TYLER — A Tyler man has died following a car-pedestrian accident. Shortly after 8:45 Saturday night, Joel Thompson, 58, was hit by a vehicle as he was crossing in the 2300 block of West Erwin. He died around 1:00 Sunday morning at East Texas Medical Center. The driver of the vehicle was not injured, and police say alcohol was not a factor. The case remains under investigation.
TROUP — One person was killed Sunday morning in an accident involving two motorcycles and an 18-wheeler. Smith County DPS Trooper Jean Dark tells KETK the accident happened on County Road 2142 and County Road 2152 just north of Troup. One of the bikes ran into the back of the 18-wheeler, while the other slid underneath. The name of the man killed was not immediately released, and further details of the wreck were not immediately available.
REKLAW — One person has been killed in a one-vehicle crash in Cherokee County. It happened shortly before 2:30 Saturday morning on State Highway 204, nearly four miles east of Reklaw. The DPS says the 2004 Chevrolet pickup was driven by Rudy Steve Harris, 56, of Pasadena, Texas. Authorities say Harris was eastbound when he drove off the roadway and hit a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials say Harris was wearing a seatbelt.
LONGVIEW — A Gladewater man was placed in the Gregg County Jail on bonds totaling $200,000 after authorities said he broke into his neighbor’s house and later threatened to kill his neighbors because they reported him to police. That’s according to KETK and the Longview News-Journal. According to police records, Amos Edward Simmons, 34, was served warrants Thursday charging him with burglary of a habitation and retaliation in connection with the alleged crimes. (more…)
TROUP — A home in Troup has been damaged by fire. It was reported just before 7:30 last night in the 200 block of Melton Street. No one was at home when the fire broke out and no injuries were reported. They are still trrying to determine what caused the blaze.
GRANBURY (AP/Staff) – Flamboyant swindler Billie Sol Estes’ name may be synonymous with Texas-sized schemes, greed, and corruption. But friends and family focused on his loving and generous nature at a funeral Saturday, saying what a paradox he was throughout his life. About 300 people gathered for Estes’ funeral in Granbury, a town ravaged by a deadly tornado earlier this week. Estes, who was once tried in Tyler, died in his sleep Tuesday at the age of 88. He was Texas’ king of con men for nearly 50 years. (more…)
LONGVIEW – Demolition work to remove the damaged bridge supports from the Martin Luther King Jr. overpass of Interstate Highway 20 is scheduled to begin this week, with reconstruction of the damaged supports to follow immediately. “This is the best way to ensure we’ve addressed all of the damage,” said TxDOT spokesman Larry Krantz. “There’s no sense in leaving anything to chance with something like this.”
The structure has been closed since it sustained heavy fire damage as the result of a crash on the morning of April 22. TxDOT engineers determined the bridge should remain closed citing safety concerns, and began work to develop a contract for the repairs. Krantz said the work should be completed by July 1. (more…)
SPICEWOOD (AP) – A suspect in a Central Texas double slaying has died after apparently hanging himself in his jail cell. The Burnet County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday identified the inmate as Gregory Currie. Sheriff W.T. Smith says Currie apparently used part of a bedsheet to hang himself. Jailers found his body Saturday night. Firefighters in Spicewood on Wednesday night discovered the bodies of Thomas Wells and his girlfriend Dorrina Reese in a burning home. Currie was arrested Thursday on a capital murder charge. Two other suspects remained in custody Monday. Juston Curbow has been charged with capital murder. Melissa Frink faces a charge of tampering with evidence. Investigators say the suspects knew the victims. Authorities haven’t said how Wells and Reese died.
COLORADO CITY (AP) – Hundreds of people joined the parents of a 13-year-old Texas cheerleader to remember the teenager who disappeared in December 2010 and turned up dead last month. Through songs and prayers they remembered Hailey Darlene Dunn’s short life. The memorial was held Sunday at Colorado Middle School, where Hailey was a cheerleader. Dunn’s body was found in March near Lake J.B. Thomas in Scurry County, about 20 miles northwest of Dunn’s hometown of Colorado City. Last month, officials confirmed the remains belonged to Dunn. An investigation into Dunn’s death continues.
HOUSTON (AP) – Houston police are looking for two or three unknown suspects after one person was killed and two others were wounded in a downtown gunfight. The Houston Chronicle reports a 27-year-old man told police he was returning home from a night club at about 6 a.m. on Sunday when he was confronted by four or five armed men. He says the group fired at him, and he drew his own weapon and returned fire. Police say he shot two of his suspected assailants. One was pronounced dead at the scene. The wounded man was taken to a hospital by an unidentified person. He has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The 27-year-old is being treated for a gunshot wound in his upper back. He has not been charged.
HOUSTON (AP) – A 22-year-old man has been killed, and two teenagers are wounded after multiple shots were fired at a Houston-area house party. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were called to the party at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday. They say there were more than 100 people at the outdoor party. The Houston Chronicle reports gunshots were fired in the middle of the crowd. Three injured people were transported a nearby hospital. Twenty-two-year-old Stanley Ford was pronounced dead at the hospital. An 18-year-old was shot in the leg, and a 16-year-old was shot in the foot. Officials have not identified the shooter.
HOUSTON (AP) – Police say they have taken into a custody a man they believe may be linked to the killing of a U.S. postal worker in suburban Houston. The San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office said on Sunday they had taken James Wayne Ham, 36, into custody. Postal inspectors say Ham is a lead suspect in the killing of Marie Youngblood, 52. The postal carrier’s body was found late Friday inside her burned out SUV. Investigators believe Youngblood was shot, and later transported to her burned out Jeep Cherokee. Inspectors say a postal worker was last killed in Texas about 30 years ago.
HOUSTON (AP) – A Houston man was shot in the head after he confronted another man who had dragged his wife out of a nail salon during a domestic dispute. The Houston Chronicle reported two men confronted the husband on a sidewalk outside the salon where the wife worked. They tried to restrain the husband. Assistant chief deputy for a Harris County Constable’s Office Woody Mitchell told the newspaper that during the struggle on Friday, the woman’s husband opened fire with a handgun, wounding one of the men. The woman’s husband has been arrested. The wounded man was taken to a Houston hospital.
HOUSTON (AP) – Police are looking for man in his 30s suspected in a fatal shooting at a Vietnamese restaurant in north Houston. The Houston Chronicle reported Sunday that two Asian men came in around 12:30 p.m. Saturday and sat together at a table. One of the men got up and went to the restroom. The Harris County Sheriff’s Department says when the man returned from the restroom he pulled a pistol from his waistband and shot the other patron. The sheriff’s office says the suspect is an Asian man in his 30s, has a medium build, was wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans and had tattoos on both arms. They say he fled the scene in a black SUV. The victim was pronounced dead at the restaurant by EMS personnel.
AUSTIN (AP) – New revisions to a major water bill call for ousting the six-member Texas Water Development Board and the agency’s top official before the state embarks on a new $2 billion water fund. The revamped bill, obtained by The Associated Press, will be returned to the House and Senate with just one week left in the legislative session. If it’s approved by both chambers, Gov. Rick Perry would appoint a full-time, three-person board to replace the six part-time members currently serving. A historic Texas drought has caused lawmakers to address water with new urgency. The state water board has been criticized as inefficient and slow to prioritize. The overhaul would only take effect if Texas voters in November approve creating the $2 billion fund.