TYLER – The new dean of the Tyler Junior College School of Professional and Technical Programs is Bryan Renfro. He assumes his new duties August 1st. As dean, Renfro will report to the provost and vice president for academic and student affairs. He will serve on the TJC Academic and Student Affairs Council and represent TJC at key meetings and events throughout the community. Dr. Juan Mejia, TJC provost and vice president for academic and student affairs, says Renfro was selected following a national search, a thorough committee-review process, and extensive meetings with the college community. … Read More
SMITH COUNTY — An autopsy has been scheduled for an elderly man who drowned Tuesday in Lake Tyler. According to KETK, the family identified the victim as Tom Rudd, 80. Rudd’s daughter, Niki Rudd Hunt, said his body was found by his caretaker Tuesday morning, who then alerted Rudd’s neighbor. Hunt said she believes her dad was checking on the newly painted boat house when the accident happened. He wanted everything perfect for his granddaughter’s wedding events. Hunt said she was told her father had head trauma, so it’s possible he could have hit his head when the accident happened. First responders were first called to Rudd’s home around 9:00 Tuesday. Investigators said the autopsy could take at least 24 hours.
LONGVIEW – Two persons are dead in a Longview shooting. It was reported shortly after 9:15 Tuesday morning on Timpson Street near Martin Luther King Boulevard. They have been identified as Joseph Acles, 22, and Quincy Williams, 21. It appears as if they died from gunshot wounds. The deaths would be the 5th and 6th homicides of the year in Longview.
LONGVIEW – A suspicious package at the post office at 4501 McCann Road in Longview caused a brief concern. Police and firemen were called to the scene because of a package that was popping and smoking. The Longview News Journal reports it turned out to be bang snaps or poppers, the small type of firework that makes a snapping or popping noise when thrown on the ground. Authorities contacted the shipper to learn what was in the package.
MARSHALL -The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department is asking the public’s help in locating a missing man. Kelly High, 37, was last seen at his residence on Farm Road 1793. Kelly has not been seen for about a week, ever since he resigned his job at Goodwill Industries in Marshall. If you know where he can be located, you are asked to contact the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department.
TYLER – If you have a Smith County jury summons asking you to report for duty at 8:30am on Tuesday, July 26, you can disregard it. You won’t have to make the trip to the county courthouse with your yellow cards. No new panels will be needed on Tuesday, so the central jury panel is cancelled. However, if you have been asked to return for jury duty by a specific court, you must still report.
LONGVIEW – The Longview Police Department is asking the public’s help in identifying two suspected shoplifters. The two were shoplifting at Sears in the Longview Mall at 3500 McCann Road. They left in a maroon Chevrolet truck. If you can provided any information about them, contact Detective Doug Pickering at 903-237-1156 or Gregg County Crime stoppers at 903-236-7867. You can also submit tips online at greggcountycrimestoppers.org and reference case #16-12157.
LONGVIEW – A Longview man is going to prison after pleading guilty on Monday to murder. After pleading guilty, Christian Sibley, 22, of Longview, was sentenced to 33 years in prison by state District Judge David Brabham. He had been accused of the shooting death of 22 year old Jerrad Hunt. The shooting occurred in February of 2015. Police say Sibley shot Hunt during a struggle at a Longview gas station on Estes Parkway. Sibley claims he was defending himself during the fight and Hunt dropped the gun in his lap during the scuffle. He said, during a struggle over the firearm, it went off while in his lap. The victim died a few weeks later at Good Shepherd Medical Center.
