Rowlett Dumps Trash, Recycling Collection Provider

ROWLETT (CBS11) – There’s a lot of trash talk in Rowlett, after the city council voted unanimously Tuesday night to dump its current trash and recycling collector.

A last-minute warning from a Waste Management manager left some customers worried.

The company has serviced Rowlett for five years, but when the city wanted to renew its contract, it says Waste Management tried raising rates by more than 84 percent.

The city asked competitors for quotes, and Tuesday awarded a $33 million contract to FCC Environmental Services.

“We thought FCC would provide the best service at the best price,” said Mayor Todd Gottel.

Hours before the vote, a Waste Management area manager posted a letter online, calling FCC “a European conglomerate that has virtually no collection experience or operations in the United States.” It warned the city was at “serious risk of disruption in service” due in part to “FCC’s lack of experience, infrastructure, equipment…”

“I thought it was unprofessional,” said Mayor Gottel, who calls many of the claims untrue.

He points, as an example, to the FCC’s new 12-acre recycling facility in Dallas, servicing Garland, Mesquite and University Park.

“To put that out in front of the customer, it really just spread a lot of misinformation that got a lot of people upset,” said Mayor Gottel.

The mayor has posted his own letter online, explaining the decision.

FCC will take over October 1.

Gottel said he doesn’t expect a disruption in service, but warned there will be an increase in cost.

All bids, including Waste Management’s, came in higher than the city’s current rate.


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Houston Joining Lawsuit Against ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Law

HOUSTON (AP) – Houston city leaders have voted to join a lawsuit trying to halt a Texas law that would crackdown on “sanctuary cities.”

Houston City Council voted 10-6, with one abstention, Wednesday to join the lawsuit, filed in San Antonio federal court.

Houston joins Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, El Paso County and several organizations, which are also challenging the law.

The law, which takes effect in September, would let police ask people about their immigration status during routine stops.

It also threatens elected officials with removal from office if they don’t cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

Mayor Sylvester Turner said Houston is not going to act like Immigration and Customs Enforcement and “if there is any bill that says I could be removed because I make that pronouncement, I’m concerned with that.”

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Louisiana Toddler Travels To Dallas To Cure Nut Allergy

DALLAS (KRLD) – An allergy prevention therapy in Dallas is answering the prayers of a Louisiana family.

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Carl Rice is 3 years old now. He was 18 months old when his family discovered he had a nut allergy. After several visits to allergists, Carl’s family thought that keeping an Epi-Pen with them at all times was going to be the best they could hope for.

“I left the doctor’s office terrified,” says Carl’s mom Rachel Rice. “But we also thought ‘There’s got to be more out there’.”

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After some research, Rachel came across an opportunity in Dallas for oral immunotherapy, or OIT. OIT is a therapy specifically to help with food allergies. Dr. Stacy Silvers at Texan Allergy and Sinus Center has been doing OIT for 6 years. He’s now doing it for Carl.

“It works by slowly introducing the food into the patient’s diet,” says Silvers. “It starts with very low doses, and builds up the amount they can tolerate.”

OIT starts with weekly doctor visits, where the dosage is given. Depending on how well a person reacts, it can take 6 to 9 months worth of dosages to reach a good tolerance. That means Rachel will make the drive with Carl from Louisiana to Dallas once a week.

“It’s stressful and challenging,” she says. “But just knowing this way is available makes it worth it. I won’t have to live in fear, afraid of any food he might touch.”

Dr. Silvers says that OIT is a preventative measure, but he doesn’t call it a cure.

“Even after weekly doctor visits, patients need to keep taking a daily dose of the food to keep protecting their body,” he says. “But if OIT is started early enough in infants and toddlers, it can curb the number of food allergies in this country. Food allergies have reached almost epidemic levels in the last few decades.”

As she holds Carl and watches him carefully to check for any negative reactions, Rachel says she’s just looking ahead to when Carl has built up his tolerance to nuts.

“This will make it where he is free to go anywhere and eat anything,” she says. “We can travel. He can go to camp when he’s older. He can go to birthday parties. I’m really excited that his life will be changed.”


