<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth News]]>Copyright 2019 https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth https://www.nbcdfw.com en-usTue, 21 May 2019 10:16:50 -0500Tue, 21 May 2019 10:16:50 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[1 Dead, 1 Injured in Shooting at Arlington Apartment Complex]]> Tue, 21 May 2019 05:59:33 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/%28City+of+Arlington%29+Cooper+St+-05-21-2019-03.45.35_2019-05-21-05-19-11.jpg

Two men were found shot Monday night at an apartment complex in Arlington, police said. One of them later died at a hospital and a woman located at the scene was arrested.

Police responded about 6:45 p.m. to the apartment complex in the 2000 block of S. Cooper Street. Officers found a man on the ground in the parking lot with an apparent gunshot wound, police said. He was hospitalized. Another man with a gunshot wound was taken to a hospital.

Witnesses told police that Nicole Walton, 45, was the suspect. Police arrested her and charged her with one count of murder and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Detectives are trying to determine what led to the shooting.

The victim's name has not been released.

No other information was available.

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<![CDATA[Officers Spoke With Webb 2 Hours Before Locating Sabatka: PD]]> Tue, 21 May 2019 10:05:23 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/forest-hill-woodforest-hotel-kidnapping.jpg

Forest Hill police were in the hotel where 8-year-old Salem Sabatka was found early Sunday morning about two hours before she was rescued, but did not see her, police said Monday night.

Sabatka was walking with her mother along the 2900 block of 6th Avenue in Fort Worth's Ryan Place neighborhood Sunday when Webb snatched the girl and put her in his car at about 6:38 p.m. Sabatka's mother jumped into the car to try to fight Webb, but she was pushed out as he drove away with the girl, Fort Worth police said.

An Amber Alert was issued for Sabatka around 11 p.m. Saturday, as neighboring police departments and community members searched for the 8-year-old.

Officers went to WoodSpring Suites in the 4100 block of East California Parkway in Forest Hill at about 12:01 a.m. Sunday. Police said the front desk clerk told them a third party thought they'd seen the suspect Fort Worth police were looking for in connection to Sabatka's kidnapping, later identified as Michael Webb.

At the time officers spoke with Webb, only a description of the man police were looking for had been released -- not his name or photo.

The clerk told police the caller said they saw Webb earlier, and that he had a girl with him, according to Forest Hill police.

Police said they went to Webb's hotel room, where they spoke to him through the door. After several minutes, Webb allowed officers into his room, police said.

Officers "made visual inspection of the areas of the room that appeared to be large enough to conceal the missing child," but did not see anyone else in the room, police said.

Forest Hill police said their officers left the scene after they did not see anyone or learn any new information. They also said officers checked the parking lot for the vehicle Fort Worth police posted a picture of on social media, but could not locate it.

Forest Hill officers returned to WoodSpring Suites around 2 a.m. because of another tip, police said. The investigation was handed over to Fort Worth police about six minutes later, and Sabatka was rescued shortly thereafter.

Webb is in the Tarrant County Jail facing charges of aggravated kidnapping and being held on $100,000 bond. He was transferred to FBI custody Tuesday morning. It's unclear what charges he faces from FBI.

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<![CDATA[Live Radar: Storms Moving Across North Texas]]> Tue, 21 May 2019 09:57:25 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dfw-radar-940a.jpg


Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be pushing out by midday. A few stronger storms may hang on into the afternoon hours farther east. These storms could produce gusty winds to 40 or 50 mph as they move into East Texas. Today's severe risk is to the east.

The DFW area picked up less than 0.20" of rain this morning as the line moved through. The afternoon hours are expected to be dry. In fact, the next several days we look to be entering a dry pattern.

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<![CDATA[Train Derails Near South Dallas Golf Course]]> Tue, 21 May 2019 10:00:24 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas+train+derailment.png

As many as three cars of a 14-car train derailed near a golf course in South Dallas early Monday night, Dallas Fire-Rescue officials say.

The incident happened around 6:25 p.m. Monday in the 3600 block of Samuel Boulevard near Tenison Park Golf Course, DFR said.

Only one of the 14 cars contains a hazardous material, officials said, and that car was still on the tracks.

Authorities at the derailment site stabilized the three cars that were leaning off the tracks, DFR said. The train company would send a crew to finish the job Tuesday morning.

The golf course was evacuated as a precaution, officials said, and all six lanes of Samuel Boulevard were closed from Lawnview Avenue to Tenison Parkway.

There were no injuries reported, DFR officials said.

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<![CDATA[Community Reflects on Murder of Transgender Woman]]> Mon, 20 May 2019 22:43:20 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Muhlaysia+Booker.jpg

A transgender woman, whose beating was caught on camera last month, was found shot to death over the weekend.

The news of Muhlaysia Booker's death came as a shock to many who knew her.

Those in the LGBTQ community are advocating for the safety of other transgender women of color.

A smile came across Kirk Myers' face as he reflected on his last interaction with Muhlaysia Booker.

"I think she called me on last week, well sent me a text, and said 'hey I need my phone bill paid.' So I cash app'd her money to pay her phone bill," said Myers.

Myers is CEO of Abounding Prosperity, a non-profit organization that often addresses needs within the LGBTQ community.

He said he'd known Booker for about three years.

"In the gay community we have families that we're born into and families that we choose," he said. "She called me uncle. So yeah we had a good relationship."

He said the previous attack on Booker had her on edge.

Booker was assaulted in the parking lot of Royal Crest Apartments, in the 3500 block of Wilhurt Avenue, on April 12. Dallas police flagged it as a possible hate crime.

Myers said she was working through the trauma of that incident.

"She had concerns and multiple times she indicated 'I don't want to do this and I wish it would just all go away,'" said Myers.

Leslie McMurray is coordinator for transgender advocacy at the Resource Center.

She said the cards were stacked against Booker.

"I would love to say that I was surprised but I'm not," said McMurray.

The average life expectancy for a woman in the US is roughly 80 years.

"For a transgender woman of color it's thirty-five," she said. "Who knows what her life would've become. She wasn't done painting her canvas yet," said McMurray.

Booker was just 23 years old.

Myers hopes that those who knew and loved her can carry her legacy and complete that canvas.

"She was brave and decided to speak out to prevent what ultimately happened to her happening to another woman like her," he said.

Police say Booker's murder is not currently being investigated as a hate crime.

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<![CDATA[Road in Front of AAC May be Renamed to Honor Dirk Nowitzki]]> Mon, 20 May 2019 21:03:33 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk-fist-bump-final-home-game.jpg

Three Dallas City Council members have turned in a proposal to rename a street in front of the American Airlines Center to honor Dirk Nowitzki.

The proposal would rename Olive Street between N. Field Street and Victory Avenue.

The new name? Nowitzki Way.

Adam Medrano, Scott Griggs and Omar Narvaez all signed the petition that was then turned into the city. 

The letter to the city states a long list of accomplishments for Nowitzki, including being the only NBA player in history to play 21 seasons with the same franchise.

City code requires three public hearings to approve a street name change proposal. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 10 a.m. in the Dallas City Council Chambers inside Dallas City Hall.

