<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Weird News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/weird http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:26:19 -0500 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:26:19 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Move Over Vanilla, Burger Chain Adds Bug-Flavored Shake]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:12:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/shakes1.jpg

What began as a burger chain's April Fools Day trick might soon be a mainstay on the menu. Cricket milkshake, anyone?

Beginning July 1, Wayback Burgers will unveil an Oreo Mud Pie milkshake with Peruvian chocolate-flavored cricket powder.

Oddly enough, the bug-flavored shake had some customers chirping when Wayback Burgers tested it out at a Long Island, New York, chain for a limited time in April.

"We had it for two hours. There were people lined up to try it," Wayback Burgers President John Eucalitto told CNBC News about the shake's test run.

Insect consumption, or entomophagy, is know to be a high-protein and highly sustainable alternative to traditional animal protein sources. A 2013 report by the UN noted that 2 billion humans worldwide consume insects. Still, bugs on the menu might be a tough sell to consumers.

"People think maybe we're grinding up crickets in the back room," said Eucalitto. In fact, he said, the insects are farm raised domestically.

Along with the cricket shake, the fast casual chain is also unveiling a jerky-flavored milkshake complete with Slim Jim garnish. The Cheshire, Connecticut-based company has over 95 Wayback Burger locations worldwide.

The Oreo Mud Pie Cricket Protein Milkshake will be available until to the end of September, but could become a permanent menu item, the company said. 

<![CDATA[Texans Perpetually Plugged In]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:18:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/smart+phone+generic+.jpg

If you look to your left and to your right, there's a good chance someone is using their smartphone to text, email or play Candy Crush.

In a report released by Bank of America Monday, nearly 40 percent people in the United States never disconnect from their smartphones and only 7 percent shut off their mobile connections while on vacation.

That means you can expect to see smartphone screen lights alongside fireworks this Independence Day.

The second annual Bank of America Trends in Consumer Mobility Report added that, for many, smartphones are the first and last thing people see each day. In Texas alone, 79 percent of adults fall asleep with their cell phones next to them. One third actually fall asleep with their phone in their hands.

While the bedroom has become an acceptable place for smartphones, 78 percent of Americans still believe that there is a proper time and place for smartphone use despite it's prominence. Texans ranked movies theaters, religious institutions and restaurants as places where they're annoyed to see the devices being used.

That hasn't stopped 37 percent of Americans who use their phones during meals, though.

Nearly half of Americans said they couldn't last 24 hours without their phones according to the report.

<![CDATA[Man Wins $500K After Phone Records Doctors Mocking Him]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 05:30:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-117009763.jpg

A Vienna, Virginia, man was awarded $500,000 after he unintentionally recorded his doctors mocking and insulting him while he was under anesthesia.

The plaintiff, who chose to remain anonymous, sued anesthesiologist Dr. Tiffany Ingham and three other medical professionals, who were released from the case. Ingham, 42, and her practice were ordered by a Reston, Virginia, jury to pay the plaintiff, The Washington Post reported.

The plaintiff used his phone to record post-procedure advice and aftercare instructions from his doctors during the April 2013 colonoscopy procedure.

While checking his phone on his way home, the plaintiff found he had recorded the entire examination and heard his doctors insulting him when he was under anesthesia.

Ingham was recorded mocking the amount of medicine needed to anesthetize the plaintiff.

"After five minutes of talking to you in pre-op, I wanted to punch you in the face and man you up a little bit," Ingham is heard saying.

Ingham and others mocked the plaintiff for taking many medications. One of the plaintiff’s medications, Gabapentin, was prescribed to treat an irritation in his genital area. A medical assistant touched the man's genitals and commented she might have contracted a sexually transmitted infection.

Ingham is recorded saying the medical assistant might get "some syphilis on your arm or something," then added, "It's probably tuberculosis in the penis, so you’ll be all right."

The genital area is typically not involved in a colonoscopy.

Ingham signed a post-operative note indicating the plaintiff had hemorrhoids. According to the lawsuit, Ingham stated she planned to note hemorrhoids even though she found none.

The plaintiff claimed he experienced mental anguish, lack of focus and anxiety after the incident. He said has had to see other healthcare professionals and be placed on anti-anxiety medications.

