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It’s Fair Time in Tyler

east-texas-state-fair-2The annual East Texas State Fair is up and running in Tyler. The fair opened off west Front Street Friday morning with Boomers and Senior Day activities in the Rose Garden Center. Saturday night, JB and The Moonshine Band will perform. The entertainment is free with your fair admission. And today, you will be able to see a sword swallower, the extreme high dive show, exhibits, carnival and a lot more. The fair runs through October 2nd.

Marshall Woman’s Body Found

bodyfoundMARSHALL — Marshall police have recovered the body of a woman reported missing. Officials said around 7:50 Thursday night, they department received a call regarding a suspicious vehicle parked at the entrance of the “clay pits” on Bell Cut Off. Officials said the car belonged to Frances Jackson, of Marshall. Jackson had been reported missing by her family. A short time later, Texas Game Wardens recovered her body from the water.

Body Found in Smith County, Foul Play Suspected

sheriff-smithcounty-2SMITH COUNTY — The Smith County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a body found Thursday morning and officials said foul play is suspected. The victim is said to be a male. According to KETK, a large law enforcement presence was seen in the 10,700 block of County Road 383 near Littlefield Drive. Authorities say the body was found in the Antioch Community near a cemetery. Authorities are searching for a person of interest.

A New Fire Chief for Tyler

david-cobleTYLER – After searching for nearly half a year, the City of Tyler has selected David Coble of Fort Worth as the new fire chief. He will officially start his new job on November 7. Coble served as the executive assistant fire chief for Fort Worth for the past seven years and was the acting fire chief for most of 2015. He managed two of the department’s three divisions, including the Educational and Support Services division which includes the functions of training, EMS, supply, fire equipment services, fleet management, communications and emergency management. Coble succeeds Tim Johnson, a 35-year veteran of the City of Tyler Fire Department. He retired in April.

It’s Fair Time in Tyler

east-texas-state-fair-2TYLER – It’s time for the ten day run of the East Texas State Fair in Tyler. The fair runs through October 2nd off West Front Street. It all started with Boomers and Senior Day activities this morning. And this year, those activities took place in the Rose Garden Center. Entertainment this year includes Restless Heart and Tracy Bird. And the entertainment is free with your fair admission. Add to that the attractions, livestock exhibits, a carnival and the great fair food, its entertainment for the entire family. You can go to East Texas Fair-dot com for a schedule of activities.… Read More

Satellite-Based Radar Confirms Man-Made East Texas Earthquakes

thWASHINGTON (AP) – Scientists used radar from satellites to show that five East Texas earthquakes, one reaching magnitude 4.8, were caused by injections of wastewater in drilling for oil and gas. In 2012 and 2013, earthquakes – five of them considered significant – shook an area near Timpson. A team of scientists for the first time were able to track the uplifting ground movements in the earthquake using radar from satellites. A study in the journal Science on Thursday says it confirms that these were not natural, something scientists had previously said was likely using a more traditional analysis. Study co-author Stanford University William Ellsworth said the technique provides a new way to determine what quakes are man-made. Ellsworth said the shaking stopped when injection of wastewater was dramatically decreased.

Fireworks in a Portion of Tyler Tonight

fireworks-smallTYLER – Persons in southeast Tyler Friday night will be able to see fireworks. No, it’s not an early start to a 4th of July celebration. The fireworks will follow the Grace Community School homecoming football game. The display, which has been properly permitted through the City of Tyler, is expected to begin between 9:30-10:00pm. It should last around 30 minutes.The Tyler Fire Department will have a unit on stand-by during the event to provide services, if needed.

North Tyler Intersection to Close for a Couple of Months

Road Closed1TYLER – Starting at 8:00 Friday morning, the intersection of Tenneha Avenue and 26th Street will be closed. This is being done as part of the Palace, 26th and Grand Project. Construction plans for this area include a sanitary sewer relocation, installation of two six foot by six foot box culverts and grading, subgrade and asphalt work. All of this is for the extension of 26th Street from Tenneha Avenue to North Palace Avenue. The intersection is expected to be closed for the duration of the construction, whic his estimated to take about two months

State of Texas to Intervene in Liberty Utility Case

thumb_matt-schaeffer-1TYLER — Representative Matt Schaefer announced on Thursday that the Office of Public Utility Counsel will intervene in the Liberty Utility rate increase case. This means the state will be representing the company’s Smith County customers in various hearings. The Public Utility Commission will be conducting a hearing. Then the case should go to an Austin Court for a hearing. According to Schaefer, “The rate increase for Liberty Utility customers concerns me greatly and I have urged officials in Austin to do everything within the law to oppose unreasonable prices.” Schaefer said, he he first saw the rate increase proposal it made his eyes pop out. He says he feels the increase is excessive. Under the proposed increase, some Tyler customers will see their rates go from $27.75 a month, to just over $96 by next March. Smith County home owners could see an increase ranging from 44% to 75%.

