<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017https://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-usSun, 19 Nov 2017 10:28:12 -0600Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:28:12 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Strong Wind Gusts in North Texas Saturday]]> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:52:09 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/245*120/wind+gusts+111717.JPG

You might wait a day before you hang up your Christmas decorations.

All of North Texas will be under a wind advisory beginning Saturday at 7 a.m.

Strong north winds of 20-30 mph are expected with winds gusting up to 40 mph behind a cold front that will move through North Texas on Saturday.

Winds will subside during the late afternoon and evening, but there will be a big cool down.

Temperatures on Sunday morning will dip into the mid 30s in some areas of North Texas.


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<![CDATA[High School Football Playoff Scores, 6A-1A]]> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:48:20 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/football-generic-marker-01.jpg
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<![CDATA[Vehicle Struck by DART Train]]> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 20:10:16 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DARTaccident.JPG

Both sides of Houston Street were closed off late Friday night after an accident involving a vehicle and a DART train.

The DART train struck a silver sedan with three passengers, a woman, a man, and a baby.

DART officials said the car was on the tracks as the train was crossing.

No life-threatening injuries were reported, but one person from the train was treated for a minor injury.




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<![CDATA[Ambulance Struck by Vehicle]]> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:28:00 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-627890264.jpg

A Dallas Fire Rescue ambulance was involved in an accident early morning of Nov. 18, officials say.

Rescue 34 was traveling eastbound on US 175 heading back to the fire station at about 2:10 a.m. when it was struck from behind by a sedan.

No injuries were reported and no charges are expected to be filed.



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<![CDATA[Don't Expect Suspensions on Greek Life to Last: Experts]]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 06:39:45 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_17314070820880.jpg

It may have been common to look away from fraternities issues in the past, even deadly ones. But not anymore.

This year alone, the deaths of four pledges in alcohol-related incidents and various hazing infractions have led to the closing down of some or all Greek life activities on several college campuses and the filing of criminal charges against more than two dozen students, NBC News reported. 

While college administrators, for the most part, have acted quickly after the most recent deaths, it is still highly unlikely that any would move to permanently ban fraternities outright, experts told NBC News.

Penn State University implemented new regulations for its Greek life and suspended some fraternities after the death of a sophomore pledge, Timothy Piazza, after an alcohol-filled hazing ritual in February. Prosecutors filed charges in the case last week against 17 people linked to the fraternity. A school spokeswoman said the university president will meet with his counterparts at other colleges in the Big 10 conference next year to discuss potential solutions.



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<![CDATA[At US-Mexico Border, 12 Families Get 3 Minutes to Reunite]]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 01:33:28 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-876055414.jpg

A family living on opposite sides of the U.S.-Mexico border for more than 15 years was reunited for a few short minutes Saturday, when U.S. Border Patrol agents open the gates.

It was all part of an event, now in its sixth year, called "Opening the Door for Hope" that allows a select number of families, to embrace their loved ones for three minutes at Friendship Park, an area between two border fences at Border Field State Park near south San Diego. This year 12 families were selected.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) allows families to see each other through a fortified fence at Friendship Park while still remaining firmly in their countries. But for this special event, agents opened the gates that separate them, allowing loved ones to hug, kiss and talk without boundaries.

"There will be families hugging one another that, for one reason or another, can't cross [the border] north or south," said Enrique Morones, director of Border Angels, a nonprofit that supports San Diego's immigrant population.

For families to qualify, the person from the U.S. must have legal documentation.

One at a time, people were allowed to pass through the open gate and embrace loved ones. One couple even took their few minutes to get married. With such a short amount of time, few words were spoken, instead sharing tearful hugs. 

"A lot of tears were running down my face too, but out of joy more than anything," said Vicente Saldana, a DACA recipient and recent UC San Diego graduate, who was there with his sister and niece to see his mother for the first time in 10 years. 

The day put things into perspective for him. 

"We are free to be here in the U.S. but at the same time, we’re limited in what we can do, where we can travel and who we can be with," Saldana said. "We just try to stay strong and push hard every day and we know that one day we will be able to reunite with her."

Claudia Rocha traveled about 500 miles from San Jose, California, to be one of those families after her husband, Guillermo, worked with Border Angels to apply.

She told Telemundo 20 in San Diego that it's been 15 years since she has seen her parents. She also has a brother whom she hadn't seen since he was a months-old infant.

"I have a little brother who is 15 years old and he's also excited because, well, he doesn't know me -- he only knows me through pictures. And he tells me he wants to meet me," Claudia said ahead of the event. "I want to hug them and not let them go for those few minutes."

Morones says he is not sure how much longer the reunification event will last, because of the Trump administration and stricter immigration policies.

“We hope that Congress will do something for us 'Dreamers' at the end of the day," Saldana said. "We're good people and we're here with good intentions."

For now, loved ones are embracing the opportunity to embrace each other, if only for three minutes. 



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<![CDATA[Cowboys Fans Gear Up for Sunday Night Game]]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 02:03:59 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys_fan_rally.jpg

Dallas Cowboys fans spend Saturday at AT&T Stadium gearing up for the big game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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<![CDATA[Trains at Northpark Opens for 2017 Season]]> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 23:09:47 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trains_at_northpark.jpg

The Trains at Northpark is now officially open for the 2017 season. This is the 30th year for the holiday tradition.

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<![CDATA[Teen Hit Backing Out of Driveway Dies a Week After Crash]]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 01:50:00 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/arlington+deadly+crash.png

The death of a young Arlington woman killed in a residential car crash is raising questions and concerns after the driver who hit her said he was using a court-ordered breathalyzer moments before the crash.

Alexis Butler, 18, died Friday of injuries she sustained in a crash one week ago.

Butler was struck on her passenger side by a pickup truck as she backed her Toyota Camry out of a driveway along the 2700 block of Redstone Drive.

During their investigation, police noticed there were no tire marks indicating the 31-year-old pickup driver tried to stop before the collision.

