Names Released, Conditions Updated in Double-Fatal Smith County Wreck
FLINT — Authorities Thursday released the names of victims and updated the conditions of survivors in a double-fatal two-vehicle accident Wednesday evening in the Flint-Gresham area. According to KETK, at around 6:17 p.m., DPS and the Smith County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the scene on Old Jacksonville Highway near County Road 140. According to DPS, a truck driven by Carl Crabtree, 30, of Bullard, was traveling southbound on Old Jacksonville Highway when it crossed the center line and collided head-on with an SUV driving northbound. The driver of the SUV, Dana Regester, 41, of Flint, was pronounced dead at the scene. Pasha Zapolsky, 18, of Bullard, who was sitting in the passenger’s side front seat, was taken to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries. Read more …
Dunn Gets 99 Years, $10,000 Fine in “Kari’s Law” Case
MARSHALL — A Marshall jury Thursday sentenced Brad Allen Dunn to 99 years behind bars and a $10,000 fine in the murder of his wife, Kari Rene Dunn. According to KETK and the Marshall News-Messenger, the defendant pleaded guilty this week in the violent 2013 incident. The case drew attention after the couple’s daughter unsuccessfully tried to call 911 from a hotel room — not knowing she had to dial 9 first. Efforts to implement direct calling in such cases have become known as “Kari’s Law.”
Feds Raid Longview Pharmacy
LONGVIEW — Federal agents raided a Longview pharmacy Wednesday in a cooperative action of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and Health and Human Services. According to KETK and the Longview News-Journal, the agents were seen removing more than a dozen boxes from McCann Road Pharmacy, 501 N. Spur 63. Agents on scene told a News-Journal photographer that the action was taking place in coordination with the raid of a Dallas facility. The pharmacy also houses the Fino Pain Clinic, which has another clinic in Dallas. Phone calls placed to the Dallas offices of the DEA and Health and Human Services were not returned Wednesday evening. A Kilgore Police Department vehicle also was seen at the Longview site.
Longview Man Involved in Crash that Kills Shreveport Resident
BOSSIER PARISH, La. — A Longview man was involved in a Louisiana crash that killed a Shreveport man. KETK reports that at 12:40 a.m. Thursday, Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a report of the two-vehicle wreck on Interstate 20, about one mile west of Goodwill Road in Bossier Parish. The preliminary investigation revealed a car driven by 20-year-old Rodney L. Clemmons Jr. of Shreveport was traveling east on I-20 when, for reasons still under investigation, his vehicle veered off the left side of the roadway and struck the cable barrier. It re-entered I-20 directly into the path of a truck driven by 19-year-old Greggory R. Lebus of Longview. The truck then struck the car on the driver’s side door, and both vehicles came to rest partially off the roadway. Clemmons was pronounced dead at the scene by the Bossier Parish Coroner. Read more …
Kilgore Police Seek Suspect in Numerous Car Burglaries
KILGORE — The Kilgore Police Department is actively seeking Hunter Alexander, 17 , of Kilgore. According to KETK, Alexander has been identified as the person who reportedly committed numerous car burglaries in the southern residential areas of Kilgore. Authorities say Alexander has three outstanding Rusk County burglary of a vehicle arrest warrants. Alexander is short in stature and may be living somewhere just south of Kilgore, according to officials. Police have located one photograph of Alexander, but it may be aged and his current appearance is unknown. If you have any information on the location of Alexander, call Detective Tim Dukes at 903-218-6904, Use Tip411(text your anonymous tip to 847411+KILGORE+your tip), or call Gregg County Crime Stoppers at 903-236-STOP (7867).
TJC Energy Center Holds Grand Opening
TYLER — The Tyler Junior College West Campus Energy Center held its grand opening Thursday morning. Remarks were offered by TJC President Dr. Mike Metke, Smith County Judge Joel Baker, Tyler Mayor Martin Heines, and Tyler Economic Development Council Board Chair/TJC Trustee Lonny Uzzell. According to information from the college, construction began in February 2014 on the new workforce-training center to serve the area’s growing energy sector and address other industry needs. The Energy Center is a $7.56 million, three-story addition to the Skills Training Center on the TJC West Campus. Funded primarily through tax increment financing, the center expands some of the existing programs and adds new ones. Read more …
Tyler Police Seek Card Abuse Suspect
TYLER — Tyler Police Department investigators are seeking the identity of the suspect pictured here. According to the department’s Facebook page, police believe that she is responsible for several cases in which she is allegedly using a stolen debit card. If you recognize this suspect, call Detective Turner at 903-535-0194.
