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Suspect Charged in Wiley College Student Slaying

Javonte Damone SandersMARSHALL (AP) – An East Texas man has been charged in the fatal shooting of a Wiley College student during an off-campus argument that left another student wounded. A Marshall police arrest affidavit says the dispute allegedly involved gambling and money owed. Harrison County jail records show 19-year-old Javonte Damone Sanders of Marshall was being held Tuesday on a murder charge with bond at $1 million. Read the rest of this entry »

Longview Murder Suspect Set for Plea Agreement

Dexter Levi PrinceLONGVIEW – A man scheduled to go on trial for murder in Longview later this month, has waived his right to a jury trial. This paves the way for a plea agreement for Dexter Levi Prince, 22. The Longview News-Journal reports Prince will plead guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter and be sentenced to 12 years in prison. This would make him eligible for parole after six years. Prince, who is the brother of former NFL player Demorrio Williams, is accused of the March, 2011 shooting death of Danielo E. Nelson, 25, of Longview. The shooting occurred in the 100 block of East Melton Street.

East Texan to be Named Among Heroes for Children

AUSTIN – Fifteen Texans, including one from Angelina County, will be honored by the State Board of Education on Friday with the Heroes for Children award. They are being honored for providing hundreds of hours of volunteer service to Texas public schools. The SBOE District 9 award winner is Guessippini Bonner of Lufkin. The state news release said Bonner has worked tirelessly to help the families of students of North Lufkin who are most at-risk. She is often called upon when the district has a child in need of some clothing, food, encouragement and direction. She is also the creator of Sarah’s Hope, an organization that reaches out to young people as a way to enhance achievement through the fine arts. Read the rest of this entry »

ETMC EMS to Launch PulsePoint Smartphone Application

East Texas medical Center EMSTYLER — East Texas Medical Center EMS is the first in Texas to launch the PulsePoint CPR/AED smartphone application to help improve sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survival rates in communities served by ETMC EMS in East Texas, Waco and Pasadena. The PulsePoint app helps improve community response to SCA victims by enabling citizen bystanders to provide lifesaving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and access a nearby public access automated external defibrillator (AED). Read the rest of this entry »

Safety Features Added Near TJC Construction Sites

tjc-logoTYLER — To ease traffic congestion and create a safer environment near two construction sites on the Tyler Junior College main campus, the City of Tyler is adding crosswalks and other safety features on Magnolia Street, between Fifth and Lake Streets. With a four-story residence hall under construction on the east side of Magnolia and the Robert M. Rogers Nursing and Health Sciences Center going up on the west, additional safety measures are needed, said Dr. Tom Johnson, TJC executive director of campus police and director of the law enforcement academy. Read the rest of this entry »

Vikings Reinstate Peterson after Abuse Charge

thumb_adrian_petersonEDEN PRAIRIE, MINN. (AP/ABC/Staff) – The Minnesota Vikings are reinstating Adrian Peterson this week after he was charged with child abuse and say he will play on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf made the announcement Monday, one day after the former Palestine High School star was benched during a 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots. He’s been charged for striking his 4-year-old son with a tree branch this summer. The Vikings say they take the issue very seriously and have given it considerable thought. But they also say they want the legal process to take its course before making any final decisions. Peterson’s lawyer says the star player was just disciplining his child and did not mean to cause harm. Prosecutors say Peterson’s next court hearing will be in the coming weeks, with a trial expected to take place next year. If convicted, he faces up to two years in prison. Read the rest of this entry »

TxDOT Project Updates

TxDOT signHere’s a quick look at work planned in the Tyler District during the Week of September 15.

GREGG COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintenance crews will continue milling and seal coat operations on State Highway 135 in the Kilgore area. This project, which started on September 3, runs for about a mile and a half from Old Gladewater Highway south through the traffic circle to the Gregg/Rusk County Line. It is a multi-phase project that includes doing base repair work, followed by the application of a seal coat and a hot mix overlay. The work includes reducing the roadway to one travel lane through the area. Motorists can expect delays and are encouraged to allow extra time or use alternate routes to reach their destinations. Remember to slow down and pay attention when traveling through this and all work zones. Read the rest of this entry »

Art of Peace Festival Continues

9471506_origTYLER — The 4th Annual Art Of Peace Festival in Tyler continues after beginning Saturday. It lasts until the actual International Day of Peace on Sunday, September 21st. This is a community-wide event to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace and encourage community spirit, according to organizers. They say the aim is to promote a spirit of cooperation and community through fellowship, dialogue, music, poetry, and art. Read the rest of this entry »

Road Work Continues on Toll 49

thumb_loop-49TYLER – Drivers who use Toll 49 should again plan for delays this week. As was the case last week, the west side of the toll road just 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Jailer Arrested, Fired after Allegedly Pointing Gun at Girlfriend

scott_gcjLONGVIEW — A Longview man who’d been serving as a jailer has been released from employment with the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office following his arrest Saturday. The arrest came after Chase Scott allegedly pointed a gun at his girlfriend during an argument earlier that day at the Tree House Apartments in Longview. KETK reports Scott was booked into the Gregg County Jail on charges of aggravated family violence with a bond totaling $20,000.

