<![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-usThu, 18 Jan 2018 12:02:08 -0600Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:02:08 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Water Main Breaks in NW Fort Worth]]> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:58:11 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fw-water-main-crews.jpg

Repair crews are braving freezing temperatures Thursday morning to repair a large water main near downtown Fort Worth.

The 2800 block of West Long Avenue, between Northeast 28th Street and West Loraine Street, was closed after an 18-inch water main ruptured.

It's not clear how long it will take crews to repair the line.

No further information was released.

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<![CDATA[Man Hit By Another Driver is Stuck With Medical Bills]]> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:46:35 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/5a+hd3-auto+insurance_KXASG1JU_2018-01-18-05-44-40.jpg

Every time Christen Zinger gets behind the wheel of a car, his grandfather Willis Lyons is just hoping he'll be okay.

"Just parental worry; that's my kid there," Lyons explained.

But last year, his fear became a reality.

"A guy turned left in front of me, trying to cut through the median, hit my car and I went off the road," said Zinger.

Zinger's car was totaled. He said officers assured him the other driver was at fault and gave him a slip with the driver's insurance information.

After running some tests and X-rays at Hilcrest Medical Center in Oklahoma, Zinger said he got the okay from doctors to go home. When he made it back to Texas, he said he contacted the other driver's insurance company, Travelers Insurance.

They sent him a check for his totaled car, but he said the medical bills were another story. Zinger said he received the first hospital bill on July 18 and emailed a copy to a Travelers Insurance adjuster.

"Every time I get a medical bill I call them and say, 'hey, I'm still receiving them. You guys told me you were calling the hospital.'"

He said when the adjuster finally called the hospital to see what was owed, he learned the bills came out to $6,400.

Zinger said the adjuster told him, "the bills were just too high," and he wasn't getting answers from the hospital as to why they were so high.

Zinger told us he did have medical insurance at the time of the accident, but didn't feel he needed to use his insurance since it wasn't his fault. He believed the bills were Travlers' responsibility.

But, six months later the bills remained unpaid.

"I've dealt with many insurance companies over my life and I've never had a company that operated this way," Lyons said. 

Zinger's grandfather got involved when they started receiving debt and lien notices in the mail. He said he made several phone calls to Travelers on his grandson's behalf, but couldn't get any answers, so he called the NBC 5 Responds team.

We called and emailed Travelers Insurance, and Zinger and his grandfather got a call from an adjuster a couple days later.

They said an adjuster apologized for their troubles and said he would make sure the bills were taken care of. The adjuster sent them a confirmation later that day.

$6,439, paid.

A spokesperson for travelers insurance told NBC 5:

"We have been working with Mr. Zinger since his claim was filed. We covered the total loss of his car soon after the accident and paid his medical bills after we received the appropriate documentation."

Zinger said the adjuster also sent him another check last week for $2,500. An email said it was an "injury settlement payment."

"I don't have to worry about getting these bills no more, and the debt collectors will probably leave me alone by now," he said.

A personal injury lawyer we spoke with said that insurance companies are obligated to cover medical expenses.

He also says, regardless of the reason you are sick or injured or who's at fault, you should always utilize your medical insurance. If the injured person's medical insurance pays the hospital bills, they will bring a claim against the driver who caused the accident, and that person's auto insurer is then obligated to step in and handle the case. This process is called subrogation.

<![CDATA[Amazon Package Thief Hits Collin County Neighborhood: Police]]> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:37:04 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/murphy51.jpg

Police are searching for a package thief suspect who they say snatched at least two Amazon packages from two homes in a Murphy neighborhood.

Both victims reported their packages were stolen about 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 3 in the Ranch/Gables neighborhood in Murphy.

Surveillance video from the first victim's home showed the suspect drive by the home in a red Dodge Challenger and make a U-turn. The woman came back to the home and grabbed the package, police said.

She is described as a woman in her 20s with short brown hair wearing a Texas Rangers T-shirt and jacket with multicolored high-top Converse with a pink stripe on the back. The red Challenger had no front license plate, police said.

The second victim reported an Amazon package was delivered to their residence at 8:30 a.m. and was taken from the front porch during the same time frame in the same neighborhood.

<![CDATA[Vote For a New Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnut Flavor]]> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:57:37 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/225*120/Krispy-Kreme-Glazed-Voting.png

For the first time ever, doughnut lovers will be able to decide the next Krispy Kreme doughnut flavor.

From now until January 22, you can vote for the next Glazed Doughnut flavor.

The choices are: blueberry, lemon, caramel and maple.

The winning doughnut flavor will be available for a week this spring.

“In 2017, our fans responded with tremendous enthusiasm regarding how we innovated around our Original Glazed Doughnut. We turned it green for St. Patrick’s Day. We eclipsed it with mouth-watering chocolate glaze for the total solar eclipse. And we sweetened it with warm gingerbread molasses to create a new holiday glazed favorite,” Jackie Woodward, Chief Marketing Officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts said in a statement. “To begin this year, we’re tapping that enthusiasm and mobilizing that engagement to make our fans full-fledged innovation partners. It’s an unprecedented step for Krispy Kreme as a brand and enhances what is already an awesome doughnut experience for our customers.”

