<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth https://www.nbcdfw.com en-usTue, 18 Dec 2018 08:08:03 -0600Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:08:03 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Man Hacks Wireless Baby Monitor, Threatens Family: Report]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 07:23:44 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/10PM+PKG+BABY+MONITOR+HACKED+--12-18-2018-04.15.31_2018-12-18-05-25-08_00-01-01.23.jpg

A Houston-area family says someone hacked into their Wi-Fi camera network and threatened to kidnap their 4-month-old child.

KPRC-TV reported that Ellen and Nathan Rigney were awakened Monday night to sexual expletives being said in their sleeping child's room. Ellen Rigney said her "immediate reaction was that there's somebody in here, somebody's in my son's room."

When she and her husband jumped out of bed and turned on the light, a camera in their bedroom — which had been turned off — suddenly activated, with a man's voice ordering them to turn the light off, the report said.

"Then [he] said, 'I'm going to kidnap your baby, I'm in your baby's room,'" Ellen recalled. It prompted her husband to sprint upstairs, where their son, Topper, was alone and safe.

It was in that moment the couple realized they had been hacked, and the Wi-Fi needed to be disconnected as soon as possible.

Rigney shared the story on social media as a warning to other parents. The couple said they called police, filed a report and notified the camera manufacturer, according to KPRC's report.

The family said their Wi-Fi cameras were thrown away.

Nest, the maker of the camera system, said in a statement to NBC News that it's seen customers' accounts entered by people who found passwords exposed in breaches on other websites and successfully used them to log in.

"We are proactively alerting affected customers to reset their passwords and set up two-factor authentication, which adds another layer of account security. Customers can reach out to Nest customer support with questions or report anything suspicious to security@nest.com," a Nest representative said in the statement.

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<![CDATA[Here's Where the Salvation Army Needs Bell Ringers]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 07:23:10 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/salvation-army-bell-ringer.jpg

A distinctive sound of the season has been largely absent this Christmas.

The Salvation Army is short by hundreds of hours of volunteer slots for Red Kettle bell ringers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

There is a particular need for volunteer bell ringers in Fort Worth, Plano and Irving, according to a Salvation Army spokesperson.

Those who would like to volunteer their time in the remaining days of the Red Kettle campaign can do so here.

The ideal volunteers are those who can do so in groups, according to the Salvation Army, and take over a kettle site for a full day. That is much easier for the organization than having to manage the logistics of assigning individual volunteers “two hours here, three hours there.”

Not everyone is expected to give as much of their time as Marco Gudino, of Lewisville, who sometimes rings the bell from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. multiple days a week.

“It’s a good time, and for a good cause,” said Gudino, who leaned on the Salvation Army for assistance when he first moved to North Texas from Chicago. “God is going to bless all the families that need it.”

The Red Kettle Campaign — which runs from Thanksgiving to Christmas — typically accounts for about one-third of the total amount of money raised by the Salvation Army in an entire year.

ONLINE: Click here to volunteer as a bell ringer

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<![CDATA[TMSG: Officer Helps Woman Stranded by Flat Tire]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 07:31:48 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/cop+helps+woman+tmsg.JPG

Monica Quiroz Moore saw another driver stranded because of a blown out tire. She tried to help the woman but couldn't and called police dispatch. An officer helped save the day. This act of kindness is today's Tell Me Something Good.

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<![CDATA[Frisco Coyote Strikes Again, Bites 2 Joggers Monday Morning]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 22:25:59 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Preston-Road-Frisco-121718-thumbnail.jpg

Two friends out for a morning jog in Frisco say their bite marks could have been worse if not for good Samaritan, Michael Harvey.

"They were like, 'Let us in your car.' I'm like, 'Yes, please get in my car, get in my car.' And so I unlocked the doors and they jumped in," Harvey said.

He was driving to work near Preston Road and Eldorado Parkway, just before 6 a.m. Monday when he spotted Sheri Devore and her friend trying to escape the coyote. 

“We were just trying to beat it off, like I was using whatever I had, my waterbottle, keys and my lanyard," Devore said. 

"The coyote was sitting there, like he was waiting for us to get back out," Harvey said.

"At this point we do believe it's just one coyote acting very abnormally and extremely out of character for coyotes in this area," said Sgt. Jeff Inman with the Frisco Police Department.

