KILGORE – Kilgore College trustees will be considering closing three programs when they meet on Monday. A trustee’s committee has recommended closing the surgical technology, drafting and design and commercial photography programs. The three programs offer an associate of applied science degree and certificate of completion. According to a news release from the school, should trustees decide to close the program, selected drafting courses would still be offered as part of its manufacturing programs. The college also said it will still offer academic transfer photography courses in support of the transfer curriculum for journalism.… Read More
TYLER – The preliminary cause of the fire at Tyler Welders Supply earlier this week has been released. According to Smith County Fire Marshal Connie McCoy-Wasson, the fire “appears to be accidental.” She said they are still waiting to get in to the building to do a full investigation and establish where the fire started. She expects investigators to be able to get into the building Friday morning to begin their full investigation. The fire started around 1:45 Tuesday afternoon. The fire ignited gas for welding supplies. Multiple explosions occurred when the blaze reached tanks, firing tanks and shrapnel high into the air. There were no injuries.
TYLER – Keep America Beautiful has announced that Keep Tyler Beautiful is the recipient of a 2017 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Grant. The $5,000 will be used to combat cigarette litter in Tyler. Keep Tyler Beautiful will use funds to improve to install 26 cigarette waste receptacles throughout the city. They will focus heavily on the Downtown area and areas where foot traffic is predominant. Research by Keep America Beautiful has shown that for each cigarette waste receptacle installed, cigarette litter is reduced by 9%. Keep Tyler Beautiful is one of 37 organizations to receive grant funding for 2017. Communities that implemented the this program in 2016 saw an average of 60% in cigarette litter. This is an 8% increase in comparison to 2015 results.
TYLER – The Tyler Public Library has been awarded a $6,000 grant through the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. With the grant, funded through the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Tyler library now becomes a Family Place Library (FPL) site. A FPL is established through a network of children’s librarians nationwide who believe that literacy begins at birth and that libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families. Now, children three and younger and their caregivers will have designated activities and programs at the Tyler Public Library specifically designed to lay a strong foundation for literacy.… Read More
LONGVIEW – The Longview police department is alerting residents about work at home and online jobs scams. The way it works, the victim submits an application by email for the job. Then they receive a fraudulent check for payment of their duties. They are told to deposit the check in their account, then remove the funds and wire the money to another account. That money ends up in the hands of the overseas scammer. Most of these jobs are linked to Nigerian scammers. The bank then tells the victim the check is fraudulent and they are responsible for the money. You can get more information on this scam from the FBI and Federal Trade Commission websites.
TYLER – A Tyler man has been indicted for intoxication manslaughter in connection with a fatal Tyler wreck. The Smith County grand jury indicted 24 year old Terry Lee Jr. last week. He was arrested by U.S. Marshals in May in connection with the death of 58 year old Harold Wayne Coleman of Tyler in February. Lee’s car crashed on Gentry Parkway at Shawnee Boulevard. Lee’s toxicology test shows his alcohol blood content level was at .092 following the wreck. The legal limit is .08. He remains in the Smith County Jail under a $500,000 Bond. The accident occurred on February 9th. Lee’s car veered across the southeast bound lanes, left the roadway and struck a guide wire for a telephone pole. The vehicle rolled and struck a building. Four others in the car were injured.
TYLER – A north Texas woman has pleaded guilty in Tyler federal court to drug conspiracy charges. Nimrose Khan, 35, of Carrollton entered her guilty plea Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge K. Nicole Mitchell. A combined task force of federal, state and local law enforcement officers, executed federal arrest and search warrants in Plano, Carrollton, Dallas and Tyler. The warrants stemmed from a joint investigation in which the Smith County Sheriff’s office took part. Federal prosecutors say Khan and her co-defendants, conspired to distribute synthetic drugs at two businesses. One of those was the Minute Stop/Valero Gas Station on Highway 64 West in Tyler. … Read More
LONGVIEW – Longview’s emergency sirens are now all working again. All 20 of the city’s emergency warning sirens sounded and rotated during Wednesday’s test of the system. However, a timing issue was identified which will be addressed as soon as possible. During the test, the sirens sounded for five minutes as scheduled, but only rotated for three minutes. It is believed that this was due to a setting within the electronic equipment. These settings will be examined and adjustments will be made as soon as possible. A follow-up test will occur next Wednesday, June 21 at noon, weather permitting, to confirm that the settings have been adjusted correctly.… Read More
MARSHALL – A man responsible for numerous burglaries is in custody. On Tuesday, officers saw a man looking through business windows. When they tried to check on him, he ran. After a brief chase, officers caught Lavonta Moore, 18, of Marshall. It was discovered he was wanted for theft. He was booked into the Harrison County Jail. While talking with detectives, Moore admitted to burglarizing Blissmoor Valley Ranch, The General Store and Barbie’s Formal Wear, all last Saturday. He is now charged with three counts of burglary of a building, one count of criminal mischief, evading arrest, assault on a public servant and a theft charge from that separate case.
