<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:03:34 -0500 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:03:34 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Jenkins, Rawlings Grade Ebola Response]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:45:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/land-rawlings-jenkins-ints.JPG

In an exclusive interview with NBC 5's Meredith Land, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, the two leaders credited with keeping Dallas-Fort Worth calm during the height of the Ebola crisis, grade their performance managing the threat while discussing the tense moments that took place behind closed doors and the deeply personal toll it took on their own lives.

“I will say the low moment was getting that call that Amber had come down [with Ebola]. I felt I had failed these nurses, but also because of, what's next?” Rawlings said.

In tonight's exclusive interview at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., Rawlings talks about why he was so mad at Presbyterian Hospital, the CDC, the governor’s office and even the White House.

You'll also hear about the trouble Jenkins' daughter faced at school over his involvement in managing the crisis and how both leaders were surprised to hear nurse Amber Vinson had been cleared to fly without their approval.

See the exclusive interviews, tonight at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., only on NBC 5.

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<![CDATA[Family of Missing Fort Worth Woman to Hold Vigil]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:47:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Christina-Morris-Vigil-0918.jpg

It's been two months since a Fort Worth woman went missing in Plano and investigators said they don't have any new leads, but Christina Morris' family is still holding out hope.

The family said every day is more difficult, though.

"We need a lot of strength today. And we need an army of people to get us through this," Morris' mother Jonni McElroy said. "Yesterday was probably the hardest day for me since this has happened."

Family and friends will hold a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. Thursday at Bishop Park, near the Shops at Legacy where Morris, 23, was last seen walking into a parking garage Aug. 30.

"It's the worst feeling, stepmother Anna Morris said. "Not knowing where your child is, you know, is so awful."

Investigators have reviewed surveillance video and questioned the friend Morris was with when she was last seen. Texas Equusearch was also unable to locate her.

The reward for information about Morris' disappearance has increased to $25,000.

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<![CDATA[West Breaks Ground on New Schools]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:58:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/new-west-school.jpg

The city of West marked a big milestone on its way to recovery with the groundbreaking of the new high school and middle school Thursday.

Back in 2013, the high school had to be destroyed after being damaged by the fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people. The new school will be built exactly where the old school used to be.

"It means the start of something new,” West High School junior Bria Dokupil said. “We get to come to school in an actual building, and it just means the city is starting to rebuild and grow."

Since the explosion, students have had to attend school in another district and temporary portable buildings. Despite these challenges, students have not given up.

“I am going to miss the portables to be honest,” said West High senior Holly Soukup. “They have just been a great part of our lives."

Unfortunately for many students at Thursday’s groundbreaking, they will never be able to attend class in the new school. Those students are still happy for the younger students who will.

"It means a lot because I have family members who are coming up and grades below me, and for them to experience a high school, and not portable buildings, is just an amazing thing," said Soukup.

All the West High School students we spoke with plan to be back to see the new school dedicated.

"Oh yes, I will be here," said Soukup.

"I hope they get it done before we graduate, and if not, I definitely will come back for it," said Dokupil.

The new school is being paid for by insurance and FEMA money. It will cost close to $45 million dollars to build. They hope to be in the new school by 2016.

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<![CDATA[A Homecoming Fit for a King]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:52:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/457402746.jpg

Out in Cleveland they’re talking 70 wins and a championship for the Cavaliers.

Quick reminder I: Only one NBA team has ever won 70 games in a season, and the 1996-97 Chicago Bulls had a guy named Michael Jordan leading the way to a record 72 wins.

Quick reminder II: The Cavs are 0-for-44 in their all-time quest for an NBA championship.

But it’s easy to see why expectations are through the Quickens Loan Arena roof, just off the shores of Lake Erie: On Thursday night, LeBron James will put on a Cleveland uniform in a regular-season game for the first time since 2009-10. 

“This is my first home game,’’ he says in a new Sprite commercial, trumpeting his return to his hometown team.

The ad shows him getting a hero’s welcome as he walks into Akron’s Patterson Park, where he played as a youth. It’s as if he never left Cleveland back in July, 2010, to take “my talents to South Beach.’’ That night he became Public Enemy No. 1, with his once-adoring fans burning his wine-and gold No. 23 jersey and the Cavs’ owner, Dan Gilbert, emasculating the franchise’s all-time greatest player in a venomous email seen ‘round the world.

Now he’s back and the NBA has never seen a homecoming like this one.