Gregg County Arrest in Sexual Assault Case

thomas-levi-coty-ferrellLONGVIEW – A Gregg County man is in custody in a sexual assault case. The Gregg County Sheriff’s Department has arrested Thomas Levi Coty Ferrell, 22, of Gladewater. He has been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. Ferrell has been booked into the Gregg County Jail. His bond is $100,000.

A Patent for LeTourneau University

LeTourneau Logo6LONGVIEW — LeTourneau University has been issued a U.S. Patent for a closed-loop microwave joining device. It can weld ceramics to metals and has the potential to be used in numerous industries. Two engineering professors, Dr. Yoni Adonyi and Dr. Seung Kim, along with two LETU engineering alumni, Alan Worchester and Ithamar Glumac, are co-inventors of the patent, number 9,374,853. All four names appear on the patent, which marks the first U.S. patent awarded to full time LETU faculty working with full time students since the school was founded in 1946. Potential uses for the device are where critical joints between advanced metals, ceramics and composites cannot be made any other way in the electronics, defense and aerospace industries. While the vast majority of microwave joining applications focus on polymers, or plastics, this invention tackles the other two major material types, advanced manufacturing of metals and ceramics.

Longview Murder Suspect Back in Custody

gary-joe-murphyLONGVIEW – A Kilgore man, who had been out of jail on bond following a Longview murder, is back in jail today. Gary Joe Murphy, 52, had been out on a $10,000 bond. He had earlier admitted to the stabbing of Arnold Lee McCollaum, 47, Jr., of Longview, in September of last year. He told officers he had held him down until he bled to death. He had been out on bond because the Gregg County District Attorney’s office had failed to indict him within a 90-day deadline. The Longview News Journal reports American Bail Bonds filed an affidavit stating they intended to surrender the bond because Murphy did not contact his bondsman. … Read More

New Construction to Begin at U T Tyler

u-t-school-of-businessTYLER — There was a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning at the University of Texas at Tyler. It marked the start of construction of the future home of the school’s College of Business and Technology. It’s a four-story 140,000 square-foot building. The school’s new $56 million structure is part of a larger project that will include an adjacent parking garage, adding roughly 400 parking spaces. There will also be renovations to the current business building, which will become the new home of the College of Arts and Sciences. The new building will feature student meeting places, classrooms and specialized experimental labs, as well as faculty offices, a courtyard, specialized landscaping and a second floor terrace. It’s expected to be completed in June 2018.

New Agencies Added to the Smith County United Way

unitedway-logoTYLER – The United Way of Smith County is adding five new agencies. The board of the United Way approved the allocation committee’s recommendations at Wednesday’s meeting. The new agencies are Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances, Christian Women’s Job Corps of Tyler, East Texas Food Bank, Meals on Wheels Ministry and PATH. They join some twenty other agencies under the United Way umbrella. The new agencies will immediately participate in the current campaign and will be eligible to receive designations. They will then participate in the next grant process, which will start in April.

Man Indicted in Tyler Murder

jaredwilsonmug_1474558587710_11186121_ver1-0TYLER — 30-year-old Jared Wilson of Houston has been indicted for the July 5 murder of 49-year-old Thomas Wilson of Lindale. KETK reports that Tyler police received a report around 9:10 that morning of shots fired at the Royal Inn Suites on West Northwest Loop 323. Police said Wilson had been shot and was later pronounced dead. The altercation which led to the shooting took place in the motel’s parking lot. Police said the victim’s niece was involved in a dispute with the shooter. When the victim arrived at the scene to give her some keys, the suspect allegedly pulled a gun and shot him. Jared Wilson reportedly ran south from the scene. He was taken into custody near Anderson County after DPS located his vehicle. He remains jailed on $500,000 bond.

