<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2018https://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.comen-usTue, 24 Apr 2018 19:40:03 -0500Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:40:03 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Outpouring of Support for Dallas Police on Social Media]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:01:24 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/back-the-blue-DPD.jpg

In the wake of the death of one officer, killed in the line of duty near a Home Depot in northeast Dallas, there's been an outpouring of support on social media.

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<![CDATA[Southlake's Sassy Tweets to Find Suspected Thief Goes Viral ]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:15:42 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Crystal-Finley.jpg

Police in Southlake are searching for a suspected serial criminal in a very humorous way.

Crystal Ladawn Finley is accused of multiple crimes, including identity theft and credit card fraud.

The city's department of public safety decided to reach out to Finley on Twitter and we have to say...their tweets are pretty hilarious.


Now, Grand Prairie police are in on it, tweeting that they, too, are looking for Finley for identity theft.


So, if you have any information about Finley's whereabouts, please contact Detective Josh Ellis at jdellis@ci.southlake.tx.us or contact Grand Prairie CrimeStoppers here.

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<![CDATA[Van Hits DART Train in Downtown Dallas]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:03:46 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DART+AX.jpg

DART rail service in downtown Dallas has resumed after a train collided with a car, DART officials said.

It happened near DART's West End Station at North Houston Street and Pacific Avenue just before 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The driver of the van ran a red light and struck a northbound Green Line train, according to DART officials.

No injuries were reported.

Train service in the area was down for a short time, but normal operations have resumed.

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<![CDATA[5 Things We Learned from Cowboys’ Pre-Draft News Conference]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:32:35 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JERRY_ON_DEZ_BRYANT_AND_RANDY_GREGORY_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1198428227836.jpg

1. Jerry and Stephen Jones each said the Cowboys have not changed their philosophy about trading up or down in the draft. They each said Tuesday they’d move up in the first round, for the right player. Just so you know, the Cowboys have not moved up or down in the last four drafts.

"If we get a really outstanding opportunity to do something really special for our team,” Jerry Jones said. “I would be giving that a lot of consideration."

2. Jerry Jones said the Cowboys have about 17 players with first-round grades just like there are every year. Interestingly, the Cowboys suggested they didn’t have five quarterbacks with first-round grades.

3. Jerry Jones said he’d like to see Commissioner Roger Goodall get a nice reception at the draft, but understands that probably won’t happen.

"I think our crowd is a football crowd,"' Jerry Jones said "There's a football view and there's a Cowboy view, so that I'm not so sure you'll see a lot of personal preferences or personal opinions about the Commissioner.

"I would hope - because I appreciate having this draft here in Dallas, this is a neat deal, I think it's very fitting that we got it - and so I hope we give him a very positive reception."

Good luck with all that.

4. Jerry Jones said he doesn’t expect to get a receiver in the draft, wherever Dallas might take one, that would be as good as Dez Bryant.

"I think we recognize that we have a hole to fill with Dez. We know we won't get a pure X receiver to replace Dez.

"I have no thoughts about the timing when we decided to move on from Dez. I think a nice, crisp time to call it a day was the way to do this. We need to move on knowing that we don't have Dez."

5. The Cowboys expect Xavier Woods to compete for a starting job at safety. You should also expect the Cowboys to make another run at safety Earl Thomas. Whether they can acquire him is another story.

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<![CDATA[NFL Legends Encourage North Texas Youth to Live Healthy]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:04:34 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NFL+Play+601.jpg

Nearly 500 elementary school students from around North Texas participated in the "Fuel Up to Play 60 Touchdown Celebration" on Tuesday at AT&T Stadium.

The program was launched by the NFL and National Dairy Council to help encourage young children to lead healthier lives.

The students who participated in the program focused on fueling up with healthy foods to have the energy to exercise for 60 minutes.

At the event, NFL legends Demarcus Ware, Bradie James, and JJ Moses were there to support the students.

“We’re really trying to teach them to not play so many video games, and to get out an exercise,” said Ware.

Ware did football drills with some of the students on the field.

“Hopefully our players here… will keep them inspired to keep eating right and exercising,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson.

At the end of the event, the schools who completed the Fuel Up to Play 60 program were awarded $50,000 dollars for their efforts.

