<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth News]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth https://www.nbcdfw.com en-usTue, 18 Sep 2018 08:19:34 -0500Tue, 18 Sep 2018 08:19:34 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Trial for Former Mesquite Police Officer to Begin Tuesday]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 08:09:00 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/200*120/DEREK+WILEY+PRESSER.jpg

The trial of a former Mesquite police officer, accused of unlawfully shooting and injuring a man, is slated to begin Tuesday.

Derick Wiley has been charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

In November 2017, then-Officer Wiley went to check on a vehicle alarm that was going off. When he arrived, he saw Lyndo Jones trying to get into a locked pickup truck.

What Wiley didn't know at the time is that the truck belonged to Jones, who says he was simply trying to turn the alarm off.

During their encounter, the two got into a scuffle, and Wiley pulled out his gun and shot Jones twice.

Jones survived and continues to recover.

Wiley was fired by the Mesquite Police Department following an internal investigation of the incident, which Chief Charles Cato said revealed that he violated multiple department policies when he shot Jones.

Wiley has appealed his termination.

He and his attorneys maintain that the shooting was lawful and in line with department policies, saying that Jones was uncooperative with him during their encounter and his actions caused Wiley to fear for his life.

Jones, his personal attorneys, and prosecutors note that he was unarmed at the time. They believe the evidence in the case shows that the use of deadly force was not justified.

The trial is scheduled to begin at 9:00am at the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas.

<![CDATA[NB I-45 Lanes Closed Due to Jackknifed 18-Wheeler]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 07:07:29 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FIFO-SVR50_4AM-8AM_732014_09-18-2018_2018-09-18-07-04-51.jpg

Northbound Interstate 45 is closed after an 18-wheeler jackknifed and struck a bridge support pillar, Wilmer police said. The driver was not harmed.

Southbound I-45 traffic is unaffected. Traffic is being forced onto the service road near Pleasant Run Road.

The Texas Department of Transportation has inspected the bridge and the structure is not threatened, police said.

Police are waiting for the 18-wheeler to be towed from the scene, which is expected to take some time.

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<![CDATA[Jobs Available, No Applicants: Dallas Fed]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 08:01:04 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/now+hiring2.JPG

If you are in the job market now may be the perfect time to apply, considering the results of a recent statewide survey of hundreds of employers.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas sends out a monthly survey to employers, and in August 66.2 percent of respondents – or two out of every three - answered ‘Yes’ to the question, “Are you having problems finding qualified workers when hiring?”

Then, of those respondents that answered ‘Yes,’ the most common answer to the follow-up question, “If you are having problems finding qualified workers, what are the main reasons?” was “Lack of available applicants/no applicants.” 72.8 percent of the respondents stated that was the case. No other option garnered even a 50 percent ‘Yes’ answer.

The results of that survey are not surprising to the owners of Manda Machine Company, a third-generation, family owned “job shop” that has been in operation in Northwest Dallas since 1950. Manda manufactures custom parts for clients ranging from local school districts to SpaceX.

Manda’s co-owner Richard Ellard made his “Help Wanted” plea known to the man who is third in line to the Presidency last week.

On Monday, September 10, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was in Dallas to help campaign for Republican Congressman Pete Sessions, who is up against Democrat Colin Allred, and made a stop at Manda to tout the benefit of the 2017 Republican-led tax reform.

During a lull in the conversation, Richard Ellard announced to the crowd, “if any of you guys are interested I’ve got job applications, because we’re looking for more people.”

Ellard’s brother, Todd, who also is a co-owner of Manda, said during a follow-up conversation this week that their company is looking to add four new positions – they currently employ 10 people – but has not seen the influx of qualified applicants they would expect.

“The job pool is kind of few and far between,” Todd Ellard said. “There are a lot of manufacturers here in Dallas and we are all pulling from the same group.”

Manda does its job postings online and in The Dallas Morning News, according to Todd Ellard.

But according to the owner of the oldest job placement firm in Texas, any failure to secure suitable applicants is the failure of the company and not the candidate.

“When they say, ‘Well, we can’t find very many good people,’ well they haven’t looked very hard,” said Anthony Beshara, Owner and President of Babich & Associates. “They don’t know how to look and they, most of the time, don’t necessarily know what they are looking for.”

Beshara has been placing salespeople in the Dallas area for the past 45 years, and his company has helped to place more than 100,000 people since 1952.

“Eventually companies will catch on that they have to interview faster. They have to find quality candidates in better ways than just running an ad on LinkedIn, CareerBuilder, ZipRecruiter or something like that,” Beshara said.

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<![CDATA[New Shopping Center Coming to Uptown Dallas]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 06:39:36 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/217*120/new_lot_uptown.JPG

A brand new shopping center may be on its way to one of the hottest real estate markets in the Dallas area. Trammell Crow Co. has plans to build a multi-site shopping center on a 16-acre lot north of Haskell Avenue and east of North Central Expressway.

The new project, called “Market Station,” will include dozens of retail shops and restaurants, an entertainment venue, and a parking garage. The piece of property is wedged between high dollar apartments in one of the busiest areas of town.

Initially, Sam’s Club, was proposed to fill the space, but after a battle with residents who live in the area, those plans were shut down.

The company believes it will be a vibrant destination.

<![CDATA[Consumers Warn of 'Dishonest' Hot Tub Company]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 08:00:55 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/responds-hot-tub-troubles.jpg

Two North Texas couples were excited to take a dip into their newly purchased hot tubs, but it didn’t take them long to realize their tubs had major problems.

Lon and Heather Truong recently built a back patio and thought a hot tub would be the perfect addition. They looked up hot tub companies online and came across Advanced Services.

They met the owner, David, at his warehouse and selected a refurbished hot tub for just under $2,800. They said he told them it was as good as new.

The receipt says all are sales final, but there’s also a 90 day warranty, so they felt good about their purchase. But on delivery day, they said the company was a no show.

"We were going back and forth through text saying, 'we're waiting on a part, we're waiting on a part,'" said Heather.

The tub eventually came, but when they filled it up, they said it started leaking. They called the owner to get a tech out to fix it.

"It was like pulling teeth," said Lon. "Calling him or texting him and he would come up with excuses on why they can't come out."

They said a tech eventually came out to fix the leak twice, but each time the leak came back. That wasn’t the only problem. The control panel stopped working, too. The couple said the owner refused to offer a refund and stopped returning their calls.

The Truongs are not alone.

Kathy Meringdol had neck and back surgery not too long ago and was hoping the hot tub would alleviate the pain. But like the Truongs, she said she got a lemon. She and her husband said the tub was missing a plug, three jets and an outside panel, so they haven’t been able to use it.

The owner told them he’d give them their money back, but he never showed.

Advanced Services, in Lancaster, has an F rating with the Better Business Bureau and several complaints on Google Reviews. After seeing this online, both couples called NBC 5 Responds, hoping that we could help.

David told us he did stay in contact with both couples, and any delayed responses were because he was out of town and dealing with a death in the family.

He said the Meringdols are just going through buyer’s remorse, but said he would give them there money back as a courtesy.

As for the Truongs, he said they tampered with the control panel and shorted it out, but parts were on the way, and he’d be willing to fix it.

After we got involved, he sent a tech to the Truong's house. But, the couple tells me they're now dealing with an issue with the filter housing.

As for the Meringdol couple, they said they have yet to see the owner or the refund that he promised.

We asked the owner about those bad reviews online. He told us he’s been in business for 18 years, and some people are jumping on the bandwagon and want to ride it out.

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<![CDATA[North Texas Volunteers Deploy to Flood-Ravaged Carolinas]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 07:58:59 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/florenceAP_18260645377331.jpg

Tuesday morning, North Texas relief workers will join efforts to help those affected by the historic flooding that followed Hurricane Florence on the East Coast.

