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Officials Seek Help Identifying Burglary Suspect

14-17105aTYLER — The Smith County Sheriff’s Office requests assistance in identifying a burglary suspect. Detectives say this man is wanted for burglary of business in the 13600 block of Spur 364. If you have information, call the Smith County Sheriff’s Office at 903-566-6600.

Surveillance Video Released in Smith County Robbery

minute stop 2TYLER — Authorities release some surveillance video of the Minute Stop robbery in Smith County. It happened shortly after 8:45 Monday morning in the 11,800 block of Highway 64 West. Officials said the suspect, described as a black male with a blue bandana covering his face, entered the store and held a pistol in the clerk’s back. He then demanded money from the register. The suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported. The Smith County Sheriff’s Office and Tyler Police Department are working to identify the suspect. If anyone has any information, notify the Smith County Sheriff’s Office at 903-566-6600 or Tyler Police Department at 903-531-1090.

Suspect Arrested in Domino’s Heist

Bronson Blake McCartyTYLER – Tyler investigators have arrested Bronson Blake McCarty, 24, of Tyler, for the aggravated robbery that at Domino’s Pizza at Troup and Shiloh. Upon further investigation it was determined that McCarty was a former employee of the business. McCarty was charged with aggravated robbery, a 1st degree felony, and bond was set at $250,000. The robbery occurred shortly after midnight Wednesday morning. Two store employees told officers they were approached outside, by a white male with a silver revolver type handgun. The employees said the suspect robbed them of their money bags and then fled on foot. He was said to be wearing a dark hoodie and a purple bandana over his face. No injuries were reported.

Football Player Who Collapsed at Practice Returns to School

khalilwallacemomlnjMARSHALL— An East Texas eighth grader is returning to school after he collapsed at his junior high football practice September 21. According to KETK and the Longview News-Journal, Khalil Wallace, 13, returns to classes at Marshall Junior High School after spending the last several weeks as a patient at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport and Children’s Hospital in Dallas. After the youth collapsed, relatives said coaches began CPR until firefighters arrived to resuscitate the him with a defibrillator. He was then taken to a Longview hospital, where he was stabilized before being taken to Shreveport and eventually to Dallas. Read the rest of this entry »

Woman Indicted in Triple Fatality

shelbytaylormug3HENDERSON — An East Texas woman has been indicted on three intoxication manslaughter charges after she allegedly killed three family members in a July 10 car wreck. KETK reports Shelby Taylor, 22, of Henderson was indicted by a Rusk County Grand Jury last week. Court documents show Taylor will waive her right to a pre-trial arraignment and will enter a plea of not guilty. She is asking the jury to grant her community supervision as punishment because she has never been convicted of a felony in Texas. Read the rest of this entry »

Man Arrested After Incident at Local Restaurant

ericrichardsonmugLONGVIEW — Longview police say a man carrying a couple of weapons and associated items has been arrested on multiple charges following a tense incident at a restaurant and a short pursuit. Just before 1:30 Tuesday morning, police were dispatched to the 100 Block of West Loop 281 for an armed person in the parking lot of the location. As officers were arriving on scene they were told by a witness that the suspect had just left the location in a white passenger car traveling westbound on West Loop 281. Witnesses also told police that a white male was in the restaurant and was “acting weird.” While there he attempted to purchase an alcoholic beverage and the bartender refused to serve him due to his behavior. Read the rest of this entry »

Coors of Longview Sold

Coors of LongviewLONGVIEW – After 39 years in business, Coors of Longview will be shutting its doors. It made the announcement on its Face Book page. According to the release, “on October 31st, 2014, Coors of Longview, Inc. will officially close its doors for good. This has not been an easy decision to come by, as our customers, fans, and employees are so dear to us. Your loyalty and support for nearly four decades is what has made Coors of Longview the influential and well known business it is today.” Giglio Distributing, an East Texas-based beer distributor, will take over distribution for Coors of Longview. Read the rest of this entry »

Police Seek Child Porn Suspect

childpornmuglindalepdLINDALE — The Lindale Police Department is seeking the help of the public in locating an East Texas man wanted for child pornography possession. According to KETK, Lindale police say Gaylord Stevens has three felony arrest warrants for possession of child pornography. Stevens is a white male standing 5’9″ in height and weighs approximately 135 pounds. Police say Stevens also goes by the alias “Steven Hawke.” If anyone has any information on his location, contact the Lindale Police Department at 903-882-3313.

