Fourth Suspect Arrested in Longview Area Bank Robbery
LONGVIEW Authorities have arrested the fourth suspect in a mid-August Longview-area bank robbery. According to KETK, law enforcement officials said Jarray Rashad Todd was arrested at his home in the 4300 block of Patton Drive in Longview on August 30 for aggravated robbery. The suspect was wanted on an FBI warrant out of Dallas in connection with a recent Austin Bank robbery. Read more …
Suspect Arrested Following Gas Station Robbery
SMITH COUNTY A suspect has been arrested in a Smith County armed robbery. Taken into custody by Tyler police was Jose Alberto Aguilar, 30, of Tyler. He was a suspect in Monday afternoons robbery of the convenience store in the 1200 block of East Northeast Loop 323. Around 11:00 Monday night, police received an anonymous tip that Aguilar was walking on Walton Road near Pearl Street. A few minutes later, he was taken into custody without incident. Read more …
Two Arrested on Drug-Related Charges after Shooting Incident
GLADEWATER An East Texas man is behind bars after a call concerning shots fired led to the discovery of meth, according to authorities. KETK reports that on Monday around 6:00 p.m., Gladewater police officers responded to the area of Phillips Springs and Paradise Hill in reference to possible shots fired. Upon arrival, police located a 30-year-old female and Randy Holloway, 35, of Gladewater, who said they had been the ones responsible for firing shots. Officers say through the course of the investigation they seized illegal narcotics and drug paraphernalia and made two arrests. The woman was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, and Holloway was allegedly found to be in possession of meth. He was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. The name of the female suspect was not immediately released.
Burn Ban Issued for Henderson County
ATHENS Dry weather is beginning to take its toll in parts of East Texas. KETK reports an outdoor burn ban has been issued for Henderson County. According to the County Commissioners Court, the ban was announced Tuesday and will continue for 14 days.
Tyler ISD BOND 2013 Construction Update
TYLER Students returned to campuses this week to see large amounts of progress made on Tyler ISD Bond 2013 construction projects, according to a news release from TISD. Bond 2013 projects include the new Career and Technology Center (CTC), two new middle school campuses at the existing Moore MST Magnet School and Boulter Middle School locations, the new Three Lakes Middle School in South Tyler, and renovations and additions to Dixie and Rice elementary schools. Read more …
Kilgore Theft Suspect Sought
KILGORE Kilgore police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman suspected of theft at a local retail store. Anyone with information on the person pictured at left is asked to e-mail Det. John Rowe at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 903-218-6906. If desired, you can contact text an anonymous tip to 847411 + KILGORE + your tip. Please refer to KPD Incident #1408-1494.
Face of Hunger in East Texas Revealed by New Feeding America Report
TYLER A new study by the East Texas Food Bank and Feeding America shows that 252,900 people in East Texas turn to food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families each year. According to a news release from the East Texas Food Bank, this includes 64,700 children and 68,800 older adults. You can go to http://EastTexasFoodBank.org/ETHungerStudy to view the Hunger in America 2014 local report. Go to http://FeedingAmerica.org/HungerinAmerica for the full national report. Read more …
Tyler ISD Seeking Nominations for First-Ever Distinguished Alumni Award
TYLER — The Tyler ISD Foundation, the Tyler Independent School District, and the Tyler Area Business Education Council have partnered to award the first-ever Tyler ISD Distinguished Alumni Award. The honor will be given annually to a Tyler ISD graduate whose achievements, strengths of character, and citizenship serve as a model to inspire and challenge current students, according to a TISD news release. Officials say award finalists will have achieved excellence and made impactful and significant contributions to their profession or community. Read more …
Man Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Dead Hummingbirds
TYLER A 53-year-old Dallas man has pleaded guilty to smuggling charges in a Tyler courtroom. KETK reports Carlos Delgado Rodriguez was indicted by a federal grand jury May 14 and charged with smuggling dead hummingbirds from Mexico into the United States. According to the indictment, from February 2013 through January 2014, Rodriguez was alleged to have unlawfully imported approximately 61 dead hummingbirds of various varieties into the United States for sale. The five-count indictment specifically alleged that the importation of dead hummingbirds violates the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), the Lacey Act, the federal smuggling law, and Texas state law. Rodriguez pleaded guilty August 27 and faces up to 20 years in federal prison. A date for sentencing has not been set.
Firefighter Yeakley to Get Star of Texas Award
LINDALE — A veteran Lindale firefighter seriously injured during a January house fire will be flown to Austin to receive a prestigious Star of Texas Award from Governor Rick Perry. Joe Yeakley was battling the blaze when part of the roof collapsed on him. According to KETK, the Star of Texas Awards honor peace officers, firefighters, and emergency medical first responders who are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.
Justice Department: Texas Voter ID Discriminatory
CORPUS CHRISTI (AP) – A Justice Department lawyer has told a federal judge that a tough new Texas voter ID law was motivated by racial discrimination and should be struck down. Opening statements began Tuesday in a trial over the measure Republican Gov. Rick Perry signed into law in 2011. Opponents call it the most stringent voter ID measure of any adopted by conservative states in recent years. Experts estimate that nearly 800,000 registered voters in Texas lack an acceptable form of ID under the law. Justice Department attorney Elizabeth Westfall says blacks and Hispanics make up a disproportionate number of those voters. Texas is the first major test for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder since the Supreme Court last year struck down a key part of the federal Voting Rights Act.
