LONGVIEW – A two vehicle wreck in Longview has left one person dead. It happened shortly after 6:30 Monday morning on West Loop 281. Longview police say a west bound motorcycle struck a truck making a left turn. The driver of the motorcycle was killed. His name has not been released. The accident remains under investigation.
EAST TEXAS – Today’s the first day of early voting for the city and school elections in East Texas. The Smith County Elections Office is responsible for conducting all elections, not only for county offices, but also for city, school, state and federal elections. They will be conducting elections for races in the Tyler, Whitehouse, Chapel Hill, Bullard, Arp and Winona Independent School Districts and the cities of Tyler, Lindale, Hideaway and Winona. Voters in the Tyler school district will decide a $198 million school bond proposal that is for renovations at John Tyler and Robert E Lee high schools. Voters in Tyler city council District 5 will pick a successor to Mark Whatley, who can not run again because of term limits. Running are Bob Westbrook and Alan J. Lizarraga.… Read More
TYLER — A non-student has been arrested in a sexual assault case on the Tyler Junior College campus. KETK reports 23-year-old Tavion Jamal Jones, from Shreveport, was arrested around 3:30 Sunday afternoon. Campus police say while inside the Crossroads Residence Hall, he reportedly sexually assaulted a female student and then tried to assault another. The two students did not need medical attention at the scene. Jones was found and arrested inside the dorm. He is facing one charge of sexual assault and one charge of attempted sexual assault. He remains in the Smith County Jail under bonds totaling $150,000.
ATHENS – One person has died in a Saturday night fire in Athens. It was reported shortly before 8:45pm at a two story home on East College Street. Early Sunday morning firemen found a man’s body in the debris. His name has not been released and an autopsy has been ordered. Fire officials do not suspect foul play. The cause of the fire has not been determined.
DALLAS — A Dallas County jury begins hearing evidence in the death penalty capital murder trial of a former Dallas Mavs Maniac Dancer, who was a highly regarded high school footballer in Tyler. Erbie Bowser stands accused of killing four people in two cities in August of 2013. The victims were his estranged wife, her daughter, his ex-girlfriend, and her daughter. If the jury finds Bowser guilty of capital murder, the case moves on to the life or death punishment hearing. Bowser is a 1987 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, where he was an all-state football selection in 1986.
TYLER — After starting the Veterans Treatment Court for misdemeanor offenders, Smith County Veteran Services Officer Mike Roark is working to begin a program for some felony cases. According to a county news release, the purpose of the court is to work with veterans charged with certain offenses to get them necessary treatment for any mental health issues and to return them to being productive members of society. Three people have successfully completed the Veterans Treatment Court since the program for misdemeanor offenders began in 2015. One person has had their record expunged and one is going through the process, Roark said. … Read More
TYLER — Rose Season is finally here. KETK reports the annual Rose Sunday was held in Tyler Sunday to celebrate. The ceremony announces the commencement of the official rose season. As part of the event, the Texas Rose Festival Scholarship was awarded to an East Texas student. Among those who helped put on the ceremony: Tyler’s very own Rose Queen. Emily Kaye Evans commented, “It feels really good. I’m honored to be able to do this and be a part of such a big part of the city’s economy and everything that kind of keeps the city going.” It all leads up to the annual Rose Festival in October.
If you have a Smith County jury summons asking you to report for duty on Tuesday, either stay home or go to work. Smith County Jury Coordinator Lisa Bennett says who were planning to report for jury duty Tuesday with their yellow cards don’t have to make the trip to the Smith County Courthouse. She says no new panels will be needed on Tuesday. However, if you have been asked to return for jury duty by a specific court, you must still report. Smith County residents summoned for jury duty on Wednesday will need to report.
Farm Road 344 is closed at Grove Club Lake just west of State Highway 110 outside of Whitehouse as the contractor removes and replaces the existing culvert and conducts work to restore the pavement. Red Baron Building Company, of Lindale, expects to complete the project within two months. Drivers must take other routes to reach their destinations during this work. Motorists are encouraged to temporarily reroute to Farm Road 756 to Farm Road 346 and back to SH 110 until the work is complete. Additional project information can be found in the Smith County section of this news release.… Read More