At the end of the year, we’re giving you an annual look back at some of the big news that got the most attention in 2020 — and they weren’t all related to the pandemic (details of which are closer to the bottom too see).
The year began with the recognition of a hero who stopped a church shoot-out, followed by the shocking and tragic death of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and the easier story of a (failed) demolition of a building that came to be known as the Slate Dallas Tower. A pandemic began shortly after that and dominated much of the coverage throughout the year, but COVID-19 wasn’t the only big story of 2020. North Texans signed up and tuned in to read about the death of George Floyd and the turning point in a global movement against police brutality and racism – which sparked protests at home and abroad. Readers also read about the loss of icons like Charlie Pride and soldiers like Vanessa Guillen, but also about the arrest of two accused murderers who had evaded the authorities for years. Of course, there were also more unusual stories that made the news – things like murder hornets, mysterious marine animals, UFOs, and fireballs. Without further delay, here are the most viewed items of 2020.
Jan. . 13 – Good Guy With A Gun Receives State’s Highest Honor Jack Wilson, the armed churchgoer who in December 2019 stopped an armed man who opened fire in a White Settlement church and killed two people, received the state’s highest honor, the Governor’s Medal of Honor, at the Texas Governor’s Mansion.
Jan. . 26 – The Loss of a Legend: Kobe Bryant, Daughter Killed in Helicopter Crash Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash on Sunday. The Los Angeles Lakers star played in the NBA for 20 years and loved athletes everywhere. Using cans of spray paint, 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 SolvedNeighbors believed a passing plane was responsible for the purple slime that appeared on Jan.. January landed on vehicles near Dallas Love Field. 9, but that wasn’t the cause.
Jan. . 31- Quick Fix for Bad Credit Ends in JailSome Ads Suggest that a CPN (Credit Privacy Number) is a magical solution to boost your credit score so that you can get that new credit card, new car or house. NBC 5 Investigations That Found Using a CPN to Determine Loans Is Against Federal Law That Could Land You In Jail.
Feb.. . 7 – Arlington Teen Killed Days After Getting Up At BullyArlington High School 16-year-old Samuel Reynolds was shot dead near his home after police said he had broken up a fight between the teenage alleged gunman and a « smaller boy », that was just picked up.
Feb.. . 8 – Grand Champion Steer is aiming for a record 300 on the final day of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. $ 000 bids for the Grand Champion Steer. In the end, ‘Cupid Shuffle’ went for 300. $ 000, the highest amount ever paid in the Junior Steer competition, and Ryder Day will keep every penny.
Feb.. . 14 – Aggressive passenger « Tased » arrested at DFW Airport A man who smokes at a customer service counter in DFW Airport started beating an American Airlines employee after he was asked to put out his cigarette. The man tried to beat officers before he was drugged and taken into custody.
Feb.. . 16 – The Leaning Tower of DallasThe Leaning Tower of Dallas was born on February. 16 when the planned implosion of the former building of the affiliated computer services did not completely collapse in the detonation. When the dust settled, the core of the building, which contained the stairwell and elevator shaft, stayed upright at an angle. Over the next two weeks, people traveled from near and far to take bizarre photos with the tower in the background. The building collapsed on Jan.. March finally in a cloud of dust after two weeks with a 5th. 600 pound wrecking ball had been hit.
Feb.. . 28 – Desmond Jones Sentenced after Shavon Randle Trial Outbreak After two outbreaks during the punishment phase of his trial, in which he was found guilty of organizational activity, a Dallas County jury sentenced Desmond Jones to 99 years in prison for his role in the kidnapping and killing 13-year-old Lancaster girl Shavon Randle. Randle was kidnapped in June 2017 in what authorities believed was in retaliation for a drug deal that turned into robbery. Her body was found four days later. Although four people have been charged in the case, none are charged with murder.
9. March – Frisco man first suspected case of CV19 at NTXA Frisco man who traveled to California’s Silicon Valley reportedly has a « suspected positive » case of novel coronavirus in 2019, making him the first person in Texas It is known that the virus may have become infected within the U.. S.. .
