Weekend Wreck Claims One Life
EAST TEXAS — A wreck Saturday afternoon claimed the life of a Gladewater woman. It happened around 2:30 on Hwy 31 near CR 246. According to the Department of Public Safety report, Melissa Tucker, 43, was headed east when her vehicle rear-ended another vehicle as the lanes merged. The report indicated that the impact forced Tucker’s car into oncoming traffic where she was struck head-on. Tucker reportedly died at the scene. No word on any other injuries.
Tyler Home Damaged by Fire
TYLER – A Tyler home has been extensively damaged by fire. It was reported around 8:45 last night in the 1700 block of Ridgeview Drive. No word on what caused the fire or if there were any injuries.
Suspect Arrested after Chase
TYLER — Tyler Police arrest a suspect accused of stealing scratch off tickets. It happened around 10:20 Saturday morning at the Valero gas station, 1301 WSW Loop 323. According to the clerk, the suspect, later identified as Kory Devers, 22, Tyler, entered the store, grabbed a handful of lotto tickets, assaulted the clerk and fled on foot. A female customer witnessed the robbery and ran after the suspect. Responding officers arrived in the area and located the witness who directed officers to where she last saw the suspect. Officers located Devers hiding in the creek bed in the area of Driftwood and Woodland Hills. He was arrested and charged with robbery, a 2nd degree felony. Devers was also booked in on several outstanding warrants out of Tyler Municipal Court. The store clerk suffered only minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
Ohio Murder Suspect Booked into the Smith County Jail
TYLER – Around 1:30 Friday afternoon the U.S. Marshals’ Task Force, along with Smith County Constable Precinct 4 deputies and a Sheriff’s Office K-9 officer, attempted to serve a warrant on a suspect wanted for homicide out of Ohio. The task force received a tip that the suspect was located at a residence on Paula Drive near Spur 364 in the southwestern part of Smith County. He wasn’t there, but they received information that the suspect could possibly be located in the 13000 block of County Road 192 near State Highway 155 South. Task force officers confirmed with neighbors that the suspect was living at the trailer with his girlfriend and was home. Task force officers forced entry into the residence and found the suspect, Byron Harris Jr., 27. He was taken into custody without incident. Harris remains in the Smith County Jail with no bond.
Two Smith County Burglary Suspects Arrested
TYLER – Two men have been arrested in connection with a residential burglary in southwestern Smith County. The suspects are identified as Andrew Woods, 23 and Anthony Asbell, 24. Warrants were issued for both suspects for the offense of Burglary of a Habitation by Judge Jack Skeen of the 241st State District Court with bond set at $500,000 for Woods and $750,000 for Asbell. Both are currently in the Smith County Jail. Read more …
Transient Arrested, Two Longview Officers Slightly Injured
LONGVIEW – A criminal trespass call resulted in Longview police arresting a transient and two officers injured. It began with a call to the Budget Inn in the 2000 block of East Marshall Avenue. The motel owner told officers a man was standing by the ice machine and refused to leave when he was asked to do so. After handcuffing Danterio Larmarc Bryant, 28, they found in his pocket a broken glass pipe that is typically used to smoke methamphetamine. When he resisted being put in the squad car, officers had to put let restraints on him. The Longview News-Journal reports, once inside the car, Bryant removed the leg restraints. When officers opened the door, Bryant is said to have he shoved an officer into the back of the vehicle and escaped. As officers tried to recapture Bryant, one received a cut on his left middle finger and another got scrapes on his right arm and left shoulder. To get him under control officers tased him. Bryant has been charged with escape causing bodily injury, resisting arrest, search and transport, and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bonds total $30,000.
