Suspect Arrested for Alleged Baseball Bat Assaults
TYLER — A Tyler man has been jailed for reportedly going after two hotel occupants with a baseball bat. On Sunday at 8:00 a.m., Tyler police officers responded to a call from the Economy Inn at 3301 Mineola Hwy., where a man was said to be assaulting the residents of room 410 with the bat. After being told that the suspect had left in a car, officers located the suspect vehicle in the area and conducted a traffic stop. The suspect was identified as 52-year-old Grover Davis, who was arrested and booked into Smith County Jail for two aggravated assaults. Inside the hotel room, police found 24-year-old Jeremy Walker and 26-year-old Amber Garza, both of whom were reportedly victims of the assaults. EMS was called, and Garza was transported to ETMC for non-life-threatening injuries. Walker was taken to the hospital by private vehicle.
Holly Lake House Heavily Damaged in Afternoon Blaze
HOLLY LAKE RANCH — Several fire departments were called to a blaze that caused heavy damage to a house in the Holly Lake Ranch area. KETK reports the fire started just after 2:30 Saturday afternoon in the 120 block of Pinewood Cove. Crews had no immediate word on precise extent of damage, but no one was injured. The cause remains under investigation.
Fire Burns Down Smith County Home
NEW HARMONY — A blaze burned down a two-story home Friday morning in the New Harmony area of Smith County. According to the Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office, a woman and her daughter, who live in the home, were in the back yard moving items when they heard a smoke alarm beeping in the house. One of the residents opened the back door and noticed smoke was filling the house. KETK reports the home, located on the 5500 block of Twin Lakes Drive, was destroyed before firefighters could put out the flames. No injuries were reported. The fire started on the second floor, but the cause is unknown at this time, said investigators. Both residents were housed by other family members. Dixie, Lindale and Noonday Fire Departments responded to the scene.
Water Levels Up at Lake Tyler and Lake Palestine
TYLER — There are signs that we are recovering from the 2011 drought. KETK reports the water levels at Lake Tyler and Lake Palestine are the highest they’ve been in years. Lake Tyler is about 96% full and Lake Palestine is overflowing. It hasn’t been this high since April 2011. “We’re just finally compensating for that long drought we went through,” said District 3C Fisheries Manager Richard Ott. Lake Tyler and Lake Palestine’s main purpose is to produce water for the citizens of Tyler. And they’re places to spend time with the family, fishing, boating, and swimming. But since the drought, a lot of those fun activities were limited. “There for awhile you couldn’t even get a boat on Lake Tyler because the lake levels got so low the ramps didn’t extend all the way to the water,” said Ott.
This is the first time in about three years that the lakes are pretty much back to normal. Greg Morgan, City of Tyler Director of Utilities and Public Works said Lake Tyler’s elevation is at 374.88 msl. For a full elevation it’s 375.5 msl, so Morgan said we are about seven inches down right now. Morgan said Lake Tyler hasn’t been completely full since June of 2010. But, he said after the rain we get this weekend, he is hopeful the lake levels can reach their full capacity. “I believe that there is a real good chance we’ll see the lakes full before Memorial Day weekend,” said Morgan.
We have the wintry weather to thank for helping fill our lakes back up. “We’ve finally gotten enough rain to catch us up, and this is the time of the year we don’t have a lot of transportational water loss. The trees aren’t sucking a lot of moisture out of the ground right now, they don’t have any leaves, so we got a little ahead on our rainfall to fill these lakes back up,” said Ott.
A lot of vegetation also died during the drought. When the lake dropped 7 or 8 feet, the aquatic vegetation that grows in the shallow water was exposed and died. Lake Tyler did not lose a lot of fish during the drought, but not a lot of them were reproducing because their nesting areas were exposed. They usually nest in terrestrial grasses near lake basins, but the drought completely dried them out. Now that we’ve had some wintry rain, those grasses were flooded and it created a viable fish habitat. “This spring we will have really good production of our game fishes and real good ability for anglers to catch fish because they will move up to terrestrial areas to find food,” said Ott.
TJC Residence Hall Construction to Impact Available Parking
TYLER — The Tyler Junior College Main campus is growing, with one major construction project under way and a second about to begin. This coming week, construction crews assigned to help build a new 250-bed residence hall on the west side of campus will be blocking off one existing parking lot and portions of another, to create a safe working environment. The construction will directly impact access to 185 parking spaces that are regularly utilized by TJC students, employees and TJC fleet vehicles. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to be prepared for this development. When students and employees return from Spring Break, on Monday, March 17, these 185 spaces will not be available.
