LONGVIEW — Police say one person is dead after an early morning shooting in South Longview. Just before 2:00 Monday, officers were called to the 3300 block of Eastman Road on reports of a shooting that had just occurred. When officers arrived, they found one person dead. According to the Longview News-Journal and KETK, the Justice of the Peace was called to the scene. Police are following up on some leads in the case. The death marks the fourth homicide in Longview in 2016.… Read More
AUSTIN (AP) – A retired Texas schoolteacher who claims President Barack Obama is a gay prostitute is the front-runner in a Republican primary runoff for a seat on the influential state education board. Mary Lou Bruner is back on the ballot Tuesday after nearly clinching the Republican nomination outright in March. That was despite her lengthy social media history of posting about conspiracy theories, including that Democrats orchestrated John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Her election would be stunning, even given that the 15-member Texas State Board of Education was chaired until 2011 by a creationist who tried weakening evolution lessons in science classes. The board more recently fought over whether textbooks contain anti-American biases. Bruner has said she wasn’t intending to run for office when she posted her beliefs on Facebook.
TYLER — Voters around the area will be going to the polls today to decide some runoff elections. Two candidates are seeking to succeed Senator Kevin Eltife, who did not seek re-election. State Representatives Bryan Hughes of Mineola and David Simpson of Longview are on the ballot. In the Texas House District 5 race, the runoff to succeed Hughes is Jay Misenheimer of Lindale and Cole Hefner of Mount Pleasant. In the race for Smith County Constable, Precinct 4, it’s incumbent John Smith challenged by Josh Joplin. And in the race for place 9 on the State Board of Education, it’s Mary Lou Bruner, who lives in northern Smith County, and Kevin Ellis of Lufkin on the ballot. You’ll be able to follow the returns at KTBB.com.
AUSTIN — Governor Greg Abbott has named appointees to the Texas Board of Respiratory Care. One of them is from Tyler. The Tyler appointee is Dr. Jim Stocks, professor of medicine at U-T Health Northeast. He is also medical director of the Tyler Junior College Respiratory Therapy Program. Dr. Stocks is a Fellow of the American Sleep Disorders Association and the American College of Chest Physicians and a member of the American Thoracic Society, Smith County Medical Society and the Texas Medical Association. His term expires February 1st of 2019.
SMITH COUNTY — The New York-based American Kennel Club has announced the first “AKC Paw of Courage” medal winners. One of them is Ogar, a Belgian Malinois, who was shot and killed following a January 19th traffic stop in Smith County. Ogar was working for the Precinct 5 constable’s office out of Lindale when he was shot. The suspect, 36 year old Michael Koch of Grand Saline, was later arrested in Dallas. He was indicted by the Smith County Grand Jury last month.… Read More
LAS VEGAS (TSN) – Former Texas A&M and Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is back in the news again for all the wrong reasons. T-M-Z reports the Heisman Trophy winner was kicked out of a Las Vegas night club Friday night. He’s accused of punching another man. Witnesses claim he was in a VIP booth near the stage, when the Canadian rapper Drake showed up for a surprise performance. Customers started to push and shove in an effort to get up front. That’s when the punch allegedly occurred. Manziel was indicted last month for the assault to his ex-girfriend.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP/Staff) – A central Kentucky church is remembering a father and three sons who were killed in a weekend crash while visiting family in Texas. Pastor Jeff Fugate of Clays Mill Road Baptist Church in Lexington told local media that the family was “an intricate part of every ministry of our church.” Investigators say the four died Saturday in a three-vehicle crash in Panola County when their van was struck from behind by a Chevrolet Tahoe while waiting for another car to make a left turn. The van was pushed into oncoming traffic, where a tractor-trailer rig slammed into it. The Texas Department of Public Safety says 46-year-old Israel Avelar, 17-year-old Kevin Avelar, 13-year-old Daniel Avelar and 6-year-old Matthew Avelar died in the crash. KLTV reports three other van passengers were hospitalized, as were the drivers of the Tahoe and the 18-wheeler.
LONGVIEW — Nearly two dozen Longview drivers have been ticketed during “Operation Life-Saver.” Union Pacific says every three hours a vehicle or a person is hit by a train. Friday Longview police and the Union Pacific teamed up to tackle illegal crossings at railroad stops. With officers along a four mile route, and one on the train, they caught drivers on Friday who were accused of breaking the law. KETK reports over 20 drivers were ticketed, five of those at the crossing on Enterprise Street. This is not the first time such and operation has been staged, and it will not be the last.