Police said the driver of the pickup admitted to looking down for three to four seconds to perform a breath test on his court-ordered ignition interlock device and did not see Butler’s car in time.

“Number one thing we’ll look at is tracking down the original court order to read exactly what it said,” said Lt. Chris Cook, with the Arlington Police Department. “And more importantly for us, as a police department, is to determine what the manufacturer recommendation is as far as the guidelines in how to operate this type of equipment. It’s very concerning to us, as a police department, that an individual may be operating some type of ignition equipment while they’re in a moving vehicle.”

Police said the pickup driver was not impaired at the time of the crash, but other charges are possible in this case. The police department would then forward the case to the district attorney’s office to determine whether the case should go to a grand jury.

Butler’s family released the following statement to NBC 5:

“She was larger than life - everyone loved Lexxy - Her laugh, her smile, her bubbly personality. She touched so many people’s lives in just her short 18 years, more than most will touch in a lifetime. Her legacy will continue to live on through her final selfless act of organ and tissue donation, which she elected. She will continue to touch lives even in death. We know we’ll see Lexxy again in Heaven and she’ll be an angel watching over us.”

Arlington police said detectives are conducting a reconstruction of the crash scene and the event data recorder.



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<![CDATA[No Correlation Between Mental Health, Mass Shooting: Experts]]> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 22:03:20 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-874617738.jpg

Kevin Neal’s family knew he was mentally ill, but they never thought he would kill five people and attack an elementary school in rural northern California. But Neal committed both those acts on Tuesday, and it has left his family asking some very difficult questions, NBC News reported.

Sheridan Orr, Neal’s sister, said her brother made threats for nearly 20 years. Though they continued to pressure him to receive help for his mental health, he seemed unwilling to pursue treatment.

Experts say it is difficult to know what to do in those situations, but Dr. James Fox, an expert on gun violence and author of “Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder,” said it's dangerous to assume that the mentally ill tend to commit these shootings.

"There’s not really a correlation," said Fox, who maintains a database on mass shootings. "We like to think that these people are different from the rest of us. We want a simple explanation and if we just say they’re mentally ill, case closed. Because of how fearful dangerous and deadly their actions are, we really want to distance ourselves from it and relegate it to illness."



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<![CDATA[Trader Joe's Chicken & Turkey Salads Recalled]]> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 23:06:19 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/new-recall.jpg

Green Cuisine is recalling more than 36,000 pounds of chicken and turkey salad that may be contaminated with hard silica or even glass fragments. The chicken and turkey salad was sold by Trader Joe's in 12 different states.

The ready-to-eat salads were produced between Nov. 4 and Nov. 15.

They were sold under the following names.

  • Trader Joe's White Meat Chicken Salad with celery, carrots and green onions in 10.5 ounce clear plastic individual serving packages. This has a "use by" date of Nov. 10 through Nov. 21, 2017.
  • Trader Joe's Curried White Chicken Deli Salad with toasted cashews, green onions and a bit of honey in 11 ounce clear plastic individual serving packages. This has a "use by" date of Nov. 10 through Nov. 21, 2017.
  • Trader Joe's Turkey Cranberry Apple Salad turkey breast meat with sweet dried cranberries, tangy green apples, pecans and sage in 10.25 ounce clear plastic individual serving packages. This has a "use by" date of Nov. 10 through Nov. 21, 2017.

The products also have an establishment number "P-40299" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The chicken and turkey salads were shipped to 12 states including Texas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah and Washington. 

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to not eat them, throw them away, or take them back to the store where they were purchased for a refund.

You can read more about this recall on the USDA website here.



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<![CDATA[National Adoption Day Celebrated in North Texas]]> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 20:25:09 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CASA_adoption_day.jpg

Saturday November 18th is National Adoption Day and close to 100 North Texas children are now with their forever families after a big adoption ceremony Saturday morning.

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<![CDATA[JFK Records Topic of Discussion at Sixth Floor Museum]]> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 20:20:53 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JFK_Discussion.jpg

Revelations from the recent release of the "JFK records" was the topic of discussion at the Sixth Floor Museum on Saturday.

The event brought together best-selling authors Larry Sabato and Philip Shenon.


It's the first "organized discussion" at the site where JFK was assassinated, since the release of the records.

Both speakers agreed, there are still many more secrets that need to be uncovered.

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<![CDATA[Fort Worth Hits Las Vegas Trail Apartment Complex With Lawsuit]]> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 19:25:38 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LAS+VEGAS+TRAIL+FOLO.jpg

The future of one of the largest apartment complexes along Fort Worth’s troubled Las Vegas Trail is uncertain after the city filed suit against it Friday.

“We did the usual stuff we do, which is we get on to them about code compliance violations and if they don’t fix it we take it to the next level,” said Councilman Brian Byrd.

Byrd’s been part of a task force that’s spent the last several months looking at ways to curb crime and improve quality of life along the corridor that’s less than a mile long but home to thousands.

“I was talking to a lady who said somebody was shot and killed on her back porch. All you have to do is look at the crime statistics for this area, and it bears out that it’s not safe. The apartment owners have to be a solution to that,” said Byrd.

Friday’s suit against the Mira Monte apartment complex follows several conversations between the owners and city.

“My goal is that Mira Monte takes a second look at how they’re running themselves, reinvests their profits into the property and the people who live there instead of just taking the profits home,” said Byrd.

If it doesn’t, the city will take control to shut it down, which both they and residents hope will put an end to a flurry of crime and drug related problems.

“Unfortunately two weeks ago, there was a homicide right here. Somebody shot and killed. And I think our team said, that’s it. If they’re not going to respond in the way that they should, we’ll take legal action to make sure that they do,” said Byrd.

Should that happen, Byrd says there are plans to work with residents one on one to help them relocate. The city would then repurpose or tear it down to make way for a community park.

