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Longview Police Still Searching for Answers to Homicide

Posted/updated on: October 24, 2014 at 10:43 am

longviewhomicideLONGVIEW — An unsolved killing has Longview police continuing to look for clues. On August 28 at 3:51 a.m., Longview Police were dispatched to a gunshots heard call in the 100 block of West Garfield Street. When officers arrived they were told someone fired several shots into the apartment, striking two victims The suspect(s) fled the scene before officers arrived. One of those victims was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released. The other victim, 33 year-old Tyson Patterson (pictured), died at the scene.

Longview police say they need the public’s help to solve this case and put Tyson Patterson’s killer(s) in jail. Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Rebecca Reeves at or (903) 237-1137. If the tipster wishes to remain anonymous, information can be submitted through the Gregg County Crimestoppers program at or 903-236-7867. Police also encourage anyone who may have already submitted information he or she feels is important to this case to contact Detective Reeves directly.

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Tyler Man Gets 50 Years for Injury to a Child

Posted/updated on: October 24, 2014 at 10:44 am

Timothy ChoiceTYLER – A Tyler man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for intentionally scalding a two year old child who is the son of his girlfriend. Timothy Choice, 25, of Tyler was found guilty Wednesday after the jury deliberated around 90 minutes. He was sentenced yesterday. The boy was transferred to Parkland Hospital in Dallas following the incident in July of last year. He suffered severe second degree burns after Choice is said to have put the boy in the hot water because he had wet himself and had not used the toilet.

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Family Works to Send Bernie Tiede Back to Prison

Posted/updated on: October 24, 2014 at 12:13 pm

bernie_panolaCARTHAGE — The family of a murdered East Texas widow is working to send her killer back to prison. It was last May when convicted Carthage murderer Bernie Tiede was freed from prison after evidence suggested that he killed his companion, Marjorie Nugent, in an act of sudden passion related to alleged sexual abuse as a child. But now, Nugent’s family is working to have evidence released from the Panola County Sheriff’s Office that could contradict Tiede’s claim in an appeal to his life sentence. The May decision to release Tiede is still awaiting a final decision from the state’s highest criminal court. Until then, Tiede is living in Austin with Richard Linklater, the director of the 2012 film that portrayed the case.

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Three Nabbed in Drug Raid

Posted/updated on: October 24, 2014 at 10:44 am

Drug Raid Smith County 10-23-14CHAPEL HILL — Three are in custody following a Smith County drug raid. Around 6:00 yesterday morning, Smith County Sheriff’s Office Special Services and Criminal Investigations Division detectives along with patrol deputies executed a search warrant at the 15800 block of Highway 64 East in the eastern portion of Smith County. Officials say Judge Christi Kennedy of the 114st State District Court issued the warrant authorizing the search of the residence following an investigation lasting several months.

Investigators seized a quantity of methamphetamine consistent with distribution as well as marijuana, various pills, and drug paraphernalia from the residence, according to a news release. The three suspects were arrested onsite. Drew Michael Mizzles, 31, and Lacy Layne Taylor, 25, of Tyler, are currently booked into the Smith County Jail on a charge of manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, with bond yet to be determined.

Billy Joe Tani, 27, of Mineola, is currently booked into the Smith County Jail on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. Tani also had two outstanding warrants. One warrant is for theft of wire/cable alum/bronze/copper issued by Judge Jack Skeen, Jr., of the 241st State District Court, who set bond at $10,000. The second warrant is a Tyler Police Department warrant for theft of services with bond set at $5,000.

The Smith County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division worked in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Tyler Office) and the Drug Enforcement Administration during this investigation. Texas Department of Health and Human Services (CPS) was contacted prior to the execution of the search warrant after it was learned that three children were living in the home. The three children were turned over to CPS.

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Man Wanted for Failing to Register as Sex Offender

Posted/updated on: October 24, 2014 at 10:49 am

samrobertsonmugQUITMAN — Wood County Crimestoppers is asking the public to be on the lookout for a local criminal. KETK reports Samuel Richard Robertson, 43, is wanted by the Wood County Sheriff’s Office for failing to comply with sex offender registration. Robertson stands 5’10”, weighs 195 pounds, and has green eyes and brown hair. If you see him or know of his whereabouts, contact Wood County Crimestoppers at (903) 763-CASH (2274).

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Sheriff’s Office Helps Find Missing Woman

Posted/updated on: October 24, 2014 at 10:44 am

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A missing woman has been found, with the help of the Smith County Sheriff’s Office. Officials say patrol deputies responded around 7:20 Wednesday evening to a report of a missing person in the Jackson Heights community, in the eastern part of the county. Upon arrival, the deputies learned that around noon, a 53-year-old female had entered an extremely dense area of the woods in an attempt to locate one of the fishing ponds. She was reported to have in her possession a fishing pole and a tackle box. The responding deputies requested additional assistance in searching for the missing lady. With the help of the Jackson Volunteer Fire Department, they entered the wooded area and began searching.

