<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usWed, 28 Sep 2016 13:47:49 -0500Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:47:49 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Black-eyed Pea Restaurants Temporarily Close]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:46:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/black-eyed-pea-sign2.jpg

At least two Black-eyed Pea restaurants in North Texas have temporarily closed less than a year after the restaurants' ownership group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

A Black-eyed Pea location on Airport Freeway in Hurst had a sign that read the restaurant was "temporarily closed" Wednesday morning.

The sign stated they will "let you know when we are able to re-open.”

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that the Black-eyed Pea on Camp Bowie Boulevard in Fort Worth had the same sign on the door Monday.

The Star-Telegram reported that calls to two Arlington locations and one Dallas location went unanswered Monday evening.

The restaurant's Facebook page was also unavailable, as of Wednesday morning.

Arlington-based Restaurants Acquisition I, LLC., which owns Black-eyed Pea restaurants in Texas, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in December. The group closed 15 stores at the time due to shrinking profits.

It is not yet known if the recent temporary closures are related to the bankruptcy filing.

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<![CDATA[Trump: I'll Be Greatest Jobs President God Ever Created]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:17:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trump_chicago_2.png

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump used a surprise stop in Chicago Wednesday to target Hillary Clinton for failing the bar exam in Washington D.C. years ago and claimed he would be "the greatest president for jobs that God has ever created."

“Hillary Clinton, who I happen to believe is grossly incompetent, by the way, I just feel she’s grossly incompetent,” Trump said at Chicago’s Polish National Alliance, “Hillary Clinton is going to increase taxes and she didn’t pass her bar exam in Washington, D.C. A lot of people don’t know that.”

“I happen to believe that she’ll be very, very bad for our country. I think it will be worse than four more years of Obama,” he added.

He vowed, if elected, he'll be the "greatest president for jobs that God ever created."

According to NBC News, Clinton failed the bar exam in D.C. in 1973. Trump first admonished Clinton for failing the exam in a tweet last month. In her 2003 autobiography “Living history,” Clinton noted that she failed the D.C. bar exam the same summer she passed the Arkansas bar.

“Despite the satisfaction of my work, I was lonely and missed Bill more than I could stand,” Clinton told NBC News. “I had taken both the Arkansas and Washington, D.C. bar exams during the summer, but my heart was pulling me toward Arkansas,” she wrote. “When I learned that I passed in Arkansas but failed in D.C., I thought maybe my test scores were telling me something."

Trump, who was criticized following Monday’s presidential debate for sniffling onstage despite his staff denying reports, sounded a bit nasally during Wednesday’s event. The Republican, who famously called his opponent Jeb Bush “low energy” during the Republican primaries, seemed to lack his typical gusto during the speech.

The real estate magnate was introduced Wednesday by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who thanked Chicago for sending police officers in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and faulted the Obama Administration and former Secretary of State Clinton for resetting the United State’s relationship with Russia and giving up a nuclear defense of the Czech Republic and Poland.

Giuliani also had some harsh words for Russia, claiming the U.S. needs to bolster its military to defend against Russian President Vladimir Putin, who he called a “bully.”

“[Trump] doesn’t know Putin, he’s never met Putin,” Giuliani said. “Will he negotiate with Putin? Yes. Did Reagan negotiate with Gorbachev? Yes. But he’s going to negotiate with him from a position of military strength that dwarfs the Soviet... I’m sorry, Russia.”

Following the introduction, Trump pledged to support the Polish community in America.

“The Polish people are great people, these are great people, and if I get elected, believe me, we take care of all our people, all of our people,” Trump said. “But we do have a very, very special place because Polish-Americans, what you’ve done for this country, is really incredible and I don’t think frankly that people know the great sacrifices that you’ve gone through,” he added.

The Republican also boasted about being dubbed “Mr. Brexit” after championing the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union earlier this year, breaking with President Barack Obama, who opposed the move.

Trump claimed that America would "have a job growth like we’ve never seen” if taxes and regulations could be cut on businesses. He faulted Obama for the national deficit growing to unprecedented levels during his administration and bemoaned the nation's faltering infrastructure, schools, hospitals and airports.

The Republican nominee is now set to attend a big-ticket fundraiser at Bolingbrook Golf Club Wednesday afternoon.


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<![CDATA[NB Texas 360 to Close in Grapevine This Weekend]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:33:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/071312+detour+sign+generic.jpg

The northbound lanes of Texas 360 in Grapevine will be closed Friday night until early Monday so that construction crews can change the traffic pattern, officials with the DFW Connector project say.