LONGVIEW – Today is the 12th annual National Dump the Pump Day. And Longview residents will benefit from it. Longview Transit is joining with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the activity. Longview transit is offering free rides on Thursday. The slogan of this year’s activity is “Dump the Pump, Ride Public Transit.” Started in June 2006 when gas prices were $3 per gallon, this national day emphasizes that public transportation is a convenient travel option that also helps people save money. According to the April American Public Transportation Association Transit Savings Report, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $9,312 annually by downsizing to one car.… Read More
TYLER – A Jacksonville man is going to federal prison for drug trafficking violations. Abdul Kriem Lugman, 41, pleaded guilty in January to possession with intent to distribute about 24 grams of cocaine. He was sentenced Wednesday to 180 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark. In December 2015, officers responded to a report of drug dealing at the Home Place Inn. They could see Lugman in a chair with a small white rock-like substance in his hand near a digital scale. A search of the room turned up crack cocaine, cash, digital scales, a police scanner, firearms and other drugs and drug paraphernalia.
TYLER – The rescheduled test of Tyler’s Outdoor Warning System and Tyler Emergency Alert System will be on Thursday. At 11:00am, the City of Tyler will activate the Outdoor Warning System along with the Tyler Emergency Alert System (Sudden-link Communications). If you should have any questions concerning the operation of the Outdoor Warning System or the Tyler Emergency Alert System, please contact Amanda Cook, Tyler Police Department at 531-1030.
TYLER – A Tyler hospital has been included in Becker’s Hospital Review’s recently published the 2017 edition of “100 Great Community Hospitals.” It is a list based on hospitals’ accolades, quality of care and services provided to their patient populations. For the 5th year in a row CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Tyler has earned this honor. The Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on analysis of several ranking and award agencies. This includes U.S. News and World Report’s 2016-17 Honor Roll and specialty rankings, CMS star ratings, Leapfrog grades, Truven Health Analytics top hospitals, Most Wired hospitals and Magne accreditation. The hospitals included on this list are recognized for quality, patient satisfaction and overall excellence. … Read More
JACKSONVILLE – A man accused of attempted sexual assault and impersonating a public servant is in custody in Cherokee County. Arrested was Emmitt Harrell Christian, 22. He is said to have impersonated a police officer and hand cuffed a woman and groped and kissed her. When another car came to the park where the couple were, Christian is said to have released the woman and left.The woman then alerted authorities. With a description of the suspect, Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies found Christian and his pickup at Love’s Lookout.… Read More
ARP – A man wanted by numerous agencies have been arrested in a traffic stop in Arp. Tom Rece McPherson, 47 of Arp, was stopped by Arp police on Tuesday. According to the department’s Facebook page, McPherson was wanted by multiple Agencies on 7 felony warrants for forgery of a financial instrument. During the stop, officers found narcotics on him. They also seized several items from his motor vehicle that are used to commit forgery. Besides the outstanding warrants, McPherson has also been charged with possession of a controlled substance. He remains in the Smith County jail.… Read More
TYLER – A series of explosions and fire ripped through Tyler Welder’s Supply on U.S. Highway 271, just north of the Tyler city limits. It began around 1:45 Tuesday afternoon, forcing some evacuations and shutting down Highway 271 in both directions. By Tuesday night, traffic was flowing through the area again. Employees were able to flee the building and no injuries were reported. Smith County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Darrell Coslin told KETK, gas for welding supplies ignited and multiple explosions occurred when the blaze reached tanks, firing tanks and shrapnel high into the air. Firemen were still on the scene, watching as the fire burned itself out. Investigators will be trying to determine how the fire started.
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TYLER – A Tyler man is going to prison for drug trafficking. Nyrearae Lewis, 34, pleaded guilty on January 5 to possession with intent to distribute crack and powder cocaine. He was sentenced Tuesday to 57 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark. According to federal prosecutors in May of last year, Lewis transported about 130 grams of cocaine to a residence in Tyler, Texas, with the intent to sell it. Once Lewis arrived at the house, he was assisted by the homeowner in converting some of the cocaine to around 44 grams of crack. The homeowner declined to purchase any of the cocaine so Lewis left with it. Shortly, his vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation and the cocaine was found under the passenger seat where Lewis was seated.
TYLER – The Tyler Public Library’s Paranormal Adult Summer Reading Program is underway. A special activity in conjunction with the program will be held Wednesday afternoon at 5:00. This activity will give you a chance to meet Panola County wildlife expert and cryptozoologist Jeff Stewart. He’s also known as The Cryptohulk. He will be sharing information on finding Bigfoot and other outdoor creatures. If you enjoy stories about things that go bump in the night, this session is right up your alley. And we may find out if evidence of bigfoot has been found in East Texas.
