GLADEWATER – A report of a suspicious person resulted in the arrest of a Gladewater man. Early Thursday evening, Gladewater police had received a report of a man parking at a vacant house and walking down the street. They found Anthony Ross Turner, 52, on Maple Avenue. As they started to pat him down, Turner is said to have started to pull something out of his coat pocket. As the officers physically restrained him, a gun dropped to the ground. They then used a taser on him, in case he had another weapon or tried to reach for the dropped gun. A check showed Turner to be a registered sex offender and a convicted felon. He has now been charged with resisting arrest, search or seizure and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
PALESTINE – There is a change in the organizational structure for the city of Palestine. It is replacing the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. The new department that will be assuming its duties is called Community Services Department. Longtime Palestine Police Officer Patsy Smith, who is currently a Code Enforcement Officer, will become a reserve officer in order to lead Community Services. New City Manager Mike Alexander said the new department will encompass many of the responsibilities of the former Parks and Recreation department. It will also house the Code Enforcement division. The city manager informed the staff this week of the changes.
DALLAS (AP) — Prosecutors say they have an agreement with Johnny Manziel to dismiss a domestic violence charge against the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback. The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office said Friday that Manziel will have to meet certain conditions for a year before the misdemeanor charge will be dismissed. The former Cleveland Browns player was accused of hitting and threatening former girlfriend Colleen Crowley during a night out in January.… Read More
LONGVIEW – A Longview man is facing a variety of charges, including assaulting a woman twice. Gregg County authorities arrested Damarcus Lakendrick Owens, 24, in Nacogdoches County on Wednesday. The arrest stems from an incident on Centenary Drive on October 8th. Besides assaulting one woman, he is accused of injuring two other women who were trying to fight him off. He’s facing numerous charges, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, burglary of a habitation, and evading arrest. His bonds total $363,000.
LONGVIEW – The Gregg County Grand Jury has indicted a Longview man in a murder in late August. According to the Longview News Journal, GeKainnon Ikemoin-Kenyon Harris, 20, was indicted in the August 30th death of Alexis Bell, 26. She was found shot to death in an apartment on Lake Lamond Drive. Originally, Harris was arrested at the scene on two unrelated assault family violence warrants. He was later charged with manslaughter in Bell’s death. He remains in the Gregg County Jail under bonds totaling $270,000
DALLAS (AP/STAFF) — The founders of and investors in a physician-owned North Dallas hospital, including a Tyler doctor, have been indicted on charges relating to what prosecutors call a massive bribery and kickback conspiracy. The indictment unsealed Thursday in Dallas accuses 21 defendants affiliated with the now-bankrupt Forest Park Medical Center. Included is Dr. Gerald Peter Foox of Tyler. They are accused of scheming to pay and receive bribes and kickbacks totaling about $50 million for patient referrals with high-reimbursement private medical insurance. A U.S. attorney’s statement says such inducements resulted in hospital billings to elite insurance plans of “well over” $500 million from 2009 to 2013. In return, it received $200 million in claim payments.… Read More
LONGVIEW – Longview police are seeking the public’s help is finding a missing teenager. He is Jackson Brady Denton, 16. They say he may be a runaway and he may be in danger. He is about six feet tall and weighs around 150 pounds. When last see, he was wearing black wind pants with a gray stripe, a blue Old Navy jacket and Nike shoes. If you know where he may be found, you are asked to contact Longview Police at 903-237-1170.
TYLER – A large number of angels remain on the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree in Tyler. They started out with around 3,000 angels on the tree. Over 1,000 still need to be adopted. The drive will run through the end of next week. Their goal is to have 100% of the angels adopted this year. You are invited to drop by the tree in the Broadway Square Mall and help make it a very merry Christmas for children and seniors in the community.
TYLER – A Tyler robbery suspect has been arrested in Louisiana. The U.S. Marshal Service arrested Johnnie Michael Cole Jr., 17. He was arrested in Caddo Parish, Louisiana, on an outstanding warrant for a aggravated robbery. He is said to be one of three suspects who robbed a cab driver Sunday morning, October 2nd, at the intersection of East Front Street and South Beckham. The Tyler Cab driver told officers he was robbed at gun point by three black male suspects. One got into the cab and the others approached the driver and forced him out of the cab at gunpoint. After getting the driver’s wallet and cash, they fled on foot. No injuries were reported.
MT. SELMAN – A Cherokee County man has been arrested on a murder charge. Rayburn Hobbs, 82, has been charged with the death of Jimmie Gale Zinn, 69. His body was found Wednesday afternoon in a mobile home on County Road 3706. Hobbs owns the home. Zinn’s body was sent to East Texas Forensics in Tyler for an autopsy. It appears he had been shot to death. Hobbs’ bond was set Thursday at $1 million.
MARSHALL – A man has been extradited from Europe back to Harrison County to stand trial in a fatal accident. Paul Box, 56, was brought from London to Houston where he was picked up by Harrison County officers. When he fled the country, Box had been indicted in the 2010 death of Thomas Jackson Frost, 39, of Jefferson. He was killed when their vehicles collided on Farm Road 134 near Karnack. Box, who was said to have been on drugs and alcohol at the time of the wreck, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.
