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Tarrant County Working to Reduce High Rate of Domestic Violence

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 19:26

An estimated one in three women in Tarrant County will become a victim of domestic violence. The national average is one in four. Last year, the county had 16 domestic violence murders, 14 already this year. The

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2 Fatal Dog Stabbings Likely Related: Fort Worth Police

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 19:23

Fort Worth police arrested a man Friday and charged him with felony animal cruelty after two of his neighbor's dogs were found stabbed to death.

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Texas Connects Us: Big Game Footballs

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 19:08

The Big Game Football Factory in Dallas produces nearly 90 percent of the footballs used in college football games, and the vast majority of the footballs used on Friday nights in Texas.

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Proposed Tax Overhaul Means Cuts for Teachers

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 18:55

Republicans in Washington are one step closer to overhauling taxes. Thursday, the House passed the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, which includes cutting a $250 deduction for teachers who use their own money to buy items...

Wiltshire Police carry out proactive operation to nail Modern Slavery

Wiltshire Police (UK) - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 18:39

Wiltshire Police carried out two proactive days of action on Wednesday 15 November 2017 and Thursday 16 November 2017 in relation to Modern Slavery. The Force and partners, including Immigration Officers, carried out visits to 23 local nail bars across Wiltshire and Swindon to check on the welfare of their employees and assess whether there was any evidence of potential exploitation.

Three people were identified as potential victims of Modern Slavery as part of the operation. They were immediately referred via the National Referral Mechanism to ensure that they were given accommodation and further support.

A 16 year old male was identified as a potential victim of Modern Slavery at Westbury Nails, Edward Street, Westbury.A 17 year old male was identified as a potential victim of Modern Slavery at Tips and Toes, The Gateway, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge.A 27 year old male was identified as a potential victim of Modern Slavery at Salisbury Nail Salon, Milford Street, Salisbury.

Two people were arrested on suspicion of immigration offences (Entering the UK without leave) as part of the operation. They were handed over to the Immigration Authority:

A 23 year old male and a 30 year old female were arrested at Lavish Nails and Beauty, High Street, Royal Wootton Bassett.

Detective Superintendent Craig Holden said “The main reason for this action was to identify whether there were any vulnerable people being exploited in our communities. We also want to raise awareness with the public that slavery can and does happen in our communities and they can help us stop it.

“Whilst Wiltshire is one of the safest places to live and work in the country, it is not immune to these types of issues. We want to be on the front foot; working with the public to identify the threats to vulnerable people in our community then working in tandem with our partners to provide safeguarding and bring offenders to justice.

“It’s not just a police issue; it’s a real team effort and the Swindon and Wiltshire Anti-Slavery Partnership (chaired by Wiltshire Police) is helping to bring everyone together to put a stop to slavery in our communities.

“Modern Slavery is an ever-changing area of crime. That’s why we have to be proactive, build up our intelligence of what is happening and deploy our resources accordingly. This operation has focused our efforts on visiting nail bars across the county.

“Sadly, these types of businesses are amongst those where exploitation has been known to take place. This predominantly involves labour exploitation of vulnerable, often trafficked, women from South East Asian countries including Vietnam. I must stress that exploitation doesn’t just happen in these types of establishments and there are many perfectly legitimate businesses that treat their workers well.

“Whilst carrying out our visits we have identified potential victims of exploitation. They have been referred via the National Referral Mechanism to ensure that they are given accommodation, food and further support.

“Business owners found to employ illegal workers are potentially liable for fines of up to £20,000 for each illegal employee within their business. The Immigration Authority is responsible for pursuing these fines. It is the responsibility of business owners to check whether their employees have entitlement to work in the UK.

“I would urge the public to be aware of the potential signs of exploitation and use that information to not only report their concerns but also to think of the human cost of their services so as to make informed decisions when buying services such as nail treatments.”

Victims of human trafficking and exploitation aren’t always immediately obvious to spot but there are some potential indicators that may help the public. For example:

their appearance may hold clues as to how they are being treatedthey may not speak any Englishthey may show emotional signs of exploitation such as anxiety, fear, withdrawal or distressthey may appear to be very young or they may appear to have no prior experience of the job they are doing (for example nail care).

If members of the public have concerns that someone may be a victim of exploitation they should call 101 and give as much detail as possible. The information will then be passed on to the Wiltshire Police Human Exploitation and Emerging Threats (HEET) team for further investigation.