Traffic will be diverted at Stone Myers Parkway onto the frontage road starting at 8 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Monday.

According to project managers, "the $61 million SH 121/360 Interchange project will add new direct connectors for SH 114, SH 121 and SH 360 that will minimize weaving, reduce congestion and improve safety in the area. The improvements were included in the original $1.6 billion DFW Connector project, but funds were not available at that time to deliver the entire scope. When congestion funding became available for these improvements in February 2016, TxDOT and NorthGate negotiated a plan to rebuild this portion of the original project."

For information about construction of the DFW Connector, including all current and upcoming lane closures, visit dfwconnector.com, or call the toll-free hotline at 877-411-4212.

The DFW Connector can also be found on Twitter (@DFWConnector) and Facebook (DFW Connector Project).

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<![CDATA[Latest Aleppo Airstrikes Destroy 2 Hospitals]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:15:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_16253598019602.jpg

Two hospitals in the rebel-held territory of Aleppo were attacked Wednesday morning, further eliminating medical aid that the area desperately needs.

After the collapse of the Syrian cease-fire deal, a new government offensive has left hundreds dead this past week, NBC News reported.

A doctor said the hospital has been taken out of service "completely and indefinitely," calling it a "sad day" for medical professionals.

At least two people were killed and three injured in the latest strike.

An estimated 29 doctors are left to treat an estimated 250,000 Syrians, a ratio that medical organizations have warned is unsustainable. The recent attack in Aleppo is being called the worst bombardment since the civil war erupted.

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<![CDATA[Rally Planned After Police Shooting]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:42:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/El_Cajon_FSTz_1200x675_774561859687.jpg

Demonstrators rallied in front of a police station in San Diego’s East County Wednesday demanding a federal investigation into the deadly police shooting of an unarmed black man and the full release of a video that shows the encounter.

Signs in hand, protesters gathered at the El Cajon Police Department (ECPD) for a news conference in their quest for answers into the fatal shooting of El Cajon resident Alfred Olango.

“We’re looking for procedural justice,” said Bishop Cornelius Bowser, of Charity Apostolic Church, at the rally. “We don’t want to see a still picture of him pointing something that was not a gun. We want to see the whole story, so put the whole video out.”

“These senseless killings have to stop – not just here in El Cajon, but in the entire country. We need answers, not just one photo that tells one side of the story,” said Estella De Los Rios, a longtime resident of El Cajon and civil rights activist.

The ECPD confirmed officers obtained video of the incident captured on a cell phone by an employee at a nearby taco shop who had witnessed the encounter. Police said the employee voluntarily turned that video over to investigators.

Officers with the ECPD are not currently outfitted with body-worn cameras.

From that clip shot by a bystander, the ECPD released a still image that they said shows why Olango appeared to be a threat to officers. The photo shows the man in what police described as a “shooting stance,” pointing some sort of object at two officers. The ECPD has not said what that object was.

Rev. Shane Harris, of the National Action Network San Diego, said the still image released by police does not reveal the full story of what transpired between officers and Olango.

Other speakers at the rally said the release of the single photo only serves to shape the narrative of police.

“They nation’s eyes are watching us. America’s Finest City – it ain’t looking so fine right now,” Harris said.

According to the ECPD, officers approached Olango Tuesday just after 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Broadway Village Shopping Center on Broadway after his sister called authorities to ask for help because her brother was “not acting like himself.”

Police said Olango was walking in and out of traffic and said the man was acting “erratically.”

ECPD Chief Jeff Davis said at a news briefing Tuesday that the officers who approached Olango told him to take his hands out of the pockets of his pants, but he allegedly “refused multiple instructions by the first officer on the scene” and kept his hands in his pockets.

The man then pulled an object from his pocket and pointed it at officers, assuming a “shooting stance,” Davis said.

The ECPD said one of the officers deployed a Taser on the man, while the other officer fired multiple rounds, striking and killing him.

Davis said the two officers involved in the shooting each have 21 years of service as police officers. Per standard department policy, both officers have been placed on leave, as the investigation is ongoing.

The shooting sparked uproar in the community amid racial tension across the nation stemming from many other deadly shootings of unarmed black men by police officers.

At the rally Wednesday, local community members and speakers addressed those tensions, including longtime El Cajon resident Eddie Price.

