<![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 Sat, 28 Nov 2015 12:47:41 -0600 Sat, 28 Nov 2015 12:47:41 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Massive Flames Rip Through Flower Mound Home]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 22:26:31 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fm+fire+image.jpg

A Flower Mound family having dinner escaped a house fire on Friday night.

The fire ignited at about 6:10 p.m. at a home in the 5200 block of Saddle Drive.

Several fire departments assisted to extinguish the flames.

A Flower Mound Fire Department spokesman told NBC 5 at least six people were inside the home when the fire started. No one was injured.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. It’s not believed to be weather related.

Photo Credit: Jeanie Hallen
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<![CDATA[2 Children Killed in Crash With Speeding Driver: DSO]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 00:15:51 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wALKER-AND-SCENE.jpg

A 12-year-old and a baby were killed when the car they were riding in with their parents was hit by a speeding driver, Dallas County Sheriff's Department said.[[356128191,R]]

The crash occurred at about 1:20 p.m. Friday along the eastbound lanes of U.S. Highway 175 near Pine Street in east Dallas County.

Deputies said the driver of a SUV, identified as 23-year-old Kelvin Walker, was speeding on rain-slicked streets when he collided with a sedan.

A mother, father and their three children were inside the car when it was hit, deputies said.

Two of the children were ejected from the vehicle.

Officials said the 12-year-old died at the scene and a baby died Friday evening at Children's Medical Center in Dallas.

The conditions of the drivers of the sedan and Walker are not known, however police said Walker has been detained at the hospital and will be charged with manslaughter. 

The eastbound lanes of U.S. 175 at Pine Street were shut down for several hours Friday before reopening at about 6 p.m.

NBC 5's Holley Ford contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA['Calm, But Crazy': Planned Parenthood Shooting Suspect ID'd]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 10:54:46 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Colorado+Gunman.jpg

A man armed with an AK-47-style weapon burst into a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs and opened fire, killing three people, including a police officer, and injuring nine others during the ensuing five-hour standoff, NBC News reported.

Police identified the gunman as 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear of North Carolina, the Associated Press reported.

Dear began firing in the parking lot of the facility on Centennial Boulevard and then entered the building, a law enforcement official told NBC News. The shooting unfolded Friday during a regular working day, as patients waited for appointments and staff members attended to them.

The gunman "seemed calm, but crazy," Kentanya Craion said, describing the man in a hunter's jacket and hat as "mumbling and ranting while he was shooting."

The slain officer was identified as Garrett Swasey, 44, of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs police department. The nine wounded were taken to area hospitals and reported in good condition, Colorado Springs Police Department Lt. Catherine Buckley said.

President Obama condemned the violence in a statement Sunday and called for action on gun control.

"Enough is enough," he said.

Photo Credit: Colorado Springs Police Department
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<![CDATA[Vigil for Colorado Springs Shooting Victims]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 12:41:56 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_271813232552.jpg

A man who came face-to-face with a gunman at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic Friday said he felt "helpless" as he watched the shooter, who killed three people and injured nine others, NBC News reported.

Ozy Licano, 61, of Manzinola, Colorado,had driven some friends to the Colorado Springs clinic and was at a nearby Costco while they waited for their appointment.

When Licano returned, he was shocked to find bullets flying into the clinic's entry way as the the gunman shot "up and down," shattering the glass door.

"I just kind of lost it there. I tried to get out of my car and run. I thought about that, and I said no. I got back in the car, started it, put it in reverse," he said.

The shooter, identified as 57-year-old Robert Dear, turned his focus away from the clinic and took aim at Licano as he frantically tried to back up.

"He was looking directly at my face, and he was aiming for my head. I could see it in his eyes," Licano said.

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<![CDATA[Arlington Shooting Claims One Life]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 11:12:43 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/police-tape-shutterstock_5628043315.jpg

The Arlington Police Department are investigating a shooting that took place at about 9:40 p.m. Friday that ended in one death and another wounded.

Police say a 20-year-old died at the scene of the crime, and the other shot was 17-years-old.

The shooting took place at the 1500 block of Raines Street.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Homicide Detective Caleb Blank at 817-459-5735.

You can also call the Tarrant County Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS and could be eligible for a cash reward and remain anonymous.

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<![CDATA[Flood Waters Stall Out 2 Vehicles in Fort Worth]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 10:55:37 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/road+closed.jpg

Fort Worth Fire Department found two empty vehicles stalled out due to high water on the service road southbound of Highway 360 south of Trinity Boulevard.