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<![CDATA[Amazon Begins Delivery to Your Car's Trunk]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:54:48 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/New_Amazon_Service_4p_42418.jpg

Amazon's latest perk is free delivery to your car. The Seattle company said Tuesday that it has begun delivering packages in 37 cities to Prime members who own newer General Motors or Volvo vehicles.

<![CDATA[FWPD Wants to ID "Person of Interest" in Attack on Teenager]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:27:07 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*131/Girl+Attacked.jpg

Police are asking for the public's help to identify a "person of interest" in the recent attack on a 13-year-old girl on her way to school.

The department released surveillance video and photos Tuesday showing a man they believe was near the crime scene about the same time the attack took place.

He's described as white male, 5 foot 8 inches to 5 foot 10 inches tall, weighing approximately 200 pounds, with dark, medium length hair and a thin beard / mustache.

In the video, he's seen wearing jeans, a gray shirt, a dark baseball cap worn backwards, and a black pullover sweatshirt.

"We would like to speak to him," said Fort Worth police Sgt. Chris Britt. "Maybe this individual saw something or has some information."

On Thursday, 13-year-old Dorkia Wimana was walking to her school bus stop near the intersection of Calmont Avenue and Laredo Drive when a man approached her.

Her family told NBC 5 he initially tried to grab her backpack. Then, when she fought back, he began choking her. The girl managed to get away but was seriously injured.

At Tuesday's news conference, Britt said she remains hospitalized in critical condition, noting that detectives have not been able to speak to her because of the severity of her injuries.

"We are taking this seriously," Britt said. "We have put extra resources in that area to identify a suspect in this case."

A citizens group has also started doing volunteer patrols in the area to help ensure safety.

"We're just out here trying to make our presence felt and known and let the children and the parents know somebody is here with them," said Gary Mosby, a volunteer who has lived in the neighborhood for five years.

Anyone with information is asked to call Fort Worth Police at (817) 392-4430 or the anonymous CrimeStoppers tip line at (817) 469-TIPS.

NBC 5's Scott Gordon contributed to this report.

<![CDATA[WATCH LIVE: DPD to Update Case of 2 Officers, Civilian Shot]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:39:48 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/police_shooting_42418.jpg

Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall is expected to provide an update at 7:30 p.m., which can be viewed live in the above video player.

Two Dallas police officers and a civilian were shot in northeast Dallas Thursday afternoon. Multiple sources have confirmed to NBC DFW that one of the officers has died.

The shooting happened at about 4:30 p.m. outside The Home Depot in the 11600 block of Forest Central Drive.

One person was transported to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, according to a hospital spokesperson.

The civilian's condition is not known at this time.

Officers are currently searching for the shooter. A source told NBC DFW law enforcement is circulating a photo of 29-year-old Armando Juarez. He's not a suspect at this time, but officers want to talk to about the shooting. The photo is a mugshot from January when Juarez was arrested for unlawful use of a vehicle.

A baseball game at nearby Dallas Lutheran High School is on lockdown while the search continues for a gunman. Everyone at the game is locked inside the school.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings sent out a statement on Twitter after the shooting.

Gov. Greg Abbott also tweeted about the incident.

Check back and refresh this page for the latest update. As this story is developing, elements may change.

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<![CDATA[Meek Mill Released from Prison, Flown to Sixers Game]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:37:29 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Meek-Mill-Released.jpg

Jailed rapper Meek Mill has been released from prison on bail following a ruling from Pennsylvania's highest court.

In a scene that rivaled a big budget music video, Mill was driven out of the state prison in Chester, Pennsylvania, at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday. He took a short drive to a nearby parking lot, where he and his friend, Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin, were whisked into a waiting helicopter.

Rubin and Meek headed to the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia where the Sixers are taking on the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the NBA playoffs. Accompanied by Kevin Hart, Meek rang the opening bell before the game, drawing cheers from the crowd.

"I feel great," Mill told NBC10's John Clark as he entered the arena.

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered his release Tuesday after a long  battle dating to November when the Philadelphia rapper was sentenced to 2 to 4 years in prison for violating his probation.

“We are thrilled that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has directed Judge Brinkley to immediately issue an order releasing Meek on bail," lawyer Joe Tacopina said in a statement. "As we have said all along, Meek was unjustly convicted and should not have spent a single day in jail."

