Top Stories for NBC DFW in 2019

The most viewed articles on NBCDFW.com for 2019

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There were plenty of big news stories that caught your eye on NBCDFW.com for 2019. Whether it was a gripping murder trial, pool floaties used to protect cars from hail or a person who licked a Blue Bell ice cream container at the grocery store, North Texas was tuned in. Here are the most viewed articles of the year.

1 - Amber Guyger Trial, Sentencing
The biggest news story this year on NBCDFW.com was the Amber Guyger trial. Former officer Guyger fatally shot her neighbor Botham Jean last year at a Dallas apartment. She says she mistook his apartment for her own and believed he was there to hurt her. In September, the world watched our livestream from the courtroom as we learned more about what happened that night and more about the aftermath. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Oct. 1. Botham Jean’s brother Brandt Jean told Guyger from the witness stand that he forgave her and that Botham would want her to give her life to Christ. It was a moment captured in pictures and video that were shared throughout social media.

Brandt Jean, brother of Botham Jean, made a heartfelt speech of forgiveness after his brother's murderer, former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger, was sentenced to 10 years in jail.

2 - Fort Worth Officer Opens Fire, Killing Woman Inside Her Home; Officer Charged
In October, a Fort Worth officer’s body camera captured the moments that led to him fatal shooting 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson through a window at her family's home. Officer Aaron Dean was there to respond to a welfare check call. A neighbor called the department’s non-emergency number after he noticed the doors were left open and the lights were on. Jefferson was pronounced dead at the scene. It was later determined she was playing a video game with her 8-year-old nephew and she looked through the window when they heard someone outside. Dean was later charged with murder. His trial date has not yet been announced.
"There was no reason for her to be dead, because there was nothing violent going on," the neighbor James Smith said. "There was no distress at this particular property.  They had no reason to come here with guns drawn."

Former Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean was booked for the murder of 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson after shooting her early Saturday morning while performing a wellness check.

3 - Video of Woman Licking Blue Bell Ice Cream Linked to Store in Texas
Texans were horrified when a video of a woman at a grocery store took off the lid of a Blue Bell container and licked the top before placing it back in the freezer. (Don’t mess with our Blue Bell, y’all!) The video was linked to a girl in Lufkin, according to Blue Bell. The Tin Roof flavor was pulled off the shelves and soon the teen girl was identified, but it’s unclear whether she ended up facing charges.

Police in Lufkin, Texas have cracked the case involving a juvenile woman who can be seen licking a tub of ice cream in a viral video.

4 - Active Shooter Killed in Dallas in Exchange of Gunfire With Federal Officers
In June, alerts of an active shooter in Downtown Dallas rang too familiar for those near where the deadly July 7, 2016 shooting occurred. In this incident, we learned a 22-year-old man dressed in tactical gear opened fire outside of the Earle Cabell Federal Building and exchanged shots with federal officers. He died of his injuries.
"If there's one thing that this incident has taught us it's that the security system at the federal courthouse has worked to our benefit today and we are significantly grateful for that," U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox said at the time.
A video from a witness showed just how close the shooter came to a Dallas Morning News photographer who crouched behind a wall.

A 22-year-old man is dead, presumably killed in an exchange of gunfire with federal officers outside the Earle Cabell Federal Building Monday morning in downtown Dallas.
<p>Cellphone video shows a man wearing what appears to be body armor firing a gun in front of the Jackson Street entrance of the Earle Cabell Federal Building in downtown Dallas. Video courtesy: Tim Brown. <strong>WARNING</strong>: The video above is graphic; viewer discretion is advised.</p>

5 - Tornado Rips Through Dallas Area, Thousands Left Without Power
On Oct. 20, there were 10 tornadoes that touched down in North Texas, causing significant damage across the area and more than $60 million of damage in Dallas alone. The tornadoes touched down in North Dallas, Richardson, Garland, Rockwall, Rowlett, Sachse, Wylie, Midlothian, Kaufman County, Ferris and Willis Point. As of Dec. 13, FEMA gave Texas a few more weeks to request disaster relief funds for the damage. Last week, we spoke with families still affected.

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NBC 5 Reporter Diana Zoga talks to a woman who was home when severe storms moved through Dallas Sunday night, severely damaging her home.

6 - Witness in Guyger Trial Shot, Killed: Dallas County DA
A man who was a neighbor of Botham Jean and testified in the Amber Guyger murder trial was found dead in October from multiple gunshot wounds. Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson urged people to avoid speculation as the police department investigated.
A few days later, there was a manhunt in Louisiana for three suspects in the slaying. Two men were arrested and police believe it was a drug deal gone wrong.