The plaintiff sued for defamation, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, violation of Virginia health codes and medical malpractice. The Washington Post reported the jury awarded the man $100,000 for defamation and $200,000 for medical malpractice, as well as the $200,000 in punitive damages.

Ingham had worked out of the Aisthesis anesthesia practice. An Aisthesis employee told The Associated Press Ingham no longer works there.

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<![CDATA[Man Sues, Says His Beer Had a Dead Rat Inside]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:32:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/steel-reserve-beer.jpg

A North Texas man filed a lawsuit against MillerCoors and 7-Eleven Monday, saying he drank a beer that had "a dead rat marinating in it" two years ago.

According to the lawsuit, in August 2013 Marco Antonio Navarro bought a 24-ounce can of Steel Reserve beer from a 7-Eleven store along Highway 356 in Irving.

When he got home, Navarro said he cracked open one of the cans and began drinking the beer. He reported he soon felt a "tingle on his lips and noticed the liquid was not flowing out properly," according to the lawsuit.

Navarro's sister said she used her camera phone to take a picture inside the can and realized there was a "dead rat marinating in it."

The lawsuit filed on Navarro's behalf said he "immediately vomited, then continued to suffer from abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, allergies, and back pain, amongst other pain and injuries."

Navarro received medical treatment totaling more than $49,000, according to the lawsuit, and sought the counsel of a therapist after reporting having trouble eating, drinking and maintaining personal relationships.

Now, nearly two years later, he is suing to recover the cost of his medical treatment and for damages due to past and future pain, mental anguish and loss of earning capacity up to but not more than $300,000.

In a statement to NBC 5 Wednesday, MillerCoors addressed the lawsuit and said the following:

"Our brands are produced under incredibly strict standards, and there is nothing more important than the quality of our products and safety of our legal drinking-age consumers.  While we take all customer claims seriously, we do not believe there is any merit to the lawsuit."

NBC 5 as also reached out to 7-Eleven for comment, but as of this writing there has been no response.

Navarro is represented by Garcia, Dubove & Trujillo.

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Photo Credit: Steel Brewing Co.
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<![CDATA[DUI Suspect Offers Cop Lotto Number]]> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:19:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/middletown+police+cruiser.jpg

A man arrested on drunken driving charges in Middletown told police he was a state lottery employee and offered the police officer winning lottery numbers to drop the charges, police said.

Police approached Robert K. Eldridge Jr. 41, of Cromwell, on Union Street, near DeKoven Drive, just after 3 p.m. on June 14 when he was stopped at a green light and appeared to be passed out behind the steering wheel.

When Eldridge came to, he attempted to start the car but then noticed the officers, police said. According to the araingment report, Eldrige's eye's were bloodshoot and gloosy and his speech was slurred, prompting the officer to ask how much he'd had to drink. 

He responded that he’d had “a couple drinks,” beers,” and a couple shots of “fireball.”

At the scene, he kept telling officers he was going to lose his job at the lottery, according to police.

After a failed field sobriety test, Eldridge was handcuffed and transported to the police station for testing.

While at the police station, Eldridge kept asking if there was any way to work things out and whether he could just call someone for a ride, police said. Then he offered the police officer winning lottery numbers to resolve the charges, according to the arraignment report.

Breath tests revealed Eldridge’s blood alcohol level was .1638, then .1642, according to police.
He was charged with operating under the influence and possession of narcotics. Police released him on $5,000 bond. He is due in court on June 29. 

Officials from Connecticut Lottery said Eldridge is not a lottery employee and has never been.

<![CDATA["Adorable" New Octopus Discovered]]> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 09:13:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*129/20150618_111418_SJM-OCTOPUS-0619-01_300.jpg

A researcher at the Monterey Bay Aquarium is deciding what to name a tiny octopus she has found and been unable to identify.

"I thought that since this animal is so adorable, I should name it adorabilis," Stephanie Bush, postdoctoral fellow at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, told Santa Cruz Sentinel. "I'm supposed to be this really serious stoic scientist, but I'm still human. It's just so cute."

Bush also discovered that one such octopus laid eggs last year that have yet to hatch.

The octopus is very similar to — and in the same genus as — the flapjack octopus that's been on display at the aquarium for months.