Volunteers with Texas Baptist Men will deploy to flood-ravaged North Carolina with a 53-foot truck with supplies. The organization’s leaders explain the supplies will include insulated containers that keep food at the proper temperatures for safety. The team will also make a stop in Nashville, Tenn. to pick up roofing materials.

These efforts come as Texas Baptist Men also continue working in South Texas. Volunteers are currently responding to re-flooding issues in the region where the organization has been an integral part of the rebuilding effort after Hurricane Harvey.

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<![CDATA[More State Fair Foods to Diet for]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 04:57:07 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/state-fair-food-lead.jpg The State Fair of Texas is giving us a closer look at some new foods offered up this year in Fair Park.

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<![CDATA[Students to Memorialize Football Player Who Died at Practice]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 04:34:57 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TLM_VO_SUMMER+CREEK+MIDDLE+SCHOOL_2018-09-18-04-33-06.jpg

Almost a month since 13-year-old Kyrell McBride-Johnson died after collapsing at football practice at Summer Creek Middle School his teammates are plan to honor his memory.

At Tuesday night's game, players, coaches and students plan to take a moment to memorialize the teenager.

After a moment of silence, his mother will be presented with a framed jersey, football and American flag. Students in the audience will also wear shirts meant to honor McBride-Johnson.

The team will play Mansfield ISD’s Howard Middle School at North Crowley High School.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner has not released a cause of death.

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<![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Summer Heat Hanging On]]> https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Grant-Johnston-bio.jpg

A relatively dry pattern will be in place across North Texas for a few days this week. The heat and humidity will be the central theme through mid-week.

Rain chances will improve toward the weekend as the jet stream pattern becomes more favorable for a few showers and storms. While it doesn't look like a weekend washout, we encourage you to check back as we gather more data.

Latest Forecast

  • TODAY: Mostly sunny, hot, and humid. High: 95. Heat Index: 99. Wind: S 5-10 mph.
  • TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Low: 76. Wind: SE 5 mph.
  • WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and hot. Low: 76. High: 93. Wind: S 10 mph.
  • THURSDAY: Partly to mostly cloudy and warm. Low: 74. High: 92. Wind: S 5-10 mph.
  • FRIDAY: Partly cloudy and warm with a 40% chance for scattered showers and storms. Low: 74. High: 87. Wind: SE 5-10 mph.
  • SATURDAY: *Autumn begins at 8:54 PM* Mostly cloudy and warm with a 50% chance for scattered showers and storms. Low: 73. High: 86. Wind: SE 5-10 mph.
  • SUNDAY: Partly to mostly cloudy. Low: 72. High: 87. Wind: SE 5-10 mph.
  • MONDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. Low: 70. High: 86. Wind: E/SE 5 mph.
  • TUESDAY: Partly cloudy and warm. Low: 71. High: 87. Wind: SE 5-10 mph.
  • WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy and warm with a 30% chance of showers and storms. Low: 70. High: 86. Wind: N 10 mph.
  • THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy. Low: 68. High: 85. Wind: S 5-10 mph.

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<![CDATA[How to Customize Alerts in the NBC DFW App]]> Wed, 12 Sep 2018 17:50:11 -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 County DA and Challenger Field Questions About Jean]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 22:43:58 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+County+DA+debate+091718.jpg

Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson (R) and her Democratic challenger, John Creuzot, took questions from the community Monday night at the African American Museum in Dallas. The questions often focused on issues that have come up after 26-year-old Botham Jean was shot and killed in his apartment by an off-duty Dallas police officer Sept. 6.

Johnson said she could not directly comment on the case, since it is ongoing, but did answer a question about search warrants and whether or not they can at times unnecessarily single out the victim of a crime.

"I disagree with anything going in the search warrant that's not necessary, or anything going in the search warrant that's going to have a negative effect when it's uncalled for," Johnson said.

Her challenger in the upcoming election, Creuzot, answered the same question.

"When you read the way the affidavit arrest warrant was written and you look at all of that and as one of my friends said it looked like a defense attorney wrote it and this mess about marijuana that probably won't be admissible in the trial," Creuzot said.

A search of Botham Jean's apartment last week allegedly found marijuana. Benjamin Crump, a Jean family attorney, has called the warrant an attempt to "assassinate" Jean's character and said he does not know whom the marijuana belonged to.

Earlier in the day Monday, Johnson released a statement about investigation in Jean's death.

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<![CDATA[Love Field Wants Concession Changes]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 18:27:37 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Love+Field+091718.jpg

More food and beverage service is the goal of proposed changes in concessions at Dallas Love Field.

Passenger traffic at the Dallas airport has soared since the end of long-haul flight restrictions and the opening of a new terminal in 2014.

"We set out a great program when we opened back in 2014, but now we're missing sales. Folks aren't able to get something to eat when they want to get it," Dallas Aviation Director Mark Duebner said.

The airport manager said concession lines are longest between noon and 3 p.m., and many connecting passengers have lay overs.

So vendors were asked to present proposals, and the top choices called for converting merchandise space for more food and beverage options, adding beverage service at the two ends of the terminal furthest from food service in the middle and adding patio seating areas in two wings of the concourse.

Love Field passengers had different views on the problem, depending on where they came from.

MarTeze Hammonds is a North Texas-based hospitality consultant who often travels through Love Field.

"Sometimes the lines can be rather long," he said. "That might be an opportunity for them to expand the seating area and give a little bit more space for people to be able to eat and plug in."

One couple sat at the counter of the Love Field Chili's restaurant, watching the crowd pass by.

"We originally come from Las Vegas, so this doesn't seem busy," passenger Kathleen Yanez said.

Passenger Eve Bross said she chose a spot at the same counter because it seemed to have more space.

"This seems so much less crowded than DFW, so I was happy to go on Southwest this time," she said.

Love Field is capped at 20 gates under terms of the deal that lifted the Wright Amendment and long-haul flight restrictions.

"We're limited to the building we have. So we're trying to maximize it, have the best customer experience we can, make sure everyone continues to love using Love Field," Duebner said.

A Dallas City Council Committee received the plans Monday. City council approval is requested in October.  

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<![CDATA[Roy Oliver Begins 15-Year Prison Sentence for Murder]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 22:54:03 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Oliver5.jpg

Former Balch Springs police Officer Roy Oliver has been transferred to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to begin his 15-year prison sentence for murdering 15-year-old Jordan Edwards last year.

Oliver, 38, who had remained in the Dallas County Jail since his trial ended in late August, was handed over to state authorities early Monday, the Dallas County Sheriff's Department said.

Oliver was taken to the James "Jay" H. Bird Unit in Huntsville. When inmates arrive there, they are photographed, fingerprinted, interviewed and given a physical and mental health screening. All prisoners are evaluated based on their safety risks.

Read more from our media partner The Dallas Morning News.

<![CDATA[Irving ISD Superintendent Out]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 22:50:53 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jose-L.-Parra-091718.jpg

The Irving Independent School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to accept the resignation of superintendent Jose Parra at a special meeting called Monday.

The board said little about the decision other than to release a statement which read in part, "The board and superintendent have entered into the agreement believing it to be in their respective best interests."

Parra joined the district at the beginning of 2014 after several years as superintendent of Lockhart ISD.

A large group of former district employees attended Tuesday's meeting and applauded the board's announcement. They claimed district leadership was to blame for high turnover and low morale, saying now it's time for the district to heal.

"People need to feel valued. They need to feel appreciated. There needs to be systems in place for communication for a third-year plan… how our kids are going to achieve what they need to achieve. We don't have that currently," said Beverly Wilson, who retired from the district after Parra arrived in 2014.

The district, however, called the decision a mutual one. 

