Local News


Ex-Teacher Indicted for Solicitation of Minor

huddleston_1430756871696_286206_ver1.0GREGG COUNTY — A former Longview middle school employee has been indicted by a Gregg County grand jury on a charge of online solicitation of a minor. According to KETK and the Longview News-Journal, Joey Huddleston, 35, was arrested April 27 on East Loop 281 after police say he made arrangements to meet with a 15-year-old boy on Airline Road. Police said Huddleston was aware of the boy’s age before the meeting. Huddleston had been communicating with the boy through online messages and traveled to meet the boy “with the intent of engaging in sexual conduct,” according to police. He is a former Foster Middle School teacher.

Lufkin Restaurant Brawl Lands Five in Jail

DocumentFragment_1213451_1438532544194_3241451_ver1.0LUFKIN — Lufkin Police officers arrested five people believed to be involved in several fights at Buffalo Wild Wings in Lufkin early Sunday morning. According to KETK, one suspect hit a man in side of head with a mug. Lufkin Police say the suspect and a friend fled the scene in a car. Several witnesses say one of the suspects appeared to have gang affiliation because of his clothing. No arrests have been made in connection with this assault. (more…)

Son of Longview Woman Found Dead Held on Murder Charge

daniel K murderer_1438378484133_3167828_ver1.0LONGVIEW — The son of a woman found beaten to death this week in Longview is now being held in the Gregg County Jail on a charge of murder. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report Daniel Basor Kadima, 31, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of walking on the wrong side of the road. A charge of murder had been added with a $1 million bond. Hauwa Esther Kadima, 61, was found by Longview police officers during a check welfare call Tuesday morning in an apartment in the 700 block of Gilmer Road. She had fractures to her skull with laceration of the brain because of blunt impact to the head, according to initial autopsy findings. (more…)

Police: Big Marijuana Haul Found in Vehicle Toolbox

SDC11282TYLER — Tyler police are reporting the arrest of two men from New Mexico around 10 p.m. last Sunday for possession of 176 pounds of marijuana. Police say the drug was located in the toolbox of the men’s pickup while they stayed at the La Quinta Inn on WSW Loop 323. K-9 Officer Steve Black says he saw the men in the parking lot standing next to a pickup acting suspiciously and that a strong odor of marijuana was soon detected coming from the truck. According to a police news release, Black found 160 individual packages of marijuana. 30-year-old Trey Bailey Bissett of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and 22-year-old Shawn C. Yelton of Dona Ana, New Mexico, were arrested and jailed on marijuana possession charges.

Power Restored Following Crash into Utility Pole

20150801_152611_resized_1438471040393_3241406_ver1.0TYLER — Traffic on South Broadway between the intersections of Charnwood Street and Rusk Street was shutdown following a traffic accident. According to KETK, a truck ran into a utility pole Saturday afternoon, knocking it down and causing a power outage in the area which included the traffic lights. The driver was reportedly taken to the hospital. Authorities said power was restores around 1:15 Sunday morning.

Nebraska Pilot Critically Burned in East Texas Plane Crash

FAASULPHUR SPRINGS (AP) – Authorities say a 46-year-old pilot from Nebraska has been critically burned in the crash of his small plane at an East Texas airport. David German of Ogallala, Nebraska, was at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. Sulphur Springs police say the crash happened Thursday night at Sulphur Springs Municipal Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration says the single-engine O’Dell Aeromaster crashed and burned while taking off. Police Chief Jay Sanders says authorities are trying to determine whether German’s plane had engine trouble. German was alone on the aircraft. A hospital spokeswoman said German was in critical condition and provided no additional information on his injuries.

Super Load 2 Making Slow Journey to Longview

Super Load 2TYLER – The second “super load” being transported from the Port of Caddo-Bossier to Eastman Chemical in Longview is expected to roll into Texas Sunday morning. In a news release, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) advises motorists to avoid the route scheduled for the convoy. “Super load” Part 2 is expected to enter Texas via U.S. 79 at Panola at about 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, according to the carrier, Edwards Moving and Rigging. The transport is delivering a super long reflux tank from the port to the plant in Longview but will travel a slightly different route for a portion of the trip. (more…)

Palestine Issues Burn Ban

burn-ban_1PALESTINE — Effective Friday, July 31, the City of Palestine is under a burn ban and will not issue burn permits until further notice. According to a city news release, Fire Marshal Kyle Betterton says weather conditions are not currently favorable for burning. Officials say the hot, dry conditions make any spark potentially dangerous. You’re urged not to throw cigarette butts out of vehicles or onto grassy areas, and to maintain engines and machinery properly to stop random sparking. You’re also asked to be careful with outdoor grilling, which is deemed a potential hazard though it isn’t currently banned. Betterton says to be sure that when you are done grilling, extinguish all coals and don’t leave anything burning.


