<![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-usSun, 23 Sep 2018 19:34:45 -0500Sun, 23 Sep 2018 19:34:45 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Instant Analysis: Cowboys vs. Seahawks]]> Sun, 23 Sep 2018 18:36:07 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dak-Prescott-Getty-092318.jpg

Here's NBC 5 Cowboys Insider Jean-Jacques Taylor's instant analysis of the Cowboys' 24-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at Century Link Field.

The Cowboys’ passing game is beyond broken, and Jason Garrett must fix it quickly or this season will crater will fast. The running game has been effective, at times, but without any big plays in the passing game the Cowboys have a difficult time moving the ball. Seattle won its home opener for the 10th straight year.

Dak Prescott had avoided the pass rush and found Ezekiel Elliott drifting down the right sideline. He lofted a pass to him and Elliott turned it into an apparent 31-yard touchdown, but he stepped out of bounds before catching the ball and he was penalized for illegal touching. The Cowboys settled for a field goal and instead of the score being tied 7-7, the Seahawks maintained a 7-3 lead.

Seattle safety Earl Thomas, who had a tumultuous week, had two fantastic interceptions and a team-high seven tackles to lead Seattle to its first win. Thomas wants a new contract and has let it be known he wants to plays for the Cowboys. After his fourth-quarter interception, Thomas took a bow in front of Jason Garrett and the Cowboys’ bench.

Dak Prescott passed for 148 yards, the third consecutive game he has failed to pass for more than 200 yards this season. He has failed to pass for more than 200 yards in nine of the past 11 games.

Dallas plays Detroit next week, and the Lions have been one of the league’s worst teams. The problem for Dallas is quarterback Matt Stanford and receiver Golden Tate are capable of creating enough big plays to challenge the defense and for this offense 17 points represents a mountain.

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<![CDATA[Temperatures Drop and Rain Showers Possible]]> Sun, 23 Sep 2018 12:20:37 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Hourly+forecast.jpg

It's starting to feel more like fall. Temperatures are dropping and the chance for a few rain showers will remain for the start of the week. 

Monday will offer up some sun. But that sunshine may lead to a couple of instability showers or storms. Not everyone will see rain, but be sure to stay weather aware.

Tuesday will be the brightest and warmest day of the week. After the brief warm-up, a fall cold front will bring slightly milder temperatures, along with the opportunity for showers and storms by Wednesday.

Although the Flash Flood Watch for much of North Texas expired Sunday morning, many areas still have high water. Please do not drive through flooded roadways. Turn around, don't drown.

On average, flooding is one of the leading causes of weather-related deaths, second only to heat. Last year, flooding did top the list with 116 deaths.

If and when you encounter flood waters you have to act quickly. Here are ways you can stay safe:

• Never drive through flooded roadways.
• Do not attempt to cross flowing streams.
• Stay out of areas subject to flooding (dips, low spots, storm drains and culverts).
• Be extra careful at night when it is harder to see flood dangers.
• Do not camp or park your vehicle along creeks, streams and washes.

The pattern will remain unsettled through much of next week with at least a low chance of showers and storms during the work week.

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

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<![CDATA[Families Hope for Clues in Cars Salvaged From Benbrook Lake]]> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 23:36:15 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Benbrook+Lake+car+092218.jpg

Saturday marked a big day for one of Fort Worth's most enduring mysteries. Three girls, known as the "missing trio," disappeared while shopping for Christmas presents in 1974.

Saturday, a volunteer dive team set out to lift two cars from the bottom of Benbrook Lake that the girls' families believe may be connected to the case.

The first car came up easily, with a crowd of people who've followed this case over the years looking on. That car is already off with a team of forensic scientists looking for evidence, but the second car proved as difficult to uncover as the truth in this decades-old mystery.

When you've waited nearly 44 years for answers, any step toward closure feels enormous.

"We try and try and try to just keep on going, we have to, we can't give up," said Fran Langston, one of the missing girl's mothers.

Langston is still searching for her daughter Rachel Arnold Trlica. Rachel was 17 the last time anyone saw her, shopping for Christmas presents with her friend Renee Wilson, 14, and neighbor Julie Moseley, 9, at Seminary South Shopping Center in 1974.

"Seems like every time I turn a corner, I see a little girl who looks just like her," Langston said.

Over four decades, Rachel's family has done its own detective work, leading them to Benbrook Lake.

"There was a car that we couldn't find out what happened to it and we figured this would be the closest place," said Rachel's brother Rusty Arnold.

Texas EquuSearch used sonar technology to locate three cars in the lake. The family hoped one of them may be tied to a person of interest.