“I’ve been a black man for 56 years. The feelings that I’m feeling are not new,” said Price, saying that he’s been targeted by police his entire life for being black.

“I’m armed right now. I’m armed with the melanin in my skin and information in my mind. I’m armed and dangerous. That’s what I feel like, every time I see the police, I feel like I’m already armed and dangerous and I’m a suspect already,” Price explained. “That’s no way to live.”

Price also demanded justice in this case.

“We don’t want you to look at us like us. We want you to look at us like you. We want morals and humanity back in this society. I’m tired of walking around like I’m a target,” he said. “We need some action. Feel something.”

Price, along with other speakers, called for the news media to support the black community.

“It’s not just us against them,” added Price, referring to the police. “This goes into the morality of humanity. Everybody ought to be conflicted about this. Imagine if this was you.”

The rally was peaceful but became heated for a moment when Armand King, leader of the Paving Brighter Futures organization, stepped up to the podium.

“They murdered somebody last night. Somebody’s at home right now with their family, and someone is dead now,” said King. “This is just wrong.”

The crowd began chanting, “Murder! Murder!”

At that moment, a man in the crowd heckled King and he was shaken.

“We cannot respond to them,” said Christopher Rice-Wilson, of Alliance San Diego, who led the rally. “Every time a black man is killed by police, it’s a message to us to stay in line.”

“When we speak out, we’re told we don’t matter. Black lives matter. And if a black life doesn’t matter, then no lives matter. We’re supposed to be all equals,” added Rice-Wilson.

Mallory Webb, president of the San Diego Youth and College Division of the NAACP, also spoke briefly talking about her experience as a young black woman.

“I’m angry. I’m very angry and I’m hurt. That could be my little brother; that could be my twin sister any time. I don’t know what to do,” she lamented. “I’m scared to walk the streets every single day – I walk to school every single day – and why do I feel like I have to look behind bushes and hide behind trees? Because I could get shot and killed at any time.”

Fighting back tears, Webb added: “It’s not fair at all. Every life. I bleed the same color of blood as you do!”

As the young woman spoke, people in the crowd could be heard responding, “We’re all one nation!” and “We’re all human beings.”

Rice-Wilson said Olango was killed for three reasons: for being black, for being mentally ill and for not following orders from police.

“How do you expect a man who can’t understand your orders to follow your orders?” he asked the crowd.

Rice-Wilson criticized the ECPD for not calling for help from the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) during their encounter with Olango.

According to the 211 San Diego website, PERT “provides emergency assessment and referral for individuals with mental illness who come to the attention of law enforcement. PERT pairs licensed mental health clinicians with uniformed law enforcement officers and deputies.

“The PERT team should’ve been dispatched to handle and deal with Mr. Olango. Why did they not dispatch a PERT team?” said Rice-Wilson.

NBC 7 asked the ECPD about utilizing PERT in this case. Lt. Rob Ransweiler said at least one of the officers involved in the shooting had attended at three-day PERT training course. He said all officers who graduate from the police academy get some kind of PERT training.

Harris said he’s been in contact with Olango’s family and they plan to seek a federal investigation into the deadly police shooting.

“We do not trust local prosecutors to investigate local police,” said Harris. “You won’t have no peace until we get justice. We will not sit down and shut up!”

Agnes Hassan, a woman from Sudan who was friends with Olango, spoke briefly at the end of the rally and said Olango was a refugee from Uganda. They both moved to El Cajon in search of a better life and future for their families.

“We suffer too much – there was a war in Africa, to suffer again?” Hassan said with tears in her eyes. “If somebody has mental problem, how can you not deal with him with a mental problem? This is not right.”

“My heart is just broken,” she added.

NBC 7 reached out to the ECPD Wednesday morning and the police department said it had no news conferences planned for today. No further details on the case were immediately released.

Harris said the officer who shot Olango has “a history,” but said he would be releasing those details at another news conference Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Police Search for Critical Missing 40-Year-Old Man]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:12:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/adolfo-villagomez.jpg

Police asked for the public's help finding a 40-year-old man who went missing in Dallas Tuesday night.

Dallas police said Adolfo Villagomez was last seen walking in the 9700 block of Military Parkway at about 7 p.m.

Villagomez was described as 5 feet 11 inches tall and 220 pounds with black and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a green jacket, red T-shirt, black and white striped shorts and white tennis shoes.

Police said they consider Villagomez a danger to himself.

