<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://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.comen-usSat, 28 May 2016 16:30:31 -0500Sat, 28 May 2016 16:30:31 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Man Fatally Shot Outside Fort Worth Club: Police]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 08:47:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fw_party_shooting_052816.png

A search is underway for the gunmen suspected in a deadly shooting in Fort Worth early Saturday morning.

Officers said shots were fired shortly after 2:30 a.m. as a group was leaving a party near the 2300 block of Anna Street.

According to police, a 22-year-old man was struck after two people opened fire near the group.

The man, who was not identified, was rushed to John Peter Smith hospital in critical condition. He was pronounced deceased shortly after, police said.

Investigators did not release suspect information.

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<![CDATA[Eyes Open for Memorial Weekend Storms at Lewisville Lake]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 09:34:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rain+Campground.jpg

A rainy forecast doesn’t seem to be enough to ruin the holiday weekend fun for many at area lakes.

As of Friday, the Hickory Creek Park campground at Lewisville Lake remained sold out, despite storm chances throughout the long weekend.

"I'll go on to see if anybody canceled, and no cancellations,” said gate attendant Connie Peek as campers started filing in during the Friday morning rain storm.

Lake Manager Rob Jordan with the Army Corps of Engineers said his park rangers are keeping an eye on Lewisville Lake and Lake Ray Roberts, already releasing water again after the overnight storm sent the lakes into flood stages again.

Jordan said it’s important that boaters, campers and beach-goers remain weather aware through the weekend, especially on the lake where hazards and choppy waters could be present.

"Make sure that they have the required safety equipment on board and make sure they're wearing a life jacket when they're out there,” said Jordan.

Several campers at Hickory Creek said they were willing to stick it out for whatever nature brings this weekend, after last year’s flooding kept them out of that park and many others until just the past few weeks.

"Yeah, they were closed most of the year, so we had to go find other places,” said Wayne VanHoose of Denton.

At Lewisville Lake, most of the parks are now back open with Hickory Creek and West Lake just opening gates about two weeks ago.

Park rangers said some areas within parks may remain closed though as repairs from the floods continue.

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<![CDATA[Lake and Boating Safety for Memorial Day Weekend]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 16:04:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2015-07-13-22h27m09s61.png

Memorial Day Weekend is a time of reflection and celebration.

Lakes in and around the Dallas – Fort Worth area are filled with boaters the entire weekend. If you are out on the water, it is imperative to remember all of the safety rules.

Lake Safety Rules:

• Always wear a life jacket.

• Avoid alcohol.

• Don’t overload your boat.

• Operate at a safe speed.

• Always have a passenger serve as a lookout in addition to the operator.

• Watch out for low water areas or submerged objects.

“People should know that a BWI (boating while intoxicated) carries some of the same penalties as a DWI, including possible drivers’ license suspension,” said Cpt. Cliff Swofford with Texas Parks and Wild Life. “I will have officers out around the clock, the entire weekend looking for drunk drivers,” said Cpt. Swofford.

According to the Texas Parks and Wild Life, there were 46 drownings in the state of Texas last year. 21 of those drowning took place in the DFW area. Many of those happened on lakes during the summer months.

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<![CDATA[Spieth In Contention At Dean & DeLuca Invitational]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 05:41:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/Spieth+Colonial.jpg

For the second straight week, Jordan Spieth is making the weekend interesting again in North Texas. 

The world’s number two ranked golfer made his move up the leaderboard during the second round of the Dean & DeLuca Invitational in Fort Worth. Spieth now enters the weekend two shots back of the clubhouse leader Bryce Molder at 7-under.

Last week, Spieth entered Sunday at the AT&T Byron Nelson in the final group, but slid down the leaderboard and finished out of contention after a 4-over 74.

So what’s the difference this time around? Trust.

Spieth seems to have more trust in his swing, something he appeared frustrated with before. He expressed last week how he didn’t feel comfortable over the ball. This time around, it appears to be the opposite.

“I’d say (my comfort level) is up there close to where I want to have it, 100 percent trust by major time,” said Spieth. “It’s creeping up. Big step up from last week. It’s getting close.”

During Friday’s second round, Spieth only had two bogeys on the card, at number 10 and 16. He finished at 4-under 66 for the day. The shot that best summed up his day may have been on the front nine, when Spieth stuck a 5-iron to six feet leaving an easy birdie putt on the par-3 4th hole.

“I feel really, really good over the ball right now,” said Spieth. “I got a little loose at the end of the round today. Fortunately still kept those on the green. My putting is coming around.”

So now there’s a little momentum going into weekend play. The only question will be whether Spieth can maintain it and avoid a repeat of that final round in Irving.

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<![CDATA['Disturbing' Graffiti Found at Arlington School, 5 Arrested]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 18:31:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/high-school-grafitti.jpg

Police said they arrested five high school students Thursday for their involvement in spray painting "disturbing" words and images at Arlington Martin High School.

Arlington Independent School District officials reported to police at about 8 a.m. Wednesday that hate speech was spray painted at Martin High School. District staff quickly removed the graphics and text that contained what police called "disturbing racial and gender overtones."

Lt. Christopher Cook of the Arlington Police Department addressed the students who vandalized the school, saying "you're doing hateful messages that really case community harm and alarm."

"Whites Only" was written above a water fountian, while "Trans Only" was written on the bathroom entrance. According to the arrest warrants and police, other images painted around the school contained sexual content.