The Fort Worth Fire Department said the water was high enough to stall out the vehicles, but not too deep to be able to leave the vehicle.

The vehicles have been tagged with yellow tape to keep other motorists from driving into the high water.

So far, three people in North Texas have died as a result of high water on the roads.

<![CDATA[Trinity River Flooding]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 09:56:11 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Trinity+Flooding.jpg The Trinity River for the second time this year has been over flooded. ]]> <![CDATA[Open Mic Classical Nights]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 09:42:44 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Buzz+Brews.jpg Hidden talents shine on Tuesday nights at one local Dallas bar. ]]> <![CDATA[NSA's Bulk Phone Data Collection Program Ends]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 07:52:47 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/nsa1.jpg

The federal government's collection of bulk data from the telephone calls of virtually every American stopped at midnight Saturday, ending a raging controversy that began two and a half years ago with disclosures about the secret program by whistleblower Edward Snowden, NBC News reported. 

Beginning Sunday, if the government wants to check on a specific phone number in a potential terrorism case, a request must be made to the relevant telephone company for a check of its own data. The government will no longer retain the information.

Except in emergencies, the records can be obtained only with an individual order from a special federal intelligence court.

President Obama said in January that the bulk data collection would end, and Congress in June formally banned it but allowed for a six-month transition period that ended Saturday.

For now, the National Security Agency, which ran the massive government data collection program, will retain access to the data it collected before the program ended.

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<![CDATA[High Water Horse Rescue Captured on Camera in Denton]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 00:03:45 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/199*120/horse+rescued.JPG

Denton’s Swift Water Rescue team north of Dalls is used to saving people caught in bad situations, but this time, they had to add some big animals to their expertise.

On Friday just before 9,a.m., heavy rains caused the pasture next to Roselawn Road and South Bonnie Brae Street to flood and look more like a lake, and right in the middle of that water were two horses named Mia and Bubba.

Kim Caples and Dee Gentry, who own the horses with their families, say the animals were grazing in the field and got stuck behind a fence when the waters quickly took over.

The horses and their families sat frantic looking for a way out of the mess and Caples said she even contemplated riding out into the waters to try and save them herself.

"I was not sure how it was going to turn out,” said Dee’s daughter, Jessie. "I was like, 'God please, please keep them okay.'"

Luckily though, another lifeline was pulling up nearby.

The Denton Fire Department team was responding to a stuck car on the bridge next to the pasture, which was also overtaken by the quickly rising waters.

When the team got the driver and passenger of the car safely to dry land, they offered to turn their attention to Mia and Bubba.

The Gentrys and Caples caught the rescue on cell phone video as the team first tried to wade out to the horses, but then got a boat to go back and free them instead.

"Mia tried to jump in the boat because she was so excited to leave,” said Jessie.

Eventually, they were able to get the horses unstuck and lead them out of the water and to the dry road.

"Bubba was trying to swim to the gate, he didn't want to go back out," said Kim’s daughter, Sarandon.

The families said they couldn’t thank the rescuers enough as they got the horses back into their barn to secure them in their dry stables until the rain threat is over.

"Now I call her my sea horse,” said Jessie as she was kissing Mia on the nose.

The families plan to bake some holiday treats for the firefighters this weekend to say thank you for going above and beyond.

They said both the horses were okay and the people caught in the car also appeared fine, as they were able to walk from the scene and the vehicle was later towed out when the bridge dried up Friday afternoon.

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<![CDATA[McKinney Firefighters Rescue Man, Dog From Flood]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 18:17:48 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dog-rescued1.jpg

A dramatic rescue of a man and his dog was caught-on-camera in McKinney overnight.

The man found himself in the unexpected situation beneath a bridge on El Dorado Parkway near Highway 5 at about 3:30 a.m. Friday.

Video recorded by professional photographer Michael O’Keefe shows the man and his dog being hoisted to safety.

"I poked over the guard rail and saw a dog. That's literally all I saw at first was the dog standing on water. Turns out he was standing on the shoulders of the gentleman that was his owner,” O’Keefe said.

In photos taken by O’Keefe, you can see the man clinging to his dog as water rushed around them, and McKinney firefighters tried pull the pair to safety.

"I don't think he was going to leave the dog. I think they were going as a pair,” O’Keefe said.

The McKinney Fire Department said the man managed to dial 911 on his cell phone.

They 'pinged' his cell phone off nearby towers to find his exact location.

