Fire Causes Heavy Damage at Tyler Home
TYLER — Tyler firefighters battled a two-alarm residential blaze that caused heavy damage Sunday night at 1714 Ridgeview Drive. The initial call was received at 8:43 p.m., and the caller reported seeing fire coming from the house. The first arriving unit reported heavy smoke and fire on arrival and called for a second alarm. Five engines and one ladder company, along with a district chief and an investigator, responded to the scene. Officials say the fire started in the clothes dryer in the garage. There was extensive fire, heat, and smoke damage to the home. In addition, a vehicle was destroyed. Occupants were home at the time of the fire, but there were no injuries.
Officials: Burglar Arrested Onsite
SMITH COUNTY — Smith County authorities say a burglar was arrested at the scene of the crime. At approximately 9:15 Monday morning, Smith County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch received a 911 call regarding a suspicious vehicle located at a property in the 22500 block of County Road 26 near Overton, in the southeastern part of the county. The caller advised that a gray older model SUV with a trailer attached was on his neighbor’s property without permission. Read more …
Rusk County Authorities Warn of Drug Dangers to Kids
HENDERSON — Law enforcement officials in Rusk County are pushing to make parents aware of drugs that pose a danger to their kids. Sheriff Jeff Price draws attention mainly to prescription drugs. He tells KETK moms and dads get prescriptions, take the meds, get better, and quit taking the pills — but keep them around in case they need them again. He says the kids are then going into medicine cabinets and taking the drugs. According to the sheriff, parents don’t even realize how many pills they had, or if any are missing. He advises getting rid of the meds when they’re no longer needed. Local officials also point out that children are splitting cigars open, taking the tobacco out, and filling them with K2 or marijuana. They say parents should be on the lookout for scales in their kids’ rooms — and for cigarette lighters in those rooms or the children’s vehicles.
Man Indicted on Child Porn Charges Arrested for Online Solicitation
NACOGDOCHES — A Nacogdoches man already indicted on another charge is behind bars after he was arrested last week for online solicitation of a minor. According to KETK, Sheriff Jason Bridges said his office received a complaint that a man had been calling and sending text messages to a 14-year-old girl. The man told the girl he was 16 years old. Franklin Joya, 20, started sending numerous sexual text messages to the victim and attempted to persuade her to meet with him at a local convenience store, according to officials. The child told her parents about the alleged ongoing harassment, and they notified authorities Thursday afternoon. Read more …
National Voter Registration Day Activities in Smith County
TYLER — Three Tyler-area groups are partnering Tuesday — National Voter Registration Day — to get people signed up to vote in the November elections. According to a press release from the League of Women Voters of Tyler/Smith County (LWV/TSC), the theme for this year’s National Voter Registration Day is Democracy in America. Organizers say that nationally, 471 Congress seats, 36 governors, governors, 46 state legislatures, and many other decisions will be on ballots in this year’s midterm elections. According to LWV/TSC President Mary Claire Rowe, “Mid-term elections never garner the response of Presidential years. That’s why the League is so focused on getting potential voters registered and getting them out to the polls in November.” Read more …
TxDOT Project Updates
SMITH COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintenance crews in Smith County this week are conducting milling operations on State Highway 155 South at Dog Wood City southbound from the city limits to the Henderson County Line this week. Daytime lane closures will be in effect. Motorists are reminded to slow down and be prepared merge in and around work zones. Read more …
Prosecutor: 800 Rounds Found in Intruder Case
WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal prosecutor says that investigators found more than 800 rounds of ammunition in the White House intruder case, along with a machete and two hatchets. In a federal court proceeding, Assistant U.S. Attorney David Mudd said that the accused intruder, Omar J. Gonzalez of Copperas Cove, Texas, was a danger to the president. He said the ammunition and the other items were discovered in a search of Gonzalez’s car.
Perry Asks to Miss Court Date Citing Overseas Trip
AUSTIN (AP) – Indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry wants to skip his next scheduled court appearance because he’ll be out of the country. In a motion Monday, Perry’s attorneys asked the judge to let him miss an Oct. 13 pretrial hearing due to “long-standing plans to be in Europe” all that week. It says that, if Perry has to appear, the hearing should be delayed until at least a day after his return Oct 19. An Austin grand jury last month indicted Perry on two felony counts of abuse of power for threatening to veto state funding for a public corruption investigative unit. Perry issued the promised veto after a Democratic district attorney refused to resign following her drunken driving conviction. That drew an ethics complaint from a left-leaning watchdog group.
Escaped Prisoner Caught
AMARILLO (AP) – A convicted killer has been caught about eight hours after he escaped from a prison in Amarillo. Authorities say 34-year-old Marvin Garcia was apprehended Monday morning after authorities searching in a plane saw someone jump from a freight train that had slowed. State troopers and local law enforcement agencies converged on the area north of Amarillo near the Canadian River and took him into custody. Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark says Garcia offered no resistance. Garcia had fled the prison about 3:40 a.m. Monday by scaling a fence. He’s been serving a 25-year term for a murder conviction in Harris County.
Highland Park School District Temporarily Bans 7 Books
DALLAS (AP) – The Highland Park school district has temporarily removed seven books from classroom use after parents complained about them. The Dallas Morning News reports some parents complained to the school district about the novels because of sex scenes and references to rape, abuse, and abortion. The district’s superintendent, Dawson Orr, says the books will be reviewed by committees of parents, teachers,and students. Orr says the process could take months. One book that will be reviewed is “The Glass Castle: A Memoir” by Jeannette Walls. Walls is scheduled to be a speaker at the district’s annual literary festival in February. She says she was heartbroken to learn her book was temporarily banned, but says she respects parents who are trying to protect their children.
Warrant Issued for Heir Who Missed NYC Court Date
NEW YORK (AP) – An arrest warrant for a real estate heir who admitted killing his neighbor in Texas over a decade ago has been issued after he failed to show up for a New York City court appearance. But Robert Durst’s lawyer Steven Rabinowitz tells the Daily News his 73-year-old client is in Texas and unable to travel for undisclosed medical reasons. Rabinowitz said he expects the warrant to be dismissed when Durst can return. Durst is facing a trespassing charge following a 2013 arrest at his brother’s midtown Manhattan home. He had been told to stay away. The Durst Organization is a billion-dollar real estate company that owns several skyscrapers. In 2001, Durst admitted killing his neighbor and dumping the remains in Galveston Bay. He claimed self-defense and was acquitted of homicide charges.
Torrential Rains Continue to Batter West Texas
LUBBOCK (AP) – Authorities are investigating the death of a woman in El Paso after torrential rains from the remnants of Hurricane Odile battered West Texas. Rainfall amounts across Texas in the past week have ranged from 2 inches to as much as 14 inches. The greatest amount was recorded over a four-day period in a community about 70 miles southeast of Lubbock. El Paso police spokesman Darrel Petry said Monday that investigators were looking into an early-morning traffic accident in which the woman’s car hit a curb and went into a flooded ditch. He said it hadn’t been determined if she died from the incident or drowned while in the ditch. Lake levels are up dramatically in areas where heavy rains have fallen over the past week.
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