MARSHALL — Students attending Marshall ISD will enjoy two extra weeks of summer because the new junior high school under construction is behind schedule. After looking at the options, officials made the decision to postpone the start of school. MISD Director of Communications David Weaver said classes for all students in the district will begin on September 11. The school year will end one week later, and the school day will also be extended a little to make up the time.
LONGVIEW — The Department of Public Safety is looking for a vehicle involved in a crash around 12:35 Thursday afternoon on Highway 31 near Longview. Witnesses reported seeing a white Dodge pickup truck stopped on the northbound shoulder. The truck made a U-turn from the shoulder to travel south toward Kilgore. At the same time, the driver of a Ford F-150 was traveling north on Highway 31 and had to take evasive action to avoid the Dodge, causing the Ford to run off the roadway to the right and begin rolling. The driver of the Dodge, for an unknown reason, did not stop. DPS is asking the public for information leading to the identification of the driver of the Dodge. The two vehicles did not collide. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office at 903-236-8400.
LONGVIEW — An October 16 trial date has been set for a man accused of fatally stabbing two people and injuring others in November 2013 at a Longview hospital facility. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report 26-year-old Kyron Templeton of Longview is charged with capital murder in the incident at what then was the Good Shepherd Medical Center Ambulatory Surgical Center. District Judge Alfonso Charles in April ordered Templeton to undergo a psychiatric competency evaluation. He was later found competent to stand trial. Templeton also faces three aggravated assault charges stemming from the attack.
AUSTIN – The Texas Water Development Board has approved over $677 million from the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas program to the North Texas Municipal Water District (Rains, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Fannin, Hunt, Kaufman, and Rockwall counties). According to a news release, by using the SWIFT program, the District could save some $5 million over the life of the $44,650,000 loan that they will close on this fall. Additional savings will occur when the District closes on the other portions of the loan, according to the release. The assistance will allow the District to perform pre-construction work associated with Lower Bois d’Arc Reservoir and its associated water treatment plant. The assistance also includes the construction costs of the treatment plant.
EAST TEXAS — Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in a chase Thursday morning on I-20. KETK reports the call came in to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office shortly after 9 a.m. in reference to a robbery. After responding to the Texas Best Smokehouse on Highway 271 at I-20, authorities determined it was a theft. They say a man reached over the counter, took money, and left. Lindale police began chasing him on the interstate, following him into Van Zandt County. The DPS then put out spikes on the interstate, and that stopped the vehicle. The suspect was arrested in following a foot chase. The vehicle was reportedly stolen from the Dallas area.
LONGVIEW – A man accused of stealing an electric cart from the Wal-Mart in Longview has been arrested. Edward Mark Dickard, 52, of Longview, is said to have taken the cart from the store on Loop 281 shortly after 6:45 Wednesday morning. He wasn’t hard to find. Police found him driving the cart, valued at $4,000, on Highway 259. Dickard was arrested without incident and booked into the Gregg County Jail on a charge of theft of property.
TYLER — One woman is arrested after police she intentionally ran over another woman following a fight. Officers said it happened around 12:30 this morning at a car wash on Bow Street. The victim told officers she had gotten into an altercation earlier that night outside the Banana Tree night club on Gentry. The victim was on foot when she was hit by a gold Nissan, driven by Keria Mumphrey, 21, Tyler. Mumphrey was found a short time later at her home. She was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. Her bond was set at $30,000.
TYLER — Tyler Police are searching for the suspect wanted in an early morning shooting that sent a young teen to the hospital. Just after 3:00 Thursday morning, officers were called to a home on McDonald Road in reference to an aggravated assault. Several bullets had been fired into the house, one hitting an 13-year-old boy in the leg. He remains hospitalized. Anyone with information is asked to contact Tyler Police.