House Catches Fire on Grand Avenue in Tyler
TYLER — Considerable damage is reported in a Thanksgiving Day house fire in Tyler. Around 10:30 Thursday morning dispatchers received a call about the fire at 2703 N. Grand Avenue, across from Texas College. Officials tell KETK the resident took a pan of dressing out of the oven, set it on a nearby washing machine, then left the room to talk on the phone. An ironing board covered with a cloth was next to the washing machine and is believed to have caught fire from the pan. The blaze then spread to the drapes, cabinets, walls, and attic. Fortunately, no injuries were sustained. The kitchen was destroyed by the fire and there is minor damage to the nearby hallway, with heavy smoke and water damage throughout the house. Officials want to remind residents to always stay in the kitchen with the food that is being prepared.
Joe Yeakley Receives a Hero’s Welcome Home to Lindale
LINDALE — After 10 months of recovery from injuries sustained in a January house fire, firefighter Joe Yeakley got to return home to Lindale Wednesday — just in time for Thanksgiving. KETK reports Yeakley got to see his extended family lining the streets and riding alongside him in fire engines. “He’s been in Dallas this whole time and we’re just glad to have him coming back home and being part of our family,” said Lindale Fire Chief Cory Crowell.
The signs which were raised, the flags waved, and the sirens ringing out across the city only reaffirmed what his daughter Nicole Cornish already knew. “My dad has become this hometown hero but for me; I always knew that my dad’s a hero. He’s made a huge difference in a lot of people’s lives, I think that’s why people are showing up to welcome him home because he’s a really amazing man,” said Cornish.
“It’s amazing. I can’t believe all the support we received from the community. It’s overwhelming; I don’t know what to say — just thank everyone. Thank you all very much,” said Yeakley. Yeakley still has quite a bit of rehab left to go and may need more surgeries down the road, but he is finally back home.
Cause Undetermined in Winona School Fire
TYLER — The Smith County Fire Marshal announced Wednesday that after extensive review of the Old Winona School fire case, no exact cause of the fire this past Sunday could be determined. Fire Marshal Jay Brooks says investigators with his office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, assisted by the Winona Police Department and Winona Public Works Department, spent hours sifting through the debris and interviewing witnesses. But Brooks says they were unable to determine the exact cause of the fire due to the devastation of the structure and its components. At this time there is no evidence of foul play, and the building the fire originated in was secure and unoccupied at the time the fire started, Brooks said.
“We were looking at an evidence field nearly the size of a football field that had been reduced to nothing more than ashes and melted steel. While we always strive to come up with an answer to why and how fires start, sometimes it just isn’t possible,” Brooks said. The Fire Marshal’s Office says it would like to thank the property owners and the citizens of Winona for their cooperation during the investigation. “It is a devastating event for the City of Winona to lose a building with so many cherished memories for the community,” Brooks said.
Gilmer Reacts to Planned End of ETMC Ambulance Service
GILMER (Staff/AP) — Gilmer officials are reacting after yet another move by East Texas Medical Center to phase out care in Upshur County. ETMC earlier announced it would first close its hospital in the city, followed by the emergency room and physicians clinic. Now, effective March 1, 2015, ETMC EMS is discontinuing ambulance services. KETK spoke with Gilmer City Manager Jeff Ellington, who said, “To lose the facility, the operation, and all the jobs related to that is a very negative thing. And it is a concern to the entire community and obviously the city itself.”
ETMC cited fewer patients and declining federal reimbursement rates in the decisions to close the hospital, ER, and physicians clinic in Gilmer. In a statement released this week, ETMC EMS General Manager Neal Franklin said, “For many years ETMC has been able to provide ambulance service in many communities for free or a small fee. With the changes in reimbursement from Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance, we can no longer afford to provide this service.” Franklin said ETMC will assist during the transition to a new EMS provider but didn’t immediately say what that transition might entail. ETMC provides ambulance services to nearly 40,000 residents in Upshur County, and the city plans to find a solution that will ensure the safety of these residents. Ellington said, “There will be another ambulance service if that is the end result.”
