<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth https://www.nbcdfw.com en-usThu, 15 Nov 2018 21:01:08 -0600Thu, 15 Nov 2018 21:01:08 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Tarrant County DA Indicts Mental Health Hospital]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 19:00:05 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sundance-psych-hospital.jpg

The Tarrant County District Attorney's Office is indicting Sundance Behavioral Healthcare System on nine criminal charges for alleged violations of the Texas Mental Health Code.

Investigators alleged Sundance illegally detained patients for longer than 48 hours and, in some cases, also allegedly refused to allow voluntary patients to leave the facility.

"People turned to what they thought was a trusted medical facility and were not allowed to leave as the law requires," Criminal District Attorney Sharen Wilson said in a statement. "These offenses were a corporate failure, and the corporation must be held accountable."

Varghese Summersett, the law firm representing Sundance Behavioral Healthcare System, released the following statement Thursday afternoon:

"This criminal prosecution is unprecedented on a local and national scale. It also ignores legislatively enacted blanket immunity which allows medical professionals discretion in treatment and ultimately in the good-faith decision to discharge. By effectively transforming technical, regulatory complaints into criminal cases, the prosecution disregards the overwhelming chilling effect this action will have upon hospitals and medical professionals. This investigation will be vigorously challenged and any perceived violation will be aggressively defended. Sundance is a longtime accredited mental health and psychiatric facility whose professionals good-faith actions were in the best interest of their patients."

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<![CDATA[Prosper Residents Hold Suicide Prevention Town Hall Meeting]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 21:00:24 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Prosper-Town-Hall-111518.jpg

Every 40 seconds, someone dies by suicide in the United States, according to the World Health Organization.

Prosper ISD is dealing with the reality of that tragic statistic this school year as one of its students took their own life.

It's also now Mary Kirby's reality.

"My husband passed away by suicide on April 4 of this year," Kirby said.

Nick and Mary had been married for 10 years. Their family was completed with the births of 8-year-old Kennedy and 3-year-old Liam.

Kirby said there were of course stresses in their lives, but she never even thought something like this could happen to her family. The special education teacher and, now single, mother of two said Thursday night's Prosper Parents' Panel for Suicide Prevention: Hurting, Helping and Healing event is a step in the right direction. It's a way for people to understand how to start life-saving conversations.

That's exactly what co-organizer and Prosper resident Dr. Sarah Feuerbacher from SMU's Center for Family Counseling said she hoped.

"The fact that we had two deaths by suicide in 24 hours... they were different ages, but still, one of them was across the street from my own home," Feuerbacher said. "We need to be able to learn, we need to be able to do something for the families who are hurting right now and to help those who are hurting out there."

Twelve panelists from different backgrounds, including the school district, the town of Prosper, law enforcement and mental health professionals were on hand to answer questions.

Those who attended the standing room only-meeting at Prosper Town Hall heard a variety of details from warning signs to how to start difficult conversations with teens.

Mary Kirby now lives with the "what ifs," but added it's important for the people who are left behind to understand it's not their fault. Her number one priority now is her children.

"We have to be part of this because I don't ever want them to think that this is an option for them," Kirby said.

If you or someone you know ever needs help, it is available 24/7 on the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. You can also text the crisis text line by texting "TALK" to 741-741.

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<![CDATA[Pentagon Says it 'Failed' Its First, Massive Audit]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 18:31:27 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/shanAP_18199606133606-%281%29.jpg

The Defense Department has failed an audit almost three decades in the making, the Pentagon's No. 2 official said Thursday. But the results were expected and showed what the agency already knew — that "more work lies ahead of us."

Congress first required the Defense Department to undertake a comprehensive audit in 1990, but the agency didn't manage to get around to it until late last year, NBC News reported.

"Everyone was betting against us that we would even do the audit," Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters, adding: "It was an audit on a $2.7 trillion organization. The fact we did the audit is substantial."

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<![CDATA[Laura Bush Reveals New Holiday Exhibit at Bush Center]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 19:10:04 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bush-center-library-xmas-cu.jpg

The Christmas spirit has officially arrived at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, and who better to give us a grand tour than the former first lady Laura Bush?

"Yes, in 2006, these are the decorations from the White House in 2006 when the theme was, 'Deck the Halls, and Welcome All,'" said Bush.

NBC 5's Meredith Land toured the brand new exhibit in the museum Thursday, giving the public a taste of how The White House looked and felt when the Bushes lived there, from head to toe.

Bush told NBC 5 visitors can expect hot chocolate, Christmas cookies and a great opportunity for some fun holiday pictures.

For more on what you can expect at the Bush Center this holiday season, click here.

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<![CDATA[Mean Green Football Goes Prime Time]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 18:59:00 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/UNT+fans+tailgate+111518.jpg

In a parking lot outside Apogee Stadium in Denton, the diehards showed up early Thursday. University of North Texas was scheduled to host Florida Atlantic in the final Mean Green home football game of the season.

Ryan Rutherford, a finance major who graduated in 2005, arrived with his friends at 11 a.m.

"On a normal Saturday game, we usually get here 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.," said Rutherford, a season ticket holder since 2011. "It's been a great time. We really enjoy ourselves out here. Apogee is a great place."

Especially when the stadium is packed. UNT began its football season 4-0, but since then has gone 3-3. This season, attendance records have fallen -- twice. A late September game at Apogee against Louisianan Tech drew 30,105 fans. The Mean Green lost 29-27.

"When we get 28, 29,000 people in Apogee, it's a phenomenal environment," said Jared Mosley, UNT's deputy athletic director.

That's what the athletic department hoped for Thursday. To entice fans to a late kickoff, they offered free food and cheap beer. Fans received emails which included an excuse note, for missing work Friday. Athletic Director Wren Baker came up with the idea.

"He said, 'Let's have a little fun,'" Mosley said. "'Let's put together an excuse note we can blast, tell people, 'Hey, you can use this if it's going to be a late night.'' So I think people have enjoyed seeing that."