Dallas police asked anyone with information about Villagomez' disappearance to call their Missing Persons Unit at 214-671-4268 or 911.

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<![CDATA[Cooler Temps to Aid in Fight Against Santa Cruz Mountains Wildfire]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:32:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/9-28-16-loma-fire-chopper1.jpg

Cooler temperatures this week and possible showers this weekend are expected to give hundreds of Cal Fire firefighters a much-needed boost in fighting the Loma Fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains, which by early Wednesday has scorched 2,250 acres, or 3.5 square miles. 

"Last night went great," Cal Fire Battalion Chief Scott McLean told reporters early Wednesday. "Granted, the fire did continue to burn. But the lower temperatures are going to be a big help."

Cal Fire officials even said they could probably contain the fire by Monday.

For the last several days, temperatures have been in the high 90s and near 100 degrees, and were considered “hazardous,” by the National Weather Service.

"The fire was burning during the night time as though it were the day time," McLean said.

But Wednesday’s weather conditions were expected to be substantially cooler and last past the weekend. By the end of the week, temperatures should drop to the 60s and mid-70s, according to the NWS. Meteorologists were even predicting some light rain on Sunday and Monday.

That should be great news to the nearly 1,100 firefighters who had contained 10 percent of the fire – 5 percent more than the day before – and were working furiously to protect the 300 homes and communication towers that stood in the fire’s path. Mandatory evacuations were still underway for anyone living in the Loma Prieta ridgeline and nearby surrounding areas. As of Wednesday, one home was destroyed and one was damaged, according to Cal Fire. Six other outbuildings were also destroyed.

The NBC Bay Area helicopter flew over the fire early Wednesday morning; plumes of grey smoke billowed against the dark blue sky. The smoke drifted miles away, prompting the San Jose Unified School District to require principals to keep students inside for the day due to possible health risks.


The fire broke out Monday about 3 p.m. at the southern edge of Santa Clara County off Loma Prieta Road and Loma Chiquita Road, 20 miles northwest of Morgan Hill. The cause is under investigation.

This is the fourth large wildfire in the area in 14 years: The Croy Fire erupted in 2002, the Summit Fire broke out in 2008, and another Loma Fire burned in 2009.

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<![CDATA[Frozen Onion Rings Recalled Due to Allergy Risk]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:40:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ONION+RING+RECALL1.jpg

McCain Foods USA announced it is voluntarily recalling frozen onion ring products because of mislabeled packaging that poses an allergy risk.

The packaging of frozen onion rings, sold under various brand names, does not declare milk as an ingredient. Those who suffer from milk allergies could accidentally eat the onion rings and suffer potentially life-threatening reactions.

The FDA said there have been no reported illnesses.

The recalled onion rings include 16-ounce bags under the Krasdale brand, 40-ounce bags under Save-A-Lot’s Premium Pick 5 brand, 20-ounce bags under the Spartan brand, and 16-ounce bags under the Shur Fine brand.

The affected frozen onion rings were manufactured between Oct. 20, 2015 and before Sept. 23, 2016. The production date code on the products begins with the letter “V.”

Consumers who are allergic to milk should throw out the unused product or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

The FDA website has more information about the recall.

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    <![CDATA[9 Out of 10 People Breathe Polluted Air: WHO]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:43:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_484690709547.jpg

    Nine out of ten people worldwide live in areas where air pollution exceeds guidelines, the World Health Organization said. The pollution puts these people at higher risk for heart disease, strokes and cancer. 

    "Air pollution continues take a toll on the health of the most vulnerable populations — women, children and the older adults," Flavia Bustreo, assistant director general at the WHO said in a news release, NBC News reported. 

    The new WHO air quality monitor shows that 92 percent of people live in places with dirty air. Approximately three million deaths each year are linked to outdoor air pollution. About 90 percent of those deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.

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    <![CDATA[School Makes Student Take off Slave Costume]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:03:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_slaverycostume0928_1920x1080.jpg A Texas high school student was forced to change out of a slave costume worn for "Decades Day" during homecoming Spirit Week. ]]> <![CDATA[Mystery Caller Threatens Clinton Supporter]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:01:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/PoliticalThreat0928_MP4-147507026150400001.jpg A caller threatens an Ohio woman for her support of Hillary Clinton, warning that her Social Security number and other personal information have been released. ]]> <![CDATA[Obit: Shimon Perez, Former Israeli Prime Minister, Nobel Pri]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:34:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Perez-Obit-147506533758400001.jpg A former prime minister of Israel and Nobel prize winner Shimon Peres has died Tuesday at the age of 93. ]]> <![CDATA[Woman Finds Sister Shot Outside Dallas Apartments]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:45:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/royal-lane-shooting.jpg

    A woman was found shot multiple times outside a Dallas apartment complex Wednesday morning, police say.

