TYLER – It’s time to start thinking about getting a flu shot. Flu season is starting. Terrance Ates with the Northeast Texas Public Health District says cases start popping up in the area in October. October and November are the months for the fall flu season. It then picks up again in February and March. The NET Health office at 815 North Broadway in Tyler has the seasonal flu vaccine that protects against 4 different strains of the flu virus, which includes protection against the H1N1 flu strain. … Read More
LUFKIN – A Lufkin man is arrested after being accused of attacking and biting his mother. Jay Ebarb, 50, was arrested shortly before 12:45 Monday afternoon. His 73 year old mother told officers, when her son arrived, she told him to leave because she thought he was on drugs. It was then the man is said to have started tossing her around and biting her arms. A brother tried to help but Ebard is said to have swung a knife at him. When officers found him hiding in nearby woods, he still had the knife with him. While his mother was taken to the hospital for treatment, Ebarb was booked into the Angelina County Jail.
TYLER – The United Way of Smith County has been given the Woman’s Building on South Broadway in Tyler. They held a news conference Tuesday to discuss the gift. The building’s board of directors gave United Way the deed and the keys to the historic Tyler Woman’s Building, which was constructed in 1932. It is currently listed on 3 historic registries: The United States, The State of Texas, and Smith County. United Way of Smith County has outgrown their current facility and for many years has been in searching for a new home. Fitzpatrick Architects has been hired to assess and develop plans for the United Way’s new building, and preserve a Tyler landmark. The next steps include raising the additional funds needed to complete the renovations and rezoning the property. … Read More
HARRISON COUNTY – More marijuana has been found growing in northeast Texas. The latest field was found over the weekend in Harrison County. Texas DPS agents made the discovery Sunday in a field in southern Harrison County. The nearly 3,000 live and dead plants were found in a area that was hidden by large trees. A destruction order was obtained to remove the plants to to an undisclosed location to be destroyed. No arrests have been made. Since mid August, similar marijuana fields have been found in Smith, Anderson, Henderson, Upshur and Van Zandt Counties.
TYLER — Today is National Voter registration Day. Smith County Elections workers will be on the downtown square from 11:00am till 2:00pm on Tuesday helping residents register to vote. There are 133,840 registered voters in Smith County. This is a 30% increase from the 102,626 registered voters in the 2012 General Election. Smith County Elections Administrator Karen Nelson still wants to increase voter registration in the county. The last day to register to vote in the November presidential Election is October 11th. Early voting is from October 24th through November 4th. You can get more information by calling 903-590-4777. You can also go to the web sites https://www.smith-county.com/Government/Departments/Elections/Registration.aspx or at http://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote for voter registration applications, which include making changes to your voter record.
DALLAS (AP) – Still recovering from the July sniper attack that left five law enforcement officers dead, the Dallas Police Department is facing a new crisis as its pension fund approaches insolvency and scores of officers, including Chief David Brown, announce unexpected retirements. The pension board is trying to discourage retirees from pulling money out of the account that faces insolvency in less than 15 years if nothing changes.
HOUSTON (AP) – Houston police say they are looking for a man who shot and injured two women who caught him trying to break into a truck. Investigators say the women were leaving a sports bar around 1:15 a.m. Sunday when they spotted the man trying to get into the vehicle.
AUSTIN (AP) – A longtime Texas lawmaker under investigation following reports that questioned her use of state funds says she is retiring because of health complications. Democratic state Rep. Dawnna Dukes said Monday she is stepping down because of injuries suffered in a 2013 car accident.
A Mexican man must serve nearly four years in a U.S. prison for driving a vehicle that wrecked at a South Texas military installation while trying to smuggle immigrants. Mario Rodriguez-Gomez was sentenced Monday by a federal judge in Corpus Christi. Rodriguez-Gomez in June pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport illegal immigrants causing serious bodily injury. Investigators say Rodriguez-Gomez, while in the U.S. illegally, drove a truck that crashed May 14 at Naval Air Station Kingsville.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Parts of San Antonio have been swamped with up to 7 inches of rain leading to dozens of high-water rescues and street closures. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch Monday for San Antonio, San Marcos, Seguin and Floresville. Forecaster Brett Williams says parts of north San Antonio receiving 6-to-7 inches of rain Monday. The San Antonio Fire Department responded to about 40 high-water rescues, including several people removed from a flooded van.
TYLER – A campaign is underway to raise funds for body armor vests for the Tyler Police Department and Smith County Sheriff’s Department. State Senator Kevin Eltife announced earlier this month a $20,000 contribution and the City of Tyler committed to half the cost of the vests for each officer. At a news conference Monday, Eltife announced the total cost for the vests is: $204,400. The City will pay $67,900 and the County will pay $34,300 and, along with Eltife’s contribution, the remaining $82,000 is the goal of the We Back Our Law Enforcement Campaign. … Read More
LONGVIEW – A man accused of stealing a car during a Longview traffic stop, is in custody. It started Saturday when a police officer stopped a car with a broken tail light on Pine Tree Road. While the officer was talking to the driver, a back seat passenger is said to have stolen the car and fled. After wrecking the vehicle, he then fled on foot with a black cloth bag. A short time later an officer was able to catch Draper Demetric Kennedy,37, of Longview. In the bag, officers found a variety pills and two stolen guns.… Read More
EAST TEXAS – Two Sulphur Springs men were killed in area accidents over the weekend. A Sunday evening accident killed Michael Kenney, 49. Shortly after 6:00pm, his car left the road and hit a tree. The wreck occurred near the intersection of State Highway 154 and Farm Road 1567, north of Yantis.… Read More
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.