<![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-usMon, 23 Jul 2018 03:09:33 -0500Mon, 23 Jul 2018 03:09:33 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Suspect in Crash That Killed Officer Bonds Out of Jail]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 22:49:32 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/adrian+breedlove+crash.jpg

The man arrested for intoxication manslaughter in connection to the death of a Dallas police motorcycle officer has bonded out of jail.

Officials with the Dallas County Sheriff's Office confirm Adrian Breedlove, 25, bonded out of the jail at about 2 a.m. Sunday.

Breedlove was charged with intoxication manslaughter causing the death of a peace officer. Police say Breedlove was speeding and intoxicated when he crashed into Senior Corporal Earl 'Jamie' Givens

Police Chief Renee Hall said Givens was blocking an entrance ramp of Interstate 20 at Bonnie View as a part of an escort of the body of a former Dallas police officer who died after battling cancer. Police said Givens had his emergency lights on when Breedlove's SUV hit him. Givens was pronounced dead at Baylor Medical Center.

Givens' death is the sixth in the line of duty for the Dallas Police Department in two years. Four Dallas officers were killed in the downtown ambush in 2016. 
A fifth killed the same night worked for DART's police department. Three months ago, Officer Rogelio Santander was killed while attempting to arrest a suspect at a Northeast Dallas Home Depot.

"Each time I think it kind of removes that scab and brings those emotions back fresh to us again," said Courtney Helms with the Dallas Police Association Spouses organization. "Each time we hope OK, can we please have some time here without having to go through this again?"

Helms is married to a Dallas officer, assigned to the central patrol division with Givens.

"These are people with their own stories, with their own families," Helms said. "Every single one of these officers means a tremendous amount to so many people."

When asked about the suspect Helms said, "It's very frustrating that someone like that can go and kill and officer and then be back on the streets."

"There is no need this day and age to be behind the wheel if you've had anything to drink," she said.

In addition to the intoxication manslaughter charge, Breedlove was charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon. Bond for both charges was set at a total of $76,000.

Pete Schulte, an officer and lawyer, told NBC 5 Breedlove's bond amount is not unusual. He added Breedlove faced a tougher penalty if convicted. An intoxication manslaughter charge involving the death of an officer or first responder in the line of duty carries the possibility of up to 99 years or life in prison.

"It's going to be pretty tough for this defendant if he's convicted to not go to prison for a long time because we want to protect our police officers. That's why the law was changed 10 years ago to make sure it was a stiffer penalty," Schulte explained.

No one answered the door at Breedlove's home on Sunday afternoon and it's not clear if Breedlove has an attorney yet.

A vigil for Givens is planned for Monday evening at the central patrol division at 334 South Hall Street. The vigil begins at 7:30 p.m.

<![CDATA[6 Teens Arrested, Linked to 4 Crimes Early Sunday: Police]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 22:48:08 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-police-generic-night.jpg

Six teenagers were arrested early Sunday after a crime spree involving up to four separate robbery attempts, police say.

The teens took a car at gunpoint, then robbed a person walking home, a couple walking their dog and pizza delivery person, according to the Dallas Police Department.

Later in the morning Mesquite police located the vehicle taken by the teens -- a black Chevy Malibu -- and attempted a traffic stop, Dallas police said. The teenagers fled in the car until they crashed in the 2000 block of Rayburn Avenue in Mesquite.

Police said all six teenagers were arrested and turned over to Dallas police detectives.

Since the suspects are juveniles, police did not release their names.

Photo Credit: Metro]]>
<![CDATA[Weatherford Man Accused of Breaking Dog's Neck: Sheriff]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 22:47:01 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kyle-Rufus-Childers-mugshot.jpg

Parker County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 25-year-old Weatherford man on charges of animal cruelty, after authorities say he broke an abandoned dog's neck and put its body in a dumpster.

Deputies said another resident in the 5300 block of FM 51, who cared for the dog after its owner left, saw Kyle Rufus Childers dragging the dog's body from the back of his property. Authorities found the body Tuesday.

Childers told the resident he broke the dog's neck because the dog was bothering him, according to Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler.

The resident told authorities Childers then continued on to the front of the trailer park and put the dog's body in a dumpster.

The dog's owner, 39-year-old Anthony Leigh West, was arrested on a charge of cruelty to non-livestock animals, abandonment.

Authorities said West told them he drove the dog to "a nearby farm and let it go," but the dog apparently returned to the trailer park.

"This was an atrocious act - as bad as we have ever seen," Fowler said. "This poor dog was first abandoned by its owner and ultimately met a gruesome death by the violent hands of another. He only knew love for a brief moment though a stranger who tried to care. Even that was stripped away from him when the suspect broke this dog's neck, displaying a blatant disrespect for the life of a beautiful creature."