    Dallas police said the woman was found by her sister in the parking lot of the Spanish Garden Apartments on the 2800 block of Royal Lane at 5:44 a.m.

    At least six shots were fired, according to police.

    The victim was transported to a hospital where she underwent surgery. Police said her condition is not known.

    Police said the victim did not appear to be robbed. No motive or suspect information was released.

    Photo Credit: Tim Ciesco, NBC 5 News
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    <![CDATA[Private School Bus Involved in Crash in Dallas]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:39:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/daycare-bus-ax.jpg

    No children were injured Wednesday morning when a private school bus collided with a car in Dallas, officials say. [[395076761,C]]

    Dallas Fire-Rescue officials said the Richland Academy Learning Center bus and another vehicle crashed near the intersection of Skillman Street and Audelia Road before 7 a.m.

    A witness told NBC 5 the bus was turning left and failed to yield to the car.

    Children were on the bus at the time of the crash, but no injuries were reported.

    Police have not said if the driver will be cited in the crash.

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    <![CDATA[UNT Food Pantry Battles Student Hunger]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:33:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/UNT-Food-Pantry.jpg

    Hunger impacts more than 45 million Americans — the problem is felt in every county throughout the country.

    There is also an increased need on college campuses.

    Advisors with the Dean of Students Office at University of North Texas noticed that there was an increased number of students who were homeless and in need of food.

    Administrators developed a "homeless taskforce" to survey the scope of the problem, and it was determined that many students were food insecure.

    According to the United States Department of Agriculture, "food insecurity" refers to the lack of access by people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life. Research shows approximately 12.7 percent of American households were food insecure at least some time during the year in 2015.

    Any student can visit the Food Pantry, which is open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. through 7 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Students can check in at the Dean of Students Office on the fourth floor of the Student Union.

    The second Food Pantry is open at Discovery Park in the Engineering Library, next to the Career Center.

    <![CDATA[Slave Costume Stirs Controversy at Texas School]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:38:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/slave-costume-texas.jpg

    A Houston-area high school student said he was forced to change his clothes after he dressed as a slave for a homecoming spirit week theme day.

    Houston NBC affiliate KPRC reports Brian Ibe, a senior at Ridge Point High School in Missouri City, showed up to school wearing a ball and chain Tuesday. He also wore a shredded T-shirt splattered with fake blood, and he carried a pitchfork with a bag of cotton, the report said.

    Students were invited to dress in costume for "Decades Day," the theme of the day for spirit week.

    "I decided to dress in the time when there were slaves, from about the 1600s to 1800s," Ibe said.

    "They told me to take it off. They said I should take it off before it starts problems and makes people feel uncomfortable," Ibe told KPRC.

    The report said Ibe admitted some may find the outfit offensive, and he ended up changing his clothes to avoid an in-school suspension.

    The Fort Bend Independent School District issued the following statement:

    “While I am unable to share specific information about any student, it is important to note that the RPHS administration has been reminding students that they will be enforcing the dress code despite the daily spirit week activities.

    "If a student is dressed inappropriately, and/or if their dress is considered a distraction to the learning environment, they will and have been asked to change clothes. In the last couple of days, less than a dozen students have been asked to change or modify their clothing.

    "Ridge Point High School is encouraging students to express their school spirit this week, while adhering to the dress code. It is important that the campus maintain a distraction-free learning environment.”

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    <![CDATA[Potential DART Line Endangers Downtown Buildings]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:35:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Downtown+DART.jpg

    A second proposed rail line through downtown Dallas has neighbors worried that several historic buildings may be at risk.

    The group Preserve Dallas released their 2016 Endangered Historic Buildings List this week that adds several locations along the proposed Dallas Area Rapid Transit D2 line.

    The list includes the Aloft Hotel, SoCo Lofts, Lone Star Gas Lofts, Statler Hilton, Continental Building, First Presbyterian Church, Scottish Rite Temple and Knights of Pythias building among others in the area.

    The group is worried that construction of the line could lead to partial or total demolitions on some of the buildings as well as damage from vibrations and noise.

