<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth News]]>Copyright 2018 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-usWed, 19 Dec 2018 05:14:05 -0600Wed, 19 Dec 2018 05:14:05 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Man Dead in Officer-Involved Shooting; I-35W Lanes Closed]]> Wed, 19 Dec 2018 05:10:34 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Generic+police+lights+5.jpg

A man has died in an officer-involved shooting in southern Fort Worth early Wednesday morning, police said.

A man who was suicidal fired shots at officers and police returned fire, Fort Worth police said.

It happened about 4 a.m. near E. Berry Street, west of I-35W where the southbound lanes are shut down. No other information was available.

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<![CDATA[Woman, 84, Graduates from College, Prepares for More Classes]]> Wed, 19 Dec 2018 04:39:38 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/KS_LC_84+year+old+graduate_2018-12-19-04-38-11.jpg

An 84-year-old North Texas woman will achieve her dream of getting a college degree on Wednesday. University of Texas at Dallas student Janet Fein refused to let failing health or life challenges keep her from her goals.

“For me it is pretty special. I am the oldest graduate in the class,” Fein said. “It makes me feel wonderful.”

The achievement comes after raising five children and retiring from a long career as a secretary at the age of 77.

“After I retired, I didn’t want to just sit and read books,” Fein said. “I decided I could get a degree if I tried.”

Fein will graduate with a sociology degree and a 3.2 GPA.

“Everybody says, ‘Really you are going to school and you’re graduating?’ and I say 'Yes, it can be done. You just have to work at it,'" she said.

It wasn’t an easy road. She still attended classes even after her health started failing. When she had to transition from her own home to a senior living facility and her knees gave out, she started taking online classes.

“[Some] older people stop growing and age, and take each day as they come and I am not ready to give up yet,” Fein said.

She has become an inspiration to people around her including many who have been hesitant about going to school later in life.

“One of the caregivers who brings me down for dinner is going back to school starting in January because of me,” Fein said.

This milestone while likely not be the end of her education journey. Fein is now considering taking more online classes. This time in political science.

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<![CDATA[Garland Postpones Water Rate Increase for Apartment Dwellers]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 23:18:13 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Garland+City+Council+121818.jpg

The city of Garland is postponing a controversial water rate increase following backlash from apartment residents.

The public push back appears to have worked, at least in buying more time for residents and the city to come to a solution.

The city council heard from concerned residents during a public hearing Tuesday night.

The council then took a 10 minute break to consider its options and returned with a proposal to step back and reconsider the changes.

In question is how the city will implement a $31.60 per month jump to only multi-family water rates.

The rate increase had previously been approved by a narrow margin, and the rate spike was going to go into effect on Jan. 1.

The city has been charging per connection.

Some apartment complexes have a single connection for an entire building.

The city noted that has led to approximately a 14 percent water consumption increase and only 6 percent of revenue in return.

That disparity led some within the city to call for the water rate increase on only multi-family dwellings in an effort, according to some city leaders, to make water costs more even between single-family and apartment dwellers.

Apartment residents, many low-income, appeared before council members to plead against the increase.

Apartment managers and apartment associations also joined in the disapproval of the increases, calling out the city for not including the apartment industry in the discussions.

Several apartment residents explained they are on a fixed income and simply cannot pay the extra $31 a month charge, especially if it's implemented all at once.

After several discussions and possible motions considered, councilmember Jerry Nickerson introduced a motion to postpone the Jan. 1 implementation, and instead directed city staff to bring options forward at the council meeting on Jan. 14 on how to implement the rate increase.

The council approved Nickerson's motion with a 6-to-3 vote.

One option that may be introduced in January could be to phase in the increase.

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<![CDATA[Frisco Temporarily Bans Motorized Scooters]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 20:45:32 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/frisco-code-enforcement-scooter.jpg

The city of Frisco has temporarily banned motorized scooters until there are rules in place to regulate them, city officials said Tuesday. 

In a release from the city, Mayor Jeff Cheney said, "We're not interested in a 'trial and error.' We're open to exploring other mobility solutions, such as motorized scooters; however, we need to have a regulatory framework in place to support the public's safety and program's success." 

The mayor's office said earlier this month, Bird Rides, Inc. dropped off about 200 motorized scooters on city sidewalks, without notifying city leaders.

City councilors called for Bird to remove all its scooters by 8:00 a.m. on Dec. 17, or they would take the matter into their own hands. 

Code enforcement officers, as of Dec. 18, have collected 210 scooters, including 45 picked up on Tuesday, said city officials.

NBC 5 reached out to Bird for a statement, but has not yet heard back. 

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<![CDATA[Dallas Residents, Councilman Raise Illegal Dumping Concerns]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 22:32:53 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+illegal+dumping+121818.jpg

Illegal dumping is far from a new problem in South Dallas, but some residents say it's getting worse.

"This dumping is something I've noticed within the last six months or so," John Green, a property owner, said.

According to the city of Dallas, code compliance handled nearly 800 illegal dumping cases this past fiscal year, but residents said it often took weeks to get the city's attention to have it cleaned up. 

"We live here and we deserve respect and we're going to continue to fight this battle until we get it taken care of," Gail Terrell, a homeowner, said.

Terrell and others have complained to District 8 Dallas City Councilman Tennell Atkins, who said he agreed the problem is getting worse.

"(The city of Dallas is) shorthanded, we are 20 code officers short and those positions have got to be filled," Atkins said.

The city of Dallas said it expected to have the positions filled by February 2019. Residents said they hoped it would help, but some also believed part of the problem was a bias that continues to hang over South Dallas.

"They look at this community and us as not really being that important, and we are," Terrell said.

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<![CDATA[Judge Who Tossed ACA Has Had Contentious Cases Before]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 21:13:03 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/gavel+generic+1.jpg

Many federal judges toil in relative obscurity for decades, diligently presiding over and settling civil and criminal disputes that come before them.

But after only 11 years on the bench, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth has had more than his share of contentious, high-profile cases. He has become a go-to judge for Republicans over certain heated national social issues such as health care and and transgender rights.

Given his previous decisions halting Obama administration policies, few legal observers were surprised when the conservative judge issued a ruling Friday evening that declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional because of a recent change in federal tax law.

Read more from our media partner The Dallas Morning News.

<![CDATA[Police Use Photo to Reinforce Importance of Seat Belt Safety]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 21:04:39 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GPPD-car-crash-121818.jpg

Grand Prairie police used a scary image to reinforce the importance seat belt safety, sharing a photo Tuesday on social media of a car that was split in half during a crash.

In the photo, the back seat of a sedan is completely separated from the front half of the car. However, the women driving the car survived because she wore a seat belt, police said.

