<![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 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:36:37 -0500 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:36:37 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Puppy Tossed From Vehicle To Get Second Chance]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:24:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/puppy18.jpg

A 7-week-old puppy, now named Charlee, will get undergo surgery Friday to hopefully give her a second chance at a good life.

A good Samaritan noticed the injured heeler puppy in the middle of County Road 2727 in rural Kaufman County on Tuesday and pulled over to see if the dog was still alive.

Charlee's hind legs were broken and her bottom teeth were shattered.

Veterinarians believe, based on the type of injuries, Charlee was thrown out of a moving vehicle.

Charlee was taken to Furry Friendzy Animal Rescue and Wildlife Rehab for help. Volunteers with the rescue group then transported Charlee to King Veterinary Clinic in McKinney, where Dr. Robert Means has agreed to donate his time and the cost of the surgery to repair the dog's injuries.

"She's gonna need three to four weeks of care and rest. Then she'll need a forever home and be adopted into a family, so hopefully someone watching this will have heart and want to be able to help out," said Pylar Pinkston, director of Furry Friendzy Animal Rescue and Willdlife Rehab.

For information on adoption, visit the group's website.

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<![CDATA[Kidd Kraddick's Co-Hosts a Year After His Death]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:56:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kidd+Kraddick+cast.jpg

A year ago, on July 27, 2013, Kidd Kraddick, the nationally syndicated radio host, collapsed and died at a Louisiana golf tournament benefiting his charity, Kidd’s Kids. He was 53.

One year after his death, his radio show lives, his co-hosts cope and the ratings are up.

Kraddick’s four co-hosts, Al Mack, Kellie Rasberry, Jose “J-Si” Chavez and Jenna Owens have achieved a remarkable bit of alchemy. They are currently in first or second place in 95 percent of their markets.

They sat down with NBC 5’s Meredith Land and The Dallas Morning News’ Alan Peppard.

CLICK HERE to read Alan Peppard's special report "Not Kidd's Anymore"

Previous Coverage:

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<![CDATA[Tarrant County Back to School Roundup Aug. 6]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:40:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/school+supplies1.jpg

Free school supplies will be made available to approximately 10,000 Tarrant County children on Aug. 6 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth.

Families hoping to take part in the Tarrant County Back to School Roundup will need to pre-register by Aug. 1 and they must meet 2012 Federal Poverty Income guidelines and have a student in pre-K through 12th grade. Read more about the requirements here.

You must pre-register to attend. Families are strongly encouraged to arrive early as a limited number of vouchers will be available at each pre-registration event on a first-come, first-served basis.  A complete list of registration events is below.

Children can also get dental, health and vision screenings, immunizations, haircuts, information, services, and more at the roundup.  Students through Grade 5 will also receive a free backpack.  To receive immunizations, families must bring their child's vaccine records.

The roundup will be held in the exhibit hall between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Aug. 8.  Parking is $5 at Will Rogers. Free parking will be available across the street at Farrington Field. The T will provide free bus service on Aug. 6 to Roundup participants (pre-registration voucher is required).

The event is sponsored by Walmart and Sam's Club.

Dallas has a similar event for DISD students.  Get more information on that event here.

Pre-Registration Dates and Locations (As of July 25, 2012)

Resource Connection
Weekdays through Aug. 1 from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
1100 Circle Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76119

White Settlement ISD Resource Center
Saturday, July 26, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
1000-A South Cherry Lane
White Settlement, TX 76108

Resource Connection Conference Center
Saturday, July 26, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
2300 Circle Drive (Conference Center)
Fort Worth, TX 76119

White Settlement ISD Resource Center
Friday, August 1, from 4 - 6 p.m.
1000-A South Cherry Lane
White Settlement, TX 76108

H&R Block
Friday, August 1, from 4 - 6 p.m.
2804 Cleburne Road
Fort Worth, TX 76110

For details, call 211 or go to backtoschoolroundup.org

<![CDATA[Residents Report Alligator in Lake Lewisville]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:38:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lewisville+gator.jpg

At first, Amber Rodgers just thought a log had drifted into the shores near her Hickory Creek home on Lake Lewisville.

"I came out to the kayak and I noticed," said Rodgers. "I looked back over and I said, 'I swear that has to be an alligator.'"

After it disappeared a few hours later and she spoke to her neighbors, she found that her gator suspicions may have been right on.

Multiple folks in the neighborhood and on Rodgers' Facebook page reported spotting or hearing of an alligator in that part of the lake over the last few weeks.

Kim Black's kids actually claim to have come across it just the week before.

"[My son] Jake was joking about the line getting caught in the log and [my daughter] Mandy said, 'Uh, I don't think that's a log,'"said Black. "She said that's an alligator."

After the teens took a closer look, they told their parents it was an alligator, about six-feet in length. Others report it being anywhere between four and six feet; many saying they had long thought gators in Lake Lewisville were just an urban legend.

Experts say it's definitely not.

Game Warden Capt. Cliff Swofford, with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, said alligators are indigenous to the area and have actually been in the area for a long time, especially in the Trinity River system.