Investigators reviewed surveillance footage, interviewed students and faculty and monitored social media and identified several Arlington ISD students thought to be responsible.

Police said detectives arrested 18-year-old Cameron Bodenstab, 18-year-old Ethan Sigmond, 17-year-old Christian Joeckel, 17-year-old Hayden Honolka and 17-year-old Ryan Westbrook, all Arlington High School students, for their involvement in painting grafetti of their cross-town rival.

Lt. Christopher Cook of the Arlington Police Department told NBC 5, "Unfortunately, you just cannot engage in this kind of criminal activity. They all admitted to this. It looks like from our interviews, they claim it was a senior prank. I don’t think they gave a lot of thought to the ramifications."

According to the arrest warrants, Westbrook admitted to police that he and some friends painted the jungle gym as part of a "senior prank." Sigmond said "he and his friends wore rubber gloves and dipped their hands in paint and used their hands to paint the jungle gym" according to the warrant. Joeckel and Honolka both told police that most of the graffiti was present when they arrived, but admitted to contributing, according to the warrant.

Police said the five boys currently face criminal charges and up to two years in jail, but they believe other students may be involved.

Arlington police asked anyone with information about the incident to contact Sgt. Kyrus Branch at 817-459-5327 or Tarrant County Crime Stoppers at 817-469-8477 (TIPS).

NBC 5's Kevin Cokely and Jamie Weiss contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Pelicans Guard Shot, Dead After Breaking Into Apartment: DPD]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 16:26:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-508472288.jpg

Bryce Dejean-Jones, a guard for the New Orleans Pelicans, is dead after breaking into a Dallas apartment and getting shot, according to The Dallas Police Department.

Dallas Police were called to the 2500 block of Bennett Avenue at 3:20 a.m. on May 28 regarding a shooting.

Upon arrival, officers found one individual had been shot.

According to police, the resident of the apartment, whose identity is not known, said an individual had kicked open the front door and entered his apartment. The resident had been asleep in his bedroom when he heard the individual enter and retrieved a handgun. 

The resident told police he called out to the individual and heard no response. As the individual kicked the bedroom door, the resident fired his gun.

The individual left the apartment and collapsed, where he was later brought to a hospital and pronounced dead from a gunshot wound.

Dallas police later identified the individual who entered the apartment and had been shot as 23-year-old Pelicans Guard, Bryce Dejean-Jones.

The New Orleans Pelicans released the following statement on the passing of Bryce Dejean-Jones:

“It is with deep sadness that the Pelicans organization acknowledges the sudden passing of Bryce Dejean-Jones. We are devastated at the loss of this young man’s life who had such a promising future ahead of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bryce’s family during this difficult time.”

Bryce Dejean-Jones started playing for the Pelicans back in February.

NBC 5 will update this story as we learn more.

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<![CDATA[Lake Businesses Brace for Uncertain Season]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 14:58:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lewisville+Lake+Outlook.jpg

Workers at North Texas lakes are hoping for the best, but bracing for the worst as the 2016 season kicks off.

Some worry that forecasts of another rainy summer could leave their businesses in a third year of tough times.

Many watercraft renters, marinas, and others on Lewisville Lake struggled last summer as record flood waters shut down many parks and boat ramps; forcing people to spend their summer fun money elsewhere.

"It was bad,” said Carl Burmeister of Aloha Hydro Sports. “Every weekend we hoped it would let up but it, the rain and the water just kept coming and coming and coming.”

Burmeister barely launched one of his watercrafts until about August when Lewisville’s City Park reopened and that was after a slow 2014 summer when the area was dealing with a massive drought and business was also slow.

On Saturday morning, things were looking promising.

Workers with Phil Dill Boat Rentals reported sold out reservations throughout the Memorial Day weekend, and sunny skies by the late morning had big crowds starting to show up at the lake.

Most of Lewisville Lake’s parks are finally reopened including Westlake Park which was closed until earlier this month and the Hickory Creek Park Campground which is sold out for the weekend as well.

However, some of the parks still show signs of the floods; some areas in Westlake were still covered by water Saturday.

Lake Manager Rob Jordan said his team with the Army Corps of Engineers, which owns and operates the lake, are keeping a close eye on lake levels; also uncertain with the forecasts ahead.

"Currently with the lakes being above conservation pool, the table's kind of set there for additional flood waters if we were to get several rounds of thunder storms,” said Jordan.

As of Saturday, Lewisville Lake was about 1.3 feet above flood levels, up again due to Friday’s rain, and the Army Corps was releasing water.

Burmeister said he just plans to take the season week by week and push business as hard as he can while the weather’s cooperating.

"God willing we'll get back on the right track again,” said Burmeister.

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<![CDATA[Arlington Police Search For Missing Woman With Alzheimer's ]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 12:39:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ozella.jpg

Arlington Police are trying to locate an elderly woman who is said to have Alzheimer's disease.

Police said 75-year-old Ozella Gillbert was last seen around 6 a.m. on May 28 at a hotel located at 2200 Brookhollow Plaza. Police believe she is on foot in the area.

According to police, Ozella was last seen this morning wearing a pink shirt and black jogging pants with a pink stripe.

Anyone with information regarding Ozella's whereabouts is asked to please call 911.

