He sounded perfectly normal, Dr. Rick at his best. On the other hand he's just laying there in his bed, so he is totally with it mentally, and now he can talk to you for a while, where a week ago he could talk to you for a minute and a half and then doctor said he has to lay back down."

Just last week, doctors explained how Dr. Sacra has been getting blood transfusions from Dr. Kent Brantley, another Ebola survivor. He's also taking another experimental drug, which doctors refused to identify, saying it's uncharted territory.

Over the past week, Dr. Sacra has done so well that doctors are now working to keep him entertained. They've brought in books, a stationary bike, chess board and Nerf hoop, even Ben and Jerry's chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.

Doctors are now awaiting results of a second set of blood samples. There must be two negative blood tests done within 24 hours apart for Dr. Sacra to be released.



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<![CDATA[Cases of Enterovirus Confirmed in NY, NJ, CT: Officials]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:58:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CDC-generic.jpg

Officials Wednesday confirmed cases of enterovirus EV-D68 in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut as the unusual and potentially severe respiratory illness continues to sweep across the U.S.

Officials said that at least one of the 12 confirmed cases of the virus previously confirmed in New York state is in New York City, and another case is on Long Island. Cases have been reported in more than a dozen states nationwide.

The CDC also confirmed a case in New Jersey on Wednesday. That case was identified from a specimen sent to the CDC from a Philadelphia hospital, the CDC said. The child was discharged from a hospital after their condition improved.

On Long Island, a girl from North Hempstead was hospitalized earlier in the month and is now recovering at home, according to the Nassau County Health Department. 

Connecticut health officials also said that a child in that state also contracted the virus. The child was being treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital, but it's not clear what town that child was from..

Enteroviruses, which usually cause mild cold-like symptoms that last about a week, are common, afflicting up to 15 million people in the U.S. each year, but the CDC says this particular strain of the virus is unusually severe.

Infants and children are at particular risk, and though most affected people recover on their own and have no future problems, those with weakened immune systems or underlying medical conditions such as asthma may need to be hospitalized.

There is no vaccination. Prevention involves hand-washing, disinfecting surfaces and any usual steps to prevent the spread of flu.

There are more than 100 types of enteroviruses. EV-D68 was first identified in California in 1962.

Health officials urge anyone who has trouble breathing, or notices a child does, to call a doctor immediately.  

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Laundry Detergent Overload Can Lead to Costly Consequences]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:39:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Detergent+pour+091714.jpg

No matter how you may fill it or pour it, chances are when you do a load of laundry, you are overloading on detergent.

"When we asked consumers how much they use, they generally show us way too much," said Consumer Reports laundry expert, Pat Slaven.

To get to the bottom of why, NBC5 Investigates Consumer Unit went shopping for some of the top-selling liquid laundry detergents. Then the team invited a group of moms to talk about their laundry habits.

Most of the women said it was their mothers who taught them how to do laundry. But they also said their moms rarely read the directions. They'd just eyeball and pour. That's what many of these women do too.

Since that's the case, we showed them just the caps without showing them the detergent bottles.

The caps were colorful, but in some of the caps it was downright difficult to see the fill lines, even when the women held them up to the light.

All the moms agreed top-selling Tide's caps were the most user-friendly.

"They are some of the better caps that I see," Slaven said.

The billion-dollar detergent giant Proctor and Gamble clearly marks a 1, 2 and 3 in the caps.

But the company told NBC 5 it's also important to read the directions to get the proper dosing because different formulas of Tide have different dosing requirements.

Slaven said with some other detergents both the caps and the directions can be confusing.

"We've seen caps that have up to five and even six lines, and they'll only have directions for lines two and three or line one and two. And it's a mystery," said Slaven.

And that mystery leads to detergent overload.

Ryan Sanden, laundry expert at Pirch, an appliance and home goods store at NorthPark Center, said too much detergent is bad for washing machines.

"Consumers these days think that more is better. So they pour a ton of detergent into the cap and dump it into the machine. But what they don't know is they are damaging their machine," Sanden said. "It can actually shut the machine down. It can clog up drains, and it can cause a really bad odor inside the machine."

Detergent overdosing can also lead extra rinse cycles, wasted water and wasted energy.

"Use too much detergent and that can cost $50 to $100 extra a year for a family," said Slaven.

While dosing does depend on different machines, the amount of loads a consumer sees on the bottle is measured for a medium one.