According to the department's website, the American alligator is the only native species in the United States and was considered endangered until 1978.

Swofford said they are still protected today, and it's illegal to kill one unless on your property in self-defense or during the designated gator-hunting season in the correct setting and with the correct licensing.

However, Swofford also says they're not really something folks should be worried about. He says the department has had no reported attacks on humans or pets in North Texas that he knows about.

The main concern, he says, are alligators becoming used to humans or unafraid of humans. That's why he insists people should not feed wild alligators they spot and give them a reason to come near.

As long as they aren't coming near you and you leave them alone, Swofford says there should be no problem.

Still, Rodgers and some of her neighbors aren't so sold.

"I don't like it. I don't like it at all. It scares me," said Black. "We have a boat and I don't want to go in the water."

"No, that is not ok. It's not ok," said Rodgers. "I would say you've got to be proactive rather than reactive, so let's take care of this situation before someone gets hurt."

There have been other reports in past years of alligators in North Texas waters, including one in March 2013 when NBC 5 actually got video of one floating in the Eagle Mountain Dam Spillway.

<![CDATA[Collin Co. Commissioner Proposes Blocking Immigrant Kids]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:28:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Immigrant-Children-03.jpg

A Collin County Commissioner proposes blocking the undocumented immigrant kids Dallas County Commissioners have agreed to welcome.

Around 2,000 undocumented children currently detained at the Texas border could be housed at three Dallas County locations.

Two unused schools and a Parkland Hospital warehouse are being reviewed by federal officials as possible temporary housing and immigrant processing facilities.

Collin County Commissioner Mark Reid said his neighbors are concerned about allowing the same thing.

“They’ve been saying we don’t want to bring these children into the county because we don’t know what’s going to happen if they’re here,” Reid said.

On Monday’s Collin County commissioners court agenda, Reid has placed an item that could block immigrant housing.

“My concern is the unintended consequences,” said Reid.

Reid said residents are concerned the immigrant could carry disease and wind up living permanently in Collin county at local taxpayers’ expense.

“To me it is tragic what these children go through, but the best place in my view for them is with their parents,” Reid said.

Steven Spainhouer, Communications Director for The Democratic Party of Collin County, said the children would receive medical screening before leaving South Texas detention locations and the federal government would pay all expenses.

“If we can provide places in Collin County and get reimbursed for doing so, I think it’s a win win solution for everybody,” Spainhouer said. “We should show compassionate relief.”

Dallas County supporters of housing the undocumented children in North Texas have said most will be deported or sent to live with relatives in the US.

Foster families could be sought for some of the children in locations around the nation.

Kaufman County Commissioner recently passed a measure similar to what Reid is proposing in Collin County.

So far, Reid is the only Collin County official taking a public stand on the issue.

Reid said Monday’s vote could be delayed because Collin County Judge Keith Self, the county’s top elected official, will be out of town and Reid wants Self to have a chance to vote on the issue.

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<![CDATA[Cook Children's Doctors Urge Swimming Safety]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:31:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pool16.jpg

It is well known across Texas that the state leads the nation in childhood drownings. Tarrant County is one of the top counties in the state for such pediatric deaths.

Those who know the pain and grief families suffer in such tragedies want to change that after witnessing three deaths in the last week and a half.
Staff in Cook Children's Medical Center's emergency department say they've seen three young children die between July 12-18, ages two to four.
"The devastation for these families is immeasurable," said Dr. Kimberly Aaron, Cook Children's medical director emergency services. "There's no way to even begin to comprehend the impact that this is having on families."
The three families impacted had the drownings happen in backyard swimming pools and the staff certainly shared in their grief when the children didn't pull through.
"Last week was quite tough on the team, " Aaron said.
Aaron says that while her staff often deals with such tragic ends, these deaths particularly stay with them in part because they can be avoided.
"These deaths are preventable and, importantly, they can happen to anyone," Aaron said.
The emergency staff hopes to prevent more deaths like these from happening by trying to raise awareness and educate parents about some of the little things they can do to prevent such tragedies.
Dana Walraven is the community health outreach manager for the hospital, she says life vests, water alarm bracelets and things like water watcher cards to remind parents kids are in the pool could easily save a life.
"We want parents to prepare for back-to-pool as much as they do for back-to-school," Walraven said. "The big piece there is the more layers of protection you put into place, the safer the child."
For the adults who see the worst come through the emergency department doors that's what they want, too, for families to take precaution so that no one else has to deal with these tragic losses.
"It seems like these things often come in waves, and it's like when is it going to stop and prevention is the key," said Cameron Brown, a hospital chaplain.
And prevention is what the hospital hopes comes out of these latest tragedies.
Experts say it takes just two seconds to turn your back for a child to get into trouble and that drownings are silent. 
For more information on drowning prevention click here.

