MARSHALL – Marshall police are looking for an assault suspect. An arrest warrant has been issued for Dillon Burr, 23, of Marshall. He is being charged with injury to the disabled, which is a felony. He is also wanted for a parole violation warrant out of Harrison County. Shortly before12:30 on Sunday morning, Burr is said to have repeatedly hit a man and knocked him to the ground at the Chevron Service Station on East End Boulevard North. If you know where Burr may be found, you are asked to contact Marshall police.
LINDALE – Lindale police are looking for a man who is accused of leaving a store without paying for what he had. He is said to have walked out of the Brookshire’s in Lindale without paying. He may be doing the same thing at the Brookshire’s in Mineola. There is no vehicle description available. If you recognize the man, you are asked to contact Lindale police.
REKLAW – A one vehicle accident on a wet Rusk County road has killed a Galveston man. Dead at the scene was Austin Guilmette, 19. The DPS report said he was heading south of Farm Road 839 north of Reklaw at an unsafe speed. His pickup left the road as he exited a curve, and hit a tree. The accident occurred just before 9:00 Monday morning.
LONGVIEW – Longview police have arrested a Panola County man for trying to cash a forged check. Officers were called to a bank on East Whaley. That’s where they found Blake Ryan Stanford, 21, of Carthage. He told officers that he and another person had done some yard work for someone. He said the other person drove him to the bank and gave him a check. Stanford said he forged the check owner’s name on it and was attempting to cash the check for $100. He was charged with forgery and booked into the Gregg County Jail.
GILMER – An Upshur County woman has been found guilty of attacking a woman with a cooking pot. Francis Bailey Clark, 77, of Big Sandy, was found guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. She was was sentenced by the judge to five years in prison, probated for two years, along with community service and anger management. It all started in January 2016 when she confronted a woman about money she felt was owed her. Clark is said to have injured the woman when she hit her with a large heavy metal cooking pot. She claimed self-defense. The jury didn’t buy it.
JACKSONVILLE – The couple involved in a fatal train accident in Cherokee County has been identified. Killed in the June 13th incident was Michael Matthew Heiskell, 28, of Pampa. The woman, who was injured, is Shelby Laws, 26, of Conroe. The two had been riding on top of a Union Pacific freight train. Both were knocked from the train. The man fell off near Jacksonville. The woman was able to hold on, and jumped off when the train slowed down in the Troup area. She suffered a broken leg. Investigators say the two met in Austin where they traveled together to San Marcos, where they jumped on the train. The train, which had originated in Laredo, was carrying autos to Chicago.
GILMER – An Upshur County man has pleaded guilty to killing his stepfather. Clinton Ray Allen, 45, of Gilmer entered the guilty plea in state district court in Gilmer Tuesday morning. He was sentenced to 45 years in prison. He was charged in the April 6th shooting of James Earl Robertson. He was found with a gunshot wound to his head in his home on Holly Road, southwest of Gilmer. Following his arrest Allen told officers that he shot his stepdad because he had talked bad about his dead mother.
SULPHUR SPRINGS – And East Texas trusty has escaped from a Hopkins County work detail. The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Department says on its Facebook page, Barney Dwayne Ebey,53, escaped while performing work at the Hopkins County Civic Center around 8:00 Tuesday morning. He was wearing green trusty jail stripes when he escaped. Ebey was in jail after being accused of engaging in organized crime in connection with the theft of heavy equipment. You are asked to contact your local law enforcement agency or the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Department if you come across Ebey.
TYLER – Smith County Commissioners learned about the community of Bullard during Tuesday’s commissioners’ court session. Mayor Pam Frederick, who gave the presentation, believes Bullard is a shining star in East Texas and is proud to be a part of its progress. The presentation was part of the commissioners’ Connecting Communities initiative. The city was formed in 1867, but became known as Bullard in 1883. Mayor Fredreck says the town has seen a slow shift in focus over time. The mayor said from 2000 to 2010, Bullard experienced 114% growth in its population, and it is on track to have the same increase by the next Census. From 2010 to 2017, the city has grown 62.4%, to about 4,000 residents. … Read More
MARSHALL – Their was a promotion ceremony Monday afternoon at the Marshall Police Department. Officer Cory Adkinson was promoted to sergeant. He has been with the Marshall Police Department since 2011. He began his law enforcement career in 2011 with the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office as a Detention Officer. He left Gregg County to put himself through the Kilgore College Police Academy. During his police career in Marshall, Adkinson has worked in many capacities. He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division. He is a Field Training Officer and a member of the Marshall Police Department SWAT team.