The lots affected are S-2 and S-3, between South Magnolia and South Baxter avenues. The lots are adjacent to Sledge Hall and the Campus Services and Marketing Services buildings. Students are encouraged to utilize S-22, to the west of Magnolia Avenue, and S-13, S-14 and S-15 – on the east side of the Main campus. The construction project will impact the affected lots through the end of November, 2014. Visit http://www.tjc.edu/downloads/2003847/campus_maps for a map of TJC Main campus parking lots. “We deeply appreciate the public’s understanding and patience as Tyler Junior College expands to better serve our community,” said TJC Provost Dr. Homer “Butch” Hayes.
Several Honored at Texas College Legacy Scholarship Fundraiser
TYLER — Honorees from near and far, including a legendary football coach, were recognized Friday night at Texas College’s annual Legacy Scholarship Fundraiser at Harvey Convention Center. According to the event’s program booklet, the college stages the yearly gala “in recognition of great support,” celebrating “individuals and organizations who have given unselfishly of themselves for a better Texas College and a better city of Tyler.” The fundraiser continued its tradition of adding a touch of Hollywood to the proceedings, welcoming back actor Marc Gomes as honorary host. Gomes also appeared last year, and previous Legacy events have featured movie star Danny Glover.
This year’s honorees:
Rev. Ralph E. Caraway, Sr. – senior pastor of St. Louis Baptist Church, developer of various service ministries, former city councilman, member of several boards and committees
Rev. Orenthia Mason – pastor of Cole Hill CME Church, coordinator of alumni affairs and external relations at Texas College, president of the Tyler ISD Board of Trustees, longtime educator and community servant
Mark McDaniel – Tyler city manager, elected Mountain-Plains Region vice president for the International City-County Management Association, named the state’s 2010 City Administrator of the Year, past president of the Texas City Management Association; educator, community volunteer
Barry Switzer – philanthropist and championship football coach (University of Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys); coached current TC head football coach George Cumby at OU
Jerry Woolverton – president of Texas Bank and Trust in Tyler, educator, TC board member, community volunteer, winner of several local awards
All honorees appeared at the gala and offered comments. The five TC students named as 2014-2015 scholarship recipients were Dejesus Adufuye, Houston Creighton, Lechelle Jackson, Bruno Cuhna, and Terence Washington.
Free Bulky Item Collection Extended
TYLER — The City of Tyler Solid Waste Department and Keep Tyler Beautiful are continuing to sponsor a free bulky item collection for City of Tyler residential customers. Due to the icy weather, the free bulky item collection has been extended to Friday, March 14. Bulky items that will be picked up at no charge include furniture, appliances, carpet, fence material, up to four noncommercial vehicle tires, old toys and other large items that would normally require a special fee. No liquid waste will be picked up. Paint must be dried out with oil dry or kitty litter.
There is a possibility that citizens’ bulky items may be picked up on a different day from their regularly scheduled garbage collection. Be advised that you will not need to call the Solid Waste Office after placing bulky items at the curb. The Recycling Center is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is located at 418 N. Bois D’Arc Ave. in downtown Tyler. The following items are accepted:
· Scrap metal (copper, aluminum, brass and steel)
· Copper wire (extension cords, wiring, power cords, etc.)
· Steel and tin cans (rinsed)
· Used motor oil, antifreeze and batteries
· Clear, Green and Brown Glass bottles and Jars (must be rinsed with lids removed, NO MIRRORS, NO BLUE COLORED GLASS)
· Aluminum Cans (no pie plates)
· Cardboard (single layer and corrugated)
· Newspapers, magazines, phone books, ads, junk mail and office paper
· Electronics (NO TV’s)
· Printer cartridges
· Cell phones and phone chargers
· #1 and #2 plastic containers (examples: soda and water bottles, milk and detergent bottles)
Residents are encouraged to contact the Habitat for Humanity ReStore or Goodwill Industries before disposing of unwanted items that are in good condition. Computers and other electronics can be recycled at any Tyler Goodwill drop off on weekdays or at the Tyler Recycling Collection Center from Wednesday through Saturday. Visit http://www.TylerSolidWaste.com for more information about the free bulky item collection.