Two Incidents Involving Guns Reported on TJC Campus

police-lights-4TYLER – What was supposed to be a purchase through social media has turned into a Tyler robbery and police looking for three suspects. A TJC student was robbed around 7:30 Wednesday night at 1414 Magnolia Street. The student told officers he was in a car when a suspect pulled a gun on him. One of the suspects took the student’s cell phone and undisclosed amount of money. They drove away in a dark blue Honda sedan. They were last seen driving north of Beckham. The suspects were described as a black female and two black males. No injuries were reported.… Read More

Uber Launches in Tyler

uber2TYLER — Uber officially launched in Tyler Thursday. To celebrate the launch, Uber will be offering free rides through Sunday, September 25. Uber is a smartphone app that connects riders and drivers at the touch of a button. Councilman John Nix welcomed Uber to town as Rider Zero. “Residents, students, and visitors in Tyler can now request a ride or make money – all at the tap of a button,” said Beth Huddleston, Uber General Manager. “Whether folks are headed to school, work or dinner with friends, Uber offers direct access to an affordable and convenient way to get around town.” The launch of Uber in Tyler comes after the City Council voted to adopt modern ridesharing regulations on August 24.… Read More

Former Haunted House Owner Jailed on Child Porn Charges

TYLER — The former owner of a popular East Texas haunted house has been jailed on child pornography charges. According to KETK, Derek Ryan Laepple, 36, of Tyler, was arrested for possession of child porn by the United States Marshal Service on August 18, 2016. He is the former owner of Terror Nights Haunted House. Laepple’s sister, Laney Laepple, the company was sold to Wild Card Entertainment about two weeks ago by the mother of Laepple. The negotiation process began about two months ago.… Read More

Longview Burglary Suspect Nabbed

detric-deshawn-sheffieldLONGVIEW – A Longview man is facing a couple of charges after being accused of burglarizing a home. Officers say as they answered a suspicious person call, they saw a man coming from the back of a Lane Wells Drive home. He was carrying what appeared to be a duffel bag and a back pack. He was said to have grabbed a bicycle and fled officers, but was arrested a short time later. Detric Deshawn Sheffield, 31, was booked into the Gregg County jail on charges of burglary of a habitation and evading arrest.

Lufkin Man Claims to be Jesus

darion-anthony-amie2LUFKIN – A man claiming to be Jesus, has been arrested by Lufkin police. Officers were called to a North First Street home on a man who was trespassing. When they tried to arrest him, 22 year old Darion Anthony Amie told officers several times he was Jesus. On his way to jail, he also told officers he was rich, had a pretty girlfriend and they would have to release him, because he was Jesus. Amie has been charged with criminal trespass and resisting arrest. His bonds total $3,000 and he was booked into the Angelina County Jail.

A National Award For Smith County

gould-and-staffTYLER – Smith County has received an award from the National Procurement Institute. The county’s purchasing department earned the 2016 Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award. The award measures state-of-the-art best practices. Smith County also received the award in 2011, 2012 and 2015. The county was one of only eight counties in Texas and one of 48 counties in the United States and Canada, to be recognized by the organization. Smith County Purchasing Director Kim Gould will accept the award for the county at the association’s annual convention in November.

ETBU Debate Team Fares Well in Competition

East Texas Baptist University3MARSHALL – In its opening tournament of the year, The East Texas Baptist University Debate Team has every reason to be proud. Among the 11 teams competing in the Lee College Mendoza Debate Tournament, the ETBU team placed third. The seven member team came in ahead of such schools as Stephen F. Austin State University, Southern Methodist University, and Northwestern State University. … Read More

TJC Professor Gets National Honor

betsy-ottTYLER – The National Association of Biology Teachers has awarded a Tyler Junior College biology professor its highest honor. Dr. Margaret “Betsy” Ott has been named the 2016 NABT Honorary member. Honorary members become lifetime members of NABT.She will be formally recognized with the award during the NABT Honors Luncheon on Saturday, November 5, in Denver. Ott has been a professor at TJC since 1982, teaching anatomy and physiology, general biology for non-science majors, and biology for majors.