Firefighters hanging by ropes were lowered beneath the bridge to make the rescue.

There was a sense of relief felt by all involved when their feet finally hit the ground. There was also an unexpected show of gratitude seconds later by man's best friend.

"His feet hit the ground and he almost instantly went towards the firefighter that had saved him, jumped all over him, licked all over him. It was real touching to watch,” O’Keefe said.

Photo Credit: Michael O’Keefe]]>
<![CDATA[Medics Respond to Accidents in Challenging Weather Conditions]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 22:32:29 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tar+co+emt.jpg

MedStar ambulance service, which serves Fort Worth and some surrounding cities, responded to three high-water rescue calls and several dozen car accidents as torrential rain fell for the second straight day on Friday.

One of the accidents was a car in a ditch along North Loop 820.

"[The driver] said he lost control in the rain and couldn't see because of all the reflections," said Medstar supervisor Nate Raymond.

The driver wasn't hurt.

Medics and emergency crews face the same difficult conditions as other drivers, Raymond said.

"The rain provides a pretty significant challenge for us," he said.

His very next call: One of MedStar's own crews ended up in their own weather-related mishap when the ambulance's front wheels became stuck in a hole in a parking lot.

The driver said in the darkness and the rain, he could not see the hole, which was not marked.

The ambulance had to be towed for repairs.

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<![CDATA[Fort Worth Fire Swift Water Team Ready to Rescue ]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 22:29:03 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/swift+water+rescue+team.jpg

Fort Worth Fire Department's swift water rescue team at Station 7 is standing guard, ready for the call.

They are waiting for the calls where lives are in danger after victims find themselves surrounded by water they can't escape.

North Texas is being pounded with heavy rain and images of high water rescue are popping up all over the region.

Rescues like in Irving, where the only way out is by a rescue boat.

The firefighters in Station 7 work 24-hour long shifts and know it’s only a matter of time until they're called out with more rain in the forecast.

“I’m thinking it’s going to be a busy night, busy day, a busy shift,” said Jake Pannell with Station 7. “We'll make sure our guys are in tip-top order and all the equipment is squared away and just wait for the call.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Families Benefiting from Salvation Army Angel Tree]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:34:44 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Angel+Tree+2015+Web.jpg

Salvation Army Angel Tree is granting Christmas wishes for thousands of needy families in Dallas.

The program encourages people to donate Christmas presents to children.

NBC 5 spoke with two women receiving help from the program.

Patricia Williams and Karen Lovill are friends and applied for the program together.

Williams is a single mother with an 11-year-old daughter.

“It’s just a blessing for my little angel,” Williams said. “I am on a fixed-income, so this really helps.”

Lovill has full custody of her grandchildren, ages 12 and 7.

“I am glad they will be happy this year,” Lovill said.

If you’d like to help grant Christmas wishes for needy families, you can find angel trees at malls across DFW.

Click here for Angel Tree mall locations.

NBC 5 is a proud sponsor of the Salvation Army Angel Tree program.

<![CDATA[Dallas Man, 73, Critically Missing: Police ]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20:25:01 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Thomas-Harrison.jpg

Dallas police are searching for a critical missing man who hasn't been seen in two days.

Police say 73-year-old Harrison Thomas was last seen leaving his daughter's house on Whitehurst Drive in Dallas on Wednesday at about 4 p.m.

He was driving a silver Honda or Hyundai, according to officers.

Thomas is 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs 195 pounds and is bald with brown eyes. He was wearing a white sweater, blue jeans, a white hate and white shoes.

If anyone sees Thomas or knows his whereabouts, call 911 or contact the Dallas Police Department's Missing Persons Unit at 214-671-4268.

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<![CDATA[Girl, 14, Critically Missing in Dallas, Police Say]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20:25:35 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/gabriella-johnson-inset.jpg

The Dallas Police Department is asking for help finding a missing 14-year-old girl.

Gabriella Johnson left her home on the 600 block of Furlong Drive on foot at about 1:30 p.m. Friday, police said, following an argument with family members.

Johnson is considered to be a danger to herself or others based on statements she made prior to leaving the residence, police said.

Johnson is 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighs about 150 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a red sweatshirt with “Florida” written on the front, blue jeans and brown buckle up shoes. possibly covered in mud.

If anyone locates the teen or knows her whereabouts, please call 911 or contact the Dallas Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit at 214-671-4268.