So on Saturday, a team of volunteer divers set out to drag two of them out of the water. The first came easily.

"Trying to determine if the car's a crime scene, if there's any bodies in the cars, if there's any jewelry or something that might lead to something," Arnold said.

The second car is a bigger challenge. It's flipped upside down and stuck deep in the mud. When airbag lifts weren't enough, divers tried to dig with shovels.

To Julie Moseley's brother, watching from the banks of the lake, it felt like a metaphor for the past 40 years.

"Yeah it'd be nice to get all of this unstuck and get it figured out," Moseley said. "I don't know if it's going to happen."

"Whether we find the girls or we don't, still we get to clear this one out," Arnold said. "We get to walk away with this behind us, knowing that we can move on to something else."

Around 5:30 .p.m. the divers decided to give up on freeing the second car for the day. They plan to come back to try again in two weeks.

The divers are volunteers because Fort Worth police said there's not enough evidence to risk such a dangerous dive. They won't even confirm there ever was a missing car in this case.

But for the families of three young girls gone without a trace, it's time to know for sure.

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<![CDATA[Wilson 2 TDs, Thomas 2 Picks, Seahawks Beat Cowboys]]> Sun, 23 Sep 2018 19:11:01 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Russell-Wilson-Getty-092318.jpg

Russell Wilson threw for two touchdowns in the first half, Chris Carson added a 5-yard TD run in early in the fourth quarter, and the Seattle Seahawks avoided a 0-3 start with a 24-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Wilson hit Jaron Brown on an 18-yard touchdown early in the second quarter, and later hit Tyler Lockett streaking up the sideline on a 52-yard scoring pass as Seattle (1-2) built a 17-3 halftime lead and cruised past the Cowboys.

The duo of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott didn't have the answers against a Seattle defense that had safety Earl Thomas on the field and welcomed back Bobby Wagner after the Seahawks' defensive leader missed Week 2 with a groin injury. Prescott was intercepted twice by Thomas , including with 3:09 remaining at the Seattle 15 on a deflected pass, with Thomas bowing to the Dallas sideline at the end of the play.

Prescott was sacked five times and Dallas (1-2) had just 58 net yards passing entering the fourth quarter. Elliott had momentary flashes, busting off a few long runs, but they were too infrequent for Dallas' stagnant offense.

Thomas' second interception was one of two turnovers forced by Seattle in the fourth quarter. Elliott broke free for a 26-yard run to the Seattle 19 earlier in the quarter, but had the ball punched free from behind by Bradley McDougald and recovered by the Seahawks.

Prescott finished 19 of 34 for 168 yards and a 3-yard shovel pass TD to Tavon Austin with 7:11 remaining. Dallas failed to pass for 200 yards for the ninth time in the past 11 games dating back to last season. Elliott had 127 yards on 16 carries.

Meanwhile, Wilson had the kind of protection that's been absent most of the season. After being sacked 12 times in the first two games, Wilson was 16 of 26 for 192 yards and sacked twice by Dallas' defense that was second in the league in sacks. Despite missing starting center Justin Britt, the offensive line gave Wilson enough time for a few big plays in the passing game.

Wilson's 16-yard strike to Brown gave Seattle a 7-0 lead and he took advantage of the absence of safety Jeff Heath when he found Lockett on a 52-yard TD late in the second quarter. Heath departed with a left ankle injury earlier in the drive and Wilson found Lockett streaking up the sideline. Heath's replacement, Kavon Frazier, was late to rotate over and Lockett went untouched, high-stepping the final few yards for a 14-3 lead.

Carson's TD run was the first by a Seahawks running back since J.D. McKissic found the end zone on a 31-yard run in Week 4 of the 2017 season. Seattle went 14 games without a running back finding the end zone until Carson bulled his way in with 12:54 remaining.

Carson finished with 102 yards, the first Seattle running back to top 100 yards since late in the 2016 season.

Following a week of drama surrounding Thomas, the former All-Pro safety started and almost immediately made his presence known. Thomas missed two days of practice for personal reasons which coach Pete Carroll provided only vague answers as to why, and left open the possibility Thomas wouldn't play.

He was on the field as usual, and it took less than a quarter before Thomas was making a remarkable interception, pinning a deflected pass against his shin.

Seattle was gifted three points at the end of the half when Randy Gregory was baited into a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, smacking Seattle's Joey Hunt in the facemask. The penalty put Seattle in range for Sebastian Janikowski's 47-yard field goal and a 17-3 lead at the half.

Dallas also played a large portion of the second half without linebacker Sean Lee due to a hamstring injury. Lee had been listed as questionable for that problem.