LONGVIEW – Some layoffs have been reported at the Good Shepherd Health System. Fifty employees have been laid off at the health system’s facilities in Longview and Marshall. President and CEO Steve Altmiller said the cuts hit clinical and non-clinical employees. He provided no other details. The Longview News Journal quotes Altmiller as saying, “Like many other health care systems across the country, Good Shepherd Health System has been facing challenging times, resulting in lower overall patient census and financial losses.” The announcement comes a couple of weeks after Good Shepherd announced it was joining the Christus Healthcare system.
TYLER – Two John Tyler High School students have advanced to the UIL State Congress competition in Austin next month. Tacorian Tilley claimed first place and Triston Ferguson took second place in the regional meet held last month at John Tyler. Also, Jose Romero finished in fourth place and was awarded TOP Presiding Officer at the regional meet. The competition, modeling the legislative process of the United States Congress, uses a mock legislative assembly that requires students to draft and submit legislation and to research a docket of bills and resolutions dealing with real-world social and political policies prior to the contest to prepare their speeches. Then, at the tournament, they address the merits and disadvantages of each piece of legislation, and vote to pass or defeat the measures they have examined.
TYLER – A senior at The University of Texas at Tyler has received a prestigious scholarship. Senior Jeranda Dennis of Kilgore has been named a 2016 Gilman International Scholar. She is one of more than 850 American undergraduate students from 359 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious scholarship. An English major minoring in international studies, Dennis will now be able to spend the semester at Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan.
TYLER – A former Tyler man, who now lives in Comal County, posted bond Thursday at the Smith County Jail in the death of a Tyler woman. James Arthur Fulton, 41, was released from jail after posting a $15,000 bond. He is charged with criminal negligent homicide in the death of Hailey Beasely,21, back in May. Fulton’s pickup was headed in the wrong direction when it collided with Beasley’s car on West Grande Boulevard. Fulton admitted having two beers at a restaurant prior to the accident. But investigators say he was not drunk and passed several field sobriety tests at the scene.
MARSHALL – The Marshall Police Department has added a special kind vehicle to its fleet. The mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle will now be called a Marshall rescue and protection vehicle. It was acquired, without cost, through the Law Enforcement Support Office. It’s a fully armored all-terrain vehicle that will be used as a rescue vehicle during natural disasters. If the streets are flooded, this vehicle will allow officers to rescue anyone that has been trapped by the high water. The rescue vehicle can also be utilized in the event of an active shooter situation or during SWAT situations. Police chief Eddie Campa says with the vehicle, they will be able to reach places they have not been able to in the past.
LONGVIEW – Police have arrested a man accused of assaulting a nurse at Longview’s Good Sepherd Medical Center. Booked into the Gregg County jail with a $5,000 bond was Laterrance Alexander, 46, of Houston. According to the Longview News Journal, a nurse told officers Alexander, Tuesday afternoon, lunged at him across a hospital bed while the nurse was trying to administer shots. The nurse said the action injured his shoulder. Hospital security restrained Alexander until police arrived.
TYLER – A Tyler policeman was one of two persons injured in a Tuesday afternoon accident. Police spokesman Don Martin says the accident happened on Grande Boulevard just east of South Broadway. Officer Tom Whitworth had finished investigating an accident, and was doing paperwork in his patrol unit, with emergency lights on, when it was hit from the rear. The car that hit him then rolled over on its side. The officer and the motorist, 22 year old Tracey Marble of Tyler, were taken to a Tyler hospital. Both had minor injuries.
LONGVIEW – Longview police say no citations will be issued to those involved in Monday’s vehicle and bicycle crash. The accident happened shortly before 2:00 Monday afternoon near the intersection of Pine Tree and East Broadway. Taken to to Good Shepherd Medical Center with life-threatening injuries was John Alan Trepanier, 60, of Longview. Investigators say the accident happened when Trepanier ran a stop sign and rode into the path of a car driven by a 24 year old Longview woman. The police report says he attempted to move out of the cars path but was unable to get completely out of the way before the rear tire of his bicycle was struck and he fell to the ground.
TYLER — Tyler’s Christmas parade is Thursday evening at 6:00. That will be followed by the 31st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the T.B. Butler Fountain Plaza. Lighting the tree will be the 2017 Texas Miracle Child. She is Destiny Miriah Williams, 14, of Tyler. She was introduced Tuesday morning at a news conference at the Rose Garden Center. Shortly after her birth in February 2002, a routine PKU test revealed that Destiny had Sickle Cell Disease. She has learned to manage her condition, although she still suffers problems that require hospitalization at least twice a year. And she may need a hip replacement as a result of complications from the disease. But, as her doctor will tell you, Destiny is committed to her health and her hobbies, and what inspires him “is that she can stick with it all and love life.”