The crash happened Sunday around 9:45 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 161 and Pioneer Parkway, Grand Prairie police said.

Aside from safety, wearing a seat belt is the law, police added. The law applies to passengers in the back seat, as well as children, who must be in a safety or booster seat if they are younger than 8 years old unless they are taller than 4 feet, 9 inches tall.

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<![CDATA[Inspectors Found Repeated Violations at Psychiatric Hospital]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 22:30:53 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sundance-psych-hospital.jpg

Over the past two years, state inspectors have repeatedly documented unsafe and unsanitary conditions at an Arlington mental health hospital which is under criminal indictment, but the owner has only been fined twice.

The hospital, Sundance Behavioral Health, was charged last month with holding patients against their will.

The company denied the allegations.

Under the Texas open records law, NBC DFW obtained hundreds of pages of inspection reports of the hospital from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, which licenses private psychiatric facilities.

The records showed inspectors had visited Sundance numerous times, often unannounced.

And time after time, according to their reports, they found examples of inadequate care and substandard conditions.

On Sept. 13, a staff member kicked a patient and it "appeared to be on purpose." The employee was fired.

Just two days later, inspectors faulted staff members for failing to monitor a suicidal patient who was found "without a pulse approximately 90 minutes after the last contact with staff." The patient died. According to the inspection report, a hospital employee acknowledged he had "not made rounds that morning."

In June, a young suicidal patient was allowed access to a razor blade, placed it in his mouth and threatened to swallow it. The same patient later escaped from the hospital and did not return, according to the report.

The reviews documented cases where nurses did not follow doctors' orders and failed repeatedly to monitor patients.

In one case last year, a patient fell and hit her head.

"First assessment of vital signs was nine hours after the patient's fall," the report said. Even though the patient was found to have high blood pressure, "nursing did not reassess vital signs for another 15 hours."

The inspections also found problems with cleanliness at the hospital.

In April, an inspector noticed an 8-inch "smear of brown substance" on the handrails in a lobby restroom. The inspector reported it to a receptionist, but "it was not blocked off to prevent further patients and the public from using it."

The same day, inspectors found "black mold" growing behind a sink in the cafeteria. They also saw an "open package of instant pudding mix sitting next to raw chicken."

Despite repeated violations, the hospital has only paid two fines in the past two years: $28,500 in August 2016 for violations dating to the previous year and $650 in 2017 for not holding required fire drills.

A press officer for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Christine Mann, called some of the incidents at the hospital "very disturbing."

She said the agency conducted a two-week "top to bottom" review of Sundance last month. The results are not yet publicly available.

"We expect the facility to make improvements," Mann said. "Every patient has a right to a safe environment."

Attorneys for Sundance declined to comment on the state inspection reports obtained by NBC DFW. 

But in the past, they've called the criminal charges an "unprecedented overreach."

"The allegations, while shocking to those unfamiliar with behavioral health, are not unique to Sundance or mental health facilities and do not fall below the standard of care for mental health facilities," the lawyers said in a statement.

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<![CDATA[DFW Districts Respond to Federal School Safety Report]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 18:24:33 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/North+Texas+superintendents.jpg

The Federal Commission on School Safety released a 177 page report Tuesday with more than 90 practices and policies for school districts to adopt to keep kids safe.

It's meant to serve as a framework for keeping schools safe, though it acknowledged there's no one-size-fits-all solution. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said the committee identified options policymakers should review.

It's in some ways similar to a framework Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) released this spring, which four North Texas superintendents discussed at a roundtable several months later. Today, two of them released statements in response to this latest federal plan.

"Lewisville ISD (and many other Texas school districts) already have a comprehensive safety plan as the new federal School Safety Report recommends. We are grateful that our federal government has contributed additional information and research to pair with what the State of Texas and local school districts have already done. All experts agree that a major component of school safety must focus on the mental health of students, which is also a focus of Lewisville ISD. While we have a plan in place, we are always looking to investigate new ways to advance security measures. We will certainly study this recently released report and determine what recommendations can be implemented and when. I am hopeful that both the State of Texas and the U.S. Government provide the funding necessary to implement the recommendations that reflect each local community’s needs and values," Lewisville Superintendent Kevin Rogers said.

Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa also addressed the new plan saying, "There is not an easy solution to making schools around the nation safer, but there are steps that can be taken. In order to provide safer school communities, strategies must be well thought out, must fit the needs of diverse populations and should include input from stakeholders."

He added that Dallas ISD continues to increase the presence of law enforcement on campus, identify ways to provide mental health first aid training, identify potential threats and encourage the community to anonymously report threats.

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<![CDATA[New Ebby Halliday CEO Sees More Balanced DFW Market]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 18:35:28 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Chris+Kelly+Ebby+Halliday.jpg

Chris Kelly is keenly aware that the company he now leads carries the name of a legend. He hears stories all the time about Ebby Halliday.

"Every single person I meet has got one story, if not two. But they're all great," Kelly said.

Kelly is only Ebby Halliday's third CEO. There was Ebby herself, who died in 2015 at the age of 104. Then came Ebby's hand-picked successor, Mary Frances Burleson, who remains with the company.

"She is a tough act to follow in a very good way, and she has been great," Kelly said of Burleson.

Ebby Halliday is now part of HomeServices of America. That's a division of Berkshire Hathaway, which is owned by none other than billionaire investor Warren Buffett.

"He is all in on real estate, which gives us a lot of comfort and strength as we move forward as well," Kelly said.

Buffett's backing is a good thing as the landscape of the real estate industry shifts. Recent headlines and numbers tell a story of slowing home sales in Dallas-Fort Worth. It is no longer a red-hot buyer's market.

"I think we're getting closer to being balanced, which is what we want," Kelly said.

Kelly said he does not expect a market bust in Dallas-Fort Worth for two big reasons: continuing job growth and a new generation of home buyers.

"This past year, the largest percentage of new home buyers were millennials, he said."

He also said he expects interest rates will stay relatively low, keeping mortgage payments manageable.

"Anything hovering in around that 5 percent range is probably what we should expect," Kelly said.

But he knows one thing will only increase: competition. New players are using technology to offer new ways of doing business, and they're luring buyers and sellers with lower fees.

"There is always going to be someone who is willing to do it cheaper," Kelly acknowledged.

Kelly said Ebby Halliday, along with sister brands Dave Perry-Miller and Williams Trew, can still thrive by staying focused on customer service.

"It kind of brings into play a quote from Warren Buffett that I really like, which is, 'Price is what you pay, value is what you get.'"

Words of business wisdom that could have come from Ebby Halliday herself.