A Frisco officer captured video of the coyote stalking a runner on Nov. 11. So far, there have been five documented incidents in two months. At least four people have been attacked, including a 9-year-old.

Sheri Devore, one of the two joggers attacked Monday, said her injuries were minor. Her friend Marcia Foster had several puncture wounds that required a rabies shot. Both are now out of the hospital and hoping others heed the warning from police to avoid the area along Eldorado, where the coyote seems to live.

"Our animal services has been working very hard, day and night and weekends trying to catch the animal," Inman said.

Police said they're on watch. The city also hired a private contractor to hunt the animal down. Meanwhile, Harvey said he's thankful he was in the right place to help.

"They were in distress and I just couldn't keep going, I just couldn't," he said.

The attacks have all happened in a two-mile stretch of Eldorado Parkway, west of Granbury Drive. They've all been before 9 a.m., so police said don't jog, bike or walk here and report the coyote if you see it.

If it's just a sighting, residents are urged to call the non-emergency line, 972-292-6010.

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<![CDATA[Raw: Driver Injured in Multi-Vehicle Crash]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 06:18:06 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/raw_crash_FW_Officer.jpg

One person was hospitalized after four vehicles, including an officer in a patrol vehicle, were involved in a crash in Fort Worth Monday night, police said.

<![CDATA[Man on Cam Invades Home and Attacks 83-Year-Old Woman]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 22:20:22 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/nest-video-ftw-5th-street.JPG

Police are trying to identify a man who burst into a Fort Worth home last week and attacked an 83-year-old woman as she was laying in bed next to her dying husband.

It all started last Monday morning when a stranger knocked on Suzy Alummuttil's front door in the 2900 block of West 5th Street near the city’s trendy West 7th street area.

Her husband of 52 years, was in hospice care, waiting for his nurse to arrive.

So the door was unlocked.

And the stranger was able to walk right in.

"He came through that way,” Suzy Alummuttil said. “He looked all over. He couldn't find anything."

Suzy Alummuttil and her husband John emigrated years ago from India, where they were missionaries.

But nothing in their lives prepared them for something like this.

"And then I asked him, "Tell me your name. Who are you? What do you want?" Suzy Alummuttil said of the intruder.

Her son Saji was on the way to work in north Fort Worth when she called him, frantic.

"All I could hear was some sort of a struggle,” Saji Alummuttil said.

They were struggling over the phone. She said she was trying to call 911.

Her son raced home, and by the time he arrived, the intruder had already fled -- in Alummuttil’s 2005 white Silverado pickup.

"It's very surprising that someone can be this bold to try to steal or whatever they were up to,” Saji Alummuttil said.

His father died the next day.

"We had a hard week last week,” he said.

The video of the suspect couldn't be much clearer.

At one point, he looks right into the camera.

The images come from a "Nest" doorbell that was just installed two days earlier.

Fort Worth police tweeted a copy of the doorbell video, which can be seen below.


Anyone with information on the man's identity is asked to call the Fort Worth Police Department at 817-392-4730.

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<![CDATA[Richard Overton, Nation's Oldest Man & WWII Vet, in Hospital]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 05:15:49 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/229*120/richard+overton1.jpg

The oldest man in America is in the hospital.

Richard Overton, the 112-year-old lifelong Austin resident and most-senior veteran, is fighting his latest bout of pneumonia.

"He needs prayers," said Volma Overton, Richard's third cousin. "He needs everybody's prayers."

Overton has been in the hospital since Wednesday. This year, he's been in and out of the hospital multiple times for pneumonia.

Read more from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[Driver Injured in Multi-Vehicle Crash, Including FW Officer]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 07:32:29 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/232*120/crash+fw+officer.JPG

One person was hospitalized after six vehicles, including an officer in a patrol vehicle, were involved in a crash in Fort Worth Monday night, police said.

It happened about 9:30 p.m. on Interstate 20 near Campus Drive.

The first vehicle, which was headed westbound, swerved to avoid a street sweeper truck and hit a second vehicle, police said. That first vehicle was then T-boned by a semi truck. The driver of the first vehicle was hospitalized in critical condition, police said.

A responding officer, who parked the patrol vehicle inside the flare lines, was then rear-ended by a third vehicle. A fourth vehicle rear-ended the third vehicle.

