TYLER — Tyler police are seeking the public’s help as they investigate a commercial robbery. On Friday at about 6:00 p.m., police received a 911 call from 914 W. Front, Atlas Credit Union, stating that a robbery had occurred. Employees said that an unknown black male about 5’08” to 5’11” and 160 to 180 pounds approached them demanding money. The suspect was wearing a black ski mask covering his face, a black sweater, and blue jeans, and led them to believe that he had a weapon. The employees gave the suspect what officials call an undetermined amount of cash. The suspect fled from the back of the building running south. No one was harmed during the robbery. (more…)
EAST TEXAS — More communities have announced cancellations and postponements of Christmas-related activities. KETK reports those include several parades. The City of Lindale parade has been canceled and will be re-scheduled at a later date. The City of Jacksonville has postponed its parade until Thursday, December 12. (more…)
TYLER — The city of Tyler is offering weather-related updates on a couple of items. Due to freezing temperatures and precipitation, Tyler Transit scheduled a delayed start time of 10 a.m. for today’s fixed route. Tyler Transit is coordinating with the Street Department on roadway conditions. (more…)
LONGVIEW — A year after his parole following 32 years in prison for capital murder, Randall L. Wikert spent 34 hours on the run from local law enforcement in late October after he robbed Bank Texas. The Kilgore News Herald reports that on Friday, 44 days after his arrest, Wikert – his parole revoked – pleaded guilty in the case and accepted a 20-year prison sentence. (more…)
NACOGDOCHES — A Nacogdoches County man was arrested after investigators discovered hidden cameras throughout his house and “massive amounts of pornography,” according to authorities. KETK reports authorities had received information that Justin Lejeune, 31, was secretly recording visitors in his house on FM 3314. They obtained a search warrant, which was executed around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday. While investigating, Nacogdoches County Sheriff officials and the Texas Rangers allegedly found several cameras aimed at secluded locations, such as bathrooms and guest bedrooms. There were numerous homemade video recordings of people who were unknowingly being taped, officials say. Lejeune’s computer was also allegedly found to have many images of child pornography. (more…)
LONGVIEW — One person is dead after an early morning collision between a train and truck in Longview. According to Longview Police, a train and truck collided around 2:20 Friday morning on Estes Parkway near Walmart. All lanes of travel were closed for a time. A wrecker was called to the scene to remove the truck from underneath the train. Longview Police have confirmed the driver of the truck is dead. He’s identified as Andrew J. Gooden, 29, Hempstead. (more…)
TYLER — Smith County citizens are invited to attend three upcoming transportation-related public meetings. The primary topic of discussion will be the proposed Smith County Transportation Reinvestment Zone, Number One (Toll 49 Reinvestment Zone). The meetings are set for this coming Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. (more…)
TYLER – Numerous Smith County Sheriff’s Office employees were recognized for their service during Thursday night’s annual Smith County Sheriff’s Office Awards Banquet, which was held in the Galilee Room of Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler. Sheriff Larry Smith recognized employees who have served five, 10, 15, 20, and 25 years, and 25 employees received awards for outstanding service during the past 12 months. “I want the public to know that the Smith County Sheriff’s Office has a great group of people who are dedicated to their jobs, their community and to service,” said Sheriff Smith. “These individuals deserve to be recognized for the long hours they work and the risks they take to protect the citizens of Smith County. I am proud of every single one of them.” (more…)
NECHES (AP) — A flood warning for the Neches River near Neches has made its way onto the list of weather challenges for East Texas. It’s due to continue until Monday evening unless it’s cancelled before then. At 9:30 a.m. Friday the stage was 12.5 feet. Minor flooding is occurring, and more minor flooding is forecast. Flood stage is 12.0 feet. According to the forecast, the river will continue to fall to below flood stage by early Monday morning. At 12.0 feet, expect minor lowland flooding of the heavily wooded floodplain. Ranchers who may have cattle and equipment in the river bottoms should move them to higher ground.
TYLER — Salvation Army volunteer Andre Thompson of Tyler Saturday continued his efforts to set a bell-ringing record. Andre’s been pursuing his quest at the Walgreen’s on Rieck Road and South Broadway in Tyler. The contest started Tuesday. Get up to date info at
DALLAS (AP) – The National Weather Service says subfreezing temperatures through the weekend are expected to keep roads, trees, and power lines iced up in North Texas after yesterday’s ice storm. Forecasters also say there’s a chance of some freezing drizzle in parts of the state today. Temperatures will remain below freezing over most of the state until tomorrow. Among the cancellations: Sunday’s Dallas Marathon.
NEW YORK (AP) – A New York judge has refused to block a merger between American Airlines and US Airways, saying a bankruptcy judge was right to reject the arguments made by a lawyer for some consumers. U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska ruled yesterday that U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane was “correct in all respects” in deciding last week to let the merger involving Fort Worth-based American to proceed.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – A police officer for a university in San Antonio has shot and killed a student during a struggle following a traffic stop near campus. Alamo Heights police say a University of the Incarnate Word officer early Friday fatally shot 23-year-old student Robert Cameron Redus. The officer’s name wasn’t immediately released pending a review of the incident.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – An appraiser says an Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett currently held by actor Ryan O’Neal is worth an estimated $12 million. New York art appraiser Lee Drexler told a jury being asked to consider who owns the artwork that the piece is an extraordinary piece of Warhol’s art. O’Neal is being sued by the University of Texas at Austin, which wants the actor to turn over the painting because Fawcett left the school all her artwork upon her death in 2009.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) – The Discovery Museum and Planetarium in Bridgeport has sold a massive bronze statue for $300,000 to finance a major upgrade to its science education program for schoolchildren. Board Chairman Joe D’Avanzo said the 15-foot sculpture, “Torch Bearers,” was sold to an unidentified Houston, Texas, buyer yesterday. The statue was to sell for at least $325,000 but was sold in a settlement because the purchase price fell short.
HOUSTON (AP) – The Houston Texans have fired special teams coordinator Joe Marciano. Houston made the move on Friday, a few hours after firing head coach Gary Kubiak. The Texans have lost 11 straight games and will now be coached by defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.