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Officials Seek Public’s Help in Capturing “Most Wanted Burglar”

bobby_joe_lindleywcsoQUITMAN — The Wood County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in capturing a man wanted for burglary of a building. Bobby Joe “BJ” Lindley is described as 5’11,” weighing 160 pounds. Authorities tracked Lindley to a motel in Winnsboro, where he was reportedly staying with a girlfriend, but they say he escaped out the back window before he could be arrested. If you have any information regarding Lindley’s location, call Wood County CrimeStoppers 903-763-2274 (CASH).

Tyler Holds Texans Against Crime Events

Texans Against CrimeTYLER — It was another successful Texans Against Crime observance in Tyler Tuesday, with 113 residential block and apartment complex parties on the slate, up from 95 last year. One party, hosted by southwest Tyler’s St. Louis Community Improvement Association, has been held for about 25 years. Residents met at St. Louis Baptist Church for fellowship, barbecue, and door prizes, with police and firefighters dropping by to visit. One resident says the emphasis of the St. Louis event is fellowship, with more serious anti-crime issues addressed at the association’s monthly meetings. Read the rest of this entry »

Woman Injured In Tyler Robbery Attempt

police-lights-2TYLER – The attempted robbery of an individual is being investigated by Tyler police. It happened around 8:30 Tuesday night. A woman tells officers it happened as she was walking to her car at Wal-Mart at 3820 Highway 64 West. She said she placed her groceries in her car and then walked her buggy to a cart return location. As she was walking back to her car she was approached by a suspect who grabbed her purse. She refused to let go of it and the suspect threw her to the ground, still attempting to take the purse. A nearby customer heard the victim screaming and ran to assist. The suspect then fled on foot. The woman received minor injuries but refused medical treatment. Read the rest of this entry »

Lindale Voters Approve Tax Decrease

LINDALE — Lindale ISD voters approved the October 8 Tax Ratification Election that called for a decrease in the total tax rate by two cents, including a four cent tax decrease on the interest and sinking tax rate and a two cent tax rate increase on the maintenance and operation tax rate. The election was passed by a vote of 465 in favor to 80 against. The maintenance and operation rate (M&O) will change to $1.08 per $100 property valuation. The two cent M&O increase will generate funds primarily for the purchase of technology for classrooms and additional security at the elementary campuses. Read the rest of this entry »

Longview Street Closures

LONGVIEW — There will be temporary lane closures for two streets in Longview. KETK reports the northbound right lane of Gilmer Road will be closed between Winding Way and Gregg-Tex Road today from 8:00am to 5:00pm. The closure is for tree removal along Gilmer Road for the Ronnie Jones Property. The work is being performed by David Dorgan. Read the rest of this entry »

Alleged Tyler Mall Shooter’s Trial Reset for December

rickynealjrmugtpdTYLER — The man charged with killing a 23-year-old man outside the Tyler Broadway Square Mall earlier this year has had his trial reset for December 2. Rickey Neal, Jr., 26, appeared in court this week before learning of the latest delay. KETK reports proceedings were originally slated to begin August 5, but the trial was pushed back to October 7 after the district attorney’s office announced it would not accept a plea deal. Read the rest of this entry »

Tyler State Park Sees Uptick in Business during Government Shutdown

thumb_Tyler-State-ParkTYLER — The closure of our national parks means a boom for state parks. According to KETK, staffers at Tyler State Park say they’ve seen a five to ten percent increase in visitors since the government shutdown began. They believe the number will continue to rise because of limited camping places and boat ramps in East Texas.

More Details on Deputy’s Plea Agreement in Drug Case

kimbrick_jonesTYLER — More details have been released on a plea agreement recently accepted by a Smith County patrol deputy who was arrested in July for drug trafficking. KETK reports Kimbrick Bernard Jones, 38, was on duty when he committed the alleged crimes, which included selling drugs from his patrol unit. The documents for the new plea deal were filed September 30. The factual resume signed by Jones states he willingly conspired with others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute meth and crack. He acknowledged he had over 50 grams of a substance containing a detectable amount of meth, less than 28 grams of crack and small amounts of marijuana. He also stated he distributed the drugs while on duty as a deputy sheriff for Smith County and was in uniform operating a patrol car. Jones additionally agreed to forfeit $520. Full details concerning the plea agreement where not immediately available.

Fish Seeks Gregg County Precinct 2 Seat

LONGVIEW — Go West Longview advocate and Proposition One leader Kimberly Fish announced Tuesday she’s running for Gregg County Commissioner Precinct 2. The seat has been held by Darryl Primo since 1994. According to the Longview News-Journal, Go West Longview is a local revitalization movement; Proposition One, an offshoot of that effort, opened retail beer and wine sales in formerly dry West and North Longview. Fish says she’ll “promote economic development, revitalize infrastructure, and help restore community pride.” Fish calls Primo “an entrenched incumbent who avoids public accountability.” Primo earlier said that he plans to run again, commenting, “I continue to want to be the conservative voice on the commissioners’ court.” He added, “My overall goal…is creating opportunity for the people in my district so they can continue to prosper.”