U.S.-Based Firm’s Workers on Plane Headed to Meeting
AUSTIN (AP) – An Austin-based technology company says its 20 employees on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight were en route to a business meeting in China. Freescale Semiconductor spokeswoman Jacey Zuniga said Sunday the employees – 12 from Malaysia and eight from China -work at facilities in their respective countries that manufacture semiconductor chips. The employees were aboard Flight MH370, which went missing early Saturday over the South China Sea. Zuniga says the company is focusing on its employees and their families and watching for any new developments. Freescale Semiconductor has been developing microprocessors, sensors and other technology for the past 50 years. The company has more than 18,000 employees and operates manufacturing facilities, design centers and sales offices throughout the world.
Family of Texas Man on Flight Comforted by Faith
KELLER (AP) – The family of a North Texas man who was aboard the Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing says they saw him about a week ago when he visited home. “There is a shock, a very surreal moment in your life,” James Wood says. He is the brother of Philip Wood, one of three Americans on the Boeing 777. Wood spoke via telephone from the family’s home in Keller. Philip Wood’s confirmed LinkedIn page lists him as a Technical Storage Executive at IBM Malaysia. He visited Keller last week before relocating to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from Beijing, where he’d worked for two years. James Wood says the family’s faith is keeping them together. “We are one family, there are 240 other families. Our hearts go out to them,” he says.
Man Accused of Setting Fire over Marijuana
HOUSTON (AP) – An 18-year-old has been arrested after being accused of starting a fire in his mother’s Houston-area apartment because she would not give him money to buy marijuana. The Houston Chronicle reports that John Carter is facing arson charges for allegedly setting his mother’s clothes on fire on Saturday. Dean Hensley with the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office says damage to the apartment was limited to the clothing. Carter is jailed on a $30,000 bond.
Study to Review Hurricane Protection Ideas
HOUSTON (AP) – A new $4 million study will look at two ideas that have been proposed as ways to protect the Houston area from hurricane storm surge that could cause billions of dollars in damage and wreak havoc on the largest petrochemical complex in the country. One idea would be a system of levees and flood gates proposed to run from Galveston to High Island dubbed the “Ike Dike.” The other is a 600- to 800-foot wall that would be placed across the 52-mile Houston Ship Channel. The Houston Chronicle reports the ideas were developed after Hurricane Ike devastated the upper Texas coast in 2009. A series of public meetings in late spring will be held to discuss both proposals.
Company Slow to Pay Judgment for Disabled Workers
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Federal and state officials are having trouble collecting the multimillion-dollar judgments a Texas company was ordered to pay for mistreating 32 mentally disabled workers at an Iowa labor camp. The Des Moines Register reports Henry’s Turkey Service of Goldthwaite, Tex., has yet to pay nearly $6 million in fines and judgments against the company and Kenneth Henry. A jury agreed last year that Henry’s discriminated against its employees, who were hired out to work at an Iowa turkey processing plant. The initial verdict was the largest in the history of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which brought the case. So far, federal officials have collected assets worth between $30,000 and $40,000, and they’re collecting about $3,500 in monthly lease payments on land owned by Henry.
Mexican Border City Hopes to Lure Spring Breakers
MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) – The Mexican border city of Matamoros long ago gave up catering to Spring Breakers who would cross over in droves from Texas beach resorts. But in the midst of a three-year increase in American tourism in Mexico, Matamoros now sees the potential to reopen many of the bars and restaurants that closed after cartel violence drove tourists away. The city plans to open a children’s water park and pier to lure Mexican visitors for Holy Week next month. It wants to focus next year on luring Spring Breakers from South Padre Island, Texas. A pivotal part of that plan will involve working to reopen businesses geared toward young Americans. Other former Spring Break meccas, such as Rosarito Beach south of California, now focus on attracting wealthier, middle-aged travelers.
Lady Cardinals Win Regional Title Match with Apache Ladies
The Trinity Valley Community College Lady Cardinals defeated the Tyler Junior College Apache Ladies 72-62 in the Region XIV women’s tournament championship game on Saturday at UT Tyler’s Herrington Patriot Center. Tyler built a 12 point lead early in the game and led 38-30 at halftime. TVCC whittled away at Tyler’s lead in the second half with their pressure defense and poor shooting by the Apache Ladies who managed just 28 percent from the field for the game. Tyler also committed 20 turnovers and the Apache Ladies were just 3-18 from beyond the three point line. Victoria Kemokai’s 15 points led TJC. Jazmine Spears paced Trinity Valley with 14 points.
