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Winter Weather Closures, Delays, Changes

Posted/updated on: March 4, 2015 at 4:21 pm

EAST TEXAS — A number of schools and organizations are announcing schedule changes as more winter weather is predicted Wednesday night and Thursday. Here’s a list of changes received so far:



– Tyler ISD — Two-hour delay
– All Overton ISD campuses will delay the start of school until 10:00 due to the possible icy conditions predicted overnight. OISD will continue to monitor the situation and will make further decisions as the situation warrants. Spring pictures will be postponed until a later date.
– Canton ISD — Delayed until 10 a.m.
– Kilgore College — Career Services Job Fair will start one hour later than planned. The fair will run from 10 a.m. to noon in the Devall Ballroom.
– Mineola ISD — Delayed until 10 a.m.
– Van ISD — Two-hour delay
– Arp ISD — Delayed till 10 a.m.
– Chapel Hill ISD (Smith County) — Two-hour delay
– Frankston ISD — Delayed until 10:30 a.m.


– Smith County offices will delay opening until 10 a.m. General governmental operation in the following facilities close or delay opening based on Tyler Independent School District closing or delaying opening due to inclement weather:

Smith County Courthouse
Smith County Annex Building and related county buildings in the downtown campus area
Smith County Office Building
Cotton Belt Building
Road and Bridge

Smith County facilities not noted above may choose to not close or delay opening at the discretion of the respective Elected or Appointed Official. Such action, unless specifically stated, does not close essential, emergency, residential and detention operations.

– The following Trinity Clinic locations will open at 10 a.m. :
• Trinity Clinic Canton
• Trinity Clinic Mineola
• Trinity Clinic Quitman
• Trinity Clinic Winnsboro
• Trinity Clinic Holly Lake

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Tyler Pounds Regional Airport Prepares for Inclement Weather

Posted/updated on: March 4, 2015 at 4:37 pm

thumb_poundsfield-tyler-1TYLER — As winter weather advisories are being posted for East Texas Wednesday night and Thursday, Tyler Pounds Regional Airport is preparing for snow removal activities. American Eagle Flights were being cancelled at DFW airport for Wednesday afternoon and Thursday night due to weather tmoving into north and northeast Texas. As of early Wednesday afternoon, United Airlines was still scheduled to fly in and out of Tyler. Read more …

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Wanted Person Considered Armed and Extremely Dangerous

Posted/updated on: March 4, 2015 at 4:35 pm

11024675_860791450645269_1921504907775382645_oTYLER — Tyler Police are searching for a dangerous suspect they believed is in the area. According to authorities, on Monday March 2, Troy Mason assaulted a member of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office while they were attempting to arrest him for a warrant. The charge is out of Palestine for continuous sexual assault of child under 14. Mason reportedly fled the location in a white 2010 Ford F250, with Texas License Plate – AP93691. Mason also has pending charges related to child pornography. Police say he’s is a known methamphetamine user. Law enforcement believe that Mason is currently somewhere in Tyler. If you locate the suspect or vehicle, please contact local law enforcement agency immediately.

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Victim Identified in Fatal Longview Shooting

Posted/updated on: March 4, 2015 at 3:57 pm

pic2212LONGVIEW – The Longview NAACP and a family member confirm the victim of a Tuesday night shooting is Da’Coreyan Blankenship. KETK reports the victim is a former student of Longview High School. He also played running back for the school’s football team. Around 7:40 p.m., officers were called to the scene of a reported shooting in the 800 block of Aurel Avenue, about four blocks north of LeTourneau University. When officers arrived, they found one victim in the street with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Read more …

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Tyler Firefighters Respond to Early Morning House Fire

Posted/updated on: March 4, 2015 at 3:58 pm

thumb_tyler-fire-dept-logoTYLER — Crews spent nearly 3 1/2 hours on the scene of a Tyler house fire Wednesday morning. The Tyler Fire Department was dispatched to 618 E. Vance St. at 6:07 a.m. According to a news release, the first arriving units reported heavy fire involvement in the residence and immediately sounded a second alarm. Five engines and one ladder company, along with a district chief and an investigator, responded to the scene. Firefighters gained control of the fire and were clear from the scene around 9:30 a.m. The home was occupied at the time of the fire, but no injuries were reported. Fire investigators report that the cause remains under investigation at this time. Further details will be released as they become available. The American Red Cross was notified and will be assisting the family.