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<![CDATA[Surfboard Breaks World Record]]> Sun, 21 Jun 2015 02:41:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Huntington-Beach-Biggest-Surfboard-Record-.jpg

Surf City USA laid claim to another bit of surfing legend Saturday as a group of surfers banded together to break a world record.

With hundreds looking on, 66 surfers, including surf champions, celebrities and local heroes, rode a custom 42-foot-long surfboard off the shore in Huntington Beach Saturday, breaking the Guinness World Record for "Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once."

"It was crowded, it was scary, but we had to focus," said Tim Stamps, a participant. "We were all happy, everyone was screaming and yelling. It was a good time."

The record hadn't been broken in over a decade, since 47 people clambered onto a board on March 5, 2005, according to the city of Huntington Beach. To break the record, the surfers had to successfully surf unassisted for 10 seconds.

The surfers in Huntington Beach were also hoping to claim the title of riding the "World's Largest Surfboard," but that record attempt remained unconfirmed Saturday morning.

The official record-holding surfboard is 39-feet and 4-inches, Huntington Beach said.

The record-breaking event was part of Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Newport Beach and Long Beach's celebration of International Surfing Day festivities.

"Nobody fell off and it was the most thrilling ride," said another participant, Debbie Beacham.
"Just the whole camaraderie of it, it was an exciting moment."

Photo Credit: Larry Tenney (Instagram: @ltenney1)]]>
<![CDATA[New Restaurant Turning Heads in Dallas]]> Sun, 14 Jun 2015 22:54:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tallywackers_Dallas_Group.jpg A new restaurant called Tallywackers has created quite a stir in Dallas.

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<![CDATA[Prosper Places Prohibition on Fireworks]]> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:43:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_113805478_fireworks.jpg

In a release sent out June 15, the town of Prosper is emphasizing a prohibition of fireworks within town limits this summer.

"Every year throughout the country the careless, indiscriminate, and often illegal, use of retail fireworks results in tragic and irreversible consequences for both the user and, sadly, the innocent homeowner" said Prosper Fire Marshal Bryan Ausenbaugh.

Ausenbaugh noted that firework related tragedies tend to increase in the weeks leading up to July 4 celebrations, but “while merchants are free to set up retail fireworks sales stands where allowed by law, it is still not legal to have those items in your possession within Prosper.”

“If a person or persons are found in violation of this ordinance, they may be issued a citation,” added Ausenbaugh. “They will then be required to appear in Municipal Court, and if found guilty, could face fines of up to $2,000 for each offense.”

The town of Propser is offering a free fireworks display scheduled at Frontier Park on the evening of July 3, concluding the second annual Pride in the Sky event.

The Prosper Fire Department wants everyone to have a safe and happy July 4th holiday without retail fireworks. Contact the Fire Department at 972-346-9469 or visit www.prosperfire.com to view the fireworks ordinance.


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<![CDATA[Black Bear Cub Spotted, Removed from Corinth]]> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 22:36:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Black-Bear-Corinth-061115.jpg

A black bear cub is headed to a Texas ranch after being spotted running and playing in Corinth Thursday, police say.

Corinth police officers were called to the 2700 block of Windstone Way after neighbors told police they spotted a male bear cub. [[307025141,L]]

Animal control and police officers were able to safely wrangle the playful cub into custody. The bear cub will be transported to Sharkarosa Ranch in Pilot Point to be cared for.

Corinth officers were able to locate the residence where the bear was kept and found no other dangerous wildlife on the premises.

Greg Gideo kept the bear at his residence on Blue Holly.

His family said he rescued the cub in Oklahoma after witnessing the bear's mother kill a different cub.


They said Gideo took good care of the cub and intended on returning it to Oklahoma after it grew slightly older.

State and local authorities may pursue charges for possession of a dangerous animal without proper permits.

NBC 5's Bianca Castro contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Corinth Police Department via Facebook
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<![CDATA[Balloons With Camera Reported Near D/FW Airport]]> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 17:04:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dfw-generic-american-airlines-091.jpg

Several commercial airline pilots reported seeing a small bunch of helium balloons near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Thursday afternoon, the Federal Aviation Administration says.

The balloons, which were seen at an altitude of about 3,000 feet, were also spotted by controllers in a tower on the west side of the airport, the FAA said.