The Cavs open the season Thursday at the New York Knicks at 8 p.m. He returns with a new baby in tow, having welcomed daughter Zhuri Nova with his wife last week. James also has two sons.

“They all hated him for leaving, but now it’s a great story because he’s the hero again,’’ NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal said on Monday. “Villain one day, hero the next. Now all is forgiven. That just shows you how fickle fans can be.’’

O’Neal, who played two seasons in Cleveland with James, had an idea that James would be headed back home. It’s not just that LeBron always had it in the back of his mind to return to where he first became a legend, playing for St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. Shaq also saw some basketball logic in James’ decision to leave Miami Heat as a free agent, even after leading the Heat to two titles, in 2012 and 2013, and helping the Heat become only the third franchise in league history to go to four straight Finals.

“When a guy goes to four straight Finals, like LeBron did, you figure everything is good and he’ll be staying,’’ O’Neal said. “But what nobody is talking about is what happened to the Heat.’’

In last June’s Finals the Heat’s vaunted “Big Three’’ was reduced to James trying to go one-on-five and getting obliterated in five games by the San Antonio Spurs. With one-time Finals MVP Dwyane Wade looking calcified, and their top big man Chris Bosh largely ineffective, James found himself trying to outduel the Spurs by himself.

Turns out, he had every reason to head back to Northeast Ohio. But first, he had to hear a very big “I’m sorry’’ from Gilbert, the long-time meddling owner. The two met in secret in Florida before he decided to make the move. Gilbert apologized and James proved to be one forgiving soul.

“You hash it out and move on,’’ the four-time MVP said.

James signed a two-year deal for $42.1 million, with an option to rework his contract next summer. What he went back to was a far cry from what the Cavs have now, as they prepare to take the court for their season-opener against the New York Knicks.

“I didn't envision our team being like this right off the bat," James said during pre-season. “I felt like me coming, we could hopefully add some pieces. Obviously it happened quicker than I thought."

The Cavs have the makings of a championship contender. Kyrie Irving, who was once intent on returning home to the New York area to play for his beloved Knicks, opted to stay when the Cavs gave him the $90 million maximum salary, just before James announced his return. Then the Cavs used their third No. 1 overall pick in the draft in the last four years, Kansas prodigy Andrew Wiggins, and traded him to Minnesota for the Timberwolves' disgruntled All-Star power forward, Kevin Love.

Irving and Love have zero playoff appearances between them and have never had to perform under such lofty expectations, which is probably the reason James refuses to call his new set-up “the Big Three.’’ But they’re bound to benefit from playing with James, who will be seeking his sixth trip to the Finals since 2007 and his third ring. With the King back on his throne, the Cavs had an easy time adding the necessary fill-in pieces for a strong supporting cast. Players with championship pedigree like Shawn Marion, Mike Miller and James Jones ran to play with James. They might be shaky defensively, lacking a big man to protect the rim, but the Cavs should be an offensive juggernaut.

“I don’t see anybody in the East giving them problems,’’ O’Neal said. “Chicago needs to find another scorer to help Derrick Rose. He can’t do it by himself and he’s undersized. The only concern I have about Cleveland is their coach.’’

A veteran of coaching in Russia and Israel, David Blatt, a former Princeton player under legendary coach Pete Carril, has never coached a second in the NBA, not even as an assistant. But he now has the best player on the planet, who still doesn’t turn 30 until December, meaning this is a learning curve that should be relatively easy to negotiate.

Of course, there hasn’t been a champion in Cleveland since the Browns in 1964.

“For LeBron, winning one championship in Cleveland will be the equivalent of winning five titles in Miami,’’ said O’Neal’s TNT teammate, Charles Barkley. “Even if he doesn’t win it this season, you just have to love the fact that LeBron went back home. That’s what I was rooting for and what a lot of people were rooting for.’’

Nowhere more than out in LeBron’s old stomping grounds. He might not win 70 games this season, but no one will be surprised if sometime in June he’s out in front, leading a championship parade.

Longtime New York columnist Mitch Lawrence continues to write about pro basketball, as he’s done for the last 21 years. His columns for NBCNewYork.com on the Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and the NBA, along with other major sports, will appear twice weekly. Follow him on Twitter @Mitch _ Lawrence.

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<![CDATA[Bear at SoCal Pet Grooming Shop]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:08:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/10-30-2014-lancaster-bear-rmg.jpg

A bear visited a Lancaster business district early Thursday in an early morning search for food in trash bins at a pet grooming store.