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Guilty Plea in “Kari’s Law” Trial

Posted/updated on: March 4, 2015 at 3:59 pm

54f3f8a579371.imageMARSHALL — A guilty plea has been entered in the so-called “Kari’s law” trial. KETK reports Brad Allen Dunn pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder in the death of Kari Rene Dunn. The defendant was arrested in December 2013 for stabbing his wife to death in a hotel room while their nine-year-old daughter tried to call police. The call wouldn’t go through because the little girl didn’t know she had to dial 9 for an outside line before calling 911. The case has prompted efforts to eliminate the need to dial 9 in such situations, and those efforts have become known as “Kari’s law.” The trial moved into the sentencing phase after the guilty plea was entered.

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Suspect in Fatal Longview Shooting Released from Jail

Posted/updated on: March 4, 2015 at 3:59 pm

DocumentFragment_4850416LONGVIEW — An East Texas man who was arrested in connection with a February shooting has been released from jail. According to KETK, Christian Sibley, 21, Tyler, was arrested Friday, for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and escaping from custody. He was released Monday after posting bail. On February, 3, police responded to a reported shooting an Exxon gas station in the 3000 block of Estes Parkway. Police said Jerrad Hunt showed up at a local hospital with a gunshot wound. Hunt passed away Monday, February 23. Read more …

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Photographer Sentenced for Sexual Exploitation of Children

Posted/updated on: March 4, 2015 at 4:00 pm

todd_flemingTYLER – A McKinney, Texas photographer has been sentenced to federal prison for sexual exploitation of children. Todd Fleming, 54, pleaded guilty on October 2, 2014, to sexual exploitation of children and was sentenced yesterday to 240 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider. Fleming will be required to register as a sex offender and serve a life term of supervised release upon his release from federal prison. Read more …

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Pre-Trial Proceedings in Tiede Case Moved to March 31

Posted/updated on: March 4, 2015 at 3:59 pm

bernie_tiede_news_journalCARTHAGE — Pre-trial proceedings scheduled for Tuesday in the Bernie Tiede case have been pushed back to March 31. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report both sides agreed to delay a hearing until that date. Tiede’s life sentence was thrown out because of a mental condition that officials say was overlooked. The case, which inspired the movie “Bernie,” involved the 1997 murder of 81-year-old Marjorie Nugent in Carthage.

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Power Restored at Hallsville Campuses Following Morning Outage

Posted/updated on: March 4, 2015 at 3:57 pm

HALLSVILLE — The power came back on late Wednesday morning at some campuses in the Hallsville Independent School District after they reported an outage earlier in the day. According to KETK, word of the power loss came in around 9 a.m. There was no immediate word on what caused the outage.

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Mystery Donor Pays Off Mortgage for New Shelter

Posted/updated on: March 4, 2015 at 3:57 pm

KILGORE — A Kilgore woman is awestruck after a mystery donor paid off her massive mortgage for a shelter. Teresa Richenberger is creating a home for women and children coming out of the sex industry and abusive relationships — because she too was once part of that world. The Kilgore home is called Rahab’s Retreat and Ranch, and a number of agencies have helped out. But the big donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, donated $160,000 to pay for the 32,000-square-foot building for 130 women and children. Richenberger is still pinching herself. She says, “It’s a God thing, first of all, because it’s ten times bigger than me, and I did not have the funds to do this.”

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Winter Storm Prompts Hundreds of Canceled Flights

Posted/updated on: March 4, 2015 at 4:10 pm

DALLAS (AP) – A late-winter storm has reached parts of Texas with hundreds of flights canceled and some schools closing early. Lubbock and Amarillo were under a winter weather advisory until midnight Wednesday with a slight chance of snow. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the Dallas-Fort Worth area through mid-Thursday. reports more than 600 flights were canceled Wednesday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Fort Worth-based American Airlines canceled more than 550 flights Wednesday system-wide. Spokeswoman Andrea Huguely says weather-related problems were mainly in North Texas, the Philadelphia and New York City areas, and Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee. Dallas-based Southwest Airlines canceled fewer than 90 flights. Some school districts in North Texas were let out early Wednesday due to the threat of wintry weather.