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<![CDATA[Hospital Shooting Suspect "Abusive"]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:31:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/191*120/RICHARD+PLOTTS.JPG

He's been called abusive by his ex-wife and crazy by his neighbors, and he's even served time for a Delaware bank robbery. But the latest crime Richard Plotts, 49, of Upper Darby, is accused of committing left his case worker dead, a doctor wounded and himself fighting for his life.

Police say Plotts opened fire Thursday in the psychiatric unit at the Sister Marie Lenahan Wellness Center in Darby, killing his 53-year-old case worker and wounding a doctor who fired back, critically injuring Plotts. He is in critical condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

"It doesn't surprise me at all," said former Crum Lynne neighbor Diane Clements. "He was a creep."

That's one of the nicer things said about Plotts.

His ex-wife, who asked to remain anonymous, told NBC10 her ex-husband was abusive, made threats on her life and acted violently toward her family.

"He was violent, physically and mentally," Plotts' ex said. "He has threatened to kill me. He's been violent to my family — parents, siblings — and he's just never been a very good person."

The couple's divorced was finalized in 1999, while Plotts served six years in prison for a Delaware bank robbery four years earlier.

While serving the remainder of his sentenced for the robbery -- three years supervised release -- he was arrested for possession of a firearm. His release was revoked and he was sent back to prison.

He was also arrested in the early 90s for trying to make a purchase at a John Wanamaker store with a stolen credit card, according to court records.

"He's a con artist," said his ex-wife. "He has psychiatric issues."

She did not elaborate on what those issues were, and details on his mental health were not immediately available.

"He was a goofball. He was crazy, and he had a girlfriend, and we used to hear him beating that girl up," Clements said.

Plotts was evicted from his home in the Kenneth House Apartments on West Chester Pike in Upper Darby about six months ago, according to a building maintenance man.

Cathy Nickels, his neighbor there, recalled the contentious way Plotts left after his eviction.

"As he was taken away in a van," she said, "he yelled, 'You haven't heard the end of me yet.'"

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<![CDATA[Man Mistakenly Shot at in Dorner Manhunt to Get $1.8M]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:34:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Perdue+Still.jpg

A Southern California man mistakenly shot at by police officers during the manhunt for a murderous ex-LAPD officer on a rampage last year will receive $1.8 million in a settlement with the city of Torrance.

David Perdue, 39, and his wife, of Redondo Beach, filed an excessive force lawsuit against the city in June 2013, alleging two Torrance police officers rammed their car into Perdue's truck and shot at him Feb. 7, 2013 while he was on his way to go surfing.

The settlement with the city of Torrance and Officers Brian McGee and Erin Sooper was reached last month, but the amount of the cash payout was confirmed Thursday by Torrance police Sgt. Chris Roosen.

"We are grateful to the city of Torrance and to the attorneys representing the city of Torrance for their consummate professionalism throughout these proceedings," said Robert Sheahen, Perdue's attorney.

None of the bullets struck the 39-year-old Perdue, who had previously been stopped and cleared by other officers, according to the lawsuit, which was filed after he failed to reach a settlement with the city.

Perdue says he suffered a concussion when his truck's airbag opened and has lingering physical and emotional problems as a result of what happened to him that day.

Authorities said that the ex-LAPD Officer, Christopher Dorner, killed four people --  a Riverside police officer, a San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy and the daughter of a former LAPD captain and her fiance -- during a rampage fueled by his anger over being fired from the Los Angeles force several years ago.

The disgruntled ex-cop's remains were found inside a burned-out Big Bear cabin after a shootout with law enforcement, culminating a nearly week-long manhunt for the fugitive.

<![CDATA[Work Continues for Border Patrol Agents]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:40:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Border+crossing.jpg On a hot summer day in July, the border between Texas and Mexico is as dangerous as ever. Still, it's heavily trafficked by illegal migrants.

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<![CDATA[Suspects Sought in Series of Bank Robberies]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:26:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+PD+robbery+surv.jpg

The FBI needs the public's help finding several men believed to be responsible for eight similar robberies in the metroplex over the past year.

Police said the robberies have been getting increasingly aggressive. In each case, the suspects enter the bank armed with weapons and get away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

They have hit banks from Flower Mound to Plano to Dallas and cities in between.

Police said usually two to three men will rob the bank with their faces covered and dressed in black.

They always have a stolen car to get away in, which is later found abandoned not far from the bank.

While the robberies are very similar, police say there is a possibility they are not all connected.

The most recent robbery occurred June 17 at ViewPoint Bank in Grapevine.

No one has been seriously injured in any of the robberies, but investigators are concerned about the increasingly aggressive nature of the crimes.

The robbers are described as black men in their late 20s or early 30s, ranging from 5-foot-7-inches to 6-feet tall. Two of the men have a thin build and one is heavy-set, police said.

In each case, the men have worn long pants, long-sleeved shirts, gloves, hoodies or baseball-style hats and full masks or bandannas covering their faces.

If you know anything that could help investigators, call the Dallas FBI at (972) 559-5000 or your local police department.

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<![CDATA[Sick Boy Becomes Cop for a Day]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:35:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Adam-Broderson.jpg

One suburban Chicago police department had a new top cop on Wednesday.