Cowboys: Dallas returns home to host Detroit next Sunday.

Seahawks: Seattle is at division rival Arizona next Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Woman Killed After Man Followed Her Into Apartment: Police]]> Sun, 23 Sep 2018 15:02:12 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-police-generic-night.jpg

A woman was stabbed to death in Dallas after police say a man followed her into her apartment when she returned from walking her pet Friday night.

Authorities found two victims with stab wounds in the apartment in the 7600 block of Churchill Way just before 8 p.m. Friday, according to the Dallas Police Department. One was transported to an area hospital, while the other, identified Saturday as 24-year-old Lin Wang, was pronounced dead at the scene by Dallas Fire.

Police said after speaking to other residents, detectives concluded Wang was followed into the apartment by a white male wearing a white and red T-shirt with a black design on it.

Police asked for anyone with information about the investigation to contact Detective David Grubbs at 214-671-3675 or david.grubbsjr@dallascityhall.com.

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<![CDATA[Six Displaced After Fire Started By Resident in North Dallas]]> Sun, 23 Sep 2018 10:29:12 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/218*120/Dallas+fire1.PNG

A man is in custody after admitting to starting a fire that displaced six people at an apartment complex early Sunday.

At 4:19 a.m., Dallas Fire responded to the Garden Homes of Preston place located on the 5800 block of Harvest Hill Rd.

When they arrived, they found a two-story condo on fire with heavy fire coming from the unit on the first floor.

Firefighters had to rescue several residents who got stuck after fire blocked the stairwell. Fortunately, all residents were able to get out safely.

Two second floor units sustained significant damage and displaced a total of six residents.

A 34-year-old man was taken into custody after he admitted to using an accelerant to start the fire. His identity has not been released and he is being charged with felony 1 arson at this time.

No injuries were reported from this fire.

<![CDATA[Security Guard Shoots Suspect During Wing Stop Armed Robbery]]> Sun, 23 Sep 2018 09:28:30 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/229*120/Wing+Stop.PNG

Two men are in custody after their armed robbery at a Wing Stop was foiled by a vigilant security guard.

Dallas officers received a call at 11:22 p.m. on Saturday for a robbery. When they arrived to the 4700 block of Vista Wood Blvd, they met with an armed security guard who told police that there were two suspect, one of which he shot in the arm after confronting them.

Officers were able to apprehend both suspects. The one who was shot was taken to a nearby hospital with no life-threatening injuries.

No employees or patrons at the Wing Stop were injured in the incident.

<![CDATA[Democrats Hold the Advantage in November's Elections: Poll]]> Sun, 23 Sep 2018 08:43:23 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_18263656009063.jpg

Six weeks before the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats hold a 12-point lead in congressional preference among registered voters, with nearly six-in-ten saying they’d like to see significant change in the direction President Donald Trump has been leading the country, according to a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

The results suggest a political environment where Democrats have the clear advantage in their pursuit to win back control of Congress in November.

One pollster said that Americans are "trying to send the signal that they’re not satisfied." Another said they are trying to show "they want to shake up the status quo."

Still, the same poll shows that Republican enthusiasm about the upcoming election has increased, drawing nearly even with Democrats; that GOP attacks on immigration and Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi are potent in individual races; and that nearly 70 percent of voters are satisfied with the economy.

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<![CDATA[Fla. First Responders Return Home After Helping Carolinas During Florence]]> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 22:26:34 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/206*120/092218+first+responders.jpg

Some South Florida heroes reunited with their families Saturday after helping the victims of Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas.

There were signs, balloons and yelling as the lights and sirens pulled up to the Miami Fire Rescue building. Then came the emotional embraces. The families were reunited after almost two weeks apart.

“I’m going to eat some food with my girls. I left them right before we had to go to dinner like two weeks ago and I still owe them dinner,” said Capt. Miguel Ferrer, a first responder.

Ronnie Lindsay hugged his son a little bit harder after rescuing am other whose baby died while they tried to escape the rising flood waters.

“She lost her son in the current,” said Lindsay. “It was a very emotional moment for the entire team.”

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez was there to welcome the team back home.

“To me, they are heroes,” said Suarez.

For many, he said this was not their first disaster. Some of them were in Puerto Rico for Hurricane Maria around the same time last year.

“They put their life on the line, they have specialized skills, they help save lives,” said Suarez.

<![CDATA[Student Identified After Possibly Drowning Near UTA Campus]]> Sun, 23 Sep 2018 17:51:57 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Alan+Amaya+092318.jpg

Officials have identified the man who drowned near the University of Texas at Arlington campus Friday night.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner identified the man Sunday as 23-year-old Alan Amaya. His body was recovered in a creek at about 1:55 a.m. Saturday.

