House Catches Fire on Grand Avenue in Tyler
TYLER — Considerable damage is reported in a Thanksgiving Day house fire in Tyler. Around 10:30 Thursday morning dispatchers received a call about the fire at 2703 N. Grand Avenue, across from Texas College. Officials tell KETK the resident took a pan of dressing out of the oven, set it on a nearby washing machine, then left the room to talk on the phone. An ironing board covered with a cloth was next to the washing machine and is believed to have caught fire from the pan. The blaze then spread to the drapes, cabinets, walls, and attic. Fortunately, no injuries were sustained. The kitchen was destroyed by the fire and there is minor damage to the nearby hallway, with heavy smoke and water damage throughout the house. Officials want to remind residents to always stay in the kitchen with the food that is being prepared.
Apartment Fire Relocates Residents One Day before Thanksgiving
LONGVIEW — At least six fire trucks were on the scene around 7:30 Wednesday morning when flames broke out at Longview’s Pine Knoll Apartment complex. Fire Marshal Johnny Zackary said the fire started in an upstairs unit of building three, the result of an unattended candle. Pine Knoll resident Chris Kemper tells KETK he learned of the fire when police beat on his door. Police evacuated all residents and their pets, and no injuries were reported. Kemper said his apartment did sustain smoke damage, but without the efficiency of the fire and police departments it could have been worse. “I don’t think there was any flame damage or any water damage, just a bunch of smoke, and I believe that’s completely because of the quick response of the Longview Fire Department,” Kemper said. Read more …
Joe Yeakley Receives a Hero’s Welcome Home to Lindale
LINDALE — After 10 months of recovery from injuries sustained in a January house fire, firefighter Joe Yeakley got to return home to Lindale Wednesday, just in time for Thanksgiving. KETK reports Yeakley got to see his extended family lining the streets and riding alongside him in fire engines. “He’s been in Dallas this whole time and we’re just glad to have him coming back home and being part of our family,” said Lindale Fire Chief Cory Crowell. Read more …
Gilmer Reacts to Planned End of ETMC Ambulance Service
GILMER (Staff/AP) — Gilmer officials are reacting after yet another move by East Texas Medical Center to phase out care in Upshur County. ETMC earlier announced it would first close its hospital in the city, followed by the emergency room and physicians clinic. Now, effective March 1, 2015, ETMC EMS is discontinuing ambulance services. KETK spoke with Gilmer City Manager Jeff Ellington, who said, “To lose the facility, the operation, and all the jobs related to that is a very negative thing. And it is a concern to the entire community and obviously the city itself.” Read more …
Salvation Army Offers Thanksgiving Meal
TYLER — Tyler’s Salvation Army served hundreds yesterday at its annual Thanksgiving meal. Many volunteers gathered on Thanksgiving to begin preparation for the feast. Chores included carving turkeys, chopping vegetables, and getting everything ready for the hundreds of guests. An abundance of volunteers were on site Thanksgiving Day to help serve guests and spread the love of Christ as well as the joy of this holiday season, according to a Salvation Army news release. The Salvation Army is offering thanks to those in the Tyler community who make it possible to serve a Thanksgiving meal to so many in the community.
Methvin Street Closure Shifts Friday as Work Progresses
LONGVIEW — Today, Methvin Street in Longview will close to traffic between High and Center. This will begin Phase 2 of the proposed Methvin Street Improvements. Construction should last approximately four months, according to officials. The closure follows Wednesday’s reopening of Methvin Street between Green Street and Fredonia Street. That reopening completes Phase 1 of the Methvin Street Improvement Project. Read more …
Suspected Shooter Dead in Downtown Austin Gunfire
AUSTIN (AP) – Austin police say a gunman suspected of opening fire on several downtown buildings and police headquarters has died after being shot. According to their verified Twitter account, Austin police say the male suspect died early Friday in what authorities call an officer-involved shooting. Police did not immediately say who fatally shot the suspect. Police say the man had targeted “multiple downtown buildings” in the gunfire before dawn. Austin-Travis County EMS reports the incident led to part of Interstate 35 through downtown Austin being closed as officers tried to secure the scene. Further details weren’t immediately available.
Three Injured in Dallas Wrong-Way Traffic Crash
DALLAS (AP) — Three people are seriously injured after a wrong-way crash in Dallas. Police say the crash at around 11:00 Wednesday night occurred when the driver of a black Honda Accord driving on the wrong side of a road rammed into a Chevy Blazer. Two people inside the Blazer were trapped when the SUV went down an embankment. They are both hospitalized, as is the driver of the Accord. Police say they will charge the driver of the Accord with two counts of intoxication assault, serious bodily injury.