    "These will impact the use of these buildings,” said Preserve Dallas Executive Director David Preiosi. “There have been over $350 million in investments in historic buildings along this line."

    Preserve Dallas is pushing for a subway-style design for the line, which would avoid the buildings but carry a much higher cost.

    The DART board of directors approved their $976 million 2017 budget Tuesday, which includes $25 million for the proposed Cotton Belt rail from D/FW International Airport to Plano and $3.5 million for the D2 line.

    The project does still require further action by the group and the city before it would become a reality.

    The list also includes other buildings throughout Dallas including several at Fair Park, the Elbow Room in the Baylor District, the Penson House in Highland Park, the Polar Bear in Oak Cliff and the Williams House in University Park.

    Each of the listings are in areas likely to see construction or eminent domain situations, and the group hopes by adding the buildings to the list, the properties will receive more advocacy and attention as the projects move forward.

    <![CDATA[Denton Police Invest in 'Virtual' Active Shooter Training]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:13:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/virtua1.jpg

    The split-second decision whether to pull the trigger or not can change lives forever on both sides of the badge.

    That is why the Denton Police Department continually trains for active shooter scenarios. Manpower to run manned drills is expensive and takes officers off the street, though, which is why they invested in Virtra three years ago.

    Virtra is like a video game on steroids, providing a 300-degree view of what is happening around a police officer in some very tense situations.

    "We can introduce them into situations that they might see on the street. It causes for the decision making shoot, don't shoot," Denton Police Department Sgt. Keith Olson said.

    Training supervisors can choose from 80 different scenarios and a variety of weapons.

    "These are actual functioning weapons that the barrel has been removed and has been replaced with a laser beam," Olson said.

    The exercises are so effective other law enforcement agencies come to Denton to use Virtra. It saves time and manpower.

    "I can pull somebody in for maybe 25 minutes and not short the shift, give them a little training and then send them back out there on the street," explained Olson.

    Most officers in Denton have been through this training and one of the keys is to repeat the training as often as possible so they know exactly what to do if a threat ever rises.

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    <![CDATA[iPhone 7 Initial Test Results]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:05:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/iphone72.jpg

    The iPhone seven arrived in stores, and Consumer Reports' secret shoppers were there to buy them! The phones were delivered to Consumer Reports' electronics labs where testing is underway.

    The phones tout a number of upgrades including an enhanced camera and for the first time, Apple says the iPhone seven is water-resistant — up to one meter of water for 30 minutes. So Consumer Reports put those claims to the test in a pressurized tank. The water immersion tests indicate that the iPhone seven and seven plus passed, but Consumer Reports will continue to check them for functionality.

    What's missing from the new iPhone is getting a lot of attention. With no headphone jack, audio testers examined the new headphone connection using the lightning-charging port. As far Consumer Reports has found no significant differences with the new wired headphone connection.

    Apple is claiming the iPhone seven plus is a photographer's dream — with more megapixels on the selfie camera and the addition of a second lens allowing for optical zoom on the main camera. In our preliminary testing, Consumer Reports found the telephoto lens was sharper and had better overall image performance than the primary lens, but that primary lens was pretty comparable to previous iPhones.

    Consumer Reports testers are still evaluating the new phone's voice quality and battery life. Full results of those tests along with Consumer Reports exclusive ratings on the iPhone seven will be available in the next few weeks.

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

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    <![CDATA[Possible Bone, Blood Found at Home of Accused Killer]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:44:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bryant-vandagriff.jpg

    Detectives said they found knives, guns and possible blood and bone evidence at the home of a man accused of killing and burning a Texas Woman's University student, according to a search warrant released by the City of Denton Tuesday.

    Authorities executed the search warrant Sept. 18 at Charles Bryant's home near Haslet. Bryant has been charged with the killing of Jackie Vandagriff, whose burned body was found in a Grapevine park.

    Items found in Bryant's home, according to the search warrant, include:

    • Possible bone fragment
    • Multiple possible blood samples
    • Firepit remains
    • A UNT criminal trespass warning

    The staff at a Denton bar told police that Bryant and Vandagriff were drinking and talking there the night before Vandagriff went missing. They left together at 9:45 p.m., but police said Bryant "initially denied" leaving the bar with Vandagriff.

    Police said Bryant took Vandagriff to his home near Haslet.

    The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office still doesn't list a cause of death for Vandagriff, but the manner of death is ruled a homicide.

    Bryant has been charged with capital murder.