Adam Broderson -- a 7-year-old boy with a heart defect -- was named sergeant by the Buffalo Grove Police Department for a day, and got to hang out with the other members of the force.

Adam dreams of one day growing up to be a police officer, but has already had to tough out several surgeries during his short life due to a rare heart condition that left him with only one working ventricle.

His day on the force was a surprise, and the young boy suited up for SWAT training, patrolled the village with his partner and even got to catch a bad guy in a simulated arrest.

He even got to train at the shooting range, which wasn't the favorite part of his day because of the noise.

The police department set up Adam's special day after seeing a letter he wrote in school.

Adam's parents say after suffering through three major heart surgeries, getting to live out his dream was the chance of a lifetime.

<![CDATA[Man Hanged Dog, Set House Fire: PD]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:24:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fire-Generic.jpg

A New Jersey man allegedly involved in a domestic dispute hanged his family dog before setting fire to his home, police say.

The Press of Atlantic City reports that 29-year-old Janrv Bacolod is accused of using an accelerant and setting fire to several parts of his Holly Street home in Mays Landing last Friday.

Several cats inside the home were killed, according to The Press of AC.

Prior to setting the blaze, police say Bacolod hanged his dog.

Police records show that the suspect's estranged wife had a restraining order against him. They say he violated that order when he called her at work and threatened her.

Bacolod is being held on $100,000 bail, according to the paper.


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<![CDATA[Facebook Takes 40 Minutes a Day ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:57:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/177*120/113888441-the-facebook-website-is-displayed-on-a-gettyimages.jpg

How much time is spent checking Facebook? According to the social media giant, the average American now spends 40 minutes a day checking their Facebook feed.

While that pales in comparison to four hours of television, it is more than what is spent caring for pets, reading or responding to personal emails.

Facebook says it has 128 million daily average users in the U.S.

That's about 40 percent of the country's population.


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<![CDATA[Researchers: Beware of Itchy Moles]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:46:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap2011070517h49m00s146_722x406_2042816754.jpg

People with moles that are itchy or painful may want to ask a doctor about the possibility of cancer.

Researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center found that more than a third of skin cancer lesions are itchy, and more than a quarter involve pain.

The study included nearly 300 patients.

Researchers say the signals may be an easy way for dermatologists to determine whether moles should be looked at more closely.

<![CDATA[Hoops with Grand Prairie Cops at YMCA ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:30:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/High+School+Basketball+Hoop+Generic.jpg

The police chief in Grand Prairie is hoping some one-on-one time with kids, will keep them out of trouble--or two-on-two and three-on-three.

Midnight Basketball is in its second year at the YMCA off of Carrier Parkway and Queens Way.

The first game will begin Thursday at 9 p.m.

It is a free program where the youth get to spend time bonding with police officers over a common hobby.

"They get to be here after the Y closes, for a little bit, so they think that's kind of neat. But it also gives them a positive outlet at least one night a week to be doing things in the late night hours that are somewhat positive and constructive," said David Foster at YMCA Grand Prairie.

The teens are referred by the Grand Prairie school district or the police department.

The Y says many of them come from families without a strong male role model.

<![CDATA[Intruder Who Claimed Pregnancy ID'd]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:45:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LB+Intruder+Female+Solo+2.jpg

Police on Thursday identified a suspected burglar who told a homeowner she was pregnant before he fatally shot her outside his home in Long Beach.

Tom Greer appeared to have no regret when he told NBC4 Wednesday night that he shot the woman twice in the back with his .22-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver as she was fleeing with a male accomplice.

The woman was identified as Andrea Miller, 28, from Long Beach. The male suspect was identified as Gus Adams, 26, of Long Beach. Adams was booked into jail on a robbery and murder charge, Long Beach police said in a press release.

"She says, 'Don't shoot me, I'm pregnant -- I'm going to have a baby.' And I shot her anyway," Greer said. "The lady didn't run as fast as the man so I shot her in the back twice, she's dead ... but he got away."

There was no immediate confirmation of the pregnancy, but the Los Angeles County coroner's office planned to perform an autopsy on the woman on Friday, said Ed Winter, of the coroner's office.

Long Beach police said they are investigating whether Greer should face charges for Tuesday night's shooting in the 3900 block of Country Club Drive.

Even though the woman was running away, Greer said he regards what he did as self-defense.

He said he arrived at home Tuesday night to find a couple in the middle of a late-night break-in when they attacked him.

"When I went in there, they tackled me," Greer told NBC4. "Both of them jumped up on top of me."

At one point, Miller stopped hitting Greer to help Adams break into a safe, police said.

While the suspects ransacked his home, Greer got his gun from another room, returned to confront them and fired his gun while they were still inside his house, police said.

Both suspects ran out, making off with items taken during the burglary.

Greer followed them as they ran out and fired again.

Miller was struck by gunfire, fell in the alley, and died, authorities said.

Adams got away, but was captured later.

