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Police: Medication Drop Off Successful

medication drop offTYLER — Once again the expired Medication Drop Off event held Saturday at a Tyler CVS Pharmacy was a great success, according to authorities. The Tyler Police Department along with DEA received 22 full boxes of expired medication totaling 444 pounds, according to a police news release. The Police Department joined the pharmacy and the DEA in hosting the event. Residents were encouraged just to drive up and drop off unused and expired medications for safe disposal without getting out of their vehicles — “no questions asked.” According to police, it is important to clean out your medicine cabinet, especially if you have children. They say that young children may confuse a medication with something to eat or drink, and that keeping unneeded medications with teenagers can lead to potential drug abuse.

Mother Frances Gets Nod for Orthopedic Program

thumb_MotherFrances-sign-2TYLER – Mother Frances Hospital has been included in Becker’s Hospital Review’s recently published 2014 edition of “125 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Orthopedic Programs.” According to Mother Frances news release, the list is based on hospitals’ accolades, quality of care, and services provided to their patient populations. “We are incredibly pleased to again be included in this prestigious list of hospitals who are distinguished nationally for their quality of care, service and skill,” said John McGreevy, Chief Executive Officer, Mother Frances Hospital Tyler. “This recognition is a strong example of the tireless effort and energy given by each member of the Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics team to ensure that our patients receive the highest quality orthopedic healthcare available.” Read the rest of this entry »

Enterovirus Detected in East Texas

EAST TEXAS — The Enterovirus has been detected in East Texas. According to the Texas Department of Health, a child in Anderson County tested positive for the virus. Children with the virus often show cold like symptoms but the virus can swell the air passages, making it difficult and painful to breathe. KETK reports that parents are advised to talk to your pediatrician for advice on how to protect your children.

Attendance Increased at East Texas State Fair

East Texas Fair LogoTYLER (AP) – Organizers of the East Texas State Fair in Tyler estimate attendance has increased 25 to 30% this year. Event President John Sykes tells the Tyler Morning Telegraph that great weather boosted the turnout to the 99th event. He estimated there were 200,000 attendees but said some people from Sunday hadn’t been counted yet. Sunday was the final day of the event, which started Sept. 19. The fair was closed for two days in 2013 because of rain. It features shows, live music, art exhibits and carnival rides.

Tyler Service Station Fire

tyler-fire-dept-logoTYLER – A Tyler service station has reopened following a fire. It was reported around 12:30 Sunday afternoon at the Exxon station on Loop 323 at Commerce Street. It started when a woman drove off with gas hose still in her car’s gas tank. The fire started when the pump was pulled down. The owner of the station was able to shut off the pump before the fire spread to the building. No injuries were reported.

Work Planned on a Section of Toll 49

Loop 49TYLER — Drivers who use Toll 49 should plan for delays this week of September 29th. The west side of the toll road north of the intersection of State Highway 64 through the intersection with I-20 will experience lane closures while preventive maintenance is performed. There will be one lane open at all times and work will be performed on the road during the day, during non-peak hours. Additionally, Toll 49 will be closed between State Highway 155 and Old Jacksonville Road from sunset to sunrise between Sunday, September 28th and sunrise on Friday October 3rd for gantry upgrades. Please allow extra time and make adjustments to your travel plans accordingly.

TxDOT Project Updates

TxDOT sign TYLER – Here’s a quick look at work planned in the Tyler District during the Weeks of September 29 and October 6. Please be advised that this is a schedule of work being planned but it is subject to change due to weather conditions and other unforeseen issues.

SMITH COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintenance crews in Smith County are starting the day off Monday conducting milling operations on Spur 248 at Loop 323. Crews will then continue milling operations on State Highway 155 North from Winona to the County Line. Expect daytime lane closures, slow down and be prepared to merge in and around work zones. Read the rest of this entry »

Wreck Near Hawkins Kills One

DPS door signHAWKINS– A two vehicle accident in Wood County has left one person dead and two injured. The head on collision around 6:30 Saturday morning occurred on Farm Road 14 near Hawkins. Killed was Christopher Benson, 48, of Hawkins. The driver and passenger in the other vehicle, Mark Thomas Jr., 22, of Tyler, and Jerry Summerville, 31, of Winona, are hospitalized in stable condition. According to the Department of Public Safety, Benson was south bound when his car crossed over to the north bound lane and hit the other vehicle.

Smith County Mobile Home Fire

fire imageTYLER – A mobile home west of Tyler has been destroyed by fire. It was reported Saturday evening on Airline Avenue near Pounds Field Regional Airport. Residents of the mobile home were not injured, but a firefighter suffered a minor knee injury when he fell through a floor. Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire.

