<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth News]]>Copyright 2018https://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-usMon, 16 Jul 2018 11:50:45 -0500Mon, 16 Jul 2018 11:50:45 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Chuck Norris Visits With Local Police]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:38:04 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/chucknorris21.jpg

Chuck Norris paid the Garland Police Department a visit Monday, the department tweeted.

"Chuck Norris doesn't need #MondayMotivation, Monday needs #NorrisMotivation. Happy Monday! We hope you have a Chuck Norris kind of day. Stay safe," the department tweeted.

The native Texan is a martial artist, actor, film producer and screenwriter. Many know him for his action films and internet stardom.

A few Chuck Norris jokes: "Chuck Norris makes onions cry."

"Chuck Norris appears in all Star Wars movies. He is the Force."

"Chuck Norris beat the sun in a staring contest."

"Chuck Norris counted to infinity twice."

"Chuck Norris is the only person who can punch a cyclops between the eye."

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<![CDATA[UNT Professor to Attempt to Teach Longest History Lesson]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:34:52 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/UNT.png

A professor at the University of North Texas is hoping he will be able to teach his way into the record books.

History professor Andrew Torget hopes to land a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records by giving the world's longest history lesson at UNT on Aug. 24

"It sounds a bit crazy, but the plan is to cover the entire breadth of Texas history, from cavemen up to the present, in a single nonstop lesson," Torget said.

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Anyone is welcome to come and see the attempt to break the record. It will take place in the UNT Union Lyceum starting at 9 a.m.

During the event, UNT Libraries will raise funds to support The Portal to Texas History, an online resource that provides free access to rare, historical and primary source materials from or about Texas, including items from the Dallas police investigation of President John F. Kennedy's assassination.

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<![CDATA[4 Streets in West 7th Neighborhood Become One-Way]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 08:57:14 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fort-worth-west-7th.png

Four two-way streets in Fort Worth's West 7th neighborhood will become one-way streets starting Monday. Morton, Bledsoe, Norwood and Foch streets will be changed to one-way streets to improve crowd control, access for emergency vehicles and to reduce vehicle-pedestrian conflicts.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys' Demarcus Lawrence Will Play Under Franchise Tag:JJT]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:14:19 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Cowboys+Logo.jpg

Demarcus Lawrence and the Dallas Cowboys were unable to reach a long-term deal, a source told NBC 5's Jean-Jacques Taylor, meaning the defensive end will play under the Franchise Tag this season.

The tag will pay Lawrence upwards of $17 million this season. The Cowboys will now have the choice to tag Lawrence again or sign him to an extension after the season.

The defensive end was reportedly looking for five-year deal, but reports surfaced throughout the off-season pointing toward the unlikeliness that the two sides would reach a deal.

Lawrence was one of the most productive defensive lineman in the NFL last season, ranking second in sacks and forcing four fumbles.

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<![CDATA[2 Arrested in Chase on I-635]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 08:28:25 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/192*120/Screen+Shot+2018-07-16+at+1.00.39+AM.png

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is investigating a late night chase after a driver chose to evade a Highway Patrol Trooper attempting to stop the car for a traffic violation on Interstate Highway 635. A little after 10 p.m., the driver led police east on I-635 to Audelia road. The vehicle stopped ner the intersection of Audelia Road and Tanglevine Drive in Dallas.

<![CDATA[How to Customize Alerts in the NBC DFW App]]> Mon, 11 Jun 2018 16:40:19 -0500 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[Dallas Area Will Have Three Players in MLB All-Star Game]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:59:28 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ap-indians-corey-kluber.jpg

The rosters for Major League Baseball's All-Star Game were announced Sunday night, and two players from Dallas-area high schools -- Indians pitcher Corey Kluber from Coppell and Rockies shortstop Trevor Story from Irving -- were chosen to play in the 89th MLB All-Star Game on July 17 in Washington, D.C.

A third area product, Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling from Southlake Carroll, was added to the National League All-Star team on Wednesday. It will be the first All-Star Game for Stripling, who replaces Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas.

CLICK HERE for more on All-Star game - or Home Run Derby - participants Trevor Story, Ross Stripling and Max Muncy.

Shin-Soo Choo will represent the Texas Rangers.

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<![CDATA[TO Sends Shoes to Fellow HOF Inductees, Still Won't Attend]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:06:51 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dawk_shoes.png

As a sign of respect for the others being inducted into the Hall of Fame next month, Terrell Owens announced on Twitter that he will be sending them custom shoes, despite his choice to protest the ceremony by not attending.

Owens announced in June that he would make the unprecedented decision not to attend the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, held annually in Canton, OH.

Owens heavily criticized the voting process when he failed to be elected to the Hall previously. He later wrote on Twitter that he is protesting "for guys like (Jerry Kramer)," and himself, "past, present, and the future."

He believes he and others have been forced to wait on induction unfairly for things unrelated to their on-field productivity.

Owens has received criticism from fans and media members.

Earlier this month the former Dallas Cowboys standout announced he plans to celebrate his induction at a public ceremony at his collegiate home - The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

The Hall of Fame announced Friday that Owens would receive no individual recognition at the event due to his choice not to attend.

He will also not receive his "Golden Jacket" at the same time as his peers. Players typically receive their jackets at Friday's Gold Jacket dinner. Instead, the Hall will mail Owens his jacket the next day.

At least one of his fellow inductees, former Bears All-Pro linebacker Brian Urlacher, was appreciative of his gesture.

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<![CDATA[Super Kids of North Texas: Tristan]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 07:31:54 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kidbrag071618.jpg

Tristan, 14, started mowing lawns when his mom had surgery and his parents told him that they would match any money he saved for a car. He now has his own lawn business with several customers. His mom Amy says, "So super proud of this boy." Great job, Tristan!

<![CDATA[TMSG: Bowlers in NTX for Championship]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 07:21:40 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/217*120/bowlings1.JPG

The 2018 Junior Gold Championship is taking place at eight bowling centers across North Texas. More than 4,000 youth bowlers from across the globe will be here.