You can vote online once a day for your favorite. Click here to vote.

The winning flavor will be announced Jan. 25.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Named Finalist to Host Women's Final Four]]> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:37:52 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/aac+dallas+womens+final+four.jpg

A women's basketball champion could again be crowned in Dallas.

Thursday, the NCAA announced eight cities as finalists for sites to host the Women's Final Four from 2021-2024. Other cities vying for the Final Four are Cleveland, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Nashville and San Antonio.

Dallas hosted the 2017 Women's Final Four where South Carolina beat Mississippi State to become the national champion.

The games in Dallas were held on Friday and Sunday, for the first time since 2002, allowing fans to attend games over the weekend without compromising work obligations, according to the NCAA. Both semifinal games and the championship game sold out the American Airlines Center.

San Antonio has hosted the Women's Final Four in 2002 and 2010. Houston is the only city vying for its first chance to host the end of the women's tournament.

Cities have until April 27 to submit their final bids. The NCAA will conduct site visits in the summer and final selections could take place in early October.

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<![CDATA[Year in Review: Top Stories and Events of 2017]]> Mon, 01 Jan 2018 17:01:20 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-nye-2017-fireworks-tower-+%289%29.jpg

NBC 5 takes a look back at the events and stories that had a major impact on North Texas in 2017. Choose from the galleries below to explore a variety of news-making subjects from the past year.

Lone Star NYE Closes Out 2017

AT&T Streaming Lights at Reunion Tower, a 360-degree panoramic fireworks spectacular, closes out 2017 and rings in the new year, Jan. 1, 2018.

Texas Sky Ranger: An Aerial Look Back at 2017

A collection of the biggest stories from 2017. Starting from the month of January and ending in December in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Thanks to the pilots and mechanics that keep Texas Sky Ranger in the air and our team of photojournalists, led by Ames Meyer, for the amazing visuals.

Top 10 News Stories of 2017

Here are the Top 10 News stories from 2017, based on traffic data from NBCDFW.com.

Top 10 Sports Stories of 2017

A presidential photobomb and a $10 million donation are among the top sports stories of 2017.

Top 10 Weather Stories of 2017

Hurricane Harvey and the outbreaks of tornadoes in North and East Texas were among the top weather stories of 2017.

2017 in Photos: Attacks, Protests, Tragedies and Hope

Nationwide political protests, global movements for social change and the rise of a businessman-turned-president defined much of 2017.

Top 5 Texas News Stories of 2017

The tragic mass shooting at a small South Texas church, which left 26 people dead, was the most read Texas news story of 2017.

Top 5 Health Stories of 2017

A Dallas man with a new tattoo who died after swimming in the Gulf of Mexico and an innovative way to protect premature babies were among the most read health stories of 2017.

Top 10 Entertainment Stories of 2017

Red carpet fashion at the Golden Globe Awards and H-E-B named among America's favorite grocery brands were two of the top entertainment stories of 2017 on NBCDFW.com.

Top 10 Real Estate Stories of 2017

A Fort Worth castle and a sprawling ranch are just two of the most popular real estate stories of 2017.

In Memoriam: Influential People We've Lost This Year

Take a look back at the people we've lost in 2017, including politicians, artists and other public figures.

Top 5 Cowboys Stories of 2017

Romo's future and Zeke's off the field troubles dominated coverage of the Dallas Cowboys in 2017.

Top 5 Rangers Stories of 2017

Yu Darvish is traded and a contract extension that included two horses topped reader lists in 2017.

Top 5 Mavs Stories of 2017

Dirk set a major milestone and then received one of the most interesting/bizarre gifts in the mail.

Top 5 Stars Stories of 2017

One coach is out, another is in, and the team trolled the NFL Chargers.

2017 TMS Year in Photos

Recap the motorsports season at Texas Motor Speedway. The track played host to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Verizon IndyCar Series, Robby Gordon Stadium SUPER Trucks and the American Sprint Car Series.

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<![CDATA[Fact Check: Trump's Claim That Shutdown Would Hurt Military]]> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:16:06 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/895385254-US-Capitol.jpg

Amid signs that the country could be headed toward a government shutdown this weekend, President Donald Trump said the consequences of one would be "devastating" to the U.S. military.

In fact, a government shutdown would likely have little impact on the military, NBC News reported.

A partial shutdown, which would begin on Saturday in the absence of a legislative solution, would require many federal workers to be furloughed and various offices closed.

But the government exempts federal employees whose job is considered essential to national security, which includes not only the military, but border patrol agents, doctors, and TSA screeners, among others.

