TYLER – Three persons have been arrested in connection with the robbery of the Wal-Mart store on South Broadway in Tyler. Taken into custody was Breonna Poole, 22, Justice Poole, 18, and a 14 year old juvenile, all of Shreveport, Louisiana. Investigators continue to seek the identity of more suspects in the case, which happened shortly after 11:45 Saturday night. Witnesses say several persons entered the store with a gun, held a store employee at gunpoint, took and undisclosed amount of money, and then fled. A pedestrian was hit by a fleeing suspect’s vehicle. He was treated at the scene for minor injuries. The vehicle that struck him was described as a dark colored four door sedan, occupied with two persons.… Read More
CHAPEL HILL – The Highway 80 Rescue Mission has purchased land in Smith County to expand the services to the formerly homeless as they progress into independent living. The Mission will construct a supportive housing and rehabilitation facility called Triumph Village on Highway 64, east of Tyler. Construction of the new facility will be completed in phases. The cost of the first phase is estimated to be $750,000. This includes renovating existing homes, improving curb appeal, and building brand new cottage units. The design plan allows Highway 80 to create a place that functions like a smaller neighborhood within the larger neighborhood. They closed on the property February 1st.
Local Jacksonville traffic is encouraged to use alternate routes when possible as mill and inlay work is conducted on US 69 from US 175 to Loop 456. The work, which started last Friday, is expected to take about 10 days to complete and will be conducted Monday through Saturday, including tomorrow. Expect lane closures and delays with flaggers providing traffic control.… Read More
TYLER – Several persons are being questioned in connection with the robbery of the Walmart store on South Broadway in Tyler. It happened shortly after 11:45 Saturday night. Witnesses say several persons entered the store with a gun, held a store employee at gunpoint, took and undisclosed amount of money, and then fled. A pedestrian was hit by the fleeing suspect’s car. They were treated at the scene for minor injuries. A short time later, a Tyler police officer stopped a vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s car. Several persons in it have been detained for questioning.
TYLER – A man has been injured in a vehicle/pedestrian accident in Tyler. It happened on the South Southwest Loop, just north of the IHop Restaurant, shortly before 2:30 Saturday afternoon. Taken to the hospital with a non-life threatening injury was Anthony Lane. Sergeant James Freeman said Lane was walking east across the loop, in traffic, when he was struck by an SUV. The driver of the SUV was not cited in the accident.
TYLER – A record-breaking 2,000 students from all over East Texas competed in the 27th annual East Texas State Fair Academic Rodeo. And the winners have now been announced. The event consists of 14 different contests including Mathletics, Computer Science, Spelling Bee, One Act Play, and many more. The Academic Rodeo is an event operated by The Park of East Texas, the same organization that operates the East Texas State Fair. The Academic Rodeo is open to both public and private schools, as well as homeschool coalitions and similar groups. In total, there were 101 groups competing in the Academic Rodeo, spanning from Grand Prairie to Diana, and from Mt. Pleasant to Hemphill. Top performing school districts included Tyler ISD, Lindale ISD, and Whitehouse ISD.… Read More
LONGVIEW – The Longview Police Department has disposed of over 400 guns that were either confiscated in cases or were recovered but never reclaimed by the owners. They called in a Dallas company, which used an acetylene torch or regular saw, to cut the handguns and rifles in half. They were then disposed of at an undisclosed location. The guns were destroyed so they wouldn’t end up on the streets. Linda Roberts, who works in the property room at the Longview Police Department, told the Longview News Journal, that in the past, the department has given the guns to the Department of Public Safety for use in its weapons crime labs. This is the first year the department destroyed them.
MARSHALL – April Gibbons, 33, of Longview, was released on a $20,000 bond Friday after being charged with two counts of endangering a child. The death followed the February 12th death of one of her 18-month old twins. She told police one twin rolled on top of and smothered the other one. She has since admitted she had given both twins adult sleep medication. Investigators say the surviving twin was found to have several over-the-counter medications in her system that were not suitable for the child’s age. The investigation is ongoing as they await a toxicology report.
