GILMER – Another marijuana field has been discovered in the area. The latest was found Friday morning in Upshur County. A contingent of law officers converged on the fields around 5:00 this morning. It is located about eight miles north of Gilmer off Highway 155. Officers found six different fields with over 7,000 plants. And, like the others that have been discovered recently, they found a camp and a nearby water source that was used to irrigate the plants. No suspects were found at the site. The landowner told officers he didn’t know the plants were being grown on his property. In mid August, 2,500 plants were found growing in a field in northern Upshur County. Since then, other marijuana fields were found in Smith, Anderson, Henderson and Van Zandt Counties.
The annual East Texas State Fair is up and running in Tyler. The fair opened off west Front Street Friday morning with Boomers and Senior Day activities in the Rose Garden Center. Saturday night, JB and The Moonshine Band will perform. The entertainment is free with your fair admission. And today, you will be able to see a sword swallower, the extreme high dive show, exhibits, carnival and a lot more. The fair runs through October 2nd.
TYLER – Testing results from ongoing monitoring show Tyler Water Utilities continues to improve the city’s drinking water quality. The latest readings from all eight sampling sites are below the maximum contaminant level threshold of 60 parts per billion for haloacetic acids. An excessive amount of the acid was noticed in the water last October. Very heavy rains last spring are believed to have caused the problem. Mayor Martin Heines requested a third party evaluation of Tyler Water Utilities and its water treatment processes. The company hired by the city found the facilities to be well maintained and effectively operated. They did make several recommendations to reduce the formation of disinfection by products. Some have been completed and others will be completed in several months.
TYLER – After searching for nearly half a year, the City of Tyler has selected David Coble of Fort Worth as the new fire chief. He will officially start his new job on November 7. Coble served as the executive assistant fire chief for Fort Worth for the past seven years and was the acting fire chief for most of 2015. He managed two of the department’s three divisions, including the Educational and Support Services division which includes the functions of training, EMS, supply, fire equipment services, fleet management, communications and emergency management. Coble succeeds Tim Johnson, a 35-year veteran of the City of Tyler Fire Department. He retired in April.
TYLER – It’s time for the ten day run of the East Texas State Fair in Tyler. The fair runs through October 2nd off West Front Street. It all started with Boomers and Senior Day activities this morning. And this year, those activities took place in the Rose Garden Center. Entertainment this year includes Restless Heart and Tracy Bird. And the entertainment is free with your fair admission. Add to that the attractions, livestock exhibits, a carnival and the great fair food, its entertainment for the entire family. You can go to East Texas Fair-dot com for a schedule of activities.… Read More
TYLER – Persons in southeast Tyler Friday night will be able to see fireworks. No, it’s not an early start to a 4th of July celebration. The fireworks will follow the Grace Community School homecoming football game. The display, which has been properly permitted through the City of Tyler, is expected to begin between 9:30-10:00pm. It should last around 30 minutes.The Tyler Fire Department will have a unit on stand-by during the event to provide services, if needed.
TYLER – Starting at 8:00 Friday morning, the intersection of Tenneha Avenue and 26th Street will be closed. This is being done as part of the Palace, 26th and Grand Project. Construction plans for this area include a sanitary sewer relocation, installation of two six foot by six foot box culverts and grading, subgrade and asphalt work. All of this is for the extension of 26th Street from Tenneha Avenue to North Palace Avenue. The intersection is expected to be closed for the duration of the construction, whic his estimated to take about two months
TYLER — Representative Matt Schaefer announced on Thursday that the Office of Public Utility Counsel will intervene in the Liberty Utility rate increase case. This means the state will be representing the company’s Smith County customers in various hearings. The Public Utility Commission will be conducting a hearing. Then the case should go to an Austin Court for a hearing. According to Schaefer, “The rate increase for Liberty Utility customers concerns me greatly and I have urged officials in Austin to do everything within the law to oppose unreasonable prices.” Schaefer said, he he first saw the rate increase proposal it made his eyes pop out. He says he feels the increase is excessive. Under the proposed increase, some Tyler customers will see their rates go from $27.75 a month, to just over $96 by next March. Smith County home owners could see an increase ranging from 44% to 75%.
LONGVIEW – A Gregg County man is in custody in a sexual assault case. The Gregg County Sheriff’s Department has arrested Thomas Levi Coty Ferrell, 22, of Gladewater. He has been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. Ferrell has been booked into the Gregg County Jail. His bond is $100,000.