Apartment Fire Relocates Residents One Day before Thanksgiving
LONGVIEW — At least six fire trucks were on the scene around 7:30 Wednesday morning when flames broke out at Longview’s Pine Knoll Apartment complex. Fire Marshal Johnny Zackary, said the fire started in an upstairs unit of building three, the result of an unattended candle. Pine Knoll resident Chris Kemper said he learned of the fire when police beat on his door. Police evacuated all residents and their pets, and no injuries were reported. Kemper said his apartment did sustain smoke damage, but without the efficiency of the fire and police departments it could have been worse. “I don’t think there was any flame damage or any water damage just a bunch of smoke and I believe that’s completely because of the quick response of the Longview Fire Department,” Kemper said.
Although the flames were contained to about two units, all 16 apartments in the building sustained at least some damage by smoke or water. Zackary said the apartment complex is so large that the fire department had to call in reinforcement from other cities. “We did have several neighboring agencies come in and backfill our stations to make sure we had enough coverage for the rest of the city.” Zackary said the apartment complex does not have a sprinkler system, causing the fire to spread much more rapidly.
Kemper says one piece of good news for the residents is that all residents are required to have renter’s insurance. Despite the damage to his apartment, he says he still has something to be thankful for the day before Thanksgiving. “I’m safe. All the residents, the neighbors, and my friends are all safe, and I guess in terms of that, that’s as much to be thankful for as anyone can ask.”
The managers of Pine Knoll immediately went to work to relocate residents whose apartments were damaged. Property Owner, Ian Mattingly, said all residents would have roofs over their heads by the end of the day. Six of the units will be repaired shortly, and the other ten had more extensive damage and will take longer to repair, Mattingly said.
Search Underway for Oil Field Theft Suspect
HARRISON COUNTY — An active search for an alleged oil field thief is underway in Harrison County. KETK reports authorities are looking for the suspect on FM 968. FM 968 runs between Highway 80 and I-20, about two miles southwest of Marshall. Harrison County 911 operators received a call from an oil field worker shortly before 7:00 Wednesday morning regarding the caller being run into by another vehicle on an oil field site. The caller stated he believed he had just come upon an alleged theft in progress and the vehicle that was on the well site drove into his vehicle during its escape.
Upon the arrival of deputies and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, it was discovered that the vehicle that fled was a brown or gold vehicle with 2 occupants and damage to the passenger side of the vehicle. When the driver of the feeling vehicle left, the complainant stated that the alleged left one person behind and he was still in the area on foot.
Deputies discovered a backhoe on the site with its engine running, and there was not a key in the ignition. It appeared to the officers that the backhoe had been stolen and it was determined that the backhoe is owned by Longview Road and Bridge. The backhoe had been taken from a construction project within the last few days at Loop 281 and Hwy 31 in Longview. Deputies and troopers, along with the assistance of Texas DPS Helicopter Operations, began searching for the vehicle and the person left behind.
The complainant who was struck saw the suspect vehicle on I-20 a short time after the incident and notified 911 operators that he was behind the vehicle and it contained two people. DPS troopers were in the immediate area of the suspect vehicle and made a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was a white female (name withheld) who stated she was with the suspects at the well site and she was driving the vehicle from the location. She and the other occupant (name withheld) were arrested and transported to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office where they are being interviewed at this time.
The alleged suspect of the search is believed to be Randy Glezen, 48 (pictured). He is currently out on bond for a theft over $20,000 and under $100,000 that he was arrested for in July. It is believed that the suspects were attempting to use the backhoe to dig copper wire from the well site and then abandon the backhoe at the scene.
Shooting at Northeast Texas Home Leaves Teen Dead
ATLANTA, Texas (AP) – A teenage girl has been fatally shot at a Northeast Texas house and police arrested a teenage boy on a charge of criminally negligent homicide. Atlanta police Lt. Allen Williams on Wednesday declined to release names or ages of the minors, who are not related. Williams says the boy remains in juvenile custody at a detention center in Longview. Police in Atlanta received a 911 call Tuesday afternoon about a shooting at a home. Police arrived to find the girl shot. She was pronounced dead at a hospital. Officers detained the boy. Williams declined to say who called for help. Further details weren’t immediately released.
