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Tavion Jamal Jones

One Charged with Sexual Assault at TJC

TYLER – One person has been arrested for sexual assault on the Tyler Junior College campus. According to a college press statement, TJC campus police arrested Tavion Jamal Jones, 23, of Shreveport, Lousiana, Sunday afternoon. Jones is not a student at the school. Jail records indicate he has been charged with two counts of sexual assault. The incidents are said to have occurred at the Crossroads Residence Hall. Jones remains in the Smith County Jail under bonds totaling $150,000.

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Erbie Bowser

Murder Trial for Former Tylerite Set to Begin

DALLAS -- A Dallas County jury begins hearing evidence in the death penalty capital murder trial of a former Dallas Mavs Maniac Dancer, who was a highly regarded high school footballer in Tyler. Erbie Bowser stands accused of killing four people in two cities in August of 2013. The victims were his estranged wife, her daughter, his ex-girlfriend, and her daughter. The prosecution will make its opening statement, but legal analyst attorney Ed Klein says the defense can reserve its ...

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Early Voting Starting in East Texas

Early Voting Starting in East Texas

EAST TEXAS - Today's the first day of early voting for the city and school elections in East Texas. The Smith County Elections Office is responsible for conducting all elections, not only for county offices, but also for city, school, state and federal elections. They will be conducting elections for races in the Tyler, Whitehouse, Chapel Hill, Bullard, Arp and Winona Independent School Districts and the cities of Tyler, Lindale, Hideaway and Winona. Voters in the Tyler school district will ...

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TxDOT Road Projects Update

TYLER - Here's a look at work planned in the district during the Week ofApril 24th. These schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions, equipment failure or other unforeseen issues. Farm Road 344 is closed at Grove Club Lake just west of State Highway 110 outside of Whitehouse as the contractor removes and replaces the existing culvert and conducts work to restore the pavement. Red Baron Building Company, of Lindale, expects to complete the project within two months. Drivers ...

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Fire Death in Athens

ATHENS – One person has died in a Saturday night fire in Athens. It was reported shortly before 8:45pm at a two story home on East College Street. Early Sunday morning firemen found a man’s body in the debris. His name has not been released and an autopsy has been ordered. Fire officials do not suspect foul play. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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Heather Robertson

Former Angelina County Teacher Charged with Improper Relationship

LUFKIN - Lufkin Police have arrested a former Hudson ISD kindergarten teacher on four Hudson ISD Police Department warrants for improper relationship between an educator and a student. Arrested just after noon on Saturday was Heather Robertson, 38. She had recently resigned after the allegations surfaced. Investigators say it appears that the incidents in question did not occur on school ground or during school hours. Officers made the arrest when they stopped her vehicle on Frank Avenue near Third Street. ...

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Two Injured in Longview Train-Pickup Accident

LONGVIEW – An accident involving a train and a pickup remains under investigation in Longview. The accident happened around 2:30 Saturday morning at the railroad crossing on West Birdsong just west of Baxter Avenue. The Longview Police Department reports the pickup was east bound on West Birdsong when it ran underneath the train as it was traveling north. The owner and passenger of the pickup were able to exit the vehicle at the time of the accident and sustained only ...

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Cyclist Injured in Tyler Accident

Cyclist Injured in Tyler Accident

TYLER – A man has been injured in a vehicle/bicycle accident in Tyler. It happened at 10:30 Saturday morning at the intersection of the Jacksonville Highway and Three Lakes Parkway. Hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries is Donnie Middlebrook, 66. Police spokesman Don Martin said Middlebrook was riding his bike in the crosswalk crossing the intersection heading east. The light turned green for the northbound lanes and traffic started to head north. The driver in the outside northbound lane struck ...

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Hector Camargo

Man Arrested in Gregg County Bank Robbery

LIBERTY CITY – A suspect is in custody in connection with Friday’s robbery of the First National Bank of Hughes Springs in Liberty City. Charged with aggravated robbery is Hector Camargo age 48 of Kilgore. He is currently in the Gregg County Jail under a $100,000 bond. The robbery occurred around 12:30 Friday afternoon at the bank at the intersection of FM 1252 and Old Highway 135. Investigators began looking for a subject described as a white or Hispanic male, ...

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