Dallas County Health Officials Report First Death Related to West Nile Virus

Dallas County Health Officials Report First Death Related to West Nile Virus

A Far North Dallas resident diagnosed with the county’s first case of West Nile virus this year has died, health officials said.

The patient had underlying medical conditions, according to Dallas County Health and Human Services.

A resident of Dallas’ 75248 ZIP code, the patient was diagnosed July 14 with West Nile neuroinvasive disease, the more debilitating form of the mosquito-borne illness.

The death is the first related to West Nile virus in Dallas County for 2017.

Three people in Dallas County died last year as a result of the virus. In October, a Mesquite resident became the third person of 2016 to die from West Nile virus. A Carrollton resident in his or her 60s died from the virus in August. A Far North Dallas resident in his or her late 50s died as a result of the virus in September.

There is no vaccine or specific treatment for the virus. To reduce the risk of West Nile virus exposure, the health department has several recommendations:

More information is available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov and at the Dallas County Health and Human Services website.

Staff writer Nicole Cobler contributed to this report.

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Army Veteran Fired from Home Depot in Texas After Trying to Stop Shoplifters

Army Veteran Fired from Home Depot in Texas After Trying to Stop Shoplifters


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A veteran is out of a job after trying to stop thieves.

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Jim Tinney said he was only trying to do the right thing, but ended up getting fired from his job at a Texas Home Depot after confronting shoplifters last month.

The 70-year-old veteran told local media he threw a paint roller extension at one of the three men he said stole tool sets from the Home Depot in Pearland, Texas, in an attempt to stop them.

However, the suspect fled the scene, and no injuries were reported. Tinney said his training in the Army prompted him to react on his reflexes. Two weeks later, Tinney was booted from the department store.

Jim Tinney, 70, was recently fired from his position at a local Home Depot after attempting to stop a group of shoplifters.

The Army veteran admits he had violated his employment training but believes Home Depot responded harshly by firing him.

“I think they could have written me up, reprimanded me, but terminate me? That’s pretty strong,” he told ABC13. “I’m 70 years old. I need to work. I needed that job. I enjoyed working with customers figuring out what they wanted to do. It’s fun.”

Home Depot said Tinney’s actions were against the company’s policy because he did not work in security.

Stephen Holmes, a Home Depot spokesman, told the Daily News that as part of the company’s strict policy, only trained security personnel are allowed to confront shoplifters for the safety of customers and employees. Tinney was fired because he violated that policy, the spokesman explained.

Holmes said a few recent instances have turned dangerous because either a knife or a gun has been drawn. The company has a team that works with the Human Resource department to review cases like Tinney’s, he added.

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Dallas Mavericks Forward Dirk Nowitzki Named Co-Captain for Nba’s Africa Game

Dallas Mavericks Forward Dirk Nowitzki Named Co-Captain for Nba’s Africa Game

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki of Germany stands on the court before the NBA basketball game between the Washington Wizards and the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on January 3 2017. File photo by Larry W. Smith/EPA

Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki will be one of the captains for the NBA’s Africa Game on Aug. 5.

The NBA and National Basketball Players Association announced Monday that Nowitzki, who is from Germany, will be a co-captain of Team World along with Charlotte Hornets All-Star Kemba Walker.

Team Africa will be captained by the Los Angeles Lakers’ Luol Deng, a two-time NBA All-Star who is from the South Sudan, and the Atlanta Hawks’ Thabo Sefolosha, an 11-year NBA veteran whose father was born in South Africa.

Nowitzki is a 13-time NBA All-Star and 2011 NBA champion. Last season, he became the first international player with 30,000 career points.

NBA Africa Game 2017, which will take place in Johannesburg, will once again feature a Team Africa vs. Team World format and will be played in support of UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and SOS Children’s Villages South Africa.

In February, the NBA and NBPA announced that Bismack Biyombo (Orlando Magic, Democratic Republic of the Congo) and Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver Nuggets, Democratic Republic of the Congo) will play for Team Africa, and that CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers, U.S.) will play for Team World. The NBA said a full roster of players and coaches will be announced at a later date.

