<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth News]]>Copyright 2017https://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.comen-usThu, 23 Nov 2017 20:13:21 -0600Thu, 23 Nov 2017 20:13:21 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[INSTANT ANALYSIS: Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Chargers]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 19:43:13 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/167*120/GettyImages-878078730.jpg

Here’s an instant analysis of the Cowboys’ 28-6 loss to Los Angeles at AT&T Stadium.

WHAT IT MEANS: The Cowboys have lost three consecutive games and the offense has been abject. The defense did its usual third-quarter disappearing act, which means the odds are pretty good the Cowboys will fail to win double-digit games in consecutive seasons for the 21st consecutive season. The Cowboys, a game under .500, have a chance to even their record at 6-6 with a win over Washington on Thursday.

TURNING POINT: The Cowboys finally made a big play on offense - a 34-yard run by Dak Prescott on a read option - for an apparent touchdown that would’ve pulled Dallas within 9-7. But Tyron Smith was penalized for holding on the play and the Cowboys wound up punting. Then Los Angeles drove 92 yards for a 16-0 lead. For an offensively-challenged team like the Cowboys that was too much to overcome.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Philip Rivers was sensational. Hepassed for 416 yards and three touchdowns. The Cowboys never rattled Rivers, which meant he was in control the entire night.

KEY STAT: The Cowboys went 10 quarters without a touchdown from the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons’ loss to the fourth quarter against Los Angeles, when Rod Smith scored on a two-yard run.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Cowboys will play Washington on Thursday. Garrett will spend all week talking about the importance of focusing on this game - not the big picture - because if they win out they can go 10-6 and still have a shot to make the playoffs. Well, the odds of that happening are beyond slim. Garrett’s biggest task is to stop the free fall we’re witnessing.

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<![CDATA[Volunteers Share Thanksgiving with North Texas Refugees]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 18:27:30 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/refugee+thanksgiving.png

Inside the Parish Hall of St. John’s Episcopal Church and School in Dallas, volunteers shared the story of Thanksgiving in multiple languages for the 400 refugees and new immigrants gathered for dinner.

“We are eating food. All people are smiling. Welcome to America,” said Ali Karabayir who immigrated to the United States from Turkey four months ago.

Karabayir, 36, is still learning English but describes the moment he stepped off the plane in the United States.

“Actually life is this,” said Karabayir. “If you are feeling good and you are feeling free yourself, life is this.”

Karabayir came to the U.S. with a VISA, but many in the room are refugees and almost all are still learning about American traditions.

“To see that we love them and they are cared for and there is a supporting community, it is a big deal,” said Samira Page.

Page, once a refugee herself, founded Gateway of Grace Ministry and helps refugees adjust to life in the states.

“We didn’t know what Thanksgiving was about and we had nowhere to go,” said Page. “There is no reason why any refugee should feel like that when we have been given abundantly.”

Page came to the United States 19 years ago from Iran, converted to Christianity and has made it her mission to help other refugees feel like they are part of the North Texas Community.

Page began sharing Thanksgiving with refugees at her dining room table seven years ago. Through word of mouth, the celebration grew to around 400 people. Page says the demand is so great, they’re not able to extend the invitation to everyone.

At the celebration, volunteers join Page in blessing the food and serving a traditional feast of turkey, stuffing, potatoes and pumpkin pie.

The Kimball family from McKinney said it was important for them to show refugees they are welcome.

“People fear the unknown, but when you come down here and meet these folks and get to know them as people, the fear goes away,” said Scott Kimball who volunteered with his wife, Karen.

Their daughter, Amelia, brings craft projects for the children. The 14 year old high school freshman says the language barrier doesn’t bother her, she likes to think she’s had a positive influence on the children.

Gateway of Grace Ministry works with refugees from 15 countries. Volunteers from more than 90 churches help with various programs throughout the year.

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<![CDATA[BREAKING: TX State Trooper Shot, Killed: Gunman on the Run]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 19:37:03 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/state-trooper-shot-suspect.jpg

A Texas state trooper has been shot and killed in Freestone County, the Navarro County Office of Emergency Management confirmed in a tweet Thursday afternoon.

It happened at about 4 p.m. south of Fairfield on Interstate 45, according Navarro County's EMS office.

Authorities say the gunman is Dabrett Montreal Black from Lindale. Thursday evening, Black was located two hours south of Fairfield in Waller County. 

The Waller County Sheriff's Office have confirmed that the suspect was located by a Waller County Deputy and that shots have been fired. This is going on in the area of Liendo Parkway and Wyatt Chapel in Waller County. Officers are urging everyone to stay away from the area as the investigation continues.

Black is described as a black male, 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds.

He left the scene driving a gray Chevrolet Malibu, license plate number JDN4273.

Details about the shooting have not been released.

Freestone County is about 90 minutes south of Dallas.

NBC 5 has crews headed to the scene. Check back and refresh this page for the latest update. As this story is developing, elements may change.

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<![CDATA[Texas Woman Indicted for Sending Mail Bomb to Gov. Abbott]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:39:41 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Julia-Poff-mug.jpg

A South Texas woman has been indicted for sending a mail bomb to Governor Greg Abbott that he opened.

Julia Poff, 46, from Waller County has been indicted on six counts - for mailing explosives to Abbott, former President Barack Obama and the commissioner of the social security administration, Carolyn Colvin in October of 2016.

According to court documents, Abbott opened the package, but it did not explode.

The documents say it could have caused severe burns and death.

Poff has pleaded not guilty.

She will remain in custody until her trial, which is scheduled for January.

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<![CDATA[Man Critically Injured in White Settlement House Fire]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 18:24:50 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/white-settlement-fire.jpg

One person was critically burned in a house fire in White Settlement Thanksgiving Day.

The fire was reported after 1:45 p.m on the 8100 block of Downe Drive, not far from Cherry Lane and Interstate 30 west of downtown Fort Worth.