It is believed that Amaya was swept away by heavy flowing flood water due to the heavy rain.

A witness reported seeing Amaya floating in the water under the Greek Row bridge on campus.

The university administration confirmed that Amaya was a student at UTA. 

"On behalf of the entire UTA Maverick family of students, faculty, staff and alumni, I express our heartfelt condolences to Alan's parents, family and friends. The UTA staff have been in close contact with Alan's family to assist them in any manner that we can during this most difficult time. They and Alan's friends are in our thoughts and prayers," said UTA President Vistasp M. Karbhari. "At times like this I encourage all of us to come together to support each other."

According to the school, Amaya was a doctoral student of mathematics and had served as a graduate assistant in mathematics since fall 2017. 

Amaya was also involved in intramural sports.

"He loved the soccer ball… always had a soccer ball on his feet it seemed," said Willy Macha, a friend of Amaya.

Macha said that Amaya also helped lead worship at church, played guitar and loved to be around his friends.

"He was so loving and caring. He made you feel like the most important person at all times," Macha said.

Student affairs has made counseling services available that can also be requested through UTA Counseling and Psychological Services. Counseling services for faculty and staff are available through the human resources' employee assistance program.

Photo Credit: Willy Macha]]>
<![CDATA[Mesquite Man Arrested in Death of 3-Year-Old Boy: Police]]> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 20:25:33 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Warren-Cooney-mugshot-092118.jpg

Police in Mesquite have arrested a 26-year-old man on a capital murder charge after a young child who was left in his care died.

Authorities said in a statement Friday that police were called to a home the previous day where a 3-year-old boy was found unresponsive.

The child was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead Thursday evening. An autopsy determined he had suffered numerous internal injuries.

Authorities say the child was being watched by his mother's boyfriend, identified as Warren L. Cooney.

Cooney was arrested and was being held Saturday without bond at the Mesquite city jail.

Online jail records don't indicate whether Cooney has an attorney to speak on his behalf.

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<![CDATA[Arlington Bowie Football Coach Rescues Woman From High Water]]> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 22:06:18 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Danny-DeArman-MansfieldBowie21.jpg

As record-setting rainfall and flooding inundated the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Arlington Bowie football coach Danny DeArman made a dramatic rescue Saturday night.

DeArman and his wife were driving on Interstate 30 near Caddo Mills when they saw a woman stuck in a car that had stalled in flooded waters on a service road. The Bowie coach swam to the car that was stuck on the edge of a ditch, pried the woman out and carried her to safety with water coming up to his knees.

DeArman's heroics were captured on video that was posted on Twitter.

Read more from our media partner The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[Southlake Family Grateful for Rescue From Raging Floodwaters]]> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 18:43:36 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Southlake+Water+Rescue+092218.jpg

It was dark and rainy, and Dr. Carlos Torres couldn't tell he was driving into raging floodwater along White Chapel Boulevard.

Until it was too late.

"We just went through this wall of water. It just came like a giant wave above the car," Torres said. "We were just trapped there, you know."

He was with his two daughters, trying to get home after dinner out.

"When I started to hyperventilate and just feel like I was going to die was when I felt the water rising up to my feet," said Fernanda Torres, 15. "It was insane."

And the water just kept rising.

Eventually it was above their seats.

Fernanda's sister Marianna realized how dangerous it was.

"That's when I started crying," Marianna Torres said. "I was like this is becoming really real right now. It was so scary."

They called 911.

Firefighters arrived.

"In that instant I was like, 'I'm in a movie. This has to be like a movie,'" Marianna Torres said. "It was so surreal."

They couldn't roll down their windows because the car's electrical system wasn't working.

"The oxygen in the car was running out," Fernanda Torres said. "I really couldn't breathe."

Firefighters raced to extend a ladder across the water -- right up to the Torres' car.

"They broke the window and they were like, 'Hey, how are you guys?' And we're like, 'Not good,'" Marianna Torres said.

One by one, they crawled out of the car and across the ladder.

First Marianna. Then Fernanda. Then their dad.

Finally, they were safe.

And grateful for their rescuers.

"They are heroes for everybody, you know," Carlos Torres said.

"They were just really nice," Fernanda Torres said. "They were really amazing."

"I say thank you so much. You all, your work is fantastic," Marianna Torres said. "We are blessed to have people like you in this world."

Southlake Fire Chief Michael Starr humbly accepted the family's praise.