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<![CDATA[Grapevine Roads Closing Due to High Water]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 19:00:46 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/grapevine+roads.jpg

Heavy rains and flash flooding has closed roads in Grapevine.

Farm-to-Market Road 2499 is open Friday afternoon, but will likely close again at some point over the weekend as water levels rise and fall in Denton Creek, officials said.

Kimball Road, north of Snakey Lane, is closed at the low point along Lake Grapevine, which is already up 3 feet, and will likely stay closed through the weekend.

Chief Daryl Brown said flooding in the area is common.

“That area does have a tendency to flood. And water is just running out and its just a little more than what the storm drains can handle so we have to close the road temporarily until we get a break in the rain, let the water run off and then they open it back up," Brown said. "The residents here, they’re all pretty well away of this and we monitor it and we put the barricades up when necessary.”

With three fatalities already confirmed and attributed to high water, drivers are urged to remember, "Turn Around, Don't Drown."

A fourth person, a 70-year-old woman, is presumed dead after her vehicle was swept downstream Friday.

"The search for the female victim will resume once the flood waters have receded and the water current is safe enough for an underwater search," the Fort Worth Fire Department said.

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<![CDATA[Man's Body Pulled From Submerged Vehicle in Garland]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 19:58:54 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/garland+flood.jpg

Garland firefighters said they pulled a man's body from a car submerged in high water Friday morning.

The vehicle stalled out near Brand Road and Balmoral, adjacent to Breckinridge Park. The Garland Fire Department had to break the window to free the man's body, who has been identified as 29-year-old Benjamin Floyd.

"It's difficult the day after Thanksgiving," Garland Fire Department Captain George Winton said. "Everybody's thinking about family."

Winton said it is unlikely another passenger was in the vehicle.

From Chopper 5, at least two other vehicles trapped in high water were visible in the area, though no other injuries or fatalities have been reported.

NBC 5's Ellen Bryan and Eric King contributed to this report. 

<![CDATA[Deputy Rescued, High Water Search Moves to Recovery]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:23:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/deputy-salazar-rescue.jpg

A Tarrant County Sheriff's deputy was swept away during a daring high water rescue in Burleson early Friday morning, according to authorities.

Authorities said the Deputy Krystal Salazar stopped at about 1 a.m. to help a 70-year-old motorist stranded on the 11600 block of Oak Grove Road.

Salazar was wading through the water — which was about 5 feet deep — when she and a bystander who stopped to help were swept downstream.

"We knew when we answered the 911 call that there was a life in danger," Tarrant County Sheriff's Department's Terry Grisham said. "Deputy Salazar arrived at the scene. She saw immediately there was a life in danger, so she put her own life on the line to effect the rescue."

Deputies said a police helicopter and dive teams responded to search for the victims. Salazar was found clinging to a tree at about 3 a.m.  The bystander was able to get back to dry land unassisted.

"She stayed apparently in that position for almost two hours," Grisham said.

A MedStar ambulance transported her to John Peter Smith Hospital for evaluation.

At 1 p.m. Friday, the Fort Worth Fire Department said rescue efforts for the missing woman have moved into the recovery stage.

"The vehicle involved in the initial rescue attempt by Salazar, was swept away as well and completely submerged.  The search for the female victim will resume once the flood waters have receded and the water current is safe enough for an underwater search," the fire department said in a news release.

NBC 5's Ben Russell contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Fort Worth Fire Department
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<![CDATA[Arlington Residents Find Weed in Package on Porch]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 10:37:45 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/arlington-drug-box.jpg

A package delivered to an Arlington home by mistake contained marijuana, according to police.

Arlington police said the homeowner called them after finding the package on their porch.

The residents — who had just recently purchased the home — told police it was sent to their address, but addressed to a person they didn't know.

The residents told police they found about seven pounds of marijuana inside the box.

Police said officers took possession of the drugs and notified U.S. Postal Inspectors, who will continue the investigation.

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<![CDATA[Wheelchair Returned to Girl, 4]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20:36:00 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/192*120/nolegs-112515.PNG

The parents of a 4-year-old Santa Ana, California, girl who received an outpouring of support, including a $10,000 check, after their disabled daughter's wheelchair was stolen this week, have been presented with yet another miracle.

Rosa Perez woke up Friday to find her daughter, Milagros', wheelchair had been returned.

Perez said her husband came home and discovered the wheelchair by a trash can outside their apartment complex. He told her to look outside and she immediately broke down in tears.

Milagros, or "miracle" in Spanish, was born without legs, a heart condition and other ailments.

