<![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-usFri, 23 Mar 2018 04:23:15 -0500Fri, 23 Mar 2018 04:23:15 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Man Arrested in Connection with Murder of 81-Year-Old Woman]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 22:44:21 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/billy-chemirmir-arrest.jpg

A Dallas man has been charged with capital murder in the death of an 81-year-old woman.

Lu "Kim" Harris was found dead inside her north Dallas home on Tuesday.

Plano Police were conducting surveillance on 45-year-old Billy Chemirmir in Dallas for an attempted capital murder charge.

While watching Chemirmir, police said he was seen tossing items into a dumpster that ended up being a jewelry box containing a name.

Chemirmir was arrested.

Officers tracked the name in the jewelry box back to Harris’s home in the 6600 block of Warm Breeze Lane. Harris was found dead of homicidal violence.

Neighbors describe Harris as a sweet, generous woman who lived alone.

Dallas Police obtained a capital murder warrant for Chemirmir. He was booked into the Dallas County Jail on a $1 million bond.

Multiple source tell NBC 5 Chemirmir has multiple victims. Sources say he posed an a home health worker or a maintenance man, targeted elderly women and used a pillow to smother them.

A source says many of the victims lived at the same senior living community and that the investigation could extend to other states.

A press conference is scheduled for 1pm Friday at Plano Police headquarters.

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<![CDATA[New Fort Worth Crime Data Shows 550% Increase in West Side Murders]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 22:47:36 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Las+Vegas+Trail+Crime+Report.jpg

Fort Worth Police are taking a look back at 2017. NBC 5 obtained new data showing that overall violent crime rose eight percent from 2016 to 2017.

Murders went up nine percent across the city, while property crimes dropped slightly. Perhaps most striking is a 550 percent increase in murders in the city's West Division, going from two in 2016 to 13 in 2017.

That area is home to the poverty-stricken Las Vegas trail, where the city has focused a lot of attention over the past several months.

Police have a special response team targeting drugs and other frequent crimes in the neighborhood, that’s populated by 32 mostly low-income apartment complexes, as well as older single-family homes.

Community activists are stepping in too. Abdul Chappell of the Build a Better Hood Foundation just opened a second resource center for kids and adults in the Villas del Mar Apartments.

"We try to re-instill hope in people because sometimes they get to the point where they think no one cares," Chappell said.

West Division Police Commander Cynthia O’Neil added, "I think if it becomes a neighborhood that’s more of a neighborhood and not just a place where people live, I think that will do more for the crime rate than anything I can do."

Commander O'Neil is also working with the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office to start targeting domestic violence offenders who may go on to commit other crimes along the Trail.

She emphasized that the increase in murders did not happen solely in the Las Vegas Trail neighborhood, but all over the West Division. So far this year, there have been no murders along the Trail.

<![CDATA[Rural Texas School Armed Employees a Decade Ago]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 22:56:28 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Harrold+armed+teachers.jpg

As the debate to arm teachers in classrooms continues, NBC 5 heads to a Texas school that’s already been arming school employees for more than a decade.

In Harrold, an unincorporated community off U.S. Highway 287 between Dallas-Fort Worth and Amarillo, is a school where the safety of students is the priority.

The K-12 school building houses 115 students, many of which, are transfers from other districts.

“We have parents tell us that they bring their students to our school because they feel like they’re safer here,” said Harrold ISD Superintendent David Thweatt.

It’s a tight-knit community, but there are challenges to its rural location.

If an emergency were to happen, Thweatt estimates it could take 25 minutes for first responders to arrive.

The response time is one reason why he started formulating the Guardian Plan to arm school employees.

“The main thing was Columbine. We started seeing this happening and it was inevitable that it was going to grow because we really didn’t do anything to stop it,” Thweatt said.

Thweatt’s plan starts with select school employees getting a license to carry a handgun.

“And I’m of the opinion, if you’re not a good shot, you better not have a gun — especially in a school,” said Ray Dunn, of On The Mark Enhanced Tactical Training.

Dunn set up a demonstration at Harrold to show the steps that school employees (or anyone) would go through to receive advanced training.

It’s a virtual target practice with a realistic feel.

“When you’re shooting this one you actually get the effects of a recoil,” Dunn said, while shooting during the demonstration.

He also shows video of mock scenarios of school shootings where the person’s reactions are judged — sometimes by law enforcement.

“If what they see is this person shouldn't have a gun then they shouldn't have a gun. And they're not allowed to have a gun,” Dunn said. He added that for the Guardian Plan to work, practice is key.

Thweatt said his Guardians are required to practice and said they undergo periodic training together as a team.

The actual team members, though, are a mystery. We weren’t allowed to show teachers, but we also couldn’t tell who was armed.

“And I think it’s effective because it adds anonymity to the plan and I think that’s key,” Thweatt said. “If someone is coming into our building, they don’t know where they’re going to meet resistance, and that unknown, from what the data shows us, is something that stops people from coming initially.”

For a school with just three graduating seniors, including Olivia Perez and Cheyenne Thomas, having guns around them at school isn’t a big deal.

“We know about it, but I mean, we don’t ever really discuss it much,” Perez said.

Because for many students, guns are a part of life. “And I’ve been hunting and shooting ever since I was really little. So I’ve been around it my whole life,” Thomas said.

For parent Amanda Litteken, the school’s Guardian Plan is reassuring.

“Knowing that there’s someone here to protect my kids when I can’t be here, that’s very comforting,” Litteken said.

It could be for other parents as well. Thweatt said he believes his Guardian Plan could work for every school.

“Well, you can hope for the best, but you better plan for the worst. You need to be prepared to deal with an active shooter if this is the world we’re living in ... you cannot go on wishing that things are going to be better. You have to take a step forward and do what’s necessary to protect your children,” Thweatt said.

They’re doing what they think is best and if anyone tries to do harm to this small Texas school, they say they’re ready.

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<![CDATA[Firefighter Dies as Blaze Erupts at NYC Ed Norton Film Shoot]]> Fri, 23 Mar 2018 04:00:20 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FDNY+Firefighter+Michael+R+Davidson.jpg

A massive fire that sent flames leaping from a New York City apartment building where a star-studded movie was being shot has killed an FDNY firefighter, according to witnesses and officials.