The driver of the third vehicle was detained on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

No officers were injured.

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<![CDATA[With 1 Week to Go, Salvation Army Needs More Bell-Ringers]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 05:43:25 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TLMD_SALVATION_ARMY_DONATIONS.jpg

The Salvation Army, which relies heavily on giving during the holiday season, is having a hard time finding bell-ringers to man its red kettles around North Texas.

With just eight days until Christmas, the Salvation Army has hundreds of volunteer slots to fill, Major Jonathan Rich, DFW Metroplex Commander, said.

"We rely somewhat on paid workers, seasonal workers every Christmastime, and it's almost impossible to hire people for low-paying jobs during the season," he said. "So we're relying ever more on volunteers, and so we really do need a lot more volunteers."

Rich said the Salvation Army brings in about one-third of its annual donations in the time around the holidays, helping to set up the organization for the rest of the year.

"It certainly supports what we do at Christmastime, but it also supports the 24-7-365 services that we offer to those who are experiencing homelessness, who are in poverty, who are battling addiction, and the many other after-school programs and senior programs and veterans programs that we run during the year," he said.

Click here to volunteer to be a bell-ringer for the Salvation Army this year.

<![CDATA[Rally for Better School Funding Planned in Plano]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 07:20:50 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LC_SCHOOL+FINANCE+6AM+VO-12-18-2018-04.13.29_2018-12-18-04-35-52.jpg

Business leaders from around Collin County will gather in Plano to ask state lawmakers to strengthen financial support for schools.

Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. in the Plano ISD Administrative Building, the Plano Chamber of Commerce will host the North Texas Business Rally for School Finance Reform.

Business leaders will be joined by state representative Jeff Leach and the president of the Plano ISD Board of Trustees, Missy Bender.

The leaders will ask lawmakers to better fund education and provide resources for schools and teachers.

“The current system for funding our public schools is at a breaking point,” rally organizers said in a press release.

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<![CDATA[Live Video From NBC 5's Texas Thunder Truck]]> Fri, 14 Dec 2018 07:55:51 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sleet-ttt-121418.jpg

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Follow @TXThunderTruck on Twitter and on Facebook for the latest on location.

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<![CDATA[Poor Cybersecurity Makes US Open to Missile Attack: Watchdog]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 06:00:07 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/missileAP_18345837081074.jpg

The Defense Department's internal watchdog said in a new report that cybersecurity lapses like neglecting to encrypt classified flash drives and failing to put physical locks on critical computer servers leave the United States vulnerable to deadly missile attacks, NBC News reported

The findings came in a new report made public Friday, summing up an eight-month-long investigation into the nation's ballistic missile defense system by the Pentagon's Office of Inspector General. 

The audit examined five of the 104 Defense Department facilities that manage ballistic missile defense systems and technical information.

It's just the latest internal finding that U.S. defense infrastructure is deeply vulnerable to cyberattacks.

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<![CDATA[Stronger Civilian Police Oversight Advances in Dallas]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 22:31:47 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CIVILIANN+REVIEW+BOARD+6PM+PKG_2018-12-17-19-25-32.jpg

Stronger civilian oversight for Dallas Police is moving forward with a plan endorsed this month by the weak existing board and public town hall meetings scheduled to start next month.

The reform plan gained momentum after the September deadly shooting of Botham Jean in his apartment by off duty officer Amber Guyger who has since been indicted for murder. But the plan was in the works for more than a year by a coalition of community groups working with the Dallas board.

Dallas Police Review Board Chairman Dr. Brian Williams is a physician who was appointed a year ago by Mayor Mike Rawlings and tasked with reform.

“We do not want this to be an adversarial relationship,” Williams said. “This is not anti-police. This is meant to be collaborative and we’re looking at what’s good for Dallas.”

The board currently has power to subpoena witness other than police officers to respond to citizen complaints about misconduct. But it has no budget or staff to pursue complaints.

“So that power exists but it is limited,” Williams said. “But this is not just about subpoena power. It’s about the whole civilian oversight process, which will allow us to develop safety and trust as civilians in the Dallas Police Department.”

Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall has said she supports expanded oversight. She came from Detroit where robust civilian oversight has been in place since 1974.