<![CDATA[10 Straight Days of 100 Degrees Predicted for DFW]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 06:52:34 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Generic+Sun+Generic+Sunset+Generic+Hot+Generic+Heat+Wave.JPG

Triple digit temperatures are here to stay for the next several days, according to the NBC DFW Weather Experts.

Starting Monday, 10 consecutive days of 100 degrees or higher are expected in the forecast, and during that time the temperature is never expected to dip below 80 degrees.

As a result, cooling centers are open at several locations throughout North Texas. You can find lists here and here.

The record for most consecutive days of 100-plus degrees in Dallas-Fort Worth is 42, set during the summer of 1980.

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<![CDATA[Crowdfunding a Home's Down Payment Now Possible]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:06:30 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/6a+p-n5r+crowdfund+your_KXASI1G0_2018-07-16-06-12-45.jpg

Ashley Casey and Heather Jackson are getting married this fall.

They're on the hunt for a new home as they combine families.

Their must-have's mixed with North Texas' hot real estate market have been a struggle.

"You have all these down payment requirements, and you have to have 1 percent earnest money depending on what range you’re looking in, plus all the option fees, all of it adds up," Casey said.

They had to put their search on hold when they realized they just didn't have the cash.

Jonathan Lawless from government-sponsored Federal National Mortgage Association, known as Fannie Mae, says it's a huge problem, not just in North Texas.

"When we survey millennials the number one obstacle between them and owning a home is down payments," Lawless said.

Lawless says Fannie Mae has a new solution: crowdfunding.

Just like people ask others to gift them money for vacations or start up businesses, Fannie Mae is working with a lender to let you crowdfund your home's down payment.

Until now if someone gave you cash to help with a down payment they had to do it six months before you buy the home, write letters explaining the gifts and submit their bank records to show the path of the money.

These new programs would eliminate some of those intrusive requirements.

HomeFundMe lets anyone chip in cash to help couples like Ashley and Heather make their down payment bigger to get the house they really want.

There's also Loftium which will give you money for a down payment if you let them rent out a bedroom or mother in law suite on AirBnB to make the money back.

Ashley and Heather --- they had a tough call to make in their search, they had to take a break from house hunting and save.

With any deal you have to look at the contract carefully Loftium requires you to rent that room out, if you don’t then you have to pay back that money to the company.

HomeFundMe forces you to use one lender, and you might find better interest rates with another.

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<![CDATA[DPS Officials Investigating Brief Late Night Chase on I-635]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:05:39 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/192*120/Screen+Shot+2018-07-16+at+1.00.39+AM.png

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is investigating a late night chase after a driver chose to evade a Highway Patrol Trooper attempting to stop the car for a traffic violation on Interstate Highway 635.

A little after 10 p.m., the driver led police east on I-635 to Audelia road. The vehicle stopped near the intersection of Audelia Road and Tanglevine Drive in Dallas.

The chase reached speeds over 100 miles per hour, according to police.

Two individuals were taken into custody without incident.

According to police, two others ran away from the scene. No troopers or suspects had any reported injuries.

DPS officials are still investigating the incident.

[This story will continue to be updated as more details are released.]

<![CDATA[1 Arrested After Police Track Stolen Vehicle: PD]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 06:00:26 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/raw_stolenvehicle_Dallas.jpg

One person was arrested after police located a stolen vehicle in Dallas early Monday. The stolen vehicle was tracked about 2 a.m. near U.S. 175 and Lake June Road. Units were able to track the vehicle into far east Dallas at a car wash where police surrounded the vehicle and took the driver into custody.

<![CDATA[Women Talk About Rare Cancer From Breast Implants]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 11:17:48 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Women_Talk_About_Rare_Cancer_From_Breast_Implants.jpg

Three women from around North America gathered in Dallas to talk about a rare cancer they got from their breast implants. It's a certain kind of lymphoma, detected in just the last ten years. The women hope their story will empower other women to talk with their doctors about their risks. Their awareness video will air on the Plastic Surgery Channel.

<![CDATA[Coppell Works to Battle Erosion Problems]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 06:31:03 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/240*120/hunterwood+Park.PNG

The city of Coppell is working against Mother Nature trying to stop an erosion issue at Hunterwood Park.

The stream causing the issue is a tributary of Grapevine Creek and city officials are planning to begin a project to protect city park land and ultimately any nearby private property.

“We are catching it before it gets close to any homes,” Director of Public Works Kent Collins said. “It extends about a quarter mile about 1,200 feet downstream and we will be making improvements all along the stretch.”

The plan to battle the erosion is multifaceted including placing walls along the stream; anchored in the stream itself. Structures will also get added to stream to stabilize the flow of the creek; reducing the velocity of the creek for the future. Part of the plan is to shift the flow of the water; creating deposits on the bank to build it up.

“We are doing some live staking where we will use a chain link fence type material along the bank and we will use some live trees to hold that in place to protect areas that are stable to protect against future erosion,” Collins said.

The plan works to keep the natural flow and shape of the stream while still protecting property.

Once the bidding process for the project wraps, it should take four to six months to complete. The cost of the project is estimated between $600,000 to $700,000.

<![CDATA[Police Search for Vehicle in Deadly Cyclist Hit and Run]]> Sun, 15 Jul 2018 22:28:52 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GP-Car-Hit-and-Run-071518.jpg

Grand Prairie police are searching for a car involved in a fatal hit and run crash with a bicyclist early Sunday morning.

Police said at about 6 a.m. a bicyclist was struck at South Belt Line Road at the Interstate 20 Eastbound frontage road. The bicyclist, identified as 42-year-old Calvin John Middleton, died at the scene.

The vehicle that struck the bicyclist is described as a gray four-door sedan with damage to the front end. Police also said the front passenger headlight is out.

The department released new information about the suspect vehicle late Sunday afternoon.

Detectives now believe the suspect was driving a gray 2008 Chevy Malibu based on witness accounts and the investigation.

However, Grand Prairie police said the suspect vehicle might instead be an Impala.

Police said the suspect vehicle fled the scene driving northbound on Belt Line Road. Witnesses described the people inside the vehicle as two black females in their late 20's. The driver was wearing a pink shirt, khaki shorts and pink tennis shoes.

