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Joel Thomas

Joel Thomas

Joel is an Emmy Award winning journalist with more than 15 years of television experience. He earned his bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism with a minor in political science. He enjoyed writing at an early age, and by junior high school decided to steer his future toward journalism. Joel wrote and shot photos for his hometown newspaper while in high school and focused his energy on broadcasting during his college years.

Over the years, Joel has worked in Bryan/College Station, Austin, New Orleans and Atlanta. During that time he’s covered a wide range of events, including the Branch Davidian stand-off, the Oklahoma City bombing, and President Clinton’s impeachment. His work has received numerous awards including more than a dozen from the Associated Press, a Texas Headliner’s Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award and an Emmy Award.

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Former Arlington Police Department Officer Brad Miller.

Arlington PD Chief Terminates Officer Who Shot Christian Taylor

During a 5 p.m. press conference, Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson announced, “I have decided to terminate Officer Miller’s employment with the Arlington Police Department.”



Arlington Police Officer In Training Kills Unarmed Teen

An Arlington police officer is under criminal investigation after shooting an unarmed burglary suspect at a car dealership.


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Lingering Lake Flooding Has Soccer Programs Scrambling

It’s hard to believe so many areas in the Metroplex were underwater a few months ago. But not every area has dried out. High water has left thousands in Grapevine and Southlake scrambling to save their youth soccer program.


Brent Jozefkowicz (credit: Fort Worth Police Department)

$2,000 Reward Offered For Escaped Sex Offender

State troopers say a dangerous sex offender, Brent Allen Jozefkowicz, 48, cut off his ankle bracelet tracking device and walked away from a halfway house in the 600 block of North Henderson Street last night around 10:30.


A woman shoots a Glock 27 .40 caliber handgun at a shooting range. (credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

North Texas Safety Chief Offering Free Concealed Handgun License Training To Military

The move comes after recent attacks on military personnel revealed their vulnerability.


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Texas Car Troubles Increase With Summer Temperatures

The job of the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department Courtesy Patrol is to assist stranded drivers, and they’re busier when it’s hot outside.

CBS 11–08/03/2015

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Body-Cam Video Released Of Denton Tasing Incident

Denton Police released body camera video to counter a cellphone video posted online showing an officer deploying his Taser on a black male.



Fort Worth Organizations Team Up To Raise Awareness About Drowning

A rash of drownings has The City of Fort Worth teaming with charities, the YMCA and Cook Children’s to stem the tide.



Teens Help Mineral Wells Storm Victims

A half dozen, storm damaged homes in Mineral Wells are finally seeing repairs two months after strong winds damaged their homes — and the relief is provided by 85 teenage volunteers.


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North Texas Child Sex Sting Lands 16 In Jail

Records show men traveled from as far as Garland and Plano to Johnson County hoping to have sex with what they thought was a minor they met online.


Surveillance picture of Daniel Gaskey taking down would-be robber.

Firefighter Turns Crime Fighter

A robber entering a Midlothian convenience store didn’t know the man he pushed aside was an off-duty firefighter with two secrets up his sleeve that could thwart a robbery.


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$174M Development To Impact Fort Worth Stockyards

“Nice horsey,” the little girl said as she stroked the mane of a brown and tan horse standing along the road in The Fort Worth Stockyards.