The Detroit Board of Police Commissioners (BOPC) is an 11 member panel of civilians, seven of them elected by citizens and four appointed by the Detroit Mayor.

The BOPC has power to subpoena witness, investigate misconduct, impose discipline and set police policy.

Retired Detroit Police Chief Ike McKinnon served most of his career under civilian oversight.

“My thoughts have always been, let’s have someone who is outside the agency look at what is happening inside, and I think it’s working perfectly well here,” he said.

The former chief said he became Detroit Police officer in 1965 to make a difference after being beaten as a teenager by police.

“I was just this kid who was leaving junior school. So to me, this oversight adds a different layer. Even though there’s no camera, it’s seen through different eyes,” McKinnon said.

Terrance Hopkins is the President of the Black Police Association of Greater Dallas. Hopkins said he supports community involvement with the Police Department but questions civilians overseeing discipline.

“That’s ok if you’re not the authority, for you to be included, involved, to look at this. But to be the governing authority, you have to have the experience in something,” Hopkins said. “If I was a surgeon, I wouldn’t expect a civilian to know what a surgeon needs to do. So, how could you truly understand what I did to discipline me by it?”

The proposal endorsed by the Dallas Civilian Police Review Board last week is still a work in progress. It heads now to community town hall meetings for public input. The public meetings are expected to begin in mid-January but dates and locations have not been finalized. The Dallas City Council would review reforms next. Council Members have already said they support reform but have not specified details they would be willing to adopt. Some reforms could require changes in the City Charter which would require voter approval.

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<![CDATA[Rise in Crashes at Flower Mound Intersection Prompts Response]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 21:31:00 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/5p+p-2499+red+light+pro_KXASJR4V_2018-12-17-16-39-59.jpg

A rise in car crashes at a busy intersection has prompted the town of Flower Mound to look for solutions to help keep drivers safe. But doing so may be easier said than done.

Growth has meant more traffic on FM 2499. Police said some drivers ignore the posted speed limit of 45 mph.

"Well, it's a little bit treacherous," said Chuck Patterson, a Flower Mound resident who’s lived near the intersection of 2499 and Waketon Road for two decades. Patterson has never had an accident there, but he’s had near-misses.

"Close calls," he said. "Primarily because the traffic on 2499, it's high speed."

The number of car wrecks at the intersection has spiked this year. Flower Mound police report ten crashes there in 2018, compared to an average of three to four per year. In response, they’re adding enforcement, a tough task, because there's no safe place to park.

"Enforcing the laws in that area are incredibly difficult for safety of the officers," said Captain Shane Jennings. "We don’t want to put officers in the intersection and do more harm than good."

Traffic engineers for the town are also addressing the issue. One change includes adjusting the timing of traffic signals. Patterson said yellow turn signals are often inconsistent, and don’t follow a pattern.

"Sometimes you have a protected signal, sometimes you don't," he said. "And you're basically taking your chances getting out there."

Police said there's only so much they can do through added enforcement. They said safety is up to the person behind the wheel.

"At the end of the day people have to stop for red lights," said Jennings. "And use caution when proceeding through an intersection."

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<![CDATA[Michelle Obama Surprises Students Before Tour Stop at AAC]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 22:38:00 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Michelle+Obama+Dallas+121718.jpg

Former first lady Michelle Obama spoke in front of a sellout crowd at the American Airlines Center Monday night as part of a tour to promote her memoir, "Becoming."

Obama pulled off a big surprise for area high schoolers earlier in the day, surprising 150 students from across North Texas during the first annual Young Women's Leadership Conference in Dallas.

A small group of young women were in a workshop discussing Obama's memoir when she walked out to greet the students.

Stunned, it took a few seconds for the group to realize it was Michelle Obama.

One by one, the girls stood and gave Obama a hug, many with tears in their eyes.

"When I gave Michelle a hug I just felt all this love and her need to just like help," 17-year-old Brittany Clay of Fort Worth said.

"Everything she went through, it wasn't for herself. It was for kids like me that are dealing with struggles," Clay said. "To make us understand and acknowledge that we can be who we want to be."

Obama spoke candidly with the young women about overcoming self-doubt and criticism throughout her life.

"Do you take in the negative or do you remember all the positives?" Obama asked.

The former first lady encouraged the students to find a college that fits their individual needs and encouraged them to travel and meet those who are different.

