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Second Person Arrested in Connection with Longview Triple Homicide

Posted/updated on: April 17, 2014 at 12:40 pm

allisongreggcoLONGVIEW — Longview police arrested another person Wednesday in connection to the deadly April 6 shooting on Beaumont Street. KETK reports Jakerion Allison, 17, of Longview, was taken into custody by officers on an arrest warrant issued by the 124th District Court of Gregg County. The warrant was procured on April 10. He is charged with three counts of aggravated assault. The shooting left three people dead: Joey Hollister, 15; Anthony Anderson, 35; and Tavarus Christopher Glaspie, 35. A second person has also been arrested, JaCorey DeWayne Williams, 22, of Carthage, for tampering with evidence. Police said he threw a gun recovered on Lilly Street from a getaway vehicle. Allison’s bail totals $300,000.

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Man Accused in Wife’s Murder Loses Parental Rights

Posted/updated on: April 17, 2014 at 10:44 am

jamescalvertmugTYLER — Accused murderer James Calvert has had his parental rights terminated as a result of an agreement announced in court Tuesday. According to KETK, Judge Carole Clark of the Smith County 321st District Court approved an agreement stating Calvert’s parental rights to his two children will be terminated and the kids will now be out of foster care and living with Calvert’s cousin in Ohio. Calvert is accused of shooting and killing his ex-wife, Jelena Radobanovic Sriraman before kidnapping their son, Lucas, Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Read more …

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Suspect Arrested in Molotov Cocktail Incident

Posted/updated on: April 17, 2014 at 11:18 am

thumb_police-9CANTON — One man is behind bars in Van Zandt County after authorities say he threw a Molotov cocktail into a home early Wednesday morning. According to KETK, the county fire marshal says the suspect threw the fiery weapon through a window and into a bedroom where his ex-girlfriend was sleeping by her boyfriend. The boyfriend suffered first- and second-degree burns, but the girlfriend was not injured. There was no significant damage to the home. The suspect managed to get away but was later captured at a home north of Elmo in Kaufman County.

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Authorities Seek Tips on Stolen Wood County Semi

Posted/updated on: April 17, 2014 at 11:50 am

stolensemiQUITMAN — Wood County authorities have offered a reward for information leading to the person or people responsible in the theft of a local semi. According to the Wood County Crime Stoppers, the 2000 Volvo Pro Form truck disappeared from a location on Highway 37 between Quitman and Winnsboro on April 16. KETK reports a $1,000 reward will be paid to anyone with information leading to the arrest of the culprit or culprits. Tips can be shared anonymously at 903-763-2274.

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Former Policeman Indicted on Child Sex Assault Charge

Posted/updated on: April 17, 2014 at 10:47 am

lelandcarvermugLONGVIEW — A Gregg County Grand Jury has indicted a former Longview police officer on a single charge of aggravated child sexual assault. KETK reports Leland Thomas Carver, 69, was arrested February 12 on charges he sexually assaulted a child in his home in December 2013. According to a Longview police report, Carver told the child if she reported the attacks, she would be taken away from her family. Kristie Brian with the Longview Police Department confirmed he retired from the department over a decade ago. Carver remains in the Gregg County Jail on $50,000 bond.

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Ground Broken on New Moore Middle School

Posted/updated on: April 17, 2014 at 1:29 pm

thumb_TISD_Logo_NewTYLER – Tyler ISD broke ground Thursday on the new Moore MST Magnet School campus. The new school, a BOND 2013 project, will be built on the grounds of the current campus and will be able to accommodate nearly 1,000 students. It is scheduled to be complete in the fall of 2015.