Grand Prairie police have two things working in their favor at this point in the investigation: witnesses who stopped to help and traffic surveillance video that shows the suspect leaving the scene of the crash.

Middleton's family spent the day in Cedar Hill surrounded by family and friends.

At one point, Middleton's elderly mother and younger brother Shon Middleton held hands in prayer.

They are asking the driver to 'do the right thing' and turn herself in.

"An accident situation turned into a murder situation. That's the part we're trying to get answers about," Shon Middleton said. "All this person had to do was the right thing. They won't be in trouble by doing the right thing. We would just have to grieve that it was an accident. But now we have to look at it a total different way of you actually left my brother there with no help."

Middleton said his big brother found a passion for cycling about two years ago.

"That's what actually puts a smile on my face and kind of gives me a little joy because I know for sure he enjoyed what he was doing," he said.

Police said Middleton was wearing full protective gear and traveling legally on the road at the time of the crash.

<![CDATA[McKinney Man Competes in Tour de France]]> Sun, 15 Jul 2018 22:33:00 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/McKinney+Man+Tour+de+France+071518.jpg

From her living room in McKinney, DeLayne Haga catches up on the latest stage of the 2018 Tour de France, the way perhaps only a mother can.

"My younger son makes fun of me because I watch to see Chad, I don't watch the race. I just watch to look for my son," Haga said.

She navigates a DVR recording of Sunday's run and points out where her son, 29-year-old Chad Haga, is riding at the front in the breakaway.

"They had a lot of crashes today. They're going over cobblestones," she explained. "Very dangerous."

Chad Haga, a Texas native who graduated from McKinney High School, has competed in seven other Grand Tours. This is Haga's first Tour de France, competing as a support rider on Team Sunweb.

Just two and a half years ago, Haga survived a horrific crash during a training ride in Europe.

DeLayne Haga said a British woman, driving on the wrong side of the road while in Spain, hit six members of Team Giant-Alpecin during a training ride. DeLayne Haga said Chad was airlifted to a hospital where he spent two days in intensive care to repair veins and arteries in his neck and face. He also suffered an eye socket fracture, but pressed on after his release from the hospital.

"He worked so hard and he was back racing again two months later," DeLayne Haga said. "He didn't want the accident to decide that would be the end of his career, he wanted to be the one to decide when he quits cycling."

The Haga family suffered another blow the same year when Chris Haga, Chad's father and DeLayne's husband, died.

DeLayne Haga said her husband never smoked and was blindsided by a stage 4 cancer diagnosis.

Chris Haga, who also got into cycling to spend time with Chad and his brother, encouraged Chad at a pivotal point in his career.

In 2010, Chad was offered a job at Texas Instruments. The Texas A&M graduate had a degree in mechanical engineering and had also been approached by two semi-pro cycling teams.

Chris Haga told his son to follow his dreams.

"Go for it. He said, 'I know you'll make it' and he has. Chris would be so happy and so proud," DeLayne Haga said. "His dad had given him the blessing to do this. I think he's doing it for his dad too."

DeLayne Haga, an author, published a book her late husband wrote about his cancer fight called "Cancer on Two Wheels." In it, he described the conversation with his son.

"I didn't want Chad to ever have to wonder, 'What if?' I called him later that day and told him that now was the time for him to go for it," Chris Haga wrote. "Cancer has taught me to pursue the dreams while they're fresh."

"I have no doubt he will make it," he went on to write.

On Sunday, DeLayne Haga watched the Tour de France for the both of them.

"Chris would want to see this," she said.

"This is the epitome of what every cyclist dreams of once they start cycling," DeLayne Haga said. "He's finally reaching his dream."

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<![CDATA[Dallas Man Shot Pregnant Woman in Head, Called Mom: Police]]> Sun, 15 Jul 2018 20:42:33 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Randy-Chiles-mug-071518.jpg

A Dallas man has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a pregnant woman at a northwest Dallas apartment.

Randy Lamone Chiles, 28, was booked Saturday afternoon on a capital murder charge in the slaying of Jennifer Moore.

Moore, 28, was found dead in a bed around 11:45 a.m. Wednesday after officers were summoned to a home in the 2800 block of Clydedale Drive, just off Northwest Highway near Denton Drive.

Read more from our media partner The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[Vehicle Drives Off Road, Onto DART Rail]]> Sun, 15 Jul 2018 18:39:45 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dart-train-slrv-01.jpg

A vehicle went off the roadway and onto the DART rail line near Pacific Avenue and Houston Street at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

A sedan got stuck on the rail line, but was pulled back onto the road.

DART officials are investigated the incident and made sure there was no damage to the track.

Trains resumed service at 4:30 a.m. The condition of the driver is unknown.

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<![CDATA[Soccer Fans Pack Klyde Warren Park to Watch World Cup Final]]> Sun, 15 Jul 2018 17:58:03 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+World+Cup+watch+party+071518.jpg

Klyde Warren Park attracted a crowd of people Sunday for a FIFA World Cup final watch party.

"This is an awesome place. We were so excited they were actually having it here," said Veronica Mariscal, who came with her daughter to watch the match.

The park had food trucks, tailgate games and a giant TV screen broadcasting the action-packed match.

Attendees sported different jerseys, tattoos and flags to show support for their team.

Philippe Henry is from France, but lives in Dallas now.

He came to Klyde Warren Park to watch the match with a group of people in the French community of North Texas.

"Last time France won the World Cup was in 1998, and I was in the stadium," Henry said.

He was excited to see his home country crowned again this year.

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<![CDATA[Streets in Fort Worth's West 7th Area Become One-Way]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 11:42:44 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/one-way-sign-generic.jpg

If you live, shop or eat in the West 7th neighborhood of Fort Worth, be alert of four streets becoming one-way starting early Monday morning. Crews unwrapped new signage and many cars were seen driving the wrong direction by 6 a.m.

Morton, Bledsoe, Norwood and Foch streets were changed to one-way streets to improve crowd control, access for emergency vehicles and to reduce vehicle-pedestrian conflicts, city officials said.

More improvements to the area are expected to be made in the coming months.