Mill, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, thanked a slew of people and God for their support through a post to his Instagram page.

"While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive," the statement read in part.

In the decision, Pennsylvania's highest court cited the credibility of Mill's arresting officer, Reginald Graham, who was since been identified on a list of so-called dirty cops in Philadelphia. 

Tuesday's court order answered many of the concerns presented in court by Mill's legal team and by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Last week, assistant DA Liam Riley expressed support for a new trial after learning that Mill's arresting officer and his testimony may be tainted. Earlier, the Philly DA's office also expressed support for releasing the rapper on bail. 

But Brinkley denied both bail and a new hearing last week, instead scheduling an evidentiary hearing in June. 

"Meek is excited to be reunited with his family, and we, along with Meek, intend to continue to shine the light on a justice system in need of reform to prevent any other citizen from being put through what Meek has endured," Tacopina said.

The state's highest court also noted that Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley could recuse herself from presiding over any further legal proceedings, Tacopina said.

Since Mill's jailing, the State Correctional Institution in Chester has become a pilgrimage site for some of the most powerful people in sports, politics and entertainment. 

Civil rights advocate Rev. Al Sharpton, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney have all visited Mill there. Actor and comedian Kevin Hart and Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin were just there hours before the court ruling.

Rap icon Jay-Z wrote an op-ed in the New York Times last November citing Mill's jailing as a symbol of systemic racism in the U.S. criminal justice system. "Instead of a second chance, probation ends up being a land mine, with a random misstep bringing consequences greater than the crime," he wrote. 

Shortly after Mill's release, he issued a new statement saying: "Today, Meek Mill, a son of Philadelphia, is a free man. He was incarcerated unjustly and caught in a probation trap for years by a broken system. Now we can celebrate his release. We thank every individual that has supported and fought alongside Meek every step of the way"

Dozens of fans lined up outside the correctional facility hoping to catch a glimpse of him as he left prison. Some rushed to the prison's front gates in preparation.

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The Supreme Court ruling does not end Mill's legal woes.

While he will be free on bail, he may have to face Brinkley within the next two months to discuss whether his case should be revisited. But, she could recuse herself or pass the case to the judge presiding over legal challenges related to the arresting officer. Mill's attorneys previously requested that a judge swap happen. The Supreme Court denied immediately making that change.

This story is breaking. Please check back for updates. 

Photo Credit: Michael Rubin
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<![CDATA[Popular Highland Park Shop Closing After 22 Years]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:12:01 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*143/Wild+About+Harry%27s+Hot+Dog.jpg

A fixture on Dallas' Knox Street for more than 20 years is closing.

"Wild About Harry's" is shutting down May 15 after 22 years in business.

The shop, known for its hot dogs and frozen custard, posted on its social media pages they were given notice to vacate the location.[[480722611,C]]

The owners are currently looking for a new location in the Highland Park area.

Their store in Deep Ellum will stay open.

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<![CDATA[Multimillion Dollar Highland Park Homes Listed as 'Land']]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:07:43 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/highland-park-property.jpg

A pair of recent real estate listings in Highland Park highlight what has long been a trend in Dallas-Fort Worth for those who have the means: Buy an older house in a nice neighborhood, knock it down, build a new house on the land.

Both properties are multimillion dollar listings — 3812 Beverly Drive is on the market for $5,495,000 and 4328 Belclaire Avenue is going for $2,950,000 — and both properties, despite having houses on them already, are being advertised for the land.

“Part of what is so valuable about owning a home in Highland Park is the actual dirt, and so, in this instance, somebody will scrape it and build something new,” said Brittany Mathews, a VP at Allie Beth Allman and the listing agent for the Belcaire property.

Built in 1938, the red brick Belclaire home is a three bed, three bath that has fallen into disrepair.

“Gorgeous building site on one of Highland Park’s premier blocks,” is how the real estate listing describes the property. “Mature oak and magnolia trees for a beautiful setting to build your dream home.”

“If you want to be in this prime location in Highland Park you are going to have to pay a pretty significant amount in order to do so,” Mathews said.

The listing on Beverly Drive is advertised as “an important piece of property in a neighborhood where new construction exceeds $10,000,000.”

The primary difference between the two homes is the condition they are in.