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<![CDATA['Baby Boom' for World's Rarest Leopard in Russia]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 12:29:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Persian+Leopard.jpg

The endangered Persian leopard is being reintroduced to Sochi, Russia, nearly a century after they were hunted to the brink of extinction, NBC News reported.

Today, there are fewer than 400 Persian leopards in the wild, with the only sustainable wild populations in Iran and Turkmenistan.

The Persian Leopard Breeding and Rehabilitation Center in Sochi, created in 2012, has helped the population make a modest recovery in recent years. The project is bankrolled by the Russian government.

Conservationists will release two three-year-old animals within the next few weeks, followed by another pair later this year. Officials hope a leopard colony will again take root in the southeastern corner of Europe and spread eastward. But vital migration routes the animal needs to thrive are under threat from expanding ski resorts.

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<![CDATA[Fire Erupts Through Buildings in Farmersville ]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 14:27:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/fire15.PNG

A large commercial structure has caught fire and collapsed in Farmersville according to the Farmersville Fire Department.

The Farmersville Fire Department was called to a group of buildings located on the corner of McKinney Street and Main Street at 11:28 a.m. on May 28. People on scene said multiple buildings in the area have caught fire.

The Farmersville Fire Department is on the scene now trying to put out the fire. Other fire departments are there as well to provide aid.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown. An investigation is underway. There has been no report of any injuries.

A Taste of Farmersville, an event scheduled to take place on Main Street near the site of the fire, is still happening at 4 p.m.

NBC 5 will update this story as soon as we learn more.

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<![CDATA[Memorial Day Weekend 2016]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 12:45:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*152/48fbea97fe0345cb91201ddd076adb9e.JPG.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared their photos of how they're commemorating and celebrating Memorial Day Weekend. You can send your photos to isee@nbcdfw.com!

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<![CDATA[Six Numbers That Show Why Clinton Is Still the Favorite in 2016]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 11:04:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CLINTON_AP_485476905075.jpg

The 2016 general election race is now a virtual tie. The most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal polls shows the Democratic front-runner clinging to a narrow lead in a head-to-head match up with the Republican nominee.

But an analysis of data from the poll shows that Clinton is still the more likely candidate to emerge as the winner when the voting's all over on Nov. 8, 2016.

The advantage for a generic Democratic candidate over a generic Republican is 4 percentage points. And though both parties are unpopular, the Democratic Party is nearly breaking even on favorability, while the GOP is under water.

The poll also shows President Barack Obama's approval rating is at 51 percent, meaning he'll be a powerful surrogate for Clinton after the primary.

Meanwhile, Trump is under-performing with white women by 10 points and showing a nine-point drop in the suburbs, according to the poll. Clinton has a 10-point advantage on the commander-in-chief test.

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<![CDATA[WWII Plane in Fatal Crash Pulled From NY River]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 14:56:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/AP_16149568884659_edited-1.jpg

A salvage team has recovered a small vintage World War II fighter plane that crashed into the Hudson River between Manhattan and New Jersey Friday evening, killing the pilot onboard.

The Army Corps of Engineers lifted the aircraft out of the river Saturday. The plane was taken to the Downtown Manhattan Heliport near Wall Street.

The P-47 Thunderbolt, a single-seat propeller plane, was on a flight to shoot promotional material for the Bethpage Air Show in Jones Beach when it went down in the water about two miles south of the George Washington Bridge at about 7:30 p.m. on Friday, according to officials.

Police, fire and Coast Guard boats and helicopters swarmed the area as they searched for the pilot, later identified as William Gordon of Key West, Florida.

Scuba divers recovered the 56-year-old pilot’s body about three hours after the crash, according to NYPD Det. Michael Debonis.

The plane suffered some sort of mechanical problem and the pilot tried to ditch in the Hudson, said Gari Lewi, a spokesman for the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport on Long Island, which owns the plane. It's not clear what the source of the problem was.

Diners at Waterside Restaurant in North Bergen, New Jersey, told NBC 4 New York they saw the small vintage plane appear to start landing, then suddenly plunge into the water nose first.

Other witnesses say they saw the smoke hit the water and at first thought it was an air show for Fleet Week, which draws thousands of people to the nearby Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum for events including live demonstrations.

Bethpage Air Show organizers said in a statement posted online they will proceed with the event "with heavy hearts."

"The pilot was a friend to us all and we send our deepest sympathy to his family and our friends at the American Air Power Museum," the statement read.

Gordon was a veteran air show pilot and had more than 25 years of experience, the AP reported, citing promotional material on a website for a Key West air show last month. Gordon was an "aerobatic competency evaluator" who certified pilots to perform low-level aerobatics, according to the site.

The P47-Thunderbolt was the heaviest single-engine fighter plane used by Allied forces in World War II. The aircraft first went into service in 1942 with the 56th Fighter Group based on Long Island.

Lewi said the museum was going to honor the plane’s 75th anniversary of coming into service this weekend at the air show. The plane that crashed was supposed to fly in this weekend’s airshow.

It has flown periodically, including to other air shows, Lewi said.

The site where the plane crashed Friday, near the Edgewater Marina, is less than five miles upriver from where U.S. Airways Flight 1549 made an emergency landing in the river in 2009 in what is now commonly referred to as “The Miracle on the Hudson”

Jonathan Dienst and Michael Gargiulo contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[One Dead After Shooting Outside Dallas Cabaret]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 10:15:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas+police+officers.jpg

One person is dead after a shooting took place Friday night off the 2400 block of Walnut Ridge, according to Dallas Police.