Authorities in Louisiana arrested a second man wanted in connection with the deadly shooting of the man who testified in ex-Dallas police officer Amber Guyger's murder trial.

7 - North Texans Pull Out All the Stops to Protect Cars From Hail
North Texans said "oh hail no!" when a hail storm moved through the area. They got creative and protected their vehicles with pool floaties, Styrofoam and blankets. Someone even used a bag of mulch!



8 - New State Laws Go Into Effect Sept. 1
Texans wanted to learn about the new state laws that went into effect Sept. 1. Some of the big ones were that businesses are required to notify customers of a data breach within 60 days, a law made it a felony to steal packages off people’s porches, craft breweries can now sell up to a case of beer per customer per day and the legal tobacco age was raised to 21. Go here to read more.

New Texas laws go into effect this Sunday, Sept. 1 and here are a few of the big ones.

9 - North Texas Stores Raided, CBD Products Seized
In March, Duncanville police removed hundreds of pounds of CBD products from two stores, along with more than 30 pounds of what they described as marijuana, in what the stores’ owners described as a big misunderstanding. At the time, the laws on CBD and hemp were murky, but now CBD is legal in Texas. Go here to see our Investigates series on CBD.

Duncanville police say they removed hundreds of pounds of CBD products from two stores, along with more than 30 pounds of what they described as marijuana, in what the stores' owners described as a big misunderstanding.

10 - Clark Gable III, Host of 'Cheaters', Grandson of Hollywood Icon Found Dead in Dallas
Clark Gable III, the grandson of Hollywood legend Clark Gable, died in Dallas in February. His body was found by a friend inside his Dallas home, according to police.

11 - Texas High School Football Playoff Schedules, Results
We broke down all the divisions and classes for the high school football season.

NBC 5’s Pat Doney recaps state championship football games including Duncanville, Aledo and Denton Ryan in this week’s Wingstop Inside High School Sports.

12 - 8-Year-Old Kidnapped in Fort Worth Found Safe
In May, an 8-year-old girl who was walking with her mother was snatched right in front of her mother's eyes. It happened in Fort Worth's Ryan Place and a neighbor's doorbell camera captured the moment the mother was thrown from the car. She was later rescued by police from a Forest Hill hotel. In November, the perpetrator, Michael Webb, was sentenced to life in prison.

A neighbor's doorbell camera captured part of the vehicle into which 8-year-old Salem Sabatka was reportedly kidnapped Saturday night.

13 - Transgender Woman Whose Assault Was Captured on Video Fatally Shot
A transgender woman whose April assault in a Dallas parking lot was captured on video and went viral, was shot and killed Saturday morning, police say. The death of 23-year-old Muhlaysia Booker made national headlines. Police had flagged the assault as a possible hate crime.

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

14 - 3-Year-Old's School Pictures Don't Turn Out as Planned, Go Viral
In November, a 3-year-old Arkansas boy whose pre-K school pictures didn't turn out as he rehearsed has gone viral. He practiced his smile with his mom many times the night before. The result made the internet laugh and sharing their own kid's school pictures and funny smiles.

A 3-year-old boy whose pre-K school pictures didn't turn out as he rehearsed has gone viral.

15 - Missing Dallas Boy Dead, Aunt's Boyfriend Arrested, Charged
An 18-month-old boy named Cedric Jackson was reported missing in Dallas in July. Then Dallas police arrested a 27-year-old man and charged him with felony injury to a child in connection with the boy's death. His body was found in a landfill.

Dallas police say they have arrested a 27-year-old man and charged him with felony injury to a child in connection with the death of Cedric Jackson, an 18-month-old boy reported missing Wednesday morning.

16 - Former Cowboys Running Back Arrested at McKinney Whataburger

17 - Feds Investigate Owner of Campisi’s as ‘Large Bookmaker’

18 - CBD Arrests Flying High at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport

19 - Shawn Johnson Wins a Gold Medal for Rocking Her Olympics Leotard at 40 Weeks Pregnant

20 - Fort Worth Teen Dies in Fireworks Accident

21 - Don't Call Back! FCC Warns of West African 'One Ring' Phone Scam

22 - Ten Dead After Plane Crashes Into Hangar at Addison Airport

23 - Potential Mass Shooting Averted in Fort Worth, Police Say

24 - Arlington Officer Opens Fire on Loose Dog, Kills Nearby Woman Instead After Welfare Check Call

25 - Garbage Bag With Child's Remains Found in Arkansas After Tip; Police Did Not Confirm If It Was Maleah Davis

This year, we said goodbye to Ross Perot, Herb Kelleher, and T. Boone Pickens. NBC 5’s Julie Fine takes a look back at their lives, infectious personalities, and their contributions to North Texas.
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