LUFKIN – A Nacogdoches man is heading to federal prison because of drug trafficking violations. Jon McNeely, 24, was sentenced in Lufkin Monday by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark, to 20 years in prison. He had pleaded guilty in March to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. According to federal prosecutors, McNeely was a major methamphetamine trafficker in Nacogdoches and Angelina counties. His drug trafficking organization was responsible for distributing over 15 kilograms of methamphetamine in the area.
LONGVIEW – A Marshall man has been indicted in Gregg County in a February murder. The district attorney’s office announced on Monday Darrell Wayne Wilson, 58, has been indicted in the February death of Ivory Neil Wilson, 57, of Longview. Her body was found in her apartment after officers had been sent there on a welfare check. Officers had been told that no one had been able to get in touch with the woman for several days. After running down numerous leads, officers were able to arrest Ivory on April 28th. He remains in the Gregg County Jail under a $250,000 bond.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A federal judge on Monday heard arguments before he decides whether a new Texas “sanctuary cities” crackdown backed by the Trump administration can take effect. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia appeared interested in how the law signed by Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and scheduled to take effect in September would be enforced. The measure lets police ask people about immigration status during routine stops.
AUSTIN (AP) — Baylor University officials say the school is being investigated by the NCAA in the wake of a sexual assault scandal that led to the firing of football coach Art Briles and the departure of the school president. In a legal filing last week, Baylor lawyers told a federal judge the NCAA probe is “an ongoing, pending investigation.” Attorneys for several women suing the school have demanded Baylor turn over its communications with the NCAA. A Baylor spokeswoman declined further comment.
DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas police officer has surrendered to authorities after being indicted on a count of aggravated assault by a public servant in the shooting death of a woman. Christopher Hess, 39, is being held at the Dallas County jail on a $250,000 bond. He’s accused in the January death of 21-year-old Genevive Dawes, who authorities say was driving a stolen car and ignored police commands when she drove into a police cruiser and took other actions that prompted Hess to shoot.
HUNTSVILLE (AP) — A prisoner on Texas death row for the slaying of a corrections officer has received an execution date for later this year. Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark says the agency has received court documents setting Robert Pruett for lethal injection October 12.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ruled against a Texas death row inmate who said his lawyers failed to challenge a faulty jury instruction at his trial and on appeal. The justices ruled 5-4 on Monday that Erick Davila could not bring a claim that his appeals lawyer was ineffective for failing to challenge the work of his trial lawyer.
CORPUS CHRISTI (AP) — Authorities say a Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Houston was diverted after a passenger became disruptive and attempted to open an exterior door while the plane was in the air. Southwest Flight 4519 was diverted Sunday to the Texas Gulf coast city of Corpus Christi, where the passenger was removed.
PALESTINE – The preliminary autopsy report on the body of a Palestine woman shows the death to be a homicide. The body of Ricki Deann Taylor, 46, was found Friday night in a remote location between Grapeland and Latexo in Houston County. She was last seen last Wednesday night, and reported missing on Thursday. Taylor’s family members posted on Facebook that her blue Ford pickup was found in Willie Myers Park in Palestine with damage and that it looks like it had been forced off the road. The preliminary report said she died from a gunshot wound to the head. Palestine police say the investigation is ongoing and that detectives are pursuing all leads, with the assistance of the Texas Rangers. … Read More
PALESTINE – A second person killed in an Anderson County fire has been identified. The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office says Amanda Beth Corson, 40, of Palestine was the second person killed in a June 18th fire. It occurred on County Road 2901 Southwest of Palestine. The fire also killed Casey Lee Williamson, 41, who lived at the residence. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. It remains under investigation by the sheriff’s department and the state fire marshal’s office.
LONGVIEW – In partnership with the Emancipation Day Celebration and the Juneteenth Activity Planning Committee, Longview’s Broughton Recreation Center will be the site for Juneteenth activities tomorrow. It begins with a parade that will be held on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The parade will start at 10:00am at Ryder Drive and continues to the Broughton Recreation Center. Activities include the second day of a softball tournament, live entertainment at 1:00, a car show at 2:00 and a 3-point shootout in the gym at 3:00. There will also be youth activities and vendors at the Park. Longview’s Juneteenth activities wrap up the following Saturday at 7:30pm with a rodeo at the rodeo arena.