The Dallas Police Department said they received a call at 3:37 a.m. on May 27 regarding a shooting outside of the "Dallas Cabaret.

Police said a fight spilled onto the street and a guard working security tried to break it up. The men fighting got mad at the guard and shot him, according to police. The guard is in critical condition from his gunshot wounds.

Dallas police said one person has died, but the identity of the individual has not been confirmed.

Police are still investigating this incident, and there are no suspects at this time.

NBC 5 will update this story as we learn more.

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<![CDATA[ Missouri Gov. Declares State of Emergency Ahead of More Rains]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 08:36:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Missouri-Flooding-GettyImages-503178322.jpg

Missouri's governor declared a state of emergency ahead of expected heavy rains, and warned that levees could be overtopped, NBC News reported.

"Areas along the Missouri River and its tributaries in west-central Missouri are of particular concern because more rain could cause some levees to overtop," Gov. Jay Nixon said in a statement issued on Friday evening.

Since Tuesday, storms in the state have caused high winds, heavy rains and flash flooding — with more rain predicted into the weekend.

Meanwhile, warnings were issued for South Carolina's coast Friday after a weather system that could become a tropical storm formed in the Atlantic, the National Weather Service said.

Heavy rain, whipping winds and dangerous waves could hit the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida over the holiday weekend, forecasters said.

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<![CDATA[Teacher Arrested For Improper Relationship With Student: Police]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 15:16:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/police-lights-day-shutterstock_1430470310.jpg

A Dallas ISD teacher was arrested Friday morning for an improper relationship between an educator and student, according to the Dallas Police Department.

Police arrested 50-year-old Darryl Johnson, a teacher at Skyline High School, on May 27. Investigations are still underway.

Johnson was placed in Lew Sterrett Jail with bail set at $50,000 for this offense.

Anyone with any information regarding this offense or any other victims should contact Detective Valentine at 214-275-1300.

<![CDATA[Zika Concerns Help Local Pest Control Biz]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 21:08:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mosquito11.jpg

Private mosquito control companies are enjoying big business in North Texas this spring.

Michael Bosco with Safe Haven Pest Control said customers are concerned about the chance for mosquito carried diseases and the prevalence of bugs already biting this year.

“We can’t keep up with our mosquito sprays at all. The weather is not helping us, but the demand for mosquito applications has sky rocketed,” Bosco said.

Bosco uses Mosquito Steve products that claim to be safe for people and pets.

Steve Moore who runs Mosquito Steve said his products are selling earlier than normal this year.

“I’ve been doing radio interviews all over the country because people are worried about Zika virus,” Moore said. “Here’s the important thing, though, West Nile virus is probably going to be more prevalent this year.”

After recent rain, there’s plenty of standing water to breed disease carrying mosquitoes in North Texas. This year’s fourth Tarrant County human case of Zika virus, reported Friday, highlighted the threat. That person recently traveled to Puerto Rico.

No North Texas mosquitoes have been found testing positive for Zika. But the disease that’s linked to birth defects is expected to show up in North Texas mosquitoes eventually. Zika could spread in North Texas if mosquitoes that bite an infected person transmit the disease to other people.

Deadly West Nile Virus has been found in North Texas mosquitoes again this year.

“It’s definitely a big concern for me,” said Safe Haven customer Lori Bannon. “I’m immune suppressed, so there’s a big concern for me with Zika or West Nile. And then I have my elderly parents living here with me, so it’s a big concern for them.”

Bannon has her yard sprayed twice a month and also has a misting system around the house that uses Mosquito Steve insect repellent.

“We want to be able to use our yard. We have this gorgeous yard and patio,” she said.

The variety of mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus is most active at dawn and dusk.

The variety of mosquitoes known to carry Zika virus is active around the clock and more likely to be found close to homes and buildings.

“If you’re getting bitten by mosquitoes, then basically, there is a breeding opportunity somewhere,” Dallas County Health Director Zachary Thompson said.

Professional pest control people can be helpful, but Thompson said residents can fight on their own by removing standing water where mosquitoes breed.

“Definitely do an assessment around your home,” Thompson said. “We’re talking about breeding opportunities that cannot be identified unless you as a homeowner do an assessment.”

Flower pots and bird baths are examples of routine household fixtures that can foster disease.

“Anything that gives a chance for mosquitoes to breed around your home needs to be eliminated,” Thompson said.

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<![CDATA[Police Seek Help In Identifying Indecent Exposure Suspect]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 10:55:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/police-lights-night-shutterstock_6962211731.jpg

The Dallas Police Department is looking for the man responsible for an indecent exposure incident outside of a woman's home on May 26.

A woman living in the apartment complex at the 11500 block of Leisure Drive said she noticed movement outside her window Tuesday night just before 2 a.m.

When she looked closely, the woman noticed a man exposing himself and masturbating outside her window. When she confronted the man, he fled on foot. Dallas police arrived on the scene but were unable to locate the man.

The description police offered was vague, but anyone with information about the man is asked to call Detective H. Barton of the Dallas Police Sex Assault Unit at 214-671-3685.