Salvation Army Offers Thanksgiving Meal
TYLER — Tyler’s Salvation Army served its annual Thanksgiving meal from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Thursday at the Center of Hope, 633 N. Broadway Ave. Many volunteers gathered on Thanksgiving to begin preparation for the feast. Chores included carving turkeys, chopping vegetables, and getting everything ready for the hundreds of guests. An abundance of volunteers were on site Thanksgiving Day to help serve guests and spread the love of Christ as well as the joy of this holiday season, according to a Salvation Army news release. The Salvation Army is offering thanks to those in the Tyler community who make it possible to serve a Thanksgiving meal to so many in the community.
Methvin Street Closure Shifts Friday as Work Progresses
LONGVIEW — This Friday, Methvin Street in Longview will close to traffic between High and Center. This will begin Phase 2 of the proposed Methvin Street Improvements. Construction should last approximately four months, according to officials. The closure follows Wednesday’s reopening of Methvin Street between Green Street and Fredonia Street. That reopening completes Phase 1 of the Methvin Street Improvement Project.
The purpose of the closure is to continue to reconstruct the section of the downtown road with streetscape improvements as well as replace the utilities, according to a city news release. This project was approved as part of the 2011 Street Improvements bond package and is being constructed by East Texas Bridge of Longview. If you have any questions related to construction, call City Engineer Alton Bradley at 903-237-1067.
Seven Protesters Arrested after Blocking Dallas Roads
DALLAS (AP) — Seven people have been arrested while blocking some downtown Dallas roads to protest a white Missouri police officer not charged in the fatal shooting of a black man. Dallas police say nobody was hurt in the demonstrations that ended early Wednesday. A police statement says protests that began Tuesday night were mainly peaceful. Interstate 35 in downtown Dallas was briefly closed in both directions when some demonstrators walked on the highway. Police say six people were charged with obstructing a highway or passageway, I-35 East. A seventh person was charged with a sidewalk use violation, as a pedestrian in the roadway in another area. A grand jury near St. Louis this week declined to indict an officer in the August fatal shooting of Michael Brown, 18, in Ferguson, Missouri.
Texas Death Row Inmate Reed Execution Delayed
BASTROP (AP) – A judge has declined to approve additional DNA testing of evidence in the case of Texas death row inmate Rodney Reed. Judge Doug Shaver on Tuesday delayed Reed’s scheduled execution from Jan. 14 to March 5. Officials await results from other DNA testing of evidence that was approved last summer. Reed was condemned for the 1996 slaying of a Bastrop County resident, Stacey Stites. Her body was found dumped along a road. Reed’s 1998 conviction hinged largely on the fact that his semen was found on the victim’s body. Attorneys for the Innocence Project have pushed for DNA testing of additional evidence. Prosecutors say requests for expanded testing could have been submitted sooner and maintain it’s just an attempt to delay Reed’s execution.
Appeals Court Judge Declares Against Death Penalty
AUSTIN (AP) — A judge on the state’s top criminal court has declared that he now believes the death penalty should be abolished as a punishment for capital murder. Judge Tom Price of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued his declaration Wednesday. By a 6-3 vote, the court Wednesday refused death row inmate Scott Panetti a stay of execution because of mental illness. In a six-page dissent, Price said after “substantial consideration” he now believes the death penalty should be abolished. The 56-year-old inmate is to die December 3 for fatally shooting his in-laws 22 years ago at their Fredericksburg home. His attorneys contend Panetti is severely delusional and therefore ineligible for execution. Panetti’s lawyers say they’ll contest the ruling. Price has been on the court for 18 years.
Court: Warrant Needed to Draw Blood in DWI Cases
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas’ highest criminal court has ruled that drawing the blood of an uncooperative drunken driving suspect in Texas without a search warrant is unconstitutional. Legal experts say the decision by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals likely invalidates state law that had provided law enforcement with several circumstances in which they didn’t need a warrant to obtain a blood sample from a driving-while-intoxicated suspect who refused such a request. Wednesday’s decision follows a 2013 ruling in which the U.S. Supreme Court said that police usually must try to obtain a search warrant from a judge before ordering blood tests for drunken-driving suspects. In the Texas case, police obtained without a search warrant a blood sample from a South Texas DWI suspect, who said the action violated his rights.