“Maybe then I can bring my kids down here. But until then, I don’t think I’d want my kids exposed to this type of environment, especially what goes on there,” said Jaque Delafuente who lives behind Mira Monte.

NBC5 tried reaching out to Mira Monte for comment but were unable to reach staff.



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<![CDATA[LaDainian Tomlinson Gives Back to the Fort Worth Community]]> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:45:35 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/turkeydrive.JPG

2100 families in the Fort Worth area will now be able to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.

LaDainian Tomlinson, former TCU frog and NFL player, partnered with Albertson’s Tom Thumb to host the annual turkey drive for less fortunate families.

Hundreds of volunteers came together at the TCU Campus to help with the cause.

For more than a decade, Tomlinson gave hosted the drive in San Diego, while he was a San Diego Charger. However, this year is his seventh year in Fort Worth.

“So now, years later to be back here doing something positive is truly rewarding,” said Tomlinson.




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<![CDATA[LAPD Investigates Nearly Two Dozen Sex Crime Cases]]> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 22:06:01 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630811651.jpg

Los Angeles police are investigating almost two dozen cases of alleged criminal sexual misconduct connected to multiple people within the entertainment industry, a senior department official told NBC News.

The cases involve individuals who are known publicly as well as others who have not yet been identified, the official said Friday.

Allegations span from misdemeanor sexual battery to felony rape, and in many cases, there are multiple complaints lodged against the same individual, the official said. With calls from victims continuing to roll in, the number of investigations is expected to rise.

While police have not said publicly who is under investigation, law enforcement's response comes after a mounting list of Hollywood heavy hitters, including Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey, have been accused of some form of sexual misconduct.



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<![CDATA[Drivers Beware! Road Closures Continue on I-635]]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 01:50:29 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/191*120/PHI+closeup+of+closed+part+of+road+closed+sign.jpg

Beginning Friday Nov. 17 at 9 p.m. through Monday Nov. 20 at 5 a.m. closures on Interstate 635 will be taking place.

Several of the westbound lanes of the highway between TI Boulevard and Hillcrest will be closed.

Additionally, the Coit Road entrance ramp to enter the westbound lanes of I-635 will also be closed.

The westbound LBJ TEXpress lanes from TI Boulevard to Preston Road will be free while these closures are in place.



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<![CDATA[Sundance Square Christmas Tree Shining Bright]]> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:43:17 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FW+Tree+lighting_2017-11-18-19-58-32.jpg

The largest Christmas tree in Fort Worth history is now shining bright after a light ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Saturday night.

The 65-foot-tall white fir arrived Monday morning in Sundance Square on a flat-bed truck.


Crews spent the morning hoisting the tree, which is from Big Rapids, Michigan. Workers then spent the week hanging about 10,000 LED lights from its branches.



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<![CDATA[Clintons Discuss Trump, Putin and Their Own Legacy in Irving]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:45:46 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/clintons+irving.JPG

Former president Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared together onstage Friday for the first time since the 2016 presidential election to answer a host of political and personal questions.

The former First Couple was very casual during the hourlong discussion at the Toyota Music Factory in Irving.

They cracked a few jokes and were very candid on a number of topics — chief among them President Donald Trump, the 2016 election and the way forward for the Democratic Party.

When asked what they would tell Trump if he were seated next to them, Bill Clinton said Trump should, "stop seeking enemies and look for people to work with."

"We're the same age," he added. "What do you want your legacy to be?"

Hillary Clinton said Trump, as president, should do more to unite the country. She also discussed some of her own missteps during the campaign.

"It was the first reality TV campaign. He was the first reality TV candidate and I was the candidate of reality. I was not as entertaining and I admit that," she said.

The former Democratic presidential candidate also urged Trump to fix the Republican tax overhaul and push Congress to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program, which she helped establish.

"It's a budget-busting, debt-increasing giveaway. It's not going to deal with our infrastructure problem, not going to provide better education, and it's not going to solve our health care problems," she said. "It's not too late for you [Trump] to demonstrate that you really understand the job, how awesome the responsibility is. You're looking for ways to bring people together and not divide us, so don't let the Republican Congress hurt people."

The pair spent several minutes discussing what happened during the 2016 election. Much of the conversation focused on Russian meddling.

"Vladimir Putin is an internal threat to our democracy and a national security threat. They were sewing discord in America. We were slow to defend ourselves," Hillary Clinton said.

The night ended with the couple being asked what they wanted their legacy to be.

Bill Clinton demurred, saying it all depends on how you keep score.

Despite calls for her to leave politics for good, Hillary Clinton said she's not worried about her legacy, because she is not done fighting for the causes she believes in.

"Anything I can do to bring people together, solve problems, help tackle the challenges we face is what I'm committed to right now," she said. "It's too soon to start thinking about legacy, because I'm not going anywhere."



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<![CDATA[Team USA Showed Off Olympic Spirit in Dallas Saturday]]> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:09:45 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/TEAM+USA+WINTERFEST+DALLAS.jpg

In less than 100 days, the 2018 Winter Olympics will be in full swing.

Team USA says it's never too early to start building excitement for the games, which is why they brought the Olympic spirit to Downtown Dallas Saturday.

Team USA WinterFest took over Klyde Warren Park from 11:00am - 5:00pm. The free event featured live music, a S'mores truck, as well as interactive exhibits that give fans a taste of what it's like to be a winter athlete.

Several Olympians were also be on hand to interact with fans:

-Todd Eldredge (figure skating): three-time Olympian (1992, 1998, 2002); 1996 world champion

-Natasha Hastings (track and field): two-time Olympian (2008, 2016); two-time Olympic gold medalist

-Jeremy Wariner (track and field): three-time Olympian (2004, 2008, 2012); four-time Olympic medalist (three gold, one silver)

-Lauryn Williams (bobsled; track and field): four-time Olympian (track and field: 2004, 2008, 2012; bobsled: 2014); two-time Olympic medalist

"It's a lot of fun," said Eldredge, who now coaches figure skaters here in North Texas. "We're just gonna have a great time out there -- and biggest thing that I think a lot of people will get out of that type of an event is hey, there are these winter sports and we do them here in Dallas."