"I just want you guys to not be afraid to try something new and connect with other people," she said.

Obama's book tour began Nov. 13 in Chicago and was extended to include 2019 dates in Canada and Europe. She is scheduled to speak in Austin Feb. 28 and in Houston March 2.

As of last week, "Becoming" had been purchased more times than any other book in 2018, according to Forbes. The Associated Press reported that "Becoming" is "among the fastest-selling nonfiction books in history" and is "among the best-selling political memoirs of all time."

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<![CDATA[Man in Critical Condition After Armed Robbery, Shooting]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 18:25:30 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mcfarlin-robbery-dallas.jpg

University Park police say four people are now under arrest after an armed robbery left a man in critical condition.

The man was shot twice during the robbery inside his University Park home in the 3400 block of McFarlin Boulevard, just west of the SMU Campus.

So far, police have not been able to talk to the man about the shooting since he remains in critical condition in the hospital.

Officers in Trophy Club, along with officers from the North Tarrant County Regional SWAT team arrested Calvin Deray Johnson Jr., 34 and Laquaci Sharnice Rodriquez, 24 on Wednesday Dec. 12 inside a hotel in Trophy Club. 

Dallas police then arrested Abdul Sesay, 20 and Quintariah Alexander, 25 on Dec. 15 at a hotel in north Dallas.

All four have been transferred to the Dallas County Jail. University Park police said the case remains active, and they hope to speak to the homeowner soon.

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<![CDATA[Woman Starts Fire Near Christmas Tree in Sundance Square]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 17:21:08 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Woman_Starts_Fire_Near_Christmas_Tree_in_Sundance_Square.jpg

A woman started a fire in downtown Fort Worth's Sundance Square near the Christmas tree over the weekend.

Video shows a person close to the tree light something on fire. They then throw it on the ground. Witnesses are heard on video describing the person as a man but police later said the person was a woman.

Police took her into custody and she was transported to the hospital for mental health evaluations.

The tree did not catch fire and no other property was damaged.

<![CDATA[Get Your Packages in, 3B Pieces of Mail Delivered This Week]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 06:38:35 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/usps-truck-delivery.jpg

The United States Postal Service warns holiday shoppers the busiest week for shipping is this week -- so get your packages in ASAP.

The USPS said nearly three billion -- BILLION -- pieces of mail will be delivered this week as holiday shoppers sprint to the finish of the holiday season. In the two weeks leading up to Christmas, Dec. 10-23, the Postal Service expected to deliver nearly 200 million packages each week.

"Overall, the Postal Service anticipates delivering nearly 15 billion total pieces of mail and more than 900 million packages between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day - for a total of nearly 16 billion joyful mail and package deliveries this holiday season," the USPS said.

Further, the USPS said Monday will be the busiest day for online postal customers where 400,000 customers were expected to secure shipping online.

So, about those deadlines ... the Postal Service recommends using the following mailing and shipping deadlines for expected, not guaranteed, delivery before Christmas.

  • Dec. 18 - APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express
  • Dec. 20 - First-Class Mail (including greeting cards)
  • Dec. 20 - First-class Packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
  • Dec. 20 - Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
  • Dec. 20 - Priority Mail
  • Dec. 20 - Alaska to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
  • Dec. 22 - Alaska to mainland Priority Mail Express
  • Dec. 22 - Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail Express
  • Dec. 22 - Priority Mail Express

Additional news and information, including all domestic, international and military mailing and shipping deadlines, can be found on the Postal Service online holiday newsroom at usps.com/holidaynews.

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<![CDATA[Merry Meltdowns - December 17, 2018]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 17:12:58 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Merry+Meltdowns.jpg

Anthony and Dempsey as well as Everly were featured during the Merry Meltdowns segment on Monday, December 17, 2018.

<![CDATA[Texas DPS Cyber Security Warns of Phishing Scam]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 17:11:15 -0600 "The email and associated website looks convincing," DPS says.]]> "The email and associated website looks convincing," DPS says.]]> https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/baml-phishing-txdps-cyber.jpg

The Texas Department of Public Safety's Cyber Security division is warning Texans about a phishing email trying to snare banking information.

The DPS tweeted a photo of an email being circulated that appears to come from Bank of America asking for Cash Pro customers to input an access code to view a document.

