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Smith County Chase Suspect Arrested

jesusperezmugLINDALE — A man wanted in connection with a high-speed chase in Smith County on October 17, has been arrested. KETK reports, acting on a tip from Crime Stoppers Wednesday night, Lindale police arrested Jesus Pedro Perez, 22. Police say Perez was previously last seen near Garden Valley Road in Tyler and was the driver in a chase that began on Highway 69 in Lindale. Police say they were conducting a traffic stop when Perez pulled out a weapon. He then reportedly sped off with law officers following close by. During the high speed pursuit Perez reportedly shot at police. The chase continued onto Garden Valley Road, where officials say Perez wrecked his vehicle. He and the two passengers in the car got out and began running. Police were able to stop and arrest Jesus Flores Jr., 27, and Thomas Ocampo, 25 that evening.

Tyler Area MPO Seeks Input on I-20 East Texas Corridor Study

thumb_TxDotTYLER — Tyler-area residents have a chance to weigh in on the future of a key highway today at an Interstate 20 East Texas Corridor Study Open House. It’s set for UT Health Northeast from 5:30 to 6:30pm. Officials say the study, being conducted by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), is focused on evaluating the current safety and capacity needs along the 155-mile stretch of I-20 from I-635 in Dallas to the Texas/Louisiana state line. Read the rest of this entry »

Man Arrested with Alleged Crystal Meth

ingramhcsoATHENS — Deputies took one person into custody Tuesday after they allegedly found a suspect with drugs at a local hotel. KETK reports that according to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, at 5 a.m., authorities investigated suspicious activity at the Lake Palestine Motel on State Highway 155. Deputies say they found Kevin Ingram of Chandler with a plastic bag containing alleged crystal meth. The suspect was arrested and booked into the Henderson County Jail for possession of a controlled substance. Ingram was released on $7,500 bond. He faces up to 10 years in jail and a $10,000 fine if found guilty.

Authorities Seize 37 Dogs in Upshur County Raid; 3 Found Dead

dogsseizedupshurspcaGILMER — Authorities say they seized 37 ill-treated dogs and arrested two people Wednesday morning. The SPCA rescued the dogs at a private residence in the Indian Rock Community off Farm Road 1650 and Highway 154 East near Gilmer, according to Upshur County Precinct 1 Constable Gene Dolle. KETK reports law enforcement obtained warrants to search the property after Longview animal control and the SPCA alerted Dolle’s office to the alleged criminal activity in his jurisdiction. Authorities say they confirmed the allegations by sending an undercover agent onto the grounds. Read the rest of this entry »

Winona Water Safe to Drink without Boiling

Winona water towerWINONA — The city of Winona’s water is officially safe to drink without boiling. According to the city’s Facebook page, On October 27, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (T.C.E.Q.) required Winona to issue a Boil Water Notice (B.W.N) to inform customers that due an interruption in service, water from the city system needed to be boiled prior to consumption. The Facebook page says the system has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore adequate pressure, disinfectant levels, and/or bacteriological quality and has provided T.C.E.Q. with testing results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling. If you have any questions, contact Bryan Richards, City Administrator, at 903-877-3381.

Convicted Felon Sentenced for Federal Firearms Violation

James Matthew HerringTYLER – A 27-year-old Grand Saline man has been sentenced to federal prison for federal firearms violations.James Matthew Herring pleaded guilty Aug. 6 to being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison Tuesday in Tyler by U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis. Read the rest of this entry »

Autopsy: Longview Man Killed by Officer Shot Four Times

reganwagnermugLONGVIEW — An autopsy report released Tuesday of a man killed in August by a Longview police officer showed he died of four gunshot wounds — one to the back, one to the back shoulder, and two to the left arm. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report Regan Marshall Wagner, 23, of Longview was killed Aug. 7 after being pulled over near Akin Park in Longview for an expired inspection sticker. Longview police initially said Wagner was killed during an exchange of gunfire, but last week said Wagner did not fire any shots. Longview police spokeswoman Kristie Brian said Wagner showed a gun, but could not confirm whether it was loaded. Read the rest of this entry »

Battle Lines Drawn in ESD 2 Election

TYLER — The upcoming Smith County election in Emergency Service District 2 has become contentious. According to KETK, some of the conservative candidates and their supporters, including Grassroots America – We the People, say they want better bookkeeping. But another group, Smith County Citizens for Public Safety (SCC4PS), likes the way things are being run. A key issue has to do with Smith County volunteer fire departments making runs into Cherokee County. JoAnn Fleming of Grassroots America says she’s fine with making runs there but wants Smith County taxpayers to be reimbursed appropriately. But Keith Tate of SCC4PS says the issue’s already been covered, with Cherokee County paying ESD 2 for that service.Emergency service districts in Smith County were set up to raise funds for volunteer fire departments.

