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Palestine Residents Comment on Peterson Case

thumb_adrian_petersonPALESTINE (AP/Staff) — Palestine residents weigh in on the case of hometown hero Adrian Peterson. Several spoke with KETK after the star running back was indicted for child abuse. One commented, “I was brought up the same way myself, and I would do the same thing.” Another remarked, “If it’s his child, then maybe he shouldn’t have done it in private, but I don’t think he should go through all this hoopla.” Still another chimed in, “I don’t know him, but I’m pretty sure that he is a good guy… but still, not to the extreme where you get investigated and your kids have bruises on them, especially with a switch.” Read the rest of this entry »

Man Indicted for East Texas Murder Turns Himself In

jasonwaltersmugQUITMAN — A man accused of murdering a Mineola teenager has turned himself in after being indicted by a Wood County grand jury. According to KETK, District Attorney Jim Wheeler says Jason Russell Walters, 41, of Mineola, was indicted on Friday. He was booked into the Wood County Jail Wednesday. Walters allegedly killed Christopher James Griffin, 19, of Mineola, with a gunshot wound to his neck. A judge upped his bond amount to $250,000 following the jury’s decision. The shooting occurred at 11:30 p.m. at the E-Z Mart, located in the 100 block of North Pacific Street in Mineola, on June 15. The suspect was released following his arrest on June 16 after posting $100,000 bond. Read the rest of this entry »

Suspect Identified in Palestine Post Office Shooting

Stephanie YarbroughPALESTINE — The Palestine Police Department has identified the woman who allegedly shot at her ex-boyfriend at the local post office last week. According to KETK, police say Stephanie Yarbrough, 33, of Palestine, was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The incident happened last Friday at around 4:00 p.m. at the post office, located in the 1200 block of North Link Street. Officials say the woman ran from the building, jumped into a vehicle, and left the scene before police arrived. A short time later, Yarbrough turned herself in to police. She was taken into custody following questioning. Yarbrough faces up to 20 years in prison. She remains in the Anderson County Jail on a $150,000 bond. The investigation is ongoing, and other charges may be filed at a later date from an investigation carried out by the U.S. Postal Service.

UT Tyler Once Again Recognized for Online Education Efforts

thumb_uttylerTYLER — The University of Texas at Tyler has once again been recognized for creative uses and support of distance learning technology in the classroom, Dr. Ross Sherman, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, announced. Dr. Wesley Hickey received an “Outstanding Distance Learning Faculty” Award at the 2014 Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities Distance Learning Conference. Read the rest of this entry »

Justice Sam Griffith to Retire Next Year

Sam Griffith-Justice 12 Court of AppealsTYLER — Justice Sam Griffith has announced his plans to retire from the Twelfth Court of Appeals early in 2015. According to a news release from the Twelfth Court of Appeals, Griffith, 63, was elected to serve on the court in 2000. He began his service on January 1, 2001, joining then-Chief Justice Leonard Davis and Justice Jim Worthen. In his first term, he also served with Louie Gohmert, before his election to Congress, and former Justice Diane DeVasto. In 2006, Griffith was unopposed as he was reelected to a second six-year term. That same year, he and Worthen were joined on the court by Justice Brian Hoyle. The three have now served together for over eight years. Griffith was again reelected in 2012 unopposed. Read the rest of this entry »

Ex-Husband of Missing Kilgore Woman to Be Extradited to Colorado

davisoncraiglnjMARSHALL — A man who has been named a person of interest in the disappearance of a Kilgore woman will be transferred to Arapahoe County, Colorado, after a Marshall judge found no probable cause to hold him. According to KETK, Judge Brad Morin’s Office reports Craig Deallen Davison, 48, of Hallsville, appeared in court on Tuesday. The court ruled Harrison County did not have sufficient evidence to hold the suspect on an assault family violence charge, a felony because of a 2005 conviction in Gregg County for the same crime However, Harrison County District Attorney Coke Solomon said the case is still pending. “At this time there isn’t sufficient evidence to hold him on the charge. Once additional evidence is available, then we can present the case to the grand jury,” stated Solomon. Read the rest of this entry »

Supreme Court Justice Thomas Appears in Tyler

clarencethomasTYLER (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court justice best known for his silence on the bench stood before an East Texas audience to entertain questions. Justice Clarence Thomas appeared Tuesday night at the University of Texas at Tyler for a question-and-answer session. The 66-year-old Thomas has served on the bench since 1991. It’s been more than eight years since he asked a question in the courtroom during arguments in the case. On Tuesday, he expressed firm belief in the strict construction of the Constitution. As a judge, he says he’s “not into creative writing.” And he said he’s motivated by the belief that if the country “is not perfect, it is perfectible.” Thomas is one of the court’s conservatives and has been part of narrow majorities on several key issues in recent years.

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