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Tyler Police Investigate Similar Style Robberies

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 3:27 pm

police-tyler-car2TYLER — Tyler Police respond to a reported armed robbery last night. I happened around 10:45 at the Super Sak, 1938 Troup Hwy. According to officers, the clerk reported two black males entered the store, one of them displaying a handgun. The armed suspect demanded money from the clerk and took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register. The second suspect stood watch at the door. Both suspects then left the store and fled the area.

The second robbery happened around 4:45 at the Food Fast, 1707 E. Front Street. Arriving officers were told that two black males contacted one of the clerks outside the store and forced her back in at gun point. The suspect with the gun then walked to the front counter where a second clerk was standing and demanded money from the cash register. The second suspect reportedly stood watch at the door.

The suspects description from both robberies were the same. The first suspect was described as a black male wearing a gray hoodie and baggie dark colored pants. He was wearing gloves and a blue bandana over his face. He was armed with a dark colored handgun. The second suspect was described as a black male wearing a camo long sleeved shirt, dark colored pants with a dark colored bandana over his face as well. The second suspect was also wearing a dark colored baseball cap. After taking an undisclosed amount of money, both suspects exited the store and left the area.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Tyler Police at 903-531-1000 or Tyler/Smith County Crimestoppers at 903-597-CUFF. Crimestoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges filed against the suspects in this case or any other felony case.

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East Texas Plane Crash Leaves Two Hospitalized

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 3:49 pm

CHEROKEE COUNTY — The Department of Public Safety has confirmed a plane crash in Cherokee County. According to KETK, it happened Friday afternoon on County Road 1314 near Farm to Market Road 768. State troopers said four people were on board when the plane went down. Two of the four passengers were taken to nearby hospitals. Names and conditions were not released. The investigation is ongoing.

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Manufacturer Halts Sales of Highway Guardrails

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 3:27 pm

highway-guardrailDALLAS (AP) — A Texas company is stopping shipments of a common highway-guardrail system and conducting more crash tests after it lost a $175 million jury verdict. Trinity Industries Inc. says that it would stop selling the ET-Plus system until testing is complete. Earlier this week, a jury in federal district court in Marshall decided Trinity should pay at least $175 million for misleading regulators. A whistle-blower charged that the company changed the design of caps that go on the ends of the guardrails but didn’t tell regulators until several years later. Trinity criticized the decision and hinted that it would appeal. Critics say that when vehicles strike the guardrail ends, the guardrails don’t crumple as they should, but instead become spears that impale cars and their occupants.

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Family Works to Send Bernie Tiede Back to Prison

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 3:27 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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Man Wanted for Failing to Register as Sex Offender

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 3:27 pm

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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Abbott/Norris Make Campaign Stop in Tyler

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 3:27 pm

vlcsnap_2014_10_24_21h04m04s57TYLER — Less than two weeks before election day, Republican gubernatorial candidate, Greg Abbott made his way to East Texas Friday. He brought along a legendary Texas icon, Chuck Norris. The pair appeared in the Rose Room yesterday morning around 11:15. According to KETK, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott made his case on why he should be elected governor. And Chuck Norris is on his side. Keeping the borders safe and secure, education and the booming Texas economy are just some of Abbott’s biggest passions. The Republican candidate said Texas is ranked number two in the nation for women owned businesses.

If elected, he wants Texas to be number one. He proudly noted that, if elected, his wife would be the first Hispanic first lady in Texas. Abbott said he wants to keep Texas conservative and strong. Chuck Norris wants voters to know, Abbott is the only option.

“He’s a man of integrity. He’s a man of honesty, and he’s a man, who I said earlier, says what he means and means what he says. That’s very important to me that I can believe when he says something that it can be the truth, and he’s gonna follow through with it,” said Norris.

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Student Transferred to Dallas Hospital after Attack at School

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Children's Medical CenterMARSHALL — An East Texas student was transferred to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas following an attack at a Marshall elementary school. On Thursday shortly after 4:00, Marshall Police Department received a 911 call about a child that had been assaulted at Robert E. Lee Elementary School, located at 1315 Calloway Street. According to KETK, the attacker had run from the area when police were being alerted. Marshall officers, firefighters and medical crews responded to the scene. They discovered a 10-year-old boy had been assaulted and was in need of medical attention. The child was taken by ambulance to Good Shepherd Medical Center-Marshall and later moved to the Children’s Medical Center due to his injuries.

