Ebene News – US – A look back at NBC DFW’s Top Stories in 2020

As the year draws to a close, each year we bring you back some of the big news that garnered the most attention in 2020 — and not all of them were related to the pandemic (details of this can be seen closer to the bottom)

The year began with the recognition of a hero who stopped a church shootout followed by the shocking and tragic death of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and the lighter tale of a demolition ( failure) of a building that became known as the Dallas Leaning Tower A pandemic began shortly thereafter and has normally dominated much of the media coverage throughout the year, but COVID-19 does was not the only big story of 2020 North Texans went on and on to learn more about the death of George Floyd and the turning point in a global movement to combat police brutality and racism – and which led at demonstrations at home and across the country Readers also read about the loss of icons like Charlie Pride and soldiers like Vanessa Guillen, but also the capture of two accused killers who had eluded authorities for years. Of course, there were other quirky stories that made the news as well – things like murderous hornets, mysterious sea creatures, UFOs, and fireballs. Without further ado, here are the most viewed articles of 2020

Jan 13 – Good Guy With a Gun Receives State’s Highest Honor Jack Wilson, the armed worshiper who arrested a gunman who opened fire inside a White Settlement church in December 2019 killing two people, received the state’s highest honor, the Governor’s Medal of Courage, at the Texas Governor’s Mansion

Jan 26 – Loss of a legend: Kobe Bryant, girl killed in helicopter crash Kobe Bryant died in helicopter crash on Sunday The Los Angeles Lakers star played 20 years in the NBA, inspiring athletes around the world With spray paint cans, brushes and a ladder, local DFW artist Theo Ponchaveli brought Bryant and his daughter to life in a mural in Dallas

Jan 28 – Dallas Purple Slime Mystery Solved Neighbors thought a passing plane was to blame for the purple slime that landed on vehicles near Dallas Love Field on Jan 9, but it didn’t is not what turned out to be the cause

Jan 31 – Quick Fix for Prison Credit Purposes Some ads suggest that a CPN (Credit Privacy Number) is a magic bullet, a way to boost your credit score, so you can get that new credit card credit, a new car or a new home NBC 5 Investigations found using an ANC to establish credit violates federal law that could land you in jail

Feb 7 – Arlington teenager killed days after confronting bully Samuel Reynolds, 16, a sophomore at Arlington High School, was shot dead near his home days after police took said he broke up a fight between the alleged young shooter and a “little boy” who was picked up on

Feb 8 – Grand Champion Steer goes for record $ 300k Auction went on for Grand Champion Steer on the last day of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Ultimately, “ Cupid Shuffle ” went for $ 300,000, the highest amount ever paid in the Junior Steer Competition, and Ryder Day will be able to keep every penny

Feb 14 – Aggressive ‘Tased’ Passenger Arrested at DFW Airport A smoking man at the customer service counter at DFW Airport began hitting an American Airlines employee after being asked to turn off his cigarette The man tried to hit the police before being knocked out and taken into custody

Feb 16 – The Dallas Leaning Tower The Dallas Leaning Tower originated on February 16 when the planned implosion of the former affiliated IT services building did not completely collapse during the detonation When the dust s ‘is filed, the core of the building, containing the stairwell and elevator shaft, remained upright at an angle.For the next two weeks, people traveled from near and far to take whimsical photos with the tower in the background The building finally collapsed in a cloud of dust on March 2 after being struck for two weeks with a 5,600 pound wrecking ball

Feb 28 – Desmond Jones Sentenced Following Explosion In Shavon Randle Trial After two explosions during the punishment phase of his trial where he was found guilty of organizing criminal activity, a jury from Dallas County sentenced Desmond Jones to 99 years in prison for his role in the kidnapping and murder of Shavon Randle, a 13-year-old Lancaster girl Randle was kidnapped in June 2017 in what authorities see as retaliation for drug trafficking turned into theft His body was found four days later Although four people have been indicted in this case, none faces murder charges

March 9 – Frisco Man First presumptive CV19 case at NTXA A man from Frisco who visited the Silicon Valley area of ​​California is said to have a “presumptive positive” case of the 2019 novel coronavirus, making it the first person in Texas known to have potentially contracted the virus within the US

