<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:03:57 -0500 Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:03:57 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[1 Injured, 1 Detained in Motel Shooting: Irving Police]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:13:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/walnut-hill-shooting.jpg

One person is in custody and police are searching for another after a shooting at an Irving motel Wednesday morning, police say.

Irving officers responded to several reports about shots fired at the Crossland Economy Studios on the 3400 block of Walnut Hill Lane at about 4 a.m.

When officers arrived, they found the shooting victim — who refused to identify the shooter — hiding under a car in the parking lot.

"Some of the initial officers that rolled up on scene actually heard some of the shots occur," Irving Police Department spokesman James McLellan said. "As more officers got to the scene, they were able to work their way back toward the motel and isolate this one room there were some bullets holes in a window on an upper floor room."

Investigators said two men were fighting when one pulled out a gun and shot the other.

The victim was taken to a hospital and police said they expect him to survive.

By 7:30 a.m. authorities had evacuated most of the motel and a SWAT team had a room surrounded. About an hour later, the SWAT team left without making an arrest.

Police said one person has been detained for questioning.

NBC 5's Anthony Kiekow contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Dez to Star in Sunday Night Football Opening]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:57:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dez-snf-opener.jpg

Dez Bryant will join 10 other NFL players and country music superstar Carrie Underwood for her performance of "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night," the opening theme for prime-time television's No. 1 program — Sunday Night Football on NBC.

The opener will debut Sept. 13 when the defending NFC East Champion Dallas Cowboys host the New York Giants in Arlington.

In addition to Bryant, the opener will feature Odell Beckham, Jr (Giants), Kam Chancellor (Seahawks), Colin Kaepernick (49ers), Andrew Luck (Colts), Clay Matthews (Packers), DeMarco Murray (Eagles), Patrick Peterson (Cardinals), DeMarcus Ware (Broncos), J.J. Watt (Texans) and Russell Wilson (Seahawks).

Bryant said, "This has always been a dream," when asked about taking part in the opening last June during shooting.

Earlier this summer, NBC Sports Group produced for movie theaters a 2½-minute behind-the-scenes look at the making of this year's SNF open. The cinema spot was viewed on more than 19,000 movie screens in theaters nationwide. The behind-the-scenes cinema spot can be seen below.


In addition, with Sunday Night Football kicking off its 10th season in September, NBC Sports enlisted a 10-year-old reporter to interview NFL stars at this year's opening theme shoot. Click here for a link to the full piece.


Before the first Sunday night game of the NFL season, Underwood will appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to share a sneak peek of the opener and perform her new single "Smoke Break."

Thurs. Sept. 10 — NFL Kickoff — Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots
Sun. Sept. 13 — Week 1 — New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
Sun. Sept. 20 — Week 2 — Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers
Sun. Sept. 27 — Week 3 — Denver Broncos at Detroit Lions
Sun. Oct. 4 — Week 4 — Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints
*Sun. Oct. 11 — Week 5 — San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants
*Sun. Oct. 18 — Week 6 — New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts
*Sun. Oct. 25 — Week 7 — Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers
*Sun. Nov. 1 — Week 8 — Green Bay Packers at Denver Broncos
*Sun. Nov. 8 — Week 9 — Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
*Sun. Nov. 15 — Week 10 — Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks
*Sun. Nov. 22 — Week 11 — Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers
**Thurs. Nov. 26 — Week 12 — Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
*Sun. Nov. 29 — Week 12 — New England Patriots at Denver Broncos
*Sun. Dec. 6 — Week 13 — Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers
*Sun. Dec. 13 — Week 14 — Seattle Seahawks at Baltimore Ravens
*Sun. Dec. 20 — Week 15 — Cincinnati Bengals at San Francisco 49ers
*Sun. Dec. 27 — Week 16 — Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens
*Sun. Jan. 3 — Week 17 — TBD

*Flex Week
** Thanksgiving Night Game

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<![CDATA[Dallas Police Search for Missing Woman ]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:44:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/yvonne-larel-jarrett.jpg

Dallas police are asking for the public's help finding a 22-year-old woman who went missing early Wednesday morning.

Yvonne Larel Jarrett was last seen in the 6400 block of Ridgecrest Road at about 3:20 a.m. and may be in danger.

Jarrett is white, stands 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs approximately 130 pounds and has brown eyes and brown hair. 

Police have not said why they believe Jarrett may be in danger.

Dallas police asked that anyone with information about Jarrett's disappearance call them at 214-671-4268 or 911.

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<![CDATA[Group Wants Federal Protection for Law Enforcement]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:45:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/nlleo.jpg

Some police officers in North Texas are speaking out against recent violence against law enforcement officers and asking for more protection from the federal government.

A Latino law enforcement group based here in Dallas sent out a certified letter Tuesday to the US Attorney General — also through social media — asking Attorney General Loretta Lynch to hold a national news conference to voice support for local law enforcement and make it a federal crime to "threaten, assault, and/or murder" local law enforcement officers.

"We want hurting a police officer to be a federal crime," George Aranda, head of the National Latino Law Enforcement Organization said. "And it's important now for the attorney general to come out and make a public statement."

Aranda, a 23-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, said 14 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in August, 10 of which were from Texas.

"When I was a kid we looked up to police officers," Aranda said. "We trusted them. They protected our neighborhoods. And now I see that the trust is gone."

Detectives suspect homicide in the death of off-duty Abilene Police Officer Don Allen Monday night. The wife and children of Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth continue to grieve after police said a gunman in Houston shot the Deputy execution-style 15 times while he pumped gas.

The NLLEO believes there's a clear and growing threat to police officers around the country.

"Officers, not only here in Dallas, but also throughout the nation have their guards up," Aranda said. "The time is now to make a public statement saying 'We support our police officers, and here's what we can do nationally to better protect them.'"

Aranda said he hopes to get the support of other North Texas police unions and law enforcement organizations but so far he hasn't scheduled any meetings.

The NLLEO has not heard back yet from the Department of Justice.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Police Search for Missing 76-Year-Old Man]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:38:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/allen-dion-calloway.jpg

Dallas police said they're searching for a 76-year-old woman who has been missing since Aug. 25.

Allen Dion Calloway was last seen walking away from a residence in the 8200 block of Wes Hodges Road at about 8 a.m.

Simms was described as white, 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighing about 180 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. Police said he may be forgetful and seem disoriented if located.

Dallas police asked that anyone with information about Calloway's disappearance call them at 214-671-4268 or 911.

Editor's note: We originally reported the man went missing in the 8200 block of Mossglen Drive, which was an unrelated missing person case. The location has been corrected.

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<![CDATA[Woman, 20, Kidnapped in Home Invasion Robbery]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:03:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/woman-kidnapped-search.jpg

A 20-year-old woman is safe after being kidnapped by four men during a home invasion robbery in Dallas early Wednesday morning, police say. [[323833941,C]]

Authorities said the men kicked in the door of a house on the 400 block of East 9th Street at 12:57 a.m. and forced the woman to leave.