Following Childers' arrest, the North Texas Veterinary Hospital presented Fowler and Parker County Sheriff's Animal Control Supervisor Karen Kessler with a donation to the Sheriff's Animal Cruelty Relief Fund.

Photo Credit: Parker County Sheriff's Office
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Dallas Cowboys Training Camp Preview]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 22:24:02 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Paul+and+Newy+072218.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys leave for training camp in Oxnard, California on Tuesday. NBC 5's Paul Jones and Newy Scruggs talk about what to expect as America's Team preps for the 2018 season.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 Sports]]>
<![CDATA[Horse Adventure Camp Helps Kids With Special Abilities]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 22:57:03 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Horse+Adventure+072218.jpg

It was Sir Winston Churchill who once said, "There's something about the outside of a horse that's good for the inside of a man."

That statement proves true at the Ride With Pride Horsemanship School and Therapy Center in Southlake, where you can see the joy horses bring to even the youngest riders participating in Horse Adventure Camp.

It's the creation of Doreen Bruton — she is the head cowgirl in charge.

"We are here because it's the Horse Adventure Camp, and Amy's Wish Kids are our kids that ride with special needs," Bruton said.

Kids like 5-year-old Alya. Her parents, Solaman and Mariam Rasul, said she has a neurological disorder that is slowly taking away her motor skills and her ability to speak.

Alya has been going to Ride With Pride Horsemanship School for equine therapy for five weeks. Her parents said her core strength and coordination continue to improve.

"When we were working with Alya last week, we were trying to get her to wave," Bruton said. "Trying to get her to wave is a hard deal. Last week, for the first time, we got her to wave, and you saw today it was her second time [to wave]. So we're making great strides with her just communicating with us and the horse."

Alya's parents were equally impressed with her progress.

"She's really gotten physically stronger," Solaman said. "Like going up and down the stairs — she's able to do it a lot easier."

At Horse Adventure Camp, children go on horseback rides around a sensory trail where they can stop at each letter of the alphabet to look at or touch the stuffed animals hanging on the fence.

Campers also make the horses popsicles, then give the treats to the horses as gifts. They also do daily chores like bathing and grooming. Nearly all of the camp's activities combine movement with the magic of horses.

Thanks to Bruton's non-profit, Amy's Wish With Wings, all of the children with special abilities who ride at the camp don't pay a thing.

"We're so grateful," Mariam said.

"It's as if we've got our daughter back," Solaman said.

Like the chandelier hanging on the horse farm's maple tree, the Rasul family found a glimmer of hope on horseback, after an uncertain diagnosis.

Proving Sir Winston Churchill right once again, "There is something about the outside of a horse that's good for the inside of a man," or in this case, a little girl.

Bruton said there are around 20 equine therapy facilities in North Texas and they all need volunteers and funding to pay for the horses (including hay and veterinarian bills). She said some have had to close because it can be so expensive to keep them running.

Here's more information from Amy’s Wish with Wings:

"Our mission is to provide equine assisted activities for children with special needs. This may include but is not limited to children with autism, Down syndrome, brain injuries, cerebral palsy, victims of abuse, vision impaired, selective mutism and many others. These children benefit from the movement of the horse to stimulate the rider's vestibular system as it responds to balance signals, voluntary movement and speech. The horse provides an alternative therapy for children to build self-esteem, learn sequential tasks & stay on tasks, empathy & promote stronger gross and fine motor skills.

Doreen Bruton founded Amy's Wish With Wings Charity in 2011 to give Amy Stefanko her wings. Due to complications from leukemia Amy had to learn how to speak and walk again. Amy started therapeutic riding to help her recover. Amy's wish was to learn to ride independent of a lead line with side walkers and under Doreen's care and instruction she achieved her wish! Amy continues to flourish today in the program held at Ride with Pride Horsemanship School in Southlake, Texas.

Doreen Bruton, has been teaching children with special needs for 38 years. She is a CHA instructor as well as a CHA IRD instructor and is PATH certified.

Amy's Wish Kids compete at the Equestrian Special Olympics every Spring. We will also be compete at the Chisholm Challenge held at the Ft Worth Stock Show in January."

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Interstate 30 Open After Nearly 4-Hour Closure]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 20:11:34 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/I30-closed-072218.jpg

The westbound side of Interstate 30 in Arlington was closed at Ballpark Way for nearly four hours Sunday afternoon due to a major crash, police say.

Arlington police said they believe two separate crashes are causing the closure, but that determination could change as their investigation continues.

A motorcycle struck a wall as it tried to exit the highway just after 4 p.m., according to police. Two other motorcyclists pulled over to help, but at least one was hit by a passing vehicle.

I-30 did not reopen until around 8 p.m.

Police said several people were taken to the hospital, but did not release their conditions.

