East Texas Headlines
Posted/updated on: July 30, 2015 at 3:56 pm
TYLER — A defendant has been found guilty in Smith County of continuous sexual abuse of a child. According to the district attorney’s office, Thomas Baker, 38, requested that Judge Kerry Russell assess his sentence, and a sentencing hearing has been set for Sept. 18. The range of punishment is 25 years to life in prison with no possibility for parole. Prosecutors say the now 10-year-old victim testified about a pervasive pattern of sexual abuse beginning when she was 8 years old and continuing over a year and a half. It took the jury about an hour and a half to return the guilty verdict. Russell raised Baker’s bond to $600,000 pending the outcome of the sentencing hearing.
Posted/updated on: July 30, 2015 at 4:23 pm
TYLER – An investigation by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has found no evidence of overserving by two bars visited by a suspected drunk driver prior to a double-fatal highway crash in southern Smith County. That’s according to a TABC news release. Carl Crabtree, 30, of Bullard, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter for his alleged role in the March 4 accident. According to the news release, TABC agents visited Click’s Billiards and Daniel Boone’s Grill & Tavern in Tyler after an investigation determined Crabtree had been drinking at both bars prior to the accident. Investigators say they examined sales receipts and security videos, and spoke with employees and witnesses, to determine whether either bar contributed to the accident by serving alcohol to an intoxicated person. Read more …
Posted/updated on: July 30, 2015 at 5:39 pm
TYLER — The Smith County Sheriff’s Office has released its proposed budgets for fiscal year 2016. KETK reports Sheriff Larry Smith is seeking a 4.7 per cent increase in funding to cover the environmental, communications, law enforcement, and jail categories. Smith says his proposal is still in the ballpark of where his budget is every year. The biggest proposed increase is coming from capital expenditures and personnel. Smith says his department can’t do its jobs without proper equipment. Read more …
Posted/updated on: July 30, 2015 at 5:16 pm
MARSHALL — The Marshall Police Department needs the public’s help finding Mariah Anne Alvidrez. KETK reports the 16-year-old was last seen July 10 in the East Grand and East Houston areas. She is described as 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 120 pounds, and has brown hair and hazel eyes. If you have seen her or have information on her location, call the Marshall Police Department at (903) 935-4575.
Posted/updated on: July 30, 2015 at 5:33 pm
TYLER – The second “super load” being transported from the Port of Caddo-Bossier to Eastman Chemical in Longview hits the road at 6 a.m. Saturday and is expected to roll into Texas Sunday morning. In a news release, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) advises motorists to avoid the route scheduled for the convoy. “Super load” Part 2 is expected to enter Texas via U.S. 79 at Panola at about 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, according to the carrier, Edwards Moving and Rigging. The transport is delivering a super long reflux tank from the port to the plant in Longview but will travel a slightly different route for a portion of the trip. Read more …
Posted/updated on: July 30, 2015 at 5:17 pm
LONGVIEW — Community activist and former State Senator Jack Strong died Tuesday in Longview. He was 85. According to the Longview News-Journal and KETK, the Carthage native served in the Texas Senate from 1962 to ’71 after working as an assistant committee clerk in the Texas House and graduating from the University of Texas School of Law. Strong also served eight years on the State Board of Education. Strong also volunteered at Longview Community Ministries. In 1984, Strong founded Longfellows, which was aimed at enhancing the cultural environment of Longview. Visitation for Strong is set 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6 at Rader Funeral Home in Longview. A memorial service is planned 3 p.m. Aug. 7 at First Methodist Church.
Posted/updated on: July 30, 2015 at 3:54 pm
HOUSTON (AP) – Seven more National Guard members in Texas are going to prison or must serve probation in a scam to collect recruiting bonuses. Prosecutors in Houston on Thursday announced penalties in cases blamed for more than $170,000 in government losses. The military personnel were convicted of charges ranging from conspiracy, bribery and wire fraud to aggravated identity theft. Jammie Martin of Katy was sentenced to 102 months. Michelle Davis of Houston received 57 months. Zaunmine “Orlando” Duncan of Douglasville, Georgia, was sentenced to 70 months. Annika Chambers of Houston received six months in prison. Lashae Hawkins of San Antonio received a year and a day behind bars. Cristopher Renfro of Houston was sentenced to 36 months in prison. Another soldier received probation. Six other National Guard members were sentenced in June.