"Yeah, I got that in my email yesterday," laughed Rutherford. "I didn't really hand it over to my boss."

The Mean Green are bowl-bound. A prime-time win would make a successful season even sweeter.

"Yeah, it's gonna be a great time," he said. “No matter what."

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<![CDATA[GOP Sen. Hyde-Smith Calls Voter Suppression 'Great Idea']]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 20:46:13 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/HydeSmithVoterSuppression.jpg

A video surfaced Thursday of Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi saying it might be a "great idea" to make it harder for some people to vote, and her campaign quickly responded that she was "obviously" joking, NBC News reported.

Hyde-Smith, who is in a runoff against Democrat Mike Espy on Nov. 27, made the remark at a campaign stop in Starkville, Mississippi, on Nov. 3. It was posted to Twitter on Thursday by Lamar White Jr., publisher of The Bayou Brief. Smith earlier this week posted video of Hyde-Smith making a comment on Nov. 2 about a "public hanging" that started a controversy.

"And then they remind me that there's a lot of liberal folks in those other schools who ... maybe we don't want to vote," Hyde-Smith is heard saying. "Maybe we want to make it just a little more difficult. And I think that's a great idea."

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<![CDATA[Kris Richard Brings Swagger Back to Cowboys Defense]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 19:02:45 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kris+Richard+111518.jpg

After getting involved in a pregame scuffle before the Cowboys matchup against the Eagles Sunday, Dallas defensive backs coach Kris Richard downplayed his role in setting the tone for the Cowboys after they played with much more energy in their road win.

"No, I don't think so," Richard said. "I think our guys were prepared to play. You don't wake up Sunday and need something to help get ready for that."

Richard's name has been brought up many times as a potential future NFL head coach, something he said he's interested in, but that he is trying not to focus on right now.

"It's no secret I've been in an interview and had the opportunity to prepare," Richard said. "I am preparing, but is it so important that it's a distraction? Never ever."

Richard and the Cowboys defense will have a tough test Sunday on the road, when they face one of the best offenses in the NFL in the Atlanta Falcons.

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<![CDATA[Sunny and mild.]]> https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rick-Mitchell-bio.jpg

Pleasant weather is expected Friday and Saturday. Our next cold front will arrive Sunday. It will also provide a chance of a shower or two, but not a washout.

Looking ahead, holiday travel could be affected by rainy weather Wednesday. Be sure to check back as we get closer.

  • TONIGHT: Clear. Low: 40. Wind: S 5-10 mph.
  • FRIDAY: Lots of sun, mild. High: 68. Wind: S 5-10 mph.
  • SATURDAY: Mostly sunny. Low: 45. High: 71. Wind: SE 10 mph.
  • SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy and much cooler with a 20% chance of morning showers. Low: 46. High: 52. Wind: N 10-20 mph.
  • MONDAY: Mostly to partly cloudy and cool. Low: 38. High: 54. Wind: N 5-10.
  • TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy. Low: 41. High: 58. Wind: SE 10 mph.
  • WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. Low: 45. High: 50. Wind: SE 5-10 mph.
  • THANKSGIVING: Partly cloudy. Low: 46. High: 61. Wind: S 10-15 mph.
  • FRIDAY: Partly cloudy. Low: 50. High: 64. Wind: S 5-10 mph.
  • SATURDAY: Partly cloudy. Low: 50. High: 64. Wind: S 10-20 mph.
  • SUNDAY: Partly cloudy. Low: 49. High: 62. Wind: S 5-10 mph.

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<![CDATA[Big Win for Fort Worth's Lockheed Martin]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 19:05:42 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Lockheed+Martin+Sign.jpg

Fort Worth's Lockheed Martin has been awarded a new $22 billion contract for 255 new F-35 fighter jets.

More than 100 of the F-35s will go to the Air Force, Marines and Navy, the rest will go to international partner nations and sold to foreign militaries.

Under terms of the deal, Lockheed receives $6 billion right away.

Most of the jet construction will be done in Fort Worth.

Lockheed did not say if the order will immediately bring new jobs to Fort Worth, but the company has held several hiring events in the past year and already employs more than 14-thousand people here in North Texas.

Each jet costs about $80 million to make. Lockheed says that's actually a cost savings.

The first batch of new F-35s should be complete by 2020.

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<![CDATA[SWA Teaches DFW Students STEM, All Things 'Airline']]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:05:50 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/swa-aviation-school-kids.jpg

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math --- or STEM -- has become the focus of many schools in our area. Now many companies are getting into the act.

Dozens of kids from public, private and charter schools all across North Texas met at one of the area’s biggest employers to help their STEM skills really take off.

Southwest Airlines pulled back their curtain, inviting students to the airline's Dallas headquarters and learn about aviation.

They soaked it up.

“I’ve learned you need gravity and three other things for aerodynamics for a plane to fly ... lift, acceleration, gravity, and something else,” said sixth grader Jana Ampil.

Jana got her hands on a flight simulator and landed a Cessna safely on the ground at Dallas' Love Field Airport.

“Our goal is just to get kids excited about aviation and STEM-related careers, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, just opening their eyes to the possibilities they can have,” said Luke Stone, with Southwest Airlines.

Few eyes were wider than James Miranda.

"There’s kind of like a foam plane and then we had to put a penny on there for it to be the drag and gravity," said Miranda, a student at Uplift Triumph Preparatory School.

That young man already knew he loved math and science but didn’t know how important they were to flying planes.

"I want to be a pilot," he said. "Because, since I had a chance to do it, I want to do it in real life."

Sure the kids learned how to make killer paper airplanes, and met with the chief pilot, but one of the biggest lessons was that there’s a lot more to working at an airline than just flying planes.

"Everything from social media to aircraft mechanics, flight dispatchers to safety and security," said Karyn Luchi, with Southwest Airlines.