State News

GOP Doesn’t Rush to Defend Indicted Texas Attorney General

AUSTIN (AP) — Republican leaders in Texas are not rushing to the defense of Attorney General Ken Paxton before he’s expected to turn himself in on felony securities fraud charges. A grand jury indictment is expected to be unsealed Monday near Paxton’s home in suburban Dallas. Special prosecutors and the Texas Rangers have been investigating Paxton for months over allegations that he misled investors before become the state’s top law enforcement officer. Paxton attorney Joe Kendall said in a brief statement late Saturday that they would honor a judge’s instructions to not publicly comment. Also staying quiet are Gov. Greg Abbott and other top GOP leaders. None have weighed in since a special prosecutor told The New York Times this weekend that Paxton has been indicted on three felony charges.

Man Becomes Unresponsive, Dies in Dallas County Jail Lobby

DALLAS (AP) — Authorities say a panic-stricken man who dashed into a Dallas County jail lobby shouting that his wife was chasing him to kill him has died after being handcuffed and losing consciousness. Dallas County sheriff’s spokesman Raul Reyna says the 47-year-old man parked in a crosswalk in front of the county’s central jail and behaved erratically as he ran into a lobby late Saturday morning, calling for a supervisor. Reyna says the man ran into another lobby area, where a deputy handcuffed him to try to prevent him from hurting himself or others. Reyna says the deputy had just sat the man down when he became unresponsive and stopped breathing. Efforts to revive him failed and he was pronounced dead about 11:30 a.m. A cause of death has not been determined.

Plano Woman who Drowned 2 Kids Released from Program

PLANO (AP) — A Texas appeals court has ruled that a mother found guilty of drowning her two young daughters by reason of insanity 11 years ago no longer must participate in court-ordered mental health services. Lisa Ann Diaz drowned her 3- and 5-year-old daughters by holding their heads under water in the bathtub of their Plano home. A jury found her not guilty by reason of insanity in 2004. The Dallas Morning News reports that Fifth Court of Appeals Chief Justice Carolyn Wright ruled that Diaz, who now goes by Lisa Ann Trevino, had been off medication since 2008 and no longer needed supervision. Prosecutors wanted her to remain in the program. Jurors decided Diaz suffered from psychotic delusions and didn’t know it was wrong to kill the girls.

Officials: Teen Arrested after Patrol Car set Afire in Texas

PEARLAND (AP) — Authorities say a 16-year-old Mexican national torched a patrol car and then led deputies on a chase through two Southeast Texas counties before being arrested. The Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office says that after a constable’s patrol car was set ablaze Saturday in a parking lot, deputies approached the teen, who was in a pickup. He pointed a rifle at them and sped away. During a pursuit, the teen struck a motorcycle officer escorting a funeral. The officer was not injured. The chase ended in Pearland after he lost control of the truck. Charges against the teen include arson, aggravated assault on a public servant and evading arrest. He told deputies he crossed illegally into the U.S. and was upset about the treatment in the U.S. of his fellow countrymen.

Vacant West Texas Lockup Chosen to House Sex Offenders

AUSTIN (AP) — A long-vacant lockup in a remote part of West Texas has been chosen to house Texas’ most violent sex offenders. The Houston Chronicle reports that after a year-long search, state officials say about 190 men convicted of sex crimes will be held at the privately-owned Billy Clayton Detention Center in Littlefield, about 36 miles northwest of Lubbock. Though the men have completed their prison sentences, they continue to be held in the state’s civil commitment program because they have been deemed a danger to society. Texas Civil Commitment Office officials have hailed the contract as a new beginning for the controversial program. But defense attorneys say the remote site limits access to counsel, family and work. The state will pay $128.70 per day per offender at the new site.

Wrong-way Driver Fatally Shot by Houston Police

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston police say officers shot and killed a wrong-way driver who rammed into police cars that boxed him after he intentionally hit dozens of cars on the road. Police spokesman Victor Senties says the 63-year-old man in a pickup driving the wrong way on a freeway struck anywhere from 30 to 40 cars on Sunday morning. Authorities pursued him to a parking lot and tried to block him in. But, Senties says, the man refused to get out of his vehicle, instead ramming patrol cars multiple times. Two officers shot at the man, who was hit at least once. The driver then pushed through the patrol vehicles, crossing a road before striking a sign and coming to a stop. He was pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital.

Woman Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver Near San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Authorities say a 38-year-old woman has been killed by a hit-and-run driver in South Texas. The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office says witnesses told investigators that a dark-colored SUV struck the woman early Sunday morning on a street west of San Antonio. Investigators say driver then fled the scene. Authorities say the woman, who was not identified, was transported to a nearby hospital where she died. Investigators say the vehicle is possibly an older model Ford Expedition and likely has damage to the front on the passenger side.