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<![CDATA[American Airlines Sues Unions, Accusing Workers of Slowdown]]> Mon, 20 May 2019 20:26:09 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/american-airlines-7371.jpg

American Airlines accuses its mechanics and their unions of conducting an illegal work slowdown to gain leverage in contract talks, and the airline is asking a federal judge to stop the activity.

The Fort Worth-based airline says mechanics have caused about 900 cancellations or long delays since early February by taking an unusually long time to repair planes and refusing to work overtime.

On Monday, American filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Fort Worth against the Transport Workers Union and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which together represent American's aircraft mechanics.

American says the slowdown will affect 3,400 passengers a day if it continues into summer.

The Transport Workers had no immediate comment. The IAM did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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<![CDATA[I-30 Reopens in Arlington After Closure Due to Crash]]> Mon, 20 May 2019 21:32:48 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/I-30-Crash-Arlington.jpg

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 30 are open again in Arlington after a crane struck an overpass, closing the highway for more than two hours, police say.

A tractor trailer with an attached crane struck the Fielder Road overpass, Arlington police tweeted at 7:23 p.m.

Police said the northbound side of Fielder Road was also closed.

There were not any injuries reported, police said.

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<![CDATA[Why Did Sabatka Amber Alert Take More Than 4 Hours?]]> Mon, 20 May 2019 19:26:46 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Salem-Sabatka-2-051819.jpg

The kidnapping of a Fort Worth girl is raising questions about how Amber Alerts are issued and why cell phones failed to buzz with the emergency information Saturday night.

Fortunately, Salem Sabatka was found alive, but not all cases have a happy ending.

Not a day goes by that former Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson doesn't think about Amber Hagerman.

"I go to bed every night knowing that I failed, we failed as a department saving that child," he said. "I'll leave a legacy behind of the Amber Alert, but it didn't save Amber."

The Arlington 9-year-old's 1996 kidnapping and murder sparked change in the form of Amber Alerts, change Anderson helped create. It's information that's still vital 23 years later in cases like Sabatka's.

"The whole idea is to get it in front of as many sets of eyes as you can," Anderson said.

The Fort Worth 8-year-old's mom called police at 6:37 p.m. Saturday with her eyewitness account that was backed up by a neighbor and his Ring video. But it wasn't until nearly 4 1/2 hours later, at 11:02 p.m., that an official statewide Amber Alert was issued to media.

"The first, most desperate time that you have is to get the information out locally and that can be done on a regional alert bases," Anderson said

For reasons that are still unclear, an earlier one that could have been requested by Fort Worth police for the Dallas-Fort Worth area never went out.

"The question is, 'What was the decision and why was it made?'" Anderson asked.

Another question -- why those loud phone alerts didn't blast either. Fort Worth police said Sunday they couldn't be issued without a license plate, something the department is now double checking.

Phone alerts are limited to 90 characters and they can't yet include pictures, like the one of the suspect's car that helped track him down.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said the criteria for phone Amber Alerts differs by state. In Texas, they typically wouldn't go out late at night for fear people will turn the feature off because it's loud.

In those critical hours to find Sabatka, police relied heavily on Twitter and Facebook. Mayor Betsy Price said the Amber Alert system may need an upgrade.

"I don't know that they've updated their guidelines now that we have much better video and social media, they probably need to visit that again," she said.

Anderson agreed. He said there's always room for improvement as long as things move quickly.

"Every step that you add to the process takes time. And the whole key to this from day one, the key to this is speed," he said.

Click here for the guidelines for issuing an Amber Alert.

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<![CDATA[Hero Pastor Speaks Out About Rescue of Abducted Fort Worth Girl]]> Mon, 20 May 2019 19:30:25 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hero+church+member.jpg

A day after he helped police locate 8-year-old Salem Sabatka, pastor Jeff King recounts the moments that lead up to her rescue.

"I was sitting at home with my wife when a friend texted and said that our friends' daughter had been kidnapped. All I could think is what are we going to do to help?" said Jeff King, Pastor at Bear Creek Bible Church in Keller.

So he got in his car and starting searching for the suspect's vehicle. A friend offered to join him.

"We were told by detectives at the scene that the best places to check are hotels, apartments and parks." he said.

It was around 6:30 p.m. Saturday when Salem and her mom were walking in their Fort Worth neighborhood. A man grabbed the girl and pushed her in his car despite her mother's attempts to save her.

King, a care admissions pastor at Bear Creek Bible, is also a childhood friend of Salem's parents. He hadn't spoken to them in sixteen years when he heard about her abduction.

He and a friend started canvassing Fort Worth looking for the suspect's car. They searched until after midnight when they got a tip from someone that they should check out a hotel in Forest Hill. When they arrived they found nothing but they then drove by the Wood Springs Suites hotel nearby and pulled into the parking lot.

"We started looking at different cars like they were suggesting. We saw one car and were like, it's got to be this car." King said.

King called police and it was just a matter of time before they figured out Salem was inside of the hotel and they were able to rescue her. He said he'll never forget the moment he learned they had located the little girl.

"It was a crazy moment. I asked police, 'Did I hear that right? Did they find her? Is she safe?' he said. "Then finally one officer said, 'Yes sir, they have her."

Police allowed King to be the one to call Salem's parents and tell them the little girl had been found alive. He said there's no explanation for why they pulled into the parking lot of that hotel which was miles away from where she had been abducted other than divine intervention.

"God literally led us to this place. It was not on my itinerary, I was not trying to go there, we just drove by. It was divine intervention, 100 percent," he said.

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<![CDATA[City Denies Claim After Raw Sewage Floods Woman's House]]> Mon, 20 May 2019 19:04:59 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Sewage+in+Bathtub.jpg

In March, Erin Jackson said raw sewage flooded her home, damaging her floors, baseboards, bathrooms, bedrooms and many of her appliances.

"There is not enough bleach in the tub that will get me to sit in that tub again," she said.

A backed-up city sewage line caused the problem, costing Jackson roughly $50,000 in repairs.

Since NBC 5 Responds' first story aired, we've heard from a few other homeowners who claimed this was not just a freak accident.

"They have historic problems that they knew existed and did not take steps to fix," Jackson said.

She thought she had all of the evidence she needed to convince the city that this was their responsibility to fix.

But Jackson recently got a call from the city informing her that they were denying her claim, but would offer $7,700 as a gesture of goodwill to help with the clean up.

"This is a giant economic burden for me," she said. "How can a consumer get stuck paying all of this? How can a citizen get stuck paying all of this when I did nothing wrong?"

NBC 5 Responds had the same questions for Kennedale's city manager, George Campbell, who hasn't returned recent emails.

So, we went down to city hall to pay Campbell a visit.

He didn't agree to talk on camera, but he did sit down to break down the law.

Campbell said because of the Texas Tort Claims Act, there isn't a city in Texas that's liable for damage due to a city sewage backup.

He said if they decided to approve Jackson's claim, it would set a precedent all over the state, and consumers would be subject to higher premiums.

Campbell said they city had no control over what people put down their drains, and in this case, the city did all it's obligated to do for this homeowner.