Michael R. Davidson, 37, died from his injuries while battling the fire on St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem, the FDNY said at a press briefing around 3:30 Friday morning. Firefighter Davidson, a 15-year vet with the FDNY, is the 1,150 firefighter to die in the line of duty in FDNY history, according to Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro.

"This is an awful night," Eric Phillips, Mayor de Blasio's press secretary, tweeted. "We’ve lost an NYC firefighter."

Officials said two other firefighters suffered serious burns in the blaze that broke out Thursday in the basement of the building around 11 p.m., the FDNY said. Those injured firefighters are being treated at an area hospital's burn center. Three other civilians suffered minor injuries.

Firefighter Davidson was the nozzleman of the first engine 69, the first to arrive at the fiery scene. 

They rushed to the basement, but the FDNY said once they got down there, the fire got worse, forcing them to retreat out of the building. Nigro said Davidson somehow got separated from his group and officials quickly began to search for him. 

When firefighters found him, he was unconscious, the FDNY said at the press conference. Davidson was unable to be revived and died. 

Davidson leaves behind his wife and four young children. He comes from a long line of firefighters. His father, Robert, who is now retired worked in the same firehouse as Davidson. His brother, Eric, works at Engine 88 in the Bronx, Nigro said. 

The blaze broke out on the set of "Motherless Brooklyn," which, according to IMDB, is being directed by Ed Norton and stars Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Leslie Mann.

An NBC 4 New York photographer spoke to one of the actors, who said they had just finished filming for the day when they smelled smoke while they were breaking down.

The St. Nicholas Avenue building where the fire started is the old St. Nick’s Pub, according to a witness who lives nearby. The witness also tell News 4 New York that the movie shoot has been going on at the building for the past few weeks.  

The crime and drama film, which is set to be released next year, is about a lonely detective afflicted with Tourette syndrome, working to solve the murder of his only friend, according to IMDB. The movie is set in 1950 and is based on a novel by Jonathan Lethem. 

The FDNY tweeted the 5-alarm fire was under control around 2:30 a.m. Friday, more than three hours after it was reported. It’s not clear what may have sparked the blaze.

Photo Credit: Sion Fullana / FDNY (inset)
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<![CDATA[Man Dies After Crashing Vehicle Inside Calif. Air Force Base]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:32:02 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/WEBStillTravisAFB_2134970.JPEG

A man died after officials said he gained an unauthorized access to the Travis Air Force Base in Solano County, California with a vehicle which crashed Wednesday evening.

Travis Air Force Base first responders and Fairfield emergency officials responded to the incident near the base's main gate between 6:55 and 7:00 p.m., officials said. 

The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Travis Air Force Base's Chief of Media Relations Sarah J. Johnson. There are "no current threats to the base or the community" and the investigation is ongoing, Johnson said.

Air Force Office of Special Investigation and the FBI's Sacramento Field Office are working together to investigate the incident and no other information was immediately available. 

The Travis Air Force Base is comprised of more than 26,000 active duty, reservists and civilian employees.

“The safety and welfare of our Airmen, their families and our local community is our top priority,” Col. John Klein, 60th Air Mobility Wing commander said in a statement.

The host unit of Travis Air Force Base controls more than $11 billion in total resources and handles more cargo and passengers than any other military air terminal in the United States.

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<![CDATA[City, Community Leaders Hold First State of Black Dallas]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 23:03:48 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/State_of_Black_Dallas_032218.jpg

Some of the most prominent African-American leaders in Dallas gathered at Friendship West Baptist Church in Oak Cliff Thursday to discuss the state of black Dallas.

The first-of-its-kind event is a starting point for coming efforts to bring tangible, positive change to black residents in the city of Dallas and Dallas County.

"The state of black Dallas is precarious," said Pastor Frederick Haynes. "We are at the top of every negative statistic and at the bottom of every positive statistic. That needs to change."

Among those addressing the audience were former Dallas Judge Elizabeth Frizell, businessman Albert Black, education activist Ed Turner, Next Generation Action Network founder Dominique Alexander.

Councilmen Tennell Atkins and Casey Thomas also participated alongside former Councilwoman Diane Ragsdale.

The group discussed issues of segregation, gentrification, and a lack of economic development in predominantly black neighborhoods.

"We have to make self-determination a reality in our community. We have to create our won institutions, our own businesses," Ragsdale said.

African-Americans make up about a quarter of Dallas' nearly 1.3 million population. Some of the city's poorest zip codes are in predominantly minority areas.

Small-business owner Tre Black said the city and his community must do better to support black youth.

"We need improvement, significant improvement. We have to open up doors for new talent," he said.

According to the city, approximately 30-percent of Dallas children live in poverty.

90-percent of those impoverished children live in the southern sector.

"Our schools have to be the center of the community. You cannot have a quality community, a complete community, unless you have a quality school," Turner said.

Councilman Atkins said by recognizing today's problems and holding those in power accountable, the city's black residents can control their own destiny.

"We as politicians need to listen to you. We have got to listen to the community, find out how we work with the community to make something happen with policies," he said. "I need to spend more time listening to you."

Organizers want the State of Black Dallas to be an annual event. Making progress means turning their words into action. For many, failure is not an option.

"If nothing changes, black Dallas will experience another lost generation of leaders that this community cannot afford to lose," Tre Black said.

<![CDATA[Community Leaders Call for Firing of Officer Who Punched Man]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:20:56 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fort+Worth+Officer+Hospital+Beating+Lawsuit.jpg

Two African-American leaders in Fort Worth on Thursday called for the firing of a police officer who was recorded on video punching a man in the face with no apparent provocation.

Officer Jon Romer was indicted two weeks ago, accused of official oppression and perjury, over an incident that happened at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in November 2016.

NBC 5 obtained video of the incident Wednesday.

"It's the climate of this city,” said Rev. Michael Bell, one of the police department’s most vocal critics. “What will give a police officer the confidence to go up and just cold cock somebody? That's the climate we're in. Our community is under siege by police."

The department took Officer Romer's badge and gun the day he was indicted.

But he hasn't been fired.

"Why is Romer still a police officer, even on restricted duty?" Bell asked.

Another activist, Rev. Kyev Tatum, made the same point.