For more information about Team USA WinterFest, you can visit the Team USA website.

The 2018 Winter Olympics begin February 9 on NBC 5.

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<![CDATA[Sini Mathews Arraigned on Child Endangerment Charge]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:31:55 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sini+mathews+dallas+mug.jpg

The mother of a North Texas toddler whose body was recovered last month from a drainage culvert weeks after she was reported missing was arrested Thursday on a charge of child endangerment.

Police said she and her husband left their 3-year-old adopted child, Sherin Mathews, home alone while they went to dinner just hours before they claimed she had disappeared.

Sini Ann Mathews, who has maintained her innocence in the death of Sherin, surrendered to Richardson police Thursday and is being held on $250,000 bond on the state jail felony charge.

She was arraigned Friday morning and did not respond to reporters questions when she was transferred to the Dallas County Jail Friday afternoon.

In a statement Thursday, Richardson police said detectives learned Sini Mathews, 35, and Wesley Mathews took their 3-year-old biological daughter to dinner and left Sherin alone at home, placing her in "imminent danger of death, bodily injury, or physical or mental impairment."

"The time that they left, she was not under the care of any other adult or of any other person, she was left home alone by herself and it's for that reason that you see this particular charge," said Kevin Perlich, with the Richardson Police Department. "It's not necessarily related to her death, it's related to her care that she was being given while she was in that home."

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, detectives used cell phone records to show Wesley and Sini went to a North Garland restaurant on the evening of Oct. 6. The theory is supported by a receipt obtained by police that showed the couple purchased only one child's meal in addition to their individual meals as well as the testimony of a waiter who said only one child was present at the table.

During an interview with detectives, Wesley Mathews, 37, admitted to leaving Sherin home alone after growing frustrated she wouldn't drink her milk and said they returned home about 90 minutes later and found her where they left her, in the kitchen.

Both Sini and Wesley told police the child was alive when they returned home from dinner, though police have not confirmed that information.

Hours later, on the morning of Oct. 7, Wesley Mathews called police and reported Sherin missing. In a story he would later change, Wesley originally told police Sherin disappeared overnight after he ordered her to stand outside at about 3 a.m. for not drinking her milk. When he returned, Wesley said she had disappeared and that her location was unknown.

Weeks later, Wesley Mathews changed his story and said he "physically assisted" her in drinking her milk and that she choked and died at the home. He said he then moved the girl's body and later called police to report her missing.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office is still working to determine what killed Sherin Mathews.

Sini Mathews said she was sleeping when Sherin disappeared and was unaware of what took place overnight between the child and her father.

Meanwhile, Wesley Mathews remains jailed on a charge of felony injury to a child and is being held on a $1 million bond.

Sini Mathews' attorney has maintained throughout the investigation she had nothing to do with her daughter's death and that she was distraught during her daughter's disappearance.

NBC 5 confirmed Friday that at some point in the last month Sini Mathews was terminated from her job at Children's Medical Center in Dallas where she worked as a case manager.

On Thursday, her attorney Mitchell Nolte thanked Richardson police for allowing his client to surrender.

"We learned this morning that the Richardson Police Department had obtained an arrest warrant for Sini Mathews for the offense of Abandoning/Endangering a Child. The police were professional and courteous and allowed us to bring Mrs. Mathews to the Police Department and surrender herself into custody," Nolte said in a statement.

Earlier this week, Wesley Mathews' attorney, David Kleckner, said his client loves his children and wife and that he's a good family man who wants custody of their surviving daughter to be returned to her mother.

Sini Mathews was in court as recently as Monday asking for custody of the couple's child to be returned to her, but that hearing was rescheduled 1 p.m. Nov. 29. The couple's surviving child has been in foster care since shortly after her sister's disappearance. The child was expected to be placed in the care of family in the Houston area following Monday's hearing.

Sini Mathews Arrest Warrant Affidavit

NBC 5's Diana Zoga and Maria Guerrero contributed to this report. Check back and refresh this page for the latest update. As this story is developing, elements may change.



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<![CDATA[Fort Worth Police Officer Fatally Strikes Pedestrian: PD]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:40:36 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FWPD_Hits_Pedestrian.jpg

Fort Worth police are investigating a deadly collision Friday evening in which one of their own was behind the wheel.

Police said two officers were in a vehicle traveling south on the 2700 block of Hemphill Street, south of downtown Fort Worth, when they struck and killed a man crossing the street.

The victim, described as a Hispanic man in his 40s, was crossing the street in the dark and away from the corner, police said.

There was a street light at the location.

The officers, assigned to the gang unit, were not heading to a call and they did not have their lights or sirens on, according to police.

Both officers will be questioned about the incident.

Fort Worth police said they are treating this investigation like any other when a driver hits a pedestrian.

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<![CDATA[NBC 5 Viewers Share Similar Stories of Walmart Oil Changes]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:49:27 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/walmart+oil+change.jpg

After NBC 5 shared a story of a North Texas driver whose car's engine had no oil after a Walmart oil change, other viewers came forward with similar stories.

Jose Betances got his oil changed at the Walmart on Farm-to-Market Road 423.

Hours later his car had a major malfunction.

"Every signal that you can think of was on at the same time. Next step, I have no acceleration, and I can't accelerate on the car," Betances told NBC 5 Responds in September.

His car's engine was out of oil.

Dozens of NBC 5 viewers — well over 100 — have reached out to us and our Consumer Investigative Center to share similar experiences.

"My mother went to Walmart this summer for an oil change on her vehicle. About an hour after she left she heard loud noises on her engine, and the vehicle would just stop in the middle of the street," Allen Maurice said.