"It's sounds ludicrous. But when you look at the law, that's how it's written. That's what our elected officials have chosen to do to the citizens," Jackson said.

She said because the city has neglected it's sewage lines for years, she believed her case should be an exception to that law.

"They don't know me. I have nothing but time on my hands. I have years to pursue this and that is what I will do," she said.

Jackson said that she rejected the city's gesture of goodwill because she saw it as an insult.

She said she's currently meeting with attorneys and other homeowners who said the same thing happened to them.

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<![CDATA[Neighbors Reflect on Search, Rescue of 8-Year-Old Girl]]> Mon, 20 May 2019 18:31:40 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ryan+Place+Fort+Worth.jpg

The Ryan Place neighborhood is not far from TCU's campus in Fort Worth. It's a collection of tree-lined streets with children's swings in the front yards, and security signs dotting yards. It's not a place anyone expected a child to be kidnapped as she walked with her mother early Saturday evening.

"I know this city was on its knees Saturday night praying for that little girl," said Kirsten Sluck, talking about 8-year old Salem Sabatka's abduction. The Slucks' Ring doorbell camera recorded part of the kidnapping.

"She was screaming, 'Help me, help me,'" said Letty Clay, who was on her porch when she saw the girl's mother yell for help. "The people came together. Even the people who didn't know each other."

The neighborhood is one where neighbors talk to each other, face to face and on social media. On Monday, a truck marked with a sign that read, 'Citizen on Patrol' roamed the streets.

"There's not hardly anything that happens here that hundreds of us don't know about within five minutes," longtime resident Cathy Hill said. "It's a younger neighborhood now. I'm one of the older people. I think these younger people, they just jump on anything. They're not as afraid of the devil."

On one of the neighborhood's worst days, the people who live there came together to be their best, and help a little girl get back home.

"People, I think, will be even more willing to come outside and help, not stay inside with the door closed," Sluck said, looking back on the experience. "We can all look out for each other."

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<![CDATA[Graduation Photo - Manny & Marissa]]> Mon, 20 May 2019 17:15:03 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/grads-052019.jpg

Manny and Marissa's graduation photos were featured during NBC 5 First at Four on Monday, May 20, 2019.

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<![CDATA[Muhlaysia Booker's Death Garners National Attention]]> Mon, 20 May 2019 17:06:23 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Muhlaysia+Booker.jpg

The shooting death of a Dallas transgender woman made waves in North Texas Sunday. Police said they found Muhlaysia Booker, 23, dead of an apparent gunshot wound Saturday morning in Far East Dallas.

Booker is the same woman whose assault in an apartment complex parking lot was captured on video and went viral. Dallas police investigated that assault as a hate crime.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings expressed his sympathy and asked for the public to help police look for answers related to Booker's death.

Dallas police said they were not actively investigating Booker's murder as a hate crime.

On Monday, several prominent politicians from across the country took notice of Booker's death. A search of Twitter accounts for all of North Texas' U.S. House members, Texas' two U.S. Senators, Gov. Greg Abbott and several Democratic presidential candidates turned up the following sentiments.

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<![CDATA[Granbury Voted Best Small Town in America: Poll]]> Mon, 20 May 2019 15:50:07 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/granbury2.jpg

The city of Granbury is celebrating a big win.

It was named the Best Historic Small Town in America in a survey by USA Today.

"All of us here in Granbury know what a beautiful and welcoming community we have," Tammy Dooley, director of Visit Granbury, said in an email.

"With exceptional accommodations, stunning Lake Granbury, the most charming Historic Square, live entertainment, fine dining, a vibrant arts community and the best shopping -- you could not ask for a better place for a getaway," she wrote.

Granbury describes itself as "a small town, rich in unique culture, deep Texas history and southern hospitality."

The Hood County town is 60 miles southwest of Dallas and about 35 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

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<![CDATA[Brag About Your School: Frisco's Memorial High School]]> Mon, 20 May 2019 18:57:48 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Frisco+Memorial+High+School+%282%29.jpg

When the bell rings at Memorial High School the students don't always immediately hit the books.

A recent class got started with students breaking out their cellphones, talking to their peers and taking some time to set goals.

"We're leaving a video message for ourselves to check halfway through the summer to see how we are doing with the steps we wanted to take," teacher Brent Holtrup said.

Holtrup challenged his students to better themselves in some way and make a pledge to follow through

"I think it's extremely important and helpful to the student as high schools a time of finding yourself and truly becoming an adult and maturing," student Kaylyn Wilson said.

It happens in almost all the classes here, and is a requirement from principal Jennifer Redden. Redden's campus is in its first year of existence.

Students may have needed a boost to feel united, and could benefit from personal growth too.

"It's really important that we teach them how to problem solve and critical think, so when they graduate they're prepared for whatever lies ahead of them," Redden said.

The students said it's working, but it's authentic and self-driven.

High school students and smart phones go hand in hand. Young people love snapping photos and sharing them to the world in seconds.

At Memorial High School, they're going back in time a bit, learning about cyanotypes

"They used it in the 1800s," student Caleb Ramos said. "It's how they took pictures."

It's a joint class, half of the students are in an advanced art class, the other half advanced chemistry. They're working together hand painting and taking photos, using chemicals that react to light.

The art is brought out into the sun where the photo, created with invisible light gets "burned in" to the paper.

"We submerge it in water so we can see the photo, then put it in hydrogen peroxide," Ramos said.

The art students are experimenting with a craft rarely used these days, while the chemistry students are trying to understand the chemical reactions at work to create the photos. The teachers are watching them work together and achieve success.

"There is meaning behind it, it's more than just this pen and pencil situation they can see the real world applications behind it and having to work with a group that has a different goal than them," teacher Brynn Stephens said.

Student Tess Sakakini got so into it she started to experiment with even more art.

"To be able to apply it to something you do in life, like photography and art, it was cool to see it in the world," Sakakini said.

Memorial High School's mascot is the Warriors. The school focuses on heroes, like fire, police and the military, and recognizing the work they do to build a better society.

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<![CDATA[Live Video From NBC 5's Texas Lightning Truck]]> Tue, 21 May 2019 07:44:27 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlt-52119.jpg

Live video from NBC 5's Texas Lightning Truck will appear in the player above. If you do not see video in the player above, the truck is not currently streaming live video. But don't worry, if we're not live, we'll replace the video feed with some super cool Texas Storm Fleet video!

Three years after the Texas Thunder Truck made his maiden voyage in February 2015, Texas Lightning Truck has debuted on the streets of Dallas-Fort Worth.

Both trucks have fully-mobile weather technology and communications systems packed inside and are designed to drive into the storm and deliver live coverage in real time.

With the addition of Texas Lightning Truck, NBC 5 is able to cover more area in the vast and sprawling region of North Texas, which is especially helpful when there are different storm cells developing in multiple locations.

In addition to our exclusive S-Band radar, NBC 5’s team of Weather Experts uses the Texas Storm Fleet (Texas Thunder Truck, Texas Lightning Truck, Texas Sky Ranger, Weather-1 and Weather-2, StormRanger) to provide up-to-the-minute weather information on TV, the NBCDFW App, mobile website and the station’s social media channels @NBCDFW on Twitter and Facebook.com/NBCDFW).


