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East Texas Man Sentenced to Prison for Murdering His Parents

GREGG COUNTY — A Gladewater man has been sentenced to two life sentences after pleading guilty to murdering his parents. According to KETK, Casey Douglas Lansdale, 42, pleaded guilty to capital murder Wednesday. He will be eligible for parole after serving 30 years. On January 22, Gladewater Police responded to a residence on North Main Street in reference to a welfare check on Raye and Charles Lansdale, both 68, who were reportedly missing. Officers found the two bodies inside the house. An autopsy revealed the couple had been fatally shot.

Juvenile Suspects Confess to Dollar General Burglary

SMITH COUNTY — Two juveniles have confessed to a July 4th burglary. It happened at the Dollar General, 12125 Hwy 271, around 5:05 a.m. An unknown amount of cigarettes were taken during the burglary, which was caught on video. Later that day, the Smith County Sheriff’s office received a call from a parent advising that her son and another boy had committed a burglary. The boys, ages 15 and 13, confessed. Two cigarette packs were recovered from the teens. The remainder of the cigarettes had been given away. Both boys were identified as the subjects that were on the video from Dollar General. They were processed into the Juvenile Attention Center.

Trespassing Call Lands Two Men in Jail on Drug Charges

ATHENS — A July 4th trespassing call ended with two men in the Henderson County Jail for possession of illegal drugs. According to Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse, Stephen Grant Ivie, 25, of Frankston, and Leslie Brian Kelley, 34, of Tyler. (pictured) were both arrested Tuesday in the Berryville area after it was reported that they were trespassing on property without the owner’s permission. The responding deputy found a clear plastic bag containing a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine, a package of pills and marijuana. Ivie was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. Kelley was arrested for possession of dangerous drugs. Both are in the Henderson County Jail awaiting arraignment.

Carter BloodCare Schedules Blood Drives

TYLER — Carter BloodCare in Tyler is working hard this summer to keep its supply up. According to a news release, a variety of Texans might need blood transfusions — ranging from motor vehicle accident victims to cancer patients fighting for a few more months of life. You can help by visiting one of several locations holding blood drives in Tyler in coming days. The events are scheduled for this Friday and Saturday as well as Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week, at three businesses and a couple of apartment complexes. Check http://www.ktbb.com/calendarofevents/ for more information. You can also go to http://www.carterbloodcare.org to learn more.

Texas Shakespeare Festival Underway at Kilgore College

KILGORE — The 32nd season of a Texas tradition is in full swing. The Texas Shakespeare Festival continues till July 30 in the Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Center on the campus of Kilgore College. This year’s productions include Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Richard III.” Other productions are “Cyrano de Bergerac,” the musical “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” the children’s production “The Witch of Pickle Patch,” and “Did You Hear Thunder.” You can get tickets and more information at http://www.TexasShakespeare.com or by calling the ticket office at 903-983-8601.

Airport Seeks Input on Preferred Destinations

TYLER — Tyler Pounds Regional Airport has posted an online survey seeking input from residents on preferred destinations. Officials say the airport has recently been in contact with several airlines about adding service to and from Tyler. The questionnaire form says the different airlines have shown an interest in servicing Tyler Pounds once the construction on Runway 4/22 is completed; that’s expected no later than December 2018. Airport officials say each airline has asked for data to support the service it would offer. Several potential destinations are included in the survey. The possibilities include Houston, additional flights to DFW, and a some out-of-state locations. You can go to http://www.cityoftyler.org/Portals/0/Documents/Airport/Surveys/Air%20Travel%20Questionaire.pdf to learn more and take fill out the questionnaire.

Longview Fugitive Arrested in North Carolina

EAST TEXAS — A North Carolina man indicted last month on an aggravated sexual assault of a child charge in Longview has been arrested. Javier Bahena Quintana, 42, of Clemmons, North Carolina, is awaiting extradition to Gregg County. According to KETK and the Longview News-Journal, Quintana has been jailed in Guilford County, North Carolina, since May 5. Quintana is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl at least three times between April 2010 and May 2011. He also faces an indecency with a child/sexual contact charge from April 2016. A Gregg County grand jury indicted Quintana on the charges in May. The girl told investigators during a Dec. 30, 2016, video interview that Quintana sexually assaulted her on multiple occasions.

Chandler Man Jailed in Nacogdoches County for Murder

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY — A Chandler man accused of murder is indicted by a Nacogdoches County Grand Jury. Lester Butcher, 54, was booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail June 30 on a $1 million bond. According to KETK, Nacogdoches County Deputies discovered the body of James Steitler during a welfare check on April 10. Officials said the body showed obvious signs a homicide had occurred. Butcher was arrested in Henderson County.