Her wheelchair was stolen Saturday night from behind a gate that couldn't be locked because it is a common area in the complex in the 400 block of South Flower Street.

Milagros' family pleaded to the public for help this week to get back Milagros' motorized wheelchair, which is the miracle girl's main way of getting to school.

After NBC4 viewer Joyce Brandman saw the newscast Wednesday, she came to the rescue, donating $10,000 for a new specialized wheelchair. The viewer called the assignment desk and said that after hearing Milagros' story on NBC4, she just had to help.

"What better gift can I give myself for the holidays than to reach out to help this child?" said Brandman.

Brandman handed over a check for $10,000 from the nonprofit Saul Brandman Foundation so that the family could buy a new specialized wheelchair built especially for Milagros.

The donor was delighted to hear that Milagros' wheelchair had been found and said the family could keep the money she donated.

"Now you see, out of something bad, something good happened. She had her wheelchair stolen, now the wheelchair has been returned and she's going to get the help and special care she needs," said Brandman.

Perez said others have also donated wheelchairs, which she hopes to donate to another family in need.

Santa Ana police had no surveillance images or any descriptions of the thief.

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<![CDATA[Missing Arlington Man Found OK, Wet]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 16:01:18 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ratcliff+With+Background.jpg

Arlington police say a man reported missing Thanksgiving Day has been found.

The family of 76-year-old Aaron Ratcliff reported him missing after they returned home on Thanksgiving Day and he was gone.

Police said Ratcliff was found Friday afternoon in good health, but very wet. 

He was found not far from their family home near Texas 360 and Mansfield-Webb Road.

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<![CDATA[Protesters March on Black Friday]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 06:48:52 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-498957456.jpg

Hundreds of protesters descended on Michigan Avenue on Black Friday, marching up the major shopping strip in Chicago in response to the release of the dash-cam video showing the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer.

The demonstration, organized by Rev. Jesse Jackson and several community activists and church leaders, began at 11 a.m. Friday. It started at Michigan and Wacker and proceeded to Water Tower Place, where some protesters attempted to block store entrances at Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co., Victoria's Secret and Macy's.

Carrying signs that read "Stop police terror" and chanting "Rahm Emanuel has to go" and "Garry McCarthy must step down," protesters blocked traffic on both sides of the Mag Mile. Guided by police, the protest along the Mag Mile remained peaceful.

"This is what it should be about," state Rep. Marcus Evans told NBC 5 during the protest. "This is Chicago. This is an international city. We can't afford to let the embarrassments of other places happen here. We have to be the example. Justice in Chicago, I believe that."

"We are marching for children," protester Kate Malden said. "Look at that sign right there. This is a child. It is absurd that we are out here right now. It's 2015. It's been 60 freaking years of civil rights movements and nothing has changed, and that's not OK."

At one point, protesters attempted to get into Macy's on Water Tower Place, as well as H&M and Columbia on Michigan Avenue, saying if they weren't allowed it, no one would be able to get out.

Traffic was blocked for four hours. Protesters continued to block the entrances of some stores, and at around 4:30 p.m. a fight was reported outside Banana Republic.

The purpose of the Black Friday protest is to bring the attention of the world to Chicago and to call for change via "mass demonstrations" and voter registration, Jackson said. 

"It's not enough to focus on what brought us here today, the execution of this young man (Laquan McDonald)," Jackson said. "That takes the scab off a deeper sore, a deeper cancer. So we want mass demonstrations, mass voter registration."

The Chicago Teachers Union on Thursday endorsed the march and CTU President Karen Lewis encouraged all member to "express their outrage and dignity" by participating in the demonstration.

"While we're talking a lot of money, toys, and clothes and consumer items, we ought to start thinking about where we need to really spend our money," Lewis said.

"We're here to take a simple stand for justice," CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey said during the protest.

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said protests so far have gone "exceptionally well" and credited the professionalism of the police department.

"It's remarkable what they do, and that's why we're not having problems that other cities have had," he said Friday. "We're trying to help [protesters] do what they want to do, quite frankly."

Jackson said 450 shootings have taken place in Chicago this year, which he believes should have gained the same media attention as the terror attacks in Paris and Beirut and on the Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt.

Jackson headed a press conference Wednesday, a day after Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder for shooting McDonald to death. The video tape showing the incident was also released to the public the same day. During the conference, Jackson asked for an investigation into the video and the timing of its release.

