<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Texas News]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcdfw.com/feature/texas-newshttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.pngNBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worthhttps://www.nbcdfw.comen-usSat, 17 Nov 2018 11:55:29 -0600Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:55:29 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[2 Children Taken From Collin Co. Found Safe in Mississippi]]>Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:55:21 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Generic+Police+Light+Generic+Cory+Booker+Office+Camden.jpg

Two children from Collin County have been found in Mississippi after being kidnapped.

According to Josephine police, officers were dispatched to the 100 block of W. Hubbard in reference to missing children.

It was reported that an 8-year-old female and an 11-year-old female were missing.

Investigators quickly determined that the two girls had been lured from their home and were being taken to a location in Jackson, Mississippi.

With some assistance from the Collin County Sheriff’s Office, a suspect was identified and two felony kidnapping warrants were issued.

33-year-old Crystal Gaylene Edwards of Pearl, Mississippi, was taken into custody shortly after 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 after being located in Jackson.

Both children were found in Edwards’ custody upon her arrest, unharmed.

The Mississippi Child Protective Services have taken both girls into their custody and will transport them back home to Texas.

Preliminary investigations revealed that this was not a random kidnapping and there is no danger to the public.

Edwards was an acquaintance known to the girls’ family but is not related.

She is currently at the Rankin County Jail in Brandon, Mississippi for two counts of kidnapping and one count of sale of narcotics.



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<![CDATA[Cybersecurity Apprentice Program in Texas]]>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 20:14:52 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Cybersecurity2.jpg

Research shows there will soon be more than one million unfilled jobs in cybersecurity. KXAN's Steffi Lee shows us a new apprentice program in Texas trying to fill the gaps in skilled people.



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<![CDATA[Larry Nassar Sexually Abused Dallas Gymnast: Lawsuit]]>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 06:18:05 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/larry-nassar-court.jpg

Dallas gymnast Kennedy Baker said Larry Nassar helped kill her Olympic dreams.

Baker on Wednesday became the latest gymnast to allege sexual abuse by Nassar, the longtime USA Gymnastics doctor who is now serving a decades-long prison sentence for child pornography and sexual assault convictions.

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, Baker, 22, a former member of the national team, alleges that USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee failed to prevent Nassar’s sexual abuse. Nassar and Steve Penny, the former president of USA Gymnastics, are also named as defendants in the civil suit, which was filed in Superior Court in Santa Clara County, Calif. The state was among those in which Baker alleges she was abused.

Click here to read more from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.



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<![CDATA[Cruz, O'Rourke Meet for First Time Since Election at Houston Airport]]>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:39:52 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cruz-ORourke-airport-114118.jpg

Bipartisanship was alive and well at a Houston airport Tuesday.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-El Paso) bumped into each other at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston while both were on their back to Washington, D.C.

It was the first time Cruz and O'Rourke had seen each other since the midterms, Tiffany Easter wrote in a Facebook post.

Easter posted a photo that showed the 2018 U.S. Senate candidates from Texas posing with four people at a gate in the airport.

"Beto, noticed Ted sitting down and walked over to congratulate him on his re-election campaign," Easter's post said. "It was the first time they had seen each other since the election and the entire conversation was both of them talking about how they could move forward TOGETHER."

Cruz topped O'Rourke in last week's U.S. Senate race, earning about 3 percent more of the vote than O'Rourke.



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<![CDATA[Bonnen Says He Has the Votes to Be Next Texas House Speaker]]>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 17:02:07 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dennis+Bonnen+KXAN+111418.jpg

State Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) on Monday mowed down all remaining opponents, winning the support of virtually all members of the staunchly conservative Texas Freedom Caucus and claiming he'll replace retiring Republican Speaker Joe Straus as the GOP-controlled chamber's helmsman.

Bonnen said he has pledges from 109 of the House's 150 members that they will vote to elect him speaker when the Legislature convenes in January. The list, which Bonnen released late Monday, named 78 Republicans and 31 Democrats. Next session, 83 Republicans will be seated in the House.

If the pledges hold, Bonnen would have a supermajority in the House GOP caucus. He currently holds the chamber's No. 2 job as speaker pro tem.

Read more from our media partner The Dallas Morning News.