The men also stole a TV and other items, according to investigators. Officers found some of the items down the street from the house.

Police said they set up a perimeter and searched the area for the men and woman with K-9 units and a helicopter.

Authorities said the woman called police from a Shell gas station near the intersection of U.S. 175 and St. Augustine Drive and that she walked there after the men released her at about 4:30 a.m.

Investigators have not released a description of the men involved in the abduction and robbery and added the victim and witnesses have not been entirely forthcoming in their statements about the incident.

The investigation is ongoing.

NBC 5's Ellen Bryan contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[U.S. Stocks Open Higher After Tuesday's Slump]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:53:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_675155668178.jpg

U.S. stocks opened sharply higher Wednesday, trying to recover from the worst start to a September in 13 years, NBC News reported. 

The Dow Jones industrial average quickly gained 200 points as the major averages advanced more than 1 percent to bring the S&P 500 out of correction, or less than 10 percent away from its 52-week high.

Apple briefly surged 2 percent to lead all blue chips higher, while information technology led all S&P sectors higher.

U.S. stocks closed nearly 3 percent lower on Tuesday for the worst first day of September trade since 2002.

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<![CDATA[Brothers Awarded $750K Each in Wrongful Convictions]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:30:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP287350833863McCollum.jpg

Two North Carolina brothers are finally receiving compensation, three decades after they were wrongfully convicted in the killing of an 11-year-old girl. They were awarded $750,000 each on Wednesday by the North Carolina Industrial Commission. Henry McCollum, 51, was given the money on behalf of himself and his half-brother, Leon Brown, 47, who is in the hospital and could not attend.

McCollum and Brown were released in September 2014 after a judge vacated their convictions, citing new DNA evidence that points to another man in the killing and raping of 11-year-old Sabrina Buie in 1983. McCollum had been the longest-serving inmate on North Carolina's death row. Brown had been sentenced to life in prison.

In the months since their release, both men have had trouble adjusting to the outside world after spending most of their adult lives in prison. Money has been a problem, but McCollum told The Associated Press in June that the most important part of the pardon was having his name cleared. 

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<![CDATA[Bodies of Refugees Wash up on Turkey Beach]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:43:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/topNews-GettyImages-486061356.jpg

Two boats carrying what were believed to be Syrian refugees sank off the coast Turkey en route to Greece, killing at least 11 people, according to Turkey's Dogan news agency.

Photos released by the Turkish Police Wednesday showed a small body of a drowned child on Bodrum Beach.  

NBC News is choosing not to publish the images which show a child face down in the sand. In another image, a Turkish policeman cradles the child in his arms and carries it away. 

The child is the latest victim amid a growing migrant crisis in Europe. Thousands of migrants have been following the same route in search of a better life in Europe and while many have made it safely, scores have perished along the way. 

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<![CDATA[Blue Bell Bringing Back Buttered Pecan]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:32:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/blue-bell-buttered-pecan.jpg

Just days after Blue Bell's return to grocery stores in Houston and Austin, Blue Bell has announced another flavor returning this week.

Blue Bell will now bring back the flavor Buttered Pecan in a limited supply.

The iconic ice cream maker has not had a difficult time selling their ice cream as it has been flying off the shelves rather quickly from where it is available.

On Tuesday the company said they had resumed production at their facility in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, though they did not say when ice cream produced at that facility would be available in stores.

Additionally, the company has not said when ice cream will be available in North Texas.

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<![CDATA[Support for Slain Ill. Officer]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 08:19:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-486185510.jpg

Residents lined streets in Fox Lake, Illinois, Tuesday holding signs of support for police following the fatal shooting of a veteran officer in the area.

Signs that read “Police Lives Matter” and “We Stand with Blue” were held by supporters along area roadways as officials continued a manhunt for three armed suspects in the shooting of Lt. Joe Gliniewicz.

“Out here today to show that police lives matter, every life matters,” said resident Gina Maria. “I think it’s time we rally around our law enforcement and stop the madness.”

The Fox Lake community continued to mourn Gliniewicz, who had served 30 years on the force and was a beloved father of four. Support for the sign holders was evident as passing cars honked and residents gathered, stunned by the tragedy that hit the community.

Maria said other residents brought her food and water as she stood on the side of the road holding her sign for hours Tuesday.

“I have seen complete outpour of support from the community,” she said. “People bringing me drinks, water, honking horns.”

The shooting is latest officer shooting in recent months. On Friday, a Houston-area sheriff’s deputy was ambushed at a gas station and shot 15 times, according to authorities.

The killing evoked strong emotions in the local law enforcement community, with Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman linking it to heightened tension over the treatment of African-Americans by police. Hickman and Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson pushed back against the criticism of police.

"We've heard Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter. Well, cops' lives matter, too," Hickman said Saturday.

Fox Lake residents say the incident highlights the need to show support for law enforcement officers who risk their lives to protect others.

“The suport is there and we need to let our law enforcement know that we do still believe in them and we support them,” Maria said.  

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<![CDATA[U.S. Catholics Accept Non-Traditional Families: Survey]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:31:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/112861802.jpg

American Catholics are markedly tolerant of non-traditional families, with large majorities open to divorced, single, unmarried and gay parents, according to a Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday in advance of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States for a meeting on families.

Although nine in 10 U.S. Catholics say a family headed by a married mother and father is ideal, most say other types of families are acceptable. Eighty-seven percent are okay with single parents, 83 percent with divorced parents, 84 percent with unmarried parents and 66 percent with gay parents.

The findings, many out of step with church teachings, come as Francis tries to change the tone of the 1.2 billion-member church that he leads. He has refused to judge gay priests, called for a larger role for women, and though not approving of contraception has said that being a good Catholic does not mean “you have to be like rabbits.” He has criticized what he called an obsession with abortion, gay marriage and contraception and wants the Catholic church to be a home for all.

In the latest break with tradition, the Vatican announced on Tuesday that Francis would allow all priests to forgive women who have had an abortion during the church’s upcoming Holy Year of Mercy, which begins Dec. 8. A woman who has had an abortion is usually excommunicated unless she confesses and receives absolution, typically from a bishop.

Six in 10 Catholics say abortion is a sin, according to the report.

The survey examined topics that could be discussed at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia later this month and at the October Synod of Bishops in Rome, among them family life and sexuality. It also looked at Americans' connection to the Catholic church, whether as their religion, culture or ancestry. Most of the question in the survey are new, said Jessica Hamar Martinez, a senior researcher in Religion & Public Life for the Pew Research Center.

Forty-five percent of Americans are Catholic or are in some way connected to Catholicism. One fifth say it is their religion now, while one tenth say they were raised as Catholics but have fallen away from the church, according to the survey. A similar share say they still have a cultural connection to Catholicism. Of those cultural Catholics who were raised in the church, four in 10 say they could imagine returning one day.