"We want a firm investigation on the suppression of the tapes," Jackson said. "The suppression of the tapes was manipulated for someone's advantage at the expense of others."

Footage from the dash-cam video was released more than a year after the October 2014 shooting. Several officials, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, faced harsh criticism for the timing of the video's release, and some residents and activists called for the resignation of all three of them this week. Jackson also called for a new police superintendent and a "new infrastructure." 

"The governor has a role to play. He’s been silent in this," Jackson said. "The state’s attorney [has] a role to play, the U.S. attorney a role to play. They should all get together. The police chief and his infrastructure needs to go, the state’s attorney should resign and should not run again. And all of those who saw the tape and who did nothing but suppress it, must also be made accountable."

Alvarez defended herself and Emanuel on Tuesday after first-degree murder charges were filed against Van Dyke, saying the mayor's plea last week to keep the video away from the public eye "was in the best interest of the investigation." Alvarez added that the reason it took 13 months to charge Van Dyke is because investigations into police shootings and misconduct are "massive and labor intensive." 

Minutes before the video was released, Emanuel said he hadn't seen it yet and was waiting until the rest of the city could see it, too. He added that he hoped the release of the video would help "build bridges of understanding" in the city instead of inciting unrest.

"I believe this is a moment that can build bridges of understanding rather than become a barrier of misunderstanding," Emanuel said. "I understand that people will be upset and want to protest when they see this video. But I would like to echo the comments of the McDonald family. They asked for calm and that those who choose to speak out do it peacefully."

Earlier this week, protesters took to downtown city streets in protest, resulting in several arrests. A group of protesters were also seen tearing the lights from the Christmas treet standing in Millennium Park. Still, officials say the protests have been largely peaceful. 

The Magnificent Mile Association said in a statement that it respects the right to assemble but hopes the demonstrations remain peaceful.

"The Magnificent Mile Association represents the interests of employees and businesses in the famous North Michigan Avenue District of Chicago," the statement read. "We respect the American freedom to assemble and the process in the pursuit of social justice. We hope that any assembly on Friday will continue to be peaceful."

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<![CDATA[Flash Flood Watches, Warnings in Effect in North Texas]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:56:51 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/heavy-rain1.gif

Several Flash Flood Warnings, Watches and Advisories has been issued for North Texas through early Sunday morning. Click here for specific county-based information.

Showers and thunderstorms rolled through North Texas overnight Thursday, bringing dangerous floodwaters Friday morning.

Sporadic heavy rain remains in the area through Saturday with the potential for flash flooding. Up to 6 inches of rain is possible in some areas.

A Tarrant County Sheriff's deputy was rescued after being swept away while trying to help a stranded motorist.

Jamie Moore with the Johnson County Emergency Management office said swift water rescue teams performed 16 rescues from 11:40 p.m. Thursday to 3:15 a.m. with several more rescues still active.

Johnson County Sheriff's deputies said they're searching for a woman who was swept away near Joshua at about 3 a.m.

High water also forced the closure of several North Texas roads, including Farm-to-Market Road 2499 in Flower Mound and an area near Campbell and Brand roads in Garland.

Friday's rainfall made 2015 the wettest year in history, breaking the old annual record of 53.54 inches.

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<![CDATA[Arlington Police Arrest Man in Fatal Hit and Run]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:29:08 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kennedy-pham.jpg

Arlington police said they arrested a man Friday in connection with a hit-and-run crash that left a 71-year-old man dead Wednesday night.

Nghi Pham was walking home from church when he was struck crossing South Collins Street near Mayfield Road at about 9:30 p.m., according to police. Pham was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to authorities.

In an arrest warrant affidavit released Friday afternoon, police said Kennedy Pham, no relation to the victim, went to the police station at about 3:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and said he thought he hit something the night before in his Toyota Tundra. He said he stopped briefly to see what it was, didn't see anything and left.

When he arrived at home Wednesday night, he told police he noticed damage to his vehicle and had trouble opening his front door.

Kennedy Pham told police he learned of the hit-and-run Thanksgiving Day, felt guilty and drove to the Arlington Police Department headquarters on Division Street.

Following an interview with detectives, Kennedy Pham was booked him into jail on a charge of accident involving death at 1:43 a.m. Friday. The arrest warrant affidavit lists a charge of felony Failure to Stop and Render Aid. He is free after posting bond.

Investigators seized Kennedy Pham's truck and found damage consistent with a pedestrian-involved crash, police said.  They also were able to match broken pieces of a headlight to Kennedy Pham's vehicle.