Experts say to get the right amount, take the cap, find the fill line and draw it with a marker on the outside of the cap.

That way it's easier to see when pouring.



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<![CDATA[Suspect Arrested in Sex Assault Near SMU]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:43:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/toreyharris.jpg

A Dallas man has been arrested in the alleged aggravated sexual assault earlier this month near the Southern Methodist University campus.

A female student was jogging in a residential area Sept. 7 in the 6700 block of Willard Drive when she was attacked from behind at about 11:15 p.m., police said.

The student told police she was raped by a man holding what was described as a sharp object.

Torey Jamal Harris, 23, is now charged in the case as well as a separate incident in Corsicana, where he allegedly attacked a Navarro College student on Monday, police said.

In that attack, police say Harris was armed with an ice pick when he attacked a female student.

He was quickly arrested and investigators said they realized he matched the description of the suspect in University Park.

When detectives interviewed Harris in Corsicana, they say he confessed to the University Park attack and gave details only the rapist would know.

"When he first grabbed the victim in our case, he asked the victim what her name was," said University Park Police Chief Greg Spradlin. "Our victim gave him a name, and then when our detectives were conducting the interview of him, he repeated that name to our detective."

Spradlin said investigators are looking into whether Harris committed any additional sexual attacks.

"It is our hope this arrest can bring a sense of peace to this community," he said.



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<![CDATA[Lawsuit Over Teen Killed by LAPD]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:29:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ezell+ford+lapd+ois+victim.PNG

The mother of Ezell Ford, an unarmed black teenager shot and killed by LAPD officers during an altercation, filed a $75 million wrongful death lawsuit against the department Wednesday, arguing her son’s civil rights were violated the night he died.

Ford, 25, was fatally shot Aug. 11 after he allegedly struggled with two Los Angeles police officers from Newton Area Gang Enforcement Detail after he was stopped near 65th and Broadway streets. Police said Ford reached for an officer’s gun when they opened fire.

Family members have contradicted that narrative, and asserted that Ford was mentally ill and the officers should have better known how to deal with him.

“This was a homicide plain and simple,” said Steve Lerman, who is representing Ford’s family. “A disarmed, unarmed, helpless, hapless person who was shot to death for no reason other than two officers were bored on Monday at 8 p.m. and they knew Ezell Ford was handicapped.”

Lerman, who represented Rodney King in his lawsuit against LAPD 22 years ago, did not elaborate on why the family believed the two officers knew Ford was handicapped, but said new evidence and scores of witnesses have come forward in the case who will back up his claims.

Ford’s death has sparked outrage, demonstrations and marches from activists who say they’re fed up with the recurring problem of law enforcement and how they deal with the mentally ill.

Ford battled bipolar and schizophrenia, according to Lerman, the family attorney.

The family’s claim argues officers Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas unjustifiably shot Ford and denied him due process.

LAPD did not comment on the lawsuit because the investigation is ongoing and the department does not comment on pending litigation.

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<![CDATA[Mesquite Pee Wee Football Trailer Stolen]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:45:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mesquite+Pee+Wee+Football.jpg

Police have recovered a trailer full of equipment belonging to the Mesquite Pee Wee Football Organization after it was stolen from the football coordinator's driveway.

Rachael Carpenter said someone drove off with the truck and trailer of equipment that was parked in her driveway early Wednesday morning.

Inside the trailer were the team's brand new helmets, surround system and Cowboys canopies for the children.

“I walked outside this morning and our trailer's gone. It has all of our game day helmets in it. We just replaced all of our helmets. Just held a golf tournament, vendor fairs and parades during the off season to purchase the silver helmets,” said Carpenter.

Late Wednesday, she said she got a call from detectives who informed her they recovered the trailer from the front of a Dallas home. They did not mention any suspects or arrests.

The team will be able to pick up the trailer Thursday.

“I think really bad about people that want to steal, much less steal from kids. Get a job. These kids have worked hard on the off season. They’ve worked hard, just like me and you going to work every single day. They’ve done this during the off season to be able to have the new silver helmets,” said Carpenter.



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<![CDATA[Stolen Jaguar Found 46 Years Later]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:35:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/jaguar+xke+stolen+ivan+schneider.jpg

A classic British roadster regarded as one of the most beautiful cars ever made will be returned to its 82-year-old owner nearly five decades after the vehicle was stolen.

