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Cockfighting Investigation Leads to Multiple Arrests

cockfightingANGELINA COUNTY — Investigators searched a Huntington property after complaints of cock fighting and gambling Saturday. The Angelina County Sheriff’s Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and Dallas County District Attorney Office executed the search warrant at 224 Clark Road. Twenty people were arrested and felony charges are expected to be filed. According to KETK, cock fighting paraphernalia, gambling paraphernalia and live animals were seized. Read the rest of this entry »

Woman Involved in Major Longview Accident Dies

wandaLONVIEW — Police say one person involved in a major vehicle accident in Longview on Tuesday has died. Wanda McCowan, 39, died Saturday at a Longview hospital after being injured in a head-on collision. According to KETK, she was the driver who investigators believes caused a three vehicle accident that injured several people, including two small children. Investigators determined a Kia Sorento, driven by Connie Jimmerson, Longview, was headed west on West Loop 281 when her vehicle was hit by McCowan traveling in the other direction. Police determined the McCowan drove into the center turn lane and then entered Jimmerson’s lane, causing the wreck. Read the rest of this entry »

Palestine Robbery Under Investigation

police-lightsPALESTINE — Police are investigating an aggravated robbery in Palestine. It happened just before 11:30 Friday night at the Chanel Stop & Go convenience store in the 1900 block of West Oak Street. According to KETK, two armed black men, wearing ski masks, entered the store and demanded money from the clerk. The store clerk says one of the men then came behind the counter and pointed a gun at the back of her head. The second man reportedly stole the clerk’s purse, identification, and cash. The two men then left the store. No injuries were reported. Read the rest of this entry »

House Fire Blamed on Lightning Strike

House fire_1429987345845_267924_ver1.0TYLER — Lightning appears to be the cause of a house fire in Tyler late Friday night. It happened in the 1500 block of Cumberland Road just before 10:30. According to KETK, when firefighters arrived at the scene, the entire second floor of the house was in engulfed. After several hours, fire crews were able to completely extinguish the blaze. The first floor received minor smoke and water damage. No one was injured during the blaze. Fire investigators say the fire was sparked by lightning.

New Prosecutor Named in Bernie Tiede Case

Bernie TiedeEAST TEXAS — A state prosecutor who helped secure convictions in the Kilgore Kentucky Fried Chicken murders is one of two new prosecutors appointed in the Bernie Tiede case. According to the Longview News-Journal, documents from the Panola County District Clerk’s Office show Texas Assistant Attorney General Lisa Tanner, who worked on the KFC case, will take over Tiede’s case from Panola County District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson. Jane Starnes, another Texas assistant attorney general, also will be a prosecutor in the case. Starnes helped convict Eddie Ray Routh earlier this year in Stephenville in the death of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle. Read the rest of this entry »

Woman Allegedly Drives Drunk with Baby in Car

thumb_police-9PALESTINE — A Palestine woman was arrested Thursday afternoon for allegedly driving drunk with a baby in her car. According to KETK, Anderson County Chief Deputy Troy Black said at around 2:30 p.m., dispatchers received several calls about a vehicle driving recklessly on Highway 19 N near Palestine. Callers told officials the automobile was only doing 30 miles per hour but was swerving all over the road and driving into the path of oncoming traffic. Read the rest of this entry »

Patriot Talon, Adviser at UTT Recognized for Excellence in Journalism

UT Tyler TIPA GroupTYLER — Students on the Patriot Talon staff at The University of Texas at Tyler received 33 awards at the 2015 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Convention, Dr. Dennis Cali, UT Tyler Department of Communication chair, announced. The annual convention is an opportunity for student journalists to compete in on-site competitions and be recognized for work from previous publications. The Talon staff received “Best of Show” in Div. II, one of five divisions. The staff also received “Best Website Navigation” and an honorable mention for “Best Online Interactivity” in Div. II as well as third place in “Overall Excellence” in Div. III. Read the rest of this entry »

Third Family Member Arrested in Tyler Drug Case

christopherchampion_1429638328063_93769_ver1.0TYLER — Tyler police say Christopher Champion, 28, was taken into custody Friday by the U. S. Marshals Task Force in Austin. Champion was the third family member who was wanted by Tyler police on outstanding warrants for engaging in organized criminal activity and possession of a controlled substance. A two-month Tyler Police narcotics investigation recently led to a large seizure of hashish, marijuana, cash, and weapons, as well as warrants for engaging in organized criminal activity. Read the rest of this entry »