Alto Women Accused of Stealing Funds

clerksarrested_1474410784835_11145873_ver1-0ALTO — Two former city of Alto clerks have been indicted for reportedly stealing thousands of dollars from the city. According KETKn court documents indicate former court clerk Jeanie Migon Curtis Selman and former city clerk Whitney Arriola stole between $30,000 and $150,000 from the city of Alto. The theft of the money allegedly took place on October 1, 2010, according to the indictment. The duo have been charged with theft by public servant. Both were released Monday from the Cherokee County Jail on a $5,000 bond each.

Reward Offered in Longview Bank Robberies

credit-union-robbery_10823657_ver1-0LONGVIEW — A reward of $5,000 has been offered for information on two recent robberies at the same credit union. According to KETK, the Letourneau Federal Credit Union at 2301 S. High Street was held up on August 31 and September 15. Police have not said if the crimes are related. In both instances, the business was held up at gunpoint. The robberies are cases 16-14867 that occurred on 8-31-16 and 16-15724 that occurred on 9-15-16. Anyone with any information about these cases please contact Det. Terry Davis at 903-237-1157 or Det. Richard Reeves at 903-237-1151.

East Texas Men Arrested for K2 Related Charges

angelaenrique_1474381598689_11134745_ver1-0LUFKIN — Two men were arrested after police say they smoked K2 and passed out at a traffic light in Lufkin. According to KETK, Angel Enrique, 32, (pictured) and Martin Guerrero, 24, both of Moscow in Polk County, were arrested, around 2:15 Monday afternoon after allegedly smoking K2 and passing out at a traffic light in the 4600 block of South Medford Drive. Police say when they arrested Enrique and Guerrero, the men admitted to smoking the substance and were also in possession of it. Both men have since posted $1,500 bail.

Tyler Police Seeking Burglary Suspect

auto-theft-suspect-tylerTYLER – Tyler police are asking for the public’s help in identifying an auto burglary suspect. The man is said to have stolen some keys from a locker at the Woodcreek Athletic Club. He then used the keys to enter a man’s truck and stole his wallet. Some of the credit cards stolen from the wallet have been used at different businesses around Tyler. The suspect was captured on video and described as a black male in his late 40’s to early 50’s and was approximately 300lbs with a beard. If you can identify him, you are asked to contact the Tyler Police Department.

One Killed in Tyler Accident

police-9TYLER – One person has been killed in a Tyler vehicle/pedestrian accident. The wreck happened shortly before 11:15 Tuesday morning near the intersection of West Gentry Parkway and North Albertson Street. Killed was Jessica Palma. She died after being hit by a pickup driven by Frank Brinkney Cobb Jr, 59. Police report Cobb was heading east on West Gentry when he veered to the right and hit Palma who was walking on the improved shoulder. Cobb’s truck then hit a tree. He was not injured. The investigation into the wreck is continuing.

One Killed by Wood County Deputies

lafonHAWKINS – One person is dead following an officer involved shooting in Wood County. It happened late Monday night when deputies were sent to the Gary Don Lafon residence on County Road 3955. The caller said the man was suicidal. Using a phone and a loud speaker, they tried to contact him. When he didn’t respond deputies entered the house and the man is said to have pointed a gun at them. That’s when he was shot. The body has been sent to Dallas for autopsy. The deputies, who were not injured, were placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

Extensive Damage in a Tyler Fire

tyler-fire-dept-logoTYLER – One unit of a south Tyler duplex has been extensively damaged by fire. The two alarm fire was reported around 8:00 Tuesday morning at 400 Thigpen Drive. The two residents were not injured but two pet dogs died. Fire Marshal Brandon Davis says it appears as if the fire started when a burner on the kitchen range was left of and nearby material caught fire.

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It’s Fair Time in Tyler

Posted/updated on: September 25, 2016 at 8:32 am

east-texas-state-fair-2The annual East Texas State Fair is up and running in Tyler. The fair opened off west Front Street Friday morning with Boomers and Senior Day activities in the Rose Garden Center. Saturday night, JB and The Moonshine Band will perform. The entertainment is free with your fair admission. And today, you will be able to see a sword swallower, the extreme high dive show, exhibits, carnival and a lot more. The fair runs through October 2nd.