MedStar confirms one person was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas for burns.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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<![CDATA[Man Steals Marked Fort Worth FD SUV, Crashes Into Gas Pump]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:52:49 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/robert-kelall-mugshot.jpg

A man is in jail after police say he stole a marked Fort Worth Fire Department vehicle Thanksgiving Day.

Robert Kelsall, 47, has been charged with theft of property, interfering with public duties and striking a structure after he took a fire department Suburban parked on Bay Lake Drive where firefighters were battling a house fire.

After taking the vehicle, police said Kelsall was later injured when he crashed the vehicle into a gas pump.

In his mugshot released by the Fort Worth Police Department Thursday, streaks of dried blood could be seen on the man's face from injuries sustained in the crash, police said.

No other injuries were reported.

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<![CDATA[Gov. Abbott, First Lady Deliver Thanksgiving Meals]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:40:35 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/greg-abbott-mow.jpg

Gov. Greg Abbott and first lady Cecilia Abbott Thursday volunteered with Meals on Wheels in Austin, helping deliver Thanksgiving meals to those in need.

Prior to visiting several homes in the Austin area to deliver meals, the governor and first lady also met with fellow volunteers at the Meals on Wheels kitchen as they picked up their deliveries.

"During this time of thanksgiving, it is important that we offer a helping hand to those in need,” said Gov. Abbott. “Even in this time of loss and recovery, I am encouraged by the resiliency of the Texas spirt and the bonds created by Texans helping Texans. Cecilia and I join all of Texas in giving thanks for our many blessings as Texans and as Americans."

"Everything is bigger in Texas, especially the desire to lend a helping hand," said first lady Cecilia Abbott. "Whether it is a warm meal to feed a hungry client, or a warm hug and moment of conversation to feed a hungry soul, Texans can always be counted on to do whatever is needed to take care of one another, and for that we are so thankful."

In Tarrant County, Meals on Wheels was closed Thursday so that volunteers could spend time with family. Extra meals were delivered to clients this week so that they would have plenty of food on Thanksgiving.

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<![CDATA[Cyclist Struck, Killed by Drunken Driver, City Officials Say]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 20:00:16 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Police-Lights-Connecticut-Generic.jpg

A cyclist was killed early Thursday after being hit by a suspected drunken driver along the 700 block of North Murphy Road in Murphy, city officials confirm.

The city said the cyclist, identified as 34-year-old Cameron Owen Randle, was riding northbound along the divided roadway at about 2:35 a.m. when hit by 26-year-old Wilfred TJ Manatsa.

Randle, officials said, was unresponsive when emergency medical personnel arrived. The Collin County Medical Examiner's office later pronounced Randle dead at the scene.

Manatsa, police said, was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter and transported to the Collin County Jail.

Officials are continuing to investigate the crash.

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<![CDATA[Disabled Motorist Struck, Killed by Intoxicated Driver]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:34:30 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/great-trinity-forest-fatal-crash.jpg

A disabled motorist was struck and killed by an intoxicated driver overnight Wednesday in Dallas, police say.

Officials say a man driving a gray Pontiac along the 4600 block of Great Trinity Forest Way/Loop12 encountered trouble and ended up on the side of the road.

The man turned on the hazard lights, got out of his vehicle and was attempting to move the sedan to a safe place when he was struck by an oncoming pickup truck.

Police said the truck collided with the rear of the car, causing it to rotate clockwise and throwing the car's driver into the grass where he, too, was hit by the pickup.

The driver of the sedan died at the scene, police said. The driver of the pickup failed a field sobriety test and was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter.

The identities of the victim and driver have not yet been released.

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<![CDATA[Crashed Motorcycle Rider Killed Picking Up Debris on LBJ]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:22:26 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/635-motorcycle-rider-hit-killed.jpg

A crashed motorcycle rider was struck and killed by an SUV late Wednesday night as he picked up parts of his bike from the roadway, police say.

The rider, identified as 43-year-old Timothy Rounsavall, was headed west on the 9600 block of LBJ Freeway at about 10:15 p.m. when he hit the pole barriers in the HOV lane, lost control of his bike and crashed.

Police said Rounsavall got up, pushed his bike against the concrete divider wall and then began picking up parts of his bike from the roadway.

While picking up the debris from his crash, Rounsavall was struck and killed in the HOV lane by a Land Rover.

The driver of the Land Rover stopped and remained at the scene and is not expected to face any charges.

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<![CDATA[Stars Recall Julius Honka, Reassign McKenna, McKenzie to Texas]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:25:03 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-851133304.jpg

The following is an unedited news release from the Dallas Stars, published Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017.

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Julius Honka from the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). The team has also reassigned goaltender Mike McKenna and left wing Curtis McKenzie to Texas.

Honka, 21, has appeared in six games with Dallas during the 2017-18 season, recording six shots on goal, three hits and five blocked shots while averaging 14:58 time on ice per game. In eight games with Texas, he has produced 11 shots and four penalty minutes.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound native of Jyvaskyla, Finland was originally selected by Dallas in the first round (14th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.

McKenna, 34, has appeared in 12 games with Texas during the 2017-18 season, earning a 5-5-1 record with an .871 save percentage and a 3.51 goals against average. His five wins this season lead all Texas Stars netminders.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound native of St. Louis, Mo. was signed by Dallas as a free agent on July 1, 2017. McKenna was originally selected by Nashville in the sixth round (172nd overall) of the 2002 NHL Draft.

McKenzie, 26, has recorded 16 points (8-8=16) in 16 games played for Texas this season. His eight goals are tied for 13th in the AHL and share first on Texas, and he is second on the team in points. He also shares third in the AHL and leads Texas with five power play goals this season.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound native of Golden, British Columbia was originally selected by Dallas in the sixth round (159th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft.