TYLER – Brookshire’s and the East Texas Food Bank are a step closer to getting into the Guinness Book of World Records. Friday afternoon, the final 2 cans, of 36,000 cans, were placed on the top of a 12-foot-tall pyramid, with a 17-by-17 foot base. They were put in place by Brookshire’s Chairman and CEO Brad Brookshire and the food bank CEO Dennis Cullinane. Next, they have to submit an evidence packet specific to this record to Guinness Book for their review. It includes photos, video, written statements, etc. Once they process it, the official certificate will be sent. … Read More
TYLER – A Tyler man plead guilty to his part in a Smith County Murder. Stanton Lane Pearce, 54, plead guilty to charges of tampering or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair a human corpse. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison. The charge stems from the murder of Luis Martinez, 62, of Tyler. His body was found in a cemetery in the Antioch Community last September. It took a manhunt of over 24 hours to locate Pearce. Sheriff’s deputies arrested him in the Jackson Heights Community east of Tyler.… Read More
TYLER – East Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert has come under fire in some circles recently. He has chosen to forgo town hall forums before constituents for fear of drawing demonstrations by protesters of President Donald Trump. Instead, he is holding “telephone town halls.” Tonight, Gohmert will join KETK News LIVE during their news at 6:00. He will take part in a 30 minute question and answer session where he will answer questions from the KETK staff, as well as from East Texans. If you have a question for Rep. Gohmert, e-mail it to Newsroom-KETK@Nexstar.TV or submit them on the KETK Facebook page.
LONGVIEW – Ten persons have been indicted in Gregg County on a variety of drug charges. The indictments follow a year long investigation by Longview Police and the FBI. With the exception of one, all of the suspects are from Gregg County. At a news conference Friday, it was announced the investigation led to the seizure of over $1 million worth of drugs. They also recovered 14 guns and $50,000 in cash.… Read More
LONGVIEW – A man has been arrested following his indictment in Longview’s 15th homicide of 2016. At a news conference Friday, it was announced Christopher Pleasant had been indicted in the death of Victorria Jasmine Sam, 28, of Longview. On December 19th, her body was found in a car on Duncan Street. She had been shot to death. Pleasant had been arrested February 11th by Marshall Police on a parole warrant. He was served with the murder warrant in the Harrison County Jail.
LONGVIEW – The Gregg County Grand Jury has indicted a man involved in a police standoff last June. The district attorney’s office reports Sonny Dee Edwards Jr., 32, was indicted on a charge of criminal mischief causing a monetary loss of $30,000 or more but less than $150,000. He had been under a protective order and not suppose to be in the house on Mamon Drive. Edwards was said to have fired several rounds at a police robot, slightly damaging it. Two women in the home were able to escape unharmed through a bedroom window. Edwards surrendered after the over 7 1/2 hour standoff.
TATUM – A Rusk County woman remains jailed on drug charges. Melissa Wallace, 35, of Tatum was arrested following a Crime Stoppers tip. The Rusk County Sheriff’s Department and Tatum Police arrested her at a Tatum motel. Officers seized 34 grams of suspected methamphetamine, numerous items of drug paraphernalia, firearms and money. Wallace is in the Rusk County Jail under a $100,000 bond. Investigators anticipate additional arrests as the investigation continues.
GREGG COUNTY — A Longview man arrested for prostitution has been identified as a former East Texas school district superintendent. According to KETK, Jerry B. Roberts, 64, of Longview, was arrested Thursday and booked into the Gregg County Jail. Roberts was the Kilgore ISD superintendent from 1993–2007 and previously served as principal and assistant principal at Kilgore High School, as well as assistant middle school principal, counselor and teacher. Before Kilgore, he held the position of elementary school principal at New Boston ISD and was superintendent at Leverett’s Chapel ISD. Currently, Roberts serves as a Field Representative for the Texas Association of School Boards, according to the TASB website. He represents ESC Region 7, as well as parts of 8 and 10. Bond has not been set.
KILGORE – A woman, responsible for a fatal hit and run accident in Kilgore, is heading to prison. Kyrsten Nycole McCarty, 26, of Kilgore, waived a jury trial and pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison. She had been accused of hitting Robert Jack Moorehead, 5, on August 30, 2015. He was riding his scooter when he was hit on Florence Street in Kilgore. He later died in the hospital. McCarty was arrested the day after the accident.
WASHINGTON (AP/Staff) – Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords – who survived an assassination attempt – is urging members of Congress to “have some courage” and face their constituents. Her comments Thursday are in response to Republican Louie Gohmert of Tyler, who this week invoked Giffords’ 2011 shooting in explaining why he’s currently only holding telephone town halls. Gohmert says there are groups “from the more violent strains of the leftist ideology” who are attending town halls to wreak havoc and threaten public safety. Giffords says town halls were a hallmark of her time in Congress, and she continues to meet with the public today in campaigning for stricter gun laws.… Read More
TYLER – A bicyclist has been injured when hit by a car at the intersection of West Gentry Parkway and North Confederate. Injured in the accident, shortly before 3:30 Thursday afternoon, was De’Keith Jacobs, 36, of Tyler. He’s hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. Police spokesman Don Martin says Jacobs crossed in front of a vehicle a car and was hit, then struck the windshield of the vehicle and then fell to the ground. Officers determined that Jacobs failed to yield the right of way to the traffic on Gentry.