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<![CDATA[Live Video From Thunder, Lightning]]> Thu, 02 May 2019 06:03:55 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/night+TTT.PNG

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<![CDATA[DFW, American Airlines Announce Plans for $3.5B Terminal F]]> Mon, 20 May 2019 23:17:10 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/terminal-F-dfw-map1.jpg

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and American Airlines revealed plans Monday to develop a sixth terminal at the airport, Terminal F.

Initial plans call for DFW Airport, which is jointly co-owned by the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, to invest up to $3.5 billion in terminal improvements, including the construction of Terminal F and enhancements to Terminal C.

"We get more complaints about C than anything, so this is a real win for the travelling public, to renovate C and have a beautiful new terminal, too," said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.

The identified site for a new terminal south of Terminal D is currently a parking area. The terminal link shuttle already passes through the area in anticipation of the new Terminal F. Up to 24 new gates would be included in the new terminal in phases, as demand for additional space is warranted.

DFW CEO Sean Donohue said the new construction work will be a big job creator for local workers.

"It will be a huge opportunity for business and as I mentioned, not just big businesses, but small minority and women-owned businesses," Donohue said.

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said the carrier is already operating around 900 flights a day at DFW.

"We know we’re going to need more than we have today by the time this terminal is built and we’re excited about the ability to expand even further," Parker said.

Design work for Terminal F will begin immediately and it's expected to open in 2025.

The airport said in a news release that "the design of Terminal F is expected to accommodate a changing aviation industry as DFW utilizes innovative technologies to facilitate the movement of customers, maintain cost efficiencies for airlines and improve operational performance."

DFW and American will explore several different options for the layout of the Terminal F site and that they expect the details to be finalized as part of a new airlines lease agreement for DFW that is being negotiated. DFW and American anticipate the investment to be financed by bonds and repaid through airlines rates and charges over the life of the bonds.

"Today's announcement sets the stage for DFW Airport's next 50 years," Donohue said. "The new Terminal F and the expansion that could follow will provide the region with the growth it needs to compete with international business centers."

DFW Airport is considered a major factor in attracting new business to North Texas.

"We’re talking to a big business right now that is thinking about moving here, and location, location, location is important," said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. "But you have to have an infrastructure to do that. The fact that American has flights to so many places in this nation and the world, and it’s a wonderful experience at DFW, is one of those things that sets us apart."

Earlier this month American Airlines and the airport recently opened 15 new gates at the Terminal E satellite. The airline now serves more than 9,000 one-stop destinations.


"We look forward to accommodating the continued growth of our city and the region through infrastructure improvements and expansion at DFW Airport," Mayor Price said. "We're glad to see DFW's anchor carrier, American Airlines, headquartered in Fort Worth, collaborate with the Airport to take this area to new heights. This new terminal will further fuel economic development and job growth in our region."

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<![CDATA[Dallas Road Rage Incident Linked to Fort Worth Shooting: PD]]> Mon, 20 May 2019 15:04:11 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas+road+rage+shooting+052019.jpg

If you drove by downtown Dallas early Monday morning, you may have noticed a lot of flashing lights and police cars right outside the Frank Crowley Courts Building.

Police said that's where they took six people into custody, describing them as suspects in an early morning shooting in Fort Worth and a road rage incident in Dallas.

Fort Worth Police said overnight, officers were called out to the 9000 block of Conestoga Drive for a reported shooting. They found shell casings at the scene. 

Then, at around 5:20 a.m., they got a call from police in Dallas about another incident that was unfolding there.

DPD officers had rushed to the intersection of Riverfront Boulevard and Commerce Street after they received reports of shots being fired in the area.

That's where they came across a group of people in a car and a pickup truck. They initially investigated the incident as a possible road rage episode — but through the course of their investigation, decided Fort Worth police ought to get involved. 

Fort Worth Police said they now believe the group chased someone from the scene on Conestoga Drive to the scene in Dallas.

A department spokesperson told NBC 5 the incident may be gang related.

The investigation is ongoing.

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<![CDATA[Thinking About Going Storm Chasing? Forget About It]]> Mon, 20 May 2019 10:44:01 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/updated+severe+wx+risk+052019.png

Today's risk of severe weather features a "high risk" category up toward Wichita Falls, Childress and much of Oklahoma.

This is the first high risk since 2017. In this area, long-track, violent tornadoes are possible.

If that wasn't bad enough, there's also likely to be gridlock on many of the rural roads due to all the storm chasers wanting to take a look.

Believe it or not, the temptation for many weather enthusiasts and photographers is to go storm chasing right into the heart of this area. In fact, this type of setup is liable to bring out several hundred chase vehicles — professional and amateur — to the highlighted area. In the chase community, it's referred to as "chaser convergence."

What makes chaser convergence particularly dangerous on a day like today is because the "target area" is relatively small and compact. This means everyone converges on the same spot, essentially

You get inexperienced chasers into the mix that don't know what they're doing. They try to get up close and personal to tornadoes, which is flat-out stupid.

On a day like today, even for trained professionals, storm chasing is dangerous. The threat for tornadoes, combined with wet roads and a risk of flooding, gets even more dicey when roads are restricted with all the extra chase traffic.

While I certainly understand and admire the love for weather photography, today is not the day to head out for an amateur. Even for the professionals, it poses a serious threat.

Congestion on the roads in the middle of a tornado warning is a scary, dangerous thing. In this case, it's 100% preventable. If you're a weather enthusiast, there are better opportunities to go chasing. For example, when the target zone is more spread out geographically and not a high risk.

So, leave today to the professionals and official National Weather Service spotters. They are doing it to keep the public safe. They have studied these storms and know to respect them at a safe distance. After all, no picture or video is worth your life. 

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<![CDATA[Transgender Activist Mural Marks Stonewall Riots Anniversary]]> Mon, 20 May 2019 07:05:34 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stonewall+riots+mural.jpg

Parts of the traditional LGBTQ communities and neighborhoods of Dallas are in the midst of some beautification.

"People are moving away from this area and so we are trying to bring back the community here and I think having things like this whether it’s performances or mural art it’s such an important thing," said Rafiq Salleh-Flowers with Dallas-based Artitude.

The largest transgender mural in America will soon be on the side of a building on Cedar Springs.

"It is commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots," Salleh-Flowers said.

"This mural represents the trans women of color who were key figures in that riot and also key figures in start of the queer liberation movement," artist Brian Kenny explained.

The Stonewall Riots in New York City are often credited as the birth of the gay rights movement. The mural features two of the pioneers of gay rights who were a part of the riot, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera.

"This mural is to honor them and to give more visibility, love and attention to the transgender community," Kenny said.

The mural serves as a nod to the pat and look toward the future.

"I had Marsha looking up and next to her is a very famous quote of hers – 'pay it no mind,'" Kenny said. "Because she was always above it all. She never let anything get to her. She was accepting of everybody."

"I had Sylvia Rivera looking right at the viewer because she was the one who was always in your face – screaming into the microphone for gay rights," Kenny added.