11. March – NBA Suspends Season Due to COVID-19 The NBA suspended its season « until further notice » after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the coronavirus, a move just hours after the league’s majority owned it Propensity to play in arenas without fans. Maverick’s owner, Mark Cuban, was at the team’s home game against the Denver Nuggets when he got the news. The video posted on social media showed his stunned reaction.
13. March – Gov. . Greg Abbott declares a disaster in Texas as COVID-19 began to spread to the state’s largest cities, Gov. Abbott announced a state of disaster and held a press conference at 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 in the city of Dallas banning large gatherings of 500 or more people.
15. March – First COVID-19 Death in North Texas Patrick James, a 77-year-old man who lived with his wife at the Texas Masonic Retirement Center in Arlington, dies of COVID-19 infection. James reportedly believed he had the flu and had not been tested for COVID-19 because he had not traveled abroad. He later developed double pneumonia. According to Gov. . Abbott ordered all residents of the house to test for the novel coronavirus. Four other cases were found.
17. March – Bars, restaurants near Dallas CountyLeaders in the city and in County Dallas ordered that all community meetings be limited to 50 people and that all bars, lounges, taverns, nightclubs, health clubs and theaters be closed as the city fights the spread of COVID-19. In addition, all restaurants were ordered to temporarily end the dining service and to collect food only for transit or to take away.
19. March – Tarrant County bars, restaurants close A Tarrant County emergency statement prohibited more than 50 people from gathering in one room at a time. The dining service has been closed in restaurants, microbreweries, micro distilleries and wineries. The take-out, drive-in, drive-through or delivery service could be continued. Bars, lounges, tavernas, private clubs, theaters, gyms, and other entertainment stores have also closed.
20. March – Gov. . Abbott Suspends School, Bars and Gyms ClosedTexas Gov. . Greg Abbott (R) took nationwide action to reflect the action taken locally in Dallas and Tarrant counties earlier this week by declaring a disaster and ordering schools, bars, clubs and gyms to close and restaurants only « to go » « Service to offer.
22. March – Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins orders residents to protect themselves on the spot. The order states that people should only leave their homes for essential activities – including to support themselves and their families, or to do tasks essential to their health and safety of others – or to do important business such as healthcare, critical infrastructure and To operate any retail business, including grocery stores.
31. March – Abbott closes non-material BusinessGov. Greg Abbott uses protocols that are valid by Aug.. April and « instruct all Texans to minimize non-essential gatherings and face-to-face contact with people who are not in the same household. «
2. April – Joe Exotic, also known as the Tiger King, was transferred to North Texas Prison. Joseph Maldonado Passage, better known as Joe Exotic, has been relocated to Fort Worth FMC Medical Prison. Maldonado-Passage’s husband, Dillon Passage, said Maldonado-Passage is in coronavirus quarantine because inmates tested positive for the virus in the prison where he was held prior to his transfer. In April 2019, the former zoo owner was found guilty of hiring someone to murder Carole Baskin, a noted animal rights activist and founder of Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida. With many people spending time at home taking shelter, a Netflix documentary series about Joe Exotic was a popular topic of discussion on social media this spring.
2. April – Radio host turns 25 on Ponzi program William Neil « Doc » Gallagher, a 79-year-old Texas radio host and financial advisor who admitted cheating on elderly listeners out of millions of dollars on a Ponzi program, was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
3. April – « Stay Safe, Stay Healthy and Stay Home » Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, and Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams joined forces on Tuesday to urge all residents to staying home to fight the spread of COVID-19. Orders for stay at home have been issued in both Tarrant Counties and Fort Worth, with the counties up to Jan.. April and Fort Worth by April 3. April were valid.
5. April – Woman threatens video infection VideoCarrollton police said they are looking for an 18-year-old woman who posed a terrorist threat online. She claimed to have COVID-19 and said she would infect others. 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 they had no evidence that she tested positive. The Carrollton leader later reported that Maradiaga pleaded guilty to lesser charges and received probation and a $ 500 fine.
