GREGG COUNTY – A news conference is scheduled Wednesday afternoon in the case of a missing pregnant woman from Kilgore. She is Sheryia Grant, 20, who disappeared in August, 2016. Last May, three persons were arrested in the woman’s disappearance. Charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence (human corpse) was Laneshia Lashae Young, 22, and Allen Lamont Sutton, 28, both of Overton. An unnamed juvenile from Arp has also been arrested in the case. Holding the news conference in the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office Training room at the Gregg County Courthouse will be the Texas Attorney General’s Office and Kilgore Police Department.
TYLER – Tyler fireman begin their annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign on Tuesday. More than 160 Tyler firemen will fan out across the city with boots in hand. The money they raise goes to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The funds will be used to find urgently needed treatments and cures for Muscular Dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that severely limit strength and mobility. Through Sunday, you will find the firemen at a dozen locations around the area.… Read the rest of the article…
TYLER – Three Tyler Junior College professors were surprised in their classrooms Monday. They have been named with endowed teaching chairs for 2018. The program enables professors to nominate and reward their peers who demonstrate excellence as educators. This year’s recipients are:
• Ashleigh Lewis, learning framework professor, The Dorothy Fay & Jack White Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence
• C. Jeanie Oxler, voice professor and music department chair, The Watson W. Wise Foundation Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence
• Sherry Seaton, surgical technology professor and department chair, The Dorothy Fay & Jack White Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence
TYLER – Smith County Treasurer Kelli White was named as a finalist for the County Treasurers Association’s Outstanding County Treasurer Award. She is one of 12 county treasurers from around the state nominated for the honor. The winner will be chosen by ballots cast by all the members of the County Treasurers Association of Texas, and announced at its September conference in Odessa.
HENDERSON – The reward in a Rusk County cold case has been doubled. The reward for help in finding Jimmy Tidwell Jr., 58, of Mount Enterprise, has increased to $3,000. His family announced the increase at a Monday morning news conference. Tidwell was last seen on February 15th, 2012. He left his job, saying he would be back in the afternoon. He never returned. His truck, with his glasses, was later found parked along side of the road about five miles from his house. There was no signs of foul play. Tips can be called in to 903-655-TIPS(8477).
DALLAS – UT Health East Texas says an Air 1 helicopter nearly hit a drone leaving Dallas Sunday night. The aircraft had taken a patient to the Children’s Medical Center. As it took off from Love Field to return to Tyler, it found a drone in its flight path. The pilot had to bank hard right at 1,500 feet to avoid hitting the drone. The FAA tells our news partner KETK, no small unmanned aircraft should be flying in that area without permission from the FAA, and they should not be higher than 400 feet above the ground. Dallas police are looking into the incident.
LONGVIEW — Longview ranks 7th in the state on a new danger list. According to our news partner KETK, the city is marked as a place where you’re most likely to be killed by a drunk driver. That’s according to a study launched by a Houston law firm. Longview is home to 96 drunk driving crashes, four deaths, and nine severe injuries on average per year.
HENDERSON COUNTY — Officials are investigating a Sunday night residential fire in Henderson County. According to our news partner KETK, just after 9:00, Payne Springs Fire Rescue responded to a mobile home fire on Hickory Street. While en route, first responders were informed the mobile home was fully engulfed and an occupant was possibly still inside. A body was eventually located. The victim’s identity and the cause of the fire have not been released. The investigation is on going and is being led by the Henderson County Fire Marshal’s Office.