Police: Missing Kilgore Woman Possibly Raped by Several Men
KILGORE — A Kilgore woman missing since spring may have been sexually assaulted by several men, a court document suggests. That’s according to KETK and the Longview News-Journal. A digital storage device given to authorities by an informant was said to contain images and video showing Christina Rea Davison, 43, “being sexually assaulted by more than one person,” according to a search warrant filed in the 124th District Court. Investigators filed the warrant to receive the court’s permission to view the contents of the device, a flash drive, which was received from an informant who suggested it contained such video and photographs. The informant, who was not identified, later committed suicide, investigators said. Read more …
Arrests Made in Recent Thefts
TYLER — Officials say the Smith County Sheriff’s Office has arrested several suspects in recent thefts. The first such arrest occurred Sunday evening in northeastern Smith County. At approximately 8:40 p.m., SCSO Dispatch received a call from a night security guard regarding a burglary in progress at a scrap yard in the 10300 block of County Road 383. Within ten minutes, patrol deputies arrived on scene to find a suspect running out of the woods near the location. The suspect was immediately taken into custody, and deputies say they found several items from the scrap yard in the woods from which the suspect came. Read more …
Harrison County Leads State in Drought Index
MARSHALL — An East Texas county achieves a dubious distinction. Harrison County has been under an outdoor burn ban for several weeks — and County Judge Hugh Taylor says at the current time, its drought index is the highest in Texas. According to the judge, “Where we enter a burn ban generally at 575 on the KBDI (Keetch-Byram Drought Index), the entire county far exceeds 600 — and 25 per cent of the county actually exceeds 700. The highest number on the index is 800.” Taylor said the reason other regions of the state have seen their index numbers on the KBDI go down has to do with tropical moisture that fell across West Texas, North Texas, and Central Texas recently, but missed East Texas completely.
Student Arrested after Allegedly Making Online Threats
LONGVIEW — Longview police say a Pine Tree High School senior has been arrested for making terroristic threats online. Released on a $10,000 bond was Christopher Jones, 17. The arrest report says the FBI contacted Longview police early Monday morning with information that the student had made threats to carry out a violent act at the high school. Longview Police, working together with the FBI, were able to locate the Jones, who allegedly made the threats prior to his arrival at the school. The suspect was taken into custody for the felony 3 offense of terroristic threat and was booked into the Gregg County Jail without further incident. Read more …
Kilgore PD Seeks Assault Suspect
KILGORE — The Kilgore Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating Amanda Breanne Ball, 23. KETK reports she’s wanted out of Gregg County on an assault charge. Authorities have given the suspect a chance to turn herself in, but she has refused, according to police. The suspect lives off Stone Road in Kilgore. Tipsters can call police at 903-983-1559, Gregg County at 903-236-8400, or Crime Stoppers directly at 903-236-STOP.
Man Shot by Police Goes on Trial
GREGG COUNTY — The trial is underway for a man who was shot after officers responded to calls that an armed man was threatening people. According to the Longview News-Journal, Shaun Antonio Thompson, 27, Longview, was shot three times by police on Aug. 12, 2013. Officers said the armed man had made threatening movements toward them. He was treated at a local hospital before being taken to the Gregg County Jail on a charge of aggravated assault on a public servant. He has been jailed since then under $50,000 bond. Thompson faces from five years to life in prison, plus a maximum fine of $10,000, if convicted.
Smith County Fire Marshal to Oversee Animal Control Program
TYLER — Effective with the new 2015 fiscal year, which starts October 1, 2014, the Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office will take responsibility over the county’s animal control program. The program had previously been the charge of the Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office will still be responsible for the Livestock Estray program, which includes horses, donkeys, and other livestock. For questions or comments regarding the animal control program, contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 903-590-2652 during business hours, or 903-566-6600 after 5pm on weekdays, during weekends and on holidays.
GoBus Fare Increases Effective October 1
KILGORE — Fare increases for the East Texas Council of Governments’ GoBus service go into effect Wednesday. According to an ETCOG news release, on September 4th, the ETCOG Executive Committee considered the report on staff results from a two-month public hearing process and approved an increase in GoBus fares. The current rate of $2.00 per trip within a county and $5.00 per trip across counties had not been increased since 1997 when the average price of a gallon of gas was $1.25. Read more …
UT Tyler Professor Recognized for Research
TYLER — Dr. Vance Vaughn has been named “Researcher of the Year” by the Texas Council of Professors of Educational Leadership, Dr. Wesley Hickey, College of Education and Psychology interim dean, announced. A UT Tyler alumnus, Vaughn serves as an associate professor of educational leadership within the university’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, where he teaches in the principal and superintendent programs. He was recognized during a council ceremony on Sept. 26 in Dallas. Read more …
Officials Confirm First Ebola Case Diagnosed in U.S.