But many views expressed by Catholics are not in accordance with the church’s beliefs.

Fewer than half say homosexual behavior, remarriage without annulment, living with a romantic partner and contraception are sins, the report found. Seven in 10 Catholics support married couples who choose not to have children.

Many Catholics say they would like their church to be more flexible toward those who are divorced, who are living with a partner without marriage or who are in same-sex relationships. Six in 10 think Catholics living together or divorced and remarried without an annulment should be allowed to receive Communion. Nearly half, 46 percent, say the church should recognize same-sex marriages.

On many of the questions, Catholics resemble the general public in their views. But there were significant differences in the responses to some questions, Martinez noted. For example Catholics are about as likely as Protestants to say that having an abortion is a sin, 57 percent of Catholics to 60 percent of Protestants, but less likely than Protestants to say engaging in homosexual behavior is sinful, 44 percent of Catholics to 62 percent of Protestants. And Catholics are more likely to say it is acceptable for a man and woman to live together without being married, 55 percent, than white evangelical Protestants, 27 percent, or black Protestants, 42 percent, but less likely than those who are religiously unaffiliated, 81 percent.

The report notes that Catholics’ own experiences may be influencing their attitudes toward families and sexuality. One in four Catholics has divorced, and one in 10 has also remarried. One in 10 is living with a partner and more than four in 10 have done so at some time.

As with other views on families, Catholics who say they attend Mass regularly, about four in 10, were more in agreement with church teachings than others. Many Catholics remain dedicated to their church and seven in 10 say they cannot imagine ever leaving it.

As for some of the beliefs Francis has focused on, six in 10 say working with the poor is essential to their Catholic identity. But only half as many say the same about working to address climate change, the report noted. Hispanic Catholics are more likely to be concerned about the morality of excessive consumption, the report found.

Among ex-Catholics, more than half have a positive view of Francis. And among all Catholics nine out of 10 view him positively, according to a Pew poll in February.

A different poll, done by Gallup in July, found that Francis' popularity in the United States had dropped dramatically, especially among Conservatives. Fifty-nine percent had a favorable view of the pope, down from 76 percent a year ago.

The 2015 Survey of U.S. Catholics and Family Life was conducted among 5,122 adults, among them 1,016 self-identified Catholics, from May 5 to June 7. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for Catholics and 1.6 percentage points for the full sample.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Police Locate Missing 79-Year-Old Woman]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:26:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/susan-joan-simms.jpg

Update: Dallas police said they safely located a 79-year-old woman who went missing Sunday morning. [[323824311,C]]

Susan Joan Simms had last been seen walking away from a residence in the 2700 block of Mossglen Drive at about 8 a.m.

Police described Simms as black, 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing about 130 pounds with gray hair and brown eyes.

Dallas police asked that anyone with information about Simms' disappearance call them at 214-671-4268 or 911.

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<![CDATA[Farmers Branch Votes Against Gun Range Near School]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 07:56:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/farmers-branch-council.jpg

The Farmers Branch City Council Tuesday night voted against a plan to allow a gun range to be built near a school. [[323576681,C]]

Texas Legends wanted to convert an old post office at 14202 Proton Road into an indoor shooting range that would sell and rent guns. The proposed location, though, was 330 feet from The Westwood School, which enrolls 240 students from 18-months-old to high schoolers.

In a meeting that lasted more than five hours Tuesday, nearly 150 speakers took the podium to argue about both sides of the debate.

The developer said his indoor gun range would have had 12-inch thick concrete walls. The walls would have been blast-resistant and bullet proof and he said no students would have been able to hear gunshots.

"Our patrons are law-abiding people," Texas Legends' Greg Taggart said. "If you deny our ability to have a business, don't think that's very good."

Nevertheless, parents and students said the risk of something going wrong was too great. Many parents pointed out the gun range parking lot would have a clear line of sight to the school.

"We are responsible for implementing reasonable policy," councilwoman Ana Reyes said. "And I do not believe it is reasonable and logical to issue a special use permit to a firearms facility down the street from a school that has students, toddlers, pre-K."

Some city council members said they still want to see the gun range built in Farmer's Branch. They may even consider tax-breaks or other economic incentives at another location.

NBC 5's Jeff Smith contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Plano Man Sentenced in Fake Disney Park Scheme]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:07:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AX070_40C8_9.jpg

A Plano man has been sentenced to 17 and a half years in federal prison for duping investors into believing he had inside information about a Walt Disney theme park and resort project in North Texas, which turned out to be fake.

Thomas W. Lucas, Jr., 35, of Plano, was convicted in February of seven counts of seven wire fraud counts and one count of making false statements to the FBI.

Court documents show from 2006 to 2010, Lucas devised and executed an elaborate scheme to defraud 280 investors out of approximately $20 million. The US Attorney's Office says Lucas pocketed approximately $450,000.

In court documents, the investors said Lucas showed them fake and forged artist sketches, maps, site plans and other documents related to "Frontier Disney Dallas-Fort Worth" to dupe them. The investors planned to flip the land to developers at a profit when the Disney announcement was made.

The Walt Disney Co., which has its headquarters in Burbank, California, repeatedly denied rumors that it planned to build a theme park in North Texas. However, prosecutors said Lucas told potential investors he had a secret source who tipped him off about the theme park.

Prosecutors said the identity of Lucas' secret source varied depending on who he spoke to. When the FBI confronted Lucas about the scheme, he falsely blamed a man he previously met at a methadone clinic — that man is now dead.

Numerous partnerships, joint ventures and limited liability companies were set up to begin acquiring land in the area. In court, the value of the land purchased was subtracted to determine the overall loss which was approximately $20 million.

The 65 investors who invested in options to purchase land lost all of their money, which was slightly over $8 million, and received no interest in land.

Lucas was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $8,456,360.00 to the people who invested in options to purchase land. He was immediately handed over to the U.S. Marshals Service. 

CLICK HERE to read more from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[Video Appears to Show Texas Deputies Shoot Man With Hands Up]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 06:20:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Gilbert+Flores+Shooting.png

Two Texas police officers were recorded on a cellphone video shooting and killing a man who appeared to have his arms raised, NBC News reported.

The footage shows the fatal shooting of 41-year-old Gilbert Flores, 41, by Bexar County sheriff’s deputies Greg Vasquez and Robert Sanchez just before noon on Aug. 28 in San Antonio.

The Bexar County Sheriff's Office said in an initial statement Flores was armed with a knife and resisting arrest when the officers responded to a domestic disturbance call. Neither deputy was wearing a body camera.

However, cellphone video captured by a bystander appears to shows deputies approaching a shirtless Flores as he puts his hands up to surrender before he is shot multiple times and falls to the ground, motionless. One of Flores' arms is obscured by a light post. It is not possible to see if he had a weapon in the hand which is not visible in the video.

It was not clear what occurred before the recording began.