Nghi Pham's family said he had been volunteering at a nearby Vietnamese church before the crash. He moved to the United States at the end of the Vietnam War and was a father of six and a grandfather.

At this time, it is not known if the church Nghi Pham attended is the same attended by Kennedy Pham.

Kennedy Pham Arrest Warrant

NBC 5's Tim Ciesco and Jeff Smith contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Woman Fights to Save Yazidis From Extermination]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:47:44 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Vian-Dahkil.jpg

Iraqi legislator Vian Dahkil is seen by many as the last and only hope for Yazidis, an ancient religious minority reviled by ISIS and driven from their historic homeland on Mount Sinjar in August 2014.

ISIS has captured thousands of women and children, around 2,500 of whom are still in the militants' hands, Dakhil told NBC News. 

The 42-year-old regularly fields calls from captured women and girls begging for help, then she works with Kurdish security forces and an underground network of activists to try and rescue them. The activists are often forced to pay smugglers to help hostages escape.

"Sometimes I hear some things I can't imagine — girls, maybe 15 years old, with two or three ISIS men raping [them]," said Dahkil. "The Yazidi girls those terrorist [are] buying and selling, Yazidi girls sometimes [for] $100, sometimes one cigarette — they sell the girls and nobody does anything."

Her international campaign, which includes efforts to help the nearly half-a-million families living in camps, has put her on the extremists' hit list so she travels with an armed guard.

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<![CDATA[Arrest in Chicago Boy's Killing]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 15:51:56 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tyshawn+lee2.jpg

A man has been charged with first-degree murder in the brutal killing of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, who was lured from a Chicago park to a nearby alley where he was "assassinated," authorities said Friday.

Corey Morgan, who was earlier considered a "person of interest" in the case, was arrested and charged with murder, according to Chicago Police News Affairs. Police believe he was one of three people involved in the young boy's execution-style shooting in Chicago earlier this month. 

In bond court on Friday, a visibly angry Judge Peggy Chiampas ordered Morgan held without bail for a crime she called "exceptionally brutal and heinous." Judge Chiampas called Morgan a danger to the public and said the night Tyshawn was killed, he was a predator grabbing prey.

Authorities have said Tyshawn was lured from a park into an alley near his grandmother’s house in the 8000 block of South Damen. The grade-schooler was shot multiple times at close range with a .40-caliber weapon in what authorities have said was a gang-related incident.

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy called the shooting "a crime that shook our city" and said the "targeted and calculated" killing was gang retaliation to get back at Tyshawn's father. 

Morgan, 27, was arrested last week on an unrelated weapons charge, but had been free on bail after meeting the $1 million bond requirements with the help of his girlfriend. Police say he was in violation of his bond when he was taken into custody this week. 

Morgan's attorney, Jeff Kent, said Morgan has denied having any involvement in the young boy's murder. 

"[Morgan] maintained his innocence when police questioned him a couple of weeks ago and maintains his innocence now," Kent said in a statement released on Morgan's behalf last week. "His family is supporting him through this ordeal. He says he had nothing to do with Tyshawn Lee's execution. The entire city wants the person who did this caught but it's not Corey."

The murder weapon has not yet been recovered and police say they're searching for another suspect identified as Kevin Edwards, allegedly a member of the same gang as Morgan, who they believe was also involved in the murder. Edwards is wanted on a first-degree murder charge, police said. 

A third suspect is already in custody on an unrelated charge, and McCarthy said he is "not getting out anytime soon."

Investigators said at least three people were involved in the killing, but it's not clear yet who did what. 

Police noted that members of the community have been vital to the investigation.

"This was very clearly not a case of no snitching, but there was a lot of fear," McCarthy said.

McCarthy also vowed to "obliterate" the gangs involved in the shooting. 

Tyshawn was a student at Scott Joplin School, where his teachers say he was a "delight" to have in class. He liked to play sports and video games.

"He was supposed to play ball. That's all he do, all he liked to do is play ball and play video games," Tyshawn's mother, Karla Lee, said. "He didn't hurt nobody. I don't know why this happened."

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<![CDATA[Flower Mound Police Close FM2499 Due to High Water]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 07:31:04 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fm2499-closed.jpg

High water forced police to close Farm-to-Market Road 2499 in Flower Mound early Friday morning. [[355675381,C]]

Officers closed the road between Enterprise Drive and Lakeside Parkway before 3:45 a.m., according to Flower Mound Police Department Captain Wess Griffin.