Greer told detectives he believes the suspects broke into his home and stole cash and property three times before, police said. Greer's estranged wife, Dorothy, said on Thursday one of the burglaries happened while she was at home. She saw her jewelry stolen.

But she never expected such violence.

"It's scary," she said. "Either way it goes, it's scary. It was just a bad situation, all the way around."

Greer was treated at a hospital Wednesday for a severe shoulder and collarbone injury.

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<![CDATA[Mysterious Dolls Left on Doorsteps]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:34:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/209*120/San+Clemente+doll+4+%282%29.jpg

A Southern California woman who attends her Orange County community's church decided to clear out her doll collection and surprise her neighbors with the dolls, leaving some residents stumped and "disturbed" by a resemblance to some neighborhood children.

The slew of deliveries began July 16 with at least eight San Clemente families finding porcelain dolls on their doorsteps.

While residents said they felt creeped out and "disturbed" over fears someone was trying to scare the Talega neighborhood of San Clemente, investigators learned Thursday night that the woman's intentions were pure.

"The woman attended church with many of the impacted families," Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock said.

The woman said she was clearing out an old doll collection and thought of some young girls in the neighborhood who might enjoy them, Hallock said.

It was not clear why the woman did not leave a note or tell the residents about the dolls.

Earlier Thursday, residents said they were afraid of the reason behind the toys.

"I'm actually thinking the worst, like someone creepy watching our children and I'm actually pretty scared about it," resident Mary Robin Baziak said. "(Someone) found a China doll on her stop that looked like her daughter."

"It's really creepy and disturbing. As a mom with a daughter, it freaks me out," another neighbor said. "Hopefully it's a prank and not someone with very bad motives."

Christina Cocca contributed to this report.

<![CDATA[North Texas Heat Prompts Emergency Calls ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:23:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Made-in-America-Water-Man-Cool.jpg

The National Weather Service canceled a heat advisory for North Texas on Thursday, but MedStar says it still responded to more than five heat-related emergency calls.

NBC 5 used a new thermometer provided by MedStar to measure the surface temperature of the sidewalk. It registered at more than 130 degrees.

"That's why I was going to go get my AC fixed," said North Texas resident Abilene Fernandez. "I heard that it was going to be really hot this week."

Fernandez has been driving without an air conditioner in her car for two weeks. She was on her way to get it fixed when she says she was hit by another driver.

"This car came and hit me on the side out of nowhere," Fernandez said.

Fernandez and her two young kids pulled over to wait for police.

"They're fine. They're just a little scared because we were in a wreck about three months ago," Fernandez said.

A family member arrived and put the kids in their car to wait in the air conditioning, but Fernandez was left to stand in the heat.

"My feet are burning," she said. "I thought it was going to help because I was wearing sandals, but it's just worse because it's burning my feet."

Dustin Black, a supervisor with MedStar, says it's not just old and young people who can fall victim to the heat – it's everybody. Black says each person is different, and your physical condition, medications and even supplements can affect how vulnerable you are to rising temperatures.

Since June 1, MedStar paramedics have responded to 108 heat-related calls.

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<![CDATA[Health Experts Look for Cyclospora Cause]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:12:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/82256656.jpg

As the number of cases of cyclosporiasis grow in North Texas, health officials are working to find the cause.

"Typically with this particular organism, it is distributed on a produce item. People are getting it at different places. They are getting it at a market, they are getting it at a restaurant, they are getting it at a grocery store," said Russ Jones, chief of epidemiology at the Tarrant County Health Department.

Judy Hiltunen thinks she got it at a restaurant when she ordered salad. For three weeks, she was down for the count.

"No energy. I had no energy. Running to the bathroom. Just wanted to sleep, sleep, sleep," said Hiltunen.

When someone tests positive for cyclospora, expect to hear from the health department. The chief of epidemiology for the Tarrant County Health Department took NBC 5 through how they look for a cause.

First, investigators get basic information from people who have tested positive, and then they go through where they shop and have eaten.

Next comes the tricky part. They want to know what the people have eaten for two weeks before they got sick.

"It is not the last place you ate that got you sick, especially for this. It usually takes a couple of days," Jones said.

Symptoms of cyclosporiasis may include weight loss, abdominal cramps, bloating, increased gas, nausea, vomiting and low-grade fever.

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<![CDATA[Doctor: Accused Wylie Teen "Had Second Thoughts"]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:41:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ivan-Mejia-photos.jpg

Closing arguments will begin Friday in a Collin County certification hearing focusing on whether a then-16-year-old boy should be treated as an adult in the murder of his Wylie East High School classmate, Ivan Mejia.

A psychologist testified Thursday, on day four of a certification hearing, that the teen feels "remorse" but felt he and his co-respondent were "in too deep" in the planning of the alleged crime to scale back.

Testimony has focused on whether or not the teen is "sophisticated and mature."

Dr. Robert Lackey, an appointed psychologist who has interviewed the teen several times, says the juvenile "had second thoughts" about the alleged crime.

Lackey added he believes the teen does feel empathy.