One Dead in Travel Trailer Explosion, Fire

vanzandtfatalfireWILLS POINT (AP) – A man has been found dead after an explosion and fire in a travel trailer parked at a marina along an East Texas lake. The Van Zandt County Fire Marshal’s Office says the blaze happened Wednesday morning at the Holiday Marina near Wills Point, along Lake Tawakoni. Fire Marshal Chuck Allen says an autopsy has been ordered on the 54-year-old man, whose name wasn’t immediately released. Allen says emergency personnel received a call about a man possibly with heart problems. Authorities discovered there had been a small explosion and fire near an oxygen concentrator at the residence. The fire was already out when emergency responders arrived. Officials believe the man lived alone in the travel trailer.

Expelled Student’s Appeal Denied

ptstudentLONGVIEW — The Pine Tree School Board has denied the appeal of a student who was expelled from the district. According to the Longview News-Journal and KETK, neither trustees nor Longview attorney David Moore, who represented the expelled student, would confirm the student’s identity. Our news partner reports Moore represents Christopher Jones, a PTISD student who is accused of making threats in an online chat room concerning a massacre he would carry out in the Pine Tree High School cafeteria. Moore had originally stated Jones “voluntarily withdrew’ from the school. Read the rest of this entry »

Police Say They’ve Learned True ID of Car Chase Suspect

jesusperezmugLINDALE — The Lindale Police Department says it has learned the true identity of a man wanted in connection with a high-speed chase in Smith County on October 17. According to officials, a man who was originally identified as Carlos Bonilla is actually 22-year-old Jesus Pedro Perez. Lindale Police have released pictures of Perez in hopes the public can help locate him. Read the rest of this entry »

Three to Receive First Tyler ISD Distinguished Alumni Award

thumb_TISD_Logo_NewTYLER — Three Tyler Independent School District graduates and area businessmen will be the first to receive the Tyler ISD Distinguished Alumni Award. Gary Bristow, P.E. of Estes, McClure & Associates; David Hudson, attorney with Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP; and Rick Rayford, President and CEO of Brookshire Grocery Company, are the 2014 award recipients. Read the rest of this entry »

Justice Department on Guard against Election Fraud, Voting Rights Abuses

thumb_dept-justice-sealBEAUMONT – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced Tuesday that assistant U.S. attorneys in the Eastern District of Texas have been appointed as district election officers (DEOs) for the November 4 election. The DEOs will be responsible for overseeing the District’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Bales said Assistant U.S. Attorney/District Election Officer Tom Gibson can be reached by the public in Tyler at 903-590-1400. In addition, the FBI will have special agents available in each field office and resident agency throughout the country. The FBI can be reached by the public in Tyler at 903-592-4301. Read the rest of this entry »

Tyler Police Investigators Arrest Robbery Suspects

Tave and Mosley-gas station robbery suspectsTYLER — Tyler Police Investigators Tuesday arrested both suspects believed responsible for the string of aggravated robberies that occurred at convenience stores this past weekend in Tyler. The two are identified as Kory Demond Tave, 28, (on the left) and Dameon Jamrc Mosley, 23, both of Tyler. On Sunday night patrol officers searched the area near the robbery location of 1808 West Gentry and spotted a man running away from a vehicle that was parked near the scene of the crime. Investigators obtained a search warrant for the vehicle and discovered evidence that pertained to the robberies and ultimately led to the identification of the suspects, police say. Read the rest of this entry »

Palestine Police Seeking Armed Robber

thumb_police-1PALESTINE — The Palestine Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that took place at the Dollar General Store in the 4000 block of West Oak Street. KETK reports that upon investigation, police learned a black male entered the store just before 9:00 Sunday night. The man was armed with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk. The robber was able to get away with what officials term an undetermined amount of cash. Police searched the area but were unable to locate him at that time. Read the rest of this entry »

Man Jailed after Investigation Reveals Drugs, Gun

gilbertbrownmugTATUM — An East Texas man is behind bars after an investigation led to the discovery of drugs. KETK reports a probe by the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division resulted in the seizure of approximately 40 grams of suspected crack cocaine, money, and a gun. The investigation was launched at the home of Gilbert Brown on Simon Lane in Tatum. Brown, 66, was arrested and booked into the Rusk County Jail on a single charge of manufacturing and delivering an illegal substance. A $100,000 bond was set by Justice of the Peace Precinct 5 Joe Sorrells. Brown’s alleged crime is punishable by up to 99 years in prison.

