Local News

Police looking for vehicle after Longview ISD school bus rear-ended

school-bus-jpgLongview, Texas— Police are looking for a suspect after a Longview ISD school bus was rear-ended today in Longview and the driver left the scene. According to Longview police spokeswoman Kristie Brian, a Longview ISD school bus was struck from behind near Cotton Street and Eastman Road. The driver of the vehicle that struck the bus then drove off. (more…)

Longview Police Still Searching for Answers to Homicide

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. (more…)

Tyler Man Gets 50 Years for Injury to a Child

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.

Family Works to Send Bernie Tiede Back to Prison

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.

Three Nabbed in Drug Raid

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. (more…)

Man Wanted for Failing to Register as Sex Offender

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).

Sheriff’s Office Helps Find Missing Woman

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. (more…)

Today Is the Last Day to Request a Mail Ballot

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 http://www.smith-county.com on the elections Web page, then return it to scelections@smith-county.com via email. Applications may also be faxed to 903-590-4778. (more…)

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

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. (more…)

Lone Superintendent Finalist Named in Spring Hill

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.

Fall Festival Time in East Texas

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 ktbb.com Calendar of Events.

State News

Federal Officials: Dallas Nurse Free of Ebola

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. (more…)

Hospital Hit by Ebola Scare to Alter Procedures

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.

Police: Houston Man Rapes Teenage Girl, Toddler

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.

Report: Texas Caseworkers Didn’t Follow Protocols

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.

West Texas Pit Bull Recovering after Attack

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.

Body of 2nd Worker Recovered at El Paso Plant

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.