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Tyler Man Killed in Overnight Crash

Posted/updated on: August 27, 2014 at 3:49 pm

thumb_DPS-car-2TYLER — One person was killed early Tuesday morning when a vehicle left the road and struck a tree about two miles north of Tyler. According to Department of Public Safety Trooper Jean Dark, at 1 a.m., Keith Williams, 24, of Tyler, was headed south on FM 14 when he drifted into the oncoming lane and overcorrected. KETK reports the car traveled back across the southbound lane and off the road into a tree, then rolled into a field. Justice of the Peace Precinct 5 James Cowart pronounced Williams dead at the scene. Williams was taken to the John R. Harmon Funeral home. There is no suspicion of an alcohol-related crash, stated Dark.

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Possible Murder-Suicide in Tatum

Posted/updated on: August 27, 2014 at 3:50 pm

thumb_police-1TATUM — The Tatum Police Department is investigating an alleged murder-suicide that took place over the weekend. According to a release put out by the department, on Saturday at 7:45 p.m., possible gunshots at a local home were reported. KETK reports Tatum officers and Rusk County deputies responded to the scene and found a man and woman dead. The man was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Tatum Police Department, Rusk County’s Criminal Investigation Division, the Rusk County District Attorney’s Office, and the Texas Rangers are investigating the case. J.P. Precinct 4 Darlene Childress ordered an autopsy.

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Tyler Bicycle Rider Injured

Posted/updated on: August 27, 2014 at 3:50 pm

police-car-lights2TYLER – A bicyclist has been injured when hit by a SUV in the 7500 block of the Old Jacksonville Highway. The accident happened shortly before 8:15 Tuesday night. Injured was Kristin Blaise, 42. Tyler police report that a group of cyclists were riding north bound in the outside lane when Blaise was struck by a vehicle. According to Sgt. Wendell Gardner, she sustained serious injuries that are not believed to be life threatening at this time. She was transported to East Texas Medical Center for treatment. The driver, identified as Devin Hunter, 20, was ticketed for failure to control speed.

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Jacksonville Police Continue Search for Missing Man

Posted/updated on: August 27, 2014 at 6:03 pm

randalrobersonJACKSONVILLE — Police continue to search for a 28-year-old man who has been missing since January. Randal Rahushun Roberson reportedly left Jacksonville about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 21, en route to New Summerfield, and never arrived at his location. He also never returned to his residence. According to KETK, he was traveling in a white 1995 Mercury Cougar, which police say was found abandoned the following Thursday on a county road just north of New Summerfield. Read more …

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Authorities Search for Work Truck Stolen from Property

Posted/updated on: August 27, 2014 at 3:50 pm

stolentruckgladewaterGLADEWATER — The Gladewater Police Department is asking for help locating a work truck taken from a local property. According to KETK, police said officers were dispatched to a property in the 400 block of Riverside Drive in reference to a report of theft on August 21. When authorities made it there, the caller, a JDW Services employee, told officers a truck and flatbed trailer hauling a John Deere backhoe had been taken. The stolen pickup is described as a white 2009 Chevrolet 3500 flatbed with Texas license plate number AH77635. It is believed the truck was used to take the yellow 2013 John Deere backhoe which was already loaded on the trailer. Later on the same date, Gladewater detectives, assisted by Smith County Sheriff’s Office deputies, found the trailer and backhoe. The pickup has still not been recovered. Read more …

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Benefit for Family of East Texan Killed in Accident

Posted/updated on: August 27, 2014 at 3:48 pm

wilson1LONGVIEW — A 50-hour online auction benefiting the family of an East Texas man killed in a recent accident begins Wednesday night. KETK reports Conner Wilson, 32, of White Oak was killed August 12 in Rusk County after he accidentally hit a live 12-inch pipeline while operating a mulching machine. The line ruptured and instantly killed Wilson. A memorial was held for Wilson on August 15 and he was laid to rest the following day. He leaves behind four children and a wife. The auction runs from 8 p.m. Wednesday till 10 p.m. Friday. You can go to https://www.facebook.com/wilsonbenefitauction for more information. You can click on http://www.youcaring.com/other/support-for-kristin-and-her-family/218178 if you’d like to donate.