Members of the military would technically still not get paid until Congress funds the government.But Congress has also treated the military and defense workers differently during previous shutdowns, and it's possible they could do the same thing this time with separate legislation.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Dog 'Lamb of God' Improving in Austin Foster Home]]> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:01:28 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lamb-of-God_Austin.jpg

The dog known as Lamb of God, or "Lamby," is showing improvement in her Austin foster home after a court ruling stopped her from being euthanized and placed her with a no-kill nonprofit.

Lamby's former owner, a homeless man, would often dress her up in sunglasses or a cowboy hat in an attempt to get people in Deep Ellum to pay for photos with her.

She was set to be euthanized after she bit a child at an Oak Cliff gas station, but attorneys who filed an injunction convinced a judge to send her to Austin Pets Alive!, a no-kill nonprofit.

Now, the nonprofit and her foster parents say she's learning commands and passing behavior assessments. 

"Knowing Lamby's past environment, we've focused on keeping her new home calm and consistent," her foster parents said in a Facebook post. "She is passing with flying colors and growing more confident in a home every single day."

Austin Pets Alive! said they're optimistic that Lamby will pass her final behavior tests, which will allow her to be adopted out. 

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<![CDATA[5 Texas Garden Trends You'll See in 2018]]> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:34:16 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/1515698699-NG_14FrontGarden06.jpg

With warmer weather just around the corner, now is the time to lay the groundwork for a stunning spring garden. Here's what will be big in the garden in 2018.

Water you doing?

This year brings water to the forefront, with 2017 marking the third-warmest year on record for the U.S., according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

With what seems like increasingly unpredictable weather patterns -- plus the 2017 Texas Water Development Board's plan calling for increased conservation practices to meet the demands of our rapidly growing population -- it's important to design landscapes resistant to both flood and drought conditions without losing aesthetic appeal.

Click here to read more from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[A Space Station Is Falling to Earth. No Need to Freak Out]]> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:53:29 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/chinese-station.jpg

A Chinese space station that hasn't hosted any astronauts since 2013 is expected to plunge to Earth in late March.

The Tiangong-1 station will mostly burn up during reentry and experts say that while it's hard to predict where any fragments might land, the risk to humans on the ground is small, NBC News reported.

An Aerospace analysis found that “the risk that an individual will be hit and injured by a piece of debris is estimated to be less than one in a one trillion.”

“It’s much more common to be hit by lightning,” said Dr. William Ailor, principal engineer for the Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies at Aerospace.

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<![CDATA[The ISIS Soldier Who Grew Up at the Jersey Shore]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:09:54 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/170518-abu-hamza-al-amriki-se-327p_copy_bb4380ec4bc896cf95c3af028c2ac16b.nbcnews-ux-1024-900.jpg

He graduated from Atlantic City High School in 2010. His Albanian immigrant family owned a pizza shop in Margate, New Jersey. He attended a mosque where "he hated people," according his mother.

Then Zulfi Hoxha went to Syria and became Abu Hamza al-Amriki, an ISIS soldier, according to his mother and court documents in another recent terrorism case involving an American.

"I am upset," his mother Ltefaji Hoxha told NBC10 at her house in Margate in the first confirmation outside of court filings that the 25-year-old is in Syria fighting for the group also known as the Islamic State. "No good. I'm very upset."

Hoxha, 25, was identified in filings for the federal case against David "Daoud" Wright, who was convicted last year on terrorism charges and is serving 28 years in prison. The Atlantic first identified Hoxha as Abu Hamza al-Amriki.

A terrorist by that nom de guerre made waves in May 2017 when he appeared in an ISIS propaganda video. In that video, he calls on "lone wolf" terrorists to carry out attacks on targets in the United States.

"Liberate yourself from hellfire by killing a kafir," Abu Hamza al-Amriki said in the video, which showed him in battlefield fatigues and kneeling in front of rocket launchers.

His mother said she last talked to him about a year ago. Hoxha, according to the court documents in the Wright case, joined ISIS in Syria in April 2015. He quickly became a senior commander, the documents said. It is unclear why he was promoted to a commander.

Ltefaji Hoxha said that a year ago he was talking to her, “saying ‘Zulfi is good’ and now he stopped it.” He doesn’t call or talk to her anymore, she said.

Eventually, her daughter called for her mother to shut the door.

A spokeswoman for the FBI would not talk about any potential investigations involving Zulfi Hoxha.

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<![CDATA[Crossing Guard Sees Signs of Progress]]> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:46:22 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/COLONY_CROSSING_GUARD.jpg

Ann McDonald, a crossing guard in The Colony takes her job seriously.

When she saw potential for trouble on her watch, she took her concerns to City Hall.

The intersection of Nash at Blair Oaks Drive is near a school. A four-way stop brings drivers to a halt, but McDonald worried the stop signs weren't enough. She told NBC 5 she saw a few close calls in that spot and wanted to put drivers on alert for kids walking or riding bikes. 