Longview Shoplifter Facing Variety of Charges

Christy Ann GaucinLONGVIEW – A Longview woman has been arrested on shoplifting charges. It turns out she is also wanted in two Northeast Texas counties. Arrested at Wal-Mart in Longview was Christy Ann Gaucin, 37. She is also wanted for forgery in Morris County and theft in Titus County. She remains in the Gregg County Jail.

Enterovirus D-68 Found in East Texas

Enterovirus D-68AUSTIN — The first case of Enterovirus D-68 has been reported in East Texas. The Texas Department of Health reports out of the 34 patient samples tested in North Texas nine came back positive, one of those being a 9 year old child from Anderson County. KETK reports the nine cases were among Texas residents treated at Dallas hospitals for respiratory illnesses between late July and early September. Read the rest of this entry »

Longview Man Accused of Attacking Ex-Fiance

Ryan Alan Pease IILONGVIEW – A Gregg County man has been arrested after Longview police say he choked and beat up his ex-fiance. Placed in the Gregg County Jail under a $50,000 bond was Ryan Alan Pease II, 29, of Longview. The complaint is assault against a family member by impeding breath or strangulation. According to KETK, Pease’s ex-fiance called him a “liar” during an argument over a cell phone. Police say that’s when Pease choked the woman until she became dizzy, and then he threw her into a closet. Police also say Pease slammed the woman’s head into a wall, hit her in the mouth and choked her again.

Longview Man Arrested in Smith County Case

Troy Allyn McClainLONGVIEW – A Longview man has been arrested after being indicted in Smith County for aggravated assault. Taken into custody was Troy Allyn McClain, 18. He was indicted by a Smith County grand jury. He was arrested in the 400 block of East Marshall Avenue. KETK reports he was named in the arrest warrant because he had been accused of cutting a man with glass in May of this year. He is being held in the Gregg county jail under a $225,000 bond.

Man Accused of Attacking Ex-Fiance

Ryan Alan Pease IILONGVIEW – A Gregg County man has been arrested after Longview police say he choked and beat up his ex-fiance. Placed in the Gregg County Jail under a $50,000 bond was Ryan Alan Pease II, 29, of Longview. The complaint is assault against a family member by impeding breath or strangulation. According to KETK, Pease’s ex-fiance called him a “liar” during an argument over a cell phone. Police say that’s when Pease choked the woman until she became dizzy, and then he threw her into a closet. Police also say Pease slammed the woman’s head into a wall, hit her in the mouth and choked her again.

Lindale ISD Approves Campus Resource Officer

LINDALE — The Lindale ISD school board has approved a $193,464.00 contract with the Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office to carry the commissions of three school resource officers. The officers’ commissions are currently carried by Smith County Constable, Pct. 5, but that contract will expire soon. “I am glad that we could find a solution that will allow Lindale ISD to continue providing uninterrupted security for its campuses,” Pct. 3 Commissioner Terry Phillips said. “The most important thing in this situation is the safety of the students, faculty, and staff at Lindale ISD.” Read the rest of this entry »

Tyler Business Robbed

police lightsTYLER – Tyler police continue looking for the armed man who robbed the Family Dollar Store at 1401 East Gentry Parkway around 8:30 Thursday night. Witnesses say the suspect entered the business through the front door and immediately displayed a handgun while demand money from the clerk. After taking an undetermined amount of cash the suspect fired a single round inside the business and then fled. No one was injured. A search of the area turned up no trace of the suspect. He was described as a black male, 5’9″ to 6’0″ tall, 200 to 220 pounds and wearing a black shirt, a yellow raincoat, blue jeans, and a dark colored cloth mask. The suspect matches the description of the man who robbed the Dollar Store at 1527 WNW Loop 323 Monday night.

Downtown Tyler Finalist in Three Texas Downtown Award Categories

thumb_tyler-mainstreetTYLER — The Fair Plaza Garage, Tyler’s African American Heritage Trail, and Regions Bank have all been named finalists of the 2014 Texas Downtown Association (TDA) President’s Awards Program. The announcement comes in a city of Tyler news release. Since 1998, the Awards Program has recognized more than 150 projects, events and people that make a difference in Texas downtowns. Read the rest of this entry »

Local BBB Wins Award at International Assembly

TYLER – Better Business Bureau (BBB) Serving Central East Texas is the recipient of this year’s Outstanding BBB Award in Communications from the Council of Better Business Bureaus at the 44th International Assembly of BBBs, held in New Orleans, Louisiana. The award recognizes outstanding overall communications by a local BBB in print and broadcast media, programs before groups, BBB originated material and material from other sources, cooperation with private and public consumer protection groups, and maintenance and expansion of membership support. According to a news release from the local BBB, all 112 BBBs throughout North America were invited to submit award entries based on outstanding BBB work. Read the rest of this entry »