The black bear was reported near 15th Street West and West Avenue K in the northern Los Angeles County community in the Antelope Valley. A security guard patrolling the area responded to a report of someone knocking on the business' back door.

He arrived to find the bear going through trash. Deputies arrived before the bear wandered into a nearby water channel.

At about 5:45, the NBC4's crew in Lancaster caught the bear on video as it climbed an embankment.

California's black bear population is at about 25,000 to 30,000, with most living in mountain areas above 3,000 feet, according to what the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife calls conservative estimates. In 1982, the statewide bear population was estimated at between 10,000 and 15,000.

Less than 10 percent of the state's black bear population lives in the central western and southwestern California region, according to agency estimates. About half of the population resides in an area north and west of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Increased bear sightings -- and other wildlife -- might be partially attributed in recent years to the state's ongoing drought as animals are forced to search for food in areas outside their usual habitat, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. California has just finished its third-consecutive dry year with no end in sight to the dry spell.

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<![CDATA[Apple CEO Tim Cook: "I'm Proud to Be Gay"]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:29:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tim-cook.jpg

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke out publicly about his sexuality in an op-ed for Bloomberg Businessweek, saying, "I'm proud to be gay" and that he hoped to inspire others.

"While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now," Cook said in the article, entitled "Tim Cook Speaks Up" published on Thursday. "So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."

Cook, who was named CEO in August 2011, has never publicly acknowledged his sexual orientation, but he said many of his colleagues at Apple already knew. He said the choice to come out wasn’t easy as privacy is important to him, but he hopes his public declaration helps others.

“I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others,” Cook wrote. “So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy.”

Although Cook had never acknowledged he is a gay man, he spoke out against discrimination against the LGBT community in the past.

In June, he tweeted his support for the White House’s decision prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, calling it “a matter of basic human dignity." And in February, he applauded a coach of his hometown college football team for saying he would welcome a gay player on the team.






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<![CDATA[MedStar: Girl, 10, Struck By Vehicle in Fort Worth]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:39:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/medstar-ambulances.jpg

MedStar officials said they transported a 10-year-old girl to a nearby hospital after she was struck by a by a vehicle in Fort Worth Thursday morning.

The girl was hit in the 9000 block of Legacy Drive, which is near North Elementary School, just before 7 a.m., officials said.

MedStar officials said they transported the girl to Cook Children's Medical Center with minor injuries.

Stay tuned to NBC 5 for the latest information.

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<![CDATA[Indictment Returned Against FW Vet]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:36:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doc-tierce-and-sid.jpeg

A Fort Worth vet who admitted he secretly kept a family's dog alive in a cage for blood transfusions has been indicted by a Tarrant County grand jury.

Millard Lucien Tierce III, 71, was indicted Wednesday on one count of theft, one count of misapplication of fiduciary property and one count of animal cruelty. The first two counts are felonies punishable by up to two years in jail; the third is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

Tierce's license was suspended in May while the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners investigated Jaime and Marian Harris' allegations of abuse.

The Harrises said Tierce agreed to euthanize their dog Sid after diagnosing him with a spinal defect from which he could not recover.

Several months later, the couple learned from a vet tech at the clinic that their dog has been kept alive and was being used for blood transfusions. They went to the clinic, confronted the staff and retrieved their dog from a backroom — touching off an investigation into the clinic.

Subsequent examinations revealed Sid had no spinal defect, and he has since recovered from his mistreatment, the Harrises said.

An investigation into the clinic revealed three other dogs, one of whom was Tierce's personal pet, all being kept alive after the doctor said they should have been euthanized. Tierce's own dog, a three-legged border collie, was found lying in a box on the floor of an exam room, twitching, with two dislocated shoulders and a dislocated leg.

At a hearing last week, the state board formally suspended Tierce's license for an additional five years.

No court date has been set.

<![CDATA[MedStar: Vehicle Strikes Man, Pregnant Woman]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:08:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/medstar+generic1.jpg

MedStar officials said two pedestrians, including a pregnant woman, were struck by a vehicle in Fort Worth Thursday morning.

The driver struck the pregnant woman and a man near the intersection of McCart Avenue and Edgecliff Road at about 6:30 a.m., according to MedStar officials.

The man was taken to a nearby hospital in serious condition, authorities said.

The woman and the driver were treated at the scene, MedStar officials said. There is no word yet on their conditions.

Stay tuned to NBC 5 for updates.

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<![CDATA[Light Pole on Oak Lawn Avenue Snaps after Being Hit]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:29:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lightpole-down.jpg

A driver remains uninjured after striking a construction sign and a light pole.