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Men Sentenced for Methamphetamine Trafficking

Posted/updated on: April 17, 2014 at 11:38 am

Brandon Lee LagroneTYLER — Two Texas men have been sentenced in Tyler to federal prison for drug trafficking violations. Brandon Lee Lagrone (pictured), 36, of Carthage, pleaded guilty on December 9, 2013, to using a communication facility to facilitate the commission of a felony and was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison yesterday by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis. Chadwick Marvin Thompson, 36, of McKinney, pleaded guilty on November 21, 2013, to conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison yesterday by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis. As part of his plea, Thompson has agreed to the forfeiture of $8,700 cash along with six firearms and ammunition. Read more …

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Wood County Man Sentenced for Firearms Violation

Posted/updated on: April 17, 2014 at 10:46 am

Kerry Lynn SandersTYLER – A 29 year old Dike, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for firearms violations. Kerry Lynn Sanders pleaded guilty last December 4, to possessing a stolen firearm and was sentenced in Tyler to 120 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis. Federal prosecutors say on March 19, 2013, Sanders was stopped by Wood County Sheriff’s Deputies due to an outstanding arrest warrant. The deputies arrested Sanders and performed an inventory of Sanders’ vehicle. During the inventory, the deputies discovered a 20gauge, pump-action shotgun behind the driver’s seat. Sanders admitted that he knowingly possessed the shotgun without the consent of the owner, and with the intent to deprive the owner of the shotgun. Read more …

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New Details on 17-Year-Old’s Shooting Death

Posted/updated on: April 17, 2014 at 11:39 am

jacobjohnsonfbDIANA — There’s new information on the death of 17-year-old Jacob Michael Johnson (pictured), whose body was found recently in a vehicle in the Diana area. Two 14-year-olds have been arrested. According to KETK, an affidavit says one of the suspects stole his grandmother’s Saturn to drive himself and the other suspect to meet the victim. The affidavit says one of the suspects, nicknamed “Chicago,” shot Johnson twice in the head before leaving the scene. Pastor Marvin Denison’s church is on the same road where the body was found. Denison says he wishes he could have reached out to those involved beforehand.

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Gregg County Authorities Probe Home Invasion

Posted/updated on: April 17, 2014 at 11:37 am

thumb_police-8LONGVIEW — Sheriff Maxey Cerliano and the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office request assistance and information regarding a burglary/home invasion case that occurred at about 11:30 p.m. on April 15th. Authorities say three armed males dressed in black suits and hoods entered a north Gregg County home and confronted the two occupants. The occupants were bound and the suspects went through the house looking for valuables. After approximately thirty minutes, the residents were left unharmed and the suspects fled. The suspects’ vehicle information is not being released at this time. Read more …

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Sheriff Smith to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Whitehouse

Posted/updated on: April 17, 2014 at 11:35 am

thumb_Larry-SmithWHITEHOUSE – Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith will hold a town hall meeting on April 24 from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the TASCA Activity Center in Whitehouse, located at 10495 County Road 2167. The town hall meeting is his first of 2014. During 2013, Sheriff Smith’s first year in office, he held town halls in Lindale, Starville, Tyler, and Whitehouse. Read more …

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Smith County Wide Clean Up Program Concludes

Posted/updated on: April 17, 2014 at 11:30 am

thumb_sheriff-smithcountyTYLER — Officials with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office Environmental Crimes Unit reported Thursday that the most recent County Wide Clean Up program was one of the most successful on record, collecting 186.46 tons of trash and bulky items. From March 31 through April 12, each Smith County household could obtain a free voucher that allowed them to bring three cubic yards of trash and bulky items (the approximate equivalent of a full-sized truck bed) to the Greenwood Farms Landfill. The Smith County Environmental Crimes Unit, Smith County Sheriff’s Office, Precinct Constables and Smith County Commissioners Court partnered to host the 2014 Smith County Wide Clean Up. Officials said there would be an additional County Wide Clean Up scheduled this summer.