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<![CDATA[How to Get Around Dallas Turkey Trot]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 06:33:19 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Turkey_Trot_Traffic.jpg

Thousands of North Texans will start their Thanksgiving off at the YMCA Turkey Trot Thursday morning in Dallas.

<![CDATA[Meals on Wheels Makes Thanksgiving for 4,600]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 07:01:27 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Meals+on+Wheels+122515.jpg

The Thanksgiving holiday is far from a day off in an untold number of kitchens across the country.

That is never truer than it is on the fourth Thursday of November in the Meals on Wheels kitchen, run by the Visiting Nurse Association of Texas.

VNA prepares meals for 4,600 homebound senior citizens and people living with disabilities in Dallas County alone.

Their crew is up long before dawn, working in the kitchen as early as 4 a.m.

On the menu for this Thanksgiving – 750 pounds of turkey, 800 pounds of cornbread dressing, hundreds of gallons of gravy and an assortment of sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and more.

Once the meals are prepared, an army of 1,100 volunteers will arrive later in the morning to fan out across the county and deliver the meals to people who might otherwise be alone on Thanksgiving.

“It is so uplifting to see the generous spirit of these volunteers who brighten the lives of homebound seniors and disabled clients,” said Katherine Krause, VNA President & CEO. “Having more than a thousand volunteers come together to begin their Thanksgiving day by ensuring others have a hot holiday meal and a friendly visit, says a lot about the caring nature of our community.”

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<![CDATA[UT Dallas Reveals New Brain Performance Institute]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 06:13:09 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/utd-brain-health.jpg

From concussions in youth sports to treatment for patients with Alzheimer's, the health of the brain is something that has been getting a lot of attention lately.

The Brain Performance Institute, a one-of-a-kind facility at the University of Texas at Dallas, will work toward helping many in those areas.

The state-of-the-art facility is actually designed to look like the brain. And, the work being done in this building will help all walks of people. Leanne Young, the executive director of the institute, said the one goal includes bringing scientifically-proven innovation to the public.

"We have a number of programs that we offer here and we offer them to people who are healthy and people who are struggling with some sort of impairment," explained Young.

One program she's particularly proud of is a cognitive training strategy that teaches how to think.

"Not what you think, but how you think, so you can function at a higher level," said Young. "We offer that to middle school kids all the way up to people in their 80s and 90s."

For more on the institute, including an in depth look, check out their website: brainhealth.utdallas.edu.

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<![CDATA[Search Continues for Woman Kidnapped by Ex: Police]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 17:42:18 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/carrollton-missing-112317.jpg

Authorities are searching for a 23-year-old Grand Prairie woman officers say was abducted in Carrollton Tuesday by her estranged boyfriend.

In an early-morning Facebook post, Carrollton police said Madai Cazares was abducted by her ex-boyfriend, Jose Eduardo Reyes, at Century Products on Bellmeade Drive where she worked.

After looking at surveillance images, police said he was driving an older model, blue Suzuki Aerio with Texas tags BP6-J911 when he kidnapped Cazares.

Investigators said Cazares had recently ended a three-year relationship with Reyes.

Family went on to say the couple had a trouble past. Maria Cazares, Madai's mom, said she had to call police one time when Reyes threatened her daughter with a knife. The family worries she's currently in danger and believes they could be headed to Mexico. 

"Wherever you are be strong and try to escape because we need you and we're waiting for you." 

"Wherever you are be strong and try to escape, because we need you and we're waiting for you," said Maria. 

Anyone with information that can help police is urged to use the contact information below:

• Detective Michael Wall: 972-466-3312
• Call 911 in an emergency
• Or 972-466-3333 for 24/7, non-emergency dispatch

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<![CDATA[Terminal Illness Makes Dallas Doctor Give Thanks Every Day]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:52:39 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cancer+thanksgiving.jpg

This Thanksgiving, Dr. Michelle Nichols is giving thanks for something that will likely cut short the number of Thanksgivings she will celebrate.

"So I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in July 2010," Nichols said. She was in remission until last June. "The breast cancer had metastasized to my lungs."

Dr. Nichols, a psychiatrist at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, knows the statistics. 

"I pray for a miracle. I pray for healing, but I prepare for what's common." Nichols said softly. "That's maybe months or years."

Nichols and her husband, Dr. Greg de Prisco have spent the last 3 years remodeling a 100-year-old home on Dallas' Swiss Avenue, while they and their two daughters, Trinity and Grace, live in the carriage house.

"In my wife's mind, she feel like she's never going to live in this house," said Dr. de Prisco. "I'm certain she will live in the house." 

The couple invited friends and family to write Bible verses on the walls and under the counter-tops, as a reminder of their foundation.

"The foundation of this house is Christ," said Nichols, whose faith has powered her through the difficult diagnosis and helped give her perspective. "So even if my family is here and I'm not, I'm still, I'm still here. My presence is still here."

"Cancer is a blessing," Nichols said. "Because it has allowed me to focus on what is important."

Nichols, who has spoken to cancer survivor groups, says no one is guaranteed tomorrow, and you don't need a cancer diagnosis to appreciate and be thankful for today.

"Every day is a gift," said Nichols. "And I'm so grateful for that."

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<![CDATA[Family Begs for Father's Return After UAE Airport Arrest]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:52:48 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Man_Stuck_in_Abu_Dhabi.jpg

A Plano family is desperate for information this Thanksgiving after their father was arrested thousands of miles from home.

Joseph Lee's children say he was arrested at an airport in Abu Dhabi for one reason: he used his cell phone while going through security.

They say they haven't heard from him since.

“I believe he began recording because they were treating him unfairly, in a rude manner, and in Abu Dhabi that's a pretty big criminal offense and I believe that's why he was detained,” his son Jonathan Lee said.

Lee was with his father at the airport.

They were wrapping up a father, son trip to Bangkok, Thailand.

The Lees were on the last leg of their return home. They had an 11-hour layover in Abu Dhabi.