Posted/updated on: July 30, 2015 at 3:42 pm
LUBBOCK (AP) – Texas Tech University is investigating allegations that the grades of several students in the Rawls College of Business were changed to unfairly improve their results and allow them to graduate. Jay Conover, the tenured professor who taught the course, noticed that some grades listed on the transcript for the students were not the same as what he issued. He attended graduation ceremonies and was surprised to see that several of the MBA students received their diplomas anyway. Conover says that D’s were changed to A’s and B’s, while a C was changed to an A. He learned the business college’s dean had signed off on the students’ change-of-grade form. A university spokesman says the Office of the Provost has initiated a review of the grade changes.
Posted/updated on: July 30, 2015 at 3:45 pm
GRAPEVINE (AP) – Three passengers were slightly hurt while evacuating an American Airlines jet after smoke was detected in the plane as it prepared to leave Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. American spokeswoman Andrea Huguely says the crew of Flight 1658 deployed the emergency slides during Thursday’s incident. Huguely says American officials are trying to determine the source of smoke in the cabin of the MD-80 preparing to fly to Chicago O’Hare International Airport. There was no fire. Huguely says the jet, with 146 people on board, had just pulled back from the gate when the incident happened. She had no immediate information on how the three passengers suffered minor injuries during evacuation. Huguely says the jet was taken out of service and another plane would transport the passengers to Chicago.
Posted/updated on: July 30, 2015 at 3:46 pm
BEAUMONT (AP) – A Houston woman must serve more than four years in prison for trying to smuggle heroin into a federal penitentiary. Janet Tapia was sentenced Thursday in Beaumont. Tapia in April pleaded guilty to attempting to provide heroin to an inmate. Authorities monitored inmate calls and emails at the Federal Correctional Complex in Beaumont. Investigators say Sultan Adnan Al-Bizri of Lubbock arranged for Tapia to deliver drugs to him. The heroin was confiscated from Tapia during a 2012 visit. Al-Bizri in 2010 was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm and sentenced to 10 years. He pleaded guilty in March to attempting to obtain a prohibited object and received an additional 55 months in prison. Three other inmates were also convicted and sentenced to more prison time.
Posted/updated on: July 30, 2015 at 3:49 pm
COPPELL (AP) – Retail gasoline prices across Texas slipped a nickel this week to settle at $2.48 per gallon. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the nationwide price at the pump declined 7 cents this week to reach an average $2.67 per gallon. Texarkana has the cheapest gasoline in Texas this week at $2.36 per gallon. Drivers in El Paso are paying the most statewide at an average $2.66 per gallon. AAA says most drivers are seeing the lowest July retail gasoline prices since 2009. Association experts say regional price volatility continues in some markets due to localized refinery issues and tight supplies.
Posted/updated on: July 30, 2015 at 3:52 pm
WICHITA FALLS (AP) – A Texas businessman used an app to find his iPhone in a rural pasture after it fell about 9,300 feet during a flight from Houston. The Wichita Falls Times Record News reported Thursday that Ben Wilson says his cellphone still works. Wilson says he and a pilot were traveling home Monday in a Beechcraft Bonanza when a pressure change caused the passenger door to slightly open. Wilson didn’t realize his cellphone fell out until after landing. Wilson, who owns Gas Corporation of America in Wichita Falls, and an employee used an app to narrow the search to near Jacksboro, more than 50 miles away. The pair set on their search Tuesday, and ended up in a rural pasture. They found the cellphone under a mesquite tree.
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(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) -- New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson, fresh off a four-game suspension for use of marijuana, was charged with multiple traffic violations and resisting arrest following an incident earlier this month.
According to a release from the St. Charles County, Missouri, Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar, Richardson is believed to be the...
(HOUSTON) -- The Houston Astros bolstered their lineup in advance of the trade deadline on Thursday, acquiring Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez less than a day after a trade involving Gomez to the New York Mets fell through.
On Wednesday night, reports of a Gomez trade to the Big Apple, where he began his career,...
(TORONTO) -- The Toronto Blue Jays continued making waves ahead of the Major League Baseball trade deadline, acquiring Detroit Tigers pitcher David Price on Thursday.
The ace was considered one of the prime targets available ahead of Friday's 4pm deadline. The Blue Jays gave up top pitching prospect Daniel Norris and minor...
(NEW YORK) -- A federal judge in Minnesota has ordered that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s attempt to vacate his suspension be transferred to New York, where the NFL had filed a preemptive strike.