McDonald lobbied City Hall for yellow caution signs to be posted under the stop signs. During the winter break, those signs went up and drivers can now clearly see they're coming into an area frequented by children, joggers, bicyclists and pedestrians.

McDonald happened to drive by the day the signs were installed and could not have been happier to know her concerns had been heard. 

"Our crossing guards work very hard to make sure all of our kids make it to school and home safely," said Officer Rick De La Cruz with The Colony Police Department. 

<![CDATA[Fort Worth Group Helping to Fight Sex Trafficking]]> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:50:17 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Sex_Trafficking_Gilmore.jpg

Throughout North Texas a lot of people will be wearing blue today ahead of a sex trafficking awareness meeting scheduled for tonight in Burleson.

This year, National Human Trafficking Awareness Month includes the “Wear Blue" campaign to signify a united effort to combat the issue of human trafficking.

“Not In My Neighborhood” is a nonprofit to raise awareness of child sex trafficking that was started by four women in Fort Worth from the Oakhurst and Riverside area.

“People in this area probably don’t think it’s happening here,” said Sharon Buse who is one of the founders. “I am so passionate about this because I have a friend whose daughter was trafficked in Fort Worth.

"Bottom line is it could happen to anyone. It could happen to my family or yours," Buse said. "It’s not always the child that has trouble at home or the child living in poverty or living in homelessness. It could happen to anyone’s child and that’s something we as a society need to help stop.”

The non-profit has been operating for a year.

Experts from Alliance for Children, the Homeland Security North Texas Trafficking Division and the Fort Worth Police Department Human Trafficking Unit will be presenting.

“We want to let people know what is happening out there,” said Cathy Siefert who is also one of the founders. “We want to grab the attention locally in our neighborhood, in our city, and the entire state of Texas. Its growing and we need to put an end to it,” said Siefert.

The awareness meeting will be held at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Burleson starting at 6:30p.m. Registration for the event is suggested but not required.

Online: registration form

<![CDATA[Texas DPS Waiting Tool is Working Again]]> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:41:44 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/garland-dps-waiting-lines.jpg

Winter weather was to blame for a popular service, designed to cut down on what can be an hours-long wait at Texas driver license centers, being shut down for several days this week.

The Texas Department of Public Safety’s Get Inline Online service was deactivated while several state offices were closed this week due to inclement weather, according to a statement from the DPS Media and Communications Office.

The system was reinstated Wednesday afternoon.

When it works properly, the Get Inline Online system allows people to make an appointment online for a variety of features, including applying for a driver license, renewing your license, changing your name or address or when taking your written or driving test.

The system has allowed many customers to trim their time spent waiting at a license center from hours to minutes.

Several customers expressed their frustration with the online appointment system being shut down prior to its being turned back on Wednesday.

“We first tried it on Monday, we tried to yesterday, tried it this morning before we came over and it said that it wasn't working,” said Keith Rice, of Keller, who spent three hours at the Fort Worth Mega Center with his teenage son.

Trudie Stone, another DPS customer, expected to have a similar experience while she was walking in.

“We came in yesterday and we were told that it was a four hour wait before we can get in, and that is why the lady told me to do it either over the phone or on the website which I did,” Stone said. “And I tried five different times every time I tried it they gave me that same information [that the online appointment system was not available]”

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<![CDATA[7 Additional Flu Deaths Reported in Dallas County]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:52:05 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-000054.jpg

Dallas County Health & Human Services reported seven additional flu-related deaths on Wednesday, bringing the season total to 38.

The patients ranged in age from 51 to 89 and lived in Cedar Hill, Dallas, Garland, DeSoto and Rowlett.

All patients had high risk health conditions and died after complications from the flu.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the flu season nationwide is far worse than what they saw last year at this time.

Last year, 12 states had widespread cases, but this year there are 46. More than 400 people have died from the flu around the country.

Denton County reported its first two flu deaths of the season earlier Thursday. Tarrant County has recorded three flu deaths, as of Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Tarrant County Hospitals Seeing Flu Progress into Pneumonia]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:00:35 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/flu.png

Several Tarrant County hospitals are seeing an increase in flu cases turning into more serious illnesses like pneumonia and respiratory infections.

The emergency room at Medical City Fort Worth was slammed Wednesday night. There are so many cases coming in that some doctors are sending patients to overflow space in surrounding hospitals.

But increasingly they say folks are coming in sicker and sicker, with symptoms progressing beyond the flu. Dr. Omesh Singh says he's treating patients in intensive care right now because they waited too long to see a doctor, thinking they could tough it out.

Many hospitals have been urging flu patients not to go to the emergency room due to overcrowding. But Dr. Singh says that advice does not apply if your symptoms have already progressed, particularly in babies, patients over 65, and those with underlying medical conditions.

"If you're sicker, having a lot of shortness of breath, a lot of issues conducting your day-to-day activities, don't hesitate, go to the emergency room and get checked out," said Dr. Singh.