<![CDATA[Manhunt for Ill. Officer's Killers]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:29:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-486174790.jpg

A massive manhunt for three armed men who fatally shot a police officer in far north suburban Fox Lake, Illinois, continued Wednesday, more than 24 hours after the shooting. 

Detective Christopher Covelli with the Lake County Sheriff's office said Wednesday morning that a grid search was stopped at 10 p.m. Tuesday after more than 400 police officers searched the area, but Illinois State Police continued "saturated patrols" overnight.

Officials have since widened the search area to cover Fox Lake, Covelli said. 

Authorities say search crews will continue around the clock to find the suspects who are believed to be responsible for the killing of Lieutenant Charles "Joe" Gliniewicz, a 30-year-veteran of the police force.

"Search teams will work 24/7 to apprehend [the suspects]," said Joe Ahern, CEO of the 100 Club of Chicago, late Tuesday.

In addition to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Fox Lake Police Department, search teams include numerous local law enforcement officers from northern Illinois, Illinois State Police, and federal agencies, according to officials. Multiple local and federal SWAT Teams, 48 canine units, and six air support units were also dispatched for more than 14 hours Tuesday.

Fox Lake and several surrounding districts canceled school for Wednesday in response to the ongoing search. 

"As a result of those reports and deliberations, we have all decided that it is in the best interests of our students, the community, and law enforcement, to cancel school for tomorrow, Wednesday, September 2, 2015," school officials said in a statement just after 10 p.m.

Gliniewicz, who went by "Joe" and was affectionately called "G.I. Joe" by residents, dedicated his life to serving his community. He leaves behind a wife of 30 years, Melodie, and four sons.

Just after 8 a.m., Gliniewicz was investigating three suspicious suspects near Route 12 and Sayton Road in north suburban Fox Lake. Upon arrival, Gliniewicz was led on a foot pursuit by the men, Detective Covelli said, and soon after used his radio to call for backup.

A responding backup officer found Gliniewicz in a marshy area with a gunshot wound. Gliniewicz was pronounced dead shortly after.

The gunmen are described as two white men and one black man, but further details on their descriptions have not been made available. The suspects are said to be armed with a pistol.

During a Tuesday press conference residents in the area were told to stay indoors and report any suspicious activity as the investigation continued.

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<![CDATA[Thousands Petition for Lakewood Theater To Be Landmark]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:21:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lakewood+theater.JPG

Since its construction in 1938, the Lakewood Theater has been considered by many to be the darling of East Dallas.

But 77 years after opening, the doors of the Lakewood are now closed and thousands of residents are worried about its future.

"It means more than just a neighborhood theater," longtime Lakewood resident Jeanette Crumpler said. "It means at least four generations of people who loved going when they were kids. And their parents went and their grandparents went."

Crumpler, 82, has lived in Lakewood nearly as long as the theater has been around. She's even published two books regarding the theater's deep history.

"That's why we're so concerned about what's going done to it," she said. "These owners seem to make no effort to preserve anything."

In a phone conversation with NBC 5, Lakewood Theater co-owner Craig Kinney said that's far from the truth.

"We love the Lakewood Theater," said Kinney.

Kinney and his partner, Bill Willingham, have been looking for new tenants since the previous ones left. Kinney said they've tried to work with the owners of the Alamo Drafthouse about a possible lease but said it "doesn't seem feasible at the moment." There were also rumors about striking a deal with the owners of the Texas Theater, but Kinney called that "a long shot."

Kinney said Plan B so far is to divide the theater into smaller places for restaurant and retail but to keep the outside of the theater the same. Kinney said he's tried to assure residents.

"People don't believe what we say," he said. "We've tried to reassure and reassure for seven months so far without success."

Residents like Crumpler and fellow advocate Carol Bell-Walton said it's not just the outside of the Lakewood that's important to preserve, but the inside as well.

"It's an art deco building at the art deco feeling carries throughout inside," she said. "It's got a beautiful curved staircase and old murals from the 30s."

That's why she and thousands are now petitioning for the Lakewood to become an official landmark. More than 2,000 people have signed the online petition.

Kinney said he and his partner don't fully understand the implications if that were to happen, but that they are talking to their lawyers.

Bell-Walton said she simply wants the owners to understand how much the theater means to locals.

"For the people of Lakewood, it's very personal," she said. "This is a landmark that's loved by so many people in the neighborhood."

The first meeting to petition for the theater becoming a Dallas landmark is at 1 p.m. Sept. 8.

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<![CDATA[Texas Thunder Truck Tracks #DFWFlooding]]> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 10:59:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+THunder+Truck+New+Image+Storms.jpg

Watch video from NBC 5's Texas Thunder Truck, in the player above.

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Follow @TXThunderTruck on Twitter for the latest on location.

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<![CDATA[Manhunt for IL Officer's Killers]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:34:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/manhunt.png

A massive manhunt raged into the night Tuesday for three men on the loose who authorities say gunned down a Fox Lake police officer.

Authorities say search crews will continue around the clock to find the suspects who are believed to be responsible for the killing of Lieutenant Charles "Joe" Gliniewicz, a 30-year-veteran of the police force.

"Search teams will work 24/7 to apprehend [the suspects]," said Joe Ahern, CEO of the 100 Club of Chicago, late Tuesday.

In addition to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Fox Lake Police Department, search teams include numerous local law enforcement officers from northern Illinois, Illinois State Police, and federal agencies, according to officials. Multiple local and federal SWAT Teams, 48 canine units, and six air support units were also dispatched for more than 14 hours Tuesday.

Fox Lake and several surrounding districts canceled school for Wednesday in response to the ongoing search. The local school districts include Grant Community High School, Fox Lake, Gavin, Big Hollow, and Saint Bede Catholic School.

"As a result of those reports and deliberations, we have all decided that it is in the best interests of our students, the community, and law enforcement, to cancel school for tomorrow, Wednesday, September 2, 2015," school officials said in a statement just after 10 p.m.

Gliniewicz, who went by "Joe" and was affectionately called "G.I. Joe" by residents, dedicated his life to serving his community. He leaves behind a wife of 30 years, Melodie, and four sons.

One neighbor told NBC Chicago they saw Gliniewicz leave for work at 6 a.m. Tuesday. Just two hours later he was viciously shot to death.

Just after 8 a.m., Gliniewicz was called to investigate three suspicious suspects near Route 12 and Sayton Road in north suburban Fox Lake. Upon arrival, Gliniewicz was led on a foot pursuit by the men, according to Detective Christopher Covelli with the Lake County Sheriff's office, and soon after used his radio to call for backup.

A responding backup officer found Gliniewicz in a marshy area with a gunshot wound. Gliniewicz died soon after from his injuries.

The 52-year-old officer was on the cusp of retirement when he was killed, according to Ahern of the 100 Club of Chicago, who says Gliniewicz planned to retire last month but the police chief asked him to stay one extra month to help out.

