MARSHALL – After several hours of jury deliberations Monday and Tuesday morning a mistrial was declared Tuesday afternoon in the trial of former Hallsville ISD coach Dean McDaniel. The mistrial came after information was received by State District Judge Brad Morin. He did not say what that information was. McDaniel’s defense attorney, Mark Lassiter of Dallas, told the Marshall News Messenger, the judge had no choice but to declare a mistrial after an alternate juror told members of the jury false information about McDaniel during the lunch break.… Read More
POYNOR – A Smith County man is being held in Henderson County for stealing a backhoe. Arrested was Ethan Lee Christian, 25, of Whitehouse. The backhoe was taken from a construction site in the Poynor area. When the backhoe was found, nearby was a pickup, stuck in mud. A search of the area turned up Christian. He was arrested for theft of property over $30,000 and he also had three outstanding warrants in Smith County.
PALESTINE – City Manager Mike Alexander has named Andy Harvey to be the Palestine’s new police chief. The Palestine City Council approved Harvey’s selection at Monday’s meeting. Harvey has been with the Dallas Police Department for 22 years. He is currently in the department’s crime scene response section. He starts his new duties August 28th.
TYLER – Marvin Lamond Rockmore, 21, of Dallas, has been arrested following a chase in Tyler and Smith County. It started around 4:30 Tuesday morning with a report of a stolen pickup on Highway 110 north of Tyler. When sheriff’s deputies found the truck, it drove off at a high speed and into Tyler. He continued, even after driving over a spike strip Tyler police put down. When deputies decided to end the chase, they bumped the rear of his car, causing it to go out of control and hit a house at the intersection of the Loop and Sunnyhill. He was then arrested and taken to a hospital for treatment. Rockmore was charged with evading arrest and was booked into the Smith County Jail. His bond was set at $150,000.
HOUSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected an appeal from a Northeast Texas man on death row for strangling his girlfriend 17 years ago. Attorneys for Daniel Acker, 45, unsuccessfully argued to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that he’s innocent of the March 2000 slaying of Marquetta George, 32, of Sulphur Springs. They also contended Acker’s trial court erroneously excluded evidence of his innocence, that appeals he previously lost were based on false evidence and that he had poor legal help in earlier appeals. George’s body was found on a Hopkins County road. Trial attorneys said she jumped from Acker’s truck and then was hit. Prosecutors said he killed her and dumped her body. A jury deliberated 90 minutes before convicting him. Acker doesn’t yet have an execution date.
LONGVIEW – A man accused of burglary has been arrested by Longview police. Kendric Earl Rider, 21, of Longview, is said to have entered several apartments on South Green Street Monday night. Among the items stolen was an air conditioner. With Rider’s arrest, officers recovered the air conditioner and other stolen items. He was booked into the Gregg County jail on a charge of burglary of a building. His bond was set at $5,000.
TYLER – According to the Texas Education Agency accountability system, Tyler ISD continues to show improvement. Results from 2017 STAAR testing show that the district received a Met Standard rating and 23 Tyler school campuses received the Met Standard rating. The only two that received the Improvement Required rating were Dogan Middle School and Austin Elementary. According to a TISD news release, the district has gone from 11 campuses receiving the IR rating to 9 and now down to two. Tyler ISD also had 12 campuses earn 25 distinctions for high achievements on the STAAR test. … Read More
WHITEHOUSE – A two county chase has resulted in the arrest of a motorcyclist. It began just after 9:00 this morning when a state trooper tried to stop the motorcycle for speeding. The following chase headed south on Highway 110 from Whitehouse and ended in Cherokee County. The motorcyclist was arrested at home west of Rusk at the intersection of County Roads 2202 and 2201. His name has not been released at this time.
WOOD COUNTY — Game Wardens confirm they have found the body of a man who went missing on Lake Fork Sunday. According to KETK, Smith County Game Warden Captain Quint Balkcom said they found the body of Danny Frank Christian, 50, of Yantis, around 9 p.m. Monday night near the mouth of Birch Creek Cove. His body has been sent for autopsy. Christian was reported missing Sunday afternoon as severe weather was moving through East Texas. His boat was found running, in neutral, with personal items on board.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pentagon spokesman says the two U.S. soldiers killed Sunday in Iraq were casualties of a U.S. artillery “mishap.” The soldiers have been identified as Sgt. Allen L. Stigler Jr., 22, of Arlington, Texas, and Sgt. Roshain E. Brooks, 30, of Brooklyn, New York. The Pentagon spokesman, Army Col. Rob Manning, says an Army artillery unit was firing on an Islamic State mortar position “when a mishap occurred.” He says he cannot provide other details because the incident is under investigation.