After a couple of hours searching on foot, the assistance of the Department of Public Safety helicopter was requested. DPS arrived and began conducting a search of the area from the air. During this time, a citizen in the area contacted the sheriff’s office to report his dogs acting strangely. Several deputies went to this residence and after a short time were able to hear a female’s voice in the woods crying out. They were able to relay this information to the DPS pilots who then concentrated their search to this area. Just before 11:00 p.m. the missing woman was located by the officers operating the DPS helicopter, who were able to successfully guide the deputies on the ground to her location. The deputies reported that she appeared unharmed and in good spirits. The woman told the deputies she became lost after fishing and could not navigate her way out of the woods.

Sheriff Smith says he would like to reiterate the importance of having a resource such as the Department of Public Safety helicopter stationed in the northeast Texas area for searches such as this and those for violent offenders. According to Sheriff Smith, that resource has proven on numerous occasions to be invaluable in apprehending violent offenders and searching for lost individuals.

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Today Is the Last Day to Request a Mail Ballot

Posted/updated on: October 24, 2014 at 10:44 am

TYLER — Today is the last day to request a ballot by mail for the November 4 election. To request a ballot by mail, voters can fill out an application at on the elections Web page, then return it to via email. Applications may also be faxed to 903-590-4778.

To be eligible to vote early by mail in Texas, you must:
· be 65 years or older;
· be disabled;
· be out of the county on election day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance; or
· be confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.

For more information about mail ballots or other early voting options, contact the Smith County Elections Office at 903-590-4777.

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TxDOT Seeks Public Input on I-20 Plan for East Texas

Posted/updated on: October 24, 2014 at 10:43 am

thumb_TxDotAUSTIN – The Texas Department of Transportation is hosting Virtual Open House meetings to seek public feedback on the I-20 East Texas Corridor Draft Implementation Plan. Officials say these online information sessions provide the public with a summary of the study, including proposed highway improvements, and welcome questions and comments electronically.

The I-20 East Texas Corridor Study evaluated the current safety and capacity needs along I-20 from I-635 in Dallas to the Texas/Louisiana state line. This corridor currently serves as an integral east-west connection for both travel and trade in Texas. As the interstate ages and trade increases, identifying opportunities for improvement becomes more critical, according to officials. They say assessing the current corridor conditions and identifying future growth potential are important to ensuring this route meets the needs of the region for decades to come.

The Draft Implementation Plan resulting from this study provides programmatic recommendations along the I-20 corridor, as well as project-level recommendations categorized into Near-Term (2015-2020), Mid-Term (2021-2030), and Long-Term (2031-2040) phases. In addition, information about the plan along with comment forms will be available in person at seven locations along the 155-mile corridor. TxDOT will accept comments until Nov. 7, 2014.

To review and comment on this plan:

Access the Virtual Open House at:

– Via the TxDOT YouTube channel:

– Access the project’s web page at:

To review materials in person, visit the following locations:

Texas Travel Information Center
1255 Interstate 20
Waskom, TX 75692

Canton Visitors Bureau
119 N Buffalo St.
Canton, TX 75103

Terrell Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center
1314 Moore Ave.
Terrell, TX 75160

Longview Convention and Visitors Bureau
410 N Center St.
Longview, TX 75601

Gateway Travel Plaza
4403 Texas 42
Kilgore, TX 75662

Tyler State Park
789 Park Road 16
Tyler, TX 75706

Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce
315 N Broadway Ave. #100
Tyler, TX 75702

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Lone Superintendent Finalist Named in Spring Hill

Posted/updated on: October 24, 2014 at 10:43 am

LONGVIEW — Spring Hill schools name a lone finalist for their new superintendent. KETK reports Steven Snell is set to start December 1. The Hutto public school administrator was selected by Spring Hill’s board this week from a field of six candidates. Snell says he’s honored to have been chosen.

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Fall Festival Time in East Texas

Posted/updated on: October 24, 2014 at 11:10 am

EAST TEXAS — East Texans and visitors can enjoy big events in a couple of towns this weekend. The “Hottest Little Festival in Texas,” the Hot Pepper Festival, is scheduled for Saturday in the Palestine Main Street District. Activities this year include a BBQ & Chili Cook-Off, Peppers & Patriots Parade, a Veterans tribute, live music, beer gardens, arts & crafts, food vendors, a kid’s zone, and much more. It’s also time for a real “hog-wild” event: the 7th annual Fall Feral Hog Festival in Ben Wheeler Friday and Saturday. That one features the World Championship Wild Hog Cook Off, a parade, and live music at several venues. You can learn more about both festivals on the Calendar of Events.