JPS hospital told NBC 5 the same thing Wednesday night. They opened a flu clinic this week to relieve ER overcrowding. But they're still seeing very, very sick patients coming in the emergency room with things like respiratory infections.

NBC 5 asked Dr. Singh what he does to stay healthy, considering he gets sneezed and coughed on all day. He said his hands are dry from constant washing, he sleeps well, exercises every day, drinks three liters of water a day, and every night he uses nasal saline solution like a neti pot.

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<![CDATA[2 Dead in Dallas After Spending Night in the Cold]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:35:30 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/216*120/coold+deaths.JPG

Two people are dead after spending the night out in the cold in South Dallas.

A woman's body was discovered on the ground near her wheelchair just before 8:00 Wednesday morning at a DART bus shelter at the intersection of S. Malcolm X Blvd. and Peabody Ave. (near Pennsylvania Ave.).

"She was laying there," said Broderick Auzenne, who called 911. "I didn’t know her name, I just shook her. She was real hard and she didn’t wake up."

Several people, including Auzenne, had seen the woman at the bus shelter since Monday, and tried to get her to go inside.

"She wouldn’t go, she wouldn’t go. We tried everything we could to try to help her," Auzenne said.

A few hours later, Dallas police officers found the body of a 69-year-old man under the Interstate 45 overpass at Martin Luther King Blvd., near the former site of "Tent City," a homeless encampment that was shut down last summer.

Wednesday night, Our Calling, a homeless outreach center by day, was acting as an emergency shelter for another night. 

"I heard about a couple of people that died out there in the cold last night," said Charles Watkins. Watkins said he sleeps on the streets, but came to Our Calling because it was too cold. "That's frightening feeling, you know?"

"Because of the cold weather, we're staying open all night," said Operations Director Pastor Jeremy Goerning. "It's a little bit overwhelming because the need is far greater than the resources currently available to help."

“The city is doing all they can," said Reverand Reginald Meriwether, a street minister who works with the homeless. "They are coming out asking people do they want to come in, and some of them say 'no', you what I’m saying? Their pride is in them, know what I’m saying," said Meriwether.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause of the deaths. Foul play is not suspected.

On Wednesday night, Dallas sidewalks and underpasses were dotted with sleeping bags.

"Right here on top of this vent is where we're gonna put down a bed," explained Ryan Rule, who felt lucky to sleep on top of a sidewalk grate that blew hot air. "It's a luxury, it really is."

The temperature was 13 degrees overnight in North Texas. NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell said it was the coldest night in the area in seven years. 

The metroplex was under a hard freeze warning Tuesday night until noon Wednesday.

NBC 5's Kevin Cokely contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Southwest Airlines Employee Bus Damaged in Shooting]]> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:52:08 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/southwest-airlines-bus-shooting-metro.jpg

Dallas police say someone opened fire on a Southwest Airlines employee shuttle bus early Thursday morning.

According to police, the bus was heading southbound on Denton Drive when bullets from a passing car shattered a window on the driver's side at about 3 a.m.

The driver, the only person on board the bus, was not hurt.

No further information was released.

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<![CDATA[Ricci Bradden Found Guilty in Good Samaritan Murder]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:39:22 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ricci-chambless-bradden-mug-inset.jpg

A soldier could spend life behind bars after being found guilty Wednesday of fatally shooting a father of three as he tried to stop him from leaving the scene of a shooting in May 2015.

Judge Louis Sturns found 24-year-old Ricci Chambless Bradden guilty of murder Wednesday in the fatal shooting of 35-year-old Marine and father of three Anthony "TJ" Antell Jr. Bradden faces up to life behind bars; the punishment phase of the trial begins Thursday morning.

Bradden's attorney, Pete Schulte, said on Twitter he plans to appeal Sturns' verdict.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, on May 2, 2016, Bradden went to see his wife where she worked at a southeast Arlington Walgreens. The pair got into an argument and police said Bradden shot his wife in the ankle.

Antell, who witnessed the confrontation between Bradden and his then-wife, called his wife who was outside in their car to warn her of the shooting. Moments later, Antell was in the parking lot where he grabbed the gun out of his family's vehicle so that he could try to stop Bradden from leaving the scene.

Police said that's when Bradden got out of his car and fatally shot Antell. Antell's wife, Crystal, ran to his side and called out for help as he took his final breaths.

In court Tuesday, through tears she described the moments after her husband was shot.

"I ran out of the car and I ran to him. And I was on top of him and I was trying to hold him and I was yelling for help and no one would help me and I was just screaming for someone to help me," Crystal Antell said.

"When the man got out of the car, he was eerily calm. He was so calm that I questioned myself. And the minute his arm started moving, the shots were fired. TJ didn't have a chance," Antell said. "And then the guy got in the car, slammed the door and peeled off, like it didn't matter."