HOUSTON (AP/STAFF) – We now know it’s a Gregg County woman involved in a controversial Houston rape case and lawsuit. The rape victim, with a history of mental illness, is suing Harris County saying she was wrongly jailed after testifying against her attacker. The Longview News Journal reports she is from Longview. Attorney Sean Buckley says his client has bipolar disorder and had a breakdown in December while testifying. She was committed to a hospital, discharged and then arrested as a material witness because of concern she would not return to the courtroom. A judge had her locked up until the trial resumed, even though she was not charged with a crime. … Read More
MARSHALL – Marshall police are asking for the public’s assistance in solving one of their cold cases. They are looking for any information related to the March 2010 murder of Dan Tatum. He was found lying on the shoulder of the road in the 1900 block of Tolivar Road. He died from gunshot wounds. A justice of the peace pronounced him dead about an hour and a half after Tatum was found.… Read More
TYLER – Residents of Anderson, Cherokee, Smith and Wood counties who had damage from the April storms, are eligible for disaster assistance. The deadline to register is this Friday. Disaster assistance for homeowners and renters may include grants to help pay for temporary housing and essential home repairs, as well as other serious disaster-related needs such as medical and dental expenses.… Read More
RUSK COUNTY – Two people have been killed in a two vehicle accident. The Department of Public Safety reports the crash occurred just before 9:00 Friday morning on U.S. Highway 259, one mile north of Garrison. A preliminary crash investigation stated that a 2003 Mack truck towing a trailer loaded with logs was traveling southbound on US-59 in the outside lane behind a 2004 Ford F-150. The driver of the Ford was slowing to make a right turn on CR-3286. The driver of the Mack truck failed to control its speed, striking the rear of the Ford causing it to spin and leave the west side of the roadway. The Ford then came to rest in the ditch on the west side of US-59 facing northwest.… Read More
LONGVIEW – Over 50 hot air balloons are in Longview this weekend at the Great Texas Balloon Race. The pilots are in competition through Sunday. Saturday afternoon, the festival gates open at 4:00 at the East Texas Regional Airport. Patrons will enter through the LeTourneau Hanger on Highway 349. There will be a carnival midway and a kids’ zone, and, of course, the balloons. The special shape balloons will inflate at 8:15. At 8:50, it’s the popular and crowd-pleasing balloon glow. Go to http://www.greattexasballoonrace.com for more information.… Read More
MARSHALL – A Partnership has been announced between East Texas Baptist University and the Marshall School District. Marshall ISD employees will benefit from the union by being able to get a master’s degree at the university with a reduced cost in tuition. They will now be able to pursue graduate education at ETBU for professional development in curriculum and instruction, business administration, educational leadership, and counseling under the new partnership. … Read More
PALESTINE – A suspect is in custody in connection with a Palestine robbery. The robbery occurred around 8:00 Tuesday morning at the Blow Vapor Zone. Palestine detectives were able to identify the suspect and, with warrants in hand, they went to the suspects home on Martin Luther King Boulevard. Around 5:15 yesterday afternoon, they arrested 24 year old Cameron Dewayne Shead. According to the department’s Facebook page, Shead was charged with aggravated robbery and his bond was set at $50,000.… Read More
AUSTIN – The state’s unemployment rate went up slightly in June. It did the same in Tyler and Longview. The state’s unemployment rate last month was placed at 4.5%. It was 4.4% in May. But it’s till below the nationwide jobless rate in June of 4.9%. In Tyler, The June unemployment figure was 4.8%, up from 4.1% in May. Longview’s jobless rate went from 5.5% in May to 6.5% last month. But, another way to look at the job picture last month, 95.2% of of Tyler’s civilian labor force had jobs.… Read More
LONGVIEW – Another vacant house in Longview has been damaged by fire. The latest occurred 3:00 this morning on Timpson Street. As investigators look into the cause of the fire, initial indications are it was deliberately set. There has been a string of arson fires in South Longview this year. It’s not know if the latest one is connected to the previous fires. A total of 10 have occurred in vacant homes. Gregg County Crime Stoppers has increased the reward for a tip leading to an arrest in the arson cases to $5,000.
TYLER – Acting Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran has taken his oath of office. It was administered Friday morning by U.S. District Judge Michael Schneider at the Smith County Commissioner’s Court meeting. He was selected for the post earlier this week. The position became vacant last month when Joel Baker was suspended without pay by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. The suspension followed Baker’s indictment for violations of the state’s Open Meetings Act. Moran will serve as county judge until either Baker is reinstated or his term expires in 2018. Moran has not decided if he will run for the post then. … Read More
MARSHALL – The Marshall Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating in one of their most wanted fugitives. She is Gricelda Hernandez, 33, of Marshall. She is wanted for for an outstanding felony warrant for possession of a controlled substance. Hernandez is described as 5’2, 165 pounds with a medium build. Hernandez has black hair and brown eyes. if you have any information about Hernandez’s current location, please call them at 903-935-4575 or 903-935-4540. If you wish to remain anonymous call Marshall/Harrison County Crime Stoppers at 903-935-9969.