The 1967 Jaguar E-type convertible was seized by authorities last month at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport. Referred to the XKE in the United States, the car has captured hearts of auto enthusiasts, including Ivan Schneider, since it roared onto the scene in the 1960s with its sporting pedigree, graceful long hood, sleek profile and other timeless design elements. The New York Museum of Modern Art even added an XKE to its permanent design collection in the 1990s.

This particular car's story is not all about looks -- although, most of it is.

The car was stolen 46 years ago in New York City and Schneider, now living in Miami Beach, had no reason to believe he would ever see his beloved sports car again. He was so enamored with it that whenever he bought a new car, Schneider recalled regaling dealers with tales of his lost E-type, which the trial lawyer then in his mid-30s bought for $15,000 after winning a big case. Hagerty's classic car price guide now values the convertible 4.2-liter engine model at more than $112,000.

"I've had a lot of great cars since then, but none of them as pretty," Schneider, a car collector, said Wednesday. "I've had every car you can think of. That was, in looks, my favorite car.

"It's gorgeous. It looks like a bullet almost. It's a car they should make now again."

The theft occurred outside his New York City residence. Schneider walked downstairs on his way to work and realized the car wasn't where he parked.

"I walked up and down Madison Avenue, then up and down 5th Avenue, and it wasn't there," he said. "I was heartbroken."

He filed a police report. Holding out hope that the Jag would be found, he did not buy another car for about four weeks. Eventually, he accepted the possibilty he would never see it again.

Forty-six years later, he found what a U.S. Customs and Border Protection official told him during an August phone call even more difficult to accept. The car had been located in a shipping container at the Port of Long Beach/Los Angeles that was bound for Europe.

"When I got the call, I thought they were kidding me," Schneider said.

The break in the decades-old vehicle theft case came when Customs and Border Protection was notified by the National Insurance Crime Bureau of a vehicle reported stolen. CBP typically cross-references documentation provided by exporters with information, including vehicle identification numbers, in the Crime Bureau's active stolen vehicle reports.

"When we located the vehicle, it was in a container bound for the Netherlands," said Javier Larios, of the CBP.

The agency notified the carrier that the container should be returned to the Southern California port complex. When agents opened the container, they found Schneider's Jag, painted white over its original gray color.

"The outside looks great, the inside looks terrible," Schneider said. "This is just a miracle, a miracle."

Schneider plans to have the car restored in New York before it is shipped to his Florida home. He said he is "very excited" to take it for another ride after only putting 6,000 miles on the car before it disappeared.



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<![CDATA[Accused Killer Now Charged With Killing Wife]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:30:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mercedes-shooting.jpg

A Dallas man initially charged in the fatal shooting of a passenger in his car has now been accused of killing his wife.

Dallas County jail records show Ranji Charles was being held without bond Wednesday on a capital murder charge in the June 29 slaying of his spouse.

Investigators believe Charles shot passenger Corey Shannon during an argument, dumped his body near a gas station and then robbed two people. Police say Charles went home and fatally shot his wife, Veronica Sauels, before fleeing and then wounding himself.

Bond remains at $500,000 for Charles on a murder charge in Shannon's death, plus $50,000 bond on an aggravated robbery charge. Dallas police on Tuesday announced the capital murder charge.

An attorney for Charles didn't immediately return a message Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Police Rescue Disabled Man From Burning Home]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:50:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/900-blk-churchill-road.jpg

River Oaks police officers jumped into action early Wednesday morning and saved a disabled man's life.

Officers arrived at the scene of a house fire on the 900 block of Churchill Road before firefighters and had just seconds to get inside a burning home to rescue the man.

NBC 5 has learned the 60-year-old man was home with his adult son, daughter and 8-month-old granddaughter when the fire broke out.

The man's son, Joseph Sauer, tried to get his father out of the burning home, but couldn't get him into his wheelchair.

"My dad, who is disabled, I'm trying to help him get out of his bed into his wheelchair, but he falls out of the wheelchair," Sauer said. "He was too heavy for me alone. I was the only guy in the house, he weighs about 265, 270 pounds. It's impossible to get him back in his wheelchair."

Officers were able to break a window and pull the man out of the burning home.  He is having trouble breathing due to smoke inhalation, but he will recover.

"We’re just glad he’s out. The house is gone but we’re glad he’s out. All of our officers were lightheaded. We’re all thankful we got him out of the house. It could have been a lot worse," said Sgt. Steve Nance with the River Oaks Police Department.