The judge said he “perceives no reason for this action to proceed in Minnesota,” a labor friendly state where the union had...
(NEW YORK) -- INTERLEAGUE
Pittsburgh 10, Minnesota 4
Arizona 8, Seattle 2
Baltimore 2, Atlanta 0
Toronto 8, Philadelphia 2
L.A. Dodgers 10, Oakland 7
Detroit 2, Tampa Bay 1
Cleveland 12, Kansas City 1
Chicago White Sox 9, Boston 2
Texas 5, N.Y. Yankees 2
Houston 6, L.A. Angels 3
Chicago Cubs 3, Colorado...
(INDIANAPOLIS) -- NASCAR has penalized Premium Motorsports' No. 98 Ford team for a violation last weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
NASCAR says the car lost a piece of tungsten during a Friday practice, resulting in a violation for failure to properly attach weight.
Crew chief Scott Eggleston was suspended for one race and fined $25,000. Car chief...
(NEW YORK) -- New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft on Wednesday called the NFL's investigation and decision to uphold quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension "extremely frustrating and disconcerting."
Kraft said he regrets not taking legal action in May when the team was fined by the NFL.
"I was wrong to put my faith in the league," Kraft said,...
(NEW YORK) — The destruction of Tom Brady's Samsung phone wouldn't have been enough to immediately get rid of his text messages, however the window of time he waited to disclose to the NFL he destroyed the phone would have been enough time for all traces of his communication to disappear.
Brady's destroyed smartphone turned out to...
(NEW YORK) -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady responded Wednesday to the NFL's decision to uphold the four-game suspension in relation to the "Deflategate" scandal, saying he was "very disappointed."
"I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either," Brady said in a post to Facebook. "Despite submitting to hours of...
(NEW YORK) -- INTERLEAGUE
Baltimore 7, Atlanta 3
Philadelphia 3, Toronto 2
Pittsburgh 8, Minnesota 7
Arizona 8, Seattle 4
Oakland 2, L.A. Dodgers 0
Chicago White Sox 9, Boston 4
Tampa Bay 10, Detroit 2
Kansas City 2, Cleveland 1
Houston 10, L.A. Angels 5
N.Y. Yankees 21, Texas 5
N.Y. Mets 4,...
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Dr. Bob’s Weather Forecast and Report
Posted/updated on: July 30, 2015 at 3:17 pm
WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 07/31/2015@0530C
ISSUED: 07/30/2015 1517C
TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
HEAT ADVISORY THROUGH 7:00 P.M. CDT THURSDAY EAST OF A CLARKSVILLE-LUFKIN LINE!
REST OF TODAY: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for afternoon showers and thunderstorms, high near 101, winds becoming northerly 5-10 mph in the afternoon, maximum heat index values 101-104;
TONIGHT: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low middle 70s, east winds about 10 mph;
FRIDAY: partly cloudy, high upper 90s, northeast winds 5-10 mph;
FRIDAY NIGHT: mostly clear, low middle 70s, light easterly winds;
SATURDAY: mostly sunny, high upper 90s, east winds 5-10 mph;
SATURDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low middle 70s, southeast winds about 5 mph;
SUNDAY: partly cloudy, high upper 90s, southeast winds 5-10 mph.
SUNDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low middle 70s;
MONDAY: partly cloudy, high near 100;
MONDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low middle 70s;
TUESDAY: partly cloudy, high near 100;
TUESDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low middle 70s;
WEDNESDAY: partly cloudy, high near 100;
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low middle 70s;
THURSDAY: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high upper 90s.
TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR July 30, 2015
(The report is for the twemty hours ending at 2000 Greenwich
Mean Time, 3:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum
and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding fourteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty hours. The temperature and cumulative precipitation observations are made at NWS/419207, Tyler, Texas City Office, 95.3W/32.3N, 158M.