The URL for the website, however, is not a legitimate Bank of America website and instead references baml-secure.com.

The DPS' Cyber Security division reminds everyone to use two-factor authentication when possible and to remain vigilant when sharing personal information online.

Texas DPS Cyber Security Team
Twitter: Texas DPS Cyber Security

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<![CDATA[Why Allen Sticks With One High School Model]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 17:05:51 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/eaglestadium060316.jpg

Unlike many school districts in North Texas, Allen ISD has chosen to grow one large high school instead of opening new schools to accommodate more students. The Dallas Mornings News' education reporter Corbett Smith joins NBC 5 to examination Allen's ideology.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Pride Festival Moving to June, Fair Park in 2019]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 14:30:34 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/2018+Dallas+Pride+Parade+%2862%29.jpg

Dallas' annual Pride festival is moving from September to June to align with national events and to help grow the event into a world-class LGBT Pride celebration by 2020, organizers say.

The city's annual music festival and parade will now be held the first weekend in June and, in another departure, will be held in Fair Park instead of the Cedar Springs/Oak Lawn area, according to a news release from Jaron Turnbow, executive director of Dallas Tavern Guild and Dallas Pride.

According to Turnbow, the Miller Light Music Festival in Fair Park will include the Family Pride Zone and Teen Pride on June 1, 2019, from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. in Dallas Fair Park's Esplanade and Centennial Building. Organizers said the to Fair Park triples the available event space while adding restrooms, air conditioning, parking, DART access and cover from inclement weather.

"Fair Park is ecstatic to work with us and joins our vision for growing into a LGBTQ Pride celebration that will rival other major cities," Turnbow said in a prepared statement.

The Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade is also moving to Fair Park for 2019. Organizers said a streetscape beautification project along Cedar Springs could put the traditional parade route in jeopardy.

"We cannot safely have a parade through a major construction zone and we do not want to impede on the improvement project. To ensure that the parade happens, we have decided to relocate the parade to Fair Park for 2019," Turnbow said.

Officials have not said if they plan to move the parade back to the popular route along Cedar Springs for 2020 and beyond.

More: https://dallaspride.org/

<![CDATA[Tell Me Something Good: Safety First]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 16:55:39 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TMSG+121718.jpg

Leslie Bolton sent NBC 5 a video of her 2-year-old great-nephew making sure his aunt was safe before she crossed the street in Burleson.

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<![CDATA[DART, Coors Light Offer Free Rides on New Year's Eve]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 16:52:38 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DARTDOWNTOWN2.jpg

Dallas Area Rapid Transit and Coors Light are partnering to deliver a safe alternative to driving on New Year's Eve with free DART rides on all buses, trains, Paratransit Services and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) between Union Station and CentrePort/DFW Airport Station.

"Customers are encouraged to FREEZE THE KEYS and let DART be their designated driver, courtesy of Coors Light Free Rides," organizers said in a prepared release. "The partnership between Coors Light and DART means no passes, coupons or fare of any kind required for a free ride on Dec. 31, from 6 p.m. to end of service."

Since its inception in 2015, more than 6.4 million people around the country have utilized the Coors Light Free Rides program -- in 2107, more than 20,000 North Texans used the program.

Free Rides will also be offered on New Year's Eve in Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN and Phoenix.

This year, Coors Light Free Rides begin on DART and TRE at 6 p.m. and remain in place until the end of service. (Free New Year's Eve service on TRE will be provided from Union Station to CentrePort/DFW Airport Station only.)

Final TRE trains from Union Station will depart at:

  • 10:24 p.m. to Fort Worth
  • 12:45 a.m. to CentrePort/DFW Airport Station

Final DART light rail trains leave from West End Station in Downtown Dallas at:

  • Red Line to Parker Road Station - 1:41 a.m.
  • Red Line to Westmoreland Station - 1:18 a.m.
  • Blue Line to Downtown Rowlett Station - 1:18 a.m.
  • Blue Line to UNT Dallas Station - 1:16 a.m.
  • Green Line to Buckner Station - 1:08 a.m.
  • Green Line to North Carrollton/Frankford Station - 1:26 a.m.
  • Orange Line to Parker Road Station - 12:24 a.m.
  • Orange Line to DFW Airport Station - 12:11 a.m. (or use Green Line at 1:26 a.m. and transfer at Bachman Station to Orange Line at 1:45 a.m.)
  • Dallas Streetcar - A final streetcar leaves Union Station at 12:50 a.m. and Bishop Arts at 1:09 a.m.