Proposed improvements include upgraded traffic and pedestrian signals and railroad crossings, shared bus and bike lanes, a landscaped median, mid-block crosswalks with pedestrian islands, and sidewalk and street light improvements.

The city is will also install up to 250 parking meters in July in and near the West Seventh Urban Village core. Parking fees will be in effect from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The meters are expected to pay for themselves in their first year of operation.

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<![CDATA[Ramp, Lane Closures to Affect Drivers in Downtown Dallas]]> Sun, 15 Jul 2018 17:35:02 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas+122212+traffic.jpg

Drivers in Downtown Dallas should expect closures affecting Interstate 35E and the Dallas North Tollway starting Sunday night, the Texas Department of Transportation says.

As part of the Lowest Stemmons Project various ramps and lanes will close overnight from Sunday through Saturday. Most of the closures begin at 9 p.m. each night and end at 5 a.m. the following morning.

The start time of the overnight closures will be delayed on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday to accommodate events at the American Airlines Center.

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During the day, crews will close the Reunion Boulevard entrance ramp to Interstate 30, as well as various lanes on both sides of Reunion Boulevard daily from Monday through Saturday.

Additionally, the southbound direct connector from the Dallas North Tollway to I-35E will be completely closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday and Friday.

The Lowest Stemmons Project runs along I-35E from I-30 to just north of Oak Lawn Avenue.

Here is a full list of closures, according to the Texas Department of Transportation, from July 15-21:

Nighttime Closures: Sunday, July 15 through Saturday, July 21

  • Reunion Boulevard entrance ramp to eastbound I-30 will be closed from 8 p.m. till 5 a.m.
  • Southbound I-35E, various lanes between Hi Line Drive and I-30 will be closed from 9 p.m. till 5 a.m.
  • Southbound Continental Avenue entrance ramp to I-35E will be closed Thursday, July 19 and Friday, July 20 from 9 p.m. till 5 a.m.
  • Northbound I-35E Continental Avenue exit ramp will be closed on Thursday, July 19 and Friday, July 20 from 9 p.m. till 5 a.m.
  • Dallas North Tollway southbound exit ramp to southbound I-35E will be closed on Thursday, July 19 and Friday, July 20 from 9 p.m. till 5 a.m. on Saturday, July 21

NOTE: The above nighttime closures will be delayed until a later hour on Sunday, July 15, Wednesday, July 18 and Friday, July 20 to accommodate the start of several events at the American Airlines Center.

Day Time Closures: Monday, July 16 through Saturday, July 21

  • Reunion Entrance Ramp to I-30 will be closed from 7:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m. each day
  • Various lanes on both east and westbound Reunion Boulevard will be closed from 9 a.m. till 3:30 p.m. each day

Long-Term Closures

Southbound I-35E frontage road between Inspiration Drive and Continental Avenue is estimated to remain closed until the end of the summer. (South of Hi Line Drive)

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<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Justin]]> Sun, 15 Jul 2018 12:37:01 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/POTW-Justin.jpg

 The Humane Society of North Texas joined NBC 5 Today with our Pet of the Week, Justin.

<![CDATA[Security Guard Shoots Man Who Pulled A Gun: Fort Worth PD]]> Sun, 15 Jul 2018 11:50:39 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fort-worth-police-generic-tape.jpg

Police are investigating an early morning shooting where a man was shot several times by a security guard at a club in Fort Worth.

Officers were called at about 2:45 a.m. Sunday to The Roxy Showgirls club in the 1300 block of Northeast Loop 820 Service Road. Police said a man was in an argument with the club's security guard when he pulled a gun out on the guard. The security guard pulled his own gun on the man and shot him multiple times.

The man shot was taken to a Fort Worth hospital in critical condition. The security guard remained on scene and is reportedly cooperating in the investigation, according to police.

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<![CDATA[Teens Credited With Saving Friend Who Had Seizure in Pool]]> Sat, 14 Jul 2018 22:52:39 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Wylie-pool-rescue-071418.jpg

Saturday morning, 15-year-old Arianna McClain woke up on a palette on her living room floor next to friends Savannah Meza and Marissa. It was the end to a sleepover that was no ordinary get together as the teens celebrated heroic actions and most importantly, life.

Just days before, Arianna, who's been diagnosed with both autism and epilepsy, was with both girls at Surf and Swim in Garland, Texas, for a birthday party.

Her friends kept a close eye on her as they waded deeper in the wave pool, but they were confident in knowing Arianna can swim.

As the pool filled up and the waves kicked on, something changed for Arianna. Few might have noticed. But from across the pool, Arianna's mom Kathryn Jennet knew exactly what would come next.

"I saw a change in Arianna's body. And I thought, 'Oh.' You know, it just triggered a warning to me. I started yelling, 'She's epileptic. She's epileptic. She's having a seizure!,'" said Kathryn Jennet.

But in the midst of happy chaos that surrounded them, Jennet said it felt as though her cries fell on deaf ears.

"It was just so surreal because it was like everyone was in their own little bubble of happiness and having fun and then there was this little nucleus of terror going on around all these people that had no idea that someone was drowning," Jennet said.

Yet, at just 14 years old and measuring in at nearly a foot shorter than Arianna, Savannah and her friend Marissa jumped into action.

"While my friend was like pushing her up, I was going underwater trying to push her up by her feet. And the waves kept going over us, so we kept dropping her and going underwater as well," Meza said.

Meza recalled that moment feeling like an eternity.

"It was scary… terrifying," she said.

But while Jennet remembered watching and thinking all three girls were in danger, Meza said she and Marissa had no plans of giving up.

"Me and my friend were saying that if anything happened to us, we wouldn't care as long as she got onto shore safe," Meza said.

Which they did, keeping Arianna above water until both her brother made it across the pool and a lifeguard was able to stop the waves and jump into help.

"I'm just very grateful to them, very much because if they hadn't, I might not have my daughter today… I hope they're friends for the rest of their lives," Jennet said.

A spokesperson for the Garland Fire Department confirmed the incident happened, saying Arianna was out of the water and conscious by the time the ambulance arrived.

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<![CDATA[Pianos to Be Placed Around Dallas for People to Play]]> Sat, 14 Jul 2018 20:14:12 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Play+On+Dallas+071418.jpg

Downtown Dallas was alive with the sound of music on Saturday.