Both Tyler and Trinity Valley are headed to the NJCAA National Tournament in Salina, Kansas. The top ranked 33-1 Lady Cardinals are the Region XIV champion. The 28-5 Apache Ladies will appear in the national event for the first time since 2007 with an at-large bid.
Stars retire Mike Modano’s number
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com
DALLAS — No Dallas Stars player will ever wear the No. 9 again.
The number, forever connected with the speedy and skilled Mike Modano, was raised to the rafters on Saturday night, the fourth number in the franchise’s history to be so honored. The other three were more Minnesota North Stars numbers than Dallas. Most of Modano’s career, including his Stanley Cup win in 1999, was spent in Dallas.
“From the moment I got off that plane in 1993, Dallas felt like home,” Modano told a sold-out crowd of 19,109 at American Airlines Center during an hour-long ceremony Saturday prior to the Stars’ 4-3 win against, the Minnesota Wild. “You’ve allowed me to be a part of your lives and you to mine. It’s been an amazing ride. It couldn’t have been done without you people.
“We asked you to give us a chance and you stuck with us and for that, I’m grateful.”
Modano was emotional even before he got up to speak. He watched, nervously from the tunnel, as several prominent guests made their way to the stage at center ice and talked about Modano’s hockey career and what he meant to the sport in Texas.
In one of the videos that Modano narrated about his hockey life, he says: “Now people ask me where I’m from and I say, Texas — Dallas, Texas.”
A huge curtain dropped shortly thereafter to reveal 20 members of the 1999 Stanley Cup — in their jerseys with “Modano 9″ patches — waiting on Modano to arrive. That group included some familiar names from the franchise’s only championship winner, including Jere Lehtinen, Ed Belfour, Jamie Langenbrunner, Guy Carbonneau, Derian Hatcher and, of course, Brett Hull.
“World-class skill at world-class speed (and a) world-class guy — that’s what Mike Modano is,” Hull said after walking the carpet. “Mike Modano took a franchise from Minnesota, took it to Dallas, Texas. And the only reason we’re here standing today is because of Mike Modano. And I think that’s all you need to know.”
Modano ended the ceremony by walking toward his No. 9 banner on one end of the ice. Before it was raised, Modano was greeted by Dallas-Fort Worth sports royalty in the form of Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki, newly-retired Texas Ranger Michael Young, Mavericks’ Rolando Blackman, whose No. 22 is also in the rafters at AAC, and former Cowboys quarterbacks Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman.
All of those players, like Modano, have become local sports icons. That group, and a host of others, strolled down what the Stars called the “victory green carpet” as fans lined the nearly 100 yards of distance from the street to the arena door at AT&T Plaza 90 minutes before the ceremony began.
Besides his former teammates, some of the front office folks and coaches that helped Modano along the way were in attendance, signing autographs for the crowd and sharing their memories of Modano.
St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong, an assistant GM when the Stars won the Cup, and later the Stars’ GM, believes Modano has a chance to be considered the best two-way player to ever play the game.
“He put us on the map,” Armstrong said. “The sacrifices Mike had to make to play in a Ken Hitchcock system [defensively-minded]. He probably would have had 300 or 400 more points had he played in a different system.”
Modano ended up with more points (1,374) and goals (561) than any other American-born hockey player in history. The No. 1 overall draft pick of the Minnesota North Stars in 1988, Modano arrived in Dallas in 1993 and was the face of the franchise, charged not only with scoring goals on the ice, but teaching the game to Texas football fans off it.
“Mike was a perfect candidate for us coming to Minnesota when we were trying to save that franchise,” said former owner Norman Green, who brought the team from Minnesota to Dallas. “He was the perfect image — he was nice, he was good looking, he was talented. The first year he was there, we went to the Stanley Cup Final, and he was sensational. Then, when that didn’t work out, we came to Dallas and he became the face of the franchise here, and it was perfect. You look at that, and how lucky was that? That’s why we have all of these fans here now.”
