TYLER – Detectives with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office Monday arrested Jordan Reed Wright, 19, of Flint, who was wanted on a burglary warrant. On November 20th, the Sheriff’s Office posted a wanted notification on its Facebook page and Twitter account and issued the same notification to the news media. An anonymous tip was then received, which led to Wright’s arrest, according to officials. He was arrested for burglary of a habitation and is a suspect in numerous burglaries and thefts in Smith County. He is being held on a $100,000 bond in the Smith County Jail. If you have information on a crime, the Smith County Sheriff’s Office can be contacted at 903-566-6600.
KILGORE — The Kilgore Police Department is seeking information regarding a fatal two-car accident which occurred Tuesday afternoon. According to KETK, at approximately 3:14 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of State Highway 135 and Goforth Road to a report of a major two-vehicle traffic crash. Initial investigation revealed an SUV traveling southbound on SH 135 struck a car which entered the intersection from the westbound lane of Goforth Road. The driver and only occupant of the car was identified as Oren Owens, 78, of Kilgore. The driver of the SUV was identified as Bobby Green, 81, of Gladewater. The sole passenger in the SUV was identified as Lilly Green, 79, of Gladewater. (more…)
TYLER — The trial for a man suspected of murdering Keeston Dwone Fields and seriously injuring John T. Woods will be rescheduled, according to the Smith County District Attorney’s Office. KETK reports the trial for Marquel Jermon Scott, who is charged with murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, has been declared a mistrial. Officials say that was at no fault to the defense or the prosecution, but because of a problem with a witness statement. Scott is accused of shooting two people in the early morning hours of November 29, 2012, at the the Hyena’s Clubhouse, located in the 2100 block of North Grand. There was no immediate word on a new date for the trial . Scott’s bail totals were $1.25 million.
MARSHALL — A Marshall man charged with killing his wife left her blood-covered body in the bathroom of a hotel room after stabbing and cutting her multiple times, according to an arrest affidavit filed in the City of Marshall Municipal Court. That’s the report from KETK and the Longview News-Journal. The incident happened at the Baymont Inn and Suites in the 5300 block of East End Boulevard in Marshall. Officers responding to a disturbance call Sunday morning arrived to find two children in the lobby who said “they think their dad killed their mom,” the document indicated. (more…)
TYLER — Senator John Cornyn visited Tyler Tuesday to speak with small business owners about the effects of Obamacare. KETK reports the new healthcare bill is creating uncertainty for their future, so the senator has a plan. “What we need to do is empower people to make their own healthcare choices by having affordable alternatives for them and their families,” says Cornyn. He believes that a government- regulated program is not the answer, but rather one that focuses on two main points: “bringing down the cost through using market and choice, and making sure the doctor-patient relationship is respected.” (more…)
LONGVIEW — Sheriff Maxey Cerliano and the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office request assistance in identifying a suspect in a theft case. On Monday, November 25th, at about 8:00 p.m., a theft occurred at Walton’s Automotive Group at 3945 Highway 259 in Longview. A suspect in a white pick-up truck entered the property and took a receiver hitch valued at $2000 from a vehicle on the lot. At left is a photo of the suspect vehicle from surveillance cameras on the lot. The truck appears to be an older model Ford F-150 single cab pick-up with custom wheels and no tailgate or rear bumper. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Investigator Floyd Wingo at (903) 237-2532 or Crime Stoppers at (903) 236-STOP.
NACOGDOCHES — Nacogdoches County sheriff’s deputies say they’ve captured the culprits in two robberies that occurred over the weekend — and KETK reports one of them already is talking. 22-year-olds Jaquae Fobbs and Gakavion Bagley are charged with holding up two convenience stores — the first one Saturday morning in Garrison, the other one two hours later in Henderson. Authorities say the pair made off with some cash and assaulted a clerk during one robbery. Deputies believe the driver of the getaway car is still at large.
RUSK — Rusk Police are looking for a man who they say robbed the Pic-N-Pac located in the 1200 block of West 6th Street. They tell KETK a black male wearing dark pants and a black gray hooded jacket entered the store just after 10 Tuesday night. The clerk told officers he walked around the store before pulling out a semi-automatic handgun. Police say he demanded money and a bottle of wine from the cashier. The robber left the store with an undisclosed amount of property. He was seen leaving, as a passenger, in a silver colored 4-door sedan traveling east bound on Loop 343 towards U.S. HWY 69. If you have any information on the man seen in these photos, call the Rusk Police Department at 903-683-2677 or 903-683-6978.
LONGVIEW — A Longview veterinarian has been reprimanded and fined $500 by state regulators for sharing his identity. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report Barton Owens let the Humane Society of Northeast Texas use his license and his name to get medications and vaccines. Officials say the society purchased them between April and December of 2012. Owens works at the West Loop Animal Hospital in Longview. He says he thought the shelter was only using his name to purchase non-prescription drugs for a discount. Humane Society Shelter Director Scott Holloway, who took the job six months ago, said the practice cited by the veterinary board no longer occurs at the shelter. Holloway added Owens probably was only trying to do a good deed for local animals in allowing his name be used by the shelter.