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 0.00
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 39.94
LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR July 30, 2015
(The report is for the twenty hours ending at 2000 Greenwich
Mean Time, 3:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum
and minimum temperatures represent observations during the preceding fourteen hours, while the precipitation represents observations during the preceding twenty hours. The observations are made at WMO/722470, Longview, Texas–East Texas Regional Airport, [94.7W/32.4N, 107M]
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 0.15
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 41.61
PUBLIC FORECAST EXPLANATION
ISSUED: 07/30/2015 1515C
AMENDED FOR UPDATED CCF AND CORRECTED ZF. RKP
ISSUED: 07/30/2015 1455C
The wind shift line/cold front appears to have made it to the IH-30 Corridor. There are
thunderstorms about 100 miles to our northeast, and there is a slight chance that we’ll see one
before they dissipate this evening. We’re pulling chances from the forecast for tomorrow because
the air mass behind the front is drier than we had previously thought it would
Temperatures tomorrow through Sunday should run in the middle to high 90s, with near
100-degree temperatures back early next week.
Another weak front and tropical moisture surge is likely at mid-week, so we’re putting in
shower chances for Thursday.
At mid-afternoon today, skies are fair, temperatures are running from the high 90s to low
100s with heat index values up to 110, and winds are light. The direction is northerly above IH-
30, and variable to its south. RKP
CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
ISSUED: 07/30/2015 1514C
DAY WX TEMP POP
Friday PARTLY CLOUDY 76/97 20%/10%
Saturday SUNNY 74/98 05%/05%
Sunday SUNNY 75/99 00%/00%
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Turnberry is the...
(WASHINGTON) — His words may be controversial, but Donald Trump is holding strong among the Republican candidates. A new Quinnipiac University poll out Thursday morning shows Donald Trump continuing to hold a commanding lead in the GOP field.
According to Quinnipiac, “Trump's 20 percent is the largest tally for a Republican contender in any national poll by the...Read more...
(WASHINGTON) -- The first Republican presidential debate is just one week away, but the question remains: who will be on stage and who will be watching from home?
Fox News, which is hosting the first debate next Thursday in Cleveland, says that they will include the top 10 candidates from an average of the five most recent national...
(WASHINGTON) -- Bernie Sanders held what he said was the largest grassroots campaign event of the 2016 president race so far Wednesday night, broadcasting a video message over his website to tens of thousands of people at gatherings around the country.
“Tonight really is an historic night,” said Sanders. “To the best of our knowledge, there has...Read more...
(WASHINGTON) -- Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry challenged Donald Trump to a pullup contest Wednesday in response to the billionaire’s charge that Perry wasn’t smart enough to join the presidential debate — or as a reporter put it to Perry, not tough enough.
"Let's get a pullup bar out there and see who can do the...Read more...
(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump has responded to allegations he had a “meltdown” when a lawyer asked for a break from a deposition to pump breast milk for her newborn daughter by saying the attorney, Elizabeth Beck, wanted to pump in front of him.
In an interview with ABC News, Beck called the claims “not true” and explained...Read more...
(WASHINGTON) -- State Department official Daniel Rosen, 45, on Wednesday plead guilty to six counts of voyeurism and five counts of stalking for peering into women’s homes and secretly recording videos.
Rosen struck a plea agreement after police found videos of dozens of women in “various states of undress” on his iPhone.
Over a three year period,...Read more...
(WASHINGTON) — The “shrug” emoticon is just a combination of punctuation marks, but for Senate Democrats like Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, it speaks volumes.
Whitehouse brought a sign featuring little more than the now-universal signal for “I don’t know” to the Senate floor, as he and some Democratic colleagues discussed what they said was the Republican...
(WASHINGTON) — The Department of Justice indicted Pennsylvania Rep. Chaka Fattah and four associates for their alleged role in a conspiracy that involved misdirecting funds for Fattah’s and other’s political benefit.
In a statement, the DOJ said they were charging Fattah, 58, his congressional district director, a lobbyist and two others with 29 counts of racketeering...
(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton has staunchly defended Planned Parenthood in the wake of recently released videos that an anti-abortion group claims to show employees with the organization discussing the sale of aborted fetal tissue.
But, in a new interview, she calls the graphic videos “disturbing” and says there should be a national...
(NEW YORK) — Ronda Rousey recently posed in Sports Illustrated for its swimsuit issue. Instead of dropping weight like most do before stripping down and putting on a bikini, the champion MMA fighter decided to pack on a few pounds.
"I felt like I was much too small for a magazine that is supposed to be celebrating...
(LONDON) — Arriving at the airport isn't usually an experience travelers equate with a positive mood.
But fliers traveling from London's Gatwick Airport will find mood-boosting food available, designed specifically to make fliers happier before boarding.
The airport teamed up with nutritionist Jo Travers to become the first airport in the world to introduce a...