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<![CDATA[Coyote Trapped, Removed in Frisco Will be Tested]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 22:28:35 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/New+Coyote+on+Cam.jpg

Frisco police have trapped and removed a coyote from an area where attacks on people have been reported in recent days, but officials are unsure if it's the one blamed for a recent string of attacks on people.

Officials said an animal was removed with the assistance of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and sent for testing but that they are not certain the animal removed is the same one responsible for the attacks.

"In an effort to keep our residents and the media informed, the Frisco Police Department is releasing the following information covering events over the last 24 hours," police said in a statement. "With the continued assistance of and consulting by Texas Parks and Wildlife, a coyote possibly linked to the earlier incidents was removed from the affected area and sent for testing. While it cannot be said definitively that this is the animal responsible, it is believed to likely be related."

On Monday, an aggressive coyote attacked two women on a jog in Frisco. The attack was the fifth coyote incident along the same two-mile stretch of Eldorado Parkway, west of Granbury Drive, since October.

The women told NBC 5 their bite marks could have been worse if not for a good Samaritan, Michael Harvey, who stopped and allowed them into his car. When the coyote didn't move, he drove them to a safe location.

"The coyote was sitting there, like he was waiting for us to get back out," Harvey said.

Sheri Devore, one of the two joggers attacked Monday, said her injuries were minor. Her friend Marcia Foster had several puncture wounds that required a rabies shot. Both are now out of the hospital and hoping others heed the warning from police to avoid the area along Eldorado, where the coyote seems to live.

Coyote attacks on people are incredibly rare and official believe the attacks are being caused by one animal behaving abnormally.

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<![CDATA[Denton Church Seeks Answers to Exodus With a Simple Question]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 18:38:19 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/First+Christian+Church+Denton+121818.jpg

A North Texas church is working to boost membership in an interesting way. It involves a simple question -- why have people stopped going to church?

Ministers at First Christian Church of Denton hope the answers to that question can also help them attract new members to their congregation.

The typical Sunday service at First Christian draws about 75 people.

"It's a group of very faithful, very loving members," senior minister Jack Mullins said.

It's a strong, but shrinking group, and it's aging. Twenty years ago, the church boasted a congregation of 500 members. Dwindling membership is an issue for many smaller churches. A recent Pew survey showed one-third of Americans attend religious services weekly. Another third rarely go, if ever.

"I think there's a tremendous concern," Mullins said. "Historically, I think every church wonders, 'How do we grow?'"

Folks at the Denton church have one idea. A survey, which attempts to get to the root of why so many have stopped going to church.

"They've been hurt by the church," said Russell Van Hoose, Envision Community minister. "They've seen hypocritical Christians that they don't want to be like."

"A lot of people, I think part of the hurt is a sense of being judged," Mullins added.

First Christian Church of Denton bills itself as inclusive to all. Envision Community, essentially a church inside the church, furthers that mission of community and inclusion. Ministers said they'll use the results to find ways to encourage people to come back to the church.

"We started this project because we wanted to be better people," Van Hoose said.

After decades of dwindling attendance at churches across the U.S. there are no easy answers to the issue. Mullins said he believed asking a simple question is a start to ensuring his church has a future.

"I think it's critical," he said.

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<![CDATA[Nearly $2 Million School Tax Dollars Lost in Fraud Scheme]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 21:50:58 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Crowley+High+School+121818.jpg

A money transfer fraud scheme cost the Crowley Independent School District nearly $2 million.

According to court papers, district officials thought the money was going to a contractor in Saginaw, but it went to a suspect in Florida instead.

Donald Howard Conkright, 61, of Big Pine Key, Florida is charged in a federal indictment for emailing the district with his own bank information under the name of Steele & Freeman, Inc.

Fort Worth Attorney Steve Jumes is a former prosecutor who has dealt with fraud cases.

"The strategy happens a lot of filing false invoices, but it is not as common for it to happen to a school district," Jumes said.

Records show Conkright received $1 as a test transfer on Oct. 24 and then two more transfers of $522,588.98 on Nov. 13 and $1,473,126.54 the next day. The total was $1,995,717.52.

Jumes said the suspect might have been led to the scheme by using the district's own public records.

"A lot of school districts and government entities have to file official reports as to who they do business with and how their budgeting works out. I can't say for a fact, but that would have been a likely avenue for this fraudster to find that out," he said.

Jumes said the FBI is likely investigating whether there are other victims.

Crowley taxpayer Morris Daniel has done business with the school district. He said Crowley school officials are generally reputable, but this news is disappointing.

"Every day on the news I see these kind of deals and it just amazes me that people don't thoroughly check out what they are doing to start with," Daniel said. "It's just hard for me to visualize the ineptness of that right there."

Jumes advised caution before making a money transfer.

"My number one advice would be to verify," he said.

Crowley district officials declined an interview request, saying that the investigation is ongoing and they are cooperating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The superintendent issued a statement saying the district discovered the fraud, that finances are still strong and that it hopes to recover the money.

The court records indicate Conkright had already spent the money on an expensive automobile, Rolex watches and jewelry.

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<![CDATA[Merry Meltdowns - December 18, 2018]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 17:25:54 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/MM-121818.jpg

Nolan and Ella were featured during the Merry Meltdowns segment on Tuesday, December 18, 2018.

<![CDATA[NBC 5 Responds Helps Viewer Get Travel Insurance Refund]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 17:23:55 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Travel+Insurance+121818.jpg

If you spend a little time with Karen Bellessa, chances are, you're going to hear about Sam.

"He is my only son. I'm a single mom and it's always been us," she said. 

The mother-son duo planned a trip to Southern California later this month, during winter break.

But Bellessa's vacation plans were later compromised after massive wildfires in Southern California.

Bellessa's son, Sam, has had asthma since fifth grade.

Even with the fires out, she feared the aftermath would be too much for Sam's lungs to handle.

She said her son's doctors agreed, stating "It is not in best interest or medically advised that he goes to California."

Bellessa said she filed a claim with her travel insurance company, AIG Travel Guard, but the claim was denied.

So, Bellessa said she submitted another claim, which included notes from her son's primary care doctor and lung specialist, but that claim was also denied.

"I made phone calls. I asked to speak to supervisors. I was at a dead end. I  really didn't know where to go."

But then, Bellessa remembered she had NBC 5 Responds on her side.

We reviewed her trip cancellation policy and line one instantly stood out.

It essentially states that a traveling family member is covered if his or her doctor restricts them from going on the trip.

I brought this specific line to the travel insurance company's attention, and that same day, it responded.

"I received a phone call from the travel insurance saying that my claim should have never been denied, and they sent me a check and that they were sending me a check for full payment," Bellessa said.

The following week, she received a check for $860.

"I don't know what you said but… I'm just so grateful," Bellessa said.