LUFKIN – A suspect is in custody in a fatal hit and run accident in Lufkin. Shanna Ellison, 20, of Lufkin, surrendered to authorities Friday morning. She had been named in a warrant charging her with failure to stop and render aid-accident involving death. Manuel Escobedo, 80, of Lufkin, was walking home Monday night when hit by a car on Martin Luther King Drive. He was taken to CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Lufkin and then flown to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler where he died.… Read More
TYLER – There has been a change in the leadership of the Salvation Army in Tyler. Majors Ben and Doris Lawrence have received new appointments in The Salvation Army’s Arkansas and Oklahoma Division. They will be moving Sunday. Taking their place are Commanding Officers, Captains Robert and Nicole Parker (pictured). Robert has served in The Salvation Army for 11 years and Nicole for 8 years. Also coming to Tyler is Associate Corps Officer, Major Elizabeth Forrer. She has served The Salvation Army as an officer for over 33 years.
TYLER – The Tyler Fire Department has issued a scam alert. Fire department Captain Brandon Davis says an organization called the “Association for Firefighters and Paramedics, Inc.” is in Tyler soliciting donations. Davis said neither the Tyler Fire Deprtment or the local Firefighter’s Association are associated with this organization. He also said they do not endorse it. It was suggested, if a business or individual is thinking about making a donation they should do their research and make an educated decision. If someone has concerns or questions they can call Fire Administration at 903-535-0005.
Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran has announced he will be running for that same post next year. Judge Moran made the announcement at a news conference Friday morning. The Smith County Commissioners Court, last July, selected Moran as county judge following the suspension of Judge Joel Baker. Moran is currently completing Baker’s unexpired term. Judge Moran says he sees a bright future for Smith County, but he also understands that there are important challenges that cannot be ignored. He cites the need to continue to build trust with the community, be transparent, and engage in strategic planning for future infrastructure needs. And he pledged, if elected he would continue to strategically and systematically address the needs of the county. … Read More
AUSTIN (AP/STAFF) – Unemployment numbers are out for May and Tyler is beating the state trend. Labor officials say the Texas unemployment rate slipped to 4.8% in May. That compares to 5% statewide unemployment during April. The nationwide unemployment rate in May was 4.3%. Tyler’s unemployment rate last month was 4.1% It was 4.4% in April and 4/1% in May of last year. Longview’s unemployment rate for May was 5.4%, down from 5/7% in April. It was 5.7% in May of last year.… Read More
GILMER – An Upshur County jury has sentenced a Dallas man to a lengthy prison sentence for bail jumping and failure to appear in court. Jud Waymond Smith, 68, was found guilty shortly before 1:00 Thursday afternoon. About 3 hours later the jury sentenced him to 75 years in prison. Upshur County DA Billy Bird said Smith had 7 prior felony convictions ranging from aggravated assault with a deadly weapon to retaliation against a peace officer. Bird said his crimes, including assaulting women, go back to the early 80s.
TYLER – The Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office is hand delivering letters to up to 20 residents in the immediate area of Tyler Welder Supply. They are being told that Shaw Environmental will send crews to clean up debris around the neighborhood. Residents are asked to no to touch or removing any debris until it can be cleaned up. The crews will also be cleaning debris from the business site. The cleanup will begin on Friday and is expected to be completed by Sunday evening.
TYLER – The Cowan Center’s 2017/2018 lineup has been announced. Executive Director Susan Thomae-Morphew announced the lineup for the 20th season at a Thursday news conference. There is something for everyone, from headline performers, Broadway plays, a dance troupe and political commentators. There will be plays like Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz, Mowtown the musical, and a historical drama, filled with songs, about the Christmas Truce of 1914.… Read More
MARSHALL – The East Texas Baptist University School of Nursing is relocating to the historic Marshall Grand in downtown Marshall. The building is the newly-renovated circa 1929 former Hotel Marshall located on the Harrison County Courthouse Square in downtown Marshall. School officials say that moving the school to downtown Marshall will give students and faculty enhanced and expanded space, giving them room to grow. The School of Nursing at ETBU and been in operation since 1992.… Read More