PALESTINE – The Texas Rangers are assisting in the investigation of an incident that saw two persons injured, including an Anderson County Sheriff’s deputy. The incident happened Monday afternoon in Palestine as deputy Heriberto Rodriguez tried to serve a warrant on Marquette Laran Walker, 39. When Warker refused to get out of his vehicle, the deputy opened the driver’s door to remove him. That’s when Walker started driving away, dragging the deputy. The car stopped when the deputy shot Walker in the hand. Walker was first treated at a Palestine hospital, then transferred to a Tyler hospital. The deputy was treated and released at a Palestine hospital.
TYLER – A Tyler man is in custody for on-line solicitation. Arrested, and charged with the 2nd degree felony, was 25 year old Greggory Mario Johnson. He is said to have entered into a social media web-site and started a conversation with what he thought was a 13 year old girl. It was actually a Tyler police investigator. He is said to have solicited a sex act and agreed to meet her in a city park. He was arrested Monday evening when he showed up at the park. He was booked into the Smith County Jail with a bond of $60,000.
LONGVIEW – A cyclist has been injured when hit by a vehicle in Longview. The accident happened shortly before 2:00 Monday afternoon near the intersection of Pine Tree and East Broadway. The man was taken to a Longview hospital with life-threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported, and the driver of the vehicle remained at the scene until police arrived. It’s unclear if the driver will be issued a citation.
MARSHALL – A Marshall man gets a lengthy prison term for a murder earlier this year. Tyler Johnathon Nankervis, 22, pleaded guilty on Monday. State District Judge Brad Morin then sentenced him to 51 years in prison. The sentence stems from the January stabbing death of 50-year-old Melinda Billingsley, of Marshall. She was found inside a home on Red Wood Trail. She later died at a Marshall hospital. Nankervis was found in the front yard of the home. He was originally charged with aggravated assault. After her death, it was upgraded to murder.
JACKSONVILLE – One person has been killed and two injured in a two vehicle accident in Jacksonville. The accident happened around 7:30 Monday morning near the intersection of U.S. Highway 79 and State Highway 204. Killed was Gerald Thornton, 89, of Jacksonville. He was a passenger in a SUV driven by Freddy Sontag, 75, of Jacksonville. Sontag was transfered to a Tyler hospital for treatment. The other driver, Logan Ryan Wood, 19, of Jacksonville, is being treated at a Jacksonville hospital. A passenger in his pickup was not injured. The accident remains under investigation.
LONGVIEW — One person has been arrested following a Longview robbery attempt. Shortly before 5:00 Monday morning the suspect entered the Walgreens Pharmacy on West Loop 281. With his hands in his pockets, as if he had a gun, he approached a pharmacist trying to get medication. Police spokesperson Kristie Brian said he told the pharmacist, “we can do this the easy way or the hard way.” Logan Christopher Nichols, 21, of Longview, was still standing at the counter when police arrived. He has been charged with attempted robbery.
TYLER – Work on a water main repair and replacement on the Old Jacksonville Highway in Tyler has been extended. The work started in mid November. One northbound lane of traffic will be closed while Tyler Water Utilities replaces 800 feet of 12-inch water main adjacent to the Brookshire’s warehouse complex. This lane closure will continue through this Saturday. The lane will be closed from 6:00am until around 5:30pm each day.
TYLER – Three aggravated robberies are under investigation by Tyler police. One occurred at the Sonic Drive-In on West Gentry Parkway and another occurred at the Fast Laundromat on West Martin Luther King Boulevard. The latest occurred at the Family Dollar Store on Troup Highway.
It happened just before 8:00 Sunday night. The suspect with a handgun ordered the employee behind the counter. He then ordered the employee to open the safe and cash register. After getting an undisclosed amount of money, and ordering the employee to lie down on the floor, he fled the store. No injuries were reported.… Read More
TYLER – A man escaped serious injury after his SUV was hit by a train in Tyler. He was then arrested. Charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct was Braylen Pullum, 28, of Tyler. The accident occurred around 2:15 Saturday morning on the tracks just north of the intersection of North Palace and West Ferguson. The SUV driven by Pullum had been driven through a barricade and became high centered on the tracks. He fell asleep and remained inside the vehicle, which was hit by a west bound train. It pushed the vehicle down the tracks until it was able to come to a complete stop. Pullum was treated by EMS and Tyler firemen on scene. Pullum’s bond was set at $1,000. Online records indicate Pullum has a lengthy criminal history, including: evading arrest with a vehicle, possession of marijuana and several counts of driving while intoxicated.
TYLER – The Salvation Army in Tyler kicks off its Red Kettle Campaign today. It begins with activities from noon till 1:00 in Salvation Army Building 1, at 633 North Broadway. It had been scheduled to take place on the downtown square, but was moved because of the rain. You’ll see the red kettles at over 40 locations around Tyler and Smith County. And the money they bring in has many uses. The money is used to clothe, feed and house people in the county. The money helps fund a 200 bed shelter that is open 365 days a year. They also have a soup kitchen that feeds three meals a day. So this fund drive is very important. Lindsey Galabeas with the Salvation Army in Tyler says this year’s goal is $400,000. This has been the goal the previous two years. Galabeas says they have not met the goal those two years, with last year worse than the year before. But she says, third times a charm. They are optimistic that the goal will be met this year.