It’s all there to get these kids all the information they need, so they can soar. But, no matter how hard you try, sometimes they’re just going to be kids.

We asked Jana Ampil what she looked forward to do the most while at Southwest’s Aviation Day.

“I was looking forward to lunch,” she said.

Aviation day is just one of many education programs Southwest Airlines runs in North Texas schools: There’s an Adopt-a-Pilot program where the pilots send photos and souvenirs from their travels as well as a partnership where female mechanics help young girls to consider getting into that career path which is largely held by men.

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<![CDATA[Student Off-Campus Parking Safety Concerns at Kimball HS]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 18:34:09 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kimball+High+School+parking+111518.jpg

Big changes could be in store regarding how close to campuses Dallas high school students are allowed to park.

A parking war is brewing between homeowners, the city of Dallas and teens across the school district.

The concern is not just about where students park, but why some opt to park off campus.

It is a daily struggle for residents near Kimball High School.

"I know the children need somewhere to park, but it's causing a hazard in the area," said longtime Oak Cliff resident Linda Benefield.

There are rows of cars lined up, parked off school property along Boulder Drive and in residential neighborhoods like Mapleleaf Lane.

"When I drive out to go to work, I can't see up the street," Benefield said. "It's not clear and I'm easing out every day, and yesterday I almost had an accident.”

Students' cars, she said, create a blind spot.

For some in the neighborhood, the parking situation has become the new norm.

"Sometimes there's like all around the curve maybe around 15 cars," said resident Alice Morales.

Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Casey Thomas said he received complaints from homeowners.

His research found students are not parking off-campus because of a lack of space in their school's own parking lot.

"Those students that are parking here are those who do not have a driver's license or their car is not insured," he said. "Otherwise, they would be allowed to park at school."

Requirements across the district ask students interested in parking in school lots to provide proof of their driver's license, vehicle insurance and to pay a fee of about $20 for the school year.

"If you don't have a permit or a license, you can't park on campus," one Kimball High School senior said.

The student admitted she was among the students who opt to park in front of a house and not on school grounds because of the requirements.

"Because I don"t have a license," she said.

The 18-year-old said she has insurance, but only has a learner's permit, which she inaccurately believed was sufficient to drive freely since she is already 18.

"I drive cautiously, so I feel that if I'm driving cautiously then it shouldn't be a problem," the student said.

Thomas was asked to respond to the student's assertion.

"If you are willing to take that risk and if you feel like an adult, then maybe you can pay the fees for having the car towed and any other damage that comes with the car," he said.

Dallas ISD police officers patrol the area, but are not able to police off-campus parking, according to the district's spokeswoman.

Thomas said he had been in contact with several city leaders, including top brass at the Dallas Police Department, to find a solution, including possibly increasing education for parents not to allow unlicensed students drive to school, post "No Parking" signs or bring in tow trucks.

Thomas hoped to have solidified ideas after Thanksgiving break.

One student told NBC 5 off camera her mother works and she only drives a short distance to school. The teen said, "It's either drive to school without a license or don't go to school at all."

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<![CDATA[Cruz Returns to Nation's Capital, Ready to Start 2nd Term]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 18:35:57 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ted+Cruz+111518.jpg

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is back in Washington after the midterm elections, ready to begin his second term.

"My number one priority has always been jobs," Cruz said.

The election was extremely close, as Cruz won by less than three percentage points in a nationally watched race. There were times Cruz trailed Democratic challenger, U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-El Paso) on election night. Cruz was declared the winner after 9 p.m.

"I'll tell you actually on election nights I tend to be very calm. And you think of the last six years. Listen, six years ago, I had never been elected to nothing. Prior to the 2012 election, the last thing I was elected to was student council," Cruz said.

O'Rourke made it a close race by outperforming Cruz in urban and suburban areas. O'Rourke even won Tarrant County -- a longtime Republican stronghold.

"Tarrant County, look, in Texas, Texans are divided right now, and this was a close election," Cruz said. "One of the things I stressed on election night, it is my job to be the senator for every Texan. For the Texans who voted for me, but also for the 4 million Texans who voted for Beto O'Rourke. My job is to represent everyone."

Cruz returns to what will be a very different Washington. While Republicans retain control of the Senate, the Democrats won control of the House of Representatives.

"I will say I am concerned that the next two years we will see very little substantive legislation," Cruz said.

He said he hoped a lot will be done in the next few weeks.

"One of the things that I am urging my colleagues to do is, we have got six weeks left in the lame duck (session). I think we should continue passing meaningful legislation between now and Dec. 31, while we have a Republican house, we should finish the job," he said.

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<![CDATA[Kidd's Kids Leave for Trip of a Lifetime]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:03:45 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kidds+Kids+Board+Plane+111518.jpg

It's an annual event that has brightened the lives of countless children over the years.

Thursday morning, 57 children boarded a plane for Disney World as part of the 2018 Kidd's Kids trip.

Each year, the Kidd’s Kids organization takes children, ages 5-12, living with life-threatening and life-altering conditions, and their families on an all-expenses-paid trip to Walt Disney World. 

They travel on a Southwest Airlines charter along with the cast of the nationally-syndicated Kidd Kraddick Morning Show.

With big smiles on their faces, these children were beyond excited for the trip of a lifetime.

It's the next stop on their journey, which has been more difficult than most.

Twelve-year-old Dillon Mitchell was paralyzed in a car accident last year and is now bound to a wheelchair.

"I can do anything. Nothing can stop me.  I can have fun, no matter the circumstance," he said.

Founded in 1991 by the late, nationally-syndicated radio DJ Kidd Kraddick, the program has taken more than 1,000 children and their families on all-expenses-paid vacations to Walt Disney World. 

Kraddick died in 2013 and in 2017, his daughter, Caroline Kraddick, created the Kidd's Kids Teen Trip to "Give Kids The World Village" in Central Florida, where children are provided an all-expenses-paid vacation with passes to Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld. 