AIG Travel Guard told us that travelers must provide all information relevant to their claim, including medical documentation at the time they file.

Bellessa said she eventually sent the doctor's notes, and still got denied, so she doesn't think this would have been resolved without our help.

If you need help from NBC 5 Responds, click here.

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<![CDATA[Tell Me Something Good: Holiday Cheer]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 16:43:29 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TMSG+121818.jpg

The Frisco community is rallying around a teacher battling a rare cancer. When Amy Ramsey arrived at home, she was met by Christmas carolers in front of her house, plus the Frisco Fire Department.

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<![CDATA[String Instruments Connect Students to Success]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 17:43:47 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Suzuki+Strings+121818.jpg

Every day, educators are finding unique ways to reach students and help them learn. It's not something new. Long before the iPads and smartboards, educators relied on more basic ways to teach, and they're still getting the job done today.

In Mrs. Adams classroom at Lakewood Elementary, young minds are taught to read and understand music by playing string instruments.

Ella first picked up the cello in kindergarten. She and her peers of various ages play music together. They're not just feeling the music, but making better grades.

"The music challenges me, and when I get to other classes, it's easier to take a challenge," sixth-grader Gwen Lay said.

The program is called Suzuki Strings, developed by a Japanese violinist who believes every child has the potential to play complex music. He believes if they learn that, they can learn anything.

"Music is everything, music is math, music is science, there’s history behind it," teacher Katie Adams said.

"All of learning music is fractions, like the quarter notes and the eighth notes, and so I've had some teachers come up to me like, 'We’re going to learn fractions, and they're like, 'Oh we already learned this in Mrs. Adams class.'

Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD has been teaching Suzuki Strings, well, since Mrs. Adams was known as Katie.

"So I started playing in fourth grade when the Suzuki program came to my school," she said. "It was the very first year it was open and I was like, 'I'm going to be a Suzuki teacher.'"

Back then, the HEB ISD student even told her teacher she would take her job one day.

Well guess what.

"She actually retired the year I took this job," Adams said.

Now she's back teaching others how the music helped her through high school, college and just through life. From the sounds of it, the cycle is starting all over again.

"It's cool because you get to learn new life skills as you have fun, and learn a new instrument that some kids don't get to do," fifth-grader Grant Pittman said.

HEB ISD offers it's Suzuki Strings program in several schools throughout their district, preparing them until they're ready for orchestra.

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<![CDATA[Woman Injured in Dallas Apartment Fire Monday Dies]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 13:55:17 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas_Firefighters_Battle_Apartment_Fire_Near_Keist_Park.jpg

A woman injured in an apartment fire in Dallas Monday has died, Dallas Fire-Rescue says.

Barbara Louise Reeves, 80, was injured in a fire at the Primrose Oaks Apartments and was hospitalized and reported to have been burned.

On Tuesday, DFR said Reeves died at about 7 a.m., though they didn't elaborate on her injuries or reveal her cause of death.

When first responders arrived to the location, they saw smoking coming from a first-floor unit of the two-story building.

The apartment building's automatic sprinker system extinguished most of the fire. Damage was minimal and contained to a bedroom. 

The cause of the fire is not known, but DFR officials said Tuesday it is believed to be accidental in origin.

<![CDATA[Watch NBC 5 on Roku]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 14:36:50 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Roku-NBC-5-DFW.jpg

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<![CDATA[Raw: Driver Dead in Fort Worth Rollover Crash]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 11:18:33 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/raw_fatal_i35_crash.jpg

A driver died in a crash early Tuesday morning in Fort Worth. The driver of the sedan was headed northbound on Interstate 35 at a high rate of speed, police said. The driver lost control of the vehicle and it flipped multiple times. The male driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

<![CDATA[See the Tiniest, Cutest Santas at NICU Methodist Dallas]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 10:54:01 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/babies_NICU_thumbnail.jpg These little Santas are sure to bring you some holiday cheer. The tiny baby boys and girls are donning Santa hats that were handmade by nurses who care for them at the neonatal intensive unit at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.
The nurses are part of a group who call themselves "Hooked on Preemies." The reason? (Besides the pure cuteness). So the babies and their parents never forget their first Christmas.
The Methodist Dallas Medical Center is sharing a photo of the babies every day on Facebook for the 12 Days of Christmas leading up to Christmas Day. The photos were taken by a nurse who is a photographer.

Photo Credit: NBC 5/Methodist Dallas]]>
<![CDATA[Dallas Letting Juvenile Curfew Ordinance Expire]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 18:22:42 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-police-generic-night1.jpg

Dallas officials said Monday that police won’t ask the City Council to renew the city’s long-standing juvenile curfew ordinance when it expires next month.

Civil rights groups have increasingly criticized the ordinance — which has been routinely renewed over the years — saying it allows police to unfairly target minority kids.

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

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<![CDATA[Epic Cookies Win Baking Throwdown]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 09:30:39 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/christmas-cookies-11.jpg This year, the Bustillos family shared the love at The Dallas Morning News' annual holiday cookie-baking throwdown. Three generations of Bustillos participated in the contest, including two granddaughters who placed this year in the Kids' Choice category.]]> <![CDATA[TMSG: Officer Helps Woman Stranded by Flat Tire]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 07:31:48 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/cop+helps+woman+tmsg.JPG

Monica Quiroz Moore saw another driver stranded because of a blown out tire. She tried to help the woman but couldn't and called police dispatch. An officer helped save the day. This act of kindness is today's Tell Me Something Good.

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<![CDATA[Raw: Driver Injured in Multi-Vehicle Crash]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 06:18:06 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/raw_crash_FW_Officer.jpg

One person was hospitalized after four vehicles, including an officer in a patrol vehicle, were involved in a crash in Fort Worth Monday night, police said.

<![CDATA[Here's Where the Salvation Army Needs Bell Ringers]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 07:23:10 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/salvation-army-bell-ringer.jpg

A distinctive sound of the season has been largely absent this Christmas.

The Salvation Army is short by hundreds of hours of volunteer slots for Red Kettle bell ringers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

There is a particular need for volunteer bell ringers in Fort Worth, Plano and Irving, according to a Salvation Army spokesperson.

Those who would like to volunteer their time in the remaining days of the Red Kettle campaign can do so here.

The ideal volunteers are those who can do so in groups, according to the Salvation Army, and take over a kettle site for a full day. That is much easier for the organization than having to manage the logistics of assigning individual volunteers “two hours here, three hours there.”

Not everyone is expected to give as much of their time as Marco Gudino, of Lewisville, who sometimes rings the bell from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. multiple days a week.

“It’s a good time, and for a good cause,” said Gudino, who leaned on the Salvation Army for assistance when he first moved to North Texas from Chicago. “God is going to bless all the families that need it.”