According to the Dallas Police Department, the accident occurred around 1 a.m. in the 2600 block of Oak Lawn Avenue. The pole snapped at its base after being hit and blocked one lane of the street.

Oak Lawn Avenue was shut down between Routh and Brown streets while crews fixed the pole, but the road has since reopened.

Alcohol is not suspected.

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<![CDATA[Fire Causes Wall of Garland Home to Collapse]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:18:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/garland-fire-department-generic.jpg

Investigators are looking for the cause of a fire that hit a vacant home Thursday morning.

The Garland Fire Department said they responded to a call at 1:30 a.m. for a fire in the 1200 block of West Park.

Officials said they took a defensive posture towards the fire because the single story home was fully involved.

According to the department, firefighters moved away from the structure after noticing one of the walls failing. The wall then fell into the house.

There were no injuries.

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<![CDATA[Officers Locate Suspects in Robbery Through iPhone]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:06:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/State+Thomas+robbery.jpg

Police have arrested both suspects in a midday armed robbery in the State Thomas area of Dallas Monday.

The victim, a woman who was walking back to work from her apartment, was robbed at around 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of Woodside Street and Clyde Lane, according to police.

The victim, who did not want to be interviewed or identified, told NBC 5 she heard a car screech to a stop behind her. When she turned, she saw a man exit the passenger side of a black, four-door car, stick a handgun in her face and shout a threat.

Before she could react, the victim said the man grabbed the purse from off her shoulder and jumped back into the car before it sped away.

The victim did take note of the license plate, she said, which allowed investigators to track the driver down Tuesday morning. Inside the car, police found pellet guns, one of which appeared to be the weapon used in the crime, the victim said.

Investigators said they located the victim's iPhone through a locator app and found fingerprints which they used to find the first suspect.  The suspect confessed and gave police the name of the accomplice who was arrested Wednesday.

The area is densely populated with apartments and brownstone buildings, and situated at the southernmost corner of Greenwood Cemetery.

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<![CDATA[Man, 71, Fatally Shoots Wife's Attacker: Police]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 03:59:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/aldi-grocery-store.jpg

A 71-year-old man fatally shot a would-be robber who knocked down his wife and tried to steal her necklace in a Dallas grocery store parking lot Tuesday night, police say.

“My first thing was screaming, “who shot him, who shot him?””, said Yadira Juarez, a witness, “That’s when the older guy was like I did.”

Police said Ronnie Lummus and his wife were in front of Aldi Food Market in the 3100 block of Forest Lane in North Dallas Tuesday Night.

Officers said a man suddenly grabbed a gold necklace from the woman's neck and knocked her to ground in an attempt to rob her.

“Her neck was all red, I guess from him, I guess he was choking her and pulled her down because she had scrapes and she had one bruise, but it all just happened so fast,” Juarez said.

Lummus had a concealed handgun and fired multiple times at the man as he tried to get away, according to police.

The man, who has not been identified, was 36-years-old, according to police. He was able to flee to a nearby vehicle, but witnesses say he crashed shortly after in the same parking lot.

Juarez said a 911 operator told her and another woman who rushed to help to check the man who was shot for a pulse.

“We called the cops and they said 'well check if he’s breathing or if he’s ok,' but that’s when he was just laying like this, and he had a hole here and he was like his mouth was full of blood and he wasn’t moving so I was like I’m guessing he’s dead,” Juarez said.

Dallas Police Department officials said Lummus has a valid concealed handgun license.

He, his wife and witnesses told police that the shooting was in self-defense.

Lummus was released on his own recognizance, and police said the shooting will be referred to the grand jury.

NBC 5's Jocelyn Lockwood contributed to this story.

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<![CDATA[Abbott, Davis Encourage Early Voting]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:29:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/247*120/tlmd_wendy_davis_abbott.jpg

Attorney General Greg Abbott and State Senator Wendy Davis were both in the Metroplex on Wednesday.

It is the final week of the campaign for Governor, and a busy week for the candidates.

Abbott was at the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, where he was introduced by Senator John Cornyn.

“Now I am ready to fight for the future of this great state,” said Abbott.

Polls show Abbott leading Davis, and he is also winning the battle of the war chest.

Latest numbers released by the campaign show that Abbott has more than $13 million of cash on hand.

While the Davis campaign and groups contributing to the effort have $1.6 million on hand.

Abbott’s stop in Fort Worth is one of three he has Monday.