"As much as this is a benefit for the actual Kidd's Kids, it is really a vacation and boost for the families, the moms, the dads, the siblings, because for a few days, they get to forget about the medicine and treatments and hospitals and they just get to have fun and be normal kids," said Big Al Mack, one of the radio personalities on The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show.

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<![CDATA[DFW Drivers Perform Poorly, Again, in 'Annual Best' Report]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:08:18 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/207*120/Dallas+crash1.JPG

Allstate Insurance has released its annual report ranking the best drivers in the country -- and once again several North Texas cities are near the bottom.

The insurance company's annual "Best Drivers Report" ranks 200 cities from most safe to least safe based on its own property damage data.

The safest Texas city to drive in, according to the report, is also the safest in America. In Brownsville, Texas drivers go an average of 13.6 years between claims -- an insurance company's dream.

Brownsville overtook the 2018 ranking from Kansas City, Kansas, who fell from the top spot to No. 2 this year.

Several other cities in Texas also fared well in the report: Laredo was ranked 6th (average of 11.7 years between claims); Midland was 7th (11.7 years also) and McAllen was 10th (11.5).

Ranking not so great were McKinney at No. 134 (average of 7.6 years between claims); Fort Worth at No. 139 (7.5); Arlington at No. 160 (7.0); Irving at No. 175 (6.7); Dallas at No. 178 (6.5) and Garland at No. 181 (6.4).

Allstate said the report "is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates."

To see the entire Allstate Best Drivers Report, click here.

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<![CDATA[Man Arrested for Killing Girlfriend During Argument]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:51:36 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Joshua+Potter+murder.jpg

A man was arrested after shooting and killing his girlfriend Thursday.

According to Carrollton police, 27-year-old Joshua Caleb Potter called 911 at 1:58 a.m. to report he had shot his girlfriend, 29-year-old Angelica Rivero Talbot, during an argument.

When officers arrived they pronounced Talbot dead at the scene.

The shooting took place on the 1600 block of Francis Street where Potter surrendered to police and was taken into custody without incident.

Potter is being held at the Carrollton City Jail and has not been set bond.

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<![CDATA[3 Charged in GoFundMe Scheme; 14,000 Donors to Be Refunded]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 18:48:16 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DAmico+Bobbitt+McClure+mugshots+tri.jpg

The New Jersey couple and a homeless veteran at the center of a long-running $400,000 GoFundMe controversy have been charged with conspiracy and theft by deception for an alleged scheme that "hoodwinked an awful lot of people," authorities said Thursday.

GoFundMe said immediately after charges were filed that all 14,000 donors to the campaign last year would be refunded in full.

NBC10 first reported that Johnny Bobbitt Jr. and the South Jersey couple, Kate McClure and Mark D'Amico, would all face criminal charges of conspiracy and theft by deception on Thursday for the GoFundMe campaign that began in 2017.

Burlington County, New Jersey, Prosecutor Scott Caffina alleged the three conspired with one another to make up a story and raise more from online donors. The GoFundMe campaign garnered national headlines and news segments, eventually raising more than $400,000.

Authorities believe the three met at least a month before the campaign was launched, possibly on one of many trips McClure and D'Amico made to SugarHouse Casino.

Bobbitt was homeless and often stayed near an Interstate 95 off-ramp near the casino.

Caffina said that, within hours of the three launching the campaign on the GoFundMe website last November, McClure texted a friend that the majority of the story was fabricated.

"Ok, so wait. The gas part is completely made up. The guy isn't," McClure allegedly texted the friend after the campaign went live Nov. 10 with a photo of a smiling McClure and Bobbitt.

"So shush about the made up stuff," she added, according to Caffina.

D'Amico and McClure turned themselves in Wednesday to Burlington County prosecutors, the source said. On Thursday, James Gerrow, another attorney for McClure, released a statement on her behalf.

“I’m confident that in the end the evidence will reveal that Kate had only the best intentions," Gerrow said. "She was used by Mr. D’Amico and Mr Bobbitt and she thought throughout that this money was going to a homeless veteran. She was unaware that they had concocted this scheme. It wasn’t until September when meeting with prosecutors that she came to realize that she had been used by both of them.”

The backbone of the story was that Bobbitt used $20 to help McClure get gas when her car ran out on I-95 at the Girard Avenue exit. McClure and D'Amico then launched a GoFundMe page to supposedly raise money for Bobbitt, and the page brought in over $400,000 from 14,000 contributors.

At first, the account led to appearances for Bobbitt and McClure on national TV programs. But it turned into a dispute over the money.

Bobbitt accused the couple of dipping into the funds and using them as a "personal piggy bank" to bankroll a lifestyle they couldn't afford.

Bobbitt later sued the couple over mismanagement of the funds and a judge ordered sworn statements to determine what happened to the cash, which Bobbitt's attorney, Chris Fallon, said had disappeared.

The couple denied any wrongdoing and accused Bobbitt of spending $25,000 in less than two weeks last year on drugs as well as paying for overdue legal bills and sending money to family.

The couple's lawyer, Ernest Badway, later said Bobbitt had gotten about $200,000. But Fallon said his client had received only about $75,000.

The couple also bought Bobbitt a camper with some of the cash and parked it on land McClure's family owns in New Jersey. But Bobbitt became homeless again after D'Amico told him in June that he had to leave the property.

In September, police raided the couple's home in Florence, New Jersey, hauling away a new BMW on a flatbed truck. Badway said that all the couple's personal and business financial statements, along with jewelry and cash, were seized in the raid.

At that point, officials said the couple was under investigation, though no charges had been filed.

D'Amico was arrested in September in Burlington County on an unrelated $500 warrant for an October 2017 traffic stop, according to officials. At the time, he was driving on a suspended license and also had a broken tail light. He also failed to appear in court on two separate occassions, according to court records.

