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Police Chase through East Texas Leads to Arrest of Longview Man

Posted/updated on: March 1, 2015 at 4:42 pm   Print This Print This

christian2HARRISON COUNTY — Law enforcement agencies in Harrison County worked together Saturday to arrest a man who allegedly led authorities on a dangerous chase through East Texas. According to KETK, the pursuit began on I-20 in Hallsville and ended on Woodall Street in Marshall around 6:00 p.m. Saturday. The driver has been identified as Anthony Christian, of Longview, who is suspected of being involved in a hit and run in Gregg County. Officials say he was followed by a civilian until a Hallsville police officer found him on I-20 near the exit for FM 450. Christian refused to pull over and was pursued eastbound by Hallsville police, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), and the Department of Public Safety. Read more …

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Lenderman Named TPD Officer of the Year

Posted/updated on: March 1, 2015 at 4:43 pm   Print This Print This

thumb_police-tyler-sceneTYLER — The Tyler Police Department’s 2014 Officer of the Year is Officer James Lenderman. Lenderman, a veteran of nearly 30 years with the department, was one of many honored at TPD’s Annual Awards Banquet Friday evening at the Ornelas Activity Center. According to information presented at the event, “He stays busy throughout his shift and has a higher production rate than almost everyone on his shift. This officer is often overlooked because he sits quietly and doesn’t call attention to himself like many officers like to do. He simply does his job, does it well, and comes to work prepared every day. He sets a great example for young officers with his work ethic and quiet leadership. He rarely asks for supervisors’ help and is there to help others when needed. He encompasses so many traits that are hard to maintain for 30 years of service.” Read more …

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Longview Animal Shelter Groundbreaking March 2

Posted/updated on: March 1, 2015 at 4:43 pm   Print This Print This

thumb_spcaLONGVIEW — The City of Longview will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the soon-to-be constructed Longview Animal Shelter and Adoption Center. The ceremony will take place at 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 2, at 303 H.G. Mosley Parkway. In January, Longview City Council approved moving ahead with the construction of a new 20,885-square-foot animal shelter, to be operated by the city. Currently, the city does not own or operate a shelter, but instead contracts with the Humane Society of Northeast Texas to provide those services. Read more …

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David Wright Files for Longview City Council

Posted/updated on: March 1, 2015 at 4:43 pm   Print This Print This

thumb_longview-cityofLONGVIEW — Another candidate has filed in the May 9 city election in Longview. 58-year-old business owner David Wright joins 34-year-old Ben Shelton in the race for the unexpired City Council District 5 seat. Shelton is director of operations at Pathway Church. The seat is being vacated by Richard Manley, who faces two opponents in the mayoral election.

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UT Health Northeast, City of Tyler Promote Colon Cancer Awareness

Posted/updated on: March 1, 2015 at 4:43 pm   Print This Print This

thumb_U-T-Health-NortheastTYLER – During March, in recognition of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, UT Health Northeast and the Tyler Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor free community events to educate the residents of the Tyler area about colon cancer prevention and screening. About 52,000 people in the United States die each year from colon cancer, which is the second-leading cause of all cancer deaths, and the most preventable cancer when caught early, according to press materials. Read more …

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Newspaper: Nurse Who Survived Ebola Says Hospital Failed Her

Posted/updated on: March 1, 2015 at 4:32 pm   Print This Print This

DALLAS (AP) – A nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for the first person in the U.S. diagnosed with the deadly disease tells a newspaper that the hospital where she had worked in Dallas and its parent company failed her during the medical crisis. Nina Pham tells The Dallas Morning News she is preparing to file a lawsuit Monday in Dallas County against Texas Health Resources. Pham says she continues to suffer from body aches and insomnia after contracting Ebola from Thomas Eric Duncan, who died after catching the disease during an outbreak in West Africa. Wendell Watson, a spokesman for Texas Health Resources, says the hospital system continues “to support and wish the best for her, and we remain optimistic that constructive dialogue can resolve this matter.”

