<![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-usWed, 19 Sep 2018 12:29:08 -0500Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:29:08 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Air Force Trainer Plane Crashes in San Antonio]]>Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:33:10 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Air-force-plane-crash-san-antonio.jpg

An Air Force trainer plane from a San Antonio military base crashed near a mall on the northeast side of the city Tuesday afternoon, according KSAT-TV.

The plane landed at the Circle Dot Ranch and did not injure any animals, the San Antonio television station said.

KSAT-TV reported the two people in the plane, from Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, ejected before the crash and were not injured.

A witness told KSAT-TV that she heard an explosion and saw two men eject from the plane. She said the plane did not burst into flames and appeared to "come down easy."

KSAT said the plane that crashed is a T-6 Texan Trainer, which is an aircraft for student and instructor pilots, according to Military.com.

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<![CDATA[Curious Texas: Where Have All the Horned Toads Gone?]]>Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:30:10 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/horned-frogs-dmn.jpg

A dozen conservationists clad in khaki and forest green march into the Hill Country brush.

In their hands are cameras and clear deli cups, the kind used to take home leftover potato salad. Inside each are tiny lizards, about the size of a quarter and only a few weeks old.

They are the latest, greatest hope for bringing their species back from the brink.

Read and see more on this report from The Dallas Morning News.


Photo Credit: Nathan Hunsinger/The Dallas Morning News Staff Photographer]]>
<![CDATA[DPS Increases Reward in 1980 Cold Case]]>Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:51:05 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cold-case-dps-kristy-lynn-booth.jpg

The Texas Department of Public Safety is asking for the public's help in solving a cold case, the 1980 disappearance of Kristy Lynn Booth.

Booth's disappeared after being last seen at the Dimensions Nightclub in Midland on Feb. 2, 1980 at about 11:30 p.m. Her shoes and coat were found inside the club, but she was never seen again.

Booth's car was found abandoned two days later approximately two miles south of Midland on Texas 349. DPS said the car had been borrowed by a friend.

Booth has remained missing for 38 years and her case remains unsolved. 

The DPS did not release any other personal information about Booth, including her age.

The DPS has increased a reward of up to $6,000 for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible -- if the tip is received before next month's featured Texas Rangers cold case is announced.

To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters must provide information to authorities by calling the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477). All tips are anonymous.

Individuals also can submit information through the Texas Ranger cold case website or by contacting us at 1-800-346-3243 (DPS Missing Persons Hotline).

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<![CDATA[School Threats Being Investigated at Brock ISD]]>Mon, 17 Sep 2018 14:52:18 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/School-Sign-Generic.jpg

The Parker County Sheriff's Criminal Investigations Division is investigating suspected school threats posted on social media over the weekend.

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the suspected threats were reported by several Brock Independent School District students and parents Saturday after they observed several Snapchat posts on a male student's account.

Sheriff's investigators said they believe certain posts were screen shots of previous posts made last school year from an account, which were re-posted over the weekend, along with new posts.

"Threats of violence are not a joke, and they are not a prank," said Sheriff Larry fowler. "Anyone making terroristic threats will be arrested and will face charges of making a terroristic threat with intent to interrupt a public place."

The case was staffed with the Parker County District Attorney's Office which determined that no criminal offense was found to have occurred. The Sheriff's Office will continue to monitor the investigation.

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<![CDATA[John Baily Appointed Chief Justice of 11th Court of Appeals]]>Mon, 17 Sep 2018 14:34:53 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/gavel+generic+1.jpg

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced Monday the appointment of John Bailey as Chief Justice of the Eleventh Court of Appeals.

Bailey will serve as chief justice through the end of the year or "until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified," according to a news release from the governor's office.

Abbott's office had this to say about Bailey.

John Bailey of Cisco has served on the Eleventh Court of Appeals since October 2013, and previously served as a staff attorney for the Eleventh Court of Appeals for 12 years. He is a member of the Texas Bar College, State Bar of Texas and its Appellate Section, and the Abilene, Midland & Ector County Bar associations. He is a former member and president of the Abilene Young Lawyers Association and former member of the Texas Association of Appellate Court Staff Attorneys. He is president of the Cisco Livestock Show Association and volunteer P.A. announcer for the Cisco Loboes Football Team. Additionally, he is a former regent of the Cisco College Board of Regents and former president of the Eastland County Museum Association. Bailey received a Bachelor of Arts in government from Tarleton State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Texas Tech School of Law.

Bailey is stepping in for Jim R. Wright, the previous chief justice of the Eleventh District Court, who resigned effective Dec. 31, 2017 due to health concerns and family matters, according to Eastland County Today.