Marshall Fire Chief Warns of Sparkler Danger

MARSHALL — If you’re planning to shoot fireworks, beware of one that is seemingly safe for kids but can cause serious injuries. 4th of July celebrations are planned statewide, and many families will celebrate with casual fireworks displays of their own. Marshall Fire Chief Reggie Cooper says a popular firework marketed to kids can be very dangerous. Cooper says sparkers “put off a tremendous amount of heat,” resulting in numerous injuries to children. In 2016, there were an estimated 900 emergency room visits related to sparklers. Roughly 400 of those injuries were children under the age of four.

Rusk VFD Chief Agrees to Pre-Trial Diversion Program, Charges Dismissed

RUSK – Court documents show Rusk Volunteer Fire Chief Donald Lankford has entered into a pre-trial diversion program and charges against him have been dismissed. KETK reports as part of the agreement, Lankford must undergo six months of probation, 20 hours of community service (may self-report), and pay a $500 fee. Lankford, 44, applied to the program while facing two counts of deadly conduct via the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. The charges stem from an incident in December 2015 when he chased after two teenagers, who claimed the fire chief tried to run them off the road twice. He allegedly followed them all the way to a neighboring county.… Read the rest of the article…

NET Health’s Roberts on His Way to Top Post with National Group

TYLER — A local health official will soon move into the top position with a nationwide health leaders’ group. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has elected George T. Roberts, CEO of the Northeast Texas Public Health District, to its 2017-2018 Board of Directors as its new Vice President. Roberts began his one-year term as Vice President on July 1, and he will then become the President of NACCHO in July 2018. In a news release, Roberts says he’s “honored to be part of NACCHO’s solutions to the growing healthcare needs of our country.” As the governing body, the NACCHO Board of Directors is NACCHO’s public face and represents members in matters of policy, public health practice and collaboration with health partners in the public and private sectors, according to the news release.

Police: Man Threw Girlfriend on Ground, Hit Her with Chair

LONGVIEW — A Longview man remains in jail following his Thursday arrest after police said he injured his girlfriend, sending her to the hospital. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report bond was set at $7,500 for Emile Fitzgerald Porche, 48. He’s charged with assault of a family/household member with previous conviction. Police say his girlfriend told officers that Porche had slammed her onto the ground and hit her with a lawn chair Thursday on Wylie Circle. Porche has three previous convictions for assault/family violence.

Suspects Arrested Following High Speed Chase

KILGORE — Four East Texans were arrested Thursday in Kilgore after police said they led officers on a high-speed chase, pulled into a woman’s garage and attempted to hide inside her home. According to KETK and the Longview News-Journal, Andre Renauld Taylor (pictured), 33, of Kilgore, Georgelee Holt, 30, of Longview, Cheyanne Renee Worthington, 23, of Kilgore and Summer Dawn Wyatt, 22, of Kilgore were booked into the Gregg County jail. A trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety attempted to stop Taylor on Thursday on Texas 31 for speeding, reporting that Taylor was driving 109 mph in a 65 mph zone. Taylor led the trooper on the chase for about 12 minutes before turning onto Echo Lane in Kilgore, entering a private driveway and garage, then crashing into a deep freezer, the trooper said. The trooper said four people then fled the vehicle and entered the home. The trooper kicked in the front door of the home and found Worthington and Holt hiding in the living room.… Read the rest of the article…

Woman Indicted in Rangerette Kidnapping

KILGORE — A Kilgore woman has been indicted on two felony counts of aggravated kidnapping of a Kilgore College Rangerette. Police said Nancy Alice Motes, 57, kidnapped Alexa Blair, 19, at gunpoint from Blair’s home on Airline Drive in Longview. She was reportedly choked until she passed out and later was tied up in a storage building in Rusk County. Blair was able to escape and call police. Blair’s mother, Rangerettes Director Dana Blair, was at home at the time of the kidnapping and was bound by Motes. Authorities have declined to discuss possible motives for the kidnapping.

Woman, Dog Dead in Smith County Fire

LINDALE — A 78-year-old woman and her dog are dead after a mobile home fire Wednesday on County Road 4119 in the Lindale area. KETK reports the name of the woman is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The cause and other details weren’t immediately known. We’ll have more information as it becomes available.