The Red Kettle Campaign — which runs from Thanksgiving to Christmas — typically accounts for about one-third of the total amount of money raised by the Salvation Army in an entire year.

ONLINE: Click here to volunteer as a bell ringer

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<![CDATA[With 1 Week to Go, Salvation Army Needs More Bell-Ringers]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 05:43:25 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TLMD_SALVATION_ARMY_DONATIONS.jpg

The Salvation Army, which relies heavily on giving during the holiday season, is having a hard time finding bell-ringers to man its red kettles around North Texas.

With just eight days until Christmas, the Salvation Army has hundreds of volunteer slots to fill, Major Jonathan Rich, DFW Metroplex Commander, said.

"We rely somewhat on paid workers, seasonal workers every Christmastime, and it's almost impossible to hire people for low-paying jobs during the season," he said. "So we're relying ever more on volunteers, and so we really do need a lot more volunteers."

Rich said the Salvation Army brings in about one-third of its annual donations in the time around the holidays, helping to set up the organization for the rest of the year.

"It certainly supports what we do at Christmastime, but it also supports the 24-7-365 services that we offer to those who are experiencing homelessness, who are in poverty, who are battling addiction, and the many other after-school programs and senior programs and veterans programs that we run during the year," he said.

Click here to volunteer to be a bell-ringer for the Salvation Army this year.

<![CDATA[Driver Injured in Multi-Vehicle Crash, Including FW Officer]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 07:32:29 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/232*120/crash+fw+officer.JPG

One person was hospitalized after six vehicles, including an officer in a patrol vehicle, were involved in a crash in Fort Worth Monday night, police said.

It happened about 9:30 p.m. on Interstate 20 near Campus Drive.

The first vehicle, which was headed westbound, swerved to avoid a street sweeper truck and hit a second vehicle, police said. That first vehicle was then T-boned by a semi truck. The driver of the first vehicle was hospitalized in critical condition, police said.

A responding officer, who parked the patrol vehicle inside the flare lines, was then rear-ended by a third vehicle. A fourth vehicle rear-ended the third vehicle.

The driver of the third vehicle was detained on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

No officers were injured.

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<![CDATA[How to Customize Alerts in the NBC DFW App]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 12:32:28 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/News-Alerts-Image.jpg

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

You can select from News, Traffic, Sports, Consumer, Health or What’s on NBC 5 Alerts.

To personalize your notifications, first check "Allow Notifications” when you download the new app. Click on the NBC 5 logo in the top left corner, then hit the gear icon in the top right corner. On iOS devices, select Alert Settings under Notifications. On Android devices, select Alert Settings under Alerts.

The news alert categories will automatically be on if you allowed notifications on your device. Make your selections by toggling the blue button off or on next to each topic.

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!

Notice you can also control your weather alerts in the same menu.

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 pools or golfers).

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

If you don’t see these options in the app settings, make sure you have version 5.8 or later on your device.

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[Richard Overton, Nation's Oldest Man & WWII Vet, in Hospital]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 05:15:49 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/229*120/richard+overton1.jpg

The oldest man in America is in the hospital.

Richard Overton, the 112-year-old lifelong Austin resident and most-senior veteran, is fighting his latest bout of pneumonia.

"He needs prayers," said Volma Overton, Richard's third cousin. "He needs everybody's prayers."

Overton has been in the hospital since Wednesday. This year, he's been in and out of the hospital multiple times for pneumonia.

Read more from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[Rally for Better School Funding Planned in Plano]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 15:53:45 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LC_SCHOOL+FINANCE+6AM+VO-12-18-2018-04.13.29_2018-12-18-04-35-52.jpg

Community leaders in North Texas say the state's system for funding schools is "at a breaking point."

With the new legislative session fast approaching, they rallied Tuesday, urging state lawmakers to make changes.

The event was organized by the Plano Chamber of Commerce.

Schools in Texas receive their funding from two primary sources -- local property taxes and state general fund dollars.

A decade ago, the state contributed nearly half of the costs of education in Texas. But since then, that number has declined.

In September, the Texas Education Agency -- which oversees education in the state -- released a preliminary budget plan that projects a $3.5 billion decrease in the state's contribution over the next two years.

The argument has long been that local property tax revenues are surging across Texas -- therefore, the state should spend general fund dollars on other needs.

Plano ISD School Board President Missy Bender, who spoke during Tuesday's rally, argued that that system is not sustainable.

She noted that economically well-off school districts, like Plano ISD, also make what are known as "recapture payments" into the state's education fund, which then help backfill any shortfalls poorer school districts experience.

She said because the state's share of education funding continues to decline, Plano ISD has seen their recapture payments grow $50 million each year for the last three years.

"The tax collections this current school year were not even enough to cover our recapture obligation," said Bender. "We used our savings to cover the difference."

Todd Williams, who serves on the Texas Commission on Public Schools Finance, noted that Texas ranks 43rd nationally in the amount of money it spends per student -- and expressed concerns about what that means for achievement gaps, as well as ensuring the state has an educated workforce.

"We have to invest in our kids," said Williams. "I would also say that I don't believe any school district should go backward in funding -- at all. The state needs to put in what the state needs to put in because I don't know of any district that's running around with a lot of flush cash."

State Representative Jeff Leach, who represents a portion of Collin County, told the audience he has assurances from the governor, lieutenant governor, and House Speaker that the 2019 legislative session will be the "Education Session."

"Education is the top issue headed into this session,' said Leach. "In 2019, we're going to focus on books, not bathrooms."

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<![CDATA[Stronger Civilian Police Oversight Advances in Dallas]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 22:31:47 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CIVILIANN+REVIEW+BOARD+6PM+PKG_2018-12-17-19-25-32.jpg

Stronger civilian oversight for Dallas Police is moving forward with a plan endorsed this month by the weak existing board and public town hall meetings scheduled to start next month.

The reform plan gained momentum after the September deadly shooting of Botham Jean in his apartment by off duty officer Amber Guyger who has since been indicted for murder. But the plan was in the works for more than a year by a coalition of community groups working with the Dallas board.

Dallas Police Review Board Chairman Dr. Brian Williams is a physician who was appointed a year ago by Mayor Mike Rawlings and tasked with reform.

“We do not want this to be an adversarial relationship,” Williams said. “This is not anti-police. This is meant to be collaborative and we’re looking at what’s good for Dallas.”

The board currently has power to subpoena witness other than police officers to respond to citizen complaints about misconduct. But it has no budget or staff to pursue complaints.

“So that power exists but it is limited,” Williams said. “But this is not just about subpoena power. It’s about the whole civilian oversight process, which will allow us to develop safety and trust as civilians in the Dallas Police Department.”

Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall has said she supports expanded oversight. She came from Detroit where robust civilian oversight has been in place since 1974.

The Detroit Board of Police Commissioners (BOPC) is an 11 member panel of civilians, seven of them elected by citizens and four appointed by the Detroit Mayor.

The BOPC has power to subpoena witness, investigate misconduct, impose discipline and set police policy.

Retired Detroit Police Chief Ike McKinnon served most of his career under civilian oversight.

“My thoughts have always been, let’s have someone who is outside the agency look at what is happening inside, and I think it’s working perfectly well here,” he said.

The former chief said he became Detroit Police officer in 1965 to make a difference after being beaten as a teenager by police.

“I was just this kid who was leaving junior school. So to me, this oversight adds a different layer. Even though there’s no camera, it’s seen through different eyes,” McKinnon said.

Terrance Hopkins is the President of the Black Police Association of Greater Dallas. Hopkins said he supports community involvement with the Police Department but questions civilians overseeing discipline.

“That’s ok if you’re not the authority, for you to be included, involved, to look at this. But to be the governing authority, you have to have the experience in something,” Hopkins said. “If I was a surgeon, I wouldn’t expect a civilian to know what a surgeon needs to do. So, how could you truly understand what I did to discipline me by it?”

The proposal endorsed by the Dallas Civilian Police Review Board last week is still a work in progress. It heads now to community town hall meetings for public input. The public meetings are expected to begin in mid-January but dates and locations have not been finalized. The Dallas City Council would review reforms next. Council Members have already said they support reform but have not specified details they would be willing to adopt. Some reforms could require changes in the City Charter which would require voter approval.

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<![CDATA[Michelle Obama Surprises Students Before Tour Stop at AAC]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 22:38:00 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Michelle+Obama+Dallas+121718.jpg

Former first lady Michelle Obama spoke in front of a sellout crowd at the American Airlines Center Monday night as part of a tour to promote her memoir, "Becoming."

Obama pulled off a big surprise for area high schoolers earlier in the day, surprising 150 students from across North Texas during the first annual Young Women's Leadership Conference in Dallas.

A small group of young women were in a workshop discussing Obama's memoir when she walked out to greet the students.

Stunned, it took a few seconds for the group to realize it was Michelle Obama.

One by one, the girls stood and gave Obama a hug, many with tears in their eyes.

"When I gave Michelle a hug I just felt all this love and her need to just like help," 17-year-old Brittany Clay of Fort Worth said.

"Everything she went through, it wasn't for herself. It was for kids like me that are dealing with struggles," Clay said. "To make us understand and acknowledge that we can be who we want to be."

Obama spoke candidly with the young women about overcoming self-doubt and criticism throughout her life.

"Do you take in the negative or do you remember all the positives?" Obama asked.

The former first lady encouraged the students to find a college that fits their individual needs and encouraged them to travel and meet those who are different.

"I just want you guys to not be afraid to try something new and connect with other people," she said.

Obama's book tour began Nov. 13 in Chicago and was extended to include 2019 dates in Canada and Europe. She is scheduled to speak in Austin Feb. 28 and in Houston March 2.

As of last week, "Becoming" had been purchased more times than any other book in 2018, according to Forbes. The Associated Press reported that "Becoming" is "among the fastest-selling nonfiction books in history" and is "among the best-selling political memoirs of all time."

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<![CDATA[Man in Critical Condition After Armed Robbery, Shooting]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 18:25:30 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mcfarlin-robbery-dallas.jpg

University Park police say four people are now under arrest after an armed robbery left a man in critical condition.

The man was shot twice during the robbery inside his University Park home in the 3400 block of McFarlin Boulevard, just west of the SMU Campus.

So far, police have not been able to talk to the man about the shooting since he remains in critical condition in the hospital.

Officers in Trophy Club, along with officers from the North Tarrant County Regional SWAT team arrested Calvin Deray Johnson Jr., 34 and Laquaci Sharnice Rodriquez, 24 on Wednesday Dec. 12 inside a hotel in Trophy Club. 

Dallas police then arrested Abdul Sesay, 20 and Quintariah Alexander, 25 on Dec. 15 at a hotel in north Dallas.

All four have been transferred to the Dallas County Jail. University Park police said the case remains active, and they hope to speak to the homeowner soon.

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<![CDATA[Frisco Coyote Strikes Again, Bites 2 Joggers Monday Morning]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:40:11 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Preston-Road-Frisco-121718-thumbnail.jpg

Police in North Texas are searching for an aggressive coyote that attacked two women early Monday morning — the fifth coyote incident in the area since October.

The two friends were out for a morning jog in Frisco just before sunrise when the coyote attacked. They say their bite marks could have been worse if not for a good Samaritan.

"They were like, 'Let us in your car.' I'm like, 'Yes, please get in my car, get in my car.' And so I unlocked the doors and they jumped in," Michael Harvey said.

He was driving to work near Preston Road and Eldorado Parkway when he spotted Sheri Devore and her friend trying to escape the coyote. 

“We were just trying to beat it off, like I was using whatever I had, my water bottle, keys and my lanyard," Devore said. 

"The coyote was sitting there, like he was waiting for us to get back out," Harvey said.

"At this point we do believe it's just one coyote acting very abnormally and extremely out of character for coyotes in this area," said Sgt. Jeff Inman with the Frisco Police Department.

A Frisco officer captured video of the coyote stalking a runner on Nov. 11. So far, there have been five documented incidents in two months. At least four people have been attacked, including a 9-year-old.

Sheri Devore, one of the two joggers attacked Monday, said her injuries were minor. Her friend Marcia Foster had several puncture wounds that required a rabies shot. Both are now out of the hospital and hoping others heed the warning from police to avoid the area along Eldorado, where the coyote seems to live.

"Our animal services has been working very hard, day and night and weekends trying to catch the animal," Inman said.

Police said they're on watch. The city also hired a private contractor to hunt the animal down. Meanwhile, Harvey said he's thankful he was in the right place to help.

"They were in distress and I just couldn't keep going, I just couldn't," he said.

The attacks have all happened in a two-mile stretch of Eldorado Parkway, west of Granbury Drive. They've all been before 9 a.m., so police said don't jog, bike or walk here and report the coyote if you see it.

If it's just a sighting, residents are urged to call the non-emergency line, 972-292-6010.

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<![CDATA[Merry Meltdowns - December 17, 2018]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 17:12:58 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Merry+Meltdowns.jpg

Anthony and Dempsey as well as Everly were featured during the Merry Meltdowns segment on Monday, December 17, 2018.