Marshall Woman’s Body Found

Posted/updated on: September 24, 2016 at 6:24 pm

bodyfoundMARSHALL — Marshall police have recovered the body of a woman reported missing. Officials said around 7:50 Thursday night, they department received a call regarding a suspicious vehicle parked at the entrance of the “clay pits” on Bell Cut Off. Officials said the car belonged to Frances Jackson, of Marshall. Jackson had been reported missing by her family. A short time later, Texas Game Wardens recovered her body from the water.

Body Found in Smith County, Foul Play Suspected

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2016 at 9:17 am

sheriff-smithcounty-2SMITH COUNTY — The Smith County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a body found Thursday morning and officials said foul play is suspected. The victim is said to be a male. According to KETK, a large law enforcement presence was seen in the 10,700 block of County Road 383 near Littlefield Drive. Authorities say the body was found in the Antioch Community near a cemetery. Authorities are searching for a person of interest.

A New Fire Chief for Tyler

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2016 at 6:20 pm

david-cobleTYLER – After searching for nearly half a year, the City of Tyler has selected David Coble of Fort Worth as the new fire chief. He will officially start his new job on November 7. Coble served as the executive assistant fire chief for Fort Worth for the past seven years and was the acting fire chief for most of 2015. He managed two of the department’s three divisions, including the Educational and Support Services division which includes the functions of training, EMS, supply, fire equipment services, fleet management, communications and emergency management. Coble succeeds Tim Johnson, a 35-year veteran of the City of Tyler Fire Department. He retired in April.

It’s Fair Time in Tyler

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2016 at 1:49 pm

east-texas-state-fair-2TYLER – It’s time for the ten day run of the East Texas State Fair in Tyler. The fair runs through October 2nd off West Front Street. It all started with Boomers and Senior Day activities this morning. And this year, those activities took place in the Rose Garden Center. Entertainment this year includes Restless Heart and Tracy Bird. And the entertainment is free with your fair admission. Add to that the attractions, livestock exhibits, a carnival and the great fair food, its entertainment for the entire family. You can go to East Texas Fair-dot com for a schedule of activities.… Read More

Satellite-Based Radar Confirms Man-Made East Texas Earthquakes

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2016 at 4:28 pm

thWASHINGTON (AP) – Scientists used radar from satellites to show that five East Texas earthquakes, one reaching magnitude 4.8, were caused by injections of wastewater in drilling for oil and gas. In 2012 and 2013, earthquakes – five of them considered significant – shook an area near Timpson. A team of scientists for the first time were able to track the uplifting ground movements in the earthquake using radar from satellites. A study in the journal Science on Thursday says it confirms that these were not natural, something scientists had previously said was likely using a more traditional analysis. Study co-author Stanford University William Ellsworth said the technique provides a new way to determine what quakes are man-made. Ellsworth said the shaking stopped when injection of wastewater was dramatically decreased.

Fireworks in a Portion of Tyler Tonight

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2016 at 4:22 pm

fireworks-smallTYLER – Persons in southeast Tyler Friday night will be able to see fireworks. No, it’s not an early start to a 4th of July celebration. The fireworks will follow the Grace Community School homecoming football game. The display, which has been properly permitted through the City of Tyler, is expected to begin between 9:30-10:00pm. It should last around 30 minutes.The Tyler Fire Department will have a unit on stand-by during the event to provide services, if needed.

North Tyler Intersection to Close for a Couple of Months

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2016 at 3:47 pm

Road Closed1TYLER – Starting at 8:00 Friday morning, the intersection of Tenneha Avenue and 26th Street will be closed. This is being done as part of the Palace, 26th and Grand Project. Construction plans for this area include a sanitary sewer relocation, installation of two six foot by six foot box culverts and grading, subgrade and asphalt work. All of this is for the extension of 26th Street from Tenneha Avenue to North Palace Avenue. The intersection is expected to be closed for the duration of the construction, whic his estimated to take about two months

State of Texas to Intervene in Liberty Utility Case

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2016 at 3:26 pm

thumb_matt-schaeffer-1TYLER — Representative Matt Schaefer announced on Thursday that the Office of Public Utility Counsel will intervene in the Liberty Utility rate increase case. This means the state will be representing the company’s Smith County customers in various hearings. The Public Utility Commission will be conducting a hearing. Then the case should go to an Austin Court for a hearing. According to Schaefer, “The rate increase for Liberty Utility customers concerns me greatly and I have urged officials in Austin to do everything within the law to oppose unreasonable prices.” Schaefer said, he he first saw the rate increase proposal it made his eyes pop out. He says he feels the increase is excessive. Under the proposed increase, some Tyler customers will see their rates go from $27.75 a month, to just over $96 by next March. Smith County home owners could see an increase ranging from 44% to 75%.

