Tyler’s City Manager Heading to Dallas
TYLER — Tyler City Manager Mark McDaniel announced Friday that he will be resigning after accepting a position as an assistant city manager in Dallas. “We are grateful to Mark for his 10 years of service to the City of Tyler. Mark and our entire City staff have worked diligently to make Tyler the standard for local government,” said Mayor Martin Heines. “We wish him the best of success in his future endeavors. Our city council will move forward with the appointment of an interim city manager on Aug. 13. Our permanent replacement search will focus on employing a city manager who shares our beliefs in a conservative business-like approach to City government.” Read more …
Body Found in Cherokee County Identified
NEW SUMMERFIELD — The New Summerfield Police Department received confirmation Friday from the Southwest Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas that the body discovered July 29 near Reklaw was that of Javier Jimenez. According to KETK, police say Jimenez was positively identified utilizing finger prints on file. The Medical Examiner listed the cause of death as homicide due to gunshot wound. Officials say there is no further information to release at this time and the investigation is continuing with the assistance of several allied agencies. Read more …
Winona City Council Accepts Stroud’s Resignation, Hears Citizen Concerns
WINONA — The Winona City Council met Thursday evening and officially accepted the resignation of Mayor Dede Stroud after less than three months in office. She told KETK she was wronged, harassed, neglected, and stripped of her duties. But Stroud says, “I’m not giving up. I’m not finished. I’m not going to turn my back on my community or the citizens. I’m gonna try to help find out what’s going on.” Stroud added the city council was orchestrating against her from the very beginning. Read more …
SCSO: Four Burglaries Cleared with One Arrest
TYLER — Authorities say the arrest of 31-year-old Dustin Berry has cleared four area burglaries. According to a Smith County Sheriff’s Office news release, detectives received information Tuesday from a Smith County resident regarding over $21,000 worth of tools and wires which had been taken when his business was burglarized on July 18 in Flint. He was told that it was a former employee who had stolen his property and that some of that property could now be found in the Pinecrest mobile home park on FM 2868 in Flint. That same day, another Smith County resident contacted SCSO detectives advising she also had information that her stolen property was located in the Pinecrest mobile home park. This victim’s home had been burglarized on Wednesday, July 23, and a John Deere riding lawnmower had been stolen. Read more …
Man Sentenced for Stealing Van with One-Year-Old Inside
GILMER — A Houston man gets two lengthy prison sentences after he was convicted of stealing a van with a baby inside in Upshur County. KETK reports Andrew Lowell Crane, 32, pleaded guilty to one count apiece of aggravated kidnapping and child endangerment. He was sentenced to 30 years for the kidnapping and 20 for the child endangerment. The sentences will run concurrently, meaning Crane will not serve more than 30 years. Read more …
Police: Man Broke into Ex-Girlfriend’s house, Bit Her
GLADEWATER — A Gladewater man is behind bars after he allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend’s house, began biting her, and hurt her leg, armpit, and wrist. According to KETK, Gladewater police say Damian Daniels, 20, was jailed Wednesday . Police say he also prevented the woman from calling 911 by breaking her phone. Officials allege Daniels broke into the woman’s home while she was not there and waited for her to return. Daniels was charged with burglary of a habitation, interfering with an emergency call, and assault causing bodily injury, according to Gregg County judicial records. He is currently being held in the Gregg County Jail on $20,000 bond.
Weather Radio Tower Out of Service
TYLER — The Tyler NOAA Weather Radio Transmitter is temporarily out of service. On or about July 24, the transmitter was struck by lightning. NWS/Shreveport believes that the station should again be operational in mid-August. According to a statement on the ktbb.com weather page from forecaster Dr. Bob Peters, residents in the Tyler Metropolitan Area can probably pick up the Gilmer or Palestine transmitters. The Gilmer frequency is 162.425 MHz., two channels below the Tyler transmitter, and the Palestine transmitter is 162.450 MHZ., one channel below the Tyler transmitter. The antennae on receivers should probably be extended fully to receive the signals. Warnings for Smith County are transmitted over both stations.