Officials: Accused Killer Had Targeted Others
KAUFMAN (AP) – Authorities say the man charged in the deaths last year of two North Texas prosecutors had intended to kill other law enforcement officials. Court documents filed Tuesday contend former Justice of the Peace Eric Williams sought to kill Kaufman County District Attorney Erleigh Norville Wiley, who was previously a judge in Kaufman County. Records also allege Williams had targeted former district court Judge Glen Ashworth. They do not indicate why Wiley and Ashworth were marked. Williams faces capital murder charges in the shooting deaths of District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia. He’s also accused of killing Kaufman County prosecutor Mark Hasse. Authorities believe Williams bore a grudge against McLelland and Hasse for successfully prosecuting him for stealing three county-owned computer monitors. That conviction cost Williams his law license.
Iowa Republicans Supportive of Perry
HIAWATHA, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Republicans say Texas Gov. Rick Perry has not been tarnished by a recent indictment. Perry was in Iowa on Tuesday, campaigning for 1st Congressional District candidate Rod Blum. It’s the potential 2016 presidential candidate’s first Iowa visit since he was indicted last month on two felony counts alleging he abused the power of his office. Republicans gathered for an event in Hiawatha said the indictment was politically motivated. During brief remarks at a local political office, Perry spoke about job gains in Texas and drew applause when he talked about sending National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border. Perry entered the 2012 presidential race with much fanfare but quickly stumbled. He finished fifth in the Iowa caucuses in early 2012 and quit the race two weeks later.
Report: Confusion Hampered Response to Fatal Fire
HOUSTON (AP) – A report detailing the response to a hotel fire last year that killed four Houston firefighters says the effort was hampered by confusion over who was in charge, cluttered radio channels and other disorganization. The report says adding to the chaos on May 31, 2013, was limited planning that included difficulty in finding space for arriving engines. The Houston Chronicle reports one fire crew ran out of water from its engine’s tank while another crew searched for a hydrant. This caused another team to back out of the hotel before re-entering again. Meanwhile, strong winds fueled the flames. A 20-member city panel released the report Monday and offered more than 200 recommendations for improvements. It does not indicate the cause of the blaze, which also left 12 firefighters injured.
Girl, 5, Dies after San Angelo Domestic Dispute
SAN ANGELO (AP) – A West Texas man has been charged with murder after police say a 5-year-old girl was assaulted at a home and later died. San Angelo police early Tuesday responded to two 911 calls to report alleged domestic violence at a house. Officers discovered the injured child and another female victim at the residence. Both were transported to a hospital where the girl died. Tom Green County jail records show 23-year-old Isidro Miguel DeLacruz Jr. of San Angelo was being held without bond on a murder charge. Online records don’t list an attorney for him. Officer Tracy Gonzalez had no immediate information on who called 911 or whether the suspect is related to the victims. Names of the two females and further details on the survivor’s condition were not immediately released.
ERCOT: Ample Electric Capacity for Fall, Winter
LUBBOCK (AP) – The operator of the electric distribution grid for most of Texas says it expects to have ample electricity available to keep up with periods of peak demand in the fall and winter. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, issued its projections Tuesday. The ERCOT vice president of grid planning and operations, Ken McIntyre, says in a release that the state has 2,100 more megawatts available now than this time last year. One megawatt is enough to power about 200 homes during peak periods and 500 homes under normal conditions. Officials say the fall-winter assessment is based on a forecast that’s consistent with average weather patterns. ERCOT manages the flow of electric power to 23 million Texas customers – representing 85 percent of the state’s electric load.
Ex-Fire Chief in Southeast Texas Accused of Theft
GALVESTON (AP) – A former volunteer fire chief in Southeast Texas has surrendered on theft-related counts after about $70,000 in department money allegedly was misspent. The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office says 56-year-old David Miles Loop turned himself in Tuesday and was freed on $15,000 bond. A grand jury Friday indicted the ex-Crystal Beach Volunteer Fire Department chief on charges of theft by a public servant and misapplication of fiduciary property. Jail officials had no information on an attorney for Loop, who’s accused of using a department credit card and spending about $25,000 at a Louisiana race track and casino. He also allegedly misappropriated about $45,000 in department funds. Loop was voted out as chief in January.
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We all remember our moms dragging us off to the doctor to get our vaccinations. But the fact is, vaccinations aren’t just for kids. We need them all through our adult lives. In the latest post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast family medicine expert Dr. Ryan Menard discusses and answers questions about adult vaccinations. Go to: http://www.uthealth.org/healthconnection/
Today in History
Today in History for 2nd September 2014- Historical Events 1919 - National Commission recommends a best-of-9 World Series 1967 - The Principality of Sealand is established, ruled by Prince Paddy Roy Bates. 1974 - US President Gerald Ford signs Employee Retirement Income Security Act 1985 - Jerry Lewis' 20th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $33,100,000 1987 - Kevin Bass is 1st NLer to switch hit HRs in a game twice in 1 season 1991 - US... Read more on HistoryOrb.com
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