Suspect Arrested for Alleged Baseball Bat Assaults
TYLER — A Tyler man has been jailed for reportedly going after two hotel occupants with a baseball bat. On Sunday at 8:00 a.m., Tyler police officers responded to a call from the Economy Inn at 3301 Mineola Hwy., where a man was said to be assaulting the residents of room 410 with the bat. After being told that the suspect had left in a car, officers located the suspect vehicle in the area and conducted a traffic stop. The suspect was identified as 52-year-old Grover Davis, who was arrested and booked into Smith County Jail for two aggravated assaults. Inside the hotel room, police found 24-year-old Jeremy Walker and 26-year-old Amber Garza, both of whom were reportedly victims of the assaults. EMS was called, and Garza was transported to ETMC for non-life-threatening injuries. Walker was taken to the hospital by private vehicle.
Holly Lake House Heavily Damaged in Afternoon Blaze
HOLLY LAKE RANCH — Several fire departments were called to a blaze that caused heavy damage to a house in the Holly Lake Ranch area. KETK reports the fire started just after 2:30 Saturday afternoon in the 120 block of Pinewood Cove. Crews had no immediate word on precise extent of damage, but no one was injured. The cause remains under investigation.
Fire Burns Down Smith County Home
NEW HARMONY — A blaze burned down a two-story home Friday morning in the New Harmony area of Smith County. According to the Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office, a woman and her daughter, who live in the home, were in the back yard moving items when they heard a smoke alarm beeping in the house. One of the residents opened the back door and noticed smoke was filling the house. KETK reports the home, located on the 5500 block of Twin Lakes Drive, was destroyed before firefighters could put out the flames. No injuries were reported. The fire started on the second floor, but the cause is unknown at this time, said investigators. Both residents were housed by other family members. Dixie, Lindale and Noonday Fire Departments responded to the scene.
Water Levels Up at Lake Tyler and Lake Palestine
TYLER — There are signs that we are recovering from the 2011 drought. KETK reports the water levels at Lake Tyler and Lake Palestine are the highest they’ve been in years. Lake Tyler is about 96% full and Lake Palestine is overflowing. It hasn’t been this high since April 2011. “We’re just finally compensating for that long drought we went through,” said District 3C Fisheries Manager Richard Ott. Lake Tyler and Lake Palestine’s main purpose is to produce water for the citizens of Tyler. And they’re places to spend time with the family, fishing, boating, and swimming. But since the drought, a lot of those fun activities were limited. “There for awhile you couldn’t even get a boat on Lake Tyler because the lake levels got so low the ramps didn’t extend all the way to the water,” said Ott.
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TJC Residence Hall Construction to Impact Available Parking
TYLER — The Tyler Junior College Main campus is growing, with one major construction project under way and a second about to begin. This coming week, construction crews assigned to help build a new 250-bed residence hall on the west side of campus will be blocking off one existing parking lot and portions of another, to create a safe working environment. The construction will directly impact access to 185 parking spaces that are regularly utilized by TJC students, employees and TJC fleet vehicles. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to be prepared for this development. When students and employees return from Spring Break, on Monday, March 17, these 185 spaces will not be available. Read more …
Several Honored at Texas College Legacy Scholarship Fundraiser
TYLER — Honorees from near and far, including a legendary football coach, were recognized Friday night at Texas College’s annual Legacy Scholarship Fundraiser at Harvey Convention Center. According to the event’s program booklet, the college stages the yearly gala “in recognition of great support,” celebrating “individuals and organizations who have given unselfishly of themselves for a better Texas College and a better city of Tyler.” The fundraiser continued its tradition of adding a touch of Hollywood to the proceedings, welcoming back actor Marc Gomes as honorary host. Gomes also appeared last year, and previous Legacy events have featured movie star Danny Glover. Read more …
Free Bulky Item Collection Extended
TYLER — The City of Tyler Solid Waste Department and Keep Tyler Beautiful are continuing to sponsor a free bulky item collection for City of Tyler residential customers. Due to the icy weather, the free bulky item collection has been extended to Friday, March 14. 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 will be picked up. Paint must be dried out with oil dry or kitty litter. Read more …
U.S.-Based Firm’s Workers on Plane Headed to Meeting
AUSTIN (AP) – An Austin-based technology company says its 20 employees on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight were en route to a business meeting in China. Freescale Semiconductor spokeswoman Jacey Zuniga said Sunday the employees – 12 from Malaysia and eight from China -work at facilities in their respective countries that manufacture semiconductor chips. The employees were aboard Flight MH370, which went missing early Saturday over the South China Sea. Zuniga says the company is focusing on its employees and their families and watching for any new developments. Freescale Semiconductor has been developing microprocessors, sensors and other technology for the past 50 years. The company has more than 18,000 employees and operates manufacturing facilities, design centers and sales offices throughout the world.