Maurice's mother had her car towed to an auto repair shop and was told her car's oil cap was not screwed back.

They filed a claim with Walmart for the cost of a new engine, and their claim was denied.

The Welches also came forward. NBC 5 profiled them two years ago when their car broke down after an oil change at Walmart.

Two separate mechanics said the engine had too much oil — six quarts instead of the manufacturer's recommended five.

Walmart's own receipt shows they were charged for six quarts, which was too much for their car, but Walmart still denied the claim. The Welches said they haven't been back to Walmart since.

Neither has Mario Sanchez.

He got an oil change and drove to San Antonio, where his truck broke down. He took it to a Walmart in that city.

"He said it was the wrong oil, the wrong filter and the wrong amount of oil," Sanchez said.

Meaning, one Walmart discovered that another Walmart put in the wrong oil and it hurt his engine.

When asked if Walmart paid for the damage Mario said, "No, they didn't pay for it. They denied my claim."

NBC 5 Responds told Walmart about all the complaints we received after airing Betances's story.

A spokesperson told us, "We have a long withstanding policy if a customer has a legitimate claim we will examine it."

The "we" is CMI, a company which investigates all complaints and possible lawsuits against Walmart. All three men were initially under the impression that CMI was a third-party company.

"They don't mention that it is their own company. They don't mention that at all," Sanchez said.

CMI is, in fact, a branch of Walmart's parent company.

We did find people who said CMI paid them after their engines were damaged at Walmart, but the vast majority said their claims were denied.

That includes Ray Magruger, who says Walmart told him they had video proving they didn't break his car. However, he says they won't show it to him because it's confidential.

"It's just the sad fact that, you know, we know it took place there. If you have video footage that shows otherwise, show me," Magruger said.

The Texas Attorney General's Office says it has nearly 150 complaints against Walmart's auto service division.

They're now also looking into the complaints we brought to their attention and encourage anyone who had issues to report it to the Attorney General's Consumer Protection division for help.

Walmart also told us it stands by its previous statement — that they feel all procedures related to Jose Betances's oil change were properly followed.



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<![CDATA[26 Years Later, Family of Murder Victim Searches for Answers]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:45:36 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Bones_Found_Folo.jpg

Melissa Judd's funeral was 26 years ago, but her body has never been found.

Now, her family wonders if bones found behind a house in Forest Hill this week may be hers.

"She was real fun-loving. She was a great mother. She smiled all the time," said Judd's cousin, Paige Goodman. "She was a beautiful girl."

Judd, a mother of three, disappeared in 1991 at the age of 22.

Her husband, Bradley Keith Judd, was convicted of murdering her, sentenced to life in prison, and released on parole in 2012.

A friend testified she had just served him with divorce papers.

Bradley Judd admitted the two were arguing.

"I turned and grabbed her by the throat and told her she wouldn't hurt me anymore, and I blacked out," he told police in a transcribed confession. "I'm not for certain, but I think I choked Melissa to death … I feel like after I passed out, I dumped Melissa's body somewhere."

Her family had a funeral. She has a grave. But after all these years, she is still missing.

"It's like this feeling in your stomach that is kind of empty. It's like, where is she?" Goodman said. "I feel a great loss because she was a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful person."

Goodman was watching TV news this week when a story caught her attention.

"I turned it up. It was so quick," Goodman said.

The short story was about a construction worker who had found human bones behind a vacant house in the 6000 block of Evonshire in Forest Hill. The medical examiner said the remains were from a woman but released no other information.

There's no indication the bones are the remains of Melissa Judd.

But Goodman said her cousin disappeared from Everman – right next to Forest Hill.

"It's just another layer of hope, you know, and pain, that we just have to deal with," Goodman said. "I just hope that someday soon, we'll find our answers."

Maybe, she said, Melissa Judd will get a proper burial – 26 years after her funeral.

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<![CDATA[Officer Shoots Man in Stolen Car After Being Hit: Police]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:22:11 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/arlington-shooting-baymont-inn-ground.JPG

An Arlington police officer shot a man who hit him with a car while trying to elude police in a stolen vehicle Friday morning.

Arlington police said they were called at about 10 a.m. to investigate three suspicious people outside the Baymont Inn. According to the caller, at least one of the three people had been hiding in the bushes outside of the hotel the day before and they'd also said they were there looking for something.

While en route to the hotel, officers learned the car reported by the caller had been reported stolen in Dallas.

Four officers arrived, surrounded the vehicle and ordered a man and woman inside the car to exit, but they refused. After officers pulled the female passenger from the vehicle, the driver, later identified by police as 39-year-old Shaun Veloz, began to try to pull away and hit both officers with the vehicle, brushing aganist one's knee while knocking another to the ground.

With the car still reversing, the officer who had been knocked to the ground then shot Veloz, police said.

The car came to rest on a curb, with the back end toward the hotel. A large amount of blood was visible on the pavement where the driver exited the vehicle.

Veloz was taken to a nearby hospital. While his condition is not known, police said his injuries are not considered life threatening. The officer knocked to the ground was also hospitalized with injuries not considered life threatening.

The third person mentioned on the 911 call was found inside the hotel and was interviewed by police. That person and the woman pulled from the passenger side of the vehicle were both released at the scene, police said.

Veloz, meanwhile, will be charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and one felony count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing, police said.

NBC 5's Alice Barr contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[2 Fatal Dog Stabbings Likely Related: Fort Worth Police]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:23:11 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Tarco+Domestic.jpg

Fort Worth police have made an arrest in a disturbing case of animal cruelty. Two dogs were brutally stabbed to death in a Northwest Fort Worth neighborhood, and NBC 5 has learned that detectives are looking closely at the suspect's mental health history.

Detectives from the Fort Worth Police Department's Animal Cruelty unit and the new Mental Health Crisis Intervention Team are on the case.

The man arrested Friday was identified as 30-year-old Harrison Hilliard, and he is charged with felony animal cruelty after police believe he killed two neighbors’ dogs in the middle of the night.