Photo Credit: Texas Department of Transportation
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Fans Brave Sweltering Heat at Globe Life Park in Arlington]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 22:26:32 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rangers+heat+072218.jpg

Sunday brought another day of triple digit temperatures to DFW.

The sweltering heat did not stop fans from heading to Globe Life Park to watch the Texas Rangers take on the Cleveland Indians, though many fans left by the last inning.

Paper fans kept the Savage Morton family in the stands on Sunday afternoon.

"I don't think that some people realize how hot it gets at these games and there's no wind underneath here," said Crystal Savage Morton, sitting in the right field seats.

Temperatures hovered at or above 105 degrees for most of the game, taking a toll on some fans.

"Literally a lady right in front of us, she just went face first, I mean just straight down," Savage Morton said.

A first-aid cooling tent provided a respite for anyone needing to step inside the 80-degree tent.

"This is a least our sixth time to come inside the room," said Rainey Hulsey of Boyd.

But it was not enough for many fans who opted to leave the ballpark early, missing much of the game.

"We were third row behind the Cleveland dugout," Craig Karseno said. "Lasted about four innings and then had to move about 20 rows back in the shade. One hundred ten in the heat was a little tough. But you know, it's Rangers baseball and you have to come out here and support."

Some good news for fans who found the conditions of the day game to be unbearable.

The Rangers' next series begins Monday at home against the Oakland Athletics. The series will consist of all night games.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[ Neighbors Mourn Dallas Police Officer Killed in Crash]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 17:21:20 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/James+Michael+Givens.jpg

One day after a deadly crash, Lavon residents remembered their neighbor -- the Dallas police officer who was killed Saturday.

"It's a big loss. It's a tragedy and it's unexpected. We never thought something would happen like this so early in his life," said Nikolas Molina, who lived near Jamie Givens for about three to four years.

Molina heard the news Saturday morning.

"At first it didn't really feel real, because we were really close to him, and he was like another dad to me," he said.

Givens was a 32-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, and served the last dozen in the motorcycle unit.

Fellow officers said Givens loved motorcycles, law enforcement and most importantly, his two sons.

Neighbors on the street said Givens was an officer dedicated to his job.

"Very committed to his job… and he really enjoyed his job," said Leslie Balentine, who lived next door to Givens.

Balentine said when Givens wasn't working he could be found gardening or on road trips with his girlfriend.

Neighbors placed flags outside Givens' home to honor him.

They've also made sure to stop by his home to check on family from out of town.

"We've just been kind of watching out… letting them know if they need anything," Balentine said.

The Assist the Officer Foundation is now collecting donations for the two sons Givens left behind.

The public visitation for Givens is Wednesday from 6-8 p.m., and his funeral, which will be open to the public, is Thursday at 11 a.m., both at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano.

Photo Credit: Dallas Police Association]]>
<![CDATA[Johnny Manziel Traded From Hamilton to Montreal in CFL]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 20:33:57 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Johnny-Manzeil-072218.jpg

Johnny Manziel is headed to the Montreal Alouettes.

Montreal acquired the former Heisman Trophy winner and offensive linemen Tony Washington and Landon Rice from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday for defensive end Jamaal Westerman, wide receiver Chris Williams and first-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021.

Montreal made the move a day after starting quarterback Drew Willy sustained his second injury of the season. Montreal backup Jeff Mathews also is out with a foot injury, leaving third-stringer Matt Shiltz to play the final three quarters Saturday night in a 25-8 loss at Calgary.

"We have acquired an exceptional quarterback with undeniable talent," Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed said in a statement in a team release. "With his great mobility, his athletic abilities and his instinct we believe that he will have a positive impact on our offence. Landon Rice and Tony Washington are two skilled players that will considerably solidify our offensive line."

Making a comeback after being released by the Cleveland Browns in March 2016, Manziel was unable to get on the field in Hamilton behind starter Jeremiah Masoli. In two preseason games, the former Texas &M star was 21 of 32 for 168 yards and a touchdown. Alouettes coach Mike Sherman recruited Manziel to Texas A&M when he was the Aggies' head coach.

"Professional salute & respect for (at)Ticats (at)ticatmitchell &Coach Jones for doing the rgt thing.Thank y'all for the opp &great luck in future!" Manziel's agent, Erik Burkhardt, tweeted Sunday night.

Montreal (1-4) hosts Edmonton on Thursday night. The Alouettes have scored a CFL-low 69 points and allowed a league-high 148.

Photo Credit: Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Spieth's Title Defense at British Open Ends Without a Bang]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 22:44:45 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jordan-Spieth-072218.jpg

Defending champion Jordan Spieth wasn't the only one struggling to gain traction on the wind-swept final day at Carnoustie.