<![CDATA[DFW Olympian Weighs Going To Rio Despite Zika Threat]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 23:28:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/052716+Michelle+Carter.jpg

Michelle Carter is a two-time Olympic shot putter going for her third Olympic games this August. She is going to Rio after weighing the Zika virus threat. 

"I've thought about it quite a bit actually," Carter said. "But the thing is, it's the Olympic games!"

Carter has been working toward Olympic gold since the last Summer Games.

"You have to weigh, am I going to give up my one shot for a chance to not get sick, or do I risk getting sick and take my one shot to be an Olympic champion," Carter explained. 

Health experts on Friday urged the World Health Organization to consider whether the Rio de Janeiro Olympics should be postponed or moved because of the Zika outbreak. 

The 150 experts — including a former White House science adviser — issued an open letter to the U.N. health agency, calling for the games to be delayed or relocated "in the name of public health."

In response, Carter explained, "You're planning your peak and your whole season around your day." she said. "And to move it back would really mess up a lot of people's training." 

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<![CDATA[Frisco Man Pays Speeding Ticket With Buckets of Pennies]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 15:57:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/052716+Penny.jpg

A Texas man paid a traffic fine with thousands of pennies in "protest" of a speeding ticket.

Brett Sanders believes he did nothing wrong when he was ticketed for driving nine miles per hour over the speed limit in his Frisco neighborhood.

"I didn't hurt anybody. I didn't endanger anybody's life," he said.

Sanders tried to fight the ticket in court, taking the case to trial where he eventually lost.

"When my fine came due, I just decided I may as well pay with pennies and we'll make a big spectacle of it," Sanders said.

He hammered $220 worth of pennies from their rolls and shoveled them into five-gallon buckets.

Sanders then drove to the Frisco Municipal Court and dumped the coins – all 22,000 – on the counter.

"It felt great. It really felt great," Sanders said.

Sanders record the incident and posted a video on YouTube. It has been viewed nearly 40,000 times.

The court's clerks gathered all the pennies and took them to Coinstar locations around town. They said it took about three hours to count them.

Sanders is now owed money by the city because he overpaid by $7.81.

"I’m just going to go ahead and let them keep that,” he said.

City staff told NBC5 it's not against the rules to pay using pennies, but they wouldn't encourage it. In fact, they say this is the second time in memory someone has paid with pennies.

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<![CDATA[Baylor Losing Members of their 2016 Class?]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 21:22:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/baylor+football+recruiting.jpg

With Baylor University head football coach Art Briles getting fired this week some Baylor recruits who signed letters of intent back in in February are looking for new places to play college football.

Locally, I’m told, Sachse wide receiver Devin Duvernay doesn’t want to play for Baylor anymore and is talking with other college coaches. 

NBC 5 "Inside High School Sports" host David Watkins and I have separately reached out to him but he has not gotten back to us.  He is an Under Armour All American and the 100 meter Texas high school track champion.

Bears may lose running back Kam Martin. He tweeted out “Thanks for everything Art Briles” the day the coach was let go.  Houston, Texas and TCU are schools on his radar.

Offensive lineman Patrick Hudson chose Baylor over Texas but he is looking at getting out of his commitment and Byron Nelson standout defensive end Brandon Bowen make not get to Waco this fall either.  Bowen is a player Oklahoma and Oregon were after.

Baylor will have to let the players out of their commitments. It would be a bad look if the school tried to keep players who wanted to play for Briles and now have a change of heart because of so much uncertainty in the Bears football program.

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<![CDATA[Search for Teen Believed Kidnapped]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 01:32:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/0527-2016-PearlPinson.jpg

Family and friends of 15-year-old Pearl Pinson are asking their community to keep looking for a teen missing from Northern California, a day after the man thought to have kidnapped her at gunpoint was killed.

Investigators believe the teenager was kidnapped Wednesday morning as she walked to a school bus stop in Vallejo. Her suspected abductor, a 19-year-old whom she knew, was killed in a shootout 300 miles away in Santa Barbara County Thursday, authorities said.

"Pearl if you're out there fight your way home, find a way. Do whatever you can to get out of wherever you are," sister Rose Pinson said in an interview with NBC Bay Area on Friday. "I love you so much Pearl, we're here praying for you."

Officials on Friday afternoon said the search for Pinson was concentrated in Sonoma County, about 1½ hours north of San Francisco. A rescue helicopter covered roughly four square miles of rough terrain outside the small coastal town of Jenner, scouring the area for Pinson. The search was suspended late Friday, but is expected to be resumed early Saturday.

Solano County and Sonoma County sheriff's deputies searched the Willow Creek Road area of Jenner. The search was prompted by new information the Solano County Sheriff's Office received during its investigation, but did not publicize.

Christine Castillo, with the Solano County Sheriff's Department, promised to answer the question of "Why Jenner?" in the "very near future."

For their part, Jenner residents were overwhelmed by the influx of law enforcement officials and search-and-rescue teams.

Robert McShea said the city is a "retirement area" that doesn't often see "this much action."

"We're used to kayaks and stuff, not choppers and news cameras," he admitted.

Although two-plus days have passed since Pinson was last seen or heard from, officials continue to deploy boats, dogs and rescue teams with the hope of finding her. 

"Our number one priority is bringing Pearl home safely to her family and we do believe that is possible," Castillo said.

Family and friends searched for Pinson in Vallejo Friday afternoon and plan to be in Jenner Saturday morning to be close to investigators. The Solano County Sheriff's Office is working with Pinson's family to determine the areas where the searches will be held.

