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.
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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. Read more …
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. Read more …
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. Read more …
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.
Person May Have Fatally Fallen on Texas A&M Campus
COLLEGE STATION (AP) – Authorities believe a person has died after falling from a building on the Texas A&M University campus. Texas A&M police say officers were called to the scene of an unknown medical emergency at 6:01 a.m. Saturday next to the Mitchell Physics Building. Upon arrival, officers discovered the body of a person between the building and the street. The preliminary investigation indicates the person fell from the sixth floor balcony of the physics building. An autopsy has been ordered. Police say family members of the victim have been notified. Officials did not immediately release the name of the victim.
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.
Paul Wins CPAC Poll; Cruz Second
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) – The son of retired Texas Congressman Ron Paul has won the Conservative Political Action Conference’s straw poll for the second straight year. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul won the purely symbolic vote with 31 percent of the 2,500 votes cast, followed by Texas Senator Ted Cruz (pictured), who polled 11 percent yesterday in Maryland. None of the Republicans in the poll have formally entered the 2016 race yet.
Four Nabbed for Allegedly Trying to Smuggle Guns into Mexico
BROWNSVILLE (AP) – Federal authorities say four people were arrested Wednesday for allegedly planning to smuggle high-powered weapons into Mexico. The Brownsville Herald reports that U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents arrested U.S. citizens Cassandra Camacho and Daniel Cantu Junior as well as Mexican nationals Jesus Ivan Rodriguez and Nestor Leal-Cedillo in Edinburg.
Police: Man Blames Sexual Assault on Girl
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Authorities say a San Antonio man is claiming he sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl only after she asked him to do so. The San Antonio Express-News reports that Fausto Abel Frias was arrested Friday night on one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child related to the December incident. Frias was arrested after the girl’s mother reported to police that her daughter had alleged she had been inappropriately touched. In an interview with police, according to an arrest warrant affidavit, Frias initially denied assaulting the girl but eventually confessed. “He said the victim climbed on top of him and initiated the contact,” according to the affidavit. Frias is being held on a $75,000 bond. Court records did not list an attorney for Frias.
Texas Student on Band Trip Found Miles Away
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A 15-year-old boy from Texas has been reunited with his mother after going missing for about 36 hours while on a band trip at Butler University. Indianapolis Police Officer Kendale Adams said in a release Saturday that a passer-by saw Stephen Colbert of Wiley, Texas, at a Steak n’ Shake in Mooresville and called police. Mooresville is about 20 miles from the university, where Colbert was attending the Music for All National Festival with other students from Wylie High School. Colbert had last been seen at a concert on campus at about 7 p.m. Thursday. Adams told the Indianapolis Star that investigators had spoken with Colbert, who said he didn’t know how he ended up in Mooresville. Wylie district spokesperson Ian Halperin told WFAA-TV that several chaperones were on the trip.
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.” Read more …
No. 23 Sooners earn Big 12 2nd seed, 97-67 at TCU
Buddy Hield scored 24 points and 23rd-ranked Oklahoma clinched the No. 2 seed in the Big 12 tournament with a 97-67 victory Saturday at TCU, the league’s first team in 10 years to go through the regular season without winning a conference game.
Isaiah Cousins and Cameron Clark had 18 points each for the Sooners (23-8, 12-6), who have won five of their last six games. Ryan Spangler added 10 points.
Injury-plagued TCU (9-21, 0-18) won nine of its last 10 games before beginning Big 12 play. The Horned Frogs lost their league opener 74-69 to West Virginia, but that ended up being one of only three conference games they lost by single digits — and none were closer.
The last Big 12 team to go without a league win was Texas A&M during the 2003-04 season, when the Aggies were 0-16. That is the same mark Baylor had in 1998-99.
TCU plays seventh-seeded Baylor, which has won seven of its last eight games, in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament on Wednesday night in Kansas City. The winner of that game plays the next night against Oklahoma.
The Horned Frogs went 2-16 last season in their Big 12 debut, with one of the wins being over Oklahoma in the regular-season finale. They also beat then-No. 5 Kansas at home last season.
But there wouldn’t be another upset in the final game at Daniel Meyer Coliseum before the arena undergoes a $59 million renovation that will force the Frogs to play their home games off campus next season. Read more …
Jackson leads No. 20 Memphis past No. 18 SMU 67-58
Memphis senior guard Joe Jackson closed his home career with a half that carried the No. 20 Tigers to victory.
Jackson scored 15 of his 18 points after intermission leading Memphis to a 67-58 victory over No. 18 SMU on Saturday.
The performance provided some redemption for Jackson, who was 16 of 47 from the field in his last five games and started Saturday 1 for 7.
“I was frustrated at halftime,” Jackson said, “and wanted to play better for myself and my teammates. I had to turn on an extra gear and get the game going.
“We had to run and speed the tempo up, which we did in the second half.”
Jackson hit his first four shots after intermission as the Tigers (23-8, 12-6 American Athletic Conference) shot 59 percent in the second half while building the lead to as many as 14 with a 20-5 run.
Memphis senior guard Chris Crawford scored all nine of his points in the game during the rally converting a trio of 3-pointers over a minute and a half span. It was evidence of how Memphis’ senior guards — Jackson, Crawford, Geron Johnson and Michael Dixon — can propel the Tigers.
“Those senior guards willed us to a win,” Memphis coach Josh Pastner said. “Those senior guards would not let us lose.”
Freshman forward Austin Nichols finished with 14 points and nine rebounds for Memphis. Read more …
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. Read more …
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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