14. April – Cowboys on Dak, Zeke party quarantinedDallas Cowboys CEO Stephen Jones says he spoke to Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott after TMZ reported over the weekend that the quarterback was holding a party of more than 30 people at his Prosper house hosted. Skip to 9:10 in the clip below to hear Jones’ commentary. TMZ covered the party with the headline: « Dak Prescott & Zeke Elliott dinner party with dozens of friends . . . Which quarantine?!?! «
17. April – Abbott Shuts Schools During a Friday afternoon press conference setting out his plan for reopening businesses across the state in the coming days and weeks, Texas Gov said. . Greg Abbott said all schools in the state must remain closed for the remainder of the school year.
22. April – Dallas Salon Reopens, Defying Order Despite state and regional proclamations ordering hair and nail salons, Shelley Luther, the North Dallas salon owner, remains closed to personal attention. Luther opened her shop and was eventually quoted and jailed on the matter. She was later released on orders from the Texas Supreme Court after Abbott removed the prison as a punishment for refusing his order. After Abbott’s Open Texas plan allowed salons to reopen, U. . S.. . Sen. . Ted Cruz later flew in for a haircut. Luther later launched an unsuccessful bid for Texas Senate District 30 and lost in a runoff against the State Rep. Drew Springer.
23. April – Dak Prescott’s brother Jace DiesJace Prescott, the older brother of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, died of suicide at the age of 31. In September, Prescott was the main guest of In Depth on NBC 5’s with Graham Bensinger, where he gave Graham a behind-the-scenes look at his house, his favorite ATV drive and fishing spots, and even explained why he had a soccer field built in his backyard. In the interview, Prescott also spoke about his brother’s suicide and was widely praised for delivering a very public message of hope to others struggling with mental illness.
27. April – Pentagon Releases UFO VideosThe Pentagon has officially released three videos showing « unidentified aerial phenomena » or UAPs. The videos were shot and published by military pilots in 2004 and 2015 after officials determined they were not showing sensitive or revealing military information and to resolve any misunderstandings by the public as to whether the videos were real or not.
3. The first discovery of the two-inch Asian 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 generally target people or pets, but it is a deadly threat to the already endangered hives. Giant hornets of this type apparently enter a « slaughter phase » in which they behead honey bees and, according to the department, destroy entire beehives within a few hours.
6. May – Blue Angels fly over North Texas in Thunderous SaluteThe U. S.. . Navy Blue Angels flew over North Texas in a thunderous salute honoring health workers and first responders on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. The six McDonnell-Douglas F / A-18 Hornets previously circled from McKinney to Allen, The Colony, Plano, Richardson, University Park, downtown Dallas, Duncanville, Grapevine, Basement, the North Richland Hills, Arlington, downtown from Fort Worth and Saginaw ends in the sky over Benbrook. The flyover can be seen from different angles here, including a shot from the cockpit.
10. May – Fort Worth five-shot park with 600 people Five people were injured in a shooting in a Village Creek Park in Fort Worth where about 600 people had gathered for fireworks, according to police and MedStar. According to the police, up to 30 shots were reported.
12. May – Rare marine animals discovered in South Padre A marine snail appeared on South Padre Island and is not often seen on beaches. The creature, called the blue dragon, gives a very painful sting that can cause immense pain. David Hicks, UTRGV director of the School of Marine Sciences, said that while these light blue creatures are only about an inch tall, they can eat a Portuguese warrior who is twice the size of a jellyfish.
15. Four Identical Quadruplets born on May 15 – Rare Identical Quads Born in Dallas Head Home. March at a Dallas hospital, went home in May after a long stay in special care. Hudson, Harrison, Henry and Hardy were born at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas to Jenny and Chris Marr. The hospital said such births are extremely rare, only occurring in one in 11 million. « This situation is so incredibly rare that there are only about 72 documented cases of spontaneous, identical quadruplets, » said Texas Health Dr. . Brian Rinehart said in a press release from the hospital.
18. May – Mother fatally shot daughter during stalemate A 35-year-old woman fatally shot her 8-year-old daughter before she committed suicide during a stalemate with police in Oak Cliff. The woman had fought with her husband before the shooting, police said; He called the police when he said they shot him. The child’s older brother was not injured.