Gov. Clements appointed Wright judge of the 91st District Court in Eastland, Texas in 1979. He served as District Court Judge continuously until March 1995 when Gov. George W. Bush appointed him to serve as Justice of the 11th Court of Appeals; Gov. Rick Perry appointed him chief justice in September 2005. He was re-elected on Nov. 6, 2012 for a term that expires on Dec. 31, 2018.

<![CDATA[Pope Francis Meets With Clergymen to Discuss Scandal]]>Thu, 13 Sep 2018 18:32:31 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pope-francis-dinardo.jpg

Pope Francis met with a group of U.S. cardinals and bishops at the Vatican Thursday to discuss the ongoing sexual abuse and cover-up scandal that has engulfed the Catholic church.

The emergency meeting comes in the wake of a bombshell grand jury report detailing abuse allegations in Pennsylvania. Pope Francis has also been accused of not doing enough to address allegations of abuse.

Bishop Michael Olson of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth said today was an important first step in bringing about change.

"It's imperative that there's action. A crises is a graced opportunity for us to bring the gospel and bring the truth into the area of grave sin," he said.

The U.S. delegation was led by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Texas. He was accused by two people Wednesday of not doing enough to stop a priest who was recently arrested on sexual abuse allegations.

Olson said the diocese takes the issue of abuse seriously.

"Ministry is not an entitlement, it's a graced privilege that is the approach of the Diocese of Fort Worth that we are very proactive on providing a safe environment in responding to all issues of abuse," Olson said.

Bishop Edward Burns, leader of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas applauded the pope for holding the meeting, and his decision to invite the presidents of every bishop's conference around the world for a February summit to discuss the issue of sexual abuse and protecting children.

"I am very pleased to learn the Holy Father is taking this grave issue of sexual abuse to the international level to be seriously discussed by the leaders of the universal church...We must be steadfast in creating a safer environment for youth and vulnerable adults," Bishop Burns said.

<![CDATA[Tarrant County Man Guilty in East Texas Armed Bank Robberies]]>Thu, 13 Sep 2018 18:08:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/handcuffs18.jpg

A 58-year-old Fort Worth, Texas man has been found guilty of federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown Thursday.

Wayne Alan Watson was found guilty of three counts of armed bank robbery today by a jury following a three-day trial.

According to information presented in court, Watson robbed three credit unions in the Eastern District of Texas: the City Credit Union located in Gainesville, Texas, on Oct. 16, 2017; the Altra Federal Credit Union located in Tyler, Texas, on Dec. 1, 2017; and the Texoma Educators Federal Credit Union in Denison, Texas, on Dec. 19, 2017. In each of the robberies, Watson displayed a gun and by force, violence, and intimidation, robbed employees.

Additional robberies linked to Watson in Austin, Texas, and Wichita Falls, Texas, which occurred in January of 2018, led to his identification as the serial robber. A search warrant was executed at Watson's residence in Fort Worth on Feb. 13, 2018, where the vehicle used in two of the robberies, a 2015 red Volkswagen Jetta, was located, in addition to several articles of clothing Watson wore in each of the robberies.

Under federal statutes, Watson faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison for each charge at sentencing.

<![CDATA[New Telemundo 39 Poll of Hispanic Voters]]>Wed, 12 Sep 2018 18:44:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Hispanic-Poll-Gov-Race.jpg

The poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Strategies conducted a recent poll of Hispanic voters for Telemundo, as the November election approaches.  They polled 625 registered Hispanic by telephone, and NBC 5 looked into the statewide and local polling numbers for the Texas Governor's race.

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<![CDATA[TPWD: 2018 Teal Hunting Forecast]]>Tue, 11 Sep 2018 11:50:13 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/blue-winged-teal-tpwd.jpg

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says conditions are excellent for this Saturday's opening of teal hunting season.

Waterfowl biologists with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said early migrations of birds into the state mixed with forecasts for more rain have set the table.

The 16-day statewide early teal and Eastern Zone Canada goose season in Texas will run Saturday, Sept. 15 through Sunday, Sept. 30.

The daily bag on teal is six, with a possession limit of 18. Bag limit for Canada geese will be three and a possession limit of six in the Eastern Zone only.

While hunting prospects heading into the season continue to improve with rain, TPWD waterfowl program leader Kevin Kraai remains cautious in his optimism.

“Despite the recent rains, it is quite dry in most places of Texas,” he noted. “The shallow water rich in aquatic invertebrates and plant seeds is not as abundant as we would like to see less than a week away from the teal opener. Although high chances of rain is forecasted across much of the state, much can change in a very short period of time.”

One thing is for certain, success this season won’t be for a lack of birds, the parks department said in a news release. The waterfowl breeding grounds in Canada and the northern states have seen temperatures well below normal in late August and early September, triggering an early migration of teal into Texas.