Tyler Combat Challenge Teams Qualify for World Competition

image002TYLER — Members of the Tyler Fire Department recently competed in the Brookshire’s Regional Combat Challenge competition held in Tyler this past weekend. Both Tyler teams posted impressive results and are now qualified to compete in the World Firefighter Combat Challenge competition in Las Vegas, according to a news release. Tyler’s Open Challenge Team placed third overall, competing against 26 other teams from across the country. Members of this team include Brian Boyd, Jeremy Driver, Jeff Hudgens, Patrick Mayo, and Jay McClung. Read the rest of this entry »

Death Penalty Deadline Extended in Upshur County Murder Trial

thatswhyyoudontkillpeopleGILMER — One of three defendants awaiting trial for the December kidnapping and killing of a Longview man will likely learn next month if prosecutors will seek the death penalty. According to KETK and the Longview News-Journal, Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd said Monday’s deadline to announce whether he would seek the death penalty for Daniel Paul Jones has been extended to November 1. Byrd and Jones’ defense attorneys Kevin Settle and Jason Cassel agreed to the extension, according to documents field in Upshur County 115th District Court. Read the rest of this entry »

Tyler Firefighters Battle Monday Night Blaze

thumb_tyler-fire-dept-truck-2TYLER — Heavy damage is reported after the Tyler Fire Department responded to a two-alarm structure fire Monday night in the 2400 block of Rodge Dr. The initial call was received at 10:00 p.m. Upon arrival, firefighters reported heavy smoke and flames throughout the structure. Initial reports indicated that the structure had been vacant for a lengthy period of time. Officials say firefighters gained control of the fire in less than one hour but remained on scene throughout the night, working to fully extinguish the blaze. The roof of the structure collapsed, and concerns regarding structural stability have slowed the investigation, according to a fire department news release. Fire investigators continue trying to determine the origin and cause of the fire. No injuries were reported.

Sheriff to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Lindale

thumb_Larry-SmithLINDALE – Sheriff Larry Smith will hold a town hall meeting tonight from 6:00 until 7:30, at the Lindale High School Cafeteria, located at 920 East Hubbard Street. The town hall meeting is his third since taking office in January. The first two were in Whitehouse and Tyler, respectively. “When I ran for Sheriff of Smith County, I promised transparency and to be open to hear what residents have to say. That is the purpose of having the town hall meetings and I hope to have a large number of attendees in Lindale,” said Sheriff Smith. Smith said additional town halls are scheduled for October 15 in the Winona area and October 22 at First Baptist Church in Bullard. You can visit visit http://www.smith-county.com/so for more information on the Smith County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office also has a Facebook page and can be followed on Twitter at @SmithCSO.

Body Found in Harrison County

i_20_bodyHALLSVILLE — Officials say a woman’s body has been found near Interstate 20 in Harrison County. According to Harrison County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jay Webb, a couple of truck drivers made the discovery about 1:00 Monday afternoon near where Farm Road 450 meets Interstate Highway 20 south of Hallsville. Two 18-wheeler drivers had pulled off the highway to check their tires and found the body on the entrance ramp to eastbound I-20. Authorities say on arrival, deputies found a white female, 30 to 40 years old with short blond hair. She was wearing only a light blue pullover top and a white bra. She was found eight feet from the roadway and appeared to have been there for 6 to 10 hours. Her body was sent to Tyler and a full autopsy has been ordered. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office at 903-923-4000.

New City of Lindale Website

LINDALE — The City of Lindale has released a new website as of October 7. The new website design and reformat bid proposed by Group M7 of Tyler for http://www.LindaleTX.gov was approved in August by the Lindale City Council. The City of Lindale is currently contracting with business outsource Project Progress, the company responsible for working with Group M7 to achieve the City’s communication and marketing goals online. Read the rest of this entry »

Bob Woodruff Poised to Fill In for Couric at UTT

Bob WoodruffTYLER — Journalist Bob Woodruff is set to fill in for Katie Couric in Tuesday’s lecture at The University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center. Susan Thomae-Morphew, UT Tyler Cowan Center executive director, made the announcement over the weekend. According to a news release, a family emergency caused Couric to cancel her scheduled lecture, which is co-sponsored by Samaritan Counseling Center, CBS 19/London Broadcasting and UT Tyler. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the UT Tyler Cowan Center box office by going to http://www.cowancenter.org or calling 903.566.7424. Box office hours are 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday. Read the rest of this entry »

Record Number of Registered Parties for Tyler’s Texans Against Crime

Texans Against CrimeTYLER — Tyler residents have succeeded in surpassing last year’s total of registered block parties for the annual Texans Against Crime (T.A.C.) going on today. According to a news release, the Tyler Police Department has registered 113 residential block and apartment complex parties for the activity. Last year the City of Tyler had approximately 95 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. Police say the T.A.C. program encourages neighborhoods and businesses to host block parties as an opportunity to get to know your neighbors and fight crime.