"On behalf of the entire district, the board of trustees expresses its sincere appreciation to Dr. Parra for his efforts while serving as Superintendent of this District and its students, parents, and administrators, and for the many achievements and accomplishments of the entire district team during Dr. Parra's tenure as Superintendent," read board president Randy Randle from a prepared statement.

Following the vote, the board moved to name Deputy Superintendent of Administrative Services Magda Hernandez as acting superintendent. Hernandez has been with the district for 23 years.

Parra will stay on as a district employee through March 31, 2019. The district said that was to ensure a smooth leadership transition.

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<![CDATA[Some Pet Owners Are Abusing Drugs Meant for Their Pet: FDA]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 22:46:10 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Pet+Pill+Bottle+091718.jpg

Opioid abuse is no longer a problem that just doctors and pharmacists have to be proactive about, it is now spilling over into veterinary medicine.

In August, the Food and Drug Administration put out a warning about pet owners abusing drugs prescribed to their animals. There is also growing evidence they are intentionally hurting pets just to get prescriptions for drugs, according to a newly released perspectives paper, published in the American Journal of Public Health.

In the report, 13 percent of 189 veterinarians who completed an online survey in Colorado were "aware that an animal owner had intentionally made an animal ill, injured an animal or made an animal seem ill or injured to obtain opioid medications."

The FDA fears part of the crisis stems from a lack of opioids specifically designed for animals. In other words, pets get human prescriptions that are very attractive to drug addicts.

Former drug addict Alicia Smith Arnold told us her relationship with substance abuse started at a very young age.

"I did alcohol starting when I was 12, cocaine starting at 12 years old. When I was 17, I was working at a topless club - that's when I started doing methamphetamines and cocaine and ... anything I could get my hands on just to escape reality," Arnold said.

Now, 25-years later, she's a drug counselor at Med Mark in Fort Worth. From her counseling chair she said she has heard unbelievable stories of addiction.

When NBC 5 asked her if she was surprised to hear that people would be so desperate as to take their animals drugs, she said, "absolutely not -- I actually did the same thing."

Smith Arnold said it was eight years ago, when she was 37 years old. The mother of four had a bulging disc in her back so she would often drive from doctor to doctor to get multiple opioid prescriptions.

Then one day she took her dog to the vet.

"I had a pet that was having seizures and so the doctor prescribed him something, and I don't remember what it was, but I took one of the pills and a friend of mine took one of the pills. Even though that medication maybe lower milligrams, all you have to do is mix it with other medications."

At Heal Veterinary Hospital and Pet Rehabilitation in Dallas, all controlled substances are double-locked in a cabinet and routinely logged. Medical Director Dr. Brittney Barton said these are standard security measures at any vet. Regardless, she said break-ins are a well-known problem.

"This is actually a big reason why a lot of veterinarians don't get a DEA license and don't keep any level of controlled drugs on the premises," said Barton.

While vets typically don’t prescribe some of the most commonly abused opioids like Oxycodone and Fentanyl, they do write human prescriptions for pets for other well-known drugs like Hydrocodone, Xanax, Tramadol and Valium.

While Barton prefers acupuncture and lasers for pain management, she said opioids are administered in her practice before a procedure.

Now seven years sober, Smith-Arnold said most addicts will use any drug they can find, any way they can think of. She admits, "If I was still, probably still on drugs ... I would be doing it if I could."

She said it's happening across all income levels, leaving injured pets suffering in silence.

Only 17 states mandate that veterinarians report animal abuse to the authorities. Texas is not one of them.

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<![CDATA[Dummy Court Dates Creating Chaos: Lawyers]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 22:29:17 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fake+Summons+091718.jpg

North Texas immigration lawyers say there is a confusing problem, with the potential to create additional backlogs in an already overwhelmed system. Undocumented immigrants are being summoned to court when the building isn't open or when the court is not expecting them.

Dallas-based immigration attorney George Rodriguez said at least 10 clients, spread out among the three lawyers at his firm, have been affected by the so-called "dummy" court dates.

Rodriguez showed NBC 5 a recent "Notice to Appear" given to a client. The client was ordered to the Dallas Immigration Court on Aug. 27, at 12 a.m.

"At midnight, the federal building has its lights off, the doors are locked, there's nobody there," Rodriguez said.

He said other clients have received notice to come to court at noon, when it's closed for lunch.

"We're talking about an initial setting, the first time you show up to court. Folks may show up and think this is a scam, maybe there is a mistake, maybe I'm really not in deportation proceedings," Rodriguez said. "So a lot of these folks may not go back."

Last Thursday, immigration attorney Daniel Stewart said he showed up to court with two clients who were detained in the same raid on Aug. 28. He said around 40 others arrived for the 8:30 a.m. setting that was listed on their Notices to Appear. Stewart said they were not on the docket.

One of his clients, who was still detained, was able to see a judge via video conference. A second client was told the court would later reschedule.

NBC 5 was not able to reach anyone with Immigration and Customs Enforcement for information Monday. Several automatic reply emails from ICE public affairs indicated the whole team was out of the office for training the week of Sept. 17.

A clerk at the Dallas Immigration Court said no one on-site could answer questions from journalists. The regional public information officer for the U.S. Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review, which administers immigration court proceedings, referred NBC 5 to ICE for any questions.

Immigration lawyers NBC 5 spoke with believe the confusion stems from a U.S. Supreme Court decision over the summer that now requires Notices to Appear include a date and time. Previously, the notices could simply say "to be set."

"I think what they decided to do, just to remedy the situation quickly because they're so backlogged, is they've just started putting random times and random dates," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said he tells many clients to show up for the "dummy" dates, just in case. He said he works with the court to reschedule hearings, but warns this is shaping up to be a chronic problem in a system that's already heavily backlogged and burdened.

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<![CDATA[More Mumps Cases Confirmed at TCU Campus]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:52:36 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mumps+vacunacion+mumps.jpg

Officials with the Tarrant County Public Health Department say more mumps cases have been confirmed among individuals at Texas Christian University.

The public health department did not say how many mumps cases have been confirmed, but they did say they do not release exact case numbers when the number of cases is fewer than five.

A mumps case was identified in the TCU community earlier this month. Since that time the school has been working with the Tarrant County Public Health Department to identify and contact other students who may have been exposed.

"TCPH is actively working with school officials to trace possible contacts, assess immune status and offer immunizations for those who have not completed their MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine series. An additional dose of MMR vaccine is also being offered to those who have previously received a MMR vaccine series but are at an increased risk of acquiring mumps due to recent exposure," the TCPHD said Monday.

Mumps cause your salivary glands to swell up, which can be painful, but can cause deafness and, very rarely, dangerous encephalitis or swelling of the brain.

Mumps is spread through saliva, which is why college kids are the ones most vulnerable. They often times share drinks and silverware and live in close quarters.

It can take two to three weeks, even longer, for symptoms to develop, but you're most contagious in the days before and right after your salivary glands swell up, according to Dr. Clinton Haley with Baylor Scott and White.

Most people with mumps will typically recover completely in a few weeks.

"TCPH would like to remind residents that mumps is a vaccine-preventable disease. The standard practice of receiving two vaccines helps protect individuals and the community against mumps. Those who have not been immunized against mumps should contact their healthcare provider to receive an MMR vaccine," TCPHD said.

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<![CDATA[Demonstrators March With Casket to Protest Jean Shooting]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 22:56:36 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Protestors+at+Southside+Flats.jpg

Demonstrators marched on the streets of Dallas Monday night to protest the Sept. 6 shooting death of Botham Jean by off-duty Dallas police officer Amber Guyger.

The marchers walked by South Side Flats, the apartment complex that Jean and Guyger lived in and marched to the Dallas Police Association office, according to NBC 5's media partner The Dallas Morning News.

A hearse drove alongside the marchers, while protestors rolled a casket behind it. There were 60-70 people in the group of demonstrators.