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Needles Found on East Texas Preschool Playground

Posted/updated on: April 17, 2014 at 10:46 am

hallsvillekidlnjHALLSVILLE — A Hallsville ISD family and the district are at odds about whether a 4-year-old boy was stabbed by a needle he found on the district’s Pre-K playground. That’s according to KETK and the Longview News-Journal. “What has upset me the most is the fact that they found two syringes and needles on the playground on the same day,” said Michael Kelly, who rushed his son Tyler to the emergency room when he saw what looked like a puncture wound on the boy’s hand. “Was there some kid that found it before my son and played with it and left it there?” The district agrees that the boy found two syringes Friday at Hallsville Little Cats Pre-K campus playground. One syringe was capped, and the other was not. No further action was taken because the child was not punctured, district officials said. Read more …

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Twelve LISD Students Recognized by Duke University

Posted/updated on: April 17, 2014 at 10:45 am

Longview Schools LogoLONGVIEW — Academically-talented seventh graders in Longview ISD will be recognized at the May School Board meeting for their exceptional scores on the ACT or SAT. The Duke University Talent Identification Program identifies students in sixteen states in the Southeast, Midwest and Southwest who have scored in the 95th percentile on a grade level achievement test. As part of the program, these academically talented students take above-level college-entrance exams to learn more about their abilities. Read more …

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Man Executed for Killing 3 Members of Texas Family

Posted/updated on: April 17, 2014 at 10:48 am

Jose Villegas on Texas death rowHUNTSVILLE (AP) — A man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend, her young son and her mother 13 years ago at a Corpus Christi home has been executed by Texas prison authorities. Jose Villegas was lethally injected Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected arguments he was mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty. The 39-year-old was pronounced dead at 7:04pm CDT, 11 minutes after being given a lethal dose of pentobarbital. He was put to death for fatally stabbing Erida Salazar, her 3-year-old son Jacob and her 51-year-old mother Alma Perez in January 2001. He became the seventh Texas inmate executed this year, and the third put to death with a new stock of pentobarbital from a provider corrections officials won’t identify. Texas is the nation’s most active death penalty state.

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Condemned Dallas Killer Gets Go-Ahead for Appeal

Posted/updated on: April 17, 2014 at 10:48 am

Licho EscamillaHOUSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court is allowing the convicted killer of an off-duty Dallas police officer to move forward with an appeal that contends his trial attorneys failed to provide evidence that could have swayed jurors from sentencing him to death. Lawyers for Licho Escamilla argued to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that details of his abusive upbringing weren’t disclosed until after his trial.

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Davis Has Successful Neck Surgery

Posted/updated on: April 17, 2014 at 10:48 am

Wendy Davis3AUSTIN (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis’ campaign says she has undergone successful neck surgery to relieve pain in her shoulder and right arm. Spokesman Zac Petkanas said Wednesday that doctors in Davis’ hometown of Fort Worth removed bone spurs and degenerative discs that were creating compression on the nerves in her neck. Petkanas called the surgery routine and said the state senator is “resting comfortably and will be spending the night at home.” He said Davis will return to a normal campaign schedule following the Easter holiday.

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Texas Town Recovering Year After Deadly Blast

Posted/updated on: April 17, 2014 at 10:49 am

West explosion2WEST (AP) — Residents of the small Texas town of West are honoring the past but looking ahead on the one-year anniversary of a fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people. A fire at the West Fertilizer Company triggered a blast so powerful that it leveled nearby homes and schools. Among those killed were 12 volunteer firefighters and other responders trying to help protect families and elderly residents living nearby. There are signs of recovery, including dozens of new homes. But residents know they have a long way to go. Today’s ceremony will include a moment of silence at 7:51 p.m., the time of the 2013 explosion.

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Five Plead Guilty in Texas Human Smuggling Operation

Posted/updated on: April 17, 2014 at 10:49 am

gavelHOUSTON (AP) — Five men from Mexico have pleaded guilty to conspiracy and firearms charges stemming from a human smuggling operation that held 115 people captive in a small Houston house. Officials say the captives were held against their will until a ransom was paid to allow their illegal entry into the United States. The five were arrested when the so-called ‘stash house’ was discovered on March 19th.

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Rangers rally for two in 9th to beat Mariners

Posted/updated on: April 16, 2014 at 11:58 pm

Texas center fielder Leonys Martin wound up being the star of a battle of top pitchers.

