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Dallas Police Officer Arrested After Assault Allegation

(DALLAS) -- A Dallas police officer was arrested on Thursday after being accused of assaulting a woman.

According to the Dallas Police Department, officers responded to a call involving an injured woman at Charlton Methodist Hospital, who informed them that a disturbance involving herself and Officer Julian Harris resulted in a physical altercation.

Police reported that the woman suffered a "serious bodily injury" while at the officer's Dallas apartment.

Harris reported to the Domestic Violence Unit, and was placed under arrest for aggravated assault. He was also served with an emergency protective order mandating he have no further contact with his accuser.

Harris was placed on administrative leave.

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Police Seek Trio in Vehicle Theft

(DALLAS) -- Police are searching for a trio of suspects involved in a vehicle robbery that took place Wednesday night.

According to the Dallas Police Department, the three suspects approached the victim at about 10:15 p.m. on Wednesday, one of them brandishing a handgun, and took the victim's vehicle. Police initially feared that a minor was in the car at the time of the theft, but later determined that was not true. It was, however, determined that a dog was inside the vehicle.

Police do not have anyone in custody. The suspects were described only as three black men.

Police say the vehicle in question is a 2004 Dodge Durango with Florida license plates reading DGYX35.

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Second Texas Ebola Nurse to Receive New Engagement Ring

(DALLAS)  --  After having her life turned upside-down by Ebola, Dallas nurse Amber Vinson is getting some help to make things right.

Vinson's engagement ring was incinerated along with most of her possessions, as a hazmat crew tore through her apartment.

“Everything that was on the surface was swiped into a bin for incineration, so my jewelry box being on my nightstand was one of those things that got destroyed,” said Vinson.

Zales Corporation, based in Irving, Texas, has now stepped in and let Vinson and her fiancée, Derrick Markray, pick out a new ring for free.

Chris Nieto, a spokesman for Zales, says Vinson earned it for her perseverance through the entire ordeal.

Vinson's fiancée said he's grateful for the ring but even more grateful that the love of his life is alive and well.

The couple’s wedding is set for next year.

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Police Search for Sexual Assault Suspect

Dallas Police Department(DALLAS) -- Authorities are asking the public's help to identify the suspect in a sexual assault that happened last month.

The assault happened around 8 a.m. on October 9 in the 4800 block of Ashbrook Road, according to Dallas Police.

The person of interest is described as a black male with dreadlocks, between 30 to 39 years old, that's five-feet eight-inches tall with a muscular build, police say.

Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities at (214) 671-3991.

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Two Firefighters Injured in North Dallas Fire

(DALLAS) -- Two firefighters were injured battling a fire that broke out during a house party in North Dallas.

Dallas Fire-Rescue received call around 7 p.m. on Saturday from a home on the 6300 block of Royalton Drive in North Dallas that was hosting a party.

The group of 30 to 40 people had noticed a light fog inside the house, and while searching for the source, someone noticed a crackling sound coming from the fireplace that was being used in the back yard.

After the fog had dramatically increased, officials say everyone evacuated the house.

Investigators determined the fire started as the result of a defect in either the exterior fireplace or its chimney. The fire quickly reached the attic, damaging the house’s entire second floor.

Though none of the occupants were hurt, two firefighters were injured during the course of the blaze.

Dallas Fire says both firefighters sustained minor knee injuries, and were taken to the hospital for evaluations. They have since then been released to return home.

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