But he was one of just two in the 79-player field who failed to make birdie, shooting 76 and sliding from a three-way tie atop the leaderboard at 9 under at the start into a tie for ninth by the end. A bogey, double-bogey run at Nos. 5 and 6 let a handful of contenders squeeze past Spieth, who owns three major championships, and bogeys at two of the last four holes killed his chance of catching up.

"When you put yourself in position enough times, it goes your way sometimes, it doesn't go your way sometimes," said Spieth, who wound up at 4-under 280.

"I didn't play the wind the right way on those two holes," he added. "I was trying to fight it instead of accepting that the wind is going to win out here."

Sung Kang shared the dubious honor of carding a birdie-free round.

Spieth, who turns 25 next week, knew fighting the wind would take patience. The Texan felt he passed that test.

"You knew you'd have three, four good looks at birdies, and the rest of the holes, you were just going to try to position it to make par. I knew that going in," he said. "I played patiently. Never got down on myself. Never got angry."

More importantly, Spieth's putting stroke restored his confidence, which should extend through the rest of the bag.

"My game is back. I've had different parts ... being at kind of a low point in my career. Not all at the same time, but enough to where I haven't really been able to compete. It's all there, and it's moving in the right direction," he said. "So I'm actually very pleased coming out of this week."

Francisco Molinari won the British Open, becoming the first Italian to do so.

Photo Credit: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Odor Leads Rangers Over Indians in 108-Degree Heat]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 18:57:00 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rougned-Odor-072218.jpg

Rougned Odor thrived in oppressive conditions.

Odor drove in three runs, Ryan Rua hit a two-run homer and the Texas Rangers withstood the heat on a 108-degree afternoon to beat the Cleveland Indians 5-0 on Sunday, stopping a four-game losing streak.

The game time temperature was 102 degrees -- 5 shy of the stadium record set Friday and matched Saturday -- then rose in the afternoon sunshine.

"Where I'm from it's really hot like this," said Odor, a native of Venezuela. "So, this is no problem for me playing with this weather. I like playing in this weather."

Yovani Gallardo (4-1) and three relievers combined on a five-hitter against the AL Central leader, which had outscored Texas 25-11 in the first two games of the series.

"I just worked quickly, kept a tight strike zone and get guys to swing the bat," Gallardo said.

That was key for the Rangers.

"I think the biggest part of it was Gallardo, all our pitchers, keeping our guys off the field for extended periods of time," Texas manager Jeff Banister said.

Gallardo allowed three hits and four walks in six innings, his longest scoreless outing since Aug. 22, 2015, at Detroit. Jose Leclerc and Jake Diekman each pitched a one-hit inning, and Cory Gearrin got three straight outs on seven pitches.

Mike Clevinger (7-6) lost his third straight start, allowing two runs, four hits and four walks in 6 2/3 innings.

"I walked the nine-hole hitter twice and that's just really, really bad baseball," Clevinger said. "It's just not acceptable no matter what the score of the game is."

"In the final meeting between the teams this year, Odor hit an RBI single in the third and a sacrifice fly in the fifth, then added a home run in the eighth against Oliver Perez.

Delino DeShields, hitting .073 (3 for 41) in July coming in, walked twice, stole two bases and scored the first two runs.

"We need for him to be on base," Banister said. "We gave him a day after a rough day to get some work in. It was his speed that created for us early."

Joey Gallo has three assists in his first two games in right field. He got one during a rundown play Saturday, threw out Jason Kipnis trying to go from first to third on a second-inning single Sunday and then threw to first base to double up Melky Cabrera, who was running on a fly ball to right in the fourth. Gallo has two assists in 98 big league games in left and center field.

Indians: LHP Andrew Miller, who hasn't pitched for the Indians since May 25 because of a strained left hamstring, threw 19 pitches and allowed one hit in his third one-inning appearance for Triple-A Columbus, pitching against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Rangers: Gallo left the game in the eighth after landing on first base awkwardly while running out a grounder and spraining his left ankle.

Indians: RHP Corey Kluber (12-5, 2.76) starts Monday's series opener against visiting Pittsburgh, which starts RHP Trevor Williams (7-7, 4.36).

Rangers: LHP Cole Hamels (5-8, 4.36) could make his final home start for Texas in Monday's series opener against Oakland and LHP Brett Anderson (1-2, 6.08).

Photo Credit: Ron Jenkins/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Shekinna Stricklen Sinks WNBA-Record-Tying 8 3s in Sun's Win]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 19:00:41 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-wings-logo.jpg

Shekinna Stricklen scored a season-high 24 points and tied a WNBA record with eight 3-pointers to help the Connecticut Sun beat the Dallas Wings 92-75 on Sunday.

Stricklen finished 8 of 11 from 3-point range and matched the mark set by Diana Taurasi, who has made eight 3-pointers three times, and Riquna Williams, who has done it once.

Courtney Williams and Jonquel Jones added 15 points each for the Sun (13-12).

