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East Texan Indicted for Murder of 21-Month-Old

Posted/updated on: August 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm   Print This Print This

deterryonkellymugMARSHALL — A Harrison County grand jury has indicted a man for murder in the death of a toddler earlier this year. KETK reports Deterryon Tyrell Kelly, 27, of Marshall, was indicted on Thursday. On May 6, he allegedly killed the 21-month-old, who was found unresponsive at the Marshall Best Western Hotel, located in the 5200 block of East End Boulevard. The child later died at Good Shepherd Medical Center-Marshall. Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Judge Clarice Watkins ordered an autopsy. Kelly was arrested on a capital murder warrant June 4 after the autopsy was returned.

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Bus Dropped Young Student at Wrong Address

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LONGVIEW — Longview ISD officials said Friday that staff members and a bus driver at Ned E. Williams Elementary School are at fault for a 4-year-old child being dropped off a couple of miles from his home, violating district safety precautions put in place after a similar incident four years ago. According to the Longview News-Journal, The child’s mother said she was terrified to learn her son, a pre-K student at Ned E. Williams in south Longview, was dropped off at an apartment complex about two miles from his home. Longview ISD children who ride the bus have tags attached to their backpacks or in some cases on their clothing that show their name, address and bus number. The bus driver, who has worked for the district for three years, will go through extra training as a result of the incident.

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Child Predator on the Loose, Citizen Help Requested

Posted/updated on: August 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm   Print This Print This

lewisjoneskpd2KILGORE — The Kilgore Police Department is seeking the whereabouts of an accused child predator. Police tell KETK Lewis Lavon Jones, 51, of Kilgore, is wanted for aggravated child sexual assault and indecent exposure. He reportedly ran from police Thursday night in Rusk County and was able to escape capture. Jones is known to drive a 1992 tan Ford pick-up truck with Texas license plate number BNK-4913. If you know of this suspect’s whereabouts, contact the Kilgore Police Department at (903) 983-1559. If he is spotted in Rusk County, call the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at (903) 657-3581. You can also contact Rusk County Crime Stoppers at (903) 655-8477, and you may be eligible for a reward for information leading to an arrest of Jones.

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Former Hospital Employee Pleads Guilty to Criminal HIPAA Charges

Posted/updated on: August 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm   Print This Print This

joshuahipplermugTYLER — U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced Friday that a former employee of an East Texas hospital has pleaded guilty to criminal HIPAA charges in the Eastern District of Texas. Joshua Hippler, 30, formerly of Longview, was indicted on March 26 on charges of wrongful disclosure of individually identifiable health information. Hippler pleaded Thursday during a hearing before United States Magistrate Judge John D. Love. The indictment alleged that from December 1, 2012, through January 14, 2013, Hippler, who was then an employee of a covered entity under HIPAA, obtained protected health information with the intent to use the information for personal gain. Hippler faces up to ten years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.

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Tyler Police Issue Another Scam Warning

Posted/updated on: August 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm   Print This Print This

thumb_police-tyler-car3TYLER — Tyler police are reminding everyone that a scam can happen to anyone — and there are several that have become quite popular lately with local con artists. All it takes, police say, is a victim to fall prey to the scammer’s story that usually deals with someone in trouble, including the victim. On Thursday, a middle-aged female victim in Tyler was scammed out of a large sum of money. She received a call from someone claiming to be an IRS agent. She was told that if she did not send the person a large sum of money for back taxes owed, she and her husband would have warrants out for their arrest by the end of the day. The suspect kept her on the phone all day giving her instructions on how to ultimately send the money to an unknown destination by utilizing the Green Dot Cards. Read more …

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No Arrests Made in Longview Homicide

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DocumentFragment_4460166LONGVIEW — The Longview Police Department has identified the man killed in a shooting early Thursday. It happened just before 4:00 in the 100 block of Garfield Drive. Tyson Patterson, 33, Longview, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said another person was injured and released from the hospital a short time later. So far, no arrests have have been made and no suspects have been made. Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities.

Patterson had a lengthy criminal record including: criminal trespass, evading arrest, assault causing bodily injury and resisting arrest.