Celebration Set Tonight for Renovated Bergfeld Park Amphitheater

TYLER — It’s taken an an extra week, but Tyler is now ready to welcome a renovated local landmark to the community. Due to inclement weather, the Bergfeld Summer Showcase was rescheduled from last Thursday till this evening from 6:30 till 8:00. The event celebrates the redesign and reopening of Bergfeld Park’s Amphitheater and the new Centene Stage. Tyler Civic Theater and the City of Tyler are collaborating on the show. City personnel say everyone’s invited to watch and sing along to songs and scenes from the shows “Rock of Ages,” “Peter Pan Jr. the Musical” and “Legally Blonde the Musical.” Food trucks will be on site, and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and portable seating.… Read the rest of the article…

Two More Drug Arrests in Henderson County

ATHENS — Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse continues his crackdown on drug suspects as deputies arrest Zackary Ryan Clemons, 39, and Haley Danielle Middleton, 23. Hillhouse says the arrests came on Westwood Beach Drive, south of Chandler, after a substantial amount of methamphetamine was thrown out of a vehicle as Clemons was stopped for a traffic violation.… Read the rest of the article…

Input Sought on Smith County Road Plan

TYLER — Smith County is soliciting opinions from residents about their road concerns and suggested improvements. According to a news release, it’s part of the county’s commitment to strategic planning and to ensure the county road infrastructure remains solid for decades. Following Commissioners Court approval on Tuesday, residents can begin providing input by going to http://www.smith-county.com and submitting their comments electronically through an e-form. The Commissioners Court is also planning several public open houses to gather input.… Read the rest of the article…

Tyler Police Arrest Burglary Suspect

TYLER — A man accused of breaking into a Tyler restaurant has been taken into custody. An alarm at the Lindo Mexico Restaurant, on Gentry Parkway, sounded around 5:00 Tuesday morning. Arriving officers said the building was broken into and that the suspect had fled. After reviewing the security video with the owner, officers were able to locate the suspect a short distance from the restaurant walking down the street. Andre Lamont Coker Jr., 21, was detained and searched. Officers found a gun in his waistband, several types of illicit narcotics and evidence from the restaurant. Coker was charged with burglary of building, possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and three warrants out of Smith County Sheriff’s Office.

Former Jail Administrator Sentenced to Prison

WOOD COUNTY — A former East Texas jail administrator has been sentenced to prison. According to KETK, ex-Wood County Jail Captain David McGee has been sentenced to two years in prison for his role in helping an inmate escape the Wood County Jail and tampering with government documents. McGee resigned back in February amid an investigation into inappropriate contact between the former administrator and an inmate. During the course of that investigation, McGee was arrested by the Texas Rangers and charged with two counts of tampering with evidence. He was booked into jail and later released on bond.… Read the rest of the article…

Tyler Police Search for Theft Suspects

TYLER — Tyler Police are asking for the public’s help in locating several suspects wanted for theft. According to authorities, on June 6th, three suspects attempted to steal a Snapper zero turn riding mower from the front of the garden center of Walmart on Hwy 64 West. An employee noticed the three attempting to load the mower into the bed of a blue pick-up truck. The suspects dropped the mower and fled after the employee yelled at them. The three suspects returned to the same location June 24, cut the lock on the Snapper mower, loaded it into the bed of the truck and left. The retail price of the mower is listed at $2,696.00. Anyone with information is asked to contact Dt. Craig Shine at Tyler Police Department at 903-531-1090 or call Tyler Smith County Crime Stoppers at 903-597-2833.

Tyler Police Issue Scam Alert

TYLER — The Better Business Bureau has notified the Tyler Police Department that it’s received numerous phone calls from citizens about a caller claiming to work for the Tyler Police Department and asking for a donation to the organization. According to a news release, the Tyler Police Department will not solicit any monetary funds over the phone. If you get one of these calls, police say do not donate money — just hang up. … Read the rest of the article…

Officials: Woman Tried to Hide Meth in Patrol Vehicle

ATHENS – Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse says two deputies stopped a Flint woman Sunday night and discovered a substantial amount of suspected methamphetamine she tried to hide in their patrol vehicle. Rachel Rush, 33, was arrested after 10 p.m. at the intersection of FM 315 and County Road 4201 after the deputies first discovered a small amount of illegal drugs, pills and needles in her vehicle, according to Hillhouse. After her arrest, she was seen on the squad car’s camera removing a concealed item from her clothing and placing it between the rear seat and the backrest. A clear, plastic baggie containing approximately 9 grams of suspected methamphetamine was logged in as evidence in the case along with the other contraband and paraphernalia. Rush faces charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of a dangerous drug.