Martin had a leadoff triple in the eighth that chased Seattle ace Felix Hernandez. An inning later, Martin singled in the winning run with two out as the Rangers scored two unearned runs off closer Fernando Rodney for a 3-2 win over the Mariners on Wednesday night.

“He was in the middle of the first run by hitting the triple off Hernandez, who was outstanding tonight,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “And then he comes up in that situation against one of the best closers in the game. He just tried to put the ball in play, and it worked. It’s good for him, it’s good for the team, and we can build on it.”

Despite being outscored by nine runs, the Rangers have managed a winning record and a major league-best four walk-off wins. Blog

Rodney (0-1) retired the first two in the ninth before Kevin Kouzmanoff’s single ricocheted off the glove of sliding shortstop Brad Miller and dribbled into the outfield. Mitch Moreland drew a walk before pinch-hitter Donnie Murphy’s grounder was fielded by Miller, whose toss to second base was high. The error allowed Moreland to slide in safely and extended the game.

“It was hit right at me. It kind of ran up on me,” Miller said. “I threw it too high. I saw it was too high off the get-go. Everybody did their part but me. Everybody played their butts off. I’ve just got to make that play next time.”

Rodney then threw a wild pitch that allowed the tying run to score. Martin’s sharp single to left gave Texas its fourth victory in its final at-bat at home already this season. It was Rodney’s first blown save in four chances. Read more …

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Homer by Moustakas lifts Royals over Astros 6-4

Posted/updated on: April 16, 2014 at 11:59 pm

Mike Moustakas homered in the 11th inning to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 6-4 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.

Moustakas has been off to a tough start this season and was hitting .098 before his solo shot to the seats in right field off Jerome Williams (0-1) to lead off the 11th.

A small group of Royals fans stood and yelled `Moooooose’ as he rounded the bases after his first homer this year.

Jarrod Dyson singled and added an insurance run on a fielder’s choice.

Danny Duffy (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win and Greg Holland allowed a hit and a walk in a scoreless 11th for his fifth save.

Jason Castro and Marc Krauss both had two-run home runs for the Astros. Heralded Houston prospect George Springer made his major league debut, batting second and playing right field.

The 24-year-old, who hit 37 homers combined in Double-A and Triple-A last season, singled and walked, but struck out with one out and a runner on first in the 11th.

Danny Valencia had a solo homer in the second and Salvador Perez tied it up in the seventh with a two-run single.

The Astros went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base. Read more …

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Grizzlies edge Mavericks in OT to take West’s No. 7 seed

Posted/updated on: April 17, 2014 at 12:00 am

The Memphis Grizzlies had every reason to ease up in the regular season finale after pushing hard the past three months to reach the postseason.

Instead, they kept grinding and grabbed the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference.

Mike Conley hit two free throws with 1.1 seconds left in overtime, and the Memphis Grizzlies moved up from the eighth seed by edging the Dallas Mavericks 106-105 on Wednesday night.

“We’ve been holding on very tight for a long time …,” Memphis coach Dave Joerger said. “Getting 50 wins is something you want on your resume as a player, and people remember those. Those are special seasons. It’s a standard, a golden standard I think.”

Memphis became the seventh team in the West with 50 wins this season with the victory. The Grizzlies, who set a franchise record with a 14th straight home win in a single season, will open the postseason Saturday night at Oklahoma City. They beat the Thunder in the semifinals last year with Russell Westbrook out.

“Playing Grizzlies’ basketball going into the postseason was key, and we wanted to try to keep that momentum going,” Grizzlies guard Tony Allen said.

Monta Ellis missed a 17-footer before Conley drew the foul driving to the basket. Dallas had one last shot, but Ellis missed from the top of the key. Read more …

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Cowboys work out Pro Bowl guard

Posted/updated on: April 17, 2014 at 12:02 am

By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas — With the NFL draft at the forefront of their minds, the Dallas Cowboys are not ignoring free agency.