“Vote today and then for the next two days of early voting, and the days leading up to the election next Tuesday. We need every single person in this room to be responsible for getting five people to go out and vote,” said Abbott.

While Davis was in Fort Worth, on her home turf, She stopped at a campaign office.

“This is why we are going to win, because of all of the work you are doing,” said Davis.

Davis was introduced by Congressman Marc Veasey.

And even though she trails, as she has throughout the campaign, Davis appears confident.

”Every vote is going to matter in this race. I truly believe it is going to come down to just a few thousand vote difference, and I want to encourage our voters, please believe in the outcome. Be a part of making it happen,” said Davis.

<![CDATA[Good, Bad News About Lower Gas Prices]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:37:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/web_gas_prices.jpg

If you’ve filled the gas tank lately, you’ve noticed a big drop in pump prices.

The unleaded regular average around DFW right now is $2.73 per gallon, according to AAA Texas. That compares to about $3.50 per gallon earlier in the year.

Drivers filling up at the Quick Trip station on Beltline Road in Irving Wednesday paid $2.66 per gallon.

“Cheap gas, cheap gas. Yes, that’s great,” driver Patricia Jones said.

Lower prices leave customers with money to spend other ways.

“It helps me keep my car a little cleaner, too,” said driver Steven Lamb. “I fill it up with higher grade octane at a price I’m used to paying for 87.”

But driver Robert Thorne worried as he pumped the cheaper gas. He works for oil and gas service company Halliburton at the firm’s big Carrollton facility.

“It’s a double edged sword. Cheap gas is not any good if you lose your job over it,” Thorne said. “I don’t like being unemployed. It was hard to find the last job I got because of the recession.”

It is a legitimate concern according to Oil and Gas expert Bernard Weinstein at the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business Maguire Energy Institute.

“There are hundreds of thousands of people in DFW who work in the oil and gas industry, so sure, we need to be concerned about what’s happening to oil prices,” he said.

Weinstein said oil and gas now accounts for 8 percent of the U.S. economy compared with just 2 percent 10 years ago.

“So what happens in the oil and gas sector has a much bigger impact on our national economic wellbeing than it did in the past,” he said.

Weinstein said North America now leads the world in oil and gas production, but supply is outpacing demand with economies overseas slowing down, which explains the falling prices.

Middle Eastern nations in the Organization of Petroleum Export Countries (OPEC) are smaller players today, Weinstein said.

“OPEC has essentially become irrelevant. We are the important producer today,” he said.

Oil is now produced for around $80 a barrel which provides savings for customers.

“At today’s prices, the whole country is a net winner and we’re not hurting in the state of Texas. If prices get down to $70, it’s a different story,” Weinstein said. “Then you will see a pullback in drilling and you will see layoffs in the oil and gas industry.”

Weinstein expects oil prices to level off about where they are to avoid big job cuts, but he said the situation is fluid.

<![CDATA[Arlington School Bans Controversial Football T-Shirt]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:10:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Martin+football+t-shirt.jpg

The Arlington Independent School District has banned a high school football team T-shirt with the slogan "Shhhhhhh just let it happen" after the school newspaper's editorial staff questioned whether the message was a rape innuendo.

The shirt was designed by senior members of Arlington Martin High School's football team and printed by the football booster club, according to the booster club president.

The full message on the front reads, "Martin Football" in big gray letters above a Native American man, who represents the school's Warrior mascot. To the left of the man is a pirate flag, with a skull and crossbones, along with the words, "We take what we want." Below the flag is the "Shhhhhhh just let it happen" phrase.

The most recent edition of 'The Warrior Post,' the bi-monthly newspaper for Martin High School, features a staff editorial titled "Out of Bounds" that includes the following passage:

"...can this saying be easily misunderstood? Yes. Though it certainly was not the goal of the shirt, its slogan connotes rape culture. This is not what we want to display as a slogan for our Varsity football program..."

"Certainly the booster club and the coaches, nobody construed it in that manner," said Leslie Johnston, director of communications for Arlington ISD, who estimates that around 50 of the shirts were printed. "They just thought it was a football shirt. And when that was pointed out, that it could be taken in that way the students have, they are no longer wearing them."

"They would never want to condone any kind of behavior like that," Johnston added.

Jerred Osterman, 18, a Martin senior and the editor-in-chief of 'The Warrior Post' told NBC 5 neither he nor his staff questions the motivation of the players or their message of team unity behind the shirt; only the wording of the message and how it might be perceived.

"It's inappropriate and it's not something that you want to represent Martin with," Osterman said.