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Federal Officials: Dallas Nurse Free of Ebola

Posted/updated on: October 24, 2014 at 11:32 am

WASHINGTON (AP/ABC/Staff) – The first nurse diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected man at a Dallas hospital is free of the virus — and the National Institutes of Health says Nina Pham was released today from its hospital near Washington. Pham thanked the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas and at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland — as well as a special friend. Pham said, “I would especially like to thank Dr. Kent Brantly for his selfless act of donating plasma to me.” Brantly, of Fort Worth, was caring for sick Ebola patients with the aid group Samaritan’s Purse in Monrovia, Liberia, when he became the first American diagnosed with Ebola in late July.

The 26-year-old Pham arrived last week at NIH. She had been flown there from Texas Health Presbyterian. Pham is one of two nurses in Dallas who became infected with Ebola while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of the virus Oct. 8. The NIH says Pham did not receive any experimental drugs in their care.

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Hospital Hit by Ebola Scare to Alter Procedures

Posted/updated on: October 24, 2014 at 10:41 am

DALLAS (AP) – The Dallas hospital where two nurses were infected with Ebola after treating a Liberian man says it’s instituted new procedures for treatment of infectious diseases. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital issued a statement Friday that says electronic medical records will highlight any risks associated with a patient’s travel. Officials say a new triage procedure will identify high-risk patients and move them from the emergency room to an isolation unit by staff outfitted in protective gear. The hospital also asserts that “face-to-face communication” between nurses and doctors will increase so they don’t rely solely on medical records. Friday’s statement came the same day Dallas officials announced Mayor Mike Rawlings spoke by phone with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The two discussed how Liberians in Dallas are working to support their Ebola-ravaged homeland.

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Police: Houston Man Rapes Teenage Girl, Toddler

Posted/updated on: October 24, 2014 at 10:41 am

HOUSTON (AP) – A registered sex offender in Houston is charged with raping a 14-year-old girl and a 2-year-old girl and infecting them with HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The 33-year-old man was charged this week with super-aggravated sexual assault of a child and sexual assault of a child. Houston police say he raped his ex-girlfriend’s teenage daughter and his infant niece. The investigation began in 2013 when the younger child was brought to the Texas Medical Center. Both victims were infected with herpes and doctors had to preform reconstructive surgery on the younger child. The suspect was sentenced to four years in prison in 2004 after sexually assaulting a different child. The Associated Press isn’t naming the man to protect the identities of the children.

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Report: Texas Caseworkers Didn’t Follow Protocols

Posted/updated on: October 24, 2014 at 10:40 am

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – The Texas inspector general has found that four Child Protective Services workers failed to follow protocols in the case of an 8-year-old girl who died under their watch. The San Antonio Express-News reports the Office of the Inspector General released the findings on Thursday. It doesn’t recommend any disciplinary action. The office hasn’t released the names of the workers involved with Sarah Brasse, who died of untreated appendicitis in 2009. The report says the employees neglected to perform even basic requirements of their jobs such as making timely visits or following up on reports of abuse. It says two program directors complied with policies in their handling of the case. A CPS spokesman says the case is closed and no disciplinary action is expected.

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West Texas Pit Bull Recovering after Attack

Posted/updated on: October 24, 2014 at 10:40 am

BROWNWOOD (AP) – A West Texas pit bull is recovering after police say its owner tried to kill it with a knife and hammer. Veterinarian Carren Bowden told KTXS-TV Thursday that the 4-year-old dog named Bruiser is expected to live but could need treatment for unspecified skin issues. She’s also watching the animal for post-traumatic stress. Brownwood police say they went to the suspect’s house Tuesday on an animal cruelty call. They found the man and Bruiser in the backyard and say the dog and hammer were covered in blood. The man tells officers Bruiser had been suffering and that he was trying to put him down. Bruiser will be fostered by Angles and Outlaws Bully Ranch in Stephenville when he is released. No charges have been reported.

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Cornyn, Alameel Debate Tonight

Posted/updated on: October 24, 2014 at 10:42 am

thumb_johncornynDALLAS (AP) – Sen. John Cornyn and Dr. David Alameel participate in their only debate of the 2014 U.S. Senate campaign in Dallas. Cornyn, the Republican incumbent, and Democratic challenger Alameel will debate before an Internet, cable television and Spanish-language television audience tonight at 7. The Senate campaign leading up to the Nov. 4 general election has been a low-key affair. Cornyn (pictured) has done little outright campaigning, winning the Republican nomination against light opposition. Alameel defeated maverick Democrat Kesha Rogers in a May 27 Democratic primary runoff.

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Body of 2nd Worker Recovered at El Paso Plant

Posted/updated on: October 24, 2014 at 10:42 am

EL PASO (AP) – El Paso firefighters have recovered the body of a second man who died in an accident at a wastewater treatment plant. The body was recovered on Thursday after first responders and utility employees worked to remove sludge from the Wednesday accident. Both men were replacing a pump in an equipment room at the Roberto R. Bustamante Wastewater Treatment Plant when it was filled with sludge. The other body was recovered on Wednesday. Their names haven’t been released. They were employed by Cubic Water of El Paso and contracted by the city.

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