One of the police officers was hospitalized after getting cut saving the man.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.



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<![CDATA[Teen Killer Not Competent For Trial: Attorney]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:39:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jake+Evans.jpg

A Parker County teenager, who confessed to killing his mother and sister nearly two years ago, may not be competent to stand trial.

Court documents filed in 415th District Court reveal that Jake Evans’ attorneys want the court to determine if he is competent to stand trial and notified the court and prosecutors that attorneys will present evidence of Evans’ insanity when the crimes took place.

Evans called 911 on Oct. 3, 2012, admitting to the call taker that he had killed his sister, Mallory, and mother, Jami. Hours later, a four-page hand-written confession detailed what allegedly happened and why Evans decided to pull the trigger.

Court-appointed defense attorney Larry Moore filed five motions on Sept. 12 in Weatherford, requesting a hearing on competency to stand trial. In an affidavit filed with the court, Moore explains why he filed such motions:

“During my representation of the Defendant, facts have come to my attention which convinced me of the necessity of having the Defendant examined by a qualified mental health expert relative to the Defendant’s present competency to stand trial. I have caused the Defendant to be examined by a qualified forensic psychologist, Dr. Stephen J. Karten, who has informed me that in his opinion, the Defendant is currently incompetent to stand trial. As a result of my personal observation and dealings with the Defendant, it is also my personal opinion that the Defendant is currently incompetent to stand trial.”


Judge Graham Quisenberry has yet to rule on the motion for a hearing. Evans’ trial date remains set in court calendars for Sept. 29, but it’s expected to be some time before they return to court.

As part of his motion for a competency hearing, Moore requests any evidence from prosecutors that show the “diminished mental capacity of the Defendant at the time of the alleged offense.” Moore requests any evidence “which are inconsistent with rational behavior may constitute evidence of such diminished mental capacity.” He asks for any witnesses, “specifically including jail personnel.”

Moore’s final motion is a “Notice of Intent to Offer Evidence on the Issue of Insanity” during the trial.

Moore did not return NBC 5’s call for comment. The Parker County District Attorney handling the case also didn’t return a call for comment.

The trial document can be read below in its entirety.

To see the document from our smartphone app, click here.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Co. Reports 7th West Nile Case of 2014]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:36:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/westnilevirus.jpg

Health officials have confirmed the seventh human case of West Nile virus in Dallas County in 2014.

The infected person, who lives in the 75243 zip code, was diagnosed with West Nile fever, according to Dallas County Health and Human Services.

Numerous cities are continuing to spray for mosquitoes, and health officials urge the public to take protective measures by utilizing the "4Ds" to reduce the risk of West Nile virus:

DEET All Day, Every Day: Whenever you’re outside, use insect repellants that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
DRESS: Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing outside.
DRAIN: Remove all areas of standing water in and around your home.
DUSK & DAWN: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn hours when mosquitoes are most active.



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<![CDATA[ I-35E Reopens After Tractor-Trailer Crash]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:49:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/overturned-18wheeler-091714.jpg

A UPS tractor-trailer overturned Wednesday morning, blocking two lanes of Interstate 35E in Lewisville for several hours.

The left and center lanes of I-35E near North Garden Ridge Boulevard were blocked by the crash until nearly 9 a.m.

Shortly before 7 a.m. the UPS truck was righted, but it took nearly two more hours to unload the truck and remove it from the roadway.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the crash has not yet been revealed.

NBC 5's Josh Ault contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Mark Cuban Assists, Scores in National Magazine]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:44:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd_markcuban111.jpg

Mark Cuban isn’t good and sitting still. Or going stagnant. Or being quiet.

Even though the Mavs are weeks from training camp, their owner is generating headlines.

This time Cuban sat down for an in-depth interview with Men’s Health magazine.

In it, Cuban dishes on the media, advice and what his life would be like without the windfall of his brainchild.

A sampling of the interview, which can be found here:

MH: What does the media get most incorrect about you?

MC: That who I am at a Mavs game is who I am the rest of the day. Mavs games are my release. I'm pretty intense, but mellow away from games.

MH: How do your think your life would've taken a different route had you not sold Broadcast.com?

