WINNSBORO — The mayor of Winnsboro has declared a State of Emergency following a possible tornado which touched down in the city. According to KETK, Mayor Richard R. Parrish says major damage has been done to the north part of the city. There are reports of several structures without roofs, a tree that has been thrown inside a house, and a car wash that has a wall which was destroyed. Anyone who is in need of shelter or help is asked to go to City Hall where a command post has been set up.
HARRISON COUNTY — A Harrison County sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a man with a history of mental illness Saturday morning during a welfare check at the man’s rural home, his family said. According to the Longview News-Journal and KETK, Damond Key said Arther McAfee Jr. was a 61-year-old Army veteran with a history of mental health troubles that were known to the sheriff’s office through past welfare checks. McAfee lived on Curtis Black Road northeast of Longview off FM 2208. Key said his mother, McAfee’s sister, lives adjacent to his cousin and witnessed the shooting. The spokesman for the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately return a call inquiring about the shooting.… Read the rest of the article…
TYLER — Numerous flat tires in Tyler are being blamed on a substance the city put on the roads. When the roads began to ice over this past week, city crews started treating them with a mixture meant to provide traction — but instead it left many drivers with flattened tires. Public works director Scott Taylor says the city is now looking at went wrong. Taylor says over the next week or so, the city will re-evaluate the material and what was done procedurally before determining whether to make any changes in the material. Brine is usually the go-to for roads in icy conditions, but this time the city used a mix that included a metal substance called slag. Taylor says that’s what caused the flattened tires, although the city has used the mix without problems since 1974.
WOOD COUNTY — One of Texas’ Ten Most Wanted criminals has been arrested in California for a crime he committed in Wood County. According to KETK, Blake Everett Reed was found in San Luis Obispo County, California, north of Los Angeles. He is being extradited back to Wood County. Reed was wanted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, harassment of a public servant, assault of a public servant, assault and evading arrest/detention with a vehicle. According to DPS, in September 2016, Reed allegedly assaulted a woman in Wood County. He was arrested and charged with multiple felonies by the Wood County Sheriff’s Office, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Reed was released on bond several days later. Since May 2017, the WCSO has issued multiple warrants for Reed’s arrest. Reed also has ties to San Luis Obispo County in California, including the cities of Cambria and Cayucos.
LONGVIEW – A Longview man has received a life prison sentence for the shooting deaths of his child’s grandparents. Christopher Marvin Bell II pleaded guilty to the murders. He was sentenced Friday in 124th State District Court. Investigators say Bell went to the couple’s apartment in November, 2016, to see his daughter. He said he was not allowed inside, so he went to the back of the apartment. He jumped over the balcony, broke the glass patio door and began to fight with the victim’s. He then took out a handgun and shot the couple. After fleeing, he called police to turn himself in. He was arrested in a parking lot of a store on Estes Parkway.
GLADEWATER — Texas Rangers are investigating an officer involved shooting in Gladewater which sent one person to the hospital. It happened overnight Friday at an unknown location in the city. According to KETK, Gladewater Police said an officer shot one person after they reportedly pointed a gun at them. That person was taken to a local hospital where their condition is unknown. No law enforcement official was injured in the shooting. The investigation has been turned over to the Texas Rangers.
SMITH COUNTY — The Department of Public Safety is investigating a pedestrian-vehicle accident that left one woman dead. According to KETK, the accident took place on State Hwy 31 W at Orchard Drive around 7:20 Friday night. DPS officials said the female pedestrian, identified as Shanita Johnson, 36, Tyler, was crossing the highway from the south side of the road to the north and was struck by a car traveling east. Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident remains under investigation.
SMITH COUNTY – A lone gunman has robbed a Smith County convenience store. It was reported shortly after 9:00 Thursday night on Highway 110 North near Interstate Highway 20. The man is said to have robbed the employee of an undetermined amount of money and then left in a dark colored pickup. No injuries were reported. The suspect is described as a white male between 40 and 50 years of age.
PALESTINE – The City of Palestine is issuing a boil water notice for residents on Salt Works Road between Chancellor Drive and Bassett Road. This was caused due to a water main repair. According to the city news release, to ensure destruction of harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking and making ice should be boiled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source. Residents will be notified when the boil water notice is lifted and the water is safe to use.
LONGVIEW – A boil water notice has been issued by the Elderville Water Supply Corporation in Longview. They said on their web page the action was needed because the freezing weather caused a water shortage. To ensure destruction of harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking and making ice should be boiled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source. Residents will be notified when the boil water notice is lifted and the water is safe to use.