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    <![CDATA[Juror Speaks Out, Judge to Decide Arochi's Punishment]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:20:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/205*120/arochi+guilty.JPG

    Enrique Arochi's punishment is now in the hands of a judge, after he waived his right to have a jury choose his sentence.

    The jury that convicted Arochi of kidnapping Christina Morris went home Tuesday morning after nearly three weeks spent on the case.

    NBC 5 spoke with one of the jurors, who called it a serious responsibility and a hard and emotional process, but a responsibility he's convinced led to justice for Christina Morris.

    "Twelve people working together is actually a very good thing," said William Newbill, known as ‘Juror Number One’ in the courtroom.

    Newbill was one of 12 regular people who gave up three weeks to decide one very important question: What happened to Christina Morris?

    "I'm absolutely convinced, I've never been more convinced in my life, that we got it right. But, that is still a very difficult process and one that you take extremely seriously," said Mr. Newbill.

    He sat through more than 17 hours of deliberations with his fellow jurors, pouring over all the evidence they'd heard.

    "We had a couple jurors who, I wouldn't say they held out, they were simply asking reasonable questions, trying to make sure that we got it right and at times things got emotional," said Newbill.

    He said much of the evidence did appear circumstantial and he applauded the defense team's efforts but said in the end, it came down to Christina Morris' DNA found in the trunk of Arochi's car.

    "The DNA evidence was very, very compelling," said Newbill.

    Sitting in that courtroom day after day, the jurors got to know each other and got a sense for the people watching from the gallery, a family desperate for answers.

    To Mr. Newbill, it was important to set emotion aside. Arochi was innocent until proven guilty.

    "It is an awesome responsibility and you have somebody's life in your hands," said Newbill.

    But with no sign of Christina Morris after two years, Newbill believes her life is over and though his part of justice is done, he won't forget.

    "That's a very, very tragic thing," said Mr. Newbill.

    Judge Mark Rusch will now decide Arochi's punishment after a sentencing hearing on Friday. He faces up to 99 years in prison for aggravated kidnapping.

    Mr. Newbill believes Arochi chose that route because he thought, correctly, that the jury would have given him a harsher sentence than a judge will.


    Morris was 23 when she was last seen on surveillance video walking with Arochi, now 26, through a parking garage at the Shops at Legacy in Plano early in the morning of Aug. 30, 2014.

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    Her DNA was later found in the trunk of Arochi's car.

    Morris' mother, Jonni McElroy, said she is forbidden from speaking with the media until after the punishment phase, but she pumped her fist as she left the courthouse last week.

    The punishment phase was set to begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday, but was delayed because Judge Mark Rusch fell ill with a sinus and ear infection. He said the pain was so bad he couldn't put in his hearing aids and so couldn't hear anything happening in the courtroom.

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    <![CDATA[Gas Leak Ignites in Arlington Neighborhood]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:30:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/gas+leak+fire+092716.JPG

    A gas leak that ignited with large flames Tuesday in an Arlington neighborhood has been capped, and the fire is out.[[395008871,R]]

    The Arlington Fire Department says a utility contractor, unrelated to Atmos Energy, struck a four-inch gas line just before noon along Crowley Road at the intersection with Verona Court.

    By about 1 p.m. an Atmos Energy crew arrived and began work to control the leak.

    Then, just after 4 p.m., the leak ignited for an undetermined reason. One worker had a minor, non-burn injury, fire officials said, and did not require a trip to the hospital.

    Firefighters used three water hoses to contain the flames and protect nearby homes – none of which were occupied. No evacuations were ordered, and no other injuries were reported.

    By about 7:30 p.m. the leak had stopped and the fire was out.

    The city of Arlington's Hazardous Materials Response and Gas Well Response Team provided additional support and equipment to assist in stopping the leak and fire, officials said.

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    <![CDATA[DPD: State Fair 'One of the Safest Places in Dallas']]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:00:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/State+Fair+Security.jpg

    In light of recent attacks around the country and around the world, Dallas Area Rapid Transit and Dallas police are focused on creating a safe environment at the State Fair of Texas.

    The people in charge of security at the fair say they aren't making a lot of changes.

    DART will have an enhanced presence, they're encouraging everyone to ride DART to avoid traffic and get to the fair.

    More officers will be inside Fair Park and along Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard and even in Downtown Dallas.

    Dallas police won't say how many officers will be on hand, just that there will be adequate security to keep everyone safe.