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<![CDATA[Ross Perot Jr. Looks Toward DFW's Future]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 18:46:35 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Ross+Perot+Jr.jpg

Few people have made as big a mark on Dallas-Fort Worth as Ross Perot, Jr. The Alliance development, north of Fort Worth, is perhaps Perot’s most visible achievement. Over the past 30 years, Alliance has grown to 26,000 acres encompassing a huge industrial airport, nearly 500 companies and 50,000 people.

As Alliance continues to grow, Perot is looking to the future with other projects as well. Perot’s Hillwood development company has partnered with rideshare company Uber as it pioneers flying taxis in North Texas.

“One day you’ll be able to fly point-to-point like we drive point-to-point around the cities,” he said. The first "vertiport" is already under construction at Frisco Station, where passengers will shuttle to and from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Perot also has an iconic skyscraper on the drawing board for downtown Dallas, designed by famed architect Norman Foster. It could be the tallest in the city. “It’ll help change the profile of downtown Dallas,” Perot said.


He is currently searching for a client who needs the tower’s one million square-feet of space.

Closer to earth, Perot is focused on building neighborhoods that blend the best of old and new. They include old-fashioned touches like community gathering places, coffee shops and even a farm. But the homes are thoroughly modern.

"High speed fiber in the home. We’re starting to roll out 5G in Frisco," Perot said.

Perot sees no end to the opportunity and explosive growth in North Texas. In the next 20 years he said, "We'll pass Chicago. It’s going to be New York, L.A. and Dallas-Fort Worth."

Education, he said, will be critical to keeping North Texas competitive.

"We’ve got to get all these kids going through our school system to match up to the jobs that are coming."

Perot acknowledges there may be challenges ahead, especially with infrastructure such as transportation, water and housing. But when asked if there’s anywhere else he would rather be, the answer is unequivocal: "No. Dallas-Fort Worth is the place."

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<![CDATA[Here's What Congress' Criminal Justice Reform Bill Would Do]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 20:49:36 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/TrumpCriminalJusticeReform.jpg

President Donald Trump’s support has put Congress within reach of passing the most sweeping set of changes to the federal criminal justice system since the 1990s, when fear of crime drove the enactment of draconian sentencing practices that shipped hundreds of thousands of drug offenders to prison.

This is no small feat. Reformers have been trying to get this done for years, but something always got in the way: partisan bickering, election-year politics, ambushes by opponents. Amid Washington gridlock, the First Step Act stands out.

The measure, which could go to a vote during the lame-duck session of Congress between now and January, contains several changes to the way the federal government treats drug offenders, both those who are in prison now and those who will face a judge in the future, NBC News reports.

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<![CDATA[Guardsman at Texas Border Accused of Sexual Assault]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:28:28 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Luis+Carlos+Ontiveros.jpg

A Texas National Guard member serving at the U.S.-Mexico border is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a motel, authorities said Wednesday.

Police in Alpine arrested Luis Carlos Ontiveros, 30, on Monday. The Texas National Guard confirmed that Ontiveros was serving in a mission launched in April following President Donald Trump's call for the National Guard to go to the border.

According to an affidavit obtained by KOSA-TV, the woman told police she had been drinking and Ontiveros offered to take her back to her motel room. The woman alleged that Ontiveros started kissing her, then removed her clothes and touched her.

The woman said she fled after Ontiveros told her he would perform oral sex. A witness told police the woman knocked on his door, saying Ontiveros had tried to rape her.

Ontiveros was released Tuesday on $20,000 bond. A message left at a number listed for Ontiveros was not immediately returned. The Associated Press generally does not identify victims in sexual assault cases.

The Texas National Guard said it would cooperate with authorities in Alpine, a remote West Texas town in the region of Big Bend National Park. The Guard would not confirm whether Ontiveros had been suspended or how long he had served in the Guard.

Ontiveros is the second guardsman in Texas known to have been arrested since the Guard was sent to the border.

Edwin Baez , 20, was charged in August with stealing 1.5 kilograms of methamphetamine. Federal prosecutors said Baez was detailed to an international bridge in Laredo, Texas, when he allegedly ended up in the hospital for a "drug-induced emergency." Investigators determined he had taken meth from a picture frame being used to smuggle the drugs that he was supposed to have thrown away. Baez has pleaded not guilty.

About 1,000 National Guard members in Texas are currently serving at the U.S.-Mexico border. Arizona, California, and New Mexico also sent Guard members to their borders with Mexico.

Trump has since ordered the active-duty military to the border, and around 5,800 troops have deployed.

Photo Credit: Alpine Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Man, Woman Allegedly Stole Items Using Empty Stroller]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:11:45 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stroller+theft.jpg

Police are searching for a man and a woman after they allegedly stole items from a store by concealing them in an empty stroller.

According to Arlington police, a man and a woman were seen in a business located on the 3800 block of Cooper Street.

While shopping in the store, the individuals allegedly picked out specific items, brought them into the fitting rooms and concealed them inside the empty stroller.

Police said that the man and woman then walked out of the store. 

The woman seen in the surveillance video has a small tattoo on her chest and has tattoos on her left and right arms.

Police are asking anyone who may know who the individuals are to call Det. Blanco with Arlington Police Department at 817-459-6647 or email her at daisey.blanco@arlingtontx.gov.

Photo Credit: Arlington Police Department
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<![CDATA[Vander Esch Named Defensive Playor of the Week]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:22:30 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/leighton-vander-esch-locker-room.jpg

After what the Cowboys are calling a 19 tackle and one interception performance against the Eagles, Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch was named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Week.

Not bad for a rookie playing in his ninth career game.

But Vander Esch made it clear he is not surprised by his success.

"I've never really felt like I've been caught off guard with anything. I'm confident in myself and I'm confident in my abilities and my athleticism and my preparation that's going to put me in position to make plays on the field on game day," Vander Esch said. "I'm here for a reason. There's a reason they drafted me as high as they did. I just got to be consistent every single week and do what the coaches ask of me, stay humble, be the person that I am and not change to anything different and just do what I do."