LONGVIEW — LeTourneau University has been issued a U.S. Patent for a closed-loop microwave joining device. It can weld ceramics to metals and has the potential to be used in numerous industries. Two engineering professors, Dr. Yoni Adonyi and Dr. Seung Kim, along with two LETU engineering alumni, Alan Worchester and Ithamar Glumac, are co-inventors of the patent, number 9,374,853. All four names appear on the patent, which marks the first U.S. patent awarded to full time LETU faculty working with full time students since the school was founded in 1946. Potential uses for the device are where critical joints between advanced metals, ceramics and composites cannot be made any other way in the electronics, defense and aerospace industries. While the vast majority of microwave joining applications focus on polymers, or plastics, this invention tackles the other two major material types, advanced manufacturing of metals and ceramics.
LONGVIEW – A Kilgore man, who had been out of jail on bond following a Longview murder, is back in jail today. Gary Joe Murphy, 52, had been out on a $10,000 bond. He had earlier admitted to the stabbing of Arnold Lee McCollaum, 47, Jr., of Longview, in September of last year. He told officers he had held him down until he bled to death. He had been out on bond because the Gregg County District Attorney’s office had failed to indict him within a 90-day deadline. The Longview News Journal reports American Bail Bonds filed an affidavit stating they intended to surrender the bond because Murphy did not contact his bondsman. … Read More
TYLER — There was a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning at the University of Texas at Tyler. It marked the start of construction of the future home of the school’s College of Business and Technology. It’s a four-story 140,000 square-foot building. The school’s new $56 million structure is part of a larger project that will include an adjacent parking garage, adding roughly 400 parking spaces. There will also be renovations to the current business building, which will become the new home of the College of Arts and Sciences. The new building will feature student meeting places, classrooms and specialized experimental labs, as well as faculty offices, a courtyard, specialized landscaping and a second floor terrace. It’s expected to be completed in June 2018.
TYLER – The United Way of Smith County is adding five new agencies. The board of the United Way approved the allocation committee’s recommendations at Wednesday’s meeting. The new agencies are Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances, Christian Women’s Job Corps of Tyler, East Texas Food Bank, Meals on Wheels Ministry and PATH. They join some twenty other agencies under the United Way umbrella. The new agencies will immediately participate in the current campaign and will be eligible to receive designations. They will then participate in the next grant process, which will start in April.
TYLER – What was supposed to be a purchase through social media has turned into a Tyler robbery and police looking for three suspects. A TJC student was robbed around 7:30 Wednesday night at 1414 Magnolia Street. The student told officers he was in a car when a suspect pulled a gun on him. One of the suspects took the student’s cell phone and undisclosed amount of money. They drove away in a dark blue Honda sedan. They were last seen driving north of Beckham. The suspects were described as a black female and two black males. No injuries were reported.… Read More
LONGVIEW – A Longview man is facing a couple of charges after being accused of burglarizing a home. Officers say as they answered a suspicious person call, they saw a man coming from the back of a Lane Wells Drive home. He was carrying what appeared to be a duffel bag and a back pack. He was said to have grabbed a bicycle and fled officers, but was arrested a short time later. Detric Deshawn Sheffield, 31, was booked into the Gregg County jail on charges of burglary of a habitation and evading arrest.
LUFKIN – A man claiming to be Jesus, has been arrested by Lufkin police. Officers were called to a North First Street home on a man who was trespassing. When they tried to arrest him, 22 year old Darion Anthony Amie told officers several times he was Jesus. On his way to jail, he also told officers he was rich, had a pretty girlfriend and they would have to release him, because he was Jesus. Amie has been charged with criminal trespass and resisting arrest. His bonds total $3,000 and he was booked into the Angelina County Jail.
TYLER – Smith County has received an award from the National Procurement Institute. The county’s purchasing department earned the 2016 Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award. The award measures state-of-the-art best practices. Smith County also received the award in 2011, 2012 and 2015. The county was one of only eight counties in Texas and one of 48 counties in the United States and Canada, to be recognized by the organization. Smith County Purchasing Director Kim Gould will accept the award for the county at the association’s annual convention in November.
MARSHALL – In its opening tournament of the year, The East Texas Baptist University Debate Team has every reason to be proud. Among the 11 teams competing in the Lee College Mendoza Debate Tournament, the ETBU team placed third. The seven member team came in ahead of such schools as Stephen F. Austin State University, Southern Methodist University, and Northwestern State University. … Read More
TYLER – The National Association of Biology Teachers has awarded a Tyler Junior College biology professor its highest honor. Dr. Margaret “Betsy” Ott has been named the 2016 NABT Honorary member. Honorary members become lifetime members of NABT.She will be formally recognized with the award during the NABT Honors Luncheon on Saturday, November 5, in Denver. Ott has been a professor at TJC since 1982, teaching anatomy and physiology, general biology for non-science majors, and biology for majors.
