HENDERSON – Rusk County authorities, along with the SPCA, have seized dogs and puppies and a snake from a home near Henderson. KETK reports 115 dogs and a python was found in the 1,000 square foot home. The dogs, mostly small- and medium-sized breeds, were said to be suffering from hair loss, fleas, lethargy and other medical issues. Following the SPCA’s investigation, an arrest and animal cruelty charges will likely follow.
PALESTINE – The Palestine Police Department has a new assistant police chief today. Police Chief Mike Alexander named Lt. J.M. Herod to the post on Thursday. Herod, an 11-year veteran of the department, is currently the Lieutenant in charge of the department’s Criminal Investigation Division. Herod joined the Palestine Police Department in January, 2005 where he served as a patrol officer until he was promoted to sergeant in 2008. He has has also served as the department’s firearms instructor, one of the SWAT team commanders and as a field training officer. In 2006, Herod received the Palestine Police Department Officer of the Year Award.
KILGORE – Kilgore College held a public ceremony Thursday to officially re-open the Randolph C. Watson Library and dedicate the new Mike Miller Plaza. Built in in 1967, the library underwent a $2 million redesign and renovation over the last year. The bottom floor of the library now has computer pods, lounge areas with new furniture and a coffee shop. Upstairs now contains the traditional book area with large glassed-in rooms for group study and two large computer labs.… Read More
MARSHALL – East Texas Baptist University in Marshall will now be offering a masters degree in Kinesiology. The approval comes from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. The Master of Science in Kinesiology graduate degree program will be available for this fall. This becomes the first graduate degree for the Frank S. Groner School of Professional Studies and the Department of Kinesiology at ETBU. This also marks the second new degree program approved for the school this year. ETBU’s online Master of Science in Business Administration was approved in mid-June for a fall start.
MARSHALL – A Tyler man is in custody on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Benjamin Thomas Grisham, 27, was arrested by U.S. Marshals. He was taken into custody around 3:45 Wednesday afternoon and booked into the Smith County Jail. The arrest stemmed from a warrant issued by the Marshall Police Department. They would not release details about the case, and would only say it dates back to 2013.
TYLER — A man accused of drug possession at a Tyler gym has pleaded guilty. The guilty plea was entered Thursday morning by 29 year old Christopher James Thompson of Tyler. After the plea in 241st State District Court, Thompson was sentenced to 15 years in state prison. Arrested late last December with Thompson was 33 year old Ryan Younger. He is out of jail on bond awaiting trial. When arrested, the men were said to be in possession of marijuana and methamphetamine.
TYLER – Funeral services are pending today for Tyler businessman and philanthropist Louis Owen. Owen, who was 81, died early Thursday morning at Hospice of East Texas. In 2010, to celebrate their 55 wedding anniversary, Owen and his wife, Peaches, donated $18 million dollars to CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler to help build a “state of the art” heart hospital. The heart hospital bears their names. In 2008, the Owen Family Foundation pledged $110,000 to establish the first chemistry scholarship at The University of Texas at Tyler.
LONGVIEW – LeTourneau University signed a partnership agreement with PSA Airlines. The agreement was signed Wednesday at an air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The cadet program helps future pilots make a smooth transition from classrooms to cockpit. The new program offers various levels of support as the cadet’s certifications, training and experience evolves, including up to $16,000 in tuition reimbursement. LeTourneau has been previously selected to partner with other airlines, including Envoy, formerly known as American Eagle, SkyWest and ExpressJet.
TYLER – Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas. The appointment was announced at the organization’s 138th Annual Training Conference held in Grapevine. Smith has been serving as Smith County Sheriff since January, 2013. The Sheriffs’ Association of Texas is one of the oldest law enforcement associations in the country. The group’s first meeting was in 1874.
WHITE OAK — The White Oak Police Department advises people to keep their cars locked at all times. According to KETK, police have seen a string of car burglaries in the past week. They say usually it’s stolen sunglasses and money, but recently, it’s been handguns. Just this week, police said there have been 4 guns taken from vehicles during burglaries. Police Chief Terry Roach said, “They’re just walking car to car. And if it’s unlocked they will get anything with value. These guns are taken, then you don’t have a thief, now you’ve got an armed thief.”… Read More
SMITH COUNTY — Officials have released additional information regarding an accident Wednesday afternoon that left two people dead. According to the Department of Public Safety report, troopers responded just before 4:00 to a two vehicle crash on I-20, three miles east of Lindale. Investigators said a 2013 Subaru was traveling East on the Interstate when the driver failed to slow for construction. The driver ran into the back of the towed trailer.… Read More
TYLER – The Texas Department of Transportation announces night work and closures for US 271/Beckham Avenue in Tyler starting at 7:00 Thursday night. Detours will be in place to assist motorists through the area. It will be closed through 6:00am on Monday. US 271/Beckham Avenue between Oakwood Street and Gentry Parkway/Spur 147 will be closed for repairs and resurfacing of the roadway. The contractor will be milling the existing pavement down to the concrete on the bridge and bridge approaches making any necessary concrete repairs before placing a new hot mix surface on the roadway. This work is part of an ongoing large project to resurface US 271 from Oakwood Street to just north of Farm Road 2015. While a detour will be in place directing traffic around the work zone, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes to avoid delays. The contractor has installed multiple message boards on US 271/Beckham Avenue notifying motorists of the upcoming four-day road closure.