Artitude worked with the Cedar Springs Merchant Association and the City of Dallas office of Cultural Affairs.

"I wanted this mural to be a positive reinforcement that we are all a human family, we are all in this together and really it’s all about love," Kenny said. "We have a lot more in common than our differences. I’m hoping the mural can be a bridge."

There are plans for further upgrades and beautification across the neighborhood which includes more murals.

The mural can be found at 4008 Cedar Springs Road on the side of the Cedar Springs Tattoo & Piercing.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[#SomethingGood: Crossing Guard's Mission to Make Kids Smile]]> Mon, 20 May 2019 07:06:59 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sg-school-crossing-guard.jpg

An unlikely bond formed at the corner of Coastline Road and Navigation Road in Grand Prairie. It’s the intersection right in front of Anna May Daulton Elementary School. It’s also the place William Smith met 3-year-old Logan Campbell.

Mr. William, as the kids call him, is the crossing guard at the intersection. Smith says, for him, this is more than just a job.

"You know, kids are our future, and if we don’t care for our future, then it will go by the wayside," Smith said.

So morning and afternoon, as the students walk through the crosswalk to and from school, Smith wants to know what they’ve learned at school. And he doesn’t let them off easy.

"When you come back you gotta tell me what you learned. Don’t tell me ‘stuff’ like you always tell me," Smith said.

Smith says all the kids are special in their own way, but one of his favorites is little Logan. Logan doesn’t even attend Daulton Elementary, but he walks with his brothers and his mom, Emily Campbell, every day. That’s how he met Smith.

"That 3-year-old Logan? That’s my boy! That’s my boy," Smith said with a smile. "He’ll blow his whistle like I blow mine, and I call him my little crossing guard in training!"

Logan’s mom says Logan loves all things crossing guard-related. It’s kind of why he took a liking to Smith's career.

That whistle, of course, was given to Logan by Smith. He also gave him a crossing guard vest so that the little guy would feel official. Simple acts of kindness that are contagious, and that Logan’s mom said should be highlighted by NBC 5 as #SomethingGood in her community.

"The first Monday that he had his vest. He was up and dressed in my room at 6:30. He had on his clothes, his vest, his socks and shoes and he was ready to go about an hour earlier than I needed him to be," Campbell recalled.

Something Smith was so happy to hear. He said this is just who he is. He does this to make sure every child’s day starts with a smile.

"I want to see them excel [at school], so I give them that confidence in the morning," Smith said.

If you see something good happening in your community, email pictures and a description to isee@nbcdfw.com and wake up to #SomethingGood on NBC 5 Today every day from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m.

Photo Credit: Emily Campbell NBC 5 News
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<![CDATA[Alleged Kidnapper Previously Charged With Sexual Assault]]> Mon, 20 May 2019 23:10:02 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Michael+Webb+edit.jpg

Fort Worth police arrested Michael Webb, 51, early Sunday morning in connection to the kidnapping of 8-year-old Salem Sabatka.

Police said Webb faces a felony charge of aggravated kidnapping.

According to police, Sabatka was walking with her mother along the 2900 block of 6th Avenue, in Fort Worth's Ryan Place neighborhood, when Webb snatched the girl and put her in his car at about 6:38 p.m. The mother jumped into the car to try to fight Webb, but she was pushed out as he drove away with the girl, police said.

Police later found Sabatka -- and Webb -- thanks to a tip from the public.

Records indicate Webb lived much of his life in Tyler, and according to the Smith County District Attorney's Office, he was charged with aggravated and sexual assault in April 2018. The case was dismissed in December after the victim refused to cooperate and left the state of Texas, according to Assistant Smith County District Attorney Richard Vance.

“With what we were facing at that time we felt like, I felt like, we had to dismiss the case," Vance said. 

Vance said the victim of the April 2018 offense knew Webb before the alleged incident and suffered minor injuries. The district attorney's office said they still hoped to prosecute the case if the victim returned and decided to cooperate.

“This one hit home, I believe I did what I had to do at the time but as a person and a dad, yeah it hits home with you,” Vance said, in reference to Webb's arrest for kidnapping. 

In a series of offenses dating to the early 1990s, Webb has also been charged with evading arrest, making a terroristic threat, burglary, theft and driving with a suspended license, among others.

Photo Credit: Fort Worth Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Neighbor Whose Camera Caught Kidnapping Reacts to Return]]> Sun, 19 May 2019 22:32:09 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/200*120/FW+KIDNAPPING+DOORBELL+VIDEO.jpg

Fort Worth police say a short, home surveillance clip that captured a small part of the suspect's car was instrumental in helping them locate 8-year-old Salem Sabatka.

When Jim Sluck installed a Ring doorbell camera on his Fort Worth home, he never imagined it would help police.

"We got it to watch out for things that may be offending our helm," said Sluck, who lives along 6th Avenue. 

But fortunately, Saturday evening, it was watching what was happening just beyond his front yard.

The motion-activated camera started to record as the mother of Salem Sabatka was forced from Michael Webb's car. After picking herself up off the ground, she started to yell for help as she watched Webb drive away with her daughter inside.

"When I came out it was simply because of the screaming and screeching that wasn't stopping," Sluck said. "She was pretty frantic, as you would be. It all happened so fast."

Sluck said another one of his neighbors had already heard the commotion and was on the phone with 911. Sabatka's mother ran towards him to report what had happened.

Not long after, police swarmed the neighborhood.

"No one thinks it's going to happen in their neighborhood," Sluck said. "No one thinks it's going to happen in the suburbs or in the middle of the city like this is. It's scary. Obviously, it was scary."

It wasn't until officers spotted Sluck's camera and asked to look at his video feed that he realized what it had caught.

And though it only showed a short portion of the kidnapping, the video was enough to help investigators come up with a description of Webb's car -- which ultimately led police to Sabatka.

"Everyone in the neighborhood, everyone in the city, everyone in the state of Texas -- it's just amazing how quickly everyone went into action," Sluck said. "As a neighborhood, as a human, we're obviously really pleased it had, from what we can tell, a good, safe ending."

He credited the work of Fort Worth police and the efforts of the Fort Worth community for finding Sabatka far more than his surveillance video. But he said he's glad he could play at least some small role in helping to return her safely to her family.

"It was just neighbors being neighbors," Sluck said. "It's just indicative of the neighborhood we live in -- and the area of town we live in. And it all worked out in the end."

<![CDATA[Local Pastor Gave Police Tip That Led to Sabatka's Rescue]]> Sun, 19 May 2019 23:23:24 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jeff+King+Fort+Worth.jpg

Fort Worth leaders and residents Sunday embraced a good Samaritan credited with leading police to a kidnapping victim and the man accused of snatching her from her mother's arms.

Jeff King is a care admissions pastor at Bear Creek Bible Church.

King received a hero's welcome in Fort Worth on Sunday evening.

"I feel like God allowed me to be a tool," he said.

King said when he found out that a childhood friend's little girl had been kidnapped, he knew he had to do something.

"When I went to help I was really flying blind," he said.