18. May – Plano-based JC Penney plans to close 240 stores Plano-based retailer JC Penney announced that it will close nearly 30% of its 846 stores under bankruptcy protection as part of a restructuring. The company planned to close 192 branches by February 2021 and another 50 branches by 2022, so that the company now has around 600 branches. Penney filed for bankruptcy protection days before announcing that stores would be closed.
25. May – George Floyd Killed in MinneapolisGeorge Floyd of Houston died while being held while being arrested by Minneapolis police officers. In the days that followed, many North Texas Police Chiefs spoke out against the use of restraint after watching a graphic video of Floyd’s death showing Floyd on the floor for 8 minutes and 46 seconds with an officer’s knee at his neck.
26. May – Dallas marketing director killed; Teen Faces Murder Charges A 16-year-old boy is charged with the murder of Leslie Squair Baker, a popular North Dallas woman who is referred to by family members as « everyone’s best friend ». « Dallas police said the teen, whose name is not published due to his age, shot Baker while the 59-year-old woman was sitting in her car in the driveway of her house on Royalton Drive – near Preston Road and Royal Lane. Police later said the murder was the result of attempted carjacking.
29. May – what kind of light green fireball was that? A family’s security camera in North Texas recorded a giant ball of fire falling from the sky.
30. May – Protesters smash windows, loot businesses in Deep Ellum Protesters organized by the Next Generation Action Network smash windows and loot numerous businesses in downtown Dallas and Deep Ellum as the march through Dallas headed toward Police Headquarters. The protest against police brutality and racial prejudice was one of many across the country following the death of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers.
3. June – Man Arrested for Assault, Racist Video A McKinney man was arrested Monday after an encounter with another man in a McDonald’s parking lot began with racial slurs and ended in physical violence. Devonta Brown said the man got out of his truck, took off his shirt, spat on him and hit him with the head. The encounter was recorded on a cell phone video; Brown said the confrontation started when the other driver cut him off at the transit line.
4. June – Texas Ranger Statue Removed on Love FieldOfficials at Dallas Love Field Airport decided to remove the iconic statue of Texas Ranger Jay Banks named « One Riot, One Ranger » after it was revealed that « Banks was involved in efforts in the year. » 1957, Keeping Black Children Out of White School « and that » Ranger Banks . . . was the face of resistance to integration in Mansfield in 1957. The information was provided by writer Doug Swanson, who published Cult of Fame: The Bold and Brute Story of the Texas Rangers in June.
9. June – George Floyd retired in Houston George Floyd was fondly remembered Tuesday at a funeral for the black man whose father and brother, athlete and mentor in the neighborhood and now a catalyst for change, death sparked a worldwide reckoning police brutality and racial prejudice. The funeral ended with six days of mourning Floyd in three cities: Raeford, North Carolina, near his birthplace, Houston, where he grew up, and Minneapolis, where he died. The memorials have drawn the families of other black victims whose names have become known in the race and justice debate – including Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Ahmaud Arbery, and Trayvon Martin.
9. Sherry Tutt spoke on June 5 – mother and daughter die apart from hours of COVID. July with NBC after losing both her mother and sister to COVID 19 hours apart. Tutt said her mother, Doris Sims, was a beloved long-time cafeteria attendant at the Frank Crowley Courthouse in Dallas. Her sister Lakecial Tutt, known as Keshia, had two sons and was one of a kind. Both women spent several weeks in separate hospitals and fought the virus for weeks before breaking on Jan.. June died. Sherry Tutt said six other family members had also contracted the virus.
11. June – Kelly Clarkson files for divorce After seven years of marriage, North Texas-born singer, talk show host and current coach of NBC’s The Voice, Kelly Clarkson, filed for divorce from husband Brandon Blackstock. The couple, who have two children together, were married in 2013. In December it was revealed that Clarkson alleged in court documents in October that Blackstock had been illegally serving as her manager for years and was supposed to repay her all commissions and fees he had received.