At least one pilot may have had to change course to avoid the balloons.

Initial reports to the FAA said a camera may have been suspended beneath the balloons.

At last check, the balloons had drifted northwest, away from the airport.

Departures at D/FW Airport, which are currently to the south, are continuing and not affected, the FAA said.

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<![CDATA[Texas Synthetic Weed (K2) Usage Spikes: CDC]]> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 17:30:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Synthetic-Pot-NYC1.jpg

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention released a report Wednesday showing a nationwide increase in adverse health effects from the use of synthetic cannabinoids.

Between January and May 2015, United States Poison Control Centers in 48 states reported to the CDC they received a total of more than 3,500 calls related to synthetic cannabinoid use, a 229 percent  increase from the 1,085 calls received during the same period in 2014.

The call centers also reported 15 synthetic marijuana-related deaths, a 300 percent increase from the death toll reported in 2014.

The CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for June 12 discusses the increase and the adverse health effects associated with their use.

This use of synthetic drugs has been on the rise in Texas, where just last week, more than 60 Austin-area residents reportedly became sick after ingesting the synthetic drug commonly known as K2, according to a report in The Austin American-Statesman.

Synthetic cannabinoids include various psychoactive chemicals, or a mixture of such chemicals, similar to THC, the psychoactive ingredients in marijuana. The chemical compounds are sprayed onto plant material, and then smoked or ingested to achieve a “high.”

These products are known by a variety of names (e.g., synthetic marijuana, spice, K2, black mamba, and crazy clown) and are sometimes sold in retail outlets or on the internet as herbal products or incense.

The most commonly reported adverse health effects associated with synthetic cannabinoid use were agitation, tachycardia, drowsiness or lethargy, vomiting, and confusion.

Many of these symptoms were present last May in Dallas where police investigated a bad batch of synthetic marijuana that led to at least 40 reported cases of overdoses in just 48 hours.

The high number of cases prompted the Drug Enforcement Administration to investigate.

The CDC is suggesting a need for enhanced efforts to remove these products from the marketplace. People who have these products in their home are encouraged to dispose of them in a trash can that is not accessible to pets or young children.

Eric Brown's son, Montana, died about a year-and-a-half ago at the age of 15. Montana had experimented with a synthetic drug he thought was LSD, his father said.

Brown worked with Texas legislators this session to get bills passed, banning all synthetics and strengthening other laws.

"I feel like if it could happen to my family, in my neighborhood, as vigilant as I feel like I was, it could happen to anyone. Just soul searching, I've come to learn a lot I can share with other family, other kids," said Brown.

NBC 5's Julie Fine contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Cicadas Swarm Reporter Standing on Top of Tank]]> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 08:40:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CIcada_KSNT.jpg A Kansas reporter tries to report on top of a tank when swarming cicadas interrupt her.]]> <![CDATA[Peeping Tom Dressed as Woman]]> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 07:55:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/060915_walmart.jpg

Police say a man dressed in women's clothing is accused of using a mirror to try to see into a women's restroom stall inside a Wal-Mart store in Woodbridge, Va.

The 53-year-old victim told police the man entered the restroom in the 14000 Worth Ave. store about 10:30 p.m. May 15, stood in front of the stall and tried to use a mirror to see into the stall she was using.

When the victim confronted the man, he immediately fled the store. 

The Prince William County Police are asking anyone with information about this case to call Crime Solvers at 703-670-3700. You can call anonymously and receive a reward up to $1,000 if your tip leads to a conviction.

The victim described the suspect as a white male between 44 and 55 years old who stands 5-foot-10 and weighs 220 pounds. He was last seen wearing a pink top and carrying a large red-and-black handbag.

Photo Credit: Prince William County Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Armed Cop Impersonator Arrested]]> Tue, 09 Jun 2015 08:52:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/150607-police-impersonator-ventura.jpg

A cop impersonator armed with a gun was arrested after police officers spotted him dressed in a full Los Angeles Police Department uniform next to a fake squad car in a Ventura parking lot Sunday, police said.

Officers responding to a report of four suspicious males at Capri Avenue east of Johnson Drive found the suspect wearing a full LAPD uniform, including a badge, name plate, duty belt and gun, according to Ventura Police Department news release.