HENDERSON – The state has approved funding for the Rusk County Airport. The $200,000 was approved by the Texas Transportation Commission at its February meeting. The funds will be used for planned improvements at the airport 3 miles west of Henderson. This would include engineering and design for pavement improvements. The poject costs will be funded through Rusk County and TxDOT’s Aviation Facilities Grant Program. A project consultant will be selected this spring.
TYLER – A Smith County couple wanted for sex crimes, arrested in Louisiana February 16th, have been returned to Tyler. Johnny Floyd Crocker, 56 and his wife Angela ,41, had their initial court appearance Thursday. Both were appointed lawyers. They were then booked into the Smith County Jail. Each is being held on bonds totaling $575,000. Arrested near Shreveport, they had been on the run as they faced charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child and tampering with physical evidence. The pair had been considered to be armed and dangerous. In fact, they had said they would not be taken alive. Johnny is a former law officer and is a registered sex offender.
TYLER – A report of a shooter at the University of Texas at Tyler turned out to be a false alarm. Police received an active shooter alert from a smart phone app that sends out alerts to threats and emergeny situations. Responding officers found out that the alert was inadvertently issued. The sender had not intended to send it. While they were confirming the mistake, the police received calls that gun shots were heard in the Braithwaite Nursing Building. As it was cleared by police, a shelter in place alert was issued. When no shooter was found, the all-clear was issued.
RED SPRINGS – A Lindale woman is killed and another Lindale resident injured in a wreck north of Tyler. Killed in the accident, Just after 5:00 Thursday morning, was Jolene Ellis Robinson, 42. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her passenger, Adron Thomas, 42, is hospitalized. The accident occurred on Farm Road 16 at County Road 3165. The Department of Public Safety reports their SUV left the road on a curve, hit several trees and then rolled over and caught fire. The crash remains under investigation.
GLADEWATER – Gladewater police have issued a scam alert over someone posing as a city employee. Someone is calling claiming to be from the City of Gladewater Water Billing department. They are taking credit card information for billing over the phone. The problem is, the city does not take billing info over the phone. Gladewater residents are warned not to give out this information. If you get such a call, report it to the police. Any caller ID information or any other details will be helpful.
TYLER – Some members of the Tyler Police Department have been honored at their annual banquet. The awards cited employees for their performance in 2016. Officer Jason Shields was named Officer of the year. He was cited for, among other things, his excellent work ethic and care for others. Other awards went to Lieutenant Paul Robeson, the Sworn Suprevisor of the year, Detective Jason Compton the Plainclothes Officer of the Year, and officer Sandra Doss was named Rookie Officer of the Year. Also, Chaplain Doug Haning received the Volunteer of the Year Award. … Read More
SMITH COUNTY — A Central Texas man was arrested in Smith County for multiple sex crimes. According to KETK, Chesley Dean Hayes, 42, of Gatesville, was arrested around 8:45 Wednesday night by Smith County Sheriff’s Officials. Hayes is charged with six counts of indecency with a child by contact and six counts of sexual assault prohibited/purport spouse. He was booked into the Smith County Jail on $1,350,000 bond.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP/STAFF) — Federal authorities say a man believed to have to have robbed 11 banks in Texas and four Western states has been arrested at a motel in Tucson. The FBI says Anthony James Lane, 50, was taken into custody without incident Tuesday by FBI agents and Tucson police. Called the “Barrel Chested Bandit,” he is accused of two bank robberies in Northeast Texas. He is a suspect in the robbery at the LeTourneau Federal Credit Union in Longview, last September 12th, and the robbery of the Alliance Bank in Sulphur Springs last November 30.… Read More
MARSHALL – Geoffrey Davis, who has served as the campus minister at Mobberly Baptist Church’s campus in Marshall, has been named Marshall Campus Pastor. Church members approved the shift during a church conference Wednesday evening. Davis grew up attending Mobberly and served as a youth minister at the church in 2010 and 2011. He joined the staff at one of its church plants in Spearfish, South Dakota, and returned to Mobberly this past June. During the church conference, the church also confirmed three new deacons, including two who attend the Marshall campus. The two new Marshall campus deacons join three other deacons on the campus that formerly attended Mobberly’s Longview campus.
LONGVIEW – Longview police have arrested three persons who are accused of using a skimmer on a gas pump in an effort to steal credit card information. Police arrested Beniurkis Hernandez-Rodriguez, 31, of Houston, Tamara Valle-Hernandez, 33, of Houston, and Junior Miguel Peralta-Montilla, 19, of Tampa Florida. All three were booked into the Gregg County Jail on a charge of unlawful use of a criminal instrument. They are also being held on an INS detainer.… Read More