Madeline Jobst, one of the listing agents on the property and a realtor with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, acknowledged that the three bed, three-and-a-half bath home retains attractive curb appeal, even when compared to the multimillion dollar mansions that line the 3800 block of Beverly, just one block from the grounds of the exclusive Dallas Country Club.

But at 4,300+ square feet, the Beverly home is approximately half of the size of the home that a modern builder would put on the land, Jobst estimated.

In addition, the house, which was completed in 1952, features 8-foot ceilings whereas the ceilings in a modern mansion would no doubt be much higher, according to Jobst.

Housing prices have risen steadily in Dallas-Fort Worth in recent years. Yet despite that rise, million dollar-plus listings only account for a small percentage of overall home sales.

According to the MetroTex Association of Realtors there have been approximately 22,000 single family homes sold in DFW through the end of March. Of those, only 324 — or 1.8 percent — were sold for $1 million or more.

In addition, million dollar-plus sales are down about 5 percent through the first quarter of 2018 in Dallas-Fort Worth, according to Metro Tex. However, according to a representative for the organization, it is far too early in the year to determine if that slide represents any sort of trend in the market.

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<![CDATA[NBC 5 Honored With Peabody Award for Dallas County Schools Bus Investigation]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:59:54 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ITEAM_PEABODY+CREW.png

KXAS-TV was awarded a 2017 Peabody Award for its extensive NBC 5 Investigates series, “Big Buses, Bigger Problems: Taxpayers Taken for a Ride,” the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication announced Tuesday.

The Peabody Awards are considered among the most prestigious awards in broadcasting and honor the most powerful, enlightening and invigorating stories in television, radio and digital media.

“This is NBC 5’s first Peabody and the only Peabody awarded to a local, commercial television station for 2017,” said Tom Ehlmann, NBC 5 President and General Manager. “We constantly strive to tell stories that will make a difference in the lives of North Texans and improve our community.”

NBC 5’s investigation exposed a web of corruption, staggering financial mismanagement, hidden personal relationships and conflicts of interest inside Dallas County Schools, a public agency responsible for transporting more than 75,000 school children daily in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The series of reports raised community awareness and highlighted the violation of public trust by officials within Dallas County Schools. Click here to watch KXAS’ series of investigative reports.

“It’s an honor for our hard-working team of journalists to be recognized with such a prestigious award,” said Mark Ginther, NBC 5 Vice President of News. “This series resulted in actions that brought about a total restructuring of the student transportation system in Dallas County to a new model that should be more accountable to the public and safer for students.”

The governor of Texas, state legislature and, eventually voters, acted to shut down the 172-year-old agency over the improprieties revealed by NBC 5 Investigates. An ongoing investigation by the FBI, U.S. Department of Justice and Texas Rangers has resulted in two guilty pleas -- one from a man who admits to funneling $3 million in bribes and kickbacks to Dallas County Schools leadership in exchange for bus camera contracts and another by the former DCS superintendent who says he accepted those same payments.

The NBC 5 Investigates team members reporting on “Big Buses, Bigger Problems: Taxpayers Taken for a Ride” include NBC 5 Senior Investigative Reporter Scott Friedman, Producers Jack Douglas and Eva Parks, Photographer Jose Sanchez, Digital Managing Editor Frank Heinz and Vice President of News Mark Ginther.

On Saturday, May 19, the NBC 5 Investigates journalists will be formally recognized at the Peabody Awards ceremony in New York City. To access the full list of Peabody Awards winners, please click here.

<![CDATA[Dallas Groups Push for Paid Sick Leave]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:06:36 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Doctor+generic2.jpg

Several organizations and two council members are pushing for paid sick leave to be mandatory for workers in Dallas.

Business owners and community organizers are helping gather almost 65,000 signatures for the petition so the ordinance can be on the ballot this fall.

City council members Philip Kingston and Adam Medrano have joined organizations such as the Texas Organizing Project and the Texas Freedom Network to support the campaign.

According to the Institute of Women Research and Policy, one in three workers in Texas do not have access to paid sick leave.

Workers affected are usually in the retail, construction, hospitality, and food and service industries. When one of these workers gets sick, they are faced with a hard dilemma.

“Many of them have to decide if they should stay home sick and risk losing their job and not getting rent paid, or they could go to work sick. That wouldn’t be good for the employees or business production,” said Lee Daugherty who is a bar owner in Dallas.