The Wings (14-11) closed a 16-point deficit to 78-71, but Jasmine Thomas' pull up jumper with 3:19 left in the game stopped the Dallas rally and sparked a 14-2 run in which Connecticut pulled away for good.

Thomas had 11 points and Chiney Ogwumike added 10 for the Sun. Ogwumike was ejected for arguing a call with 5:53 left in the fourth quarter after she fouled out.

Liz Cambage had 25 points and 10 rebounds for her 11th double-double of the season. Glory Johnson and Kayla Thornton had 11 points each.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Dallas Streets Worker Critically Injured in Hit and Run]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 11:09:18 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas+streets+employee+crash+0722.jpg

A Dallas Streets Department employee was critically injured in a hit and run crash late Saturday night.

The crash happened shortly before midnight in the 800 block of Good Latimer Expressway where a street crew was completing work in one of the lanes.

Police said the city worker, a 50-year-old man, was wearing a reflective traffic vest while working in the street.

The driver of the vehicle that hit the man, identified by police as Daisy Smith, 30, did not stop. Police said Smith called family and friends, then called 911 to report her location 20 minutes after the crash.

Smith was arrested and charged with intoxication assault and failure to stop and render aid.

<![CDATA[Denton Chase Ends in Dallas After Car Runs Out of Gas]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 13:15:01 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/denton+police+chase+metro+0722.jpg

An hour-long police chase through two North Texas counties came to an end, thanks to an empty fuel tank Sunday morning.

Denton police said shortly after midnight they tried to pull over a possibly intoxicated driver in the 900 block of Fulton when the person refused to pull over for the officer.

A chase began going on Interstate 35 East from Denton County to Dallas County and going on to Loop 12 through parts of south and east Dallas. At one point another agency tried to spike the tires of the suspect on Interstate 35 East.

The pursuit ended near the intersection of Abrams Road and Forest Lane in Dallas when the vehicle ran out of gas.

The suspect was taken into custody and charged with driving while intoxicated and evading detention. 

<![CDATA[Ritz Crackers, Ritz Bits Recalled Over Salmonella Concerns]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 22:19:00 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-2129861.jpg

More than a dozen Ritz cracker sandwiches and Ritz Bits products have been recalled due to a possible salmonella contamination, Mondelez Global LLC said.

The New Jersey-based company has recalled sixteen products — including Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits Cheese — in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands because the whey powder they’re made with could contain salmonella, it said.

Mondelez hasn’t received any reports of people falling ill after eating these products yet, but consumers who have purchased them should throw them out, the company noted.

A full list of the products included in the recall can be found on Mondelez’ website.

“Salmonella is a microorganism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems,” Mondelez said in a release.

Symptoms can include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and stomach pain, the company said.

Photo Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images, File ]]>
<![CDATA[Fmr. Cowboys Assistant Coach Tony Sparano Dead at 56]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 13:06:26 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-460874730.jpg

Minnesota Vikings Offensive Line Coach Tony Sparano has died at the age of 56, the Vikings confirmed Sunday. Sparano was an assistant coach with the Dallas Cowboys from 2003-2007.

“Tony's presence within the Vikings organization will be deeply missed," said owners Mark and Zygi Wilf. "We are only thinking of Tony’s family during this incredibly difficult time. We ask that the entire NFL and Vikings family keep the Sparanos in their thoughts.”

Sparano began coaching in the National Football League in 1999. His career includes stints with several teams including terms as head coach of the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders.

He was the offensive line coach for the Minnesota Vikings since 2016. Sparano served on the Cowboys staff under Bill Parcells and Wade Phillips. 

Sparano is survived by his wife, two sons, daughter and four grandchildren.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Dallas Officer Killed in Crash During Funeral Escort]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 12:00:56 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas+police+black+line+earl+jamie+givens.jpg

A Dallas police motorcycle officer is dead after being hit by an oncoming vehicle while escorting the body of another officer to a funeral in Louisiana early Saturday morning, according to Dallas police.

According to Dallas Chief of Police U. Renee Hall, Sr. Corporal Earl Jamie Givens was part of the motorcycle escort for Officer Tyrone DaVince Andrews when he was struck by an SUV and killed.

The driver of that SUV is 25-year-old Adrian Breedlove, according to police. He was placed into jail and charged with Intoxicated Manslaughter and Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon. Authorities said he bonded out of the Dallas County Jail less than 24 hours later.

Officer Givens was part of Andrews' procession to Marion, Louisiana, where he was to be laid to rest Saturday afternoon

Givens was stopped, blocking traffic along the eastbound entrance ramp to Interstate 20 at Bonnie View Road with his emergency lights activated, when he was struck by Breedlove's Kia Sportage at about 5:30 a.m.