Man Dies after Being Struck by Vehicle

LONGVIEW — 43-year-old Robert Earl Jones Jr. of Longview has died after being struck Thursday around 9:30 p.m. by a vehicle on South Green Street. When officers arrived, witnesses told them Jones was trying to cross the street on foot in front of an oncoming car and did not allow enough time to get across the street. KETK reports the car, driven by 18-year-old Delia Espinoza of Longview, struck Jones and knocked him onto the sidewalk. Jones was transported to Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center, where he died Friday night, according to the Longview News-Journal. No citations were issued.

KC Upward Bound Program Awarded Grant to Continue Services

KILGORE — Congressman Louie Gohmert recently announced that Kilgore College’s Upward Bound program will receive federal grants from the U.S. Department of Education totaling $1.28 million. According to a KC news release, the grant will provide funding for KC’s Upward Bound program for the next five years. That will allow KC to partner with 50 qualifying students each year from Kilgore, Longview, and Pine Tree high schools.… Read the rest of the article…

TxDOT’s Weekly Roadwork Update

TYLER — Here’s a look at work planned in TxDOT’S Tyler District during the Week of June 26. These schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions, equipment failure or other unforeseen issues. Slow down and pay attention when traveling through work zones.

Spot repair operations continue on I-20 in Smith County at various entrance and exit ramps, including at FM 757, and the mainlanes as well. Expect lane closures at all work locations. Once completed, operations move to Van Zandt County.… Read the rest of the article…

Dogs Rescued from Condemned House

PALESTINE — Four dogs are safe after being rescued from a condemned house in Palestine on Friday. KETK reports officers from the Palestine Police Department and Animal Control were notified that the dogs were wandering the balcony of the structure on W. Palestine Avenue. When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered there were no guard rails on the balcony, which put the dogs at risk of falling off. Neighbors told officers they believed the dogs were being fed; however, after searching for several hours, officers were unable to find their owners. After obtaining a search warrant, officers made their way inside the building to try and rescue the animals. They said they believed the dogs were using the balcony to escape the summer heat inside the structure.… Read the rest of the article…

Body of Missing Palestine Woman Found

PALESTINE — Detectives from the Palestine Police Department located the body of Ricki Taylor, 46, Friday night in a remote location in Houston County. Taylor was reported missing on Thursday. KETK reports Taylor’s body has been transported to Dallas for an autopsy. Police say the investigation is ongoing and that detectives are pursuing all leads, with the assistance of the Texas Rangers. Anyone with information may call Det. Mark Harcrow or Det. David Kassaw of the Palestine PD at 903-729-2254 or anonymously send information via text message to PALPD, then the tip, to number 847411.

Kilgore Police Seek Hit-and-Run Driver

KILGORE — The Kilgore Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating a hit and run driver. KETK reports a truck crossing multiple lanes of traffic and T-boned a car in the area of Post Oak Road and Meadows Lane. The suspect vehicle is described as a red Dodge extended cab, possibly a 4×4, with black rims. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Dukes at 903-218-6904.

Patients Transported after Apparent Synthetic Drug Use

LONGVIEW — Longview Fire Department officials say a crew took four people to a hospital Friday after apparent use of synthetic drugs. A news release says the crew responded to Magrill Park on North Green Street. Upon arrival they found several people suffering from what are believed to be the effects of an illegal substance. Bystanders advised that the patients had been using potpourri, which is a form of synthetic marijuana. Besides those hospitalized, two other patients refused EMS transport.

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East Texas Man Sentenced to Prison for Murdering His Parents

Posted/updated on: July 7, 2017 at 8:28 am

GREGG COUNTY — A Gladewater man has been sentenced to two life sentences after pleading guilty to murdering his parents. According to KETK, Casey Douglas Lansdale, 42, pleaded guilty to capital murder Wednesday. He will be eligible for parole after serving 30 years. On January 22, Gladewater Police responded to a residence on North Main Street in reference to a welfare check on Raye and Charles Lansdale, both 68, who were reportedly missing. Officers found the two bodies inside the house. An autopsy revealed the couple had been fatally shot.

