DALLAS (AP) — Most restrictions on flights between the U.S. and Mexico will lift on Sunday, a change expected to bring more options and possibly lower prices for travelers. American, Delta and Southwest have already announced that they will offer new flights across the border later this year. A spokesman for United says that airline is watching the demand for flights and will respond accordingly.
TYLER – The Texas Department of Transportation is sponsoring household, workplace, and commercial vehicle travel surveys that will soon be conducted in the Tyler and Longview areas. The survey will be conducted by two transportation research firms, ETC Institute and Gram Traffic Counting. Beginning this fall, randomly-selected households and workplaces will be mailed notification letters, inviting them to participate in these voluntary surveys. Employees and visitors at participating workplaces may also be given the opportunity to contribute trip-related information as part of this effort. If asked, you are asked to consider taking part in the study. The results will help TxDOT and the Tyler and Longview Metropolitan Planning Organizations prioritize local transportation projects, improve mobility and reduce congestion.… Read More
AUSTIN (AP) — A Texas court has halted the execution of a man who was scheduled to die for a 1996 fatal robbery where he didn’t pull the trigger. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals acted Friday in the case of Jeffery Wood. Wood’s case has captured attention across the U.S. over his culpability in the shooting of a convenience store clerk, his mental competence and criticism surrounding his original trial.
HOUSTON (AP) — A 62-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murder in the beating and decapitation of a Houston auto-parts shop owner. A police statement says Raymond Jackson was arrested Friday in the death of Enayatolah Khorsand, 58, at his shop in southern Houston. No motive for the killing has been determined.
HOUSTON (AP) — It’s unclear how the Obama administration’s decision to phase out its use of some private prisons will ultimately impact the five such facilities operating in Texas as well as the communities where they’re located. But some of the private prison companies that operate these facilities said Friday they’re hopeful contracts up for renewal in the next few months to continue running several of the prisons in Texas will be approved.
RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico State Police is investigating a fatal shooting of a Texas man by Ruidoso police. They say Ruidoso police were called out to a home about 11:30pm Thursday about an armed male suspect involved in a domestic violence dispute. Officers say they removed 15 people from the residence. Occupants told police that David Klassen, 29, was intoxicated and had become violent and allegedly threatened some residents with a rifle.
TYLER – Tyler police had to direct traffic at several intersections Friday night because of a power outage. But the power has been restored and the signals are working normally. No word on what caused the outage. For a while officers were directing traffic at the intersection of Old Bullard and Loop 323, of East Hillsboro and East Gentry Parkway and East Martin Luther King and East Gentry Parkway.
TYLER – Power outages are causing some Tyler traffic problems tonight. Tyler police are currently directing traffic in the intersection of Old Bullard and Loop 323. Also, officers are directing traffic in the intersections of East Hillsboro and East Gentry Parkway and East Martin Luther King and East Gentry Parkway. Motorists are asked to avoid these intersections until power can be restored to the traffic signals.
TYLER – In partnership with the city of Baton Rouge and the Emergency and Disaster Services department of The Salvation Army, the City of Tyler will begin gathering requested supplies for flood victims to be transported to Louisiana next week. A collection center will be set up at the Recycle Center located at 418 North Bois D’Arc Avenue. Individuals wishing to donate may do so during business hours. Hours for the Recycle Center are Monday through Friday, 7:15am to 5:30pm and Saturday 8:00am to 2:00pm.… Read More
GILMER — A man remains in the Upshur County Jail on a sexual assault charge. The arrest warrant for Victor Andrea Mack was issued on Thursday. The warrant for Mack was issued after the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office investigated allegations that Mack had sexually assaulted the victim, who is Intellectual disabled. Mack’s bond was set at $95,000 by Justice of the Peace Judge Lyle Potter. The case remains under investigation.
GILMER- A Large wooded area north of Gilmer has yielded a large marijuana growing operation. Over 2,500 plans were found in northern Upshur County. A tip led law officers to the marijuana field Thursday afternoon. No word on who was running the operation. According to the sheriff’s department Facebook page, no one was found at the location and not arrests have been made.