Authorities were able to locate school staff members, students and parents who witnessed the assault. With their help, officers were able to identify the female attacker. The assailant is also a juvenile and her name has not been released. On Friday, a pick-up order was obtained by Marshall investigators and the juvenile was located and taken into custody. The juvenile was then taken to the Willoughby Juvenile Detainment Facility where she was left in their custody.

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

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 3:52 pm

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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Fall Festival Time in East Texas

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 3:51 pm

fall-festivalEAST 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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Fort Bliss Soldiers to Deploy for Ebola Mission

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 3:29 pm

FORT BLISS (AP) — About 75 soldiers from a West Texas Army post are being deployed this weekend to West Africa as part of a U.S. military mission in areas affected by the Ebola outbreak. The Fort Bliss soldiers will go on seven flights carrying heavy equipment such as generators, containers and helicopters. About 500 Fort Bliss soldiers are expected to eventually be deployed. Fort Bliss spokesman Lt. Col. Lee Peters says the advance party of soldiers is being deployed to guarantee that conditions, facilities and logistics are set up for the arrival of additional troops. The World Health Organization reports that more than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola in this outbreak and nearly half of these individuals have died.

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Hospital Hit by Ebola Scare to Alter Procedures

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 3:27 pm

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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Perry’s 1st Court Appearance Now Set for Nov. 6

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 3:38 pm

AUSTIN (AP) — A judge has rescheduled for Nov. 6 in Austin Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s first court appearance to face abuse-of-power charges. The Republican originally was to appear at an Oct. 31 pretrial hearing, but Perry attorney Tony Buzbee said the hearing was postponed until Nov. 7. In an order signed Friday, though, state District Judge Bert Richardson set the hearing for the previous morning. A Travis County grand jury indicted Perry in August on charges that he abused his official powers and coerced a public servant. The charges arose from his public threat and eventual decision to veto state funding for public corruption prosecutors. That came after the Democratic district attorney overseeing the unit wouldn’t resign after a drunken-driving conviction. Perry’s attorneys have challenged the case on constitutional and technical grounds.

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Cancer Fighting Agency to Focus on Rare Cancers

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 3:35 pm

AUSTIN (AP) — Texas’ cancer-fighting agency says it will start investing a larger part of its $300 million yearly budget toward finding cures for rare and hard-to-treat cancers that are often overlooked by the private sector. The Austin American-Statesman reports the announcement comes after the Legislature mandated the agency’s oversight committee review funding priorities after the group’s top leaders were removed by lawmakers for mismanaging $56 million in grants. Wayne Roberts, the chief executive officer of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, says juvenile and adolescent cancers will be among the priorities. The proposal is posted on the agency’s website and it is asking the public to review its proposal. The $3 billion agency controls the nation’s second-largest pot of cancer funding behind only the federal National Institutes of Health.

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Police: Man had 1,000 Secret Recordings of Women

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 3:27 pm

IRVING (AP) — North Texas police say their investigation of a man who secretly placed cameras in various public restrooms has uncovered nearly 1,000 videos of women. Irving police spokesman James McLellan said Friday the videos were taken from the computers, flash drives and other devices owned by 65-year-old Andrew Boden. Authorities announced in June that Boden had been arrested on a charge of improper photography or video recording. But the extent of the recordings weren’t publicly known until this week. McLellan says cameras were placed in bathrooms at fast-food restaurants, grocery stores and other locations. In one instance a camera was concealed in a fake wall outlet. Boden has bonded out of jail. McLellan says he was living in a hotel and a number for him could not be located for comment.

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Pastor Resigns after Prostitution Arrest

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 3:33 pm

AMARILLO (AP) — Officials say a pastor at a Texas Panhandle church has resigned after being arrested on a prostitution charge. The Potter County Sheriff’s Office says Cameron Tate Reeves was arrested on the misdemeanor charge at an Amarillo motel on Thursday. The Amarillo Globe-News reports the 34-year-old Reeves was a pastor for Hillside Christian Church’s campus in the town of Canyon, where he had served since 2009. Canyon is located about 20 miles south of Amarillo. Reeves was released from jail after posting a $1,000 bond. Jail records did not list an attorney for him. In a statement, Hillside Christian Church said Friday that Reeves had turned in his resignation and that the church was “saddened by this situation.”