Other motorcycle officers in the escort turned around and rendered aid to Givens until Dallas Fire-Rescue paramedics arrived. Givens was taken to Baylor Medical Center in Dallas where he was pronounced dead.

Fellow officers and colleagues gathered at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas where paramedics rushed the officer for treatment. The body of the officer was taken from the hospital to the medical examiner just after 11 a.m. Saturday.

"We stand here today with our hearts broken," Chief Hall said in a news conference.

Givens was a 32-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, serving in the motorcycle unit since 2012.

Fellow officers say Givens loved motorcycles, law enforcement and most importantly, his two sons.

The Assist the Officer Foundation is raising money to support his two sons.

Funeral arrangements for Givens are pending.

Since July 2016, six Dallas police officers have been killed in the line of duty, two in the past three months.

Check back and refresh this story for the latest update.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News/Dallas Police Association
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Man Pistol-Whipped, Shot in Dallas Robbery]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 11:15:27 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-police-generic-shooting.jpg

A man was shot in the shoulder and pistol-whipped during a robbery early Sunday morning in Dallas.

Police responded to the shooting just before 2:30 a.m. in the 11300 block of Zodiac Lane. The victim told police he was walking toward his apartment when he was approached by two men.

The suspects pistol-whipped and shot the man in the shoulder and took his wallet, police said.

The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment. A detailed suspect description has not been released.

Photo Credit: Metro]]>
<![CDATA[Man Arrested in Connection to Teenager Shot in Duncanville]]> Sat, 21 Jul 2018 17:10:04 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo000201.jpg

Duncanville police arrested Troy Deshon Harden Saturday afternoon in connection to the shooting death of a teenager at a Rodeway Inn near the 700 block of E. Camp Wisdom Road.

Duncanville Police Detectives were conducting surveillance on a possible location of the suspect. Detectives saw the man leave the location and with the assistance from the Dallas Police Department arrested the man after a traffic stop in the area of Laurel Land and I-35.

Police responded to the initial call in an overnight shooting Tuesday, July 17. The call stated there was a male down in the hallway of the Rodeway Inn. The man was transported to the hospital in critical condition, where he later died.

Duncanville is investigating the motive of the shooting, but could not give further details.

[This story will be updated as more details are released.]

<![CDATA[Broken Again: Peak Electricity Demand Sets Another New High]]> Sat, 21 Jul 2018 18:41:22 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/080311ERCOT_722x406_2080590547.jpg

The demand for power from Texas' power grid set a new weekend peak record Saturday evening, due in no small part to excessive triple-digit heat that remains in the forecast for the next several days.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) reports the latest record-breaking demand for power was set between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. where statewide peak demand reached 71, 077 MW (megawatts). This is 2,700 MW more than the previous weekend record set in July 2017.

“We are headed, as a state, into even more extreme temperatures than we’ve seen in the past few days” said ERCOT spokesperson Theresa Gage on Thursday. “Everyone in the ERCOT market – from our operators to generators to transmission providers to retailers – is doing what they can to keep the power on for consumers.”

The most recent set of record-breaking numbers eclipsed the previous record of 71,110 MW set in August 2016.

With high temperatures ranging from 103 to 110 degrees each afternoon, North Texas remains under an Excessive Heat Warning until 7 p.m. Sunday and the statewide peak usage record may be toppled several more times. During that same time period, head indices may exceed 110 degrees.

Earlier in the week, ERCOT said operators are constantly monitoring the grid's condition to keep power flowing uninterrupted. So far, there have been no calls from ERCOT to conserve power or curtail usage during the peak ours between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

A single megawatt supplies enough energy to power roughly 200 homes during periods of high use.

ERCOT oversees 90 percent of Texas' power grid, powering about 24 million customers in DFW, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, Abilene and the Rio Grande Valley. A map of the ERCOT region can be seen here.


This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[1 Dead, Hostages Freed After Hours-Long Standoff at LA Trader Joe's]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 09:07:04 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2018-07-22-at-9.15.32-AM.jpg

One woman is dead after a gunman being chased by police entered a Silver Lake Trader Joe's Saturday afternoon, held several people hostage and engaged in an hours-long standoff with police before eventually surrendering. 

The LAPD confirmed the suspect was an adult male in his late 20s, and the police pursuit stemmed from a shooting that occurred at 1:30 p.m. on the 1600 block of East 32nd Street in Los Angeles. Police said the suspect shot his grandmother, a woman in her 70s, and a second woman, a person in her 20s later confirmed to be the suspect's girlfriend. Authorities confirmed the suspect had shot his grandmother as many as seven times and that she was in critical condition.

The suspect got into his grandmother's car with the second woman and fled the scene in the 2015 Toyota Camry, LAPD said. After the vehicle was located in the Hollywood area by a tracking system, police began their pursuit there and the chase ended in front of the Los Angeles store.