The sold-out NBA Africa Game 2015, the first NBA game on the continent, took place Aug. 1, 2015, at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg. There have been more than 70 current or former NBA players from Africa or with ties to the continent, including NBA Africa Ambassador Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria) and NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo (Democratic Republic of the Congo), both of whom played in the 2015 game.

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Dallas Taps Wells Fargo Commercial Banking Star from Houston

Dallas Taps Wells Fargo Commercial Banking Star from Houston

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Brendon Riley takes reins of banks expanding Middle Market Banking hub

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) announced today that it has named 16-year company veteran Brendon Riley to its Dallas Middle Market Banking leadership team as regional vice president, effective immediately. He succeeds Tom Krueger, who joined the companys Great Lakes commercial lending team.

In his new role, Riley oversees 10 experienced commercial banking professionals in Dallas who deliver Wells Fargos localized approach to serving privately held, middle-market companies with revenues of $20 million and above.

Texas is home to eight Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking offices, including three regional offices in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, three in Houston, and offices in San Antonio and Austin. Growth in the downtown Dallas office led to the expansion of new Middle Market Banking offices in Oklahoma and North Dallas.

?Tom Krueger led Wells Fargos steady growth in Dallas, and Brendon will continue that momentum in supporting middle market companies in the area, said Cecil Edwards Jr., region manager for Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking in North Texas, who has more than 35 years in the industry. ?Were pleased to bring yet another high-caliber leader to the market to help local companies succeed financially.

Riley joins James Schmeltekopf, Wells Fargos Middle Market Banking Southern division manager, and Regional Vice President Nick Salomone. In October, Schmeltekopf succeeded promoted leader Monica Cole, and Salomone was tapped to lead operations in the Fort Worth and surrounding West Texas.

The regional offices provide more than 80 Wholesale Banking services to customers in industries such as manufacturing, wholesale, retail, distribution, and technology. Edwards said the bank will continue to add new commercial bankers and staff to support customer demand here in one of the nations fastest-growing metro areas.

Riley previously served as a senior vice president in Houston, responsible for local credit decisions, risk management, and development of financial analysts. He brings 16 years of banking experience to the Dallas team. Riley began his career at Wells Fargo in its Investment Banking division. He also worked as a National Labor Relations Board attorney.

Riley holds an MBA in finance from Columbia University, a Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, and a bachelors in economics from University of Michigan. Before moving to Texas, Riley served on the boards of the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix and the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce.

More than 19,000 Wells Fargo team members live, work, and support customers and local communities in Texas. Team members volunteered more than 143,000 hours last year to support non-profits and schools in communities across the state. In 2016, Wells Fargo donated more than $10.6 million to 1,404 Texas nonprofits and schools, including $4.1 million for community development, including financial literacy, housing, and small business projects.

About Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking

Wells Fargo is No. 1 in total middle market banking share in the U.S. and has the most primary banking relationships with middle market companies with $25 million to $500 million in annual sales.* With 140 offices in 38 states and four Canadian provinces, Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking provides local service and decision-making for businesses with $20 million to $500 million-plus in annual sales. Asset-based lending, traditional secured loans, and capital markets provide access to working capital for day-to-day operations and growth. Expertise and services are available to specialty industries, including technology, food and agribusiness, healthcare, government, higher education, clean technology, and environmental services. Watch stories about successful middle market companies at http://wholesalebanking.wf.com/cmbg-success-stories.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $2.0 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,500 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 273,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 27 on Fortunes 2016 rankings of Americas largest corporations. Wells Fargos vision is to satisfy our customers financial needs and help them succeed financially. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

* Barlow Research Middle Market Rolling 8 Quarter Data 4Q2014-3Q2016, showing Wells Fargo’s competitive market performance among companies with $25MM-<$500MM in sales for both primary bank market share and total market share (primary + up to 3 additional banks used).


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