Mark Cuban: That's an interesting question. Hopefully, there would be no YouTube. There would be no Pandora. There would be no Spotify. Anything that was based on streaming, we were doing way back then. If we didn't sell, we would have kept on going. Internet radio stations, subscription video, user-created and -uploaded content, all were things that you can find back then. We did about $75 million in sales in 1999 dollars and were cash flow break even, so we had a bright future ahead of us. Of course, it's all woulda coulda shoulda, but that's what I think would've happened. We knew streaming was going to dominate media. We just never got the chance to do it. Yahoo shut it down.

MH: What is the best advice you ever received?

Mark Cuban: Today is the youngest you will ever be. Live like 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[Tarrant County College Opens $20M Aviation Facility]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:04:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dreamliner+Cockpit+Close.jpg

Tarrant County College unveils a new $20 million facility Wednesday.

The Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation and Logistics opens at Alliance Airport in Fort Worth and will house all of the college's aviation programs.

The programs were previously conducted at the college's Northwest Campus.

"These programs are critical as this region has more than four times the national average of aviation jobs, but a shortage of pilots has been forecast for both the northern region and the state of Texas," the college said in a statement on their website.

The college will teach avionics technology, airframe maintenance, advanced composite technology and pilot training at the 163,000-square-foot facility.



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<![CDATA[University Park Hold Public Meeting in Wake of Rape]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:06:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/UP+Meeting+091714.JPG

University Park city officials are wanting to make their community more safer after an Southern Methodist University student was raped earlier this month.

The rape happened at Humann Park off Willard Drive while the student was jogging.

On Monday, investigators released a sketch of the suspect. He is described as a black male, in his early twenties, with a football player build.

The University Park city manager Robbie Corder held a public meeting at Humann Park on Wednesday to get ideas from residents about ways to make the area safer.

City crews have already cut back tree limbs and brush in the area to make the park more open.

Some ideas from residents included adding additional lights, installing surveillance cameras, and asking police to add more patrols to the area.

The city manager said he did receive several e-mails from residents concerned about crime in the area, and says he hopes to make improvements soon.

"Pretty quick," said Corder. "I think there are some things we can do immediately, in the near future, and not take our time. The lighting in the trees is not a huge capital expense that we can consider improving pretty quickly."

Residents also made Corder walk down to the end of the park where there is an access from the DART train station at University Drive. They say people are using Humann Park as a cut through from the station to Lovers Lane.

They have asked city officials to consider building a wall or gate to prevent people from using the park as a walk through.



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<![CDATA[Mavs' Rivals: Ranked 1 to 29]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:47:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/487543599.jpg

Was perusing the Mavs’ website Monday and came across their “Rivalry Pack,” a three-game package of tickets starting at $58 and anchored by a visit from a marquee opponent.

Brilliant idea, because, of course, when if want to see LeBron James and the Cavaliers you’ve also got to invest in seeing the Pistons and Pelicans. Same with similar packs featuring the Spurs (Grizzlies and Timberwolves), Thunder (Warriors and Hornets) and Lakers (Jazz and Magic).

Considering the off-season moves of Chandler Parsons coming here and Jason Terry going there, I was surprised to not see the Houston Rockets included in the packages. They are a rival, and it should be escalated this season.

Since it’s the off-season and still a couple of weeks until training camp, seems the perfect time to craft a pecking order for the Mavs’ rivalries 1 to 29.

29. Pistons

28. Bucks

27. Sixers

26. Magic

25. Raptors

24. Wizards

23. Hawks

22. Bobcats

21. Bulls

20. Knicks

19. Celtics

18. Pacers

17. Nets

16. Pelicans

15. Timberwolves

14. Jazz

13. Kings

12. Clippers

11. Suns

10. Nuggets

9. Grizzlies

8. Blazers

7. Warriors

6. Cavaliers

5. Lakers

4. Rockets

3. Thunder

2. Heat

1. Spurs

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[ County & Feds, Don’t Enable Slumlord’s Activities: DMN]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:44:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TDMN+Slumlord.jpg

Douglas T. “Chase” Fonteno, the self-described "real estate cat burglar," has filed adverse possession claims to acquire and sell scores of southern Dallas residential properties without the real owners’ knowledge or consent.

But where are the authorities with the power to bring justice?

The Dallas Morning News' Tod Robberson takes a look at the complex issue, click here for the second of his two-part series.



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<![CDATA[Wildfire Devastates Calif. Town]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:02:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/catholicchurch.JPG

A fast-moving wildfire ripping through the small Northern California town of Weed has destroyed more than 150 homes, churches and structures, injured three and charred 375 acres, Cal Fire crews said.