"He definitely deserves to be fired now, but he should have been fired a long time ago,” Tatum said.

The incident happened the month before another video involving Fort Worth police sparked racial tensions -- the controversial arrest of Jacqueline Craig, a mother who reported a neighbor had assaulted her young son.

In the wake of that video, the city started a race and culture task force to take a hard look at race relations in the city. That task force is still meeting.

But Bell, for one, has no confidence that anything will come out of it.

"All that is is just a dog and pony show,” he said. “And they are not going to come up with solutions."

But some, like pastor Tatum, look at Romer's indictment and say the system worked. A special prosecutor was appointed and Romer was charged before anyone knew this video even existed -- even if it took nearly a year and a half.

"In Tarrant County, that's beyond progress, that's a win,” Tatum said.

Bell said city leaders need to speak up.

"There is a sense of relief that the video is out, but what is the city going to do? What is their response?" he said.

Mayor Betsy Price has remained silent on Romer’s indictment.

Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald is off on medical leave.

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<![CDATA[Court Release Terms of Ethan Couch's Probation]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:38:11 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ethan-couch-walks-into-court-02.jpg

Ethan Couch, the teenager for whom lawyers argued the 'affluenza' defense following a drunken driving crash that killed four people in June 2013, is scheduled to be released from jail on April 2.

Couch, now 20, has spent the last two years in county lockup serving four consecutive sentences of 180 days -- one sentence for each of the four people killed in the crash.

According to the terms of his sentence, Couch must also serve 10 years probation upon his release. If he violates his probation he could face 10 years in prison for each of his victims.

On Wednesday, the state signed off on the conditions of his community supervision for the length of his probation.

  • Couch must submit to electronic monitoring which will track his location and ensure he's at home each day between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • He must also wear a SCRAM alcohol monitor and submit to continually wearing substance abuse test patches as well as providing, on demand, hair, urine, blood or any other biological sample for substance abuse testing. All monitoring and testing will be done at Couch's expense.
  • He must agree to take no medications not prescribed by a doctor and must notify his probation officer if any medications are prescribed.
  • Lastly, he is ordered to not operate any vehicle that is not equipped with a camera and ignition interlock device.

Killed in the 2013 crash were 24-year-old Breanna Mitchell, 52-year-old Hollie Boyles and her 21-year-old daughter Shelby Boyles, and 41-year-old Brian Jennings.

Mitchell was stranded alongside the road when her SUV became disabled. Another driver, Jennings, stopped to help. The Boyles' lived nearby and were also offering assistance when Couch, who was 16 at the time, struck and killed them while driving an estimated 70 mph.

Jennings' childhood friend, Tim Williams, told NBC 5 earlier this week that he became a visiting chaplain at the Tarrant County Convention Center and has spent about 30 minutes each week with Couch since April 2016.

Williams said in the last six months Ethan has grown, showing remorse for his actions and accepting William’s own forgiveness.

“My opinion today is that Ethan is on a path that Brian would be proud of,” Williams said. "I don't know how Ethan is going to be when he gets out, my hopes, my prayers are he is really transformed, as I think he is."

NBC 5's Jack Highberger contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[‘High’ Tea Parties Come to Los Angeles]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 20:55:19 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/216*120/Screen+Shot+2018-03-22+at+6.54.08+PM.png

Now that cannabis is legal in California, there is a demand for more diverse cannabis products. Some women are turning to cannabis tea to spice up parties but also to ease pain.

<![CDATA[Atmos Says Work in Dallas Neighborhood Almost Complete]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:38:29 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ATMOS_What_is_Happening_030118.jpg

Atmos Energy says work to replace natural gas lines in a Northwest Dallas neighborhood where a child was killed when a home exploded last month is nearing completion.

The company said Thursday less than 10 percent of the underground pipes still need to be replaced. So far they have replaced more than 152,000 feet of pipe in that one neighborhood.

Atmos said that customers who need repairs to piping inside their homes are now being connected with licensed plumbers to repair and test the gas lines at no cost, however this could take several days.

Also on Thursday, Atmos released a map showing the entire city of Dallas that details what type of pipe is delivering natural gas to various neighborhoods.

The company said, like other utility companies, their distribution system was constructed of many different materials. Atmos went on to say that all the materials they use are recognized as state-of-the-art and consistent with industry-approved standards at the time of installation.

The Dallas city map can be seen below.

Atmos is also urging customers that is they see an Atmos door tag on their home, please give them a call so they can test the pipes inside your home. 

Once all the work is complete, Atmos said workers will remain in the neighborhood to fix alleys, sidewalks, roads and restore landscaping.

Residents of affected neighborhoods who need to contact Atmos Energy can call 972-964-4191.

<![CDATA[Computer Warranty Expires During Dispute Over Repair]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:42:09 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-685007437.jpg

Lillie Testa is a court reporter, she spends a lot of time working on documents on the go. 

She wanted a notebook computer to help stay organized.

She bought a Lenovo Ideapad in November of 2016. 

About 8 months later she says her computer started shutting itself off with no warning.

She called tech support and did troubleshooting over the phone. Then she says, Lenovo asked her to ship the computer to them for repair.

She got it back after a few week, but the computer kept shutting down on it's own.

She shipped it off again, there were more repairs but the problem remained.

When Lillie asked for help again she was told her warranty was up and they could no longer help her.

NBC 5 Responds reached out to Lenovo. They wouldn't say why Lillie had so much trouble but they did send her a brand new replacement computer and thanked us for bringing the matter to their attention.

This isn't the first time NBC 5 Responds has heard from someone who said their warranty ran out while trying to resolve an issue.

In most cases, if you report a problem but the warranty expires, you're in the clear.  Look at a written copy of the warranty to be sure.

You have a right to see the warranty before you buy a product.

Don't expect a service tech to know about your rights. You may need to go up the corporate ladder to get satisfaction.

Also remember many credit card companies have protection built in which can help when the manufacturer won't.

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<![CDATA[Cedar Hill ISD Touts Benefits of All-Day Pre-K, Registration Nears ]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:44:23 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CEDAR+HILL+PRE+K.jpg

Nurturing strong reading, writing and math skills begins with all-day kindergarten for a growing number of school districts in North Texas.