"He was our protector for our family," Ruth Soto said of her Bullmastiff, Oso.

Oso was a big boy: 200 pounds of tail wagging and face licking. But when something was wrong, he'd let the family know, especially when Hilliard, their back yard neighbor, came too close.

"My neighbor didn't like for my dog to bark at him," Soto said.

A couple weeks ago, Soto found a note posted on her front door that she believes came from Hilliard. It reads: "Please move your dog away from my fence line. I can't have your dog bark at me every time I go in my back yard. Do NOT go to my house to speak to me."

Detectives are comparing handwriting in the note with another sample to confirm if it is Hilliard's writing.

Then this week, something terrible happened to Oso. The family found him stabbed to death, with too many wounds for detectives to count.

"He just didn't deserve that," Soto said.

The same thing happened to her next door neighbor's dog. That family saw a man in their back yard before he hopped the fence and ran. Their dog, a husky named Ellie, was stabbed to death, too.

"Very, very unnerving, just because I wasn't able to sleep calmly at night," said owner Joanna Gutierrez.

Neighbors were relieved on Friday, knowing that a suspect who lived so very close is in custody. Fort Worth police detectives stayed up all night to get a warrant and get Hilliard off the streets.

"We wanted to make sure that someone who was willing to do this kind of violence on an animal was not going to transfer that type of anger and violence towards human beings," said Fort Worth Police Sgt. Marc Povero, supervisor of the FWPD Mental Health Crisis Intervention Team.

Soto agrees.

"He needs help. He can't be around kids. I mean, I don't think he can be around people," Soto said. "I just want justice for my dog. That's it."

Fort Worth police told NBC 5 that Hilliard would be booked into jail on felony animal cruelty charges and will go through a mental health screening.

Detectives collected several knives, a sword and throwing stars from Hilliard's home that they're checking for animal blood. They're also working with neighboring cities to check if eight to 10 more animal cruelty cases in the area are connected.



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<![CDATA[Jerry Jones Apologizes for Joke With Racial Overtones]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:55:39 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Jerry+Jones+10.jpg

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones apologized Friday for making a joke with racial overtones that was captured on video four years ago.

The video surfaced Friday morning by The Blast.

At the Melrose Hotel in Oak Lawn, Jones encountered a fan who was about to get married. The man, who is white, asked Jones if he would videotape a message for his fiancée.

"Jennifer, congratulations on the wedding," Jones says in the video. "Now, you know he's with a black girl tonight, don't you?"

The camera then pans to show an African-American male, who's apparently laughing at Jones' comment.

"That comment was inappropriate," Jones said in a statement issued by the club Friday afternoon. "It's not who I am, and I'm sorry."

Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders, who played five seasons with the Cowboys, defended Jones after the video was posted.

"I refuse to allow a moment to turn into a monument regarding a man I have known for 20 years, not just as an owner, but as a friend," Sanders said in an e-mail. "I won't cast judgment on one moment when a joke went south, to capture who this man represents in a lifetime commitment of love and compassion to all ethnicities.

"A joke that was intended to add humor at the request of a fan in a light-hearted moment was taken totally out of intent. I'm sorry we're in this state of mind as a country, but if you're looking for a racist, Jerry Jones is not that guy," Sanders said.

The video became made public hours after a report from ESPN's Outside the Lines said Jones threatened to come after commissioner Roger Goodell upon learning the league had suspended Ezekiel Elliott for six-games.



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<![CDATA[Veterinary Staff Concerned Over Contents of Missing Box]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:43:48 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rabies+cells.JPG

The staff at a veterinary clinic in Sulphur Springs says a missing package put their lives at risk and left them with tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills.

The box contained the head of a dog being shipped to a state lab for rabies testing.

Dr. Leah Larsen, veterinarian at Bright Star Veterinary Clinic, says when a resident recently brought in a dog showing symptoms of rabies, they didn't hesitate to treat it, considering the clinic staff often sees rabid animals.

"It happens quite often, unfortunately, in the country," Larsen said.

However, there was no way they could guess how this case would unravel.

"My technician was in the room and just basically pointing out the feet to the owner, when the dog lunged and bit her hand," Larsen said.

"All dogs have different reactions, so I really didn't think into it too much when I got bit," said veterinary technician Lori Franks.

Since they had dealt with rabid animals before, they knew what to do next.

The dog's health was so poor, Larsen and the dog's owner decided to euthanize it so it could be tested for rabies immediately.

The only way to test for rabies is through a sample of brain tissue.

That meant shipping the dog's head to the state lab in Austin.

"I would say we probably send one off about every other month, on average," Larsen said.

"I actually dropped it off that morning," said office manager Heather Brinkman, who helped remove the head and prepare it for shipping.

She, too, was possibly exposed to rabies.

They knew it would be about 24 hours until they found out whether they'd need the rabies vaccine.

"The box was like this big," Brinkman said, gesturing. "I'm pretty sure it says 'rabies head to be shipped off to Austin.' It usually does, because they know how critical it is to get to overnight."

"We overnighted it on Tuesday so we should have had a phone call by Thursday," Larsen said. "We didn't get a phone call, so we called the state on Friday, and the state said that they had not received the head."

The team was stunned and scared.

The window to get a vaccine after exposure is less than a week, according to Larsen.

"Once that window has passed, there's nothing we can do. This is a fatal disease," she said.

"This isn't just like, 'Oh, OK, I'm shipping a present, or I'm shipping some files.' No, this is people's lives!" Franks said.

With no time left, the vet techs drove two hours to a Dallas hospital for the rabies vaccines.

The cost for all the vaccinations, which are given over the course of a month, combined with lost wages, totaled almost $80,000.

Larsen filed workers' compensation claims, but doesn't know yet whether it will cover the costs.

"Where is the dog's head, because we still have yet to get answers about where the dog's head is, where it went!" Brinkman said.