The gunmen are described as two white men and one black man, but further details on their descriptions have not been made available.

Governor Rauner’s office released a statement saying he "extends his deepest condolences to the family of Officer Gliniewicz."

Chief Doug Larsson with the Lake County Sheriff's office said the department, along with several other suburban departments, are using canines and helicopters to search for the suspects. The suspects are armed with a pistol, Larsson said.

During an 11:30 a.m. press conference residents in the area were told to stay indoors and report any suspicious activity as the investigation continued.

“As information continues to come in about the shooting of another police officer in the line of duty in Fox Lake, I hope we can all remain calm and pray for the officer’s family and the other officers in harms-way right now," State Rep. Barbara Wheeler said in a statement. "Eleven police officers have needless lost their lives since Aug. 20th alone in America because of shootings and sadly our communities have been directly impacted today.”

As the manhunt began after the shooting, Grant Community High School in Fox Lake was put on a temporary lockdown. The school said a "police matter is occurring in the community and for the safety of our students and staff they have requested we remain locked down."

Roads in the area were blocked off as police can be seen searching wooded areas with dogs.

Authorities are said to be using a grid system to cover the area in the manhunt.

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<![CDATA[Fort Worth Neighborhood on Edge After Five Burglaries]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:27:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fw+breakins.jpg

A South Fort Worth neighborhood is on edge after several recent burglaries and attempted break-ins.

"I am scared," said Charles Neal, who has lived in the area for eight years.

Neighbors on Deniro Drive, Pacino Drive and Elvis Court said life is not the same after five reported burglaries.

One woman is moving out after someone broke into her house and took five televisions.

The thieves are kicking in doors and breaking windows to get everything out, especially electronics.

"It is getting ridiculous around here. It is crazy," said Greg Franklin.

Franklin has a background in security and often sits outside, looking for anyone suspicious. This weekend, he came home and saw his back door had been kicked in. Sadly, he was not too surprised. His televisions, laptops and video game systems were gone.

"I'm scared to go to work because my mom and my aunt are here when I'm not here," said Franklin.

His neighbor, David Sowell, is staying home with his family, too.

"Not only am I worried for myself, I'm worried for my kids, for my neighbors, a little bit of everybody," said Sowell.

They describe the neighborhood as a family, with everybody looking out for each other. Police told NBC 5 there are no suspects in the thefts.

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<![CDATA[UTA Police Investigating Armed Robbery on Campus]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:49:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/UTA.jpg

During the first few days of the fall semester, students at University of Texas at Arlington have a lot on their plates. The last thing they want to worry about is crime on campus – but that's what they were alerted to Monday night.

"I hope it doesn't happen to me," said Thomas Olsen, a first-year student at UTA. "I hope the person is OK, who it happened to. I'm making sure I'm staying out of that area for a while."

In a campus-wide bulletin, UTA Police informed students they're investigating an armed robbery that took place in Parking Lot 50, which is on the south side of campus.

A student told them two men approached him in the parking lot at around 5:30 p.m., then pulled out a handgun and demanded his personal items.

The student gave the suspects what they asked for, and he was not hurt.

The suspects then drove away.

UTA Police say they will step up patrols around campus.

"I hope some of the students around here pay better attention and this doesn't happen again," said Olsen.

Olsen said he'll be paying attention to his surroundings. But he stressed he still feels very safe at school.

"It's a good campus," said Olsen. "There's fairly decently police in the area."

UTA Police are encouraging students and staff to remain vigilant and to walk to and from their vehicles in groups. If students want to avoid walking to parking lots alone, particularly at night, they can call UTA Police at 817-272-3381 for a free security escort.

Back in May, three separate armed robberies were reported near campus. When asked if there may be any connections to this most recent case, UTA Police said those three cases are under investigation by the Arlington Police Department and they could not comment.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call UTA Police.

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<![CDATA[Officers Say DPD Body Camera Plan Too Small, Too Slow]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 22:52:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/body_camera_video_3_1200x675_516158531788.jpg

On Monday, the Dallas Police Department began rolling out 200 new body cameras to record what officers see confronting citizens.

Officials hope to add a total of 1,000 devices within five years.

The leader of the largest Dallas police union said the program is too slow and too small.

“The citizens of Dallas want us to have these body cameras now. The officers want the body cameras now. We don’t need to be waiting five years,” Dallas Police Association President Ron Pinkston said.

The 200 new Axon cameras from the Taser Company replace a smaller number by other manufacturers that were tested by DPD the past two years. Some officers also purchased their own cameras and those officers will be among the first to get new Axon replacements so video storage methods are consistent.

“All the data will be automatically stored for a period of 90 days,” said Deputy Chief Andrew Acord. “In the circumstance where it has been tagged for some type of evidence or investigative purpose, it will be held as long as would be appropriate.”

The expense of video storage is part of what makes the body camera program expensive. Acord said money is a major challenge for the body camera program.

“This is a very, very expensive proposition, so we’re constantly looking for funding,” he said.

A 1,000 camera program with “cloud” video storage would cost Dallas $3.7 million. The city has money enough for 400 cameras now.

The cameras will gradually be sent to officers as video storage capability is arranged at substations.

Officers under scrutiny for disciplinary issues will be among the first to receive body cameras.

“This will enhance our opportunity to document critical incidents. It will enhance officer safety. It will enhance courtroom testimony, which we think will turn into more convictions,” Acord said.

Pinkston said officers who don’t immediately receive body cameras from the department can purchase their own for $400 with the department picking up an additional fee for licensing the device.

“It does seem unfair to the officers,” Pinkston said. “If you’re saying here’s a tool that we can keep you safe, that can bring transparency to our department, it seems like we should be doing it all now.”

By comparison, the smaller Fort Worth Police Department already has 500 body cameras in use.

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<![CDATA[Lockdown Lifted at Arlington's Moore Elementary]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:46:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mary+moore+es.jpg

A precautionary lockdown has been lifted Tuesday at an elementary school in the Arlington Independent School District.

Police were called just after 2 p.m. to Mary Moore Elementary located on 5500 Park Springs Boulevard in southwest Arlington to help look for a student with special needs who got upset and hid from teachers.[[323736111,L]]

At one point, that student even got up into the ceiling of the school, officials said.

They lifted the lockdown just before 3 p.m., but there were still a lot of police at the school when parents arrived for pick-up.

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<![CDATA[AA Flight to London Returns to D/FW Over Mechanical Issue]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:14:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AAA-777-01.jpg

An American Airlines flight from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to London Heathrow Airport turned around and headed back to D/FW Tuesday due to a possible mechanical issue.

A spokesperson for the Fort Worth-based airline said an indicator light in the cockpit alerted pilots to a possible issue onboard the Boeing 777.

Flight 78, with 246 passengers and a 14-member crew, landed safely and taxied to the gate, where maintenance workers were inspecting it for any problems.