If it looked like Vander Esch was comfortable with the football in his hands during that interception return against the Eagles it's because he is -- as a senior in high school in Riggins, Idaho, Vander Esch had 28 rushing touchdowns and 37 passing touchdowns as a high school quarterback.

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<![CDATA["Decatur Crater" Tree Grows, Warning Drivers of Pothole]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 18:13:00 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/pothole+tree.jpg

A woman from the Wise County town of Paradise became so annoyed with a large pothole she took matters into her own hands.

Ashley Wiley was tired of seeing cars fall victim to the crater in the parking lot outside the Cici's Pizza and Tractor Supply Co. off Farm-to-Market Road 51 in Decatur. So, she decided to put a pot in the hole. Literally.

"There is this gigantic pothole that nobody will fix...so I am going to go fix it," Wiley said.

Recording the "fix" just in case someone hit her, Wiley hopped out of the car with a bag of potting soil and a plant from Walmart and filled the hole that had become a source of complaints on a local Facebook page.

"I got tired of hearing it, so I went and got a tree," Wiley explained. "Make a pot, hole!"

She posted the video on Facebook, and it's been viewed more than 35,000 times as of this writing.

After she posted the video, other people loved the idea so much they decorated the tree.

Scarlet Sunset Sears posted video putting Christmas ornaments on the tree. A green mylar balloon was also added.

Even though the pothole still hasn't been repaired, Wiley told the Wise County Messenger she hopes drivers are more aware of the pothole and avoid serious damage to their vehicles.

"This is hilarious, I never dreamed it would go viral," Wiley told NBC 5. "Not one person has hit it since the tree's gone in, so I guess I solved the problem!"

"I'm telling you, she needs to rum for mayor or county commissioner," said Joyce Stevens as she drove past the now decorated pothole. "She needs to run for something to get potholes fixed here.

Neither Wise County, nor the city of Decatur are responsible for fixing the 4-foot-wide pothole because it's on private property. NBC 5 left a message for the listed property owner.

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<![CDATA[Body Cam Video Shows Deputy Being Shot]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 09:45:19 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/body+cam+sheriff.jpg

Update: Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said Deputy Jarrett Turner was shot by his own gun when the weapon malfunctioned. You can read an update here.

Investigators are offering $10,000 for information on the person who shot a Parker County Sheriff's Deputy from an illegal deer blind Monday evening. Body camera footage was released Wednesday.

The deputy was identified Tuesday night at 27-year-old Jarrett Turner, who has been with the sheriff's office since 2016 and in law enforcement for six years.

A Parker County Sheriff's Officer spokesperson said Turner was at home in good spirits and grateful for the support he has received since Monday night.

A Parker County property owner called the sheriff's department at about 5:30 p.m. to report someone had set up an illegal deer blind on their property along Cattlebaron Road.

As a deputy began to approach the deer blind someone inside opened fire.

Video from the deputy's body camera showed two shots were fired from someone hiding inside the deer blind, with a bullet striking the approaching deputy in the foot, a sheriff's spokesman said. The area was too dark for the camera to pick up an identifying image of the gunman. The footage has not been released to the public.

The deputy, who has not yet been identified, was taken to JPS Hospital in Fort Worth with a broken foot. The shooter, meanwhile, escaped into the darkness.

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said in a statement Tuesday the deputy was discharged from the hospital and is expected to fully recover. The deputy's name has not been released, but Fowler said he has six years of experience and has been with Parker County since April 2016.

“We would also like to thank so many local organizations, law enforcement agencies and citizens who have reached out to our department on behalf of our deputy with hospitality offerings and prayers,” said Fowler.

After the shooting Monday, several agencies and local departments responded to assist in searching for the hunter who fled the scene.

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“We are relieved our deputy survived the shooting which could have been a potentially deadly situation.” Fowler said. “We are pleased our deputy is recovering and is otherwise alright. We will continue our investigation today with the help of Texas State Game Wardens along with the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office. We want to extend our gratitude for those who are assisting in this investigation. We are hoping the suspect surrenders peacefully without further incident.”

The Texas Rangers, Texas Game Wardens, ATF and Parker County deputies resumed searching the area with dogs Tuesday.

No further information about the shooter is known; anyone with information about the shooter is asked to call the Parker County Sheriff's Department.

NBC 5's Scott Gordon, Chris Blake and Courtney Gilmore contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[5 Years Later: Revisiting Batkid's Crime-Fighting Day in SF]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 12:50:04 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Batkid10.JPG

Five years after bringing swift justice to Gotham-themed San Francisco as Batkid, Miles Scott is enjoying a much more typical life for a 10-year-old boy.

Back in 2013, the shy youngster and leukemia survivor from Tulelake, California, captivated the Bay Area and beyond, busting criminals in the city by the bay, rescuing the San Francisco Giants mascot and earning a key to the city as part of his day-long Make-A-Wish Foundation experience.

Scott, now 10 and in the fifth grade, has taken a break from his crime-fighting duties to return to school, play baseball and help out on his family's farm, according to Make-A-Wish, the nonprofit organization that grants dream-come-true wishes to children suffering from critical illnesses. 

Undoubtedly the best part of Scott's young life is the fact that he's been in remission from leukemia for the last five years, according to Make-A-Wish. He was first diagnosed with the cancer at the age of one.

While Scott enjoys his normal life nowadays, his life was anything but five years ago Thursday. Donning his Batkid mask, a flowing cape and an all-black superhero ensemble, Scott stymied villains such as the Riddler and the Penguin to the cheers of thousands of people who crowded the streets of San Francisco to partake in the wish.

Scott's memorable day received the attention of, among others, the San Francisco Chronicle, which transformed its front page to showcase the wish, and even then-President Barack Obama, who delivered a special message via Vine to the crime-fighting boy.