Dallas, Uber Disagree on License of Driver Accused of Rape

DALLAS (AP) — City of Dallas and Uber representatives disagree on whether a driver for the ride-sharing service accused of sexually assaulting a passenger was licensed to drive for the company in the city. The Dallas Morning News reports that Uber spokeswoman Jennifer Mullin said the company has a license on file for 56-year-old Talal Ali Chammout, who police accuse of sexually assaulting a woman July 25 in her home after dropping her off. But Dallas city spokeswoman Sana Syed said Chammout had not applied to be an Uber driver in the city and had not been vetted. Uber requires all drivers pass checks that include county, federal and multi-state records. Dallas also requires drivers to pass another background check to get a permit. Chammout remained in jail Sunday on $100,000 bond.

Action Taken to Fix Mistakenly Awarded Work Permits

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department says problems have been fixed that led to about 2,100 work permits being mistakenly awarded under President Barack Obama’s executive immigration action after a federal judge in Texas had put the plan on hold. Prosecutors detailed the corrective action in court documents filed Friday in federal court in Brownsville, Texas. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen had threatened to hold Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and other top immigration enforcement officials in contempt of court if the problems weren’t fixed. It was not immediately known whether Hanen still planned an Aug. 19 hearing to have Johnson and other officials explain the corrective action in person.

Event Held in North Texas to Recognize Vietnam Veterans

WHITE SETTLEMENT (AP) — Vietnam War veterans waved to friends and family along a parade route in a North Texas town as part of a belated welcome-home event. The 2-mile parade route in White Settlement ended at Veterans Park on Saturday. The parade and celebration were hosted by the Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base and the city of White Settlement, located just west of Fort Worth. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the event was part of the “Welcome Home 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War,” a 10-year Department of Defense program to recognize veterans. During a ceremony, veterans spoke of feeling isolated upon returning home from war. James Hotopp, who returned from Vietnam in 1968, said while watching supporters that he’s finally started to feel acceptance for his service.

16-year-old Killed in ATV Crash in Southeast Texas

BROOKELAND (AP) — A 16-year-old girl has died after she lost control of an all-terrain vehicle in Southeast Texas and it flipped over. The Texas Department of Public Safety says Stevie Ray Hergert of Nederland was pronounced dead at the scene following the crash at about 3 a.m. Saturday in Newton County, about 10 miles northwest of Brookeland. The crash happened at the intersection of two roads. Authorities say the girl was ejected and suffered head fatal head injuries. The crash is still under investigation.

Vacant West Texas Lockup Chosen to House Sex Offenders

AUSTIN (AP) — A long-vacant lockup in a remote part of West Texas has been chosen to house Texas’ most violent sex offenders. The Houston Chronicle reports that after a year-long search, state officials say about 190 men convicted of sex crimes will be held at the privately-owned Billy Clayton Detention Center in Littlefield, about 36 miles northwest of Lubbock. Though the men have completed their prison sentences, they continue to be held in the state’s civil commitment program because they have been deemed a danger to society. Texas Civil Commitment Office officials have hailed the contract as a new beginning for the controversial program. But defense attorneys say the remote site limits access to counsel, family and work. The state will pay $128.70 per day per offender at the new site.

San Angelo Skateboarder Fatally Struck by Driver

SAN ANGELO (AP) — San Angelo police are searching for a hit-and-run driver after a skateboarder was fatally struck. Police say 21-year-old Joe Carlos Lopez of San Angelo was struck and killed early Sunday morning. Police were dispatched to the scene at 2:30 a.m. after getting a report of an unconscious person in the roadway. Officers spoke with a passer-by who had seen the skateboard in the road and the body nearby. Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene. Evidence at the scene suggests the suspect vehicle may be a pickup or sport utility vehicle with damage to the headlight area.

Dallas Mayor Critical of Sex Exposition on City Property

DALLAS (AP) — An upcoming sex exposition in Dallas that’s billed as the largest of its kind in the U.S. is being criticized by a mayor who says it goes against the city’s position on the exploitation of women. Organizers for the three-day Exxxotica expo, which begins Friday, say it’s expected to draw more than 15,000 people. Chicago and Los Angeles have hosted Exxxotica in the past and its arrival in Dallas will mark the first time it’ll open in the Bible Belt. Mayor Mike Rawlings has sought ways to stop the event because he says it’s exploitative. But city attorneys say Dallas can’t deny the use of a city center just because of disapproval with the featured content. Exxxotica director J. Handy says his expo is tasteful and often the source of misconceptions.