Paratransit - Regular service provided. Customers may begin calling Fri., Dec. 28, to schedule service through Wed., Jan. 2. Customers should call 214.515.7272 and choose Option 3 to schedule their trip. Next day scheduling is also available using X-Press Booking, web booking or semi-automated voicemail.

DART Police will have extra patrol units on duty to assist where needed, especially in downtown and around West End Station.

On New Year's Day, DART's administrative offices are closed and bus and rail service will follow a Sunday schedule. There will be no TRE service on New Year's Day. Paratransit Services for customers with disabilities will operate on a Saturday schedule.

More: DART.org

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<![CDATA[Julian Castro to Decide on Presidential Run by Mid-January]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 21:29:53 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Julian+Castro+121718.jpg

Julian Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio and U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban from 2014-17, announced last week he would launch a presidential exploratory committee to test the waters for a potential run at the 2020 Democratic nomination.

But his twin brother, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio), went one step further, on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

"I'll speak on his behalf here. He is going to run for president," Joaquin Castro said.

Julian Castro pumped the brakes.

"Don't mind my brother. We adopted him. He just looks like me. So I am going to make an announcement on Jan. 12," he said.

Castro said it's no secret he had thought about a run for a while -- he told NBC 5 in October 2017 that he was going to consider running for president.

If he does run, he said he believes his government experience would help.

"I am thinking about running for president because I have a strong vision for our country's future, because I have a track record of accomplishing things at the local and the national level, particularly around expanding opportunity for people," Julian Castro said.

He added one of the first things he would address is health insurance. He said, if elected, he would make a push for universal health care one of his priorities.

Castro was considered as a candidate to be Hillary Clinton's running mate in the 2016 presidential election.

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-El Paso) has said he hasn't made his decision on 2020, and planned to wait until he finished his congressional term in January.

"I think Beto is a great guy. Very talented guy. He ran a great race here in Texas. Joaquin and I were pleased to support him when he ran. And I expect there are going to be 15 to 20 people in this race," Castro said.

Castro said he planned to focus on his own vision for the future.

"It has been a long time since Texas has had a Democrat on the ticket. And I believe it has been too long," he said. "And I look forward, if I decide to run, to running as a proud Texan."

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<![CDATA[Dallas Firefighters Battle Apartment Fire Near Kiest Park]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 14:45:09 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas_Firefighters_Battle_Apartment_Fire_Near_Keist_Park.jpg

Firefighters with Dallas Fire-Rescue responded to a fire at the Primrose Oaks Apartments located on the 2500 block of Perryton Drive near Kiest Park around 1 p.m. Monday.

When first responders arrived to the location, they saw smoking coming from a first-floor unit of the two-story building.

The apartment building's automatic sprinker system extinguished most of the fire. Damage was minimal and contained to a bedroom. 

A woman was taken to the hospital for unspecified burn injuries.

The cause of the fire is not known.

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<![CDATA[Prosecutors Drop Case Against Man in Officer's 1993 Killing]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 22:38:05 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Sean+Ellis+2015.jpg

Suffolk District Attorney John Pappas announced Monday that his office is ending prosecution of Sean Ellis for first degree murder and armed robbery in the 1993 slaying of a Boston police officer.

The case is being dropped because prosecutors don't believe they would be successful in a retrial due to the amount of time that has since passed.

"The nature of the evidence has not changed in 25 years, but the strength of it has declined with time," Pappas said.

He also said the involvement of corrupt police detectives in the investigation has compromised their ability to prosecute the case.

"This was not an easy decision. It may not be a popular decision, but it is the right decision," Pappas said.

Ellis was sentenced to life in prison after he was convicted in 1995 of the shooting death of Detective John Mulligan. Mulligan was shot five times in the face at about 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 26, 1993, while he slept in his car while on a security detail outside a pharmacy.

The Supreme Judicial Court released Ellis from jail in 2015, saying he didn't get a fair trial because two police detectives who played key roles in the investigation later pleaded guilty to corruption charges, and prosecutors didn't provide Ellis' defense team with all of the evidence.