March 11 – NBA suspends season due to COVID-19 NBA suspended season “until further notice” after Utah Jazz player tested positive for coronavirus, move intervened just hours after the majority of league owners had been bending over to play fanless games in arenas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was at the team’s home game against the Denver Nuggets when he heard the news A video posted to social media showed his reaction stunned

March 13 – Gov. Greg Abbott declares state of disaster in Texas As COVID-19 began to spread in the state’s largest cities, the Abbott government issued a state of disaster and held a press conference in which he said the state would step up testing efforts for first responders and other high-risk patients The governor’s statement came after a similar statement issued in the city of Dallas banning large gatherings of 500 or more people

March 15 – First COVID-19 Related Death in North Texas Patrick James, a 77-year-old man who lived at the Texas Masonic Retirement Center in Arlington with his wife, dies after contracting COVID-19 James believed ‘he had the flu and was not tested for COVID-19 because he had not traveled abroad He then developed double pneumonia After Gov Abbott ordered all residents of the house to ‘to be tested for the new coronavirus, four more cases have been found

March 17 – Bars and restaurants close in Dallas County City and County of Dallas leaders have ordered all community gatherings to be limited to 50 people and all bars, lounges, taverns, clubs at night, health clubs and theaters close the city fights the spread of COVID-19 In addition, all restaurants have been ordered to temporarily end the catering service and offer food for pickup only behind the wheel or take away

March 19 – Bars and restaurants in Tarrant County CloseA declaration of emergency in Tarrant County banned gatherings of more than 50 people in one space, at the same time It closed food service at restaurants , micro-breweries, micro-distilleries and wineries It allowed take-out, drive-thru, drive-thru or delivery services to continue It also closed bars, lounges, taverns, private clubs, theaters, gymnasiums and other entertainment businesses

March 20 – Gov Abbott suspends school, bars and gyms ClosedTexas Gov Greg Abbott (right) has taken statewide action to reflect action taken locally in Dallas counties and of Tarrant earlier in the week by declaring a disaster and ordering the closure of schools, bars, clubs and gymnasiums and for restaurants to offer only take-out service

March 22 – Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins orders residents to take shelter in place The order says people can only leave their homes for essential activities – including getting supplies – themselves and their families or perform tasks essential to their health and safety and that of others – or to operate essential businesses, such as healthcare, critical infrastructure and retail, including grocery stores

March 31 – Abbott shuts down non-essential businesses Greg Abbott implements protocols in place until April 30 and “orders all Texans to minimize non-essential gatherings and face-to-face contact with people who are not are not part of the same household “

April 2 – Joe Exotic aka Tiger King Transferred to North Texas Prison Joseph Maldonado-Passage, better known as Joe Exotic, transferred to Fort Worth FMC, a Dillon Passage federal medical prison, Maldonado-Passage’s husband, said Maldonado-Passage was in quarantine for coronavirus as inmates at the prison where he was held prior to his transfer tested positive for the virus In April 2019, the former zoo owner was convicted of attempting to hire someone to murder Carole Baskin, a prominent animal rights activist and founder of Big Cat Rescue Animal Sanctuary in Tampa, Florida. With many people spending time sheltering in their homes, a Netflix docu series on Joe Exotic was a popular social media talking point in the spring.

April 2 – Radio host earns 25 years in the Ponzi scheme William Neil “Doc” Gallagher, a 79-year-old Texan radio host and financial consultant who admitted to defrauding million-dollar listeners in a scheme of Ponzi, was sentenced to 25 years in prison

April 3 – “You stay safe, stay healthy and stay home” Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams met on Tuesday to ask all residents to stay at home to help fight the spread of COVID-19 Stay-at-home orders have been issued in Tarrant County and Fort Worth, with the county in effect until the 7th April and Fort Worth until April 3