“We have already seen very healthy concentrations of teal in flooded rice fields along the coast, playa wetlands in the High Plains, and moist-soil managed habitats across Texas,” Kraai noted. “In addition to abundant teal already in the state, it looks like we should follow up the second weekend with another strong push of birds migrating with the full moon on the 23rd and well below average temperatures forecasted up north in the breeding grounds.”

More information about waterfowl population trends is available online and the TPWD reminds hunters that licenses are required and are available at more than 1,700 retailers as well as online at www.tpwd.texas.gov/buy or by phone at 1-800-895-4248.

Photo Credit: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department]]>
<![CDATA[Don't Call Alamo Defenders 'Heroic,' School Panel Urges]]>Mon, 10 Sep 2018 06:34:33 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/227*120/Alamo5.JPG

A panel advising the State Board of Education on what seventh-graders should learn in their social studies courses has urged deleting the label "heroic" from a curriculum standard about the Alamo's defenders.

The proposed tweak to a directive about what teachers should teach about Texas history and the state's most iconic battle infuriated several state politicians, including Gov. Greg Abbott, who characterized the nonbinding advice as political correctness run amok.

"Stop political correctness in our schools," Abbott, a Republican, tweeted Thursday in response to the story. "Of course Texas schoolchildren should be taught that Alamo defenders were 'Heroic'! I fully expect the State Board of Education to agree. Contact your SBOE Member to complain."

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

<![CDATA[Denton Names New Police Chief]]>Sun, 09 Sep 2018 23:44:47 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Frank-Dixon.jpg

Nearly two weeks after releasing a list of six finalists, the Denton Police Department has named a new chief.

Frank Dixon will come to Denton from Austin, where he worked for 23 years, most recently serving as the city's assistant police chief.

Dixon will replace Lee Howell, who resigned and became Saginaw's chief of police.

Denton began its nationwide selection process in June, working with the recruitment firm Ralph Andersen & Associates. The six finalists were selected from a total of 111 applications.

The biography the city released for Dixon when it announced the finalists is below.

Assistant Chief Frank Dixon, Austin Police Department
Assistant Chief Dixon has served with the Austin Police Department for 23 years. He currently leads the Department's South Patrol Bureau, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and the Special Operations Division, which includes the SWAT team, Bomb Squad, Air Support Unit, and K-9 Unit. Prior to being appointed Assistant Chief, Dixon was a lieutenant in the Internal Affairs Division, and has previously served as a lieutenant in the Organized Crime Division and the Region 3 Patrol Services Division. He has also served in other various roles, including uniformed patrol, Street Response, Narcotics, Gang Unit/Major Crimes Task Force, Homicide Detective, Patrol K-9, SWAT Sergeant, and Counter-Assault Strike Team. Dixon holds a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Lamar University and is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police by the Police Executive Research Forum, APD's Leadership Command College, and the West Point Leadership Course.

Photo Credit: Austin Police Department
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<![CDATA[Large Numbers of Undecided Voters in Texas AG Race: Polls]]>Thu, 06 Sep 2018 14:49:10 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ken-Paxton-and-Justin-Nelson-Texas-Attorney-General-race-090518.jpg

Polls released over the summer on the November race for Texas attorney general show a narrow margin between leading candidates with many voters still undecided.

According to a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released in June, incumbent Republican Ken Paxton was at 32 percent while Democratic nominee Justin Nelson was at 31 percent. Libertarian Michael Ray Harris stood at 6 percent. Four percent of voters polled named other candidates while 26 percent had no opinion.

In July, a statewide Texas Lyceum Poll was released showing a larger margin between the leading candidates; 35 percent of likely voters favoring Paxton and 25 percent choosing Justin Nelson. Harris had 4 percent of that poll. Of those polled, 34 percent answered "haven't thought about it" and 3 percent either didn't know or refused to answer.

Nelson, who spoke with NBC 5 this week, is trying to become attorney general in a state that hasn't elected a Democratic candidate in a statewide race since 1994.

"I am going around the state. We have been everywhere. We just finished a 12-city road trip," Nelson said.

It could be an uphill climb. Attorney General Ken Paxton won by more than 20 percentage points in 2014, but Nelson is quick to point out Paxton's legal troubles since then.

Paxton was indicted for securities fraud. The case has yet to go to trial after several delays. Paxton has said he can't talk about the case because of a gag order.

"This race is going to be integrity versus indictment," Nelson added.

Nelson has a list of goals he hopes to accomplish if elected.

"I want to fight corruption. I want to redouble our efforts to make sure that we are fighting consumer fraud. I want to fight gerrymandering. I want to redouble our efforts to make our child support system work for everyone. That is what the Texas attorney general should be doing," Nelson said.