When Newschopper4 Bravo arrived over the scene at approximately 3:30 p.m. local time, the vehicle was crashed into a pole near the store.

The suspect "jumped out of the car, and it looked like he shot some rounds off when he got out of the car," said Dan Zito, who said he was only feet away from the crash. Police then "returned some fire at him, but he ran straight in" Trader Joe's.

[[488815741, C]]

Moments later, LAPD approached under heavy caution and rescued the woman, who was left behind in the pursuit vehicle. She was taken to a nearby hospital with a grazing wound.

Newschopper4 was able to view LAPD tactically working to rescue employees and customers trapped inside. Both customers and workers could be seen running from the store to safety, jumping out of store windows and escaping down a ladder at a window.

[[488816761, C]]

Police had immediately surrounded the Trader Joe's and were working to take control of the store.

"I’ve never seen so many police in my life," Derek Anthony, who has lived in the neighborhood for 15 years, said.

The Los Angeles Fire Department also responded to the scene and stated that 100 firefighters and 18 ambulances had been deployed to the scene.

[[488812561, C]]

Anthony said he saw the end of the pursuit: "The car had heavy damage, had flat tires and (the suspect) was still careening around the corner with all the police behind him, and he was shooting his gun as he came around the corner."

After the barricade situation began, a young male hostage was able to walk out of the front door with his arms raised, and he was taken to safety. 

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti later confirmed that one person, a woman, was shot and killed inside the Trader Joe's. She was an employee, and her body was dragged out by another Trader Joe's employee early in the standoff. The woman was the only confirmed fatality from the store.

The barricade was still active by 5:15 p.m. SWAT vehicles were in position and a location to perform emergency triage had been set up.

[[488811731, C]]

The barricade lasted about three hours and ended about 6:40 p.m. Five hostages exited the front doors of the Trader Joe's with the suspect also exiting in handcuffs. He was quickly taken into custody against a side wall, while the hostages left without further incident.

Police said they were in contact with the suspect during the "horrific" standoff, and the negotiation team included a psychologist and tactical members.

"That dialogue resulted ultimately him handcuffing himself and coming outside and surrendering to SWAT," LAPD chief-of-police Michel Moore said at a news conference.

The investigation into the hostage situation and death of the woman is ongoing, and the pursuit vehicle remained on the scene late into the night.

[[488814261, C]]

The LA Fire Department said it evaluated a total of 10 patients at Trader Joe's. Six patients were transported to the hospital, including a 12-year-old boy. With the exception of the woman who died, those taken to the hospital related to the incident were in fair condition.

A family reunification center is located at LAPD HQ Northeast Division at 3353 North San Fernando Road for those involved in the incident. The number to call for further support information is 323-561-3211.

The LAPD also stated that Hyperion Avenue would remain shut down between Griffith Park Boulevard and Ettrick Street until noon on Sunday.

Trader Joe's PR director Kenya Friend-Daniel said in a statement, "Our hearts are broken over what happened today. This has been an incredible trauma, and our thoughts are with our Crew Members and customers. Our focus is on doing whatever we can to support them at this time. We appreciate everything Los Angeles law enforcement did to ensure an end to this ordeal."

Photo Credit: Chief of Police- Los Angeles Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Asian Film Festival in Dallas]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 09:45:21 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Asian_Film_Festival_in_Dallas.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[NBC 5 Video Vault - North Texas Heat Wave History]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 09:07:55 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Video_Vault_-_Heat_Wave_History.jpg

 In the NBC 5 Video Vault, we look at some of the hottest summers in North Texas and how people then dealt with the extreme temperatures.

<![CDATA[FISA Warrant for Former Trump Aide Carter Page Made Public]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 05:51:25 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CarterPageFISA.jpg

The FBI on Saturday made public redacted documents related to the electronic surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, who was at the center of a controversy over how the FBI sought the secretive warrant, NBC News reported.

The documents released Saturday appear to discount claims made by some Republicans that the FBI failed to properly disclose sources of information used to seek the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant, and it shows that authorities used other sources of information besides the Steele "dossier" in the application, which was granted by a judge.

The warrant, which is heavily redacted in several areas, was released on Saturday following Freedom of Information Act litigation launched by The New York Times and other media organizations and it was released with the approval of a judge.

On Sunday, Page strongly denied being an agent of a foreign power and called the claims in the FISA warrant "so ridiculous" and "spin." He said on CNN's State of the Union Sunday that "it's literally a complete joke and it only continues, it's just really sad."

Photo Credit: Pavel Golovkin/AP, File]]>
<![CDATA[Trader Joe's Worker Helps Colleagues to Safety During Hostage Crisis]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 09:13:31 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/07-21-18-trader.JPG

Sean Gerace was working in the backroom of a Trader Joe's in Silver Lake Saturday afternoon when he heard screaming and gunfire.