15. June – Zeke Elliott, others test positive for COVID-19 NFL insider Ian Rapoport ruffled feathers in June after reporting that several NFL players, including Dallas Cowboys who ran back to Ezekiel Elliott, tested positive for COVID-19. Rapoport attributed the confirmation of Elliott’s test to his agent Rocky Arceneaux. Elliott later said on Twitter that his agent did not break the story but confirmed the diagnosis when asked about it by reporters.
My agent has only confirmed. The story has already been written. Reporters had been called my agent all morning.
16. June – Shooting in the Dallas Galleria Mall A man was shot dead in the Dallas Galleria Food Court by a man police claim he knew. Police said the men fought before the shooting took place. The victim survived the shooting. Police released a photo from a surveillance video, although it is not clear whether an arrest was made.
17. June – Crews prepare to remove the Confederate War Memorial in downtown DallasCrews prepared to remove the 60-foot Confederate War Memorial in Pioneer Park in Dallas in mid-June. The memorial, designed by Frank Teich and installed in Old City Park in 1897, was moved to the Pioneer Cemetery in 1961. It was donated to the city by the Daughters of the Confederation and has Dallas Landmark status. The memorial 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 and Jefferson Davis (the President of the Confederate States) on every corner. All figures are 19 feet tall with bases; and sculptures are marble with granite bases. Once dismantled, the sculpture will be kept in Hensley Field, part of the Grand Prairie Armed Forces Reserve Complex and the site of the former Dallas Naval Air Station. The monuments were until the 22. June removed.
30. June – Vanessa Guillen Remains FoundThe remains for Pfc. Vanessa Guillen, who reportedly last appeared on Jan.. She was seen in a parking lot at Fort Hood, where she was based, near the Leon River in Bell County. The 20-year-old soldier’s car keys, room key, ID card and wallet were found in the room where she was working on the day she disappeared.
30. June – Suspect in Vanessa Guillen’s death kills himself Aaron David Robinson, a suspect in the disappearance of a 20-year-old Fort Hood soldier, killed himself when police approached him after escaping the military base.
2. July – Gov. . Greg Abbott orders Texans to wear masks in Texas Gov. . Greg Abbott ruled Thursday that face coverings must be worn publicly in most parts of the state. This is a dramatic increase in Republican efforts to control the rising number of confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. Abbott, who drove the aggressive reopening of the state economy in Texas in May, had previously said the government could not order individuals to wear masks. His previous virus-related orders had undermined local government efforts to enforce mask requirements.
3. July – Which activities are you endangering? The Texas Medical Association has published a chart that explains what behaviors put you at risk of developing COVID-19. The TMA said medical professionals were asked to assign a risk from 1 (lowest risk) to 10 (riskiest) to each of these activities based on the following criteria: indoor or outdoor; Closeness to others; Exposure time; the likelihood of compliance; and personal risk. You have been asked to assume that participants in these activities will follow currently recommended safety protocols (including wearing masks) whenever possible. See the table here.
12. July – Beloved Pleasant Grove teacher murders Jennifer Hickmon, who trained P.. E.. . , Volleyball, basketball and track at the All Boys Academy for young men in sixth to eighth grades for 13 years, suffered a violent death in their home. Jeffrey Alan Scott, Hickmon’s friend, was born on Jan.. Arrested July after a shooting in San Marcos. Dallas police said that murder detectives interviewed Scott and that after reading his rights, he made a voluntary statement admitting the murder of Hickmon.
16. July – East Texas Town Removed Fence Between White, Black CemeteriesMunicipal crews dug a fence between two adjacent but separate historically black and historically white cemeteries in Mineola, about 75 miles east of Dallas – a remnant of the Jim Crow era. For more information, click here to read coverage from the Tyler Morning Telegraph.
23. July – Bodies of missing mother, two children found in Farmers Branch A mother and her two daughters who were reported missing were found dead in their car in a parking lot, according to the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department. According to a missing person flyer broadcast on NBC 5, 31-year-old Natalie Chambers and her daughters, 4-year-old Izabel and 2-year-old Elise were last seen leaving their Forney home at 8 a.m.. m. Wednesday. Police said they would go to Grapevine for a play date.