People headed out to Main Street Garden Park to check out three colorful pianos.

The pianos were painted by Leigha Lugo for a project called "Play On, Dallas!"

Lugo, along with the city's Office of Cultural Affairs, decided that each of the pianos would be placed in different spots around the city, including Pegasus Park, the Dallas Farmers Market, and Dallas Love Field Airport.

Lugo hopes the pianos will connect the city to arts and music.

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<![CDATA[Austin Becomes Home to Army's High-Tech Futures Command]]> Sat, 14 Jul 2018 21:33:15 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Downtown+Austin+022916.jpg

The Army made it official this morning that Austin will be the home of its new Futures Command headquarters. "Austin, Texas, was chosen based on its quality of life and proximity to commercial technology, research and development and academic innovation," the Army said in a video announcement on its website.

In a contest that has been called the military's version of Amazon's second headquarters sweepstakes, Austin has been selected as the home of the Army's new Futures Command, where sci-fi ideas become reality.

Austin beat out four other finalists, including Boston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Raleigh, N.C. Dallas had been one of the initial 15 cities considered before that list was pared down in early June.

Read more from our media partner The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[Police Release Suspect's Name in Shooting]]> Sat, 14 Jul 2018 23:04:13 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DPD-SHOOTING-071318.JPG

A teen who stole a car, crashed it into a creek and raised a gun at authorities before he was shot and killed by police has been identified.

On Sunday, the Dallas Police Department said the medical examiner confirmed the identity of the teen as 17-year-old Jesse Carillo.

Carillo was shot and killed early Friday after a car chase ended in a crash and he got out with a weapon, Dallas Chief of Police Renee Hall said Friday.

Officers ordered the man to lower his weapon and he raised the weapon in officer's direction, Hall said. Officers fired, fearing for their safety, and shot the suspect, Hall said.

The suspect's weapon was located at the scene. No officers were injured, police said.

The stolen vehicle was reported crashing into a citizen's vehicle about 4:45 a.m. in the 3400 block of Indianola Street. The citizen came outside and the suspect reportedly fired shots, police said. The citizen was not struck and the suspect continued on, striking multiple vehicles as he drove away, police said.

Police responded and a chase ensued into the creek in the 9300 block of Havencove Drive near Pleasant Grove.

Police are reviewing the body camera footage.

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<![CDATA[Man Hit by Truck and Killed on Highway 360]]> Sat, 14 Jul 2018 20:50:20 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Arlington+Police1.jpg

A man trying to cross the mainlanes of state Highway 360 in Arlington was hit and killed by a truck tractor early Saturday morning, police say.

According to the Arlington Police Department, the incident happened just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday on the northbound side of Highway 360 near E. Broad Street.

After the collision, the driver of the truck stopped and called 911. When officers arrived, the man who was hit was laying in the middle lane.

Police said the ensuing investigation revealed the man had tried to cross the highway on foot when he was hit by a commercial truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No other people or vehicles were involved in the crash, police said. The man has not yet been identified.

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<![CDATA[Valdez Campaign Makes Three North Texas Stops]]> Sat, 14 Jul 2018 20:03:19 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lupe+Valdez+campaign+stop+071418.jpg

The Democratic nominee for Texas governor, Lupe Valdez, made three campaign stops in North Texas Saturday.

Valdez, the former Dallas County Sheriff, met with supporters in McKinney, Fort Worth and Weatherford.

Valdez trailed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the Republican incumbent, by 12 points in a late-June University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll.

According to the Valdez campaign's Facebook page, the candidate's next event will be Sunday at the Dallas Blue Wave Rally in Dallas.

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<![CDATA[Construction to Close Lanes on Highway 183 Saturday Night]]> Sat, 14 Jul 2018 19:23:42 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/State+Highway+183+Irving.jpg

Drivers in Irving and Dallas could see delays Saturday night and early Sunday morning, as crews take a big step in the construction project on state Highway 183.

Overnight Saturday, SouthGate Constructors will move eastbound traffic on Highway 183 onto new bridges and main lanes from Carl Road in Irving to Mockingbird Lane in Dallas. The work will include opening a new bridge over the Trinity River.

According to SouthGate Constructors, two eastbound lanes on Highway 183 will be closed during construction Saturday night, leaving one lane to get by.

Crews will close several ramps, including eastbound Highway 183 off-ramps to Loop 12 and Spur 482, the southbound Spur 482 ramp to eastbound Highway 183, and the eastbound 183 off-ramp to Mockingbird Lane near Dallas Love Field.

The construction is part of the Midtown Express project, which runs along Highway 183 from state Highway 121 in Euless all the way to Interstate 35E in Dallas.

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<![CDATA[Texas Police Lip Sync Battles Go Nationwide]]> Sat, 14 Jul 2018 09:17:10 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ladie+cops.JPG

A lip sync battle between Texas police departments that began last month is spreading nationwide and racking up millions of video views.

After appearing to begin in Central Texas, the challenges spread from one department to another until the eventually ended up going out of state.

The videos show officers lip syncing various pop songs -- most from behind the wheel of a patrol car, but some involved more elaborate shoots such as the one published earlier this week by the Norfolk, Virginia Police Department.

We've embedded a number of them below -- if we missed one, email us at newstips@nbcdfw.com and we'll get it added to the list.

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<![CDATA[Deputies Searching for Driver in Deadly Dallas Hit and Run]]> Sun, 15 Jul 2018 21:00:01 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Hit+and+Run+071418.jpg

One man is dead after being hit after he took photos of a different crash on the side of Interstate 35E in Dallas.

Deputies responded to the crash just before 3 a.m. on I-35E near Market Center in Dallas. The 27-year-old male victim, identified as Ahmad S. Shehata, was killed after he was hit by another vehicle.

Detective Raul Reyna of the Dallas County Sheriff's Office said Shehata sideswiped a vehicle that was involved in a previous crash on the side of I-35E. Reyna said Shehata got out of his Honda to take photos of the damage and talk to the other drivers.

