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Jury Trial Waived in Murder Case

54386dae52225.imageRUSK – Jury selection will soon begin for a case involving a Rusk woman charged with first-degree murder in late February. According to the Jacksonville Progress Online, Rebecca Barker, 52, waived her right to a jury trial during an Oct. 8 proceeding. Barker was charged with first-degree murder after her husband was discovered fatally shot Feb. 26 at a residence in the 9000 block of US Hwy. 84 West in Rusk. Read the rest of this entry »

Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle in Longview

GREGG COUNTY — Longview Police are investigating after a pedestrian was hit by a car Saturday afternoon. According to KETK, it happened in the 2500 block of Judson Road in Longview. Police say one person was transported to a local hospital. Their injuries were said to be non-life threatening. It’s not known if the driver of the vehicle was issued a citation.

Armed Cross-dresser Arrested for Robbery

mcgriffarrestmpdMARSHALL — The Marshall Police Department arrested a man who allegedly robbed a local store dressed as a woman. According to Captain David Reaves, shortly after 3:30 Friday morning, authorities received a 911 call reporting an armed robbery at the Food Fast Valero on the 200 block of East Pinecrest. KETK reports, when police arrived at the scene, the clerk told officers he had been held up. The worker said a man dressed as a woman entered the store and showed a pistol, and then demanded her to empty the register. The clerk followed his orders and the suspect ran from the business in a northeast direction. Investigators were able to identify the suspect as Lenois Ryan McGriff, 30. A warrant was issued for aggravated robbery and McGriff was located and taken into custody. He is currently in the Harrison county Jail.

Police Seek Dogs’ Owners

lindaledogs101014LINDALE — The Lindale Police Department is seeking the owners of two Labrador-mix dogs that were found behind a local eatery. According to KETK, police say a black female and a yellow male where picked up together behind Bo’s Steak & Grill on South Main Street. They are currently in the city kennel. If they belong to you or if you know the owners, call 903-882-6861, Monday-Friday, or 903-882-3313 through the weekend.

Man Who Allegedly Assaulted Deputies Indicted

dupreechaseLONGVIEW — A Longview man accused of assaulting two deputies and lighting a fire in the back of a patrol car has been indicted on multiple charges. According to KETK, the Gregg County District Attorney’s Office says Chase Hayden Dupree, 23, was indicted for arson and assault against a public servant. The suspect was arrested for the offenses on August 15. Dupree was taken into custody about 2:15 a.m. at the North Point RV Park off Highway 259 for allegedly smoking marijuana. The Longview News-Journal reported Dupree was accused of kicking a deputy and biting another during his arrest. He then reportedly proceeded to light a fire in the back of the patrol car on the way to jail. The suspect is being held on $35,000 bond.

Smith County Emergency Preparedness Full Scale Drill Saturday

thumb_smithcounty-sealTYLER — A full-scale emergency preparedness exercise will be held at the APAC Plant on FM 206 in Smith County from 8 a.m. till noon Saturday, October 11. Officials say the purpose of this exercise is to build cohesiveness among all participating emergency response organizations in preparation for the occurrence of an actual emergency event. Officials note that this is a drill — not an actual emergency. FM 206 will be partially closed for the duration of the drill. The public should be aware that this is a realistic emergency simulation drill involving hundreds of participants. Smoke, fireworks, and actors who are made up to look injured may be visible around the drill area throughout the exercise. A high volume of emergency transport vehicles will be dispatched to the scene to transport “victims” to local hospitals as part of the simulation. Read the rest of this entry »

School Bus Driver on Administrative Leave after Finding Gun

LONGVIEW — A Pine Tree ISD bus driver is on administrative leave after she found a gun and did what seemed like the right thing to do: she turned it in to the administration. The employee tells KETK on September 26, she was on her way to pick up her students and take them to school. She reportedly found the firearm on Fairmont Street, across from campus, immediately called police, and turned the gun over to the school’s administration. She says she was shocked to find out in turn, she was put on administrative leave. But school officials wouldn’t tell her why. Pine Tree ISD has declined comment. The employee says she was told she’ll be reinstated Monday. The gun was found just days before student Christopher Jones was arrested for allegedly threatening to carry out the “greatest shooting ever” at Pine Tree High School.

“House of Israel” Leader Turned Over to Canada after Decades on the Run

Robert FottiJACKSONVILLE — The former leader of a now extinct controversial and anti-government religious group that formed in East Texas has been transferred to Canada after nearly 35 years on the run. KETK reports House of Israel leader Robert Fotti, aka Robert Fox, was released from authorities in Texas to Canadian authorities on Tuesday. The case dates to a 1977 incident in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Officials say a man and his son riding a motorcycle were struck and killed by a car driven by Fotti after the car ran a red light. Read the rest of this entry »

Police: Racial Slur Leads to Attack

devonteballardmugLONGVIEW — A Longview man is behind bars for allegedly hitting his girlfriend after she reportedly used a racial slur. According to KETK, judicial records indicate Devonte Ballard, 22, was arrested Thursday at a residence in the 1000 block of Oden Street near Timpson Park. The probable cause report states police saw Ballard’s girlfriend on the porch with a large, bloody gash on her swollen eye. According to police, Ballard’s girlfriend called him the slur and as a response, Ballard hit her. The medical staff on hand said there is a strong chance the woman’s eye socket is fractured. Ballard was booked into the Gregg County Jail on a single count of aggravated assault causing bodily injury. His bond has been set at $10,000.