Pinson has green hair and was last seen wearing a gray sweater, black leggings and had a black and turquoise backpack. Her family has set up a GoFundMe account to help with their search.

The sheriff's office set up a tip line at 707-784-1963 but anyone with urgent information is asked to call 707-421-7090.

Investigators have also spent time searching the area of Sir Frances Drake Boulevard near the San Rafael Bridge in Marin County after officials said Castro was seen on surveillance cameras in the area at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Coroner's Office identified the man killed in the police shootout as 19-year-old Fernando Castro, and authorities identified the Vallejo resident as a suspect in Pinson's disappearance. Officials also said there is no indication Pinson is in Santa Barbara County.

The Solano County Sheriff's Office, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office and FBI are working together to examine crime scenes in the city of Solvang, where the shootout occurred following a pursuit on Thursday.

The search for Pinson started Wednesday morning when the Solano County Sheriff's Office said they received reports of shots fired near the Interstate Highway 780 pedestrian over-crossing in the area of Home Acres and Taylor avenues in Vallejo.

A witness reported seeing a man with a gun pulling a female, who was bleeding and yelling for help, on the over-crossing. The witness heard a gunshot while running for help, and responding deputies found blood on the ground, sheriff's officials said.

"I heard screaming, panicking screaming, and then after that, I heard two gunshots and the car went off really fast," said witness Leslie Caro.

The sheriff's office has not confirmed Pinson was shot or the extent of her injuries.

As of Friday evening, the overpass is the site of a growing memorial where people have placed pearls for Pearl Pinson. 

Castro was spotted in San Luis Obispo County on Thursday after the California Highway Patrol had issued an Amber Alert for Pinson. CHP officers pursued him into Santa Barbara County, over 300 miles south of the scene of the suspected abduction in Vallejo.

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<![CDATA[Groups Want Clarity on Dallas PD/Church Partnership]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 14:46:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/First+Baptist+Church+in+Dallas.jpg

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says he was "deeply hurt" by recent anti-LGBT comments by First Baptist Church Pastor Robert Jeffress.

Rawlings acknowledged the growing chorus of voices that are asking Dallas Police Chief David Brown to say something.

"I think that what they want is for the relationship to be clarified, and that’s what is going to be done," Rawlings said, adding that he has full confidence that Brown will do what's best for both "his officers, and for the citizens of Dallas."

Several political groups and community organizations say the city needs to clarify its new-found partnership with the church following a pro-police support rally last month.

At that "Back the Blue" event in April, Jeffress said he was proud to enter into a "partnership" with Dallas police and help support the officers' well-being however he could.

The partnership is clearly informal, but Jeffress said he would offer free counseling and support services for DPD officers and their families. He also said he would let officer's children attend bible camps and go on church excursions for free.

Rawlings was also in attendance at the "Back the Blue" event and offered up a prayer that DPD officers serve the city in peace and safety.

Over the last few weeks, the police department hasn't clarified the nature of the "partnership" or the offer of free counseling and events, perhaps because there's been little need to.

But a few days ago in a radio interview, Jeffress made a rough comparison between laws protecting LGBT rights and ISIS.

"The greatest threat to freedom of religion in America is not ISIS," Jeffress said, saying the greatest threat are the "chambers of commerce" who don't pass or vocally support religious freedom laws because of the concern that detractors will "interpret religious freedom as being anti-gay, and we'll lose business."

The chorus of groups saying Brown needs to speak up has grown steadily since.

The LGBT-support organization Resource Center asked DPD to "reassess" its partnership with First Baptist, and it's been trying for days, unsuccessfully, to set up an in-person interview with Brown.

The grassroots group "Take Back Oak Lawn" said in a statement that it is making a "formal request that the Dallas Police Department clarify their relationship with First Baptist Dallas."

The Stonewall Democrats of Dallas and the Dallas Stonewall Young Democrats issued a joint statement late Thursday evening, saying in part:

"We ask [DPD] to sever any formal ties it may have with the church…The LGBT community has serious concerns about officers receiving counseling from a church whose leader uses such language, especially as our community continues to grapple with on-going attacks in the Oak Lawn area that have yet to lead to any arrests.”

Cece Cox, the Executive Director of the Resource Center, spoke with NBC5 Friday.

"DPD and First Baptist Church are in an unholy alliance of partnering with an institution that’s on record as being against the LGBT community," she said. "The city and the police department, as part of the city, made a bad choice."

The police department on Friday told NBC 5 it "respectfully declines" to comment at all about the issue.

Cox said she's been in close contact with the Dallas Police Department's Media Relations Unit this week, and is working to schedule a meeting with Brown and others.

"It would be great if he would have a conversation with us now, with someone from the LGBT community, about why this doesn’t sit well with us," she said. "We have this decision with the partnership, on top of 18 unsolved assaults in Oak Lawn since September. What’s going on?"

NBC 5 asked Rawlings about that comment Friday morning.

"Do you think the nature of this partnership, however informal, should be re-examined?” asked NBC 5 reporter Jeff Smith.

"Well, I think Chief Brown will really make that decision, and do what’s best for his police officers and the city," the Mayor said. "Those statements that were made hurt me deeply for Dallas. That’s not how Dallas is."