King said he asked a plain-clothed detective how he could help.

"He just said... look at parks, apartment buildings and hotels," King said.

King said he and a friend got a tip from someone online to check out a hotel in Forest Hill.

The two did, but did not find anything.

They then ended up checking a second hotel: the Wood Springs Suites in Forest Hill.

"We had been checking parks all night and this was the second hotel we checked," King said. "I was just driving on the access road. It was right there and so I just kind of hit the break and turned in."

It was at the hotel, located approximately 12 miles away from where Salem Sabatka was kidnapped, that King spotted what appeared to be the suspect's car.

"We just looked at it and called police," he said.

Officers went inside a room and found the missing 8-year-old girl and the suspect.

"It was like an overjoying experience and it was crazy. It was adrenaline," King said.

King led a prayer at a press conference in Sabatka's neighborhood.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald were on hand and both expressed their gratitude to King and every resident who helped in the search for Salem.

"I have two boys and I would have wanted as many eyes looking out for my boys as possible," King said.

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<![CDATA[Community Rejoices After Return of Abducted Fort Worth Girl]]> Sun, 19 May 2019 22:46:52 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ryan-Place-block-walk-051919.jpg

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A Fort Worth community can rest a little easier tonight. Neighbors gathered for a walk Sunday to show gratitude for a story with a happy ending.

"All the kids were just really worried because, you know, they're all from the same school," said Vanessa Enrriques, a Ryan Place resident and mother of school-aged children.

Worry to turned to relief for an entire neighborhood.

What could've been a long, somber walk for child still missing, was instead, a time of gratitude for a little girl that was found.

Salem Sabatka is back with her family.

Still, the thought of what could've happened is hard to shake.

"It's really hard as a father of a young girl to even let your mind go there as a dad," Danny Easterly said.

Tim Keith is president of the Ryan Place Improvement Association. He organized the walk.

"It absolutely pains me to come out before y'all tonight for the reasons that we're going to walk here in a minute to support Salem Sabatka," Keith said.

Fort Worth's police chief and mayor said it was because of the community that Sabatka was found.

"With everyone in this community, everyone in this city mobilizing the way they did, we made a difference yesterday evening. You all made a difference yesterday evening," Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald said.

"All of you as neighbors came together and did so well. This is truly a time when prayers have been answered," Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price said.

While they're relieved, they know the journey isn't over.

"Prayers are with them. Even though she was found, to recover is going to take some time," Debbie Speyer said.

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<![CDATA[How to Customize Alerts in the NBC DFW App]]> Wed, 24 Apr 2019 13:21:46 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Push-Alerts-News-Center.jpg

The latest version of our app allows you to select the categories of news alerts you want to get from NBC DFW on your device. We’ve included topics that matter most to you, based on your feedback, and you can find all the alerts in one place.

To personalize your notifications, first check "Allow Notifications” when you download the new app.

If you already have the app, you can customize them at any time. Click the News Alerts in the bottom right corner of the navigation bar at the bottom of the app. Then click on Settings at the top in white.

If you see a blue tab next to a category that means you will receive push alerts for that subject.

Here is an explanation of the alerts offered:

News alerts will keep you updated on the latest and most urgent stories of the day in Dallas-Fort Worth, the U.S, and the World.

Traffic alerts will keep you in the know about major road closures, crashes and traffic troubles across Dallas-Fort Worth.

Sports alerts will bring you everything from the world of sports – look for all the news about the Cowboys, Rangers, Stars or Mavericks.

Consumer alerts will bring you great stories from the NBC 5 Responds team to the latest recalls and scam alerts.

Health alerts will bring you everything from flu and West Nile updates to the latest health breakthroughs.

What’s on NBC 5 will include stories that appear in our newscasts as well as updates on programming changes – if 'Days of Our Lives' is pre-empted and will air overnight, you’ll find out here!

Offbeat will bring you lighter, wacky and 'totally Texas' news.

To control the weather alerts, please click the + sign next to location under the radar and click Alert Settings.

Weather Experts gives you messages from our weather team, including the daily forecast information.

NWS Severe Weather Alerts delivers alerts issued by the National Weather Service (such as tornado warnings).

Lighting Alerts are alerts about lightning near you (beneficial for people with swimming pools or golfers).

Precipitation Alerts are the alerts about rain near the location(s) you selected.

You'll also notice there's a red bubble on the NBC DFW app logo on your phone. You can control that too, but that's controlled by your phone.

On your phone go to Settings, go to Notifications, scroll down to NBC 5 DFW, you can turn off Badgets and you'll no longer have the red bubble.

We hope you enjoy our new app (Download it HERE for iOS and HERE for Android. Please rate it in the app store and send us your feedback to KXASdigitalfeedback@nbcuni.com. Your comments will help us improve the app experience.

<![CDATA[Man Shot, Killed at College Graduation Party: Police]]> Mon, 20 May 2019 05:56:04 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/arlington-grad-party-shooting-metro.jpg

A man was fatally shot at what police say they believe was a college graduation party in Arlington Sunday evening.

The shooting happened at about 5:54 p.m. in the 5000 block of Nocona Lane in South Arlington, police said.

Police said a 63-year-old man was shot multiple times and taken to an area hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The incident occurred during an altercation between family members at a graduation party police, police said. The shooter fled the party on foot, but police said they arrested him without incident.

Police said Hector Salazar, 44, would face a murder charge in relation to the shooting.

Police said the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office would release the victim's name after his family was notified.

Photo Credit: Metro]]>
<![CDATA[Friendship Between Strangers Starts on Fort Worth City Bench]]> Mon, 20 May 2019 15:30:22 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fort+Worth+bus+stop+friendship.jpg

Sometimes a view from above, makes it easier to reflect on what's important below.

"So normally, we're just down here, you can see the corner of 5th and Throckmorton," Nicole Hibbert said while pointing out a 39th-floor office window in downtown Fort Worth.

"He's going to be so excited," Nicole said.

She's preparing for her favorite lunch date.

"Normally I get him a ham sandwich, but today I'm going to order him -- I think I'm going to get him a roast beef today," Nicole said, while ordering Potbelly sandwiches online. "Here's his strawberry shake. Extra strawberries."

It's a date that's happened twice a week for three years.

"So he's gained like 30 pounds, and you'll see him, he's no bigger than a minute," Nicole said with a smile.

He is Clifford Brown, who takes a bus into downtown Fort Worth to sit on a bench at 5th and Throckmorton nearly every day that the weather is nice.

After seeing him day after day, Nicole, who works just a few blocks away, finally decided to stop by his bench and say, 'Hello.'

"There was just something about him -- a kindness in his eyes and his face -- that I wanted, I was drawn to, I wanted to get to know him," Nicole said.

"Okay, here we go," Nicole said to Clifford as she walked up to his bench with her hands full of food from Potbelly. "Do you know what they did for you over there? They made you a birthday cookie."

It's an early celebration marking Clifford's 89th year of life.

"It says, Happy Birthday Mr. Clifford!'" Nicole said, opening the box to show him. "I won't sing to you, I promise. I sang to you last year. I won't do that to you again."