Tyler Officer Slightly Injured in Wreck

Tyler police car wreck 10-9-14TYLER – A Tyler police officer has been slightly injured in an accident on Loop 323 and old Bullard Road. It happened around 8:30 Thursday night. According to Sgt. Matt Leigeber, the officer was in his patrol car, traveling east in the inside lane on the loop, when a westbound car turned south, directly into his path. Both vehicle sustained extensive damage. The officer, who was not identified in the police department news release, sustained minor but non-life threatening injuries and was taken to East Texas Medical Center. The other driver, who was not injured, was issued a citation for fail to yield right of way while making a left turn.

Estranged Husband Kills Self after Attempted Murder in Whitehouse

rugbyshootingketkWHITEHOUSE – A shooting in Whitehouse has resulted in one person nearly being shot, and the shooter committing suicide. It started shortly after 7:00 yesterday morning in the 800 block of Rugby Street. Whitehouse police say Joseph Walton, 41, of Fort Worth, showed up at his estranged wife’s house armed with a shotgun. KETK reports, when the she opened the door to let out her barking dogs, Walton is said to have broken into the house and a struggle followed. He wrestled a gun from her and fired a shot at her friend in the house. The friend dove behind a desk and was not hit. Walton is then said to have put the gun to his head and fired. He was dead at the scene.

Prosecutors Seek Peterson’s Re-Arrest

thumb_adrian_petersonCONROE (ESPN/STAFF) — Prosecutors in Montgomery County have filed paperwork to have Adrian Peterson’s bail revoked and the Minnesota Vikings running back re-arrested. That’s after the former Palestine star reportedly told a court employee that he had recently smoked marijuana before taking a drug test Wednesday. Peterson made his first court appearance in Texas on Wednesday since his indictment last month on a felony child abuse charge. According to the filing signed by Montgomery County District Attorney Bill Delmore, Peterson admitted to a court employee that he had “smoked a little weed” before the test. Not taking any illegal drugs is a common condition to adhere to when out on bond. Read the rest of this entry »

Police Are Seeking Identification of Suspect

IMG_2621TYLER — The Tyler Police Department needs your help in identifying the suspect who is displayed in the attached photo. Police say this suspect was stopped for a traffic violation in Tyler on August 12. The suspect allegedly presented fraudulent identification to the officer indicating he was from Illinois. Police say at the time of the stop the suspect was towing a flatbed trailer and 4-wheeler that was later determined to be stolen from Cold Spring, Texas. The suspect is also believed to have opened several department store accounts with the same fraudulent identification. Anyone with information about this suspect is urged to contact the Tyler Police Department, at 903-531-1000, or Crimestoppers at 903-597-CUFF (903-597-2833).

Authorities Warn of PayPal Scam

thumb_Harrison-County-Sheriffs-DepartmentMARSHALL — During the fall season, there seems to be an increase of scams that are reported to the local law enforcement agencies, according to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office. KETK reports the most recent scam is a notice from PayPal. If you quickly read the email, you’ll notice the logo for PayPal is slightly different; the email return for the fictitious account is to a Luxemburg address, and at the very bottom of the page it identifies the email as coming from a “Registered Office: Luxemburg.” Read the rest of this entry »

Teacher Resigns Following Inappropriate Texting Accusations

JustinKellyMug.1412784366WASKOM — An East Texas teacher accused of inappropriately texting a student has resigned from his position amid an ongoing investigation into that and other allegations. According to KETK, Waskom ISD Superintendent Jimmy E. Cox says Justin James Kelly, 24, of Waskom, put in his resignation Thursday morning. He was on paid administrative leave until the most recent development, per normal protocol. The high school agricultural science teacher was charged with online solicitation of a minor after the school police department was alerted to alleged inappropriate text messages sent to a female student. Police said he admitted to the accusations during an interview. Kelly was booked into the Harrison County Jail on $25,000 bond.

Kilgore Hotel Project Funding on Hold

KILGORE — The City of Kilgore has put a hold on the funding distribution to its hotel project. According to KETK, city officials say the hotel group was asking for too much money. The city puts tax dollars back into programs and boards that attract more people to Kilgore, such as hotels and the chamber of commerce. Officials say the hotel advisory board asked the city for $43,000 — more than what’s available in the budget. A special meeting will be held in two weeks, at which the Hotel Occupancy Tax Board will meet with Kilgore’s city council to work out a new budget.