Categories: UK - Law Enforcement

Kern Plateau Prescribed Fire (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 18:29
Kernville, Ca….November 2017: Hazardous Fuels Reduction projects are scheduled this winter on three mountaintops within the Kern River Ranger District on the Sequoia National Forest. The Kern Plateau Projects: - Are located within the compound of the Blackrock Work Center and Troy Meadow Campground - both off the Sherman Pass Road. Plans are to commence pile burning, Monday, November 20, 2017. All projects are subject to meeting weather and air quality conditions. Smoke will be visible to those traveling across Sherman Pass Vista and into Kennedy Meadows. This treatment consists of 38 brush piles. Firefighters will be utilizing drip torches as firing devices. Threat of escape will be mitigated by constructing lines around piles that are not contained within roads, and personnel will constantly monitor the status and quality of the burn. Forest Service crews have been working in the areas preparing fire lines and cutting ladder fuels to prepare for burning this fall. Prep work is...

Committee Meets to Discuss Denton's Confederate Monument

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 18:15

A newly formed committee seated to explore the future of Denton's Confederate soldier monument held its first meeting Friday.


State - NY - NYALERT - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 18:11
Categories: Current Incidents

Dallas Museum of Art Had a Chance at Da Vinci Painting

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 18:10

The Dallas Museum of Art had a chance to buy a rare Leonardo Da Vinci painting that recently sold at auction for more than $450 million dollars. The Dallas Morning News Michael Granberry explains what happened.

Fla. K-9 honored after taking bullet for partner

Police One - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 18:03

By PoliceOne Staff

PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Florida K-9 was honored with a Purple Heart Wednesday after taking a bullet that was meant for his partner back in May.

WSPA reports that K-9 Casper took a bullet in the hip when an armed robbery suspect opened fire on deputies who were attempting to apprehend him. The bullet missed his bones, making his recovery quicker.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said Casper returned to duty shortly after the incident.

The suspect who fired the shot died in a shootout with deputies.

K9 Casper awarded The Purple ??for taking a bullet meant for his partner. This heroic furry friend has won the hearts of many #PBSOproud

— PBSO (@PBCountySheriff) November 15, 2017

Categories: Law Enforcement

NHC Atlantic Tropical Weather Discussion

NWS Weather - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 18:03

AXNT20 KNHC 180003

Tropical Weather Discussion
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
703 PM EST Fri Nov 17 2017

Tropical Weather Discussion for North America, Central America
Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, northern sections of South
America, and Atlantic Ocean to the African coast from the
Equator to 32N. The following information is based on satellite
imagery, weather observations, radar and meteorological analysis.

Based on 1800 UTC surface analysis and satellite imagery through
2345 UTC.


The monsoon trough extends from the African coast near 10N15W to
07N21W. The Intertropical Convergence Zone axis extends from
07N21W to 07N34W, then resumes west of a surface trough near
06N38W to 04N52W. Scattered moderate convection is from 07N-10N E
of 16W.



Stable conditions prevail basin-wide being supported by deep
layered dry air and a broad surface ridge anchored near West
Virginia that extends SSW into the Gulf. This ridge provides NE to
E light to moderate flow E of 90W and E to SE winds of the same
magnitude W of 90W. The next cold front is expected to emerge off
the Texas and Louisiana coasts by Saturday night followed by
strong to near-gale N-NE winds. Scattered to isolated showers are
expected in the vicinity of the front as it moves southeastward
through Monday.


A pair of lows prevail in the central Caribbean underneath a broad
upper level ridge covering the eastern half of the basin. The
northern low is 1008 mb and is located over S Haiti adjacent
waters near 17N73W. The second low is 1009 mb and is off the coast
of Colombia near 12N75W. Upper level diffluence between an upper
trough over the western basin and the ridge to the east supports
scattered showers and tstms N of 15N between 67W and 73W and S of
13N between 71W and 79W. Otherwise, moderate to occasional fresh
northerly winds are noted across the western Caribbean waters
generally W of 78W while ESE light to moderate wind flow is E of
the the area of low pressure. The low is expected to remain
nearly stationary S of Hispaniola and gradually dissipate by


Scattered showers and tstms are across the eastern half of the
island while isolated showers are elsewhere. This activity is
being supported by an elongated area of low pressure in the
Central Caribbean extending beyond Hispaniola into the SW N Atlc
waters. Upper level diffluence supports this convection as well.
Similar shower activity will continue during the weekend into
Monday as the area of low pressure S of the island will stall
before dissipating early next week.