31. July – Bill Mack, Midnight Cowboy, DiesLongTime radio DJ from North Texas and award-winning country songwriter Bill Mack passed away, according to his son Billy Mack Jr. Just two days after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Mack first went on air as a disc jockey on WBAP 820-AM in Fort Worth in 1969, hosting the Country Roads Show and playing music for night truckers. The show, which aired from the historic WBAP studios where NBC 5 also first aired, was later renamed the Midnight Cowboy Trucking Show, which is associated with his nickname. The show, with its clear channel signal, reached listeners in Texas and much of the United States. Mack’s country songs were recorded by more than five dozen artists, culminating in 1996 with a Grammy Award for Best Country Song and the Academy of Country Music’s Song of the Year Award and the Country Radio Music Award for the song Blue. The same song also won 13-year-old LeAnn Rimes her first Grammy for recording the song.
Aug. . 3 – Emmitt and Pat Smith Announce Breakup After 20 years of marriage, NFL star Emmitt Smith and his wife Pat announced on Instagram that they would split up. They have a total of five children, one each from previous relationships and three from their marriage. The couple said they would move forward as co-parents and friends with love and compassion.
Aug. . 5 – Beirut explosion resembles tragedy in Texas A massive explosion in a port warehouse in Beirut, during which 2. 000 tons of ammonium nitrate were stored, reminded many of similar explosions in Texas.
Aug. . 19 – Massive Plastic Factory Fire Sends Toxic Cloud Over North Texas An overhanging power line fell on plastic wrap in a storage area of the Poly America manufacturing facility in Grand Prairie, starting a massive fire that burned and smoldered for more than 24 hours. Miraculously, no injuries were reported.
Aug. . Yaser Abdel Said, a Lewisville taxi driver wanted in connection with the brutal murders of his two teenage daughters, was detained in North Texas after more than 12 years on the run. According to the FBI, Said, believed to be armed and dangerous and known to carry a gun while driving his cab, was arrested without incident by SWAT agents from the FBI’s Dallas Field Office following a « good old-fashioned, aggressive initiative » in Justin -based policing. «
Aug. . 27 – Hurricane Laura Lands, Dozen Killed In a year that saw the busiest storm season, Hurricane Laura was the strongest when it landed on the Texas Gulf Coast. Five people were killed in the Lone Star State, 27 total after Laura landed in late August. The hurricane’s top wind speed of 150 mph (241 km / h) made it one of the strongest systems recorded in the U.. S.. . It wasn’t until 11 hours after landing that Laura finally lost hurricane status as she plowed north and shattered Arkansas, and even on Thursday night it remained a tropical storm with winds of 40 mph. .
Sept.. . 8 – Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall Resigns City Manager T. . C.. . Broadnax said after only three years of service, Chief Renee Hall resigned. Hall was the first woman to head the Dallas Police Department, the ninth largest division in the country. She is only the fourth person to have done the job full-time in the past 20 years. In an exclusive interview with NBC 5 after her resignation, Hall said she was offended by the treatment she received from Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson and believes the mayor’s recent attacks on her leadership have become personal. After several months of searching for her replacement, the city said they hired Eddie Garcia, the former police chief in San Jose, California.
Sept.. . 14 – « Cheer » Star Jerry Harris FBI Investigation A spokesman for Jerry Harris, a star on the Netflix documentary series « Cheer, » which chronicles the ups and downs of the cheers at Navarro Junior College, denied reports he was sexually had requested explicit photos and sex of minors. « We categorically deny the allegations against Jerry Harris allegedly made as a teenager. We are confident that after the investigation is completed, the real facts will become known. « Three months later, in December, prosecutors filed new charges against Harris.