Juvenile Suspects Confess to Dollar General Burglary

Posted/updated on: July 6, 2017 at 10:00 am

SMITH COUNTY — Two juveniles have confessed to a July 4th burglary. It happened at the Dollar General, 12125 Hwy 271, around 5:05 a.m. An unknown amount of cigarettes were taken during the burglary, which was caught on video. Later that day, the Smith County Sheriff’s office received a call from a parent advising that her son and another boy had committed a burglary. The boys, ages 15 and 13, confessed. Two cigarette packs were recovered from the teens. The remainder of the cigarettes had been given away. Both boys were identified as the subjects that were on the video from Dollar General. They were processed into the Juvenile Attention Center.

Trespassing Call Lands Two Men in Jail on Drug Charges

Posted/updated on: July 6, 2017 at 9:59 am

ATHENS — A July 4th trespassing call ended with two men in the Henderson County Jail for possession of illegal drugs. According to Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse, Stephen Grant Ivie, 25, of Frankston, and Leslie Brian Kelley, 34, of Tyler. (pictured) were both arrested Tuesday in the Berryville area after it was reported that they were trespassing on property without the owner’s permission. The responding deputy found a clear plastic bag containing a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine, a package of pills and marijuana. Ivie was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. Kelley was arrested for possession of dangerous drugs. Both are in the Henderson County Jail awaiting arraignment.

Carter BloodCare Schedules Blood Drives

Posted/updated on: July 5, 2017 at 2:59 pm

TYLER — Carter BloodCare in Tyler is working hard this summer to keep its supply up. According to a news release, a variety of Texans might need blood transfusions — ranging from motor vehicle accident victims to cancer patients fighting for a few more months of life. You can help by visiting one of several locations holding blood drives in Tyler in coming days. The events are scheduled for this Friday and Saturday as well as Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week, at three businesses and a couple of apartment complexes. Check http://www.ktbb.com/calendarofevents/ for more information. You can also go to http://www.carterbloodcare.org to learn more.

Texas Shakespeare Festival Underway at Kilgore College

Posted/updated on: July 5, 2017 at 2:26 pm

KILGORE — The 32nd season of a Texas tradition is in full swing. The Texas Shakespeare Festival continues till July 30 in the Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Center on the campus of Kilgore College. This year’s productions include Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Richard III.” Other productions are “Cyrano de Bergerac,” the musical “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” the children’s production “The Witch of Pickle Patch,” and “Did You Hear Thunder.” You can get tickets and more information at http://www.TexasShakespeare.com or by calling the ticket office at 903-983-8601.

Airport Seeks Input on Preferred Destinations

Posted/updated on: July 5, 2017 at 2:15 pm

TYLER — Tyler Pounds Regional Airport has posted an online survey seeking input from residents on preferred destinations. Officials say the airport has recently been in contact with several airlines about adding service to and from Tyler. The questionnaire form says the different airlines have shown an interest in servicing Tyler Pounds once the construction on Runway 4/22 is completed; that’s expected no later than December 2018. Airport officials say each airline has asked for data to support the service it would offer. Several potential destinations are included in the survey. The possibilities include Houston, additional flights to DFW, and a some out-of-state locations. You can go to http://www.cityoftyler.org/Portals/0/Documents/Airport/Surveys/Air%20Travel%20Questionaire.pdf to learn more and take fill out the questionnaire.

Longview Fugitive Arrested in North Carolina

Posted/updated on: July 5, 2017 at 8:49 am

EAST TEXAS — A North Carolina man indicted last month on an aggravated sexual assault of a child charge in Longview has been arrested. Javier Bahena Quintana, 42, of Clemmons, North Carolina, is awaiting extradition to Gregg County. According to KETK and the Longview News-Journal, Quintana has been jailed in Guilford County, North Carolina, since May 5. Quintana is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl at least three times between April 2010 and May 2011. He also faces an indecency with a child/sexual contact charge from April 2016. A Gregg County grand jury indicted Quintana on the charges in May. The girl told investigators during a Dec. 30, 2016, video interview that Quintana sexually assaulted her on multiple occasions.

Chandler Man Jailed in Nacogdoches County for Murder

Posted/updated on: July 5, 2017 at 8:49 am

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY — A Chandler man accused of murder is indicted by a Nacogdoches County Grand Jury. Lester Butcher, 54, was booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail June 30 on a $1 million bond. According to KETK, Nacogdoches County Deputies discovered the body of James Steitler during a welfare check on April 10. Officials said the body showed obvious signs a homicide had occurred. Butcher was arrested in Henderson County.