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas A&M University late Monday called off a planned white supremacist rally on its campus next month, citing concerns of a “major security risk” following the demonstrations that turned deadly over the weekend in Virginia. The decision came amid bipartisan pressure from Texas’ Republican-controlled Legislature, where lawmakers said protecting free speech was important, but rejecting hate even more so. The university said it was cancelling the event because of “concerns about the safety of its students, faculty, staff, and the public.”
LUFKIN – A registered sex offender, sought by Lufkin authorities, has been arrested. East Texas authorities had been asked to be on the lookout for William Thomas Dykes, 38. He was suppose to have been living with a family member. When police learned he had been living at a Lufkin motel, a check showed he had checked out August 7th. He was arrested Monday by authorities in Diboll. Dykes has previous convictions for failing to comply with registry requirements. His original charge stems from an Iowa conviction for attempt to commit assault with intent to commit sexual abuse.
BECKVILLE – A pilot whose plane crashed near the Harrison County-Panola County line is in the hospital with a head injury. The pilot, Charles Flay Mayo, 60, of Jefferson, reported he had crashed his small plane while checking pipelines. The plane went down on a private lease road off of County Road 267 north of Beckville. According to KETK, The man told fire officials he lost power to the plane, a Piper Model PA22135 fixed wing single engine aircraft, and was trying to make it to Carthage when the plane went down.
LONGVIEW – A pregnant Longview woman is being accused of swinging scissors and throwing a baseball bat at her boyfriend. Arrested over the weekend was Jesica Marie Barron, 25. According to the Longview News Journal, she assaulted her boyfriend of nine months after learning he had a relationship with a neighbor. He was attacked after trying to prevent Barron from attacking the neighbor. She remains in the Gregg County Jail after being charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Her bond was set at $20,000.
TYLER – Two big money items will be up for public discussion Tuesday for Smith County Commissioners. The commissioners will be discussing the proposed budget as well as a proposed master road plan for the county. The road plan has a price tag of just over $100 million. One question to be answered is, how to pay for it. They are considering using bonds to fund it, an issue that could go before voters this November. The public will have one more chances to discuss the issues today. Following this morning’s regular commissioners’ meeting, the discussion will pick up at the R.B Hubbard Center on East Ferguson this afternoon at 5:30.
CHEROKEE COUNTY – Two Bullard residents have been arrested by Cherokee County authorities who served a search warrant at a home in the Lakewood Subdivision on Lake Palestine. Callatano “Joseph” Ramirez, 41, has been charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Jennifer Richardson, 33, is charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, and abandoning or endangering a child. Deputies seized cash, two firearms and over a quarter of a pound of methamphetamine along with various items of paraphernalia including scales.
CHANDLER – A suspicious vehicle in a church parking lot Sunday morning after midnight has resulted in drug charges against three persons. Jorge Pina (pictured), 29, and Jeffery Barton, 26, both of Chandler, have been charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance and tampering with evidence. Sherry Kay Brooks, 34, of Murchison, has also been charged with tampering with evidence. In their vehicle deputies found methamphetamine, scales, glass pipes and plastic baggies. The three were booked into the Henderson County Jail.
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas lawmakers have sent Republican Governor Greg Abbott a bill that would restrict insurance coverage for abortion and makes no exceptions in cases of rape and incest. Abbott is expected to sign the measure that was given final approval by the Senate on Sunday night. It requires women to purchase extra insurance to cover abortion except amid medical emergencies. Ten other states already have laws restricting insurance coverage of abortion in private insurance plans. Another bill advanced by the Senate would require doctors to report more information on minors who get an abortion.