Repairs Begin on Vandalized Headstones

Greenwood CemeteryLONGVIEW (AP) – Work has started to repair nearly 90 headstones damaged by vandals at an East Texas cemetery. Crews from Texas Cemetery Restoration of Dallas started work Monday at Greenwood Cemetery in Longview. The company was brought in by the Greenwood Cemetery Association to repair damage done by vandals to the historic cemetery in May. James “Rusty” Brenner, owner of Texas Cemetery Restoration, tells the Longview News-Journal the restoration work could take about a month. Brenner says the work will include taking the tombstones apart, constructing new foundations and reassembling the monuments with new joint compound holding the pieces together. Gordon Northcutt, president of the cemetery association board, has said the work will cost about $44,000. He says they’ve raised more than $25,000 so far and are still taking donations.

Boil Water Notice in Winona

thumb_boilingwater-2WINONA — The City of Winona issued a boil water notice. According to a posting on the city’s Facebook page, utility workers are in the process of fixing a water line break on Wildcat Drive. Because of the break, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the system to notify all customers to boil their water prior to consumption. Read the rest of this entry »

Man Arrested in Tyler Bank Robbery

landonwomackmugTYLER — Tyler police have arrested a man accused of robbing a local bank. Monday afternoon just before 1:00, police responded to the incident at Austin Bank at 611 South Beckham. Officers immediately searched the area for the suspect, who had fled on foot to the west of the bank. The suspect was spotted a block away but had shed some of his clothing and was out of breath, according to police. An officer who detained him determined that he was the suspect police were searching for. Police say Landon Riley Womack, 31, of Tyler was in possession of a bag that contained the cash from the bank and the weapon he used to commit the robbery. Womack was charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. No injuries were reported during the crime.

Man Allegedly Throws Sister Down while She Holds Toddler

tyronedavismugLONGVIEW — An East Texas man is behind bars for allegedly throwing his sister on the ground while she was holding her toddler. According to Gregg County judicial records, Tyrone Davis, 28, of Longview was arrested Sunday on charges of assault causing bodily injury and injury to a child. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report Davis was fighting with other family members at a home in the 300 block of Arden Street when his sister stepped in to break up the altercation, according to the probable cause affidavit for his arrest. The child was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Read the rest of this entry »

Van Student Detained after Allegedly Making Threats

van_vandles_ketkVAN — A Van High School student has been detained after reportedly making threats against the Van ISD. Van Superintendent Don Dunn says students reported to the high school principal Monday morning that the student had made threats against the district, students, and staff. The student allegedly sent text messages to another student, claimed to have a gun, and threatened to shoot himself and others. Dunn tells KETK the student was detained without incident and the Van Police Department has launched an investigation. “It is important for students and parents to know that the school is safe and secure,” Dunn said. “The threat or danger to students and staff was headed off before any person was in danger at the school.” Read the rest of this entry »

Van Moves Halloween to Saturday

thumb_halloween-1VAN — Halloween has been postponed in one East Texas town — and the reason is clear. It falls on a Friday, and Friday nights in Van are for high school football — especially when the Vandals are undefeated. City leaders met, called an audible, and moved trick or treating to Saturday night this year. Mayor Dean Stone defends the move, saying Van is probably one of the most family-oriented towns around. Stone says, “Yeah, we like football, but when you’re winnin,’ you really like it. I think sometimes changes are necessary, and it won’t leave our town quite so vacant.” City hall has received calls from residents complaining about the move, but the mayor says its a numbers game and this change will accommodate more people for both events.

Two More Tyler Robberies Reported

police-tyler-carTYLER – Two Tyler businesses were robbed Sunday. Shortly after 10:15 Sunday night, the Chevron station at 1808 West Gentry was held up. The store clerk reported that two black males, one with a handgun, stole the money from the cash register and fled on foot. She described one suspect as being about 5’08 inches tall with a slender build, wearing a dark colored hoodie and blue bandana over his face. The second suspect stayed outside the store and was only described as being tall with a dark colored long sleeve shirt. Read the rest of this entry »

Driver Arrested after Wreck Injures Four Kids

316959254764TYLER – A driver has been arrested in Tyler after an accident that injured four children. Their condition is unknown. KETK reports the accident happened around 10:00 Sunday night near the intersection of State Highway 64 and County Road 19. The driver of the vehicle, identified as John Westbrook, 32, Chandler, was arrested after he ran from the scene. Alcohol was said to have been found in the vehicle. He was booked into the Smith County Jail.

Two Injured Following Emergency Landing

rusk_plane_crashRUSK — A pilot had to make an emergency crash landing in a Rusk pasture after the plane began experiencing problems. According to KETK, it happened near Farm to Market Road 768 and County Road 1314. Trooper Steven Prater arrived at the scene around 2:00 Saturday afternoon. Prater said the plane was headed to Cherokee County Airport from Reklaw when a right engine failure forced an emergency landing. A passenger, Susan Inkley , 77, was flown to ETMC Tyler where she is in fair condition. Another passenger, Bruce Finch, was taken to ETMC Jacksonville. The pilot Mark Hagg, 60, and his wife Lisa Hagg, 44, were not injured. The group was said to be from Richmond, Texas.

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