Marshall Fire Chief Warns of Sparkler Danger

Posted/updated on: July 4, 2017 at 6:00 pm

MARSHALL — If you’re planning to shoot fireworks, beware of one that is seemingly safe for kids but can cause serious injuries. 4th of July celebrations are planned statewide, and many families will celebrate with casual fireworks displays of their own. Marshall Fire Chief Reggie Cooper says a popular firework marketed to kids can be very dangerous. Cooper says sparkers “put off a tremendous amount of heat,” resulting in numerous injuries to children. In 2016, there were an estimated 900 emergency room visits related to sparklers. Roughly 400 of those injuries were children under the age of four.

Rusk VFD Chief Agrees to Pre-Trial Diversion Program, Charges Dismissed

Posted/updated on: July 4, 2017 at 5:50 pm

RUSK – Court documents show Rusk Volunteer Fire Chief Donald Lankford has entered into a pre-trial diversion program and charges against him have been dismissed. KETK reports as part of the agreement, Lankford must undergo six months of probation, 20 hours of community service (may self-report), and pay a $500 fee. Lankford, 44, applied to the program while facing two counts of deadly conduct via the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. The charges stem from an incident in December 2015 when he chased after two teenagers, who claimed the fire chief tried to run them off the road twice. He allegedly followed them all the way to a neighboring county.… Read the rest of the article…

NET Health’s Roberts on His Way to Top Post with National Group

Posted/updated on: July 4, 2017 at 12:54 pm

TYLER — A local health official will soon move into the top position with a nationwide health leaders’ group. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has elected George T. Roberts, CEO of the Northeast Texas Public Health District, to its 2017-2018 Board of Directors as its new Vice President. Roberts began his one-year term as Vice President on July 1, and he will then become the President of NACCHO in July 2018. In a news release, Roberts says he’s “honored to be part of NACCHO’s solutions to the growing healthcare needs of our country.” As the governing body, the NACCHO Board of Directors is NACCHO’s public face and represents members in matters of policy, public health practice and collaboration with health partners in the public and private sectors, according to the news release.

Police: Man Threw Girlfriend on Ground, Hit Her with Chair

Posted/updated on: July 4, 2017 at 11:41 am

LONGVIEW — A Longview man remains in jail following his Thursday arrest after police said he injured his girlfriend, sending her to the hospital. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report bond was set at $7,500 for Emile Fitzgerald Porche, 48. He’s charged with assault of a family/household member with previous conviction. Police say his girlfriend told officers that Porche had slammed her onto the ground and hit her with a lawn chair Thursday on Wylie Circle. Porche has three previous convictions for assault/family violence.

Suspects Arrested Following High Speed Chase

Posted/updated on: July 4, 2017 at 8:36 am

KILGORE — Four East Texans were arrested Thursday in Kilgore after police said they led officers on a high-speed chase, pulled into a woman’s garage and attempted to hide inside her home. According to KETK and the Longview News-Journal, Andre Renauld Taylor (pictured), 33, of Kilgore, Georgelee Holt, 30, of Longview, Cheyanne Renee Worthington, 23, of Kilgore and Summer Dawn Wyatt, 22, of Kilgore were booked into the Gregg County jail. A trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety attempted to stop Taylor on Thursday on Texas 31 for speeding, reporting that Taylor was driving 109 mph in a 65 mph zone. Taylor led the trooper on the chase for about 12 minutes before turning onto Echo Lane in Kilgore, entering a private driveway and garage, then crashing into a deep freezer, the trooper said. The trooper said four people then fled the vehicle and entered the home. The trooper kicked in the front door of the home and found Worthington and Holt hiding in the living room.… Read the rest of the article…

Woman Indicted in Rangerette Kidnapping

Posted/updated on: July 1, 2017 at 5:37 am

KILGORE — A Kilgore woman has been indicted on two felony counts of aggravated kidnapping of a Kilgore College Rangerette. Police said Nancy Alice Motes, 57, kidnapped Alexa Blair, 19, at gunpoint from Blair’s home on Airline Drive in Longview. She was reportedly choked until she passed out and later was tied up in a storage building in Rusk County. Blair was able to escape and call police. Blair’s mother, Rangerettes Director Dana Blair, was at home at the time of the kidnapping and was bound by Motes. Authorities have declined to discuss possible motives for the kidnapping.

Woman, Dog Dead in Smith County Fire

Posted/updated on: June 29, 2017 at 6:46 pm

LINDALE — A 78-year-old woman and her dog are dead after a mobile home fire Wednesday on County Road 4119 in the Lindale area. KETK reports the name of the woman is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The cause and other details weren’t immediately known. We’ll have more information as it becomes available.