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Appeal Filed for Man Convicted in “American Sniper” Case

Posted/updated on: March 4, 2015 at 4:38 pm

Eddie Ray Routh2STEPHENVILLE (AP) – An attorney for a former Marine found guilty in the shooting deaths of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and another man has filed an appeal. Eddie Ray Routh was convicted of capital murder in the 2013 deaths of Kyle and Chad Littlefield at a rural shooting range, after jurors rejected his insanity defense. Prosecutors hadn’t sought the death penalty, so Routh was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Routh’s attorneys said after the Feb. 24 verdict they would appeal. J. Warren St. John, one of Routh’s attorneys, said the notice of appeal was filed Tuesday. St. John also filed a motion for a new trial, arguing the conviction and sentence were contrary to law and evidence. The case drew extra attention due to the film based on Kyle’s memoir.

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No Classes Wednesday at Dallas School Evacuated for Carbon Monoxide

Posted/updated on: March 4, 2015 at 4:29 pm

DALLAS (AP) – A Dallas school where high carbon monoxide levels prompted an evacuation has canceled classes for a second day amid safety concerns. The Dallas Independent School District said Lakewood Elementary was not in session Wednesday. Carbon monoxide levels were acceptable when checked in classrooms Wednesday morning, but remnants were present once a boiler was started. The more than 800 students and the staff were evacuated Tuesday morning when a contractor noticed high levels of carbon monoxide. The problem was traced to a furnace in the basement. Authorities later discovered a dead owl was clogging the ventilation system. The carcass was removed. A district statement said crews would work Wednesday to make sure that Lakewood Elementary School is clear.

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Ex-Mariachi Teacher Pleads Guilty to Child Porn

Posted/updated on: March 4, 2015 at 4:30 pm

McALLEN (AP) – A former mariachi teacher for a South Texas high school faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to receiving child pornography. Jesus Javier Garza Jr. of Mission remained in custody Wednesday pending sentencing in June. The 30-year-old Garza on Tuesday pleaded guilty in the federal case involving hundreds of movies and images of children in sexually explicit conduct. Garza was arrested during a February 2014 raid on his home. Investigators monitoring online sites for child porn linked distribution to Garza’s computer system. Garza was a mariachi teacher at La Joya High School. He was put on administrative leave last year when the investigation became public.

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Man Arrested with Sword in Cane, Tried to Visit Jailed Son

Posted/updated on: March 4, 2015 at 4:30 pm

SAN ANTONIO (AP/Staff) – A San Antonio man trying to visit his jailed son also landed behind bars after allegedly being caught with a combination cane and 2-foot sword. The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office says 53-year-old Jose Gonzalez faces a charge of unlawfully carrying a weapon. Sheriff’s spokesman James Keith said Wednesday that the cane, with a handle fashioned like the head of a snake, was confiscated. Keith says the father was able to walk through a scanner on Monday without needing the cane, which went through another security device. An alarm went off. Officials say an officer twisted off the top of the cane and drew out the sword, and the father was arrested. Jail records Wednesday did not list the father as still in custody. Details weren’t immediately available on the son’s name or charges.

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USS Ranger Leaving Puget Sound for Texas Scrap Yard

Posted/updated on: March 4, 2015 at 4:31 pm

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) – Naval Sea Systems Command says the mothballed aircraft carrier USS Ranger will be towed out of Puget Sound on Thursday on its way to be scrapped in Texas. The USS Constellation completed the same journey in January to International Shipbreaking at Brownsville, Texas. It will take five months to complete a 16,000-mile trip around South America. The Ranger won’t fit through the Panama Canal. The Ranger was commissioned in 1957 and was active during the Vietnam War and also deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm, the first Persian Gulf War. The carrier was decommissioned in 1993 at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. The Kitsap Sun reports the Ranger’s departure will leave two carriers in the Bremerton mothball fleet, the USS Independence and the USS Kitty Hawk.

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