While Nelson was in Fort Worth Wednesday, while Paxton was in Collin County Monday attending a statewide Republican rally. Paxton, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) all spoke.

"I want to thank you guys for giving me the opportunity that I have had over the last three and a half years," Paxton said Monday.

Paxton remains popular statewide. He has a relationship with the President Donald Trump, and support from Republican officeholders. NBC 5 asked Paxton if he was concerned about a blue wave.

"No, we are going to go out and we have got a great message to sell," Paxton said. "We have done a great job as a leadership team, as a legislature. I think we are doing great."

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Authorities Arrest Nearly a Dozen MS-13 Gang Members]]>Wed, 05 Sep 2018 12:06:25 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mara-arrestados9.jpg

Law enforcement officials say they've arrested nearly a dozen alleged members of a notoriously violent gang that's connected to multiple slayings in the Houston area.

Local, state and federal agencies gathered with prosecutors Tuesday to announce the arrests connected to the transnational MS-13 street gang.

Officials say the gang has been involved in about five Houston deaths since June, including the killing a confidential informant with a machete. Authorities say most of the victims were members or associates of the gang, though one victim had no connection.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo says authorities are ramping up efforts to arrest members of MS-13, which he says is the most violent gang in the area. Acevedo says there are about 20,000 total gang members in Houston, with approximately 400 in MS-13.

<![CDATA[New 3-D Scanning Program Gets Exact Clothes Measurements]]>Tue, 04 Sep 2018 14:11:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo0000414.jpg

Company partners with Texas Tech University in utilizing a new 3-D scanning program that gets exact clothes measurements down to the millimeter.

Photo Credit: KLBK/KAMC]]>
<![CDATA[O'Rourke Talks Viral NFL Kneeling Video on 'Ellen' Wednesday]]>Wed, 05 Sep 2018 14:04:34 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/beto-on-ellen.jpg

El Paso congressman and Texas Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) will make an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Wednesday.

DeGeneres and O'Rourke will discuss his answer to a question asked at a town hall in Houston about supporting NFL players who take a knee in protest during the national anthem, which has since gone viral.

"We visited every single one of the 254 counites of Texas and then this question comes up about kneeling at these NFL games to call attention to the deaths and the shootings of unarmed black men in this country," O'Rourke said to DeGeneres. "And so, I just gave the answer that was on my mind. Had never been asked the question before. Tried to be honest and that’s what came out."

The congressman will also respond to President Donald Trump’s tweet showing his support for his opponent, Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

"First of all, we welcome the president to Texas and we are glad that he’s coming," O'Rourke said. "Texas is the most diverse state in the country. It’s the defining immigrant story and experience. We should, Republicans and Democrats together, be able to lead the way. Not only to stop taking kids from parents, not only to free dreamers from the fear of deportation and make them U.S. citizens on that same day, but to lead in a bold, ambitious way that makes the most out of all of us including those that choose to be here."

O'Rourke will open up about his DUI arrest when he was 26-years-old.

"Yeah, twenty years ago I drove drunk… a terrible mistake," he said. "There’s no explanation or justifying that. Since then, I have gone on with friends to start a business, with Amy to raise a family, serving my community in the United States congress. And, in many ways, that mistake did not define me. I was able to go on and do these things."

The interview airs Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 3 p.m. CST on NBC 5.

Photo Credit: Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.
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<![CDATA[Volunteers Wash Iconic Cow Statue]]>Mon, 03 Sep 2018 17:21:38 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Volunteers_Wash_Iconic_Cow_Statue.jpg

Moo-La the dairy cow statue that resides on the Erath Co. Courthouse Square in Stephenville is getting all cleaned up.

Photo Credit: Stephenville Tourism and Visitors Bureau]]>
<![CDATA[Texas Mom with Baby Leads Police on High-Speed Chase]]>Mon, 03 Sep 2018 15:09:36 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MOM+CHASE.gif

Newly-released video shows a Texas mother with her baby lead police on a wild, high-speed chase.

The pursuit chase happened in June near San Antonio.

Police say 29-year-old Caitlyn Rodriguez, who had outstanding warrants, tried to elude police in her vehicle.[[492338251,R,300,450]]

After running over a spiked strip, Rodriguez's SUV crashed into the back of a stopped truck. She got out and opened the back door before pulling out a baby in a carseat.

Moments later, she ran across several lanes of traffic before trying to carjack another driver.

Police made their move and arrested her.

In addition to warrants, Rodriguez now faces charges of child endangerment, evading arrest and possession of a controlled substance.

Photo Credit: Texas Dept. of Public Safety
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