Jonathan says they took a quick tour of the city and when they returned to airport, Joseph was randomly selected for a secondary security screening.

They were separated and minutes later, Jonathan says he received a phone call from Joseph telling him he was under arrest.

Jonathan says his father expected to be released momentarily so he boarded a plane and returned home.

Neither he nor his sister, Elaine Strathern, have heard from him since.

“It’s awful, absolutely awful. We just want my dad back,” Jonathan said.

“We just want our father back. He's a very good man,” Strathern said.

The family planned to spend Thanksgiving together at Elaine's Plano home.

Celebrating, now, is the last thing on their minds with their 59-year-old father stranded overseas.

“We just want to let the UAE government to know that there is no ill intent of my father and that we just want him back home. We want him back home safe and sound,” Jonathan said tearfully.

The Lee family has created an online petition to bring awareness to their story. As of Thursday, it had been signed by nearly 500 people.

NBC 5 contacted the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi. A representative said they are looking into the matter.

<![CDATA[Border Patrol Busts $186k Worth Of Marijuana Near Laredo, TX]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:25:49 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/drug-bust1.jpg

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers made a big marijuana bust near Laredo this week.

It happened Tuesday at the World Trade Bridge.

A tractor hauling a commercial shipment of limestone bricks and clay articles was inspected by border agents and that's when they discovered the drugs.

There were 743 packages containing 930.52 pounds of marijuana hidden within the shipment, according to a CBP press release.

The marijuana is valued at $186,000 dollars. 

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<![CDATA[1-Year-Old Girl Drowns in Home Bathtub]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 21:17:27 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hurst-police-generic.jpg

Hurst Police say a 1-year-old girl drown Wednesday night in a bathtub after being left alone.

Officers were called to the apartment complex in the 1700 block of Soto Grande Boulevard just after 6 p.m. Wednesday night. That's where they found the unresponsive 1-year-old in the bathtub. The girl was rushed to the HEB Hospital where she later died.

Investigators say the infant had been bathing with her 2-year-old sister when the parent removed the drain plug and pulled the older child out of the tub. Moments later the parent returned to the bath and found the infant in the bottom of the empty tub.

Officers say an investigation is on-going. 

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<![CDATA[Patchy Cell Service Sparks Frustration in SW Fort Worth]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 03:58:10 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Cell_Phone_Number_10p_11212017.jpg

Think you can't live without your cellphone? Some neighbors in far southwest Fort Worth have to. Cellphone Service in the Summer Creek neighborhood is so patchy that the area's city councilman is getting involved in the search for cellular solutions.

"You cannot make a cell phone call downstairs in my house," said neighbor Aimee Piotrowski.

Her family has to take every call upstairs or outside, and that's a common story in far southwest Fort Worth, where the cell service we all count on is seriously patchy.

"It's sporadic, it comes in and out, in and out, in and out, in and out," said neighbor Howard Dunlop.

It's a problem with multiple cell phone providers and it's not clear what's causing it, though the neighborhoods in the area are hillier than most in North Texas and lots of people say their service seems to drop whenever the road does.

Several homeowners have set up micro cells in their homes to boost the signal.

"It was a big issue because middle of the night there is no signal,” said neighbor Mrs. Das. “That means if you have emergency, you cannot reach anybody."

There haven't been any reports of failed 911 calls, but it's that kind of safety concern that moved City Councilman Jungus Jordan to get involved. He lives in the area and he’s now putting in a formal request with each cell phone carrier to address the spotty coverage.

Many neighbors want a new tower closer by.

"That's what I'm hoping for," Mrs. Das said.

The problem will only get worse, with 17,000 new homes expected in the area over the next 10 years, each neighbor bringing the phones that seem to run our daily lives.

"I was just thinking how dependent we have become," said Lou Supina. "It is a necessity."

NBC5 checked with the two biggest cell phone service providers.

An AT&T spokesperson released the following statement:

“We value customer feedback and continually make enhancements to local network coverage, including adding LTE capacity to cell sites in the south Fort Worth area this year. In the past three years, we’ve invested more than $6.8 billion in our Texas wireless and wired networks.”

A Verizon spokesperson released this statement:

“Verizon is not aware of any service issues impacting customers in that area.  If customers would like to share their feedback,  we encourage them to contact Verizon customer service.  At this time, Verizon does not have plans to build a new site in the area but we are always looking for ways to enhance coverage and service.”

<![CDATA[Nationwide Christmas Tree Shortage Could Impact North Texas Prices]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:32:52 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/christmas+trees.png

If you're dead-set on buying a real Christmas tree this holiday season, you might have to dig a bit deeper.  The reason, say experts, supplies are tight.

A nationwide Christmas tree shortage didn't stop one North Texas woman from realizing her dream of going into the business.

Michele Wetteland opened the shop, Marshmallow Mountain Christmas Trees, in Argyle Wednesday.  The idea to open a tree farm was inspired by a Christmas-themed story, published by her boyfriend.

"I love just the perfume, the fragrance of the season it brings into our lives," she said.

There was just one problem in starting the business like this. Fresh cut Christmas trees are hard to come by.

"The interesting thing about the Christmas tree industry in North America is it's actually struggling right now," said Wetteland.

Michele called around to growers in the Pacific Northwest, Americas top grower, but they were already out. Finally, she was able to secure a shipment of 400 trees from a farmer in Michigan.

"So we really had to work to find a farmer to supply us with trees, but we did," she said.

The trees on her lot are big, eight to sixteen feet tall.

"They're Texas-sized Christmas trees," she laughed.

Because of the shortage, they'll cost a little more.  A trend experts predict could last a few more years.  Wetteland has faith that they'll be worth it.

"Really, what I hope people leave with, even more than a Christmas tree, is that they leave with a treasured memory," she said.

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<![CDATA[Vote: Favorite Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Half Time Performer]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:51:16 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-498871526.jpg

For more than two decades, the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game has been the kick-off of The Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign, helping raise $2 billion since 1997.