Palestine Man Guilty of Child Pornography Violations

joshuaquickmugTYLER — A 25-year-old Palestine, Texas man has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges. Joshua Quick pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography yesterday in Tyler before U.S. Magistrate Judge K. Nicole Mitchell. Quick faces a minimum of five years and up to 20 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set. Federal prosecutors say on September 14, 2013, Quick received child pornography on a computer after using the computer to solicit the participation of a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct persuading the minor to produce images depicting child pornography. Quick was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 26, 2014.

Tyler ISD Holds Parent Meetings to Discuss Redesign Process

thumb_TISD_Logo_NewTYLER – Tyler ISD administrators are meeting with parents from Douglas, Griffin, Orr, and Peete elementary schools this week to discuss the upcoming redesign process mandated by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). “We value the input from our parents as we begin this process,” Superintendent Dr. Marty Crawford said. “Parental feedback is essential to preparing students for success. Therefore, we encourage parents to participate so that we can work together to improve our schools and provide the best education possible for our students.” Read the rest of this entry »

Recusal Hearing Delayed for Peterson Case Judge

adrian_peterson_1CONROE (AP/Staff) – The hearing on whether to remove the judge in the felony child abuse case against Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson has been pushed back. Mary Flood, a spokeswoman for Peterson attorney Rusty Hardin, said Tuesday the recusal hearing for Montgomery County District Judge Kelly Case has been rescheduled for October 22. Retired Tarrant County District Judge Jeff Walker will preside. Peterson is charged with injury to a child for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son. A not guilty plea is expected from the former Palestine star. Prosecutors want to replace Case, who chided attorneys in the case in a derogatory manner. Once that is settled, a motion to revoke Peterson’s bond for alleged marijuana use will be considered. Case set a tentative trial date for December 1. Peterson is on paid leave.

Fallen Tree Stalls Eden Drive Traffic

edendrivetreelnj101414LONGVIEW — Traffic is blocked in both directions on Eden Drive at the Cargill Long Park Trail in Longview. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report a tree has fallen across the street, blocking both lanes. A Longview police officer on the scene reports that city street crews have been contacted, but the officer did not know when the crews would arrive. The tree is near where Cargill Long trail crosses Eden Drive. Motorists should use alternate routes.

Turn Tyler Pink

TYLER — You can show support for the women of East Texas and help the Tyler Professional Firefighters Association Turn Tyler Pink today by wearing pink, decorating your business or office in pink and coming to the downtown Tyler square from 5:00 to 7:00pm for the event. Need a pink shirt? Shirts can be purchased at the locations below:
* Cavenders – 2025 WSW Loop 323;
* Gallery Main Street – 110 W. Erwin;
* Holiday Inn South Broadway – 5701 S. Broadway; and
* The National Firefighter Combat Challenge Oct. 23-25 at the Broadway Square Mall.
The shirts cost $20 and caps are $15 apiece.

Two Boys Survive East Texas Lightning Strike

lightningZAVALLA (AP) – Two boys have survived a lightning strike in East Texas while both were in a metal deer stand in the Angelina National Forest. Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches says one of the boys was hospitalized in Lufkin then transferred to Houston but that both youths, ages 14 and 15, should be fine. A spokeswoman with Texas Children’s Hospital says the 14-year-old boy was listed in good condition Tuesday. Sanches declined to release the names of the juveniles in Sunday night’s incident near Zavalla. Officials are not sure whether lightning hit the 14-year-old boy, who fell to the ground, or just struck nearby. The older boy felt some of the jolt but was able to run for help. Authorities are trying to determine why the boys were in the woods.

Tyler Police Search for Two Armed Robbery Suspects

SONY DSCTYLER — Tyler Police are searching for two armed robbery suspects. Officers responded to an aggravated robbery at the Super Food Mart, 2030 W. Gentry Parkway, just after 11:00 Monday night. According to the clerk, two black males, one with a handgun, entered the store and demanded money from the register. The suspects fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported. One of the suspects was said to be wearing a gray hoodie while the other wearing a black hoodie. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Tyler Police Department at 903-531-1000 or Tyler/Smith County Crimestoppers at 903-597-CUFF. Crimestoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges filed against the suspects in this case or any other felony case.