Bradden later surrendered at a Texas Department of Public Safety office in Hillsboro while on his way back to Fort Hood. According to the affidavit, Bradden's commanding officers urged him to surrender to civilian authorities.

Since his arrest, Bradden has been held at the Tarrant County Jail on $500,000 bail.

NBC 5's Don Peritz contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Highland Park High School Closed Due to No Heat]]> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:48:57 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/highland-park-hs-sign.jpg

Highland Park High School is canceling classes Thursday due to issues with the school’s heating system.

The building is too cold to hold classes, school officials said.

Utility crews tried to restore the heat Wednesday evening, but were unsuccessful.


High school coaches and sponsors will contact their students regarding whether practices will be held.

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<![CDATA[15-Year-Old Missing From Dallas]]> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:38:19 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/yanavi2.jpg

Dallas police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 15-year-old who was last seen Tuesday and may be a danger to herself.

Yanavi Jones is described as a 5-foot-3 black female who weighs 170 lbs with red hair and brown eyes. She was last seen on foot in the 2400 block of Lanark Ave. She was seen wearing black and white tights with a brown shirt and black boots.

There is reason to believe Yanavi may be a danger to herself, police said.

Anyone who sees Yanavi is asked to call 911 or Dallas police at 214-671-4268.

<![CDATA[Gay Couple Sues Vistaprint After Receiving 'Hateful' Flyers]]> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:19:53 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Gay_Couple_Sues_Printer_Over_Alleged_Message_of_Hate.jpg

A gay couple sued Vistaprint on Tuesday in Massachusetts, alleging the printing company sent them pamphlets with messages about temptation and sin instead of the wedding programs they ordered for their special day.

Stephen Heasley and Andrew Borg were married in Pennsylvania in September but on the eve of their wedding, they say they opened up a package that was supposed to be their wedding program, and instead they say Vistaprint sent them pamphlets about sin and Satan.

The couple filed a federal lawsuit claiming discrimination.

The couple's lawsuit says they were horrified to find the package they received the day before their wedding contained pamphlets with "hateful, discriminatory and anti-gay'' messages. They say they hope their lawsuit sends a message that "there will be consequences for acts of hate.''

The couple's lawyer spoke for them from New York via FaceTime.

"It was supposed to be the happiest day of their life and it was marred by this delivery," Michael Willemin says.

Willemin believes the pamphlets are an assault on the rights of all gay people, equating the couple's relationship to satan's temptation.

The printing company, with a regional headquarters in Massachusetts, confirmed in a statement Wednesday night that they just learned of the incident on January 16 and says they support diversity and reject discrimination in all forms.

"Vistaprint in no way condones — and does not tolerate — discrimination against any of our customers based on their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation."

Vistaprint CEO Trynka Shineman and Vistaprint founder and Cimpress CEO Robert Keane said in the statement they have reached out to the couple to "express our sadness that this incident occurred, and disappointment that this in any way diminished the joy of their wedding day memories."

Heasley and Borg say their special event was a little less special because of the hateful messages.

"Of course they didn't want to become the face for this but they know what they're doing has to be done," Willemin says.

The printing company went on to say in their statement that they are hoping to establish a dialogue with the couple so together they can use this incident as an opportunity to shine a light on important LGBTQ issues.

"To know that any customer could feel treated in such a way, especially during a time that should be filled with joy, is extremely disheartening," Vistaprint said in the statement. "We have never been more disappointed to let a customer down."

Vistaprint officials say they are investigating the incident to determine how and why the couple received the materials. 

<![CDATA[North Texans Pushing For Dream Act in DC]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:59:54 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/daca+in+dc.jpg

As Friday's critical deadline looms, more than a dozen North Texans are in Washington working to convince lawmakers to take a stand.

They want them to refuse to vote on a spending bill, unless there's a deal to help the 700,000 Dreamers protected by the DACA program, which is set to expire in March.

Dallas resident Nick Hernandez recorded video of a protest on Capitol Hill on Wednesday by a Jewish organization called “Bend the Arc.”

Demonstrators sat inside the rotunda at the Russell Senate Office Building and chanted "let my people stay.” Some wore armbands that read "Jews for dreamers".

Capitol Hill police detained the demonstrators and led them away without any incidents.

Thousands of people from across the country are in Washington pushing for a dream act.

Twenty made the trip from North Texas.

They're plan is to meet with as many lawmakers as possible before Friday.

NBC 5 spoke via Skype with Hernandez and Sandra Avalos, a DACA recipient from Dallas who says she wants lawmakers to see the faces of those who are impacted.

“The fight, fighting it together within itself it gives us power, it gives us empowerment to make sure that whatever comes we're going to continue to push,” Avalos said.

Many democrats have said they will not vote on the spending bill unless an immigration deal comes with it meaning, the ongoing battle over immigration could be the issue that causes the government to shutdown.