With Peterson’s Status in Question, Vikings Pay a Visit
HOUSTON (AP) —The Minnesota Vikings have made their in-person pitch to Adrian Peterson, a Palestine, Texas native. General manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer spent about four hours Wednesday afternoon at Peterson’s home north of Houston. Photographers captured Spielman and Zimmer leaving together, dressed in sport coats and blue jeans. This was the first time meeting they’ve had with Peterson since the star running back was placed on the exempt list in mid-September following his indictment in a child abuse case involving his 4-year-old son. Peterson is still under contract with the Vikings. They’ve said repeatedly they’ll welcome him back once he’s fully reinstated by the NFL, but only if Peterson wants to be there.
Flights Canceled, Some Schools Close amid Winter Storm
DALLAS (AP) – Thousands of students in Texas had a day off after a deadly late-winter storm dumped several inches of snow, canceled hundreds of flights and left roads icy. Dallas police are seeking suspects in the apparent random fatal shooting early Thursday of a man in a parking lot as he took photos of newly fallen snow. Police in Little Elm, 25 miles north of Dallas, say one man died in a multivehicle traffic accident Wednesday night on icy roads. The victim was 41-year-old Paul Dering of Savannah. Schools in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Denton, Austin, Wichita Falls, Abilene and Grapevine, with 7 inches of snow, canceled classes Thursday before the storm system moved on. Flightaware.com reports more than 800 flights canceled Thursday at snowy Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
Gasoline Prices Up 8 Cents This Week
COPPELL (AP) – Retail gasoline prices across Texas have risen 8 cents this week to reach an average $2.25 per gallon. AAA Texas on Thursday reported that compares with an 11-cent jump nationwide to push the overall cost per gallon to $2.45. The association reports Beaumont and Houston have the cheapest gasoline statewide this week at $2.21 per gallon. Drivers in Amarillo and Corpus Christi are facing the most expensive gasoline in Texas at an average $2.28 per gallon. AAA analysts say significant price jumps in West Coast markets due to refinery outages and operational issues have kept pressure on prices. Retail gasoline prices also tend to rise this time of year as refineries nationwide do planned seasonal maintenance that can limit production.
Senate Panel Approves Texas Regents Nominees
AUSTIN (AP) – Gov. Greg Abbott’s first three appointees to the University of Texas System Board of Regents have passed their first round of approval. The Senate Nominations Committee endorsed new regents Sara Martinez Tucker and David Beck, and a new term for regent Steve Hicks. Each had faced tough questioning from the panel a week ago but sailed through Thursday’s vote with little opposition. Tucker was approved on a unanimous vote. Beck and Hicks were approved on 6-1 votes with Sen. Konni Burton, Fort Worth, the only dissenter. All three must be still be confirmed by the full Senate for their six-year terms. Tucker is a former undersecretary in the U.S. Department of Education and Beck is a Houston lawyer. Hicks, a businessman, has been on the board since 2009.
Fire in Houston Parking, Storage Lot Burns Ambulances, Limos
HOUSTON (AP) – Investigators say at least eight vehicles, including private ambulances and limousines, have been destroyed in a Houston parking lot fire. Authorities say nobody was hurt in the blaze early Thursday at a lot also used to store the vehicles. The Houston Fire Department says a fire apparently started in one parked vehicle and then quickly spread to the others during windy conditions. Officials are trying to determine what sparked the original blaze. Further details weren’t immediately available.
Three Students Shot with BB Guns at School, 1 Teen Held
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Three students at a San Antonio-area high school have been slightly hurt after being shot allegedly by a fellow teen with two BB guns. Judson Independent School District spokesman Steve Linscomb says the students were treated for minor injuries after being wounded Thursday morning. Linscomb says the shooting happened in a locker room at Judson High School in Converse. A school nurse attended to the injured youths. Authorities say a coach was nearby and helped detain the 18-year-old suspect. Details weren’t immediately available about a motive or possible charges. A school district statement says the student took two BB guns to campus, which briefly was locked down after the incident around 10 a.m. Thursday.
USS Ranger on the Way to Texas Scrap Yard
BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) – The mothballed aircraft carrier USS Ranger was towed out of Bremerton, Washington on Thursday, starting a 16,000-mile trip from Puget Sound, around South America to a scrap yard in Texas. The USS Constellation completed the same five-month journey in January to International Shipbreaking at Brownsville, Texas. The Ranger was commissioned in 1957 and was active from the Vietnam War to Operation Desert Storm, the first Persian Gulf War. The carrier was decommissioned in 1993 at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. The Kitsap Sun reports the Ranger’s departure will leave two carriers in the Bremerton mothball fleet, the USS Independence and the USS Kitty Hawk. The Independence goes to Texas later this year. The Navy is holding Kitty Hawk in reserve until the supercarrier USS Gerald R. Ford becomes active in 2019.
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