    "It's absolutely a safe place, it's one of the safest places you'll find in Dallas," said DPD Deputy Chief William Humphrey. "Once you arrive at the fair or you're inside the fairgrounds, up until the time you leave, everything is covered."

    NBC DFW asked about the weapons policy at Fair Park. You are not allowed to open carry inside the fairgrounds, but concealed carry is allowed.

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    <![CDATA[Bystanders Help Arrest Man Accused of Stealing Charity Jar]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:11:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/charity+jar+suspect.jpg

    A Plano police detective is thanking two men who helped him arrest a theft suspect last week.

    As day laborers, Kirby Sample and Andre Harvey see their fair share of action -- but they'd never seen anything like what happened Friday.

    As they stood on the sidewalk outside Plano's Day Labor Center, they watched a police detective try to arrest a man on the hood of his cruiser.

    "I thought it was something out of a TV movie," Sample said.

    Police said the suspect, identified as 27-year-old Majd Qewar, is seen on surveillance seconds earlier stealing a donation jar from a nearby 7-Eleven convenience store.

    "That's pathetic. You don't steal from children and these are children with handicaps. You don't do that, you know," Sample said.

    The suspect is then seen running out the door and down the street, where Plano Police Detective Jon Hoffman happened to be driving by.

    "He come running this way carrying all that MDA money he'd just stolen," Hoffman explained.

    Hoffman tried arresting the suspect, who he said begins to resist.

    Harvey was recording the whole ordeal on his cell phone, including the moment Hoffman asks for help.

    "For a police officer to ask me for help, that's compelling, you know," Sample said.

    Sample and Harvey run over to help without thinking twice about helping the officer, even if it meant putting themselves in harm's way.

    "Bullets have not names, no directional firing, anything could've happened if he got a hold of the officer's gun," Harvey said.

    "Makes me feel good," Sample said. "Makes me feel good about myself that I could lend a hand in help."

    "Certainly I have faith demonstrated by these two men that the community still has our back when we need it," Hoffman said.

    Money from the donation jar was collected and the jar was returned to the store.

    Qewar, a Jordanian national, remains in the Collin County Jail. He's charged with theft, resisting arrest, illegal possession of a controlled substance and possession of heroin.

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    <![CDATA[US 'Reviewing' Report Airstrike Killed 13 Civilians]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:03:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ACHIN_Screen-Shot-2016-09-28-at-6.38.41-AM.jpg

    The U.S. military is reviewing claims that one of its airstrikes killed people after it hit a residential building in Afghanistan, NBC News reported.

    A local lawmaker told The Associated Press that 13 civilians were killed. NBC News could not independently confirm that account.

    American officials confirmed in an email to NBC News that one strike was carried out in the Achin district of Nangarhar province and that they were "aware of some claims of Afghan casualties."

    Local lawmaker Esmatullah Shinwari told the AP that an airstrike in Achin had hit a residential building where a crowd had gathered to welcome home a tribal leader returning from the Hajj, an annual Muslim pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

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    <![CDATA[Aetna to Subsidize Apple Watch]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:07:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_16229419820877.jpg

    Aetna announced that it will be making Apple Watches available for large employers and individual customers during open enrollment season.

    The health care services company said the new initiative will revolutionize the customer's experience by, "combining the power of iOS apps and the unmatched user experience of Apple products including Apple Watch, iPhone and iPad with Aetna’s analytics-based wellness and care management programs."

    Aetna said it will be the first major health care company to subsidize the cost of Apple Watches for customers by offering monthly payroll deductions. The Hartford-based company serves an estimated 45.3 million and will provide free Apple Watches to 50,000 of its employees. 

    Apple will work with Aeton to create "deeply intergrated" health apps that will allow customers to manager their health, Aetna said.

    “This is only the beginning - we look forward to using these tools to improve health outcomes and help more people achieve more healthy days,” said Mark Bertolini, Aetna Chairman and CEO.

    Aetna's new health apps will offer features, such as:

    • Care management and wellness, to help guide consumers through health events like a new diagnosis or prescription medication with user-driven support from nurses and people with similar conditions.
    • Medication adherence, to help consumers remember to take their medications, easily order refills and connect with their doctor if they need a different treatment through their Apple Watch or iPhone.
    • Integration with Apple Wallet, allowing consumers to check their deductible and pay a bill.
    • Personalized health plan on-boarding, information, messaging and decision support to help Aetna members understand and make the most of their benefits.
    The solutions will be available early 2017.

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