A female student at Martin High School approached a member of the news staff with her concern over the T-shirt, according to Osterman, which became the motivation for the editorial.

The pirate theme of the shirt denotes the football team's mentality of trying to force turnovers, according to Martin coach Bob Wager.

Both Wager and booster club president Kevin White told NBC 5 they never considered the message on the shirt to be potentially inappropriate, with each adding that if they had they would have never allowed it to be made or worn.

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<![CDATA[Computer Hackers Attack Cleburne After Dog Shooting]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:40:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cleburne+TX+city+hall.jpg

The FBI is investigating a cyber attack on the city of Cleburne, Texas, that shut down the city’s website and appears to be motivated by a police officer’s controversial shooting of a dog, the mayor said Wednesday.

"We're under attack as we speak,” said Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain. "We consider an attack on the city an attack on the residents, and we're not going to put up with it."

Video showing a police officer shooting a dog has been viewed more than 200,000 times on YouTube. The officer was dispatched to a report of three vicious pit bulls and shot one of them.

The officer is on paid leave while an investigation is underway.

Hackers are using a “denial of service” attack to overwhelm the city’s servers, slowing emails and all but shutting down the city’s website, which residents use for everything from paying utility bills to reporting potholes.

"Our IT guys are working on it around the clock,” Cain said.

Cain promised a transparent investigation into the dog shooting.

"When the review is completed we are going to let the chips fall where they may,” he said.

Regardless of what happens with that, he said whoever is behind the hacking is picking on the wrong city.

"If somebody thinks that they are going to send a message to an officer or the city of Cleburne, don't mess with Cleburne, Texas,” he said. “We will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. And we're not going to put up with it."

Katherine Chaumont, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Dallas office, confirmed the bureau is assisting Cleburne with the cyber-crime investigation.

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<![CDATA[Dem's Hubby Swipes GOP Signs: Cops]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:55:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/198*120/Dana+Long+Campagin+Sign+Theft.JPG

The husband of a Democratic incumbent lawmaker now up for re-election in Delaware stole Republican campaign signs under the cover of darkness, according to police.

And Republican party supporters, concerned about a series of recent thefts of GOP party signs, captured the heist on cellphone video.

Middletown, Delaware, police issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for misdemeanor theft charges for Dana Long following the thefts at Middletown Odessa and Silver Lake roads.

"My husband is the man depicted in the video," said state Sen. Bethany Hall-Long (D-Middletown) in a prepared statement.

Police say Dana Long stole signs with slogans such as “Delaware Needs Jobs, Vote Republican” and “Fix the Economy, Vote Republican” written on them.

Hall-Long, who took office in District 10 in 2009, is currently running for re-election against Republican challenger John Marino, a retired New York City police officer. Hall-Long served in the state House before serving in the Senate.

"Sadly, this race has become tough and personal," said Hall-Long. "I was not aware that he had allowed his frustration over the campaign attacks to get the better of him. Of course I'm disappointed and wish that it had not happened."

On her campaign website, Hall-Long says that she married her high school sweetheart Dana, a U.S. Navy veteran, 27 years ago.

Hall-Long withheld further comment citing potential legal action by the GOP.

Wednesday’s incident was the third time the Republican signs placed along Middletown Odessa Road went missing, according to investigators. On Sunday about 28 went missing, were replaced and by Tuesday morning were missing again.

Police said that local Republicans put the signs back up and waited to see if anyone came by to take the signs. The Republicans captured him removing the signs and returning to his car around 4 a.m. Wednesday, according to investigators.

In video the local GOP supplied to NBC10, you can see a man rush back into his car after being approached by the Republican advocates.

“Those aren’t your signs, bud,” said one man.

“There’s no name on these signs,” replied the man with an armful of signs.

The GOP says that the signs do state that they are the property of the Republican Party of Delaware.

Long, 54, surrendered to police Thursday morning.

The leader of Delaware’s Democratic Party denounced any theft of signs.

"The bottom line is that this is not a Republican or Democratic issue -- this is a campaign issue happening by all parties, and it must end," said Democratic Party chair John Daniello.

"Each campaign season, we deal with candidates removing their opponents signs. This behavior is absolutely unacceptable. There are more positive ways in which to support your candidate regardless of party affiliation," he said. "Candidates, their supporters, and their campaigns must lead by example and discourage this behavior. We understand that this election is coming to a close and tensions are high, but Democrats shouldn't waste their time on such senseless acts."

Delaware Republican Party chairman Charlie Copeland called the incident a "new low" in state politics.