The petition has to be submitted by June 11.

<![CDATA[Mexican Film Students Were Killed, Dissolved in Acid: Pros.]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:03:54 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-937548566.jpg

Authorities said Monday that three Mexican film students who went missing in March in Guadalajara were kidnapped, tortured and killed, and their bodies were dissolved in acid, NBC News reported.

Javier Salomón Aceves Gastélum, Daniel Díaz, and Marco Ávalo were last seen on March 19 in the municipality of Tonala, in the state of Jalisco, filming a class project during their Spring Break. The three aspiring filmmakers were students at the Universidad de Medios Audiovisuales.

According to state prosecutors, their car broke down during the trip and they were later kidnapped by gunmen from the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), who confused them for members of a rival gang.

Academy Award winning director Guillermo del Toro, who is a native of Guadalajara, expressed outrage on social media in response to the killings.

"Words can't explain the dimension of this madness. 3 students are killed and dissolved in acid. The "why" is unthinkable, the "how" is terrifying,” the "Shape of Water" director tweeted.

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<![CDATA[Lobster Shortage Sends Prices Rising 'Off the Charts': Report]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:13:11 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1167905.jpg

If rising temperatures have you dreaming about that first lobster roll of the season, be prepared to get sticker shocked.

The price of lobster has surged over the past few months as Maine, the state the dominates the U.S. lobster haul, saw the catch fall due to a long winter and chilly spring while global demand remains on the rise, according to The Boston Globe. Cold weather in Canada is keeping its fisheries iced over, adding to the shortage.

Hard-shell lobster prices have shot up to about $15 a pound, nearly double from last year's $8 a pound. And restaurants looking to buy pre-shucked lobster meat for their rolls can expect to shell out about $40 a pound.

The Globe surveyed seafood prices in restaurants around Boston and found the cost of many lobster dishes to be "off the charts," the paper reports. A lobster roll at Chef Chris Coombs’ restaurant Deuxave will set you back $49, instead of the usual $22. And another area restaurateur told the Globe that it currently costs $47 to prepare his lobster rolls, but has kept the menu price at $29.

Meanwhile, some restaurants have taken lobster off their menus altogether while others have resorted to asking employees to shuck lobsters in-house to help cut costs, according to the Globe.

But lobster lovers on a budget won't have to wait until next season to buy their favorite crustacean dish at an affordable price. Once temperatures rise and fisheries open up, prices are expected to come back down. 

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<![CDATA[Absence of Tornadoes in Oklahoma Sets Record This Year]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 10:11:00 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/tornado+advertencia+texas.jpg

Thunderstorms produced hail across North Texas last weekend, but overall, it's been a fairly slow start to severe weather season. Only a handful of tornadoes have been reported statewide while four have occurred in North Texas. (Seven is average for April, with the most tornadoes in 1994 with 41).

Our neighbors north of the Red River, however, have seen an even slower start to tornado season. Oklahoma is typically a tornado magnet this time of year, averaging around 12 tornadoes during the month of April and 56 annually. This year, however, Oklahoma has recorded zero! That's zero for all of 2018, not just April!

The last time they've been this late into the season without a tornado was April 26, 1962. That record will be smashed later this week, as there will be no tornado threat for several days. Kansas has also enjoyed a slow start to storm season with zero tornadoes thus far.

Unfortunately, a slow start doesn't guarantee the season will stay quiet. Tornado season can pick up drastically in the month of May across Oklahoma and Texas.

You can see below that most tornadoes in North Texas occur in the months of April and May.

Get the latest forecast information from NBC 5's team of Weather Experts here.

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<![CDATA[Volunteers Preparing to Patrol Streets After Girl Attacked]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 10:56:03 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*129/Volunteer+Patrols.jpg

Volunteers in West Fort Worth are stepping up to make sure children in their community make it to school safely after a 13-year-old girl was attacked right by her bus stop last week. Police are still searching for her attacker.

About 15 people met at the community outreach Restoration Center Monday night to plan their patrols for Tuesday morning. They say they want to be a presence to ward off anyone with bad intentions and let children know they're cared for.

Fort Worth police joined the meeting as well, offering advice on citizen "dos and dont's" and showing their support.