Authorities Seeking Tips on Illegal Dumping

tiresdumpedpct4contableSMITH COUNTY — Law enforcement officials are asking for the public’s help identifying the person or people responsible for illegally dumping a large amount of tires in Smith County. According to KETK, Precinct 4 Constable John Smith said his office is offering $250 for any information leading to the arrest and indictments of those responsible. The tires and other items were found across from Jackson Water Supply Well Number 5, located at 6450 FM 2908 near Tyler. Contact Constable Smith at 903-590-4871 or if you have any information on this case.

Two Arrested for Reportedly Prostituting Teen

prostituatinarrestsncsoNACOGDOCHES — Two people were arrested Tuesday for their alleged involvement with a child prostitute in Nacogdoches. According to the Nacogdoches Police Department, detectives arrested Stanley Warren Turner, 61, of Nacogdoches and Marashia Lasha Robinson, 24, of Nacogdoches, for the prostitution of a 14 year old girl. According to KETK, back on August 20, a runaway girl from another town was reported to local police. The teenager told officers she had spent some time in Nacogdoches, and while there, she had sexual relations with men. Read the rest of this entry »

Changes Made to Rice/Shiloh Road

Tyler logo2TYLER — The completion of pavement rehabilitation and lane reconfigurations on Rice/Shiloh Road from Old Jacksonville Highway to Troup Highway is scheduled for today. To increase safety and traffic flow, a continuous two-way left turn median has been provided, officials say. This new median offers a designated safe way for vehicles making left turns at intersections and driveways, according to a news release. The reconfigured roadway provides one or more eastbound lanes, two westbound lanes, and a continuous center turn lane. Drivers are encouraged to exercise caution and observe new warning and regulatory signs as well as pavement markings.

Charges Modified in Death of Child in Hot Truck

Russell LindstromTYLER – The charges against an East Texas man whose child died in a hot truck in June have been modified, according to Smith County judicial records. KETK reports Russell Lindstrom, 33, of Flint, was originally charged with one count of manslaughter and one count of injury to a child. Jail records now indicate Lindstrom has been charged with two counts of injury to a child. In addition to the change in charges, Lindstrom’s bond is now set at $175,000. Just this past August, State District Judge Kerry Russell of Tyler had lowered Lindstrom’s bond from $200,000 to $125,000. Lindstrom remains in Smith County Jail. Read the rest of this entry »

December Trial Date Set in Peterson Abuse Case

adrian_peterson_1CONROE (AP/Staff) – A Texas judge has tentatively set a December 1 trial date for Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson on a charge of felony child abuse for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son. Judge Kelly Case set the date Wednesday as the former Palestine star made his first court appearance in suburban Houston for the incident that occurred earlier this year. Peterson did not enter a plea, though his attorney said he will eventually plead not guilty to the charge that carries a penalty of up to two years in prison. Peterson is on paid leave. The Vikings’ final game of the season is December 28. Read the rest of this entry »

Fatal Pedestrian Accident Victim Identified

police-car-lights2TYLER –- Authorities are investigating an accident around 10:40 last night that left a pedestrian dead. Officers with the Tyler Police Department responded to the area of 4700 Old Jacksonville Highway in reference to a report of a pedestrian, who had been struck by a vehicle. The pedestrian, Daniel Brandon Williams, 36, of Tyler, was said to be deceased by the time officers arrived. The driver of the vehicle had stopped and was waiting for officers. Read the rest of this entry »

Identity of Motorcyclist Killed Monday Released

police lightsTYLER – A motorcyclist who was killed after colliding with a vehicle in Tyler has been identified. He is Patrick Pugh, 23, of Tyler. Around 7:15 Monday evening, officers were notified of a major traffic accident at the intersection of Van Highway and Loop 323 involving a motorcycle and a car. EMS and the Tyler Fire Department were also dispatched to the scene where the motorcyclist was found to have life-threatening injuries and was quickly taken to a local hospital. He died shortly after 10:00 Monday night. Read the rest of this entry »

Awards Presented at Annual Chamber Meeting

thumb_tyler-area-chamber-of-commerceTYLER – Several businesses and individuals have been honored at the annual meeting of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce. It was held Tuesday night at the Harvey Convention Center. Named as Tyler’s outstanding citizen of the year was Dr. Duane Andrews who received the T.B. Butler Award. Named as Tyler’s outstanding citizen under the age of 40 was Michael Lavender, who received the W.C. Windsor award. And the volunteer of the year award went to Michael Weiss, of Personal Web. Read the rest of this entry »

Quitman Student Brings Knife to School

QUITMAN – A student at Quitman’s middle school has been suspended after bringing a steak knife to school. The incident happened around noon Tuesday when school officials when the student displayed the knife and made threats with it. School Superintendent said in a letter on the school district’s web page, “The student was immediately confined and the weapon was confiscated without incident. No students or staff were injured.” Turner said “This is a violation of district policy and student code of conduct. School imposed disciplinary measures will occur and the school is cooperating with local law enforcement.”

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