LONGVIEW- A Longview man has been arrested after being accused of shooting a woman several times. Charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is Jose Isabel Garcia, 40. The man and woman had been arguing when Garcia is said to have grabbed her by the throat, then grabbed a pistol and shot her. The shooting occurred on Alpine Road around 7:00 Wednesday night. Garcia was arrested about an hour later on Colgate Drive. The woman is hospitalized while Garcia is in the Gregg County Jail under a $100,000 bond.
TYLER – A Tyler motorcycle officer has been injured a traffic accident. The accident happened around 1:45 Thursday afternoon. Injured was Sgt. Brian Tomlin, a 24 year veteran and supervisor of the day shift Traffic Unit. He was taken to East Texas Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. He was heading south on the Old Jacksonville Highway and was at College Avenue when hit by an SUV driven by Richard Berger, 64, of Troup. Berger was cited for Fail-to-Yield-Right-of-Way from a stop sign.
TYLER – Hastings Entertainment will be closing all of its stores, including those in East Texas. The liquidation means the closing of the Tyler store on South Broadway and the Longview store on Loop 281 and stores in Nacogdoches and Mount Pleasant. Last month, Hastings announced it had filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and was seeking a buyer. At the completion of the sale process on Wednesday, the winning buyer was a joint venture that will instead oversee the liquidation of the Hastings Stores. They now say they will have an “everything must go sale” that will end October 31st at the latest.
TYLER – Suspended Smith County Judge Joel Baker has a hearing coming up before the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. Court officials say Baker filed the request Wednesday for the post suspension hearing. It has been scheduled in Austin on August 11th. Following the hearing, the commission has 60 days to render a ruling. They can choose to continue the suspension, or terminate it or modify it. Baker was suspended without pay last month following his indictment for violations of the state’s Open Meetings Act.
MARSHALL – Some Louisiana prison inmates will be able to get a college degree, thanks to a Northeast Texas school. Wiley College in Marshall has announced it will offer prison inmates a chance to get a college degree as part of a new federal program. The prison inmates will be offered a federal Second Chance Pell Grant. This would fully fund their books and tuition as part of a degree or certification program. The pilot program allows the school to choose which prisons will benefit from the program. Wiley College has selected three in Louisiana, Madison Parish Detention Center, Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women St. Gabriel Unit and Winnfield Correctional Center. The program at the Marshall school is expected to begin no later than September of next year.
AUSTIN — A Tyler lawmaker is not pleased after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state’s voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act. The New Orleans court has ordered changes before the November election. State Representative Matt Schaefer says he strongly disagrees with the court’s ruling. He says “fraud is real and we know there is an effort to allow illegal aliens to vote in the United States.” Schaefer says if the court has left one inch of flexibility to come back and reform this bill, lawmakers will do it.… Read More
ATHENS — The board of trustees at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens have announced Dr. Jerry King is the finalist for the position of President of the college. King was named President Pro Tem for the school in May. The post became vacant in late April when school trustees suspended president Glendon Forgey. He later submitted his resignation. Trustees are scheduled to meet with Dr. King during Monday night’s meeting. No action is scheduled to be taken. When named President Pro Tem, King was serving as the school’s Vice president of Instruction. He has been with the school since 1975, serving in a variety of positions. He was even Mayor of Athens for for 10 years, starting in 1995.
TYLER – The University of Texas at Tyler has named Dr. Julie Delello director of its Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Delello is a UT Tyler School of Education faculty member with more than 20 years of experience as a practicing K-16 educator and administrator. She will oversee the center which promotes campus conversations among faculty regarding teaching and learning which are inspired by new developments in higher education. Members of UT Tyler’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers will assist Delello as center advisers.