Man Indicted for Attempted Capital Murder of Peace Officer

ReiSteven_1429889751887_259517_ver1.0ATHENS — A Henderson County man has been indicted for attempting to kill a peace officer. According to KETK, authorities report a grand jury handed up the indictment of Steven Clement Rei, 48, of Mabank, on April 9. Around 10:00 p.m. on January 22, deputies responded to a home in the 200 block of North Cherokee Shores Drive in Cherokee Shores in response to a domestic disturbance involving a firearm. When deputies made it to the scene, they met a woman who called outside the house and were told Rei had displayed a 9mm handgun during an argument. Read the rest of this entry »

Tyler Police Search for School Burglar

TISDBreakInTPD_1429883900742_258407_ver1.0TYLER — The Tyler Police Department and Tyler Independent School District officers are searching for a person who allegedly broke into a local school. According to KETK, the reported break-in happened at Moore Middle School, 1200 South Tipton Avenue on Wednesday, April 15. Anyone with information is asked to contact Tyler Police at 903-262-1111.

New Abortion Restrictions Passed, Then Scrapped

Matt Schaefer2AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas House briefly approved new abortion restrictions involving fetuses with severe abnormalities before a sweeping health bill was quickly withdrawn. The unexpected vote Thursday marked a new push by Republicans to further tighten Texas abortion restrictions that are already among the toughest in the nation. Abortions are banned in Texas after 20 weeks except when the fetus has severe health defects. While the Republican-controlled House debated a mundane health agency bill, state Representative Matt Schaefer of Tyler successfully tacked on a rider that would end that exception. The entire bill was later pulled down after Democrats launched technical objections. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is strongly anti-abortion but the issue has not been a priority in his first session.

Body Found In Nacogdoches County Identified

Justin Ferrell2NACOGDOCHES — Human remains found in Nacogdoches County last month have been identified. The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday the body was that of Justin Farrell, 31, of Nacogdoches. He was reported missing in May, 2004. The human remains were found north of Cushing on March 13th. A person looking for their pet in the woods discovered found a bone believed to be human remains. Sheriff’s deputies and Texas Rangers searched the area and discovered other remains. At the time, investigators said foul play may be involved. On yesterday’s news release, the death is described as “questionable.” When Ferrell disappeared he was driving a silver 1996 Dodge Ram. The pickup has not been found.

Wrong Fuel Blamed for Crash-Landing of Twin-Engine Plane

Plane lands on Diboll highway 4-17-15LUFKIN (AP) — An East Texas official says the use of improper fuel is believed to have caused the crash landing of a private plane last week that injured the pilot and two passengers. Angelina County Judge Wes Suiter told The Lufkin Daily News that a lineman at the Angelina County Airport misidentified Edd Hendee’s Cessna 421B aircraft and filled it with the wrong fuel. The aircraft made a crash landing April 17 beside U.S. 59 near Diboll, ending up in a grassy area. Hendee and his two passengers suffered minor injuries. Hendee is a former radio talk show host in Houston, where he also owns a restaurant.

Trooper Injured in Crash near Highway 64 East

thumb_DPS-car-2SMITH COUNTY — A Department of Public Safety trooper was injured in a 2-vehicle crash near Highway 64 East in Smith County. According to KETK, Trooper Jean Dark says her office was notified of the rollover wreck on Farm Road 848 and Spur 248 shortly after 12:15 yesterday afternoon. A preliminary crash investigation revealed a driver was headed north on FM 848 when that driver’s car, for unknown reasons, left the right side of the road and overcorrected into the southbound lane. The vehicle then slammed into the side of the trooper’s SUV and sent the vehicle rolling. The trooper had tried to avoid the crash, but was not able to. Dark said the trooper was taken to Mother Frances Hospital with minor injuries. The trooper’s name was not immediately released.

Tyler Bank Robbed, Suspect Caught

carrollTYLER — A suspect in a Tyler bank robbery has been caught shortly after the crime was committed. And he was caught at his home only four blocks away. Shortly after 1:00 yesterday afternoon, Tyler police responded to Regions Bank at 100 East Ferguson. According to police, Samuel Dwayne Carroll, 45, presented a note to the teller informing her that he was robbing the bank. After receiving the money, police say Carroll fled the bank on foot. No one was hurt. Read the rest of this entry »

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