Gregg County Arrest in Sexual Assault Case

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2016 at 2:37 pm

thomas-levi-coty-ferrellLONGVIEW – A Gregg County man is in custody in a sexual assault case. The Gregg County Sheriff’s Department has arrested Thomas Levi Coty Ferrell, 22, of Gladewater. He has been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. Ferrell has been booked into the Gregg County Jail. His bond is $100,000.

A Patent for LeTourneau University

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2016 at 1:09 pm

LeTourneau Logo6LONGVIEW — LeTourneau University has been issued a U.S. Patent for a closed-loop microwave joining device. It can weld ceramics to metals and has the potential to be used in numerous industries. Two engineering professors, Dr. Yoni Adonyi and Dr. Seung Kim, along with two LETU engineering alumni, Alan Worchester and Ithamar Glumac, are co-inventors of the patent, number 9,374,853. All four names appear on the patent, which marks the first U.S. patent awarded to full time LETU faculty working with full time students since the school was founded in 1946. Potential uses for the device are where critical joints between advanced metals, ceramics and composites cannot be made any other way in the electronics, defense and aerospace industries. While the vast majority of microwave joining applications focus on polymers, or plastics, this invention tackles the other two major material types, advanced manufacturing of metals and ceramics.

Longview Murder Suspect Back in Custody

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2016 at 12:48 pm

gary-joe-murphyLONGVIEW – A Kilgore man, who had been out of jail on bond following a Longview murder, is back in jail today. Gary Joe Murphy, 52, had been out on a $10,000 bond. He had earlier admitted to the stabbing of Arnold Lee McCollaum, 47, Jr., of Longview, in September of last year. He told officers he had held him down until he bled to death. He had been out on bond because the Gregg County District Attorney’s office had failed to indict him within a 90-day deadline. The Longview News Journal reports American Bail Bonds filed an affidavit stating they intended to surrender the bond because Murphy did not contact his bondsman. … Read More

New Construction to Begin at U T Tyler

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2016 at 12:00 pm

u-t-school-of-businessTYLER — There was a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning at the University of Texas at Tyler. It marked the start of construction of the future home of the school’s College of Business and Technology. It’s a four-story 140,000 square-foot building. The school’s new $56 million structure is part of a larger project that will include an adjacent parking garage, adding roughly 400 parking spaces. There will also be renovations to the current business building, which will become the new home of the College of Arts and Sciences. The new building will feature student meeting places, classrooms and specialized experimental labs, as well as faculty offices, a courtyard, specialized landscaping and a second floor terrace. It’s expected to be completed in June 2018.

New Agencies Added to the Smith County United Way

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2016 at 11:37 am

unitedway-logoTYLER – The United Way of Smith County is adding five new agencies. The board of the United Way approved the allocation committee’s recommendations at Wednesday’s meeting. The new agencies are Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances, Christian Women’s Job Corps of Tyler, East Texas Food Bank, Meals on Wheels Ministry and PATH. They join some twenty other agencies under the United Way umbrella. The new agencies will immediately participate in the current campaign and will be eligible to receive designations. They will then participate in the next grant process, which will start in April.

Man Indicted in Tyler Murder

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2016 at 11:37 am

jaredwilsonmug_1474558587710_11186121_ver1-0TYLER — 30-year-old Jared Wilson of Houston has been indicted for the July 5 murder of 49-year-old Thomas Wilson of Lindale. KETK reports that Tyler police received a report around 9:10 that morning of shots fired at the Royal Inn Suites on West Northwest Loop 323. Police said Wilson had been shot and was later pronounced dead. The altercation which led to the shooting took place in the motel’s parking lot. Police said the victim’s niece was involved in a dispute with the shooter. When the victim arrived at the scene to give her some keys, the suspect allegedly pulled a gun and shot him. Jared Wilson reportedly ran south from the scene. He was taken into custody near Anderson County after DPS located his vehicle. He remains jailed on $500,000 bond.