The teen, now 17, was 16 years old in March on the day he and a friend allegedly lured Mejia to an area near the Wylie East High School campus, strangled him to death in a headlock and drove to Garland to dispose of the body in a location they had planned.

Family friends and neighbors continued to testify Thursday that the teen was "polite," "respectful" and even "shy."

All the while, the teen's attorney, Edwin King, continued to press witnesses he called to the stand as to whether the teen was "sophisticated and mature."

Most stated they did not believe the teen was mature for his age.

The teen's mother testified she believes her son is "less mature" and "less sophisticated" than other boys his age.

She told the judge her son is "shy" and often has a hard time opening up, even to her questions.

When King stated, "This has been a horrible thing for everyone involved, the Mejias especially," the teen's mother hung her head, answering softly, "Yes."

Her testimony included some disturbing details about the planning of the crime, including that some of the materials used at the scene, such as shovels and duct tape, may have come from the teen's family home.

The mother also testified that the car recovered by Wylie police, which they believe the teens used to transport Mejia's body in its trunk to the Garland woods, is actually her vehicle.

She also testified her son had never mentioned Mejia by name. She knew of the victim in passing, only as the ex-boyfriend of a girl her son was interested in dating.

Police claim the motive for the murder was a love triangle, where Mejia and the accused teen were involved with the same teenage girl.

Collin County Judge Cynthia Wheless may or may not rule to certify the teen as an adult, based on evidence presented in the four-day hearing.

If certified as an adult, the teen would immediately be transferred from the Collin County Juvenile Detention to the adult Collin County jail.

NBC 5 is not identifying the teen or his family members because of his age.

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<![CDATA[Cyclosporiasis Cases Climb in Dallas, Tarrant Counties]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:26:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Washing+produce.jpg

The number of cases of cyclosporiasis are contining to climb in Dallas and Tarrant counties.

As of 11 a.m. Thursday, nearly 30 cases of cyclosporiasis have been reported in DFW including 12 cases in Dallas County and 11 in Tarrant County. Those numbers are up slightly from Tuesday.  The number of cases in Collin and Denton counties remains unchanged at four and two, respectively.

Past cyclospora outbreaks in the U.S. have been associated with the consumption of imported fresh produce, including fresh cilantro, prepackaged salad mix, raspberries, basil, snow peas and Mesclun, including an outbreak affecting Texas in 2013.

No common exposure source for the latest outbreak has been identified, though investigators are working to determine a common source among the afflicted.

Thorough washing of fresh produce is recommended as a precaution, though it may not eliminate the risk of transmission since cyclospora can be difficult to wash off all types of produce.

Infection is generally not transmitted directly from person to person and can be treated with Bactrim, an antibiotic. But even if you've had those symptoms and you never go to the doctor, they will go away eventually.

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<![CDATA[Teen Wanted for Felony Vandalism in Arlington]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:58:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/apd-trevor-zane-collinsworth.jpg

Arlington police are asking for help in locating a teen wanted for defacing a church and a school.

Trevor Zane Collinsworth, 17, is wanted by Arlington police for several felony graffiti offenses, not only to the church and school, but to utility boxes, fences, garage doors and a vehicle.

Police said Collinsworth spray painted the letters VTF with black and orange paint at a church on the 3400 block of West Interstate 20 and at a school on the 3300 block of Pimlico Drive.

"There is a possibility that additional charges could be added once cost estimates are received from homeowners on the damages to other citizen’s property that have been reported in the I.H. 20 and Park Springs corridor," police said in a statement Thursday.

Collinsworth has ties to both Arlington and White Settlement. He is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, 140 pounds, brown hair, and blue eyes. He is also known by the nickname, “Diesel,” and could be anywhere in Tarrant County.

Anyone with information on Collinsworth's location is asked to not approach him and to call Tarrant County CrimeStoppers at 817-469-TIPS.  Callers may remain anonymous.

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<![CDATA[Yankees Top Texas 4-2 in Series Finale]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:16:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers072414.jpg

Brandon McCarthy threw six more solid innings, fellow newcomer Chase Headley delivered another timely hit and the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 4-2 Thursday for their sixth win in seven games.

Brett Gardner doubled, scored a run and drove in one as the Yankees kept up their push since the All-Star break.

Texas fell to 3-17 in July and dropped 22 games under .500 for the first time since the final week of the 1988 season.

McCarthy improved to 2-0 with a 1.45 ERA in three starts since the Yankees got him in a deal with Arizona earlier this month. He was 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA at the time of the trade.

McCarthy limited Texas to one run and four hits. He struck out five, and fanned Alex Rios to finish off an 11-pitch at-bat that ended the first inning.

Rios almost got even in the eighth with Texas trailing 3-2, hitting a drive off All-Star reliever Dellin Betances that was caught on the warning track in right field.

David Robertson pitched the ninth for his 25th save in 27 chances.

Colby Lewis (6-8) gave up three runs and four hits in 6 1-3 innings. He took the loss, but kept his composure -- in his previous start, he got rankled when Toronto's Colby Rasmus bunted for a two-out single midway through the game.