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Houston-Area Boy, 4, Dies after Shooting Self

Posted/updated on: March 1, 2015 at 4:33 pm   Print This Print This

HOUSTON (AP) – Authorities say a 4-year-old Houston-area boy has died after he accidentally shot himself while in a home. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office says the shooting happened Sunday morning at a home in north Harris County. Sheriff’s office spokesman Thomas Gilliland says investigators are trying to establish how the child located the weapon. The boy’s name wasn’t immediately released. This was the second such shooting incident in a Houston-area home this past weekend. On Friday afternoon, a 3-year-old boy died after accidentally shooting himself in the head while in a house with his mother.

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Search for Missing Kayaker on Hold

Posted/updated on: March 1, 2015 at 4:33 pm   Print This Print This

GALVESTON (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard has put on hold its search for a kayaker who went missing along the Texas Gulf Coast near Galveston. Petty Officer Dustin Williams says Coast Guard officials hope to resume their search on Sunday for 23-year-old Alex Gallant once visibility, affected by foggy weather conditions, improves. The Coast Guard says Gallant and 21-year-old Brandon Curacas, were kayaking Saturday morning off the waters north of Galveston when Gallant tipped over into the water. While trying to get to safety, Gallant accidentally tipped over Curacas’ boat. Curacas told the Coast Guard he managed to grab onto a piling but Gallant drifted away. Curacas was later picked up by a boat. He was treated by an EMS crew for mild hypothermia and released.

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Federal Judge Investigated after Sexual Abuse Allegations

Posted/updated on: March 1, 2015 at 4:35 pm   Print This Print This

WACO (AP) – A federal judge in Central Texas is being investigated after a lawyer filed a complaint alleging the judge engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with a deputy court clerk more than 15 years ago. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports a retired judge and a Dallas attorney have been selected by a special judicial committee to investigate sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith Jr. They have begun to contact at least five former employees as potential witnesses. The investigation began after Dallas-area attorney Ty Clevenger filed a judicial complaint in September alleging the judge “engaged in abusive sexual contact” with a deputy court clerk in his chambers in 1998. The 74-year-old Smith, a federal judge since 1984, has declined to comment on the investigation, citing confidentiality requirements.

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“Two Steps, One Sticker” Program Underway

Posted/updated on: March 1, 2015 at 4:41 pm   Print This Print This

thumb_texas-stateof-seal-2AUSTIN – Get ready for a new Texas Two Step. As of Sunday, March 1, the state of Texas has stopped issuing vehicle inspection stickers and changed to a “Two Steps, One Sticker” inspection and registration program. Under the new system, Texas vehicle owners will need to pass inspection prior to renewing their registration. The familiar blue-bordered registration sticker will serve as proof of both inspection and registration. According to a news release, the first year of the program is a transition period to allow vehicles’ inspection and registration expiration dates to align. Read more …

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Man Accused of Assaulting Officer during Traffic Stop

Posted/updated on: March 1, 2015 at 4:35 pm   Print This Print This

COLLEGE STATION (AP) – A 76-year-old Texas man is facing a charge after being accused of punching and trying to choke a police officer during a traffic stop. The Bryan-College Station Eagle reports Arthur Lee Wright was pulled over after nearly hitting a College Station police officer’s patrol car while making an unsafe lane change. During the Friday stop, the officer told Wright she remembered him from a previous accident in which he hit another vehicle and she would be giving him a ticket. Police allege that Wright then stepped out of his car, slammed the officer into his vehicle and tried to choke her. Wright was charged with assault on a public servant. He is free on a $10,000 bond. It was not immediately known if Wright had an attorney.

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Teen’s Lawsuit over Injury during Arrest Settled

Posted/updated on: March 1, 2015 at 4:37 pm   Print This Print This

TEMPLE (AP) – A lawsuit has been settled against a Central Texas police department, which had been accused of breaking the collarbone of a teenager during an incident at a Wal-Mart. The Killeen Daily Herald reports that Lorenzo Martinez and his mother had sued the city of Temple for the 2013 incident in which two officers injured him while he was questioned as the officers arrested another individual in front of the store. A federal judge last week awarded Martinez and his mother $42,500 as part of the settlement of their lawsuit. Temple City Attorney Kayla Landeros says the lawsuit was settled through mediation. The two officers in the incident were fired. One was later reinstated while the other is appealing his firing.

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