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Former DCS Super. Rick Sorrells Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

Former DCS Super. Rick Sorrells Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

Former Dallas County Schools Superintendent Rick Sorrells could face 10 years behind bars after admitting in court documents he received $3 million in bribes and kickbacks in exchange for school bus camera contracts. Read More

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Monday, Mar 5, 2018
Stacks of DCS School Bus Cameras Remain Unused

Stacks of DCS School Bus Cameras Remain Unused

In a large warehouse on the south side of Dallas, millions of dollars in unused camera equipment remains stuffed in boxes – row after row – all paid for by taxpayers. Read More

Friday, Mar 2, 2018
Emails Tie Dwaine Caraway to Failed DCS Real Estate Deal

Emails Tie Dwaine Caraway to Failed DCS Real Estate Deal

Records obtained by NBC 5 Investigates raise new questions about Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway and his relationship with two men at the center of the FBI corruption investigation at Dallas County Schools. Read More

Monday, Feb 26, 2018
DCS' Budget Shortfall at $16M is Double Expectations

DCS' Budget Shortfall at $16M is Double Expectations

Big buses, bigger money troubles for the committee that's working to shut down Dallas County Schools. Read More

Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018
Two Call for Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway to Resign

Two Call for Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway to Resign

Two former political candidates called for Dallas City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway to step down Wednesday following an NBC 5 Investigates report. Read More

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018
Man in DCS Bribery Investigation Appears in Federal Court

Man in DCS Bribery Investigation Appears in Federal Court

Slater Swartwood Sr., the only person charged in the ongoing corruption investigation at Dallas County Schools, appeared in federal court on Tuesday, agreeing to plead guilty in a money laundering conspiracy. Read More

Monday, Feb 12, 2018
Dallas County Schools Sells Headquarters, Raises Cash

Dallas County Schools Sells Headquarters, Raises Cash

The dissolution committee appointed to close troubled bus agency Dallas County Schools sold the headquarters building Monday and took other steps to raise cash. Read More

Friday, Feb 9, 2018
New Questions Over Caraway Connections to Men in FBI Probe

New Questions Over Caraway Connections to Men in FBI Probe

Records obtained by NBC 5 Investigates raise new questions about Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway and his relationship with two men at the center of the FBI corruption investigation at Dallas County Schools. Read More

Tuesday, Feb 6, 2018
Rawlings 2nd-Guesses Meeting With Man Now Under FBI Scrutiny

Rawlings 2nd-Guesses Meeting With Man Now Under FBI Scrutiny

As the leader of one of the largest cities in the United States, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings meets and greets a lot of people. He now has second thoughts about one of those introductions, and what he would do afterwards. Read More

Tuesday, Feb 6, 2018
Voters to Decide Dallas County Fee for Crossing Guards

Voters to Decide Dallas County Fee for Crossing Guards

Dallas County voters will decide in November whether to add a $1.50 on vehicle registrations to help pay for school crossing guards. Read More

Top Investigations
  • Car Break-Ins Hit ‘Epidemic’ Levels in San Francisco

    An NBC Bay Area hidden-camera investigation provides a rare glimpse into a crime "epidemic" across San Francisco that continues to prey on the city's most famed landmarks and popular tourist destinations. San Francisco's nearly 30,000 car break-ins last year shattered previous crime records and illustrates an organized and elaborate crime operation that is costing victims millions of dollars.

  • NYPD: We Have Considerable Evidence in Weinstein Rape Case

    The NYPD's top detective says the department has gathered considerable evidence in the rape investigation of Harvey Weinstein. But it's up to the district attorney whether the case makes it to a grand jury. Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce told reporters Wednesday that investigators have been working diligently with women who made allegations in the fall that they were raped by Weinstein. He says witnesses are prepared to go before a grand jury which would decide whether to indict.

  • Firefighters Have Unmet Emotional, Mental Health Need: Study

    In his more than 25 years as firefighter in Stamford, Connecticut, Capt. Jacques Roy thought he could handle anything – until the smoke cleared from a devastating fire that killed three children and their grandparents. “I was the guy who couldn't hack it. I was the guy who needed help. I never thought it would be me. But it was me,” says Roy. Roy and his team were among those who pulled bodies from the ashes of the fire on Christmas Day 2011 at the home of fashion executive Madonna Badger.

  • 'You the Family Idiot': Powder Note Sent to Trump Jr. Home Revealed

    The white powder envelope addressed to Donald Trump Jr. that landed his wife, Vanessa, in the hospital after she opened it at her Manhattan apartment Monday contained seven short sentences and was rife with curses and insults, officials familiar with the case tell News 4. “You are an awful, awful person. I am surprised that your father lets you speak on TV. You the family idiot. Eric looks smart," the letter read, according to officials familiar with the case. "This is the reason why people hate you. You are getting what you deserve. So shut the f--- up.”

  • Infamous $1M Gold Bucket Thief Tells of Dramatic Escape

    It was broad daylight in midtown Manhattan when Julio Nivelo spied the prime opportunity of his decades-long career in crime – the Super Bowl, as he called it, of get-rich-quick heists. A large black pail sat in the back of an armored truck, unmonitored, as oblivious New Yorkers hurried past, its two guards momentarily separated. He doubled back and watched as one of the guards walked away from the back of the truck. Wearing his lucky Rag & Bone sneakers – his “golden shoes” – he snuck softly onto the metal lift off the back of the truck, heaved the nearly 100-pound pail into his arms and waddled away. It wasn’t until hours later, back in his bedroom in New Jersey, that Nivelo realized the sheer fortune he’d stolen: more than $1.6 million in gold.

  • California State Loophole Leaves Minors at Risk Using Uber, Lyft

    From day care providers to school bus drivers, California regulations require fingerprints and extensive criminal background checks for almost any worker who may be left alone with kids. But those same requirements do not apply to ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft, which have become popular with teens. To help keep kids safe, the state’s Public Utilities Commission relies on the companies to enforce their own policies that prohibit drivers from picking up underage riders traveling alone. But as the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit uncovered, those rules are ignored every day, potentially putting thousands of kids at risk.

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Awards

2015

Lone Star Emmy Awards, Lone Star Chapter
Investigative Report Single Story: “Injured Heroes, Broken Promises”
Military: “Injured Heroes, Broken Promises”
Education/Schools: “The Texas High School Helmet Tracker”

The RTDNA Gannett Foundation
Al Neuharth Award for Investigative Journalism: “Injured Heroes, Broken Promises”

National Edward R. Murrow Award
Investigative Reporting
"Injured Heroes, Broken Promises"

National Edward R. Murrow Award
Continuing Coverage
"Fire in the Attic"

National Edward R. Murrow Award
News Series
"Injured Heroes, Broken Promises"

First Amendment Awards: Multimedia Project,
Society of Professional Journalists, Fort Worth Chapter
"Injured Heroes, Broken Promises"

First Amendment Awards: Best Investigation, Broadcast Large Market
Society of Professional Journalists, Fort Worth Chapter
"Injured Heroes, Broken Promises"

Texas AP Broadcasters Award: Best Investigation
"Injured Heroes, Broken Promises"

See all awards won by NBC 5 Investigates here.

 

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