"Anytime we have an opportunity to save someone's life like that, it's a great feeling for our people," Starr said. "It's very rewarding. It's why we do what we do."

Firefighters from Haltom City assisted with the rescue. Southlake, Haltom City and other cities share a dive team and other resources.

Photo Credit: Southlake Fire Department]]>
<![CDATA[American Airlines Could Be Surpassed as World's Largest]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 21:09:01 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/232*120/AmericanAirlinesBaggageFees.jpg

Dubai's flagship airline Emirates is looking at taking over unprofitable neighbor Etihad, according to four people familiar with the matter, in a move that would create the world's biggest carrier by passenger traffic.

The talks, which are at a preliminary stage, would see Emirates acquire the main airline business of Abu Dhabi's Etihad, which would keep its maintenance arm, according to the people, who asked not to be named because the matter is confidential. The negotiations could yet fall through, they said.

Any deal would require the blessing of the rulers of the richest sheikhdoms in the United Arab Emirates. For Abu Dhabi, which sits on 6 percent of global oil reserves, it would advance a drive to overhaul state-controlled entities as it adapts to lower crude prices. The airlines have traditionally been arch rivals, with their hubs competing to attract the same transfer passengers making long-distance trips between Asia and the West.

Read more from our media partner The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[Heavy Rain, Flooding Forces 35 Rescues in Everman]]> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 22:21:10 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/everman.jpg

At least 40 to 45 homes sustained damage overnight Saturday from a fast-rising flash flood in Everman, just south of Fort Worth.

The Everman Fire Department conducted approximately 35 water rescues, as well. Most of those were people trapped inside of cars, but others were people who were forced to scramble onto their rooftops in order to escape the rising water.

“We had residents stranded up on top of their homes. People begging for help, screaming for help,” said Chief Craig Spencer of the Everman Police Department, who is also the Director of Emergency Services. “It’s a scary situation not only for the residents, but also for the first responders. It’s a tough situation to be in.”

The worst of the flash flooding happened along Christie Avenue, just east of Race Street, according to Spencer. A neighborhood there backs up to the Chambers Creek, which rose well beyond its banks after several hours of intense rainfall.

Jimmie Reason has lived at the corner of Christie and Pittman avenues for six years and prior to that lived farther north on Christie for several years. He told NBC DFW he had never seen flooding along his street like this before.

“Man, it looked like we all live in a river,” Reason said, flabbergasted. “Everybody was panicking.”

Neighbors in one Everman neighborhood helped one another get to safety.

Christian Gregory and another neighbor tied an extension cord around a tree to help bring people in deep water across the street to safety.

“I felt people were helpless and they needed help, and my family was safe in a two story house,” Gregory said.

Gregory said they helped around 15 to 20 people.

The city of Everman has recommended that people who live in the immediate area should evacuate for the duration of the weekend, considering more rainfall is expected.

As of 3 a.m., four families – comprised of about 15 people – had already evacuated the area and opted to stay in an emergency shelter.

Photo Credit: Ben Russell - NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[New Search Warrants in Amber Guyger, Botham Jean Case]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:55:08 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Guyger+and+Botham+split.jpg

Newly released court records show three additional search warrants have been served in the investigation into the death of Botham Jean, the Dallas man shot and killed in his own apartment by Dallas police officer Amber Guyger.

Guyger has told investigators she mistakenly believed the apartment was her own and that Jean was a burglar.

The new warrants show investigators with the Dallas County District attorney’s office have been seeking additional video footage from surveillance cameras on townhomes across the street from the South Side Flats apartments where Jean and Guyger both lived.

Two of the warrants request doorbell video from two addresses on Arch Place. The warrants were served on “Ring,” a California-based company that provides doorbell security cameras systems.

In a third warrant, investigators are seeking security camera video from ADT Security Services, for additional camera footage from an address on Arch Place.

A resident at one of the homes targeted in the search warrants told NBC 5 that investigators were looking for video showing Guyger and Jean’s apartments. The resident said the view from his camera is obstructed. Video of the area may be crucial evidence for investigators as they try to re-trace Guyger’s steps in the minutes leading up to the shooting.

Guyger has told investigators she returned home at the end of her shift and found the door ajar at what she believed to be her apartment. In an arrest warrant affidavit, investigators have said Guyger described seeing a “large silhouette” in the apartment and that she gave ”verbal commands that were ignored” prior to firing the shots that killed Jean.

Jean’s family and their attorneys dispute those accounts and say information they have gathered from witnesses will contradict Guyger’s statements.

Guyger has been arrested and is facing a manslaughter charge but Dallas County prosecutors have said they will conduct their own review to determine if a murder charge or other charges are more appropriate.