Two Incidents Involving Guns Reported on TJC Campus

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2016 at 10:17 am

police-lights-4TYLER – What was supposed to be a purchase through social media has turned into a Tyler robbery and police looking for three suspects. A TJC student was robbed around 7:30 Wednesday night at 1414 Magnolia Street. The student told officers he was in a car when a suspect pulled a gun on him. One of the suspects took the student’s cell phone and undisclosed amount of money. They drove away in a dark blue Honda sedan. They were last seen driving north of Beckham. The suspects were described as a black female and two black males. No injuries were reported.… Read More

Uber Launches in Tyler

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2016 at 2:51 am

uber2TYLER — Uber officially launched in Tyler Thursday. To celebrate the launch, Uber will be offering free rides through Sunday, September 25. Uber is a smartphone app that connects riders and drivers at the touch of a button. Councilman John Nix welcomed Uber to town as Rider Zero. “Residents, students, and visitors in Tyler can now request a ride or make money – all at the tap of a button,” said Beth Huddleston, Uber General Manager. “Whether folks are headed to school, work or dinner with friends, Uber offers direct access to an affordable and convenient way to get around town.” The launch of Uber in Tyler comes after the City Council voted to adopt modern ridesharing regulations on August 24.… Read More

Former Haunted House Owner Jailed on Child Porn Charges

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2016 at 2:50 am

TYLER — The former owner of a popular East Texas haunted house has been jailed on child pornography charges. According to KETK, Derek Ryan Laepple, 36, of Tyler, was arrested for possession of child porn by the United States Marshal Service on August 18, 2016. He is the former owner of Terror Nights Haunted House. Laepple’s sister, Laney Laepple, the company was sold to Wild Card Entertainment about two weeks ago by the mother of Laepple. The negotiation process began about two months ago.… Read More

Longview Burglary Suspect Nabbed

Posted/updated on: September 22, 2016 at 2:46 pm

detric-deshawn-sheffieldLONGVIEW – A Longview man is facing a couple of charges after being accused of burglarizing a home. Officers say as they answered a suspicious person call, they saw a man coming from the back of a Lane Wells Drive home. He was carrying what appeared to be a duffel bag and a back pack. He was said to have grabbed a bicycle and fled officers, but was arrested a short time later. Detric Deshawn Sheffield, 31, was booked into the Gregg County jail on charges of burglary of a habitation and evading arrest.

Lufkin Man Claims to be Jesus

Posted/updated on: September 22, 2016 at 1:10 pm

darion-anthony-amie2LUFKIN – A man claiming to be Jesus, has been arrested by Lufkin police. Officers were called to a North First Street home on a man who was trespassing. When they tried to arrest him, 22 year old Darion Anthony Amie told officers several times he was Jesus. On his way to jail, he also told officers he was rich, had a pretty girlfriend and they would have to release him, because he was Jesus. Amie has been charged with criminal trespass and resisting arrest. His bonds total $3,000 and he was booked into the Angelina County Jail.

A National Award For Smith County

Posted/updated on: September 22, 2016 at 12:20 pm

gould-and-staffTYLER – Smith County has received an award from the National Procurement Institute. The county’s purchasing department earned the 2016 Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award. The award measures state-of-the-art best practices. Smith County also received the award in 2011, 2012 and 2015. The county was one of only eight counties in Texas and one of 48 counties in the United States and Canada, to be recognized by the organization. Smith County Purchasing Director Kim Gould will accept the award for the county at the association’s annual convention in November.

ETBU Debate Team Fares Well in Competition

Posted/updated on: September 22, 2016 at 11:43 am

East Texas Baptist University3MARSHALL – In its opening tournament of the year, The East Texas Baptist University Debate Team has every reason to be proud. Among the 11 teams competing in the Lee College Mendoza Debate Tournament, the ETBU team placed third. The seven member team came in ahead of such schools as Stephen F. Austin State University, Southern Methodist University, and Northwestern State University. … Read More

TJC Professor Gets National Honor

Posted/updated on: September 22, 2016 at 11:44 am

betsy-ottTYLER – The National Association of Biology Teachers has awarded a Tyler Junior College biology professor its highest honor. Dr. Margaret “Betsy” Ott has been named the 2016 NABT Honorary member. Honorary members become lifetime members of NABT.She will be formally recognized with the award during the NABT Honors Luncheon on Saturday, November 5, in Denver. Ott has been a professor at TJC since 1982, teaching anatomy and physiology, general biology for non-science majors, and biology for majors.

