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Smith County Fatal

Posted/updated on: September 24, 2017 at 5:20 am

TYLER – A bicycle/vehicle accident in Smith County has killed one person. The Department of Public Safety reports it happened on U.S. Highway 69 North, north of County Road 452, near Lindale. The investigation of the crash is ongoing. We will have more information when it becomes available.


Longview Wreck Claims a Second Life

Posted/updated on: September 24, 2017 at 1:06 pm

LONGVIEW – A second person has died from a Longview accident. Family members tell KETK that Rylee Malone 17, of Longview died early Sunday morning. Also killed in the crash was Meshebia Renee Johnson, 17, of Longview. Still hospitalized with life threatening injuries is Christa Tamara Wilson 32, of Harleton. They also told KETK that Chad Palmer Malone, 19, of Longview, was treated and released. The accident was reported around 8:30 Friday night on North Eastman Road near Hawkins Parkway. According to police reports, the accident occurred as a pickup driven by Wilson pulled out of the parking lot of Target to go south bound on Eastman Road, and she was hit by the car driven by Chad Malone. The investigation into the cause of this accident is continuing.


Tyler YMCA Shutting its Doors

Posted/updated on: September 24, 2017 at 5:19 am

TYLER – The Tyler YMCA is closing. In a news release, it was announced the facility on South Vine will close, and cease its child care programs, on Saturday. It has been in operation for nearly 59 years. The President and CEO of the Y, Jeremy Bumgardner, said in the news release, “The YMCA of Tyler Texas serves approximately 1,154 members. Six full-time staff and 60 part-time staff will end their employment as a result of the YMCA’s closing. The Y is working with other community groups to help identify alternative child care options for families in the current Y programs. Both the Palestine YMCA and Corsicana YMCA will honor the memberships of current Tyler Y members through their paid date.”


A Queen is Crowned in Tyler

Posted/updated on: September 24, 2017 at 5:18 am

TYLER – Ms. Hopkins County 2017, Patsy Roan Crist of Cumby, has been crowned the 2017 Ms. Texas Senior Classic Queen in a pageant in Tyler. It was held Saturday night at the Holiday Inn on South Broadway in Tyler. Other winners include 1st runner up, Charlotte Adam Graves of Bullard, and second runner up, Judith Ward of Longview. Over 20 ladies from East and North Texas participated in the pageant. This marks the second straight year the pageant was held in Tyler after being held in the Metroplex for around 20 years.… Read More


Smith County Teen Found

Posted/updated on: September 24, 2017 at 5:18 am

TYLER – A runaway Smith County teen has been located. The Smith County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a Teenage Runaway. She is Valerie Coughlin, 16, who left her home on Stonebridge in Flint in the middle of the night on September 9th and has not been seen since then. On the department’s Facebook page it is noted that she has been found. No other information was available.


An Arrest in a Rusk County Cold Case

Posted/updated on: September 24, 2017 at 5:17 am

HENDERSON – An arrest has been made in a Rusk County murder dating back to 2006. Through the work of investigators with the Rusk County Sheriff’s office, Texas Rangers and Baytown police, Jarrett Murray was arrested on Thursday. He is charged in the May, 2006 murder of Joseph Michael Douglas. His body was found in a rural area off County Road 106, East of New London. Based on requests from the sheriff’s department, the case was added into the Texas Rangers Unsolved Crimes Investigation Program. After interviewing new and former witnesses, and suspects, they were able to come up with new leads and evidence. The findings were presented to the district attorney’s office earlier this month. That led to the issuing of a murder warrant and the arrest of Murray. According to the information they discovered, Murray spoke often of the murder of Douglas.



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Smith County Fatal

Posted/updated on: September 24, 2017 at 5:20 am

TYLER – A bicycle/vehicle accident in Smith County has killed one person. The Department of Public Safety reports it happened on U.S. Highway 69 North, north of County Road 452, near Lindale. The investigation of the crash is ongoing. We will have more information when it becomes available.


Longview Wreck Claims a Second Life

Posted/updated on: September 24, 2017 at 1:06 pm

LONGVIEW – A second person has died from a Longview accident. Family members tell KETK that Rylee Malone 17, of Longview died early Sunday morning. Also killed in the crash was Meshebia Renee Johnson, 17, of Longview. Still hospitalized with life threatening injuries is Christa Tamara Wilson 32, of Harleton. They also told KETK that Chad Palmer Malone, 19, of Longview, was treated and released. The accident was reported around 8:30 Friday night on North Eastman Road near Hawkins Parkway. According to police reports, the accident occurred as a pickup driven by Wilson pulled out of the parking lot of Target to go south bound on Eastman Road, and she was hit by the car driven by Chad Malone. The investigation into the cause of this accident is continuing.


Tyler YMCA Shutting its Doors

Posted/updated on: September 24, 2017 at 5:19 am

TYLER – The Tyler YMCA is closing. In a news release, it was announced the facility on South Vine will close, and cease its child care programs, on Saturday. It has been in operation for nearly 59 years. The President and CEO of the Y, Jeremy Bumgardner, said in the news release, “The YMCA of Tyler Texas serves approximately 1,154 members. Six full-time staff and 60 part-time staff will end their employment as a result of the YMCA’s closing. The Y is working with other community groups to help identify alternative child care options for families in the current Y programs. Both the Palestine YMCA and Corsicana YMCA will honor the memberships of current Tyler Y members through their paid date.”


A Queen is Crowned in Tyler

Posted/updated on: September 24, 2017 at 5:18 am

TYLER – Ms. Hopkins County 2017, Patsy Roan Crist of Cumby, has been crowned the 2017 Ms. Texas Senior Classic Queen in a pageant in Tyler. It was held Saturday night at the Holiday Inn on South Broadway in Tyler. Other winners include 1st runner up, Charlotte Adam Graves of Bullard, and second runner up, Judith Ward of Longview. Over 20 ladies from East and North Texas participated in the pageant. This marks the second straight year the pageant was held in Tyler after being held in the Metroplex for around 20 years.… Read More


Smith County Teen Found

Posted/updated on: September 24, 2017 at 5:18 am

TYLER – A runaway Smith County teen has been located. The Smith County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a Teenage Runaway. She is Valerie Coughlin, 16, who left her home on Stonebridge in Flint in the middle of the night on September 9th and has not been seen since then. On the department’s Facebook page it is noted that she has been found. No other information was available.


An Arrest in a Rusk County Cold Case

Posted/updated on: September 24, 2017 at 5:17 am

HENDERSON – An arrest has been made in a Rusk County murder dating back to 2006. Through the work of investigators with the Rusk County Sheriff’s office, Texas Rangers and Baytown police, Jarrett Murray was arrested on Thursday. He is charged in the May, 2006 murder of Joseph Michael Douglas. His body was found in a rural area off County Road 106, East of New London. Based on requests from the sheriff’s department, the case was added into the Texas Rangers Unsolved Crimes Investigation Program. After interviewing new and former witnesses, and suspects, they were able to come up with new leads and evidence. The findings were presented to the district attorney’s office earlier this month. That led to the issuing of a murder warrant and the arrest of Murray. According to the information they discovered, Murray spoke often of the murder of Douglas.



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