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Body Discovered near Highway Identified, Suspect Sought

Posted/updated on: June 18, 2018 at 7:46 am

TYLER — Tyler Police have identified a body found off Highway 271 North. Police said the body of Damarion Williams, 11, was discovered in the median of the highway just after 8:00 Sunday morning. Officials believe the boy was walking near the roadway when he was stuck by a hit and run driver. The victim’s mother had called police to report her son missing around 3:00 Sunday afternoon and investigators determined it was the same person. Witnesses gave information that led to a possible suspect, Josue Alejandro Prado Ramirez (pictured), 21, Athens. Investigators located the suspect’s vehicle in Athens and issued an arrest warrant for Ramirez. Ramirez was charged with accident involving death. Bond was set at $250,000. Authorities are currently working on locating Ramirez.


Robert E. Lee Name Change on TISD Agenda

Posted/updated on: June 18, 2018 at 7:46 am

TYLER — After months of often tense discussion, Tyler’s Robert E. Lee High School may have a new name by the end of Monday’s TISD board meeting. The agenda includes two items related to the topic. In an item for discussion only, board members will first hear an update on the costs of such a move. No details are provided yet, with information to be presented at the meeting. Then trustees are due to consider amending the school’s name to Lee High School. Under the heading of “administrative recommendation,” there’s a single sentence: “The administration recommends the board resolve this issue.” The topic was initially removed last month from the June 7 board agenda, but it’s under consideration once more following outcries from those both for and against the change.


Two Men Killed in Head-On Collision

Posted/updated on: June 18, 2018 at 8:49 am

SMITH COUNTY — Two East Texas men have been killed in a head-on collision Friday night. It happened around 10:15 on FM 1253 at County Road 455, about 6.5 miles northeast of Van. According to the DPS report, John Hunt, 39, of Big Sandy, was traveling southbound on FM 1235 when he drove onto the wrong side of the roadway. He collided with an oncoming vehicle driven by Timothy Pickens, 55, of Van. Both drivers were killed. The crash remains under investigation.


Toddler Killed by Gunfire Identified

Posted/updated on: June 18, 2018 at 7:46 am

LONGVIEW — Longview police on Saturday identified a 3-year-old who fatally shot herself with a handgun on Thursday as Geneva August. According to the Longview News-Journal, Geneva was pronounced dead about two hours after officers and paramedics responded to a 7:50 p.m. call to the 800 block of Owings Avenue to investigate shots fired. Department spokesman Lt. Shane McCarter said Saturday no charges had been filed in the incident. He said it remains under investigation.


Anderson County Inmate found Dead

Posted/updated on: June 18, 2018 at 8:50 am

ANDERSON COUNTY — A female inmate was found dead inside the Anderson County Jail on Friday evening. According to our news partner KETK, a white female, age 50, died of an apparent medical condition. An autopsy has been ordered. The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office requested an independent investigation by Texas Rangers.


TJC, Texas College Sign Articulation Agreement

Posted/updated on: June 18, 2018 at 7:46 am

TYLER — Tyler Junior College and Texas College entered into an articulation agreement Friday in McKinney Hall Connector at Texas College, with a goal of strengthening the collaboration between both institutions. TJC President Dr. Mike Metke pointed out that TJC has historically partnered with Texas College for over 50 years. Metke says he’s pleased to strengthen those partnerships by providing TJC students with a completely seamless transfer to TC. Metke said TJC students can now complete their baccalaureate programs at another well-established college in Tyler.… Read the rest of the article…



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Body Discovered near Highway Identified, Suspect Sought

Posted/updated on: June 18, 2018 at 7:46 am

TYLER — Tyler Police have identified a body found off Highway 271 North. Police said the body of Damarion Williams, 11, was discovered in the median of the highway just after 8:00 Sunday morning. Officials believe the boy was walking near the roadway when he was stuck by a hit and run driver. The victim’s mother had called police to report her son missing around 3:00 Sunday afternoon and investigators determined it was the same person. Witnesses gave information that led to a possible suspect, Josue Alejandro Prado Ramirez (pictured), 21, Athens. Investigators located the suspect’s vehicle in Athens and issued an arrest warrant for Ramirez. Ramirez was charged with accident involving death. Bond was set at $250,000. Authorities are currently working on locating Ramirez.


Robert E. Lee Name Change on TISD Agenda

Posted/updated on: June 18, 2018 at 7:46 am

TYLER — After months of often tense discussion, Tyler’s Robert E. Lee High School may have a new name by the end of Monday’s TISD board meeting. The agenda includes two items related to the topic. In an item for discussion only, board members will first hear an update on the costs of such a move. No details are provided yet, with information to be presented at the meeting. Then trustees are due to consider amending the school’s name to Lee High School. Under the heading of “administrative recommendation,” there’s a single sentence: “The administration recommends the board resolve this issue.” The topic was initially removed last month from the June 7 board agenda, but it’s under consideration once more following outcries from those both for and against the change.


Two Men Killed in Head-On Collision

Posted/updated on: June 18, 2018 at 8:49 am

SMITH COUNTY — Two East Texas men have been killed in a head-on collision Friday night. It happened around 10:15 on FM 1253 at County Road 455, about 6.5 miles northeast of Van. According to the DPS report, John Hunt, 39, of Big Sandy, was traveling southbound on FM 1235 when he drove onto the wrong side of the roadway. He collided with an oncoming vehicle driven by Timothy Pickens, 55, of Van. Both drivers were killed. The crash remains under investigation.


Toddler Killed by Gunfire Identified

Posted/updated on: June 18, 2018 at 7:46 am

LONGVIEW — Longview police on Saturday identified a 3-year-old who fatally shot herself with a handgun on Thursday as Geneva August. According to the Longview News-Journal, Geneva was pronounced dead about two hours after officers and paramedics responded to a 7:50 p.m. call to the 800 block of Owings Avenue to investigate shots fired. Department spokesman Lt. Shane McCarter said Saturday no charges had been filed in the incident. He said it remains under investigation.


Anderson County Inmate found Dead

Posted/updated on: June 18, 2018 at 8:50 am

ANDERSON COUNTY — A female inmate was found dead inside the Anderson County Jail on Friday evening. According to our news partner KETK, a white female, age 50, died of an apparent medical condition. An autopsy has been ordered. The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office requested an independent investigation by Texas Rangers.


TJC, Texas College Sign Articulation Agreement

Posted/updated on: June 18, 2018 at 7:46 am

TYLER — Tyler Junior College and Texas College entered into an articulation agreement Friday in McKinney Hall Connector at Texas College, with a goal of strengthening the collaboration between both institutions. TJC President Dr. Mike Metke pointed out that TJC has historically partnered with Texas College for over 50 years. Metke says he’s pleased to strengthen those partnerships by providing TJC students with a completely seamless transfer to TC. Metke said TJC students can now complete their baccalaureate programs at another well-established college in Tyler.… Read the rest of the article…



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