"It is unfortunate that the 2014 political campaign is marred by this event, and Republicans and Democrats alike should condemn this type of behavior across the board," said Copeland. "It simply has no place in the democratic process. We are better then this."

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<![CDATA[Texting 911 Now Available in North Texas Communities]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:23:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Woman+texting+gener+text+message+texting+hands.jpg

People in several North Texas communities can now send a text message to 911 in case of an emergency if a phone call is not an option.

Texting 911 only works for customers of the following major carriers: Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T, and officials still say a phone call is best, so try that first.

But if you can't call, such as while in a large-scale emergency or if your safety would be compromised, you can text while in the following jurisdictions, according to the North Central Texas Council of Governments:

  • Allen Police Department
  • Balch Springs Police Department
  • Bridgeport Police Department
  • Cleburne Police Department
  • Collin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Decatur Police Department
  • Ellis County Sheriff’s Office
  • Erath County Sheriff’s Office
  • Frisco Police Department
  • Forney Police Department
  • Hood County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hunt County Sheriff’s Office
  • Johnson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office
  • Kaufman Police Department
  • Keene Police Department
  • McKinney Police Department
  • Mineral Wells Police Department
  • Murphy Police Department
  • Northern Ellis Emergency Dispatch Center
  • Palo Pinto Sheriff’s Office
  • Parker County Sheriff’s Office
  • Prosper Police Department
  • Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office
  • Rockwall Police Department
  • Sachse Police Department
  • Seagoville Police Department
  • Somervell County Sheriff’s Office
  • Stephenville Police Department
  • Terrell Police Department
  • Waxahachie Police Department
  • Weatherford Police Department
  • Wise County Sheriff’s Office

If you attempt to send a text to 911 from an unsupported area, you will get a bounce-back message.

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<![CDATA[Nurse Steps Out, Slams Quarantine]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:01:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kaci-Hickox.jpg

Nurse Kaci Hickox, who recently returned from treating Ebola victims in West Africa and has challenged the legality of a quarantine, spoke outside of her Maine home after health officials announced they are seeking a court order to force her to stay home in quarantine for three weeks over public health concerns.

Hickox walked out of her Fort Kent home Wednesday night, defying the Maine CDC's protocol for health care workers who have treated Ebola patients.

"We have to make decisions based on science," she told reporters while standing outside with her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur. "You could hug me. You could shake my hand and not get Ebola."

The state wants people who have had direct contact with Ebola patients to remain home and avoid public contact until the virus' 21-day incubation period had passed, and it will seek court orders to force them to if they don't of their own accord, officials said at a Wednesday press conference in Augusta.

"Our true desire is for a voluntary separation from the public. We do not want to legally enforce an in-home quarantine unless absolutely necessary," Maine Commissioner of Health and Human Services Mary Mayhew said. "However, we will pursue legal authority if necessary to ensure risk is minimized for all Mainers."

Mayhew defended the state's effort to enforce what it continued to call a "voluntary" quarantine, saying it reflected a "common-sense approach" that would "guard against a public health crisis in Maine."

The court order seeking to force Hickox to remain home will ideally be filed Wednesday, Mayhew said.

Officials also said state troopers are outside of her door waiting to tail her and see who she comes into contact with if she leaves home.

Earlier on Wednesday, Hickox, a nurse who had first been quarantined in New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport over the weekend and was released after showing no symptoms, told Matt Lauer on "Today" that she wasn't abiding by Maine CDC's recommendation; the state's CDC recommendation is more strict than federal guidelines.

"I truly believe this policy is not scientifically nor constitutionally just, and so I’m not going to sit around and be bullied around by politicians and be forced to stay in my home when I am not a risk to the American public," Hickox said. 

Gov. Paul LePage said in a statement earlier on Wednesday that while he's concerned with the safety and health of Hickox and the community of Fort Kent, the state is "exploring all of our options for protecting the health and well-being" of Hickox and the community.

"While we certainly respect the rights of one individual, we must be vigilant in protecting 1.3 million Mainers, as well as anyone who visits," LePage's statement said.

<![CDATA[Sandy Survivor Describes Struggle]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:14:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/199*120/sandy+survior+staten+island.JPG

A Staten Island woman who lost her husband and daughter during Sandy says she survived for a reason.

"It's very important I can't curl up in a corner, I have to get up every day and try," said Patricia Dresch of Tottenville, two years after Sandy.

"It's a miracle. I survived for a reason," she said. "Maybe to help someone down the road, give somebody courage to go on."