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<![CDATA[Pawn Shop Searches for Ring's Owner]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:58:53 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pawn-shop-ring.jpg

The owner of a Fort Worth pawn shop is on the hunt for the rightful owner of a diamond ring he believes showed up in his store in the wrong hands.

Michael Meyer of Purple Heart Pawn and Gun said it showed up Tuesday when some customers brought in a pair of wireless Apple earbuds along with the ring.

To make sure they worked, Meyer synced them to his phone. There on the screen, he saw they had been named "Lacy's earbuds." But when he asked who Lacy was, his customers told him they'd purchased the earbuds on Craigslist. He said that was his first red flag. 

Then he and his manager took a look at the ring, which they were sure was a real diamond stone.

“He said, 'Well how much do you want for the ring?' And the lady said $100. So we put two and two together that it’s probably a stolen ring for them to want just $100 for this ring that’s two to three carats,” said manager Patsy Martinez. 

Martinez said the transaction was followed by a quick test verifying the stone was real. The seasoned pawn pros then estimated the ring featuring a heart shaped stone was valued closer to $20,000. 

Now they're on a mission to find the rightful owner. 

“I hope we will. She deserves this ring back," said Martinez. 

They're asking that the owner bring proof of purchase, some form of identification and any information about the ring, like the size of the ring, to Purple Heart Pawn and Gun on McCart Avenue in Fort Worth.

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<![CDATA[Jury Handed Zoe Hastings Murder Case]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:03:52 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/zoe-hastings-inset-scene1.jpg

Deliberations will resume Thursday in the state's case against Antonio Cochran, the man accused of abducting, assaulting and fatally stabbing 18-year-old Zoe Hastings in 2015.

A Dallas County jury of eight women and four men began deliberations in the capital murder case Wednesday afternoon before ending the day at about 4 p.m.

Cochran's murder trial began last Thursday with the victim’s mother taking the stand where she talked about the night her daughter disappeared. She said family members used the Zoe's laptop and "Find My Phone" technology to find the location of the missing teenager. When she and her husband arrived at that location they were met by police and instantly knew that something was not right.

Prosecutors allege Cochran kidnapped Hastings in October 2015 when, while on the way to church, she made a quick stop at a Lake Highlands Walgreens to return a rented movie. Hastings never showed up at church; the next day her body was found outside of her family's minivan which had crashed into a creek bed. Police said her throat had been cut and she was only partially clothed.

Cochran has a long rap sheet with arrests and convictions dating back 15 years for crimes that include assault, theft and burglary. As recently as February 2014, he was arrested in Bowie County, Texas after being accused of raping a teenage girl in a car. The District Clerk’s Office confirms that the case went all the way to a jury trial in January 2015 where Cochran was acquitted.

If Cochran is found guilty of capital murder, he will automatically be sentenced to life in prison as prosecutors were not seeking the death penalty in the case.

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<![CDATA[Trump Admin Moves to Bar Agricultural, Seasonal Worker Visas]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:05:10 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-2148503.jpg

The Trump administration is moving to prohibit people from Haiti — which the president allegedly insulted in a meeting last week — from applying for visas for seasonal and farm workers.

The Department of Homeland Security has given notice it plans to prohibit people from Haiti, as well as Belize and Samoa, ineligible to apply for H-2A and H-2B visas, which are temporary. The H-2A visa is for agriculture and the H-2B is for non-agricultural seasonal work in places such as resorts.

In the notice, DHS said that Haitians applying for the visas “present extremely high rates of refusal." DHS also said it stopped taking Belize applications because the country is not complying with U.S. anti-trafficking laws. And Samoa is now listed as “at risk of non-compliance” because it has not made progress in accepting back nationals deported from the U.S. 

Michael Clemens, a senior fellow at the non-partisan Center for Global Development, said barring Haitians from the visa will encourage illegal migration to the U.S. and hurt the U.S. economy. "Haitian farmworkers on the H-2A visa that I have studied in Alabama added $4,000 to the U.S. economy per worker, per month," said Clemens, who is a labor economist.

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<![CDATA[Natural Gas Outage in McKinney Cuts Service to Homes, School]]> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:23:27 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/atmos-crew-generic.jpg

Natural gas service is being restored to more than 100 customers in McKinney after record demand during a bitterly cold week cut the supply.

Atmos Energy said the demand dropped pressure and 120 customers lost service. The company said Wednesday afternoon crews had restored the pressure to normal levels and that they were reconnecting service to homes -- though to be reconnected, someone over the age of 18 must be present. Atmos will keep technicians in the area Wednesday night to reconnect service.

The low pressure Wednesday morning forced the closure of an elementary school.

McKinney ISD said it received noticed of low pressure at McClure Elementary at 7:30 a.m. The building was warm at the start of the day, but would get colder. The district bussed approximately 500 students to a nearby high school auditorium where the children could stay warm. Parents were notified they could pick up their kids by 9:30 a.m.

The lack of natural gas also impacted homes in the Auburn Hills subdivision along U.S. Highway 380.