April 5 – Woman threatens to infect on video Carrollton Police said they were looking for an 18-year-old woman who they said posed a terrorist threat online, claiming to have COVID-19 and saying that she was going to infect other people Two days later, Carrollton police said they had arrested Lorraine Maradiaga They added that she told them she did not have COVID-19, and police said that she had no evidence to suggest she had tested positive The Carrollton chief later reported that Maradiaga pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was given probation and a $ 500 fine

April 14 – Cowboys on Dak, Zeke Party Under Quarantine Dallas Cowboys CEO Stephen Jones said he spoke to Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott after TMZ reported over the weekend that the quarterback had a party with over 30 people at his home in Prosper Going 9:10 am in the clip below to hear comments from Jones TMZ reported the party with the headline: “Dak Prescott & Zeke Elliott Dinner With dozens of friends What 40?!?! “

April 17 – Abbott closes schools At a Friday afternoon press conference in which he outlined his plan to reopen businesses across the state in the days and weeks to come, the government of Texas Greg Abbott said all schools in the state are to remain closed for the remainder of the school year

April 22 – Dallas salon set to reopen, defies order Despite proclamations from states and counties ordering hair and nail salons to remain closed to in-person services, North Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther, said she was going to open her shop anyway Luther opened his store and was eventually cited and went to jail for the problem She was later released on order of the Texas Supreme Court after Abbott removed jail as punishment for defying his order After Abbott’s Open Texas plan allowed salons to reopen, US Sen Ted Cruz then flew off for a haircut Luther then made an unsuccessful bid for Texas Senate District 30, losing in a second round to the State Representative Drew Springer

April 23 – Jace Dies, brother of Dak Prescott, Jace Prescott, older brother of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, committed suicide at the age of 31 In September, Prescott was in ‘NBC 5’s In Depth guest star with Graham Bensinger where he gave Graham a behind-the-scenes look at his home, favorite places to drive all-terrain vehicles and fish, and even explains why he had a soccer ball land built in his backyard In the interview, Prescott also opened up about his brother’s suicide and was widely praised for delivering a very public message of hope to people living with mental illness

April 27 – Pentagon releases UFO videos The Pentagon has officially declassified three videos showing “unidentified aerial phenomena”, or UAP The videos were shot in 2004 and 2015 by military pilots and were released after that officials determined that they were not showing any sensitive or revealing military information and to dispel any misconceptions from the public about whether or not the videos were real

May 3 – Deadly hornet invasion The first detection of the Asian two-inch giant hornet, or vespa mandarinia, was verified in the United States in December, according to the Washington State Department of Agriculture The insect does not usually target people or pets, but poses a deadly threat to already-at-risk bee hives Giant hornets of this species apparently enter a “slaughter phase” where they decapitate the bees and destroy entire hives within hours, according to the department

May 6 – Blue Angels fly over North Texas in thunderous saluteS Navy Blue Angels flew over north Texas in thunderous salute in honor of healthcare workers and frontline first responders in the fight against COVID-19 The six McDonnell-Douglas F / A-18 Hornets circled McKinney in Allen, The Colony, Plano, Richardson, University Park, downtown Dallas, Duncanville, Grapevine, Keller , North Richland Hills, Arlington, downtown Fort Worth and front Saginaw ending in the sky over Benbrook The flyby can be seen from several different angles, including a shot from the cockpit, here

May 10 – Five Shot Fort Worth Park with 600 people Five people were injured in a shootout in a village Creek Park in Fort Worth where about 600 people had gathered for a fireworks display, according to police and MedStar La police say as many as 30 shots have been reported

May 12 – Rare sea creature spotted in South Padre Rarely spotted sea slug on beaches has appeared on South Padre Island The creature, called Blue Dragon, gives a very painful sting that can cause immense pain David Hicks, director of the School of Marine Sciences’ UTRGV, said that while these bright blue creatures are only about an inch tall, they can eat a Portuguese Man of War, which is a jellyfish twice the size.

