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Trial Date Could Soon Be Set in 2012 Murder

Andrew Conrad Norwine2GILMER — A trial date could soon be set for capital murder suspect Andrew Conrad Norwine. Norwine (pictured) is accused of collaborating with two other people in the December 2012 killing of Ronnie Joe Gammage. Gammage’s body was found beaten and burned in rural Upshur County. One of the other suspects was sentenced to life without parole in October 2013. According to KETK, Norwine’s lawyer also represented former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric Williams. Williams was sentenced to death this week for the slaying of the Kaufman County district attorney’s wife.

One Dead Following Kilgore Accident

thumb_police-9KILGORE — A two vehicle accident in Kilgore has left one person dead. The accident happened shortly after 2:00 yesterday afternoon at U.S. Highway 250 North and Interstate Highway 20. Dead at the scene was Ashley Brooke Norris, 31, of White Oak. She was killed when her car struck the back of the truck-trailer which was trying to cross the highway. The truck’s driver was not injured. The cause of the wreck remains under investigation.

Grand Jury Indicts Man in Decade-Old Murder

gautmpdMARSHALL — The Marshall Police Department announced an indictment in a decade-old murder case Thursday afternoon. KETK reports that under the direction of Police Chief Jesus Eddie Campa, the department’s unsolved homicide cases were recently reviewed in conjunction with the Harrison County District Attorney’s Office. At the conclusion of the review, the murder investigation of Anthony Thomas was determined to be one that was solvable to the point that District Attorney Coke Solomon wished to move forward in presenting the case to a Grand Jury. Read the rest of this entry »

Scouts Honor Bob Garrett

Bob Garrett3TYLER — The East Texas Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, presented Bob Garrett Thursday with the Distinguished Citizen Good Turn Award at a luncheon in his honor. The event took place at Green Acres Baptist Church Crosswalk Conference Center. According to a Boy Scouts news release, the award is given annually to an individual, couple or family who has made a significant impact toward enriching the way of life in East Texas. Read the rest of this entry »

Authorities Warn of Recent Burglaries in Parts of Smith County

thumb_police-8LINDALE — Law enforcement is warning citizens about a recent run of burglaries in the northwestern portion of Smith County. According to KETK, Precinct 5 Constable Kenneth Bibby said three home burglaries have recently taken place in his jurisdiction. The thieves are described as 4 black males, one with dreadlocks. The suspect vehicle is a gray four-door car with tinted windows. If you see anything abnormal or suspicious, you’re asked to contact the Smith County Sheriff’s Office at 903-566-6600 or Constable Precinct 5 Office at 903-590-4901. You can also email [email protected] to reach Precinct 5.

Trinity Mother Frances Performs Groundbreaking Cardiac Procedure

thumb_MotherFrances-sign-2TYLER – Trinity Mother Frances has become one of ten hospitals in the world, one of the first hospitals in the country, and the only non-teaching hospital to perform a cardiac ablation procedure using the Rhythmia Mapping System. That’s according to a Trinity Mother Frances news release. Hospital officials call the system a new state-of-the-art, high-resolution 3D mapping and navigation solution. The procedures were also the first in Texas, according to the release. They were performed on December 15 at Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital by electrophysiologists John Sims, M.D, and Stan Weiner, M.D. Read the rest of this entry »

Southside Bank Completes Merger with OmniAmerican Bank

Southside Bank Completes Merger with OmniAmerican BankTYLER — Southside Bancshares, Inc., the parent company of Southside Bank, announced the completion of the merger of OmniAmerican Bancorp, Inc. with and into Southside and the merger of Omni’s wholly owned subsidiary, OmniAmerican Bank, headquartered in Fort Worth, with and into Southside Bank, all effective on December 17, 2014. The combined company will continue to trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “SBSI.” Read the rest of this entry »

Lufkin Couple Convicted in Infant’s Death

gavelLUFKIN (AP) – A Lufkin couple accused in the death of a 2-month old baby, have been found guilty. The jury found DeQuisha Jackson, 19 and Isaiah Tolliver, 20, guilty in the death of Imauri Jackson. Then, after five hours of deliberations, Jackson was sentenced to 15 years in state jail and fined $10,000 after being found guilty of manslaughter. The father, Isaiah Tollivar was sentenced to 2 years for endangering a child by omission. A pathologist testified that the 2013 death of the East Texas baby occurred due to malnutrition and dehydration. Dr. Candace Schoppe testified for the prosecution in the trial. Schoppe, who took the stand Tuesday before prosecutors rested their case, says the infant was very small, and severely dehydrated. Autopsy results indicated the baby weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces at birth. He weighed 5 pounds, 6 ounces when he died in October 213. The death was ruled a homicide due to neglect.