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New Sidewalks Coming to Tyler

Posted/updated on: August 27, 2014 at 3:49 pm

thumb_TxDotTYLER — The Tyler City Council Wednesday approved a design contract with Adams Engineering to provide design and construction phase services for new sidewalks using the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) Transportation Enhancement Grant Sidewalk Project. The proposal is for the design of five-foot-wide Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant sidewalks. The sidewalk locations were selected using the Pedestrian Master Plan published by the Metropolitan Planning Organization in 2010. “The project includes approximately 7.2 miles of sidewalk throughout the City of Tyler that are greatly needed,” said City Engineer Carter Delleney. Read more …

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City Wins Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

Posted/updated on: August 27, 2014 at 11:13 am

thumb_cityoftylerTYLER — For the eighth straight year, the city of Tyler has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its fiscal year 2013-2014 budget document. “This award is a significant achievement reflecting the commitment of the city of Tyler to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting,” said the city’s Chief Financial Officer, Keidric Trimble. The award was granted by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) and was presented to the city during Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

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Dad Acquitted in Slaying of Driver Who Killed Sons

Posted/updated on: August 27, 2014 at 3:54 pm

ANGLETON (AP) – A jury has acquitted a southeast Texas man of murder in the fatal shooting of a drunken driver who had just caused an accident that killed the man’s two sons. David Barajas cried when the verdict was read Wednesday. He faced up to life in prison, if convicted. Prosecutors had alleged that Barajas killed 20-year-old Jose Banda in a fit of rage after Banda plowed into Barajas and his sons while they were pushing a vehicle on a road near their hometown of Alvin. Twelve-year-old David Jr. and 11-year-old Caleb were killed. Defense attorney Sam Cammack says Barajas didn’t kill Banda and was only focused on saving his sons. The gun used to kill Banda wasn’t found and there was little physical evidence tying Barajas to the killing.

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Texas Teen Gets 20 Years for Manslaughter in Crash

Posted/updated on: August 27, 2014 at 3:53 pm

EDINBURG (AP) – A South Texas teenager has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after being convicted in a 2012 wreck that killed nine immigrants. The Monitor reports 17-year-old Junior Benjamin Rodriguez received his sentence Tuesday. He was 15 when he was fleeing Border Patrol agents and flipped a van carrying at least 17 immigrants. Rodriguez had faced nine counts of murder, but prosecutors reduced the charges to nine counts of manslaughter as part of his guilty plea. Rodriguez will be eligible for parole in 2018. He told Hidalgo County District Judge Israel Ramon that he didn’t intend for the wreck to happen and said he was “very sorry.” Ramon said it was difficult to overlook the immigrants’ deaths.

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FBI Raids Offices of Former College in Texas, NM

Posted/updated on: August 27, 2014 at 3:53 pm

EL PASO (AP) – FBI agents in West Texas and New Mexico have raided the offices of a former college and the house of its owners as part of an investigation that includes the U.S. Department of Education. FBI spokesman Michael Martinez said three search warrants were served Wednesday and no arrests have been made. He declined to elaborate. One campus of Anamarc College and the owners’ house are in El Paso. Another campus is in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. The El Paso Times reports Anamarc was a private college with an enrollment of more than 1,200 students, offering programs in medical-related fields. It was co-owned by CEO Ana Maria Piqa Houde and her husband, Marc Houde, the chief financial officer. The school closed in July, before the semester’s end, because of financial difficulties.

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Company Involved in Houston Crash Not Registered

Posted/updated on: August 27, 2014 at 4:30 pm

HOUSTON (AP) – Records show a private bus company involved in a crash that caused minor injuries to Houston middle school students wasn’t authorized by the state to be on the road. Texas Department of Motor Vehicles spokesman Adam Shaivitz tells the Houston Chronicle that his agency will investigate Nancy’s Bus Service. According to state records and Shaivitz, the Houston company is not registered with the state as required. Its registration was revoked in 2009 because it was not insured. A phone number for the company could not be located. The bus was taking students to Revere Middle School in southwest Houston Tuesday when it hit a tree. Houston police said 18 students and the driver were hospitalized. Police say the driver told investigators a mechanical failure caused the bus to veer left.

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Couple Contends School Taped Son, 2, to Mat

Posted/updated on: August 27, 2014 at 3:55 pm

WILLOW PARK (AP) – A couple has filed a lawsuit claiming that a North Texas Montessori academy used duct tape to secure their young son to his napping mat to prevent him from wandering about. The suit filed Tuesday by Brad and Kristi Galbraith claims negligence and other charges against the Heart2Heart Montessori Academy in Willow Park, west of Fort Worth. It contends academy staff used the tape in June to restrain the 2-year-old and another child. It says a former employee snapped photos of the 2-year-old and forwarded them to the Galbraiths and others. A phone message left Wednesday at the academy was not immediately returned, but in a previous statement the school said the matter was reported to state Child Protective Services. The statement noted the school has an “exemplary” performance history.

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Man Accused of Kidnapping Ex-Boss’s Wife

Posted/updated on: August 27, 2014 at 3:51 pm

McALLEN (AP) – An arrest warrant has been issued for a South Texas man in the kidnapping of his former employer’s wife. Police said said Tuesday that the 30-year-old Weslaco man is accused of kidnapping the 58-year-old woman from her home south of Donna on Monday. The woman, who suffered minor injuries, was able to escape that man and another unknown captor later in the day. With duct tape still on her face, she was able to wave down a vehicle. The Monitor in McAllen reports that Hidalgo County Sheriff’s deputies along with the Department of Public Safety and other local agencies searched the home and surrounding area but were unable to locate the suspects.

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