They hope no one else has been put at risk by the package that has now been missing for months.

A UPS spokesperson tells NBC 5 a tracking number was generated, but the box never entered its network.

Larsen says they sent the dog's head to a local shipping company and she has documents showing the tracking number.

We called that company to ask if UPS picked up the package, and they had no comment.

The question remains, "where is the box?"



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<![CDATA[George Strait's San Antonio Home Up for Grabs]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:16:06 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/George-Strait-Home-Dominion-+%282%29.jpg

It may not be ocean front property, but country singer George Strait still hopes you'll be interested in his Hill Country home.

The King of Country has put his iconic San Antonio estate on the market, though the asking price of the mansion hasn't been disclosed.

Nestled perfectly on 12.2 secluded acres in the exclusive Dominion community, Strait's one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted, Bill Tull Estate sits atop a hill overlooking Texas' second-largest city to the south and the expansive blue clear sky of the Texas Hill Country to the north."

"What is so special about this house is not really who owns it. It's special because of the amazing thought and attention to detail that was put in to every step of the build. This home truly is one of a kind and can never be recreated. The designer, Bill Tull, was a world-renowned artist and he poured his heart into this home. I'm honored to have such a unique listing," explained Tamara Strait, the singer's daughter-in-law and luxury real estate agent of Strait Luxury and Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty.

Upon entry, two of 14 hand-sculpted fireplaces can be found. Elsewhere in the home, get carried away by stained glass windows, saguaro cactus rib shutters, and Tull’s custom-designed copper bar top.

The huge, decked-out patio appears perfectly capable of entertaining large groups or hosting more intimate cold beer conversations.

Designed for entertaining, this estate captures and blends indoor and outdoor spaces effortlessly providing the ultimate venue. Relax in the lavish owner’s retreat, featuring separate his and hers bathrooms and closets. Additionally, this home features two en suite oversized guest bedrooms all with customized baths, an exercise room with a sauna, and a separate casita offering a completely self-contained living experience. The infinity edge pool and spa with a mosaic finish overlooks picturesque views of Downtown San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country.

Still interested, check yes or no.

For more information on the estate: www.santafeinthedominion.com.



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<![CDATA[Mother Warns Others After Son's Skateboard Crash]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:33:53 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Skateboard_Crash.jpg

One week after being hit by a car while skateboarding across Eldorado Parkway, 14-year-old Connor Brennan is lying flat on his back in a hospital bed praying a spinal fluid leak has stopped. Then he’ll be cleared to start physical therapy, move to rehab and work on returning to the healthy, active life he’s always lived.

Connor was hanging with friends at Market Street the evening of Nov. 10, when it was time to go, he jumped on his skateboard. Instead of heading to the crosswalk at Ridge Street, he looked both ways and started across Eldorado Parkway as he and others had done many times before. But this time, just after nightfall, he only made it across two of the four lanes of traffic.

"He does remember the split second before the car hit him, but after that the only thing he remembers is being loaded into the helicopter,” said Connor’s mom Samara Brennan.

His mom says police told her the SUV was traveling 45 miles per hour when it hit her son, leaving him with cracked vertebrae, spinal fluid leaks, a partially collapsed lung, broken ribs and numerous other internal and external injuries.

"His neurosurgeon before they did the surgery yesterday reminded him, 'You're the 1 percenter. For 99 percent of people, these injuries are paralyzing,” said Samara Brennan.

In addition to his physical recovery, Connor’s now coming to terms with what happened.

"When you're 14 years old, you're kind of invincible. He never in a million years thought he was going to get hit by a car,” said Samara Brennan.

Connor’s family and others who live nearby say pedestrians crossing in the wrong spot happens frequently, especially when kids walk home from school. The Brennans hope Connor’s story can serve as a warning to others, it’s a risk that’s not worth taking.

"There's always that one time when you didn't see it or the car didn't see you, or it's too dark or they're distracted. Whatever the reason was,” said Samara Brennan.

McKinney police say Connor’s is the only pedestrian accident in that block of Eldorado Parkway this year.

“We use programs such as Crime Awareness and Education as well as our School Resource Officers to educate students and children of all ages of various practices to help keep them safe. Further, we utilize our social media platforms in order to connect with our citizens and those who visit to encourage safe driving practices in accordance with both the law and changing driving conditions,” the police department said in a statement.

They went on to say it’s especially important to use crosswalks after dark, which now comes thanks to daylight saving time.

Citizens can call the Traffic Complaint Hotline at 972-547-2835 in areas where they feel traffic enforcement’s needed.

Connor will now focus on a long road to recovery. His family hopes he’ll move to a rehabilitation center next week.

Before his accident, he was healthy, active and heavily involved in martial arts. They hope his desire to compete again can serve as motivation to fast track his recovery.

Friends from the martial arts community have raised nearly $20,000 to help with Connor’s medical bills through a Facebook fundraiser. If you want to contribute, click here.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Co. DA Steps Up Efforts to Take Guns from Abusers]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:15:45 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+DA+Faith+Johnson.jpg

The Dallas County District Attorney's Office is stepping up efforts to take guns away from abusers.

Current state and federal laws keep people convicted of family violence from possessing guns. Those laws also give judges the discretion to restrict anyone on bond or probation from possessing firearms.

Now, DA Faith Johnson has created a program to make certain everyone understands their roles and responsibilities, so those offenders can be identified and their guns removed.

The district attorney has issued a memorandum of understanding between the DA's office, the sheriff and other Dallas County law enforcement agencies, asking them to sign, support and enforce the Dallas County Gun Surrender Program, which instructs participating agencies how to collect and store firearms that are surrendered subject to the law or a court order.

When a judge issues an order to surrender firearms, the person who is ordered to surrender his or her guns is given notice by the judge instructing that person to turn over guns in their possession to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department's Firearm Protective Custody Unit or to a qualified friend or relative who has already passed a Texas state background check, within 72 hours or the order. If that person is in jail, they will have 72 hours to surrender their guns after they are released.