There were no problems with the field at Yankee Stadium, either. New York won 2-1 Wednesday night when a sudden, heavy storm prevented the grounds crew from quickly putting the tarp down in the fifth inning. The rain stopped soon enough, but the field was too wet to continue.

Texas took a 1-0 lead in the third on an RBI single by Elvis Andrus.

Gardner doubled in the fourth and scored on Headley's two-out single off the right-field wall.

Headley was acquired from San Diego on Tuesday and beat Texas that night with a single in the 14th inning.

Francisco Cervelli hit a go-ahead double in the fifth and later scored when left fielder Shin-Soo Choo made a fine running catch on Gardner's sacrifice fly for a 3-1 lead. Earlier, Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin ran way back to grab Ichiro Suzuki's drive.

J.P. Arencibia homered in the Texas seventh. Brian McCann had an RBI double in the New York eighth.

NOTES: The Yankees evened their home record at 24-24. They have 33 home games left, most in the AL. ... A day after Texas traded closer Joakim Soria to Detroit, RHP Neftali Feliz will inherit the role for the time being, manager Ron Washington said. ... Yankees SS Derek Jeter got a day off for rest. ... Toronto LHP Mark Buehrle (10-6, 2.86) starts Friday night at Yankee Stadium against RHP Hiroki Kuroda (6-6, 3.88). Buehrle is 1-11 lifetime vs. the Yankees. ... Texas RHP Yu Darvish will remain on regular rest after pitching 4 1-3 innings in the rain-shortened loss, Washington said. ... Texas pitching coach Mike Maddux will miss the weekend series vs. Oakland to see brother Greg inducted into the Hall of Fame. Bullpen coach Andy Hawkins will fill in for Maddux, and Triple-A pitching coach Brad Holman will be the bullpen coach for the three games against the A's.

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<![CDATA[2 Guilty in Fatal Nightclub Beating]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:43:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/01-santaana.jpg

Two women were convicted of voluntary manslaughter Thursday in the beating death of a 23-year-old woman outside a Santa Ana nightclub.

Vanesa Tapia Zavala, 26, and Candace Marie Brito, 27, were also found guilty of assault with force to produce great bodily injury in Annie Hung "Kim" Pham's fatal beating, but were acquitted of felony second-degree murder.

They each face up to 11 years in prison.

The two are accused of killing Pham by kicking her in the head as she was on the ground fighting their friend outside the Crosby Restaurant and Nightclub on Jan. 19, officials said.

Friends of Pham told police that three women attacked her without provocation after the two groups bumped into each other outside the nightclub. Another witness said Pham instigated the fight by shouting obscenities and throwing the first punch after she and her friends bumped into another group exiting the bar.

Portions of the attack were captured on cellphone video as the victim's friends and a security guard unsuccessfully attempted to intervene, officials said.

Pham was hospitalized after the attack and taken off life support Jan. 21.


<![CDATA[Constables Patrol, Capture Along Border]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:32:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/border2.jpg

On a hot summer day in July, the border between Texas and Mexico is as dangerous as ever. Still, it's heavily trafficked by illegal migrants.

Nearly 1,000 migrants who have made the illegal journey, are captured every week in a Hidalgo County park.

Constable Sgt. Danny Broyles has made the apprehensions himself.

An NBC 5 crew rode with him one night as he pulled over at the side of a road and saw a group of young women with children. Upon talking to them, he discovers it's one young woman's birthday.

She tells him she doesn't even know what day it is or what time. Her objective was to make it to this country. The children with her could be her own or relatives.

Now, she'll be spending the rest of the day and others to come inside a processing station along the border. She'll be given a detention hearing date, and her family will most likely wire her the money for a bus ticket to their home elsewhere in the country.

This is what constables see, day in and day out. The next day, another group of women with children are spotted. They tell the constables they crossed the Rio Grande without life jackets.

Broyles, with decades of experience, knows the drill by now.

"They take what money they have, sell whatever they have. They spend the money on a bus ticket and get as far North as they can, get into Mexico," he explained.

From there, they make the illegal trek into the United States.

As the summer rolls on, Broyles expects the illegal journey to get even more dangerous.

"We are going to have triple-digit heat on a regular basis. Mosquitoes will be thick along the riverbanks. You're not going to see anything good come out of it," he explained.

And in as soon as three weeks, National Guard troops will arrive along the border. Gov. Rick Perry said the troops will serve as a visual deterrent to those considering crossing the border illegally.

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<![CDATA[Patient Kills Case Worker: DA]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:28:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/226*120/mercy+fitzgerald+hospital+shooting+33.JPG

A female case worker was killed and a doctor shot when a psychiatric patient opened fire on them Thursday in a wellness center on the campus of a Delaware County, Pennsylvania, hospital, officials say.

Officials say that patient was then shot by the doctor, who returned fire from his own gun.

The shootout took place around 2:20 p.m. Thursday inside a doctor's office in the psychiatric unit at the Sister Marie Lenahan Wellness Center, officials say. The center is located along the 1500 block of Lansdowne Avenue in Darby, Pa. That's located across from Mercy-Fitzgerald hospital, on its campus.