Tyler’s Free Bulky Item Collection Week
TYLER — The City of Tyler Solid Waste Department and Keep Tyler Beautiful are sponsoring a free bulky item collection for City of Tyler residential customers as a part of Fall Cleanup Week. The Solid Waste Department will pick items up for one week only, Monday, September 22 through Friday, September 26. Please place your bulky items on the curb by Monday, September 22. There is a possibility that citizens’ bulky items may be picked up on a different day from their regularly scheduled garbage collection. Please be advised that you will not need to call the Solid Waste Office after placing bulky items at the curb. Bulky items that will be picked up at no charge include furniture, appliances, carpet, fence material, up to four noncommercial vehicle tires, old toys and other large items that would normally require a special fee. No liquid waste, limbs or brush will be picked up. Paint must be dried out with oil dry or kitty litter.
TxDOT Project Updates
Here’s a quick look at work planned in the Tyler District during the Week of September 22.
SMITH COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintenance crews in Smith County this week are conducting milling operations on State Highway 155 South at Dog Wood City southbound from the city limits to the Henderson County Line this week. Daytime lane closures will be in effect. Motorists are reminded to slow down and be prepared merge in and around work zones. Read more …
Texas Workers Scrutinized after Child’s Death
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas Child Protective Services officials say they expect to punish employees involved in the case of a 2-year-old toddler whose body was found buried this month in southeast Austin. Spokesman Patrick Crimmins told the Austin American-Statesman on Sunday it’s “likely” the agency will take some form of action but that it is still reviewing the case of Colton Turner. He didn’t say how many employees were involved, what problems were discovered or when action would be taken. The boy’s family members have previously said state officials failed to properly handle reports that his mother was abusive. Police say Turner had been the subject of four investigations since he was six months old. Police charged his mother and her boyfriend with tampering with physical evidence after the child’s body was buried.
Court Challenge to Tough Voter ID law Nears End
CORPUS CHRISTI (AP) — A federal judge will hear closing arguments on tough new Texas voter ID rules challenged by the Obama administration in a trial that could threaten the polarizing law. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos will hear closing arguments today in Corpus Christi in a lawsuit led by minority rights groups and the office of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Similar voter ID laws passed in other conservative states also have been challenged in federal court, but the Texas law is among the nation’s most stringent. Republican Governor Rick Perry signed legislation in 2011 that requires more than 13 million registered voters in Texas to show a photo ID before casting a ballot. Opponents say the law is designed to suppress minority turnout and young people who typically vote Democratic.
Perry: Texas Adequately Funded Schools on My Watch
AUSTIN (AP) — Republican Gov. Rick Perry says Texas adequately funded public schools on his watch and still believes in offering in-state tuition rates to students who are living in the country without legal permission. Perry on Sunday sat for a wide-ranging interview at the Texas Tribune Festival about the highs and lows of his record 14 years in office. One surprise was his deferential tone about whether Texas should continue his signature economic incentive programs after he leaves in January. Handing over millions in taxpayer dollars to private companies has grown unpopular in some Republican circles. Perry said the next Legislature should have a conversation about whether those programs should continue or not. Perry is weighing another White House run in 2016 but says he won’t announce a decision until next year.
Citing Joan Rivers, Texas’ Perry Backs Clinic Law
AUSTIN (AP) — Republican Gov. Rick Perry has pointed toward comedian Joan Rivers dying at a surgery clinic while defending a Texas law that would shutter abortion facilities statewide. Perry said Sunday “it’s a curious thought” whether Rivers might be alive had there been tighter regulations at a New York outpatient surgery center where she went into cardiac arrest this month. The 81-year-old Rivers was undergoing a routine procedure. Health officials in New York are investigating. Perry last year signed a sweeping anti-abortion law that would close most abortion facilities in Texas. But part of the law is on hold after a federal judge in August blocked requirements that abortion clinics meet hospital-level operating standards. Perry was speaking at the Texas Tribune Festival during a wide-ranging interview about his 14 years as governor.
Castro: Hispanics Key to US Housing Sector Future
AUSTIN (AP) — The nation’s housing secretary says a booming Hispanic population will drive the future of America’s residential real estate market. Julian Castro also tells The Associated Press that a major overhaul of federal immigration laws would create a further boon to home sales across the country. The former San Antonio mayor cites a study from last year that projects nearly half of first-time homebuyers nationwide would be Hispanic in six years. The study also estimates federal immigration law changes could add about 3 million homeowners. Castro, who was confirmed as the US housing secretary in July, has been mentioned as a possible 2016 Democratic vice presidential nominee. He declined to discuss his political future with the AP but says he hopes his new post will be meaningful to the Hispanic community.
