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East Texas Road Closure Update

EAST TEXAS -- Overnight storms have necessitated road closures across the Tyler District. Crews continue to monitor roads for flooding and damage. Here are the latest road condition updates for the Tyler District but the list is constantly changing as water recedes or issues discovered. Anderson County Closures: SL 127 is closed from Loop 256 to E Calhoun Street due to washout (closed for several days for repairs) Cherokee County Closures: FM 23 from just west of FM 752 to 5 miles south ...

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Smith County Storm Damage Update

SMITH COUNTY -- A press conference was held in Smith County Saturday afternoon with the latest details on the storm damage. According to Smith County Judge Joel Baker, only minor injuries were reported from the storms. Approximately 10 homes in the Lindale area are total losses, 15 to 20 homes have minor damage and about eight homes have major damage. KETK reports, first responders are only about one third of the way through accessing damage in Lindale, so all reports ...

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Sixth Palestine Flood Victim Identified

PALESTINE -- Authorities have found a sixth body following flash flooding in East Texas that also killed a woman and her four great-grandchildren. The latest victim was identified as Giovani Olivas, 30, Palestine, who was swept under flood waters. Palestine police say all six bodies have been taken to Tyler for autopsies, which will be completed on Monday. More than 7 inches of rain fell in less than an hour late Friday evening, swamping a neighborhood and forcing some people ...

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Lake Tyler Boat Ramps Closed

SMITH COUNTY -- Due to recent rains, the City of Tyler Water Utilities is temporarily closing all public boat ramps on Lake Tyler and Lake Tyler East. The lakes are currently at an elevation of 378.2 mean sea level (msl). Spillway elevation is at 375.5 msl. KETK reports ramps are being closed due to boating hazards resulting from debris washed into the lakes by the recent rains and to reduce damage resulting from erosion of the shoreline caused ...

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Possible Tornado causes Damage in Upshur/Wood Counties

UPSHUR COUNTY -- A suspected tornado has left a trail of destruction in a rural area of East Texas. Upshur County sheriff's dispatcher Jeremy Henderson says 15 to 20 homes have been reported damaged or destroyed in a rural area near Big Sandy. There were no immediate reports of injuries from the storm, which struck the area shortly before 6:30 p.m. Friday. The Upshur County Sheriff's Office reports multiple trees down on FM 1002 in Big Sandy all the way ...

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An Indictment in Fatal Angelina County Crash

An Indictment in Fatal Angelina County Crash

LUFKIN -- The Angelina County grand jury has indicted a Lufkin man involved in a fatal accident last summer. The panel has indicted Daniel Lee Martin, 29. He was indicted on intoxication manslaughter and intoxicated assault charges. The July 2015 accident happened on U.S. Highway 69 North near Farm Road 706. The Department of Public Safety said Martin's SUV crossed the highway, struck a culvert causing the vehicle to overturn, and hit several trees. Two Lufkin brothers were in his ...

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Former Teacher Indicted

Former Teacher Indicted

LONGVIEW -- A former Kilgore coach and teacher has been indicted for an improper relationship with a student. Brian Eugene Bird, 34, of Gladewater, was arrested last November. The Gregg County grand jury has now indicted him on charges of improper relationship between educator and student, indecency with a child and sexual performance by a child. Besides being the boys and girls golf coach and assistant boys basketball coach at Kilgore High School was also a geography teacher. Bird is ...

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Suspects Arrested in Smith County Burglaries, One Sought

TYLER — Smith County authorities have arrested two suspects, and are looking for a third, in connection with numerous burglaries. Arrested on Wednesday were 27 year old Michael Horton and 19 year old Devin Watts, both of Tyler. They are still looking for a suspect identified as Vincent Williams. (pictured) The suspects were arrested when authorities served two felony arrest warrants at their home on County Road 233 in southeastern Smith County. They were also able to recover items ...

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Bulky Item Collections Begin on Monday

Bulky Item Collections Begin on Monday

TYLER -- Tyler's free bulky item collection week starts Monday. To help you with your spring cleaning, the Tyler Solid Waste Department will be picking up those large items that usually cost an additional fee. Shirlene Black, Customer Service Supervisor with the city's Solid Waste Department, says you can put out such items as furniture, appliances, carpet, fence material and up to four non-commercial vehicle tires. Things that will not be picked up include liquid waste, limbs or brush. And ...

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