DALLAS (AP) – Health officials say a patient at a Dallas hospital who has tested positive for Ebola arrived in Texas from Liberia earlier this month and showed no symptoms while on the plane. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden said Tuesday that officials “don’t believe there is any risk to anyone who was on the flight at that time.” Frieden says the patient came to the U.S. to visit family and arrived on Sept. 20. The patient sought care last Friday and has been hospitalized in isolation since the weekend. State health officials say no other cases are suspected in Texas. The patient is the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the United States.
Refugee Plan Aimed at Central American Minors
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is initiating a program to give refugee status to some young people from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in response to the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. Under the program, immigrants from those countries who are lawfully in the United States will be able to request that child relatives still in those three countries be resettled in the United States as refugees. The program would establish in-country processing to screen the young people to determine if they qualify to join relatives in the U.S. The program would not provide a path for minors to join relatives illegally in the United States. In a memorandum to the State Department, the White House allocated 4,000 slots for refugees from Latin America and the Caribbean.
Beaumont ISD to Seek $4M Stolen by 2 Ex-Workers
BEAUMONT (AP) – A Southeast Texas school district will try to recover money and property seized in a $4 million embezzlement case that sent two ex-finance officers to prison. The Beaumont Enterprise reports state-appointed managers of the Beaumont Independent School District voted Monday to try to recoup the losses. Former finance director Devin Wayne McCraney in April pleaded guilty to fraud upon programs receiving federal funds. Ex-comptroller Sharika Baksh Allison pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud upon programs receiving federal funds. McCraney on Sept. 18 was sentenced to nearly six years in prison. Allison was sentenced to nearly four years. Both were ordered to pay $4 million in restitution from the wire-transfer scam. The Texas Education Agency earlier this year took over the Beaumont district, which has nearly 21,000 students.
Man Allegedly Made Hash Oil during Texas Explosion
ROUND ROCK (AP) – A Central Texas man has been charged with arson and child endangerment after a 2013 explosion damaged a house with his year-old son inside. Williamson County jail records show 23-year-old Justin Michael Rogers was no longer in custody Tuesday in what prosecutors call a drug-related case. His girlfriend, 22-year-old Kyndall Marie Davis, was charged with child endangerment and freed on $10,000 bond. Investigators say Davis was also in the Round Rock home, about to put the couple’s son to sleep, when the explosion happened in June 2013. Investigators found marijuana remnants at the fire-damaged house. An affidavit says authorities believe the explosion happened during the manufacture of hash oil. No attorneys are listed for Rogers and Davis, who’s free on $40,000 bond.
New Air Monitor to Be Installed near Oil Drilling
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – The state’s environmental quality commission says it plans to add a new air monitor in the Eagle Ford Shale to help measure pollution from oil and gas sites in South Texas. The San Antonio Express-News reports the move comes after Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff criticized the agency’s attempts to curb air pollution in the shale region south and east of San Antonio. The new monitoring site will be in Karnes County although a specific location hasn’t been identified yet. In a Sept. 2 letter to the commission’s chairman, Wolff noted no monitoring sites were close to the busy drilling activity in the shale region. He cited the newspaper’s yearlong investigation that showed natural gas flares pumped out more pollution than all six oil refineries in Corpus Christi.
Texas State University Receives $390K Grant
SAN MARCOS (AP) – Texas State University’s criminal justice school has received a grant to study the causes of wrongful convictions and failed criminal investigations. Texas State University announced the $390,000 grant on Tuesday. The grant is from the National Institute of Justice, which is the research, development and evaluation agency of the federal justice department. The organization was seeking proposals for research on criminal justice system errors. Kim Rossmo with the Texas college says the study will include researching unsolved crimes that could have been solved. Rossmo says the study will help provide a better understanding of how those failures happen and prevent future mistakes. He says it will result in a more fair and effective criminal justice system.
Man Gets 7 Years in Texas-Linked Sob-Story Mag Scam
PITTSBURGH, Pa. (AP/Staff) – A Pittsburgh man must spend seven years in federal prison for a $1.9 million sob-story scam that eventually stretched to Texas. 30,000 people were conned into buying magazine subscriptions that were supposed to benefit children’s hospitals, veterans’ support groups, and other charities. 44-year-old Samuel Cole was sentenced Monday by a federal judge in Pittsburgh after pleading guilty in April. His co-defendant is serving five years’ probation. Federal prosecutors say the couple began the scam in 2007, then renamed their firm as they switched its mailing address from Pittsburgh to Seattle to Dallas. The defendants recruited sellers and told them to pose as single mothers and ex-cons who were seeking a “fresh start” in life selling magazines. The magazines were never delivered.
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