FRANKSTON – A four vehicle accident Thursday just north of Frankston killed one person and left the road blocked for an extended period. The accident happened around 1:30 Thursday afternoon on State Highway 155, between Farm Roads 3506 and 2215. The wreck caused a fuel spill and Hazmat crews were called in. One lane was opened around 7:00 Thursday night. The road was fully open at 10:15. The Hazmat crew was back on Friday to work on the shoulder and excavating the roadside affected area by the spill. No word yet from the Department of Public Safety on the victim’s name.
LONGVIEW – The Longview Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man. He is Dontavious Elliott, 30. A family member says they last saw him in March or April of this year when he was dropped off at the Highway 80 Rescue Mission in Longview. Attempts have been made by the family and the police department to locate Elliott but there have been no leads. He is a black male, 5’8″ and weighing around 160 pounds. He was last known to have a blonde streak in his hair, and a goatee about 2-3 inches in length. If you know where he can be found, you are asked to contact the Longview Police Department.
AUSTIN – There has been a slight increase in the area’s unemployment rates. Tyler’s unemployment rate for July is placed at 4.9%. The report, from the Texas Workforce Commission, says this is the same unemployment rate from July of last year. But it is up .2% from the June figure. Longview’s unemployment rate for July was 6.8%. It was 6.5% in Longview in June and 5.6% in July of last year. The state’s unemployment rate is 4.6%. The national unemployment rate is the same as Tyler’s, 4.9%.
TYLER – Officials with UT Health Northeast have announced they are promoting Kris I. Kavasch to vice president and chief financial officer.She previously served them associate vice president and chief audit executive. Kavasch has previously worked for the State of Texas since 2001, including for the Office of the Attorney General, the Health and Human Services Commission and the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.… Read More
PANOLA COUNTY – A Panola County grand jury has decided not to indict a state trooper in the shooting death of a Longview man. According to Panola County District Attorney Danny Davidson’s office, the panel no billed trooper Daniel McBride, 27, in the February shooting of Calin Roquemore, 24. He later died at Longview’s Good Shepherd Medical Center.… Read More
LONGVIEW – The third person arrested in a Longview murder has been returned to Gregg County. Jail records show Kentrell Jorail Smith, 20, was booked into the Gregg County Jail late Wednesday afternoon. His bond was set at $500,000. He had been arrested by Dallas Police in the murder of Devin Newsom, 20, of Lakeport. Previously arrested in the case were Brenndrick Lilly and Kambresha Williams. Both are 21. Both remain in the Gregg County Jail. Newsom was killed at the Food Fast convenience store on South Eastman Road near the Pittman intersection shortly before 2:00am on May 23.… Read More
TYLER – The 12th Court of Appeals in Tyler has upheld a Tyler murder conviction. The appeals court on Wednesday affirmed the conviction of Carlton Ray Champion Jr. The 22 year old former Texas College football player was found guilty last December and sentenced to life in prison, for the January 2015 death of a transgendered woman, Tyrone Lee Underwood, 24. Tyler police say the two were romantically involved at some point. Champion is said to have shot Underwood, whose car crashed into a telephone pole on West 24th Street.… Read More
TYLER – A groundbreaking ceremony in Tyler this morning officially marked the beginning of work on segment 4 of Loop 49. It is also known as the Lindale Relief Route. Because of the weather, the ceremony was moved indoors to the Willow Brook County Club. The nearly 7 mile section of the toll road will start at Interstate Highway 20, southwest of Lindale, and run to U.S. Highway 69 north of Lindale. It will be a couple of years before you see any traffic on this section of the road. North East Texas Regional Mobility Executive Director Chris Miller says the project is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2018. It carries a price tag of nearly $69 million. Miller says this section of the toll road will ease some of Lindale’s traffic congestion.
NACOGDOCHES – A Nacogdoches man is in custody in Tarrant County in connection to a Nacogdoches ongoing investigation into a sexual assault of a child. Arrested when he surrendered to authorities was John Paul Jones, 38. Authorities were tipped off by someone who said they saw a video of a child younger than 10 years of age on an iPad that was performing sexual acts with the suspect. Authorities say Jones gave them a full confession. … Read More
TYLER – CVS Health has announced it is buying two local pharmacies. They are buying the two Good’s Medicine Chest Pharmacies in Tyler. One is located on South Beckham and the other is on West Grande Boulevard. Customers with prescriptions for these two pharmacies are being asked to pick them up at The CVS Pharmacy on East 5th and South Broadway or at the pharmacy next to Barnes and Noble on South Broadway. The parent company of Good’s Medicine Chest is Medicine Chest Pharmacies, which is based in Sulphur Springs.