MARSHALL – Marshall City Commissioner Michael Mitchell has been arrested after being accused of disrupting a meeting. The arrest occurred Wednesday night during a meeting hosted by the Marshall Police Department and No Colors No Labels Initiative and Marshall Against Violence. The meeting had been set to answer questions and to interact with police officers in an effort to build a stronger community bond. During a question an answer portion of the meeting, District 2 Commissioner Mitchell arrived and is accused of disrupting the meeting. When he refused to leave, Mitchell was physically removed and arrested. He was charged with disrupting a meeting and booked into the Harrison County Jail.
TYLER – A UT Health Northeast psychologist and associate professor of medicine has been selected to serve on the Texas Brain Injury Advisory Council. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission named Charles Walker, Ph.D. to the council. Dr. Walker based on his specialized training and interest in the prevention of brain injuries and the care, treatment, and rehabilitation of persons who have survived a brain injury. For more than 20 years, he has specialized in neuropsychology, the study of the structure and function of the brain and how they affect behavior. He helps with the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with neurological, medical, developmental, or psychiatric conditions.
TYLER — The Texas Department of State Health Services advised Tyler Animal Services Wednesday that a skunk submitted for analysis tested positive for rabies. The skunk was found near the intersection of Glen Eagles and Royal Oak. Officials say the known individuals and animals with possible exposure have been identified and addressed. To aid in the prevention of rabies, it is critical for people not to handle bats, skunks, raccoons or other wild animals. It is also important for children to tell their parents of any contact with any wild or sick animals. If you or anyone you know has been bitten by an animal, the bite incident must be reported to the Local Rabies Control Authority for proper investigation.… Read More
TYLER – The new dean of the Tyler Junior College School of Professional and Technical Programs is Bryan Renfro. He assumes his new duties August 1st. As dean, Renfro will report to the provost and vice president for academic and student affairs. He will serve on the TJC Academic and Student Affairs Council and represent TJC at key meetings and events throughout the community. Dr. Juan Mejia, TJC provost and vice president for academic and student affairs, says Renfro was selected following a national search, a thorough committee-review process, and extensive meetings with the college community. … Read More
TYLER — Tyler City Manager Ed Broussard presented his proposed 2015-16 budget to the City Council Wednesday morning, including a recommendation to increase the current tax rate of 22 cents to 23 cents per $100 valuation in order to fund street repair and maintenance projects. According to city news release, City Manager Ed Broussard says the hike “will create a new, sustainable source of revenue to repair cracks in our roadways.” He says that will ensure they don’t continue to erode and become more expensive reconstruction projects. The need for reinvestment in the City of Tyler’s aging infrastructure was the focus of this year’s State of the City event, where Mayor Martin Heines outlined the need for proactive street maintenance and spoke of upcoming challenges associated with water, wastewater, streets and drainage, according to the release.… Read More
TYLER — A Tyler bound flight flew back to D-F-W after the pilot couldn’t reach ground control Sunday night. KETK reports the American Eagle flight was scheduled to land at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport around 9:30 but left 45 minutes after it was scheduled to. The flight crew was unable to contact the air traffic control tower. The flight eventually did land in Tyler after midnight. According to Envoy Air, they did investigate a report of a lightning strike on the building, and they confirmed Tuesday that lightning did strike the station’s radio antenna.