Road Closures Scheduled in Tyler

thumb_cityoftylerTYLER — Drivers will be faced with some road closures in Tyler beginning today. City officials say Rice Road and Shiloh Road from Old Jacksonville Highway to Rhones Quarter Road will periodically be closed to all through traffic between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Roadwork will include a seal coat surface treatment followed by a thin overlay treatment called microsurface. To minimize inconvenience to the public, all work will be done at night. All work is expected to be complete before Oct. 6, weather permitting. Read the rest of this entry »

Loss of Jailers Creates Compliance Issues for County Jail

thumb_sheriff-smithcountyTYLER — The Smith County Sheriff’s Department is having a hard time staying in compliance. The Texas Jail Commission requires the Smith County Jail to have a specific ratio of inmates to detention officers. According to KETK, that has been trickier than usual. The jail had three open positions before several jailers were suspended or resigned after an investigation revealed false records. Now they have ten open positions. Officials with the department say they are making it work, but that means officers are now having to work extra hours. Officers are sometimes working six or seven days a week, said Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Krista Caulkins. Read the rest of this entry »

Woman Allegedly Shoots at Ex-Boyfriend at Palestine Post Office

thumb_police-5PALESTINE — Police arrested a woman Friday after she allegedly shot at her ex-boyfriend at the Palestine Post Office. KETK reports that officers were called to the post office, in the 1200 block of North Link (State Highway 155 North), around 4 p.m. on a report of shots fired. When authorities arrived, a man told police his former girlfriend, with whom he shares a home, had shot at him. The victim stated the woman followed him to the post office, entered the lobby, and fired a single shot at him as he was about to leave. The woman then left the scene in a vehicle and turned herself in a short time later, according to officials. No injuries were reported in the incident. Investigators believe the shooting is due to a recent breakup. Read the rest of this entry »

Teen Accused of Attempted Murder of Mother

shootmom_vzcountyCANTON — 17-year-old Michael Henry Dyar is held in Van Zandt County after allegedly trying to kill his mother. According to a press release, the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 emergency phone call early Friday afternoon from a woman stating her son had shot her and then fled into the woods behind their residence. Deputies with the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office arrived and set up a perimeter around the location of the residence on U.S. Highway 80, just west of the Grand Saline city limits. The Canton Police Department K-9 unit was contacted and assisted in tracking Dyar through the woods. Read the rest of this entry »

Police Arrest Two in Drug Raid at Kilgore house

thumb_police-9KILGORE — Police arrested two people Thursday following a drug raid at home on West North Street. According to the Kilgore Police Department, authorities had received multiple complaints of drug dealing at a house in the 900 block of W. North St. According to KETK, police also said there was a shooting in the area over the weekend. Officials believe the incident was due to illegal activity at the home. At least 10 spent shell casings were found at the scene. Reports from the community are still circulating that someone was shot in the foot, but officers have not been able to locate a victim at this time, according to KPD. Read the rest of this entry »

Sheriff’s Office: Body Found in Cherokee County Not Missing Woman

thumb_police-8LUFKIN — Medical officials have determined a body recently found off Highway 69 in a Cherokee County median is not missing person Sheila Ann Morton. According to KETK, the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office says University of North Texas officials compared dental records sent to them from Morton’s doctor with the body from Cherokee County. The x-rays did not match and Morton has been ruled out as the possible victim. The case now shifts back to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. Meanwhile, the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office deputies will continue to seek leads on the disappearance of Morton, who has not been seen since June 2 in Huntington. Read the rest of this entry »

Missing Tyler Man Found

TYLER — Tyler police say a 90-year-old man earlier reported missing has been found. William Cox had gone missing from the 1500 block of Don Street. Authorities advised early this afternoon that he has been located.