"It's kind of like surreal," Ellis told NBC10 Boston on Monday. "To say that I'm happy and ecstatic is an understatement."

He said he still had the GPS monitoring device on his ankle as he heard the news Monday.

Asked what he has learned about himself since 1993, he said he has learned that he is "resilient." He still maintains his innocence.

As for what's next, he said he wants to go back to school so he can get a better job. He's in his 40s now and says he's doing entry level work that someone in their late teens, early 20s would typically be doing.

Boston Police Commissioner William Gross said he agrees with the district attorney's decision but said that doesn't mean that Ellis didn't kill Mulligan.

"He's a father, and a brother and a son. It was with heavy heart we had to discuss this with the family for this final outcome," Gross said of Mulligan.

"Sean Ellis is culpable," he added. "Not innocent at all."

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<![CDATA[Novacek Welcomes At-Risk Kids to His Ranch for the Holidays]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 21:36:20 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jay+Novacek+121718.jpg

It's become a holiday tradition for the young boys at Fort Worth's Hope Farm.

For the last four years, the boys have had the chance to hang out at former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jay Novacek's North Texas ranch. 

"These are inner city boys that do not have a father figure in their lives," Novacek said.

Kids like 14-year-old Jay Royce. Royce's dad is stationed in Germany, but with the help of Hope Farm, he has a male mentor while his dad's serving our country.

"It provides me someone to look up to and talk to and just kinda watch out for me," Royce said.

This day is an opportunity for the kids to run around and have fun.

Countless volunteers made sure no one left empty handed.

"Every single boy gets a toy bag from Santa," said Amy Novacek, Jay's wife.

The Novacek's don't just help fill up the gift bags, they also pour into the young kids hearts.

"When I come down the driveway, I see God's gifts everyday," Amy explained.  "The sun, the trees, the animals -- and I want to share that."

Jay likes to encourage the kids, just like his dad did for him.

"My dad is still my hero," Jay said.

Jay's dad was a football coach.

"My entire life, that's all I wanted to do and the reason why is because of my dad," he said.

His dad's support helped Jay achieve his dream of playing professional football for the Dallas Cowboys.

Odds are these kids won't become professional athletes, but with support of others, you just never know.

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<![CDATA[Low Dose Aspirin Fights Off Ovarian Cancer]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 17:02:50 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Aspirin+121718.jpg

Ovarian cancer is the most fatal gynecological cancer because it lacks early detection strategies. But something that’s already sitting on your medicine cabinet shelf might be a step in the right direction for some women.

Carla Jimenez feels lucky every day: she’s alive. She’s playing with Bruno and she beat stage three ovarian cancer.

“I have been very fortunate,” Jimenez said.

Now, a new study could help prevent women from getting ovarian cancer in the first place. It all has to do with this over the counter low dose aspirin.

“And that’s where we found the really striking findings,” said Shelley Tworoger, Ph.D. from the Moffitt Cancer Center.

Tworoger found that women who took low dose aspirin every day had a 23 percent lower risk of ovarian cancer compared to non-aspirin users.

“But taking regular dose aspirin, 325 milligrams, was not associated with lower risk of ovarian cancer,” Tworoger said.

Her study also found that women who took ten tablets per week for many years of non- steroid anti- inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen or naproxen had higher risk of developing ovarian cancer. Tworoger says more research needs to be done to make an official recommendation but since many women take aspirin to prevent heart disease they could be ahead of the game.

“If we can sort of loop people in by talking about cardiovascular disease, we might have a secondary benefit of helping prevent ovarian cancer along the way,” Tworoger continued.

And for survivors like Jimenez, she’s just glad to hear aspirin is now an ally.

“To have anything that could actually be preventative is really kind of revolutionary,” Jimenez said.

Two hundred thousand women participated in the study. One thousand 54 developed ovarian cancer. Professor Tworoger says there can be health risks to taking daily low-dose aspirin. The primary risk is GI bleeding, which can be a dangerous condition. Women should speak to their doctor before starting to take daily low-dose aspirin to make sure it is appropriate.

Contributors to this news report include: Emily Maza Gleason, Field Producer; Chris Tilley, Videographer; Cyndy McGrath, Supervising Producer; Hayley Hudson, Assistant Producer; Roque Correa, Editor.

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