Investigators also planned to hold a news conference Tuesday morning to provide an update on the investigation.

“It’s encouraging to see them wanting to stand up and say this is our community, and we’re gonna make sure that it’s safe,” said Commander Cynthia O’Neil of the Fort Worth Police West Division.

The volunteers plan to start at 6:15 Tuesday morning when kids are walking to the bus and again at 2:45 p.m. when they're heading home. They'll post up to watch and report in areas around Las Vegas Trail and Calmont.

That's the street where 13-year-old Dorika Wimana was attacked last Thursday morning right by her bus stop. Her family tells NBC 5 a strange man tried to grab her backpack and when she fought back, wound up choking her. She got away and has since been hospitalized with serious injuries.

The incident was a rallying call for a community that's had enough.

"I saw red,” said volunteer Mike Scott. “It's a mixture of anger and then empathy for her. It's kind of a mixed thing. But I know I can be effective doing something like this."

Pastor Derwin Harris, Director of Restoration Center added, "It's an opportunity for us to step up to another level and make sure our kids are safe."

"It's our responsibility to work to protect our children and that's not just the children in our homes, but that's the children of Fort Worth," said volunteer Renee Eiband. “We’re just hoping that these kids will feel safer to go to school and that they’ll see friendly faces and that they’ll know that they’re loved and cared for.”

Fort Worth police are still following leads to track down the attacker but so far no arrests.

In the meantime, volunteers say they plan to patrol through the end of the school year and pick it up again next fall. They’re looking for more volunteers to join them. Anyone interested should call Restoration Center at: (682) 385-9189.

<![CDATA[Ex-Texas Official Questions Teen's Harvard Acceptance]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:03:50 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Profesor_de_Harvard_acusado_de_acoso_y_agresion_sexual.jpg

A former member of the Texas State Board of Education took a shot Friday at a biracial California teen who was accepted to Harvard University.

George Clayton of Richardson replied to a tweet posted by Drake Johnson of Marina, Calif., in which Johnson wore a Harvard sweater and announced he would be attending the Ivy League school.

Click here to read more from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.

<![CDATA[Workers Dangle From Fla. Building After Scaffolding Collapses]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:39:42 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/217*120/042418_scaffolding_accident_palmetto_bay_480.png

Rescue crews responded after workers were left dangling on the side of a building after a scaffolding collapsed in Palmetto Bay Tuesday morning.

The incident happened at the Palmetto Bay Village Center at 18001 Old Cutler Road just after 9 a.m.

Footage showed two workers dangling from safety lines near the scaffolding, which was hanging off the side of the building about three floors above a landing.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue workers responded and helped one of the men to safety with the help of a ladder truck on the ground and firefighters on the roof.

Crews were able to lower the other man to safety a short time later.

"There was one that was actually hanging, there was one that was able to actually sit on the edge of the scaffolding," said fire rescue worker Maggie Castro. "We decided to take the one that was hanging first, since there's always the possibility of there being compression injuries."

Both workers were able to walk away without injuries.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.

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<![CDATA[Motorcyclist Killed Near Forney High School Was Racing: PD]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:18:04 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Police+Lights+Generic+NBC4_4.jpg

A 22-year-old man fatally wounded in a high-speed motorcycle crash last month was street racing, police confirm.

Dakota Ashwood was killed the evening of March 21 when his motorcycle collided with a van on Farm-to-Market Road 741, near Forney High School.

Investigators said Tuesday that Ashwood had been racing two other vehicles, driven by Armando Leon, 17, and Dustin Denton, 18, at speeds above 120 mph when he crashed.

The speed limit in that area of FM-741 is 55 mph.

Leon admitted to police he was driving about 85 mph at the time, while Denton admitted to speeding at 65 to 70 mph in the 55 mph zone. Both have been charged with racing on a highway.

The driver of the van was not charged.

<![CDATA[Missing Man From Dallas: Police]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:56:57 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/michaelporter.jpg

Dallas police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man who was last seen early Tuesday.

Michael Edward Porter was last seen about 12:30 a.m. in the 3000 block of Emmett Street and is believed to be a danger to himself. Porter is described as a 63-year-old white male with brown hair and blue eyes. He is 5-foot-7 and weighs about 300 lbs. It’s unknown what he was last seen wearing.