May 15 – Rare Identical Quadruplets Born in Dallas Head Home Four Identical Quadruplets born March 15 in a Dallas hospital returned home in May after a long stay in special care Hudson, Harrison, Henry and Hardy were born in Texas Health Jenny and Chris Marr’s Presbyterian Hospital Dallas Hospital said such births are extremely rare and only occur in one in 11 million people “This situation is so incredibly rare that there are only about 72 documented cases of spontaneous and identical quadruplets to date,” Texas Health Dr Brian Rinehart said in a hospital press release

May 18 – Mother fatally shoots daughter during confrontation 35-year-old woman killed her 8-year-old daughter before committing suicide in confrontation with police in Oak Cliff Woman had fought with her husband before the shooting, police said; he called the police when he said they had started shooting him The child’s older brother was not injured

May 18 – Plano-based JC Penney plans to close 240 stores Plano-based retailer JC Penney has announced it will close nearly 30% of its 846 stores as part of a restructuring under the bankruptcy protection The company planned to close 192 stores by February 2021 and another 50 stores in 2022, leaving the company with around 600 stores Penney filed for bankruptcy protection days before announcing that stores would be closed

May 25 – George Floyd Killed in Minneapolis George Floyd, of Houston, Dies While Held Under Arrest by Minneapolis Police In the days that followed, many northern police chiefs Texas spoke out against the use of restraint after watching a graphic video of Floyd’s death that showed Floyd on the ground with a cop’s knee on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds

May 26 – Marketing executive killed in Dallas; 16-year-old boy faces capital murder charges in Memorial Day murder of Leslie Squair Baker, a beloved North Dallas woman described by relatives as “everyone’s best friendDallas Police said the miner, whose name will not be released due to his age, shot Baker while the 59-year-old was sitting in her car in her driveway outside her home on Royalton Drive – near from Preston Road and Royal Lane Police later said the murder was the result of an attempted hijacking

May 29 – What is this bright green ball of fire? A North Texas family’s security camera was recording when a giant fireball fell from the sky

May 30 – Protesters destroy windows and loot businesses in Deep Ellum Protesters organized by the Next Generation Action Network smashed windows and looted many businesses in downtown Dallas and Deep Ellum as the march passed through Dallas towards the police headquarters The protest against police brutality and racial prejudice was one of many across the country after George Floyd died at the hands of Minneapolis police officers

June 3 – Man arrested for assault, racist video A McKinney man was arrested on Monday after a meeting with another man in a McDonald’s parking lot began with racist slurs and ended in violence physical Devonta Brown said the man got out of his truck, removed his shirt, spat on him and head butted him The meeting was videotaped by cell phone; Brown said the confrontation started when the other driver cut him off at the queue

June 4 – Texas Ranger Statue Removed From Love Field Dallas Love Field Airport officials have decided to remove the iconic Texas Ranger Jay Banks statue, named “One Riot, One Ranger,” after discovered “Banks was involved in efforts in 1957 to prevent black children from attending white school” and that “Ranger Banks was the face of resistance to integration at Mansfield in 1957” Information was published by the author Doug Swanson who released “Cult of Glory: The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers” in June

June 9 – George Floyd laid to rest in Houston George Floyd was remembered Tuesday as “Big Floyd” – a father and brother, a neighborhood athlete and mentor, and now a catalyst for change – at the funeral of black man whose death sparked global toll of police brutality and racial prejudice The funeral capped six days of mourning for Floyd in three cities: Raeford, North Carolina, near his birthplace, Houston, where he grew up, and Minneapolis, where he died The memorials drew the families of other black victims whose names have become familiar in the race and justice debate – among them, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Ahmaud Arbery and Trayvon Martin

June 9 – Mother and daughter die of COVID Hours ApartSherry Tutt spoke with NBC 5 July 6 after losing mother and sister to COVID-19 hours apart Tutt said her mother Doris Sims was an employee of longtime Frank Crowley Courthouse Cafeteria in Dallas Her sister, Lakecial Tutt, known as Keshia, had two sons and was one of a kind.The two women spent several weeks in separate hospitals and battled the virus for weeks before dying on June 9 Sherry Tutt a said six other family members also caught the virus