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Former Texas Officer Who Killed Teen Indicted For 2nd Crime

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A grand jury in Dallas has indicted the former Balch Springs police officer facing a murder charge for shooting and killing an unarmed 15-year-old back in April.

Court records show, Roy Oliver was indicted for Aggravated Assault by a Public Servant charges.

The indictment stems from an incident, involving driver Monique Arredondo, that happened about two weeks before the fatal shooting of teenager Jordan Edwards.

Arredondo claims Oliver, who at the time was still an officer with the Balch Springs Police Department, pointed a gun at her after the two were involved in a fender-bender accident on South Cockrell Hill. Oliver was not on-duty when the accident happened and Arredondo says he never identified himself as a police officer.

The Dallas officers who responded to the accident determined no offense had occurred.

The grand jury will now decide whether Oliver should be formally charged.

Oliver was fired and then arrested after the Balch Springs Police Chief said body camera video did not match the officer’s version of the shooting that claimed Edwards’s life.


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Daniel Day-Lewis Says He’s Retiring From Acting

NEW YORK (AP) – Daniel Day-Lewis, one of the most widely respected actors of his generation and a three-time Oscar-winner, says he’s retiring from acting.

The 60-year-old actor announced Tuesday that he has shot his last film and performed in his last play. That makes Paul Thomas Anderson’s already filmed “Phantom Thread,” due out in December, his final film.

“Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor,” his representative Leslee Dart said in a statement. “He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.”

The announcement sent shockwaves through Hollywood, where Day-Lewis is revered as possibly the finest actor of his time. But Day-Lewis has also long been an exceptionally deliberate performer who often spends years preparing for a role, crafting his characters with an uncommon, methodical completeness.

“I don’t dismember a character into its component parts and then kind of bolt it all together, and off you go,” Day-Lewis told the AP in 2012, discussing Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.” ”I tend to try and allow things to happen slowly, over a long period of time. As I feel I’m growing into a sense of that life, if I’m lucky, I begin to hear a voice.”

He has stepped away from film before. In the late 1990s, he famously apprenticed as a shoemaker in Florence, Italy — a period he called “semi-retirement.” ”Phantom Thread,” which Focus Features will release Dec. 25, is his first film in five years, following “Lincoln.”

A five-time Academy Award nominee, Day-Lewis is the only one to ever win best actor three times. He earned Oscars for “My Left Foot,” ”Lincoln” and “There Will Be Blood.”

Day-Lewis, who is married to writer-director Rebecca Miller with three children, broke through with 1985’s “My Beautiful Laundrette,” by Stephen Frears. His films since then have included “The Last of the Mohicans,” ”The Age of Innocence,” ”In the Name of the Father” and “Gangs of New York.”

His last play was in 1989, a National Theatre production of “Hamlet,” in London. Day-Lewis infamously walked out in the middle of a performance, and never returned to the stage again.

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Edmonton’s McDavid Wins Hart Trophy As NHL MVP

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Connor McDavid won his first Hart Trophy. Hardly anybody in hockey believes it will be his last.

The Edmonton captain claimed the award as the NHL’s most valuable player Wednesday night at the league’s postseason awards show at T-Mobile Arena, the new home of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights.

McDavid also won the Ted Lindsay Award, given to the league’s most outstanding performer in a vote of his fellow players. He already knew he would win the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL scoring champion.

“To see the trophies up close and personal, touch them, get your picture with them, it makes it a little more real,” McDavid said. “Today is a very special day in my life, for sure.”

The honors capped a remarkable sophomore season for the 20-year-old center, who won his first scoring title and led the Oilers back to the Stanley Cup playoffs after an 11-year absence. The former No. 1 pick beat out fellow finalists Sergei Bobrovsky of Columbus and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby.

“I’m so proud to be in Edmonton,” McDavid said. “I’m so proud to be an Oiler, and so proud to play with the guys.”

McDavid is the third-youngest player to win the award. Only Crosby and Wayne Gretzky claimed the Hart as teenagers.