Kim Rachow said he first noticed a problem while cooking breakfast on his gas stovetop. Even though the heat was set to “high,” there was only a low flame. Within a few hours, the thermostat showed the temperature in the house dipped to 62 degrees. Rachow and his wife, who work from home, wore coats at they worked at their computers inside the house.

“It is frustrating in this cold to be sitting in your house freezing when you’ve got gas heat, but it’s not heating,” said Rachow.

Another neighbor, Ross Edman, raced home from work to check on his dog. An Atmos tech was at his home to turn off the gas supply as crews worked in the neighborhood.

Edman said the temperature is hovering in the low 60’s in the home as of late Wednesday afternoon, but if things get colder, he expects to find another place to stay for the night.

“We have friends and family in the area so if it comes down to it, we’ll stay there,” said Edman.

Atmos is asking people to conserve natural gas, especially during the peak hours of 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Low pressure is not expected to be dangerous, but the company advises anyone who smells natural gas to leave the area immediately and call 911.

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<![CDATA[Fort Worth is Boomtown Around Alliance Airport]]> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:00:37 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wellington+development.jpg

In what used to be empty fields, construction crews are busy at work, laying the groundwork for what will soon be North Fort Worth's newest neighborhood. 

The Wellington subdivision will add 3,200 homes to the area around Interstate 35 and Highway 287 – the region near Alliance Airport that already has seen massive growth.

"It used to take 10 minutes to get down to Lake Worth. Now it takes 30 minutes on a good day,” said Mitch Bell, who lives nearby and is one of the regulars at the Circle S Catfish Grill.

"It's this whole area between here and Alliance. It’s like the old, 'build an airport and they will come,’” said Bell’s lunch companion, Troy Stimson. “And that's exactly what happened here."

Stimson said he appreciates the conveniences that the big city offers – but not the headaches.

"We were out in the country and now we're almost in the middle of the city again,” he said.

The sleepy nearby town of Haslet, population 1,700, is surrounded by the city of Fort Worth. It's bracing to triple in size in the next seven years.

"This is where the school district is planning a future high school and middle school," said Haslet's economic development director, Thad Chambers, pointing to a map at City Hall.

His concern -- putting in new streets fast enough.

"The only way to pay for roads is to have tax revenue and typically it's a chicken and egg -- you need the rooftops and the commercial growth to pay for those roads,” Chambers said.

He said Haslet requires developers to have bigger lots than Fort Worth, so new home prices are higher there.

The look and feel of the entire area has already changed, Chambers added.

"A lot of people moved up here many years ago when it was rural North Tarrant County. And now, we're a nice suburb of North Fort Worth,” he said. “It's changed, and there's no going back once the houses are here.”

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<![CDATA[Tots Learn To Skate At Dr. Pepper StarCenters]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:31:50 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kids+skate.jpg

At the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, we’ll witness the best athletes in the world competing for gold, but even the best athletes had to start somewhere.

Some of the newest athletes in a favorite winter sport in North Texas get their start on the ice at the Dr. Pepper StarCenter in Farmers Branch.

There are ice skating classes for all age groups and the youngest students attend the Tots class.

“Give me a high five for standing up all by yourself, that is fabulous,” said Miss Stephanie, the teacher who is running the ice that’s covered with 3-5 year olds.

“Can you make those toes touch?” Stephanie asks one small skater, “Those are so great!”

Each child has a different reason for learning to skate.

5-year-old Natalia wanted to learn after seeing ice skaters at the Galleria Dallas.

Allison, who is four years old, wanted to learn how to ski, but she got pretty skates instead.

Adriana and her twin sister, Juliana, came to the StarCenter for lessons because their older sister is also learning to skate there.

And three-year-old Harvey is training to be, “A hockey player!” he said with enthusiasm.

His Parents are Ashley and Brenden.

“Our son loves to check,” Brenden said with a laugh. They said Harvey’s passion for all-things hockey came from attending a Dallas Stars’ hockey game when he was two years old.

“He absolutely loved it, and so he was sort of asking us, ‘What is hockey? Want to try skating?’ and so we went out and gave it a shot and he loved it,” Brenden said.

Thanks to some extra precautions, they’re not worried about injuries.

“Ya, you gotta gear him up for safety. So we’ve got the helmet on,” Brenden said.

“Knee pads under the green thing,” Harvey said while pointing to his green socks.

“You got the socks to keep him warm, the big jacket,” Brenden said.

“And make sure you don’t fall on the ice,” Harvey said.

“We’ve never had worries about it though, there’s enough padding there that if he does fall he’s okay,” Brenden said.

From expanding their horizons to training for the Dallas Stars, which is going to happen, “When I get big,” Harvey said; these young skaters prove it’s never too early to try something new.

The Dr. Pepper StarCenters in North Texas have skating classes for all ages and skill levels. If you’d like to give it a shot, CLICK HERE.

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