(NEW YORK) — Body camera footage made headlines again this week after Officer Ray Tensing was indicited for murder after he allegedly shot a man in the head during a traffic stop.
At a news conference, prosecutor Joseph Deters said the footage was "shocking" and cited it as a key component in the evidence that lead a...
(NEW YORK) — Could the Kardashian influence have finally infiltrated even the hospital delivery room of an expectant mother?
Fans of the show will remember Kourtney Kardashian's documented-for-TV delivery of her daughter, Penelope. There were eight family members in the room (not to mention the thousands of people who later watched at home), including son Mason, sisters Kim and...
(NEW YORK) — An outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease has infected at least 31 in New York City and health officials are racing to figure out the cause.
The deaths of two patients who also had Legionnaire's disease are being investigated by health officials.
Officials from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene are...
(NEW YORK) -- Organization expert Marie Kondo has been dubbed Japan’s queen of clean -- and she’s the driving force behind a new movement that’s aimed at helping people declutter their homes and lives for good.
In her New York Times best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, Kondo gives...
By DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor
As much as we love them, we all know how stubborn men can be.
Unfortunately, guys can be stubborn with their health, too, and that can have some major consequences.
Men are more likely to engage in risk behaviors and less likely to take diagnoses and prescriptions seriously.
(PHILADELPHIA) -- The youngest recipient of a dual hand transplant may be through his surgery, but the real test of the transplant’s success may come as he starts to recover and gain use of his new hands.
Doctors are hopeful that the new hands for Zion Harvey, 8, will hold up during his lifetime,...
(NEW YORK) -- Conventional wisdom has it that bullies are made, not born, but that might not be the case.
A new Canadian study finds bullying behavior could also be genetic, linked to a genetic trait that causes some people to seek social status and sexual attraction through aggressive acts, reports The National Post. If true, it...
(NEW YORK) -- Pictures of two Oklahoma boys with second- and third-degree burns have started to make national headlines after they spent hours at a water park without sun protection, according to their mother.
Shaunna Broadway was horrified to find out her fair-skinned sons, ages 5 and 7, were left without sun protection during a day care trip to...Read more...
(NEW YORK) — Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still shared the great news that his daughter, Leah Still, remained cancer-free after undergoing new scans Tuesday.
The girl, who battled a stage 4 neuroblastoma, had a routine scan done Tuesday and Still was happy to later share that there were no signs the cancer had...
(PHILADELPHIA) -- When Zion Harvey was 2 years old, the Maryland boy developed a serious infection that resulted in the removal of his hands and feet.
On Tuesday, doctors at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia announced that the 8-year-old boy had become the first child in the world to receive a dual hand transplant....
(NEW YORK) -- Hospitals are doing a lousy job at keeping patients safe from infection, according to Consumer Reports, which rated 3,000 hospitals in the U.S.
"For the first time we rated hospitals on avoiding MRSA and C. diff infections, and the results were pretty sobering. Only 6 percent of hospitals scored well against both infections," said Doris...
By DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor
Summer is the time for sunshine, sipping lemonade and swimming. But could it be risky?
Swimming puts your hair and skin in direct contact with chlorine, which can have some pretty damaging effects. If you’re not careful, it can cause your skin to get red and itchy, and your hair...
(CINCINNATI) -- Kroger is recalling four of its store-brand spices over fears of a possible salmonella contamination.
The spices being recalled include Kroger Ground Cinnamon, Kroger Garlic Powder, Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper and Kroger Bac'n Buds.
"Customers who have purchased the above products should not consume them and should return them to a store for a full refund...Read more...
(LOS ANGELES) -- Robin Thicke's new girlfriend, April Geary Love, gets a thumbs up from dad, Alan Thicke.
"She's lovely," Alan told E! News at the Vacation premiere in Los Angeles. "It's a great time for him. [He has an] album coming out and April is there and supportive."
The 18-year age gap between the 38-year-old "Blurred Lines" singer and...Read more...
You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser
We have come to know what abortion doctors have long known — abortion is a gruesome business, the grisliness of which increase with each week of pregnancy.Read more... | Visit The You Tell Me Texas Blog
If you’re a man, you almost can’t avoid the subject of low testosterone – or “Low-T.” The commercials you see and hear promising to restore youthful manhood are on the air practically everywhere. But what’s the truth about Low-T? In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast endocrinology expert Dr. Christina Bratcher answers questions on this hot topic. Read more at the Health Connection website!