"We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience," the airline spokesperson said in a statement to NBC 5.

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<![CDATA[Missouri Man Executed for 1989 Killing ]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 22:49:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/166*120/AP_353367111633.jpg

A man who spent nearly 25 years on Missouri's death row was executed Tuesday for the kidnapping, rape and stabbing death of a 15-year-old girl.

Roderick Nunley, 50, became the sixth death row inmate to be put to death in Missouri this year.

Ann Harrison was waiting for a school bus on her driveway in March 1989, when Nunley and Michael Taylor drove by in a stolen car and made the spur-of-the-moment decision to abduct her.

Her body was found in the trunk of the abandoned car three days later.

Both men were sentenced to death in 1991. Taylor was executed last year. 

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<![CDATA[Farmers Branch to Vote on Plan for Gun Range by School]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 22:40:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/westwood-school.jpg

The Farmers Branch City Council is expected to vote on whether to allow a gun range to be built near a school.

Texas Legends wants to convert an old post office at 14202 Proton Road into an indoor shooting range that would sell and rent guns.

The proposed location, though, is 330 feet from The Westwood School with a clear line of sight. The school has an enrollment of 240 students from 18 months old to high schoolers.

Supporters of the plan say the range would teach gun safety.

Opponents say they just learned about the plan and need more time to evaluate safety and property value. More than 1,500 people have signed a petition asking the council to table or vote against the plan, and bus loads of students and their parents arrived to speak at Tuesday's city council meeting.

"We're concerned about the location. We're not opposed to the gun range, not opposed to guns. We teach the Second Amendment. It's about the location and the possibility something could go wrong," said Heather Lourcey, principal at The Westwood School.

"We are building a safe clean family friendly range inside a building with 1-foot thick concrete walls," Greg Taggart with Texas Legends said in a statement. "The building was built to be blast resistant and it is bullet proof. The air handling and filtration system meets EPA OSHA and NIOSH standards. There will be no lead or noxious fumes emissions. The noise is contained INSIDE the 12 inch thick concrete walls and will be undetectable at 382 feet away. This facility will be safe clean environmentally friendly."

NBC 5's Anthony Kiekow and Kevin Cokely contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[New Law Educates Parents About Vehicular Heatstroke]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 22:46:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/215*120/backseat+buddy+bear.JPG

Last week, as most parents were sending their kids back to school, Kristie Reeves-Cavaliero, of Austin, scrolled through the Facebook photos of her friends, flipping through pictures of cute kids clutching new lunchboxes and backpacks.

For Cavaliero, it is times like these that can be the hardest.

Her daughter, Sophia Rayne Cavaliero — or Ray Ray, as they always called her — would have been 5-years-old this year and starting kindergarten. She died just 10 days after her first birthday, the victim of a tragic accident.

It had been a busy morning. Cavaliero, her husband and daughter awoke late and were rushing to get out the door.

Her husband was to drop Ray Ray off that day, and the child fell asleep in the back seat of the truck.

At the bottom of the hill, where he should have taken a left and headed to day care, Cavaliero's husband instead took a right and headed to work.

It is a moment they have replayed over and over in their minds.

"He could not see her, and he could also not hear her," said Cavaliero. "So by the time he got to his office he didn't even recognize that she was still in the truck."

When they found Ray Ray three hours later, she had already passed away.

The Cavalieros had tried for a long time to have a baby.

"She was a very much a wanted child," said Cavaliero. "That's why it was just so devastating to us. My husband, especially, worshipped this child."

They did all the right things. They childproofed the house. They had their car seat installed appropriately. They took parenting classes.

"We just had no idea that this could even be a possibility," said Cavaliero. "And it happened to us."

It was in the dark hours in the days after Ray Ray's death, when Cavaliero was sick with grief and couldn't sleep, that she discovered something. After spending hours on the Internet researching hot car deaths, she noticed, "case after case sounded almost exactly like ours. Hauntingly like ours."

According to researcher Jan Null, with San Jose State University, more than half of children who die in hot cars are forgotten by their caregivers. Most of the victims are less than 3-years-old.

Null said Texas leads the nation in the number of deaths of children in hot cars since 1998. That's when children were first required to be seated in the back seat and vehicular heatstroke deaths began to spike.

It's stories like the Cavalieros' that prompted Texas lawmakers to take action, and HB2574 was signed into law. Starting Tuesday, in addition to providing new parents with information about dangers like sudden infant death syndrome, hospitals will also be required to tell them about vehicular heatstroke.

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center at Irving already has a program in place. It was inspired by nurses five years ago.

"They had seen some of these events and the news, and they thought, 'What could we do to teach our parents or to prevent this?'" said Anne Tudhope, director of women and infant services at Baylor Irving.

The nurses came up with a bear key chain that stays in your car. When you drive, the bear stays on your key chain. Then, when you take your kids out of the car, you attach the bear to the seat. That way, if you are walking out of the car and you notice the bear still on your key chain, it will remind you to check the back seat.

There are other ways to do something similar. Putting something like a wallet or your cellphone next to a child's car seat can be a reminder. Even a parent's shoe would work. Experts suggest each parent texting the other after day care drop-off. Or have your day care call you if there is a sudden unexplained absence.

There are also gadgets on the market, such as Bee Alert. It attaches to the inside of your car door, and when the door is opened, the alarm reminds parents to check their car seat. It's about $20.

Free apps that you can install on your phone can also help.

As for Cavaliero, she and her husband now have twin daughters who are 3-years-old. She keeps the last toy that Ray Ray played with next to her seat belt as a reminder to check the back seat whenever she's driving with her girls.

Cavaliero worked tirelessly to help get the new law passed and educate parents through a nonprofit called "Ray Ray's Pledge."

"We made a commitment to her that we would do everything we could that other children did not suffer the same fate as hers," Cavaliero said.

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<![CDATA[Blue Bell Now Producing Ice Cream in Oklahoma]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:39:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cookies-n-cream-blue-bell.jpg

Blue Bell Creameries say they've begun ice cream production at their creamery in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

The company tweeted Tuesday they were excited to announce they began production and that they hoped the additional products would help meet the "overwhelming consumer demand" since they returned to market the day before, Aug. 31.

The company did not say which flavors were being produced in Broken Arrow or where they'll be shipped and sold. The company has also not yet confirmed when the products will be available in North Texas.

Blue Bell recalled all of its ice cream products and halted production of their entire line earlier this summer after listeria contamination. The source of the listeria contamination was never found.

“We are pleased to be producing ice cream in Broken Arrow,” said Blue Bell CEO and President Paul Kruse in a statement released Tuesday. “We are humbled by the incredible customer loyalty we have seen, and we thank our customers for their continued patience as we work through the process of resuming production and getting back into stores.”

Blue Bell said Monday they notified the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry on Aug. 14 that they intended to resume production at their Broken Arrow factory soon. Production in Oklahoma will be on a limited basis while "the company seeks to confirm that new procedures, facility enhancements, and employee training have been effective."