June 11 – Kelly Clarkson Files For Divorce After seven years of marriage, Kelly Clarkson, a native of North Texas, singer, talk show host and current coach of NBC’s The Voice, Kelly Clarkson, requested the divorce from husband Brandon Blackstock The couple, who have two children together, married in 2013 In December, it was revealed that Clarkson had claimed in court documents in October that Blackstock had acted illegally as manager for years and had to reimburse him for all commissions and fees he received

June 15 – Zeke Elliott, others tested positive for COVID-19NFL Insider Ian Rapoport ruffled feathers in June after reporting several NFL players, including Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, tested positive for COVID-19 Rapoport attributed confirmation of Elliott’s test to his agent Rocky Arceneaux Elliott later said on Twitter that his agent had not disclosed the story but had confirmed the diagnosis when asked about it by journalists

My agent only confirmed The story was already written Journalists had been called my agent all morning

June 16 – Shooting at Galleria Dallas Mall A man was shot and killed in the food court at Galleria Dallas by a police officer who said he knew Police said the men fought before the shooting Victim survived shooting Police released a photo taken from surveillance video, although it is not clear if an arrest was made

June 17 – Crews prepare to remove Confederate War Memorial in downtown Dallas Crews have started to prepare to remove the 60-foot-tall Confederate War Memorial in Pioneer Park in Dallas in mid-June The monument, designed by Frank Teich and installed in the Old Town Park in 1897, was moved to the Pioneer Cemetery in 1961 It was donated to the city by the Daughters of the Confederacy and has the Dallas monument status The monument is described as follows: the central obelisk is 60 feet high with a Confederate soldier on top; four Confederate figures (Generals Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Albert Sidney Johnston, with Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederate States) at each corner All figures are 19 feet tall with pedestals; and the carvings are marble with granite bases Once dismantled, the sculpture will be stored at Hensley Field, part of the Grand Prairie Armed Forces Reserve Complex and the site of the former Dallas Naval Air Force Base The monuments were removed on June 22

June 30 – Vanessa Guillen remains found The remains for Pfc Vanessa Guillen, who was reportedly last seen on April 22 in a parking lot at Fort Hood, where she was based, were found near the Leon River in the Bell County The keys to the 20-year-old soldier’s car, the key to the barracks room, the ID card and the wallet were found in the room where she was working on the day she disappeared

June 30 – Suspect in Vanessa Guillen’s Death Kills Himself Aaron David Robinson, a suspect in the disappearance of a 20-year-old Fort Hood soldier, committed suicide as law enforcement ‘approached after fleeing the military base

July 2 – Gov. Greg Abbott orders Texans to wear masks Greg Abbott ordered on Thursday that masks must be worn in public across most of the state, a dramatic step up in the Republican’s efforts to control the growing numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations Abbott, which pushed Texas to aggressively reopen the state’s economy in May, previously said the government could not order individuals to wear masks His previous virus-related orders had undermined efforts by local governments to enforce mask requirements

July 3 – What activities put you at risk? The Texas Medical Association released a table explaining which behaviors put you at risk for contracting COVID-19 The TMA said medical experts were asked to assign a risk from 1 (lowest risk) to 10 (highest risk ) each of these activities using the following criteria: Whether indoors or outdoors; proximity to others; exposure time; the likelihood of compliance; and personal risk level They were asked to assume that participants in these activities follow currently recommended safety protocols (including wearing masks) when possible See graphic here

July 12 – A beloved murdered Pleasant Grove teacher Jennifer Hickmon, who coached PE, volleyball, basketball and track at the Young Men’s Leadership Academy for boys in grades 6-8 for 13 years, has suffered a violent death at home Jeffrey Alan Scott, Hickmon’s boyfriend, was arrested on July 15 after a shootout involving an officer in San Marcos Dallas police say homicide detectives questioned Scott and afterwards having read his rights, he had made a voluntary declaration admitting the murder of Hickmon

July 16 – East Texas City Removes Fence Between White and Black Cemeteries City crews have dug a fence between two adjacent but historically black and historically white separated cemeteries in Mineola, about 120 km to the east of Dallas – a lingering relic of Jim’s Age of the Raven For more, click here to read the Tyler Morning Telegraph cover