As of 5:30 a.m., one northbound lane had been reopened. All the southbound lanes remained closed.

Authorities said they're concerned about the high water in the area as Black Friday shoppers make their way to the nearby Grapevine Mills Mall.

NBC 5's Ellen Bryan contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Bargain Hunters Camp Out for Black Friday Deals]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 23:41:47 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/black-friday-campers1.jpg

It's "game on" for Black Friday shoppers in North Texas with many stores opening early on Thanksgiving to get bargain hunters through the door a day early.

Dozens lined up outside Best Buy stores in Plano and Frisco, some as early as Sunday.

With rain and thunderstorms in the forecast, many brought ponchos and umbrellas to stay dry.


Best Buy opens its doors at 5 p.m. Thursday, Target at 6 p.m. and JC Penney opened earlier in the day at 3 p.m.

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<![CDATA[71-Year-Old Man Killed in Hit-and-Run: Arlington Police]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:51:14 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/nghi-pham-inset.jpg

A 71-year-old man walking home from church was killed in a hit-and-run crash Wednesday night, according to Arlington police. [[354847871,C]]

Police said the victim — later identified as Nghi Pham — was trying to cross the 3300 block of South Collins Street near Mayfield Road at about 9:30 p.m. when a vehicle traveling south struck him.

A witness told police the vehicle stopped briefly, but then drove away.

Police said they received new information less than 24 hours after the hit and run that they think will lead to an arrest. Lt. Chris Cook with the Arlington Police Department said a witness who claims to have been involved with the incident provided the information.

“It could possibly very well be the driver coming forward,” said Cook.

Cook said they are working on getting a warrant and expect to make an arrest within the coming days.

Police believe they now know who the driver is and the pickup truck involved, but are not releasing that information to the public at this time.

Pham, who was not believed to be in the crosswalk, was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to authorities.

Pham's family said he had been volunteering at the nearby Vietnamese church to help clean and arrange tables for a big party Thursday. He was walking home, which is only three blocks away, when he was struck and killed.

"He was there helping the church for Thanksgiving. Every year at the end of the service you can go to the cafeteria and get a plate. It’s a very big day for the church and he wanted to go there last night and help set up," said Kha Pham, Nghi Pham's son.

Pham moved to the United States at the end of the Vietnam War and was a father of six children and a grandfather, according to his family.

"We now have to worry about the funeral and when it should be. My brother is talking to the detective today and filling out all the paperwork with police," said Kha Pham. "Thanksgiving isn’t the same anymore. Or any holiday."

Police said they are looking for a late model, dark-colored pickup truck with a lift kit and possibly dark window tint and chrome rims. The vehicle might have damage to the front headlight area.

The family, who spoke with NBC 5 on Thursday, is urging the driver in the hit-and-run to come forward.

"We just want to know why. Why you left, didn’t even call the police," said Kha Pham. "This shouldn’t happen to any family right before Thanksgiving."

Arlington police asked anyone with information about the incident call Detective Jessica Rodriguez at 817-459-5635. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward by contacting Tarrant County Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS.

NBC 5's Jeff Smith and Johnny Archer contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Woman, 80, Smashes Windows to Escape Fire, Rescue Husband]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:28:24 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lula-johnson.jpg

An 80-year-old North Texas woman smashed her bedroom window, climbed out and then tried to save her husband after their Fort Worth house filled with smoke on Thanksgiving morning. 

“I seen that smoke coming in on me and I had to get out of there,” said the woman, identified by family as Lula Johnson. “I got out through the help of the Lord.”

Johnson and her 79-year-old husband James Johnson, who suffered burns on his face and body, remain hospitalized. 

The house, located on the 4400 block of Carmel Avenue, filled with smoke at around 10:30 a.m. ET. Johnson saw the smoke and smashed her bedroom window to get outside. She then attempted to help her husband who was trapped inside another room.

“We had a resident who evacuated the building and was breaking a window trying to get to her husband,” said Kyle Clay, with the Fort Worth Fire Department.

Within four minutes of receiving the call, firefighters arrived and took over. They went through the window to rescue James Johnson.

MedStar rushed him to John Peter Smith Hospital in critical condition. Family said he was later taken by air ambulance to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas to receive care for his burns.

“I’m thankful she is still here and everything,” said Lula Johnson’s daughter, Joyce Smith. “In her right mind and she’s alright."

and James is going to be alright too,” added another a family member.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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