He ran upstairs, grabbed a couple of his co-workers, made his way into a storage area.

"I grabbed an emergency ladder, barricaded the hallway, grabbed a weapon, put the ladder out the window, and just tried to get the attention of a SWAT officer," he said.

Once he got his attention, he signaled that he wanted to go down the ladder and the officer gave him the thumbs up. He and several co-workers got down the ladder to safety.

They were among the dozens of terrified workers and customers caught up in the standoff between police and a man accused of shooting his grandmother and girlfriend in South Los Angeles before leading police on a car chase, engaging in a gunbattle gun battle with officers and taking hostages at the Trader Joe's.

The unidentified man was taken into custody after the tense, hours-long standoff that left one employee dead.

It was unknown how many people were inside the store when the suspect ran in. A throng of police and fire crews surrounded the store by 4 p.m.

Aerial footage showed what appeared to be a store employee dragging a woman from the grocery store. Police confirmed the woman was the employee who died.

Police also were seen carrying children away from the store.

In a news conference, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti expressed sympathy for the community. He said he and his wife were regular shoppers at the Silver Lake store for years.

"Our hearts go out to everybody who has been traumatized," he said.

City News Service contributed to this report.

This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[CHPD Searching for Man Accused of Aggravated Sexual Assault]]> Sat, 21 Jul 2018 22:09:19 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cedarhillpoliec.jpg

Cedar Hill police are asking for help identifying a man accused of aggravated sexual assault with a weapon near the 200 block of Clark Road.

A 23-year-old woman said she was walking to a convenience store when she approached by a man. He led her to a field, located close-by, and displayed a pistol while demanded that she undress, according to police.


The suspect then assaulted the woman and left on foot, according to police.

The victim returned home and contacted police.

The suspect was not located after a full and thorough search of the area was conducted by officers and a Police K9.

The suspect is described as a late-teens or early-20s African-American male, approximately 6'2" and slim.

He is reportedly clean shaven with a short Afro-style hair cut with tattoos on both arms.

He was wearing a black shirt, dark-colored jeans and an American flag patterned bandana, according to police.

Officers ask anyone with information related to the case to contact 972-291-5181.

This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Despite Triple-Digit Heat, Hundreds Head Out to Klyde Warren]]> Sat, 21 Jul 2018 22:07:27 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RM_LH_DFW+HEAT_2018-07-21-17-04-57.jpg

While many people chose to stay inside on Saturday, some decided to brave the record-breaking heat.

Hundreds of people headed out to Klyde Warren Park for “STEM in the Park,” despite the heat.

The event is put on by Dallas Millennial Club's, and celebrates science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Noble Madu, president of Dallas Millennial Club, said they knew the heat was coming and made sure to come prepared.

"We have misters, big tents… we made sure to prep this environment to keep it as cool as possible," Madu said.

He said they also stocked the park with fans, sunscreen, umbrellas, and buckets of water bottles.

"The Dallas community is so great. We had over 1,000 water bottles donated in less than 5 hours," Madu said.

Madu said they made sure not only attendees were safe, but also volunteers.

"We had volunteers initially sign up for 5 to 6 hour shifts, but since it was so hot we cut them down to 2 to 3 hour shifts because it was so hot," said Madu.

<![CDATA[Vintage Plane Crashes in Burnet, Texas]]> Sat, 21 Jul 2018 19:26:55 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo000211.jpg

A vintage World War II plane with 14 people on board crashed and burned during takeoff Saturday morning in Burnet, Texas.

Authorities say all 14 people managed to get out of the plane. One person did suffer significant burn injuries and was airlifted to a hospital. Seven other passengers suffered minor injuries.

FAA officials say the pilot of the twin-engine "Bluebonnet Belle" veered to the left side of the runway during takeoff before it hit the ground and caught fire.

The plane was heading for an air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

No word what caused the plane to crash.

Photo Credit: KXAN-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Garland Police Looking for Man Connected to Sexual Assault]]> Sat, 21 Jul 2018 16:44:24 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo000183.jpg

Garland Police are investigating a sexual assault of a minor that occurred on Wednesday, July 18. Police responded to an Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child that happened in the 1300 block of Northwest Highway.

A female told officers she was walking behind a shopping center when she saw a black car drive in her direction. The car then backed into a parking space next to the dumpster bay. As the girl walked past the dumpster, the man threatened her at gunpoint and she was sexually assaulted.

Police are looking through surveillance video for more information. Investigators believe the vehicle is a black Hyundai Elantra. The man is described as a black male, approximately 5'4" to 5'6" tall, thin build, short haircut, full beard and wearing faded black t-shirt, black pants and black boots.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Garland Police Department at 972-485-4840. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to Garland Crime Stoppers at 972-272-8477.

Photo Credit: Garland Police Department]]>