Man Allegedly Assaults Woman in Hotel Room

michaelbattagliamugLONGVIEW — A Longview man faces a charge after Longview police say he assaulted a woman in a room at a local hotel. According to KETK, Michael Battaglia III, 29, was arrested Wednesday night for allegedly throwing a woman against a wall and slamming a door on her. Battaglia was booked into the Gregg County Jail on a single charge of assault causing bodily injury/family violence. He has since made his $1,000 bail.

Lamar Honored at PATH Week Philanthropy Celebration

thumb_path-logoTYLER — PATH Week activities in Tyler culminated Thursday night with the annual Philanthropy Celebration. The highlight came as former PATH Executive Director Nancy Lamar was recognized with the agency’s highest honor — the Gertrude Windsor Award. Former Mayor Barbara Bass, last year’s Gertrude Windsor Award winner, introduced Lamar as “truly a servant leader” who made PATH a better and stronger organization. Read the rest of this entry »

Big Sandy Man Accused of Burglarizing Home

DocumentFragment_4626109GREGG COUNTY — A Big Sandy man has been arrested after sheriff’s deputies say he burglarized an abandoned home belonging to a District Attorney. According to the Longview News-Journal, Daniel Leonard Souza, 30, is being held on bonds totaling $7,500. He’s charged with burglary of a building and possession of a controlled substance. Souza was arrested Wednesday morning after a Gregg County sheriff’s deputy responded to a suspicious vehicle call at a home in the 100 block of Dorrough Road in Gladewater, which belongs to D.A. Carl Dorrough. Read the rest of this entry »

SWAT Team Apprehended Suspect Following Threat

jamesmitchellANGELINA COUNTY — An Angelina County SWAT team was called in early Thursday morning to arrest a man threatening to harm law enforcement. According to the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office, James Dean Mitchell, 25, Lufkin, was identified as the alleged attacker in a domestic violence incident on Wednesday. According to KETK, he reportedly left the scene before deputies arrived. Officials learned that Mitchell had stated he would not go to jail and would kill a cop. Just after midnight,the sheriff’s office received information that Mitchell was at his home alone. SWAT members were sent to the scene, located in the 100 block of Live Oak, on a revocation of probation warrant and arrested Mitchell without incident.

Area Doctors Disciplined by State Officials

thumb_texas-stateof-sealAUSTIN — The Texas Medical Board announced the discipline of more than 40 doctors Thursday. Included in the August 29 disciplinary actions were physicians from Palestine and Jacksonville, according to KETK. The Board and Laurence W. Cunningham, D.O, of Jacksonville entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Cunningham to submit to an evaluation by the Physician Health Program (PHP) and comply with any and all recommendations made by PHP. The Board found Dr. Cunningham admitted his unprofessional conduct and intemperance with alcohol, his summary suspension and subsequent resignation from a hospital, and his arrest for disruptive behavior. Read the rest of this entry »

Attorney General Recognizes Tyler Federal Prosecutor

thumb_dept-justice-sealWASHINGTON – Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) Traci L. Kenner of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Texas was one of 243 members of the Department of Justice recognized by Attorney General Eric Holder and Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) Director Monty Wilkinson. According to a news release from the Eastern District, the recognition came at the 30th annual Director’s Awards Ceremony Wednesday in Washington D.C. The Eastern District was one of 44 districts represented at the ceremony which was held in the Great Hall at the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building. Read the rest of this entry »

Man Tries to Rob Local Store

1LONGVIEW — Longview police are on the hunt for an attempted robbery suspect. On Thursday at 10:04 a.m., police were dispatched to the 1400 block of West Marshall Avenue. When officers arrived they were told a black male had just tried to rob the store. Witnesses said the suspect, wearing a long-sleeved white shirt and a hat with a goatee on his face, came into the store, brandished a handgun, and demanded money. However, the store employee did not give him any money and he left prior to police officers’ arrival. According to KETK, anyone with information on the identity or whereabouts of this suspect is asked to contact Longview police at 903-237-1170. Tipsters can also remain anonymous by contacting Gregg County Crimestoppers at 903-236-7867.

UT Tyler Again among Best Universities in U.S. News and World Report

thumb_uttylerTYLER — The U.S. News and World Report America’s Best Colleges survey has again recognized The University of Texas at Tyler as one of the leading public universities in the state, President Rodney H. Mabry announced. In the 2015 results, UT Tyler is the top public East Texas institution listed, and the university was listed among the top 25 of all public universities recognized in the West region, which includes institutions in Texas, California, and 13 other states. According to a UTT news release, the West region is the largest region U.S. News and World Report uses to categorize institutions. Regional universities are ranked against their peer group in one of four regions – North, South, Midwest and West, according to the magazine. Read the rest of this entry »

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