July 23 – Bodies of Missing Mother, 2 Children Found in Farmers Branch A mother and two daughters who had been reported missing were found dead in their car in a parking lot, according to the Sheriff’s Department of Kaufman County According to a missing persons flyer sent to NBC 5, Natalie Chambers, 31, and her daughters, Izabel, 4, and Elise, 2, were last seen leaving their home in Forney at 8 hoursm Wednesday Police said they were heading for a play date in Grapevine

July 31 – Bill Mack, Midnight Cowboy, DiesLongtime North Texas radio DJ and award-winning country music songwriter Bill Mack died of COVID-19 just two days after being diagnosed, according to his son, Billy Mack Jr Mack first hit the airwaves in Fort Worth in 1969 as a disc jockey on WBAP 820-AM where he hosted the Country Roads Show and played music for the truckers overnight The show, which aired at historic WBAP studios where NBC 5 also first aired, was later renamed Midnight Cowboy Trucking Show, which is associated with its nickname The show, with its clear channel signal, reached listeners in Texas and much of the United States Mack’s country music songs have been recorded by more than five dozen artists, culminating in 1996 with a Grammy Award for Best Country Song and Song of the Year awards from the Academy of Country Music. and Country Radio Music Awards for the song Blue This same song also earned 13-year-old LeAnn Rimes her first Grammy for recording the song

Aug 3 – Emmitt and Pat Smith announce their separation After 20 years of marriage, NFL great Emmitt Smith and his wife Pat announced on Instagram that they are separating They have five children in total, one of their previous relationships and three from their marriage They said they would move forward with love and compassion for each other as co-parents and friends

Aug 5 – Beirut explosion looks like Texas tragedies A massive explosion in a Beirut port warehouse where 2,000 tons of ammonium nitrate was stored was reminiscent of many similar explosions in Texas

Aug 19 – Massive plastics factory fire sends toxic plume across North Texas An overhanging power line fell on plastic sheeting in a storage area at the Poly-America manufacturing facility in Grand Prairie, starting a massive fire that burned and covered for more than 24 hours Miraculously, no injuries were reported

Aug 26 – Yaser Said captured in North Texas Yaser Abdel Said, a Lewisville taxi driver wanted in connection with the brutal murder of his two teenage daughters, has been taken into custody in North Texas after more than 12 years on the run According to the FBI, Said, who was considered armed and dangerous and known to carry a gun while driving his cab, was apprehended in Justin without incident by SWAT agents from the FBI’s Dallas Field Office after a “good old-fashioned and aggressive initiative police work based “

Aug 27 – Hurricane Laura hits land, scores dead In a year that saw the busiest named storm season on record, Hurricane Laura was the strongest when it made landfall along the Texas Gulf Coast Five people were killed in Lone Star State, 27 in total, after Laura made landfall in late August The hurricane’s maximum wind speed of 150 mph (241 km / h) places it among the systems most powerful ever recorded in the UIt wasn’t until 11 hours after arriving ashore that Laura finally lost her hurricane status as it plowed north and battered Arkansas, and even Thursday night it remained a tropical storm with winds 40 mph (65 km / h)

Sept 8 – Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall resigns from city director TC Broadnax said after just three years on the job, Chief Renee Hall had resigned Hall was the first woman to lead the department Dallas Police Department, which is the ninth largest department in the nation She is only the fourth person to hold the full-time position in the past 20 years In an exclusive interview with NBC 5 after her resignation, Hall said that ‘she was offended by the treatment she received from Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson and believed that the mayor’s recent attacks on his leaders had become personal After searching for his replacement for several months, the city said it hired Eddie Garcia, the former police chief in San Jose, Calif.

