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TYLER — Tyler Police are searching for a suspect accused of assault and attempted theft. Officials said just after 12:00 this morning, an employees of Arby’s, 4014 S. Broadway, was attempting to get into her vehicle when she was approached by the suspect. He reportedly sprayed the woman with mace and proceeded to rummage through her car. The woman was able to run to a nearby McDonald’s and called 911. The suspect was described wearing all black with a ski mask that had a skull print on the front. The victim suffered no physical injuries other than those commonly associated with getting sprayed by mace. The victim said nothing appeared to be stolen. Contact police with any information.
KILGORE – A Tyler man has been killed in a two vehicle accident in Gregg County. The accident happened around 5:15 Tuesday afternoon on State Highway 31, three miles west of Kilgore. Dead at the scene was Christopher Payne, 47. His car was hit by a pickup driven by Zachary Howard, 21, of Arp. The Department of Public Safety reports Howard was heading east when his pickup crossed over the center stripe and hit Payne’s west bound car.
TYLER — The Smith County Jail has been under renovation for quite some time now. KETK reports phase two of three is now finished. Phase two includes a new holding and booking center, an in-house infirmary, 384 additional beds, and new surveillance systems. Officials say the improvements significantly diminish risk to the public. They say the infirmary alone will save taxpayers almost $800,000 a year in inmate medical expenses. It includes three operating tables, a dentist’s chair, and even rooms for solitary confinement so diseases won’t spread. Plans call for phase three to be complete in November, with the new renovations fully functioning.
AUSTIN — A Texas judge upheld the revocation of a Smith County school’s charter Tuesday morning. KETK reports that according to court documents, Administrative Law Judge William G. Newchurch signed an order upholding Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams’s decision to revoke Azleway Charter School’s charter. The school is located at 15892 County Road 26. The decision was made after Azleway Charter School failed to meet its academic or financial accountability performance ratings for three consecutive years. Read the rest of this entry »
TYLER — UT Tyler officials are asking for the public’s help identifying three people who vandalized several buildings on campus. KETK reports that according to campus police the vandals “tagged” buildings and other property Saturday at around 9:45 p.m. Anyone who has any information or knows the individuals is asked to call 903-566-7300 and refer to case number 2014-000176.
GILMER — A former Gilmer pastor who was found guilty on several child sex charges had his appeal denied Tuesday by the Sixth Appellate District Court in Texarkana. KETK reports Hugo Fluellen is currently serving six life sentences without parole. Judge Lauren Parish handed down the sentence on October 15, 2013, after Fluellen was convicted of the crimes in Upshur County’s 115th District Court. Read the rest of this entry »
TYLER — According to a release from the City of Tyler, ZoningCheck is a web and smart phone app that allows users to type in an address to quickly identify if a location is permitted for a specific land use. The user can type in a proposed use, and then view where that use is allowed within the city. The program is accessible through smartphones, tablets and desktops/laptops using Google Chrome. Read the rest of this entry »
SMITH COUNTY — Smith County Sheriff’s Officials are investigating a reported robbery early Tuesday morning. It happened just after midnight at a convenience store located on the 1200 block of East Northeast Loop 323 near Highway 271 in Tyler. An employee told authorities that she had just been robbed at knifepoint. She said the suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of money. Patrol deputies were unable to locate the suspect, described only as a white male. Further details were not available.
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY — An illegal immigrant has been detained and is on a Homeland Security hold after it was learned he was making fraudulent identification cards in Nacogdoches County. According to KETK, Andres Ramos Marrero, 45, was arrested by deputies executing two search warrants Friday afternoon at a trailer home on County Road 522. Marrero is accused of making several different forms of fake IDs: Social security cards, residential alien cards, Mexico identification cards Texas ID cards and Texas driver license. Read the rest of this entry »