<![CDATA[Texas DPS Cyber Security Warns of Phishing Scam]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 17:11:15 -0600 "The email and associated website looks convincing," DPS says.]]> "The email and associated website looks convincing," DPS says.]]> https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/baml-phishing-txdps-cyber.jpg

The Texas Department of Public Safety's Cyber Security division is warning Texans about a phishing email trying to snare banking information.

The DPS tweeted a photo of an email being circulated that appears to come from Bank of America asking for Cash Pro customers to input an access code to view a document.

The URL for the website, however, is not a legitimate Bank of America website and instead references baml-secure.com.

The DPS' Cyber Security division reminds everyone to use two-factor authentication when possible and to remain vigilant when sharing personal information online.

Texas DPS Cyber Security Team
Twitter: Texas DPS Cyber Security

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<![CDATA[Why Allen Sticks With One High School Model]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 17:05:51 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/eaglestadium060316.jpg

Unlike many school districts in North Texas, Allen ISD has chosen to grow one large high school instead of opening new schools to accommodate more students. The Dallas Mornings News' education reporter Corbett Smith joins NBC 5 to examination Allen's ideology.

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<![CDATA[Tell Me Something Good: Safety First]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 16:55:39 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TMSG+121718.jpg

Leslie Bolton sent NBC 5 a video of her 2-year-old great-nephew making sure his aunt was safe before she crossed the street in Burleson.

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<![CDATA[DART, Coors Light Offer Free Rides on New Year's Eve]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 16:52:38 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DARTDOWNTOWN2.jpg

Dallas Area Rapid Transit and Coors Light are partnering to deliver a safe alternative to driving on New Year's Eve with free DART rides on all buses, trains, Paratransit Services and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) between Union Station and CentrePort/DFW Airport Station.

"Customers are encouraged to FREEZE THE KEYS and let DART be their designated driver, courtesy of Coors Light Free Rides," organizers said in a prepared release. "The partnership between Coors Light and DART means no passes, coupons or fare of any kind required for a free ride on Dec. 31, from 6 p.m. to end of service."

Since its inception in 2015, more than 6.4 million people around the country have utilized the Coors Light Free Rides program -- in 2107, more than 20,000 North Texans used the program.

Free Rides will also be offered on New Year's Eve in Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN and Phoenix.

This year, Coors Light Free Rides begin on DART and TRE at 6 p.m. and remain in place until the end of service. (Free New Year's Eve service on TRE will be provided from Union Station to CentrePort/DFW Airport Station only.)

Final TRE trains from Union Station will depart at:

  • 10:24 p.m. to Fort Worth
  • 12:45 a.m. to CentrePort/DFW Airport Station

Final DART light rail trains leave from West End Station in Downtown Dallas at:

  • Red Line to Parker Road Station - 1:41 a.m.
  • Red Line to Westmoreland Station - 1:18 a.m.
  • Blue Line to Downtown Rowlett Station - 1:18 a.m.
  • Blue Line to UNT Dallas Station - 1:16 a.m.
  • Green Line to Buckner Station - 1:08 a.m.
  • Green Line to North Carrollton/Frankford Station - 1:26 a.m.
  • Orange Line to Parker Road Station - 12:24 a.m.
  • Orange Line to DFW Airport Station - 12:11 a.m. (or use Green Line at 1:26 a.m. and transfer at Bachman Station to Orange Line at 1:45 a.m.)
  • Dallas Streetcar - A final streetcar leaves Union Station at 12:50 a.m. and Bishop Arts at 1:09 a.m.

Paratransit - Regular service provided. Customers may begin calling Fri., Dec. 28, to schedule service through Wed., Jan. 2. Customers should call 214.515.7272 and choose Option 3 to schedule their trip. Next day scheduling is also available using X-Press Booking, web booking or semi-automated voicemail.

DART Police will have extra patrol units on duty to assist where needed, especially in downtown and around West End Station.

On New Year's Day, DART's administrative offices are closed and bus and rail service will follow a Sunday schedule. There will be no TRE service on New Year's Day. Paratransit Services for customers with disabilities will operate on a Saturday schedule.

More: DART.org

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<![CDATA[Rise in Crashes at Flower Mound Intersection Prompts Response]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 21:31:00 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/5p+p-2499+red+light+pro_KXASJR4V_2018-12-17-16-39-59.jpg

A rise in car crashes at a busy intersection has prompted the town of Flower Mound to look for solutions to help keep drivers safe. But doing so may be easier said than done.

Growth has meant more traffic on FM 2499. Police said some drivers ignore the posted speed limit of 45 mph.

"Well, it's a little bit treacherous," said Chuck Patterson, a Flower Mound resident who’s lived near the intersection of 2499 and Waketon Road for two decades. Patterson has never had an accident there, but he’s had near-misses.

"Close calls," he said. "Primarily because the traffic on 2499, it's high speed."

The number of car wrecks at the intersection has spiked this year. Flower Mound police report ten crashes there in 2018, compared to an average of three to four per year. In response, they’re adding enforcement, a tough task, because there's no safe place to park.

"Enforcing the laws in that area are incredibly difficult for safety of the officers," said Captain Shane Jennings. "We don’t want to put officers in the intersection and do more harm than good."

Traffic engineers for the town are also addressing the issue. One change includes adjusting the timing of traffic signals. Patterson said yellow turn signals are often inconsistent, and don’t follow a pattern.

"Sometimes you have a protected signal, sometimes you don't," he said. "And you're basically taking your chances getting out there."

Police said there's only so much they can do through added enforcement. They said safety is up to the person behind the wheel.

"At the end of the day people have to stop for red lights," said Jennings. "And use caution when proceeding through an intersection."

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<![CDATA[Get Your Packages in, 3B Pieces of Mail Delivered This Week]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 06:38:35 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/usps-truck-delivery.jpg

The United States Postal Service warns holiday shoppers the busiest week for shipping is this week -- so get your packages in ASAP.

The USPS said nearly three billion -- BILLION -- pieces of mail will be delivered this week as holiday shoppers sprint to the finish of the holiday season. In the two weeks leading up to Christmas, Dec. 10-23, the Postal Service expected to deliver nearly 200 million packages each week.

"Overall, the Postal Service anticipates delivering nearly 15 billion total pieces of mail and more than 900 million packages between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day - for a total of nearly 16 billion joyful mail and package deliveries this holiday season," the USPS said.

Further, the USPS said Monday will be the busiest day for online postal customers where 400,000 customers were expected to secure shipping online.

So, about those deadlines ... the Postal Service recommends using the following mailing and shipping deadlines for expected, not guaranteed, delivery before Christmas.