Oliver James, a 44-year-old Glendale resident, allegedly identified himself an off-duty LAPD officer, police said. He was standing next to a black and white patrol car that had "Police" written on the side and a siren on the roof.

Investigators learned that James was neither an LAPD employee nor a sworn police officer, the release said. The car was sold by the LAPD in 2012 and had been unregistered since then.

James was arrested and booked on suspicion of impersonation of a police officer and carrying a firearm.

The car was impounded and the three other males were released at the scene.

Photo Credit: Ventura Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Bison Escape Take Over NY Freeway]]> Sat, 06 Jun 2015 21:44:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ULSTER+COUNTY+BISON_6.jpg

Four bison escaped from a farm Upstate and took to the New York State Thruway to evade their owner and police on Saturday.

The bison could be seen running on and along the sides of the heavily-traveled toll road. The animals were eventually captured and taken back to their farm in Saugerties.

Police said the bison's joy ride didn't result in any accidents or injuries.

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<![CDATA[Dog Swallows Pacifiers & Lives]]> Fri, 05 Jun 2015 10:55:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dog+swallows+pacifier.jpg

After swallowing not one, but three pacifiers, a 6-year-old British bulldog named Elvis was able to make a full recovery.

Owner Lisa Marie Cainas rushed Elvis to the Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center in Levittown, Pennsylvania, after she witnessed her dog swallow a pacifier on May 23, the veterinary office said.

Doctors performed an initial examination, took X-rays and completed an endoscopy and found Elvis had actually swallowed three of the suckers. The dates of the second two ingestions are unknown, but Cainas noticed that multiple pacifiers had gone missing from her home.

Getting the pacifiers out of Elvis was not an easy task. Due to their large size, the veterinarian had to use an endoscope to thread tape through the pacifiers to make it easy for him to pull them out, doctors said.

Thankfully, since the pacifiers had not yet traveled to the small intestine, Elvis did not need a more extensive surgical procedure.

Even though doctors say he tried to get away with swallowing a puzzle piece since his operation, Elvis is back on his feet under the watchful eyes of his owners.

Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center (VSEC) of Levittown, Pa.
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<![CDATA[7 Odd Friday Morning News Stories]]> Fri, 05 Jun 2015 10:13:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/7-weird-dancing2.gif If you missed NBC5 Today Friday morning, you missed seven odd stories like a man dancing on a patrol car to prevent a human sacrifice, a woman finding a snake in her toilet and a family calling 911 because of an overprotective cat.

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<![CDATA[Man Dances on Patrol Car: Officials]]> Thu, 04 Jun 2015 12:00:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/060415+man+dances+on+patrol+car.jpg

A southwest Florida man, who claimed to fear vampires, was arrested earlier this year after a bizarre incident in which he danced on top of a patrol car before summoning the fictional Sheriff of Nottingham, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office has released a YouTube video of the strange incident. In it, the man pulls up behind a patrol SUV parked outside a Cape Coral home. With the music blasting from his own car, the man climbs on top of the car and engages in a few minutes of dancing before ripping the windshield wipers off of the vehicle.

According to information obtained by NBC affiliate WBBH, a witness says the man then stole a flag from a neighbor's yard and began waving it around and yelling.

When deputies arrived, the man was still in the neighbor's yard with the stolen flag. As they questioned the man, he reportedly told officers that a woman with fangs was threatening him, and that a human sacrifice was about to occur involving vampires.

Apparently, the man then said he made the "conscious decision" to notify the "Sheriff of Nottingham to help him stop the slaughter of small children."

The Sheriff of Nottingham is, of course, a fictional character from the Robin Hood stories.

The man has been identified as 45-year-old Christian Radecki. He claimed to not have taken any alcohol or drugs, and that he was not diagnosed with any medical health conditions.

Radecki was transported to the hospital for medical clearance, and was later arrested and charged with criminal mischief and disturbing the peace.

It is not known if Radecki has hired an attorney.

Photo Credit: Lee County Sheriff's Office
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<![CDATA[Pregnant Woman Sues Waffle House, Claims Discrimination]]> Fri, 05 Jun 2015 09:27:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd_waffle_house_ok.jpg

A North Texas woman is suing Waffle House, saying she was discriminated against and fired for being pregnant.