Family of Texas Man on Flight Comforted by Faith
KELLER (AP) – The family of a North Texas man who was aboard the Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing says they saw him about a week ago when he visited home. “There is a shock, a very surreal moment in your life,” James Wood says. He is the brother of Philip Wood, one of three Americans on the Boeing 777. Wood spoke via telephone from the family’s home in Keller. Philip Wood’s confirmed LinkedIn page lists him as a Technical Storage Executive at IBM Malaysia. He visited Keller last week before relocating to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from Beijing, where he’d worked for two years. James Wood says the family’s faith is keeping them together. “We are one family, there are 240 other families. Our hearts go out to them,” he says.
Man Accused of Setting Fire over Marijuana
HOUSTON (AP) – An 18-year-old has been arrested after being accused of starting a fire in his mother’s Houston-area apartment because she would not give him money to buy marijuana. The Houston Chronicle reports that John Carter is facing arson charges for allegedly setting his mother’s clothes on fire on Saturday. Dean Hensley with the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office says damage to the apartment was limited to the clothing. Carter is jailed on a $30,000 bond.
Study to Review Hurricane Protection Ideas
HOUSTON (AP) – A new $4 million study will look at two ideas that have been proposed as ways to protect the Houston area from hurricane storm surge that could cause billions of dollars in damage and wreak havoc on the largest petrochemical complex in the country. One idea would be a system of levees and flood gates proposed to run from Galveston to High Island dubbed the “Ike Dike.” The other is a 600- to 800-foot wall that would be placed across the 52-mile Houston Ship Channel. The Houston Chronicle reports the ideas were developed after Hurricane Ike devastated the upper Texas coast in 2009. A series of public meetings in late spring will be held to discuss both proposals.
Company Slow to Pay Judgment for Disabled Workers
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Federal and state officials are having trouble collecting the multimillion-dollar judgments a Texas company was ordered to pay for mistreating 32 mentally disabled workers at an Iowa labor camp. The Des Moines Register reports Henry’s Turkey Service of Goldthwaite, Tex., has yet to pay nearly $6 million in fines and judgments against the company and Kenneth Henry. A jury agreed last year that Henry’s discriminated against its employees, who were hired out to work at an Iowa turkey processing plant. The initial verdict was the largest in the history of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which brought the case. So far, federal officials have collected assets worth between $30,000 and $40,000, and they’re collecting about $3,500 in monthly lease payments on land owned by Henry.
Mexican Border City Hopes to Lure Spring Breakers
MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) – The Mexican border city of Matamoros long ago gave up catering to Spring Breakers who would cross over in droves from Texas beach resorts. But in the midst of a three-year increase in American tourism in Mexico, Matamoros now sees the potential to reopen many of the bars and restaurants that closed after cartel violence drove tourists away. The city plans to open a children’s water park and pier to lure Mexican visitors for Holy Week next month. It wants to focus next year on luring Spring Breakers from South Padre Island, Texas. A pivotal part of that plan will involve working to reopen businesses geared toward young Americans. Other former Spring Break meccas, such as Rosarito Beach south of California, now focus on attracting wealthier, middle-aged travelers.
Lady Cardinals Win Regional Title Match with Apache Ladies
The Trinity Valley Community College Lady Cardinals defeated the Tyler Junior College Apache Ladies 72-62 in the Region XIV women’s tournament championship game on Saturday at UT Tyler’s Herrington Patriot Center. Tyler built a 12 point lead early in the game and led 38-30 at halftime. TVCC whittled away at Tyler’s lead in the second half with their pressure defense and poor shooting by the Apache Ladies who managed just 28 percent from the field for the game. Tyler also committed 20 turnovers and the Apache Ladies were just 3-18 from beyond the three point line. Victoria Kemokai’s 15 points led TJC. Jazmine Spears paced Trinity Valley with 14 points.