Over the years a number of nationally renowned entertainers have taken the stage to kick-off the event. We've picked a few of our favorites and added them to a survey to the right -- we're curious who were your favorites among them?

This week’s special performance features Thomas Rhett. Below is a look at who took the stage in the past.

  • 2016 -- Eric Church
  • 2015 -- Luke Bryan
  • 2014 -- Pitbull
  • 2013 -- Selena Gomez
  • 2012 -- Kenny Chesney
  • 2011 -- Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias
  • 2010 -- Keith Urban
  • 2009 -- Daughtry
  • 2008 -- The Jonas Brothers
  • 2007 -- Kelly Clarkson
  • 2006 -- Carrie Underwood
  • 2005 --Sheryl Crow
  • 2004 -- Destiny's Child
  • 2003 -- Toby Keith
  • 2002 -- Lee Ann Rimes
  • 2001 -- Creed
  • 2000 -- Jessica Simpson, Billy Gilman
  • 1999 -- Clint Black
  • 1998 -- Randy Travis
  • 1997 -- Reba McIntyre

The Kettle Kick Off extravaganza will be televised to a national audience to help draw national attention to the 20,000 red kettles that will appear across the country to encourage the American public to give something extra to those in need while buying holiday gifts for friends and family.

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<![CDATA[Warning from Girl Scouts: Your Daughter Doesn't Owe Hugs]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 03:58:58 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/girl+Scouts+hugging.jpg

Should your children be forced to hug relatives at this week's holiday gatherings?

The Girl Scouts are stirring up the conversation after releasing an article reminding parents that daughters don't owe anyone a hug.

The article released from the organization says the holidays “can be a time when your daughter gets the wrong idea about consent and physical affection.”

It’s a warning that troop leader and mom Lissa Critz says she’s often thought about and agrees with.

“I wasn’t surprised the Girl Scouts shared it. They’ve kind of been sharing insightful things for girls, in particular, but kids in general from child psychologists,” said Critz. “I think the important thing as a parent is to know your kid. Know what they’re comfortable with and to present them with options.”

According to the article and Critz, those alternatives can include a high five or an air kiss, whatever child and parent have agreed is a better option.

Clinical Psychologist John Jeffrey says he was surprised by the article, but agrees with some of its content.

“We all want to protect girls, so I’m certainly sympathetic to what they’re trying to do,” said Jeffrey.

At the end of the day, he urges parents to help their children decide what’s best for them.

"I don’t think there’s anything more important than who you can trust and who you can’t trust in life. So I think it’s good for a child to figure that out and gather that information. But again, all of that has to be guided by the parents,” Jeffrey said.

The article comes in the wake of numerous serious sexual allegations against high profile men.

Girl Scouts urge that “teaching your daughter about consent early on can help her understand her rights.”

<![CDATA[Jet Boom Causes Shaking, Concern in Parker County]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:54:10 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Heat-Generic-Photo.jpg

Lockheed Martin says a loud boom reported over Parker County that rattled residents and reportedly shook homes and businesses Wednesday morning was from one of their aircraft.

The aeronautics company said they were flying aircraft in the area which caused a sonic boom, but they wouldn't say which aircraft.

A sonic boom is the sound of a shock wave created by an object traveling through the air faster than the speed of sound. Since the speed of sound is not constant and varies with altitude (ranging between 659 mph and 761 mph) it's not known how fast the aircraft was traveling when it caused the boom. Sonic booms can be heard over a wide area, depending on how long the aircraft travels at supersonic speeds.

Lockheed, which built F-16s at their Fort Worth facility for decades, now builds the stealth F-35 Lightning II fighter jet at their factory adjacent to NASJRB. The F-35 can easily reach supersonic speeds and is believed to top out at mach 1.6, or roughly 1,200 mph.

Azle police said they received a number of calls about a "loud, booming noise" over a wide area and that some even reported houses and businesses shaking. Before the cause of the boom was confirmed, NBC 5 checked in with officials in Parker County and the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth.

Officials at the base, home to the 457th Fighter Squadron which flies the supersonic F-16 Fighting Falcon, said they didn't have any F-16s in the air today.

Parker County Emergency Management said they conducted a search after receiving numerous reports of the loud noise, but that nothing was found. They added that they contacted Lockheed Martin, who confirmed they did have planes in the air but didn't elaborate further.

<![CDATA[Dallas Police Officer Arrested for Theft]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:02:11 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/New-Christopehr-Hankins.jpg

The Dallas Police Department announced on Wednesday that one of their own officers had been arrested and is now facing theft charges.

Officer Christopher Hankins was arrested on Wednesday by Dallas police officers.

Hankins is now facing Misdemeanor A Theft charges.

Hankins has been with the Dallas Police Department since August 2014. He has now been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

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<![CDATA[2017 ICE! at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:21:50 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/ICE-2017-+%2815%29.JPG

The 2017 ICE! exhibit is now open at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine.

This year's theme is 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.

ICE! is a walk-through holiday attraction featuring 2,000,000 pounds of hand-carved ice, carved and painted into a beautiful display for the whole family.

ICE! is part of the resort's Lone Star Christmas, which features twinkling lights, larger-than-life decorations and even Cookies with Mrs. Claus.

The Texas-sized decor is so extravagant, we've broken it down in numbers:

  • 2,000,000 pounds of hand-carved ice
  • 40 ice carvers from Harbin, China
  • 9° inside ICE! exhibit
  • 5,600 feet of garland
  • 15,000 ornaments
  • 2,000,000 lights
  • 75 Christmas trees
  • 19,500 gingerbread kits
  • 2,000 poinsettias
  • 12 lanes of snow tubing
  • 5 two-story ice slides

ICE! is open until Jan. 1, 2018. Click here for more information.