One protestor said Dallas police blocked the entrances to major highways, so demonstrators could not block a freeway as they did Friday night.

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<![CDATA[UNT's 'Fake' Fair Catch Was Amazing, Just as Practiced]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 18:23:11 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Keegan+Brewer+UNT+091718.jpg

A magical moment on the football field Saturday added an exclamation point to the buzz surrounding University of North Texas football.

Redshirt sophomore Keegan Brewer returned a punt 90 yards for a touchdown, extending an early lead as the Mean Green trounced Arkansas 44-17 at Razorback Stadium. It was the way the play came about, that made it special.

On Monday, Brewer's day began just like any other UNT student.

"I had geology," Brewer said.

But his weekend was unlike any other college student-athlete in recent history.

The play Saturday began innocently enough. Brewer, the UNT punt returner, camped under a first-quarter Arkansas punt -- one he might usually wave for a fair catch, but not this one.

"As soon as I caught it, there was one guy directly in front of me, and one guy to my left," he recalled.

Those players were Arkansas special teamers, who thought the play was dead.

"It was kind of like a hopefully he doesn't hit me situation," Brewer said. "As soon as they both started walking off, that's when I knew this play could actually work."

Ninety yards later, Brewer was in the end zone and UNT had a 14-0 lead.

The play in question, a fake fair catch, goes by the name "Peter Pan." Special teams coordinator Marty Biagi drew it up in the offseason.

"They practiced it and practiced it," Biagi said. He said something in the game film indicated to him that the Arkansas game would be a good time to use the trick play.

"That's the best part," he said of its success. "Seeing a guy looking like Peter Pan, flying away. I'm happy for him and everybody."

The touchdown return blew up immediately on social media. Major sports networks showed the play over and over.

"The reaction has really outblown anything that I thought it would be," Brewer said. "I thought, cool touchdown. That's all I thought, but it's clearly bigger than anything I thought it would be."

There's excitement in Mean Green country. The team is 3-0, and folks can't stop talking about that play -- one which would seem like a play fans will never see again.

"I'm a special teams coordinator," winked Biagi. "You never know."

For Brewer, if it is "once in a lifetime" -- that's okay.

"It was excitement more than anything that it actually worked," he said.

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<![CDATA[Know Your Diabetes Risk at Free Clinic Tuesday]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:02:07 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Diabetes+Risk+091718.jpg

Do you know your risk for diabetes? Tuesday is your chance to find out.

Diabetes 360, a specialized medical practice that provides comprehensive care for patients with diabetes, will host two events Tuesday that are open to the public -- one at its flagship location in Las Colinas, and the other at its Arlington clinic. 

At both events, attendees will be able to take advantage of free diabetes screenings, including A1C tests, blood pressure screenings and body mass index measurements.

The screenings can detect an individual's risk for developing diabetes.

"Sometimes ignorance isn't bliss because we do know, for some people, having a heart attack or a stroke is the first indication that they have diabetes," Dr. Rosemarie Lajara said.

Screenings will also be available to the public at the Plano location on Tuesday, even though an event will not be held here. 

Terry Hess, 69, of Las Colinas, said knowledge has been power in the management of his diabetes.

"The doctors told my parents that I would be lucky to live to be 50 years old and now I am 69," Hess said.

Diabetes 360 is a one-stop shop for patients, with the specialized clinicians, educators, tests and resources they need, all in one location. 

For more information regarding locations and clinics, visit dfwdiabetesdoctors.com

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<![CDATA[Collin Co. Law Enforcement Nabs Child Exploitation Suspects]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 17:20:42 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo000451.jpg

On Monday, the Collin County Sheriff's Office announced arrests in a 3-week long sting operation called "Operation Zeus", which targeted the online exploitation of children.

"We're gonna find you," said Collin County Sheriff's public information officer Nick Bristow. "If you're up here involved in this kind of activity, contacting minors online, juveniles online for the purpose of going and committing sexual acts with them, or sitting at your house looking at child pornography, we're gonna find you!"

10 North Texas men and 2 juveniles were arrested for charges ranging from Promotion of Child Pornography to Online Solicitation of a Minor.

The sting involved several North Texas law enforcement agencies, as well as the FBI. One child victim was located during the sting.

"They were being used as a victim of child pornography," Bristow explained. "It's very unfortunate, extremely unfortunate, but we were lucky enough to get in there and save this person."

Bristow says often times child victims don't know the suspects' intentions.

"A lot of these kids get in chat rooms," Bristow said. "And they start talking to these adults that have nefarious motives in mind and one thing leads to another."

Investigators expect more arrests in the future stemming from evidence seized during Operation Zeus.

"This is going to be an exercise or an operation that occurs at least once a year," said Lt. Bristow. "Sheriff Skinner is extremely committed to going after these people that are downloading or viewing child porn or coming into Collin County to have sex with juvenile victims."

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<![CDATA[Blake Shelton to Perform Free at Billy Bob's Texas]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:02:20 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/blake-shelton.jpg

This just in from Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth: Blake Shelton is coming to town Thursday, Sept. 20, for a free pop-up show. Free? Yes, free, to the first 5,000 fans. 

Here's the plan if you want to go:

  • Line-Up For Wristbands Starts at 10 a.m..
  • Line-Up For Doors: 4 p.m.
  • Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
  • Concert starts at 8:30 p.m.

"It's special whenever we have something like this come up, and they pick Billy Bob's because they know we have the team in place to handle it," said Pam Minick, vice president of marketing.

Minick said Shelton and Billy Bob's have a relationship that stretches back almost two decades.

"The great thing is, ever since 2001 Blake's been performing at Billy Bob's. We even have pictures of him and his mullet," she joked.

And, here's one important note from Billy Bob's if you go: All attendees must be 21 years of age or older with a valid photo ID, NO EXCEPTIONS.

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<![CDATA[NBC 5 Responds After Woman Loses Money in Fake Check Scheme]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 17:12:45 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fake+Check+Scheme+091718.jpg

Pamela Duncan told reporters how she got a call saying she won the lotto.

She was sent a check with instructions to deposit it and wire the money back to cover fees and taxes.

It wasn't the lotto, she lost $5,000.

"Of course I was just devastated, I thought, 'OK, what am I going to do?'" she said.

Pamela is a senior, retired and lives in a home so small in Italy we had to sit outside to talk to her comfortably.

She lives off her social security check. The bank told Pamela her account was $5,000 in the red and every dollar she got from the government would go to pay the bank back -- for months.

"I have a car payment, insurance, and rent," is what she told her bank.

She said the manager told her every penny would be taken until the money was paid back.

She said she offered to pay in installments, but was told no. She borrowed money from a church and asked for extensions on her rent; still she was worried she might be out on the street.

We walked out of the news conference where Pamela shared her story and immediately called her bank.

We knew the bank would want to recoup the money lost, but asked it to reconsider Pamela's request to pay it back over time.

After all, this is a senior in a small town who just wanted to do business at her local bank and have money to survive.

We laid out her case and the bank agreed they could be more flexible in allowing Pamela to pay back $50 a month until the bill is paid off.

"Well I certainly appreciate it, because I had no idea that anything like that would be happening, so it was such a relief," she said.

Banks would go out of business if they gave money back every time someone is tricked out of their money.

That's how much this is happening. The Better Business bureau announced this month it is working with banks to try to come up with a better way to spot this stuff before it gets out of control.

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<![CDATA[Glasnow Limits Rangers to 2 Infield Singles in Rays' Win]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 22:19:58 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tyler-Glasnow-Rays-Getty-091718.jpg

Tyler Glasnow allowed two infield singles in six innings for his first win since Tampa Bay traded Chris Archer to get the right-hander, and the Rays beat the Texas Rangers 3-0 on Monday night.