Memorial Held for Slain Houston Teenager
HOUSTON (AP) — Family and friends are mourning a Houston-area teenager whose body was found mutilated and left in the woods. A memorial was held Sunday for Jose Meraz, 14, Houston police say a man walking his dog near the Addicks Reservoir found the boy’s body September 15. Family members tell KTRK-TV he was murdered with a machete and that they believe the killing to be gang related. Church members at the service tell The Houston Chronicle the teen was living with a cousin in August after having trouble with re-enrolling at school. The former Stovall Middle School student had lived with his aunt after his father was deported to Honduras and his mother went too. The pastor says the boy stayed in Texas because he “wanted a better future.”
Police: Texas Solider Beat Daughter to Death
EL PASO (AP) — El Paso police have charged a Fort Bliss soldier with capital murder after they say he beat his 2-year-old daughter to death because she soiled her diaper. Police Det. Mike Baranyay says Dartarious Graham, 20, was arrested on Sunday. He says the U.S. Army specialist beat his daughter Peyton Graham with a belt. Firefighters were called to the home on Saturday and found her unresponsive. She was taken to an area hospital where she later died. The child’s mother and the father’s cousin were arrested and charged with injury to a child by omission. Graham is being held at the El Paso jail on $250,000 bond.
Texas Hospital to Work with CMS on TB Exposure
EL PASO (AP) — The West Texas hospital where more than 700 infants were exposed to tuberculosis over the past year says it will work with federal authorities to show its procedures were adequate. A Providence Memorial Hospital nursery employee tested positive for TB in August and was placed on leave. Health officials believe she may have exposed infants and about 40 other hospital workers starting in September 2013. A Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services deputy regional administrator, David Wright, says an inspection of the hospital by regulators revealed several violations. He says the violations could threaten the hospital’s Medicare funding and posed “an immediate jeopardy to patient safety.”
UT System Head Advocated for Influential Students
AUSTIN (AP) — Records show the chancellor of the University of Texas System has forwarded letters of recommendation from influential people to UT-Austin’s president advocating admission of about 40 students since 2009. The letters obtained by the Austin American-Statesman show Francisco Cigarroa forwarded letters to UT-Austin President Bill Powers and would sometimes add handwritten notes as a hint about the prominence of the person making the request. Cigarroa disavowed his practice in recent months amid questions of possible favoritism and instructed his staff to not forward letters to university presidents or deans. The system hired an outside firm to investigate the handling of recommendation letters.
Heavy Rain Causes Flooding in West Texas
LUBBOCK (AP) — Heavy rain in West Texas is causing flooding in several counties where authorities are urging drivers to stay off the roads. National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Ciccone in Midland says there’s been flash flooding in the northern Permian Basin and a large portion of West Texas, as well as in Eddie and Lee counties in southeastern New Mexico. Weather officials expect more flooding through Sunday. Ciccone reported that Gail, about 75 miles south of Lubbock, has received more than 14.5 inches of rain in the past few hours. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports that law enforcement officials have gotten reports of up to 8 inches of water over U.S. Highway 180 in Borden County.
White House Asked to Intervene in Water Dispute
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Persistent drought has kept South Texas farmers and community leaders in an uproar for years over shortfalls in the delivery of water to the Rio Grande from Mexico’s tributaries. Now, they’re asking for congressional help in getting the White House to intervene in the dispute. A letter signed by a bipartisan group of Texas congressional delegation members has been sent to President Barack Obama, asking for administration help in persuading Mexico to deliver water to the Rio Grande as required by a 1944 U.S.-Mexico water treaty. The Brownsville Herald reports the congressional members complain about that they see as Mexico’s lack of commitment to comply with the treaty and dliver water to the United states on a regular basis, as the treaty requires.
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