As of Wednesday night, the devastating Boles Fire along Siskiyou County's Boles Creek was 60 percent contained. Cal Fire officials said any information as to the cause of the fire could be worth a $10,000 reward.

Evacuation orders were still in place, and residents were asked to temporarily find shelter at the Mt. Shasta Armory. Highway 97 also remained closed.

Mary Niblock was one of the nearly 3,000 people forced to flee. Despite the major loss, she was thankful to the almost 970 fire personnel were battling the fire, which was reported on Monday. Firefighters received a standing ovation Tuesday night during a community meeting.

"There aren't enough brownies in the world," she told NBC Bay Area. "You can't thank them enough. They saved the town."

Much of the town, however, suffered major damage. That includes many homes, a Catholic Church and the Grace Community Evangelical Presbyterian Church, and part of the elementary and high schools. Their scorched remains were reduced to gray ash and rubble. Burned out vans, cars, stoves and other residential belongings were littered throughout residential neighborhoods.

Much of the challenge to fighting the fire was due to the weather, including gusting winds and low humidity. Winds gusting at up to 40 mph were pushing the flames toward the city of Weed, which sits at the base of Mount Shasta, halfway between San Francisco and Portland.

The city is known for its funny jokes about "weed" and more historically, as a lumber town.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

 Anyone with information should contact 1-800-468-4408.



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<![CDATA[Tractor-Trailer, Train, Collide in Carrollton]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:59:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/police-lights-shutterstock_1318124122.jpg

One person was injured Wednesday morning when a tractor-trailer reportedly collided with a train in Carrollton.

The collision was reported shortly before 8:30 a.m. on the frontage road of Interstate 35E near Belt Line Road.

One person was hospitalized at Las Colinas Medical Center, though their condition is not currently known.

The crash blocked the north and southbound frontage roads south of Belt Line Road in Carrollton for a little more than an hour Wednesday.

Just before 10 a.m., the road was reopened to traffic.

The train did not derail after the collision or spill any of its contents, officials said.



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<![CDATA[High School Athletes Stand Against Domestic Violence]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:26:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/domestic-violence-pledge.jpg

Football players at Dallas' Adamson High School are pledging to take a stand against domestic violence.

This team started a program last October where they challenged student-athletes to take the pledge.

Adamson High School head football coach Josh Ragsdale said more than 8,000 people signed up. This year, the athletes are now calling on adult men to sign up as well.

For some of these athletes, this isn’t just a discussion about domestic violence — this issue hits home.

“At the time, cause I was pretty young, it was a pretty frightening thing,” said Joshua Derrough, a senior football player. “But once you grow older you just learn from it, you know? You just learn from it.”

Ragsdale said they planned on doing the domestic violence pledge again this year, but with recent events involving domestic violence, like the Ray Rice situation, it’s even more timely for his players.

“It's kind of hit at home to them that, ‘Wow, this is the team I follow,’” Ragsdale said. “And it’s kind of opened up their eyes to what they value in an athlete and what they see in an athlete — and what they accept and what they don’t accept.”

For more information on how you can take the pledge, follow Adamson High School football on Twitter and Facebook.



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<![CDATA[Continental Recalls 8,070 Motorcycle Tires]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:56:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/161616958.jpg

Continental Tire the Americas, LLC is recalling several types of Continental motorcycle front wheel tires.

The recall is due to a possible separation between the tread, belt and carcass, which could result in a loss of tire inflation pressure, increasing the risk of a motorcycle crash.

The affected tires include: ContiAttack SM, ContiSportAttack, ContiSportAttack2, ContiRaceAttack Comp. Soft, ContiRaceAttack Comp. Medium, ContiRaceAttack Comp. Endurance, and ContiRoadAttack 2 GTW motorcycle tires, in sizes 120/70ZR17 and 120/70R17.

The recall covers about 8,070 tires sold in the U.S. and Canada between 2007 and 2014, Continental said. It's part of a worldwide program affecting 170,000 tires.

Continental has not received any reports of accidents or injuries, but the safety recall is to avoid any potential risk to road-users, the company said on its website.

Continental said it willy notify owners and dealers will replace the recalled tries with new ones free of charge.

For more information on the recall, visit Continental’s website or call 1-800-847-3349.



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