Dresch and her family ignored evacuation orders on Oct. 29, 2012, because their home had been looted when they left before Irene. So they stayed. They soon realized it was a mistake.

"I saw the waves are coming up across the street," she said. "I said 'Oh my God, what's happening?'"

She said she tried to grasp her 13-year old daughter Angela, but the storm waters soon became too intense. One wall of her Yetman Avenue home collapsed and her husband George was killed after getting whisked away in the flood.

“I'm holding onto Angela, and the water’s coming up over us, and we went under. I thought we were going to fall through the floor," she recalled.

"All of a sudden the wall just opened up, and we went out -- the whole yard," she said. "I don't know if I let go of her or she let go of me -- she just slipped away from me.”

Her daughter was found dead right in front of the property.

Hours later, somehow, firefighters found Dresch hundreds of yards away, still breathing in the rubble. Her body temperature had dropped to 81 degrees. She was bruised and battered but had no broken bones.

Her spirit — and her heart — would need healing.

For months, she slept on a cot in her church, while working to keep her mind off the nightmare. Then the city bought her old property, and she used the money to buy a new house, about a mile north of where the tide surged.

She’s working, day by day, to recover emotionally -- thanks to friends, family and a new grandson. Her older daughter recently gave birth to baby Shea, named after the stadium.

But she’s never been back to her old block.

"Maybe 10 years from now. Right now I can't," she said. "I want to remember the block the way it was. I want to remember it in my mind the way it was."

<![CDATA[1 Dead in CA Military Plane Crash]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:18:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/141029-point-mugu-military-plane-crash.jpg

The pilot of a military jet was killed when the aircraft crashed in a field in the Point Mugu area on Wednesday, the Ventura County Fire Department said.

The Hawker Hunter MK-58 came down about 5 p.m. just off Highway 1 and Hueneme Road, said Allen Kenitzer of the Federal Aviation Administration.

A witness told NBC4 that the jet just "nosed down" and described the scene as a "tremendous crash."

Responders located the pilot seat in the field with the deceased pilot belted in.

"They saw a parachute in the debris field. It is unknown whether he tried to eject or whether that was just part of the field,” Ventura Co. Fire Capt. Mike Lindberry said. 

The jet crashed about a mile short of the Naval base runway. 

The Ventura County Medical Examiner's office identified the pilot as 45-year-old Charles Rogers, of Utah.

Naval Base Ventura County spokeswoman Kimberly Gearhart said the single-seater jet was a contract aircraft that flew out of Point Mugu and was operated by the company ATAC. The Navy uses the aircraft for training missions as the enemy in mock aerial operations. The jet was returning from an offshore exercise when it went down. 

Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating, Kenitzer said.

"The investigation for this is going to be a lengthy one," Ventura Co. Sheriff's Capt. Don Aguilar said. 

Two and a half years ago, the pilot of another Hunter Hawker had been killed when it also went down on a training mission. A temporary grounding of the fleet was later lifted. It will be the responsibility of federal investigators to determine what went wrong in Wednesday's crash.

The name of the pilot who died in the crash is being withheld until his family is notified.

Willian Avila and Rosa Ordaz contributed to this report. 

<![CDATA[Teen Wins $4M on B-Day Lotto Ticket]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:43:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/208*120/ocampo+lottery+win.jpg

When a Chicago teenager opened her birthday gifts, she never anticipated she’d wind up with $4 million.

Deisi Ocampo said her dad gave her two $100 Million Money Mania instant tickets for her 19th birthday.

“It turned out to be the best birthday present ever,” she told Illinois Lottery officials.

Ocampo said she scratched off the tickets on Oct. 7 while on her way to work. She didn’t win anything on the first ticket she scratched, but when she finished scratching the second ticket, she realized she had won $4 million.

“I started sweating. I couldn’t believe it was possible,” she said. “I worked the whole day without saying a word to anyone.”

The Chicago native lives with her parents and sister. When she got home that day, she said her parents didn’t believe it either.

“When I told my dad I won he asked, ‘How much? $500?’ and I said, ‘No, Dad, $4 million,’” she said.

Ocampo, who works at a clothing store while attending college, says she plans to use the money to help pay for school and buy her family a new house.

“This lottery win will make it easier to pursue my dream of completing my degree and becoming a nurse,” she said.

The tickets were purchased at the Austin and Montrose Citgo at 5959 West Montrose Ave. in Chicago.

Photo Credit: Illinois Lottery]]>