NBC 5 reached out to the Dallas Police Association and Fraternal Order of Police, but they didn't comment today.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown said on May 28, “As Chief, one of my greatest worries is the physical and emotional well-being of officers as they put their lives on the line every day to protect the citizens of Dallas. We encourage and support all of our officers who seek out services offered to maintain their physical, emotional, and spiritual health regardless of their religious affiliation.”

Jeffress' brother is a long-time officer in the Dallas Police Department, and he has spoken out forcefully about the need to support and encourage the morale of police officers.

Jeffress is out of town right now, helping minister to 1,000 new preachers at a conference in Germany. He'll be back next week.

But another pastor, Executive Pastor Ben Lovvorn, agreed to speak with NBC 5.

He said he doesn't understand what's so controversial about offering to send officer's kids to church camps for free. He argued it's a genuine and sincere show of support for police.

"We haven’t asked that the Dallas Police Department or the city of Dallas necessarily support First Baptist Dallas, but we certainly support the Dallas Police Department," Lovvorn said.

"There’s no formal tie to sever here. We, as a church, have offered our ministers to individual Dallas Police officers because we recognize that they have needs, and we want to minister them."

It's a point even Rawlings seemed to acknowledge, the church is trying to show its support for officers the best way it can, especially those officers suffering from low-morale or in need of spiritual counseling.

"This is a tricky thing. You know, there are a lot of restaurants that give a free hamburger to police officers," he said. "Sometimes those restaurants might then do things that are wacky, too. So, I think Chief Brown will look at this issue and do what’s best."

Cox doesn't think it's an appropriate analogy, saying the longer the police department remains silent about Jeffress' anti-LGBT views, the more it is seen as a support of those viewpoints.

"I'm sure First Baptist probably offered free counseling in a gracious way," she said. "But the city and DPD are choosing to go to an institution that speaks out against the LGBT community."

First Baptist Church says it welcomes LGBT community members to pray with them.

"Jesus Christ had a message of hope, and a message of love, and that is the message of First Baptist Dallas. Whether you are talking about individual Dallas police officers, or members of the LGBT community," Lovvorn said. "We’re open to ministering to everybody."

The Resource Center says it's trying to stay "optimistic" that Brown understands their concerns.

Cox said this issue is not going away.

"We have made a request. We’ve been told I’ll have an answer next week. If I don’t have an answer next week, then I’ll have another story next week," she said.

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<![CDATA[Woman Falls Victim to Crook on Online Job Site]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 22:46:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/052716+Online+Job+Scheme.jpg

Internet job sites are the perfect place to pick up extra work during the summer. That's what Cleburne teacher Amy Gallagher hoped to do when she looked for a job on Care.com.

"I was so happy because I got a response a week later from a Nancy in Florida who was moving with her mother to this area," said Gallagher.

She'd be taking care of Nancy's elderly mother. After exchanging several emails, Nancy hired her. The job was perfect.

"She said 'I'm going to pay you above average, $25 an hour. And you can work full-time in the summer and part-time during the school year,'" Nancy remembers the email reading. She got more emails from her new employer who also claimed to be deaf. The emails were frequent and friendly as the two talked about their families and lives. Then Nancy wrote that her mother needed a wheelchair.

"She said, 'I'm gonna overnight you a check for the wheelchair, and then I want you to take the balance of that cash and deposit it into your account for the first week's pay,'" Gallagher recalls Nancy requesting.

Gallagher did as instructed and cashed the check at her credit union in Cleburne, keeping $400. Then she deposited $2,400 cash at another bank to buy the wheelchair.

"About three days later, I got a call from my credit union and they said it was returned insufficient," said Gallagher. She filed a police report, and the detective confirmed what she already knew.

"He said, 'It looks like you've been scammed,'" said Nancy, the friendly Floridian turned Texas transplant, was likely just a crook with an email account.

"I'm intelligent, I'm educated, but I believed every word," said Gallagher. Now her credit union wants its money back, and Gallagher is on the hook for $2,400.

NBC5 Responds contacted the Vice President of Operations Gallagher's credit union who declined to comment. But a spokesman for the American Bankers Association (ABA) says you are ultimately responsible for any check you cash or deposit.

Care.com says these types of schemes are prevalent on job-seeking web sites.

It addresses babysitting scams on its website. Care.com, along with the ABA, emailed the Responds team with the following advice for consumers:

  • Use the monitored messaging system on Care.com when communicating with an employer. It allows Care.com to monitor exchanges for fraudulent activity.
  • Have an in-person interview in a public place and ask to see ID.
  • Never accept jobs that require you to facilitate money transfers through your account.

<![CDATA[Dallas Police Investigate Another Oak Lawn Attack]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 05:08:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Oak+Lawn+attack.jpg

Dallas police are investigating another Oak Lawn attack.

It's the 18th attack on someone in the last seven months.

Police say early Thursday morning a man was walking home from a bar on Bowser Avenue, just off Lemmon Avenue, when someone in a red SUV hopped out and starting punching the victim in the face.

The encounter left the man with a fractured orbital bone, fractured foot, and bruisesd arm. He spoke to NBC 5, but did not want to be identified out of fear for his safety.

"One person alone is bad enough, and then it's two and three. Now I'm supposedly number 18 that has been reported to police? How many more have to get hurt, or does someone have to literally die from it?" the victim said.

Police say the attacker then got back in the SUV and drove off.