Several school districts are beginning Pre-K registration for the next school year in April, including Cedar Hill I.S.D.

This is the first school year C.H.I.S.D. has offered All-Day Pre-K district wide.

Leaders hope it will make a big difference, particularly among low income students.

At Plummer Elementary School, Natasha Williams’ All-Day Pre-K class spent time on Thursday afternoon learning about the letter ‘T.’

Salia Googe, 5, sat with her classmates listening to her teacher reading a book full of words beginning with the letter.

Her father James Googe believes the five-year-old is well on her way toward becoming an ‘A’ student throughout school judging by how she’s taken to being in class all day.

Cedar Hill ISD Superintendent Dr. Billy Snow says they look forward to receiving in-depth information about how successful this school year will be for their four and five year olds.

The district expects to receive positive results about students’ skill levels in the fall, the first indicator of the district-wide all-day pre-kindergarten program.

“It allows us to focus on early literacy and numeracy to make sure our students enter kindergarten on grade level,” said Snow.

The district hopes to zero in on economically disadvantaged students.

Roughly 70% of Cedar Hill I.S.D. students are considered economically disadvantaged.

Snow says that on a national level, these students tend to begin school already behind their more economically-sound classmates.

“That is not a barrier to have them be successful in life,” said Snow. “It’s not a sentence and so we want to fill that gap for them making sure provide them the early learning that they need in literacy and numeracy and social skills helps all of our kids to be able to move to that next level.”

Reshan Adams says she’s noticed positive improvements in her four-year-old son.

“His communications skills have increased,” she said.

Googe watches on as his little girl learns with her class is feels proud of what this program has accomplished.

“They find ways to challenge her and allow her to grow academically and intellectually,” he said. “She feels the sky’s the limit and that’s a beautiful thing as a dad to know that my daughter thinks she can be whatever she wants to be.”

Cedar Hill I.S.D. sent more than 7,500 postcards in the mail inviting families in the area to attend the Pre-K/Kindergarten Roundup at C.H.I.S.D. on Saturday, April 7.

The event is for parents and students to learn about the programs the district has to offer.

All Day Pre-K can be available at no cost if a family qualifies, according to the district.

Students who are English Language Learners also qualify for free, all-day pre-k.

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<![CDATA[Healthcare Design With Millenials In Mind]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:18:37 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Millennial_hospital_design_4p_32218.jpg

As the millenial population takes over as the largest generational group in the nation, hospitals and clinics are having to shift their design, and they're relying on design firms to come up with ideas and spaces catered to the 83 million millenials in the United States.

So what does that design look like? 

An Apple Genius Bar.

"Everything is integrated to where technology is integrated. You have things to do while they're helping you. It's a positive experience. It's limited time. You're in, you're out and you know what it's going to be. They want that for healthcare as well," said Jeffrey Stouffer, executive vice president of Dallas-based architecture firm HKS.

The firm recently researched what millenials expect from their healthcare space.

Top of the list are clean, holistic, spa like environments, access to outdoors, virtual access to their records and doctors, little wait times, convenience and technology.

"If a millenial walks into a clinic and is handed a clipboard, they'll probably walk out or think that these folks are not very sophisticated," said Stouffer.

HKS was responsible for the design of the Texas Health Resources Cancer Center, which incorporates modern design features for the savvy and influential millenial.

Typical waiting rooms are now receptions areas, with large comfortable seating, a fireplace and a kitchenette.

Instead of exam rooms, the firm designed consult rooms, versatile spaces for counseling, physicals exams or virtual visits on a projector.

They look out onto another millenial driven feature, the garden.

"They want to be connected to nature and so it's really that holistic connectivity to everything. This allows them to be connected and to be out in nature and to feel like they're part of the fabric of the community," said Stouffer.

Experts believe the future of hospital design will benefit every patient, at any age.

<![CDATA[Kidde Recalls Around 450K Smoke Detectors Sold in US and Canada]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:48:18 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/kidde-detector-recall.jpeg

About 452,000 smoke detectors sold at Home Depot, Walmart and other stores nationwide are being recalled after the company discovered the device may fail to alert consumers of smoke, the company said Wednesday.

The Kidde company, which sold the detectors in the U.S. and Canada, was recalling models PI2010 and PI9010 after a yellow cap was left on some alarms, possibly preventing the device from working. The yellow cap covers one of two smoke sensors, the company said. If the sensors are affected, homeowners may not be alerted to a fire.

The model and date are located on the back of the alarm.


Consumers were advised to remove the alarm to look for the presence of a yellow cap, and if the alarm has one, to contact Kidde customer service to get instructions on ordering a new one. You can call 833-551-7739 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

There has been one report of a faulty alarm, the company said. No injuries related to the recalled products have been reported.

The potentially defective alarms were sold September 2016 through January 2018, the company said.

Get more information here.

Photo Credit: Kidde
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<![CDATA[Officials Warn Some Water Tests May Take Advantage of Fears]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:27:21 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Water+Faucet+Resize.jpg

As people living in several North Texas communities continue to voice concern over the quality of their drinking water, the City of Plano is warning residents to be cautious with free water testing kits.

It comes as thousands have organized into a group calling for safer water after activist Erin Brockovich raised questions about the way the North Texas Municipal Water District treats the water it provides to communities across 10 counties.

At a Plano city council meeting Tuesday when NTMWD leaders were invited to discuss water quality, city manager Bruce Glasscock warned residents to be careful about any water tests they do on their own. He said the city was aware of companies trying to profit off of the current fears.

“What they’ll offer to do is test your water and then after they get the results of the test, what they’ll do is try to sell you a product that will soften your water or filtrate,” said city spokesperson Steve Stoler.

That’s why Michelle Lyon’s made a $450 investment to send water from her Murphy home to an independent lab.

“Who’s just feeding you a line, and who’s just trying to sell you stuff? I didn’t want to deal with any marketing,” said Lyons.

The NTMWD released results of testing done last week showing the levels of both chlorine and disinfectant byproducts were within both state and federal guidelines.