Both Tyler and Trinity Valley are headed to the NJCAA National Tournament in Salina, Kansas. The top ranked 33-1 Lady Cardinals are the Region XIV champion. The 28-5 Apache Ladies will appear in the national event for the first time since 2007 with an at-large bid.
Stars retire Mike Modano’s number
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com
DALLAS — No Dallas Stars player will ever wear the No. 9 again.
The number, forever connected with the speedy and skilled Mike Modano, was raised to the rafters on Saturday night, the fourth number in the franchise’s history to be so honored. The other three were more Minnesota North Stars numbers than Dallas. Most of Modano’s career, including his Stanley Cup win in 1999, was spent in Dallas.
“From the moment I got off that plane in 1993, Dallas felt like home,” Modano told a sold-out crowd of 19,109 at American Airlines Center during an hour-long ceremony Saturday prior to the Stars’ 4-3 win against, the Minnesota Wild. “You’ve allowed me to be a part of your lives and you to mine. It’s been an amazing ride. It couldn’t have been done without you people.
“We asked you to give us a chance and you stuck with us and for that, I’m grateful.”
Modano was emotional even before he got up to speak. He watched, nervously from the tunnel, as several prominent guests made their way to the stage at center ice and talked about Modano’s hockey career and what he meant to the sport in Texas.
In one of the videos that Modano narrated about his hockey life, he says: “Now people ask me where I’m from and I say, Texas — Dallas, Texas.”
A huge curtain dropped shortly thereafter to reveal 20 members of the 1999 Stanley Cup — in their jerseys with “Modano 9″ patches — waiting on Modano to arrive. That group included some familiar names from the franchise’s only championship winner, including Jere Lehtinen, Ed Belfour, Jamie Langenbrunner, Guy Carbonneau, Derian Hatcher and, of course, Brett Hull.
“World-class skill at world-class speed (and a) world-class guy — that’s what Mike Modano is,” Hull said after walking the carpet. “Mike Modano took a franchise from Minnesota, took it to Dallas, Texas. And the only reason we’re here standing today is because of Mike Modano. And I think that’s all you need to know.” Read more …
Ruiz, Asche hit 3-run HRs as Phillies beat Astros
Carlos Ruiz and Cody Asche each hit a three-run homer to send the Philadelphia Phillies past a Houston Astros split squad 11-3 on Saturday.
Asche connected in the fifth inning to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead, and Ruiz’s drive in the sixth made it 7-3. John Mayberry Jr. added a three-run double in the seventh, and Philadelphia won for the second time this spring.
“Some offense goes a long way to loosen everyone up,” manager Ryne Sandberg said. “It all started with Asche and some good swings — three good swings, three good at-bats. That was good, to get things going.”
Astros starter Dallas Keuchel held Philadelphia hitless for three innings. His only baserunner came on a walk, and he struck out two.
Keuchel has been solid in his first two starts this spring, giving up one hit in five shutout innings.
Phillies starter Roberto Hernandez walked four and struck out four in 3 1/3 innings. He allowed one run and two hits in his third start of the spring. Read more …
Maholm, Baxter boost Dodgers in tie with Rangers
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Paul Maholm pitched three steady innings and Mike Baxter went 2 for 2 with two RBIs for a split squad of Los Angeles Dodgers in their 5-5 tie with the Texas Rangers on Saturday.
The game was halted after nine innings.
Adrian Gonzalez walked with the bases loaded for the Dodgers. Maholm allowed one run on three hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
Gonzalez, who is hitting .353 in seven games, drew a five-pitch walk from Tanner Scheppers in the third to bring home Justin Turner.
Baxter, claimed off waivers from the New York Mets last fall, had a double and a sacrifice fly.
Shin-Soo Choo, who signed a $130 million, seven-year contract with the Rangers this offseason, went 0 for 2 with a strikeout, dropping his average to .176. Choo did drive in a run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
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Today in History
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