Tabitha Handy, a former manager-in-training at a Dallas-area Waffle House, found out she was pregnant in September 2014. When Handy told her supervisor she was expecting, according to her lawsuit, the supervisor reacted negatively, asking her “You’re pregnant again? Don’t you already have three kids?”

Handy said she assured the manager, Karen Whiting, that her pregnancy would not hinder her work performance, but was told that management believed she would “move too slow” and would not be able to handle the job.

Before her pregnancy, Handy said she had received positive reviews on her work. After the altercation, she claims Whiting began to make up lies about her performance to justify her termination.

Handy was fired by Whiting, who stated, according to the suit, “We don’t need you here at Waffle House anymore.”

As mentioned in section 18 of the lawsuit, "Karen Whiting maliciously published false, slanderous statements about Plaintiff that (a) injured her reputation, (b) potentially exposed her to public hatred, contempt, and financial injury, and (c) impeached Plaintiff’s honesty and integrity. In addition, these false statements adversely reflected on Plaintiff’s job fitness. These false communications were made both in Ms. Whiting’s official capacity as an employee of Waffle House, and outside those boundaries. In addition, Waffle House perpetuated and ratified these actions. Defendants’ actions constitute both defamation and defamation per se."

Handy is asking for at least $100,000 and other non-wage damages including attorney's fees and other court costs. She has also requested a trial by jury.

Waffle House told NBC 5 they do not comment on pending litigation.

Read the lawsuit below:

NBC 5's Ben Russell contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[23-Year-Old Cat Reunited with Owner in Dallas]]> Wed, 03 Jun 2015 09:18:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/dallas+23+year+old+cat.jpg

A 23-year-old cat has been reunited with his owner in Dallas thanks to the help of a good Samaritan and Dallas Animal Services.

The cat, named Buddy, was located May 24 in far North Dallas by a passerby who contacted authorities for help, according to the group's Facebook page.

An animal control officer brought Buddy to Dallas Animal Services, where he and veterinarian Dr. Deborah Thorne cared for him.

Buddy is very frail and thin due to his age, so staff at the facility kept him comfortable for several days until his owner, Tom Gillespie, arrived to claim him.

Gillespie had been searching for Buddy for days until a neighbor alerted him that the good Samaritan had contacted Dallas Animal Services.

For the rest of the story, here's how Dallas Animal Services described it:

"But there's more to the story. For three years, Tom's brother had cared for Buddy, a neighborhood stray, and the two had enjoyed a very special bond. So when Tom's brother passed away, Tom never hesitated to take Buddy in and care for him. That was nearly 20 years ago. No one is sure how old Buddy is, but it turns out he is at least 23, and maybe older. The good news is this old boy is now back home safe where he belongs, and we'd like to wish Tom and Buddy many more happy years together."

MOREDallas Animal Services and Adoption Center on Facebook

Photo Credit: Dallas Animal Services via Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[Artist Covers Fla. Home in Aluminum Foil]]> Tue, 02 Jun 2015 11:41:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_foilhouse0601001_700x394.jpg

An artist in Florida decided to take his art-making out of the garage and onto light of day. 

Piotr Janowski covered his home — including lamps, the mail box and electric meters — in aluminum foil, and he said because he wanted to push the boundaries of art. 

"I just want to do something which will interest people, which will create a different perspective on how to look to the world or contemporary art," said Janowski. He also said he wanted to “make a contrast to this powerful nature around me,” reported NBC affiliate WFLA.

Not all of his neighbors appreciated the new perspective. 

“To me, he is defacing the property,” said one neighbor. “He’s got a piece of art in the garage…that he’s been painting and that should be the canvas.” 

The foil will remain on his home for only a few weeks before the home reverts back to a regular house on the block.

<![CDATA[Bacon Arrested in Sausage Fight]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 15:34:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Sausage-generic.jpg

A New Jersey man whose last name is Bacon was arrested after a dispute over sausage, according to police.

Thomas Bacon, 19, allegedly attacked another person at a Madison home on May 12 for eating the last piece of sausage, NJ.com reports.

Bacon was charged with simple assault and released pending a court appearance, according to NJ.com.

It was not clear if Bacon had an attorney.

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