"Throughout the attack, the suspect did not say anything, nor did he attempt to take the victim’s property," Dallas police said.

The victim was unable to provide additional information. He could need plastic surgery to repair his facial injuries.

Police say a detective is canvassing the area, looking for any video that may have captured the accused attacker's vehicle.

No one's been arrested in this attack, nor in any of the other previous assaults, some of which are officially classified as hate crimes. Residents said the location of the attack, nearly a mile away from Oak Lawn's busy entertainment area, is also concerning.

"When you're walking you just kind of watch over your shoulder a little bit," said Rosa Klinghoffer.

Klinghoffer wonders whether criminals have taken notice of the additional surveillance cameras and increased police presence on Oak Lawn and are now targeting residential areas.

"I just makes me feel like we're not safe," she said. "Eventually things will turn around, but we need a little more security and protection from police."

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<![CDATA[Rawlings Pledges Money to Grow South Dallas]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 21:08:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mike-rawlings-ebola.jpg

The city of Dallas is stepping up its efforts to build up south Dallas businesses, restaurants and shopping centers.

Mayor Mike Rawlings hopes to replicate the great success seen in recent years at “The Cedars” and “Trinity Groves” areas in neighborhoods further south.

On Friday morning, Rawlings and Citi Community Development pledged $500,000 to support the non-profit group Neighbor Up, a company dedicated to accelerating growth in Lancaster Corridor, Education Corridor, and the Parkdale and Urbandale neighborhoods of Dallas.

"Southern Dallas is an investment opportunity and people want to invest here. We’ve got to make it easier and faster," said Rawlings. "I think once families realize middle-class housing is going to be built, the shopping centers are going to come, and then ultimately people will come."

The organization has three managers to strategically invest in and improve the quality of south Dallas neighborhoods.

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<![CDATA[ISIS Commander in Fallujah Killed in US Strike: Military]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 16:55:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fallujah1.jpg

A U.S. airstrike has killed a local leader of the terror group ISIS in Iraq, a spokesman for an American-led coalition fighting the group said, NBC News reported.

The Wednesday strike on ISIS headquarters in Fallujah killed local commander Maer al-Bilawi, according to U.S. Army Col. Steve Warren.

Warren said the attack was one of more than 20 airstrikes that killed 57 ISIS fighters over the past few days.

Thousands of Iraqi military, police and Sunni tribal fighters are poised to launch an assault on Fallujah to retake the largely Sunni city from ISIS control. Fallujah was the first Iraqi city to fall to ISIS. Retaking it promises to be a major challenge for the country's beleaguered security forces.

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<![CDATA[Gary Cogill Reviews 'X-Men', 'Alice']]> Fri, 27 May 2016 17:59:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trailer-x-men.jpg

In a cinematic summer of global destruction I'm already exhausted just thinking about, "X Men: Apocalypse."

"X-Men: Apocalypse" is an often frustrating $230 million-plus spectacle that begins with promise and ends with more chaos and collateral damage than most ten films.

"Apocalypse" is a literal character played in heavy costume by Oscar Isaac, an ancient angry mutant who wants to purge the world and start over. James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence fight the good fight in a series of massive, dumbed down showdowns between good mutants and bad mutants.

"X-Men: Apocalypse" is directed with a heavy-hand by Brian Singer, who started the franchise back in 2000. Gone is the wit and wisdom of youth, and the grand theme of acceptance, because it's been replaced with generic world domination and annihilation.

Don't get me wrong, it's a good one hour film in a two and a half hour time frame.

"Alice Through The Looking Glass" is consistently weird AND sweet-matured, making up for in visuals what it lacks in story-telling.

Alice returns to wonderland where it's not so wonderful because the Mad Hatter is depressed and takes a turn for the worse.

It's up to Alice to travel back in time and make it all better.

Johnny Depp is consistently odd as the Hatter, but the scene-stealer is once again Helena Bonham Carter as the shouting, barking Red Queen.

"Alice Through The Looking Glass" rarely jumps off the screen, but there is a strong sense of girl power goodness to the story and a healthy dose of forgiveness. I liked it, but never loved it. It's a movie in the middle.

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<![CDATA[Here's Why Doctors Are So Worried About the Superbug]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 15:17:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/superbugmcr%281%29.jpg

The superbug gene found for the first time in the United States has health officials very worried, NBC News reported.

The gene, called mcr-1, was found in a woman from Pennsylvania who had a bad infection last month.

In her case, it was an E. coli bacteria. But scientists say this particular gene can turn up in any bacteria, including strains that are already hard to treat.  

Public health experts have been warning about antibiotic resistance for years. More than 2 million people in the U.S. are infected by drug-resistant germs each year, and 23,000 die of their infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What the CDC fears is a return to the "pre-antibiotic era," when people died by the millions from infections such as pneumonia or strep throat, from infected cuts and scrapes and after childbirth.

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<![CDATA[Strip Club Wants to Hire New High School Grads]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 15:34:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Micelis+Strip+Club.jpg

It's the end of another school year, and many will be looking for work, but perhaps not at this place.

Miceli's Strip Club in Clare County, Michigan has this on the marquee "Now hiring, Class of 2016."

Residents in the town have reportedly asked the club to remove the sign.

It's unclear if the owner intends to do that.

The club operates Wednesday through Saturday and apparently is looking to hire new staff.

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