Sept.. . 22 – Arrest of the Carla Walker Cold Case Murder After nearly 50 years, the Carla Walker Cold Case Murder was arrested. Police said 77-year-old Glen Samuel McCurley was in custody on Tuesday in connection with the 1974 murder of Carla Jan Walker, who was 17 when she was kidnapped, detained and sexually assaulted before she was murdered and left in a ditch after a Valentine’s Day dance. Investigators said the kidnapper tore the young woman from the passenger seat of her boyfriend’s car in a bowling alley parking lot. Her friend Rodney McCoy told police the man pointed a gun at him and threatened to kill him before something hit him in the head and knocked him unconscious. McCoy said he later woke up to find Walker was gone and blood was coming out of his head. Three days later, Walker’s body was found dumped in a culvert near Benbrook Lake. Read more here.
Sept.. . 28 – David Finfrock bitten by snake while clearing BrushNBC 5 Senior meteorologist and avid nature lover / adventurer David Finfrock is recovering after being bitten by a rattlesnake while volunteering at a local Audubon center. Finfrock tweeted that he was clearing ragweed at the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center in Cedar Hill when he was bitten through his jeans by the snake. Finfrock made a full recovery.
Sept.. . 30 – Lotto Texas Jackpot Swells to Biggest in North America After the Lotto Texas jackpot grew to $ 47 million, it was not only the game’s biggest prize in more than a decade, but also the biggest jackpot in North America (at this Time). . One lucky Seguin gamer took home all of $ 47 million after picking all six numbers on the Pic N Pac 10 on Highway 123. Prior to that win, there was only one other Lotto Texas jackpot winner in 2020, a Laredo resident, who won a jackpot prize of $ 17. 5 million for the January drawing. . 15th.
Oct.. . 1 – Couple stabbed to death on evening stroll in Arlington A violent robber brutally attacked a few times and stabbed multiple times as they enjoyed their evening stroll in their southeastern section of Arlington. Police said Islam Duy complied with the robber’s demands but was stabbed multiple times. Duly, who came to North Texas from Kurdistan to pursue the « American Dream », did not survive his injuries. Police later arrested Osagie Ayanru, saying there was confirmatory evidence linking this attack to other similar robberies. As of Dec. . 30, Ayanru remains in Tarrant County Jail on charges of aggravated robbery and theft.
Oct.. . 9 – Photo Shoot with Empty Nests A couple from Texas who decided to share the news of their newfound status as « empty nests » became known online this fall. Dalila and Juan Perez had their picture taken when the last of their four children moved out of their home in August. When the photographer shared the photos online, he received an immediate response. Despite the cheeky photos, Dalila said she had problems when her children moved out. With them now spread across Texas, Dalila and Juan have plenty of reasons to travel in San Antonio, Dallas, and Corpus Christi.
Oct.. . 11 – Dak Prescott Suffers Cruel Ankle InjuryDallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a compound fracture in his right ankle that required surgery and ended his season. Doctors who are experts in the field said it will take months for them to recover, but that a full recovery is entirely possible. The team turned to Andy Dalton to guide them through the rest of the season, but when Dalton was knocked out with a concussion, he had to turn to two other quarterbacks, Ben DiNucci and Garrett Gilbert, to field a team.
Nov.. . 1 – Actor Eddie Hassell killed in Grand Prairie Actor Eddie Hassell, 30, was fatally shot and killed in southwest Grand Prairie in what police call an accidental robbery. Hassell was staying with a woman who told the police he went outside to go to her car and moments later he was shot and the car was gone. A witness identified the shooter, an 18-year-old Arlington man 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 science fiction series « Surface », « Devious Maids, » the Oscar-nominated film « The Kids Are All Right. » « and other projects according to E! news.
Nov.. . 9 – Mother, it’s me, mother meets son 45 years later Brenda Van Sickle was only 16 years old when she gave birth to a boy in 1975. Forty-five years later, her son contacted her and the two met in person. Van Sickle says meeting her son wasn’t the end of a journey, but an ongoing journey.
Nov.. . 11 – Dallas rapper Mo3 gunned down on the highwayDallas rapper Mo3 was followed on foot and gunned down in a brazen assault in broad daylight on a Dallas highway. Melvin Noble, also known as Mo3, stopped on the busy highway, got out of his car, and tried to run before being shot. A 22-year-old probation officer was arrested and detained in connection with the shooting in early December. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.