The gunman, identified as Richard Plotts, of Upper Darby, had come to the unit with his caseworker, 53-year-old Theresa Hunt of Philadelphia, according to Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan. They then went behind closed doors in a doctor's third floor office when a confrontation occurred.

“A worker did confirm that he heard some loud arguing going on. They came in and they actually opened the door and saw him pointing a gun at the doctor. They did not notice the case worker at that point. They shut the door very quietly and one immediately called 911," Whelan said.

The DA said a short time went by and then gunfire erupted from Plotts' gun. Plotts has had run-ins with the doctor's and hospital staff in the past, Whelan said.

Both the doctor, identified as Dr. Lee Silverman, and the case worker were hit by the gunfire. The woman was fatally shot in the small office, and the doctor was grazed in the head, Whelan said.

Silverman also pulled out his weapon and fired upon the suspect, the preliminary investigation showed. Plotts was hit three times in the torso, Whelan said.

Other doctors and case workers then rushed into the room and tackled the man to the ground, wrestling with him for the weapon.

“We’re not exactly sure what had occurred and what might have precipitated this particular incident," Whelan said. "We do know the psychiatric connection, we have that concern, however we don’t know if there was another dispute that occurred inside that room that led to these shots being fired."

Both Plotts and Silverman were taken to the trauma center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in nearby Philadelphia. The suspect is in surgery and is listed in critical condition, Whelan said. The doctor's condition has not been released.

Officials say a 911 call came in at 2:19 p.m. with the caller saying a doctor had been shot. The center and hospital was quickly placed on lockdown as police swarmed the campus.

Allen Williams was checking in his father for an X-ray on the center's ground floor when the shooting happened.

"As we were giving the information, they said the hospital is on lockdown and they locked out the doors. They told us to sneak out the back door," he said. “I was hoping everyone was going to get out safe."

Williams slowly led his father, who uses a walker, in a group of 15 people onto a grassy area outside the building. He says police kept them at the scene as they checked the building.

Police arrived within minutes and evacuated the entire wellness center as SWAT officers swept the building as a precaution.

The Sister Marie Lenahan Wellness Center has physician offices and offers outpatient services for ambulatory care, audiology, cardiac rehabilitation, radiology and hearing and balance, according to the health system's website.

Late Thursday night, Mercy Fitzgerald released this statement regarding the deadly shooting:

"We continue to pray for the victims and their families. As this is an ongoing investigation, we remain focused on working with the Delaware County Police Departments to understand fully the details of the event and to do all we can to assist those affected.

We are thankful for the responders to this incident, the many law enforcement professionals who are a part of the investigation, and the outpouring of support we have received from our community."

A large police presence from Yeadon, Haverford Township and other Delaware County law enforcement agencies remained at the scene for hours as the crime scene was processed.

Contact Vince Lattanzio at 610.668.5532, vince.lattanzio@nbcuni.com or follow @VinceLattanzio on Twitter.

<![CDATA[Obama Speaking on Economy in LA]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:28:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/200*120/lax+obama+af+1.jpg

President Barack Obama focused on the economy, jobs and growing the middle class during a speech at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College on Thursday as he wrapped up a 24-hour visit to Los Angeles.

While speaking to the college-aged crowd, Obama took swipes at Congress for not helping middle-class Americans' quality of life.

"The hardest thing in politics is to change a stubborn status quo," Obama said.

Obama started his day at a fundraiser at the Brentwood home of Michael Rapino, the CEO of concert promotion behemoth Live Nation, according to City News Service. The cost for a ticket to the roundtable discussion was a hefty one, reaching $32,4000, the maximum allowable contribution to a national party in a calendar year.

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Following the fundraiser, Obama made a surprise stop at Canter's Deli in the Fairfax area. There he met with four people who wrote him letters, according to the White House.

The president spoke at the  Los Angeles Trade-Technical College in South Los Angeles because it was awarded a Department of Labor skills training grant, which funds projects that train workers to obtain or upgrade employment in high-growth sectors.

Pro-immigration and pro-Palestinian groups were expected to protest outside the college campus, calling for an end to deportations of immigrants, the creation of a Palestinian state and for the U.S. to demand Israel end attacks on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Southern California is the last stop on Obama's three-day West Coast trip, which began Tuesday in Seattle. Obama began Wednesday in San Francisco, where he attended a morning fundraiser benefiting the House Majority Political Action Committee, before arriving at Los Angeles International Airport around 3 p.m.

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Once in LA, Obama stopped in Hancock Park at the home of television producer Shonda Rhimes for a DNC fundraising reception.

Obama is expected to head back to Washington, D.C. following after his speech. Until then, Southland residents could expect traffic delays.

Drivers were urged to avoid the following areas:

  • Beverly Boulevard and North Doheny Drive from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Grand Avenue and West Washington Boulevard from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunset Boulevard and Mandeville Canyon Road from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Sunset Boulevard and Barrington Avenue from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Figueroa Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.


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