SUV Carrying 12 Children Rolls Over; 1 Dead
ALTON (AP) — An SUV carrying 12 children has rolled over in rural South Texas, leaving one of the children dead and 9 other kids injured. The Monitor newspaper reports that the driver of a 2001 Ford Explorer lost control of her vehicle and skidded before rolling over once. The Texas Department of Public Safety reports that 12 children were inside the car. A 9-year-old girl was pronounced dead at a Mission hospital. Nine others and the adult driver were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident.
Woman Cited in Fatal Texas Motorcycle Crash
KERMIT (AP) — A woman has been cited in connection with a crash that killed a motorcyclist from Iowa last month in Kermit, Texas. The Odessa American reports Heather Danielle Slayton, 30, of Kermit, has been cited with failure to yield the right of way at a stop intersection. That’s according to Elena Viramontes, spokeswoman with the Texas Department of Public Safety. The accident happened shortly before 7:00am on October 30, when Slayton was stopped at the intersection of Tyler Road and State Highway 18. Michael James Deuth, 28, of Davenport, Iowa, was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. According to the report, Slayton’s car continued past a stop sign into the intersection and collided with Deuth’s Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Driver Injured in Central Texas Train Crash
BRUCEVILLE-EDDY (AP) — A second train accident in Central Texas this week has left a 72-year-old man hospitalized. A Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman tells the Temple Daily Telegram that the crash occurred when a driver did not yield right-of-way to a passing train and drove onto the tracks as the train approached its crossing. The intersection had a yield sign and a crossing sign. Trooper D.L. Wilson said the train struck the driver’s pickup truck on the passenger side and the driver was wearing a seatbelt. The driver was in serious condition after being pulled out of the pickup truck.
Police: Burglar Left Keys inside Neighbor’s House
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio police say a man who may have stolen his neighbor’s Sony Playstation 3 gaming system left his keys inside the neighbor’s house. KSAT-TV reports that 20-year-old Rogelio Cordova was arrested Tuesday for burglary. An arrest affidavit says that long after finding keys inside the burglarized home, Cordova’s neighbor noticed he hadn’t moved his car for weeks. When police returned the keys to Cordova, he used them to start his car. They then obtained a search warrant and found some stolen property inside Cordova’s home. Cordova did not have an attorney listed in online records.
States Differ on Need for Bitcoin Oversight
AUSTIN (AP) — As states debate the merits of bitcoin, Texas is emerging as a vital testing ground for the digital currency. The state government has facilitated a growing number of businesses to embrace bitcoin by shielding it from heavy regulation. By contrast, New York’s top financial regulator has proposed a licensing system that would track and police users. Bitcoin enthusiasts say such a system would hamper development, applauding Texas’ hands-off approach. Texas had the nation’s first bitcoin ATM and now boasts nine. According to CoinMap, Texas has the world’s fourth largest bitcoin economy based on the number of businesses that accept bitcoin. The movement challenges payments and other trust-based markets, including transaction fees, collection fees and remittances. Wedbush Securities analysts estimate bitcoin could potentially disrupt about $650 billion in business.
Oil Boom Brings New Focus to Univ. of Texas’ Lands
AUSTIN (AP) — The University of Texas System owns 2.1 million acres of land, most of it in oil-rich West Texas where royalty payments have soared past $1 billion each year. But a consulting group and environmental advocates say the UT System needs to do much more with a valuable public resource. The Austin American-Statesman reports that the system commissioned a report that found “significant core challenges” within the university lands office based in Midland, where the recent oil boom led to surging revenues. The report says the office has no engineering staff and not enough employees with industry knowledge. The boom has also affected ranchers dealing with new well sites and connected roads and water pits. Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson says the office is well-run even if minor changes are needed.
Now on Sale: 288-Sq.-Ft. House for Just under $50K
AUSTIN (AP) — A 288-square-foot “tiny house” designed by Austin Community College is now on sale for just $49,800. While most Texans might want a little more space inside their dream home, the students built the home as a demonstration of how to do more with less space. Matt Hart of Barley & Pfeiffer Architects in Austin tells KXAN-TV that the exercise shows how to live in a “smaller impact, smaller footprint” home. Bidding on eBay has started at $37,800, though a buyer can end the auction by paying just under $50,000. Part of the sale’s proceeds will go to an endowment for environmentally-friendly building technologies.
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