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<![CDATA[Guardsman at Texas Border Accused of Sexual Assault]]>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:28:28 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Luis+Carlos+Ontiveros.jpg

A Texas National Guard member serving at the U.S.-Mexico border is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a motel, authorities said Wednesday.

Police in Alpine arrested Luis Carlos Ontiveros, 30, on Monday. The Texas National Guard confirmed that Ontiveros was serving in a mission launched in April following President Donald Trump's call for the National Guard to go to the border.

According to an affidavit obtained by KOSA-TV, the woman told police she had been drinking and Ontiveros offered to take her back to her motel room. The woman alleged that Ontiveros started kissing her, then removed her clothes and touched her.

The woman said she fled after Ontiveros told her he would perform oral sex. A witness told police the woman knocked on his door, saying Ontiveros had tried to rape her.

Ontiveros was released Tuesday on $20,000 bond. A message left at a number listed for Ontiveros was not immediately returned. The Associated Press generally does not identify victims in sexual assault cases.

The Texas National Guard said it would cooperate with authorities in Alpine, a remote West Texas town in the region of Big Bend National Park. The Guard would not confirm whether Ontiveros had been suspended or how long he had served in the Guard.

Ontiveros is the second guardsman in Texas known to have been arrested since the Guard was sent to the border.

Edwin Baez , 20, was charged in August with stealing 1.5 kilograms of methamphetamine. Federal prosecutors said Baez was detailed to an international bridge in Laredo, Texas, when he allegedly ended up in the hospital for a "drug-induced emergency." Investigators determined he had taken meth from a picture frame being used to smuggle the drugs that he was supposed to have thrown away. Baez has pleaded not guilty.

About 1,000 National Guard members in Texas are currently serving at the U.S.-Mexico border. Arizona, California, and New Mexico also sent Guard members to their borders with Mexico.

Trump has since ordered the active-duty military to the border, and around 5,800 troops have deployed.



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<![CDATA[Two More Men Get Long Sentences for Attempt to Kill Judge]]>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 14:17:18 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/julie-kocurek-austin.jpg

Two more men have received long prison sentences for a 2015 assassination attempt on a state judge outside her home.

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel in Austin sentenced 29-year-old Marcellus Antoine Burgin of Cypress on Tuesday to 25 years in federal prison and 27-year-old Rasul Kareem Scott of Marrero, Louisiana to 17 1/2 years in prison.

They pleaded guilty earlier to fraud and racketeering involving the attempted capital murder of state District Judge Julie Kocurek, of Austin.

Last month, Yeakel sentenced 31-year-old Chimene Hamilton Onyeri to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of multiple counts of fraud, racketeering and other charges. Burgin and Scott testified that Onyeri was the triggerman in Kocurek's shooting.

An earlier article indicates that Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said Onyeri, who was being held in Houston for an unrelated slaying, was a person of interest, but had not yet been charged with Kocurek's attack.

Kocurek underwent more than 20 surgeries and lost a finger after the attack. According to trial testimony, Onyeri wanted her dead to avoid going to prison on a probation violation.

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<![CDATA[Gov. Abbott Orders Special Election for Dec. 11]]>Fri, 09 Nov 2018 15:36:55 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Gobernador_Greg_Abbott_anda_en_gira_de_campana.jpg

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Friday ordered a special election for next month to decide who will occupy the seat in Texas Senate Dist. 6.

The special election follows the resignation of State Sen. Sylvia Garcia.

Texas State Senate District 6 is wholly contained within Harris County.

The expedited special election will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 11, with early voting beginning on Monday, Nov. 26.

Candidates who wish to have their names placed on the special election ballot must file their applications with the Secretary of State no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16.

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<![CDATA[Governor Announces Stephenville as Music Friendly Community]]>Fri, 09 Nov 2018 11:05:23 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stephenville+texas.jpg

In a statement from the Texas Governor's office, Governor Greg Abbott announced that Stephenville, having completed the multi-step certification process, has been designated as a Music Friendly Community by the Texas Music Office. The Music Friendly Community program seeks to foster music business economic development in Texas cities and communities.