And those fans cheered Modano constantly on Saturday. He got a nearly five-minute standing ovation as he stood at the podium, notes in hand, ready to speak. The 43-year-old was emotional as he began, thanking all of those who made his career possible. That included Hitchcock, who coached the Cup team.
“He pushed me to extremes and demanded a lot from me,” Modano said. “He made me find out what I was capable of doing as a player and achieving.”
Modano was grateful for former Stars assistant coach Rick Wilson, who looked after him in Detroit and guided him along the way. And he had trouble getting the words out as he talked about his parents, Mike Sr. and Karen.
“You guys sacrificed a lot for me,” Modano said. “Thank you.”
After the ceremony, Modano couldn’t stop smiling, pleased that so many people showed up to share in the honor with him. The Stanley Cup was there, too, carried out by Hatcher, the captain of that 1999 team.
It was that group, more than any other, which has meant the most to Modano.
“We had such a good team, chemistry, personality-wise,” Modano said. “It’s rare. It just doesn’t happen very often.”
Neither does getting your number retired. Modano now joins that exclusive list.
Ruiz, Asche hit 3-run HRs as Phillies beat Astros
Carlos Ruiz and Cody Asche each hit a three-run homer to send the Philadelphia Phillies past a Houston Astros split squad 11-3 on Saturday.
Asche connected in the fifth inning to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead, and Ruiz’s drive in the sixth made it 7-3. John Mayberry Jr. added a three-run double in the seventh, and Philadelphia won for the second time this spring.
“Some offense goes a long way to loosen everyone up,” manager Ryne Sandberg said. “It all started with Asche and some good swings — three good swings, three good at-bats. That was good, to get things going.”
Astros starter Dallas Keuchel held Philadelphia hitless for three innings. His only baserunner came on a walk, and he struck out two.
Keuchel has been solid in his first two starts this spring, giving up one hit in five shutout innings.
Phillies starter Roberto Hernandez walked four and struck out four in 3 1/3 innings. He allowed one run and two hits in his third start of the spring.
Astros: Keuchel is competing for a rotation spot in Houston and has made an outstanding impression thus far.
Phillies: Hernandez didn’t display the control he had in his second Grapefruit League start a week ago against the Rays in Port Charlotte. He has a 3.60 ERA this spring and has faced mostly major league hitters.
Phillies: Mike Adams threw his second bullpen session of the spring. The reliever is battling back from a litany of shoulder problems that plagued him last season. Adams threw 40 pitches and said his shoulder is feeling fine.
“I’ve noticed the advances I’ve made over the last couple bullpens, as far as delivery and how it’s coming out of my hand,” he said. “Now, everything is going the way I hoped.”
Adams missed 92 games last season due to shoulder and biceps issues. He had shoulder surgery in late July.
Japhet Amador, the 300-pound designated hitter the Astros signed last season, made his spring debut and went 0 for 2. Amador arrived in camp late, delaying his debut.
The Astros plucked Amador out of the Mexican League in August. He hit .302 in 10 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City last season. Before signing with the Astros, Amador hit 36 home runs and batted .368 for Diablos Rojos del Mexico in the Mexican League.
The Phillies made their first round of cuts, demoting several players to minor league camp. They optioned Michael Stutes and Luis Garcia, while reassigning Aaron Altherr, Kelly Dugan, Leandro Castro, Sebastian Valle and top prospect Jesse Biddle.
Stutes has struggled this spring and said he was surprised by the quick move. He appeared in 79 games for the Phillies over the last three seasons.
Maholm, Baxter boost Dodgers in tie with Rangers
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Paul Maholm pitched three steady innings and Mike Baxter went 2 for 2 with two RBIs for a split squad of Los Angeles Dodgers in their 5-5 tie with the Texas Rangers on Saturday.
The game was halted after nine innings.
Adrian Gonzalez walked with the bases loaded for the Dodgers. Maholm allowed one run on three hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
Gonzalez, who is hitting .353 in seven games, drew a five-pitch walk from Tanner Scheppers in the third to bring home Justin Turner.
Baxter, claimed off waivers from the New York Mets last fall, had a double and a sacrifice fly.
Shin-Soo Choo, who signed a $130 million, seven-year contract with the Rangers this offseason, went 0 for 2 with a strikeout, dropping his average to .176. Choo did drive in a run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
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