Boston center Patrice Bergeron won the Selke Trophy for the fourth time as the NHL’s best defensive forward, and San Jose’s Brent Burns won his first Norris Trophy as the top defenseman. Toronto center Auston Matthews easily took the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie, and Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky won his second Vezina Trophy.

Nashville’s David Poile was named the NHL’s top executive after the Predators’ first Western Conference title, and Columbus’ John Tortorella won the Jack Adams Award as the top coach.

Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson won the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Anderson left the Senators during the season to support his wife, Nicholle, in her fight against throat cancer, but returned to become Ottawa’s career victories leader.

Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau won the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanlike play.

The league also revealed the results of the Golden Knights’ expansion draft during the show, with former Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury getting wild cheers from an arena filled with new fans of the NHL’s 31st franchise.

While Crosby didn’t claim the Hart, the back-to-back Stanley Cup champion won the Richard Trophy as the NHL’s top goal-scorer.

“I haven’t even thought about that, to be honest with you,” Crosby said. “Been a lot of things going on.”

Crosby was sorry to part ways with Fleury, his longtime teammate in Pittsburgh.

“I’ll let him know how weird it was seeing him in a jersey like that,” Crosby said. “I know that he is going to do great things here.”

Bergeron also won the Selke in 2012, 2014 and 2015. The two-way Bruins star beat out Anaheim’s Ryan Kesler and joined Bob Gainey as the only players to win the Selke four times.

Bergeron paid tribute to Gainey after the Montreal great presented the award to him.

“I think it’s the way that he played the game hard and was always in the right position,” Bergeron said. “Not only him on the ice, but also him off the ice as a role model, as a person, I’ve always respected him for that. It was special to receive that award from him, because he was such an important player for the NHL.”

Bobrovsky got 25 of the 30 first-place votes to outdistance Braden Holtby and Carey Price after leading the league with a 2.06 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage. Bobrovsky, the first Russian to win the award twice, and Tortorella played major roles in the Blue Jackets’ revival for the best season in franchise history.

Burns beat out Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson for the Norris in a duel of two 70-point scorers. Burns doesn’t think offensive numbers alone determine the Norris winner.

“That’s the way I play the game,” Burns said. “For me to be successful, to help the team, I’ve got to help create offense and get into the plays. If I’m not doing that, if I’m not skating and creating things, then I’m not really doing much out there.”

Matthews was the no-brainer choice for the Calder after his 69-point rookie season for the Leafs, who hadn’t had a Calder winner since Brit Selby in 1966.

The Arizona-raised center was grateful to accept the award in Las Vegas, where he hopes more desert kids will be inspired by the Golden Knights.

“I think it’s going to be great,” Matthews said. “For myself, when the Coyotes moved (to Phoenix), that’s how I got into hockey. Seeing the teams in California kind of encouraged kids growing up to pick up the stick and start playing. (The Golden Knights) will definitely grow the game.”

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Bedford PD Busy With Missing Teen & Landfill Body Investigations

BEDFORD (CBSDFW.COM) – There was speculation a body discovered at a North Texas landfill and the case of a teenager missing out of Bedford were related, but police now say there is no connection.

Kaytlynn Cargill was last seen near her home at the Oak Creek apartment complex in Bedford on Monday night. Police said they were treating the case as a “missing runaway.” The 14-year-old went missing after leaving her apartment to walk her dog.

Police went door-to-door Wednesday night asking neighbors if they knew anything about Cargill’s disappearance. Investigators say they have no reason to believe the teenager is in any danger and they do not suspect foul play.

Carol Champion lives at the Oak Creek apartments and said she is keeping an eye out for Cargill. “I’ll just be looking for her. That’s really sad. I have grown children and I have grandchildren and you know it hurts, it really does.”
Police have not issued an Amber Alert for Cargill.
In an unrelated case, police are busy this morning trying to identify the dead person found at the Arlington Landfill. A worker found the body in an area near the 800 block of Mosier Valley Road.

Detectives are checking missing person reports in the area. The Tarrant County medical examiner is working to identify the person and hopefully also learn what caused their death.


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