TYLER – The drive thru at the City of Tyler Water Business Office will be closed From August 18th through the 25th. It will replaced by a new electronic kiosk. With the drive thru, customers could pay bills Monday through Friday from 7:00am till 6:00pm. With the new kiosk, customers will have 24/7 access to water business office. At the kiosk, customers will able to pay with check, money order, credit/debit cards and cash. Those paying with cash need to know that no change will be given. While the kiosk is being installed, customers may pay their bills online at http://www.CityofTyler.org or at the Tyler Water Business on West Locust Street Mondays through Fridays from 8:00am to 5:00pm.
LUFKIN – A Lufkin man has been arrested after a policeman saw him naked in his car’s rear view mirror. The officer said the man, who acted paranoid, had bloody scratches on his arms and body. His explanation was he had been on the roof a nearby house having sex with a woman when he fell off the roof. He also admitted to having done K-2 and methamphetamine that day. After being medically cleared, Ricky Dale Brimer Jr., 31, was booked into the Angelina County Jail on a charge of public Intoxication.
GILMER – A Lamar County man has been sentenced to prison for the Upshur County death of a Smith County man. A jury had been selected to hear the manslaughter case against Wayne John Glover, 48, of Roxton, when he pleaded guilty. He was sentenced Tuesday to ten years in prison. He had been charged with the September 2015 death of Donald Gene Scott, 46, of Lindale. Scott had stopped for a school bus when Glover’s tractor trailer rig hit the back of his vehicle. The accident occurred about 7 miles north of Gilmer on U.S. Highway 271. Evidence showed Glover was driving 60 miles an hour and using his cell phone when the accident occurred.
TYLER — The East Texas Lighthouse for the Blind has been honored for workplace safety programs and low rates of work-related injuries and illnesses. Karen Puckett, Director of Workplace Safety has presented the company with the Division of Workers’ Compensation’s Lone Star Safety Program Award. It’s a state designation for Texas employers with excellent safety programs that can serve as models for other employers. East Texas Lighthouse for the Blind, which has 87 employees, serves the needs of people who are blind and visually impaired.
PALESTINE – With the rain has come a lifting of burn bans, with the bans ending in Palestine and Anderson County. The burn bans were issued late last month. Anderson County lifted its burn ban Monday. To coincide with the county’s action, Palestine lifted its burn ban on Tuesday. Palestine residents will be allowed to burn if they obtain a permit at one of the three Palestine fire stations.
MARSHALL – The identity of a body discovered in Marshall has been released. Based on I.D. located in the deceased person’s clothing, he has been identified as Charles Lee Anthony. His body was found around 6:00 Friday night in a wooded area behind the Brookshire’s store in the 900 block of East Pinecrest. An autopsy has been ordered by Justice of the Peace Megan Pinson.
LONGVIEW – Two men, accused of a June armed robbery in Longview, have been indicted by the Gregg County Grand Jury. The District Attorney’s office reported Friday that Charles Ray Francis, 30 (pictured) and Kaleb Aman Bush, 18, both of Longview, have each been indicted on six counts of aggravated robbery. They are accused of robbing several persons at a South Longview apartment complex. Both remain in the Gregg County Jail. Frances’ Bond is $100,000 and Bush is under a $35,000 bond.
RUSK – A possible suspect has been identified in some Cherokee County burglaries. As we reported this week, a security camera at a boathouse on Lake Palestine recorded the suspect. He is thought to be responsible for the burglary of six boathouses at the Eagle Bluff docks where flat screen TV’s, stereo systems, and other high value items. With the assistance of the public, they are looking for Michael Ryan Bay, 20, of Bullard. The Smith County Sheriff’s Office and Tyler Police checked checked locations he is know to frequent, but he was not located. If you know where Bay can be found, you are asked to contact the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department.
MARSHALL – The Marshall Police Department received the award of “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency.” It comes from the Texas Police Chiefs Association Law Enforcement Recognition Program. The program, started in 2006, evaluates a police department’s compliance with over 166, of what the program calls, best business practices for Texas law enforcement. It starts with an internal review, followed by an on-site review by police chiefs from other parts of the state. The department was notified Friday it and earned the award. It will be presented at the Texas Police Chiefs Association annual conference next spring.