<![CDATA[Republican Runoff for the Seat Held by Rep. Joe Barton]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:03:33 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Barton_Seat_Runoff_Race_5p_32218.jpg

The field has gone from 11 to 2 in the Republican race for Congressional District 6. Ron Wight and Jake Ellzey are in the Republican runoff. The seat became open after Representative Joe Barton decided not to run again. He held the seat since 1985.

Wright , the former Tarrant County Tax Assessor Collector, received 45 percent of the vote.

“I'm the experienced candidate. Most of my life has been in the private sector, but I have years of community service, going back to the 1980's,” said Wright, adding, “The learning curve for a new congressman is significant, and my learning curve will be much shorter.”

Wright points to his time in Washington as chief of state for Representative Joe Barton. He was also his district director. Wright was also on Arlington City Council, and the Tarrant County Tax Assessor Collector. He is running on a conservative agenda.

“I want to protect life. I want to protect freedom. That is always the biggest goal to protect freedom. Not just from the outside but also the inside. Keeping people, keeping the government from being irresponsible,” said Wright.

Jake Ellzey received almost 22 percent of the vote. This is his second time running for office. In 2014, he ran for State Representative in Ellis County.

“This is a calling and a duty for me, and I am doing this unselfishly. I have a phenomenal job flying for an airline. I have a wonderful wife who I love and two children whom I adore. And this is going to be a sacrifice for us but I think it is a sacrifice that I am willing to make," said Ellzey.

Ellzey is a navy veteran and believes there are too few veterans in Congress. He believes that veterans are mission oriented, which will help get things done in Washington.

“We have to protect our border. We have to follow the laws. We have to get our budget under control, cut down on the debt, and restore our military because we have been fighting for 16 years. And finally, take care of our veterans,” added Ellzey.

There is a runoff on the democratic side of this race as well.

Ruby Faye Woolridge and Jana Lynne Sanchez are the candidates.

<![CDATA[Katy Man Confronts Superintendent Over Alleged Bullying]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:35:12 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Superintendent_Bully_4p_32218.jpg

A Katy man says he was bullied as a boy and 35 years later he wants an apology, during a public meeting he accused the Katy ISD superintendent of being one of this tormentors. Lance Hindt, who also used to be the Allen ISD superintendent denies Greg Barrett's claims.

<![CDATA[Some Want Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates to Debate]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:03:42 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Lupe_Vs_White_4p_32218.jpg

Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez faces Houston investor Andrew White both want to be the Democratic candidate for Texas Governor. Some would like to see them face of in a debate before the May runoff, The Dallas Morning News' Gromer Jeffers weighs in on the debate debate.

<![CDATA[Sens. Booker and Flake Hold 'Snowball Duel' on Capitol Lawn]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:23:09 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/BookerSnowballFight.jpg

The time was set for 10:00 a.m. Thursday.

The stakes were high: Pizza for the winner's staff.

The place: Capitol East Lawn.

Two Senators met for a 'snowball duel.'

Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Jeff Flake of Arizona traded tosses on an open field Thursday morning as staffers looked on.

Booker ducked, rolled, bobbed and weaved, but in the end came up short. Flake, who was raised in (wait for it) Snowflake, Arizona, was victorious.

"I was set up," Booker mused to his Instagram followers about the irony of the situation.

In announcing the face-off, Booker harkened back to the legendary duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. The East Coast-native even took a jab at Flake's home state of Arizona, which he said "doesn't have much snow!"

"With so many fights on Capitol Hill, @CoryBooker and I are going literal," Flake playfully tweeted.

The duel sparked much reaction on social media and even became a Twitter moment that you can see below. 

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<![CDATA[Rock Hauler Crash to Keep I-20 Partially Closed for Hours]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:52:32 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/eb-20-crash-032218.jpg

Cleanup after a rock hauler with a full load struck an overhead sign and overturned along Interstate 20 in South Dallas Thursday morning is expected to keep some of the eastbound lanes of the freeway closed into rush hour, officials say.

The crash happened about 9:25 a.m. near St. Augustine Drive when the rock hauler somehow struck an overhead sign.

As the truck ripped the sign from its foundation, it overturned and spilled its load of large rocks and gravel, as well as engine fluids, across all eastbound lanes of the divided roadway.

A few vehicles were struck but no injuries were reported, the Dallas County Sheriff's Office said.

At about 1:30 p.m., officials said two lanes of eastbound I-20 had reopened, but that others may remain closed into the afternoon rush. Drivers are being diverted to the service road while the scene is cleared.

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<![CDATA[Man Gunned Down Outside Arlington Store, Suspect Caught]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:36:34 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/gary-lee-arlington-mugshot.jpg

A man is in custody and facing a murder charge after a man was gunned down on an East Arlington street Wednesday night following an altercation at a convenience store, police say.

Arlington police said officers were called to a shooting at a 7-Eleven on the 2100 block of East Abram Street at about 6:30 p.m.

Officers arrived to find a man, identified by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office as 27-year-old Michael Alvarado, dead in the street from apparent gunshot wounds. The suspected shooter, 59-year-old Gary Lee, was detained by officers in a parking lot, police said.

Investigators said the shooting took place after the men arrived at the convenience store and got into some kind of a disagreement.

Detectives said Alvarado left the store on foot and that Lee walked to his vehicle, grabbed a gun and then shot Alvarado as he walked down Sherry Street.

The medical examiner's office said Alvarado was shot multiple times in the chest, stomach and neck.

Lee, police said, is expected to face a murder charge.

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<![CDATA[Colleyville Names Lone Finalist for Chief of Police]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:07:41 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/colleyville-chief-of-police-michael-c-miller-cgpd-fla.jpg

There is a new chief of police in Colleyville.

With a unanimous vote Tuesday, the Colleyville City Council appointed Michael C. Miller, a fifth-generation Texan currently an assistant chief in Coral Gables, Florida, to lead the police department of 43 officers and six civilians.

City officials said they began their search in late 2017 and received more than 100 applications before naming Miller the lone finalist.

Miller has more than 25 years in law enforcement including time with the Wise County Sheriff's Department, Addison Police Department, FBI and U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs.

"I cannot wait to work with the men and women of the Police Department," Miller told the Council. "I cannot wait to engage with the community."

Miller holds a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

"Mr. Miller's experience and approach to community service make him an exceptional fit for Colleyville," Mayor Richard Newton said. "I have trust in his abilities to continue the city's standing as one of the safest cities in Texas and the nation."