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Capital Murder Charges for Longview Man

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robertsgreggcoLONGVIEW — A Gregg County grand jury has indicted a Tyler man for capital murder, which now makes him eligible for the death penalty. Gregg County District Attorney Carl Dorrough tells KETK Isaiah Roberts, 30, has been indicted for his alleged role in a June 15 double homicide that took place in the 300 block of Thelma Street in Longview. Roberts is accused of shooting and killing his ex-wife, Chanda Martin, as well as Kim Rayson. Police say Roberts then led officers and deputies on a chase through Gregg and Smith Counties. After avoiding several spike strips during the pursuit, he sped through several intersections, causing a major accident involving four vehicles, according to officials. Two people were injured. Read more …

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Crime Stoppers: Check Passed from Stolen Truck

Posted/updated on: August 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm   Print This Print This

checksstolenwoodcoBIG SANDY — Wood County Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a woman believed to be responsible for attempting to pass a stolen check. On August 23 at Twin Rivers Grocery, authorities said a woman tried to use a check taken from a pickup stolen at the Pine Mills Restaurant in Wood County. KETK reports the woman may have a Kansas ID and could be in a small car with Kansas plates. The truck was later recovered. The store where the crime occurred is located at U.S. Highway 80 and State Highway 155 in Big Sandy. Wood County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of this woman. Call 903-763-CASH (2274) and give only your information. You need not give your name.

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Longview Man Indicted for Allegedly Setting Girlfriend on Fire

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ebarbgreggco1LONGVIEW — A Longview man who allegedly set his girlfriend on fire was indicted by a Gregg County Jury this week. KETK reports Cannon Ebarb, 36, is accused of dousing a 53-year-old woman with lighter fluid and then setting her ablaze with a lighter. She suffered burns to her face and body. The incident took place July 26 at a home in the 400 block of E. Hope Drive. Authorities were first alerted to the incident after receiving a call from the victim’s mother. An emergency protective order was filed against Ebarb. The suspect was arrested on an aggravated assault charge and is currently being held in the Gregg County Jail on $100,500 bond.

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Downtown Parking Changes Begin Tuesday in Tyler

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thumb_Tyler-downtownTYLER — Several changes to Tyler’s Downtown Business District parking will become effective Tuesday, Sept. 2. Extended parking is now available at the Fair Plaza Garage at Elm Street and College Avenue, across the street from the Tyler Public Library. According to a city news release, an automated gate system will allow a driver, without a monthly agreement, to obtain a ticket upon entering the garage. The ticket should be paid at an electronic kiosk, and the “paid” ticket is inserted upon exit. The new garage has 384 parking spaces, with both monthly leased parking and daily/hourly parking available. The garage will operate Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., except on official city holidays. Read more …

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TISD’s First Week Transportation Efforts Deemed Successful

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thumb_TISD_Logo_NewTYLER – More than 6,500 students were safely transported to Tyler ISD campuses during the first week of school, according to officials. The Tyler ISD transportation department operates 85 routes over 195 square miles to deliver students to 27 campuses across the district. “While the first week of transporting students is usually hectic, this year went extremely well,” Director of Transportation John Bagert said. “The pre-planning of routes throughout the summer and aggressive hiring of drivers and monitors ensured that all routes were covered.” Read more …

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Abbott Says Plastic Bag Bans Are Illegal

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thumb_Dan-FlynnAUSTIN (AP/Staff) – Responding to a request from East Texas Lawmaker Dan Flynn (pictured), Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says municipal bans on single-use plastic bags are illegal. In a five-page attorney general’s opinion Friday, the Republican gubernatorial nominee said a state law prohibits local governments from prohibiting, restricting or charging a fee, for solid waste management purposes, for “the use of a container or package in a manner not authorized by state law.” Abbott acknowledges that the law does not define a single-use plastic bag as a “container or package.” However, he contends the bags fit the dictionary definitions of a container or package. Flynn, a Republican state representative from Van, had sought the opinion after nine cities enacted ordinances banning the single-use bags. The opinion is non-binding but reflects the attorney general’s view of who would win a lawsuit on the subject.

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Judge Finds Texas Abortion Rules Unconstitutional

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AUSTIN (AP) — Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional. The state has vowed to appeal. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled Friday that Texas has reached a “tipping point” with new laws that he called state-imposed obstacles to a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion. His decision throws out requirements that threatened to effectively close more than a dozen clinics. Republican Gov. Rick Perry signed the law in 2013. He and other conservatives say the requirements are necessary to protect women’s health. The new rules had been set to take effect Monday.