TYLER – Tyler police are asking for the public’s help in identifying an auto burglary suspect. The man is said to have stolen some keys from a locker at the Woodcreek Athletic Club. He then used the keys to enter a man’s truck and stole his wallet. Some of the credit cards stolen from the wallet have been used at different businesses around Tyler. The suspect was captured on video and described as a black male in his late 40’s to early 50’s and was approximately 300lbs with a beard. If you can identify him, you are asked to contact the Tyler Police Department.
TYLER – One person has been killed in a Tyler vehicle/pedestrian accident. The wreck happened shortly before 11:15 Tuesday morning near the intersection of West Gentry Parkway and North Albertson Street. Killed was Jessica Palma. She died after being hit by a pickup driven by Frank Brinkney Cobb Jr, 59. Police report Cobb was heading east on West Gentry when he veered to the right and hit Palma who was walking on the improved shoulder. Cobb’s truck then hit a tree. He was not injured. The investigation into the wreck is continuing.
HAWKINS – One person is dead following an officer involved shooting in Wood County. It happened late Monday night when deputies were sent to the Gary Don Lafon residence on County Road 3955. The caller said the man was suicidal. Using a phone and a loud speaker, they tried to contact him. When he didn’t respond deputies entered the house and the man is said to have pointed a gun at them. That’s when he was shot. The body has been sent to Dallas for autopsy. The deputies, who were not injured, were placed on administrative leave during the investigation.
TYLER – One unit of a south Tyler duplex has been extensively damaged by fire. The two alarm fire was reported around 8:00 Tuesday morning at 400 Thigpen Drive. The two residents were not injured but two pet dogs died. Fire Marshal Brandon Davis says it appears as if the fire started when a burner on the kitchen range was left of and nearby material caught fire.
KILGORE – Authorities have identified a body found Monday in Kilgore. The body of 37 year old Adam Dean Mugan of Kilgore was found off South Commerce Street. Investigators were called out around 2:15 Monday afternoon to a lease road serving a utility right-of-way. It’s believed the body may have been there since Saturday. Family members, who found the body, say he had not been seen since last Friday. The body was sent to a Tyler lab for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Meanwhile the investigation into what has been called a suspicious death is continuing.
TYLER – A Tyler man has now been charged with a third robbery in a string of robberies that started last Month. On Monday, officers arrested 33 year old Jaime Valle. He was charged with two Tyler robberies. On Tuesday, a third robbery charge was added. Investigators say Valle was responsible for the robbery of two Exxon stations over the weekend. One is located on the Northwest Loop and the other at 1811 South Broadway. He is also accused of the August 18th robbery of a convenience store on Gentry Parkway. He remains in the Smith County Jail on bonds totaling $600,000.
GREGG COUNTY — Longview artist and author Jan Statman was killed in a two-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon north of the city. The Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed the fatality late Monday. Statman, 81, was driving west on Tryon Road near Judson when she attempted to cross U.S. 259 North. She reportedly drove her sedan into the path of an SUV that was going north on U.S. 259. Statman was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred about 3:00. The SUV’s driver, Jennifer Garcia, 42, and her passenger, Noe Garcia, 43, both of Longview, were transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center in stable condition with unknown injuries.… Read More
KILGORE – Kilgore police are investigating a body found off South Commerce Street. Investigators were called out around 2:30 Monday afternoon to a lease road serving a utility right-of-way. It’s believed the body may have been there since Saturday. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of death.
TYLER – The City of Tyler will host a town hall meeting next week on a proposed rate increase from Liberty Utilities. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 28th, at 5:00pm at the Faulkner Park Police Substation. Liberty Utilities provides wastewater services to nearly 3,800 Smith County residents under the names of Tall Timbers Sewer and Woodmark Sewer. Under the proposed increase, some Tyler customers will see their rates go from $27.75 a month, to just over $96 by next March. Smith County home owners could see an increase ranging from 44% to 75%. Liberty Utilities customers, both inside and outside the Tyler city limits are invited to the meeting.
LUFKIN – A Lufkin teenager has learned the hard way, when a police officer asks your name, give him your real name. Police were called out to a Lufkin hospital because a couple refused a security officer’s request to leave. When an police officer asked his name, the man is said to have gestured toward a woman and said “that’s thing one, I’m thing two.” When the officer asked, “that’s your name?” The man repeated what he had said. It was then that Gregory Alex Mosby, 18, was arrested on a charge of failure to identify. His bail was set at $1,500 on the Class B misdemeanor.