Ji-Man Choi connected for his 10th homer, a solo shot, and drove in two runs to help the Rays improve to a major league-best 21-5 since Aug. 19. Tampa Bay started the day seven games behind Oakland for the second American League wild-card spot.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa barely beat out a chopper to shortstop for the first Texas hit with two outs in the fifth. Nomar Mazara reached in the sixth on a high bouncer in front of the mound that was first ruled an error by Glasnow.

Adam Kolarek, Jose Alvarado and Sergio Romo pitched a scoreless inning apiece to wrap up the second two-hit shutout of the Rangers in a week. Eight Los Angeles Angels pitchers pulled the trick on Texas last Tuesday. Romo got his 22nd save in 29 chances.

It was the fourth big league win in 26 starts over two seasons for Glasnow (2-6). The 25-year-old, who came from Pittsburgh at the trading deadline, struck out six, walked two and hit a batter.

Leading 2-0 with two on in the sixth, Glasnow finished his outing by getting Adrian Beltre on a flyout. Glasgow got some help the batter before allowing his first hit when center fielder Kevin Kiermaier made a leaping catch on a liner by Ronald Guzman.

Adrian Sampson (0-2) lost his second straight start following one relief appearance since the last-place Rangers called him up from the minors. The right-hander allowed six hits and two runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Round Rock is ending an eight-year run as the Triple-A affiliate of the Rangers. Nashville and San Antonio, which is moving up from Double-A next year, are the leading candidates to replace Round Rock. The team in suburban Austin, owned in part by Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, is expected to become Houston's Triple-A team. Ryan is working as a consultant for the Astros, whose president is son Reid Ryan.

Rangers: LF Joey Gallo was scratched from the lineup about three hours before the game because of a sore right little toe. Manager Jeff Banister said Gallo recently fouled a ball off that toe. Willie Calhoun started in left field and batted sixth, where Gallo was slotted.

Rays LHP Blake Snell (19-5, 2.03 ERA) tries to become the first 20-game winner in the majors this season in the second game of a three-game series. David Price had a club-record 20 wins when he was the AL Cy Young winner in 2012. RHP Yovani Gallardo (8-5, 6.67) goes for Texas.

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<![CDATA[Mesquite Daycare Worker Kept Children in Closet: Warrant]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 23:07:16 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rebecca-Anderson-mugshot-091718.jpg

Mesquite police arrested 60-year-old Rebecca Anderson Saturday for mistreating several children at Becky's Home Child Care, a daycare she ran from her home, according to an arrest warrant obtained by NBC 5.

Police issued a search warrant Friday and found nine children inside the home, located in the 4300 block of Tamarix Court, where they were allegedly mistreated, according to one of the complainants.

Police said after further investigation, it was believed that Anderson not only mistreated the children, but also obtained evidence that led investigators to believe she exposed them to unnecessary doses of over-the-counter medicine, extended periods of restricted movement and poor hygiene practices.

According to the arrest warrant, the father of a 6-month-old boy reviewed video on Thursday taken from a small camera that was mounted on the child's car seat.

The video showed Anderson yank the boy out of the car seat, pick him up off the ground using the bib tied around his neck and feed him an "unknown substance using a plastic liquid syringe," the warrant said.

After the father showed the video to Mesquite police, detectives obtained a search warrant for Anderson's home, the arrest warrant said. Upon executing the search warrant, detectives found three children strapped to plastic car seats in a dark master bedroom closet and one more in the master bathroom.

Anderson initially told police that there were just five children in the home, before the discovery of the four others, the warrant said.

Anderson also admitted "she had likely given Tylenol to all of the children," according to the warrant. She also said she left the children in the car seats for as many as seven hours each day.

The arrest warrant also said detectives found "shoelace-like ligatures" tied around the children's necks -- and that some of the ties had to be cut off. Anderson admitted she tied the ligatures onto the children to limit their movement.

Anderson has been charged with nine counts of endangering a child and faces a $25,000 bond for each charge.

This investigation is ongoing and "is a collaborative effort between multiple agencies and care providers."

The Mesquite Police Department is working to identify other children cared for by Anderson. If you are a parent of a child that she cared for, please contact the Mesquite Police Department at 972-285-6336.

NBC 5's Vanessa Brown and Chris Blake contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[DPS Increases Reward in 1980 Cold Case]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:51:05 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cold-case-dps-kristy-lynn-booth.jpg

The Texas Department of Public Safety is asking for the public's help in solving a cold case, the 1980 disappearance of Kristy Lynn Booth.

Booth's disappeared after being last seen at the Dimensions Nightclub in Midland on Feb. 2, 1980 at about 11:30 p.m. Her shoes and coat were found inside the club, but she was never seen again.

Booth's car was found abandoned two days later approximately two miles south of Midland on Texas 349. DPS said the car had been borrowed by a friend.

Booth has remained missing for 38 years and her case remains unsolved. 

The DPS did not release any other personal information about Booth, including her age.

The DPS has increased a reward of up to $6,000 for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible -- if the tip is received before next month's featured Texas Rangers cold case is announced.

To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters must provide information to authorities by calling the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477). All tips are anonymous.

Individuals also can submit information through the Texas Ranger cold case website or by contacting us at 1-800-346-3243 (DPS Missing Persons Hotline).

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<![CDATA[Grapevine's Alan Bowman Next Big Arm at Texas Tech]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:17:48 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Alan-Bowman-Texas-Tech-Getty-091518.jpg

Alan Bowman looks to be next in line on the list of prolific passers who have come through Texas Tech.

The true freshman sits No. 2 on the national passing chart this week after throwing for 605 yards and five touchdowns in the Red Raiders' 63-49 win over Houston on Saturday. Bowman's total was the highest nationally since former Tech and current Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes threw for 734 yards against Oklahoma in 2016.

Bowman broke the Big 12 freshman record of 598 yards set by Mahomes against Baylor in 2014, and his five TDs were most by a Tech quarterback since Nic Shimonek's six against Arizona State last season.

Bowman completed 43 of 59 passes, with 13 of them to Antoine Wesley, who set a school record with 261 receiving yards.

A three-star recruit from Grapevine, Texas, Bowman is proving to be a perfect fit in the "Air Raid" offense that Kliff Kingsbury learned when he played for Mike Leach at Tech.

Bowman lost the preseason competition to McLane Carter, but hasn't come out since Carter was injured in the first quarter of the opener.

He averages 386.7 yards per game to rank second to Gardner Minshew, who's passing for 401 yards per game for Leach at Washington State. Bowman has completed 70.7 percent of his passes (94 of 133) and has eight touchdowns against no interceptions.

Darrell Henderson of Memphis turned in the top rushing performance of the week, going for 233 yards on 14 carries against Georgia State. That outing came after he ran for 212 yards on 13 carries the previous week.

The only other 200-yard game over the weekend belonged to Navy's Malcolm Perry, who had 223 yards on 19 runs against Lehigh.

Freshman receiver Daniel George couldn't have envisioned starting his Penn State career the way he did. In his first appearance, he caught a 95-yard touchdown from backup quarterback Sean Clifford in the fourth quarter against Kent State. It was the longest play from scrimmage in program history by 3 yards.

TCU's Darius Anderson broke the nation's longest run when he went 93 yards for a touchdown against Ohio State. Not only was it the longest rushing play in Horned Frogs' history, it was the longest play from scrimmage ever allowed by the Buckeyes.

Washington State's Travell Harris became the fourth player this season to return a kickoff 100 yards when he did it against Eastern Washington. Others who have done it are Utah State's Savon Scarver, Appalachian State's Darrynton Evans and Ohio's DL Knock. Fourteen players had 100-yard returns last season.