The SW North Atlc is under the influence of a relatively dry
middle to upper level trough that supports a cold front N of the
area with tail dissipating along 30N66W to 27N72W. A middle level
trough and upper level diffluence supports scattered showers and
tstms N of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico to 24N. North-northeast of
that area of convection, a stationary front extends from 30N40W to
27N50W to a 1009 mb low near 25N61W. Scattered showers are N of
the low between 50W and 65W. Surface ridging is elsewhere in the
central and eastern Atlc being anchored by a 1018 mb high near

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Categories: Weather

Baltimore Lt. Cleared of All Administrative Charges in Freddie Gray Case

Police Magazine - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 18:01

Baltimore Police Lt. Brian Rice was reinstated Friday, shortly after his acquittal on administrative charges that he neglected police procedures during the arrest of Freddie Gray. The verdict absolves Rice once and for all, reports the Baltimore Sun.

“He simply wants to go home, hug his kids, kiss his wife, have a good holiday and really, honestly, try to get on with his life,” his attorney, Michael Davey, said.

The ruling by a three-member panel of police officers comes more than two years after Gray was severely injured in the back of a police van. Rice supervised Gray’s arrest and was cleared last year of criminal charges including manslaughter.


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DHSEM Update: November 2017

State - CO - Emergency Management - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 17:56
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Categories: Emergency Management

Let Wayne Buy It: 'Aqua Dog' Water Bottle for Dogs

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 17:54

NBC 5 Consumer Reporter Wayne Carter buys a water bottle designed for dogs to see how it lives up to it's claims.

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Kushner Failed to Disclose Outreach From Putin Ally to Trump Campaign

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 17:37

President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, failed to disclose what lawmakers called a "Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite" involving a banker who has been accused of links...

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Volunteers Run Free Museum to Bring Texas History to Life

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 17:24

What Texan doesn't enjoy talking about Texas? But few would take it as far as some Johnson County residents, and start a museum.

WV Officer, 2 Others Shot at Burglary Call; One Dead

Police Magazine - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 17:21

A Charleston, WV, police officer was shot in the vest Thursday night around 11:00 p.m. responding to a residential burglary call, reports WSAZ.

Police say when Patrolman S. Johnson entered the home, he encountered gunfire from a man identified as Seth Hardwick. Patrolman Johnson was struck once in the torso, but was wearing his ballistic vest, which protected him. According to a criminal complaint, Johnson returned fire, killing Hardwick.

Another suspect was also shot inside the home by another officer who was responding to the scene, according to police.

Police say five men were involved in the incident. One waited in the vehicle, while Hardwick and the other three suspects exited the vehicle armed with handguns, according to police. They entered the home where they held the residents at gunpoint while demanding drugs and money.

The injured suspect remains in the hospital. All other surviving suspects have been charged.


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George Strait's San Antonio Home Up for Grabs

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 17:16

It may not be ocean front property, but country singer George Strait still hopes you'll be interested in his Hill Country home.

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Houston SWAT Team Rescues 4-Year-Old, 2 Adults from Gunman in Apartment

Police Magazine - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 17:07

A Houston SWAT team rescued three people, including a 4-year-old girl, from a southwest Houston apartment Thursday after a family member held them inside at gunpoint, police said.

A man called police after he returned home Thursday morning and allegedly found his brother inside the apartment pointing a handgun at him, said Capt. Larry Baimbridge of the Houston Police Department. The man fled the apartment, then allegedly learned that the armed man was holding a man, a woman, and a 4-year-old girl inside, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Police believe the woman is the suspect's sister and the young girl is her daughter, Baimbridge said.

The SWAT team tried to negotiate with the armed man, but "he was very paranoid and made a lot of irrational comments," Baimbridge said. When they were unable to reason with the man, SWAT team members "decided to launch a rescue," Baimbridge said. They found the man inside, arrested him, and pulled the three people to safety.


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EB I-30 in Rockwall County Reopens After Crash

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 16:46

A crash involving multiple vehicles closed both eastbound lanes of Interstate 30 in Rockwall County Friday afternoon.

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