LUFKIN — Angelina County law officers have captured a local man wanted for aggravated sexual assault of a child, according to the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office. KETK reports Richard David Simmons, 41, is named in the felony warrant. Simmons had earlier been the subject of a Crimestoppers call for assistance in locating him. Details regarding his arrest were not immediately available.
LUFKIN — The Lufkin Police Deparment has captured a man who was wanted on felony warrants. KETK reports area law enforcement officers, working off information provided by an anonymous Crime Stoppers tipster, located and arrested Michael Delane Boddie. One of the warrants was obtained by Angelina County Precinct Two Constable Trae Trevathan, following an investigation into the burglary of the Angelina County maintenance barn located on Farm to Market Road 706. Details as to what charges Boddie faces were not immediately available.
TYLER — A Tyler apartment has suffered minor fire damage. It was reported around 9:15 yesterday morning at the Meadowbrook Apartments at 4600 Paluxy Drive. Firefighters quickly determined the source and extinguished the fire, which caused only minor damage. There were no injuries reported and no occupants were displaced as a result of the fire. Investigators have determined that the fire started in a concealed space in the ceiling as a result of an electrical malfunction associated with the heating unit.
TYLER — City of Tyler crews spent last week and the first part of this week decorating downtown with thousands of Christmas lights in time for the 28th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. It’s to be held on the T.B. Butler Fountain Plaza following the Jaycees Christmas Parade scheduled for 6:00 Thursday night. The centerpiece of the ceremony, a 28 foot Leyland Cypress donated by Jackie and Debbie Merket of Merket Christmas Tree Farm in Beckville, has been covered in more than 9,600 lights. (more…)
LONGVIEW — The annual Longview Christmas Parade is scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Due to the possibility of rain, event organizers with the Longview Chamber of Commerce will make a decision on Thursday morning around 11 a.m. whether to postpone the parade until Tuesday, December 10. Drivers and pedestrians are reminded that construction is still ongoing on Green Street from Methvin Street to Tyler Street. Pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution especially in the area around the intersection of Green Street and Methvin Street. (more…)
WICHITA, KAN. (AP) — A 50-year-old Northeast Texas man who admitted cattle fraud in Kansas has been sentenced in Kansas to 21 months in federal prison. The U.S. Attorney’s office says William P. Cadle, of DeKalb, Texas, was sentenced in federal court in Wichita. Cadle admitted defrauding First National Bank in Independence, Kan., in February 2012 by lying on a loan application about the number of cattle he owned as collateral.
DALLAS (AP) – A former paramedic in a tiny Texas town devastated by a fertilizer plant explosion has been sentenced to 21 months in prison after pleading guilty in an unrelated pipe bomb case. Bryce Reed was sentenced Wednesday in Waco. Federal authorities arrested Reed a few weeks after the deadly April 17 blast in West and accused him of trying to hide components of a pipe bomb. Authorities have not linked Reed to the blast, which killed 15 people.
AUSTIN (AP) – The first psychiatric emergency center in Central Texas is scheduled to open in the spring to help address a shortfall in mental health services. The 17-bed facility will be housed at University Medical Center Brackenridge and is expected to serve 2,500 adults by June and 10,500 adults by 2016. It’s expected to ease the burden on hospital emergency rooms that have struggled for years to juggle patients needing short-term medical care and people in crisis.
EL PASO (AP) – A West Texas woman who is believed to be the mother of a baby found dead in the New Mexico desert has been extradited from Michigan for allegedly violating parole in a separate case. Records show that Jenna Farrey was being held without bond today in El Paso County Jail. Authorities believe the body found in the desert is that of her 5-month-old son, Jackson. Her husband was extradited back to Texas last month and also remains jailed.
AUSTIN (AP) – A wealthy Dallas dentist who spent lavishly while running unsuccessfully for Congress last year is challenging longtime incumbent U.S. Sen. John Cornyn. The Texas Democratic Party says it received David Alameel’s paperwork Wednesday. Alameel has been promising to enter the race for days. Cornyn is expected to cruise to his party’s nomination in March.
AUSTIN (AP) – The top law enforcement officer in Texas says state troopers won’t relaunch disputed traffic checkpoints along the border despite praising the effectiveness of a recent three-week operation. Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw said Tuesday that criticism surrounding trooper roadblocks in the Rio Grande Valley in October and September led him to discontinue the operation. McCraw said his agency now won’t attempt to use checkpoints again without legislative support. Civil rights groups accused DPS of trying to target immigrants who are in the country without legal documentation. McCraw firmly disputes those allegations and says the intent was safety. Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst says efforts are now under way to reallocate $60 million in the state budget and put those funds toward a new border security surge.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A reality television producer has told a jury that he believes Ryan O’Neal stole an Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett from the late actress’ home. Craig Nevius testified Wednesday he made the conclusion, in part, based on conversations he had with Fawcett. Nevius collaborated with Fawcett on the reality series “Chasing Farrah” and a documentary on her battle with cancer. He provided the University of Texas at Austin with photos and video footage that are being used as evidence in the university’s fight against O’Neal over ownership of the artwork. O’Neal testified on Monday that he was given the portrait by Warhol in 1980 and removed it from her condominium with permission of the trustee of Fawcett’s estate. The actress left all her artwork to her alma mater.