Police Shoot Car-Theft Suspect Dead after Chase
LEWISVILLE (AP) — Suburban Dallas police shot and killed a suspected car thief after witnesses said he wrecked one car and tried to hijack another. Lewisville police Capt. Dan Rochelle said officers spotted and pursued a vehicle reported stolen in nearby Highland Village. Eventually, the car crashed at a Lewisville gas station and the suspect tried to hijack a woman’s car at the point of a shotgun. Rochelle says arriving officers told the gunman to drop his weapon, but he fired a round instead. Officers returned fire, killing the man. The man’s identity hasn’t been revealed.
Man Dies in Balch Springs Police Custody
BALCH SPRINGS (AP) — A 30-year-old man arrested after he allegedly caused a disturbance at a Dallas-area apartment has died in police custody. The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department will investigate Tuesday’s death of Eric Ricks. An autopsy has been ordered Balch Spring police were summoned to an apartment by a woman who reported a man was causing a disturbance. Police say officers repeatedly asked Ricks to leave but he refused and became violent. Balch Springs police used a Taser to subdue Ricks and called for additional help from Dallas officers. Ricks was transported to jail but later appeared to slump over. He died at a hospital.
$1.8M Verdict Upheld in “American Sniper” Case
ST. PAUL, MINN. (AP) — A judge has rejected a request from the widow of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle to order a new trial or toss a jury’s verdict in favor of former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura. Ventura was awarded $1.8 million in a defamation lawsuit that alleged Kyle made up claims in his book about punching Ventura after he made offensive comments about Navy SEALS at a California bar in 2006. Ventura says it never happened. Both men are former SEALs. The lawsuit was allowed to continue after Kyle, considered the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history, died last year at a North Texas gun range. Attorneys for his widow, Taya Kyle, say laws and trial evidence didn’t support the jury’s award. But the federal judge who presided over the trial ruled Wednesday that “substantial evidence” supported the verdict.
Nine Arrested in Online Solicitation Cases
RICHMOND (AP) — Nine adults have been charged in a Houston-area online investigation involving children allegedly solicited for sex. The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday announced the arrests after officers went online to pose as minors. Four men are charged with attempted sexual assault of a child and online solicitation of a minor. Five other people face charges of possession or promotion of child pornography. Fort Bend County deputies and officers from other agencies followed up after a teen in October told her mother that she was assaulted last summer by someone she met via social media. That led to the arrest of a 41-year-old Houston man.
Mexican Mafia Suspect Arrested, 3 Bodies Recovered
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A suspected Mexican Mafia lieutenant faces a racketeering-related charge after telling officers where to find the bodies of three fellow gang members. Prosecutors in San Antonio say Ruben Reyes, 36, was arrested Wednesday and charged with using and discharging a firearm during a violent crime. Mark Anthony Bernal, Carlos Chapa and Johnny Solis turned up missing in January. Prosecutors allege Reyes shot the trio over mishandling $60,000 and poor decisions about Mexican Mafia operations. Reyes was shot November 9 by attackers who then fled. Prosecutors say Reyes on November 14 contacted San Antonio police about gang activity, including where to find the bodies of Bernal, Chapa and Solis. The remains were unearthed November 19 in Pearsall. He remains in federal custody.
Prosecutor’s Investigator Indicted in Comic Book Theft
HOUSTON (AP) — Two Houston-area investigators are accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in rare comic books while working an embezzlement case. The Houston Chronicle reports a grand jury indicted Dustin Deutsch, 41, (pictured) for felony theft by a public servant and tampering with evidence. Deutsch and his former partner at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Lonnie Blevins, 39, are accused of stealing the comics from a storage unit in 2012. The FBI says Deutsch had keys to the unit that held comics, including a first-edition Batman. Authorities say Deutsch gave the comics to Blevins, who sold them in Chicago. Blevins pleaded guilty to federal charges in May and is awaiting sentencing. It wasn’t immediately clear whether Deutsch has an attorney.
Whole Foods Recalls Vegan Pumpkin Pies
AUSTIN (AP) — Whole Foods Markets is recalling vegan pumpkin pies produced and sold in its Southwest region because they contained undeclared walnuts. The nuts would pose a risk to those who have nut allergies or severe sensitivities. In a statement Wednesday, the Austin-based grocery chain says the pies were sold as half and full pies packaged in blear clamshell packages and brown, kraft paper boxes. They bear the UPCs 24917100000 and 24917300000 with sell-by dates of October 27-November 30. The recall affects pies sold in stores in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.
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