Suspect Arrested Following Gas Station Robbery
SMITH COUNTY — A suspect has been arrested in a Smith County armed robbery. Taken into custody by Tyler police was Jose Alberto Aguilar, 30, of Tyler. He was a suspect in Monday afternoon’s robbery of the convenience store in the 1200 block of East Northeast Loop 323. Around 11:00 last night, police received an anonymous tip that Aguilar was walking on Walton Road near Pearl Street. A few minutes later, he was taken into custody without incident.
He is thought to be the suspect who robbed the convenience store at knifepoint. A witness said an unidentified Hispanic man entered the store holding a knife and speaking only Spanish. The man was described as being tall with a large build, wearing a tan hat, black short-sleeved shirt and blue jeans. The suspect fled the scene with an undetermined amount of money. He left in a late-model gold Toyota four-door sedan. The temporary paper tags on the vehicle show a tag number of 95V3138 and are registered to an address in Tyler.
Aguilar was booked into the Smith County Jail on a aggravated robbery charge. His bond was set at $250,000.
Longview Man Killed in Weekend Wreck
HARRISON COUNTY — A Longview man has died when his vehicle overturned in Harrison County. The Department of Public Safety said the driver, Kenneth Pearson, was on Farm Road 449 East when his SUV left the road for unknown reasons and overturned just before 2:45 Sunday afternoon. Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 Judge Nancy George pronounced Pearson dead at the scene about an hour later.
Three Seriously Injured in Smith County Wreck
SMITH COUNTY — Three people are hospitalized with serious injuries following a two vehicle accident in Smith County. The Department of Public Safety reports a pickup with five people pulled out of a driveway and was T-boned by a septic truck on Farm Road 2767, east of County Road 211. The accident happened just after 10:00 Monday morning. The three people injured were in the pickup. The septic truck driver was not injured. The names of the victims were not immediately released. None of the victims were children.
Burn Ban Issued for Henderson County
ATHENS — Dry weather is beginning to take its toll in parts of East Texas. KETK reports an outdoor burn ban has been issued for Henderson County. According to the County Commissioners Court, the ban was announced Tuesday and will continue for 14 days.
Kilgore Theft Suspect Sought
KILGORE — Kilgore police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman suspected of theft at a local retail store. Anyone with information on the person pictured at left is asked to e-mail Det. John Rowe at email@example.com or call him at 903-218-6906. If desired, you can contact text an anonymous tip to 847411 + KILGORE + your tip. Please refer to KPD Incident #1408-1494.
Tyler ISD Seeking Nominations for First-Ever Distinguished Alumni Award
TYLER — The Tyler ISD Foundation, the Tyler Independent School District, and the Tyler Area Business Education Council have partnered to award the first-ever Tyler ISD Distinguished Alumni Award. The honor will be given annually to a Tyler ISD graduate whose achievements, strengths of character, and citizenship serve as a model to inspire and challenge current students, according to a TISD news release. Officials say award finalists will have achieved excellence and made impactful and significant contributions to their profession or community.
“Tyler ISD is pleased to join with our community partners in recognizing alumni who have demonstrated personal and professional excellence in their chosen pathways of life,” said TISD Director of Communications Dawn Parnell. “We look forward to honoring the accomplishments of Tyler ISD graduates at the annual State of the District luncheon.”
Nominations for the award will be accepted beginning Tuesday, September 2. Nomination forms may be downloaded from http://www.tylerisd.org or picked up at the Tyler ISD Administration Building. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, September 30, at 4:00 p.m. Nominations may be submitted in person, emailed to the Tyler ISD Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the attention of Dawn Parnell at the Tyler ISD Administration Building located at 1319 Earl Campbell Parkway, Tyler, Texas 75710. The recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award will be recognized during the Tyler ISD Superintendent’s State of the District Address to the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, November 19, at Willow Brook Country Club in Tyler.
“The Chamber and Business Education Council are excited to have the opportunity to present this very prestigious award at the annual State of the District luncheon,” said Christi Khalaf, the executive director of the Tyler Area Business Education Council. This public recognition of the impact that education has made in the life of a TISD graduate further demonstrates our renewed community focus on education and student outcomes.”