Additionally, Blue Bell said the products produced in Oklahoma will be released for sale only after tests confirm the products are safe for consumption.

There is no firm date for when ice cream from the Broken Arrow facility will be available for sale, Blue Bell said.

“We have been working diligently to prepare the Broken Arrow facility to resume production and, based on our experience at our Sylacauga, Ala., plant, we anticipate that our new procedures and enhancements will also be effective in Oklahoma,” said Greg Bridges, vice president of operations for Blue Bell. “We are excited to begin producing ice cream in a second facility to better meet the demand of consumers and we are extremely grateful for the incredible patience and loyalty our customers have shown to Blue Bell.”

Blue Bell's facility in Alabama began producing ice cream in July and was used to stock store shelves in Houston, Austin, Brenham and parts of Alabama.

There is no word yet on when the facility in Brenham will resume production. Blue Bell said Tuesday that facility is still undergoing upgrades similar to those made in Alabama and Oklahoma.

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<![CDATA[Caterpillar Infestation Damages North Texas Trees]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:38:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/caterpillar1.jpg

If your hackberry trees are in rough shape this year don't blame your green thumb, because something else is laying waste to them across a large portion of the Metroplex.

Experts at the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension have identified a species of caterpillars that are infesting the trees through much of southern Denton County and into parts of Tarrant and Dallas counties.

Dr. Michael Merchant said his team has found trees in bad shape from North Richland Hills into the Lewisville Lake area, and as of Tuesday as far north as Corinth.

The small, green caterpillars are about a half-inch long and leave behind a silk.

In addition, they're also chomping the hackberry leaves and leaving only a skeleton of the leaf behind and the overall tree an eyesore.

According to Janet Laminack, from the Denton County Extension Office, the caterpillar is not known for being a pest and doesn't even have a common name they know about, only the scientific title Sciota celtidella.

At this point Merchant's team has captured some of the caterpillars and are monitoring them to see what kind of moth they eventually turn into.

The extension officers expect the caterpillars will move on as they transform and likely not return to the area next year.

As for the trees though, it's unknown what the caterpillar damage will leave in the long term.

Merchant said the hackberry trees have been wildly grown in the North Texas area for millennia, and he expects them to bounce back from the infestation.

Laminack, though, said trees that were already stressed could be in trouble as they try to recover from the situation.

She suggests watering your hackberry trees an inch every week to give them a better chance and add mulch or organic material as well. She also said that if there is still green on the tree, owners can spray for the caterpillars to deal with the problem.

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<![CDATA[Fort Worth Proactively Capturing Feral Hogs]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:55:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/feral_hogs_815.jpg

As we get into the cooler months of the year that means you'll have a greater chance of seeing feral hogs across North Texas.

But no matter the weather, Fort Worth Code Compliance Animal Care & Control wildlife officers are hard at work trying to stop them before they become a real nuisance in neighborhoods.

"It's a year round battle," said Barry Alexander, code compliance supervisor.

The front line in that battle can be found on the Fort Worth, Arlington border not far from River Legacy Park. It's where Fort Worth wildlife officers have set up a large trap hoping to catch feral hogs as they migrate near the river and before they ever reach someone's yard.

"The goal is to catch them before they come into the neighborhoods and do significant damage like they did," Alexander said.

Four years ago, the wild boars tore up yards in the Riverbend Estates neighborhood, but there's a good reason why they haven't been heard from lately.

"We've probably trapped around 400, so we've made a pretty significant dent," Alexander said.

The city hired two wildlife officers dedicated to the feral hog problem and other urban wildlife. The officers visit traps like the one near the park almost daily. They lure in the hogs with feed and loose dirt that they like to roll around in. Officers use game cameras to see how many are using the corrals before setting up a trip wire to capture as many as they can at once.

"We're trying to catch them while they're migrating through the area," Alexander said.

Traps are also set up closer to neighborhoods too, especially if residents spot hogs. But there hasn't been much need to trap in neighborhoods lately because of the proactive approach.

Last fall a single hog was tearing up yards in The Bluffs neighborhood at Heritage Trace Parkway and North Beach Street. The hogs can cause thousands in yard damage.

"They're just a pretty destructive animal," Alexander said.

While cooler months are when the hogs appear most, two were caught in August and seven back in July. That's proof the hunt for hogs never ends, despite the success of so many hogs already captured.

"I think we've saved a lot of property a lot of damage," Alexander said.

Feral hogs can have litters of six to as many as 13 every three and a half months. Once the feral hogs are captured they're then humanely euthanized.

To report feral hogs or any animal problem, call the code hotline at 817-392-1234.

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<![CDATA[Man Arrested for Deadly Shooting in Crowley]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:23:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wall+crowley.jpg

Police said they found a 24-year-old man dead at a Crowley home after a woman claiming to be his wife reported that he had been shot several times Monday night.

Crowley police said they received an emergency call at 9:13 p.m. from a woman who said her husband — later identified as Steven Scott — had been shot at their home in the 700 block of Meadowlark Circle.

Police and paramedics responded and found Scott lying on the floor of the residence with what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. Police said Scott was transported to Texas Health Huguley Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Scott's wife was home at the time of the shooting, but police did not say whether she witnessed it.

On Tuesday afternoon, Crowley police arrested Justin Lee Wall, 33, and charged him with murdering Scott. His bail is set at $150,000.

Crowley police said the incident is their first murder investigation of the year. 

NBC 5's Jeff Smith and Holley Ford contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Woman Injured By Foul Ball Warns Others]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 20:13:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Foul-Ball-Warning-090115.jpg

A single mother of two is recovering after a line-drive foul ball hit her in the face.

Dana Mattay frequently attends RoughRider minor league baseball games at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas, in part because she loves the family atmosphere.

She says she was celebrating starting a new job as a school counselor at Gunstream Elementary in Frisco, as well as celebrating back to school for her children, when she headed out to the ballpark on Aug. 14.

What happened at that game changed everything in an instant.

“I remember hearing, you know, the bat hit the ball. I remember hearing that but then the next thing I remember is just like I said, it was almost like it was in a little tunnel it happened so fast,” Mattay said.

She believes she had just bent over to pick up some popcorn and was coming back upright when she was struck between the eyes by a line-drive foul ball.

“In that split second I was like, 'Ok, I’m alive. I’m going to get through this. I’m going to be positive. God saved me,'" Mattay said. “In my life, I’m going to keep moving forward.”

Later, when the swelling subsided, it revealed the damage was significant. A week after she was hit, Mattay underwent nine hours of reconstructive surgery to prevent internal problems that could affect her breathing.

Mattay tells NBC 5 they removed part of her rib to use in the reconstruction of her face.

Nearly three weeks after the accident, Mattay remains incredibly positive and is overwhelmed by an outpouring of love and support.