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<![CDATA[Man With Body in Trunk Indicted on Drug, Gun Charges]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 07:35:58 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jac+Quisha+Isaac.jpg

A federal grand jury indicted the man who fired shots at another vehicle while driving on U.S. Highway 80 and County Road 212 Oct. 29 with the body of a deceased woman in the trunk of his car.

According to affidavit, Freddie Thomas Gilbert, 33, was charged with one count of possession of firearm by a felon and one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Following his arrest, Gilbert told police the body of a deceased woman was in the trunk of the vehicle. It is still unclear if the the black Hyundai Elantra belonged to Gilbert.

A Taurus .38 caliber revolver and cocaine were found in the vehicle, police said.

The woman was later identified as 19-year-old Jac Quisha Isaac, of Dallas.

Girlbert will remain in custody pending further court hearings, police said. If convicted, Gilbert can serve up to 10 years in federal prison.


Prior to the incident on Oct. 29, Gilbert served jail time in the state of Louisiana for drug felony offenses.

No further details regarding the woman’s body found in the trunk of the vehicle were provided.

The investigation into the woman's death is ongoing and no charges have been filed in that case.


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<![CDATA[Holiday Feast for Fans at Cowboys' Thanksgiving Day Game]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 03:59:51 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/holiday+meal+cowboys+game.jpg

Fans will be able to enjoy a taste of the holidays with decadent food throughout AT&T stadium during this year's annual Dallas Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day game.

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The main attraction is the Texas-Style Dressing Holiday Meal, featuring a Texas-shaped waffle made from stuffing, topped with homemade mashed potatoes, a choice of roasted turkey breast or Petit Jean smoked pit ham, green beans and homemade cranberry sauce, slathered with turkey giblet gravy.

The Legends culinary team at AT&T Stadium will prepare standard-setting fare for thousands of fans to enjoy on gameday, featuring fresh ingredients and from-scratch cooking.


“Our yearly Thanksgiving Day game gives us an opportunity to bring together fans and give them a taste of a traditional Thanksgiving meal while they’re enjoying the game,” AT&T Stadium Food and Beverage Director, George Wasai said in a statement. “A Texas-shaped waffle from traditional dressing served in a stadium environment is very innovative.”

The culinary team will also offer additional menu items inspired by the holidays, from traditional turkey and pumpkin pie, to flatbread with butternut squash and rainbow kale and homemade Spiced Pecan Turtle Gelato.

What it takes to serve 90,000 football fans:

  • Turkey: 9,200 lbs.
  • Ham: 3,200 lbs.
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes: 1,800 lbs.
  • Cornbread for Dressing: 3,800 lbs.
  • Broccoli, Rice and Cheese Casserole: 4,500 lbs.
  • Green Bean and Mushroom Casserole with Crispy Onions: 2,700 lbs.
  • Praline Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole: 1,200 lbs.
  • Mac and Cheese: 5,100 lbs
  • Cranberry Sauce: 180 gallons
  • Gravy: 420 gallons
  • Heavy Cream for Whipped Cream Topping Desserts: 140 gallons

The holiday meal will be available on the West Plaza, East Plaza, Upper Concourse at Bent Buckle Stand 444, Upper Concourse, Sections 420 and 450, Main North and Main South Bent Buckle stands and Silver North and Silver South Bent Buckle stands.


The meal costs $25 and is available to all fans who have a ticket to the game.

Academy of Country Music’s Male Vocalist of the Year Thomas Rhett will perform during halftime of the Cowboys' Thanksgiving game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Nov. 23 at AT&T Stadium.


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<![CDATA[Barrios, Gruezo Win FC Dallas MVP Awards]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 04:00:26 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fcdallas-flag.jpg

The following is an unedited news release from FC Dallas.

Michael Barrios was named MVP and Carlos Gruezo earned Defender of the Year honors as FC Dallas announced its annual team awards from the 2017 season Wednesday.

FC Dallas MVP Michael Barrios
FC Dallas Defensive MVP Carlos Gruezo

Barrios, 26, scored three goals and added 14 assists in 34 appearances in 2017. His 14 assists tied for the fourth-most in Major League Soccer this season. The midfielder had 10 more assists in his third season with the club than in his previous two seasons combined.

Gruezo, 22, started 31 matches for FC Dallas during the regular season, helping the team earn nine shutouts.

Like Barrios, the Ecuadorian increased his assist total. He finished the season with four after recording two during his first season with FC Dallas.

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<![CDATA[Beware of Online Holiday Shopping Schemes]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:25:19 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/NBC_6_Responds__Safer_Online_Shopping_During_Holiday_Season.jpg

Planning to skip the malls and shop online holiday season? The explosion of e-commerce in the last ten years has also given rise to online shopping schemes.

Consumer Reports says if you’ve never heard of the site, do some research before you buy.

A good place to start is the Better Business Bureau where you can note any complaints. The BBB also says use extreme caution when ordering from a company whose existence can’t be verified.

Another good source of information: online user reviews. Type the name of the company and keywords ‘review’ and ‘complaint.’

Also be careful when making purchases on Craigslist or other virtual bulletin boards. The key to trust here is buy local. Craigslist advises never sending money to someone you haven’t met. And arrange any meetings in a public place. For instance in some towns the police departments designate a safe zone for such transactions.

Another scam can come in an email purporting to be from a delivery service like Fedex or the US Postal Service. It states you have a package and asks for personal information to enable delivery. Don’t give it. Legitimate delivery companies do not ask for this type of information. USPS will usually attempt delivery in person.

<![CDATA[UNT Victim Visited Fry Street Before Slaying: Family]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:23:06 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Amanda+Clairmont.JPG

A UNT student had been visiting an area of bars near campus the night before she was found murdered, a family member said Wednesday.

Amanda Clairmont, 21, was with at least one other person on Fry Street Saturday night, said her half-brother Mike Gawlik.