Gohmert Responds to Holder’s Resignation

thumb_louie-gohmert-3WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tyler Congressman Louie Gohmert joins numerous other Republicans who aren’t sorry to see Attorney General Eric Holder go. In a statement issued Thursday, Gohmert says, “For many years now, I have been calling for Attorney General Holder’s resignation. Not only has he lied before Members of Congress and, ultimately, been held in contempt, he has obfuscated the truth and been the most partisan, partial, prejudiced and self-pitying Attorney General in my lifetime, including John Mitchell who went to jail for his crime.” Read the rest of this entry »

Detectives Arrest Suspect in Fast Food Theft

fastfoodrobberymugTYLER — Smith County Sheriff’s Office detectives executed an arrest warrant Thursday morning on an individual suspected of theft from a fast food restaurant last week. Shortly after 2:45 Wednesday morning, September 17, Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies responded to a call from the night manager of the fast food restaurant regarding a theft of cash from the cash register by an unknown man. According to customers in the restaurant, located on the 12400 block of Highway 155 South, the man entered the restaurant, covered his face with his shirt, took money out of the cash register and left without incident. The suspect is identified as Tristian Ford, 27, of Tyler. Ford was jailed for a theft of property warrant issued by County Court at Law No. 2 Judge Randall Rogers, who set bond at $5,000.

Teen Hit by SUV in Big Sandy, Flown to Dallas

thumb_police-1BIG SANDY — A teenager is being treated in a Dallas hospital after he was hit by an SUV while riding his bicycle in Big Sandy. The Big Sandy Police Department and first responders were called shortly before 6:30 Wednesday evening to the intersection of N. Pearl St. and E. Beck St. According to KETK, police say the SUV had been traveling north in the 400 block of N. Pearl St. when the boy entered the intersection from E. Beck St. without stopping. The boy was struck and thrown from his bicycle, sustaining several lacerations and abrasions as well as possible other injuries. He was then transported by ambulance to a Longview hospital and later flown to Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. Read the rest of this entry »

Fund Set Up for Gladewater Player’s Family

Nikalas WisingerGLADEWATER — Following Wednesday’s accident that took the life of 18-year-old Gladewater student Nikalas (Nik) Wisinger, the community has banded together to create a memorial fund in his honor. According to KETK, those wishing to donate can contact any Austin Bank branch. The account is set up under the Nikalas Wisinger Memorial Fund and will assist the family with funeral expenses. The Gladewater branch can be reached at (903) 844-2805. Donations can also be made at Gladewater High School, according to Gladewater PD. Funeral arrangements are still pending. Read the rest of this entry »

Officials: Woman Severely Injured in Accidental Shooting

thumb_Harrison-County-Sheriffs-DepartmentMARSHALL — Harrison County authorities are following up after a reportedly accidental shooting left a woman severely injured. KETK reports 911 operators received a call for an ambulance and deputies to come to a residence at 108 Rosebud, Marshall, around 10:15 Thursday morning. Upon arrival, Marshall EMT found a woman in a bedroom with a gunshot wound through her stomach and side, according to the sheriff’s office. Her husband, Larry Watkins, stated he was placing a loaded 7.65 MM rifle in the gun case when it discharged one time, striking his wife, who was standing in the closet. Read the rest of this entry »

TJC Receives Educational Fundraising National Award

thumb_tjc-signTYLER — For the second year in a row, Tyler Junior College has received national recognition for overall performance in educational fundraising. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) recently named 84 colleges and universities and 20 independent schools as recipients of its 2014 Educational Fundraising Awards. According to a TJC news release, those awards recognize institutions for overall performance and improvement in educational fundraising programs. Read the rest of this entry »

Grandmother Leaves Child in Car to Watch a Movie

Felicia Lucille GreenTYLER – A child locked in a car has led to a grandmother being arrested in Tyler. It began with a call about a welfare concern at the Carmike Theater at 7415 South Broadway. When officers arrived around 8:15 last night they found firemen had unlocked a car and removed a child. Carmike Theater personnel were contacted and assisted in locating the owner of the vehicle, identified as Felicia Lucille Green, 49, of Tyler, who was in the theater. The child, who was five months old, had been in the car around an hour. The child, who was unharmed, was released to a family member. Green was booked into the Smith County Jail on a charge of child endangerment, a state felony.

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