"Yeah, you did!" Clifford said with a laugh.

During their twice-a-week lunches over the past three years, Nicole and Clifford have become close friends. They chat about the changes happening all around them.

"That's going be that new Marriott," Nicole said ash she pointed up to the Fort Worth skyline.

They also talk about Clifford's sport of choice.

"Brooks is a pretty good golfer," Clifford said.

"You started playing when you were 15! You know a lot about it," Nicole said.

Clifford said he started to work as a caddie when he was a teenager, and had to retire in his late 70s.

"Because when you're little that bag drags the -- it drags the ground," Clifford said with a laugh.

Their friendship is one that formed with a little bit of effort over a long period of time.

"It's always good to see her because I know I got a good friend," Clifford said.

"Having a friend like him, I look forward to it. I just love him and I know he loves me," Nicole said. "He is just so full of wisdom and he brings me such joy."

Now, among the office pictures of her husband and her children, is a picture with her dear friend and favorite lunch date.

"That was Mr. Clifford's first selfie ever," Nicole said.

While Nicole has taught Clifford how to take a selfie, he's taught her about friendship.

"You know, you learn to notice people and love people, because they have so much to offer," she said. "Every single person has so much to offer and that's what I've learned."

And it all started because she took the time to stop by his bench and say "hello."

After this story aired on NBC 5, Potbelly Sandwich Shop's CEO reached out to Nicole to offer an incredible gift. Potbelly gave Clifford free lunch twice a week for the rest of his life. "He was so kind!" Nicole said via a text message. "I am over the moon. God is so good. Thank you so much for sharing his story."

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Transgender Woman Whose Assault Went Viral Is Fatally Shot]]> Mon, 20 May 2019 17:36:22 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Muhlaysia-Booker-041319.jpg

The transgender woman whose April assault in a Dallas parking lot went viral was shot and killed Saturday morning, police say.

Dallas police said they found Muhlaysia Booker, 23, dead of an apparent gunshot wound in the 7200 block of Valley Glen Drive around 6:40 a.m. Saturday.

Police said they had not made any arrests in connection to Booker's death and said Sunday they do not believe there is a connection with the April assault. 

"I still haven't been able to grasp it," Muhlaysia's father Pierre Booker said.

Little has made sense to him since he got a knock on his door from police on Sunday.

Booker said he thought detectives were there to update him on the beating investigation.

"Yeah, that's what I thought they was talking about, the previous case," he said. "I didn't think about nothing that my kid was dead. I was like, 'My child dead?!'"

Muhlaysia Booker said she had been healing and was ready to move on after the traumatic event.

"I'm already seeing when they hit my kid with bricks and then to find out my kid got killed with a bullet? I'm flabbergasted," Pierre Booker said.

Booker was assaulted in the parking lot of Royal Crest Apartments, in the 3500 block of Wilhurt Avenue, on April 12. The assault was captured on video and shared on social media. Dallas police flagged it as a possible hate crime.

Police said Booker told them that she got into a minor car crash and afterward was assaulted by several people.

Police arrested 29-year-old Edward Thomas on April 14 in connection to the assault. An arrest warrant released the day after Thomas' arrest said that after the minor car crash, several people, including Thomas, crowded around Booker and the driver of the second vehicle.

Thomas is accused of repeatedly punching Booker while calling her derogatory names, according to the arrest warrant.

"This case is certainly disturbing," Dallas police Lt. Vincent Weddington, commander of the crimes against persons unit, said after Thomas' arrest. "The video shocks the conscience of anyone who looks at this video and it is something that the Dallas Police Department takes seriously."

Thomas later admitted to his role in the beating, but denied calling her derogatory names, according to his arrest affidavit.

The FBI confirmed to NBC 5 after Thomas' arrest that Dallas police contacted the agency to help determine if the case rose to the level of a federal hate crime. The FBI would not confirm if it had opened a formal investigation.

Weddington said Sunday that Thomas was no longer in jail and police did not know where he was. However, there was nothing to connect Thomas to Booker's death, Weddington said.

Booker's murder is not currently being investigated as a hate crime, police said.

Photo Credit: Debora Booker]]>
<![CDATA[Police: Man Shot During Possible Home Invasion]]> Sun, 19 May 2019 11:51:26 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/215*120/policelights1.png

Police are searching for a possible armed home invasion suspect after a man was found shot inside of his home Sunday morning.

According to Fort Worth police, at 6:49 a.m. on Sunday, officers were called to 4007 Lafayette Avenue for a shooting call.

When they arrived, they were met by a concerned neighbor who told officers that they became concerned when they saw blood near the entrance to the victim’s home.

Officers believe this was a home invasion that happened at about 1:30 a.m. that same morning and the victim, a white male in his 20s, was located inside of the apartment suffering from a gunshot wound to his lower body and an abrasion on the back of his head.

There are no suspects at this time and police did not say if anything is taken.

This incident is still under investigation at this time.

<![CDATA[Two Found Shot to Death Inside Home Sunday]]> Sun, 19 May 2019 10:00:50 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/233*120/Double+fatal+shooting+2.PNG

Two men are dead after a shooting in Dallas Sunday morning

According to Dallas police, at 12:40 a.m., officers were dispatched to a shooting on the 4600 block of Frio Drive.

When they arrived, they found two victims, 28-year-old Roderick Stubblefield, and a 52-year-old black male, on the living floor, both suffering from gunshot wounds.

They were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Police are still trying to determine what led to their deaths and are asking anyone who may have information on this incident to contact Detective Jeffrey Loeb at 214-671-3702 or email him at Jeffrey.loeb@dallascityhall.com.

<![CDATA[How to Grow Gray in Your Garden]]> Sun, 19 May 2019 08:31:08 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/254*120/Plant+Guy+051919.PNG

We have Daniel Cunningham, our plant expert, to teach us how to grow gray gracefully. Say that three times fast. 

<![CDATA[8-Year-Old Kidnapped Saturday in Fort Worth Found Safe]]> Sun, 19 May 2019 22:30:36 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Salem-Sabatka-2-051819.jpg

An 8-year-old girl is safe after she was kidnapped while on a walk with her mother Saturday evening in Fort Worth, police say.

Fort Worth police tweeted at about 2:27 a.m. Sunday that they had located Salem Sabatka and that the suspect, later identified as 51-year-old Michael Webb, was in custody. Webb now faces a felony charge of aggravated kidnapping.

According to police, Sabatka was walking with her mother along the 2900 block of 6th Avenue, in Fort Worth's Ryan Place neighborhood, when Webb snatched the girl and put her in his car at about 6:38 p.m. The mother jumped into the car to try to fight Webb, but she was pushed out as he drove away with the girl, police said.

A neighbor's doorbell camera captured the moment Sabatka's mother was thrown from the car.

An Amber Alert was issued at about 10 p.m. Law enforcement agencies including local police, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Department of Homeland Security assisted in the investigation.

But it was a tip from the public that cracked the case.

According to police, two members of a local church began looking for the car described in the Amber Alert. They spotted a gray Ford 500 matching the description parked at the Wood Springs Suites in Forest Hill and called police.