Reyna said Shehata was a student at UT-Southwestern Medical Center, however a spokesperson for school told NBC 5 Saturday that the man was neither a current student or employee.

Sunday, UT-Southwestern confirmed Shehata had attended classes on the school's campus put on by a separate entity. Therefore, he had a UT-Southwestern student ID, but was not enrolled.

Investigators said when Shehata returned to his vehicle, another car hit him and killed him. The vehicle that hit him did not stop and kept going. Witnesses told investigators it was a low profile dark-colored small car or SUV.

Detectives said the vehicle that hit Shehata has extensive damage to the right front and likely did not get far from the crash scene. Deputies canvassed the area, but did not locate the vehicle.

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<![CDATA[Bedford Homeowners Frustrated They Can't Access Water Meters Anymore]]> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 22:35:19 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pre-locked+water+meter.jpg

If you've ever had to shut off your water in an emergency, you know that every minute counts to stop a flood. But homeowners in Bedford no longer have access to the only shut-off valve many of them have ever used because the city is now locking up its water meters.

"We received notice on Monday that they would be switching out the meter but nothing about the fact that the box would be locked and inaccessible," said homeowner John Farish.

Farish is used to doing his own plumbing work.

"And this is where I come and shut the water off for the house,” he said. “I don't know of any other place where I can shut off the water to the whole house."

That's the case for most homeowners, though it's actually against state law to operate city-owned meters. But Bedford's public works director Kenny Overstreet says that's not why they're adding the locks.

"We're not locking it to keep the homeowner out,” Overstreet said. “We're locking it to protect the city's property."

They're replacing 15,000 old meters with new digital ones that are more accurate and more expensive. The meter box now contains close to $600 worth of equipment that can transmit water usage information directly to the city, without a meter reader coming out.

Homeowners can track it closely too, by signing up here.

"If you call up, have a concern about your bill, we're able to look it up, walk you through it,” Overstreet said. “You can be looking at the same time, show you what we're seeing."

But in an emergency if you need to shut off the water quickly and can't find the home's private valve, it's an average 20-minute wait during business hours for a city worker to get there and do it for you, double that in off times.

"You can do a lot of damage to the interior of a house in 20 minutes," Farish said.

That idea is sparking frustrations for “Do It Yourselfers” who now can't do this alone.

"Knowing where the box is, knowing how to cut the water off, it's kind of like having candy up in a jar but you can't open the jar and get at the candy," said Farish.

Bedford is also hoping the locks will cut down on liability claims from people stepping into open meter boxes and hurting themselves.

If you don't know where your home's private shut-off valve is, you can call the city’s public works department at 817-952-2200 and someone will come help you look for it. That’s also the number to call if you need to access your water meter during business hours.

For after-hours emergency assistance, you can call the police dispatch non-emergency line at 817-952-2127.

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<![CDATA[Spirit Airlines Flight Diverted to Tulsa, Sits on Tarmac for Over Three Hours]]> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 22:31:11 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/New-spirit-airlines-photo.jpg

Passengers onboard a Spirit Airlines Flight headed to Dallas, that was diverted to Tulsa, where it sat on the tarmac for over three hours, are opening up about the nearly 17-hour journey to Dallas.

“Every message we would receive from the flight crew would change minute by minute,” Alain Laforest, one of the passengers onboard said.

The flight left New York’s LaGuardia International Airport around 2:00pm on Thursday and was scheduled to arrive in Dallas by 5:00pm local time. But Spirit Airlines says severe weather at DFW caused the flight to hold and eventually the decision was made to divert to Tulsa.

In a statement the airline said in part:

“As a result of long ground delays in Dallas, our flight Crew was legally required to be put on rest and therefore no longer allowed to continue to Dallas.”

On the ground in Tulsa, passengers say they were kept on the plane for hours.

“People got nervous, people got agitated,” Laforest said. “There were kids bouncing off the walls, dogs peeing, people shaking and crying honestly,” he continued.

After being let off the plane around 9:00 p.m., Spirit Airlines says buses were called to take passengers to Dallas. But Laforest and two other passengers opted to instead rent a car, arriving in Dallas at 5:00 a.m. on Friday.

“I ended up driving for five hours with people I’ve never met before,” Laforest said.

Spirit says it has offered a refund and $100-dollar voucher to all passengers onboard the flight.

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<![CDATA[NTX Mother Gives Birth On Friday The 13th]]> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 22:19:56 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/friday+13th+family.jpg

People often associate Friday the 13th with bad luck, but it seems to be one North Texas family's lucky day. 

Rivann Yu just gave birth to her second child at Medical City Plano.

The healthy boy, Sebastien, is doing great. 

"He was born at 10:20 a.m. this morning, on Friday the 13th. It's funny to us, because our daughter, was also born on Friday the 13th, two years ago," said Yu. 

As if that wasn't enough coincidence for you on this Friday, Yu discovered her attending nurse, Kelley Ellis, was also born on Friday, March 13th. 

It's funny how things work out sometimes. 

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<![CDATA[Twin Brothers Lead Police on Two Separate Car Chases ]]> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 22:24:42 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bros1.jpg

At about 9 a.m on July 13, twin brothers Joshua and Jonathan Aguilera were driving a stolen vehicle in Grand Prairie.

According to police, Jonathan was at the wheel with Joshua riding along. At one point before police were following, Joshua exited the vehicle his brother was driving and stole another vehicle. He then fled on I-30.

Joshua would eventually wreck the stolen vehicle in the area of I-30 and Westmoreland. He then walked into a scrap yard and stole a truck.

He led police on a chase across multiple counties, nearly hitting other drivers and driving in the wrong direction at one point.

The chase came to a peaceful end in Corinth on the northbound service road of I-35E near Corinth Parkway. A dog belonging to the owner of the truck was recovered from the truck and was unharmed in the chase.

Joshua Aguilera was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery and evading in a vehicle.

As Joshua's chase ended, Jonathan was fleeing Grand Prairie police. Jonathan led officers on a chase that ended when he lost control of the vehicle and hit a median on I-30 and Hampton Road. He attempted to flee on foot, but was quickly caught.

Jonathan Aguilera is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, evading arrest, possession of a controlled substance and criminal mischief.

