Tyler Homicide Under Investigation
TYLER — Tyler Police continue investigating a suspected homicide. The victim was identified Monday afternoon as 24-year-old Tyrone Lee Underwood of Tyler. Officers were dispatched to a reported traffic accident on the 400 block of west 24th Street around 2:45 Monday morning. A caller said a vehicle had struck a telephone pole. The caller also said her children told her they heard what they believed to be several gunshots. When officers arrived a few minutes later, they located the vehicle and discovered that Underwood, the driver, had been shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Tyler Police Department at 903-531-1000 or Tyler/Smith County Crime Stoppers at 903-597-CUFF.
Autopsy Results Revealed in Police Shooting; Hacking May Be Related
LONGVIEW (Staff/AP) — Authorities continue to investigate a Longview police shooting even as a possibly related hacking incident is being looked into. A preliminary autopsy released Monday shows the 17-year-old girl killed by police last week died of gunshot wounds to her trunk and upper body. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report the manner of death is listed as a homicide according to the preliminary autopsy for Kristiana Coignard that was released by Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace James Mathis’s office. The autopsy was performed by Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences at Dallas. Read more …
Suspect Identified after Being Killed during Robbery Attempt
TYLER – Smith County authorities continue to investigate a robbery attempt in which the suspect was killed. On Sunday at 7:34 p.m., the Smith County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call regarding a robbery that had occurred at the MiPueblo Food Store located in the 4300 block of County Road 376 (Morningside Drive). Upon arrival of the first responding deputies approximately nine minutes later, they observed a man lying on the floor of the business wearing a ski mask and gloves. A handgun was located within a few feet. The Emergency Medical Services ambulance personnel examined the individual and determined he was deceased. Read more …
Man Arrested in Officer-Involved Shooting
HENDERSON COUNTY — An East Texas man has been arrested on charges of attempted capital murder following a shooting involving Henderson County law officers. According to KETK, Henderson County deputies arrived around 10 p.m. at a residence in the 200 block of North Cherokee Shores Drive in Cherokee Shores in response to a domestic disturbance involving a firearm called in from the residence. When deputies arrived, they met a female caller outside the residence and were told during an argument, Steven Clement Rei displayed a 9mm handgun. Read more …
Smith County Man Sought for Child Sex Assault, Theft
JACKSON HEIGHTS — The United States Marshals Task Force is seeking a Smith County man in connection with multiple crimes. According to KETK, Smith County Precinct 4 Constable John Smith says officials are seeking Sydney C. Lynch, 51, of the Jackson Heights community in the Chapel Hill area. Lynch is wanted on charges of child sexual assault and felony theft. You’re asked to contact Smith at (903) 590-4871 or [email protected] if you have any information on Lynch’s whereabouts.
Warehouse Destroyed in Fire near Lindale, One Hurt
LINDALE — A warehouse full of furniture and fabric in Lindale was destroyed in a fire Monday, and one person sustained minor injuries. According to KETK, the Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office says the fire was called in from the 13000 block of County Road 496 around 11:30 a.m. Lindale, Red Springs, Flint-Gresham, Noonday, and Dixie Fire Departments responded to the scene. Read more …
Palestine Man Indicted on Numerous Federal Income Tax Charges
TYLER – A 37-year-old Palestine man has been charged with federal income tax violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales Monday. Jefferson Kincade appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge K. Nicole Mitchell Monday in Tyler and was released on an unsecured bond. Kincade was indicted Jan. 21 and charged with 31 counts of preparing income tax returns with false statements in them, six counts of theft of government money, and six counts of aggravated identity theft. Read more …
Downtown Jacksonville Fire Contained
JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Fire Department reports that crews contained a downtown building blaze Monday. According to KETK, drivers were diverted from the area while firefighters battled the flames. The cause of the fire, extent of damage, and further details weren’t immediately available.
Family Escapes Uninjured from Lindale House Fire
LINDALE — A Lindale family was able to escape a house fire early Monday morning. According to KETK, the Smith County Fire Marshal says the blaze erupted at a home in the 300 block of North Henry Street, just west of Highway 69, around 3:10 a.m. No immediate estimate was offered, but video shows extensive damage to the residence. A husband, wife, and three kids were inside the house. A passerby was able to knock on the door and get the family out of the house before they were injured. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
More Details Given on Closure of Johnny Cace’s
LONGVIEW – More details are being given out on the impending closure of Johnny Cace’s Seafood & Steak House, a Longview landmark that will cease operations March 28. It was announced last week that the eatery will soon end 66 years in business. Cathy and Chelsea Cace told the Longview News-Journal The decision to close the restaurant came after months of prayer and of pondering options. They said the 13,000-square-foot, 50-year-old building needed so much repair and upkeep that the restaurant, and its owners, were buckling under the strain. Read more …
Woman Arrested for Attacking Mother and Sister
LUFKIN – A Lufkin woman has been charged with assault causing bodily injury after being accused of attacking her mother and sister. Bonds were set at $3,000 for Cherish Davonne Jackson, 24. No word on the argument that led to the attack. It is said to have occurred Saturday in the 800 block of Willow Bend Drive.