Anyone with information on Porter’s location is asked to call 911 or the Dallas Police Missing Persons Unit at 214-671-4268.

<![CDATA[An Unusually Cool April]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:30:50 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/200*120/fd43756f7a9745e8b56089b5f958ff3f.jpg

If you think it has been cool this April, you are right!

So far this month the average temperature has been 60 degrees. This is almost 5 degrees below normal. The coldest temperature reading this month was 34 degrees on April 7. Despite the cold, we have had some warm days. On April 13 the high was 88 degrees.

The month of May could be warmer. The Climate Prediction Center is calling for above normal temperatures for the first week. The rest of the month is looking warmer than normal as well.

The average high for May of 83.6 degrees with an average low of 64.5. May 2017 was warmer than normal.

Get the latest forecast information from NBC 5's team of Weather Experts here.

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<![CDATA[Homeless NYC Girl Scout Troop Shatters Cookie Sale Goal]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:20:28 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GSGNY+Troop+6000+423.jpg

The first-ever homeless Girl Scouts troop of New York City has broken yet another barrier, smashing their goal of selling 6,000 boxes of cookies nearly six times over. 

Girl Scout Troop 6000's initial goal was to sell 6,000 boxes of cookies at their first stand sale at Kellogg's NYC Café in Union Square. But by the end of the six-day sale, the troop sold more than 32,500 boxes. 

Customers not only stood in hour-long lines to purchase multiple boxes of cookies, but many also made monetary donations to the troop, totaling more than $15,000, to help pay for activities and trips, according to the organization.

"I’m so excited that I got a chance to sell cookies, just like any other Girl Scout," said Sanaa, a 10-year-old from the troop.

The Girl Scouts also partnered with Kellogg to create six limited-edition specialty cereals, which were all on the cafe's menu during the cookie sale week. One hundred percent of the proceeds of the specialty cereals were donated to the troop.

Meridith Maskara, CEO of Girl Scouts Greater New York, said the sale was a "resounding success," and gave girls in Troop 6000 the opportunity to be "cookie business bosses." 

Proceeds from cookie sales go to fund troop activities selected by the girls, including trips, camp experiences, and other programs and events.

Troop 6000 was created in 2016 by Girl Scouts of Greater New York, Mayor de Blasio and the city Department of Homeless Services to serve girls living in the New York City shelter system.

<![CDATA[Street Racing Suspected in Deadly Oak Cliff Cash]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 05:39:49 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/oak-cliff-crash-042418.png

Dallas police suspect street racing caused a deadly crash involving several vehicles late Monday night in Oak Cliff.

First responders arrived at the scene at the intersection of Westmoreland Road and West Jefferson Boulevard at about 8 p.m.

According to police, two groups of street racers caused the crash that involved a total of seven vehicles.

Police reported one fatality, with five people — three adults and two children — transported to hospitals with injuries not considered life threatening.

No further details were released.

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<![CDATA[Security Boost at Cedar Hill School After Threat]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 06:43:53 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/police+officer+dragged+sirens1.jpg

An undisclosed threat posted on social media has prompted additional security patrols at Permenter Middle School in the Cedar Hill Independent School District on Tuesday. Cedar Hill police said they are questioning individuals believed to be behind the threat.

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<![CDATA[Women Steal More Than $3K in Makeup at Sephora: Police]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 06:46:27 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sephorathieves.jpg

Two women are accused of stuffing their purses with $3,000 worth of makeup from a Sephora in Southlake and later dumping it in their vehicles, police say.

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspects. Surveillance video shows the women went to the Sephora April 10 and allegedly took about $2,300 worth of product, police say.

They walked in and allegedly started stuffing their purses with beauty products, police say. Police say they left the store, emptied their purses into their vehicle and returned inside to grab more.

Three days later the women returned to the store and stole an additional $780 worth of items, police said.

"If you're ever shopping and see a crime taking place, be sure to be the best witness possible," Southlake police said in a Facebook post.

Police also noted the store's "giant, clear, open windows" behind them and other nearby shoppers.

<![CDATA[Armed Suspect in Police Standoff Near IKEA is Dead: GPPD]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:34:28 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/IKEA+SHOT.jpg

A man is dead following a standoff between police and an armed man near IKEA in Grand Prairie.