Miller is expected to start sometime in May. Acting Police Chief Hillary Wreay will continue to serve in an interim role in the meantime.

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<![CDATA[Texas Expands CWD Containment Zone]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:23:43 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/whitetail-deer.jpg

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission is expanding the state's chronic wasting disease (CWD) Panhandle Containment Zone the disease was discovered earlier this year in a white-tailed deer killed on the road.

Containment Zone 2 now encompasses that portion of the state within the boundaries of a line beginning where Interstate 40 enters from New Mexico in Deaf Smith County going east along I-40 to U.S. Highway 385 in Oldham County. From there it goes north along Highway 385 to Hartley in Hartley County and then back east along U.S. Highway 87 to County Road 47. From there, north along County Road 47 to Farm-to-Market Road 281 before heading west along FM 281 to U.S. 385. Finally, it proceeds north along U.S. 385 to the Oklahoma state line.

"The decision to expand slightly the Panhandle Containment Zone is a direct result of the test positive roadkill discovery," said Dr. Bob Dittmar, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) wildlife veterinarian. "The state's wildlife disease management response focuses on an early detection and containment strategy designed to limit the spread of CWD from the affected area and better understand the distribution and prevalence of the disease."

The test positive roadkill was among 10,104 deer, elk and other susceptible exotic game animal samples collected from a variety of sources by TPWD personnel for CWD testing during the 2017-18 collection year.

In all, TPWD collected 2,203 samples from roadkills, with the rest obtained through mandatory and voluntary hunter harvest submissions.

For the 2017-18 collection season, TPWD surpassed its statewide goal of 6,735 CWD samples.

Sampling objectives were established by TPWD wildlife biologists based on deer densities within each of the 41 Deer Management Units in Texas and other factors to establish sufficient confidence of detection if CWD were present within those localized populations.

Since 2012 when the state first discovered the disease among mule deer in a remote mountain area along the New Mexico border, Texas has recorded 100 confirmed cases of CWD. Of those, 64 were discovered in captive deer breeding pens, 11 were hunter harvested on breeder deer release sites, and 2 were elk from a breeder release site. Of the remaining positives, 20 were free-ranging mule deer, 1 was a free-ranging elk and 2 were free-ranging white-tailed deer.

Details about each CWD detection in Texas are available on TPWD's web site.

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<![CDATA[Sutherland Springs Survivors to Receive Recovery Grants]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:49:03 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_17309759776979.jpg

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced Thursday survivors of the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs would receive millions in grant funding to support their recovery.

Abbott's office said $2.3 million in funding will be distributed to six agencies who will assist residents of Sutherland Springs and the surrounding areas with community resiliency and recovery programs that include counseling, mental health screenings, education and legal assistance.

Services provided by the grant include:

  • $550,000 to University of Texas at San Antonio to coordinate and house two types of counseling services. One to contract with the Children's Bereavement Center to serve children and their families. The second to provide adult services (primary, secondary, vicarious) through trauma specialists and counselors.
  • $268,000 to the Children's Bereavement Center of South Texas to provide licensed mental health clinicians for mental health screenings, case management, psychological education for the children and families.
  • $550,000 to the Ecumenical Center to provide licensed mental health clinicians for mental health screenings, case management, psychological education and will continue mental health services if requested by residents.
  • $500,000 for Floresville ISD which has had an influx of traumatized children from Sutherland Springs. They will provide ongoing victim services for students and faculty in their district.
  • $15,000 for the San Antonio Bar Association to provide legal assistance to victims that need help with wills, estates, probate, and child custody.
  • $450,000 to the Camino Real Mental Health Authority currently serving as Local Mental Health Authority (LMHA). They will provide recovery coordination and liaison services for activities performed by the above stated entities, as well as Targeted referrals from the existing hotline, licensed counseling and case management for new and existing clients.

"The act of pure evil inflicted on the faithful people of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 5, 2017 will deeply affect the community, especially the surviving victims, for the rest of their lives," said Abbott. "That is why it is so important that we continue to offer any necessary support to our fellow Texans still suffering from this tragedy. I hope these services will provide some relief and comfort for those Texans that need it the most."

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<![CDATA[Contractor Dies After Being Hit by D/FW Skylink Train]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:35:50 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dfw-airport-skylink.jpg

A contractor working at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport died early Wednesday after being hit by a Skylink train.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner identified the victim as 54-year-old Kenneth Wade, of Hutchins.

According to the airport Wade was struck by the train while on the guideway at about 1 a.m. Wednesday.

Wade was transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Grapevine for emergency surgery, but he did not survive.

In a statement airport officials said Wade was working as a contractor for Bombardier, the Skylink manufacturer who maintains the train system.

The airport extended condolences to Wade's family and said airport police are conducting a thorough investigation.

Photo Credit: Frank Heinz, NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Building at Denton Hospital Cleared After Evacuation]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:49:26 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/medical-city-denton-hospital.jpg

The professional building at Medical City Denton Hospital has been declared safe by law enforcement after a threatening note found on campus Thursday led to an evacuation. 

The professional building located adjacent to the hospital along the 3500 block of South Interstate 35E was reportedly evacuated after the note was found.

Officials said police and fire officials searched the building, but nothing suspicious was located.

Further details about the note have not been released.

The hospital, which is immediately to the north of the professional building, was not evacuated.

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<![CDATA[Hospital to Give Away Bike Helmets to Kids Saturday]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:25:57 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kid-bike-helmets.jpg

Medical professionals will give away 300 bicycle helmets Saturday to children in Arlington so that they are protected while being active participating in sports on wheels.

The helmet giveaway is being hosted by Medical City Arlington and is conducted in partnership with the Texas Medical Association and Hard Hats for Little Heads. The event will be held at Cravens Park in South Arlington and will begin at 9 a.m. and go until all of the helmets have been given away.

The hospital's ER and trauma teams will be at the event to help properly fit the children with helmets.

In a news release, the hospital said cycling is the number one cause of injury to children age 14 and under and that injuries from bikes, scooters, skateboards and skates account for more than 500,000 ER visits each year.