More than 16,000 people RSVP'd to volunteer to help with the spectacle, according to Make-A-Wish. The number of tweets featuring the hashtags #SFBatkid or #Batkid soared beyond 545,500. The entire phenomenon was said to be discussed in at least 117 countries. 

Scott's monumental day was so illustrious it inspired a full-length documentary coined "Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World."

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<![CDATA[2 Navy SEALs, 2 Marines Charged With Murdering Green Beret]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:00:05 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SSG-Melgar1.jpg

Two elite Navy SEALs and two Marine Raiders were charged with felony murder in the June 2017 strangulation death of U.S. Army Green Beret Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar, NBC News reports.

The U.S. Navy brought the charges against the four service members on Tuesday, painting a gruesome picture of the effort to kill Melgar, 34.

The suspects are accused of driving to Marine quarters to obtain duct tape, breaking into Melgar's room while he was sleeping, restraining him with the duct tape, and strangling him in a chokehold. The four U.S. service members, which include two members of the famed SEAL Team Six, killed Melgar "while perpetrating a burglary," according to their charge sheets.

In addition to felony murder, the charges against the four men include conspiracy, obstruction of justice, hazing and burglary.

Photo Credit: U.S. Army]]>
<![CDATA[DFW Firefighters to Summit Aconcagua for Grieving Kids]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:55:46 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/200*120/COLD+CLIMB+FOR+WARM+PLACE+2.jpg

Two North Texas firefighters are on a mission to conquer one of the world's highest and most unforgiving mountains -- all to help local kids who have their own personal mountains to climb.

In January, Arlington firefighter Alex Cramer and Fort Worth firefighter Clint Brewer will head to Argentina, where they'll attempt to summit Aconcagua -- the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere.

The purpose of their climb is to raise money and awareness for The Warm Place, which is a center in Fort Worth that provides grief services to kids and teens who've lost a loved one.

"To have a place like this where it's known -- everyone else there has had somebody in their family go through [loss] -- I think it's pretty comforting," said Cramer. "Especially for a child that may be very confused about what they're going through and not knowing if what they're experiencing and feeling is normal."

This will mark the second time the two have scaled a mountain for the nonprofit.

In 2016, they reached the top of Denali, the highest mountain in North America. This time around, they wanted to go bigger.

"We felt like we did a good thing helping The Warm Place and we wanted to try to do that again, if not do more," said Brewer. "The mission for awareness never ends. So we just wanted to keep answering the charge."

Their goal is to raise $22,841 for The Warm Place -- one dollar for each foot they'll climb.           

On Thursday, Nov. 15, Rahr Brewery in Fort Worth will host a special fundraiser to help them reach that goal. From 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., a $25 donation will get you a special "Cold Climb for the Warm Place" pint glass and four pours.

You can also make donations online.

<![CDATA[NBC Universal's StormRanger Wins Tech, Engineering Emmy]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 19:19:56 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas-stormranger1.jpg

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced Nov. 15, 2018 that NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal that includes 40 NBC and Telemundo stations in 28 markets, is a recipient of a 2018 Technology and Engineering national Emmy® Award for pioneering the development of StormRanger, or CazaTormentas, a first-of-its-kind mobile X-band weather radar truck for television weather forecasting and reporting.

The award recognizes excellence in engineering, including innovative companies and leaders that are setting new standards for technological excellence in the television industry.

The 2018 award recipients will be honored at the 70th Annual Technology and Engineering Emmy® Awards ceremony on Sunday, April 7, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV in partnership with the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show/conference.

To see the full list of all 2018 Technology and Engineering Emmy® Awards recipients, please click here.

Developed by the NBC and Telemundo owned station group to help boost its meteorologists’ weather forecasting capabilities, the fleet of six StormRanger trucks travel through the stations’ markets, taking the radar directly to the weather for the closest, most detailed view and to show storms other radars simply can’t see.

Combined with a cutting edge fixed X-band radar network in Southern California, and high-frequency S-band radars located in the New York, Chicago, South Florida and Dallas-Fort Worth markets, the NBC and Telemundo owned stations have fundamentally improved their capability to detect dangerous weather and deliver life-saving information to their audiences.

“Weather has always been one of the most important things local stations do. As more severe weather events and fires affect the communities we serve, we decided to give our expert meteorologists a boost with exceptional technology,” said Valari Staab, President, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. “I am proud of our teams for reimagining the way that local weather information is detected and delivered. Our work is vital to helping communities stay safe when severe weather threatens.”

First introduced in 2016 with additional radar trucks deployed last year, all StormRangers feature a dual polarization, Doppler, X-band weather radar, as well as real-time video and communications tools.

The trucks’ high-resolution radars can scan storms closer to the ground, and better detect snow, light rain, hail, as well as smoke. As a result, meteorologists can provide a more detailed report about atmospheric conditions in their markets to help viewers make important decisions in their day-to-day commutes and in times of severe weather.

Teams from NBC and Telemundo stations, Accelerated Media Technologies (AMT), and Enterprise Electronics Corporation (EEC) collaborated to design and build the StormRanger trucks. EEC provided the radar and AMT completed the assembly.

NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ division multi-year, multi-million dollar commitment to substantially improve NBC and Telemundo stations local weather forecasting follows a series of investments made by NBCUniversal in all of its NBC and Telemundo stations to help the local teams better serve their English and Spanish-speaking audiences. NBCUniversal’s investment in the stations has resulted in the boosting of newsrooms through local news expansions, hiring of journalists and newsroom staff, introduction of new investigative and consumer teams and digital/mobile platforms, as well as the unveiling of modern news centers across eight markets to better serve all audiences.

For more information about NBC and Telemundo owned stations’ StormRanger, please visit NBCStormRanger.com and follow the StormRanger fleet on Twitter at @StormRanger.

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<![CDATA[How to Prepare for the YMCA 5K Turkey Trot]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 12:14:34 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/192*120/stretch+zone+one.JPG

Are you getting ready to run the YMCA Turkey Trot? Stretching is the key to injury prevention and to help us stay healthy, we have Becca Menhart, general manager of Stretch Zone Dallas.