A selection committee of representatives from the Tyler ISD Foundation, Tyler Independent School District and Tyler Area Business Education Council will review nominations. Nominees will be selected based on criteria including citizenship, service to community, professional contributions, and character. Nominations will be accepted for graduates from any previous or current Tyler ISD high school including Emmett J. Scott High School, John Tyler High School, Robert E. Lee High School and Tyler High School. Nominations must be submitted by another individual. Nominations of self will not be considered.
Nominees must have graduated at least 10 years prior to the nomination. The nominee must also be able to attend the award presentation in Tyler on November 19. Only one nomination packet per nominee will be accepted. If multiple nominations for one individual are received, only the first nomination received by the committee will be considered. Nominees cannot be anyone currently seeking election to a political office.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Tyler ISD and the Tyler Area Business Education Council to present this annual award of distinction,” said Maya Bethany, executive director of the Tyler ISD Foundation. “We recognize the extreme talent level of our students and graduates and we know they have made contributions to society that many of us have benefited from on a daily basis. We hope to not only honor these outstanding individuals, but we want their efforts to be an example of the potential our current students possess.”
Local Computer Thief Sought
LINDALE — Lindale police are asking for the public’s help in locating the pictured individual. KETK reports that the person of interest is seen running out of the Lindale Wal-Mart with an HP 19 All-in-One PC and getting into a blue Honda. The incident occurred August 12 around 11:00am. If you know this person, you’re asked to contact Detective Mike Lazarine at (903) 882-3313.
Downtown Parking Changes Begin Today in Tyler
TYLER — Several changes to Tyler’s Downtown Business District parking become effective today. Extended parking is now available at the Fair Plaza Garage at Elm Street and College Avenue, across the street from the Tyler Public Library. According to a city news release, an automated gate system will allow a driver, without a monthly agreement, to obtain a ticket upon entering the garage. The ticket should be paid at an electronic kiosk, and the “paid” ticket is inserted upon exit. The new garage has 384 parking spaces, with both monthly leased parking and daily/hourly parking available. The garage will operate Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., except on official city holidays.
Charges to park in the garage will be:
• $1 per hour with a maximum of $5 per day;
• $70 per month for a non-reserved parking space; and,
• There is a discount for any single entity purchasing 25 spaces or more (these spots will be reserved).
The rate for parking at on-street meters will increase to 50 cents per hour with a maximum time of two hours. The City of Tyler meter patrol will issue tickets for vehicles parked more than two hours in a metered spot. Meter feeding is a violation of City Ordinance Sec. 17-84g. The two hour parking restriction shall not apply for persons with disabilities and veterans with disabilities. According to the release, “We encourage everyone to experience the convenience of using the Fair Plaza Parking Garage.” For more information about the Fair Plaza Parking Garage or downtown parking in general, contact the City of Tyler Traffic Engineering Department at (903) 531‐1203.
Commission Approves Historical Racing
AUSTIN (Staff/AP) — Republican State Representative Dan Flynn of Van continues to keep an eye on a controversial issue. That’s after the Texas Racing Commission voted to allow machines using a new form of betting at dog and horse tracks called historical racing. The machines allow people to bet on races that have already happened. The videos are stripped of any identifying information so people can’t tell what races they’re betting on. A track now must receive the commission’s OK on specific plans for adding the machines. There are four horse tracks in Texas and three dog tracks.
Race track owners asked the Commission to allow the machines as a way to help their struggling industry. They say it’s another form of legal betting. But Flynn says it amounts to an expansion of gambling and would require a two-thirds vote from lawmakers and approval from voters. This summer, Flynn asked Attorney General Greg Abbott to weigh in on whether the commission has the authority to allow historical racing. There’s no word yet on any ruling from Abbott.
School Bus Overturns in North Texas Accident
WAXAHACHIE (AP) – Emergency personnel have responded to a school bus rollover accident along a rural North Texas highway. The Waxahachie Daily Light reports Tuesday morning’s wreck involves a vehicle from the Waxahachie Independent School District. The newspaper reports the school bus, which ended up on its side, carried nearly 20 children. Several ambulances were dispatched to the scene near Farm-to-Market 879. Details weren’t immediately available on how many people were hurt or what caused the accident. The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office and school district officials didn’t immediately return messages Tuesday.