All stolen vehicles were recovered by the Grand Prairie Police Department.

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<![CDATA[Granbury Distillery Makes Spirits From Cow Milk Waste]]> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 19:37:43 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/goat-vodka-new.jpg

Along North Houston Street in Granbury, on what used to be a used car lot, a brand new local distillery is churning out homemade spirits using a unique ingredient -- cow’s milk.

More specifically, waste from the milk known as "whey."

"It doesn't taste anywhere near milk,” said Ryan Hayse, who was there drinking vodka with buddies for his bachelor party.

The business is called Local Goat Distillery.

Owner Roger Wall said it’s only the second distillery in the country making whey-based spirits.

Wall and his wife Jessica opened about five months ago after they left the Texas Air National Guard and sold their farm.

"We're all about using waste products,” Roger Wall said. “We get the waste for free. That doesn't mean it's free to make. It takes a lot of man-hours. It is very hard to do."

The whey comes straight from a farm in Dublin, Texas, in big containers. It takes about 300 gallons to make just 70 bottles of alcohol.

All of it goes through a big still that Wall imported from China.

"And we run it through the entire system here,” Wall said. “The whole point is to remove water. So once we remove all the water, it comes out a spirit."

The distillery opened just a few months ago, and the product is already getting rave reviews.

"It's clean, it's refreshing,” said Jeff Keesee, who was there for the bachelor party. “It's not as fruity or sweet as you think it would be. It's refreshing but not overpowering, you know. It's good."

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<![CDATA[Waxahachie's Red Barn Could Be Demolished]]> Sat, 14 Jul 2018 20:57:15 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/WAXAHACHIE+RED+BARN.jpg

The Red Barn Flea Market has been slowly growing in Waxahachie since 2012.

“It might not be the prettiest place in town, but we’ve got the best stuff!” said owner Nelda Brown with a laugh.

She said its items, shoppers and sellers are as diverse as Waxahachie.

“We suit from low income to high income,” Brown said. Her building is now home to 85 vendors and many of them depend on it.

“It’s not just, you know, something fun we’re all doing,” Brown said. “I mean this is my livelihood. This is my income.”

But because of eminent domain, everything she and her husband have worked to build could all be going away.

“Okay, we’re right here,” Ross Brown, Nelda Brown’s husband, said while pointing to a map hanging at the store’s entrance. “And this is where the bridge is going.”

He’s pointing to a draft of a construction plan that could makeover their livelihood—because just outside Red Barn’s entrance, is where US 77 is getting an upgrade.

Michelle Raglon, a public information officer for TxDOT Dallas District, said in an email to NBC5 that the project will start in late 2019 and end in late 2020-2021.

TxDOT needs the Red Barn property to make this road project possible. Brown said the state made her an offer to buy her out.

“I can’t disclose the amount I was offered, but it was not enough to touch the mortgage that I have,” Brown said. “It was a slap in the face is what it really was.”

Brown and her husband took this old building, fixed it up, and made it a community jewel where people hunt for antique treasures. Now, they wait and fight to keep it.

Raglon’s email stated, “TxDOT continues to meet with property owners and elected officials during final design. Engineers are looking at ways to minimize the need for right of way on this project – a process that the department undertakes on all of its projects. If property is acquired, property owners will receive compensation and relocation assistance. Property owners will also have an opportunity to appeal an offer.”

Raglon’s full email, which includes information to help explain their process, how the US 77 project has progressed with approval from the City of Waxahachie and others, and how TxDOT continues to work with property owners is included here:

“TxDOT worked for years with representatives from the city and community to develop the project. That effort included several stakeholder and public meetings that provided public involvement throughout the planning process. The project received environmental clearance and approval in March 2017, allowing final design and construction to begin.

The project will replace the existing bridge, build a new bridge and install pieces of the old bridge in a new park plaza that will be created as part of the project. The department worked with multiple entities in the last few years to get an agreed upon project. That includes the City of Waxahachie, the State Historic Preservation and Texas Historic Commission, as well as the general public.

TxDOT continues to meet with property owners and elected officials during final design. Engineers are looking at ways minimize the need for right of way on this project – a process that the department undertakes on all of its projects.

If property is acquired, property owners will receive compensation and relocation assistance. Property owners will also have an opportunity to appeal an offer.

There is information on www.keepitmovingdallas.com that details information about the project’s history.”

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<![CDATA[Another Round of Saharan Dust Headed to Texas]]> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 18:21:54 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SAHARAN-DUST-NOAA.jpg

More African dust is on the way to Texas and will likely be more concentrated Sunday through the first half of next week.

This will make skies hazy again in Texas for the second time in two weeks. This is especially true during the morning and the evening.

Although there are no health hazards associated with the dust, the dust may be irritating for those with allergies or lung issues. Those with breathing issues are advised to stay indoors or limit outdoor exposure on days with higher dust concentrations -- especially late this weekend through early next week.

Also, if you plan to be outdoors this weekend, be sure to stay hydrated. It will turn hotter and drier Saturday through Wednesday with triple-digit heat returning.

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<![CDATA[Hackers Steal Home Buyer's $400,000 Down Payment]]> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 17:43:12 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/home-buyer-wire-money.jpg

Real estate professionals and the FBI have a warning for home buyers and sellers: You will be targeted by thieves and hackers.

"My down payment was about $400,000," a woman in the California Bay Area said.

The home buyer asked to remain anonymous, but she wanted us to share her story to make sure no one else suffers the same fate she did.

"I found similar stories are happening to people everywhere around the U.S.," she said.

The home buyer lives in San Jose and she is close to retirement. She found a nice home she could afford that meets her needs better than her current residence. Once the seller accepted her offer, she prepared to make the $400,000 down payment.

Online thieves had other ideas. Scammers sent the buyer counterfeit emails, which appeared to come from both the real estate agent and the title company.

"They asked me to wire all the money instead of a cashier's check," she said. "He said the seller changed [the purchase agreement]."

She wired the $400,000, as instructed. Then, she went to the real title company for closing. Not long after came terrible news.

"Two hours later, the title company called me and said they didn't receive the funds," she said.