"A helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent, yet fewer than half of cyclists wear one when they ride," the hospital said. "Physicians encourage wearing a helmet for all sports on wheels including biking, skateboarding, inline skating, and riding a scooter."

“At Medical City Arlington, we are committed to educating and caring for the community,” said Siddhartha Rath, MD, Medical Director of Trauma Services at Medical City Arlington. “Wearing a bicycle helmet is such a simple way to help ensure a child’s health and safety.”

The bicycle helmet giveaway is part of an ongoing initiative — Hard Hats for Little Heads — launched by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) in 1994. The program promotes fun exercise and teaches parents and children about the importance of wearing a helmet.

Since TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program began, TMA has given away more than 30,000 helmets to Texas children. Hard Hats for Little Heads is supported in 2018 with a TMA Foundation grant thanks to its Legacy of Caring Endowment and donors.

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<![CDATA[School Uses Mindfulness As Proactive Approach To School Safety]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:43:59 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Hexter+Mindfulness.jpg

At a time when the sales of bullet proof backpacks and metal reinforced binders are climbing due to school safety concerns, some Dallas elementary schools are using another method to promote a safe environment.

At Hexter Elementary in east Dallas, classes circle up for weekly mindfulness lessons.

Funded by a private donor, peace educator Veronica Valles teaches those classes starting with a series of three deep breaths before checking in on how students are feeling.

“It’s a critical tool, because it’s social, emotional intelligence. We’re not trained to know how to understand our emotions. We’re not trained to know it’s normal to have difficult emotions, but I can use mindfulness and the pause to respond, to get beneath what’s happening before I react, to turn to someone for support before maybe I would take an action that’s harmful to myself or others,” said Valles.

Principal Jennifer Jackson’s been a huge supporter of the program for the three years it has been in her school, calling it part of Hexter’s culture.

“It’s a proactive way to ensure that students feel safe and that they feel heard and that their feelings and needs are being met without it escalating to a conflict that will require getting an administrator involved,” said Jackson.

During that time, she says many students have started using the skills outside of school when life gets stressful.

“I sit on my bed criss-cross, and my cat’s sometime there, and I put my hand on my heart and my other hand on my stomach and I do three deep breaths,” said fifth grader Alexa Munoz.

For some that pause to reflect on how they’re feeling and what they need has become a coping mechanism through life’s toughest times.

“This Labor Day my father passed away. Sometimes I’ll be down about it, but then mindfulness helps me. I’ll just take a couple of deep breaths to help me look at the positive side of it,” said fifth grader Ezra Russell.

Seeing how Russell and his classmates have used those skills to handle big emotional challenges has given Valles success that they're not only helping them now but also in the future.

“When I see them utilizing these skill sets it gives me, I don’t want to use the word hope, but I see the possibility of a new way of being in the world," said Valles.

Valles teaches as a community partner. She also works in Sanger Elementary and Bayles Elementary.

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<![CDATA[Hawk Flies Through Woman's Open Window Into Her Home]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:04:10 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/red-tail-hawk.jpg

A woman in Bedford got quite a surprise when a hawk flew through her open kitchen window.

The Red Tail hawk made himself at home while the woman called animal control.

Once the officer arrive, he was able to carefully catch the bird.

He took the fowl in the backyard and set him free.

No one was hurt.

Photo Credit: Bedford Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[DCCC Puts Colin Allred in Red to Blue Program]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:59:36 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Colin-Allred-Primary-Tuesday.jpg

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Thursday they have placed Colin Allred in its Red to Blue program.

After receiving 39 percent of the vote in the March 2 primary, Allred is in a runoff for the 32nd Congressional District.

According the DCCC’s release, they describe the Red to Blue program as "a highly competitive and battle-tested program at the DCCC that arms top-tier candidates with organizational and fundraising support to help them continue to run strong campaigns. Additionally, the DCCC provides strategic guidance, staff resources, candidate trainings, and more. It is not an endorsement."

Allred was one of seven Democrats who ran for the seat; he'll face Lillian Salerno in the runoff. Hearing the news Salerno responded with the following:

“Folks here are sick and tired of a bunch of Washington insiders trying to make their decisions for them. But I’m not scared -- I’ve stood up to power and fought for what’s right my entire life. Our campaign is confident and remains focused on sharing our vision with voters: electing a fighter who will get results for working families,” said Salerno. “Texas hasn’t elected a new woman to Congress in 22 years. The DCCC would do well to remember: Don’t mess with Texas women.”

The runoff election is May 22.

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<![CDATA[Allen Woman Warns of 'Shady Extended Warranty Company']]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:21:54 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/responds-warranty.jpg

If you drive to work in North Texas you know how rough the roads can be on your car. That's why Stephanie Mata purchased an extended warranty for her 2008 Mercedes Benz.

Her manufacturer's warranty had already expired. So, her mechanic recommended that she purchased an extended warranty.

"That way if anything happens it was covered. And so that's what I did," said Mata.

She Googled "extended warranty for cars" and came across American Standard Auto Protection, also known as "ASAP."

She liked what she saw and decided to give them a call.

"One of the representatives, he was very, very informative, very friendly and very assured me that it was a very reputable company," she said.

Mata said she confirmed the warranty package she wanted and paid $1,700 over the phone.

"So, for the first year, nothing happened," she explained.

But earlier this year, she noticed a leak underneath her car.

"I decided better take it in because I don't know what's going on and it's an expensive car," she said.

When Mata took the car in, she said her mechanic called ASAP to verify her extended warranty coverage. But when he called, no one answered.

"He called twice day for two weeks, for two weeks he called twice a day. Then he finally called me and said 'look I'm not getting a response, you need to try it yourself,'" she explained. "So then I tried."

Mata said when she called the company, she was told her message would be forwarded.

"I was calling 10 times a day for almost a week," she said. 

Mata started looking online and saw dozens of negative reviews from consumers in need of repairs, but ASAP was nowhere to be found.

Mata sent ASAP emails begging and pleading, hoping someone would call her back.

"To this day, American Standard Auto Protection has not called me," said Mata.

Her car is now sitting in the garage, and her $1,700 extended warranty now appears to be useless.

"Why don't you answer my phone," she asked. "I did my part. I gave you cash. I trusted in you. Where are you?"