Clairmont, a religion major set to graduate in May, was found shot to death about 6 a.m. Sunday in a vacant parking lot in nearby Corinth, police said. Her headlights were on and her passenger door was open.

"The world was robbed that day,” Gawlik said. "Not only did I just lose a sister, but the world lost a hero. I don't think people realize the impact she had on so many people's lives in such a short period of time."

Gawlik was careful not to release any details that could compromise the investigation.

"Beyond the element of how terrible it is, there's certainly a lot of vengeance in my own heart,” he said. “But more importantly I hope that there's justice. And I hope that there's peace with my family."

He describes his sister as charismatic and someone who was always positive.

"She was bubbly, she was loving, she was kind, she was more loving to a stranger than the average person was because she believed everyone had good in them,” he said.

A Corinth police spokesman said Wednesday the investigation was continuing and there were no updates to announce publicly.

It was just last year, another UNT student, Jacqueline Vandagriff, met a man at a Fry Street bar and was murdered that same night. The suspect in that case was arrested and is awaiting trial.

<![CDATA[Terry Glenn's Fiancée Speaks After Fatal Crash]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:02:26 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-72345014.jpg

The fiancée of former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terry Glenn, who was killed in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Irving Monday morning, spoke for the first time since the fatal crash Wednesday saying he was an amazing father, a great man of God and the love of her life.

Verina LeGrand was in the car with Glenn on eastbound Texas 114 when the vehicle struck a concrete barrier near Walnut Hill Lane shrotly after midight. The car flipped, ejecting Glenn from the vehicle, police said.

Glenn was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas where he died at about 12:52 a.m., the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office said.  LeGrand was injured in the crash but is expected to recover.

On Wednesday, she released the following statement.

Early Monday, November 20th, I lost my husband, my soulmate, my partner and my best friend. Ohio State lost a lifelong Buckeye. The world lost number 83, a world-class wide receiver. Six months ago, we welcomed a son, Greyson, whose journey in life has just begun as his father’s has ended. As we all know, Terry Glenn embodied the best of professional football. Those close to him knew him as much more. He was a man with a vision, who had a true passion for enriching the lives of foster children. He was an amazing father to seven kids and two step-daughters. He was a great man of God with a giving heart. He was the love of my life.

I want to thank everyone, his NFL family, close friends and fans who have extended their condolences. We thank you for your continued prayers and support during this tragic time in our lives. Those who knew Terry understand how much he cherished and protected his family and his privacy. While we appreciate the outpouring of love and kind words, we ask that you respect us in this time of grieving. As we finalize arrangements to celebrate Terry’s life, details will be forthcoming. Our loss is heaven’s gain.

On Tuesday, several of Glenn's seven children spoke to NBC 5 about their father saying he was their hero and that they'll cherish the time they had together.

The cause of the crash has not yet been confirmed and the investigation is ongoing.

NBC 5's Maria Guerrero contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Texas Teenager Adopted By His Former Teacher]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:05:34 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Teacher-adoption.jpg

A 16-year-old Beaumont, Texas, teen finally has a place to call home after being adopted by his former teacher last week.

Anthony Berry, who had been in foster care since 2010, became the oldest child adopted in Jefferson County on Friday.

"I did not think the day would ever come, because of the fact that I didn't want to be adopted" said Berry.

"Then I met my mom, and I started talking to her and we just kind of clicked."

He met Bennie Berry while he was her English student at Pathways Learning Center. Several months into the school year, both of their worlds changed forever when one day he asked her to adopt him.

"Well at first I thought he was just making jokes, until he actually explained the situation, and then we struck a deal -- finish your assignment and then you can show me the website," said Bennie.

It was the quickest assignment Anthony had ever finished.

Anthony was one of 18 kids, ages one to 16, who were adopted on Friday. He says it's never too late to find a forever family.

"If you have ever thought about adoption or didn't want to be adopted, actually try it cause you never know," said Anthony. "Take into consideration that someone that don't love you, there is always someone that will love you. Just give it a chance."

November is National Adoption Awareness Month.

More than 5,000 children have been adopted from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services in 2017. According to a Texas DFPS press release more than 6,600 children were awaiting adoption as of Sept. 2017, though some had been matched to adoptive families.

If you are interested in adoption, would like to see the children awaiting adoption, or would like to learn more visit AdoptChildren.org.

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<![CDATA[Robotic Surgery Now Possible for Pancreatic Cancer]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:43:31 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/712056381.jpg

Traditional surgery for pancreatic cancer requires a lengthy, open procedure and lots of recovery time.

Now, advancements in robotics are making it possible for doctors to operate in this delicate area near the bile ducts and major blood vessels, in a minimally-invasive way.

In 2011, Helen Byrne began having pain in her side.

An ultrasound showed kidney stones, and something else - three cysts in her pancreas.

“One in the head of the pancreas. Being a nurse, I understood the complexity of what that could mean,” Byrne said.

The cysts were not cancerous at the time, so for four years, her doctor kept a watchful eye on them.

“It will turn to cancer at some point. The goal is to get it out before it gets there,” said Byrne.

Byrne was one of Dr. David Kooby's first patients to undergo robotic surgery to remove pancreatic cysts.

With robotics, Kooby is able to control tiny instruments and a camera inserted through keyhole incisions in the abdomen.

“I can use one instrument to retract an organ, two instruments to work with. I can decide where the camera is going to be. It has increased stability, and it has binocular vision so I can actually see in three dimension,” explained Kooby, Professor of Surgery and Chief of Emory Surgery, Northern Arc, at Emory Winship Cancer Institute. 

With the robotic surgery, many patients report having less pain, a shorter hospital stay and a faster recovery.

“As we get better at it, and the technology gets better, we may see patients get back to chemotherapy faster after surgery,” Kooby said.

“It didn’t slow me down having surgery, hardly at all,” Byrne stated.