Several Displaced in Longview Fire

thumb_fire-dept-longviewLONGVIEW – Two Longview families have been displaced by a fire in a duplex in the 300 block of Tammy Lynn Drive. The fire in northwest Longview was reported around 3:00 Wednesday afternoon. Two people in one duplex escaped the flames. The residents in the other duplex were not home. There were no injuries. Fire Marshal Johnny Zackary said the fire was started by unattended cooking.

Rally Planned in Tyler Following Ferguson, Staten Island Incidents

thumb_Tyler-downtownTYLER — Tyler is responding in the aftermath of recent police-related deaths in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island, N.Y. Tyler resident Ambra Phillips is organizing what she terms a peaceful rally, scheduled for this afternoon at 4:30. Phillips is working with a new group known as Tyler United. She says the rally will begin at Front & North Broadway, with a march up Broadway to the downtown square. According to Phillips, activities on the square will include a short program and a candlelight vigil to promote peace. Participants may join the group on the square if they don’t wish to take part in the march. Read the rest of this entry »

Flint Woman Pardoned by President Obama

FLINT — An East Texan is one of 20 people granted clemency Wednesday by President Barack Obama. KETK reports the moves consisted of eight commutations and twelve pardons. One of the individuals, Claire Holbrook Mulford of Flint, was pardoned for a December 1993 drug-trafficking crime. Mulford was sentenced to 70 months imprisonment and two years of supervision upon release after being convicted of using a residence to distribute methamphetamine. Individuals from Dallas and San Antonio were also pardoned by President Obama from other drug-related convictions.

Water Cut Off in Tatum

TATUM — Workers have been trying to restore water services for the city of Tatum. KETK reports a contractor performing work on telephone lines cut into a 6-inch water main, causing the water for the city to be cut off. As soon as water is restored, a boil water advisory will be issued asking all Tatum residents to boil their water for two days.


Suspects Sought after Home Invasion, Knifing

policeambpicTYLER — Tyler police are following up on a stabbing near UT-Tyler that prompted a campus lockdown. According to KETK, Tyler PD spokesman Don Martin says a person was stabbed in the 3200 block of Lexington Drive at shortly after 2:45 yesterday afternoon. Martin stated a homeowner arrived at his duplex to find two black males taking items from his home. Tyler police say one suspect immediately fled in a vehicle that had been driven into the victim’s garage. Read the rest of this entry »

Officials: No Suspicious Activity Found after Bomb Threat at JT

thumb_TISD_Logo_NewTYLER – A bomb threat at John Tyler High School turned out to be false. School administrators received the bomb threat yesterday morning from a caller claiming to be a detective. After a search of the campus and surrounding area turned up no suspicious activity, the school continued to operate as normal. The Tyler fire marshal is performing a criminal investigation into the validity and origin of the threat. There was no immediate word on any possible connection with an email threat that caused Bullard High School to close early Wednesday.

Louisiana Authorities Arrest Two East Texans in Vehicle Thefts

thumb_police-5SHREVEPORT — Two East Texas men were taken into custody Tuesday in separate incidents after officials say they were caught with stolen vehicles out of the Longview area. According to KETK, Louisiana State Troopers say on December 16 at 10:22 a.m., authorities stopped an SUV driven by Michael Lawson, 35, of Mt. Vernon, on Interstate 20 in Haughton, Louisiana, after learning the vehicle had been reported stolen in White Oak, Texas. Troopers arrested Lawson, and after the vehicle was recovered, took him to the Bossier Parish Jail for illegal possession of stolen things.
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Anonymous Threat Prompts Early Release, Other Moves in Bullard ISD

Bullard ISD logoBULLARD — Bullard ISD dismissed its high school students early Wednesday after receiving an anonymous email containing a threat toward the high school. The district let students out at 1:00 p.m. Buses transported students to the middle school gym, and exams have been rescheduled. According to a BISD news release, all other campuses were placed on a soft lockdown as an added precaution. Read the rest of this entry »

ETMC among First in Nation to Offer New Sleep Apnea Treatment

thumb_ETMC-hospital-sign-2TYLER — East Texas Medical Center Tyler is one of the first sites in the United States to offer Inspire therapy for people suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), according to an ETMC news release. Inspire therapy utilizes first-of-its-kind technology — a small, fully implanted system that has been clinically proven to significantly reduce sleep apnea events and significantly improve quality of life measures, according to the release. Read the rest of this entry »