Desperate to stop the transaction, she raced to her bank, but it was too late. Her down payment and hopes of buying a new home were long gone.

"I was so shocked," she said. "The [down payment] saving, it took me 10 years of my life."

She's not alone. The FBI says cyber-crime targeting home sales has exploded. The agency reports Americans lost $19 million to real estate wire fraud in 2016; a year later, the total skyrocketed to $969 million, a five-fold increase.

Put another way, that amounts to $2.65 million in real estate funds stolen from home buyers every day, some $110,000 per hour, every hour.

"One of the local county managers talked about getting almost 200,000 cyber-attacks a day on their servers," David Walsh said. "There's going to be roughly 410,000 [real estate] transactions this year, and my suspicion is all 410,000 are going to be targeted at some point, for some kind of wire fraud."

The Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors said this is a huge problem and it's growing rapidly.

The association said it's even seen more realtors operate via fax-only to avoid potential hacking.

The association is currently advising their members to warn their customers about this vicious scheme.

"If you just simply trust the wiring systems, based upon getting a single call or a single email, there could be problems," Walsh said.

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<![CDATA[Horseshoe Bend Water To Be Restored Friday]]> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 19:01:26 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/horseshoe-bend-water.jpg

It's been a week of frustration for people living in Horseshoe Bend.

The Parker County neighborhood has been without water for days. Some residents, left unable to shower, have been bathing in the Brazos River.

"Everybody down here got stinky after a three days, you know. We even got people go down the river and take a bath," said Bill Ellis, Horseshoe Bend resident. 

Complaint calls to Horseshoe Bend's water company, Texas Rain, started trickling in on Monday. Water service was temporarily restored Thursday, but a new leak was found in the tank and pressure dropped.

Welders arrived Friday to tend to the new leak, but first they had to empty it. The tank, now repaired, is once again being filled with water.

The leak is the fourth this week in a system that is more than four decades old.

"You know, this is the first place I've ever lived where the water gets cut off. And this has been going on now since November," said John Collins, Horseshoe Bend resident.

Collins is one of many residents who expressed concerns about the steady stream of troubles. Ellis said he's been dealing with water pressure issues twice a month, on average. He said it's a routine occurence for pipes, older than the 41 years he's lived there.

"We gotta lot of trees down here. They'll grow in next to a main line and break it and they put what I call a bandaid on them," Ellis said.

The president of Texas Rain said they've been hard at work repairing the leaks but that water had been spilling out faster than they could replace it.

Residents were warned they may again lose pressure Friday during the latest repair.

In the meantime, volunteers are passing out water bottles from Texas Rain because the low pressure water coming from the faucets isn't safe to drink.

"I put a big pot on the stove and get me some boiling water and I go in the bathroom and do kind of a monkey shower. Top of my head to the bottom of my feet, ya know?" Ellis said.

Texas Rain said the system should be fully functional by late Friday evening. Company president, Butch Hardie, told NBC 5 the problems weren't a maintenance issue. 

"It's just part of being a water distribution company," Hardie said, adding that "leaks happen."

The Texas Commission of Environmental Quality said it's in contact with the water company and Parker County Emergency Management, monitoring the situation. The boil order remains in effect until at least Monday when the water quality can be tested. 

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<![CDATA[Rangers, Papa John's Promotion Suspended Amid Scandal]]> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 17:09:17 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/184*120/Papa+Johns.jpg

In the wake of a scandal involving a racist slur that has forced the resignation of Papa John's Pizza founder John Schnatter from the company's board, the Rangers are suspending all promotions and advertising deals with the embattled pizza chain, The Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant reports.

The Rangers had no other comment on the matter.

Schnatter acknowledged using the slur on Wednesday and announced plans to step down from the company.

Papa John's announced Friday they were pulling Schnatter from company marketing materials, though he is still on the board and is the company's largest shareholder — meaning he remains a key presence.

The Washington Post reports a number of MLB teams have suspended their relationships with the pizza maker, including the Marlins, Nationals, Royals, Mariners, Rays and Orioles.

The Dallas Cowboys and Papa John's have had partnerships and sponsorship agreements going back years. When asked Friday if the Cowboys had any plans to alter their promotions with the pizza chain, they would only say that Papa John's is still one of the team's sponsors and that it's against company policy to discuss any details publicly.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is said to own more than 100 Papa John's franchises.

Late Friday afternoon, FC Dallas confirmed they, too, had suspended all promotions with Papa John's.

Elsewhere, the University of Louisville said Friday they were removing the Papa John's sponsorship of their football stadium -- going forward Papa John's Cardinal Stadium will be Cardinal Stadium.  Schnatter, who is a former UofL trustee, will also have his name removed from the Center for Free Enterprise at the university's College of Business.

Friday afternoon, Steve Ritchie, CEO of Papa John's International, released the following letter:

Papa John’s is not an individual. Papa John’s is a pizza company with 120,000 corporate and franchise team members around the world. Our employees represent all walks of life, and we are committed to fostering an inclusive and equitable workplace for all. Racism and any insensitive language, no matter what the context simply cannot – and will not – be tolerated at any level of our company.The Board of Directors of Papa John’s accepted Mr. Schnatter’s resignation as Chairman of the Board earlier this week. It has also been decided he will no longer be in any of the advertising or marketing materials associated with the brand.This decision is the first of several key steps to rebuild trust from the inside-out. We will be engaging a broad set of stakeholders to chart a course forward that demonstrates our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.First, we will identify and retain an independent and outside expert to audit all of our existing processes, policies and systems related to diversity and inclusion, supplier engagement and Papa John’s culture. As part of that process, we will establish a process for communicating progress against transparent goals to everyone in our Papa John’s family.The entire senior management team will also be visiting key locations across the country and hold listening sessions with employees in our stores to talk about what they are seeing and give them a platform to voice their concerns. To follow-up, we will initiate two-way conversations to invite ongoing feedback from employees and franchisees to ensure that their voices are heard.I will personally be leading this effort because there is nothing more important for Papa John’s right now. We want to regain trust, though I know we need to earn it. We will demonstrate that a diverse and inclusive culture exists at Papa John’s through our deeds and actions.