Seven A spokesperson for Jerry Harris, one of the stars of the Netflix documentary series “Cheer”, which recounts the ups and downs of the Navarro Junior College cheering team, denied the information according to which he would have sexually solicited explicit photos and sex of minors “We categorically dispute the allegations made against Jerry Harris, which allegedly took place when he was a teenager We are confident that when the investigation is completed the real facts will be revealed “Three months later, in December, federal prosecutors filed new charges against Harris

Sep 22 – Carla Walker’s Cold Case Murder ArrestAfter nearly 50 years, an arrest has been made in the Carla Walker’s Cold Case murder case Police said Glen Samuel McCurley, 77, was in custody on Tuesday in connection with the murder of Carla Jan Walker, who was 17 when she was abducted, held captive and sexually assaulted before being murdered and left in a ditch after a Valentine’s Day dance Investigators said the kidnapper snatched the young woman from the passenger seat of her boyfriend’s car in a bowling alley parking lot Her boyfriend, Rodney McCoy, told police the man had pointed a gun at him and threatened to kill him before something hit him in the head, hitting him unconscious McCoy said he later woke up to find Walker was gone and blood was flowing from his head Three days later Walker’s body was found dumped in a culvert near Lake Benbrook Read more here

Sep 28 – David Finfrock Bitten By Snake While Cleaning NBC 5 Brush Senior Meteorologist and Outdoor Enthusiast / Adventurer David Finfrock is recovering from being bitten by a rattlesnake while volunteering at a local Audubon center Finfrock tweeted he was cleaning ragweed at the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center in Cedar Hill when he was bitten by the snake through his jeans Finfrock recovered completely

Sept 30 – Lotto Texas Jackpot Becomes Biggest in North America After reaching $ 47 million, the Lotto Texas jackpot was not only the game’s biggest jackpot in over a decade, but also biggest jackpot in North America (at the time) Lucky Seguin player won the $ 47 million after picking all six numbers at Pic N Pac 10 on Highway 123 Before this win, there was had only one other Lotto Texas jackpot winner in 2020, a resident of Laredo who claimed a jackpot of $ 175 million for the draw on January 15

Oct 1 – Couple stabbed on evening stroll in Arlington Violent thief brutally attacked and stabbed multiple times several times as they enjoyed their nighttime stroll in their southeastern Arlington neighborhood Police took declared that Islam Duy had complied with the thief’s demands, but had nevertheless been stabbed several times Duly, who came from Kurdistan to North Texas to pursue the “American dream”, did not survive his injuries. later arrested Osagie Ayanru and said there was corroborating evidence linking this attack to other similar robberies As of December 30, Ayanru remains in Tarrant County Jail charged with aggravated theft and theft

Oct 9 – Empty Nest Photo Shoot A Texas couple who decided to share the news of their new “empty nest” status became known online in the fall of Delilah and Juan Perez got caught photos when the last of their four children left their home in August When the photographer shared the photos online, they got an immediate response Despite the cheeky photos, Delilah said she struggled when her children started to move With them now spread across Texas, San Antonio, Dallas and Corpus Christi, Delilah and Juan have many reasons to travel

Oct 11 – Dak Prescott Suffers Horrific Ankle Injury Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a broken right ankle that required surgery and ended his season Medical experts in the field have said it would take months to recover, but a full recovery is absolutely possible The team turned to Andy Dalton to lead them through the season, but when Dalton was knocked out with a concussion, had to look to two other quarterbacks, Ben DiNucci and Garrett Gilbert, to field a team

November 1 – Actor Eddie Hassell Killed in Grand Prairie Actor Eddie Hassell, 30, was shot and killed in southwest Grand Prairie in what police described as a random robbery Hassell was staying with a woman who told the police he got out to go to his car and moments later he was shot and the car left A witness identified the shooter, an 18-year-old man from Arlington who was later arrested and charged with capital murder Hassell, who was born in Corsicana and lived in Waco, has appeared in many film and television roles, including NBC’s sci-fi series “Surface,” the Oscar-nominated film “Devious Maids” “The Kids Are All Right” and other projects, according to E! News

November 9 – Mum is me, Mum meets her son 45 years later Brenda Van Sickle was only 16 when she gave birth to a baby boy in 1975 Forty-five years later, her son contacted her and the two met in person Van Sickle says meeting her son was not the end of a journey, rather it is now a journey in progress

Nov 11 – Dallas rapper Mo3 shot dead on freeway Dallas rapper Mo3 was chased on foot and shot in a cheeky daytime attack on a Dallas freeway Melvin Noble, aka Mo3, s’ stopped on the busy highway, got out of his car and attempted to run before being shot 22-year-old parolee was arrested and jailed in connection with the shooting in early December The investigation into the shooting is underway course