Celebration Set Tonight for Renovated Bergfeld Park Amphitheater

Posted/updated on: June 29, 2017 at 5:00 pm

TYLER — It’s taken an an extra week, but Tyler is now ready to welcome a renovated local landmark to the community. Due to inclement weather, the Bergfeld Summer Showcase was rescheduled from last Thursday till this evening from 6:30 till 8:00. The event celebrates the redesign and reopening of Bergfeld Park’s Amphitheater and the new Centene Stage. Tyler Civic Theater and the City of Tyler are collaborating on the show. City personnel say everyone’s invited to watch and sing along to songs and scenes from the shows “Rock of Ages,” “Peter Pan Jr. the Musical” and “Legally Blonde the Musical.” Food trucks will be on site, and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and portable seating.… Read the rest of the article…

Two More Drug Arrests in Henderson County

Posted/updated on: June 29, 2017 at 12:15 pm

ATHENS — Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse continues his crackdown on drug suspects as deputies arrest Zackary Ryan Clemons, 39, and Haley Danielle Middleton, 23. Hillhouse says the arrests came on Westwood Beach Drive, south of Chandler, after a substantial amount of methamphetamine was thrown out of a vehicle as Clemons was stopped for a traffic violation.… Read the rest of the article…

Input Sought on Smith County Road Plan

Posted/updated on: June 29, 2017 at 10:45 am

TYLER — Smith County is soliciting opinions from residents about their road concerns and suggested improvements. According to a news release, it’s part of the county’s commitment to strategic planning and to ensure the county road infrastructure remains solid for decades. Following Commissioners Court approval on Tuesday, residents can begin providing input by going to http://www.smith-county.com and submitting their comments electronically through an e-form. The Commissioners Court is also planning several public open houses to gather input.… Read the rest of the article…

Tyler Police Arrest Burglary Suspect

Posted/updated on: June 29, 2017 at 10:14 am

TYLER — A man accused of breaking into a Tyler restaurant has been taken into custody. An alarm at the Lindo Mexico Restaurant, on Gentry Parkway, sounded around 5:00 Tuesday morning. Arriving officers said the building was broken into and that the suspect had fled. After reviewing the security video with the owner, officers were able to locate the suspect a short distance from the restaurant walking down the street. Andre Lamont Coker Jr., 21, was detained and searched. Officers found a gun in his waistband, several types of illicit narcotics and evidence from the restaurant. Coker was charged with burglary of building, possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and three warrants out of Smith County Sheriff’s Office.

Former Jail Administrator Sentenced to Prison

Posted/updated on: June 29, 2017 at 10:13 am

WOOD COUNTY — A former East Texas jail administrator has been sentenced to prison. According to KETK, ex-Wood County Jail Captain David McGee has been sentenced to two years in prison for his role in helping an inmate escape the Wood County Jail and tampering with government documents. McGee resigned back in February amid an investigation into inappropriate contact between the former administrator and an inmate. During the course of that investigation, McGee was arrested by the Texas Rangers and charged with two counts of tampering with evidence. He was booked into jail and later released on bond.… Read the rest of the article…

Tyler Police Search for Theft Suspects

Posted/updated on: June 28, 2017 at 11:12 am

TYLER — Tyler Police are asking for the public’s help in locating several suspects wanted for theft. According to authorities, on June 6th, three suspects attempted to steal a Snapper zero turn riding mower from the front of the garden center of Walmart on Hwy 64 West. An employee noticed the three attempting to load the mower into the bed of a blue pick-up truck. The suspects dropped the mower and fled after the employee yelled at them. The three suspects returned to the same location June 24, cut the lock on the Snapper mower, loaded it into the bed of the truck and left. The retail price of the mower is listed at $2,696.00. Anyone with information is asked to contact Dt. Craig Shine at Tyler Police Department at 903-531-1090 or call Tyler Smith County Crime Stoppers at 903-597-2833.

Tyler Police Issue Scam Alert

Posted/updated on: June 27, 2017 at 10:12 am

TYLER — The Better Business Bureau has notified the Tyler Police Department that it’s received numerous phone calls from citizens about a caller claiming to work for the Tyler Police Department and asking for a donation to the organization. According to a news release, the Tyler Police Department will not solicit any monetary funds over the phone. If you get one of these calls, police say do not donate money — just hang up. … Read the rest of the article…

Officials: Woman Tried to Hide Meth in Patrol Vehicle

Posted/updated on: June 27, 2017 at 10:11 am

ATHENS – Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse says two deputies stopped a Flint woman Sunday night and discovered a substantial amount of suspected methamphetamine she tried to hide in their patrol vehicle. Rachel Rush, 33, was arrested after 10 p.m. at the intersection of FM 315 and County Road 4201 after the deputies first discovered a small amount of illegal drugs, pills and needles in her vehicle, according to Hillhouse. After her arrest, she was seen on the squad car’s camera removing a concealed item from her clothing and placing it between the rear seat and the backrest. A clear, plastic baggie containing approximately 9 grams of suspected methamphetamine was logged in as evidence in the case along with the other contraband and paraphernalia. Rush faces charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of a dangerous drug.