TxDOT Project Updates
SMITH COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintenance crews in Tyler, along with Special Crews, will also be conducting mill and inlay operations on Farm Road 14 at Interstate Highway 20. Expect the roadway to be reduced to one lane using flaggers to move motorists through the work zone. Expect delays. Read more …
Two More States Join Texas-Led Immigration Lawsuit
AUSTIN (AP) – Texas says two more states have joined its coalition suing over the Obama administration’s executive action on immigration, meaning 26 states are now part of the case. New Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Monday that Nevada and Tennessee have officially become part of the coalition. More than half the states are now fighting the order in a federal court in Brownsville. Announced in November, the president’s unilateral move is designed to spare millions of people living illegally in the United States from deportation. The lawsuit accuses the White House of “trampling” the Constitution. A federal judge heard arguments Jan. 15 but didn’t immediately rule on an injunction the coalition is seeking. It would suspend Obama’s action until the lawsuit makes its way through the courts.
Lawyer: Abuse Prevention Program Protects Boy Scouts
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) – An attorney defending the Irving-based Boy Scouts against a sex abuse lawsuit in California says the organization acknowledges mistakes in the past but now has a robust child protection program in place. Lawyer Nicholas Heldt said Monday in his opening statement that from 2003 to 2007, only 27 adult volunteers were kicked out annually for sexually abusing Scouts, although there were 1.5 million volunteers nationally. The statement came in a lawsuit by a 20-year-old man who is seeking punitive damages against the Scouts after being molested by a volunteer in 2007. His attorney, Tim Hale, told a jury in Santa Barbara that the Scouts didn’t provide enough education to prevent abuse. Superior Court Judge Donna Geck has ruled that years of sealed files containing allegations of sexual misconduct can be used as evidence at the trial.
Cops: Ex-Fox Producer Kills Himself outside NYC Headquarters
NEW YORK (AP) – Police say a former Fox news television producer in Texas has shot himself to death outside company headquarters in midtown Manhattan. 41-year-old Philip Perea died after the shooting at about 9 a.m. Monday outside News Corp. Authorities say Perea had been handing out fliers about Fox saying the company destroyed his career shortly before he shot himself outside the building that houses Fox News, the New York Post and The Wall Street Journal. The media conglomerate News Corp. is controlled by Rupert Murdoch. A weapon was recovered at the scene, and no one else was injured. Authorities say Perea left a note. Fox CEO Jack Abernethy says the company is “deeply saddened” by the tragedy. Perea posted a series of online videos about his firing. He had worked in Austin.
Contractor Leading Joplin Redevelopment Closes Offices
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) – A Texas-based contractor hired to lead Joplin, Missouri’s recovery from the 2011 tornado apparently has left the city without notice. The Joplin Globe reports Wallace Bajjali Development Partners is no longer operating out of its offices in Joplin and left no forwarding address. A phone call Monday from The Associated Press to the company’s headquarters in Sugar Land, Texas, did not connect and an email did not receive a response. The Globe reports repeated efforts to reach company officials by phone or email since last Thursday have been unsuccessful. The city of Joplin has paid the company about $1.7 million in development fees as of August. Mayor Mike Seibert said city officials don’t know the firm’s status but the contract with Wallace Bajjali is still in effect.
Teen in Custody after Infant Found Dead in Dallas Apartment
DALLAS (AP) – A 14-year-old girl was questioned Monday in the death of an infant found dead in a Dallas apartment. Police say a preliminary investigation indicates the teenager drowned the 3-month-old child while the mother was away from the residence. The body of the infant was found in the apartment when police arrived Monday morning. Authorities say the teenager was related to the baby. A second teen was found in the home when police arrived and is considered a witness. Police do not believe the second teen was involved in the child’s death. No other information was immediately available.
Man with Texas Ties Indicted in Georgia Jewelry Store Burglary
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP/Staff) – A Florida man with Texas ties has been indicted in a suburban Atlanta jewelry heist. Cobb County District Attorney’s spokeswoman Kim Isaza said Monday that 30-year-old Osniel Labrada-Guillen of Miami Gardens, Florida is charged with racketeering. Isaza says the suspect who burglarized a jewelry shop in Kennesaw, Georgia in January 2010 cut holes in the roof, disabled the phones and alarms, and cut a hole in a safe before stealing more than $1 million worth of jewelry. Isaza says a bin of stolen items was found at nearby restaurant and DNA from a plastic spoon near the bin matched DNA from a ski mask that was recovered after a burglary in Indiana. Authorities say Labrada-Guillen is also accused in burglaries in Florida and Texas. A call to his attorney was not answered.
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Today in History
Today in History for 26th January 2015- Historical Events 1482 - "Pentateuch" (Jewish Bible) 1st printed as a book in Bologna, Italy 1788 - Captain Arthur Phillip and British colonists hoist the English flag at Sydney Cove, New South Wales, now celebrated as Australia Day 1915 - Rocky Mountain National Park, Colo established 1929 - Indian National Congress proclaims goal for India's independence 1980 - Mary Decker became 1st woman to ru... Read more on HistoryOrb.com
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