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<![CDATA[Procession for Slain Fort Worth Officer Garrett Hull]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 20:57:51 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hull-end-of-watch.jpg

Fort Worth police officer Garrett Hull, who was shot and killed in a shootout with robbery suspects last week, was laid to rest Friday.

Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald retired Hull's badge number and promoted him, posthumously, to corporal.

The chief spoke directly to Hull's widow.

"We can never replace Garrett, but Sabrina, let me tell you 2,200 of us will die trying," he said. "I don't think there's one guy or person in here who will ever turn you down for anything you need, ever."

Fellow officer Chad Mills who worked in the same unit said Hull was his best friend.

"I love you Garrett Hull. Keep the streets of heaven safe as we keep your family safe here," Mills said.

Following a memorial service at Christ Chapel Bible Church in Fort Worth, a procession carried Hull to Greenwood Cemetery where he was to be laid to rest in a private, graveside ceremony for family.


Hull, a 17-year veteran of the Fort Worth Police Department, died Friday of a gunshot wound to the head during a shootout with a group of robbery suspects outside a Fort Worth sports bar.

On and off rain delayed the procession from Christ Chapel Bible Church to Greenwood Cemetery.

Citizens lined the way and finally the rain cleared.

Many waved American flags and saluted as police officers from across Texas, and beyond, drove by.

"I just wanted to show my support for the police," said Paul Braymen of Cleburne. "I know they have a tough job and they don't seem to get a lot of respect these days and it drives me nuts."

"Just wanted to come out and honor this man who gave his life for our city," a woman said.

The procession arrived at Greenwood Cemetery where firefighters offered their own salute. A large American flag hung from two ladder trucks as the casket passed by.

TJ Ragster is a longtime member of the Fort Worth Police Department's Clergy and Police Alliance and has seen how this loss has rocked the department.

"It's taken a toll on a lot of officers. To see the men and the women that serve our communities break down in tears…that's a hard one," Ragster said. "That's a hard pill to swallow. But, I believe they will bounce back real strong from it."

Ragster said the community will rally around the officers to help in the healing process.

"I believe we'll get through this and when I say we, I do mean the police department, the community — the city as a whole. We'll get through this tragic time together," Ragster said. "That's the main reason that I come out here. To let them know ‘you do have a community that stands behind you and supports you.'"

Donations benefiting Hull's family may be made ONLINE or by check to Tarrant County Blue, P.O. Box 1659, Fort Worth, Texas 76101.

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<![CDATA[High Water Forces Closure of US 75 in Plano, Now Back Open]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 23:02:55 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/75+flooding+image.jpg

Police in Plano were forced to shut down U.S. 75 in Plano due to high water over the road Friday night.

Rescue crews say nine vehicles became stranded in at least two-feet of water near the President George Bush Turnpike.

Crews had to rescue 14 people from inside those six cars.

The highway reopened about an hour later once the high water receded.

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<![CDATA[GOP Aide on Kavanaugh Case Resigns; Accused of Harassment]]> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 09:49:29 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/juez-brett-kavanaugh-mujer-acusa-abuso.jpg

A press adviser helping lead the Senate Judiciary Committee’s response to a sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has stepped down amid evidence he was fired from a previous political job in part because of a sexual harassment allegation against him. 

Garrett Ventry, 29, who served as a communications aide to the committee chaired by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, had been helping coordinate the majority party's messaging in the wake of Christine Blasey Ford’s claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her 36 years ago at a high school party. In a response to NBC News, Ventry denied any past "allegations of misconduct." 

After NBC News raised questions about Ventry's employment history and the sexual assault allegation against him, Judiciary Committee Spokesman Taylor Foy replied in a statement: "While (Ventry) strongly denies allegations of wrongdoing, he decided to resign to avoid causing any distraction from the work of the committee." 

Republicans familiar with the situation had been concerned that Ventry, because of his history, could not lead an effective communications response.

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<![CDATA[NYC Cop, EMT Brothers Answer Same 911 Call, Help Deliver Baby Together]]> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 08:58:43 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/42247248_10156511028020729_940893791135465472_o.jpg

Two brothers, one an NYPD cop and the other an FDNY EMT, responded to the same call for a woman in labor in Times Square and together helped deliver her baby.

NYPD officer Yan Poon was among the first cops responding to the 911 call from a hotel on West 43rd Street just after 12:30 p.m., according to police. In the room, he and officers Zhan Ren and Nicole Davis found Kristen Smith and her 35-year-old wife, Heather Smith, who was in active labor.