Two-time Pro Bowl guard Davin Joseph visited with the club earlier in the week, and wide receiver LaRon Byrd will work out for the team on Thursday, according to sources.

Joseph was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before free agency began, saving the team $6 million in cap space. A first-round pick in 2006 out of Oklahoma, Joseph started 89 games for the Buccaneers and made the Pro Bowl in 2008 and ’11. He missed the 2012 season with a knee injury and struggled last season.

The Cowboys have little depth behind starters Travis Frederick, Mackenzy Bernadeau and Ronald Leary. Joseph, 30, could push for a starting spot or serve as a backup at both guard spots. If the Cowboys sign Joseph, then it would seem to end the chances of Brian Waters returning. Waters has not decided whether he wants to play or have surgery on a torn triceps injury that ended his 2013 season.

Byrd, 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, spent last year on injured reserve with the Arizona Cardinals because of a concussion. He was released earlier in the month and worked out recently for the New York Giants.

The Cowboys will host local draft prospects at Valley Ranch on Thursday as part of their Dallas Day workouts. Texas wide receiver Mike Davis (Skyline), SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert and TCU quarterback Casey Pachall are among the players scheduled to work out. Texas outside linebacker/defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat is not among the group despite attending Plano West. Because his family moved to Colorado with his dad, Jim, coaching in Boulder, he is not allowed, per league rules. Read more …

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Cowboys take a look at QB Murray

Posted/updated on: April 17, 2014 at 12:03 am

By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

The Dallas Cowboys have three quarterbacks on their roster and expect to keep it that way when the 2014 regular season begins.

However, it doesn’t mean the Cowboys won’t look at some quarterbacks.

Team officials are in Athens, Ga., on Wednesday looking at University of Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray. Among the officials in attendance is Cowboys’ quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson.

There is no expectation the Cowboys will draft Murray in the later rounds of next month’s draft, but the team is doing its due diligence, much like it did two years ago with Brandon Weeden.

When Weeden was entering the draft from Oklahoma State, Cowboys officials met with him and kept watch from afar. After Weeden was released by the Cleveland Browns this spring, the Cowboys jumped at the chance to sign him because they had done the research necessary to make a move.

With the amount of money invested in starting quarterback Tony Romo and backup Kyle Orton, the team isn’t trying to draft a quarterback in the first two rounds. Finding a future replacement for Romo isn’t a high priority, but they are looking for a quality young backup. Though Weeden is 30, he has only two years of NFL experience, so that justifies the Cowboys signing him. Read more …

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Anaheim Ducks hold off Stars 4-3 in series opener

Posted/updated on: April 17, 2014 at 12:20 am

Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist, Frederik Andersen made 32 saves to win his NHL playoff debut, and the Anaheim Ducks opened the postseason with a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.

Getzlaf, Kyle Palmieri and Mathieu Perreault scored in a dominant first period for the top-seeded Ducks, who began their playoff run on a dead sprint. Anaheim led 4-0 midway through the second period before Dallas got rolling in its first playoff game since 2008.

Captain Jamie Benn and Colton Sceviour had power-play goals, and Tyler Seguin scored with 6:07 left to trim the Ducks’ lead to one. Anaheim hung on with a handful of big saves from Andersen, a 24-year-old Danish rookie.

Game 2 is Friday.

Matt Beleskey had a goal and an assist before incurring a lower-body injury in the third period, leaving a hole on the Ducks’ top line with Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Getzlaf then got hit in the face with the puck with 16 seconds left, sending him to the dressing room early.

Benn and Sceviour scored in their NHL postseason debuts, but the Stars couldn’t escape their early hole despite an impressive game from their high-scoring top line of Benn, Seguin and Valeri Nichushkin, which accounted for 14 shots.

Kari Lehtonen stopped 31 shots for the wild-card Stars, who ended their five-year playoff drought thanks to new coach Lindy Ruff and seven Stanley Cup winners on their roster. Read more …

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