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<![CDATA[Sarah's Weekend Picks Nov. 15-17]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 11:58:43 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/199*120/christmas+thinsg+to+do+this+weekend.JPG

We're heading into the holiday season and Sarah Blaskovich from GuideLive and The Dallas Morning News is here with some events this weekend to get us into the holiday spirit: Chi Omega Christmas Market, holiday lights around DFW and more.

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<![CDATA[WH Weighs Extraditing Erdogan Foe to Appease Turkey: Sources]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 12:18:26 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_17316428097732.jpg

The White House is looking for ways to remove an enemy of Turkish President Recep Erdogan from the U.S. in order to placate Turkey over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, two senior U.S. officials and two other people briefed on the requests told NBC News

Trump administration officials last month asked federal law enforcement agencies to examine legal ways of removing exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen in an attempt to persuade Erdogan to ease pressure on the Saudi government, the four sources said. Gulen has been living in Pennsylvania since the late 1990s.

Career officials at the agencies pushed back on the White House requests, the U.S. officials and people briefed on the requests said. 

"At first there were eye rolls, but once they realized it was a serious request, the career guys were furious," said a senior U.S. official involved in the process. 

The FBI and a spokesman for the National Security Council declined to comment, as did a lawyer for Gulen. The departments of state, justice and homeland security did not respond to requests for comment.

Photo Credit: Chris Post/AP, File]]>
<![CDATA[Parker County Deputy Was Shot With Own Gun]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:51:06 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/parker-county-deputy-shot-search-2.jpg

A Parker County deputy was shot with his own gun on Monday and was not ambushed by an illegal hunter, Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler says.

Investigators initially believed Deputy Jarrett Turner was shot by a hunter while investigating a complaint about poaching on private property along Cattlebaron Road.

The investigation found Turner was shot by his own backup gun, which malfunctioned, Fowler said. Turner was shot in the foot and was treated and released from a Fort Worth hospital.

Fowler said he has six years of experience and has been with Parker County since April 2016.

"This investigation has led us down several avenues," Fowler said. "This incident was not an accidental discharge. It was a weapons malfunction from a concealed backup weapon which was secured and holstered on his person."

Video from the deputy's body camera showed two shots were fired with a bullet striking the approaching deputy in the foot, a sheriff's spokesman said.

Fowler said it is not clear how the gun malfunctioned but said the video showed the deputy’s hands were not on the gun when it discharged.

The sheriff had offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

The Texas Rangers, Texas Game Wardens, ATF and Parker County deputies were searching the area with dogs Tuesday. Tarrant County Sheriff's Office also assisted in the incident.

Photo Credit: Juan Rodriguez, NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Donovan the Stubborn Horse Stands His Ground During SoCal Fire]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 11:11:37 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Horse_Rescue_Malibu_Woolsey_Fire_1200x675_1371420227685.jpg

Donovan tends to do things on his own terms.

The white horse who lives on a Malibu ranch was rescued from a rough life of mistreatment about a dozen years ago in Sacramento, which explains why he's always been leary of humans.

So, it wasn't a surprise to Wendell Phillips, co-owner of Spunky’s Rescue Ranch, that Donovan didn't budge when flames from the 98,000-acre Woolsey Fire started licking at the Decker Canyon property. Phillips and three other horses had to evacuate without Donovan when the fire, which started in Ventura County before quickly burning into LA County and toward the ocean, got dangerously close.

"I let the horses go and opened the house up and opened the sanctuary up so everybody would have a chance," Phillips said.

Phillips left food and water out for Donovan, who remained standing near his usual spot near the fenceline.

His desperate strategy worked. Donovan was there on the hillside when he returned, his white coat standing out against the charred landscape.

"He's got a couple little burns on his nose and his tail's a whole lot shorter than it used to be," Phillips said.

And there's more good news. During the frantic hours of the evacuation, Phillips said he learned Donovan was going to be adopted.

As of Thursday morning, the Woolsey Fire had scorched through 98,362 acres and was 57 percent contained. It has destroyed an estimated 504 structures and damaged another 96.

Three deaths have been reported in connection with the fire.

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<![CDATA[REI Co-op to Open First Store in Oklahoma]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:18:01 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/REI-GettyImages-536072329.jpg

REI plans to open its first store in Oklahoma next fall.

The outdoor retailer announced Tuesday that the 23,000 square-foot store in Oklahoma City will offer quality gear and expertise for the region's recreational activities, including hiking and paddling. REI says the new store will employ nearly 50 people.

A member-owned co-op, REI offers workshops and classes to help people connect to life outdoors. REI also plans to invest in Oklahoma's outdoor community and work with local nonprofits to help maintain local trails, parks and other amenities.

Officially known as REI Co-op and based in the Seattle area, the chain operates 154 stores in 35 states and the District of Columbia, including stores in Texas and Kansas. REI says it has 17 million members, including 46,500 in Oklahoma.

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<![CDATA[Fans Can Donate Items to Foster Children at Stars Game]]> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 09:54:17 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/buckner+international+foster+children+dallas+stars.jpg

Friday’s Dallas Stars game will aim to help provide necessary items for foster children in Dallas.

The Stars take on the Boston Bruins at 7 p.m. at the American Airlines Center. Nonprofit Buckner International is teaming up with the Stars to raise awareness about November being National Adoption Month.

Volunteers and Buckner staff will accept donations to create care packages for children in foster care. Donations needed include children’s toothbrushes and toothpaste, children’s shampoo and conditioner, and children’s books (new or gently used.)

The first 200 fans to donate any of the approved items will receive two tickets to the Stars game on Jan. 2, 2019 when the Stars take on the New Jersey Devils.

Friday’s game will feature a pre-party on the plaza with live music and Stars mascot Victor E. Green and a family served by Buckner Foster Care and Adoption will be honored between periods.

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