LUFKIN – A man has died at a Tyler hospital following a hit and run accident. 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. Police say the car was driven by Shanna Ellison, 20, of Lufkin. Charges against Ellison are pending and the accident remains under investigation.… Read More
JACKSONVILLE – One of two persons who hopped aboard a train in San Marcos, has been killed in Cherokee County. A Hispanic male was killed when he either jumped or fell from a Union Pacific freight train. The man’s body was found Tuesday morning on the railroad tracks just under a mile west of Jacksonville. A woman suffered a broken leg when she jumped from the train in the Troup area. The train, which had originated in Laredo, was carrying autos to Chicago. The Texas Rangers are assisting in the investigation of the death.
TYLER – A Fishers, Indiana man has drawn prison time after pleading guilty to committing perjury. David Hernon, 56, formerly of Richardson, pleaded guilty in December 2015, to making false declarations before the court. He was sentenced Tuesday to 15 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield. Prosecutors say Hernon and his business partner had filed a suit against a Korean company. They alleged breach of contract, trade secret misappropriation, and unfair competition. During the 2014 trial of the case, the two men lied under oath and offered false exhibits to support their claim for damages.… Read More
CRYSTAL BEACH (AP) – Coast Guard officials say a body has been found near Crystal Beach on Galveston’s Bolivar Peninsula that matches the description of a Palestine woman. She went missing after trying to help her 4-year-old child struggling in the rough Gulf of Mexico surf. The Galveston County Sheriff’s office says witnesses told them Brandy Mosley, 33, went into the water Monday afternoon with a relative after a wave swept away her son. He had been playing in the sand at the edge of the water. The child, who was wearing water wings, and the relative made it back to shore but Mosley didn’t. Residents say visitors often are unaware of dangerous riptides along the beach.
LONGVIEW- There will be another test of Longview’s siren warning system on Wednesday. This will be the third week in a row the system has been tested because of faulty equipment. A technician from Oklahoma joined local technicians last Friday to make the necessary repairs. Last week, 12 of the city’s 20 sirens not not work properly. The week before, three of the sirens did not work correctly. And, besides the sirens, storm-damaged electronic equipment at the Public Safety Communications Center was either repaired or replaced. The equipment was damaged by an EF1 tornado that hit Longview on May 28th.
MARSHALL – One of Marshall’s “Most Wanted” suspects is now in custody. Monday afternoon around 2:00, Marshall police stopped a vehicle on Rosborough Springs Road. The passenger in the vehicle, identified as Dontrell “Wookie” Anderson, 23, fled the scene on foot. Anderson was arrested after a brief chase. He was booked into the Harrison County Jail on a felony parole warrant. More charges could be filed.
TYLER – Tyler’s Municipal Court now lets you pay your fines on a monthly installment plan. The Citation Solution Program will run from through July 12. Anyone with unresolved municipal court cases and no current payment arrangement with the Court, regardless of year of the outstanding case, total amount owed or warrant status, may voluntarily appear and pay $50 as a down payment and enter into a written payment plan of $100 per month. Those who are unable to pay the authorized monthly installment will have the opportunity to schedule an appointment to see a judge and explain their circumstances.… Read More
TYLER- Southside Bancshares, the parent company of Tyler’s Southside Bank, has announced a merger with First Bank & Trust, East Texas’ parent company Diboll State Bancshares. The combined assets of the company comes to nearly $7 billion. A company news release says the merger has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies and is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2017, after receipt of regulatory approvals, the approval of the shareholders of Diboll State Bancshares, Inc. and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions. The combined entity will operate under the names Southside Bancshares, Inc. and Southside Bank. … Read More
AUSTIN — An East Texas city will benefit from over $7 million the Texas Water Development Board is handing out for rural water and wastewater systems. The board is giving the city of Gladewater $5.5 million. This consists of a $1.6 million loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and a $3.9 million loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. With the loans, Gladewater will be able to finance water and wastewater system improvements. According to a news release from the board, the financial assistance could save the city around $690,000 over the life of the loans. … Read More
LONGVIEW – Longview police continue their search for an 18-month old toddler. He is Marcos Macedo, who was last seen by his guardian on May 31st in the presence of his non-custodial mother, Maria Becerril-Leon. The police report says she is a known drug user and was last seen in Upshur County, but Marcos was not seen. There have been unconfirmed reports Marcos is in Mexico with his mother. However, the police department had not been able to confirm that information. As they continue to look for the boy around Gregg County, they have contacted the FBI and the U.S. Department of State with information about the unconfirmed reports.
LONGVIEW – Despite large warning signs, Longview’s Green Street underpass has claimed another victim. A Penske Rental Truck became stuck at the underpass between Cotton and Green Streets. It was reported stuck just after 11:00 Monday morning. Northbound traffic was stopped at what has become known as the “Green Street Monster.” The truck was freed and traffic returned to normal shortly after 1:15. This marks the third truck claimed by the bridge and underpass this year.
SAN FRANCISCO – Children’s clothing chain Gymboree has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company is aiming to slash its debts and close hundreds of stores amid crushing pressure on retailers. The company says it will remain in business, but will close between 375 to 450 stores according to the court filing. Of the company’s 1,281 stores, 20 are in Texas. One is in Tyler’s Broadway Square Mall. There is no word at this time which of the company’s stores will be shuttered.