  • Dec. 18 - APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express
  • Dec. 20 - First-Class Mail (including greeting cards)
  • Dec. 20 - First-class Packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
  • Dec. 20 - Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
  • Dec. 20 - Priority Mail
  • Dec. 20 - Alaska to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
  • Dec. 22 - Alaska to mainland Priority Mail Express
  • Dec. 22 - Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail Express
  • Dec. 22 - Priority Mail Express

Additional news and information, including all domestic, international and military mailing and shipping deadlines, can be found on the Postal Service online holiday newsroom at usps.com/holidaynews.

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<![CDATA[Woman Starts Fire Near Christmas Tree in Sundance Square]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 17:21:08 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Woman_Starts_Fire_Near_Christmas_Tree_in_Sundance_Square.jpg

A woman started a fire in downtown Fort Worth's Sundance Square near the Christmas tree over the weekend.

Video shows a person close to the tree light something on fire. They then throw it on the ground. Witnesses are heard on video describing the person as a man but police later said the person was a woman.

Police took her into custody and she was transported to the hospital for mental health evaluations.

The tree did not catch fire and no other property was damaged.

<![CDATA[Novacek Welcomes At-Risk Kids to His Ranch for the Holidays]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 21:36:20 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jay+Novacek+121718.jpg

It's become a holiday tradition for the young boys at Fort Worth's Hope Farm.

For the last four years, the boys have had the chance to hang out at former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jay Novacek's North Texas ranch. 

"These are inner city boys that do not have a father figure in their lives," Novacek said.

Kids like 14-year-old Jay Royce. Royce's dad is stationed in Germany, but with the help of Hope Farm, he has a male mentor while his dad's serving our country.

"It provides me someone to look up to and talk to and just kinda watch out for me," Royce said.

This day is an opportunity for the kids to run around and have fun.

Countless volunteers made sure no one left empty handed.

"Every single boy gets a toy bag from Santa," said Amy Novacek, Jay's wife.

The Novacek's don't just help fill up the gift bags, they also pour into the young kids hearts.

"When I come down the driveway, I see God's gifts everyday," Amy explained.  "The sun, the trees, the animals -- and I want to share that."

Jay likes to encourage the kids, just like his dad did for him.

"My dad is still my hero," Jay said.

Jay's dad was a football coach.

"My entire life, that's all I wanted to do and the reason why is because of my dad," he said.

His dad's support helped Jay achieve his dream of playing professional football for the Dallas Cowboys.

Odds are these kids won't become professional athletes, but with support of others, you just never know.

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<![CDATA[Stephen Jones Show: Bad Loss to Colts, Injuries to Lee, Su'a-Filo]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 16:21:47 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stephen_Jones_Monday_GBAG.jpg

During his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan's GBAG Nation, Dallas Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones talks about the team's horrible performance against the Colts as well as injury updates to Sean Lee and Xavier Su'a-Filo.

<![CDATA[Man on Cam Invades Home and Attacks 83-Year-Old Woman]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 22:20:22 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/nest-video-ftw-5th-street.JPG

Police are trying to identify a man who burst into a Fort Worth home last week and attacked an 83-year-old woman as she was laying in bed next to her dying husband.

It all started last Monday morning when a stranger knocked on Suzy Alummuttil's front door in the 2900 block of West 5th Street near the city’s trendy West 7th street area.

Her husband of 52 years, was in hospice care, waiting for his nurse to arrive.

So the door was unlocked.

And the stranger was able to walk right in.

"He came through that way,” Suzy Alummuttil said. “He looked all over. He couldn't find anything."

Suzy Alummuttil and her husband John emigrated years ago from India, where they were missionaries.

But nothing in their lives prepared them for something like this.

"And then I asked him, "Tell me your name. Who are you? What do you want?" Suzy Alummuttil said of the intruder.

Her son Saji was on the way to work in north Fort Worth when she called him, frantic.

"All I could hear was some sort of a struggle,” Saji Alummuttil said.

They were struggling over the phone. She said she was trying to call 911.

Her son raced home, and by the time he arrived, the intruder had already fled -- in Alummuttil’s 2005 white Silverado pickup.

"It's very surprising that someone can be this bold to try to steal or whatever they were up to,” Saji Alummuttil said.

His father died the next day.

"We had a hard week last week,” he said.

The video of the suspect couldn't be much clearer.

At one point, he looks right into the camera.

The images come from a "Nest" doorbell that was just installed two days earlier.

Fort Worth police tweeted a copy of the doorbell video, which can be seen below.

Anyone with information on the man's identity is asked to call the Fort Worth Police Department at 817-392-4730.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 / Fort Worth Police Department
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<![CDATA[Dallas Pride Festival Moving to June, Fair Park in 2019]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 14:30:34 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/2018+Dallas+Pride+Parade+%2862%29.jpg

Dallas' annual Pride festival is moving from September to June to align with national events and to help grow the event into a world-class LGBT Pride celebration by 2020, organizers say.

The city's annual music festival and parade will now be held the first weekend in June and, in another departure, will be held in Fair Park instead of the Cedar Springs/Oak Lawn area, according to a news release from Jaron Turnbow, executive director of Dallas Tavern Guild and Dallas Pride.

According to Turnbow, the Miller Light Music Festival in Fair Park will include the Family Pride Zone and Teen Pride on June 1, 2019, from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. in Dallas Fair Park's Esplanade and Centennial Building. Organizers said the to Fair Park triples the available event space while adding restrooms, air conditioning, parking, DART access and cover from inclement weather.

"Fair Park is ecstatic to work with us and joins our vision for growing into a LGBTQ Pride celebration that will rival other major cities," Turnbow said in a prepared statement.

The Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade is also moving to Fair Park for 2019. Organizers said a streetscape beautification project along Cedar Springs could put the traditional parade route in jeopardy.

"We cannot safely have a parade through a major construction zone and we do not want to impede on the improvement project. To ensure that the parade happens, we have decided to relocate the parade to Fair Park for 2019," Turnbow said.

Officials have not said if they plan to move the parade back to the popular route along Cedar Springs for 2020 and beyond.

More: https://dallaspride.org/

<![CDATA[Dallas Firefighters Battle Apartment Fire Near Kiest Park]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 14:45:09 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas_Firefighters_Battle_Apartment_Fire_Near_Keist_Park.jpg

Firefighters with Dallas Fire-Rescue responded to a fire at the Primrose Oaks Apartments located on the 2500 block of Perryton Drive near Kiest Park around 1 p.m. Monday.

When first responders arrived to the location, they saw smoking coming from a first-floor unit of the two-story building.

The apartment building's automatic sprinker system extinguished most of the fire. Damage was minimal and contained to a bedroom. 

A woman was taken to the hospital for unspecified burn injuries.

The cause of the fire is not known.

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