Harrison County Investigators Seek Help Finding Oil Equipment Thief

oil_field_theft_suspect_blackburn_rdMARSHALL — Harrison County officials are asking for assistance from the public in identifying a suspect in an oil equipment theft that happened last month. KETK reports the suspect was seen at a site on Blackburn Road and Edmonson Road at 1:00am on September 25. Surveillance video shows a white male, about 35 to 40 years old, heavy build, wearing a camo baseball cap backwards, and safety glasses. It is believed that the man may be responsible for the theft of a Kohler 20 HP motor with an 11 on it, a 5 gallon per minute General pressure pump, and 100 feet of high pressure hose. Anyone with information is asked to call the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office at 903-923-4000.

Murder Suspect’s Family Insists Shooting Was Accidental

coby_hudginsKILGORE (Staff/AP) – The family of a Kilgore murder suspect insists the shooting was accidental. KETK and the Longview News-Kilgore report authorities have arrested a man believed to have shot and killed a Hallsville girl Saturday in the 3000 block of Mustang Drive in Kilgore. Kilgore resident Coby Ray Hudgins, 22, was jailed on $101,000 bond in the death Kayla Elizabeth Williams, 17. Hudgins was seen leaving Hudgins’s mobile home, where police found Williams’s body. Judge Arthur Fort of Gregg County, who pronounced Williams dead at 4:00 Sunday morning, said Williams died instantly from an apparent gunshot wound to the head around 9:20 p.m. Saturday. Beyond saying the shooting was accidental, Hudgins’s family members declined to comment Sunday on his arrest. Read the rest of this entry »

Week-Long Closure at Tyler Senior Center

thumb_cityoftylerTYLER — The Tyler Senior Center at 1915 Garden Valley Road plans to close to the public October 21-26 for maintenance and will then reopen Monday, October 28. All center-sponsored activities will be suspended while the facility is closed, including the October 25 Friday Night Dance and Gentle Senior Yoga classes. Meals on Wheels participants who routinely eat lunch at the Senior Center can pick up their meals at the organization’s main office at 3001 Robertson Road, Tyler. For more details about meal availability and times, call the Meals on Wheels office at 903-593-7385. The Tyler Senior Center, 1915 Garden Valley Road, serves active seniors ages 55 and better. Normal operating hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. For more information about the center and its activities, call (903) 597-0781.

Jaycees to Change October Event; Part of Revamping Effort

corn mazeTYLER — Tylerites who have visited the local Jaycees’ Halloween haunted house over the years will notice some changes this year. According to Jaycees member Michelle Perry, “Recently we have decided to re-vamp and re-energize the chapter as a whole and we hope to expand our contribution the community by improving the activities we are already involved with and coming up with new exciting events as well. One of our first projects to show the changes we are making is re-focusing our theme and target audience for our huge October event. Read the rest of this entry »

Tyler Fire Department Reminds Residents to “Prevent Kitchen Fires”

thumb_tyler-fire-dept-logoTYLER — It’s Fire Prevention Week, and from October 6-12 the Tyler Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” During this year’s fire safety campaign, fire departments will be spreading the word about the dangers of kitchen fires — most of which result from unattended cooking — and teaching local residents how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place. Additionally, the Fire Department will be visiting area schools throughout the month as part of its fire prevention and public education program. Read the rest of this entry »

Angelina County Death Under Investigation

Angelina County Sheriffs Dept PatchLUFKIN — Angelina County authorities are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found along side a road. The call was received around 4:30 yesterday afternoon. The body was found north of Lufkin along sided Royce Oliver Road. An autopsy has been ordered to help determine the cause of death and to help identify the body. Authorities say, they are currently treating the death as a homicide.

TxDOT Project Updates

TxDOT signTYLER — Here’s a quick look at other work planned in the Tyler District of the Texas Department of Transportation.

SMITH COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to make base and pavement repairs on State Highway 155 in Winona, while a second crew performs similar work on State Highway 135 between Troup and Arp. Daytime lane closures will be in effect in each location while the work is in progress, and flaggers will control traffic. Read the rest of this entry »

Easton Mobile Home Suffers Severe Fire Damage

thumb_firefighters-1EASTON — A Saturday morning fire at a mobile home in Easton caused significant structural damage but no injuries, said Tom Scott, chief of the Easton Volunteer Fire Department. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report firefighters from Easton and Elderville responded to the blaze. The call came in about 9 a.m., and the flames took about two hours to contain, Scott said. The residents, who were not home when the fire began, told Scott that they had been having electrical problems earlier in the week. Scott said those problems could have started the fire, but an exact cause won’t be known until the fire marshal completes his investigation.

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