Federal Trial Starts over Tough Texas Voter ID Law
CORPUS CHRISTI (AP) — The Justice Department goes to federal court in South Texas today to seek the dismantling of the Texas voter ID law, which ranks among the most stringent in the nation. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos oversees the trial in Corpus Christi in a lawsuit led by minority rights groups and the office of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Similar voter ID laws passed in other conservative states also have been challenged in federal court. Republican Gov. Rick Perry signed legislation in 2011 that requires more than 13 million registered voters in Texas to show a photo ID before casting a ballot. Opponents say the law is designed to suppress minority turnout and young people who typically vote Democratic. A ruling isn’t expected before the November elections.
New Bar for Texas Education Deadline Postponed
AUSTIN (AP) — The rollout of more rigorous standards in Texas schools has been postponed. The Dallas Morning News reports that Texas education officials have pushed back the 2016 deadline to meet standards of “postsecondary readiness.” Now, the deadline is 2021, meaning today’s first-graders won’t be subject to State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, standards until reaching the eighth grade. Texas Senate education committee members questioned the Texas Education Agency’s lack of progress. Commissioner Michael Williams said they are “charging districts and their staff” to meet the bar of the revised STAAR exams. If 2014 students needed to meet the top standards, more than half would have failed every test.
Some Texas Students Pay More for Online Courses
AUSTIN (AP) — Some online higher education courses are costing Texans more money than brick-and-mortar classes. The Dallas Morning News reports state leaders have hailed online education as one fix for ballooning college prices, but that tuition for those classes can be more than 20% higher. The newspaper analyzed 18 universities and found that only the University of North Texas and the University of Texas had lower costs for online classes. Many of the online courses include extra fees or additional costs per credit hour. University officials say higher tuition rates for online courses are the result of expensive infrastructure and the costs for designing the courses.
Man Dead after Hanging at Texas Jail
FORT WORTH (AP) — Fort Worth police say a man found hanging in a city jail cell has died. Police Sgt. William Hix tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Gregory Hooper, 23, of Cleburne died Sunday at an area hospital. City police arrested Hooper on Aug. 18 over allegations he choked his girlfriend and interfered with an emergency call. Hix says Hooper used the drawstring from his athletic shorts to hang himself later that morning. He says jail personnel found Hooper during normal rounds. Medical personnel resuscitated Hooper and took him to John Peter Smith Hospital in serious condition.
Houston Man Killed Trying to Strike Cars
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston police say a man swinging a crutch at passing cars on the interstate was fatally struck by a car. The Houston Chronicle reports the 53-year-old was hit Monday along Interstate 45. Police aren’t releasing his identity until relatives are notified. Police say the man was using the crutch to try to hit moving vehicles when one struck him. He died at the scene. They say the driver didn’t stop but contacted police. The driver was released without charges. Police say the investigation is ongoing.
Body of Missing Kayaker Believed Found
HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities believe the body of a kayaker who went missing over Labor Day weekend has been found. Harris County spokesman Mark Herman said Brian Conner, 42, disappeared Saturday during a kayaking trip with his wife. A body was found early Monday in Cypress Creek near Houston but has not yet been positively identified by medical examiners. Texas Equusearch volunteers used SONAR equipment to locate the body. Equusearch founder Tim Miller described the 49-mile creek as “unforgiving and treacherous.” The Houston Chronicle reports that during the trip Conner’s wife turned to find that her husband was not behind her. She found his kayak overturned and her husband clinging to a branch. She was not able to assist him to shore. Volunteers began searching for Conner late Saturday.
6 Cuban Men Land in Texas after Boat Engine Breaks
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND (AP) — Authorities say six Cuban men have landed on South Padre Island after drifting across the Gulf of Mexico because their boat engine failed. Cameron County Parks Chief Horacio Zamora says the men aged 28-65 years old arrived Monday from Nueva Gerona, Cuba. He says they set off for Mexico 21 days ago on a 14-foot wooden boat. The men say the boat’s engine malfunctioned two days into the trip and they tried to sail with a small shower curtain. They say storms in the Gulf of Mexico blew them off course. A beachgoer found the mean and alerted authorities. Zamora says one man required medical assistance and the group had nothing to eat or drink in days. The men were released to the U.S. Border Patrol. Their conditions are unclear.
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