Police say they responded to a welfare check for a person inside a black, four-door Cadillac near Mayfield and Robinson roads at 1:30 Monday afternoon.

When they approached the vehicle, the driver drove into the back entrance of the store and parked.

He then showed a gun, which officers believe was a rifle, and fired shots toward officers.

The officers returned fire. Then, with the assistance of the Grand Prairie SWAT team, attempted to negotiate with the man, but police say he didn't verbally respond.

The store was placed on lockdown.

Moments later, the man fired more shots at the officers and the officers returned fire. Then again, police attempted to negotiate with the man. And again, the man didn't speak.

One last time, the man fired more shots and officers shot back. Negotiations were again attempted between law enforcement and the man. The man didn't respond.

After several minutes of no movement in the vehicle, the SWAT vehicle approached the car.

It was determined the man inside was dead. His identity has not been released.

Police say they do not have a motive and the case is under investigation.

No other injuries were reported.

Officers say the suspect doesn't appear to have any ties to IKEA and just happened to pull into the store's parking before the incident took place.


Meanwhile, customers and staff inside IKEA were told to stay inside and hide until further notice.

One person tweeted a photo of what looked like dozens of people huddled in the basement of the store.

Once the standoff was over, the lockdown at IKEA was lifted.

The store, which opened last Fall, is located on 1000 IKEA Way off the President George Bush Turnpike and Interstate 20.

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<![CDATA[All Clear After WWII Mortar Shuts Down PGBT in Rowlett]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 04:38:18 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mortar+pic.jpg

The President George Bush Turnpike has reopened after an explosive device from the World War II-era was found in Rowlett.

Police said a resident found an 81 millimeter mortar in another city and transported it to a home in the 4600 block of Bayonne Drive Monday morning.

A mortar is a muzzle-loading artillery piece that fires explosive projectiles.

The Garland Police Bomb Unit responded to the scene and determined the mortar was live.

They moved it to a nearby field and detonated it in a three-foot deep hole in the ground at about 1:15 p.m. Police are investigating the case.

The area was evacuated for safety reasons and because of proximity to the area, the turnpike was shut down from Interstate 30 to State Highway 66.

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<![CDATA[Atmos Discontinues Estimated Billing During Cold Months]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:50:04 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/atmos-truck-generic.jpg

Earlier this month, we heard from dozens of consumers who were angry over their high Atmos Energy bills. One woman’s bill went from $50 to $500 in just one month.

Some consumers argued that the company’s estimated billing practices were to blame.

The company is now admitting to NBC 5 that estimating during cold weather months "did not provide the excellent customer service that we strive to provide."

This won’t be news to Ashley Hine. She questioned Atmos’ estimated billing system all along.

Earlier this year, she told us her bill nearly tripled. "You‘re not going to try to screw me," she said.

When we first brought her concerns to Atmos Energy, the company said weather was to blame.

Atmos told us, "consumption last year vs. this year would be vastly different as the colder the temperature is outside the harder the heating appliance must work to maintain the warmer temperature inside the home… More than likely, a customer who saw a larger bill in February were estimated too low in January… and that usage then caught up in February."

"That can’t triple my bill. It just can’t happen," said Hine.

She wasn’t the only consumer who wasn’t buying Atmos’ response.

We’ve heard from dozens of consumers whose bills had skyrocketed, some demanding that Atmos do away with its estimated billing system altogether, claiming it wasn’t accurate.

Those consumers may have gotten their wish, sort of.

Atmos is now telling us they will no longer estimate during the heating season moving forward.

At a recent Dallas City Council meeting, Atmos' CEO Michael Haefner said Atmos made the decision to discontinue estimated billing for winter months in the future after bills spiked this winter with higher than expected usage.

“We tried winter estimation. It did not work. Certainly didn’t work as we had hoped and we are changing course,” said Haefner.

Moving forward, Atmos will not estimate in November through April.

Consumers like Ashley Hine see this move as a win for Atmos customers.

Atmos tells us that estimating is one of the many ways that they can help keep customers’ bills lower by minimizing the labor associated with reading meters.  But there is never a month that all of their customer’s bills are estimated.

For customer’s who are questioning the accuracy of their bill, you can call Atmos at 888-286-6700 or click here.

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