Brendon Anthony, director of the Texas Music Office within the Office of the Governor’s Economic Development Division, will officially present the Music Friendly Community designation in Stephenville on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

"The Texas music industry generated over $19.8 billion in economic activity and created over 178,000 direct and indirect permanent jobs in communities all across the Lone Star State last year, with support from the Texas Music Office,” said Governor Abbott. “Music Friendly Communities certified by the Texas Music Office are serious about attracting and developing local music industry growth, and I am proud of all that the Texas Music Office has accomplished in helping communities like Stephenville grow their local economy."

Stephenville joins other Texas cities that have received the official Music Friendly Community designation from the Texas Music Office, including Lindale, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, and Denton. Other Texas cities currently working through the certification process include Conroe and Corpus Christi.

Click here to learn more about the Texas Music Office.



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<![CDATA[Texas 12-Year-Old Leads Police on Chase]]>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 18:20:35 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_12yearolddriverpursuit_1920x1080.jpg

A 12-year-old boy was taken into custody after leading police on an early morning chase in Williamson County, Texas. Commander Jereme Brinkmann with the Williamson County Sheriff's Office says the boy had just gotten out of juvenile detention that day, and wanted to go for a joy ride.
 



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<![CDATA[Rugged and Refined: Picking the Right Firewood]]>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:54:13 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/wood4.jpg

With temperatures dropping, NBC 5 Chief Meteorologist Rick Mitchell visits Metroplex Firewood in Dallas to find the right wood for a cozy fire.



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<![CDATA[Mother, Son Arrested for Running Prostitution Ring ]]>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 17:19:40 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-141810855+%284%29.jpg

A mother and son were arrested for running a prostitution ring out of Dallas.

According to federal court documents, Helen Yu Kim and her son Daniel Mendoza Jr. tried to supply women for an undercover Dallas officer.

Kim’s son had told the undercover cop about his mother running a prostitution ring during a drug exchange. After which, police set up a sting and asked for Kim to supply them with about 20 women for some visiting businessmen.

The undercover officer met with Mendoza to discuss prices and was told that it would cost $2000 per girl if the meeting happened at a hotel. 

Mendoza also asked if any of the men would be needing cocaine, Cialis or Viagra and even claimed that he had seen a picture of one of the girls, saying she looked like "'a little K-Pop Asian girl.'" 

The arrangement was set up for Nov. 1 where both Mendoza and his mother were arrested and each charged with using a facility in interstate commerce to promote prostitution.



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<![CDATA[110 Abused Animals Seized from Texas Property: SPCA]]>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 10:45:36 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/puppy_canton.jpg

The SPCA of Texas received custody of 110 dogs that they say were abused and neglected out of Canton, Texas.

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, an agreement was reached during a civil custody hearing between the SPCA of Texas and the owners of the animals.

Judge Sandra Plaster awarded the SPCA custody of the animals as well as restitution in the amount of $31,263.50 to be paid by the owners to cover the costs of investigations, expert witnesses, housing and care for the animals from the time of the seizure to the hearing.

The SPCA will continue to provide rehabilitative care and individually evaluate the animals for adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

All of the animals were taken into custody by the SPCA and the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, Oct. 26.

The 110 animals who were seized included 39 puppies, 35 adult dogs, 24 cats, 11 kittens and one horse. The horse was transported to an off-site care facility while the rest of the animals were taken to the SPCA of Texas’ Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center.

“Many of the dogs were found roaming free inside the feces-filled, urine soaked living room of the residence with no access to food or water. Most of the cats were found inside of a bedroom with several litter boxes full of feces and no access to food or water. More dogs and several litters of puppies were found confined to large, wire crates inside the master bedroom of the residence. Another bedroom held a few cats and a single litter of kittens. Two dogs were kept in a large outdoor pen on the property and the remainder of the dogs were found in the backyard of the residence,” according to a press release from the SPCA.

"The animals appeared to be suffering from various health conditions, including hair loss, open sores, eye discharge, long nails, diarrhea and matted fur."

The owners of the animals were arrested at the scene for child endangerment and animal cruelty and were booked into Van Zandt County Jail.

According to the SPCA of Texas, the primary owner of the animals was Trevor Kennedy and the second owner who was charged is Thelma Jayne Morrison. 

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals.



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