The participating law enforcement agencies agree to educate their own officers about domestic violence and gun violence and train them to ask about firearm possession at all domestic violence and disturbance calls, even if a firearm is not used or displayed.

Nearly every law enforcement agency in Dallas County has already signed the memorandum, with a few waiting for approval.



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<![CDATA[New Dallas Police Internal Investigation of Promotion Testing]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:31:31 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DPD_Turmoil.jpg

A new Dallas police inquiry centers on possible improprieties in sergeant promotion exams, the latest potential shake-up since new Police Chief Renee Hall arrived in September.

Several reliable sources said Friday the new probe involves a police major's connection with an outside business.

Maj. Latoya Porter is currently assigned to the North Central Patrol Substation, according to a police website. She was a homicide lieutenant before that.

The sources said her business, called Rank and File Development, helps prepare candidates for promotion. They said the internal affairs inquiry is whether Porter may have provided confidential inside information to candidates to help them pass exams.

Porter did not reply to an e-mail request for comment Friday, and the office of Chief Hall declined to confirm anything about Porter.

"We expect that there would be no cheating, and everybody is graded objectively and fairly," said criminology expert Alex Piquero.

Piquero gives exams as an instructor at the University of Texas at Dallas. He has been grading Dallas police under the new police chief.

"Sometimes things need to get shaken up, as long as they get shaken up for the right kinds of reasons and we get the right outcomes as a community," Piquero said.

On Oct. 9, Hall announced the entire command staff must reapply for half as many slots. Commanders are still waiting to learn who will be demoted.

On Nov. 9, Hall announced the Dallas Police Vice Squad had been disbanded for what she called "significant irregularities." Sources said prostitution and human trafficking enforcement has ground to a halt.

"Sometimes the lack of information from the public's perspective is a bit concerning, but we want her to take her time and do the right job investigating what is going on there," Piquero said.

Dallas Police Association President Mike Mata said Friday that he has been assured the vice situation is only a pause to draft new procedures and not some scandal.

In an e-mail Friday, Hall's Chief of Staff, Thomas Taylor, said vice is still being enforced from substations and a new command staff will be named Dec. 1. He said Chief Hall's schedule Friday did not include time for an interview.

State officials confirmed this week that Hall has not yet taken her exam to officially become a Texas peace officer. She has 180 days to do it after starting her job in Dallas.

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<![CDATA[Tarrant County Working to Reduce High Rate of Domestic Violence]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:26:20 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Tarco+Domestic.jpg

All this week, NBC5 has been bringing you stories about the damaging effects of domestic violence.

In Tarrant County, it's estimated one in three women will become a victim. The national average is one in four. Last year, the county had 16 domestic violence murders, 14 already this year.

The problem is so large that police and prosecutors teamed up to create a special unit. NBC 5 went with them to the doorstep of abuse.

It’s a rainy afternoon and Bedford Police are making a house call.

"To try to make contact with both the victim and the suspect involved in this case," said Bedford Police Officer Hall.

It's an unannounced visit to the home of a known domestic violence offender. On this day, they're hand-delivering a letter to put the abuser on notice.

"It tells them to stop their actions now, their violent actions now," said Bedford Police Sergeant Tyler Stillman. "If they do not, we will submit their case for swift prosecution and put them in prison."

Swift prosecution is the next step in a combined effort to shine a light on violence in the home.

"These are not crimes just against the victim,” said Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson. “They are crimes against the state of Texas."

And in Tarrant County, they are far too common. Wilson noticed a pattern when she took office in 2015 and started reviewing all capital murder cases.

"Over half of our capital instances last year were family violence-related and you know, that is not acceptable," Wilson said.

So the DA's office started a new unit that only handles cases of "intimate partner violence."

"And we see that if we don't take these seriously, this person, remember they're prone to violence, could be a threat against our greater community at another time," Wilson said.

Now prosecutors are working with police before the case reaches the courthouse. NBC 5 watched as they met with officers from the Hurst, Euless and Bedford police departments to streamline how these cases are handled, from the first contact.

"Everybody's job as a police officer is make them safe that night, get them off the street, diffuse the situation. But what we're thinking about at the DA's Office is the end game," said Art Clayton, Chief Prosecutor for the Intimate Partner Violence unit.

Prosecutors are urging police to collect good hard evidence the night of the crime because in family violence, the victim doesn't always want to testify, though the case will move forward.

"We've gotta keep in mind, their situation is complicated,” Clayton said. “We gotta let them know we're here to help and keep them safe."

Which takes us back to the streets with Bedford police.

"We're gonna do a follow-up with this victim. Just to see if she's safe and see if there's any resources or anything that she needs at this point," said Courtney Janes, victim services coordinator for the Bedford, Hurst and Euless police departments.

She's a trained counselor, there to reassure victims and help navigate volatile relationships.

"With these types of offenses, emotions are very, very high," Janes said.

Take the case of Julie Renfro. When officers step in her door today, it's like a family reunion. But back in 2014, the same officers arrived moments after Renfro's ex-husband had severely beaten her. Crime scene photos captured the first signs of injury.

"My hair was a mess, I had blood on my face and I'm trying to downplay this whole situation," Renfro said.

Police didn't give up and Renfro's ex was locked up. Now he'll be getting out soon and her support team is still there for her.

"We can help figure out what we can do to keep you safe," Janes said.

"They never gave up on me and like I said, I didn't have anybody to reach out to," said Renfro.

It's a mission to see the process through, keep a family safe and deliver justice for the crimes behind closed doors.

“We’re here to try to keep them safe and to make the violence stop and honestly that may mean that that person needs to be locked up for a long time,” said Wilson.

Prosecutors say these cases are also the most dangerous for police. This year, across the country, 32 out of 38 cases where police were killed on the job were connected to a domestic violence call.



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