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Phil Collins Alamo Artifacts to Arrive in Texas

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 3:41 pm

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Singer Phil Collins’ vast collection of artifacts related to the 1836 Battle of the Alamo and the Texas Revolution that he’s donating to Texas is set to arrive in the state. The San Antonio Express-News reports that crates of the collectibles will be delivered to San Antonio by truck on Tuesday. Collins and Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, the state steward of the Alamo, are expected to oversee the transfer of the artifacts, which will be housed at a temporary location. Patterson is leading an effort to build a permanent home for the collection. Some of the artifacts being donated include a fringed leather pouch and a gun used by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie’s legendary knife. In a statement, Patterson says Texans are “deeply indebted to Phil Collins.”

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Dallas Nurse Receives Thanks, Hug from Obama

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 3:37 pm

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — A nurse who became ill with Ebola has returned home virus-free to Texas. Nina Pham arrived just before midnight CDT Friday at a Fort Worth airport after being released from the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center near Washington. She was exposed to the deadly virus while caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, who died Oct. 8 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Earlier Friday, Pham said she felt “fortunate and blessed” during a news conference at the Washington-area hospital. She later received a hug and thanks from President Barack Obama during a visit to the White House. Pham said she looked forward to being reunited with her dog Bentley. A second nurse from Dallas, Amber Vinson, remains at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

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Dallas DA’s Office Briefly Lost Porsche It Owns

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 3:31 pm

DALLAS (AP) — The use of forfeiture funds to recover and repair a temporarily lost Porsche owned by the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office is raising questions by some about how this money is used by law enforcement. WFAA-TV in Dallas reports the district attorney’s office lost track of the Porsche for two months after it was towed when administrators from a parking garage thought it was abandoned. The car sat at a towing company’s lot until it was auctioned. When the new owner tried to get a title, it was discovered the DA’s office actually owned the vehicle. The DA’s office paid $3,600 in fees and other expenses to get the car back and fix it. District Attorney Craig Watkins says his office needs high-end vehicles for undercover work.

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Houston Mayor: ‘2 moms’ Cause Daughter’s DL Woes

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 3:39 pm

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Mayor Annise Parker says her daughter faced difficulty in getting a Texas driver’s license because she listed two mothers as her parents on her application. Parker is gay and married partner Kathy Hubbard in a California ceremony earlier this year. Together, they adopted daughters Daniela and Marquitta in 2003. Texas doesn’t recognize same-sex marriages, however. The Houston Chronicle reports Parker tweeted Friday that the Texas Department of Public Safety denied Daniela a driving test Thursday because of inconsistencies on her personal identification documents. In some spots Daniela listed Parker as her mother and listed Hubbard as her mother on others. Only on a third trip Friday to the license office did she get her license. DPS spokesman Tom Vinger blamed the glitch on insufficient documentation to prove residency.

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Remains of French Ship to be Reassembled in Texas

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 3:27 pm

AUSTIN (AP) — Archaeologists are beginning to reassemble the remains of a French ship recovered more than 300 years after it was lost in a storm off the Texas coast. The February 1686 wreck of the 54-foot-long La Belle in Matagorda Bay played the key role in an ill-fated but historically significant expedition led by famed explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier Sieur de La Salle. Historians point to La Salle’s colony near Victoria as the reason Spain decided to boost its presence in what became Texas. That move, and the colony’s failure, led to today’s Hispanic heritage in the state. Beginning Saturday, visitors to the Texas State Museum in Austin will be able to watch the ship being put back together in a unique setting that allows them to interact with archaeologists.

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1 Dead after Apartment Building Explosion

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 3:36 pm

BORGER (AP) — Authorities say at least one person was killed after an explosion at a Texas Panhandle apartment building. The Amarillo-Globe News reports the explosion happened around 9 a.m. Saturday in the town of Borger. Borger Police Lt. Brandon Strope says the small apartment building was destroyed. Strope said most of the residents were either not home, or were able to escape the structure after the explosion. A cause of the explosion has not been determined. Borger is located about 50 miles northeast of Amarillo.

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