To find that answer, we started in Delaware, where the company is licensed.

We've learned ASAP also goes by "Ultra Auto Protection" and "Motor Vehicle Service Contract Administrators, Inc."

According to the Delaware Department of State, "This entity is currently delinquent in its tax obligation and required annual report submission for 2017. Records indicate that the business also was voided for a short period in 2016 for delinquent taxes/reports."

We tried called ASAP to get its side of the story, but got this message instead:  "The company is no longer able to take on new clients. ASAP cannot manage or maintain the obligations to their current customers."

"I'm mad," said Mata. "Us consumers got ripped off by them."

According to that recording, ASAP customers will receive a letter in the mail with steps on how to file a claim with the company.

Unfortunately for Mata, she paid with a debit card, but she said she filed a claim with her bank and hopes to get at least some of her money back.

When dealing with a business you're not familiar with, here are Samantha Chatman's Solutions

• Check reviews online.

• Only pay with a credit card.

• If you're considering purchasing an extended warranty, click here for tips.

<![CDATA[Memorial Planned for 2 Men Killed in NYC Helicopter Crash]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:00:53 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cadigan-mcdaniel-inset.jpg

A memorial will be held Saturday for the two North Texas men who were killed in a New York helicopter crash in the East River on March 11.

Two of the victims were identified as North Texans Brian McDaniel, a 26-year-old Dallas firefighter, and his longtime friend, 26-year-old Trevor Cadigan.

Bishop Lynch High School will host a public memorial at 2 p.m. at the Championship Gymnasium at the Leyden Arts and Athletic Complex at 9750 Ferguson Road.

Both McDaniel and Cadigan graduated from the school.

After the service, there will be refreshments in the student commons area.

Cadigan, the son of a Dallas broadcaster, graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2016 and moved to New York in October of last year to start working at a business magazine, "Business Insider," his father, Jerry Cadigan, told NBC 5.

Cadigan's family said he made every day of his life count.

“I just know that he would pack it all in in 26 years," said Caton Cadigan, Trevor's mother. "He may have lived on double time and that’s why he was so hard to keep up with.”

McDaniel had been with Dallas Fire-Rescue for almost two years.

Dallas Fire Lt. Judson Ray Smith talked about how the crew called him "Goose," as a reference to the Top Gun character, for his energy and likability. Smith said he always had a smile on his face.

"Despite his short tenure, hearts are heavy with grief as we not only try to come to grips with his loss departmentally; but to also be there in every way that we can for his family," said Evans.

McDaniel was single and had no children. He is survived by his father, of Dallas, and his mother and brother, of Denver.

“Knowing that they were together, and they stayed together, they’re together right now in Dallas, and we’re going to miss living their lives together," said Cadigan's older sister Kathleen Howard said.

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<![CDATA[Youtube Bans Certain Firearm Videos]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:06:42 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+YOUTUBE+GUN+POLICIES+THUMB.jpg

Youtube has updated its policies regarding videos featuring firearms. The company will now prohibit videos made to sell certain firearms and firearm accessories, as well as videos that demonstrate how to manufacture or install certain types of accessories, such as bump stocks, high-capacity magazines and silencers.

<![CDATA[Miss Venezuela Pageant Suspended Amid Prostitution Scandal ]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:48:50 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/miss-venezuela.JPG

Allegations of prostitution and corruption in the Miss Venezuela beauty pageant led the company behind the iconic contest to shut its operations and suspend all castings, according to a statement

Cisneros Media is launching an investigation into the prostitution claims, which allege that some participants in the Miss Venezuela pageant have offered sexual favors in exchange for cars, trips and other monetary rewards from government officials. 

The investigation comes days after former Miss Venezuelas accused each other in Instagram comments of receiving financial gains in exchange for sexual favors. Some alleged the use of federal resources to sponsor contestants’ plastic surgeries and couture outfits. High-profile government officials and well-known entrepreneurs aligned with the Maduro presidency were allegedly involved. 

“Due to the acts recently described through social media, anonymous blogs and by some of the people who had a close relation with the Miss Venezuela [organization], it’s been decided that there will be an internal investigation,” Cisneros Media wrote in their statement. 

The scandal has unfolded following the abrupt departure of former Miss Venezuela president Osmel Sousa, 71. Also known as the “Tsar of Beauty,” Sousa resigned the position he held for 37 years earlier last month, declining to explain any further. During his years of leadership, Venezuela won seven Miss Universe crowns and more than 20 international pageants. 

The statement also said there will be a complete pageant reorganization and that a new “Beauty Committee” will be formed following the claims. 

Prostitution and corruption allegations against the Miss Venezuela organization are not new. Local publications like Efecto Cocuyo previously reported on similar claims relating to government officials abroad. 

Last week, 1997 contestant Annarella Bono used her social media account to call out other former Miss Venezuela participants. 

On Thursday, Miss Venezuela 2013 Migbelis Castellanos told Telemundo morning show “Un Nuevo Dia” that she personally experienced “sponsorship invitations” in the years leading up to the national pageant. She also said she saw how other contestants received luxury items of “dubious origin” that they couldn’t have otherwise afforded. 

“Venezuelans can be sure that the organization will not hesitate to take the necessary measures to assure no acts against our rules, values and ethical and moral principles take place during our activities,” said Jonathan Blum, the president of Cisneros Media. 

--Sindy Nanclares contributed to this story

<![CDATA['Blake's Snow Shack' Owner Opens on the NYSE]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:55:38 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/blake.png

Blake Pyron, the owner of Blake’s Snow Shack in Sanger, became the first business owner with Down syndrome to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday.

Pyron, 22, was in New York taking part in World Down Syndrome Day Conference, put on by The National Down Syndrome Society.

As part of the event, Blake spoke at the United Nations Headquarters on Wednesday.

Blake’s mother, Mary Ann Pyron, told NBC DFW she is hopeful that those who see her son become inspired by the message his presence conveys.

“To not limit people, you know? To encourage a full, true, diverse workplace that includes people like Blake, and other people with Down syndrome,” Mary Ann Pyron said.

Blake’s Snow Shack is a bright yellow trailer parked in a vacant lot at 400 Locust Street in downtown Sanger. It opened in May 2016.

Photo Credit: NYSE]]>