Davidson set a Football Championship Subdivision record with 964 total yards in a 91-61 win over Guilford on Thursday. A caveat: Guilford is a Division III team that was playing two levels up.

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<![CDATA[School Threats Being Investigated at Brock ISD]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 14:52:18 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/School-Sign-Generic.jpg

The Parker County Sheriff's Criminal Investigations Division is investigating suspected school threats posted on social media over the weekend.

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the suspected threats were reported by several Brock Independent School District students and parents Saturday after they observed several Snapchat posts on a male student's account.

Sheriff's investigators said they believe certain posts were screen shots of previous posts made last school year from an account, which were re-posted over the weekend, along with new posts.

"Threats of violence are not a joke, and they are not a prank," said Sheriff Larry fowler. "Anyone making terroristic threats will be arrested and will face charges of making a terroristic threat with intent to interrupt a public place."

The case was staffed with the Parker County District Attorney's Office which determined that no criminal offense was found to have occurred. The Sheriff's Office will continue to monitor the investigation.

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<![CDATA[DMN: Passing Home to Relative Happening Less Often]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 11:56:03 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/West-Dallas-Neighborhood-03.jpg

Seniors downsizing and passing on their homes to their relatives is becoming a thing of the past, according to a new study. Dallas Morning News Real Estate Reporter Karen Robinson Jacobs joins us to discuss.

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<![CDATA[Fort Worth Officer Hull: What We Know]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 17:31:55 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/garrett-hull-memorial.jpg

Officer Garrett Hull, a 17-year veteran of the Fort Worth Police Department, died late Friday of a gunshot wound to the head, suffered hours earlier during a gun battle with a group of robbery suspects.

Hull's funeral is being planned for Friday but final arrangements have not been announced.

A public vigil is set for Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at police headquarters located at 505 West Felix Street.

Hull's body was transported on Monday from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office to the Greenwood Cemetery.

He was 40 years old.

“We've lost a true hero,” said Chief Joel Fitzgerald of the Fort Worth Police Department, after pausing for a moment to collect himself at the outset of a news conference that began 20 minutes after midnight Saturday, and approximately 24 hours after the initial incident.

Officer Hull leaves a wife and two daughters, according to Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, who also spoke in the wake of the officer’s death.

“Garrett was truly a hero. I’ve enjoyed hearing people who worked with him talk about him as a rock, about [being] the glue that held his unit together," Price said. “The sacrifices our officers make go unnoticed until we have a tragedy such as this. And the shock and the grief wake people up to the fact that many of our men and women serving don't go home.”

Hull spent two separate stints with the Fort Worth Police Department – from 1999 to 2009, and again from 2011 until his death.

Garrett Hull was undercover and among a group of police officers surveilling a suspected team of robbery suspects on the south side of Fort Worth Thursday night into the overnight hours of Friday morning.

The suspects reportedly entered Los Vaqueros Sports Bar, in the 400 block of W. Biddison Street around midnight.

Surveillance video from inside the bar shows the group of men burst into a patio area, weapons in hand and forced several customers to the floor.

"They bum-rushed the bar, told us to hit the floor. They had the guns out," said owner Victor Zepeda. "And as soon as they took off I heard gunfire. A lot of it."

Hull and the other officers attempted to arrest the suspects, who then reportedly opened fire on police.

According to Fitzgerald, the suspect who shot Hull, Dacion Steptoe, was killed during the exchange.

Two other suspects — Samuel Mayfield and Timothy Huff — were arrested and face charges that include attempted capital murder.

Fitzgerald also hailed as heroes some of the other officers who were with Hull, who loaded him into a squad car and raced him to John Peter Smith Hospital — a move he referred to as “grab and go” — to receive immediate medical care.

“I just can't describe the incredible amount of courage that went on,” Fitzgerald said. “Not only interrupting this robbery but being able to extricate Officer Hull from the environment where there's a shooting occurring.”

Fitzgerald noted that Hull was an organ donor, meaning that his commitment of service to others will not end with his death.

ONLINE: Make a donaiton benefitting Officer Garrett Hull's family

NBC 5's Scott Gordon contributed to this report.

<![CDATA[5 Hostages Rescued; Man Kills Self in Standoff: Police]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 17:09:11 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cropped+house+swat.jpg

Five people are free and unharmed after taking cover inside a home where an armed man held SWAT officers at bay for several hours Monday before taking his own life.

Irving police said they were called to a home on the 300 block of San Marcos Drive at about 9 a.m. when someone in the neighborhood reported hearing gunshots.

Irving police spokesman James McLellan said a man in his 60s is believed to have fired shots at the home where his estranged wife lives, causing several people inside the home to hide and take cover.

The man then entered the home and refused to surrender to police.

At about 11 a.m., one person came out of a backyard shed; just after noon police said four others had been freed and were safe.  Negotiators continued, however, to try to get the man inside to surrender peacefully.

Just before 3 p.m., McLellan said SWAT officers were never able to reach the man so they fired tear gas into the home hoping to force him out. When there was no reaction, they decided to enter and search the home.

Inside the residence, McLellan said, officers found the man deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.


Irving police have not yet released the man's name but did say he did not live at the home and that they believe he is the estranged husband of a woman living at the residence. McLellan said the man's identity will be released by the medical examiner.


McLellan said Monday afternoon that it's not clear if the man actually held the people hostage at gunpoint or if they were hiding in the home because they knew he'd fired the gun and was in the house.

Investigators are working to determine what led to the initial gunfire.

Check back and refresh this story for the latest.

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<![CDATA[How Much Daylight Are We Losing?]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 09:51:47 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/215*120/SAM1+fall+weather+wx.PNG

Above normal temperatures are in the forecast this week, making it feel more like summer than fall, but one sign that fall is on its way is the amount of daylight in North Texas. You may notice the sun is setting a lot earlier in the evenings now.

Since the summer solstice on June 21, we have lost two hours of daylight. Over the next month we will lose another hour of daylight.

Fall begins this Saturday Sept. 22, which marks the autumnal or fall equinox.

During the equinox the sun is overhead at noon, as seen from the equator. At this point, the amount of nighttime and daytime (sunlight) are roughly equal to each other.

On Saturday, sunrise is 7:15 a.m., sunset is 7:23 p.m. giving us 12 hours 8 minutes of daylight.

During the winter solstice on Dec. 21, North Texas will have 9 hours and 59 minutes of daylight. This is commonly called the shortest day of the year.

During the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, we have 14 hours and 18 minutes of sunlight.

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<![CDATA[JJT's 10 Thoughts on the Cowboys' Win Over Giants]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 08:25:45 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jerry-jones-cowboys-locker.jpg

The Cowboys beat the New York Giants 20-13 on Sunday night at AT&T Stadium to reach .500 and avoid the dreaded 0-2 start. After all, since 2002 only 11 percent of teams that start 0-2 have made the playoffs.

Here are Cowboys’ Insider Jean-Jacques Taylor’s 10 thoughts on the win.

• The Cowboys pass rush was relentless. It recorded six sacks by six different players and it had sacks from all three levels of the defense: line, linebackers and secondary. The Cowboys also hit Eli Manning eight times, including two each by Taco Charlton and DeMarcus Lawrence.

• New York Giants coach Pat Shurmer did a terrific job of getting the ball to Saquon Barkley, his best offensive player. Barkley caught eight passes for only 32 yards in the first half, but the Giants kept giving him opportunities with the ball in space. He finished with 14 catches for 80 yards and a long of 18. He carried 11 times for 28 yards.

• Odell Beckham Jr., who signed a five-year, $95 million extension last month, caught four passes for 51 yards and no impact. Nine passes were directed his way, and he had a long of 17. Byron Jones and Chido Awuzie did a nice job on him.

• Brett Maher, who missed his only field goal attempt in the Cowboys’ loss to Carolina, made his first attempt - a 37-yarder in the first quarter. Yes, it was an important kick whether anyone wants to publicly admit it. He added a 29-yard kick in the third quarter.