Because it requires specialized training and is considered to be a complicated procedure, the robotic surgery for pancreatic cancer is only performed at a handful of major U.S. medical centers.

Some of these include Emory, Memorial Sloan Kettering and University of Southern California.

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<![CDATA[Stars to Retire Lehtinen's No. 26 Sweater Friday]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:45:36 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-98503019.jpg

Former Dallas Stars forward/right wing Jere Lehtinen will be honored Friday when the team retires his No. 26 sweater.

Lehtinen, hailing from Espoo, Finland, joined the Stars in 1995 and spent his entire 14-year NHL career in Dallas and was a member of the 1999 squad that brought the Stanley Cup to Dallas.

His sweater will be the fifth to be retired by the franchise and the third since the team moved to Texas from Minnesota in 1992. Lehtinen joins Neal Broten (No. 7), Bill Goldsworthy (No. 8), teammate Mike Modano (No. 9) and Bill Masterton (No. 19).

"It's kind of a humbling feeling to get noticed like that," Lehtinen told DallasStars.com. "It's one of the biggest things you can get as a player, individually, through hockey. I am proud."

The celebration will kick off at 5 p.m. with a walk down a "victory green" carpet in Victory Plaza at the American Airlines Center. Lehtinen and his family will be joined by Stars legends Brett Hull, Joe Nieuwendyk, Ed Belfour, Guy Carbonneau, Craig Ludwig, Neal Broten, the family of Bill Masterton, Brenden Morrow, Marty Turco, Bob Gainey, Dave Tippett, Doug Armstrong, Tom Hicks, Norm Green and other guests.

Inside the AAC, the ceremony will begin on the ice at about 6:30 p.m. and will last about 45 minutes -- leading up to the current team's game with the Calgary Flames.

Lehtinen is a three-time Frank J. Selke Trophy winner -- an award given to the NHL's top defensive forward "who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game." The winner is selected at the end of the season in a poll by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. Lehtinen became the third player in NHL history to win the trophy in consecutive years, taking home the trophy in 1998, 1999 and 2003.

During his career in Dallas, Lehtinen played in 875 regular season games where he scored 243 goals, 271 assists and 514 points. He played in 108 playoff games where he notched 27 goals, 22 assists and 49 points.

He was a member of the 1999 team that won the Stanley Cup and the 2000 team that reached the NHL finals.

In addition to his lengthy NHL resume, Lehtinen is a four-time Olympic medalist earning a silver and three bronze medals for his native Finland in five Olympic games.

For more information about Lehtinen's career, please visit DallasStars.com/Lehtinen.

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<![CDATA[7-Eleven Releases Budget-Friendly Makeup Line]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:12:30 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/7eleven-cosmetics-%284%29.jpg

7-Eleven has just expanded the meaning of convenience from chips, coffee and now to cosmetics.

The Dallas-based convenience store giant is aiming to reach millennial, on-the-go women with a range of blushes, foundations, contour sticks and eyebrow powders.

"Convenience isn't always just about a quick stop for something to eat and drink," said Jack Stout, 7-Eleven senior vice president of merchandising. "7-Eleven tries to offer our customers solutions for lots of different needs. We believe that for many, this top quality line of cosmetics and cosmetic accessories can become regular purchases in addition to fill-in stops."

Simply Me Beauty will include a collection of 40 items priced between $2.99 and $4.99.

"Much of the time, makeup items like lip and eye colors are spur-of-the-moment, impulse buys," said Joy Pico, 7-Eleven category manager. "If the price is right, that makes it easier to justify. For a millennial working woman wanting to refresh her makeup while grabbing lunch at 7-Eleven stores, Simply Me Beauty is a welcomed offering and is priced just right for her. "

The line is now available in stores.

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<![CDATA[Crooks Put New Twist on Old 'Sweepstakes' Scheme]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:09:44 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/fake+check.png

Fort Worth police say crooks have put a new twist on a popular scheme to steal money from unsuspecting victims.

Police said residents first receive a letter in the mail stating they’ve won $250,000. Enclosed with the letter is a check written for $2,870 which is meant to cover the "processing fee" of $2,510 for winning the larger prize.

The "winner" is then instructed to deposit the check into his or her personal bank account and then immediately make a withdrawal to and put that money in another account -- thereby paying their "processing fee" for winning the prize.

Typically, in a few days, the victim is then contacted by their bank who says the check they deposited for $2,870 is a fake and that the bank has taken back their money and left the victim on the hook for the lost cash.

Victims also soon learn they are likely no longer be able to contact the sweepstakes company and that they've been a victim of a scheme.

Police say this scheme has ran in many different ways, but generally involves the victim deposting a check into their bank account and then immediately withdrawing money to send somewhere else.

If you have a question about a check, experts recommend people ask the bank to verify the funds for deposit or to check with the issuing bank to verify the check's authenticity.

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<![CDATA[2 Arrested, 1 Sought in Fatal Shooting of Child]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:34:03 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/clay-and-nino.jpg

Two North Texas teens have been charged and a third person is sought in connection with a shooting that left a 5-year-old boy dead and his 11-year-old brother wounded in Denison, police say.

KTEN reported Tuesday that 18-year-old Ryan Clay and 17-year-old Sabrina Nino were each charged with capital murder of a child under 10 years old. Both are from Sherman, police said.

A capital arrest warrant was later issued for a third person — identified as 17-year-old Antonio "Chapo" Prado, of Sherman — who police warned may be armed and dangerous.

According to police, the 5-year-old boy and his 11-year-old brother were inside a home in the 1700 block of West Elm Street when they were shot at about 11 p.m. Sunday.

The 5-year-old boy was fatally wounded, police say. The 11-year-old was treated with injuries that were not life-threatening at a Dallas-area hospital. Their names have not been released.

Anyone with information about Prado’s whereabouts is encouraged to call detectives at 903-465-2422.

NBC 5's Maria Santiago contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Grayson County Sheriff's Office]]>