"When we got to the scene, it was a little chaotic, and I knew I needed to be the one to keep everyone calm," Poon said in a statement. "I instructed her to breathe and push." 

By the time EMS arrived, Heather Smith had given birth. 

"We arrived on scene, and I saw my brother in the hotel room with the patient," said EMT Yan Hao Poon. "The baby was already out, so my brother and I went to work assessing both patients, keeping the baby warm and providing oxygen." 

The brothers both work out of the Times Square area, and they happened to be working the same shift Friday: "We end up on the same call at least once a week," said officer Poon. 

Officer Poon went in the ambulance with the Smiths and their new baby, and all three are doing well at the hospital, according to the FDNY. 

"The FDNY would like to congratulate Heather and Kristen Smith on the birth of their baby, Jackson," they said. 

Photo Credit: FDNY
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<![CDATA[I-820 at Sun Valley in Fort Worth Closed Due to Flooding]]> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 07:38:05 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/219*120/820+sun+valley.PNG

Crews have shut down all lanes of I-820 in southeast Fort Worth due to high water.

This is going on near Sun Valley Road.

A live look from the TX-Dot camera in the area shows a backlog of traffic near the area.

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<![CDATA[Top Moments: Cruz, O'Rourke Face Off in Texas Senate Debate]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:01:58 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cruz-ORourke.jpg

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz had a chance to show off his often praised debating skills tonight in his first match-up against Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke, the El Paso congressman running a strong campaign against him.

Cruz is trying to win a second term in the U.S. Senate in a race that the Cook Political Report on Friday rated a toss-up. New polls show the competition tightening with a Reuters-Ipsos poll on Wednesday giving O’Rourke a two-point lead in a typically reliable red state. Countering those indications is a Quinnipiac poll had Cruz ahead by nine points.

O’Rourke is a three-term congressman. He has raised more money than Cruz, a presidential hopeful in 2016 against now President Donald J. Trump, drawing national attention to the race.

O’Rourke, who became an El Paso city councilman in 2005, is hoping to become the first Texan elected to the Senate since 1988.

Tonight’s hourlong debate is the first of three the men are scheduled to participate in. Here are some of the evening’s highlights.

“This is why people do not like Washington, D.C.”
A particularly sharp exchange between the two men came as they addressed police shootings of unarmed black men, one of which occurred about two weeks ago when a white off-duty Dallas police officer shot her black neighbor, Botham Jean, to death in his own apartment. Police Officer Amber Guyger, who has been charged with manslaughter, has told investigators that she mistook his apartment for hers.

Cruz accused O’Rourke of calling police officers modern-day Jim Crow, a reference to local laws that enforced racial segregation in the South, and deemed the description offensive.

“That is not Texas,” he concluded.

“What Senator Cruz said is simply untrue,” O’Rourke responded. “I did not call police officers modern-day Jim Crow.”

Video of O’Rourke’s town hall on Wednesday at Prairie View A&M University, a historically black college in Prairie View, Texas, shows him talking about a system that he said suspects a person based solely on the color of their skin, that searches, stops or shoots someone based on the color of their skin.

“It is why some have called this, and I think it is an apt description, the new Jim Crow,” he said.

Cruz, when asked whether he thought the police shootings a problem, said that everyone’s rights should be protected, but blamed irresponsible and hateful rhetoric for shootings of police officers — among them the killing of five Dallas police officers in 2016. He accused O’Rourke of repeating things he knew were not true, including accusing white police officers of shooting unarmed African American children, and said that The Washington Post had fact checked the claim and found it to be untrue.

“This is why people do not like Washington, D.C.,” O’Rourke said. “You just said something that I did not say and attributed it to me.”

“What did you not say?” Cruz asked.

“I’m not going to repeat the slander and mischaracterization,” O’Rourke said.

“You’re not going to say what you did say?” Cruz asked.

“This is your trick in the trade, to confuse and to incite based on fear and not to speak the truth,” O’Rourke said. "This is a very serious issue."

The Washington Post did examine a quote from O’Rourke but did not rate it given varying interpretations that were possible. The quote: “Black men, unarmed, black teenagers, unarmed, and black children, unarmed, are being killed at a frightening level right now, including by members of law enforcement without accountability and without justice.”

Cruz's dignity and President Trump
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump attacked Cruz viciously, suggesting that Cruz’s father had been involved in the assassination of President John Kennedy and tweeting an unflattering photograph of Cruz’s wife, Heidi, and threatening to “spill the beans” on her.

How did Cruz, who later endorsed Trump and praised him, respond to critics who said he had lost his dignity.

Cruz called his father his hero and his wife his best friend and the most beautiful woman on the planet.