November 20 – ‘Definition of a serial killer’ Jeremy Harris arrested, charged in multiple shootings Dallas police say Jeremy Harris, 31, the man suspected of murdering Blair Carter, the father of his ex-girlfriend, is also indicted in three other seemingly random murders in Dallas, including the Halloween murder of EMS student Robert Urrea, the murder of homeless Adam Gautreau, and of Kenneth Hamilton, a man who was shot and killed while sitting in his car at a red light Police said Harris was the definition of a serial killer and he could be involved in other non-fatal shootings that took place that week in Frisco, Prosper and Denton

Nov 25 – Cowboys coach Markus Paul Dies Cowboys strength and conditioning head coach Markus Paul, 54, died surrounded by family members after being evacuated from the center training of the Frisco team and hospitalized the day before Paul was an outstanding player in Syracuse before joining the NFL as a player At the end of his playing career he spent 21 years as a coach with the Saints, Patriots, Jets, Giants and Cowboys At the last check-up, Paul’s cause of death was still pending

Dec 3 – Flashback: Bars Close, Capacity Reduced Due to Hospitalizations With the percentage of COVID-19 hospitalizations rising above 15% for seven consecutive days, many businesses in the North Texas were again forced to reduce occupancy levels or close until the number of COVID-19 patients come down As of December 3 the hospitalization rate has not had more than two consecutive days below 15% and on December 30, the ASD-E hospitalization rate rose to 24%

Dec 9 – Accused serial killer Billy Chemirmir faces more charges Billy Chemirmir, a man accused of suffocating more than a dozen women living in nursing homes in North Texas and having them stole their jewelry, was charged with three more counts of murder, bringing the total to 17 Chemirmir’s lawyer says his client maintains his innocence

Dec 12 – County music legend Charlie Pride diesCharley Pride, first black country music superstar whose rich baritone on hits such as “Kiss an Angel Good Morning” helped sell millions of records, died Pride grew up wanting to be a professional baseball player and first made a name for himself in the Black Leagues – but it was in country music that he earned his legendary status as Country’s first black member Music Hall of Fame Pride, who was part of the Texas Rangers Ownership Group, died in Dallas of complications from COVID-19 on Saturday, according to Jeremy Westby of public relations firm 2911 Media Pride was 86

Dec 21 – The Great Conjunction, a Unique Astronomical Event What we call the “Christmas Star” are actually two planets – Jupiter and Saturn – so close in the night sky that they look like one shining star The planets intersect in orbit every 20 years, but this year’s conjunction is rarer; planets pass nearby every 400 years but it is only visible at night every 800 years The last year this conjunction was visible at night was March 4, 1226 This will not happen again until around AD 2820

Dec 21 – Two people killed in plane crash along Texas 360Two people were killed when a single engine plane fell on the frontage road northbound to Texas 360 The plane, a Wheeler Express CT , crashed about a mile west of Grand Prairie Municipal Airport and caught fire The two people on the plane crashed The cause of the crash remains under investigation

News of a new virus from Wuhan, China began to circulate in early January The first US case was confirmed in Washington state later that month, but it wasn’t is that on March 9 that the virus would have reached Dallas-Fort Worth Less than a week later, the first local death was reported in Arlington Sporting, school and other events were canceled, businesses were closed (some forever) and new phrases like “social distancing” and “flattening the curve” have suddenly become all too common

Our COVID-19 Tracker page launched in March and is a unique resource for tracking the spread of the virus in North Texas and the state The tracker’s charts are updated daily and visually show positivity indices, R-value, hospitalization rates, cases and deaths, as well as several other commonly tracked metrics. A link to the tracker is below

Today, nine months after the start of the pandemic, more than 5,000 North Texans have died and nearly half a million more have been infected With two vaccines now given to fight the virus, there is light at the end of the tunnel after a very long and painful year

The timeline below highlights some of the most important moments in the fight against the spread of the virus in North Texas and the Lone Star State

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