Officers converged on the site, breached the door and found Sabatka inside with Webb. Sabatka was transported to Cooks Children's hospital in good condition where she was reunited with her family.

NBC 5 spoke with Sabatka's grandmother on Sunday. She said her family was deeply grateful for the community support.

"It is utterly amazing how many people came out to help," she said. "It really makes you aware that there are a lot of good people out there."

Neighbors in the Ryan Place community were among those searching for Sabatka. They plan to walk the streets again, at 6 p.m. Sunday at 5th Avenue and Elizabeth Boulevard -- this time in celebration of Salem Sabatka's safe return.

Check back for updates to this breaking news story. As details unfold, elements of this story may change. NBC5's Alice Barr contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Fort Worth Police Department
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<![CDATA[ICYMI Weekend News Digest: Sunday, May 19, 2019]]> Fri, 17 May 2019 17:05:22 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Sunday-digest12.jpg

To help make sure you stay informed on the most shared and talked about stories across North Texas, each Saturday and Sunday we'll revisit 5 stories from the previous week and capsulize them in this digest with the most recent updates.

In our 5+5 format, we published the first 5 on Saturday morning, while you can find the second five below.

Dallas Police Raid Catholic Diocese Looking for Abuse Records

The Dallas Police Department executed search warrants at three Catholic Diocese of Dallas properties Wednesday morning, looking for records of sexual abuse related to five priests. Click here to read more about this story.

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Seniors Feel 'Trapped' After Several Elevator Outages at Dallas Facility

Residents at a senior living facility in Dallas said they have been trapped inside the building for weeks after an elevator malfunctioned. They said the elevator is constantly breaking down, forcing many to go down flights of stairs. NBC 5's Samantha Chatman Responds. Click here to read more about this story.

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Mayoral Debate: Johnson, Griggs Hold Debate

Dallas voters will decide the city's next mayor June 8. A debate between runoff candidates Texas State Rep. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) and current City Councilman Scott Griggs was held Tuesday -- a replay will be available Wednesday. Click here to read more about this story.

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Self-Defense Program Teaches Students How To Be a Hard Target

Fort Worth hospital creates self-defense program for students enrolled in its school for children with intellectual disabilities. Click here to read more about this story.

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The Baby Boom at the Dallas and Fort Worth Zoos

There's a baby boom going on at the two major zoos in North Texas. Zookeepers at the Dallas Zoo are currently caring for two baby gorillas and a baby hippo. The Fort Worth Zoo is also celebrating the birth of a new baby giraffe. Click here to read more about the gorillas. Click here to read more about the hippo. Click here to read about the giraffe.

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<![CDATA[Body Recovered From Fountain in Front of Dallas City Hall]]> Sun, 19 May 2019 00:52:15 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+City+Hall+Fountain.jpg

Dallas Fire-Rescue officials pulled a man's body from the fountain in front of Dallas City Hall late Friday night, police say.

Dallas police said a man parked a scooter near the fountain around 11:53 p.m. Friday, jumped into the water and did not resurface.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. He has not been identified.

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<![CDATA[High Water Overtakes Garland Park During Storm]]> Sun, 19 May 2019 00:10:25 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Duck+Creek+Park+Garland.jpg

High water overwhelmed Duck Creek Park in Garland on Saturday as storms moved through North Texas.

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<![CDATA[Storms Lead to Flash Flooding at White Rock Lake]]> Sat, 18 May 2019 21:42:37 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/White+Rock+Lake+Flash+Flood+051819.jpg

Saturday's rain totals at White Rock Lake reached 3 inches, leading to flash flooding in the area. Several roads were closed at one point or another Saturday afternoon due to high water.

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<![CDATA[DNA Database Helps Identify Missing Persons]]> Sat, 18 May 2019 19:46:51 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DNA+Drive.jpg

Helping families find their missing loved ones was the focus of the second annual Missing in North Texas Day.

The event took place at the UNT Health Sciences Center in Fort Worth.

It is hosted by NaMus -- the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System -- whose goal is to solve missing persons cases nationwide.

NaMus invited families with missing persons cases to provide their DNA samples, so that they can enter them into a national database in hopes of finding their loved one.

"DNA has been an incredible tool for resolving missing and unidentified cases. We have seen that date back into the 1950s, so I think that is one of the most important things for families to know is that it is absolutely never too late for them to get answers, B.J. Spamer, executive director of operations for NaMus, said. "If they have a missing loved one and they can provide their DNA samples, we could potentially bring them some answers in their case."

Organizers said , although it is difficult, and often times emotional, for families to come forward, it is critical in order to solve the over 80,000 missing persons cases nationwide.

"In Texas alone missing persons that are gone over a year number almost 1,300, so we have an enormous number of missing and unidentified persons cases in Texas," Spamer said. "So many so that some people have called it our nation's mass disaster."

There are over 14,000 unidentified individuals whose remains have been found but who have yet to have a DNA match in the system.

People who have family members who are missing are urged to contact NaMus via their website.

"It's a silent disaster because most people, if their lives haven't been touched by a missing loved one, they don't realize how many cases we have out there," Spamer said. "But having all of these cases in one national system is helping us to make those resolutions."

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<![CDATA[Man Shot Twice During Armed Carjacking Saturday]]> Sat, 18 May 2019 11:06:15 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/261*120/police-lights-generic-1.jpg

A man was shot twice during an armed carjacking early Saturday morning.

According to police, a 19-year-old victim was on the 7400 block of Hunnicut Road when he was approached by three white males.

They were wearing dark clothing and one was armed.

The armed suspect demanded the victim’s property. He refused and was shot twice in the leg.

The suspects then took the victim’s silver Infiniti sedan with temporary tags and fled the scene.

Police said they believe there is a fourth, female suspect who met with the victim at the location.

All suspects are still at large and this is an ongoing investigation.

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<![CDATA[Fire: Three Children Burned After Gas Can Explodes]]> Sat, 18 May 2019 09:53:39 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Police+Lights+Generic+NBC4_20.jpg

Three children were transported to the hospital with burns after an explosion Friday night.

According to Wylie Fire Department, three children were playing with matches in their backyard when an explosion set off, possibly due to a gas can.

Wylie fire responded to the explosion on the 1700 block of Mapleleaf where they found three children, ages between six to eight years old, who had been burned.

Crews were told that a gas can had exploded and caught fire, burning the children.

They had varying degrees of burns and were all transported to the hospital in serious condition.

<![CDATA[One Killed, Another Injured After Shooting in Fort Worth]]> Sat, 18 May 2019 09:08:41 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Double+shooting+fatal.PNG

Police are searching for possibly several suspects after a fatal shooting on Friday.

According to Fort Worth police, at 10:45 p.m., officers and fire responded to a shooting call in the parking lots of an apartment complex on the 3500 block of S. Riverside Drive.

After further investigation, it was revealed that a car drove up to two females who in the parking lot. A group of individuals then exited the car and started shooting at the two women.

Both were struck by gunfire.

The shooters then fled the scene.

Both victims were transported to a local hospital where one died from her injuries and the other is expected to survive.

Detectives are investigating this incident and have no suspects at this time.