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East Texan Honored by the DPS

DPS badgeAUSTIN — A Smith County man has received one of the awards handed out by the Texas Department of Public Safety. He is State Trooper Jeremy Frazier of Tyler. He received a Lifesaving Award for his actions during a life-threatening incident last September. While on patrol, Frazier heard and responded to a request for emergency medical assistance for an unresponsive passenger in a vehicle on U.S. Highway 83 in Rio Grande City. Upon arriving at the scene, Frazier checked on the woman, removed an obstruction from her airways and began performing CPR until EMS arrived. The woman was ultimately transported by EMS to the hospital. Frazier was one of seven persons to received awards from the Texas Public Safety Commission and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Multiple Cases of Sexual Abuse of a Child Turn Up Against a Tyler Man

Rance Kevin LusbyTYLER — Smith County authorities have turned up additional cases against a man arrested earlier this year for sexual abuse of a child. He is Rance Kevin Lusby, 59. The first incident is said to have occurred in 2010 while Lusby was doing landscape work for a family. Detectives then discovered there were two separate incidents reported to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office in reference to Lusby who had been accused of similar acts of sexual abuse against two other children. They were said to have occurred in 2010 against a 3 year old female and 2011 against a 3 year old boy. These two cases were investigated previously but were subsequently suspended due to lack of sufficient evidence. As the investigation continued, more evidence surfaced and Lusby was arrested back in April. Read the rest of this entry »

Two Gang Members Sought in Rusk County

Taurus Trevion RobersonHENDERSON — Two known gang members are being sought by Rusk County authorities on a variety of charges. They’re asking for the public help in locating Taurus Trevion Roberson, (pictured) 21, and Jamarion Miguel Houston, 20, both of Lufkin. Roberson has 13 warrants out for him and Houston has four. The two are wanted for theft of a firearm, burglary of a vehicle, credit card abuse and abuse of the elderly. If you know their whereabouts you are asked to contact the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at 903-657-3581 or Rusk County Crime Stoppers at 903-655-8477.

Ellen Trout Zoo in Lufkin Welcomes Endangered Jaguar

zoogate3LUFKIN (AP) – An endangered jaguar has been born at an East Texas zoo as part of a breeding program called the Species Survival Plan. The Ellen Trout Zoo in Lufkin on Thursday announced the birth of the male cub. The jaguar was born Aug. 20 and named Balam, which is the Mayan word for jaguar. The animal weighed 1 pound, 6 ounce at birth, but has since grown to about 2 pounds. A zoo statement says the parents are 8-year-old Seraphina and 3-year-old Kabah. Zoo experts are tending to the cub because the first-time mother was not nursing her offspring and the newborn required special attention. The cub is not yet on public display.

Smith County Extension Agent Retiring

Keith HansenTYLER — Smith County Extension Agent Keith Hansen is retiring. Hansen, who has served nearly 30 years as an Extension Horticulture Agent for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, with 23 years in Smith County, he is retiring at the end of this month. Hansen said he felt like now is the right time to retire in order to spend more time with family and to try out new ventures. He will continue his business of creating and maintaining websites for businesses, while keeping his hand in the horticulture world, consulting and speaking when asked. He said he is also going to try garden coaching, giving guidance to do-it-yourself gardeners. He plans to continue blogging and is developing his new website, and is contemplating writing a book. Read the rest of this entry »

Officers in Longview Shooting Identified

CO2 pistol Joshua Kennon Thomas hadLONGVIEW — Three Longview police officers, on administrative leave following a shooting, have been identified. They are are Dustin Ashworth, John Delgado, and Armando Juarezortega. Officer Delgado has been identified as the one who fired his gun, wounding Joshua Kennon Thomas, 17. Thomas was said to have been hit several times. He is hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries. Read the rest of this entry »

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