Alto Women Accused of Stealing Funds

Posted/updated on: September 22, 2016 at 9:31 am

clerksarrested_1474410784835_11145873_ver1-0ALTO — Two former city of Alto clerks have been indicted for reportedly stealing thousands of dollars from the city. According KETKn court documents indicate former court clerk Jeanie Migon Curtis Selman and former city clerk Whitney Arriola stole between $30,000 and $150,000 from the city of Alto. The theft of the money allegedly took place on October 1, 2010, according to the indictment. The duo have been charged with theft by public servant. Both were released Monday from the Cherokee County Jail on a $5,000 bond each.

Reward Offered in Longview Bank Robberies

Posted/updated on: September 22, 2016 at 9:31 am

credit-union-robbery_10823657_ver1-0LONGVIEW — A reward of $5,000 has been offered for information on two recent robberies at the same credit union. According to KETK, the Letourneau Federal Credit Union at 2301 S. High Street was held up on August 31 and September 15. Police have not said if the crimes are related. In both instances, the business was held up at gunpoint. The robberies are cases 16-14867 that occurred on 8-31-16 and 16-15724 that occurred on 9-15-16. Anyone with any information about these cases please contact Det. Terry Davis at 903-237-1157 or Det. Richard Reeves at 903-237-1151.

East Texas Men Arrested for K2 Related Charges

Posted/updated on: September 22, 2016 at 9:31 am

angelaenrique_1474381598689_11134745_ver1-0LUFKIN — Two men were arrested after police say they smoked K2 and passed out at a traffic light in Lufkin. According to KETK, Angel Enrique, 32, (pictured) and Martin Guerrero, 24, both of Moscow in Polk County, were arrested, around 2:15 Monday afternoon after allegedly smoking K2 and passing out at a traffic light in the 4600 block of South Medford Drive. Police say when they arrested Enrique and Guerrero, the men admitted to smoking the substance and were also in possession of it. Both men have since posted $1,500 bail.

Tyler Police Seeking Burglary Suspect

Posted/updated on: September 21, 2016 at 4:45 pm

auto-theft-suspect-tylerTYLER – Tyler police are asking for the public’s help in identifying an auto burglary suspect. The man is said to have stolen some keys from a locker at the Woodcreek Athletic Club. He then used the keys to enter a man’s truck and stole his wallet. Some of the credit cards stolen from the wallet have been used at different businesses around Tyler. The suspect was captured on video and described as a black male in his late 40’s to early 50’s and was approximately 300lbs with a beard. If you can identify him, you are asked to contact the Tyler Police Department.

One Killed in Tyler Accident

Posted/updated on: September 21, 2016 at 4:32 pm

police-9TYLER – One person has been killed in a Tyler vehicle/pedestrian accident. The wreck happened shortly before 11:15 Tuesday morning near the intersection of West Gentry Parkway and North Albertson Street. Killed was Jessica Palma. She died after being hit by a pickup driven by Frank Brinkney Cobb Jr, 59. Police report Cobb was heading east on West Gentry when he veered to the right and hit Palma who was walking on the improved shoulder. Cobb’s truck then hit a tree. He was not injured. The investigation into the wreck is continuing.

One Killed by Wood County Deputies

Posted/updated on: September 21, 2016 at 4:16 pm

lafonHAWKINS – One person is dead following an officer involved shooting in Wood County. It happened late Monday night when deputies were sent to the Gary Don Lafon residence on County Road 3955. The caller said the man was suicidal. Using a phone and a loud speaker, they tried to contact him. When he didn’t respond deputies entered the house and the man is said to have pointed a gun at them. That’s when he was shot. The body has been sent to Dallas for autopsy. The deputies, who were not injured, were placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

Extensive Damage in a Tyler Fire

Posted/updated on: September 21, 2016 at 3:12 pm

tyler-fire-dept-logoTYLER – One unit of a south Tyler duplex has been extensively damaged by fire. The two alarm fire was reported around 8:00 Tuesday morning at 400 Thigpen Drive. The two residents were not injured but two pet dogs died. Fire Marshal Brandon Davis says it appears as if the fire started when a burner on the kitchen range was left of and nearby material caught fire.

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