Nov.. . 20 – « Definition of a serial killer » Jeremy Harris arrested, charged in multiple shootingsDallas police said 31-year-old Jeremy Harris, suspected in the murder of Blair Carter, the father of his ex-girlfriend, is also on three counts indicted other apparently accidental murders in Dallas, including the Halloween murder of SMU student Robert Urrea, the murder of Adam Gautreau, a homeless man, and Kenneth Hamilton, a man who was fatally shot while standing in his car at a traffic light sat. Police said Harris was the definition of a serial killer and that he may have been involved in other non-fatal shootings that took place in Frisco, Prosper and Denton this week.
Nov.. . 25 – Cowboys trainer Markus Paul DiesDallas Cowboys head trainer for strength and stamina, 54-year-old Markus Paul, died surrounded by family members after being rushed out of the team’s Frisco training facility and hospitalized the day before. Paul was a pre-eminent college player in Syracuse before joining the NFL as a player. When his career as a player ended, he spent 21 years coaching the Saints, Patriots, Jets, Giants and Cowboys. At the last review, Paul’s cause of death was still pending.
Dec. . 3 – Rollback: Close bars, capacity decreased due to hospital stays With the percentage of COVID-19 hospital stays increasing above 15% for seven consecutive days, many companies in North Texas were again forced to reduce occupancy or up to the number of COVID-19 to close patient goes back down. Since dec. . 3 The hospitalization rate was no more than two consecutive days below 15% and as of December. By 30, the hospitalization rate in TSA-E had risen to 24%.
Dec. . 9 – Accused serial killer Billy Chemirmir faces more indictments Billy Chemirmir, a man accused of suffocating and stealing jewelry from more than a dozen women in nursing homes in North Texas, was charged with three additional capital murder charges through 17. Chemirmir’s lawyer says his client is keeping his innocence.
Dec. . 12 – County Music Legend Charlie Pride DiesCharley Pride, the first black country music superstar whose rich baritone contributed to millions of records selling on hits like « Kiss an Angel Good Morning », has died. Pride grew up wanting to be a professional baseball player and made a name for himself in the Negro Leagues – but in country music, he earned his legendary status as the first black member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. According to Jeremy Westby of PR firm 2911 Media, Pride, which was part of the Texas Rangers’ group of owners, died on Saturday in Dallas as a result of COVID-19. The pride was 86.
Dec. . 21 – The Great Conjunction, a Unique Astronomical Event What is called the « Christmas Star » are actually two planets – Jupiter and Saturn – so close to the night sky that they look like a bright star. The planets go into orbit every 20 years, but this year’s conjunction is less common. The planets pass every 400 years, but only at night every 800 years. The last year this conjunction was visible at night was the 4th. March 1226. It won’t recur until around the year 2820.
Dec. . 21 – Two Killed in Texas 360 Airplane Crash Two people were killed when a single-engine plane landed on Texas 360 front road heading north. The plane, a Wheeler Express CT, crashed about a mile west of Grand Prairie Municipal Airport and caught fire. Both people on board the plane crashed. The cause of the crash is still being investigated
News of a new virus from Wuhan, China began in early January. The first case in the U. . S.. . was confirmed in Washington state later that month, but not until Dec.. On March 1st, the virus was believed to have reached Dallas-Fort Worth. Less than a week later, the first local death was reported in Arlington. Sports, school and other events were canceled, businesses closed (some for good), and new phrases like « social distancing » and « flattening the curve » suddenly became all too common.
Our COVID-19 tracker page launched in March and is a one-stop shop for tracking the spread of the virus in northern Texas and the state. The charts in the tracker are updated daily and visually show the positivity indices, R-value, hospital stay rates, cases and deaths, and some other commonly collected metrics. A link to the tracker is below.
Now, nine months into the pandemic, it’s more than 5. 000 north Texans died and nearly half a million others were infected. With two vaccines now being given to fight the virus, there is light at the end of the tunnel after a very long, painful year.
The timeline below highlights some of the key moments in the fight against the spread of the virus in North Texas and across the Lone Star State.
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