SMITH COUNTY — A group seeking to remove Smith County Judge Joel Baker from his seat is now calling for Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham to remove himself from the case. According to KETK, JoAnne Fleming, a spokeswoman for the plaintiffs, said Bingham disqualified himself through previous actions. “We believe it is absolutely clear that District Attorney Matt Bingham is disqualified from joining our case due to his explicit recusal on one of the causes (ATS traffic camera contract) cited in our case for the removal of Judge Joel Baker from office. Our attorneys are preparing a formal response,” Fleming stated. … Read More
TYLER — Smith County’s disaster declaration has been extended indefinitely. The Smith County commissioner’s court took the action during an emergency meeting on Thursday. County Judge Joel Baker first issued the declaration late last Friday night following Lindale’s tornadoes. Smith County Fire Marshall Connie McCoy-Wasson said 169 homes in Lindale were affected by the storms, suffering either major or minor damage. Ten homes were destroyed. The disaster declaration also covers the flooding that occurred in the southern part of the county, including flooding inside the cities of Whitehouse and Troup. McCoy-Wasson said The Troup High School and Middle School suffered water damage. They are still trying to gather numbers on the rest of the flooding damage and they continue to get calls daily from people all over the county reporting property damage.
LONGVIEW — Longview police are asking for the public’s help in locating a runaway teen. She is 15 year old Angel Nicole Johnson. She was last seen on April 22 at Longview Early Graduation High School getting into a grey passenger car. There is no information on what she was wearing when last seen. She is described as a black female with shoulder length brown hair with brown eyes. She is about 5’1 and weighs 110 pounds. If you have information on where she may be, you are asked to contact Detective Chris Bethard at 903-237-1161 or call 911.
LONGVIEW — Longview police have arrested a suspect in a murder in January, 2015. Arrested earlier this week was Aaron Undria McCoy, 24, of Longview. He is accused in the death of Garrett Dawn Neal, 30. He was found shot to death in a home in the 1700 Block of Sandlin Street. Police say the arrest followed a tip. After corroborating the information, they obtained an arrest warrant for McCoy. He remains in the Gregg County jail.
TYLER — The Department of Public Safety says a medical condition may have caused a fatal Smith County accident. The victim is identified as 66 year old Jerrell Willie Goodson of Tyler. He was killed when his truck left the road and hit a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident occurred shortly before 5:45 Wednesday afternoon near the intersection of County Roads 1141 and 1140, southwest of Tyler
TYLER — May is Elder Abuse Prevention Month. In the last fiscal year in Texas, 43,759 cases of elder abuse were confirmed. In Smith County, 780 elder abuse and disabled adults cases have been investigated with 585 validated and action is being taken. Smith County Adult Protective Services Board member Jenny Wells says it’s not all physical or mental abuse. There is also financial exploitation abuse. Self-neglect is a major issue for the elderly And the elder population in Texas is growing. There are over 3 million people in Texas who are 65 or older and nearly 2 million people who have a disability and are eligible for Adult Protective Services. Wells says you can report suspected cases of elder abuse on line at http://www.txabusehotline.org or you can call 1-800-252-5400.
AUSTIN — A committee to advise The University of Texas System Board of Regents on the selection of a president for UT Tyler was announced Thursday by Regents’ Chairman Paul L. Foster, according to a UT System news release. The UT Tyler presidential search advisory committee will make recommendations on possible successors to Rodney H. Mabry, Ph.D., who announced in February his plans to retire at the end of 2016. The search advisory committee will be asked to present names of potential candidates to the board, which will make the final decision. … Read More
TYLER — The usual big crowd was on hand once again for Tyler’s 25th Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast at Harvey Convention Center, part of the National Day of Prayer. Mayor Martin Heines singled out local faith-based and nonprofit organizations for special thanks, noting that local government can’t do it all. Prayers were offered up for various segments of the community, and special music was also featured.. Heines closed it out with with a prayer for the community from Rabbi Alan Learner, specifically targeting those in need and those who serve. The prayer said, in part, “May God give strength to all of us to bring about change to better the lives of all our citizens; to eliminate hatred, bigotry, and vice.”
DALLAS (AP/Staff) – A Dallas judge has ordered former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel to have no contact with the alleged victim in his domestic violence case. The Tyler native was in court less than 15 minutes Thursday as Judge Roberto Canas set conditions for his release on $1,500 bond. Manziel cannot contact ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley, nor can he be in possession of any firearms. The Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M was indicted last month after Crowley said he hit her and threatened to kill her in January. No plea was entered, but defense attorney Robert Hinton says Manziel plans to plead not guilty. The 23-year-old Manziel faces a misdemeanor that carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. A status hearing was set for June 24.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Adrian Peterson is donating $100,000 toward relief efforts after flooding ravaged his hometown of Palestine. And the Minnesota Vikings running back is asking others to help as well. Peterson is teaming up with the Salvation Army on a fundraising campaign. Six Palestine residents died, including four children and a high school classmate of Peterson’s, in the floods that hit Texas on Saturday. Peterson says it’s been heartbreaking to see his working class hometown suffer such devastating loss of life and property damage. He says he is working to get food and water to the region as quickly as possible for those in need.… Read More
TYLER — Tyler Police are investigating a reported robbery Wednesday night. According to authorities, just after 9:00 at the Broadstone Apartments, on south Broadway, two teenagers said three suspects, one with a handgun, knocked on the door and forced their way into the apartment. The victims were told to go to a back bedroom while the suspects reportedly stole electronics, then fled the scene. No injuries were reported. The suspects were described as light skinned black males in their late teens or early 20’s. The suspect carrying the handgun was said to be wearing a red/orange jacket, gray pants, black and white Adidas shoes and a dark colored bandana tied around his face. One of the other suspects was said to be wearing a Star Wars backpack. … Read More