• Damien Wilson, probably the least-respected starter on the team, had a nice game with three tackles, a sack and forced fumble and a pass deflection. He doesn’t get a lot of attention but he does a lot of things well in addition to being a core special teams player.

• Rico Gathers was active for the first time in his career, and the Cowboys tried to get him the ball. But quarterback Dak Prescott missed him twice, including once in the end zone for a potential touchdown that would’ve pushed the lead to 17-0. The Cowboys need play-makers and they think Gathers can make plays, so they’re putting him on the field and giving him a chance.

• Kavon Frazier, normally a core special teams player, has delivered with the playing time he’s getting with Xavier Woods sidelined by a hamstring. He’s always been a hard hitter, but the Cowboys blitzed him and he rewarded them with a sack in addition to his usual physical presence.

• Scott Linehan came out aggressively and the Cowboys gained 136 yards on their first 10 plays. Dak Prescott ran a read option, completed a 64-yards touchdown pass to Tavon Austin, who also had a 15-yard reverse. The Cowboys scored 10 points on their first two possessions, but couldn’t get another touchdown drive to separate.

• Leighton Vander Esch played 28 snaps and recorded seven tackles. He was active and when Sean Lee left the game with cramps, the defense didn’t fall apart. It was a nice step for him.

• Jaylon Smith had a team-high 10 tackles, including one for loss. But he was part of the season Saquon Barkley gained just 28 yards on 11 carries with a long of 10. He says he’s all the way back from the horrific knee injury he suffered in his last game at Notre Dame in his third season with Dallas.

<![CDATA[Memorial Growing for Fallen Fort Worth Officer]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 06:50:28 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/garrett-hull-memorial.jpg

A memorial continues to grow outside the Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex for Fort Worth police officer Garrett Hull, who was killed in the line of duty Friday.

<![CDATA[Driver Hospitalized After Rollover Crash in Fort Worth: PD]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 06:38:54 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/230*120/flipped_car_fortworth.JPG

An injured driver was hospitalized after a single-vehicle rollover crash early Monday morning in Fort Worth, police said.

It happened about 1:30 a.m. in the 700 block of N. University Drive in northwest Fort Worth, police said. Passersby stopped to assist the driver who was still stuck inside the flipped car, police said. They pulled him from the car and paramedics arrived shortly.

Police are investigating what caused the crash.

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<![CDATA[Traffic Congestion Improving in DFW: Scorecard]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 06:04:13 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dfw+connector+traffic.JPG

Here’s some traffic news that may surprise some DFW commuters: Congestion in the Metroplex has improved slightly over the past year, according to the latest traffic data from transportation analytics firm INRIX.

The INRIX’s 2017 Most Congested Urban Cities Scorecard ranked Dallas 10th in the United States for congestion, with the average commuter spending 54 hours in traffic during the year. That’s down 8 percent from 2016 when Dallas appeared 7th on the same list.

Other Texas cities that saw significant improvement over the past year include El Paso (-13 percent) and Austin (-9 percent).

The most improved U.S. city was South Bend, Indiana, with a 25 percent reduction in peak hours spent in congestion since 2016.

The scorecard was compiled from statistics and congestion data from 319 US cities. The percentage of time drivers spent in congestion at different times of the day and week were also calculated.

Elsewhere in the world, the INRIX scorecard listed Thailand at the top of the list as the most congested country in the world, where the typical commuter spends just over 60 hours in traffic each year during peak congestion periods.

In terms of international city rankings, five American cities are found on the top 10 list of most congested cities in the world, with Los Angeles, California, leading the pack. Dallas ranks as the 28th most congested city in the world on the same global list.

ONLINE: Full Rankings

<![CDATA[2-Year-Old Boy Found Wandering in Fort Worth: PD]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 09:57:55 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fw-lost-boy.png

Police have found the parents of a 2-year-old boy seen wandering on a Fort Worth sidewalk Monday morning, police said. Police have not filed charges or arrested the boy's parents, police said.

He was found about 4 a.m. at an apartment complex at 6050 Oakland Hills Drive, police said. Officers were seen bringing him food and try to entertain them as police continued to search for his parents.

Police said shortly before 7 a.m. that the boy's parents were located, but did not offer any further details. The parents' names were not released.

Child Protective Services were notified and police advised them to conduct an investigation, police said.

No other information was available.

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<![CDATA[Almost 19K Students Download Frisco ISD Safety' App]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 06:38:05 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/frisco-isd-stopit-app.jpg

Students at the Frisco Independent School District are now able to anonymously report concerns such as school violence, bullying and harassment through the mobile app, “STOPit.”

The app officially launched on the first day of school, and in just two weeks it has been downloaded almost 19,000 times.

When each student downloads the app, they are given a campus code when they register. That code is linked to the students account. Therefore, each report filed will go to the appropriate school administrator. After the assistant principal receives the report, they can message the student back and forth to receive additional information.

Within the past two weeks students have reported 309 incidents.

Each incident is filed into certain categories: vandalism, physical assault, self-harm, weapons seen, bullying, threats and school ethics, drugs and alcohol and harassment: unsubstantiated or false.

"Unsubstantiated" means the incident was investigated but could not be proven.

The goal is to use the data to take proactive measures.

"The app will be able to show us trends," said Chief Student Service Officer Cory McClendon. "Whether it be threats, bullying, harassment; It will show us as a district the areas we need address."

Before the student submits the report, he or she has to agree to the understanding that submitting a false report could lead to severe consequences.

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<![CDATA[New Campus Dedicated in Frisco ISD]]> Sun, 16 Sep 2018 19:22:16 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Frisco+new+school+091618.jpg

The Frisco Independent School District dedicated one of its new schools, Liscano Elementary, on Sunday. The school is named after Vietnam War Veteran Carlos Liscano.

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<![CDATA[Two Shot Inside Denton Bar After Fight Breaks Out]]> Sun, 16 Sep 2018 23:30:57 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/165*120/Andys+Bar.JPG

Two people were shot overnight after a fight broke out at a bar in downtown Denton, police said.

It happened at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday at Andy's Bar, located in the 100 block of North Locust Street.

Witnesses told police on the scene the fight began during a live music show inside the bar and gunshots were fired.

Officers saw a vehicle leaving the area and followed it. While following it, someone inside the car threw a gun and other items out of the windows.

Once the vehicle was pulled over, police found four men inside, two of whom had non-life threatening gunshot wounds.

Officers also found another gun and a small amount of prescription pills.

The two injured men were transported to a hospital and the other two were arrested for possession of a controlled substance. No other injuries were reported.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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<![CDATA[1 Dead, Man in Custody After Leading Police to Victim]]> Sun, 16 Sep 2018 16:37:43 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/sunset-motel-google.jpg

A man is in custody after he told police he might have killed somebody, then directed them to the victim early Sunday, Forest Hill police say.

The man was knocking on doors in the 3900 block of Mansfield Highway in Fort Worth, and police arrived they found the man walking in and out of the street, according to Forest Hill police chief Dan Dennis.

Fort Worth police detained him because they thought he might be a danger to himself, and in the process he told officers "he might have killed somebody," police said.

He led police to the Sunset Motel at 4100 Mansfield Highway in Forest Hill, where police found a female victim in a motel room. Police said she was treated at the scene and transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, where she was pronounced dead.

Custody of the man was transferred from Fort Worth police to Forest Hill police.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[JJT's Instant Analysis: Giants at Cowboys]]> Sun, 16 Sep 2018 23:54:11 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ezekiel-Elliott-Getty-091618.jpg

Here's NBC 5 Cowboys Insider Jean-Jacques Taylor's instant analysis of the Cowboys' 20-13 win over the New York Giants Sunday at AT&T Stadium.