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Perry Criticizes Obama on ISIS Issue

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thumb_rick_perry-3DALLAS (ABC/Staff) — The political fallout hitting President Obama on the issue of ISIS in Syria finds its way to Texas. Criticism has been coming from a lineup of Republican presidential contenders at a Dallas conference, taking turns pummeling the President for saying he’s still working on a strategy to take on ISIS in Syria. Gov. Rick Perry was first out of the gate. Perry commented, “Mr. President, the peace of the free world requires presidential decisiveness, not dithering and debating.” the White House says the Pentagon is still developing military options for the President.

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Texas Voter ID Trial Begins as Elections Ramp Up

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AUSTIN (AP) — A major election year in Texas has overshadowed an upcoming trial on the fate of the state’s tough new voter ID law. A trial begins Tuesday in Corpus Christi over one of the most stringent voter ID measures in the nation. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos will decide whether the Texas law is a legal safeguard or a discriminatory mandate that suppresses minority turnout. Her ruling is unlikely to come before Election Day. That means 13.6 million registered voters will still be required to show a photo ID. The Justice Department has taken an aggressive role in trying to dismantle Texas’ law after a key part of the federal Voting Rights Act was struck down last summer. The trial is expected to last two weeks.

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Border Patrol Agent Fires at Armed Militia Member

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BROWNSVILLE (AP) — The Border Patrol says an agent shot at someone near the Texas-Mexico border who later identified himself as a militia member. Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora said that agents pursuing a group of immigrants east of Brownsville on Friday came upon a man holding a long arm near the river. An agent fired multiple shots, but did not hit the armed man. The man then identified himself as a member of a militia. An unknown number of militia members have come to the Texas border following a surge in illegal immigration. Zamora said no other details were immediately available. This month, the Border Patrol warned its agents about militia members after seven of them were initially mistaken for a Texas Department of Public Safety tactical team near Mission.

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Cruz Addresses Influential Conservative Event

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DALLAS (AP) — An address by firebrand U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz keynotes the closing day of an influential conservative group’s national summit. The tea party darling from Houston will address the Americans for Prosperity gathering in Dallas on Saturday. The organization is the powerful political arm of the billionaire Koch brothers. Cruz is frequently the undisputed star of grassroots gatherings around the country, but he has to share the spotlight this time. On Friday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky spoke, as did Indiana Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana. All, like Cruz, are possible 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls. Perry has made no secret that he is considering a repeat White House run after his short-lived 2012 bid. Cruz, meanwhile, says “time will tell” if he becomes a presidential candidate.

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Corpus Christi Native Tapped to Run ICE

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CORPUS CHRISTI (AP) — A Corpus Christi native is poised to become the first Latina to head U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. President Barack Obama announced this week he was nominating 62-year-old U.S. district attorney Sarah R. Saldaña as assistant secretary of ICE. The division of the Department of Homeland Security is tasked with responding to the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports that Saldaña is the youngest of seven siblings. Her nomination requires Senate approval. She won Senate confirmation in 2011 to become the first Latina serving in her current post. Previously, Saldaña was a federal prosecutor in Dallas who worked on the City Hall corruption case that sent former Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill to federal prison for 18 years.

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Health Device Firm’s Ex-execs Sentenced for Fraud

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AUSTIN (AP) — The former top two executives of an Austin medical device company have received long prison sentences for participating in a scheme that defrauded shareholders and investors out of more than $750 million. Former ArthroCare Corp. chief executive Michael Baker was sentenced Friday in federal court in Austin to 20 years in prison, while his former finance chief Michael Gluk drew a 10-year prison term. Both could have gotten 25-year terms. Both also forfeit more than $25 million in profits. Both were convicted in June of conspiracy and wire and securities fraud. Baker also was convicted of making false statements. Prosecutors say both men and others orchestrated a scheme in which they artificially inflated sales and revenue in order for the company to meet or exceed internal and external earnings forecasts.

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Mexican Cartels Ramp Up Human Smuggling Business

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EL PASO (AP) — Human smuggling has started to comprise a larger share of the cash fueling Mexico’s warring cartels. The Dallas Morning News reports that the cartels have generated about $50 million from smuggling in the last six months. The illicit business has grown with the surge of Central American migrants seeking to cross into the United States. Oscar Hagelsieb is the assistant special agent-in-charge of Homeland Security Investigations in El Paso. Hagelsieb says, “I’m not suggesting that the cartels have abandoned their drug-smuggling activities. But with all the money to be made in human smuggling, they clamped their claws into it as well. Big time.” A U.S. agent speaking on the condition of anonymity says human smugglers have raised their fees from an average $6,000 to more than $8,000.

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