“I have been beyond humbled and I don’t have words to express the extreme gratitude that I have for everyone who has stepped in and picked up my kids, [have] taken care of them, stayed with me, stayed with them,” Mattay said.

Her family says her surgery cost $96,000, and while she has health insurance, it may not pay.

Her sister has set up a GoFundMe account for Mattay to help with medical bills and missed work during her recovery.

Mattay wants her story to bring more awareness to what can happen at the ballpark.

She tells NBC 5 she doesn’t fault anybody, and says the Frisco RoughRider organization has been great.

The RoughRiders released the following statement to NBC 5:     

“The RoughRiders have been in regular, direct and personal contact with the family of the fan injured by a foul ball during our August 15 home game. Whenever there are ballpark accidents that result in injury, we try to establish and maintain a close relationship and line of communication with the individual and their family.” 

Mattay says this won’t stop her from attending RoughRider games in the future, but after everything she has endured, she thinks ballparks, not just in Frisco, but everywhere, could use more netting to help keep fans safe.

More: GoFundMe - Dana Mattay's Foul Ball

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<![CDATA[Love Field Plaque to Mark LBJ Oath of Office Location]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:04:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lbj-sworn-in-af1.jpg

A bronze plaque will mark the location where President Lyndon B. Johnson took the oath of office at Dallas Love Field Airport to become the 36th president.

The oath was administered on Nov. 22, 1963, aboard Air Force One following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in downtown Dallas.

Historian Farris Rookstool III, a former FBI agent who became an expert on the assassination of President Kennedy, determined the exact location where Air Force One was parked on the Tarmac at Love Field at the time Johnson was sworn into office, and on Thursday morning, officials will dedicate a marker that denotes that location.

A duplicate marker will be placed in the Love Landing area of the terminal building, so visitors can read about the fateful day's events.

The ceremony Thursday begins at 9 a.m. at Love Landing by the window overlooking the terminal.

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<![CDATA[Nearly 10,000 Cases of Frozen Corn Recalled Over Listeria Fears]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:59:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/corn-generic-prop-37.jpg

A New York-based company that distributes to stores in the Big Apple, New Jersey and 12 other states is recalling nearly 10,000 cases of frozen corn over concerns about possible Listeria contamination.

The frozen cut corn, made by Bonduelle USA Inc. of Brockport, was distributed in poly bags that said Wylwood Super Sweet Whole Kernel Corn, Market Basket Cut Corn, Bountiful Harvest Whole Kernel Cut Corn and West Creek Frozen Vegetables.

Listeria monocytogens, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, or people with weakened immune systems, was found in a package of the corn during routine testing at a retail store in Tennessee.

In addition to New York and New Jersey, the corn was distributed to stores in Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Bonduelle has stopped distributing the corn, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said, and it, along with the FDA, continue to investigate what caused the contamination. The company is fulling cooperating with federal authorities, the FDA said.

The company has not received any complaints in relation to this product and is not aware of any illnesses associated with the product to date.

Consumers who purchased the product are urged to throw it away. Consumers requiring refund or with questions may contact the company at 1-877-990-2662, Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm EST.

<![CDATA[Playing Hooky No Longer a Crime in Texas]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:27:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/truancy+court.jpg

As of Sept. 1, 2015, skipping school is no longer a crime in Texas.

The legislature decriminalized truancy after critics pointed out Texas prosecuted more children for playing hooky than every other state combined and made the problem worse.

Schools are now required to intervene to keep students in school, but public school districts won’t get any more money to do it.

The criminal records of those charged with truancy will now be erased, allowing them a fresh start.

"I think sending a kid to criminal court for truancy is egregious on its face,” said Morgan Craven, director of the nonprofit public interest group Texas Appleseed.

She and others pushed for the change.

"This was necessary because we saw so many Texas children and families who were being negatively impacted by the old law, which criminalized truancy,” she said.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins also supports decriminalization but worries schools can't fight truancy on their own with no increase in their budgets.

"What everybody in this system wants is for these children to stay in school and graduate,” Jenkins said. "We need to do more to adequately fund our schools including programs like this."

Abram Herrera, 18, a former student at Sunset High School, is like many teenagers who skipped school.

He admits he often missed morning classes because he slept late.

"I was late to school, oh my God, like 20 times,” he said.

With so many absences, he was called into truancy court and charged with truancy, a misdemeanor.

"I just got scared the first time I got called to court because I didn't know what was going to happen,” he said. “I thought I was going to go to jail."

He didn't get locked up but he was fined $375, which his parents made him pay himself.

"This actually worked for me,” he said.

Herrera said getting hauled into court got him back on track. He finished school and recently picked up his diploma.

But he worries about other students who skip classes under the new system.

"I'm thinking there might be a lot of dropouts,” he said.

Herrera plans to attend El Centro College soon to study nursing.

"Right now, I just look back and I learned my lesson,” he said.

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<![CDATA[Nearly 700 New Texas Laws Go Into Effect Tuesday]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 09:35:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/drone+generic.jpg

From the classroom to the airspace, Texans have nearly 700 new laws going into effect Tuesday.

There are new laws involving drones, including expanding allowances for when drone pilots can take pictures to include academic, engineering and surveying purposes. Drones must also stay above an altitude of 400 feet around buildings deemed critical infrastructure, such as power and gas processing plants. Finally, a third law allows the Texas Department of Public Safety to enact a "no-fly zone" around the Texas capitol complex.

In the classroom, there are big changes when it comes to high school Advanced Placement exam scores. To obtain college credit at many public universities, students now need only an AP score of 3 or above to gain credit -- previously, a score of 4 was required for college credit.

In law enforcement, Texas will likely have more body cameras for police officers. A bill from State Sen. Royce West, (D-Dallas), makes $10 million in grants available to local police departments.

There is also a change when it comes to airport security. A person who accidentally carries his or her handgun through security will get a break if he or she has the proper concealed handgun license. Once the traveler is deemed OK by police, he or she will be allowed to take the gun back out of the secured area.

"People are not wanting to commit a crime. They are not trying to sneak a gun into the airport. They just forgot," said David Prince, the owner of the Eagle Gun Range in Lewisville.

Prince said he hears these stories more frequently. And, according to the Transportation Security Administration, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport lead the nation's airports in 2014 with 120 weapons discovered at security checkpoints. Dallas Love Field came in 18th, with 43 weapons.

Those with CHLs will also be allowed to use that license as a valid form of identification.

A measure allowing some epilepsy patients to get low-THC cannabis oil, Texas' first concession on medical marijuana, is now allowed. Also kicking in are laws strengthening restrictions on synthetic marijuana.

So are laws scrapping criminal penalties for skipping school and ending the "pick-a-pal" grand jury system, which critics said created conflicts of interest.

Elected officials accused of ethics crimes will now be tried in their home counties and "revenge porn," or posting explicit pictures of ex-lovers online, becomes a crime.

The Texas Legislature website allows you to look up any bill on the books in the state.

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