The Cowboys avoid the dreaded 0-2 start, which is often the kiss of death when it comes to making the playoffs. The Cowboys started fast on offense and allowed their defense to keep the Giants in check after they grabbed an early lead with six sacks and an overall stellar defensive effort.

Leading 13-3 in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys embarked on a 14-play, 82-yard drive with 8:23.They converted to third-down conversions and one fourth-down conversion on the drive that culminated with Ezekiel Elliott diving into the end zone at the end of a six-yard run.

Dak Prescott showed how he can be a winning quarterback for the Cowboys with his performance Sunday against the Giants. He wasn’t spectacular by any means but he was good enough and his decision-making was superb. He passed for only 160 yards, but he connected on a 64-yard touchdown pass to Tavon Austin that let the Giants know Dallas would attack deep. He also ran the zone read to perfection, gaining a career-high 46 yards on six carries and helping the Cowboys control the game. He also protected the ball and did not have a turnover.

The Cowboys sacked Eli Manning six times. It’s their second-highest sack total ever against Manning. In December 2008, they sacked him eight times in a 20-8 win.

The Cowboys head to Seattle with few questions about their defense that has been outstanding the first two games and with fewer questions about their offense, though much work remains. It was better, but they still didn’t get 300 yards in total offense.

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<![CDATA[Car Crashes Into Sam's Club in Fort Worth ]]> Sun, 16 Sep 2018 21:50:45 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Sams-Crash-UGC-092618.jpg

Investigations are underway after a car drove into a Sam’s Club Sunday afternoon in Fort Worth.

It happened just after 3:30 p.m. on Anderson Blvd.

According to police, the driver of the car suffered a broken leg and a store employee was transported to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

Police have said they believe this is a hit-and-run, but are still working to gather more details at this time.

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<![CDATA[Marchers Outside AT&T Stadium Protest Police Shootings]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:03:59 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ATT+Stadium+protest+091618+%282%29.jpg

Demonstrators marched outside AT&T Stadium, where the Cowboys hosted the Giants Sunday night, rolling two caskets to protest the police shooting deaths of Botham Jean in Dallas and O'Shae Terry in Arlington.

Terry was shot by an Arlington police officer Sept. 1 after he attempted to flee during a traffic stop and Jean was shot Sept. 6 by Dallas police officer Amber Guyger who said she mistook him for a burglar after she mistakenly entered Jean's apartment.

Lee Merritt, who represented the families of both men, demanded that the Dallas Police Department identify and discipline officers who leaked information a search warrant return about Botham Jean's shooting to the media. The search warrant indicated officers found marijuana, but it's unclear who it belonged to.

Merritt said the protest was also to draw attention to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' policy on players protesting during the national anthem.

"We come with an invitation to Jerry Jones, to Dak Prescott, to the entire Cowboys organization to join us in the fight for justice. To ensure these tragedies do not continue to befall our community," Rev. Michael Waters said.

"Let us know that you're not just concerned with making money off of black bodies, but you're concerned about the safety of all black bodies," pastor Frederick Haynes said. "Because, guess what? We are Americans as well."

Demonstrators also called for the Dallas Police Department to fire Guyger and for the officer to face a murder charge. Guyger is currently on administrative leave and faces a manslaughter charge in Jean's death.

"It was murder because if the roles had been reversed and Botham had come into her apartment and killed her, he would be in jail right now and charged with capital murder," Haynes said. "We are saying there is not justice at all if there is not justice for all."

Fans looked on as the group of around 100 demonstrators walked around AT&T Stadium with the two coffins. Demonstrators walked quietly and carried signs that said "Black Lives Matter."

Some fans said they were confused by the demonstrations. Some expressed support.

"Racism has been a problem in this country way too long, it's time we did something about it," said Nathan Barrett who was attending the game. His friend, Jacob Gragg, took off his hat as the caskets went by.

At least one fan could be heard saying, "No politics" as the group went by.

Others told NBC 5 they did not want to be quoted by name, but insisted the demonstration wasn't appropriate after Fort Worth police officer Garrett Hull died in the line of duty. 

"I was married to a police officer for 20 years. We respect police officers, the good ones. But there are some problems and we have to draw attention to it," said demonstrator Leattress Anderson.

Police in Arlington did not try to stop the pastor's group from protesting. Officers on bicycles rode alongside protesters and helped stopped traffic as the group approached the stadium.

Arlington police said officers made nine arrests after a separate group of protesters blocked traffic on Collins Street and Randoll Mill Drive.

Police said that group would not move despite repeated warnings from officers.

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<![CDATA[UIL Committee Proposes Mandatory Concussion Reporting for 6A]]> Sun, 16 Sep 2018 17:08:48 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CarrollTrinity_AL028.jpg

The UIL medical advisory committee passed a motion Sunday that would require mandatory concussion reporting from all Texas Class 6A schools to boost data collection in its statewide concussion registry.

The committee plans to present the motion in October to the UIL legislative council, which will vote on implementation during the 2019-20 school year.

The UIL partnership with UT Southwestern Medical Center, dubbed “ConTex 2,” aims to track individual instances of concussions at UIL events across the state. The project currently doesn't require schools to report suspected or diagnosed student-athlete head injuries.

Read more from our media partner The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Pride Parade Punctuates Big Weekend for North Texas]]> Sun, 16 Sep 2018 23:19:58 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Pride+Parade+091618.jpg

Tens of thousands lined the streets in an Oak Lawn neighborhood Sunday, capping the biggest weekend of the year for the North Texas LGBTQ community. Dallas Pride Parade marked it’s 35th year – a gathering of celebration and support.

“We feel more welcome and at home,” said Allison Oliver of Grand Prairie. “It’s like this is our home.”

Oliver and her partner, Shan Bowens Oliver, lined up outside the place where they first met – eight years ago. Love at first sight, they say.

“It really was,” said Allison.

The parade is a celebration, and also a safe place where people can be themselves, according to organizers.

“This day is big for all of us,” said Shan Bowens Oliver. “Gay pride. Everyone out in their colors, everybody supporting each other. Ain’t nothing but love out here.”

“The community we have, there are a lot of people who aren’t for us,” said Allison Oliver. “So we are all we have.”

NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 also took part in the Dallas Pride Parade. Organizers expected crowds to exceed 50,000 for the weekend.

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<![CDATA[Man on 'Multiple Drugs' Crashes, 3 Kids Hurt]]> Sun, 16 Sep 2018 14:05:18 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/metro-dallas-crash-091618.jpg

Three children were injured when the car they were riding in was struck from behind by a stolen vehicle driven by a man under the influence of "multiple drugs" in Pleasant Grove late Saturday night, Dallas police say.

According to a police news release, patrol officers saw the man driving the wrong way in the northbound lanes of the 300 block of North Masters Drive at about 11:10 p.m. When officers tried to stop the man, he crossed over the median and began speeding down the southbound lanes, police said.

Minutes later, the vehicle crashed into the back of a car driven by a 17-year-old girl. Three children — a 9-month-old, a 2-year-old and a 14-year-old — were unrestrained in the back seat, police said. The driver also crashed into a vehicle driven by a 31-year-old man.

Police said the vehicle used in the chase was reported stolen in an aggravated robbery 10 days earlier. The driver was arrested on three counts of intoxication assault and a charge of evading arrest. A toxicology screening showed he was on multiple drugs at the time, according to a police news release.

The man, who has not yet been identified, was receiving treatment at Baylor University Medical Center.

Police said of the three children, the 9-month-old suffered a skull fracture with possible internal injuries, the 2-year-old broke her arm and the 14-year-old had a brain bleed. Police noted they were not wearing seat belt.

Police did not say whether the teen driving the children or the man in the third car were injured.

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