NEW YORK (AP) — Aldi, the no-frills German grocer that’s expanding in the U.S., says it will offer grocery delivery for the first time in three American cities by the end of the month. The company says it has a partnership with Instacart to deliver groceries to customers in Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles. Shoppers will be able to order goods on Instacart’s website or app, and Instacart workers will pull the items off the shelf and deliver them. Customers can schedule delivery for that day. Instacart charges a delivery fee, and the company says some items may cost more than they do in Aldi stores.
FLINT – Two persons from the Flint area have been killed and one injured in a head-on collision in Smith County. Dead at the scene were the two drivers, Emily Bauman, 23, and Kevin Riggs, 54. A passenger, Vicki Riggs, 62, is in critical condition in a Tyler hospital. The accident occurred just before 4:30 Sunday afternoon during heavy rain in the Flint area near the intersection of Farm Road 2868 and Pine Overlook. The Department of Public Safety reports Bauman lost control of her car and skidded into oncoming traffic and hit Riggs’ car.
LONGVIEW – A shooting between two vehicles traveling on Gilmer Road in Longview has injured one person. The shooting occurred Sunday morning shortly after midnight. The injured person was taken to the hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to the neck. The injury is said to be non-life threatening. Their name has not been released.
TYLER – Five persons, including three juveniles, are in custody following the robbery of the Kidd Jones Convenience Store at South Broadway and Rice. Three of the suspects are 13, 15 and 16 year old juveniles. They were taken to the Juvenile Attention Center. The other two suspects Jontel Cruse (pictured) and James Nelson Inlow, both 17 year old Tyler residents, were booked into the Smith County Jail. The Robbery was reported just before 4:45 Sunday morning. The suspects fled on foot after taking money and packs of cigarettes from the store’s clerk. The five were found hiding behind a business on Old Bullard Road. Officers recovered all of the items taken in the robbery along with 5 airsoft handguns the suspects used in the robbery.
Work resumed Sunday night on US 271/Beckham Avenue in Tyler. Sunday’s work was in the southbound right lane between Mulberry and Front streets; and the northbound left lane between Erwin and Ferguson streets. The full project limits are from Oakwood Street to State Highway 64/Fifth Street. Work is being conducted from 7:30pm to 6:00am Sunday through Thursday nights.… Read More
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A group of legal scholars is urging President Donald Trump to keep a program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation and is outlining a legal argument to maintain it. Around 100 law professors and immigration attorneys are scheduled Monday to send Trump an open letter arguing the president has the legal authority to preserve the Obama administration program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Michael Olivas, a law professor at the University of Houston Law Center told The Associated Press the letter details why the program, which has helped around 750,000 immigrants, is legal.
FORT WORTH (AP) — A Texas doctor believes a modeling system that’s successfully identified neighborhoods, streets and even specific businesses where shootings and other crimes are likely to occur can help stop child abuse and neglect before it happens. Dyann Daley started a nonprofit this summer to help communities create maps that can zero in on areas as small as a few city blocks where such maltreatment is likeliest to happen, helping prevent it before it starts and allowing advocacy groups to better focus their limited resources. Some experts have concerns about the mapping approach, especially regarding interventions.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — One person has been charged with misdemeanor assault and police say a second was detained but not charged after about 300 demonstrators showed up at competing rallies over the presence of a Confederate monument in downtown San Antonio. Two city council members have filed a request to move the monument elsewhere. The 40-foot monument at Travis Park features a soldier at the top. It was erected in 1899. A similar rally was held last month.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A San Antonio police officer is hospitalized in stable condition after an SUV slammed into his patrol car while he was diverting traffic from another unrelated crash. Police spokesman Officer Doug Greene says charges are pending against the driver of the SUV which “smelled strongly of alcohol” after the early Sunday morning wreck.
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston police say a man is in custody for carjacking a postal worker’s mail truck. Police say they the postal service was able to track the truck through a GPS device and when officers stopped him he tried back the truck into a patrol car and then jump from a window.
LAKEWAY (AP) — Central Texas authorities say a man is in serious and potentially life-threatening condition after falling from a cliff into Lake Travis. Austin-Travis County EMS reports the agency received a call early Saturday evening from a boat club that a person had fallen about 20 to 30 feet into the lake northwest of Austin. The man was recovered by boat and then was taken by helicopter to a hospital.