ETMC Donates Ambulance to “Believe and See”
TYLER — East Texas Medical Center is teaming up with Believe and See, an organization that helps restore sight with cataract surgeries in the country of Togo in Africa, by donating an ambulance unit. According to an ETMC news release, the group restores sight to 100 people each month in remote villages, educates for blindness prevention, and provides agriculture training, plus spiritual support. “We are so pleased that ETMC is able to provide one of our ambulance units to assist people in Africa and provide a mobile cataract clinic to rural areas,” said Elmer G. Ellis, ETMC President/CEO. “Our teal and white ambulances are seen in East Texas, Waco and Pasadena, TX and now you will find one of our units on the roads in Togo. This donation of a former EMS unit represents a unique opportunity for ETMC to impact healthcare half-way around the world.” Read more …
Two Ebola Victims to Be Treated at Atlanta Hospital
ATLANTA, Ga. (AP/Staff) – Two American aid workers infected with the Ebola virus in Africa, including one from Texas, will be treated at a specialized unit of an Atlanta hospital. Dr. Bruce Ribner said Friday the patients will receive care at Emory University Hospital. Ribner said he had no personal safety concerns over treating the patients of the dangerous disease. Hospital officials did not identify the patients, citing confidentiality rules. They were previously identified as Dr. Kent Brantly of Fort Worth and Nancy Writebol of Charlotte, N.C. Ribner said one of the patients was expected to arrive this weekend, while a second was expected several days later. The Pentagon’s press secretary, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, said Friday that private-chartered aircraft will be arriving at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in metro Atlanta with patients evacuated from Africa. Kirby did not have further details.
Street Flooding Reported in Houston after Storms
HOUSTON (AP) – Some street flooding was reported in Houston Friday after storms dumped several inches of rain and cut power to thousands of homes and businesses. The National Weather Service says a weak cold front moved through the Houston area Friday. Parts of Harris County had more than 6 inches of rain. An underground parking garage at an apartment complex flooded, with water and debris nearly up to the windows of some vehicles. CenterPoint Energy reported about 1,600 customers without electricity Friday afternoon as crews worked to restore power. Forecasters say the outlook for the Houston area includes a chance for showers through the weekend.
Contractor Serving 1,100 Foster Children Quits
AUSTIN (AP) – The state will take over direct management of the care and service of about 1,100 foster children after the contractor it had hired canceled its contract. In a statement issued Friday, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services promised that foster children wouldn’t be affected by the withdrawal of Providence Service Corp. of Texas. The company had been serving state foster children in 60 West Texas counties under a five-year, $30 million-a-year contract that took effect Feb. 1, 2013. However, the company invoked an opt-out clause Friday. The state recently told Providence of several areas where it had underperformed. The state’s 17,000-child foster system had been under scrutiny since seven foster children died of abuse or neglect in fiscal year 2013. Only one such youngster died this year
Midland Officer Not Indicted in Fatal Shooting
MIDLAND (AP) – A grand jury has declined to indict a West Texas police officer who was off-duty when he fatally shot a robbery suspect at restaurant. Midland police on Thursday announced Detective James Cox has returned to work. Cox on June 27 was eating at a Mexican restaurant in Midland when a man walked in a back door, fired several shots in the kitchen and tried to rob the place. Investigators say Cox confronted the fleeing suspect, 35-year-old Nyocomus Garnett, who refused to surrender. Cox fatally shot Garnett when the suspect pointed a gun at him. Cox was put on paid administrative leave following the incident. He was no-billed by a grand jury in late July.
Bryan Police Say Man Playing with Gun Fatally Shot
BRYAN (AP) – A Central Texas teenage has died after he and another man were playing with a gun and the weapon discharged. Bryan police say 18-year-old Tyrell Wilson of Bryan was pronounced dead Friday at a hospital. Officers on Thursday night responded to reports of a shooting at a house. Investigators say Wilson and another 18-year-old man were playing with an unspecified firearm when the weapon discharged. Details on Wilson’s fatal injuries and the name of the other man weren’t immediately released. Officer Kelley McKethan had no immediate additional details.
Parched Wichita Falls Hopes to Cut Lake Evaporation
WICHITA FALLS (AP) – Wichita Falls is adding another tool to try to deal with a dwindling water supply due to a persistent drought. The North Texas city that provides water to about 150,000 people near the Oklahoma border is trying to reduce evaporation from one of the lakes that supplies water by adding a thin biodegradable layer to the surface. Director of public works Russell Schreiber says the hope is to cut daily evaporation of 40 million gallons a day from Arrowhead Lake by at least 10 percent. Schreiber says the 75-day pilot program is the largest of its kind. The lake is 6,000 acres. It’s yet another step for the city. Wichita Falls has instituted water restrictions and a wastewater reuse program and tried cloud seeding. Arrowhead Lake is 22 percent full.