Authorities Recover over $500,000 Worth of Stolen Equipment

thumb_sheriff-ruskcountyHENDERSON — A huge haul of stolen oilfield equipment from a Kilgore company has been tracked down by Rusk County authorities, but the thieves are still on the loose. KETK reports four trucks loaded with equipment were stolen from the oil field service company around 2:30 Monday morning. The thieves drove off with more than $500,000 worth of property. But according to authorities, what the thieves didn’t know is that surveillance was rolling the entire time, catching everything on camera. Read the rest of this entry »

Kilgore College Deemed Safe from Asbestos

KILGORE — Kilgore College is safe from asbestos. So says a review by ERI Consulting, according to KETK. That review was presented at the school’s board meeting Monday evening. The report shows some asbestos-containing materials were found in a half-dozen buildings, including the Rangerette Gym, but that the asbestos is inaccessible to students and the public. The review was conducted after a school employee claimed there was asbestos throughout campus.

Sheriff Smith Praises Cruz and Gohmert for Border-Related Efforts

thumb_Larry-SmithTYLER – Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith says he sent a personal note of support Monday to U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz for what Smith terms their continuing efforts to secure the border and to fight granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. Smith said, “The ‘Cromnibus’ showdown in Washington, D.C., last week demonstrates who is really on the side of law enforcement. We’re proud Louie Gohmert and Ted Cruz are standing firm for the rule of law.” Read the rest of this entry »

Pedestrian Dies Following Longview Accident

pedaxlviewlpdLONGVIEW – The pedestrian struck by a truck Tuesday in the 1100 block of McCann Road in Longview has died as a result of his injuries. The pedestrian is identified as Robert Shimeld, 77, of Longview. Police were able to determine that the driver of a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, Philip Latham, of Longview, was turning left from Glencrest Lane to travel south on McCann Road. As Latham began turning onto McCann Road, Shimeld stepped off the curb and into the path of Latham’s truck, according to authorities. The accident happened around 2:00 Monday afternoon. Shimeld was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center, where he died. Latham was not cited in the crash.

“Commended Students” Named at Robert E. Lee

Commended student at Lee High School-2014TYLER – Robert E. Lee High School Principal Gary Brown has announced the names of six students who have been recognized as Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are Megan Abrameit, Joshua Bice, Kali Dodez, Joseph Spellman, Rebecca Strange, and Melanie Webb. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). Read the rest of this entry »

Kilgore Names Interim City Manager

Mark IsraelsonKILGORE – Until a full time city manager can be found, Mark Israelson will be Kilgore’s interim city manager. The Kilgore city council named Israelson to the post Tuesday. The Kilgore News Herald reports, as part of the agreement, the City of Plano will grant Israelson professional development sabbatical leave. He was recommended to the council by Strategic Government Resources, a Keller government leadership consulting firm hired by the council in late November to look for a new full-time city manager. The position becomes open at the end of the year when city manager Scott Sellers leaves after three years on the job. He leaves Kilgore to become city manager in Kyle.

Arkansas Man Charged with Texas Cattle Theft

Bradley Wayne GuthreyCARTHAGE (AP) — An Arkansas man has been accused of stealing about 70 cattle and trying to sell some of the livestock at auction in East Texas. Panola County jail records show Bradley Wayne Guthrey of North Little Rock, Arkansas, was being held Tuesday on counts including livestock theft, burglary and evading arrest. Online jail records don’t list an attorney for Guthrey, who was arrested Dec. 9 in Carthage after a chase. Workers at the Panola Livestock Company Inc. contacted authorities after Guthrey allegedly offered eight unbranded cattle for sale. The animals turned out to be stolen. His bond was set at $10,000 on an evading arrest charge. Guthrey was held without bond on the other charges, including parole violation in Arkansas and a stolen property-related count in Cleveland County, Oklahoma.

Keystone Pipeline to Top Senate Agenda Next Year

Keystone XL Pipeline2WASHINGTON (AP/STAFF) — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says approving the Keystone XL pipeline will top the Senate agenda in January. The issue could set up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama. Congressional Republicans have been pushing for approval of the pipeline for years. Obama has resisted because of environmental concerns. The pipeline, which comes through eastern Smith County, would carry tar sands oil from Canada into the United States and eventually to the Texas Gulf Coast. The Republican-led House has repeatedly passed legislation approving the pipeline. But the bills have died in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Republicans will take control of the Senate in January, and McConnell said approving the pipeline will be the first issue on the agenda. McConnell said the pipeline would create jobs.

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