Woman Charged with DWI with Baby in Vehicle

Victoria Lynn LindseyNACOGDOCHES – A Lufkin woman has been booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail on charges of DWI with child. Reports of a reckless driver brought state troopers to State Highway 19 and State Highway 21. That is where they found Victoria Lynn Lindsey, 20, stopped in the road. KEK reports the woman had a two week old boy in her car. She was taken into custody after being asked to perform a field sobriety test. She was later booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail.

Several Injured in Gladewater Wreck

GLADEWATER – A two vehicle collision on Broadway Avenue in Gladewater his injured three persons. It happened just before noon on Monday when police say a pickup failed to yield the right of way while turning into a parking lot. It was hit by a truck. KETK reports both drivers and a passenger in the pickup suffered minor injuries.

Tyler Police Have a Record Number of Block Parties This Year

Texans Against CrimeTYLER — Tyler residents have succeeded in surpassing last year’s total of registered block parties for the annual Texans Against Crime which is today from 6:00am to 9:30pm. Police Public Information Officer Don Martin says they have registered over 120 residential block and apartment complex parties for today. Last year the City of Tyler had approximately 113 block parties throughout the City to promote the program. The Texans Against Crime (T.A.C.) ™ program is an annual event designed to unite neighbors and communities to encourage neighborhood communication, community involvement and crime prevention to create safer neighborhoods. The program encourages neighborhoods and businesses to host block parties as an opportunity to get to know your neighbors and fight crime.

Sheriff’s Deputies Search for Armed Robber

Smith County Sheriffs DeptSMITH COUNTY — Smith County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a reported armed robbery. It happened around shortly after 8:45 Monday morning at a gas station on the 11,800 block of Highway 64 West in the northwestern part of Smith County. Officials said the suspect, described as a black male with a blue bandana covering his face, entered the store and held a pistol in the clerks back. He then demanded money from the register. The suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported. The clerk described the suspect as being in his mid-20s, between 5′ 8″ and 5′ 10″, slender build, wearing a white long sleeved hoodie and blue jeans. The Sheriff’s Office is coordinating with Tyler Police Department to locate the suspect.

Oil Well Fire Extinguished

oil well fire-Longview 10-13-14LONGVIEW — Lightning appears responsible for a large oil well fire in Gregg County. It took several hours to put out the blaze. In the meantime, fire caused the evacuation of nearly a dozen businesses and nearly two dozen homes. The fire started around 6:15 Monday morning near Enchanted Lane and H.G. Mosley Parkway. There were no injuries. Longview Fire Marshall Johnny Zackary tells KETK lightning hit a tank holding around 240 barrels of oil products, causing an explosion and fire. Read the rest of this entry »

Section of Green Street to be Closed

longview-cityofLONGVIEW — Green Street will be closed between Cotton and Nelson Streets beginning today for construction. The purpose of the project is to reconstruct the four lane section of road between Cotton and Young and replace utilities. The construction is scheduled for completion by early 2016. As construction progresses, portions will be opened to traffic. Drivers wishing to travel between Cotton and Nelson must use alternate routes such as High or Mobberly Streets. This project was approved by voters as part of the Capital Improvements Bond Election in May 2011. This project is being constructed by Longview Bridge and Road of Longview.

TxDOT Projects This Week

TxDotEAST TEXAS — Here’s a quick look at work planned in the Tyler District during the Week
of October 13.

SMITH COUNTY — Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintenance crews in Tyler are conducting edge work on FM 1805 between FM 1253 and the County Line, while another crew is doing ditch work on FM 16 between FM 14 and FM 2015.

GREGG COUNTY — Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintenance crews are performing pavement repairs on FM 2204 from Business 259 in Kilgore to the U.S. 259 Bypass. Equipment availability may necessitate moving to a different portion of FM 2204 from FM 2276 to SH 322. Expect lane closures at either location using flaggers. Slow down and pay attention in work zones. Read the rest of this entry »

Store Evacuated Following Bomb Threat

MT. PLEASANT — A bomb threat led to an evacuation of the Walmart in Mt. Pleasant. According to Mt. Pleasant Police, the threat was called in shortly after 6:15 Saturday evening. Authorities evacuated employees and customers and searched the store for about an hour. Nothing suspicious was found and the store was reopened. Police are still investigating the threat.

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.

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