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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Dallas.

Tuesday
Oct212014

Man Dies After Breaking into Apartment Complex  

(DALLAS) – A man suspected of breaking into an apartment complex on Brockbank Drive died after being placed in police custody Sunday, according to officials.

The 45-year-old suspect allegedly used a cinder block to break a sliding glass patio door, entering a residence in the 9500 block of Brockbank Drive around 6:40 p.m.

Police said the man also took a vase from the apartment and threw it through the front window. Authorities witnessed the suspect leaving the home through the front door and subsequently handcuffed him, placing him in a sitting position outside the apartment.

The man “began to exhibit signs of medical distress,” prompting officers to call for an ambulance, according to officials.  Officers reported that he seemed to be under the influence of an unknown substance.

The man was pronounced dead hours later at Parkland Memorial Hospital, where workers found a vial in his personal property containing an unknown liquid.

The investigation is ongoing.


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Monday
Oct202014

Police Seek Help in Locating Critical Missing Woman 

Dallas Police Department(DALLAS) -- Dallas Police are asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing 43-year-old woman.

Dee Ann Green was last seen on foot between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. in the 2100 block of Prichard Lane on Monday morning.

Green is described as white, approximately 5'10", 140 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a black/beige shirt.

She may be a danger to herself and others, according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 911 or law enforcement at 214-671-4268.


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Friday
Oct172014

Dallas Nurse Says Hospital Should Be 'Ashamed' of Ebola Response

(DALLAS) -- A Dallas nurse said Thursday that the administrators of the hospital where two colleagues contracted Ebola should be “ashamed” that they asked the women to “undertake this huge, monumental task” of treating an Ebola patient without the proper equipment and training.

Brianna Aguirre, a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, told ABC News she was left “devastated” by the hospital administration’s response to the infection of two nurses, who treated an Ebola patient.

Aguirre said she never received any Ebola-response education until after an infected patient was admitted, and the designated personal protective equipment used in the isolation ward left her neck exposed.

“They want to blame her for getting sick, when she was never provided the right supplies,” Aguirre said of infected nurse Nina Pham. “I’m devastated for my hospital and my future there.”

Aguirre described to ABC News a situation of “extreme chaos” in the isolation ward, where Ebola-infected patient Thomas Eric Duncan was treated.

Aguirre entered the ward only after Duncan’s death and said she had to ask for a mop and start cleaning the floors with bleach herself when she realized no one from housekeeping was allowed to come in and clean the floors.

Aguirre also said the protocols from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were confusing and not clear. When Aguirre was given personal protective equipment that left her neck exposed, she was horrified.

“We were told, ‘You take our guidelines and you do with it what you will,’” said Aguirre of CDC guidelines. “You make a system that will effectively make this unit run.”

Now that she has interacted with an Ebola patient, Aguirre said she is self-monitoring and constantly taking her temperature. She has also had to keep her two children from school because other students are so afraid they could be infectious.


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Thursday
Oct162014

Dallas Hospital Slams Union's Allegations Over Ebola Procedures

(DALLAS) -- On Thursday, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas defended its processes and procedures after a nurses' union criticized it for alleged lapses in the treatment of a patient with Ebola who later died.

In the statement released Thursday morning, authorities with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said workers followed guidelines established by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after patient Thomas Eric Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola.

Duncan first arrived at the hospital Sept. 26, and was sent home with antibiotics and Tylenol before returning via ambulance days later. Duncan died Oct. 8, and two of the nurses who treated him -- Nina Pham and Amber Vinson -- have since tested positive for the virus.

Federal authorities are still trying to figure out how the nurses contracted Ebola, with officials blaming a breach in protocol for the situation.

According to the hospital’s statement in response to a release from National Nurses United, the patient’s samples were handled with sensitivity to avoid a potential contamination.

“All specimens were placed into closed specimens bags and placed inside a plastic carrier that travel through a pneumatic system. At no time did Mr. Duncan’s specimens leak or spill -- either from their bag or their carrier -- into the tube system,” the statement reads.

The hospital also addressed the union's allegations of improper protective gear at the facility, stating that hoods were ordered due to worker concerns that the skin on their neck was exposed -- and that nurses’ interactions with Duncan were consistent with CDC guidelines.

The response follows a previous statement by National Nurses United, the country’s largest nurses’ union, issued on behalf of several nurses at the hospital.

National Nurses United has not issued a response to the hospital’s latest statement.

Earlier, the hospital said that it mishandled Duncan's case by originally sending him home even after he had a fever and said he was from Liberia.

"Unfortunately, in our initial treatment of Mr. Duncan, despite our best intentions and a highly skilled medical team, we made mistakes," Dr. Daniel Varga, the chief clinical officer for Texas Health Services, said in written testimony to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. "We did not correctly diagnose his symptoms as those of Ebola. We are deeply sorry."


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Wednesday
Oct152014

Ebola Nurse's Dog Being Watched at Undisclosed Location

(DALLAS) -- Dallas nurse Nina Pham's dog Bentley has been taken into custody by an animal shelter as the pooch's owner is being treated for Ebola, officials said.

The King Charles Spaniel was first kept in Pham's apartment while Dallas County officials assessed the situation this weekend, but it has been cause for concern since a Spanish nurse who contracted the disease had her pet euthanized out of fears that it could be a carrier of the deadly virus.

It does not appear that any similar action will be taken in Texas, however, as Judge Mike Rawlings said that they will be taking good care of the pet while the 26-year-old nurse is in treatment.

The city's animal shelter is now caring for the dog at an undisclosed location, officials said. The Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center posted a note on its official Facebook page confirming their involvement and they wrote that they will be posting pictures "once we've shown the owner he's okay."


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