After the election, he faced a choice and decided to work with the president on cutting taxes and regulations and creating new jobs.

“So yes, I could have chosen to make it about myself, to be selfish and say, ‘You know what, my feelings are hurt so I’m going to take my marbles and go home.’ But I think that would have been not doing the job I was elected to do.”

O’Rourke said that how Cruz responded when the president attacked him personally was his business. But the congressman also raised allegations that Trump had colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election and said he had attacked the country’s institutions.

“We need a U.S. senator who will stand up to this president, “ O’Rourke said.

“True to Form”
When the men were asked what they admired about their opponent, O’Rourke said he knew how hard Cruz worked, the time he had spent away from his children and the sacrifices he had made. He said he had no question that despite their differences, Cruz wanted to do the best for America.

“So I thank you Sen. Cruz for your public service,” O’Rourke said.

Cruz agreed that the time away from their children was a sacrifice for both men and that O’Rourke was passionate, energetic and believed in what he was fighting for. Then Cruz compared O’Rourke to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who he said advocated socialism, higher taxes and expanding government.

“You’re fighting for the principles you believe in and I respect that,” Cruz said.

“True to form,” O’Rourke responded.

“Thoughts and prayers”
The men clashed over how to protect students from shootings in school, both referring to the killings at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, in May.

Cruz called for more armed police officers in school, and rejected any new gun control measures.

“There is something deeply wrong that we have these shootings. There are a lot of things behind it that have nothing to do with government. They have things to do with things like removing God from the public square, like losing the moral foundation of much of our society, like losing the binds of community and family.”

O’Rourke argued that bringing a firearm into a classroom would not make students safer.

“Thoughts and prayers, Sen. Cruz, are just not going to cut it anymore,” he said. “The people of Texas, the children of Texas, deserve action.”

“More armed police officers in our schools is not thoughts and prayers,” Cruz answered. “I”m sorry you don’t like thoughts and prayers. I will pray for anyone in harm’s way but I also will do something about it.”

Differing Views on Drugs
On drugs, Cruz said that O’Rourke, while on the El Paso City Council, had called for a national debate on legalizing all narcotics, including heroin and cocaine.

“There is consistent pattern when it comes to drug use that in almost every single instance Congressman O’Rourke supports more of it,” Cruz said.

Cruz said that the issue was personal; his older sister died of a drug overdoes.

O’Rourke, who was arrested for drunken driving in 1998, said that he wanted to end the war on drugs and to end the prohibition on marijuana.

“To be clear, I don’t want to legalize heroin and cocaine and fentanyl,” he said.

Photo Credit: Tom Fox-Pool/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Departing DISD Official Accused of 'Employee Misconduct']]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:52:28 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Israel-Cordero-DISD-092118.jpg

NBC 5 Investigates has learned that the abrupt resignation of Israel Cordero, deputy superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District, came after he was accused of workplace misconduct.

Prior to his resignation, he had been placed on administrative leave, according to several sources.

One source with direction knowledge told NBC 5 Investigates the misconduct allegations involved sexual harassment claims.

Multiple attempts to reach Cordero for comment – by phone and at his home – went unanswered.

In a statement, DISD said Cordero "was placed on administrative leave by superintendent (Michael) Hinojosa following allegations of employee misconduct...

"Immediately, per board policy, the matter was assigned to outside legal counsel to investigate," the statement continued.

Cordero's departure, after 21 years with the district, came as a surprise to Rena Honea, president of the teachers' union, Alliance AFT.

"Very, very shocked," Honea said. "He's been an integral part of the growth and the leadership in Dallas ISD … Always professional, and I always got the sense that he never forgot where he came from."

While Cordero could not be reached for comment, NBC 5 Investigates obtained his resignation letter in which he said, "Following our meeting yesterday, I have thought and prayed…

"I have decided to resign … to pursue other career opportunities and to work on my dissertation."

He also wrote, "I will carry with me fond memories of working with the district's talented employees."

Photo Credit: Dallas ISD]]>
<![CDATA[Beto O'Rourke and Ted Cruz Square Off in First Debate]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 20:04:37 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_BETO_CRUZ_DEBATE_092118-153757785852600002.jpg

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke and Sen. Ted Cruz faced each other in the first of three planned debates Friday in what has become a neck and neck race for the Texas senate seat.

<![CDATA[Mavs Coach Speaks About Internal Investigation]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:24:42 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RICK_CARLISLE_ON_NBA_SOCIAL_ISSUES_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1193983043517.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks Head Coach Rick Carlisle spoke about the organizations internal investigation into sexual harassment and workplace misconduct.