Man Dies after Being Struck by Vehicle

Posted/updated on: June 27, 2017 at 10:12 am

LONGVIEW — 43-year-old Robert Earl Jones Jr. of Longview has died after being struck Thursday around 9:30 p.m. by a vehicle on South Green Street. When officers arrived, witnesses told them Jones was trying to cross the street on foot in front of an oncoming car and did not allow enough time to get across the street. KETK reports the car, driven by 18-year-old Delia Espinoza of Longview, struck Jones and knocked him onto the sidewalk. Jones was transported to Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center, where he died Friday night, according to the Longview News-Journal. No citations were issued.

KC Upward Bound Program Awarded Grant to Continue Services

Posted/updated on: June 26, 2017 at 2:43 pm

KILGORE — Congressman Louie Gohmert recently announced that Kilgore College’s Upward Bound program will receive federal grants from the U.S. Department of Education totaling $1.28 million. According to a KC news release, the grant will provide funding for KC’s Upward Bound program for the next five years. That will allow KC to partner with 50 qualifying students each year from Kilgore, Longview, and Pine Tree high schools.… Read the rest of the article…

TxDOT’s Weekly Roadwork Update

Posted/updated on: June 26, 2017 at 2:42 pm

TYLER — Here’s a look at work planned in TxDOT’S Tyler District during the Week of June 26. These schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions, equipment failure or other unforeseen issues. Slow down and pay attention when traveling through work zones.

Spot repair operations continue on I-20 in Smith County at various entrance and exit ramps, including at FM 757, and the mainlanes as well. Expect lane closures at all work locations. Once completed, operations move to Van Zandt County.… Read the rest of the article…

Dogs Rescued from Condemned House

Posted/updated on: June 26, 2017 at 2:42 pm

PALESTINE — Four dogs are safe after being rescued from a condemned house in Palestine on Friday. KETK reports officers from the Palestine Police Department and Animal Control were notified that the dogs were wandering the balcony of the structure on W. Palestine Avenue. When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered there were no guard rails on the balcony, which put the dogs at risk of falling off. Neighbors told officers they believed the dogs were being fed; however, after searching for several hours, officers were unable to find their owners. After obtaining a search warrant, officers made their way inside the building to try and rescue the animals. They said they believed the dogs were using the balcony to escape the summer heat inside the structure.… Read the rest of the article…

Body of Missing Palestine Woman Found

Posted/updated on: June 26, 2017 at 2:19 pm

PALESTINE — Detectives from the Palestine Police Department located the body of Ricki Taylor, 46, Friday night in a remote location in Houston County. Taylor was reported missing on Thursday. KETK reports Taylor’s body has been transported to Dallas for an autopsy. Police say the investigation is ongoing and that detectives are pursuing all leads, with the assistance of the Texas Rangers. Anyone with information may call Det. Mark Harcrow or Det. David Kassaw of the Palestine PD at 903-729-2254 or anonymously send information via text message to PALPD, then the tip, to number 847411.

Kilgore Police Seek Hit-and-Run Driver

Posted/updated on: June 26, 2017 at 6:49 am

KILGORE — The Kilgore Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating a hit and run driver. KETK reports a truck crossing multiple lanes of traffic and T-boned a car in the area of Post Oak Road and Meadows Lane. The suspect vehicle is described as a red Dodge extended cab, possibly a 4×4, with black rims. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Dukes at 903-218-6904.

Patients Transported after Apparent Synthetic Drug Use

Posted/updated on: June 26, 2017 at 6:50 am

LONGVIEW — Longview Fire Department officials say a crew took four people to a hospital Friday after apparent use of synthetic drugs. A news release says the crew responded to Magrill Park on North Green Street. Upon arrival they found several people suffering from what are believed to be the effects of an illegal substance. Bystanders advised that the patients had been using potpourri, which is a form of synthetic marijuana. Besides those hospitalized, two other patients refused EMS transport.

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