PALESTINE — The Palestine Police Department has arrested a fourth person in connection with torture and death of a puppy in June. According to KETK, Ronnie Morrison, 21, of Palestine, was taken into custody on Tuesday morning for his involvement in the death of Remi, a young puppy that suffered severe burns. Two people remain at large: Romello Smith, 21, (pictured) and Andreas Hicks, 20. Warrants have been issued for both suspects. Detectives have previously identified Perla Miranda Fernandez, 20, Jasmine Warren, 18, and a female minor, all of Athens, as additional suspects in the incident. All three were arrested.… Read More
SMITH COUNTY — An autopsy has been scheduled for an elderly man who drowned Tuesday in Lake Tyler. According to KETK, the family identified the victim as Tom Rudd, 80. Rudd’s daughter, Niki Rudd Hunt, said his body was found by his caretaker Tuesday morning, who then alerted Rudd’s neighbor. Hunt said she believes her dad was checking on the newly painted boat house when the accident happened. He wanted everything perfect for his granddaughter’s wedding events. Hunt said she was told her father had head trauma, so it’s possible he could have hit his head when the accident happened. First responders were first called to Rudd’s home around 9:00 Tuesday. Investigators said the autopsy could take at least 24 hours.
LONGVIEW – Two persons are dead in a Longview shooting. It was reported shortly after 9:15 Tuesday morning on Timpson Street near Martin Luther King Boulevard. They have been identified as Joseph Acles, 22, and Quincy Williams, 21. It appears as if they died from gunshot wounds. The deaths would be the 5th and 6th homicides of the year in Longview.
LONGVIEW – A suspicious package at the post office at 4501 McCann Road in Longview caused a brief concern. Police and firemen were called to the scene because of a package that was popping and smoking. The Longview News Journal reports it turned out to be bang snaps or poppers, the small type of firework that makes a snapping or popping noise when thrown on the ground. Authorities contacted the shipper to learn what was in the package.
SMITH COUNTY — The family of a missing Tyler man has identified his body as the one found Monday by Smith County officials. On Saturday, Daniel Lampkin, 34, went missing around 9:30. Officials said he was mentally impaired and was last seen wearing all black clothes. On Monday, the family of Lampkin said his body was found on County Road 210 near Highway 64 East after Smith County sent out a search team on Sunday and Monday. Officials have not yet given a positive ID of the body. The body has been sent for autopsy.
SMITH COUNTY – A two vehicle wreck on Toll 49 near Highway 31, has killed one person and injured one. It happend around 4:15 Monday afternoon. Killed was Gerald Thomas Cagle, 64, of Hideway and injured was Amberly Poland, 21, of Grand Saline. The Department of Public Safety says Cagle was heading south when he hydroplaned on the wet road and crossed over to the north bound lane and hit Poland’s car head-on. Cagle, who was thrown from his vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.
LONGVIEW – A hit and run accident in Longview has left a bicyclist dead and a suspect in custody. The accident happend just before 9:00 Monday night on West Loop 281. Paul Price, 19, of White Oak was hit while traveling with the flow of traffic on his bike. He later died at a Longview hospital. Police say the bicycle did not have lights or reflectors as required at nighttime. Police were later called by Bryan Arnold, 49, of Longview who said he was involved in the accident. He has been charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to stop and render aid and and driving while his license was invalid.
TYLER (AP) – A judge says a former Texas death row inmate shouldn’t be formally declared innocent of murder even though his conviction has been overturned after a witness admitted lying on the stand. Kerry Max Cook was twice convicted in the 1977 slaying of Linda Jo Edwards in Tyler, about 100 miles east of Dallas. He was freed in 1999 after taking a deal to plead no contest, but has maintained his innocence. State District Judge Jack Carter agreed in June that Cook’s conviction should be set aside. But in an order issued Monday, Carter said there wasn’t enough evidence to say “unquestionably” that Cook did not kill Edwards. He said Cook should not be declared “actually innocent,” a distinction that would entitle Cook to millions in compensation for the wrongfully convicted.
MARSHALL -The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department is asking the public’s help in locating a missing man. Kelly High, 37, was last seen at his residence on Farm Road 1793. Kelly has not been seen for about a week, ever since he resigned his job at Goodwill Industries in Marshall. If you know where he can be located, you are asked to contact the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department.
TYLER – If you have a Smith County jury summons asking you to report for duty at 8:30am on Tuesday, July 26, you can disregard it. You won’t have to make the trip to the county courthouse with your yellow cards. No new panels will be needed on Tuesday, so the central jury panel is cancelled. However, if you have been asked to return for jury duty by a specific court, you must still report.
LONGVIEW – The Longview Police Department is asking the public’s help in identifying two suspected shoplifters. The two were shoplifting at Sears in the Longview Mall at 3500 McCann Road. They left in a maroon Chevrolet truck. If you can provided any information about them, contact Detective Doug Pickering at 903-237-1156 or Gregg County Crime stoppers at 903-236-7867. You can also submit tips online at greggcountycrimestoppers.org and reference case #16-12157.